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Highlites of the Holiday

Monday, November 30, 2009

This weekend was busy, busy, busy!!! I actually think I maintained my weight despite eating cheesecake yesterday! Turkey day was fun and yummy! That was the BEST turkey I've ever had! Black Friday was CRAZY, even though I didn't shop for anything. BF said we should go walk around the mall for exercise. I thought he was crazy! But we did, and it was actually fun. It's always nice when you don't actually have to wait in line to purchase something. Saturday my daughter and I went to a wedding. It was really cool. Luke (the groom) is in the army, so they did the "military arch" thing and it was cool to see so many guys all dressed in their formal military garb. He will be in my prayers, as he will be deployed to Afghanistan soon. (please pray for his and all our troops' safety) Sunday brought Turkey day at my Mom's. It was fun. My little brother is hilarious! He put on my Mom's faux fur dress coat and her derby day hat and told her he was ready to help with the dishes. Wish I had pictures! I made the cheesecake. It was the best I think I've ever made! I only ate 1/16 of it, so I think that's pretty good! (I didn't have any for my B-day, so I was so looking forward to it at this time)

So now I am primed and ready to tackle a hard hitting fitness week. I'm gonna mall walk to day. Hoping to go again at least a couple more days this week too.

Ooooooo, I forgot to tell ya'll the BESTEST part about my whole holiday! I got a new-to-me car!!! It was a gift. (the best EVER!!!). It's a 2005 Pontiac Grand Prix. It has 33,000 miles! It also has power everything (my old car was manual windows/doors and played tapes). It has a sunroof, leather seats, heated seats, CD player, remote start, 3.8 liter engine (it FLIES), and it is the best car I've ever owned! It was such an unexpected blessing. It's hard to accept a gift of this magnitude. I'm working hard on my receiving abilities. I thank God for blessing my life! I pray I can pay it forward someday!

Now, let's kick some hiney this week!!!

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KATIERIVERSMOM 11/30/2009 11:05PM

    I'm so happy for you! Great job maintaining your weight and congratulations on the car too! You are ROCKIN!

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BUTTERCUP76 11/30/2009 3:25PM

    Glad you had such a great weekend and I'm excited for you too about the car that is. It sounds so nice. When I got my van almost 2 years ago I was so excited about the fact that it had a clicker, you know to lock and unlock the doors. This was so cool and exciting to me. So I total feel your excitement!

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Much Fun

Friday, November 27, 2009

Turkey day at my boyfriend's parents was quite fun. The food was EXCELLENT! We played Outburst. So, overall it was a good time.

Today, all I had on my agenda was giving a one hour massage at noon. I figured I'd eat lunch with BF and then, I guess I was hoping for some down time. We ended up going to the Mall (on Black Friday) for no real purpose other than to walk off lunch. But, this mall was far a way and it took forever to get home. I then had to go out (again) to buy DD an dress to wear to a wedding we are going to tomorrow. Then I had to make a cheesecake for Thanksgiving at my Mom's Sunday. I can't make it tomorrow because this wedding is one of those all day affairs. I just wanted some alone time to read. Tomorrow I have to get to the bank and the pharmacy and get to this wedding. Sunday we are expected at my Mom's at noon. My weekend is shot! I'm sure all of these events will be fun, but it is not the same as having a lazy, no obligation, kind of day. I would like one of those soon. Ah well--the business does me good. I need to burn some calories!

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AMYJO323 11/28/2009 3:53PM

    Hope you have a fun time at the wedding, dancing at weddings is wonderful excercise! :)

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KATIERIVERSMOM 11/28/2009 10:28AM

    I always love those lazy days too. But there's something to be said about a day full of activities and tasks though, they give you a sense of accomplishment...there's always next weekend? Hope you have fun at the wedding and at your mom's tomorrow. emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 11/28/2009 12:42AM

    some days are like that never go as you planned, the day has it's own agenda
you will get through it, it always works itself out, no fear

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Gobble Gobble, It's Turkey Day!

Thursday, November 26, 2009

I'm going to my BF's parent's this year. I am looking forward to it. I hear his Mom wants us all to hang out aaaaallllllll day like they used to do at her relatives. That's the way it happens at my relatives on holiday's too. But we play games, drink, eat, and really enjoy each others company. Someone always has a new game to play and there are loads of cousins around. When I was little we ended up in the basement playing tag, "pile-on", twister, etc. My memories are of us laughing til we just about puke! Oh, to be a kid again. I'll miss my family this year. We're all really spread out and many of us cousins are now married with kids and have other family obligations. I look forward to seeing them again, but also will enjoy making new memories with my new extended family. Happy Thanksgiving to all of you!

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KATIERIVERSMOM 11/27/2009 12:49PM

    So how was it?
I love memories of childhood traditions, the new ones never seem to be anywhere near as good... I think it's the innocence of youth that makes it as fun as it was. My family is all spread out now too, like all across the country and we usually go to the in-laws, too bad my kids were both sick and I just made dinner for our little family. It was actually really nice (except the kids being sick part). There's something to be said about quiet holidays too.
Hope you had fun!

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USEANDLOSE 11/26/2009 9:37PM

    Old traditions can be wonderful - but so can new ones! Hope you enjoyed your day! Happy Thanksgiving!

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Bump in the road?

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

So I was lamenting with my SP friend Useandlose about weight gain this week. Perhaps I just wasn't ready for 20 pounds? Perhaps I needed to assess my commitment? I just know it sucks and I will have to work hared/smarter to make this work.

At any rate, I had a bit of a revelation while blogging on her page. In a non-hypothetical way, I hate bumps in the road. They damage my car. But my kid loves them. She says WEE every time we hit one and sometimes tells me to "do it again." Of course I don't want to keep hitting bumps on my weight loss journey, but maybe I can have fun with them any way. I challenged my dear friend to have FUN today. To do things kids do for exercise today. You know things like: play tag (you're it!), touched you last (can you see starting that at the office?), running backwards, skipping, hop scotch, jump rope, my favorite=Hula Hooping, crazy dancing, rolling on the floor! Can you think of any more? Let's have an all out, kid-like, fun kinda day! Bumps can be fun. Are you with me?

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CHEDDERFISH 11/25/2009 11:20PM

    Hula HOOOOOOOOOOOOP!!! emoticon (That's also for the revolutions around your body hehehe)

oh and Tag you're it :)

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COLEENCOLE 11/25/2009 12:02PM

    I am with you. I called it Go With The Flow

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FERRETLOVER1 11/25/2009 8:09AM

    How about Red Rover? Anyone remember that? It's also always fun to play Simon Says - that can be pretty physical, too. What about dancing "The Freddy"? Lots of great ways to keep moving and also to bring back great memories.

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USEANDLOSE 11/25/2009 8:03AM

    You are indeed a great spark friend - thank you so much for your support!

I'm going to hang Christmas decorations...and run up and down to the attic to get them. I'm going to put on my favorite Christmas songs and dance when the fast ones come on.

I'm going to ride my bike to the grocery store for those last minute fresh veges, and I'm going to look for some fun outlets today.

Thanks for the reminder - a bump in the road is just a bump in the road. Now, where is that hula hoop? I always have one handy - one of my favorites as well!

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My heart

Tuesday, November 24, 2009

I haven't been taking good care of my heart for a very long time. I've made it work too hard. I've tried so hard to hide my heart. It was broken. Who wants to see a broken heart?

I've been picking up the pieces. I've been figuring out where they fit. I've been gluing them in place with light, love, and risk. I've been building it's strength by exercising and eating fruits and veggies.

I'm using my heart rather than hiding it. I'm reaching out to others, even though I know they could break it again. But, I'm pretty confident that the glue I used is strong. I'm not so sure my heart will break again. It may chip or get scratched, but not break. Risk is good for the heart. Hiding it is bad for it.

I know how to shelter my heart and how to tend it. I have consulted with doctors and have prepared a sound action plan to keep it going strong. I am properly loving my heart and in turn it is properly loving me. We can climb hills and keep going! Look out Mountains--here we come!

Friends: Thank you for helping me tend my heart. Thank you for pointing me to the right decisions. Thank you for making me healthy. Thank you for the companionship on the journey.

Hugs (from my heart), Jenn

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SHEENADEE 11/24/2009 11:42PM

    Love your blog. Thanks for posting it!

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LISANANCY 11/24/2009 8:31AM

    You, my dear friend, have something else, a gentle heart. I know it is as scary as h*** when it comes to the health of a heart. My doctor wanted to stick a stinkin' pacemaker in me. No, nope, I chose to get fit.

A broken heart is even worse. Who are these people who trample on our love?

You and I have finally found out the secret, Love Ourselves,our most important gift.

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    emoticon Good blog!

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