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Another Hike!

Tuesday, February 19, 2013

Since yesterday was President's Day, my husband had off work. We decided to gather the dogs and go up to Griffith Park. We have been there multiple times before, but we decided to try a new trail.

It turned out to be a beautiful day. I'm getting stronger each day. I haven't lost the amount of weight that I thought I would by now, but I have lost some. I'm trying to be patient with myself and continue healthy habits.

What did you guys do this past weekend?

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RUNGRL2013 3/1/2013 7:49AM

    Great picture of you and your babies!:) It looks like you had a gorgeous hike and you're so lucky to have sunshine--I've been living in what feels like an ice-box here in Europe since last October:)!! Enjoy! emoticon

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SOCIALAPHASIA 2/20/2013 5:29PM

    That is a great picture! Hiking is so much fun and a great way to sneak in exercise. I am actually going hiking this upcoming weekend. I wish I could bring my dog, but he is a Pug and I would end up carrying him up and probably down the trail haha.


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LIZZIECA55 2/20/2013 12:29PM

    I worked; Monday wasn't a holiday for me. Looks like you had a great day. Keep up the good work.

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KATYMS 2/20/2013 11:43AM

    What an awesome picture!

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REEBADABEEBOOS 2/19/2013 11:05PM

    Beautiful picture of you and your fur babies! What a fun date - I can't get my hubby to do stuff like that with me.

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ANNELIZABETH918 2/19/2013 8:41PM

    That sounds like a great day! It's a beautiful view! Be patient and keep up the good habits and the weight will come off! I hope you have a wonderful rest of the week!

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The A-Z of Me

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Borrowed from LIBELULITA found on LBFROMBUFAD's sparkpage.

A - Available or married: Married for almost two years as of the 13th.

B - Book: I'm really loving Self Help Books lately. Wayne Dyer and Deepak Chopra.

C - Cake or Pie? : Neither anymore, if you would have caught me 6 months ago, I would had said Red Velvet Cupcake.

D - Drink of Choice: Water in my pink tumbler.

E - Essential Item: My Iphone and Lipstick

F - Favorite Color: Pink and Tiffany Blue

G - Game to Play or Watch: To play: Scattergories To Watch: Basketball or Jeopardy. My husband and I get competitive with it.

H - Hometown: Indiana, PA

I - Indulgence: Expensive Makeup and Bath Products. I need to pamper myself.

J - Job: Administrative Assistant for an Insurance Company and Pet Blogger

K - Kids and Names: My Furbabies! Nico, 7 and Gatsby, 8.

L - Life is incomplete without: Taking every moment for what it is and knowing anything is possible.

M - Music Group or Singer: Katy Perry or Mariah Carey

N - Number of Siblings: 3

O - Oranges or Apples? Oranges

P - Phobias/ Fears - Losing a loved one, heights.

Q - Favorite Quote: Religion is for those who are afraid of going through hell, Spirituality is for those who have already been there. - I'll have to see who said this. I recently found it on Pinterest and LOVED it.

R - Reason to smile: my dogs' excitement when I come home.

S - Season: Fall

T - Tattoos: None yet.

U - Unknown fact about me? I met my now husband when I was just 16.

V - Vegetable you love: All of them??? I especially love broccoli and asparagus.

W - Worst habit: Not flossing often enough.

X - X-rays? broken foot, broken ankle.

Y - Your favourite food: Anything Organic.

Z - Zodiac? Virgo. Definitely a virgo.

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    That was fun! I'm happy to know a little more about you! How are you doing?

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RUNGRL2013 2/4/2013 10:23AM

    Great to read about you!!! I like your energy (yes, I'm the spiritual one from california, lol!). Look forward to more of your blogs. emoticon

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JAMER123 1/31/2013 1:03AM

    That is a great way to meet & greet! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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NASCAR_CHICK 1/31/2013 12:46AM

    Thanks for sharing a little about you... it's always nice to get to know our Sparkfriends better!

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Be Your Own Role Model

Thursday, January 24, 2013

How many times do we look to other people for motivation and inspiration? Sparkpeople is full of these wonderful success stories and inspirational people. I'm so incredibly grateful for the friends I have made from this site and the support it provides. However, I know that if I am ever to be truly successful, I have to become inspiring to myself. I have to be the person I always wanted to be, the person I know I CAN be.

I joined Overeaters Anonymous in November after trying it out in August and abandoning it, thinking I had all the answers. I quickly realized I didn't and have been back in program since November. I quickly learned that I've been waiting for other people to fix me and tell me what I need to do. How ridiculous a concept that we turn to other people to tell us how to live OUR own lives. Now with being in program and learning yet again to look inward, I'm realizing that all the answers are right there. They seemed so out of reach, but only because I've been so blind for so long.

If it's one thing that people have in common that overeat, it is trying to control everything and becoming overwhelmed and stressed out. The stress lead to self soothing which leads to food addiction and eating disorders. Just surrender it already. Surrender it and say... whatever I am going to do today is going to make me a better person tomorrow.

I'm not perfect by any means. I've only lost 20 pounds so far. I don't exercise the way I should everyday. But I have made changes that are significant. I'm proud of me. I'm becoming my own role model. I encourage you to do the same.

This is me and my best friend on Christmas Eve of this year. She has since moved back to New York. I'm trying to get her to realize her worth as well. Be each others biggest cheerleaders and supporters. There are enough "haters" and cynics out there.

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REEBADABEEBOOS 1/28/2013 11:09PM

    Hey Bella, I think it's absolutely awesome that you've joined a support group. That takes a lot of courage to do that and take back your life. I'm routing for you, hun!

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SLIMLILA 1/24/2013 9:58PM

    Awesome blog! You said what we all know, we just need to believe it and realize we can rely on ourselves....

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GORIANA 1/24/2013 9:01PM

    Yes. You have all you need within you. It is also good to find models of behavior we haven't mastered. We can get new ideas from them, but we do have to do the work ourselves.....
Btw ONLY 20 pound! Come on. Sounds cheer-worthy!

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RUNGRL2013 1/24/2013 5:14PM

    I'm so happy to read this. You're so right--I've been doing this my whole life too. It's time to be my own role model. I'm proud of you even though I don't know you--this realization is epic--its a revelation!:) You say you've 'only' lost 20lb. Girl, YOU'VE LOST 20LB!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Wow, congratulations, you've done good. Keep it up, and thank you for your blog. You've given me just what I needed to hear today. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Committing to Excellence- Recapping The Year and Looking Ahead

Wednesday, December 26, 2012

As the new year approaches, I'm sure most are thinking about how the new year is going to bring hope for a better job, a better relationship, a better situation, a better YOU. I know that I often get wrapped up in the excitement and think the same things. But I also know that I don't have to wait until the new year. I've spent the last seven months working toward those goals and will continue the progress. Each and every day, I pray for the courage and strength to work through the things I need to work through and for the willingness to work toward my goals.

I've learned in this last year that you are responsible for yourself. No other person or thing will bring you fulfillment or happiness. I've learned that you can lose weight and still feel horrible about yourself. I've learned that the more open you are, the more that you'll receive what you need to receive. I've learned that by reaching out to help others, you get all the help you'll ever need. I've also learned that this is VERY HARD for me and that I need to stop being such a hermit in the times where I need people the most.

I've committed to working on my marriage. I've committed to taking walks. I buy more athletic gear than anything else these days. I do this because I know that other possessions while they will make me happy for a second, won't lead me toward achieving my goal of health. I've committed to tracking my food. Today, I went over by 200 calories. I felt a pang of shame and then I let it go. I tracked it, I was honest. Honesty will set you free when you're a compulsive overeater like myself.

I've written a letter to someone that wronged me explaining what hurt my feelings and I forgave them. I haven't heard back, but at least I finally sent the letter. I now realize that I don't like everyone and that's okay. Some people will just get on your nerves. I don't have to have their approval. Los Angeles is full of rude people, but it's also full of giving, generous, smart people, too. I don't need to generalize anymore.

Most of all, I know that going forward that it's an inside job. The weight will only come off when I get rid of the rest of the baggage. It's a process and I'm no longer at the beginning, but I'm enjoying the journey. I'm committing to excellence because I'd expect no less.

Happy New Year, my fellow Sparkers!

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GORIANA 12/28/2012 12:39PM

    Yes! It is an inside job. Good luck. Keep working at it until you reach your goals, then set new ones.

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PATTYKLAVER 12/28/2012 7:07AM

    You've come a long way this year. Good for you. I wish for you the best of everything in the new year.

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REEBADABEEBOOS 12/27/2012 9:28AM

    Great insights. Happy new year!

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LIZZIECA55 12/27/2012 12:46AM

    Happy New Year; I think you're on your way. Great blog!

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