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Eeeek! Harry Potter night!

Thursday, July 14, 2011

OK, so yesterday I went hiking with the family and we hiked for at LEAST 2.5 hours and it was some rugged terrain at times. All of us were thoroughly exhausted by the end of the day. My 3 yr old is such a champ for hanging in there all day! Poor little guy! It must have felt like 5 hours for his tiny, little legs! At any rate, I figure we burned about 1,800 calories according to my SparkPeople calculator.

Well, today is another story. I've kind of been relying on the caffeine to get me through and we are going to the 12:05am showing of Harry Potter tonight, so I would BET that I'll need more caffeine later. I am currently 400 calories away from hitting my calorie threshhold and I have yet to eat dinner. I suppose I could eat something very light and, therefore, give myself a LITTLE wiggle room for the movie tonight. Also, I MIGHT be able to get out for a walk on the trail after work. We'll see. The weather is pretty awesome today. No humidity, not too hot.

I don't know if it would be enough to completely combat movie popcorn and soda, which I'm sorry...I AM going to have tonight (it's the last Harry Potter movie at midnight, for crying out loud!) but it will at least help.

So...can my extra activity from yesterday "carry over" to today??? Things like that confuse me. In my head, it's black and white...you start over every day...each individual day you have to have less calories consumed than burned and that's that. But is there any leeway whatsoever between days? Anyone know?

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NAANDO 7/14/2011 11:59AM

    Matt and I are going at midnight to see it in 3-d and I'm stoked! I know I'll have popcorn and I butter and salt halfway then at the top. I'm THAT girl. But, I'm going to get a small. And, I'll go with a diet soda. Yeah, it'll put me over but I accept it. We're going for a walk after dinner so hopefully that will help offset.

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I'm Back. Again! Lol.

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

So, thanks to an old high school friend who unexpectedly reached out to me on FB, I have returned to SparkPeople. I've been lazy and haven't taken care of myself and that is just enough of that. So...moving on.

It is morning. I feel sick from the coffee I drank (it bothers my tummy). So, I had a pear and a granola bar. Hope that and a lot of water will settle things down a bit. It doesn't help that I'm nervous as heck because I have a job interview at 2pm today. Listen, it's not my "dream career" or even in the right field...but I figure, I can be a writer ANYWHERE....I simply have to WRITE. If there is talent and hard work, someone is bound to recognize that someday...regardless of my "day job". I've just come to the point where I feel it's not worth slaving for 45 hours a week to bring home $12,000/yr for a family of 5 and miss precious time with my family to work for a company that could decide to stab me in the back and one day ship my job to the Philipinnes with no notice whatsoever. It's just wrong. I need money (SO much more money!) And I need security. And, well, back to the University I go (*fingers crossed*).

Looking forward to this new journey. Seriously glad to be back.


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NAANDO 7/13/2011 9:07AM

    1. Coffee makes war with my tummy too. I have to be sure I've eaten before I have coffee and I really have to be in the mood for it or craving it to have it at all.

2. My company is currently hiring for several positions. If you'd like, you can apply there and use me as a referral. I've been there 4 years and have not looked elsewhere...yet...


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MARVEEME 7/12/2011 10:29AM

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DGRIFFEE 7/12/2011 8:55AM

    I hear you about the company thing (mine is the same way and I'm about to quit). Well good luck on everything!

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NU_ME_SOON 7/12/2011 8:50AM

    Good luck on your job interview!!!!,

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Been awhile...

Wednesday, June 08, 2011

So, it's been awhile since I last updated my blog. As you read before, I was kind of down in the dumps. But I am pleased to say that things are getting much better. I have still been slacking in the logging of my food and such, but I am working health and activity back into my life a bit slower this time. I don't want to be all gung ho, then give up, like last time.

Also, I've had most of my focus on other areas recently. Namely, my marriage...and working on saving it. And, that is actually going very well. Hubby and I are learning quite a lot about how to love each other and respect each other correctly and, I gotta say...it's actually been more exciting than I would have thought! So, things are looking up.

And...in other areas, I am still working on finding myself and figuring out who I really am and what it is I really want out of this crazy thing we call life. And I continue to learn and self-discover.

Some days are rough and I backslide and get depressed. But, most days are progress forward. And that is a very good thing.

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NAANDO 7/7/2011 10:30AM

    Dear Leah,

I understand.


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MARVEEME 6/9/2011 4:54PM

    My prayers are with you, sweetie! Only YOU know what's right for YOU. Once you have defined it all, GO FOR IT!


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AWOOD1973 6/9/2011 1:33PM

    Sounds like you are approaching things with a clear head, which in the long run, will be sooo beneficial! Good luck with your journey to not only weight loss and health, but to self discovery!! emoticon

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BAMBIBUNNY 6/8/2011 7:11PM

    i'm glad you life is coming together, and i hope you find your place of happiness. emoticon emoticon

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I Need Something...

Tuesday, May 31, 2011

I need something. And I keep saying I don't know what I need, but I do know. Deep down. I need to learn how to love myself and not desperately grasp for that love from other people.

Ever since I went on vacation, my health goals took a serious nosedive. I tried to "get back in the game" for awhile there, but then things went south with my personal/family relationships and, quite frankly, I gave up on myself. I just didn't care.

I'm beginning to emerge from that drama (a LITTLE) and I have had quite a bit of self-discovery time to realize that I have a problem (in looking for love in all the wrong places...when I really need to figure out how to find it in myself). And sabotaging myself by letting myself go is only going to make matters worse. Still, in this place of utter depression and searching, it's hard to find the motivation to work hard and be a better me. It seems so much easier to just give up and lose hope.

I don't mean to be emo or over-dramatic. It's just the place I'm in right now. I want to get back to health...because I KNOW how much better I feel when I'm on top of my game. And I HOPE that I can do it. I just lack the faith in myself right now.

Well, here's to hoping. I guess a blog entry (for the first time in weeks) is a decent start.

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BAMBIBUNNY 6/5/2011 12:34AM

    i'm glad you made it back emoticon

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LAKELVR24_7 6/4/2011 1:59PM

  You have realized that you have to find love in yourself before you can truly be happy. Keep coming out of the funk and will continue on your journey. We all have set backs but you can do this. Just keep sight of the 3 beautiful kids and your reasons for changing your lifestyle. We have to lean on each other through this. Take care, do something for yourself and claim small victories where you can! emoticon emoticon

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GGNEWCOMB 6/1/2011 1:10AM

  We can be here for each other! Getting back on the bandwagon together! Listen, it is what it is... we can continue to do the same or we can choose to do at least ONE small change each day.. one choice at a time, one day at a time. emoticon emoticon

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MARVEEME 5/31/2011 4:43PM

    Hey! Check this out!

R>Capture that fire, and run with it. Your motivation is deep within you. It may feel like lack of external reinforcement, but most often, it is INTERNAL peace. You get your butt into the bathroom, look that girl in the mirror, and SMILE when you tell her SHE IS BEAUTIFUL! No one can take YOU from YOU without your permission. So do whatever it takes (15 minutes in the attic on a hot day followed by a shower works exactly the same as a sauna, you know) to flip that switch back on and be the woman you want to be. Love arrives when you least expect it, and when you're not even looking, so just try to live a little, willya?
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ILSAWING 5/31/2011 2:11PM

    Don't give up. I too suffer from depression. Do your best to do something for you today, a walk, a bubble bath, or BOTH. Do things that boost YOU. Listen to your fave music while in the bubble bath. The little stuff adds up.
Something I like to do is listen to the Bible on disc while chillin. Or Frank Sinatra while in the tub. Oh, and I love pedicures. Do your thing and tell yourself you're worth it.


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Text From Dad

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

My Dad went back to San Diego a couple days ago. At 3am, I received this unusually emotional text from him:

I love you so much. You're my "baby Leah". I was there when you were born. I cut your umbilical cord. I'll never judge you or disparage you. You can always tell me what you're feeling. Please call or text me anytime. I don't ever want you to feel isolated. You're not.

Wow. That is just EXACTLY what I needed to hear today. *tears*

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AWOOD1973 5/12/2011 5:04AM

    I wish my dad was around to say those words... I miss him everyday! Cherish every moment that he is on this earth, to give you encouragement and love. I'm glad you have him to lean on when you aren't feeling so great! Things will get better for you. Pick yourself up and dust yourself off! You matter! Have a great week! emoticon

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MARVEEME 5/11/2011 8:40AM

    Fantastic! I'm so happy for you. Nothin' like knowing Dad loves, understands, and cares about you so deeply. You're very lucky to have a Dad like that, so treasure him.

I completely understand how your Dad feels about you, and how hopeless he can sometimes feel when he can't protect you from the daggers of the battle of everyday life. It's a "parent" thing, ya know? Keep holding on to this feeling, and make sure you can reach for it the next time he says/does something that ticks you off, willya? Life is short.

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CAM2438 5/11/2011 7:43AM

    That was wonderful!!

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JEDIGYRL 5/11/2011 7:30AM

    Wow, that is so sweet. Also he's thinking about you in the middle of the night. You're very lucky.

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