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Summer lovin' -- at Walmart!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Last summer, I couldn't get my favorite skorts up around my hips. On Sunday, they almost fell off my body. It was clearly time to find some new summer clothes, but I didn't want to spend a fortune. So I went to Walmart and picked out some light cotton summer dresses. I started at the Plus-sized rack, where the styles and colors were kind of ugly, but decided to risk the disappointment of the regular sized department.

Sure enough, the regular sized dressed fit me! I walked out with three cute cotton dresses in size 16/18 that only cost $10 each!

I still don't have any shorts that fit, but at least I have some cute dresses!

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DANA48131 7/7/2012 12:57AM

    Great news!!!


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EUPHRATES 6/26/2012 9:07AM

    Have I mentioned recently how proud of you I am? Oh I have?

Well, I'll say it again - you RAWK lady!

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    got to love their prices for sure!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/19/2012 9:37AM

    emoticon emoticon

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 6/19/2012 9:33AM

    Yay! Love when we can find cute stuff and it's a great price too!

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/19/2012 9:09AM

    I'm a Wal Mart shopper as well. Why not buy something cute at half the price of the malls, especially as we are losing weight!

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AZMOMXTWO 6/19/2012 9:01AM

  way to go and a great price as a bonus

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168-40-56 = 72 hours

Monday, June 18, 2012

72 hours every week, once I take out 40 for the work week and 56 for eight hours of sleep every night.

72 hours. Doesn't that just seem like ALL KINDS of time? So why do I always feel like I don't have enough time?

Well, at least an hour of them every day goes to self-care: showering, etc. in the morning, getting ready for bed at night. So now we're down to 65. Then there is cooking, eating and cleaning--conservatively another hour a day. That's 58.

Working out is about 2 hours a day, leaving 44. 44 hours that I could be spending on craft work, reading, spending time with hubby. At this point, I bet I don't spend one hour a day doing those things, but even if I did, That would still leave 37 hours.

37 hours a week that I fear are going into the internet. Yes, there are lots of good things I get out of the internet, but there is also a lot of just plain wasted time. 5 hours a day. Almost 5 and a half.

I am addicted. I need to get this under control. The problem is that I can't just turn off the internet, because my whole job is based about 80% around using it. But I'm going to have to limit my Spark time, and close the window to that email account when I've reached the end of my alloted time. I'm going to have to close down all other social media, and keep it closed.

If I give myself 2 hours a day for playing on the internet, I will still recover 23 hours of time for other activities. Almost one full day of each week, taken back from this machine.

I have to do it.

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EUPHRATES 6/26/2012 9:08AM

    Gods it's hard....

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NATPLUMMER 6/18/2012 10:05PM


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DOGLADY13 6/18/2012 8:55PM

    Cooking, eating and cleaning only takes an hour out of each day? Really? I think you are short-changing yourself.

What about commuting time to/from work, gym, grocery store, etc?

I don't disagree that getting sucked into the internet takes a lot of time, but I think you do more in your day than you give yourself credit for.

A random bit... my mother-in-law could get lost in reading for the entire day, every day. She would put a book mark in some spot in the book and when she reached that bookmark, she closed it and did a household task: laundry, dishes, make the bed, etc. Then when the task was done, she'd go back to reading until the next book mark.

Maybe you could do that with a dial timer by the computer. Just give it a twist, when the timer goes off, you get up and do something else for a while. The twist of the timer would give it some element of randomness.

Comment edited on: 6/18/2012 8:58:17 PM

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BARBARASDIET 6/18/2012 5:31PM

    Sounds like a lot of time!

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I can buy pretty bras!

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

Upon the nagging of my daughter, I went bra shopping yesterday. And you know what I discovered? I am now a band size that allows me to buy pretty bras! Now that I've accepted underwire as inevitable, I found that a whole vista of styles were opened up to me. And when I tried on ones that didn't fit right, I didn't blame myself; I realized that they were just not built for my body type.

I am not ready to entirely give up my "lie about the house" soft cups, but it's marvelous to be able to buy an underwire bra that doesn't feel like strapping a Viking shield to my chest!

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/14/2012 10:53AM

    Pretty colored bras - you gotta love 'em! I'm pretty tired of big 'ole white bras with 5 hooks in the back to strap them on. I look forward to being able to buy more fashionable bras even if no one else sees them but me. They will make me feel more feminine.

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TRACYZABELLE 6/14/2012 7:45AM

    Now that is just awesome!!!!

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MSWEEZER 6/14/2012 6:17AM

    Exciting indeed and recognizing these changes is oh so awesome. Plus the colors out there are such FUN!!!

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BLUE42DOWN 6/13/2012 3:45PM


I don't know if I'll ever get to move past the "viking shield" (more cup than band for me), but how very very exciting for you!

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NATPLUMMER 6/13/2012 1:53PM


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EFFIEANNIE 6/13/2012 1:00PM

    I refused to wear underwire. I always got Platex support without underwires.

Glad you can get pretty bras now!!! emoticon emoticon

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APPLESBANANAS 6/13/2012 12:29PM

    HAHAHA I love "viking shield"! I absolutely hate bra shopping, maybe I should think about being a viking next time I go to lighten the mood. Through losing weight I'm down two cup sizes, and loving it. It's funny how you lose weight everywhere...large breasts aren't all they're made out to be when they make your back ache and when they squish out into your armpits when wearing a tank top : )

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CAKEMAKERMOM 6/13/2012 11:33AM

    A viking shield can be stylish too.

I'm glad you found something you like and fits well. It is a pain to have to try on every bra, but it's worth it to find the right one for you.

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EUPHRATES 6/13/2012 11:14AM

    Isn't that an incredible feeling? I always thought I couldn't wear underwires because I'm so short (they would always dig into my under arms when I sat down), but having lost weight and getting fitted properly, I'm now in LOVE with my bras from Cacique! :)

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Weekend off

Monday, June 11, 2012

Spent the weekend out of town and with friends where we did nothing but eat and stay up way too late. Relaxing, but today I'm bloated and tired and off-schedule. Still, life is about those celebration moments, and I'm glad I can go off for a weekend like this and not come back completely freaked out. Freaking out used to lead me into going off the rails. Now, I'm just thinking that I have to get back on track, first with a short-ish bike ride today (14 miles to an appointment), and then with getting up on time and getting things done tomorrow.

It's wonderful to have a "this is life" rather than "this is diet" mentality. I'm really digging it.

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    Glad you had a great weekend and you are right, back on track in your "real life" without worrying about having fun. That didn't mean you didn't make good choices when possible, but you didn't obsess about exercise and that is important.

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BLUE42DOWN 6/11/2012 4:26PM


Such a healthier perspective!

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NATPLUMMER 6/11/2012 11:05AM

    Some weekends are like that. And it's good to do every once in a while...keeps you sane.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 6/11/2012 11:05AM

    I love your outlook on "this is life". I'm glad you can hop back on that bike and get your week started out right again.

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Back-to-back rides

Friday, June 08, 2012

I forgot to mention that the other piece of advice I got from the clinic was to start riding back-to-back long rides. So yesterday I rode 22, after the 40 from the day before.

When I first got on my bike, my legs said, "Oh, you have GOT to be kidding!" My seat agreed with them. But once I got going, it wasn't so bad. I rode 8 miles to a friend's house, rode with her for 6, had dinner with her and her husband, and then rode home. She is a novice rider, though in very good shape from running, and we really enjoyed the ride. We are going to try and make this a regular thing, but can't ride again until the end of the month because her schedule and my schedule are both so crazy.

It was the perfect evening for riding: temperate, not humid, and barely a breath of wind. In fact, it was so pretty that when I got home hubby asked if I would mind going for a walk with him, so we walked a mile. I'm glad I took advantage of that couple days of perfect weather, because it won't last.

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TCHNCRFT 6/10/2012 12:28PM

    I think it's amazing how far you can ride. You inspire me to get out and get moving - walking, that is!

Good luck with all your training. emoticon


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BLUE42DOWN 6/9/2012 2:27AM



I can totally understand the seat complaining ... even back when I biked regularly, long rides always had my bottom upset the next day.

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    I can barely pedal around our resort in AZ (1.5 miles) and look at you go girl! I am in awe of the miles you bike.

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    You are amazing! It is fun to ride. I don't do it now, but my children do. I'm glad you had a good couple of rides. That gives you a wonderful feeling of strength to be able to ride even though you were sore.

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NATPLUMMER 6/8/2012 12:35PM

    It would definitely be my seat that would be the deterrant ;-)
Great job!!

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TATTER3 6/8/2012 8:12AM

    I can't imagine myself on a bike! Keep Sparkin'!!

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