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The payoff for working your butt off!!

Monday, July 19, 2010

Y'all know that I'm not real good at blowing my own horn ... And, I must concede that, sometimes in life, tho, the Universe comes together - the sun, moon and stars shine brightly in unison at just the right moment; the seas part, Cassiopeia can be seen throughout the universe and -------- voila!!!

So here it is, my own little bit of braggadocio.

Last week, in anticipation of the (Jimmy) Buffett concert at Jones Beach, New York (August 31), I decided a new little diddy from Victoria's Secret -- in the way of a Beach dress to wear to the concert was in order. Since I am still very much on my journey (especially my P90X program which is a whole other story, My Friends!!), and the concert still 43 days away, I sat at my desk at Vicky's web page (she and I are on a first name basis, natch!) , in deep contemplation as to which size to order. One thing I have learned, especially at my age, is to not buy clothes with the anticipation of getting into them "someday" ... "Someday I'll be a Size 2" which never happens -- at least, not in my world!! "Someday" remains elusive and then I've got a closet full of new clothes -- various sizes, of course, that act as a constant reminder of what I "should" or "could" have done. Ordering the small size was not in my wheelhouse. ... But a def plan of action was!! I called my husband at his office and we discussed the matter. "Honey -- just both both dresses you like in both the sizes --- the size you are now (Medium) and the smaller size (Small) because you'll be there soon enough." Now that's a good husband, y'all ... He loves me **and** he gave his blessings to go wild at Vicky's Secret because y'all know a few dresses quickly turns into a couple pair of shoes, too. I happily got off the phone and was ready to order when I spoke with Brother Dave (PIR8DAVE) for his thoughts on the subject. Dave is not only my brother, but my exercise bud and someone in whom I can confide totally and completely. My bravado now dissipated, I posed my dilemma, once again vacillating... Should I get the Medium or the Small? With great kindness and reverence -- and without hesitation, Dave once again reminded me that I have a "bit of difficulty with body image." "Hmmmm ....." I said .... "very true ...." Dave's suggestion: "buy both dresses in a size small. Period. Because no one is more committed or more motivated than you, Joanne .. just get 'em in a small .. they'll look great on you -- if not now, they will just in time for the Buffett concert!!"

When the UPS man delivered the Vicky's Secret box, I knew in my heart that the moment of truth had arrived: I would have to try the dresses on and accept wherever I was at on my journey -- and know that I still had some time to get into the size small should it not fit, which is exactly what I had anticipated. For a fleeting moment I was concerned that if they didn't fit I'd be bummed .. but I quickly dismissed that chatter in my head and tried both dresses on. Oh my heavens!! -- they actually fit now --- like a glove!! omg!!! Simply adorable!!! It was at that moment that I stopped and took a deep breath ..... and acknowledged the Universe for each and every day that I am healthy enough to be able to kick major a$$ in the gym (and P90X specifically!). And then, I acknowledged me --- for giving it hell the past 189 days, when on January 10 of this year I reclaimed my health and recommitted myself to being fit and healthy. Getting into those 2 dresses is worth every minute spent working out and challenging myself; for every drop of sweat I perspire; and for each and every sacrifice that I make to be healthy and fit. One thing for sure, there is no food, no drink, special dinner or treat that I would spend even 5 seconds eating that will ever, ever feel as good as getting into those two dresses!!

... Im off for another shopping adventure at Vickys -- this time, it's because when trying on my dresses, I realized I need a special halter-strap/convertible bra to complete the look --- (and, yes -- in the next size smaller!). (Thankfully I still have 43 days until the Buffett concert!!) So until next time, Dear Spark Friends, thank you for being the best cheering section anyone could ever hope to have, anywhere on the Internet or on the planet; and for your continued love, support and Spark friendship.... I truly believe that ultimately, it is all about the journey - not the destination ... And the honor, pleasure and grace to walk our journeys together is all mine!!

P.S. Look for me to model Vicky's Secret Beach Dresses after the new bra arrives!! ; )

Victoria's Secret Beach Dresses~ Size Small/Petite

This blog is dedicated to: Earl who is my love and heart; and my diet bud and fellow P90X-er extraordinaire, Brother Dave!

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MSHEL7 6/12/2013 1:02AM

    I really love this blog, you did great, I can imagine that you felt like queen for the day or week, maybe still. Thanks for sharing.

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FREEME1980 12/27/2011 6:09PM

    Oh my gosh, I know this was back a year and a half ago but I am just so thrilled with your excitement of being in the moment. WTG on all your hard work paying off and feeling the reward of fitting into the small size emoticon and sizzling!

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RASCALRACCOON 11/20/2011 3:20AM

    Its the most incredible feeling when you suddenly realise you are alot smaller than you thought you were :) :) LOVE it! COngrats on all the hard work that is payin off :)

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NGALAX 10/11/2011 4:33PM

    Those dresses are gorgeous! It wouldn't have mattered what size you had to deserve to go out and have a ball! I hope you made wonderful memories while doing so! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRICOTINE 8/17/2011 9:37AM

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I cannot wait to see you modeling those adorable dresses! I bet they are going to look gorgeous on you!

Congrats on your hard work! You are my HEROE!!! Thanks for the inspiration you spread around you! emoticon

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    Wow I have to say your brother is right you are so committed and have come so far that being comfortable in that size small is going to happen for you and you are right food does not replace confidence and feeling awesome for coming so far can't wait to see your up date! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAZZID 2/4/2011 8:32PM

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ALLEYKITTEN 1/28/2011 8:00AM

    Both so cute! And you are going to look fabulous in them!! Great story!! emoticon

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BEST_LIFE_NOW 12/20/2010 9:19PM

  You are going to look stunning in those dresses!

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DWEXCEL 11/15/2010 7:40AM

    Oh Wow....What a wonderful story! I love it, and really admire what you have done! I am a P90X graduate too; I've done 2 classics and 1 lean. It is the very best!!! I have had a little bit of a set back, but I am back in the Drivers Seat, and am on my way to goal!

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DREMARGRL 10/24/2010 7:28PM

    AAAahhhh.....ohhhhhh You are going to look totally, BEACHY!!!!!!!! I really think these colors will look magnifico. I'm sorry it took so long....Just reading this today. The Buffet concert has come and gone. Did you just love it in NY???? Did you post pics? I'll have to go look. I always love reading your energetic, optimistic blogs, JoAnne. One day we shall meet at a Buffet concert.....or at the Von Jacob winery here in Southern Illinois. XXOO MaryAnn
Keep that spark blazin' hawwwwt, beautiful, and we'll both continue to LIVE STRONG! emoticon

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MARIAX2MARIA 9/15/2010 12:32AM

    I never read this entry until today. Woo Hoo. . .you are so amazing and special my dear sistah-friend. So glad that you area part of my life. emoticon

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DREAMSICLE 9/14/2010 4:22PM

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ELEGANTFLOWERS 8/22/2010 11:31AM

    WOW!!!! Love the dresses. I can't weight to see you in them. You are so beautiful and have worked so hard. I am so inspired by you. emoticon

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JDTHUMPER 8/12/2010 1:43PM

    You rock as uasual and I am sure that they are absolutly BEAUTIFUL on you!!!

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MICHELAR 8/10/2010 2:26PM

    Fabulous dress for a fabulous lady! You will ROCK thos dresses Dollface and I cannot wait to see you in them!


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EVER-HOPEFUL 7/25/2010 3:16AM

    cant wait to see the photos you will be a knock out it specially the peacock green one.just love it and here is me dreaming of becoming a xl.i like you will get there then a l,then a medium.then i will be happy. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRAMMABENJI 7/21/2010 8:58AM

    I love the printed one you must look awesome in them. cant wait to see the pics. you have done a great job.

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MARIPOSA65 7/20/2010 11:28PM

I love, love, love the print dress! It's just fits your happy personality!

Can't wait to see the pics.


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CAROLISCIOUS 7/20/2010 7:36PM

    Can't wait to see the pictures! Hugz!

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KIMPAINTS 7/20/2010 5:50PM

    You are one sexy hot healthy lady goin to see Jimmy!!! Hard work makes your dreams come true. I am inspired thank you.

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MBSHAZZER 7/20/2010 12:53PM

    AWESOME!!! I cannot wait to see you model those fabulous fly dresses!

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JLRIAN 7/20/2010 12:59AM

    Thanks for bragging! You're story is inspiring:) emoticon

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SHERRYCHERIE 7/19/2010 8:53PM

  Major YAYS to you, Joannie!
Your joy radiates through your words.
I am so happy for you!!:)
And you have such wonderful loved ones in your life! The very best!

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TAMMIE1006 7/19/2010 8:18PM

    wahoo!!!! awesome job! your hubby's awesome for suggesting you get both, but brother Dave was right in urging you to "go for it" and HE WAS RIGHT!! you're gonna rock Jimmy himself!!
keep up the great work!!

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ACACIA21 7/19/2010 7:37PM

    You will have to attend 2 concerts!! you're beautiful!

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PIR8DAVE 7/19/2010 7:35PM

    Hi Joanne!

Thanks for the kind words. You are doing a really amazing job and I congratulate you on your dedication and success. I also want to thank you for your support and inspiration in doing this particular phase of our journey. BTW, your new outfits look GORGEOUS, if you know what I mean. Take a bow, you deserve it!

All the best,

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Exercise Buddy and Honorary Mayor of Sparkaritaville

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ANGIE_1230 7/19/2010 6:36PM

    emoticon Both dresses are adorable. How will you decide which to wear to the concert?

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BLAZINGSWORD 7/19/2010 6:22PM

    Can't wait to see you in your new dresses! That is so exciting and I am so glad for you because I know you worked very hard! It's awesome! emoticon emoticon

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