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Tuesday, September 14, 2010


Okay, last week I gave myself permission to eat and this week I'm getting back on the WW wagon. The challenge goal for this week is to get back on the scale and make friends with it. I am always amazed when I weigh after I feel like I've binged or eaten poorly, only to find I didn't really gain weight after all. How does that work? I guess if you eat sensibly and in moderation and return to healthy habits, you will maintain.

WW says today that you should FOCUS on recent successes. Yesterday, I left the Klondike bars in the freezer for hubby to eat! That was a real milestone for me. I believe that I should learn to resist those treats. Afterall, I know I can have one but if I choose not to, then I have succeeded. Throwing it out of the house is not something I want to do. There are those who have to do this but I want to learn to have it around and choose not to eat it.

There is a weight loss doctor here in town that several of my friends have gone to. One friend lost a lot of weight last year but I saw her recently and she has put a lot back on. He recommends pills and shots to curb your appetitie. I avoid something like that because when you take medications, it can counteract them. I've had 3 other friends do the same with him. One has put on some weight, one gave up and the other got so thin, she looked unhealthy. I wonder if they will keep it off.

Yesterday, the pavers were installed in our front courtyard and they are so beautiful! I promise to take a pic when finished but I have such a learning curve with pics. It takes time. As I walked around the neighborhood with Pat this morning, I realized that there aren't a lot of homes with pavers. THis neighborhood started building in the 70's and I think we've outdone the neighbors in this area. Maybe it will inspire them to do the same. It really wasn't as expensive as I expected and our kitchen window overlooks the courtyard and we have a triple french door looking out onto it. We read our paper there every morning and have coffee and breakfast. WE have a white brick house and the pavers are tri-color rust, grey and cream. Our front door is red and it looks beautiful, just what we needed!

I've wanted to put tile around our fireplace for a long time. I mentioned this to hubby and he said no, he didn't want to do that. OK, I am the decorator here but I always try and include him and respect his opinion. And then I do what I want. Well, I went to the tile store and picked out a plain old tile and brought it home. I HATE IT! Now, with the pavers, we have to make it look nice so I am going to do what I wanted in the first place!!! To heck with him.

I need to get my day started. Good luck on what ever weight loss goal you have today!

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TOWHEE 9/15/2010 12:42AM

    You deserve a WW "Bravo" for saying 'no' to the Klondike bars. emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/14/2010 11:50PM

    You can do it !
Keep up the great work !

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COLBERGL 9/14/2010 3:31PM

    you go girl!!!

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KASEYCOFF 9/14/2010 11:21AM

    I had read about some kind of 'hormone diet' that is apparently very popular. People were raving about how much weight they'd lost. Seems the calorie intake is something like 500-600 per day, max! Who wouldn't lose weight? They don't need expensive injections, they can just risk their health by starving. Eh, don't get me started, lol... LOVE the description of the pavers, and can't wait to see the pix. And I'm with you re the Klondike bars, or any other treat, for that matter: to learn new ways of living it's well worth practicing making healthy choices. IMHO! :-)

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BUGGYS 9/14/2010 10:52AM

    Slow and steady is the name of the game...most "diets" just don't work...changing one's lifestyle does!

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ANDI571 9/14/2010 10:45AM

    I was watching Dr. Oz yesterday, and they were talking about those quick fix diets and how you just gain back. The one Dr. said that 1 pound a month is good. I was excited, since that is about what I lose these days.

Today was WW day. I got up, weighed myself, didn't lose from last week, so I went back to bed for an hour and a half, lol

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Monday, September 13, 2010


I logged into my e-mail this morning and saw the message "Back on Track Challenge: 4 Weeks of Simple Changes"! How did they know I needed that? I have been totally remiss the last week helping myself to plenty of klondike bars and 100 calories cookie packs. Back to 180 but today I have already tracked my breakfast and fully intend to continue for the day and eat healthy! This last week I went to pot on eating. Can't say why, I just did. Now I am ready to get back and do what I'm supposed to do.

As soon as I finish this blog I need to get out in the garage and put some stuff away. We're getting a new garage door and I need to be prepared. I love this throwing out of stuff! So much fun. It's a continual process we need to keep up with or it gets out of hand. Ever watch those TV shows on hoarders? I've known some of them personally. A neighbor had a travel trailer sitting in his driveway and an old car. Both were filled to overflowing with junk and trash. Inside his house wasn't much better. His teenage daughters used to babysit for us and I don't know how they managed to live there. This was before there was a diagnosis of hoarding.

I'm getting off track. This week I am on the 4 week WW online challenge. And the start is to declare it! WHich I've done and to start tracking which I've done and to weigh in which I've done. No excuses! Going out to the garage now! Later.

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STITCHER20 9/13/2010 12:11PM

    You have spoken to my heart. I have been so long off track. I started a little yesterday, watching what I ate. Today, I'm back to tracking my food, tracking my exercise and getting a new ATTITUDE! Yeah!

Thanks for the inspiration. emoticon emoticon

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DONNAEDA 9/13/2010 9:41AM

    we are supporting you and we congratulate you on getting back on track.

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BUGGYS 9/13/2010 8:53AM

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Saturday, September 11, 2010


Well, we have a dumpster in our yard and some new light fixtures and fans. What a difference a new fan makes in the kitchen. Now I have to replace 42 handles and knobs. Those things are expensive but I've got some online accounts so I'll look there.
This morning hubby and I started cleaning out the garage in preparation for the new garage door. 30 min ago, I sent him down to the neighbors with a bag full of fabrics. Where is he? I finally gave up and now I'm blogging. Why do we keep all that stuff?
2 years ago I sold my office building and moved a 1400 square foot office into our home so I'm still finding some of that stuff. I have bags full of photos and newspaper clippings to go through. Hubby has a treasure box full of stuff in his dresser and I found a box from his mother that he needs to put in there and save. But where is he? He must be talking to the minister.
Last June, we moved my mother-in-law from a two bedroom apt to a 1 BR in a retirement home. I'm still finding boxes of her stuff that we are not supposed to give away. Why keep it if we don't need it but we don't dare part with her stuff. She'll ask for it and then it will be gone. Hubby has already been to Goodwill this morning with a load. I keep my sample books in the garage on shelves and I need to sort that out. That is a continual process but I had to take a break from being sweaty. And its going to be hot today!

The diet hasn't been watched this week. Not one bit. Last night we went to Logan's Roadhouse for the first time in months. The manager commented he hadn't seen us. We splurged on 3 course dinner for 2 for $19.99. We had fried mushrooms, yum, a tossed salad with oil and vinegar, a steak with loaded sweet potato, and strawberry cheesecake for dinner. Also I had a beer and a yeast roll. What a pig I was and you know what? I was so stuffed for the first time in a long time that I was uncomfortable for the rest of the evening. Now that I remember how that feels, I don't want to go there again. It used to be a regular thing. Now, I mostly stop when I'm full and don't eat anymore. But it was nice to splurge for once. The interesting thing? The cheesecake didn't taste all that good but I ate it anyway.

We'll be watching the FSU/Oklahoma football game this afternoon. The rest of the TV will be all about 9/11, that horrible day in our lives. I was at home getting ready for work when the first plane crashed into the tower and saw it happen. Then the rest of the horror unfolded as the day went on. No way did I ever think those towers would fall down like they did, like a stack of cards.

I'll be cleaning and finishing my quilt and going grocery shopping to keep from watching. Take care!

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/13/2010 12:55AM

    Wow !
Good for you, with your renovation ambitions - lots of hard work, there !
Just keep sticking with it , and , one day , it will be really nice ! You will
have done it, one step at a time, and it will be wonderful ! Good for all
of you !
I like your Mantra : Learn to be calm and you will always be happy. I'm sure
that this helps you as you renovate !
All the best, with everything !

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LJCANNON 9/11/2010 6:46PM

    Congratulations on the Renovation. It is an on going process and I understand having countless boxes of 'Treasures' from Mom, Grandmother, M-I-L, etc that you just are not allowed to part with. At least I am making some progress in clearing out some of My Own 'Treasure'.
emoticonI know we all remember exactly where we were and what we were doing 9 years ago. We can pray and work together so that it may never happen again.
emoticonWe are watching the OU-FSU Game also, then headed out for Dinner. Wish there was a Logan's here, they are building one but maybe Chili's tonight.

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Friday, September 10, 2010


For 26 years of owning an interior decorating business, my social life revolved around the business and others who are in business. I enjoyed this very much as I have a lot of business friends and I've mentored many new business owners. I also served on the Board of Advisors for my franchise company and was instrumental in many of the changes and trends. This last year, as the economy waned, I think I finally let go of the stress of pushing to get the job done. I still love my business and helping clients to decorate their homes but it isn't the only thing I want now.

1. This summer I bonded with my granddaughter, having her spend time with me while she was out of school. THat was super precious to me.
2. I signed up for a quilting class and I've thoroughly enjoyed rekindling that love of sewing and getting to know people outside my realm of influence. I'm opting not to attend a social function with the chamber of commerce Tuesday night to attend my last class instead. I never missed that event.
3. Last night I attended the evangelism meeting at my church. I've never been involved in any meetings although I participate and love my church. Now I feel it is time for me to give back.
The dozen women whom I know very well were surprised to see me when I walked in the door. Another friend has asked me to go with her. And I'm contemplating running for church council this fall. Will wonders never cease.

There's more but these are the major changes I'm making for more balance in my life. Got to go and get ready for an early chamber ribbon cutting so I'm still into that as well. Later.

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PRAIRIECROCUS 9/11/2010 3:45AM

    All the best with your plans for the future !

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LJCANNON 9/10/2010 11:59AM

    You are definitely entering a New Season in your Life, and it sounds as if your prioritys are in line and you are prepared to enjoy it.

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BUGGYS 9/10/2010 11:27AM

    Life is always changing and you seem to be embracing yours! emoticon

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GAILRUU 9/10/2010 10:26AM

    Great attitude. Take time to enjoy life!

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COLBERGL 9/10/2010 9:37AM

    You are awesome emoticon

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DONNAEDA 9/10/2010 8:48AM

    There is a season and a reason................. You are venturing forth. Losing weight does give you self confidence and high esteem. Congratulations on adding color to your rainbow.

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MISSFORTE 9/10/2010 8:48AM

    you are right we need to take time to calm down and enjoy life

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Thursday, September 09, 2010


I've not been diligent in tracking this week and I've been too much in the snacking and ice cream arena. Can't get it on for some reason. I know what it is. I've gotten busy with my business and a lot is happening and I'm excited for the clients I have currently. Fun jobs I'm working on and I have a lot to do. Also, I really love my quilting class which ends next week and I'll be sad. I'll be finishing my top this weekend. And then to another. ANd, we closed on our refinance and the contractor is starting his renovations soon. Boy, do I have a lot of mess to look forward to. A great way to clean out. I've decided to get rid of "stuff" that is just sitting around and means nothing anymore. We have a collection of dachshunds and since we don't have any dachshunds anymore, I can let most of that go. I'd also like to get rid of some old furniture that no longer pleases me and get something new and simple. All this takes work and effort and my mind off of eating healthy.

Oh, well. I did walk this moring and I have to get in the shower in case the contractor shows up. Later.

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MARSHASTAR 9/9/2010 3:54PM

    no way i could focus on exercise and nutrition with all that activity in my life.
KUDOS to you for just keeping your sanity. hah hah

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SPARKLOVE 9/9/2010 10:53AM

    I know what you mean. I get off track easy and right now I am off track and trying to get back to where I feel I should be. I am looking forward to the day when healthy habits are so automatic that we don't even have to think about them and nothing can throw us off track.

Sounds like you have a exciting life going -congrats on that and for taking a walk. Bless you. Joy

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DONNAEDA 9/9/2010 10:05AM

    sounds like lots of new beginnings. But please don't put yourself on the back burner. You are the most important in this scenerio. Have fun with all the new stuff in your life.

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