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I'm such a dork!

Friday, December 10, 2010

Happy Friday to you all!

As I write this it is nearing dusk on Friday afternoon. John and I have been for our walk with the dogs and I managed to "shuffle/jog" for 8 lots of 100 steps. I am really hoping that this will help me along with the strength training I've started. It was a bit cool today. -3 degrees c with a light wind but at least the sun was out. When I returned home my face and hair were almost the same colour red!

Maddy and Lou really enjoyed the fresh air and today they met up with a friend of ours who was walking their Rhodesian Ridgeback named Blaze. The bigger dogs really enjoyed chasing each other and Maddy loved chasing them but not so much when they turned and chased him. Then he would run back to his mommy and whine. He is such a little torment!

Okay, so you all want to know what I did, this time, to call myself a dork. For starters, I freely admit that I'm a dork and I have the greatest gift of all in that I can laugh at myself. It is a good thing because I do a lot of stupid things!

This morning I got up extra early and spent my time fiddling around with odds and ends before getting ready to leave for work. I left the house and pulled up to Tim Hortons (a Canadian coffee house) and went inside to line up like all of the other caffiene addicts.

There was quite the line up so I casually glanced at my watch underneath my coat sleeve. It was about twenty minutes to 8 which was early because we live in such a small town and it takes me about five minutes to reach work for 8:00 a.m. So there I am chatting away with somebody, in absolutely no rush to get to work when I finally decided to leave. When I got in my car I glanced at the clock in the dashboard and it read 8:10!!! Yikes! So I looked at my watch again and sure enough I saw it was 7:40......

I'm ashamed to admit that it took me a second to figure out how it still could be the same time when I left and when I went in but I stole another look at my watch as I was pulling out of the parking lot. No, the watch hadn't stopped!!! I had put it the wrong way around! Just try it and see how confusing it can be. Oh please, just try it and pretend it is confusing so I don't feel so silly.

Well, I laughed at myself so hard on the way to work. I was practically cracking up. The worse part is it is now Christmas exam week and I had students lined up waiting for the library to open! Oops!

I hope you are laughing! Please share your inner dork stories if you can!!!!

  
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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/11/2010 11:54AM

    I love these dorky confessions. My latest dorkiness wasn't particularly funny. I had a date with my daughter last night for a concert. I thought my timing was just perfect, until I got several blocks from home and realized that I'd forgotten the tickets. Very, very close call.

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WILLOW-WALKING 12/11/2010 10:35AM

    I remember once going on holiday, got to the airport and we were politely informed by airport officials we have missed the flight!!
On the surface not an unusual occurrence but by 24 HOURS DUH!!!
My husband couldn't stop laughing..
If you have to mess up then why not do it in style, in my defence I did get the time right if not the day emoticon

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 12/11/2010 8:43AM

    Ok I am the biggest dork among the dorkiest...LOL...I mean that with much love !!
So as you know I have a four year old, and not sure how much you know about kids but as soon as you get on the phone that is when they start needing something or they want to talk to you. Well Rebecca is having a hard time with not interrupting while mommy is on the phone. Anyway I was on the phone talking to my boss and as we were getting ready to hang up when Rebecca starts saying I need you mommy, I need you. So as I am trying to hush her with my finger and say good by to the BOSS, I blurt ok...
" Ok I'll see you tomorrow, I LOVE YOU" emoticon

The worst part was I didn't even realize I had said anything wrong until I heard on the other end..."excuse me???"
Boy was my face red!!!
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JLITT62 12/11/2010 8:30AM

    I have put my watch on backwards more than once -- but I do usually notice it right away, I must admit. Definitely good that you can laugh at yourself!

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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 12/11/2010 4:43AM

   

Hey I've put my top on inside out many times, even did it once when I went shopping, thank heavens I figured it out before I went too far. We all do dorky things just some of us don't admit it.

I can identify with the beet face, mine goes like that everytime I work outside, not a good look I can tell you.

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HOPEFULANGE 12/10/2010 11:15PM

    Ha ha ha - that's an awesome story! My most recent episode of dorkiness was last week when I was trying to flash my lights at a car signalling him to merge ahead of me. While I was berating him for not going ahead, my husband was dying laughing because I was actually flashing the windshield wiper fluid at him!!!

Congrats on the jogging! Keep up the good work! We went for a walk on the snowy roads here in Paradise - very icy out! But it's so nice with everyone's Christmas lights on! emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 12/10/2010 9:25PM

    LOL I'm a total dork. So, you're in good company!!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/10/2010 7:05PM

    I've had a shirt on inside out - and I am forever trying to get into the wrong vehicles.

I love being dorky!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/10/2010 6:58PM

    LOL! emoticonWhy, I have NO earthly idea what you are talking about! I have NEVER done ANYthing dorky in my LIFE! I mean, I would NEVER go to school in my pajamas with my coat over them! No WAY! And I'd NEVER take the coat off and let everyone SEE my jammy top! Not me! emoticon emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/10/2010 6:49PM

    Numerous things come to mind. Number 1, putting a shirt on inside out and not noticing it at all until it came time to take it off at the end of the day (and not one person said anything!!!). I have also had T-Shirts on backwards.
Rushing to arrange transportation for a Dr. Appointment, getting there and discovering I had the wrong day!!! I have very, very tolerant relatives!!
Stubbing toes. ALL the time. So I have learned to always wear foot coverings at all times, and to wrap all desk and bed legs with foam. It may look ugly, but I have not had a bleeder or a split in a very long time now ;)
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LESLIES537 12/10/2010 5:03PM

    emoticon I thought at first maybe you were a member of the "Dork" Spark team here.

As I was trying to comment on this blog right now I was distracted by a phone call, (yes I'm sparking at work lol) and I answered the phone "Good morning." emoticon Does that count?! LOL

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PARKERCM 12/10/2010 3:56PM

  Such a gift to be able to laugh at oneself. I am also a dork--though nothing comes to mind at this moment. Have a wonderful day and weekend and a Blessed Holiday season.

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What is and what isn't working for me:

Thursday, December 09, 2010

Happy Thursday SparkFriends!

Wow, where does the time go? Does that expression make me an old fogey? I could use some cutting edge "youth-speak" but I don't really know what half of the words mean and I'm afraid of offending somebody! Ha! Funny, how when you work with young people you feel young yourself until you see them out in public and think to yourself "were we ever as young as that"?

Anyway, I've decided to write my blog today about what is working and perhaps, more importantly, what isn't working for me.

When I joined Spark I threw myself into it! I was constantly logging in, updating, reading, responding, running reports, etc. It all became too much too soon and I decided to follow my gut instinct and only do what I thought would work for me.

On a side note, I am a bit of an obsessive/compulsive person so this added to my growing frustration. I was finding I was spending more time on Spark than I was doing anything else!

So I gave myself permission to have a inner reality check! Although Spark encourages us to make small changes, I was trying to do everything at once! So here is my list of what I am concentrating on and what I've sort of let slip by the wayside!

Working for me:

Logging in daily
Keeping in touch with a few good Spark friends
Walking (even when I don't want to!)
Drinking 8 glasses of water each day
Making more informed meal choices
Eating at least 4 pieces of fruit/vegetables a day
Letting myself be me!

What didn't work for me:

Obsessively checking into SparkPeople
Having too many SparkFriends
Joining too many SparkTeams
Concentrating on SparkPoints instead of exercise
Being anal about what I ate
Focusing on what I didn't do as opposed to what I did accomplish

I realize my weight loss has been slow but it has been steady. I'm starting to really enjoy the way walking makes me feel. Now I've decided to up the ante and I've started my version of jogging a few steps every time I'm out for a walk. I've also started very simple strength training.

Most of all, I've discovered that I can do this! Again, thanks for reading about me and my thoughts!

  
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FLOWERDALEJEWEL 12/10/2010 5:54AM

   

You just can't keep up with everything here, that's a fact. No matter what you'd like to do you just have to prioritize. I'm glad you've stayed on our team and very glad that you are my Sparkfriend.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/9/2010 5:48PM

    emoticon Sounds like you have managed to figure out a bunch of stuff!! Now, down to it and let's get a move on!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/9/2010 3:46PM

    While I love Sparkpeople, I've found it necessary to back off. The point of all this is to improve my life, not to replace it. I have deleted some friends, too. I felt guilty about it: it seemed like a personal insult, but I'm betting they didn't even notice. Both of them literally had hundreds of friends. My contributions were not significant, and all their activity was totally cluttering up my friend feed. I'm glad that I remain on your list.

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 12/9/2010 1:18PM

    I so know the feeling, I sadly had to delete some friends that no longer serve a purpose with me. I loved it while I was friends with them and we helped each other out alot but the time had come where we no longer needed each other...and that's just fine. For a reason, for a season or for a lifetime, that is what I have to remember.
I have a small circle of friends that I am connected with and that works for me. It is not how many sparkfriends I have but how we help one another and support one another that is important to me. I left some groups because I did find it too much. As long as I come on here and do what is necessary to fulfill my goal then it is all ok.
Good job with the running to. I am so proud of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 12/9/2010 12:04PM

    I'm very proud of you for something that words for you. That's the reason why I've been as successful as I have been. I don't know why diet experts don't express this philosophy more often. No one is the same, so why should all diet and exercise plans be the same?

Keep up the good work. You're doing GREAT!

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LESLIES537 12/9/2010 11:44AM

    I love your plan! It's all about the baby steps! Each day that you have accomplished something you wouldn't have before you embarked on this journey is a SUCCESS even if there was a couple of bad choices. Focus on the positives and what you ARE accomplishing and don't worry about what you aren't. YOU are doing this! Slow but steady is key to not falling off the wagon. Keep on, keeping on! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/9/2010 10:34AM

    I couldn't agree with you more!! I have some of those traits right now. My unwieldy friends list keeps me hopping, and yet for all the time I spend constantly commenting on activity feeds and their blogs, I get very little in response. I feel so honored when someone ads me as a friend, but when they don't reciprocate its kind of a downer. I am simply getting far too many people adding me as a friend for no reason that I can see. My main purpose here is to track my food and just keep a handle on what I am eating..
You have a very healthy attitude about it all and are doing well!! I lost my weight very slowly too. I don't concern myself at the speed at which others lose. It took me two years to lose 78 lbs whereas my sister took only six months to lose about the same weight, but we are two totally different people and she has no health problems.
We can only do what feels right for us!
Well done rocking your program!!

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SWEETJO11 12/9/2010 9:02AM

  WOW!.....I LIKE THIS BLOG AM SO TRYING TO LEARN IT NOW AM TRYING TO LEARN HOW TO DO MY GOALS AND THINGS ON MY PAGE I DONT KNOW WHERE TO GO TO WRITE MY GOALS IN?.....AND I SEE THIS SITE TO BE GOOD BUT WE CAN SPEND TO MUCH TIME ON IT MAYBE I WANT WHEN I LEARN HOW TO USE IT....LOL....I NEED GOOD FRIENDS ON HERE TO STAY IN TOUCH WITH ME AS I CAN THEM!!!

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DAWNDMOORE40 12/9/2010 8:50AM

    I was the same way when I joined SP last January. I had one goal in mind and that was to fit in my wedding dress! I accomplished that goal, but I do feel you can get burned out if you try to do much and you set too big of goals for yourself! I feel the best advice I can give to people that are just starting out, is to make realistic goals like working out for 10 minutes once a day. I was always very committed to exercise, but just wasn't eating the way I should. I had half the battle won! I have learned so much from being here, so even if I do get that last goal accomplished, I am still going to want to help others to achieve the same success! I have lots of SP friends too, and honestly I can't keep up with half of them. It used to be that there was a button on your spark page, that would let you send email to all of your spark friends. Do you know where that button is now? I can't seem to find it. Have a blessed day! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 12/9/2010 8:41AM

    I can relate completely! I joined a team in September that had weekly challenges and I honestly found it more of a hindrance than a help. I need to do what works for me, not someone else.

I'm glad you've realized what works for you and are happy doing that alone. There's no reason we should be frustrated with this journey!

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Congrats on starting jogging! I haven't tried this, but supposedly there's a good program out there called Couch 2 5k that can start you on the right path. However, it might be better just to do it at your own pace!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/9/2010 8:38AM

    I think you are very smart! I like your blog! Totally sensible! I'm narrowing my SparkFriend list, too. I will keep them as friends, but my goodness, some of the one sided relationships are going to have to go! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 12/9/2010 8:07AM

    I lose weight slowly. Very slowly. Stuck on a plateau forever. But that's ok, cause I am happy with myself, and that's the name of the game.

Just cause someone adds me as a spark friend I don't automatically add them. I'm not here to just get a quantity of friends, I prefer quality (like you!), so I'm choosy. Sometimes it can be hard enough to check up on my friends as it is!

I stopped logging my fitness here for a long time cause I no longer cared about the points. I only recently started again when I realized I could do it easily from my Ipod.

Do what works for you, forget about the rest!

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For dog lovers :The story behind the letters and numbers in my username......

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

Hello!

It is a balmy 10 degrees c here in central Newfoundland this morning which might sound cold to some of you but for pete's sake we are living on an island off the east coast of Canada! This is so unseasonal but we will take it as long as we can get it! I really hope we get some snow for Christmas though and that it stays through January and February. I love the cold weather that we usually get in those months as the sun is usually out in all of her glory too.

Anyway, I digress! I figured it is high time I explained the reason behind my username in the hopes that some of you will do the same.

Remember my earlier blogs about my beloved Peaches? Well, to tell you all the truth we never actually "owned" her. She moved into the house next door to my parents (I was still living there at the time) and we met her at age two. The neighbours, the Coles, worked fulltime and so Peaches wormed her way into my Mom and Dad's heart and home! If she was at her home for any length of time (even when the owners were home) she would whine at the front door and run over to our house.

Over time, we started having sleepovers and extended stays although most nights she would go home at 8:00 p.m. when her owner came over to take her out for a walk. She would go very reluctantly and in her old age would even growl at him! We all were a bit shocked at her behaviour as the owners are really nice people but I guess we gave her constant attention which is what all little animals crave.

Her name was Peaches and the neighbours were Coles....hence the PC. My parents surname was Osmond...thus the O. I know this is going to sound like a bunch of hillbillies but when my father died and Mom moved to an old age home, my husband and I bought their house so I ended up back next door to Peaches. My married name is Hamilton.

Jokingly at the vet clinic, Peaches became known as Peaches Cole-Osmond-Hamilton as she was orginially listed under Cole until we took over the vet bills, food costs, etc. Our reasoning was, she was with us most of the time, they had a child in university and John and I had nobody to care for.

To conclude, you all know that PCOH is a testament to my love for that little bundle of fur and the 051610 stands for May 16, 2010 when she crossed the Rainbow Bridge!

This will be our very first Christmas without her and we all joke that for the first time in 17 years we get to open our own presents as she was a terror when it came to opening things!
Hopefully Maddy didn't learn that "skill" from her and that Louisa doesn't do it either.

Susan

P.S. I would really like to hear the stories behind your Spark names too!

  
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JHADZHIA 12/9/2010 10:50AM

    What a wonderful story of a dog who found her own true loves! Glad you gave her such a good home!! I know you are going to especially miss her at Christmas time..
My name is boring in comparison. Its from Star Trek Deep Space 9. I have been a fan since the original first came out. I liked the character Jadzia Dax, and I looked it up online on how to spell it, but got a site where it was misspelled Jhadzhia. I discovered I could get this as a user name anywhere and have kept it ever since.
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DAVEINSEOUL 12/9/2010 1:10AM

    Neat story about Peaches. I don't have as interesting of a Sparkname - just name and location, that's all.

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JLITT62 12/8/2010 8:16PM

    Mine isn't nearly as interesting as yours. Simply my name & my birth year.

I really kind of want to change it now, but then everyone has to refriend me, which is a pain.

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RIMAJO 12/8/2010 7:45PM

    What a great story about Peaches, I love when you share such heart warming stories Susan. They always make me smile. That dog sure was special to alot of people, I especially like that she had a mind of his own! Got to love a smart pup to have adopted you & yours. ;)
My nick is a mix of names, mine & my Moms. Nothing fancy, but it seems to work.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/8/2010 6:18PM

    What a sweetie that Peaches was!! She had soo much love to give, but preferred to give the lion's share to you!!
As for Spark names....years ago when I got my e-mail account, apparently I was feeling really old and came up with older than dirt and pared it down by removing unnecessary vowels and so I'm Olderdandrt! Really I'm not SO old! Hopefully I'll live to be a ripe old age and then the name will actually fit! emoticon

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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/8/2010 11:24AM

    It sounds like Peaches adopted you and she made a good choice.

My daughter recruited me for Sparkpeople. She is well endowed, and way back when she was in high school, her friends dubbed her Diva and helped her set up her first e-mail account as S3xy_diva_que3n. The moniker stuck. Since I was signing up as a favor to her, I wanted the online connection. The name I wanted was divaqueensmom. That name, however was already taken so I became s3xydivasmom. Bear in mind, it's the daughter who is sexy, not me.

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LESLIES537 12/8/2010 10:32AM

    What a sweet story! I loved it! Especially the part about opening the Christmas presents! emoticon

My user name is not as cool as yours but I'll tell ya anyways... emoticon It's just my first name, my middle initial S (stands for Sue) and the numbers 537 stand for Les (my nickname) because upside down it spells Les and on the phone key pad it also spells out Les. Now ya know! emoticon

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GAYLE-G-63 12/8/2010 9:41AM

    Susan, what a lovely story. It proves that we don't chose our pets, our pets chose us.

My name is simple. Gayle is my first name, my last name begins with G, and I was born in 1963.

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/8/2010 9:31AM

    What a sweet story!!! I used to have an orange fluffy cat named Peaches, too! emoticon

My screen name (MOMMA_LITTLE) just came from having teenagers with friends who weren't comfortable calling me "Lori", but I didn't think Mrs. Little was all that necessary, either! One day, someone started calling me, "Momma Little" and that is a name I enjoy! emoticon

The best thing of all, is now those same "kids" are saying that I should add on to it, "Hot Momma Little"! Aren't they SWEET!? emoticon emoticon

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MEMARE 12/8/2010 8:39AM

    What a sweet tribute to your sweet Peaches.
She knew where she wanted to spend her 'quality time'!

My username is simple, just like me.
It's just Me! Mare. emoticon

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HOPEFULANGE 12/8/2010 8:08AM

    That's a great story - thanks for sharing! It's so nice to hear that you were able to give peaches the attention she deserved....meaning no disrespect to your neighbors. Peaches just knew where she wanted to be!

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CHLOE453 12/8/2010 7:47AM

    What a beautiful story about your beloved "Peaches", thank you so much for sharing. We lost our "Sadie" 4 days after you lost your baby, funny how those dates just seem to stand out in our minds. Maddy and Louisa may just be the complete opposite and rip their presents open...lol...Bob used too before when he was younger. Take care and have a good day today.

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OUBACHE 12/8/2010 7:45AM

    I admit to having been curious about your Sparkname. It's amazing how much influence our animal friends and family can have in our lives. I'm sorry you are facing your first Christmas without Peaches. I know I'm missing some of my pets who have crossed the bridge right now. Snuggling memories are some of the best and the best snuggling took place during these cold winter months. At least you have a lot of fond memories. No one is ever really gone as long as we have them in our memories.

P.S. It sounds very beautiful where you live. I hope I have the opportunity to visit Newfoundland some day.


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Yes, that heaving, gasping image on International satellites was me!

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Hello!

I've got nothing in particular to write about today but thought that I would write a blog anyway. I am hoping to one day be able to go back over what I wrote and have a good laugh at myself.

Yesterday, I did something I've never done before and have dreamed about doing for some time. Now, don't get too excited because what I did was started jogging! Yes, that heaving, gasping image on the International satellites was me. I started my normal walk and then every so often would break out into my version of jogging. I did 7 lots of 100 steps of jogging. Not a great start but its a start!!!!

Okay, after that, I went home and baked an apricot cake....which turned out yummy.....I know this because my husband couldn't wait until it cooled down to sample it. Now, today he has gone with the rest of it to share with his classmates. (Yes, I'm married to a 45 year old school boy)

Oh, something funny did happen last night with Louisa. We have this rather heavy reindeer that comes out once a year as a Christmas decoration. It is about 18 inches long. Anyway, we took it out of hibernation last night and Lou started stalking it! When she finally got up enough nerve to get closer she immediately went and sniffed its bum! We laughed so much at her and now you all know why her pet name is "the big dumb retriever".

I hope I made some of you smile! xo Susan

  
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DAVEINSEOUL 12/9/2010 1:12AM

    But dogs will do what dogs do best :-)

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CALGARYNEWF 12/8/2010 10:57AM

    Well done with the jogging!!!!You gotta start somewhere!

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Thanks for the laugh. You made my morning!

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OUBACHE 12/8/2010 7:46AM

    Funny!

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LESLIES537 12/7/2010 5:20PM

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/7/2010 1:54PM

    Thank you, Susan! That smile was GREAT! I loved it! Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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TEMPEST272002 12/7/2010 1:09PM

    I haven't been by for a bit, but I'm so glad I stopped by today.

HOORAY for you for starting jogging! When I first started, I ran 30 excruciatingly long seconds, then walked for 90 sec. And when I say "run"... it really was more shuffling/jogging. You will be AMAZED by your body's ability to adapt as you continue to train. May I recommend "The Fat Runners Club" on the C25K Team? They were a fabulous support for me when I first started running. Of course, any questions you have I'd be more than happy to answer if I can.

One warning: Running is ADDICTIVE! The endorphins, the feeling of accomplishment, the connection with your body... fabulous!

Also... make sure you take the dogs with you for company. I love running with dogs & found that mine needed to build up stamina with me.

BTW, I saw on the weather network that NFLD is experiencing a "heat wave" of +12C today. You lucky thing you!

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 12/7/2010 12:59PM

    Omg, can I just say this...you are too much!!!! emoticon
I was laughing to bust a gut just at your title....lol.
and then when I got to the Lou story, well I lost it...at least she is female cause god only knows what that poor reindeer would have had to endure if Lou had have been a male emoticon

Anyway great job with the jogging. I have been at that for a almost a year now and although I had a major set back over the summer and am just getting back at it, I can jog a good distance before I have to stop. It all starts somewhere.
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S3XYDIVASMOM 12/7/2010 11:38AM

    The title made me laugh even before I read your blog. The dumb retriever story gave me another chuckle. 100 steps of jogging is a good way to start a running program. Good for you.
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SHELLPRO 12/7/2010 9:26AM

    Hey! A Starts R Great- now keep it going! Not to mention, U baked but you didn't say U ate any of it? Kudos 2 U! emoticon

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 12/7/2010 9:22AM

    Hilarious!

Saw your blog title on your status today had HAD to come and read it!

Wonderful, thanks for the chuckles today

FYI there was no record of any heaving or gasping on my satellite yesterday, so keep up your great work and go for it with your running, jogging or even walking.

LOL

I can just see that retriever sniffin' that reindeer too. Great blog

Have a SPlendid Day

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JHADZHIA 12/7/2010 7:58AM

    emoticon Dogs will sniff anything!
Well done with the exercise!
Apricot cake would be wonderful! Mom brought me some of her Marvelous Muffins over :)) Yummy!

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Clothes sizing standards are just so wrong......

Monday, December 06, 2010

Happy Monday morning to you all!

Of course, if you are like 99% of the population you probably don't like Mondays but they have always been a favourite day of mine. Tuesdays were always my off day so I guess that only proves what an oddball I really am!

So, I weighed in this morning and I'm down....apparently I lost 2.4 pounds since last week despite all the stuff I ate and the little bit of exercise I did. It is really making me wonder if my scale is correct. I weighed myself Saturday morning right before my monthly friend arrived and I was 5 pounds heavier than what the scale said this morning. I've heard of water retention but......

Okay, so to get to the title of my blog. I started out this journey wearing a size 2x in clothes and I weighed in at 222.4. That was August 30th. Now, I'm supposedly down to 203.2 but I can still wear a 2x in some stores, a medium in one (I bought a top just to see the medium on the tag!!!) an XL in another. Is anybody else out there confused with clothing sizes?

I think this is becoming an issue for me because up until recently I only shopped in the plus-size clothing stores and there really aren't many of them here in my home province. I quickly learned their sizes and could usually just pick my size off the rack without any trouble. Now, I'm sort of overwhelmed with all of the things that I just might have a chance into fitting into. XL in regular stores is starting to fit parts of my body. For instance a pair of pants in size 18 will be too big in the bum, thighs and hips but too tight across my stomach and I can't squeeze the girls into most tops unless I want to look like the Pilsbury doughboy!

That is my rant for today. I love hearing back from all of you! Please keep reading and encouraging me as that is what is working for me!

  
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OLDERDANDRT 12/6/2010 6:36PM

    emoticon with that weight loss!!! I just get sooo tickled when I see folks refer to their boobs and "the girls"!!! Listen, honey, sizes have been flubbed up for awhile, now! And it's getting worse. I wish somebody would standarize it!!! I found some old clothes that I had put into storage years ago and I feel sure that if I bought similar items now, they'd not really BE the size they say they are compared to how they're labeled.
G'luck with that! I have the same trouble.

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LESLIES537 12/6/2010 3:29PM

    Great loss! You are doing an awesome job in the weight loss department! Now....if only we could talk to the clothing department about this size thing.... emoticon lol Keep up the good work!

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HOPEFULANGE 12/6/2010 2:07PM

    Wow!! emoticon on the loss! That's a nice number to see!!!

I've always hated clothes shopping. Of all the shops around, I've found that if a size fits me in one store, a different one will fit me in another. I swear every manufacturer has a different size! I've never understood it and have had many frustrating shopping trips. I'm in the habit of automatically bringing at least 2 if not 3 sizes of the same garment into the fitting room because I have no idea what size is going to fit!

It's even more frustrating during weight loss because once you find clothes that fit...they won't fit in a few months! LOL...I know that's a good thing, but it's getting expensive!!!!

Keep up the good work, and I hope you have more patience for clothes shopping than I do!
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JHADZHIA 12/6/2010 11:08AM

    Well done with the weight loss!
Don't get me started on women's sizing. IT SUCKS!! I HATE it and it makes me not want to shop for anything until I absolutely have to..
I used to buy men's clothing for durability and long wearing for my factory job, and loved that one size was the same in all stores with an actual waist and leg measurement that was real. These sizes women keep referring to fitting in a 2 and 0 are just ludicrous!! In my opinion 2-6X will always mean baby sizes!!! I just want my proper waist size, thank you very much!! There should be some kind of standard!!

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APIRLRAIN888 12/6/2010 8:44AM

    wooohooo great job

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