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Wednesday's Fun & Award Winner ...with pics! :)

Friday, May 27, 2011

Wednesday I took my youngest daughter to our local Nature Center and to the movies. We had a terrific time! The Nature Center is really a beautiful place!

And yesterday at the awards assembly, this little girl of mine racked up on the awards! ~AR (Accelerated Reader) Awards: Met all Monthly Goals, Met Yearly Goal, Tip Top Point Earner $100!, ~Million Word Reader, ~All A's All Year, ~High Honor Roll, ~High Math, Science, Language & Writing subject awards, AR Pageant Contestant, ~1st Place 4-H Presentation-Entomology (out of 3 schools in our area!) and will also give her presentation at the 4-H O-Rama in June! I am so proud of her!!!!



There was even an attack squirrel in the Discovery Room!

Not really, it was quite friendly... and stuffed. LOL!

We're looking forward to going back again this summer... several times perhaps, there are many short walking trails we want to go down... would have this day, but the mosquitoes were horrible!

After the Nature Center we went to see Pirates of the Caribbean 4... her choice... and it was pretty good! :)

We really had a grand day! I love days like this. :)

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TASOGAREBAN 6/3/2011 6:33AM

    NOT FUNNY, lol!! I was once attacked by a squirrel when I was a little kid. Still get traumatized when I think about it!!!

That last pic of the two of you is adorable!

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LIBRA73 5/28/2011 10:22AM

    Aw, what an awesome day! She is gorgeous, just like her mama. You guys looks so much alike! Lucky girl! And super duper smart. I love it! It's all that support at home that helps our kids be at the top. That doesn't just happen. Awesome parents are a big part of awesomely smart kids! So you get a pat on the back, too!

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LIVING4HIM_INWI 5/27/2011 10:29PM

    She's beautiful! Looks a lot like you! I love hearing about good kids and their achievements!
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STORMMIEONE 5/27/2011 8:50AM

    Great pics! Sounds like you had a fun day. emoticon

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Summer Survey

Thursday, May 26, 2011

1. What do you look forward to most about Summer?
Sunshine, swimming, tanning, beautiful days

2. Are you going anywhere?
Unfortunately not, but hopefully next year!

3. Whats your favorite clothing item for warm weather?
Shorts and capris and t-shirts... used to love tanks, but my arms aren't presentable any more... yet.

4. Favorite summery color?
colors of the ocean!!
I love bright colors: turquoise, hot pink, lime green, orange

5. What activities do you enjoy doing in warm weather?
Swimming, tanning, cook-outs, enjoying the sunshine.

6. What are your goals for this summer?
This year it's just to get my daughter back on her feet and feeling great after her surgery.

7. Any movies you're looking forward to coming out/ watching?
I dunno... anything scary. :)

8. Favorite flower?
love basically all of them... especially the wild ones my kids bring me.

9. Would you rather the beach or a water park?
BEACH! no doubt!

10. Whats your favorite beach/water park destination?
I don't have one.. any beach would do at this point... it's been too long since I've seen the ocean.

11. What is your favorite thing about summer?
No school, warm weather, tanning, feeling great, loving the sunshine.

12. What is your favorite summer meal?
Anything on the grill, huge salads, lots of fruit!

13. What is one song that signifies *summer* to you?
Pretty much anything by Jimmy Buffett.

14. Whom do you normally visit in the summer?
The happy, loving the sunshine, younger feeling... ME!

15. What is one thing you dislike about summer?
Too short, also gets overly hot & humid in late summer.

16. What do you look forward to most about summer?
School's out for the kids, outdoor time, tanning, swimming, always the potential to visit a beach!

17. What big home projects do you have planned for summer?
a new pool. Ours died. :/

18. In your own personal words, define *summer* as you would like it to appear in an encyclopedia.
I can't word it any better than this quote, which is one of my all time favorite quotes EVER!...
"Summer is the time when one sheds one's tensions with one's clothes, and the right kind of day is jeweled balm for the battered spirit. A few of those days and you can become drunk with the belief that all's right with the world."
~Ada Louise Huxtable

19. What is your goal for the end of summer?
Melanie to be back to herself and feeling great, to not gain weight, or even better to LOSE a few more pounds!

I love summer!

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LIBRA73 5/28/2011 10:41AM

    I love it! I am so glad school is almost out here!

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STORMMIEONE 5/26/2011 8:17PM

    I love the beach. Can't wait to wear my new swimsuit + go this year.

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Week 10 WW & Week 3 Bootcamp

Saturday, May 21, 2011

No weigh in.

Simply put: everything needs improvement.

Having a lovely day cleaning house tho. (see: sarcasm)

Have a great weekend!

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LIBRA73 5/24/2011 7:56AM

    I could have written this myself! BAH!

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STORMMIEONE 5/21/2011 8:53PM

    Ugh I hate cleaning too. Have a great weekend!

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GMO_JEN 5/21/2011 8:16PM

    Ugh- I had a bad weigh in at WW, so I am with you-I need improvement in many areas-mostly my diet. We (okay, mostly hubby buy I tried too) cleaned are house last week, so it is in pretty good shape. Hope you are having a great weekend!

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    I am an avid house cleaner I'm cleaning every day but if you want a really clean house have someone make you down right irate! Yesterday my house got spit polished because of the grief and stress someone caused me the last three days! she P.O-ed me so bad I ended up telling her where to go and how to get there and the fastest way possible. That's all it took.

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DEBTEVELDAHL 5/21/2011 1:21PM

    emoticon I'm not an avid house cleaner myself.

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ALICIA214 5/21/2011 1:19PM


Rainy day today, perfect for house cleaning.!!

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Week 9 on WW Week 2 Bootcamp

Saturday, May 14, 2011

It has not been a good week...

Saturday was a kick in the gut.

Sunday I had a don't give a crap attitude and just ate whatever.

Monday was the same.

Tuesday I was supposed to work, but was able to be off to go with my daughter on her field trip... that was this week's wonderful happy highlight.

Wednesday I put in a good day at work at both my jobs. Came home and ate. then a mad dash to town for a white dress for my daughter. I hate those last minute "oh by the way" things... but we handled it. Got the dress, a slip, and shoes.

A realization happened this night as well. While my daughter was in the dressing room trying on several dresses and then modeling them for me. I was sitting in the only chair in the "foyer" of the dressing room, where there are huge mirrors on every wall... horrible for me. I got a good look at myself from all angles, and saw what others see... not me looking back at myself, but all those other ways to see me when I'm not looking. Back, side, front, it was an awful realization. In my mind's eye I'm not half bad... in my mind's eye a size 18 ain't THAT huge... but in those mirrors it was a different story. I do not look how I "see" myself at all. I am so much bigger than I feel, and I looked so old... so tired. It was depressing.

Thursday was a regular off day that was filled with eating, brooding somewhat over last night's realization, and laundry. Then we went to the graduation where my daughter was an usher. She was beautiful. I love her and her individuality even when she has to "conform"...

Today I was supposed to work, but my daughter got me up at about 4AM feeling quite nauseous. She sat by the toilet for a long time just knowing she was going to hurl and I did all a mom could do... hot/cold wash rags on her head and neck, pulling her hair back, holding her, giving her comfort by just being there. She never did hurl, but she kept rocking back and forth in pain. I know that feeling... needing to barf, but it just won't come, and you don't really want to anyhow... my poor baby. I then made her two cups of tea... Peppermint and Chamomile. We moved to the living room (with a trash can by her side) and she sipped the teas and finally felt at ease enough to fall asleep. it was almost 6. I called my co-worker after 7 and told her about my daughter's illness and that I was going to let her sleep and see how she felt when she woke up. My co-worker is such a sweet lady... she said I could just stay home with her, no worries... when Bethany did wake up at about 10:30, she wanted to stay home, so I did too. It was a lazy day for us, but I reckon we both needed it.

Bad thing is... I only worked one day this week, and I only get paid for hours I work.

I do not plan on weighing in tomorrow because the only thing I have done right diet wise is those daily spark workouts. I haven't eaten worth a hoot nor have I done much by way of cardio. :/ Last Saturday just really threw me for a loop and landed me in a major funk. I'm still fighting myself over the why keep trying it's not worth it mood. And those images of me in those mirrors... Which is something I really need to shake.... because I am worth it.

Tomorrow is Day 1 of a new week for me. I'm going to try to transfer my disappointed, depressed state into a state of getting angered about my current situation, and determined to really work hard to change it. I don't want to see an obese, tired, depressed person in that mirror any more. Nor do I want to be the fat mom when my oldest daughter graduates next year.

There are many things that would make it easier to do this... live in cooks, personal trainers, gym memberships, but alas, I have no money. or a friend. but I don't want to dive into that poor poor me drama right now.

So... this is something I have to do on my own. (that sounds like a new realization... but it's just reiteration) I have to be determined and be able to handle the gains as well as the losses. I MUST stick to my plans and remember my goals.... and why.

I'm also my own worst enemy. I would never be rude or mean to others (Lord knows the crap I take and put up with), yet I am rude and mean to myself way too often. And that is hard to admit because I'm not searching for a pity party... I'm just confessing.... venting.... releasing. I need to be my own best friend, but I don't really know how to do that.

Well... that's enough. I hate coming across as the high maintenance drama queen, which is how I'm feeling right now... but that is NOT me.... really!

**big releasing sigh**

I kinda wish life had a set point you could tag... and a re-set button when you screw up. I really need a do-over.

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SPARKNMOM 5/17/2011 9:26PM

    Oh, dear....vent away. That's what we're here for. Encouragement. Positivity. And a swift kick in the hiney when we need to get back on track. Hope this week has been better for you.


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NYC_NATIVE 5/15/2011 12:50PM

    Renee, emoticon.

You've been doing the Spark workouts - that's one victory you should notch up. :-) There are some things you have a handle on, and that's a great one to have!

Just wanted to share something that happened to me over the weekend WRT weight. I gained 5 lbs. between this past Friday & Saturday. Sometimes I've gained as much as 8 lbs. within a day... And you know what? It doesn't wig me out as much because I now know that's a normal pattern with me. It's actually pretty common among dieting women... Dang hormones. ;-)

I saw a good quote the other day from another forum I'm on. It went something like, "You get a flat tire on the road, so you just replace it and drive on. Why would you want to puncture the other 3 tires? But that's what we do when we have a bad day, and then decide that we'll just follow that downward spiral." You shouldn't be down on yourself. You're a great gal, and you can do this! I'm the queen of do-overs, too. Ain't nuthin' wrong with that!

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STORMMIEONE 5/14/2011 8:39AM

    You can have as many do-overs as you need. emoticon

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LIBRA73 5/14/2011 1:01AM

    I know how you feel. I had one of those moments in a mirror last summer. When hubs and kids mentioned the beach last year, I did everything I could do deter them. I knew I did not want to be in a swimsuit. So I told my hubs we had no money for it. That was mostly true. But mostly, my motivation for that story was b/c I hated the way I looked. Sad, sorry, but true.

It was rough financially for us, and I have been uber frugal and careful for nearly a year. It is so hard to hold to onto everything, keep it together, and be the mom and wife too. Let alone try to do something for yourself.

The budget, the chores, the schedules, it can all be overwhelming.

The bright side is, you are not alone. No you don't have a cook, or a maid or a gym. I don't have those either. What I do have is you. And what you have is me.

We have built a sisterhood since 07 that I wouldn't trade. When I am down, you are lifting me up and vice versa. Kinda expect that one of us would have some killer biceps by now!

I am so proud of you for sticking to those crazy no music workouts. That is a huge feat for you.

You have me. Kinda stuck with me. :)

You are so worth this. And you know it. We bother with it, doing it over and over again, b/c we are not quitters!

Tomorrow is a new day (well, actually in my time zone today is already here). Start clean and fresh. You are allowed to have many do overs and fresh starts!


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:( Spring Bootcamp Week 1 Day 6 Friday & Week 8 on WW

Saturday, May 07, 2011

I have drank 8 or more glasses of water each day.
I have exercised 40 or more minutes each day.
I have eaten 5 or more fruits and veggies (fresh) each day.
I have stayed within my total points allowed, even had some "activity" points left over.
I have taken my vitamins each day.

I didn't even eat pizza last night.

I gained 3 lbs this week.

What gives? Hope really needs to holler loudly at me right now cause I'm sick of losing ground. I feel like screaming, crying, throwing a fit, crawling under a rock.

What do I have to do? Cause following the rules is not working for me.
The only thing I can think of is eat less... no more using the weekly points at all.

I felt so great about this week. I felt like I was doing things right for a change. I really expected at least a 2 lb loss. Now I feel like giving up.... even tho I won't. I'm just devastated right now.

I feel worse now than I did a couple weeks ago when I showed a 6.5 lb gain... at least then I kinda knew why. This time I just don't know.

Week 1: -5 (5)
Week 2: -5 (10)
Week 3: -4.5 (14.5)
Week 4: +6.5 (8)
Week 5: -6 (14)
Week 6: -2.5 (16.5)
Week 7: -1 (17.5)
Week 8 +3 (14.5) Gosh, back to where I was at week 3. The last 5 weeks have been a waste.

Spring Bootcamp:
W1/D1 (Sun) 10 min cardio/video all in one- done! 10 min total exercise
W1/D2 (Mon) video- done! 30+ min cardio - done! 45+ min total exercise
W1/D3 (Tue) video- done! 30+ min cardio - done! 45+ min total exercise
W1/D4 (Wed) video- done! 30+ min cardio - done! 42+ min total exercise
W1/D5 (Thu) video- done! 30+ min cardio - done! 47+ min total exercise
W1/D6 (Fri) video- done! 30+ min cardio - done! 41+ min total exercise
(like any of this had done any good)

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LILDYNARIDER 5/11/2011 9:53AM

    I don't know if anyone has mentioned this to you before and if they have then you can just ignore this. Are you taking in enough calories for the amount you are putting out for bootcamp. You don't want your body to hoard calories because it thinks you are starving it. You'll actually gain weight that way. I know that sounds absolutely nuts but when I started jogging again I had to eat a little more because I just couldn't seem to shed the lbs. emoticon on the water consumption. Oh that reminds me drinking that much water you need to make sure your salt intake isn't too much or you'll retain water. Ok that's all I have and as I said you might already know it. You can do this hun and good luck this week. You have people backing you up!! emoticon

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TASOGAREBAN 5/8/2011 8:14AM

    Could be a fluke? Maybe TOM or it's coming around? There are some weeks where I think I did awesome and I'll have completely stalled. Don't let it change your whole mentality though, ok?

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NYC_NATIVE 5/7/2011 6:56PM

    Hang in there. It happens to me, too, when I'm trying to lose weight. At the beginning of the year, I was dieting really hard, and all I had to show for it was a 2 lbs. loss. And it took me over a month to do that! So frustrating!!!!!! Then it started picking up, but it'll grind to a halt whenever the scale feels like doing so.

My feeling is that you'll start dropping some scale weight in a bit. For some reason, that first week is like hell week in dieting, LOL. Our bodies simply do not want to let go of that excess weight!

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LIBRA73 5/7/2011 4:30PM

    That is UBER frustrating! I have to tell you, I am having the same experience!

In this entire time (and I have been in WW a couple weeks longer than you) I have only dropped a minimal expected weight loss. I knew I wasn't going to drop 30, but I sure as hell thought I would have dropped more.

I too, have had to stick to my daily points. Those weekly points are doing me no favors.

I too, feel like throwing a big fit. Hubs has dropped 23 pounds and he doesn't workout! OMG! I cannot tell you how much this pisses me off. I work out HARD and he does nothing!!!!

When you find out what gives, please, please tell me!!!!!

But just like you, I am too hard headed to give up! I WILL beat this FRIGGIN fat one way or another! It won't take me alive!!!!!!!!!!!!

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STORMMIEONE 5/7/2011 12:08PM

    Awww I'm sorry you had a gain. Sometimes that just happens. Don't give up though. You are doing great.

Have you noticed your clothes fitting different? I usually use that as my guide instead of a scale.
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