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Dinner with Brandon and Lisa

Sunday, August 01, 2010

I had a great dinner with Brandon and Lisa :-)

They just moved into their new townhouse last weekend and they already have it looking like they've lived there for a while. This is their dining room table:

Here's me with Lisa

and me and Brandon

and Brandon with his little sister Meghan:

I was joking on my NOVA Spark Team that I was going to dinner to their house, wondering what kind of dinner we would have with neither of them knowing how to cook. They either eat out or when Brandon did cook (Lisa never did) it was something out of a box. When he first invited me to dinner he said maybe he'd make a low fat tuna casserole. I know at home he would take pasta roni and make it and then add a can of tuna. I took some spinach dip made with FF mayo and FF sour cream so I'd have something fairly healthy to eat. Much to my surprise, they put together a nice little meal!

I was so happy they thought about me and had broccoli and carrots, a whole grain brown rice dish, boneless chicken breasts and corn. For dessert they even made sugar free jello with pineapple in it and they also had fat free ice cream!

I may not have been able to get him to eat so well. Like his father, he almost never ate they healthy food I cooked, choosing to eat boxed high sodium processed foods, but he is slowly changing! He said now that they have the townhouse payment, they have drastically cut back on eating out and I was surprised to see a lot of healthy choices in their fridge and pantry and a small amount of the hamburger helper, rice a roni type boxes! Changes we make for ourselves sometimes do get into other family members heads! emoticon

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    I know you are so proud of them! I am always amazed at what our kids actually learned even when you thought it went in one ear and out the other. As my kids get older I am becoming that smart person in their lives again and I couldn't be prouder.

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LLTS01 8/2/2010 10:14PM

    Carla, how very sweet of them to not only cook but to also make something they knew you could eat. There is hope.

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DEBSZOO74 8/2/2010 5:22PM

    It's great that you've set such a good example for your son, and it shows in the healthy meal they prepared. The food all looks delicious!

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CANBDONE 8/2/2010 3:31PM

    Could it be they've left Never Never Land? My children are showing signs of maturity also. (they're both in their 30's) emoticon They showed their love for you by honoring your dietary needs.

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NANFACEMIRE1 8/2/2010 9:43AM

    What a great dinner and time together. I am so proud of Brandon and glad he and Lisa are so happy. They did a great job of putting a dinner together that was so healthy and good for all of you. You did win out on teaching him the "right" things to eat. Like you said, now it looks as if they are taking that learning and using it for the good. I am proud of you too. Love you much, Mom

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MARENAMOO 8/2/2010 9:37AM

    First - how great is it that they care enough not only to have a dinner for you - but to make sure that it was healthy! You must have a great relationship with them. And as moms we may get frustrated but it is nice to know that we are laying the groundwork for their future. Good job Carla.

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MALLEUSMIKE 8/2/2010 8:55AM

  Sometimes it is an unexpected or unrelated reason that gets us to change a habit or lifestyle. Obviously we can all eat healthy without spending lots of money. This clearly was a win-win situation for all of you.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 8/2/2010 12:52AM

    That is fantastic Carla, It sure looked good.

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    This is AWESOME! What an example you are to your family and it's great to see evidence of it sticking :)

Also, I can't believe how much Aaron and Brandon look alike! WOW. Lol.

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The Christmas in July challenge end

Saturday, July 31, 2010

I had SO much fun on this challenge. I was on the Spark Vixen's team and it was fun getting to know each other a little better.

We rocked on donating pounds to Santa to fatten him up! As a whole, the Rootin' for Ruby gals and guys donated 230.30 pounds to Santa so he will look himself come Christmas. All in THREE weeks!! emoticon emoticon

We also all helped Santa get from Miami to NY. As of earlier this afternoon, we walked 1130 miles! We didn't quite make it all the way into the city, but we rocked with miles logged!!

We had our pages decorated and every day we had a "page of the day". I was very surprised and happy to have my page as "page of the day today" I really enjoyed looking at everyone's creativity!

Everyday we had little mini challenges to keep us on our toes!

Thanks to all my team mates on the Spark Vixens for your support and a great big special thanks to Pixie and Arlene for working so hard to bring us such a great challenge!

We are getting ready to start the 2nd annual Pound-a-thon. We will rock this challenge too!

Ruby-lites are the best and I'm proud to be one of them!

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DEBSZOO74 8/1/2010 6:45PM

    Ruby Lite challenges are so much fun!

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BETHGILLIGAN 8/1/2010 8:06AM

    Great job!! emoticon

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LLTS01 8/1/2010 12:22AM

    Your team sounds like a blast.

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 7/31/2010 10:54PM

    This was a fun challenge. I'm glad I was part of it but wish I could have donated more pounds. Oh well. Next challenge.

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MTNGRL 7/31/2010 9:44PM

    It was a great challenge my fellow Vixen! I didn't do very well with the pounds but did help move Santa along. Can't wait for the next challenge to start!

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MINDYJ1 7/31/2010 9:30PM

    Congratulations to all of those that gave Santa some pounds! It was a fun challenge like always! I love this team and I love all of the Ruby-lites!

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SPARKPIXIE 7/31/2010 9:28PM

    Thanks for being part of the challenge, Carla! And I'm glad you're going to be a Team Captain on the Pound-a-thon. I'm really looking forward to the new challenge! I've pledged five pounds!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/31/2010 9:20PM

    That is fantastic isn't it! 230 pounds lost, WOW!

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LUCKIEST24 7/31/2010 9:16PM

    What a fun challenge!!!! The Ruby-lites did a fantastic job for Santa!!! 230 pounds?!?!?! That is awesome!!!!!

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Weekend at Mom's and Meghan's b-day

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Well, we picked a nice and hot weekend to go away!! Thought we might escape some of the DC heat, but with the exception of today, it was hotter here than at home. The first day here, we spent all day indoors! Funny we come to visit, but here is everyone of us on our computers, LOL!

We had planned to go to Paraclete to simulate skydiving, but Aaron and Amber are taking the pool table home since Mom and Larry are moving and it took a couple hours to take it apart. Hopefully we can try it another time. Here it was before taking it apart.

I really enjoy the slot machine, but I think they're taking it with them emoticon

Then we had Meghan's b-day celebration

It was even too hot to go swimming, with the pool temps in the 90's! So we spent the day inside today just playing games. We had a really nice visit and are getting ready to head home. Tomorrow I will spend the day moving stuff into my new basement space as Brandon moved out this weekend. Leaves us with the full finished basement: family room, bedroom and bathroom. I'm sure I won't have trouble filling the space up!

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UVAGRL928 7/27/2010 12:06PM

    I love the pic of you all on your computers... my fam is the same exact way!

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AVEARE 7/27/2010 12:30AM

    I love your computer! It's very cute and very you :)

Glad to hear you had such a nice family weekend, hope it helps you recharge for the week and apparently the weather is supposed to be a little cooler this upcoming weekend (finally!)

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BETHGILLIGAN 7/26/2010 8:26AM

    Sounds like a good time with family!! Have safe trip home!

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CANBDONE 7/26/2010 5:52AM

    I'm heading home today from visiting with children and's all about God and family, isn't it? Have a blessed week! emoticon

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    Sounds like a great trip! Whoo hoo!

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DEEGEE2 7/25/2010 10:42PM

    good times

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LLTS01 7/25/2010 10:05PM

    We avoided the heat too but the mall was like Christmas time- no parking. emoticon

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TERMITEMOM 7/25/2010 9:40PM

    Thank Goodmess for air conditioning! I am sure you agree, LOL.
We had a big storm this afternoon so it is blessedly cooler tonight...

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/25/2010 9:04PM

    There's that pink puter! Glad you were able to spend some time with family even if it was indoors.

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HOPE2011 7/25/2010 8:33PM

    Sounds like you had a nice weekend despite the heat. Glad you had fun!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/25/2010 7:49PM

    Even though it was so hot, It still sounds like you had a great time

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LEAH57 7/25/2010 6:37PM

    That is so funny that you were all on the computers in the same room! Tom and I do the same thing on Sunday mornings over coffee... both of us at the Dining Room table on our respective laptops, drinking coffee and talking.... and sometimes, we even IM each other!!! emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/25/2010 6:31PM

    I am sad to see Carla, Meghan, Aaron, and Amber go home. We have had a really nice visit. That is funny that Larry took pictures of all of us (5) on our computers. He said he will have to get him a laptop (instead of desk top) and then told Brewster (our chocolate lab) he needs to get him one too. The weather was too hot to do much but we had a lot of family being together time. That was very special.

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KIMSTUTZ 7/25/2010 6:22PM

    Glad you had a fun relaxing time with your family. My son and i are headed up to lake erie to a cottage with my extended family. Hope its not too hot since we won't have air conditioning! Will have to careful on quantities of what i eat since we do combined meals and i am not up to doing much physical exercise yet.

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LELYTTLE 7/25/2010 6:22PM

  Were you all chatting online while in the same room? LOL I love that picture. I want the pink laptop. That is nice. Glad you had a great time even though it was hot.

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Christmas in July poem

Thursday, July 22, 2010

Here's a little poem for the Spark Vixens and our attempted donations to the skinny Santa:

What’s this?! A skinny Santa?!?

Who ever heard of such a folly?

Never fear, Spark Vixens are here

To put the belly back in his jolly!

It’s an SOS for Santa!

He can’t go out like that!

He’ll scare the girls and boys if he's skinny when he comes with their toys.

I know! Hey Vixens, we’ll give him our fat!

We’ll give love handles, saddle bags, and bat wings!

Donate him our muffin tops, banana rolls, and chub rubs among things.

Let’s give spare tires, wobbly arms, and an extra chin;

Our Christmas charity will lead our being thin.

Jelly bellies? Thunder thighs? Check and check.

Even though its not thanksgiving,

We’ll even give away turkey neck!

Let's go Carla and Emily and Janel and Paula, Kenchris and Rory and Lilly and Andrea!

The cellulite’s a-flyin! The pudge has heard the war call!

Burn it off! Walk it off! Run it off! ALL!

And when there’s no more fat to give

And when the Spark Vixen are sexy and slim Santa has been restored with his holiday fat,

We’ll say ‘Merry Christmas in July Santa baby!’

Put the trimmings on that!

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TRISH2229 7/29/2010 9:55PM

    I love this and your Santa spark page! I love all things Christmas! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REMODELINGPAT 7/26/2010 12:13PM

emoticonGO SparkVixens!


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    Too funny! Looks like you guys are having a blast!

I hope you have a great trip!

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AKELM08 7/23/2010 12:31AM

    Carla, this is by far the best thing I have read all day! Great Job you are so talented!
And like Janel said, we are all proud you are a Vixen with us!
Thanks for the great poem
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YAFENELRA 7/22/2010 8:07PM

    That was just so cute!! And creative!! And do you know, I have all of that myself to give to Santa. LOL

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CANBDONE 7/22/2010 6:41PM

    Very creative...and clever! emoticon

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WINNIEATWELL2 7/22/2010 1:38PM

    Cute! emoticon

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MARENAMOO 7/22/2010 12:33PM

    I certainly have some thunder thighs and chub rub to donate to Santa - what a great cause.

You are so creative and clever - great poem.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/22/2010 11:56AM

    This is just to cute

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/22/2010 11:19AM

    I like it. Go Spark Vixens. Carla thank you for posting it for us to read. Good job. Nancy

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SPARKPIXIE 7/22/2010 11:05AM


Oh Carla, I just love this! Especially "Even though its not Thanksgiving, we'll give away our turkey neck!"

LOL...too funny and are talented!

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DAWNDMOORE40 7/22/2010 10:43AM

    emoticonpoem! Do you have any others? You should show off your talent and if you have other poems, turn them in to get published! emoticon

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JELLI-LEAN 7/22/2010 10:26AM

    Carla~ Great poem... you;ve got talent in the poem writting area girl!

All of us Vixen's are proud to have you on our team with us!

Thanks for sharing!

~ Janel :)

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COFFEEMUG2009 7/22/2010 10:16AM

    emoticon great poem

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LELYTTLE 7/22/2010 10:07AM

  I love it, great job!!! Go Spark Vixens!!



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MALLEUSMIKE 7/22/2010 9:55AM

  If I were a Spark Vixen I would certainly join the cause to fatten up Santa. I support all of you in your quest to donate all your unwanted "baggage" for a good cause. You should all get together for a group Spark Vixen photo. I'm sure you'll all be saying "Merry Christmas in July" soon!

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Thank you!

Wednesday, July 14, 2010

I got an email this morning from SparkPeople notifying me that I'd been selected to be a SparkPeople motivator!!

What an honor :-) I love going through my friend feed and commenting, encouraging and supporting my Spark friends. I never really thought that doing something I truly enjoy deserved any special recognition, but I have to say I'm happy people noticed and liked it and voted for me! emoticon

I've voted for quite a few people that have touched me along the way. Whether it was the inspiration they instilled in others, the great success story of their weight loss or their incredible fitness transformations or their awesome ability to be so active and supportive in the community. There are so many people who are deserving.

emoticon to the emoticon's that I have helped in some way and to all the ones that have helped and inspired me! I love you all and emoticon

PS Lori, I hope your kitty isn't in your lap! And I hope I write enough blogs to move my fireworks one to another page, emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 7/19/2010 5:38PM

    That's wonderful Carla! You are an emoticon motivator & most definitely deserve this! GO YOU! emoticon emoticon

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NANFACEMIRE1 7/16/2010 5:39PM

    Congrats on being SP motivator. I already wrote on your page.

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    You definitely deserve this!

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MARENAMOO 7/15/2010 10:32AM

    So happy for you. You deserve it for your dedication and positive outlook!

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HICALGAL 7/15/2010 4:40AM

    congratulations gorgeous, you deserve it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    WHOO HOO!!!

You totally deserve it! Thanks for being so encouraging all the time!

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CATHY_G 7/14/2010 11:35PM

    You deserve the recognition. I always appreciate the time you take to comment on my feed or blogs. Thank you!

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JUST_SIMONE 7/14/2010 11:31PM

    Congratulations! emoticon

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KIMSTUTZ 7/14/2010 9:50PM

    awesome and totally deserving! you give so much of yourself to others! emoticon emoticon

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LITTLE_QUEEN 7/14/2010 9:44PM

    LOL! No the kitty is not here tonight! I still hear them though, Does anybody else hear fireworks? maybe the fireworks are an extra special way to let you know how special you are and you light up our teams with your special kindness and motivating support. Congrats to you Carla emoticon

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LELYTTLE 7/14/2010 9:36PM


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