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Independence Day

Thursday, July 03, 2008

What I normally do on the 4th of July is nothing... We've had some really lousy past holidays with my daughters husband. He made it really difficult to even enjoy life or a holiday. He was the most Joyless man I think I'd ever met. He drained us all. Party? Why? It would be sucked dry no matter how hard we tried to enjoy ourselves.

He left my daughter the begining of last year after income tax time. (ya know the check that came in. He split...) He was gone for 11 long months. It was a very rough time for the whole family. We're kinda close and it was like a death. Except he wouldn't die; he lingered around like a bad smell and causing heartaches.

Now, with a horrible year away from home and him thinking he would do just fine without any of us He's a changed man. Thank God. It took him struggling, and suffering and feeling lousy looking back to see what he'd left behind so easily.

They reconciled a week before Christmas and began working things out. Now back home full time we can all smile with him and put the past behind us and move forward as a family.

This Independence Day is freeing for more than a country...
Now we are a whole family who can celebrate as a family for the first time for real. Thank you God.

Does this really have a lot to do with my weight reassignment program? Well not really except with the lighter stress and happier home life I feel less inclined to feast on junk to soothe my heart.

I have a strategy tomorrow too... FAT FREE Hotdogs, Light Buns, Sugar Free whip topping and fat free sugar free pudding. I will measure out everything and I will keep a food diary even though some foods aren't wise choices. I'll still keep it honest!

Most of what we are cooking isn't bad. So, I'll eat the healthy stuff and some delicious fruit salad I'm taking over, then the rest won't look so amazing ((grin)).

Wishing you all the best on the 4th


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MINORCANLDY 7/4/2008 7:35AM

    Hi Gal :) Family can sure either bring a smile or a frown can't they? It's never easy dynamics and just one bubble off of Plum can send the whole mess tumbling down sideways. Your friend is so blessed having you to support her. It is time for her to shed her old relationship with that man. Its a no win situation staying. Until a person wants change and sees they are a problem, it's fairly useless trying to patch it. Sort of like a sinking ship.

It sounds like both our daughters have praying Moms and have a wonderful God.

Blessings and Peace

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    Oh Mino that had to be rough! I have a friend whose partner just did the same thng to her only he is a repeat "offender" and being as this is the third time it's F_I_N_I_S_H_E_D! So I've been there for here emotionally and spiritually. Now guess who after almost two months away is trying to weasle his way back in using all the same mind games he used the last time of seeing a councellor He isn't seeing one now He's reverting back to what he learned and what worked the last time. But she is standing firm this time Thank God. He keeps writing her and she keeps reading the letters, crying, then shredding them She never answers them I told her that she needs to stop reading them Stop accepting them write return to sender on them now and send them back But she feels that doing what she is doing is giving her closure. And when she finally gets to the point of not crying when she reads them then she knows it's time to do as I suggest. I can see her point I'm hoping wit any luck he'll jsut give up sending them sooner or later because she isn't responding to them.

He pulls this stunt every two years At least our daughters Husband changed for her and for the better and good of all concerned!

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Thursday, July 03, 2008

A milestone today...

I snagged a pair of pants off of the rack at the Super Wallyworld, and didn't even try them on. I think I forgot actually that I'd thrown them into the buggy, cuz I had to split to the potty while my daughter unloaded the buggy (a rare occasion trust me).

Getting home and unloading the junk, I saw the pants; my expression was totally like "What is this? and Where did it come from"? "Oh yeah... duh... man.. I didn't even try those on. I Hope they fit"!

So, stepping into the pants, they were a perfect fit! Whoo Hoo! They are W16 and normally would buy W20. So, I'm smiling big today! My weight is slowly going but the inches are really moving along and that's awesome. (smile)

Thanks Goonies :) Yer the bestest!

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MINORCANLDY 7/3/2008 6:39PM

    Thanks Naomi :) You are so encouraging, and faithful!

You are also beautiful.

Goonie hug

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MINORCANLDY 7/3/2008 6:37PM

    Amber you do look good now! You will look even better girl!
Woo Hoo!

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MINORCANLDY 7/3/2008 6:35PM

    Snip... you two have subscribed to my blog? I love it!

(((grinning))) ((hugs)) Mino

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/3/2008 5:33PM

  That is superdeedooper!! Way to go Mino!!!

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HUGGERS1 7/3/2008 5:12PM

    Congrats. That is a big achievement in my book. I am looking forward to when I can wear that size. I am still an 18 but I am getting there slowly. I am working hard on those inches too. I am not losing pounds very quickly but I am building a lot of new muscle so when I get smaller, I will look good too


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Wednesday, July 02, 2008

It's Wed, I'm a day late weighing...

Step on the scales this morning and after camping was dreading the outcome even though I was fffffffffffffairly good.

I weighed 98.7 lbs... ~~ roflbo....
Had to share that..
God bless my scales.
Curses to the dead battery.
Hey even a 1 in front of that number would be awesome! LOL

OK I'm dreaming....


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MINORCANLDY 7/3/2008 2:09PM

    Amber...IF the machine did a "bmi" on me, the machine would break ... LOL I'd also be perplexed. Heck, I'm already considered obese so that's one strike.

Why do we give machines so much power? .... hum... I need to ponder this one.

(grin).. I'm in a good mood. We're having a family pick nick tomorrow. A rousing game of volleyball is likely in the making. And I think we are having a "Water-baby toss". Should be fun not getting wet...

4th of July Hugs

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HUGGERS1 7/3/2008 10:23AM

    Hillarious :) My scale is one of those that gives fat percentage etc... well it is always messed up because it keeps telling me my percentage is in the low 20s. I know that ain't possible. Also, you have to be really careful how you step on it because once I stepped on it and it told me I weighed 37.8 pounds. OF course, then it gave me an error message :)

Well, maybe our scales aren't always on track, but we are sure getting our lives back where we need to be :)

Have a great day

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MINORCANLDY 7/2/2008 7:38PM

    Actually I laughed my round rump off.... and blinked and tried to focus on the missing numbers... They weren't there... Still chuckling about that one.

I've not weighed that much since third grade! LOL

Off to cook :) Thanks for the post!


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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/2/2008 7:34PM

  Okay Mino... it's time to wake up! LOL That's a funny story! One day... you will see good numbers... but that would be ridiculous!! I bet that gave you something to smile about! It sure did me!

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Topic- Fat Pants

Wednesday, July 02, 2008

You know those pants in the closet that you've had for eons... Yes, those sitting there in the pile of clothes that use to fit you.
Yep.. they be the ones..

Well, they sneered at me today and I got sad. I remember when they fit me and at the time they fit me I remember thinking Oh GOD I'M FAT!.... Moan... Then, I out grew 'them' and put them on "the shelf". Its that same shelf I decided I'd clean off today. It's the place all my out grown clothing went. I had to relive all the past mistakes and the fat pounds that I've piled on my rump (and everywhere else). It left me feeling a little let down about how I've neglected myself and let myself go.

Yes, I know I'm doing the right thing now, but looking back at the size "I WAS" into what I am now, is just a real downer. ... Naw I'm not depressed at all. I'm just angry at myself for being lazy.

It was a wake up call though... Reminding myself just how important this really is to me and my health. It's not a game and it's not something I can afford to piddle with. I must be committed to 100% and for ME!

Now on the UP-side (being as that sounded sad). I really had marvelous intentions today in cleaning that shelf. For me it was cleansing time. Getting rid of old failures sitting there reminding me daily they were there. It was time for the old, the past, the failures and the "who I was" to be cleaned out and taken down off of that shelf and thrown away. It has No bearing on who I am today and it is not a reflection of my future success potential. I am in control of that totally.

Instead of having old clothing to try to fit back into, I will buy a few things and put on that shelf. Things that will fit me as I journey in my weight reassignment program. Then I will fit into my head, new imagery of me in the new clothes looking amazing! After those fit me I can replace them with a few others on that shelf... Just something to work toward. A nice visual motivation...

My shelf is clean except for a few winter things that I know I'll wear again. Otherwise nothing... And that's good.

I think I want to live my life thinking and living a line of a song I love.. "It's new every morning... new every morning Great is thy faithfulness".

Blessings and Peace,
Mino - the slim... (grin)

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MINORCANLDY 7/2/2008 4:52PM

    Hey! There ya go. Great Attitude you have there too girl! I love it here..
I remember how much work you've been doing and when I'm griping about hurting while kayaking I think of you and how you are working out. (grin). Amazing... I never did like doing that stuff.

Good luck sugar :) I know you can do this too!

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HUGGERS1 7/2/2008 3:55PM

    I love that song too :) I like your new attitude very much. I have been thinking about going through my closets but keep putting it off because I know I have things that I really like that I can't wear yet. However, I am working hard to make myself stronger and healthier. Those past mistakes are in the past and our future is our own to create. We can do this. I am not buying clothes yet, but I have a few things that I am hoping to get into soon :)

Thanks for this post. We are definitely moving out of Bondage into Canaan's land :)

May your day be blessed :)

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MINORCANLDY 7/2/2008 3:47PM

    Naomi, I think of your struggle every day... I can't imagine having a child with cancer. God bless you both.

I know the stress of that time will make you eat. Not only that but it takes being home to prepare good meals and if you are in a hospital or running around taking care of people, there is no time to cook. Bless your heart. I've had my share of sitting at hospitals. It's NO FUN at all Period.

Thanks for the encouragement honey.. ^()^

Peace- Mino

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/2/2008 3:06PM

  Aw Mino... you can do it!! You'll be back in those clothes in no time. I have clothes like that too. A few years ago I was wearing a regular 14. Then Joshua's cancer came back. I ballooned back up to a 22. Now I sit in a 20... and am itching to get back into those 14's again... and I WILL!! We can both do this...

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Yep another Blog - HAVE FUN

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

HAVE FUN! ....

Do you know why most "diets" fail?...
They are boooooooooooring. Yes, boring. Or they are too demanding to live for any length of time.

Just like any activity we have to have FUN if we are going to keep going forward. Sort of like Soccer (BYW- YEAH SPAIN!! Wooo Hooo WAY TO GO - Ahem.. No I'm not a soccer fan.. I swear I'm not)... Anyway, Dieting is like Soccer, you have to have fun doing what you are doing or you just will not keep going or dong what you are doing. You also have to have some short term goals and long term goals.

I've run the gambit on so many activities out there and burned myself out totally. It's exhausting having to compete with myself and along the way I forgot I was supposed to enjoy my journey!

Biking? Yep I've done it... Had Gym Memberships? Yep I've done it.
Running, Done it... Walking, Done it... Shall I keep going? naw... What I'm trying to say is, HAVE FUN doing what you are doing or don't do it! If it's not something you love doing or you feel passionate about, for crying out loud, DON'T DO IT!

I've done almost every diet out there too.. Low Calorie, High Carb, LOW CARB, Low FAT, High FAT, East Coast Diet, West Coast diet... dr. so-n-so's diet, Liquid, Pills, Surgery (yes surgery) ... blah blah blah... What it comes down to is find out what works for YOU personally. That answer will be different for just about everyone you talk to.

After the dust settles from diet and exercise the question still looms in the distance... "Did I have fun"? "What did I learn"? "Did I make changes I can live with forever"? "Will this last"?

I'm having fun this time. What's different? Well, for one, I'm not dieting. I'm happily doing things I enjoy.. I'm redoing my thinking on what I eat and how I eat, so I can get a healthy life. If you are making changes which you want to take with you into old age, then you are on the right track.

Having another Jack-rabbit experience of loosing weight is not what I want. I want to loose at a comfortable rate. Then keep it off. I've lost weight and gained it back plenty of times. I'm done with that.

I may not pass you on the jogging trail, or the rock climbing wall, but we are on the same journey my vehicle is just different.

Blessings and Peace,

Mino emoticon

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MICA7797 7/1/2008 2:53PM

    You have it right. Diets can be boring, as well as exercising. I strive to have fun with it all or else I would lose interest. Your blog today has echoed my thoughts. emoticon

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