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What I learned today on the treadmill

Saturday, May 07, 2011

Early today, I was doing my “old lady fast walk” on the treadmill at the fitness center, watching mindless television which I never do at home—“Say Yes to the Dress” I think it was... I was moving, going fast, perspiring nicely. There was nobody else there; it was great! After about 20 minutes a young, toned fellow leapt onto the treadmill one over from where I was. He cranked that baby up until he was running about a gazillion miles an hour on that thing. Suddenly, I felt as if I were hardly moving.

That old, familiar feeling of “What am I doing here? I don’t belong here. This is for young/skinny/good-looking people.” started to come on. But I said to myself, “Self, this is for you. He’s doing his thing; you’re doing yours. There’s no difference.” And you know what? I was right!

It was great! That was a huge step forward for me, to just stay there comfortably doing my “old lady fast walk”, even if it wasn’t that fast, while he did his “young fella running like hell” run.

We can only be right where we are. If we aren’t there, we aren’t anywhere. Right now, I’m a too-heavy aging lady. I will be thinner, but I will never be younger. And that’s okay. I’m where I’m at right now. The great thing is, I like it!

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MNJONES2 5/23/2012 12:22AM

    What a great lesson! AND you have to remember you are younger than some and older than some... what the heck, we all have our ages. We also have our experience, great wit and wisdom!!

Best wishes always!

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RUNAT158 4/28/2012 4:18PM

  Thank you for sharing this reaffirming insight. I'm just getting started and am grateful to hear of your successes. I wish you would write more blog entries and update your photos with ones of yourself with where you are now.

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LOLAS-G 5/26/2011 11:49AM

    I so get this! I have been doing Turbo Kick at a local fitness studio. I am one of the oldest and heaviest there. I just do "my thing" and don't worry about the "young little things."

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SAL1512 5/8/2011 12:30AM

    I love your attitude!

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MCGS62 5/7/2011 1:29PM

    That is a great way to look at things!

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JAYDEEMARIE 5/7/2011 2:14AM

    What an inspiration. I wonder if you ever thought that he may have chosen that particular treadmill because you were there and inspiring him to do the best he could do because you were doing the best you could. Good Luck, God Bless.

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LOVEROFJC 5/7/2011 1:58AM

  Good thinking! It's true that we are where we are; and you are so spot on that you are doing what's right for for you and it's so great that you like it!

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Regarding the National Anthem

Sunday, February 06, 2011

This comes in response to the degrading way our National Anthem was rendered at Super Bowl XLV. We don't need a law regarding this, but I would encourage everyone to contact the people who make decisions regarding the performance of the National Anthem at public events. Please ask the people in charge to consider carefully who they have sing the National Anthem, and to set some ground rules. Military bands and vocal groups, college bands, talented high school bands, people who actually care about the song and what it means. Please, no more celebrities for whom it is only another photo-op and a chance for some camera time. That is not what our National Anthem is about. Take the money that is now being thrown down the toilet on the so-called "performers" and use it to endow the arts at the chosen schools. This needs to come from the people, "We, the people" who care a great deal about the National Anthem, and what it stands for.

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MAMAANGE 3/14/2011 11:55PM

    Yes, it is a difficult song to sing, but not extraordinarily so. One would suppose that a professional singer could handle it. If they can't, they should graciously decline the honor of singing it. In my mind, there is absolutely no excuse. She knew ahead of time she was going to sing that song. Practicing it comes to mind!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 3/14/2011 11:39PM

    It is a difficult song according to many and the stress of singing it could cause one to mess up.

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MCGS62 2/8/2011 9:57PM

    Let's at least agree that if you forget the words that you no longer have enough credibility to add lib arpeggio's in place of tied notes.
Remember the melody was an English drinking song only the words are
penned by FSK The two together as a national anthem is a smack in the face to the English of the time. Which I love.
The orchestration came later.
It is a uniquely american scenario. Which I also love.
As long as it isn't intentionally disrespectful , like Rose Anne Barr was, I'm ok with it. But some one tell the idiot when the pressure is on even OZZY uses a teleprompter .
Ozzy! Oh! I meant B O B , at least OZZY writes his own words.

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 2/8/2011 7:35PM

    I TOTALLY agree! And **so** agree with Sally on some things needing to stay the SAME with no variations from the artists, and the National Anthem is one of them! Good thoughts!

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SAL1512 2/8/2011 7:32PM

    Some things are not subject to change. The National Anthem needs to be sung with respect for this great nation. It is not to be sung as an expression of themselves.

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CYNIEPOOH 2/7/2011 11:42PM

    I was dissappointed that she couldn't just sing it. It's a beautiful song and should be sung as written. Our national anthem is to glorify our country, and those who fought for our freedom! Not to glorify the person singing it! I'm sure there are plenty of people serving in our military that have fine voices and deserve the chance to sing on america's #1 most watched program singing the anthem for the country they lay down their lives for!

I would like to say in Christina's defense, I'm sure the error in the words was not intentional and having performed live in public myself sometimes performances don't always come out perfect.....

I do agree definately that the money could have been much better spent.

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SSSCOLLINS 2/7/2011 11:56AM

  I certainly care about unemployment and the economy, but that doesn't mean I can't care about the National Anthem, too. I used to like Christina Aguilara (sp?), but she actually did either skip or forget part of the song, and she really did not sing it well or correctly. I agree that she was simply taking the opportunity of another photo-op. That song is incredibly difficult and the singer must have a good vocal range, so it would make lots of sense to have a military, school, or other vocal group sing it and not pay some incredible amount of money to some singer who is just a face/name and doesn't have the talent to do it.

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MRE1956 2/7/2011 11:24AM

    I didn't hear this latest "attempt" so I won't opine directly - just sayin' that with UNEMPLOYMENT in this country being SO DAMNED HIGH AND LIKELY TO GO HIGHER (I'm wary of the latest news regarding "going down to 9%"), I gotta say that this issue doesn't exactly rank #1 on my list of hot-button peeves in my life.....somehow the lack of stable work for so many decent folk means a helluva lot more to me than how someone sings a song (national anthem or not).....

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LADYRINO 2/7/2011 1:20AM


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NASCAR_CHICK 2/7/2011 1:03AM

    I couldn't agree more... I was mortified when she actually skipped or forgot part of it! What a disgrace!

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KATHYSCOLLIES 2/6/2011 11:40PM

    I didn't hear it, because I never watch football, but it hopefully was not as bad as the young 'up and comer' who sang the Canadian national anthem at the opening of last year's Winter Olympics!!!

Times change, and some changes are for the best, but I don't believe there is any good reason to alter things without involving the general public in such a decision ( ie. by voting in a referandum).

While people do need to be able have the freedom of expression that we all enjoy on this continent, it just plain seems wrong to me to fool around with the lyrics or music of a national hymn or anthem.


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I thought I was busy before!

Friday, August 20, 2010

Hello Everyone. It's been a long time since I put up a blog post, and I have missed it! Progress has been achingly slow, but at least there has been some!

The recession has clobbered our piano teaching business, which is our only income. Until the last year or so, it has always been enough. Not any longer. It's been a struggle.

The upshot of it all is that I am back in college. Yes, at this age! It's odd to be the "Grandma" in a classroom!

I decided a few months ago to look into returning to college. At first I was angry! I was angry at the necessity of it. And also, looking at age 60 really soon, I didn't want to think about "starting over".

But, I've calmed down a bit. I'm enjoying school, as I always have. It's interesting to be around the young people.

I don't know what the future holds, but I do know that it will be interesting!

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NASCAR_CHICK 8/21/2010 10:30PM

    Good for you!

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    I think it's cool that you are back in college. I hope you find a good major.

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AHEALTHIERJAN 8/21/2010 12:30PM

    I'm sorry that the piano teaching is off--sorry both for you and for the young people who won't get the benefit of learning. It is hard to start old (I just started a new career at 57.), but it's a lot of fun, too. So enjoy, and let us know what you are doing.

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LADYDI2049 8/21/2010 11:09AM

    I'm sorry to hear that you are having some rough times, but happy that you are stil making progress. What a brave decision to return to school. I will be 61 in Dec. and have been thinking about changing careers but have been letting my keep me from even considering it. You are giving me inspiration. I recently just completed a certification course in Plant-Based Nutrition and that is my passion, I would love to do something with that but don't know what at this point. You have given me the "spark" to check maybe the jr college for some other kind of nutrition classes. Best wishes continuing on your journey. What kind of classes are you taking?


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Vacations are hard work!

Monday, June 07, 2010

We just had a week off from teaching, which has been delightful. We didn't get everything done we had hoped to...actually, we didn't get anything done we had hoped to! But, we always make big plans and then do whatever strikes our fancy at the time. It's a pretty good way to vacation.

We celebrated my husband's 65th birthday last Wednesday, which was great fun. We drove to Wichita that day to visit a clinic he is very interested in going to. That was wonderful. They are very focused on health and nutrition, and they work in connection with your primary care provider.

It's not been a "diet week" to be sure. I have two feelings about that. One, it's been great to just relax and sort of "get away" from watching myself like a hawk. I've enjoyed it. At the same time, I've missed tracking my food and progress! I'm not going to weigh myself until next week, after my life goes back to "normal", whatever that might mean! I suspect there are a couple of extra pounds hanging around here somewhere, hopefully mostly water weight because of the extra carbs I ate over vacation. And it's okay.

We had a great time, we're back to teaching tomorrow, and it will be good.

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SAL1512 6/30/2010 3:39PM

    You have such a great attitude. You took a vacation and now you are back on track. I bet you carried more of your healthy life style on this vacation than you think!

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BEGONIAC 6/8/2010 3:50PM

    Sounds like the perfect vacation...plan and then do what you want! emoticon
Glad you're back tho!

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KEIRALEANN 6/7/2010 9:21PM

  You have to find a way to LIVE life AND be healthy. And its hard! I have had a lot of trouble on days that I don't log my food, I practically binge on junk! There is a happy medium and you will find it! Sometimes you just gotta live. I am so proud of the progress you have made and am glad you are on the life changing journey to better health.

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MYNANAPAM 6/7/2010 10:40AM

    Sounds like you had a great time. We just got back from Houston where we were helping our daughter get ready for her first baby. She was a teacher and is going to stay home with her baby so we had to help her clean out her classroom also.

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LADYDI2049 6/7/2010 8:36AM

    Vacations are great, but sometimes we come back home more tired than before we left. Also, they always create a challenge for those of us who are health conscious and watch what we eat. Glad you had a good time.


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My Thimble is Falling Off!

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Some time ago I posted a blog about my rings falling off. That was a great feeling, to "under-grow" my jewelry. With the help of something called "ring snuggies", they stay on now. I don't wear them very often, as the snuggie is a little uncomfortable, but I can wear them if I choose to. It will be wonderful when I can finally have them re-sized!

I was sewing a button back on a blouse this morning, and my thimble kept slipping off. Now, the blouse was on the clearance rack, so I'm not distraught about having to sew a button back on! I'm going backwards through clothing sizes, so pretty much everything I buy these days is from the clearance rack! Ungrowing my thimble never occurred to me, though. Is that even possible? The thimble didn't stretch; it's metal! But the dog-gone thing will not stay on.

So, my next shopping trip will be to buy a new thimble. That is so unexpected. And, so amazing.

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KEIRALEANN 6/7/2010 9:23PM

  Put the thimble on the OTHER thumb, the one from your dad's side - it'll never fall off! I can't even get my thumbs in a thimble.

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SVELTINGTON 6/7/2010 9:34AM

    Thank you. I enjoy reading about your progress so I get a hint of what is to come.
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SAL1512 6/6/2010 10:18PM

    Those little blessings count!

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KATIEWELL 6/5/2010 9:37PM

    It sure is surprising where we gain and lose inches emoticon
after I lost weight I could try on any ring and it fit

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LADYDI2049 6/5/2010 8:47PM

    Isn't it amazing how weight loss effects our whole body, even fingers and toes? lol You are doing so well, keep up the good work.


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LIVINHEALTHY9 6/5/2010 8:37PM

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BELLABANANAS 6/5/2010 8:00PM

    Lol great!

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