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Santa let me have my Christmas present early!!! Thanks!!

Thursday, November 20, 2008

I am so excited!! In the midst of trying to lose weight and have fun, all the while our budgets are tightening, hunny and I figured out a way that I could get the Nintendo Wii system and the WiiFit. Basically it came down to the Wii and WiiFit will be my Christmas and birthday and Valentine's gift all rolled into one! Then after we bought it, I had to convince hunny that Santa would really be OK if I was to test the Wii and WiiFit. After that, I had to convince hunny that Santa would also be OK if I just kept on using the Wii and WiiFit. That was a tougher sell but totally worth it!!

I have had the game system for about 2 weeks now and have not looked back!! Already, I have logged over 10 hours on the WiiFit and noticed slight improvements in my figure!! I have also had a blast learning to play WiiSports Tennis on the left side since I just got out of physical therapy for my right shoulder! All in all, I honestly believe the money spent on the WiiFit system was worth every penny. Mind you, the WiiFit and WiiSports do not burn calories as intensely as my elliptical. I know this sad little fact by wearing my heart rate monitor while WiiFitting and WiiSporting, but it sure is a lot more fun and it makes a spectacular addition to cross training!!

Even better, the rest of the family has also been having a blast playing the WiiSports! They are still in front of the TV but they are not couch potatoes by any long shot!! So it looks like my early Christmas/Birthday/Valentine's gift was not just a present for myself but one that the entire family will benefit from!! Does it get any better?!?!?! (And yes, I have already dropped several hints that since everyone is enjoying my present so much, perhaps we could ease up on how many gifts my Wii system encompasses!!)

Anyways, gotta go!! It's time to take my Mii jogging!!

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CINNIEMAY 11/21/2008 12:24PM

    Jillian (from the biggeast loser) has a Wii game I am hoping to get for Christmas

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COOP9002 11/20/2008 12:42PM

    Whatever gets us active should be a good thing. Thanks for sharing your family's experience with Wii.

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COLORADOTINK 11/20/2008 12:22PM

ya i have one under my tree as well... as soon as the tree is up it will be the first gift under it..
i can not wait to try it the kids are all way talking about there friends having one and now we will to. emoticon

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KIMCATUS 11/20/2008 12:15PM

    Oh how very cool!!! Congrats! They look like so much fun!! Enjoy your gift! :D

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MRS_TOAD 11/20/2008 11:32AM

    I don't know about you, but my Wii Fit has helped me keep moving even when it is cold, rainy, or snowy! Enjoy!

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Well, it is official! My oldest is 21!!! How can that be?????

Thursday, November 13, 2008

It seems like just yesterday I was changing diapers and staying up all night with my colicky baby. And now, we plan to go drinking *** legally *** this weekend! Mind you, I am still boggled as to how I became old enough to have a 21 year old child!!

Anyways, I know I must have heard it a thousand times when she was little -- that babies grow up way too fast. Well, all I can say is I tried my best to savor every moment. And thankfully, I made quite the nuisance of myself with the camera!!

21 years ago I remember when I was home on maternity leave. I called my boss about a week before I was supposed to come back to work full-time. With tears in my eyes, I told him that working full-time would make me completely unhappy. Thankfully, my boss agreed to let me work part-time!! And I never looked back for the next 14 years while we played together, went on all day bike rides, celebrated mother-daughter days, popped popcorn and watched TV together, and had some of the best times. But then once my baby reached high school, we all knew the part-time ride was over as college was now looming in the not too distant future!!!

So here's to you, my darling sweetheart!! Have a great 21st birthday! Your happy smile still melts me!! Know that as time flew by at mach speed, I relished most every minute!! (Except, of course, the ones that involved diapers and vomit! Those I am still trying to forget!!)

Happy Birthday, sweetie!!

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THERESA151 11/14/2008 11:27PM

    Enjoy this occasion as much as you have the rest of the 21 years and tell your beautiful daughter Happy Birthday from all of us at Hogwarts!

I REALLY get the "How did I get this old?" part - my youngest is a month away from his 28th!

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NEWCREATION2010 11/14/2008 8:20PM

What a sweet blog! Happy birthday to your baby. My daughter is 22, I feel exactly as you do.

blessings, Sue emoticon

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KIMCATUS 11/14/2008 12:42PM

    Awwww happy birthday to your darling daughter! And what a beautiful tribute to her from a wonderful mom!!

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MRS_TOAD 11/14/2008 5:47AM

    Happy Birth Day, Mom! And I it is my prayer that there are many more!

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CINNIEMAY 11/13/2008 10:31PM

    My how the time does fly! Especially when we look at our children!

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MEYLOSE 11/13/2008 9:48PM

    We sing this in our youth group at church when it is someones birthday, you just drag out the words as long as you can till you get to HAPPY BIRTHDAY. Everyone loves it, hope it made you smile.











Here is another one my son enjoys singing.

Once a year we celebrate with stupid hats and plastic plates.
We all get together to celebrate your trip around the sun.

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Patience is a hard virtue!!!

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

We have all suffered (or will suffer) from the anxiety of working out regularly while eating close to our range and getting sleep but then at the end of the week, the results are lukewarm, if not downright discouraging!! What gives???

I do not know the answer but I do know that while my weight has not moved at the Ferrari speed I would have liked, I have seen some improvements. First, my cholesterol has gone from 261 to 218 while my triglycerides are now just 9 points away from normal. Those numbers are still too high and I know I cannot rest! But this result has come from not taking any cholesterol medication; just eating right and working out! Another numerical way to see that things are improving comes from my latest bone density scan. As a result of the radiation for the cancer and the thyroid levels I have been kept at to keep the cancer at bay, my bones became a wreck early. But my latest bone density scan shows significant improvement, especially for a woman on the verge of 50. Granted, I have been on Fosamax for the past 2 years but I have also added a Bowflex and an elliptical to my basement, increased how much yogurt I eat, and I have added calcium supplements to my meals.

So all in all while the outside results have not been overwhelming, there have been significant improvements on the inside!! So in the meantime, PATIENCE is the buzzword!!

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ADLINS 11/9/2008 7:37PM

    First - awesome picture! Second, congrats on those numbers! You are right, success is not only the number on the scale. Healthy Lifestyle is the whole kitt-n-kaboodle.

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JOYCEANN1955 11/6/2008 8:36PM

    You can do it! Slow and steady wins the race right?! I love your picture there too! emoticon

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GRAMMABENJI 11/6/2008 9:50AM

    you can and will succeed you have come too far to turn back. you will get there even if it is slow moving. have a wonderful day.

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CINNIEMAY 11/5/2008 11:25PM

    I know that you can do this! Please don't give up!!!!

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Grrr! It was so much easier putting it on than getting it off!!

Wednesday, October 29, 2008

Sunday afternoon I had one of those "AHAAAA" moments. There I was chugging away on the elliptical, trying to enjoy the music on my iPod while whiny me was dealing with burning quads, aching feet, tired back, .. Nothing that any trainer would likely have told me to stop and take a break, just my mind exaggerating anything it could think of magnifying to encourage me to stop my workout! Basically, it was one of those days when every molecule of my body just wanted to repel the elliptical!

But my mind was able to maintain a full 30 minutes and still give it all I could muster. At the end of the run, my double checked, properly set Polar heart rate monitor said I had burned about 200 calories. All that tortuous agony, suffering, miserable torment had burned off a whopping 200 calories!

It was in those miserable moments while recording the breathtaking results of my elliptical workout that it hit me like a ton of bricks. Every time I indulge in empty calories (and they usually cost me about 200 or more refined sugar calories) transforms into yet one or more miserable run on the elliptical before I can get to goal.

So this excruciating enlightenment begs just one question: the next time I am about to indulge in yummy, but useless calories (especially if they take me over my daily calorie limit), will that extra 30 minutes or more to burn this off REALLY be worth what you are about to put in your mouth??

Well, in the case of my son's 18th birthday cake last night, the answer was a resounding "yes" to the Cookies 'N Cream Cold Stone cake!! And yes, he absolutely loved the cake!! And the train does indeed go around the track! How cute!! --- But just so you know I have learned from my pain, no seconds on the cake for me today, tomorrow, or the next day!!

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WILDCARD1 11/2/2008 10:52PM

    My son would flip over that cake! You said it was from Stone Cold Creamery? I may have to check it out for his next birthday.

It is very hard to resist those temptations, especially when it is a special occasion. Great job sticking with the elliptical, even when you didn't want too! Keep up the great work! You are doing awesome!!!

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ADLINS 11/2/2008 7:13PM

    So very true! I'm sugar sensitive and here lately, I've been having more sugar. And, it's got to stop, because I'm beginning to feel it. And, it ain't pretty or pleasant; just dragging me down.

And, I've had those kinds of workouts. You keep going and going thinking you'll be energized (as you usually are) when you're done. Ehh... not really and then you don't even burn what you normally do. However, I still it's worth and am glad you got the 30 minutes done. It's still an accomplishment!

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B~ROSIE 10/29/2008 6:11PM

    I could not have said this any better as a yo yo dieter all my life! We work so hard to get rid of it and in a few short months the weight is back. It's a mind set. We just need to wrap our heads around it and get it! Like your Aaahhhaaa moment! ~ beth emoticon

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JENNIFER124 10/29/2008 4:49PM

    So true!! we work SO hard and then in a couple of minutes add up the cals.... seems silly when you put it that way.. btw-- i LOVE the cake!! its beautiful--my son is crazy about Thomas!! jen

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CINNIEMAY 10/29/2008 2:29PM

    You are doing great!

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MRS_TOAD 10/29/2008 2:03PM

    You said it so well. Sometimes the yummy is worth it (with no seconds) and sometimes the work-out to get it off makes it unreasonable. Thanks for the reminder!

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Happy update on my son! Pray he stays on this road!

Tuesday, October 21, 2008

Yesterday my son told me he got pulled out of class for one of his many court-ordered random drug tests. He said he was never nervous and has started to realize that maybe his probation officer is not such a bi$%# after all! He recounted how before he was always nervous about the tests; he thought she was out to get him. But now that he is clean, he says she is not so bad after all!! Amazing how once the fog of pot lifts; the world seems like a better place!

The fog started lifting back in March when his probation officer tested him and he failed. He knew he was in BIG trouble with the court for failing a random test while on probation and he started having the same heart palpitations I was having! I took him to the doctor who put him on Lexapro (I've been for several months now!) but not before I made a point to tell him "Welcome to my world!"

In late April, he started his 8 week court-mandated drug awareness rehab classes. He was tested the first and last day of class along with random testing throughout the duration of the class.

In the early summer, we had a court mandated home study with the probation officer. She said our son was raised in a loving, caring, happy home and the only negative comment she made was that our house was unkempt. (Really? No big surprise for flood refugees!) She did bust him for cigarettes and fussed at me and hunny for not stopping the cigarettes; but we told her we pick and choose our fights. She did not like that either!

Since school started, our son's attitude toward school has completely changed from last year. He is trying to make Honor Roll and has been turning in his homework on time. In fact, his last set of interims was all A's and 1 B!

I have my personal theory as to what has brought him around but I dare not jinx it! Let's just leave it at my heavy heart seems a little lighter lately!

So I leave you today with the first draft of what hunny and I have put together to be his senior ad to be placed in the back of the yearbook. I still marvel at this! When did he grow up??

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RONNIEHUEY 11/7/2008 2:51PM

    I know w hat you are going though with your son. I have a daughter I've had problems with and it does get better as they get older.My daughter is 18 and attending a Para-Medic academy.She want s to go to Africa as a medic in the Peace Corps.
She fell in love with Para-Medics because she was 5150'd at least 4 times after suicide attempts ,some were very serious,(blood and gore,or the kind were the heart stops from O'Ding on medication) It is hard on the parents ,more than the child,and being a juvenile hall counselor for 26 yrs didn't really help when it was my own child was having the problems.
Sio all you can do is love your child and do what you can to help them until they see the light. My prayers are with you and your family emoticon

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CJROMB 10/27/2008 12:23AM

    I'm glad things are easing up a bit on that front. I know it's been a long, rough road for you! You love them hard. Most of the time, it turns out okay. Sounds like you're going to be on that side of things.

And, no pickens. Yer a pig, or yer a chicken. :)

Comment edited on: 10/27/2008 12:21:05 AM

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MARGOMCP 10/23/2008 9:10PM

    I'm so glad for you! That you can have a bit of relief in what I imagine has been a long ordeal. There is light at the end of the tunnel! "Raise a child up in the way that he should go and when he is old he will not depart from it" Maybe in the middle, but at the end he'll get it :-)

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LJACKMAN 10/23/2008 1:56PM

    Thank you for the update!! I am so happy for you and your family. What pure joy.

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CINNIEMAY 10/21/2008 10:43PM

    It is hard to believe how fast that they grow up! My son is graduating this year too!

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LAVENDERGIRLL 10/21/2008 3:54PM

    I am so pleased and happy for you and your son. He has been working so hard and it shows! I will keep you both close to my heart. Give him a hug for me! Pris

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MRS_TOAD 10/21/2008 2:06PM

    I am so happy for you, your hunny and your son! It has been a long journey and one which will never be forgotten I am sure! My prayers continue for you and your loved ones!

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