Wednesday, July 30, 2014
My apologies to all for being MIA for the past 3 weeks, I was NOT abducted by aliens although my family and friends think menopause is playing havoc with what brain cells I have left and making some rather *different* decisions with the journey I have been taking the past 3 weeks and for the upcoming month.
Audra sent this to me in an email and it clicked for me why I needed to do this ! While it probably would not make sense to most, it was like a light bulb turning on for me and hugs to her for always seeming to know what to send me to make me feel better in a crisis or personal meltdown. You are the best!!
At 8 30 pm on sunday nite (the 6th) I got a frantic call from a friend asking if I could go help out in the NWT at a firebase camp. I thanked her for thinking of me but told her no. I then called son and jokingly (kinda) told him of conversation and he told me to do it otherwise would b*tch and moan for months after that I should of done it. So I called her back and my new boss and said yes. 6 hrs later was on a flight to NWT. Cakewalk right?? Was only supposed to be for 7-10 days, internet, a kind of paid vacation in the bush with looking after 30 firemen!! Any womans dream come true plus get paid money for doing it!
24 hrs later we pulled into a camping spot and only thing there waiting was BUGS and smoke and 1 cute squirrel!! No running water, no kitchens, no luxury motel rooms, cabana boys were on strike and 2 rather dismal outhouses!! Deep breathes and checked purse and pockets for a reality check or at least some valium!!
With roughly 500,000 thousand hectares in fire to put it in prospective is around 1930.5 mi2 with the 180 + fires burning right now in NWT.
I have no words to explain how hard all of us worked to help out in this crisis situation. There is only 3 of us for kitchen for meals for all and clean up. Nova Scotia's fire bosses were amazing by bringing in supplie sand caring for all!! BC fire bosses controlled the chaos with fire plans. Ontario arrived yesterday. NWT is not our home but all contribute. Somehow a 30 men camp is now at 100 all trying to contain and steer these fires away from Yellowknife. We work for 16-20 hour days and yet noone gets tired as the support we get from these amazing men is so worth it!! Some nites they even do dishes or help to clean tables to ease our work load after they have worked the firelines themselves for 12 hrs plus!! Noone complains, all just chip in to keep our *family* safe and in good spirits!!
Melissa your Alaskans are incredible!! I want to adopt them all!! Matt and his crew opened a whole new outlook for me as to how people should treat each other. I have never had so many hugs or appreciation shown, that these young men gave to me. I count my blessings that for that short period of time they came into my life and changed my outlook with their beliefs! They are amazing!!
I am home for 3 days and then go back on Saturday morning. Please accept my apologies for once again being MIA for 3 or so more weeks.
Thursday, April 11, 2013
As I sit and watch the snow blowing someone thought they would make me feel better and sent me this.
I have to admit,,,,, I did smirk!!
Friday, November 09, 2012
While reading over my blog on beginning of fall season, I am making my checklist of what I did or not do for this.
5 things that have held me back in the past
1. Lack of interest: I always start off strong and then slowly drop off.
*I found myself in a bit of a slide on week 7. Picked it up slightly in week 9 and going to finish strong for last week.*
2. Lack of accountablity/excuses: somehow the saying *today is another day* fits too often.
* Did alot better this challenge,,,being in a couple more competative sites has helped me out for this.*
3. Late nite snacking. This is my worst 1!!!
* While definately not perfect because of inner team challenges I limited *grazing* to once a week 2 at the most!! When football is on, everyone enjoys munching as much as I do. Is a good thing CFL is almost done that leaves thursday, sunday and monday nite lol.*
4. Overeating when I eat out or getting takeout instead of cooking supper.
* This was the easiest 1 to complete*
5. Lack of motivation: Especially on weekends. After working all week is so easy to take the weekend off instead of sticking with program.
* Having the *buddy system* this challenge was the best part!! Dee was such an inspiration, always came to rescue for motivation and support.
While I never completed my 1000 minutes for a week,,,, I did get 912. who knew that it would be so hard!! Looking back,,,, I cannot remember enjoying the BLC as much as this 1.
Tuesday, September 11, 2012
Let me explain something 1st. I NEVER win at anything lol. Last May, Spark had a discount special for people interested in purchasing a Body Media. I knew a little bit about it from watching the Biggest Loser on tv so I thought what the heck,,, was cheaper then alot of other things I have purchased in the past and are all in a drawer collecting dust so what was 1 more gadget. A couple other people on our yellow team also got 1 and I bought 1 for mom.
Our illustrious yellow team leader DEb, told me about another 3rd party app called earndit that you can also join for free. It is an awesome site!!! Whether you have a BMF, a fitbit, or a smart phone you can incorporate any of these and literally get *paid* for working out. You accumulate points which you can use for purchasing merchandise or donate to charities which is fantastic!!! You also collect these little *trophies* of honor which to me is the biggest reward.
You can also join these other challenges that are sponsored from different companies and win lots of really cool prizes. Wait for it,,,,, I actually won something today!!! ME ,,,,,,,,,, who NEVER wins anything!!!
Feeling like an academy award winner,,,, I want to truely thank Spark people for giving people more outlets to keep us accountable for this journey we all are on to lose weight. To Deb, for being so knowledgeable to help her fellow teamies which struggle at times for losing weight and keeping at it, Dee my spark partner and the rest of the BL Yellow team, who keeps me on track and especially to EARNdit!! EXceptional site to keep people motivated and competitive!!! Especially for people like me,,,,, who have such a hard time keeping on track and accountable!!!
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