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Monday, May 17, 2010


I FEEL BAD THAT IT'S Monday and my vacation is over and I have to get back to mundane activities again; that I gained 5 lbs over vacation; I'm sad that THE PACIFIC is over and sad for all those who lost their lives in WWII; that those in the Military suffer when they return home after combat. I'm sad that my daughters-in-law have to work and their children go to daycare when I know they would like to stay home. I was fortunate that I got to stay home with my kids. I'm sad about the oil spill over which I have no control but it is affecting my community. The charter boat fisherman have no work as the tourists are cancelling their fishing trips. OH, please Lord, don't send a hurricane our way this year.

Well, I'm glad I got that off my chest. I was having a hard time coming up with anymore so I figured I wasn't so bad off after all. When you have to make up your problems, I guess you really don't have many.

I did gain weight in the last two weeks which isn't surprising so I hope I can get back on track quickly. I must have been exhausted from the trip as I just laid around the house this weekend and slept a lot. I didn't even Blog yesterday although I did login and track my food. I had 196 e-mails to go through when I got home from my trip. Mostly junk and a lot of Spark. It rained yesterday and was a grey day. Today looks much better but it will probably be humid. It usually is in Florida in the summertime.

I came back from conference with bags of stuff that I have to go through. I had written down some details I need for a clients sofa and I have to look for it. It will be a busy day today, once I get going. Later!

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BUGGYS 5/17/2010 10:51AM

    Feeling bad about things that happen on a day to day basis is part of life...the fact that you feel those things show that you care about the world around you! I, too, feel bad about those things...especially that my daughter and DIL have to work...I did stay home with my kids but ran a daycare, too...my other DIL is home taking care of her three kids but it is a struggle because on one income, she and my son often find it hard to make ends meet. I have a brother-in-law who is feeling the pains of the gulf oil situation and a cousin who is in Irag...so, we all have struggles...isn't it a good thing that we can lay all this baggage on our dear friends at SP...sure helps to get it off your chest and have someone know what you are feeling!

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KASEYCOFF 5/17/2010 9:43AM

    Now you need to turn around, face the sun, and count your blessings - but you already knew that, dintcha? lol... With two trips back-to-back you didn't do too bad, really, and now that they're behind you, you can get back on track. And since you're already thinking about what you need to do for your clients and so forth, I'd say you're back in harness already--! :-D

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NEWAGOTAN 5/17/2010 8:49AM

  Those things make me sad too :(...

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Saturday, May 15, 2010


I'm back from 10 days of vacation/conference/fun/time away, etc. I had a wonderful time with both venues, family in D.C. and Decorating Den conference in New Orleans. I've owned my Decorating Den franchise for 26 years this months and going to a conference is like a family reunion. Some of these people I've known and been friends with for years. And I make new friends everytime I go. And I learn a lot and see new suppliers and fabrics, furniture, etc. Love it, love it, love it.!

Of course I didn't worry about what went in my mouth but I will say, I didn't always finish the meal, left some on the plate. The first night of conference was our opening party and it being in New Orleans, the them was a mask party. Well, hubby and I aren't ones to be wall flowers so he wore his 3 piece white tail suit decked out in mardi gras colors and I wore my Maid Marian, Renaissance Queen dress made out of drapery fabrics. We won a prize of course for our costumes. Midway through the party, a high school band showed up playing jazzy music and we all got up and paraded around Bourbon Street. All the tourists were taking pictures and some fellow even joined in and tried to pick up one of my friends. I wasn't wearing walking shoes and my feet got sore but it was at least a mile of walking.

One of the things we did was go to Mardi Gras World where they make, refurbish and store all the parade floats from one year to the next. I took a picture of Queen Elizabeth I for Kaseycoff and all my Brit friends but I can't locate the plug to hook up my camera to the computer. I've got a lot of sorting out to do.

So I'm back and already started in with a protein shake and toast with peanut butter. We've got some serious grocery shopping to do. I don't plan on getting on the scale until Monday, my usual day so hopefully things aren't' too bad. I managed to log in everyday to keep my perfect attendance. I am really coveting an I-Pad. I'll have to look into it soon. Tomorrow.

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CRAZYLIZZIE 5/16/2010 10:51AM

    Sounds like New Orleans was a lot of fun, and kudos to you for not worrying to much! I'm going to Vegas in a month and I'm so worried that I will worry to much about what I'm eating and forget to have fun. Now you're back in the game and that's what counts!

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KASEYCOFF 5/15/2010 12:04PM

    Oohh, I'm looking forward to seeing the picture of HRM! I hope you'll have some of the impromptu parade, as well - I want to see you and your DH in costume! With the walking, sightseeing, and so on you were doing you might've burned off quite a bit of what you ate, so... fingers crossed. And I'm glad you're back, I missed you!!!

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MARSHASTAR 5/15/2010 10:33AM

    thanks for sharing!
This is just so HAPPY. What a FUN time. I sure wouldn't have worried about calories at a fun function like that!
That walk would have been more than I could take. . . even in walking shoes!
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JAXGIRL4 5/15/2010 10:26AM

    Sounds like you took control and had a great time! Diet's are not meant to be a burden and your post just proved this to be so. Life style changes take time...we need to live life at its best as we are learning to take care of us:) Good post!!!! Glad to know you are home safely:) Good luck to you!

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KARTHUR1 5/15/2010 9:50AM

  I am new to sparkppl. I had just finished posting a blog (new at that too) about going on vacation and being scared I was going to mess everything up when I came across yours. Sounds like you let yourself have fun, but made sure you didn't totally flip out! Maybe that's how I'll handle myself. Thanks!

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Tuesday, May 11, 2010


We had a great time in D.C. seeing our son and his family and we are lucky that our other son and his family live near us. I may be babysitting my granddaughter much of this summer. Hope it works out.

I've decided I'm not fat, just fluffy. After 136 days of Spark and still not much change in the lb category, I have noticed that I fit better into my size 14 pants which I mostly have when I lost weight before. I think my stomach is flatter because I'm eating healthier. So what is my next step?

Well, I guess it will have to be to exercise, more than just walking. My belly is flabby and my thighs have cellulite so I will be working on some way to fix that when I get back from my trip.

I am looking forward my decorating conference in New Orleans and I will watch what I eat but I am not going to deprive myself. But I will make sure I don't get stuffed. My hubby has been suffering from Gout and one of the things that may cause it is beer and he loves his beer. So, if her isn't drinking it, maybe I won't either. I will be back on Saturday and I will have 3 weeks until our next major eating occasion. There is a party on 22 May but I think I can manage that. So for 3 weeks maybe I can set some goals and do some belly exercises. If there are any good ones on Spark, let me know. I am positive and happy that things are going well. Be back on Saturday.

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JENNY888 5/11/2010 5:47PM

    I like the ball exercises for abs videos on Spark. I always get a better workout when I use my all.

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FOOFIT1 5/11/2010 3:02PM

    I think committing to abstaining from beer for your husband is a great idea! If you do it, he can too, and vice versa! I love doing things like that with my husband. It makes me feel closer to him.


I think it's great that your clothes are fitting better! Sounds like you're packing on some muscle and losing fat! That's GREAT! Keep up the fantastic work.


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KASEYCOFF 5/11/2010 2:40PM

    I have to admit, my UNfavorite exercises are things like 'crunches.' (When did 'sit-ups' become 'crunches'?) I cannot find any fun in them at all. Wonder if there's another good one? You should keep us posted, so if you find some good exercises for abs or 'stomach flatteners' you can point them out! Please. :-D

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RITAROSE 5/11/2010 1:29PM

  One thing that I was surprised at was how much difference strength training makes when implementing that into your weekly regimen. You may want to consider adding that to your program for tightening up those muscles, burning more calories which of course helps us lose weight.

Glad you had fun in DC!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/11/2010 12:48PM

    Glad to hear that you are happy and have a good healthy attitude toward yourself and weight loss. Hope you have a great week!

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Playing catchup! Day 135

Monday, May 10, 2010


We had a wonderful time in D.C. with our son and his family. The baby was adorable. We had not seen him since January and he is 8 months old. Our grandson Jack is 5 and a half and he was a lot of fun and so excited to see dinosaurs, moon rocks. etc. It was pretty much impossible to stay on a diet but we did walk and walk and walk. The weather was pretty and I got a little sunburn on Saturday. Then Sunday turned colder. But we are home now. The dogs were happy to see us as they stayed home and the pet sitter came. I'm a little concerned about the dachshund who is blind and deaf. He seemed really detached and depressed. WE will be gone tomorrow for another 5 days to New Orleans so I hope he will be okay.

One thing I can say, I was very proud of my country while I walked around and saw our heritage. I wish our elected officials would actually go out and look at some of the monuments and memorials and read the words about government for the people and by the people and go back to the principles upon which we were founded instead of what we are going through right now.

I will be on a sensible eating plan today and tomorrow as much as I can. Then off to party time for 5 days. It will be hard to log in but I will have to figure it out as I don't want to give up perfect attendance.

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KASEYCOFF 5/10/2010 10:17AM

    You are so right about the monuments and memorials: they were built for a reason, and I agree that elected officials should make a point of visiting them - reading the words, thinking about the people and the principles that are at the heart of America.

Is the reason you went to DC this weekend (well, your husband, with the vets) because it was the anniversary of VE day? 'cause it was a 'big deal' here. Prince Charles conducted a ceremony at the cenotaph in London, and there were other events to mark the occasion as well.

p.s. Doncha just love Washington? The first time I went there I was 7 years old - that was fifty years ago this year! Sometimes I love to revisit places I remember from that trip - like the Smithsonian Castle. It has changed a lot inside over the years, considering that when I first went there the Wright Brothers plane was overhead, and just beyond it The Spirit of St Louis. But outside, standing in front, I could BE seven again, lol...

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Friday, May 07, 2010


It is a beautiful day in d.c., supposed to be up to 90 today! It's lovely to see my family from N.C. We are trying to rouse everyone up to get ready to go. It's darn near impossible to eat in a healthy way when you are eating out of a box but hopefully we'll find someplace healthy to eat. I am so used to eating veg and fruit, My body is craving them. We can see the Washington Monument from our balconey! See ya!

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4DOGNIGHT 5/10/2010 8:26AM

    I"m back!

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KASEYCOFF 5/8/2010 4:24AM

    Great way to spend Mother's Day weekend - bet the flowers are gorgeous! Don't miss the gardens behind the old castle at the Smithsonian. They should be lovely just about now. :-)

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RITAROSE 5/7/2010 9:53AM

  Enjoy every moment! Hope you find some good food choices. Eating out on vacation is a challenge! Glad you posted about your trip. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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