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My new grand-daughter..........pictures too!

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

I am blessed......My new grand-daughter, Calista Grace, was born at 7:19PM on September 19th. She weighed in at 9lbs, 9oz and is 20 inches long. My poor daughter labored for 36 hours before a c-section was done. Mother and daughter are just fine and we are all in love with little Callie.



Just about an hour old......



Eighteen hours old in her Opa's arms......



My daughter and her new daughter.......



Calista Grace.........her name is Greek in origin and means beautiful one



The proud parents and their sweet baby girl.

  
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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 1/10/2011 1:35PM

    Granddaughters are the BEST! I finally got one about 17 months ago, after having three sons of my own, and one grandson, who's almost 5. I love my grandson, but have to admit, I just adore that little girl. I think I read this somewhere once: "If I'd known grandchildren were so much fun, I'd have had them first." Your granddaughter is gorgeous--ENJOY!

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MCKATIE2 12/5/2010 5:54PM

    A beautiful baby - with a lovely name! What a blessing!

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LADYNETTIE 9/25/2010 12:45AM

    What a heartwarming story! Thank you so much for sharing these wonderful photos of your beautiful family.
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FITGAL2010 9/24/2010 8:49PM

    I'm so glad that I checked on your page! Yay! Congratulations on your new granddaughter. All look very happy and healthy... over 9lbs, and she is beautiful. I love the pictures; thanks for sharing. Wonderful blessings! Her name is very pretty. Take care, Lori

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AELARLEE1 9/23/2010 11:46PM

    She is beautiful!!

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DRASADAF 9/22/2010 11:47AM

    oh!she is so cute and fragile...congratulations to u and the mom and dad....welcome home the new miracle of god...

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MADEBYMARZIPAN 9/22/2010 12:47AM

    OHHHH! I am MELTING! She is absolutely, breathtakingly beautiful! Way to go Mom and congrats Grandma!!

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/21/2010 9:04PM

    Mommy, Baby & Daddy are Beautiful.
Blessings on the new Little One.

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MYRTLEBEACHWINS 9/21/2010 2:23PM

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Awwwwww, color me jealous. Her name is a perfect fit. Prayers that she has the healthiest life ever!

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ENVYFRESH23 9/21/2010 2:17PM

    congratulations grandma! how exciting!

she is a beauty =)

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MOTHER-NATURE 9/21/2010 1:55PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonhome little Calista Grace .. you are beautiful !!!

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SPEEDY143 9/21/2010 1:49PM

    Beautiful... I love the name Grace. Blessing on all of you emoticon

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JMAGEE8871 9/21/2010 1:43PM

    Congratulations, she is beautiful. Being a grandma is about the best thing in the world.

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LADYJAKE1 9/21/2010 1:42PM

    I am a first time Grandma to. My first granddaughter is 3 months old and my second one is 1 week old...

such a blessing

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BSKTCON 9/21/2010 1:35PM

    Oh my goodness! What a blessing! Best wishes to Calista, and her whole family. Enjoy her!

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ONCEUPONMYLIPS 9/21/2010 1:27PM

    Congratulations! What a sweet baby to add to your beautiful family.



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Tying my shoes!

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

I just put on my workout clothes and sat down to tie my shoes. I slipped the shoe on and brought my foot up to the edge of the chair, my knee almost to my chin, and tied my shoe. I repeated with the other foot. WOW........ Eight months ago, I struggled to tie my own shoes....sitting on the bed, with my leg bent sideways doing most of it by feel. Now I tie my shoes without even thinking about it......I can even bend at the waist and reach my feet to tie them, STANDING UP!

Everyday tasks are so much easier now.....I can't imagine how much better I'll feel when I reach my goal!

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LADYNETTIE 9/25/2010 12:46AM

    Little victories are just as awesome as big ones! One step closer to your finish line!

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FITGAL2010 9/18/2010 11:23AM

    Isn't it a great feeling! Congratulations Terry!

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/15/2010 9:17PM

    Terry, you are looking GOOD!

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FREDINSEOUL 9/15/2010 6:39PM

    Good job. Good for you! Progress is made

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2MCHCHKLIT 9/15/2010 5:32PM

    Yahoo!!! Good for YOU!!!! emoticon

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Haircuts

Saturday, September 11, 2010

Yesterday I went for my first haircut since I started my new lifestyle. I had the best experience ever. While I love having my hair washed, cut and styled, I used to hate having to look at myself the whole time. Once the drape was on I always saw a huge blob with a pudgy head sticking out. I tried closing my eyes the whole time but that's rude so I would focus on anything so I didn't have to look at myself.

Yesterday I saw a new person and smiled for the whole hour. I saw smaller shoulders before the drape went on and I didn't look like a blob! I saw a thinner neck and face.....no more pudgy head! I didn't worry that Kat, the stylist, would break her leg when she had to pump the chair up a little higher. When I walked out of the shop I held my head a little higher and kept my shoulders back. I walk with confidence now!

What do you view differently now that you are thinner and more fit?

  
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LADYNETTIE 9/25/2010 12:50AM

    I totally understand your feelings! I catch myself in the mirror sometimes and just stare! I used to feel so different inside than how I looked outside, but now it's completely different. I look and feel like a healthy, happy, vibrant woman and the sense of complete contentment is just amazing. It's worth every step that I took to get here and I wish the same success for you! It just keeps getting better, and you will probably wish you had done this years ago, like I do!! Your finish line is just ahead, and I'll be waving you across!! Big hugs, Annette
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FITGAL2010 9/18/2010 11:21AM

    Hi, Gash, I know what you are saying! I really do, and you said it so well. Isn't it great! You look fantastic! Have a Fit day today! ~ Lori

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TEDYBEAR2838 9/11/2010 8:47PM

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I see you developing into a new YOU!

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ANITA012 9/11/2010 5:32PM

    "Wow!" I just did the same thing last month. I hadn't been to a shop to get my hair done in years, and decided that a new hair cut would be just what I would need to start my new journey.
I know how you feel about your head feeling pudgy when the drape comes on. ha ha. I felt the same way.
I had a lot of hair come off and went with an easy short style that I am very happy with and so is my husband.
There is something about this entire journey and getting a new cut and style that I now find that I have a lot more spring in my step, and of course...that should help me lose weight even more quickly, right? ha ha. Every little bit helps!
Well...Enjoy your new cut and know you are heading in the right direction!
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JUDYPOPPINS 9/11/2010 4:01PM

    emoticon Isn't it great to feel confident? My confidence rarely falters now because I've worked hard and I am in control (well, most of the time).
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Are you always BEHIND the camera?

Monday, August 30, 2010

All of my life I've been behind the camera....the family historian. I hate having my picture taken. What a mistake!

I am now 55 years old and and can find very few pictures of myself. I lost my mother, mother-in-law and father-in-law in a thirteen month period five years ago. Preparing for the memorial services and looking through old pictures, reliving great times with the people I love made me realize that someday my children won't have pictures of me to jog old memories. I have done myself and my family a disservice by always staying behind the camera.

Of course it's hard to see myself at my highest weight or not at my best but I realized that my family doesn't see me as huge or not at my best. They see the woman, mother, daughter they love. When I look at pictures of my friends here on Sparkpeople, I see people of all kinds with so many wonderful qualities and so much to offer. Yes, in a side by side picture after losing 150 pounds I do see a large and a small person but that is what I'm meant to see. Otherwise, I just see the person I'm getting to know.

So, have pictures taken with your family.......at the amusement park, at family celebrations, on vacation.....anywhere a camera happens to pop up. Your family will treasure them. Have those pictures taken now while you are young. It's wonderful to occasionally take a trip down memory lane

  
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JOHNHARNEY 9/19/2010 2:27PM

    HI THIS IS REALLY GREAT AND I'VE BEEN BEHIND THE CAMERA MY WHOLE LIFE. IT WASN'T A HAPPY PLACE TO BE, BUT I GUESS I FELT SAFE. I GUESS I WAS IN PRISON IN MY OWN BODY. THANK YOU FOR POSTING THIS AND THIS WAS A GOOD WAKE UP CALL. LOVE ALWAYS JOHN emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DRASADAF 9/4/2010 3:34PM

    ok i will upload my pics now...just for u...

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MKEATE 9/1/2010 11:53AM

    Great advice! I will make it a point to take more pictures with those I love and want to remember my memories with!



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MADEBYMARZIPAN 9/1/2010 1:32AM

    Great advice, you're absolutely right!

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NOREGRET2010 8/31/2010 11:30AM

    Ouch...you are so right! I loathe having my picture taken...but when I lost my dad I was so sad I don't have pictures with him. Thanks for the reality check!

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TEDYBEAR2838 8/30/2010 4:46PM

    That is something to think about and the same with me. I just don't like my picture taken . I'm usually the picture taker too

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CARLANNIE 8/30/2010 4:44PM

    Wow - sounds like my photo albums! I'm always behind the camera, too. But that's so silly, isn't it? Time to step forward! SMILE!!!

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AELARLEE1 8/30/2010 4:13PM

    What a great thought and reminder!!

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Milestones

Saturday, August 28, 2010

It's been a great week! I've been stuck in the high 180's for a couple of weeks, losing and gaining the same 2 pounds. This morning I was 186.5.......I've lost 75 pounds since I started this journey and I'm determined to never find those pounds again!

Yesterday I walked 8.5 miles....my longest walk yet and my pedometer showed over 25,000 steps! Who knew I would come to love walking so much that my day isn't complete without at least a short walk. I've noticed that walking is an almost a painless activity now. When I first started my hips and legs ached so badly that most mornings I wanted to turn around and go home. Now I can't wait to see the steps pile up.

Everyday it's a little easier to make the right choices for my health and future. Being here at Sparkpeople is the best thing ever........Everything I need is here: support, a place to log just about everything, education, friends, points emoticon, encouragement.......I could go on & on.

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ROCKMAN6797 8/31/2010 11:55PM

    You are an inspiration to all of us! Be proud of what you have accomplished, you deserve it! Keep at it!

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AELARLEE1 8/29/2010 7:07PM

    What a wonderful testimony to change!

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JUKEBOX2 8/28/2010 8:31PM

    You're doing GREAT! keep it up... your pedometer will love you! Just a thought... your body can hold up to 5 pounds of body fluid. At this point, 2 pounds up and 2 pounds down may just be that... water retention. Keep on walking my friend!... Your goal is just steps away!
Ray

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DRASADAF 8/28/2010 6:40PM

    wow thats gr8..how much time did u take for ur 8.5 miles walk....i wish i cud do that too...but i just am able to do a 3.5 miles max uptil now....

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