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Shlog 12: Song Memories

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

Some of you know that I like music and that I quote words from songs to go along with my friend feed entries and those darn wheel points!

Well, last night memories from my younger days came back to me in the form of some old favorite songs. My DH and I went to a concert in the Cities (ya know, Minneapolis/St. Paul) last night where two singers/songwriters from my past performed.

My mind's eye was picturing Friday Afternoon Club (FAC) songfests when all the girls were belting out..."You make me feel like a natural woman..." or "I feel the earth move under my feet...". Quieter times in the dorms or apartments discussing relationships and listening to "Don't let me be lonely tonight", "Sweet Baby James", and "Fire and Rain".

James Taylor and Carole King brought back my memories last night in grand fashion. I wouldn't have missed it! I last heard them in concert separately, James Taylor in 1975 and Carole King in 1978.

I really love my "Song Memories" and hope to continue to hear them!

Thanks for reading!


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TXGRANDMA 8/2/2011 12:21AM

    Hey! I loved those songs, too! They bring back such wonderful memories of when I was in high school and driving around in my '65 red Dodge Dart!

I got to go to a James Taylor Concert here in Fort Worth at the Bass Performance Hall about 11 years ago. It was really a high point in my concert going career........
Thanks so much for sharing your experience and bringing back those beautiful memories for me!

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MEGMENZY 6/22/2010 11:35AM

    I am loving your song choice! I got the cities comment too :) I grew up in Bloomington.


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NONNATAMMY 6/11/2010 11:24PM

    I love all those songs! I graduated in '76 so I listened to them the Carpenters and many more! Good memories!

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LUMETH 5/27/2010 1:21PM

    Nostalgia can find you so easily some days, can't it? I miss being 18... 19... 20... living in dorms with my closest friends...

Sounds like you had fun at the concert, which is GREAT to hear.

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DKWP614 5/27/2010 10:07AM

    We all have a "life soundtrack". I'm so glad you had the opportunity to hear yours live!
Enjoy your day!
Diana Kathryn

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WANT2BEFIT10 5/27/2010 7:01AM

    How awesome! Sounds like a great time!

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JANENE413 5/26/2010 10:16PM

    You are a kindred spirit from the same song time as I am. Sweet Baby James. Aretha, THE CARPENTERS (I still love them--Karen's voice was incredible). Lots of good memories. More recently, Whitney Houston, Billy Joel, Annie Lennox, Eva Cassidy. Music and memories do seem to go together. Thanks for the pleasant reminders.
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Shlog 11: Twins!

Monday, May 24, 2010

No, I am not having twins...

But I did go to a Minnesota Twins baseball game yesterday. This is their inaugural season at the new Target Field. It is a beautiful stadium. I am not a real huge baseball fan, but I wanted to see the new field.

The Twins played the Milwaukee Brewers and lost 3-4. Prince Fielder, a Brewers player, hit a home run and I got the ball! Didn't really even know that it was coming right at me as I was busy buying some kettle corn. My daughter's boyfriend put his glove in front of my head and knocked the ball down under my seat!

My friends and family said I had to throw it back as you just don't keep a home run ball that your opponent hit! So I tossed it to the Twins' right fielder, Cuddyer. Here today...Gone tomorrow!

We had a fun day enjoying the game and had a little excitement to boot!


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BOVEY63 5/24/2010 11:13PM

    Glad you enjoyed the game. I've been a huge Twins fan my entire life and can't wait to get to the Target Field - and with all the games I've attended I've never caught a ball (and yes, I would have thrown it back too). Pretty exciting!

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JANENE413 5/24/2010 8:38PM

    How cool. Good weather and fun with family. Glad you had a special day!

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NANNER2121 5/24/2010 8:37PM

    hee hee hee, fooled me!

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BEHMOM 5/24/2010 8:34PM

  Hey, that was ONE of your moments of fame. I don't know anyone else who has caught a home run ball. You're my hero!

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Shlog 10: Get Rid Of or Not Get Rid Of, That Is The Question?

Wednesday, May 19, 2010

A male cousin wondered what I was doing with my clothes that are now too big. He jokingly said he could use some new clothes and they might fit him. This conversation was going on with all female relatives around the table.

I told him that I had boxed a lot of them up and given them to the Epilepsy Foundation, as they come and pick them up from your curbside. One of the females around the table had a look of disdain and didn't think that was such a good idea. You might need them. What if you gain weight back again, she said.

I just said that I had worked too hard and wasn't planning on gaining that amount of weight back ever again. I have kept a few things that were really new and are maybe 1 to 2 sizes bigger than what I am wearing now.

Her doubts gave me a mixed reaction. I felt a little anger and resentment, some hurt, and doubt.

Anyhow, it is too late now....they are gone for good. But, I am still not sure how to answer the question??? Get rid of? or Not get rid of?


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NONNATAMMY 6/11/2010 11:25PM

    You sound very confident getting rid of them. Don't let someone else's insecurities make you doubt yourself.

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LUMETH 5/20/2010 11:51AM

    I'd think you'd want to get rid of them! It's added encouragement to keep the weight off! And if you've truly taught yourself a new, healthy lifestyle, the weight should never come back anyhow.

When I reach my goal, I'd like to box up all my 'fat' clothes and donate them to a worthy cause. I might keep one or two pieces as a reminder of how far I've come, but other than that, I'm hoping to get them out of sight as soon as possible!

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DKWP614 5/20/2010 9:59AM

    You should always clean closets when creating a new lifestyle! Holding on to the things of the past only gives you greater permission to slip out of the lifestyle you've worked so hard to achieve. And besides, it takes up room that you could be using for new, nice, motivating things that will help to keep you on track.

I have a rule; if I don't use or wear it within a year, it gets donated. If I'm not using it, then it means that I don't really need it; and somebody's life might benefit from my donation.

You did the right thing! Reward yourself!!
Diana Kathryn


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MARITAK 5/20/2010 8:28AM

  Personally I think it was rude of them to have so little confidence in your continued success! You did the right thing getting rid of them. Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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PRNCSSSMARTASS 5/19/2010 10:11PM

    I am moving in the next four weeks and part of my getting ready was a yard sale. I sold clothing for a dollar, I had a blast helping women sizes 14 - 20 dig through my too big clothes finding the right thing for them. THen I bagged up every article in my house and garage that was too big and donated it. It was the most liberating feeling. I don't plan on wearing them ever again...get rid of them...let someone who needs them have them....and have fun picking out some new threads

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JANENE413 5/19/2010 10:07PM

    You can't go swimming with one foot on the shore. Don't give yourself a reason to look back. Face the future--and the new you!

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STEPHANIE8888 5/19/2010 8:37PM

    I think you did the right thing. I just took four bags of clothes to the Salvation Army drop off this past Sunday. It was a bit scary or weird. I wasn't sure how to feel. Be confident in the changes you've made.

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AMBROSIASTR1 5/19/2010 8:33PM

    You were absolutely right! Get rid of them. You've worked so hard and that is one of the best rewards I can think of!

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GERBEAR1964 5/19/2010 8:30PM

    I can understand this. Don't worry, you will be fine and friends sometimes make mistakes just like we do.

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Shlog 9: " Worry Wart"

Sunday, May 02, 2010

Today I have not been bothered by that "worry wart" fellow who sits on my shoulder and whispers nonsense to me. Some days I wonder if there will ever be a time that you don't worry about something. It tends to be a problem for me some days. My DH calls me a "worry wart".

The "worry wart" fellow has been known to cause sleepless nights, restless nights, short-temperedness (is that a word?), improper eating habits, pacing, day dreaming, and argumentative behavior just to name a few things!

For example, does a parent ever stop worrying about their children? I find myself, as I have aged, less equipped to handle the job of worrying. Worrying can cause me to be on edge. Lately the "worry wart" fellow makes me wonder if I am able to maintain my weight loss or not? I have been on edge about it this week. I feel it is causing me to want to eat too many bad things. I have been staying within my calorie range and exercising everyday, but I am still worrying.

I need to come up with a way to ease my fears and be less anxious. I could use some suggestions on how to go about doing that. Is my confidence slipping? I still feel like I am determined in my quest to be healthy, but fear that my worrying will make me slip up.

Well, those are my thoughts for today. One new goal I have set for myself is to work on writing more Shlogs! This is it for today. Enjoy your Sunday tomorrow everyone!


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KLASSIE 5/18/2010 12:27PM

    You might want to ask yourself "what is the worst that can happen if . . . " and when you find the answer then you might decide that it's not worth worrying about. Are you striving towards perfection? Does it matter what people think? Try to make a concerted effort to focus on what matters most. When worrying results in insomnia which can contribute to your short-temperedness, then it sounds a bit more serious. Maybe you can try meditation or yoga or even seek professional help. It seems like a heavy burden to carry and I'm praying that you will find relief in due course.

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JANENE413 5/17/2010 9:56PM

    My mom used to call me a Worry Wart :) Worrying about things we can't control solves nothing. What is that phrase about "serenity to accept the things I can not change, the courage to change the things I can, and the wisdom to know the difference." My DH obsesses about stuff all the time. I keep reminding him to "solve the problem."

So much of my worry comes from trying to be "perfect" and about my perception of what others are thinking of me. We need to allow ourselves the flexibility to goof up some times and then re-focus on what has worked for us in the past. You have a very good history with Spark People. Trust that you have laid a firm foundation on which to build--because you have.

Thinking of you.


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DKWP614 5/2/2010 10:31AM

    First of all, congratulate yourself for recognizing the poor quality of life worrying brings. As is often said, sometimes, recognizing the issue is half the battle.

Next, I would suggest that you just let it go. There is nothing that's happening in your life that the simple act of worrying can fix or cure. It's wasted energy. The important thing is that you choose to take action rather than wallowing in the worry that is stagnating your positive progress. It takes effort, but it can be done.

This morning, I had the munchies. So, instead of reaching for something that wasn't good for me, or worrying that if I snacked, I might mess up my calorie count; I reached for a handful of baby carrots and a glass of water. The carrots satisfy the munchies quite nicely, and it keeps me on track, and away from worrying.

I say, evict that worry fellow from your life, and just accept that you are a successful person in your own right. Remember, you are worthy, even though you may not be perfect! After all, who of us is?!

Have a fantastic week!!
Diana Kathryn

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Shlog 8: Spark Points Wheel

Saturday, April 24, 2010

Is it my imagination, or has the "WHEEL" been loaded with bigger numbers for a few days?

Well, mine has been...but it hasn't helped my cause. Even the law of averages hasn't helped me in my spins. Just looking at my friend feed for today showed me that no one has spun less than a TEN! What is going on? Has "BIG BROTHER" been reading our updates?

Will somebody PLEASE tell me what is going on?


P.S. I rest my case....even I spun a TEN today. So, I repeat...what is going on?

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LULU1959 4/26/2010 11:52AM

    Ha Ha you are too funny about the Sparkwheel. the highest I've gotten has been a 20 and I got that about 3 times. I've gotten 10's alot more and now 5's. I use to get alot of 2's but that has been replaced with 5's with an occasional 2. I have seen a few people who have won up to 500 points and some that have gotten 100 pts. Some have won prices like DVD workouts. I have never seen a 500, 100, nor prizes on my wheel but I know they are out there! Lets keep the faith that one day you or I will spin the Wheel of Spark Fortune and get a higher number. Big Brother are you out there and reading this? Can you let Char and me hit it big on the Sparkwheel of Fortune one day soon! emoticon emoticon Keep on Spinning that wheel!
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CATH0903 4/24/2010 11:23AM

    Hey Char,

I noticed that the wheel has had larger numbers. I have gotten a 10 twice this week. But then again I have also gotten a 2 and a 3. But there don't seem to be any 1's on wheel. How crazy is it that we get so excited about those numbers?


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