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There is a party in the Ferdinand House Tonight

Saturday, February 02, 2008


Okay can you lose weight chewing your nails, and having every muscle tightened while watching your daughter compete in dance. lol Okay..this really has nothing to do with losing weight...but everything to do with whats dear to me. My family and celebrating the success of my daughter who is so fit and talented. Today she competed in the Apple Bowl Dance Competion. I'm just going to repost a post I made on the quit smoking forum...Here it is.

Kailee and Kelli her very pregnant instructor and studio owner who she works for as a dance instructor.

I'm so excited......Her choregraphy and performance for the beutiful people took first Place for the Apple bowl and.....

She as an individual won the over all prize the Apple Bowl trophey itself for the Top dancer. The judge said she cried at her lyrical solo. I know I sound like this horrific stage mother, but if you only knew this kids personal journey. You would understand.

She took her first recreational dance class only 5 years ago, when a couple of her friends urged her to come with them. Kailee was in a deep depression, distraught over the death of her best friend since primary class. Vanassa died suddenly we saw her in the morning and that afternoon she had a seizure. Kailee wasn't coping at all, and to this day her room resembles a shrine to Vanassa but also to dance now.

I was so worried about her. Then she started dance and everything changed. She found her passion. She decided to try out for troupe the advanced dancers, even though she knew her chances for getting in were nil. She prayed and we went and held our breath and she got in against all odds I'll never forget that day, my troubled daughter looked at me and said...Mom I prayed for this, and look what God has done for me. Her teachers have commented what has happened to Kailee she's like a different person so confident and sure of herself.

Since then she has never looked back., and she decided I don't want to be a lawyer I want to be a dance teacher with my own studio and store. She lives and breaths dance. Last year she auditoned for the Maritime school of performing arts. During her interview...the director looking at a mere 4 years of experience was setting Kailee up to be rejected, by saying how much more experienced and professional her dancers were and that she might feel bad being in this school. Kailee cried after the interview but still went back at 2pm to audition and when the audtion was over...the director called her back but let the other dancers go. Kailee was certain she was going to be dismissed. The director said I'm going to break my rule as I normally notify applicants by mail, and tell you my ruling now...Kailee nearly burst into tears certain she hadn't got in. the director instead said...You are the biggest surprise of my career and welcome to my school.

So yes I sound like the biggest, braggiest, stage mom of the world. I just can't help it I love my daughter, and tonight I could just cry tears of pure joy. She has been thru so much and she really deserved this. I'm so excited I'm having a better time than she is. hahahaaha
anyway.....
Whooooo hoooo....thanks guys for crossing the fingers, feet, and eyes...it worked...whooooooo hoooo there is a party in the ferdinand house tonight!!!!

  
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LIZPB2008 2/3/2008 12:02PM

    HeatherDawn I'm soooooo happy for you and Kailee! How absolutely wonderful and what an awesome accomplishment! Hearing all of what she has gone through and triumphed over! Living proof that we should NEVER give up on ourselves. Each day is a new day.
Hang onto that quit! I remember you writing about how you felt so awful smoking at one of her contests last year (perhaps it was this one?) having to go outside in the cold, afraid about the stench when you came back in. You DON'T want to go back to that! Smoking STINKS in more ways than one. Do nice things for yourself and tell the nicojerk to BUG OFF!
Hugsss,
Liz

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ANNAREE 2/3/2008 2:48AM

    Well what a wonderful, amazing story. G2G you are a truly amazing woman and wondrful mother.
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COFFEYBEAN 2/2/2008 10:57PM

    I'm doing the Happy dance, it's not nearly as cute as Kailee's but I'm still doing it!!!!!!!

Congratulations Kailee and Momma, you go right ahead and be proud....that's what mom's are for....!!!!I'm thrilled for the both of you.....

Way to go....I can't even type fast enough to keep up with my mind and mouth...I'm jumping all over the place like it was one of mine....

I'm so happy for you both....Just can't say that enough....

Praise the Lord.....

You keep being thrilled....that's a great accomplishment....wish I was there to hug you both......~~~~HUGS~~~~SQUEEZE~~~HUG
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C E L E B R A T E!!!!!!!!!

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Everywhere I look theres bowlers.

Friday, February 01, 2008


Okay...I'm back in the saddle again, or the boat as Lori would say. I got up this morning had a nice fibre rich breakfast of kellogs bran buds. Packed myself a beutiful healthy lunch.Got to work for 6:30 am and my life went crazy! At least my work life. This is the annual weekend for the Peter Wells Bowling tournament. They stay at our hotel and we are booked out every year. They never check in at check in time which is 3pm, they always arrive even before I have the other people checked out. So I knew I would be busy...but I had nooooooooooooooooo idea. It was also the day the pool area was reopened after 2 weeks of renovation, so all my pool pass members wanted to swim, people wanted to book anywheres up to 10 rooms at a time on the phone, and bowlers were everywhere. I don't think I had a moment to even think a personal thought since 8 am this morning. I was flying and at any given moment I was trying to retain in my mind the next 20 things I had to do and could not forget. This can be quite normal in the busy season but during the winter things get a bit quiet and you really get a shock when It all goes crazy busy at once. lol
Remember my healthy lunch....well it came home with me at 3pm there never was a moment in time to eat.
I just told Glenn to stop at wendys and I got a grilled chicken combo with potatoe.
So although my intentions were good fate worked against me. Oh well tomorrow, I'm off and I don't have to deal with the bowling multitudes until Sunday morning check out. heee haww.

My daughter Kailee is competing in the Apple bowl dance competition tomorrow please keep your fingers and toes crossed. Last year she won first place, but this year she is so busy teaching dance classes her own performances have been left to the last minute.

She has done a lot of private choreography too and so we will be cheering as well for those competing her choregraphy.

I should get her to start teaching me at home for fitness.

HD

  
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ANNAREE 2/1/2008 7:16PM

    My life is full of bowlers every day - lol. .................................R>Some days there is nothing you can do, but go with the flow and just make the best choices you can................................
...............Now also remember perfection is not achievable, so this is all about baby steps to choosing ourselves and our health first.......................Tell Kailee good luck from the land downunder. You are so lucky to have such a great daughter and she is lucky to have you.



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A Challenge of a Different Sort.

Wednesday, January 30, 2008


This week my challenge and focus has had to turn from keeping my exercise up to keeping my motivation up. I tend to be an all or nothing type person. Which is why dieting could never work for me. The most important thing that can happen for me here is to learn how to live a healthy way, and not in a diet mentality.

I was so pleased with myself the last few weeks, eating right, exceeding my goals with the fitness, feeling good. Until the day I woke up and my body said I have had enough and will not perform another minute for you...I need to rest and heal! I was hurting so bad, and had to concede that I could not exercise that day, the next day came same thing, my routine was going down the toilet, my body was hurting, and my mind was becoming discouraged. I was frantically telling myself tomorrow you'll be able to exercise and get back on track, but alas its now tomorrow, and I'm still too sore, and not well to exercise. This afternoon, i got really down about it all. It was like a black cloud came and settled over me, and then started to rain down on me.

What I need to learn this week is there will be set backs, yes and sometimes we get ill and we can't do anything about that...this is life. My challenge is to somehow really know...thats okay...its not the end of the world, and you can and will get back into your routine.

These things are going to happen, and I have to figure out how to not let them send me into such a tailspin. I went from super excited, to depressed in a matter of days.

Its just crazy. The one other thing I can think that may have contributed to the blues coming to visit was the fact that I have all but stopped taking the champix I am on to quit smoking. There have been some links to depression with this drug. I'm praying its not so, I've had depression on 2 other occasions in my life and just don't feel I can face it again. God willing I'll soon start to feel better.

I chose the pic above to go with this blog because you can see Gods hands in the clouds. I am reminding myself no matter what cloud comes into my life....God is in it, filling it, and using it, for my good and His glory.

I hope my blog doesn't discourage anyone today, but I feel if I'm going to blog I need to make an authentic record of this journey, both its highs and lows, and hopefully re-reading in the future, will help me deal with those as I grow and learn, about this healthy lifestyle. I hope it will also help others to be real and reach out for help when they too find themselves in a place where discouragment can creep in.

Bless you all,
We can do this...one baby step at a time. (and yes you may have to remind me its baby steps now and then). lol
Heather

  
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ANNAREE 1/31/2008 8:44PM

    Oh and Baby steps ------together

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ANNAREE 1/31/2008 8:42PM

    Well my precious friend - all things are for a reason and this is probably a lesson we all need to learn. It is easy to go forward when everything is easy.

The hard part is how to go on when things are difficult. It is still about choices - we always have better choices and ones that are not so good. Our job is to realise there is always a choice and we can make the best of everything.

I am going to pray that the depression you are fearing, just doesn't come. Do pray with me about this too.

We are doing this G2G - not just the good times, but partners in the darkest times.

Love the picture - kind of says it all.



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FAITHSONGLADY 1/31/2008 5:51PM

    Heather, I found it profound that you picked that picture because to me not only was God holding you but that the sun was shinning on the other side of those clouds. LIght was covering you too. So despite your setbacks you really are moving forward. I pray you do find rest. R= relying on God. E=eliminating mental road blocks. S=strenghtening your fighting power. T=Trusting God that all will be well again. I have a dear friend share this with me," When you have down time take it and enjoy it because its only a time for preparation for the next battle. So enjoy your rest and when its over get back into the battle. Your a WINNER~Your A Fighter~ You are successful right now~!!!
Blessings, Donna

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LIZPB2008 1/30/2008 10:25PM

    ((((HeatherDawn))))) I'm so glad you posted. Our bodies do need rest if we overdo it they will tell us. I too hope that it isn't depression, I hope that no matter what you keep posting and reaching out and don't let things bottle up inside you.
Maybe some stretching, warm baths, a little TLC. Get back into things slowly, you don't have to do it all at once. This is a journey and being healthy and good to ourselves doesn't have a deadline.
Hugssss,
Liz

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COFFEYBEAN 1/30/2008 10:09PM

    Not much more I can say...you said it quite well, and now that it's on paper (so to speak) I think you know where you're "rocking our boat"...don't get discourage...your body will come around...it's just a matter of when, and only our Good Lord will know that answer...

Love ya....

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I hope they don't eat Me!!!!

Saturday, January 26, 2008


Okay....what a busy, crazy day, jumped out of bed, got my treadmill in did an hour, then ran for the shower, grabbed the list, off to the grocery store, nearly froze solid getting the groceries into the car, home get them out and put away, clean, clean tidy, tidy, to be ready for 6 pm when Tristans friends arrived for His 13th birthday party/slumber party. Yes I know what your thinking...I'm thinking I'm crazy too!!!! (See picture for proof...lol)
I took a cake display platter and made this intricate design out of candy (10 different kinds) it was overflowing with candy and in 5 minutes there wasn't a piece left. Which is good no temptation for me there...but we still have to get thru, cake, ice cream, chips, dip, nachos and cheese, Lord Help Me be strong.

These boys eat soooo much, sooooo fast, pray for me...they may just eat me, if we run out of junk food. lol

hope your all having a great night.

Today I discovered weight watcher whole wheat bagels just 2 points whoo hooo they are good too.
hugs,
Heather

  
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LIZPB2008 1/27/2008 11:18AM

    Sounds like fun (((HeatherDawn))))! Think how many calories you burned off just chasing them around picking up candy wrappers! lol
You're doing so great! Love the attitude, love the pic! You're so gorgeous! Inside and out.
Hugsss,
Liz

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ANNAREE 1/27/2008 9:06AM

    Well loser buddy you are just going great guns with great attitude. Love the picture and love you too.

At least if they eat some of you, that would be more weight loss.
LYMI

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COFFEYBEAN 1/26/2008 7:48PM

    I want to see some pictures!!!!!! You're going to have a great time...You so fun loving.....have them do some exercising...see how fast they can go on the treadmill and for how long....make a game of it...and they get a treat for doing it the best....you won't believe how they'll just go and go and go....and run off the junk food....have you ever played (don't laugh) butt darts.....my daughter played it when she was young.....put a quarter between your cheeks and walk over to a jar, bucket...whatever and see if you can drop it in..... it strengthens there muscles and in fun...our little group of girls got to where they could drop in in a little votive candle holder...pretty good huh....

Okay, now that you know I'm crazy.....

You have fun....remember when you were younger...?

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Yeah Down 2 more...whooo HOOOO

Friday, January 25, 2008


Doin my hap hap happy dance down 2 more thats 8 pounds lost since Jan. 1. that never happens for me...I'm always a month into it before I see a loss...so I'm just ecstatic. However, I think the real story here is how awesome and amazing I'm feeling physically. I have more energy, I feel more alert, there's less of the fogginess in my brain that I was starting to think was me just getting old and senile or something.
Plus...I took an inch of that awful heart attack fat off of my waist. So I'm a happy girl today.

Plus when I think of the amazing friends I have made here, the awesome support I have received, I just feel totally blessed.

hope you all have a great day...We're doin this! whooo hooo.

  
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BETTA13 1/25/2008 5:41PM

    WOOT! That is good news! Do you exercise too? I think that is really helping me with the inches thing. YAHOO! Doesn't it feel good? I can't wait to get below 200!! Maybe by Valentines day! I remind myself everyday, "I am who GOD says I am"
Keep up the good work!!

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FAITHSONGLADY 1/25/2008 3:51PM

    Its your time to Dance...! This is the year of NEW Beginnings~! You will be stronger, healthier and JOYfilled in the Lord. Keep on dancing and don't look back~! I'm dancing with you~!!!

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COFFEYBEAN 1/25/2008 2:59PM

    I'm dancing right along with you.....the lbs loss is great but the Inch is terrific....I've still got the girth...but it will go....I'm sure of it...Keep doing that happy dance...and with no smoking too you have the capacity with breath wise to do the Happy dance for at least 10 minutes or so...

Glad you're doing so well...don't get upset if it stops for a while...but you just keep on keeping on.... Talk to you later...

Congratulations!!!!
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