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Trip South

Monday, December 12, 2011

I went to Southern Ohio to see my folks over the weekend. It was a nice, but hectic visit.

One of my on-line friends met me for breakfast and it was such fun.



This is NUTTY63 and me having breakfast. We met in a Yahoo! Chat room 15 years ago when I was traveling for my job and we've been friends ever since. She's like a sister to me. Unfortunately, one thing after another, this is the first time we've met in person. She and her fiancé drove over to the town in which my mother lives and we ate at a local restaurant. It was such fun!

I gave my parents their Christmas presents on Saturday. I have a picture of Mom but not my dad. Weird. Anyway, here she is in her new outfit, minus the jacket.



She looks so tired in this picture. I couldn't tell that on my phone. It was a rough visit. All day on Saturday, she thought I was someone else. That was bad enough but then she started calling me by her sister's name, the one that I very much dislike, and that did not go over well with me. When I went to see her on Sunday, she told me how she had had such a good time with my sister "yesterday"(her other daughter). Oh great, I spend the whole day with you and Karyn gets credit. So NOT fair. LOL

Oh well, I'm glad I got to spend time with her. Both my parents seemed so glad to see me and that always makes me feel good.

Now, I should tell you I ate well and walked gobs but alas, I cannot lie, Santa is watching. I sat on my fanny all weekend and while I didn't eat much, they were all the wrong things. I weighed in this morning to see how much damage I'd done... ready? I'm DOWN 5 lbs. I so hate that fricken scale. I KNOW Santa ain't bringing it nothing cuz it lies all the time!


  
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IMIN2GENES 12/13/2011 1:10PM

    That cartoon is great! I can SO sympathize with you on that... I have a sledgehammer that I keep volunteering to share... LOL!

Glad you got to see your folks. You're mom's outfit looks great. Like several others have said, just remember it was YOU that made her happy even if she is a little confused.

Don't forget to take care of yourself too! Today is a new day, make it a great one!
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SIMPLEJOYS 12/12/2011 6:27PM

  How cool you finally got to meet NUTTY63 in person! YAY! AND, your Mom's outfit is lovely. My Grandma used to very much like getting new clothes - although NOT bed jackets. She had a thing about bed jackets! emoticon

You TAKE those 5 pounds...especially if they are still gone tomorrow! I know when i don't quite believe the number, I'll weigh myself like 10 times in a row. Moving the scale ever so slightly this way and that just in case!. Scales. BAH.

And just think -- maybe your Mom calls the other kids by YOUR name!
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/12/2011 1:16PM

    I loved your cartoon!

I agree with Irish, it sounds like your mom enjoyed the visit a lot. Sorry she didn't remember that it was you.

Great on getting a visit in with a long time friend!!

Today is a new day, so your choices during the visit are done. Today is a good choice day!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 12/12/2011 12:50PM

    Sounds like a good visit overall - while your mom didn't remember it was you (and thought it was your sister) she DID remember the wonderful visit - which is rewarding! Remember, she loves you and she's struggling ( you know this, but a reminder sometimes helps). You are doing amazing things for your parents - be sure to be good to yourself as well.

Take good care of yourself - and congrats on the lying scale lol.

~Irish

PS (edited for this). I have an on-line friend too - we finally met after 10 yrs and it was like we'd always known each other - no awkwardness, just a great time in person. Glad you got to enjoy some time with your friend!

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 12/12/2011 12:46PM

    Love the cartoon! Sorry your sister got credit for the visit, but today she will probably say someone else came! You know you visited and you know it is what you need to do. Hang in there!
L.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/12/2011 12:06PM

    Glad you got to see your mom and dad! Mine are coming to TX to see me from MI because our daughter is bringing them. It will be stressful and crowded, but I'm still glad they're coming. I love your cartoon! emoticon

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Donny & Marie Show - Big hit w/me!

Monday, December 05, 2011



I loved the show. It was corny (but I love that stuff) and funny and very fast moving. I don't know how they do that. Talk about cardio! Ugh. I could go on and on for hours about the show. I did find lots of youtube clips in case you want to go search them out.




On Sunday, I went to the local community theatre and saw "White Christmas." Yes, I'm a theatre nut! It was so good. I love that theatre. It was so cool that at the end, they made it look like it was snowing in the theatre. I wanna know how they did that! LOL Too cool.

Had a couple friends over afterwards and one of them cooked b-day dinner. It was nice. Still a stressful b-day. I hate that. I just want to relax and have fun. Not sure why it always turns into a big mess. Oh well...

I did get lots of exercise in on Saturday. All the stairs up and back down again in the Fox theatre, then the stairs up to the 6th floor of the parking garage. Hard work! LOL

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I hope my wish comes true!

  
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CVRONEK 12/10/2011 7:15PM

    emoticonHappy Birthday! emoticon

Do not stress! Be happy!!!

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HAWKEYERANT 12/6/2011 11:47AM

    Happy belated birthday! Sounds like you had a great weekend.


I LOVE White Christmas. It is my most favorite Christmas movie and it would be fun to see it in the theater! How amazing! emoticon

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SPLASHDOG1 12/5/2011 7:37PM

    I hope your wish comes true too!! Donny & Marie were my favorites when I was a kid. I had a terrible crush on him. I loved purple because he did...or maybe it was because he wore purple socks...can't really remember! lol! Good memories!

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MOM2ACAT 12/5/2011 4:45PM

    I like Donny and Marie too; I remember watching their tv show when I was a kid.
I enjoyed them both when they were on Dancing with the Stars too.

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IMIN2GENES 12/5/2011 2:34PM

    I'm so glad you enjoyed the shows! It sound like a lot of fun. I love theatre too! I think the last show I saw was Cats on Broadway during it's final week.
Chris
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PS - Love your birthday pic!

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HIP-MOM 12/5/2011 2:22PM

    glad you had fun for the donny and marie broadway show and the white christmas show at the theater. i just gained weight looking at your cake. good thing you got all that exercise before you ate it! hope your wish comes true!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/5/2011 2:18PM

    I love that last picture! You are so beautiful!!! Happy Birthday!

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SIMPLEJOYS 12/5/2011 2:11PM

  YAY!! I thought about you on Saturday...and got a big old Osmond grin on my face! Glad you had a great time - at both events!

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CBAILEYC 12/5/2011 1:49PM

    So glad to hear you had a good time! Yay~!
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Oh! Love that picture!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 12/5/2011 1:38PM

    No, that's not diet cake. It's a Paula Deen recipe. Need I say more???? LOL

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/5/2011 1:30PM

    I am so glad you had a great time with Donny and Marie and that you went to the theatre.

Sorry you had stress on your B-Day!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 12/5/2011 1:10PM

    I'm so happy to hear you had a good time! And jealous too! After reading this I found myself humming "I'm a little bit country..." LOL

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Two Pictures I had to share

Friday, December 02, 2011

1. This picture made me sigh with pleasure. I want to feel like this again. Just the shear joy of being alive.





2. It's my birthday MONTH (yes, I'm yelling) and this weekend is particularly is special. Tomorrow is my Donny date at the Fox theatre in Detroit. (I hope he got my reminder.) I'm trying to get myself psyched up (and out of Grinch mode) to celebrate since Monday is the big day.



Happy Friday everyone!

  
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PYNETREE 12/12/2011 2:40PM

    You two do make a nice couple...

great that you're going to the show...

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CVRONEK 12/9/2011 8:33PM

    Great pics! Have fun! Donnie will be looking like the goat, when you get through with him! emoticon

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SIMPLEJOYS 12/3/2011 7:02AM

  Awww...love the first pic, but the second one is priceless! :D You will have SO much fun with Donny - I'm very excited for you!

I hope the rest of the weekend continues to be all about YOU YOU, fabulous YOU! Enjoy yourself.

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SUSAN134 12/2/2011 1:48PM

    Love your pics! You will have a great "Donny" date - what a fab way to celebrate your
birthday! (I met Donny years ago when my daughter was in the very first run of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat - she was in the children's choir).

Have fun and enjoy!!

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REYVE01 12/2/2011 12:32PM

    Love Donny.... very cute.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 12/2/2011 10:49AM

    Enjoy your birthday month - I may have to steal that idea!

You look wonderful - and Donny doesn't look too bad either LOL!

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HIP-MOM 12/2/2011 10:38AM

    Have a wonderful BIRTHDAY MONTH and date with Donny!

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CBAILEYC 12/2/2011 9:24AM

    You two are such a cute couple! emoticon

I love that look of joy. It makes my heart smile. Thanks for sharing these, and absolutely.. ENJOY the MONTH!
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Enjoy your Donny-date!

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PAWSINAZ 12/2/2011 8:26AM

    Have a great time on your Donny date!

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IMIN2GENES 12/2/2011 8:25AM

    Enjoy! Love the pics!
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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/2/2011 8:21AM

    Enjoy your Donny Date!!!

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TINY67 12/2/2011 8:11AM

    Enjoy it all!

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GITITDUNN 12/2/2011 8:09AM

  Have a great time!

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November Numbers

Thursday, December 01, 2011



Blue and silver stars for walking this month. I ran out of blue. (Oops, forgot the star for the 30th. Need to fix that!)


Goal: Drop 5 pounds • Actual: 0 lbs (0%) Grumble Grumble Grumble

Goal: Walk 72 miles per month • Actual: 62.17 miles (87%) Not too bad.

Goal: Exercise 2880 min. month • Actual: 948 min. (33%) Still need to add more in the evenings.

Goal: Walk 20 times in 30 days. • Actual: 31 times (104%) Woohoo!


Funny how when I struggle in other areas of my life, my healthy lifestyle suffers too. Ok, not funny haha but weird funny. I don't like it one little bit. Need to see what I can do with December to finish the year off right.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 12/5/2011 3:03PM

    I agree...if you look at zero positively it means no additional pounds (glass half full view!) And, you knocked the walking times outta the park. Congratulations. Now you know what you need to work on (your tackle..for the obnoxious mall shoppers that get in the way of those people trying to enjoy a walk! lol) and keeping yourself positive. Someone reminded me when I put on my status that I was feeling a little blue that we need to actively think of something beautiful or positive when we feel that way. Maybe that could work for you too.
Remember, chin up and feet moving!
L.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/2/2011 8:23AM

    I have to point this out: 0 equals no gain!

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This shows that you have learned how to maintain in between weight loss. I went through this exact same thing a few months ago too.

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IMIN2GENES 12/1/2011 9:11PM

    Love that calendar! Guess how much I lost in November.... 0 (as in big fat old goose-egg!). Just remember, it's only practice maintenance. Still loving the calendar! Congrats on all your walking. That's great! The rest will follow too.
Chris
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MICHIGANLORI 12/1/2011 8:16PM

    I love how you captured the month (goal & actual). I'm going to borrow this. I agree with BIKINI_DREAMER about taking your measurements. You should add measurements in your month numbers.

Good Job!

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HIP-MOM 12/1/2011 7:19PM

    Even if your weight ended up the same, I bet if you take measurements, you'd see differences in your inches lost. Also, you didn't gain. That's worth celebrating! You're so consistent. I love your calender where you're having your accomplishments documented!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 12/1/2011 6:31PM

    I love your calendar - the visual rewards are so pretty!

Keep moving forward - you can do this!

~Irish

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CBAILEYC 12/1/2011 4:46PM

    Good job! You can keep improving your numbers. I know you can. I believe in you!
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Choosing to not blog

Tuesday, November 29, 2011

Ok, so here's the deal. I'm a Grinch and I feel almost as ugly as he appears when stealing the Christmas trees.

I want to be like Cindy Lou Who singing despite the missing holiday goodies, but I can't muster up the energy to even sway as she sings. I'm still walking but that's about it.

I'm eating healthier than I ever have in my life, but over indulgence in healthy food is still too many calories and your jeans still get tighter.

I try to encourage my mother to count her blessing when she's down but then feel like a total hypocrite when I cry and whine about how sucky (don't tell her I used that word) my life is. I need to change things, from the inside out.

So, I'm choosing not to blog so that I don't cry, moan and complain all over everyone. I have a lot to be thankful for but no energy to begin the count. Ugh.

On a lighter note, here's my boy expressing my sentiments in this "Bah Humbug" hat. He was not amused. (Sorry it's so dark.)

  
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DOLPHINSINGER72 12/13/2012 5:48PM

    I really hope you feel better. It is interesting, I am feeling really blah the last week myself. I have a feeling the scale has something to do with it. The thing is I am eating 1200 calories and I wasn't able to exercise 1 day. Really? That one day is making it so I gain weight? That is kind of ridiculous and depressing. So, yes, I totally understand what you feel.

Except for my parents there really isn't any family to celebrate the holidays with so I just feel like your doggie there. BTW, your dog is a ADORABLE! I am writting this comment on the wrong blog ain't I. Oops.

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LILLI56 11/29/2011 9:18PM

    My husband is the grinch too. He never enjoys the holidays - he gets blue from the time we put Thanksgiving on the table until his birthday Jan 1st. He moans and groans over each holiday tradition my family has. His family didn't do holidays. He said when we got together it was his 1st birthday and Christmas present he had recieved since he was 14. He was 36 when we got together. Hope something will break your grinch spell. Even if you don't enjoy the season, we still enjoy reading blogs. . It is how you feel so just blog blog blog.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 11/29/2011 5:10PM

    Like the rest, love the grinch hat!

Please feel free to be "ba humbug" if you need to be. I will be right beside you! I will not be celebrating the holiday's in the traditional manner this year. I spent Thanksgiving being thankful, zero food, zero dinner. For Christmas, well I will be thankful on a different level, no tree, no dinner, no presents.

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NEEDTOLOSE100LB 11/29/2011 4:46PM

    That is the nice thing about Spark..we can be as involved as we decide to be.
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SIMPLEJOYS 11/29/2011 4:26PM

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Take it easy.

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IRISHBEANERGAL 11/29/2011 3:50PM

    First things first.. LOVE the hat and pic of your baby boy!

Next - with all you have on your plate - you go ahead and do whatever you need to do gal! Be a grinch, be a happy whoster-- do whatever you feel you need to do to take your next step. Sometimes we skip down our path and sometimes we crawl - and sometimes we stand still to see which direction we need to go next.

Breathe, take good care of yourself, and remember that you ARE worth the struggle, each and every day. Let me know if you want to vent, rant, scream, stomp your foot (you get the idea) - happy, as always, to listen.

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CBAILEYC 11/29/2011 3:41PM

    I totally understand. This time of year is hard on lots of people. Last year, I seemingly breezed right on through the holidays. This year? Not so much. It's a struggle, and like you, I'd love to be a merry Who but it's not happening right now.
Do you is best for YOU honey. If blogging helps you feel better, then blog your lil heart out. We'll listen, support, and commiserate in many cases.
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IMIN2GENES 11/29/2011 2:45PM

    Love the hat! I'm sure he'll deal okay. LOL! My dog would have eaten the hat.

If you need to be grinch-like, then be grinch-like. I'll love you anyway! If you need an ear, I'm always happy to listen. Hang in there my friend!
Chris
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HIP-MOM 11/29/2011 2:42PM

    It's ok, I understand. I'd go months without blogging myself. I wish we can make our blogs or "public journals" as spark calls them to private so that the only who sees them is us, the writer.

be well my friend and know that you always have someone in your corner here anytime.

hugs,
maureen

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