Tuesday, September 16, 2014

I Medaled!

Today when I arrived at my Silver Sneakers exercise class, a group of my friends welcomed me with a gift!

Since my birthday was last month, and Christmas is still a couple of months away, I couldn't imagine what this could be about.  As I looked from Sylvia, to Tootsie, and the others with a questioning expression, they said, "It's for you.  Open it."

I removed the ribbon and this was what the box contained:

Two medals on ribbons!  It was their way of congratulating me for persevering and losing 62 pounds!   I thought that was the sweetest gesture ever!  

I feel lucky to have such caring friends who are supporting me and cheering me on!  I immediately put the "Way to Go" medal around my neck, and I plan to wear the "Great Job" medal to Thursday's class.  What great gals they are.   I love that I can call them my friends!


Monday, September 15, 2014

No More Pool Time!

Sadly, I'm afraid the time to swim in the outdoor pool at my gym is past.  When the air temperature drops below 67, my enthusiasm for jumping in follows.   I've heard the pool stayed open until Columbus Day last year, because we had a particularly warm fall.  Unless there's a major shift in the weather, I don't see that happening this year.  We've already had a few nights when the temp has dipped below 50; daytime temps are below 70; no more 'dips' for me!

This creates a dilemma; what to replace my swim time with in order to keep my weight going in the right direction?  Today I took a 20-minute walk; it's not the same. 

 It's a bigger effort that swimming for me.  Spending an hour swimming laps at the club pool is fun.

Walking is not.  Maybe it will grow on me?  Time will tell!  

If you  have suggestions, (other than find an indoor pool--most have a charge, and the chlorine is over-whelming), I'd love to hear them!


Sunday, September 14, 2014

Weekend Wackiness!

Head of the Class

A former marine sargeant after discharge from the military service,
took a new job as a school teacher.  Just before the school year started,
he injured his back and  was required to wear a plaster cast around the
upper part of his body.  Fortunately, the cast fit under his shirt and wasn't
noticeable.  On the first day of class, he found himself assigned to the toughest
students in the school.  The punks were leery of him and decided to see how
tough he really was before trying any pranks.   Walking confidently
into the rowdy classroom, teacher opened the window and sat down at his desk.

When a strong breeze made his tie flap, he picked up a stapler and promptly stapled the tie
to his chest.

There was dead silence.  He had no trouble with discipline that year.

(Thanks to N.P. for this one and the one following!)


 Baptizing An Irishman

An Irish man is stumbling through the woods, totally drunk, when he comes upon a preacher baptizing people in the river.
The drunk proceeds into the water, subsequently bumping into the preacher.

The preacher turns around and is almost overcome by the smell of alcohol, whereupon, he asks the drunk, "Are you ready to find Jesus?"

The drunk shouts, "Yes, I am."
So the preacher grabs him and dunks him in the water.
He pulls him back and asks, "Brother, have you found Jesus?"

The drunk replies, "No, I haven't found Jesus!"
The preacher, shocked at the answer, dunks him again but for a little longer.

He again pulls him out of the water and asks, "Have you found Jesus, my brother?"

The drunk answers, "No, I haven't found Jesus!"

By this time, the preacher is at his wits end and dunks the drunk again -- but this time holds him down for about 30 seconds, and when he begins kicking his arms and legs about, he pulls him up. 
The preacher again asks the drunk, "For the love of God, have you found Jesus?"

(get ready for this ... ). The drunk staggers upright, wipes his eyes, coughs up a bit of water, catches his breath, and says to the preacher,

"Are you sure this is where he fell in"?

The Sure Cure

A woman went to the doctor's office, where she was seen by one of the younger doctors.  After
about four minutes in the examining room, she burst out screaming while running down the hall.
An older doctor stopped her and asked her what the problem was, and she told him her story.  After 
listening, he had her sit down and relax in another room.  The older marcheded back down the hall to where the young doctor was writing on his clipboard.

"What's the matter with you," the old doctor demanded.  "Mrs. Terry is 74 years old, has four grown children and 8 grandchildren, and you told her she was pregnant??"

The young doctor continued writing and without looking up asked, "Does she still have the hiccups?"

Thank you, fishducky!

Enjoy the day, everyone!


Saturday, September 13, 2014

If I'd only known.....

I had no idea that our skin loses its elasticity as we age.  Especially not to the degree that it's happening to me!

As you know, I've been making a life-style change since January of this year.  I've been exercising and eating healthier which has resulted in my shedding 62 pounds.  I decided to refer to it as "shedding" rather than losing weight, because losing implies that I am missing those pounds.  Nothing could be further from the truth!  I definitely don't miss them, and I will do my best to make sure I never encounter them again!

Though I personally don't miss the pounds, apparently my body does;  I'm sagging and bagging in places where I once was quite firm...that is firm and tight as a stuffed sausage!  Now, low and behold, I hesitate to extend my arms when I'm outside, for fear a strong breeze might turn me into a glider and I'll be soaring away into the sunset!

My thighs are loose and lumpy, and my tummy, once tumid, now is hanging over my Hoohah; and my boobs....oh my poor boobs!  Once bodacious orbs, they are now sagging to the point where I know what Joan Rivers was talking about when she said she could have a mammogram and a pedicure at the same time!

I wish I had made this change years ago, when there was still a chance that everything would snap back into it's original position.  I guess at age 70, it's more important that I am becoming more agile, no longer have to take blood pressure medication, and gasping for breath is a thing of the past.

And let me just say, if you're young and overweight, take action to change your life now; don't wait,  It's your best chance to lose the flab without a lot of sag!