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Tuesday, June 21, 2011

and I huffed and I puffed and I blew myself right down!

Hubs took the day off today and normally I would use this as an excuse not to work out. I don't know why that didn't happen today. Is it my motivation to do better? Is it because I want this so badly? Is it because I'm crazy? eh, maybe all of the above. I told him that just because it was his day off that I had to allocate an hour of the day to workout...somehow sometime.


Sooo, while hubby relaxed his day off I got up and drank my coffee, checked Spark, did 4 loads of laundry, 2 loads of dishes, vacuumed the floors, let the bird out (damn bird), cleaned the fridge, washed 3 cars (with help), put the laundry away, got dinner stuff made, decided and made oatmeal cocoa no bake drops and wa-la...it was seven pm


By now, here it was 90 degrees in the house and I knew I wasn't going to run..I didn't fret it. I ate my dinner, did more dishes and downloaded some new podcast to my iPod for my run tomorrow. I have to take my daughter to her new High School 7am tomorrow for band practice and while she does that I will run (with my new bootielicious music!!)

But, as for today...yup

Hubby went to bed around 9 after I kicked his bootie on Wii bowling and I claimed the tele for an hour.

I burned it up.

emoticon I, for some reason, didn't use my iPod for music and worried that come 30 minutes into it I was going to be panting and gasping and needing a ten minute break. Although I worked up a sweat (90 degrees perhaps?) I didn't push so hard I burnt OUT. It was a good "relaxing" workout if that makes sense? So, although my cardio says 600 for calories, I'm guessing it was a 400 burn. It was one of the fastest hours yet. I don't know if it was because there was no music, or if because I was getting used to it, or because I did this at night...it just felt nice. Kind of like the run the other day....Maybe it's because once again, it was just my hour. My hour with my own thoughts and my own body pushing..., It's a sticker...and my smiley is on my Monday!!

okay, so it's 20 minutes to midnight and I'm not sure, but I know I'm tired, which means my blog is probabaly more of a ramble and that's okay...cuz ya know what?

I gots 3 points.


Goodnight and see ya in Sparkville :o)

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TRIGFROST 6/23/2011 7:24PM

    What a Busy Day for You...Sleep Tight...

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TWNOMWE 6/22/2011 3:04PM

    You need extra hours in your day!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LUVYA04 6/22/2011 8:28AM

    Love it, I have 4 kids and the laundry pile never seems to go away. not to mention the dishes, I tred having my 15 yr. DD do them but the cleanlyness was not up to everyday standards emoticon So opted to wash all the floors and clean the bathroom in exchange for me to do the dishes emoticon
That is Great that you have been keeping up the exercise Yes we do need ME time.

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BRATS4 6/21/2011 7:57PM

    busy,busy,busy.and they say we do nothing.they don't know why we are tried all the time.

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ELLEYKAT 6/21/2011 1:45PM

    WOW. Wanna come be MY wifely domestic goddess? I have a pile of dishes a mile high that I keep eyeing with distaste, and the laundry pile is even higher. =P

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ATINYDANCER 6/21/2011 12:16PM

    Wow...I want to clean my house after reading this and burn 600 (or 400) calories! You go girl! emoticon

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HEALTH-E-CLARE 6/21/2011 10:05AM

    I think you got plenty of cardio in with all your domestic goddess duties you accomplished yesterday. If you're feeling the need to continue the streak, you can always stop by my place next!

Awesome job on the run as well, sounds like things are running smoothly for you. I hope you have a wonderful rest of your week.

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/21/2011 9:27AM

    Can you come over and kick housewife butt at my house? LOL I sure do miss our "clean the house Tom is coming home" times. hehehe Boy them were the days! I'm glad that you are finding the time you need to take for YOU...you always worry about everyone else and save you for last. (the sign of a good wife and mother) But I have learned that our ME time is just as needed and to hear you are getting that makes me smile! emoticon

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NOILEDNWAD 6/21/2011 9:05AM

    lol, I love your blog. You should always blog at midnight because it makes me smile :) I think you need to come over to my house now, I have all those same chores you can do all over again if you want to. emoticon

I get the same feeling during my workout hour. Although sometimes my 4 year old insists on running part of it with me. lol Movement feels too good!

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BAKER1009 6/21/2011 7:44AM

    emoticon That sounds like one busy day. I have ya on the 4 loads of laundry, but that's about it, other than cooking dinner, which wasn't much of a chore.
Great job on pushing through. And if you're kicking butt for an hour and having no problems pushing through, well that just shows that your endurance is up and that's awesome!!
Keep up the great work girl!

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well fudge and macaroni

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I was so proud of myself on Friday. I sweated...and when I say I sweat it was the kind you feel trickling down your back. Take the hearing aids out so you don't shock yourself sweat.


I drank my water ... up to 14 cups I believe. Not because of any other reason than I was thirsty.

I decided to run the Week 2 of C25. It incorporated six 90 runs and let me tell you; in the heat of the day those extra 30 seconds mean a lot more than one might think!! The hardest part however, still wasn't the run but the music on Robert Ullrey's podcast as it didn't do it for me on week 2. I think I'm going to download another podcast...Susie or Cathy or something. The music is a little more hiphop than I like, but I like it better than what I was listening to.

After the run I immediately tried to do the Burn it Up...BIG mistake. I now know one must cool the body off before going back to back. I THOUGHT it would have been like "my muscles are warmed up so let's do this" but reality was that I was sooo dehydrated from the run in 90 degree weather that every thirty seconds I was downing water; making it impossible to workout.

I did do 30 minutes of it.

And that made 2 more stickers on my wall.


Now, what GETS me is in the A.M. when I "oomph" my way out of bed and waddle to the poddy and strip my clothes to get on the scale. I step up and kind of wobble awaiting at least an 184 or lower since my last chance workout proved so productive.

"please wait" Says the scale

I wait

"okay, please step on the scale"

I hobble on before I realize my shirt is still on. frantically I pull it off.

"your weight is 185.5"


What? That can't be right. I step off and begin the whole "please wait" procedure again and step back up on it.

"your weight is 186"


I step off and put on my makeup, shirt and sulk.... How can this be? How can I gain weight so flippin fast and after bustin and bustin does it just linger like smog in the hills?

no...back on it again...

"your weight is 186.4"




huh....guess I will take the 185.8.


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RICKEFFEL 6/22/2011 6:05PM

    Betcha lose 3 pounds in the next few days if you hang in there.

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JUSFOLK 6/21/2011 9:53PM

    I hate it when that happens, too!
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ELLEYKAT 6/21/2011 1:48PM

    Stupid scale. Let's smash it with a hammer!

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RUNNINGAL425 6/20/2011 3:03PM

    Well, if you would quit eating Little Debbies in between steps on the scale, it might not go up! Just kidding....that same thing happens to me too at times! I hate my scale it fluctuates so much!

Keep your chin up!

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PEGTIGER 6/20/2011 12:50PM

    You're woman and your roaring, forget the scales being stubborn this week. It'll happen because you are doing a great job. I reran week 1 today. I'd like my left leg shin splint to get better before moving on.

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/20/2011 10:47AM

    Honey you tell me ALL the time not to let the scale win....You are doing things right and it could have been many things that made it tell you what it did. Personally I am not going anywere near mine this week as my "Tom" is here and I'm feeling it BIG time! Keep doing what you are doing and you will see it move down.....don't give up!

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TRIGFROST 6/19/2011 10:45PM

    Love the Smiles....I use a Barbie Cut out doll and put it on card paper and draw stars to step on each time I lose a pound...one step closer to the goal...but I do understand the Scale, it can not stay on the same number at any one time....I get so mad sometimes i just don't weight my self but maybe once a month...

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JRBASKIND 6/19/2011 1:08PM

    Did you take your measurements when you started the program? If so, take them again and you will probably have something to celebrate!
Keep up the awesome work!


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BRATS4 6/19/2011 12:28PM

    ain't it madding

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CAMROLA 6/19/2011 11:55AM

    I agree with Dolphinfan, don't weight yourself everyday. Especially as women, we fluctuate a LOT, from day to day even hour to hour. Pick one day, or maybe two a week, to weigh in regularly, and look at other areas for progress--you totally rocked it!!!

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BAKER1009 6/19/2011 8:16AM

    You're so funny!
Don't worry about the stupid scale. That sounds like an awesome workout. Keep up the great work. The results come in many ways, and that's not always reflected on the scale.


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SNUZSUZ 6/19/2011 3:26AM

    I would ignore the scale for awhile! Muscle does weigh more than fat! All that exercise, the weight will come off! Youa re doing great:)

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Sticker or No Sticker?

Friday, June 17, 2011

I went for a run yesterday. So determined to finish what I start I am that I began Week one of the C25 program again. I think I'm getting stronger!! I did the runs with ease and didn't lose my breath.

It was funny because my initial excuse NOT to run was simply "I don't know where to run and I don't want to encounter snakes" But, I really wanted to move as I don't want to self sabbatoge myself again so I just opened the door and ran. No where in particular and I don't even remember thinking, just more like enjoying the alone time.

It was a necessary alone time.

This summer so far has been a hustle and bustle of activity. I love it...I really do. It entails me taking the middle one to dance class, rehearsals, sewing a dress for her recital, then taking her to marching band,....meanwhile taking the youngest to cheer four times a week or to a friends or "Mom can you take us swimming" etc etc. On top of that of course is the "sh*te, what's for dinner?" and "how was your day?" LOL

so yes, 30 minutes of iPod in ear was all about me.

The daughter's dance studio offers Barre 8 fitness classes. I haven't gone yet mainly for fear of not hearing without my hearing aids. I'm going to email the teacher tonight rather that just not go...but it turns out my cheer daughters offered a Beachbody workout for parents. I was nervous to be around a group of mothers doing the P90 but what the heck right? I not only did it, but I never took a break!! I really AM getting stronger!! A couple of the other mothers commented how I never took a break and just kept right on going...I thought I was lost on some of it (those lunges again) but it seems I was keeping up pretty well. I did get a little "bored" in the middle but only because the "instructor" had the lights lowered and I had no hearing aids in. It was really like being in my own living room working out only I was careful not to fart.


The workout itself was only 35 minutes and it seemed to me like a basic "how to" more than an intense workout. I did work up a sweat but it led me to thinking....do I count this as a sticker for my workout? Or should I do my burn it Up for 50 minutes as usual today? I probably will...I like doing it in my home...I don't wear shoes so my feet don't try to come out of my them sideways (anyone else have that problem???) I spend more time on my workouts kicking my feet back towards the "inners" of my shoes than I do working out...like the fabric of my shoes don't hold in my feet to the soles. My feet just slip and slide around inside my shoes more than one does slide lunges.

and should I continue with week one tomorrow on C25? hmmm probably should bump it up to week 2...after all, I do need to stay focused on finishing and WHY I quit in the 1st place...

ok, so the pulled pork is in the crock pot, there's laundry in the dryer, hubby's already in bed. Guess it's time for one more hour....or at least 30 minutes before I get my sticker.

I love my stickers.

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BRATS4 6/18/2011 8:36PM

    you're doing super.fart and all

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PEGTIGER 6/18/2011 6:37PM

    LOL, loved the not fart since you weren't alone in the living room. That is definitely the best part of alone in the living room!
You are doing great. I'd love to hear more about your stickers and the 50 min. burn.
I to am doing the C25K. I am repeating week 1. I have a shin splint in the left leg and my asthma makes it very hard to get air into my lungs. Good luck on week 2.

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ADVENTURE-GIRL 6/17/2011 6:25PM

    I love stickers too! Sounds like you are doing great.

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NELLIEC 6/17/2011 1:28PM

    Sounds like you are doing really well with the exercise! emoticon

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MADDEELOU 6/17/2011 1:01PM

    So funny! Good luck with the C25K. You can do it!

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ELLEYKAT 6/17/2011 12:54PM

    "It was really like being in my own living room working out only I was careful not to fart. "

LITERALLY laughing out loud right now!!! You're so funny! =)

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/17/2011 10:02AM

    Girl you ROCKED it! I'm so proud of you for getting out there and getting that run in. Isn't it the best 30 mins! Terry doesn't understand why I like to walk to the El terminal. I don't have the heart to tell him I like my iPod over the stupid sports radio that he has on in the car every morning if we carpool. LOL
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ATINYDANCER 6/17/2011 2:08AM

    Yay Stickers and clean laundry and hubbies and crock pots! emoticon

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Adventures of Blind Batty (Very 1st blog ever from June 18, 2006)

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I can't believe it's been five years this month ... This was written June 18, 2006. It is one of the very first Blindbatty Blogs ever written and still one of my favortes. Enjoy! (MySpace/blindbatty) It's just copied and pasted so. . work with it! LOL

The Adventures of Blind Batty...just rambling.
Current mood:nostalgic

"worrying is like a rocking chair..it gives you something to do, but doesn't get you anywhere....write that down"*

So, I decide last week I'm gonna get me a job. Not for financial reasons or anything, just to give me something to do. I sit at my computer and begin searching. Ah ha! here's something I can do...a job as a receptionist at a local car dealership...I can see it now (no pun intended)

"Titus will, please hold....Titus Will please hold...Titus will, please hold....Titus Will...what? I know I hung up on you..you should consider yourself lucky everyone else is still on hold...."

okay, maybe not.....hmmm...maybe I should see what else I can see.(pun WAS intended there)

In more not so recent news: The name Blind Batty comes from one particular Halloween when we took the day before and decked out our yard with fog, lights, a hand coming out of the ground, bats flying and the whole nine yards. I was a witch in charge of the candy bowl and Tom was the skeleton that would "pop out" at unsuspecting children. My friend and neighbor, Lisa, was my side kick witch in charge of luring little children to my cauldron. The only problem with me being in charge of the candy bowl was I couldn't see the kids in front of me...so I would screech "where are the children, I smell the little ones, but where are they?" and as they would reach for the candy I would turn (not knowing they were there) and they would run off totally freaked out. So, Ms. Lisa would screech "you blind batty...they twas right in front of ya!" To make matters worse-then the skeleton would pop out and the kids would run down the street screaming....Tom would take off his "head" and yell "hey, it's me Mr. Tom" (he was the Brownie leader at the time and known as Mr. Tom)...of course, all the children saw was a head under the arms of the skeleton and the witch who kept hiding the candy to lure them to the cauldron. We had a LOT of leftover candy that year. And so, because I never saw the children and it was Halloween, I became known (to this day) as Blind Batty.

Ah....so I decide one day to take my kids out. Now, understand normally I get rides from friends or family but on the particular day we wanted to have just the girls and I. So, I hailed my taxi cab and off to the mall we go. We decide to see a movie. I know..it must seem ironic to see a blind lady at the movies, but...there we are. My two little ones who are in charge of escorting me both have a hand of mine. We are walking along discussing which movie to watch when "BAM" I see stars but nothing else....I shake my head look around to discover not only have my girls let GO of my hand and ran forward to the ticket booth, but somehow managed to lead me straight into a pole.

So, now I have a cane which we affectionately call "my wacking stick". Trust me....I've wacked a few people with it too!! (and they call ME blind?!!)

So....Tom works these crazy hours in the military. The kids want to do the fair and I say "alrightie...let's go later this week". I figured I would get a shuttle and off we would go. I get a phone call from a friend offering a ride and I tell them...don't worry about it, I don't want to be too much trouble.. I got it covered. I wasn't trying to be rude or anything, just sometimes that independent streak comes flaring out of me, ya know? Well, Bonnie and a few other people were sitting at the table when the voice on the phone says "Cori, sometimes you can be so stubborn. We wouldn't offer a ride if we didn't want to go....you can't go by yourself with three kids...you are BLIND you know..." I held the phone out from my ear and asked my friends "did you know I was blind??" We still laugh about that to this day and occasionally they still remind me...I am blind, you know! lol

As if that wasn't enough...one day at work my co-worker is trying to get my attention. Being the smart ass that he was...he immediately begins stamping his feet on the ground and yells "Hey, Cori! CHECK YOUR BATTERIES". So, I tell everyone that story and not only am I Blind Batty, but now I got that goin for me.

My friend Bonnie recently takes me grocery shopping. She's an awesome escort and yes, there is a trick to it. I have to stay of the left side (just works better for some reason) and I hold the cart without ever pushing it. We are in somewhat of a hurry that day so, once again that independent streak comes out of me and I spot something I need. I let go of the cart, walk across the isle and grab the item when a voice says "What, are you trying to kiss me?" I focus my eyes to discover that I spotted the item I needed but DIDN'T see the elder gentleman also grabbing the item and we were nose to nose without me even realizing it. At this time I feel Bonnie grabbing my collar, laughing and telling the gentleman..."sorry, she forgot her cane and I just left her for a second"

ooops...out of time....hope you enjoyed...you all have a great Father's Day...and I'll write more later gater....

*Van Wilder

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Reply(2)4 years ago

Corinna Kirk
my computer has the biggest freaking fonts you will ever see in your life!! lol...I currently have tunnel vision (imagine looking through a straw) so, I can somewhat see...but seem to miss ALOT...makes for great entertainment though...who needs a lampshade dude...just bring me to the party.
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Terrie Bolyard
Cori, forgive my ignorance for asking you this... understand that I wasnt aware that your vision had gotten so bad, and I am just beyond my scope of figuring out how you make your way around the net? I am glad you do, I love reading your blogs. I just wonder how in the world you do it!

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BRATS4 6/3/2011 10:37AM

    love it

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DIANESMILES 6/1/2011 6:12PM

    You DO have a SENSE of HUMOR and I also have disablities (often use a power chair ,,,and AM NOW ) I ALSO see the HUMOR in life's situations,,, so I say GO FOR IT !!! Read my blog of todays if you can. I SCARED my Dr quite bad. It was FUN FUN FUN !! LOL Only a week out of surgery and I want to DANCE already. I THOUGHT she was gonna mess her pants. Hehehehehe well what ELSE are we FOR?????

WOOOOHOOO to the HUMAN SPIRIT that WILL NOT DIE and LOVES TO PLAY !!! GOOOOO SPIRITED UNDER DOGS (Now you can see WHY I picked this team !) Diane ML of the team.

GLAD to see U ARE BLOGGING !!!!!

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June is

Wednesday, June 01, 2011

I've noticed a trend on here today. Not only is it June 1st the first real feeling of summer after Memorial Day but:

June 1st is so far a day of letting go, a day of starting over, a day of reset button, a day of new goals, a National Running Day, a day of reflection, a day of new Resolutions and on and on.

As I go through my Friend feed and read blogs it's strangely unanimous. May sucked and June will fix it.

Myself included.

Perhaps it's the realization that the long and rather severe winter should be winding down and the prospect of warmer days loom ahead. Everyone seems to embrace the "feel good" notion of BBQs, pools (wading or otherwise), walking with their friends/families and the all around warmth associated with peace.

In the spirit of June, I am changing my page for the month. I'm part of the Determined Daisies and by golly I will lose 5% .. So I think because Daisies are a reflection of how we are all feeling that will be a pretty background. I love the my friend Cutiepie77 is growing them in her backyard (by her pool .. lol)

I've also created a new challenge for my Slim in 6ers... more just for moving and talking and motivation. We all seem to need that this time of year.

OH...and the name change. Yes...Hopefulhippo has moved on. When I first started Spark it was a catchy name and I really like the way Boynton portrays hippos and goodness knows I have some HIPS!! But, as June is a time for letting go, I also thought maybe it was time to also hold on. I'm letting go of Hopefulhippo to reclaim Blindbatty.

(Susan Boynton April's Busy Mom's Calendar)

But, you are PROBABLY wondering WHY Blindbatty?

Well, I will tell you.

I am legally blind/deaf and my nickname because of this is Helen Keller, Elma (don't ask), and was and is Blind Batty. There's actually a story there and I will see if I can dig up my old blogs and share them with you. In as much as the past couple of years I tried to escape being blind with Stem cell and surgeries, the truth is I am and always will be Blind batty. But, you know what? Maybe cuz it's June, I'm okay with it. I have built up a good friend support system and my family is there for me. I can't ask for more than that. Well, I COULD but ... , anyways.

June goals:

I love the saying that Olivia (yes!!!) winner of the Biggest Loser Said "I've finally finished what I started"


I'm going to finish my Slim in 6.
I'm going to finish my C25 running program!
I'm going to figure out how to eat and cook with a bunch of picky arse people!!

and I'm going to finish strong!!

I will get that tattoo by the end of summer!!

That is all.

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SCOTMAMA 6/4/2011 12:05AM

    Wonderful blog! I'm anxious to read more, you are very inspirational.

Love your flowers! Hugs, Eve

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ELLEYKAT 6/2/2011 8:51AM

    Hooray!! That's all I have to say about that!

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NELLIEC 6/1/2011 5:24PM

    Well, there are times I have claimed to be blind as a bat, but actually I am not -- just not wonderfully sighted. Of course, when my vision started changing at age 5, I assumed I would be blind by the time I was an adult. I don't know why I thought that since my mother and grandmother both wore glasses, but I would practice walking around in the dark so I would be ready for when I became blind.

I assume you have one of those computer programs that "reads" the words out loud to you.

It is good to have support from others!

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BAKER1009 6/1/2011 4:24PM

    I prefer to call you "friend". You ROCK!

Props to the calendar page. I have that calendar. It's a request of mine every year at Christmas and it's the best!! Sorry, just had to get that out, lol!

Go you for making changes! Do what works best for you. Don't worry about what works for others, don't even worry about what those others think. I don't think you do much, and that is just another reason why I adore you! You say it like it is. Truth is best. Honestly with ourselves is even better. You can totally do whatever you want. If it's the 5%, if it's drinking 8 glasses of water, etc., etc. You can do it!

Rock on "friend"!!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 6/1/2011 3:26PM

    You my dear are the BEST! There are times that I'm in awe how we fell into each other's life. We will make it past all the goals and make it to the top! I'm proud that you are changing up and focusing on a NEW and BETTER you. I can't wait to look back on this month and say...that was me then and this is me NOW! As for the name change....that is always you, mostly for us that have been lucky enough to have been there for the "momments". No matter the name you are FANTASTIC!

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