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An ode to my pot belly

Sunday, March 17, 2013

You and I have been together,
Since I ever could remember.
You been patted, squished
Criticized, mushed
Been the torment of my youth.

You have never truly gone away,
And maybe that is why today
I barely tend to think of you
As really something, not that new.

You have come and gone through pregnancies
Hanging out inside my jeans.
Whether then size 16 or now a 6,
You always seem to get your kicks
By hanging out and staying there
Tucked inside my underwear.

Iím 40 now and over you.
There is really nothing I can do
Because gravity now is not a friend
My boobs, my butt have joined the sag,
Looking like a crumpled bag.

Youíre not that important after all
Forgot about you when Motherhood called.
The kids they really do not care
That you are ever present there.

Iím amazed that you were so important
To me so long ago.
It seems that with age Iím all the wiser
To go along with the flow.

If I could take back anything
It would be the time I lost
Worrying about something dumb
Really wasnít worth the cost.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

NUMD97 3/30/2013 8:28PM

    You know what I like about you, Annie? You have [or perhaps always thought this way, who knows?] complete acceptance of your body as you age.

You're definitely one woman who has her priorities straight. Lovely to see.

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DWEXCEL 3/20/2013 8:48AM

    Love it! Perfect :)

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NEW-CAZ 3/19/2013 3:24PM

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JESSICABOOTY 3/18/2013 7:25PM

    If you listen hard, you can still hear me laughing. emoticon

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KANOE10 3/18/2013 7:43AM

    :Lovely poem and perfect ending. I am glad you are happy with yourself, Yah on the size 6 fitting you.


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REBECCATKD 3/17/2013 10:36PM

    How poetic!

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-AMANDA79- 3/17/2013 2:21PM

    *sigh* So when I'm 40 I won't long for a tummy tuck anymore? The twins did a number on my midsection. Brats!

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DALID414 3/17/2013 2:15PM

    emoticon for taking back the power.

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ITSMYTYME2SHYNE 3/17/2013 9:23AM

    Great blog, it's a keeper

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NEW-CAZ 3/17/2013 9:12AM


Reminded me of the type of ode typical of Pam Ayres emoticon

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JGRAY76 3/17/2013 8:33AM

    Very clever. Something all women our age can related to.

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NSV - 60 jumping jacks

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Yup - 60 jumping jacks

Not that big to some, but for's HUGE!!!!


Well because I didn't wet my pants! That's why!

Just think about it
- 3 kids born au natural
- heavy for lots of my life
- not a big exerciser prior to the last 5 years

All that adds up to some, um, leakage at some point! emoticon

I'm not to proud to admit it either... this is a HUGE HUGE thing to actually do jumping jacks and KNOW that I am not going to piddle the floor like a puppy! emoticon

I don't know when this amazing thing came into play - I don't really do jumping jacks - so I will just chalk it up to the miracle of exercise! Keep at it and wonderful things will happen!!!

But why am I doing jumping jacks now?? To discover this wonderful thing as the lack of the piddle? Well, it's a quick and easy cardio to do while just standing around... I can do it anywhere (NO - I have NOT done it in a supermarket yet) but it gets me moving to actually DO something when I have not done anything in what feels like... forever!

So YAY!!!! to exercise and the wonderful things it brings about! emoticon


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NEW-CAZ 3/16/2013 5:37AM


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JESSICABOOTY 3/15/2013 11:30AM

    Don't you just feel miserable when you leak? I can see why your bladder might be acting up. I went to a urologist a few years ago and he told me that since I was middle-aged I should take advantage of stopping at every restroom. Seems that the bladder isn't doing such a good job any more and the brain doesn't quite get the message. Give it a try!

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KANOE10 3/14/2013 8:59AM

    Yah to exercise and feeling better! Good for you.

I am sorry about the sore muscles!


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DALID414 3/13/2013 10:56PM

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OAKBORN 3/13/2013 10:43PM

    emoticon Rock on!

And trust me, you are not alone! emoticon

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KIMH51 3/13/2013 8:50PM

    wow.. love your enthusiasm!!! You go girl... no, don't go on the floor.. I've been thinking about trying some jumping jacks, read/heard somewhere they are the absolute best exercise as they literally move your entire body at the same time - for me that would be crazy -

Have fun, I'll be thinking about you and thinking what would I do if I came across someone doing jumping jacks at the supermarket.. I think I would join in of course.. wouldn't that be a hoot!!! Flash jumps in aisle 9!!!! LOL

Take care and keep on jumping!

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Is Sparkcoach helping?

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

This is a very very very informal poll... I am just curious.

Please answer the following if you are using Sparkcoach:

a) I am more motivated now than ever before: Yes or no

b) Has this made the difference?

c) Is guilt (ie, I am paying for it so I have to use it) a factor in your success? or does it not matter (like in any other paid online diet plan - WW, eDiets, Jenny C)

d) If you have used other programs (as I mentioned above) - what makes this one different from the others? and is it better? OR is it YOU that has a different mentality this time around???

Seriously, I am just curious... Food for thought...

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KANOE10 3/14/2013 8:58AM

    Not an Sp user.

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LWADE1963 3/13/2013 11:46PM

    I use spark coach and i love it. It keeps me accountable and combines all the great things on spark website

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DALID414 3/13/2013 11:41PM

    Not a SparkCoach user.

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NUOVAELLE 3/13/2013 9:12AM

    I hope you don't mind that I'm leaving a comment here without using Sparkcoach.
I just wanted to say that I hope no one answers "yes" at question c! This can be a real trap and I've actually experienced it. I used to feel guilty for paying my dietitian and would follow her orders because "I spent money and I had to prove that it was for a good reason." But one day I stopped paying. And so did my success...
I'll be back to read the comments. I'm curious, too!
Interesting poll!

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Taking chances

Monday, March 11, 2013

Sometimes life is a gamble... I am learning this a little late, especially since I am usually on the safer side of the fence: don't disrupt the order of things, don't run with scissors... you know... that kind of being.

But sometimes, life throws you are curveball and things NEED to change and you HAVE TO take a chance on something new, and the only thing that is really holding you back, you. sad is that to think of! emoticon

But that is how it is sometimes, and I'd rather rip off the bandaid and realize it now before life goes on without me!

Another EWW!!! emoticon What a horrible thought!!! But let's face it, sometimes that happens to people.

Well, today I took a chance and threw a resume into cyberspace.

That alone was weird to do...who the heck knows if I will get a call, but really, there is no time like the present when it comes to certain things, and this, is probably one of those times.

Why not??? What is it going to hurt? Absolutely nothing.

What is weird is that I have no nerves about it - and usually, I am a bundle of nerves lately! emoticon We shall see....

Weird that I am not holding my breath either... life's curveballs have had that affect on me since the last 2 months have come to pass...

Anyway, we shall see... we . shall . see...

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DWEXCEL 3/13/2013 8:40AM

    Good for you! As someone stated above, things that are worth having, are worth taking a risk for. And, of course, if you didn't put it out there (your resume), it would not get looked at.

I for one, think good things will happen for you!!!!

Love you and Best of Luck!

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KANOE10 3/12/2013 8:19AM

    You have courage to take a chance and to change! You go, girl. I hope your resume is well received.

Good luck. emoticon

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NUOVAELLE 3/12/2013 2:21AM

    If we don't take chances in life, chances are that... nothing will ever happen! Nothing bad but nothing good, either. I'm glad you decided to take a chance and one that's much different from what you're used to do.
I wish you the very best of luck!

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JESSICABOOTY 3/11/2013 6:18PM

    I'll be cheering you on, Annie!
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ANNIEONLI 3/11/2013 1:11PM

    Thanks guys...for all of the support lately, especially since it is not really weightloss or maintenance related.

On that front - things are status quo....still in maintenance range and a 5K looming on March 23rd that I talked a friend into doing! LOL We are both in for it since there are hills involved!!!! If anything, it will be a good laugh and reunion! emoticon

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-AMANDA79- 3/11/2013 1:04PM

    I've recently been challenged as well, so I feel ya!


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OAKBORN 3/11/2013 12:43PM

    Best of luck! emoticon

Sometimes you have to throw those arrows out there like a wish with wings emoticon and just see what happens!

Leaping into the unknown can sometimes be the most fulfilling experience!

emoticon And in the meantime, just keep swimming!

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DALID414 3/11/2013 12:19PM

    emoticon it's very courageous of you to post your resume. Be wary of the Sales jobs, they usually are the first to contact you, unless of course you're looking for a sales position, in that case you're lucky!

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STSCOTT11 3/11/2013 12:15PM

I had a job for 3 years...even though I wasn't exactly happy with the people on it the job was not a bad job. It happen to be one where people were ELECTED into the positions every 3 years. One year all 5 people (who then makes up all other staff's BOSS) CHANGED.
I didn't get along with the new person...and I couldn't please her FOR NOTHING.
She personally campaigned I BE FIRED. She was nearly successful.
Thanks be to GOD and whatever else I had did right I was transferred to an adjoining office. STILL under the same umbrella but working with a group of DIFFERENT PEOPLE.
I have to admit...I kicked and screamed GOING...BUT when I got there it was PARADISE. I haven't regreted the move YET.
SO GLAD A CHANGE was made...even though it was one I didn't want at the time.
SO GLAD I didn't jump ship or cut my own nose off between "the move". Been on my job now for 9 YEARS.

CHANGE can be a good thing...GOOD LUCK. emoticon

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Over the weekend

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

Over the weekend...I turned 40.

Over the weekend...I turned off all emails and stopped thinking about work and enjoyed my family and a much needed break.

Over the weekend...Life continued on without me in a certain situation, just as I wanted and intended it to (thus the turned off emails explained a little bit)... and when I took myself out of the equation, the reality of what was going on for 3 months came to a head and others revealed their true colors... and I was no worse for wear, because really, it had nothing to do with me in the first place, I was just a piece in someone else's dream.

Over the weekend...I learned that a dream is a good thing, but dreaming in too many directions all at once, involving too many people in those many dreams, is NOT a good thing...sometimes dreams need a kick in the teeth of reality, and a smaller goals set in order to achieve one realistic goal first, and then you build it from there. You need a plan...I am a planner, no wonder I was a mess when I was listening to another person's scattered dreams.

Over the weekend...the music box became silent.

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KANOE10 3/8/2013 7:09AM

    Happy Birthday! It sounds like a perfect celebration with turning off the emails and enjoying your family. It seems like you have figured out how to deal with some stressful situations. I agree with you about setting small goals to achieve one realistic goal.


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JESSICABOOTY 3/7/2013 7:44PM

    Forty? You've got to be kidding! What a Happy Birthday - a bit late since I've turned off my electronic "helper". Hope it was all you wanted.

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PBLITZ 3/7/2013 12:40AM

    Happy Birthday Annie!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
You look fabulolus!! Sounds like you spent ur bday making memories that mattered w the ones who matter most!! So happy for you!!

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REBECCATKD 3/6/2013 7:36PM

    Happy Birthday!! For you, a Langston Hughes poem:

Hold fast to dreams, for if dreams die
Life is a broken-winged bird that cannot fly.

Hold fast to dreams, for when dreams go
Life is a barren field, frozen with snow.

Hold fast to your own dreams, Annie. They matter because they are yours!

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FULLOFFAITH 3/6/2013 4:26PM

    Happy Belated Birthday emoticon.

As previously said you don't look 40 you look fabulous!!!

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DWEXCEL 3/6/2013 12:23PM

    You sure don't look 40 Girlie!!!! But I hope your birthday was just great.

Good for you for taking a "Time Out" and concentrating on you. Sometimes, you just have to turn it all off, and it'll be there when you get back, if it's your problem, and if it's not, it might just be gone.

I'm a terrible one for giving that kind of advice, because I worry, worry, worry, about everything and everybody, and I think a lot of my tension in my shoulders, and my ulcer are all the result of years of that.

But sounds like your are figuring it all out, and you are so good at that, and at making plans, so you'll master this situation.

Don't be sad about the music box; I have a feeling you will be hearing the music again soon!

Love ya!

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OAKBORN 3/6/2013 11:16AM

    Sometimes the messages we receive from our music boxes are the most important and help us focus in on what is really important.

emoticon Happy Birthday, again!

Your story of the music box was haunting and I wanted to write something about it, but couldn't think of anything to add... except maybe to remember to listen for it, there must be something important that you need to know or to pay attention to... just like you did!

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DALID414 3/6/2013 9:28AM

    Sounds like a good weekend. emoticon

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TAFODIL24 3/6/2013 7:38AM

    emoticon emoticon What a beautiful gift you gave yourself.

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