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Where to begin..Again! Looking for an ostrich hole...

Monday, February 24, 2014

For the past few months I have been making my way around the world eating and drinking and making Merry. My nest is empty for the first time in 22 years and it was time to get out of Dodge. The empty nest thing has been great except now I return as a giant Condor trying to fit into a hummingbird abode. (As evidence by my recent shopping trip to find a "LITTLE" black dress!) The only thing I have in common with a hummingbird right now is my desire to suck down sugar in some way, shape or form and my desire to be constantly on the move. So I am starting over....again! I have not weighed myself, but I know. I over eat. I over ate. I have never stopped exercising. Depending on my location, I was swimming! biking! kayaking! hiking! snowshoeing! Cross country skiing! The only days I did not exercise were the days I was stuck on planes. So kudos to everybody who sticks to their plan. I am going to try, for the next hour, to ignore all of the triggers I can.

  
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FITMARY 2/25/2014 8:36AM

    I'm sure it seems disappointing to have gained, but, wow, the trip of a lifetime!!!
So, give yourself time to enjoy that, really savor it without beating yourself up over a few pounds.
You WILL get back in the swing of things. Yes, it takes time and it demands some sacrifices, but you WILL do it. In the meantime, haul out the photos and celebrate cuz it sounds like you had some wonderful experiences!
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I lost my MoJo... and the fall out of a stressful June.

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

Kaboom. The explosion of June followed by the Fall Out. Unfortunately the Fall Out attached itself to my body. Eight pounds in four weeks. Yeah. I lost my MoJo to say the least. Just when I thought I was in my groove. Things were happening. I was working it. It was clicking. The momentum was going my way. And then, BAM, I became untethered. I floated about eating chocolate and chips and fountains of wine trying to weigh myself down. June was busy. There was prom and then graduation and then flying cross country for college orientation and then, the biggest stressor of all, wisdom teeth surgery. Not fun for any child but darn scary if your child has ITP and his blood does not clot properly. For six plus months we have been in the waiting mode. Waiting for his platelet count to go up high enough to have the surgery. Monitoring it constantly to make sure sure that it was high enough to play Varsity soccer. And so it was that immediately after we got back from the east coast orientation trip, the surgeon gave us the green light. And everything went well. We are weaning him off of the oxycodone but he can't take most of the pain meds they would normally prescribe to patients because of their affect on the platelet count. So now I can exhale a bit, I think. But I still have to get out of my head and, for me, that means getting out of Dodge and heading to the Rockies for sun, mountains, wide open spaces, prong-horn antelope, bighorn sheep and spending time by myself. I need to check out for awhile. Go off duty. Undercover. Maybe I will take a journal and vent.Maybe I will burn it. I don't know but it has got to be about me for awhile. I need to recharge. Do what I want, when I want, how I want. because what I am doing...it's not working. AT ALL!!! So time to turn off for awhile. All the "stuff" will still be there when I get back. I know that, but I will be earthbound again and my roots will be stronger. Time to feed my need. It has to be about me for awhile. Don't knock. Don't call. I am going to sit by the river and watch the world go by. When I am ready to hop back on, I will.

  
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PKBOO3 7/3/2013 9:12AM

    Would love to do something like what you have described. All by myself.

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MISSUSRIVERRAT 6/28/2013 7:20AM

    I can relate. Summer has brought a whirlwind of activity and I feel just like you do.


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FITMARY 6/27/2013 8:56AM

    Sit by the river. That sounds wonderful! Time enough to get to everything when you get back....
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Have to buy new lingerie...things are heating up in the bedroom!

Saturday, May 18, 2013

Well it happened. I lost weight and things started to heat up in the bedroom. For years I have worn Lanz flannel granny gowns. Sexy? No..but they provided good coverage and were not revealing in the least. I was comfortable in them. But now I have lost weight and things are heating up in the bedroom. My first thought was to tear off my nightgown but I still have kids in the house and did not think that was a prudent move. So I headed to the mall. OMG, all of these wandering, wondering men and women. I scanned the faces and didn't see anybody I knew so I quickly darted into Victoria's Secret. Really? In my mind, a whole season of ,"What not to Wear!" could have been filmed within the confines of those walls. Since when is, "She is such a loser...a total zero!" both a compliment and a "clothing"size?!? These get ups are more like itty bitty mosquito nets! They give Lady and the Tramp a whole new meaning! Then here she comes. Oh God, please don't come any closer. PLEASE don't ask me if I need any help or if I am shopping for a special occasion. " Hi! I'm Amanda. Are you looking for something special?". And that is when I let her have it. "Why yes Amanda. I am having some problems in the bedroom at night. Things are really heating up...."(her eyebrows go up).."I wake up dripping in sweat and the hot flashes are driving me crazy". A look of panic crossed her unlined face. The girl-woman was speechless and quickly backed away as if proximity and breathing the same airspace could drive her to premature menopausal madness. "Thanks Amanda but I think maybe I will head down to JC Penney and see what they have on sale". Poor Amanda. Don't worry. I'm ok. You're ok. emoticon

  
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PMRUNNER 5/20/2013 1:42PM

    Too funny!

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LAURELSPARK 5/18/2013 3:37PM

    Poor Amanda............I would have loved to see her face!

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It fits. It fits. It fits. AND IT IS SUNNY!!!!!!!

Saturday, May 04, 2013

I am doing my inner Snoopy dance because it fits! It fits! It fits! Actually, THEY all fit!. All of those lovely little sundresses in my closet which NEVER get to go out because the weather is usually too crappy in the Pacific Northwest AND because, since I moved to the Pacific Northwest, I had gotten too fat to wear them! (Yes, the weather really impacts me). But now they fit AND we might break records temperature-wise this weekend. And the sky is blue. The birds are singing. The grass is green. You get the picture. Yeah Baby! My heart will probably always be in the Rockies but for today I am going to listen to John Denver sing, "Sunshine on my shoulders makes me happy" because, just for today, the lyrics are most appropriate! emoticon Yippee Skippee!

  
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PKBOO3 5/13/2013 9:07AM

    Love this blog. So happy for you. The weather has been wonderful here too in NE Texas. Beautiful weekend. Enjoy your sundresses!

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CAMAEL100 5/4/2013 3:21PM

    Way to go!!!!!!!! emoticon

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BARBANNA 5/4/2013 2:35PM

    You go girl! I can tell this is really important and a serious achievement! Glad you are having a great weekend! Happy Mother's Day weekend! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FITMARY 5/4/2013 1:15PM

    Hurray! Sounds like a perfect day!
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ASH72461 5/4/2013 1:03PM

  you are in your happy place
it sounds wonderful
take the time to enjoy it
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TESENISIS1 5/4/2013 12:33PM

    I love that song and will sing it on your behalf today!!! So glad you have hit a milestone in your journey. It always feels so great to accomplish a goal!!!
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Have a great weekend!
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JOHNMARTINMILES 5/4/2013 12:32PM

    Do the Happy Dance and enjoy yourself.

Make Today a Great Day

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The Sun, the sun, the sun....and WHAT a difference it makes!

Thursday, April 18, 2013

I just got back from four fabulous SUNNY days in San Francisco and Napa. It was awesome! First of all, SFO can hold its own against any city in the world. And yes, we dined and drank and walked all over the place. Then I headed to Napa on my own. It has changed so much over the years. I no longer go there to do the wineries (at $25-$50/tasting, it is simply too expensive) but I still stayed in Calistoga, rented a bike and rode my bike zig zag across the valley. But therein lies the fun.....being outdoors all day, every day...NOT being cold....all in short sleeves!!! It only reinforced my conviction that I need to get out of the Pacific Northwest. I don't really care about living near the ocean. I want the sun! And the outdoors! What a difference it makes in my psyche. But for now, I am off to my son's soccer game for another day ot standing in the freezing cold rain and wishing I were someplace else. Sigh....

  
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FITMARY 4/19/2013 8:31AM

    Sounds like so much fun. I LOVE San Francisco! Glad you could get away.


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MERRYMARY42 4/18/2013 8:18PM

    but you know it will be nice soon, but I agree San Francisco and Napa are really special.

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RADIANT888 4/18/2013 4:49PM

    Halleluja - doesn't it though! I've finally been able to put aside my winter coats - it's been really unseasonably cold over here in the UK. Spring has sprung now though :-)

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NATPLUMMER 4/18/2013 4:42PM

    It sounds like you had a great time!!

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