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Day 18--100 Happy Days

Monday, April 28, 2014

As many of you know, my fourth grandchild is due late next month. My daughter-in-law has a history of delivering early, my 8-year-old grandson was born 5 weeks early, and my adorable 4-year-old granddaughter was born 2 weeks early. They always elect NOT to find out the baby's sex beforehand, as is usually done these days, so we are all surprised on D-Day, which is so much fun. My sweet daughter-in-law looks like she's about to 'pop,' so I'm thinking this baby could also come early.

That is my son's hand on her tummy, note the blue prostate cancer bracelet--we all wear them!

The idea of a new grandchild makes me very very happy. I can't wait!

I had a phone call from a high school classmate this weekend. She reminded me that we are celebrating our 45th anniversary this year. I didn't know they celebrated 45 years! I was thinking I would have to wait until our 50th anniversary to show off my new body at our reunion. Now I'm excited. I will be honest, I skipped my 20th class reunion, after serving on the committee, and putting together a booklet updating all the classmates. I did go to the 25th reunion, but I was so embarrassed about my weight, I did not have a very good time. I have skipped all reunions since that time, but plan to go to this next one PROUDLY! Perhaps the reunion will give me incentive to drop this 20 pounds?! I hope so!

I saw a headline in today's paper, "Where Will Calorie Labels Appear? Not Just Menus."

I read the article with interest and then realized that my life is ruled by calories. It's not such a bad thing. I often pick up an item in the grocery store and check the calorie content before adding it to my cart. More often than not, checking that calorie content leads me to the decision NOT to put it in my cart.

Saw an ad today for some sugar free chocolate candy http://www.amberlynchocolates.
and checked out the website. I finally found a link there for nutritional info, and sure enough, even though it's sugar-free, it's definitely not calorie-free chocolate! I won't be ordering any.

I am so thankful that the calorie content is available on many items and particularly appreciate, at the very least, being able to look up a restaurant menu on-line to see the calorie content. I wish they listed it right on their menu, but rarely does that happen. Ruby Tuesday is good about putting that calorie content of some of their lighter items, as is Applebee's. McDonald's might be the best about it--listing the calorie content right on their menu display behind the counter. I like that. It has been proven that if the calorie content is highly visible, people tend to make lower-calorie choices. I know I do. And I see that they are soon going to display the calorie content on grocery items more prominently as required by law. This is a good trend.

Have to share a picture of my Juno Bulldog and son Chris. Chris worked all night and was napping yesterday, while Juno is just a big lap baby!

Chris is losing substantial weight, right now he's on the Nutrisystem plan, and is trying to be very active. He runs, walks and lifts weights. He has the next two days off, after working seven trips in a row, so I'm sure he will be asking me to join him in some walks, if we can avoid the predicted rain. It's sunny right now and cool--perfect walking weather! He wants to buy a new TV, and plans to make a TV stand to place it on. I'm all for this plan, since he will be generous enough to place the TV in our family room, and not in his basement living room. He told me he hopes to get started on his building plans while he has some time off work.

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    Such fantastic news to report! Truly blessed!

    Senterstock (co-lead) and Grandmother's fitness Club
    1816 days ago
  • KERRYG155
    I'm glad you have something great to look forward to!! My 45th reunion is being held the end of June-Friday night at the Salt Dog game and Saturday at the clubhouse across the street which is what we did 5 years ago. We had a good time but I am not finding any decent air fares to get back to Nebraska this year. We have a vacation in July in Helen, GA with all the kids and the two grandkids. Congrats to your son on his weight loss.
    1817 days ago
    The big baby (Juno) is so cute. Good thing he isn't any bigger though.
    1817 days ago
    You have a very exciting time ahead of you. It is always nice to have things to look forward to. I know that the new baby will be a source of great joy for you. When you go to your class reunion, you are going to Wow your old classmates!!!!
    1817 days ago
    Go to the reunion and hold your head high! You earned it! How nice of Chris to share the new TV. And a new baby-how special!
    1817 days ago
  • LINDAK25
    A new grand baby is so exciting! I'm so happy for you.

    My husband's 50th high school reunion is this year--it's really 48 years, but they do three classes at a time. His graduating class had only 30 students!

    I've gotten to the point where I end up checking out all the nutritional information, not just the calories. But you've got to keep it real and sometimes that means just working at staying as healthy and as balanced as you can. Oh, and good for Chris!
    1817 days ago
    Congrats on the soon-to-be grandbaby!! How wonderful!! I am looking at 40 years out of HS--don't know if we will have a reunion or when it will be but I'd like to go--would be my incentive to drop these 7 pounds that crept back on!

    Best of luck to Chris with the TV stand building--and the weight loss journey--you are an inspiration to many!!
    1817 days ago
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