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Plateau broken, finally losing again

Thursday, July 19, 2012

After over two months of a scale stalemate, I'm finally losing weight again. I did great once I graduated, fully REcommitted to losing all the weight I REgained when I REenrolled in school full time. Between December and April, I dropped 30 lbs and 3 sizes... then stalled. I still have a few pounds left to get back to where I left off, when school took over my exercise schedule.

I'm happy to report that I've dropped another 8. emoticon
I'm back!
Oh, and I have gallstones. Not great news. Kind of painful, but now I know it was not strained muscles giving me all that pain. After googling, I learned that gallstones sometimes happen when people lose large amounts of weight... I did not know this. I asked the doctor what caused them and he did not mention this, but he also doesn't know how obese I used to be. Looks like my gallbladder may have to come out.
I was really hoping my first major surgery would be a facelift.

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TARABEAR 7/24/2012 12:38PM

    Congrats on the weightloss!!! Great work! Good luck with the gallstones. I hope you don't need surgery. :(

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 7/19/2012 10:24PM

    YAY!!! Congrats on the hard work paying off!!! that's a wonderful amount of work. hope the gallbladder eases~~

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MAMAJAHMAI 7/19/2012 6:25PM

    Wonderful progress NB!! I hope the procedure is done quickly and smoothly... on the facelift comment--too funny!!!...hehehehehe :) emoticon

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MBSHAZZER 7/19/2012 3:50PM

    LOL, you are too funny!

Sorry to hear about the gallstones - who would have thought losing a lot of weight would trigger that??

Anyway, congrats on busting through the plateau!


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PHEBESS 7/19/2012 3:42PM

    YAY to losing more weight, but BOO to gallstones! (And some people who eat a low fat diet develop gallstones because they aren't using the bile to digest fat in their diet - at least, that's what I was told.)

They can do it with a scope, so you only stay in the hospital overnight. (Better than the couple of days it used to be.)

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PARKERB2 7/19/2012 3:19PM

    Hope things go well for you. Keep on Sparking.

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MACMOM57 7/19/2012 3:07PM

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Don't worry needlessly about how you look in swimwear!

Thursday, June 21, 2012

Invariably, I have anxiety about my "public nakedness" that first time out in summer. However, when I look around, I am relieved to see normal, healthy, everyday people in the same state of undress. No supermodels in sight.
I am always especially grateful to full figured women rocking bikinis. And really fat guys without shirts.
Keep this in mind when you're contemplating public swimming: not everyone is skinny. In fact, only a few are. Nobody looks anything like what you were looking at in the swimsuit catalog, when you chose your suit. They all look like the regular ol' people you see in the grocery store and the gas station.
So, I enjoy myself after all. Everyone there was doing the same as me... trying to enjoy life and keep cool, not scrutinize anyone's body.

As soon as I got home, I bought a new 2-piece.

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SECRETFUN 7/9/2012 9:25PM

  You know having just been at the beach I was thinking of getting a 2-piece (for the first time since I was 5!)

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APACHESTEVE 6/29/2012 10:48PM

    Guessing you are rocking the new two piece. Got to your page via an inspirational link. I'm a noob here, but moving in the right direction and long term success stories like yours inspire me!

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TARABEAR 6/23/2012 12:20AM

    mind over swimwear. I love it.
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NETSUE64 6/22/2012 8:11PM

    You made me think. Maybe someday I can get brave again. I like your the points you make and I will really consider it.

A 2 peice? Lol, I can't even imagine.

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MBSHAZZER 6/22/2012 11:24AM


I always have to remind myself of that...first of all, no one is looking at me. Really.

Second of all, even "supermodels" don't have the benefit of the airbrush in real life.


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JLPNURSE 6/21/2012 9:34PM

    Great post and I bet you look fabulous in your swim suit

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PHEBESS 6/21/2012 8:21PM

    Way to go with a new suit!

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Successes breed responsibilities

Friday, May 25, 2012

The garden tour was a huge success. Nothing bad happened, and everyone had a fantastic time. My neighborhood, which is densely packed with rowhouses (meaning close proximity) has become even closer. I've got more friends and more clients.
Last night, the city tree group met for our monthly meeting (our 2nd meeting since the huge Arbor Day endeavor) and I was suddenly appointed Chair of the Education Committee, by unanimous vote. So for the next two years, I have to plan classes. Not a big deal by itself, but the logistics and the coordination with dozens of other people will be a headache of enormous proportions. I think the fact that I organized the garden tour had something to do with this, but there's a major difference: I didn't really have to coordinate with anyone to do that. I just wanted to do it, so I did. I didn't need to bounce the idea off of anyone else or work with anyone else, at least not to any significant extent.
I'm sure it's my fault for my constant harping on the importance of public outreach and education. Oh well.
Off to work.

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SECRETFUN 5/26/2012 9:07AM

  You love education so this is good, but you are correct on the work. Your striving for perfection will make it more difficult for you. Seriously, find someone who likes admin and have them assist. Also, while some coordination is useful, evaluate needs and then do not accommodate everyone. After a while if you are offering a good needed product people will accommodate your scheduling. If it does not work after a few times then you adjust. That is my advice.

That and online education (so it is on demand to watch a video or read a sheet or something, and the people who want different timing can get it without worrying you.)


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MAMAJAHMAI 5/25/2012 3:33PM

    Your Passion and Talent are magnetic! Congrats!!

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JLPNURSE 5/25/2012 2:11PM

    Ah, the reward of being a reliable good worker.

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MBSHAZZER 5/25/2012 11:22AM

    No good deed goes unpunished! :D

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PHEBESS 5/25/2012 10:55AM

    You've become your local expert!!!!!

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The countdown to the garden tour breaks the printer

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

Let me start off by saying I can't wait to get my new printer:

I've wanted one for a few years.
I finally broke the old printer by printing the flyers for our garden tour. I guess 600 prints was just too much to expect. Good thing the print shop was able to finish the printing for me in a few hours ($200 later).
Speaking of which, the countdown is on. Scarely 4 more days to the tour. And word on the street is, this is going to be big.
Everyone I see is excited. Everyone is getting ready. It's crazy, but the excitement is so palpable in the neighborhood.
Yesterday, while I was distributing flyers, I passed one of host homes, where the homeowners were busy doing yardwork. The wife was digging and planting. The husband was scooping forks of mulch out of the back of his truck and into a large wheelbarrow. I smiled and asked them if they were getting ready for the tourists. The wife smiled and said yes, they were very busy. The husband smirked and jokingly said he didn't know how to thank me.
And so many people have contacted me just to express their enthusiasm, and tell me how much they're looking forward to being on the tour NEXT YEAR- indicating perpetuity, which amazes and gratifies me.
And... I dropped another hundred bucks on plants today.
Yikes, get me through this.

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MAMAJAHMAI 5/16/2012 12:36PM

    oooooh!! and the momentum builds!! It sounds so exciting!! please post some pictures!

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MBSHAZZER 5/16/2012 11:17AM

    I hope you post pics from the garden tour! I can't wait to hear about what a success it was!

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PHEBESS 5/16/2012 6:21AM

    This is exciting - you are making a huge difference in your neighborhood, getting everyone involved in this project!!!!! And yes, we want to hear all about it when you recuperate!

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JLPNURSE 5/15/2012 9:55PM

    It will be great. Can't wait to hear how it turns out.

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Spring Garden Tour season

Monday, May 07, 2012

Every spring in our city, we have a series of house and garden tours, sponsored by various garden clubs. I've enjoyed them for years.
A couple of years back, I started daydreaming about doing something like that in my own neighborhood.
So, I did. I started a garden club, talked to my neighbors, and pulled together a tour. In less than two weeks, we'll hold our inaugural event; at the tail-end of the spring garden tour season here in our city.
For months now, my neighbors and I have been almost competing, getting our gardens into tip-top shape. One couple came by early Saturday morning to scope me out... and promptly dropped a few hundred bucks buying artwork and sculptures at the local arts festival this past weekend! They'd been on a fact-finding mission (spying!!). Hmmm, copying my artwork-adorned fence, I think? LOL

I really, really, hope the garden tour goes well.

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MBSHAZZER 5/8/2012 1:55PM

    That is totally awesome! I love it! What a great way to beautify your neighborhood, socialize with your neighbors and invigorate your local economy! WHOHOO!!! Post photos, please!

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PHEBESS 5/8/2012 11:09AM

    How cool!!! YAY to you for putting this together and inspiring your neighborhood!

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JLPNURSE 5/8/2012 8:38AM

    That sounds awesome. And kudos to you for taking the lead on this one.

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