MM11113   44,149
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A dress I haven't worn in 24 years!

South of France May 2014 on a 3 week cruise

New Year's Eve - a month before starting

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Karen's New Style

It's fall now, and I've rededicated myself to good meal planning and making progress toward my goal.

I need to adjust to being retired most of the time, that will certainly be a new challenge. I will be in the proximity of the kitchen most of the time. Planning will be even more important!

I can do it! I can even be good at it!
It's fall now, and I've rededicated myself to good meal planning and making progress toward my goal.

I need to adjust to being retired most of the time, that will certainly be a new challenge. I will be in the proximity of the kitchen most of the time. Planning will be even more important!

I can do it! I can even be good at it!

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MM11113 is off work now until the 2nd week of December
set 3 days ago



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Member Since: 2/4/2008

SparkPoints: 44,149

Fitness Minutes: 21,326

My Goals:
Lose a lot of weight
Learn how to keep it off
Walk without difficulty
Climb steps again
Eat normal food

My Program:
Track what I eat
Learn what works
Check how many calories are left before supper
Forgive mistakes
Eat a favorite once in a while and make up for it the next day

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I've been walking 2 miles almost every day, sometimes more.

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Member Comments:
11/23/2014 9:45:56 PM

I know what you mean about clothes. I wore a uniform for 10 yrs at my job in a hospital Then for the next 19 I wore slacks and a blouse and or jacket. Now I'm retired and have changed my style of clothes because I lost 25 pounds. When my Dad died two years ago, I received some money from his life insurance policy. I spent the next year cleaning my closet little by little and for every new thing I bought I gave another away to Hospice. I have now replaced my whole old wardrobe and I feel like a million bucks whenever I walk out of my house. My husband is proud of how I look .This make me feel very fortunate. emoticon

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11/22/2014 11:44:10 PM

Thanks for the music notes in your comment on my blog. Appreciate it.
Love you in your green dress. It's amazing to me that you have kept it all these years.

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11/22/2014 11:53:55 AM

Thanks for reading my blog and commenting and for responding to my comment!
Unfortunately most non-parrotheads associate us with overindulgence in alcohol. In actuality the majority of us are rather normal people with a streak of crazy and I know several teetotalers who are parrotheads. some of the newer people who have jumped on our bandwagon are worse than most of us who have enjoyed Buffett's music and the trop rock genre since before Buffett was traveling in style and was still going from gig to gig in his old green pick up and had a lot of hair!

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11/21/2014 11:53:18 PM

I love the green dress that you had not worn in 24 years!

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11/21/2014 11:52:37 PM

By your comment about parrotheads Igather that you don't know many parrotheads. One of my best parrothead friends is a vice president of the National dairy association and speaks to groups all over the country. she has started on her doctorate. Others are vice presidents of banks, retired army colonels, retired professors, teaching professors, Vice presidents and accountant of CX railroads, etc. When my husband was alive he was interviewed for a graduate level course for the University of North Carolina/Wilmington division. There was a graduate level class taught on Parrothead lifestyle. A true parrothead loves life, believes that life is a gift and that we must give back. The club I belong to has raised over a million dollars for the local Alzheimers Association, Relay for Life, Ovarian cancer research, ASPCA, the local food bank, Special Olympics, Toys for Tots, and now we are collecting books for children in homeless shelters. My husband and I went on several parrothead cruises sponsered by the Atlanta Parrothead Club. Ed was the auctioneer for the live auction, there was a silent auction and various other fund raising events for our group and only our group, the smallest year of 250 and the largerst we went on about 400. The first year 25,000.00 was raised for breast cancer research and 42,000.00 was raised the last year we went. The only people involved in donations were the Parrotheads. Oh, there was a woman on board who had just found out the day before the cruise that she had a very aggressive form of breast cancer. she was not a parrothead but we all rallied around her, got her information, and invited her to our activities. After the cruise many people kept in touch with her and continued to give her emotional and even financial support. Our parrothead friends have been the most supportive and caring people that I have ever known. When my husband died one PH friend drove 3 days to come and speak at his memorial service, another came from Connecticut, others from Pennsylvania, one flew in from her work in London to be with me when my own sister couldn't make it to the memorial when she was 5 hours away. But I digress from the original statement about parrotheads and literacy. One of the things that draws the original parrotheads to the music of Jimmy Buffett is the stories the songs tell and there is a story behind most of his older songs. H e is one of 6 authors who has been on both fiction and non fiction NY Times best seller list. He and his daughter have written children's books and his degree is in journalism. His politics are a bit too liberal for me but as a parrothead I am concerned with out environment and what is happening to this planet we live on.
As a parrothead I do enjoy a libation but my grandmother did also and she never heard of Jimmy Buffett and Parrotheads. As a parrothead I believe in my understanding of God, in living as well as I can on my income, in giving back to society and the world and enjoying life to the fullest possible way. I have been blessed! Not a bad philosophy as I see it! I hope that I have cleared up a misconception that many have of those of us who love trop rock music and particular lifestyle!

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