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Not home yet....

Thursday, November 08, 2012

Had a physically grueling week in Denver, but also a lot of fun. Our International competition means lots of singing, hooking up with old friends who share the same crazy hobby, new restaurants and lots of shopping for bling and musically related items at our "Harmony Bazaar.

I'm still in pain in my knees, a combination of lots of hours on the risers and then folding my knees up into too-short a space in the auditorium, a price I willingly pay for getting to hear a week of the best in a capella music, barbershop style. It's really so much fun.

I've walked once this week, my knees hurting the whole time, and I'll be out again today. My husband's apartment doesn't require too much work, and I'm sitting at the computer too much, which also makes my knees hurt.

My goal when I get back home? Plan to walk a 5 K, which should be easy... with a 10K not far behind, which I haven't done in several years.

Help me stay accountable, my friends. Right now I just feel like curling up on the couch with a warm blanket over me.

We took second place when we were working for the gold, but in this case, the journey really was the highlight. We've never sung better nor had a more fun time preparing for International. We had master classes the last few months with our director, in a master class all her own, and great camaraderie in the chorus. Literally one of the best years of my life. I've enjoyed every aspect of it. woo Hoo!!!!


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    I'm glad you enjoyed your trip! I saw your semifinals performance but had to work the night of the chorus finals so I didn't get to see it. I was on tenterhooks the whole time they were announcing the final ten at the end of the semifinals--talk about a nail-biting!

One day, I sincerely hope to experience an international competition in person. The time will be right eventually!!! LOL


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KICKINGIT@56 11/9/2012 9:07PM

    Enjoy your moment in the sun; life is too short to fret about what didn't get done. This trip was something you really needed. I'm sure you will get back into the swing of things when you return home. may want to check out the 5K virtual team (that might not be the exact name) They provide a 4 week training plan to prepare for a 5 K and once you have completed it you get a trophy.

Be kind to those knees and take care

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TRUCKERSMRS 11/9/2012 10:53AM

    Enjoy the rest of your trip and congratulations on the second place. Don't push too hard when you get back - let your knees heal a bit.

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TXGRANDMA 11/8/2012 1:49PM

    emoticon on the second place finish! Sounds like lots of fun! emoticon

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Thursday, October 11, 2012

Feeling kinda "blah" today. This is the kind of day that challenges regular habits. I just wanna stay and play all day. Really, to become oblivious to the outside world, something that's easy when you don't have a job.

(Plenty of work to do though): Taking pictures of our asters, just beginning to bloom; emptying the compost bin and spreading it on front flower bed, then filling up the bin to start on a another crop of compost; vacuuming kitchen and living room; getting rid of kitchen clutter (ONE PERSON!!!! how do I make such a mess?); sorting out and putting away the pile of books beside my reading chair; one load of laundry; fertilize lawn, spread dirt on same lawn; fill bird feeders, buy Secret Pal gift; check clothes for my three week trip to Albuquerque, Denver and Portland. Shop if I need to. Fight annoyance with this blog editor today, that willy-nilly jumps to the front of the line in the middle of my typing. Arghhh!

Okay, there's my list. Now to prioritize and decide what's on the agenda today. Must go to Curves at 4 p.m., but no other appointments.

Thanks, Spark Friends!! You've helped me get off my duff!

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KICKINGIT@56 11/9/2012 9:00PM

    You really made me smile with your blog. For a moment I thought I was reading about myself. I've already pulled the plug on the TV and I may have to do the same on the computer. I'm hoping that the threat will be enough to keep me in line. You are not the only one who needs to get up off her "duff". Happy prioritizing!


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BECCASINGSLEAD 10/15/2012 5:18PM

    Now that's a $2 word if I ever heard one. LOL! I've been feeling that way for a couple of weeks and realized that the depression monkey is starting to creep back up onto my back. Gotta shake that mess!!!

Good luck in finishing up your preparation for international!!


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RONNIEHUEY 10/11/2012 1:30PM

    You sound like you have a busy day ahead of you. Have fun on your vacation

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Negative thinking

Monday, October 08, 2012

Or maybe we could call it all or nothing thinking. The idea that any bump in the road has become a judgment, a wall, a final decision, something you cannot change. Ha HA HA HA! We spit on that attitude!

Usually a "positive thinker" and naturally happy, I've been gloomy lately, judgmental of not only myself, but of others. I've learned how to change that attitude once already, when my daughter was in seventh grade. That period in a young person's life is always a trial for them and for their parents, causing insecurity in both. At least that was true in our family. I was having so much trouble with her then.... mothers and daughters, as with some fathers and sons. Why are we harder on those the most like us? Anyway.... [get back to the story!]

I had gone to a motivational meeting, and realized that my interchanges with my daughter were always negative. So I started touching her whenever I could, just in passing [hugs were not welcome], started watching every day for things I could genuinely praise or thank her for. During this time, I asked her to organize our hall closet (bathroom supplies and towels, mainly). Wow! She did a fantastic job, and today as a mother of five, still is highly organized. It changed everything between us, but mostly changed the space between my ears.

So.... as of today, this negative feedback stops. Amen

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KICKINGIT@56 11/9/2012 8:55PM

    Great perspective! Negativity slams on the brakes, but positivity keeps you moving forward.

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    Thanks for sharing! I continually struggle with being overly critical of myself and having an all or nothing attitude.

Be blessed!

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BABACHAN 10/8/2012 6:09PM

    great advice! thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JO28352 10/8/2012 2:40PM

    Thanks for the motivation! emoticon

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NORWOODGIRL 10/8/2012 2:38PM

    Outstanding! Sometimes we fall back - just because that way of behaving became a habit. You sound like you have the motivation and determination to overcome that.

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LADYTWIST1 10/8/2012 2:37PM

  You are a very small woman.

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MYBULLDOGS 10/8/2012 2:37PM

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my sister walks 15,000 steps a day at 63 y
ears old and has lost 105 pounds. she went from a size 24 to a size 10. all her health issues dropped off as the 105 pounds dropped off. took 16 months.

i gave up grain and sugary products and have lost 44 pounds at age 60. i went from a size 18 to a size 10 shorts and medium tops from a 1 or 2x. took 7 months.

we are both still loosing weight until we reach our goal

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He's Home!

Saturday, September 29, 2012

And I've already had to turn down two eating out invitations. He's trying to keep me from having to cook, but restaurants are just a danger area for me. We will be eating out tomorrow, as is our habit, but 3 times in one weekend? Not a good choice!

It's hard, though. I always feel like I'm rejecting HIM, because of the way he feels about food. Sigh...


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    Does he like to help you cook? I ask because that's one of the ways Michael and I have found to compromise on eating out or eating convenience foods. We try to find recipes for the grill or that can be adapted to the grill and we do shopping for the ingredients and meal prep together. He finally confessed a couple of weeks ago that it's almost as much fun as going out to eat. lol

It's worth a try. We use regional specialty type or ethnic recipes that we don't have on a day to day basis.

Good luck!

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ANDREA0301 9/30/2012 2:36PM

    Stay strong in making those right decisions!

You're an inspiration!

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MIATIA1 9/29/2012 10:55AM

    You got a great attitude so stay strong .

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Loving saboteurs....

Thursday, September 27, 2012

My husband is my favorite saboteur. If I want to get off track, he's the go-to guy. It's not even bad foods he supplies for me... usually fruit, occasionally dark chocolate. In truth, he'd give me anything I ask for, but he knows I'm good at turning down most really bad foods, and will stay away from restaurants he know is a problem. His favorite? Furr's Cafeteria! He knows I won't go, so he goes by himself. I don't like that, and sometimes will go to a "compromise" place that's still not the best for me.

The biggest problem is.... he is ALL about food, and has a high metabolism, is high energy, and seems to handle food in a sane way. He just can eat far more than some of his family members without gaining any weight. So..... being around him means eating. That's the way he tells his family he loves them. And not just family.... that's his message of good will to anyone..

The only solution is... you guessed it... just say "no!" That's hard to do sometimes when that's the way he communicates his affection. Our daughter has even been known to say, when offered food, to say "I love you, too, Dad!"

As he is working out town, I go "visit" him periodically when he can't get home. The last time I went.... three pound gain. It's gone now, but took me off track for a while. Trying to keep our relationship nice without having food as a focus. Any suggestions, friends?

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BECCASINGSLEAD 9/28/2012 10:08AM

    Wow! That's tough. My husband loves getting people things. Whether he's feeding them (which he does often) or getting them gifts of different sorts. It's how he shows love. He still brings home food items for the kids but I finally have gotten him to understand that I would rather have a magazine, book, or new running gear instead. Now my drawers and bookshelves are overflowing! Exercising together is a great idea if he's open to it. I can almost always get my hubby to go for a walk with me.

Good Luck!

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TXGRANDMA 9/27/2012 4:04PM

    Hmmmm.......Afraid this one is hopeless! I don't think he will change, so just reassure him that you love him, but can't eat certain things anymore, they just aren't healthy for you!
Explain to him that you are trying to be healthy so that you can be around a long time! (hope that works) emoticon

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AJS_MOMMY_1985 9/27/2012 9:14AM

    Maybe have "No Food" nights? Watch a movie at home and cuddle. Or if you want to offer food (as it seems to be his passion) make dinner and have a wonderful date night made by you of healthy options. Maybe exercise together?

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