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Squats Made Easier!

Sunday, September 12, 2010

Squats Made Easier!

My 87 year old dad has been given squats to do daily and he was advised to hold onto the sink.

I promised Dad I would do every exercise he is required to do and my walking buddy decided that if an 87 year old on dialysis can do them, a 45 year old cancer survivor can too! Cathy is the one that came up with this neat trick for doing squats!

If you put your feet under the sink (most sinks have a "cutout" for your feet) and put your fingertips into the sink it is easier to do.

You can safely squat down without fear of falling and you no longer need to watch to make sure your knees don't go past your toes! If you do, your knees will hit the cabinet first!

We are doing our squats and keeping our backs straight now! And, Cathy and I are "squatting" lower than ever before since we know we cannot fall or fail!

Try doing 5-10 squats every time you take a potty break!

I realize that my fingers are doing a bit of the work - but I think keeping my back straight and being able to tuck my tummy in counteracts that.


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SUGARBABY60 9/15/2010 2:11AM

    Safety first and you have done it! great idea thanks for sharing. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 9/13/2010 12:53PM

    emoticon for the tip Linda. emoticon

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MSLZZY 9/13/2010 8:14AM

    emoticonGood information! I'll try that today! HUGS!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/13/2010 3:32AM

    Hooray for Dad, if he's actually trying to do the exercises! My Dad wouldn't have anything to do with them when he was needing them so badly :-( And good for you, too! I'm finding there are 'many ways to skin a cat'-- and lots of variations on exercises to make them do-able for most folks! Enjoy these times with your precious Father -- May God bless you BOTH during each visit!!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/12/2010 9:11PM

    I'll do it! Thanks. It is so good of you to help to your dad with his exercise. It may even help you a bit, too. How cool!?!

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GRALLEN 9/12/2010 8:15PM

    THANK YOU for posting this. It's an excellent idea and I'm gonna do it. Gosh darn, lady, I luv you. teehee

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LINDABENEDICT 9/12/2010 8:05PM

    will have to try this ! Thanks !

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MARTY19 9/12/2010 7:56PM

    I had to so squats after my hip replacement. It wasn't easy at the beginning but I managed it. Good for you for making sure your Dad does it.

Love you,

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    Great idea! I'm going to give it a try. Thanks. Love, Dawn emoticon

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NANCYMT6151 9/12/2010 6:33PM

    emoticon This is a great idea! Keep on Sparkling!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/12/2010 6:17PM

    interesting! I just tried it!

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BARNABABY1 9/12/2010 6:08PM

    I'm going to try that!!! I have such a hard time with squats.... I can walk for hours but my legs appear to be my weakest body part?!? So I will definitely try this! Thanks Linda!
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LIVNFITNHAPPY 9/12/2010 5:45PM

    Great advice about Potty Break Squats! I am going to try that. With all the water I drink, I should be able to improve my squats in no time! emoticon

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Don't Be A Human Trashcan

Friday, September 10, 2010

When your friends and coworkers bring food for you to eat - don't be their personal trashcans. While they are doing it to be nice, they are also doing it to keep from eating it themselves.

Learn to "Just Say No Thank You!" emoticon emoticon

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SAVINGHANNAH 9/22/2010 4:53PM

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_VALEO_ 9/12/2010 8:53AM

    "While they are doing it to be nice, they are also doing it to keep from eating it themselves. "
Makes so much sense. Some persons need others to hide what they are actually eating.

Where does this habit of bringing food in the office comes from anyway?

It's very strange from my external point of view where we eat at regular times in very specific places, and never between meals, and office is for... well work, not eat.

Don't feed your keyboard! lol

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SLENDERELLA61 9/11/2010 1:53PM

    You are 100% correct!

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BEYOURBEST1 9/11/2010 8:33AM

    You are absolutely right. We have no need to be someone else's garbage can.

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SHERRYSHELL2 9/10/2010 10:49PM

    I agree, great advice!

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GRALLEN 9/10/2010 10:21PM

    Good advice.

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MRS.DOYLE 9/10/2010 4:56PM

    This is very relevant to me and my colleagues who love to bring in junk. Sometimes I buy loads of fruit and leave it in the staffroom. It is always eaten. emoticon

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JEAN_WIKE 9/10/2010 2:39PM

  I'm stay-at-home, but my husband has a terrible time at work with all the goodies others bring in. He might be a man, but he still has to watch his weight and his health. This is an excellent point you've brought up, and I'll share it with him. Thanks.

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MARTY19 9/10/2010 1:56PM

    I agree. Be polite but refuse.


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KITKA82 9/10/2010 1:16PM

    Great advice. Might I ALSO add that it doesn't hurt to be choosy sometimes. For example, when someone brings in something homemade or half-eaten, think about the fact that you really don't know what conditions they live in. They might not wash their hands... They could have pests at their house... their pets could be all over the kitchen, resulting in fur in your food.

I have a friend who was invited to a co-worker's home for dinner-- spaghetti. She talked all the time about "FiFi" who liked to help in the kitchen. My friend assumed that FiFi was her daughter. Until she saw FiFi leap onto the counter, and proceed to stir the spaghetti sauce with her paw. emoticon

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    Good advice! Love, Dawn emoticon

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  I tend to luck out, that my coworkers are also working towards eating healthy :) so on mondays and wednsdays, I eat what they bring for dinner :) which is always, thankfully healthy! and I pick out my own portion, so I know how much I should eat of whatever they bring!

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SOPHIADARE 9/10/2010 10:55AM

    Excellent point. Also a good reminder at dinner, whether at home or at a restaurant. When I've eaten what I'm hungry for, that's all I need. Listen to your body. There's no need to clean that plate when your tummy is full! A choice morsel can go in the fridge or a doggie bag for another time, but the rest belongs in the trash, the sink disposal or the compost heap, not in my already satisfied tummy!

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MSLZZY 9/10/2010 10:49AM

    "No" is a very good word so use it! HUGS!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/10/2010 10:47AM

    When I think that it would be wasteful to throw something away, I remember how much $ I spent at ww to lose weight. Why put it back on by " not wasting" ?

Good advice, Linda. emoticon

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TBSMITH10 9/10/2010 10:31AM

    You have to almost threaten my coworkers about not bringing their homemade baked goods. Sometimes I can resist and others I don't. Happy Friday Everyone.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/10/2010 10:28AM

    No kidding!

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PAIGESMAMA 9/10/2010 10:18AM

    Well that is true. I love to bake and take things in because I do not want it in the house. I work will men, so they love it. lol

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MSDESERTRODENT 9/10/2010 10:15AM

    LOL This applies very strongly to my office.
Can I add something?

No matter how much your coworkers and friends try to push you to eat that junk nicely say "No thank you" and then turn a deaf ear to all the negative comments.

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Thanks Pop, I am still losing inches!

Thursday, September 09, 2010

It has been a long time since I measured so today I remembered to do this before eating breakfast. I listed some earlier measurements but sadly I no longer have my beginning numbers other than weighing 210.

Today, Sep 9, 2010, about 2.5 years into my journey (896 days!)
115.7 lbs, waist 25.5, hips/bust 34.5, thigh 18.75, calf 14.25, arm 11.25, neck 12.25

this is a loss of:
95 lbs gone forever
12.5 inches gone from my waist
8.75 inches gone from hips
8.75 inches gone from bust
7.25 inches gone from each thigh
2.75 inches gone from each calf
4.75 inches gone from each arm
2.5 inches gone from neck

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Day 55 (190.2) May 20, 2008
190.2 after 5 days away for wedding
43 1/4 hips 38 waist 25.5 thigh 17 calf 16 arm

Day 47 (187) May 12, 2008
Hips 43.5 Waist 38.5 Thigh 25.5 Calf 17 Arm 15.5 Neck 14.75

Day 25 April 20, 2008 - after losing 16 lbs already
194 lbs 38 waist 44 hips 15 neck 26 thigh

P.S. The title is because I am continuing to lose inches due to exercising with my dad!

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RUBY-DOO 9/13/2010 9:24AM

    You look AMAZING! Keep up the hard work!

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/13/2010 3:34AM

    You are doing FABULOUS!! Congratulations on your Healthy Lifestyle! No turning back for us!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 9/10/2010 10:30AM

    You look fantastic Linda! I bet you feel so much better than when you started too.

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_VALEO_ 9/10/2010 2:36AM

    Very impressive. Good work!

I am glad to see that your Pop is now your fitness partner.

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/9/2010 10:41PM

    Wow! Awesome and Thanks for the inspiration... once again!

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MEADSBAY 9/9/2010 10:01PM

Just WOW!!!!
I am in awe of you!
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    GREAT JOB! Love, Dawn emoticon

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    Sunshine, You look spectacular. Did you ever expect to be that 36/24/36 girl?

Love ya, Gini emoticon

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GRALLEN 9/9/2010 8:20PM

    You have done such a good job. Congratulations!

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BARNABABY1 9/9/2010 8:11PM

    WHOA!!!! That is so impressive and encouraging!! You are totally emoticonand such an inspiration to me! emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 9/9/2010 7:54PM

    Those are some impressive numbers, my friend.

You keep me motivated. I'm glad to hear that your dad (and you) are still do those exercises.

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SUCHAHOOT 9/9/2010 5:54PM


That is so great! Yor are truly an inspiration!!

Thanks for posting these.

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SOPHIADARE 9/9/2010 5:20PM

    Ah, yes, and it's also a perfect 10! A perfect ten inch difference between bust and hips with bust and hips being the same. It doesn't get any better. Also, you're so right on the thanks Pop, because it is the exercise that helps re-shape! Three cheers for you!
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MARTY19 9/9/2010 4:56PM

    How awesome!!!!! You are my role model and someday I hope to post numbers like that.

Love you,

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EMMABE1 9/9/2010 4:51PM

    Looking good - that's heaps of inches!!

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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/9/2010 4:48PM

  SO proud of you!! Way to go!!

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ANNISSAT 9/9/2010 4:47PM

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You look great! But....

Saturday, September 04, 2010

what are you doing about the loose skin?

Today's blog comes from a recent comment (last night) about how I don't need to lose more weight - I look great - maybe too skinny....

... then the kicker, "what about all that loose skin?"

I said, "I'm just leaving it hanging." This got me to thinking of silly answers we can give when asked such a stupid and hurtful question.

I could have said, "I'm listing it on eBay!" My walking buddy offered, "what loose skin?"

So here is your chance - what would you like to say to insensitive questions like this?

**No, just for the record, I wasn't hurt or upset. My double chin is getting smaller and I can wear sleeves and slacks if the rest bothered me too much. I am what I am. I decided that no matter how hurtful people might choose to be - I am still in a size 4 and no one can take that away from me - - - but me.

Another spark-buddy told me that when she was hefting a 50 lb bag of feed the other day, she realized that I had put down almost 2 bags of feed that I had been carrying with me on a daily basis! Wow, how's that for an eye-opener! She said that she is tired of carrying a bag of feed every step she takes!! She too is back on track!

Whatever it takes Spark-Buddies! Whatever it takes, whatever works for you!

EDIT: for belly fat, start practicing T T I - Tuck Tummy In. Sitting, standing walking - just suck it in for all you're worth. It becomes habit before you know it and it works the stomach muscles. Better than a girdle! As a fat kid, my mother was telling me T T I for as far back as I can remember - and I still do it!

For the arms - you need to be using weights and doing tricep exercises - these can be found in the SP Fitness Tracker. Any weights - even light ones will work those muscles. But as a fat kid, I have always had "wings" so I guess I am just used to them. Don't like them but I can live with them.

EDIT: this was my BIL and I know he was just being himself - he doesn't realize how it can hurt. Thankfully it didn't hurt because I have been prepared mentally for several months now. I have read articles by Coach_Dean and even he mentions having loose skin and no, it didn't look any better full of fat.

Loose skin will not kill me but carrying around an extra 95 lbs of weight very well could have.
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OUBACHE 9/10/2010 9:38PM

    I'm happy to have stumbled upon your page after seeing your post to a new member on the community welcome pages. I am amazed at your fabulous success, postive outlook, and well, everything! The timing is perfect because I was feeling really discouraged today. Well, that won't get me anywhere, but exercise and determination will. Thanks. You are an inspiration (but I'm guessing you've probably have heard that a few times before)!


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STUCKER8 9/9/2010 6:35PM

  Just think of your extra arm skin as Angel Wings...somehow that makes it seem much nicer :) I think you look fabulous, you have a lot to be proud of!! And you are an angel of inspiration to others. emoticon

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SMB19191405 9/9/2010 10:54AM

    What a great attitude. I think you look fantastic and give the rest of us hope! I'll take saggy skin over fat anyday! That's what I'd of said! With your workout routine - you may find that skin disappearing anyway. I know we are all very proud of what you've accomplished - keep up the great work!

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    Loose skin & stretch marks are drop dead sexy compared to feed bags of fat!

You look HOT HOT HOT!!!

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CINDYC53 9/9/2010 12:57AM

    What a great blog! You have a fantastic outlook. That person was probably jealous - but you are awesome to not let that comment puncture your balloon!

Thanks for sharing this. It made my day! (And thanks for the tummy tucking reminder :)

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FABAT402009 9/8/2010 11:05PM

    I hope when I get to my goal weight I remember that's important, not any left over stretch marks or other flaws.

I read on the BL website a man's testimonial after loosing 100 pounds, he has a little loose skin now but for the most part his body adjusted after a couple of years of maintaining his new weight.

With that said I would tell my BIL a thing or two. lol

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TEENY_BIKINI 9/8/2010 10:49PM

    You are so awesome - it is simply amazing. I love your outlook. I love your positivity. I love your grace.

You really handled that well. And the wealth of information you are helping people find and understand is nothing short of awesome.

Everyone is lucky you are here.

Great. Great. GREAT!!!


Thank you.

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SOPHIADARE 9/8/2010 10:21AM

    How about the direct method for a comeback to 'What are you doing about the loose skin?'

"I like this size, so I'm going to wear the loose skin as a badge of success."

If the person has been particularly intrusive, it might be necessary to go on to ask them what they're going to do about the foot in their mouth. In general, I prefer to avoid going on the attack if I can disengage. Since it sounds as if you think the person was truly clueless rather than playing a one up/one down game, disengagement seems about right.

Thans for a really GREAT topic, Linda! When my weight was down at 150, the loose skin did bother me. It still bothers me the way some of my skin sags because I'm below my top weight, but you are so right that, overall, I don't look better when the skin is filled with fat. Overall, I look better when I'm healthy at the lower weight, even if the skin does sag.

E Westcott is right when she says that it is normal for our skin to sag as we age. It's just part of growing older.

Your remark about preferring to carry the skin loose than filled is a good one. Any remark that basically tells the other person that their opinion about your body is not invited works.

Thanks again!

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MEADSBAY 9/7/2010 12:51PM

    I have NEVER seen a woman around our age who didn't have saggy or wrinkly skin on arms and legs- no matter how fat, skinny, or formerly fat they were.
We need to accept our imperfect but healthy bodies (and wear half sleeves).

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KLEONIKI 9/7/2010 2:11AM

The BIG FEAR.....
Well, i suppose being very well hydrated drinking plenty of water helps too with loose skin.

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GRALLEN 9/6/2010 8:10PM

    I think your success is awesome and I'm glad you are here to encourage the rest of us on.

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SUEBAKER3 9/6/2010 1:50PM

    I think when people say things like that they are first of all jealous and second insensitive. Even if BIL isn't overweight he could be jealous of you determination and commitment to reach your goal. I wouldn't have been bothered by his comment either. Although I am a bit sarcastic, so I may have asked him what he was going to do about his receding hairline or some other flaw he has no control over. But, that's just me. I agree with NOTABOUTTHEFACE, wear it as a badge of courage. You have accomplished so much! emoticon

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    It's a badge of honor. Wear it with pride!

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    Excellent blog and good advice. Sorry that your BIL was insensitive. I guess it all just takes time and determination. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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JEAN_WIKE 9/5/2010 11:34AM

  TTI - I will try to remember, it's a great tip, thanks.

"mentions having loose skin and no, it didn't look any better full of fat". You're right! I hope I remember this when I have loose skin.


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LIFES*2*SHORT 9/5/2010 11:22AM

  hahaha... I love the listing it on ebay comment. That is totally something that I can use one day. I'm sarcastic like that... but you already knew that. lol I'm proud of your accomplishments. Aren't you thankful that God sees us for WHO we are... not WHAT we look like? God bless ya girl!

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TIPYRAIN 9/5/2010 1:58AM

    This was great!

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    I don't have any comebacks...I'm really slow when it comes to that sort of thing.

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FOXXYROXXYD 9/4/2010 5:30PM

    I only HOPE that my loose skin looks as good as yours when I'm done... right now it looks pretty bad - especially my belly and arms! YOU look amazing! Congratulations on you success and your loose skin! So much healthier than the fat-filled skin! Thanks for giving me home!

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WALKINGANNIE 9/4/2010 5:19PM

    "For the first time in a long time, I'm comfortable in my own skin."

(I sense that you are!)

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MRS.DOYLE 9/4/2010 4:17PM

    If you were feeling really evil. you could say "What are you doing about that excess fat?"

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MARTY19 9/4/2010 4:03PM

    Sometimes I just have to walk away. Later I think of a comeback, but not at the moment. I think for me it is just better to say nothing and walk away. I won't stoop to that level.

Love you

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KAREN42BOYS 9/4/2010 2:47PM

    Sometimes people need to hear themselves. I might be tempted to ask her if she wanted a do-over because her question came out kind of mean.

Or maybe turn it around. Say you are not planning to do anything, but what would she do. Because really that question is more about her issues than yours.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/4/2010 2:39PM

    I was just reading that for some people skin continues to tighten up for up to two years after the weight loss. And if not, so what. Thoughts and possible responses:

Would I rather my skin be filled with fat?

I'm not vain enough to have surgery.

I lost my weight so slowly that I have very little loose skin.

I'm hoping whalebone corsets come back in style.

I've heard that batwings will become fashionable in 2012.

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ASTORRES1 9/4/2010 1:04PM

    Sorry Linda...my hubby was logged in SPARK....and I didn't realize that I was under his when answering blogs......OOPS!!!!!!!


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TONYTORRES123 9/4/2010 12:45PM

    It amazes me what some people have the guts to say.....glad you have some good answers......You are doing amazing work...don't stop.


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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/4/2010 12:31PM

    " My loose skin will tighten up eventually, but you will still be fat, ughly, mean, whatever".

I personally thought you looked quite toned in your new photos.

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KAREN8WORCESTER 9/4/2010 11:38AM

  Here are a few more for you-

Would you like some, I'm willing to share.

I thought I'd try to sell it at my next yard sale.

I was thinking of donating those parts of my body for medical science BEFORE I die.

I think I'll hold onto it in case I ever get burned and need a skin graft.

And my favorite-My insurance won't pay to have it removed, so I'd be happy to accept any donation that you'd like to make to the cause.

emoticon Be happy and don't let any "well-meaning" (or not) people throw you off. emoticon

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GOGOSHIRE 9/4/2010 11:34AM

    Unless it was asked by someone who is afraid to lose weight because of the fear of loose skin (and there are plenty of people like that) and they just worded it poorly, the comment can be chalked up to insecurity. When people feel bad about themselves, they often think one way to feel better is to knock down someone who is feeling great about herself.

But you can't be knocked down.

So I guess if it were me that had fielded that comment, I'd first determine if the question was truly in earnest or not. If in earnest, then I'd answer it earnestly, but if not, I'd ignore it. It was never for me; the person was just trying to feel better about him/herself by trying to knock me down a little. Hopefully one day, s/he finds a better way to feel good, but in the meantime, it's got nothing to do with me, so I'd ignore it.

Have a great day today! You look FANTASTIC!

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My dad and exercising...

Friday, September 03, 2010

My dad has been getting more wobbly and you might remember his falling a couple of weeks ago? The doctor at Dialysis ordered Home Health Therapy and they are giving him exercises to do daily.

I made him a promise that I would join him and do everything they tell him to do even if I am doing it at my home. What a way to make me get back into my S.T.!

so far they have him using his neck muscles to push his head back (he has a dowagers hump) and next he must push his shoulders back against his pillow. 2 x 10, twice daily for each exercise..

mini squats while holding onto the sink. 2x10, twice daily.

calf raises while holding onto the sink. 2x10, twice daily.

hip flexor, 2x10, twice daily.

He said they gave him more yesterday but he doesn't remember. As soon as I find out, I will be joining him.

If he can do these at 87, I can do them at 58.

**still doing them, the squats are getting easier!

***added: shrugs, bridges and pelvic tilt!

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SMB19191405 9/9/2010 10:56AM

    What a great daughter! And what great motivation for your dad.

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    My dad has been getting wobbly too. I've been thinking of getting him one of those chair exercise DVD's. It sounds like PT is giving him some great exercises to do.

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MARTY19 9/4/2010 8:32AM

    emoticon That is an awesome way to get back into ST. And with you as his daily partner, your Dad will get stronger too.

Love you,

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_VALEO_ 9/4/2010 2:15AM

    What a great motivation for the two of you!


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BARNABABY1 9/4/2010 1:31AM

    Wow... your Dad is awesome and so are you!!! Hope you both keep up the good work!
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LIVNFITNHAPPY 9/4/2010 12:39AM

    Good for You and your Dad too!
I feel like joining in too! They all sound like good moves!
It is special that you can share workout time together. emoticon

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LAFFLOTS57 9/3/2010 10:44PM

    Heartwarming to hear of your well spent time w/ your Dad! emoticon

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    What a great daughter you are !!!!

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LOPEYP 9/3/2010 7:45PM

    I hope your dad sticks to it.
Funny - I took my mother to the dr. yesterday and he told her to get some exercise to strength her quads and support her knees. Fitness is so important at any age. Good for you for doing the exercises with him. Wiching you both well!!

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ANDI571 9/3/2010 7:37PM

    My daughter is a physical therapist, and if I am not doing my exercises like that, she gets on to me. She works in a nursing home, and already has me at 80 instead of 53. She says most falls are because of weak muscles. So what you are doing is great for you.

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SLENDERELLA61 9/3/2010 6:54PM

    Good job on joining your dad for motivating him and you, too. Definitely it will be good for both of you! Hooray for ST. Stay strong!! -Marsha

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ONEKIDSMOM 9/3/2010 6:51PM

    Yes, you can! And just think what a boost to his good feelings to have a buddy doing his workout alongside... and to yours... talk about multiple sources of good feelings... this is a win all around!

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SHERRY257 9/3/2010 5:00PM

    That sounds like an excellent plan! What a wonderful daughter you are! Enjoy the time with your Dad! emoticon

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