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It is just the RIGHT thing to do...

Thursday, August 16, 2012

As many of you know I volunteer at the local library on my off days from work. I find this a welcome activity that I look forward to. By being active, I am not sitting at home obsessing over food that I can't have. I am also meeting new people, doing something positive for my community and living a more active lifestyle.

There is a young girl that comes in the library everyday, and she is the subject of this blog. Her name isn't important. What is important is she is 15 years old, she has no decent clothes or shoes that fit, she in unkempt to the point of being dirty, her parents neglect her and she is expected to be pretty much the sole caregiver of her younger, autistic brother.

I feel bad for her. That is putting it mildly. Actually, my heart breaks for her every time I see her. So, I decided that since she has nothing of her own, no nice clothes to go back to school in, that I would try to help out a little.

I fibbed to her and told her I was cleaning out my closet and would she want any of the stuff. She said that would be great. I went out to GoodWill and bought her some clothes. I bought her Levis jeans, Aero shirts and I gave her my new Converse shoes.

I plan on buying her more stuff too. Most of it will be second hand. If I could take her to the mall and buy her all of the popular designer clothes I would, but I just don't have the money for that right now. I will make sure the things I buy her are nice and clean. I will also make sure they are stuff a teenage girl would like.

To me, it just seems like the right thing to do.

  
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BILL60 8/17/2012 6:54PM

    You're super nice!!

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GREENGENES 8/17/2012 8:14AM

    What a kind gesture.

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SOFT_VAL67 8/17/2012 7:43AM

    you probably, with this small gesture, made her day and week and maybe possibly changed the course of her life.
just by knowing someone thought enough of her to do that, might make her value herself more as well.
i would also check the community for help for her brother, maybe after school programs, or other venues to help take some of the burden off her and maybe if necessary, see why the parents arent more involved in his care.
this might free up some time for her to get involved in areas shes interested. emoticon

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DIBANANA 8/16/2012 10:57PM

  I'm sure she will always remember you.

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JUDSTERF 8/16/2012 10:57PM

    That is so nice. God will Bless you for that dearly. That little white lie I'm sure is forgiven. I know she must appreciate the clothes tremendously. What a responsibility that has been put on that little girl's shoulders to care for her younger austistic brother. It makes you wonder where the parents are mentally and physically to put such a burden on such a young young lady.

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SANDYHAZY 8/16/2012 10:51PM

    That is wonderful! I'm sure she will appreciate it.

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PJBONARRIGO 8/16/2012 10:34PM

    Wow; you are an inspiration. You are doing the right thing :-)

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PENNYPACKER3 8/16/2012 10:32PM

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No thanks, I have a salad

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Tonight we are celebrating my co-worker's birthday. To do it properly, we ordered 2 pan pizzas from Pizza Hut and a big 'ol cake with tons of yummy whipped frosting.

I cant' have any of that. You know though, I don't care. It didn't really bother me. Sure, it smelled good, and looked good, but in reality, it wasn't good. I hate Pizza Hut. Even before my WLS I thought Pizza Hut sucked.

My salad was awesome. I made a southwest chicken salad, and it was fantastic!

For desert, when everyone had cake, I had an orange, and it was fabulous!

I feel like a slug since i didn't get to the gym today. I should have went for a walk this morning, but I didn't want to disrupt my routine. I had my gym bag packed with everything, and then my boyfriend said "Aren't you guys doing Rick's birthday tonight?"

I am in charge of the cake... I forgot to get a cake... so, I had to get a cake and I wasn't able to pick it up until 4:30... so I would not have had time to work out and get the cake. So lame... I will go to the gym on Thursday and Friday and on Saturday I plan on a bike ride. I want to try to do 12-15 miles this time around. I think I can go further. In fact, I know I can go further. Sunday night I am working, but I can still go to the gym even though they close at 4. Maybe I will take a walk outside since I don't have to be at work until 7. I have a plan in place!

I think that is all for now




  
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BILL60 8/16/2012 8:17AM

    If you can go further on the bike ride, why not go further??

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JUDSTERF 8/16/2012 8:13AM

    emoticon What will power you have!! Admire that.

Judy emoticon

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STEPH-KNEE 8/15/2012 11:47PM

    That is so great!! :D emoticon

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SHASHA929 8/15/2012 11:24PM

    You still came out on top by preparing yourself for the party with good choices. This is the road to FABULOUS. emoticon

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DREAMMIIND22 8/15/2012 11:12PM

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Ohhhh yeah... I am wearing spandex... (sorry no pics included)

Monday, August 13, 2012

Yup... you heard it right! I am wearing Spandex! I haven't worn that since 1987... actually, they are compression pants. I have been wearing them when I ride my bike.

On Friday my boyfriend and I went to Rails to Trails to go biking. The last time we were there, I was barely able to make it 3 miles total and I felt like a failure. When we rode this time he asked me how far I wanted to go and I said I wasn't sure. We started biking. After 10 mins, I felt pretty good, so we continued. After a half hour we decided to stop and take a water break ( I can't drink and ride at the same time) and when we checked our little odometer things, we had ridden 5 miles! We turned around and went back for a total of 10 miles!

I was very proud of myself for completing 10 miles on my bike. I felt like a rock star! Honestly, I think I could have went more, but we did have plans that evening, so in the interest of time, we only rode an hour. It was a good thing actually, because not soon after, it started to pour rain!

My boyfriend actually told me that I did a great job and he was very impressed with the endurance that I have built up over these last few months. I don't know what I would do without him. He has been so wonderful throughout this entire process. I am so lucky to have someone like him. I am trying to get him to join the gym with me so I have a lifting partner, but he still isn't going for that yet.

Today I decided that I would attempt to put my bike rack and bike on my Jeep myself. It was actually easy! So, I decided i would skip the gym and go ride the same trail again. I dd the same 10 miles that we did last time only I used lower gears to make it more difficult. Once again, I am very proud of myself for not only completing the 10 miles again, but also for doing it all on my own.

Tomorrow my Mother and i are going to visit a childhood friend of mine and take her lots of goodies for her and the baby she is expecting next month. We didn't get to make it to her baby shower because I had to work, so, we are going to her house tomorrow evening.

I am spending my days off at the library volunteering and that is about it.

Here is a link to the trail I like to ride


rttcpa.org/

I think that is all for now

  
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LADYJ6942 8/14/2012 12:38PM

    WOO HOO, that rocks. I just got my honey interested in riding and he has been researching bikes for his weight class to make a solid purchase. He likes riding better then walking so home time will be more active now then ever but I'm a-ok with that as he's striving to be healthier.

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JUDSTERF 8/14/2012 9:27AM

    emoticon Good for you. Sounds like you've been busy. Enjoy the time with your mother also.

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BILL60 8/14/2012 8:53AM

    Well done. Keep it up!!

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LILAC_LANE 8/14/2012 7:13AM

    Way to go. Do things you enjoy make exercising so much more fun.
Keep up the good work!

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SOFT_VAL67 8/13/2012 9:25PM

    i just got myself a pair of compression shorts to walk in....well, i will probably be wearing them under shorts or sweats but still, i feel more secure in my walking with them and i am also looking for a pair of the pants, if you have a website, actually prefer mens.
that rocks about the bike ride and getting it on your jeep yourself....sometimes we find, we can do it. emoticon emoticon

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It feels good...

Tuesday, August 07, 2012

Thanks to my FitBit, I have really been working hard on hitting my goals. It is very satisfying to see my number of steps and stairs...

It seems like this is the missing piece of the weight loss puzzle. Well one of them, RNY was the other... speaking of, I have almost lost 70 pounds. I can't even wrap my head around that. I can't even lift 70 pounds! How was I carrying all of that on my body?

I am really happy right now. Of course, I am usually a happy person, but right now I am REALLY happy. I rocked a good workout at the gym today. I did 15mins on the elliptical using the "Random" course on level 4. That is really good considering when I went back to the gym after surgery, I could barley do 5 mins on level 1. The Random course take different levels but never goes below a level 4. I was very pleased I maintained it for 15 mins. Then I walked on the treadmill for 30 mins. I know I need some ST - I REALLY do, but I just.....

Well anyway, tomorrow I am going to the library to volunteer.

I think that is all for now

  
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BRIGHTEYES86 8/11/2012 7:58PM

    Soooo glad that you're losing weight and feeling healthy! It's great to see all of your progress. You deserve to feel great...you've literally worked your butt off! Keep up the good work! emoticon

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BILL60 8/8/2012 8:43AM

    Hang in there and keep on feeling good.

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-POOKIE- 8/8/2012 8:41AM

    Makes me smile that you feel good!

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SOFT_VAL67 8/7/2012 10:32PM

    we surprise ourselves everyday, i am no wheres near your level of workout, but each time i climb that small incline road around my track, i feel like rocky!!
and i did it twice today, a few weeks ago, i wouldnt even attempt it.
we just keep pushing and it gets easier, harder, but easier.... emoticon

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is it really, truly, WORTH it?

Sunday, August 05, 2012

I have been tossing around the idea of getting a SmartPhone for quite some time. I used to have an iPhone, and I wasn't really a fan. I didn't much care for the Apple platform, (iTunes) and I really wasn't a fan of the $110+ phone bill every month.

Messenging Unlimited - $20/month
Data 300 MB - $20/month ($30/month for 3 GB)
Talk Plan - $39.99/month (450 mins)

Grand Total - $79.99 ($89.99 with the larger data plan, which is probably what I would need)

That of course, is without all the taxes that go along with it.

When it is all said and done, it would be close to, or over $100.

Now, there is the Smart Talk option, where I can get unlimited everything for $45-60 a month, but would have to buy a phone at almost $200.

It is a lot to think about...

The reason I am thinking about getting one is because of food tracking and my FitBit. When I am somewhere and can't track my food, I get VERY anxious. I think having a phone with me at all times might help a lot. I can track food, workouts, see my daily progress on the FitBit.

In other news, I have quit wearing antiperspirant. I am trying out more natural deodorants. Right now, I am trying this Crystal Deodorant. It is working pretty awesome. I haven't smelled at all. I am pretty impressed with it. I went walking outside today in heat and humidity, and I didn't even smell like arm pits when i was done. To boot, I didn't even put any on this morning, only last night.

I think that is all for now







  
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BRIGHTEYES86 8/11/2012 8:00PM

    I keep forgetting to tell you... I got some of that Crystal deodorant too and I can't stop doing "pit checks" because I'm amazed at how much I don't smell! Hah!

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JUDSTERF 8/7/2012 1:47AM

    FYI - I'm switching from Verizon to Boost - - Boost has a plan for unlimited talk, text, data, web for $55 a month ($59 counting tax) and every 6-months it drops $5 until it gets to $35-$40 a month with NO CONTRACT!!!!!! It's also nationwide. The one I'm getting is an android phone.

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SPIRIT42013 8/7/2012 1:33AM

    Tough decision! What's right for one may not be right for another. Try to research which phones are glitchy and which plans work best in your particular area then run it by someone you trust. Then when you do make a final decision, please make sure to remember 3 things: 1) a phone protection plan in case of accident/theft, 2) virus-software (there are some good free ones out there), & 3) a protective case. hope that helps a little! emoticon

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HEATER1369 8/6/2012 11:24AM

    If you do the math (I am guessing both are a 2 year contract), it is cheaper in the long run to spend the $200 on the phone and pay $60 per month. It is just a lot out of pocket to start with. The only other thing I would check is to see how well each service works in your area. Good luck!!!

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SARI_GIRL 8/5/2012 9:46PM

    I understand the phone issues. I've never had a smartphone, but a friend of mine is giving me his old one for free and letting me be on his plan for the next year, so I'm going to have a smartphone at least for now. I am worried about paying for it in the future, but I could always go back to a dumbphone. You're right, it's a lot to think about. Good luck with your decision!

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