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Saturday, June 11, 2011

Yesterday was a rough day for me...not disasterous, but rough as in the "hectic" sense of the word rough.

On Monday I noticed my right front tire for some looked a little flat, so I checked out the treads...pretty worn down & the sidewall/tread was starting to split a bit. I should have taken the car in to get tires right then and there...but I didn't...too busy (a mom's life excuse).

So yesterday, I had to drive out east on Long Island to attend my 1st grader field trip to a the split in the forks if one wanted to look on a map...I'm in central LI, so this drive is about a half hour doing 70 mph. I was running late, I had to get gas, yadda yadda yadda. Anyway, I made it out there on time! Yay.

We all had a great time, and at 1pm, it was time to get the kids on the bus and the moms to go home in their cars. Why I didn't car pool was beyond me! Everyone was from the same town! Well, I knew why, it was because I had to jet home to pick up my other son from the sitter's/my friend's house.

Well, I don't know what possessed me after I started up the car and pulled out....but I hopped out to check the tire. It looked was starting to shred. All I saw was a ticking time bomb on my car....and I was alone....far away from my house! So I figured to start heading toward the main business/retail strip in the area where there were car dealers...good thing I knew the area. On the way, I was trying to call my sitter, but I instinctly dialed my mechanic and I was a bit shocked when I heard their voice on the phone - so....I asked for advice! They said to hit a tire place near where I was and have them switch it to the spare tire & then bring my car right to them. Done....I got this...I can do this.

I never found the 2 places they told me to find....Instead, I saw a Toyota dealer and since my car is a I went! I drove right around to the back garage, I got out and walked in...and I pleaded Damsel-in-Distress!! to a mechanic, who took a look, confirmed my fears & told me to run to the front for a work-order so he could swap it out.

Prayer was answered!

I did as I was told....within 30 minutes, the tire was swapped out and they only charged me $10!!! Thank you Riverhead Toyota!!! Thank you kind mechanics!!!!

So now I have to drive....max 62 mph on the highway to get home, so I called my friend before I left and she said that my son's leg still looked a bit puffy and red and hot to the touch......this is Part 2 of my hectic day........

My 4 y.o. son was run over by a shopping cart (thanks hubby!) at the wholesale store on Tues...he said his leg hurt, but he was running on the thing right after so we kinda shook it off and a bit of a sprain. He even went to the beach on Wed with no problems or complaints. By Thurs we noticed it swelling up and getting red and hot to the touch....on Fri (yesterday's rough day) my friend and her Fireman hubby gave me their opinions and one said infected bug bite and the other said sprain & get an xray. Needless to say I called the doctor once I got to their house....and my cell phone battery died. I redialed from their phone and the office said to come right over! Done!

And off I my spare tired mini-van with a swollen ankled kid to the doc in the next town over...and at this point, I need a snack, and water, and a nap, and a box of wine, and a backrub, and a vent.....because this day did not want to seem to end.

So I started praying out loud.

(Here's a clue on me & religion....
- I respect ALL religions
- I don't TALK about religion openly because it is a private matter between one and that organization
- I expect people to respect mine in the same way I respect theirs
- it's too touchy a subject across the board to address 99% of the time - same goes for politics
- I was raised RC and am doing the same for my kids...tradition is strong with me
- I don't necessarily agree with everything in the RC church
- I DO believe strongly in right and wrong and a higher power....and I believe this is the same vein that is in 99% of all religions.
OK - enough said....don't come and attack me on anything....I will delete it as fast as you wrote it. Thanks)

OK - That being said, I started praying out loud as I got caught behind my 10th SLOW person en route to my pediatrician's was a sign from above to slow down.

"God....I really need a break here. I'm a good person, I pay things forward constantly, I don't ask for much, but I really need a break here. I openly know that the whole tire thing was my fault and that I figured it out just in time. Thanks for those mechanics by the way. But now, I really need for this doctor to tell me that it is a bug bite and all I need is a perscription for antibiotics and cream....because a trip to the radiology department really is going to throw me over the edge. I still have to get back home and pack for camping...and it looks like I am going to be late getting out there, so just have a nice weather weekend for hubby because he really needs a nice break with the guys this weekend.....(as you can see- I ramble pray - but you get the drift)

Anyway...that was the gist of it for about 5 minutes which let me calm down enough to drive through town behind the ancient driver in front of me.

Long story short - another prayer was answered...the leg thing was a bug bite and I got the antibiotics and cream answer I wanted....or rather, needed.

I got home....completely exhausted and frazzled...and I got home before hubby, who upon greeting him, saw my face when I was telling him to go ahead with the camper & that I was not ready & that I just needed some time to pack and rest & then I would drive out to meet him for dinner and the one night out....well, he stopped me and said "You don't have to go. I will be fine by had a hard day & need to veg out. Stay home with the boys and go in the pool. I feel bad about leaving you alone with them for 3 days."

Another prayer answered.

So this morning's hair and makeup musing was this. I was in a bad mood from yesterday's nonsense still...and I have to get out of this funk because my girlfriend and her son are coming over this afternoon....this is a long time coming, and this has had it's gliches too, but THAT is another story entirely! But I digress, I have things to do to make this a nice afternoon for us all!

My main gripe yesterday with God/the universe was that I don't ever get what I "WANT" necessarily, but when I look back.......I always get what I "NEED".

Each instance of yesterday's craziness was handled by me...and a universe that happened to smile upon me. Things could have been waaaaaaay worse. I know that...and I am blessed to have guardian angels watching over me....and my family.

Sometimes, when we look at things from a different perspective or at the larger picture, it is easier to see WHY we have our individual hardships throughout our lives. Some hardships are worse than others....others have harder crosses to bear...but I believe that everything happens for a reason.

Over the years (and it may take years to figure out the WHY of the situation), I have seen that the strongest always survive and come out on top...because of sheer self will-power and belief in a higher power or something bigger than ourselves.

The other thing I know is that all of it starts from within. Figuring out what you need....will sometimes get what you want....but really, what you NEED is that baseline to move forward.

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ANITA_NM 6/12/2011 12:57AM

    Yikes! Glad I'm not the only one who thinks her Hubby becomes a menace with a shopping cart inside Costco!
You had a ton of stressful things going on all at once, and you dealt with them all beautifully! You rock!

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OAKBORN 6/11/2011 1:18PM


You are a kind and thoughtful person... as you sow, so shall you reap. The flow of the universe, so to speak.

I am also so glad you saw that tire... and glad that you were led where you needed to go. Glad that you are all safe, sound and healthy.

Keep it on sistah! You are amazing with all that you do for everyone around you!

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SUPERMAMA82 6/11/2011 12:02PM

    Thanks for sharing, Annie! I often find myself feeling like I'm the only one that has to deal with craziness and things going exactly opposite of how I'd want them to go. But, I'm not! Everyone has those days. I'm so glad that God gave you what you needed to get through your overwhelming situations. I hope you have a more relaxing weekend and that you can get a little bit of what you want, too!

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YAMINOKODOMO 6/11/2011 11:22AM

    Its always hard to look at the brighter side in things when you are having such a hard and terrible day but I sort of have that same mind set as you. I dont practice religion but I was raised being taught by my aunt, and a family friend. SO I do believe there is a higher power out there and if you are a good person you will get the help you need like you said! You rairely get what you want but you do get what you need!

I am sorry you had such a hectic day and i am sure it took all your strenth not to just bug out and have some sort of mentally break down! Those days when things are so fustrating one little push and your over the edge is the hardest but thankfully everything turned out well in the end.

I definitely hope you have a much better day today! Enjoy the time spent with your friend and her son. Even though its a bit gloomy, make this YOUR bright and sunny day!
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RITA_7856 6/11/2011 10:25AM

  I agree with You, always there is higher power [GOD] is present to help on his own way
at the time which surprise us :)

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TASOGAREBAN 6/11/2011 9:56AM

    You made me tired just reading this blog entry. But at least I got to this one before you deleted it, HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

Yeah, I went there. WHAT. emoticon

My brother believes a lot in the same vein as you, that God doesn't give him what he wants but he gives him what he needs. He's always told me that God has never gifted him with the winning lotto but that whenever he seems to be broke beyond all means, he still comes through everything ok. And then another friend once said to me, never to ask for strength because God will make you work for it to BUILD up the strength yourself. LOL.

Also, since I'm sure you don't watch Doctor Who, I'll tell you about this one scene where the Doctor is talking to his time machine whose essence was placed in the body of a woman. And he complains to her about how she never takes him where he WANTS to go and she replies, "But I always took you where you NEEDED to go." Best line ever and it still sends goosebumps down my arm.

I don't know where this blog comment was going but suffice to say that I hear you and while I can't exactly say I know what you are going through, I've had days where I have felt the same frazzled way and we're still alive! So that's a plus, right?

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Camping whirlwind in full swing...#3 coming up

Tuesday, June 07, 2011

Hi everyone!!! Feel like it's been AGES since I blogged about anything...well, that is not true, I deleted a b-blog yesterday, but that is beside the point. Sometimes b-blogs are good to vent, but even better to delete when one gets it out of one's system...catharic "moving on" moments...and in that case, a most insignificant one at that. Exhaustion brought about the annoyance, and then it went away.

Now to explain the exhaustion!

Memorial Day we went camping upstate with out good friends...our 4th annual camping trip and every year, we learn something new on how and what we like to do. This place had a lake, so up the boats went...and it had good biking, so in the kid's bikes went. Amazingly enough, we even had room in the truck for more junk!! I guess we are in the "experienced camper" category at this time. We have wittled out the unneccessary to the point of even impressing ourselves! LOL From a mom packing point of view...I like that part a lot! Hubby does a good job too....we make a good team,

Anyway, after a nice & uneventful trip there and back again, it was a short week and then we had to get ready for our CUBSCOUT camping trip out to a local sight on Friday. Not just any old campout....I was IN CHARGE of the whole kit & caboodle for 18 camping families and 4 visitind day familied on Saturday. No pressure. None, at all. emoticon

The long and short of it was this....all of the planning, all of the work, all of the details and knowledge me & hubby had put in was not in vain! The weather was PERFECT. The campsite was large, spacious, and impressive. The facilities were clean. The lake was full of biting fish. and the very worried, 5 newbie camping families had a terrific experience because we were right there to calm them down and help set them up in no time at all. By the time the last late arrival came at 9:30, we had more people to help out on their setups...It was cool. I always say, many hands make light work...and it is so true.

Me & hubby learned a lot in the fine art of delegation. We have a tendency to do things ourselves, just because it's quicker & easier on us....but really, when you have so many people asking "Can I do anything?" my first reaction now is to say "Sure!! What do you like to do? I have this I need done, want to do this for me? It really won't take too long & it's not that hard." I was proud of hubby because he really made a conscious effort. I was proud of myself, because I let other people take my kids out into the woods without me....and they happened to be going the wrong way! LOL (side note: it was a very short hike b/c the kids saw the playground and that was that! LOL) I openly admitted that I was a nervous nellie to the others around me...and they calmed me down pretty quick. emoticon

Of course nothing goes as smoothly as one wants. The NON-camping head of our pack came around 11am and by 1pm she rounded up her group to go on a 3 mile hike...right when we were going to ALL go play a game of kickball. The whole hike thing I THOUGHT was going to be at 2:30, but evidently, that particular group's leader HAD HER OWN agenda. I was hurt, because she just did her own thing and did not let me know about it at all...if I say anything, she'll come back and say that "I told you I had to do my own thing." but the point of the matter is - while we were in the planning stages, I would have completely omitted her boys out of my calculations for X-amount of activities and done everything geared more toward the younger set. Hey, it all turned out just fine....better actually... because her group is not only OLDER but WILDER than the rest. It's just the principal of it all. My group parents are awesome...they made me realize all that was good about parent group is great. She left to go home after dinner...around 5:30...and I admit, I was glad to see her go home. The tone & vibe of the campout changed with her arrival and exit...kind scary, but it is totally true...picture a storm front coming through and passing...just like that. A few closer parents even mentioned the change on each occassion. Nice huh?

So, the question is this: Is it worth mentioning at this committee meeting tonight???? probably not, because this character is going to do her own thing, regardless of whatever I's not worth my breath. I will say this one of my parents sent out a glowing response reply email praising me & hubby's effortst to include ALL in the activities...he wrote "ALL" 4 separate times and I know for a fact he did that to make a subtle point. Like I said, I love my parents.

The most important thing here was that it was a success...EVERYONE had fun, including us...and now we know what to do for next time!!!

Anyway...we got back from that on Sunday morning and then had the last soccer game and awards ceremony in the afternoon...we did not stop until 5pm.

In between all this stuff, my hubby was getting the pool ready for the boys' grand inaugural summer dip...which happened yesterday after school! This is the earliest it has ever been opened, so they were very very happy to go in! And no shivering teeth!!!! It's a summer miracle!!

This weekend is camping outing #3 - hubby invited my dad & the LI brother-in-laws out to go camping & golfing. So we will be sleeping out there on Friday night when we go help him set up camp.

I have some plans of my own on girlfriend Ann is coming over with her son for some pool-side bonding with my sons. We rarely get to hang out like this, so we are really looking forward to it!! I have to clean the house ASAP, because time is of the essence this week!

So that is what I've been up to. Sparking & exercising is not so hot (note my cyclical lull once again!) but I'm trying here & there to just be active when I can. Just so y'all know, I see everything here that is going on with a lot of you...I just don't say anything all the time....I'm like a fly on the wall emoticon

Ok - this was waaaay long, and probably a small needed vent before this meeting tonight. I'll leave this blog in tact....for now. emoticon

TTYL Sparkers!!!
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FULLOFFAITH 6/8/2011 1:00AM

    Glad to hear you had a nice time. I feel like I was there. :)


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YAMINOKODOMO 6/7/2011 3:52PM

    You are definitely on a camping roll! I may go camping july 4th weekend! I have off that friday saturday sunday, I just have to see if my boyfriend is able to go and if yes, then we are going camping! I really do enjoy it!

Glad the clubscouts campout went well! You will always get that one person that doesnt really think of anyone else but herself, just brush her off! Important thing is everyone else had a great time and even gave you and your hubby a shout out!

Hope you have a wonderful time during campout #3!

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ANNIEONLI 6/7/2011 3:19PM

    Hey Jenni...I will clarify...Ms. Goesherownway is the LEADER of the whole shabang - the Cubmaster herself! Little Miss Cubscout Rules and Regs (salute at this time please) she is fully aware of everything, in fact, she bought all of the food for the whole pack.

It was just her way of going about the part of the campout the way SHE deemed it for HER group. SHE bypassed the agreed upon PACK's agenda completely from 1pm until 4pm. She was aware of the whole agenda and she changed it according to her group's needs and wants. A little heads up is all I am really complaining about...that is what I am annoyed about NOT getting at all.

C'est la vie!!!

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OAKBORN 6/7/2011 2:17PM

Wowsers! You have been busy! Good grief! I'm tired just reading it all. (Secretly wishing I had a chance to camp more.)
You are so inspiring in everything! You could wax philosophical about roadkill, I swear! And then you would organize the scouts to clean it up and prep it for dinner!
Ms. Goesherownway, aside from being annoying, concerns me in terms of safety. You have to plan for the numbers for food, activities, etc. But where is the accountability for her little offshoot group. It's fine for someone to say, "I know where I am"... but is she stil covered liability-wise by the scouts or is she on her own? (I was a Camp Fire Leader for a few years.) This springs to mind also since I'm learning all about safety with the Army, of course.

It's fine if she understands the risks and liabilities she is taking on herself, but she sounds like one who might choose to sue you if something went wrong.... because it wouldn't be her fault. Shame she hung a pall on your festivities, but luckily it was of short duration.
Then there is that whole learning to ask for help thing... trips me up everytime until I remember that I DON'T have to do it all and that it's okay to ask. I often have to be reminded.
Have fun on your further summer adventures! You oughta come to Missouri! We have some beautiful places here!

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My horoscope today...very on point.

Friday, May 27, 2011

I am Pisces...I even have the symbol tattoo'd on my body...and I check my horoscope everyday...and seriously, some days it seems more like a 'horror'scope! LOL

So this is what I read today:
"As the real Pisces that you are, you are not in the habit of talking without saying anything constructive, Anne. Sometimes some people even suspect you or accuse you of having nothing to say! When you are just being patient, people say that you are ignorant. When you are just demonstrating your tolerance, people say that you are indifferent. Today, it's time for those people to learn the real truth about you, and understand just how much you have to say about the world."

Very apropo....very.

We shall see....we. shall. see.

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FULLOFFAITH 5/28/2011 1:40AM

    Cool I'm a pisces too!!!!


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YAMINOKODOMO 5/27/2011 6:51PM

    I dont really keep up with my horoscope but sometimes I like to read the horoscope from the day before to see if any of what it said happened. Sometimes it really is on point!

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OAKBORN 5/27/2011 2:14PM

    I so get that!

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Listening to weightloss conversations

Monday, May 23, 2011

I was in the waiting room of the Pediatric Therapy office while my youngest was in his speech lesson....and the conversation between the receptionist and another mom was about weightloss.

The receptionist started WW about 9 weeks ago...was complaining about starving, so I mentioned Spark then......

Today the receptionist was talking about an infomercial 6 week body makeover diet and now she has to drink 100 ounces of water a day, and that she is limited to 2 carbs per day......


I had to speak up and tell them about the recommended amount of water per day...and she shot me down with some cockamamy calculation about drinking half of your body weight...blah blah blah


So be it.

And then I got to wondering what they think when they SEE me (the skinny chick) sitting there with her beat-up looking water bottle in hand who chugged half of it during the conversation.

I once was that woman looking for that quick fix...
I once was that heavy post-partum mom...

And now I wonder how people percieve me now that I am on the other end of the spectrum.

There are SO many pre-conceived notions of thin people....they eat nothing, they workout all the time, they have good genes, they have never been fat a day in their entire life, they have no right to complain about bloat and 'being fat' on their period day, they can eat anything they want.... The list goes on I am sure.....I rattled them off pretty quick just now too, because I was the fat girl who thought of all of those things just a few years ago. I am guilty as charged.

I now see both sides of the coin, so to speak. More so than ever recently. Maybe it's because of the wedding that just past and we saw people who only see us as always being heavy. Maybe it's because it's a daily struggle to keep on track and I think the general populous expect heavy people who lose weight, well, honestly, to fail. That last one sounds very negative...but I think there are envy issues that people deal with: everyone wants what another person has...or rather: everyone wants to see the successful fall. I'm going all sociology/psychology...but I digress....

What I want....

...what I want is for everyone on here having success...well, to keep being successful! Don't let all your hard work go to the wayside just because of a weak moment.

...what I want is for other's struggling to find that small piece of success that will keep them going forward for the long haul.

...what I peace would be nice....but I think the other wants are more attainable for all who I hold Sparkfriends.

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DWEXCEL 6/9/2011 7:16AM

    Good Morning Girlfriend!

Oh, I'm so glad I stopped by here and read this! I had forgotten how pertinent and "in-tune" you are!!!!! And how much I enjoy your brain and your words. I am surely needing an Annieonli fix right now.

Two things. First I got back from Florida, and Second, I just got back from a funeral in Tennessee. I got back from Florida on May 14th, went back to work on May 23rd, and suddenly I'm finding, that with going in early and working all day, how people who work full time have a hard time fitting in their exercise. Me, the exercise maniac that I am, complaining that I would have to get up at 4 am to get it in, and "that ain't going to happen". Having a a husband who wants a real dinner, "it ain't going to happen" right when I get home from work either.....

Then, a special Uncle died, and I had to go to my Dad's for a funeral. I had not seen many of my relatives in a long time, especially some of my cousins. I am "stuck" at around 150 pounds, and in my head, I am struggling to break through, and have been for a while. So I get to the funeral, and suddenly I find myself the "thin girl". So your blog is perfect timing for me! My muscles are toned and defined and my tummy is nice and flat, and everybody is commenting on how great I look, and it really made me feel good. (Although I know my goal is still 135) But it was nice to be the "thin girl" for a while, anyway!

Now, for the good news! (You know I've been tracking my nutrition, for a while now, and I am very faithful to it. I try to keep under 1600 calories, to be realistic, but I may have to shave off a few to get jumpstarted.) I've been whinning and complaining about this work schedule (I'm supposed to be part-time), and then I read the thread on here about "Feeling guilty about finding the time to work out" (again, perfect timing!), and discovered that my little issues were insignificant compared to what other Sparklers are dealing with.

Then, finally, I was able to sit down with my manager and get a real work schedule for me. (At first, they were so swamped they just needed me right away, so she just put me to work, knowing we were going to get a schedule worked out, and then I had to go to TN for a few days for the funeral. So yesterday, we were able to come up with a part time schedule that works....for me and for her!!!! Yay!!!

So now, my excuses have been taken away. And I know that doesn't happen for a lot of people, the way it worked out for me. I'm up a couple of pounds, but nothing that I can't get a handle on. The big thing for me was "Control". I felt like I had lost it, when in reality, I had let myself "give it away". Sounds like I needed to blog, so I'm going to copy and paste this and post it on my blog, "cause I'm feeling better already!

And, I'm going to get up from here, and go work out, before I go to work, because I can. No excuses.

I will be returning to your page, more often! I'm glad you are my friend!

Love ya!

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SUZYWM 5/26/2011 1:15PM

    What a wonderful blog. What were your biggest stumbling blocks on your path to success? And - how did you get past those? I'll go back and read through some of your old stuff - but your point is well taken. You do a wonderful job of sharing that openly all the time. Thank you.

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OAKBORN 5/24/2011 11:04AM

    Okay you! Get out of my head!

Seriously though, I so GET what you are saying here. I always am so sure that when people see me now, they have to think I've always been that skinny girl... and "Oh my!" if they only knew the whole story. I do exercise a lot and count calories... it's hard work to stay where I have am now. I also live with a constant fear of reverting back to old habits.

But I remember the pre weightloss me looking at the skinny people and thinking their running was crazy and wondering how a half a cookie could actually make a difference. But now that I am the half a cookie person, I so understand.

We all have stories and sometimes we have to be reminded of that!

Thanks emoticon woman!

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PEGGY-BEE 5/23/2011 10:42PM

    I try to remember I don't know what someone's back story is that got them to this point if I start to think negatively about them. I know I don't like people prejudging me.

Excelent blog!

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YAMINOKODOMO 5/23/2011 10:21PM

    I was just thinking about this not so long ago, about how I used to think seeing people who were nice and thin eating salads for lunch were basically starving themselves because how could they possibly eat a salad and be full!

But its true, you see somebody thin walk by and its not like the first thought in your head is "they must have been heavy at one point in there life.." No, you think "ugh... how does she have such a flat stomach, it must be so easy for her to be that thin, she must have never had any weight problems."

Its funny how now that I am thin and eating healthier, I can see how it is now for the thin people lol because honestly I will never consider myself completely thin! I am thin on the outside but my boyfriend and I always joke around about how I will forever be a chubby little kid on the inside because I can EAT!

Anyways! Point is, your right! lol Its hard to tell someone that a quick fix isnt going to solve their problem completely, basically they have to learn for themselves, but I always hope for the best when someone starts a weight loss journey because I know how amazing it feels to lose that weight and I want everyone to feel that feeling!

I want the same things you want!

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The long awaited post-wedding blog (pics included)

Saturday, May 21, 2011

And they lived happily ever after....

Great way to start a blog huh? at the end!

Well this blog has taken a long time to come about, hasn't it?!? It's been a whirlwind leading up to it...and then it took a while to come down off of the whirlwind of visiting family and post-wedding emotions...and post-wedding eating and drinking.

My youngest sister looked fabulous - like a model. A glowing beautiful, ethereal vision of happiness! Yes, I am gushing because it was true!

Her and her fiance planned the wedding from long distance and they did a terrific job! Everyone had a really awesome time! There really was nothing major that went wrong either...and that is really unheard of! Well, nothing major that I could tell anyway! LoL

Here is a pic of me with my family...I love these guys to pieces!

The next is the WOW pic of me in my dress...this is the very first time I was in a wedding party and feeling like "myself" - no corset, no spanx...nothing but the usual stuff!

I was looking for this certain picture from my older brother's show you a before and after of me and my husband...but I couldn't find it...which also delayed this pic blog, because it would have been the BEST before and after shot EVER for us.

Let's prequel the next photo. Hubby & I met in 1996 when we were finishing up our college careers. We were both not looking for anyone...we just clicked and wanted to get to know each other better. There IS more to the story, but I think that is for another blog. Anyway, this was the very first wedding we went to. It was his best friend's wedding...and I was not expecting to have a picture taken with him at all. I was just his date....but we had our picture taken anyway. It's hard to see us really, because we were both wearing is slimming you know. I was around 190 pounds...and he was 240.

And now there is the Today I am 130 and he is 142. He followed me into healthier eating and is now working on building muscle....we are healthy together now for us and our kids. He's not a Sparker, but I sparked something in him in the last 2 years and this is where he is now. We have come a long long way in 15 years. THIS is where we want to stay and this is how we want to grow old together. Healthy and fit.

It shows that it can be done....that people can change.

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AMJSATURN 5/30/2011 10:48AM

    Annie ,

WOW WOW WOW... you two look awesome together. Before and today!! lol I bet you were happy to locate the photo.

This is the real deal... XOXOXOXOXO for both you and your hubby.

Seeing this in your relationship gives me real hope to stay motivated...

Thanks for sharing your story . emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUZYWM 5/26/2011 1:07PM

    Hey Girl - you look like a Goddess! You and your sister both look perfectly beautiful -- thanks for sharing! And, I love the family pics, as wells as the B & A of you and hubby. It's a great story to share, your progress together, inspiring each other.

I'm glad it went well!

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HEALTH4LYFE 5/24/2011 6:16PM

    Thank you! Thank you! for the long awaited blog. You Look FANTASTIC!!! Yes your sister looks like a beautiful bride, but you and hubby look absolutely fantastic!!! Keep on being the wonderful inspiration you are! emoticon

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FULLOFFAITH 5/23/2011 1:09PM

    Thanks for sharing. Loved the blogs and pictures. She was a gorgeous bride and I cant say it enough you looked simply marvelous!!!



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ANNIEONLI 5/22/2011 12:40PM

    Thanks all!!

And Donna - to answer your question - OMG did I gain!!! I honestly started having a bit of an emotional/stress eating thing happen...not tooooo much, but still, I definitely has some extra chips and wine here & I was a bit puffy a few days before the wedding, and on the day of. I can tell when things are not so great by me wedding bands now. Puffy hands = not enough fluids & too much salt.

And then my family was at my house for 4 days straight! We really had a great time...and eating leftovers was a must!

So in total I crept up to 132 - a 4 pound gain from my normal....and I think a lot of it was water...and then everyone went home and guess who came to visit? Aunt Flo of course! LOL I got back on my treadmill and nurtition tracking to get THAT under control and as of yesterday, I am back to my usual 128/129 and the rings are back to fitting correctly. It took 2 weeks for things to settle down physically and to mentally get back to healthy eating again.

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YAMINOKODOMO 5/22/2011 11:15AM

    You look amazing! Your dress is beautiful and you are wearing it marvelously!

You definitely have a lot to be proud of, all your hard work paying off and now you can wear dresses without have to worry about anything other then how hot your gonna look emoticon

Congrats to your sister, she looks beautiful too!

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DWEXCEL 5/22/2011 7:26AM

    Good Morning Anne!
Love it! Love it! Love it!
You look beautiful! The bride looked beautiful! I am sure it was a wonderful, glorious day!
You didn't say whether you gained any over the festivities, so I am sure if any, it was insignificant, and already gone! :)
I love that you showed the before and after pictures with your hubby! I already knew how amazing you have done! But he has done amazing also.....thanks to you! You are a great motivator and inspiration!

Love ya Girl!
Donna emoticon

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RCOLSON97 5/21/2011 10:02PM

I am so glad I clicked on this blog...I just happened to see it in the status updates! What an awesome story...I think it is so cool what you & your hubby did and you both look awesome! What an encouragement to so many others! Thanks for blogging, you are a great writer! :)

P.S. Congrats to your sis!
My sis-in-law is getting married in Sept, I am so excited for her!

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LADYOLIVER 5/21/2011 7:13PM

    AMAZING!!!!!!! I love your life transformation pics. Thanks for sharing

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SUPERMAMA82 5/21/2011 5:59PM

    Annie, I love the pics and the story behind them. You all look amazing!! Thanks for sharing!

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OAKBORN 5/21/2011 5:58PM

    Such wonderful pics and a great story to go with of course!

You are so emoticon!!

Keep it real bud!

Hugs from MO!

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PEGGY-BEE 5/21/2011 5:19PM

    You look great! and a beautiful bride!!!!

And your family and hubby emoticon

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