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Another Birthday has come and gone...Where am I?

Monday, November 07, 2011

Well, I'm a year older and at 61, I've allowed myself to think about retiring for the first time in my life. As I am not the type to sit at home day in day out, I would be a basket case, I decided to take an Income Tax class. My rationale is that this will give me the option of doing something rewarding while I'm not fishing, gardening, reading, or visiting my children and grandchildren, right.
However, I didn't expect this class to stress me out, and believe me it has. Let me explain, before taking this class, I was content, happy and maintaining my weight and exercise. This class has thrown a lot of ripples in my serene pond of life. I still exercise at least 5 times a week, but my calorie intake is off the charts. All because I decided to take a class and am stress eating.

STRESS EATING, a couple of four letter words that I had total control over until this class, and to top it off, I am determined to finish what I've started, because it is to my benefit in the long run. I have gained those 7 lbs again. Remember the ones I brought back with me when I visited my (4) wonderful daughters and (8) terrific grandchildren in Calif. last year for my birthday? Those 7 little monsters that creep back to haunt me every year around this time.

So, what will I do? Oh me, Oh my, do I drop the class? I don't think so, will I continue to overeat? We'll see. Stay tuned for the next update to see what solution I come up with to make this work from all angles.

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STORMIWEATHER 12/14/2011 9:59PM

    I hope you are doing well, love your back ground photo, there is nothing like a day on the lake fishing unless of course you are spending the day curled up with a good book.

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AJB121299 11/7/2011 11:36AM

    good luck with making the choice that works best for you and nobody else./

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What's Going On?

Thursday, December 02, 2010

Today I made a comeback after vacation (3 weeks), a cold (2 weeks & counting) and just being lazy with no motivation. I gained seven (count them) 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7 lbs.

Vacation was wonderful, I spent two glorious weeks in the San Francisco Bay Area with my daughters (4) and grandchildren (8) for my 60th birthday. We spent a day at Fisherman's Wharf and although it was raining, the day itself was exciting and memorable. On my birthday we went to Chinatown and bought live Dunguness Crab & Blue Crab, fresh shrimp, links, corn on to cob and baby red potatoes for a crab boil, and it was delicious. We walked around Lake Merritt talking and taking pictures of different wildlife. I visited old friends and went out to dinner on numerous occasions. And to top it off, we had our family Thanksgiving Dinner on Halloween. IT WAS EXHILARATING!!!!

I was on the move from landing to take-off, when I finally arrived home after a four hour layover in Phoenix, I was so happy to be HOME, I felt every bit of my sixty (60) years, and was glad I had a few days left to relax and recoup.

Thanksgiving was nice for me, I worked the day before and after, but managed to fix myself a relatively healthy dinner. As it was only me, I made a dinner for myself. Now some of you might say how sad, but I happen to enjoy my Holidays, whether I decide to share it with others or not. I only have a brother here (AR.), but am always invited to spend the Holidays with friends. I enjoy my own company, and am most often alone, but never lonely.

I am happy and content with my life, and have grown to be an aging selfish person, I say selfish because by most standards I would be considered selfish because I share, but only what I enjoy sharing. You see, I don't do DRAMA in any shape, form or fashion. And that eliminates a lot of people from my life, not so much by my choice but theirs. When they start to complain or talk about negative things in their lives, my answer is to change it or if you can't change it, accept it or let it go. I know we all need to wallow in it from time to time, and that's okay, but I don't stay there and I won't let anyone drag me there with them. I have made exceptions, depending on the circumstances, but not often.

Life is too short and there are so many wonderful things to enjoy, why waste it with DRAMA?
If you surround yourself with people who make you uncomfortable/unhappy, what's the point? My goal in life is to have peace of mine, and be happy. I see beauty all around me and it makes be glad to be alive and be able to enjoy it.

I'm trying to eliminate anger from my life as well, I haven't been able to totally eliminate it, but I have mastered only allowing myself 30 minutes to be angry. If I am still angry after 30 minutes, I let it go. Whatever it was that made me angry isn't worth more than 30 minutes of my time.

Enough said for this day, I have a date with seven (7) pounds, and I don't want to keep them waiting.


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SLOANARTS101 12/21/2010 7:52AM

  Hi! I am so with you on the drama thing!!! Can't stand it...so foolish. I LOVE your attitude and sensibility - you are so wise! Wishing you the happiest of holidays, however YOU choose to spend it.
Best wishes...for a happy and healthy new year!
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RUTHANNE100 12/5/2010 9:53PM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful time!! How nice for you!! And don't worry about those 7 pounds--they'll soon be history!

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It's Time to Maintain...

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I never dreamed I'd be saying this, and definitely not in six (6) months. But I am and I'm elated!!! I achieved my goal and added 5lbs to boot. I have to say THANK YOU Chris, SP staff, friends and team members. I owe it all to you and a lot of hard work from me of course. emoticon I never dreamed that loosing weight could be simple until SP. Hard work, setbacks, and a lot of days when I wanted to give up, but consistency does pay off.

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UMUCGRAD 9/16/2010 12:22AM

    Hot dang!! Congratulations!

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WORKINGHARD7 9/15/2010 10:32PM

    Congratulations on exceeding your goal! I know it wasn't easy but 6 months later you can say I DID IT! God bless you Sis.


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PHYL220 9/15/2010 6:27PM

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CBARRETT10 9/15/2010 3:10PM

  emoticon on reaching your goal! Sooo happy for you!

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PLAYBLUES22 9/15/2010 2:31PM

    Sweetie, great work on reaching your goal, the sky is the limit now emoticon

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BATTISTOLI 9/15/2010 1:07PM

    congrads on meeting your goal, and then some! you have done such a wonderful job. i look forward to the day i can maintain as well. i am so happy for you!

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I DID IT!!!!

Tuesday, July 20, 2010

I started this to loose 17 lbs and I did it! There were and will be days when I wanted to PIG OUT and eat whatever came to mine, but I didn't, I stayed focused and rewarded myself for small and big successes. After finally reaching my (1st) goal, and I say first because I intend to try for 10 more lbs, I needed a break and took it for two weeks. While trying to loose the last 2 lbs, I hit a plateau and it almost got the best of me. My life was miserably focused on loosing those 2 lbs. It took me better than 3 weeks to loose those lbs. I was fit to be tied, and finally it happened. I got on the scale and it read 179.8 and I was ecstatic, I did the happy dance for several minutes. lol

Now I have a second wind and would like to loose 10 additional lbs., if I find that 10 would be too much and I start to look ill rather than "senior sexy" I will stop. Thanks to SP and all my SP friends for guidance and support, without you it would not have happened. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OAKLEYAJ 7/21/2010 7:08AM

    emoticon We are happy to hear great news like this! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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MESSYJESSY22 7/20/2010 10:36PM

    Way to go! You earned EVERY lb of your weight loss! I can't wait to see what you will accomplish next!

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UMUCGRAD 7/20/2010 9:57PM

    Fantastic! Way to go!

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ANDERSONO12 7/20/2010 2:48PM

  That's incredible! You deserve this!

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SONGJOCKEY 7/20/2010 2:34PM

    I just broke through my first plateau, too! I know the feeling. I lost 12.5 lbs...and then it stopped. My overall goal is to drop 45...so, I have a ways to go. Bring it! I figure I put the weight ON consistenlty and slowly, that's how it's coming OFF. emoticon

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SANDYSLAND 7/20/2010 2:33PM

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11STONE_BRIDE 7/20/2010 2:14PM

  Good for you! And very good for you to stick through the plateau! emoticon

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Rewards, Rewards, Rewards!!!!!

Monday, June 07, 2010

I just finished (12) weeks and you know what that means...REWARDS, REWARDS, REWARDS!!!!! I had the hardest time deciding what to reward myself for (12) weeks of hard work. Well, I thought about MBT's, Sketchers, Shape-ups, SpringBoost, but decided not this time. I know, new clothes...naw, not ready just yet, I want to wait until I reach my goal. So, what do I want for all this hard work that I've done?

Drum roll...I decided to get a therapeutic massage, new expensive undies, and a pair of Kenneth Cole rocking sandals. I am on cloud nine. emoticon

There is nothing better than buying myself something for being healthy and looking good to boot. emoticon Oh I still want new make-up, but didn't find exactly what I wanted this time, but it's still on the list.

How sweet it is to have discovered SparkPeople, Chris you ROCK!!!!!!

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CHARLEY9291 6/12/2010 6:37PM

    ~new expensive undies~ Now THAT's a reward!! ~~ Keep up the good work!~

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SONIAFIT 6/8/2010 8:11AM

    Great, great, great! What a wonderful idea. Keep up the good work and your success and your rewarding yourself will certainly inspire others to step up to the plate. emoticon

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OAKLEYAJ 6/8/2010 5:32AM

    emoticonwhat a great idea!This is something to help you stay motivated and working for your goal.

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CAROL3SAN 6/7/2010 10:19PM

    emoticon You deserve every one of your rewards, then some! emoticon

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LADILYNNE 6/7/2010 4:37PM

    YOU GO GIRL! Great idea! I hadn't thought of rewards like that, mine was the DIZZY JOY of fitting into the too small jeans I bought on a whim or purchasing a belt (it's hard to find a regular utilitarian belt--not showey) or having somebody notice that you've lost! I'm gonna work on my list with milestones!

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BEESPARKLE 6/7/2010 4:24PM

    You wrote this so well. I thought it was for me to sit and laugh through. Maybe I am being a wee bit relaxed you think of being in the sun too long doing yard work.

I got a real laugh out of it. Honest Engine. Been laughing right down to Whoo, Hoo! Of the first top eight lines.
This blog can be read two ways. Humour or the more serious touch.

Loved it.


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JRSGIRL1995 6/7/2010 2:38PM

    I like the rewards you came up with....gave me some ideas for my next one!

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SWISHSTARNAN 6/7/2010 12:44PM

  congratulations! enjoy!

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