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Snowflake Banshee

Wednesday, October 10, 2012

No clue about creepy dude. I'm avoiding walks altogether and by default I am avoiding The Creep.

It's just a walk dammit, why does it hafta be rocket-freakin'-science? If it's not my safety, it's someone's projected fears of abandonment when I take 55 minutes to move my body. Holy hypersensitive much? I need that time like oxygen.

The dog that used to pretend to protect me on my walks (the one the size of a horse) is not with us. He lost his privilege to be a part of our family when he unrepentatively dragged my 4 year old daughter across the asphalt. To this day she still prays for him and he is most undesserving of that honour. Also, I don't walk with people. It requires multi-tasking. Like listening and thinking and that my friends would inhibit my Brain Fart time.

So, I'm in the pi$$iest moods imaginable. When I'm not crying, I'm kicking Invis-a-dog or barking at my kids.

This morning I tackled a barking Banshee in my kitchen and lost. It was an epic failure. The banshee happened to be me. I apologized to everyone in my family after my deluge of brand new profanities were vomitted out of my being in warp drive. However, the damage was done. I had lost 'it'.

Between cursing like a sailor and tossing up Heavenward prayers to the Divine, "For the love of all things holy give me the strength to instantaneaouly grow the h3ll up and stop this tantrum!"

It was the most surreal moment.

I'm standing there bawling, cursing, praying...all simultaneouly. I could see myself but was powerless. You know like a ghost moment when Scrooge is in his past and he wants to change the events but, he's unable to. It was like that. I was in that tantrum, The Queen of Multi-tasking. I was even disgusted and impressed with my new talent at the same time. Go me.

What the hell is wrong with me?!
Then, I had an epiphone.

I am angry (the tantrum may have given it away).
Livid.
Pi$$3d beyond recognition.

Then I remembered some wisdom from an old friend. We once had a Deacon that would come visit weekly and pray with us over any concerns our family had. It was an amazing time in my life. We saw epiphones in the everyday. We were showered in blessings.He was a prodigal son to Egyptian missionaries. He would tell us that the root of anger was when something interferred in your plans and you were not at peace with the Divine's path for you.

Anytime I'm angry I ask myself:
1. What was the trigger?
2. Where are my plans and His colliding?

So this morning I tried to figure out the trigger.
I was having a most glorious time giving Duchess and Tank an impromptu art lesson on two-point perspective. My daughter was having trouble grasping it's concept in her class, but, I was able to reach her to teach her and she flourished. This triggered Tank's interest in art and before you know it I was in my 'Zone' I hadn't been in my creative zone in forever. I was in heaven.

Then reality snuck up and chewed a chunk outta my @$$.

"Snow, you have to have to get 5 lethargic kids breakfasted, clothed and prepared for school in less than 20 minutes."

WTH?!

I snapped.
I felt the Divine was being particularily cruel by allowing me to glimpse heaven and do a take-back.

*Biznotch* (yes, I may have even muttered it)

How can He be so cruel?
Yes, I understand this is going over many of your heads and this all seems drama queen'ish', but, I'm going to break it down for you.

I am NOT June Cleaver. I will never be her. I am not naturally tidy, glamorous, kind, organized, and all things wholesome. I'm in fact her complete opposite. I fight to resemble her every waking moment and when I get a taste of me being successful and it happens to not be as June Cleaver, but, the real me and it is taken away it feels like torture. I fail at being her.

Daily FAIL.

I am trying to be a square when in fact I am the most hyper-spastic of squiggly lines. I'm that idiot fish trying to climb a tree.

So, my walks that I use to help me focus I can't get together for fear and that is strongly inhibiting my spiritual growth and unresolved anger issues.

I asked God, "Why won't you give me the strength I need?"

That quiet still voice was answering, "I did. You haven't figured out how to pick it up."

I have to put down my pride, choosing humility so that I can grasp His grace to figured out WTH?!

I want to accomplish things the way June Cleaver would. I don't know how to 'do' me. Yet, I'm the only one who can.
He didn't make me to be a June clone. He made me to be a Snowflake, all unique.

Instead of throwing on my masks and faking it until I make it with my life... He is showing me that I will have joy when I do things as myself.

Gotta go pick up my kiddies from school. I wish I had more time to think on this, but, I'm having trouble pinning this Banshee to the wall before she tears apart my family.

  
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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 10/17/2012 12:54AM

    emoticon There were a few places where I'm sure you've "Cut & Pasted" from my own personal struggles and thoughts. You're not alone, I love you, and its an interesting battle (you know with all those voices in my head at once, its confusing sometimes, lol) but you're strong, and I'm sure you'll flourish with the strength God gives you and the path he shows.
Love you XOXOXO

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MNOT2THICK 10/14/2012 12:06AM

    The creepy dude sucks. I am so sorry he took the joy out of your walks. You do not need to be June Cleaver just be you. Please, stop beating yourself up. You will do what is needed and you can assist your gorgeous offspring to aid in the process. I know how you feel and I do not have 5 kids and a husband. Sometimes all of the things that have to be done overwhelm me too. I just close my eyes, pray and say make an attack plan and do what I can when I can. God will see you through.

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SJKENT1 10/12/2012 5:04PM

    Now everytime I walk past Banshee St near my new place, which I am not calling home mind you, I will think of you and pray. and then I will smile at all of us "Banshee June Cleavers" being turned into snowflakes.

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LYNNGINN1 10/10/2012 10:42PM

    Most of the"June Cleavers" I've ever met are just like us except they have some really great hiding places for all their crap and a big ol' bottle of happy pills.

Be yourself - Be happy

Sorry about Mr Creepy - maybe a can of mace?

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MOSTMOM1 10/10/2012 10:03PM

    Hey, I know that banshee chick! I've seen her a couple of times in my own house.

Um, you DO know that June Cleaver is a fictional character, right? I mean, Barbara Billingsley seems like a nice person and all, but she WAS reading from a script. Plus, she had a whole crew of makeup and costume designers, not to mention a director of photography, etc. How many of us have sacrificed our self esteem on the altar of June's perfect string of pearls and stylish pumps? Did you know that those two iconic Juneisms were to help "cover" things for television? From what I've read, the string of pearls was Billingsley's idea to cover what she considered to be a "hollow" in her neck. And the stylish pumps were added when the boys started getting taller than she was. Hmmm, I wonder if she even baked those cakes she kept frosting... Heck, I wonder if those were even real cakes half the time!

You get my point. The only moms who are that polished, poised (and 2-dimensional) are manufactured on TV. Not real. The people God makes turn out way messier but also way more interesting. I'm sure that's not the first time he's heard prayers, intermingled with swearing. I seriously doubt he's shocked.

Can you get a can of mace or something like that, to take on your walks? That's not for everyone (says the woman who accidentally maced herself three times), but... Or take Gigantor with you? I'm sure he could amble along without talking, if he's like most manboys I know.

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RUNNERRACHEL 10/10/2012 9:53PM

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Don't be so hard on yourself. June Cleaver is a character on TV. She doesn't really exist. And don't compare yourself to fictional TV moms. You are a wonderful and imperfect mom and woman. So you don't have to be perfect. God doesn't expect you to be and neither do we...

Sorry you're not getting your walking in. I have been feeling really low and I realized I haven't been exercising regularly in 2 weeks...Oh...so, that's why I feel lethargic and sad. And that's why I'm getting stressed at work and feeling drained...

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NANHBH 10/10/2012 6:35PM

    So sorry, Liz. I can imagine how unsettling not being able to take your daily walks must be.

You suck, Creepy Dude! How dare you torment my SnowAngelDiva.
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I*AM*BLESSED 10/10/2012 4:41PM

    I'm so sorry...things WILL get better!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 10/10/2012 2:58PM

    Believe it or not I follow that train even when it jumps tracks. The beauty of being a woman. Liz, there are very few June Cleavers in this world. When I meet them my own inadequacies begin to surface. Then I have to remind myself that before I made comparisons I was a ok. There is no "norm" or perfect way to be a wife, mom, mother and woman. Be the snowflake you are. Embrace those things that make you quircky.

The tension from having some thing taken from you isn't helping. Of course you need to get out and walk away the stresses of life. Shame on Mr. Unkown for taking that away. Shame on him for entering into your space without permission. He should have known he wasn't invited. Praying you find away to steal back what was yours.

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September?

Monday, September 10, 2012


Drive-by


Fitness is now 5K/Day.
Calorie intake is higher to accommodate, BUT, but, but, but....I am not staying within my magic portions.
I used to ignore the nutrition value and stay within perfectly, now, I care about nutrition and I'm not able to throw in my sugar without guilt.
D@NG!

My days are so busy.
6:30 up and at 'em. Well get up, karate chop the d@mn alarm clock...steal 15 more minutes and then
7:00 sulk off to the bathroom to simultaneously get my Diva on...share the bathroom with the teen girl, tackle the kindergarteners renegade ponytails, and threaten the lives of my two youngest sons; reminding them that it is indeed illegal to go nekked to school.
Nice try.
7:30 make lunch and that damn coffee that for some stupid reason (exhaustion) didn't get set to timer and never percolated. Tackle the youngest son into clothes...I am not above sitting on him. Make everybody have breakfast.
7:45 turn off all electronics that the disobedient children snuck on and distracted themselves with and again encourage breakfast.
8:00 Bible story and prayer (God Lord, their teachers NEED it to handle them!)
8:30 Tackle the youngest son and put socks on him. Tackle the kindergartener and threaten her life if she decides to use washable marker as makeup EVER AGAIN.
8:35...we're late.
chuck all kids under my armpits and run to the van. Ignore protests for oxygen. It's all a ploy...I saw them this summer holding their breath in competition for hours on end.
8:45 try to be cool when I get swarmed by my kids and their friends and mistaken for a teacher, then, dodge darts when I inform them I am not. People hate feeling fooled.
9:00 home...I deserve a HEro Freaking Biscuit for not killing anyone. Avoid hero biscuit by walking far far away from the house. Today I did a highway walk in the sunshine with the cool fall breeze dancing with me. Gloriousness divine.
10ish, I'm home. My hubby is alive! Hugs, snuggles and get the man coffee. Making a second pot in the process and snagging some yogurt for my own breakfast.
10:30 laundry and playing MOnday NIght Combat on the XBOX 360 with my man. We kick @$$.
11:30 I'm starved. I serve us up some pb&j on toast.
12:00-2:30 The D@MN laundry. Why can't we be nekked?! My son is a genius.
Spark break of pathetic moments and quickie vlog.
2:50 Bike to school
3:05 arrive on time (sans kids has advantages)
3:40 home with kids after piggy-backing my youngest son, loaning my pink ipod to my middle son so he can everyday be "Shufflin'" and listening to the incessant flow of verbal diarrhea from the kindergartener.
Time to go through agendas and drill kids on their homework and fill out a ridiculous amount of permission slips. I think I just signed a kidney away. The devil is in the fine print.
4:30 salad and pork for supper. It was left over night and the kiddies had burgers with their salad.
5:00 printing off title pages for #3 child. WOW, he is so unorganized. Reminds me of someone...
6:00 on...checking facebook, emptying out a 20litre bag of milk into the tub that went bad...more laundry...spark and something else....looking for the stupid eyeglass forms that I lost. They're still lost. I hate paperwork. It's so stupid.
6:30. I quit. I'm tired All I want is sugar and a hot bath and, and, my man home to cuddle with.
6:55 I'm late for getting the kiddies into their baths and I'm supposed to do 20 minutes of reading with 3 more kids.
Ugh.

  
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FITFORMYFAMILY 9/16/2012 10:15PM

    I hear ya!

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TEXASFILLY 9/14/2012 7:13PM

    *hugs the stuffin outta ya~* You are drop~dead beautiful inside & out! Love those blues on you, girl. Hey~ you are a Wonder Woman in my eyes~ not only being the FAB~ulous Mom to five amazing children, but how you have reached your goal through dedication and persistence. You give me hope, sweetie~ *hugs* Love you~ BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KMYLIN 9/12/2012 6:34PM

    You just keep being fabulous! We love being your sparkfriends... emoticon

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 9/12/2012 1:50PM

    LOL, I love how easily you get distracted, but then you get back on track, wish I could remember what I was talking about, lol :D
LOVE YOU!!!
Squirrel :D
And yeah, you did sign away a kidney, and your first born (look out Gigantor).
Eventually the kids will get into a routine and "remember" on their own they have homework, and having to explain it 10 times goes down to only twice :D
LOVE YOU!!!

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NAVYMOM133 9/11/2012 10:33AM

    Love 8:35am - "It's all a ploy..." emoticon
Enjoyed hearing you on the video last night. Came back to comment today and saw the written testament to your daily schedule! YIKES!
I love that you can and DO bike down to the school in the afternoon. I am clerk at my church and need to go down and sign checks this morning. I think I will WALK down!
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I*AM*BLESSED 9/11/2012 9:10AM

    Oh, the busy life of a D.I.V.A. There's really not enough time for all that "extra curricular" stuff, now is there?

NEKKED.RULES. (I'm all for nekked...in the dark, of course)

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NANHBH 9/11/2012 12:23AM

    Liz,

A fly trying to take you out! I swear, there's a hornet that greets me every morning at school and tries to dive bomb me! I love fall, too.

With that schedule, I don't know how you find time for a 5K. You are some kind of ROCK STAR! You are so funny with your writing! You're like Erma Bombeck's protege. (She was a very hysterical newspaper columnist, in case you didn't know.)

Keep up the good work. Nice pink earplugs to go with your pink iPod.
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MOSTMOM1 9/10/2012 11:31PM

    You've got to be kidding me, even WE know that's your reading couch. Come on, Gigantor.

Reading your schedule--I'm very, very sorry you have nothing to do, now that your kids are back in public school. I suggest you pick up a hobby to fill your oh so empty hours.

Life is gOOOOOOOOOOd!!
You look purty in that hoodie. Ha ha, autofill just tried to change that to "purity." Bwahahaha
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Oh, good for you for tracking. I gotta get for reals about the food tracking and portions.
Oh man, that was short. Sigh. Later tator.
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SPARKLINGME176 9/10/2012 11:06PM

    WOW! You are doing great! 5K a day?!? Good for you! Trackes help me too!

Great seeing you! You are darling! Love the pink, my fav. too!

*~LIGHT

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WONDERFUL2BME 9/10/2012 9:39PM

    You must be the energizer bunny!

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MNOT2THICK 9/10/2012 9:24PM

    I need a nap from reading about your day. Lets all go nekked! Less money for clothes, laundry, water and bleach emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/10/2012 7:50PM

    I am tired just reading about your day. You are getting a lot done. emoticon You are looking amazing by the way. That baby blue really suits you. emoticon

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B34CH H00P

Monday, August 27, 2012

Hey, Shel I have a mini-tutorial of the elbow pass tucked in this one.
Today I learned to batch convert ".vsp" to "sumthin', sumthin', sumthin' " (MP4?) so I could upload here and all the AWESOME crispiness of the glorious beach bought the bisquit.

*Deep breath*

My man took us all to the beach yesterday. If you squint the little black floaty dots in the water are my husband and three youngest.
My fellow hooper is my eldest daughter, Duchess.

Beach hooping...never thought I'd ever

A) Hoop
B) Share
C) Wear a bikini in public ~ ever. I still prefer the swim skirt (I made this one, GO ME!!) and a tank.

(Song~ Titanium, David Guetta ft. Sia)



  
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MYJUNIEMOON 9/14/2012 4:29PM

    So much fun! Loved watching and the music! Boogie to hoops...

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WINNIE1978 9/2/2012 5:28PM

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SUMMERGIRLTASHA 9/1/2012 3:30AM

    Love this Vlog/Blog Liz! I always come to your page to smile... emoticon And you never let me down. I love the hooping and the music you play in the background. Watching you hoop though is so intimidating. I was never able to hoop even when I was a kid and a LOT SMALLER. Not sure my body is made for hooping(?) And I love the skirt you made yourself! I've been thinking about doing that! But my FAVORITE part of the vlog is your confident ending where you tossed the hoop aside and boldly strode toward the camera. You owned it and looked like a model on a runway! You go girl! You look gorgeous! emoticon

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MIBELLALUNA 8/30/2012 10:51AM

    Inspiring!! For real. Wish I was close enough to come get some instructions!!

HEY...where did you get the beach?? LOL

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NANHBH 8/30/2012 1:24AM

    Liz,

You are amazing! Such talent! I want to take lessons from you, too. I'll bet you ROCKED that bikini!
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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 8/29/2012 6:19PM

    Whalen - Wow she sure has a lot of weight, have you lost any weight
Me - No
Whalen - Maybe you should start hooping
LOL

Love it, and Love you XO

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MNOT2THICK 8/29/2012 1:37PM

    Diva, you get better and better. I need to move there and take serious notes. emoticon emoticon

OMGoodness, that looks like so much fun. I love the skirt. I hope you all had a great time.

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WONDERFUL2BME 8/28/2012 7:05PM

    Fun! How did you add the music?

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/28/2012 9:31AM

    What a fun video. emoticon

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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/28/2012 6:08AM

    I love, love, love this blog! You are both so graceful and fun to watch, your swimskirt is super cute, and you look FABULOUS! I also love your new profile picture. The sparkling bike ride picture made me smile, but this one makes me smile even more.

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BUSYMOM911 8/28/2012 1:56AM

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Great job! You make it look like you've been doing that pass forever.

Love the beach backdrop. Wish I was there with you. What a wonderful place to hoop.

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TEXASFILLY 8/27/2012 11:34PM

    You are so B*E*A*U*T*I*F*U*L~ *hugs* Love to see y'all have fun! Great hoop work, dear heart. You're a natural~ emoticon emoticonBB~ emoticon

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REENIE131 8/27/2012 11:01PM

    Awesome! I hooped on the beach for the first time last week...it was beautiful! I'm going to have to try the elbow pass too, I've never done that one.

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_JODI404 8/27/2012 10:46PM

    emoticon elbow pass!! You make everything look so easy! (and it is not!!)

Looks like a really fun family day at the beach! Your background is beautiful!!

Don't you love when what you once thought was impossible is now a reality!!

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CURVYELVIESAYS 8/27/2012 9:24PM

    just beautiful! you go girl with your bad self emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/27/2012 9:05PM

    So emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 8/27/2012 8:57PM

    BEACH HOOPING!!!!!!! How could one beach hold all that awesomeness? Did people come up to you and want to try to hoop? Oh, you go, Duchess, you go.
What a fun video and a great location. I mean, really, how could you beat that?

Ah, look for an opening. I think that's the part I'm missing. I've always tried it flying blind and hoping for the best. The front I can do, the back---I'll try looking for an opening. Thanks!

Great job editing. It's a pain in the patootie, isn't it? Converting, rendering, compositing, blah-blah-blah. But look at the fun things you can make. Just about makes it worth the hair-pulling.
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PS: We finished our little costume project today, but my sore throat kinda killed today's shoot. Gotta wait 'til I'm 100%...

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H00P D4nC3 ~ Let's Get this Party Started!

Saturday, August 25, 2012

I learned to pass the hoop from elbow to elbow behind my back today. I've been trying to get it on camera, but, it's getting dark and it didn't film well.

It's been worth it, this whole "Suck it up and you won't hafta suck it in!" journey.
*F*U*N*

  
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SUN_N_SEA 9/27/2012 4:35PM

    Oh....my....gosh!!!! You are amazing!! I can barely dance when all I have to worry about are the limbs I was born with.. add a hoop, and I'd probably end up in the hospital!! Can't say it enough.... AMAZING!!!!
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CURVYELVIESAYS 9/17/2012 12:25AM

    emoticon Great control of that hoop. You have some great moves with the hoop. I have trouble dancing and hooping. You make it look easy. Shame on you! Thank you so much for posting this vlog. I love the way you hoop. Keep it up!

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WINNIE1978 9/2/2012 5:31PM

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 9/1/2012 10:58PM

    You make hooping look cool :D Love ya XOXOX

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MIBELLALUNA 8/30/2012 10:47AM

    Love it. Surprised that traffic didn't stop to gawk! I would have! lol You looked great

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NLH4444 8/28/2012 7:49PM

    Awesome! I'm pretty sure I would injure myself trying to do that! Lol

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BUSYMOM911 8/28/2012 2:02AM

    Thanks for the video! I was mesmorized. That is true dancing with the hoop. Just go with the music, and do what comes to you.

Loved it! Wish I were that good.
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NAVYMOM133 8/27/2012 5:58PM

    Fantastic!!!! emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 8/26/2012 6:56PM

    Move it Diva! emoticonWoo Hoo, the Black Eye Peas emoticon

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HEY_STEVE 8/26/2012 5:44PM

    Diva! Hoop! Awesome!

Best part: No! Not that one! No! No!

Made me LOL.

Later.

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I*AM*BLESSED 8/26/2012 4:41PM

    Oh to be in my 30's again...

You're something else, girl !!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/26/2012 4:04PM

    Very nice flow woman. You ROCK the hoop...HOOPDIVA emoticon

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RUNNERRACHEL 8/26/2012 12:08PM

    You're amazing. You look FANTASTIC in that dress and your moves are super cool. Good job entertaining the neighbors and your Spark friends!
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TXCROCHETQUEEN 8/26/2012 11:24AM

    WOW!!! I am SOOO JEALOUS! I have NOOOOO rhythm at all :(

Looking GOOD girl!

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JEANUT 8/26/2012 6:54AM

    OMG you go girl!!!!! I love it. Love the song and love your routine. Thanks for sharing it with us. If they have a hoola hoop championship we're going to enter you and win. emoticon emoticon

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EGR2BEME 8/26/2012 3:43AM

    WoW!!!! That is so impressive! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 8/26/2012 2:00AM

    FAB~ulous! You ROCK, li'l sister~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOMMY2TWO07 8/25/2012 10:34PM

    What an amazing video. You make the hooping look effortless and graceful and you have such a happy carefree look about you. Pretty dress too but I don't have a body like you so I would look like a round plum in something like that lol.

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REEBADABEEBOOS 8/25/2012 10:19PM

    Girl, you've got MOVES! Shelli's right - I love you dance in the hoops and it floats effortlessly around you. Thanks for sharing!

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MOSTMOM1 8/25/2012 9:48PM

    LOL, that song may be a bit much for the neighbors. You crack me up.
You're gorgeous in that dress.
Holy cow, your arm and shoulder moves are incredible!!! You move so lightly and easily in that hoop. Looks like you've been doing this for years.
I'm gonna watch it again.

that was fun
The neighbors probably got a kick out of it. I love how you're dancing in your hoop. Dangit, I wish you could've taped the elbow to elbow pass. That one still has me stumped. I could watch this over and over. Not in a creepy stalkerish way, but in a wow, that's beautiful and fun and super cool kind of way.
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_JODI404 8/25/2012 9:28PM

    LIZ!!!! You are getting SOOOOOO good with that hoop!

I love that the hoop matches your dress! Very cool

I am incredibly impressed with how natural you make it look~~ great flow!! I think
the fact that you are an incredible dancer to start with only makes your hooping
that much better! Really great, inspiring vlog!!

Glad you are ignoring your neighbors (pull up a seat even!) and having a great time!
Congrats on learning that elbow pass! It's SO awesome when you finally get something that you've been working on!

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Hold On

Thursday, August 16, 2012

Fitness Update:
10minutes to 10K
This is a short clip of the bike route with my children. It also happens to be the same path I took for my First 10 minute walk.

Today I did my 5K Walk
(This flower is EVERYWHERE and it smells fantastic. She's named Queen Anne's Lace)

following this route and then I did 5K of biking with my children. It's beautiful the physical fitness growth I've seen over the last year. I went from 10minutes/day to 10K.



This is another beautiful treasure I see on my journey it's a Sumac Tree. My mother calls it, "Mic-Mac". I have no idea why. I think she takes gross satisfaction in slaughtering the english language (now you know where I get it from).



Neutron Update:
I'm struggling with intake again. I have this mindset that I've "made" it and now I can relax. I've only proved to myself how much I still need to be here. I still have a horrid perspective on portions.

Doritos have snuck into my house, but, Water Wedgie ...

has been stepping in with the warning, "When in doubt WAIT it out."
When I listen (ahem), my Fake Hunger pains subside and I can stay on track.

I've gotten to (real close) where I want to be and I have to wake up to the reality that I've gotten the active lifestyle I was working for and I need to adjust according being ever more vigilant about what is coming into my stomach.

Hold On! You can do it!!!

OH! This little flame gift always reminds me of a match streaking. Congrats, MOSTMOM1 on your 10 minutes (at least) of Fitness Streak of 500+ Days!



HOLD ON, it's gonna be beautiful after the storm passes. I was not happy about it raining when we first started out, but, we got a rainbow for our efforts. Well played Creator of the Universe.

  
  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

MOSTMOM1 8/23/2012 12:37PM

    I LOVE the video!!!!!
HILL OF DOOM
Oh, definitely feet OFF the handlebars. Yes ma'am!
Thanks for the streaker shout-out. :)
Rainbows. Worth. It.
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MIBELLALUNA 8/20/2012 7:55PM

    Love the vid and the fun you have with your kids.....but.....I'd LIKE to see you wearing a helmet! (Said the mom in me). lol

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NANHBH 8/20/2012 12:54AM

    Awesome vlog. Love the music you set it to. And that rainbow - spectacular!
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TEXASFILLY 8/19/2012 1:23PM

    O! I love the rainbow ending for y'all's beautiful bike ride! Girl, you look MAH~velous on that bike! (You got a tiny hiney, honey! *pea~green*) And, please, get yourself a helmet!

Remember, just take it one day at a time. You've come so far, so beautifully~ with such grace and charm~ now just be patient as you give yourself some room to adjust to your new lifestyle. You are so blessed and I am so proud of you, li'l sis~ *hugs* BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

P.S. Love, love, love the Queen Anne's Lace~ thanks for sharing. emoticon

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_JODI404 8/17/2012 10:00PM

    Liz, You are so talented with the video editing!

Looks like a fun ride and love the scenic views, especially the rainbow!

Hope you have a fabulous weekend ahead!!

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TATINE 8/17/2012 11:48AM

    What an amazing, inspiring video! Thank you! You go!

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 8/17/2012 10:31AM

    The children were wearing their helmet but you weren't..... you're melon is just as important as theirs :D
Loved it :D
Love you :D
XOXOXO

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/17/2012 9:42AM

    How fun to ride with the kids!

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RKMHOYLE 8/17/2012 9:38AM

    Fun and beautiful. Thanks for sharing!

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NAVYMOM133 8/17/2012 9:37AM

    Thanks for this beautiful blog! Spirit-lifting, right here!!! You're super cute from the back with your pink hood up, on your bike! Great background for your page!

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QUEENMOXIE 8/17/2012 9:20AM

    Loved this....made me want to go for a bike ride, too. Maybe that will be a goal for the future! I am amazed at the amount of exercise that I am able to do compared to how little I could do 8 months ago, just like you. I was always taught to stay away from the poison sumac....but I love that your Mom calls it Mic Mac... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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I*AM*BLESSED 8/17/2012 7:30AM

    Thanks for the ride, kids! That was fun...I want to see more of your beautiful neighborhood. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 8/17/2012 6:34AM

    Loved your video. The cattail beside the road was really neat. The Queen Anne's lace brought back great memories. It is one of the things I miss from the Carolinas. When we were growing up it was everywhere and I always thought it was so beautiful. I haven't seen any here in Texas.

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HEY_STEVE 8/17/2012 5:33AM

    Thanks for taking us on your ride. And I don't just mean the bike ride, I mean the whole journey. You da best!

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FITFORMYFAMILY 8/17/2012 12:43AM

    Do you have a helmet cam? There's no way I could take a video on a bike without crashing. I'm impressed! I had to laugh at the groan Princess gave when you told her to take her feet off the handlebars and that she could do it. I think I gave the groan a lot as child, and unfortnately, I'm hearing it a lot again now that my son is getting a wee bit older and asserting more independence.

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DAWNFIRE72 8/17/2012 12:29AM

    I keep seeing the white flower all over the place here too and had no idea what it was called thank you for giving me it's name.

I found that today when I drank water when I felt "hunger" and then waited it subsided for the most part and I was able to eat my lunch and snacks at the appropriate times instead of just filling my face because I was thirsty not hungry.

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