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Time to refocus

Monday, March 31, 2014

Oh my goodness! I have been gone for a long time! I will try to keep this as brief as possible while updating everyone on the goings on in my life.

The last time I was a part of everything here on sparkpeople I had moved to Houston after accepting a job. That part of my life is going well. I have adjusted well to the job and my responsibilities as the assistant manager. It hasn't been without its bumps in the road but I think we're all on solid ground now. We made it through the Christmas rush and came out up 10% from the previous year so that was great news!

My personal life has been more topsy turvy though. Many of you know that I was going through an extremely rough patch in my marriage and was on the verge of divorce. Well, after many months of back and forth talking, arguing, etc...we have finally reached a point where we can probably move forward together. He has had a lot and I mean A LOT of growing up to do and after he turned 30 at the beginning of March things finally began to resonate with him. My moving out of my cousins house and into my own place has helped too. He came and spent the weekend with me and my son and we had a really wonderful weekend. I had been working for the last 8 days without a day off due to my boss being out of town at a meeting. By Friday I was so tired we just ordered pizza and relaxed the rest of the night. Saturday was spent doing things with my son and Sunday was spent watching the first Indy car race of the season. Loving the way the weekend turned out. I can only hope that this past weekend is the building block to rebuild my marriage into something successful.

Now I must refocus on myself. I need to get back to working out consistently and eating properly. Since moving out of my cousins house and into my own I have been much more in control of what goes into mine and my sons bodies and it has made a big difference in the way I feel. I have found that as long as I keep tea and bottled water that I can flavor then I will not drink soda. I have already lost inches and pants sizes. My old size 12s don't fit at all anymore, they are waaaaaaaaaay too big! Makes me a very happy mommy! I also need to get back to writing as well. I have been dealing with so many emotions and feelings that I need to work through and writing helps tremendously. I also need to start crocheting again as my sister is expecting a little girl in July and I promised her a blanket for the baby. I haven't started but once I do it won't take long to get done.

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MARYBETH4884 3/31/2014 5:38AM

    I'm happy you life is getting on a smooth path! Sounds like you are happy and heading in the right direction!! Good luck on your continuing journey to good health!

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A poem for Ace RIP baby boy

Tuesday, October 01, 2013

Let me preface this by saying this poem is written in honor and remembrance of one of my boxer pups I lost tragically tonight.

In Memoriam: Ace- Sept 21, 2013-October 1, 2013

On that beautiful September Saturday I watched, watched your birth
We were so happy to have you here on Earth.

You were big, healthy, beautiful and strong just like we had wanted all along.
You were my biggest boy and a great joy.

I dubbed you Ace, a name so true
for a beautiful pup like you. Brindle and flashes of white, you were indeed a beautiful sight.

And now on this awful October night, we say goodbye to you
Our hearts aching and full of grief we weep.
We weep for who you were
We weep for who you would become.

You, my beautiful boy, were a great joy,
but now sweet baby, you are gone and I can only hope that maybe,
Maybe you found your way across the Rainbow Bridge.
I know you're running across that great field in the sky,
jumping high.
Go my sweet boy, go and play with your toys,
and one day I know we will be reunited with you.
You will meet me that day, in your glory
so proud, happy and free.

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MARYBETH4884 10/2/2013 3:20PM

    Hope you all, and his mama and siblings adjust to his loss! My heart goes out to allof you!

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SUZHOLLE 10/2/2013 7:48AM

    I'm so sorry. I know how hard it is to lose a pet. Lovely poem. emoticon

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NEJKLOVE 10/2/2013 1:10AM

    Oh my gosh! I am so sorry to hear about this. I can't even imagine losing one of my dogs. I didn't even get to read the entire poem before I burst into tears. You know how to reach me if you need to talk. emoticon

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LESSISMORE4ME 10/2/2013 12:59AM

    All animal lovers know it's a rough road when a companion dies. Lovely tribute.

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Feeling stressed but in control

Thursday, September 26, 2013

I have been looking for a job for awhile now to no avail as most of you know. My husband and I made the decision for me to go back to work while he finishes up his teacher certification because two of us in school and no one working is a recipe for disaster. I have an interview at 10 this morning(in about an hour) and I'm feeling good. It's an evening job which is wonderful b/c then I can take my son to school and pick him up. I can still be involved in things at his school as well so it feels good. I applied for five different positions yesterday and I know one is bound to come through eventually and I have a little bit of time before I really will start sweating. There is also something this weekend that will help as well. The lady that manages the mall Santa photos is interviewing for this area on Saturday and I'm going to go to that as well. It's only for about a month but that's ok. It's a month of extra money when it counts more.
I refuse to let all these struggles get me down. I have been working out really hard and I think my positivity is stemming from that.

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SUZHOLLE 9/27/2013 8:04AM

    You definitely have the right attitude! Good luck with the job search. I know you will get the right job soon. emoticon and emoticon

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FUNGIRL81005 9/26/2013 6:59PM

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Making tough decisions

Sunday, September 22, 2013

The last few days have been a roller coaster ride for me. This past Thursday I had to finally ask my husband to leave temporarily b/c I needed time to think about everything that has happened. That was the TOUGHEST decision I have had to make since I left my first husband. This turned out to be a blessing b/c it finally allowed us time and space to communicate without being in the same room and tempers flaring.
After a long text message(and I mean long) conversation we finally came to conclusions about what we wanted. Things were said that have needed to be said for a long time and we may have finally come to some resolutions. We have decided to give this one last try before we walk away. I'm hoping this finally will lead us down a path to success.

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FUNGIRL81005 9/23/2013 4:38PM

    emoticon Glad you are going to make it work out....Marriage is tough but so Worth the fight.

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UMBILICAL 9/22/2013 9:37PM

  The toughest decision is to keep a commitment.

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12 week plan

Wednesday, September 18, 2013

It's that time again! Time to think about the next 12 weeks and what I want to accomplish.
I so desperately want to get back on track after the accident and I've been planning on getting back on track. I was doing well until 2 weeks ago when my son got sick and then I got it and then my back started hurting again. I'm finally feeling like myself and I am ready to get back to it.
I really want to lose 2 pounds per week putting me at a total loss of 24 pounds for the round that would be ideal. It's going to take work and focus. I really need to focus on at least 30 preferably 60 mins of exercise per day. I still have a couple sessions left with my personal trainer that I have every intention of taking advantage of as she has been a wonderful help to me in getting started on the right track. Thankfully the gym I joined has numerous classes every day that will keep my body guessing and not doing the same thing every day. I love love love Zumba and my favorite instructor teaches on Tuesday and Thursday mornings at 9:30 am. I don't have classes at all on Tuesday and Thursday so this is ideal. I'm looking forward to trying out the step class and a group weightlifting class as well. I already am hooked on a class that combines yoga and pilates. I haven't been in a couple of weeks and I am ready to go back I miss the way it makes me feel. I feel so much stronger and more limber after class.
I also HAVE to get back on track with my eating. That has gotten out of control. I need to plan my meals b/c I am so super busy during the week with school, job hunting, and getting my little guy to and from school that dinner turns into "what can I fix quick?" as I have a 5 year old that has to get in bed by a certain time or else he doesn't like to get up. That is going to be my number one goal during this round is planning and tracking my meals.
If anyone has any input and/or suggestions please share them I'm totally open.

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MARYBETH4884 9/19/2013 6:39AM

    We are heading into crockpot season here. Throw everything in it in the morning and do what you need to do all day. Come home and serve it up! Also one pot clean up! There are some good recipes here on SparkPeople.

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SUCCESSN2014 9/19/2013 1:21AM

    I make a meal plan for the month (or you could do it bi weekly depending on your finances).

Then on Sundays I batch cook things for breakfast. At first it was just things like muffins, banana bread, or what I call egg cups (put a piece of turkey bacon or lunchmeat in the bottom of a muffin tin, crack an egg onto the ham, and then place the muffin tin in the oven for x amount of minutes). I'd cook them up, let them cool, and freeze them.

You could also do something similar with dinners (i.e. soups, chili, casseroles, etc). So then when you get home all you have to do is pop whatever in the oven and tada dinner is done!

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