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IF Ketchup married Mustard their baby would be...

Sunday, May 29, 2011

random chatter.
mainly jealousy cuz I'm not States American...

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JOHNTJ1 6/1/2011 5:05PM

    Your children are very fortunate to have such a creative and witty mom like you. Those moments, those wacky moments, are things they will recall forever.

I love watching you

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SANDERSON83 6/1/2011 10:33AM

    HAHAHAHAHAHAHA OMG you had me ROLLLING! Your kids are SO like mine....always up in my BEESWAX! :-) I think your son speaks that Avatar language...LOL...just kidding. I think I should market Jaundice Juice (aka ketchup/mustard baby). YOU TOTALLY made my day....maybe I'll do a vlog with my kids HA.

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SNOWANGELDIVA 5/31/2011 4:49PM

    "Mestup" ~ rawks!!!

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KANSASCHICA 5/31/2011 11:49AM

    Oh my goodness your kids are ADORABLE!!! I've been gone for a while so I don't know when you cut your hair but I LOVE IT!!! Now I want to cut my hair again Liz!! lol
Okay, Kustard? lol wouldn't work in my house. Hubby hates ketchup, son hates mustard. But it would work for MEEEE!!! I kinda like the combo, ketchup/mustard and call it "Mestup"?? Get it? Messed I the only one laughing??

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ROGUE_RUNNER 5/31/2011 8:22AM

    LOL The Indy 500 LOLOL

It was the Coca-cola 600 and it takes place 1/4 of a mile from my apartment :o) LOL It gets so crazy here with people just EVERYWHERE - you have to be very careful where you decide to go all weekend so you don't get stuck in traffic for HOURS!

You have a wonderful grace with those children :o)

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CHRISTINCOTA86 5/31/2011 7:55AM

    Your kids exhaust me! This coming from a young, non-mom!

Here's an interesting, albeit, unhealthy pizza I had recently:
Cheeseburger pizza. Pizza crust, mozzarella and cheddar cheeses, crumbled hamburger and the special sauce: ketchup and mustard mixed together!!!! (no pizza sauce, otherwise)

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HANKENSTEIN 5/30/2011 10:35AM

    Meanwhile, back at the ranch ...

You said orange, so I was write.

Your kids are adorable. They take after their mom.

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MNOT2THICK 5/30/2011 9:50AM

    I love Jeff Foxworthy too. Oh, your crew is soo cute.

Hmmmmm ketchup marries mustard - Jaundice baby emoticonmuschup, kettard - not catchy enough.

You are a hoot Liz. Thanks for starting my day with a smile.


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/29/2011 10:36PM

    I see your house is high energy this evening. emoticon

I'm dragging hiney and feeling hormonal. emoticon I could use some of ya'lls energy.

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KAURAKITTEN 5/29/2011 10:16PM

    I'm making you a Kaurican. It's a person who's awesome in my opinion. Yay Custard! Your son had me cracking up. Anyways I might eat jaundiced custard.

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ANEWBETHSTL 5/29/2011 9:40PM




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JEANUT 5/29/2011 9:24PM

    I so much enjoy your blogs
I'm a NASCAR fan myself
Humm not a big ketchup fan so hope the baby takes after the mom.... Yes I think Mustard is the Mom because she's spicy

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MKPRINCESS007 5/29/2011 8:34PM

    Ok, listen, I have it! This is going to be a joint Canadian/American venture! You developed the idea of "Custard" or "Kustard" and I know how to bottle it! We create a bottle that is like a half and half bottle. One side ketchup, one side mustard. We have it both dispense into one opening. So it comes out both together! Right? Or this...........there is peanut butter and jelly that is swirled together in a jar already so we just swirl the mustard through the Ketchup? What do you think? I think the first one will work better!

Lizzy, you are FREAKING brilliant! This is patent pending, copyrighted material here folks. Genius! :)

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HANKENSTEIN 5/29/2011 8:34PM

    Haven't watched yet, but I'm going with "orange." Final answer.

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Friday Dance'ish' Party

Friday, May 27, 2011

My BFF (from like grade 2!) & Maid of Honour emailed this to me today and she has NO CLUE what is going on:

Sometimes we wonder,
'What did I do to deserve this?' or
'Why did God have to do this to me?'
Here is a wonderful explanation!

God's Cake....
A daughter is telling her Mother how everything
is going wrong, she's failing algebra, her boyfriend
broke up with her and her best friend is moving away.
Meanwhile, her Mother is baking a cake and
asks her daughter if she would like a snack, and the
daughter says, 'Absolutely Mom, I love your cake.'
'Here, have some cooking oil,' her Mother offers.
'Yuck' says her daughter..
'How about a couple raw eggs?' 'Gross, Mom!'
'Would you like some flour then?
Or maybe baking soda?'
'Mom, those are all yucky!'
To which the mother replies:
'Yes, all those things seem bad all by themselves.
But when they are put together in the
right way, they make a wonderfully delicious cake! '
God works the same way. Many times we wonder why
He would let us go through such bad and difficult
times. But God knows that when He puts these things
all in His order, they always work for good! We just
have to trust Him and, eventually, they will all
make something wonderful!
God is crazy about you.
He sends you flowers every spring and
a sunrise every morning.
Whenever you want to talk, He'll listen.
He can live anywhere in the universe,
and He chose your heart.

Life may not be the party we hoped for, but while we are
here we might as well dance!

Song: Rascal Flatts~"Stand"

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MKPRINCESS007 5/28/2011 3:38PM

    Hey girl,
Feeling lower then low about my (lack of) progress and debating taking a serious leave from Spark. Can't do it. I would miss your vlogs and your inspiration too much. I am gonna get over it, I have to. So, thanks for making me smile. Love the song...I never heard it and it is awesome. Your daughter is so precious.

Say a little one for me, will ya? Feeling defeated but it isn't permanent.

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MNOT2THICK 5/28/2011 2:36PM

    Your daughter is too adorable. Loved the dance party & the story was right on point. Thanks


Comment edited on: 5/28/2011 2:37:45 PM

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JEANUT 5/28/2011 5:36AM

    I loved watching the 2 of you together
love the story too
I needed to read that this morning
thanks for sharing
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HANKENSTEIN 5/27/2011 11:34PM

    Liz, someday I would like to visit your spirituality level

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JOYFULMOMTO5 5/27/2011 11:29PM

    emoticon emoticonLove this song! Your little one is SO Sweeet! emoticon emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/27/2011 9:50PM

    Can you say too cute? Your little one is adorable. emoticon

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Favourite Aunt Keeps Her Title!!

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

"Well, Hello you blond beauty!", my favourite Aunt quipped as a I raced into the kitchen from packing to greet her. Mom was at the stove busily preparing egg sandwiches for Pam (my sister) and my clans (15 ttl.) and Aunt Kate and her grandbaby had popped in for a visit at Mom's. Aunt Kate had heard I stopped by and did a shift at her Soup Kitchen that she had set up for her clients the day before and was disappointed she had missed me, so she had to stop in for a visit especially with all the family hype about Lizzy's weight loss this Spring.

As I drew near to her seated by the kitchen island she gave me a long honest look-me-over and because the last time she had seen me I looked like this:

and now I look like this...

Her response was, "You look terrific, what have you been doing?"

Loaded question...

This Aunt is THE only fit woman in my family on either side (until army brat sister). I think she is the very first person EVER in our families that EVER was on the inside of a commercial gym. Who knew, Y.M.C.A. was more than a catchy song? She did! She is the woman that when we visited her as girls would take us to the park, on hikes, for tobogganing or snowshoeing. We never sat still; she always had us moving (obviously she didn't have children of her very own to keep up that pace, learned years later). I remember she was always in a constant battle with her weight. Her personal mantra was, "MOVE IT AND YOU'LL LOSE IT!" She never heard of portion control. She was always trying the NEWEST diet. Gluttony was greed, but, a full stomach was your best indicator. Unfortunately, it didn't factor in Ding Dongs and Swiss Miss. My Aunt also has A.D.D. and is very artsy so, knowing from my sister's reaction my visit before and that my Aunt had made haste for this visit that the family rumour mill was in full swing...I wasn't going to get to get to my healthy weight before I got to tell people about my journey. It was now. Shamefully, I am NOT ready to share Sparkpeople, because I am not done my journey and I still need the privacy that I require to socialize with my Sparkfriends without the possessive interference of some family members. What to do? What to do? It had to be: short, sweet, and simple.

"Well, Aunt Kate, portion control. Especially, that late night bowl of ice cream. ", I replied.
"Or that late night tub?", she quipped in."I'm having a devil of a time keeping my blues at bay with my head in that bucket since menopause! I'm on medication for depression for it.", she confesses.
I had no idea that my favourite aunt in the whole wide world was in the dark like I weight loss journey is helping me in so many ways. We exchanged glances like we knew how it felt to escape the danger of ourselves and lived to tell.
Then remembering the very full audience in the room she adds,
"Portion control; that's the key! Keep it up, you're doing fantastic! You've lost about 25-30 pounds?!", she said.
"Um, about that." I replied. I thought, "That exactly!" In my head. "Is it really that obvious? Wow....."

The Fitness Guru Aunt had spoken and it is now, Family Fitness Law, to be shared with all. Ah, blessed day.

"PORTION CONTROL!" ~ It was a crudely basic explaination of my health journey. It was the least 'preachy', offensive or challenging angle that I knew they could handle at this time. It was to the point and it still sparked my family. For the remainder of the weekend family nonchalantly controlled portions and chose healthier....

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SUECHRIS50 5/27/2011 12:21PM

    HOT snow!! emoticon

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HA_MONICA83 5/26/2011 9:47PM

    wow, what a testimony! what a praise that God gave you the wisdom in that moment to be a senstive yet true testiomny of what God is doing in and through you! thanks for sharing! feel free to stop by =) emoticon

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MALKS_ARIA 5/26/2011 10:30AM

    I had not seen the "Before" pictures.... WOW!!! You look HOT! What a change!!

and I agree ... there is reason why "Favorite Aunts" are still Favorite... and why some you just grin and smile a lot when they are around....

:) Awesome Job!!!!

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SMCBR0031 5/25/2011 12:40AM

    What a great story!!! Thanks for sharing! You do look amazing, wow!! And I do not think you are being selfish by keeping Sparkpeople to yourself for now, I can definitely relate. While I don't hesitate to mention the website in case a friend I know needs it as badly as I did, I definitely have never and will never (at least in the immediate future) mention my screen name. Anyways, long story short, you are awesome, so thanks for being you!!

Spark on,


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ANEWBETHSTL 5/24/2011 6:58PM

    She sounds fabulous Liz....and you are amazing!!!


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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/24/2011 2:39PM

    That is so cool. Your favorite Aunt sounds like a treasure. emoticon And you do look amazing. emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 5/24/2011 9:52AM

    Thanks for Aunt Kate and the little reminders that others have the same issues. Portion control for all!!! emoticon emoticon

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HANKENSTEIN 5/24/2011 9:38AM

    I'm lovin Aunt Kate myself. Sounds like a hoot, and she clearly loves her blonde redhead.

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LENKA763 5/24/2011 1:11AM

    I feel the same way.

I guess that is the reason why, I do not have Facebook account.

by the way you look terrific!

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Lame, is my middle name

Monday, May 16, 2011's really, Marie-Lou. My paternal grandmother's middle name and my maternal grandmother's middle name, while were at it my first name is my mother's middle name. So, this is no disrespect to middle names. Most of my spark peeps know the tidbits because I revel in the privilege of divulging all the information I can. That's what friends do. I don't mix sparkpeople with facebook. I cherish the anonymity. Most of my facebook contacts are not friends. "Keep your friends close and your enemies closer" as the saying goes. I'm not sadistic. I think that would just be painting a huge ol' target on my own butt, to all the haters just taunting them to hate on me. Why the hate? The world is just full of ugly. I don't need help finding more fights in this health journey. I am trying to fly under the radar, do things subtly and be as invisible as I can be and yet, I still find daily struggles without being facebook target practice.

Back to me being lame. I lost Athletic Me somewhere between, "I do" and Baby Number five. Ya, I know there's superstar women out there that can hold onto their athletic me's through thick and thin, have perfect marriages, finish their PHDs, be Miss. Social Queen, and get nominated for World Peace. Yay them. They're a dime a dozen. Too good to be true.

Not I. Nope. Be ready to lose 50% of readers here...I'm a Housewife! Yes, Exciting stuff. I console myself with the eerie quote, "The hand that rocks the cradle rules the world." Muhahaha. My smallest baby was 8lb7oz..largest 9lbs13oz. I gave birth to a two foot tall baby. Um, ow! With each baby I had anemia, and toxemia and after they effortlessly *popped* out (not) I had the utter joy of repetitive mastitis and postpartum depression. Oh, how could I forget? I had migraines throughout them all. THEY SO OWE ME! Babies are easy; go have a few.

No one minds much about the journey of baby's arrival, they just care that they're here...they don't care how, do they? No, they don't. I've got healthy kids and they are worth the damage that they did to my innards, my outters, my girls, my trunk, my EVERYTHING has been warped from it's original shape. I hardly remember what me really looks like! I totally feel for play dough. Poor play dough. (For, the record, I'm only saying those thing cuz I had to. It was the deal I made to have them evicted after sticking around for an extra 3 weeks in some cases...I signed under duress. Also, I think it's some unwritten Mommy Code of Ethics).

Back to, "Lame" being my middle name...those children and this hubby have turned my entire perspective inside out on life so many times. So much so that I am NOT the same woman I was when I began. I'm a better woman. They've taught me so much. Selflessness, ranks highest on the list.

There's a balance that comes with this though. I started as a very selfish woman. Through having a family I've developed (against all odds) into a (semblance of a) selfless woman. The problem is when you have been doing this for 14 solid years. Day and Night 24/7. The lines blur and you forget to put the brakes on when selfless starts to slide over to martyrdom. Once you've reached Martyrdom, the prestige over there is too hard to let go. There is a respect and expectation in martyrdom. People are jealous of you. It's great!! Sad, sad thing is my dears this is not a linear road it's circle. You've looped right back into Selfish. You're revolving things around yourself again.

Dizzy little thing this merry-go-round of life. I'm on a journey to be that useful member of my family that can be selfless and not revolve EVERYTHING around myself. This was the silly game I had to play when I decided to go for a blasted walk on my own tonight...

"I've had a migraine all day, how will this look to hubby if I take time to go for a walk?"
"Should I take the overgrown lapdog that barks at the wind with me?"
"Maybe, I shouldn't go, the migraine may get worse with all the walking."
"What if I pass out from the pain?"
"What if I never return because my house is a freaking warzone?"
"How dare I think that?!"
"I'm not taking that dog, he'll poop really big and I'll end up barfing and that's a lot of bags to bring."
"It's raining...maybe I wouldn't have to clean up my barf!"
"Maybe I should get the mail? I'll feel useful if I get the mail."
"I haven't walked for a long time, I should get some gum to gnaw on to hide my panting...two pieces...that'll hide the drool too."
"Where are my shoes?!!"
"Why do I have children?!! They hide my shoes?!!!"
"In the closest? Who put them away? That's a first!"
"I quit! I'm not going! I can't do this. I wish I was dead!"

Did I mention this was all out loud? I did mention I was mid-medicated-migraine, right?

Well, my eldest comes along and towering over me reassures me that if I get lost he'll come find me and then gently shoves me off of the property as though I had the plague.


The little ones wanted to tag along, but, big bro ran intervention and lovingly told them it was in their best interest if they let Mommy have some Time Out. The lame in all this is the fear I had in going for a 30 minute walk. A WALK!

I gotta get out more. I'm so lame!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 5/18/2011 3:39PM

    Oh Lord dare I put it in writing...... I agree with Hank. Substitute awesome and that's where you'll find the real Lizzy girl!!


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JOYFULMOMTO5 5/17/2011 6:30PM

    from one lame momma to another~ I love ya! emoticon

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SLIMTHICK2 5/17/2011 5:39PM

    Enjoy your time out, you deserve it my friend. It'll do the family all the good. Have a good week if you can. emoticon

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SHASSYSUE2 5/17/2011 4:06PM

    Liz Liz LIz, I feel your pain!!!! Why is it that we Stay at Home Mothers feel lame??!! I raised 3 stepdaughters, that was pure Hell, and now I have my 14 year old son still at home, and at times that is not easy either... I have actually felt guilty about spending 2 hours at a time at the gym, and yet I know that it is the best thing I can be doing for myself. Why is it that if we are not at home cleaning something, cooking something, washing something, etc etc.. we feel bad??!! I think that we feel because we don't work outside the home, and bring money into the household, we are somehow NOT valuable, and heaven forbid if we take time out for ourselves.... We live in such a screwed up world!!!! Girl you go and take as many walks as you can, you deserve It!!!!! Shannon

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    I saw a lot of myself in all of this.
You are a Mom first and foremost in your life.. you love and adore your kids.. and you are being the Mom who makes healthy decisions to better herself. You can do this.. its a daily battle.. today you feel lame.. its okay.. we all feel this from time to time.. and it won't be the last time you feel it.

But tomorrow, or the next day, it will be better... You hold onto what you know is real and worth living and fighting for.

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ROGUE_RUNNER 5/17/2011 10:49AM

    This is a lie.

I honestly re-read this and substituted Awesome for every time you said Lame - just like Hank said....and it suddenly became true - MAGIC!! You should seriously try it!

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ACURVYLADY 5/17/2011 10:09AM

    I've been there and I wouldn't change a thing, well maybe a few things.

I am past that stage now that my youngest has graduated from high school. I have gained so much time for myself and I have taken advantage of it. I have spent the last few years getting back into sports and I love it. Do I wish I would have started sooner ? I don't think so, I don't know if I would have been as committed, as you know with kids, something always happens and you change your plans. T
he only thing that would help that would have been to have my kids sooner which I do believe having then sooner is easier on the body lol and I must admit even the energy to keep up with them. Hang in there it sounds like you're doing great. : )

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DRAWNTHISWAY 5/17/2011 9:33AM

    honestly if your lame I'm lamer. I didn't even attempt a walk . I'll be honest I'm not even attempting weight loss anymore. I am so lame I couldn't figure out how to get it into my schedule. I'm so hoping my motivation will change after we move. For now my focus is on attempting to get daily chores done and purging in preparation of moving in place.

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I*AM*BLESSED 5/17/2011 8:51AM


You are intelligent, witty and just plain beautiful inside and out! You need to embrace yourself and all you have to offer this world and stop worrying what anyone else will think if you take a freaking walk?! That is NOT being selfish...everyone needs their "alone" time.

One life, one chance....LOVE YOURSELF!

Have I told you lately that I think you are so emoticon

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MNOT2THICK 5/17/2011 7:25AM

    I agree with Hank, awesome Liz. Your oldest had to learn his smarts from someone ms teacher. You need time for you, to keep you balanced, sane, calm. Like Lenka said "refreshed" so you can continue being the everything to everyone you love. emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/17/2011 1:49AM

    emoticon How awesome to get out for a walk. emoticon I bet it felt great.

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MKPRINCESS007 5/17/2011 12:59AM

    Seriously, Hank stole every word right out of my mouth. Dang him! Him and his eloquent, kind hearted self. Hmmmmmmmmmm, let me see..........

Bottom line is that you KNOW that when you are all those things to everyone, well, it is easy for YOU to do a bit of a disappearing act. Not a permanent one, but one that gets caught up in everyone else's thing so much, you begin to think your thing doesn't count. you say.........martyrdom. So, I so agree with your need a time out! Say you can commit to that! In the end, the part about being the best Mom and wife ever, well.........being an individual can make it that much better. :) Luv ya, Lizzy!

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LENKA763 5/16/2011 11:32PM

    you are awesome..and 30 min walk is NOT selfish..I'm in the gym 5-7 days a week to take my 2 hours of free time ...without my lovely kids...

but I get back refreshed, steamed out and happy

the hubby, the kids and the dog LOVE this kind of MOMMY :)

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HANKENSTEIN 5/16/2011 10:39PM

    You should edit this and substitute the word awesome wherever you used lame, Liz, because awesome is far more the reality.

And you know, you are not a housewife, but a school teacher, and mom, and wife, and in charge of probably everything else, and if all that doesn't earn you the right to do whatever you want from 7-8 every night, or at some other point BEFORE all the chitluns are in bed, than you need to practice what you preach and teach the oldest ones tobe in charge and protect that time for you like he did tonight. Smart kid, by the way.

Must have had a pretty dang good teacher.

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

So, y'all remember the Infamous Easter and the little sister bein' nasty. If you're not familiar or need a reminder, here's a synopsis;
Lizzy is eldest.
Lizzy is changing.
Lizzy is changing for the better without little sister's approval.
Little sister did not play nice.
Lizzy went home and licked her wounds.

Here is an undate:
Lizzy has been sick.(Lizzy has really no excuse cuz she has been sick this entire journey and found success).
Lizzy let those words of criticism burrow their poison into her mind and throw off her game.

The angle of negativity will be different for everyone but the opponent is the same. Yesterday a friend of mine blogged it as a, 'Joy Robber'. In my case I know the little opponent as the Green-eyed Monster. Whatever the guise the message is the same; you are a target. People that should be rooting for you are the banana peel under your feet or the arms that shove, or the hand that slaps. Everything that you would not expect coming from everyone you would not expect it.

Change is a very bumpy ride. I knew it would be one. That's the reason why I avoided it for so very, very long. I just didn't know which punches people would be throwing so that I could mentally prepare my defenses.

This angle that my sister threw was in essence my Achilles heel of weaknesses, "How could you focus on yourself when you have five children that have so many needs? How irresponsible!" I've had that echoing through my head for weeks now. It's haunting me. I've been sick and that has stolen time from my children. How dare I think to 'steal' for myself any more time?!

This morning I woke and read someone's status about their scale being mean. Mine is too. I know some of it has to do with swelling from the seizure meds. I have to drink close to 3L of water a day and I'm not and that's messing around with things. I know that I've been topping my caloric range and I have probably gained again this week. I have lost focus. It was because I let her get in my head.

The opponent won (not necessarily my little sister, I doubt she thought out her response to my success and was consciously malicious..she did allow herself to be the vessel for negativity).

It is time to focus.

My opponent will NOT win the war.

Where have I taken a wrong turn?

**Believing that taking care of myself is "irresponsible" and "cruel" to my children.**
I have to see that lie for what it really is.
(I'm having a hard time focusing and revving my get up and go. Hubby just walked in and and is curious about what I'm writing and the kids are drawing closer to my elbows...PRESSURE?!)

I think it would be irresponsible to do the opposite and neglect and abuse myself with excess food and minimal activity. When I neglect my body. My health, confidence and overall attitude take a nose dive. THAT is very harmful. I don't have energy to chase, tackle, or in some cases scale my children to keep them under control and in the right direction. In fact I have minimal to zero energy to care for my family when I am not taking care of myself and that is not where I want to be anymore.
It is abuse to NOT take care of myself!

**Calorie Intake**
I've been logging, but, I have been guesstimating the portions and not accurate.
I need to get back to being accurate. Logging my intake was working excellent for me. When I returned from that visit. I grew less enthused with my efforts. Today, I refocus. I am abusive with food and do not responsibly portion my food. The nutrition tracker has been an excellent resource and I will not be bullied out of using it.

Lizzy is FOCUSED.
I will weigh-in on Monday weigh-in tomorrow. Weekly weigh-ins catch these detours quickly for me. It will not be Prettyville tomorrow. This is war. The enemy wants me to not have the energy, he wants me to be abusive to myself because then he can slide in here and continue his destructive magic on down the line to the other generations of my family.

It's on.

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MNOT2THICK 5/17/2011 7:38AM

    Liz, It has all been said.

You could never be selfish by taking care of you. Your total health is important to your entire family, spark fam too. Your friends have listed the jobs you do, the challenges you face and the love you share. So keep teaching by example.

You are deserving of the best, so despite what negativity is thrown your way. Step to the side and get your positivity on.
Love ya. emoticon

PS, everyone loses focus at times, the key is to regain it and move on. (I am taking this to heart as well.)

Comment edited on: 5/17/2011 7:44:43 AM

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SLIMTHICK2 5/16/2011 4:12PM

    Hey my friend you are right, not taking care of yourself will in the long run hurt your family. I was one of those people who didn't take care of myself and you know what I discovered it was a cop out, I took the easy way out and focused on everything and everyone else and not me. I didn't know how to deal with me and that's the truth. I'm now learning and it is painfull trust me you are still young and your family will survive and you will be a good role model for your kids as you learn to take care of yourself. My dear you are worth it. emoticon

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HANKENSTEIN 5/16/2011 9:24AM

    Hey Liz, every day with you is Prettyville, no matter what you say, so let's just get that clear at the outset, ok? Good.

I think people are usually cruel in a situation like this because they are jealous of your initiative to work on yourself to make yourself better. It makes them think they either have to work too to stay ahead in their mind, or work harder to catch up. There's no other reasonable explanation for taking issue with someone who is trying to lose weight, get their health in order and be a more positive role model for their kids, their husband, their extended family, and so on. And you know what? Your sister won't see it right away, or maybe for a long time, but you are showing her, too, what it means to be a good sister in spite of her nastiness because that's who you are, living your life like He would have you do it. Kep being you, Liz, because you rock and need make no apologies for it.

We love you, and make no apologies for that, either.

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SUNNYBUNNY112 5/16/2011 12:45AM

    this is why i stalk YOU...cuz I wuv you...dealing with what you do is not easy...and yet you do with a smile on your face and a laugh in your voice...take the time to get yourself you said, re-focus but cut yourself some slack every once in awhile, sweetie.

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SHASSYSUE2 5/15/2011 6:06PM

    Lizzie, everyone's comments are dead on!!!! I have no family support what so ever, but I have been blessed with a wonderful gift of friends. We are all here and we out number the negative, so we are all with you in this battle. You are treasured and loved, and we all completely understand the need to say HEY I am important, and if I don't take care of ME, I may not be here, to take care of my children, so I have to come first... Think of the wonderful example that you are setting for your kids, that you care for your body, and your healthy eating. Someday they will remember that, and hopefully copy that way of lifestyle for themselves.. Your are awesome, and again we are always here for you!!! Love You!! Shannon

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ALLIE4993 5/15/2011 4:30PM

    You go girl!!! It's hard not to let those little negative comments effect the rest of your journey. They are like bee stings striking at every moment possible to bring you down. Dont think twice about how awesome you are and the progress you've made! emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 5/15/2011 4:12PM

    Amen Liz. When we take care of ourselves we teach our children to take care of themselves. Being strong teaches them how to be strong. They learn from everything we do. If we eat right, workout, rest and find time to be still we are teaching them some of the most important things for a healthy balanced life. emoticon

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I*AM*BLESSED 5/15/2011 12:03PM

    Lizzy, my dear~

Listen to this: it is NOT wrong to do for YOU! If you don't do for YOU, then it will be impossible to do for others (your family). Please don't let anyone make you feel guilty about taking care of yourself. Yes, it is very difficult raising 5 kids (and a husband) in itself, but to do that task AND suffer brain pain at the same time?....kudos to you girl!

If you don't take care of you, who will? I believe getting out of the house to garden or to take a walk should be your first priority....and I would make it a point to do it EVERY day. Sunshine is a definite boost to your state of mind. I suffer from sinus pressure headaches and when I let the sun shine on my face, it releases that pain.

Secondly, be sure you are eating only natural, unprocessed food. You would be surprised how much junk food will bring your energy level and state of mind to a halt.

You can do for you and take care of family, too. Ignore all the derogatory comments from others...they are only jealous. You are doing well according to your weight loss ticker, so please continue to press on and don't let anyone get you down! You have such a wonderful sense of humor and I enjoy hearing from you each day!

Blessings and (((HUGS))) to you!

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(. ♥ Cheri ♥

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MKPRINCESS007 5/15/2011 11:22AM

    Hey Lizzy......... here's my take: mean people suck. Being family or not seems to not really matter that much. If they want to take you down, to build themselves up, they will do it. You know they are out there. They lurk in unsuspecting places. (kind of like Battlefield of XBox?)) Your ammunition is your confidence and steadfast belief in yourself and in those whom you love and love you back! So, when the confidence takes a hit, and the words creep in and pollute our brain, what to do? Regroup. Just what you are doing! You know I struggle with balance. IT is all about my husband, son, work, friends.........not much there for me. Why I am not further along is no surprise to me.

If the weigh in's help you, and refocus, GREAT. I use them sparingly to kick my butt too. As a back up plan, however, I will kick your butt if you kick mine. Walking daily is not the issue. I need to track. Make me track the food. Let's do it TOGETHER.

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BAILEE_GRAVES 5/15/2011 9:45AM

    My sweet Lizzy......the first part of your blog is absolute BS and the second part of your blog shows that you know that. I remember reading about what your sister did. So very wrong!!

You are 100% correct that by taking care of YOU, you ARE taking care of your family, your children, the important things in life.

I too have fallen off track and today I am starting new. So we shall start together yes?

I am so proud of how far you have come especially in the face of such a debilitating illness. You persevere and move forward. You are strong and courageous and an inspiration to me.

I know that you're going to be just fine Lizzy doll!!

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