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Back to Stress OR SCHOOL

Sunday, August 21, 2011

Tis the season of back to school.
Oh how I long for those days of summer when I could go walking and swimming.
So now I am eating on the run or just trying to eat. I come home tired and worst of all I had to go school clothes shopping.
I have never liked clothes shopping.
I have been heavy for ever. I hated to go shopping for clothes. They never fit and I hate clothes.

Last year I did not buy new clothes for school. Instead I just took in my old clothes.
I have lost 70lbs and I have kept it off for over 2yrs. I still have 20lbs to go but I decieded to reward myself this year and buy new clothes. I did wear at the end of the year some of my daughters tops. How surprising my daughters love to shop.

After work on Friday 6:00p I went to the Outlet Mall with my two daughters to get some clothes for school. We went to Ann Taylor. I could not believe it I tried on some of the tops and they fit. I still do not like shopping but at least I know now I can go and at least try on the clothes.

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MAYBER 8/25/2011 6:18PM

    After a 70# loss you deserve new clothes even if you hate to shop know we want to always put off buying new clothes til goal is reached but time to celebrate yourself
One day at a time
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IWUNDER 8/22/2011 10:33PM

    emoticon I'm so happy for you. I love to try on clothes are realize how well they fit or you need a smaller size. What an awesome feeling.


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DIDMIS 8/21/2011 11:03PM

    What Becky, no bottoms? So you want to wear palm leaves or animal skins or, or, or? OOPS I see you already have the bottomos. Culpa mia.

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MOM4407 8/21/2011 9:54PM

    You are both so funny. I just got tops to go with the black pants or Capris I just want to live in the garden of Eden.

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MNNSAIDE 8/21/2011 9:49PM

    hahahaha - Irene

Becky I copy-wrote that phrase!!!!

I gave in Wednesday to buy some new tops and pants only
because after 12 years of wearing black bottoms for our Faculty
picture she decides to have us wear kakie (sp?)

You know the kids will notice every new thread!

Work / Eating? I already have to skip lunch cuz I need to
go pick up the Police Report.

Have a good week my School Friend!!!


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DIDMIS 8/21/2011 7:12PM

    Where did I hear that statement before? Marcy look what Becky wrote, she hates clothes also. I'm not going out any more with you girls emoticon At least wear your sun glasses. emoticon

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Alligators in the morning

Sunday, August 14, 2011

Today I went walking at Estero Llano State Park. The park is just a few miles from my house and I drive by it everyday on my way to work. I love walking there I see something different every time I have been there. I was up very early to watch the meteor shower but only saw a few streak across the sky. I started my walk around 7:00a before the park even opens. The first thing saw a beautiful moth. If anyone know what kind it is I would love to know??

Last night the park had a night walk so maybe it was still hanging out.

I have seen some coyotes (the animal kind) there from a distance in the past today I saw 5 of them. I tried to take a picture but they saw me first and ran.

As you can see the park is an oasis of beauty in this hot semi arid area.

There are many different types of birds in the park so I can have a good work out and enjoy watching the birds.
In the summer there are not many people there. So it is very peaceful.Today I thought I would walk around 4 miles in the park and on the levees.
I love walking along the levee because I am above the trees and I can see for miles.

The levee system is to help with the flooding if we have a hurricane. The levees go for miles along the Rio Grande River. The area may look like there is lots of water but these little ponds have the water pumped into them from the river. The birds and animals are near here because of the water.

I walk just a little ways on the levees to the neighboring trailer community . It is about 1/2 mile away. I have seen an alligator a few times in a pond there. Today I was not disappointed.

I am glad I am on a leeve about 10 ft from it. But it is still a wonder to me that people live in a park with a gator right at the door step.

I walked back to the park and thought Wow I was luck to see one alligator maybe I could see the alligators that live in the State park. I went to Alligator pond were the alligators of the State park live. On the way I saw in the ditch a little snake

Again it was my lucky day. Glad it is in the water far away from me.

The park has several different trails the wind around. One can get lost if they do not know the way.

I walk to the pond I looked and look for alligators. My friend Marcy told me there were alligators here. I have tried different times to see the alligators. So after walking the leeves and the park for about 1 1/2 hours I was ready just to sit and wait for alligators. Got to the end of the trail I stood stretching looking out into the water and I did see a little alligator off in the distance. I got out my binoculars and I could see it. I did not take a picture of it was far away and little.

Suddenly I heard a car coming down the path. It was around 8:00a The path to the pond is not very wide and I thought it was unlikely the park maintenance would be working so early on Sunday. I know trouble makers also come to the park to party because I have seen the beer cans but it was around 8:30 a. It was not the park people.

It was a big car with handicapped sign.
They could not back out of the trail. I do not know how they got there. I was a little nervous because I did not know what was going on. I was by myself no one was around except this car. there were 2 older people and they had a handicap sign so hopefully if there was trouble I could out run them. The car kept trying to back out. They could not drive the car backwards at all. At one point they almost backed into the pond. After many tries the car finally got out of the trail and headed on the service road out of the park.

I went to the park office by now it was open. I told the rangers. They said many people get confused and drive onto the paths. One of the rangers went out to check and make sure they were gone. I am glad I had my camera. I got the number to the park to call if I see people again were they should not be. I do not like closer encounters of the human kind.

All and all I really had a great day. It was about a 4 mile walk and the temp was only around 85 do a nice morning. Now home and off to church.

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KEEKEE1ST 8/22/2011 11:25AM

    What an amazing adventure. Thanks for sharing. I especially love the pic of the alligator!

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SPARKY1944 8/16/2011 9:03AM

    Thanks for sharing your walk. Your pictures are lovely. The gator looks quite large. You're wise to keep your distance. I agree that it can be nerve-wracking to meet up with people in places you least expect to, especially when alone. Enjoy the park and stay safe.

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LINDAKAY228 8/16/2011 8:23AM

    I loved the blog and all the pics! It's funny sometimes how we would rather have an encourter with the animal kind rather than the human kind LOL. I can't imagine living in the midst of alligators but I know some people do. It looks like a very interesting place to walk and I'm so glad you had a great walk and also took us along with you!

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IDLETYME 8/15/2011 7:30AM

    Thanks for letting us go on you trip. Lovely pictures! I hope the "handicapped" people came out okay! emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 8/14/2011 5:21PM

    Homework done thanks to Estero's post:

They did find this during the night walk:

Forbes Silkworm Moth - only found in the US and
mainly South Texas

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MNNSAIDE 8/14/2011 5:17PM

    Nice walk Becky - and without my guidance!!!

The little gator is one of 3 baby's - I'm sure the mom
was very close by watching your every move!!!

Butterfly - I will need to look it up - almost looks
like a Witch Moth -

Surprised you were able to get in so early!

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DIDMIS 8/14/2011 4:40PM

    Quite a walk Becky. I like the pictures.

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Happy New Year

Saturday, August 06, 2011

My goal this year was to be 150 at 50.
Well I did not make my goal.
That is ok for me.
This year I am happier and healthier than I have been in a long time.
I am feeling great.
I weigh what I did in High School (OK I was heavy in HS too)
I love to walk. On my birthday someone asked me why I walk so much I told them I want to be just as happy and healthy when I turn 60.
I know that maintaining my body is a full time job.

I started a new school year on Monday. For me that is a NEW YEAR. This is my birthday week a the start of a new year.

So to all of you I hope you will join with me and renewing your New Year resolutions and take care of yourself.

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KLABELL 8/11/2011 12:04AM

    Happy Birthday, Becky! You are doing great, and even though you didn't reach your goal,yet, you have the right attitude to get there soon emoticon emoticon

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RAKYM1 8/9/2011 9:17AM

    Happy Birthday!!!!!!

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MNNSAIDE 8/6/2011 4:33PM

    emoticon Forgot to say: Happy New School Year!!!! emoticon

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MNNSAIDE 8/6/2011 4:32PM

    Walk / Walk / Walk emoticon

Does the body good!!!

You go girl!!!

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DIDMIS 8/6/2011 3:20PM

    Becky keep plugging along. You will get there. You did it before, you can do it some more.

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The heat is on

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Many states in the United States now have temps. over 90 degrees.
Please be careful. Read the Spark articles about taking care of yourself.
Here are some of the ways I stay cool in South Texas were it is always hot.
1. Drink lots of water
2. Never leave the house without water. You never know if the car will break down.
3. Exercise indoors or before 8am
4. Do not exercise in the heat of the day.
5. Do not walk the dogs in the heat of the day. (they get hot toooo)
6. If I need to be outside in the sun I wear a hat and long sleeves.
7. I wet the sleeves of my shirt to keep me cool.
8. This is the best tip go shopping at Walmart there are lots of cool things there.

Have a cool day. Where are those cold days of winter??? Tell me some cold stories so I can remember when you were shoveling the snow.

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CWCREATIONS 7/29/2011 3:22PM

    I live in Arizona, so I already follow most of the above listed things. I walk my dog @ abt., 5 A.M. I do however need to get on my rebounder, so I will have to relax for a short time after my walk, & then Jump on my Rebounder, to take off some pounds!!

I talk in rhymes/puns just for fun: L.O.L.



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DIDMIS 7/19/2011 11:15PM

    Do you own stock in Walmart?

I try to not be out much in this heat. It was 105 according to my car thermoter today when I did run a couple of errands.

Thanks Becky. Lots of good tips. Remember you can get sunburned in the shade and in the water also.

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MNNSAIDE 7/19/2011 10:26PM

    and wet the back of your neck often!!!

Well that's what I have been doing in this south Texas heat.

We were at 87 while Minot, North Dakota was at 86 !

*You forgot to mention you jump in the water a lot!!! emoticon

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JAMMASTERJENN 7/19/2011 8:34PM

    It is raining here in Oregon. And has been for four days. I wish some of that heat would head over this way.

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TECAVINESS 7/19/2011 8:24PM

    Just too hot. Finding lots of activities indoors and drinking lots of water. Great tips.

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Meeting a weight loss Queen

Friday, July 08, 2011

Have you ever wanted to meet those people on the Biggest Loser?
Are they real people I mean how did they do it/

This week I have been attending TOPS (Take Off Pounds Sensibly) annual convention. This is where I am meeting real people who have lost weight and are keeping it off (KOPS). This week I got to meet my Sparkfriend Mayflowerchick and Texas State Queen.

Now she is a real people and you can read her blog and see how she lost all her weight. She is an inspiration to me and I am so glad I got to meet her in person and not just in cyberspace.

Sometimes it is hard to meet a spark friend. Karen and I planned to get together for a walk but things happen and plans change. I knew I would see her sometime during the day so I was on the lookout for the Texas Queen. Finally in the evening I saw her walk across stage with all the other Kings and Queens.
So today I celebrate knowing my sparkly TOPS friend Karen (Mayflowerchick) someone who inspires me to achieve my weight loss goals.

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ANJII7 7/31/2011 12:21AM

    Oo, a TOPS Spark Friend - the best of two worlds!

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REI_REI 7/17/2011 7:26PM

    Sounds like an inspiring experience :) And how nice to be able to meet sparkfriends in real life. A bit difficult for me over here in Japan! Maybe you guys could do a tour and come over here ;-)

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KEEKEE1ST 7/15/2011 10:54AM

    The annual TOPS convention was amazing. I can hardly wait to go to San Diego next year. I'm glad you got to meet Mayflowerchick. I guess I didn't realize she was Texas State Queen. That is amazing. Thanks for sharing your story.

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MAYFLOWERCHICK 7/10/2011 11:35PM

    This was so nice to read! You are also an inspiration to me and I was just thrilled to be able to meet you in person! I am lucky to have a friend like you!

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GAILRUU 7/8/2011 1:07PM

    How nice to meet someone who is successful at weight loss!

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MNNSAIDE 7/8/2011 10:37AM

    emoticon Remember you are a Queen too!

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DIDMIS 7/8/2011 9:12AM

    emoticonI am so glad you got to meet each other. Great picture.
Have fun, stay healthy and hurry home.

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FERRETLOVER1 7/8/2011 8:26AM

    It's quite exciting to meet real life success stories!! I was ARD Queen and got to have the pleasure of meeting lots of great people - both other Royalty and Royalty-to-be! Sounds like you're having a great time!!

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/8/2011 7:08AM

  Woohoo! I wish I was there!!! I go almost every year to TOPS IRD! Say hello to my friend, the Vermont Queen, from her Wt. Recorder, please!! emoticon

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