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Too Much Weekend!

Monday, December 19, 2011

Today I have lots of cleaning up to do ... I also need to res a bit from a really full weekend. It was such fun. Friday was a lot of racing around to plan a birthday party for our two year old grand daughter. Decided on Dora the Explorer and fond all sorts of decor, puzzles, blanket, pjs, socks, panties, toys and dolls. I'd already gotten her too many presents so this was a bit insane, but it all made for an amazing sight when she arrived for dinner party. I also did a cute cake all about Dora using bath toys, adding some cupcakes, candles and the actual cake was not too big. I cooked tur-duck-hen for the first time and filled out the meal with broccoli, green salad, sugar free jello with berries, mashed potatoes, pumpkin rolls, cranberry sauce and choices of light ice cream. Yum! Saturday I went to 2 basketball games to watch grandsons play, went to dojo to watch their tae qwon do class, and shopped for a fridge for our house that our daughter's family is living. Though not very old, the other one died on Friday ... Ouch! After that it was party time and so much fun. Ziva loved that it was all for her! Late that night we had bed and breakfast guests arrive after a wedding. I was so tired, but managed to be sociable and visit with the lovely couple before we all crashed. The money paid for this goes to scholarships tha a women's group I'm part of helps fund. Sunday morning I had to be up before our guests to get offe going and a nic breakfast prepared. The timing was such that I had to midd worship which felt like such a loss. I rested a little by starting a Christmas jigsaw puzzle while watching football with my dh. But the quiet didn't last as we had committed to babysitting 3 grandkids for the evening. We never expected that we would be stuck there until nearly 3:00a.m. Dh had to arrange to take the morning off from work to sleep. He is very unhappy with our daughter and son-in-law right now. Oh well, it was a fun weekend. Now it's onwards to Christmas ... Party and dinner here on Friday and a late flight out that night to spend a week with more family. Can't wait! emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 12/20/2011 10:34PM

    Well, I hope you have rested up from your fun but busy weekend, Barbabra, and are feeling up-and-at-tem again.
Merry Christmas!
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Yo yo no more!

Monday, December 12, 2011

I never realized that I've been ruining my metabolism and losing all my muscle by all my yoyo dieting through the years. Now I wonder if I will ever have optimum fat/muscle ratios to best burn through the foods I eat. This is so discouraging. However, knowledge is power so I will investigate how I can turn this around. I know I must give up the yoyo life I've lived for all my adult life. I hope I can truly turn this around and repair the damage I've no doubt done. So, today has begun a hopeful new chapter in which I will focus on strength training more than aerobics for awhile. Hopefully, I will see a difference in how my body uses fuel in the not too distant future. Some may think this is an odd time to begin with Christmas right around the corner, but I say there is no time like the present and tomorrow will only be better if I begin today. As that little engine so eloquently put it, "I think I can, I think I can, I think I can!" emoticon

  
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JENNIW70 12/13/2011 1:11AM

    I think before Christmas is the best time to start doing what's good for your body! Way to go!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/12/2011 5:52PM

    I have also been on the rollercoaster of weight loss/gain.
It seems my metabolism is in tough shape too but I will keep trying!
Enjoy your week!
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KGWINDER 12/12/2011 4:31PM

    If you don't already have one, I have a great suggestion. Get a scale that showed BMI - they aren't completely accurate (they reflect lower body more than upper body), but it does give you feedback of increasing muscle.

I'm 52 and I can tell you that even while being overweight I can see changes to my muscle mass - it is pretty motivating. So never to late to get better. P.S. love your exercise with making decoration idea....fit it in, how you can!

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MEADSBAY 12/12/2011 4:19PM

    I've learned this sad fact recently, too.
I bet I have lost and gained and lost and gained and lost and gained 10-20-30 lbs ten or twenty times in the last 30 years.
My metabolism is totally screwed up.
I can't lose wt on 1200 calories any more so I, too, am focusing on building up my muscle with lots of ST.
WE CAN DO IT!
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Here and There Exercise today

Tuesday, November 08, 2011

For the next few weeks I will be very busy making decorations for a special tree we're donating in honor of our granddaughter. So, to fit in a bit more exercise I do some stretches, squats, jumping jacks and balance work every time I finish an ornament, thread a needle, answer the phone, etc. Whenever there is a break in activity I use that to get a little extra exercise into my days. It is a different way of managing my time so it will take some practice to become habit, but my hope is that it will become a habit that will stick. We'll see. Have a great day everyone. emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 12/4/2011 10:49AM

    Grrrrrrrrreat idea!
How's this working for you?

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LOSE4LIFE47 11/8/2011 12:07PM

    That is a great idea!!

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A Tree for Ziva

Monday, November 07, 2011

Our darling granddaughter is nearly two years old now. She started out in life with a fused skull that had to be cut to ribbons, spacers inserted and much remodeling work done when she was just 5 months old. Her eyes, nose and forehead were adjusted then as well, but she will need more surgery at some point to better align her mouth. Still, she is the happiest, most energetic and loving little girl. Her brothers are ages 7 and 8 and just adore her. They are amazing athletes - the oldest a past state champion in Tae Kwon Do. There is lots of jumping, kicking, running in that household. Ziva dances and sings, talks constantly and gives the most wonderful hugs and sloppy kisses. We decided to make a large Christmas tree to donate to the hospital's big Festival of Trees this year. When I took this on I had no idea just how big a project it would be. I'm making ornaments and other decorations every day now to meet the end of November deadline. Ziva's mom and dad are helping and I know it will be very beautiful. Ziva fell in love with dominoes when she was very small and so I decided that would be our theme - "Domino Dance". It will hopefully reflect the joy, the lightness and the enthusiasm with which this little one greets every day. We are so blessed to have her in our lives and we are eager to see just where the Lord leads her. We know her life was spared for a reason and for that we will be ever thankful. It seems so right to be doing this project at this season of Thanksgiving. Life is so good! emoticon

  
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MEADSBAY 11/7/2011 5:24PM

    What a wonderful act of love.
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Not sleeping so might as well...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Once or twice each week I'm unable to sleep. Sometimes I lay there thinking, praying, resting. Sometimes I just have to get up and and do something. This is one of those nights. It started with a memory of something I'd forgotten to do and I didn't want to stew about it in bed so I got up and wrote myself a reminder. Then I decided to just do what it was I needed to do. Then I got caught up in emails. Then I wandered to SP because of one of those emails. I received a goodie and was soon off and running. Now, I know that the real thing is better that this kind of off and running. But, I feel so much better now that I've actually accomplished some things with this unexpected time on my hands. But, alas, I can now hardly keep my eyes open so it's off to bed for me. The alarm will sound in about three hours. That's better than no sleep at all! Hope all of you are having a beautiful enthusiastic blessed night/day! emoticon

  


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