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Starting T-Tapp Bootcamp to reduce 2 sizes

Thursday, April 26, 2012

I've been toying with this thought in my mind for several weeks - doing a T-Tapp bootcamp. It's a desire of mine, but I've had to pysche myself up to do it because it's a major commitment and I knew that once I decide I HAVE to see it through 100%.

According to the book, I can go down 2 sizes by doing a Total Workout 7 days in a row, then every other day for 4 weeks, then two days off between workouts for another 4 weeks. I'm in a size 14, and that would mean a size 10 in 9 weeks (July 4). Once I achieve my goal, I only have to do the workout twice a week to maintain it.

I know some of you are wondering

First of all, it has nothing to do with "tapping". The creator of this workout is Teresa Tapp. To me, she is the picture of health and fitness.

Her workout is on DVD, and the movements and their benefits are described in her book.

The Total Workout is 50 minutes; however, some have had tremendous success at just doing the 15 minute Basic Workout every day.

You can read my testimonial and see my before and after pics from a couple years ago at this address:

You don't need any equipment, and you can do all the exercises in a small space. You use your own body as resistance. The workout is both cardio and strength training at the same time. I definitely sweat mid-way through, and experience muscle soreness the next day for the first week. The most important factor is proper form, which Teresa explains in detail in the instructional part of the DVD. You only do 8 reps of each exercise, but it is definitely not an easy workout. Each exercise works 5-7 muscles at once. The workout is perfectly designed to help rebuild/rejuvenate the body, increase mental clarity (because it's a left-brain/right-brain mind/body workout), improve circulation and lympathic system, tighten and tone muscles.

At the end of this post I included the link to Teresa's website where you can read more about it and order the DVD.

T-Tapp tightens the core muscles so well that it's like having a natural girdle. I have never been able to get such flat abs with any other workout.

Each and every time I have done this workout, I have experienced totally amazing results. Why I didn't keep doing it after I'd lost so many inches, who knows? I guess the same reason I have repeatedly abadoned my healthy eating plans after losing a good amount of weight. Self-sabotage. That's another subject, but one I am also working very diligently to change.

So - I've taken my measurements and before pics. Today is emoticon

Of note is that I was shocked and amazed at how many inches I have already lost since I last took them. I attribute that to my walking and Zumba and following the 17 Day Diet since mid-Feb. Since January 1, I have lost:

1/2 inch in bust
2 inches in waist
2 inches in hips
1 3/4 inches in abdomen
2 1/2 inches in midriff
1 1/2 inches in thigh
1/2 inch in calf
1/2 inch in arm

I went from a size 16 to 14.

Although Teresa is not as concerned about diets or scale numbers, she has something called "God Made - Man Made Dietary Guidelines". On this plan, you limit "Man Made Carbohydrates" (breads, pastas, cereals, chips, crackers, cookies, cake, etc.) to every 3rd day. For the 2 days in between, only consume "God Made" foods (meat, veggies, fruit; basially all clean foods). I find it somewhat similar to the 17 Day Diet, which I have found to work perfectly for me.

I've decided to start with cycle 2 of the 17 Day Diet for 17 days and alternate it with cycle 3 for 17 days for the 9 week period. As long as I can stay 100% compliant, I hope to meet my goals and then work to maintain for a couple of months before I decided whether to keep going or continue to maintain. Maintenance will be cycle 4 of the 17DD and T-Tapp twice a week. Plus, of course, my daily walks and Zumba 2-3 times a week (just because I love it so!)

I have a solid plan, now all it takes is the execution of it. I am committed and determined, so I am optimistic that I will report good results on July 4. But, as always, I need to stop planning, stop talking about it, and just do it.


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MOTLEM 1/11/2013 11:15PM

    Great regime. I have not long found out about T-Tapp and purchased Basic Plus & Step Away, Hit the Floor, Sit Down Core Workout, and the Warm up & Stretches, dvd's. I live in Tasmania, Australia so they wont arrive for another couple of weeks and I want them NOW! emoticon

However, I have subscribed to all the 'try before you buy' videos, so will have to content myself with trying to learn what I can from them, whilst waiting.

Can't wait to get started! And good luck with your wonderful plan. emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/11/2013 6:41PM

    Great blog with interesting info and link! emoticon

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WARMSPRINGDAY 8/26/2012 1:01PM

    I had another friend recommend the TTapp videos. Pondering . . .

I see this was in April. Wonder how you've liked it.

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PUDGYNOMORE 5/2/2012 11:01AM

    What a great plan! I'm excited to see how it works for you.

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DLG0505 4/30/2012 1:44AM

    Can't wait to see how it goes for you - please keep us updated!

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I_GOT_THIS_ 4/27/2012 11:53AM

    Mary, you've got me interested in learning what T-Tapp is! I'll be a willing listener (reader) of your progress!!!

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DRKYASHI 4/27/2012 9:01AM

    emoticon! What a emoticonplan! Good luck and keep us posted on your progress! emoticon

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MAZZYR 4/26/2012 7:20PM

    What a woman... you're my hero!!

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HEALTHY4ME 4/26/2012 5:51PM

    YES well can't say you don't exercise!! WOWWOOW good for yhou. I should dig out my t tapp again too. I never did sweat or get a good move going on. I think I was still trying to get proper form ect. as that was when my back was really bad.

Walking is still going well. I walked to dd today but will go for another one later as want to get at leastt to the 10,000 or more as tomorrow we will not be moving much. Drive 2.5 hrs to get new trailer then drive to sil to show them and drop something off then drive home. Only saving grace is there is a tims about 20 mins down the road, and I can walk there and get soup... lol

Okay gotta finish my supper. then go for a walk. cya later

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LIFEWALK 4/26/2012 11:38AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonAwesome! Let us know how it goes :)

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SERVINGTHRUPT 4/26/2012 10:07AM

    WOO HOO Mary! I am excited to watch you through your T-Tapp bootcamp, and I did a little reading about T-Tapp. I'm on a mission now to find a DVD, I believe I can get one on Amazon.

You go Girl, here's looking at less of you...by July 4th.

Kiko : )

PS Mary - is the DVD you use the one you have pictured? :)

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Thursday, April 19, 2012

I think I may have finally hit my stride! You know, the point where you've made enough progress that there's NO going back. It's what Steve Siebold (fatloser.com) says is the stage of "knowing". You hit your sweet spot of motivation and it just keeps building upon itself. If only I could bottle it, sigh.

I've been doing something I call "interval dieting". It's going to sound a little nutty to some, but it seems to be working for me thus far.

It all started when I first began the 17 Day Diet last February. I was 100% compliant during the first 17-day cycle (which is very restrictive) and lost 10 lbs. I had a bit of a problem adjusting to the the next 2 cycles and essentially did my own thing for the next 5 weeks. The result was that I maintained. I was ecstatic because I was having treats and what I'd describe as splurge foods and yet I still kept off the initial 10 lbs. I had lost. Then last week I was ready to go back on a more restrictive routine to get off more weight so I decided to follow cycle 1 of the 17 Day Diet again. I'm on Day 9 and have lost another 5 lbs. I intend to stick to this for the entire 17 days and then do my own thing again for a month. As long as I maintain, I'm happy. But I am going to challenge myself to ramp up my exercise even more and curb my treats a little better during this period so I can lose another 2-3 lbs.

The thing I like most about my method is that I've been making progress without having to measure out my food or write it down into a food journal. I'm not tracking calories, fat grams, carbs, etc. I know that for many logging food is not difficult for them and is their key to success. But, for me, it was always a pain and something I could never keep up on an on-going basis. Everyone has to find their own method that stands the test of time. Making it permanent is the ultimate key to success. The best plan is always the one you stick to.

My main goal and focus continues to be eating unprocessed, unrefined food - consuming an abundance of vegetables and at least 3 fresh fruits....whole grains, lean protein, beans & legumes, moderate nuts & seeds....allow treats and splurges but limit them to a few times a week and not daily. Combine that with regular cardio and toning workouts and I feel that's the winning combination.

My strongest muscle is my mind and I've been exercising it daily to aid me in achieving the results I desire.

I got my new scale yesterday and I really like it. The weight on it was in sync with my old Tanita when I got on it yesterday, but the body fat % on my Tanita always read between 43-44% and on this one it's 32.6%. According to the charts, 24-32% is optimal. My muscle percentage reads 38.2% which is great because the optimal is 34% (must be all that walking and Zumba IS really worth it!) Whether or not they are dead on is not as important to me as trends. I will measure body fat and muscle once/month and hope to see improvements over time. I'm comfortable that I'm doing enough cardio; now I am planning on ramping up my strength training over the next several months.

I'm especially targeting my abs....all those muscles that have been asleep are going to get a rude awakening!!!!

I'm motivated and about as determined as I can be right now, so I'm planning on riding this wave and finally reaching the shore.

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NOE1234 4/20/2012 8:53AM

    Thanks so much for sharing, this was a very inspiring post.

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HEALTHY4ME 4/19/2012 5:10PM

YES!!! I knew it would work for you cos you were so positive it would like you say the mind is powerful. Attitude has a lot to do with it. Yay for you. I am down 1 lb but not really weighing till sat our 5% challenge weigh day.

I really like that Steve Siebold. The stuff he says really rings true....... so let's make it work for us.

SO glad you found something that works for you. I find that cal cycling works but man I am same as you just can't keep charting them....


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LIFEWALK 4/19/2012 3:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonSparktacular Mary! So tickled to hear you have found your stride again and an approach that works well for you :)

I think there was a govenor on the East Coast who did much like this and lost/kept off 150+ lbs... I thought calorie cycling an interesting concept, and like u, daily tracking the rest of my life feels intolerable... although can be very helpful when I need analysis... Your food choices sound yummy & life invigorating so you can thrive... all in all, in sync with you & your needs! Wonderful :)

on that stages of change model I've talked about b4... i think they would call this maintenance... when you truly reach a point where you are very unlikely to relapse or go back... is transcendance... i look forward to these stages... and am closer finally... i've definitely been in action since last summer with minor relapses...

i mention this because... i would share... i do think the effort it takes to keep going is less than the effort it takes to get going after a major collapse...

wouldn't it be wonderful if we never have to go thru that again??? I don't think it is wishful thinking... i think the stages of change model demonstrates in pictures the evolution we go through in our learning process to change and overcome these kinds of complex issues...

and, i have been happy to see you evolve to this in your journey ~ thank you for sharing your approach... seems a nice balance of intense efforts interspersed with appropriate rest & maintenance... all based on your needs and preferences...

like i said, Simply Sparktacular! emoticon

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SERVINGTHRUPT 4/19/2012 2:07PM

    "Yippee" is right! emoticon You go Mary. You really sound like you're "dialing" things in & I'm SO excited for you. You're right, it's about what works for you individually.

I will watch for your updates.


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MAZZYR 4/19/2012 1:13PM

    Oh Mary, I'm so happy for you and I'm cheering you on. I like the idea of interval dieting and how you are customizing a plan just for you.

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LIV2RIDE 4/19/2012 11:19AM

    emoticon Finding what works for you is so important so I'm glad you found something that works. I love hearing the excitement in your writings. emoticon

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MORERED 4/19/2012 11:14AM

    Mary, You are in such a good place!! Making adjustments, experimenting until you create your own plan that works for you. Keep it going, one day at a time and I know you'll make it to your next goal. You're more than half way thru this cycle. Keep at it and then maintain. Show us how it's done!!!!! You are always my inspiration!!!!!


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DRKYASHI 4/19/2012 10:51AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
Keep it up and keep us posted on your progress!

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Do you weigh daily, weekly, monthly, or not at all?

Saturday, April 14, 2012

There was a time when I was set on ditching the scale completely and no longer allowing it to affect my mood or self worth. emoticon

I've lately changed my thought process in regard to weighing. It's all about attitude. I have recently been able to get on the scale and use it as a tool, along with many others, to gauge my progress and troubleshoot problems. I used to weigh once a week at the same time on the same day and I only got on it once...whatever it said was the number, whether I liked it or not. That weekly number used to often sabotage my efforts. If I'd stuck to my plan all week long and the number stayed the same or went up, I'd feel so dissappointed and eat away my sorrow. Other times when I'd cheated far too many times and the number went down, I'd sometimes feel smug and think I could continue that behavior and still lose (which was never the case).

I was always against daily weighing, but I've changed my mind and now see some value in it. During the 17 Day Diet, I weighed myself daily during the first 17-day cycle because I was seeing a daily loss which kept me motivated to stick to it. I continued to weigh daily even when the loss slowed down (and even started to swing back and forth between the same 3 lbs.) because I found it interesting to see what effect my food choices and activities had on my weight. I've been treating it like a science project.

So I decided to really splurge and get a new scale. It's called EatSmart Precision GetFit Digital Body Fat Scale. The values this scale reports are:

* total weight
* % fat
* % water
* % muscle mass
* bone mass in lbs

I think that knowing all these factors gives a much clearer picture of what's going on inside as you work to reduce weight. If you decrease 5 lbs. of fat while increasing 5 lbs. of muscle the scale will show your weight staying the same. But as we all know, muscle takes up much less space than fat, reduces inches and clothing sizes, and just plain looks nicer.

It's valueable to know if your loss or gain is due to water loss or retention versus fat loss or fat gain.

Also, for women especially it's important to know if your bone mass has decreased as you age.

I ordered my scale this morning and got an email that it has already shipped and should arrive by next Friday or sooner. The scale also has a nice sleek and sturdy design and you don't have to kick a button to begin - you just step on. 475 people gave it 5 stars on amazon.

From now on, I will respect my scale and appreciate the data as helpful information and a source of motivation to keep me going in the right direction.

And no matter what the data is on the scale, I make a pledge to always accept and love myself unconditionally at any weight.

How do you feel about the scale?

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LIFEWALK 4/19/2012 3:07PM

    emoticonthat's gr8 Mary :)

a few years back, i did daily weighing/charting for nearly 6 mos... i had been shocked when i followed a low cal diet 3 weeks, waiting to weigh for a big surprise, and when i did weigh, had not lost 1 single lb... 1 of the most devastating scale moments of my life... and it triggered a huge binge... it was several days later when i realized that was actually a win, b/c it was near tom when i usually went up... and not gaining was a win!

longer story shorter, i decided to ignore the emotions & track and noticed i lose on a monthly hormone related cycle... back then... my lowest point, if I have eaten appropriately, is about day 3/4 just after I start..., can lose fairly easily for 10 days or so, then tougher for a week, then usually maintain/rise 3 - 5 - 8 lbs.. sometimes more depending if hormones collide with salt & heat! urgh...

i have tried to maintain that dispassionate/emotional connection to the scale... sometimes i get reattached & have to work to unhook that connection again... that is when the scale gets put away for awhile and i focus on what I can do... (instead of the results :)

I look forward to more scale observations... :)

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MORERED 4/19/2012 8:00AM

    Hi Mary, I hope you find your new scale useful! I have taken to weighing in daily but recording officially only once a week on mondays. Thinking about it as information only has really been working for me and I hope it will work for you too. Every morning I get on the scale, see the number and that's it. No drama. No beating myself up. Just information. If I'm up from the day before, it might be that I had sushi or something with lots of sodium the day before. I use the information and make some adjustments to my day (e.g., make sure I drink lots of water on the post sushi day to wash out all that sodium!).

LOVE the pics of muscle weight vs. fat weight!! Thanks for sharing them.

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ILOVELIFE2012 4/15/2012 10:38AM

    I hate the scale. LOL, actually I'm being a bit dramatic there. I don't, for me it is a love / hate relationship (again being dramatic, LOL). Actually I used to weigh myself every day, sometimes a few times a day. I lost weight. Then I decided the scale was too much so I gave it up completely....for 2 years.....and well, I gained the weight back again. Realization for me: BALANCE (no pun intended). So enough of the love / hate, I ordered a scale via zeroscale. Basically you get the scale, weigh yourself as a benchmark (you never see your weight even if you know how much you weigh. After that, go on the scale to see if you've lost or gained weight. I just ordered it a few days ago and can't wait to get it...... good luck to you!!!

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LIV2RIDE 4/15/2012 9:52AM

    Years ago I weight daily (honestly several times a day). That is a deeper discussion. Then I went through a phase where I didn't have a scale and didn't want one. I bought a scale a while ago and weighed weekly for several years. A couple months ago I was given a high tech scale to review. now I'm back to weighing in daily. This one is cool and I've enjoyed seeing the changes due to what I eat. One day I ate a meal that was loaded with sodium. Even though I drank tons of water I still gained a few lbs due to the sodium. I love that this scale shows lean mass and body fat along with weight. Weight isn't the only number you need to track.

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HEALTHY4ME 4/15/2012 8:06AM

    I weigh weekly for my 5% challenge and yes it can affect my moods but the past while not so much. I am telling myself there is way more to life than that number and it is working. but still to say it is great when it goes down.... now if I could only get serious on weight lifting maybe I would see the value in the number staying same or going up. LOL

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MAZZYR 4/15/2012 7:57AM

    WTG Mary! I love your thinking about using the scale as a tool in a science project. I have been weighing in daily for a few years and last year I recorded the data daily on a calendar which I'm following again this year. Even if the data is not what I'd like it to be for a day or a week the comparison to last year on the same date is encouraging and is a good reminder that even though my weight may be coming off slowly it is coming off.

Have a happy Sunday and enjoy your sleek new scale!

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SERVINGTHRUPT 4/14/2012 11:38PM

    Mary, I'm with you...one more "tool." I usually weigh every two to three days. My logic in it is that if my weight is drifting up at all, I can "tweak" things, or just really be more in tuned to what I'm up do. I wish to retain as much "control" as possible, early on versus attempting to "recover" after....too much of an increase.

I have to say, I was a personal trainer for almost 8 yrs., and I didn't even own a scale, only had the ones we used at the gyms, for my clients. or their own scales in their homes. Then, I decided it was time for me to purchase one. I purchased one that retains my previous weigh in, along with the other items you've mentioned.

One thing I have found I need to keep in mind is that it's my understanding when my scale measures my body fat % it is based on the current running up one leg & down the other (the shortest path) and so...because my butt & thighs are my "challenging" areas, my body fat is greater on my scale than it is with my hand held body composition analyzer. So, I take both measurements & then do an average, to get a better idea of my total body fat. Just something I've found helpful.

Again, it's just a "tool," nothing I put any more value on than the next "measurement."

I'm excited to hear what you think of your new "tool."

Have yourself a SUPER Sunday Mary!

By the way, I love your blogs, all the visuals & such, they're enjoyable to read. ;o)

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Still learning how to deal with loss

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

I awoke this morning from a dream about my sister. It's been six and a half months since she passed away and sometimes it still hurts like it was yesterday.

In my dream she was alive, but in the hospital and we all knew she was dying. My Dad was there (he passed in 1996). I sobbed throughout the entire dream. I couldn't bear the thought of losing her and was having trouble accepting it.

When I awoke I felt so full of pain. It was like experiencing the whole thing all over again. I don't know what it meant. Have I not grieved enough? Will I ever be able to fill this hole? Perhaps the Easter season opened the wound up because she and I always got together before Easter to go shopping and have lunch. She'd always buy some cute little bunny to put on a shelf or table....she loved bunnies!

I told my husband about the dream and he didn't know what to say. He feels badly for me but doesn't know what to say or do when I get melancholy. I hope that writing about it and talking about it helps me to deal with it.

I had a hard time with my eating choices for the past several days and maybe it was from emotions that were stuffed deeply inside. This morning I ate a healthy breakfast of veggies (garlic, onion, red & green bell peppers, carrots, mushrooms) sauteed in veg. broth with a couple of egg whites scrambled in; plus a fresh orange. I felt satisfied and it got my day off to a better start.

It's cloudy and colder out but I hope to get outside today for a long walk. Zumba is tonight at 5:30 and I always feel happy when I'm dancing.

I guess I need to learn how to live with this sadness because it's never going to go away. I will learn how to coexist with it and deal in nurturing and positive ways. It's a part of life that I have to accept in order to function. It's just like all of the ups and downs of life that we learn to take in stride and continue on. But I sure do miss her often.

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GABBY308 4/12/2012 1:28PM

    I am so sorry! Maybe you could consider seeing a grief counselor or joining a support group if you find it hard to cope, because it does help to express your grief. That's probably what you were doing in the dream. Ask for support when you need it and know that although the pain will always be there, it will ease with time.

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HEALTHY4ME 4/11/2012 7:51PM

    HUGS emoticon

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ORGANIC811LFRV 4/11/2012 4:59PM

    We never do get over the loss of someone close.

You mentioned that your emotions that were stuffed led to the eating problem. Actually the eating led to problematic emotions.

I would recommend that you continue to grieve and to keep your sister in your heart and thoughts. AND that you start cleaning up your diet and staying on program. The more you eat fresh fruit and salads and green smoothies the better your emotional situation will be handled.

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LIFEWALK 4/11/2012 3:14PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonnot to sound trite but takes time... the intense overwhelming pain may ease and we do learn to live again, adjust... and at other times be as real and intense as ever... those are the times it is ok to cry... extra self-administered tlc... if we could we'd wipe the pain, but we can listen, nod & cry with you... (hugs~n~luv)

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MAZZYR 4/11/2012 11:50AM

    Oh Mary, I hear you and you know I understand the pain and sadness that comes along with losing a sister. I still experience a sense of disbelief that my sister is gone. The sad feelings are are becoming a part of me. But it's just one part. The other parts are filled with gratitude for everything that's right in my life now and for the good health my family and I enjoy today.

I saw a movie the other day about a woman fighting cancer and it brought up such overwhelming sad feelings that brought me to tears. These days I feel the sadness and when I'm ready I change the channel on my thinking to positive thoughts. Knowing that I have the power to change my thinking really helps.


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WILD4STARS 4/11/2012 11:39AM

    It is so hard.

My Dad has been gone for 25 years as of April 23 and I have been having bouts of tears and melancholy. I'll just have a moment of a memory and suddenly feel sad. For 25 years I have dreaded the arrival of Father's Day and all the commercials and cards in the stores.

I was told by someone that I should carry a momento of him with me, that it would be like having him with me. I couldn't think of anything that would be easy to carry, then I remembered his huge collection of wheat pennies. So I went to a coin store, I bought a 1929 penny, the year he was born, and I have been carrying it with me. I know it sounds almost silly, but when I touch that penny, it's like he's with me. It's like he knows I'm remembering him and it makes me feel better.

Sometimes I think "Get over it, you're 60 years old, he's been gone 25 years." But the truth is I don't think we ever totally get OVER losing someone we hold so dear, we just learn ways to keep their spirit close and to comfort ourselves with the good memories.

It does get easier. It doesn't go away, but it does get easier.

I'll keep a good thought for you and your sister every time I think of my Dad and reach for that penny in my pocket.

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LIV2RIDE 4/11/2012 11:32AM

    Mary, I'm sorry you are still grieving. Losing someone so close is always difficult and I don't think you ever really get over it. You learn to live with it but that's about it. Hopefully you are able to find comfort in the fact that you are not alone and that your husband loves you. You are in my prayers!

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SERVINGTHRUPT 4/11/2012 11:00AM

    Oh Mary, I'm so sorry to read of your dream & and pain that it caused. I haven't been on here much & kind-of committed to just doing my data entry & "sneaking" out, without reading, and then...your blog post showed up on the right side of my screen.

I couldn't help but read your heading regarding loss. Mary, I have come to realize that I will continue to "learn to deal with loss" as I live the rest of my life. I think it's primarily due to the fact that we will experience loss, and with every one, it's more..."learning."

I don't believe there's anything I can say that will ease your pain, and I wish there was. Mary I pray that you will find with time that your tears of sorrow are slowly replaced with smiles of fond memories you shared with your sister.

Again, I'm sorry & you're in my thoughts and prayers. Here's a hug for you...

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Manic Monday

Monday, April 09, 2012

We were invited to my brother and sister-in-law's for Easter Sunday dinner and I definitely overate! Maybe part of it was emotional. This was my first Easter without my sister and my thoughts turned to her often during the weekend.

I had food overload so much that I couldn't bear to eat anything when I got up and I was feeling really lethargic and generally lousy !! Proof positive that food affects mood!

I went to Zumba class at 9 a.m. To be honest, I didn't feel like it, but I just sort of got dressed and walked over there like a robot programmed to do so.

That really switched my mood around. Exercise is good for the soul as well as the body.

I still didn't want to eat a thing until lunchtime. I know it's not good to sklp breakfast and I really never do, but this time I had to listen to my body which was saying to "hold off, I need a rest from all this digesting!"

I'm back to no sugar or bread or pasta or white potatoes or processed foods. I felt much better when I did that and am disappointed I slipped back into it somewhat. But there's always time to begin again. The party's over!

I have a haircut scheduled for Thursday and am going to get as much cut off as I dare. Big changes ahead for me hairwise...I decided last January that I was no longer going to put chemicals on my head. So long red hair! I'm going through the painful process of letting my natural hair come in and I have to say there's a lot of snow on the roof, lol. DH has nicknamed me skunker. That's okay, make fun! I'm so happy to be free of the dye and excited to see the real untouched me emerging. I'm thinking that my firey red hair used to match my firey temperment and now the silver sheik I'll be soon sporting will match my new peaceful and serene self, lol.

After my haircut I'm also scheduled for my yearly mammogram. I'm always apprehensive until I get that letter that says everything was normal. I had my colonoscopy a couple weeks ago and there were a couple of polyps removed. I received the pathology report that they were benign -- huge sigh of relief!!

This is going to be a good week because I've decided to make it so!

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MAZZYR 4/9/2012 7:43PM

    WTG Mary! I also started my day with the JUST DO IT attitude.

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HEALTHY4ME 4/9/2012 1:28PM

    I am waiting for that mamo letter to come in the mail.... always worry since last year when they said see something but not a lump come back next year. geesh. then also so many false positives too. Hope all goes well for you.
I can't remember if you replied or not, are you still doing that 17 day thing or just healthy with no white junk ect. hope this works.
I actually did well yesterday cos the worst thing was apple crisp which i only added 1/2 cup sugar to total thing and didnt use flour only oats. rest was fresh fruit and veggies and ham, also grilled veggies too. All was good.
Hope your monday gets better, ours is good, we ordered a shed on sale, got a deal on shingles and a new whippersnipper on sale. We have to return a door and pocket door frame back as we have decided to stick with the reg door.
Gotta scoot hugs

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LIFEWALK 4/9/2012 1:06PM

    emoticonthanks for the morning smiles! yes, i'm back to regular food, regular days and working on the authentic me! i was having similar thoughts yesterday while applying makeup... why is that more beautiful than me? i'm so glad we don't have to wear corsets or bind our feet!!! and no tuck tuck, snip snips for me either!!!

now, i'm not opposed to doing some hot pink streaks in my hair, or tips!!! It think that would be just fun, but i may just do the clip ins someday, for the fun of it, lol

glad u r back on your feet! methinks u rock!!! have a gr8 week :)

(hugs) (it's ok to miss people, i was missing a bunch of them like crazy yesterday too... ;)

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LIV2RIDE 4/9/2012 12:46PM

    Sometimes when I don't feel like working out I make myself do 10 minutes. If I still don't feel like it then I stop. Most times I'm really into it by 10 minutes and don't really want to stop.

I hope you will post pictures of your new hairstyle. I love shorter hair, especially when you are not coloring it anymore. I'm sure you look beautiful!

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