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Family and family time

Sunday, March 28, 2010

I have just returned from a wonderful family weekend in St. Louis. My daughter and I drove down together and back having wonderful in-depth conversation both ways. We even resolved some old misunderstandings and felt we had deepened an already wonderful loving relationship.
My sister-in-law loves to do family research and has traced her family of origin back to the 1600's in Germany, eventually connecting to a German following the U.S.A. strand of the family. My sister who recently retired to Panama gave me some family jewelry she didn't want to take with her. One piece was a woman's watch with a "C' on the front cover and the inscription "Mother 1857-1914" inside the case. With the information I could share with her, she discovered the name of the owner, we figured out it was a 65th birthday present from her children. She even found a picture of the family in which I recognized which my grandfather on my mother's side whom I had never met, but recognized from other family pictures. The watch is now at the jeweler's and the stem and crown will be replaced and it will be brought back to working order. I plan to give it to our daughter for graduation from law school.
In addition, my sister-in-law discovered that a direct ancestor (great grandfather 6 times back) was a signer of the American Declaration of Independence. He paid a big price for his patriotism. He lost his considerable fortune supporting the revolution; his wife was captured by the British and died as a result of her treatment as a prisoner. What as wonderful about it is that my sister-in-law absolutely loved the searching.

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NANCYLEE46 3/29/2010 1:28PM

    Mother/daughter time - how awesome.

Interesting geneology. We have done my dad's back to the 1800's.
It is fun.

Welcome back and I am glad you had a good time.


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Showers, food and hours between eating!

Saturday, March 27, 2010

The adventure of the St. Louis trip has been wild. Friday when I got to Iowa City to pick up my daughter for lunch (at 2:00 PM), she couldn't join me, but her housemate was going to do weight training at the gym and offered to work with me. He was great and we did almost an hour with weights... I had never pressed with a barbell before. Then I did 30 min. of cardio on an elliptical and by the time I changed it was 4:30 and the last thing I had eaten was a power bar at 12:30. I was starved, not a good place to be. So i went to a nearby grocery and found some 0% fat Greek yogurt, a fresh pear and a South Beach Fiber fit bar (I ate 2.) About an hour later my daughter comes back and is starving for supper and we go to this great Middle Eastern place. I am semi-smart, I have chicken kebab, tomato and cucumber salad and red cabbage salad and ... a piece of baklava. Needless to say, I got in all my fat yesterday.

We finally decided that it is now 7:00, if we drive on to St.Louis we won't get there till 11. So we decide to sleep in and get up at 4:00 AM to leave about 4:30. Everything is going find this morning until we can't find the car keys... takes 45 mins. So we maintained or slightly exceeded the speed limit on the way. Meanwhile I have had a cup of tea and on more of my fiber bars. The shower starts at 10:00, eating starts about 10:30 and I am starved. But there are veggies and hummus dip, fresh fruit salad... and homemade scones and petit fours. Let's just say, I don't have many calories or fat left in my schedule for today. I learned a lot. I just need to say, I must have food every 3-4 hours or I will not make good choices. I am just hoping all the physical activity yesterday will helpl
The shower was wonderful, my niece was so appreciative of all the gifts and of course, we all ohhed an ahhed over how cute everything was. We are all now relaxing for the afternoon before a big family supper at 5:30. Water and hot tea here we come.

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RUSTYSHAW1 3/28/2010 12:39AM

    What a wonderful day. You will work it all off; it is worth the special memories you have created with your daughter, friends, and family. Rusty.

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DTCELLO 3/28/2010 12:37AM

    Hi there! sounds great. I had to laugh at your description of your running around and eating.....I do the same thing. You did great with the Yogurt, fruit and bars.

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    So glad that you are having a good time. Baby showers are always such a fun and exciting event. LOL...Reading your blog has made me hungry!!!!! Take care, and let us hear how the remainder of your trip goes.


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SLENDERELLA61 3/27/2010 3:25PM

    Adventurous working out on your trip is impressive! Slipping a little when you are really hungry is a lesson I've learned, unfortunately, over and over. Do I have it now? Very understandable. You are very aware of your good, good choices, and limiting the special items. I've heard that called flexible restraint and heard it described as one of the most important skills of maintenance. Sounds like you are there!! -Marsha

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NANCYLEE46 3/27/2010 3:22PM

    CarolJean - sounds like you are having so much fun. We are all allowed a "fun" day with eating, but I think you are doing great maintaining a balance.

Your work-out time sounded fun. Enjoy your family dinner tonight.


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Thursday, March 25, 2010

For the first time in my life, (since I started by gaining with the freshman 15 and two babies and 2 broken legs and emotional issues) I know I will not be overweight again. I have learned several important concepts about weight, eating, exercising and myself. I know that dieting will never work for maintaining because I wasn't learning how to eat outside of the diet arena. I know that it takes both food control and exercise to not only lose the weight but create a body and habits that will continue to maintain the loss. I know that I don't have to deny myself wedding cake or ice cream or chocolate for the rest of my life, all I need to do is not take gigantic or even big portions. A small square of chocolate will not ruin my life and will fulfill a little sweet dark craving.
I know that I love the way I feel, I love the way my clothes fit, I love craving exercise instead of food and I love that my body demands 8 glasses of water a day. I love that I'm going to be 65 in a little over three weeks and that I will be the healthiest I have ever been in my life.
I have the spark!

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UUCEEJAY 3/26/2010 7:17PM

    I'm only two years behind you in age and almost to the level I want to be for weight. I hope to be able to do what you say and take just a small portion of high calorie food, but so far, just avoiding them seems safer for me. You are doing great! Oh, and happy birthday! ( a little early, but wishing you a fun day ) emoticon
Isn't it great to grow younger as we age!

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CHANCYPIE 3/26/2010 2:57PM

  Hi CarolJean,

I loved reading your thoughts on maintenance. You ARE where I want to be. I am about your age and I am so glad I found the Spark. It is helping me maintain my confidence and enthusiasm as I travel the road to optimum health. I'm still a ways from the maintenance stage, but I truly believe I will make it.

Keep up the good work. You are an inspiration. (And you LOOK great, by the way! ) emoticon


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VITCHY-VICKI 3/26/2010 8:25AM

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L3DESIGNS 3/26/2010 3:38AM

    Great attitude! Keep up the great work!

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SLENDERELLA61 3/26/2010 12:27AM

    You definitely have the Spark! Maybe you are a Spark!! Good going on all your accomplishments and your realizations that it is forever. All the best, Marsha

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Busy Day and lots of calories used!

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

Today began with my usual Tuesday 6:30 AM Wake-Up Yoga class that i love teaching. It's fun to do sun salutations as the the sun is rising. Then I had an appointment to get new orthotic inserts for my shoes. They made me feel like I was walking on air. Then I stopped for coffee on the way home and ended getting it free because the barista had inserts and knew how good my new ones made me feel. After a quick lunch off to a meeting to try to figure out whether to buy supplemental or advantage plans for medicare and which part D I should buy. I don't know how anyone make these decisions... there is so much information.
It was a semi-sunny day and well into the 50's ... time for another training bike ride, this time 14 miles. (BTW I never taught math... my 13 mile ride was 20% of my scheduled 65 mile ride on my birthday.) Managed to average about 11.9 mph today and we were doing part of the route we will follow on my birthday weekend.
Got home at 5:00 and then did 90 min. of Bikram (hot 105 degrees in room) yoga from 6-7:30. Guess what - I am wiped out... but Spark Fitness says I used over 650 calories today!

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AAKROYD 3/24/2010 6:12AM

    Sounds like a productive day!

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Energy and women

Monday, March 22, 2010

We live near a large Catholic high school and school just let out a few minutes ago. Since the parking lot is too small, many of the students park on our street, so it's fun to watch all the various types of kids go by. Even in a uniform of maroon shirts and khaki pants or skirts, all the different personalities are evident from the lonlely nerd to the chattering group of in-crowd girls. But they all seem to radiate youthful energy, especially the ones on the cross country team that just ran by.
Even though I am old enough to be their grandmother, i am energized by their energy and enthusiasm. I wish I had been involved in high school or college athletics, but i come from an era when the only acceptable physical activity for a girl to like was cheerleading. Pretty soon the girls cross country runners will come by and I am thrilled what we have accomplished so far for young women.

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SLENDERELLA61 3/22/2010 9:27PM

    Well said. I'm just a couple years younger than you. Tonight I watched NCAA Women's Basketball. What a great game. I like watching the women even more than the men. My step granddaughter plays soccer. She spends hours practicing and competing. My neice played golf on a high school team. Women just didn't do that back when we were growing up. Really glad they have the opportunity now. -Marsha

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