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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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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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ENTIRELYBEVERLY 7/19/2014 12:10AM

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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

    Sounds like you had a wonderful time in Aruba!!! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/5/2014 5:53PM

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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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Busy Day.....

Saturday, July 05, 2014



I have talked about our littlest grandchild, 2 years old and already a spitfire! I must admit, I was not able to attend this day, but I knew it was going to be BUSY!!! Our DD took our three grandkids to the beach, signing up the two oldest for swim classes! WooHoo! The oldest, 10 years, and 6 year old, middle child, have had swimming lessons in the pool and pretty good swimmers. Swimming in the ocean, open waters can be much different, so I was glad when our daughter signed them up. Safety First is something I firmly agree.

While the two eldest were in the throws of their lesson, our daughter took the 2 yr old and tried to keep her as busy as possible. For the record, swim lessons in the ocean, start at 5 years old, the pool they can start as infants. Hadley, the baby, was all over the beach! Looking for shells, making "Princess Castles," and of course, jumping into the ocean full force! Nothing scares her at all, of course our daughter has her in hand, playing with her in the ocean.

Fast forward, they get home, dinner is served! Within seconds, she was talking like crazy, then out like a light! Okay, that is my kinda day! Have fun, enjoy each and every moment, and REST cause tomorrow.....we can do something else, just as fun!





  
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BRENDABUNNY 7/6/2014 7:59PM

    Aweee how adorable emoticon

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KERRYG155 7/5/2014 7:40PM

    Sounds fun.I agree with swim lessons and cannot figure out why people don't learn or teach their kids. Other than the price, of course, which can be outrageous. Good for your daughter making sure they learn. Sometimes I think the little ones keep talking to stay awake and then the body just decides sleep is more important. Cute picture.

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1BEACHWALKER 7/5/2014 5:32PM

    That was me on the couch last night! emoticon
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MAMAMOOSE54 7/5/2014 4:49PM

    What a fun day at the beach!!! emoticon

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RAPUNZEL53 7/5/2014 4:38PM

  She is so sweet!

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PICKIE98 7/5/2014 4:17PM

    That is how I felt last night! !I have a pic of my DD almost like that.. So darling! She was really whipped out!!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 7/5/2014 4:15PM

    Oh how sweet!
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Walk, walk, walk...but for a cause!

Saturday, June 21, 2014

As many of you know, my DH is a cancer survivor, going on 11 years! WooHoo! Our DD along with many others, participate, organize, and work their tails off for the "Cancer Relay for Life!"
For a whole year, they collect items, donations, run fund raisers, and so much more. For this, we are so proud of her and her friends, that work so hard doing a marvelous job.

This weekend, we drove the 2+hours to my hometown, joining the many survivors, and courageous people fighting for their lives. I hope I can share some photos, not an easy task for me, of the time we all shared. By the way, I walked, and walked, and walked, the course. Logging nearly 12000 steps, hoping, just hoping, that soon we will win this race....find a cure, end this madness, and never, ever, see another person struggle to "fight for life" I want them to LIVE the LIFE, of HOPE, HEALTH, and HAPPINESS!

  
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1BEACHWALKER 6/23/2014 3:01PM

    emoticon Good that you husband is a survivor! Good for you going on the walk and getting all those steps!!! emoticon emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 6/23/2014 12:40AM

    Great job to you all and definetly a Great cause I too hope they find a cure soon for all forms of cancer but until they do its folks like your daughter and you two that make a BIG difference in your own and others lifes...Big emoticon & Loves emoticon

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KERRYG155 6/22/2014 11:08AM

    Thanks to your daughter and everyone else working to fight this awful disease!! Great job on doing the walk.

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DEEGIRL50 6/22/2014 10:51AM

    I was at a Relay For Life event this weekend too! My 11 year old niece and her friends had a team. 6th, 7th, and 8th grade students raising money, showing their support, giving of their time, it was a beautiful sight.

Your daughter works hard because she is so grateful her dad survived!! What a show of love!! Congrats on walking all those steps!
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1CRAZYDOG 6/21/2014 10:05PM

    ((((HUGS)))) This is awesome. My Mom is a 2 yr. survivor.



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