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Never mind all all that!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

How cute is William at ten months old?

And here's Lucy in her new cupcake apron and chef hat I found on ebay:

Now THAT makes coming home from my Caribbean paradise worthwhile!
Aren't I a lucky Grammy?

G'night, sparkpeeps!


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PATTICAKES08 9/21/2011 12:13PM

    I can't believe he is 10 months old!!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/18/2011 11:16PM

    How precious!

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CHATTIEGIRL 9/18/2011 7:17PM

    Hi Elizabeth:

You have a future chef and they are adorable. Love the grandchildern and spend as much time as you can with them. We can teach them what we know and make memories for them. God bless you. Continue with your healthy life style. Learn something new each day.

Smile Joyce

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    Lucky indeed. They are precious!


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OLDERDANDRT 9/16/2011 1:58PM

    What precious grand babies!!!! I reckon I'd have had to come home too!!! emoticon

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CINDYWAGNER1 9/16/2011 12:03PM

    totally agree!

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EMRANA 9/16/2011 11:36AM

  Yes you are! emoticon

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JENNIFER_67 9/16/2011 10:51AM

    They are both adorable!!

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WINFIELD28 9/16/2011 8:52AM

    Yes! You are a very lucky Grandma!

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PEGGYMAS1 9/16/2011 7:56AM

    so cute!!! Grandkids are really a blessing

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FUNKY5RED 9/16/2011 7:47AM

    You have beautiful grandchildren.

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MARTY19 9/16/2011 7:10AM

    They are growing up so fast. Where does the time go?


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CHALLENGER15 9/16/2011 6:28AM

    How sweet!

Is that Strawberry Shortcake on Lucy's apron set?

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    Simply Adorable!!

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NEW-CAZ 9/16/2011 3:18AM

    aawwww so cute!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/15/2011 10:39PM

    They are adorable.

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MAMATO2BOYZ 9/15/2011 10:34PM

  Ur babies are so cute!!!!

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Back in the saddle

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I'm trying to get back on the horse.
But I've seen the grandkids all three days since we've been home. emoticon
And I started back to work today.
I said I wouldn't but I got on the scale and am up 3-4 lbs.
Guess I will low carb again to at least get that off and then think about what the heck to do next.
I'm still exhausted.

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    Control that horse...use spurs if needed. emoticon

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DEBBIEDAY 9/15/2011 10:35AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You are back to Sparkin' and have a plan...YOU CAN do this!!!!!

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FUNKY5RED 9/15/2011 10:30AM

    You are back here on SP and making plans for getting going again. That is a great start. Enjoy your grandkids!


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OLDERDANDRT 9/15/2011 10:12AM

    Welcome home! Gained 3-4 pounds, huh? Not too shabby!!! For as long as you were gone, it could have been a whole lot more! I think you did really fantastic!!! You won't have trouble getting that off and getting back in the saddle again! I know it!!!
You know the drill, move, track and talk to your SP friends! No worries. The pounds will melt away......! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 9/15/2011 9:35AM

    Welcome back! I hope you had oodles of fun with the grand kids!

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RONIREDD 9/15/2011 8:06AM

    Hang in there!

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WESTCOASTKID 9/15/2011 7:50AM

    Welcome back, Elizabeth! Hope everything ended up being OK at your home; hurricane-wise... Getting back in the saddle after vake is always so hard for me! You'll be back in the swing before ya know!

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MARTY19 9/15/2011 6:54AM

    Of course you'll get back on the horse. You don't quit.


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DOOBRIE 9/15/2011 5:55AM

    You'll be back in your routine in no time at all. Don't stress about it.


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NEW-CAZ 9/15/2011 3:13AM

    step by step Liz you'll get back into it emoticon emoticon

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CINDYWAGNER1 9/14/2011 11:29PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/14/2011 10:39PM

    So glad things are going well for you.
&& that it's a good kind of exhausted.

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Easing back into sparkdom

Monday, September 12, 2011

After a harrowing and expensive few days and nights (thanks a lot, Tropical Storm Maria!), DH and I made it home from our 17 day vacation at Jasmine Villa, our second home on Anguilla.

We had a fabulous time- just enough work, play and romance. emoticon
The house looks wonderful and the weather was amazing,

I ate fairly well, tracked nothing, drank every day, exercised for hours almost every day -
my hip bursitis is flairing up a bit now! emoticon

I missed my grandkids terribly- Skyping is great but it's not the same as holding them in your arms! emoticon

So, I'm back- well-rested, tanned and exhausted- got to bed at 2 this morning.
I had a very busy day and have another one planned tomorrow- then I go back to work caring for the history professor- who isn't aware enough to miss me but who's poor daughter surely did! emoticon

I must resume my sparkly duties slowly, starting with tracking my meals (need to do a bit of research about carb cycling) and get back to a kick a$$ ST routine.

I will surely get back and catch up the best I can and re-subscribe to my friends' blogs but it may take me a while, so forgive me.

I intend to avoid the scale at least for a few days or all long as I can manage it.

Best wishes to all and to all a good night!

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LATVIAN_SANDY 9/15/2011 12:45PM

    Sounds like a emoticon Welcome back!

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    Sound as if you had an awesome vacation! My computer is acting funky, so I don't know if I am spelling things right or not. Welcome back to non-paradise!

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SANDBBAR 9/13/2011 5:14PM

    Welcome back, and glad you stayed safe through the storm!

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HIPPICHICK1 9/13/2011 12:46PM

    Glad you arrived home safe and that you had a wonderful time. You sure know how to hit the ground running, don't cha?
Be kind to yourself.

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CINDYWAGNER1 9/13/2011 11:56AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonWelcome back!

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CANDOK1260 9/13/2011 11:14AM

    sounds like a great vacation and please look into carloie cycling I do a form of it with some sucess

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MDMNINA 9/13/2011 10:54AM

    Now you need a vacation to rest up from your vacation!

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JENNIFER_67 9/13/2011 9:19AM

    Welcome back!!

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MARTY19 9/13/2011 7:12AM

    I missed you. Welcome back!


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    Welcome back! Spark on!

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NEW-CAZ 9/13/2011 3:03AM

    Welcome home Liz. sounds like you enjoyed yourself.
Catch up when you get time, your family is what's important emoticon

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DOOBRIE 9/13/2011 2:45AM

    Welcome back, Elizabeth - sounds like you had a great time!

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    Welcome back! So glad you enjoyed your time away (and I like that you included romance in there :)

Catch up when you have time. The most important thing are your grandkids of course!

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GRANDMABABA 9/12/2011 11:23PM

    Sounds like an amazing get away. Don't jump back into everything too fast. Take care of you,too.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/12/2011 10:55PM

    OooooOO If i had one of those getaways I might even toss out the scale.
Welcome home Lizzie.

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Walking in paradise!

Tuesday, September 06, 2011

Almost every single morning I get up early, before it gets too hot, and walk for an hour or so here in Anguilla. emoticon
It's about a 5 minute down to Meads Bay Beach:

It's not a great beach for walking vigorously (too soft sand, too sloping into water) so I 'visit' the beach and walk on the road that runs parallel to it.
I walk/run or slow/jog (slog?) for 45 minutes stopping to walk in to the beach and cool off now and then. There are several closed-for-the-season small hotels and restaurants along the beach that are shady and spectacular and I use a few as my own private gym or yoga studio, thanks to my beloved ipod.

Toward the end of my workout I stop at a world famous restaurant "Blanchard's" and use one of their waiting area benches to stretch, cool down and meditate in gratitude for my wonderful life:

Then, later I go down to the beach and spend an hour, or two, or three, doing water exercises, water walking, etc. I also am in the pool quite a bit each day- always moving. My fitness minutes have been through the roof!

My DD and family are getting by just fine without me in RI.
I even checked in with the history professor's daughter (my main elder care client) and they miss me but are getting on alright.
I miss my grandkids but we've been skyping every other day so...
We dodged Hurricane Katia, which passed well to our north, but we are nervously watching the next storm forming in the Atlantic, which MAY mess us up for our Sunday trip home (especially since USAIR only flies on weekends from St. Martin in September).

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    Beautiful pics. Thanks for sharing.

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DOOBRIE 9/8/2011 3:42AM

    More beautiful pics of your lovely Anguilla - sigh - makes me want to go on vacation. Have a safe journey home!

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TRENTDREAMER 9/7/2011 6:47PM

    glad u didnt get hit by the hurricane. Hope that this next storm doesn't cause any/many problems :)

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OLDERDANDRT 9/7/2011 12:50PM

    emoticonWouldn't that be a crying shame emoticonif you HAD to stay there another week before you could get a fight home? emoticon Sounds like a true vacation, though, hon. One I, too, would cherish with access to a beautiful beach And a pool! I think I'd be doing like you are!!! Enjoying both!!!!!!! Enjoy it some for me!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BVICTORIOUS 9/7/2011 11:51AM

    So beautiful!! If you have to stay another week, oh well......

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CINDYWAGNER1 9/7/2011 11:33AM

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MDMNINA 9/7/2011 10:44AM

    Beaches are the best!

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MJK0430 9/7/2011 10:35AM

    What a spectacular vacation. Wish I was there! Enjoy the rest of your trip and safe travels.

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    Oh, I'm just a little green with envy! emoticonWhat a BEAUTIFUL PLACE, a wonderful place to spend vacation!

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FUNKY5RED 9/7/2011 9:11AM

    It really looks like paradise? What a beautiful place to exercise and relax. Enjoy!

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RDARLING 9/7/2011 8:45AM

    Looks absolutely lovely there. Enjoy the rest of your visit and safe travels home

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HANNAHV 9/7/2011 8:36AM

    emoticonTruly stunning!

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SANDBBAR 9/7/2011 8:27AM

    Beautiful!! I would love to walk there!

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MS_DOLLY 9/7/2011 8:20AM

    You are doing great and what a wonderful gym you have had! So glad you were able to get away. Stay safe.

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HIPPICHICK1 9/7/2011 7:50AM

    It's absolutely gorgeous there! I would love to go somewhere tropical one day. *dreamy sigh*
Good Luck with your trip home. Stay safe!

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LILYGAL 9/7/2011 7:21AM

    Wish I was with you!!! emoticon I love the islands!!! DH and I are talking about going back to St. Thomas or Barbados. We've been to both but I'd like to go to another. Enjoy your time!!

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MARTY19 9/7/2011 6:52AM

    I am so jealous tat you are walking the beach and I am making lesson plans. I'm glad you are having fun and relaxing!


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    Elizabeth - your vacation sounds so dreamy and I love all the places you are getting to do your 'fitness minutes' ... bet they don't feel like fitness minutes do they?!

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NEW-CAZ 9/7/2011 2:57AM

    Sounds heavenly! So please Katia stayed clear and that all is well at home too. Enjoy the rest of your stay emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 9/6/2011 11:57PM

    Lovely pictures. next summer please take me. Look in the picture of you first one I blieve in the pretty pink tank top. your houlders and neck look so nice. you are doing great!

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GRYPHON55 9/6/2011 11:35PM

    It sounds wonderfully relaxing, so happy for you!!

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MSWEEZER 9/6/2011 9:17PM

    You are truly blessed. I can't even imagine!! ENJOY the rest of your vacation.

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JEANUT 9/6/2011 9:15PM

    I wish I was there, it's beautiful

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    I know whenever I'm in Barbados, I seem to exercise more...I walk everywhere and I spend so much swimming! I can't wait to go back. :D If all goes well this week, I should have a job offer (if not 2) and then I can start planning a vacation. *lol*

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CHALLENGER15 9/6/2011 9:06PM

    What a beautiful place to walk!

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WCUNNINGHAM3 9/6/2011 9:03PM

    Great job with your commitment and diligence, keep up the good work emoticon.

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It's just AWESOME how SP meets my needs!

Sunday, September 04, 2011

*Sharing this from a site SP linked to---some things I really needed to hear today:

"Project Self-Empowerment

Thanks for stopping by! Self-Love Month (January) is over but not the 31 Days of Self-Love Challenge—a pledge to do your best to do something loving for yourself for the next 31 days, to make YOU more aware of being kinder to YOU.

Every self-help book pushes building self-love, yet studies show it’s still elusive. With pressure to look and act perfect at an all time high, more people than ever don’t feel good enough to be loved. I want to change that dynamic!

Taking the pledge is meant to be a consciousness raiser. I hope that signing it will lead you to continue giving yourself lots of love. You can post your acts of self-love & read my 31 Days of Self-love posts HERE.

“I pledge to do my best to do something loving for myself, however big or small, for the next 31 days.“

To that end I chose to pass on a deal for my book, How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways, and give away for FREE. It has hundreds of concrete, practical suggestions for building self-love. Every little thing you do that feels good—from taking a short walk, to saying “no” to what you don’t want to do, to getting enough sleep, to buying the brand name lotion since it feels better, to taking a bubble bath to making time to read a book—says “I love me!”

After hating myself for many years, I developed strong self-love by consciously being kind to me. It helped me reinvent myself into a self-empowerment counselor, speaker and author of 12 popular books, including Nice Girls Can Finish First (McGraw-Hill).

Love yourself enough to give yourself the greatest gift of all–yourself--whole and happy on your own.

I’m not the thinnest girl on the block, nor the youngest or prettiest. but I do still love and accept me completely. I now understand that perfection isn’t reality. while I do my best to improve myself, my self-love doesn’t change if I gain or lose weight. Lovingly taking good care of me nourishes it.

Please consider signing the pledge and committing to do your best to do something loving for yourself for the next 31 days. You can post what you do HERE.
I wish you a lifetime of love and blessings!
Daylle Deanna Schwartz


1. I shall lovingly accept myself as I am right now.
2. I shall appreciate all the beauty that makes me who I am.
3. I shall regularly give thanks for all of my blessings.
4. I shall trust in my ability to take care of myself.
5. I shall not criticize myself.
6. I shall not criticize others.
7. I shall forgive myself when I make a mistake.
8. I shall be kind to others, without sacrificing my own needs.
9. I shall take responsibility for my life.
10. I shall love myself to the best of my ability.

The How Do I Love Me? Let Me Count the Ways self-love initiative is dedicated to the memory of Ruth and Lt. Colonel Robert C. Herman, Daylle’s beloved parents, who loved her unconditionally, flaws and all, till the day they passed away."

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    Thanks for sharing!

emoticon emoticon emoticon Trish

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CINDYWAGNER1 9/4/2011 3:06PM

    emoticon emoticonfor sharing it with us! emoticon

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CANDOK1260 9/4/2011 11:37AM

    great blog but then your always are

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MEXGAL1 9/4/2011 11:14AM

    Wow, great stuff. Thanks for sharing!

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SOULFISH80 9/4/2011 10:45AM

    This is a really great blog. I tried to google the author and didn't come up with anything, but I will try again. I am really interested in women loving eathother and ourselves in a healthy way that doesn't alienate others, but honors ourselves and everyone around us, without giving too much of ourselves and having nothing left.

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MARTY19 9/4/2011 10:17AM

    This is definitely thought provoking. I think I don't do it enough.


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HIPPICHICK1 9/4/2011 8:21AM

    Reminds me a bit of my 28 days blogging on what was special or unique about me. Self-love is a must in life for happiness.

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BILLPHIL123 9/4/2011 6:59AM

    Thanks so much for this blog. I need it.!! Phyllis emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 9/4/2011 6:57AM

    Amazing blog Liz, thanks for sharing emoticon

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