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Maintained for two years. I picked todays date.

Sunday, December 28, 2014

It was Christmas day 2012 and the family had sat down for dinner. My Mom was pushing food on me, because according to her, horrors I was getting too thin. Of course once she said something everyone jumped on the band wagon. I wanted to lose another 10 pounds. That would be the weight I was after having Paul, my son. I thought about it, called my Dr., happened to have an appt. with a GI Dr. and mentioned it to her. She said she thought I was at a good weight and shouldn't lose anymore. My primary agreed. It was December 28, 2012. So even though I had already reached goal technically, that was the day that I had made up my mind.

I found that date to be very fitting. You see in 1993 on December 28 we lost our Dad to lung cancer. My Mom lost her best friend at 7:15PM. In 2011 December 11 I was doing a search on the computer for a website that I had used before to lose weight. That is how I found sparkpeople. Now my Mom thinks that I am nuts, but I believe in divine intervention, guardian angels, and that my Dad is with me. I truly believe that he guided me to finding sparkpeople. He knew I had already lost weight, I was discouraged and on the bring of well, saying f* it. I went on to lose 122 pounds.

What better day to reach my goal? It turns an unhappy day into a reason to celebrate, and it honors my Dad. It is a way of saying emoticon Dad. I couldn't have done it without you leading me to SP, I couldn't have done it without SP and my SP fanuky. While I lost the weight for me, I guess in an indirect way I did it for my Dad too, and my Mom and son. I guess my Dad was right about another thing he always said, "if you want something bad enough, you will work hard enough to get it." So Dad, you were right as usual, I did it. I worked hard, ate right, in fact I call my journey blood, sweat and tears. I am struggling right now with exercise so help me. I miss you and love you Dad and again emoticon

  
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NEW-CAZ 12/28/2014 5:38PM

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2015 is going to be a good year for you Bonnie! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/28/2014 5:16PM

    emoticon emoticon blog!

I know you will have a great 2015 too! emoticon

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/28/2014 4:07PM

    I'm proud of you... you should be proud of you.... and I know your dad is definitely proud of you!!
I think you're doing fabulous! Congratulations on maintaining your weght for two years now! Hope you're having a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,
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FORZACHANDMATT 12/28/2014 4:07PM

    Awww - such a sweet blog

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ROCKPORT9 12/28/2014 4:01PM

    Bless you!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/28/2014 3:56PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Proud of you! You're doing it.



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MEOWMEEEOW 12/28/2014 3:50PM

    That is so special! I'm sure your dad would be proud! I had friends derail me from my weight loss goals in the past. Words... bringing my favorite junk food to the office to share... crazy stuff. I'm not where I want to be right now, but your victory is an inspiration. Great work! I wanna be like you. :)

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OK so I'm not creative.

Saturday, December 27, 2014

As I have stated my Mom loves UConn girls basketball and therefore, loved my Christmas gift. Imagine my delight when I went to friendshiptours.net last night and found a trip to Mohegan Sun on March 7 for the ACC Finals and UConn is playing. There is my Mom's birthday gift. I took her last year, that is the first game I ever went to and I had a good time and enjoyed the game. I had to either equal or top her Christmas gift and I was worried because she loved it so much. Her eyes light up like a kid who found out they were going to Disneyland. The only thing is I had to tell her because my older niece Kim said if they ever had another trip to let her know. I was right, she is quite excited. At first she said she didn't want to go because I had to tell her how much the tickets were cause Kim would ask. She thought that was too expensive for staying right in CT. I didn't dare tell her what the tickets to Madison Square Garden cost. She would be mad that I spent that much money. So this year Mom will see 2 games. She is in 7th heaven. I am not creative with my gifts, but I know how to make her happy, at least for a few hours. emoticon

  
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GABY1948 12/28/2014 3:35PM

    WOW what a blessing this is for her! You are an amazing daughter. emoticon emoticon

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ICECUB 12/28/2014 12:10PM

    WHAT A WONDERFUL DAUGHTER YOU ARE. YOUR MOM IS GOING TO BE SO HAPPY.

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MRS_TOAD 12/28/2014 10:56AM

    What a great daughter to go the extra mile to surprise Mom with such a special gift.

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JANIEWWJD 12/28/2014 12:37AM

    That was really sweet of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 12/28/2014 12:29AM

    That is creative and it is something that she really likes and will enjoy too. She also gets a bonus of having time with you too.

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L*I*T*A* 12/28/2014 12:10AM

    you are giving your Mon some awesome memories!!!
a wonderful experience that no money can buy!!!


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LIVEDAILY 12/27/2014 10:25PM

    You got your Mom something that you knew she wanted, and would appreciate! I call that being thoughtful and loving!! Glad your Christmas was nice. Mine was quiet. Lots of cooking and good food. Doing lots of walking though. Hope your New Year's is good too!

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SALAM4545 12/27/2014 10:14PM

    I thought this was very creative! You listened to her, recognized something she loved, and found a way to make it happen for her. As for the cost, well, you can't take it with you, might as well use it to make others happy! emoticon

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INITFORLIFE3 12/27/2014 9:35PM

    What's not creative? You're giving your Mom what she values, not handing her another sweater or purse. Well done!

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/27/2014 7:44PM

    You can't put a price tag on quality time

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/27/2014 5:06PM

    That is a wonderful gift you're giving your mom for Christmas and her Birthday! You are such a great daughter! I hope you have a wonderful weekend!
Hugs and love,
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NEW-CAZ 12/27/2014 4:07PM

    It's a wonderful thing you're doing for her Bonnie, just wonderful emoticon

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PENOWOK 12/27/2014 2:48PM

    You sure do know how to make her happy!! As a mom, tho, be careful not to overdo...maybe share the cost with someone else??? I know you have made her day and will again for her birthday!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/27/2014 1:52PM

    My dear, what you gave and are going to give your Mom IS creative! You know what is going to make her happy!

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ROCKPORT9 12/27/2014 1:51PM

    emoticon Smiles are the best!

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GINGKO711 12/27/2014 1:37PM

    Sticking with what works is sometimes the best idea of all!

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 12/27/2014 1:31PM

  What a nice daughter you are.

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My Christmas

Thursday, December 25, 2014

I slept at my Mom's last night. I woke up this morning on the uncomfortable couch after an uncomfortable night and for a second didn't know where I was. We got home from my brother Mike's house and my Mom went to bed, and Chuck went upstairs to his room t do what ever he does up there. I know my Mom goes to bed at 10 which it was and reads for awhile but I wanted her to stay up and watch It's A Wonderful Life with me. We have the DVD. It was kind of like being at home because I was alone anyway. I watched the rest of the movie on television since it was on and put the light out at 11 or shortly after. I was awake at 7 or a little after and they were still in bed. My Mom snore LOUD so I knew she was sleeping. I fell back to sleep, got back up after 9 and read until aftrer 10 before she got up. My Mom is a sleep in. emoticon She use to yell at my Dad if he wasn't out of bed by 10 on the weekends and that was after he worked all week. Boy have things changed.

I couldn't wait to give her the Christmas card I got her with the message inside about going to Madison Square Garden for the UConn game. The look on her face when she read it was priceless. He eyes got really big and the grin that came over her face was......it just made me feel so good. She was really excited. I love to make my Mom happy. When my brother Mike and his wife Sue stopped by on their way over to see Sue's family she told them I am going to Madison Square Garden to see my girls play,. They knew what she was talking about right away, she calls the player's her girls.

I hope everyone had a great Christmas. I ate what I wanted, didn't stuff myself, I don't drink, I ate candy, pies, and all those good treats. Didn't bring anything home with me except 2 slices of my SIL homemade bread. I enjoyed my treats, but that's what they were, they are not a part of my everyday diet. My birthday is next Wednesday, so I will see some treats again for a day. Tomorrow it's back to everyday eating. Christmas 2014 is one for the books now. There's only 364 days left until Christmas, so my nephew has informed us.

  
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ICECUB 12/26/2014 9:37PM

    emoticon emoticon HAVE AWONDERFUL TIME

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L*I*T*A* 12/26/2014 11:31AM

    what a wonderful surprise for your Mom!!...........

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MRS_TOAD 12/26/2014 8:48AM

    I love it when surprises work out so well. I'm so glad you have this perfect memory! Don't go too hoarse from cheering. emoticon

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PENOWOK 12/26/2014 7:08AM

    That perfect gift can be elusive but you nailed it! Good for you!! You're a wonderful Santa with gifts! Hope you enjoy the rest of the season!

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GABY1948 12/26/2014 6:41AM

    emoticon day and great blog! SO glad it was such a success for you and what a sweet gift for mom! Something you will remember the rest of your life!

Blessings to your week!

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NEW-CAZ 12/26/2014 2:35AM

    wonderful Bonnie, emoticon

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GABIBEAR 12/26/2014 2:21AM

    That is so wonderful that you made your mom so happy!! Nothing better than that! You did fantastically for the holidays!!!

Gabi
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AJDOVER1 12/25/2014 10:12PM

    What a great gift for your Mom!

I wish you joy for the New Year!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/25/2014 10:05PM

    Making your mom happy -- wow, that's great. And that you appreciated it was great, too!!! -Marsha

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/25/2014 9:48PM

    Awww.... I'm so glad to hear you had a Merry Christmas! That is wonderful your mom loved the gift you gave her her! Hope you have a nice relaxing evening!
Hugs and love,
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1CRAZYDOG 12/25/2014 9:32PM

    Thursday A joyous Christmas! See you tomorrow. Off to IL to be w/ my parents.

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Merry Christmas

That's nice you were able to surprise your Mom!

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5% Winter Challenge

Monday, December 22, 2014

I have signed up for the 5% Winter Challenge again. I am a emoticon again. I have always been a emoticon. If it isn't broke, why change it? We have not started yet, aren't quite sure when we are going to start, sometime in January. Today is our first assignment. State your goals and exercise plans. I have a hard time with goals. I don't have any goals, maybe that's why I am standing still, and spinning , my wheels. I mean, I do want to keep the weight off, I guess that is a goal. To me it is really a no brainer, I didn't lose the weight to gain it back. There are a lot of things I want, but I know I will never achieve them.

There are a couple things that I set out to do last year and did do. I said I was going to put a $1.00 a day a way for something that I really wanted at the end of the year or to roll over into the next year. I did that. Every third of the month I would take either $30.00 or $31.00 and put it away. It wasn't always easy but I did it. I have $365.00. I am going to do the same thing this year but when Friendship Tours has there beach trip in the summer, I am going on vacation. It will be the first real vacation(week) that I have taken. I also budget $45.00 for gas for the car. I don't go out a lot, sometimes I only put gas in the car every other month or even longer. If I have gas points, Gary uses my points and then pays for my gas. He saves on his gas, and I get to pocket the $45.00 I budgeted. I had a few hundred from that, too. That is where my clothes and gifts came from. Plus, I had some unforseen expenses. Don't we all.

As far as my weight goes, I am happy where I am. Everyone tells me how good I look, health wise, I am a size 6 or 8 and I feel relatively good. I have finally come to the realization that I am not 20 anymore, I will never be a size 0 again, I will always have a flabby stomach from having 3 operations and being pregnant. Paul was a big baby, I gained 76 pounds, yes the Dr. did yell at me at every visit. I was eating for 2, at first they thought there was more than 1. Multiples run in the family. emoticon I know have bat wings, emoticon and cellulite. For some reason I keep forgetting that I have a 36 year old son, and I am going to be 60 in a few days. ssshhh That;s a secret, don't tell anyone. Actually, I am 26. emoticon

Well, here are a few goals, if that's what they are:

1. Save $1.00 a day.
2. Maintain weight 125-139
3. Go and see my Mom at least every other week.(too cheap gas prices)
4. Exercise
5. Get out more.
6. Maintain/i,prove my spiritual, physical and mental well being

We are suppose to make a fitness plan too. I have physical therapy tomorrow and will talk
with my physical therapist about an exercise program.

I wish everyone and their families and very Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May all your days be blessed.

  
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L*I*T*A* 12/24/2014 12:23AM

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GABY1948 12/23/2014 5:18PM

    I love this blog....you gave me ideas too! Your goals are GREAT! I like that kind of thinking! I am going to try to take some cues from you!

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1STBUCKETITEM 12/23/2014 1:19PM

  emoticon Goals in maintenance too... very enlightening. Thank you for sharing.
Have a wonderful holiday and Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 12/23/2014 10:59AM

    You are ahead of the curve. It isn't even New Year's Eve and you already have a written list of your goals.
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NEW-CAZ 12/23/2014 2:45AM

    GREAT GOALS emoticon

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JANIEWWJD 12/23/2014 12:12AM

    Great goals!!! Positive way to start the new year!!! emoticon

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LIVEDAILY 12/22/2014 9:07PM

    Congrats to you for saving that money!! You deserve to go on a vacation!! Great goals...work towards them, and you will not regain everything you've lost!

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ICECUB 12/22/2014 7:18PM

    GREAT GOALS. WAY TO GO.

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/22/2014 7:07PM

    Awesome blog! I love all your goals! Wishing you lots of love and happiness during the holiday season! I hope you have Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
Hugs and love,
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1CRAZYDOG 12/22/2014 5:02PM

    Bonnie, you're done well this year, especially considering all the stressors. HUGS and wishing you a happy, healthy holiday and New Year.

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BABY_GIRL69 12/22/2014 4:33PM

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God bless & Merry Christmas!

Dee

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Ten shopping days left.

Sunday, December 14, 2014

Do you have your Christmas shopping done? There are only 10 days left to shop. I shopped on line. I buy my own Christmas presents. Out of the clothes that I bought before, The only ones that fit were the bathrobes and pajamas and I did buy my brother flannel pajama bottoms. I bought 3 flannel shirts, petite medium and they were tight across the shoulders. I guess I wear only petite in pants. This is what I purchased just recently and it is here already. I haven't tried anything on because I am going to wrap them and put them under the tree at my Mom's and open them Christmas day.

This turtleneck will go with these pants.

I have wanted a pair of brown corduroy pants for the longest time. I ordered them with my last order, but they were out of stock.


These two shirts layered can also go with the pants, plus I have black pants. I suppose they can also go with jeans.

I bought this to go with my black pants, you can dress it up or wear it for every day. I love it.

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The tank toops i bought to wear layered. I needed winter tops. I just love flannel shirts and turtlenecks, can you tell? I wanted a big corduroy shirts, but I am not paying $65.00 for no dang shirt.

I have a pair of red pants this can go with.

I've seen print pants. I may go into the store and try on some, see how they look. Try something new, shake it up. I think I did pretty darn good. All of this for under $90.00 plus I received $10.00 in Kohl's cash for a later purchase. I gave that to my homemaker who wanted to buy her girls some flannel shirt for Christmas. This could get addicting. emoticon

  
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LIVEDAILY 12/17/2014 8:02PM

    I do love Kohl's!! You picked out some pretty things Bonnie! They're making pretty flannel shirts for women now, in pretty colors. Good that you layer things. It's a good way to stay warmer!

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JANIEWWJD 12/16/2014 12:52AM

    Wow, you did really good!!! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/15/2014 12:28PM

    LOVE your choices and you have the same taste as I do! emoticon

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/15/2014 11:50AM

    I have all my shopping done. Love your tops and bottoms. I buy my own Christmas presents too.

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ANGELN325 12/15/2014 11:37AM

    You did great! My shopping is done thankfully. The only thing I need to get is new boots for my daughter. Hers are getting to be in bad shape and I want to get her winter gear for next year.

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L*I*T*A* 12/15/2014 11:20AM

    wow................... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 12/15/2014 11:02AM

    Nice! Hope you can get your brown cords.

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MRS_TOAD 12/15/2014 10:14AM

    You made some beautiful choices. What style!

As for shopping, sadly, I haven't even started.

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TWEETYKC00 12/15/2014 5:57AM

    Looks like some cool choices!

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PICKIE98 12/15/2014 5:20AM

    I finished my shopping Jan10. Everything wrapped Jan 15. A great feeling.

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CRUISEBOUND2014 12/15/2014 5:08AM

    Beautiful clothes! Great deal! emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/15/2014 4:11AM

  lovely clothes thanks for sharing

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NEW-CAZ 12/15/2014 2:49AM

    Very chic!
10 more sleeps............I',m sorted!

Have a great week hun emoticon

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MAMAOWLS 12/14/2014 11:59PM

    Enjoy your presents. I am so far behind in my Christmse shopping I don't know whwere to start. My daughter and I spent the dat baking cookies that we give out as gifts.

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/14/2014 10:48PM

    I can't believe it's only 10 more days till Christmas! I love all your clothes you bought online!
Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a nice relaxing evening!
Hugs and love, emoticon

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ICECUB 12/14/2014 10:46PM

    I LIKE CORDUROY. emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 12/14/2014 10:45PM

    Maybe in the after Christmas sales you'll find that corduroy shirt on sale!

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