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Fun in the Sun at the Water Park (Photo Blog)

Friday, July 08, 2011

Today, July 8th, marks two years that the Mr has lived in the states. We decided to celebrate this occasion by going to a water park for an entire day and just play like kids.

I decided a few days ago that I just couldn't go to a water park in my "going to the pool" bathing suit. I HAD to have board shorts. Okay, not really but we toured Sears and Target to take a look see. At Sears I found the board shorts, as did the Mr, and they were on sale. We had a gift card so they cost us nothing! Then we headed to Target where I found the tankini top that match perfectly. I was a happy woman at the water park in my put together water wear.

I also stopped and bought new sunscreen because I did NOT want another burn, thank you very much. The Mr sprayed me down so well throughout the day that the sun did not stand a chance this time around.

The day begins ...

Armed with new sunblock and the Mr applying it often I was all shinning but never burnt.

Lunch wasn't an issue for my healthy eating lifestyle either. Amongst the junk food options I found a fresh green salad with chicken and as always ate it without the dressing. My biggest concern was caving in and having a soda but I opted for a lemonade and then water for the balance of the day. It was all good!

We giggled as we took turns on this one.

This was right before I went down a slight water fall backwards. *GIGGLES*

The Mr was all smiles on this one too.

I love these photos!

The wave pool ... one of my favorite locations of the day.

We took a short break to relax in the shade and cool off with some water and ice cream. Delicious!

Look Ma, 5.5 hours in the sun at a water park, no burn!

It's fun acting like a kid and having no worries for a few hours. Live Life!

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WILD22 7/11/2011 2:47PM

    I'm glad you had fun. Love that you didn't get a burn. It probably slicked you up so you went down the slides even faster. You tankini was perfect as well. You are LIVING the time of you life!!

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KINSBAILE 7/11/2011 2:04PM

    OMG you two are so CUTE! That's so awesome! Thank you for posting these!!!!

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ENDUROVET 7/9/2011 11:30PM

    What wonderful photos! I can hardly wait till I get my boy back & we can go back to the waterpark...
(Way behind on postings, but need to update re: brother-in-law + sister-in-law's reconciliation - speaking of being "back in the States"; cousin's funeral, P's new job & my dramatic struggle to get RIGHT BACK WHERE I STARTED FROM, but I'm off to NM in the AM!)
Virtual hugs!

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ABB698 7/9/2011 3:36PM

    What a great day! Love your tankini, it looks great on you with those vibrant colors :) What a fun way to celebrate! Glad you came away glowing, not burning! Loved the photos!!! Have a fab weekend!! emoticon

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JENJESS48 7/9/2011 11:49AM

    emoticon That looks like so much fun! I'm glad you got out and did it!

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TRENTDREAMER 7/9/2011 9:21AM

    glad u had a good time. Have a gr8 weekend.

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/8/2011 11:45PM

    Love the board shorts options, my fave also. Your put together outfit is absolutely adorable and looks like you had a blast!!

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PICKIE98 7/8/2011 6:41PM

    I really like that top,, it just looks like a swimsuit,, also, that hubby of yours looks pretty scared hanging on to that tube!! Isn't he cute? What a looker!!
You are so blessed and very smart to "Carpe` Diem"!!!! What fun!! I love that waterpark, where do you live?

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PJH2028 7/8/2011 6:36PM

    You look great! So happy, so summery, so waterpark-chic! Really! You're my HERO of the day!!!! Board-shorts!!! may be the answer for me as well!!

Keep on keeping on! And thanks for all your notes and nods and support this week!

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I may not weigh 229.5 today but I'm found my bliss anyway

Saturday, July 02, 2011

It seems the universe and my body did not get the memo that I wanted, wished, predicted, and/or demanded that I weigh 229.5 today. Instead, I weigh 232. If you think I'm disappointed in that think again. I did a little wiggle, smiled at myself and walked on. You see, I went shopping last night for nothing special and found, in the dressing room, something priceless! Size 16 jean shorts that fit like a glove. I was in heaven as I strutted my stuff around the store. Ya, my butt looked good! The sun dress in size 14 equally flattered my curves. I didn't walk out of that store, I floated out on cloud number 9.

I may not weigh 229.5 today but I'm found my bliss anyway.

Note to universe and body: 229.5 will be mine next Saturday! Yes, it will happen, without fail.

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WILD22 7/11/2011 2:48PM


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MANLEYSANDY 7/5/2011 1:16PM

    WOOT WOOT!! Awesome!!!

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TRENTDREAMER 7/3/2011 5:28PM

    Congrats and best of fortune to you next week :)

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JENJESS48 7/3/2011 3:41PM

    Oooh, smaller clothes feel SO GOOD! Congrats, lady! Your hard work is paying off! emoticon

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ABB698 7/3/2011 12:16PM

    Love it! So you didn't see the number you wanted on the scale, but you saw it in your awesome new clothes! Go girl emoticon

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ENDUROVET 7/2/2011 11:37PM

    Excellent! Today I bought myself 2 new pair of riding tights for NM; to me that's as big a treat as anything flouncy ;-)

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DESERTFLOWER8 7/2/2011 11:50AM

    AWESOME! I always enjoy your blogs...and you are doing SO well and have been, for SO long..you are an inspiration!! XO

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SKIPPY1311 7/2/2011 11:31AM

    Go you. Love your positivity and its good to think that the weight is just a number. Its how you feel that counts and im bet you did look a million dollars in your dress and shorts!

Well done!

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I need my mind to catch up

Wednesday, June 29, 2011

My action plan is in place when it comes to the food and drink part of my life and itís off to a blazing start!

The Plan: Iím experimenting with food and keeping it simple. Iím slowing weaning my way off of processed foods, anything other than water and the little granules of sugar that have found their way back in. This time around my body wonít go into shock at the change so Iím having an easier go of it. My body loves protein and veggies so thatís what it will get!

What I am fighting now is mental hunger and I donít like it.

The clock strikes 10:00 a.m. and my mind thinks itís snack time. My body protests and rejects every food thought my mind can come up with. I quickly find something to occupy my brain so it stops obsessing. Then the clock strikes 3:00 p.m. and my mind, again, thinks itís snack time. My body protests and rejects every food thought my mind can come up with yet again. I busy myself to stop the obsessive thoughts of food.

Since my eating plan has changed, Iím not experiencing any Ďrealí craving during my day. Itís a freeing experience. I even have more energy and no foggy brain at any point of the day. Iím on a strict no-soda diet as well.

My body is responding - I only feed it when itís hungry - and I love it. Now I need my mind to catch up and stop clock watching! I guess after years of programing: 7:30 a.m. Breakfast, 10:00 a.m. snack, 12:30 p.m. lunch, 3:00/3:30 p.m. snack time, 7:30 p.m. dinner - my brain is having a difficult time with change. I shall continue with the reprogramming!

As a side note, Iím currently at 233 lbs. and I want to be at 229 or 229.5 on Saturday morning. I have been visualizing this number all week. As I drift off to sleep, I am thinking of 229 and what it will take to get there. I visualize those numbers as I mentally step on the scale. I talk about it out loud and I write it down . . . a lot. I want to make sure the universe hears me and that we are clear. After this goal is accomplished - ON SATURDAY - the universe and I will, again, discuss the next step DOWN the scale.

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ENDUROVET 7/1/2011 2:58PM

    I am trying to reprogram my own brain/body to understand that she can get by on a lot less food than she **THINKS** she needs ;-) !!!

Especially bad about this at a restaurant - I will order what "looks good", see that the portion size is too large (as usual), & fight my good-girl urges to clean my plate... My doggies appreciate small niblets of leftovers! (when you're dividing it up amongst 7, it's only a small taste for each)

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JOHNTJ1 7/1/2011 12:42PM

    When I get the smack time craving I eat a dozen grapes or so or a cup of water melon and it not only fills me up but takes away any craving I might have

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KINSBAILE 7/1/2011 9:29AM

    I think you can do it! I sometimes have to have a snack like an apple or something like that - or else I am pretty darn grumpy come 5 pm!

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TRENTDREAMER 6/30/2011 5:44PM

    "a lot. I want to make sure the universe hears me and that we are clear. After this goal is accomplished - ON SATURDAY - the universe and I will, again, discuss the 8 next step DOWN the scale. "
* best of fortune to you! Yeah, I wish I only ate when I was hungry. I eat pretty much all day long.

I'm rootin fer ya on Saturday.

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KWADHAMS 6/29/2011 10:06PM

    I go through the same thing. I am trying to wean my self off of the bad carbs and sugar. I am pre-diabetic and I know I shouldn't have these things but my body craves carbs a lot. Like your blog title says I need my mind to catch up. It sounds like you are on the right track. Keep it up.

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ABB698 6/29/2011 8:47PM

    Hope your scale dream becomes a reality! emoticon emoticon

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Me vs. The Sun ... The Sun Won

Monday, June 27, 2011

It will be a few days before I stop feeling like a boiled lobster and more like KT again.


After much urging from the Mr yesterday I went over to the club where he lifeguards. Not only did I hang out at the pool but I swam laps. I love water and I love to swim - always have. I loved the lap swimming!

I checked at the front desk when leaving to see if there is a limit on how many times I can pay to be a guest of the club. I understand now that the Mr is able to list me as a guest so I can pay $7.50 for a day pass whenever I want. Before I was against spending this little bit of money due to the fact that I already belong to a gym in another part of town. However, I have now convinced myself that spending a mere $7.50 on myself once a week is worth it! Also, the day pass allows me to use the entire club for the day and take a class if there is one in session while Iím there. So my great plan for when I do go is to get my monies worth and use their gym equipment first, then the hot tub and then lap swimming.

It went well to be pool side while the Mr was working and we even got to chat while he was on break. I even struck up a few conversations with members. The atmosphere was completely relaxed.

Now, to recover from my burn so I can go back next Sunday. Although, next time Iíll be in shaded area, put my coverup on and only be in the sun while swimming. And, yes, I burn even with the strongest SPF. It usually turns to a tan but this one will peel when itís all said and done. I try not to think of the damage I just did on this one outing. My legs got the worst of it - OUCH!

As a side note, the pool was closed shortly after I finished my lap swimming. Itís all fun and games until someone pooís in the pool. HA! Eeeeeeewwww

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TEDDYBABE 6/28/2011 10:25PM

    Oh owey!!! Take care of that skin, but kudos on the swimming! Sounds like fun!

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KINSBAILE 6/28/2011 3:42PM

    Well we all have to be lobsters sometime. Your Mr. seems interesting :)

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ABB698 6/28/2011 3:12AM

    I hope you feel better soon. My favorite after sun lotion is called Maui Babe, its sold in Hawaii, but they have a website & that stuff is the bomb! That's cool you get to enjoy the club and hubby at the same time. Have fun staying cool by the pool :)

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 6/27/2011 11:48PM

    Oh my!! I burn easily too. Hope the burn fades fast and I love that you are spending that time and money on yourself. Awesome that you and hubs can spend a little extra time together.

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ENDUROVET 6/27/2011 5:34PM

    Ai yi yi - I have been buying Banana Boat "Baby Block" SPF 50 which has been working fairly well for me these past few yrs...


unately, my boy RAN AWAY w/his friends when we went to the waterpark for his BD a couple of wks ago, so he also looked like a lobster! Hopefully learned a valuable lesson & didn't do too much damage to his precious lil' hide... (He was miserable for a couple of days)

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JENJESS48 6/27/2011 3:36PM

    Oh man, you burn like I do. I wear UPF rash guard and shorts at the beach and sometimes even when I swim. And SPF 5 million underneath, directly on my skin, lol. Looking silly is soooo worth the pain it saves me! REI and LL Bean have their swim stuff on sale right now; you might want to check it out.

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The Good Ones ALWAYS Leave

Thursday, June 23, 2011

Tonight we said good-bye to our beloved Thursday night instructor. We are all sad to see her go. Yet, we understand, her husband is a Marine and has been relocated to Alabama.

Denise was my first Zumba instructor. Talk about a dynamite! She makes each person in class feel special and always smiles. You never feel awkward in her class and you're always wanting for more. There are four Zumba instructors at the gym and she came with the total package.

A few of us regulars had a brunch in her honor this week, so much fun. Her replacement, Nicole also came to the brunch. Equally an awesome woman. It's been great to get to know a few select women in the class and bond outside of the gym. After 6+ years at the gym I have a sense of belonging.

Tonight we danced and laughed like there was no tomorrow. It was in fact one of the best classes ever. We all felt free to just let go ...

Denise might teach one last Tuesday morning Zumba class at the gym and if she does I'm gonna be there. My boss will just have to miss me for a few hours that morning.

The good one ALWAYS leave but they tend to leave us in a better place than they found us.

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ENDUROVET 6/27/2011 9:01AM

    Ah yes... We had an awesome "all-purpose" instructor at my old gym (which went out of business, wah wah wah) - she taught Zumba, cardio-sculpt, kickboxing, you name it!

I sure do miss her friendly face & upbeat attitude...

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KINSBAILE 6/24/2011 1:55PM

    That's an awesome blog! I want a zumba instructor I think.. I really would do well maybe in that class.

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ABB698 6/24/2011 12:10AM

    Having the different instructors lets you experience different things, and you've learned from each of them. Thanks to your journey, you have experienced life in a whole new light. May yours keep shining bright! :)

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ERIKO1908 6/23/2011 11:56PM

    I love your parting statement!!!

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