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Christmas in July

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

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Have you ever celebrated Christmas in July? There was a year many years ago when a co-worker and I did. We decorated our offices and played Christmas music all day. We also bought presents for each other and another co-worker bought us one too. It was a very fun and carefree time. The reason we did this was because we were converting our mainframe system to our parents companyís system and it was a very stressful time. This eased the stress for us tremendously.

That brings me to todayÖ I walked in and said Bah Humbug and my boss says, ďJuly 25 yep Christmas in July. ď I then saw my co-worker and mentioned our Christmas in July and we both smiled and remembered it fondly. Needleless to say we not have a small amount of decorations out and I have Christmas music playing. It really does something to lift the spirits! The other thing about Christmas music is that it cools you down on these hot days!

The reason I need my spirits lifted is that the stress from trying to get my friendís estate in order, getting his apartment emptied and cleaned has been a difficult. For one the surgery I had three weeks ago limits me from lifting, bending, twisting and basically helping much with the cleanout of the apartment. Thankfully my husband and sons have been right there to pick up the slack. As for the cleaning another friend of Philís offered her services and I was more than grateful to her, since guys donít clean as well as women most of the time.

Last night I was finally able to get the funeral home to agree to the arrangements for his body. Since I wasnít a relative and his 85 year old aunt didnít want to sign off on anything then they had to wait for the courts to appoint me the Administrator of the estate and also to sign my life away to get this accomplished. I didnít think much about doing it when I was on my way to the funeral home, but boy did I feel sad and alone when I got done.

So back to my music to lift these spirits a bit today.


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ALASKASKY 7/28/2012 8:02AM

    Merry Christmas in July! I could keep my decorations up all year.

So sorry to hear about your friend. My prayers are with you. Stay strong.

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 7/27/2012 9:56AM

    What a great blog! Sounds like so much fun. You have had a lot of things on your plate; glad you took time for some off-season Ho Ho Ho!

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BROADBRUSH 7/26/2012 12:58PM

    OH MERRY CHRISTMAS IN JULY Val - you are a very good friend - your reward is down in the GOOD BOOK for sure. i hope all goes smoothly from now on and your friend can rest as he should.
it is funny you mention about the time of the year etc - i have a friend whose son is in the navy and for all the times holidays come and he is not home - she saves it all up. once she had her christmas tree up and ready for over a year - and all the presents etc were under it. she also held thanksgiving over until he was able to be back.
and that is her coping skills too - waiting for him to be there so she can truly be happy on the holiday no matter when the celebration happens.
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CPOPKIE 7/26/2012 9:00AM

    This person who died was blessed to have such good friends! The love and support you offered him was better than Christmas to him. You may not have been a relative to him but you were his family and would grieve, plus you are going through the normal down time after surgery. It sounds like you push yourself a lot! Take time for you and realize that you have to give yourself time to recover. You are special and you deserve it. emoticon

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DDOORN 7/26/2012 8:30AM

    Such difficult challenges! Kudos to your stepping up to the plate and being there for your friend even after their passing!

Don

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DEE107 7/26/2012 12:16AM

    WE CELEBRATE IT TUESDAY NIGHT IT WAS OUR KNITTING PARTY AND FUN

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WILLOW49 7/25/2012 9:26PM

    My handmade card group always does a Christmas card exchange for Christmas in July! What fun!

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LINDAF49 7/25/2012 8:20PM

    Merry Christmas! I love Christmas and have many years left a small corner in my house with lighted tree, music and christmas cards. I would go there for my daily devotions and meditations and I loved it...Didn't do it this year and I often think I should have! Our daughter [31] is making jellys and sent a Christmas in July pkg to her cousin... I think it is great!!! Had fun at the post Office with that note on the outside "Do not open 'til Christmas"

God bless this time of your life - the grieving, the responsibilities and the adjustments in life to surgery and loss all at the same time and yet you are plowing through and working ...Proud of you girl!!! Linda born in 49 in Washington state

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CATLADY52 7/25/2012 7:03PM

    If it helps, go for it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ELIZRN 7/25/2012 4:20PM

  Yes, sometimes we are asked to do things that we never imagined.....but you gave your friend a very special gift when no one else would or could. I know you are being looked after with great love.

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GABY1948 7/25/2012 3:15PM

    Great idea, Christmas in July, but it comes too soon for me just once a year...so I can't do it.

Sorry about your friend's arrangements..yes, that is not the easiest thing to do

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KITT52 7/25/2012 2:14PM

    I work with special needs people and we did celebrate one year, it was the best time, they loved it too


thanks for sharing

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/25/2012 10:19AM

    Yes, I've had a lifelong philosophy of making each day a holiday. This stems from very early traumas. It made me incredibly
grateful for each day. Merry Christmas!

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Time for an update

Sunday, July 08, 2012

I am happy with the surgery, and have no left over nerve pain. The bit of pain I have is nothing compared to how I felt before going in to surgery. Sitting is the worse position for me and the doc says don't sit for more then 30 minutes anyway. This has been easy enough to accomplish. I walk straighter than I have in months and that is relieving the upper back muscle pain as well. All in all a worthwhile surgery.

The hardest part for me at this point is that my mind wants to do more then my body is allowed to do. There is no lifting, bending, twisting... Allowed. So I walk a little lay and read and my mind just says hurry up and get better. I know rest is best....

With the death of our friend and me being executor the movement restriction is a pain. I can't drive until the stitches come out and yet I need to get the paperwork started to get his stuff in order. Thankfully, my husband and son have been helping this weekend with the apartment clean out. That is not easy work and I just stay home and wait for the stuff they bring to arrive. There is a lot of paperwork organizing to be done and that is where I focus my attention. I know patience is my friend right now and I will not try to rush things.

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DDOORN 7/18/2012 8:56AM

    Yep, I can just imagine the frustration I know *I* would be feeling not being able to get out and MOVE the way I would like to!

Kudos to your patience...consider this as a terrific exercise for building your patience muscles! :-)

Don

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/17/2012 4:52PM

    Best wishes for a speedy recovery.

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MICKEYMAX 7/11/2012 8:24AM

    Wishing you continued recovery! Feel better!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 7/9/2012 11:21AM

    God and time takes care of everything. Glad the surgery was worthwhile; be patient and take care to take it easy.

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ROSEWCI 7/9/2012 6:27AM

    So good to hear that the pain is minimal! Wishing you a speedy recovery!
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JUDY1676 7/8/2012 10:58PM

    emoticon so glad the pain is gone! Take it easy as you recover!

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JAMER123 7/8/2012 10:52PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Glad to hear you are doing well. I hope the paperwork from your friend's passing! God Bless you for doing all this!! That is the true meaning of friendship!! emoticon emoticon

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DEE107 7/8/2012 8:44PM

    glad you are doing better but so sorry about your friend

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GABY1948 7/8/2012 7:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon This is such GREAT news!

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LKWQUILTER 7/8/2012 6:57PM

    So glad your surgery was successful. Listen to your dr and it will pay off. ((HUGS))

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CATLADY52 7/8/2012 5:07PM

    Follow the doctor's orders and you will find yourself healing faster. emoticon
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MAKINANIMPACT 7/8/2012 3:17PM

    emoticon, I'm glad to hear that you're feeling better than you have in some time!!
Sorry to hear about your loss and i hope that things will get better!

Take care,

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ROJAKHAN 7/8/2012 12:33PM

    emoticon and sorry for loss of your friend emoticon

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LVMAMAW 7/8/2012 12:13PM

    Praying for a quick and full recovery. You are right, patience will pay off ! So glad you are already reaping some reward from the surgery. Praying for you!! emoticon emoticon

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ELIZRN 7/8/2012 11:51AM

  You have whatever it takes to get well completely. I do know that....& so do you!

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JOANNS4 7/8/2012 11:03AM

    Praying for a speedy recovery and I am sorry for the loss of your friend.

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WILLOW49 7/8/2012 10:40AM

    So glad you are well on the way to recovery! Do as your doc requests, and it won't be long before your up and at em again.

So sorry to hear of your loss. Glad that hubby and son are able to help you.

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AUNTB63 7/8/2012 9:48AM

    emoticon emoticon for a speedy recovery.

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SAL2525 7/8/2012 9:36AM

    I am sorry your friend passed. WOW when it rains it pours! Combine that with your surgery and that is a lot to take in. Patience is always a challenge to me. I am plenty patient with others but generally fairly impatient with myself! I am so Happy that the surgery has made a difference! Easy does IT! Sal

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KANSASROSE67 7/8/2012 9:30AM

    You are doing what you should to completely recover. I'm glad the surgery was successful! Hang in there and soon this time will be a distant memory.

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FUZZYBEEZ 7/8/2012 8:29AM

    I've had your surgery before. Definitely follow the doctor's orders. I know how you feel about your mind wanting you to hurry and heal and wanting to do more than your body is ready for. That relief the surgery brings is amazing and makes you feel like you can do anything.....but until you are totally healed you have to take it easy.

I didn't take it easy and now am facing the same surgery again, only on 3 spots instead of just 1. So please please take it slow and easy.

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Surgery went well

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I am pretty sure I will be going home sometime this morning. I have been getting around on my own since yesterday afternoon. I have minimal pain conpared to the nerve pain I use to have. Although when I woke up in recovery my nerve was screaming and I was afraid it wouldn't go away. It did - so mission accomplished. Once the surgery area heals I will be. New women!!! emoticon

Thank you all for your prayers and well wishes - goodies too. It was very kind of you all. Spark friends are the best.

  
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ROSEWCI 7/9/2012 6:28AM

    Wishing you a speedy recovery! emoticon

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LADYPJAY 7/6/2012 5:10PM

    Hello. I am sorry that I did not keep up with blogs to know that you had surgery until now. I am glad things went well and I pray for your continued healing. I know that once you are all healed the "painfreeness" will allow you to be more mobile and able to move around and exercise better. Best wishes! emoticon

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ABERLAINE 7/6/2012 4:10PM

    Glad your surgery went well and you're on the mend. Here's to that new woman! emoticon

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SAL2525 7/6/2012 6:59AM

    Thank God! That is fantastic news!

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JUSTA123 7/5/2012 10:07AM

    So Happy thing went well and are looking up!

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GRAPEVINE60 7/5/2012 9:59AM

    That is great news! My hope for you is a very speedy recovery.

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DEE107 7/5/2012 12:19AM

    Praying for a fast healing

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JAMER123 7/4/2012 10:38PM

    That is wonderful news, Val!! Take care and continue to heal! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YELLOW09RED 7/4/2012 8:34PM

    Good evening Val,
I hope your home resting in your own bed.
Hope your 4th was nice.
Prayers for your healing time.


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MAYBER 7/4/2012 6:35PM

    thanks for sharing you good news and wishing you a speedy recovery
One day at a time
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FREECAL1 7/4/2012 5:08PM

  Glad to hear your surgery went well. emoticon

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WILLOW49 7/4/2012 3:09PM

    What great news! Take gentle care of yourself and allow yourself plenty of time to heal!
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SASIKHASI1 7/4/2012 2:28PM

    That is good to hear. Take care of yourself and take it easy for a few days.

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KLWALDON 7/4/2012 1:49PM

    So glad it is over and you get to go home soon. Rest up and take care of yourself. I hope for a speedy recovery for you!!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 7/4/2012 12:33PM

    I'm so glad to hear that Val. You deserve ALL the best!

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JUDY1676 7/4/2012 12:19PM

    PTL! Take it easy and take time to recover!

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DDOORN 7/4/2012 11:36AM

    Wonderful news!

Looking forward to seeing you reclaim your SPARK! :-)

Don

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NANASAMM 7/4/2012 11:13AM

    Great news! emoticon

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LVMAMAW 7/4/2012 10:46AM

    So glad to hear the wonderful update! Keeping you in our prayers! emoticon

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AUNTB63 7/4/2012 9:52AM

    Good news......thanks for the update. Hope your total recovery is a quick one. In the mean time take care..... emoticon

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NATALIE1964 7/4/2012 9:05AM

    Take care and speedy recovery!
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KITT52 7/4/2012 8:42AM

    take care, glad you are better

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MSLZZY 7/4/2012 8:27AM

    So glad all went well and hopefully this is a thing
of the past!

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GABY1948 7/4/2012 8:04AM

    emoticon news! I am so glad. I had l5 disk done back in 1986 AND 1988 (I FORGOT I will have a "bad back" for the rest of my life so it happened a second time). Like you I had bad pain after both surgeries but mine was muscle spasms! Still praying emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 7/4/2012 7:59AM

    Very glad the surgery was a success. My dh had surgery for spinal stenosis in April and this morning he walked 1.5 miles and he is so glad that he can walk again without pain. Just do as the dr says and be positive. ((HUGS))

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NATIVE_ONE 7/4/2012 6:51AM

    Very happy to hear. Wishing you a speedy recovery and success

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It's here!

Monday, July 02, 2012

I hope that tomorrow by this time I have no more nerve pain. I sure hope that's the way it all works out. I know the core pain will be worse since the doctor has to go through my muscles to get to the herniated disc that is pinching the nerve, but at least that will heal. I am a little more nervous than I usually am before surgery. I know that it is for the best and I am really looking forward to walking without pain again.

Positive thoughts to the doctors please. I'll update you soon.

  
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NANASAMM 7/3/2012 7:25PM

    Sending prayers for a complete and speedy recovery.
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YELLOW09RED 7/3/2012 4:58PM

    Prayers & Hugs.
Debbie

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GABY1948 7/3/2012 10:22AM

    I am praying for you...can't wait for the praise report!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 7/3/2012 9:19AM

    Best of luck with the surgery; I know you'll feel better afterwards. Prayers and hugs, Pat

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1COUNTRY_GAL 7/3/2012 1:00AM

    Best wishes,sending you prayers of wellness and healing light. emoticon emoticonDiana emoticon

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DEE107 7/3/2012 12:09AM

    hugs my friend Hope you feel better soon

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LVMAMAW 7/2/2012 8:58PM

    Keeping you and the doctors in our prayers! emoticon

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GRAPEVINE60 7/2/2012 8:31PM

    Good luck with your surgery.

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    Praying for SUCCESS and a speedy recovery! Sal emoticon emoticon

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DDOORN 7/2/2012 7:58PM

    Hoping for some blessed relief post haste!

Keeping you in my thoughts & prayers!

Don

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The horror of the bathing suit dressing room!

Wednesday, June 20, 2012

In two weeks I will be having surgery on my back and the one thing the doctor recommends after surgery is swimming. When I was younger I swam all the time at our local pool. Now as an adult I donít remember the last time I went swimming.

So I went swim suit shopping Ė it was like a horror show in that dressing room. First it is much too hot to try on clothes and second I have gained so much weight since Iíve been struggling with this back issue coming right off from foot surgery. I have had way too much down time! Just let me say it was not a real morale booster.

I did get a suit although Iím going to have a hard time using it in front of anyone. The good news is that my two sister-in-laws have pools and I get out of work early enough that maybe I can get a water workout in before anyone gets home. I know I really need to do it to build my back strength again.

Maybe I should have looked into getting a retro suit!

  
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NANASAMM 7/1/2012 5:49PM

    I know it's easier said than done but really you shouldn't worry what others think. You need to swim and you should do it regardless. I used to worry about the same thing going to our annual family 4th of July party then one year after watching everyone else cooling off in the pool I decided the heck with what anyone thinks and went out and bought a swimsuit. I've enjoyed my swimming ever since
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GRAMMACATHY 7/1/2012 1:14PM

    Okay, hope no guys are reading this. I want to go back to water aerobics, but have not yet figured out how to shave the inner thighs with all the dimples and saggy skin. I use to look really cute in a bikini. I feel like Razelle on the movie Willow when she finally turned human again and looked at her arms. "I guess it has been longer than I thought". Anyway I am inspired to get a hair remover and get in the water again. I will wear board shorts over the swimsuit. Thanks for the inspiration.

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GABY1948 6/26/2012 3:50PM

    I'm with you! I don't know what I would do if I had to swim in front of anyone but my sons...ds1 has a pool and I will go there but always with a tank top or such on! Hope all goes well!

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ALASKASKY 6/25/2012 11:13AM

    I would wear one of those to the beach. I don't do bathing suits most of the time. I usually wear one with a pair of loose shorts over it.

I like all the positive comments about not caring what other's think. It's a great way to live and enjoy the water. emoticon

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SASSYGIRL0801 6/24/2012 9:59PM

  Oh I hate bathing suit shopping too, but I need to go swimming! Love it! I live in Canada, and there aren't very many places to get decent swim suits, so I usually drive down to Grand Forks to shop. I usually like to get a two piece, a nice top and shorts or a skirt-short combo. The one pieces aren't very nice, and I don't like wearing them. But I go do Water Aerobics, and then swim after. I love it! Not so much pain in the joints, and more calories burned! I enjoy swimming and burn more calories then going on the bike and treadmill! I hope it helps you and strengthens you after your surgery!

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BROADBRUSH 6/21/2012 2:13PM

    LOL - THAT IS WHY I HAVE TONS OF PAREO'S - i use them around the bottom and sometimes like a shawl - it works. even tho i love love love the summer - the dreaded bathsuit situations are always scary .

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MSLZZY 6/21/2012 12:25PM

    Adorable suits. Might have to look for patterns. LOL!

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DEE107 6/21/2012 12:15AM

    love them they are so cute

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JAMER123 6/20/2012 11:04PM

    emoticon swimsuit pictures!! I order my swimsuits through Woman within or Roamans. That way I don't have to worry about the fitting rooms and I can get a 2 piece that covers my middle. I have such a long back length, I cannot wear a one piece. I do feel your pain..........but I go to the pool as much as possible when we are in TX. for the winter. Right now, I don't have access without getting a membership and I don't like that pool. Go for it as this is one of the best exercises we can do. Water walking (what I do) does strengthen the back and legs. I am not sore afterwards.
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FRAN0426 6/20/2012 10:32PM

    I need a new swimsuit and I'm sure Saturday there will be some tense moments tying suits on. .The good news is that when I get to the pool, I don't care what others think how I look as I'm there for a healthier life ;and hope the others are there likewise without really noticing what shapes ans sizes the other swimmers are.

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WILLOW49 6/20/2012 6:53PM

    I've been swimming for years and just don't let it bother me. I don't have a problem wearing a swimsuit, if others have a problem with me, then it's their problem, not mine. Go workout in a pool and enjoy it! Don't even worry about the swimsuit!
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LKWQUILTER 6/20/2012 5:26PM

    The retro suits are really cute. Let me say I am not a beauty queen shape and when I go to water aerobics (only women), I have noticed that we are all about the same size or bigger--only the instructor is smaller. lol Hey, if they can do it, so can I and I really love the water. You can too. ((HUGS))

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KANSASROSE67 6/20/2012 4:04PM

    I LOVE the retro suits! The best advice I ever got was to remember that most people are not paying that much attention to others at the pool...so they probably don't notice what we look like...or care, if they do notice!



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MAKINANIMPACT 6/20/2012 3:06PM

    I'm with you on the bathing suit thing. I finally got one this year after 16 years, really wasn't the happiest day of my life! Now I have to wear it in public, not sure if I'm ready for the either!! Mental thing :)

I do everything goes well with your back, take care.

Kelly

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LVMAMAW 6/20/2012 2:23PM

    Love the retro suits! emoticon I so understand and I have not had foot or back problems!! So there you go! Hang in there girlfriend! It's going to get better!! emoticon emoticon

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KLWALDON 6/20/2012 12:47PM

    I hate dressing rooms, regardless of what I am trying on! Bathing suits are brutal though. Nothing to hide in! Love the retro suits though! Where can I get one?!

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SHERIO5 6/20/2012 12:10PM

    Brrrrr....dressing rooms are scary enough!!!

Good for you getting a suit and planning for a workout in the pool! Hold your head up high, you are getting fitter and stronger!!!

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ROCKINMOM776 6/20/2012 12:00PM

    I totally sympathize... no foot surgery for me, just prolo and nerve blocks every few weeks, and degenerative joint/discs. I looked like my grandma when I went suit shopping. Proud of you for going, though, and swimming is going to be an excellent way for you to recover!

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 6/20/2012 11:58AM

    Swim suit shopping - and WEARING in public- is among the most challenging things we all do! May God bless your success on this journey we all share.

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SASIKHASI1 6/20/2012 11:57AM

    LOL I think the retro suits are cute. Maybe we could make them popular then the young hotties would be covered up in public lol.

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