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Thursday, July 31, 2014

On Tuesday I conquered the Silver Sneakers exercise class. Well, that’s using the term loosely, as I already wrote about how those “seniors” kicked my butt! Today was hard, too, but it was good.

Yesterday was pool day. I have been looking forward to it ever since I got the bug to join the Y. Water aerobics, stretching and flexing is great for the body. But, I admit it…I was apprehensive about getting naked in front of a bunch of people I didn’t know. Shoot, I’d be apprehensive in front of people I DO know…maybe more so. But, those of us who reach our senior years and are obese and have dimples in all the wrong places are probably a bit more worried about the locker room than young ladies with trim and firm bodies.

I had to wait several days to get to the class and that made it worse. Gosh…should I put my things in a bag? Will I need a locker? Put my suit on first? Wear a wet suit home? Etc., etc.! I knew there were no individual shower stalls and no curtains, as I’d seen that the other day when I was there, but I was in the locker room alone that day. What to do, what to do!!

I tried positive self talk: I am brave! I am brave! I have confidence in myself. I am no worse than anyone else (okay, that one is kind of borderline, but I used it). I timed my arrival to be at the same time as others getting there. At least I’d hoped I would, and it worked. I followed the women upstairs to the locker room, put things away and took my clothes off. Yes, I had my suit on under my clothing, but brought clothes to put on afterwards. We took our showers, went to the pool and enjoyed 45 minutes of good exercise. Our corner of the pool was full!!

When we were finished we trooped upstairs and everyone, and I mean everyone except one woman (she went in the bathroom stall), stripped naked and took a shower. One lady had trouble getting her suit off. I think she is recovering from a stroke. It was very touching to see two of the other women help her with her suit and make sure she didn't slip on the tile. We talked and laughed, padded back to the lockers, got dressed and put our things away. No one paid one bit of attention to what I looked like naked!! A couple of women invited me to go to Perkins with them for a late breakfast, but I declined. I knew where that would lead: food that I hadn't planned on and didn't need. Told them thanks and I’d try it another day.

On my way home, I told myself, I am brave, I am confident, and it really is true…I’m no worse and no better than any of the other women in that locker room. And once again, it has proven to be true, that what you worry about seldom happens and is pretty much wasted energy. I’m looking forward to getting back to that pool tomorrow!!

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DOLLIE6 8/19/2014 12:21PM

    you are brave and confident whether you know it or not. maybe one day I will get my confidant's up and learn to swim. I am very afraid of water.

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    Awesome! YOU are braver than I am! WTG!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 8/1/2014 11:37AM

    You about had me in stitches with your episode at the pool. I would have been like you worried sick that someone will see me naked. And then to find out no one really cared, Glad you had a great time.

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CHERIRIDDELL 8/1/2014 1:32AM

    Jeannie I love the water and I have one worse fear than you I am covered in scars. I was put back together like Hampty DUmpty and I swimin the base pool so I swim with a lot of young men . I worried about it constantly.I have long scars down the front of my legs where my kneecaps were removed and I had 400 stitches in my back I went through the windshield and one day a little boy asked me what happened in the hot tub I always answer children as simply and honestly as I can. When I finished telling this boy who was about 9 ,one of the young soldiers piped up with something I have never forgot He said "Son those are the scars of bravery ,everyone gets them through life ,what you do is look at her eyes and her smile and the way she answered your questions kindly and then you will see real beauty, you remember that ,if the lady has white hair and is older than your grandma she is still beautiful if she has time for you , if she is heavier than she probably wants to be but she still stops to help you and talks nicely to you instead of snapping your head off she is still beautiful and those scars they are only skin deep what really counts is she had the patience to tell a little boy who asked why she had them"

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SPEEDY143 7/31/2014 11:44PM

    Pictures... I want pictures emoticon emoticon on facing a fear we all have no matter what the age emoticon Enjoy your new found freedom to put aside the things that keep us stuck you brave, confident beautiful woman emoticon

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    OH Jeannie,,, I ALSO thought of this when I started to swim !! I DO ALWAYS wear my suit there,,, cos it's easier.

I go though with a friend,, who's lets say "Diet challenge" or "Life style change,,it aint happening here " !! yet, any hows,, so I figured if ShE was NOT embarrassed either WOULD I BE !!! And people there,, as you have discovered come in ALL Sizes, and shapes,, the only time I get at ALL Self conscious is when it's family time,, and you get in the teenie weeine teens,,, who are like I was,,,, so thin,, you can blow them down with one breathe ! LOL but, I am sure they look in HORROR and say "I'll never grow OLD" !! but, where we NOT the generation who SWORE we'd find a CURE for that???? "When I am 64" was just a song from the Beatles that we all laughed and figured "I'll NEVER BE THAT OLD " !!! And yet, less than 10 yrs from now,, I WILL be !

Oh well,,, HOP ON IN !! the water is COLD ! (Where I swim they keep it VERY COLD For the Professional swimmers, who get very warm doing the laps,, and those who are really getting a HARD WORk OUT ! I can't do that now,, though I USED to, my body ,, having that stroke 2 yrs ago (WOW its been 2 yrs !) has affected my left arm,, and leg when tired.

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TXGRANDMA 7/31/2014 10:47PM

    Good for you, Jeanne! You DID it and now the hard part is over and the fellow classmates are your friends! Next time won't be so hard! Kudos to you for going and overcoming your apprehension! I'm sure it was a great deal of fun and a great workout, too! emoticon

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JAMER123 7/31/2014 10:44PM

    Good for you Jeannie! So glad you concord you fears. I haven't been able to do that and like the one lady, I too will go into the stall to change or go back and shower at home. The day may come when I can but I truly need to lose some more before that would happen.
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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 7/31/2014 10:36PM

    very touching story Jeannie
also I recognized similar feelings that I had when at the swim center.


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JILL313 7/31/2014 10:13PM

    Wow, You sure conquered your fears about how you would look to other naked Ladies, maybe some of them are thin or fat. I'd be just as scared as you were but I'm so proud of you for doing it and realizing no one was looking at you any different than they might have looked at others. When I was in high school I hated my daily gym class as we were required to take a shower after whatever sport we played. I wasn't heavy at all but my poor little boobs I was always sort of ashamed of. Anyway I took a 1 minute shower and barely got wet then wrapped myself in white gym towels. Most of the time if others were around I would quickly dress in the bathroom right there (it was enclosed). Believe me when I finally take an aquatics class I'm wearing my Bikini and when the class is over with I'll put a shift on and drive the 5 minutes to my home. I sure am a Chicken it! I'm so glad your enjoying your new class and making new emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon friends. Good for you my dear friend, I can't say enough about how you always amaze me and are a true Leader in the best sense of the word.

Love You,


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DONNABRIGHT 7/31/2014 9:54PM

    Way to Go!!!!! Since I no longer care what anyone thinks of me your blog goes to show that we seniors have finally arrived. We can live and let live and still have a good time doing it.

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SPEDED2 7/31/2014 9:54PM

    Oh, My Goodness, Jeannie!! You found SparkPool!! I can just see everyone on our Team pitching in to help a member get her suit off. Aren't you the lucky one?!? I'll bet that once you get to know your pool buddies, you'll find out they were just as worried as you when they began.

Way to get motivated and then share with others!! WooHoo!!!

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AUNTALICE2 7/31/2014 9:40PM

    Jeanne I think you are brave to face your demons! We all have gone through the embarrassment of being naked. If not at the pool, it could be at the doctors offices with those stupid paper gowns that do no fit anyone! Or how about a mammogram, not only is your top off, they are squeezing you until you could cry. Pretty soon I will be going to water therapy and I wonder if I will be the only one of my size. I think it is pretty definite. So--good for you!! I hope I am as brave~ emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 7/31/2014 9:39PM

    Good for you, Jeannie! emoticon
That brought back memories of gym class. Didn't we all feel the same way back then? And everyone was in such a hurry to get to the next class, they didn't have time to worry about anyone else... emoticon

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ALOOGOBI 7/31/2014 8:50PM

    I LOVED this post, thank you for sharing it! I agree with what you said about worry, I wish I could remember it when I need to.
I hope you have more fun times swimming. emoticon

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STARRBRITE 7/31/2014 8:48PM

    Getting in a bathing suit and walking around the pool area was the toughest. Why: I am pasty-white, packed with cellulite, and jiggle when I'm not even moving!

Furthermore, I am very unsure of myself, in terms of walking, etc., but I managed. Thanksfully, the people at the pool where I go are really size-acceptance. That has made a big difference, but it wouldn't matter, anyway.

The water is too good and I feel better than ever. It's made all the difference in the world.

Thanks for this blog, Jeanne. I think you said everything I was concerned about when I started.


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PENNYPEARLS 7/31/2014 8:43PM

    I am so proud of you for facing your fears and attending the class. emoticon

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The Joke's on Me

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Recently I joined our local Y. It is literally 5 minutes from where we live. I've wanted to do water exercises at the pool there, and I finally convinced myself that I am worth the investment of $30 a month. Sadly, the pool exercises that I can do right now are offered only 3 mornings a week. I searched through the rest of the offerings and spotted one on Tuesdays and Thursday s. It’s called Silver Sneakers Classic. Perfect! I can make better use of my membership if I do this on the “off” days.

Some of you are familiar with Silver Sneakers programs. They are offered as a benefit of some insurance companies for those of us who fit into a “certain” age category, aka, seniors. It is not a benefit of my insurance, but it is open to anyone who has a Y membership. That’s me!!

I peeked in at the class yesterday when I went to the pool just to see what they were doing. At the time they had small rubber balls about 6-8 inches around that they were squeezing between forearm and biceps. I watched a little and thought…hmmm…not sure this will be much of a workout. I think I thought I’d probably be pretty good at squeezing that ball and whatever else it was they did. After all, I’m fairly active, although we all can do better.

Today I showed up at the class. Everyone was really friendly. The leader introduced me to the group of about 15 or so people, all of whom were probably at least 10 years older than I am. (Since I’m a leader of the Over 60++ Team, I’m sure most of you know I’m over 60. Some of you may not know I’m actually in another decade. Without telling you exactly how old I am, I will tell you the number starts with a 7 and ends with a 0.) That means these people were in their 80s or close to it.

Well, let me tell you something! I was embarrassed at how well they did and I did NOT! They kicked my butt right out of that gym! 45 minutes of non-stop something: marching, stretching, chair work, resistance bands, hand-held weights and yes…that little ball that I assumed would be too simple for me to do me much good. And besides that, none of it has made my back and leg hurt worse yet. We’ll see what the rest of the day/night brings, but if it doesn't aggravate the sciatica or muscle discomfort then you can bet I’ll be back there trying to catch up to these “seniors” who clearly have been working hard to stay healthy and active. I was terribly grateful to be sitting on the side of the gym near a large fan that helped keep us cool.

A couple of humorous things: one lady is clearly a free spirit. She sits/stands/dances on the edge of the group for more room. Sometimes she suddenly seems to take flight in her little corner of the gym with graceful swooping of the arms and leg circles. She said she sometimes gets bored with the “easy” stuff! And, one of the gentlemen had on a new shirt (assuming it is new to this group, as it generated a number of comments). It was black with the words “Fat people are hard to kidnap” on the front. He is a little overweight, so I guess it was his affirmation for today or something.

I’ll be going back! Oh, yes I will!! Here’s to the seniors in this world!!!

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    Again - YOU are awesome! I wish I lived nearby and could go with you!

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FANCYSIMAGES 7/31/2014 3:49PM

    My mom and I did a similar aqua aerobics class in the evenings when I worked at the Y and got discounted classes. At 22, I was the youngest by at least 20 years, and I was huffing and puffing! They always make it look so easy!

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STARRBRITE 7/30/2014 9:19PM

    I love Silver Sneakers. It's unbelievable. There's even a Silver Sneakers in the water on Friday, but I have yet to make that.

A couple at my SS said that they no longer take Tylenol and walked straighter just because of the SS activities on Friday and Monday.

Good for you Jeannie. It's great fun -- and that's coming from someone who NEVER liked group exercises. (Everyone was so peppy and cheerful.)

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SPEEDY143 7/30/2014 5:45PM

    There are some very fit Seniors out there and I've always thought of YOU as one Jeannie emoticon emoticon

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    Jeannie,, I am SO PROUD OF YOU GAL !!! SUCH TERRIFIC,, hmmm dare I say "STEpS" you are taking ! WOOHOOO YOU GO GIRL !!!

LOL I took a water aerobic class,, and I knew I'd NOT be great at it,, but, still I DID NOT KNOW one can SWEAT in water !! WOOHOOOO !!!! I did stop though,, cos it was a GUY teaching the class,, nd the others had been going for QUITE some time !! I have sight and hearing problems,, so its very hard for me to "follow" along,, I simply can't see,, and my hearing has always been bad,, so normally I lip read, but without my glasses,,, LOL that was GONE !!! It was such a DISASTeR FOR ME !!!

U GO gIRL !! again, so PROUD of the OUTGOING StepS you are making !


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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 7/30/2014 1:50PM


I am sorry but this is too funny...the visual of you sitting near the fan after that workout is hysterical. I can emphathize with the feeling that "oh, this will be a piece of cake" only to find your assumptions were wrong.

What countries do you thing the gentleman with the shirt recently visited?


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CJMOK1121 7/30/2014 11:03AM

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Hey Jeanie: (GOOD FOR YOU.) When I get to go to the pool at the Y, I have to do my own water exercises, the group ones are just to much for me. But I tell you some of those eighty and older put me to shame. Sounds like you will be having a good time everyday. only 5 minutes from your house. emoticon . This is a great blog, I am so glad for you.

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MASTERPIECE8 7/30/2014 9:58AM

    This has definitely brightened my day! Great 'chuckle' first thing in the morning.

When I first tried water aerobics my 'superior self' (my 'superior obese self') thought: Give me a break. This will be good. I'll exercise but it won't be difficult at all. I mean, really, why push myself; right? Was I ever mistaken. It was quite a workout. I was exhausted when we finished. I don't know about your workout but ours was to music and it was anything by Yanni either! Sheesh. We were a mixture of ages. But I fell in love with the water, with water walking, water exercises, water aerobics. It's fantastic. I'm so happy that you went and that you found out you're the young chic! So funny though.

Happy pool time. Great blog.


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DONNABRIGHT 7/30/2014 8:04AM

    Great way to get in some good exercise. We have a water aerobics class near here that I want to look into. I've been thinking the same thing that it might be too easy so now I am looking forward to what I may find when I get there.

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/29/2014 11:21PM

    Jeannie they don't know what they are up against you will soon have them all doing the conga and i they Will be saying that youngster Jeannie keeps us in shape !

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SPEDED2 7/29/2014 10:41PM

    How wonderful for you, Jeannie. Age is just a number, it's how young you feel on the inside that counts. I just know it won't take long for your inner teen to kick those seniors' backsides.

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JAMER123 7/29/2014 10:25PM

    emoticon I have the insurance that gets me into Silver Sneakers free but haven't used it! I did go up last yr. before I had it and just wanted to water walk and there would have been no way I could have kept up with them!! Of course, they ARE a little older than I am. I would fit into your 60++ team but no farther for now:-) Now you can do something every day!!
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GODS_TEMPLE 7/29/2014 10:02PM

    You may have felt out-classed in the exercise department...but it sounds like you'll fit right in with the HUMOR department! emoticon

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POLYANNA2 7/29/2014 9:35PM

    Jeannie, isn't it great to start a new activity? It's so motivating to know you're out there with all the other fit people of the world just doing it. And when you reach the next age that ends with a zero, you'll be the one kicking the younger seniors' butts. Of course, you have a wonderful, healthy, fit and fun-filled decade ahead of you before you reach that point, and if you make every second count, it will be spectacular. So between swimming and your new fitness class, I foresee all manner of happiness and weight loss going on in your life, and I plan on taking the same path with you. Let's rock this!!!
Hugs, my friend!

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TXGRANDMA 7/29/2014 8:08PM

    Sounds great, Jeanne! I had to laugh when you said they kicked your Butt, but I'll bet they would kick mine too, and my age starts with a 6! Go for it and keep us posted on the results! emoticon

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ANNASGOALS 7/29/2014 8:04PM

    Well done! Love the black shirt...

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JILL313 7/29/2014 6:56PM

    Jeannie, Sorry but I have to Laugh as it's true that age is just a state of mind and probably agility & strength. So they kicked your Butt my friend as I'm sure those years older people who would also "tear" mine up plus put me to shame. emoticon You're going to go and be the Belle of the Ball after doing them with these decade older + Seniors. I know you have more strength than many us do on our Team so I'm rooting for you to Challenge yourself and it'll be a win-win for you as for them. I'm not surprised that they can kick your fanny as most have probably been in this aquatics class for years. Just think with your joining this class how strong and healthier you will feel and actually become. I wish there was a local Y around here but unfortunately there isn't. The only kind of gym I know about that has an indoor pool is a new close by local gym and they don't even have a Senior Aquatics class, but I was told there are many Seniors in it. Every time I drive pass their parking lot the parking lot is jammed packed as it just opened a few months ago and is super equipped and attracts people from many other Cities. One Day I hope to be able to join in as everyone who I know who does Aquatics Exercises says they love it and only regret they hadn't started one sooner. I'm cheering you on and on to more strength and don't let those older Seniors intimidate you one little bit my dear friend. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 7/29/2014 6:26PM

    Good for you!! you give me hope! I have been doing the same chair exercise for weeks now and I am bored. Geez! when I grow up I want to be just like you! :) I think you are a great role model for us other seniors, me especially!! I think you are great!!

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/29/2014 6:12PM

    I must say you show how courageous you are by admitting they kicked your butt. But I am sure in a few weeks you will be right there with them. And yes, I suppose obese people are hard to kidnap. Had to laugh at that one.

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JAOTAO 7/29/2014 5:56PM

    That's wonderful Jeanie, I loved my old SS group. it's the one that got me to be able to stand longer and move more by strengthening my core. I need to just get serious and rejoin the Y when it starts up in September again (no Aug. Classes). Enjoy!

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HOTPINKCAMARO49 7/29/2014 5:34PM

  Way to go!

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I Give UP!!!

Tuesday, July 08, 2014

I am giving up! No, not permanently, but for a day or two! emoticon

Richard had ankle fusion surgery on 6/25 and came home from the hospital on 6/27 in a cast and with instructions for no weight bearing for 6 weeks. He's been terrific. I couldn't ask for anyone better to take care of. But...I do need to take care of him.

Our DD from Virginia and her dog surprised us with an unexpected visit on 6/29 and will be here until this Thursday. Totally unplanned on our part. She wanted it to be a surprise. Doesn't she know we're old and don't do surprises well anymore? emoticon In fairness, she visited friends in Kansas City for a few days and has been sleeping at her brother's house since she got back because...another son and his wife, also from Virginia, had picked this same time to come so they could visit a new granddaughter (our great-grand) and they are staying with us in the one spare room.

Saturday night our two grandsons spent the night (no trouble to have them...just one more thing). Sunday morning we had a family gathering for brunch (10 adults, 2 grandsons and the baby). Again...not a huge deal and the kids helped put things together.

Coming and going, text messages, phone calls, refrigerator doors opening and closing, snack foods sitting around everywhere, birthday cake and ice cream...oh, yes...I forgot to mention yesterday was Richard's birthday!!!Last evening we celebrated with the cake/ice cream. When we're alone we don't celebrate except with cards. We have gone from one meal to the next trying to figure out who will be here, if anyone, and what we're having...leftovers, order in, grilling???

There is hope! Yesterday Richard saw the doctor. They took the old cast off, removed the stitches from the incisions and put on the new one. He opted for neon orange this time. He looks like a highway safety cone. emoticon But, bottom line is they were satisfied with the way the incisions looked and told him to come back in 4 weeks, but still no weight bearing. That was really good news.

Tomorrow DS and DIL will be leaving and stopping to see my Mom and Sis on the way. Thursday DD and doggie will be leaving. Grandsons and their parents will be out of town for 5 days beginning tomorrow, too. Thursday evening, life will return to "normal" for these 2 old people who raised four kids and had four teenagers at one time, but have come to enjoy being empty nesters. Isn't that crazy? I'm so grateful that we still have 3 of them and 2 with spouses with us, not to mention these darling grands and greats, but I'm sure our DS in heaven is looking down right now and scratching his head a bit and wondering what all the fuss is about. Life used to always be like this, didn't it??!!

So, for now, I'm throwing in the towel and planning to get good sleep for a couple of nights. I've just had too many things going on to concentrate on anything else. Even when they "help" it becomes more work!! LOL!!! emoticon I just need a few hours of breathing space and then I'll be good to go again!! See you soon!! Hugs and love to all!! emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 7/25/2014 10:08AM

    I so get it. Lovely to see everyone but wouldn't it be great if everyone had their own quarters to retreat to for awhile each day? Hope all is back to normal now. Hugs.

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KADYSMOM11 7/14/2014 11:41PM

    I's exhausting to have company, but fun to see everyone and happy to see them go! Happy belated Birthday to Richard! emoticon
Take care and relax....enjoy the summer! Luv ya! emoticon

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AUNTALICE2 7/13/2014 10:35AM

    Well, I finally am able to catch up on you and yours. Still learning the ropes here. Love your blogs! emoticon

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POLYANNA2 7/9/2014 11:35AM

    Jeannie, I totally get you. We just don't do chaos well any more. You enjoy the rest and we'll see you on the other side!
Hugs, Carol

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/9/2014 12:27AM

    You take it easy it sounds like you have earned a good reast ! hugs,Cheri

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STARRBRITE 7/8/2014 11:59PM

    Very wise thing to do. Things will stop spinning and you will be back with vigor. I'll think of you even if I don't hear much from you. emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 7/8/2014 11:54PM

    Take care of you can take care of Richard! We'll see you when you're 'back in the saddle'.

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JILL313 7/8/2014 11:37PM

    Wow, Jeannie, Honestly I felt exhausted & tired just reading about all the going ons in your busy life. I love my family dearly but honestly couldn't handle having them all around me for days at a time. I also love & enjoy my precious quiet time. . .fixing daily meals for others would throw me for a loop. Glad to hear your family will be back home soon and it'll be just you and Richard again. Like you when I was young I loved entertaining and having family & friends over but I wouldn't want to do that now as it's just too nerve wrecking having to figure out what to fix for meals but years ago I loved being around people 24/7 but now I enjoy a more quiet life. I guess old age has settled in on me. Wishing Richard a very Happy Birthday!! I bet he enjoyed every bite of his cake & ice cream. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 7/8/2014 11:35PM

    Boy, do I hear you on that!! You really had a crew to cook and care for. I think I might have been to the point of pulling my hair out (not really!!) lol. What fun it must have been to have all together!! And I am so glad that Richard is doing well & behaving!! :-) Get some sleep and take a couple R&R days. You have earned them!
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TXGRANDMA 7/8/2014 11:20PM

    Whew! Don't know if I could handle all that activity any more! Isn't it funny how we get used to being just 2 after having families? Hope everyone makes it home OK after all the traveling and getting together!

Glad that Richard's surgery went well and that he is healing so well! Oh, and tell him emoticon for me! emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/8/2014 10:36PM

    Good luck!

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SPEEDY143 7/8/2014 10:28PM

    emoticon sweet dreams Jeannie... YOU and Richard deserve a stay-cation in your own quiet home sweet home emoticon

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SPEDED2 7/8/2014 10:26PM

    Enjoy your breathing space and rest and relax. Please know you will be missed while you're away. jeanne emoticon

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    My vote is that you take yourself -- just you -- to a luxury hotel for a few days. On the French Riviera. There you not only can throw in the towel, but also the bikini and the champagne.

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IRON_RESOLVE 7/8/2014 8:07PM

    Hang in there!!! These are the days they want to be with us, when they are young, and have young families. As hard as it is, these are the best days to look back on. Sorry it is a lot of work, but today Mothers all have to work, and everyone is looking for a little break, which they get in their Parents presence.
You have the right prospective though, just throw in the towel, for a day, get those feet up and rest.

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BEATTYN1 7/8/2014 6:15PM

    Take the time for yourself. Family visits are the stuff of memories, that's true. We had a houseful over the 4th of July holiday and I cooked several meals for everyone. Came home Sunday and then cooked again Monday night. This morning I told my husband he has to bring home Chicken Caesar Salads for us both. I just can't cook again tonight. It felt so good to ask him ahead of time and at the right time. It feels good when we observe our boundaries and satisfy our basic instinct to focus on our own needs. We will be ready another time to contribute to those memories. But now is for me.

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 7/8/2014 5:50PM

    That sounds like a rat race to me. I couldn't keep up with who was where. But I do agree it is nice to see the kids all come home, but also nice to see them all go, also. And I agree the older I get the less I like surprises too.

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DONNABRIGHT 7/8/2014 5:37PM

    I understand completely. When our DD comes to visit she considers herself on vacation and we are supposed to entertain her and DGD. While we love them both dearly it is always nice when they go home! Today we planned a trip to Niagara Falls. We'll drive from the cabin - only 12 hours and they will fly from Florida. Five days in a motel with them - what are we thinking!

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RUFFIT 7/8/2014 5:30PM

    Enjoy your time!! We all need a break now and then. It is good to rest and take care of ourselves. Hugs, Moni

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My Three Ps

Monday, June 09, 2014

Remember that old TV show called "My Three Sons?" Simpler times and a peek into the life that some of the early TV writers must have thought we would all seek to achieve. Actually, that has nothing to do with what I'm going to blog about, but my three ps made me think about the three sons! I have a wandering mind this morning.

Here are the three words beginning with the letter P that I focused on this morning during my walk.

Plan ahead: If I don't plan, I always fail. If I do plan, sometimes I change those plans, but at least I've given it some thought. Planned my meals for the week, planned my exercise (groan), plan for staying out of the pits (oh my...another p) all adds up to a better day for me.

Persistence: I've seen this word a lot lately, and it is critical for me and I suspect for lots of other people. So, I will work on my persistence...again and again and again!!!

Patience: For some reason I seem to think that if I don't get immediate results or outcome of all my efforts, it isn't worth trying again today. How stupid is that!! I guess we never really outgrow that childish "I want it now" behavior. Another long range goal is to work on my patience!!

What are your "p" words, if any? I think there could be tons of them, but when walking I find that I can't focus on more than about 3 at a time. Some new ones to think about would be fun, though. Have a great day, friends, and be sure to think of me when you think of a 'p' word that motivates you!!

PS: Would one of you grammar/punctuation experts tell me how to write "Ps" correctly? Writing P's is NOT correct because it isn't a possessive, and Ps, while plural, looks weird. Another thing to Ponder!!! emoticon

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SPEEDY143 6/19/2014 3:21PM

    So "PLEASED" I came to "PEEK" at your "PAGE" and found this emoticon blog emoticon

emoticon with your three Ps but have found since Sparking for 4 years the planning P is second nature now for me. I "Pray" all the time for "Patience" with both myself and all those around me. Being "Persistent" is key for any success and "Patting" myself on the back and or being "Pleased" with my "Progress" is essential for me. emoticon

We all have come a long way and it's important to acknowledge that emoticon

Hip-Hip-Hooray for the three Ps and Jeannie's thought "Provoking" blog emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NINETOZE 6/19/2014 1:29PM

    Great blog. Those are great things to focus on. I do to but hadn't thought of it that way. Enjoy everyone responses as well. Started a great conversation.

Thanks for sharing!

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NANCYPAT1 6/12/2014 7:39AM

    Love the idea of focusing on a few P words - mine are probably Pray, Play, and Patience (if I can only have 3 of them)

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STARRBRITE 6/11/2014 1:40AM

    Planning and persistence are key for me.

You really have found the secret to progress. Thanks. I needed that.

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STARRBRITE 6/11/2014 1:39AM

    You're right about the plural of P. It is Ps. It looks crazy, but that is the "correct" way. Oh my, you have brought out the English teacher in me. (Blushing emoticon)

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QTEALADY20031 6/10/2014 9:06PM

    A wonderful blog! For me I need to plan and have patience. I think all the p's you mentioned I need a little of lately. lol emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MASTERPIECE8 6/10/2014 4:19PM

    Terrific blog, Jeanne.

For me it's definite Patience. I was dealt Patience in an extremely small quantity.

So much to think about and so well written. emoticon

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    I guess my favorite P is Patience which I am always praying for.

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JAOTAO 6/10/2014 2:56PM

    Some good things to think about Jeannie ... though I'm afraid my P is Procrastination .... I need to stop that!

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PATTYCAKE17 6/10/2014 2:41PM

    LOVED YOUR THOUGHTFUL BLOG! emoticon I would add Positive; very important to look on the bright side of things while you persevere over the long haul. Positive is an emoticon attitude. Give yourself a emoticon for turning your walk into such a POSITIVE outcome! Look how much you accomplished while you were burning calories! Oh, and BTW, somewhere in the Bible it says that tribulation (trouble), worketh patience, so I guess it's something we develop, as we Persevere along the road to victory. I almost forgot to add my best "P", PRAYER, without which none of the above has much worth or meaning.

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SENTERSTOCK 6/10/2014 9:13AM

    Awesome! I loved My Three Sons! Especially Uncle Charlie!
And look at the response! What great words to start the day! Hope I did not miss any and the list grows emoticon

Positive - is my P word...

Pits (to avoid)

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GODS_TEMPLE 6/10/2014 1:49AM

    My favorite P word is Prayer. I could have never gotten to where I am...or for that matter, even started this journey, without PRAYER. emoticon

Another great one is Peace. Stress will do you in when you're trying to lose you need PEACE in your life, so you can focus on your health. emoticon

And of course, the best way to get that Peace is through Prayer...they go hand in PARTNERS! emoticon

And...where are the best Partners for your journey? Right here on SP. That's right...Spark PEOPLE! emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/10/2014 12:10AM

    A good P word for me is practical , because I have injuries I tend to be very determined and sometimes take on more much more than is practical. However my favourite P word is persevere for if I had given up I would never have made the strides I have.

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JILL313 6/9/2014 11:55PM

    Another wonderful Blog, I believe in you my wonderful friend. The first P word that comes to mind, for me, is Patience in how slow I'm losing as a lot of people would have thrown in the towel by now and given up. So I'd have to say if nothing else I'm persistent and truly believe one day I'll be a healthy weight & you will to. Jeannie I'm blessed with lots of patience & the fact is it's taken all my patience I have to live every day with stress mainly from my son & also money issues. There are some days I wish I could sail away on a yacht and leave all my stress behind at least for a long weekend or better yet a couple of weeks to re-charge my energy and lower my stress levels. Good for you for pre-planning as I don't always do that and know I should. I love blogs like yours that make me put my "thinking cap" on. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POLYANNA2 6/9/2014 9:53PM

    Jeannie, what a terrific post. You sure have been thinking about this stuff, and so that I don't have to, I'll adopt your three P's. I know, I'm At least I'm persistently persistent.
As for the apostrophe, here's the skinny on that. If you're referring to two Ps, it's without an apostrophe, but to make a single P plural you include an apostrophe. This rule has been developed to aid in comprehension. That made me laugh.

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JAMER123 6/9/2014 6:39PM

    I think words beginning with P, to think about for me, are something to ponder upon!!

Possible not probable; All things are possible it one works towards that goal, no matter how big or small Probable is a "maybe" to me but more on the Positive end!!

Potential; I have to Potential to be anything I want to be

Provocative; Am I going to be provocative or more likely Proactive? Of course!!

Precarious; I stand on a very precarious brink of going backwards or forward. Which am I going to do? Again the positive sticks in my mind. Forward we go!!

As for the Ps or P's the computer spell check likes the P's as I do. In general, letters of the alphabet should take an apostrophe in the plural. Like P's and Q's
That's all from this neck of the woods. Thanks Jeanne, for a wonderful blog!

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    If you're asking about expressing more than one "P" in writing, it is indeed "P's." Not that I'm a little Pompous, of course, sweet Patootie.

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MAINEALI 6/9/2014 12:01PM

    I had to look it up but the proper abbreviation for the word postscript is P.S. Have a great day!

P.S. Thank you for the 3 P's!


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TXGRANDMA 6/9/2014 11:34AM

    Another great blog, Jeanne! It showed lots of thought and is RIGHT ON! Very good in making the correlation with the P words! I think the apostrophe is correct in this instance, when using a single letter, I have seen other articles use the apostrophe in similar instances. I struggle with the same P's!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Meditations for Women

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

If you find meditation hard to do (I have trouble quieting my mind), but would like a quick way to reflect on helpful and important ways to improve your life, think about signing up for the free daily email from Jane Powell. There's a separate one for weight loss, as well as a few other topics. Thanks to one of my teammates, dear friends and awesome co-leader on our Over 60++ team for the information. You know who you are, Jill!!

These daily one-minute meditations are truly amazing to me. I wonder how she can understand me so well and have things to say that are so meaningful specifically to me. Take a look and see what you think.

Update: My little streak of not eating after dinner is at 3 nights now and I think #4 is coming up. Another SFriend (Linda) suggested drinking water in the evening when I want to eat. Didn't want to because I've done that before, but I've been doing it anyway, and running to the bathroom a lot. No, that's not quite true...I walk as fast as my legs will carry me, but it is definitely not running. That evening eating thing is a real problem for me...I think I'm a very "oral" type person. If I'm not eating, I seem to be talking. So, for now, I think I'll just stop while I'm ahead and wish you all a great evening and to tell you to keep the faith, smile and never give up on yourself!!!
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NOLAHORSERIDER 11/13/2014 10:13AM

    Thank you for the website on meditation! I found it quite helpful! Congratulations on your goal of night eating! :)

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~KINDREDSPIRIT~ 6/29/2014 5:37PM

    Thanks for sharing the link. I sent it to my work and will download it there.


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MASTERPIECE8 6/10/2014 4:13PM

I too receive her daily meditations. It's as though she 'knows me!' I'm thankful for our Jill that she took the time to post the link. How thoughtful of you to post it for others to share too.


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SENTERSTOCK 5/29/2014 1:41PM

    That is awesome! Good work! I love the link as well. Thank you Jill.
The ice tip is a good one! And I find that in the evenings if I have a, walk, go upstairs to the craft room, anywhere but near the kitchen!

Take Care of YOU!

's Fitness Club, co-lead

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POLYANNA2 5/29/2014 12:44PM

    Thank you so much, Jeannie, for sharing that site. I have signed myself up and look forward to learning new ways to help improve my life - not that I'm
I am so proud of you for setting your mind to no evening eating and making it happen! That is THE toughest temptation of all to overcome, and you are doing it - WOO HOO!
Stay strong!!!

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DIANNEMT 5/29/2014 12:30PM

    Thanks for the site--I will check it out. Sometimes a nice cup of herbal tea hits the spot--some are naturally sweet and really help me "get" my sweet taste. You are a strong lady--and you'll have 44 in the streak before long!!

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TXGRANDMA 5/29/2014 8:39AM

    Good for you, Jeanne! I am so happy for you, and know how strong you have to be to control that evening eating. Keep up the good work! emoticon

I checked out the website for the daily meditations and signed up. I sometimes need to be "grounded" in my thoughts and funnel them to make myself (my mind, really) more open to the possibilities out there. I also signed up for the weight loss meditations so we will see! emoticon so much for sharing the link!

PS: I have trouble quieting my mind too............. emoticon

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JAMER123 5/28/2014 10:46PM

    You are doing great!! I drink in the evening as well and it does help. Enjoy the peace of mind that comes!! You know, if you're talking you probably aren't eating so go for it!!
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GODS_TEMPLE 5/28/2014 9:59PM

    Doing great! Maybe just suck on ice...and you won't have to run so much emoticon

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NOTSPEEDY 5/28/2014 9:30PM

    Congratulations on not eating after dinner. That is the hardest time of day for me. Thanks for the link.

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JILL313 5/28/2014 6:46PM

    I also love reading Jane Powell's daily meditations as very often like you I feel she knows me and is giving me some personal good advice. I found her website and liked it and I'm so happy you do also. I think it was yesterday she talked about putting fun into your life and her thoughts were very simple but hit home as she said spend time around children, what better ones than our own very loved GC & GGC. I'm so happy you're on a good roll in not eating after dinner. I've been very unfocused as the last 2 nights I've eaten lots of ice cream. Why is it almost everything I love is either unhealthy or loaded with calories--but usually both. My scale nor I are happy with me. Before I know it I'm going to be over 250 pounds again and I'm vowing here again not to let that happen & do what I know is best for me. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STARRBRITE 5/28/2014 6:39PM

    Thanks for the link. And congratulations on eliminating the night eating. I still am eating after dinner, but I'm limiting it to a particular food. I should do what you do, because I also have acid reflux in a bad way.

I am proud of you, Jeannie. emoticon

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SPEEDY143 5/28/2014 5:12PM

    heheheh here's another glass emoticon drink up emoticon

Thanks for the meditation link... I think being a woman has everything to do with relating to other woman... as long as we are honest... at least with our self emoticon

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