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So, call me crazy!

Thursday, October 02, 2008

Last year I got some very generous gifts for xmas from some of my clients. One of my clients always give me $500. on my birthday too. (yeah, they're great aren't they?). I haven't spent this money till now.

Yesterday, I purchased a gift for my son you won't believe. It's a hand signed, authentic Yankee jersey with the #2 by Derek Jeter. It comes with a certificate of authenticity and a plaque about how no one got more hits at the old stadium than he did and listing the top 5. It even has the double patches on the arms of the old and new stadium.

I am going to have it put in a shadow box and it will be my son's Hanukkah, and birthday gift combined. There are only 100 of them out there so this will truly be a collectors item someday.

Yes, I'm really nuts but honestly, it made me so happy to be able to do this for him. I know I could have spent this on food or the mortgage or what not but this will last forever (I hope!!). So, call me crazy, I did it!

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L.I.L.MOMMY 10/14/2008 5:42AM

    That'a awesome, isn't it great when we can do something extra special for our peanuts.

By the way, is your company hiring? TEE HEE

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BLINDBETH 10/12/2008 6:06PM

    I love it! I remember when my son was a huge Derek Jeter fan. It sounds like an awesome gift. Hanukkah will one to remember for both of you.

Now me thinks me needs to start shopping...

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BARCINTL 10/6/2008 7:04AM

    That was very sweet. You are a generous person!


.s. I want an elliptical :)

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GIRLINMOTION 10/2/2008 10:47AM

    I won't call you crazy. I totally understand why you did it. He is into baseball. You were at the stadium for some major events too both at the beginning and the ending of its life. Call me crazy, but it has major meaning for yourself too. This is a gift that may be something that he will always cherish, or down the road had been the best investment you ever made for your son.

Hugs, Sonia

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My near death experience!

Thursday, September 18, 2008

There I was, on my way home. It's Wednesday. I love Wednesday afternoon because not only is it the end of my work day but my work week as well.

Chatted a few minutes with my partner in crime Dawn, thought about going to Yankee Stadium tonight to see the very last time the "Moose" would pitch in this stadium and also to say good-by to a place I have loved all my life. (side note: a really great guy got me the tickets for son and I. No names yet, but I'm so thankful in more ways than one).

There I was, typical day zipping down the thruway at about 60 MPH and then something exploded under my car, or sounded like it did. I gripped the stearing wheel with all my might and started to slow down. My tire gage came on to say there was a problem with one of my tires. I didn't need to be a mechanical genius to figure out that my rear tire had blown out. Cars were zipping by me and somehow I managed to get all the way to the right shoulder. I was shaking and sweating bullets. I also, had absolutely no idea what to do. None....

I called my mechanic. I knew he would know and he did. He told me to call the state troopers and after several transfers and such, I managed to find the right people. They couldn't have been nicer. They told me they would send someone "right" out. Well, that kind of means in about an hour. Luckily I knew exactly where I was and once the truck got there a very nice guy jumped out, changed my tire in about 5 minutes, said, "You're good to go" and that was it. No fee, not even a tip (I tried) and done. I managed to get to my mechanics who found a huge hole in my tire. As I write this he called and my new tire has come in.

What a day!! Thank goodness I'm here and excited about seeing the Yankees tonight. Not sure if I were ever to see someone on the highway have a blow- out if I would just go speeding past. Somehow, knowing me, I think I would have stopped and offered assistance, even if it were just the company.

Something to think about. I'll wave to everyone from the stadium tonight!!

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BLINDBETH 9/29/2008 6:24AM

    Blow outs are no fun! I'm glad you were able to get it all resolved.

I watched that Yankees game. My hubby grew up in Patterson, NJ and regularly went to Yankees games. He cried through the entire opening ceremony. It was pretty funny to all the rest of us.

I've missed you! Are you doing great?

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L.I.L.MOMMY 9/19/2008 5:26AM

    I am so glad you're ok, wow.....I don't know if I would have been so calm.

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MELSGIRL06 9/18/2008 4:05PM

    The Thruway is a crazy driving experience! I commute on the Thruway everday myself!! Glad you made it ok!! I always worry about stopping on the thruway thinking I am going to get killed in the process so I always call the HELP trucks and make sure they know about it!! If you ever need a new mechanic in the Pine Bush area let me know, I know a great one! Glad you are ok!!

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CJW359 9/18/2008 10:57AM

    Praise the Lord that all turned out right. I didn't know that state troopers would help in a situation like that. Maybe that is only where you live. I don't think they would help here in Missouri. I guess that is what AAA is for.

By the way, how was the game???

Glad you are here to share your story.

Cindy emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 9/18/2008 10:32AM

    As they say, God must have been with you. You handled a bad situation and survived in one piece to talk about it and still enjoy the evening. To think of all the possibilities of what could have happened. Must be your positive attitude with life. Attitude can go a long way!!!

Hugs, Sonia

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JLITT62 9/18/2008 9:15AM

    I've always been so scared of having a blow-out. Glad you survived it safely. Would never have thought to call state troopers!

I had a flat a while back, and ever since then I've been having problems with my car. It's very frustrating.

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Is this real?

Sunday, September 14, 2008

I have been struggling for weeks now with my weight. It will go from 134 to 132 then back to 135 then to 132! ARGHHH!!! I haven't changed anything and this could all be within the same week. I am just not really losing at all.

My friend Dawn tells me my body is adjusting to this weight before it moves on to lose more. Is this a real thing? How long do these things last? It's very frustrating. I know that I am eating right and doing what I need to do but I kind of want to know what's going on.

Anyone have this problem when they are 3/4 of the way home????

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OAKDALE3 9/15/2008 9:24PM

    YES!! I have the same issues. My scale went from 133.5 to 134 to 135 and has now been at 135.5 for a while. It is very frustrating I agree!! I just keep up the self talk that this is a lifestyle change and not a diet. That and sparking are the only things that keep me going. I love to read that others have been successful. It gives me hope.

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PERKYDEBI 9/15/2008 10:00AM

    Are you weighing yourself every day? If you are, then I would recommend that you weigh yourself just once a week and on the same day at the same time. Remember that it takes a 3500 calorie deficit to even make a pound, so you can't expect to lose that many calories overnight. It's going to take several days. Also track your sodium intake too. It's amazing how much sodium we consume, and it's everywhere! And since sodium causes fluid retention then that could be a reason of your weight fluctuating too.

Hang in there and don't get discouraged!

ader "I Hate Exercise"

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GIRLINMOTION 9/15/2008 9:57AM

    I had to up my exercise towards the last few pounds too. Not much, lazy too, but an extra five to ten minutes a day, or more days of exercise will help. I don't think you want to cut calories, that would be hard to maintain in the long run.

Hugs, Sonia

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L.I.L.MOMMY 9/15/2008 7:10AM

    The only thing I can say is from personal experience, once I had gotten to the 3/4 mark, losing weight became much tougher, not because my body was gearing up for another loss, but because it took my body fewer calories to do what I had been doing all along.

I had to up my exercise to continue seeing progress, here's an example at 175 pounds I burned approximately 850 calories doing our family bike outting but at 140 pounds I only burned 725 calories for the exact same ride. Even though I was eating the same number of calories and exercising the same amount of time, I was no longer getting the calorie deficit to continue to lose weight.

Perhaps it's like that for you now, take a close look at calories in and calories out, then and now it might provide you with your answer.

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Lunch with the girls

Monday, September 01, 2008

Last week an old friend of mine came into town. We made a lunch date to meet with my friend Dawn (also on S/P and looks amazing). We were all happy to see each other and couldn't wait to gossip for hours.

We met at a local diner, each one of us looking fantastic!! We sat around laughing and calculating weight loss!! Between the three of us, we lost 130 lbs!!! Can you imagine!! That's an entire person!! We all raised a glass of diet coke in celebration!!!

Then we had to order lunch. I scanned the menu and decided on a grilled veggie panini. When the waitress came to take our order I went last. I told her what I wanted and my friends looked at me. I said my idea of splurging wasn't in food but in other ways. The waitress pointed to me and said, "Sure, that from the skinny one."

OMG!!! I was the skinny one!!! Can you imagine!! I nearly jumped out of my seat and kissed her!!! Yes, i was wearing my new skinny jeans and looked great but at a table of beauties "I" was the skinny one!!! It made my entire weekend!!!!

So, I really have to work at my last 10 lbs. Seems they are going to be tough :(. I won't give up and now I wonder what she would say 10 lbs from now!!!

Thank goodness for my Wii Fit. I spent an hour on it last night after not such a good weekend!! I'm back on track.

Hope everyone is having a great holiday weekend.

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L.I.L.MOMMY 9/4/2008 9:23AM

    Wow the skinny one....good for you, what a boost!

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BARCINTL 9/4/2008 7:42AM

    You *were* the skinny weighed less than everyone at the table!!!

I hate you.

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GIRLINMOTION 9/3/2008 9:59PM

    It is nice to hear words that flatter our hard work done to achieve being "the skinny" one.


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TAMMI1963 9/3/2008 5:55PM

    I love this blog!!! 130 pounds gone - WOW!!! That's quite an accomplishment. You'll lose that last 10 lbs in no time, skinny one!!! emoticon

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DORY.A 9/2/2008 12:04PM

    I love the Wii Fit too!!!! It is SO great. I can't wait for Wii Resort to come out too... SOON!

Congrats on being the SKINNY ONE! You ARE and you deserve that title!

WTG! Keep up the good work and we'll battle that last 10 lbs together!!!!

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I bought jeans!!!!

Wednesday, August 27, 2008

This has been a long time coming. It's been years since I've bought jeans. I just kept wearing those that fit me and occasionally buying a pair of stretchy ones that were just the biggest size I could get and then wearing them without even looking in the mirror. Didn't go into a dressing room for a loooooooong time!!!

So, Sears (yes Sears!) was having an all denim sale. I went over to buy my son some jeans and saw that they had lots of nice womens stuff on sale as well. I went back the next day and looked around. I gathered a few in my arms to try on but had no idea what size. I guessed a 6 hoping but thinking I'm probably an 8.

Took about half dozen pairs into the fitting room. Grabbed the first one and thought "I'm never going to get a 6 up over my butt" and almost didn't even try but then I figured, what the heck.

It felt a little tight but I pulled and tugged and you know what, I even buttoned it and zipped it up!! Every size 6 fit me!!! Some looked better than others but I was amazed and so very happy. I settled on three pairs but I knew one was iffy. I would allow my daughter to make the final decision.

I tried them on for her and she shrieked, "Mom, you are so tiny!!!" LOL, I just can't believe this. She did tell me to take back one pair, not because they didn't fit but because she said they were to short.

I haven't worn lo-rise jeans since they were called "hip-huggers in the 70's!!

Now my daughter tells me I have to get some "cute" tops to go with the new cute me!!!!

One thing I should mention. On my way into the fitting room I had to go past the "womans" department. There were all those jeans with the elastic waist that I swore I would never wear again. I snickered as I walked by them and as I left with my new purchases, I stuck out my tongue at them. LOL - hope no one saw that!!!

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BARCINTL 8/30/2008 9:27AM

    I saw her in these jeans and may I say, she looked HOT!

What a great job you've done, Gayllynne!

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GIRLINMOTION 8/28/2008 9:44AM

    I am so happy for you that you can found out that you are doing better than you thought. Way to go!!!!

It is so nice that you have found jeans that fit well. And I think sticking your tongue out at the jeans with the elastic waist will be a memory you will never forget and help you stay focussed on your goals.

Hugs, Sonia

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MAUREEN19640824 8/27/2008 10:34PM

    Totally awesome story! I am so happy for you and you give me great hope!!!!


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BLINDBETH 8/27/2008 9:30PM

    So awesome! Good fitting jeans can lift a girl's spirits better than anything!
Post some pictures, hot thang...
Beth emoticon

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NAOMIJGH 8/27/2008 7:53PM

    Way to go!!


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