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Wednesday, July 07, 2010

Well, here I am again ... just got home from AquaFit .. what a wonderful exercise that is! I should have been doing this years ago, but was too self concious in a swim suit .. oh gawd! There are all kinds of women there, all sizes & shapes and so much fun emoticon I have purchashed THREE swim suits since joining SparkPeople , April 4/2010 .. the weight has been coming off and I am so happy to be in a size 16 instead of a 20. Wish I had kept some of the clothes that I had given away, many moons ago. This is getting expensive and I love it emoticon I love it when people say, 'you look so good' .. just makes me more determined!
Before I retired I had a 'sit down' job .. secretaries did all the work and as I sat, the weight gathered all over my body .. yuk! I've been retired for 11 years and just kept gaining .. no need to know if this suit/dress etc. still fit emoticon Now they hang on me & my closet is filling once again with smaller clothes. Gone is the nightly snack of a huge bowl of icecream .. replaced with dry popcorn & an apple. Now I am starting to ignore the popcorn thing too, although there is 'nothing' in it. I love raw veggies; cottage cheese (NO fat); yogurt; fruit and my daily breakfast of oatmeal..

I am finally 'getting into shape' and at 76 years of age I am proud of the new me! My grandkids think this is awesome and call me 'cool Nana' .. I continue to bake cookies all the time for them, while I snack on raw cauliflower! I can honestly say that I am never really hungry but I am getting everything I need in the way of nutrition. I just count calories (something I thought I'd never do) .. and it's been so easy! Thank you all for the recipes ... oh my! I spend half my time on here just looking at something new to make ...I am still trying to get my nutrition 'thingy' going .. several of you have told me how to do it ... guess I'm just a dunderhead because I can't figure it out! Anyway, I keep track in a scribbler ... doctor weighed me today and I'm down from 215 lbs to 170 lbs... it amazes me emoticonI'm going to continue this till I reach size 14 and then I'll allow myself a few more calories. If I can do this, anyone can!
Good Luck to each & everyone .. you CAN DO IT TOO emoticon

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POLYANNA2 10/19/2010 9:29PM

    You are such an inspiration! This makes me realize that what I'm trying to do is achievable and that hard work and determination does pay off!
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SLNDERSOON 9/5/2010 10:35PM

    KoolNana, you are doing great!! You really motivate me. You say you are 76 years old, you don't look it! I am 70 and I'm finally trying again and determined to make it this time. Have only lost 12 pounds since August 2, 2010. But I am eating right this time and want to get healthier and "fitter". I will make it with God's help. God bless you and continue on with your journey and I will do the same. emoticon

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FAYE000 7/7/2010 8:48PM

    What an inspirational blog.
Cool Nana I am proud of you.
I think it would be cool to change your Spark People name.
Cool Nana is what you will be to me from now on.

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OMI2GC1 7/7/2010 7:30PM

  Congratulations on your get up and go. That is the secret. We all need to take after you. I do the exercises I know in our pool, but more fun if you have someone to do them with.
You go girl.....

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SUNSHINEGB 7/7/2010 6:46PM

    Congratulations Joan, on how GREAT you are doing!!
Buy all new as you lose, you're worth it babe! emoticon
I can't wait for that time to come for me, I'll buy out the store, LOL.

You've got a great attitude!
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Monday, June 28, 2010

Happy Shopping gals……………. Funny but true.

This is a true story written by a woman in England to her friend after a swimsuit shopping expedition. "I have just been through the annual pilgrimage of torture and humiliation known as buying a bathing suit.

When I was a child in the 1950s, the bathing suit for a woman with a mature figure was designed for a woman with a mature figure -- boned, trussed and reinforced, not so much sewn as engineered. They were built to hold back and uplift and they did a good job.

Today's stretch fabrics are designed for the prepubescent girl with a figure carved from a potato chip. The mature woman has a choice; she can either front up at the maternity department and try on a floral suit with a skirt, coming away looking like a hippopotamus who escaped from Disney's Fantasia - or she can wander around every run-of-the-mill department store trying to make a sensible choice from what amounts to a designer range of fluorescent rubber bands. What choice did I have?

I wandered around, made my sensible choice and entered the chamber of horrors known as the fitting room. The first thing I noticed was the extraordinary tensile strength of the stretch material. The Lycra used in bathing costumes was developed, I believe, by NASA to launch small rockets from a slingshot, which give the added bonus that if you manage to actually lever yourself into one, you are protected from shark attacks. The reason for this is that any shark taking a swipe at your passing midriff would immediately suffer whiplash.

I fought my way into the bathing suit, but as I twanged the shoulder strap in place, I gasped in horror -- my bosom had disappeared! Eventually, found one bosom cowering under my left armpit. It took a while to find the other. At last I located it flattened beside my seventh rib. The problem is that modern bathing suits have no bra cups. The mature woman is meant to wear her bosom spread across her chest like a speed hump. I realigned my speed hump and lurched toward the mirror to take a full view assessment. The bathing suit fitted all right, but unfortunately, it only fitted those bits of me willing to stay inside it. The rest of me oozed out rebelliously from top, bottom, and sides. I looked like a lump of play dough wearing undersized cling wrap.

As I tried to work out where all those extra bits had come from, the prepubescent sales girl popped her head through the curtains, "Oh, there you are!" she said, admiring the bathing suit. I replied that I wasn't so sure and asked what else she had to show me. I tried on a cream crinkled one that made me look like a lump of masking tape, and a floral two-piece which gave the appearance of an oversized napkin in a serviette ring. I struggled into a pair of leopard skin bathers with ragged frill and came out looking like Tarzan's Jane pregnant with triplets and having a rough day.

I tried on a black number with a midriff and looked like a jellyfish in mourning.

I tried on a bright pink pair with such a high cut leg I thought I would have to wax my eyebrows to wear them.

Finally, I found a suit that fitted ... a two-piece affair with shorts style bottom and a loose blouse-type top It was cheap, comfortable, and bulge-friendly, so I bought it. My ridiculous search had a successful outcome.

When I got home, I found a label that said, "Material will become transparent in water."

p.s. This was printed with the permission of the writer.

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POLYANNA2 10/19/2010 9:32PM

    Well, this was just too funny! This is the positive attitude I need to have on my search for the suitable suit. I just might do this Acqua Fit thing after all. I'll let you know how I make out.
Thanks again!!!

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LISAWILLBEFIT 10/10/2010 8:02AM

    I read what you said about reading this blog on the Canadias website and i thought i would take a look.This is hilarious thanks so much for the laugh.

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GUNI50 10/9/2010 11:57PM

    That was worth reading! I have just tried on a suit I haven't worn in 10 years and boy am I glad it fits!...and styles don't seem to change in beachwear the way they do in other clothes...at least not for the "mature womanly" figures.
...my first Aquafit class is next Monday...can't have you and Charlotte having all the fun!


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KOOLNANA5 9/8/2010 8:00PM

    I'm now on my 4th swim suit emoticon I can't believe it .. from a size 20 jeans to a size 14 .. I am determined!
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57CHEVY 9/8/2010 6:27PM

    That is so true! I just ordered a new suit online last night. I'm just praying it fits. Our son is getting married next month in Florida and we'll be at the beach for a week. Had to have a suit.....

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SCOTMAMA 6/29/2010 11:38AM

    I know the feeling! This spring I went to Costco for my usual cheap Speedo as the chlorine in the Community Pool ruins a suit in one season. I picked up a size 12, and feeling courageous, I also got a size 10 -- because I had lost a few pounds and thought "maybe." When I got home the size 12 fit beautifully (you cannot try on clothing at Costco) but when I tried to slip into the size 10 I experienced some of the same problems the woman had that you wrote about. You see my body is that of a tall person, but my legs are those of a petite person. Needless to say, the size 10 went back to the store!

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    So sad but ture and so funny. Thanks for sharing. I have not looked for a new suit this year. The old suit is very tight and it's being covered by a hugh t-shirt even in the water. Thank God for sun. I blame it on sunburns. Is summer almost over yet? Need winter sweaters!!

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CATLADY52 6/28/2010 12:34PM

    emoticon emoticon and flat out LOFLMAO!!!

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Pumped to Go!

Thursday, April 15, 2010

I am 76 years old, and have never been so 'heavy' in my life. I retired 11 years ago, and sitting around home, reading, computer etc. I just started here yesterday, but have been reading a lot. I am diligently keeping track of everything, and hope I can reach my goal by September. I have read so many inspiring stories here, and I NEED that motivation!

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KOOLNANA5 5/5/2010 6:00PM

    Yipee! I'm down 17 lbs since the first of April ... just been counting calories, and making sure I'm getting everything I should have. It hasn't been hard at all, right from the start! I'm so glad I found SparkPeople .. I have been very motivated and the recipes are so good emoticon

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KOOLNANA5 4/15/2010 1:33PM

    Thanks:) emoticon

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GLOMER 4/15/2010 12:50PM

    September will see you fit - just keep on looking at the numbers and writing everything down. You have the summer and it will be a great time for you to work through this.

Keep on plugging along. emoticon

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