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Jan 16th 2012... Day 16 Blog

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today has been another good day & I am tired but happy. I taught 3 classes today and did an additional 2 hours of cardio. My food was within range. I spent some quality time with the grandchildren. Overall, it was a good day. I have to be at work early in the morning because I teach an adult swim class at 8am. I'm tired now so it's bed time. I just wanted to keep my commitment to myself and post my blog. Bright blessings to all. Love, Dawn

  
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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 9:48PM

    Wow, you are just tireless! Keep it up, you are awesome!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/17/2012 10:27AM

    I love reading about other people's successes and yours are especially inspiring to me - thanks for keeping us posted!
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TEDYBEAR2838 1/17/2012 9:27AM

    Keep on adding up those successful days!. It's so good for us!

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LINDAKAY228 1/17/2012 9:26AM

    Awesome! Have another great day today!

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LJCANNON 1/17/2012 12:17AM

    emoticonGlad that you had a Good Day, and I know that you enjoyed the Grandkids!!

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1BEACHWALKER 1/16/2012 11:52PM

    Glad to see all is on track and you are doing well! Keep up the good work!! Rest well my friend!! emoticon emoticon

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    emoticon Good job!! Now go get some sleep! emoticon
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Jan 15th, 2012... Day 15 Blog Happy Birthday to Me

Monday, January 16, 2012

Today has been another topsy turvy day. For the most part, it has been a really good day. I admit that I was very frustrated this morning because I was the only adult to take the grandchildren to church. This is pretty much the way that it goes. The children were particularly argumentative today. I am telling you that I was ready to whap them each with my cane. Very frustrating. When church was over, we were asked to stay after for a brief 10 minute meeting for the youth & their parents/grandparents. SIGH. Most of you know that I am always on the run in the "grandmama bus". 10 minutes might not sound like much to someone else... but 10 minutes in my world is A LOT. So, we stayed for 10 extra minutes... rushed to get everyone in the car... rushed to my house while calling ahead to have them put my bathing suit & towell in my gym bag & let DH know that I'd honk the horn when I drove up....rushed to deliver him to work by 12:45... rushed to get myself to the Inservice meeting for the Aquatics department at 1pm.... sat through the meeting that I had to leave early to.. rush to get dressed & get into the pool to teach my class.

FIRST BIG GOOD NOTE... it was a very large class. One of the biggest Sunday deep water classes that I have had. It was AWESOME! On top of it... no one in the Aquatics meetings said one word about my birthday, but then they had to do practice saves in the pool...so every single lifeguard & both the Aquatic director & assistant director were in the pool area when my class suddenly burst into song "HAPPY BIRTHDAY" at the top of their lungs! I was so pleased to be honored & PROUD that my class showed these co-workers how they feel about me. Sometimes I feel a little bit like the "step-child" of the aquatic department. TODAY I felt like a star. I teach a lot of classes. I teach classes seven days a week. People pay to take my classes. This is a good thing for the aquatic department and I hope that they will know that not only do I LOVE MY JOB but I am good at it. I believe that I am as good for the Y as the Y is for me. Today I felt that it showed. We had an awesome class. Everyone said that they had a good time and felt that it was a very good workout. We had two ladies who were new to the class. I hope that they come back. After the deep water class we had a really good Aqua Pilates class. There were two different new ladies in that class. It was very well attended today as well. I would say that today was the best Sunday classes that I have ever had. It was a great birthday present!

Second Big Good Note... I got home about 4:30pm and was starving because all I had eaten was a chewy granola bar before church. I was definitely ready to eat when I got home. However, the family (grandchildren & DIL) were busy creating the perfect TEA PARTY BIRTHDAY for Grandmama. They were so cute. My middle granddaughter drew decorations. They know I love spiders, so they made a Pin the Spider on the SpiderWeb game. We played the board game, Scattergories, that I love. We had yummy & healthy food choices in a TEA PARTY. The granddaughters & they parents gave me a heart locket that says Grandma on it. My son & his family gave me a whistling tea pot. The whole night turned out to be wonderful fun. When we played scattergories, we played teams. Each adult had a child on their team. It was fun.

My caloric range is very good today. My fitness level was good as well. I'm feeling really good about that. I was very frustrated this morning when I got on the scale and it said that I had gained 4 pounds. I am not going to post that gain because I weigh & post it on Thursdays when I do my Biggest Loser Challenge. I was just checking in and seeing how I was doing. GRRR. 4 pounds gained! Well. I did have 2 higher caloric days. However, I had several days that were much lower than usual. When I go to MY REPORTS and look at the caloric differential my average calories in fits into the BMR portion and doesn't ever get into the Exercise calories which were well over and made me feel safe with what I had eaten. OH WELL... I will just play the wait & see game. I'm going to stay within my calories this week and "let it be".

Tomorrow is going to be "back to normal". I am looking forward to seeing the ladies in the morning. I can't tell you how much they make my day. The grandchildren are off from school tomorrow so they are spending the night at my house again tonight. It will allow me to stay later at the Y & get in some good laps after teaching my two classes. When I leave the Y & will come home and spend some time goofing with the kids. I know that it's going to be good day.

Bright blessings to all. Thank you from the bottom of my heart for all the fun Happy Birthday messages & goodies that you have shared with me this weekend. It was/is wonderful. I love you! Dawn

  
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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 9:36PM

    What a great day you had! That was so sweet and special, not only what your class/coworkers did but also your family with the tea party. How fun...and wow, what a busy grandmama!!!

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BESTCK 1/18/2012 8:44PM

    Sorry I missed your birthday! So glad it was wonderful.

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PATTYS74 1/18/2012 2:51PM

    Happy belated Birthday to you sounds like an awesome day....hugs
I was exhausted just reading it...lol

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DARA52 1/16/2012 4:56PM

    Truly wonderful day for a truly wonderful person! emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 1/16/2012 3:52PM

    what a nice way to celebrate your birthday. emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/16/2012 12:11PM

    Sounds like your students really appreciate you!

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TRAVELNISTA 1/16/2012 11:12AM

    You like spiders?!? emoticon emoticon

emoticon sounds like you had a very nice birthday. It is exceptionally touching to read how much the Y and your classes truly love and appreciate you. Dawn We truly love and appreciate you as well! emoticon emoticon

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OPALMOON 1/16/2012 10:30AM

    So glad to her you had a nice birthday celebration, Dawn!

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DONNA_VT 1/16/2012 10:10AM

    So glad you had such a nice birthday. You are indeed blessed with family and dear friends in both real life and here in the cyber-world. Don't worry about the gain. . . I'm sure by Thursday it will be gone.

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MRS*RADISH 1/16/2012 10:07AM

  OH my goodness! That sounds like a GREAT birthday, with all those surprises! You are important to so many!
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BAYBELIEVER 1/16/2012 9:16AM

    What a nice treat from the family! And from your class! How awesome! Many years ago I thought birthdays were kind of silly until no one said it one day. Now, I like to make a big deal of my day, even if I have to do it myself! I wish is could take your deep water classes!! Maybe someday...

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/16/2012 9:08AM

    You are certainly a good grandma and I'm glad the kids and grandkids threw you a nice little party last night. Hugs, di

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/16/2012 7:49AM

    You are great and doing great & I love reading your blogs. Don't stop!

Wishing you a grand week of hugs, love, sunshine, happiness & all good things!

You well deserve it!

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MMRB7111 1/16/2012 7:35AM

    A little late ............Happy Birthday Dawn. I am so glad the Y staff and students surprised you in the pool and your family had a Tea Party for you. You deserve all the love and appreciation because you do so much for others. I am glad it was a great day for you.

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WISLNDR 1/16/2012 6:55AM

    What a nice birthday for someone so deserving!! No need to ever feel like the step-child, you're an important part of all your families!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 1/16/2012 12:58AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday, Dawn!!! emoticon
So glad to know that you are well thought of and appreciated!!! What great birthday surprises you had!!!
May God bless you with with many more happy and healthy ones!
Hugs,
Helen


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ALICIA214 1/16/2012 12:19AM

 

I am glad you had such a good birthday, how nice to be so well thought
of. Happy Birthday.

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Jan 14th, 2012. Day 14 blog

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Today has been a nice, lazy day. I slept in. Enjoyed playing on the computer & catching up on some DVR'd shows. Got in a good workout at the Y-pool. Enjoyed a nice dinner with some friends. Watched some silly tv with the grandchildren this evening. It's overall been a really nice day. No stress! Gotta love that.

Tomorrow will be a little more chaotic with taking the grandchildren to church & then having to be at work by 1pm. It's a tight squeeze, but I'll get there. I'll be at the Y for 3 hours and then come home to a little birthday celebration that my family is planning. They are being hush hush about it but it sounds like fun.

Thanks to all my spark friends who have been sending me spark goodies & messages on my spark page. It always amazes me that so many folks care enough to send me good wishes. Thank you for all the love and support. You make my heart smile!

Bright blessings to you all. Love, Dawn

ps: I stayed within my caloric range today & got in good exercise so all is well.

  
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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 3:30PM

    Happy Belated birthday!!!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/15/2012 4:24PM

    Everyone needs a lazy day now and then - have a very HAPPY BIRTHDAY!!!
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NURSNANA 1/15/2012 1:38PM

    Happy, Happy Birthday Dawn!! Enjoy your party!!!! :)

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TRAVELNISTA 1/15/2012 1:20PM

    I love stress free lazy days too! emoticon emoticon

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DYNAMICDEB53 1/15/2012 12:02PM

    Sounds like a really nice day. Little rest, little fun, and some workout too.
I hope that your birthday is a really fun day for you. I know as we get older birthdays are sometimes dreaded but I think that getting a year older and healthier is something to celebrate.
Hugs and love
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TEDYBEAR2838 1/15/2012 8:35AM

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Dawn, you are doing great!

Of course we LOVE YOU! & Care about you.

You are an inspiration to us all.

Love watching your progress, & yes, at times
going backwards. Let's us all know how
human we are.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/15/2012 8:06AM

    emoticon and Bright Blessings on your birthday Dawn!

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/15/2012 6:42AM

    Have a wonderful birthday, Dawn!

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OPALMOON 1/15/2012 3:16AM

    Glad to hear you had a great day, Dawn! Enjoy the birthday celebration with your family!

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LJCANNON 1/15/2012 12:06AM

    emoticonGlad to see that you had a Good Birthday Eve!! Hardly seems like a Year has gone by does it?
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MELLYBEANS0919 1/14/2012 11:56PM

    That sounds like a wonderful Saturday Dawn. I hope tomorrow is not too hectic and you can enjoy your day. Your birthday is tomorrow?! Well HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! emoticon Have a wonderful day!

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Jan 13th 2012, Day 13 Blog

Friday, January 13, 2012

Today was a good day. To be honest, it was NOT a good day FOODwise. I ate over my calories. But it was a good day FITNESSwise, since I knew I was going out to eat & I added some extra cardio. It was a VERY GOOD DAY relationshipwise. I had a great lunch with good friends that I have made through my classes at the pool & my best friend Mel. It was wonderful. I can't tell you how much these friends have come to mean to me. Once again, more proof of how blessed I am to have such an awesome job. This morning the ladies in my 9am class sang Happy Birthday to me. It was AWESOME! I always try to keep up with my students' birthdays and have the class sing to them. It was so much fun to have them sing to me. On top of that there was a gift on my chair at the Y. They had gotten me some anti-bacterial soap (1 for the kitchen & 1 for the bathroom) to help me keep healthy & NOT miss teaching any more classes! They are not thrilled with my substitutes. LOL I just LOVE these people! Lunch was fun. Two of my friends treated me to lunch and my BFF Mel treated me to dessert. It was a wonderful lunch, even if it was over my calorie range... and I had a great time. I've been low most of the week & will make a point to be low tomorrow. The average will do the rest.

Tomorrow is going to be a good day. I am doing a practice session with some of my adult swim ladies. I am teaching a deep water class. I am also planning to do some extra cardio for myself. I don't have any other plans other than 2 of the granddaughters are spending the night tonight and we may do something fun tomorrow.

Sunday will be busy. There is church. Then I have an inservice meeting for the aquatics department at the y. Then I teach 2 hours of classes. Paul is working during the afternoon. I don't have any other plans. So much for my birthday. We had been invited out to my friend Mel's house but since Paul is working, we won't be going.

Bright blessings for a happy weekend full of fun & fitness! Love, Dawn

  
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PRINCESS1959 1/24/2012 4:13PM

    Happy belated Birthday!

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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 3:35PM

    Definitely don't beat yourself up about going over on calories. It happens! How lovely that you had a great relationship day :o}

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TRAVELNISTA 1/14/2012 9:35PM

    Don't beat yourself up because you took care of the extra calories with the extra exercise. What a great compliment your 9 AM class gave you with the antibacterial soap so you wouldn't be out sick again and they would get stuck with a substitute that wasn't up to your level. That is emoticon

Hoping your family surprises you on Sunday with a birthday surprise up their sleeve. Happy Birthday Dawn! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SECRETMUSIC 1/14/2012 5:31PM

    Happy Birthday, Dawn!

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DARA52 1/14/2012 4:53PM

    Always thinking of you. Have a great birthday weekend.

Yes, your job certainly has brought good things to you. It was meant to be. I know how hard you worked to get there.

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DONNA_VT 1/14/2012 9:38AM

    A wonderful day for a very nice person who deserves a wonderful day.

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/14/2012 7:13AM

    It sounds like a great day! Enjoy the rest of your birthday weekend.
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WISLNDR 1/14/2012 6:28AM

    So many things to be happy about! Have a great birthday!!

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    Have a happy Birthday weekend!!! emoticon emoticon

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Jan 12th, 2012... Day 12 Blog

Thursday, January 12, 2012

It's hard to believe that another day has come & gone. It seems that time is rushing by me faster than ever. Today was a good day. I taught 3 classes this morning. They were well attended. I am having some success with helping the granddaughters' sell their Girl Scout Cookies. My son had a dentist appointment today and Becca & the baby had a doctor appointment. It seems like the grandmama bus was running well today. I babysat the granddaughters this afternoon. Their dad finally got home alittle bit after 8pm. I was definitely ready for him to get home because I am tired. I did get some reading done while I was there. The girls are off from school tomorrow and next Mon & Tue. Savannah came home with me tonight and is spending the night here. The other two girls will come on over here tomorrow when their mother goes to work. I've been trying to catch up on some of my tv shows. It's nice to have a DVR. I'm still not caught up yet and am too tired to stay up any longer. Time to go to bed. I've been having bad dreams and end up getting up & down all night so I have been more tired than usual. Tomorrow some of my friends from the pool & I are going to eat at Applebee's to celebrate my birthday early. I am going to pre-plan what I eat to make sure that I stay within my caloric range. I was below it again today. Goodnight now my friends. Bright blessings to you all. Love, Dawn

  
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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 3:09PM

    I love your consistency. You had a great day!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/13/2012 10:21PM

    I'm so proud of you for blogging 12 days in a row.

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Love hearing about your day and how you are doing!

Hope you did ok at Applebees

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/13/2012 8:15PM

    Sounds like you're doing great - love my DVR, too!
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DONNA_VT 1/13/2012 12:09PM

    I love Applebees . . . they have lots of good choices and you don't have to feel like you are the only one eating healthy. Our bowling group of ladies goes there a lot. Have a nice pre-birthday lunch.

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DARA52 1/13/2012 10:57AM

    I love Applebees when I am watching what I eat. They have lots of options. Have a great one!! emoticon

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TRAVELNISTA 1/13/2012 10:17AM

    Preplanning is the way to go! Shows you are focused! Wishing you a really nice birthday lunch with friends! emoticon emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 1/13/2012 8:23AM

    Have a great day !

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/13/2012 8:13AM

    Enjoy your lunch today!

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CORRINASWEIGH42 1/13/2012 6:39AM

    Wow, you have a lot on your plate. I do hope the nightmares stop so you can get some good solid sleep. Wishing you a happy early birthday celebration at Applebee's. Love that they have the new weight watchers menu.


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MIZCATHI 1/13/2012 5:48AM

    Happy Birthday! Your life is so generous, it's an inspiration.

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WISLNDR 1/13/2012 4:34AM

    Enjoy your day!

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DIFROMWYOMING 1/13/2012 12:10AM

    You are awfully busy! I hope you have a wonderful time tomorrow with your friends! hugs, Di

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XENA1956 1/12/2012 11:31PM

    Wow busy day. Good that so many are attending your class. I wish they still had them at 24Hrs. If they did I would have renewed my membership. Staying with Planet Fitness but they don't have a pool.

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