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Carnie Wilson at @2013 WLSFA MEET & GREET in Las Vegas

Wednesday, May 22, 2013

I just arrived home at about 2:10 in the morning. It was a long weekend starting from Thursday until Tuesday.
I brought along my daughter as the plus one for this meet and greet. It meant that I did some things to spend time with her rather than attend the conference offerings. OnSaturday afternoon, I went to the pool at Bally's.
I walked and walked up and down the strip and danced several hours. It would seem that I should be all tan and boast muscles. Actually, because of the plane ride, I feel like my legs and feet are swollen. I did get up twice but there was a lot of turbulence and even the stewards were seated.
I totally enjoyed meeting Carnie Wilson but blanked on what to say to her. I think I ended up saying that I was a fan of her dad! Lame, I know. There was a special fundraising luncheon in which we ate a small tomato soup, a salad with three thin slices of chicken and simple sugar free dessert. Were I able to photograph that said meal, I would have! It was enough for me but friends attended that did not have weight loss surgery.
The evening event on Saturday, I was disappointed in my dress and did not want to wear it. My daughter had given me some bad news. It was emotionally trying time and we both needed to recover. Therefore, we both arrived late.
I did have a great NSV. Since I had rejected the blingiest dress I brought and failed to like my soft long dress, my daughter offered me her long black dress. It was a XS and since my bra showed, she gave me hers.
Don't you know that encouraged me so very much. emoticon
Did I say we walked? Yes, we walked until daybreak and I slept two hours straight. Luckily, I woke to get to the Sunday morning breakfast. I let my daughter sleep. I had left money for her to get something should she awaken.
My daughter and the couple that we went around with ate at Fat Burger. I cannot eat hamburgers so I asked for chili and had three teaspoons full.
We spent the whole day with this couple having fun but we were all tired by midnight. Imagine, I was still willing to go but my daughter wanted to rest.
We awoke, packed, and left our bags with the bell steward. Our last day would mean we would have a fling with twenty dollars each at a casino. We chose two machines and ended up with $.15 credit for me and a $.01 credit for her.
I sent many Facebook photos of the times we were having.
Next year, we will have two days at a hotel in Tampa and six days on a cruise that will go to the Grand Cayman Island and Cozumel.
Looking forward to this trip and the new friends that I will make from the weight loss community.
I had RNY surgery 13 08. I could not imagine life this wonderful being the one that people point out as I zip lined over their heads on Fremont Street. So many people greeted me with joy in their hearts to get to meet me in person. It was awesome.
I hope you enjoyed this update. It is mostly about my one trip to Vegas.
I had a couple of trips last year to England and to Dominica. My next trip will include my grandchildren, I hope to visit Washington DC.

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CHERYLHURT 5/25/2013 7:32AM


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DDOORN 5/23/2013 11:52AM

    Wow!! What a world traveler! Kudos to the dress size!


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CORTNEY-LEE 5/22/2013 12:41PM

    xs? whoooo hoooo!!!


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LOVINGAFRICA 5/22/2013 9:32AM

    That is just awesome, and good for you for fitting into an xs!

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PATTYR81 5/22/2013 8:57AM


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KELLI9001 5/22/2013 8:25AM

    Sounds like a great time!

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RONNIEHUEY 5/22/2013 3:55AM


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Retiring and Family Issues

Tuesday, March 27, 2012

My decision to retire took a long time coming. I did start the paperwork in December.
It will be a long process as I am filing for disability that takes six months. I had to go to Social Security. I finally got a check last week while visiting my brother in Florida.
It was part of the process to go to SS. I am getting the money that will help our family. I was able to help my brother by buying some groceries for his family. Gary has cancer. He is still able to drive and cook for his family. His wife works two jobs with a schedule that makes her always tired. She has such a pleasant personality. Was so happy to see that Gary has such a good family.
Our family was so dysfunctional growing up. Knowing that Gary and Paul had good supportive wives in their home life, makes me happy.
Cancer has worked it's way into our family life. My mom, my sister in law and brother will end their days sick with cancer. This is so very sad. I do not want to lose these people. I feel blessed to have known them.

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LINDA! 3/29/2012 6:54PM

    I am happy that you are retiring. I did it six years ago and have been so happy since doing so.

So sorry about your family members and their struggles. emoticon

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DDOORN 3/29/2012 8:52AM

    HUGE decision, retirement...! It sounds like you've given it much thought and preparation.

Me? I can't WAIT...except I can't AFFORD it! I'm still going to take advantage of a pre-retirement seminar later in May. At least maybe they'll help me make some preparations which can allow me to retire earlier than I might otherwise.

Hang in there and keep the SPARK! :-)


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JTREMBATH 3/27/2012 2:00PM

    I know how that goes, my husband has cancer and he is still working which to keep his mind active and his body busy but he is slowing down a bit mind you he turned 76 earlier this month, and I to have had cancer but I ended up having my kidney removed because of it that was in 1998 and I am still working.

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Been Away too Long

Saturday, July 30, 2011

I have not even been lurking. I find that though I am not working, I do not get to sparkpeople as much as I should. In fact, working kept me more active in sparkpeople.
How is that?
I have had a fun time and do many different things yet, I find that I am not totally satisfied with being home. You would think that I would love it. I suspect it is because I do not have a car.
I had found that traveling is the best thing for me. I love to plan trips and go.
It was such a great trip to DC in June/July. I could go again.
I took my three oldest grandchildren. We saw so much and fed our intellectual needs.
I love DC.
I loved traveling in May to Las Vegas to meet people who had the same interests in losing weight. Many I know on Youtube or Facebook. It will be nice to make the trip next May.
I will try to do something outrageous like jump from the Stratosphere.
It could be fun.
My husband is watching tv, I am at the computer and my young grandson is sleeping.
I do not have much to say about my weight. I wish it was a lot less. I keep stepping on the scale and not liking what I see.
Yes, I see losing but at times it goes right back up.
I need to keep using this tool of RNY.

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DDOORN 8/2/2011 3:58PM

    Wonderful to have you re-connecting with your SparkFamily!

No matter WHAT the scale says you'll always be AWESOMEFOREVER!

So what little things can you do to nudge those scale numbers downward...?

You can DO IT! :-)


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RUBYCLAIRE 7/31/2011 8:41AM


I just left a message on your previous blog about the P.O.

I'm glad you now have time to yourself away from ALL that stress. Do you have any hobbies that might fill in the void? Or maybe doing some volunteering would help ease your mind & fill in the blank spaces.

As for weight, I know what you mean because mine keeps fluctuating. I really have to be diligent in tracking my consumption of food & exercise, exercise & exercise. I have had a more difficult time with staying true to that one.

Good luck with all you endeavor.


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LALMEIDA 7/30/2011 11:06PM


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How do we say good bye?

Friday, January 01, 2010

Let me say that all along I have been telling my husband that something was going to happen. I just had this bad feeling that we would lose someone to an accident. Our new boss has been intimidating people something awful. Everyone is getting PDIs and suspensions for trivial stuff. I would like to say that she is leaving and we can relax. No, I am not sure if that will happen.
One can say it is because we need to reduce workers especially the older folks and the ones who are on the "injured reserved" or limited duty list. But to lose Kurt who was just 43 and struggling to do all that was asked of him. I remember last week hearing him say that no matter what the supervisors said: "I just did not have one minute of downtime"...time to kick just time to have our mandatory ten minute morning and ten minute afternoon break plus half hour off the clock lunch break. We are expected to work eight and a half hours with one half hour as a lunch break. Now, the mail has been a lot lighter even at Christmas but you still have to go to the houses/businesses.
Come on, who shovels? the old folks not the young ones...they go in another door and leave the snow to turn to ice as it is tread down.
It takes longer and longer to get around in the winter conditions. It takes longer when your satchel is loaded down.
Where is the compassion when a woman tells you that her daughter is in the hospital because she took 25 pills and attempted to kill herself??...she was told to cancel the appointment to meet with her daughter and the doctor.
Why are you firing a woman who works her heart out delivering a business route that is extra heavy on Mondays? Why do you give her extra work and say to do it all in 8 hours? She took a fifteen minute break and ate her lunch hurriedly in order to try to do it. It was nearly impossible to deliver all the mail in ten hours.
You have haunted many you have sent supervisors out to watch them constantly...Kurt told you that in each PDI that he was not feeling well. He died of an anuerism.
You denied sick leave you denied FMLA time. You deny and you scream at people.
Kurt is your first victim. How many more do you need?
I am heartsick because of all that has been happening to my friends. Please pray for the people who work in the Framingham Post Office. Yes, she is going after many not just the

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RUBYCLAIRE 7/31/2011 8:36AM

    OMG! I just read your blog and my heart breaks for you for the loss of your friend & coworker.

I can relate to what you had to say about the PO. many years ago I was a carrier in Worcester & had to leave after only three years due to medical reasons, my doctor said were caused by the stress in my line of work. I would NOT EVER work for the post office again if they paid me a million dollars. MY LIFE DEPENDS ON IT!!

Good luck!!

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ELLAREE57 1/2/2010 1:11AM

    aww I feel bad for you, I hope things get better, my prayers are with you

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MELISSA_X0 1/1/2010 8:33PM

    I am so sorry for your loss! My thoughts are with you and your co-workers.

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IN2BHEALTHY 1/1/2010 6:49PM

    My prayers are with you and your coworkers at this most difficult time. emoticon

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DDOORN 1/1/2010 6:47PM

    You have my sympathies and my encouragement that you do your utmost under such a hostile conditions to take EXTREME care of yourself! Don't allow these things to undo your efforts in looking after your health and wellness!

Also, take care about the specificity with which you post, re: names, etc. The 'net is growing smaller every day and one never knows how word of your blog may spread. I would hate to see any backlash come your way...!


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Chick Flick

Friday, July 03, 2009

If you came to this blog to see how I enjoyed the movie. I can say that I did.

Yet, on the way down the stairs, my husband fell. He damaged his right knee so much that his tendon had to be reattached.

It was horrible seeing him writhing in pain. I could not do anything but comfort him.

The EMTs worked on him and brought him to the hospital in our city. It is close. I take a few minutes extra when I stop at Dunkin Donuts to bring him a coffee. He loves their coffee.

At times, during this week, I have felt inadequate to help him in his recovery. I am not strong. I cannot lift him should he fall.

Today, Friday, July 3rd, he will come home with me. I will have my grandson help us. Anthony is big. He will stay with Bobby when I need to return to work.

Time will tell how Bobby does learning to walk again. He will need extensive rehab.

Please pray for Bobby.

I can tell you that I am an emotional eater. I can say that this week has been a challenge not to eat to comfort myself. I am doing well. I have the tool of bariatric surgery.

I will see my bariatric surgeon on Tuesday, July 7th.

Keep up the good work that you are doing losing weight.

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JOYFUL711 7/3/2009 10:57PM

    I sure will pray for you and Bobby, God Bless you all.

Try to focus on the positive, no matter how small that psoitive is.

Hang in there.


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KSMILEY69 7/3/2009 9:56PM

    I hope your husband has a speedy recovery. And I hope that you will work through your urges for emotional eating. Keep the faith I know you will be fine. You and your family will be in my thoughts and prayers.

Take Care and God Bless ! ! !


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RAINHAPPY 7/3/2009 1:43PM

    My prayers are with you. I have gone through a similer struggle a couple of years ago when my husband broke his ankle and was immobile for 3 months. It was just about the longest 3 months of my life. I do mean no weight bearing at all totally bed ridden. The learning to walk again was not easy but God got us through it. I am glad that you will have someone there with you it will make it so much easier. I was all by myself in caring for him and working full time. Know this if I can do it you can believe me God will give you the strength you think you lack.

Emotional eating is something else I suffer from and I will be having surgery as soon as my insurance ok's then the secheduling and stuff hopefully some time before August but I am thinking it will not be until September or October.

Now for today think happy thoughts, YOU CAN DO THIS, I beleive in you. emoticon

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MARYANNE4403 7/3/2009 6:37AM

    glad to hear that you enjoyed the movie. sorry to hear about your husband and bobby, i will keep them both in my thoughts and prayers. lots of luck when you go see the surgeon.

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QSTEFF 7/3/2009 5:41AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your husband. It sounds painful. Good thing you have your grandson to help you out. Good job on the not eating emotionally. I'll keep your family in my thoughts. Have a great holiday weekend.

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WAHZOE 7/3/2009 4:53AM

  oh my Goodness. My friend jsut broke her knee a few weeks ago.

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    I meant to say, when I visit it takes but five minutes to get to the hospital. It just takes a few minutes longer if I shop for his coffee.

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