FITFABME's SparkPeople Blog FITFABME's Blog on SparkPeople, home of free diet plans and a healthy living community Wow! What A Night! Oh what a night! I had predicted a nail biter of a photo finish for hitting the group volume sales goals for my Beauty Society business this month. I needed to hit a group volume of $6000 for the month and turn my Might Jane into a 2 Star Diva by having her pull a rabbit out of a hat last night to hit $2500 in team of yesterday morning it was looking grim. Jane had 4 confirmed attendees to her party and two of them were husbands of the ladies. Not good. I was stressing as I kne... Sat, 30 Jun 2012 11:24:06 EST Miracle Diva Launch Tonight marks the launch of my Miracle Diva as I have dubbed her...April was in a devastating accident when she was 19. Previously a point ballet dancer and I am sure a very bright girl with a promising future, this horrific car accident sent her flying 150 feet away from the car she was in and into a coma for over a year. And into a wheelchair for over 5 years. After much physical and emotional and mental therapy she is now able to live on her own (with a lot of assistance). She belongs ... Thu, 28 Jun 2012 12:19:18 EST Photo Finish I am here to go on record in predicting that this month my Mighty Jane's Team is going to be experiencing a photo finish...the team got out of the gate quickly in the beginning of the month but has faltered a bit since. No parties...not a lot of activity other than the launch party I did for one of them on Father's Day (remember the one that started 2 hours late? Grrr!) <BR> <BR> Well now I have 3 parties scheduled for the next 3 days and one Diva piggy backing off of another and combining ... Wed, 27 Jun 2012 18:02:42 EST Installed and Kayaked Well it was a busy day yesterday as expected between the gym the kayaking and the installation...and then I also had some Earl Grey tea after the dinner and managed to not sleep so well. I had given up caffeine so religiously...not sure what I was thinking. It did taste good with honey and a bit of cream...I did do it up! <BR> <BR> Now home from work and heading to my Body Pump class...Charlene, the instructor, is. My latest Diva...she just got her Diva kit and is very excited. I am excit... Mon, 25 Jun 2012 21:10:22 EST Kayaking and Installation Well today is turning crazy busy...I started with a few hours at the gym and my usual routine then I swung by a friend's house to drop off some info to her on being a Beauty Society hostess for me...and I noticed she was walking toward the side walk from her house and it turned out that she was heading to the beach for a walk. I said, "I will join you!" and I did...we had a very nice chat and walk and it ended with a gorgeous view over Dana Point Harbor...gorgeous day and perfect experience... Sun, 24 Jun 2012 17:29:34 EST It Is Coming Together! So far it looks like about seven people have confirmed they are coming to my soirée on Thursday night this week...and I am launching my Miracle Diva on Friday night...she is responsible to send to send out invites and confirm RSVPs - that will be her first test of whether she will be successful I think. <BR> <BR> It is sometimes tricky to explain to people why they would want to attend an event because they don't know what to expect...but I am seeing from the gym that the word is spreading. ... Tue, 19 Jun 2012 01:02:22 EST Miracle Diva Next week I am launching a new, special, Diva into my business. She is a very sweet lady who was invited by another guest to my last facial event for Beauty Society. She called me after the event and wanted to meet to discuss starting her own business with the company. I am always anxious to grow my team, so of course we met right away. <BR> <BR> At the meeting she explained that she had been in a horrible car accident years back and that she had been in a coma for nearly a year and in a ... Sun, 17 Jun 2012 01:22:28 EST Company With A Conscience! Wow! I am feeling so good about my association with Beauty Society today! I joined the company a few months ago...despite a very demanding full time professional job- because I truly felt almost what you could call a 'calling' to spread the word about their incredible skincare and makeup line. I love that it is organic,natural, paraben and sulfate free, that they offers 100%money back guarantee up to a full year and that they offers great refill program. <BR> <BR> But I also loved their as... Sat, 16 Jun 2012 12:02:52 EST Another Fun Party - With A Newly Diagnosed Cancer Patient Last night I helped out one of my Divas by presenting at her party - she launched herself - believe it or not last week as I had a conflict and her guests were all Spanish speaking - which posed a major problem for me - as I don't speak Spanish! Last night, though, all the ladies were lovely and we had a wonderful time together. <BR> <BR> One of the ladies is just beginning chemotherapy for breast cancer - so sad - and I was happy to be able to tell her how natural and healthy all of our pr... Fri, 15 Jun 2012 12:48:04 EST Bridge of Honor Tonight was the award ceremony for my DS's Sea Mariners group...they had a competition in San Francisco over Memorial Day and it went very well. The team competed super well and are clearly good friends. My son it very glad to be part of this group...he is proud of his accomplishments. It was good to see. Him smiling so much with his friends...we. Don't often see him that happy at home...probably because we are usually nagging him about homework or something else annoying to a teenager. ... Thu, 14 Jun 2012 01:12:05 EST Ghost Stories My dear daughter is wanting to talk about ghosts, spirits and whether I believe in such things...she does have a lot of interesting probing questions. She is a silly girl. She has all sorts of memories of having seen ghosts or remembering stories of being a bit clairvoyant. I must say she has seemed 'connected' more than other people. I think she is just super perceptive about some things. But one never really knows how the mind works... <BR> <BR> Scary! Wed, 13 Jun 2012 02:01:17 EST Motivating Others A bit of encouragement can go a long way I know...but only if the receiver is in receive mode. I have found this with my just can't make them want to earn good grades. It has to be something they want. And you can't tell someone who isn't truly dedicated to getting healthy to put on those running shoes and head to the gym or to pass on the brownie if that isn't what they truly want for themselves. <BR> <BR> And I can't get my first Diva to launch her own Divas if she isn't trul... Tue, 12 Jun 2012 01:47:58 EST Such An AWESOME Party! We had such a wonderful time on Friday night! The ladies were all so wonderful and everyone was truly radiant after their facials with Beauty Society. I just LOVE these products and how fun it is to get together with the ladies. <BR> <BR> Best of all I invited BRAVERUDE who has been a Spark People friend for many many months - but we had never met -- and she was my honored guest! She also brought a lovely friend and we all had a blast playing with the anti-aging products and makeup...I do... Mon, 11 Jun 2012 19:31:22 EST Tonight's the Night! So excited! Tonight I am meeting BRAVERUDE! Woo Hoo! I am having a facial party and it's going to be a really great group - can't wait to get them all together and kick off this event! <BR> <BR> We are going to have healthy appetizers, some cucumber infused water and some champagne with peach nectar - yummy! And then we will be pampered and all girly for a few hours before heading on home. Too bad we don't have enough time to go out afterward and kick up our heels as we are going to look... Fri, 8 Jun 2012 17:26:52 EST The Smell of Sweet Success What an incredible story I have to tell of my walk today -- about a year or so ago I told a lovely gentleman at work about Spark People and encouraged him to join. He did but has not been active on the site. However, I also recommended that he get some walking shoes and that he join me to walk at lunch...he has been doing a great job of walking. But we don't walk together as my pace is darned near a run at this point - lol <BR> <BR> Anyway, he did catch up with me today to sit with me at ... Thu, 7 Jun 2012 18:04:39 EST Missed Zumba :( Well as it is the first Tues of the month I needed to attend the Board meeting for my Soroptimist group....I do enjoy the group but I am bummed every time this meeting comes around as I love my Tues630pm Zumba class. It is really hard to miss it! This was my last meeting as Recording Sec...a role that definitely required attending. Perhaps now when I pass over the baton in the new fiscal year I willbe more comfortable missing a meeting or two so as not to miss Zumba. Isn't that horrible i... Wed, 6 Jun 2012 01:55:42 EST All Better - Can Tell By Heart Rate Monitor Well it is true...over the weekend I was dragging. Sore throat, headache, stuffy. Generally feeling ick. But I went to they gym anyway and worked out as usual. Since I had on my heart rate monitor I could tell that my heart rate was elevated and knew that it was because I was working harder since I was fighting the bug at the same time as working out. <BR> <BR> Tonight I went back to the gym, was doing similar exercises but noticed heart rate back to normal. Then I realized, hmmm, sore ... Tue, 5 Jun 2012 00:53:57 EST How to Link My Website to Facebook? Hmmm...I guess I just can't figure this out. I know Facebook is supposed to be great for linking business sites to your network but I have not been able to succeed in connecting my website, to my Facebook page. Not sure what the problem is but it just doesn't seem to do what I thought I told it to do. <BR> <BR> I need a customer service person to talk to I think...I wonder if Facebook has those people? Of course if they work during normal business hours ... Mon, 4 Jun 2012 01:14:36 EST Graham Crackers and Milk? Wow...that was weird...first of all I brought them into the house. And then that I even considered eating them...weirder. And then that I did eat some...weirder still! My DS came down from his room for a snack and I decided to join him. <BR> <BR> Usually I would partake in a piece of fruit or some Greek yogurt. I haven't had something like a graham cracker in forever...heck, that is basically a cookie. And I had a few of them. <BR> <BR> I know it won't kill me but it is definitely not c... Sun, 3 Jun 2012 00:57:38 EST Libraries Obsolete? DS took the SAT today and at lunch he was saying that one of the passages asserted that libraries were facing obsolescence as people can find written materials so easily online and don't need to physically touch books any longer. We debated that for a while as a family... <BR> <BR> Fast forward to this afternoon when several of my magazines have shown up with the sleeve declaring them to be "The Last Issue" seemingly in a threatening sort of way. And I realized that I don't really care if ... Sat, 2 Jun 2012 21:45:11 EST Burning Eyes, Stuffy Nose, Sore Throat Oh My! This is what I get for thinking I could avoid the bug being passed around my family....thought I was just too healthy to succumb. <BR> <BR> Well, think again! Definitely have some kind of bug. Darn! <BR> <BR> Will get out for a good long walk at least and hope to shake it off. Lots of Immune C...and some early rest tonight.... <BR> <BR> <em>102</em> Fri, 1 Jun 2012 00:43:52 EST Here Comes Yoda Junior... I meant that to be said like "Here comes Johnny!"...some of you understand what I'm saying... <BR> <BR> So remember Yoda, my heart rate monitor? Well a few weeks back I managed to misplace the transmitter that collects heart rate data and wirelessly sends it to the 'watch' that interprets the data and decides what it all means and then allows it to be uploaded to my computer. All very high tech. But without the transmitter just a very expensive watch. <BR> <BR> I really struggled with wh... Thu, 31 May 2012 02:35:41 EST Yahoo Password Trouble OMG! Is there any way to reach a human at this company?? I am about to scream! <BR> <BR> Anyone else had trouble with their password and able to find a human to discuss the issue with? <BR> <BR> There must be a way! I certainly have the will...but after being hung up on from 5 different service tech guys in India I am losing patience! <BR> <BR> A little help here people!! <BR> <BR> <em>198</em> Wed, 30 May 2012 18:50:34 EST Sailing Competition Adventure DS returned home from San Francisco last night super pumped about the great long weekend he had with his Sea Scouts group. Their competition went very well and they were 2nd overall in the competition - really great! He had a wonderful time and was able to see the fireworks display celebrating the 75th anniversary of the Golden Gate Bridge. <BR> <BR> He also enjoyed some super fresh yummy seafood as he had hoped and enjoyed a great time with his friends. This is the 3rd year he has been t... Tue, 29 May 2012 15:07:14 EST Spin Class in the AM Tomorrow is a day off work - Woo Hoo! And what better way to start the day than with a Spin class that I could never attend during the normal work week as I'd be racing off to a meeting rather than peddling my little heart out on the typical routine. Anxiously awaiting my lunch hour to head out for my walk. <BR> <BR> But instead tomorrow promises to start off well - with an hour of spinning and then my husband agreed that we'll take our kayaks down to the harbor and do a little ocean kayaki... Mon, 28 May 2012 00:52:51 EST Status Posted to Facebook now I am on Facebook and clicked the button when updating my SP status "Post to Facebook" but I wondered how the 2 accounts were linked when I hadn't linked them. <BR> <BR> Then I saw that I didn't receive my point for posting and figured it is probably because there was something else I needed to do that I didn't. Not sure I want to link the accounts anyway - too much personal stuff on this website. <BR> <BR> Besides, do my high school friends need to know I gained (and then lo... Sun, 27 May 2012 18:22:59 EST On Facebook! Well after much harassing by many friends and family I did bite the bullet last night and joined Facebook, <BR> <BR> Not sure if I really know what I am doing but hundreds of friends popped up almost immediately...mostly from high school. Not sure why that was as I also graduated from 3 universities where I had plenty of friends but none of them materialized. Hmmm...maybe that is yet to come? Seemed like almost all of my high school class appeared before me...mostly looking a lot older...lo... Sat, 26 May 2012 11:24:42 EST Costco Walk Today I headed out for my afternoon/lunch walk from work and ran into another duo headed out for their walk as well. And they are my they invited me to join them on their trek to Costco. Costco is quite a bit farther away than the usual walking destination so I hesitated for a bit but then decided to join them. <BR> <BR> We had a nice conversation and I was glad I joined. Funny how since establishing this habit of walking at lunch I really feel as if I need to do it. It is a... Fri, 25 May 2012 01:13:05 EST Mara and Pilates Tonight I spoke with Mara, my all-time favorite class instructor at the gym about my disappointment in her decision to drop the Brazilian Booty class I loved so well at 630pm. <BR> <BR> She explained that she was considering adding it back on another night. As I can't get to the gym before 630pm on weeknights my classes are limited in choice...they offer a ton earlier in the day but few after 530pm start time and I just can't get there before 630pm. I do love. My classes. <BR> <BR> But no... Thu, 24 May 2012 01:15:41 EST Dinner w Boeing and Fois Gras We had a celebratory dinner with some key Boeing folks to mark an occasion that is not public so I can't say - but it was a joyous occasion. <BR> <BR> I ate WaaaaY too much and indulged for sure - but we all know I don't do that often at all so I am sure one meal won't kill me. It was fabulous quality food for certain and I'm sure my body was well nourished with all the various items on the menu. 8 oz of sirloin was probably a huge indulgence but it was delicious. <BR> <BR> The waitress an... Wed, 23 May 2012 16:32:39 EST Poker Face So for the last year or so I have been looking at the furrows in my forehead and swearing to myself that I would never have Botox treatments. As tempting as that easy out sounded to erase the deep lines forming there. Just kept thinking that somehow botulism would find its way to my brain and I would regret my vanity somewhere down the road. <BR> <BR> In futility I had my bangs cut to cover the forehead about six months ago. No Botox, but also didn't want those lines staring back at me in... Tue, 22 May 2012 01:49:52 EST Dance Awards Dinner Just got back from a really fun awards banquet for my daughter's high school dance group. They have so many talented kids in the group....they really are fabulous and just so sweet. But I was a bit leery over the venue selected for the awards banquet...Dave and Busters at the Irvine Spectrum. Dave and Busters just didn't seem like a likely spot. I think Chuck E Cheese when I think Dave and Busters...but I was wrong. The food was actually pretty good...nice. Salad with lots of grape tomat... Mon, 21 May 2012 01:49:13 EST Searching for Divas I have recently discovered a wonderful skin care line that is focused on anti-aging but also has incredible a to-die-for apple stem cell foundation with 10 vitamins in the ingredient list...all natural, organic, paraben and sulfate free,made in the USA and cruelty free as well as gluten free and that is just the start! I am looking for business partners to help me growth the business and I am more than happy to share info with anyone who wants more detail. <BR> <BR> I am about... Sat, 19 May 2012 23:17:52 EST Late Mother's Day Party I have decided to call my party on Friday night a late Mother's Day party ... I thought it was such a great idea on the actual date to have mothers and daughters get together for facials, why not do it not even aweek later? Ariana (DD) is inviting her friends now and hopefully we will get a good turn really is a great time and I am happy to host it! <BR> <BR> So why not? One way or another we are going to kick up our heels and have a great time! <BR> <BR> It is abit like herding... Thu, 17 May 2012 01:20:09 EST Lunch Walking It has been more than a year since I started walking every day at lunchtime for exercise and to keep myself away from the habits that led to my weight gain...never again will I feel obligated to zoom I my car to a fast food place and eat garbage so I can get back to the office in under an hour. Boy was I crazy in those days! Walking energizes me and eating healthfully is sooo much smarter. <BR> <BR> I am so glad to have changed just that one habit. Of course at the same time I decided nev... Wed, 16 May 2012 00:49:51 EST Feeling Better! Well today turned out okay...I texted Amy about my frustration...she sent out an email explaining that Divas are responsible for launching the people below them....very nicely and she assuredme that I went way above and beyond this past weekend and that, yes, I need to focus on hitting my own targets first before helping others...a bit like the life jacket in <BR> And Jane was very sweet in telling me how much she appreciated all I did and how awesome I was and that she wan... Tue, 15 May 2012 00:42:34 EST Parties and Parties! it is late Sunday night and I just returned home from my 3rd party for my first Diva's new Divas this weekend. She hasn't tried to train herself at all but has me training her trainees. I am thinking that my niceness has reached its limit. I am very bad at saying of course agreed to the second unplanned party of the weekend ... And on Mother's Day no less. I hung out with a wonderful family that was not my own and pampered them to the benefit of my first Diva and her N... Mon, 14 May 2012 02:11:22 EST Impromptu Party So yesterday afternoon my first Diva, Jane, told me that one of her new Divas was planning a party that night and wanted me to lead it. Hmmm...little short notice, don't you think? And she said that the invitees didn't know they were going to a facial party....they only thought they were invited to dinner. So the premise didn't sound promising...Diva Launches are supposed to be a big deal where the person announces she is entering into a new business venture. But without doing this it soun... Sat, 12 May 2012 12:04:09 EST Birthday celebration Tonight DD and I went out with a friend of hers whose mom was celebrating a birthday. The mom is someone who I shared my Spark book with probably a year ago...I would love to help inspire her to lose some weight and I have become friendly with her in the process...but I was surprised that she invited me out for her birthday celebration...that is something special after all and I wouldn't think I was one of her best friends. <BR> <BR> But we did have a lot of fun. We went to a sushi place t... Fri, 11 May 2012 01:24:10 EST Gym Contacts I was able to gain few more invitees today at the many ladies are curious about my complimentary facial events now at the gym they seem to be anticipating my coming by with my paper and pen to inquire about their names, phone numbers and email addresses so i can send them my invites. I am almost starting to feel badly for the people I don't invite. It is not that I don't want to invite them, but more that there isn't a lot of time before or after class to explain what I am doing a... Wed, 9 May 2012 02:06:13 EST The Kitties I am not sure how many of you out there have been following my blogs for a while but if you have been then you know that a few months ago we took in my mother in law's 9 month old kitty after she became incapacitated from a stroke in another state. My DH brought the kitty home on the airplane and he had a rather abrupt and rough introduction to Beau our dog and Bella our 'First Cat'. Bello, the new cat went through many names in his first weeks...Grace was his given name by my MIL and we dec... Tue, 8 May 2012 01:15:38 EST Anniversary Salad Today marked seventeen years! Hard to believe...and we dated for almost ten years before that! Makes me feel old! But it is a milestone to be noted... <BR> <BR> We went to a restaurant I enjoy and I ordered a steak salad that is a nice combination of greens and thinly sliced good quality grilled steak...something I wouldn't make at home but special. I had worked out long and hard at the gym prior to the it tasted even better! <BR> <BR> DS has an Advanced Placement ... Mon, 7 May 2012 01:41:02 EST Cinco de Mayo Fundraiser Tonight I attended a fundraiser at a beachfront property in Laguna Beach. It was such a spectacular setting and a fun night with friends. We had good conversation and plenty of margaritas...which I am guessing are not a great healthful choice. I did come home and have some black raspberries though...that had to be a bit detoxing? <BR> <BR> I wish I had taken some photos...there was a professional photographer around and many shots were taken of our maybe I will see some of them... Sun, 6 May 2012 00:41:55 EST I Knew She Was Good! You know how I have been saying Amy is something special? Really super good as a Beauty Society Diva? Well she is! And very humble too! Today the newsletter came out and it had a listing of the Top 10 Highest Grossing Divas in personal sales and, guess what? Amy was one of them...I am so proud of her! She is pretty awesome. She really doesn't 'sell' at all...but she makes people want the products. I have to feel a little bit bad because she has been involved in 3 parties for me and they a... Sat, 5 May 2012 01:36:31 EST Yoda Says Be A Slacker Remember Yoda, my cute name for my heart rate monitor that provides me with weekly training programs and who has me programmed like Pavlov's dogs to virtually salivate each Monday morning as I wait for my reward, a flashing trophy across the watch face when I reach my targets for weekly calories burned, and fitness minutes achieved? <BR> <BR> Well, I am all but indignant over Yoda this week. He won't even tell me my calories burned...he just keeps presenting the message "rest this week" and... Fri, 4 May 2012 01:03:40 EST An Amazing Day! Today was pretty incredible. With my new increased responsibilities at work...Yes! I am crazy for agreeing to take on more work just as I am secretly launching a new entrepreneurial skin care business venture! I was responsble to host several folks from Boeing at my company for three days of meetings just as my newDiva needed my help signing up to be part of my growing team! What a pleasant surprise...she is so excited. And I am excited for her! <BR> <BR> Also my Soroptimist e... Thu, 3 May 2012 01:01:10 EST Luck Be A Lady Tonight! Okay...I keep telling myself that these stories have nothing to do with me...but they are both pretty unusual and luck-oriented. <BR> <BR> First I had a colleague from work approach me and ask if I could be the only person he/she told a secret to. Hmmm...pretty juicy, huh? So of course I said "yes!". Then they proceed to tell me that they took a lottery ticket to the grocery store to see if a winner And the machine said he/she had won $12,000! Not bad, huh? I actually said I thought it a v... Wed, 2 May 2012 01:25:53 EST A New Diva? I got an email from a gal at work today saying she was ready to sign up as a new Diva and join the fun! Hooray - I was so happy! It really makes tons of sense to 'join' and be able to receive a 25 percent discount on all the product you buy for yourself...if nothing else. I was surprised how quickly she came to this conclusion when so many others could not get to that point. She happily signed up for tomorrow night's opportunity call with the company founder which qualifies her for all ki... Tue, 1 May 2012 01:11:19 EST Busy Is Better! As I am approaching people to consider joining me as a Diva I often hear "I'm too busy"...and it made me think that for me I thrive on chaos and being overbooked and being busy pretty much every moment of the day. SP is really my only downtime - and I do appreciate it! <BR> <BR> But I think for sure that the more I am doing the more productive I am. And also having Beauty Society and Soroptimists on top of my fulltime crazy job and my obsession with the gym and my family is a good thing. I... Mon, 30 Apr 2012 01:12:37 EST Great Opportunity! Well did I ever get a pleasant surprise at the gym today. Actually a couple...the ladies already got their products from the party on Thurs night! Wow - quick shipping, huh? They received on those orders were shipped out lickety split! And they are loving what they bought...a few are even already asking to order more. I felt like I wasn't able to give them enough time - as it's kind of hard to talk in a heavy aerobics class - lol. And then I have back to back classes on top ... Sun, 29 Apr 2012 19:20:22 EST