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I put weight on!

Saturday, February 26, 2011

Well I put weight on my ankle this morning (see what I did there? scared ya, huh!). Looks like I am having the miraculous healing that I (and all of you) have been praying for! Really swollen still, pain is under control, (taking vicodin every 4 hours) but getting better. Before I could not even rest it on the floor without extreme pain and today, with crutches, I can put some weight on it.

I cannot tell you happy that makes me. I am going to continue to rest, ice and use my brace and pain meds. A friend sent me a recipe with vinegar and alcohol to soak my ankle in that I am going to try later too. Can't hurt, right?

I am limiting my activities until Monday am so I can be the best I can be for next week but am really happy with the progress.I am keeping my nutrition under control and Frank has been cooking (he made ground turkey tacos last night) which is really adorable how he has been taking care of me.

God is good. And so are you guys. Thank you so much for your prayers, sympathy, stories and support. It means the world to me.

Have a great weekend.

(Oh yeah, Kady had some friends over last night cause they were going bowling and she was showing them her ostomy bag and how it is going to look etc. I took that as a good sign of her acceptance and willingness to talk about it with people. I really do have peace about the surgery and her recovery. I KNOW she is going to be fine and I know that alot of this comes from God answering your prayers for me and my entire family, so thank you).

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THREEE 3/11/2011 10:59PM

    I'M not so sure what vinegar in alcohol would taste like, but if it works... emoticon emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 2/27/2011 9:05AM

    Hooray! I'm so glad for you. And I'm glad Kady is in such a great place, mentally, and had friends she can lean on. It is good to educate her friends and de-mystify what is going on.

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CHRISTINECAN 2/26/2011 8:05PM

    So glad to hear that recov ery has started.

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BAYBELIEVER 2/26/2011 7:19PM

    I agree! So much awesome news! You are getting better and Kady is sharing with her friends! That truly is awesome. I know I always knew when my daughter trusted someone because she shared critical information about her diabetes and what that meant and how to help her if she needed it. Way to go Kady and mom! You truly are a magnificent mother!

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PAMATX 2/26/2011 6:34PM

    Yay for the ankle weight! Glad you're doing better. emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 2/26/2011 6:27PM

    When I read the title, my heart dropped. lol. Oh Jan. You kill me. lol.
Glad you are feeling better. hugs. Tricia emoticon

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/26/2011 6:11PM

    I am so excited for you. There is nothing that strong will can't overcome. Nothing was going to keep you down when Kady needed you! Hugs, Love you

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RIGBY31 2/26/2011 4:19PM

    Stay put, be pampered! You're healing quickly because you are fit (I believe). Praying for you, Jan and the whole family. (mmm... ground turkey tacos! hubby knows how to treat a girl right!)

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    Yay! But, warning, make sure to wear the brace whenever you put weight on it. It's very easy for sprains to worsen if you start using the ankle too soon afterwards. I would also suggest maybe doing some ankle exercises when it's a bit better so you can regain any strength you might have lost.

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SHERLYN-WILL 2/26/2011 3:04PM

    Yep you scared me.. coz my heart sunk when I read you blog title and thought oh no... she is hurt and in pain and NOW SHE has gained weight!!

YOU got me... LOL

Glad to hear you daughter being so open and comfortable sharing the details with her friends... she sounds like such a jewel!

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KAMAPERRY 2/26/2011 2:25PM

    Praise God for that!!! Just don't push it too much! emoticon

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EMMANYC 2/26/2011 1:57PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better.

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    Glad to hear things seem to be healing...AMEN! And happy that Kady seems to be accepting things. :) And that Frank...he's such a good hubby! LOL.

Have a GREAT day!!!

- Michelle

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RONNYGIRL39 2/26/2011 1:09PM

    Wow!! Its a good thing it didn't brake that would of meant a cast and PT.. Glad to here you are doing better. The Vicodin must be helping alot I know it helped when I did almost the same thing except I broke my ankle.. Rest up and you'll be better in no time..

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GRACEISENUF 2/26/2011 1:03PM

    I am so happy to hear you are doing better, thank you LORD! You will be pounding the pavement and hillsides in no time sista!

Kady will do well Jan....after all you have shared about her I haven't a doubt. She takes after wimpy, whiney crap allowed, lol! All joking aside I have faith it is all gonna work out and you will both be stronger and closer because of it.

Love Ya Mama!


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DAISY443 2/26/2011 12:58PM

    I was all ready to tell you it was OK (if it was the weight), so I'm still telling you it's OK. Good job on getting that ankle under control! Hugs!

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SARAWALKS 2/26/2011 12:50PM

    Excellent! emoticon You did scare me, I thought, oh no, she's back in the 30s! You emoticon!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I'm so glad you're doing better and that Kady is in a good frame of mind.
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And just like that, everything changes

Thursday, February 24, 2011

I wrote a blog this morning about my weight loss and anniversary. 10 minutes later, I stepped of my deck to go to my office, my ankle rolled and I fell. Dropped the phone and the rest of my diet pepsi (waaaaaa! cause I only get one a day!!). The pain was immediate in my ankle and I took my shoe and sock off. Uh oh. Big baseball on the side of the ankle. Stitchy was so worried and laid down by me. I fumbled for my phone (Frank was working on a roof right around the corner) and I burst into tears. I started thinking about everthing I have to do this week, how Kady is having surgery Monday and how I need to be there to help her through that. I can NOT afford an injury.

So I called Frank and he headed home, I texted the girls and they came and helped me up. Frank took me to E. R. and I got xrayed. Sprained, not broken. Have this brace thing and orders to keep it iced, elevated and no walking. For a week.
Started crying again... I told the dr. I could only do that for the next 4 days and I told him why. He was awesome and just told me to do the best I could until then.

Anyway, it hurts like hell to put pressure on it, I have crutches (which is easier now than when I was heavier) and I am trying to do what is best for me for a few days. That means the big dinner theater event is not gonna happen. Tix are not refundable so the girls are going with my 2 neices. They will have a blast but I am really sad we cant go.

Frank is going to cook dinner for us, my girls went and got the stuff and brought me a bunch of bouquets of flowers. I guess the bright spot is I had a meeting saturday at a pizza place so I cant go there either. Im sad about that too but it is probably best since I wont be walking for awhile.

I always say "life can change in the blink of an eye". Why do I always have to be right?

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DIFROMWYOMING 2/26/2011 9:23AM

    owie. I'm sorry about your fall. As disappointing as it is to miss events you had planned maybe this will be a good opportunity to focus on some quiet activities you might be missing. I will hope for quick healing and hope the pain subsides quickly. emoticon

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ZIPLOCK 2/26/2011 6:49AM

    Oh no! So sorry to hear this.... (Hugs) Take it easy and you'll be back on your feet and in charge of everything again soon!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 2/25/2011 11:06PM

    take care of yourself

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MRSMLBJ 2/25/2011 4:22PM

    I am so sorry you fell. Glad it is just a sprain but sometimes they hurt worse than a break. Maybe somebody was trying to tell you to slow down a bit...ya think? Sorry you won't get to go to all your events but you will be able to be there next week for Kady. Sounds like you got a good family who will be taking good care of you....let them.

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SHERLYN-WILL 2/25/2011 3:02PM

    I am so sorry you fell and hurt yourself! I fell flat on my face about 2 wks ago but only got bruises! THAT SAME DAY my husband fell too! .. Weird huh? LOL

YOUR family is so sweet .. all of them running to help you is just plain precious!

I will pray you get better soon!

YOU alway are such an inspiration to me.. no matter what you write!

THIS one sucks (this blog.. that you are hurt) but you still lifted me up with the way your family cares about you!!!

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STARPLANET2000 2/25/2011 2:19PM

    While I guess a sprain is better than a break (especially a break that would need surgery) they still hurt like the dickens and take time to heal. So take care of yourself and everything you need to do and be for everyone on Monday will work itself out!

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COOKWITHME65 2/25/2011 1:12PM

    So sorry to hear this. Glad it's not broken but still cumbersome and painful am sure. Rest up. Wishing you a speedy recovery.

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OHSOCOOLLISA 2/25/2011 11:04AM

    OUCH! I remember when both my parents had just gotten back from hospital stays and I walked outside and tripped in a hole (that had been there in that spot for years)...anyway, I cried and cried. Yeah, it hurt, but I was so stinking mad that I injured myself when there was so much to do and other people who had way more issues...blah, blah...

I feel your pain, I do. I'm glad you are wise enough to know how to take care of you and that you have family to help. I'm sorry that crutches are necessary, but glad that they are easier for you.

Please continue to take care of you!

~ Lisa

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NEDERLUNG 2/25/2011 10:32AM

    Oh Jan, I'm so sorry - I've sprained and broken my ankle and believe me - the sprain hurts more.

Keep it elevated like the doc says and that will help with the healing and maybe you will be better able to be helpful to Kady in four days. There is also this thing like a velcro on walking cast, not sure if you could find one at a Goodwill or something, but it straps (with velcro) to the calf of your leg, so when you walk, your weight is on your calf and your foot and ankle sort of just dangle below. Just a thought to keep you mobile. Please be careful, we don't want any permanent damage!

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BBGYRL4 2/25/2011 10:13AM

    I'm sorry to hear about your ankle, that really stinks!! I hope that you feel better soon and that you're able to get around in no time. Rest up!! emoticon

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SARAWALKS 2/25/2011 8:59AM

    Oh what a shame. emoticon emoticon emoticon
But don't go here... emoticon
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Rest well and let others help you... emoticon
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    Oh Jan - I'm so sorry. I sprained my ankle when I was pregnant with Jacob and it was awful. The pain was ridiculous, and the doctor said it's worse than a break - so TAKE IT EASY!!! I'm sorry you missed your dinner theater outing, but i hope Frank make you something fabulous and the evening turned out enjoyable anyway. (((((HUGS))))) and I hope you have a very quick recovery!!

- Michelle

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ATREAT4ME 2/24/2011 10:02PM

    Oh Jan! I'm happy for your first blog and so sad for this one. That stinks. I am hoping that you and Frank still get to enjoy a wonderful evening together. You are a wonderful couple and I wish you all the best in the next 21 years!

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BIGMAMAT 2/24/2011 9:30PM

    I am with Robin on this one! Get it up honey! xoxoxo Tricia emoticon

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CALIKIKI 2/24/2011 9:18PM

    I was on crutches for almost a year with a foot/ankle injury so I REALLY understand.

But rest assured, recovery is possible! Exercise is also possible while on crutches (I wish I still had the arm muscles I developed!). I know it hurst now, and you are frustrated, but you will be feeling better soon!

Best of luck for Kady, too!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 2/24/2011 9:03PM

    OK. You've got this. I'm sorry it happened. Here's a reason to stay down, get off your feet, put 'em UP, and spend some "down" time lifting up with Kady in preparation for surgery. I say you all pile in the bed (with pillows for elevation), make Frank the ice man and let all the stuff spill out -- or NOT -- as you feel comfortable. Insist that the girls come be with their mommy now -- even if now is only the length of a movie. These are more moments you'll remember. You, Jan, will absolutely make the most of them... Don't push it til Monday... Let your body/mind/spirit have a break (without the broken bone)...

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BAYBELIEVER 2/24/2011 9:01PM

    Jan, oh my! How horrible! But, with proper care it will heal faster and let you get to the hospital on Monday to be with her doctor! I am praying for you!

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CHELEMIA 2/24/2011 8:40PM

    OH Jan I am so sorry!! Take a raincheck after things calm down. Sometimes we need to stop the chicken without the head routine and our body does something to make sure that happens. You have been doing things at top speed this week. So enjoy the rest and sleep. You'll be ready for Monday. When your awake you can experiment with chair aerobics and upper body strengthening.

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EMMANYC 2/24/2011 5:51PM

    Looking on the bright side, I'll bet you burn more calories walking on crutches than you do walking normally :)

I used an adjustable ankle support when I was recovering from a stress fracture at about ankle level last year. It was quite helpful. It looked something like this.


I got that stress fracture last year when I was a tantalizing 5 pounds away from my goal weight. It seemed like a big drag at first to have to stop the calorie-burning cardio. Once my leg healed a bit, though, I decided to use the "opportunity" provided by the injury to focus on strength training that I could do with a recovering ankle. For example, my trainer had me doing upper body work from a sitting position on a stability ball (good for my core as well as upper body) and showed me certain lower body exercises I could do without engaging my leg. Later, when my leg got a little stronger, she showed me exercises to help strengthen my ankles further. If you're interested in the routine she developed for me, please let me know.

You might already know that there are some DVDs out there that feature "chair aerobics", so maybe that's something you could do while you're waiting for your ankle to heal.

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GRACEISENUF 2/24/2011 5:25PM

    Oh Jan I am so sorry to hear this news..DURN IT ANYWAY!

I'll tell you what though you have the most thoughtful daughters..bringing Mama flowers and doing the shopping. Gotta love it! Glad the girls can still go to the dinner and have fun with cousins but I know they wish it was you and Frank.

Get another durn Pepsi with extra ice! :)

Hugs and love Jan,

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RIGBY31 2/24/2011 5:20PM

    Sooo not happy about the ankle!
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FCRAFT 2/24/2011 5:15PM

    The good thing is it is sprained not broken emoticon That means it should take less time to heal...right.

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ERINBEAR1876 2/24/2011 5:01PM

    emoticon I'm sorry about that! It seems the ankle is such a fickle part of our body and one wrong move....I hope it heals up quick for you.

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BADASSBLONDIE 2/24/2011 4:59PM

    Ugh I'm so sorry!!!!! *hugshard* Keep venting here and we'll keep listening. I bet you and your husband will have an absolutely phenomenal night of alone time. *hugs*

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JRIMM4 2/24/2011 4:57PM

Makes me feel like a big baby for all the griping Ive done lately over my the strained tendon in my ankle! Hope you have a speedy recovery!!


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WILLIAMV3 2/24/2011 4:48PM

    Sending prayers your way for a total recovery.

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SLFRISBEY 2/24/2011 4:46PM

    Sending you (((hugs))) Hope you feel better soon!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 2/24/2011 4:39PM

    I've rolled my ankles a bajillion times. To the point one more severe roll and I need surgery. I hope you heal quick.

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SUPERDUCK79 2/24/2011 4:38PM

    Oh no, so sorry to hear about this! Sprained ankles are tough but everything will be ok! Make sure you do all the physical therapy that is recommended to you so that you can get it as close to 100% as possible. I sprained my ankle when I was 18 and didn't do that, and it never healed correctly.

Keep your chin up!! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 2/24/2011 4:36PM

    Hugs, I am sooooo sorry!!! I know how it feels to be laid up! emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 2/24/2011 4:22PM

    definitely keep it iced and elevated and a compression sock perhaps too

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/24/2011 4:20PM

    emoticon So sorry :(

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REDSASSENACH 2/24/2011 4:15PM

    Oh no! That happened to my mom not long ago, too! Thank goodness it's not broken. She was surprised what a couple of days did to make it feel better, I hope you find the same.

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 2/24/2011 4:11PM

    I am so sorry sweetie! But thank goodness nothing broke! Take it easy the next couple of days, I know how tough that can be. emoticon

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DAISY443 2/24/2011 4:09PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Take care of you!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/24/2011 4:07PM

    Oh Miss Jan,
I feel so awful for you right now. Not what you needed at all. Hugs. Feel free to text me any angry messages you need to if you are bored :). Hugs

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229.4 BABY!

Thursday, February 24, 2011

Yep! I made it! FINALLY out of the 230's! I have been there since October 20th!! That is a long time to lose 10 pounds! They were hardest 10 I have had to lose yet. I have left the 290's, 280's, 270's, 260's, 250's, 240's and 230's.

Even when my weight loss had slowed, even when it felt like I was making no progress, even when cake balls attacked my sensibilities during the holidays, I stayed with this program, I kept going. I did not give up.

Was it frustrating? Heck yea! But I never surrendered, I never gave up, I never thought I couldnt do it. It took longer that I wanted it to but I stuck it out. I had bad days of course, but overall, I just kept going.

I feel like now that I have broken that barrier, I will be able to more easily move forward and downward. But even if the next 10 takes that long too, I will keep going cause I'm not done yet. I originally set out to lose 110 pounds in 1 year. Well March 10th will be one year and as of today, I am down 62 pounds. I am ok with that. It is still huge progress and I have changed my life forever. I am not complaining. I reset my tracker to be done by December 10 of 2011. I will adjust as needed as I go along. I am past halfway there.

I am getting closer to one of my original goals which is to weigh less than Frank. He weighed in at 210 the other days and has strict orders to stay at that weight and wait for me. (I think I am safe since he just bought about 20 boxes of Girl Scout cookies from a friend). I am not going anywhere near those damn cookies!!

I also want to celebrate 21 years of Marriage today. In all the chaos of preparing for Kady's surgery Monday, we have barely had minute but tonight the we are taking the girls and going to a great dinner theater show and we are looking forward to it. We have been together for 25 years, married for 21, known each other for 34. There really are no words to tell you what he means to me or how lucky I feel to have such a wonderful man who loves me like he does. Is he perfect? Hell no. But he is perfect for me.

Today is a good day. I am blessed.

I just want to remind you to stick with this thing and do NOT give up. We are getting there, bit by bit.

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THREEE 3/11/2011 10:41PM

    you have it SO right...i've lost 'only' about 10-13 pounds since Christmas...only? hey, USUALLY during tax time, i GAIN...sooo, not only am i holding my own, but i am actually losing...
i am SO with you...MY preferred time for losing weight is much shorter than it is taking BUT, i HAVE established better habits and more awareness of the hurdles i put in front of myself..
you, my deah 'ho', are SOOO right...
HANG IN THERE AND TAKE IT A DAY AT A TIME even if some of the days are closer to 36 hours...
and, p.s., i must have been VERY hungry when i ordered girl scout cookies from my young charge...15 BOXES(i DID do 15 to the servicemen also)...but, i've left the big box that held all of the boxes(i did choose the 4/130-calories kinds MOSTLY) IN THE CAR...i think 3 boxes made it into my house, but i've given boxes to the 2 other families i babysit and my copier and anyone i can talk into it...i am VERY proud of me for that(it WAS easier that i chose the 'more healthy' versions MOSTLY and also that the 'new' SAMOAS--or whatever they are calling them from the new bakery--are NOT anywhere near as tempting--or my taste has changed DRASTICALLY in the last year)
hey, MAMA, this is not MY blog...but i just haven't talked to you in so long and SOMEHOW the trigger to alert me when you blogged was turned off and i'm just trying to get caught up...
i do miss you...

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SHERLYN-WILL 2/25/2011 3:05PM

    HAPPY BELATED ANNIVERSARY!!! HOPE you had a great night out with the girls and your DH!

THAT is allot of yrs to be with someone! (I KNOW coz I just hit 22 yrs in Dec.)

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BBGYRL4 2/25/2011 10:11AM

    Yay, I'm so proud of you and happy for you!!!! I love that you have such a great attitude about sticking with everything even though you didn't see the scale reflect it. There's so many people who would have just gave up and quit but not you and that makes you so awesome and amazing!! Congratulations!!

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PJH2028 2/25/2011 9:25AM

    emoticon blog. emoticon YOU.
Happy Anniversary. Mazeltov. Congratulations. &


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BIGMAMAT 2/24/2011 9:31PM

    So proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LTUCKER11 2/24/2011 3:34PM

    WTG on finally getting out of the 230's. Your blog really helped me because the past month I have been stuck at the same darn 10 pounds, and although it is frustrating I am capable of leaving that number behind forever! Keep on persevering girl!! And have a good time dining out!

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SEESTARS 2/24/2011 2:57PM

    "Is he perfect? Hell no. But he is perfect for me."

Sounds like you got the right one! Congratulations and enjoy dinning out.

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RIGBY31 2/24/2011 2:01PM

    You are a woman of determination and longevity! You kept going with your weight loss/fitness program and the numbers kept adding up! And your 25 year anniversary is a quarter century accomplishment... congratulations to you and Frank.


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BADASSBLONDIE 2/24/2011 1:39PM

    I needed to see this entry today. *hugs* Congratulations and I hope you have an EXCELLENT evening! :D

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TERRYT55 2/24/2011 1:19PM

    Your blog made me smile! Congrats on 21 years of marriage! Happy Anniversary. So happy you broke through to the 220's......I hope Frank eats every one of those cookies so you can pass him soon. Take care.

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DIVASPARK 2/24/2011 1:16PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss and anniversary you are blessed to have someone wonderful in your life. Beware those cookies !

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FOREVERFAYE 2/24/2011 1:15PM

    What a lovely heart warming post! emoticon on the weight loss & double emoticon on the anniversary!

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GRACEISENUF 2/24/2011 12:53PM

    I am so proud of you Jan! You are a winner and like you said set-backs happen but you kept pressing forward.

My DH and I just celebrated 21 years too! We dated 6 months before we ran off to Vegas, lol! His ship was leaving to go overseas so we eloped last minute.

Hope you have a great family dinner Jan filled with lots of laughter and love.


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TREASURINGLIFE 2/24/2011 12:49PM

    AWESOME, AWESOME, AWESOME!!!!! Congrats on hitting the 220's - and congrats on your 21-year anniversary! REMARKABLE!!!! :)

Enjoy your evening! And thanks for the reminder that never giving up pays off! Even if it takes longer than we want, the fact is that if we never give up then we'll ultimately get to where we're going -- where as if we give up, we'll never reach our goals!


- Michelle

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KAMAPERRY 2/24/2011 12:40PM

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STEPHANIE0982 2/24/2011 12:31PM

    Congrats!! what a great blog on perserverance!!

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SLFRISBEY 2/24/2011 12:26PM

    Congrats on the weight loss and the 21 years of marriage! That's amazing! I tell my hubs that he may not be perfect but he's perfect for me all the time. Hopefully that will only continue to be more true like it has for you and your Mister:)

Prayers for your daughter's surgery Monday as well.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/24/2011 12:24PM

    You are so awesome! This journey is so hard sometimes and you always have such a positive attitude about it. Kudos to you on so many things. 25 yrs of marriage, breaking through the 230's, 60lbs gone forever! You're an awesome woman Jan, I'm glad we can be here together! NEVER GIVE UP!
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SCHENPOSSIBLE 2/24/2011 12:23PM

    Congrats on busting out of the 230s and congrats on being married to a wonderful partner. Awesome milestones for you this week. Good job!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/24/2011 12:13PM

    WOOOOOOOHOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO! I am so proud of you Jan. You kept with it. You are amazing and impress me everyday.
I hope that Alberto and I have the kind of marriage you and Frank have! Love like that is rare and special. Congratulations

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NEDERLUNG 2/24/2011 12:09PM

    I'm so sorry about the cake balls thing, they should be old and boring by now. At least, the desire didn't last long with me, I hope it soon dwindles for you too!

Congrats on the goal, you have earned every painstaking mili-pound. I am sooooo proud of you!

The gal I met with the bag of dog food has come so far that I can barely recognize you!

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GETBACK2GOOD 2/24/2011 12:03PM

    I loved this for so many reasons!! YAY! Very inspirational!

Happy Anniversary. The years that you are together are enough proof for me to know how strong you are and how you don't give up when you want something to work. Apply that same passion to your weight loss and you will always fight off the girl scout cookies (I had to as well when my hubby walked in with the samoas this week LOL)

Have a great time at dinner and keep going!!!

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Sunday, February 20, 2011

Went to the baby shower and it was beautiful. Kady did so much of the decor and the cupcakes, food etc. (I made the cake balls) and I wanted to show you guys a picture. She really needs to be aparty planner. I sat near the table and listened to people talking about how amazing everything looked and who did the cupcakes etc. I was very proud of my girl.

I kept my eating under control at the shower. 1 bullet dodged!

Then I went to a crab feed (I dont eat crab but they had pasta). I ate salad (but this year they already has salad dressing on it-boo!) and french bread which I had figured into my calories for the day (but this year, they buttered and cooked it which pissed me off cause they always have cold bread with butter that you can put on yourself-boo!!) and Pasta (which is always Marinara but this year had meat sauce-BOO BOOO BOOOOOOOO!) which I ate.

SO I was over on everything I am quite sure but probably fat most of all. So bullet #2 hit me but it was just a flesh wound. AND, the good part was I won a huge raffle basket of wine, nuts, pasta and a beautiful olive oil set. So that was fun!

Today is the Daytona 500 party. I am going to try to get a walk in first and eat well before I go and be mindful of what is going in my mouth today. Then tomorrow, clear skies for the week which means walking and no bullets to dodge until Weds and Thursday! Woohoo!

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THREEE 3/11/2011 10:54PM


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MAIA2011 2/24/2011 9:19AM

    Wow that is a beautiful set-up. Your daughter has an awesome mom and super cake skillz. I myself can't plan but I can


(A flesh wound? What are you going to do--bleed on me?)


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ATREAT4ME 2/22/2011 7:04AM

    What a beautiful table! Good job scoping out your options and setting your sights. I'm so proud of you!

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ROBINSNEWNEST 2/21/2011 9:28PM

    Good job -- for Kady and Kady's mom! emoticon

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OHSOCOOLLISA 2/21/2011 9:27AM


The pic is FANTASTIC! Congrats on winning the basket!

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 2/21/2011 12:29AM

    Sounds like you're Miss Social at the moment! Congrats on dodging bullet 1 and I love the comment about bullet 2 as a flesh wound- very funny:)

Hope you had a great time at Daytone!


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BIGMAMAT 2/20/2011 10:24PM

    Glad you had a good weekend. Don't sweat going over. Just be good 80% of the time and you will come out ahead! xoxoxo Tricia emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 2/20/2011 10:03PM

    Looks great!! Enjoy the party!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 2/20/2011 9:26PM

    Kady does have a good eye. Most people don't realize you need the 3 dimension aspect to a buffet. I am a party planner so if she wants advice on how to get into it I can send her some tips.

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RIGBY31 2/20/2011 6:14PM

    What a fun looking table! Kady does a beautiful presentation. And your cake balls... are they one bite wonders?! Yummy!

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CHELEMIA 2/20/2011 3:05PM

Your daughter takes after you in the creativity realm, doesn't she? Everything looks great!

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NEDERLUNG 2/20/2011 10:38AM

    OK, two days of good planning and healthy eating until the next hurdle, it will all balance out by weeks end. You can do this!

Enjoy the company at the Daytona party - ignore the food! Smiles

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DAISY443 2/20/2011 10:37AM

    What a talented daughter you have! Too bad the crab feed didn't take into account that some of us can't eat like serious athletes. It did all sound really good, though! You'll get back on track!

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GRACEFULCHARM 2/20/2011 10:24AM

    Awww sounds like Kady is ultra creative! Every thing in the picture looks cute and delish! The fact that you acknowledge that you went a little over and not letting it ruin your whole progress speaks volumes!

Side Note: Is that your dog in the background?! I have one that looks the same even down to the red collar (mine's probably a lot older though) sorry just had to say something, I love dogs!

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GRACEISENUF 2/20/2011 10:15AM

    Kady did do an amazing job on the decorating Jan (it looks professionally done).

Congrats on winning the raffle...I love winning stuff. Sadly that never happens, lol.

I'm off in a few minutes to go see my Katelyn with the family. I miss her so that'll be fun. We are taking her out for breakfast in her college town. I'm not a huge Oprah fan or anything but I watched her show the other day as she featured my daughter's college town as "the happiest place on earth". Kinda fun to see...although I still think Disneyland is! :)

Have fun at the Daytona 500 party emoticon.

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The rose colored glasses

Saturday, February 19, 2011

Once upon a time, there was a woman who wore rose colored glasses. They made the world a beautiful, hazy place where things were bright, happy, and wonderful. She loved those glasses and wore them every day. They took the harsh edges off the sometimes cruel world and changed the reality to something she wanted to see.

One day she forgot to put her glasses on and she went about her day. She began to see things as they really were, and not the sunny, distorted place she wanted to see. So many things began to appear before her that she found interesting and not as bad as she thought they might be. Until she found herself gazing at her image in the mirror.

There, the reality was unkind. She was not "fluffy", she was fat. She was not "Bigger" she was huge. SHe was not "sturdy", she was obese. She stared at her image and it burned into her brain.

As she went back to her castle that day, she couldn't wait to get her glasses back on. But those images of her bothered her and by the time she got back to the safety of her glasses, she knew.
She knew she had to change, to try to get that "real" image closer to the image from the rose colored glasses.

So she began. She joined Sparkpeople, tracked her food, began to excercise and gradually, her shape began to change. She met many fair maidens and noble knights who encouraged her along her way. She kept those rose colored glasses in her night stand and did not put them on.

She missed those glasses, though. Sometimes the glare of the real world was too much and she longed to put the glasses on and soften the edges. But she was different now and she was trying to learn to live without them. The journey was a hard one at times.Sometimes people didn't understand that she was sad. She clearly saw the sadness and struggles that happened to people she knew and loved.

She was a naturally optomistic lady but sometimes it was a bit too difficult to remember to enjoy the sunshine, rainbows and unicorns when the clouds and thunderstorms hit.

One day, she put the glasses on again. She was having a bad day and needed a break from the life that was now hers. As she looked at her castle, her world, her self, she realized that she wanted to see the world in a clear light, she wanted to see the real her. She realized that those glasses had not simply softened the edges, they had indeed altered the reality. There had to be a balance! Perhaps a lighter shade of pink? A less intense shade?

So she did some tinkering and came up with the right combination. It allowed her to remain optomistic, to see the world in a palatable way that she could manage, yet showed her the reality and the beauty in what actually IS.

A friend reminded her to count her blessings and she would get through the challenges ahead and now she can have her glasses and also have the real world,too. It is not as scary as she thought and she finds that she can manage just fine. Although she still has a way to go to get where she wants to be, she can smile while she gets there.
Plus, she looks fantastic with and without her glasses and so does the rest of the world.

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THREEE 3/11/2011 10:51PM

    oh man, i was sorely missing in my position as PIMP(pretty important managing person?)...if i had been more timely i could have pushed this is beautiful...
one of your biggest fans...

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BBGYRL4 2/22/2011 12:24PM

    Jan, this was an absolutely amazing blog. I LOVED it!!

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LILLYPILLY24 2/22/2011 7:45AM

    Oh, I love this - what a privilege to read it!

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ATREAT4ME 2/22/2011 7:10AM

    You're so creative, Jan. What a great post.

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BAYBELIEVER 2/20/2011 10:36PM

    This is amazing! Thanks for this. Truly.

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BMINE73 2/20/2011 10:24PM

    Amazing blog! I added you as a friend...hope ok emoticon

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BRAINYBLONDE5 2/20/2011 8:40PM

  amazing blog. brought tears to my eyes. "She was a naturally optomistic lady but sometimes it was a bit too difficult to remember to enjoy the sunshine, rainbows and unicorns when the clouds and thunderstorms hit."

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ROBINTRACKS 2/20/2011 8:16PM

    Thanks Jan! Nicely done as always!

From this Fair Maiden,

-- Robin emoticon

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SARAWALKS 2/20/2011 3:58PM

    emoticon Just exactly the right degree of rose! emoticon

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RACHGLAZE 2/20/2011 8:33AM

    I think we should all have our own brand of rose colored glasses. Seeing the world and ourselves as it really is but remaining positive and able to function is also important.

Great way to word it!

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PHOENIXK26 2/19/2011 10:55PM

    What a wonderful blog! I love the way you painted such a beautiful and touching story with words. Thanks for sharing it!

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STARFISH619 2/19/2011 9:35PM

    That was a great story - and great way of wording self awareness.

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BIGMAMAT 2/19/2011 8:39PM

    I love it!! Wonderfully written. I loved it except for that dang "O" word. lol. haha xoxoxo Tricia emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 2/19/2011 8:38PM

    Beautiful Jan! You always have a way with words.
ps - thanks for the comment on my pic! I couldn't do it without the support of my sparkies!

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CELLISTA1 2/19/2011 2:04PM

    We naturally crave comfort and safety. The "real" world requires bravery. Negotiating a place for ourselves with "the right combination" of glasses on/glasses off is a very personal journey. Thank-you, Jan, for this wonderful metaphor. You bring such truth and authenticity to the table. Oops - bad metaphor!

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RIGBY31 2/19/2011 12:56PM

    And she lived happily ever after! Beautifully written.

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BUTEAFULL 2/19/2011 12:12PM

    I can't wait for a new chapter

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DAISY443 2/19/2011 10:59AM

    Can I borrow those rose colored glasses you put away, just for a day or two??
Great blog!

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GRACEISENUF 2/19/2011 10:18AM

    Okay you are a great storyteller Jan, love this.

I woke up at 5:30 to take my son to work...therefore I need these dark glasses!


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