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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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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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Training for the Big Ride

Thursday, June 07, 2012

I biked 40 miles yesterday, sort of by accident. I had to be downtown in the morning, which is about 10 miles, so I biked in. (I take dress shoes and skirt and blazer with me, and wear a shell top so that I can just pull the nice clothes on over my bike shorts and look at least passably professional.) Heading back, it was such a beautiful day that I decided to take the longer route home, which runs along the lakeshore and then through some lovely, quiet neighborhoods. By the time I was near home, I was already at 22 miles, so I decided to go for it. Today I'm planning on a 25-miler, as I need to start training back-to-back days in preparation for two long days of riding.

Tuesday night I attended a "prepping for multi-day rides" clinic at the local bike clinic. There was some good information about what to remember to bring, but the most helpful question that someone asked was what kind of fitness -- other than training for distance -- we should be focusing on to help on the ride. Both speakers agreed: yoga, and core training. Yoga obviously for flexibility, and the core training for relieving strain on the shoulders and arms by better supporting the body without just leaning into the handlebars. So that's what I'm going to be doing for the next couple months. I've wanted to get back to doing yoga for a while now, and this will provide the extra motivation I needed.

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NATPLUMMER 6/7/2012 2:25PM

    Passably professional is awesome! Nice ride!! I hope your 25 miler goes well today.

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BLUESKIES139 6/7/2012 9:58AM

    Awesome!!!! You will do great!

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NELLJONES 6/7/2012 9:13AM

    Don't forget safety! I ride a motorcycle for long trips, and it's easy to concentrate on the preparation and let full safety consciousness fade. When we engage in a sport where we are fully "out there", we have to be geared properly and always aware of potential danger. Enjoy!

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Family makes me crazy!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

I called my mother today, and found out that:

1. My brother almost died of a heart attack, but the defibrillator in his chest kicked him back to life;

2. One of my sisters - the one who DIDN'T have major kidney surgery -- is now having kidney problems; and

3. My mom's doctor has sent Mom to a dialysis support program so she can be prepared for total kidney failure.

Apparently I should call more often. Because THEY clearly can't pick up the phone.

And of us four kids, I'm the only one who hasn't had serious kidney problems. My husband cited this as further proof that I was switched at birth.

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EUPHRATES 6/12/2012 7:20PM


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    It is sad that you had to find everything out at once but don't feel alone with this problem. Many of us can relate! I am happy that you aren't having kidney problems as it sounds like it runs in the family.

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    So sad that your family has had health problems and no one seems to want to call you. I used to have issues about my family driving literally within a few hundred feet of my house (they all live over 30 minutes away) and not stop and visit, but I've gotten past that.

Now I just call my mother every night to make sure she is safe before I go to bed because if she falls, she doesn't tell us and I don't want to think of her lying on the floor dead or just cold and miserable.

I think your health choices are saving you from having kidney problems. The biggest causes of kidney problems are blood pressure and diabetes. If you are taking care of those, you will probably be much safer.

Call once a week to make sure everyone is still alive. You will be able to sleep peacefully and even if they don't initiate the contact, you will be informed.

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DARA52 6/7/2012 1:56PM

    So happy you do not have kidney problems. My mom was going to have to have dialysis but they realized it was the heart medicine they were giving her causing the failure. ?? Drs... and family. What are you going to do? I actually prefer to not hear from my family. :)

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CHALLENGER15 6/7/2012 1:16PM

    Oh, my! I didn't realize there were more of us! Sigh...

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KISSFAN1 6/7/2012 8:20AM

    So sorry about the health problems your family is enduring. My family doesn't call me either and my father has been diagnosed with stage 3 colon cancer (the worst level of stage 3). They don't call me when he's admitted to the hospital, etc.

I have a very dysfunctional family that I come from so I suppose I shouldn't be surprised that they don't call me, but you think that common sense would prevail and that they would care enough to let you know of major issues like the ones both of us are experiencing. emoticon

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JLITT62 6/7/2012 7:32AM

    Oh don't get me started, my parents are visiting right now. Thankfully just one overnight . . .

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TRACYZABELLE 6/7/2012 6:28AM

    Many prayers coming out to your family.

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KATHYSCOLLIES 6/6/2012 11:35PM

    Welcome to my life, you lucky devil! LOL

My older sister had not one, not two, BUT three open heart surgeries about 2 years ago - the last of which involved the Canadian gov't footing the bill for her and my BIL to go to Texas for the 16 hour long surgery and 10 weeks of recuperation time. Apparently there weren't any doctors up here willing to take the responsibility for this very risky operation.... I did not hear anything about all of this until her "Christmas letter" that year. Oh, that's also when I found out about her husband's emergency heart surgery to install a pacemaker....

If I don't initiate the contact, there is none..... Even when my family and I were doing all the care for Mom, the only times I would hear from my brother or sister was if they had something to criticize about the way we were looking after her.....

Gotta love the relatives!


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NATPLUMMER 6/6/2012 8:51PM

    YIKES!! Wow...that is bad how much of the family has kidney problems. Lucky you!!
I do dialysis research so I know.

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DEANNAF2011 6/6/2012 8:19PM

  Family can be a pain but when they are gone you wish they were there to be that pain.

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