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My 30 Year High School Reunion...

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Last night I went to my 30 year high school reunion. It was overwhelming at first. Over 100 alumni showed up. I was very thankful that there were name tags, because I had a hard time figuring out who was who. A few looked exactly the same, most looked a lot older (hair and wrinkles) and had gained some weight. A LOT of the men were balding or totally bald and had beer bellies. We all hadn't seen each other in ten years - I guess going from the late 30's to the late 40's is a huge time for physical change!

I was fortunate to graduate with a class of 470 students who had some "cliques", but also had a lot of compassion for people. For our homecoming queen Senior year, we chose the most compassionate, friendly, hard working girl- not the most physically beautiful girl. I will always be proud to be part of my high school class.

It was nice to see everyone and hear about what they have been up to. Everyone talked to everyone, regardless to how close anyone was with another in high school. I went to school with several of them from first grade through twelfth! One is now a record producer, and another who was very quiet growing up ended up being very high up in command in the military. I can't remember the title, but my husband who was in the Navy was very impressed. Another is in charge of the Trauma Unit at a local hospital.

A couple close friends from high school attend, but the majority did not. My BF couldn't go because she lives in Texas and already has to fly up a lot to attend to her sick mother. I am not sure why the others didn't come, but now I have decided to catch up with them on my own. It is so nice to hear how everyone is doing.

And, no matter how much older everyone looked, it was really neat to see them act and talk the exact way they did in high school - that will never change!

So, I regard attending as a positive experience.

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INFLATED 11/26/2011 10:48PM

    A lot of things have shaped me into not caring how I look. I had an attempted rape by a fellow I knew since I was a teenager, my husband falls all over himself to give attention to other women and pretty much ignores me and I am jealous so that can be like a cat fight between us. His uncle, deceased, said I was tempting men by wearing shorts (they were Bermuda shorts) and I never wore them again except to sleep in. I think I put on the pounds as a way to hide and also food gave me comfort when I was hurting.
I am teaching myself to let things go, I am to old for the stress. I can't compete with a sexy body. Mine is scarred and has physical problems. We don't have money for makeup and hair coloring or getting my hair done, new clothes or a gym membership.
My friend at the thrift store always wanted me to go to a reunion. The 45th reunion would be in 2014. I don't know if they have one then, or wait until the 50th. It is near a resort area so the cost to spend the night there is high.

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INFLATED 11/26/2011 3:02PM

    My best friend from high school died in a car wreck. I met her in 7th grade. She was the daughter of a Navy man and was failing math. I used to erase her answers and write in the correct answers so she would get a higher score. I told the math teacher that she wasn't dumb, her Dad had to move a lot while he was in the Navy and she didn't get to stay in one place long. He tutored her in Math and she was an Emergency Room nurse when she died.

She was an artist, an equestrian, a Mom and my friend.

Our class goes to expensive places and though I would like to see those still living, I have never gone to a reunion.

One friend I graduated with, was my manager at KMart and now she's the manager at The Salvation Army Thrift Store. Only her hairstyle has changed.

I think the reason I don't want to go is when I was working in my hometown, a friend of one of my old boyfriends came into the shop to have his car serviced. I asked him if he knew my old boyfriend. He said he did and then asked if he knew me and then he said, "Damn, you got fat! You've let yourself go!" It hurt and I weighed half of what I weigh now. I guess it is a self-protection mechanism in my subconscious, I don't want to experience the negatives about my appearance.

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I Survived a Thanksgiving Buffet...

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Consumed 1267cals today. I lost another pound!! emoticon

My husband and I had a nice, quiet Thanksgiving today. We also celebrated getting engaged 25 years ago today! He took me out to dinner at the restaurant where our son works. I thought I was going to have a choice of the buffet or dinner menu - it was just buffet. I was very careful with my portions and choices - tossed salad, broiled salmon with stewed tomato, 1/2 sweet potato (served with brown sugar sauce), 4 shrimp, and fresh fruit. They didn't have any good veggies out - just succotash and a string bean casserole. I think it is the first time I didn't have turkey emoticon on Thanksgiving - I passed over it, the ham and all the trimmings including dessert! I am not gaining that pound back...Yayyy! emoticon

I got a lot done at home today. Finished lining all my drawers with lavender paper, and switched all my fall decorations over to Christmas emoticonand snowmen decor. emoticon
It was quite a workout - constantly carrying heavy things up and down the stairs. I had to sit and rest my foot for a while after a couple hours. My husband, Roxy and I also took a little walk. emoticon

So, I am happy with not going over my cals today.

I hope you survived well too!!
Happy Thanksgiving!! emoticon

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INFLATED 11/25/2011 3:51AM

    Wonderful! I would be disappoited missing out on lobster though.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 11/24/2011 10:19PM

    Good job!

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MOIRA48 11/24/2011 7:52PM

    emoticonon doing well today! emoticon

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Didn't consume enough cals today, SparkPeople Live Meeting & Thanksgiving Plans...

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Consumed 813 cals today.

I had 3 meals and 1 snack today. Low calorie day because I missed eating one snack and went out to a restaurant for dinner. It sounds weird, but since I didn't have my nutrisystem dinner, I had shrimp, salad, and broccoli at the restaurant my calorie count was lower! I have gotten pretty good now at knowing what to pick out when eating at a restaurant to stay in my calorie range and feel "full". Broccoli definitely fills me up. I love it - I eat it every day! I drank 3 huge glasses of icewater with lemon and 1 glass of wine.

I got a lot done at work today. Made a couple calls to get feelers out for a new person to replace one of my managers. Now I have off until Monday so I can put it out of my mind for a few days.

The SparkPeople Live meeting went well tonight. I was about 20 mins late getting on because I dined with friends at the restaurant. I am not sure how long I have been attending the meetings (several months) but I will say they definitely help me to keep focused and stay on track during the week.

Tomorrow I plan on sleeping in and finishing getting things together for Goodwill. I also bought new lavender liners for my dresser drawers - I will be putting them in tomorrow - they smell really good. My husband and I are going to a restaurant tomorrow since it is just the two of us. We always have a big dinner at our house. Everyone that usually comes is travelling somewhere or working so this is probably the first time we haven't had to entertain a large group for Thanksgiving. I am seriously considering ordering lobster tail, baked potato and veggies instead of the Thanksgiving Buffet. I don't think I would eat much off the buffet and wouldn't have to worry about how many calories I am consuming. And I love lobster!!

I hope you have enjoyed your day!

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THISISIT-PA 11/24/2011 12:47AM

    Lavender liners sounds luxurious - great idea!

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INFLATED 11/24/2011 12:34AM

    I like seafood too. The only food I can think of that I don't like, is okra.

My husband jokingly said we were going to Shoney's and my son said, "What? Are you serious?" He likes the Thanksgiving meal. Our daughter phoned tonight from Kansas, this is the first we heard from her since she graduated college in October. She and her boyfriend called to wish us a Happy Thanksgiving.

I hope you have a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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Long, stressful day...

Tuesday, November 22, 2011

consumed 1150 cals today

It was a long, stressful day at work. I have to fire someone that has worked for me for 7 years. She has gone totally downhill the past year and a half and I can't take it anymore. I am going to place a "blind ad" on-line and see what comes up. I also have "feelers" out at the University near me. I had hoped she would have gotten another job and quit, but it hasn't happened. She isn't a good manager anymore - decided to be "friends' with some of the employees A LOT younger than her (bar, bunch of crap on facebook, constantly texting, etc.) She is having a HUGE midlife crisis -- I could write a book! Other employees are getting upset and it's messing up our "team".

The good news is I didn't go off of my eating plan. When I am stressed I tend not to eat.

Hope you had a better day!!


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INFLATED 11/24/2011 12:17AM

    I have had to train employees and then report to the manager whether I thought they should be kept beyond the probationary period. It isn't the same situation as what you are dealing with, but it is hard to have to tell a manager that the employee they hired is a slacker.

Congratulations on not letting stress interfere with your eating plan.

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FITFORMYFAMILY 11/23/2011 3:08PM

    I'm sorry you had such a difficult day. Hopefully it will get easier from here on out!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 11/23/2011 9:48AM

    Sometimes we have to do what is best for our team, even if it is tough. emoticon

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SAVANNAHZMOMMA1 11/22/2011 10:41PM

    What a hard day for you, what a hard week. I feel for you. I hope it goes as smoothly as possible, and that you feel satisfied and at peace with how you handled it once you've carried out your action.

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SABLENESS 11/22/2011 8:40PM

    emoticon,not letting stress sabatage you, especially in a difficult situation like that. emoticon

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Visit to the Podiatrist and Turkey Divan...

Monday, November 21, 2011

Consumed 1060 cals today

Saw the podiatrist today. He thinks my foot is healing well. I have to go back in 2 weeks for an xray. I asked if I was allowed to start walking more than 1/4 mile and he said "no". emoticon

I have to wait and see how the xray turns out. In 2 weeks I will have a better idea when I can start running again. emoticon

I made a Sparkrecipe for my family tonight -- Turkey Divan. (I made their turkey dinner friday because we are going out to eat Thursday). I added brown long grain rice to it. They said it was very tasty - I ate Nutrisystem Rotini and Meatballs, broccoli, and grapes. The Turkey Divan looked better!

So, now I am going to find a Delaware Marathon Medal picture to add to my vision board. Have a great evening!

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RIVADERCHI 11/21/2011 11:52PM

    Hi R'z.Mom, I had written a blog to you and was adding emoticons and my computer froze up so I'll try again (persistent, if nothing else!).... sorry to hear you did not get the green light yet to run.. but I love your vision board! Thank you for your kind words and understanding... it means a lot to me! Happy Thanksgiving to you and yours! emoticon emoticon

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INFLATED 11/21/2011 10:20PM

    I was pleased with getting all of the laundry done from our trip and some that needed folded and put away from before the trip, then all of the wood that we got and that I got in the wood we would need, even while it was raining. I have had such a thankful heart since this trip, I feel joyous and stayed busy all day.

Some have said my computer needs to be vacuumed on the inside and that is what is making it hum and causing the noise.

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