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Are you looking forward to the end of your "Journey"?

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

Now it may seem that the end to your journey is most important, but in the end, it's your journey that matters most.

Never forget to cherish each milestone, pitfall, challange, etc. Though some may be good and others bad, it all happens for a reason and makes us stronger. Never forget to make your journey a memorable one. Keep your head high.

Say Hello and smile at those you pass by, even if you don't know them. You never know when you will change someones journey, make it a positive change. I once smiled at someone and just thought I was saying hello. A couple weeks later they came to me and told me Thanks!! That I really made a positive change in their day and life. And maybe if your lucky you will make someone smile back, even if it is just from within. :o)

Have a wonderful day!!! I hope I have helped you SMILE !!!

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BARBARA_G 4/7/2010 8:31PM

    In regards to a healthy lifestyle I think there is no end to the journey. And I think it's important to keep that in mind. It's the difference between success and failure.

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I'm still alive :o) Life is great

Wednesday, April 07, 2010

It's been a little while since I have written a blog. Sorry but I have a feeling that this one is going to be all over the place and a little long. So much has gone on since I last wrote. I've had a really hard time focusing on my goals. I am going to try to revamp them and get some new rewards. Not that I am making excuses for myself but first I got sick for a little over a month. That really derailed my exercise, I really need to overcome the all or nothing attitude. I also start a financial class and we are really trying to focus on our financial health. Things are going good there, but I just really have a hard time really focusing in on more than one thing. On top of that my rewards kinda went out the window as we really want to get all our debts paid so we can live a more peaceful life :o) It's a long hard process just like the one with weight/food/fitness etc. As long as we move in the right direction and keep our eye on the prize we are in good shape. I just need to remember what I truly want in life and what makes me happy.

I'm really trying to brainstorm to see what I can do about my job situation. I'm the only one that can change it. I am very thankful that I have a good paying job in this economy, but I'm just so unhappy with the work I do. I want to be able to help people and not be stuck in a cube all day long. La La La La La Although spinning in the chair is sometimes fun. Ha Ha Ha I like to be creative with things too, and my job really doesn't allow for that. Money isn't everything I know, but we still do have bills to pay. With that being said I need to make sure that if I end up finding something somewhere else it needs to pay close to what I am making now. Someday if we keep looking forward we will have the financial freedom to do more of what I love :o) Such as the volunteer work, I just love doing all that, it's so wonderful to be able to help someone, and to be able to do that more often would be wonderful.

My half marathon didn't end up happening due to me being sick and unable to run for over a month :o( but I did get to run the 5k with my son and husband :o) So it all worked out. My son is 9 and he did good. I was proud of him that he finished his first race. More to come for sure. I Will run a half marathon in 2010. :o)

I also got to go to the spark rally and meet several other sparkers. It was a pleasure to meet all of you!!!!! I look forward to spending more time getting to know more of you. If anyone ever want to try to meet up and get moving send me a message, maybe we can do a group hike sometime or something. I want to try to start running again, but like to walk/hike too. I'm also up to trying new active adventures.

Next weekend we will be going to Vegas for my daughter to compete in Nationals for Hip Hop. She just turned 11 on Monday, how time flies. I love watching her passion when she dances.

Trever and I are working an event in Cleveland in July for four days. We have decided to leave a little early and fly to New York to celebrate our five year anniversary a little early. I haven't been since I was a little kid and he has never been. I can't wait for that trip, I get to spend some wonderful time with my hubby. Then we get to see our incredible three day family (the people that we met through crewing the event in Phoenix) They have such great values and are awesome people. This event that we help out with is also a great experience everyone is so wounderful.

Last but certainly not least I have also gotten to know a fellow spark friend much better and look forward to spending more time with her and her family. Kryanprincess (Kris) I am so glad to have gotten to meet you and your family, you are a wonderful and inspiring woman. Thanks for being a great friend!!!

Well I have babble enough for now. I hope to be on-line here more sorry I haven't posted and replied to everyone as much lately. You are all in my thoughts ;o) Hugz ~Amy~

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    U are so SWEET!!! I've really enjoyed my time with you and ur family! You and Trev are awesome parents and have taught your kids very well! emoticonIt's hard to focus on more than one thing especially when it takes so much energy to focus on it. Between a healthier you and a healthier wallet, well I think those are two very big things! You will find your balance, and you are on a right track in so many ways, It will just take us longer to get there! But hey! We will help each other and work on getting there together! WE CAN DO THIS!!! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARA_G 4/7/2010 8:39PM

    Hi Amy,
I'm sorry you could not run the half marathon. But there are surely plenty more emoticon How neat that you and your family did a 5k together!

I decided I need to recuperate for one more week, and then I'll be back in shape and will be ready for hiking in addition to what I'm already doing. I'd be glad to join a group of hikers. I'm also getting faster emoticon


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SALINA78 4/7/2010 4:24PM

    Glad to see you back!!!

I'm so bummed I missed the rally and an opportunity to meet you!
We'll be sure to meet soon.
Another meet-up that passed us by was at your 5k...I ran that 1/2 there. Wish I would have seen you guy.

Good job to your son! That's amazing!
I'm trying to get my older kids to run with me and that hasn't happened yet. SO, I couldn't imagine them running 3.1 miles. WOW!!!

Sounds like a wonderful trip planned for your anniversary! HAVE FUN!!!

And good for you on working on your finances...it sure takes a lot of work like working on our health!
Glad to see you back!

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Long update with lots of pictures

Sunday, February 21, 2010

First off sorry I have been a little disconnected. If I haven't responded to any of your blogs etc. I've just been busy. :o) Hope everyone is doing great.

The first update is on my streaking..........drum roll............................I now have a 7 week streak for all my goals!!!!! Yeah!!!!!!!! I'm very excited . I had my second wiegh-in for the contest that started a month ago at work and I was down 7 lbs.

Here is what has happened the last week

For Valentines day hubby and I decided that we were going to go out to dinner Sat. night just the two of us. We went to a place that we had never been called delectables. It was sooooo goood and I think pretty healthy. I tracked it as best I could. First I had a cup of black bean soup, very yummy

Here is the dish I got it was Dill Asparagus crepes with jasmine rice

Then I had a piece of flourless chocolate cake. If you look at the strawberry you can see about how small the piece was, but oh so good.

Then Monday I was off to Boston for a thing for work. Here is a picture of the hotel it was very nice

After we finally got to the hotel and checked in a bunch of us met up for dinner and the hotel's resterant. Here is what I had minus the yolk of the egg. Brown rice with broccoli, soy beans, bell peppers, onion, etc with asparagus, and an egg white. I also had a cup of tomato soup.

Then after dinner a few of us piled into one of the peoples rental car. Most of us didn't get a car. We headed off to Cheers in Boston

Here is me sitting at the bar. I opted not to have a drink and just hang out. After they had a quick drink we went back to the hotel to get some sleep

When I got back to the hotel I did my biggest loser DVD from my laptop with the small wieghts I brought. I was glad I stuck to it. The next morning came very early, spent all day at a strategic workshop. I did really well and ate the stuff that was healthier and suplimented with stuff I brought and didn't have any of the junk they provided. Then it was back to the hotel. Well it wasn't that easy while we were inside it snowed a bit and the hotel didn't want to have the shuttle drive in the weather. So I went with one of the other people at the meeting that took her rental to the meeting. We had to have someone help us on what we needed to do with all the white stuff. LoL We were both desert rats. Here is the rental being de-snowed.

Here is the road on the way back to the hotel. Do you see the stop sign?

Then we decided to eat dinner at the hotel again due to the weather I had the same yummy dinner. Then I went back up to my room, here is a look out the window of my room

Then I got changed so I could head to the workout room

The machines were cool they had an Ipod plug in with charger and they actually had cable in them So I stayed there for an hour and 40 min and watched the olympics while I worked out

The next morning it was back to the airport for a day of travel home from Boston. (For those of you that don't know I live in Tucson, AZ) There was still lots of snow all over here is the plane

After we got there we went to scope out what we might be able to find for lunch. I was so excited I found a great place they had steamed brown rice, veggies, black beans, and baked fries. OK so adding the baked fries was a little much, but I had to try them :o)

Then when I finally got back to Tucson Wed night Trever and the kids were waiting by baggage :o)

So Thursday was off to work and Friday my son Chance (9) had surgery scheduled to get his tonsils and adnoids out. Here he is in the waiting room

Then here he is right before he went in with me

Then heere is after :o(

It's been a really long week, and now the next weekend is almost over :o( My son is doing better and last night my mom watched him so Trever and I could go out to dinner last night. We went to the same place as last weekend. I had the same yummy dish, looked a little different but basically the same thing

So now it's Sunday night and we are going to watch a movie, I'm going to exercise, and I hope to get to spend some time sparking. Thanks to everyone who reads this I know it's long, but hopefully all the pictures help.

Hope everyone has a great week. Hugz!!!!!!

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ADRIENNE29 3/12/2010 7:40PM

    great blog!

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CAROLYN1213 2/23/2010 10:09PM

    Glad to have you back! Food looks yummy! How were those baked fries? Everything else in the at pic looks so delicious! Glad to hear that your son is on the mend and you are back home safely.

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NJAHAN01 2/23/2010 10:03PM

    I love all the pictures. I also appreciate the efforts that you took while on your bussiness trip. I just came back from a business trip, and I can truly understand how difficult it can be. I was so impressed by your determination to exercise.

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99TREV 2/23/2010 1:52PM

    Awesome job!! You are doing so great, and such an inspiration!!!

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SALINA78 2/22/2010 11:41AM

    You were really busy!
Thanks for the update!

You did so good with a trip and all.
Working out and eating yummy!

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BARBARA_G 2/22/2010 9:31AM

    I loved your blog Amy!
I also love Delectables. They've been around for a long time and have stayed consistently good. What a nice place to go for your Valentine's dinner.
Thanks for posting all of the great photos. I love seeing pictures of the snow.
You certainly did well on your trip with food and exercise. Congratulations. How cool to have exercise equipment where your ipod plugs in. I want that at my gym emoticon But I know what they will tell me if I request it. emoticon
Most of all I'm glad your son is doing ok. He does not look happy in the photo. I remember that operation so well. The big thing was that you got ice cream after the operation. But it tasted yucky. I don't know if they still promise that. That is 40+ years ago. The parents were not allowed in the operating room. I remember them putting a black mask over my face and telling me to count to ten. I was thinking they will not be able to put me out...then I woke up. LOL. Sorry for reminiscing.
I hope you have a wonderful week back with your family!

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HVALITTLEFAITH 2/21/2010 10:44PM

    Ok, now I am HUNGRY, thanks!!! Glad that your week went well.

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CARRIEDD 2/21/2010 10:18PM

    Awesome job keeping your meals well rounded even during Travel! And for doing such a great job during obviously a very stress filled week! You Rock! emoticon

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KRYANPRINCESS 2/21/2010 10:06PM

    You did have a busy week!! But you did great on your trip! You made great choices and still worked out! Good for you!! I love the pictures..that flourless chocolate cake looks yummy! You are doing such a great job! Congrats on the 7 lbs loss!! emoticon

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/21/2010 9:07PM

    you are doing fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My Message to Tire Slasheres

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Are you a tire slasher or do you change the tire. This really has been going in my mind for the past couple days. I'm a big Jillian Michaels fan and listen to her podcasts and this really stuck out to me.

Say you are driving down the road and get a flat tire. Do you run out and slash all the other three tires because you can't drive your car? Or do you get your tire changed and go along your way? When you look at it this way it doesn't make sence to slash your other tires does it? Atleast that's how I feel.

So when you are going along in your day and you give into that chocolate bar or have seconds why do we find the need to give up. Why not just fix the behaivor and keep on going? It's time we change that tire and stop slashing the rest of them. We CAN do this and you are WORTH it!!!!!

Next time you find yourself not sticking to your plan pull out your spare "tire" ha ha so you don't end up with a spare tire. Keep moving foward even if the occational flat tire slows you down don't sabatge your journey or you might get stuck on the side of the road.

*****Also never forget to come for help if you need help changing your "tire" Hugs to all stay positive and keep moving foward on your journey :o) With a bit of team work we CAN do this!!!!!
(picture from http://venture.uncc.edu/system/files/image

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JUICYGRL 2/24/2010 2:13AM

    I'm late but GREAT BLOG!!! Love the analogy and Lord knows I've picked up quite a few spare tires by slashing all of mine LOL!

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LITTLEWIND53 2/18/2010 1:59AM

    What a reat analogy! Love it!

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HVALITTLEFAITH 2/18/2010 12:57AM

    Love that you put into words what my day was like and how this time I didn't slash the rest of my tires but changed the spare (got in my exercise) and moved on.

This blog is really going to help me in the future to come around to changing that tire a whole lot quicker. A+++ to you and Jillian.

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KAJIRA_CALLA 2/18/2010 12:53AM

    Made me cry not because that is how I feel but just because you cared enough to tell me to read it to make sure I didn't slash all my tires. I'm lucky I didn't derail today until dinner time but I still derailed and then tried to make up for it with exercise which is not the best way to do it but better than giving up I guess. Thanks for being there for me it means the world to me.

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PJDKSMITH 2/17/2010 9:37PM

    Very inspiring, thank you!

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SALINA78 2/17/2010 11:24AM

LOVED this!
This is what I did yesterday!
Had a lousy eating day.
Came here for help.
And today is a NEW day to be back on track!!!

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JUDITH1654 2/15/2010 1:10AM

    emoticon Great analogy.

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KRYANPRINCESS 2/14/2010 11:16PM

    GREAT BLOG!! This has been going through my head all weekend! And LOVE the concept! And it's so right on! We just gotta keep going....cause we are not perfect! Happy V Day! emoticon

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/14/2010 9:57PM

    Thanks for the motivating blog post, you rock! emoticon emoticon
I really enjoyed reading this. Once in a while we all need that reminder that one little slip up doesn't mean you should give up or give in. This is a life-long thing and not just a "I will lose weight and get in shape for now and then go back to my old stupid habits" thing. I love it and it is a great visual emoticonseeing that tire slashed in my mind and remembering too that it can be "changed" and we can move on and learn from that. What a great metaphor for our life journey. emoticon

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TINK9305 2/14/2010 9:06PM

    Thanks for all the comments :o) Hopefully it can make more people think than just me LoL, it's a good thing though it helps motivate me!!!

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BENK1971 2/14/2010 7:14PM

  That is a great point of view. Thanks. emoticon

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    Thanks for the post. Something I need to work on.

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MORNING_NOONAN 2/14/2010 3:48PM

    That's such a good way of explaining things. Wow.I'm going to say that to myself anytime I fall off the wagon!

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WADEGILES 2/14/2010 3:34PM

    Good analogy makes for a nice post.

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99TREV 2/14/2010 3:28PM

    What a great idea!!!!

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Lost a pound and making positive changes

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Hello everyone happy Tuesday!!! :o)

I still haven't tried broccoli, maybe tomorrow. Part of it is that I'm scared and other part is the time. I think I will brave it tomorrow. I am really hoping that it was just that bag making me sick. I like eating the broccoli with mu lunches at work. So we will see.

I have found more people in Tucson to maybe get together with. I'm so excited!!! I like having more friends that have a healthy goal in life :o) I'm going to finish my journey!!!!!!! Yeah!!!!

Today was weigh-in day for me and even though I ate towards the high end of my calories for the week and exercised near the low end I still lost a pound!!! I was very happy with that.

Tonight was another seminar with a buffet and I once again brought my own food :o)

Next week will be a bit tricky as I will be traveling Monday to Boston then at an all day meeting Tuesday then traveling home Wednesday. I'm going to take some stuff with me, but some I will have to just see. Next week my weigh-in is also going to have to wait till Thursday when I wake up back at home or maybe I will just do it Monday morning :o) The second weigh-in for the contest at work is also next week on thursday!! I'm so going to rock the challenge at work!!!!!!

I'm so excited at the changes taking place in my life and look forward to each and every day more and more. ***disclaimer - I really still don't like work though, but it's needed right now LoL

Thanks again to everyone that has posted on my page and blogs!!! Love ya all!!!! Everyone on here is so amazing, I love all the stories, support, etc. Keep up the great work and keep sparking... hugz


Here is the pic from the co op this past sat yum yum love the veggies!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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IM_GETTIN_THIN 2/12/2010 2:22PM

    what a beautiful harvest of fruits and veggies you got there in that picture; so healthy and nice :) it is so great that you plan what you are going to eat and do and stick with it. you are doing great!
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BARBARA_G 2/10/2010 12:26PM

    That food picture once again looks so yummy. I really will have to sign up for this!
I'm so happy for you to have found some new friends who share a healthy life style with you. How exciting!
Congratulations on losing 1 lb! You are doing fantastic. Your before and after pictures are absolutely amazing. I hope you're incredibly proud of yourself!

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KAJIRA_CALLA 2/10/2010 8:56AM

    emoticon On the weight loss emoticon as for the veggies i see a huge salad with fruits and veggies in it.

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99TREV 2/9/2010 11:24PM

    Way to go on the one pound!!! WOO HOO!!! I am so proud, and inspired, and I am so grateful for all your help in keeping me on track, and helping me!!!!

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PROUDMOM0507 2/9/2010 11:16PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss for the week, sounds like you are doing very well with your lifestyle changes.

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TINK9305 2/9/2010 11:14PM

    If you have any meal ideas for the fruit and veggies in the pic please shoot them to me. I mostly just steam them for lunch and let the kids eat most of the fruit :o) Thanks again...Amy

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