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Life is too short to....

Wednesday, May 11, 2011

Fill in the blank.

Mine is:
Life is too short to eat crappy food!!!!

(after reading some of these responses, I WISH there was a like/love button for comments like on facebook!! If I can, I want to address each and every one of you guys cause I LOVE ALL YOUR COMMENTS SO MUCH!If not, please know I read them and it made me feel happy, giggly, wiser and I agree with ALL of you!)

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MKPRINCESS007 5/13/2011 11:52PM

    Life is to short to......dwell on the past. Forward focus! :)

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MRSMLBJ 5/13/2011 9:06PM

    Love all of these and I just can't think of anything to top them. Love you all.

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SEESTARS 5/12/2011 3:34PM

    I'll see your "eat crappy food"

and raise you a "pass up a slice of delicious cake".

(I'm not talking about any old slice of cake that comes my way, I'm talking those extra-special-super-duper-yummy-tha

Comment edited on: 5/12/2011 3:34:54 PM

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DONNACFIT 5/11/2011 11:31PM

    Life's too short to sweat the small stuff... emoticon

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/11/2011 9:39PM

    Life is to short worrying if you remembered to suck your gut in! Dam I always forget!!!!!!!!!!

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    not smile!

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ATREAT4ME 5/11/2011 9:15PM

    to live anywhere but the Here and Now.

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CELLISTA1 5/11/2011 8:56PM

    worry so much about what other people think of you.

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GO-LOEW 5/11/2011 8:45PM

    to not be as healthy as possible!

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ANEWTATIANA 5/11/2011 7:48PM keep regretting the past. It's over and done, move on.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/11/2011 7:40PM

    to NOT run and play with your children!!!

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RIGBY31 5/11/2011 7:39PM

    to not make every day count.

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BEINGGUIDED 5/11/2011 7:08PM

    Life is too short to spend tracking the calories in sugar free gum and pickle spears. HUMPH!


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MELLYBEANS0919 5/11/2011 7:00PM

    Life is too short to not have fun and enjoy the small stuff. (ie. friends, family, the sunshine, flowers, going for long walks, etc)

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CALIKIKI 5/11/2011 6:58PM

    to settle for relationships/friendships that are not fulfilling and uplifting.

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BADASSBLONDIE 5/11/2011 5:59PM

    to worry so d@mn much.

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KAMAPERRY 5/11/2011 5:40PM

    To spend on the couch

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GOLOPTIOUS 5/11/2011 4:43PM

    to make excuses.

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TERRYT55 5/11/2011 4:29PM

    to not have a kind word & a smile for everyone!

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MIPALADY23 5/11/2011 4:27PM

    To not enjoy every moment.

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NIKKICOLE83 5/11/2011 4:24PM

    to settle.

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BECOMINGJAMI 5/11/2011 4:15PM

    To get by on "good enough."

(You're amazing, you know that?)

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DEBIGENE 5/11/2011 4:10PM

    to be fat and unhealthy the rest of my life !!!!!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 5/11/2011 4:08PM

    To spend it not following my dream

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ANDEENNATE 5/11/2011 4:06PM

    to not say "I love you!"

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QUIKSYLVER 5/11/2011 4:04PM

    ...miss opportunities due to being scared.

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HANKENSTEIN 5/11/2011 4:01PM

    tolerate prejudice

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 5/11/2011 4:01PM

    Life is to short to not take care of yourself!

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GRACEISENUF 5/11/2011 4:01PM

    not take the time to share all the love I can.

(and not eat crappy food!) :)

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JENERIN01 5/11/2011 4:00PM

    Life is to short unhappy

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Tough Talk

Tuesday, May 10, 2011

Listen up:

We ALL have had hard times. We will again.
We ALL ache, want and need. Sometimes, we dont get what we desire. Sometimes it is good to not get those things.
It is hard for EVERYONE, not just you.
We ALL have excuses, reasons, cop-outs, and interuptions.
We ALL would like to not think about what we eat and lay on the couch. It is easy and it got us where we were when we joined SPARKPEOPLE. It ain't pretty, people.
So what makes you so damn special????

You got up today and made a choice.
You ate a decent breakfast.
You tracked it.
You did your 10 minute video, you went for a walk, a run, a bike ride.
You hit the gym.
You planned dinner for yourself, something that would fit into your range.
You made a fruit salad or had a yogurt for a snack instead of your kids leftover pancakes.
You commented on someone's blog who was having a worse day than you.
You checked out a new recipe and you are actually going to make it.
You weighed yourself, even though you ate "bad things" this weekend. Because you told yourself you would. You put it on your ticker even though it KILLED you to do it.
You fessed up.
You forgave that person.
You forgave your self.
You put those shorts on. They fit.
You are here.
You are trying.
You are doing.
You are succeeding.
This time is different.
You are going to take today and OWN it and by that I mean, when you go to bed tonight, you are going to be proud. You will tell yourself what you wish someone else would say. And it is going to be enough.

And then tomorrow? Tomorrow, you are going to do it again.

Not just anyone can do what we do. It takes a special person. It takes you. It takes me. It takes every minute, every meal, every snack, every day. It ain't easy but it's beautiful.

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SANSANDY1 5/26/2011 1:21AM

    Great post thanks

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ERIN4771 5/24/2011 6:55AM

    great blog, and right on point!! we all DO have those bad days, but hey, it's how we deal with them that defines the type of person we are and are becoming....

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SNOWMAIDEN 5/22/2011 10:15AM

    Thanks for posting this - great blog

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SLEANNES66 5/22/2011 3:00AM

    WOW!! This blog should be on a must read list. I think that every single one of us need to hear this. Thanks!

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JEANMORR 5/20/2011 9:18PM

    I really really NEEDED this today! Thank you very much for the words.

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FRISBY0 5/20/2011 12:13PM So much for my "pity party"! Guess I won't be having that after all!
Thanks, I need to hear that. I'll be printing this out and putting it in my journal. Truly profound. (I'm all verklempt!)


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VAMANOS 5/20/2011 10:39AM

    I can see why it got a Most Popular Award! Great blog, but then, you already knew that.


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RHIPEA76 5/20/2011 10:29AM

    "...tell yourself what you wish someone else would say." This is the most profound and HARDEST part for me.

Awesome, thank you.

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ELLIEFAR 5/15/2011 11:38AM

  Thanks for this - loved it!!!

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HEALTHYZAZA 5/15/2011 9:31AM

    Loved this - just what I needed to hear. emoticon

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BREONAH09 5/12/2011 1:38PM

  this is my new Pick-me-up emoticon

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DBFBILLY 5/11/2011 9:34PM

    Loved this. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MKACILLAS 5/11/2011 3:32PM

    Good Blog! I think a lot of people need to hear it!

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JUNEBUGABEE 5/11/2011 11:42AM

    I love this perspective. I needed to read this today!

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DONNACFIT 5/11/2011 9:58AM

    Love your blog!!! Thanks emoticon

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KEIRASMAMA 5/11/2011 9:48AM

    Wow! Thank you so much for this! It honestly is exactly what I needed to hear!

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OVERBURDEND 5/11/2011 8:29AM

    Great blog! Thank you for being you!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 5/11/2011 7:45AM

    I am proud of you girl!

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MARIO432 5/11/2011 12:02AM

    Great blog - thank goodness there is tomorrow - for us to either redo what we did today or start over.

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RIGBY31 5/10/2011 7:17PM

    I feel smacked and hugged at the same time! Oooh, love this blog (I press 'liked' extra hard and with feeling).

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CELLISTA1 5/10/2011 6:09PM

    Yay for us! You always remind me to be both serious and lighthearted about Sparking. So here's what I did: I went to Pilates two days in a row!

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    Wonderful post! Yes we are special and we can do this!!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/10/2011 4:25PM

    This needs to be a popular blog!

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    AMEN!!!!!!! :)

- Michelle

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TIGGERJEAN 5/10/2011 3:28PM

    Thank you. I needed to hear that today!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/10/2011 3:10PM

    This is why you are SO AWESOME! Blog-o-the-day, if you ask me! I took my sparklife back into my own hands this week, and this is exactly what I need to post on my mirror!

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WATCHMEGO2 5/10/2011 3:01PM

    Thanks for the butt kick Jan! This week I actually feel like I am hitting on all cylinders...first time in too long!

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KAMAPERRY 5/10/2011 3:01PM

    Wooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooooo Hooooooooooooooooooooo!! emoticon Blog of the day for me!

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GRACEISENUF 5/10/2011 2:56PM

    Yes we are FRIGGIN SPECIAL! We are winners and we will reach our goals or die trying, LOL!

love it Jan!

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BECOMINGJAMI 5/10/2011 2:49PM

    Oh look. You make me want to be a better person, too, Jan. You're beyond amazing, have I told you that lately? A round of serious applause is in order.
That actually had a hand in it. That's what I've got. :)

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BONDMANUS2002 5/10/2011 2:30PM

  Great points!!

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My weight loss weekend

Monday, May 09, 2011

Thank you, first of all, to those who noticed and commented that yes, I indeed lost 3 lbs since last Thursday! I am so STOKED! I havent lost that much weight in one week since the begnning! How did you do it, you ask? Here ya go.

1. I started the 28 day bikini challenge (think that is what its called, its on my sparkpage and you can start it at anytime). It is 10 minute videos plus cardio for 30 minutes 5 days a week. Uh yeah. super easy. But it is a jump start and I really needed it!!!

2. I have a weekly bet with my new friend (anewtatiana) and it is keeping me motivated. We bet each week to lose 2 pounds. EPIC FAIL on week 1, massive WIN in week 2!

3. I am dead serious about losing the rest of this weight. I mean it.

4. Went to the races Friday night where Nachos and hot dogs were calling my name (not just calling, they were screaming!!). What did I do? I ate my turkey sandwhich and my baked chips and then ate 5 nachos from my friend. 5 nacho's, Not ALL. Then I walked around the track, probably a good mile. (yea me).

5, We went to my in-laws on Friday night, got up and ate my Luna Bar and went to garage sale with my SIL and got adorable chair for vanity for my daughter, Kelly.
Visited with my FIL who is battling cancer. He has surgery today.

6. When everyone started making noises about lunch, we left for Reno where Kady was working and drove through Taco Bell where I got 2 Fresco tacos and drank my water.

7. Went to the River Festival where Kady was and walked around (over a few miles) and walked past (PAST) every fish and chips, corn dog, ice cream and other delicious food vendor and then went to hotel.

8. Had some quality love time with Frank.

9. Went to a fabulous buffet and began with a huge salad and a glass of wine (which lead to 6 or 7 through the course of the evening). I ate modestly, kind of calculating as I went but I still got a small brownie and a lemon mousse... It was delicious.

10. Watched the Pacquio/Mosely fight with a whole bunch of people in the Hotel/Casino and met Kady's bosses and co-workers. (She had so much fun cause she got to gamble and have a few drinks, first time ever in a casino!). She looked adorable and got soooo much attention and it was awesome to see her having fun and looking so healthy!

11. Then we went dancing and had a total blast. I think Kady and I danced about every song for over an hour or more (I switched to water!) and just had a generally great time.

12.Went to bed about midnight, slept well, got up and had a great brunch (scramble eggs with spinach, mushrooms, ground beef etc) , walked around a HUGE sporting store and then ate a luna bar for lunch on the drive home.

12. When I got home, there awaited me an Edible Arrangement of fruit with chocolate sauce for Mother's day from Kady and her boyfriend, Artie. I had fruit with yogurt for dinner.

13. I drank all my water every day.

To summarize, I stayed hydrated, ate well, was mindful of my calories and was active. I got to enjoy some treats and a few glasses of wine and I had a fantastic weekend. It was the perfect storm for happiness and weight loss.

I am posting a link to my facebook so you can see some of the highlights...Thanks for all your support and love people!!

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RIGBY31 5/9/2011 11:00PM

    So the moral of the story is... If I want to lose weight, I need to party with you? (Good job!)

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/9/2011 10:38PM

    So you literally danced your A$$ off!!! I would do that more often But I tend to look like I'm slam dancing to every song! This girl aint got no rhythm!!! Go you Momma!!! emoticon

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MOONBIRD 5/9/2011 10:03PM

    I am so proud of you! I wish I could say I ate as well this weekend. I lost 2.5 lbs last week, I think from the bootcamp and eating really well. This weekend we had a birthday party and ate out and ate out. UGH So, I am working hard this week and hopefully will not have a gain.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 5/9/2011 8:23PM

  YOU ARE AMAZING! :D wooohoooo congrats on that loss!! :)

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SLFRISBEY 5/9/2011 8:03PM

    Woohoo!!! You're kicking @$$ and taking names and I love it! Keep it up! Wish the scale would go down for me not up, from now on, I am learning from you!

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ATREAT4ME 5/9/2011 7:38PM

    Hooray for you!

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PJH2028 5/9/2011 6:03PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KIMBANN 5/9/2011 4:38PM

    Sounds like a fantastic weekend on all accounts! emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 5/9/2011 4:12PM

    Woooooooooooooooooo Hoooooooooooooooooooooooooooo!! emoticon

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STARFISH619 5/9/2011 4:00PM

    You are doing great! Very inspiring to hear how much fun you had while doing it. Keep up the great work!

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    I love these types of weekends. Victory!

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GRACEISENUF 5/9/2011 3:55PM

    Sounds like a great time to me. You finally got to dance your hiney off too....WOO HOO!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/9/2011 3:54PM

    That's sounds great, way to go!

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BECOMING_HOLLY 5/9/2011 3:40PM

    Way to go! You had so much success this weekend. Sounds AMAZING!

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CELLISTA1 5/9/2011 3:33PM

    You show the world how it's done!

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BECKYBEE33 5/9/2011 3:26PM

    Congrats! :) This bikini challenge sounds interesting. I may join in!
Thank you for bringing it to my attention!

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Who's legs are these??

Thursday, May 05, 2011

Today, when my legs were up in the air (hey, I was doing the bootcamp abs excercise! Get your mind out of the gutter, GAH! rofl), I took a look at my legs and was all, "Holy crap, who's legs are these??? I am looking pretty damn good!"

I never look at them from that angle, I always look down at them where the gravity is pulling my skin down like the saggy, baggy elephant. I tend to only notice how swollen my knees are or see the scar running down my left knee from the replacement 5 years ago.
But today? Today, I saw shape, muscle and dare I say, tone? WOOT!

Knee update: It is feeling a bit better and I got my 2.3 miles in last night although at a slower pace but I still did it. I have an ortho appt. next Thursday.

And now for your viewing pleasure, I present to you: MY legs. Please enjoy.

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SWELL10 5/9/2011 3:07PM

    How funny! I do the same thing! Standing up my skin is soooo saggy and full of celulite but laying down they look hot! I realized last night that I can see them in the bathroom mirror when I'm laying down in my bed and flexed I could see awesome calf muscles. Too bad they don't look that way standing up. DANG IT! emoticon

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RIISEY 5/9/2011 2:51PM

  So cute and look at those legs!!!

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    hahaha loved this blog. Congrats, Jan!

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HEALTHIERTINA 5/7/2011 11:13AM

  Loved it. Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 5/6/2011 4:01PM

    Love the toned legs!! emoticon

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LESLIES537 5/6/2011 3:25PM

    HOOLLLLAAAAA!!!! emoticon

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MOTHER-NATURE 5/6/2011 7:47AM

    Your legs are beautifulllllllllllllllllllll emoticon

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DOODIE59 5/6/2011 12:39AM

    That is one wicked pair of legs.

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    Nice legs, very sexy!!

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LUVDOGZ 5/5/2011 9:04PM

    Looking good girl!

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SARAWALKS 5/5/2011 7:19PM

    HOT HOT HOT!!!!!!!!!!!!!! emoticon

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RIGBY31 5/5/2011 7:11PM

    Looking good... looking real good!... (insert wolf whistle here)

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LOVE2BTHIN2 5/5/2011 6:13PM

    Isn't it funny how revelations like these come at such unexpected moments? Looking good! Way to go!!

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JSPIN74 5/5/2011 6:07PM

    looking good!!

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COOKWITHME65 5/5/2011 3:54PM

    You made me laugh. Your abs must be getting pretty strong to be able to hold them up while taking the picture. Good for you.

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    Look at you sexy lady! Woohoo.

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/5/2011 3:05PM

    (Insert whistle calling here) Mama!!! Hot Mama! Way to go!!! Hard work baby! Cookies shmookies!They aint touchin' you!!! You are Rockin'! Yay on the knee! emoticon

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    LOL...oh love, you make me smile!! :)

And those legs of yours...they look HOT! GO YOU!

- Michelle

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NEWSGIRL2177 5/5/2011 2:20PM

    Love it!

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    Dayum, mama! WTG!!!!

I too had a similar revelation. About my thighs. I was looking at them in a bent over position. I was... um... doing ab exercises? :P

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SLFRISBEY 5/5/2011 2:11PM

    Don't lie, that's not why your legs were in the air! All that working out must be paying dividends in more places than the gym! ;) Looking good!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/5/2011 2:10PM

    Woo hoo, hot Mama! Glad your knee is feeling a bit better.

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VAMANOS 5/5/2011 2:00PM

    emoticon Sexy lady! emoticon Ain't it grand???

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    Woot Woot! Look at them sexy legs! Looks like your hard work is paying off!!!! Keep it up!

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EMSJOURNEY 5/5/2011 1:58PM

    lol... awesome! =)

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Leaving a bad taste in my mouth

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Literally. I baked some cookies today (yea, frank has to go see his grandma and that means, me making cookies for her) and of course, I ate some. I have had a terrible taste in my mouth since then. It lasted through dinner even.
How crazy is that??? I used to love sugar and until just this minute I thought I still did but now? I am not too sure. I dont like that aftertaste thing going on.

Next subject: I am on day 3 of the 28 day challenge. It is going good but alot of the excercises involve knee stuff that I cannot do so I find myself making things up but it works I guess. Then I have been walking. Since Saturday though, my right knee is killing me! I can barely get through a mile, a slow mile! I came home tonight and put this electronic stimulus thing on it and am hoping it feels better tomorrow. I am also going to go see my orthopedic dr. I would normally let it play out but it is really upsetting me. I almost cried today when I realized how this is slowing me down. I usually walk 2 or more miles a night and now every step is killing me. And I am not a whimp so... yea.

Next, next subject: you are gonna see some blogs about this so let me lay it out. My father in law was diagnosed with Multiple Myeloma. It is a blood cancer that makes holes in your bones. No bone is unaffected. He is 77 years old and one tough man. Let me spare the details but he has a very painful future ahead of him. It is going to be horrible. There is no cure. All we will be able to do is try to make a few memories before he is paralyzed and bedridden. Totally heartbreaking. He is not an easy man, not someone you would tell sweet things too. But before he goes, I will tell him that he gave me the greatest gift in my life, my wonderful husband and I will always love him and be grateful for that. I am sure he would rather die than have me tell him that but I am going to do it anyway.

So, that is what is happening in my world today.

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BIGMAMAT 5/6/2011 7:37AM

    Sorry to hear about your father in law... That is a tough diagnosis. emoticon

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SARAWALKS 5/4/2011 6:53PM

    Oh boy, I am so sorry to hear about your dad-in-law. But you are right to tell him that while you can, no matter what he seems to think...what people really think is sometimes something different...these things need said.
Do find out what is happening with the knee. Not a joint to mess about with... emoticon

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KAMAPERRY 5/4/2011 12:38PM

    Praying for your Father in law! Wow!
I agree on the sugar, I did notice that yesterday, more reason to lay off it!!
Hope your knee is better soon!

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RIGBY31 5/4/2011 11:47AM

    Oh Jan, I'm sorry about your father in law. It's going to be tough. Hope your knee gets with the program (do you wear a brace... sometimes that helps me, but I'm not a doctor, although I like to "play doctor"; sorry!). I like your commitment to 28 days; I'm not in the mindset to do it, but you go, girl!

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LESLIES537 5/4/2011 11:41AM

    I guess the bad taste in your mouth is a good thing, huh?! Boo to the knee pain and a BIG BOOOO to FIL having blood cancer! That SUCKS! I'm sorry he has to go through that! I'll say a prayer for your family! I think that's sweet of you to say that to him. Even though he may act as if he doesn't care to hear it, I bet inside, it will mean so much!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/4/2011 10:53AM

    Sorry to hear about your Father in law. Blessings to your family.

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BADASSBLONDIE 5/4/2011 10:51AM

    That knee pain sounds like an epic pain in the butt. *hugs* Get that checked out asap if it's not fixing tiself, OK?

I'm so sorry to hear about your FIL. As always, you are in my thoughts. *hugs*

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OJIBWEEQUAY 5/4/2011 9:47AM

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OHSOCOOLLISA 5/4/2011 9:42AM

    I get the whole cookie and taste change thing. It happened to me as well. It is like my taste buds are just now catching up to the other parts of my body. It is never just weight loss, but a total body make-over. I think this includes the mind and realizing what is important to us. For me, I'm starting to define me by what I do and not so much by what is done to me or by how others understand me.

My father is not an easy man and he is dealing with terminal brain cancer. There is a ton of "baggage" in my world and family...I guess I'm just trying to say that I can relate, to a small extent, how or what you say to your F-in-L and why it matters to you.

Sometimes, it matters more that we say something and less of how it is accepted or received.

Have a sparktacular day!

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SLFRISBEY 5/4/2011 9:17AM

    My Father in law has myeloma as well. He's been put on thalitamide (I am sure that isn't spelled correctly) which has put the cancer into remission for the last 6 years. It may be back though, he's also not an easy man to deal with so getting answers is though. Keeping you and your family in my thoughts and prayers, it's never easy. (((hugs)))

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 5/4/2011 8:24AM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your father in law. My thoughts are with you all.

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ATREAT4ME 5/4/2011 8:09AM

    It sounds as if you're making a lot of long-term decisions while things are relatively "calm." That's very smart of you. I love your determination. My Godmother had a similar type of Cancer. I am very sorry to hear your family will be dealing with that. I'm praying for your knee to heal quickly.

I so get what you wrote about realizing that your knee was slowing down. I woudda cried AND thrown a big fit. You are so strong and positive. Keep moving. Gently and easy.

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SHERLYN-WILL 5/4/2011 7:43AM

    I hear you on the sugar.... I get that same aftertaste.. and this horrible sugar drunken-ness and feel dazy and weird... (can't think straight... so blaming that on the sugar too... LOL)

So sorry about your knee....

Wow.. I didn't even know there was a cancer that did that!

I will pray for him...

You might just be surprised what you telling him that means to him... I think that is great you are going to do that!

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LUVDOGZ 5/4/2011 6:46AM

    I will say a prayer for your father in law and your family. Cancer is a &*%$#@& disease that has affected my family as well. I hope your knee feels better really soon, I hate when our bodies don't cooperate with us!

Hugs, Michelle

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VEEJAY3 5/4/2011 12:58AM

    Gosh, I'm sorry about your father-in-law; I have a couple of relatives who are very hard for me to be sentimental with, so I know what you mean. But you're really wonderful to push thru it. Really, words of love are in short supply in life, and no matter how he reacts outwardly, I'm sure his heart will be warmed -- a great gift to him at this stage.

Sorry, too, about your knee. I nursed one after a bike wreck for months and months -- it's still weird, but not painful. Just ... weird. Hope you get it all back and THEN some, you dynamo!

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CHELEMIA 5/4/2011 12:57AM

    Hmm What a surprise!!! Jan is taking the brave, strong, and little travelled path!!! You go girl! Know that you have a support network no matter what reactions you get. Yeah for sugar after taste!! The tens unit (electric doohickey with patches!) is amazing for the knee! Hope it works!! Check out chair dancing!! wrap your knee and go for it. I found some on demand tv and internet too. the knee gets bumped around and the glut muscles pull on it but no weight bearing or over 45 decree bending. I use thm when my hip is out or my plantar fascitis is severe!! The big thing with physical ailments is to be flexible. It is so tempting to give up until things are better!! Switch off and change it up! emoticon

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    I am so sorry for your knee pain. So sorry that your father in law has to suffer so much pain. My thoughts are with you!

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