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Monday, November 03, 2014

Well I tried to post this yesterday but I lost a rather long detailed blog. But nonetheless I will attempt it again but it'll be really short.

I was laid off from my job with the State of Michigan (SOM) and my unemployment benefits were about to run out. The good thing about working for SOM as you can get a job anywhere in the state. So I put my name on the recall list for neighboring counties and was called to one just before I received my last unemployment check.

I moved to a city 75 miles from my family with no working car, newly divorced and 2 daughters 5 & 8 years old. I had no place to stay as I didn't know anyone. I stayed in a hotel where I could rent a room by the week. It was near where I worked. I had left my girls with my sister as they were in school, I had no daycare set up and no place for them to stay.

I searched high and low for safe place for my girls and myself. Asking co-workers as I wasn't familiar with the area. It became apparent to me there idea of safe greatly differed from mine. I would go see potential place and say I can't stay here.

Fast forward I found a place and after 2 1/2 months I was able to set up daycare, bring my girls to stay with me. I had to walk about a half mile to and from the bus stop. I had $40 to live off of every 2 weeks after all my bills were paid.

But I made it! Sometimes looking back I'm amazed at what obstacles I had to overcome to get to where I am. I give all the glory to God who is my STRENGTH.

I'll fill in all the blanks at another time.

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SWEETNEEY 11/4/2014 8:56AM

    yes tough times don't last but tough people do. The walk gets your exercise in. The budget means less fast food and maybe even less spent on food. emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/4/2014 12:33AM

    as i have said before you are one amasing woman mary.your kids and you have every right to be proud of you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FERGSGIRL2 11/3/2014 5:39PM

    And because of what you've been through, you can overcome even more! Thanks for sharing my friend.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/3/2014 2:34PM

    YOu are an incredibly strong woman!

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MARYBETH4884 11/3/2014 11:40AM

    Strength is truly a God given ' super power'

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What Would You See If I Removed My Mask?

Saturday, November 01, 2014

Other than the obvious a woman fastly approaching the age of 60. Who decided just a little over a year ago to stop coloring her hair and to just let the gray show, hoping that it would glisten as so many other gray-hair women's hair do - but I wasn't so lucky. My stylist says just wait it'll get there as I still have lots of black hair although I tend to see much more gray. I where glasses and have worn them almost to the day of my 40th birthday. I have a mole on the tip of my nose. Nothing big just a tiny pin head dot of a mole. My lips are full and my teeth are white.

Now to get past the superficial things you'd see if I took off my mask and onto what's really hiding behind the mask. I'm a captain of the Fuchsia Beauties Incorporated (Team FBI). I should be a strong leader and leading by example but I'm just like everyone else on this team - struggling with my weight as well.

I try my best to be encouraging to all of the other ladies. I search for articles, tidbits, helpful hints, recipes and any and everything I can put my hands on to share with them.

I feel as a captain, I should be showing them how to lose the excess weight when there are times even when I don't know what to do for myself. There are times when I'm so disappointed in myself and my efforts that I think about quitting because I think they deserve someone much better than myself.

By no means are these ladies hard on me as a matter of fact we all are very encouraging of each other. But as you probably well know we are often much harder on ourselves and our own worse enemy.

One day last week I asked the ladies since we were at the halfway mark in this round were they halfway to their projected weight loss goal. I could tell from some of the answers many were not and were possible feeling a little discouraged. It came to be start a pledge that we Finish Strong for the balance of the round and all those that were committed to please add their name.

We all may not meet our goal for the round but so many of us have made the commitment to finish strong and not give up. We're going to finish this round weighing less than we did at the halfway mark.

So when I remove my mask, I'm not all I want to be but I'm determined to continue to work on being a better me. I'm FBI strong and I possess inner strength, determination, a positive attitude and commitment.

What's behind your mask?

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LUV4KATZ 11/3/2014 12:37AM

    You are a strong leader, and put together a supportive, encouraging, and motivating team. You are always making us think - and this WEC is no exception. I had to dig deep for my blog, and start admitting things I don't necessarily like to, that have been keeping me from making progress. To be able to create and maintain an environment that creates accountability, together with a kind supportive structure, is no mean feat. That may be one of your super-powers. If you were perfect, we wouldn't have the courage to admit that we aren't. You keep it real, and keep us all inspired. Thank you!

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IGNITEME101 11/2/2014 10:29PM

    I feel the same way, at times. I'm one of many leaders of a team, and I hate it that I]ve lost o much ground since my car accident. I know its no reason to give up. the meds make it hard. I will get back on the road and start fresh, I know I wiil to do it so it will happen. Thank you for your honesty.

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MARYBETH4884 11/2/2014 9:55AM

    You are right, we are harder on ourselves than others are!! To be aware of your own perceived "flaws" give you a place to grow!!! As your stylist said, you will get there!! That's true for more than your hair!!! emoticon

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EVER-HOPEFUL 11/1/2014 4:25PM

    i think you are a great leader mary so you donīt need to worry on that point but i know how you feel i feel like that over the team i you say we are our own worse critic.keep on keeping on you are doing great love. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/1/2014 2:51PM

    Isn't the bottom line that -- honestly -- no matter the results -- lessons are learned, making you a stronger person than when you started.

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Saturday, October 18, 2014

My granddaughter Raigan was voted as her Freshman class Princess. It was a whirlwind weekend. Friday was the Pep Rally, Parade and the Big Homecoming Game. Unfortunately they lost the game 31-28 in overtime. Both teams were undefeated in their class so somebody had to lose. Saturday was the Homecoming dance when she wore the shorter dress and went with a different date. It was a great time but I'm glad it's over.

More pics from parade

Pictures at Game

Raigan and her parents

Sorry I noticed some of the pics I posted are side-ways, sorry but I don't have the energy to try and figure out how to rotate them.

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NEWLEAF16 10/20/2014 6:15PM

    Thanks for sharing these pics Mary, she looks beautiful! I can tell you are a very proud Grandma - and with good reason!


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JESSAAMI 10/19/2014 9:58PM

    She looks beautiful! Love the pink!

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SHARON2014 10/19/2014 9:56PM

    What a beautiful young woman! And two boyfriends!! She is beautiful and smart. You are so very blessed Mary! emoticon

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TREE57 10/19/2014 9:50PM


She definitely takes after her grandmama!


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TRUNKJUNK 10/19/2014 8:48PM

    Thanks everyone for your kind remarks. Raigan is my favorite granddaughter (even though she's my only). I was so very proud of her. She's also a straight A student. I teases her and tell her she's a "Double Threat" Smart and Beautiful.

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JULIENMM 10/19/2014 1:06PM

    Awesome pics! She is beautiful and looks like you!

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JAIZWAYS 10/19/2014 12:01PM

    What a beautiful young lady - you must be a very proud Grandma.

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KATELJM 10/19/2014 11:13AM

    Your granddaughter is so beautiful! I imagine that this weekend has been one of your favorites!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/19/2014 7:50AM

    How exciting. She's beautiful! Thanks for sharing.

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MOLLIEJEAN2 10/19/2014 5:46AM

    Very beautiful young lady, I bet she had a great time.

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CIPHER1971 10/19/2014 3:49AM

    Beautiful young lady. no wonder she was voted freshman princess

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/19/2014 2:33AM

    wow she looks like you mary.i should imagine that is how you looked when you were younger.beautiful,thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Free The Ta-Tas

Monday, October 13, 2014

In honor of National No-Bra Day, I went and had my mammogram today and I wore a custom t-shirt I had made to honor team Fucshia Beauties Incorporated (FBI). To all ladies let's continue help fight for a cure for Breast Cancer and Awareness.

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BROWNSUGAR3030 10/24/2014 6:46PM

  I love the shirt and I loved being on your team. I hope to be on your team in January now that I am back in action!

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CIPHER1971 10/16/2014 7:41AM

    emoticon love it

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STEPH-KNEE 10/14/2014 3:38AM

    Love it! :D

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NUTZ4HARRY 10/13/2014 8:04PM

    Awesome shirt!! Love it!!

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TRUTHNOW2 10/13/2014 8:01PM

    I can't free the Ta-Ta's, but I certainly can make a way overdue mammo appt tomorrow.. thank you Mary... i was supposed to go back in august but didn't.. and am dragging my feet (which if i freed my Ta-Ta's would be quite painful)..
Love the shirt... (and the wearer)

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MOLLIEJEAN2 10/13/2014 7:23PM

    emoticon , love the shirt, think team FBI all should have one.

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PRESBESS 10/13/2014 5:04PM

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GAYLLYNNE 10/13/2014 5:02PM

    Good for you!!!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 10/13/2014 4:06PM

    i want one of those t-shirts lol. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 10/13/2014 3:55PM

    LOVE it! Nothing better thanfree ta'ta's! LOL HUGS

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BLC 26

Monday, September 22, 2014

My expectations this round are pretty much the same as they've been each and every other round. I WANT TO LOSE WEIGHT AND KEEP IT OFF! I'm expecting this round to find that thing that will make me not revert back to my old ways. I know it can be done. I'm claiming this round as my round.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 9/24/2014 11:38AM

    you and me both love.lets do this. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 9/23/2014 5:23PM

    Good luck with this round!

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MOLLIEJEAN2 9/23/2014 6:58AM

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CIPHER1971 9/23/2014 5:36AM

    That is something we all aspire to

Wishing you a successful BLC26

Have a great day

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DECLARE74 9/22/2014 11:46PM

    You can claim this round as your round as long as the rest of us can claim it as our round too LOL

YOU CAN DO IT - and though some days its a struggle to believe it I CAN TOO :-)


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