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Friday, March 08, 2013

Anything else to share with my team:

Finished my 1st week of work at my new job. Time flies as there's lots to do. We had a sad week. DD & I had a stray kitty who seemed to have adopted us. It was hanging out on our porch; we were feeding it and took it to the vet because it seemed to have eye problems. Turned out the poor kitty was blind. That meant we were probably going to have to keep her (already have 2 rescued cats and wasn't looking to add more but..) After testing we found out that she had leukemia so we had to put her to sleep. It was sooo sad! DD & I were just sobbing. At least she had a good week and was cared for at the end (we stayed with her while they put her to sleep.)

  
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KAILYNSTAR 3/14/2013 11:57AM

    The poor, poor kitty. I'm so glad it found you two. At least it left this world knowing it was loved.

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SHRINK71 3/9/2013 8:09PM

    So sad.... I fostered for our local shelter for years, so I am, sadly, all too familiar with that outcome. You are right in that the last few days of kitty's life were with loving people who cared for him and allowed him to die peacefully and without suffering.
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1CRAZYDOG 3/9/2013 6:48PM

    awwwww, sorry for your loss. HUGS

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PATTISTAMPS 3/9/2013 12:43PM

    I had to put my sweet little dog down 6 weeks ago, and it was the saddest thing. I tried to sing her "over the bridge", but my voice failed me becasue I was sobbing. I bet it was not one bit easier with your sweet little cat. Bless you for making her last days good.

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GLC2009 3/9/2013 3:23AM

    aaachh, what a heartbreaker. so kind of you guys to go through with the kitten's last days. emoticon

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LYNMEINDERS 3/9/2013 3:08AM

    Bless you both for giving kitty something special....
You will be blessed for it....

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/9/2013 2:19AM

    That is sad... emoticon poor kitty. Like you said, at least her last week was a good one.
Glad your first week on the job was a success! Keep up the good work. Get some much deserved rest this weekend...but don't forget to add some fitness points for the emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/9/2013 12:15AM

    Congratulations on managing through your first week at the new job. So many changes must have your brain wanting to go in so many new directions as you get settled in.

Oh my . . . what a sad day, indeed. Animals so know how to tug at our heart strings. You did a very brave and wonderful deed. Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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Long time, no blog!

Saturday, March 02, 2013

It's almost a year since I wrote my last blog here on SP. It's been a tough year but things are turning around. Now I need to get back to the gym and work towards my personal goals. The 5% challenge will be helpful in that regard!

So the theme is: "What new habit you wish to develop?" I want to commit to doing some form of exercise everyday. Some days I'll do 10 minutes but at least 3 times a week I will work really hard and give it my all.

  
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IMIN2GENES 3/4/2013 9:19PM

    I hope this year is a year of wonderful! Glad to see you back!
Chris
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EJOY-EVELYN 3/3/2013 10:06PM

    Welcome back! A very admirable goal. It's all about making progress one step at a time. You can do this! Hug, hug -- Evelyn

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1CRAZYDOG 3/3/2013 8:36PM

    Well, sorry it was such a tough year, but glad your back! hUGS

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MTNGRL 3/3/2013 2:54PM

    Good plan, take it slow but do it committed. You can do this!!!!!!!!

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BRAVERUDE 3/3/2013 1:23PM

    You and me, both....! Hang in there and be well!

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MARYDSAN 3/3/2013 9:14AM

    You sound like me-blog when necessary. I comment on others' blogs, but it was pretty long since my last one before a week or so ago when another challenge required a blog for my team to get points. Good goal on the exercise.

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MARATHONDAD 3/3/2013 9:05AM

    great goal

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LYNMEINDERS 3/3/2013 3:18AM

    Yay...go you....
It is noice to see you back with us on your blog.....

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SHRINK71 3/2/2013 11:16PM

    Great goal! emoticon

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SVELTEWARRIOR 3/2/2013 11:13PM

    I hope this year brings you wonderful things!!!!

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A "weighty" issue

Monday, March 26, 2012

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So we're into week #2 of the Spring 5% Challenge. Some are happy with their results and others are bummed by that number on the scale.

Isn't it amazing how a number can absolutely ruin a perfectly wonderful day if we let it? Others go so far as to throw up their hands and actually give up, quit, throw in the towel!! Over a number. It has that much power. Or rather, we GIVE it that much power!

I've been on many weight loss journeys through the years both on my own or at WW. This time I decided to do SP and, with the help of a drink called Slim, I've lost a LOT of weight. But this time I decided NOT to give the scale any power. This time I decided that I would keep going EVEN IF THE NUMBER ON THE SCALE WENT UP! This meant that I was in it for the long run, for the long haul, til the end!

Many times the scale doesn't reflect our hard work. We start eating right and working out and the number goes up! What????? That's not supposed to happen. But it does. Muscles can retain water, did you know that? I'm sure you know that eating too much sodium will have the same effect as well as TOM for us ladies. Sometimes the number is up for no reason at all.

That is why it is absolutely CRUCIAL to find other ways to chart your progress instead of having everything rest on that scale. The Teddies have and will hear from me ad nauseum, about concentrating on your NSVs (non-scale victories) because we're more than our number! How about the sizes you've lost? the inches you've lost? how much stronger you are? the medications you no longer have to take? Don't those things matter as much, IF NOT MORE, than the number?

Lastly, I always get nervous when I see someone setting a goal of losing 2 lbs a week or losing a certain amount of weight by a certain date because how much we lose and how fast we lose it is OUTSIDE OF OUR CONTROL! That's right. The body will drop the pounds when it wants to drop the pounds. Sometimes you'll lose 2 lbs, sometimes 0.2! You've tracked your food, you've done your exercise and you're puzzled. But that's just the way it is.

I STRONGLY urge you, implore you, beg you, set other goals not involving the scale. Don't set a "lose x amount of pounds by x date" goal. Because the scale won't cooperate. I would hate it if you quit like I've seen some of my closest friends here on SP do, because of a number.

And I've gained about 10 lbs but I'm just more determined to get back to my lowest weight, however long it takes! As long as you don't quit, you will reach your goals!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/1/2012 11:56PM

    I intend to focus more on my emotional reasons for eating this challenge. I know that I have to focus more on the nsv because if I focus to much on the scale I will get depressed. Thank you for reminding me

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LYNMEINDERS 4/1/2012 6:08PM

    Thankyou so much for this....exactly what i needed to read today....thankyou

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KAILYNSTAR 3/30/2012 6:26PM

    Yes the scale can discourage a person quickly!

Thanks for sharing.

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/29/2012 12:08AM

    I don't allow the scale the power too many people give it. While this is easier said than done, we must have other ways we can measure the non-scale victories. I expect to be up a few pounds this week and unless I do this for at least two more weeks, I do not foresee a reason for alarm.

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/28/2012 6:44PM

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SNOWFLAKELILYM9 3/27/2012 11:01AM

    Thanks for the that blog, it was a really good reminder. I too let the number on the scale dictate m y day so this time around I'm weighing once a week on weigh in day and it's much better for. I'm also concetrating on NSV like you said. Great blog!

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MISSY455 3/27/2012 2:41AM

    So true! I have said many times that the emoticon is not our friend. Consistency is the key, and as long as we don't quit, we will get there!
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YIWEN39 3/26/2012 7:40PM

    Very well said :-) And I agree with you, yes I do want to see the number go down, but I won't do anything crazy for that or let it ruin my day or week ;-)

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LINDAKAY228 3/26/2012 2:30PM

    I totally agree with you!

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IMIN2GENES 3/26/2012 1:53PM

    Good advice! I agree 100%!!
Chris

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/26/2012 1:25PM

    You are so right! I haven't lost weight on the scale in about 12 weeks, but I won't let that get to me. Almost all of my monthly goals that I set are non-scale related. Goals like finish weeks 5-8 of my workout plan, loose 2 inches, cook 4 meals a month from the spark cook book. I figure if I focus on these NSV's, the scale will change some time. A number does not define me!

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BLESSED2BEME 3/26/2012 10:50AM

    Amen!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/26/2012 10:15AM

    I couldn't agree more!!

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SHRINK71 3/26/2012 9:58AM

    I could not agree more with your sentiment!!! Kudos!

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Spring 5% Challenge

Friday, March 16, 2012

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And so it's about to begin again. This will be my 4th 5% challenge, my 3rd as ML (motivation leader) of the awesome Teddy Bear team. Last spring I was really getting off track and had regained about 12 lbs when THETURTLEBEAR invited me to do the Summer 5%. That completely got me back heading in the right direction.

The past couple of weeks I haven't been able to exercise and ate more than usual so my weight is up a bit. My goals for the Spring 5% are to get as close to my lowest weight as possible and to rack up those fitness minutes concentrating on ST and interval training. I will be focusing on a lower carb regime by eating a variety of foods, and am slowly moving to a plant based diet, adding more grains, legumes, and veggies.

Being the ML means that I have to set an example for the Teddy Bears. How can I be motivational if I'm slacking off? This is a good way to keep me on the right path. We have a wonderful team and I'm looking forward to getting to know the new members. I'm available to give advice, encouragement, support, and to cheer everyone on towards their goals.

It is a lose 5% of your weight challenge but I'm going to continue to extol the virtues of giving credit for NSVs or non-scale victories. It's so important to stay committed, no matter what the scale says. Just don't give up and you'll reach your goals. Even if we don't lose 5%, we'll make friends and make progress.

Spring 5% Challenge, here I come!

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SVELTEWARRIOR 4/1/2012 11:51PM

    I want to thank you for all your motivation!!!

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HEALTHYBARB1 3/21/2012 8:28PM

    Keep up the motivation of yourself cause it really keeps the rest of us focused too!! Love the non scale victories thread and hearing about what others accomplish not related to weight!! Smiles Barb

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1CRAZYDOG 3/17/2012 7:21PM

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THAIBEAUKITTY 3/17/2012 8:09AM

    emoticon emoticon Go Teddies!

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EJOY-EVELYN 3/17/2012 12:18AM

    Stick with the Teddy Bears and we'll all make the team proud! This is one race where we can all be winners!

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BLESSED2BEME 3/16/2012 11:13AM

    Wishing you all the best with your challenge! emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 3/16/2012 9:45AM

    You are terrific - and when you struggle, we all can relate!
Yes, I am in Orlando (or Kissimee?) - going back to SoCal tomorrow to get my 120 minutes for day 1!!
I love this Teddy Bear Team!

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JAZZEJR 3/16/2012 9:22AM

    You will do them all--Scale and non-scale victories! And I'll be right behind you, so don't slow down or I'll trip over you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLPARKHURST 3/16/2012 8:27AM

    emoticon emoticon We can do it!

Lets go TEDDIES!

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SHRINK71 3/16/2012 7:37AM

    I have similar hopes for the challenge! Here's to all kinds of victories... scale and non!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/16/2012 6:04AM

    Can't wait for the 5% challenge to start tomorrow! We have such a great Teddy Bear Team, with wonderful leaders! (Thank you for your continued motivational leadership to the team, it really helps just when we need it!) I am hoping this will be my challenge that I hit goal! I am only 5.5 pounds away from my goal weight! LET'S ROCK TEDDY BEARS!

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YIWEN39 3/16/2012 2:44AM

    You are an awesome motivation leader, always there for us :-) emoticon

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MISSY455 3/16/2012 1:52AM

    I am glad the 5% challenge is about to begin again. I really need the extra accountability that the challenges provide for me. Since July, I have regained about 15 pounds, and am hoping to loose a good portion of it during the next 8 weeks.

Wishing you a very successful challenge, even though we aren't on the same team :-)

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KBELLE1224 3/16/2012 12:33AM

    Personally, if you were my Motivation leader, I would appreciate and learn from your situation. The fact that you are supposed to be the role model but you are still are not perfect all the time. It shows you are a person and can't always be perfect all the time, It makes you more relateable and it makes you more motivation that you recognize that you are struggling, and take things that you learned from the past, that you have been successful at and use them again! I just think its inspirational! Are you doing the 5% challenge with your team? If so am I able to join!

Good Luck on you challenge!!

-Belle

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DD's professional theater debut with photos

Friday, February 03, 2012


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Theater Marquee

DD found out that a local theater was having auditions for their upcoming season last June. This is a professional equity theater, one of the top regional theaters in south Florida. She got a call-back which was pretty exciting and then, about 2 weeks later, had the final audition where there were 8 girls vying for 3 roles. After several hours it came down to the final 2, DD & another girl, and they were both told they got the parts (the 3rd part was just 1 page.) Much crying happy tears, jumping up & down. Disbelief, excitement.

Rehearsals started in mid-December. It was a difficult time because we had discovered that DD had an eating disorder for which she had been in treatment for just a month when rehearsals started. Fitting in treatment & eating meals was a challenge and DD showed how strong she is by dealing with everything in a professional and mature way.



The 3 girls in front of their cast photos for the show

Opening night was really exciting. I probably would have been really nervous except that I used up all my nervousness during the rehearsal period.


In front of their dressing room with their names on the door

The play was fantastic and DD was terrific. It was a role where she had to show a lot of different emotions and even had to do an epileptic fit at the end which had many people in tears because it was so authentic. She did 32 performances in 3 1/2 weeks (I saw 12 & listened to 15)! The show got rave reviews (a half page in the Wall Street Journal!) online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052
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and she got excellent reviews such as "she was like a veteran of the stage", she was "luminous," etc. The show broke box office records and sold out most performances. DD knows she could do a play for a year and that this is definitely what she wants to do with her life. I always thought she was talented and it was amazing to see her grow from performance to performance. I think she will have a great career ahead of her.


Publicity photo that appeared in American Theater Magazine & other publications. DD is in the middle. The other 2 actors are really mother & daughter and it is their rabbit!


DD is on left. From 1st scene of play.


Mother & daughters. DD is in the background.

  
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REYVE01 3/1/2012 11:10AM

    How exciting....yay!

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MISSY455 2/4/2012 2:10AM

    emoticon for sharing such a emoticon story with us! The pictures are amazing. You have to be so pleased that she is pursuing something she is obviously very good at!

Congrats to both of you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 2/4/2012 1:26AM

    You deserve to be on very proud mama! What a great review in the WSJ. WooHoo! Thanks for all the great photos!

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FITKAT62 2/3/2012 10:16PM

    Great pics!

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1CRAZYDOG 2/3/2012 1:05PM

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing the amazing pics and wishing continued success to your wonderful daughter!

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KAILYNSTAR 2/3/2012 12:16PM

    It so hard to believe that your daughter can accomplish so much after finding out about her eating disorder. I do hope she is doing well and feeling well.

Congratulations on the play. I know that you and you're daughter were so busy and had so much to do. What an accomplishment.


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TERESA159 2/3/2012 12:10PM

    This is SOOOOOOOO COOL!!!!! I would be crying the whole time. I am that kind of mother. Once, my youngest got to play Santa and I was bawling during the happy, Christmas show. So, luckily none of them doing anything on the stage. Maybe that's why.

Anyway, Skye is awesome! I am going to look for that article in the journal. Be proud mama, she's a pro. Best wishes to her on her new career. And to you as a strong and supportive stage mom.
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NWILKER 2/3/2012 12:09PM

    YEAH!!!!!


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GLORYANDME 2/3/2012 11:42AM

    I am so happy you posted some pics from the show. So exciting! Your daughter looks like a pro! To be recognized in "The Wall Street Journal" Wow! You must be so proud of her. So happy for her that her dreams are coming true. This is a play I definitely would love to see. emoticon

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HEALTHYBARB1 2/3/2012 11:06AM

    Thanks for sharing...you should be very proud of her and thankful that she has a dream for what she wants to do when she "grows up"...my girls are very artistic...one is an artist and one a photographer and knowing you are gifted in the arts and pursuing that dream is both challenging and exciting...fun to see the photos and here the whole story!! Smiles Barb

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BLESSED2BEME 2/3/2012 10:15AM

    Awesome! I just bet you are one proud mama! You deserve to be:) You are so supportive of her. Sending you hugs!!!!



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IMIN2GENES 2/3/2012 8:09AM

    How wonderful!! Love the pictures. Thanks so much for sharing them! Congratulations to both of you.
Chris


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SVELTEWARRIOR 2/3/2012 7:45AM

    That is awesome!!!!! I am sure your DD will be famous!!!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 2/3/2012 6:00AM

    What a wonderful experience for her! Glad it went so well, best of luck as she looks for more opportunities in theater.

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LORETTA24 2/3/2012 5:47AM

    emoticonNicely done! Congratulations to your daughter and you! I am assuming you are starting a scrap book for what looks like a very promising career. Wish I was there to ask for an autograph. Keep finding the joy in your day and keep smiling sunshine. Hugs, Loretta emoticon

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MAMAPOSTIE 2/3/2012 2:38AM

    Sounds like she did wonderfully well, what a lot of performances in such a short time. So glad to hear her treatment is helping and her confidence growing - she can go far!

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