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My Year In Review....

Sunday, December 27, 2009

I wish I had a scanned pic to add to this blog of my Grandpap..... Maybe soon!

Anyhow, my year in review.... I lost the same 5 pounds over and over.... If I had lost 5 pounds over and over I would be at goal weight, but I gained, lost, gained, lost, gained lost the same 5 pounds again and again! I started a walking goal on Sept. 1 and planned to walk at least 1 mile each and every day.... I did really well up to a point and then I don't know what happened! I walked during the flu, I walked before Grandpap's funeral, I walked and walked, but then suddenly I just didnt. I'm back on the walking plan and walked every day this past week, so am getting going again!

My major problem areas this year were sticking to my at least 5 fruits and veggies daily.... I missed that goal too often and usually resulting from eating junk food and take out food! Take out cuisine is my downfall! I am going to make real efforts in the new year to cook more at home! There is no reason for me not to except on Monday nights when I am in dance class until 7:45 PM! On those nights I can do Subway and nothing else! I am not calling any of my goals "resolutions", but I am going to make more efforts toward my weight loss! I do OK with my water except in the past few days.... I slipped (too easily) back into the Diet soda trap! I am going to work my way back to 10 cups a day! I actually do prefer water, but just slipped out of habit. So, cooking more at home will naturally increase my fruits and veggie intake and water consumption. I will track every morself too and be sure to stay within calorie limits! If I want to meet goal weight, I must!

I don't think I've done too badly with exercise. Being a member of the Y keeps me going and accountable. When i can't go, Leslie Samsone is my best friend! I did slack off, but only slightly on the walking a mile each day (at least)! I mean fitness walking when I say at least a mile a day.... I joined the SP spark Your Body Bootcamp and look forward to it. I also do a free weights class at the Y every Tue. & thu.! I plan to try to make more water aerobics classes this coming year since my teaching schedule has changed. So, I'm going to continue with 3 hours of belly dance lessons each week, 2 and 1/2 hours of strength training at the Y, a 1 mile or more fitness walk each day and as much water aerobics and other cardio as I can fit in!

This past year my Grandpap died and it marked the 5th anniversary of my sister and brother's deaths. It hasn't gotten any easier and the holiday season hurts, but it is a bittersweet hurt.... My mom's health went completely downhill in the past year and she can barely move due to pain in her back and knees. Part of it came from her regaining the weight she had lost. My dad's back got better and he went back to work and he has had pain on and off since. He wanted to retire, but the stock market killed his 401K! I started the year off in my cast and it is gone! the leg is pretty much healed, but arthritis set in the ankle and knee as a result of the injury. Sometimes it hurts, sometimes not, so that is OK> I'm walking on it and even jogging a bit, but it still hurts to do jumping jacks! My health has been weird. I've had several really bad low blood sugars including 1 today. I need to reassess my pump delivery numbers and try to avoid that!

Plans for the new year? Going on a belly dance cruise in February and can't wait! I'm awaiting my new custom designed belly dance clothing and plan to attend a belly dance "camp" in October. I'll be 45 in June. I plan to cook at home more often, stick to my veggie/fruit and water plan, walk at least 1 fitness mile a day, live, love & laugh with hubby and Jack and keep working toward my goals! Life is good even if it doesn't feel like it sometimes! Happy New Year!incras

  
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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/28/2009 11:33AM

    Let us both look forward tom 2010 and achieve our goals

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LMSTRAW 12/28/2009 10:29AM

    good goals, Melissa.
I"m alive but "just barely", still nauseated, a fate worse than death I do believe!
Linda

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SUSIEPH1 12/28/2009 1:15AM

    Hi Melissa, great blog!.
I think you are doing really well, you have overcome injuries, heartache,and a very small backward slide. But hey! it is soon to be a new year! so small baby steps my love, one day at a time, you really can do it you know ! Have a wonderful new year ,much love to You ,Hubby, and Jack. Susie and Bobby emoticon emoticon

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VXWALL1942 12/28/2009 12:42AM

    Good blog Melissa. Thanks for sharing. Setting goals is what puts a 'driver in the car' to get where you're going. Looks like you've done that very well. Good luck! Happy and healthy 2010 to you and yours.

vicki

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DEEDAYE 12/28/2009 12:35AM

    Melissa, I can so relate to losing the same pounds over & over. I had to LOL when you said if it weren't the same five you'd be a goal! Ain't it the truth! Well 2010 is the year we make goal! NO EXCUSES!!! We'll be there to support & encourage each other!

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Dog Rules For Christmas: Read To your Mutts

Saturday, December 19, 2009

DOG RULES FOR CHRISTMAS!

1. Be especially patient with your humans during this time. They may appear to be more stressed-out than usual and they will appreciate long comforting dog leans.

2. They may come home with large bags of things they call gifts. Do not assume that all the gifts are yours.

3. Be tolerant if your humans put decorations on you. They seem to get some special kind of pleasure out of seeing how you look with fake antlers.

4. They may bring a large tree into the house and set it up in a prominent place and cover it with lights and decorations. Bizarre as this may seem to you, it is an important ritual for your humans, so there are some things you need to know:
a. Don't pee on the tree
b. Don't drink water in the container that holds the tree
c. Mind your tail when you are near the tree
d. If there are packages under the tree, even ones that smell interesting or that have your name on them, don't rip them open
e. Don't chew on the cord that runs from the funny-looking hole in the wall to the tree

5. Your humans may occasionally invite lots of strangers to come visit during this season. These parties can be lots of fun, but they also call for some
discretion on your part:
a. Not all strangers appreciate kisses and leans
b. Don't eat off the buffet table
c. Beg for goodies subtly
d. Be pleasant, even if unknowing strangers sit on your sofa
e. Don't drink out of glasses that are left within your reach

6. Likewise, your humans may take you visiting. Here your manners will also be important:
a. Observe all the rules in #4 for trees that may be in other people's houses. (4a is particularly important)
b. Respect the territory of other animals that may live in the house
c. Tolerate children
d. Turn on your charm big time

7. A big man with a white beard and a very loud laugh may emerge from your fireplace in the middle of the night. DON'T BITE HIM!!

  
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OUBACHE 12/27/2009 12:52PM

    So funny but true! Luckily Toby followed most of the rules, but he doesn't know how to beg subtly, I'm afraid. I need to write up some rules for our cats, but it would be a waste of energy I think. I hope you had a really happy Christmas!

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JAXMOMMY 12/19/2009 10:12PM

    Jack does know how to beg subtly.... He puts the old head on the lap.... He doesn't adhere to the minding his tail! It has already knocked a few things over. And in order to get attention, he stole the Christmas card basket and carried it outside! Good thing it was still empty at the time!

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LMSTRAW 12/19/2009 7:58PM

    My dogs ignore all rules :)
Linda

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VXWALL1942 12/19/2009 7:31PM

    Melissa, how delightful. What I want to know is if any of these rules are EVER adhered to....especially 4a.

You gave me my LOL for the day with this.

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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/19/2009 7:23PM

    Loved this Melissa

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SUSIEPH1 12/19/2009 6:58PM

    How wonderful!! You made me laugh ! What a marvelous blog, very clever! . Have a wonderful Christmas and a Healthy and safe 2010


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The Weather Outside Is Frightful....

Friday, December 18, 2009

I have no fire to be delightful, but the ice won't let me go, so let it snow, let it snow, let it snow! Hmmm, was that too many let it snows?

We are having our first big snow storm in awhile here! We get dustings and we get a few inches that close the city down and then melts by noon, but it is rare we get real accumulation with staying power! It started snowing a dry snow the weatherman called Vegra (I think) around 1:30. My mom and I both had our hair and nails done and we finished right at about that time. We went for lunch and during the 30 to 45 min. we were in the restaurant the snow started to pile on.... There was a nice dusting by time she got me home. Thankfully the driveway was still just wet b/c I was in a panic! Most of y'all know I broke my leg on ice in Feb. 2008 and was in a wheelchair for 10 months and in a cast for a bit over a year! anyhow, I'm quite ice shy! Well as the day progressed it grew quieter and quieter as fewer and fewer people got out on the roads.... It is now 11:00 PM and it is still snowing, but now it is mixed with sleet. We have a good 8 inches on the ground already. It took my husband 2 hours to make his normal 45 min. drive home! My dog has been holding "it" all day and just tried to go out and couldn't get thru the doggie door b/c the snow was piled up! The local city folk made a run on the grocery stores like we were going to be snowed in for a month and bought up all the bread, milk and eggs! I suppose people like to eat french toast in snow.... They interviewed one woman on TV who had a couple gallons of milk.... I hope she has a bunch of kids and the power doesn't go out.... Why buy so much milk? The other run was on alcohol. Here in VA we sell beer, wine and wine coolers in our grocery stores and those shelves were wiped clean! I guess people like to chase their french toast with some beer or wine....

I jest, but really this is a pretty big storm and I worry about the ice that is falling now.... Ice is far more dangerous than snow and ice collects on tree limbs and power lines and tends to knock them both down! My husband insisted on buying a generator several years ago following a big ice storm that knocked the power out.... He was afraid to leave for fear someone would break in and steal our stuff! I told him that if someone wanted to brave the slick roads, the slick driveway, the slick porch and pry the frozen doors and/or windows open to steal my stuff then they were welcome to it b/c they worked harder for it than I did! Needless to say, he cured the power outage problem by buying a genrator! The power hasn't done more than blink since that rather large purchase! Again, I jest, but at this moment with the sleet tapping on my window I am grateful we have it. I heard much of our fair city is already out of power, so.... I already had skim milk and whole wheat bread and my egg subs! Guess I'm set.... Oh yeah, just purcheased 2 hard to find bottles of wine the other day too since they are hard to find, so I am sitting pretty in the Danville sense of the word!

I'm going to go snuggle my heater, my 66 pound foot warmer and space heater, Jack and hope for power to stay on! Stay warm and safe y'all!

  
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BKWHITE3 12/19/2009 9:00AM

    Stay safe and warm.

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LMSTRAW 12/19/2009 1:47AM

    I'm siting on the other side of the county. If one of us has power go off, the other should have it, so we'll hook up our dogs to a sleigh and run to the other house! AT least we'll have furry creatures to keep us warm!
Please stay inside and be safe! No broken bones allowed this winter!
Love you, Linda
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MUSIC66 12/19/2009 12:51AM

    stay warm and safe.

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DEE107 12/19/2009 12:49AM

    Stay in and safe and the storm is coming to me ugh thanks for the warning

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NEVERAGAIN45 12/18/2009 11:25PM

    Stay inside and look outside at the beauty of snow. Just stay safe, Melissa!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/18/2009 11:19PM

    Keep warm and be safe

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Wait, Up Ahead, Is That A Light?

Monday, December 07, 2009

OK, I know it is wrong to base emotional states on what the scale says, but I couldn't help it today! As I've blogged in the past few days I've been feeling really blue and lacking motivation in many areas of my life! Last week when I weighed in I was up a total of 8 pounds from my lowest weight and up 2 from the previous week.... Today when I weighed in I was down 4 pounds and I'm sorry, but it made me happy! I was in a good mood all day! As a result of the good mood I found it easy to stay on track with my food intake and was motivated to work out harder. I even got all my fiber in today which isn't always what I do! The weight loss was nice, but I also had a good night's sleep thanks to a wonderful OTC sleep aid. I only took a 1/2 dose and slept very well.

I take 2 belly dancing classes on Monday nights and we preparing for 2 shows and I felt on top of the routines for the first time in months! I felt like I knew what I was doing and put my all into it! It also helped that I wore a new pair of silk harem pants of a blend of my favorite colors! New clothes and stuff always make me happy! :)

I guess the point is that there might actually be a light of that tunnel I finally found! I have to say thanks to my Sparkling friends for all of your support! I'm feeling like my happy and confident self again.... I know a few more grief bursts are going to hit me this month, but I also know I can come thru and still take care of myself! I'm going to try and actually lose weight over the holidays! What a concept that is!

But, if I don't blog for a few days.... I am going to breakfast with my in-laws tomorrow AM for my MIL's birthday, then to the Y to get back into my Weights In Motion class, then coming home and doing some work and walking a mile or 2 or 3 with a DVD.... On Wed. I have to teach (last class until exams) at 8 AM, then have lunch with a friend, then a 2 hour practice for the dance recital.... Thursday is Weights in Motion class again and a walking DVD and then the dance show at the retirement home at 6:15.... Friday is Water Aerobics, water jogging and the Y's luncheon. and I have to do a walk video too! Am I back on track or what?! Busy keeps me from ruminating and feeling sad and all the dancing makes me feel oh so good! My belly dance friends make me feel good too, so it is social support and exercise!

Welcome back to the real world Melissa

  
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NEVERAGAIN45 12/8/2009 2:30PM

    You go girl! Thanks for sharing your happiness with us all, dear Melissa!
Cheers to you.
And a scratch for Jack.
Karen

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FINDYOURSHIMMY 12/8/2009 9:56AM

    Congrats on the successes! Happiest of happies and giant hugs to you!

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NPRJUNKIE 12/8/2009 9:16AM

    Melissa, you sound so great!!! I'm happy for your success and motivation. I really enjoy reading your blogs.

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PEDAL-PUSHER 12/8/2009 8:30AM

    Nothing, repeat, NOTHING motivates me like success, whether it is on the scale, fitting into a smaller size, or biking up a topugh hill,

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MRSAKINS2005 12/8/2009 5:17AM

    Weigh to go on your progress! Yes I spelled it intentionally that way. That scales doing what it needs to do. You are happier and healither. Great Job!!!!!!!!

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YAFENELRA 12/7/2009 11:47PM

    You are doing great!! And yes, there is a light at the end of the tunnel. So glad you can see it!!

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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/7/2009 11:13PM

    I notice that you are sounding happier, and you can do this Melissa, Congratulations on that great loss!

Hugs,
Lori

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SUSIEPH1 12/7/2009 10:54PM

    Hi Melissa, So Glad you are back on track!! see you really can do it !! well done my friend .. have a wonderful full of fun week ..Susie and Bobby emoticon emoticon

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I Think I See The Tunnel....

Saturday, December 05, 2009

I am borrowing this quote from a good friend, Linda.... She said the other day she could see the tunnel if not the light at the end of it and I am feeling the same way today! I didn't sleep again last night. so definitely will call the doc regarding sleep meds on monday.... So, I didn't want to miss my dance workshop b/c it didn't snow (more on that in a minute), so I got up and danced for 2 hours just about straight! The ladies in my belly dance troop make me feel good about myself and about life. another lady lost her dad quite a few years ago, but she has a grief burst around this time of year too. That is partially what I had going on last night.... A severe grief burst that sort of came out of nowhere and then a pity party for being blind! I had to do some shopping after dance and I donated a Barbie Doll to Toys For tots while shopping and although feeling like I was going to fall over from tiredness, finished shopping getting over 3000 steps in at the WalMart!

I took a nap and then picked up my nephew, my sister's son, and had a lovely dinner with him and he helped us decorate our tree. It was a really nice evening despite the crappy weather....

I didn't get my strength training in or a fitness walk, but I got about 10, 000 steps in and about 3 miles, so that's better than nothing. Plus, I danced! So, my plan is to find the light at the end of my tunnel tomorrow and get back on track! It is a new week on SP, so I can start new streaks and get back on that track! I can do it and I do feel better. I am tired now and hope to sleep tonight....

What I wanted to say is that we live in a doughnut hole.... It snows all around us and rarely if ever on us! We just had a miserable day of very cold rain. Some of the parking lot was a bit slick when we left the restaurant, but no real ice, sleet or snow! The Doughnut Hole strikes again!

I want to thank my many Spark friends for your kind and encouraging words on last night's blog! You all mean so much and my Valley Gal Pals know you all are my suragate sisters! I love you all! Everyone else, those who don't know me well and those who do.... thank you,thank you, thank you! If nothing else, I am a survivor, but had to work out with words my self-pity and grief last night.... It brought tears that have been hiding for awhile and that was cathartic for me. I'm doing better and that tunnel is clearer and the light should emerge soon....

  
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RUN4MYDOGS 12/7/2009 7:10AM

    Glad to see you are in better spirits.

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LMSTRAW 12/5/2009 10:47PM

    You are my hero but even my hero can have a bad day, or even week! I'm hoping next week to get to the Y and get set up in some of those classes. You, with you blindness and I with my lameness, will put the other women to shame, and have a blast doing it! I love you, girl.


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LITTLE_QUEEN 12/5/2009 10:19PM

    I am glad you are feeling better Melissa, And yes, we Valley girls are here and will always be here for you.

Hugs,
Lori

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