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It is getting to be a lot like Springtime.....

Monday, April 07, 2014

Hey Peeps,

What have you been doing to welcome in the Spring? I finally cleaned my small back yard and bought a bunch of mulch and scattered it all around to cover up my horrible clay dirt. I originally was hoping to grow some flowers but my area gets very little sun due to large trees and facing the wrong side for direct sun.

But have bought two big Hydrangas in pots and even am trying my hand at an herb pot. It actually looks really cute but it is a lot of work to remember to water them correctly.

I also got my hair colored this weekend (my roots) and made a goal with my hairdresser to lose 8 pounds by my Hawaii vacation in Mid-May. I am currently 208 and really want to be under 200 if I am going to have to slip on a bathing suit. Plus if I can lose that much weight then I can fit into my old bathing suit rather than having to buy a new one.

I rejoined the Bally's gym a week ago and have been really good about getting into the gym and working out hard by doing my Tabata workouts.

I love Tabata HIIT workouts. This is a short workout that you do intervals of 20 seconds of high intensity and then rest for 10 seconds. The total is 8 rounds of circuits and only last 3 minutes. I generally try to do at least 10 sets of Tabatas and make up different types of exercises to rotate during the session. If you haven't tried it, I would highly recommend googling the term Tabata to learn more about it.



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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 4/7/2014 10:40PM

    Sounds like you're doing great things now that Spring is here. We're finally getting some great weather here and I'm hoping to get out and cleanup the yard this weekend.

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LIS193 4/7/2014 4:54PM

    I have joined a gym and colored my hair too!

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USMAWIFE 4/7/2014 3:02PM

    have not done anything to welcome in spring other than some cleaning.. I really need to color my roots.. they are bad

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PROPMAN1 4/7/2014 2:04PM

  Still a little too chilly for me to get out and plant anything (also the ground is still rock hard). Spring is coming (i think) but not fast enough. My daffodils have buds, crocuses are blooming, and the grass is trying to turn green.
Good Luck with your weight loss. I hope you take off all you want to and that you have a great time on your vacation! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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40 Days of Lenten (What I am doing this season)

Tuesday, March 11, 2014

Hi Peeps,

Wanted to check in and let you all know I am doing better. I was incredibly sick from January thru the end of February and still have a lingering cough and congestion. But am sort of well enough to go back to work. I was out of work for 7 weeks and have been put on half days while I am still recovering. It was tough being home for so long with nothing to do but watch TV and think of ways to keep me busy. I ended up doing a 21 day juice cleanse and then transitioning to a more whole food regimen. I made homemade chicken soup about 3-4 times while I was out and tried to eat really simply while I recovered. I also went to the grocery store 3 times a week to pick up fresh fruits and vegetables and to get out of the house for an hour a day.

Now that I am back to work, my eating habits have slipped back into one of convenience and I have been eating more and more breads and other goodies that taste oh so good. So rather than give up all these things for Lent I decided to reduce them down and focus more on what I was doing during my "sickcation" get back to a more whole foods pallet.

What I also decided to do was ADD something back into my life during this 40 days which is Prayer, meditation and spiritual readings. I consider myself a spiritual person and go to church semi regularly but have been feeling very disconnected to God over the past few seasons. So instead of fasting or giving up crazy things for Lent, I wanted to reconnect to God in a more meaningful way than ever before.

So far I have been really happy with the effort I have been making. I was reading a Lenten meditation small book from the Episcopal church for the past week (but it was boring) and I have been reading a book called living the God life that I really like. I also started reading a book called Safe People which is about how discern safe people from unsafe people in your life. It is very eye opening. These are all pretty easy reads and will be finished before the end of Lent so I plan to add in more books as the season progresses.

I also want to work on doing a daily meditation or short yoga session to help unwind and quite my mind. I have a great yoga series I discovered called Nameste Yoga and have bought a cd for this purpose.

Let me know what you guys are up to and if you are doing anything new in your life you would like to share.



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FLORIDASUN 3/30/2014 6:21PM

    Wow...that was a long sickness...and I'm so sorry that you had to endure it! Glad you are back on track and feeling better. Hugs! emoticon

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 3/12/2014 1:35AM

    MJ, I'm so glad that you are feeling better. That was quite a long while that your illness stuck around. This year for Lent I'm giving up pop, but I'm also adding in my gratitude journal. I', doing it daily.

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LIS193 3/11/2014 4:57PM

    So glad you are feeling better and are back to work!!
I'm still eating according to The Plan and getting close to my summer low again.

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Been sick sick Day after Christmas and counting....

Sunday, January 12, 2014


I am horribly sick with the flu but would appreciate your kind thoughts and prayers. I am also suffering from terrible depression so could use some relief on that front too. It is the worst on the TOM. LOL I get crazy one the first day... Very weird.

I am on medical leave until next Friday until I see a Psychiatrist to change to a new med that works. I am currently on Welbutrin and have had no more than 4 hrs of sleep for over a week due to complications with the flu. Please pray for my quick recovery.

I won't be able to check my account until I get a new computer but know you guys are all in my thoughts.

Peace and love,


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ZEN_WOMAN 1/28/2014 12:43AM

    I have lost a lot of inches but no real weight which is quite odd. But hey I am done a pants size. I started juicing at the beginning of the year and have kept it up pretty well. I am also almost bread and soda free too.


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ZEN_WOMAN 1/16/2014 9:33PM

    thanks everyone. I am finally getting better but still have the flu 17 days and counting.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 1/14/2014 1:42AM

    Hang in there MJ. I will be praying for you.

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LIS193 1/13/2014 12:53PM


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FIT-LIFE 1/13/2014 9:56AM

    Sweetie, you have to hang in there. I know you've been plagued by depression in the past and having horrible flu can only be compounding how bad you feel. We are out hear, sending up prays for your recovery and healing. Glad you could get time off from work, sometimes that's difficult to do. Check back in when you can and pamper yourself while you're off work. Looking forward to hearing you are on the mend.

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EDDYMEESE 1/12/2014 10:42PM

    Hope you feel better soon

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LEN_VERSION32 1/12/2014 10:29PM

    Praying for you. Hope all works out soon!

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The end of the year Blues

Monday, December 16, 2013

Hey Peeps,

Well it is the end of 2013 and I am definitely feeling the year end blues. For an assortment of reasons I can not type or I might cry and since I am at work that would probably not be good.

But I am trying to keep my head above water and have just restarted depression medication this week to help lift me out of this funk.

Hope everyone has a great Christmas and a Happy New year.

I am off from work from 12/23 and 1/4 so probably won't be checking my account during that time since my computer broke earlier this year and I haven't replaced it yet.

But know I am with your guys in spirit fighting the good fight and trying to "lose weight"



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ZEN_WOMAN 12/20/2013 1:00PM

    Thanks Everyone,

I am feeling a bit better today. I have gone back on Depression medication (welbutrin) and am on day 6th. Not feeling as dark as I was a week and a half ago but def. not feeling normal. Hopefully the end of the year will be better.

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SUEPERWOMAN 12/17/2013 7:08PM

aww, MJ. I'm sorry that you are suffering. Tis the season for that, it seems.
I definitely think that Santa needs to buy YOU a computer!

Love you, Ginger

(email me anytime if you need an ear)

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 12/17/2013 2:02AM

    MJ, I'm sorry that you're having the blues right now. I hope you're able to work through them.

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LIS193 12/16/2013 8:26PM

    MJ, sorry to her about the blues - hang in there, you are on the right path!
Enjoy your time off work!

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HAPPYMENOW58 12/16/2013 7:30PM

    Hang in there....You can do it! Keep reading, sparking, and trying....You can get healthy this year! emoticon emoticon

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SEVERINA418 12/16/2013 7:12PM

    Awww, sweetie, I hope you feel better asap! I need to keep in better touch with you. This is why I don't like having too many friends. Time to clean house, but you're staying!

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Hang in there dear. SparkMail me if you'd like to vent further.


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Life..... is not measured on a scale

Wednesday, November 06, 2013

I wrote this poem/blog my first month on Sparkpeople. I like this poem because it puts the perspective back into my view of things. This year, I really have focused on my weight and my health issues and the lack of control I have been feeling by not losing a stitch of weight and getting more and more obsessed to see progress.

But God and my friends see so much more to me than my weight. So I need to also see my beauty in myself for just being me.

I sort of had a life scare this week, when I re-lit the pilot light of my super old gas heater (I don't think it is safe but I am a renter and the owner will not replace it). I was super paranoid that I may have caused a gas leak since it took me a while to get the heater back in working order (even with my neighbors help) and I wasn't sure if I did it correctly.

I went to sleep not knowing if I would be waking up and that is truly a scary thought. My brother passed away from this same way in 2007 (suicide) and it reminded me that when it really comes down to it, I need to focus on how I live my life and be grateful for still having the opportunity to be here.

Let's be kind to ourselves this month especially when we are with our families during this holiday season.

Blog from April 2008

is not measurable on a scale
is not determined by a size
is not found in a diet…

Is feeling free to be yourself
Is full of possibilities
Is knowing God love’s Me as I AM….

So when I am down on myself I need to Imagine how God sees me. Look through his eyes on my image and be more kind to myself.

Because in the end my life will not be measured on how much weight I have lost or how cute people think I am or even if I can get into my skinny jeans. My life will be measured on how kind I am to strangers and how generous I am to my friends and how open I am to God's teachings.

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INGBADEN 11/20/2013 7:29PM

    I like that a lot

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LIS193 11/7/2013 9:34AM

Great poem!

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/7/2013 2:49AM

    That is a great poem there.

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