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Accountability Day 8

Monday, January 21, 2013

I took my Dodge Caravan off-roading yesterday. Apparently it's not an off-roading vehicle. I bet if we weren't in Canada in the dead of winter it could be...

Footage of results can be viewed at...

Day 8 accountability.

How I am losing weight is an absolute enigma to me. I'm BARELY staying in range, chewing gum like a baseball player chews tabacco and I discovered 154.2 smiling up at me from the scale. I think it was God's way of keeping me sane since the running total to maintain our vehicles for the month of January is $4000.00. (not including gas at 1.18/liter) I do NOT make enough as a maid to have these lemons in my laneway. I may need to invent teleportation. Stat.

Portions: Decent. I'm dancing around 1600. Except last night when I celebrated cheating death with a bag of corn chips and a can of knock-off rootbeer. Next time I almost die I'm hitting up the L.C.B.O. (Ontario liqueur store...Tequila is NOT overrated).

Water: 10 cups...BOO-YAH!

Sleep: Shhh....let's not dwell on the negative

Attitude: Absolutely fabulous. I love life. My hubs called me tonight to hear of the car doctor's prognosis but, because I have a son that was suspended from school for getting in a fight (Cops & Robbers does not mind their "Hands Off" policy, F.Y.I. my son was the cop), I didn't care to check.
I have no clue if I'll be walking 40km to work on Wednesday...I don't care!!

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MNOT2THICK 1/26/2013 5:00PM

    I missed a lot. Glad you are OK. Sorry about the van. Happy about the water and weight loss. emoticon emoticon

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    I'm so glad that you are okay! I sure hope your week gets better.

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MOSTMOM1 1/22/2013 8:55AM

    Way to keep everything in perspective, love. So glad you're okay and taking care of business, one step at a time.

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NANHBH 1/22/2013 1:23AM


So glad that you are OK. Too bad the car is not as well off as you are. Praying for some financial relief for your family.

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/21/2013 10:57PM

    So thankful you are safe and that you are receiving mercies on the scale. Hope everything works out for the good somehow. emoticon

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DEBBYFROMMT 1/21/2013 9:25PM

    Wow, yes I noticed how expensive gas is up there when we went to Kimberley. Sheesh, at least we could get gas here and not need it until we got back to Montana. A bit better here than on the west coast.

Hang in there! Attitude is 90% of it! Spring will be here before you know it! The days are already getting longer! You'll be able to get out and enjoy it then!

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LILYBELLE12 1/21/2013 8:16PM

    emoticon My, you live an interesting life!!!! I certainly have been there with sons, so I can understand your issues well with the suspension, and living in Colorado and driving two very old vehicles in our cold winters also makes me very sympathetic to you as well. We are still trying to save up to finish the repairs on the newest one (a 2006 Ford Taurus). The older one (a 2003 Subaru) is probably the more reliable of the two even with well over 200,000 miles on it. I t certainly is much better in the ice and snow here!

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Maid Wisdom

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Today I went and played maid at the resort. I love the serenity of working by myself and turning an icky space into a fabulous one. It reminds me of my journey.

I take steps when I enter into a room:

1. I chose to be here. I remind myself that this job pays to feed my giant children.
Just like being at have a reason to do this work.
I forgot mine with exhaustion and personal drama. Personal demons fight back and sometimes they win the battle. The key is not to let them win the war.

Reason why I Work: "To feed giants."
Reason why I Spark: "I want to FEEL fabulous."

2. The second thing I do is assess and do damage control when I enter a room.
Were the guests partiers and leave beer soaking on the carpet? Were they considerate and respectful guests and there is nothing chaotic to control?

Work: Assess and control.
Spark: Assess and control.
ie. Doritos are outlawed here they are not good guests.

3. The third thing I do is strip.
Work: the beds
Sparking: my attitude. I strip it to those emotional triggers that are trying to take over and deal with them. Am I exhausted, lonely, joyous? What is my attitude? It determines my altitude.

4. The fourth thing I do is make the beds.
Work: I really do make epically cozy beds. Go me!
Spark: I focus on my "To-Do List" Water + Portions

5. Clean
Work: everything
Spark: as I go the day is filled with choices. I take my time and choose wisely.
Sometimes it was harder than it looked and sometimes because I've been laying groundwork from days previous my rooms are a smooth transition.

6. Make it spiffy.
Work: No nekked beds, pretty twisty towels that I make look like the puppets that stepped out of the Labyrinth movie and toiletries.
Spark: I get my diva on and enjoy the work I've put in. It's the best part.

7. Prep for next day.
Work: restock my cart.
Spark: restock me with a good night's rest.

This week sucked. I get to the 7 o'clock hour I miss my husband, I feel like a bum for being a working mom and not being home to take care of the things the way I envision them to be taken care of (which I never was able to get to when they were home anyway, so, pfft!), and I end up eating a ridiculous amount of food and doing guesstimations with my intake.

Not wise.

Every day is day one. Looking forward to leaving the poor choices in the past when I wake up and go to work tomorrow...gotta feed the giants.

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OPTIMIST1948 1/28/2013 8:30PM

    I stopped eating doritos when I realized they made my breath smell and my fingers orange - neither were good looks.

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_RAMONA 1/21/2013 12:32PM

    I love the parallels you've drawn (I knew when I started this journey that a lot more than my wieght would change... I stayed at the same place for aome time because I hit a moment where I wasn't sure I was up to 'transformation').... Great blog. REAL. Amazing, inspiring BEAUTIFUL brilliant YOU!

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NAVYMOM133 1/21/2013 11:07AM

    Every Day is emoticon !!
Lots of love,

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EMILYROSEBUD 1/21/2013 10:48AM

    You are an inspiration! This last week may have sucked, but you are fabulous as always!

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NANHBH 1/20/2013 10:00PM


This is an awesome blog. I love the way that you compare what you do at work with what you do with Spark. You have such great discipline at work. You can transfer that same discipline to your Spark duties. I believe in you. I know you can do it.

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MOSTMOM1 1/20/2013 9:56PM

    Know what's amazing? Being able to learn from absolutely everything. Yup. It's a gift and you're using it. Pretty sweet deal.
fyi--I'm one of those weirdos who hangs up the towels and semi-makes the bed, before leaving a hotel.
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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/20/2013 6:07PM

    Love it! emoticon

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QUEENMOXIE 1/20/2013 8:37AM

    Yes, losing weight and maintaining is hard work! I bet you burn a lot of calories in a day....they have a new fitbit coming this spring that you wear like a bracelet...I'm going to get that one next. My fitbit told me that I climbed a pyramid yesterday...that's what you get when you live on the second floor..built in stair climber. Hope you have a wonderful day and make lots of money to feed those growing giants! emoticon emoticon

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/19/2013 8:51PM

    His mercies are new every morning. I know you've got to be exhausted, life is plain exhausting sometimes...hope you are getting to rest some. This is a great blog. It's a great way to put things into perspective. What a blessing you are. {hugs}

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    emoticon Love it!

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I*AM*BLESSED 1/19/2013 8:35PM

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MAMISHELI53 1/19/2013 8:28PM

    What a blessing you are to those who come into those rooms!
God grant you success in every area of life. Every day is a new beginning.

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    BEAUTIFULLY expressed ... BEAUTIFULLY executed ... BEAUTIFULLY lived.


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One Word Answer

Saturday, January 19, 2013

LYNN and JULIA satrted it...

" Not as easy as you might think! Copy and Paste into your own blog, change the answers to suit you. It's really hard to only use ONE WORD answers."

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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MNOT2THICK 1/26/2013 5:08PM

    Cat, what happened to the dog? emoticon

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 1/25/2013 10:18PM

    I got lost at Muffins = Boobs????

Love ya

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Oh, and I, too, didn't know you had a cat, for Pete's sake. LOL. How has the kitty stayed clear of your Vlogs??? emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 1/20/2013 9:54PM

    Cat? What cat? How have I missed out on a cat?

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PEPPYPATTI 1/19/2013 7:53PM

    I just loved your answers! I will be in my jammies soon too!
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SNOWANGELDIVA 1/19/2013 7:35PM

    You are hot, Crystle!
I gotta figure out this thong thing without ending up with perma-confusion written on my face everytime I try.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/19/2013 7:30PM

    LOL Not when they fit right. emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 1/19/2013 7:23PM

    For 'something you're not wearing', I wanted to write 'thong'. They are a frikkin' mystery to me...they feel like a perpetual wedgie.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/19/2013 7:21PM

    Love it! emoticon

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Accountability 2,3,4,5 and 6. ya.

Friday, January 18, 2013

Day 6...

Food: Trail Mix. Nuff said.
Water: Boo-yah!
Fitness: Rockstar
Attitude: At really high altitude.

I miss my Hunny. I get to see him in 1 hr and a half.

Ahem, to clarify my husband doesn't say those nasty things, those were my inner demons projecting.

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TWYLIGHTWUNDER 1/25/2013 10:29PM

    Way to go Gigantor on the H2O stash!!!
Have you tried MIO, its a liquid that you drop into water that makes it taste AWESOME!!! and ZERO calories - BOO-YA!!

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MOSTMOM1 1/20/2013 9:52PM

    Four Words: Gigantor To The Rescue
Plus, Gigantor has the best Snow Dance

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/19/2013 11:30AM

    Good morning, my mind was challenged to follow the second half but ya'll didn't lose me. I went along for the ride. emoticon So glad things are getting better at work. Hope you are having a super Saturday. I was lazy this morning and am just now having my cup of hot tea. It is divine. .

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Accountability Day #1

Sunday, January 13, 2013

I emoticon you Nan and Emily for sharing yours. It helps me remember perspective.

My Daily Goals:

emoticon Calories 2, 260 - 2, 610
I burn a minimum of 11, 000 a week now.

Spark has mentioned that they do not recommend that. They have a cap on your cardio/day. So, I kinda realize that I have officially gone from sedentary to holy-cow-active.

My intake used to be 1250 - 1500 so this range my belly doesn't like. It's DOUBLE!

Anywho, I'm at 1501 and the only thing I want to beef up with is doritos and we won't go there.

emoticon Water: 10 cups a day
I figured out how to time the rewards of hydration. I found out my appointment to discuss surgery options to get a sling inserted is April. It feels far enough away to forget about it. Then myhubby heard the message and gave me the "We need you to take care of yourself, you're irreplaceable" spiel.
Still gonna ignore it.

emoticon Rest:
I am exhausted by 7 and you know that I pride myself on being the night owl and my favourite hour is 3 a.m. So you KNOW I'm fighting a 7 o'clock bedtime. Well, I can only make it to 10:30 and hubby is home at 11:30. After a few nights of 'almost' making it my hubby grounded me. Apparently the world will not seize to revolve if I have an early night once in a while.
Who knew?
it sends a signal that I'm avoiding him by staying up so close to his arrival only to bail.
Not a good signal to send to my Angel. No.

What else?
emoticon Oh! Fitness:
I have a theory (oh, what can it be oh wise one)
Fitness burn stuff is useless. It's, like, 95% of what goes in your mouth. Fitness is just for the feel-good vibes.
I burn a minimum of 1500 and the weight is not dropping off. It's behaving only as long as I'm keeping my intake low.

(Well, I don't know how this will work, but,t hat cinnamon roll was the size of my face. I think it should be counted as 400 calories...which puts me at 1900 intake for the day. Wait...more crab salad...let's as another 300. 2100...I feel good. It's all good.)

emoticon Attitude:
As long as I keep my biznotch on a leash. The ones that I work with that don't keep their attitude reigned will remain to live another day. I just have to remember that I do not want to say, "Heads up, Precious...keep your biznotch on a leash or I'll have to put your biznotch down."
I will be loving.
(I will be loving not vengeful...I will? YES, I will be a good girl.)

We're back to a 2000 intake today. I can't finish this cinnamon roll the size of my head.

That's where I'm at. Tomorrow, I have a day off and then it's a week of chaos. I get to play maid at home. See, the washing machine and dryer are mystical being and I - ONLY I - know the secret password to unlock their powers...apparently that includes sorting, folding, putting away, bathrooms and floors too. I'm looking forward to it though.

Tonight when I pulled into the drive after a long, awesome day with a narrow escape from having my car impounded for doing 100 in a..60 (km/h). The dude that was following me got caught. I figured I best count that as a blessing and slow the frik down so that my family will get to see me. That was more important than my arrival time. Anyway, when I backed into my drive way Jedi Master was in her kitchen with one weak light on (How clean are the half-blind 94 year olds dishes when they've been the her? I just thought of that now) Anyway, anyway, I sat in silence (yes, silence is scarey) and I watched her. I saw her stand and turn to watch out her window at all the life going on in my house. It was going to be insane when I went in there and I was nervous. Her she was longing to be wrapped up in her young family after years of surviving all her siblings and some of her own children, some of her children have moved on to be thriving members of the community. Pillars of kindness. There she was thinking she was contributing nothing anymore to our world just puttering around her house. She reminded me that at the end of the day all that matters is love.

I hopped out of my car and mauled my family, then I had a shower cuz my family is picky about stinky hugs. I'm back to loving on them.

{She's sitting at her window in the dark and watching us again...I think we should hula hoop for her.}

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WILDASTER 1/21/2013 8:15PM

    True, true, all we need is love. Given and received, the greatest blessing.

I love your neighbor! My mom will be 90 this April. She has such a great memory and I love to hear her tell about her own childhood and her memories of the 1920's up to now.

Drive safe, watch out for the slick spots!

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NANHBH 1/18/2013 12:48AM

    Yeah Liz for doing an accountability blog! They are great to reflect on.

Such a sweet, yet sad story about your neighbor. I'm glad that she inspired you to love on your family!
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MOSTMOM1 1/15/2013 8:17PM

    All you need is love.
And a working van.
And a shower.
And a hula hoop.
It's all good.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/14/2013 11:03AM

    emoticon You wear me out Liz. Your life is full and blessed woman.

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WISHICOULDFLY 1/14/2013 6:01AM

    You said it. At the end of the day all that matters is love.

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Great blog (as usual). I swear you can make anything entertaining, thought provoking and inspiring all at once.

- emoticon Connie

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    "Apparently the world will not seize to revolve if I have an early night once in a while.
Who knew? " one told me.

I love your humour. The only thing I would be thinking of at that calorie point would be doritos. The zesty cheese kind. Great minds! Or chocolate cake with rich chocolate frosting.

And I agree- don't need to go there!

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    Loved reading this blog. Thanks for sharing!

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ZZYYGGY3 1/13/2013 7:55PM

    great job.

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