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With Love, From Your Body

Friday, August 13, 2010

Dear Mick,

Thanks for taking the time to notice how well we've been working together lately.

For my part, I am not swelling so much and feeling less bloated. I have less pain in my joints. I am sleeping better. I am feeling full with less food.

I feel good when you take me out for a walk.

I feel good when you feed me fruits and veggies.

I feel good when you re-connect with old friends and family.

I feel good when we work together.

I've noticed that you are less anxious and way more confident. Let's keep this going, shall we?

Much love,
Your Body

  
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PROMISE2DESIGN 8/16/2010 10:43PM

    WOOOHOOOO!!!!! You're happier. emoticon

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LBEEKMA 8/15/2010 11:48PM

    I love your body conversation...you've developed a great friendship that will last a lifetime...I learned a lot from it! emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 8/13/2010 11:43PM

    Cute! Imagine this is what our body would say if it could talk. And I think it does talk and says thank you, thank you, in what we do everyday!

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1STARVINGARTIST 8/13/2010 7:28PM

    What a great way to look at it. This is how I need to look at it too. Thanks!
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MEOWMAMA3 8/13/2010 6:11PM

    Great little blog! emoticonIt is amazing how we start to notice differences from even the most basic changes, like upping the H2O and eliminating sodas, increasing fiber, etc. May you have many more great letters to read from your body!!

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WINTERRAIN 8/13/2010 4:11PM

    Love this blog! emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 8/13/2010 3:10PM

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PARKERB2 8/13/2010 2:38PM

    Great blog. We should all talk like this. emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 8/13/2010 11:15AM

    What a great blog! Thanks for the smile and positive reinforcement.

Huggz,
~Gayle~

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C4CHRISTINE 8/13/2010 10:02AM

    I love this little note to you! Writing one to me in my mind right now! :D

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MGRIFFITH32 8/13/2010 10:01AM

    Love it! Thanks for sharing and for stopping by my blog. (The hawk/cat update was hilarious too).

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/13/2010 10:01AM

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POOKAQUEEN 8/13/2010 9:11AM

    Love it! Great!

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EILEENXO 8/13/2010 8:35AM

    Absolutely! Treat your body like a temple!

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Out of the my comfort zone, and into the bar

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I never, repeat never go to bars anymore. I have not been in a bar, in geez, I really cannot remember.

I said I would go tonight to wish a colleague well in her next adventure. Truth be told, she's not really even "my" colleague. She works in a neighboring company and I do have some crossover with them from time to time. My dealings with her have been "the person on the other end of the phone." emoticon

When I heard she was looking for work in the biz, but out of the area, I extended my hand. I have worked extensively in this field and in the area she was looking. I also offered to clean up her resume (which I did) and she is now happily employed by a new place. My little role is that I encouraged her and I fixed her resume. It was probably a little surprising, if not shocking, for her to get that invite from me to help her. I really didn't know her well, but the little I did, I really liked. She always acted professional and friendly in her dealings. I appreciate good customer service and she has that gene.

So, off to stop at Starbucks for a little gift card, and then on to the bar. I am proud of myself for going, if only for a short bit. This is way outside of my comfort zone, particularly since I will know two or three people there, at most, including the "colleague."

Here's hoping for a festive evening, which includes a bit of walking, and yuck-o ---possibly in the rain.

Cheers! (seemed appropriate for the bar!)

  
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PROMISE2DESIGN 8/12/2010 9:38PM

    What did you wear?!?!

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MICKEYMAX 8/12/2010 9:15PM

    It all went quite well. Thanks for cheering me on! One of my friends was also going and said she would meet me and we'd go together. I actually turned that down and said I'd just meet her there. When I go, I go all the way! :) I had an iced tea and hung for an hour.

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/12/2010 8:45PM

    Well....how did it go?

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POOKAQUEEN 8/12/2010 7:46PM

    Have a good time. Good for you, stepping out like that. Woohoo!

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 8/12/2010 5:56PM

    I admire you!!! Good for you stepping out of your comfort zone. I have always avoided situations like that so I admire you for going. Have a good time tonight.

Terri =)

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NESSNCA 8/12/2010 5:00PM

  good for you to go out of your comfort zone. i bet you were amazed how the "bar" has changed. i have been married for 21 years and went to a bar with a friend last december, omg it was terrible. i haven't been since. we all need to get out of our comfort zone ever now and then and explore. remember what is good for one person, may not be good for another, every one is different. hope you had a good time.

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KIYOSHI04 8/12/2010 4:52PM

    good for you for going out of your comfort zone. that is a hard task for me! im sure youll have a wonderful time!

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Fuzzy Fruit

Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Note to self: when you buy fruit, make sure you take the time to cut it up and refrigerate it! We went to Rice's Market on Saturday and came away with bags of peppers, nectarines, kirbys and string beans. Unfortunately, only the peppers made it into the fridge,. This morning, I wondered what was in "that" bag and when I opened it, it looked like a giant hairball! BUMMER!!!

Oh well. today is a new day. I'll have a salad for lunch and some other veggie included with dinner. I am getting it together. I just always seem to pick the scenic route!

  
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PARKERB2 8/11/2010 10:47AM

    We have had a lot of veggies from the garden this year. I have even given some of it away but some still goes to waste. Sorry you didn't get to enjoy yours but there's more where that came from, right? emoticon

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1STARVINGARTIST 8/10/2010 11:07PM

    Sorry about the fruit and veggie loss, but what a great way to look at it. The scenic route is the best route! Great blog!
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DIFROMWYOMING 8/10/2010 7:34PM

    We've all been there! Too funny.
The scenic route is often more entertaining, enjoyable, and lasts longer in your memory....

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PLAYBLUES22 8/10/2010 5:28PM

    Been there, done that, got the T-shirt emoticon

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KIYOSHI04 8/10/2010 1:57PM

    yikes. i had a whole bunch of bad froot last week! peaches. i hate froot loss.

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/10/2010 11:46AM

    Personally, I'm all for the scenic route. The road my be longer, but the scenery and the experiences are well worth their weight in gold. Not to mention, the stories are hilarious! Have a fab day!!!!!
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XTMONT 8/10/2010 11:05AM

    Sorry for the fruit loss!

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POOKAQUEEN 8/10/2010 10:51AM

    I opened a bowl of dices tomoatoes yesterday to find it fermented! Forgetting about it was probably not the best thing I've ever done!
You'll get there, enjoy your other fruits and veggies!

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LAURA9021 8/10/2010 10:41AM

  Keeps happening to me too - especially with the heat wave we have had this summer!

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LBEEKMA 8/10/2010 10:29AM

    It's ok...it's just fruit, right?! Lots of times my fruit makes it to the fridge and then gets moldy because I forget it's in there!

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GAYLE-G-63 8/10/2010 10:12AM

    LOL @ giant hairball

Been there, did that!

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Panic Attack

Saturday, August 07, 2010

We went to Washington Crossing Historic Park today. My husband had been there as a kid, and retained an unpleasant memory as a toddler, when his brother sat him on the top ledge and dangled him off the side (not unlike the Michael Jackson episode.)

The tower has changed somewhat in the last 45 years. There is now an elevator, but it still only brings you part of the way up -- there were still 23 steps to climb to get to the top.

23
narrow
spiral
stone
steps
in
a
very
narrow
passageway

We got in the elevator and then got out of a small floor to go up. I took one look up the staircase and said, "I hate heights. No. I am not going. (we just paid $5 each). No. no.no.

I was going to have to hunch up the stairs sideways on some of it. Really?! It was tiny and tight, even if I wasn't double my "normal" size. Geez. I said ok after hubby said he would block the stairwell to keep any one from coming down. It felt treacherous, but I did it.

Man, I was proud of myself and also so I could be there for hubby while he felt the emotions of dealing with his crappy brothers (RIP) for doing that to him when he was a kid. They are all deceased now (three of them) but this was still hard for my hubby to go up there.

My reward for doing this came later when a biker buddy called him to go riding, and he declined just to hang out with me. :) Loved it.

Here's the stairs: (from top down)




and the view from the top:

  
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MEOWMAMA3 8/13/2010 6:03PM

    Good for you girl! I had a claustrophobic, twisty stairwell like that in a tiny house in South Philly for 10 years. It had vertical metal bars on the wall for a "banister". We always thought it was like pulling yourself up into the hatch of a ship. My feet went out from under me early on there so I always took them one at a time like a little old later after that. Nowadays I usually only do that if my knee is screaming, but sometimes I do it out of habit. emoticon

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PARKERB2 8/9/2010 2:50PM

    We went on a hike yesterday and saw a fire tower in the mountains. Top of the mountain, literally. The steps on those towers are narrow so that in itself makes for a creppy climb. Good for you for overcoming your fear. emoticon

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SLFRISBEY 8/9/2010 2:28PM

    Nicely done! I know about the narrow winding staircases. When the hubby and I were living in Germany we climbed the Cologne Cathedral's steps and I wasn't convinced I was going to survive!

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1STARVINGARTIST 8/8/2010 8:54PM

    Wow! Great job! Good for you for overcoming your fear. Be proud!
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AFTERMYKIDS 8/8/2010 2:42PM

    I know how you feel. I have a panic attack just thinking about heights. I can stand on a chair and about have a heart attack if the kids touch it while my feet are not on the ground. GOOD FOR YOU FOR BEING ABLE TO ENJOY THE MOMENT WITH YOUR HUSBAND. emoticon emoticon
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RMCNEAL122 8/8/2010 10:36AM

    It is great that you faced your fear. You should be so proud. emoticon

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DATARN 8/8/2010 9:43AM

    That is such a great blog. Thanks for sharing!! You are awesome at being there for your hubby!
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BBAHONORS 8/8/2010 8:59AM

    emoticon on facing your fears and reaching the pinnacle (both of you)!

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POOKAQUEEN 8/8/2010 8:22AM

    Wow what a view! I hate stairs like that, gives me chills!
way to go, getting to the top is a mjor accomplishment!

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/8/2010 8:02AM

    Nice view. Great job doing something outside of your comfort zone.

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RIPPEDPAUL1 8/8/2010 7:30AM

    way to overcome adversity!

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BLESSED2BEME 8/7/2010 11:39PM

    Facing fears wehn we can allows for healing in so many ways. Congrats to both you and your DH for what you delt with today.

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MINDYJ1 8/7/2010 11:12PM

    emoticonI would have probably back out of doing it! I don't like enclosed places or heights. That's great that you faced your fear!

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/7/2010 11:10PM

    Wow, what a view! And amazing that you did those stairs! It reminded me of the ones in Blarney Castle in Ireland, and I did not go up there at the time I visited (either time)...I just stood at the bottom and looked up. You did GREAT!
Next time I am faced with stairs like that I hope I can do them.

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MUGGLE_MOM 8/7/2010 10:33PM

    Wow! What an accomplishment! I am so impressed. I don't know that I would have had the guts to go up there in that tiny little stairway. You are climbing so much more than those stairs with every step you take. You go girl! You are totally awesome!!!!

I hope you had fun hanging with hubby tonight!

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GROOVYCHICK9 8/7/2010 10:26PM

    Wow, good for you. I am so proud of you. Bet you feel like a million bucks now that you overcame and kept going. WOOOOHOOOO

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GROOVYCHICK9 8/7/2010 10:26PM

    Wow, good for you. I am so proud of you. Bet you feel like a million bucks now that you overcame and kept going. WOOOOHOOOO emoticon

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GROOVYCHICK9 8/7/2010 10:25PM

    Wow, good for you. I am so proud of you. Bet you feel like a million bucks now that you overcame and kept going. WOOOOHOOOO

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GYMMAN59 8/7/2010 10:09PM

    Cogratulations,no easy task,I have found once I made it through that time I am feeling that ever intense impending doom,goes away and is so much easy to do it the next time. emoticon

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LBEEKMA 8/7/2010 10:06PM

    What beautiful views! Good for you for overcoming your fears (and helping your husband too)! emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 8/7/2010 10:00PM

    So worth the trip! The view is awesome! The accomplishment you feel is priceless! And being there for your husband is a generous gift. Look at where we can go--places we never thought of before--as we are on this journey and lose some of ourselves (physically) while gaining ourselves (mentally).

Congratulations and thanks for sharing the photos!

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Lunch Out

Friday, August 06, 2010

Had lunch with my boss today. This is a former tradition - hanging on out Fridays and laughing it up during lunch.

In the past, I would have had what he was having --- the cheeseburger special, with a foutain drink, fries and chips.

Today, I had a chicken cobb salad. I also reduced the amount of salad dressing I have had in the past from 4 down to 2. I'll wean my way back to 1 eventually. I had skim milk to drink with it. WOOT!

I am stepping up!

Go me!

Spark on!

  
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    Wonderful progress! Good job!

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DJS-DEBBIE 8/6/2010 6:01PM

    You are doing SO great this week!
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TINARENA2 8/6/2010 5:55PM

    You did great and I'll bet it was tasty too!! emoticon emoticon

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BKGOOBERH 8/6/2010 5:36PM

    Good job!!!

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POOKAQUEEN 8/6/2010 5:27PM

    Awesome! A good time and a great choice!

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LOOZINITNOW 8/6/2010 4:13PM

    Go you!!! emoticon

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SLFRISBEY 8/6/2010 2:41PM

    Spark on! Great job at lunch! I went lighter today too, woohoo! :)

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