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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 2

Friday, September 14, 2012

(Questions from TANYAP71's blog:

2. How did you pick your goal weight? Did you pick an ultimate goal weight at the beginning of your weight loss? Did it change? Did you set smaller goals along the way?

I've talked about parts of the process of picking a goal weight before in other blogs. Several things played into the goal weight I set.

1) Charts with ideal weight ranges
2) Past weights I remember
3) I didn't want to think I needed to lose 100 pounds

Yeah, that last is silly, but it actually factored in.

Charts for my height usually start at around 125 to 130 as the bottom end (or small frame for those charts that take bone size into account) and top out at 156 to 172 as the top end (or large frame). I have a 7" wrist, so generally I'm considered a large frame, but the smallest size that counts as such.

I remembered weighing 150 in high school and not being fat. (I raised my hand without any concerns of being "heavy" in a Driver's Ed class when they wanted an example of someone who weighed 150 when discussing blood alcohol levels.)

To say 150 was my goal would have meant I had 100.5 pounds to lose. It might be only a 10 pound difference, but saying 90 pounds to lose felt so much more comfortable than saying 100 pounds to lose.

So from all that I originally put 160.

I felt kind of pushed to pick a goal weight by SP actually. It wouldn't let me just set that I wanted to lose a pound a week. I had to pick a weight and a date (used the calculator to work out pound a week loss to get to the goal weight). I didn't really care to know how long it would take me or to be that specific.

I've changed it once since to 155. Part of the change was trying to remember if I was really a healthy weight at 150. I hadn't done P.E. that year, wasn't particularly active other than lots of walking. Clothing I wore was full, so I could easily have been chubbier than I realized. (Being large-busted, it's also hard to judge because I look curvy no matter what.)

I don't focus too much on weight except as a trend. If it's going down over the longer term, that's all that is important. So I haven't really set smaller goals in that sense. I do set a general monthly goal, but as long as the trend is down, I don't care if I meet the goal or not.

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    Quite interesting to answer such questions & to really think about things, such as our goals & why we picked them. You've obviously done some really good thinking on this, which can only serve to help you in reaching your goals & to keep you going.

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GOING-STRONG 9/14/2012 8:03PM

    Sounds like you have your head on straight! I've been on maintenance now for 3 years but still would like to lose a few more pounds... every now and then I get a glimpse of my butt and think it looks sorta bigger than I would like!

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ILOVEMALI 9/14/2012 2:29PM

    I am just trying to weigh the lie on my drivers' license...LOL!~!!

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ALWAYSOWNIT 9/14/2012 12:28PM

    My height is 5'6 " and I chose 56 kgs which is 123 pounds as my goal weight. No logic.I just wanted my weight to be equal as my height.Also ,I dont know why but I know I will look my best at 123 lbs.

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ALWAYSOWNIT 9/14/2012 12:28PM

    My height is 5'6 " and I chose 56 kgs which is 123 pounds as my goal weight. No logic.I just wanted my weight to be equal as my height.Also ,I dont know why but I know I will look my best at 123 lbs.

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GINGERD03 9/14/2012 10:41AM

  I picked a weight recommended by the chart of height-it's a general weight I feel because I figured I actually have no idea what anything below 174 will even look like on me-I've never weighted less than that as an adult. So I figured I will keep the 134 recommended average weight but when i hit 173 I will officially be smallest I've ever been as an adult & go from there 10 lbs. by 10 lbs. I'm sure then my goal weight will change when I get to a more healthier weight. Right now I'm just pushing along trying to get out of the 200s. Good blog! emoticon emoticon

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SHERIO5 9/14/2012 10:32AM

    Sounds sensible to me! emoticon

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DIET_FRIEND 9/14/2012 9:44AM

    I have a short-term goal to get below 200 pounds. I too would like to weigh 150 again. We can get there if we never give up our programs!

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IMELECTRIC 9/14/2012 9:01AM

    You will know your goal weight when you see it in the mirror.

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DURANGOREDDOG 9/14/2012 5:26AM

    Once we get closer to that actual long term goal weight we will know better where we need to be and then maintain.
I'm with you - as long as the scale continues to show I'm dropping a weight I'm a happy camper.
You are doing so well!!!!!

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30 Day Blog Challenge: Day 1

Thursday, September 13, 2012

Overlapping everything else I'm doing, but why not? There's always something new to learn about myself and external questions are a great way to start me thinking.

(Questions from TANYAP71's blog:

1: Your stats. Starting stats, current stats, goal stats. Are you currently trying to lose weight, gain weight, or maintain weight or something else? Do you have a goal for the month of September?

Well, this one has information all over the place since I'm a tracker and am in BLC#20, so I've got lots of stats posted in past blogs, but here's a short summation:

Age: 43.5 years
Height: 5' 7.75" (172 cm)
Weight: 177.5 lbs (80.5 kg)

Starting weight: 250.5 lbs on 15 Sept 2011
Goal weight: approx. 155 - 160 probably to be reached early 2013

Waist = 34.5
Hips = 42.5

My Waist to Hip Ratio keeps bouncing from just below to just above the "healthy" point (0.80 = Low Risk and 0.81 = Moderate Risk). I can see and feel the thickness in my waist area, but know it's just a matter of continuing to burn excess body fat because abdominal / organ fat seems to like being the last to go.

Currently I'm losing weight, though my focus has been and remains on becoming more physically fit and building strength. I'm the rare woman (okay, maybe not-so-rare emoticon ) who couldn't give a flip if I look "bulky" as long as that is muscle rather than fat.

My goal in weight loss is a pretty general "1 pound per week" and my monthly goals are usually to be stably in the 5's range (as in 180 then 175 then 170) below my weight at the start of the month. I use the word stably because I weigh myself daily, then use a graph with trends to judge my progress and don't really pay attention to the specific day's number. So a sudden drop to a lower weight isn't my stable weight - the trended average is.

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    Great plan in place. :)

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SPARKFRAN514 9/16/2012 12:26AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon you have good plans and you are a strong person keep on going and moving forward

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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/14/2012 1:22AM

YOU are doing

You WILL reach your goals!

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SBNORMAL 9/13/2012 10:54PM

  Way to go!

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KSCHRAUT 9/13/2012 7:29PM

    Nice plan!

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TALENKARR1 9/13/2012 5:38PM

    nifty I will have to try this out some time

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DIET_FRIEND 9/13/2012 4:57PM

    Good luck with this plan. It sounds like you already know what it takes to lose weight since you have already done so quite dramatically.

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DURANGOREDDOG 9/13/2012 4:38PM

    Wow. That's the way to set out your goals. emoticon

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KBLASEN 9/13/2012 4:29PM

    You're doing great! What is BLC?

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SPARKFRAN514 9/13/2012 3:55PM

    Great plan know you will rock in the BLC as you rock in a ll you have done and your new look proves that keep up the great job emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CIPHER1971 9/13/2012 3:08PM

    It sounds like you have a plan. emoticon

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Career Ponderings

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

One of the next areas of my life that I want to make big changes is my job / career / education.

I graduated from high school with no college plans or prospects. Not because I would have been incapable. Far from. I took two Advanced Placement course, taking the test for the English one and getting top marks.

But being raised as a Jehovah's Witness, it was simply inconceivable that there would even be a need for a higher education. Nor was a job of any value unless it was unavoidable. The sole purpose of a worldly job was to provide shelter and food so one could live and witness to others. The ultimate goal for a woman was to be a pioneer (essentially a full-time volunteer witnessing door-to-door, instructing in one-on-one Bible studies). Armageddon was around the corner, any day now, so any secular education would be wasted when Jehovah laid waste to governments and the work to turn the Earth into a paradise would begin. (NOTE: This may not reflect more up-to-date thinking. I am talking about an 18-year-old's vision of things in the mid-to-late 80s.)

I'd been working in a pet store for a couple years before I graduated and worked there until they closed the local store. For a while I commuted an hour by train to their other store, but it just wasn't viable.

Next I worked a couple of retail jobs. It wasn't too terrible, but low-paying and big time demands (up to a point I was dependable and available, so some days I worked opening in one store, then went to another store and worked until closing, to cover people who didn't show). emoticon

I moved from that into temp jobs in reception, filing, data entry, and the like. All secretarial positions which I was equipped to handle. emoticon About 13 years ago I started with the company I'm still at as Receptionist and Shipping. A year later I moved over to Tech Support and some years ago adding Software Testing and slowly eased out of Tech Support.

It was never the field I wanted to be in, though I do well enough at it. I've always been good with computers and software. I excel at finding ways to crash software (not just ours). Even better, I'm good at remember what steps I was doing and duplicating it, which makes for useful reports to programmers to fix bugs, as well as understanding computer logic enough to think of things that might be related to changes and test them.

However, it's not a field I really see being viable for me long-term unless I go to college and get a B.S. And if I'm going to do that ANYWAY, then I might as well really take the time to think about what I want to do.

My original skill-set, as it were, is pretty close to obsolete these days. Unless it is at a level of Executive Assistant, most people type their own emails and documents. The days of hand-typed letters and envelopes are pretty much gone. Nor do I really want to go back to dress-up expectations which reception has.

So I've been bouncing ideas around here and there trying to figure out what I might like to do, what I think has enough life that I could work until I'm 75 (because me retiring sooner is highly unlikely unless magic emoticon happens to social security or my retirement account).

I love to write, but I've never had some "next great American novel" idea that I just needed to get written. I have numerous unfinished chapters that are simply the spur of the moment ideas transferred to paper and no driving urge to be an author. emoticon emoticon

That sort of ties into Technical Writer, but somehow the idea of pouring something I enjoy creatively into a "job" mold does not appeal.

I love math, but a few looks at accounting convinced me that its a field too many people are training for given how few new positions are created. emoticon

I love science, and really ... if I had the money and all the time I'd want, I'd study meteorology or cosmology. But I have no real idea of useful career directions those would go. Weather and space are just two areas of fascination that I'd love to study.

My best friend, when asked, actually suggested being a psychologist / counselor. emoticon I honestly didn't think he was serious at first, it was so far out of the realm of what I'd consider myself doing. I absolutely know I couldn't deal with the "drug 'em first" side of this. I could see myself sitting in an armchair working with the person lying on the couch, except for one key thing. It's not what the movies portray and one of my big issues in jobs is when my success depends on the actions of someone else. If the ONLY measure of my success was through the progress of others, it would drive me up and down the emotional scale.


All leading to one of my fall goals. Talk to a career counselor / college counselor. I haven't done this yet. (SCARY! Fall starts on the 21st or 22nd, doesn't it?)

But part of the discussion when I went to lunch with DDb and her mom and dad was college - her brother's progress to being a science teacher, her likely major and direction being law, and then asking me about what I've done and hope to do.

Yesterday I went searching for career assessments. I didn't find that nearly as productive as I would like. I can say pretty solidly that I'm INTJ on most variations of that particular personality test, but very few of the professions it thinks I'm suited for really do much for me. Worse, a lot of those tests have very clear biases. When they're offered or backed by particular online universities, they lean toward those careers they offer courses for.

I don't care if there's dozens of Medical or Dental Assistant courses out there. Not really interested, thanks. Computers, engineering, systems analyst, IT - certainly computers are here to stay, but the plethora of education doesn't promise the jobs will be here (and the education in most of those is fleeting as new developments completely overthrow past knowledge).


Okay, sorry, SORRY! It really sounds like I'm making lots of excuses and whatnot at this point. I don't mean to. I'm just walking through a lot of the thinking that brings me to now.

Tonight I went a different route. Who can I trust to be a little less biased? Government reports. The Bureau of Labor Statistics ( ) was a good starting point, particularly their Occupational Outlook Handbook.

In the process, I've discovered at least one possible career direction to look into - veterinary technician/technologist. emoticon emoticon The median wage isn't necessarily great, but that may easily be from the perspective of the higher cost of living where I am (which also means the wages for that type of position here are probably higher). Furbabies are continuing to grow in importance for many people, so being in a field focused on providing the necessary health care to animals is one that isn't going to shrink in coming years. It's also a profession that fits pretty much anywhere. If I decide to get out of the Bay Area, it's the kind of skill that translates just about anywhere residents might have animals. I'm not sure I'd want to go for a Doctorate to be a vet (something that is very competitive), but it would be an option.

As I do more research, it may not pan out - but at least now I've got a starting point of interest.

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TALENKARR1 9/13/2012 10:19AM

    Finding ones path in life is hard. Some people never find it. My aunt (now retired) became a respitory theripist and hated it. But it payed well and it was what she knew. My uncle did what he loved, fishing. And even with the oil spill in the gulf he made mad bank. everytime he went out. As in he has a millon dollar home beach side bank. Except when he took me. He said it was humliating when a 7 yr old out fished him lol.
My advise look at your life what do you love? what do you never get tired of? and then find a way to make it work for you. You are smart talented and have drive. I know yo will exede in what ever you do.

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CATMAHER 9/12/2012 9:28PM

    Deciding to go back to school is a major decision. It's great that you are questioning yourself and doing research. When I was heading to college we were all being pushed towards careers that made a lot of money and that were in demand at the time. It was the late 80's..what do you expect big business was in full swing.

Since you like math and science, I was wondering if you would consider teaching. I know, I know the salaries for teaching are not the greatest but it could have rewards that balance the pay scale.

Speaking of furbabies, don't forget all the other things that go into pets. There's holistic medicine for pets, there's training, pet care while the owner travels.

One thing is for sure. I know that when you find something that clicks and you put your mind to it. You will rock it!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/12/2012 8:48PM

You're on the right track -
for your future and your health

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FLEURGARDEN 9/12/2012 7:03PM

    Glad you're thinking about career goals and getting an education. An education is something that can never be taken away from you and is very important in this day and age.

I still haven't figured out what I want to be when I grow up. :-) And not to disuade you, but a friend of mine is a Technical Writer, and it has taken all the joy out of writing for her.

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SHEL_V2 9/12/2012 4:04PM

    I love that you're working through this. Deciding to go back to school is a big step, but an even bigger hill to climb. I will be forever grateful to Santa Clara for the job opportunities I had when I lived there.

One "hidden" field, particularly strong in your area, is medical device design and manufacturing. There are large companies and start-ups. Organization, attention to detail, and good writing skills are important to a lot of careers. This could be a good reason to develop software QA credentials, or get a science degree. You could try looking for a Document Control position in the meantime (SparkMail me if you're interested in resume help).

One different field to consider is radiation therapist. It requires just a 2 year degree (though you'll have to confirm that people actually get hired with that) and needs people who have a great combination of attributes: smart and detail oriented enough to set up the proper radiation dose for the patient, physically capable of helping position the patient in the equipment that delivers the radiation, and the people skills and empathy to make the patient comfortable. It always tops the list of "best paying job that just requires an AA". Not every CC offers a program.

If more than one of the CCs is possible for you to attend (Mission, DeAnza, Evergreen, etc.) consider really scouring their website for all of the vocational options they offer. I'm sure your brain is up to whatever academic passion you develop, but don't discount what you could bring to a job like this, or how quickly you could see a change in your paycheck.


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GODIVADSG 9/12/2012 4:01PM

    It is tough figuring it all out... I know you will come up with something that is just right for you. Have you ever thought of Occupational therapy or Speech Therapy? They are 2 fields that can be incredibly rewarding. emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 9/12/2012 2:49PM

    I think that a college counselor is a great place to start. I'm still trying to figure out what I want to be when I grow up (after 27 years as an attorney!). The "thinking outside of the box" part is tough. One of my friends encourages me to think outside of the box all the time -- it's kind of fun.

Several years ago, before Job #2, I went back to one of the community colleges and started working on a vocational certificate in ornamental horticulture. It was so much fun. After I started working two jobs, I couldn't keep up with it and had to stop. Someday, I hope to go back.

You are a wonderful writer and a deep thinker. There's something out there just for you!

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GOING-STRONG 9/11/2012 11:18PM

    I was in banking for 36 years (chief credit officer) until I lost my job 3 years ago. It really made me think about where I wanted to go with my work in the future. I decided I did NOT want the long hours, sedentary desk/office work, and the stress that goes with the executive life. So I ended up working part time at my Sister's restaurant as a server. Who knew? I LOVE it. I now work an average of 30-32 hours a week, have time to go to the gym every morning, am on my feet moving while I work (kind of like getting paid to go to the gym!), get free meals (yeah! I don't have to make my own salads!) and tips! The money is pretty darn good also which I never really imagined. Good luck with whatever you decide. The World is full of possibilities!


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50ISNEW30 9/11/2012 8:51PM

    You are definitely a thinker and appear to like to analyze things, I'd look into a field where you can do some type of research and analysis (no clue what, but whatever interests you). You are right about the admin. asst. field, it's changed. My previous title at this company was Executive Asst. but really I only answered phones. What ever you decide, make sure it's something you will enjoy. That is so important.

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SHERIO5 9/11/2012 6:18PM

    Good job on looking AND trying!!!

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CIPHER1971 9/11/2012 4:27PM

    I hope you find the right dream for you emoticon

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/11/2012 2:38PM

    What ever you decide on I'm sure you will give it your all and you will ROCK it!! emoticon

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WESTCOAST8 9/11/2012 2:35PM

    What a good idea. You would be able to draw on your experience from having worked in a pet store, and you are so right that the need for pet health care is unlikely to decrease - probably quite the opposite. Good luck in looking into this career opportunity!
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FINALLYBEINGME 9/11/2012 12:40PM

    I agree with going with something you can be excited about. On the math front - math teacher? possibly?..It is a field that will remain viable for along time. You could test it out by trying tutoring at the elementary level..I'd say pick a few different career options and then start talking to different people already working in those areas so you can figure out if they're a fit for you. emoticon

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DANAEBOYCE1 9/11/2012 12:24PM

    I feel like that. I have thought of so many different things I could or would do. I am almost finished with my paralegal degree, and now I am starting to think it would be better to have a more uplifting and active career. Maybe a PE teacher. I dont know. We'll see. I am still going to finish my paralegal degree first, though!

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NEELIXNKES 9/11/2012 11:14AM

    I'm working through some similar struggles on that front. Hopefully you have found your path and if you haven't, another option shows it face soon.

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DIET_FRIEND 9/11/2012 10:02AM

    It is great that you did so much soul searching. I am going through a rough time myself having been RIFed from my teaching job. I am looking for a career change too and think I'd like to be in adult ed. This is a hard field to break into apparently since I don't have the precise degree or any experience. Good luck with your goals.

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IMELECTRIC 9/11/2012 9:37AM

    Good Luck in what ever you decide. Success is being happy with your life and what you do.....not how much $$$ you make.

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LGAR519 9/11/2012 7:51AM

    If I had it to do over, I would have gone to Veterinary school. Working with animals is much easier than sick people! Even though I did much good in the Nursing profession for 40 some years, in my retirement years I work with animals primarily feral cats. We partnered with Angels of Assisi and trap the cats to be spayed and neutered. It's hard to find homes though because they are still wild! I'm sure you will find something that makes you happy!

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ELLENSANGEL 9/11/2012 4:51AM

    As someone who has just been through this, I can really appreciate it. Vet tech was my first choice but the training was unavailable in my area. Go for your dream.

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YESCURLYCAN 9/11/2012 4:25AM

  Wishing you the best of luck in finding something that you want to pursue. I am in the same boat as you, but I don't see myself going back to school *ugh!* Then again, its almost like, "then what?" I definitely see you in the sciences, no matter what you do. Maybe combine science and writing since you seem to be gifted at both? emoticon

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DENNETJ 9/11/2012 1:52AM

    I just love reading your way through things. Your blogs are a lot like mine. I start on a brain wander and see where it takes me. IDK what your ideas of the medical field are but Medical Technology is a field that is looking at a big boom in retirees soon. It is working in the laboratory and can be done with an associates or a bachelor's degree. Just a thought but I am biased :)

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TJCADDO 9/11/2012 1:35AM

    The oil industry is wide open right now. In this industry the pay is higher and with the good mind you possess you would enjoy the challenge. These companies also have better tahn average benefits as well and if you like travel you can find that as well.

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SPARKFRAN514 9/11/2012 1:29AM

    emoticon what ever you want to do its hard going back to school in this day and age and then the job hunt task and having to worry what job market will be like in a few years can make you want eat emoticon but knowing you though your blogs you can do any thing you put your mind to look how far you have came here at spark and on your weight loss journey. emoticon

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Ten years younger and music memories

Sunday, September 09, 2012

I stumbled across a photocopy taken of an old ID card. It's dated December of 2002. I find it interesting for a couple of reasons.

One is that I hadn't updated my weight yet at that point. It still said I was 175 pounds. A rather strange coincidence it was to see that with my weight currently bouncing between 176.5 and 178. I know I was heavier at that point. In fact, the visible double chin makes me think I was just over 200 at that point.

The other is that I was wearing makeup. It has been "forever" since I even wore lip gloss or lipstick, let alone spent time and effort to put on makeup. I haven't really had any reason or desire to get back to it - and thankfully don't work where it is expected.

I was smiling comfortably. I didn't look like I was horrified to have my picture taken for it. It's actually not a bad picture at all for one taken by the DMV.

I can't see that I look much different other than the weight difference and the growing crows' feet at my eyes. I'm quite happy with the evidence I smile that much. emoticon


Leaping in a whole different direction - music. I've used both Pandora and Rhapsody. I really dislike the ads on Pandora, but I like how it adds songs I don't know but might like based on what songs I've liked and disliked in the past. Rhapsody doesn't annoy me with ads, but somehow is much more of a chore to find music I like unless I know the artist in advance. Their "radio" offerings are just odd sometimes.

Tonight I was tired of listening to the same songlist and decided to just poke around some genres. emoticon

I have certain genres that I just cannot get into, but every once in a while I'll try again just in case some artist, some song, will interest me in listening. One of those is Jazz. I know others love Jazz, but every Jazz song I have ever tried to listen to sets me on edge. I started off with Jazz and only got through three songs (well, no, not through - I skipped after about 20-30 seconds of each). Nope, no jazz for me.

Other genres I'm just picky with - some artists do fantastic and others are horrors who should never have been recorded. Opera fits into this category. The first song sounded interesting, and then I saw it. William Tell Overture. Now, I honestly didn't know that was an opera. It brings up some really old memories, though.

My father had a record, LP or long-playing, of the William Tell Overture. It was a see-through yellow or golden plastic instead of the usual black vinyl. As young kids (early teens for me, siblings were all younger), we loved that particular record. One of the songs was familiar ... used in the Lone Ranger show. When that would come on, we weren't allowed to gallop around the living room because the record would skip, so we spun in place through the entirety of the song, collapsing dizzily at the end.

Another amusing coincidence that, since I gave ONYX OUTLAW masks out - and the Lone Ranger was always seen with that sort of mask.

More memory lane thoughts then followed on other records we had. My mother had a varied collection. Peter, Paul and Mary had "Puff the Magic Dragon" and another song I mostly remember with "It's raining, it's pouring, the old man is snoring" and a game of hide and seek going on. She also had lots of Journey, Lynyrd Skynyrd, and Pink Floyd. Without knowing any of the dances, we loved spinning and dancing to songs like "Let Go to the Hop" ( ) and "Locomotion" ( ).

So true that what adults tend to call "working out" was just play and fun when little.

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SHEL_V2 9/12/2012 3:47PM

    I'd just posted a DMV photo related blog, and then discovered yours. Must be the time of year for pondering this! Our weight ranges are even similar. I also wear make-up less frequently than I used to, but I slather on plenty of moisturizer!

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TANYA602 9/10/2012 10:51PM

    Isn't it amazing how music can take us to so many places. When you were writing about the different songs, I continued reading and also thinking about my own connections to the songs and artists. Fun blog!

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CARIOLA 9/9/2012 8:22PM

    No jazz for me either--one of the few genres I just can't get into at all. Love those oldies!

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FRANCES-AGAPE 9/9/2012 7:11PM


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memories for the rest of us too

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SABLENESS 9/9/2012 5:04PM

    Thanks for the input on Pandora and Rhapsody - helpful!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/9/2012 4:50PM

    I haven't heard of the Rhapsody site before, cool. I do use the pandora though.

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SHERIO5 9/9/2012 2:53PM

    I think you look younger in your current pictures!!

Fun to look at your music musings as parents played a lot of 50's music when I was I find I can appreciate much of the music from that time...I'm all over the place with my listening!

Keep up your hard work, it shows in your pictures!

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SPARKFRAN514 9/9/2012 1:48PM

    Great blog and nice picture for a drivers ID . Some times times its fun to travel down memory lane it even brought back memories of watching the Long Ranger and i could the end of the program where the horse stand on his back legs and then they rid off into the sun set. i heard the music and could see you dancing in the living room . thanks for the memory . Since i am not up date and have music to listen as work out as the CD player i have skips as I work out.. thanks for the great blog
have a great week

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HYDROQUEEN 9/9/2012 11:25AM

    As eclectic as my taste in music is, Jazz puts me on edge too. Most other music brings me joy and makes me want to move this body. Jazz gives me a headache. Well, Jazz and Rap both hurt my brain.

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FLEURGARDEN 9/9/2012 10:30AM

    I hate my picture on my current license, but it's still good for another three years. I've lost 25 pounds since it was taken, and I'm already amazed at how my face isn't as round and plump as the picture on my license.

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EMGI129 9/9/2012 10:06AM

    Music makes good exercise great! I love it. Thanks for the post.

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ILOVELIFE2012 9/9/2012 9:10AM

    what a nice picture! I agree, play and fun play and fun play and fun (ok maybe I'm extreme lol) but I too believe in play and fun :)

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TALENKARR1 9/9/2012 7:55AM

    Okay first Your babe hood is obvious is even evidint in a DMV photo. second I always advicate play over work outs. cause all you have to do is llook at the words too know which is more fun. If you really wanna a fun musicain to listen to (don't try exersizing trust me) try red buttons. he was the percurser of weird al and he tickled my funny bone like nothing else as a kid.

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RG_DFW 9/9/2012 6:44AM

    yep, we all do it

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CIPHER1971 9/9/2012 2:58AM

    May that is a truth of us all - 'working out' should be play and fun.

Have a great day.

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Open window again and more rambles

Friday, September 07, 2012

Follow-up on the prior blog - they were still working on the whole gas leak thing when I went to sleep, though they were done with the jackhammer. I saw it today. It was literally the place next door (which happens to be a convenience store), so I'm glad it all seems to have gone smoothly once discovered.

The closed window / open window thing - I am very antsy about fresh air. I only close my window on the coldest nights of winter. (And here's where I ~LOVE~ where I live because it doesn't drop below freezing more than once or twice in the entire winter, so I get to keep it open - even if just a crack - most of the year.) I do not have A/C or a heater, but where the room is positioned in the house doesn't tend to overheat and I have a comforter, a heavy quilt, and a thick plush blanket when it gets cold.

So for me to have a closed window on a very pleasant evening is definitely unusual.


Seriously beat. I am so so so glad that I have two days of recovery (from strength training) at last. Getting it swapped from M-W-F to Su-Tu-Th has meant almost three full weeks of ST every other day, and I can definitely feel the need for a rest. The muscles aren't sore, exactly, but there's a sense of them just not wanting to pull as strongly. Well, most of the muscles aren't sore. My shoulders and triceps have certainly let me know I worked them well the last couple times.

Speaking of shoulders, a little NSV. I always thought I had sloped shoulders. Very recently I was noticing my shadow in the afternoon and they didn't look all that sloped. Looking through some of my pictures (not the swimsuit ones because those have my arms up, but the others), I most definitely had a double+ chin, but also was thick around the base of my neck and the top of my shoulders. My neck now looks longer and my shoulders look mostly level. I've noticed for quite a while now how "bony" my shoulder joints feel, but there's also the toning of all those shoulder and back muscles to credit as well and the simple loss of over 70 pounds of excess fat.



Oh, I'd forgotten when I wrote that bit about Mr. Miracle what the exact thing in the video / ad was that set me off. I remembered this morning. Photographs. I've never been good about taking pictures of family and posting them.

I noticed recently that I don't even have pictures of my kids on my phone. (Amusing little aside - after noticing and going to take a picture of my DDa who was with me, my phone shut itself off when I pushed the trigger and by the time it got restarted her bus had come and the opportunity was lost. DDb is up at college now, so it will be a while before I can get a shot of her. DS is just a matter of timing with his classes and job. DDa is looking for a job and didn't get the finances dealt with for school this quarter, so more time available.)

I've joked with my kids before that I need a house-husband - a guy who cooks, cleans, loves caring for the home. My DDa way back when came back with the witty remark that what I needed was a wife and a boytoy. emoticon Ah, I raised them well.

But, yeah, watching that had me thinking how much I'd love having someone who wanted to just take pictures of us and put them around, who could make a house feel like a home. emoticon Because that is just something I have never had a real knack at. I can make a place look lived in. That's easy. But I lived in a place for around 12 years and only ever hung three pictures on the wall - one of DS, one of DDa, and one a family portrait of my mother and we 9 grown children. I had one with my father, stepmother, 4 full siblings, stepsister, my kids and stepsister's kids, but never hung that.

More than pictures on the walls, I almost never collect knick-knacks or curios. Looking around my room, I have the plants I've been buying lately, a porcelain doll, two stuffed animals related to WOW, and a scented candle. I'm just not a material objects kind of person.

What I ultimately think it comes down to is actually not even about a Mr. Miracle. It's more about my sense of disconnection. I have yet to find something that inspires me so much I want to collect it.

When I was young it was horses. I had so many model horses they filled a couple of shelves in addition to the dresser top. I couldn't take them when I moved. By the time I could have started collecting again, I'd "grown up" and didn't see the point in spending the money.

I've lived like that since. There's nothing out there which inspires that level of passion.

I walk 5ks, sure. But I don't especially take care to keep the bib or the shirt. I'm just looking forward to the next one.

I enjoy watching football, baseball, and hockey. We have the Sharks right here, the 49ers new stadium is coming to Santa Clara where I've lived almost half my life, the Raiders are an hour away in Oakland, the Giants in SF and the As in Oakland. I have no real team loyalty in the fan sense. I'll root for the LA Dodgers because they're fun to watch. One year when I was pregnant and watching every game, I rooted for the Cincinnati Bengals (Boomer Esiason was QB at the time and they went 6/6 in pre-season). With all that ... I don't even own a team shirt.

I used to watch a lot of anime with my brothers. One had a wall of VHS, Laser Discs, and DVDs along with the cute otaku stuff many came with. I enjoyed the shows, but other than a couple of T-shirts he didn't fit and gave me, I didn't "buy in".

I list a healthy number of hobbies and interests, but none of them really inspire in me any sort of passion. I'll head outside to watch a meteor shower, download an app to identify constellations, ooh and ah over three planets in the sky aligning as a triangle (which was neat, for sure) ... but then go months without really looking at the moon or sky.

I'm content. I'm happy. I'm successful at the things that matter to me.

I'm not lacking, just ... I think the only clear thing I'd put on a bucket list is sky-diving. And even that is something I just want to try at least once - not something I think would be a regular event.

I know part of what I claim bothers me is how many passions are commercialized and/or legislated. I don't want to feel like I'm being fleeced in following a passion. When I see someone with hundreds of useless trinkets, I shudder. I don't want to have to worry about whether something requires permits or special locations to do. I don't know if it's a convenient excuse or a legitimate gripe ... because I've never been passionate enough about anything to push past it.

On which note, I started reading the next chapter in 7 Habits - "Begin with the End in Mind". I'm hoping in the process of figuring out a Mission Statement for my life, I can find something that helps fire up a passion in me.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

SPARKFRAN514 9/9/2012 1:20AM

    Boy that was close! Just reading about your gym time made me tired .Way to go on the NSV those are sometimes more fun and exciting then the numbers on the scales moving down ward, they some how t seem to move back and forth but those body changes stay put.( Unless we really mess things up putting stuff in our mouths.) I would miss my pictures of family and friends and my race shirts are fun to wear as you can tell by my Spark page. I have a large spoon collection that I enjoy until I have to clean them. I didnít start it a friend I worked with over 30 years ago told me I needed to collect something so she would know what to bring back as a gift from her vacations. Thought spoon world is fun.
She has since move away but my cousin keeps my collection going I now have Spoons from Mongolia Spain china and Ireland. But I can understand how you feel if you live in an Apt. its hard to make it like home. Donít want to many holes in the wall. I always enjoy reading your blogs you cover so much and share so much of you self its like sitting down and having a visit in person with you . great job.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 9/8/2012 4:36PM

    Way to go with all your strength training. You are gonna love what it does for those shoulders. From what you wrote it is already working. emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 9/8/2012 10:37AM

    sounds like you and I share similiar emotions. It's like when doing something: I try it, nope nope, on to the messing around with it either. LOL My daughter jokes I'm pretty emotionless and I'm sure its there and just hidden well....maybe it's because you and I are always processing always thinking. LOL

we need to quit thinking.

Anyhowsit...I love the running shirts/bibs. and I suck at cleaning collectibles, but I love having them around me......for a bit.


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TALENKARR1 9/7/2012 11:53PM

    The point of a collection is to make you smile. Not to make invesments. Not to be a "uber fan" It is to make you smile. If you perfer to do instead of aquire. don't collect. When a collection stops being fun I get ride of it. Right now I have comics and dragons. I am also thinking of adding "little foot" dinos and Chulthu stuff. And when I am bored with them they go by by. I never spend alot or bend over backwards I just have fun.

And secondly I think even married wemon need a house husband. lol Nobody I know likes dishes.

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/7/2012 10:26PM

    I love races. The shirts are nice but I usually don't wear them much after, unless they are made of tech material and then I can work out it them.

I'm not good at decorating too. My husband is the one who likes to make our place look nice. And he cleans (more than I do). So there are men out there like that emoticon

Hobbies are good. Knick knacks just add clutter. It's good to have a simplified life.

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SHEL_V2 9/7/2012 6:51PM

    You can definitely have passion without the collectables, and vice versa. I'm sitting in a large house full of objects that have stuck to me, thinking how nice it would be if 80% of them just disappeared so I can get on with my next idea.


You've got a nicely streamlined physical presence... when you want to go exploring things that might become a passion, you'll be able to pack light!

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SHERIO5 9/7/2012 6:30PM

    I admire your simplicity in how you choose to have your husband and I have found the more "stuff" we have, the more complicated life yeah...we still have too much stuff...but we are constantly pruning as we get older...and trying to just appreciate what we do have. It sounds like your journey to good health is encouraging you to discover more about who you are, right now. I think that's great!

Enjoy the ride! I'm glad your windows can be open, I'm with you on that one! emoticon

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CIPHER1971 9/7/2012 3:44PM

    you write with passion - and ideas don't generally have much merchandise emoticon

I so relate on the photo front, I have few photos of my daughters and husband, and none of my sister and brother.

Really glad the gas leak is sorted.

Have a great day

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