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Billy Joel!!

Monday, July 21, 2008

Sorry I haven't had the chance to give you all a review of the most unbelievable concert ever!!! The next morning we left for Boston and it's been so busy ever since.

The final concert at Shea Stadium in NY. What an event. I was at the very first concert in Shea Stadium back in 1965. I was only about 9 and the Beatles came to town. My older brother took me and I have never forgotten it. Now, I have been the the very last concert there before they tear it down. Wow.

Billy Joel sang all of those old favorites. It was so much fun and never knowing who was going to come out next made it doubly exciting.

The first one that came out, singing along with Billy Joel was

Tony Bennett!!

I have always loved his music and it gave me chills to hear him sing! He was just great. Then Billy came back and sang some more and out pops

Garth Brooks

I'm not much of a country fan but this guy ROCKS!! The place went nuts and it was so much fun to see. Then, Billy sang some more and out popped

Steven Tyler (Arrowsmith)

He was just great and again the crowd went nuts!!! So much fun to watch and just in awe that I was there, a part of all this history. Then Billy sang some more and out popped:

Roger Daltry (The Who)

Wow!! I've never seen the Who in person and just seeing someone from that famous band was, well, WOW!!! He also just Rocked the house down. Then Billy sang MORE songs and.......out.....popped.........


Yes, he was at the first concert there and the last. Paul McCartney!! What could be better. I've seen his concerts before and it just doesn't get any better than that!!!!

Billy ended his show with his famous "Piano Man" song. What a night. Didn't get home until 2 a.m. and had to be up at 6 for Boston but worth every second!!!!

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NAOMIJGH 7/24/2008 2:37PM

    ...another wow to add to everyone else's. I happened to turn on the news Friday night and they were saying that all these people had joined Billy Joel on stage and they were wondering if McCartney would show up. Sounds like he did!

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TAMMI1963 7/23/2008 6:17PM

    AWESOME!!! All that talent on one stage - I'm JEALOUS!!! Glad you had a good time. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLINDBETH 7/22/2008 8:29PM

    Oh wow, wow, wow!!!!! I can't find another adjective to describe how exciting that must have been to actually be there and see all those amazing people! It just sounds unbelievable! No wonder this concert made the news.

And how awesome that you were at the first and last concert at Shea. What a great piece of history you have experienced.

Did you buy a t-shirt? Did they let you take a brick? I wonder if they'll come out with an album from this concert. If so, I'll buy it!

By the way - I've never seen Billy Joel in concert (and I do love his music) but I did get to meet his cute little wife when my husband and I were on Paula's Party this past fall. She seemed so sweet and said so many nice things about her husband.

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DORY.A 7/22/2008 1:13PM

    What a fantastic sounding concert!!! I saw Billy Joel twice in one week when I first met Hubby #1 (The Troll)... We would have celebrated our 20th wedding anniversary last May so that tells you how long ago I saw Billy!!!

Glad you enjoyed... and congrats on your progress... you are rocking it girl!

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GIRLINMOTION 7/22/2008 9:08AM

    WOW!!! That had to be the ultimate concert. What a great experience for you, especially since you where at the first concert at Shea, and then the last. I wonder how many others that attended (besides Paul) could say that?

I am glad that you had a great time.

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DIALY_STORM 7/21/2008 9:29PM

    Wow. I'm jealous! Sounds like a wonderful concert. I've been to several Billy Joel concerts, but never anything like this.

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Interesting surprise

Thursday, July 17, 2008

Haven't lost any weight this week so far. I thing it is going to slow up now that I am on my "last leg" so to speak. It's ok because I know I'm still doing everything to make sure I get where I need to go.

This morning, as I was brushing my teeth, out of the corner of my eye I noticed the tape measure in the bathroom. (what it was doing there I have no idea LOL). My hips are the same but......I lost an inch and a half on my waist! I was shocked!! It wasn't one of those pull this tight and see measurements either!!!

I don't see anything really all the loose but apparently I'm moving in the right direction!!!

On a different note, tomorrow night I go to see Billy Joel with my good friend Dawn. I can't wait!!! I haven't been to a concert in years and this will be fun! Then on Sat. morning we are taking a girls road trip to Boston just for the day. We will meet some friends and come back on Sun. morning but what fun is that!!!!! We are such Spark People too! We are already trying to figure out how to save calories!!!!

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GIRLINMOTION 7/18/2008 8:55AM

    Congratulation on the loss to your waist, way to go.

Billy Joel is one of my favourites. Sounds like your going to have an awesome weekend. Enjoy!


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BLINDBETH 7/18/2008 6:28AM

    Losing inches on your waist is one of the best things you can do for your health! That is awesome! And it sounds like a fun, fun, fun weekend for you and your friends in Boston. Have fun at the concert!

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LINDA! 7/18/2008 12:57AM

    Hey, you are doing losing inches on the have an awesome weekend planned. Have fun!!!

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KMKMOM 7/17/2008 11:20AM

    Congrats on those lost inches! That's great! Have fun at the concert!

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MUSIQLUVER 7/17/2008 11:14AM

    A BIG congratulations on your inches lost. That is just too awesome!!! :-)

And Billy Joel, how kewl. I wonder if he'll sing Uptown Girl. I used to love that song. Sorry. hehehehe! Have a great time!!! :-)

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struggling with the plastic surgery issue

Friday, July 11, 2008

I have been steadily losing weight since the first week of February. I am very pleased that all the hard work I've put into this is finally paying off. Now I seem to have a new set of problems.

Well, the problem is exactly that. The set. With each child I gained a cup size on my bra. I started as a "B" and after my daughter was born I was a "C". Once I had my son, I was a "D". As years went by and having some health issues namely a hysterectomy and then when they thought I had breast cancer (it was benign!) I gained a lot of weight. Stress.....I went to a "DD" and believe me, my cup runneth over.

Now that I have lost close to 30 lbs. I am wearing a "C". Not a pretty "C" but a very saggy, deflated balloon "C".

So, the plastic surgeon was wonderful. She said that she could do a lift and once all was said and done, I would be a perfect "B" once again. Ha, back where I started. She is working with me on the money so that isn't the issue. Here's where I'm struggling.

I am past that 50 mark. I am single right now and looks like I will be that way into the future. Does it really matter anymore? I keep going back and forth. Who's going to see them? Well, I am for one and that's important, isn't it....but at my age? Should I really bother?

It's tough for me. I just don't know what I want to do. I keep going back and forth. If I do do this it will be when I am within 5 lbs of goal, which takes me to th end of the summer. That would be perfect timing for me as business is very slow then and I could take the time.

Has anyone done this? Would love some advice! Opinions are welcome.

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FOODFROMAFAR 7/22/2008 8:11AM

    Gayllynne, I have the same issue. I was a solid C before kids. While breastfeeding managed to get up to and F cup!! For a long time I was a saggy D. Until I neared my goal weight and then I hit saggy C and finally a saggy B. I am also very small around, so I have to find a 30 or 32 band which is very difficult. I went to a professional bra fitter when I was still wearing a D cup and got a better fit bra which helped tremendously. After I lost weight, I went to 2 more fitters but was having a hard time due to my small band issues. I finally found an almost perfect fit bra online. I still have the saggy issue. Surgery isn't really an option for me mostly for the money issue but partly the necessity issue. I'm 48 and my dh is happy with me as I am. My solution is to buy really nice bras that keep the girls where they need to be and to invest in really nice swimsuits that do the same. I bought a tankini top and bottom from Lands' End. The top has a built in underwire bra which really does a great job supporting. I feel normal looking (and securely in place) in my swimsuit for the first time in years.

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DORY.A 7/16/2008 11:27AM

    I'm having the same "deflating" issues right now... Have gone from a 40E to a C cup (or less). I still workout in the DD bra I have because I have sportsbra over top of that but oh my goodness, how funny that bra underneath looks!!

As far as the surgery goes - I have a good friend who had implants and loves them... but she got them for cosmetic reasons (flat chested). She has a great surgeon and has told me she will be fix, lift, suck anything that she needs to keep looking good FOR HERSELF.

I am thinking that if I don't lose my thighs, I'd like to have lyposuction done on them.... and if I'm in doing that, I'd love a booby lift too! But I read about the risks... and as said below, it's not a health issue... so do I really want to take those risks???

I'm on the fence with you!!!

Can't wait to hear what you decide!

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SUZANNA333 7/13/2008 6:28PM

    I concur with just about all of the previous comments. Do what will make you happy! If your main reason is to make them attractive for a potential man in your life then it may not be worth it because whoever that man may be should want you for you. On the other hand, if looking at them in the mirror makes you unhappy, then get the surgery by all means! And like Sonia said below, take in to account all the risks and benefits.

Live life without regrets.

Suzanna emoticon emoticon

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BLINDBETH 7/13/2008 5:07PM

    Well, well, well... It sounds like you aren't really happy with them. And 50 is YOUNG! And you never know when you will meet someone that sweeps you off your feet.

So, maybe you should. But only if you feel comfortable doing so. My girls aren't too saggy - but they are small - so I haven't the same issue as you. On the other hand, if a tummy tuck were to become reasonable, I do it in a 'New York minute.'

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GIRLINMOTION 7/12/2008 11:13AM

    Gayllynne, the choice is really yours and you have to live with it. Every surgery comes with risks, and this is not a matter of life or death?

I have had it done 11 years ago, by a highly respected surgeon. He made these lines around by breast and I told him that the one side was not right, he said he would fix that in surgery. Well guess what? He didn't and my area around my right nipple is not round. I had implants so my surgery disasters are a bit different than just a lift. I had two more surgeries and the third one I got the implants removed. But there is a chance what you are not happy with can actually get worst! Is that a risk you want to take?

As others said a good bra can do wonders, and cost much less, and does not have any side effects except for being alluring to men, lol. If you find a great guy, he is not going to care regardless. It is you, he wants to be with, not your breast (they can be fun any way they look).

In the end, it is your choice.

Hugs, Sonia

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TAMMI1963 7/11/2008 7:04PM

    If it would make you feel better than I say go for it!!! I don't think there's anything wrong with getting a little help here and there. I've thought about getting some work done myself after I lose all the weight I want to. As far as your comment as to who is going to see them, you will and if it makes you feel better than so be it. Besides, if you do this it should be for you and only you. So I say yea, do it!! emoticon

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EZMERELDA 7/11/2008 5:08PM

    You mentioned "who's going to see them?" If you truly are unhappy when YOU see them, and money isn't an issue, then go for it. If it would be for others, I wouldn't be in a rush to undergo surgery. My aunt is having the same issue - had three kids, went from a size 14 to a 2 and if not for the $$ would do it in a heartbeat because it would make her feel good. Victoria's Secret makes some great bras that put the girls back where they once were, if you want to go the lingerie route.

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YOHLI07 7/11/2008 4:12PM

    I just listened to a free pod cast with Jillian Michaels regarding this issue. It's way more common than you think and even happened with her. She went from a C cup to an A cup. She says the lifts are very common and recommends another alternative: a good push up bra if you're not comfortable with the surgery. I say do what makes you feel good about you.

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KASHMIRA612 7/11/2008 1:27PM

    how do you feel when you look in the mirror? personally,with all that work put in to make the rest of your body look good, why not make them follow suit? i think i would do it. if the dr's willing to work with you on the money, then it shouldn't really be a problem.

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It's about time, so how come.......

Tuesday, July 08, 2008

This past week every client I saw said something about me losing weight. Finally! It took 25 lbs before they noticed. How crazy is that? They all said how great I looked and that I was so small etc. It was nice.

So, how come I don't feel small? I know I am still about 14 lbs from goal and for some reason I just still feel fat. I am really watching what I eat and trying to fit in exercise when I can but when I sit down I still feel that roll of fat and when I take a shower I can see where the next weight must come from.

Yes, clothes still fit better and I'm wearing ever smaller sizes but I just don't feel "small". I am wondering if I ever will.

Just thinking out loud and wondering if anyone else feels like this.

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GIRLINMOTION 7/9/2008 8:53AM

    I know how you feel, many people didn't notice my weight loss either till I was close to 20 lbs down. Take the compliments and throw away the mirror, self image will destroy you. You know you look and feel better, and with continued healthy ways, you will get to your goal.

Hugs, Sonia

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BLINDBETH 7/9/2008 6:30AM

    Ummm.... I fight that feeling every time I look in the mirror. I'm not sure that we'll ever be happy. Besides, all the models that seem to set the 'beauty standard' are ridiculously thin and still their pictures are touched up. We have an impossible standard to live up to!

Several months ago, I read an article about the differences in how men and women perceive their bodies. I don't remember all the details but the bottom line was that the men thought they looked better than they did and the women thought they looked worse than they did. They all had to rate themselves and each other on a 1-10 scale.

All that to say... we aren't alone! But without a doubt, I'm sure you are looking GREAT!!! You are a beautiful woman.
Havea great day!

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My "new" capris

Sunday, July 06, 2008

A couple of months ago I pulled out a pair of capris that I haven't worn in years. I put them on and couldn't close them. Not even sucking in my stomach and laying on the bed.....nope, wouldn't close. I folded them back up and put them back in the closet. I thought for sure, being down 20 lbs I would be able to wear them. I was wrong.

Today, just for the hell of it, I once again pulled them out. I looked at them and wondered if I were being hard on myself if they once again didn't fit, but.....I'm wearing them now! Yes, they are just a tad tight around the waist but I've worn them all day and I'm still breathing. Those last, nearly 7 lbs, made a huge difference!!!

Wonder what else I've got in the back of my closet *grin*. I can go shopping and not spend a dime and not even leave the comforts of my own home!! Talk about winning!!!

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GIRLINMOTION 7/7/2008 9:10AM

    Congratulations Gayllynne. Yes, nothing beats being able to shop for "new" clothes, that are "free" and as you said, not have to leave the comforts of home, lol. Best form of "recycling" too.

Hugs, Sonia

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BLINDBETH 7/6/2008 7:56PM

    I LOVE when that happens! But don't forget that when you do get down to your goal weight, you need to reward yourself. Nothing beats a shopping spree for an award! I'd be glad to meet you in NYC and then we can have our own edition of What Not To Wear...


You are getting skinny! Yay!!!

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SUZANNA333 7/6/2008 2:49PM

    Wow Congratulations! Those kinds of "new" clothes are the best kind if you ask me. Keep up the GREAT work!
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