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Wednesday, January 22, 2014


WOW!!! Was my last blog really in AUGUST!! HOLY MOSES!!

It's great to be back on spark. I feel like I've probably missed so much with all of my spark friends, and maybe even some of you were wondering where I've been too... But I'm BACK! The dust has settled from some pretty insane life happenings and I'm feeling ready to shift my focus back to where it needs to be.... ON ME.

Without making this blog a million-miles-long, I will start by saying YES, I am still here, and still kicking (and screaming, and fussing, and laughing, and crying, and living, and loving, and learning, and everything else that goes with this crazy roller coaster called life).

It's been almost 6 months since my last blog, and I'm still holding onto my health, maintaining my weight (for the most part), and my sanity (most days). It's been a whirlwind couple of months with many trials and tribulations, but I'm here fighting through it, and feeling good!

When I left you in August, I was just starting my next semester in nursing school. (Well, not technically "nursing school" yet, that comes after all my per-requisites... it's just easier to say "nursing school" since that's where eventually I'll be). I am happy to report I finished my Anatomy and Physiology-1 class with an A. Given all I battled last semester, I was absolutely thrilled (and shocked) to have been able to pull that one out of my arse! The spring semester is already in full swing, and I'm still LOVING it! I can't wait to get my feet wet and change direction! I'm currently taking my last per-requisite Anatomy & Physiology 2, and am really excited for the upcoming semester.

So, down to the nitty-gritty. Where did I disappear to? Long story short, after 9 years of marriage, I decided to file for divorce back in October. It was not an easy decision, but a necessary and positive one. Without going into all the gory details, I will just say it was by far the most positive thing I've done for myself in a very, very long time. Now that the dust has settled from the emotional and traumatic aspect of the separation, I can honestly say I am 100% happier and starting to really feel like myself again, which is something I hadn't felt in a very long time. I'm currently living with my parents, and probably will for a while since it makes going to school easy, but it's been an easy transition living with them and I'm enjoying it. I'm still maintaining my relationship with my step-sons and plan to continue to be in their lives for as long as they want me.

In November, just after we separated, our family suffered a terrible tragedy. My husbands first wife's husband (also a very dear friend of mine) was killed in a motorcycle accident on his way to work. He was the step-father to my step sons and the loss has been a huge blow to the entire family (as you can imagine). It's been a rough couple of months helping them through the holidays after such a tragic loss and it continues to be a healing process for the boys and their mom, but they are getting there slowly day by day.

As far as me? Well I'm still here. I lost track of what was important for a little while there between the divorce, moving, school, and Jason's death. But, I'm refreshed and settling into a new routine and finding my focus once again. I've partnered with a few friends for fitness classes 3 days a week and it's going great, I've gotten back into hiking regularly again, and rather than relying on mom and dad to cook and grocery shop, I've gotten back into my batch cooking and clean eating. The scale isn't far off from where I left it in August. Still hovering somewhere between 140 and 145lbs, but I've certainly got some work to do.... The lack of exercise has left me rather "squishy" and that's where the classes are really going to help me tone back up... Insert Spark People Commerical Here. I'm excited, I'm ready to gear down and live this thing called life to it's fullest.

some recent photos.

I hope this finds all my old spark friends well. I promise, you haven't heard the last of me
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    1894 days ago
    I know this is an old post but I wanted to commend you on staying a part of your sons lives.
    2095 days ago
  • RODRIGUEZ41508
    emoticon !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
    Sorry about the tough times you had to go through. I'm Glad to hear you are refreshed for a new start and making yourself a priority. You are a Strong woman and I wish you the very Best of luck in all you do...
    2239 days ago

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  • no profile photo CD9138422
    emoticon emoticon So sorry for all the stressful times, glad you're back and that hair cut is adorable! Can't wait to see your updates and glad things are moving in a positive direction for you. :)
    2420 days ago
    Welcome back!! I too, am just getting back into this groove. Lets do this!
    2485 days ago
  • SLIMKIM121
    Life doesn't stop for anything does it? I am finally embracing that concept. (Maybe "embracing" is too strong of a word!) But I am making progress with making peace with this fact.
    Your response to "LIFE" is encouraging. Thanks for being honest and sharing your struggles and triumphs over the last months. emoticon I am finding that stories like yours give me the greatest hope that I can make it in spite of "LIFE" and all it can throw at you.
    2530 days ago
    So glad to see you back on Spark. When Mack made a shout out to all the old Spark friends I wanted to come back but was afraid others wouldnt. It's good to see some "old" faces! makes me sorta remember why I joined Spark in the first place. Sorry you've had to go through some stuff, but "stuff" makes you learn and makes you stronger in the long run :) emoticon
    2531 days ago
    A few things... first thing... LOVE THE HAIR!!! :D ... second thing... so fantastic that despite the bumpy ride you've had recently, you're back putting yourself first and taking care of your body. Truthfully, taking care of the body walks hand in hand with taking care of the soul, and that's the most important thing really... finally... really sorry to hear that things didn't work out in the end with you and your husband. Sometimes life just leads people down different paths though, and it's great that you've come through the last few months feeling strong and happy! Hope your semester is going really well, cheers to future!!!
    2543 days ago
    Sorry to hear about the rough patches you had to go through. Glad to have you back :]
    2558 days ago
    so good to "ser" you!!
    2581 days ago
    So good to see you back on Spark! It's amazing what you've been through and how joyful you sound after it all. Hope you'll stick around!! :)
    2589 days ago
  • no profile photo CD5863426
    You look great and happy! I'm sorry for all you and your family have battled through recently. I hope you will all continue to find peace and strength. Good for you for continuing to follow your dreams and your heart!
    2590 days ago
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    2591 days ago
    Welcome Back and I too have been MIA but nothing compared what life has thrown at you. It is awesome you have a career in budding and also have taken a positive course in your new journey. Wish the best and luck..Support starts here on SP!!
    2591 days ago
    You look great! I'm sorry to hear of all the upheaval in your life in the last several months, but it seems as though you're trying to turn as much as possible into new positives. I divorced a few years ago, and it is extremely difficult-but as you said it can be the best thing. Congrats on getting an A in A&P! I took A&P 1&2 in college, and they are tough! Your hard work is paying off. I'm glad to see you back on here! I always look for your updates. :)
    2591 days ago
    It is so good to hear from you again.
    I am saddened about everything that has happened.
    My niece's husband died one year ago in January in a motorcycle accident and it is still so fresh in my mind.

    emoticon on your achievements in school.

    You look fantastic. I love your hair style.
    The last picture is adorable.
    2592 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/24/2014 4:56:21 PM
    Glad you are back. So sorry to hear about all that you've been through, but your positive attitude towards life is wonderful. By the way, you look fantastic!
    2593 days ago
  • no profile photo CD14306273
    I love your hair cut. You look so different!! This is good for your new year and your new life. God bless you! emoticon
    2593 days ago
    So good to see you back! You have had a lot going on in your life the past few months! I stand in admiration of your ability to go through it all while still maintaining. I hope that 2014 is the best year ever for you!
    2593 days ago
  • LYNSEY723
    You look great! I am so sorry to hear the last few months have been so emotional - though I am happy to hear you made the right decisions for you and your goals. That is not an easy thing to do.

    You have all the tools you need to make all of your dreams come true! You are a rockstar and I am so happy to hear from you again!
    2594 days ago
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    Welcome back, Stacy! Sorry to hear you have had so many trials in the past few months, but so happy to see that you are focused on the positives that 2014 will bring. You are a very strong person who inspires many and I have no doubts that you will move forward and accomplish everything that you have set out to do!


    2594 days ago
  • STACEY3940
    Welcome back "Other Stacey". Glad to hear you are happy and healthy. I too took a little break when my son was born in June but I'm back and doing well. By he way, you look great and I'm loving the shorter hair cut! Not sure how long its been cut, maybe that's not new, probably not, but either way it looks great on you!
    2594 days ago
    Welcome back and best wishes for a less chaotic 2014! emoticon
    2594 days ago
  • SUGAR0814
    Glad you're back! emoticon
    2594 days ago
    Welcome back. Wishing you the best in this New Year. emoticon emoticon
    2594 days ago
    So glad you made it back to Spark. Awesome job maintaining during the rough patch you encountered! Have a happy and healthy 2014!!
    2594 days ago
    Good for you for moving in the direction of happiness. I'm very sorry for your family's loss, but I'm excited to see all of the amazing things that 2014 has in store for you. Happy to see you back!
    2594 days ago
    Wow! You have had a lot on your plate these last couple of months! It sounds like you are a really strong person who is great at focusing on the positive. Best wishes to you in 2014!
    2594 days ago
    Welcome Back! Best of luck to you. emoticon
    2594 days ago
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