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Never too old or too fat to dance!!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I used to love to dance when I was in my teens, 20's and 30's...I got up today to dance a little and where I used to dance hours...now 10 minutes is about all I can stand to do..back gets to huring and I run out of breath...But for a fat, out of shape old woman, I can still do a little..

Movement is what I'm concentrating on for this 8 weeks of the 10% challenge. I will move as much as my body will allow...whether walking, dancing or hopping around.

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SEASPIRIT1 7/9/2012 12:47PM

    I love the image you attached to your post! It's the joy on their faces that really emphasizes why we love to dance!
I find that my "wobbly bits" tend to keep up the motion when I dance (and I consider that extra exercise!)
Keep dancing!!

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GAYLE119 7/8/2012 2:39PM

    It's hard for me to dance with my knees but I still can in a chair! I used to be a go-go dancer believe it or not! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 7/8/2012 12:14AM

    I danced this week and weekend, too! The campground had a couple of live bands here to play, and I just couldn't resist! I used to love to dance when I was in my teens through 30's too!
Sure brought back a lot of good memories.............. emoticon

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MISSY455 7/7/2012 11:26PM

    Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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MCJULIEO 7/7/2012 10:29PM

    What a great reminder! Thanks!

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Hot Flashes

Friday, July 06, 2012

I think there is nothing worse than hot flashes on 100F+ temp days...I had hysterectomy when I was 38 and immediately went on hormone replacement. Then several years ago I decided since I was getting close to age 60 that maybe it was time to get off them as well as there being so many reports that hormone replacement wasn't that good for you the older you got. So in 2007 I got off the hormones..the first 3 years were awful and since then it hasn't been as bad..the main thing I haven't liked is the hot flashes in the heat of summer. Last year I even got heat rash under my boobs and also menopause causes itch skin..not comfortable..I have a hard time wearing deoderant as it breaks me out so found the only thing that helps is alcohol. I will put alcohol under my boobs and underarms 2 or 3 times a day. So far this summer it has kept the heat rash at bay..I'm so thankful my husband is hot natured so he keeps the a/c in our bedroom cold at nights..it helps for the night sweats but usually following the flash I get freezing cold so by morning my side of the bed looks like a hurricane hit it..cover on ...cover off...cover on ...cover off. I've tried herbal remedies for the flashes but none really seem to help..The only thing I'm hoping is maybe the hot flashes rev up my metabolism some. Maybe that is a pipedream too!!
Have a good Friday laugh...Laughing is good for the mind, body and soul.

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KALISWALKER 7/9/2012 7:22PM

    Great that you have air conditioning!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/6/2012 3:15PM

    One of those joys I'm looking forward to. My older sister didn't start getting hot flashes until she was in her mid 50s, so it looks like I may have a few more years before I join that club.

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VONBLACKBIRD 7/6/2012 2:57PM

    powder breaks me out more...alcohol is the only thing I can use for heat rash other than prescription cream.

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MCJULIEO 7/6/2012 2:52PM

    Doesn't alcohol dry out your skin, causing even more potential for a rash?

(Have you tried baby powder?)

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BECKYSFRIEND 7/6/2012 9:42AM

    Hot flashes are the worst. This hot weather doesn't make it any better. Just knowing you aren't alone makes it somewhat more tolerable. Red faces and wet clothes!

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MNJONES2 7/6/2012 9:38AM

    I have decided it is a part of life now... sigh. I am lucky that most of the time I can just use my hand fan and get past it... when I can't I just tell myself to breathe.... and breathe again.

Hang in there - Life is good no matter what stage we are in.

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CRAFTYLADY1983 7/6/2012 9:29AM

    I moved from a desert to the Pacific Northwest after starting menopause!! Couldn't take the hot flashes in 100+ heat either. So sorry it is miserable!! It is bad enough here when it's in the 80's!! LOL emoticon

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My 10 reasons to exercise

Thursday, July 05, 2012

1. It helps you get stronger.
2.It burns more calories than not working out.
3. I want to feel good in my clothes.
4. My body was made to move.
5. It reduces backpain.
6. It makes me feel accomplished.
7. Dieting only works so much.
8. It helps me sleep better.
9. It improves my balance.
10. I want to breathe better.

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NIMAWEYGH 7/8/2012 7:28PM

    Love these all.

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IMREITE 7/7/2012 2:29AM

    11. it is enjoyable to mobe the body

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READYBETTY 7/6/2012 6:23PM

    That's a great list which is sure to motivate!

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CRAFTYLADY1983 7/6/2012 9:31AM

    Great list!! I need to post this EVERYWHERE!! LOL emoticon

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CAKAROO 7/6/2012 6:12AM


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MISSY455 7/5/2012 10:49PM

    emoticon list!!!

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HICKOK-HALEY 7/5/2012 10:29PM

    I agree!! emoticon

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JACKIE542 7/5/2012 10:05PM


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    Love it; great list!

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TIDESONG 7/5/2012 9:44PM

    Great list! I think I am going to make my own list and print it out and stick it on my mirror! Thanks for the idea! :)

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10% Solution

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

I read this article this morning and ooooooooooo so true...the average dieter expects to lose 39% of their body weight and if we don't after a certain time, then we become disappointed and sometimes quit the diet and exercise. How many times have I done this is hard to count anymore..I just give in and say what the heck...I'm sick and tired of dieting...I'm sick and tired of exercise..and for the 10 or 20 lbs loss, the struggle has not been worth it.....wait a minute....that is what I used to say...
Now I'm here for the long haul. The experts whoever they are say if we would take a realistic look at what we are doing and how we think, it would be better if we looked at smaller steps...say 10% weight loss..but really more realistic is a 5% weight loss. Especially to someone who is obese..Take the step to just lose 5% first..when you reach that goal, then do another 5% and pretty soon you get where you want to go.
I joined the summer 5% challenge as I found I can master 5% in an 8 week period..it works for me. So far on my first week, I lost 1lb..not much to some but to me I've taken my first step. I may not lose but 8lbs in the 8 weeks but hey that is nothing to sneeze at...that is a lb a week..and I can do that..I'd love to lose 10 but will take 8 or even 5 any time...slow but sure is my motto.

o and if you want to read the article here it is.

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KALISWALKER 7/9/2012 7:15PM

    I agree one pound a week is great!

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MISSY455 7/5/2012 5:10PM


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    Thank you for highlighting that perspective, and linking the article too! Slowly, steadily, I'm getting my head wrapped around the fact that this is a lifestyle change! For LIFE.
Cheers to the long haul!

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CAKAROO 7/5/2012 6:04AM

    emoticon emoticon

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DANILYNNG 7/4/2012 2:01PM

    Slow but steady is what makes it work! People tend to gain back the weight they've lost quickly, but slow, steady weight loss sticks.

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    Good for your commitment to a healthy lifestyle! That is what it is all about, isn't it? Being healthy?
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MICHIGANLORI 7/4/2012 11:45AM

    emoticonThumbs up for the long haul!

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FLEURGARDEN 7/4/2012 11:03AM

    I'm below average - I only want to lose 35% :-)

I totally agree that we need to tackle our weight loss in smaller, more achievable losses. Looking at how far we still need to go can be very discouraging, but meeting those smaller goals is very rewarding and motivating.

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WELLNESSME09 7/4/2012 8:12AM

    Thanks for sharing the article! emoticon

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EOWYN2424 7/4/2012 8:08AM

    for me it's an inch at a time. As I'm gaining weight but I'm guessing it's muscle coz all my clothes still fit!

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/4/2012 8:03AM

    What a great attitude : ) We can get there, one step (or pound) at a time.

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The Ice Man

Tuesday, July 03, 2012

I'm old enough to remember the "ice man"...even though I grew up in a home that always had a refrigerator, we would sometimes go downtown to the iceman and buy big block ice to go in our ice chest when we would go camping or even for picnics..
Looking at this picture makes me so thankful we live today in the time of air conditioning. We grew up with no a/c until I was around 14 and we only got a window unit then for my parent's bedroom only because my dad had lung surgery. I can remember my parents running an attic fan at night and then around 9 or 10a.m would shut it off and shut the house up and would run fans. Or we would sit out in the back yard to stay cool. My parents got a ceiling fan from the church when I was a child that no longer worked..and they took and had the fan rewired and had it put up in our living room so from that time on, we would lay up under that fan in the heat of the day and nap until the day turned cooler.
These children look like they are taking advantage of the ice man's ice to cool off. How spoiled we have gotten but still I'm thankful for this one convenience..so just a reminder...check on loved ones who may be in danger of overheating in the weather we are having..also you yourself drink lots of water, wear lighter clothes, stay out of the sun and exercise early while it is still cool..You can overheat in a hurry.

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CAKAROO 7/6/2012 6:14AM

    thanks for sharin

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OLIVIANIGHT 7/4/2012 8:05AM

    It's strange to think of it being so hot that a/c is a necessity. I live in Scotland where the only necessities are wellies, an umbrella, and webbed feet.

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MISSY455 7/3/2012 10:06PM

    I'm sure in your part of the country you need A/C. I know we did when we lived in Missouri, but in this part of CA, most of the houses are built without it. There are only a couple of weeks a year I wish we had it. I am glad though that I live now rather than the time from the picture. I am definitely a creature of comfort.

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JUDYAMK 7/3/2012 8:17PM

    Thanks for the memories. I remember the small refrigerator & the ice man coming with the big tongs to lift up the ice. I also remember in our town we had the rag man he pushed a big rig & would call out " rag man" folks from the town would give him rags & old junk. I also remember the air raid sirens going off for every one to get in the house or any shelter.We never had fans or air conditioner growing up. We had the old window screens, & not many the sash was not working in some windows so we propped them up with a stick.
I had my first fan & air conditioner when I married at 34. Wow I am thankful for it. My husband grew up with it in his teens so he wanted it. He actually had to talk me into having one.
My Mom is 82 she has air & I make sure she drinks plenty of water. Have a good evening.

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PATTOMMC3 7/3/2012 6:40PM

    emoticon Good advice!

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