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An Adventure

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

Today is Weigh-In for Week 4 "Future's So Bright" Team and I'm doing my insomniac thing with this week's temp flip from -30C to the +10C expected today. I left for work yesterday morning in a blizzard with school bus cancellations and icy roads and this morning the feet of snow that have been accumulating may be a closer resemblance to a puddle than an igloo by days ends. Ontario's weather is an adventure and how it ties in with my health journey is that I am very influenced by my environment. If it's overcast I get feeling lethargic and begin thinking on a temporary basis. If it get's too cold or hot quickly the swelling and general uncomfortable atmosphere for my body begins reigning and I again lose focus.

Losing focus on the Adventure called Life is not safe. I had got caught up in a storm in the latter part of last year. I had not figured out where I was going on that leg of my journey.
When I began at 220 I made the goal of 170. For my height, it was above my BMI, but, just slighty and after babies, it was going to be a miracle to get there. I made that goal and was content to sit there for the rest of my life. I had serious doubts that I would ever get there with the neuro problems keeping me in constant pain. Weather fluxes were insanely torturous and triggered weekly - biweekly migraines. During my Blue Phase I had chiropractic intervention that remedied a couple of neck and spine dislocations making pain maintenance bearable and eventually eliminated my pain.

I made it to

By then I figured out that water, portions and focusing on positivity through v/blogs were *MaGiCaL*, it was the "Adventure" of implementing them.

SO, I ventured on a new course, my Green Phase of

On my SparkPage at my weekly weigh-in I recorded the process.

When I got inside my Healthy Range I thought that I was beginning to get ridiculously greedy and I felt guilty for my accomplishments. I wanted to get to

Which for my figure is the middle of my BMI. I was on my way there, a week from reaching my Red Phase destination when I was hit by the sneakiest storm. I've had so many storms that I hung on through, convinced it was going to be the one that would send my 'over-board' and shatter my hopes and dreams, but, they were all pretty visible. Self-Worth, Inferiority, Loneliness, Fears of so many shapes and sizes and each one I was drawn closer to my Maker as I replaced lies with truth. Sometimes, it was a combination of storms, but, I was able to sort through and find my course.

The storm that spun me around and threw all my bearings off was the one that initated the Christmas Challenge and the Future Challenge to be followed. I had come to my third goal weight and confusion left me shipwrecked. I am an experienced sailor on this journey, how did that happen? How did I gain?

I was in shock that I made it through the storms I had and I had survivor's guilt.

I felt like I was leaving my friends behind and I had forgotten that I am not responsible for anyone's journey but my own. Then, I got an email from SparkPeople asking for permission to use my journey to Spark others and it reminded me that I am not everybody's captian, I am a beacon - A Spark.

is my landing port. I will see it by summer and I will do cartwheels in my cotton summer dress and hula hoop until my heart bursts when I reach that shore.

This is my journey and it's been An Adventure; may it be an inspiration to you to know that there are many that have sailed these stormy waters, survived, enjoyed and arrived at their destination.

God Bless. emoticon

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BETHSWORLD 2/5/2013 1:52PM

    You are incredible!!

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NANHBH 1/29/2013 11:03PM


I'm getting in that boat with you. We'll get to 145 together!

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    I loved this. You write so well.

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WISHICOULDFLY 1/29/2013 7:08PM

    You have indeed inspired many. Oh and uh, not to mention entertained.! emoticon -Connie

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JSTHIESS 1/29/2013 12:20PM

    THIS is such an AMAZING blog!!!! I love your honesty and courage to keep pushing!!!! WELL DONE! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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JOYFULMOMTO5 1/29/2013 9:49AM

    Liz, what an honor & blessing it has been to watch you voyage through the choppy waters & succeed! You have been & are a beacon of His Light that lifts me spirit, tells me not to give up, & that its possible!!! Shout your story from the rooftops- you are awesome & worthy! I'm so happy for you! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 1/29/2013 8:16AM

    It's all an adventure, no matter what the number says. Exciting things are always right around the corner. Keep your eyes wide open and keep shining the light!

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I*AM*BLESSED 1/29/2013 7:17AM

    You're MY beacon. So proud of you! emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 1/29/2013 7:05AM

    Bravo! You've been through it all, sunshine, and you've come out on the other side of the storms a stronger, wiser, and healthier woman. I am so proud of you, Lizzie! *hugs* Keep up your AWE~some Adventure, dear heart~ for you are surely worthy. With love, BB~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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H8Rs gonna H8

Sunday, January 27, 2013

[Hula Girl ~]

H8Rs gonna H8
Don't slap them. That's illegal.
Don't stoop to their sabotaging, undermining, green-eyed monster ways. Keep choosing to enjoy your life.

Kill 'em with kindness.

I used to be devasted when a jealous person would try to steal any joy I had with my life. It was usuallybecause my enjoyment exposed their misery and instead of claiming their own joy they tried to snuff mine. It was a more familiar maneuver and less work.

Love/Hate, Envy/Enjoy, it's not a new story, but, the good news is that the rejection hurts less as time marches on. Eventually, people begin to choose joy and celebration over hate and sabotage.

Hang on, it's great to love your life.

Accountability Blog 14 a.k.a Holy Cr@ppola, that was quite the week.

I think my scales are gonna love me on Tuesday. I'm staying in range. For "in range", I lowball my zone that way when I go over I'm still rocking my intake for my body's needs. Same principle of setting my clocks 5 -10 minutes ahead. I know other people see that adjustment and factor it in. I'm too busy for that suspicious thinking nonsense and I fall for it everytime. Instead of feeling gullible I'm all happylike that I'm actually on time. It has taken me years to figure out how to mess with my own head and win.

Nothing really new. I'm still loving my job and dodging the negative people. They've figured out that they're not strong enough all by themselves to rain on my parade, so, they're trying the swarm approach. Today I was told I was being ridiculous because I leep my hair and face done in this environment. "Who sees you anyway?"
Which was their way of saying I was being pathetic thinking that I mattered enough to care for myself.

I paused before saying, "Unlike you, I love my life and I'm willing to celebrate it."
Then I kicked @$$ with my absolutely perfect bedmaking skills. {FYI, My beds will make ya never wanna leave. Just sayin'.}

I am hated or loved. Envied or enjoyed.

"Haters gonna hate." ~ Audrey.

So, I'm still plugging away and hoping for that five pound goal that I set for myself. It looks like it's gonna happen, if I keep my head filled with positivity. I'm really tired, but, I wanted to stop in and say, "Hi". I'm off Wednesaday and I've been working on this fun hulahoop vlog, but, I haven't gotten it together. I may just skip editting...anyway. Night all.

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    You looked like you were having so much fun!! Loved it.... btw I've tried to hoop and walk, not as easy as you make it look :D Love ya

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NANHBH 1/29/2013 11:09PM

    WOW, Liz,

You are always throwing some new maneuver in your hoop routine! Nice splits there!

H8Rs are gonna H8. So you just go right on celebrating your life! It's an awesome one.

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WISHICOULDFLY 1/29/2013 7:14PM

    You are just too damned FUN! You should be on TV. Seriously. Loved it! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 1/29/2013 8:11AM

    How in the world have I missed this song? He had to be thinking of hoopers, right?
Audrey is right--haters gonna hate. It's on them. Just look right at them and think of that little panda bear, just rocking away.
Holy cow, you are just a natural hooper, that's what. Foot hooping and all kinds of crazy stuff. Are you gonna do that behind the back elbow pass? Nope, guess not. Next time? I bet you can do it, though. My bootie still gets in the way. Another good reason for me to keep losing weight--hoop logistics. LOL
Ask again about teaching a hoop class at the spa. You need to do it. For reals. Just come up with a short, simple, beginner curriculum and do it.
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(that's emoticon language for you being awesome enough to teach a class)

Wait--had to come back and add these:
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ONEMONSTERSMOM 1/29/2013 12:46AM

    Great attitude!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/28/2013 6:52PM

    Way to ROCK the hoop woman!!

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CHUNKYNURSE 1/28/2013 10:02AM

    Awesome hula hooping skills!!! Great blog!!! Keep on keeping on!!!! You rock!!!! Dont let haters get the best of you!! Your life your journey. You've done great!!!!

Chris emoticon

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MCELLO58 1/27/2013 9:51PM

    Audrey is right. Haters are going to hate. Nothing can change them and who cares what they think anyways. You have a great attitude and enjoy your life. THAT's what matters. I enjoy your blogs/vlogs because even though things may be chaotic at times, you look like you are enjoying your life. That's awesome. Loved your hooping video too.

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_JODI404 1/27/2013 9:03PM

    It's awesome to love your life!!

You've got a great attitude explained precisely what is going on with the Haters.
Glad they are no longer stopping you or bringing you down.

You bring your own sunshine, do your thing, and don't worry about them. What they say is ALL about them anyways.... even though they direct it towards you... it's not about you.

F U N hooping video!!


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LIVINHEALTHY9 1/27/2013 8:14PM

    I guess I would ask those who seemed to be so preoccupied with your appearance, why it matters to them so much?
It sounds like they might be a little threatened by you and your superior bed making skills.

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MOSTMOM1 1/27/2013 8:10PM

    Gonna come back and check this later, after it has time to load.

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Accountability 9

Tuesday, January 22, 2013

I was feeling guilty clogging up Spark with banter. I'm saving it for impromptu Dance Parties instead. I doubt you'll ever get anything but nonsense from this chick.

Water ~ Oops working on it
Intake ~ oops 1.89 for some nasty blizzard icecream (I think was incecream?) put me at the tippy top, but, I'm doin' good (I love gum)
Fitness ~ L-A-Z-Y today. It's my day off. I get one lazy day.
Sleep ~ sucks. I don't have time for that cr@p. The snowplows that shake my house every hour say so.

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MNOT2THICK 1/26/2013 4:53PM

    Banter away! It always makes me smile. I agree, the car sounds sexy. Van, not so much. Strap the extras to the top. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 1/23/2013 11:41AM

    Love your banter and there is meaning between the words. Those of us that love you listen and when needed pull out the shovel to dig a little deeper to find the hidden tidbits. You ROCK Miss Liz. Get some rest. I'd be lazy too if I was working a full time job and taking care of my family.

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NANHBH 1/22/2013 6:14PM

    Hope your feet warm up soon. Love that car that you flashed in the video. What is it? I say keep it, too!

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LYNNGINN1 1/22/2013 5:31PM

    We love your banter - banter away!
NIIICE CAR! emoticon emoticon

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    Watched your video, you crazy chic! Loved car! emoticon
And how could you ever feel guilty about clogging up Spark with banter???? My goodness, girlfriend .... tis your own personal space, after all, and, besides, your banter is quite entertaining.
So banter away! emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 1/22/2013 5:10PM

    Ha ha, yes--can we say that I'm into BEING real instead? Lol.
Keep the car. The kids can walk or ride their bikes. Keep the car.
Personally, I like it when you clog up Spark with banter. I'm a fan.
Shoot, I can't hang out here an play, or I'll be late for hoop class. Holler at ya later.
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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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