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Thinking About February......And Beyond

Sunday, February 07, 2010

emoticonToday is Sunday and usually if I do any exercise, it is just a short walk. But today I wanted to do some extra exercise for several reasons.
Number 1 was that today is Super Bowl Sunday emoticonNo offense to all the fans out there but watching several hours of any Sport is not great fun to me. (I am Happy for the Saints!) So getting out of the house for a walk and going to the gym at the Community Center seemed like a good idea for this afternoon.
emoticonMy Second reason was that one of my Curves Teams on SparkPeople was the #6 Team on Spark last month for the number of SparkPoints and Fitness Minutes we had earned. They challenged all of us members to do an extra 10--20 minutes of exercise each day to push our Team into the Top Five SparkPeople Teams. I am going to do my part.
emoticonThis has nothing to do with why I went for a walk today, really, and it is kind of selfish, but I found out that my Curves is going to do another Biggest Loser Contest this year (I am not sure when, exactly) and I have decided that I am going to enter it and actually try to win even though I won last year. I am a little worried that it might be upsetting to some people if I win again, but it will be my LAST chance to win. By next year at this time I plan to be at my Goal Weight and there would be NO CHANCE that I would even want to enter the contest, much less lose enough weight to win.
emoticonI started playing on the Computer and didn't get to the Community Center before they closed. But I did go for my walk. emoticonI walked for 50 minutes at Target, then I went to Wal-Mart and walked for another 50 minutes, and bought an apple. I sat in the car and ate the apple and drank a bottle of water, then talked myself into going to Homeland and walking for another 32 minutes. The stores are all within 4 miles of my house and it was way too cold to walk outside. By breaking it up into three walks I didn't feel as conspicuous as I would have if I'd walked for over 2 hours in one store. I am glad I got in my 6 mile walk today, even though now my Legs are not speaking to me emoticon

  
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NORASPAT 2/27/2010 9:58AM

    Congratulations LJ you are a true inspiration Nice to know you Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FLOWERLADY63 2/27/2010 8:52AM

  What fantastic goals you have accomplished and you truly are an inspiration to me. Please keep writing your blog. Thank you for sharing your continuing journey. emoticon

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NEELY0918 2/13/2010 3:43PM

    OMG you have lost 123 lbs!! how awesome. i dream of that first goal of losing 50 then 100 and then finishing. It can not come quick enough for me. I am so motivated by your story. I would not worry about winning again. Join that contest and I am confident you will excel. I am just starting out and I am amazed how differently I feel about losing weight this time, Sparks has certainly made a difference. Talking to people with the same problems and seeing the success stories are keeping me highly motivated. Good Luck on your contest. I will peek in now and again to see how you are doing.

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BARBARA_G 2/10/2010 7:58PM

    Woohoo for your 6 mile walk. Do you have a mall you can walk in? That way you would not have to drive to different places. But good for you for doing it! You have every reason to be proud of yourself.
I definitely think you should do the Biggest loser challenge. If you lose more weight than the rest you deserve the price even if you win it two years in a row!
Keep up the walking ;)
Barbara

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HUNNYTHISTLE 2/9/2010 12:30AM

    All that walking is really impressive, and is something I aspire to. Right now I'm just trying to get out the door and walk every day -- even if it's just up to the produce stand or around the block.

6 miles is definitely inspiring!

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LISANANCY 2/8/2010 9:08AM

    Hey,sometimes the home stretch is the hardest one. I think it is great that you enter the contest. It will bring you to your goal on time. You go girl emoticon

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DKAB55 2/7/2010 11:01PM

    You should focus on you...and if entering the Biggest Loser contest and WINNING is your goal...then I say go for it. Everyone has the same opportunity to win; it has to come from within and if they have what it takes then they will give you a run for your money and may the Biggest Loser Win! But don't deny yourself this because you’re afraid there may be hurt feelings.
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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 2/7/2010 10:46PM

    How amazing are you? You little cardio bunnie you!!

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Still Moving In Spite Of Ice Storm

Thursday, January 28, 2010

Thanks to the Owner calling me this morning, I made it to Curves and had a GREAT work-out before they closed early because of the weather. Thanks Maria, I appreciate you!!
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonYesterday we stocked up on groceries, milk, and fruit. We even gassed up the cars. So we are as ready as we can be for whatever this storm brings.
emoticonI was hoping to walk at least down to the corner today. But it has been sleeting all day and the TV has been warning about 'Slip and Falls' since before noon, so............No walking outside for me today. emoticon
emoticonThankfully we still have electricity--so far, anyway. So I popped in a Leslie Sansone Video and walked 3.3 miles so far. I am hoping to walk at least 3.1 miles (5K) five days a week from now until the Oklahoma City Marathon on April 25th. I will be walking with a group from Curves in the 5K Fun Walk. I will not let a little thing like an Ice Storm keep me from practicing.

  
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DKAB55 1/31/2010 10:37AM

    I'm so glad you're not letting a LITTLE thing like an ICE STORM stop you from exercising...Too cute!
You keep rockin it mama!
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LJCANNON 1/29/2010 10:14PM

    You are SOOO welcome for calling you! It stinks that we have been closed! I will for sure see you on Monday!!

Love ya
Maria


PS yes I hacked into your blog!!! HAHAHAHAHA but you love me!

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NATALIE1964 1/29/2010 6:26PM

    You are emoticon

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BOUDINETTE 1/29/2010 4:09AM

    Oklahoma City Marathon emoticon
That sounds exciting!

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LISANANCY 1/28/2010 10:41PM

    Stay safe and warm, I just know you will be out there with the melting snow. Good job, wonderful goal emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 1/28/2010 8:21PM

    Good for you. You must have been a girl scout.
Seriously, you had plan and followed through on it. emoticon

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BARBARA_G 1/28/2010 8:03PM

    I love your attitude. I do hope you don't have an electrical outage. I'm glad you're stocked up on food and you found a way to exercise indoors.
Keep up the excellent work!
Barbara

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/28/2010 7:50PM

    Wow! That's commitment!

It's AWESOME that they called you - shows how much support you have and how committed they think you are. All around, very inspiring and cool.

Be careful - I hope you get to do your 5k!

-Sarah

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I Made It To One-Derland January 23, 2010

Tuesday, January 26, 2010

It wasn't my "Official" Weigh In Day but on Saturday morning I decided on the spur of the moment to get on the scales at Curves--even though I had already eaten breakfast and drank a ton of coffee. The scale said 198. I only told a few people and I did not post it on SparkPeople. I think there is a part of me that does not believe that it is really possible that I am finally under 200.
Then this morning I weighed again--before breakfast and coffee--and the scale was down 2 more pounds!! I know I should be doing the happy dance but I think I am scared to really believe it.
I have tried so hard before with diets and pills to lose the weight and I felt like such a failure because I couldn't stick to the rules and resist my favorite foods for more than a few days or weeks at a time. If I did lose anything it was just a few pounds that always came back--with Friends!--as soon as I gave up on the diet or threw away the Pills because the side effects of them scared me.
This time--with SparkPeople and Curves--I do not feel deprived at all. If I want some kind of food, I just budget it into my calories for that day. I feel better and have more energy than I have had in I don't know when. How could I possibly have lost 122 pounds in a relatively short time without feeling deprived and struggling with controlling my appetite. I no longer crave some of the foods that I used to think I couldn't live without, and I have learned that I like many more vegetables than I thought.
emoticon emoticonI will do the Happy Dance as soon as the shock wears off and I BELIEVE that I really am in that beautiful place called One-Derland.

  
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NORASPAT 2/13/2010 2:02PM

    Oh I am so glad I got to your Page LJ, I have trouble with my page. Every time I try to do anything with it I get a message saying the are unable to find this member-something like that. User unknown I guess. I am not too worried I am new to all of this I will get to finishing the page eventually. Right now I am concentrating on getting my left leg strengthened. 6 years ago TODAY, I lifted a heavy dresser and ruptured three discs in my back. I have a numb left leg from the surgery but no pain. I live in Maine and if it is icy it makes me nervous. Anyway I am still so glad I found your page. I did Curves and loved it but I had a fall of a machine and have not been for a long time I suspended my membership. The curves in My town closed and I had to go to a much smaller crowded curves in the next town. I am doing my tread mill though. Good to meet you Pat in Maine. Where are you? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THINWITHIN18 2/11/2010 1:00AM

    Welcome to One-derland. I love it here and I'm sure you will too! Congratulations on your great accomplishment and best of luck for the future!
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SM-ARTGIRL 2/1/2010 9:15PM

    I am so proud of you!!
It really is real!
You really have got to onederland!!

Yippeeee!!!


I was so happy to read this blog today Jeannie!

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NORJUNMA1 1/28/2010 11:35AM

    Congrats LJ! All it takes is one little pebble to start an avalanche!

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BARBARA_G 1/28/2010 9:57AM

    I know I'll feel the same way you do once I make it to the 100s. First there will be a long period of disbelief because I also have not been there for many years. I am so proud of you and am excited for you too. You are a real inspiration! It sounds like you found the key to long term success. And that is the most important part.
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MARTIDOM 1/28/2010 1:08AM

    AMAZING WORK!@! So proud of your accomplishment!!

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CMCMATH 1/26/2010 4:33PM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 1/26/2010 1:18PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and many emoticon I know Curves is a great place. You are doing fine.

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LADYPUERCOLOCO 1/26/2010 11:01AM

    Congratulations!!!! You have done and amazing job and are a great inspiration to join you in One-Derland!!

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XTMONT 1/26/2010 10:45AM

    Way to go!

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SHELLMUNDY 1/26/2010 8:47AM

    Congratulations!!!!
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I was the same way at first when I realized I had lost 50, but girl it is time to Party!
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KELLI9001 1/26/2010 8:39AM

    You proud and share your news with the world!!!
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MEGS4148 1/26/2010 8:27AM

    That is amazing! You have worked so hard and definitely deserve to be in Onederland. You will believe it when you keep stepping on the scale over the next few weeks and a "1" always pops up at the beginning. Keep up the hard work!

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BOUDINETTE 1/26/2010 7:18AM

    it's hard to let go and lose. in your head. i was just thinking about it this morning.
CONGRATS!
hope you've mentally adjusted to your success:)

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X4MENOW1 1/26/2010 7:12AM

    WOW!!! I am so proud of you and inspired by you. I am just a few weeks into my journey, but I feel SO much better already. You deserve KUDOS for such an amazing accomplishment! YOU GO GIRL!!!!!

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DEBSDESTINY 1/26/2010 6:46AM

   
I am SOOOOOO proud of you! Keep up the good work and Believe it! I'm gonna do the Happy Dance for you!

Deb
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DKAB55 1/26/2010 3:14AM

    I'm so happy for you; what a wonderful achievement! Have faith that you will never go back to the old you...You are a strong woman! I'm so proud of you J.
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HUNNYTHISTLE 1/26/2010 2:14AM

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I totally know what you mean about waiting till the next weigh in to confirm a loss -- I usually do that before updating my tracker here on SP.

And the Happy Dance is surely deserved -- this time, you're doing it right!

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AHEALTHIERJAN 1/26/2010 1:54AM

    Congratulations!!! And thank you for voicing the fear as well, I'm sure it is shared by many.

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THECOOLESTSARAH 1/26/2010 1:15AM

    ONEderland is an amazing place to be - I am SO SO SO happy for you! I was there last year and I let it slip away. This time when I get back I'm hanging on with both hands and NEVER letting it get away from me again!!!

CONGRATULATIONS! CELEBRATE IT!

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EXCUSELESS 1/26/2010 12:56AM

    CONGRATS!!! I understand your leary but embrace this moment. It's one of many wonderful achievements you will conquer in your new healhy way of living. I'm 13lbs from One-derland... I can't wait.

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Happy?

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

JANUARY 2009, I would have told you that I was as Happy as I could be. I couldn't walk without pain, and I knew that I was Obese, but since I didn't see any hope of changing either of those things I figured I was as Happy as I could ever expect to be. emoticonAs long as I had my Ibuprofen, Advil, and Tylenol, and my Son did the shopping for me, I was OK. Right? Lots of people were worse off than me. Who was I to want or wish for more?
emoticonThen I walked into Curves (after parking right next to the Handicapped space) I was hoping for the machines to work like Physical Therapy and relieve the pain that the pills would not touch. And it seemed that the range of motion in my knees was decreasing daily. Losing weight did not even enter my mind. I had tried and failed so many times that I had quit even hoping to lose anything.
emoticonI started eating more fruits and vegetables and I committed to going to Curves 5 times a week, whether I wanted to or not. emoticonAnd then the weird stuff started happening.
emoticonI started parking further away from the building when I went to Curves because my knees didn't hurt THAT bad. I lost some weight . (I wasn't even trying to lose weight! How did THAT happen!?!) I went to Wal-Mart and bought a few grocerys BY MYSELF and my knee was not killing me when I got back in the car. Then I found SparkPeople and started tracking my calories.
emoticonJANUARY 2010--I am walking EVERY DAY 3--5 miles, I have continued losing weight (still NOT dieting) and I am HAPPIER than I think I can ever remember being. And then yesterday, the weirdest thing of all happened!!!!
For the first time in DAYS it got to over 40 degrees outside. And what did I do? I headed straight to the Park and I walked for over an hour!!! 3.5 miles total!! It was as if I had been released from Prison and I just didn't want to stop walking.
emoticonAll my life I have been an Indoor Person. I told my Mother once that "If God wanted me to be outside He would not have invented Houses." I read somewhere recently that your body replaces 98% of its atoms every year. Apparently between the weight that I have lost and that 98% change in atoms, I have become a completely different person.
emoticonI am just getting to know this new Jeannie, but I think I like her. Every time I look at her she is smiling--or walking somewhere. It will take some getting used to, but I hope she stays around and that I get to know her a lot better.

  
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SITTERCHIC 1/24/2010 8:59PM

    Your blog was great, keep up the good work and know we are all here for you. You are an inspiration. I went to curves once or twice, but I did not stick with it at that point in my life. Way to go for you. I recently purchased a total gym (as seen on TV) and am getting more used to using it, now if I can just get myself on it with a more regualr schedule, it would be better. I will keep my eye on your progress.

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JOH02670 1/21/2010 2:51PM

    Congrats!!! Thanks for the inspiring post!!

~kj
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MJHUGHES12 1/21/2010 1:29PM

    You have had such an amazing journey so far...you are an inspiration to all of us! Keep up the great work! Can't wait to hear more about your accomplishments! Here's to continued success in 2010!

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LISANANCY 1/16/2010 10:54PM

    When I next go to Curves, I will take you with me. You have great courage! Thank you for showing me that Curves will work. I just need to go more than 3 times a week. I am so very proud of the new you. emoticon

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MDICROCE 1/13/2010 5:14PM

  You have come a long way and are such an inspiration! Enjoy your new life!


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BUSSMOM 1/13/2010 9:46AM

  You are amazing. You are such an inspiration! Thanks for sharing your story and I hope and pray that your new Jeannie is here to stay.

-Maribeth

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HUNNYTHISTLE 1/12/2010 9:25PM

    Thanks for sharing! And I love all of your illustrations! (I may have to appropriate that style when ever I start blogging. )

It's amazing to see how much progress you made. I'm glad that you feel happy with yourself in the present moment, and it's awesome how much your health has improved in the past year!

But you know, I'm glad that you weren't miserable a year ago, either. I think it's important to strive to improve ourselves, but we're all "works in progress." So it's good to have a healthy regard, respect, and positive energy for where we are, right now, today -- even if down the road we're "better".

I look forward to getting to know the new you, and I think I like her! emoticon

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GAGIRLATHEART 1/12/2010 2:54PM

  You have a very inspiring story and it isn't over yet. Keep up the good work!

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PAM100 1/12/2010 1:03PM

    Way to go! Thank you for the encouragement! emoticon

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BARBARA_G 1/12/2010 11:09AM

    What a difference 1 year of healthy living can make! Congratulations for sticking to it!
Wait and see for all the great things that will happen by the end of this year!
Barbara

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DELAWICKED1 1/12/2010 10:52AM

    What a well-written blog and so inspiring. Congrats on your hard work and success thus far. Continued success. I am happy for you too!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 1/12/2010 10:51AM

    Jeannie, what an amazing story and inspirational blog for all of us!! We are all so proud of you, you skinny sassy woman! emoticon It gives me the hope I need that I too can lose the weight, I have 80 pounds but know I can do it. You are amazing!! emoticon

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KELLI9001 1/12/2010 7:24AM

    What a great blog. You have had a remarkable year. I'm very proud of the long journey you have been on and the path that it has taken you.

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ANGELCOWBOY1 1/12/2010 6:34AM

    WONDERFUL! What a great accomplishment. No wonder you feel like a different person - YOU ARE!

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MMICKEYP 1/12/2010 6:25AM

    I like her too! Little by little, you've done it and are continuing to do it! Good for you! Those are the little things that I can use to keep me moving forward..Thanks! emoticon

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SPIFFYCAT 1/12/2010 4:53AM

    What a lovely blog.
Thank you

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I DO NOT Feel Bad For Hawaii

Saturday, January 09, 2010

emoticon emoticonIt is approximately 14 degrees here right now and they are predicting the overnight low to be 4. That is unbelievable! It does NOT get that cold in Oklahoma! I am TRYING to be thankful that it is dry and the wind has died down a lot. But it has been so cold ever since the Blizzard on Christmas Eve that I have not been able to walk outside at all. I have been going to the Community Center and using their Elliptical, Treadmill, and Recumbent Bike in addition to walking at Target or Wal-Mart several times a week. And I have been keeping up my work-outs at Curves (the Owner even called me one morning when I wasn't there on time!)
I have been so cold for the past few weeks that I am getting Cranky, Irritable, and MAD. It is not pretty. I have never liked Winter or cold weather in general, and this year it is even worse. My DH says it is because I don't have any insulation anymore emoticon
Then I hear them talking about the weather on the radio and how bad the cold snap is in HAWAII!!! It is only 74 degrees there and they are so upset.
emoticonREALLY!?! Only 74 degrees? OK, I know I am being ugly and I will probably regret saying this, but I am not going to feel bad for anyone in Hawaii. I am going to take some Hot Green Tea and hide under a blanket until someone turns up the heat in Oklahoma!!!
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SITTERCHIC 1/11/2010 10:53AM

    Good morning! I hope you are doing well and staying Warm. It is getting a bit better in Oklahoma, my pond is thawing, so that is a plus. I even went and got my motorcycle out of storage since there is no snow forcasted. If that one day gets to 50 deg, I am going to ride it this week. It will be like a heat wave. Hope your weight loss is going well.

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THROOPER62 1/10/2010 11:28AM

    Well this morning when I got up the temp was 19. It is supposed to be in the thirties this afternoon yippee. So I do not feel sorry for Hawaii. I made it to Curves five times this past week. One day when I got home my dh made the comment I am in a better mood after I work out so true emoticon emoticon

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YEAHBUTNOBUTT 1/9/2010 2:39PM

    I WISH for 74 OMG
its -10F where I am in England

Got any spare tea?

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CATLADY52 1/9/2010 1:02PM

    I don't feel bad for Hawaii at all. The temperature in Eastern Oklahoma right now is 22 degrees with the wind at 10 mph. That is warmer than than it has been for days. I want to snuuggle with something warm too, but the cats aren't big enough . Keep going to Curves to get your body warmed by all the exercise though.


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BARBARA_G 1/9/2010 11:50AM

    I just pointed out to someone that the cold is easier to deal with than the heat. After all there are only so many clothes you can take off. In my experience you can handle just about any kind of cold if you have the proper clothing. Perhaps it would be helpful to get a quality parka if you don't have one. It's no joke that you get colder as you lose weight. The fat does act as an insulator. I have to wear more clothes since I'm no longer at 400lbs. I used to make it through the winter in shorts! Furthermore you're eating for weight loss which means fewer calories and less heat generated by your body. What a doctor once pointed out to me is that you burn more calories in Winter because you body burns more calories trying to stay warm, and hence it's the best time for weight loss.
I do hope things warm up in your area. But don't let the cold prevent you from doing what you usually do! You are a strong woman and can handle it!
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LADYIRISH317 1/9/2010 11:44AM

    I don't think any crops are threatened by 74 degree temps. I totally agree with you -- blankies, hot tea, and whoever wants to snuggle with you!

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JHADZHIA 1/9/2010 9:45AM

    74 is cold?? Huh?? That is hilarious actually. I have been going out two and three times a day in -36 windchill weather. I sure am getting sick of it. Even in a heavy parka, and double layer mitts the cold still seems to get through. But I don't miss going to my Curves, nothing will stop me from walking to it, not even a blizzard. All we are getting here is the mind numbing cold, no snow though, very unusual and very bad for plants and grass wintering having no cover.
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AHEALTHIERJAN 1/9/2010 12:29AM

    I don't feel sorry for Hawaii either, unless there are crops about to be lost, which is an economic matter, not a heat one. I'm 5 miles from Oklahoma at this moment and it's 10. We were on a trip north and hoped it would finally be warm when we got back South. No such luck!

Should be warm by next week. Can we wait that long?


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