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52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 7 etc.

Saturday, September 04, 2010

Today I did:

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 7
25 minute walk

I am making the most of the pretty housing estate that I reach when the walk gets to this length. 12.5 minutes gets me into it with about 2.5 minutes to spare, so as there are some lovely cul de sacs and side roads that amble round to rejoin the main road through a little further down, I've decided to follow some of these roads for a change of scenery and to help me stay off the busy road at the other end of the estate for a few weeks longer. Today I made it a good distance into the first road before having to turn round at the halfway stage. Who knows, I may get to meet some nice new people there. :-)

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 min mile
Calories: 117 (new record)
Steps: 2,923 (new record)
Time: 0:26:12
Distance: 1.31 miles (Tied with record set last week) That is called consistent. LOL.

My Land's End to John O'Groats walk is going well. I'm halfway between Exeter and Taunton currently. 159.3 miles in 56 days!

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 7
Video 4
Core workout.

I will be keeping a good chunk of this video in the routine I plan to build up after I complete the bootcamp challenge because I am very weak on my core and this does the job while I'm standing up, which is great for me.

I have Bounced on Tigger and Stepped on Roo umpteen times today. I have 19 CDs to fit into my various exercise playlists, and I have worked through 4 and a half of them today! It has got me to well over 8000 steps! Yeehar! I just wish we had the appropriate emoticons. I have requested Trampoline and aerobic step emoticons and my request has been passed on, so you never know. I may be able to decorate my blog with them soon. *pretty please*
In the meantime...
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Who remembers Toyah Wilcox? She of the Hair and the great songs like It's a Mystery, Thunder in the Mountains, I want to be Free, Good Morning Universe and Brave New World?

She is one of the artists whose album I've been working through today. Her song It's a Mystery always shoots me back to one particular memory...

I remember my Dad having to assist with supervising a disco at Truro School (he was a languages master and housemaster there). My poor Dad loathed pop music with a passion, and after he had called in every favour he had going to get out of it, and could avoid the horror no longer, he went under protest and armed. I was at the disco that night, a privilege we kids of teachers who lived at the school enjoyed, along with using the swimming pool and tennis courts. I was dancing with friends to Toyah's song when I personally witnessed Dad walk into the disco wearing ear muffs!

Some newer pupils at the school have heard the legend of my somewhat eccentric Dad, and heard this story but don't believe it happened. I swear on everything I hold dear, including my dearest departed Dad, that this really and truly happened! LOLOL

In honour of this memory, here is Toyah singing It's a Mystery:

www.youtube.com/watch?v=hgee3IGYZsU

See her hair? I had mine cut like that once. My Dad said it looked like I had a dustbin lid stuck on my head! LOLOL

I think one of the reasons I love music so much is that it often transports me back to memories from my past. Not always good ones I grant you, but it is still a great trip when you suddenly find yourself back in your teens, or mis-spent youth as my Dad would have called it. :-)

I hope you are all thinking of favourite songs from your teen years now. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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Another good reason not to rely on mobile internet and satnav! LOL

  
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ZURDTA- 9/5/2010 7:30AM

    A great memory, a great dad emoticon

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DAVEINSEOUL 9/5/2010 2:50AM

    Fortunately, I haven't had that happen on my iPhone yet.

I don't know what I would do if I lost my location service and Google Earth app on my iPhone. I would be lost - and I don't speak Korean either, so that wouldn't help.

iPhones are great - as long as they work.

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__KELLY__ 9/5/2010 1:45AM

    Glad you are keeping up with the 28 day challenge! I'm trying to not become utterly bored with it. Some of the videos I like, others...I just don't get anything out of it.

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ANNIE924 9/4/2010 8:35PM

    You are doing so great on your walking plan.

Your blog reminded me that there were parts of the bootcamp that I wanted to include in my regular exercise rotation. I haven't done that yet. I'll review which ones I want to use tomorrow.

Music is such a great motivator.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/4/2010 8:06PM

    You have managed to accumuate some awesome mileage on your walks so far...you will be there in no time at all at this rate!

Amazing the power of music...my husband always says he is able to tell when i am in a funk because the music is gone..and once my mood lifts the music is back. Love where it can take us and the memories that it brings back...the good, the bad and the ugly of course...lol

Rhonda

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/4/2010 8:05PM

    Loved the Toyah Wilcox song !Music is wonderful for transporting us back to the past isn't it?

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KNITTABLES 9/4/2010 7:29PM

    Great job, keep it you doing great.

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CHEVY63 9/4/2010 6:14PM

    You're making great progress!

I also enjoy listening to music from my youth. I was listening to the radio and a song that was very popular while I was in high school came on the radio. Later I was talking to my colleague, and realized that she wasn't even born when that song came out.

Hope you have a great weekend!

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CARLA-216 9/4/2010 4:52PM

    Yeah! Great job on the walk and bootcamp and Tigger, too!

Now I'm kinda kicking myself... Neighbor was having a yard sale today and she had her Tigger out there for sale. I thought about getting it, but got back home with Charlie and it slipped my mind. If I see her out I may ask if she sold it.

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BOVEY63 9/4/2010 1:46PM

    I love it when a song brings me back - whether it's a year ago or 30. Jazz always makes me think of my dad. A couple years before we had to place him in a nursing home (he has Alzheimer's disease) I took him to a jazz concert, and I had more fun watching him get into the music - one of my favorite memories with him.
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Highwoods Country Park - A great place for a walk! (Warning: Blog very picture heavy)

Saturday, September 04, 2010

In the spirit of the team challenges on Finding and Loving your Inner Tigger this is a blog with photos of my local favourite place to walk.

Living in Colchester, just off the Ipswich Road, we are very lucky to have Highwoods Country Park literally a 10 minute walk from our house.
www.visitcolchester.com/thedms.asp?d
ms=13&venue=0654060


To access it we walk through a nearby housing estate and under a railway tunnel:



The paths have recently been revamped to make access easier for bikers and the disabled. They have gone from this:



to this:



While we really enjoyed splashing, and sometimes wading our way through the tunnel and down the paths towards the lake, it is nice that my cycling friends are no longer risking life and limb on the mud and gravel. :-)

After a while the path gives way to fields:



We walk through to the next field:



and make our way to the lake:



before heading past this convenient log, suitable for sitting and watching the lake:



and entering the woods:



This path leads up to the car park and the little cafe and shop that is open during the summer season and at weekends the rest of the year:



After a stroll around the woodland area, we usually come back out to the field above the lake and walk round it, passing the little 'green lake' as we christened it:



and playing hide and seek:



and enjoying the company of my girls (taken the last time I had short hair):



Once we finish circling the lake, we sometimes walk down to Colchester Falls as we have nicknamed the dribble that leaves the lake:



Where the Three Wise Monkeys like to take a little breather before we complete the walk (Third wise monkey is adopted son and computer guru Adrian):



Finally, we head back the way we came, through the fields to the path:



Past some beautiful trees, like this one:



and back to the tunnel, um, Tara, wrong path dear!



"Mum! You know I like walking down these steps!"



And back through the tunnel again:



So that is Highwoods, and now that the summer is over and it will be a bit quieter, I can't wait to start walking up there again. I love autumn, watching the colour changes on the trees and, if it stays dry enough, plenty of leaves to kick and crunch our way through. :-)

Hope you enjoyed the virtual tour! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TWOTIMESS 9/5/2010 2:35PM

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Beautiful! I feel refreshed just looking at these lovely pics! That tree... love it to bits!

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 9/5/2010 2:22AM

    Love the photos!
It's wonderful for me to see another part of the world...

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LINDABENEDICT 9/4/2010 10:26PM

    OH HOW BEAUTIFUL !!!! That does it ....I'm just going to HAVE to come for that walk !!!!! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 9/4/2010 8:18PM

    Wow!! What a gorgeous place to walk!! So very nice!! thanks for taking the time to load up all these photos!! (I would hate to think how long it would have taken me) Enjoyed very much your virtual tour!!!
Enjoy the rest of your weekend!
Hugs,
Linda xxx

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/4/2010 8:08PM

    Lovely pictures...thanks for sharing!

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/4/2010 7:55PM

    That is absolutely lovely .I wish I could magic myself over for a ramble!!!

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CARLA-216 9/4/2010 2:50PM

    Oh what a glorious place to walk! You're so lucky to have that nearby.
Enjoy the autumn at Highwoods!

xoxo,
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KNITTABLES 9/4/2010 12:58PM

    What a great place to go for a walk, so beautiful. Thanks for sharing this walk with us.

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__KELLY__ 9/4/2010 12:01PM

    I love it!!! Fabulous!

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THIAGRAM 9/4/2010 10:57AM

  Wow! This is wonderful! Thanks for taking me along! emoticon emoticon

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GOHUSKERS2 9/4/2010 10:24AM

    What a nice way to enjoy time with your family! Peachful, beautiful....thanks for sharing!

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LOVESLIFE48 9/4/2010 10:08AM

    That is just beautiful!!! Loved every picture! You have beautiful kids too!! Thanks so much for sharing!! Wish there was a place like that around here!! Have a great weekend!! emoticon

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WANDAH3 9/4/2010 10:01AM

    Lexie...what a beautiful place to walk. Thank you for sharing it with us. It smacks of peacefulness and a great place to just let your worries and cares disappear.

Hugs,
Wanda

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MOTIVATED@LAST 9/4/2010 9:36AM

    What an beautiful place - makes walking a pleasure.

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LBEEKMA 9/4/2010 8:54AM

    What a beautiful, peaceful looking place! I can see why you look forward to walking!

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 6 etc.

Friday, September 03, 2010

Today was a rest day for the 52-Week Walking Plan, but I did do the Waitrose Circuit, and a lot of climbing up and down our stairs today, repeatedly checking out some work that was being done for me, so I got my minimum steps in. :-)

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 6
Upper body workout, with plenty of weight work.
This video is my favourite of the seven workouts. :-) I think I may be ready to move up to my next level of dumbbells weight, but I am going to finish this challenge first, then incorporate this particular video into my weekly exercise routine and build on it, along with the 20 minute dumbbell workout. I am enjoying weights far more than I thought I would. :-)

A friend showed me this:

www.sandowplus.co.uk/Competition/Att
ila/db01.htm


I plan to work some of Prof. Attila's routine into my workouts too. :-)
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Well, the new episode of Medium is going to start soon, so I'm going to sit and enjoy the episode with a nice hot cuppa!

Catch you all later! I hope the day is going well for you all. :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/4/2010 8:39PM

    Lexie,

Glad you are enjoying weights. Thanks for sharing the link...I think I will give it a shot!

Rhonda

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KNITTABLES 9/3/2010 8:43PM

    Thanks for sharing and cute pictures.

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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 5:16PM

    I would be happier working out with weights when my elbow finally heals and gets fixed, but until then yucky!! Glad you like them though, its an important part of a healthy lifestyle. Women especially need to build bone and muscle mass as we lose it too quickly after the big M.
Enjoy your weekend!!
Hugs,
Linda

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BOVEY63 9/3/2010 4:56PM

    Love the pics you post - keep em' comin'
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School Bullies rant cont'd from last post

Friday, September 03, 2010

Thanks everyone for your kind comments about Tara's problems. :-) While it helps to know she has the support of family and friends, it saddens me that there is such a huge bullying problem and that so little is done about it.

No-one should be driven to attempt suicide Delois. I am so sorry to hear that about your daughter.

No one should have to move out of a district to start a new life Chris. I feel for your niece, I really do, and it is something we are considering because Tara still doesn't feel safe to walk outside alone.

No one should be targeted because they have a learning difficulty, or because they are sensitive souls who don't like name-calling. Tara never understood name-calling.

No one should be told that it is all part of growing up and to 'deal with it', as her primary school headteacher told her after a boy 4 years older than her (she was 7) had his friends pin her down so he could go through her pockets and steal her belongings. (he was the same boy who then sexually harrassed her when she started secondary school)

No-one should have to be told that even the policewoman attached to the secondary school cannot guarantee your daughters safety because the boy just walks into her class and harrasses her in front of the teaching staff and drops books on her head from two flights up the stairs!! He even told her sexually explicit jokes IN FRONT OF ME!

We had plenty of support in primary school after the head quit shortly after basically telling my daughter it was her fault she was bullied! The no-nonsense deputy who took over as temporary head made arrangements for Tara to help out in the nursery before school started so she felt safe going in, and then he made the bully write a letter of apology to Tara and to me. Being so much older than her, he left the school at the end of that year, and for the most part Tara did ok after that, and the new head was very quick to squash any nonsense before it got a hold.

Unfortunately we didn't get any support from the school staff at the secondary school when the same kid continued his tormenting and it took a violent and sexual turn! I was so shocked about the lack of concern from everyone from the Principal down, even with all the evidence I had amassed about him by that time, that I pulled her out, and we haven't looked back.

Right. Rant over. It is safe to come out now! :-)
Hugs,
Lex xxx

  
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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/4/2010 8:38PM

    Sadly Lexie you and Tara are far from alone with this frustration. It is happening all over the world and it doesn't seem to matter where you are from. The police told us to move, they could not keep my family safe either...what a scary situation. I am pleased to hear that someone took it seriously but sorry that it was not enough. Big Hugs for you both and remember you can rant here all you want/need that is what friends are for!

Rhonda

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__KELLY__ 9/4/2010 1:52AM

    wow! rant much deserved.

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CHERIRIDDELL 9/4/2010 12:55AM

    We have a name for boys like that little sod we call them "future axe murderers " The headmaster at that school should be ashamed of himself .Tara should not have been subjected to that kind of abuse ,it is appalling that he has been allowed to carry on bullying all through his school career .I do think you have made the best possible decision if the school is not prepared to have the backbone to protect its students you must protect your child! You have certainly done that by homeschooling her.

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CARLA-216 9/3/2010 8:20PM

    Wow. Apparently it's a widespread problem of adults in charge doing little to nothing to deter/put a stop to bullying! This is maddening!

Big hugs to both you and Tara.

xoxo,
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TEACHLDY4 9/3/2010 7:28PM

  That's horrible..We have an anti-bullying program at my district and such complaints are taken very seriously..Glad your daughter is away from it now.

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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 5:14PM

    That boy should have been kicked out of that school a long time ago!! I am shocked they did nothing! Makes my blood boil. So sorry for Tara :((( Glad you got her out of there!

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CHEVY63 9/3/2010 4:42PM

    Wow - I am so sorry to hear that your daughter had to deal with this. I'm glad that you're taking matters into your hands to keep her safe and protected!

Have a great weekend -

Michele

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52-Week Walking Plan Week 3, Day 5 etc. School Bullies and Bridesmaid Dresses

Thursday, September 02, 2010

Today I did:

52-Week Walking Plan
Week 3, Day 5
20 minute walk

Pedometer Stats:
Pace: 20 min mile
Calories: 94
Steps: 2,341
Time: 0:21:06
Distance: 1.05 miles

Some of the schools went back today, so I had some kids and parents to avoid on the pavements. I will have to set my alarm in the mornings to make sure I get up in time to avoid them. It is hard to keep your pace up when you are playing dodgems on the pavements. :-) I'm just getting in the swing of earlier nights, so it is set the alarm or go to bed later. We will try the alarm route for a while and see how it goes.

The mouthy kids don't go back until Monday. These are the kids from the school where Tara was mercilessly bullied and physically abused by her tormentors until I pulled her out and home-schooled her. The school was so bad that it was threatened with closure but as a last ditch attempt to keep a school on the site they have changed it into an 'academy', which means a lot of money will be thrown at it to try and fix it. This does not in any way tempt us into trying the school again, though. You can call it what you like, it still has the same kids with the same problems and the same discipline issues that it did two days ago when it was still the old school. How stupid do they think we are?

But enough of the subject that raises my blood pressure. :-)

28-Day Bootcamp Challenge
Week 3, Day 5
Video 2
Lower body workout

Walked into town, round town and back home - total of 14,733 steps today! That is about 6.7 miles! No wonder my legs are aching! If I keep going at this pace (all the walking I put into my days) I will soon have an average walking distance of three miles per day! In the last 54 days I have walked 153.9 miles!

All the exercise was well worth it though. It took three attempts at three different stores but we found a reliable lady to do the alterations to Tara's bridesmaid dress for 32. Tara's pleased, Bryony is delighted, and all the girls are going to be in the same dresses after all!

This is the dress:
www.fennwrightmanson.com/mailorder/p
roduct.php?xProd=2700&jssCart=e7ea91ee
9c1613d8a99d9a19ae07c773

You can even use a close-up tool to see the detail.

We also managed to get the name and phone number of the lady who organises the Youth Theatre Workshops at our local Mercury Theatre. Tara is hoping to join as long as they don't have a huge waiting list.

And we turned 14 of loose change (1p, 2p and 5p coins) into a DVD - Alvin and the Chipmunks The Squeakquel, and a CD - Alphabeat, The Best of. It was all about Tara today! :-)

Her appetite is slowly coming back, which is a relief. It is the whole school thing that has made her ill over the summer, and it is only now that the holidays are over that she is starting to feel better. The physical scars heal quite quickly, but the mental scars go deep and are easily re-opened when a very sensitive kid is constantly bombarded with 'back-to-school' advertising for six weeks. That continuous low level mental nudging reminding her of what she endured back then had her sinking into a low self-esteem level without really understanding why, which is the reason for all the hoo-hah recently, until we realised what was happening. Now we understand we are working through it and she is looking a lot happier.

And because she is a lot happier, I am too! I just want next Tuesday to hurry up and get over with. That is the day I go back to hospital for the follow-up boobie checks to make sure nothing untoward has happened since they last saw me. Please, please let it all be ok so I don't have to have another needle in me boobie! :-)

So, it has been a busy day, reasonably productive, and now I am ready for some shut-eye!

Happy Birthday to our esteemed leader of the British Comedy Lovers Team - Lyn (Ladybud2)
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Hey, Lyn, remember this song?



Have a great day everyone!
Hugs,
Lex xxx
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Here's a picture in honour of the cute squirrel that followed us through Castle park this afternoon!

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 9/4/2010 12:45AM

    Hugs to you and Tara ,what a lovely bridesmaid dress. I homeschooled my daughter for precisely the same reason and if it makes you feel any better she graduated from the London School of Economics with a Masters in Political Science last year so I obviously didn't do her any lasting harm!!!!

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BOVEY63 9/3/2010 4:55PM

    So sorry Tara has had to endure the bullying. Sure hope this year goes a lot better for her.
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Way to go on all the steps.
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CARLA-216 9/3/2010 10:37AM

    Wow, that's a whole lot of steps, Lexie! Great job!

I'm sorry to hear that Tara has been a victim of bullies. It angers and saddens me that other children can be so callous to their peers. It's especially maddening when the adults in charge don't do what they should do to better help contain situations like that. Not saying that's the case with Tara...just reminded of a bad bully situation here in the US that happened a few months ago where the school admins knew what was going on but basically stood by while a student was severely tormented.

Good thoughts for the boobie checkup next week headed your way.

And last but not least: What a beautiful dress! I am glad it can be altered.

xoxo,
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LINDABENEDICT 9/3/2010 8:55AM

    Love the dress !!! And I loved your blog. Over 14,000 steps in a day ...way to go !!!!!!!!
So sorry to hear about the bullying at school. I guess that is not just an American phenomenon. It got so bad at my kids school they instituted an extensive anti bully program and suggested that about 6 kids find other schools to attend. (They went to a parochial school, so they could actually kick out offenders after a warning). Hope your daughter does well with your home school program !!!
All the best to you, and good luck with your check up !

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TWOTIMESS 9/3/2010 2:55AM

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JHADZHIA 9/3/2010 12:37AM

    That is so horrible about the bullying :(( So sorry she had to go through that :(( That happened to me in school as well. For many, many years it made me very self conscious in public. Unfortunately, I even had people bully me on the streets as well. Something about being a gimp or my appearance strikes them the wrong way I guess. Maybe why I am a shut in (I love a lot of activities but being home is best) and don't get close to anyone for fear of betrayal (send off leave me alone vibes).
I hope she can heal and be healthy and well adjusted and put the nightmare behind her.
Such a pretty dress! Glad its a go!!
Way to go with your fitness!! That is awesome!!
Hugs,
Linda

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KNITTABLES 9/2/2010 7:39PM

    Great job on the walking and getting up early to do it. Great dress, so pretty and glad you found an alterationist to fix it and so glad your daught is feeling better. All the best and get some rest.

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DCATNAPPER 9/2/2010 6:33PM

    Lexie,

I'm glad to see you are still maintaining your walking plan. I need to do something like that, but can't seem to get myself started with the 7:30am class. I have found that if I don't exercise first thing in the morning I usually don't fit the exercise in.

I'm sorry that your daughter is having problems with bullies. My daughter had the similar problems when she was in school. We put her in a private Christian school, and she had one really good year there before the school admitted some girls who had been kicked out of public school. They targeted my daughter, and we went through the worst year. I finally pulled her out and home schooled her for a while. Meeting with the board at the school did not help as they indicated that what my daughter was going through would make her stronger. What she went through almost killed her. (She attempted suicide.) I remember my daughter's melt-downs as time for school to start rolled around every year after that. It was a tough time, so I am thinking about you and your daughter. I hope this year is a good one for both of you.

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I love your squirrel!

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CHRISTURTLE 9/2/2010 6:31PM

    Your exercise plan is going amazingly well, so huge congratulations on that! emoticon
The dress is absolutely beautiful, and the detail in the flowers is wonderful. Not only do I love the style of dress, which looks so easy to wear and comfortable, but I love that color, think its really elegant and sets the dress off perfectly.
A friend's 16 year old niece was bullied mercilessly for 18 months, and it reached the stage where she had to move interstate to live with her aunt and grandparents before she could summon the courage to walk through the front door. She has been here for 15 months, and has recently started working, although it is with her aunt for security. She still has really emotional moments, when she is taken out of her comfort zone, but day by day is regaining a little more confidence.
My grandson Kurt (he's in my photos on my page along with Emily, his sister) has Aspergers Syndrome, and he is very sensitive about being called names, as happens occasionally, such as 'monkey boy' as was happening for a few weeks. He is lucky enough to be at a wonderful school with a great program of inclusion and treating everyone with respect, and its passed on to the students. He begins secondary school next year, so we're hoping for full acceptance of his uniqueness there too.
I know just how helpless a parent feels when its their child being bullied, and can see you are going a great job with Tara.
I'll be sending healthy vibes your way, along with a lot of love, and good wishes that you get a great report next Tuesday!
Big hugs,
Chris.

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TIGGERIFFIC123 9/2/2010 6:25PM

    Waking up earlier to avoid the rush sounds good and if you are able to do so me I would be staying up late and getting up later...my inner tigger only kicks in at decent hours...lol

CONGRATS on all those steps today...you are doing an amazing job with all your walking!

I so understand your blood boiling over the school issues. I too have gone through similar with my kids and it is heartbreaking. At least you had the ability to pull her out and home school. We did something similar..thank goodness for e-learning!

What a beautiful bridesmaid dress! I am sure everyone is thrilled to be having the same dresses. She is going to look just beautiful in it I am sure! Keeping my fingers crossed that Tara gets into the Youth Theater Group. Let us know how that turns out.

Everybody deserves a day to be about them and I hope Tara has enjoyed her day with you. This time next week the back to school jitters will be over and things will be much better. Are you home schooling again this year or is she starting at a new school?

Wishing you a great evening and some much deserved rest!
Rhonda



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ANNIE924 9/2/2010 6:17PM

    Wow you had a very busy day. Great job on the walking. Hope Tara feel better, sounds like she has a lot to get over.

The dress is beautiful, what color is it?

I'll be praying that your boobie check is an all clear.

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