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New Season, Fresh Start

Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Happy Spring! emoticon It felt more like emoticon this morning, hopefully the mercury will match the calendar soon.

I'm hopeful that in a new season I can start to keep a more consistent approach to a more healthful lifestyle. Over the past few months, more often than not I found myself finding excuses not to do things that I know I should, that will help me in the long term. But I am definitely cracking through that funk. I'm looking forward to a few things coming this season that are already motivating me to stay in gear.

1) I'm an ardent listener of Jillian Michaels' podcast, and she's coming to my area on a speaking tour in a few months to promote her new book. I'm sure it will be things I know and have heard before, but I think it will still be uplifting to go and get it in person. emoticon

2) I'm going to Florida in June with my siblings and nieces/nephews. I'm really trying to get out of having a goal weight to be at by then (my head just naturally wants to do that, though), but instead just trying to work out consistently so I don't find a way to permanently stay out of frame during the trip. As hard as I try (okay I don't really try that hard) I tend to cringe at photo ops, focusing on my hangups instead of enjoying the moment and the memories.

3) I'm having arthoscopic knee surgery in a couple weeks. I've been having knee pain for years on and off, never getting it checked out. I finally went to the doctor to see what was going on....several months, a clean x ray, another injury, and an mri later I learned that I have a large, old meniscal tear that is just retearing over and over instead of healing, and potentially early signs of arthritis. emoticon Rather than freaking out about it I'm taking it as a sign that I just need to get my a** in gear and stay there. Because I've had several years of knee pain, despite strength training, therapy, biking, etc, with no relief I think surgery is the right option now. I'm young, which from everything I've read and the doctors have said bodes for a good recovery. I want to do this know so that I don't end up with lifetime deficiencies in my knee, and so that I remember what could happen if I don't take time to take care of me. All in all I think it will be a good thing, and a lesson learned. But wish me luck all the same!

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PLATINUM755 3/26/2013 3:52PM

    You've taken the time to try other what you think is right for you.

And oh yeah...I'm jealous too about JM! Enjoy yourself!

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BUTTERCUPP76 3/20/2013 11:28PM

    I think you are doing the right thing getting it taken care of now. Best of luck to you in everything!

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    Oh no!!!! knee surgery!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Praying for you darling!!!!

And woooohoooooooo on going to see JM!!!!!!!!!!!!! I'm jealous!

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The 18 Areas of Life

Wednesday, January 23, 2013

I stumbled across this while browsing the web today. Apparently this is a popular life coach evaluation/exercise to help people identify and evaluate how they feel about various areas of their life. I DEFINITELY want to do it when I have time, I think it could help anyone develop a plan to better themselves with or without a life coach. Hopefully you will find it useful as well!! Let me know what you think if you finish the exercise, I'll try to post some of mine once I find the time to do it.

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PLATINUM755 1/27/2013 7:28PM

    Looks good...make the time to do it...You're worth it! I'm going to make some time for it as well!

Thank you for sharing and emoticon

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SPARTAN40 1/24/2013 2:26PM

    Cool! Thanks for sharing.

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GOPINTOS 1/24/2013 2:16PM

    Thanks for sharing!


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KITT52 1/23/2013 6:14PM

    I need to down load it look like a lot ...
thanks for sharing

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MIATIA1 1/23/2013 4:34PM

    Great ! Thank you for telling us about this .

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NESARIAN 1/23/2013 4:30PM

    Awesome! I do think these exercises help us understand ourselves better and help us plan how to achieve the changes we desire/need. Thank you for sharing it.

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Crawling out from Under Myself

Friday, January 04, 2013

2012 was quite the year for me. My mother's health took a number of scary turns, my very pregnant sister moved in with me, I moved apartments, took on A TON of responsibilities at work and at was all around crazy. For awhile there I honestly just shut down. I was so focused on doing for others that I stopped doing for me. Not on purpose, not all at once, but I definitely stopped.

And it shows. I gained some weight and a crappy attitude. My summer was pretty dark, I don't even remember the last time I consistently sparked. I didn't have the time, but I also didn't have the right perspective or I would have found it. Because when do any of us ever have the time?

I don't have any resolutions this year (see no time, lol). The last thing I need is another to do list. This year I just have to get out of my own way, crawl out of my crap and commit to finidng time for ME every day. I know it won't be easy, but in the midst of all that crazy last year I learned how much I can take, so why not use that fortitude to achieve a personal goal I've wanted for as long as I can remember?

We'll see what happens, but I am digging my feet in for a heck of a fight in 2013!

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IYA_EKUNDAYO 1/14/2013 10:05PM

    Everything will fall into place for you and by getting over the bumps in the road in 2012, you will KNOW that you can (and will) get through any challenge you are faced with in the future.


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SAPHRAEL 1/6/2013 9:28PM

    Thank you for all you do with the Done Girls. Sorry you had so many challenges this year. It sounds like you have a good attitude going into the new year. I'm cheering for you!

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    I hope that 2013 is a fantastic year for you! I know you can do it, looking forward to seeing us both Sparkler brighter this year! :)

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QTEALADY20031 1/5/2013 7:09PM

    You can do it! 2013 will be a better year! At least now you know your limits and we are all here for you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JSELLINGTON 1/5/2013 2:49PM

    I am praying that you reach that goal. You can do this. 2013 will be spectacular!!! emoticon emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 1/4/2013 9:34PM

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PLATINUM755 1/4/2013 2:58PM

    emoticon We're here to help each other, so shout out whenever you need. The power is in YOU to make it happen! emoticon

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NEWTINK 1/4/2013 9:44AM

    I hope this year is better for both of us .... emoticon

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    Here's to 2013 being much better than 2012!!!!! You can do this honey! HUGS!

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The Last Day of My Twenty-Eighth Year.....

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

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Tomorrow is my birthday! emoticon I'm turning 29, creeping closer and closer to thirty..... emoticon emoticon

Which honestly doesn't scare me anymore! When I was twenty, I thought thrity was lifetimes away, that I would have everything figured out and perfectly in place by then, the job, the house, the family...the life. I also thought it would take much longer to get here than it has....time REALLY flies!

I may not have my dream job, but I have a great job, and it has given me flexibility to deal with the multiude of family issues that I've had these past few years without affecting my performance or growth at all.

I may not own a home yet, but I am renting something that I can actually afforrd, so I am able to save up money for when that day actually comes. I can't say that for most of my friends that bought young and are essentially house poor now.

And I don't have a family of my own yet, but I couldn't be happier about that! My siblings and mother keep me busy enough, and I have two nieces and they tire me PLENTY, thank you! I spend enough time with them to KNOW that I am not ready for that committment yet. And anytime I think I might be, I spend a few days with them and remember that no, your 'mom' light isn't on yet, and that is perfectly okay!

Ten years ago, thirty terrified me. I remember telling myself then that if I hadn't lost all the weight I wanted to by then that I would just stop trying. Now I'd NEVER say or think something like that. I KNOW I will get to the finish line, and that I will continue to try as much as I can to push myself and grow, but I'm not putting a stopclock on it. I have to live this way forever for these changes to endure, so what's the rush?

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KAKLUCK 8/13/2011 9:40AM

    Great blog! Happy belated birthday! So great to hear you being so honest with yourself!

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STFY31 8/11/2011 1:13PM

    Happy Belated Birthday! :) I am 33 but I figure if I still act like I am 21 then all is well, heehee. I can handle being in my thirties I guess but lately my hubby keeps trying to make me buy a mini van. That is one thing I can not handle. I keep telling him that it will strip away the last of my youth. He just doesn't get it. :)

I hope you had a superb Birthday!

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HAPPYBASKET 8/11/2011 12:52AM

    Now I REALLY feel old. We are celebrating 62 years of marriage tomorrow. OH MY. I like your attitude & Thinking. You will do just fine in life & you can be very proud of yourself. Sad that more people don't look at life a little more seriously.
Happy Birthday!

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TRACYZABELLE 8/10/2011 11:47PM

    Happy Birthday girl~~

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 8/10/2011 12:28AM

    Happy 29th! I love your attitude and enthusiasm! Actually my 30's were pretty awesome! So enjoy them when they get there!

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BONJI40 8/9/2011 4:41PM

    Woohoo! You have the right attitude New! Enjoy 29 tomorrow and look forward to your 30's! I bet it will be the best decade ever!

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SHELLEY140 8/9/2011 11:50AM

    Happy Birthday Tomorrow :)

Wait till you hit your 40's like me...I look at like this, each year I get that much wiser! :)

Great blog...thanks for sharing a bit of you with all of us! :)

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PLATINUM755 8/9/2011 11:49AM

    Happy Early Birthday!...You're taking your birthday in stride, good for you young one! With that attitude, you will make it! Keep pushing, stay focused, think positive and your goals will come to you! emoticon

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    What a fabulous blog! You are an amazing woman! Happy early birthday beautiful!

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*ERICA* 8/9/2011 9:32AM

    I hit the 29 year mark in February...and honestly 30 scares the crap out of me. I just keep did I get here? What happen to my 20s? lol This past decade went way too fast so I'm scared to see what happens when I get into my 30s!
Have a super birthday tomorrow!!!

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friday & saturday - same things both days

Friday, February 11, 2011


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    What is that with the broccoli in it? Looks good!

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TRACYZABELLE 2/16/2011 1:28AM

    I like the Thomas' light wheat english muffins!

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NEWCASTLE7B 2/11/2011 8:13PM

    lol yeah it was blaize i discovered this week that english muffins with a little melted cheese on top are really yummy! there are so many things you can do with those, lol! emoticon

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    lunch looks so yummy!

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