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Sunday, September 25, 2011

Going on a Panama Canal Cruise in a couple weeks to celebrate our 65th wedding anniversary... emoticon

Never been on a cruise before... and I know there are many things that I have not thought of yet...,

Will you help me by giving me your very best tip to make it a happy, healthy trip in every way, including nutrition and fitness tips, clothing and any other tips that worked for you on your cruises or trips. emoticon

I want to return without wrecking my hard earned Goal... so don't hesitate to tell me 'anything'! emoticon

My Spark page background and Photos Gallery includes our wedding picture and a few others.

Thank you, my dear Spark Friends. emoticon emoticon

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MARLIZG 12/9/2011 12:03PM

    hi, i haven't checked in with u for awhile--we just celebrated our 55th. Hope all's well with you. emoticon

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SLIMKIM2B 11/14/2011 8:21AM

    Wow, 65 years!!! Congratulations to you. Hope your trip was all you'd hoped it would be.

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ADEWYN 11/14/2011 6:12AM

    I hope you enjoyed you cruise! I have been on one lol and i gained 8 pounds AND i workout everyday AND went on all physical excursions lol... I just work it off again when I got home (thats when it was easy to drop 8 pounds lol Hope you had fun ate well and took lots of pictures and Happy Anniversary 65 years is huge!

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BEYONDLIMITS 10/18/2011 8:39PM

    Congratulations on your anniversary. I know you will have a wonderful time on your cruise. I don't foresee any great challenges because you have all the skills you need to maintain your weight loss and beautiful figure. Have a ball and enjoy the celebration of your 65th anniversary. emoticon

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CANNIE50 10/16/2011 10:36PM

    I think you will do fine on your cruise because you are bringing your wonderful attitude with you. I will be anxious to read the blog you write AFTER your cruise. We will want to hear all about the ways you found to incorporate exercise, and navigate those dangerous buffets. Enjoy!!!! emoticon

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QTEALADY20031 10/1/2011 10:50AM

    Liz congratulations on your wedding anniversary. I have never been on a cruise but my daughter has and you will do a lot of walking which may make up for a treat now and then.
The one thing my daughter said was that if they come around and ask you to sign up for something it then because later was too late. I do not recall what it was but just in case....sign up when they ask. I hope you have a fabulous time. June emoticon

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HAPPYMOM8 9/28/2011 5:02PM

    You will do lots of walking that is for sure. Try to load up up on the healthiest choices at the wonderful buffets
And just have fun!
We all wish we were so lucky!
Hugs, Pat
PS-My DH and I will celebrate our 65 in the spring.

Comment edited on: 9/28/2011 5:03:44 PM

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DIDMIS 9/28/2011 8:13AM

    What fun Liz. I have never been on a cruise.
emoticonYou and your honey.

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MILLIE5522 9/27/2011 4:58PM

    Many congratulations on your 65th anniversary! Wishing you a wonderful time.
I've never been on a cruise but I did spend 2 weeks in France trying to exercise damage limitation. I tracked every delightful morsel & made sure that everything I chose was in some way healthy even if a bit naughty!(the exception to this was the wine emoticon)
Inevitably I put on a few pounds but I can honestly say that I enjoyed every one!! I have since lost most of my weight gain without too much trouble as SP has helped me to keep motivated.
I hope you have the most amazing time....will we get to see some pics?

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NITABEAN82 9/27/2011 4:33PM

    Cruises can be lots of fun, but beware the opportunities to over indulge.
Try to make good choices, but do try new things. As stated by Elisel, take
advantage of the gym, or just take brisk walks on the deck. The tip about
water is good. You are usually charged for all beverages while on board.
You can bring water with you, but that can be a bit cumbersome.

The main thing is to have lots of fun.

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SUEAZZI 9/26/2011 9:20AM

    I've never been on a cruise so I don't have any tips for you but I want to wish you and DH a fabulous time... 65 years... Wow you two are amazing!

I have no doubt you'll make good choices. Enjoy!

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ELISEL 9/25/2011 6:11PM

    One thing that I noticed on our cruise is that water wasn't readily available unless you pay for it...bottled water. I don't know if your cruise will do this (we went on Norwegian) but the first day you can buy a case of bottled water at a discount. If you can, do this so you will not have to worry about paying for water throughout the cruise. And you can have them remove the stuff in your fridge...the mini bar that you don't want to spend the money on anyway and keep your water in there.

Also, there should be a small gym on your ship. I think all of them have one and ours even had a walking/running track. It's easy to ignore these, but just a 30 minute walk will keep you going.

We also signed up for several shore excursions that involved a lot of walking instead of driving around. They were great fun and we got exercise.

But most of all, have fun! Cruises are great. They make you feel like you're royalty.

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SUZWARNR 9/25/2011 4:46PM

    I don't have any tips since I've never been on a cruise, but I hope you have a fantastic time. 65 years? That's amazing!

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Nicest Unsolicited Compliments I've Ever Received!

Monday, August 15, 2011

I've thought about this some, so I'll put it down here... because anything that builds up my self esteem is an important part of my weight loss journey.

Sometime back while visiting a relative out of state, a friend of hers asked me pointedly, "Have you ever had a face lift?"

Okay, so that's a very personal question, but I smiled politely, and said that I had not! I took it to mean that she was saying that I looked younger than my years, and it actually pleased me. Would that question have offended you?

Today at kettlebell class, I remarked to a classmate, that at one time I had done Strong Women. ( A great weight training program)

She said, "No wonder you're in such fabulous shape!" I 'm sure I beamed a bit, and thanked her kindly.

These comments still bring me joy when I think about them, and if my determined efforts at maintenance and reaching other goals elicits other nice comments then, yes, that's okay. But I think it is better yet that I sincerely compliment others at every opportunity.

I'd love to know the nicest compliment you've ever received? And whether it helped you in your weight loss journey.

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MARLIZG 9/17/2011 1:26PM

    that's cause u look so good

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NITABEAN82 8/19/2011 9:18PM

    Even before I started exercising regularly, I was often told I look younger than my years. Now I even feel younger on many days!
It's always nice to be told you look good, I have been hearing that a lot lately.


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CANNIE50 8/17/2011 8:20PM

    Yesterday, a little girl asked me how many children I had (she is a friend of my youngest child). I told her four, and she asked how old the oldest was. I told her he is 36. An hour later, she said, out of the blue, "Wait, I thought YOU were 36!" THat made me laugh, actually, and I felt like giving her money or something. Of course, kids have no concept of age but I will take my compliments where I can get them! You are lovely, by the way.

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SUZWARNR 8/17/2011 8:15PM

    Compliments are the best gifts. They make us shine and feel all giddy inside. I live hearing them, no matter how big or small. You deserve to have lots of them. :)

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MARLIZG 8/16/2011 1:17PM

    hi from one babe to another! emoticon

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LMMIMI 8/15/2011 2:39PM

    It always makes me feel good when people do not believe my age. emoticon

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SUEAZZI 8/15/2011 1:44PM

    ... that I become more beautiful the older I get

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MARLIZG 8/15/2011 12:42PM

    my friend donna calls me a "babe"--at 73 that's nice to hear

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Special Delivery...Look For it!

Tuesday, August 02, 2011

I won 2 points on my log-in spin this morning, and thought to myself, "if I got any lower I would have to look up to see bottom!" emoticon

But lo and behold on my bonus spin later I won the biggest number on the wheel! I almost yelled, " WOW, I don't believe my eyes!" emoticon

I wish it were enough to give a big emoticon goodie to everyone of my emoticon because you are all so special. not to leave anybody out, I will give myself a special goodie, and dedicate it to all of you! emoticon I don't know what it will be yet, but something real special!

emoticon I love you all!

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MARLIZG 8/15/2011 12:43PM

    you write the best blogs!...always so "up". I like you

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DIDMIS 8/15/2011 11:29AM

    Oh Liz you are so cute. "I'll give myself a goodie and dedicate it to you" I never thought of that but I just might try it.
Get yourself the tiara, you deserve it.

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HAPPYMOM8 8/6/2011 5:54PM

    I can't think of a more deserving recipient, myself!

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SUEAZZI 8/5/2011 1:48PM

    You deserve a reward Liz... go for it!

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SUZWARNR 8/2/2011 5:10PM

    Treat yourself. You deserve it!

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AURORAMILLET 8/2/2011 4:47PM

    That is awesome. I am happy for you! I have yet to win big! emoticon

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BEYONDLIMITS 8/2/2011 4:46PM

    Thank you. So thoughtful of you! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 8/2/2011 1:53PM

    woo hoo!

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The Mishap That Isn't!

Monday, August 01, 2011

Since my 'mishap' of last week (see my blog) I can happily report that I am now back down one pound below goal. For three consecutive days, the weight fell at approximately one pound each day until today's results. emoticon

Don't ask me how that works! I had drawn a circle around the incident in my food journal to isolate it from the rest, and wrote, "Off Day. Tomorrow is a New Day!" and went back immediately to my nutrition plan, tracking, fitness workouts, etc. Our bodies know what to do. emoticon

So please, if that 'mishap' occurs, don't allow it to derail you. Even if it takes 3 days or longer to get back on track...your body will love you for it! emoticon

And that's the rest of the story. emoticon

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SUEAZZI 8/5/2011 1:49PM

    You're getting the maintenance plan down pat! emoticon

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SUZWARNR 8/2/2011 5:09PM

    It is nice to get back under where you want to be. I have a 3 lb range that I'm willing to play with. As long as I'm within those 3 lbs, then I'm good. If I'm over, then I have to work harder to get back. You're doing a great job!

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DIDMIS 8/2/2011 9:02AM

    Great Liz. I believe that. Get back on the horse.

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BEYONDLIMITS 8/1/2011 5:58PM

    Thanks for letting us know. emoticon

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FITFABJENN 8/1/2011 3:41PM

    Great job getting back on track and showing the scale who's boss.

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TYME2BME 8/1/2011 2:58PM

    Nice blog and congratulations on your successes. Keep up the good work.

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Mishaps Happen!

Friday, July 29, 2011

Because of a minor mishap, I missed my kettlebell class this morning. But to salvage a perfectly good exercise day, DH and I walked at the Y and did some machines. Not exactly workouts compared to doing kettlebells , but it was okay in a pinch.

Another mishap of my own making happened yesterday. At a baby shower/party, I got out of hand on my eating. Up until then it was a good clean calorie range day.

But I arrived hungry. Really hungry. Big mistake. And cause for a 'mishap waiting to happen'. Some chips and dips started the whole thing...then on to too many other non-guilt-free foods. No need to name them because everybody knows already.

I was self-talking on my usual guilt-trip. But somehow I came to my senses and reasoned that I did not have to continue this binge --- as so often has happened (especially before SparkPeople). I drew a big circle around that part in my journal and wrote, “Off Day. New Day Tomorrow.”

I went back to my nutrition tracking this morning as if nothing had happened... but not before the scale, yes, I dared to face my maker...glowered that a horrible mishap had indeed happened. Up 2 pounds!

Hmm. Mishaps are going to happen---be assured. But when they do, like missing the kettlebell class or succumbing to temptation at a party, it doesn't have to be fatal to a plan or program in the grand scheme of things.

My goal remains the same. To continue on my health and fitness journey, no matter how many mishaps along the way.

emoticon And so can I!

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MILLIE5522 9/3/2011 8:55AM

    Just what I needed to read after my indulgent holiday in France. I have come back 6 lbs heavier but I know that I can "draw a circle around it". emoticon

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DIDMIS 8/2/2011 9:04AM

    Way to think LIz and I read your recovery before reading this.

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SAMI199 7/31/2011 1:13PM


We all have our mishaps-that's for sure-lol.I love that word-mishap-sounds better than some others we use...Way to turn it around!!! Have a great day! emoticon

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SUEAZZI 7/31/2011 1:01PM

    Yeah you for getting right back on track! We all have those days and I've had maybe too many recently emoticonand trying to get back to a cleaner calorie range emoticon.

Tomorrow's a new day; a great perspective rather than throw in the towel and give into the temptatious devil! emoticon

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BEYONDLIMITS 7/29/2011 8:23PM

    Well, I did that a couple of times this week. Tomorrow is another day to start out fresh. But aren't you brave to get on a scale on a day when you didn't feel you were doing very well. Now that's brave! I'm sure you'll do better tomorrow.

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SUZWARNR 7/29/2011 8:22PM

    Things do happen to trip us up but we just learn from them and move forward. You're right. No use beating yourself up. What's that gonna do? You'll get those two pounds off. You're in the journey of maintaining and learning now. Maintaining has it's ups and downs. I normally stay between 128-130. I do not see 127 very often but I'm happy with what I'm doing and how I look and feel. You're doing great. Glad you enjoyed that time with your husband.

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LMMIMI 7/29/2011 7:23PM

    I know that scenario well. You did right get right back on track - no blame no shame. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AURORAMILLET 7/29/2011 6:09PM

    I appreciate your honesty about what had happened. I too have had days like that.

Don't give up and keep trying. There is always another day.

I like when you said, "off day. New day tommorrow."

Everyone has those.

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JETTANALA 7/29/2011 4:50PM

    Remember.. getting out of hand for one day does not cause a 2 lb gain! And each day is a roller coaster... tracking and continuing on with your plan is the best thing to do and you are not off the beaten path... you are doing great! Don't let something like this get you down... just keep on going, and your goal is awesome!!

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