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Jan 18th, 2012... Day 18 Blog

Wednesday, January 18, 2012

Today has been a totally awesome day. I started off the day early by going into work an hour early so that I could do a special make-up lesson for my newest Adult Swim student. We had a good session. A couple of the other students from my morning adult class showed up and I worked with them too. We always try to get in several practice sessions a week. Then I had two great water aerobic classes. It was good to workout this morning. After the classes were over, my friend Sandra and I worked out for a little while longer and then went out to lunch together. We had an excellent conversation. It was really nice to just chill out, relax and visit with a good friend. She dropped me off at my house and I relaxed at home for awhile. I got to watch the Golden Globes that I had DVR'd. I even got in a little bit of a nap! Very NICE! I went back to work this evening and taught my deep water aerobic class to a really good sized group of folks. We had a good time. Then I had my newest adult swim class. I had 4 students in the class. It's going to be fun teaching this group. They are quite a mixed group of folks and I really enjoyed working with them. I can't tell you how much joy that I get from teaching the adult swim lessons. It's a different dynamic than teaching children OR teaching water aerobics. It's much more intense. One of my "ladies", Margaret, actually did something for the first time tonight and I was so proud of her that I actually cried. I am so proud of these folks for facing their fears and overcoming them. They inspire me to push myself harder. Tonight I have been watching tv shows that I enjoy and Sparking along.

I did write to both my congressman and my senators asking them to vote NO on SOPA & PIPA. If you don't know about it.. check out TRAVELNISTA's blog for today. She has some excellent information about it and how it will effect Spark People.

Bright blessings to all. Love, Dawn

  
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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 10:09PM

    You are a wonderful teacher and friend. Fabulous job!!!

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DONNA_VT 1/19/2012 11:22AM

    I am going to have to check out that blog . . .I had not thought about how it would affect Spark.
Glad you had another rewarding day.
Keep up the blogging!

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LOOZINITNOW 1/19/2012 9:22AM

    So glad you had an awesome day! Way to go expressing your opinion to the congressman and senate!

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BESTCK 1/19/2012 7:47AM

    You are an amazing woman, Dawn. I wish I had half your energy.

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TRAVELNISTA 1/19/2012 12:24AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonYeah Dawn! I hope a lot of Sparkers sent emails I got back confirmations from both the House and Senate they received mine. Let's hope the bill flounders.

emoticonfor teaching adults to swim. I think it takes much more patience than children because I would imagine they have more fear to deal with. It's nice to hear you find satisfaction in helping them learn to swim.

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LJCANNON 1/18/2012 11:53PM

    emoticonSounds like you really ARE in the Right Place for you!! The Y is Lucky to have such a dedicated Teacher.

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DARA52 1/18/2012 11:35PM

    Sounds like a relaxing Dawn day. Good for you! I voted No also. Followed Yvonne's links.

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Jan 17th, 2012... Day 17 blog

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Today has been a very hectic day, even by my standards! I'm grateful that in the end I got plenty of exercise in and that my food was a little bit high, but not enough to beat myself up over. I admit that I have been stressed over things. Stress too often leads me to over eat. Add to that the frenzy of rushing around like a mad woman and my food plan is always the first to go. As Scarlett O'Hara would say, tomorrow is another day. I'll do better with my food by NOT skipping breakfast like I did this morning... and eating at HOME! Bright blessings to you all. Love, Dawn

  
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ERINBEAR1876 1/24/2012 10:00PM

    Every day is a new day, and you certainly are busy, busy, busy!!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 1/18/2012 10:04PM

    We are both busy. BUt we HAVE TO learn to put us 1st.

I am only me, but I have to PLAN to taking my meals and do it.
Not easy for sure, but WE ARE WORTH IT!

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NPA4LOSS 1/18/2012 7:49PM

    emoticon You do have a busy life my friend. You know the importance of breakfast so I know that you will be more careful next time. emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/18/2012 7:26PM

    Hang in there - and I've read that breakfast is the most important meal of the day. I know I really NEED my breakfast every day!
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BAYBELIEVER 1/18/2012 1:41PM

    You got this Dawn! Little steps. We learn and re-learn. But we are traveling in the right direction. That's what matters my friend!

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LINDAKAY228 1/18/2012 1:14PM

    Some days are just like that. Today is a new day and a new opportunity. Stress does that to me too.
Have a wonderful day today!

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TRAVELNISTA 1/18/2012 10:45AM

    One day at a time my friend, all baby steps. You will be fine. You are doing emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BE-THE-CHANGE 1/18/2012 5:42AM

    Love Scarlett O'Hara!

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WISLNDR 1/18/2012 5:34AM

    I'm sure all your good choices outweighed the not-so-good choices and I know you will make this a great day!!

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OPALMOON 1/18/2012 3:33AM

    Hi Dawn, I am sure all that exercise was a big help to balance everything else out. You are doing well with all your fitness and water workouts - good for you!

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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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LVMAMAW 1/16/2012 11:41PM

    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,
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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
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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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