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An Amazing Weekend Rediscovering A Happy Simone...


Monday, July 11, 2011

This weekend was quite a momentous one for many reasons. First I have to start with Sunday. I was at church, bowing my head as our pastor was praying and all the sudden was hit with a strong emotion. I felt God's presence on my heart telling me to put a stronger effort into my marriage. It was such a strong emotion within me, that I began to cry. I had never experienced anything like that and I just wanted to share it here. I talked with DH last night and apologized to him for my rude behaivor. He was very appreicative and we even prayed together last night-something very new for us as a couple who's been married 8 years and together close to 18 years.

On Saturday, I got a lot of cardio in. I went and helped paint the new church office. I was there for about 4 hrs and had a great time and so did my daughter! After that, I was to go to a special Spark meet up with all the local Sparkers. My daughter surprised me when I asked her if she wanted to come and said yes. For those of you who haven't seen my daughter, she is 5 1/2 and so I thought for sure she would be bored meeting up at Caribou Coffee but she was an angel. PINKCARLAFIT's daughter even watched her while we took a quick trip into Rei across the street (I think we have found a new babysitter emoticon)

This was a special meet up though, because CAROLYN1213 was visiting relatives in Virginia (she lives in Indiana) and was planning to attend. I was very blessed and fortunate to be have been able to meet Carolyn. Because I got there a little late, we didn't get to talk very long, but she made/left a huge impression on me. Friday night I had briefly checked out her page. But on Saturday, I went back to her page and really started pouring through a lot of her previous blogs. I got so much out of them. Between that and actually meeting her, I felt like...my cup runeth over. I felt like it was just what I needed when I needed it. I was already in someone what of a positive frame of mind. But meeting Carolyn and reading those blogs was just the boost I needed to push me further than I have wanted to go in quite some time-a couple of years really. And for that, I am truly grateful.

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I am so happy I have this picture as a memory of that day! It was day that has started new beginnings for me.

Actually the whole past weekend has...

When I look at this picture, I love the smile on Emma's face. I also want to see future pics with her being able to wrap her arms around me fully!

Last night, I made a bold move and posted a note on my Facebook page. You see, I can be myself here. But on FB, well there are my family and friends, my cyber friends and then there are people I knew in high school when I was a size 12/14. So in order to prepare myself for a 90 day challenge I decided to embark on, I wanted to come clean and ask for support from them. And so that's just what I did. And I feel so good for doing so.

The only down part for me in all of this is that a few weeks ago I had a falling out with a good friend. We have been friends for close to 3yrs. She has been very supportive of me with my financial struggles and has gone over and above with spoiling my daughter. But unfortunately, we are not speaking. Well, we are, but only because we work with each other-I schedule in the hospital and she calls our office for time or for changes in her schedule or many other things on a daily basis. We are very professional but we have not spoken with one another in a friend way in over 3 weeks. That's one side of it. The other side is that she is similar to me in weight frame. However, I tend to discuss weight loss/exercise etc more than she does. I really do miss talking with this friend. But I am really concerned that my continuing this friendship at this point, may be a detrement to my own progress. Don't get me wrong, she has always beens supportive of my past attempts to lose weight. It's just that I don't feel our goals for weight loss areone in the same. I also feel like I'm more sedentary when we hang out. I called my Mom last night because I knew she would understand and give me good feed back-which she did! emoticon So for right now, I'm just going to focus on my new leg of my journey. I will pray for her and our friendship and leave the rest to God.

My last bit of news (wow this is getting kinda long, eh emoticon) is that I am making plans to go back to school. I was on FB one day last week and came across one of those ads but didn't click on it. Well, somehow, later on, I did click on it. And low and behold, what was it? Bachelors of Science in Nutrition Science!!! Wow...talk about timing. This is all coming together so well. (My cup runeth over!!!) I have my Associate's and as I've said here often, I'd like to become a Children's Fitness Specialist. This was actually the name of the certification. Here at the hospital, though, they would not pay for classes unless they led to a degree. So Simone is now going to pursue that degree! This evening, on my way home from work, I will go by the local community college to pick up my unofficial transcripts so that I can fax them to my Admissions Advisor tomorrow. Then I will find out exactly what will be transferable, what will not and how long it will take. emoticon emoticon I am just so happy right now you guys! God is SO present in my life and I feel great about it all! I am truly blessed!

As I mentioned briefly, today starts the 90 Day Challenge I've joined. I'm quite STOKED about it! My goals for the challenge are as follows:

1. Exercise consistently 10 minutes a day-something challenging not just walking in place.
2. Eat 1 freggie a day-since I am currently unconsistent here and sometimes go days without, this is a big step.
3. Lose 30-35 lbs by the end of the challenge. Since I'm wanting to lose 51 between Thanksgiving & Christmas, I feel this is very doable!

So there you have it! My life summed up over the past week...I'm so psyched because I know that life has so much to offer me. I'm going to continue to be positive and work this challenge, my workouts and just everyday life with all I have in me.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 7/16/2011 12:13PM

    Love the pictures. Glad that you're finding the HAPPY SIMONE! emoticon

I hope that you're having a sensational weekend. Sorry that I've not been posting to your blogs much lately. I'm backing to spending 5 nights a week sleeping in my van & babysitting the grandchildren during the day along with working so my time on the computer has been severely limited. Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 7/11/2011 11:34PM

    Great blog! I am SO glad you came to the Spark meet up! I knew Carolyn would be a huge inspiration to you. Her story, her personality, her determination and her motivation to continue to lead her new lifestyle and to teach others what she has learned are huge!

Meghan really enjoyed Emma :-)

I had no idea you'd had a falling out with said friend :-( So sorry to hear that!

You did great on day 1 of the challenge today! Rock on! emoticon

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JOE_ANNE2 7/11/2011 9:27PM

    Simone, you are so blessed. I'm glad you are my friend emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 7/11/2011 8:40PM

    What a wonderful blog! Good things are coming to you, Simone.

And you and I WILL meet in person some day too..

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LASHERTHECAT 7/11/2011 1:58PM

    This is a wonderful blog! Full of hope and plans for the future. I'm so happy for you. I know it's tough when your friends hinder your healthy plans, but you never know... Maybe you will help them!!

I KNOW you can do this, and we're all behind you! emoticon emoticon

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DALMOMOF3 7/11/2011 1:25PM

    So moved by this Simone! I am sooo sooo happy for you! you are a strong person, you can do this! and you look beautiful in your pictures with your amazing adorable daughter! Im so proud of you!!! I wish I was closer to god and had your faith, it would make my stresses a lot easier to bear. Unfortunately, I kind of lost faith when my sister died and havent been able to find my way back! HUGS

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LESLIES537 7/11/2011 12:32PM

    I am SO proud of you, in so MANY ways! I can't wait to hear what you find out about school! How exciting!

You're gonna ROCK this challenge!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

LET'S DO THIS THANG!! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 7/11/2011 12:06PM

    Wow! What an incredible week for you! God is definitely working in your life. I'm so excited to see where this all takes you. I know one place that I want it to take you someday...a visit to MO to see me and Leslie, haha! Have a fantastic week! emoticon

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