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.
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.
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 it....my 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 say....it's not worth my breath. I will say this one thing....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 Saturday....my 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
Ok - this was waaaay long, and probably a small needed vent before this meeting tonight. I'll leave this blog in tact....for now.
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."
We shall see....we. shall. see.
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 want....world peace would be nice....but I think the other wants are more attainable for all who I hold dear...my Sparkfriends.
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 wedding...to 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 black....black is slimming you know. I was around 190 pounds...and he was 240.
And now there is the after...today. 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.
And they lived happily ever after
Saturday, April 30, 2011
So my sister is getting married next Saturday!!!! So excited for her and her fiance! Consider this our "royal" wedding - she is the youngest and the last to get married...so this is a big one for so many reasons, not only for her, but for so many others as well! :)
This week is all the last minute prep stuff here at the house. It's the house we grew up in, so you can imagine that it is almost a person at this point! The old girl needed some sprucing, so I chucked 40 year old curtains and have chipped away paint and painted the foyer a new coat of white paint....added some privacy vinyl to the 80 year old windows too - and it looks beautiful!!!! Wish I had done it long ago now! LoL The dining room is picture ready...guest rooms are ready for my brother and his family. All that needs to be done is mopping the floors, redusting, decluttering and then we should be ready for the rehearsal dinner on Friday.
Hubby and I love to entertain....it's one of those things that we do best. We love the hustle and bustle. We love seeing people smile and laugh and enjoy themselves....we love that they feel at home in our home. It's what life is about for us. Over the years (12 years married ourselves coming up) we have even gotten to actually ENJOY parties at our house! Yes, for those of you who entertain and feel frazzled...it CAN be done! LoL
Well - we cannot wait to have everyone here for the rehearsal dinner and pre-wedding prep with all the bridesmaids. It's going to be a welcome crazy after waiting for so long!
I tried on my bridesmaid dress today. I HAD to. I was having anxiety that I gained 10 pounds over night since I really have not worked out for 2 weeks. Do spotty situps and pushup count? I don't know. Anyway, I don't know why, it's just one of my dips I guess. Great time to have a pattern dip right??? Meanwhile, my hubby has been working out every single morning for 3 months straight....he looks great - gained some much needed muscle onto his 138 pound frame (he WAS 220 just 2 February's ago, so this is happy news for everyone who loves him and thought he looked scrawny & sickly - he lost the weight through nutrition tracking, and now, this past 6 months, he's getting more fit.....athletic fit too.....he's amazing) but I digress....the dress. When I had the dress fit, I was in an exercise high pattern....so you can imagine this anxiety of it not fitting properly now.
Thank goodness it fit just fine!
Crazy how mental we get with all this stuff, right???
Well, this is theVERY FIRST wedding that I am NOT wearing some undergarment of some sort to suck something in or smooth something out!! This is HUGE!!! In fact, my hairdresser & I had a good laugh about pantylines.....she just said "forget that - go commando - who's gonna know?" And go ahead and laugh, because I actually thought "yeah, maybe...." I don't think I will, but still, it's a funny thought....going from all blown-out corsetry to absolutely nothing at all!!! Talk about a complete 180!!!
I'm planning on pics in the next blog - I have this awesome pic from my brother's wedding in 1997 with me and my then-boyfriend/now-hubby. Let's just say that we look a little different from today. I want to get the same stance shot to do a split picture. I've never done one of those - kinda excited to do one...especially with hubby getting all buff now! Might even "come out of the fat closet" on FB - most of the people there just have seen the last 2 years of me & my family in pics. The highschool ones up and some random wedding ones of friends DO tell my story only a little bit, but this story here is NOT as pronounced over there yet. Does that make sense?
Well - that is what is going on in my world this week. So if I happen to disappear entirely - you know why!!! I don't think I will until Friday morning....that is when things will be more hectic/fun.
Have a great weekend everyone!!!
PS - I'm wearing my trophy pants! They didn't shrink because I hung them up to dry...holy stiff legs Batman!! LoL
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