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Tragic family event, please disclose any domestic abuse or violence !

Sunday, April 27, 2014

It is with a very sad heart that I share with you a tragic event that has catapulted our family beyond comprehension. Last Sunday evening, our daughter's partner Mother, was tragically killed due to domestic violence by her ex-husband. Leaving behind 5 beautiful children.

Our thoughts are with my daughter and her partner & his brothers and his sisters. And of course to her family as well as her friends/colleagues at Wal-Mart.

Angela would be extremely proud of her children how they have taken a stand and are united through this tragic loss. Unfortunately, this tragedy took place in the home of Amelie & Antoine and our grandson. Once their home is released by the police, a professional cleaning will be done and we will be removing their belongings.

We are taking all of this one day at a time.

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SAPHRAEL 8/28/2014 4:17PM

    Oh my goodness, such tragedy. I'm so sorry for all that your family is going through and the days ahead. Stay strong.

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VALIENDRA 4/28/2014 9:00AM

    Oh... Je suis avec toi Josée.

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BJPENNY70 4/27/2014 11:42PM

    I am so sorry to hear of this horrific thing. I will be praying for everyone.

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STEPH-KNEE 4/27/2014 10:35PM

    So sorry for your loss. emoticon emoticon

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KRISTA987 4/27/2014 8:00PM

    sorry for your loss. My thoughts & prayers are with you & your loved ones

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 4/27/2014 5:06PM

    Thinking of you, and prayers to everyone involved. What a sad situation! emoticon

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    emoticon I'm so sorry to hear this - domestic violence and its aftermath is devastating. I am sending prayers and positive thoughts to you and your family.

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/27/2014 12:34PM

    Prayers offer for all those you mentioned. May the be blessed with comfort, love, reassurance and peace in the coming days. Losing their mother is wrenching and that hole can never be completely healed. I hope they receive counseling to help,them learn to deal with this as best they can. (((Hugs)))

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FITWITHIN 4/27/2014 12:32PM

    Sorry to hear such tragic news. We had a case like this in our county several year ago. They had a huge write up in the local paper about her story. Yes, it needs to be made aware to family and friends. Don't keep it a secret advocate and stop the cycle of abuse. My prayers are with you and your family. emoticon emoticon

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SIOL55 4/27/2014 11:08AM

  Praying for God's blessing on this family and other families subjected o domestic abuse.

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EVIE4NOW 4/27/2014 11:03AM

  I have often wondered why women stay with abusers. Usually it escalates and is a matter of time before it gets so out of control that death is just around the corner. My heart goes out to all involved. It will take an immense amount of time and patience to get over this tragedy for all (including you) involved, even if on the sidelines.

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Coming Clean for 2013 for Me !

Monday, April 22, 2013

On March 14, 2013 I turned 50 and for the longest time I avoided something on Sparks to update my Ticker. You see I am coming clean for 2010 before my wedding I was 252 pounds by July 2011 I was down to 187 pounds. In 2012 I coasted between 189 and 193 which I thought with the scale I had at home. Oddly, though at the gym my weight depended on the scale (there are 3) between 193 to 200. To be honest I didn't really want to pay attention to it.

Last summer I participated in my first "Tri-A-Tri", it when I saw my photos from the event I was so depressed. Then when the fall season came around when I took out my winter clothes, there were all too tight I knew there was a problem. Finally, purchased a new scale and I was devasted my weight was up to 212 ! Plus I noticed more and more I was having night sweats, dear pre-menopause had started....

Even though I worked out, wrote in a journal nothing was happy on the weight loss side. At the end of January, I started to go to a Athletic Perfomance Center for boot camp training. It's tough, I sweat buckets, I had to re-adjust my eating to eat more *gasp*. I am eating more high protein, low carbs.

So in March when I turned 50 I was down to 202 pounds, now I am back down to 197 - 100 pounds lost I swear I have lost and regained during the course of my life the same 125 pounds. Nonetheless, this time I am being true to Me ! A couple of weeks ago, I was able to do 9 chin-ups assisted of course but never in my wildest dream ever did I think I could achieve a chin-up ! Never stop believing in yourself.

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    Here's to coming clean and training mean!! emoticon

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NANCYSINATRA 5/29/2013 10:07AM

    Great job getting back on plan.
Happy BD. And lucky you. No night sweats until 50? I've been in the pre stage for the past 6 years!! :)

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    Happy Belated Birthday! Struggles will always find us but the good thing is we have the tools to conquer them! You are doing great! Keep it up! :)


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CATTI53 5/19/2013 4:12PM

    Happy belated 50th Birthday! It is time to be "true to you!" Those 125 lbs you keep losing - time to lose them forever! Tell them they are not welcome in your life anymore! Keep up the great job you are doing.
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MSGETHEALTHY35 5/13/2013 11:52AM



Love the Rock pic..

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RUN2MYDREAMS 5/3/2013 8:07AM

    Josee, I'm sorry to be late reading this. But I wanted to let you know how much you inspire me. And how courageous I think you are for sharing this. I am proud of you for all your accomplishments and still wish we could hit the gym so you could emoticon my butt emoticon You are emoticon and I am blessed to know you! YOU'VE GOT THIS! emoticon emoticon

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VALIENDRA 4/24/2013 11:34AM

    You are always such an inspiration Josée. You are still there. never letting go. You truly amaze me and don't ever let go. You can & you will !

Thumbs Up for the chin up =)

Keep going ! Le soleil est enfin sorti.. c'est l'temps =)


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BJPENNY70 4/22/2013 2:08PM

    I know what you mean. I am going through the same thing. I just haven't been able to get back where I need to be. I try and then flop. Good luck! I have gained 29 pounds back. Today I got on my scale for a reality check. What a lap in the head. So it is get serious time for me. Reading your blog is a big help. I always looked up to you and to see you are going to get in there and work on yourself is very encouraging and a boost. Thanks for sharing this. emoticon

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LBP1961 4/22/2013 8:57AM

    The important thing is to get back on track.

Boot camp is amazing isn't . I use to love it. emoticon It completely transformed my body. And what strenght, it was beautiful.

p.s. I have notice that we all have the same tendency, when the weight goes back up, we don't blog anymore. I think we need to stay on this site to keep track of ourselves. Good luck on the journey , I know you can do it. emoticon

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KARVY09 4/22/2013 8:21AM

    You can do it hun!

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    Like you - I too have battled with the weight regain but we're going to stay strong, come clean as you put it and go for it!! emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 4/22/2013 5:29AM

    You are amazing!! I have made many friends, but you were one of the first people to encourage me when I first joined Spark and you were and still are a HUGE inspiration to me. Okay a skinny inspiration to me, but you get the point.

Sharing your struggles with us all means so much to me personally, because while you are still just as amazing and inspiring as ever, it just shows you are just so human like the rest of us. We all have bumps in the road, but the most important thing is to not give up, and you have shown that hard work and dedication pays off! emoticon

I am just so proud of you on so many levels, and the fact that you posted a Dwayne Johnson quote means I heart you even more, I just love him. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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My Tri-A-Triathlon Blog - finally posted from last August....

Thursday, January 10, 2013

Me – Very Bad Blogger it should have been posted a long time ago. However, if it can encourage someone to challenge themselves for 2013 even better !

My Tri-A-Triathlon – Saturday, August 4 2012

On Saturday August 4 2012, I participated in my first ever “Tri-A-Triathlon” which entailed the following: Swim – 200M, Bike – 20 Km and Run – 2 Km.

Had I trained? Yes, but not enough in one particular area – Swimming! In all honesty, the most difficult thing of the whole event was the weather; it was extremely hot & humid. The temperature registered between 98 and 104 degrees with 65% humidity. I had brought a little cooler filled with: Four 500 ml water bottles, frozen water/PowerAde zero mix bottle for bike portion, frozen PowerAde Gummies: Strawberries and Banana flavor, frozen 1L water bottle and two hard boiled eggs.

On the Friday night I had prepared everything, checked my bike when hubby decided to put some air in my tires. Well, he put in too much and one of my tires blew-out. I panicked going: “OMG, I have a flat” it was already 19:00, rush to store, get new tire, got that fixed.

Saturday morning I was up at 04:45 and I had to leave the house by 06:00 to be able to get some parking because I had no idea where the event was even if I live in the region. Luckily, I got there at 06:30 got some parking in the closest lot to the event. I walked around picked-up our event kits, my niece and twin sister arrived. My niece and I walked around, went and got our timing chips, we did our markings we were so excited it was our first Triathlon.

The start time for our event was 10:07, as indicated at the orientation session we headed to the beach to wade in the water for our bodies to be accustomed to the water temperature. Then next thing we knew we were off, my main fear was getting water in my left ear (**see note at end of blog) I struggled in the water because I had to wear the event issued bathing cap, which did not cover properly my ear, thus, I felt the cold water seeping in my ear. At one point, I did not think I would make it I was freaking out, there was a woman that kept hitting my legs but my niece and I would encourage one and another. Finally, out of the water we had to run 1.2 Km to the transition zone.

Do my thing, put on the socks, the running shoes, helmet, do not forget strap if not will be disqualified. Shoved 2 gummies in my mouth and some water, oops forgot to put on top, which cannot leave transition zone without top again would be disqualified. You know the saying “Pedal to the metal” well, I biked that 20 Km like the wind! I looked at my computer on my bike I was reading 4.9 K, then 10 K I am saying to myself OMG I am half way done. I had started my Polar in the water it could not be I would finish in less than 2 hours or less.

Got distracted by some volunteers as I was coming in from the bike part, I did a small loop I should not have. Got to the dismount zone, helmet off, tried to drink some water/PowerAde nope, I was too hot it was not going down. I started running while putting on my running cap. I swear it was the longest 2 Km of my life, the heat, the sun, no wind, no water and no music!

All along the way, I was being encouraged by all, athletes, friends and their families. There was two men in particular who were doing the Olympic Sprint Triathlon; they both encouraged me on the bike part and the run part.

A couple of lessons learned:

1 ) Swimming: Train more;
2 ) Swimming: Wear my own bathing cap under Event issued-one;
3) Wear a sleeveless tech shirt especially in hot weather;
4 ) Practice drinking from water bottle on bike;
5) Practice running without music *big sigh*

I usually do not promote products but I have to say Body Glide for Her works amazingly well. I was scared I would chafe underneath my arms, sides of sports bra and especially my thighs where the chamois was even though my bike shorts are equipped with a fast drying chamois. The one I purchased came in the form of a stick, I applied it everywhere I felt material *lol*. With the extreme heat and perspiration it worked AWESOME, no redness, no soreness, nothing !

My official time was 1:02:54 – I came in 3rd out of 55 women in my age category.

Will I do it ever again, really don’t know but never say never !

(** ear note: At the age of 19 I had major ear surgery a 18 hour one. My ear canal was made bigger which also means as soon as water or a gust of wind hits my ear canal I get vertigo so while in the water I can blackout, vomit and even drown, you know all the fun things you what to happen to you.)

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FITWITHIN 2/6/2013 10:54AM

    I felt like I was right there with you at the event. I so proud of you for doing a great job. And to come in 3rd place that awesome. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CAZADORES 1/20/2013 8:45AM

    Wow! What an experience!
Good for you for completing a triathlon!
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NATALIE1964 1/15/2013 7:07PM

    emoticon you rock!

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BJPENNY70 1/11/2013 12:21AM

    I am so very proud of you. The responses you have gotten to this is amazing. I see they all think you did great too. You are an encouragement to me. I have been going through a very tough time with physical problem and can't do anything right now. But this thing you have done has give me hope and courage to get through my situation and start up again.

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LILPAT3 1/10/2013 4:58PM

    Congratulations on a job well done! What's next? emoticon

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-POOKIE- 1/10/2013 3:05PM

    hey thats an awesome place to achieve!

Thanks for sharing (at last!) emoticon

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WAZZU.REN 1/10/2013 2:22PM

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That's a great finish! I love that you list "practice drinking from water bottle on bike" -- that cracked me up.

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In less than 25 days I am doing what?.....

Wednesday, July 11, 2012

Oh, my I haven't blogged in such a long time I know I am bad at blogging.

Yes, Sparkies in 25 days I will be participating along with my 18 yr old niece in our first "Tri-A-Triathlon" on August 4. The event is as follows: Swim - 200M, Bike: 20K and Run: 2K.

Am I scared of failing? emoticon Yep !

Have you trained? emoticon Well sorta of.

Running: emoticon yeah no problem logging on average 12K a week;
Biking: emoticon yeah no problem logging on average over 40K a week;
Swimming: emoticon - Houston we have a problem ! Apart from doing laps in my sister-in-law's pool, no training.

Of course I have two excuses *lol* until now, the first one being our local pool was closed for maintenance and has just re-opened. So I can go & do lengths Mon., Wed. and Fri. from either 06:00-07:50 or 20:00-21:20. And the second excuse being I had not gone and buy the ear putty I need for my earplug.

You see I had major ear surgery in my left ear when I was 19 so yeah OMG 30 years ago (I admit it I am 49) and they made my ear canal bigger to allow to have surgeries via the canal instead of opening-up the back of my ear again. I need that earplug if not if water gets in, automatic major headspin, nausea, possible vomitting and drowning did I mention there was drama.

No more excuses I am going tonight with hubby and I am making a promise to myself and to all of Sparkland I will be hitting the pool starting Friday morning.

EDIT: I did go to the pool & swam 50 laps = 1000 Meters in 40 minutes !

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NEKEL16 9/5/2012 6:55AM


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FITWITHIN 8/3/2012 10:12AM

    I'm so happy that you are taking on this challenge. I have no doubt that you will do just fine. This is something on my fitness bucket list that I plan to achieve. I've always wanted to do one. Have fun and enjoy the moments of each stage of the event. emoticon emoticon emoticonyour heart out! emoticon

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/24/2012 11:11PM

    you ARE amazing!

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CLHENDY1 7/19/2012 9:06AM

    You can do it!!!

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KAITMEND 7/18/2012 12:58PM

    you'll rock it- you'll have so much adrenaline pumping through you the swim will be a piece of cake - 200M is nothin'

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OFFDREA 7/18/2012 12:53PM

    You are going to do amazing!!! I like those distances. That is something I think I could do. Good luck with training over the next 25 days!

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STEPH-KNEE 7/12/2012 11:39PM

    I am so proud of you, you are just such an inspiration! I know you are going to rock this! :D

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LOTUSFLOWER 7/12/2012 4:55PM

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BREEBUGG77 7/12/2012 3:21PM

    Awesome!! emoticon

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NATALIE1964 7/12/2012 10:09AM

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-POOKIE- 7/12/2012 8:43AM

    Go for it!

My boyfriends boss is training for an Iron Man triathlon! Thats EPIC sized!

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    I love your attitude and determination. You can do it!

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BJPENNY70 7/11/2012 7:49PM

    Woo Whoo, girl! You get out there and just do it. So proud of you. Have you met Doglady13. She is prepping for a Triathlon in September. Swimming is what she is trying to get better at, too. You should talk with each other. She is a terrific Sparker!

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NVRGIVINGUP 7/11/2012 5:44PM

    You go kudo's to you!

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Oh, My ! The best compliment ever - made my year !

Sunday, December 18, 2011

This happened to me last Friday, December 16, 2011:

Friday at the gym, a regular morning person Mrs. Ryan came to see me. She is a former gym teacher, the day before it seems she was at one of the local grocery stores and she encountered two morning regulars (older gentlemen). Anyhow, I don't know how I came about on the subject but they asked her if she knew " The short little lady with amazing hair/curls " both told her how they were in awe of me ! They find it awesome on how diligent, focused I am and strong *lol*( Incline Bench Press: up to 75 pounds and Leg Press: up to 300 pounds, Deadlifts with bar: up to 135 pounds). They have been watching me go at and were too shy to tell me themselves.

Now, Mrs. Ryan is quite the outspoken one. She knows that my husband is younger than me, that he works for city on shifts, I do all the work around the house including shovelling, snowblowing and cutting the grass. She told them that indeed, I knew what I was doing, I train hard and intensely. I was really focused and knowledgeable, I was always changing my routine, oh, plus I was a runner I had several 5Ks under my belt and I ran some 10Ks unofficially. She ended up the conversation by telling them I had lost more than a 100 pounds, that I was married to a younger man *lol*. In addition, I should become a personal trainer one day. Last thing, they should offer to spot me once in a while !

It was so funny and cute, she told me she was so very proud of me and was ecstatic that my efforts were recognised by the "Men" on the other side of the gym because she always train on the Women's side. It made my day, hell, it made my year. I blush profusely and thanked her very much for sharing that with me.

Even though, I am finishing off the year not being at my goal weight. I know I have accomplished lots this year and yeah, it's just a number. My measurement have gone down, my clothing size have gone down.

So for all of YOU struggling, you are not alone !

Photos courtesy of: believetoachieve.tumblr and other site I cannot remember.

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BIGJIM5 9/14/2012 1:05PM

    whew, i did need this today! I love your picture quotes there. I may steal them and hang them on my fridge!! Thank you!!

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NEKEL16 3/10/2012 3:58PM

    emoticon that must of been a great pick me up emoticon

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BMWEBSTER 12/28/2011 6:22PM

    that is awesome! I would have been on cloud nine!

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NVRGIVINGUP 12/19/2011 9:27PM

    That must have felt awesome...well deserved Josee!

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-POOKIE- 12/19/2011 11:50AM

    *smiles* that warm from this TRUTH of an amazing compliment is going to drive you on!

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SCHOPPEK 12/19/2011 9:22AM

    Thanks for posting this!

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46SHADOW 12/19/2011 8:00AM

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    emoticon emoticon Totally Inspiring!! emoticon

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KARVY09 12/18/2011 4:48PM

    Love this (and love my younger man too)! ;)

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COCOMAC7 12/18/2011 11:13AM

    WAHOO what an awesome compliment! You have had a great year!

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LALAFLOWERS 12/18/2011 8:31AM

    Great Compliment! It's always best when we can inspire folks without knowing it!!! Keep it up!

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CAROLYN1213 12/18/2011 8:30AM

    You have earned every compliment that has been spoken and those that should have been spoken! Keep doing your thing Josee!!! You are the bomb and I would LOVE to workout with you! It sounds like we are doing the same workout!

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BBAHONORS 12/18/2011 8:28AM

    Great compliment! You deserve it.

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