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Thanks for the prayers..an update

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Thanks everyone for the prayers....my mother-in-law is still in the ICU, making progress every 2 days or so, that then stables itself off....which is very frustrating!! But I will not be upset, because slow & steady wins the race. emoticon

But seriously...sometimes it feels glacial, and I am not the one sitting in the hospital with her, I am just holding down the fort, but still....that uber-slow glacial feeling is there.

Tension is on the rise in that sense...I heard it in my husbands voice, and I am not the happy go lucky mom with the kids because now I just miss him terribly...and so do the kids. You see, this all happened while they were on the road en route to NC from NY...and now they are all stuck in Delaware - in a hospital and a hotel, watching and waiting for progress. My husband went to be with his dad & mom, and his sisters...thus me "holding down the fort" status (or is it stati - must consult my Latin again) the last few days.

Anyhoo - in the meantime, I have cooked more healthy foods at the kids' request (believe it or not), made more interesting foods, and have eaten very well with all things considered. I only ate chips as a snack one time, had some wine one night once...so I guess the compulsive emotional eater is gone....but replaced by a healthfood zealot who is tracking her calories like her life depended on it. I know exactly where this is coming from - I can CONTROL that part of my life, so I am...ROFL.....might make it down to 130 after all!! Hahahaha! Now, don't go all "she has an issue" all over me...the tracking is actually making me eat, so I DON'T FORGET to eat - because that happens now too...and THAT is NOT good for me or my family that needs me so much now. See...told you I was fine emoticon

OK - I just needed to vent a bit. It's hard when there is no other adult to bounce conversations off of...I'm not used to it....I give single parents a heck of a ton MORE credit now than ever.

Keep praying!! and thank you!!

  
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IAMLION 8/20/2010 6:22PM

    emoticon sending hugs your way!!! emoticon

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TASOGAREBAN 8/20/2010 1:54PM

    Hey lady, hang in there, ok? You're doing fabulously plus eating is always good, lol! I hope hubby comes back soon, I know what it is to miss someone. :(

On the upside, you seem to be handling it well so stay strong! :) emoticon

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YAMINOKODOMO 8/19/2010 10:31PM

    I am happy to hear that you mother in law is doing a little better. I will keep sending my healing vibes her way, and like oakborn said, hang in there! You can get through this! I know this is a hard time for you and vent all you want. Thats what we are here for! The support you need to help get through some troubled times. emoticon

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OAKBORN 8/19/2010 9:59PM

    Hang in there! You have friends. I'm glad that your MIL is better and sorry it's taking so long. It's hard not to have your other half around to go through this with.

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Prayers and good thoughts will continue for you and yours.

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Prayers needed

Monday, August 16, 2010

Hey all....

I need some healing vibes sent into the universe for my mother-in-law Mary.

She is in the hospital's ICU right now...long story short, she was having stomach pains that were so bad, my father-in-law took her to the ER .....longer story cut shorter...the gall bladder burst.

She is in for a long hall now. It required a major surgery, and with her age and health, it is going to be a long recovery. In the meantime, prayers are needed to get her out of the ICU.

This probably could have been avoided - a lesson to us all to get things checked out if something feels wrong.

Thanks everyone....every little bit of healing vibe sent into the universe helps.

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IAMLION 8/19/2010 6:32PM

    Sending prays to your MIL and family! I hope all is going better now as I am behind on the news. Take care girlie! emoticon

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ANDIHALLI 8/16/2010 9:59PM

    Prayers are sent! Strength, patience, and blessings are being sent your way.
Andi

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/16/2010 9:10PM

    My thoughts and prayers are with your MIL Mary and your family. Take care.

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ANNIEONLI 8/16/2010 8:27PM

    Thanks everyone...it means a lot.

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DWEXCEL 8/16/2010 5:57PM

    My prayers are on their way........

Donna

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JENSHAWN 8/16/2010 5:06PM

    I will keep her in my prayers.

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YAMINOKODOMO 8/16/2010 4:47PM

    I am sorry to hear that. I hope she has a good recovery, I will definitely send some healing vibes her way emoticon

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SUCHAHOOT 8/16/2010 4:13PM

    Love, Light and Prayer for Divine Guidance for all working to bring Mary back to health. Hugs and Prayer for all of you guys too!

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TUBLADY 8/16/2010 3:19PM

    I will pray for a full recovery in the shortest time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OAKBORN 8/16/2010 2:14PM

    Prayers and good vibes on the way...

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MERRYWON 8/16/2010 1:10PM

    I will pray for Mary, that the surgery goes well and her healing his complete and as speedy as can be!

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Where oh where did my blogs go?

Friday, August 13, 2010

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That is my face EVERY time I try to blog about something...and then I type it...and then I don't finish it because of some reason, and then I save it in my planner (unfinished) and then I never get back to it and forget I even wrote the previous one.....OR....I have some great and inspiring thought while doing my make-up and have a list a mile long for the store (at the same time) and then I go to write it out and I completely forget everything I listed out in my head!

It's like I need a giant sticky post-it attached to my forehead to remember stuff!! Eesh!
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ANYWHOOOOO.....I digress.....

So now I will attempt another (as my son asks me for breakfast - see what I mean?)....

July have been an AWESOME month!! I don't think we have had so much fun in a summer as much as this. I think it has a lot to do with no children being in diapers and that they all can communicate well now. A girlfriend of mine with a set of 3 whose ages are offset by mine by 2 years ahead (hers are 6, 8, 10 -mine are 4, 6, 8) said it gets better and better...so nice to see she was right!! emoticon Lost of swimming, lots of camping, lots of family and friends...all good things!

And now it is August... emoticon
And the kids are bored... emoticon
And my thoughts turn to school... emoticon
And the upcoming calendar that is filled in with activities already... emoticon
And then I think back on last year... emoticon
And I KNOW for a fact that this year will be better... emoticon
Because I learned from the past year's nuttiness how NOT to do & handle things and how I can change things just by changing my attitude towards them... emoticon

So when you think about it...it can be applied to SO many things that need changing in our lives (OOOOoooooo - thought on the fly here, one that was on a brain post-it about a week ago that I never blogged about). A week and a half ago, I was vacationing with my BFF from high school...and I was envying EVERYTHING about her, as I did in HS - her curvy hourglass figure (which she will say she would rather have less of, but I would kill for some hips believe it or not) - her hair with no grays and pretty color (which made me finally get mine done after 10 months of neglect) emoticon - her gumption at running during our vacation to train for a half-marathon (she is doing it for her and I am so proud - because I will state this as a hard and true fact, I am NOT a runner, and do not inspire to be one, but I do envy that drive in a person that does...it takes dedication of a different level in my eyes - but then again, I should never say never right?).

So with all that secret (well, not really, I told her) envying going on, as we drove to a pedicure, I openly said that I was in a slump and needed to get back on track with my exercise, even though I am maintaining just fine, I need to do it for me...and then I looked back into the past...to the past year on Spark..and low and behold, in front of my eyes was my answer from my own self. By logging every month/week what was going on, I had an insight into the past behaviors that otherwise would have been hard to recall and realized that last July/August, I did the same exact thing!!!! I had fun, I ate too much, I partied for my 10th wedding anniversary and in August, I hated myself for the overindulgence and got back on track.

So why am I pointing this out to you in a blog....Weeeeellll....it is an example of past behavior modification. If we are more aware of our past behavior in certain situations, then we can change them toward the better for ourselves. Past practice. Sometimes it works, and sometimes it doesn't....but we have the power to change it if we want it bad enough.

That being said, as for myself, already the new calendar year is riddled with cubscout craziness, which I am more in charge of, and all I can do is my best...to run things, and modify them into more of a simpler version of what was done in the past and to get more people involved because many hands make light work. The kids schedule is already filling up with other activities like religion, soccer and school on all levels (including being a bus driver to two 4 year olds to preschool) and piano lessons to 4. Add my own schooling to that, and we have one filled up calendar!! (ROFL! My poor husband, not even mentioned...so, ok, throw him in there somewhere, my other part of my self being forgotten like that - poor guy!)

But right now, there is a calm that was not there before. Last year was crazy and filled with new-ness (is that a word?) and changes, but this year, while there is the same craziness, the new is now old, and with that comes routine and calmness through experience. Older and wiser - is that what they say? I think it is...and if that is the case, I am glad to be older and wiser.
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Now....could someone bring on fall sooner than later? this heat and humidity is wearing thin....even the kids don't want to go in the pool and would rather stay in the a/c now!!

  
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AMJSATURN 8/17/2010 12:34AM

    I to enjoyed this blog... after deciding to look for another avenue to lose weight. I am again checking into SPARK a little more. This was a past behaviors for me as well. At least weekly.

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SUCHAHOOT 8/15/2010 5:11PM

    Hey Girlfriend!
So, are you exercising again yet? I'm on again, off again. I sure feel better when I'm on!!

I'm excited about fall too. I love the season and the routine it brings...even if it is busy! I think it's great that you have your blogs to look back on & see where (&why) you were. Maybe I should consider it.

I can't wait to hear about BSA this year. Is your extra busy little guy coming back? DD is doing Girl Scouts this year for the first time. I like the Moms who are doing it. We are both looking forward to it.

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SASSYSACY 8/13/2010 11:38AM

    Wow! Very enlightening. I always enjoy your blogs!

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TASOGAREBAN 8/13/2010 9:43AM

    You know I was just mentioning this to a friend of mine on livejournal because she's talking about getting school stuff for her daughter who is 5 years old and she's listing all this craziness she's going through and for one hot minute I was VERY envious of her. I don't know why I get this feeling but I blame fall because once august rolls into september I think about all those cute old images of kids in seats and an apple for the teacher and going to a school away from brooklyn, more suburban. Your blog reminds me of all that. And it sounds CRAZY hectic and I know if I were actually in the middle of all that I'd be like, "WHY DID I WISH FOR THIS??" but sometimes being on the other side of it makes me want more.

I don't know if that made any kind of sense but your blog makes me wish fall was here. Woohoo! I love this feeling! Welcome back!

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/13/2010 9:29AM

    It's always good to hear from you and about your life and what has been going on. You are right! Reflection on where we have been can help prevent us from making the same choices, especially if we want something different. That familiar saying about "History repeating itself" comes to mind. I think that is one reason SP is so successful for so many. It is not a short term thing. It is about changing your lifestyle. If we continue with the diet mentality, then just like other previously failed diets, SP will most likely not work.
Best of luck to your friend on her first half. Mine is in November. And I have already said I wouldn't do a marathon, but as you said, "Never say never!"
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YAMINOKODOMO 8/13/2010 9:27AM

    LOL I agree! I want fall here now! Not only cause Fall is my favorite time of the year but because this heat is killing me too and I dont even want to SEE my next electric bill... *sigh*

Anyways! I am glad you have been having an awesome summer so far! I hope you guys get to enjoy the last of it before school starts again cause you definitely sound like you have a busy schedule!

And you can do it! You can get out of your little rut and get back into your routine! Summer does that to ya, when your having fun being out of the house, exercising isnt really on the mind.. Well now since summer is coming close to an end, not really but kinda, you can start setting your own little schedule for your routine so you can get back to kicking butt!

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OAKBORN 8/13/2010 9:26AM

    Hang in there girl! You are amazing!!

Your biggest fan in MO!

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DWEXCEL 8/13/2010 8:28AM

    Good Morning Annie Girl!

I know I have certainly missed your blogs. I am giggling, and saying..."me too" to everything you had to say.

This heat and humidity is killer.....I've been working out hard all summer long, but all of a sudden, I just can't take this humidity. We don't have central air, we live where you're not supposed to need it.....lol!!! Our 2 window units have been working over time for sure. But for some reason, I woke up yesterday feeling sluggish, sweaty, puffy, inflamed, swollen, just plain miserable from the humidity, and decided to take the day off, and today, I'm feeling the same way. Yuck!!!!

Glad to see you are back in full swing!

Luv ya!
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My crazy exhausting fun weekend!

Monday, July 12, 2010

The weekend started with getting ready for a "FANCY HAMPTONS" party. Notice the quotes there....what is thought and what it IS are 2 different things here, but I digress....

First is the dress....HOW do I figure this one out? First dress had back spillage - ummm..no, not wearing that one. Second dress borrowed from sister, fit just right, yet....it's very long and I'm not feeling all that great with that. Third and final dress....homemade by me, last minute.

LOL - see that dress....well, it's an old black peasant skirt that I wore 3 years ago, that has been hanging in my closet and never worn again, that I can't wear on my hips anymore because it's a large....so I woke up from a pre-party nap with this vision: I need to bring something else to wear if it rains...the black skirt,...belt it! Cheesy white grommet belt to the rescue, a little tweaking to the hem....WHALLAH! Instant dress! accessorize and there you have it....perfect little summer dress for the Hamptons! As you can see from the pic, me and my buddy Ann (we share the same name, and her birthday is the day before mine - cool huh?) - well we went to a vineyard and picked up a bottle or two of the vino emoticon Just a few bottles.... emoticon

So, back to the party. Everyone knows the Hamptons of Long Island right???? Rich people, fancy houses....well, that is what most people think of in the first place. Basically, not my crowd at all! LOL The party was all built up, but did not deliver..food, not so hot... entertainment - a dj that couldn't finish a good song before he started another one (hard to dance like that) and girl with a techno violin that hurt your ears over and over again with the 5 notes she played....but what I did enjoy was my friend's face all night - she had an absolute BLAST visiting with people she used to know here and there. so we got all dressed up for basically nothing much...but it was still fun to get dressed up nonetheless!!!

I got home and went to bed by 1:30am

By 9am the next morning this is what I was doing:

For 4 hours...with my sons...I washed and washed cars....lots and lots of cars:

We had fun doing it...and I stayed even past my kids, but OMG - was I WIPED OUT and in fact, I am still tired today!!

I wouldn't trade this weekend for anything, as crazy and topsy turvy as it was. It's not everyday you can get to say you went to a fancy Hamptons party...and seeing a bunch of people you love smile from ear to ear is the best thing to see some times!

  
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YAMINOKODOMO 7/13/2010 4:55PM

    I got to say, 2 thumbs up for the dress! I love creative people!! Its awesome to see what you can do with a little bit of thought and a little bit of accessories!

I am glad you had a fun and crazy weekends! I love those weekends that a super packed with fun hanging out wit the fam and friends!

Glad you had a good time!

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FULLOFFAITH 7/13/2010 3:30PM

    Oh it sounds like fun. Thanks for the recap.

FYI- You look absolutely adorable.

Lisa

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DWEXCEL 7/13/2010 6:52AM

    What a great idea with the skirt-to-dress choice. I saw a girl on tv the other day, who is doing that with all her old clothes in her closet and selling them!!!! She has come up with an awesome little business. Anyway, the dress looks great! And you look beautiful! Sounds like you had a wonderful time! And the car wash was probably fun, too!

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OAKBORN 7/12/2010 4:33PM

    Glad you had such a great weekend! Improv, thy name is Anne!

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TUBLADY 7/12/2010 4:27PM

    What fun, hanging out with your best friend. And spending time with your kids. priceless. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TASOGAREBAN 7/12/2010 4:26PM

    LOL sweet! Glad you had tons of fun! I think of th Hamptons and I think of Royal Pains, that show on USA with the concierge doctor and his brother. Good improvising! And you can always put down the car washing as cardio! Double awesome! :)

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My husband is the best and turned into MY inspiration!

Friday, July 09, 2010

I have to give my husband all the kudos in the world. Not only has he been the greatest support over the last 2 years with my journey and schooling, but he got me back in the saddle with the exercise this time around.

In the last 6 months or so...maybe even a year, my husband has had his own transforming journey. He started out around 220 (his heaviest was 245 at one point) and is now 172 and is trying to maintain 170-175 while firming up his muscle tone. The weightloss was mainly due to diet changes...no tracking involved with him - just better choices and smaller portions. He cut out his favorite things, soda and chips....and it made a world of difference. I am SO PROUD of him!!! and I can honestly say that this is the first time I have every heard him openly talk about maintenance goals and maintainability for the rest of his life! That part sounds just like me! :)

I have never pressured him to do this...it was all on his own. Now that he is starting to exercise again, he inspired me to get me back on my own regime - and it feels great to feel those muscles ache again!!!!

We are approaching our 11th wedding anniversary next week and we are the healthiest we've been since we have been together. We found eat other at our heaviest...and now look at where our lives have led us...SO cool....SO amazing!

Ain't love grand!!!!!

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SUCHAHOOT 8/15/2010 5:14PM

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What a great thing to work toward and accomplish together!!

Yea!!

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MERAINA 8/11/2010 3:49PM

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Both of you deserve kudos!! You inspire each other, you look out for each other and most importantly, love each other.
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IAMLION 7/15/2010 6:27PM

    emoticon Great job to hubby!!!!! He's emoticon

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DWEXCEL 7/10/2010 6:55AM

    Wow! I'm so glad you shared that. My husband has complained about his weight (and mine) for years. We both gained 40 and 50 pounds by the time of our 15th anniversary. But I've been doing good since 2007. But here's the thing. About 2 weeks ago, he asked me if I had any exercise dvd's that were good, but not too hard, so I have him the Biggest Loser Boot Camp and Leslie Sansone's 3 mile walk. And he's been alternating them now for 2 weeks He's about 225 now, and would like to be right around 200 by the time we go back to Florida, which equals to about 5-6 pounds a month for him. And I'm working on my 12 by the end of August. But like you, I didn't put any pressure; he came up with this all on his own. I'm thinking, maybe these guys were impressed with what we both have done, and wanted to do it too. So that's pretty powerful stuff! Plus, it's been kinnda fun discussing our workouts and watching what we eat together. And he'll ask me, ...Can I eat this?

And like you said...it makes me more motivated too!

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OAKBORN 7/9/2010 1:53PM

    What a wonderful tribute to the man you love!

Congrats on 11 and may you have many more HEALTHY years to come together!!

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