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Great weekend & Monday (pics and link included)

Monday, July 12, 2010

Our house was in the neighborhood assoc home and garden walk this year. it was the first time we had ever did something like that and we had a blast! It was great to be able to talk to other people about flowers and hardscape! Feel free to take a look. Some of the beds are brand new and the oldest ones are what we re-did when we moved in 6 years ago. I am sure you will be able to see the difference.

On Sunday our church had worship in the park. It was a PERFECT day for it! then had a potluck afterwards (like the good Methodist we are!) After that me and the family headed downtown for the Festival that started on Saturday. there was a chalk walk and art in the park there are some truly talented people in this area!

We got home and my dear husband and I cleaned up a couple of rooms then shortly after some family came over for PIZZA!! Yummy! Don't worry, I still had calories and I only had one piece of BBQ Chicken pizza from Pizza Hut!

Today I made some decisions on what I was going to do to try to find some balance in my life. I think I am going to give up Ley Delegate at church which will take me off of at least 3 committees right there. That will leave me with just 3 for which I am very passionate about.
I have decided that I need to start scheduling my day, at least for awhile. I am going to put exactly what I need to do in a list every day and that way I will stay focused on what needs to be done and hopefully I won't feel so overwhelmed!
I went for a 4 mile bike ride and then turned around and went on a 5 mile walk! It was great but I am tired and hot! It has cooled off considerable from what it was last week so it isn't too bad!
Thanks For reading and looking at my pics!

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BCVWDW 7/13/2010 1:15PM

    Great pics of the yard! You have quite the green thumb.

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SPARKNMOM 7/12/2010 11:02PM

    I'm a huge scheduler!! I also let some church responsibilities go last spring - and it felt GOOD!! So hope your balancing goes well :)

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No cool title

Wednesday, July 07, 2010

I can't think of any cool titles for my blog. I am just really wanting to vent. I am doing the Stress Buster Challenge and they say I should blog/journal when I am feeling stressed so I am taking the advice. There are some random stuff that I need to "get off my chest" not all having to do with weight loss.

In times of great stress or adversity, it’s always best to keep busy, to plow your anger and your energy into something positive. - Lee Iacocca

What in human nature (my human nature anyway) possesses someone to KNOW what they have to do but yet doesn't do it? I get so frustrated with myself. I know what I need to do to get fit and stay that way but am I doing it? NO! I have been putting a LOT of time in my garden (hours a day for the last two weeks) but that is only maintaining my current weight. I should be losing weight! Have you ever gotten something in your life get so out of control (a room, the whole house, a project at work etc) that you not only give up on THAT but EVERYTHING else too? I feel myself headed that way right now. I have been putting 100% towards the outside of my house but I have virtually let everything else go. Now I have a good reason to be working so hard on the outside of my house. My dear husband decided it would be a great idea to sign up for the annual Home and Garden Walk in our neighborhood. Then he decided that the back yard wasn't good enough so he started 2-3 big projects (low cost $$$ High cost ENERGY!) creating new beds by thinning things out of other beds. We are almost there. The walk is on Friday and Saturday. I am very proud of the way it looks!

The inside of my house is HORRIBLE! I wouldn't even invite my own mother to come in right now! I am letting things go at work. I am behind on couple projects, I have been eating OK and I swear that is the only reason why I haven't gained any weight. I have been wanting to get on the treadmill but I blame my husband for disconnecting the TV in that room (he rearranged the room and now doesn't have a long enough cord to get to the receiver) and I AM a TV watcher on the treadmill. Music just doesn't cut it if I have nothing to look at. I have other commitments as well. I am very active in my church. I am a Ley Delegate to the Indiana United Methodist Conference for my church. With that comes being on several committees in the church. Including Staff-Parish and Finance committee. I also am on 3 others that I have been on for several years. That means I am going to meetings and doing church functions all year round. Last night at the Staff Parish Meeting it was decided that the church could no longer afford to keep several paid positions on any longer. One of which is the person who teaches Sunday school (she doesn't get paid to teach Sunday School) for my kids. I am worried about what her reaction will be to this news. I am afraid she will stop teaching and/or leave the church. She is an amazing women that my kids really love but she does tend to take things personally. Worrying about this caused me to stay up until midnight last night, which means I only got about 5 and half hours of sleep. Being tired starts this cycle of craving sugary foods and over eating. I am fighting it today. I had a sensible breakfast and I had packed my lunch last night so that will be good. I just need to get past the afternoon. I did get on the scale this morning (usual weigh in day is Thursday morning but I didn't feel right in my clothes so I had to look). and I gained 2 pounds! I am not recording it yet and I hope by some act of God that it'll be gone in the morning!
Which brings me to my point and question I guess. When do you know when you are just doing to much and need to pull back or if you are just going through a rough phase and are just tired. Are these little voices in my head that are telling me to say no to people just because I am tired and having a rough patch right now or is it my instinct (voice of God or whatever you chose to call it) telling me this is what I need to do?

Thanks for reading!

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TIFFCAKES1326 7/8/2010 8:57AM

    OH sweetheart! You have a LOT going on! I humbly think that it might be time for you to sit back and analyze what is most important to you. But back on one or two things. Don''t make yourself sick because you don't want to let others down. I am impressed that you are so involved. More people should be! If more were then the great ladies like you wouldn't have to take on so much. But remember that it does no one, (especially you) any good when you get so burnt out that you make yourself sick, or just throw in the towel all together. BIG HUGS, and restful thoughts coming your way girlie.


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GOODGETNBETR 7/8/2010 5:30AM

    Wow Liz, you've got a full plate and fully appreciate your desire to start saying no to folks and yes to you. They say important people, and perhaps the wise, delegate responsibility. Sounds like it might be time for you to do just that and step back from a cause or two for a while anyway. When you serve your soul and your dreams you'll be of greater benefit to those around you. Good luck and hope the walk is a success. emoticon

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LIZZYMITCH 7/8/2010 2:12AM

    i think you should follow your instincts. if you have that overwhelmed, drowning you're barely able to keep yourself together. if that's the case, then you need to slow down and regroup. you say you're tired...probably you need more sleep. if you find you don't have enough time in the day to get the sleep you need, it might be time to lessen your burden. if you're getting a lot of sleep and you're still probably still need to cut back. what's most important is your happiness, and the happiness of your family. if you see that your obligations are interfering with those things, reevaluate. you're most important. you come first. this is about health, right? you gotta take care of you

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WHOAMOMMA 7/7/2010 12:08PM

    First I think we all fight with the "I know I'm suppose to do this and yet don't" monster/feeling whatever. My sister and I have discussed this and are finally making progress.

I would say you are definitely overbooked and need to take a good look at what is really important for you and your well being, and your family. I'm sorry to say I'm the opposite. I drag my feet to join or volunteer for things. I'm generally shy and feel awkward. But take a look at what you are doing and what can go for sure.

Yes the garden walk is great. They did the south east side '05 and our yard and a neighbor's were featured. Yes a lot of work and DH primped and pruned.

You'll get it sorted.

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ROWERANDY 7/7/2010 12:07PM

    I would never claim to have complete answers to your questions. My goal is to first seek the kingdom of God and his righteousness and with that his balance is necessary in our lives. First, make time for God (which is not necessarily being busy working on church committees), second time for self (if we do not recharge our batteries we cannot help others), third time for family (quality interactive time), and finally time for others.

Sometimes our replies must be no or not at this time.

We cannot be productive, supportive, beneficial to others without God and his Word directing every area of our life.


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JODIANN421 7/7/2010 11:00AM

    I think you already know that you are wearing yourself out. I am the same way, I get into something (a project, hobby, lifestyle change) and I consume myself with it. I eat sleep and drink it and leave no room for anything else. That is why weight loss is so hard because if you aren't 100% focused on it then you are 100% focused on something else. I am sorry to hear about your friend, but truthfully the only thing you can do in that situation is be a friend to her when she needs it.
Balance is the key. I need to learn it too. To give your time to yourself, your family and friends, your work, your projects, your church. So today, take a deep breath, you are already aware that you are going to be craving 'sugary foods,' well don't do it!! And as for the treadmill, do it anyway! It might not be ideal, but when you are done won't you feel better about the positive choice you've made?
I think that is a really good goal for me to work on for July.. BALANCE. Want to share that goal with me? Hold each other accountable? Good luck hun, you CAN do this :)
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Friday, July 02, 2010

I love reading motivational quotes...

Here is one I just had to share with the masses...

Strength is the capacity to break a chocolate bar into four pieces with your bare hands—and then eat just one of the pieces.
― Judith Viorst

Have a great weekend everyone!

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LIZZYMITCH 7/3/2010 12:57AM

    haha thats magnificent. i love all the quotes you've been posting lately. they're quite nice to wake up to every morning

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SPARKNMOM 7/2/2010 10:23PM

    :) So true!

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WHOAMOMMA 7/2/2010 6:52PM

    Way to go!! Thanks for sharing it. My husband asked how long the Easter candy will be good. emoticon Still in the pantry.

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JODIANN421 7/2/2010 11:19AM

    HAHA that's great! I love it! emoticon for sharing.

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BCVWDW 7/2/2010 8:48AM

    That may also be the definition of insanity! emoticon

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GOODGETNBETR 7/2/2010 8:43AM

    Not sure if even I'm that strong :) Have a great weekend too and come back with ten fingers so you can keep sharing these gems. Although, I guess at least one finger would still get the job done, just take a little longer.

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I reached my weight loss goal one year ago...

Monday, June 28, 2010

It has been a rocky road for the past year. I was so happy to hit my goals. I almost thought of going further but decided I didn't want to have to buy anymore new clothes! LOL
Here is a recap of my story and what has been going on with me in the past year.
Good things:
1. I went on a wonderful vacation with my family a year ago today. I was fit and strong. I had stamina and enjoyed every minute of it.
2. For the first time in my life I really liked the way my legs looked. I had muscle definition and I wore short for the first time in YEARS.
3. I was tons less moody and I felt I was a better wife and mother.
4. I was much more out going and pushed past my personality to be withdrawn and shy.
5. I got to the point where I didn't feel the need to track every meal. I was able to listen to my body and eyeball portions. Filling up on things like veggies, fruit and protein before eating starches and sugar. I did track 2-3 times a week just to keep myself on track.

Not so Good Things:
1. On my vacation I got my addiction to sugar back. Eating marshmallows, s'mores and ice cream everyday for two weeks.
2. A person, who I thought was a very good friend, and I had a falling out of sorts and it hit me very hard.
3. My husband lost his job in September. Got another one at the end of March and now makes less than half of his previous income.
4. I exercised with a new pair of shoes that didn't fit correctly and caused pain in my foot that has been off and on for about 6 months.
5. I stopped exercising for up to a month at a time over the winter. Then would do a week then take another month off.
6. I started eating sugary snacks and stopped tracking altogether.

Overall results:
1. I gained 10 pounds back from my goal weight and I am now struggling to get it "back together"
2. I still like the way my legs look. The weight all came back into my bust, stomach and thighs but my calves look great!
3. I was, for awhile really moody again but I have started exercising in the past couple of months on a regular basis (not like I was a year ago) and my mood is starting to even out again.
4. Still fighting my sugar addiction but I am getting better.

Goals for the next year:
1. I signed up for a half marathon I will walk it. I have started my training and now need to step it up a bit. I have 3 months to be able to walk for up to 4 hours.
2. I have joined the Official Stress Buster Team to try to get better balance between my exercise, keeping up with the house and dealing with the stress of paying the bills with less money.
3. Get back down to my original goal weight and stay within 5 pounds of that goal.

A Special Thanks to all of my SP Friends that have helped keep me accountable and supported and encourages me still today. This is a life long journey and over all I am happy with what I have done in the past year.

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JODIANN421 7/1/2010 11:29AM

    Great Goals! emoticon

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LIZZYMITCH 6/29/2010 10:05PM

    Sounds like you've got a great persepctive and a great plan! Keep it up =)

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SPARKNMOM 6/29/2010 1:55PM

    WOW....What a great summary of your year. I just have to say you are really doing well maintaining....I know what a struggle it can be and you've done a fantastic job!!!

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NAELINDGREN 6/28/2010 10:17AM

    I really appreciate your honesty and sharing a recap of your journey over the past year. You have had some major life challenges to cope with over the past year. I think finding balance between exercise, eating, and maintaining is always a struggle. I'll be cheering you on as you prep and complete your half marathon. emoticon

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DOTTIEJANE1 6/28/2010 9:31AM

    It great that yo realize you and all of us are on a life long journey.
thanks for the blog helps me keep life in order. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEKAY1 6/28/2010 8:31AM

    emoticonI think that it is wonderful that you realize it is a life long journey.
Thanks for keeping this blog so real. I know a lot of people think once they lose the weight they are done but in reality it is just the beginning. I also believe the hardest part thankfully you only gained 10 pounds! emoticon


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Day 10 30DS

Thursday, June 10, 2010

Today I did Level two of the 30DS. It wasn't as tough as I thought it would be but I didn't do the advance exercises on them all either. I did it almost 10 hours ago and so far the only part of me that is sore is my outer lower legs (sorry it is late and I can't think of the name of the muscle! Help me out!) I was having some minor pain in my left wrist while doing the walk outs so was using my knuckles rather than palms. I really don't know what that was about but I will see if it happens again tomorrow!
Besides doing Level 2 of 30DS I also walked for 30 minutes this morning. It wasn't a fast walk as I am still babying my foot but the idea was that I walked!
I am kind of realizing how the people on BL do things. I am at a Conference right now and I don't know anyone else so a lot my free time is spent alone. It is quite easy to get all the exercise and eat right when there are no distractions around! I brought with me a good helping of carrots, cherries and bananas and when I go to get something to eat it is easy to do the right thing when there are no other temptations around. I have been a LOT better about my eating in the last 3 weeks. Still on my "no unhealthy snacking" streak. I think tomorrow is day 21!! We will see how it goes when I return home. I am leaving Saturday about noon and at 2 is my nieces graduation party...LOTS of temptations there!
Thanks for reading!

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GOODGETNBETR 6/11/2010 8:24PM

    emoticon on 21 days of good eating. I've considered something similar for several reasons. Enjoy the conference and safe travels.

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LIZZYMITCH 6/11/2010 4:23PM

    Wow!!! Twenty-one days is quite impressive. I wish I had your willpower. I'm currently addicted to tea with honey, and let me tell you, the calories add up =O
Defs agree with you about the alone time. Now that school's out, eating fruits and veggies is so much easier!
Keep up the healthy streak! You're doing awesome =)

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