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Sunday, August 17, 2014

My hubby (aka Mr_Immortal) and I have been working on a project for the last few months.

Earlier this year, we had to place my mother (a lifelong smoker) permanently in a long term care facility. One of the biggest roadblocks we faced, other than rehoming her beloved cat, was the fact that she couldn't smoke. A friend of ours recommend that we get her an e-cig, which we did. We started with Blu, and she liked them well enough, but they were very expensive mostly because they were so unreliable, and had to be replaced pretty often. So we started looking around for alternatives, and discovered a vapor shop the next town over. We got her a vapor pen and a couple of bottles of the flavored e-juice, and it was a hit!

So, one day while we were leaving this particular shop, I mentioned to Mr_Immortal that it was just too bad that we had to drive 20 miles to get her e-juice, and wouldn't it be great if a vapor shop opened in our town?

We looked at each other and inspiration hit! We have a few empty buildings on the town square, and after finding out who owns them, I paid the gentleman a visit. The owner is an old lawyer who is very interested in revitalizing our downtown area. He heard our idea, got behind it 100%, and offered us a rent so low that we had to pick our jaws up off the floor. We told him we were still in the early planning stages and would get back to him in a couple of months.

So we've been doing some research, and had set a tentative starting date of mid-October. We went to see our future landlord again, and he mentioned that someone had been to see him just a few days before expressing interest in opening a vapor shop. He told this person that he already had reserved that building for the exact same type of shop. But his message to us was that we better hurry up before someone beat us to the punch. Mr_Immortal and I looked at each other, gulped, and took the keys. Our start date has been moved up significantly - we hope to have the store open by the middle of next month - just in time for the 4-day fall festival that happens on the square every year.

We are equal parts excited and terrified. But we have the total (and frankly somewhat surprising) support of most of our friends and family, and what appears to be a lot of excitement from the vape-lovers here in our town.

Mr_Immortal is going to quit his full time job and run the shop. I'll keep my full time job and help out in the shop in the evenings and on weekends.

And so that's it. We are going to be small business owners. emoticon

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KATESCAPE 8/20/2014 7:39AM

    Good luck on your new adventure of being shop owners~ emoticon

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ONEDOGLVR 8/19/2014 9:29AM

    Congrats to you! Good luck.

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LINDA! 8/18/2014 7:33PM

    Sounds great.

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AMAZINGAMY14 8/18/2014 12:54PM

    Awesome news! Congrats!

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NICKI984 8/18/2014 11:29AM

    Congrats! I wish you the best of luck with all of this and I'm sure it will be a hit!

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PEGGYO 8/17/2014 8:05PM

    Good luck and hope it works out great!!

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CFMOSS 8/17/2014 7:31PM

    Oh my this is the on the courage to undertake a small business...having one of my own....I know the joys as well as the challenges. Here's to success.

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AUNTALICE2 8/17/2014 4:50PM

    Good for you!! To be able to start your own business!! Wow!! May you have great success! emoticon

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NPA4LOSS 8/17/2014 3:58PM

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    I love this! Good for you guys.

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    how exciting good luck

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JAVABERN 8/17/2014 1:22PM

    Alright! emoticon

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POOH97015 8/17/2014 1:14PM

    Congratulations my friends!! I wish you much success and I hope everything goes really well with the business. You deserve such happiness and I hope the business is a booming success. It sounds like it is needed in your town. Good luck and God bless!!

Hugs, Lauri

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TXTECH94 8/17/2014 12:51PM

    emoticon That's awesome.

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LIFECHANGZ 8/17/2014 12:44PM

    emoticon Wish you success & happiness with your adventure & look forward to hearing about it :)

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GEORGE815 8/17/2014 11:59AM

    Opportunities are created in odd places.

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A year ago today!

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

I "started over" on July 29, 2013. It's a emoticon

This has been a rough year. We've had to place my mom in a nursing facility after lots of illnesses, caregiving, and fights. Lots of job uncertainty. Lots of medical issues for my hubby and son. Financial issues (d/t hubby & son's medical issues, and having a kid in college!) So, yeah - pretty rough.

I'm pretty proud of myself for hanging in there and keeping at this. I had hoped to be much further along towards my goal by now (curse you, plateaus, CURSE YOU!) but I've lost 71 pounds in the past year, and I'm happy about that.

I recently updated my nutrition settings and my exercise minutes, and I'm finally starting to see some movement on the scale again - as of this morning, I'm 8 pounds away from my next small goal!

I've tried not to set "date" goals, because my body can be pretty stubborn. I wish I had listened when people said how hard it is to lose weight after you turn 40 - it's the truth! Anyway, when I set a date goal, the date comes and goes, and I haven't hit my goal, and that's discouraging. So I've just focused on working towards each small goal, and tried not to pay any attention to time passing. This last plateau I just broke through lasted for 2 months!

But as of today, I have a date in my head - I want to reach 250 by October 13. (Heck, I want to be less than 250 by then, but let's be realistic!) That's a little more than two pounds per week. I think I can do that! But while I'm keeping the date in my head, my main focus will be seeing the scale slide down, no matter how quickly or slowly it goes!

I'm not giving up - 113 pounds to go! emoticon

Starting point: 346 (07/29/13)
Small goal: 329 (328.4 as of 08/26/13)
Small goal: 315 (314.8 as of 11/13/13)
Small goal: 299 (02/12/14)
BIG goal: 291 (289.8 as of 03/12/14)
Small goal: 279 (277.5 as of 5/19/14)
Small goal: 265
Small goal: 250
BIG goal: 246
Small goal: 229
Small goal: 214 (People's choice weight!)
Small goal: 199
BIG goal: 191
Small goal: 179
Small goal: 165
Ultimate goal: 160

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SLENDERELLA61 7/30/2014 3:37PM

    Great job!! Keep up the good work! You are laying the groundwork for a lifetime of living at a healthy weight. When you lose weight despite stressful situations you learn how to cope in ways other than eating. You are doing it for sure!!

Setting a goal that you have total control over is often more powerful than setting a scale-related goal. We simply don't have total control over the scale, especially not in the long run. So setting goals to track fully, to stick to your calorie range, to drink your water, get in some exercise, and get to bed on time -- those are things that matter and that you have total control of. Then the scale will catch up IMHO.

Congrats on all your success. Keep it up!!

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HAPPY_AS_IS 7/30/2014 2:18PM

    Wow! You are amazing! Keep up the excellent job!!!!

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Well, THAT ought to do it!

Tuesday, July 15, 2014

I've been frustrated the last several weeks because my weight loss seems to have stalled out. I've been exercising and staying (mostly!) within my calorie range, but I just can't move past this plateau. I've been bouncing between 275 and 279 for weeks now.

It just occurred to me this morning that I hadn't edited my goals for awhile. I know this is something I need to do - heck, it's what I had to do to break though my last plateau!

So, I edited my goals, and wow, I lost a lot of calories per day! OK, only about 300, but now I know why I've been stuck!

Everything is now updated, so I'm hoping to see a good loss this time next week!

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AMAZINGAMY14 7/18/2014 10:03AM

    emoticon emoticon Let us know how it goes.

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    5that should make a difference

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/15/2014 10:27AM

    Nice job on figuring things out. emoticon

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DIEGOGAL1 7/15/2014 8:53AM

    It is hard when you hit a plateau, you will get over this Heather, and yes you are right hate to lose the extra calories, Hugs! Donna

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AUNTRENEE 7/15/2014 8:29AM

    I hear ya on the flip flopping on the weight. Everyone does.

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Happy 4th of July!

Friday, July 04, 2014

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MYTURNNOW2013 7/4/2014 11:56AM

    Thank you and to you as well!

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JAVABERN 7/4/2014 11:26AM

    Love all that stuff from the 40's! Used to watch those black and white movies on summer vacation when it was too hot outside to play. That must be when I fell in love with HOLLYWOOD.

Happy 4th to you Scarlet. Thanks for the goodie, one can never have too many goodies in the treasure box. Good challenge ahead on the 7th. Remember we have to post 3 times through the week and weigh in each Monday. I'm hoping for 10 pounds, we will see.
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WDIPIM 7/4/2014 10:37AM

  God Bless America!

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Progress in Pictures

Sunday, June 15, 2014

June, 2013

June, 2014

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WV_CAROLE 7/28/2014 12:19PM

    So inspirational! You rock! emoticon

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NOTGVGUP83 6/19/2014 4:00PM

    way to go!!

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FUNISSA 6/16/2014 12:47PM

    It doesn't even look like the same people!!! Great job guys!!

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AMAZINGAMY14 6/16/2014 12:26PM

    Girl you look awesome and even younger than last year. emoticon emoticon

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COPOOLGIRL 6/16/2014 11:04AM

    You guys look great!!

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DIEGOGAL1 6/16/2014 8:23AM

    Heather you look simply wonderful... you motivate me so much!

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I_R_WORTH_IT 6/16/2014 7:50AM

    Thats the ticket! Keep on a shrinking! Looking great and showing it in that confident pose you have there!

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MSGO72 6/16/2014 12:20AM

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SPECIALGURL7 6/15/2014 10:46PM

    Wow! You look good.

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GINNABOOTS 6/15/2014 9:19PM

    OMG! You look fantastic! emoticon emoticon


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TXTECH94 6/15/2014 9:05PM

    emoticon You guys look amazing!! Congratulations!!

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LINDA7668 6/15/2014 8:38PM

    Wow! Great job both of you! Keep it up!

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LIZZY0223 6/15/2014 8:38PM

    Absolutely amazing! emoticon

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JERZRN 6/15/2014 8:30PM

    Wow! You guys looks awesome! Way to go!!!

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