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Happy Valentines Day to My Twin, Monkey

Monday, February 14, 2011

Valentine's Day is the day we remember the ones we love. I am one of the lucky people in the world because I am a twin. I love my family but my twin, well, my twin is extra special. My twin is my hero. She was a marathon runner, a soft ball pitcher and could throw a foot ball further and with more spiral than any boy I've known. She is smarter than me by miles, has musical talent and has a prestigious job. My twin also has Lupus, and broke her back twice.
She can't run anymore. My twin just had major back surgery so that she can continue to have the ability to walk. Right now she is 3000 miles away from me in an ICU unit. She has a blood clot in her lung. The last few days I have thought of nothing else but my twin. The horror that I might lose her. It has also made me think about how lucky we are, those of us that are not sick and can move. You don't know what you have until you lose it. So for those of you that can, MOVE! You are so blessed that you can. Anyway, this is for you Monkey, Happy Valentine's Day. I love you so much!

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JENNYLENNON 2/14/2011 5:40PM

    I hope your sister recovers quickly. I completely agree with you, sometimes we take things for granted. Bentley sends his Valentine's Day love to you and your sister. emoticon

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Are my goals unrealistic?

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I've hit a plateau, I've also set my self up to obtain a goal I might not achieve or maintain.
I can't exercise anymore than I do, and I track my food, but my weight stays the same within a pound or 2. What is most frustrating is when I have been extra diligent during the week the scale goes up and not down. Last year at this time I wanted to weigh what I weigh now. Now I want to lose 5 more pounds. I wish I wasn't so obsessed and could like what I see.

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TERIANA 1/29/2011 10:57PM

    Hmmmm. How long have you been in Plateauland? Maybe you are gaining muscle and that is why the scale does not go down? I read a blog from another woman recently where she posted photos of herself at 160 pounds at various times, the difference in her body size was amazing even though her weight stayed the same. That was kind of helpful to me psychologically when the scale would not budge. I agree with Kalvinʻs Mama--hide your scale for a couple of months and do what feels good and healthy for you.

You rock! You are the main reason I donʻt skip my runs or cut them short. I always feel like you are running with me. Keep going. We can do this, menopause or not!!!

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KALVINS_MAMA 1/29/2011 10:05PM

  Hi Paulie, I don't exactly know what to say as I have never been in that predicament. I have reached plateaus before and I know that takes lots of patience. It has been years since I wanted that last five pounds off and that was when I was young and it was much easier. I want to say you look fantastic which you do, but obviously you don't agree or feel that way. My only advice is keep doing what you are doing and be patient. Try not to obsess or stress about it, stress adds weight so I hear. Do you measure yourself? Could you be gaining muscle without the scale moving up but that is the reason why you are not seeing a loss? If all else fails just do what you are doing gorgeous and put the scale away for a while and see what happens. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The horse and the carrot

Sunday, January 23, 2011

See this. This is me. That carrot is my goal. This is what I think everyday. I think about that carrot dangling in front of me, taunting me to come get it. Over the last couple of years that carrot has changed. Last year I was determined that menopause would not have the last laugh on my body. That carrot helped me through. This year I want more. The carrot moved further away. I know if I work at it I will get closer to the carrot, and just when I am about to take a big bite, I will know that I met my goal...for this year. Then there will be next goal. Why do I want to keep going after the carrot? It is because I know I can even get better. Better in everything I do. This is why I envision the horse and the carrot, because it is always in front of me and I am always reaching for it.

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1GROVES2 1/23/2011 12:56PM

    What a way to look at your goals....hhummmmm
nice blog, very thought provoking.

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I frenzied last night

Monday, June 28, 2010

I had a bad day yesterday. My back hurt all day. A friend's dog died. Another friend had a horrible altercation at home. Work called me on with a whole host of problems...on my day off.
I could only walk on the treadmill, it nearly kiiled me to do 45 minutes. So I made my husband go out for pizza so I could have 2 glasses of wine. Then I ate some garlic bread. Then we went to the store where I got chocolate & cookies. I couldn't stop eating. I ate a whole day of calories and fat in one sitting.

Hurting, emotional stress and being tired ruined my being good streak. : (

Well here is to Monday, after 3 cookies I'm back in the saddle. I might salvage this day.

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KALVINS_MAMA 8/8/2010 8:05PM

  I wish I knew you then I would have gave you a hug!

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I bought a treadmill last week

Wednesday, May 12, 2010

la la la la laaaaaaaaa la!

I love it!