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12 days

Friday, January 23, 2009

12 days (but who's counting!!) I will be laying on the beach in the Carribean!! My holiday present from my boyfriend was a trip to the beach. Since it has been in the teens here in NY, believe me I'm ready for warm weather.

Of course, my first panic was getting into a bathing suit. I haven't worn one in about two years. I pulled all my suits out and began going through them. I had suits ranging in size from 14 to 6. I took all the 12 and 14's and put them aside. I knew I wouldn't need them. Then I tried on everything else. Some of the 6's were a little tight. That was ok because I was really tiny when I bought them and it was oh, so long ago. I found about 5 that fit, most of them 8's. It wasn't as horrible as I thought it was going to be either.

Today I am going to buy a couple of pairs of shorts. I'm not afraid to go either!! Wow, I love being happy.

5 days in the sun with my boyfriend. What could be better than that???

  
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DORY.A 1/26/2009 12:55PM

    How fun! What a great gift! And I know what you mean about the old bathing suits.... I decided to just toss them all. They don't hold their shape after so many years anyway!

I can't wait to go buy a Size 8 bathing suit.... SIZE 8! And you're getting into 6's!!!!

Woohoo! Wtg! You've had quite a year!

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JKPONYGIRL 1/24/2009 8:26AM

    sounds like a great reward- have a wonderful time in your new clothes! emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 1/23/2009 7:46PM

    What could be better than that? A month!!!

Wishing you a very happy time, fun filled time, with fantastic beach time.

Hugs, Sonia

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NAOMIJGH 1/23/2009 2:27PM

    have a fabulous time!

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Hard to believe

Thursday, January 15, 2009

This week my son turned 13! I can't believe that he is now a real teenager. Oh, he's acted like a teen for quite a while now but my goodness, he really is one now!

He has matured so much in the past few years. He is a full head taller than I am (not hard LOL but still...). I always shake my head in wonder as I buy him his size 11 1/2 shoes!

I now ask him to reach things for me, open bottles etc. Last week I wanted him to get something on the top shelf in the kitchen and as I was asking him he just picked me up and carried me into the kitchen!! "Now, what did you want mom?" he asked!!! Good grief, when did he get to be so big.

So, now I am living with two teenagers. My daughter will be 18 in March and in August will go off to college. My son will be with me for a while but I can see that before I know it he will be off on his own as well.

How is it they grow up so fast and we seem to stay the same LOL - well....I'm trying!

Happy birthday to my little boy who isn't little anymore!!

  
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GIRLINMOTION 1/15/2009 1:55PM

    They sure do grow so quick. Glad you have found some use for his growth, lol.

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Saving a life!

Sunday, January 04, 2009


I also posted this in the dog lovers group but wanted to share with others as well.

As many of you know, I'm a dog groomer with my own business. I make house calls in NYC. I have been doing this for close to 30 years now and have seen just about everything!

This past week I was working on a Shih Tzu that I groom every week. As I was drying him I noticed bruising all over his skin. I found this very odd (I know for a fact this dog would never, ever be mistreated). My gut reaction was some kind of auto-immune disease, my first thought Leukemia.

I called in the owners and showed them what I had found. The husband looked and said, "Oh, it looks like he may have gotten into something, maybe ringworm or an allergy." I was insistent. "No" I said, "I want him to go immediately to the vet."

Maybe it was something in my voice. I did not tell them my thoughts because I'm not a vet and I didn't want to scare them.

They brought the dog in that day and he had almost no white cells left at all. He was in intensive care for the rest of the week and they said he would have died had they waited even another day.

They called me and wrote me a thank you note but I didn't care about that. I was so happy that I caught it in time. This isn't the first time in my career that I've caught something serious but the feeling I get that he's ok now makes it all worth while.

It was a wonderful way to start the new year!! He comes home today!!!!!!

Remember, if you find something that's not right on your pet, get it checked out. What you thought could be nothing could actually be something!!!

Happy New Year to all my animal loving friends!

  
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GIRLINMOTION 1/4/2009 12:03PM

    WOW talk about a close call. I am so happy that you thought to questions the bruise like symptoms. I guess this will be something you will be more aware off as you do more grooming. So many dogs seem to be getting cancer now (makes you wonder about the food they are eating?).

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Happy New Year to all my spark people friends

Wednesday, December 31, 2008

This has been quite a year for me. So many things have happened. Some good, some awful, some just, well, happened.

To recap my year a bit:

Lumpectomy (the bad), turned out benign (the really good). This brought me to a point that I realized I needed to get healthy and stay healthy. The last week in January, I started Spark/People.

By early summer I was down 20 lbs. Unfortunately, my mother passed away in June. (the really bad) but knowing that she was no longer in pain and went peacefully in her sleep made it easier.

Over the summer I broke up with my boyfriend. It had started to run it's course but it was difficult never the less. Now, in hind site, it was the right thing to do and he really did me a favor.

By the end of the summer I was down another 10 lbs to a total of 30.

In early October I met a great guy. I'm totally smitten with him as he is with me. We are still going strong and are very happy together. We will be spending New Years Eve together. Just the two of us. I can't wait.

As of today, the last day of 2008 I am down 35 lbs. I was really hoping to be in the 120's today but I am 3 ounces short!! Ha! 3 ounces!!!

I have come so far this year. I have no idea what next year will bring but I know it will have the great, the good and the bad. I will get through it just like I got through this year and hopefully, I will come out as strong if not stronger than when I went in.

I wish all the wonderful people on this site that I have become friends with over the year I've been here a wonderful, happy, healthy new year!! May it be the best ever!!!

  
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DIANNEYME 1/1/2009 9:16AM

    You have done an awesome job! You didn't let anything derail your progress for very long and kept your eyes on the prize. 3 ounces doesn't count in my book, either...you've done it!

Best of luck to you and your new friend in 2009 - may your year be full of joy, peace, and good health!

Dianne

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GIRLINMOTION 12/31/2008 1:15PM

    3 ounces don't count!!! If you had a old regular scale you wouldn't even see that?

It is funny how sometimes we realize the favour a boyfriend or husband can do for us as they leave.

Wishing you a happy and successful 2009!

Hugs, Sonia

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My boyfriend

Saturday, December 20, 2008

It feels so odd to say something like at. A middle aged woman with a boyfriend LOL - but it feels really nice.

It's still so new but we really like one another and things are going along so well. Makes me smile every time I think about him.

Funny thing though. He has never known me any other way than I am now. He thinks that I want to lose 10 lbs! He doesn't know that I have already lost over 30, he just thinks I'm adorable and cute. Every once in a while I will say something about me being fat and he laughs because he just sees me as the size 6 I am now, not the size 14 I was!!! Wow - he even will make fun of me laughing because he "doesn't get it".

It's strange to think that everyone "new" I meet from now on will think of me as this way. Small(er) and petite. What I need to do is look in the mirror and think of me that way to. That's not as easy as it sounds.

I hope everyone is as happy as I am right now. That's a lot!

  
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PURPLE0906 12/20/2008 9:52PM

    That is so cool. I am so happy for you.

Stay positive! You deserve it!

Cindy

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/20/2008 7:49PM

    I haven't experienced what you are but I am running into people that only knew the fat me for 20 years.

Sometimes I forget that I have lost weight. That's kind of nice too.

I am happy for you with your new beau!

Enjoy life,
Linda

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GIRLINMOTION 12/20/2008 3:22PM

    I have the same problems too. It is so silly when we have to fight with our own negative thoughts on how we look now or then.

I am glad to hear things are going well for you and your new beau. Wishing you continued happiness for the new year.

Hugs, Sonia

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