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Just 2 pounds from Bonus Goal!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

OK, at 179, I am just two pounds away from my bonus goal @ 177 lbs. Why 177? That's is an odd number, truly. It will mark 30 pounds lost.

I was going to make a bonus goal at 175, but then I thought - the 30 pound lost mark is way cool! I wondered what should be my reward until I walked into the music store to get my teen son guitar strings while he was life-guarding in July at camp. I saw IT there lying in a small black case with deep velvet interior. IT is a small travel guitar. IT caught my eye, and I plucked a string or two, but didn't pick IT up. (IT stayed in the back of my mind).

Then, this past week, I was back in the music store with my son. He wanted to look at the electric guitars. He worked hard, and plays in a band, and wanted his own reward for his labor. I saw IT still there. I also saw a sale sign. Dear me, it was more than I really wanted to pay, but... I picked IT up...

IT is a Washburn mini travel guitar complete with a case. IT is made like a full size acoustic guitar but is very small and compact. Sweet, and lovely.

I did what I always do when I play a guitar, I check the tuning and try out my classical guitar picking. Although softer than my full size guitar (that I could not play up until recently due to too much abdominal and bosom in the way), it has a nice tone, easy to play, very light, and easy for me to hold without stress on my arms/cervical spine (neck). Oh dear, I was falling fast. IT had a hold on my heart strings. I sat on a stool, and continued to pick out a melody, while my son had found his dream strings - a lovely woodgrained Hammer guitar, and we were actually playing together again.

Although I absolutely love my full size guitar

(Earlier this month a jam session with my son on my left, and my big brother on my right) But after playing about half an hour, my neck was hurting, and my arm was going numb from having it over the body of the guitar. That fact was frustrating, and I began thinking about that little travel guitar. I began thinking about it a lot, especially every time my son said: "you should play your guitar more, mom." and I replied: "Well, I would but it hurts my neck and arm, and it frustrates me."

So, while my son put his dream on layaway, I put mine on layaway too. Yesterday he bought his out, and I put a little more down on mine. But I asked the store clerk if he could bring IT out so I could show IT to my husband and play IT a little. And he did, and I did.

The layaway is until mid October. Since I lose between .25 - .45 lb weekly, I think that is a good guesstimate that I will reach my bonus goal by my birthday, or slightly thereafter. I think I can lose the two lbs by mid October, especially since it will be getting cooler.

For the time being, I bought new banjo strings!

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    That is fantastic!!!! You ROCK!!! Keep up your fantastic work.
    3258 days ago
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    but Question should be?
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    You are the 'ONE' WHO lOST THE WEIGHT- not YOUR Son!!!!!
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    Comment edited on: 8/20/2010 5:08:15 AM
    I am so happy for you! I think that IT will make the perfect reward for the 30 pound mark and all your hard work! I hope you enjoy many more jam sessions in comfort with your lighter, more compact instrument!!
    3259 days ago
    It won't be long before you and IT will be making beautiful music together!
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  • RESULTS361AP09
    What an awesome reward! My son would love it too! He plays bass in several bands and just loves music in general. Keep up the good work & you will be getting that reward sooner than you think!
    3259 days ago
  • BEEJAY49
    What an awesome reward! You go girl!
    3259 days ago
  • PSMITH3841
    How Exciting! What a wonderful way to celebrate your goal....I would love to see and hear you play...please do the video! (check out my A to Z blog...thanks for the fun idea!) emoticon
    3259 days ago
    Perhaps I will make a video blog when I get it emoticon emoticon emoticon
    3259 days ago
    Go for it LUNA, I am sure you want to really bad.
    I am with ALLIE I too wish i could hear you play.
    Stay well, get over your cold, Pat in Maine
    3259 days ago
    Best of luck in reaching your goal! My DH started getting into guitars about a year ago, and at one time had seven. Then he got into refinishing small wood items, and bought three kits and redid all three. He ended up selling all but three or four. I know for certain the three he has are all Hagstoms/Swede (one white and two burgundy). I think he still has the Firebird but aren't sure. I can't keep up with them all. I don't play like he does, and if I did it would be with an acoustic. I'm more of a piano person, I guess because I type (30+ years of it), but can only play simple songs.
    3259 days ago
    WooHoo! That's great emoticon
    3259 days ago
    This was meant to be! IT called to you and IT will be a perfect reward for your weight loss goal. So great you found IT as now you can play guitar with more comfort. Looks so nice in its pretty case. Love seeing your jam session photo with your son and brother. Wish I could hear you all play!
    3259 days ago
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