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September Already???!!!

Friday, September 05, 2014

Time waits for no one.

I love the Fall season in the desert. It's a time of rest from the heat. Cooler weather means time to open up the windows and doors and let the fresh air in. Sometimes staying stuck inside with the A/C can dull the senses.

I also love the sweet warm smells of cinnamon and nutmeg. It must be childhood thing. I am also a "everything pumpkin season" kind of girl! emoticon emoticon

But the best part is that now the "desert valley dwellers" can venture out to hike and walk. Where most states begin to hibernate, we begin to go outside. I guess it's our "summer"!

Now I can change up my routine a bit. I haven't seen much progress because I have not been focused like I should be. Work has started for me again this year and we have been quite busy. One month in and the teenagers are all fired up. I sense that this is going to be a long year.

Well, I'm looking positively and not letting the joy of the Lord leave me. emoticon

Hope everyone has a wonderful month!

Keep it up Spark Friends!

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UNICORN212 9/14/2014 1:39PM

    I sure wish it would cool down a bit! It is still too hot to walk the dogs unless it is 4 AM!

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JACKIEWALKS4FUN 9/6/2014 10:17AM

    Love the Fall too, look forward to color on my walks emoticon And of course cooler weather

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JERZRN 9/5/2014 10:02PM

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Happy September!

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Saturday, July 26, 2014

The month of July has kept me off track with myself. Whewwww! emoticon

My husband had back surgery earlier this month and my daughter had 4 wisdom teeth removed two weeks later. It has been an interesting end to our summer vacation here. I officially start work this Monday and my girls start school in another week.

It will be interesting how I will juggle my husband still recovering, my oldest daughter and her achy jaw, my youngest starting freshman year in high school, and work with all the other responsibilities that i have.

All I know is that God is SO good to me. He is my strength and provider. He is faithful and I want to continue letting go and trusting Him! My head understands it, but my silly heart and will have a hard time following. I am always trying to take control.....(like I really have control in the first place!)

I just need to incorporate my exercise and food prep in my busy schedule. I have noticed that I work the best under extreme pressure. (I'm so hard-headed)

So I am creating my dinner menus for this next week and prepping anything I can do ahead of time. emoticon I plan to do my exercise videos in the mornings before work and do my SP running plan in the evenings 3x/week. If I can I might try and do a cycling class on Saturday (but I may wait a bit for that one because it still is super difficult)

My plan is to get back on track because from the looks of it, I am going to need all the energy I can get for the month of August.

Hope everyone has a great ending to their July 2014!

God Bless!

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IGNITEME101 9/5/2014 6:37PM

    Glad you were up to the job! Care giving is not easy~

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ADIRONDACKMOM 7/27/2014 10:56AM

    I can relate to your circumstances, with my husband on the mend after bypass leg surgery and myself with both knee injuries.... it is difficult to get things done.... hope your life settles down and your family recovers quickly! You sound like an excellent caretaker and nurturer! Now take care of yourself....


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HMBROWN1 7/26/2014 8:33PM

    Best wishes! I hope your husband and daughter are all on the road to recovery.

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Self-Discovery and Some Summer Fun!

Sunday, June 22, 2014

It's been busy!

My youngest daughter graduated earlier this month from 8th grade. I can't believe I have 2 high school kids on my hands! Yikes! emoticon

For her gift, she wanted to go to San Diego. (which was absolutely fine with us!) LOVE San Diego! Lots to do and I'm a beach girl by heart!

We were really active there which is what I wanted. We were so busy that I found myself eating only 3 square meals a day with absolutely no snacking in-between. We had no time for it and didn't miss it at all!

We found ourselves doing things like hiking, lots of walking on the boardwalk, boogie boarding, and kayaking for the first time. I was scared out of my mind because of my weight and the fact that it was in the ocean.

It was awesome!

I really discovered what I was missing all this time. I was holding back on all the things I want to do. Even at my weight, I still went kayaking, hiking, and boogie boarding. I am sure that it did not look all that pretty, but I had a great time....and for the first time....I didn't care what others thought I looked like. I cared if I was having a good time with my family. I LOVED being active. I loved that I was having a good time with the people around me and laughing with them. It has boosted my confidence....and I am worth it!

Now that we are back, all i want to do is stay active and try new things. i don't want my family to get stuck in that lazy rut. I want to live life and I want my daughters to do the same.

My daughters want to live in San Diego...I told them to study hard and get a well-paid job because living out there is expensive, but if you love it....then it's worth it!
(My oldest daughter who is an organic, pescatarian junkie blended in really well there.)

3 days wasn't nearly enough time to spend out there. Looking forward to going out there again!



Summer Break and a Vegetarian at the House!

Friday, May 23, 2014

The last few weeks of work are always the toughest. The pressure of getting things done by the last day of school always puts on the pressure and unfortunately spills over into my personal life causing me to lose focus....on me! So there went the consistent schedule of meals and exercise plans that kept my stress level low. Now I have to start up again. But I am not going to let that bring me down.

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My oldest daughter was working on a persuasive paper in English class a few weeks back. She was shown a video on farm changed her completely. She was so heartbroken. I think what affected her the most was the squealing of the baby pigs. She will only eat fish now. She still has to eat eggs and milk for now though. I am very proud of her in that she is not critizing others for eating meat....even at home with us. She believes that this is right for her.

It's been difficult to manage food at the house since my other daughter and husband are meat-eaters. I am willing to support my oldest daughter since she is making conscious decisions on what she is putting into her body. She is definitely on board with eating clean. (which makes this momma happy) I don't want her to go down the same path as I did with all these years of unhealthy eating. Hopefully my other daughter will jump on board as well with this clean eating.

So with that said....she will be cooking frequently and she is excited about that!

I am glad to finally be back on SP so that i can focus on me!

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LACEYKYLE 5/23/2014 12:36PM

    That is a good feeling when your child starts to eat clean. My oldest did the same a few years ago. She went vegan and just this last year is doing more vegetarian but she feels so much better and is quite the creative cook. Also like you said doesn't criticize others. Have a blessed weekend!!


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My First 5K was FUN!!! (Some pics too)

Monday, March 17, 2014

Yesterday I attended my first 5k and I had a blast! I walked/jogged it. It took me 61 minutes to complete. It felt so good when I came to the finish line. I felt like, "hey...I can do this!" There was music and so much fun! I am definitely motivated to do another one. My family had lots of fun also.

There were all kinds of people there...just about every fitness level. Kids in strollers being pushed while their parents jogged, pregnant women, kids, teens, etc. This elderly woman flew jogging right past me. She was awesome! I want to be like that! She was inspiring. I wish I could have gotten her name, but I couldn't catch up to her. emoticon The atmosphere was super friendly. Not everyone jogged. Many people just walked at a fast pace. We talked with so many people. Everyone there had the same have FUN!

I meet up with Nikki (Starlight615) who I meet here on SP. She has been so good to me. She motivated me and gave me tips. It was awesome. I was so glad that we were able to meet up in that sea of people. She definitely motivated me.
Thanks Nikki!

If anyone is thinking of doing a 5K, I would highly recommend it! It was worth it! I am ready to sign up for another one.

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(Here's Nikki and I when we met up!)

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STARLIGHT615 3/17/2014 9:17AM

    It was a pleasure meeting you and your family Inez! I am so proud of you for completing your 1st 5k!! Its an amazing feeling to say I can and did finish this!! I look forward to watching you complete other 1st!!! emoticon

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IGNITEME101 3/17/2014 4:15AM

I'm so proud of you for making this goal then doing it!
Plus you stepped out of your comfort zone and met a fellow sparker!
AND your family had fun, too!! It was a win win situation!!

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