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Tuesday, December 13, 2011

I just came from the gym, where I worked out with my DD, Mimi, 24, about whom I have blogged many times. emoticon

About a year ago we joined a 24 hour gym together
(I switched from a gym I loved because she was more comfortable at the smaller new gym)
as I had become concerned with her slowly increasing weight. emoticon

We worked out together quite a bit at first and even shared a personal trainer for a while (for which I caught a LOT of flack from DH as we cannot afford such luxuries- but I wanted Mimi to learn proper techniques and be challenged). emoticon

Well, due to my hip issues, among other reasons, I haven't worked out with Mimi in maybe 3-4-5 months and I gotta tell you-
she kicked my arse all over the gym!
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I am SO happy and proud of her- and, yes, I told her so repeatedly.
She was glowing with the compliments.
Proves once again that is not all about the number on the scale -her wt hasn't changed much at all- she is in the best physical condition of her life.
I'm going over to Facebook and post on her PT's wall now.

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MIMICOTO 12/14/2011 5:36PM

    This blog made me smile sooooo huge!!!!! No matter where she goes from here, she will take this with her.....exercise is like chocolate....once you find out how FANTASTIC it is, you can just never UN-taste it!!!!

Go Mimi!!!!!

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MNGIRLIE 12/14/2011 11:11AM

    That's great! I'd love to be able to get a good workout in with my mom, but she's not on the bandwagon and doesn't even have it in her sights right now.

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CINDYWAGNER1 12/14/2011 9:30AM

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EMRANA 12/14/2011 9:17AM

  Wonderful news!! You'll get stronger again ~ I understand only too well how a physical issue can impact fitness level. It takes time to regain, but it's worth it!

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FRAN_CVLRN 12/14/2011 9:01AM

    Kudos to you Liz for being such a positive influence on Mimi-and to you for having such perserverance!

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HIPPICHICK1 12/14/2011 8:27AM

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MARITIMER3 12/14/2011 1:03AM

    She must have been very proud of herself. It's great that you started her on a healthy lifestyle.


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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/13/2011 8:08PM

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MARTY19 12/13/2011 7:49PM

    That is great news. Makes a Mom proud! LOL!

Marty

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PUDLECRAZY 12/13/2011 7:35PM

    Great!

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DOR2BFIT 12/13/2011 7:28PM

    Glad your daughter has taken to working out- that is so worth it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATTICAKES08 12/13/2011 6:55PM

    sounds great! i am so glad you were able to get back to the gym!!!! Congrats and your DD is so lucky to have you to kick off her fitness transformation! Spark on1

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MEXGAL1 12/13/2011 6:32PM

    so happy to hear that your daughter is doing well and sticking with it...but of course her mom has been a good influence.
Keep up the good work.
Peanut

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NEW-CAZ 12/13/2011 5:38PM

    emoticonMimi!
emoticonLiz for getting back to it!

As Debbie said it would be nice to see some pics!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/13/2011 5:05PM

    What? no pictures? We'd like to see mom and daughter's fit shapes together please.

Great job, Mimi!

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Busy week ahead!

Sunday, December 11, 2011

Glad I enjoyed a quiet day (?) today as I have a busy week coming up, as I'm sure many of you do.
Today I tried to sleep in a bit but our smoke detector started chirping (low battery) about 5-6 a.m.- we keep the heat on 55F at night and DH is too deaf to hear anything so I tried to ignore it but slept fitfully after that.
I read the Sunday paper
(I feel sorry for people who do not indulge in this luxury),
then sorted through my purchases and started wrapping.
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Then I splurged on a cup of coffee
(a weekly indulgence as I like a lot of cream)
on my way to the gym for a serious one hour ST session-
including 10 minutes playing with my beloved kettlebells. emoticon
(easing back into my fitness routine after a forced rest period caused by a bout of painful hip bursitis).
When I came home- surprise!- my grandbabies William and Lucy were visiting for a few hours while their parents got a few things done without the kids. emoticon

Tomorrow my wonderful DIL (a middle school English teacher) has parent-teacher conferences so we are babysitting 11-5, when my son will pick them up.
We have them on Thursday instead of Tuesday this week so I'm working with the professor on Wed, Friday and Sat AND hosting my book group on Wed. night.
We read 'Elizabeth Street' by Laurie Fabiano,
about the Italian immigrant experience, and it was a FABULOUS book.

See what I mean about a busy week?
I better get me to bed soon.
Have a grrrrrrrrrrrrrrrrreat week, all!

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CINDYWAGNER1 12/13/2011 1:44PM

    emoticonYou are a busy bee, aren't you? Have a great week.

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LINDABENEDICT 12/12/2011 10:18PM

    You are busy busy busy !!!!! Have fun !!!!!

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MARTY19 12/12/2011 4:11PM

    I have plans to finish my shopping on Saturday. Too busy with 2 jobs to go during the week.

Marty


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MEXGAL1 12/12/2011 11:14AM

    I am just now starting Elizabeth Street per your recommendation I just finished reading about the death of Nunzio...Tragic. Looking forward to the rest of the book. thanks for the recommendation...feel free to recommend any books your group read that I might enjoy.
Have a great week.
Peanut

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/12/2011 8:40AM

    Wow! That does sound busy, but knowing you, it's a FUN BUSY! Enjoy your week, especially with those grandbabies! emoticon emoticon

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AJDOVER1 12/12/2011 8:30AM

    I love your cheerful outlook. Have a great week!

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CHALLENGER15 12/12/2011 7:01AM

    It sounds like a great day and a great week!

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NEW-CAZ 12/12/2011 2:48AM

    Sounds like the perfect day Liz, glad you can get back to your beloved kettle bells, take it easy hun.
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MARITIMER3 12/11/2011 10:36PM

    I hope you changed the batteries in your smoke detector so that you won't be awakened tonight. Enjoy your week,
Gail

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HIPPICHICK1 12/11/2011 10:24PM

    Sounds pretty busy alright! You'll sleep well I trust.
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CANDOK1260 12/11/2011 10:08PM

    YEP SOUNDS LIKE MY WEEK

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_UMAMI_ 12/11/2011 10:03PM

    I soooo miss indulging in the Sunday paper. But ours is LAME. When I worked in NYC, I read the NYT, the Post and the News every day! And sometimes the WSJ if it was around.

Also, I was just checking out kettlebells the other day. Not sure if I'm ready to tackle them yet.

Good luck with your week! It certainly does sound busy!
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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/11/2011 9:54PM

    Have a fun week lizzie

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Chopping wood at 97!?!

Friday, December 09, 2011

You read that right! emoticon

My dear elder care client, a 97 year old retired history professor, still uses a bow saw to cut up wood.
He needs my help to pick up the 4-5' logs and get them up on the sawbuck (I think it's called) so he can go at it with the saw and cut them into 12-14" pieces for the rarely used fireplace.

He loves to do this so much- has been handling wood since he was a boy growing up in Maine and upstate NY.

It makes me happy to see how happy it makes him- despite freezing my fat arse off and getting a bit dirty.

Have a grrrrreat weekend!
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_UMAMI_ 12/11/2011 10:01PM

    Made me think of the phrase, "Chop Wood, Carry Water".
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AGASSIFAN 12/11/2011 6:50AM

    I am just discovering the joy of chopping wood at 60....I hope it helps me to reach the prof's age!!!

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TRENTDREAMER 12/10/2011 2:42PM

    You too! Stay warm.

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AUSSIEJAN2 12/10/2011 12:12PM

    That is great! My dear Grandfather used to chop wood in 3 sizes for my Grandma, and take a walk every evening about a half a mile. He also did his army exercises, jumping jacks etc. He died at 94 from Pneumonia. Treasure him.

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HIPPICHICK1 12/10/2011 10:48AM

    Physical work makes for an amazing life!! I love hauling and stacking wood, gardening, raking leaves and even housecleaning because all of those activities burn calories!!
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MARITIMER3 12/10/2011 9:26AM

    Love his attitude... and yours!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/9/2011 11:54PM

    Sounds like a lotta work to me.

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LINDABENEDICT 12/9/2011 9:56PM

    WOW !!!!!!

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SPARKLINGDAWN 12/9/2011 8:46PM

    I hope that I will live that long, and I hope that I will be able to do that too!
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MARTY19 12/9/2011 7:13PM

    Bless hime that he can still do it. I can't.

Marty

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MEXGAL1 12/9/2011 4:18PM

    that is why he lives at 97! God Bless him!

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CINDYWAGNER1 12/9/2011 4:04PM

    emoticon emoticonYou are getting exercise in with him. How neat!

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BAILEYS7OF9 12/9/2011 3:44PM

    Love it!

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DOR2BFIT 12/9/2011 3:36PM

    That's quite funny! emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/9/2011 3:25PM

    emoticon good for him, amazing.

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JENNIFER_67 12/9/2011 2:11PM

    Wow!! That's great. Good for him.

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Arms full of love

Tuesday, December 06, 2011

Grandbaby heaven= when they both climb up into my lap:





BTW- notice my new glasses?
I am so glad bigger glasses are coming back into style (a-la Lester Holt).
I never liked those narrow dark framed glasses and refused to wear them.

Heading out to get a (Groupon) shellac manicure this morning-
maybe I'll get a holiday red!- so unlike me-
and do some Christmas shopping.
Lucy and William aren't coming over until Thursday this week.
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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JGMK55 12/9/2011 2:28PM

    Just perfect!!!!

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LESLIESENIOR 12/8/2011 11:07PM

    Precious, precious, precious...............and I agree with Momma_Little......Priceless! emoticon

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AJDOVER1 12/7/2011 9:53PM

    Wonderful picture!

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LINDABENEDICT 12/6/2011 10:49PM

    How ADORABLE !!!! All 3 of you !!!!

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TRY2KEEPGOING 12/6/2011 10:24PM

    Granda Liz you look so happy....I am happy for you! Cute glasses too. The big lenses work so well for those of us with bifocals!
Grandma Kathy
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CHALLENGER15 12/6/2011 9:23PM

    Cute, cute kids! I like the glasses, too, and I am glad they bigger frames are coming back. Let us know about the shellac manicure. I am considering one.

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_UMAMI_ 12/6/2011 8:26PM

    If only the picture came with a scent---I miss the smell of babies! (Well, except for that *one* smell--the other smells are fab!)

The glasses suit you well----
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Please tell me that you are planning a holiday cookie bake with your grandchildren.....
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HIPPICHICK1 12/6/2011 4:44PM

    Aaawwww! So sweet!
Your new glasses are fab.
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AGASSIFAN 12/6/2011 2:33PM

    Lookin' Great, Gamma!!!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/6/2011 2:05PM

    Grandkids = Wonderful... Grandkids on your lap = PRICELESS! emoticon

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MARTY19 12/6/2011 1:53PM

    What a wonderful picture! Lpove it to bits.

Marty

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DXTREME45 12/6/2011 1:13PM

    Its so nice to see that beautiful smile Lizzie. I can't wait to get a hold of mines again. They live 2-1/2 hour away from me.

Let me know how that shellac manicure go. I've been hearing about it and have been thinking of getting it done.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/6/2011 12:35PM

    You sound like one proud gramma.

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CANDOK1260 12/6/2011 10:54AM

    LOVE THE GLASSES THE KIDS ARE SO CUTE AND SO ARE YOU

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MEXGAL1 12/6/2011 10:17AM

    that is heaven especially when they are quiet and clam. I head north on December 16th and will get lots of grand baby time.
Love your new glasses. I am getting some new ones when I go North.
cheers
Peanut

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NEW-CAZ 12/6/2011 9:53AM

    What a cute pic and I love your glasses, suit you emoticon

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MARITIMER3 12/6/2011 9:31AM

    Enjoy every precious moment! The people in our lives are more important than anything else in the world.
Gail

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/6/2011 9:04AM

    You look so young in the pic Elizabeth!! The glasses suit you : )

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Check these out!

Sunday, December 04, 2011

Do you know my sparkfriend, Sheryl?

She is rewriting some popular Christmas songs for our amusement.
Please go over and 'like' her blogs.

www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal.asp?id=SHERYLDS



Have a peaceful relaxing Sunday!
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AGASSIFAN 12/6/2011 2:34PM

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LINDABENEDICT 12/5/2011 10:20PM

    thanks ! they are quite good !

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/5/2011 3:57AM

    That was great!

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FRAN_CVLRN 12/4/2011 5:19PM

    Thanks for sharing this-she has a way with words.


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SVELTE-TO-BE 12/4/2011 2:14PM

    Thanks for sharing. It was a lot of fun! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 12/4/2011 10:57AM

    will do so.
thanks for sharing and have a terrific Sunday.
Sallie

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ROSEWCI 12/4/2011 10:22AM

    cute! emoticon

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MARTY19 12/4/2011 10:18AM

    I've seenthe songs. They are very cute!

Marty

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PHOENIX40S 12/4/2011 9:16AM

    Terrific. I should print that up and put it on my fridge!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/4/2011 9:12AM

    Yes indeed! Cheryl has posted these songs in my team, too. she's quite good if i may say so.

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NEW-CAZ 12/4/2011 8:08AM

    emoticon Liz I'll pop over

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