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Just in time for the Olympics . . .

Friday, February 12, 2010

. . . a blast from the past. I went ice skating today! Now, for some of you who've lived in the northeast your entire lives, this may seem a very mundane statement.

You have to remember I spent the last 17 winters living in TX. When I first moved to TX, one of the shopping malls actually had an ice rink in it. But it wasn't close to my house, so I never did go skating there, and it eventually shut down.

There was one other rink, but it was even further away from my house, and I was busy starting a business.

I haven't skated in 25 years. At least.

I only fell once! Within minutes of tentatively getting out on the ice. I hugged the sides for maybe the first 10 minutes, but then I was out and about with everyone else.

I even did a couple of tentative crossovers (not back to back!), although I almost fell each time -- but managed to stay upright. And just a tiny bit of skating backwards. I also just enjoyed the people watching -- I'd stop every 5 or 10 minutes for a little rest.

At first I thought what the heck are you doing? But after a while I remembered why I loved skating so much -- that feeling of gliding. It reminds me of swimming. They're the only two sports where I don't really feel my weight. I'm sorry I waited so long this year, now, because there's only about another month of skating before the rink shuts down. Maybe next year I'll take some lessons.

I am not a good skater, but I sure do enjoy it. I really debated bringing my cell phone -- really kind of scared I'd smash it to smithereens. Thankfully I didn't, altho it's always possible. Never had to worry about that when I was younger (there were no cell phones).

I grew up skating outside on ponds. Never had any lessons. Couldn't do crossovers at all or skate backwards at all, but I've always enjoyed it. It was in college, when I took a couple of classes for my gym requirement, that I really fell in love with it. I would go skating on the weekends just for the fun of it!

And of course I've always loved to watch figure skating.

It will be interesting to see how the legs feel tomorrow . . . today is normally my running day, and even tho I didn't get a lot of steps skating, I got enough so that I'm not going to run today. The plan is to do it tomorrow. I am definitely feeling that my legs were worked! And my core, too, for sure.

So what have you done lately to push yourself out of your comfort zone? What fun thing have you been putting off? What would it take to get you to do it? Do you need to ask for some help from an SO or a friend? What's stopping you?

  
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BESSHAILE 2/14/2010 10:38AM

    woo woo

Skating is sooooo beautiful. I hope you do a lot more of this

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KEAKMAN 2/13/2010 11:28AM

    What fun! I haven't skated in years - the only place I know of around here is in a mall that I refuse to go to due to all of the gang violence. I need to find another place to skate!!

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/13/2010 9:46AM

    Way to go! That's great!

I have put off skating too! Sometimes I hear the excuse that it would just be too much work with the little ones! I think it's a realistic excuse... 2 and 3... and I ain't an avid skater! I think I would come out black, blue, and well... grumpy! But, with that said... if that's what I believe, that's what I will make of it!

Some great food for thought!

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SHEILA1505 2/12/2010 4:07PM

    Oh but you are going to know all about it tomorrow - and it's going to be a gooooooood feeling! Cos you had fun and didn't even notice how long you were out there pushing yourself in different ways.

I used to roller skate for hours, went everywhere on them, even wore them while riding my bike sometimes - but that was 100 years ago - and used to roller skate/cycle to the ice rink too and pay for an hour on the ice. Those pre-teen and early teen years were such fun.

I AM sooooo glad you had fun today!

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CRAVE_FREE 2/12/2010 3:00PM

    That sounds like so much fun! If you are sore tomorrow, I hope it's the good kind of sore! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/12/2010 2:45PM

    Good for you! I grew up on a bike, and never quite got my balance on roller or ice skates. To this day, it is the most hilarious sight in the world when I try it again. However, thanks to your past blog about the Olympics, I reminded myself that tonight is opening night ceremonies. I totally agreed with you that there's nothing like a live performance. But since I have the aversion to crowds, I limit my events to concerts and plays (at tolerable venues - smiling). Glad you had such a blast skating.

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A healthy candy bar

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Well, it isn't really a candy bar, but with 13 gms of sugar, it's darn close. So it falls into the treat category for me: the new Luna Protein bars.

I'd seen them on several foodie blogs, and had been keeping an eye out at the food store. And scored on Monday. I took it along with me to my meeting today (along with an apple). The chocolate peanut butter flavor -- of course!

And yes, it's somewhat reminiscent of a Snickers bar. Not quite the same, but with 12 gm of protein, it also kept me full for the next 4 hours. For less than 200 calories.

I've blogged about my love of protein bars before; the irony is most weeks I might eat one or two tops, unless they're home made -- and even then, I don't eat a whole lot of them.

But I love to try new things.

I wish I had my computer working. This is a drag -- I stopped at Marshalls for a little retail therapy (bad idea). I walked out with a very form fitting Calvin Klein dress. I even took a photo of it, but my husband's computer doesn't have a multicard reader like mine.

My WI today wasn't good, but I'm tired of talking about those, and I was still fairly shocked that I could pour myself into this very form fitting size 6 dress. I really have no where to wear this too -- I'll let DH decide whether or not I should keep it. In fact, I was even able to squeeze into the size 4 (I thought it was an 8 -- those darn hangers). With both dresses I might never be able to sit down, but they sure look good.

I also tried on a Ralph Lauren, size 4. This was also form fitting but a more forgiving fabric and it fit. And was sexy. But I wasn't sure whether or not it was a bit too clingy in some of the wrong places, and once again, I don't really need it. So I left it there.

I had actually planned to check out the used book store -- finally after 10 months -- but my GPS couldn't find the road, and even tho I knew where the road was, I had no idea where on that road of many strip malls it might be hiding. I'm thinking about going ice skating tomorrow, so maybe I'll try again tomorrow. If I get out.

Have you found anything new at the food store recently that we ought to know about? How do you lift your mood without food? Without shopping?

  
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KEAKMAN 2/11/2010 11:02PM

    I'll keep an eye out for the protein bars - I love Luna bars!

My mood lifter is to get outside in the fresh air. Barring that - to actively look for things to laugh and smile about - either the absurd, or little things that are sweet or good or gentle, and often overlooked by virtue of their modesty.

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 2/11/2010 8:30PM

    Congrats on the size 6 - wahoo! Those bars sound pretty good. I just found Healthy Choice Steamer Bowls - they are fantastic and great to take to work for lunch. Not sure what the sodium is on the one i tried but it was fantastic - beef, baby potatoes and beans with merlot sauce - yum! AND it was only 4 pts when i calculated it - even better :D

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CRAVE_FREE 2/11/2010 5:35PM

    emoticon on the size 6. That is two sizes away for me, but I dream about it. I don't think they are new, but I recently tried the Special K Double Chocolate Protein bar. I have a hard time eating enough protein, so I thought chocolate was the best way to get it! emoticon

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DAYHIKER 2/11/2010 5:16PM

    Congratulations on that new small size, Judy!! We will be needing a new picture!! Thanks, too, for the protein bar review. Will have to look for them!

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SWEETLEXIE520 2/11/2010 4:34PM

    Wow! Size 4 - congrats! Even if there's not much wiggle room - there's such an ego boost to be able to say you got it on!

New foods? I'm hooked on avocados! I was having trouble getting my good fats in, b/c I tend toward the extreme. So after starting SP, I went overboard on cutting out highly processed goodies and fatty meat. And then couldn't get my fat grams! So I now have a go-to food for each of the four categories I track:

Carbs: Sun-Rype Fruitsource bar - 130 cals, 32g carbs - but it's 100% fruits and veggies, bound with fruit pectin. 2.5 servings of f&V in one bar! Better than eating a handful of oreos to meet my carb count, lol...

Fat: avocado - I felt like I'd hit the jackpot at Aldi the other day - $.50 ea! Put it in a wrap, spread it on toast with a little sea salt, drizzle it with balsamic vinegar - heck, put it on a burger!

Protein: tuna and cottage cheese are tied. I eat cottage cheese for breakfast almost every day with toast and fruit, and I can make a mean wrap with a whole-wheat tortilla, tuna, provolone, and spicy mustard. (Throw a little avocado on there and I'm in heaven, lol!)

Fiber: Lentils! Like avocado - throw these in anything. I mix them with pasta and sauce, mix with ground beef for a burger, tuck them in those wraps I'm so found of, lol!!

I LOVE playing with food now. It definitely lifts my mood putting it together in fun ways, knowing it's so good for my body.

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DDHEART 2/11/2010 4:19PM

    Now this is the advantage side of being (short) petite....ummmm size 6....wow! and size 4 well I can't even comment... I think you ought to keep the dress no matter what...what an ego boost and your hubby takes you a lot of places...eventually (maybe when you can sit down!! Ha) he'll take you out in it and show you off!

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BESSHAILE 2/11/2010 4:14PM

    Interesting you should ask about Something New - since that's one of the Monthly Milepost goals I plan on fulfilling in February. So far I haven't been feeling too adventurous but I'll get out from under the snow, and now the mud, eventually - certainly before the end of the month - and I will try Something New.

Like most of the folk here ... a size 6 is so small as to be beyond my comprehension even in the New Bigger Supersized size 6's (My memory goes back to 1967 when the sewing pattern companies scaled their patterns up so that a 10 became an 8 - and sewing patterns are always smaller than ready made clothing)

but I understand that it's all a matter of scale.

When I'm blue I like to hug my dogs, to remember some happy time, or go to the gym ... but sometimes cheetos get me anyway.

I'd say you had a NSV today. Hope you feel it.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/11/2010 3:30PM

    Way to go on the dresses!!!

Size 6... that is some people's dreams girl!!! WOOHOO!

Glad you like your new bar!

I am on a huge pickled egg kick! 1 egg, 1/2 a protein - 5 g! Works to curb my appetite till lunch after the gym!

Spinach... spinach... and lots of it... SPINACH!

Spinach in smoothies, on sandwiches, as a side dish, in meatsauce... SPINACH! I LOVE SPINACH!

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LEONALIONESS 2/11/2010 3:19PM

    I was totally bummed to see they have dairy in them! All the Lunas have been vegan up until now and then they chuck whey into those ones.

That reminds me, I was going to give them feedback on that!
If they want to avoid soy there are tons of plant options. Grumble grumble.
I really wanted the cookie dough one. :(

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/11/2010 2:39PM

    Oh how I love Marshalls for "retail therapy." (smiling) And wow! Size 4???? Even size 8 is a wonderful-sounding size! Wishing you a wonderful day.

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MARYANN1943 2/11/2010 1:30PM

    I HAVE TRIED THOSE BARS AND THEY ARE GOOD. I AM ALWAYS LOOKING FOR SOMETHING NEW WITH THE HIGH PROTEINS AND NOT SO MANY CALORIES. I HAVE A PROBLEM EATING HALF OF SOMETHING BECAUSE OF THE HIGH CALORIES. I WANT TO TRY THE "FULL BARS AND SNACK PACKS". I STOPPED IN AT THE HEALTH FOOD STORE THIS MORNING AND THEY HAD THOSE ON SALE. THE PROBLEM WAS, THE CASHIER COULD NOT GET HER COMPUTER WORKING CORRECTLY AND THEREBY COULD NOT RING UP ANYTHING. I AM SURE SHE WOULD HAVE EVENTUALLY GOTTEN IT TO WORK BUT I HAD AN APPOINTMENT AND DID NOT HAVE TIME TO WAIT. HOWEVER, I WILL CHECK TOMORROW AND HOPEFULLY THEY WILL STILL BE ON SALE.

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Height challenged

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Well, it's really true. I struggle, sometimes, with that green eye'd monster. Not so much in wanting to be someone else's height (altho a few more inches would really help with reaching for that top cabinet), but with the ease with which taller people shed pounds.

Oh, I know it isn't really easy for anyone. But I am having to make peace with the fact that I won't be losing 2 or 3 lbs a week. Not at this height. Not at this weight. If I lose half a pound or 1 pound, it's a true celebration.

The really hard part is that just because I'm a small person doesn't mean I have a small appetite. I could probably eat some big gals under the table. It's kind of cruel, when you think about it.

It's taken me a long time to realize that part of why I lose weight so slowly is my height. And there's nothing I can do about it. So yes, it means I have to work harder than some people. I suppose that makes the success that much sweeter. Wait, did someone say the S word?

But I can still do it, and I will.

Did you ever stop to think that because you're smaller, you have less muscle from the get-go? That it WILL be harder? How do you keep yourself from comparing yourself to others?

One thing I've learned from the last few weeks is that keeping myself well hydrated when I'm out is key. When I went out to the movies again on Monday, I made sure to get in 6 glasses of liquid before I left. It helped a lot!

I even went to Dottie's Weight Loss Zone (google it if you need it) to look up points at Starbucks. I never go to Starbucks, but I was thinking a chai latte or a hot chocolate might be nice. It was a very cold day. But man, once I looked up the points on those suckers, I decided against it! I would only be able to drink half of something, and that just seemed such a waste.

  
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DDHEART 2/10/2010 7:52PM

    You have identified a sad fact and that is that you can't change the basic genetic package and you are handicapped by your height in terms of weight loss. I have height and though it won't make you feel any better, when I was in high school I wished to be a bit shorter.....back then you couldn't get women's slacks in tall....I had to buy men's jeans to get length and then of course they didn't fit my sand filled hourglass! sigh....now in my maturity years....some of the sand has shifted up so I probably could get away with that! LOL

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MOMMA_GRIZZ 2/10/2010 7:38PM

    I love Starbucks Skinny French Vanilla Latte's - 2 points - I think they make it with skim milk but it tastes yummy. Of course there is no whipped topping or anything on it - but they are a nice treat. :D

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JLITT62 2/10/2010 10:58AM

    Just thought I'd let y'all know, for those who don't already, that I'm 5'1". And small boned. So REALLY petite!

But I actually tower over the MIL & SIL -- must admit, it always makes me feel good.

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LEONALIONESS 2/10/2010 10:53AM

    I'm only 5'4˝ and my bff of the last decade plus (nearly 15 years now!) is the beautiful, tall, elegant HEZLIZZIE. I've ALWAYS had green-eyed monster stuff about her build/height. She's not that much taller than me (about half a foot) but it's enough! I would KILL for her height and hourglass shape. I'm short, muscular and narrow in the hips, broad shouldered. My stomach is flat but it's not nipped in. I may only have a 27˝ waist but I think it looks bigger since my hips are so narrow. Sigh.

The thing that bums me out is that tall women get to be statuesque or elegant when they are beautiful but most short women get saddled with 'cute'. I feel like no matter how fit I am or how nice I look I'm never going to hit beautiful or graceful ... I'm just too short. It's always going to be cute. If I'm lucky, it's cute and sexy. LOL.

We never are quite satisfied with what we have, it seems. It's like gals with curly hair wanting straight and vice versa (though in that case, I'm happy with my mostly straight, semi-wavy hair! LOL.)

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SLCB1023 2/10/2010 10:38AM

    emoticon It might take longer but you can do it too.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/10/2010 10:17AM

    I am height challenged too - 5'3"! I often, although, not as much, find myself wishing I was just 2 or 3 inches taller, for the same reason as you... the stuff on the top shelf, and well... even when standing on a stool, the whole world, of my home that is, seems so different... and then I see dust on fridges and stuff like that, that I don't normally see. I get embarassed sometimes at the thought of what others may see and I don't. SILLY! I never thought of it having anything to do with my inability to loose weight though. I have often fantasized... oh, if only I was a few inches taller, I wouldn't look so stubby in these pants, or I wouldn't have to get my pants hemmed, or I wouldn't look big right now, because I would be proportionate to my height! The same size butt looks smaller in longer legs... simple fact and true. It's an illusion though. So, it's mastering the illusion of our short legs by not hemming the pants and getting high heeled boots... not my favorite alternative... I really am a simple kinda gal! T-shirt and jeans use to be my fav, although I am enjoying prettier and more attractive options these days... and I don't like anything with a lot of effort when it comes to my appearance! I am on a mission to find my body appearance that is proportionate to my body height! Then I won't look so stubby in those jeans!

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/10/2010 9:44AM

    Yes, it's amazingto see the calorie contents in the stuff at Starbucks. Fortunately, that was never one of my favorite stops, so one less habit to break. (smiling) As far as height, didn't realize that had anything to do with weight loss. Interesting. Have a wonderful day.

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KEAKMAN 2/10/2010 8:40AM

    Falling into the "middle-sized" height category, I never considered height one way or the other, but what you say makes sense. (except of the 4 of us sisters, the tallest ones are the heaviest, and the shortest ones the thinnest!!!)

I am not a coffee drinker, but I became addicted to mochas when I was working a 5am shift at Borders - needed something hot and caffeinated to keep me going. These days I make my own when I have 'em - skim milk, Scott's leftover coffee, and a squirt of Hershey's syrup. Stir and microwave, and I am happy. (It's really just hot chocolate with a tad bit of coffee to give it a bittersweet chocolate taste, but it makes me feel soooo grown up!)

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DAYHIKER 2/10/2010 8:38AM

    Hmm. I'm down to 5'8 1/2" from 5'9 3/4" and notice that even though my weight is below my WW goal, there is more in my middle now and I feel like I need to lose a little more (I'm 60). I know my 4'10" friend has a VERY hard time getting weight off as does my poor sil who is probably down to about 4'8" now.

Thanks for the fancy coffee idea, Deb!

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FITKAT2010 2/10/2010 8:00AM

    How short are you? You didn't mention it. I am 5'2" and petite frame. I eat 2200-2500 cals a day in whole foods, 40% raw, all plant based. I physically work 8 hrs a day and exercise about 90 min a day minimum. So, I can relate!

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KARBIE18 2/10/2010 7:31AM

    I can SOOOOOOO relate with being vertically challenged, but I know many short women who lose at a much faster rate than I do. I'm with Bess - I remind myself that I'm only competing against myself.

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BESSHAILE 2/10/2010 6:10AM

    I think about that all the time when I look at all my 5'8" + in-laws. Tall and slender, all of 'em. But then I think of my WW friend Lori who has to fill up on 18 points to lose weight and I wonder how she does it!

and that's when I tell myself "It's not a contest. It's my life!"

which sometimes helps. And you're right. so does water.

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EMPOWEREDRUNNER 2/10/2010 6:03AM

    THanks for the Dotties Weightloss Zone reminder. Had forgotten about it.

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DEBMORSE1 2/10/2010 5:41AM

    JLITT: I, too, am somewhat vertically challenged, and yes, it can be a problem. Alas, it is something over which we have no control. Now the coffee issue, that's a different story! I have come up with my own little concoction which is only one point. I put one packet of Swiss Miss/Kroger brand sugar-free hot chocolate mix (25 calories) into a coffee cup/mug along with 1 Tablespoon Coffee-Mate French vanilla sugar-free powdered coffee creamer (30 calories). To that I add a couple of packets of Equal/Splenda and coffee. Voila! My own version of Starbucks at a fraction of the calories and price - and enjoyed in my own home! It just doesn't get much better than that! Give it a try, and see what you think! Hugs, Deb

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Olympic dreams

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

No, I must admit I have no Olympic dreams. Never had. But I enjoy watching others achieve their dreams, and that's part of what the Olympics are all about. Not to mention that's part of what SP is about, too.

Which got me to thinking about how many past Olympic cities I've visited:

LA
Vancouver (multiple times)
Montreal (multiple times)
Lake Placid (multiple times)
Athens
ETA: Paris

Really not all that many, when you think about it. I don't think there's been an Olympics in any of the other European cities I've visited: Prague, Dresden, Vienna, Copenhagen, Delft. None in Hawaii. None in Cozumel or Cancun.

Mind you, I've never actually been to an Olympic games. Doubtful I ever will, either, unless one lands on my doorstep. But I can still dream along with the athletes.

Dream of being my personal best. Dream of being at the top of my game.

How about you? What are your dreams? How many Olympic cities have you visited? Have you ever actually seen the Olympic games? Was it worth it?

  
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SABRINAWHO 2/9/2010 6:58PM

  I got to run with the torch a few years back, and when I was 11 I was training with Bela Karolyi here in Houston with Olympic dreams...

But that's as close as I ever got.


ETA, you've traveled a LOT! I'm envious! emoticon

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KARBIE18 2/9/2010 6:44PM

    I always wanted to be a bobsledder!! Then I grew up and realized I dislike ice, speed, and small places! It just looks so fun!

Nope, never been to the Olympics, and have only been to Montreal. But I love the winter olympics - for some reason much more than the summer games.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/9/2010 5:16PM

    I've been to Vancouver, and they were in Calgary in '88, which is not far from my home city!

The olympic torch came through Medicine Hat! I was wearing this really bright florecent orange touque, which drew their attention, and they handed me the torch, and I got to go with it for a little! I was 9!


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SLIMMERJESSE 2/9/2010 10:36AM

    I haven't seen any events live, but am not one for crowds. I really prefer the good vantage point that TV provides. But they are certainly fun to watch. Have a wonderful day.

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SHEILA1505 2/9/2010 9:07AM

    Hi there - yes you have! The Games were in Paris in 1924 (a little bit before my time ...)
And if you went anywhere near Mexico City? (1968)



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DAYHIKER 2/9/2010 8:44AM

    You are doing an excellent job of working to make your dreams come true, Judy! I have been to Montreal and Atlanta but I'm not sure if I have been anyplace else where the Olympics were held since I don't pay a lot of attention to it. My dream would be to have more time to hike in Switzerland so I have to get/stay fit in case that might just work out some day! emoticon

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CRAVE_FREE 2/9/2010 8:42AM

    I never looked at the Olympics as dreams being realized, but that's an inspiring point of view. We've been to Atlanta, briefly. We were in Madrid when they were campaigning to get the Olympics, but did not win. I hope you perservere to achieve your dreams. Every day you are your personal best, you have a dream come true! emoticon

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KEAKMAN 2/9/2010 8:31AM

    Vancouver BC - on our honeymoon. Athens - before the most recent Games held there, with some high school students. We raced around the track in the old ampitheatre so we could say we ran in an Olympic stadium. Now I wish I could go back and REALLY do it!

(and London - several times - but they are an upcoming location - does it count?)


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VEUVEGIRL 2/9/2010 7:52AM

    Oh I love it!! I have always wanted to go to the Olympics (attendance only!)

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Thankful for smaller calves

Monday, February 08, 2010

Not much time today. It's my birthday week -- I'm taking a page from my sparkbuddy Slimmerjesse (whose birthday it is today, btw) and celebrating all week. Well, sort of. Chose to go to the movies again today -- went to see "The Blind Side", which I've wanted to see since it came out months ago -- boy, my husband thinks I'm a tough cookie! I've got nothing on that woman.

Anyway, as I complained to another spark buddy, it is frickin' cold today. Temps in the teens with very strong winds. The dogs still got their walk -- even more important when I'm going to be out for hours -- and I am so thankful that my calves are smaller. Because otherwise there's just no way I could tuck my jeans into my knee-high boots, and boy what a difference they make!

We didn't get any of the big snowstorm -- nary a flurry as I remarked to yet another sparkbuddy -- but the cold has got a death grip on us. I am thankful for the no snow. 30 would seem so warm right about now.

I know that spring is still a long way away and I know better than to wish my life away. Happiness truly is a choice, and most of the time I choose it. Spring will come when it comes, and until then, I'll deal with the weather as best I can (and be grateful for a roof over my head & a good heating system).

So what about you? What are you thankful for? What dividends has weight loss, big or small, brought you?

  
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SLCB1023 2/10/2010 10:43AM

    My calves are smaller than they were but I just genetically have large calves so not much I can do about them. emoticon

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VBCLOWN 2/9/2010 5:08AM

    I don't think people that have never been heavy can possibly imagine all the ways in which being overweight makes life harder. I lost most of my weight over a year ago, but I still find myself avoiding walking past someone in a narrow isle at the store (it's like my brain doesn't realize that I'm no longer too big to fit in the isle with that other shopper).

I got a compliment for the exact opposite reason this week. One of the fittest guys at my gym interrupted my workout on the elliptical to say "man, you have some serious calves!" I know it's not the compliment you ladies are looking for, but for me it felt pretty good.

Have a good one!

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KEAKMAN 2/8/2010 8:45PM

    I can fit my butt into the seat of my kayak without getting stuck! (how's THAT for a mental image you probably could have done without?!)

(how was the movie - I'd like to see it, but want to know if it's worth my time and money!)

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CRAVE_FREE 2/8/2010 5:58PM

    Woo hoo for smaller calves! That a fun way to look at the inevitability of putting on snow boots to deal with the weather. My calves aren't smaller yet, but I was thankful for my snow boots when I went out to shovel this afternoon, and that my back is healthy enough to shovel emoticon

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DAYHIKER 2/8/2010 5:36PM

    Happy (almost?) Birthday! emoticon I can usually stretch it out to a week at least and sometimes 10 days! emoticon

It's a toasty 28 degrees here with snow hovering just ready to drop on us. The radar shows it but it's not hitting the ground...yet. Now they are saying 7-10 inches instead of 3-6 and as much or more than a foot north and north east of us!!

One lovely dividend from weight loss is that I can rest my forehead on my knees when I'm stretching now because my belly is not in the way!! I still have belly fat to burn but it's definitely going down. emoticon

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BESSHAILE 2/8/2010 4:24PM

    Hooray for boots! I have to pair - one knee high and one almost knee high (and plaid at that - but they're really rain boots) And double hooray for smaller legs to fit into those boots and stay warm.

Happy Birthday this week - I celebrate the whole month of september - I love birthdays - Mine and yours and other peoples'.

May every birthday wish come true for you. emoticon emoticon

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SHEILA1505 2/8/2010 4:11PM

    When I do a Body Conditioning class, lying on my back with my feet up in the air, I can actually breathe properly because all the extra pieces of body are no longer getting in the way and choking me! Also my back doesn't get so tired any more hauling all the extra front-of-body weight around - and I've noticed that I go to the chiropractor for "maintenance" visits rather than repairs these days

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JUSTDUCKY1405 2/8/2010 4:08PM

    "I know that spring is still a long way away and I know better than to wish my life away. Happiness truly is a choice, and most of the time I choose it."

Love this outlook! I know I sometimes get resentful for the cold and the snow... especially when my husband isn't home to help with the shoveling... lol! But, most of the time I try to have the above outlook on it... not to mention the extra burnt calories!

It is what it is, right?

Have a great Birthday WEEK!

I remembered, once you reminded me, that Friday was an early birthday evening... opps... I forgot... lol!

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