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Weekend Challenge - Reflection

Monday, July 22, 2013

Here were my goals for BLC22 and how I'm doing on them:

1. Instead of saying I'm going to exercise a certain amount of time each day, my goal is to burn a minimum of 200 calories per day when doing intentional exercise.

Out of all my workouts since June 5th, I've only burned less than 200 calories per day twice so I'm happy about that.

2. I just did Day 58 of Supreme 90 and have 32 days to go so the plan is to finish the program.

Supreme 90 is completed and I lost 3 inches off my belly and 3 pounds with it so that made me happy.

3. Once Supreme 90 is completed, I'm going to continue to include ST to my workouts. I'm aiming to be lifting 20 pound weights by year end.

I'm looking for a new program to do. I found the 90 days to be a little long and it got kind of boring doing the same workouts over and over again. Currently, I'm using the Supreme 90 workout schedule but am doing some of my other exercise DVDs to suit what Day's workout is scheduled, e.g. today was core/abs and I did Jazzercize's Dancin' Abs workout.

4. I'm going to try and eat as clean as possible. The things that I will be focusing on include adding more protein and healthy fats to my diet while increasing fibre and decreasing sodium.

Overall, I think I'm doing pretty well with the eating clean thing and working on the nutrients I want more or less of. But I find that the main problem with summer is that there are just too many opportunities to get together with friends and family for a barbecue or for lunch at a restaurant, etc.

And, the other problem with summer is that that is when I take most of my vacation and I tend to think that when I'm on vacation, I deserve a break from eating healthily as well. My next week of vacation is the week of July 29th so my plan at this point is to make a bunch of healthy salads and primarily use them for my meals.

However, that said, I have plans to take my niece out to lunch one day and her brother (my nephew) out another day and I'm also supposed to be meeting a friend from work for lunch one day. My plan is to plan for a healthy lunch and to do extra exercise on the days of my outings so that if I do overdo it, hopefully there will be no gain.

4. The ultimate goal is to get to Onederland by August 28th (the final date for BLC22.

And, yeah, I doubt this will happen by August 28th. At this point, I'll be happy to be under where I started on June 5th. But if I got to Onederland this year, I'd be happy.

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DEDICATED2HIM 7/25/2013 6:13AM

    Great goals. I'm betting you get to Onderland this year....and maybe even sooner. I know what you mean about lunches out. I'm struggling wiht that too.

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_LINDA 7/24/2013 1:53AM

    It certainly is harder to eat healthy when eating away from home so much. For BBQ's, I am sure bringing your own food wouldn't insult anyone. These days, a veggie or fruit tray would be welcome. At a recent bridge sectional, the healthier options were actually going like hotcakes -everyone just loved the mandarin oranges! My strawberry tray was a huge hit. A far cry from when it just used to be sugary, fatty desserts and treats. Grilled food can be healthy, its what you load on it that you have to watch.
Restaurants are starting to come up with better options, it doesn't just have to be the inevitable salad. You can always order something specially prepared as well. Mex Gal inspired me how she managed to order healthy to make sure it didn't flare up her health problems.
Good luck with it!!

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 7/23/2013 5:16PM

    As long as you are making mostly healthy choices and moving towards your goals all is good in my book. Yes it would be wonderful if we could be where we want to be at the end of BLC 22. I think I might make my modest goal, but I am making great strides in other areas. YOU ROCK! Great plan for your vacation.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 7/23/2013 4:54AM

    You plan and do much better than I..............and I've been on vacation as far as food is concerned all summer! Great goals.........and a great plan. You can do this! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 7/22/2013 3:07PM

    You are focused and have a great Plan and you have been working it!! emoticon emoticon

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LADYJ6942 7/22/2013 1:55PM

    Looks and sounds good. Keep on trucking!

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RONI122 7/22/2013 1:31PM

    You are awesome! I love your goal! I'm rooting for you!

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SEATTLE58 7/22/2013 11:40AM

    Good planning, Girl! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROCKPORT9 7/22/2013 9:50AM

    You have great goals. Taking a food vacation is something I struggle with also. We can do this! Hugs, Laurel emoticon

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AMARILYNH 7/22/2013 7:18AM

    The GOOD thing about summer is all the local fruits and veggies that are available. How about setting a goal of eating 8 freggies a day?

Before BLC I rarely got even 5 in, but focusing on this (and learning to like some veggies like fresh spinach that I never used to eat) is really helping my weight loss!!

More and more restaurants offer strawberry spinach salad which I LOVE - just be mindful of the amount of dressing you add! Try it - and watch your dinner friends drool over it!! emoticon

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DONNA0256 7/22/2013 7:02AM

    Good goals and planning! You're doing great!

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DEEGIRL50 7/22/2013 6:29AM

    Some time we have to readjust our goals and that's okay. Just don't give up!
Learning to live while eating to live. It's a bit of a juggling act.

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Here's the Plan, Jan

Sunday, June 09, 2013

I need a new plan, Jan.
Or I'll never be free, Bri.
I can't be tarry, Mary.
I'm going to change my tune, Moon.
Nothing too gamey, Amy.
Nothing too moody, Judy.
I need something bonny, Roni.
Or I'll never be free, Bri.

Inspiration for the above came from Paul Simon and the Amazing Amber Amazon Warriors!

So, here's the plan, Jan:

1. Instead of saying I'm going to exercise a certain amount of time each day, my goal is to burn a minimum of 200 calories per day when doing intentional exercise.

2. I just did Day 58 of Supreme 90 and have 32 days to go so the plan is to finish the program.

3. Once Supreme 90 is completed, I'm going to continue to include ST to my workouts. I'm aiming to be lifting 20 pound weights by year end.

4. I'm going to try and eat as clean as possible. The things that I will be focusing on include adding more protein and healthy fats to my diet while increasing fibre and decreasing sodium.

4. The ultimate goal is to get to Onederland by August 28th (the final date for BLC22.

So, how's my plan, Jan?

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DEDICATED2HIM 6/11/2013 6:13AM

    Pretty funky, monkey.

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JMOUSE99 6/10/2013 7:30PM

    Love it! emoticon

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IMAGINE_IT 6/10/2013 3:48PM

    emoticon emoticon What a great blog Joanna.....love it! It made me smile and laugh at the same time......thank you for that....... emoticon
Your Plan is a good one.....and i know you will be in Onederland in August..... emoticon emoticon
P.S. Nothing rymes with Taty.....no worries...... emoticon

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 6/10/2013 12:37PM

    Now that song is going to be stuck in my head all day! LOL Nicely done. You have a great plan. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/10/2013 11:47AM

    LOVE this plan Stan! LOL Also remember that song fondly. I think you have great goals which are very SMART.

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LADYJ6942 6/10/2013 11:24AM

    Great blog, and goals. Good luck and go get'em cuz you are worth it!

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/10/2013 4:15AM

    Oh my - wish I had something cleaver to rhyme - I so not - but it's a great plan Joanna, banana!!!

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MARYDSAN 6/10/2013 12:53AM

    Joanna- you are so creative. I remember their song!

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FUSIONFITNESS3 6/10/2013 12:02AM

    How clever and creative! Great plan. Now with your commitment you have your GPS set for this round of BLC.

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MOONSHADOW145 6/9/2013 10:53PM

    I've got Paul Simon in my head now! Great Plan emoticon

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POSITIVEONE2 6/9/2013 10:21PM

    Joanna this is a great plan and you brought such a smile to my face when I read it. I think Jan will be very pleased.

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ROUNDTOWNMOM 6/9/2013 10:13PM

    This made me smile!!! Love the plan.........and the take on Paul Simon!

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RONI122 6/9/2013 9:24PM

    Crack me up! You witty for sure! It's a good plan! I think I'll hold you to it!


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GLASSART43 6/9/2013 5:17PM

    Joanna, you made me smile, and sing along! emoticon

Your dedication to Supreme 90 is impressive.

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-DIAMOND 6/9/2013 1:58PM

    Love Paul Simon :) You have some great goals!! Keep it up!!

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SEATTLE58 6/9/2013 1:50PM

    So cute and I love it, Jan! Good plan, Jan! You can do it, Truit! emoticon , Lou!! emoticon

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FABAT402009 6/9/2013 1:08PM

    I'm not Jan but looks great to me! emoticon

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Obit for Beach Haven

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

Another Sandy Casualty by the family of my dad's lady friend

Another casualty of Sandy occurred this past week. As a result of the violent tides carrying three or four feet of waste water, the foundation of a house that dates to 1904 or earlier was deemed too seriously damaged to repair and elevate.

The house stands at 223 Second Street in Beach Haven. It is a simple house, probably originally built in Tuckerton in the 1880s as a gun shop. Originally it had two rooms. It has long been thought that in 1904 it was floated across the bay to Beach Haven and then up Dock Creek, which is now Dock Road, then across Main Street to its site on Second Street.

Sam Shourds bought the house and the property from Archibald Pharo in 1905 for the sum of one dollar. The gun shop had been cobbled together and had a keel from a wrecked ship, painted baby blue, as its main beam. Sam was a bayman, making his living fishing, clamming, hunting, raising grapes for wine, and chickens for his dinner. He also, like all the baymen, scavenged the beach after wrecks to see what could be salvaged and sold. Sam was married to Nellie O’Donnell, an Irish immigrant, who worked as a laundress.

John Daniel was the nephew of Nellie O’Donnell, the son of her sister who lived in Ardmore. When his father died in the influenza epidemic of 1918, John, who was 10, was sent to live with his aunt and uncle. He lived at 223 for almost his entire life.

In 1933 John Daniel married Kathleen Fitzsimmons, another Irish immigrant. The young couple moved into the house at 223 when Nellie Shourds died and Dr. Dodd told John Sam would not live long and he had better move in with him. Sam lasted for 12 more years. Our mother used to say it was her good cooking.

Year after year, the house was added on to. A kitchen, a front porch, three bedrooms, a bath, a laundry, and a bedroom on the first floor that was rented to a butcher from the American Store.One of the last rooms John Daniel added was a tiny room for his first grandson, an aerie supported by a single steel pole. Later, a family room was added where Kathleen Daniel watched the birds and served hundreds of cups of tea to her many friends: half and half and four teaspoons of sugar. (Her blood sugar was perfect.)

It was a comfortable house, always full of friends. Our Irish mother planted everything in the garden, as long as it was green, reminding her of the green hills of Donegal, where she was born.

We were in the house during the hurricane of 1944, no water came in. The northeaster of 1962, the Ash Wednesday Storm, was bad but the house took in no water. The northeaster of 1992 was a bit worse, a few inches in the front rooms but nothing to be alarmed about.

Then Sandy roared in on October 29, 2012. We had 38 inches in the first floor for three tides, and the water ravaged the old foundation, even shifting the house on the old piers. We tried to save her, but the call for a 10 foot elevation was too much. The old house couldn’t do it.

Since 1904 there has been a member of the family living at 223. The street was always full of families and children: the Olivers, the Robinsons, the Spragues, the Parkers, the Strattons, the Joneses. We Daniels were the last of the originals, except for Sarah Osborne, who was a Stratton, and still lives in the house she grew up in.

The old house was full of joy: roast beef dinners for the Barnegat High School basketball team. Meetings of the Kit Kat Klub. Lawn parties celebrating everything from a four-year-old’s birthday to a party for a 45th wedding anniversary. The visits of relatives from Ireland. Midge Carmosin, mother’s charge as a nanny in Philadelphia who remained our friend forever. College friends who visited in the summer and never went home. The garbage truck crew – Kenny, Larry, Bo, Snapper – who parked the reeking truck in front of the house and stopped in for a glass of milk.

Demolition has yet to be scheduled.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/6/2013 6:56PM

    So sorry to hear the loss of such a beloved and happy home with such great history. Keep the happy memories and make many new ones.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 6/6/2013 6:56PM

    So sorry to hear the loss of such a beloved and happy home with such great history. Keep the happy memories and make many new ones.

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_LINDA 6/6/2013 10:51AM

    That is very sad when such a historical place that's been in the family for generations is lost :( Hope they can at least salvage some mementos from it..

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BEFIT014 6/5/2013 12:07AM

    That's sad! You've got lots of memories, tho. emoticon

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ANGEL1066 6/4/2013 10:51PM

    So sorry you have to suffer this loss. Our memories are tied to places, especially family gathering places. I do hope your family can find an alternate. The house sounds qwerky and wonderful. Keep your Memories green and vivid! God Bless!

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50th Birthday Dinner

Sunday, June 02, 2013

My sister, Fiona is visiting from Montreal and last night we (3 of 4 of her sisters) took her out to dinner to The Cookhouse in Rockton, Ontario to celebrate her upcoming 50th birthday in July.

We had a good time at dinner last night with a couple of surprises. When we walked in the door of the restaurant, I saw a woman wearing red at a table alone. I turned to my sister and said, "that woman looks a lot like Monika" (the sister who wasn't going to be at the dinner) and lo and behold it was Monika so that was a nice surprise.

The Cookhouse is famous for making "home-cooked meals". However, that also means that there weren't a lot of vegetarian options (Monika is a vegetarian) and there weren't a lot of healthy options. Their "lighter fare" menu included fish (battered of course) and chips, steak sandwich with fries, a hamburger with fries and something else like that. I wasn't terribly hungry and I knew I wanted a slice of their pie for dessert because it's really good so I asked if I could have the steak sandwich with no bun and with vegetables instead of the fries and that was what I had for my main course.

At dessert, they listed all the pies but none of them were my favourites (blueberry or apple) but they did have a strawberry/rhubarb crumble with vanilla ice cream so that's what I ordered. But, I gotta say, I didn't love it. It was really sweet. Oh well, live and learn.

Anyhow at dessert time, 3 of my sisters (including Fiona) decided to share a slice of peach pie and asked for it with a candle so that we could sing Happy Birthday to her. The pie was brought with the candle and everyone in the restaurant sang Happy Birthday to Fiona. After the candle was blown out, the second surprise came when an older man (70 maybe) from a table on the other side of the room came over and asked in a Scottish accent what Fiona's name was and how old was she turning and then he insisted that she come back to his table with him (she was reluctant to go because she didn't know why he wanted her to come over there but she went).

When they got there, he introduced her to everyone at the table and it turned out that everyone at the table was celebrating a birthday that year with an age that ends in zero. There were two 50 year olds, one 60 year old, one 70 year old and one 90 year old so that was pretty cool!

After that Alison and Margaret gave Fiona a necklace and a couple of books that they thought might interest her.

And, then, after dinner, we went for a short walk before Monika and us parted ways with her driving back towards London and us heading back to Flamborough.

All in all, the evening was a success.

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SEATTLE58 6/4/2013 11:08PM

    Oh, what a lovely, happy time for you all! And what a nice surprise that your sister, Monika, was there to welcome you! Some restaurants are just so hard to eat healthy at. A big lettuce salad with some grilled chicken and other healthy goodies is always something I can work with. It seems too, more restaurants turning towards more healthy items on the menu, which is a wonderful welcome!

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DEDICATED2HIM 6/3/2013 7:44PM

    I'm so glad your other sister, Monika could make it. That must have made it really special for Fiona. So are you in England now?? How did that escape me?
Enjoy your trip!

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LADYJ6942 6/3/2013 12:43PM

    Sounds like an awesome dinner. Sorry to hear the menu what's that great but way to go on making the best of it and happy early birthday to your sister.

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DR1939 6/3/2013 7:58AM

    What a fun way to celebrate your sister's birthday. Happy Birthday to her.

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ANGRITTER 6/2/2013 4:29PM

    Sounds like a wonderful night. And I love the Scottish man butting in! People from other countries are so funny and just down right interesting! We met a bunch of guys from Edinburgh when we went to the Keys. They were there to see "SKIN", they said. And believe me, there was plenty of it at that resort! HEHE.

And I love rhubarb, but not with strawberry. I have a hard time getting rhubarb down here that is acceptable. So I make my aunt send it from our old family farm where it grows wild EVERYWHERE. I do think I need rhubarb now. Thanks for reminding me of it!

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A-STRONGER-ME 6/2/2013 2:52PM

    Unusual and Fun! Nice time was had by all.

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GLASSART43 6/2/2013 2:26PM

    What a nice evening - I'm sure Fiona appreciated the effort you all made.

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ROCKPORT9 6/2/2013 12:50PM

    So nice to share with family! Hugs, Laurel emoticon

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GRIZ1GIRL 6/2/2013 12:44PM

    Sounds lovely--and Happy Birthday to your sister! :)

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A Day of Shopping

Thursday, May 09, 2013

Good morning, friends.

I'm on vacation yesterday, today and tomorrow and my plan for yesterday was to exercise with a DVD, hike with DH and then do some yard work.

My To Do List for the week included doing some shopping as well (shorts for around the house, patio chair cushions, toiletries, meds, etc.) but the only day it was calling for a rainy day, which is the perfect day for shopping IMO was Friday and Friday, I have a hair appointment in the morning and a pedicure appointment in the afternoon.

Well, I did end up hiking with DH for an hour before he left for work but I didn't end up doing any yard work. It had clouded over and I decided to go and do my shopping then so that I could laze about today until dinner at my sister's. I took my MIL with me because she loves shopping. Heck, she just likes getting out and doing stuff. We were out for 7 HOURS!!!

I picked her up at 11:30 and we headed off to Mapleview Mall in nearby Burlington. First stop was The Bay (a Canadian department store). First, let me say that I hate The Bay! They never have anything I'm looking for and there seems to be no rhyme or reason to the layout of the store and their stuff is pricey and there are never any salespeople around. But, I have a $180 gift certificate for The Bay and I was hoping to buy some new patio chair cushions with the gift certificate but no such luck. We looked at their patio sets but they didn't actually have any cushions for sale.

So, we left to traverse the mall to see if we could buy some new clothes for my MIL as she said hers were too loose or worn or old.

First stop was Cleo. Last time I went shopping with my MIL, she wore a 10/12. But she now wears a 6! The first dress she tried on was this one:


but the top was really baggy on her and gaped. And, it also was a little pricey. But then I found this one for her:


First she said she can't wear stripes but I told her to try it on anyway. Even though the website has it priced more than the other one, it was actually much cheaper in the store. And, although she tried the dress on backwards, it did look good on her so we bought it for her and one of those cropped short-sleeved cardigans in white to wear with it.

Now, we were looking for shoes for her to wear with it. But, she's having a problem with the toes on her right foot (I suspect a little wart or something like that between her baby toe and the one beside it) so the only shoes we ended up buying her were these:


I bought a pair last fall and love them so not only did we buy a pair for her but I bought a second pair for when my current ones fall apart!

We also popped into the Apple store to see if they had any suggestions for me being able to get back onto Facebook but I tried their suggestions last night and if anything, it made it worse than it was. They suggested I contact Cisco (the router company) or AppleCare by phone to get walked through some solutions.

Then we went to Sears (which is my favourite Canadian department store) and bought some blouses for her and one blouse for me. By this time, it was around 2:30 and I was getting punchy because I was hungry so I told her we were going to bypass some stores so that we could sit down for awhile and eat lunch.

We went to Turtle Jack's downstairs in the mall and their special yesterday was Burgers & Beer but the waitress said that it worked with soda as well. And, even though burgers aren't necessarily my favourite thing to eat, they had one on their menu that sounded really good -- the apple & brie burger (Brushed with apple butter and topped with brie cheese and julienned apples. Finished with Dijon mustard, baby spinach, tomatoes and red onion.) My MIL ordered sweet potato fries with hers and I ordered onion rings. And, she had a Coke and I had a Diet Coke.

When the burgers came, they were huge and I thought to myself that we would both be taking home leftovers but surprise, surprise, my MIL who normally eats like a bird, ate every single thing on her plate! I'm the one who brought home some onion rings because I couldn't finish them but these onion rings were massive. They looked more like donuts than onion rings!!! emoticon I also drank 2.5 Diet Cokes while there. They tasted so good and the refills were no extra charge.

After lunch, we checked out some other stores in the mall but found nothing of interest. So, the next stop was going to be Target. We left the mall around 4:30.

When we came out of the mall, we discovered that it was lightly raining so it did turn out to be a good day to go shopping after all.

On our way to Target, we passed a store called JYSK that we always receive flyers for at home but I didn't know where one was located so impulsively, we decided to stop in. They had patio chair cushions but they were wider than my chairs so we didn't buy any there. And, we continued on our way to Target.

I've never been to Target before but I wasn't overly impressed by it. I couldn't find a plus-sized section for me and the prices on the clothing tags was very small so it was hard to gauge how much anything was (I suppose they mean for them to be discreet but I found it just kind of annoying). My MIL though found a nice fuchsia pink sleeveless shirt dress for $30, which she bought but the one XXL red raincoat I tried on still didn't fit me so I was discouraged and longing for Wal-Mart where I know I can find clothes that fit.

Fortunately, there was one right across the road so that's where we headed next. I bought 3 pairs of shorts to wear around the house, some purple towels, cushions for the patio chairs and miscellaneous toiletries/meds and food products.

From there, I drove my MIL home and I walked into my house about 7:00 p.m. totally exhausted. I put away our purchases (the cushions are still in my truck because it was raining when I got home and I didn't want to get them wet in case I hated them in the chairs), changed into my sweats, grabbed my water bottle and collapsed in my recliner. I was exhausted. I read my book for about half an hour and then booted up my computer and did some online shopping (yep, the shopping wasn't done yet!).

I've been looking for some standing core exercise DVDs since two of the Supreme 90 set that I've been doing for a month are both core workouts and I can't do most of either of them because they're either on the floor or on a ball, both of which are difficult for me. So, from Collage Video, I ordered:

- Jazzercize: Dancin' Abs
- Billy Blanks Tae Bo Insane Abs
- Jessica Smith's 10 Pounds Down: Cardio Abs
- Cardio Stack, Core Attack
- Jillian Michaels 6-Week Six-Pack

And, on the Collage Video forum, the following workout set was suggested so I also ordered it from Beachbody:

- Shaun T's Rockin' Body Package

Apparently, there's one DVD in the set that's 70 minutes long and the first 60 minutes is all standing core work so I'm looking forward to checking it out.

By the time, I was done all this online shopping, it was around 9 and I turned on the TV for the first time since I got home and watched some comedy.

It was a long, tiring day but a lot was accomplished and we had a good time.

P.S. Some people think that spending that much time with their MIL would be awful but just for the record, I love my MIL and she loves me and we always have a good time together.

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A-STRONGER-ME 5/10/2013 8:51AM

    I HATE shopping!! LOL

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LADYJ6942 5/10/2013 8:20AM

    What a day, gla dyou had a good time.

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FUSIONFITNESS3 5/9/2013 5:02PM

    How fortunate to have such a loving relationship with your MIL. Sounds like you had a wonderfully relaxing day with her yesterday. Enjoy the rest of your mini holiday.

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 5/9/2013 1:01PM

    You are very lucky in your MIL. Glad you had such a great time shopping. Sounds like you got everything you needed/wanted in the end.

Have fun with your new dvds.

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ITS_MY_TURN_NOW 5/9/2013 12:25PM

    You, my dear, are ... I can't decide it the word I am looking for is inspiring or nutty. LOL I couldn't shop like that if I had to and unfortunately my MIL and I are not that close. You are a lucky lady. Enjoy the rest of your vacation! emoticon

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GLASSART43 5/9/2013 12:13PM

    You are a champion shopper, Joanna, and how nice to take your MIL. I enjoyed shopping with my MIL and your blog reminded me of good times.


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DDOORN 5/9/2013 12:06PM

    Sounds like time well, well spent! :-)


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