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At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie

Sunday, March 30, 2008

I've always loved this silly little song, and I'll reproduce the lyrics below because the singer is essentially rapping (in the '70s, no less!) and it can be hard to hear everything he's saying. There are a lot of interesting little references that have nothing to do with music, Like "Friends and Romans, salutations", which is -- ha! -- a Shakespearean reference! Wacky.

Anyway -- today I'm up a big .2 lbs. since yesterday. And to that I say, "Whoop-de-freakin'-do!" So what? It's not much, just the usual old fluctuations. It's Monday mornings that matter, as that's when I check in.

Hence I've developed a new mantra: The weight gods taketh away, and the weight gods giveth. They might even give some more after tonights' fajita dinner at Border Café. Eh, no problem. I'm okay with little blips. This road has a few bumps in it. But that's okay; that makes it more interesting.

Oh and here are the lyrics I promised:

Life is a Rock (But the Radio Rolled Me) by Reunion:

B.B. Bumble and the Stingers, Mott the Hoople, Ray Charles Singers
Lonnie Mack and twangin' Eddy, here's my ring we're goin' steady
Take it easy, take me higher, liar liar, house on fire
Locomotion, Poco, Passion, Deeper Purple, Satisfaction
Baby baby gotta gotta gimme gimme gettin' hotter
Sammy's cookin', Lesley Gore and Ritchie Valens, end of story
Mahavishnu, fujiyama, kama-sutra, rama-lama
Richard Perry, Spector, Barry, Archies, Righteous, Nilsson, Harry
Shimmy shimmy ko-ko bop and Fats is back and Finger Poppin'

Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie

FM, AM, hits are clickin' while the clock is tock-a-tickin'
Friends and Romans, salutations, Brenda and the Tabulations
Carly Simon, I behold her, Rolling Stones and centerfoldin'
Johnny Cash and Johnny Rivers, can't stop now, I got the shivers
Mungo Jerry, Peter Peter Paul and Paul and Mary Mary
Dr. John the nightly tripper, Doris Day and Jack the Ripper
Gotta go Sir, gotta swelter, Leon Russell, Gimme Shelter
Miracles in smokey places, slide guitars and Fender basses
Mushroom omelet, Bonnie Bramlett, Wilson Pickett, stop and kick it

Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie

Arthur Janov's primal screamin', Hawkins, Jay and
Dale and Ronnie, Kukla, Fran and Norma Okla
Denver, John and Osmond, Donny
JJ Cale and ZZ Top and LL Bean and De De Dinah
David Bowie, Steely Dan and sing me prouder, CC Rider
Edgar Winter, Joanie Sommers, Osmond Brothers, Johnny Thunders
Eric Clapton, pedal wah-wah, Stephen Foster, do-dah do-dah
Good Vibrations, Help Me Rhonda, Surfer Girl and Little Honda
Tighter, tighter, honey, honey, sugar, sugar, yummy, yummy
CBS and Warner Brothers, RCA and all the others

Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
Gotta turn it up louder, so my DJ told me (whoa whoa whoa whoa)
Life is a rock but the radio rolled me
At the end of my rainbow lies a golden oldie

Listen--remember, they're playing our song!
Rock it, sock it, Alan Freed me, Murray Kaufman, try to leave me
Fish, and Swim, and Boston Monkey,
Make it bad and play it funky.
(Wanna take you higher!)

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JESPAH 3/30/2008 11:51AM

    Thanks, Penny!

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CANNOTFATHOM 3/30/2008 11:34AM

    Great song! Thanks for posting the lyrics!


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And I am starting to feel it's right

Saturday, March 29, 2008

Well, the hips don't lie (although I confess as I was watching the video, Shakira sounded a lot like Dolores O'Riordan of The Cranberries and that's just plain weird). Mine are bigger than they should be.

I noticed this (well, I've noticed this for a while, but it was really brought home for me this way) while trying on my interview clothes. Yes, it's that time again.

Everything fit as needed but some of the blouses bowed out at the hips. Hence unless I tuck them I can't wear them. And I'm gonna have to wear them as I'll need some options. Plus what happens if I'm still interviewing into the hot summer months? I can't be wearing long sleeves or even three-quarter sleeves in June and July. I have similar issues with blazers but if I leave them unbuttoned no one would notice.

But that doesn't detract from the fact that I could wear, um, five suits! Plus I have a skirt which is snug but I could fake it if I really had to. I'll be fitting into that one -- without faking it -- in less than a month, I figure.

I am stressed about not knowing my job situation. No question! But I'm still watching my food intake, still exercising, still drinking the water. And -- as should be no great surprise -- still losing weight!

I am coming up on my second goal, which will also make me more than halfway to my 60 lb. intermediate goal (the one on the ticker -- but I'll extend the ticker once I've made it). I'm not gonna let stress and a change in job circumstances keep me from getting where I need to go.

In the meantime, perhaps I'll belly dance like Dolores -- I mean Shakira -- in the video. I am part Spanish, but it's Sephardi. Not exactly the same.

What the hell. I'll just fake it. ;)

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JESPAH 3/29/2008 6:32PM

    Thanks, sweetie! :)

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MUNTERMORMOR 3/29/2008 5:20PM

    Atta, Girl! When the going gets tough, the tough get going. I'm proud of you that you aren't letting this job situation get you down. A positive attitude shows in many ways. So keep being good to yourself.

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If I had a photograph of you

Friday, March 28, 2008
Well, it's a picture of me, actually. Front and center in that photo which is my before pic.

I'm also going to add a pic that I took after I hit my first goal.

I am coming up on my second goal.

And I won't spend my life just wishing. I'm gonna work, and get there.

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JESPAH 3/29/2008 1:42PM

    Dang, Karen, you made me a lil teary. :)

And thanks, JD! :)

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KARBIE18 3/28/2008 10:29PM

    You look just like one of my best friends. She's one of the sweetest people I know. Keep up the good work, and stay positive!


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JDCOOPER 3/28/2008 6:14PM

    Way to go Jespah! Keep at it.

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It Happens to be True

Thursday, March 27, 2008

Today's entry is devoted to my greatest supporter. He's been with me through 11 sizes, 200 lbs. up and down, 3 states lived in, and 7 different career paths, all in the span of close to 20 years.

Through it all he's been unfailingly supportive and kind. He's been patient with the many changes I've gone through and takes it all in stride. This latest journey has him very excited as we're doing so much more together. When walking is already happening, can basketball, wiffleball and frisbee be far behind?

He's also been incredibly patient with the changes in our diet. We eat different foods now, and the junk food is out of the house. And that doesn't seem to faze him. In fact, without breaking too much of a sweat, both literally and figuratively, he's lost a good 9 lbs.! Plus he's become an oatmeal convert and is learning to really enjoy my new repertoire. Heck, he makes a good half of our meals. He's into it, and that helps in so many ways.

This guy I'm talking about is my incredible husband. And I call that a bargain.

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PICKIE98 3/29/2009 12:34PM

    You picked a winner!! Does he have any brothers???

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    The first paragragh sounds like my hubby except its going on 37 years but after that it all ends. He would never give up his chips and pop. He still doesn't care what I change too but he will never give up his goodies. He wants to. He feels sick all the time but he tries for a day or two and gives up. I have also been sick . My stomach is not likeing the sudden changes I have tried to give it new food with the yeast flakes and agave nectar ( which I quit after reading some negatives) and soy( which it won't tolerate). I think we have to make these changes slowly, a little at a time.

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JESPAH 3/28/2008 6:29AM

    Poor guy's gonna be sooooo embarrassed. 0:)

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TCEDEROTH 3/28/2008 12:27AM

    What an uplifting blog. I love to hear that kind of stuff.

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CHANARO 3/27/2008 10:33PM

    Awwwww!!! That's so sweet!

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State of Shock

Wednesday, March 26, 2008

No joke.

Not a good day, although it started off just fine.

Not a diet issue, not an exercise issue. Just a job issue.

So now I have to look, deal with the resume, all of that stuff.

So excuse me if I'm around less. I have to take care of this, and do it without turning to food for solace. I know I can do that -- just have to translate that confidence over to the search.

I hate looking for work. I hope it's done quickly.

See you all, soon I hope.

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JESPAH 3/27/2008 6:14AM

    Thank you. I'm feeling better 'cause now I'm on a mission.

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CHANARO 3/27/2008 1:09AM

    Good luck on the job search! I hope you find one you like better than the one that ended.

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MUNTERMORMOR 3/26/2008 10:08PM

    Oh no! I was wondering what happened to you. It is awful when we get blindsided like that. I went through losing a job I loved, but had a feeling it was going to happen. Just wasn't ready for it when it did. Everything turned out okay.

I'll include you in my prayers tonight.


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JESPAH 3/26/2008 8:52PM

    Thank you. Feeling a little better now that I have the resume together.

I wonder if my suits fit. Oof.

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KARBIE18 3/26/2008 8:48PM

    So sorry to hear you're going through hard times. My thoughts will be with you. Go out and knock 'em dead!


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