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Frumpy, Fat Pictures

Friday, July 15, 2011

Today, I went through volumes of old photo albums to get pictures for my oldest son. It was fun to look at the images of our family as it grew, the boys grew up and different chapters of life developed.

While going through these photos, I came across a couple that caught my eye.

This is the first one:



It was taken in 1990. It was a year after my youngest son was born. I was at my heaviest. I was actually the same weight as when I delivered him. There was a lot going on in my head at this point. I lived in Germany, was a stay at home mom, lived in a neighborhood where no one spoke english and had some serious post partum depression going on. I did pull myself out of it eventually and life got better.

Here is another:



At this time in my life, I had just quit a job that I hated and didn't know what to do with my life. I tried to be the PTA mom, but I just didn't feel that I fit in. I ended up going back to school and getting a career that I could depend on.

Now, I have confidence in myself. I look better, feel better and I'm not afraid to try new things. I've been married to a wonderful guy for 26 years, who gives me the opportunities to grow and be independent. Even when I was at my worst, he would tell me how beautiful I was.

Here I am now:



Much better!!

  
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TPHILLIPS69 8/13/2011 8:11AM

    What an inspiration. you look great!!

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BRTRAINS 8/7/2011 8:59AM

    Wow ... Great Job!!! You should be proud :)

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CAROLYN1ALASKA 7/20/2011 1:36AM

    What a wonderful transformation!

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DAVEINSEOUL 7/19/2011 8:27PM

    You look great! What wonders cycling does for all of us.

Cycle on - and Spark on!

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PRINCESSRUNNER7 7/16/2011 11:31AM

    You look amazing! What a transformation!!!


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SANDERSON83 7/16/2011 10:42AM

    WOWZA! You even look younger!

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CARRIGANSJOY 7/16/2011 10:00AM

    What a transformation!

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JAZOIE 7/16/2011 9:10AM

    What a stunning transformation! You look so beautiful, comfortable, and just happy to be you. I think lots of us moms can relate to those "oooogy" years though. It's wonderful to see you get yourself back!

(What did you go back to school for? Nosey folks like me want to know! lol)

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/16/2011 8:06AM

    You look as strong and happy as you sound. That is awesome. emoticon

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SHOAPIE 7/15/2011 11:26PM

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DOLPHINFAN1334 7/15/2011 10:46PM

    THAT IS TERRIFIC THAT YOUR HUSBAND ALWAYS SUPPORTED YOU. GLAD TO SEE THAT YOU ARE HEALTHY AND CONFIDENT NOW. HAVE A WONDERFUL WEEKEND!! emoticon

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Warning! Cute Baby in this Blog!!

Tuesday, July 12, 2011

Yesterday, I drove with my mother down to Atlanta to see the newest addition to our family. Gabriella Renee was born on July 1st to my nephew and his wife.


Here's little Gabby!


Here's Great Auntie Peggy (Me) getting my baby fix.


This is my nephew, holding his little angel.


I had to wait for just the right time to snap this picture. She looks like her daddy!


See?

Holding this baby was very special to me. 8 years ago, my oldest brother passed away from cancer. This would have been his first grandchild. He loved children and would have been so happy right now. I held little Gabby for him. I kissed her little head and told her how much her grandpa loves her. Oh how I wish he could see how his family is growing.

  
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CARRIGANSJOY 7/16/2011 10:00AM

    What wonderful pictures! And I love the last two!!

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OUTDOORSDC 7/13/2011 9:49PM

    I'm not sure if you like poetry or not, but I had to go hunting way back a few months to find this for you.

http://writersalmanac.publi
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It reminds me of your story of loss and life and everything in between. I'm so happy that you got to hold that little piece of joy. And the "family resemblance" pictures are hysterical.

xoxo Shelley

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JAZOIE 7/13/2011 5:06PM

    Awww, you make me teary! What a beautiful little girl! Love the matching daughter/daddy photos.

And you look just beautiful too!

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SURLYGIRL 7/13/2011 4:17PM

    Your brother is seeing all this and smiling and so grateful and happy and proud that his family legacy is one of love. What a wonderful Aunt / Great Aunt you are. God Bless.

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TALLGUY42 7/12/2011 10:28PM

    Your brother CAN see how his family is growing and I am sure he is happy that Great Auntie held that adorable baby so tightly and lovingly.
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She is beautiful.

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NEENSTER1 7/12/2011 7:12PM

    emoticon Auntie. So, so Special. Praise the Lord!!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 7/12/2011 7:08PM

    She is beautiful! The last two are so funny. emoticon

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HELLAS2 7/12/2011 6:48PM

    You are a special sister, aunt and great aunt. That was wonderful what you did for your brother. He would be proud of you.

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Odds 'n Ends

Monday, June 27, 2011

Weekends are tough for me. I rock on the routine of the weekdays, but once the weekend comes, healthy choices are compromised. That being said, I'm not going to beat myself up about it. It's okay. As long as I'm aware of what's going on and put in extra effort during the week, I can live with it.

Every Friday night, we go out to eat with my mom. That's what usually sets me off. So many choices...usually not a lot of healthy ones on the menues. Even so, we enjoy our night out and look forward to it each week.

I do a lot of biking on the weekends. I find that if I only ride about 30 miles, everything's fine. It's when I go farther that causes problems. I refuel during the ride and still come home famished. That's when the binging starts. I justify it in my mind with, "Well, I burned a lot of calories. It's okay." Probably not the best mindset, but it is what it is.

During the week, things are fine. Diet is good. Exercise is good. Life is good.

This is kind of a rambling blog, but don't take it as complaining. I'm aware of what I'm doing and as long as I don't go crazy, things are okay.

On a lighter note....I had a great weekend biking. Saturday was the monthly ladies ride. We rode around on the top of Signal Mountain and saw some of the sites up there. Here are some photos:



This is the space ship house along the main road up the mountain. It's pretty unique.



This is a toll house that was built before the Civil War. It was used as a toll house until the late 1800's.



Here we are along the "brow" overlooking Chattanooga.

I've been working out in the garden a lot lately. Here's a picture of today's harvest. I won't be buying too many vegetables this summer!!



That's it for my rambling today. It's been a good day and I'm content!

  
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SARACYCLE 6/29/2011 1:50PM

    That looks like a lot of fun. Enjoy the ride and your veggies! emoticon
I'm having a difficult time getting back into my 'lose that weight' groove. It has gone up since my cycling accident and that is due to 'food'! I hike 1-2 miles and am working out on the trainer. You look great!

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DDOORN 6/28/2011 6:36AM

    Appetite after a longer bike ride...VERY tricky business! It can be SO tough not to just "let 'er rip!"

Great pics! Thx for sharing!

Don

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BLESSEDMAZARS 6/27/2011 11:52PM

    Weekend are not so fun here either, most of the time! Keep up the positive attitude, it will help you pull through it!

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MARTY728 6/27/2011 11:02PM

    Loved the pictures. Weekends are my downfall also.

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JAZOIE 6/27/2011 10:25PM

    I *love* that spaceship house! I'd love to see the inside. What's it's story? Just some kooky builder? So cool!

The bike ride looks breathtaking. I need to see if I can find a road cycling club around here who'd take a slow newb on.

Garden goodies look fantastic...around here people just started planting a couple weeks ago, so we don't have a lot of our own produce yet.

Maybe it *was* a rambling blog...but it was a fun one!

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OUTDOORSDC 6/27/2011 8:33PM

    You make me want to try road riding. Love that cabin!

Okay, so I'm reading your blog and trying not to move too much because my stomach is killing me.And (how ironic!) it's because we went out for a farewell happy hour for one of my staff and my junk-food-junkie colleague did all of the ordering. I can completely relate to what you're saying here because I was hungry and then the fried pita and olive tapenade arrived. And then the homemade potato chips and baked brie. Thank goodness there was some ounce of healthiness with the tuna tartare! Anyhow, so much heavy food, and now I can hardly breath. Can I come over for a garden salad?

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/27/2011 8:15PM

    Weekends are harder for me also. Sounds like you have a good handle on it. emoticon

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My First Unsupported Bike Tour

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Another great weekend, riding with my friends!

In September, one of my friends wants to have a club ride up to Athens, TN to tour the Mayfield Dairy. It will be an overnight trip with someone driving a support vehicle, carrying our gear.

He came up with a route, but wanted to try it out. He asked a few people to come with and word got out. 12 of us did the ride. This pre-ride would be unsupported, meaning we each would have to carry what we would need for the weekend. I did pretty well packing. I even had room for Silly String, fake tattoos, plastic bugs and chattering teeth. (Can you tell I'm a jokster?)

Some people started from Chattanooga and biked to my house. The rest of us started at my house. The shorter route that I did was just under 50 miles one way. The longer folks went 90 miles each way.

Here we are, ready to start:



The route he picked was beautiful. We skirted Cleveland, TN and had lunch in Charleston.



Lunch was at the Hide Away Diner. It wasn't easy to find and we had to climb a hill to get there. It was a tiny place with a bunch of junky little knick knacks and a singing deer head on the wall. What fun!






That's me in the orange jersey.

After lunch, we continued on to Athens. We arrived just at the rain started falling. Luck was on our side!

After cleaning up, we walked across the road for dinner and ice cream. There was a Russell Stover outlet store. Dangerous place for a bunch of hungry bikers!



This is the scene in our hotel room that night. Dividing up all of our chocolate booty. Not a pretty sight!!



The next morning, we detoured past Mayfield Dairy for a photo op before heading back.



All in all it was a great weekend! I'm looking forward to doing it again in September!!

(Now, to burn off all of those ice cream and chocolate calories!!)

  
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PEGG123321 6/20/2011 11:44AM

    Looks like a wonderful time!!! I love that you were able to fit those extra fun items.

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JAZOIE 6/19/2011 9:47PM

    Oooo...I would "love" to go on a biking adventure that involved chattering teeth, silly string and chocolate! What a fun trip!

And you're looking fantastically toned too. Awesome!

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BOBINVA 6/19/2011 9:05PM

    Thank you for that great post. Makes me want to get back on my bike and ride.

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DDOORN 6/19/2011 8:42PM

    Gotta love our cycling season...woo hoo!

Nothing beats hitting the open road on two wheels! :-)

Don

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 6/19/2011 8:38PM

    Great pictures. Love the huge cow.

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HKARLSSON 6/19/2011 7:29PM

    Awesome! I used to live north of Chattanooga. I miss the TN scenery. Nothing like that here in TX.



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TOOTHFUL99 6/19/2011 7:11PM

    No pain. I ride so often that my body's used to it. I am tired, though. Gonna sleep like a baby tonight!

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OUTDOORSDC 6/19/2011 7:04PM

    I love the hideaway diner and the chocolate booty! Ha, ha. But then (just to remind myself that there's more to life than food) I love how you all came together and did this self-supported ride. Looks like so much fun!. Feeling anything in your quads yet? Your back?

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LIVESTRONG2010 6/19/2011 5:27PM

    Wow what an amazing trip. I so wish I had a group like yours that would like to ride like that. Best of luck on your ride in September!
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I haven't been on my bike much this year and I so miss it.

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BRTRAINS 6/19/2011 4:27PM

    Great Pics!!

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My First Unsupported Bike Tour

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Another great weekend, riding with my friends!

In September, one of my friends wants to have a club ride up to Athens, TN to tour the Mayfield Dairy. It will be an overnight trip with someone driving a support vehicle, carrying our gear.

He came up with a route, but wanted to try it out. He asked a few people to come with and word got out. 12 of us did the ride. This pre-

  


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