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I keep trying, I keep smiling, I will keep going.....

Sunday, August 17, 2014

I keep trying, I keep smiling, I will keep going.....



Still a long way to go, but today I took this photo, to remind myself, HOW FAR I HAVE COME, in just over three years!

Yup, I'm still smiling...

  
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WINNIE1978 8/19/2014 6:29PM

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DEEGIRL50 8/17/2014 11:49PM

    One foxy lady!! Keep on having fun. Enjoy your new lifestyle!
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KERRYG155 8/17/2014 9:55PM

    What else can we do? We have to keep on trying and keep on smiling!! Life would be bad without those things.

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 8/17/2014 9:45PM

    Love the pic! Thanks so much for sharing! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 8/17/2014 9:09PM

    Awesome!!!!!!!!!!

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A Great BLOG, I'm inspired!

Wednesday, August 06, 2014

Reading through my articles, I read about Amanda, and she totally inspired me! Reading her BLOG and how she said about "making small changes, and after you master them, step into other small changes!" Yup, my manta, making Lifestyle changes I can LIVE with forever!


http://www.sparkpeople.com/blog/blog.asp
?post=amanda_took_a_slow_and_steady_ap
proach_to_lose_105_pounds_and_reclaim_
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1BEACHWALKER 8/17/2014 1:21AM

    Wow- thanks for the article link Fran! It was liking reading about me! She had the same thing happen...first 60 pounds went smoothly (mine 69) and then illness, injuries and all slowed down or stopped! UGH!
I like what she said about this: Treat weight loss as your job. You don't need to be "motivated" to go to work every day. You go because you have to, whether or not you like it. It is the same with weight loss.

Yes, that is what I do. Day in and day out! It is something I have to do and I find things I enjoy to keep it more interesting. Like new places to walk or new exercises, etc. New foods too! Healthy choices, of course!
I figure as long as I am staying on track and have not gained any weight back, I am doing great! Just keep on keepin on!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GHK1962 8/6/2014 6:35PM

    Heyyyyy ... I know Amanda! She's a totally cool person. I'm glad you're inspired about a healthier life.

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1CRAZYDOG 8/6/2014 5:43PM

    Thank you for sharing this!

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Calling all my SPF's,

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Hi my SPF's, and I mean, my besties, my BFF, my friends that I honestly feel are my FAMILY!

We, my DH and I, have been trying to make his "Jury Duty" time work out for both of us. Trying as this may be, we are doing it. I do not "borrow" the car (one car family) often, only because he truly never knows his schedule, when he will be getting out of court, and waiting in a hot parking lot for anywhere from 15 minutes up to and hour is not fun. Thankfully, when he is off early, although not often, I bop over to the gym and pool and get in as much time as possible. I will not give up!

I hate to admit this, but AGAIN, I am totally admitting that I have been at a total STOP! No weight loss, no changes! And in walks in the most beautiful people, my DH, my DD, my exercise buddies, my personal trainer, and friends/classmates from my past. What are they all saying...."Wow, you look amazing!" Here I am struggling to get 20-30LBS off of my body, trying to find that "firming action" all the "young'ens" get after losing a lot of weight, and BAM, I hear them talking about me! Me, the fat kid, the obese teen, the morbidly obese adult, and realize maybe this is it?!?!?!?! Is it? I honestly do not know, but what I do know, is that I am healthier, happier, and able to do so much more. So do I need to FRET about the extra pounds, NO! I should consider "How far I have come!" Think more about being "that example, for my family, my grandkids, my friends, and not worry about what I can not change today!"

Changes, yes, I keep trying to make them. Slow, steady, simple changes, that I can LIVE WITH! I am remembering, I am here to make LIFESTYLE CHANGES, I CAN LIVE WITH, Do forever, laugh, love, and enjoy forever.

Nope, I am not stopping! My besties, my SPF's, my family.....I think about you everyday! I still want to meet you all, share those hugs, share those dreams, and love you all, and forever.
So I called out to each of you! No matter what, don't stop, keep working on those changes, I am, and will not EVER stop! Even my plans to meet you all!

  
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1BEACHWALKER 8/17/2014 1:12AM

    Sometimes I get that way...feel like why have I stopped losing! Partly my fault and partly the plateaus! I still have a long ways to go, but looking through videos and pics from before SP and Wow...I couldn't believe how much bigger I was then. I felt renewed just looking at how far I have come! I may be stalled but, at least you and I both have not gone back to where we were! Right?!
I often think about the excess skin and how much it weighs, if there is any left over and I have a sneaking feeling mine will! Figure I know the skin will probably account for some of the weight I won't be able to get off, unless I have skin removal surgery. Plus, I have read where most will not get to the weight they were when younger (if not obese/overweight at a younger age, like I wasn't), especially women due to hormones, etc. So, maybe just try maintaining for a bit, keep doing what you are doing and maybe you will get a few more pounds off. Don't worry be happy...you have come a long way Fran! emoticon
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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 7/30/2014 12:33AM

    You are an amazing woman and a great inspiration! Thank you for sharing your life and dreams and struggles with us!

HUGS!

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DEEGIRL50 7/29/2014 11:24PM

    You have truly created a healthy lifestyle. You are living the good life!! The weight will take care of itself. You are beautiful just the way you are!!
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WINNIE1978 7/29/2014 7:01PM

    Thanks for posting this! I'm kind of stuck right now too and it's so frustrating, but you are right we just have to keep at it.

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BRENDABUNNY 7/29/2014 5:45PM

    Every time you write a blog its like your talking to all of us in person...You are such a beautiful lady/friend inside/out and I am so Thankful that DH & I were so blessed to meet You & Paul in person...You will forever be a special friend/sister...Love you emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/29/2014 2:45PM

    emoticon emoticon And we'll always be here for you too! Life throws monkey wrenches into life frequently and I'm convinced it is to force you to see how much progress you've made! So, congrats on your progress, congrats on NSV's and always remember -- you're beautiful and you're worth all the effort it takes to work for improved health.



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KERRYG155 7/29/2014 2:12PM

    I think being an example to the rest of the family is the most important thing and probably the best thing to keep us on track or mostly on track. Keep up the good work.

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Do you have a plan?

Friday, July 18, 2014

I mentioned to you before about my "Lifestyle Pass Program" conducted at a "Senior Assisted Living Complex." I absolutely love, love, love going! We have so much available to us and, whenever possible, I participate in as many classes as possible. I especially love the pool classes, then of course, strength training classes, weight training equipement, yoga, and so much more.

Well, I was somewhat bummed...yeah me! My DH has been chosen for Grand Jury Duty, and in our state, it is for THREE MONTHS! You are to be available 5 days a week, appear in court, and leave when the "day is over!" Basically, a full day, Monday through Friday, with a few exceptions, depending on the cases.

Okay, why was I "somewhat bummed" One Car, no phones allowed, so limited calling to know when to pick up, drop off, you get the picture. So here it is week two, and I was only able to attend two days at "my program!" Now, comes the plan....

Today, we tried something new....
We drove together to the courthouse, sent DH out the door and off to work! I took the car, and drove to "my WORKout place" managed three pool classes, plus use of the weight equipment. Then I left, drove to a museum, enjoyed the day, and drove directly to the courthouse parking. I may have to wait, without knowing the when to pick him up, but at least he knew where I could be found. While waiting in the car, I was able to read articles, newspapers, magazines, whatever I thought to bring.

So here we are, I am not letting this "upset" my lifestyle. Changes, you make them. Challenges, you face them. And if you keep working at your "new life style" we can make a difference. I'm trying, so what would you do? How would you adapt? We can do this...Let's Make it Happen!!!

  
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BRENDABUNNY 7/19/2014 4:16PM

    Sounds like you found the perfect plan...You guys will be ready to hit the road after that..Lol...A little getaway...Hugs & Love emoticon

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DEEGIRL50 7/19/2014 9:51AM

    You did it. Great solution. Some times we have to think outside the box.
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KERRYG155 7/18/2014 9:14PM

    Good for you finding a solution that works. Those classes sound great-can't wait to get back. I'll be driving when we get back from vacation so I can get into classes again.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/18/2014 6:05PM

    Oh my gosh. Hope things go as smoothly as possible! HUGS

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Yes, we have been busy too!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Yes, we have been going like crazy, as so many of you are doing as well. I have been working my program, even though I am, and have been, at a stand still for some time now! UGH! But that is okay, I know that when I go for my annual checkup, mid September, I am almost positive my Thyroid RX will be adjusted to make some of those changes. For now, I will keep working my program, being as consistant as I possibly can be, eating well and exercising, but I like saying "having fun" with the rest of my life!

We went to my favorite Caribbean island, Aruba, and enjoyed every minute of it! We went to "Baby Beach" where you can wade out for yards and still be only waist deep! Planning on being there 20 minutes, and yes, that sun can be brutal and you do not realize it, but staying two plus hours. Every day, or late evening, you could find me swimming in the pool! Taking in a class, or two, Aqua Zumba! Dancing EVERY Day and Evening, from the resort activities, or on the boat, watching the sunset, in the parks, shopping centers, you name it! Music starts and these toes start taping, wiggling, and shaking that booty away!

Well, here we are....ahhhhh, a quiet moment! But only for a minute...they started playing "Be Happy" by Pharrell, and yes, the kids song in Despicible Me! And off we went.....


  
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BRENDABUNNY 7/6/2014 7:57PM

    It looks & sounds like you guys are having a BLAST and doing what you both LOVE best which is Living Life!! Thank you for checking in and sharing with us...Love yea emoticon

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MIKA016 7/6/2014 6:00PM

    Fran, you look happy and healthy. You always have fun in whatever you do. Aruba sounds like a beautiful place to kick back and relax. Keep on keeping on. You are doing super!Hugs.

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KERRYG155 7/6/2014 11:34AM

    What a fantastic trip! I would love to do some of those things-maybe one day!!

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WINNIE1978 7/5/2014 10:24PM

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1BEACHWALKER 7/5/2014 5:35PM

    I love how you two just get out and enjoy life!! Good for you sticking with the program! I have been at a stand still too, but look how far both of us have come!! emoticon
You look so slim and trim.... Have a movin, groovin summer! Keep blogging with updates...love hearing from you my friend!! emoticon emoticon

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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 7/5/2014 5:26PM

    How much fun is THAT!!!! Good for you!

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