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Lessons Learned on a Car Trip

Sunday, January 15, 2012

Yes, you can stay on track and eat healthy and even get some exercise when on the road! I remember reading SP blogs about this, but figured it didn't apply to me. Since we just finished a 5 day road trip, here's a few things I learned, and a lot of the info DID apply to me!

Before we left home I tried to plan to bring a few extra foods with us like fruit and boiled eggs. We were lucky enough to stay at motels with “free” breakfasts, and fortunately, most of the time there was cereal, yogurt and fruit available. I confess that I took an extra banana or apple most days because I knew I'd have trouble meeting my fruit/veggie goals if I didn't have an extra one for later in the day. I ate them every day, too, usually at lunch or dinner.

Eating at fast food restaurants can be a challenge, but if you limit it to the ones you find in most places, it makes it easier. McDonald's and Subway were at almost every stop we made, and I think the $1 menu is perfect for me!! I know McDonald's gets a bad rap for lots of their items, but I usually had either a hamburger (less than $1 most places) and side salad ($1) with light balsamic vinaigrette salad dressing (total of about 300 calories), or just a salad and added a boiled egg, yogurt and banana or apple. The side salad is a great buy and it was fresh at every place I had one. We never order pop (soda to lots of you), but get a cup for water. Subway is great for low cal and low fat choices, too. We missed the $2 subs that were specials until the end of 2011, though. Did I mention that I'm cheap when it comes to food?

Dinner was usually a little more, and while I don't like buffets in general, we did eat at a couple. I try really hard to make my first plate full of lettuce and veggies. Sure helps to cut down on my interest in the other higher calorie foods.

Exercise was interesting. We try not to drive for more than a couple hours at a time, and the first day out I discovered that the breaks were a great time to do some of the stretches and strengthening exercises that I do most days anyway. I had my resistance band with me and used it several times a day, and it's really easy to do calf raises using the car for balance. There were others I did, too, like squats and a couple others, and we tired to get a few extra steps in, too. At a couple of the motels there were pools available and yes...I did bring my suit and spent some time water walking. I don't care what people thought of the fat old woman in the ugly swim suit...I'll never see them again anyway, and not a single person said a thing. Just let 'em try!! Hehe...it was about me anyway, not what they were thinking!

So, that's how I managed to get from the middle part of the country to the SW part of the country in 5 days and visit with cousins and a friend along the way. I even shed a little over a pound last week, so something was working right. Now...if I can just remember all I learned for our trip home in the Spring!!

  
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HYATTI1 2/22/2012 1:32PM

    Good advice for us all to take a look at. Thanks for sharing and to tell the truth we all need a little jolt here and there when it comes to eating out.

Joanna

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BELDONDOG1 1/16/2012 9:22PM

    Wonderful job, Jeannie!! Sounds like all you did, you did it right and lost a pound to boot! Good Girl!!

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TXGRANDMA 1/16/2012 6:12PM

    This is full of good ideas for road trips! When we hit the road though, we pack a couple of coolers, one with drinks and the other with lunch meats and mayo and I make sandwiches while hubby is driving. We don't stop for meals until our RV is parked at night, and then, we cook our supper!
I see that this time though, you didn't travel with an RV. We have friends (actually a fellow sparker and her husband) from Minnesota who spend their winters in South TX. From your description though, I guess you are in Arizona this year?

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LORQUILTS 1/16/2012 11:10AM

    Great ideas! We have a cross country road trip coming up in a couple months and I definitely will use some of your ideas, instead of thinking of it as a big free for all. After all, with the free for all mentality you are only hurting yourself.

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TXMEMAW6 1/16/2012 9:31AM

    Jeannie, Great blog, as usual!! Thanks for all the tips on how to travel and still stay on track with eating and exercising. I'm really going to try to remember them. WTG with your success on the trip. You're such a great inspiration to all of us.
Hugs,
Sharon


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GRAMMAMARY 1/16/2012 8:52AM

    road trips are a challenge but it can be done with some fore thought. great job

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GRANDMA1951 1/16/2012 8:16AM

    I always find it hard to eat right when I'm traveling. You had some great ideas. I also liked the fact that you got out and did a few exercises every few hours. We all just have to remember that we aren't going to see these people any more so we shouldn't be embarrassed.

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GRANDMACOO 1/16/2012 5:25AM

    I think eating out is one of my biggest challenges, especially if I am with someone else. I could eat at Subway every day, but others don't always want to.

I have a portable DVD player that I take on trips with me, so I can use it in my hotel room. I usually try to stop places that have a fitness room, but, if it is busy or the hotel doesn't have one, I have another way to get my workouts in.

Good for you for staying focused on YOU!

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JILL313 1/15/2012 11:16PM

    You did such an awesome job in preparing ahead before and during your trip. I am most impressed by the fact that you didn't use traveling for not exercising--WTG!! You prove just because your on the road you still can keep on track and continue to lose weight and stay healthy and fit. And, I bet you looked good in your swimsuit and didn't even get a "strange" look nor did anyone even think you were fat, as you're not anymore. I am so proud of you as your living the healthy lifestyle that all of us want.

Love,

Jill

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/15/2012 11:14PM

    Excellent ideas ! I will take notes !

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ESILBO 1/15/2012 10:58PM

    GREAT JOB, YOU DID ON THAT TRIP, DEAR FRIEND...YOU ARE MELTING AWAY... DON'T WORRY YOU WILL STILL REMEMBER HOW TO IN THE SPRING...I WILL BE THERE TO REMINDING YOU...
LOVE
LISE

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LESLIELENORE 1/15/2012 10:42PM

    Thanks for some good ideas! I need to start thinking about these type of things for future road trips.

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Why Did I Become a Spirited Underdog?

Saturday, January 14, 2012

This week our 5% Winter Challenge team has asked us to write a daily blog for team points. Here are some of the suggested questions to respond to for today.

Why did you become a Spirited Underdog? This one is easy to answer: I was invited by a friend. I participated in the 5% Fall Challenge and lost 5% of my weight, but had decided not to do another one right now. A friend encouraged me to do it again and here I am!!

What is your secret of success? I have no secrets!! My plan is simple (described on my SPage) and includes exercise (for me, that's the dreaded E word). If I follow my plan and keep a routine most days, I almost always lose at least a little each week.

What are your trigger foods? Hahaha...almost anything can end up being trigger foods for me, but I am especially sensitive to salty/crunchy foods like crackers and chips, and then there are the sweets like ice cream, cookies and bars. I deal with it by not having them around if at all possible. I hope to be able to manage it at some point, but apparently that point is not now. If they're anywhere in the vicinity, I eat them! I've also noticed that TV food ads seem to get me thinking about pizza, burgers, etc. (Guess that's what "they" are hoping for, right?)

Tell us 5 things about yourself that have nothing to do with food or exercise. This is always a hard thing for me, as I think there's nothing new to tell.
1. This one sort of has to do with food...I was named the Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow for my high school when I was a senior. Maybe that's where my trouble started! LOL!
2. I love to read, especially mysteries.
3. I have been white water rafting and camping with a group of older women on 2 occasions. What fun we had! I was about 10 years younger than I am now, but I think I'm in better shape than I was then!!
4. I don't like to fly as my ears hurt so bad. It has to do with the air pressure and the only thing that has helped even a little bit are ear plugs called “Ear Planes.” Consequently, I avoid flying at all costs.
5. I volunteer as a docent at a local museum at least once a week when we're home. I take a little break in the winter when we're snowbirds and enjoying warmer weather in Arizona.

The Spirited Underdogs team is full of energy and enthusiasm. Go DAWGS!!
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JILL313 1/15/2012 11:20PM

    You met your 5% Goal in the Fall Challenge and it sure looks like you're heading to do that again--how wonderful! I wish I could have stuck it out but I just had too many our things conflict with it. . .Wow, what a terrific honor you received in HS!

Hugs,

Jill

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SALSIFY 1/15/2012 11:18AM

    I love the sound of the white water rafting and camping! We camp a bit in the summer when the weather gets better - but is usually rains quite a lot. So it's character-building as well as fun - lol.

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TXMEMAW6 1/15/2012 9:56AM

    As usual, great blog. It's a lot of fun getting to know the "little things" about our friends. Thanks for sharing. I, too, love to read mysteries, and salty-crunchy is my downfall. Hope your day is super spectacular.
Hugs,
Sharon


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RAYLINSTEPHENS 1/15/2012 8:18AM

    Great blog!!
I "liked" it!

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MNABOY 1/14/2012 11:59PM

    You are a leader! Thanks for setting the standard on the blog.

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LESLIECOY 1/14/2012 11:07PM

    ...with a little help from our friends it is amazing what we can do !
Go Dawg !
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/14/2012 10:36PM

    Crunchy ,salty foods we were born to be friends ,I love to read mysteries too ! hugs,Cheri

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DIANEDOESSMILES 1/14/2012 10:18PM

    I REALLY LIKE THIS !! WOOHOOOO !U GO KIDDO !! Love why you joined, but MORE SO why you're stayin ! Hope you do so again for the spring challenge, and since it'll be getting a little bettah weathah, and IF NOT that you can reach down inside,,,, please restart with trackin food,,, and GO FROM there my friend,,and notice how much those "snacks" are a adding up.

You are Pats or Devah fan? WOOHOOO GOOOO PATS !! 3rd quatah,,,, 11:31 mins left,,,, we are a WINNANG !!!!! WOOHOOOO GGG PAS scorah is 42 to 7 HAHAHAHAHA !!! GOOO PATS !! GOOOOOO !!!!

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ESILBO 1/14/2012 10:16PM

    BETTY CROCKER...HUM, I NEED YOU OR YOUR TIPS ON BAKING...LOL...

HAPPY TO HAVE YOU AS A FRIEND AND LEARN MORE ABOUT YOU

LOVE
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REBECCATKD 1/14/2012 9:54PM

    Keep up your awesome progress!
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These Shoes Are Made for Walkin'

Monday, December 26, 2011

How many of you remember that old song by Nancy Sinatra? It was pretty popular some time around the winter of '65, but I think it really was "These Boots are Made for Walkin." I've been thinking a lot about shoes lately. My Mom has a lot of trouble with her feet, mostly because of poor fitting (or no) shoes as a child in the depression years. So, I've occasionally gotten her some new SAS walking shoes as a gift. They are expensive, and with Christmas coming up, I had to decide if that was something I wanted to do again this year. Of course, I didn't have her size and I wasn't totally sure which style she would want, but I printed off an ad for the SAS walking shoe that I know she has had good luck with in the past and gave that to her, along with information about sizes and colors. She picked the color and size and now they'll be sent to her this week. It is so difficult to find something to give her, and as she says, “I'm almost 90! If you can't give me something to eat or wear, I don't want it!” LOL!! Shoes are coming her way!

I also have needed new walking shoes. Normally my daughter gives me her old ones, as it seems to me she buys a new pair every other week (that MIGHT be an exaggeration). She brought one pair with her when she was here for a visit in October, but they just didn't fit right. Wonder why...do you think because they were someone's shoes that were fit for them and conformed to their foot?? Anyway, I bit the bullet and went to a real shoe store the other day—where there is someone to wait on you and measure your foot and even slip it on and tie it for you? WooHoo!! Awesome to be waited on.

I bought a pair of New Balance something-or-others and paid a lot of money, but hey...I'm worth it. Besides I owed myself a reward and they're comfortable and I've been wearing them around the house and on the treadmill all week. I may even wear them outside soon! I'm pretty excited about having new shoes of my very own and I'm sure they'll make me love Exercise, which as you may know has been an on-going problem.

By the way, does anyone remember those x-ray machines at the shoe stores back in the 50s? A few of you might be old enough. I thought they were great fun at the time, but I suppose someone decided all that radiation might not be good for us.

We talk a lot about the journey we're on here at SP, and while I am still on the subject of shoes, I have to share this with you. On the SAS website, you'll find this statement, and it is so very true: "Life is a journey. Wear comfortable shoes!!!" So, if you don't have comfortable shoes that fit, it might be a really long journey! Happy walking and Happy New Year!!
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WVAWACKADOO 1/12/2012 6:46PM

    I need to get some decent shoes. I usually wait for a sale & buy the cheapest pair that I can find. They usually fit OK, but once I started walking 3-4 days a week, I have come to the realization that I need to have a better fit. Thanks for that post...needed to hear it...

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DIANEDOESSMILES 12/28/2011 10:19PM

    HI Jeannie !!

OH YES !! having the proper fitting shoes make the total difference ! WOOHOOO ! SO GLAD you have now have some !! YEAH YEAH YEAH !! Also that your so sweet to ur Mom and get her some. Awwwwwww!!!!! Thats such a GOOD IDEA !!! Mine is gone, or I'd USE that idea myself ! Oh yeah I surely would !

I get my shoes made for me using a wand and a scanner,,,,into a putah,,,, at the otho place where they make artifical limbs and things for feet. I am way to hard for a regular foot Dr to even fit, since I've had 13surgs on feet (#14 coming up on the 4th). So mine fit exactly for even the sneakers are made to fit exactly as so. Ahhhhh, but even with that, cos my feet are sooo bad off,,,they STILL HURT ! Oh it USED to feel heavenly, but not any longah.

You ENJOY those shoes !!! LOL When mine used to feel good,,,,I even WORE THEM TO BED !!!

PS : YES I do remember that song,,,,I was quite young, but it was SOOO POPULAR and my older brother played it over and over again. Later on,,,,I used it as a motivational song,,,,,,,,,,

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JILL313 12/27/2011 7:52PM

    Good fitting shoes are important and I guess I'll have to bite the bullet and actually get waited on as I probably have six or seven pairs of shoes I've ordered online and none fit me right. I'm between a 9 and 10 and very few stores make an 9 1/2 good fitting shoe. I've even bought 9 wides at times as it's almost like a 9 1/2. We have a SAS shoe store not too far from my house. I don't mind paying around $100 for good shoes but won't pay much more than that. What a wonderful gift for your Mom and she still had shoes to choose from! Did you buy walking gym type shoes? I usually wear flats as it's hard to bend down to tie my shoes--maybe Velcro or OMG losing weight is the answer there. By the way, I'm Too Young to remember those foot x-rays--LOL!!

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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SPEEDY143 12/27/2011 7:29PM

    Good shoes = happy feet emoticon

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GRANNYSUE9 12/27/2011 10:38AM

    Not only do I remember the song by Nancy Sinatra, but I have the 45 record! I have a closet full of old records!

So glad that you treated yourself to a pair of shoes that fit right and feel good. It does make walking and exercising a lot easier.

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CAROLYNINJOY1 12/27/2011 8:06AM

    Bravo for treating your feet kindly & getting good shoes that fit. You are definitely worth it!

I remember those X-ray machines too. Scary to think how many of us were exposed to so much radiation. But it was cool to see bones in my feet.

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GRANDMACOO 12/27/2011 6:24AM

    I buy new running shoes about every 300 miles, so use my "old" ones as everyday walking around shoes. They fit well, aren't really too worn, and are comfortable. I do a lot of standing during the work week, and one place I go has cement floors, so they are also cold during the winter. These shoes keep my legs and feet from aching, so they are worth it.

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MNABOY 12/26/2011 11:33PM

    Hanoi Jane did sing that song. I like MBT and have had them resoled so they are getting down to a reasonable price. We should wear shoes that fit well and help carry our body.

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TUBLADY 12/26/2011 10:59PM

    I remember the X-ray machine. We were just talking about it yesterday. One of my nieces was showing me shoes on line and I got to talking about how I have a wide toe but very narrow heel so I always got my shoes at Arbuckles Shoe store and how expensive they were for my Grandmother to buy back in the 50's.
She remembered the store and talked about the X=ray feet machine. It gave such a true picture of your foot for correct fit.
I buy expensive shoes when it comes to ones I need to walk and workout in. It's so important. I have had feet operations in the past from waring ill fitting shoes.
My dress shoes or heels can be less expensive for one only wares them for a short time.
But my Nike's and Reebok's I ware a lot.
I'm glad you got something practical for your Mom. Mom's are hard to buy for. They usually have everything.
Ware those new shoes on all your walking and workouts, you will be needing another pair before you know it.
Take care,
Tisha

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TORTILLAFLATS 12/26/2011 8:59PM

    You ar so right, I need new comfortable shoes! Mine or worn out and makes me walk funny. But where do you go to get waitd on.LOL

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MARTHASPARKS 12/26/2011 7:42PM

    If my feet are not comfortable it throws off my entire body, so I always buy good shoes, too!

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ESILBO 12/26/2011 2:44PM

    YOU ARE SO RIGHT...I TOO ENJOY THE ONE I BOUGHT, THIS SUMMER...IT MAKES A DIFFERENCE AND WE ARE WORTH IT...
LOVE
LISE

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Shopping When You're in Between...the Good and the Not-So-Good

Thursday, December 01, 2011

Having shed 48# since last May, I'm at a point where my clothes are mostly all too big. I've taken some slacks in, but now they only have a pocket opening big enough for my thumb to fit. I've discarded and sent clothes to Goodwill and the shelter for battered women. I've dug through the closet and come up with some odd looking things I'd forgotten I had. It's pretty bare-bones now, although there are still a few things in sizes I must have bought in the last millennium! They're still too small to wear.

So...having quite a few additional pounds to shed yet, I'm not interested in buying a lot of stuff that will soon not fit anyway if all goes according to plan. I decided to try go to one of the stores I know has great clearance sales, especially on the out of season stuff. I haven't had a chance to get to Goodwill yet, but will check it out next week.

Hahahaha...what a joke! Found 7 things to try on in various sizes since I have no idea what size I actually wear now. Also, I have this “little” problem known as a big (aka fat) tummy/middle. I carry a lot of my weight there and feel most comfortable in pants/slacks/capris with elastic waistbands. I did manage to get everything on—everything from a size 16W to a 20WP and a 1X to a 2X top. That was the good news.

The not so-good-news is that nothing...and I mean NOTHING...fit! It all was too tight, too loose, too short, too long or just plain ugly! Disappointing to say the least, but mostly I don't care. I'm really comfortable in my sweats these cold fall days, and maybe Goodwill will have something I can use. By the time Spring rolls around I may be a normal size. I can't wait to figure out what size underpants to buy!! Hehehe...that'll be tricky business!!

  
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SALSIFY 12/15/2011 4:46PM

    I've got the same problem. I've lost about 50lbs since May, but I don't want to spend money on clothes which I hope will be too baggy for me in a few months time.

I'm sitting here in my 'before' trousers with the waistband safety pinned up so they won't fall down and an enormous jumper which was big even before I lost weight.

I did buy a nice top a couple of weeks ago in UK size 16 (US 14/12??) and was thrilled because it looked good and was cheap. It's the first thing I've bought for my top half (which is usu. 2 sizes bigger than down below) in that size for years.

I've asked my husband to give me cash to spend on clothes for Xmas. This is because if I'm holding money which I can only spend on clothes, I tend to do better. If I'm left to my own devices, I don't buy clothes.

Hope you find some things in goodwill!

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LILBITWANNABE 12/8/2011 12:34AM

    Keep going and before you know it, you'll be in the next size down:) I do get impatient during inbetween sizes though! I generally only shop clearance racks or Goodwill because I don't plan on staying in them for long:) My problem right now is bras!! Mine are too big and frumpy now and every single new one I've tried on just isn't right. ugh But hey, I guess we'd rather have the problem of inbetween sizes than having to buy bigger sizes;) Keep it up, you're doing great!

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JILL313 12/1/2011 8:34PM

    Jeannie, Love your blog and your great casual attitude as I'm all for comfort now and forget about anything too tight as my tummy is also my biggest problem as feel like I look like I did when I was 7 months pregnant many years ago--LOL! I'm sure not a "clothes horse" either and love elastic waists too as it's all about being comfortable at this stage in my life. You've lost a lot of weight and maybe TUBLADY has a good idea in going to the Goodwill to buy most of her clothes.

They are supposed to be here tonight between 7-9 pm to temporarily board up our broken windows. I sure wish they could have come earlier but right now Pasadena is in an emergency state. I'm looking forward to being able to sleep in my bed tonight as I am exhausted that's for sure.

Love You,

Jill

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SPEEDY143 12/1/2011 7:36PM

    IT'S" called a fatty curtain... I hate that name but it sure describes what it is. I'm all over the size charts for clothing too... it really depends on how it's cut. Long is important for me, in both tops and sleeves, got to cover up those "wings" as well emoticon

For now I wear my sweats with a drawstring and tops I've had forever.... Everything is really too big, but for home who cares. I have a nice pair of black pants and a couple new tops from Walmart that will do until I'm ready to spend any real cash on a new wardrobe... I've never been a clothes horse but I'm actually looking forward to dressing less matronly emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 12/1/2011 7:04PM

    Jeannie, I would call that a Blessing in disguise. Great job on shedding those 48 pounds. I seam to be gaining right now but not because of bad eating. My body seams to have a mind of its own and must have hit the reverse button. LOL,

You just might find something cut and inexpensive in AZ. Keep up the good work
Gail

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ESILBO 12/1/2011 5:28PM

    JEANNIE...LOL...I KNOW WHAT YOU MEAN....I STILL HAVE TO LOSE IF I WANT TO FIT THE SUMMER CLOTHES I BOUGHT FOR THE TRIP...
FOR ME TOO, PANTIES WILL BE A PROBLEM, SOON...LO...NOW I AM IN THE ONES THAT WERE TOO SMALL...THE ONES YOU PUT IN THE BACK OF YOUR DRAWER...LOL emoticon

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VTMAID 12/1/2011 4:27PM

    It's so hard to find clothes to fit us "shrinking violets"! I run into the same issue looking for business suits or things appropriate for the office. Like you, I have the tummy thing going on, but honestly? My big problem is my HUMUNGOUS thighs! I used to be a tennis player years ago and had muscular legs......now, not so much. I have fat, fat legs. If I were a turkey, I would be a hungry man's delight!
I don't have the answer, either, except like you--I try for clothes with elastic "all you can eat buffet" waistbands!
Hugs,
Karen

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GRANDMA1951 12/1/2011 2:40PM

    I love our Salvation Army. It's a inexpensive way to buy things but still look good. And who wants to pay big money for clothes that won't fit in six months??? Good luck shopping.

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Oh, My...How the Times have Changed (A Funny--to me--Birthday Story)

Wednesday, November 16, 2011

Yesterday I celebrated my 68th birthday (for you doing the math, that means I was born in 1943)! For some reason, each year my Mom calls me to tell me my birthday story, which typically has amounted to a weather report for the day I was born. She's always told me there was a blizzard and the doctor wanted her to come to the hospital a little early so she wouldn't get stuck in the snow. I have to set the scene for you, though. In 1943 WWII was raging all over the world. Dad was in the Army Air Corps and stationed in France at the time. Mom was living with Dad's parents and the household included both grandparents, one of my cousins, two of Dad's younger sisters and Grandma's deaf bachelor brother besides my mother. Quite a house full of people, but everybody did what they had to in order to make ends meet.

This year I happened to be with Mom on my actual birthday. We had an interesting conversation, which follows:

Mom: Guess I'd better tell you your birthday story.
Me: Yes, it wouldn't be the same without it!
Mom: You know we had a blizzard that day.
Me: Yep, that's what you've told me.
Mom: I rode to the hospital in a red Buick!
Me: Red Buick? I never heard that part before. Who had a red Buick? (I was a little nervous now, as I've heard my birthday story scores of times and never ever heard anything about a Buick!)
Mom: Dr. Moulton.
Me: Why would Dr. Moulton give you a ride to the hospital?
Mom: Well, I was going to have you at home, but he came by and said he thought we were going to get a big snow storm and I should go to the hospital.
Me: He just stopped by?
Mom: No, Grandma had the neighbor call him because she said I was going into labor. (Grandma had 9 babies, so I guess she'd know.)
Me: So, you just went to the hospital with him?
Mom: Well, not right away. I told him I didn't want to go, but he said the government is paying for it anyway, so you might as well. So, I did.
Me: Well, kind of convenient for him, wouldn't you say, since he owned the hospital?
Mom: Yeah. He took me and dropped me off because he had to go check on some baby pigs at his farm.
Me: But he made it back?
Mom: Oh, yes. With time to spare even if we did get a blizzard that night. I had to stay in the hospital for 10 days. Dr. Moulton made me stay an extra day.
Me: Was something wrong?
Mom: Well, he looked at my fingernails and said they looked funny so I should stay another day.
Me: Fingernails? What was funny about them?
Mom: I don't have a clue. All I know is that when I got home Grandma said at least I didn't have to lay around in bed anymore!!
Me: How did you get home, Mom? In the red Buick?
Mom: Oh no, a neighbor came with his truck and picked us up. Grandpa's car wasn't working that winter. The neighbor took one look at you and said you were the biggest baby he'd ever seen!

For crying out loud...some things never change!!!

**A few people have asked me how big I was--9# is what I was told. Guess that was kinda big for a first baby, but all the same...the biggest baby he'd ever seen? How rude was that! LOL!

  
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LILBITWANNABE 11/17/2011 11:41PM

    Aw that's sweet to hear your story every year:) Hope you had a wonderful birthday!!

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VTMAID 11/17/2011 8:20PM

    That was the funniest story! What a hoot!
Hugs
Karen

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MASTERPIECE8 11/17/2011 11:16AM

    What a laugh! I love the story. Fingernails looked funny? Ah, the times were so different. Left your mom at the door and went home to check on the pigs. Oh, Jeannie, this is the best story. But the ending - the biggest baby I ever saw. I'm still laughing.

One problem. If I fall off this chair and crack my head on my desk from laughing, I will be so embarrassed because I'll have to file my own workers comp claim!!

Barb
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EARTHMOTHR 11/17/2011 3:47AM

    Love the ritual of the birth story. Make her record that. It's a keeper!

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JOANOFSPARK 11/17/2011 1:36AM

    loved the story of how you were born and the dialogue with your mother...sounds like it's become a tradition.....and that makes it even more special.. but....I gotta say....biggest baby he ever saw?? come on........9# is not that big.....I had a nephew who weighed 10 lbs at birth.......and I have heard of a 14 lb baby as well.....now that would, I think, be the biggest baby ever......well, we can but hope........*gulp* I think I would certainly want to be out for that birth.

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TXMEMAW6 11/16/2011 9:35PM

    What a wonderful story. I'm sure you never tire of hearing it. How fortunate you are to have been able to share you birthday with your mom. I did laugh at the conversation you shared. As usual, a great blog!!
Hugz,
Sharon

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JILL313 11/16/2011 9:10PM

    I LOL at the dialogue between you and your Mom about the day your were born. . .my Mom never said much about mine just that I came real fast which seemed to please her, wouldn't it you--LOL! I was also a big baby around 9#s, I guess that's why I'm big boned and tall as neither one of my parents were. I always love your blogs and this is a goodie!

Love,

Jill

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SPEEDY143 11/16/2011 8:50PM

    Love it... not only do I get to hear my birth story every year but I get to tell my kids theirs. Ahhhh, how BIG were you? emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 11/16/2011 5:30PM

    LOL! Times certainly have changed. I am only 37, but my mother chose to have me at home. The stories she tells are funny. Of course she did a practice run with my middle brother.

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