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Ho ho ho...it's baking time!

Friday, December 12, 2008

I love baking!!! Can't eat a lick of it, but I love to bake.

It is my kryptonite - every goodie that comes out of my oven needs sampling, or so I thought a month ago. I had a lick of icing a few weeks back, and my gut did a 360 and I felt like crap in less than 30 seconds...can we way processed & refined sugars? Add that to the list of things that I absolutely love, but cannot eat any more. First it was ice cream, then cheesecake, then icing...now add chocolate to the list and certain cookies and my apple pie. I have to consider them as allergies, which absolutely SUCKS, because I love all things that are sweet and processed and refined. Natural sugars...no problem there, so I can still get a sweet in here and there.

I guess this is a blessing in disguise, because now I won't have all of those extra calories, but having to accept that is hard to take, especially around the holidays, when things are so abundant and tempting. Rats. Maybe writing it down here will help me deal with this issue. Today is a baking day - the goal is to keep things out of my mouth so I can feel good before I go to bed. Baby steps.
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Beside that...things here are holiday crazy, just like everyone else on here! Sparking is on hold because I am so busy, and I miss chatting and hitting the boards, but we can't always spend time on the computer - the gifts won't wrap themselves...which reminds me, still has to be done.

Catching up after Christmas is what I'm looking forward to. Getting back into working out, and visiting, and relaxing with the family while the kids play with all their toys and let me and DH veg out together on the couch...now that is a holiday dream I can wrap my head around. LOL Ahhhh....(sigh)...that's a Christmas wish that I think can make come true.

But right now....I've got to defrost my butter and get my oldest to school...Ahhh, the life of a mom, gotta love it!!!

  
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IAMLION 12/13/2008 12:00PM

    Yeah, that sucks you can't eat Christmas goodies!! I'm happy to say, I will be eating my goodies this year! I'm sad to say I will be hitting the gym hard after the holdiays!! Will have to relose the weight I eat on!! Oh well, I can live with that.
My tree is still not up yet! But the carpet is clean emoticon
I hear ya on the not much time to spark! I hop on here (sometimes I go a few days before I get the chance to) and check the mail, my page and pop in on just a couple of people & one board then I'm off again. It's all good, we are all busy, busy, busy!
Enjoy your baking time! Mine starts next week.

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OAKBORN 12/12/2008 9:31AM

    Oh total bummer on the cookies and CHOCOLATE! emoticon

But GREAT way to look at the flipside! emoticon

You sound like you are getting into the holiday swing... I'm still trying to catch onto the rope!

(No tree or deco's up, no cleaning done, nary a cookie in sight... argh!)

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Ahhh...Sleep, perchance to dream

Thursday, December 04, 2008

Insomnia update...it's over! At last. Boy, my subconscious must have had something big going on and it all worked itself out. After my shows last night and putting the 2 yo to bed (I tried going down with the other 2 kids, but the little guy wanted mommy), I actually fell fast asleep. Sure, I was woken up by the 2 yo and went up to the spare bed with him in a huff, a rare thing to, but sleep deprivation calls for drastic measures....but at least I slept 7 full hours.

No midnight workout necessary! LOL

BTW - I loved everyone's responses to my sleep crisis! And as for the facebook thing...totally using it as a fun goof around thing. Right now, my HS alumni are all joining facebook like crazy...like someone spread the word that it's the place to be and do. I'm not one for peer pressure, so I'm using it as fun and only befriending people who actually spoke to me in HS. I can see how some people get addicted to that stuff - hey look at us here on SP!! LOL I think I'll keep SP as my place of permanent addiction - it's way healthier for me.

So that's the update people - thanks again for the support!!
Love you guys!!!
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PS - ELK - It's what's for dinner.

  
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IAMLION 12/5/2008 11:32PM

    emoticon on getting your sleep on!!

What did you finally do with the elk? How did it taste??

It's tme for me to get some emoticon I have a big shopping day planned for tomorrow. Plus I have to help my Mom do her myspace page. FUN stuff.

Have a great Saturday!!

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MVMEME 12/4/2008 7:55AM

    the head is an interesting organ...glad it fixed itself! hope you have a gread day!

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Insomnia - night #3

Wednesday, December 03, 2008

I haven't had this in....well, since I was prego! I can't blame reconnecting with past people (like the last blog) either, because I'm in a worry mode now ...What's the future going to bring? What career path should I take for my next thing? Should I follow my passion? How do I do that? Should I go back to school? I have to call this or that person back. I have so & so to buy for still. When am I going to wrap? What should I get DH? When am I going to decorate (all by myself)? When are we getting the tree? All that crap is keeping me awake. My mind won't shut off.

I've tried the deep breathing techniques....yoga....milk...beer...counti
ng sheep...If it happens tonight - I'm hitting the treadmill. Some might say I need something else, but let's keep this g-rated...besides that is the very last thing I want to do when I'm in this mental mode. Maybe that's my problem! LMAO

Funny ---- I used to blog about food and exercise, now I'm venting about my head! Anything helps...'tis the season, right?

Anyway - Glad to get that off my chest.

  
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IAMLION 12/3/2008 9:31PM

    Oh my, you are a bit stressed out huh?? Ususally, that is me. I used to have insomnia a lot. Once I started working out, I started falling into sleep a lot easier! I say bump up the work out routine or maybe bump up the "other" workout routine emoticon hehehehehe. Yeah, I was just telling my DH the other day that when I am stressed out, the "work out" is not on the top of the totem pole for me. Poor guy, he didn't understand where I was coming from. Oh well.
I'll say a little sleep prayer for you when I get into bed tonight!! Good luck!!

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OAKBORN 12/3/2008 1:57PM

    Loved your list of relaxation techniques... I'd get up and treadmill... sounds like a plan!

I hate it when I can't shut my brain off! I usually get up and DO something, like blog, especially and then I can get back to sleep.

You could put up the tree in the middle of the night...? emoticon

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Stepping out of my comfort zone

Tuesday, December 02, 2008

I can't sleep for the last 2 nights...my mind is racing. I did that stupid free tarot card reading online and now my brain won't shut off. My HS friends visited on Fri, and we had a great time...they are all on facebook, so I joined facebook and now I can't sleep. Is it because I actually know people there? And the requests for adding friends is totally weird because some of these people I barely said 2 words to in HS and then there are some I don't ever want to talk to again for the rest of my life! Or is it time to become the bigger person and let things in the past stay there?

Here's the thing about me and HS....I was the geek... the fly on the wall with no boyfriend...the smart girl that no one wanted to be with "in that way" for whatever reason. I knew that I was the marrying type - even back then, so I guess it never bugged me when I never had a boyfriend. Sure - I had my good friends - we still are very good friends and I wouldn't change that for the world...but then there were the others that really could care less...or they cared about themselves way more than they ever cared about me, or even if I existed. And then there were the jerks - everyone has them. Now they are asking to be my "friend" when I really want to just ask "why? Why now?" Is it to add me to the alumni list and rack it up or is it to spy on my life? one of these people is in the latter category, and I have to think about this hard.

So that's what is keeping me awake. It's so much easier to come to SP - where everyone is more "distant" and yet sympathetic/empathetic, than to open up to people I once knew. Let's face it. They know me in some form or another, just like you, but when physical contact and personal space has been breeched - even so long ago...it changes everything. I like my SP buds...no past or present judgements.

Computer is dying and it's midnight...gotta go to sleep...if I can.

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Edited on the morning after.....sleep and comments give new perspective on the issue.

The whole FB thing is almost a non-issue...I lived fine before....it changes nothing except keeping me in the loop with my alumni. The aforementioned person...well, he knows my feelings about the situation - for goodness sake, I certainly gave him an earful when we met up in college, and I have to actually thank the dope for hurting my feelings because then I wouldn't be friends with my best friends from HS now. Forgiveness comes in time....I guess this was the time for me. I'm probably the only one with the issue, so I should just let it go.
Thanks for the perspective everyone...it helped a lot.

  
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IAMLION 12/3/2008 9:23PM

    Well, the best I can tell you is to do what is best for you. If you don't want these people in your life, don't respond to them. Some people are looking to reconnect, some are looking to "spy" and some are just wanting to add people b/c they think the more "friends" they have the more popular they seem. I have to say, I do fall into the first two. I have enjoyed reconnecting with some of my old "bestie" friends I had from school and I have also spied (sp?) on people that I wouldn't really care if we connected again or not. I can be a bit nosey sometimes! I also have my myspace page open for anyone to spy on me and my fabulous family if they choose to. They can't leave comments or anything w/o being a friend though.
High school for me was fun, except for the whole getting up early, having to study and having to do school work thing. I can thankfully say I didn't have any lasting hurtful memories. I got the occassional teasing about my freckles, crispy white skin and my curvy badonkadonk but nothing that serious.
As you say, forgiveness does come in time. No need to rush, take all the time you need!
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VALERIE:) 12/2/2008 10:16AM

    I completely know what you mean. I have had people contact me on myspace from school and I think, why bother? I remember all of my school years being the fat girl and being tortured for being fat by everyone. Honestly, I had and still have very few close friends. It bothers me now that they want to be my friends on myspace, and they leave comments like, WOW you look sooo good, GOOD for you... etc. Because it feels like they are actually saying, about time your not fat anymore, you know? I can definitely sympathize with your situation. I agree with some of the other comments, I guess I am partially still wounded too.

But now I am a confident woman, and don't need people like that in my life. Try not to let it keep you from too much more sleep!!!

PS, I love my Sparkbuddies too!!

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VANESSAANN83 12/2/2008 9:04AM

    Ya know, I've never been able to hold a grudge...it's just not in me. SO, I cannot QUITE understand where you're coming from, but I was also in your shoes in HS. I have a facebook, and I simply do not approve friend requests from old HS friends...unless we are still pretty close. I just cut all ties, especially since I live in a new state now. I'm not upset with any of them, I mean...we've all done mean things, myself included. I just don't care to deal with the upkeep of relationships that I don't care to have. Also, my life is MINE...and I don't want to share with them ;) Good luck in your decision!!

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OAKBORN 12/2/2008 8:14AM

    Wow, do I understand what you are talking about. I was the one picked on from early on in school, geeky, etc.

I'm on Facebook too and have connected with a few folks from high school... and added a few that I didn't know so well. I have been kind of careful though.

Honestly I think that a lot of them are trying to recreate connections in a nostalgic way, whether they existed or not. A lot of "those people" wouldn't even remember the way they treated you... or care... though it is seared into your heart's memory.

I do "get" it because I was there back in the day... and I haven't forgotten it, even if they have. Dare I say that perhaps part of me is still wounded?

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MVMEME 12/2/2008 12:39AM

    HI...just started reading your blogs...I think your picture says it all...you are the only upside down image so far...you are unique and willing to be yourself...just because you happened to go to school with them years ago doesnt mean you have to have a relationship now...you be in charge of your space...so called friends are time drainers and energy drainers and as you said sleep drainers...so just say NO it's OK you are not a bad person...sleep well emoticon

PS dont know but you may not even have to do anything except not respond to their requests...dont use facebook myself...but have just deleted requests for other social contact that i didnt want...

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Accepting things is OK

Monday, November 24, 2008

Sometimes, we have to accept things the way they are for right now.
It doesn't mean we give up or give in. It doesn't mean that we don't care about ourselves.

For the last month (let's face that one head on) - my good intentions of exercise have come up flat....I've flat lined in that department, big time. 180 minutes in total for this month. I've gone thru the emotions and self-beatings, but things have to be said plainly - not as an excuse, but more as plain fact - that life gets in the way sometimes.

Looking back on all my exercise tracking - I see holes - all where a month dropped out of sight because I was being a Mom, a wife, a sister, a daughter an office manager, a volunteer. All wonderful things that make me happy and make my world go 'round. So why am I going to beat myself up over this month, at this time?

Is it because of the holiday season - when everyone is talking about possible failure and/or game plans and strategies for getting thru them without failure? Am I being a self sabbateaur (is that even a word?) and blowing it way out of proportion to make myself feel like a failure - even though I am not? So many silly questions that are just plain that....silly.

Sometimes our best intentions get blown out of the water. I know - people will shoot back at me and say "you are the one in control of that" - but before I get shot down...look at where you are in your own life before throwing that first stone. Sometimes life does get in the way of our good intentions for ourselves...it's not a permanent thing, just a delay of our plan. For most of us (I hope) this is going to be a loooong life, and a looong journey to find ourselves and keep ourselves healthy and fit; and to beat ourselves up over one month of lost good intentions is just plain silly in this giant journey of our lives.

So for right now - my busy life is OK. I will not lose sight of the journey or what I've done to get where I am now. I will get back to my 10 minutes a day in due time...without any attached guilt. I will get another stability ball - my DH owes me a new one after he let the kids pop my other one...and I will not wait for Xmas to get it.

Soccer has ended (hooray!) and that is my weekend back, which means another shift in the sand to get through. Cub scouts really isn't all that time consuming as it was in the beginning,,,,it's not that bad, reallly. Work is what it is...things will pick up. Christmas shopping will get done, and if I forego my 10 minute TM intention at lunch to get a money saving deal while the kids are in school - then so be it. Will I eat apple pie at my in-laws? hell yeah! Will I eat a large piece, no not really...I can feel my insides getting sick already with all the fats from the day. Will I prepare for the day by drinking my water and taking my vitamin - yup, you bet. Will I beat myself up for living my life...no way in hell.

On a quick side note - which has something to do with my MIL and my early journey into SP. When I was preggers with my 3rd, she told me that I would probably gain the weight back, even though I was having a great pregnancy (nice huh?) that thought she put in my head crushed me, even though she probably didn't mean to.... but I digress...My MIL came over for Sunday breakfast the other day. We had not seen each other in a few months, believe it or not. Her first comment to me was this "wow, you look great! Have you lost more weight?" My response was, "no, I'm maintaining 146 pretty well for the last 4 months. That's the hardest part of the whole thing." She replied, "yeah, I know. How do I look? I gained 10 of the 40 I lost. It's not what I'm eating, it's how much, and for some reason, I just have a hard time with it." I actually felt sad for her, because of her yo-yo dieting tendencies. I've seen her go up and down 4 times in the last 12 years. Emotional eating, stress eating, no exercise, heart meds...the whole enchilada. Guess what she's getting for Xmas? A Leslie Sansone video and a hug from me.

  
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BABYSTEPS93 11/30/2008 2:29PM

    Thank you so much for checking in on me...I really needed a friend to keep me accountable! I can totally relate to your blog, I have done the same thing. I started spark people in the summer before I started back to work teaching. Now I am back to work and life has gotten in the way of my good intentions.

I have three kids also and I am trying to involve them in things. Being a good mom, wife, employee etc. takes time. =) I was so happy to hear from you and them my computer crashed and I never log on at work. I am up and running again and hope to start getting connected again.

There are going to be days when we simply don't have time to exercise..but you are obviously doing something right or you wouldn't be maintaining your weight loss! I think as long as it continues to be on your mind despite your busy life you will get back on track when you can. You might not be able to do as much as you were a month or two ago, but it all adds up! Don't beat yourself up about it....you are doing great!!!!!

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IAMLION 11/25/2008 8:23PM

    You have hit it right on the head!! Life does get in the way at times. Especially when you have little ones. There is never enough time in the day. You are doing an awesome job of being flexible!! Life is all about testing your flexability and you are bending, stretching, etc... like a pro! Keep up the great work!! emoticon emoticon

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OAKBORN 11/24/2008 8:24PM

    Hey girl! I understand! I have fallen way short of my exercise minutes this month too! I don't know what has happened, but it just seems like exercise is an afterthought of late for me.

But you are holding your own in weight loss arena and you will get back with it.

More hugs from Missouri!

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