Thursday, December 25, 2008

Merry Christmas!

I'd like to take a minute to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas. You all mean the world to me, and have given me the motivation to keep going on this learning experience...

Merry Christmas and Hugs from Arizona!

Sunday, December 21, 2008

Thank you.

I can NOT believe the outpouring of caring and fellowship I have received from you Sredders! Thanks so much for the support. This is a tough time for me, and I just haven't felt like doing the things I normally do. I am slowily coming to terms with myself. I dont' want to be sucked into a quagmire of depression and self pity. I get up every day and try to look for something good. The best thing is that...everyday, I find something good! The best part is when I come here and visit with all of you.

I love you guys. Thanks so much for being there for me.

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Here I am!!! I'm back!

If you have not heard....I lost my job two weeks ago tomorrow. It sucks. It has totally thrown me for a loop. My whole world is upside down. BUT...I have faith and I KNOW there is a plan for me. I am trying so hard not to get down about it, and consider this a little vacation. All I know is that I need my Shredder friends. :) I love you guys.

I read somewhere, where someone said that only 10% of people who make New Years Resolutions ever see them come to pass.
Well I don't know about you but I'm not waiting until the New Year to resolve to myself that I am in it to win it, that's right I'm sticking with it no matter what. I'm not giving up because of some (temporary) set back.
I'm a Shredder and I'm tougher than that. I read where we are not failures unless we completely give up. That isn't happening today and tomorrow isn't looking like it either.
I'm going to need your help and encouragement, and maybe sometimes a gentle "Get A Grip" comment, but I am resolving- right here right now,
I'm In It To Win It. So there! LOL!!!!

Friday, December 5, 2008


I have dropped 3 of the 5 lbs I gained over Turkey Day. I'm pretty happy about that!
I'm learning that it just isn't worth it to eat all this Holiday junk. I hate set backs. I hate to even imagine how much further along I would have been.

I hope you enjoyed my post yesterday. It was kinda fun to read what Lynda wrote to my son. What a sweet thing that was for me.

Today was my Aerobic Circuit.
Nutrition is good, gotta a firm grip on that
Jacket update: still VERY tight. I'll probably post a pic on Tues. I don't expect an change from the last pic, since I'm up several lbs. from it. That's will keep me honest. :)

It's so warm here, it doesn't even feel like winter. It's probably 70 some degrees outside today. Sunshiney and beautiful. Hope you're having a great day.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Not much to say today....

I worked out this morning, I'm eating right (so far so good!). My weights lifted or reps are slowly but surely creeping upwards. Each week I'm up a bit or can do one more rep. Just trying to get the 5 lbs off that I gained over the holiday.

Why don't we learn???? We KNOW what that kind of food does to us, and yet we just shovel the stuff in. Geez....I'm just sick of it.

Hoping you have a wonderful day. And here's a little something to pick you up:

Remember when I asked you all to email my son over the holiday? Well....Lynda did it! Here's a copy of her letter and my son's response: You might want to read from the bottom of this post up.

Hi Shari,
I just read your message to Margaret, and made me think that hadn´t told you that your son David wrote me an email! Isn´t that great? I was so surprised and pleased. Anyway, wanted to send it to you so you could read something from him.

Glad to see you are back. Me too. Guests are all gone home and can have a life again. Am now busy getting things straightened up around here and organizing my still tired.


---------- Forwarded message ----------
Date: Fri, Nov 28, 2008 at 7:08 PM
Subject: Re: Happy Thanxgiving!

Hi Lynda,
How do you know my mom? I've always wanted to go to Spain. It's where my family comes from. We had a great Thanksgiving. I wasn't able to spend it with my family but all of my Marines are like my brothers. It's getting pretty cold here as well. It warms up during the day but gets freezing at night. I like it here. Afghanistan isn't so bad. It's very pretty but I guess that comes from growing up in the desert. It feels a lot like home. Have a great day!

-----Original Message-----
From: Lynda Díaz
Sent: Thu, 27 Nov 2008 20:32
Subject: Happy Thanxgiving!

I´m an online friend of your mother, and wanted to wish you and your buddies a wonderful Thanxgiving! I live in Madrid, Spain, so we don´t have an official Thanxgiving (of course), but I do roast a chicken and whatever. The weather is below zero now every morning, but still sunny skies. Shari talks of you often and we all want to take on wishing you the very best Today and EVERY DAY! Am very proud of you guys and appreciate all you do for all of us.

=0 D
(You know you have a marvelous mother! Shari is absolutely the best and besides now is doing so well with her weights and weightloss. Know you are proud of her as are we!).

Lynda Díaz

Tuesday, December 2, 2008


I'm back from Turkey Day vacation. San Diego was great. We went down to the Seaport Village and Old Town. I have never in my life seen so many FAT people. It's like when you buy a new car and then you SEE that car everywhere! I see fat people..... EVERYWHERE!!! It just makes me sick to my stomach to sit in a restaurant and watch people eat. They just SHOVEL it in...same thing down at the Port. Junk food city.

I have always been up front with my progress reports and I'll tell ya....I did not do as well as I had planned. I overate, underexercised, and under planned. I felt pressured to eat everything in sight--my problem...I know. Something I need to get an handle on. There were some good moments...the days I exercised and ate well. My mother in law actually laughed at me when I asked her if there was a gym nearby. Geez....

ANYHOO..... I am back on track. Today I ate brown rice, lean beef, salsa, apple, oatmeal and berries. Tonight will be chicken and veggies.

I worked out and did really well. No setbacks there. Was able to do a few more reps on a couple of exercises--like my bench press.

Jacket update...WELL...the buttons still BARELY button, but feel like they are gonna pop any second and that would be, well.....scary!! LOL!!! I gained 5 lbs on this little 5 day jaunt. Things are tight around the middle.

I still have my vision, and I am still aiming for my goals. Nothing will stop me. Christmas will not be the hurdle that Thanksgiving was. I know what not to do, and I will be better prepared. I don't bake much, so there won't be a lot of junk around. I can eat what I need to eat.