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CoHP - How I got to this point in my life

Tuesday, October 09, 2012

For one of my classes at Hogwarts, I have to blog on how I got to this point in my life.

This point, being on my way to where I was in 2009. I was at my goal weight and lower; I was at the skinniest that I’d ever been; I felt great, physically and healthy.

Then things happen that took me away from that routine…family matters. I gained weight and inches, stressed out and felt like CRAP that I let myself get this way.

I’ve started trying to get back into a routine to eat somewhat healthier and exercise more, especially on the parts that need it more….abs..hips and rear.

I can’t get back into that same routine I was into in 2009, but trying what I can.

P.S. Don't let anyone tell you you can't lose and get healthily skinny at any age. I was in my late 50s and at my skinniest.

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ZACEVETOB 10/11/2012 3:32PM


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STONECOT 10/10/2012 4:33AM

    I'm 61 and I've never been happier or fitter, though I've certainly been slimmer. I worked out once that if I added up all the pounds I've taken off, or put on over my lifetime so far, I'd have enough to make a medium sized elephant! My guru, Paul McKenna ( I can make you thin ) reckons that if you stick to your rules 8/10 days that's good enough, and anything out of ten is a good start. Don't beat yourself up about the bad days, focus on today and pat yourself on the back if you can make it. emoticon

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NIMAWEYGH 10/10/2012 1:57AM

    A.G.E. ain't nuttin but a number and your so able to do anything you set your mind to. I never doubt emoticon

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NBARNES 10/9/2012 11:50PM

    I'm with you, none of that A.G.E. syndrome getting you down! I'm 59 and feeling terrific!

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LOVESLIFE48 10/9/2012 7:30PM

    emoticon emoticon You will find the formula that will work for you!!

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DOLPHINSINGER72 10/9/2012 7:25PM

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It is great that you are trying to get back to where you were in 2009. I know it can be so frustrating. In 2005 I had lost 100 pounds. Guess what? I gained back 110. :( But, this time I am going to lose it again and differently. Because I am not on a DIET, I am making a life style change. Just take one day at a time!

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LJANDPAT 10/9/2012 7:23PM

  I know that feeling,be so proud of yourself for recognizing your issues and dealing with them head on.Great job and God Bless,LJ emoticon

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ZZYYGGY3 10/9/2012 7:19PM

    great job

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TIZSLIM 10/9/2012 7:19PM


You can do anything. Put your mind to it and you can achieve success in this world.

You can do it too.

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JACQUI1963 10/9/2012 7:18PM

  you will get back to it when ur ready .keep go emoticon ing

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To Dye or not to Dye

Friday, October 05, 2012

I'm trying to decide whether to dye my hair or not. I have salt and pepperish (gray and some dark hair) and still a little of the light auburn from last dye job. I was going to let it grow out and see what it looks like. My beautician said it would look...well ugly, can't remember just how she said it.(she's related). I bought a cheap dye in case I do decided to use it. I can't get my roots though,
I can only put the dye through my hair since I can't get my arm up to do roots.

WWhat do you think, go salt and pepper and not bother with dying or dye and get my auburn back?

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-COURT- 10/11/2012 7:32PM

    Thanks for all the advice. I really appreciate it. I may let it go gray see what it all looks like, then dye it. good idea with the spatula. I bought a dye, but will see if I like it grayish or not.

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ZACEVETOB 10/11/2012 3:56PM

    i often dye my hair because of the grays and whites that pop up but i am still in my 20s, although my mother, mil and grandmother all still dye their hair. The tip i gave to people who couldn't really reach in was to use a plastic spatula to rub it in in the places they couldn't get. Maybe that may work for you if you want to go for another colour.

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DATMAMA4 10/9/2012 8:08PM

    I started going grey in my early 20s (I remember thinking, "Wow, I guess I really am an adult!" after noticing my first grey hair when I turned 21).

My hubby also started greying in his 20s, so I never felt pressured to dye my hair as the years went by. His philosophy was that it was pretty cool to have hair that was always changing, so it helped me to have a healthy attitude about my own grey hair as it slowly took over my natural dark brown.

Beauticians are funny...my aunt (68 years old with flaming Lucille Ball red dyed hair) always does that thing when she sees me...you know, where they kind of semi-rearrange your hair as they talk to you, saying, "I wish you'd let me do something with this..." My sister-in-law is my beautician, and she's never suggested dying my hair, other than telling me that coloring it would make it a little less coarse if more manageable hair was my concern. I think all beauticians just like to do things to people's hair because they can. Whether it's style, color, texture -- they enjoy having someone's head to play with.

I wouldn't worry about looking older. Although I'm only 47, I think my weight adds more years to me than my hair does. I've gotten compliments on my hair, with most people saying they'd let theirs go grey if they knew it would be as evenly dispersed as mine (which is now pretty much all varying shades of grey and silver).

I never really think about it anymore. Well, I guess once in awhile I snicker to myself, when I think I'll look more or less the same as the years go by, while my friends will eventually stop dyeing their hair and perhaps look older. It's a brief snicker, but still...

Bottom line, do what is comfortable for you to maintain. You'll look good no matter what!

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NELLJONES 10/9/2012 9:40AM

    Color is a commitment, doing the roots every couple of weeks. Before you go for the look, be sure you are up to the commitment.

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    Do what makes you happy....what makes you feel like YOU!

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-SEVEN- 10/8/2012 6:58PM

    Do what makes you happy :) If you want to give it a go and see what the silver/gray looks like, then go for it. You can always dye it later. I found out I look terrible, so it's a box of dye for me!

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-COURT- 10/8/2012 12:06AM

    Believe me, I wish my SIL could dye my hiar whehter I wanted it or not. She hasn't been doing very well and I don't think it is the chemo doing it. Barbara gave me a site on gray hair, I may try it natural first like you said. I just wish I didn't have the dark and had a wisp of auburn, but I don't so salt and pepper is okay. I've got more pepper than I thought I'd have. haha

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NIMAWEYGH 10/7/2012 11:23PM

    To bad your DH will not help you out and put your color in. You could go into a professional beauty supply and get your color way cheaper and he could do it. But try natural and see what you think? If you like it then stay and if not then maybe your SIL or MIL will help you out and do the color for you.

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_BABE_ 10/6/2012 11:43AM

    I have taken time off of work so I have let myself go natural and am really shocked at how gray I am...I don't really like it and will go back to the semi permanent colour of Redken Shades EQ......its conditioning and thickening and I get it online so I save myself the $90 an application.

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ARKPLE 10/6/2012 11:23AM

    I recommend you see this blog. (Copy and paste the following link:)


And, I recommend this book. (Again, copy and paste:) http://goinggraylookinggreat.com/ The author is Diana Lewis Jewell.

Let me know what you think!
xo, ~~ Barbara

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DAP1313 10/6/2012 11:19AM

    I would let it go for now to see how it is. Then if you really want to go auburn then go ahead and dye it. I've let my own hair go natural, and it's streaked with gray but I like it. I am hoping my hair will do like my grandma's and aunts' hair and turn that beautiful shade of white.

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UMUCGRAD 10/5/2012 9:46PM

    I've let my own long, thick hair go natural because it's a lovely silver on black. However, I also have a short auburn with grey wig and a long, dk brown wig with no gray. I like the variety.

Why not try the natural for awhile just to see? You can always color it later, but I'm a big fan of having PROFESSIONALS do color.

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TIZSLIM 10/5/2012 8:03PM

  I like the salt and pepper look. Then again, I also love auburn [my mother's colour when she was younger]. I'm inclined to say go with the natural look unless and until, you feel you really want to dye it again.

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ARKPLE 10/5/2012 7:01PM

    It will not be gray. It will be silver. Silver is the new gray!

And, it goes without saying, you are a beautiful person inside and out. I might consider not dying since you have trouble raising your arms. Try it out. It's always reversible. xo, ~~ Barbara

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MACMOM57 10/5/2012 7:00PM

    May be some one could help you dye it. I remember not being able to use my arm and how hard that was. Hope its better soon. Love auburn too.

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-COURT- 10/5/2012 6:11PM

    Yeah, I can't afford to go to anyone except for a haircut and she gives us a break now and then. I bought a dye for around $3.00 Auburn, just in case I decided to change and if not, then it didn't cost much. Athough it would have been enough to buy a nother book in my series at the paperback Book exchange. LOL

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NBARNES 10/5/2012 6:05PM

    Really to make the best decision we need to see what you look like. My hairdresser put in some highlights where the gray is when I went from a longer perm to a short cut with no perm - the color was to help give it some body. Anyway, as it's growing out it looks very natural. That was the first time in my life I had color - mainly because I'm too lazy to keep it up! And it's too expensive to have the hair dresser keep it up!

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-COURT- 10/5/2012 6:03PM

    I really like the light auburn color and wish it was my natural color. My natural color before I ever started to dyeit was real dark brown. In pictures it looks like a tinge of red, but just barely. I love the auburn look. It doesn't make me look too old like if I was to go dark, for my age 63.

I appreciate all the feed back. Thanks.

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KATHYE55 10/5/2012 5:09PM

    My vote is let it go natural for a while. If you decide to dye it, go with a quality hair dye always (IMHO). :-)

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SLUNDQUIS 10/5/2012 4:40PM

    Dye it close to it the natural color with gray highlights, then let it grow. It will be beautiful.

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VAPIDWENCH 10/5/2012 4:34PM

    This might sound like a cop out but what colour makes you feel better about yourself? I'm a natural blonde but I've been bright red (pink, purple, dusky rose) and now a natural red for years, I feel more 'me' when my hair is dyed.

Either way I'm sure you'll look amazing.

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IRISHMUM3 10/5/2012 4:03PM

    I say go natural. Of course, because I am allergic to hair dye, I cannot do mine so natural is it. But I think natural is also beautiful - as much as I miss my more auburn-tinged hair, the color now suits my age.

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In need of exercises for abs & hips

Sunday, September 23, 2012

I guess this is a minor problem, but for me it feels major...to get a good workout on my abs and hips. Especially my lower abs.

To have rolls and uncomfortable fat on my sides is very irritating. It is hard to get some of my pants over my hips, but I do have to admit that lately I have been able to get back into my 9s shorts. That surprised me. I want to be able to keep wearing them too. So easy to get distracted and lose a strenuous routine, which is what I'm looking for.

Being 4’8” doesn’t help, every ounce and inch shows.

I need some exercises that will really target those areas.

I need to motivate myself to exercise the abs daily and hips every other day.

One problemo is my left arm. I have to be careful to leaning on it to do the oblique on my left side. Also, I do get a pain in my left rib or by the breast bone area. Had it x-rayed and no breaks. Don't know what I did. Getting old.

How long should a routine be and how many days a week? Does sucking the stomach in for so many seconds in a routine help? I saw something on an ab exercise site, but wasn't sure if it was affective.

Okay, I know another problem is my eating habits. Not the best.

Any suggestions on the best exercises for abs and hips gratefully accepted.

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1MANKNEY 10/6/2012 12:31AM

    I am 4'11 3/4 although I just say I am 5 feet tall. Yes, every ounce or inch shows! I understand how hard it is to lose weight at our height (you even more than me since you are shorter.) I went in for a Metabolism test to see how much I could eat and lose weight and I was told that I can only eat 1015 to 2067 calories and lose weight. I try for the lower end of that range and I am finally losing weight but very slowly. I can't track it here on Spark because it won't let me drop the calories down that low so it never looks like I am getting enough to eat. Has taken me about 2 years to lose nine pounds, but at least I am heading in the right direction. Happy for you that you are back into a smaller size. I'm working on it! emoticon

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MACMOM57 10/5/2012 7:02PM

    Careful with you arm you dont want it to freeze on you. Not fun for sure. Do some light exercise to lift it up laying down it is so much easier. Good luck. Know all about the fat rolls too.

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NBARNES 9/24/2012 10:07AM

    I've used the SP workout generator and found that to be kind of nice for a change. I also have to moderate my form because I've got wrist and elbow issues. You might also want to try some power yoga - that is WAY harder than you might think - and it will get you into that emoticon pose! emoticon

What's lovely is that with the emoticon there are plenty of options out there - share when you find something awesome!

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DLDMIL 9/23/2012 1:32PM

    I know exactly how you feel. I am 5'1" and my abs and hips are my worst areas. I found a website called fitnessblender.com and it is a free website for exercising. They have different videos for all levels. I use those exercises along with the SP videos. But I have also been walking 5 miles a day (my 13000 steps) which has helped to slim my hips a little over the last 6 months. I started walking and exercising to keep from going on osteoporosis meds and I will have another scan in a year (hoping that I have improved my numbers a little). emoticon

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Snacks for a picky eater??

Friday, September 21, 2012

I get the munchies through out the day but most healthy foods I ddon't care for. I did clan some grapes and ad them sitting arond for a few days, taking one or two at a time, but didn't fill the bill. Being picky stinks.

I can't do peanuts as I have a food intolerance to peanut products, which means I can eat just a little bit otherwise I have problems. You know, you have to look out for those 'made on machinery that process peanuts' or 'may contian tree nuts'.

I wish i liked more freggies. For a picky eater, we can't just 'try it you might like it'. some foods we haave a mind set against and just have to be the right time to try it and if it looks ugly....forget it....shrimp....ugh!

I do like bananas, apples, but seems ike they go bad before i get around to eatng them. When we have a freggie challenge, I do better eating them, though.

So, of coure if there is junk food around, it is more tempting before thinking freggies.

So frustrating.

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3016DEBRA 9/24/2012 12:18PM

  How about granola bars or Low fat ice cream bars? There is alot of varieties of both anymore! emoticon

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SKINICOOK 9/22/2012 6:22PM

    I'm quite picky too but I've gotten much better over the years by trying new things. Some stuff I didn't like at first but then had it a different way and I liked it. Persevere with foods and keep trying new things. You'll be surprised how your tastes change.

I found a great new recipe for breakfast or snacks - Banana Baked Oatmeal. I'll PM it to you. Really tasty snack, kind of like a soft granola bar.

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-COURT- 9/22/2012 12:18PM

    I've never had Greek Yogart, but I do like raspberry flavoring. Might try that. Thanks.

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NBARNES 9/22/2012 11:57AM

    How about fresh raspberries or blackberries? I know you pay a premium, but if you eat them it's worth the $

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IAMFIT-KAT 9/22/2012 11:44AM

    Do you like Greek yogurt? I'm obsessed with getting plain Greek yogurt, adding sugar free jello powder(raspberry is the bomb), and sticking it in the freezers for about 30 minutes.

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/22/2012 2:02AM

    How about apple slices with a little peanut butter (2 tbsp is more than enough for 1 apple)? It is an excellent combination of healthy fats, fiber, protein and carbs. It is very easy to make, especially if you have an apple corer/slicer. And it is filling.

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SHINTON1618 9/21/2012 11:52PM

    I know how you feel! I don't like apples, but I like apple pie, applesauce, and apple juice!

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-COURT- 9/21/2012 10:00PM

    I don't like cream cheese..unless it's in a cheesecake LOL. Another thing about some picky eaters, foods have to be a certain way. Apples have to be nice a crisp, but apple pie has to be tender, no crunch at all. Also, no lumps in mashed potatoes.

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ZACEVETOB 9/21/2012 7:32PM

    have you tried dried fruits and veggies? i like those as snacks at time, or just a box of raisins is good too. I have been craving for crispy bbq flavored corn ... lol maybe that is something for you. I eat often nuts for snacks but can't recommend that but the others try and see if you like that sort :) ... Another thing i like having as a snack is slice of ham on a rusk. no margarine . Its delicious.

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PATTYKLAVER 9/21/2012 5:32PM

    Frozen grapes are delicious. Cinnamon on apples is also a good treat. I completely understand where you are coming from, though. I get stuck in an eating rut all the time. But we can do this!

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SEAWILLOW 9/21/2012 5:29PM

    Cream cheese spread on a graham cracker crust..topped with sugar free strawberry preserves...size according to desired calorie untake

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JENNIK2 9/21/2012 3:09PM

    I freeze grapes. They taste good, last longer and at least seem to be more filling.

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2012 Fall 5% Challenge - Reasons I want to lose.

Wednesday, September 19, 2012

Reasons I want to lose weight/inches . What do I want to change? How do I want to look? How do I want to feel? What things will I be able to do in the future with a slimmer healthier body?

For one thingI want to lose inches everywhere, especially in my abs and hips so I can fit comfortably in my 'smalls' again. I want to look trim and toned. I will feel more confident with myself once I have the body I once had. I remember those feelings and miss them.

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SHINTON1618 9/20/2012 8:51AM

    Good luck! I know you can do it!

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ZACEVETOB 9/20/2012 2:34AM

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IRISHMUM3 9/19/2012 11:27PM

    You can do it!

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KRISTA-GIRL 9/19/2012 10:31PM

    Nice goals! emoticon

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ROCKYCPA 9/19/2012 10:18PM

    Good luck to you during the challenge - there is a lot of support on this team!

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