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DaNcE PaRtY? FrIdAy

Friday, February 17, 2012

Everyone is welcomed to join in kicking off SparkWorld's Weekend with some fitness fun!

DaNcE PaRtY FrIdAy

With SparkFriends, SparkPeople's Nutrition Tracker, and D.P.F.'s I dropped 60+lbs.
I DARE you to too.
That's it....Simple enuff, eh?

Rogue_Runner our Vlogger Leader started looked like fun and most every Friday I got up and boogied. Regular exercise was not on my agenda until I could get migraines under control (and nothing was 'fun', it all seemed like torture), so, this little bit was the 'SPARK' I needed.

You can pick your own song to dance, lipsync, or wiggle to and record. Then share your bit o' joy with your SparkFriends. It helps to make the weekends brighter, gets ya started moving that little bit and it's fun!!!

I SOOOO DARE you to try it out.

Please take a moment to Bless Kristin in her time of hurting...

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NAVYMOM133 2/18/2012 8:39AM

    She unzipped and shed the coat! How Melly-esque! Hahaha!
Loved it, loved the cartwheel and the split into the snow angels!
Major frozen tundra - we're going to 50F again - yes, I am worried about 'the weather'. What's happening?????? hehehe...

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 2/17/2012 11:34PM

    Love it! Keep on dancing!
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MIBELLALUNA 2/17/2012 9:50PM

    Aw, it makes me feel SPECIAL when you think of me!! Thanks for the shout out!! Like seriously you guys are my drug too! When something cool happens, I get happy and want to tell you all first! haha HUGS

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DRKEYEZ820 2/17/2012 3:24PM

    LMAO! UR SO AWESOME! I totally love the changing color format in the vlog :) i was thinking the color the looks best on u is.....PINK! Yes! U should so totally get wash out pink hair dye, then do a dance party friday with a Pink song!!!

WHY would ur SON have your skinny jeans?! HAHAHAHA
I wish i could do a cartwheel. And the sad thing is, i used to be a cheerleader! A cheerleader who could not tumble, do cartwheels, or go into a FULL split. U ask how? Im a big mouth! :) YUP! hehehe

Have a rockin weekend girl!

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JEANUT 2/17/2012 2:39PM

    bet it's as hard as trying to dance in soft beach sand.
I love your Friday dance parties

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NANHBH 2/17/2012 2:06PM

    Nice! You are very brave to cartwheel in the snow. I'd have fallen on my tush.

Thanks for turning me on to Kristin's Spark Page. I've been laughing and crying through her blogs. She's an incredible woman.

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JMARISK 2/17/2012 1:52PM

    You are too awesome! lol. And wow! You look AMAZING!!!! Keep it up girl.
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EMKO0916 2/17/2012 12:41PM

    I heart you. THAT is awesome!

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TARAFROMTX1 2/17/2012 11:11AM

    emoticon Happy Friday!!! Have a Great Weekend! And Dance on!! I don't blame you on the audience either lol

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MNOT2THICK 2/17/2012 10:03AM

    I want to be in the snow too.

Go on Woman, get high off of our love. I am spacing too. emoticon emoticon emoticonThey need a cartwheel emoticon!!

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LENKA763 2/17/2012 10:02AM

    you are so funny :)
you go girl!

the audience thing would get me too, oh is still is therefore no vlog for me :) YET

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_JODI404 2/17/2012 9:46AM

    Awesome snow cartwheel!! I love your changing hair color...very cool! Purple was extra cool!

Hope you have a great weekend!

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WINNIE1978 2/17/2012 8:53AM

    AWESOME snowy DPF! How can you beat a cartwheel, a split and a SNOW ANGEL?!! I agree with Shelli though... cartwheeling on the stairs sounds like an accident waiting to happen.

Too bad the guy with the kid showed up and chased you off! emoticon

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    LOL.... you didnt want to dance with an audience at the park.... darn :D
Loved how you were able to go for a walk alone though :D

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MOSTMOM1 2/17/2012 8:12AM

    Thank you for that bit of information.
Cartwheel, splits AND snow angel. EPIC!!!!
Please, no cartwheeling on the bleachers. You'll give me a heart attack.
Thank you for dancing in the snow.
I lurves the snowangeldiva.

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    Cartwheel in the snow.. OMG.. I've NEVER been able to do a cartwheel in my life. Sigh.
You are entertaining. ;) Good improvising.. Not much dancing, though. Hehe. I'll attempt to do a Dance Party tomorrow or Sat.

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How U Doin'? This is How I'm Doin'...

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Mimicking Nan's Accountability Blogs (I'm sure there will be fine-tuning)

1 - Water 8 cups Minimum.
(Goal is that my coffee and my water are equal and I am WAAAAY okay with that. Kinda sorta joking.)
*CHECK! Got lots of water in (and coffee was close, but, I stopped at 6 p.m. so I wouldn't be up all night)

2 - Calories 1600 Max.
I have a new goal weight of 150lbs.
I love the feel of my knees. I know weird, eh? I didn't know they were supposed to be bony and I thought it'd feel gross. Nope, feels so girly-sexy and I want it to stay that way.
*_______ needs improvement. I have no clue what my calories were and I skipped breakfast and doubled up on supper.

3 - Exercise 10 minutes minimum.
Migraine season is coming up and ya, I can be Wonder Woman with my handstand pushups but it takes A LOT of medication and that stuff wears off and knocks me on my butt for a couple of days. Those days is when I need to keep the streak alive with 10minutes min. I blew my streak this week coming off the migraine med haze and we're at Day #1 again today.
*CHECK Did a Dance Party in the snow...with snow angels!

4 - Sleep. I need a bedtime. 11:30 p.m.
I am a Night Owl. A bit of it's because my attention is constantly being interrupted and the quiet and solitude allow me to focus and not feel like an airhead. Largely, it's because I'm alone. Hubby works at night and I hate going off to an empty room. So, I wait until I'm unbearably exhausted before I drag myself up there and loneliness doesn't catch me. I need 6-9hrs to be sweet.
*________...I didn't go to bed until like 2 a.m. BUT I had a solid 5 hours..

5 - Walking 5k 2x's/wk. outdoor
Yes, I know I have exercise listed BUT, this is a mental battle I need conquer. The day I can walk down the street and not panic at EVERY parked or slowly passing car or person I know I will have overcome some post trauma. So, I need to get out face my demons.

6 - B/Vlog for accountability daily.
I'm still going to use my B/Vlogging as my emotional dumping that I can see the dirt for what it is and just flush it away if that's what I need to do or sort it out and deal with it. Either way, it helps me get a clearer picture when it's not rattling around my cranium bouncing off thousands of concerns and responsibilities.
*CHECK a vlog on vain stuff and now accountability. Go me!

That's about it for now...

OH WAIT! The Baths are tomorrow night!!

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NLH4444 2/19/2012 6:20AM

    Great goals! Great attitude, you crack me up:)

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MIBELLALUNA 2/17/2012 9:18PM

    I've got to get on it also, maybe you can inspire me. I'm hovering at 156 wayyyy too long! You can do it for sure. I want skinny knees toooooooooo.... ;)

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NANHBH 2/17/2012 1:01PM


Great goals! Good job so far. I found that I accomplished more of my goals daily as time went on. At the beginning, it's a habit you have to form, so it takes some discipline at first.

"The Baths" - sounds wonderful! Are you going with hubby? Where is this? It looks really cool.

Have a fabulous weekend!

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DRKEYEZ820 2/17/2012 12:44PM

    LOVE! Ur the bomb, like tic tic baby! :D

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SNOWANGELDIVA 2/17/2012 12:16PM

    Note to self for accountability ~ Breakfast is not an option. Just sayin' Caffiene is not a food group. Stop being afraid of cereal and doubling up on your favourite Corn Pops.

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MNOT2THICK 2/17/2012 10:08AM

    OK, I might have to pick up the gauntlet and be more accountable. emoticon

Great goal setting and achieving. Keep it up gorgeous. emoticon emoticonPictures, pictures, of course clothed. emoticon emoticon

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WINNIE1978 2/17/2012 9:05AM

    LOVE seeing all the checks!!! emoticon

I'm totally jealous about the baths thing... I hope you have an amazing night!! You totally deserve it!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 2/17/2012 12:52AM

    Had no idea you were a night owl, too, and your DH worked nights. I'm having that issue of not wanting to go to bed without him and.. esp. when his job technically ends at 11:30, but he MIGHT be on a call for an hour or more longer.. PO'd he isn't texting me back to tell me if he's done yet, though it's now 1.5 hrs after his shift officially ended. GRRR. I need more sleep.

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    Sounds like a plan! Ugg, I have been getting about 5 hours of sleep as well a night......for far too long (many, many months). I, too, am a night owl and want to get more sleep!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 2/16/2012 11:01PM

    Great doable goals Liz.

Hope you have a total blast at the spa.

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SWEETSOUNDS11 2/16/2012 10:40PM

    Baths? I love baths! Where are you going?

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LENKA763 2/16/2012 10:15PM

    oh Girl, you better save some stones from your spa to put in your packets.because when you reach you goal weight, the wind may blow you away :)

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_JODI404 2/16/2012 10:04PM

    I really like this accountability format - great idea!

Hope you have the most fabulous time at The Baths tomorrow!
Sounds totally divine!

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MOSTMOM1 2/16/2012 9:43PM

    Oh wow, tomorrow's your trip!! Have a great time!

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Mean Whiplash

Thursday, February 16, 2012

Nan's Link. I LOVE how she lays out her daily goals...

Sprinter's Blog. I love how he embraces his personality thanking Spark for helping him...

That link I was talkin' about...

Of course there is loads I wanna talk about, BUT, Bobby is home and actually has some energy after his two shifts. Our noon hour is like everybody else's evenings. We're gonna play a vicious game of You Don't Know Jack 3 before he's off to bed.

I'll be back later to stalk you and hang out.

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I*AM*BLESSED 2/17/2012 6:51PM

    PRETTY. IN. PINK.!!!


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MIBELLALUNA 2/17/2012 11:19AM I must vlog!! Been rrunning around like crazy and had similar either insult or compliment yesterday. I need to check with the young folk and find out...haha

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WINNIE1978 2/17/2012 9:17AM

    I don't really think the whiplash thing is mean. You worked hard to not look like Pat... so I don't think it's mean to enjoy having people notice your hard work! Embrace it... and own it! emoticon

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    Bonne Matin :D
where'd the school table go?
LOL.... I so treat them like badges too :D
And the wee one sneaking in, lol... cute....
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    SP double posted my comment when it didn't seem to be posting at all. So I edited the second one to remove that and say this. Are you having any trouble with SP being super slow tonight?? I am!

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    Oh how nice it will be to cause people to rubberneck at me when I am fit and trim and sexier than I am already now. ;) Haha!! Someday, I swear! I won't feel so self conscious hooping in my front yard when the sexy firefighter across the street is out in his yard doing something like ripping apart his garage, which he is now. LOL!

OTOH, real whiplash is very very painful and I've had it before - like when you have to wear the neck brace to hold your head up and every movement hurts tremendously.. So I don't think you really want them to be INJURED, just that you want to be appreciated and admired.. and well you should. :)

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SNOWANGELDIVA 2/16/2012 7:12PM

    Sue, that was my first cup...that was energy from the walk and all those there such a thing? There is now!

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SUECHRIS50 2/16/2012 7:04PM

    How much coffee do you drink anyway?!the energy you have makes me look like an old lady with a walker!

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LAURI39 2/16/2012 5:56PM

    Bon Matin? Bonjour? Or around here it's more like Yo Allo.
I am loving that you are loving giving them whiplash! Nothing mean about it. You are making their day! All good as long as they keep a respectful distance.
You are a true beauty and I am sure that Bobby is proud of you and all that that beauty entails. You are his girl at the end of the day.
Also loving that you are a list girl...I am the queen of lists - I make lists from my lists!

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LENKA763 2/16/2012 3:36PM

    You are beautiful Liz. True beauty really does radiate from the inside.

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MOSTMOM1 2/16/2012 3:34PM

    Are you kidding? That's not mean. That's empowering! I could be whiplash material if I were wearing a giant unicorn hat or something. OWN it!!
And why did it make me happy when you ran off-screen and we just sat and waited for you? I dunno. Guess it felt like being there. I'm a creeper.
Hope Sad Girl is UnSad Girl now.
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(that's you, giving a trucker whiplash)

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MNOT2THICK 2/16/2012 3:32PM

    It is not mean. If you love the way you look, others will see your diva-titude.
We know you are whiplash worthy, on the outside and inside, embrace it. I love the badges concept. emoticon emoticon

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NANHBH 2/16/2012 2:08PM


I don't think it's mean that you like to give people/men/truckers whiplash. I think it shows you have healthy self-esteem! Not to mention you're definitely eye-candy!

Hey, you can stalk me anytime! I'm stalking you and Bobby! Love reading your blogs. Now we're even. We each have a print-out of the other's blog!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 2/16/2012 1:45PM

    You are not mean because you like attention. It makes you feel good and makes you feel like all your hard work is paying off. I wouldn't like the attention but I'd like to feel that attractive so I can relate. emoticon

You are beautiful Liz with or with the whiplash. True beauty really does radiate from the inside and manifest on the outside. emoticon

Thanks for the goodie and love yesterday. You really made me feel special. You ROCK!

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LOVE is Victory

Wednesday, February 15, 2012

Iím successful because...
LOVE never fails.

My husband and I were discussing this anagram- J.O.Y. It implies that if you put Jesus first, Others second and Yourself third you will have joy. We were instructed to teach this in Sunday school. Years later and mountains climbed and valleys trudged we realized it is wrong.

Yes, Miss. Agreeable is at it again. Itís the Canadian in me. We cherish our individuality, embrace our eccentricity and challenge the popular thinking (just because you can doesnít mean you should) sometimes to our own detriment.
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Our churches have us soaking up this idea that the well-behaved Christian should experience no pain, or suffering. Jesus himself was flawless and we would do well to note how that did not apply to him or the martyrs that followed in his stead. He indeed said our life would be filled with suffering and we would do well to consider it an honour.

Yet, there is victory. Iíve read the back of THE Book (I always do). Looking to Job we see that 'he did not sin in his suffering'. He was an example of bad stuff happening to good people. He stills chose to do right and be an example to follow. His example reads more like J.Y.O.; Jesus, Yourself and Others.

Jesus instructed us to love our neighbours as ourselves. This is the famous,"Golden Rule". It dawned on me the 'neighbours' comes AFTER 'ourselves'. How can you love someone else if you donít even know how to love yourself? Our Lord and Saviour COMMANDS us to love ourselves. (Yes, Bob had mentioned it before...shhhh...)

This past year I inadvertantly began to put into practice the famous 1 Corithians 13 LOVE passage that is ritually read at many a marriage ceremony. Iím in love with the poetic King James version, but, Iíll spare you and share the popular synopsis:

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This morning I sat and assessed if I am 'loving' myself. I had to pick it apart and apply it.
I failed over and over in application.
However, LOVE never fails. I realized looking back that when I had applied LOVE to myself, I saw victory in my weight loss journey.

I encourage you to take the passage and direct it towards yourself. Here is some brief applications of my own:

Are you patient? Do you really understand that it took you time to put on these pounds and to victoriously keep them off youíll want to do it slowly and safetly? Some weeks youíll flux , but, youíre a beautiful creature not a machine you need to allow some flex. Be Patient.

emoticonLOVE IS KIND.
Did you compare yourself to her/him? Please know only you can be you. Be the best you that you were designed to be. Stop using negative words and when you catch yourself verbally abusing yourself take the time to build yourself with truth. It is not vanity, it is commanded to take care of yourself with kindness. You are HIS precious child, I would not pick on you if I was you. He wouldnít like that. Be Kind.

Begruding others of their advantages will sour my exhistance. Bitterness is like drinking poison and expecting the other person to die. Your grass is not green, just your green-eyed monster? ~ God does not make mistakes, He has a plan. Be Content.

Humble pie tastes like sawdust. Be sure to set realistic goals.
ďSlow & Steady win the Race; be like the bunny and youíll fall on your face.Ē Be Humble.

Do not set yourself up for disillusionment. Step on that scale and OWN your weight. Accept if youíre not in your B.M.I. The world does not have a hidden agenda to make you anorexic. You really are unhealthy. You chose this. Be Honest.

Do not ignore yourself. Be Thoughtful.

Sure itís great to look cute; no, it wonít work at the risk of your health. Be Responsible.

Youíre not going to have this mastered. Youíve been abusing yourself for HOW LONG? Asides from coupling this one with Patience and Kindness we need to include ~ Be Gentle.

Every Day is ďDay #1Ē. Every Day is
*Eat proper portion
*Drink your water
* Move your body
*Rinse & Repeat
If you neglect a basic on purpose or by cosmic intervention ~ move on. Be Merciful.

We catch ourselves finding comfort in our failure as though it verifies our insecurities. The truth is you are fabulous and you have had success. Youíre here. Youíre equipping yourself with the tools to take care of your body. Many of us have dropped some weight....keep looking at what you have accomplished when the negatives attack you. Iíve had more heartache over these last 5 pounds than I have had over the first 60 and itís ridiculously out of perspective. Iím healthy now! Be Truthful.

If it requires you to not buy your trigger food or to ban it. Do it. Be Protective.

You will have results. Hold on. Be Faithful.

Dream and dream big. I didnít think I could lose this weight, I just hoped. I've lost 10lbs more than what I set out to do. Be Hopeful.

I wasnít moving from my bed this time last year for days on end. You do not want to know how dark those times were for our family. This is where it is so hard for me to love my enemies. They see 'perky me' and they have no idea the depths of darkness Iíve tread and my family had watched me suffer through. I fought to get this weight off and I dreamed of the day that I would be able to care for let alone teach my sons and daughters to cartwheel on the grass and backhandspring on the trampoline. Victory is mine! Be Victorious!

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MIBELLALUNA 2/17/2012 9:44PM

    Great Blog, Thin Lizzy! Does it seem to you that when you are in the state of loving yourself the most, it triggers the envy of others. Just being HAPPY with yourself is enough to make some give off the 'who does she think she is' message. I think I'm.....ME!! Oh, yeah the humble part, I'm looking that one up....H U M B L E......I'll find a loophole, I'll be right back.... ;)

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TEXASFILLY 2/17/2012 8:59PM

    Girlfriend, you truly are an instrument of the Good Lord. I can't even finish reading this tonight for my sparklers are swimmin'~ *hugs* I've been enduring the internal dialogue of, "You really need to love yourself more, but _____" (fill in the blank) as I bury the thought with other activities that aren't the most loving for myself. *hugs* Thank you for putting it out there in black & white for me to see. Love you, gal~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
P.S. Do you know that when I read your blogs and listen to your vlogs it's kinda like going to a shrink? Only you're all dressed up as my beautiful friend. *hugs*

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PEPIPOI 2/17/2012 3:23AM

    Well I', a lucky girl with my name being Joyce / Joy. Such lovely words.

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BIGGEEKDAD 2/16/2012 12:22PM

    Let me comment on the "ourselves come first part."

What is easier (for most people) to gloss over their own inadequacies or the inadequacies of others? Do most, mentally healthy, people truly hate themselves? How many of us want fairness and justice - but only when we are the ones benefiting.

I think Jesus knew (of COURSE he knew (smacks self in head)) that most of us already love ourselves - it is the "others" part that is so hard.

Just my two cents (and C.S. Lewis' - I pretty much stole that idea from him).

Oh, and hello!

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TARALYNN669 2/16/2012 10:28AM

    I love this blog! Thank you for sharing! It has really made me think more about myself and how much I do love I need to show it. Today is a new beginning :)

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WINNIE1978 2/16/2012 8:30AM

    Love this blog... and you my dear spark friend! emoticon

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ONEMONSTERSMOM 2/16/2012 12:44AM

    Very well said. Thank you for sharing. emoticon

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JSTHIESS 2/16/2012 12:27AM

    another EXCELLENT blog;) thanks!

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MOSTMOM1 2/15/2012 11:15PM

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SHASSYSUE2 2/15/2012 10:54PM

    Simply AWESOME!!!! Love you Liz!!!

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NANHBH 2/15/2012 8:01PM

    I emoticon this blog! I think I'll print it out and put it on my frig. I need to read this over and over again.

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_JODI404 2/15/2012 4:40PM

    Wonderful blog Liz!! I emoticon this.

So many sage pieces of advice and wisdom here.

* I definitely have 100% banned certain foods. It does work. There are plenty of other things I can have and practice moderation... but certain things are just not ever going to be in moderation, and I know it!

*Dream big!! I always say this... I have gone more than twice as far as I ever thought I could when I started. Keep doing those basics.... "rinse/repeat" and see how far you can go!! Don't limit yourself!

I love all of your insights here!

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AALIYANA01 2/15/2012 2:32PM

    wonderful! thanks for sharing the meaning of love

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 2/15/2012 1:46PM

    Great blog Liz. emoticon

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_RAMONA 2/15/2012 1:36PM

    BEST.BLOG.EVER!!! Thank you!

(I'm linking back to it from my blog)

May today and every day bring to you a ridiculous abundance of whatever you need. May all your concerns, struggles, anxieties and fears fall like ashes as you rise on eagle's wings, SOARING above all that would hinder you along this tremendous adventure of being and becoming all you are created to be. May the grace of God simply "overtake" you moment by moment. May the joy and victory of the risen Lord be yours in a very personal way... may you always be overwhelmed by the grace of God, rather than by the cares of life!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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MNOT2THICK 2/15/2012 1:18PM

    Beautiful breakdown. I agree to the order. God first and we need to know how to love ourselves in order to love others. emoticon emoticon

Forgot to say, I see what you are doing and love you even more. emoticon emoticon

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LENKA763 2/15/2012 1:03PM

    Love never fails!

because we love you too :)

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RUNNERRACHEL 2/15/2012 12:02PM

    emoticon blog!

Love it! Thanks for sharing!!

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DRKEYEZ820 2/15/2012 11:23AM

    This is such a BEAUTIFUL blog! Im a sap, but i cried, because i actully looked at what u wrote, and DID put myself inside those questions, and know im not all of these or i am some of these. etc.
Really inspiring!

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Tuesday, February 14, 2012

RaNdOm Vlog, but this time I was waiting for Shel to upload her awesome one.
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The pink roses were for Valentine's Day, the single red rose was for something else entirely. Here's the story...

I love walking.
Bobby does it all day long. So, he comes home and it's the last thing on Earth he wants to do. It's been like this for our entire married relationship. It sucked. I hate walking alone and truth be told it was a huge indicator of my value to him. It's lonesome I am petrified to walk alone (some are legit fears, some fabricated and highly entertaining). So, it's a battle for me to make my walk once a week let alone my goal of twice and it stresses me out. Once I've done it it's empowering and uplifting, but, until I get out there I'm a wreck.

My Bobby came home last Friday (after working doubles) and offered to go for a walk with me for however long I wanted and whenever, just give him a time frame of our departure time.

?! I told him he didn't have to, and that I understood that he was exhausted and gave him a 'PASS'. He insisted.

"Lizzie, I love you. You need this and you need to feel safe. Besides, I live to be your hero."

[Please cue Enrique Inglesis sexy music. purrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrr.........]



Off we go on our walk. I want him to know my usual 5K route. You know - in case the town sex offender that's under constant police surveillance sneaks away and grabs me in broad daylight, my hubby will know my path for CSI to start the search for clues.

Welcome to my brain.


Walking the path with my man and I am feeling marvellous. It's -17C. HOLY FREEZER BATMAN!! The snow is sparkling and I am in Heaven. I feel safe. I'm hoping that that guy that watches me at #27 and during the Summer when I walk by 'pretends' to be watering the flowers and the hose isn't even on will give it up. I'm hoping that the crowd of drunks over at #53 that my dog almost ate that one night see my 6ft5 man and think twice before crowding me and wolf whistling. I feel the post traumatic stress release from my bones.
I'm 'Old School'; I love feeling protected.

We head toward the main road where there are two gas stations on opposing sides of the street. The last time I was here I was with little Sarah to pick up the mail and the construction workers had our sidewalk crowded with fencing but the path was still passable. I told hubby the story of how Sarah and I approached and these guys did the 'stop' and 'leer' and how I know it's because it was a small town and I was 'done up' and the view in our corner of the woods is usually lumber jack coats and hatchets, so, I was a rose among thorns. Still though, it was wildly uncomfortable and I told Bobby that I even considered making our little daughter cross to the other side of the road (only to have to cross back to the same side to get to the Post Office). I didn't though. I just held my little girl's hand, avoided the stares and soldiered on.

Coming back was different. Then this is the point in the walk where I remember I'm talking to my husband who is a former Toronto Bouncer. Between those years and now he has been a Deacon in the Baptist Church, but, still a man hearing weeks later of an 'incident' involving his wife and daughter, can't be sweet.

"Lizzie (Lizzy, I prefer, but, he likes spelling my name with an 'ie'), tell me, I'll listen. I need you to tell me everything for us to work."

"But, it's stupid and it's past,and..."

" has you scared to tell me, so, you must..."


So, I left the Post Office and now the workers have the gate lined leaving me and my daughte only our shoulders wide to pass. I would have to brush up against their bodies to make it through. Um, no. I'm also NOT going to be forced to cross the street. I hate bullies. So, I will wait them out. Advantages to my career choice. TIme sometimes is on MY side.

It worked to an extent. 3/4 of them returned to work after 20 minutes and repeat glances in my direction where Sarah and I contented ourselves playing on the snowy lawn in front of the Library. One disappeared, but, to me the coast was clear. No one was on the sidewalk. We began home. When I got the gas station from behind the truck the missing dude popped out to tower and corner the path making it so as I would have squeeze past him to get away. The way he breathed me in as I passed by I was so sure I was going to pass out from fear or vomit. If I hadn't had my daughter there, I don't know...He leered us pass without incident, but, I shook for hours afterwards.

I looked up to my hubby after I told him. We had walked past the spot where it happened and it was safe to me again and he walked me right into the Florist's Shop and bought me a rose.

There was no chastising for not telling him sooner. There was no lectures...there was listening and comfort.

I love this Red Rose.


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MIBELLALUNA 2/17/2012 9:35PM

    LOTO DAY!!! LOTO, LOTO, LOTO!!! (Lingerie On The Outside) Day!

haha I will if you do! You know I'm a sheep, I'll follow ya. haha

SP once again changed my email preferences...grr..But you know me I"m a stalker! SO glad to see you getting your groove back with the 'protector'. :)))))

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TEXASFILLY 2/17/2012 8:46PM

    Aww~ what a precious man you have, Lizzy~ *hugs* Love the pink roses, too. I say if ya got it, flaunt it, honey! Can't wait to see your lacy red bra (on the outside of your blouse!)~ *LOL* Love ya, gal~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Doesn't it feel great to have a man who has your back and loves you so much to go for a walk to keep you company like that! You are blessed!

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WINNIE1978 2/17/2012 9:50AM

    I can't wait to be in the place where I am comfortable buying matching lingerie... and actually wearing it! I'm getting closer, but it's still going to be a while. I totally appreciate being ABLE to buy matching stuff that'll actually FIT though!

Great job with telling Bobby what was bothering you... and I'm so glad that he handled it all so well. LOVE the red rose... and the others are pretty too! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 2/15/2012 11:11PM

    I was annoyed with schooling too. sigh
Well, I totally understood you about the matching lingerie. Gosh, I hope our grandkids inherit Bobby's conscious, or we might be in a lot of trouble...

What a beautiful story! Good job, Bobby! emoticon

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    LOVE!!! And the fact that you didn't have time to explain it verbally; however, you had the time to type it??? Girl you talk faster then you type.... just saying :D


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MNOT2THICK 2/15/2012 8:19AM

    Liz you looka Hawttttttt! That mug is sweet.

Give Bobby a hug and kiss for me. I am lovin the way he is loving you. The story brought tears of joy to my eyes. Oh, the pink roses are gorgeous also. emoticon emoticon emoticon

Did you enjoy the spa???????? emoticon

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 2/14/2012 11:10PM

    You so need to show us the red rose, girl! :)
Sweet story.. Glad he was there for you. He did well.
Hope you're having a wonderful night out at the spa! It's tonight, right?

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_JODI404 2/14/2012 10:51PM

    Happy Valentine's day! emoticon

Your roses are beautiful, and I love the story of the red rose! Feeling safe and protected like that.... priceless!

Enjoy you new matching pretties! It does make you feel awesome! emoticon emoticon

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AALIYANA01 2/14/2012 10:22PM

    aww he's a sweetheart

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DAWNFIRE72 2/14/2012 9:28PM

    What a sweet man you have and I'm glad that you are in the process of repairing your relationship with him. I think I love that red rose too.

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MKPRINCESS007 2/14/2012 8:38PM

    I can't see the vid.........darn computer! But, I read the narrative, and you made me cry. Just remember, especially when times are most trying, that your man loves you. Truly. Deeply.

Happy Valentine's Day!

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TARAFROMTX1 2/14/2012 7:01PM

    The Roses are beautiful! And your so right matching pretty's just tend to make us feel like a Woman for lack of better words at the moment lol... As always love your vlogs! IT sucks that SOME men tend to think with anything other than there Brains! Why they go out of there way to make you feel uncomfortable and unsafe. Yay for big protective hubbies!

Happy Valentines day!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 2/14/2012 6:30PM

    You are so right about matching "pretties" they make you feel so feminine and put together.

Your roses are beautiful. emoticon

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LENKA763 2/14/2012 6:01PM

    Hm, yeah I'm too early to see it LOL.
but I love your background.

Happy Valentine's day!

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