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A little pick me up!

Sunday, March 27, 2011


Amazing how a little makeup and a new top make you feel so much better. I have not lost anymore pound wise, but I have been losing inches. My top is in the normal sizes XL and my pants surprisingly are a L. Of course they stretch a bit. emoticon
I have some of my art work surrounding me. My DH jokes that he is going to put prices on the walls and a sign out front stating we are a art gallery and open for business. emoticon
I have a Mary Kay business, have had for over six years now. It has done wonders for my self esteem and self confidence. When I look back I wonder how I could of let myself go in all ways, not just weight. I wouldn't do my hair or face and my housework slid too. Now I wouldn't think to leave the house or even start my day at home with out 'putting my girl face' on. I just feel better with it than without it.
At one time a gorgeous lady I worked with said to me "I am so happy that for a big girl you take care of yourself." ...Well, I have to say that at the time, I didn't know if I should be offended or not with this statement. I decided I did not need negativity, so took it in a positive form. This was the best thing I could of ever done. We have become best friends over time and when I mentioned the above statement to her and how at the time it bothered me, she about fell over, she did not mean it negatively she meant it in a positive, just worded it a little off in hindsight.
So go forth and find the positive, whether in someone's words; a new piece of clothing; a touch of makeup; or a new attitude.
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Hugs My Friends!
Angela

  
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ZCTMMOM1 3/29/2011 10:34AM

    You look mahvelous!! I am glad you are doing so well!!

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JUSTBIRDY 3/28/2011 9:51PM

    You look great!

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LALASLAND 3/28/2011 1:05PM

    Ahhh, Angela, I'm so glad you overlooked that comment! I would have taken it a little hard, too. I'm a large boned woman and when people say things like that to me, it makes me feel like the elephant in the room! Alas, though! Being large boned has been a plus for me in the long run! I hide my extra poundage very well, and people think I am a lot less that I actually am! I'm also glad you gave your friend the benefit of the doubt! She sounds like a great friend!

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BOVEY63 3/28/2011 12:41PM

    You look great - love the new top!
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TEXASGIRL48 3/28/2011 8:22AM

    Lookin' Good!

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CHAS1949 3/27/2011 10:49PM

    You look great! I understand about fixing yourself up just to feel better...It works!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/27/2011 10:18PM

    you are looking so awesome.....
Don't loose heart with the lbs not dropping...you clothes sizes are and also your inches....
WooHoo

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RESULTS361AP09 3/27/2011 10:07PM

    You look beautiful Angela-I like the new top too. I'm just starting a home based business so I am kind of stressing out about whether it will work or not. I have a trunk show on Saturday and my Open House taste testing party on Sunday. So keep me in your prayers!!

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DKELLEY35 3/27/2011 7:56PM

    You are a very talented artist. You are doing a great job of sculpting a new you also. Keep up the good work.

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NORASPAT 3/27/2011 7:16PM

    I loved looking at your art work and now you are a work of art yourself. Well done Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/27/2011 6:06PM

    I am feeling the same way about the inches and pounds. I ahve had to take off my rings and hide them. Diamonds robert ahs given me no longer fit. i may ahve them re-sized. they kept falling off and I would lose them. You are looking terrific. Keep the positve frame of mind. In the near future with more fills and more restriction you will do better.

I'm having my protein shake for breakfast and afternoon snack, cottage cheese with pureed pears or applesauce for lunch, tonight it's black beans, Quinoa and salsa blended for dinner evening snack might be jello. What about you what's your meals like now. Note that when i do chicken it's ground good like a powder. Not even much to chew on.
Hugs
Debbie

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BAD!! Now Get over it.

Saturday, March 26, 2011


Yes, I am blue and grumpy. But nothing as attractive as this chilly bluebird.
I have been bad, yes BAD...
I know we are not supposed to be so down on ourselves and always look to the good, but today it isn't working.
I have been following the rules for two and a half months since my surgery (lapband) and have not lost one pound post-surgery. Lost it all pre-surgery. I have been eating good, exercising a lot. Trying new things.
Have even had my first fill.
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Which I know is ok, it will move soon. I know this!
And this is where we come to my being BAD and blue.
I started sliding into my old routine of self sabotage. I did wonderful all day, all week for that matter, etc, etc.
Then I thought ok I am going to have a treat, it will fit into my caloric and carbohydrate intake for the day and be just fine. Well, it did fit in no problem and would of been fine IF I had stopped there. emoticon
Did I stop?
NO! I did not, I continued with something I knew would be over my intake. Why? I can't honestly answer that. Something in me rebelled the BAD girl emerged.
In the past this would then continue for a longer time, because hey you just wrecked it what difference is it going to be if you keep on keeping on.
Well, I at least have stopped there. It is not continuing, I am back on track.
That is the good, but I can't seem to mentally get over my slip today.
Maybe it is the awful weather outside. Snowy, icy and foggy. Just a blue day. I know it will be better especially when I get to Zumba this afternoon. That always is good for a laugh.
So I will cut myself some slack, and get back on track.
Thanks for listening!
Hugs,
Angela
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FELICE73 3/29/2011 9:41AM

    90% of weight loss is mental! Don't forget that! Keep focused and you will see that scale move in no time! emoticon

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A-NU-ME-N-2011 3/28/2011 2:55PM

    I totally know the feeling. I have had many ups and downs. I just come to the conclusion that will only be 1 off day a month for me. Protein will be 90% of my diet, the veggies and fruit and tones of water, not drinking and eating together and all that jazz. You will start losing, just keep following the rules protein first is no.1.

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BOVEY63 3/28/2011 12:39PM

    Must have been the weekend - my carb intake was awful, but today I am back to the healthy eating track! WE CAN DO IT!!!

Love the expression on the bird's face. That's just how I feel when I hear a forecast of snow or near zero temps.


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IMBRENDAB 3/26/2011 4:50PM

    Didn't you not so long ago tell me to not be so hard on myself? Well...right back at ya! It took me FOREVER to lose my first 20 lbs. I think I was about 4 months out before I hit my 20 lb mark. (Had my surgery in Aug...didn't hit it until Jan I think)

Be kind to yourself, and get back on track. We're all in this together.

Brenda

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CASE4GRACE 3/26/2011 3:24PM

    Hang in there, it will get better. I have slipped up so many times, I can't even count them all...and some of my slipups have stretched into weeks and even months. It really doesn't do any good to feel guilty about it, all I can do is try to learn from those experiences, and you can too. For me, at least, this journey has been way more mental effort than physical, and the head games we play with ourselves really have the potential to get us off course. Have you talked with your doctor about why you aren't losing weight since your surgery? It is totally natural for anyone losing weight to hit plateaus, and that maybe what is happening. Maybe discuss your eating and exercise habits with a dietitian and see if they can offer any pointers. You'll get through this, just don't let it get the best of you. And remember, your success is so much more than what the scale says. Keep up the good work!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/26/2011 3:06PM

    When we go down that path we actually have to cut ourselves some slack and actually forgive ourselves.....
You can do this and you can stay back on track....

Believeing in you

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RESULTS361AP09 3/26/2011 3:03PM

    Angela-don't beat yourself up! Have you checked your measurements recently? It could be that you are losing inches, even if you don't lose any pounds. Either way, you are an amazing lady & I am happy to call you my Spark friend! Have fun at Zumba.



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LINDA! 3/26/2011 2:47PM

    There are days that we revert back to our old ways. Many times I can talk myself out of reaching for the snacks or the emotional eating. Sometimes I don't talk myself out of it and eat the snack anyway. It is good that you have realized the situation. You blogged about it. You are going to be able to turn this into a learning experience. You also shared with others. Many of us need to read this blog. It is always good to know that we are not alone.

(btw, I really like the bird pic)

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CHAS1949 3/26/2011 2:25PM

    I know, for me, putting it in print always helps!! You "talked" your way through it, figured out what went wrong, and then changed your behavior back to healthy. That is now in the past...move forward with vigor!!
chas

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MARTY728 3/26/2011 12:32PM

    You can't change the past so let it go and move into a bright future.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/26/2011 11:51AM

    Hey, friend. You are normal jsut like the rest of us. It's pretty much that way with me, too. How much food are you eating at one meal? 1 cup? Like me? Wait until you ahve a couple more fills and get in lots of water. You'll be doing it. Just wait and see.
It's like the calm or blue calm before the storm.
Hugs
'Debbie

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SWEET-T 3/26/2011 11:48AM

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Crazy Weekend with My Best Friends!

Monday, March 14, 2011

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What a weekend!
Wowzer!
I am so blessed to be friends with 3 ladies who mean the world to me. We all worked together a few years plus ago. Hit it off so well, that it started with coffee and progressed to ladies nights out. Then we started little mini holidays together, usually shopping expeditions. This was one of them. Last summer was our first holiday for one week to somewhere warm. Our husbands approve and are very supportive of our friendship, for which we are heartily glad (not that we need thier approval, but it is nice to have).
Anyhow, we had a blast! I walked the malls so much that my legs, feet and tush hurt. But I am holding my head high! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
Oh My! I was not planning on really purchasing much of anything, but got some real deals. My friends are all different sizes, but I am definitely the larger of them. They are great about going with me to my plus stores and very supportive of everything for me. But my stores aren't as prevelant in the malls as regular sizes, so I mainly follow along giving input and opinions. Except this trip...
What made this all the more sweet was that for the first time in so long, I can't remember, well... I SHOPPED IN REGULAR STORES!!!!!
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I am so happy. Yes they were XL or L, but that was so spectacular to actually be able to wear them. So something must be happening, even though I have plateaued. I must have lost some inches.
I wasn't going to even attempt trying anything on, but at the encouragment of my friends I did and boy am I glad!
Ok, so we had a ton of fun. Laughed ourselves silly, and even checked out a dueling piano bar. That was pretty neat all in it's self. Felt like a kid at a sleepover again, staying up past the time we should, just to gab.
I think relationships like this are hard to come by. If you are fortunate to have close friends like this hug em tight. If you haven't just yet, I wish you friends, close friends to share the good, the bad and all in between.
Hugs!
Angela

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/24/2011 12:00PM

    I am so very glad you got to experience this apst weekend with your friends. A change in apce is good. And like yous aid good friends are hard to come by. You are I are wearing the same sizes now. Good luck and don't worry about that plateau!
Debbie

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KLOE23 3/21/2011 4:57PM

    That's AWESOME!!!! You are definitely losing inches which is really what matters in the long run! I can only imagine how grea that must have felt! Good bye plus size stores!!!

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ZCTMMOM1 3/18/2011 11:04AM

    THAT is sooooooo awesome!!!!! I, also, am leaving plus sizes behind...and, while not plateaued...with only one fill to my name, it is a SLOWWWWWWW process...but I am sooo happy!!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/16/2011 3:46AM

    emoticon emoticon on your achievement...well done....adds to the enjoyment of friendship and also encourages you along the way....enjoy the new clothes

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CHAS1949 3/14/2011 4:28PM

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regular stores are such a motivation

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BOVEY63 3/14/2011 1:30PM

    So happy that you had such an awesome weekend - I love get-always like that.
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Congrats on the new clothes sizes - I remember how exciting it was when I was able to shop in the regular sizes again. I am so happy for you!

Leanne
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FELICE73 3/14/2011 9:55AM

    I am so jealous you have that support system and such great friends! Congrats on the sizes and shopping in REGULAR stores! A lot of plus size clothing is so UGLY!

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TEXASGIRL48 3/14/2011 8:31AM

    Congratulations on the smaller size. Isn't it a great feeling to be able to shop in the regular stores? It sounds like you had a great time.

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You have to try it!!

Sunday, March 06, 2011

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Don't knock it until you try it!
Zumba that is!
I went to an hour class yesterday with 5 friends and one's daughter. There was 7 of us.We are going to try to go every Saturday now.
Not one of us had a clue what to do or what to move, or anything! emoticon emoticon emoticon
But we were told at the start of the class that the instructor would not be talking during the class and she didn't care that we did not know the steps, that would come in time. She only wanted us to MOVE our bodies.
Well no wonder she didn't talk! The music was upbeat and a good volume; and the pace was fast. I hardly had a chance to flap my gums, and for me that is rare! emoticon
But oh did we MOVE! I think I shook things that haven't been shook in ... EVER!
Between going the wrong way, twirling when I should of twisted, and shaking my booty! That hour class flew by!
The absolute best was the laughs all of us had. Either at our own expense or at each other, we had the best work out in a long time. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
So we are definitly going back. We are all at different fitness levels, me probably near the end, but that won't stop me from going again. Who knows when I will actually learn the steps, but I tell you that ab workout from all the laughter was the BEST! emoticon emoticon
I wish you could join me in a class, we would have so much fun. One day my friend! emoticon
Today, the day after I can feel my workout. My posterior is a bit (or more than a bit) sore. But hey! If I can have a Latin a** one day that would be amazing!
So keep dancing my friends!
Hugs,
Angela
Here is a beginner link to Zumba steps.
http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qsSrq3HBa
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SWEET-T 3/26/2011 11:48AM

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MARTY728 3/14/2011 9:30AM

    I have wanted to try Zumba, but at my gym there are always more attendees than can fit in the largest room they have. So even if you get there early, you are packed in tight by the time the class starts, so I have stayed out. I am hoping with the summer coming and more people being outdoors, etc., the Zumba class will have less attendance. emoticon

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MY_5_KIDZ 3/9/2011 11:29PM

    I love Zumba. I have been doing it for about a year now, and I still have no clue how to do the dances. But I'm moving and that's what counts. I do mine at the Y so I don't have to sign up for the class, I can just go. So I do at least once a week, I get in a second one when I can.

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LYNMEINDERS 3/8/2011 5:26PM

    ounds good....may give it a go....

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KLOE23 3/8/2011 4:56PM

    It sounds like a ton of fun....I might actually have to give it a try one of these days.

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BOVEY63 3/7/2011 4:58PM

    So happy that you found a way to exercise that is so enjoyable.
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Here's to your up and coming Latin a$$!
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FELICE73 3/7/2011 9:46AM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE zumba!! And it helps to have a good instructor too! My jazzercise instructors are all so motivating and fun and the new zumba teacher at the gym hardly has any energy and she is the type that only cues with her hands but it is ok because I will go anyway because I LOVE it too!!

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LALASLAND 3/6/2011 10:43PM

    I'm so glad you enjoyed it! emoticon

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IMBRENDAB 3/6/2011 3:36PM

    I love Zumba! I don't get to go as often as I would like...but when I go...I feel soooooo good!

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RESULTS361AP09 3/6/2011 2:35PM

    I'm going tomorrow night. It took me a couple of classes to get the steps down & there are a few I still can't do because of physical limitations, but I agree that the main thing is to keep moving! The music is totally different from what I usually listen to so it is lots of fun. I'm trying to get my son's girlfriend & her sister to come with me. I even ordered one of the belly scarves-so much fun! I like adding in a little variety to my workout too instead of walking all the time. I was kind of nervous about trying it as I've never taken a dance class before, but anyone can do it!

Try it-you might just like it!

Way to go Angela-keep up the good work!!!

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CHAS1949 3/6/2011 1:55PM

    I saw it advertised on TV and it did look like fun!

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MAMAFISH1 3/6/2011 1:37PM

    I went last year for awhile and loved it. I'm too far to drive now with the gas $$$. Glad you enjoyed it.

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A11PERSONALITY 3/6/2011 1:23PM

    I have heard so much about Zumba and now they have it at my Curves facility. I know that moving is a big key to the dancing so you probably did real good yesterday if you are feeling it today. Good for you!

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MIMISCHENK 3/6/2011 1:20PM

    It is also a lot of fun.

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Yes!!!

Thursday, March 03, 2011

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5cc in a 9cc band!
I saw the Doctor today. He checked me out, said all was good and filled my band. Apparently there was some fluid already in there, so he topped it off to total 5cc.
I wasn't sure what band I had installed in the lap band procedure. Was told it holds 9cc and that with the next fill I should be finding my SWEET SPOT! Yes! Exciting!
I am on baby foods for the next couple of days and if no trouble then proceed to regular.
Now I am told that once I am at the 'best' place I can be. I will be eating 1 cup of food 4 times a day. Protien and vegetables, cutting out starches for my ideal diet. Kind of exciting! And intimidating too. But will make it happen!
Neat how they insert the needle until they hear a click. Didn't hurt at all. I do feel a bit of pressure where the band is , but surprisingly all is good.
Hugs!
Angela
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KLOE23 3/8/2011 4:54PM

    That's awesome!!! I'm so excited for you. I should have read your blog before posting on your page. I hope your fills get you there a lot quicker than mine are happening. I just scheduled fill number 3 for 3/17. I do have the bigger band so I still don't feel anything at all. So happy that you finally got yours filled. Keep us updated!

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LYNMEINDERS 3/3/2011 9:41PM

    That is truly awesome....am so so pleased that all is good for you and you can progress back to some kind of normality....
WooHoo.....

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LINDAGRAVEL 3/3/2011 8:36PM

    Best of luck

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RESULTS361AP09 3/3/2011 8:35PM

    Angela-I'm glad to hear your procedure went so well! I have to ask "what is your favorite baby food?" emoticon

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GIGALENA 3/3/2011 8:01PM

    Awesome lady! I am so excited for you.

Big hugs!

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BAKERICLISA 3/3/2011 6:17PM

    Best of luck!

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JUSTBIRDY 3/3/2011 5:44PM

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BOVEY63 3/3/2011 3:57PM

    So happy to hear that all went well with your appointment and that you are doing so good!
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CHAS1949 3/3/2011 3:12PM

    You have an excellent attitude! I'm glad you are sharing your journey with us. I knew NOTHING about the procedure..I am learning a bunch!

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LALASLAND 3/3/2011 1:22PM

    Angela, I'm so glad this is working out well for you! I have to say that I do not think I could eat baby food, but maybe it tastes better now than when it did 20 years ago when my kids were little?

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