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Gratitude and great clothes

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

First and foremost...THANK YOU!!!!! Thank you to each of you for the well wishes on both hitting my goal weight and being voted a motivator. I really appreciate all of the support I get from everyone here at Spark! And, in case you were wondering, I will be sticking around. You can't get rid of me that easily! LOL! emoticon

Now, for the great clothes part.

I took last Friday off from work to go shopping for dressier clothes for my trip to Taiwan. My friend and I left around 8:00 in the morning. I took her back home by 2:00 and headed back out on my own. Didn't get home until 5:00...maybe later. I was TIRED!

But, it was a good trip. First stop was a consignment shop. Found a pair of grey pants that fit mostly good...there was a line across my butt that wouldn't go away! No...it was the liner inside the pants that didn't lay flat. Passed on those pants, but I did find two tops. One is a purple knit top, three-quarter sleeves. It is heavy enough that I don't have to wear two layers to be warm, but thin enough to put another sweater over it if needed. The other top is black and white patterned. It is "crinkly" by design, so won't wrinkle when I pack it! LOL!

Couple more stops that were not fruitful and a stop at Souper Salad, a buffet place that has soup and salad. Made mostly healthy choices.

After I dropped my friend off, I went to a couple more stores and found a pair of grey pants that fit AND didn't need to be hemmed! No...I did NOT buy them in the kid's department...they're petite. I still have to wear heels with them so the legs don't drag the ground, but I don't have to hem them!

And speaking of heels...I found a pair of comfy wedge heels! I did have to put one of those heel things in one of the shoes to keep it from slipping off my heel, but they fit! I'll be wearing them all week, so I'll get a good feel for them.

I got a few non-Taiwan trip things too. A pink long sleeved tee and two bins to hold the blankets and pillows in my bonus room. This weekend, I'm going to do a dry-run on my packing and see if I have enough tops, travel sizes, etc. to take with me. And I'll decide then if I'm going to check a bag or fit everything into a carry-on. Decisions! Decisions! emoticon emoticon

  
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KENDRACARROLL 10/21/2010 10:50AM

    How did I miss the announcement that you made goal?!? CONGRATULATIONS! That's awesome news!
Maintenance is quite tricky. Glad you're planning to stick around.


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AUNTIEANNE22 10/20/2010 10:34PM

  Lucky you - finding pants that don't need to be hemmed. I sometimes luck out but very rarely. I love consignment shops though. I can sew, so I hate to pay full price for something I know I can make more cheaply.

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LADYIRISH317 10/20/2010 9:37AM

    So where are the photos, girl?

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CATHERINEL66 10/20/2010 9:36AM

    Whoo hoo! Stick with the program -- I know I am! Besides, we'd MISS you!

Can't wait to here the travel reports from Taiwan! Make sure you get out and do some fun stuff because some of us are counting on you to live vicariously! :)

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BKNOCK 10/20/2010 8:31AM

    Sounds like you are very organized! Wow, I never find pants that I don't have to hem, even in petites!

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NEWNAC304 10/20/2010 8:30AM

    Sounds like a great shopping trip! I'm so glad you're going to be sticking around here.

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I'm sorry...what did that say?

Monday, October 18, 2010

One of the things I try to do each night is go through my e-mails and get caught up on my Spark friends and teams. I reply to some of the threads I've subscribed to. I read blogs (and comment as needed. emoticon) I read/scan the articles that Spark sends out.

And then there was this e-mail that maybe shouldn't have come to me. I did double check that the e-mail was really addressed to me. It was. You, my Spark Friends, voted me a Motivational Member! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Wow! Thanks! Thank you to each of you who voted for me and who have motivated me and kept me honest! I am really honored by the vote of confidence! Thank you!!!!

  
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EM4488 10/23/2010 9:55AM

    YAHOO!!!!! Congrats! You are DEFINITELY a motivation!

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GEEMAWEST 10/23/2010 9:30AM

    Sorry I didn't see this earlier. You definitely deserve the recognition. You motivate me all the time. You even motivate me to cheer all that much harder for the Ducks!
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AUNTIEANNE22 10/19/2010 10:35PM

  Who, more than you,deserves the award? Congratulations.

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NEWNAC304 10/19/2010 3:45PM

    Congrats! You are a motivational leader!

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STEVENGO2 10/19/2010 11:23AM

    You truly deserve this award. You are a motivator. Congrats!
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KENDRACARROLL 10/19/2010 10:09AM

    Couldn't have happened to a nicer gal. :) Congratulations.

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CARLANNIE 10/19/2010 9:30AM

    Didn't know I could vote, or else I would have - yahoo!

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BKNOCK 10/19/2010 9:14AM

    It's about time! Your blogs always motivate me!
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CAROLEHZ 10/19/2010 8:24AM

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TXNANA_4 10/19/2010 7:47AM

    Congrats!

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MDTWEETY 10/19/2010 7:36AM

    Woo hoo!!!! Congrats!

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STEELKICKIN 10/18/2010 11:32PM

    Geez, it's, like, about TIME!!!! You're welcome. I voted for you. A long time ago, but I voted for you. Neener neener!
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BARCLE 10/18/2010 11:26PM

    emoticon congratulations, that's fantastic emoticon

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MUSIC66 10/18/2010 11:23PM

    Thats awsome.

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FELIXC 10/18/2010 11:22PM

    That's so awesome! Good for you!

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ELYMWX 10/18/2010 11:21PM

    Finally!

Congratulations!

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I'm at goal!! I'm really there!!!

Sunday, October 17, 2010

Woo Hoo!!!! After six months (or more!) of being within five pounds of my 128 pound goal, the scale finally rewarded me with that magical number! emoticon

So what did I do? I ate my way through the next two days! LOL! Okay, so I already had planned on not meeting calorie range either of those two days, so no big deal that I did exactly that. Today was much better.

I was at my goal weight about seven years ago. I maintained very well for a few months. Then, I decided that I knew what I was doing and I gave myself permission to eat whatever I wanted through the holiday season. Now, seven years later, I finally lost that 20 pounds! LOL! (No, I didn't gain all 20 in two months, but close!)

That tells me that I need to watch what I eat all of the time. I can still take some "cheat" days, but most of my days have to be filled with healthy choices. So...life as usual but with just a few more calories! emoticon

Maintenance is my friend and I plan to hang with my new friend for years to come!

  
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STEVENGO2 10/19/2010 11:14PM

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SUZYMOBILE 10/19/2010 7:08AM

    Whoa! Fabulous!! Now you can join a maintainers team!!

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CHATTIEGIRL 10/18/2010 8:57PM

    Hi CARTOONB;

I stopped by to see how you are doing as you are one of my Spark friends. You have done fantastic and I am proud of you. Yes you will continue on living a healthy life, eating healthy and being active with exercises and other things. This is a life long journey but we learn how to do it so we don't have to struggle anymore. I drink a lot of water and in 1 day I want from 145 to 140, so I believe in water. I am 5' 7" 1/4, I still put that there so I know I am not shrinking. I weighed 110 when I married my husband at 27 and after 35 I started to gain. I was too thin to start with so it didn't matter much. I maintained a 155 weight for 15 years and even then it wasn't too heavy but I went on a arthritic diet and went to 135 and that is where I have stayed. 135 to 140, size 8 so I don't need to go any lower just tone. I also eat off a dessert plate and 1 helping and that really keeps you where you want to be.

Stay true to yourself, continue with your healthy living and be happy. May God bless you always. Love the Spark people site.

Joyce

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RWETHAIRYET 10/18/2010 4:53PM

    Awww...congratulations!!
I hope I get to say that someday. I'm maintaining alright, just a bit above my goal, haha!

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DONNAORLENE 10/18/2010 3:18PM

    Way to go!! You've worked hard to get there and I'm happy for you! Keep up the good work!!

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 10/18/2010 1:31PM

    That's fanastic news, Barb! Well done you!
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All your hard work has paid off and you've achieved what you set out to do.

Here's to maintenance and your continued success.
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ILUVTOTAT 10/18/2010 10:11AM

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CARLANNIE 10/18/2010 8:35AM

    Doing the Happy Dance for you here - yahooooooo!!!! You have worked hard to get to that magical number, and with the holidays fast upon us, I think you've got the right idea about being vigilant. Here's a toast to you!!!

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BKNOCK 10/18/2010 6:22AM

    Wow, that is so awesome! Congratulations!
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NEWNAC304 10/18/2010 5:59AM

    Congrats! Are you still going to be hanging around here? I hope so!

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MUSIC66 10/18/2010 1:05AM

    awsome.

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DEUSMACHINA 10/18/2010 12:56AM

    FANTASTIC! That is wonderful news! Congratulations.

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JUNIAATROME 10/18/2010 12:54AM

    woo hoo! You are my hero. I do hope I can do that some day. Must have a closer look at how you'r doing that as you have a similar schedule to mine - and I'm just not making it lately.:(
But hey today is your day and a day of celebration!! Wanted to say: have some cake, but that would NOT be good advice, huh? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELYMWX 10/17/2010 11:24PM

    Congratulations, and good luck!

(sounds like you need it)


(I'm ducking away now...)

(ok, running away...)

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ABB698 10/17/2010 10:54PM

    Congrats on meeting your goal! emoticon Now onto maintaining: emoticon

Keep Sparking!
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FITTERLIFE4ME 10/17/2010 10:45PM

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AUNTIEANNE22 10/17/2010 10:42PM

  Nice job. Hang with us and we'll make sure you keep it off.

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MYRTROSE 10/17/2010 10:30PM

    Wow congrats!
Do you do a lot of entertaining for the holidays?
What's your game plan for this year?

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APIRLRAIN888 10/17/2010 10:21PM

    congratulation. keep it up

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GEEMAWEST 10/17/2010 10:07PM

    Good for you Barb!! You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for always being there. You Rock!!

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Day off, but getting up at what time?

Thursday, October 14, 2010

I am taking tomorrow (today if you're reading this on Friday!) off from work. I am going to use the day to go shopping for at least one pair of dress pants, one pair of comfy wedge dressy heels (yes, I hear those do exist), possibly a pair of cute boots and then whatever else catches my eye. I recently received a bonus from work and I'm using part of that to fund my shopping spree.

And, I'm starting all of this by getting up at 4:15, my normal time, to go work out. emoticon I'm meeting my two "homies" (tee hee) at the gym at 4:45. I'll get my cardio in followed by some weight lifting. Then home to get ready for the day. Then off to breakfast (probably Subway, yum!), shopping, lunch, shopping and....oh yeah, shopping!

Maybe I'll have time to come home and take a nap. emoticon

  
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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 10/16/2010 5:14PM

    Do you own cows that require milking? I can't think of another reason to get out of a perfectly warm, comfortable bed at 4-frickin-15 IN THE MORNING!
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I hope your shopping trip was fruitful. I have heard of the comfy wedge heels of which you speak, although I am unable to wear such footwear myself (chronically bad feet).

I hope you're enjoying your weekend. Be a devil, have a lie in. 'Til 6am, say. Go on, you know you want to.
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AUNTIEANNE22 10/15/2010 10:54PM

  Yeah, i love comfy, wedge dressy heels. It's all I wear.
We are in the middle of a nor'easter, but i got my grocery shopping done this morning and some clothes shopping tonight. i also made it to the gym for cardio and strength training.

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STEVENGO2 10/15/2010 6:16PM

    I did not get to this blog until 6:15pm Friday. I hope you enjoyed your workout and oh yeah...shopping! emoticon

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NEWNAC304 10/15/2010 2:22PM

    You are more dedicated to working out than I am! I hope you have a fun day and get time for a nap.

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AJDOVER1 10/15/2010 1:13PM

    I know what you mean. I get up around 4:45am every day and I never use an alarm clock. I'm certainly not opposed to early afternoon naps -- especially after shopping for those mythical comfy, dressy shoes!

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KENDRACARROLL 10/15/2010 10:58AM

    Wishing you a successful shopping day. Have fun!

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DAYHIKER 10/15/2010 10:44AM

    What a fine lass you are getting up so early so you can get your workout in! Happy shopping!! Sounds great!! emoticon

~Cindy

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GEEMAWEST 10/15/2010 9:37AM

    Sounds like a fun day.

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TXNANA_4 10/15/2010 7:59AM

    Have a fun day!

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CARLANNIE 10/15/2010 7:45AM

    A long weekend, and nice weather for it. Enjoy your shopping excursion.

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BKNOCK 10/15/2010 7:28AM

    Sounds like a fun day! I am not too sure about comfortable wedgie shoes either though! Good luck!

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LMB-ESQ 10/15/2010 6:15AM

    "comfy wedge dressy heels " HAHAHAHA Good luck with that! And when you find them let me know and give me the name and address of the store, cuz I've been looking for a pair of those for YEARS and can't find any! The last pair I bought because they felt comfy in the store shredded my hose and made big holes in my feet. I wore them once and then threw them in the trash!

But the day off sure sounds great, and so does the nap! Enjoy!!

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Six hours travel for how much playtime?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

Just got the schedule for my son's last football game of the season. We are traveling to Wood River, a town three hours away. Assuming there is no construction. Do you know how long three hours is? In a car? Dang! LOL!

And, to top it off, we have to be there at 9:00. Which means that we'll have to leave at 5:30 (giving us time to get breakfast on the road and still have some time for delays). Have you ever tried to get an eleven-year old boy out of bed at 4:45 in the morning? An eleven-year old boy who is NOT a morning person? He is so going to bed at 5:00 pm! LOL!

They play one game. Four quarters. Eight minutes per quarter. And he plays defense, so half that time. That's (at best) sixteen minutes of watching my kid play. After three hours of driving. And before three more hours of driving. That's a lot of driving!

But you know what? I'm happy to do it. He loves to play football. I love to watch him. And I am lucky enough to have the time and wherewithal to get to do just that. emoticon

I love football!

  
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BETHGILLIGAN 10/13/2010 8:44PM

    My son is 29 and the best memories I have are Saturday afternoons (when he was little) and Friday nights (in high school) watching him play the sport he loved. What fun for all of us!!!! Enjoy every minute--it flies by!

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RWETHAIRYET 10/13/2010 4:02PM

    Well, on the one hand, I'm still waiting for a thankyou for all those early morning ice hockey games on the other side of the planet on brutally cold mornings (where it was warmer IN the rink)
But yup, I do miss the days. Have a great time!

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SANDIE4HLTH 10/12/2010 11:32PM

    It's always encouraging to hear about kids who are dedicated to a positive activity as your son is dedicated to football -- and the moms who make the necessary sacrifices with a full heart for the sake of their children.

I hope this turns out to be a surprisingly enjoyable trip and an exciting game. Great work!

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STEELKICKIN 10/12/2010 9:30PM

    Heck YEEEAAAHHH!! Football is awesome! Especially watching the little one playing! Aw, but one day you'll miss these times, especially when he's dating and taking your car out for the first time. Those six hours will seem like a piece of cake when you're car (and your son) were supposed to be home, like three hours ago??

HAVE FUN!!
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KENDRACARROLL 10/12/2010 7:33PM

    Well, that's part of what we do... :)

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 10/12/2010 6:54PM

    Two words: mental case!
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CARLANNIE 10/12/2010 8:32AM

    So you're headed to my neck of the woods, eh? Let me know which day, and I'll come and cheer for your son! Oh - you may only have a two-hour car ride - takes up 2 hours 10 min without stops to get to the Big City.

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AUNTIEANNE22 10/12/2010 8:31AM

  Our kids are only ours for a few years, so we need to make the most of it. My son is 24 and getting him up hasn't gotten any easier. My son has given me many moments when I realized yeah, I raised a pretty good kid.

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JOHNTJ1 10/12/2010 7:39AM

    Ya know what?

On his wedding day he will pull you aside and thank you for making all the effort you made for him when he was growing up. Then yo will cry a bit and laugh a bit and it will all be worth it.

Everyone should have a mom like you Barb

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WINDEE52 10/12/2010 7:27AM

    I'm with BKNOCK, find something to do there and make it a day trip!

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BKNOCK 10/12/2010 6:18AM

    Wow! Maybe you can find something fun to do in that town before you head home?

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