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Get On Your Feet

Wednesday, September 23, 2009

Just a song today -- but one that never fails to motivate me!!

Get On Your Feet

Gloria Estefan

You say I know it's a waste of time
There's no use trying
So scared that life's gonna pass you by
Your spirit dying
Not long ago
I could feel your strength and your devotion
What was so clear, is now overcast
With mixed emotions
Deep in your heart is the answer
Find it, I know it will pull you through

Get on your feet
Get up and make it happen
Get on your feet
Stand up and take some action

I think it's true that we've all been through
Some nasty weather
Let's understand that we're here
To handle things together
You gotta keep looking onto tomorrow
There's so much in life
That's meant for you

Get on you feet
Get up and make it happen
Get on your feet
Stand up and take some action
Get on your feet
Don't stop before it's over
Get on your feet
The weight is off your shoulder

99 cents on I-Tunes :)

Best of life to everyone!!

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DDOORN 9/23/2009 10:23PM

    Oh yeah, that's on MY mp3 player...great tune! Like Conga & Rhythm is Gonna Get You also...!


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The Free Panty

Monday, September 21, 2009

Like the Rainman, for years I bought my underwear at Kmart. There was just something anonymous about sliding them down the checkout hidden in between the Sauve shampoo and Scotts Weed N Feed. The 17 year old clerk working his after school job certainly wasn't paying any attention to how many X's were on the package of white cotton mid-raise underpants.

After I had started my weight loss journey and had actually lost about 20 lbs. I went to my mailbox one day and like millions of women across the United States opened it to see Harry Connick Jrs. wife, hugging herself while wearing nothing but a swatch of black lace, staring up at me. The card proclaimed the headline "FREE PANTY". It was of course from Victoria's Secret. Their semi-annual campaign hoping to get you in their store to redeem the free panty and leave the store with a pink striped shopping bag full of purchased "extras".

I picked up the phone and called my 7 month pregnant daughter as usual and told her that I had received her free panty card in the mail. With all seriousness she told me that she intended to burn all her underwear after getting that baby out. She asked why didn't I redeem it for myself. After all I had lost 20 lbs. She suggested I do what she was currently doing -- pick out a bikini style and wear it underneath the belly. Visions of my favorite uncle -- who had a HUGE german beer belly while he insisted on wearing his pants buckled under the gut so he could proudly tell everyone that he was a waist size 34 -- swam into my head.

So it was with some trepidation that I found myself at the mall entering the land of silk and satin. A cute salesclerk came over and asked if she could help me. I waved my free panty card and with a sad look on her face she said "Oooo, I am so sorry, but we are only sized to extra large, but we have some great fragrances if you'd like to try..." At that moment what I wanted to try was strangling her with the pink scarf that was artfully draped over her black silky smock! She may work for Victoria's Secret but she didn't know my secret plan. I found the selection of free panties -- all cotton in black, grey, white, or pink. I went to the counter with my ONE item and gave it to the clerk. Was that all, she inquired. Yep. That's it.
She dutifully spritzed it with fragrance,wrapped it in pink tissue paper, and placed it in my own Very Special sack.

I left the store holding my pink striped bag somewhat intrigued. Could I possibly wear some of those pretty things someday? Yes, I decided I could! Six months later and with another new free panty card in my hand I went back in and picked out a pink cotton string bikini in MEDIUM and added a few silky pair at considerably more cost than the Hanes Her Way from Kmart! Six months later I was back again trying to decide between the the SMALL and EXTRA SMALL black cotton thongs. I left the store with a hefty bag of silk, satin, bowed, and bejeweled panties -- strings, thongs, bikinis, and boyshorts.

And thus, my obsession with fancy undergarments was born! It was only a matter of time before I could use my new Very Special Angels Card and order right from the catalog -- and not just panties.

You see when I lost my weight, I found to my dismay that a goodly portion of it seemed to come from above the waist. Nothing short of a bank roll and general anesthesia was gonna fix that. Victoria's Secret to the rescue! One consultation with their "fitting expert" and I was restored to my former glory. My spouse grumbled about $48 for a bra. Hey! Not just any bra. The way I look at it, I told him, if I'm ever in a plane that goes down over a large body of water, I'm going to survive because I'm wearing my floatation device!! I even bought a special little chest of drawers just for my drawers!

I'm a nurse and wear a pair of tidy navy blue scrubs everyday to work, day in and day out, just like all the other nurses in my clinic. Not much room for individuality. But underneath them a daily rainbow of pastels, black, and red wisps of lace co-exist with the matching cleavage boosting brassier.

So you see ladies, there are more ways than just the scale to motivate and measure weight loss success --Just look in my "little chest of drawers" for inspiration!

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OFFTOTHESHARKS 12/7/2009 11:36AM

    Great blog! I cant wait until I can buy panties individual instead of in packs of six JMS.

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DOTTYLADYBUG 11/10/2009 8:56AM

    Absolutely brilliant!

Loved it!

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SHONTE01 11/2/2009 11:16AM

    I absolutely LOVED this!! keep it up

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SHONTE01 11/2/2009 11:14AM

    I absolutely LOVED this!! keep it up

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 10/22/2009 9:50AM

    I'm going to shop there someday too!!! I was there a few weeks ago to pick up some of my favorite perfume. I love it "Wish". It smells WONDERFUL. But the need for perfume is dual purpose. It gets me into the store so that when it comes time to actually look at their undergarments I won't be so intimidated. For now though, I'm okay with staying in the perfume and lotion dept.

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B-FLAT 10/19/2009 4:15PM

    Loved the blog...can't make myself shop there yet, but someday.... someday....someday....soon!

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LAURIE5658 10/19/2009 2:10PM

    OMG! Joanne!! Just when I think I read yet another great and fantabulous installment of a day in the life of Joanne, another award-winning episode synopsis pops up! This one does NOT disappoint at all down to little wisps of lace and tiny little bows!!

Now excuse me while I frequent more Joanne eposodes!!

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BLCTLEW 10/18/2009 12:04PM

    Once again your blog has me laughing and inspired! I still think I need the bank roll and anesthesia though because those boosting bras tend to not hold anything right :)

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LIGHTHOUSE23 9/23/2009 11:17PM

    Great blog. I loved it!! Oh, how I love pretty undies, too. :-)

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LAURT02 9/22/2009 10:02PM

    Oh my gosh, thank you so much for directing me to this entry! Your writing style is so refreshing (and made me giggle!)

Congrats on the weight loss, and thank you so much for stopping by my page to leave a nice comment :o). You've already motivated me to keep working hard! THANK YOU!!

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WASABI601 9/21/2009 11:02PM

    Oh man....what a great blog Joanne!!!!!!!! Heck...now you're ready for Fredricks of Hollywood:). Keep up the good work!!!!!! Great blog!!!!!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/21/2009 11:01PM

    Pretty fun idea!! Thanks for sharing! I did go get fitted for new bras after losing 30 lbs -- had no idea what size was right anymore. Have nice fitting undies, but not really 'interesting' ... maybe that'll be my next shopping trip. Have fun, and enjoy feeling pretty under those scrubs

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It's all I have to bring...

Saturday, September 19, 2009

It's all I have to bring today,
This, and my heart beside,
This, and my heart, and all the fields,
And all the meadows wide.
Be sure you count, should I forget --
Some one the sum could tell --
This, and my heart, and all the bees
Which in the clover dwell.

--- Emily Dickinson

Somewhere along my weight loss journey I started thinking about how I would celebrate turning 50 as a healthy, physically fit, individual.
You see, I didn't just exercise, eat healthy, and lose weight.
I got rid of the eyeglasses and got contacts.
I embraced my naturally curly hair and let it grow and swirl.
I tossed out the frumpy wardrobe.
I became self-confident.
I found my inner sexy.
I started viewing the world as a big, beautiful place
that I failed to notice before from my couch.
I wanted to dance, laugh, have fun...
I didn't want to be just mother, wife, nurse, aunt, grandma anymore
I wanted to be all of those with a little bad girl thrown in.
And how better way to be a bad girl than--
To get a tattoo!

But a tattoo of what? 50 year old women don't suddenly get Scooby Doo tattooed on their shoulder.
Names? No, nothing that could be here today, gone tomorrow.
Not kid's names? No
Not even in memory of deceased child? No - this was celebrating, not grieving...
What would be tasteful, yet somewhat define me?

Reading through my complete works of Emily Dickinson I found it. My "philosophy
in life" so to speak--

It's all I have to bring today. My heart. Whatever I do in life whether it's by choice or a directive I try to bring my best effort -- put my heart into it. It's all I can do. That in itself means I won't fail. Sincerity, honesty, a little stubborn determination.
All as wide as all the fields and meadows, not to mention all those bees that in the clover dwell.

If that's not good enough for some, I'm sorry. That's all I have to bring.

So it was with this attitude I decided to shed the fat, frumpy, conservative exterior.
Get physically fit.
Get healthy.
And enjoy this beautiful life that I was given.

And reveal just a little inner bad girl by tattooing "my life's philosophy" on my right shoulder so it could peek out of the new tank tops I could wear over my new slender shoulders.

And celebrate every time I catch it's reflection in the mirror...

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WASABI601 9/21/2009 12:24PM

    Holy smokes!!!!!!! Awesome, awesome, awesome!!!!!
by the way....I'm trying to remember the last time the Cyclones were ranked:)

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LIGHTHOUSE23 9/19/2009 9:44PM

    All I can say is, Wow! Oh..and I am feeling you on the no name thing. (smile)

Comment edited on: 9/19/2009 9:44:54 PM

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I've caught the flu blog

Sunday, September 13, 2009

It's ironic. I'm a nurse in a busy ob/gyn clinic of 8 physicians and they decided to appointment me the official "Flu Czar" for this season. It was one of those cheery "this is what you are going to do" things, no asking involved. Oh well, like anything I try to do, I threw myself into the task. I've been writing protocols, fact sheets for our patients, setting up and planning staffing for a five week seasonal flu vaccine clinic. My e-mail box is stuffed with updates from the CDC tracking the H1N1 (I call it the "hi-knee" virus) outbreak. Every employee got a flu packet and WE ARE READY! I'd say bring it on but...
Yesterday I woke up with a sore throat, low grade temp. Hmm...
Could it be? Do I need to start the Tamiflu? After all I'm a healthcare worker in a clinic that serves a high risk population -- pregnant women. Give it another day I decided. You have 48 hours to start the anti-viral medication after symptoms appear.
Good thing I did. The temperature never went up. I didn't get bad body aches. Today the runny, sneezy nose developed. Yes! A cold! I can handle a cold! Sudafed, Tylenol, and a hot shower helps tremendously. I'll rest today. I'll make sure I meet my water intake goal. Eat some lowfat chicken soup and wash my hands every time I turn around.
Tomorrow I'm confident I can get back to the frontline. Can't get the flu shot while I'm sniffling of course, but I've got plenty of time -- 5 weeks to be exact.
Stay healthy fellow sparkers!!


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MOMTO4RUGRATS 9/17/2009 1:39PM

    Feel better soon!!!!

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LIGHTHOUSE23 9/15/2009 10:03AM

    You caught the bug. I got caught up in the back to school madness because my daughter caught the bug. Ironic. Glad you and my daughter are feeling better.

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FINDYOURSPARK 9/14/2009 6:14PM

    I had that exact same thing this weekend! Weird!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/13/2009 6:13PM

    Glad to hear that it's "just a cold". Welcome to the beginner runners team!

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In search of "normal"

Wednesday, September 09, 2009

For probably most of my adult life I've lamented "Why can't I eat like a normal person?" My perception of a normal person being of one who can eat anything they want without obsessing about calories, portions, fat grams. But naturally thin, of course.
Finally sick of that phrase playing over and over in my head like a record on repeat, I went in search of just what is a normal person and how do they really eat?
I decided to start with my patients in the ob/gyn clinic where I work. Fortunately I am a nurse so could get away with querying them and appear legit and not just rude. What I found ended the stuck recording in my head forever:
Half the females I asked about eating and exercise efforts to lose or maintain their weight were indeed aware of every bite they put in their mouth. Struggling along just like me! ---
Granted this is not the male perspective. The only frame of reference I have for a male and one that I have long lumped in that "normal" category is my husband. He has always seemed to eat what ever he wants and not gain weight. He never eats "diet" anything. His mistress is Little Debbie!
Of course he never eats breakfast. Never cleans his plate. Takes cholesteral medication, is flirting with type II diabetes and most of all --
Gasp! Has started buying "relaxed pants" with the "comfort waistband" (Sorry, Honey, I did just tell the internet your secret...)
So honestly, I'm over the normal person thing. If I want to stay at my goal weight, I'm going to have to watch every bite, calorie, and gram of fat I put in my mouth. And exercise my butt off to boot.
So what? I'm normal.
For me.

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LIGHTHOUSE23 9/11/2009 1:29AM

    I loved your blog. My husband, for years has been able to eat anything he wanted. I think what has helped him is the fact that he could and often does eat greens (any kind) 24/7. He does eat breakfast and all of the other meals, too. No medication, for anything except allergies. Recently, he/we notice the flat tummy was poking out a little. He stated, that he was going to eat what I eat...at least most of the time! I guess he wants to continue to wear his normal pants. :-0

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JENNIFERKCM 9/10/2009 12:09AM

    Hey, I liked your blog. You look amazing by the way! I laughed out loud about the Little Debbie Mistress thing. If it weren't for my hubby's two loves...Miss Pop Tart and Miss Little Debbie...he'd starve to oblivion! He eats worse than me, on one of my bad days! I think you are right that what we perceive is normal, isn't really the case. I hate having to think about it all too, but the more I learn about myself and how I feel, the more ok I become with the concept. Keep up the awesome work. Maybe your husband will fall into line with you, and be able to wear normal pants! emoticon

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