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What a Welcome Home I Received

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon It's almost worth being away for a few days just to experience the excitement and love that pours forth from your dog when they see you again.

I went to pick Amber emoticon up at about 11:30 this morning and I'm sure she realized it was me at the door, so even though she normally would not bark at me -- she let out a couple of excited barks. The door opened and she came zipping out the door at full speed, with her whole body wiggling with joy!

We walked inside the house and I sat down on the sofa, she jumped up, I hugged her, she jumped down and ran like crazy through the house. Then back up on the sofa again, more hugs -- and she repeated this little scenario about 10 times before she quieted down enough to simply come and sit by me. So much love and joy, and it was so obvious.

When I got up to leave she looked at me, probably wondering if I was going to take her with me. I said, "yes, you get to go for a ride." And those words brought on a whole new set of excited barks and spinning around in circles.


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CATLADY52 10/14/2010 2:18PM

    Welcome back! You have been missed by more than just your pup.

I had a cat once that greeted me at the door. Animals are funny that way. They have ways of greeting us that can be quite unique.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/14/2010 7:37AM

    I know what you mean when I go see the Grand dog or she comes here she goes crazy and I love it - Welcome back hope you stop by the chat room soon and tell us all about the trip.

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THPEAKY 10/14/2010 7:17AM

    Dogs RULE! Welcome back: hope you had a fabulous time. I missed your posts.

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PSMITH3841 10/13/2010 9:58PM

    Don't you just love our Pups' enthusiasm...Zoey acts that way when I come home from work every day...Their love is astounding as well as unconditional...Hope you guys had a great vacation...We will see a posting, won't we? Plus, you owe us pictures of your snazzy dresses...Remember? emoticon

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Sailing the Seas and Staying Healthy

Sunday, October 03, 2010

emoticon I'll have to admit I was worried that I might come back from our cruise looking like the Goodyear Blimp -- and although I'm only on Day #3, I'm no longer worried. Between climbing the stairs instead of taking the elevator, hitting the gym daily, and just the usual walking to find the spots we are heading for -- well, let me say, I'm walking more now than I EVER did at home!

And as far as food goes -- I have settled into a routine for myself. Fruit only for breakfast (along with coffee, of course) and lunch still is on the light side, fish if I see something good, otherwise a more substantial salad, or if I decide on the buffet I can make my own healthy salad. Evening is when I allow myself to splurge just a little with dessert. If it's fairly low-cal I eat it all, if it is one of my "real temptations" that I only treat myself to once or twice per year, I try to eat only half of it, then ask for a cup of coffee or tea.

All the extra walking is great for me, and while I haven't had a chance to weigh myself -- I feel good about my weight right now. The food on the plane made me feel more full and literally "stuffed" than I ever feel now that I'm on the ship.

Wish me luck and see you in about a week! Eve
PS - Rhode Island yesterday, Boston today -- tonight we sail toward Canada and Nova Scotia, so no more Internet for me. Boo Hoo!

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CBEVNOW 10/6/2010 1:25AM

    Sounds like you are doing good. Have fun. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 10/5/2010 1:10PM

    Sounds great! Have fun!

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BLESSED2BEME 10/4/2010 2:36PM

    Sounds exciting! I hope you enjoy every minute of it.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/4/2010 8:13AM

    emoticonkeep up the good work and hurry home but have a good time

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THPEAKY 10/4/2010 7:25AM

    ...and never eat stuff you don't like. That vow I made after 40 and discovered the things I don't like are not good for me anyway. Hope you are enjoying everything about the cruise. The leaves should be cooperating along the way to give you some great colors to see!

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OLDERDANDRT 10/3/2010 6:39PM

    You're doing great!!! I had a feeling there would be plenty of good opportunities to keep up with exercise on board! Sounds like your making really good food choices,t oo!! Having fun all along the way!!! WooHoo!!!

Have fun!!!

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PSMITH3841 10/3/2010 5:42PM

    Keep up the good work, just remember moderation not deprivation...this is a Vacation Cruise...enjoy! Waiting for details and pictures! Have tons of fun!

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LIS193 10/3/2010 3:31PM

    Sounds like a great plan...maybe add a little lean protein with breakfast to keep you going? Way to go on all the walking and who needs internet when you're on sucha lovely cruise seeing new places??
Have fun!!

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USFBULL 10/3/2010 3:24PM

    Have a great trip, enjoy yourself , I think you have a good plan.

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Better to Move Ahead a Little Than to Stand Still...

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon I made an unrealistic goal to lose 4.2 pounds within a 6 day time frame. And..... being unrealistic, it did not materialize. But I did lose 1.2 pounds, so rather than feeling like a failure, I feel thankful that I lost what I did. I tried....... I didn't reach my goal; but the key word here is "I TRIED" so it shows that I'm not perfect, somewhere along the way I probably didn't make all the right food choices, perhaps I didn't get as much exercise as I should have. To me, what's important is that I made SOME progress and that beats going in the opposite direction.

You hear it everywhere you turn, baby steps, go slow to keep it off, no one is perfect, keep trying, and on and on. Most people tend to feel guilty when they don't reach a goal (even unrealistic goals) and we beat ourselves up over it. It is not only important to change our eating and exercise habits as we strive for a healthy lifestyle, we need to change our mindset. And by that I mean...... get over all those guilty feelings we harbor each time we stumble, chalk it up to experience and MOVE ON! If you can NEVER give in to temptation what would life be worth? Just remember that giving in to temptation doesn't mean eating the whole pie -- it means having a very small piece!

May your scale head emoticon 90% of the time! And when you are taking those emoticon steps, remember, they are still steps of progress!

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HELLORITA 9/30/2010 9:55PM

    This weight is so hard to lose now that I am older. When I was younger, I could lose 10-15 pounds just by adjusting some calories. Now I usually stay in my range and exercise for an hour a day and basically I maintain my 190plus pounds. I am sticking with it so I dont keep gaining but sometimes it stinks. I am going to have to treat myself to expensive healthy food tomorrow.

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PSMITH3841 9/30/2010 9:15PM

    Progress is progress....even a little at a time can turn into a lot in the end! emoticon emoticon

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    1.2 lbs in one week is emoticon

I have had weeks when any loss, even .1 was awesome!


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CATLADY52 9/29/2010 3:02PM

    A 1.2 drop is better than no drop isn't it? Relax, enjoy yourself on the trip, and come back as healthy as possible.
Bon voyage! emoticon

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ALICIA214 9/29/2010 12:32PM


This whole trip is a great learning curve, let us all strive to get to the top of the class
one step at a time. Good luck!! emoticon

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I Stumbled, but I'm Happy Where I Am!

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

emoticonWhen I made the goal to weigh 140 by vacation time (Sept.30) I knew it was a little unrealistic to expect to lose 4.2 pounds in just 6 days, but if you don't have a goal what can you aim for? The first day I was so enthusiastic after losing a whole pound -- then I hit a plateau! Boom, my spirits hit a new low and I felt like a failure! emoticon

But after thinking it over for a couple of days I realized I was lucky and blessed in so many ways! I was going on vacation in a few days on a cruise to see the fall color in Nova Scotia, Canada and the East Coast! Yipee! I weigh a lot less than I did a year ago! Yipee! I'm very healthy and full of energy! Yipee! I'm not in a financial bind of any type! Yipee!

Actually makes me feel a little guilty to have been feeling so low over not losing the weight I wanted to lose, especially since it was within an unrealistic time frame. Life is not about being perfect, it's about doing the best you can, and if you stumble, or even fall, get back up, learn from your mistakes, and go on!

I'm not going to worry over every morsel of food I eat while on the cruise, but I will try to offset it by hitting the gym each and every day, walking the deck, and try to just "take a taste" instead of saying "I can't believe I ate the whole thing."

One more day, then I'll see you all back here in a couple of weeks!
Hugs, Eve

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/29/2010 8:21AM

    Have a emoticon Time
Hurry back I will miss you

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THPEAKY 9/29/2010 7:00AM

    Have a fabulous trip and take lots of pictures!

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LUNADRAGON 9/29/2010 1:18AM

    Sometimes it is ok to make a goal that is unreachable. Just think, you did lose one of those 4 lbs. so you were not a total flop! Excellent.

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WALIDGAZALA 9/29/2010 1:15AM

    Don't worry, every body is like you.
Carry on and enjoy it, tell us the whole story when you come back, hopefully healthy and happy as you are!

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On a Plateau with 3 Days to Go!

Monday, September 27, 2010

emoticon emoticon I'm wondering if I'm going to lose another ounce or two before I leave. I thought I did good as far as eating goes on Sunday, but the scale stubbornly just stayed the same! And of course between errands and going to church again there was no exercise. And on top of that the backs of my legs are so sore from using the epiliptical we have that I could barely WALK! The whole thing is kind of depressing. The only silver lining I can think of is that I weigh a lot less than I did when I was ready to take my last trip!

This morning I got up early and headed over to the home I have up for rent, time to mow the lawn again, and pack up even more stuff that was left behind. I could not believe how many shoes I had stacked up in shoe boxes in my closet (it is a bit embarrassing!) but my closet is now bare, the bathroom is bare, and the area to set up a computer is bare! There is only the garage and the quilting materials in the hobby room. I'm leaving them in there until the home is rented! If I get it rented, that will be my incentive to get the rest of it moved!

Wish I could put in a sunshiny, happy face and report more weight gone, but it's just not going the way I want. So far today, LOTS OF EXERCISE, so maybe I will have a good report tomorrow.

Have a good day everyone -- I'm not going to let this get me down, made me stumble a little, but I just bought 2 new dresses for the trip in size 10, and they look pretty sexy on me. That made me emoticon

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CATLADY52 9/28/2010 3:17PM

    That will put a smile on the most unhappy person, and that's not you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STILLFLYIN 9/28/2010 2:20PM

    You can put on a sunshiny, happy face and report that you are alive and well - a very good thing! Priorities!

Have fun!

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/28/2010 7:43AM

    You will be fine and you look great and I wish I weighed what you do now so don't stress over it and have fun on the trip

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PSMITH3841 9/27/2010 9:07PM

    Make sure you get pics of you in those dresses! Also, make sure you post the shots! Enjoy your trip! I'm back from vacation, and a little out of step, but I'll catch up... emoticon

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CBEVNOW 9/27/2010 7:52PM

    It will happen . A size 10 sounds good to me. We have a apt we need to rent and i have been lazy about getting it ready. I guess i will have to get at it. Be good to your self.

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