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Weight gain, happy with my exercise, facing death, and laughing my butt off

Monday, January 31, 2011

Hi!

Last night was the first night I didn't sleep well in ages. I've been attributing my sound sleeps on walking outdoors although yesterday I was outdoors for well over 1 hour. Maybe I was overtired because I also did 40 minutes on the treadmill and afterwards couldn't get my mind to settle. Ended up falling to sleep eventually in the armchair where I stayed until morning.

So, I've been eating okay and doing consistent exercise but I still gained weight this week. If this was the old me, I'd have have given up by now but I'm taking it all in stride. I figure all this walking and learning to run has to be helping my body in some way and it just might take time to show up on the scale.

Hands up to see how often you weigh in? I do it first thing Monday mornings dressed in my underwear....thought you needed to know that! Anyway, I'm back up to 204.4. I'm still down 18 pounds but I need to get my butt in gear to reach my goal of 172 by late summer. Should I be weighing every day to keep fluctuations in check or is once a week what most of you do? I'm afraid of weighing too often in case I get a wee bit obsessive about the whole thing.

As for the exercise, I'm viewing every minute as bonus points. I'm walking about 12 km a week between walking the dogs outdoors and on the treadmill going through the Couch to 5K learn to run program. I can go further and further each week so I'm happy with my progress there.

Now for the "D" word. I've mentioned my young friend Cathy who has been battling four types of cancer since last June. She was a student at our college and went to classes right up until Christmas break. She has been in the hospital for the past month and was moved to the palliative care unit a week ago. When I close my eyes at night I can see her and I am hoping that she will soon be out of her terrible pain. She is on a morphine drip and hasn't eaten in about 10 days. She is very aware of her surroundings but visitors are being asked to stay away to make it easier on all of her family. I know her time will come and I feel bad because I actually pray that god will take her sooner than later to ease her pain. Is it mean to pray that?

Okay, now that I've made you all sad I have a really funny dog story to tell you. Our humane society gets all kinds of calls from people who want to abandon their animals for the weirdest reasons. Well, today we got a call from a woman who complains that her 3 1/2 pound, three-legged, diabetic dog passes out when they are trying to breed him. I laughed so hard that I almost fell of the chair I was sitting on. Of course, my solution was to stop trying to breed him but they want to make money by selling the pups....I could just choke people like that who are only into dogs for the money. But you have to admit, the story does sound quite funny. Our foundation will take the little fella in and try to find him a foster home. Neutering him will be quite costly because on top of his other ailments, he has two undescended testicles. That coupled with diabetes makes it expensive.

Can't wait to meet this little trooper! One of our board members has offered to foster him as she has two teacup poodles now so is used to the tiny ones.

Okay, another funny dog story. A friend of mine who is quite religious rescued a Pomeranian shortly before we took in Maddy. Spikey is a lunatic, apparently and barks at EVERYTHING. One day he was on the back of the chesterfield and barked so much at a school bus, that he feel to the floor and knocked himself out. His mother prayed over his body and finally gave him mouth to snout but then accidentally lost her chewing gum down the little guys throat. He choked and sputtered on the gum and came to! We kept telling her that Spikey was going to "the light" when God himself came out and said he was too bad for Heaven to take him

Please share some funny pet stories with me.....I just love them....bet you can't tell!

  
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BOVEY63 2/2/2011 12:58PM

    Sending prayers out for your friend.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 2/1/2011 8:33AM

    Wow... school is delayed today, and that meant that I GOT TO READ YOUR BLOG! emoticonI loved your funny stories! Except, for the not-so-funny part about the stupid breeder wanting to make money at the expense of an impaired dog! The shelties we fostered last year had heart worm and more, and all came from our neighbors who bred them like cattle to make money. That part is sad, huh? Grrr!

I'm sorry about your friend. yes, there comes a point when letting go and ending the pain that is best. emoticon

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JHADZHIA 2/1/2011 12:17AM

    I weigh in once a week, also on Mondays, but instead of in the buff at Mom's, its in my workout clothes.. Good for you keeping with the program and not letting the scale get in your way.
Loved the dog tales!
Sorry your friend is pain, its not wrong to wish her suffering would end.
Hope you get a better sleep tonight..
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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/31/2011 10:28PM

    Most of the time I only weigh in once a week, but I think that going for a time weighing in daily is informative. You'll find that you fluctuate a lot from day-to-day. So, when you show a weight gain, perhaps it's just one of those glitches. Maybe even tomorrow your results would be more favorable. If you're staying conscientious, I wouldn't worry about the weight gain. It'll average out okay.

I loved all your stories, including the one about your friend dying. Life needs balance. It is not wrong to pray for her release. It's just selfish to in any way "want" the suffering to continue.

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GOOZLEBEAR 1/31/2011 7:57PM

    I weigh in on Saturday morning and then Wed. when I go to WW. I get discouraged if I weigh in every day. Thanks for sharing your stories.

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JLITT62 1/31/2011 7:24PM

    Ok, the pom story was a riot & I had to tell it to my husband cause he wanted to know what I was laughing at. The other story I found sad.

It's not unusual to see a gain when you're exercising more vigurously -- it will go down,mbut I know how frustrating that can be.

Since I do WW, I weigh in once a week -- fully dressed. In jeans!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/31/2011 6:56PM

    I swear there's something about winter that makes your body store fat to hibernate!
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I weigh in once a week on Saturday mornings. I find if I peek at it mid way through the week and I'm down, I'm lax for the rest of the week and then find that I've gained a little bit back since mid-week! If I don't peek, I work hard all week because I want to see a big number! (Nowadays 0.8lbs is a big number for me!)

I'm sorry to hear about your friend Cathy - You're a wonderful person to care so much!

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The only funny story I can think of with my dog is more of a funny moment for me. It was graduation day at obedience class and my husband didn't come for the first time. I was nervous at having to do routine with my dog all by myself but was doing fine. Everyone in the room was performing silently and being very serious. Then I had to perform "up-sit". Leto has a tendency to lie down instead of sitting when we ask him to sit. The movement to teach him "up-sit" is to put my hand in a fist and swipe upwards in front of his face. Well, this time I was a little too close and gave him a good clout!!! The sound of his jaw knocking together echoed through the room and everyone burst out laughing at us! I think I laughed the hardest. No worries though...Leto was fine and I don't think he even noticed anything!

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DRGOMTI 1/31/2011 6:10PM

    I only weigh in once every 2 weeks because I get too discouraged if I haven't lost anything in a week! I let the scale ruin many weight loss programs for me n learned that if I do the best I can n weigh in less, I'm usually surprised at the end of 2 weeks. But these last few weeks since Christmas, it's been going so slow! I'm on my last 10 and they're coming off very slowly. So I've been thinking more about how I want a healthy life style from here on! That means when I get these last 10 lbs. off I can't go right back to eating a doz. Krispy Kremes, bakery cake with gobs of frosting, n Pizza Hut Pizza! Everyday I'm gonna have to work in my fruits n veggies n stay within my cal limit.
I'm so proud of you for doing your walk/run program!!! and thanx for the funny Dog stories! I tried to think of one but I just got done with 3 hours of heavy cleaning n I'm beat!
Hope you sleep tight tonight!!
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Going solo and reaching for the stars...

Saturday, January 29, 2011

Hello from snowy central Newfoundland,

I'm going to jump right into my blog title without further adieu because I've just woken up from a nap and my brain cells seem to not have rested themselves.

Last night, I went to a concert at our local arts centre by myself. Now my friend Linda, said this is something she has done for most of her life (going solo that is and not showing up in our province!) but this is the very first time I've done it. AND, it was liberating.

The production I saw was put off by a Celtic dance group which is run by one of my co-workers. For some reason, I put off buying a ticket but yesterday I was struck by a strong desire to go out. Hubby wasn't interested so I called ahead and bought one ticket for moi!

I was ridiculously excited to be going out (a sign I need to get out more?) but what thrilled me the most is that I was once again stepping out of my comfort zone. I found my seat and before the curtain rose I was chatting away with people on both sides of me. During the intermission (they really should be called pee breaks) I banged into a couple of friends who asked who I was there with. One of them who knows I battle with self-esteem issues was over the moon that I can the confidence to go by myself as this is something I've never, ever done in my whole life.

I arrived home more excited with my personal accomplishment than I was of the actual concert which is saying something because it was absolutely fantastic. Who knew I could have fun hanging out with myself?! Wow, I've discovered a whole new best friend! How cool is that?

As for the reaching for the stars, it is a reference to my fitness minutes. When I signed up for Spark, I was doing it because I hoped the weight would magically fall off each time I logged in. Truthfully, I didn't believe in it anymore than I believed in myself. I figured I would follow along for a few weeks and then give it up. Here I am a mere five months into it and I'm about to cross the 5,000 minute mark of exercise! Me! I really can't believe it but it goes to show that every minute you exercise does build up and count.

I often don't want to walk the dogs and it is really convenient when my husband is home on the weekends so I have an "out". Today, my excuse was going to be housework and then I figured that 40 minutes outdoors with my husband and dogs was going to do me more good than housework ever would and it also would be more minutes put towards my goal. I went with them and had a really good time and I felt so good logging those minutes.

So keep one foot in front of the other because it all truly does add up. Five months ago I wouldn't walk the length of myself if I didn't have to and now I embrace (most times!) how good I feel after I walk. Funny, isn't it? emoticon

  
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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 1/30/2011 6:05PM

    OMG, I envy you. I have never done anything by myself. Maybe one day I will get the courage and do something on my own, other than walking emoticon
I do know I have found a new walking partner. Even though her pace is slow right now that will change as she gets bigger. She does have a tendency to run so she will be my new exercise partner for years to come. She is very obedient thus far so it should work out great.
I am sooo proud of you for once again for stepping outside of your comfort zone and job well done on the hours exercise.
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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/30/2011 1:24PM

    I think the thing I love the MOST out of your blog is that YOU FOUND A NEW BEST FRIEND! YOU! How awesome is THAT! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 1/30/2011 5:36AM

    Great job! I often go to the movies by myself, but admit I prefer company. And wonderful job on all those fitness minutes! Now you just have to rub off on my DH who must be harangued into walking the dogs.

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BTRTHANEVA 1/29/2011 9:27PM

    The world is now your oyster! The first time you go solo can be intimidating or liberating... I'm so glad you found it liberating!

Kudo's to you for reaching new fitness heights, too! Seems like you're making a whole new life for yourself... You go, girl!


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HOPEFULANGE 1/29/2011 8:59PM

    emoticon You're an amazing person, you know that?

Also, 5000 fitness minutes is 83 HOURS of workouts! That's awesome!!! Look at all that time you spend taking care of yourself! Doesn't it feel good???

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/29/2011 7:25PM

    emoticon emoticonSorry! I'm so tired! I hit send too soon! I'm so PROUD of you!!! You're doing so GREAT!

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Why I love walking in snow!

Friday, January 28, 2011

Hello and Happy Friday!

The following is a humorous list of why I like walking in the snow:

1. You are forgiven for eating while walking as how else are you going to find your way home if you don't leave a trail of crumbs? (Don't try this while walking with dogs!)

2. You work up enough sweat your makeup is naturally dissolved by the time you get home. (saves on makeup remover)

3. Your cheeks get nice and rosy so you don't have to worry about looking too pale. (saves on re-applying blush later on in the day)

4. You get to wear those longjohns that you've poked away somewhere for the "right moment". (I've heard that some men find longjohns attractive????)

5. Your face gets natural dermabrasion from the blowing snow and sleet (use the money you save at the spa to buy more treats for tip #1)

6. You work up a good appetite but by the time you drink your water because of thirst, you don't eat as much. (veggies everywhere are spared another day)

7. You are doing your part to line the pockets of lip balm companies (this actually gives you an excuse to constantly be applying and buying Blistex/Chapstick much to your spouse's amusement)

8. You get really tired from being out in the fresh air (this helps you have a little nap when you are supposed to being household things)

9. IF you fall down, there is a nice soft landing waiting for you as opposed to hitting the bare ground (your bum will thank you!)

10. It counts as Sparkpoints and lets face it, it is a lot more fun than going to a gym!

Have a great weekend!

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S3XYDIVASMOM 1/28/2011 10:10PM

    You're right. It is more fun than going to the gym.

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DRGOMTI 1/28/2011 2:01PM

    You got that right, about more fun than the gym!! smells better n much more beautiful too!! : ))
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LIBBYFITZ 1/28/2011 1:05PM

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APIRLRAIN888 1/28/2011 12:44PM

    awesomeness!!!

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NEWFIEGIRLHERE 1/28/2011 11:19AM

    You always make me smile. emoticon
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BOVEY63 1/28/2011 11:12AM

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Great blog. I totally relate!

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LESLIES537 1/28/2011 10:42AM

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HOPEFULANGE 1/28/2011 10:04AM

    emoticon Love your reasons!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/28/2011 9:46AM

    LOL... you made me remember one really neat thing about walking in the snow. I loved the way it crrrrunched under my feet when I walked in it sometimes! Not a crisp crunch, but a squishy, firm kind of crunch! emoticon

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JHADZHIA 1/28/2011 9:30AM

    Trudging through snow burns more calories than just walking on clear sidewalks those southernly people enjoy. Also, the bonus of shivering burns more too :)
Have a fantastic Friday!

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KANSASROSE67 1/28/2011 9:19AM

    LOL! You are so right. Until you've experienced frozen sweat icicles, you haven't really lived!

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Nothing to say but feeling groovy~ actually wanted to say feeling blah~

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Hi,

Usually, I know what I want to blog about before I start as ideas tend to pop into my head at the weirdest of moments. This morning, however, nothing. Mind you, I could still blither on endlessly but what is the point? It is not like we get spark points for each word we type...hang on there....now, that's an idea! Just kidding.

Have you noticed my blog title? I was going to call it "Nothing to say but feeling blah" but instead changed it to what it reads. I just added a few extra words and what a difference it makes. I think I was blah (mentally) as I'm half asleep and we have the calm before the snow storm expected to hit us later on today. The groovy part of me, however, is kind of stoked that I'm going to be doing the second day of the week two of the Couch to 5k program tonight. Is it weird to look forward to something like that? Huh?

Another reason, I'm feeling blah is that I've discovered and finally owned up to a basic truth about my own persona. I eat when I'm bored and television bores me! For whatever reason, over the past month, my tv viewing has declined to a point where I watch as little as 30 minutes a day. Until the day before yesterday, that is!!! It was that afternoon that I went to a grocery store for my husband's bananas (you didn't know I married a monkey, did you?) when I slipped on.....get this.......some grapes that had fallen to the floor and had gotten run over by a grocery cart. Well, it wasn't a graceful slip let me tell you and I think I swore (my mom and I don't swear except when we fall or get frightened and then the words J......C......somehow come out of nowhere. It ain't pretty nor ladylike but there it is!

So, my back got twisted and I went home and lay on the couch. Darling hubby actually obeyed me when I begged for some treats.....in the form of salt and vinegar chips AND a chocolate bar!!!! I use the word "obey" because I have since told him in no uncertain terms that he is not to listen to me when I ask for such things!!!! So, what happened? I was up the past two nights with acid reflux not to mention regret!!!! AAAARRRGGGGHHHH. Does this mean I could slip back into my old eating habits just like that?

So, what am I to do? I can't take back what I ate but I can move on and chalk it up to experience. Should I just call the cable company to remove most of our channels? Should I pick up a night time hobby that involves my hands so I'm not tempted to eat? I'm not eating because I'm hungry...the Lord knows, I could live off my body fat for months and still not be hungry! I read when I go to bed but maybe I should start reading beforehand? Questions, questions!!!!!

Oh, in closing.....one more question.....why do people carry and use fingernail clippers in public? I'm in the library writing this and I can see (not to mention HEAR) one young missy clipping away at her fingernails. I guess I should be thankful she doesn't do her toenails too!!!

Thanks for reading! Hope you are all Sparking away!

  
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BARBARACT 1/28/2011 5:57AM

    Cutting nails in public is just nasty!

I hope you back feels better! Eating out of boredom is a problem I used to have. Luckily with Spark I got out of it. I usually have a glass of water, or hop on the computer and start typing! Usually the water works though.

good luck with finding what works for you!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/27/2011 6:21PM

    Goodness me! Nail clipping in PUBLIC! What is the world coming to! emoticon

Glad you are looking forward to your C25K training, hope it goes well. How is your back?

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DRGOMTI 1/27/2011 5:59PM

    Oh Susan, yer so cute!! : )) Ok, we all have our blah days. I was a bit blah myself this morn til windy n I went on our snowy walk in the woods. I kept saying "breathe deep"!! In hail the fresh air n exhale all that blah air, right outa my body!! Then I filled the porch with wood for the cooler weather coming. I didn't feel the change til I sat to do my e-mails n sp mails. I got so sparked up I thought I was gonna fly away!! : )) n remember, we love snow!! We're spozed to get some tomorrow again! I've been waiting for just the right moment to make a snow angel, ever since you put the idea in my head!! : )) I know you'll pick yourself right back up n carry on with this beautiful program that Sp-guy gave us!!
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LESLIES537 1/27/2011 4:49PM

    You made me LOL in the last paragraph! That BUGS me when ppl clip their nails in public too! It's like, are you going to pick those up? No?! EWW! emoticon

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JLITT62 1/27/2011 12:59PM

    Why not remove channels if you're not watching? I still probably watch a couple of hours most days -- an hour in the morning (news) & then some with DH at night. And I must admit I enjoy what I watch. But I only watch what I tape, usually, I don't have it on just to have noise -- like DH -- which frankly drives me nuts.

When we moved, we had to tighten our belts somewhat (larger mortgage), so we did get rid of quite a few channels. Every once in a while they have a good deal for a few months & we take advantage of it, then we let it go again.

I don't usually eat when I'm bored anymore (when I'm tired is a very different story), but having a nighttime hobby that occupies your hands works really well!

Can't help you with the nail clipping in public.

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HOPEFULANGE 1/27/2011 11:46AM

    That nail clipper is just weird. Although I rent the board room at our museum and I'm always vaccuming up fingernails! Blech! Today it was a fake one though. emoticon

Sorry to hear about your unfortunate incident at the grocery store! I hope your back is feeling better!

I'm not sure about you, but I think the winter cold is getting to me and I subconsciously want to "store fat" for hibernation! I'm having a much harder time not thinking about food these days. I guess it's not helping that I'm home for the snow day and watching Rachel Ray!
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TEMPEST272002 1/27/2011 11:00AM

    Clipping your nails in public... ew. emoticon

emoticon Great job moving onto week 2. I loved doing the C25K. Found it very motivating and rewarding. I also lost like 6 inches off my thighs in 3 months with it. I'm not surprised at all that you're already looking forward to it.

As to TV=Overeating... I'm with you there. I'm thinking of taking up knitting or some such to keep my hands busy when I watch tv. I used to chain smoke in the evenings - but now I seem to chain snack instead. Go ahead & share your own anti-snacking strategies because I really need to hear them!

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WILLOW-WALKING 1/27/2011 9:05AM

    Like the couch to 5k idea, well done. I imagine that's challenging but it's good you are enjoying it.

I always eat out of boredom so the secret is to get as far away from the kitchen as I can (5k seems about the right distance for me) emoticon emoticon

The library must hold some untold secrets!! I guess you see & hear the weirdest things!! People watching can be so funny, it actually has you wondering what constitutes normal....
Have a great day & keep smiling x

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JHADZHIA 1/27/2011 8:57AM

    For sure you need an evening hobby that doesn't involve the television. I gave it up a year ago and its very freeing. My bad buttery popcorn craving went with it..
Its probably a good thing the microwave blew up here as I have been watching more TV then anything else as that is all I can do when lying down and elevating my arm :((
Are you creative? Crafting, scrapbooking, painting for home activities. For physical activity, how about joining a walking club or taking up bowling?
I know a lady who regularly cuts and files her nails at the bridge table. I am wondering why doesn't she have time to do this at home?? I always cut my nails after a shower, when they are soft, can't imagine doing it when they are hard!!
Enjoy your day!


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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/27/2011 8:48AM

    LOL, I see all SORTS of things here in this university library! Hair braiding, sleeping, snoring, flatulence contests, and more! emoticon

I like the way you're moving on, by the way! I had tracked my food nicely last night and everything, and THEN, after I'd finished it all, I ate three peanut butter cookies!!! Ahhhh! emoticon

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Re-introducing the

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

Well, I've done it now folks! I've discovered the earth's best beauty secret and the best part about this discovery is that I'm making it available to all of you for the low, low price of.......reading this blog!

I bet you've all known about this beauty secret for some time but do you take advantage of its powerful abilities all the time or only when you think about it? It can be utilized day or night but it is best used under duress or when you are tired or having a bad day. And the best part about using my special secret is that it is meant for sharing! Now, everybody you meet on a day to day basis can benefit from this secret but you have to share it first.

Yes, I'm talking about a smile!!! emoticon Go ahead and smile now...there you look at least ten years younger and I bet you feel a wee bit better. Now, the secret is to keep that smile! Like anything you have to practice so please don't just smile this one time. Smile in the car when you are driving, smile in public, smile when you are doing your housework, smile when you are cooking supper, smile at the grocery store, smile at your children, and above all smile when you are alone!!!

Now, I can hear some of you saying to yourselves, "but my smile isn't perfect". Heck, who has perfect teeth (perhaps those with super white chicklet teeth that have cost them a lot of money) but I'm talking from experience. I HATE my teeth! I have the biggest gap between my two front teeth that I think I look like the cover of Mad magazine! But you know what, people often comment on my smile. Go figure! Granted if I had the money I would probably be tempted to have my smile fixed but according to many of you and my friends, there is nothing to correct. It used to really bother me and I used it as another excuse to "hate" myself but now as I age (ahem....gracefully????) I'm getting more accepting of who I am. Either that or I've stopped being so superficial.

I work with a bunch of young students who average out to be about 22 in age. They all wear the latest and the best of everything, every hair is in place, makeup is applied just so but they all look so bloody unhappy! It is the ones who have realized happiness requires an attitude adjustment that look the best and they are often not the beauty pageant types!

I try to smile all the time for several reasons:

1) It supposedly uses fewer facial muscles than frowning
2) It serves as a mental adjustment for me
3) It makes people wonder what you are up to.....which is my personal favourite reason!

I love mischief! People are always wondering what I'm up to when in reality all I'm doing is smiling. Keep them guessing and please pass on this wonderful "secret". I'll even forgo the postage and handling! hee-hee

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TEMPEST272002 1/26/2011 9:36AM

    I'm another gap tooth girl. You can put a quarter in between my front teeth. I don't mind it though. When I smoked, I hated how stained my front teeth got in between cleanings - and that got me to stop smiling. Since I quit smoking though, my teeth stay pearly white & I have no problem with the big emoticon

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DRGOMTI 1/25/2011 5:01PM

    LOVE IT SUSAN!! : ) Thanx!!! emoticon

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WILLOW-WALKING 1/25/2011 3:19PM

    Lovely!! We should all smile more emoticon

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OUBACHE 1/25/2011 2:53PM

    Super-fantastic-great and cheerful advice -- and so very true!

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EARTHTONED84 1/25/2011 2:00PM

    This blog made me smile! Mission accomplished! Hope you have a great rest of the day! emoticon

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What a great blog! Thanks for sharing it!!!

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THATS_LOVELY101 1/25/2011 1:07PM

    Well said emoticon!

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BOVEY63 1/25/2011 12:13PM

    It's ironic that you posted this blog. This morning I woke up thinking about one of my all time favorite sayings, "Smile...it makes people wonder what you're up to." and posted it in my status. I guess great minds really do think alike!
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Keep Smiling!

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HOPEFULANGE 1/25/2011 12:06PM

    Great suggestion! We should remember to smile more! emoticon

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BBAHONORS 1/25/2011 10:35AM

    If you smile often, even strangers will comment! That happened to me one day last week. A lady who I smiled at in the grocery store as I said excuse me (I was in her way) told me I had a really nice smile. Put me on top of the mountain that evening!

Smile & smile often! It really does lift one's own spirits, and other's, too!
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MEMARE 1/25/2011 10:04AM

    emoticonDo I have any broccoli in my teeth? emoticon emoticon

Great blog! And reason #3 is the reason I like to smile too! emoticon
And heck no! My teeth are not perfect! But they've served me well over 1/2 century and they are all mine! emoticon

Have a great day! emoticon

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WILLOWWINDS 1/25/2011 9:51AM

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JHADZHIA 1/25/2011 9:43AM

    emoticon A smile is contagious, brightens up your face, encourages others to reciprocate and makes people think you are friendly and approachable.. emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 1/25/2011 9:39AM

    I LOVE THIS BLOG! You are ALWAYS making me emoticon!!! If I'm down, I need to remember to just hunt your latest blog down and give myself a pick-me-up! You are precious! emoticon

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CALGARYNEWF 1/25/2011 9:10AM

    Well Said!!! emoticon

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