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Help! Belly Fat-How do I Get Rid of it?

Wednesday, July 02, 2014

I have a problem. Itís not a big problem but just an annoying one.

I have belly fat.

Iíve had 8 children so I know it will never be all gone but if I could just reduce it I would be so much happier. I would look better and feel much better in my clothes.

I know when I lose weight, I lose it there, but lately I have not been able to get past the weight I am right now.(Iím about 10 lbs. above my goal weight) I have gone to drinking my coffee without cream and sugar and started walking 6,200 steps each and every day . I also try to eat as healthy as I can and still the belly fat persists and the weight stays where it is.

So why am I saying this.

Because maybe someone out there knows something I havenít tried. I donít expect a magic formula, but something real that might help get rid of some of this belly fat.
So please respond if you might have some answers or remedies for this annoying problem.


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IMEMINE1 7/6/2014 6:18PM

    I have that same problem. Belly fat.... I was told cardio, even walking a bit faster than normal and watch what you eat.
Believe me, my belly has always been the problem. I also do Yoga.
Good luck to us both.
(I only had 2 kids)

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AJDOVER1 7/3/2014 1:43PM

    You're so right, Dottee! There's no magic. There is absolutely no way to spot reduce. You can make your core muscles stronger, but only an overall reduction will get rid of the fat over your core muscles.

I increased my cardio to burn more calories. I track my food every day. Not magic, but it works for me (I only have 3 kids, so I know we're all different).

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GINIEMIE 7/3/2014 10:14AM

First, I admire what you've done and although I've only had 5 children I have the stomach paunch too. One of my neighbors said hers diminished with extra walking. Could you get up to 7,500 steps? You're right there is no magic formula so it's try and try something else.
Bonne chance,
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GRANJERRY1 7/2/2014 11:35PM

    Dottee I know what you mean, my PT insists on me doing it, though I am beyond losing weight around me belly now, but doing leg raises will help. You need to lie on a hard flat surface and raise your leg one at a time without bending your knees. Try doing 3 sets of this twice a day. If you have some help to do it even better.

I think there are some other exercises for stronger seniors on you tube that you could look at

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One-Room Schoolhouse Visit (Pictures)

Thursday, June 19, 2014

Every year at this time my friend Polly and I host children from our local school at a visit to the Doolittle School (1848-1952). They participate in events that would have happened back then such as a spelling bee and learn about the differences between school then and now.

This is Polly reading to the students about how the Pledge of Allegiance came to be.

Children listening.

Selfie of the two

PowerPoint of how the school was reconstructed.

Kids decorate large tin cans supplied by the cafeteria to use as lunch pail the kids would have brought to school .

Report cards from by gone days.

Me standing by the source of heat (wood stove) for the school.

Children leaving on the school bus to go back to their own school.

We had three classes come, one on each day. I look forward to this each year, it is such a treat for all involved. I hope you enjoyed the visit.

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IMEMINE1 7/6/2014 6:19PM

    I would have enjoyed that myself. emoticon

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KITT52 6/21/2014 1:45PM

    wow that is so interesting..looks like they were having a good time as well

thanks for sharing

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AJDOVER1 6/20/2014 2:23PM

    How fun and interesting for the kids!
(for you, too!)

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GINIEMIE 6/20/2014 7:41AM

    How wonderful, and what a meaningful way of teaching some history to our young people. Good for you and Polly. I bet it is a joy to do Dottee.
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1MORNINGWALKER 6/20/2014 12:55AM

    I think that would be fun emoticon

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IDLETYME 6/19/2014 7:18PM

    What a great day you had. Fun for you both and the kids! Great blog - really interesting! emoticon

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CINDHOLM 6/19/2014 3:34PM

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HEALTHY4ME 6/19/2014 3:15PM

    OH such fun and so neat. and also YOU look great girl!!!
glad you had a great time!

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GRANJERRY1 6/19/2014 2:40PM

    Dottee.... the pics look great & the kids look like they have really enjoyed it. It is so lovely to spend time with children.... very rejuvenating.

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CALLIECURTIS5 6/19/2014 12:25PM

    What a fun time you must have with the kiddos. Loved the look wonderful. emoticon

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SAISHA100CJ 6/19/2014 12:19PM

    I love the photos, Dottee! What a joy for you, Polly and all the school children. I sure wish I could have been there. Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful time with us. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/19/2014 12:14PM

    Very cool!

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Monday, January 27, 2014

The baby's mom is going to frame it and put it on his bedroom wall.

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IMEMINE1 2/2/2014 9:25PM


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SLIMMERJESSE 2/2/2014 11:23AM

    This is beautiful. What a lovely poem to frame and hang.

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KITT52 1/29/2014 10:28AM

    that was just beautiful....

what a cutey as well

thanks for sharing

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HEALTHY4ME 1/29/2014 9:41AM

    OH Dottie that is so beautiful and I agree it belongs in a frame on a wall. So pretty and something they can keep for ever. Congrats. on baby Patrick!

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SAISHA100CJ 1/29/2014 7:23AM

    What a sweet, beautiful poem, Dottee. Little Patrick is such a blessing. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 1/28/2014 1:25PM

    Love your poem! Your grandson is a special blessing!

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AJDOVER1 1/28/2014 1:08PM

    how sweet! Such a blessing....

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CINDHOLM 1/28/2014 1:06PM

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MADEIT3 1/28/2014 9:51AM



And emoticon to baby Patrick!

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JACKIE542 1/28/2014 1:33AM

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RENEEAQUA 1/28/2014 12:49AM


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2013 vs 2014

Wednesday, January 01, 2014

2013 was a kind of neutral year for me. Or maybe it just felt that way because it was the beginning of my fourth year without my man. I think of him daily and miss his cheerful smile and uplifting attitude. It doesnít get any easier as the years go by. He was always there to cheer me on, encourage me to try new things, and lift my spirits when I was down. other words, my rock. Now I have to do all that for myself and Iím not always ready to do so.

In winter, I started working on the first in a new series of books, Town of Paris Twins.

I bought my first Activity tracker from Spark People and got into the habit of walking 6,000 a day and this has become a habit now! Yay!

Weight was up and down due to the many snacks left by my housemates who have since taken their own apartment.

Published my new book and make a Facebook page for it. Had several book signings and made some new author friends.

Vacationed in Hampton Beach with most of my family in July.

Started praying a rosary a day, reading a bible meditation each morning before I get started, and praying daily for family and friends.

Being somewhat of an introvert, I enjoyed spending time alone to read, write, check out Facebook (my entertainment and at times my company).

Bought myself a new iPad for Christmas. It takes wonderful pictures and Iím learning how to use it.

I start my year alone in the house.

Hope to:
Blog at least once a week.

Spend more time with my family who are my loves and support in this world.

Do more work for the historical society. (Town of Paris)

Purge the house of unnecessary items. Live a simpler life.

Write the next book in the new Town of Paris Twins. Attempt some miscellaneous types of writing: articles, short stories, etc.

Lose 10 lbs. Ďnuff said, by eating healthier.

Do something wild and crazy once a week.

Do an unexpected kindness once a week anonymously.


And most importantly, LIVE, LAUGH, and LOVE more.

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IRISHEI 6/13/2014 8:16AM

    Love your blog and all your goals and plans for 2014. Can I join you with some of these? Being around positive people sure is a plus, isn't it? You have done so well and keep at it daily. God bless. Thanks for sharing. emoticon emoticon
hugs, Irish Ei


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IMEMINE1 2/2/2014 9:27PM

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KITT52 1/1/2014 11:43AM

    Happy New Year

we will have a healthy year and reach our goals

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AJDOVER1 1/1/2014 11:14AM

    Live, Love and Laugh more! I'm looking forward to sharing this journey with you in 2014.

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SAISHA100CJ 1/1/2014 8:57AM

    Happy New Year! Wonderful list for 2014. emoticon & have fun along the way! I know you are going to have a successful year!! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 1/1/2014 7:34AM

    Happy New year and I wish for you health, happiness and success! HUGS

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GRANJERRY1 1/1/2014 7:20AM

    Happy New Year!!!

May The Lord help you in your endeavor for 2014..,,

Health & Happiness to you


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ANGELCITYGAL 1/1/2014 1:25AM

    Happy New Year. May 2014 bring you all you dream of and more.

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Happy New Year!

Friday, November 15, 2013

If you are wondering why I titled this the way I did, it's because this year I'm starting my New Year early. NOW. I'm not going to wait for January.

I plan to be crazy for a year...not the mental crazy but fun crazy.

I've been working too hard and after a lot of thought and meditation, and while on a walk, the following things were given to me as a plan.

I quickly jotted them down so I wouldn't forget them. This is what I'm going to do for a whole year:

1. Take a BREAK.
2. Take two years to write my next book (instead of rushing to do it in one year.)
3. Start doing some crocheting and/or knitting or cross stitch.
4. Write in a blog once a week to keep my writing skills up to date.
5. Go to Christian Women's Club luncheons every month, if I can.
6. Go to church more often.
7. Go to the library more often and Barnes and Noble. (read more books)
8. Gradually increase my walking time by 500 steps every couple of months.
9. Focus on a healthier diet and don't pay so much attention to the scale.
10. Do something nice for someone with no return looked for..

I really feel this will help to relieve the stress I feel under right now.

So A year from now I will let you know if it did the trick. I feel better already just having decided these things.


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IMEMINE1 12/7/2013 8:03AM

    Happy New Year! emoticon emoticon I feel the same way every morning. Here's to us both. emoticon emoticon

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YIDDLE 11/20/2013 3:15PM

    Yes! I think you can do it. It's time to back pedal and find your joy once more. Blessings wished for you.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/17/2013 10:47AM

    I like your new plan and love that you are starting it now and NOT waiting till January

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AJDOVER1 11/17/2013 1:45AM

    Happy New Year! Your plan sounds great. I wish you all the best.

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BABYBARNEY 11/16/2013 3:16PM

    Sounds like a great stress reliever to me...Smart thinkin to move up your new year goal...why put off tomorrow when you have today!!!

Great plan & 3 cheers for sharing a great idea with us sparkers,

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SAISHA100CJ 11/16/2013 2:07PM

    Happy New Year, Dottee! I love your new plan. You are a smart lady! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THEADMIRAL 11/16/2013 1:34PM

    emoticon emoticon I LOVE this! Go, Dottee, GO!

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KITT52 11/16/2013 10:10AM

    what a great plan...sounds healthy and sound, I wish you the best of luck..
I know you can do it....


please let us know how you are doing

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HELEN_BRU 11/15/2013 5:26PM

    Sounds like a plan! Good for you. emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 11/15/2013 5:21PM

    YAYA a year for you!!! good idea! HUGS

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