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It All Comes Out in the Wash

Thursday, July 19, 2012

I'm a S.A.H.M. (Stay At Home Mom) and this is what my Laundry Room looks like...

What has that got to do with Healthy Lifestyle?

It's my Trigger. My Laundry Room reflects me.

My goal in life is to put June Cleaver to shame. There is no greater honour than serving the next generation and teaching them to be a loving people. I hate my job and love it in the same breath. My life is the emotional, physical and spiritual well being of seven people. All aspects of our lives look like my Laundry Room. I feel like a failure and as though I'm losing a lost battle.

God gives His recipe for balance,

1 Peter 5:5-11
God resists the proud,
But gives grace to the humble.

Therefore humble yourselves under the mighty hand of God, that He may exalt you in due time, casting all your care upon Him, for He cares for you.

I've been so rebellious and not submitting. So, I've been experiencing some emotional tsunamis. I felt defeated, overwhelmed, frustrated, and useless. I felt like that was really my worth and I couldn't grasp the point of it all.

This journey in weight loss was the victory I needed. He showed me one day at a time to stop following my own wisdom or the whims of the self-seeking populace of this present world. I'm gradually learning to take problems and LEAVE them in His care. Bit by bit I'm learning to overcome fears that are triggering my compulsion to abuse myself with excess food.

One of the things I needed to work on was being a spiritual leader to my kids. I stopped when we switched churches and I was no longer doing the Sunday School. I was so worn from schooling 6 days a week for X years that I was fried. I had nothing left to give.

Jesus said in John 4:14 ..."but whoever drinks the water I give him will never thirst. Indeed, the water I give him will become in him a spring of water welling up to eternal life.

I was being rebellious and not accepting His water. I wasn't letting Him into every aspect of my life. It was as though I had "Part of Me" that He would never get ahold of. I couldn't give Him everything.

God told Jeremiah to stuff a sash in a rock and then days later he retrieved to find it ruined and "profitable for nothing".

The LORD: In this manner I will ruin the pride of Judah...10 This evil people, who refuse to hear My words, who follow the dictates of their hearts, and walk after other gods to serve them and worship them, shall be just like this sash which is profitable for nothing. 11 For as the sash clings to the waist of a man, so I have caused the whole house of Israel and the whole house of Judah to cling to Me, says the LORD, that they may become My people, for renown, for praise, and for glory; but they would not hear. (Jer.13)

Wow, I was fence-sitting and by default I was choosing to allow myself to be ruined. He has never let me down. Ever. The people in my life, yes. Him, no. Look how He gave me victory over gluttony. Anytime I stumble He is as promised right there the second I accept His aid.

Matthew 6:33
"But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you."

I want victory in every aspect of my life. He promises if I seek Him and HIS righteousness (not my own brainiac manipulations), I will be blessed.

I want Showers of Blessing.

The Story of Jeremiah and His Sash was my Laundry Room Story.

All this self-hate will come out in the wash, if I let Him cleanse the hate by accepting His Love.

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EMILYROSEBUD 7/25/2012 9:42AM

    Love this blog! Puts everything into perspective. You don't know how much I needed to be reminded of these things. It's so easy to look for the answer within yourself and your own means rather than turning to the one person who has ALL the answers! emoticon Thanks for always being an inspiration. Hugs!!!

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MIBELLALUNA 7/23/2012 5:00PM

    Big hugs!! Pride is a bit@h isn't it?

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MOSTMOM1 7/23/2012 8:57AM

    Preach it, sistah!

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KARENE10 7/22/2012 8:14PM

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MKPRINCESS007 7/22/2012 5:17PM

    Love this Liz! Your journey toward self actualization is a wonderful one, and one that many never embark on. Continue to care for yourself and place your faith where it belongs.


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MNOT2THICK 7/21/2012 11:54PM

    Deeeeeeeep and beautiful. Thanks for sharing and being a blessing to all those arould you!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/21/2012 5:06PM

    Loved your sharing of the word. It touched my heart. It is crazy how rebellious we can be. I've thought it was crazy how the Israelites were so rebellious in the desert and couldn't see my own rebellion. He has been working an area of my life that I could not or would not lay down. He is calling us to let go of that last bit that we've tried to keep to ourselves. emoticon

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    So much of what I feel in life is reflected in the things that you write. Thank you for being so willing to be open and honest. You are a blessing.

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TEENY_BIKINI 7/21/2012 2:45PM

    "There is no greater honour than serving the next generation and teaching them to be a loving people. " That is just so beautiful. If everyone thought like that... well, you know... I mean wow. Those are some lucky kids to have such a great mommy ;)



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NANHBH 7/21/2012 9:07AM

    Beautiful, Liz. That was a soul cleansing blog.

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ASRMOM 7/20/2012 6:00PM

    Thanks Liz. Thanks.

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 7/20/2012 11:11AM

    I had Ang and her crew over yesterday, the only room they weren't allowed to look at was my Laundry room.... hmmm.....
Love you

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/19/2012 11:54PM

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TEXASFILLY 7/19/2012 8:45PM

    "I'm gradually learning to take problems and LEAVE them in His care. Bit by bit I'm learning to overcome fears that are triggering my compulsion to abuse myself with excess food."

This is HUGE, li'l sister! *hugs* It's one thing to say it, to know it your head~ yet it's an entirely different thing to accept and surrender, to own it in your heart, which certainly gives it a whole new meaning and, as you're living proof, a whole new way of being.

I love your blogs. I love your faith. I love your tenacity. I love you. What a gift you are! *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 7/19/2012 8:10PM

    So you (we, you and me and everyone else) is reflected in our laundry room? Hmmm. I did laundry the other day and came up one sock short. My husband's biking sock. I do not dry my bras, and when they finally dried and I was getting ready to put them away, I found the sock!

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REDROSEMARIE 7/19/2012 6:30PM

    You couldn't pay me enough for becoming June Cleaver, she is as boring as heck. Helping your family learn and grow is far more important than laundry. Being you is what counts.

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MALKS_ARIA 7/19/2012 5:49PM

    Wowsie... Been there done that... still wearing that t-shirt cuz the others aren't put away :P

Love You gal! You are so open It blesses me. Thank You

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JOYFULMOMTO5 7/19/2012 3:02PM

    The my goal in life is to put June Cleaver to shame, yea....
More of the sacred cows being trampled on...whew. I really don't have words to express how I needed this.
Thank you.

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I*AM*BLESSED 7/19/2012 1:59PM

    Thank you for this.....

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Hoop Reloaded

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

This is the same video as before but the jilting in the previous upload makes me nauseous. I just want to see if this works better...

So, how are y'all doin'?
I sat on my kiester ALL DAY in 33C house (translated to stupid hot) and refereed over-heated miserable kids, it was so wonderful. When the heat dropped down a bit I got a 5k walk in and usually I have the town to myself, but, not tonight. Every woman that lives in my town was out walking (they were probably running away from their cranky children too).
It had done a 10c drop so, I got busy watering and weeding my garden while the youngest picked blackberries from our garden...hey maybe I should upload some garden pics!

Ya, let's do sec...

Here ya go...

Impatiens annual that Bobby got me while out with our youngest. She picked the plant and I love it. This is where Bobby and I 'porch sit'.

Morning Glory on my cedar rail...


Bee Balm

Virginia Creeper. My goal is for it to take over the house and allow me a Shire experience when I have to walk through the foliage.

Beginning of the blackberries...


GRRRR!! I was a good girl and didn't watch anyone's vlogs while I uploaded...and it's messed up again. C'est la vie.

La vie.

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MOSTMOM1 8/23/2012 11:28AM

    Loved it equally as much the second time around.
Please let me know if you succeed in creating your Shire effect and I'll come visit. You need a hobbit in the house, to make it a true Bag-End experience.
PS: Your hair and makeup look super dramatic in this video. rock star

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JOYINKY 7/26/2012 4:33PM

    WOW! I love the video; YOU HAVE SKILLS!! I'm the one that's envious! Great flow!
Love the pictures of the flowers too. Beautiful! You are amazing!

I wanted to put the baby pics of the grandkids in my last blog but couldn't figure out how to add them. I'm missing something in that process. I'll have to work on that! Thanks for sharing.

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KITKAT717 7/23/2012 4:13PM

    Very cool!! Do you take Hoop classes?

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    I'm impressed that you went out for a walk after suffering through a hot day. It's hard to dig up the motivation after a hot, cranky day. Hopefully you got to have a few pleasant exchanges with all of the other walking women in town.
I love your garden photos. Hopefully you get to eat at least a few of the blackberries. Now that I have kids, I have to compete for the produce that's grown in our yard. emoticon

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 7/20/2012 11:08AM

    You make it look WAY TO EASY!!!!!
I mean.... I cant even get it back when it starts to fall to my knees :D
I love how the wee ones got into it :D
Love ya

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KMICHA 7/18/2012 7:51PM

    Awesome Hooping!!! Garden pix are beautiful!!!

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LEIAMLOW 7/18/2012 5:17PM

    You have come such a long way in your hooping! Definitely an inspiration! Love your garden pics too! Thanks for sharing.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/18/2012 1:34PM

    Beautiful shots from your garden. emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 7/18/2012 9:32AM

    Love your garden, dear heart~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon

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ANGELFMABV 7/18/2012 7:19AM

    Lovely photos of your garden. I wish I had an ounce of your gardening abilities. You are doing well. Keep it up! emoticon

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_JODI404 7/18/2012 12:21AM

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SUPER *AWESOME* hooping skills!!!! You are continually getting more advanced!!

Very impressive, and of course it looks like you are having a ton of fun -- b/c that's what hooping is!! emoticon

Love your garden pictures ~ just gorgeous!

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MALKS_ARIA 7/17/2012 11:33PM

    Pretty flowers!

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MNOT2THICK 7/17/2012 11:00PM

    Woman, your skills are growing daily! I love the over the head move. emoticon emoticon

The garden and all of your plantings look great. Save me some blackberries. emoticon emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 7/17/2012 10:30PM

    Thank you, Mango! emoticon

I'm trying to upload it to Vimeo. Hopefully it'll be smoother there.

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THECRAZYMANGO 7/17/2012 10:07PM

    You sure make hooping look easy and it definitely is not!! Great video!!!

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Hooping is not a Driveby

Tuesday, July 17, 2012

my apologies for being obsessed with duckouts...I'm a work in progress.

Wow, I didn't realize how jilted the vid was, I'm reloading and hopefully it smooths it out...

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MOSTMOM1 8/23/2012 11:25AM

    TRAIN!!!! YES!!!!!!!!!!!
Holy cow, those shoulder duckouts are AMAZING!!!!!
Check out your flow, woman--WOOT!
LOve the slow-mo.
So glad your little Sparksters joined you at the end. :)

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SJKENT1 7/25/2012 5:00PM

    such fun!!

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MNOT2THICK 7/17/2012 11:15PM

    I checked out the reload first. Of course you are awesome. I too can not master getting it to stay up for even 1 minute. I just watch with my mouth open emoticon

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ECLIPSED 7/17/2012 8:05PM

    WOW! Haven't sen one of your hoop vids in forever and can't believe how awesome you've gotten! I could watch these all day!


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MALKS_ARIA 7/17/2012 5:59PM

    Awesome job! I so am jealous... if for no other reason than I dont have that much of a move and groove regularly.... And that your kids are joining you is just Sparkling awesome!

Keep up the good job!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/17/2012 4:46PM

    Way to work the hoop! emoticon You know all kinds of tricks now. I'm super jealous. emoticon

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EMILYROSEBUD 7/17/2012 4:32PM

    You are so great! You make me smile! You are getting excellent with the hoop, too! Have a good day!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 7/17/2012 3:17PM

    WILDFIREKRISTEN ~ hoopy-dancie vlog, you'll get hyper when you get to watch OR dizzy.

I*AM*BLESSED ~ there's a reason why I'm vlogging less, my face is bruised ;) If I'm travelling 28 hours to get to Texas, it's to move there...hmmm...

CURVEY ~ Awesome is as aesome does, and girl YOU are awesome!

KZWB1kc this is when I know I'm "Pro". This woman is *R*O*C*K*S*T*A*R*.
Well, her too...I love this clip...

ANGELFMAVB ~ I wasn't able to at the start of this year, but, I have too much fun. I also got an adult hoop (they're bigger and have some weight); I can't keep my kids teeny ones up at all.

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ANGELFMABV 7/17/2012 3:10PM

    WOW! I can not even get it to stay up at all. LOL Great job! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 7/17/2012 2:40PM

    emoticonLi'l sister~ you've turned PRO! Love it! emoticon emoticon emoticonBB~ emoticon emoticon

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    Your just too awesome!

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I*AM*BLESSED 7/17/2012 2:08PM

    *W*O*W*Z*A*....fantabulous, girlfriend!

Come teach me...Please...

How many times do you get slapped in the face when learning the duckout?....hmmmm?

Thanks for making me happy today!

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    Hmmm, I couldn't get this to work. I'm sorry as I am trying to catch back up to you girl! Hugs, K emoticon

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Random Saturday

Saturday, July 14, 2012

*duct tape
*play dough
*hair & makeup

You know the usual...

It would've been a 3 minute blab visit, but, I'm not editing today. I'm on a mission photo-editing my garden pics so that I can pick one to paint...

I forgot to mention the cougar on the neighbour's yard. They caught it...still though, it affirms that I live in a zoo...or circus?

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MOSTMOM1 8/23/2012 11:20AM

    Miss Piggy shirt!!!!
You know, when you push a lot of buttons on the keyboard, making that clackity clack sound--it makes you sound super smart, like you're writing important, national defense-type code or something.
I'm zoning out for the makeup talk...
Oh wait, I hate dropping makeup. That stinks.
Thank you Gigantor Flash.
Add cable ties to the duct tape and you'll have just about everything you need. The other day, an entire medicine cabinet fell off the wall in the bathroom. I found Audrey hanging onto it and trying to fix it with duct tape. Did. Not. Work.
Wait, your mom sounds like she's from the deep South?
I think you look great where you are!
Sweetheart, this is not a race.
Ha ha, no, I'm pretty sure you didn't say it. lol
i heart ya bunches

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NAVYMOM133 7/17/2012 9:13AM

    May I add to the *love your hair style* comments?! Great look on you!
It was amusing to watch The Great Keyboard Coffee Drain-out as you chatted.
You're doing just fine!

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SNOWANGELDIVA 7/17/2012 8:35AM

    @ Tara ~ I love my stuffed is factored into that equation. I realized today that I have that reversed perspective on my weight. Sheesh. I rocked my weekend...well, I think I did it was either so epic I forgot OR my memory melted in the heat. Probably both.

@ Malks_Aria ~ "WE" *R*O*C*K*

@Red ~ Thank you for being an enabler to my hypersauce. It makes me feel awesome.

@Crystle ~ I wonder if how you see me is how I see you, cuz, you've shrunk!

@T ~ I needed to hear this. You have radar on me. I'm so insecure with decisions I make I almost allowed others to make it for me.

@Twy ~ keyboard has never worked better - hence validating my theory that caffiene is a natural cure-all...right up there with Duct Tape!
* I want Whalen's shirt. Although Mom brought up this T-shirt that is in my top 5 of FAVOURITE shirts in the Whole Entire World (this one from Shel being with the tippy-top on my list). It's pink and on the front is written, "Diva". I saw it in Walmart, but, they only had small, and I was epically bummed. I don't get attached to clothes (black heeled boots, way different story...and jeans...okay maybe I do)...but, this shirt permeated my dreams...and then it *magically* showed up at my house in my size.
* You love my hair and I look hot? Do you realize how fabulous it is having your sibling that is 4 years younger say those things? It's fabulousness. Thank you.

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 7/16/2012 11:34AM

Is your keyboard ruined??? LOL, cause really if it made it through all that coffee I'm impressed :D
Duct tape - can fix everything, and the fancy ones look awesome :D
Whalen got a t shirt that says "I'm busy being EPIC"
When did Mom get an american accent, LOL :D
Share something with your friends and Cora, lol :D
If you feel Great where you are, thats the perfect place for you :D

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MNOT2THICK 7/15/2012 6:29PM

    You do look amazing. If you are comfortable where you are, stay there. Do not let anyone stop you on your journey. Let it be your choice Ms. Diva!!! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/15/2012 5:02PM

    You look so tiny woman. You do not look like you are eating crazy. Beautiful hair also. emoticon

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REDROSEMARIE 7/14/2012 8:09PM

    You go girl! Love the blog!

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MALKS_ARIA 7/14/2012 5:26PM

    You Rock!

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TARAFROMTX1 7/14/2012 2:18PM

    Love the hair! Stuffed teddy bears = alot safer lol... So know what you mean, sometimes its people like that, that drives us to want to loose... sometimes more than need be lol You Look Awesome! Have a Rocking Good Weekend Liz!! emoticon

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Now and Then

Thursday, July 12, 2012

Every now and then I should remind myself what I'm doing or else I lose focus and then all perspective goes out the window. I ate up the fairytale that when I graduated from Obese to Overweight to Normal B.M.I. that some magical powers would manifest themselves in my being and I would no longer battle gluttony.

Am I on crack?! Um, not exactly....its powdery and white though. Its sugar.

Ive been ignoring that I am a glutton. I've dismissed my demon as though it was used kleenex. Ive allowed myself to be influenced by idiocy. Ive been treating myself as though I finally made it through some annoying phase in my life, that this idea that Im deserving of good health is finally out my system so its time now to stop pretending Im special when I clearly am not and get back to where I belong.

Some share the same attitude I have with myself, Arent you just so special...NOT!


equally harmful is the attitude that I am "Done". *You* no longer have that abhorred weakness. *You* have risen above that disgusting act. *You* have slayed the Giant and are a real hero! You have "made" it."

The emotional avalanche attached with gluttony always tosses me for a loop.

I usually start waking up to the reality that I'm not on track after I've had enlightening moments...

*I'm out eating my husband. I portion out his food and he has noticed an increase and I realized tonight that maybe (surely) Im doing it so that his portion looks bigger than mine and somehow its justified.

*I'm perpetually snacking. I know it's not boredom eating because I have too much to do. This tells me I'm feeling overwhelmed. I'm turning to food to comfort me and it's doing nothing but leaving me with regrets and sadness.

*The scale is creeping up and not down. It's like I've achieved results and got that out of my system so I need to go back to where I should be. I obviously am not a hero (I know it) and before everybody else finds out I need to escape the coming Witch Hunt when people discover the truth.

Is this not nuts?!

I don't feel like I deserve the honour of being healthy and I'm trying to disappear from the critic's radar.

I watched a vlog from April 2011 and snagged a pic from it. It was about the time that I'd lost around 20 pounds and I had a relative that was miserable with me losing weight. So many wonderful things have happened in my life since that vlog. A year later I'm in my healthy range, the migraines that would render me bedridden for days at a time have been controlled and life has been on a wonderful upswing.

Its time to take this quote to heart,

It is not 'smooth sailing'. I am not 'done'.

I'm going to be using the same formula that I learned 65+lbs ago for the rest of my life and hoping that the battles keep getting more manageable as I go. They'll still be there but, I'm just getting stronger.

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MOSTMOM1 8/23/2012 11:04AM

    I totally get what you're saying here.

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There is such wisdom in your writing. You are in this for the long haul - we all are. Together we can do what we cannot do alone.

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    No one promised a rose garden, only a emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 7/17/2012 9:16AM

    @ Rachel ~ "We" are not going back. Reading that I felt a weight of fear lift from my shoulders. I love that I"m not all alone. Thank you for being an encouragement and blessing to me.

@ Lady ~ 'wisdom' is a generous word; I can't see me associated with anything to do with something refined. This was a flukey share, possibly a tantrum because I really wanted that fairytale place of being suffer-free in my physical and mental battles.

@Pattie ~ emoticon I love this support network too.

@Angel ~ Slow & Steady and we can get there. You got this.

@"Mom" ~ I love you and in Gloryland when we actually get some serious playtime, it's gonna be a riot.

@Aria ~ smartphones are sexaaaay! Enjoy it! You're welcome for the physical abuse.. ;)

@ B.B., I wish you could see how you make me's like a gentle, joyful breeze that turns frowns upside down. Thank you for making my heart smile. ("Brilliant", ya that made me blush)

@Teeny_Bikini ~ Girl Crush!! Seriously, if we ever met I wouldn't know what to do and probably freeze on the spot, but, what I would want to do is hug your Just so you know.

@ Beth...there is nothing "WE" can't do. We got this!

@ T~ If you wake up and you're not in NYC anymore...I.may.know.something.abou

nture ~ I love how you have this flower picture and you're all gorgeous beautiful, but, don't show it with your profile pic. It's sooo enigmatic and adding that to your sense of humour, you are fabulousness. Had nothing to do with your blog comment, but, I just had to tell you I appreciate you.

@Fit ~ emoticon, I know right?! It's like banging my head against a brick wall and expecting it to move. The brickwall being the truth that I am supposed to be healthy and it is the right thing to do to take care of this earthen vessel. Let's do this thang!!

@ Twy ~ It's hard to be unhealthy and it's hard to be healthy. Daily we choose our 'hard'. One Day at a Time sis, you can and will be in a good place.

@ Mi ~ I could hear your *Diva* sigh in your comment. I love it!!!

@ Georgiagirl ~ portions are good, but, I still see them as punishment. We can train ourselves to see the truth, it takes time. emoticon

@ Reeb ~ Here's to 'keeping it real!' There no success otherwise.

@ Tasha ~ "Forewarned is forearmed"...wisdom! You way made me blush and if you could see me I'm sheepish about even reading them. Glory to God when you are edified through this sister...I would not get to the truth but for Him the author thereof.

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    So so true. So as I was reading this I was picturing four sections or phases in my head of this journey. The beginning where I lost 60 pounds then got comfortable and gained back 35!!!!! The second phase where I get on track and stay the course til i hit the last 40 pounds which i think will be a point where i will need to kick it up a bit. I can see myself easily stalling there. Looking out for that one now. Then the last phase where ive reached my goal weight. During this phase i must learn the art of maintaining the loss. This phase lasts for the rest of my life. I can see that each stage requires the ability to adapt and learn new skills and face a new challenge. Maintenance phase is a new challenge because some of those external and internal motivators are gone, like the new feelings of how clothes will fit and the incremental changes to document with photos or perhaps the comments from others about my progress will stop. Perhaps there will be disappointment that my unrealistic expectations were not met. Like everything in life is supposed to be perfect Once I've reached my goal. Like all my relationships will be perfect once I'm skinny. Or perhaps the lure of food my old friend will be calling me up lying with its deceptive tongue. Hmm forewarned is forearmed! Thank you Liz for another excellent blog! You're my hero. More power to the Diva! (in Jesus Name)

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REEBADABEEBOOS 7/14/2012 12:49PM

    It's difficult to spell out our own inadequacies, but you did it so eloquently and now it can only serve to help you and your readers (me).I 'm going through similar issues of complacency right now. I needed this reality check, so thank you.

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GEORGIAGIRL26 7/13/2012 7:02PM

    This is a good blog girlfriend.
I am still getting the correct portion sizes down.
(Still tend to over eat things if I don't watch it).
Hope that you and the family has as great weekend!
Holly emoticon emoticon

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MIBELLALUNA 7/13/2012 4:16PM

    Ohh...amen, I feel ya sister. It IS easy to get complacent and not keep up the effort! ? UGh, I tell myself I have too much l'going on' with other stuff but it is, as always, an excuse.

Reset refocus, replay....Argh.

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 7/13/2012 11:31AM

    This blog was kinda a buzz kill, cause I was hoping that once (if) I get back to my healthy weight that this battle is won, its over, and I dont have to deal with it anymore. I was hoping that once it was dealth with I wouldnt have to deal with it ever again. I havent even started the battle, and feel as though I have lost...... LOVE YOU XOOXOXOXO.... You know you can do this... you have the strenght, and the motivation... and the results... you have done it.... maintance.......

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    Even after a 2 or 3 pound loss, I find that I give myself license to loosen the reins a bit (hence the constant yo-yo of the past 9 months!). I can imagine it'd be even harder to keep things under control with the loss that you've experienced. You're totally worth it, though, and you DEFINITELY deserve the honor of being healthy!

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    It's never smooth sailing and we're never done! Keep up the good fight!

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MNOT2THICK 7/12/2012 7:54PM

    Yes love, you nailed it. The challenge is never over or done. Awesome blog. Thanks Liz emoticon emoticon

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BETHSWORLD 7/12/2012 7:51PM

    Girl you know you ROCK! emoticon

There is nothing you can't do!


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TEENY_BIKINI 7/12/2012 1:50PM

    Wow!! This is so smart and so true.

The now and then pics are fab!


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TEXASFILLY 7/12/2012 1:43PM

    *hugs* You are brilliant! Just like that fine ol' statesman Baruch! You know what to do, so stay the course. The hardest part is dealing with the emotional crappola that life throws us. It's all about taking it one day at a time 'cuz this is a journey. Our destination is heaven, where we get to enjoy our beautiful celestial bodies. In the meantime, do your best and give the rest to the Good Lord. Love ya, sweetie~ emoticonBB~ emoticon

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MALKS_ARIA 7/12/2012 12:02PM

    thank you for the kick in the butt....your butt and mine!

luv you so gal!

aria who's deemed to live via smart phone....

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I*AM*BLESSED 7/12/2012 8:36AM

    We all need to be reminded that this journey never ends. I have fought my weight all my adult life and always will. Carbs are my demon and they know it. Even with portion control, they seem to continue to do their damage.

Lizzy, you have been such a wonderful example for me. I have said this before, with all you had to deal with while you were losing weight, you were still able to succeed in your quest...the hardest part is behind you. Yes, even tho it's a journey for life, I have no doubt that you will continue to be a winner!

I do, however, have to disagree with one thing you ARE SPECIAL in my book...and that's why I love you!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 7/12/2012 6:28AM

    I love this blog LIz. It states a reality that few want to hear. There is no arrival destination. The journey deosn't end and the ride does get long. emoticon Old habits are hiding in the bushes waiting for us to let down our guards or turn our backs. Wish there was this magical "done" place. Over 18 months below goal and I still haven't found it.

You do look amazing by the way. Thin and healthy. emoticon

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ANGELFMABV 7/12/2012 4:59AM

    Great blog! I have not even gotten as far you and I am struggling with the same things. Reading your blog makes me realize this is a life change that has to stay with me forever. Thank you!

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PATTIE441 7/12/2012 2:49AM

    I totally agree with you and everyone here. And we are here to support each other, and that means so much! Wonderful blog! emoticon emoticon

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LADYVOLSFAN1954 7/12/2012 1:26AM

    You look fabulous but you are right, we will never be done. It's never going to be "over". It will always be a battle if not with the scales but with ourselves mentally. Thanks for sharing your wisdom. emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 7/12/2012 1:11AM

    We are never *done* though we may reach our weight loss goal or healthy BMI or whatever we are aiming for...

What makes this a journey and not a race is that there is no finish line.

We can't stop because stopping means going backwards and falling into old patterns and old habits that will bring us back to where we started.

What makes *this time* different is that when we start to slide back into our old way of thinking we catch ourselves and say "hey, this isn't right...I'm not supposed to be doing____" and we rectify the situation.

You are not where you used to be and I'm not where I was and we are not going back.

Not this time. Not ever. We've come to far to let ourselves go back.

We are here and we are not going back.

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