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Monday, August 02, 2010

Well, I realized 2 days a week at the senior fitness wasn't going to do it for me. Especially since I am usually booked one of those days.
So today I enrolled in the GYM again.
I have lost a lost of strength as I have only been walking and not too much.
So today, the first day I took it easy.
I did the emoticonfor 15 minutes and it did not hurt my knees.
Then I did 15 minutes of the upper body machine after the which went to the circuit room and did 15 minutes on the machines I can master.
At the gym I can choose my own hours and days. They are closed Saturday and Sunday though as no one was going.
Just to let you know.
Irene the emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/2/2010 11:15PM

    Thank you everyone so much and thank you for the advice to not overdo it BLESSEDGRANDMA.

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    Keep up the good work. Just listen to your body so you don't overdo it. Be blessed!!! emoticon

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Monday, August 02, 2010

Well, I went to the gym today to enroll again. The senior workouts are not enough as it is two days a week and I usually am booked for something else one of those days.
At the gym I can set my own emoticon
Started slow today as I had lost a lot of strength and knew I shouldn't do as much as I had done before when I had been doing it for months.
I did do 15 minutes on the bike though and it did not hurt my knees.
Did 15 minutes on the upper body machine.
Did 15 minutes in the circut room.
So am on my way again.

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HAPPYMOM8 8/3/2010 9:09PM

    Yeah Irene! That is great news! Pat

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MOM4407 8/3/2010 12:44PM

    You can do it Irene. emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 8/2/2010 9:38PM

    Good for you, Irene!

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Friday, July 30, 2010

Some of you already know how I emoticonyesterday when I weighed in at TOPS.
In part I blame emoticonand in part I blame the Chinese food I had the evening before which we know is laden with Salt and MSG. I try to avoid the dishes made with soy but msg can be hidden in so many things without a person ever knowing.
Well I gained 3.5 pounds from the week before. emoticon
I had NEVER done that before.
Well as some of you know I asked everyone to check in on me. This is one time I am needing support for sure.
I did ok yesterday after weigh in with a salad and Blackened Salmon.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonto get my veggies for the day,
emoticonhelps you to lose weight, honest! Check it out.
And had a whole gran sandwich thin. If you haven't tried them, now is the time. I like them best toasted.
So a star for the 29th, one day down. Now to continue the good work.
As most of you know, and I wrote in an earlier blog, I did go to the senior fitness program yesterday and even sat on one of those feisty UNstability emoticon emoticon
One friend on Sparrk was so kind as to tell me how you were supposed to sit on them so as not to go emoticonflying. (couldn't find a plane)
Thanks to all who are supporting me. I need to go emoticonnot emoticon
The weigh in ladies at TOPS couldn't even believe I gained so much.
When I got home though I started losing a lot of water and this morning I had lost most of those 3.5 pounds I am sure. My emoticonshowed I had lost which was a boost for me.
Today I WILL BE GOOD, I WILL EAT GOOD. No ice cream!

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GRACEISENUF 8/6/2010 2:22PM

    emoticonkicking those 'ole blizzards to the curb for ya! I know all about ice cream being a weakness...UGH!

Don't know how I missed this blog before today. Next week you will be the super weight loss champ!!! :)

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SUNSHINEGB 7/31/2010 11:19AM

    Irene, I'm positive that most of that weight gain was from sodium and not the ice cream! Chinese is LOADED with salt! Also many, many other foods.
But kudos to you dear one, for eating so well yesterday, you're going to be just fine!
I'll still ask you about ice cream from time to time, if you'll do the same for me! emoticon

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FARLEY18 7/31/2010 9:40AM

    I'm a big fan of "ice cream" as well. I have to do dairy free, but there are yummy ones,, so for ice cream, I always weigh out the portion. No guesstimating on what I call dangerous or treat foods. You can have your ice cream and not sabotage yourself if you are willing to practice strict portion control.

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NOTSPEEDY 7/30/2010 11:06PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

You did great yesterday! You can do this. Also, home scales aren't always real accurate. Mine said I lost 6 lbs in 4 days. I know that didn't happen.

Keep up the good work.

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JULIEFRANCES112 7/30/2010 7:27PM

    It does sound like mostly water gain, glad you lost most of it. My weakness is chips and dip, which I allow myself on Saturday. I switched my weigh in day to Friday because of water gain. Be careful on those balls I know someone who fell off one and broke her hip.

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HAPPYMOM8 7/30/2010 7:25PM

    I weigh in everyday and believe me your weight can fluctuate alot in one day ! Take a look at what you do in a week or two to get the true picture.
Now go have a healthy treat!

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BORN2BE 7/30/2010 6:46PM

    Good for you for getting right on it and changing it around.
I love ice cream too!!! I do stay away from it most the time though or I would be in trouble.
Keep up the turn around!! emoticon

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MOM4407 7/30/2010 5:44PM

    Confession has lifted at least 10lbs off your shoulders. Next week you will lose so much. Next week you will be the Best Loser of the Week. You have the power over that Blizzard. Do not let the Blizzard win. Look forward to seeing you next week. emoticon

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DOINFINE 7/30/2010 1:11PM

    Ice cream is one of my favorites...er, downfalls too! So glad to hear you're back on track. It WILL come off. You are determined and also have a plan. You can do this!

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    You know your body and what you can and can't get away with and when, lol. We all do it! One day at a time making one choice at a time!
We'll get there!!!


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CAROLYN0107 7/30/2010 1:06PM

    I'm glad that you lost that weight that you'd gained. emoticon
NO Ice Cream!

I am not one to give advice. I'm having a very tough time at losing.

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SONGOFJOY27 7/30/2010 11:58AM

    You CAN do this! You know what foods give you trouble (Chinese, ice cream). You CAN exercise your self-control and stay away from them. I know you can!
Have a great day!

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MONTY68 7/30/2010 10:57AM

    Good morning Irene
This a great blog and quite creative
I am glad you made it through the night with out ice cream, very good
I really don't have an answer to as why one can have such an increase in weight, if based on calories alone that is a lot of extra calories. With this blog it seems that you released some or all of it. Almost sounds like sodium caused it with the excess water.
However, I will remind you about the ice cream, over a period of time , certainly might add up.

Great blog and have a fantastic day.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TXDREAMSPINNER 7/30/2010 10:57AM

    It does sound like it was water weight. It doesn't take much sodium to do it to me. If I drink one Diet Coke my ankles swell and I show more weight.

Great job on the ice cream! That is always a hard one but once you get away from the sweets for a while you won't crave it as much.

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DIDMIS 7/30/2010 10:50AM

    Yes, thank you and NO Chinese either as I swell so much all of the time. My husband used to call me a swell ole gal!

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PAMAPPLE 7/30/2010 10:44AM

    I weigh in on Fridays because I haven't gone out to eat all week. THere is so much sodium in restaurant foods, especially chinese, mexican and italian (my favorites, of course!)

That kind of weigh in would have kept me from eating ice cream for at least a whole week!

Keep up your no ice cream streak! emoticon

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Thursday, July 29, 2010

So many have expressed your interest in the senior workout my neighbor teaches. She is a real sweetie. Glad she ran into my emoticon.
I took a friend and went this morning to emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
The only chairs in the room were the balls and that is to teach balance I guess. Never had sat on one before and wouldn't want to be in the middle of the room on one. LOL
We exercised for an hour, exercising each muscle and cooling down and stretching.
The last ten minutes I felt I had been standing long enough so started back to my unstability ball against the wall. Found out one of my knees hurt from too much standing but when I got up I was allright.
I am going to try to make it on Tuesday and Thursdays and go to the gym a couple or three days a week also.
I have to get busy and get these last 5 pounds off.
They will not Win, NO, NO, NO.
I will win the battle of the bulge, the biggest battle ever fought.
Thank you for my friends for all your encouragement, for standing with me, well, just for everything you do to make this battle more endurable.
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I have to leave off having emoticonevery day so someone please ask me every day if I had ice cream. Then in the morning ask me if I snuck off in the night to get it after you had already asked me.

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MUJU71 7/30/2010 4:37AM

    Good for you, Irene!!!

Did you have ice cream today?

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JODIRICHARDS 7/30/2010 1:06AM

    I can help you with your ice cream struggle, just come visit. We don't get much good ice cream here and when we do it is often refrozen from the journey!

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NELLIEBLUE 7/30/2010 12:26AM

    Your doing great, I'm working on motivation.

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MOM4407 7/30/2010 12:08AM

    Did you have a blizzard today? I hear Dairy Queen will not longer serve you:) emoticon

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NOTSPEEDY 7/29/2010 11:18PM

    So glad you have such a nice, honest neighbor that you met by "accident".

Ice cream is my treat, but I weight out 1/2 cup. It isn't a lot but it is soooo satisfying.

I admire your determination to get the last 5 lbs off. With that kind of determination, you will get it done.

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CAROLYN0107 7/29/2010 10:52PM

    It looks like you've found a nice place to exercise!

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MEWAJES 7/29/2010 10:09PM

    Glad you had a great workout, and glad you have a great new sweet and Honest neighbor! emoticon

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    I am glad you enjoyed your workout. It makes it so much easier to endure when you have fun. Ice cream is my weakness too, but I am getting better at staying away from it. Just a little bit every now and then.

Good luck losing the last 5 pounds. You can do it!

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    LOL, Good for you emoticon

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DADDYS_GIRL6 7/29/2010 9:18PM

    Thanks for sharing about the senior exercises, Irene!! So glad they are enjoyable and that your knee felt better once you were standing! Hope the shots are making your knees stronger.

Congrats on being determined to lose those last 5 lbs.

Have any star stickers or a favorite pretty color ink pen? If so put one on the calendar each day you make it without ice cream!! That will give you something to look at and to be proud about and will help skipping seem not so bad!! :)


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FAYE000 7/29/2010 9:09PM

    A great read from the top of the blog thru all the comments.
Irene, you are a wonderful lady.
Thank you for sharing your senior exercise escapade with us and your weakness where ice cream is concerned.
There is no ice cream in my house either.


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DIDMIS 7/29/2010 9:06PM

    I like frozen bananas also Carolyn.
Thank you everyone for your support.
I gained 3.5 pounds this week at TOPS but had Chinese last night with all the sodium and then a lot of ice cream through out the week.
THANK ALL FOR YOUR SUPPORT. Keep me accountable. I have to get that off.
I had salad with blackened salmon tonight and a sandwich thin.

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SUNSHINEGB 7/29/2010 8:00PM

    Okay Irene ~ ~ did you have an emoticontoday??
Great blog dear lady and a joy to read. You do far more than many who are younger than you and I'm so proud of you!
Just don't overdo it with the knees, the shots are to help you and you don't want to undo that!
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CAROLYNVIL 7/29/2010 6:58PM

    I just love ice cream too. but I have a subsitute I eat frozen banana's and I love them as much as ice cream. your classes sound great ,but I don't know about sitting on a ball.


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HAPPYMOM8 7/29/2010 6:43PM

    OK Did you have icecream? emoticon
Just kidding. So happy that you have this wonderful opportunity. we know you will make the best of it. Keep us posted.
Hugs, Pat

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LADYLEE13 7/29/2010 6:12PM

    Everyone is always there for you Irene because we love you, and you are always there for us.
I know you are having these shots for your Knee, but don't overdo the excercise, and defeat the good the shots are doing. I know you will make it back to your goal, you are such a determined lady, it shouldn't take you too long, and we are all here rooting for you.

Keep well, God Bless
Love Lee
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SUNNYWBL 7/29/2010 6:01PM

    Since we all know that you respond to stress with - " ICE CREAM - NOW", you probably need a plan for an alternate "stress treat" that won't get in your way of healthy weight loss!

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LAVENDERLILY 7/29/2010 5:51PM

    Hi Irene,
It sounds like a great way to get some exercise in. Programs geared for seniors makes a lot of sense.

Ice cream is such a temptation! We keep it in the freezer because my family enjoys it and can afford the calories. For me, I try to resist but don't always succeed!

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DAYHIKER 7/29/2010 5:24PM

    It sounds like you did a good job with a good workout! emoticon is also my weakness and I cannot keep it in the house, either. (sigh) It's probably a good thing that the nearest ice cream is a 15 mile round trip away!!!

HEY! Our 49 cent cones at McDonald's are 99 cents!! emoticon


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MONTY68 7/29/2010 4:16PM

    Hi Irene
I am so glad you made it today. It looks like you got a good workout. I think from hoe you described it you did quite well. You should be proud of yourself. It will get a little easier as you progress. Who knows perhaps the unstability ball may become table. I am glad you also decided to go to the gym.
As far as that last 5 pounds, absolutely you are going to release it and it will be gone forever.
You know I will ask you if you had an ice cream cone or even ice cream and I certainly think it would be a good thing to know if you snuck out during the night. Perhaps you are walking in your sleep and are not aware you walked to the ice cream shop, certainly hope you were not driving while sleep walking. I will check up on you.
Great blog and thank you for sharing it.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALWAYSLOWFAT 7/29/2010 4:16PM

    Irene - if this is the blog you mentioned, we don't use the stability ball. we have to bring our own equipment consisting of weights and resistance bands.

i thought of getting one for my home but decided against it as i have tile thruout and the balls would not be stable. i did see one with a flat bottom but decided against it.

we have a complete body workout which includes leg exercises and weights/resistance and stretching. many do everything sitting down as they cannot stand.

i also do all of these at home - love the squats. happy you are continuing the classes. we have so many various classses, you could spend the entire day and still not do all.

but your blog is interesting - will keep checking them.


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DIDMIS 7/29/2010 4:06PM

    Char years ago I quit having ice cream in the house. My problem is eating it out and sometimes evening sneaking out at at night and driving through Dairy Queen's and getting a Blizzard. The last one I had wasn't nearly as good as the one before but I ate it. After all it was ice cream with chocolate candy in it.:)

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CHARHUNT1 7/29/2010 3:56PM

    Your exercise on the "unstability ball" sounds great. So happy it is available to you.

About the ice cream... I've found that I just can't have it in the house. Too tempting. Once in a while we break down and get some when we get groceries.
We love just going to McDonalds and getting one of their 49 cent cones.
SORT OF helps with the craving of ice cream.

Have a great day! And stay stable!


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Monday, July 26, 2010

Some of you already know this, some do not so am posting it.
On Sunday the 18th of July I walked out of church and saw a dent in the side of car.
NOW THE BIG emoticon
Was it someone from church or was it one of the many people who were looking at the duplex in front of my house. I had no way of knowing.
I thought "Here I go again". Another expense.
Well, I arrived home and the young lady who had rented the duplex for herself and her new husband was waiting with her mother. Now she had not moved in yet as she had lots she wanted to do to get it ready first.
Her mother came across the street and said "My daughter backed out of the driveway and hit your car". Wasn't that hard on her the very day she rented it.
And she had insurance, everything was taken care of on the phone on Monday and I had a rental waiting for me.
NOW WAIT, THE BEST IS YET TO COME!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
The young lady looked like she worked out so I asked her if she did.
She teaches seniors to exercise where it won't hurt them and it is something started by a doctor. He charges NOTHING!
It is very close to my home.
So tomorrow I plan to go at 9:30 a.m. to try it out. It will be better than the gym as I hurt my knees there and it also cost me $30.00 a month.
So Hip Hip Hooray.
Starting my exercise routine again but by a trained person in senior fitness.

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DIDMIS 7/29/2010 10:00PM

    Jean that is Romans 8:28 and it also has some more words there if you would like to look it up of course exercise to boot is not in it.
Love you.

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PAMAPPLE 7/29/2010 4:56PM

    I'm trying to put together references with the bible scriptures, Do you know the reference for the title of your blog, "All things work together for the good of those that love the Lord?"

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AZIMAT 7/29/2010 11:05AM

    God works in mysterious ways, huh? Hope the class works out for you!

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DIDMIS 7/27/2010 11:39PM

    This is what I wrote earlier so I copied and pasted it so you who wrote later about the class can see what I did. I did get a shot in my other knee though so just have four to go to finish the two knees. Also got one in my bottom also. LOL

Shame on me. I didn't go to bed until late and couldn't sleep. I got up late but counting my nap did get in my 8 hours.
I just got up too late to go to the senior exercise class.

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LAVENDERLILY 7/27/2010 7:03PM

    How wonderful! Blessings can come from unexpected places. The senior exercise class sounds like just the thing for you.!

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JODIRICHARDS 7/27/2010 6:46PM

    emoticon What a Mighty God we serve! I love to hear how He takes care of our needs in different and unexpected ways!

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SUNNYWBL 7/27/2010 6:14PM

    More proof that everything happens for a reason! Have a very fit and dollar saving workout!

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HAPPYMOM8 7/27/2010 6:03PM

    We never know where our blessings will come from next. God works in mysterious ways! I can't wait to hear about the exercise class now.

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DIDMIS 7/27/2010 5:02PM

    Yes it is amazing how God works His wonders to perform.
The movers were in front of my neighbors house today so she was moving in
I always try to witness where ever I go.
God has been so good to me

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DADDYS_GIRL6 7/27/2010 3:13PM

    What a wonderful blessing! The Lord never allows (or does) something for nothing but always has a great plan! So happy for you ! Can't wait to hear "more of the story"!
Daddy's Girl

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CHARDANU 7/27/2010 12:53PM

    You know what IRENE? I think there's going to be more to this story. We serve a strategic God, and He makes 'this' happen, so 'that' will happen, and 'this person' and 'that person' to come together for His purposes. I believe the Lord will use you to be a blessing to others at this new exercise place - and to influence them to come to the Lord Jesus because they will see Him in you. Hallelujah! Thank you Lord for what you've done!

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PAMAPPLE 7/27/2010 12:20PM

    It's a blessing to read the story again! How awesome that it is an exercise class led by an instructor trained to work with seniors! Hope your knees feel better!

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DIDMIS 7/27/2010 11:23AM

    Shame on me. I didn't go to bed until late and couldn't sleep. I got up late but counting my nap did get in my 8 hours.
I just got up too late to go to the senior exercise class.

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DIDMIS 7/27/2010 11:23AM

    Shame on me. I didn't go to bed until late and couldn't sleep. I got up late but counting my nap did get in my 8 hours.
I just got up too late to go to the senior exercise class.

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SUNSHINEGB 7/27/2010 7:44AM

    Hip Hip Hooray Irene!
Miracles do happen and this one couldn't happen to a nicer, sweeter person. The exercises given by someone trained to do them with seniors is one super idea!
Please be sure to let us know how you liked this today!
Love and hugs coming your way,

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NOTSPEEDY 7/27/2010 12:30AM

    It is amazing how God works. Turning something we think is bad into something that is good for us. Enjoy your workout and your new neighbors.

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CAROLYN0107 7/27/2010 12:06AM

    emoticon Exciting that you found an Exercise program that is FREE.

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MONTY68 7/26/2010 11:30PM

With your wonderful attitude and the kindness in your heart has now created the best for you in this exercise, may it be the method that will help your knees.
Enjoy your first day.

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CAROLYNVIL 7/26/2010 11:23PM

    that is great!!

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GRACEISENUF 7/26/2010 10:57PM

    Amazing Story and yes it does show that ALL things work together for good for those who love the Lord and are called according to his purpose! Thanks Miss Irene for writing this blog and sharing this happy ending with all of us!

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DIDMIS 7/26/2010 10:44PM

    The gym membership was without contract and I paid only a month at a time so that was good. I had to pay it myself but the Silver Slippers I had heard others mention was about 10 miles from me so I knew I wouldn't be faithful to go like I was the one close to home. When I started it only cost $20.00 then went up after a few months.

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YJNANA 7/26/2010 10:38PM

    Hey, Irene, thats SUPER

You will have to keep us posted on how you like it and what she has you doing.
You can always put your Gym membership on hold for a temporary time. That would save you some Money.

Does medicare supplement pay for your gym??
I am hoping when I start it in Jan. that they will let me join the YMCA, because we are getting one 2 miles away finish date is 2013
So in the mean time I could go once a week to the Y and the rest of the time to my little cheap one.
They have a pool :) woohoo.

Hope you like the class and be sure and give it plenty of time to try it out, sometimes classes are good and some are so so.


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