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I'm in!

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

I got a call this morning -
I made it into the study! emoticon
(see my last blog)
My preliminary data session (2 hours!) is January 9th and the study begins the week of the 16th and runs for 4 months.
Guess I'll be needing a whole new wardrobe by the end of April.
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MSWEEZER 12/22/2011 5:55AM

    Whoo Hoo! Congrats!!

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DOOBRIE 12/22/2011 4:30AM

    Sounds wonderful - you must be so excited! What a boost.

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NEW-CAZ 12/22/2011 2:53AM

    emoticon Great news...an early prezzie! emoticon

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LESLIESENIOR 12/22/2011 1:13AM

    I'm so happy for you!!!

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_UMAMI_ 12/21/2011 10:58PM

    Wishing you lots of good CHI!
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Or should I say, Wu Hu?
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Sounds great! I hope they don't make you sign a disclaimer, so you can fill us in on all the deets!

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HSMOM2FOUR 12/21/2011 8:50PM

    That's fantastic!! So excited for you!!

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MARTY19 12/21/2011 7:26PM

    emoticonThatt's great news.

Marty

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LATVIAN_SANDY 12/21/2011 7:24PM

    Oh yeah!!! emoticon

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MIMICOTO 12/21/2011 7:16PM

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/21/2011 7:15PM

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TRAVELGRRL 12/21/2011 7:02PM

    I hope you'll post everything you are learning so we can ALL be ready for new wardrobes in April!!!! WTG!!!!!!!!!!!!

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MEXGAL1 12/21/2011 6:57PM

    oh I am so excited for you. You definately have to keep us updated on what it is all about!
Get those skinny jeans out!
Peanut

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WINFIELD28 12/21/2011 6:34PM

    What a great thing to be a part of. Glad you were chosen!

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IOWARHINO 12/21/2011 6:33PM

    I hope it helps you EWEST!! Sounds like your are excited and that is contagious. Good Luck.


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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/21/2011 6:31PM

    Good for you Liz. let us know how the diet works for you and wht all you will be consuming. think of the swimsuit for your next vacation...

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LINDABENEDICT 12/21/2011 6:28PM

    yay !!!!!!!!!

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Study me, study me!

Monday, December 19, 2011

This morning I went to an orientation for a weight loss study for OBESE woman aged 55-80. emoticon
It looks like I qualify. emoticon
It is a collaboration between the Kinesiology Department and the Nutrition and Food Sciences Department at the University of Rhode Island, beginning January 16th and running for 16 weeks.
We will meet twice a week for Tai Chi classes and group and individual meetings with a (supervised student) nutritionist and will follow the DASH diet, although my blood pressure is just fine.
[I wish I had heard about the session they did last year which involved strength training, but, oh, well. Actually, come to think of it I wouldn't have qualified as I had a trip (to Paris) during that time frame and I was in PT for my hip (the first round).]
There will be twenty of us in the group and I am looking forward to the extra attention and trying a fresh approach to my ongoing journey to better health.
Wish me luck.
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TRENTDREAMER 12/21/2011 3:42PM

    Best of fortune to you on the study. congrats!

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TRAVELGRRL 12/21/2011 9:10AM

    Wowie zowie, you are on your way, grrl! What a great Christmas present!

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LESLIESENIOR 12/20/2011 11:48PM

    How very exciting for you. Can't wait to get details. You won't need luck because you are a hard worker and very motivated. Spark On!!

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AJDOVER1 12/20/2011 4:01PM

    That's interesting! Please let us know how it goes. I wish it was a larger study. Twenty people in a group isn't enough for them to draw legitimate conculsions. It sounds like something you can benefit from, though. I hope you enjoy it.

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CINDYWAGNER1 12/20/2011 2:08PM

    emoticon emoticonExcited for you! Keep us posted on your results.

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WINFIELD28 12/20/2011 12:36PM

    This sounds so interesting! Please keep us posted on what you are doing and how it is going. I read about the DASH diet several years ago and my brother-in-law followed it with success (he has high blood pressure). I wish you good luck and hope you learn new and helpful healthy ideas!

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EMRANA 12/20/2011 9:40AM

  Good luck! You'll have to share all about learning Tai Chi as the program progresses. It seems fascinating!

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FRAN_CVLRN 12/20/2011 8:45AM

    Having been involved with clinical research trials, I know they can be rewarding. Knowing you, I'm sure you will put 110% into this, so good luck!
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WENDYSPARKS 12/20/2011 8:23AM

    Good luck!!

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MEXGAL1 12/20/2011 8:03AM

    wow, that is so interesting. I can't wait to hear more about it. I hope it is successful for you.


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MARTY19 12/20/2011 6:54AM

    I wish yougreatluck and loss of pounds. Keep us posted!

Marty

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/20/2011 4:13AM

    Working with a research group - I know that these are great things - so glad you get to be a part of it!! Wonderful way to start the NEW year!

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NEW-CAZ 12/20/2011 2:42AM

    Have a great time Liz and YES! good luck! emoticon

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DOOBRIE 12/20/2011 2:37AM

    Wow, that's fantastic, Elizabeth. I'm sure the Tai Chi will be much better for you - you already know how to do ST. It will be great to take up something new. What an exciting way to start the new year!

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LINDABENEDICT 12/19/2011 11:11PM

    This sounds great !!!!!!!! Share please !!!!!!!!Have a great time !

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MIMICOTO 12/19/2011 10:58PM

    Will be interested to follow this! Enjoy - you always find a way to learn great stuff you!!!!

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TXGRANDMA 12/19/2011 10:13PM

    That sounds great! I think I need something like that about now! Keep us posted! emoticon

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STOCKSROCK 12/19/2011 10:01PM

    Good luck!

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MARITIMER3 12/19/2011 9:49PM

    That sounds really interesting. You're lucky to live in an urban area where you can take part in something like this. I'll look forward to hearing about it as it goes along.
Gail

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DOR2BFIT 12/19/2011 9:35PM

    Cool! Hope you get to the bottom of this, and can share with the rest of us! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/19/2011 9:30PM

    Lots of luck to you Lizzie! It sounds quite interesting.

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A first for me today

Saturday, December 17, 2011

In 42 years of marriage today was the very first time I have ever gone alone to pick out a Christmas tree.
Actually, the professor came with me but he waited in the car.
I went to a local produce market that was offering a delivery service ($10) which worked out well for us so I just did it.
We have it set up but not decorated yet.
It's perfect!
Busy, busy, busy!

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LESLIESENIOR 12/21/2011 11:14AM

    Hey the tree is a first, very cool, but I want to congratulate you on 42 years of marriage. Woo Hoo for all of us that are hanging in there through thick and thin. It sure is worth it. My husband and I celebrate 40 years on Jan. 8.
Merry Christmas to us old married folks. LOL

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MEXGAL1 12/19/2011 6:31PM

    wow, new tradition?
I am lucky and don't have to decorate at all anymore. I made a bunch of things for the kids house and when we arrive everything is all set up!

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SOOKGAL66 12/18/2011 11:09PM

    This year was the first time I decorated our tree without the help of my kids. They ar getting older.........guess we gotta embrace change, even if it's uncomfy at first. Way to go on getting your tree! PS, who is the professor?
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_UMAMI_ 12/18/2011 6:00PM

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Ours is up, but totally naked. Getting there bit-by-bit!

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CINDYWAGNER1 12/18/2011 3:01PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Merry Christmas and Happy New Year!

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MARTY19 12/18/2011 8:35AM

    I gave up on real trees. I love our artifical tree. What I miss is the smell.

Marty

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/18/2011 5:07AM

    You're a BIG Girl now emoticon Have fun Decorating!!

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DOOBRIE 12/18/2011 4:26AM

    Glad you found the perfect tree - have fun decorating it!

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MAGGIEVAN 12/18/2011 3:30AM

    There are always first times. We have a choice... moan or embrace the change. Hope all is well with the professor?

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NEW-CAZ 12/18/2011 2:39AM

    Sounds like fun Liz!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/18/2011 12:23AM

    Pictures, pictures, pictures...

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KKP4673 12/17/2011 11:16PM

    So glad you got the tree!! AND so glad you took the professor with you!!

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LINDABENEDICT 12/17/2011 11:16PM

    Sounds fun !!!! Enjoy....I love the fresh tree smell !

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Bordering on child abuse?

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Would you look at what poor William has to put up with just to get to play with his big sister Lucy:




The look on his face is priceless, isn't it?

No wonder second children become such resilient people! emoticon

BTW- after bragging about sleeping TEN hours the other night,
I have been unable to fall asleep the last few nights- laying there for hours for absolutely NO good reason. emoticon

Good night!
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DOOBRIE 12/17/2011 1:43AM

    Poor William!

Hope you have some better nights soon, Elizabeth. I know it can be miserable laying there awake knowing you're going to be tired the next day.

Sending sleepy wishes your way!

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MSKINGER 12/17/2011 12:53AM

    Very cute! My daughters used to do that to their 2 cats, then push them around in a baby buggy.

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AIRPEACH 12/16/2011 7:05PM

    Love the picture!

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CHALLENGER15 12/16/2011 7:04PM

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MIMICOTO 12/16/2011 2:56PM

    Oh William....we all know that's going to end up in his wedding slide-show!!!!

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BAILEYSMOM4 12/16/2011 1:03PM

    I grew up with rollers in my hair! My sister was 11 years older than me and thought I was her live doll!

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JGMK55 12/16/2011 12:39PM

    Too funny. When my grandson came to live with us he was 14 months old. His two aunts (my youngest daughters) doted on him...but they also loved to enjoy themselves at his expense. Once they dressed him up in their baby dresses, took loads of pictures in different outfits, and made a scrapbook. They intend to share it with his first girlfriend! emoticon He has no idea what is waiting for him!

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CHEFKATLEANER 12/16/2011 9:56AM

    I am a first child...and I have to say that my younger sister put me through some awful crap as we were growing up. I think it's why I am so resilient! *lol*

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LUCKYPRESENCE 12/16/2011 9:52AM

    Child abuse?? I think not

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MSPRIS3 12/16/2011 9:30AM

    HA HA. I remember my youngest nephew playing with my niece, he ended up with make-up on, and pushing a baby stroller!!! LOL

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EMRANA 12/16/2011 9:14AM

  I was envisioning that at the back of that Women's World magazine. It's cute!

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CANDOK1260 12/16/2011 6:51AM

    HEY MY NEWPHEW WAsa put in dresses all his childhood by his bigger susters and he now a great actor emoticon

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MARTY19 12/16/2011 6:45AM

    Very cut though.

Marty

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46SHADOW 12/16/2011 6:35AM

    too cute!

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CINDYWAGNER1 12/15/2011 10:48PM

    So adorable! Sorry, you are having trouble sleeping. Have you tried milk or hot tea? I hear they help!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/15/2011 10:14PM

    Now there's a precious photo lol -that could win a contest I'm sure!! emoticon

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MEXGAL1 12/15/2011 10:08PM

    oh my goodness...just too darn cute!
sorry to hear about your sleeping issues. I sure can identify...I hate when I don't sleep. It's always an issue with me.
hope you sleep well tonight.
Peanut

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/15/2011 10:07PM

    Adorable indeed!

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HIPPYCAT 12/15/2011 9:59PM

    LOL! Looks to me like a great shot for the wedding slideshow.

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Whew!

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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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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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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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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