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Life in a Snow-Bird State

Friday, October 05, 2012


Long before the picture out your window looks this cold, folks in Minnesota, Wisconsin and other "cold winter" states are packing up and heading to Arizona. We call them SNOWBIRDS!

In Phoenix, and all it's many suburbs you will see the motor homes, sometimes pulling a little compact car, heading into the area. Mesa is extremely popular, so is Sun City, Sun City West, and Sun City Grand in the West Valley region. Of course Yuma and Tuscon get their fair share also! Suddenly the churches add an extra Mass or Service to accommodate all the extra people. Arriving at restaurants for the "early-bird specials" you will see a long line waiting to be seated and businesses are thriving!

I suppose, looking at the financial end of this, it's a big boon for the businesses in Arizona. And seeing longer lines in restaurants don't really bother me, we don't eat out that often. And as I have many friends who fall into the SnowBird category you see a certain trend. Once they reach their late 70's to early 80's many will decide they are "too old" to make that long trip each year and they settle down full-time to whatever their particular area of Phoenix may be. On the other hand, they decide to "give up" their warm winters they enjoy so much, and stick it out in the cold country, choosing to be with their loved ones, just in case their time is up.

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To all the SnowBirds -- welcome to the land of Warm Winters!

emoticon If you tough it out in the "COLD" country -- get lots of sleep! emoticon
Hey! I'm from Minnesota -- I KNOW!

  
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PSMITH3841 10/12/2012 11:27AM

    I am not crazy about Winter, but I live in an area of PA that most of the "nasty stuff" seems to pass by. Last year was relatively warm (not Fl or AZ warm), with very little snow, so we're all expecting a "blinger" of a winter this year....we'll see.

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STILLFLYIN 10/10/2012 12:13PM

    We have a number of Snow-Birds here, too. They laugh when we are complaining of the cold...
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ARTJAC 10/7/2012 2:21AM

    THE SAME THING HAPPENS HERE IN VICTORIA PEOPLE GO NORTH FOR WARMER WEATHER emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 10/6/2012 5:46PM

    Didn't realize you got snowbirds, too! My mom and dad were snowbirds from Pa. to Fla. for quite a few yrs. My DH, DD & I moved to NC 28 years ago, but for work, not necessarily for weather, but that was a big plus for me!! Last Winter was really mild for us, so I almost fear how bad it might be this year. It's already getting cooler this Fall than this time last year!!
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BLUEFAIRYTALE 10/6/2012 3:39PM

  I'm pretty close to Minneosta, I'm in northern Iowa. I'm not really a fan of winter either unless they are mild, last year wasn't bad. Arizona sounds nice though! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/6/2012 7:55AM

    I hate Winter so one day I will come live with you but for now have to put up with the Winters in Nebraska
Enjoy your Weather
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FISHINGLADY66 10/5/2012 10:44PM

    We had a very mild winter here in Missouri last year. I'm not fond of really cold winters, but for the most part I can make it thru a couple of bad months if I have to. I enjoyed your blog.

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SHOES17 10/5/2012 4:20PM

    I love WINTER!!! If it is as warm in North Carolina as it was last year, I might go visit the polar bears!! I just love cold weather!! emoticon emoticon

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YOYONOMORE1 10/5/2012 3:01PM

    Here in MI we have church members that leave us during the winter mostly to Texas and Florida. We have always just stayed where we are at, just in the winter we don't go out quite as often when it gets bad, we've had some pretty mild winter over the last couple of years, makes you wonder what's coming this winter. My one niece moved from upper MI to AZ stayed there maybe 7-9 yrs. and then ended up moving to AL, she has a son and daughter there. Have a great weekend.

Hugs,
Shirl

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FIRECOM 10/5/2012 2:11PM

    As another Arizonian, I welcome the snow birds, even tough some of them have less than des9reable driving habits.
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DMF2012 10/5/2012 2:06PM

    Just like Florida!

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My Plans for October and Beyond!

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

emoticon emoticon I've been in the 130's for a little over a month without sliding back into the dreaded 140's. That part is good.

emoticon Fall is coming even to the Hot Climes of Arizona! Right now the people in Phoenix are all applauding because the temps will be below 100F. Right! Can you imagine being glad to see 98 or 99F. Ha! But, the week after that we might even be down to the high 80's. And the overnight low will be 75F -- how wonderful is that.

emoticon the 19th is my Birthday. I will be 74 years young -- and of course it means a night out on the town! I may splurge, but only a little. Because next month is a 2-week hiking vacation in Mexico City and surrounding area, including Belize! emoticon Should use up a lot of calories, but it will be ALL restaurnt food -- sooooooo!? Who knows?

emoticon Barely get back from vacation and it's time to go to my daughter's home for Thanksgiving!

emoticon Hope the angel stays on my shoulder and encourages me to go on! I don't want to even see the emoticon .

  
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OLDERDANDRT 10/5/2012 11:12AM

    emoticon and in case I forget, emoticon !!! I KNOW you don't want to see the 140's again, for sure, so I think that motivation will keep you on the lookout for GOOD foods......even in restaurants! It'll be a great, hiking vacation!!!
So glad your temps are (even if slowly) dropping somewhat!! Our highs have been in the 70's to low 80's for awhile now! It feels soooo good! Another cold front coming in this weekend and it'll actually be chilly!! Sweat shirt weather! Getting just a tad too cool a tad too soon for me, but I guess I'm never really satisfied! emoticon
You will always have angels on your shoulder b/c you ARE one!! emoticon No worries!
Be well and be sure you're in tip top shape for all that hiking, now!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
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MICHELELYNN777 10/5/2012 8:18AM

    emoticon on maintaining your weight! I am looking forward to getting out of the 150's very soon and then have to push through the 140's as well. You are an inspiration!
emoticon October is a great month for a birthday! Mine is the 22nd. Enjoy your night on the town and splurge enough to not feel deprived knowing you will be right back to your regular routine the next day.
emoticon A hiking vacation sounds wonderful! I know you will have a great time and share your adventure with us when you get back.
emoticon Can't believe Thanksgiving is just around the corner! Where does your daughter live? We will be traveling for the first time ever since both of our kids are now up in Seattle.
emoticon Enjoy the cooler weather even though it is still nice and sunny. My mom leaves next week to winter in Yuma. I am happy for her, sad for me.
As always, I love reading your blogs!
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ARTJAC 10/5/2012 2:31AM

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DALID414 10/4/2012 4:12PM

    If by angel you mean SparkPeople, then yes, we'll all be here for you! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 10/4/2012 10:12AM

    I think that angel will continue to hang in there. I don't see you having too much difficulty with birthday celebration and vacation foods...you're pretty good with that "balancing" stuff.. Regardless, continue to use your good judgement and you'll be fine! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/4/2012 8:09AM

    You will be a good girl you tell me one day or one Holiday won't do us in this year just be bad on your birthday emoticon and on my birthday Halloween emoticon emoticon then be good until Thanksgiving emoticon and Christmas emoticon - Come on Kido emoticon
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JACK714 10/4/2012 7:13AM

    Good to have a plan. Then work the plan. Anticipate what's coming and be ready for it. Good thinking - as usual.

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DIANER2014 10/4/2012 5:53AM

    Good job on maintaining your weight! I love cool weather too!
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CHICCHANTAL 10/4/2012 2:16AM

    Your plans have sparked me. I will need a kick up the u no what when I get home - may even force myself to weigh in tomorrow . . . so I'll be putting up a post-holday plan for October some time soon . . .

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FIRECOM 10/4/2012 12:54AM

    Hello to a fellow Arizonian. We go to a lot of HS baseball games. Our grandson plays year round and as you know, those December and January nights can be bloody cold.

I thought your blog was great and Happy birthday in advance,

Frank

PS, we live in Gilbert.

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WARRIORFIT1 10/3/2012 11:44PM

    You've done really well, Eve! emoticon So you're looking forward to those cool Fall temps of 98 degrees! omg! That would make me drink a LOT more water... emoticon I like cool weather, wish it could be in the 70s year round. Anyway, I still cannot believe you're going to be 74 years young! Is that in years going backward? emoticon

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What Happened in September?

Sunday, September 30, 2012

emoticon I kind of hate to say it, but September was a "maintenance" month! And it's part of my personality to find the silver lining in every cloud; so I will revise that to say I'm happy I did not gain any weight in September.

emoticon emoticon I did a bit of the yo-yo thing during the month, just a natural way of life for me. But the last 3 days of the month went against me and I ended up at the very same weight as I started out. But -- (there is always a 'but', isn't there?) there were a couple of highlights along the way.

#1 I HIT A NEW LOW OF 136.6 and it was back in the early 90's that I was that weight.

#2 I've discovered a few things about my diet and my body that will help me in the coming months.

#3 I feel better than I have in a long time. I gave myself a little reward for hitting the new low and that was a new watch that tracks your steps, mileage and calories used. It will be much more accurate and handy when I go to Mexico in November. It's not completely accurate as it moves by the swing of your arm -- but it is WAY more dependable than the pedometers.

#4 I've still got today to work on starting out October at a lower weight. Never give up!
It's mum time! Enjoy!

  
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WHITNEYLD 10/4/2012 4:42AM

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PSMITH3841 10/2/2012 10:11AM

    Sometimes "no gain" is a good thing. I have no doubts that you will reach your goal weight very soon.. Where are you going in Mexico? I had such a great time there in June, I can't wait to go back. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 10/1/2012 12:49PM

    There's a lot to be said for staying the same, dear one! It's not a gain!
Love the watch! Sounds like a nifty little devise!!
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ANGRITTER 10/1/2012 11:48AM

    Oh yeah! You will love that watch in Mexico. And plan for it to be plenty warm as well. I made the mistake of going to Mexico over Halloween and only packed jeans - so the wrong move!!! It was hot and humid and I ended up sweating like a fat pig roasting over hot coals.

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VITCHY-VICKI 10/1/2012 7:51AM

    Your doing great so we didn't make our Sept Goal we will make our Oct one
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ARTJAC 10/1/2012 12:59AM

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WARRIORFIT1 9/30/2012 9:13PM

    Awesome attitude and perspective! You're doing GREAT! Just the fact that you've learned things to help you forward is a major plus! emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 9/30/2012 7:25PM

    Awesome! Great attitude to have and you made some very good strides to make your goal! Way To Go! emoticon

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LADYPIXEL 9/30/2012 4:26PM

    I don't know if you've tried them, but the Fitbit is actually pretty accurate, at least for me. But I am curious about the watch you've got. What kind is it? :)

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JERZGURL_NAN 9/30/2012 3:19PM

    great plan - great attitude - and WOW congrats on hitting your all time low - I'm still working on that dream. I def appreciate your month - Mine started early Aug and went to mid sept. ready to rock the fall though.

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SHOES17 9/30/2012 2:49PM

    Never ever give up... emoticon

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FIRECOM 9/30/2012 2:14PM

    Great blog. Happy trails to you.

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DALID414 9/30/2012 1:53PM

    If it were easy, it wouldn't mean as much.
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MEEZERMOM2 9/30/2012 12:40PM

    I love mums! Reminds me of high school & football gaimes & all the nice things that go with fall, like cooler weather! Glad that you are feeling good, that really helps...I am learning to keep "looking forward", not backward & learning meditation, so helpful.. Have a great Sunday! emoticon

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If

Friday, September 28, 2012


If I knew how hard it was to lose weight as I got older, I would have exercised more!

If I had known I would be abducted by aliens in Roswell, NM I would have stayed home!

If I had known my cat would use up all my cell phone minutes, I wouldn't have given her a phone!

If I'd known how hard the path to a healthy lifestyle would be I'd have taken better care!

If I'd known how fun it was to paint, I would have started when I was young!

If fall is your favorite time of year, this photo is for YOU!

If you want to be my friend, just friend me today! I'll friend you back!

  
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STARLIGHT615 10/2/2012 4:41PM

    VEry Cute Blog!!!

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PSMITH3841 10/2/2012 10:04AM

    emoticon Another very cool blog! You always come up with interesting stuff, that hits the mark. emoticon emoticon

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JACK714 9/30/2012 7:34AM

    Another fascinating blog. emoticon

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ANGRITTER 9/29/2012 3:36PM

    That was so cute! I love it!

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GALINAZ 9/29/2012 2:02PM

    great pics, you are so clever! Isn't it great that fall is coming? I'm planting a vegetable garden, we'll see if anything comes up!

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4_MY_LIFE 9/29/2012 1:12PM

    emoticon I love fall!

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KARL1266 9/29/2012 11:02AM

    That was a great blog! Thanks! emoticon

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FATBOTTOMGRL1 9/29/2012 9:39AM

    So glad we did friend each other~ this is awesome..

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DIANER2014 9/29/2012 9:21AM

    Love your blog! Thanks for the pics. emoticon

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MICHELELYNN777 9/29/2012 9:04AM

    This made me emoticon So glad you are my emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 9/29/2012 8:31AM

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TRISTAROSE 9/29/2012 6:36AM

    Very creative blog .... sure made me smile!

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FIRECOM 9/29/2012 2:39AM

    Now this was fun. Thanks

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SHOES17 9/28/2012 11:11PM

    That is my Sassey with the cell phone.!! Love d this blog! emoticon

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DIDMIS 9/28/2012 11:07PM

    Good. Fall is my favorite time of the year as I was born in October but here in deep south Texas we have palm trees instead of the beautiful trees. Thank you for the trees.
Irene

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DALID414 9/28/2012 9:58PM

    Thanks for the awesome fall pix!

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3G1RLS4ME 9/28/2012 9:53PM

    Thanks for the photo :)

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    emoticon I loved this!
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ANDREAG89 9/28/2012 9:47PM

    Very cute post! Thanks for sharing!

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The Bottom Line!

Thursday, September 27, 2012

emoticon This is a serious blog, so don't smile and act like you don't know what I'm talking about! What happens when you reach your goal?

They say when you are training your emoticon it takes about 3 days of being very consistent for the dog to learn the new trick or whatever you are trying to teach them. I'd say for us humans it takes a bit longer for things to become a "habit" or a way of life.

For example, remember all the times we've started a new diet? We say to ourselves, I'll "TRY" this for a week or so -- just to see if it works. If it doesn't work, we drop it (we are impatient and expect immediate results); and if it does work, once we've lost a few pounds our old habits start to creep back in -- and subsequently we start to put the weight back on.

If you are only 10 pounds or so away from your goal you may not have set down with yourself and realistically thought about how you would handle it when you reach your goal. There are a few things you'd better think about, very seriously.

#1 This hasn't really been a "diet" you've been on, but a change of lifestyle. When you change you lifestyle it doesn't mean you go back to your OLD habits, you keep on with the new.

#2 Maintenance doesn't suddenly mean you can eat 1000 calories extra every day -- try that and your scale will head nowhere but up, Up, UP!

#3 You've read your articles, you know you need to keep yourself hydrated with water, tea, coffee, healthy liquids (alcohol doesn't really fit in there).

#4 If fruits and veggies are so important to a Healthy Lifestyle why do you think once you reach the magic number on the scale -- you can stop eating them? What do you think will happen?

#5 Reaching your goal doesn't mean you can go on a SEE-FOOD diet (see it, and eat it). It does not mean your body no longer needs to exert itself with exercise. By now you should be in the "Habit" of eating healthy and getting in some sort of daily exercise.

#6 Put one of your "fat" pictures on your refrigerator -- let it guide you in your choices. If it happened once, it can happen again.

Wishing all of you success in reaching your goals -- and then carrying those new, good habits over into your new life. Reaching your goal does not solve your problems, but it can go a long way toward helping you healthwise, giving you more confidence, and more energy to tackle jobs that need to be done. Money does not solve all our problems, and hitting the right number on the scale does not solve the problems either. But it does give us the faith and the confidence that emoticon

  
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JACK714 9/30/2012 8:36AM

    Another great blog. Good thoughts. I have never reached my goal weight, but there is always hope. emoticon

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PSMITH3841 9/28/2012 12:21PM

    This was right on the mark! Just because we reached our goals, doesn't mean we can rest on our laurels to maintain, many of us fall into that pit. Unfortunately, I'm one of those people and your blog was timely for me! emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 9/28/2012 10:08AM

    Well said, my friend!!! And it's the absolute truth!! I still have a ways to go..... about 45 pounds or so and I know I will have to be ever vigilant the rest of my life!! I am very prone to over eating and obesity, but having been there for too long, I know it's not a place I want to be!
Yeah, "they" say it takes X amount of time to form a habit, but in this case, the basic habit may take a short time to get familiar with, but a lifetime to really make it part of your life! (At least, I think so in my case!)
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VITCHY-VICKI 9/28/2012 7:39AM

    I am one of those people if the plan didn't work I try something new but that has been me for years - so I am just going to keep trying until I get to my goal and then we will see how I do after that
Thanks for the blog we all needed a reality check
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TRISTAROSE 9/28/2012 6:31AM

    My journey has been slow but I am making progress and these are great tips to keep in mind once I reach goal. Thank you for a GREAT blog!

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SHOES17 9/27/2012 9:38PM

    emoticon Lol had to come back to subscribe to your blogs!

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SHOES17 9/27/2012 9:37PM

    emoticon It takes longer ...but I am getting there one step at a time! great blog

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FIRECOM 9/27/2012 9:00PM

    Did you write this just for me??? It sure seems that way. I am at my goal weight and really worry about the maintenance. Every other program I have had any success at just let me twist in the wind when I was at a desireable (but not optimum) weitght.

Your points are spot on and I appreciate them. Thanks

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MEEZERMOM2 9/27/2012 6:29PM

    All these things are so true...I am hapy to say I have been at goal weight since January! My wieght fluctuates 2 or 3 pounds & as I've mentioned "ad nauseum", following this plan it is so easy. I eat my fill of my healthy foods, am never hungry & love fitting in small clothes again, plus I feel better! I got rid of all my "fat" cothes, as I know I am never going back there!

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