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Wednesday, March 20, 2013

Well, hi SparkLoves! I have been off and on and more off since the end of last year.. and for that I would love to apologize, but I simply cannot. I have published two novels, had some bad times but even more FANTASTIC times, learned a lot, and found out what does not work (that's huge!). So, now I have decided to shake off my winter blues and find my inner sexy beast again. Let's face it, my sexy beast simply cannot escape. All it took was me OWNING that I feel sexy and BAM, she stayed ;) hehe You should do that, too. I highly recommend loving yourself. Best.advice.ever!

So, in coming back and deciding to dedicate myself to my journey, that means a challenge.. YESSSSSSS! My girls from Facebook and I decided that we needed to ease our way back in but do something kick-a$$ at the same time, so... we are taking a walk. Yeah, sounds simple and it IS! We just picked someplace that we've "always" wanted to go or that looks super delicious and BAM.. we're going there!
The challenge can be found here:

I chose to go to Niagara Falls! The challenge is 13 weeks, if I walk 18 miles a week, I can make that 234 mile trip! Here are my inspiration photos:

I am ALSO joining in a challenge started my homegirl Victoria called "Facebook's Biggest Loser". Yeah, it will be on Facebook.. duh! haha IF you want to join that, you can go here:

That one starts April 1st and we aren't sure how long its going to go on for. She's still working out the details, but it looks like I MIGHT be a team leader, so.. *squee* haha

In the interest of being totally open and honest with you guys, I gained over winter. Yep. I got to my 100 pounds DONE milestone and immediately went on a cruise (SO FUN!). When I came back, it was all dreary and gross here in Pittsburgh. Miserable. Gag!! Yeah, that's a complete excuse as I am usually the most chipper person in the room. I told myself to keep going, I struggled, I truly tried. I kept at it with food for the most part and just got lazy. I threw myself into writing my books and just got stagnant.

The good news about that is: I learned what NOT to do, figured out the things that don't make me feel amazing, felt my body getting used to being at that weight, and listened to my body to find out when it was ready for me to do things on its time. And now I'm back on track. So see? Winning.. LOL Sometimes, and I truly believe this, our body needs a break. It needs us to just sit down and give it time to catch up with all the changes we are throwing out there. We are crazy, complex, amazing machines and so much change is confusing to our minds and to our bodies as well.

I've never GIVEN UP on myself and I'm not about to start now! These challenges, my new-found planning abilities, and my strength will keep me going! WE can DO this!! YAYYYYYY!!!!!

So, how are you? Want to join the challenges with me? Anything you want to tell me? :)

P.S. Did I mention that I freakin' MISSED you guys SO DANGED BAD!? Cause... I DID!!!

^^ Me at Christmas... lol Yes, I'm weird :p But if you didn't know that by NOW, you MUST be new ;) XOXO

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Member Comments About This Blog Post
    You are such an inspiration. I took some time off from Sparks as well. You blog is so hilarious. Are your novels available to purchase? Inquiring minds want to know. emoticon
    1537 days ago
    It's not starting again. It's starting to remember why your journey is so good for you life that matters. Congratulations on your accomplishments in the past year. Way to go. Glad you are planning another full year and that you are making your journey a priority.
    1577 days ago
    1846 days ago
    The most important thing is that you are BACK!
    1853 days ago
    Love you. You're a Doll!
    1854 days ago
  • MISSB8604
    We missed you too girly!
    1858 days ago
    Love your blogs :) I've recently come back to spark too, and recently come back to everything basically! Gained, a lot, over the past few months but so far so good. First month back at it, lost 16 lbs and don't ever plan on finding it ! You are a true inspiration to me, I can't wait to hear more about your progress! I think I will probably be joining your challenges too , so look for me on Facebook :) (Krystal Granger)
    1858 days ago
    Welcome back! Missed your spunk! I have also gained weight over this dreary winter. Picking myself up, dusting myself off and trying it again. We got this!! emoticon
    1858 days ago
  • PUNZIE73
    Channeling my inner sexy beast!
    1858 days ago
  • LESLIES537
    You are such a rock star. I've been in a slump lately too and am so ready to get back into the swing of things! Let's DO THIS!! Warrior mode: ON! emoticon
    1859 days ago
    Side note, the link to your Facebook didn't work.
    1859 days ago

    By the way, I totally stole the project you blogged about around the beginning of the year.. I don't remember what you called it, but I call it my "WOOHOOO!" jar. Any time I have a "woohoo!" moment, I write it down on a note with the date, and put it in there, and will open it on New Years Eve. THANK YOU for the idea, it has been a definite motivator! I even made it out of a small cardboard canister, and went nuts with the 3-dimensional stickers and GLITTER PAINT!

    Also, that Family Guy graphic made me laugh, far harder than it should have.

    Congrats on your novels, good luck on your "trip" to Niagara Falls, and good job not letting a bit of gain get you down! SEXY BEASTS UNITE!
    1859 days ago
  • NEWSGIRL2177
    Yay! You're back! Your smiling face was greatly missed.
    1859 days ago
  • LISAMG1220
    A little story of my morning.....

    Here sits Lisa sipping here Java and really having a crappy week in general. Hmm she thought, I think I will check my email..... Oooooh whats this?! A notification that my fav done girl posted a blog!!! I may have been bouncing in my desk chair like an excited little kid! :)

    It's the little things like this that make me smile. Thank you for bringing a ray of sunshine into and otherwise dull week!!

    You rock!
    1859 days ago
    glad to see you back love.missed you especially as i am not on face book,lol.love the challenge plans and love the photo.you are looking gooooooooooood. with a capitalG.take care and keep smiling and above all keep on keeping on emoticon
    1859 days ago
    I follow you on FB & sparks and I'm glad to see another sparky blog from you. Love what you say about getting used to your new body. It's so true!!! Thank you so much for sharing, and I'm excited to see where your journey takes you. You rock!! emoticon emoticon emoticon
    1859 days ago
  • CYALE76
    Glad to see your smiling face again ! I joined your walking challenge. Enjoy Niagara Falls when you get there !!
    1859 days ago
    I have missed you and your dance videos!!!!
    1859 days ago
    I want to know about these novels!!!!! emoticon
    1859 days ago
    Very good.
    1859 days ago
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