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Candle In The Wind

Friday, August 26, 2011

"It is better to light a candle than to curse the darkness."
I left my matches in my hubby's pocket this week.

Elton John's ~ Candle In The Wind

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SPARKLEIIGHGAL 8/27/2011 11:14AM

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ASRMOM 8/26/2011 10:54PM

    You are such an amazing woman. I love the raw honesty of this vlog and yet, you still own it, and keep lighting the candle. If you can use a spark from another page, do it!!! You help light so many. Remember that using another candle to light your own, does NOT diminish the first candle. It doubles the light!

You ROCK for not giving up, throwing in the towel and for keeping it real (and still uplifting!)

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BAILEE_GRAVES 8/26/2011 6:45PM

    Somehow I believe that you will ALWAYS be able to find the matches to keep your candle lit. It may not always be easy to find them; sometimes they be wet; but they're out there and you're light will never, ever stay out for long Lizzy girl!!


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DXP6028 8/26/2011 4:14PM

    That was deep...

I'm glad you are trying your best to stay motivated and positive. You have no idea how many of our candles you have already lit. Thank you for that.

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KAURAKITTEN 8/26/2011 3:07PM

    I think it's funny that I was humming "This little light of mine" all morning and then you post this blog. I think you have a beautiful candle that the world needs to see. I think it's probably covered in glitter because the closer my candle gets to yours the happier I am :)

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Eye Candy Awesomesauce Banter

Wednesday, August 24, 2011

Eye Candy is an attitude that reflects on your exterior; that R*E*S*P*E*C*T for your Diva-self.
I'm a size 16...I didn't find it at a size 6 or 0 where I thought I'd find it. It was here the whole time.

Tornado Season....

F.Y.I ~ASRMOM, I did not start the tornado either...

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MALKS_ARIA 8/31/2011 3:00PM

    Awesome Sauce!!!! Wooohoooo! You are doing awesome!!

Note on the breathing - You may want to speak with your dr about an inhaler to use when you are exercising. There is such a thing as Exercise Induced Asthma. It would help open your lungs and allow your body to get the oxygen you need, and allow you to breath a bit easier. (but I do know you have had issues with getting to the dr due to finances... but it is worth mentioning....) I have to use my inhalers daily... but I get them from the Sample Pharmacy (Samples from the Dr office) . . . And I make sure I have the Albuterol when I work out, just to help if needed (but not often)!

Hang in there.... You are a BEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEEaaaaaaaaa
UUUUUUUUUUUUUTTTTTTTTiful Lady!!! You are totally Eye Candy! And the day of this Video Blog, Hair combed, necklace, and pressing on!!! Totally!!! Totally!!! Totally Eye Candy!!!! Attitude is everything dear! I know I am too..... :) Just ask Dan :P hehehehe

Love the bog, and love the Diva attitude!


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BIG_BEAR73 8/25/2011 12:33PM

    Man that Big_Bear guy must be really mean to you! I mean he is 6'4" and now weighs 308 and he was 370. He got a gymboss at and set it for 2min/1min so he would jog for 2 min then walk 1 min, then repeat, and repeat, and repeat, its been a long hard battle to get that 39 minute time but it feels so good to cross that finish line knowing you gave it all you got.

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JEANUT 8/25/2011 6:29AM

    Beth is right you are beautiful and we see it...
now for you to see it.
Very good reason for leaving your dog, it would have made you more nervous too worrying about him.
You are freaking yourself out telling yourself you are going to die... see you didn't, just not use to jogging.
More positive talk my sweet eye candy friend.
congrats on getting out and jogging.

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ASRMOM 8/24/2011 11:49PM

    I was mentioned by name in your blog! WOW!! I love the Eye Candy Team idea!

Way to go!

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SHASSYSUE2 8/24/2011 10:21PM

    I AM ALL IN!!! emoticon

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ANEWBETHSTL 8/24/2011 9:09PM

    You are such a beautiful woman. We here on Sparkpeople see it, I can't wait until you see it. We get to see your beautiful smile and hear your witty fun voice on blogs...and we are very fortunate.

But, like you, I think we all have image issues that we have to overcome. We will all get there. But this is a journey right :)

Eye candy group??? YES!! I am with it too emoticon

Love you girl!

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MKPRINCESS007 8/24/2011 8:29PM

    YES!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! EYE CANDY TEAM!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! yes, LIZ!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) We must! Let's get this party started! :)

Your daughter is so precious! Love the flowers unless she picked them out of the garden! :) LOL

Ok, so the dog is Cujo??????? Might be better to leave him home........

Oh, Construction worker party! Now that is something to fear!

Walk the 5K girl! Running is not for everyone ( I say from experience) especially if you have breathing issues.

You are so flippin' awesome!!!!!!!!!! Total AWESOMESAUCE!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WERD.........

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MNOT2THICK 8/24/2011 7:40PM

    KUDOS on embracing your inner diva. Divas come in all sizes. It is just a state of mind backed up by a banging attitude and or body.

I am the same as you and Eclipsed with the winded. I was also a sprinter in HS and College. The allergies and asthma don't help. Woo Hoo Liz for the 5K!!! I did the 5k your way and didn't pass out so you can too. Just take your time. I walked 2 mins and ran 2, walk 4 and ran 4, etc.

Loved the blog and I'll join the "Eye Candy Team". That has always been my theme, "Look but don't touch", I am not for the greedy. emoticon emoticon

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ECLIPSED 8/24/2011 4:37PM

    I had the same problem when I started running. I was always a sprinter when I was younger and those long runs that Luke used to push me through just KILLED me! I always thought I was gonna die and could never breathe right either. Keep doing "your best" as you said, you'll get better every time. Even if you do feel like you're dying :) You've given me inspiration to start running again :)

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DXP6028 8/24/2011 4:18PM

    I think your awesome. Way to go. I wish I could have the initiative you have. I get sick so often that it always derails me. Thanks for being so positive.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/24/2011 3:57PM

    What a fun blog. Love the black and white look.

You should start an Eye Candy team. emoticon That would be fun.

They are saying we might get record temps this weekend around 43.3 C (110 f) or better. I promise I won't whine when it starts to cool off. I can't promise not to whine when it's really cold though. emoticon

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Call me, Whiplash Girl!

Monday, August 22, 2011

Sneakers. Check.

[I have to save for new treadmill ones come snowglobe season, cuz, I'm gonna hafta use my treadies for today. Grrrr... This 5k foreplay walk better be worth it.]


[It's a chilly one. 14c/54f. I collected my first fallen maple leaf on my walk home today!]

Over-protective, old-lady consuming guard dog. Check.

Bag to scoop remnants. Check.
Make that two. I'll need one for her Pomeranian. Check.

Phone, no SIM card, but tunes. Check.

[I listened to Alyssa Reid ft. Jump Smokers on constant rotate for 62 minutes.

Yes, it took me 62 minutes to walk 5k. Cruzer had to sniff, eat and poop many, many old ladies and their little dogs. It takes a while! The constant rotate just is an indication of how inept I am with a cell phone. Shhh...don't get too cocky or I'll challenge you to an XBOX 360 Game and embarrass you.]

I'm all geared up and bravin' my morning adventure. I'm determined that mornings are my thang. Usually, I'm waiting for hubby to come off of night shift, but, I think I'm making it early enough that I'll make it home still before him. I'm not going to hang on all day for my health time...I feel like I'm waiting for leftovers. Leftovers that grow stale and that I end up turning away. So fresh health it is!

This morning it was no kids. Just me and my dog, the tunes (tune) and solitude. A third of the way through my walk I was feeling like I'd been at the beach chillaxin' for an afternoon. I had that *gLoW* of endorphins from doing a bit of a jogging jag (I love my LOUD music!) . For the most part the walk was blissful solitude. Once in a while there was an elderly lady (80+) with her walking carpet, but, for the most part, FREEDOM!!!

The best part of my walk was knowing that I gave someone whiplash.
It was unintentional. At first I thought maybe I didn't have enough protection for my weak bladder. You know, one of those moments of utter fitness humiliation. Not so, my jacket was now tied around my waist if the unimaginable of all fitness embarrassments were to happen.

What the hay were all these guys starin' at?!

That was the 5th rear-view once-over I received in 10 minutes.

So, I have no bladder leakage...


Boogers? Nope.
Wedgie? Nope.
Two heads? Nope. Nope.

What is it then?!!
K. I've established nothing embarrassing...

I stop dead. Right there on the side walk.

It can't be.
Could they think I'm something to look at?


I'm THAT girl?!

I'm the Whiplash girl?!!!


***another potential whiplash victim whips by***

Granted the usual scenery these guys see in our small town is....

I'm looking like this to them.....

I do not care at this point how distorted their perception is;

Dear mother, sister and sister-in-law, kindly do not ruin my glorious ego-boosting morning walk by ratting me out.

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NANHBH 2/16/2012 1:44PM

    I can TOTALLY see that happening to you! You ARE the Diva, afterall! This blog is too funny!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 8/27/2011 11:29AM

    Liz, you TOTALLY crack me up!!!!! Thanks for making me smile today! I LOVE it!!!!! You go, WHIPLASH girl!!!!! LOVE YA, Susan

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NLH4444 8/26/2011 7:07AM

    Yay! For being eye candy, I'm hoping to get there too! Beautiful fall leaf, I love fall!

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ANEWBETHSTL 8/24/2011 9:04PM

    You are amazing Liz!!!


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JUST-AMY 8/24/2011 4:01PM

    In all of spark world, I could NOT have read a better blog today. Thank you for the laughs, the smiles, the whiplash! All of it = pricelessness!

carry on, girl. Carry on!

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MALKS_ARIA 8/23/2011 11:40PM

    a beautiful lady, on a beautiful day....

getting some major exercise, and you are gonna get there!!! 5k Foreplay all the way!!!


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AMBERLOU_87 8/23/2011 9:07PM

    WOOHOOOOOOOOOO! What a moment!!!!
I ABSOLUTELY loved this blog! You made me giggle inside! Also I loved the way you compared exercising after everything else is done with letting something go stale before you eat it. LOVED IT!
You keep showing those old ladies that they don't own the early-morning-walk! :))

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ECLIPSED 8/23/2011 4:37PM

    ok, have you looked in a mirror lately???? You are DEF whiplash girl!


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SHASSYSUE2 8/23/2011 4:26PM

    I am smiling from ear to ear!!! I love it!!! I also love the fact that you are putting exercise first!! Since Micah has not been in school, my exercise time has come later in the day, and I feel so blah, all day long, so I am looking forward to getting back to the gym first thing in the morning, and taking ME time right from the get go!! Keep it up, it sounds as though you are having a blast, and that is the way to do it!! AND REMEMBER TO KEEP STRUTTING YOUR SEXY SELF!!!! HUGS!! Shannon

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I*AM*BLESSED 8/23/2011 8:55AM are cracking me up! This is, by far, your emoticonblog yet!!!

You should def write a book because I would SO buy it...we'll call you Lizzy Bombeck!

Did you actually take that pic of the cute guy in the car? If so, I'm moving to Canada....

Just sayin'...

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ROCKSPARK2012 8/23/2011 7:37AM

    You are KILLING me! Thanks for starting my day out with a HUGE smile on my face!

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MKPRINCESS007 8/23/2011 12:22AM

    OMGOODNESS X 1 MILLION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! I L-O-V-E-D this! Whiplash girl! I want to be her so bad, can you teach me? Give me lessons? Seriously! :) You are earning every look, cause you are workin the program and workin' the plan! Love that you are walking IN THE AM, to keep it fresh and all that..........YOU DESERVE IT, LOVELY LIZ!!!!!

You made my heart so happy! :)


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JOYFULMOMTO5 8/22/2011 11:52PM

    Yay! :)

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DAWNFIRE72 8/22/2011 11:41PM

    LOVE this blog. It doesn't matter what the other scenery looks like you have worked hard to be "Whiplash Girl". You need tights and a cape because it sounds like a super hero name. emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 8/22/2011 11:12PM

    Go on head turning mama. Walking the furry baby and catching eyes! emoticon

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ASRMOM 8/22/2011 10:44PM

    Love the blog! Don't take our word for it--that guy knows you are something to look at, and look he did! Even if you had a booger---that's NOT what he was looking at (he didn't make it that far!)

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DRAWNTHISWAY 8/22/2011 10:31PM

    awesome... the only whiplash i hand out is to those who want a laugh at my size. You look great congrats on your new earthly status of whiplash girl!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/22/2011 10:28PM

    Love it! emoticon

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RIPLEIGH_MICH 8/22/2011 10:24PM

    Silly! As soon as you mentioned the rear-view once-over, I thought, "They're checking her OUT!" Go baby!

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Breaking the Circle of Blah

Monday, August 22, 2011

178!!! Oh yeah, Baby!!!
Fashioning the Winter Jacket that I finally fit into. Yes, it is cold enough.

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JMARISK 8/24/2011 1:39PM

    I remember that jacket!! You look fantastic, girl!!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/22/2011 1:53PM

    I did a little temperature conversion for you this afternoon. Right now it is 38.9 degrees celsius. By late afternoon it will probably be 41.6. It has been that hot for the last three or four days. It has been 37.7 or better for over a month. I am SO jealous of your cooler weather. emoticon

You are totally rocking the jacket!

Congrats on the new low. emoticon emoticon

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JOYFULMOMTO5 8/22/2011 10:57AM

    So glad you're trying the walk in the mornings and that you have your dog to walk with you. It made all the difference for me. It's such a great time outside just talking to God & breathing in the fresh air. I miss it. So, I'm walking with you in Spirit ;o) I love the coat. I had one like it except it was pink instead of green. I'm so jealous about your temps. It's still way over the hundreds here. Hope you get lots accomplished in the school room today!

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LENKA763 8/22/2011 9:09AM


you just reminded me of my winter coat I haven't wore in like 3 time go give it a try,right?

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I*AM*BLESSED 8/22/2011 8:48AM

    I'm am soooooooooo proud of you! And, yes, you rock the coat....I believe you could even wear a SMALLER size.

Keep up the hard work and I better get my butt in gear before you beat me! Yikes!


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MNOT2THICK 8/22/2011 7:33AM

    Yay Liz, the coat looks great on your 178 awesomeness!!!!

Working out early in the morning works for me. It gets the blood flowing and jogs my mind into function mode. Good move to have a cute doggie body guard. I feel better knowing it.

Happy Monday back at you beautiful.

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Katie's Dance Party

Friday, August 19, 2011

Ya, We're losing it.
Katie, "Ya, like we had it...."

Katie missed out on this morning's Dance and wanted to PaRtY, so, Why not?!

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JMARISK 8/24/2011 1:42PM

    I love this song and I love that your family is involved with Dance Party Fridays. Even the DOG!!! lol

You look fantastic!!

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MKPRINCESS007 8/20/2011 5:10PM

    Ok, this is so adorable! The kids were having fun, dog in the middle of it (noticed the dog got the sword this time! )............lots of fun!

Did you ever notice boys=weapons...........swords and sticks!LOL



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MNOT2THICK 8/20/2011 8:59AM

    So cute. I loved everyone dancing. Go Katie, Go. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 8/19/2011 6:05PM

    Love this song. emoticon

Looks like ya'll had a blast. Too cool.

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BAILEE_GRAVES 8/19/2011 4:26PM

    So worth doing another to include Katie!! She rocks!!

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ECLIPSED 8/19/2011 4:25PM

    Loved it! The kids, the dog, you, so much fun :)

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I*AM*BLESSED 8/19/2011 4:22PM

    Love your family! I have that song on my workout list....


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ROGUE_RUNNER 8/19/2011 12:45PM

    i love that you involve the kids :o)

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