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Didn't want to, but...

Monday, November 14, 2011

The last thing I wanted to do today was rake leaves...but since the weather was so nice and mild (around 65) I decided that that was the thing to get done today, especially since it seems we don't have as many leaves as last year - peace of cake right? Well, sort of....

Off I went, with cup of coffee in hand, gloves in the other...gathered all the tools needed, set the iPod to shuffle and started to get dirty....and then, the thoughts kept creeping in.

Name the thought...I think I thunk it today in the last 2 hours while raking and bagging leaves. Mind you, it is NOT immaculate like other people's yards, but at least I got it started.

So here is the scene: Curb side leaves...MY leaves from MY tree that make the road look like crud that I shamefully admit, we did not rake up last year - but the snow plows did a great job this past winter for us (LoL). These leaves are not...going...anywhere. They are matted...stuck...wet...nasty....and they look terrible. About 50 feet to do - about 2 feet side. Lovely. So I begin.

As I am plugging away at this strip of ick....foot by foot...the local 80 year old lady is out for her walk. You can find her, on a nice day, all around town. I say, "hello - it's a nice day for a walk." as I keep raking/scraping and she kindly answers, "Yes, it is...boy that's a lot of work you have there." I just keep raking, and say "yeah, but it is too nice of a day to let the opportunity go by to do here I am."

From that point on...the little old lady went up and down my side of the block for the next hour.

And I kept raking...foot by foot...bag by bag...until I reached the end.

All the while I was thinking: if I just keep going a bit at a time, it will get done...good golly, I hate this, but if I keep at it, it will get done....just like losing weight...just like anything else in life.

Finally I finished the curb and lugged out the 15 other bags from the back of the yard...upon which I said to the little old lady, "Thank you for keeping me company while I raked."

To which she replied: "I took all of my will power to get out here and walk today...I'm glad I did."

And then we parted ways.

Unexpected words out fo the mouth of a little old lady.

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MARYBETH_OHIO 11/16/2011 1:48PM

    Oh bless her heart she needed you just like you needed her , and to think she was 80 years old and she was out walking.. And you did it you got it done..

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REBECCATKD 11/15/2011 9:59PM

    Great lesson about willpower! I was assuming that the old lady walked for enjoyment only. To think, some of these die-hard exercisers we see need to force themselves into workouts, just like us.
BTW, I love that you had your coffee in hand to start the job. Classic!

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DWEXCEL 11/15/2011 7:40AM

    Wow! That says it all :)

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LOOKINFIT1 11/14/2011 6:09PM

    LOVE IT!!!

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OAKSHAVEN 11/14/2011 3:56PM

    What a neat story. I am glad both of you had the willpower to get out and get at it.

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OAKBORN 11/14/2011 3:52PM

    You did and she did and it was good for the both of you!


All things are relative...

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JSPIN74 11/14/2011 3:18PM

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Reunion Revelations

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

So thanks to some cold & sinus meds, I actually feel like a human again!!! So much so that I got a Leslie Sansone walk in without keeling over...honestly I felt pretty strong! Cool!

So November is here and I can actually say that I am glad that October is over. With Halloween parties and too much drama with people in general, I am glad to turn the page of the calendar into November. New months are neat - so clean, so uncluttered with crud. Makes starting over a bit easier, if one needs to start over.

Speaking of starting over (which I'm not really, but the subject makes me think of why I started this journey in the first place) - I was thinking of this 20 year high school reunion of mine coming up the day after Thanksgiving. I just realized today that I have subconsiously been putting pressure on myself to look good for this event....and you know what? when I do that? I fail. I did the same exact thing for my own wedding (started eating badly out of bad habits anyway), all of the weddings I have been in (I most recently noticed it with my youngest sister's wedding back in May) - all fancy dresses fit sungly, and yet, I had this underlying feeling that they could have fit better if I took care of myself - LOVED myself - better a few weeks before the event.

The result of this subconsious behavior is that I tend to stop taking care of myself on the most basic of levels....and that in turn, makes one not feel so good about several things: one's body image, one's body actually not feeling so good - literally & figuratively, and thus a dip in one's self esteem that really had been brought up high, but now is being beaten down on a different level entirely.

I have to point out that I am talking about past AND present thinking...the past is linked directly to the present on many levels - the key is to learn from the mistakes of the past...and this is a learning moment for me.

OK - I need to give examples of what I tend to do when I get in these funks:
- stop weighing myself daily (because if I don't see the damage from the food I ate, of course it didn't happen)
- stop lotioning my legs (yes, believe it or not, I don't pamper myself like I do when I feel good about how I treat my body/temple)
- stop washing my face at night (yup, this is a sign that a little bit of self-loathing is coming into the picture)

These things are so small....yet so significant. For me, they are the windows into past depression behaviors - depression behaviors that I have figured out, but DO tend to creep in from time to time during the year.

OK enough self-psychobabble - back to the upcoming reunion issue at hand.
I have decided that if the reunion were tomorrow, I would have to go into it feeling like I do today - not so great as to how I have treated my body in terms of eating correctly. I can honestly say that being active and exercising has been pretty darned's my food that is off this time.

This reunion is NOT about looking fabulous for a past boyfriend either - I did not date anyone in high school, so that is a mute point.

This reunion is NOT about proving to people that I had been heavy in h.s and now I am thin. Yes, I am thinner than I was in high school, but the general public on FB has yet to see a 'before' pic of me. Yes, I get compliments that I look better than in h.s. from my family, but again, they saw me everyday, these people do not.

The reunion is about feeling a part of something bigger - of going through those similar times in ones youth and coming out OK with a healthy and happy family - regardless of set backs and trials and tribulations that life throws at every single person in the world. Not everyone is going to have a terrific career...not everyone will be able to say they have kids, or have stayed married...but everyone going is there to reconnect and share a moment in their lives.

Well.....that is how I am going to go into this thing.

I was NOT popular - I was the geek, the funny friend if you were in my circle...the quiet mouse who was the observer of things going on around me. I was Switzerland (a neutral observer) when people got into fights...the ear that people talked to. The 4 to 8 people going that I want to see are people I don't get to see all the 2 bffs from h.s. I see at least once a year, and it will be fun to experience this with them. For me, it's more of a FB reunion than anything at this point.

So going into this month - it is NOT about how I am going to look on that is how healthy I feel instead. The little black sheath dress is in the closet waiting to be worn. The black patent leather stilettos are shined up. The jewelry has been picked out. All that is left is to FEEL good - and that begins with tracking and taking care NOW so I am AOK for that weekend.

(I think I should note to new people reading this that if I do NOT eat right, my body revolts...kinda like a dam bursting forth a cumulative bunch of ick all at one time - eating right means that I do not get that cumulative buildup of ick - yes, my own terminolgy once again at play here - LOL - what can I say, I know my body well now - another pro to Sparking for years!)

I have been lucky as to have a few reunions with people on individual levels over the last few years...they have been wonderful!!! I am looking forward to more...there is just something about reconnecting that makes one feel like you touched someone's life in a nice way.

I never started this journey into good health for a reunion either.....I did it for myself and my family - now THAT is what it is about. I've stated from the beginning that if I got thinner because I took care of myself then that would be a bonus, that is all (I just read that in my page intro again - no joke!)....and you know what? Sometimes I have to remind myself of that when I put pressure on myself for something so frivolous as looking good for an event. Even if I were at another number on the scale, I would go in smiling with the knowledge that I have a happy and healthy family and that is the most important thing in the world to me.

Ok - long blog is over and done with....feeling better about my healthy plan for 'self-love reunion hotness' LoL I also have my first 5K to do on Thanksgiving the exercise is surely to be AOK. Now - back to tracking my nutrition...being off for a month is a bit too long for me...time to start fresh with some fresh fruits & veggies!

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DWEXCEL 11/2/2011 7:26AM

    Ohhhhh Annie, I'm so glad to see you are back! I just love how your mind works.

I know I've been on some self-sabotage journey since September, and just reading your stuff, really is ringing through to me.

I love how you analyze things, and how you can break things down into small, significant bits.

I missed my 30th reunion, but our class is working on a 35 year for next year, and I really hope to be able to make this time. Looking back at our 10 year one, I remember almost, not going, because I had gained a lot of weight. I had been homecoming royalty for basketball (and maybe 110 pounds), and was really not wanting to see these people. Long story short--I got down to 140, and I almost backed out even at the last minute. I did go, and I ended up having a wonderful time. I didn't worry too much about my weight for my 20th, but I was probably right around 140, and I took my husband with me, and I had a wonderful time. So I was really bummed about missing the 30th. Thanks to FB, I feel like I am in a "constant" class reunion, and I have enjoyed it immensely!

So, relax, and have a great time. I know you will love it! And looking forward to your after Blog!

Love ya!

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NIKKIG125 11/1/2011 11:15PM

    I am super glad that October is over! I avoid the exact same things when I'm in a funk! I'm looking forward to a month of healthy eating, working out and actually caring enough about myself to put some lotion on and wash my face!!
Have a great day!

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OAKBORN 11/1/2011 12:30PM

    You are so "on it"! You go girl! I love how clear you are with yourself and about yourself!

I understand the geek thing... except my entire group was geeky... but I get being everyone's shoulder too. (Such a loud & clear message).

You will knock 'em dead (in the best meaning possible) at the reunion! Go and have a GREAT time!

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Raging sinus headache..not a treat

Monday, October 31, 2011

I'm on day 4 of a raging sinus headache.

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I cannot even express how icky this thing is being...I actually thought it was going away last night too! Of ALL things! To actually think that I would have some relief so I could run outside once again! But alas, it is not so, so on the couch I will go again today...for a little bit at right after this blog entry is sent off! LoL

I have to thank a bunch of you for checking in on me the last few goodness! It's been a rough 2 months here & there, and I haven't been a true Sparker doing my usual visits...spotty action is more like it thanks for sticking with me. emoticon and rooting me on, even in my silence! emoticon

OK - time to make some hot water with lemon and honey...seems to be the only thing that works the last few days....oh, and the whiskey, that has helped emoticon Yup, I discovered the hot toddy and it tastes just like the powdered cold & flu medicine that you buy in those packets at the drugstore! Don't worry, I have to go to the elementary school later in the day, so the whiskey will be for after the trick or treating later tonight! emoticon

Was wondering....since it IS Halloween and all...maybe a zombie will oblige me and eat part of my brain that is being so troublesome, that would be a treat at this point!
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DWEXCEL 11/1/2011 8:52AM

    I have been missing you for sure! Hope you're back to your old self and feeling great soon!


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ANNIEONLI 11/1/2011 6:51AM

    Revief has been found thank to Advil Cold & Sinus! And now hubby woke up with the sniffles and a headache...going to be a looooong winter! LoL

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MIRAGE727 10/31/2011 12:22PM

    Ouch! Been there. Not fun! Hope you find relief soon!

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OAKBORN 10/31/2011 10:29AM

    So sorry you are feeling under the weather!

Hang in there and maybe you'll feel a little less "spooky".

Hot tea and lemon sound like just what you need, along with a comfy couch, warm futhy slippers and feet up!


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STSCOTT11 10/31/2011 9:31AM

    I turned my heat on for the first time and I woke up with a headache. No time FOR THAT...I popped two pills and away I went.
I think with the weather changing...there is AN ADJUSTMENT to that we may overlook comes with "challenges".
Something about it being darker when we wake up...the cooler weather kinda zaps the momentum to KEEP MOVING and GROOVING and you want to sit down, eat comfort food and stay warm.
Keep sparking! WE CAN DO IT.
Still cheering you on!

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Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Confession time: I have a tendency to start things and never finish them.

Well, except for this weightloss/maintenance thing. I finally found something I am good at after all these years! LoL

But in general, I am not very good at starting what I finish. I have GREAT intentions, I do research, I go go go until I burn out....and then....I stop dead in my tracks.

This is in regard to my schooling - I started 2 online courses in March 2010 in Microbiology and Organic Chem and was so burnt by June, I took 2 months off, that went into 6 months....that is now over a year and a half over due in it's completion.

Do I even give myself credit for finishing and getting an A in another course last Sept on Anatomy & Physiology?, not right now...I am too upset with myself for delaying these other 2 courses.

Today I ripped off the bandaid and logged into My Blackboard that holds my courses. On one was an email from August saying that time was running out. On this course, all I have to do is cram and take the final for pete's sake!!!!!! As you can imagine, I sent off a fast email right back begging for more time....I hope I get a positive response back. In the meantime, I guess I will dust off the textbook and get to reading & relearning right? eeesh. right.

I am SO mad at myself for putting this off. It seems that I can only focus on one big thing at a time....and when the other course with it's lovely scheduled tests came along, that was a beautiful thing for me to do (I like being told what to do sometimes, it requires less effort to think I guess).....and then I took another break after that ended and scouts came along and I was once again distracted.

I have only myself to blame if I just threw away a few thousand dollars and hundreds of study hours all due to my scatterbrain.

Another confession: I am scared to take the final exams. Imagine yourself teaching yourself organic chemistry??? and microbiology??? Scary stuff even within a classroom setting at the age of 18 or 20 or 24! and at 37/38 years of age to I nuts? I'm scared that I have lost it. The A from the other class mean bupkiss when faced with these 2 subjects.

See how my excuses come out of the woodwork??? I'm great at justifying my weaknesses aren't I.

I need to finish what I started this time around. 2 years ago, I have never wanted anything so much as a career in nutrition! The passion is still there, but my fire has dimmed. I need a career that will take me into my 60s for pete's sake! I need to help people because darn it, I am really good at it. You know the commercial from way back when, when a job interviewer asks the applicant's strong points and every answer was "I'm a people person." over and over again....well, that is me. I'm a people person, I need to be around people. But I need to be proficient in another profession....and that means to go back to school....and finish.

Well, the first step towards finishing these 2 courses has been made.
Now to calm my nerves, gather my scatterbrain, and make a daily study plan so that I can balance everything and not burn out. It can be done....others I know have done it, why not me??

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OAKBORN 10/25/2011 4:03PM

    Gather yourself. You can do this. Just the final hurdle and it will be over and you will be one step closer to having RD behind your name!

Sorry it's taken me awhile to catch up. Army life kinda is its own different world, hard to explain...

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AMJSATURN 10/17/2011 8:07PM

    Rebeccatkd, said it !!

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SUZYWM 10/12/2011 1:01AM

    Honey - balancing kids and home and work and school . . . is just hard. Really hard. I was so glad to be back in school this year, and two months in I'm so over it! I'm taking requirements, and am completely lagging on my reading. I've postponed a midterm that I'm going to have to buckle down and take. If I didn't have to go by my instructors' schedules I don't know if I'd ever finish.

But I need to finish. And as my daughter says, I just have to. Have to do my homework, have to pass my classes.

But I do long to do other things. Walk on the beach, bake, cross stitch, read, write. Anything but homework. Sheesh.

You're smart, and creative, and determined. Look at your weight loss and maintenance! You can do this. You CAN do this! Go for it!

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REBECCATKD 10/11/2011 10:36PM

    Whew! Take a breath. Prioritize. Create a timeline. You can do this.

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walking with Leslie? not so much

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

So this week's update is a weird one....another camping weekend was upon us - and a BEAUTIFUL one at that!!! OMG what a great weekend!

So as some of you may know - camping = movement....LOTS of movement for me this time around, for I was with 4 little boys on the beach a lot of the time and walking them constantly to the bathroom from our camper to the loo at all hours of the day...up a flight of stairs no less!

We went looking for shells and I think I stood in many a yoga pose, contracting my middle, for at least a full hour during the length of the weekend....and then walking on the sand, making sand castles, etc...etc....and then bike riding....well, you can only imagine the soreness I felt the day we got home!!! Oh, my inner thighs!!! Oh, my shoulders! I forgot about those muscles!

The flies were horrendous by Sunday (probably due to the higher temps), so after dinner, we decided to quickly pack things up and head home...and we rolled out just as the sun was setting. This decision was a blessing...yesterday was a true day of rest (aside from doing 10 loads of laundry) and I actually read a real book! Nothing like a good read to calm one's brain. I missed reading for pleasure.

Anyway - my camping pants were ridiculous - old 6's that kept needing to be pulled up...and I finally have decided to retire my most favorite pair. They will stay in the camping bag one more week, but after that, they are hitting 'the pile'. This means that I need to go shopping for new favorite jeans. Eesh, not my favorite thing to do, but a necessary thing because I live in my jeans!

But I digress.....

Back to Leslie - I have not turned the tube on to visit her this past week, but my activity level was ok...once again. I do miss her, so I think a visit is in order. Right now, as I am typing this, I am wearing my workout gear and I KNOW I should get moving, but I'm just not in the mood. So that being said, on the headphones will go and I will take a quick walk around the excuse not to....maybe I need to get out of my house and out of my own way! LoL

As for my dress....I will try it on camping bloat it still in the process of going down - ah, knowing one's body cycles is truly a blessing....after a while, it's clockwork. For example: It takes 2 to 3 days for camping bloat to go down.

OK - time to pull of this bandaid and get moving!!!!!!

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OAKBORN 10/25/2011 4:01PM

    The good thing about Leslie is that she is always there, waiting for you and never judging you! Just get back, you will be fine... as you always are!

Hang in there girly whirly!!

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DWEXCEL 10/12/2011 7:17AM

    Good Morning Girlfriend!

I love it because you are so real! I can only imagine the exercise you got keeping track of and keeping up with your boys!

You can stop it with the ....gotta pull up my six 6's...LOL (just kidding...)No, really, good for you. That is awesome!

It's been soooooo nice outside....Save Leslie for the winter days that you don't want to go outside :)

Luv ya!

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REBECCATKD 10/11/2011 10:35PM

    I just love reading your blogs! I smile every time.
Thanks for reminding me how much movement one can find in the simplest pleasures -- I may have to hit a downward dog before I curl up for the evening.

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MRE1956 10/11/2011 11:24AM

    I just GOTTA get that VCR/DVD player working so I can get back to my tapes of LS - for now I've had to use ExerciseTV On Demand to get my "fix" (when it works - sometimes it doesn't).....

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