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50 Things Survey...

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

1. What time did you get up this morning? 5:40 a.m.

2. How do you like your steak? little red in the middle. when i eat steak...haven't had one in 6 months!

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema? hmmm I don't remember

4. What is your favorite TV show? BL

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be? Utah, Bryce Canyon

6. What did you have for breakfast? Frosted Mini Wheats

7. What is your favorite cuisine? Italian

8. What foods do you dislike? sea food

9. Favorite Place to Eat? ?? anywhere i don't have to cook

10. Favorite dressing? don't eat dressing anymore...I eat naked

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive? 2001 Grand Am GT

12. What are your favorite clothes? Push up bra - makes it seem like gravity isn't working!

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance? Irland

14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full? 1/2 full

15. Where would you want to retire? Somewhere where there isn't a winter but there is a season change...

16. Favorite time of day? When I get home from work...So peaceful for all of 10 minutes!

17. Where were you born? Goshen IN

18. What is your favorite sport to watch? Olympics

19. How many siblings? older sister and a younger half brother

20. Favorite pastime/hobby? reading, photography, scrap booking

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this? not sure.

22. Bird watcher? not really I watch for certain birds like blue jays, cardinals and humming birds

23. Are you a morning person or a night person? I love staying up at night but I exercise the best in the early morning AND I have to be at work at 6:30am. Did I answer the question?

24. Do you have any pets? 1 cat Raycoon she is 16 years old, mean and grumpy and only loves me...I would have more but people are allergic that live with me!

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share? nothing exciting. same old stuff seems to happen all the time...over and over again!

26. What did you want to be when you were little? a nurse

27. What is your best childhood memory? talking to my sister for hours...we relied on each other for so much support...

28. Are you a cat or dog person? Cat. I love dogs but I like the indecency of cats

29. Are you married? yes almost 16 years and love him now more than ever!

30. Always wear your seat belt? ALWAYS

31. Been in a car accident? nothing major

32. Any pet peeves? People who try to get others to believe what they believe by fear mongering!

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings? pineapple and ham

34. Favorite Flower? too many to choice from!

35. Favorite ice cream? peanutbutter

36. Favorite fast food restaurant? Subway

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test? Zilch.

38. From whom did you get your last email? Allen County Public Library (exciting I know!)

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card? Any store that has a large selection of cute shoes in my size (5.5 - 6). Which is NONE!

40. Do anything spontaneous lately? Define spontaneous...I guess that is a no.

41. Like your job? I LOVE my job. It is the people I work FOR I am not crazy about.

42. Broccoli? yes please

43. What was your favorite vacation? Driving to the SW of the US last summer. LOVED it!

44. Last person you went out to dinner with? Old friends from high school on Friday night

45. What are you listening to right now? my cat snore, my husband typing on the keyboard and the fish making weird tapping noises at the surface of the water.

46. What is your favorite color? Blue

47. How many tattoos do you have? One. Just got it in april...thinking of getting another

48. How many people will fill this out? not sure

49. What time did you finish this quiz? 10:50pm

50. Coffee Drinker? nope tea for me please

  
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WALKOFFWIN 8/12/2010 7:26PM

    Hmmm... what she said, sounds like something I'd say. Lol ;o) Except that in my case it wouldn't be a salad, and whipped cream and strawberries would be on it. Yum!

I'd do my version of your 50 things, but now that would make for a very long comment, wouldn't it?

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GOODGETNBETR 8/11/2010 3:22AM

    What an eye opener Liz! I don't think I could eat a salad totally nude, guess it depends on what's on it. Sounds like you're living a charmed life :) Hope you're having a great week. emoticon

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My weekend and other random thoughts

Monday, August 09, 2010

OK so this is the second time I am typing this blog up. I did it this morning and I just got an error message for my efforts! Kind of like me on the scale but I digress!

My sister was here over the weekend! I haven't seen her in just over two years. We have always been close but she has firmly planted herself in a LARGE city in Florida. She is a true city girl now. I was born and raised in the city too but I have always considered myself to have one foot in the city and one in the country. I live in a midsized/small city (depending who you talk to). There are a few things that I knew about my sister but I had forgotten about until this weekend.
1. She wakes up talking. Literally! She will wake up and she is talking a mile a minute AND making sense! I do NOT do that! I am one that doesn't even speak to the cat until I have been awake for at least an hour!
2.She is a drama queen! That is right! A girl that is a drama queen! Hard to believe I know! I am not a drama queen (you can ask my husband Really!!)
3. She is a "one upper"! Yep, because of her love of talking she has a just slightly better story than you do. Always! I don't mind until mom and her get together because they are both like THEN it just drives me nuts!!!
4. I love her more than words can express! That is right. I love the drama, the constant stories...ALL of it!!! I miss her like crazy a lot of the time!

Another thing about my sister...she has always had problems with her weight. My mom and I are small (I am 5' and mom is 5'2" and she is 5'3"). As a kid she was heavier than both mom and I. I never had any problems with my weight until after I had children. I can't imagine how she must have felt as a child. It was pretty hard I am sure. When I saw her this weekend she was as heavy as I had ever seen her. She told me she was 190 pounds. The last time I saw her two years ago she was 140. It kind of broke my heart. I have told her about sparkpeople for a year and a half now! She is a fad dieter...she would rather do something that would drop the weight quickly than to make a life style change. Right now she is on diet that consists of eating 1000 calories one day, 2600 the next, 1400 the next then the cycle starts all over again. I think that is crazy! I really try not to preach what I have learned here on SP. I realize what it must sound like have a person who has always been thinner than you tell you what you how you should be eating...yea, not good! She will soon be 39 and I know it will be harder and harder for her to lose the same 40-60 pounds over and over again. I really don't know what to do to help her unless it is to just keep mention SparkPeople.com to her!

I had a great weekend with her and her classmates (she was here for her 20 year class reunion). It was great seeing people I hadn't seen in 20 years, of course that makes me feel old!!

I am going to track my food for a short time again. I wasn't feeling quite myself for a few days last week and in looking back I think I was putting myself into starvation mode! I ate but I don't think I ate enough! I was also getting to the point that I wasn't hungry in the morning to eat breakfast! That tells me I am not eating like I should. The choices I made were good ones, I just don't think it was enough.

I am also still needing to get motivated to start exercising more routinely! I have been exercising but usually it is a day to day decision vs a plan. I am a planner and I think if I ever want to get back down to my goal weight, instead of gaining and losing the same 3 pounds right in the middle I need to plan!

Thanks for reading!

  
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GOODGETNBETR 8/10/2010 11:45AM

    Great blog but sorry to hear about your sister's struggle. I know when the pounds catch up to me there's a reason. Be supportive but in the end she'll have to figure out what those reasons are and more importantly find new reasons for becoming and staying (that seems to be trick) healthier. Glad you had a great weekend. emoticon

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JODIANN421 8/10/2010 10:58AM

    Sisters will drive you crazy, but they are also the best friends you will ever have. I have been over weight my whole life. I had to be the one who decided to change. Not my sister, she tried getting me to eat right, exercise. I resisted. I know it must be hard to watch but she has to do it on her own. I am glad you got to see her after 2 years!

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Weekend update with Pics...AND August Goals!

Monday, August 02, 2010

Had a great weekend, didn't do as much hiking as I would have hoped but made great eating choices and walked as much as possible. It rained on us Saturday morning so we decided to play cards under a canopy! After the rain it was really muggy and kind of chilly so the kids and guys went fishing while a BFF and I took their dog for a walk on the trail.



Sunday it made up for all the rain on Saturday with a beautiful sunrise through the trees!

We took the kids back to the pond to do just a bit more fishing before heading home. Over all a great weekend! Also I have to share a picture of our friends camper. It is just so cute!!

OK now on to August Goals...
I have been messing around long enough and now it is time.
1. I am starting today with getting back on my walking program 6 days a week. I WILL walk at LEAST 30 minutes a day!
2. I will get my sugar addiction under control (again)
3. I will ride my bike in the evenings (depending on the weather) at least 3 days a week.
4. I will blog 3-4 days a week about my progress and just everyday happenings in my life!

Hope everyone has a great August!
Thanks for Reading!

  
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GOODGETNBETR 8/11/2010 3:25AM

    Good set of goals and pics. Glad you had a great time. emoticon

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SPARKNMOM 8/4/2010 1:17PM

    Love the pics - what fun!! And great plan - yup...no better time than RIGHT NOW to get back to basic goals!!

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GHETTA 8/4/2010 9:11AM

    Great blog. Love the pics, especially the camper and the sun rays through the trees. Your goals are achievable and I can't wait to see you get through them!

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JENXU2007 8/2/2010 1:41PM

    Looks like you guys had fun this weekend! Way to set some new goals for yourself! That always helps to remotivate.

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ANH102712 8/2/2010 11:58AM

    Sounds like you had a good weekend! It was good camping weather. Good August goals!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 8/2/2010 11:49AM

    How fun!! Looks beautiful and relaxing!

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Random Stuff

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

I don't have anything profound to say just typing up some of the thoughts running through my head. STILL trying to find some balance. People have said that I am just a really busy person but a lot of the time especially in the afternoon and evening I feel like I could be using my time much better than I do. This week has been the exception to this rule! I am totally exhausted but I feel like my time was used wisely and I had a bunch of fun doing it. As I shared in my last blog I have been going to my kids' school to do Peaceful Playground Painting www.peacefulplaygrounds.com/ More than 15 people (teachers and parents) were invited and well on average there was 6 people there. I think I put in 10-12 hours in four days time. There were a couple people that came just one day, a couple more that came just 2 days, etc. I was there all four days as well as 2 other ladies. One I had never met before, the other I met on occasion because her son and my son were great friends and had a couple play dates together. After spending that many hours with them I thought they were a lot of fun. I did find out for sure that I will never be able to talk religion or politics with either of them because the are way right and I am right smack in middle ground! But you know that is ok because most people know not to talk religion or politics. It is all good! Anyway I can see us being good friends! Great ladies and very fun. I am happy to say we got done with the project yesterday. It looks beautiful and I am so glad we are done. It was a labor of love though. I really hope the kids use it! LOL The other thing I feel is that it is like a let down. It is all done, now what?! Well as we were talking last night we decided that we do need to get together at least one more time because we need to order balls, make bean bags get all the stencils cleaned up and put in some kind of order...So we are doing that next week sometime. Also on the exercise part of this, I was feeling all the bending and stretching going on! the backs of my legs were so tight I could hardly walk yesterday after sitting at my desk for awhile! I put it in the fitness tracker...did you know there is one for painting? I didn't either! LOL

I am still having mixed feelings on my weight loss and goals. Right now I am maintaining a weight I am comfortable with butNOT really happy with. I keep going from as long as I don't gain anymore weight I will be ok - to - I will get back down to my goal weight and stay with in 2-3 pounds of that! I am in a healthy BMI though a bit on the higher side of it. It seems like whenever I look at myself in the mirror I only look at my stomach that is just too round, but I still have a waist (think smuggling a basket ball!) I remember how I felt a year ago having more energy and a much better (TMI warning here..) sex drive. I miss that. Though I am not totally convinced that it is ONLY because of my lack of regular exercise that both of those are running low. I do have a lot going on right now. I am not using that as an excuse as to why I haven't been exercising, it has been a total choice I have made, putting other things in front of that. I need to either make peace with that or stop it and do something about it.

Speaking of Friends, I have recently made a few great new friends on SP! You all have been of great support and encourage to me lately and I really do appreciate you! Oh yea, you know who you are!

Thanks for reading!

PS I just re-read my last blog and MAN! I could tell it was late when I was writing that! Sorry for all those grammar mistakes! LOL

  
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SPARKNMOM 7/30/2010 4:08PM

    Wow...you've put a lot of time into that project - what a great mommy!!

I find - regarding my goal weight - that I really need to strive to be at/near goal or I end up becoming "comfortable" at a weight that is just too high for my body. I feel fluffy at 130 and many clothes do not fit me...yet I spent most of 2009 at the near 130 mark. I think we need to strive to be at our goal weight, without beating ourselves up when we're not. Life happens and it's difficult at times, but we need to be mindful and stay close to goal....and I know you can do it!! AND...I think you're doing a great job maintaining, too...

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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 7/29/2010 4:12AM

    So cool about your kids' school!:) I love progress like that!! Cheering you on toward your next goal! You can do it!!

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GOODGETNBETR 7/29/2010 3:08AM

    So glad you broke the sex drive veil! Glad I'm not the only that feels the furnace stoked by the exercise and healthier lifestyle. emoticon Definitely makes this journey that much more worthwhile. Good luck in July. emoticon

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ANGELASUE1979 7/28/2010 9:59AM

    Hooray for new friends. :) I wish you were on my side of town, I think we'd get along super awesome and be great workout partners. Ah well one can dream, right? :) At least I've got you here!!

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 7/28/2010 9:39AM

    How wonderful to be at your kids' school like that! Meeting new people and gaining true friends is very cool!!

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Great Weekend!

Monday, July 26, 2010

OK so I am going to tell you all about my weekend which is not just weight loss related (still seeking balance!) So if you aren't interested in my boring life, feel free to stop reading here! That was your one and only warning!!

OK, so now that we weeded out some people...LOL just kidding. Glad you are still reading!
I am in a great mood today and I am sure there are many reasons for that so tell me what you all think.

Thanks for all the great responses to my blog on Friday. It didn't even occur to me how well I handled my emotions until after I read your comments and then re-read my blog (it was LONG wasn't it!?)

Saturday - I was supposed to go to my kids school to start painting on the playground. The moms of PAC (think PTA in most schools) last year came across this great idea form Peaceful Playgrounds - www.peacefulplaygrounds.com/stencils
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and we just thought it was a great idea. The problem for us (not my garden!) was that it rained on Friday night and the pavement was all wet! So that was postponed until Sunday Evening. So I spent Saturday morning taking care of some paperwork that I was putting off. My mom came and got the kids and took them to the movies so I did some weekly cleaning, took a nap and did MORE paperwork (I am a procrastinator I admit it!). I had a goal to get on the treadmill before hubby and kids came home but I didn't get all the stuff done in time. We had family over for dinner on Saturday night. I was so relaxed on Saturday until my BIL called and said he wanted to know if there was anyone who would be willing to have MIL stay with them for 2 weeks to a month so that him and his wife could have a break and she could see the family for the first time since January. This is a long story having to do with 9 kids in the family and a mother that has Huntington's Disease and has not been able to live by herself for over two years. If you really want to know about it I will do a separate blog on it or you can look back at a blog I did that told some of the story just after Christmas... This is a big thing because the BIL lives in CO while everyone else in the family lives in IN or MI. My husband sent an email to all his brothers and sisters letting them know what Tim was asking and so now we are playing a wait and see.
Sunday - Went to church in the morning. Came home for about an hour and a half then went to the park to play disk golf (also known as Frisbee golf). I don't play but they have an awesome playground and splash pad for the kids so most of the wives sat in the shade and chatted while the guys & kids played. After we left the park we went home I ate really quick (all eating had been spot on all weekend!) Then went to help at the playground. There wasn't as many people as we hopped their would be so there was a lot of work with 5 people to do it! We had good fun though, We tried to get the kids to help but that ended when one of them stepped into the paint bucket and spilled the latex paint all over!! LOL We had two dads that did all the outlines so we told them they could take the kids home when they were done. That left 3 ladies (including me) and it was starting to get dark so we cleaned up and decided to go for a drink at a Mexican Restaurant down the street. I was good, I might have had a few to many chips but I only had one beer! I was home and in bed by 11! The weather finally cooled off and I slept like a rock!
Today - I will be back out at the playground trying to finish up the painting (hopefully more people today) at 6 tonight. I have a room in my house to clean and I really need to get a good walk in so my short term (as in today's goal) is home with kids by 3:30 - Clean, go on walk (either outside or treadmill) for 30-45 minutes, eat dinner early head to school be home and in bed no later than 11.

Thanks for reading! have a great week everyone!

  
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GOODGETNBETR 7/28/2010 6:15AM

    emoticon Hope you enjoy a great week too.

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SPARKNMOM 7/27/2010 10:21PM

    Wow!! Crazy weekend, but lots off good stuff. Have a great week :)

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WALKOFFWIN 7/27/2010 12:42PM

    Long? That wasn't so long. You should see some of mine. I'm the KING of long! That is... when I finish them. Still a little embarrassed about not finishing the one about my cat. I should just take it down until it's done.

Great to hear you say "I am in a great mood today and I am sure there are many reasons for that so tell me what you all think." I think I'm glad that you're in a great mood! :o) Also liked "kid stepping into paint bucket" although I'm guessing it probably wasn't funny for you at the time.

Liz, it sounds like in spite of some challenges you face in your life, you're doing a very good job of keeping it all together, and doing it with a smile. Congrats on that!

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ANGELASUE1979 7/26/2010 3:04PM

    Sounds like a great weekend! Sunday gave us beautiful weather for sitting in the shade, didn't it? :) Way to go with your healthy eating habits over the weekend and limiting yourself to just one beer. Good luck with the playground tonight. Also a quick thanks for supporting me continuously. You are a wonderful sparkfriend.

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WHOAMOMMA 7/26/2010 2:21PM

    Hope you get the playground finished tonight. Suppose to be comfy today.

Hope things workout with your MIL.

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JODIANN421 7/26/2010 11:31AM

    Sounds like an awesome weekend!! I LOVE the stencils!! That is a really great idea! emoticon

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