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So my hairdresser finally returned my text....

Tuesday, March 23, 2010

She left me a text at 7:20 last night, asking me if Friday afternoon was okay. Well, I'd made an appointment with somebody new for this morning. I didn't reply. Due to the short notice, I kept my appointment with the new gal.
Guess what? I love her. She's got a great personality, we got on well, and she did a great job with my hair. So now I've got two hairdressers.
I'm going to have to text the "first" one and let her know I won't be needing her for a couple of months.

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NOTBLUSHING 3/24/2010 8:11AM

    Shazz- the 'do isn't new, just the stylist. Same old 'do.

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MBSHAZZER 3/23/2010 9:25PM

    Any photos of the new 'do?

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JLPNURSE 3/23/2010 8:13PM

    Good to have two!

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PHEBESS 3/23/2010 7:41PM

    Well, that's what she gets for being slow to respond.

Glad you love the new person too!

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New hairdresser....

Monday, March 22, 2010

Wish me luck.
This is very scary, but I can't put it off any longer. I sent my stylist a text message three days ago, as I normally do when I need an appointment. But I haven't heard back from her.
She usually does take her sweet time responding, but three days? I don't keep my clients waiting that long. Even if I'm in another part of the country, I respond within a few hours.
I'm VERY apprehensive; last time I had to go elsewhere it was disastrous (twice) until I was able to get to her again. I'm not a diva, but my hair is one thing I am pretty particular about. I've always loved what she does, and I've always said so.
I don't get it. I tip VERY well, show up on time, don't pry into her personal life or drive her nuts chattering about my own problems (usually I read while she does my hair). WHY must she be so disorganized??????


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MBSHAZZER 3/22/2010 8:57PM

    Good luck! That's very strange that she would be so flaky! I hope everything works out OK. Hair is very important, esp. when you deal with clients. Myself... 2x per year, I spend $10 at the Hair Cuttery. And it looks like it! :D

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JLPNURSE 3/22/2010 8:09PM

    Is she usually flaky? Maybe something happened to her. But I totally get the hair anxiety thing. There are certain things you trust only to certain people.

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NOTBLUSHING 3/22/2010 6:12PM

    Yes, she could very well be on vacation or out sick; but if one of my clients calls me, *I* still respond when I am sick or away from home. I'm just saying.... After three days, I don't think a return text message is too much to ask. I don't know of any business where it is reasonable to ignore a customer that long and expect to retain their business! I'm not happy about going elsewhere, but I have to.

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USMAWIFE 3/22/2010 5:49PM

    Perhaps she is on vacation or out sick.

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PHEBESS 3/22/2010 5:47PM

    Hope you hear from her soon!!!! Maybe she's having phone problems? Is there somewhere you can phone her?

My pedicure lady moved off island - so I totally understand how you feel!!!

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One word answers!

Sunday, March 21, 2010

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favorite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favorite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favorite store?

Your favorite color?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favorite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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PHEBESS 3/22/2010 12:39PM


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MBSHAZZER 3/22/2010 10:43AM


(that's my one-word comment)

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LSCHULER72 3/21/2010 9:40PM

    These are so fun! I agree with you on the bathtub thing!

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Want to know how I lost all that weight? Ok, I'll tell you...

Sunday, March 14, 2010

I still get personal sparkmails and inquiries on my sparkpage about the little "LOST 130 LBS" icon I display on my profile. Yes, even here on Spark.
People want to know how I lost the weight.
It's a little embarrassing, because if you read the fine print, it tells you how I lost it: I lost it with SparkPeople!
I'm even more befuddled when people post new topics, wanting to know what diet we're on.
Okay, seriously? Because I thought we were ALL on the same plan-Sparkpeople!
Didn't most of us come here to get AWAY from fads and diets? Aren't most of us TIRED of yo-yo ing up and down every other year?

I joined SparkPeople because it was OBVIOUS that diets weren't helping me. I was disgusted with the state of my health, and felt hopeless. I knew I had to do something drastically different if I wanted to solve my problem and avoid surgery.
When I explored the site, what I found was unique. There were tools I could use to help me figure out how to get from where I was (330 lbs), to my goal of health and fitness. I learned about things like basal metabolic rate, resting heart rate, and target heart rate, and why they were important. I read about why it is so important to eat those five servings of vegetables, and I began tracking my fiber and sodium intake. Spark even shows me if my nutient ratios are balanced. And I discovered a whole library of exercises- with video demonstrations- that I could handle, even at my starting weight. Everything I could possibly need, was right here, in one place. For FREE.
With the help of Sparkpeople's great online tools, I completely relearned how to eat. I learned what a portion looks like, and learned that I was able to do a lot more exercise than I thought.

So, now you know how I did it.

Please, don't ask me what "diet" I used, and please stop asking about fads.
It hardly seems ethical for me to even discuss "diets" here, but I'll freely admit I lost weight by dieting in the past. I joined SparkPeople to try to get back to the size I was when I began my first "diet".

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TUBBY1414 4/7/2010 5:24PM

  Everything rings so true. I too get asked What are you doing? Healthy eating and exercising. We are a society that wants an immediate response with a quick fix, but that is not possible nor will it last in weight loss.

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SMILEYBABS 3/21/2010 8:08PM

    Such a wonderful endorsement of a great website and overall healthy plan! People seem genuinely disappointed when weight loss is a result of diet and exercise. The method is one on the biggest "secrets" of success. Congratulations on your outstanding progress and keep on Sparking!

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INASENSE1 3/19/2010 12:06AM

    Thank you for this! Very inspiring and eye-opening.

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CODEMAULER 3/17/2010 10:22AM

    Education and accountability go a long way, and too many folks are open to neither.

Thanks for sharing your insight. It reminds all of us that we are the key to our success!

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2BTHINQUILTER 3/17/2010 9:45AM

    It reminds of a story of when my daughter worked at a fast food restaurant. Customer question, "What comes with the 'Only Chicken Dinner'". Daughter's response, "Only Chicken". Some things are so obvious. Congratulations on all your success. I've been Sparking (yes, it is a verb) for almost two months, have lost 12 pounds, and feel great (the best part). Your blog reinforces my belief that if I continue to Spark, I'll reach my goals.

Happy St. Patrick's Day
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CARPENSM 3/17/2010 8:57AM

    Wow does this ring true! I'm with you! I find that more people ask me in my personal life "what are you doing??" and they always seem a little disappointed to hear balanced nutrition and exercise.

But I guess I was the same...before I made the decision to change my life with sparkpeople I would have loved to find a quick fix.

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LISTLOADRUN 3/17/2010 8:40AM

    I agree completely! I posted a comment on a friends page last night that applies here as well I think:

"I'm a huge Torchwood Fan (and Doctor Who as well) and there is a line from the end of last season, where Captain Jack makes the statement "The end is where we begin". I've never believed it more than now, as my "target" weight is in sight, I KNOW it isn't the end, it's merely the beginning of the rest of my life, where I live and make the best choices I can on a daily basis. All this has been dress rehearsal :) "

We're not here for the latest and greatest miracle diets, we're here to build our tool belt and to learn how to best live our lives in a healthy manner - through better eating habits, through exercise, through making peace with ourselves mentally and physically.

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KARVY09 3/17/2010 8:13AM

    Awesome! I have a goal to lose 130 pounds in total too (I have 55 pounds to go!) and seriously, I see people who are on Alli, Weight Watchers, etc. on here and I'm like "Stick to SP! Look how great some folks like NOTBLUSHING have done just using SparkPeople and its tools.

SparkPeople works! Congrats on all your success!

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LADY_JOSIELOT 3/17/2010 12:49AM

    Very true. After losing 75 pounds, people ask me the same thing. I tell them it's reality, slow going, and hard work. I've been stuck on a plateau for 6 months and still work at it.

- Josie

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ROCKSTARK8 3/16/2010 10:51PM

    Fabulous blog and so true :) I actually lost most of my weight so far on my own, but I came to SP after a year of tracking calories on another site because the Spark plan is exactly what I did! And I love the community here. On that other site, people are constantly talking about this diet/that diet. And I stay there to proselytize to them about making a healthy lifestyle change. Because diets don't work and they aren't even meant to.
There are so many people here who really "get it."

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THINWITHIN18 3/16/2010 10:36PM

    From your mouth to the ears of all those who ask me the same question...thanks for stating it so clearly.

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MBSHAZZER 3/15/2010 10:21AM

    YES, YES, YES!! No diets, never! Your weight loss is so impressive, I think people must think there was some "trick " to it, but no... eating sensible portions of REAL food and doing moderate exercise will get most people into a range of weight that is healthy. Nothing exciting or sexy about it!

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MARTA_M 3/14/2010 10:30PM

    Hear, hear! Here's to your hard work!

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PHEBESS 3/14/2010 6:22PM

    You're like a sage on top of a mountain - people come to you for advice and you tell them the answer has been right in front of them all the time. And you are absolutely right.

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DEB2010 3/14/2010 4:49PM

    Right On!!! No more diets for me!! emoticon

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BETHT24 3/14/2010 4:39PM

    Very true, new way of life!!!!!!

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CALTRIN 3/14/2010 4:25PM

    Great Blog!!! emoticon

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LAMMY777 3/14/2010 4:18PM

    Awesome, that is just how I am doing it too. I am learning to care and take care of myself here with sparks people. I shall succeed too. Hugs Linnie emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Live life NOW.

Saturday, March 13, 2010

Don't put things off until you reach your goal.
Nobody should put life on hold until they lose weight. You should dress up, look great, and enjoy life as much as possible!
You should always take care of yourself, and look after your appearance. Go out and get your hair done. Buy new sandals, and have that pedicure.
You should always try to look your best and live according to your IDEALS- if your ideal is to be fit, healthy, and beautiful, you should start living your life as a fit, healthy, beautiful person TODAY. Very soon, your body will catch up!

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MBSHAZZER 3/14/2010 1:53PM

    Be the change you want to become! Great advice!

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PHEBESS 3/14/2010 11:29AM

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And AMEN to that!

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_UMAMI_ 3/13/2010 8:24PM

    I totally agree! I know that when I take a few extra minutes on my hair and makeup, and wear flattering clothes, people seem a lot friendlier and more interactive. Perhaps it's just that I carry myself better and have greater self-esteem, but there is definitely a difference.

I do think some women go totally overboard, though. Then again, I live in Texas. emoticon

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JLPNURSE 3/13/2010 6:32PM

    This is SO true and applies to so many areas. Don't wait to enjoy life until you reach your goal weight, you're married, you have the perfect job etc.

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