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Today I'm Thankful For.....

Monday, October 11, 2010

The beautiful Florida weather
The fall colors - so pretty!
Delicious fruits and veggies
Water aerobics class in 85 degree water
Healthy back exercise class that makes me feel better
My hubby and partner in all things
My local Polk County Team - you folks are the best!
Our two fur babies who entertain us and love us unconditionally
My faith that sustains me and gives me chance after chance because I'm far from perfect

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MYBOOMIKE 10/11/2010 10:23PM

    I am thankful for the smile on the children's faces. When they are just looking at you.
I am thankful for the people in my life that do not judge, but enjoy life along with you.
I am most thankful for life. As precious as it is, it is a gift that should be utilized daily. Not put on a shelf waiting for the right time to enjoy it.

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SLENDERELLA61 10/11/2010 8:45PM

    Yes, you are wise to recognize your blessings. There are so many. And you are a blessing to me! Thanks for leading our team and for all you do. -Marsha

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L*I*T*A* 10/11/2010 7:35PM

    well said!! love it....
i am grateful for your friendship......
blessings and hugs............lita

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GRACIE4ONE 10/11/2010 5:40PM

    Great blog!

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FRECKLE10 10/11/2010 5:37PM

    I am also thankful and glad to find someone who is still struggling with perfection.

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Re-Connecting With Cherished Friends From Our Past

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Yesterday, I was blessed with the opportunity to re-connect with a friend who I hadn't seen for about 16 years. She just moved to my state at the end of July and thought she would be located about 45minutes away but in reality it's closer to about 2 hours.

My friend has always been someone who I could tell anything to and she wouldn't judge me and I wouldn't judge her. She has 4 cats (I'm very allergic so I took precautions and had no problems), an artistic streak, an affinity for numbers and finance, a wicked sense of humor and a mind like a steel trap. She also loves water aerobics, working out at the gym, bowling and just being active. Now I remember why we used to be such good friends!

We met through another friend of mine who I taught with when I was still teaching. My teacher friend and I used to take an aerobics class at the YMCA and she invited this woman to join us in our workouts. Since I was into arts and crafts as well as being a math teacher, our minds worked in a similar way and we just clicked. At the time we met, we were all single parents and we used to have BBQs, go dancing, take classes, do crafts, double date, go to the outlet malls, visit museums and galleries, go to the beach, etc. Then I got married and she got a job in a city very far away and we started only writing at Christmas time. We've been friends for the past 22 years but haven't seen each other for the last 16 years.

Out of the blue, this past May, I got a letter from her telling me that she was moving to my area at the end of July. She was building a new home and would be moving from an area up near Canada all the way south. She was very excited about contacting me again as was I! From May all the way through July we really burned up those phone lines and she talked me through a very rough summer. I looked at her as a gift from God - I really needed an old and trusted friend and poof, there she was! What a blessing.

Fast forward to yesterday......
I recognized the voice but she had changed physically. Of course, I'm sure I've changed drastically too after all 16 years have passed. I used to be very slim and now I'm obese. I have to admire the fact that she has kept herself in great shape by working out, eating right (I was always the fanatic about this!) and she finally quit smoking 15 years ago! Yea!

I was a little afraid of seeing her in person because I knew she'd be shocked by my appearance due to my weight. I decided that I wasn't going to let that keep me from a friendship that I had treasured for so long. I am what I am and what I am is a work in progress. I enjoyed my visit and so did she. I realized that she didn't want us to leave when we said we had to go. A little light went on in my head! She enjoys my company for me. She's not going to say, "I'm not going to be friends with her any more because she's gotten so fat." What a relief. I wonder how many other old friends I let drift away because I was ashamed of how fat I had gotten. That bears some thought.

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KEELYDEUS 10/17/2010 7:54AM

    A year ago, I saw my first love that I hadn't seen in 20 years. We had started talking a few months prior and we were both excited and nervous for the reunion. I had gained over 50 pounds since I last saw him and he lost a lot of his hair. We were both so very self concious, but when we met, we saw each other the way we were back then - appearance didn't matter - we were the same people. It was an "aha" moment for me, too. We all change in appearance - weight, hair, clothing - but it's what inside that matters most to those who matter most to us.

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JANEWATKINS 10/4/2010 1:39PM

    I had a friend like yours. We met at 19 and were like sisters. After four years of friendship, she moved to Los Angeles and I stayed in Kansas City. We talked on the phone several times a year and it was like time evaporated. We would just take up where we left off. For several years, while I was still single, I spent every Thanksgiving in Los Angeles with her because she could cook the turkey but was afraid of making gravy! I was the gravy queen. (Hmmm. That probably explains my hips.) The year we both turned 50 (birthdays only 10 days apart and we were both redheads!), she died from breast cancer. I miss her still. What a gift a friend can be. Our lives are richer for them.

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L*I*T*A* 10/4/2010 12:21AM

    isn't freindship wonderful.........
thanks for sharing.........
blessings and hugs............lita

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SLENDERELLA61 10/3/2010 4:42PM

    Cindy, So glad you found your old friend and reconnected. Two hours isn't too long. True friendship is a wonderful prize!

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DONNABRIGHT 10/3/2010 4:20PM

    If you lost any old friends for being overweight they really weren't friends to begin with so no loss. I have a similar friend that lives in MA. We were young stay at home mothers who lived across the street from each other until they moved to VT and a few months later we moved to FL. Over the years we have both battled with our weight and we took turns being overweight or about right or close. We did and do see each other every few years as they come on vacation or we go back to MA to visit relatives. We are right where we left off seeing in to each other's hearts and accepting that person for who they are. It doesn't get better than that for friendship.

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Back Exercise Class

Thursday, September 09, 2010

I've started a new class called The Healthy Back. I've done three classes now and it's apparent to me that I have a lot of work to do on some of my core muscles (not all of them, just certain ones). The really great thing is that my back is starting to feel a little bit better in some places. That is actually saying a lot because it has hurt me for years. This isn't to say that I'm pain free by any stretch of the imagination. As the supporting muscles get stronger, the pain is somehow different for the moment. I've noticed that my posture is much better too. Since I have a progressive disease, I'm hoping that the support of the muscles will at least help to slow down the degeneration a bit. We shall see.....

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RUTHIEBEAR 9/10/2010 10:18AM

    I wish my gym had that class. I go to Core and More class and train with a trainer to work on those muscles to give my painful back some relief. I am glad you are feeling some improvement. emoticon

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/9/2010 11:32PM

    more power to you for helping yourself. on can only hope and pray.

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WILD4STARS 9/9/2010 5:56PM

    Awesome! emoticonAwesome! emoticonAwesome! emoticonAwesome!

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NAMSMOMMY 9/9/2010 4:34PM

    woo hoo! Take care of that back!

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LONGWINDINRD 9/9/2010 4:24PM

  I too have experienced the benefits of core training. The great thing about a little core work is it starts to show right away. Before you know it people are complementing about weight loss even when there hasn't been any. Your class sounds like a good fundamental training plan.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/9/2010 4:23PM

    So glad you are making progress! That is wonderful. You are very wise to work on strengthening those muscles that need it. Are these classes at the Y??

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L*I*T*A* 9/9/2010 4:19PM

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Getting Back To Basics

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

I've decided that for the month of September that I'm going to do a refresher course on portion control. This means that I will try to measure things that are not pre measured and that I will log my food into the food tracker. Sometimes when you think that you're in a plateau, you're really just sliding on portion control and you need a little refresher. So that is what I plan to do. Is there anyone out there who would like to join me???

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L*I*T*A* 9/6/2010 3:06PM

    going back to basics is a great idea.......
am with you.........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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TBRANCH2 8/31/2010 11:10PM

    I have already been doing this and am now concentrating on more cardio and staying within my sodium level...good luck to you all! I guess, I am there too, but have been doing this all along!!! : )

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SLENDERELLA61 8/31/2010 7:43PM

    I'm going to concentrate on the 100% tracking and staying in my calorie range in September. Good tracking requires strict portion control, so count me in!!

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AQUAGIRL08 8/31/2010 12:18PM

    I agree! I think my "estimates" are way off and are sabotaging my calorie counts. There is only one way to find out. It has to be done!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/31/2010 11:22AM

    Yes, I need to do this again. I've been stuck for a while now and it's time to move on.

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/31/2010 9:32AM

    Yes, I will join you. I have been thinking a lot about how out of control my portion distortion is lately.

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I Found The Perfect Dress!

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I must admit that I've been looking around for quite some time for a dress for my step daughter's wedding. I wasn't even sure what it was supposed to look like or what the length was supposed to be but I was looking. Then, my hubby finally remembered to ask her for more details. It had to be long and blue or purple. She would have preferred black (she's having a black and white wedding - very chic) but I couldn't bring myself to wear black and neither could her mother. What mother wears black to her daughter's wedding??

The search was on for "the perfect elegant dress". The first problem I ran into was that most stores don't carry long gowns, especially in larger sizes. Macy's told me to order one online. I looked online and found a nice dress but wasn't too sure about sizing. Then I found another upscale department store that carried the same dress. I tried on what I thought would fit only to find out that it was way too big (A round of applause here! emoticon emoticon) Not only that, but without the jacket, it just hung on me and looked like a sack. Perhaps something besides the scale is showing my progress! That would be the the 5-10 hours a week of exercise that I'm trying to do!

I found a very elegant purple dress that was off the shoulder and sparkly on the top with a chiffon skirt which I was sure that I'd end up with and couldn't wait to try on and I grabbed this other strange looking one on my way to the dressing room because it was hanging on the end of the rack. The purple one was elegant but I wasn't sure of the fit so I came out of the dressing room and amid the oohs and ahs asked the sales ladies what it looked like in the back. They thought it was lovely.
Keep in mind this was something I would never have done two years ago when I first joined Spark People because I was so self conscious. They asked me if I had any others left to try on and I said yes the odd looking one with the bias cut skirt and I pointed to another one. They asked me if I would mind modeling it because nobody had ever tried it on because of the way it looks on the hanger. Honestly, I could see why. It just didn't look that great on the hanger but I figured what the heck. So back into the dressing room I went. The dress is a navy blue knit type material that was cut on the bias in layers with a jacket. The bodice of the dress has iridescent jewels sewn in one small area in the front. The jacket has complementing jewels sewn along the neckline and down the front edges. The bottom of the sleeves are slightly flared. The effect of the bias layering with the strategically placed jewels was stunning. I was shocked! It looked like nothing on the hanger. When I walked out to model it for the sales ladies, it had the same effect on them. Both of them said at the same time, this one wins, it's stunning! They were both glad that they got a chance to see someone wear the dress because it looks kind of odd on the hanger. If anyone would have asked me if I would be buying that dress when I went into the dressing room twenty minutes earlier, I would have said no! Yet, here I was walking out of the store knowing that I found the perfect dress and in a much smaller size than I could ever have imagined I could ever wear!

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RUTHIEBEAR 8/27/2010 10:06AM

    COngrats! Can I ask where you found it (what store?) I need to get a dress for my neice's wedding in October and have no idea what size or where to look. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 8/26/2010 10:11PM

    That is exciting! It is a great confidence booster to have something you feel good in and look good in. So happy you found it!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 8/25/2010 10:11PM

    I am so proud of you and excited and well I had goosebumps reading your blog. I am so proud of you and I can not wait to see pictures.

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CHINAGAL 8/24/2010 5:10PM

    I can't wait to get to where I can enjoy shopping for clothes again! Yes, we must see pics!

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DONNABRIGHT 8/24/2010 4:18PM

    When is the wedding? We'll look forward to seeing pictures. Doesn't it feel good to buy those smaller sizes? I'm hoping for my next step down by late Fall. Let yourself feel good about how well you are doing on your fitness and that you have an important dress purchased and ready to go for the big day.


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EILEENV3 8/24/2010 3:49PM

    The dress sounds intriguing. I hope you'll post some pictures.

So glad that you're showing progress in a way that counts way more than the scale.


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