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Cutting summer vacation short....and a report on my hair

Saturday, July 14, 2012

I had to cut my summer vacation a little short. So much for taking the summer off and just being happy with maintaining....I've been in a downward spiral the past month and have spun out of control. One thing I've learned is that plans are made to be revised and updated. My maintenance plan didn't work and needs to be tossed and now replaced with my weight loss plan.

I don't have to look at a scale to know that I've been headed in the wrong direction. You know, that puffy, bloated feeling and the waistbands that are suddenly tighter, the lack of energy and overall down in the dumps feeling.

I haven't been updating my ticker with my recent gains, thinking I'd get it together and get it back off quickly. Ha! Delusional thinking.

So...tomorrow a.m. I will officially weigh in and it is what it is. I won't look back - just look ahead to feeling good again.

Enough of that! I will just do what needs to be done and not stress over it.

If anyone has noticed my new profile pic, you'll see that my hair has undergone a complete transformation.

It all started a little over a year ago. During 2011, I grew my hair out to donate 10 inches to locks of love.

This was taken 4-18-11

This was 10-14-11 - before and after the cut

I liked my shorter hair a lot more and decided to keep it that way.

Then, in January I made a very drastic decision.....

I no longer wanted to put chemicals on my head. I was going to go natural (which I knew was gray but I wasn't sure exactly what color gray).

I had been thinking of it for a few years, so it wasn't exactly a snap decision. Somehow, with my sister's passing in October of 2011 from pancreatic cancer, I had developed a strong desire to make some changes.

Here's the progression since my last dye job in January.....





Here's another one from 10-14-11 to show the difference

Okay, so I do look younger and my eyes look greener with the auburn hair. But hey, I'm going to be 61 in October and I've decided to embrace my age and do it gracefully. Heck, I earned every single one of those gray hairs!! And now I can wear deep purple and hot fushia pink without it clashing with my hair color. It's coming in more white than gray and besides, gray is the new blonde!!

Now I want even more to be a nice slim, healthy Senior Citizen. It's hard to admit when you've reached the point in your life where there are more yesterdays than tomorrows. My sister's passing has also made me realize how precious each day going forward is. I don't want to waste any of them with regrets. I don't want to waste them feeling ill or just feeling bad. I love reaching this stage where I'm beginning to see more clearly who I am and what is most important to me. Life is to be treasured and our bodies are what gets us everyplace we want to go. Taking good care of our bodies-our minds-and our emotions is the most important thing....all the rest is just of little consequence in the grand scheme of things.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

KTISFOCUSED 7/29/2012 8:05AM

    Somehow I missed this blog so I just came across it this morning. I loved it. You are so right. I am 60 and for me what I need to embrace are the wrinkles and lots of them that I've earned just like you said about the gray hair. Thank you for putting such a positive light on this for me and I think you look nice with your natural hair color. You have a beautiful face and such a warm smile. As far as summer goes, we were just taking a little break, now it's back on right?

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MAZZYR 7/17/2012 11:27AM

    Great pictures. You look beautiful.


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VALMR2 7/15/2012 10:45AM

    Love the hair! emoticon

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SERVINGTHRUPT 7/15/2012 4:00AM

    Mary, Mary, Mary,

So great to read your blog, and I'm loving the new hair! You look great through all of the picts., and I'm with've EARNED every SINGLE one of those grays.

We are finally settling in here on the island, and I see a couple of emails I need to reply to, and will do so in the next day or so. In the meantime, know that I've been missin' & thinkin' about you.

So glad to read that you're business seems to be taking off, and I'm looking forward to hearing more about it.

I'm right there with you, taking those harder steps to the top, where the "view is beautiful." Getting back on track right along side of you (well, okay a few thousand miles away). ;o)

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MORERED 7/14/2012 8:51PM

    Mary, I LOVE the way your hair is growing are going to love it when all the dye is gone. My mom had to stop coloring when she had a surgical procedure on her scalp done several years ago and never went back to looks awesome on her and yours is going to look awesome too.

Kudos for recognizing you could no longer take the summer off. Keep identifying with the good in your life and doing what you know how to do and you'll get back on track for sure!

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HEALTHY4ME 7/14/2012 5:12PM

    I like your hair and yes we can wear bright colours and black too. I haven't dyed my hair other than maybe semi perm. 2 x since my mid 40s and get compliments but also wonder are they being true that I don't look older. then how come you all wont' do it!! ( sis in laws and mil who all dye their hair). Anyway off and on I think I want to but then think, you don't use chemcials in your cleaning products, try to eat as much healthy organic stuff, why put it in your hair. If I go to the expense adn trouble of finding better for you makeup why do that.
Anyway I am fine with it most days. I am growing mine for some reason I have wanted long hair for a few years adn everyone said oh you look older and grey and long OMG and yes Jamie lee curtis is a fav of mine but for now going to grow it, just now is 1/2 to 1' below my ears . Never know cos the heat may stop me, tiny ponytail when it gets too hot.
As for wt, well I lost 20 and found about 10 so trying again. went to the grocery store and fruit and veg market too so all stocked up, no reason now.
Hope you have a great weekend and glad you are back, missed you!!!!

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GETSALONG 7/14/2012 4:41PM

  emoticon like all the versions, like u!!! way to face circumstances in a realistic way! you'll be back on a roll again & feelin' better b4 u know it! Woot!

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GRATEFUL_BEING 7/14/2012 4:17PM

    You look younger than 61 to me. I grew my hair out to donate too. I5 inch pony tail was hacked off 2 months ago. Short hair ahhh there's a certain kind of freedom to it. It takes a strong person to acknowledge that a step back has occurred (maintenance to weightloss). I have too finally had to face to 11 pounds that I have gained in the last 7 months. I am still in the weighloss stage. I always say I'm never going to have to take the first step again emoticon Oh how wrong I am. emoticon and progress will come.

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