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Thinking about body size and body image

Friday, July 02, 2010

I know that many folks who follow along are in my age range and totally understand this, but in case you haven't been around this block a few times, let me clue you in: just because your body size has changed doesn't mean the image you hold of yourself, in your mind... has accepted it!

One of the reasons I keep taking photos is so I can look at them and say, "Yes, this is me". If you look at the "before" pictures, that's also me. My body size has varied so much over the years that at times I'm not sure which one is really me. In truth, they all are. I'm the one that some people have recently told "You're getting too thin, you might blow away" (change back message), and I'm also the one that they avoided saying anything to because she was so fat, to avoid hurting my feelings. I'm also the one in the middle, on her way up or down.

"You are more than your body". That is so true, body, mind, soul... all is part of identity. I was raised with the concept to "take no thought for your body". I now know and accept that I am a compulsive eater with behaviors that date back to childhood. This has directly resulted in the large body size that has returned multiple times throughout my life.

Compulsive eating can go both ways... it can be compulsive UNDER-eating, too. Once a certain amount of weight is off, and one starts wearing more flattering clothing, the comments come in, and the brain goes in differing directions, depending on your particular compulsion... either restricting continues, and the compulsion takes on THAT flavor... or the little devil voice tries to convince you that you can have ANYTHING you want because you're "cured".

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For recovery from compulsion, there has to be something else, that is neither of these. In 12 step programs it's a concept called abstinence. If you don't buy into the whole compulsive eater thing, the word is "maintenance".

A big part of the whole thing is accepting myself whatever my size. It's about being "comfortable in my own skin"... loose or taut! Inside my skin = mine to deal with. Outside the skin = I have no control.

Going into this Independence Day weekend, my hope is to accept me as I am at the moment... to be comfortable with the size I am now.

  
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SHAPNUP 7/15/2010 7:48AM

    Hey Barb,

Great blog. My body image has been off my whole life. I didn't think about it much until I hit puberty. Then the boys started teasing. I remember being called "Fat Gordon" during sports, and so I internalized that and in my mind became the fat girl. But looking back at pictures, I see I was a normal size. Conversely, in my heavy years, in MY mind, I'm wasn't that big. It's crazy to see a picture of myself (reality check!), especially since losing weight on Spark, and see a big woman. I'm warped! But I'm not alone! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 7/2/2010 4:02PM

    Very well said. I identify with this so much Barb. Will the Real Me please stand up!

You've expressed it all so well.

You do look good as you are now. You look healthy and strong with a twinkling sense of fun showing through.

Here's to Independence Day!

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KASEYCOFF 7/2/2010 3:18PM

    Good perception - inside and out! emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 7/2/2010 3:14PM

    I caught my reflection in the mirror as I passed by and asked myself, "Is that me?". Inside I've always thought of myself as slim, even when pictures showed I was not and seemed shocked to see how I looked. Now I am shocked at the difference too. I know I get treated different slimmer vs. heavier.

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THIAGRAM 7/2/2010 10:59AM

  Great insights! Thanks for sharing!

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SMARTIEBEE 7/2/2010 10:39AM

    You are so right Barb! I have long said that I was always a chubby kid. And a chubby adult. I recently found some old pics of me as a kid, and as I looked the them, it suddenly hit me - that wasn't a chubby kid! It was a strong, healthy little girl! I also found a pic of me from just before DH and I got married, when I was about 110 lbs. I thought I was fat then too! While I don't ever want to be that thin again, many days, now, I still feel fat. But at least now when I look in the mirror, I can see a trim, healthy person and know I am where I should be!

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PATRISNA 7/2/2010 9:36AM

    Thanks for another great blog. You are right about looking at photos. For a long time I resisted and hated having my photo taken. I am still uncomfortable about it. So that is another thing I have to work on.

We recently sorted through a box of old photos from about 30 years ago. I thought I was fat then, wow was my body image off. I was looking pretty good back in the day! I wish I was that "fat" now because I would be about 100 pounds lighter.

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DEBINS 7/2/2010 9:06AM

    I really liked your blog it is so true. When I lost a lot of weight several years ago I was told I was going to blow away. I was also told I looked sickly.

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MUSIKGIRL 7/2/2010 8:11AM

  I'm just starting on my journey, but I know that when I get to that point, I'm going to have similar issues about body image unless I start the positive self-talk now. I'm glad you've decided to try to accept yourself as you are. Good luck!

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KALIGIRL 7/2/2010 8:06AM

    Here's to being comfortable in our own skin and loving the person inside.
Happy 4th!

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HEIDE69 7/2/2010 8:03AM

    You are great the way you are! Have a great 4th!

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All about people - a warped internal reverie

Thursday, July 01, 2010

It's about to be a holiday weekend, and that usually means seeing family. On Saturday I'll be sharing a meal prepared by my daughter in law, who has started to follow the Mediterranean diet.

She tells me that she needs to have some kind of program to follow, she doesn't do well left to her own devices. I get that. This is the third such program she's followed... on the previous two, I went along with her: South Beach, and more recently Jenny Craig. My own philosophy is that the program doesn't much matter, as long as it supports balanced nutrition and exercise. If a shiny new program helps you stay motivated and take care of your health, go for it.

Most important I really, really get that everybody has to learn and grow in their own way and at their own pace. Family connections sometimes make it harder to share what we've learned, as the relationship and individuality get in the way. Sometimes it's easier to learn from a book, or a friend, rather than a family member.

I'm kind of looking forward to it, and kind of dreading it at the same time. The perfectionist in me worries about both the relationship and my own healthy eating program.

Relationship: "will she be offended if I don't care for what she prepares?" Food: "But what if it's something I really don't like?" So... watch the portion size, try to be polite, but not stiff. But more important: "Will she think I'm judging her own efforts at weight loss if I don't like the food." I know, I know, I'm warped.

I'm still feeling my way around my relationship with my daughter in law, and particularly where healthy habits are concerned. She's a fellow traveler. And that can mean sensitive. You know how the most critical anti-smoking people are former smokers? Well, sometimes I think the most critical feelings we take on are from former "fatties". You know what I mean? The big problem? When I go on these programs with her, I generally end up getting to my goal faster and staying there longer. Right now, I'm at goal and maintaining.

Some of this is leftovers from my relationship with my own mother, who seemed threatened when I lost weight... afraid I would want to push my new habits and values on her. Being a people pleaser... that came back to me, internally as a "change back" message. Internally, it can get morphed into a "why try?", a "she won't love me anymore", etc. Mom's gone now, but this echo remains in how I respond to the comments of others when they notice my weight loss. And I don't want to do that to someone else. Yes, I am projecting, psych majors among you.

Deep breath... Serenity prayer time: Inside my own skin, mine. Someone else's internals... I can't control. So, do my best, be genuine, and focus on loving the people. Beyond that... it's in the hands of a power greater than me!

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WALKINGANNIE 7/1/2010 3:54PM

    This is such a lovely thoughtful blog Barb - full of self-awareness coupled with consideration. Your DIL is a lucky woman.

I hope you manage to enjoy the experience.




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KASEYCOFF 7/1/2010 2:24PM

    I think you sound like a gem of a mother-in-law - and I know just what you mean about worrying when you reach a goal faster and so on. It may be that she is genuinely pleased when you reach a goal, and looks up to you as an example for what she can achieve. Truly, Barb, you sound as tho you really work to make your relationship with her (and the rest of your family) loving and kind. I'm sure that will show thru. You're a doll, hon, you really are.

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LJCANNON 7/1/2010 10:55AM

    I do not think you are warped at all. You are dealing with all the same emotions and questions that we all deal with when relating to Family members, especially In-Laws.
The wonderful thing about Spark (one of the wonderful things!) is that it can go along with almost ANY healthy eating plan. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, eat well, and ENJOY your Family Time.
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THIAGRAM 7/1/2010 10:30AM

  You are right on target! Doing a plan with a family member isn't easy for sure! We all have this experience and these feelings. Thanks for a great blog and things to think about! You always get me thinking. I'm still thinking about the pocket thing!

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ANDI571 7/1/2010 10:20AM

    It is so hard to go down our own path, while trying to please others. I think you will be able to do the Mediterranean Diet and still slip some of the things you might need to eat. I had a friend on it, and it was just a very clean diet. I couldn't do it on a life time basis, but for a short period maybe. I might would have to sneak some goodies in here and there.

I think the old us just wants to sneak in on us and try to get us to have that why try feeling. I have noticed since I started Weight Watchers again and doing well, I have had more anxiety. I have been fighting it, especially at night. But anxiety is one of my triggers and I know that. But right now I am giving it a one two punch to stay away.

Keep up the good work, you are awesome.

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BUGGYS 7/1/2010 8:21AM

    I enjoyed your blog and you are right that you have to follow your own path...however, the Mediterranian Diet is a good way of eating and I think you should give it a try...It is great that you and your DIL do things together and I am sure you are supportive of one another...tell her about SP or have her read the book...either way it's a win-win situation and you both can benefit from the diet and the accountability. Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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CONCHA77 7/1/2010 8:21AM

    Great Blog, Barb. Hope your weekend is a good one and I am sure that you will not offend your DIL. May you continue on your path of healthiness, it's working for you, friend. You do look great!
Happy 4th of July!
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PEGGYJEAN13 7/1/2010 8:12AM

    I think this would be a perfect opportunity for the 2 of you to have a "weight-loss" journey together. Would she be interested in SP? I know that sounds easy and it isn't. I have mentioned SP to my daughter in law too but this relationship is complex and we both have our own territories and places I stay clear of while still trying to maintain a good relationship. After 5 years, things are getting more relaxed, but the diet area is still not a comfortable subject. I think you know what I mean. We are all sensitive to different things in our lives and base it on what has happened to us previously.

You seem very sensitive to your daughter in law's feelings so I'm sure your will be fine.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/1/2010 8:11AM

    Focus on loving people -- how profound. As I leave tomorrow for trip to family, I'm taking your wise words with me. Thanks. You have a great deal of insight into your feelings and behavior. I hope you can relax and just enjoy. -Marsha

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PATRISNA 7/1/2010 8:08AM

    Barb I hope you have a safe and pleasant holiday and the dinner goes well. Great Blog!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 7/1/2010 7:59AM

    I think those are very legitimate questions and I might even think about telling her you were thinking about them before you even eat. She will probably laugh with you over them. But honestly, I have never tasted anything Mediterranean that I didn't like and I am a picky eater. Good luck.
Erin

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KATIE33MAHALA 7/1/2010 7:57AM

    Very well said!


God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.


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Hostile takeover?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I may have shared (because I share a lot) that my food group challenge is fruit. I love my veggies, but getting the recommended 5 servings of fruit to go with my 5 plus veggies every day (my maintenance plan)... a stretch.

Well, last Sunday, the fruit staged a takeover of my fridge.


You see, there is this guy in our area who works with the Texas growers. Every year he sells door-to-door in our neighborhood twice. Once around about now with grapefruits and oranges, and again in the autumn with apples. He's been coming around for several years. He rings your doorbell and hands you a slice of his wares, that he cuts right on your porch step.

Of course it's the best fruit ever! Fresh, hasn't made it through the grocery, straight from the trees to you. Except that he sells it in crates! And there's only ONE of me! So each year, while raving over the quality of the fruit, I explain that I couldn't possibly eat what he sells before it spoils. Even though he says it will last 8 weeks without refrigeration. And that's the end of it, until my sample on his next trip.

This year, he caught me as I was ready for my Sunday afternoon snack, and it was the juiciest citrus fruit. And he said he would sell a mixed half crate. And I succumbed to the temptation. As you can see, my fridge has been taken over. And there was a lot more that didn't fit, and I gave away to my sisters and to people at work. But I think, at least for a few weeks, I'm going to have no problem getting in those five fruits.

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DEBBIESTY 6/30/2010 11:18PM

    An awesome clean and fresh fridge! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/30/2010 9:38PM

    I haven't seen one of those guys in years! (Maybe that's 'cause I have a strict don't answer the door unless I know who it is policy??) Enjoy the fruit -- but remember, it doesn't do you any good in the fridge -- has to go into the mouth to count!

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MARYMAC45 6/30/2010 7:34PM

    I am so jealous. I order navel oranges every year from Florida. They are delish. I buy 2 lg boxes and share them with family & friends. Enjoy!!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/30/2010 7:23PM

    Yummy. Love the picture in your blog. Makes it truly interesting. I've always been a photo-phob. Never liked taking pictures and can't seem to download them off the camera, either. Oh, well. Gotta get over it.

Anyway, fruit is one of my loves. Hope you learn to love it, too. It is so tasty and healthy. For me today was fresh pineapple, red seedless grapes, nectarine, and watermelon. I also had orange juice at the company breakfast. I usually avoid juice, but it was the healthiest choice available. I have strawberries and blackberries in my refrig. Guess they can wait until tomorrow.

Happy fruit eating!! -Marsha

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THIAGRAM 6/30/2010 12:21PM

  This is giving into temptation? Sounds great! What a blessing you can have some fruit and also enough for sharing! Yummy!!
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 6/30/2010 11:17AM

    I thought it was 5 servings of fruit and veggies -- meaning a total of five combined. It's supposed to be 5 of each? OMG -- I'll never get there, as I hate veggies and fruits aren't far behind.

Good job on all of the fruit -- especially if it's not a favorite of yours. You inspire me to try harder. Get juicin', girl!

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ELSEEBEE 6/30/2010 10:38AM

    That looks great! You know, if you get desperate, juice it. You can even freeze the juice if you just can't eat it all. (But citrus will last a long time in the refrigerator.)

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BUGGYS 6/30/2010 10:08AM

    Mmmm...looks delicious! I don't have any problem getting my fruit in my diet...I love trying new fruits, too. I think that after you eat what is n your frig, your appreciation of fruit will grow!

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LJCANNON 6/30/2010 9:46AM

    That Fridge looks DELICIOUS!! Maybe by the time you finish it, you will LOVE Fruit!
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MAMOOAUG 6/30/2010 9:02AM

    I wish we had someone like that here. My family loves fruit. The best I get is the FFA department at our high school sells fruit each fall as a fund raiser, but it's shipped in from somewhere else. Enjoy it.

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JHADZHIA 6/30/2010 8:59AM

    You are so lucky to get it fresh, delivered to your door!! Enjoy! I love my fruit. Every morning, I have a fruit shake of strawberries, banana and blueberries! Tastes so good!! I also love grapefruit. If you eat peppers and tomatoes, you are having fruit. I always knew about the tomatoes being fruit, but peppers was a new one to me.
Keep up the great work!

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KALIGIRL 6/30/2010 8:51AM

    Looks divine - hope you can eat it all!

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PEGGYJEAN13 6/30/2010 8:24AM

    I'm jealous. I have to make a special trip to the store if I run out of fruit because it is my go-to snack food. I love bananas, grapes, strawberries, watermelon ...... I can't think of a fruit I don't like. Maybe I should just raid your frig! Where do you live? Happy eating!

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 6/30/2010 8:00AM

    You are right!!!! It doesn't look like you are going to have any trouble getting in your five fruits. Looks like a very healthy stocked refrigerator!
HUGS
Pam

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Ta-pocketa-pocketa

Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Walter Mitty's got nothing on me... this famed phrase/word/sound came popping into my musings yesterday morning as I got out of my car in the garage at work. I had my car keys in my hand and was about to shove them into my pocket when something came through my thick head.

Was it vanity? Maybe... emoticon.

See, I refuse to purchase pants without pockets. I love pockets. They are so convenient. You can stuff tissues in them (for us allergy sufferers), or keys for easy access, or change, a note to yourself, the cell phone or pda... whatever. I've always considered it the height of foolishness to not have them in your clothing just because you happen to be a female. What self-respecting man would buy trousers without pockets?

Without pockets, you're forced to carry bags! Bags have to be watched over and remembered. And I admit, like Walter Mitty, to being absent-minded... I'm too busy thinking about other things to think about what I need to carry along with me. Pockets are the perfect thing!

But... yesterday morning I stopped in my tracks when I saw... the bulge the keys were making in the line of my "look". Now, back when I weighed 224 pounds, or even when I was in the 190's... what was one more bulge? Now, with my shrunken frame, the bulge looked larger... and more awkward... and I kind of LIKED the way I looked in the mirror that morning.

So, the keys went into the purse. Vanity. Sigh. But also a "giggle point".

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/30/2010 9:36PM

    Even in the 'old' days, I never put stuff in pockets - why add the bulge?? In fact, I prefer slacks w/out pockets (esp. the slanted blue jeans type pocket -- I HATE the look of that being stretched out, telling me & everyone else that the tummy is too big!! Maybe I just needed deeper pockets, so stuff fell below the tummy where there is extra space?? Thanks for the giggle! Keep 'em coming!!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/30/2010 7:25PM

    Love the giggle point! Another deserved celebration of thin success!

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PEGGYJEAN13 6/30/2010 8:27AM

    It sounds like a great problem to have...a bulge caused by carkeys! Congratulations on getting to this point.

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LJCANNON 6/30/2010 12:30AM

    If the Pants have Belt Loops you could always clip the keys to one of them. Then the Jingle would go with you everywhere to announce that you are coming!!
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APRILLSCOTT 6/30/2010 12:20AM

    Barb,
I have to have pockets also, or I just do not buy a pair of pants! They come in too handy, not to get them with pockets!

I can imagine you looking in the mirror though with this one!Can't have those bulges now! I can't wait until I can join you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REJ7777 6/29/2010 8:12PM

    emoticon Sounds like good healthy self-esteem to me. Doesn't it feel great! emoticon

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NELLIEC 6/29/2010 4:44PM

    Since I have an ostomy, there is no such thing as a neat line in my pants. As it is I have to get pants with enough "give" so I don't feel uncomfortable in the ostomy area!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/29/2010 3:49PM

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You're making me laught this week Barb!

I must admit I've got a similar issue with my pedometer (which is quite neat) spoiling my silhouette.

(Me - a silhouette?! Whatever next?)

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KALIGIRL 6/29/2010 1:28PM

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Here's to vanity!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 6/29/2010 12:52PM

    I love your sense of humor! And I can see, how after all your hard work, you don't want to ruin your new shape with a non-human bulge. And so you find yourself slave to the handbag. Hey, could you store your keys in your bra? I could store a lot of things in mine without having a bulge. And, I know a woman who was so large in the chest that she would sneak in a can of soda on each "side" to work each day. (We worked in a prison back then.) LOL!

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THIAGRAM 6/29/2010 10:54AM

  I always have and use pockets, but I never gave it much thought of how it looks on me. I am also always carrying a bag. So I'm a bag lady with pockets. Maybe I should think about it. Do I need the pockets and do I need the bag? Sometimes the yarn is in my pocket and I could do with out the bag. But then I love bags! But then I love my pockets too! Maybe I'll keep both.... Maybe I'm an indecisive bag lady!

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ANDI571 6/29/2010 10:49AM

    To funny. I love pockets too, and that's all I buy. But I would have the keys in the purse also. No extra bulges needed. emoticon

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LIBRATAH 6/29/2010 10:18AM

    I can relate to this so much and it put a smile on my face to read your blog today. Thank you. emoticon

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ANONALEE 6/29/2010 9:54AM

    I've always sacrificed the convenience of pockets for a clean line at the hip, but there is no denying that having pockets makes going without a purse all the time possible.
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ELSEEBEE 6/29/2010 9:29AM

    This is so true! I've stopped using my pockets, too! Hmmmm... wonder where to sign up for the Spark team- Pocket Bulgers Anon? emoticon

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BLUEANGELLK 6/29/2010 8:30AM

    I love it. I do the same thing without pockets. I go nuts!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 6/29/2010 8:16AM

    Too funny - and too true too!!

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PATRISNA 6/29/2010 8:12AM

    I say good for you Barb! You look great so be proud!

I bought a pair of Capri's recently and they don't have pockets. I was wearing them the other day when I was out on my errands. I kept trying to put my keys in a pocket.

No pockets!! I thought darn these pants! They are going to drive me crazy! I also realized my pedometer won't stay put because they don't have a waist band. I had to use a safety pin to keep it in place. It wasn't tracking my steps accurately either.

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Required: One sense of humor

Monday, June 28, 2010

You have to be able to laugh at yourself... or at least laugh at the process.

Yesterday was a gorgeous day here. It wasn't as beastly humid as it has been, and there was a light breeze. I opted to take my training outdoors, at a nearby lake (background photo shows it). I fully intended to take pictures, so I loaded up the fanny pack with the camera, the cell phone (I have old technology, people), and my driver's license and drove down and parked.

Being conscious of hydration issues, I also took my stainless steel water bottle. And I was geared up in my favorite fitness wear, from head to toe. I was psyched... this would be my first outdoor attempt at some good interval training, I mean geared up to do so. Yes, I had done some informal breaking into a jog while walking the dog, but that was different... I was going to jog, snap some photos, walk recovery phase... you know the drill.

Only... the last time I wore this fanny pack? It was the ice skating episode early in the year. I seem to fuzzily remember NOW that it was on the loose side then. I snugged it up to as skinny as the strap would allow then. And I was wearing it over top of jeans and sweatshirt then.

So... I start my walk to warm up. I snap a few shots to make the blog interesting.


See where the path goes? Yep, under water. We've had a bit of rain around here lately. Detour around the flooded spots on the path. I didn't break into a jog until I got up to the top of the dam. And then the fun with the fanny pack began... you saw it coming two paragraphs ago. It's no longer a fanny pack. It slipped, it slid, it was off balance, and I was afraid it was going to knock the pedometer off, or worse, pull down my knickers as it slid over my "missing in action" hips.

Oops. So, no more jogging. Rest of walk around the lake was an adventure in experimentation. Part of it was "fanny pack worn above the boobs"... I DO still have a chest. Not very comfy, but it did allow some short interval jogging time.

Next time, I'll be better prepared. Guess it's not just clothing you shrink out of.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/28/2010 8:32PM

    Great blog! Wow, have you lost weight!! Can't even keep up a fanny pack. Thanks for sharing this great story. -Marsha

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NELLIEC 6/28/2010 4:55PM

    In my case, I would have to wear it around my neck. Ack! Even better, over one shoulder!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/28/2010 4:47PM

    Thanks for the laugh! emoticon

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BUGGYS 6/28/2010 3:49PM

    Wouldn't have worked on my boobs...I don't have any! Love the lake and the funny blog! emoticon

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REJ7777 6/28/2010 2:26PM

    Live and learn! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KALIGIRL 6/28/2010 1:44PM

    Too funny (although I'm sure it wasn't @ the time).
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DEBRITA01 6/28/2010 1:28PM

    emoticon Thanks for the visual...too funny! Sometimes you've got to be able to laugh or you'll cry...good to chose the former. You are determined, I will say that for you...no sagging fanny pack or flooded pathways stopped you from walking. Sometimes you just can't plan for these type of situations, you've got to just roll with it...and you did!

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ALOHAEV1 6/28/2010 12:21PM

    Pfffttt that is weigh funny, and you may have started a whole new fashion trend -

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BLUEANGELLK 6/28/2010 10:16AM

    You are creative with your solutions. Maybe you should market the "boob pack" You could make a few bucks!!!

LOL!!

Congra
tulations on your non-existent hips

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SUSIEMILO 6/28/2010 10:00AM

    How funny! But also very good news.
We've always said there is more than one way to measure our weight loss, and you've added another method to the list!
LOL
Great blog -- thanks for sharing.
PS -- beautiful location for outdoor activity.
Maybe Kayaking or Canoeing next time?

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ANDI571 6/28/2010 9:34AM

    I think we needed a picture of the boob pack. To funny. I think you are the first on the fanny pack being to big. emoticon

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CONCHA77 6/28/2010 8:54AM

    So proud of you, Barb. You have come a long way since I first "spotted" you. Love your spirit. emoticon

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THIAGRAM 6/28/2010 8:50AM

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This is so funny!
Thanks for sharing!
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PATRISNA 6/28/2010 8:48AM

    Where there's a will there's a way...Great idea! emoticon

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BTW I loved your blog photo and the new background photo.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 6/28/2010 8:20AM

    The visuals are priceless -- thanks for putting a smile on my face bright and early this morning. So now you've made a new invention. Instead of the fanny pack, women can now purchas e abooby pack -- LOL!

Good job on the walking/jogging. I'll be going back to my old friend, the elliptical in a few minutes. No doubt I'll get another few chuckles when I remember your fannypack story.

Have a great Monday!

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KASEYCOFF 6/28/2010 7:55AM

    Oh, Barb, that is great! You no longer have a fanny pack, but a boob pack, lol... I wondered if it would work better as some kind of shoulder bag, as I read along, but I don't guess that would work when you were jogging. Your solution is priceless! :-D

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