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Hugs all around!

Saturday, December 15, 2012



I don't even know what so say in the wake of the shootings at the elementary school in Connecticut yesterday. This is a very, very sad time for America. They were just babies.

All I can do is pray for the families, so that's what I'm going to do.

In the meantime, as most of you have probably noticed, I am a hugger. emoticon

So, hugs all around!!!







Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon



  
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HZGLORY 12/16/2012 1:05AM

    Nillapepsi,

I am glad you are a hugger, thank you for the hugs on my blog.
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THEWORSTWITCH 12/16/2012 12:15AM

    Same to you.

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HELEN_BRU 12/15/2012 9:42PM

    emoticon back at you. Thanks for leaving the hugs on my page!

Helen

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KARENLEIGH32 12/15/2012 1:42PM

    I add my prayers to yours!

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MOWINELADY 12/15/2012 12:17PM

    I agree we all need to hug everyone we love every day. Life is so unpredictable and we need to love and enjoy our love ones all the time. While my kids are grown, I have a preschool granddaughter and nephews and nieces that are school age and it is just so hard to image the grief that the parents are going through. I also have a cousin that is a teacher and a 2 cousin that is in grade school.

Thanks for the reminders to hug all the time.

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GIRLINMOTION 12/15/2012 10:11AM

    HUGS

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SUSIESLIM62 12/15/2012 9:54AM

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COCK-ROBIN 12/15/2012 9:51AM

    Yes, hugs and prayers to all affected by this tragedy.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/15/2012 9:51AM

    Yes, hugs and prayers to all affected by this tragedy.

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MPETERSON2311 12/15/2012 9:36AM

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NCSUE0514 12/15/2012 8:57AM

    May God bless each and every person affected by this tragedy. I can't even imagine the pain.

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LEVELPATHS 12/15/2012 8:55AM

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TDEMAIO2 12/15/2012 8:41AM

    emoticon and prayers for all

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RIDLEYRIDER 12/15/2012 8:07AM

  Hugs back to you and all those affected........so very sad.

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Got excuses?

Friday, December 14, 2012



I have learned from experience that excuses don't help me at all.

This is what works:

Literally!! emoticon

People are just starting to notice that I've lost weight. What a good feeling!! It gives me courage to continue & not give up.

I know I have a long way to go, but:



I'm not giving up -- ever!! I'm determined!!

So, put aside your excuses & let's get to work! emoticon

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon


  
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TDEMAIO2 12/16/2012 8:37AM

    emoticon Lets do it emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 12/15/2012 1:44PM

    Amen let's work!

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NANCYRUBIO 12/15/2012 6:37AM

    Great, great, great and true~~

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LEVELPATHS 12/15/2012 4:43AM

    Great to hear people are noticing, and thanks for always encouraging us to give up excuses.

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MATTEROFHEART 12/14/2012 11:15PM

    Absolutely! I am with you 100%! No more excuses!
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BIJALS 12/14/2012 10:44PM

  So excited to be one of your fans! Big hugs and keep on keeping on, Ms. NillaPepsi (and I'll try to do the same :)! P.S. Loved all your dessert tips at lunch -- gonna try the frozen banana slices between Nilla Wafers soon, lol...

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1EMMA2011 12/14/2012 9:08PM

    Great blog! Together we can do anything!!

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DRUIDPRINCESS 12/14/2012 4:54PM

    Thank you so much for your inspiring blog! YOu are so right - sometimes it seems that our goals are just too far away. I guess that's why having little milestones (and associated little rewards!) along the way can help us believe that our goals are possible.

Wishing you ferocious determination and unlimited positive energy along your way!

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OTEN36 12/14/2012 12:11PM

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BIGPAWSUP 12/14/2012 10:48AM

    You are WONDERFUL.

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PAANDRUS 12/14/2012 10:11AM

    Nice reminder!! Good for you that people are noticing your hard work!!

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GIRLINMOTION 12/14/2012 9:59AM

    What a great feeling when people start noticing the hard work you have put into your health. Way to go!

You are going all the way!

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MOWINELADY 12/14/2012 9:55AM

    Great I love that quote from Spark about giving up. Yes I have a ways to go but I have come so far and I am not giving up.

Thanks for another great blog. emoticon

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YMWONG22 12/14/2012 8:35AM

  You are right. We should not only look forward, we should also look back and see what we had achieved and how far we had come. It gives satisfaction and encouragement to continue with the healthy lifestyle change journey.
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1935MARY 12/14/2012 8:14AM

    Well said. Hard work pays off in the end.

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KJELLYBEAN15 12/14/2012 8:02AM

    Give up my excuses? But that's the part of me that I have mastered so far. It's going to be very difficult to learn how to trade those with reasons for success. But you know what? It's so worth it. Thanks for the topic. You are doing wonderfully. Hope you have a great day, and weekend.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/14/2012 7:58AM

    And you're going to make it! I'm proud of you.

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5 diets, plateaus, towels & get started TODAY!

Thursday, December 13, 2012

What a crazy subject line, right? emoticon Well, it isn't quite 4:30 in the morning as I start this blog & this is what my brain feels like before I finish my coffee. emoticon

I have some funny stuff & serious stuff for you today. It's always great to start out with a chuckle, don't you think?



Isn't that great? emoticon I have found that I can't do a diet. If you tell me I can't have something, or that I have to eat 25 pounds of carrots a day, I freak out. And did you ever notice that the first three letters of diet are "D-I-E." Eeeek!

I like the idea of a healthy eating plan -- not necessarily a diet. If my buddy at work makes a cake & would be crushed if I didn't try it, I give up a snack & eat 2 bites of cake. I like cake. My buddy is happy, I'm happy, it's all good.



Oh, the dreaded plateau. They are terrible aren't they? I've been on 2 in the last couple of months & they are so hard to break. It's easy to get discouraged & want to quit, but don't you do it!!! It took awhile, but I pushed through them. What a sense of accomplishment!!

Lessons learned from a plateau:



Things are happening even when you can't yet see the results. That's why it's so important not only to weigh, but to measure. And don't forget about those non-scale victories!! Even if the scale & measuring tape aren't moving, do you feel better? Are you able to walk/run/pump iron 5 minutes longer than last week? emoticon My all time favorite non-scale victory is when my sweet hubby tells me he's proud of me. Whew!! That's a great one!! Tissue moment!!

So:



The choice is yours. I want to use my towel to wipe off the sweat!!!

Besides:



I'm glad I started in June.

Blessings to you!!! emoticon emoticon

  
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KARENLEIGH32 12/15/2012 1:48PM

    You blogs are so uplifting and inspiring, even @ 4:30 AM!!

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NANCYRUBIO 12/14/2012 7:21AM

    Some serious, some fun, The correct way to do a blog.

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LISAN0415 12/14/2012 12:45AM

    You are so right! and as we get closer to our goal, and there is less to lose, the scale "slows down" but we are still making progress- our fitness, cardio health is improving, we are keeping our blood sugar lower, blood presure and cholesterol lower- all good things!

I know we like results we can see, but even when they aren't very visible, it's happening!
Take care!
Lisa

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ERINMARIE424 12/13/2012 10:42PM

    what a fun blog to read - thanks!

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MATTEROFHEART 12/13/2012 10:03PM

    emoticon emoticon Thanks for the great post! I love the positive words you always have for us!

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CINDYAST 12/13/2012 7:46PM

    So much fun to read this evening! Thanks!
Blessings!

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GIRLINMOTION 12/13/2012 9:56AM

    Great blog. Your doing awesome and you are going to reach your goals sooner than later because you started and did not weight for the magic bullet.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/13/2012 9:39AM

    Great thoughts and awesome motivation! I'm in it with you!

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OTEN36 12/13/2012 9:15AM

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Have a wonderful Thursday!


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KJELLYBEAN15 12/13/2012 8:16AM

    Thank you for the post. Hope you have a wonderful day.

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LEVELPATHS 12/13/2012 8:04AM

    Thanks for another great blog :-)

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COCK-ROBIN 12/13/2012 5:13AM

    I'm glad I started as well.

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Fitness protection program

Wednesday, December 12, 2012



emoticon I thought this was a riot!! If we had an emoticon for ROFL, I'd be using it.

I can't say that I've always loved exercise, but I've never really hated it (except when I was in high school). I think I hated it so much back then because: (1) I always had gym class right after lunch (ugh! I won't go into details) & (2) I had exercise induced asthma & didn't know it. After the coach would make us run a mile, I couldn't breathe well for a couple of hours. I was not officially diagnosed until about 5 years ago.

Exercise is my stress relief & mood booster. I joke around that it keeps me from killing people (which I'd NEVER do -- kill people, that is), but I always get a good laugh when I say that. emoticon

The other cool thing about going to the gym is:



Oh yeah, Baby!! Torch those calories.

Yesterday was a bad, bad day for me. As soon as my alarm went off, I was up & at 'em, but just when I was getting ready to hit the "go" button on my coffee pot, the power went out. ::sigh:: Thankfully, the power came back on 1/2 an hour later & I was able to get my morning cup of java. But then I showed up to the carpool lot to meet my carpool . . . & none of my folks showed up!!! I called & called, but they didn't answer their cellphones. Power out? Overslept? Who knows? But I had driven the day before & wasn't expecting to drive, so I had no gasoline in my car. ::double sigh::

So, I go get gas & make my way to work. Can't ride in the carpool lane because I don't have enough people, so I was late for work. ::triple sigh:: So, what do you do when you're late for work? Leave early!!! emoticon

I really wanted to go to the gym, so it wasn't a huge sacrifice for me to take an hour of leave so I could still go. I took all my frustrations out on the machines & had an awesome workout. By the time I got home, I was in a fantastic mood & I had burned a bunch of calories. Not a bad deal.

So, don't enter the fitness protection program. emoticon You'll feel so much better if you "Just Do It!" ~ Nike ~ (Exercise, that is).

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon



  
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KARENLEIGH32 12/15/2012 1:52PM

    Let's go burn some fat!

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KONRAD695 12/13/2012 12:47AM

    exercise, the (2nd) best bad mood buster emoticon

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CINDYAST 12/12/2012 5:25PM

    Love your positive attitude though everything! emoticon Good job!

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BIGPAWSUP 12/12/2012 9:46AM

    This is awesome! You had a bad start to the day but you didn't let it stop you. Congrats on you self dedication and determination!

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GIRLINMOTION 12/12/2012 9:42AM

    Way to go on finding your way to a great ending to your day! Exercise does conquer all and saves lives.

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KBRADFORD88 12/12/2012 9:27AM

    man lots of excuses to not do it...way to go for sticking in and working out

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PAANDRUS 12/12/2012 9:09AM

    Hate those kinda days.....:-P.

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LISAN0415 12/12/2012 8:37AM

    This was a great blog!

Thanks for the smile today! You are doing great!
Lisa

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LIFEISPURRFECT 12/12/2012 8:08AM

    What a way to overcome a bad day! You rock!!! Way to go on maintaining a positive attitude.

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NCSUE0514 12/12/2012 7:43AM

    Cute!

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LEVELPATHS 12/12/2012 7:11AM

    Well done for getting to the gym after all that. I like your attitude!

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NANCYRUBIO 12/12/2012 6:28AM

    Sounds like a bad day all around, but you always make it sound like fun. emoticon.

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KOOKYKATHIE 12/12/2012 5:40AM

    emoticon Loved this BLOG! Keep on encouraging us emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 12/12/2012 5:17AM

    And you CAN do it. And did! I'm proud of you.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/12/2012 5:17AM

    And you CAN do it. And did! I'm proud of you.

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Let's stick together -- like snowflakes. :-)

Tuesday, December 11, 2012



We can do a lot on our own, but when we rely on the support of each other, we can do great things!!

On Saturday our mustang club did a Toys for Tots event. We had 2 other car clubs join us. We had 45 vehicles total.

We met at Toys R Us at 10:00 and as a huge group, we bombarded Toys R Us to buy new unwrapped toys. After the shopping we had a police escort to where we were going to drop off the toys. Each of us on our own would have made a small difference, but as a big group, we filled the back of a rental van about 2/3 full. There were even 2 bicycles!

This is our mustang:



I got a new pink hat just for the occasion:



Handsome hubby:



Lots of mustangs:



Police escort was fun -- we got to run all the red lights:



Line of cars in front of us:





Line of cars behind us:



After the event, I got to go see my niece:





Today, let's stick together like snowflakes & support & encourage each other.

Blessings to you!! emoticon emoticon


  
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FUSIONFITNESS3 12/12/2012 3:33AM

    What a wonderful way to spend a day.
Great words of encouragement for us all.
Thanks for sharing your thoughts.

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ERINMARIE424 12/11/2012 9:25PM

    What a great way to spend a Saturday! And the quote at the top is one of my favorites - I have it framed on my desk at work!

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FALLNTENN 12/11/2012 8:32PM

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A great way to spend a Saturday.

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COCK-ROBIN 12/11/2012 11:47AM

    Wonderful pics! Thank you.

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BIGPAWSUP 12/11/2012 10:59AM

    That is absolutely awesome! How wonderful!

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KOOKYKATHIE 12/11/2012 10:35AM

    Such a great event and then fun with the little niece afterwards!

A very fulfilling day I would say. emoticon

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GIRLINMOTION 12/11/2012 10:11AM

    What a great club activity.

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OTEN36 12/11/2012 9:25AM

    That was fantastic!
I love the cars and the reason you guys were on the move. We also do a toys for tots drive where I work. It does better and better each year. I think this is our 4th year.
Good Job...and the baby is so cute.
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PAANDRUS 12/11/2012 8:44AM

    Good job on all those toys!! Thanks for the blog!

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NANCYRUBIO 12/11/2012 7:25AM

    emoticon , great job. Even famalies don't stick together anymore. The worlds loss and most of us don't realize it yet.

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LEVELPATHS 12/11/2012 6:51AM

    Good blog. Nice mustang! :-)

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MARYJOANNA 12/11/2012 5:32AM

  Great photos and good job well done helping others!

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 12/11/2012 5:28AM

    I dream of owning one of those beautiful cars one day... Love Love your post and pics. You have a beautiful smile!!

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