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Thank you!

Thursday, October 30, 2014

Thank you all for nominating me to be a Featured Blogger and a Motivator. I can honestly say it's because of YOU! YOU all were the ones who helped me break the cycle of, "I ate one piece of candy so I might as suck all the food out of the cupboards." Another one was, "I'll start next Monday. Even though it's Tuesday, I'll start again next Monday." Once again I'd eat everything I could put in my mouth." I still have those moments, but they are few and very far in between!

I was the epitome of excuses and a junk food junkie. I really mean it when I say, "If I can do it, anyone can." So if you are new to this journey of weight loss, maintenance and getting healthy, hang in there. You are in the RIGHT place and with all of the support here emoticon . Since people are better together, emoticon!

  
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LIMOM2TWINS 10/31/2014 7:34AM

    emoticon emoticon you are a true inspiration to us all! emoticon

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GABY1948 10/31/2014 7:02AM

    emoticon for sure and I totally agree! You have done an awesome job! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/31/2014 6:45AM

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LOVE it when those journeys touch... and we Spark one another! emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/30/2014 11:06PM

    Woo hoo! Let's do the happy dance! Congratulations on being nominated as a "Featured Blogger and a Motivator!" You are such an inspiration to the sparks community! You totally deserve it girlfriend!
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JEANKNEE 10/30/2014 10:54PM

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DOGLADY13 10/30/2014 10:37PM

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Glad to be on your journey.

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DIDMIS 10/30/2014 10:11PM

    emoticon for you to have overcome.

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JAMBABY0 10/30/2014 10:02PM

    Good for you

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Remembering

Wednesday, October 29, 2014

This week we have daily "themes" for Red Ribbon week. Yesterday was pajama day, or sweats day in my case. Today it's the 80's and I'm wearing a t-shirt that my husband wore when he was 16. No he can't wear it any longer, but I can!

Today brought back memories of being able to eat anything I want in the quantity that I wanted. Age, time and circumstances, like having kids, has a funny way of changing all that.

The journey is never ending. I've said that before, but some things can come full circle! I am now as thin as I was back then. Given the weight is not carried the same way on my body, but it's about the same amount.

I can honestly say that I'm in much better shape than I was back then. I can run for miles without stopping, do more "real" push-ups and can keep up with my kids. In some cases, go further!

The best part is that I appreciate my body now. Is it exactly what I'd like it to look like, no! However, I've learned that I will always "want to improve" how I look. Maybe it's just me, but I think it's most of us.

I appreciate how I can do more now than many people my age. I no longer make excuses why I can't lose weight, work out or maintain my weight loss. I AM DOING IT! I will continue to DO IT for the rest of my life.

I've decided that I want to "age younger" for the rest of my life! Happy moving!

  
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LOSINGLISA 10/30/2014 5:36PM

    Awesome! So glad to see you were a Motivator-someone I know! Congrats to you on all your success and most of all, your healthy state of mind which is fueling your great life! You are an inspiration! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 10/30/2014 4:02PM

    So nice that you are featured! Boy I'll say the journey is never ending!
Thanks for such a great blog.
Enjoy the rest of your day.
Sallie

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ITSMATT 10/30/2014 2:58PM

    I really like the idea of aging younger.

Great post!

Make it a great day!
Matt

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KALIGIRL 10/30/2014 1:40PM

    Here's to much better shape!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/30/2014 12:23PM

    Wearing your husband's T-shirt triggered my own memory.

About 10 years ago we had a "Hawaiian Day" at school. DH & I had matching outfits we bought in 1970 while he was on R & R from Vietnam.

Me: Look, the shirt still fits me
DH: Sorry, that shirt is MINE.

Oops.

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GLORIAMAJDI 10/30/2014 9:13AM

    I totally agree with you on all points! I am also much healthier now than I was back then....and actually, I am a lot smaller now than I was back then! And it is a continuous work in process because I definitely want to age younger...I don't want to end up like so many I know and not be able to have fun and do the things that I want!

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123ELAINE456 10/30/2014 4:44AM

  Awesome Blog. Well Said. To Aging Younger. God Blessings Always. Have a Great Day. Take Care. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!S
tay Healthy.

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DOGLADY13 10/29/2014 9:23PM

    Can I age younger with you? I promise I'll be good.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/29/2014 7:13PM

    A worthy goal! Age younger. Best we can with the genes we've been handed... we are blessed. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 10/29/2014 6:45PM

    emoticon I am definitely more fit than I was a teen ager!

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JEANKNEE 10/29/2014 5:51PM

    To aging younger!

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TERI-RIFIC 10/29/2014 12:51PM

    Love that-age younger! Me, too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FORZACHANDMATT 10/29/2014 11:26AM

    What a great blog and good for you!!!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/29/2014 11:09AM

    Woo hoo! I love your positive attitude! Let's all want to "age younger!" Awesome blog! Love it! Theme week sounds like a lot of fun at school! Hope you have a terrific day!
Hugs and love,
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KELLIEBEAN 10/29/2014 11:08AM

    LOVE aging younger!

I'm so happy for you!

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More art.

Monday, October 27, 2014

I just have to post my "main art piece." This is why I didn't get a run in during the month of January. It took six sessions and about 26 hours to complete.

Yes, I surprise many people in many ways. Most don't believe I'm the age I am, that I have four kids and they are barely five years apart in age and that I have more tattoos than most would imagine. SURPRISE!

I am a walking example of don't judge a book by it's cover. At least in the summer when more skin is showing! emoticon

  
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KALIGIRL 10/28/2014 8:42AM

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123ELAINE456 10/28/2014 1:47AM

  Awesome Blog. It is a Beautiful Piece Art. I will agree that you are Full of Surprises and Don't Judge a Book by it Covers. The Colors are Bright and Beautiful. Very Amazing!!! God Blessings Always. Have a Terrific Day. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
!!!!!!Tale Care and Stay Healthy.

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KPETSCHE 10/27/2014 10:04PM

    I'm not a tattoo person but that is a pretty amazing piece of art Mako.
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DOGLADY13 10/27/2014 9:16PM

    Wow.

That's all.

Wow.

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JEANKNEE 10/27/2014 9:16PM

    Wow! the colors on your tattoos and the art is wonderful!

Your comment about not judging a book by its cover brought back memories of one of my niece's coaches. She has many piercings and her coach took one look at her at the beginning of the season and thought to himself, "This one is going to be trouble." At the end of the season he had learned otherwise and shared that he had misjudged her.

Yes, looks can be deceiving.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/27/2014 8:23PM

    I have zero tats on my body, but I am an admirer of the art! Love yours.

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ONMYMEDS 10/27/2014 8:12PM

    Very cool!! emoticon

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BETRHO48 10/27/2014 7:20PM

    emoticon You are definitely full of surprises and spunk, too!
And you are a living success regarding your physical health.
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~Beth

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/27/2014 7:12PM

    Oh my gosh! WOW! You are full of surprises! Now I finally understand why you didn't get a run in during the month of January! I hope you had a wonderful Monday!
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New ink.

Sunday, October 26, 2014

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Here are pictures of my new ink. Both are on my left foot/ankle. The small rose was the very first professional tattoo I got over 25 years ago. We didn't touch it up since it's so old and the new ink my "blow the lines." Hopefully, it will blend a bit more once it's healed. The four flowers are my kids birth month flowers.

How ironic that I had "Blessed" put on my foot the same day that I crashed my car. I am always blessed, even when lessons need to be learned. Yes I think some things just happen, but a lesson can always be learned.

As soon as the ink heals, I WILL be out running again. I've given my body enough time and now it's time to "just do it."

  
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KALIGIRL 10/27/2014 10:28AM

    Cool!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/26/2014 5:03PM

    I love your new tattoo! That's awesome that the flowers represent your kids birth month!
"Beautiful! I hope you have a nice and relaxing Sunday full lots lots of love and happiness!
Hugs and love,
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LESLIELENORE 10/26/2014 4:40PM

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123ELAINE456 10/26/2014 2:56PM

  Beautiful Colors.

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HOLLYM48 10/26/2014 1:36PM

    Pretty!

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CRACKERS4554 10/26/2014 1:29PM

    Beautiful ink!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/26/2014 1:17PM

    Thanks for sharing the photos! Very attractive... and you are blessed!

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DOGLADY13 10/26/2014 1:11PM

    Pretty. Your kids must feel pretty special that you have made physically present what is psychically true: they are permanently tattooed to you, body and soul.



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EDEACONTX 10/26/2014 1:08PM

    love your new ink! Sorry to hear about crashing your car, hope all turns out well with that

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The good and the bad!

Saturday, October 25, 2014

I had yesterday off due to parent teacher conferences. One good was, I went with my younger daughter on a college visit. That went well. She is still undecided where to go, but she has always wanted to be a nurse and work with kids.

Second good, I got some new ink. Three flowers added to the one on my left ankle and now I have all four of my kids birth flowers. I also added the word, "Blessed," on my left foot.

The bad was I hit a light pole in the school parking lot while picking up my daughter. I glanced over to my son's car, who was hit last week, and I didn't see the pole. I did major damage and we'll have to go through insurance. This is the sixth fender bender my family has had this year. Luckily, no one was hurt in any of them.

I am one that believes in a "higher power," angels/guides. I truly believe this was a reminder to pay attention. I had a feeling that I should have parked in the fire zone for the few minutes it would have taken to come out of school. I ignored it. This may also be a reminder to stop doubting those "gut feelings."

I also think that all of the fender benders are a way to wake my kids up and keep them attentive while they drive. Luckily, none of their accidents were there fault and again no one was hurt.

So I had lots of good yesterday and I'll make some good come out of the bad. I'm not hurt and I will pay more attention when driving!

Here's to finding good in the "bad" and learning lessons from life. Oh, and you can call me Crash! emoticon

  
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KPETSCHE 10/27/2014 10:12PM

    Bummer about the fender bender. Glad no one has been hurt in any of the crashes but it's too bad you have to involve the insurance company this time.

Lessons learned and all that.

Stay safe
Kelly

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KALIGIRL 10/25/2014 9:48PM

    Glad you weren't hurt and here's to being attentive behind the wheel!

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SWEDE_SU 10/25/2014 8:07PM

    glad no one was hurt - good warnings, good lessons. be careful!

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WATERMELLEN 10/25/2014 7:52PM

    Wow, it's amazing how those accidents make us more alert -- I was so closed to Tboned today by a guy running a stop sign at a high speed: just saw him out of the corner of my eye and slammed on the brakes in time. Scary scary scary!!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 10/25/2014 6:53PM

    Glad everyone was OK. Glad you got to spend time with your daughter. Are we going to see a picture of your new ink? Hope the rest of your weekend is great.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/25/2014 6:42PM

    We had a year similar to yours when our kids were teenagers.

As long as no one was hurt. That's the important thing



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ALICIA363 10/25/2014 6:21PM

    Hey, Crash, trust your "gut"!
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LESLIELENORE 10/25/2014 2:24PM

    Glad you are okay! I think we have to accept both the good and the bad if we want to be truly happy.

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GLORIAMAJDI 10/25/2014 1:59PM

    Oh no, bummer about your car! But glad that you are okay! But otherwise it sounds like a good day!

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JANTHEBLONDE 10/25/2014 1:56PM

    Sorry to hear about your fender bender. I'm glad no one was hurt! That's a total bummer about your car. I hope you have a nice and relaxing weekend full of lots of love and happiness!
Hugs and love,
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123ELAINE456 10/25/2014 12:32PM

  Sorry to hear about your fender bender. Glad no one was hurt. Have a Wonderful Weekend. Take Care.

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/25/2014 9:05AM

    Mako Bandicoot? emoticon

Yes, the blessing is that it was a lesson, not a tragic event... with no one hurt... that's good! Well taken. Life is what it is, and giving up on taking care of ourselves in response to it doesn't do anybody any good.

Hang in there! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 10/25/2014 8:54AM

    Sorry to hear about the fender bender. Those are so annoying but I am glad no one was hurt. I hope you have a great weekend!

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