Spring Is Here and I Am…

…full of energy? Ready to get outside and do some yard work? Feeling the old sap rising?? Um…not so much. Not yet, anyway. I can feel that time will come, maybe in May. But right now, it’s early April and I am still not over the “springing forward” time change to Daylight Savings Time. Ugh!

 

Stratford Spartan

It will still be spring in June, however, when I can look forward to seeing a bunch of people I haven’t seen in at least 10 years. Ten years ago, my high school in Nashville (not the one I graduated from, but the one I attended until second semester of my junior year and where I actually knew everyone) had our 20-year high school reunion. This June will be our 30-year reunion. Thirty years, people! Believe me, I feel every one of them, too! (That is our mascot, the Stratford Spartan on the left.)

 

StratfordIt was not by any plan or design, but by merest happenstance, that I even knew about the 20-year reunion. We didn’t have Facebook 10 years ago, so the organizers relied heavily on people knowing people and having kept up with them. I happened to be in e-mail contact with my friend Nikki (who actually guested with us once about her ghost-hunting activities!), who told me about the reunion. She helped me get registered, I made a reservation, then drove the 9 hours to Nashville. Again, purely by chance I happened to have lost about 30 pounds in the 2 years prior to this reunion. I had actually become a little too thin (and yes, there is such a thing) and was looking a bit gaunt (despite my hindquarters, which only get down to a certain size – large). Anyway, I looked fairly amazing at the 20-year reunion and even had an old friend try to slip me his room key. Eeew! (To the right is the new “academic pride” logo the school system sports for each high school. This one, for Stratford, is in our school colors, orange and black. Which looks amazing on football uniforms and nowhere else.)

 

Marisa - More Magazine Jan 2013 2So here we are, 10 years later, and I have managed to gain back that 30 pounds. Plus another 10. Fun! And in 2-1/2 weeks I will be with much of my mother’s side of the family (again, in Tennessee) for a memorial service for my little grandmother. When she died in early February, we thought we would wait until the roads were clear and the old people (Grandmama’s nieces and nephews and cousins and friends) could get to the service. At this service will be my same-age first cousin, who is a gorgeous woman. She has one child, a boy who is 7. Yes, friends, SEVEN. What’s that? Why yes, I do have a son. How old is he? He will, by the time the service rolls around, be 27. That would be 20 YEARS OLDER than my cousin’s one-and-only. Needless to say, she invested those 20 childless years taking care of herself. Even after having a child at 40, she looks amazing! (Okay, that is not my gorgeous cousin, but Marisa Tomei who was in My Cousin Vinny. My cousin lives on Long Island and works in Manhattan, though, so it’s practically the same thing. She is just as gorgeous as Marisa!)

 

 

rubens-venus-at-mirrorThis has been incentive to me to seriously pursue exercising and watching every mouthful of food. So far, three weeks in, my body is ignoring the fact that I have consistently walked and jogged more than 5 miles a day and eaten enough vegetation to reforest a small Latin American country. Have I lost weight? Maybe a pound or two. Do I feel better? No. My knees and hips ache every morning and evening (and often in between). Do I have more energy? PLEASE! I was ready to go to bed at 7:15 tonight, but made myself stay up because my husband wasn’t home from work yet and I needed to write this post. In short, it’s spring and I am FAT, SORE and TIRED. When I see my family in a couple of weeks, I will be in the same shape, but at least they love me no matter how I look. Being with them and remembering my grandmother (in all her persnickety glory) will be a blessing all its own. (I still look quite a bit like Rubens’ “Venus At Mirror”, no matter how much I cross-train!)

 

fat fairyI am hoping by June, though, I may be less fat, less sore and less tired. And I will be thrilled to see my old friends, some of whom I have known since kindergarten. Some I knew before kindergarten from our neighborhood! They, from Facebook evidence, are mostly fatter, achier and more tired than they were 10 years ago, too. It should be a great time and lots of fun. This year, I probably won’t have to worry about men trying to slip me room keys – which, frankly, will be a relief. Meanwhile, I’m going to go sleep for 10 hours and hope my left hip is in better shape tomorrow. And maybe the Fat Fairies will come and magically whisk away the 5 pounds I should have lost by now! :D

 

So has the change of season been good to you? Has the coming of spring or autumn caused you to set new goals for yourself? Any high school reunion horror stories to share? Am I the only one struggling against the uphill Battle Of the Bulge? Come now, it’s time for the Airing Of the Grievances! (Of the weight and fitness and reunion varieties. Oh, and maybe of the gorgeous cousin variety, too…)

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  1. 1
    Fedora says:

    Happy spring, Caren! I’ll be eagerly looking forward to a visit from the Fat (Removing) Fairies, too! ;)

    I like the spring, and I do find that in the warmer weather, it’s easier to get outside and walk and move around ;) I don’t have a specific goal in mind, but at the end of June, I did commit to dancing in my ballet class’s Spring show number, so my brain’s rebelling at the thought of having to appear publicly in tights and a dance outfit. Aack! Oh, FRFairies! I really need you to visit!!! Maybe several times!

    No high school reunion horror stories to share, partly because I only attended my 10 year and bailed on the ones since… Amusingly at my 10 year, I went with my best friend from HS and dragged DH along. As we entered the hotel, we heard someone holler a greeting to DH, who not only had NOT attended our high school, he hadn’t even attended high school in THIS COUNTRY. Heh. ;)

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      Fedora, I think the rooster’s definitely feeling like it’s spring. Watch out!

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      Caren Crane says:

      Fedora, you wily thing! I suppose you have fed all your Easter candy to the GR by now! :)

      I had forgotten you were taking ballet. What a wonderful past time! You are brave to take on a recital. I’m not sure I would stand up in front of anyone in tights! Then again, if I were a tiny thing like YOU, I might. I’ve seen pictures those on Facebook!

      Too funny about your DH getting a shout out at your reunion. I’ll bet you guys still trot out that story – you to prove the injustice in the world and him to prove how amazingly memorable he is. Ha!

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    Mary Preston says:

    Autumn is here and I’m enjoying the mostly sunny days & cool nights.

    I look at Rubens’ “Venus At Mirror” and I think, that’s what a real woman looks like.

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      Mary, she’s luscious, isn’t she? I remember going to an exhibition of Renoir nudes a few years ago and thinking, yeah, I coulda modeled for him! Yves St. Laurent, not so much! ;-)

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      Caren Crane says:

      Mary, honey, the Renaissance was a glorious time to be a woman, wasn’t it? I would have been hailed as a great example of fine feminine form back then! Sadly, they don’t really make pants to fit my fine feminine form these days. Women with wide hips and small(ish) waists get no love in the fashion world!

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    Caren, what a fun post. I hope you have a wonderful time at your reunion. And commiserations on the diet. I remember one really frustrating diet I was on where the only thing I lost any weight on was my feet. And seriously, my feet aren’t the problem! So all I did was fall over because all my shoes were too big for me. I suppose I burned some calories getting up from flat on my face, but not many!

    • 3.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Anna, that is hilarious. That would so happen to me! Generally, all the diets promise you will lose “belly fat”. Well, that isn’t my problem! So I end up losing whatever fat I have on my upper body, while the lower body luxuriates in oceans of fat deposits. I always start looking weird about 10 or 15 pounds in…

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    Helen Sibbritt says:

    Caren

    Such a great post It is autumn here as Mary has said although the weather hasn’t cooled down that much yet a bit cooler in the nights which I Iove and DLS finished at 2-00am this morning for us so today is a long day and I went up the coast Saturday for my niece’s 21st birthday party and boy do I feel tired and sore myself today and I have to say the music they play really is not good I am still vibrating from it LOL.

    I have not set any new goals although I would like to get a bit more sleep unfortunatley my left hip wakes me early most morning from pain, oh how I wish I could walk the way I used too :).

    I have only been to on school reunion about 15 years ago and loved it no problems I went to an all girls high school so no guys were there and we had a ball we really need to have another one.

    Enjoy you reunion and the reunion to remember your grandmother I am sure it will be great catching up with family.

    Have Fun
    Helen

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      Caren Crane says:

      Helen, the kids’ “house music” gets to be a bit much for me, I must say. Who wants a dance song with no words that lasts for 20 minutes? It may be fine if you’re taking Ecstasy or something, but otherwise the attention wanders. Sounds like you may have been exposed to the rap/hip hop/disco fusion that is all bass. That will definitely leave your eardrums ringing for days!

      I know what you mean about your body not letting you sleep. If I sleep more than 7-1/2 hours, my hip (whichever I’m sleeping on) and back let me know all about it! I have to get up and stretch to feel right! Getting older is a pain – all over! :)

      You should prod whoever arranged your last reunion and then run away (otherwise they will rope you into planning it!). I think it would have been amazing to attend an all-girl high school. That would have solved a good 75% of our teen angst right there! :D

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    Anna Sugden says:

    Fun post, Caren! It’s spring here – but only on some days! We can go from glorious sunshine to snow and back again in the same day. The weather is still quite chilly, but at least it’s brightening up.

    I went to my 30th reunion a few years back. I hadn’t seen any of the girls I went to school with since leaving and I was surprised by how many of them looked the same! It was interesting to see what everyone was up to and it was nice to reconnect with some friends. It was also nice to not reconnect with some girls! ;)

    • 5.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Anna, I had a similar experience with my 20-year reunion. The people I loved were still awesome. The people I had not got on with…still the same. There was one girl who was a very popular cheerleader. Her twin brother was on the football (and wrestling and track) team. (It was a small school, so all athletes did double and triple duty!) The sister had always been rather a snob, for whatever reason, hanging out only with the most popular kids. At the 20-year, she was very heavy and barely looked like herself. Yet she would still only talk to the kids who had been popular in high school. It was amazingly weird!

      Some of the girls who had obviously always had high metabolisms still did. The ones who had shown the promise of being fat in the future had fulfilled the promise. The cheerleader, though, was a surprise. She was very fat and someone said she had lost at least 50 pounds before the reunion! She was a short little thing, too, which made it worse, bless her heart! :D

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    Deb Marlowe says:

    Caren,

    What you are is kind, witty and delightful! Those high school friends-and your cousin–will be thrilled and lucky to see you!

    I’m always up for a walk at the lake, btw!

    • 6.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Deb, I can use all the steps I can get, believe me. Yesterday was definitely my “day of rest” for the week. I only walked 8315 steps. I walked more than 11k the day before! :P

      I’m glad you love me, Deb, no matter how Venus-like I become. We seriously need to get into a spring walking routine, despite all the disgusting pollen!

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    Today marks the beginning of Week 3 of the Virgin Diet for me. That means that next week I can start easing “regular” food back, keeping track of any side-effects I might get from whatever. (Peanuts, dairy, wheat, sugar, etc.) Before this, I was 2 weeks on the Metabolism Diet, which is almost the same thing. As of this morning, if I ease around on the scale, I’ve lost 14 pounds. My company has been running a little health contest for the past 3 months, and I signed up to lose 15 pounds. Imagine if I’d started these diets back then instead of saying, “I’ll start in a couple days,” for two months! Good thing I have no reunions to attend. (Why aren’t I ever invited?)

    • 7.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Carol, huge congratulations on your weight loss! That is really a big incentive to keep at it. I think part of my problem is, I eat a pretty healthy, low-fat, whole grain and veggie-rich diet all the time. So, except for the seasonal indulgence in Christmas cookies or birthday cake or whatever, I have no “bad stuff” to give up. I do know, however, that if I can stay away from ALL carbs (including fruit, whole grains, etc.) for a couple of months and I exercise like a maniac I can begin to lose weight.

      It’s incredibly frustrating. But, I had my thyroid gland killed off about 18 years ago, so I knew what I was signing up for! I miss being able to eat until I was tired of chewing, though, like I did as a (hyperthyroid) teen and being thin as a rail. Ha!

      Keep up the awesome work!

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    catslady says:

    My husband graduated in ’67 and I did in ’68. We didn’t go to the early reunions and then we had our kids late so it was our 30th when we went to each of them. My husband’s was fantastic as to food, drink and fun. They did a great job. My class did the opposite. It was more expensive for less and my main group of friends that I wanted to see had all gone to the 25 and didn’t go to this one. We never went back to any others. I know they started combining them after that. But I did get to see pictures on line though. Most had added some weight but there was one girl who looked fantastic and everyone was shocked lol.

    • 8.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Catslady, that is a hoot about the one woman who actually looked great. :D There was a classmate of mine at our 20th who had always been the mousiest little thing. Cute enough, but incredibly shy, with a pageboy haircut and clothes that looked like her grandma picked them out. That girl looked amazing at our 20th and still does. She must have gone off to college and found her own style! :D

      Our reunion is being held in a building that is just a for-rent meeting hall/club kind of place. I think one of our classmates (who had a catering business) is catering it for us. Another classmate is DJing. It is only $25 and should be a blast! I have to say, I am looking forward to it much more than I did our 20th. I think a number of people older and younger than us will be there, too, from other classes.

      We have discussed having combined reunions and we may do that in the future. That would be fun. too!

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    Commiserations on the aching joints, Caren! I get those just from my regular routine at work. I can’t understand why I spend at least an hour a day slinging 50 pound boxes of bread dough and the rest of the day moving all over the bakery always on my feet and yet I never seem to lose any weight!

    I need to get into a walking routine, but by the time my body quits hurting from my work day it is time to go to bed. Getting older is NOT for sissies!

    I went to my 35th high school reunion last year and it actually ended up being a lot of fun. We went very high-brow for my 10th – fancy hotel, expensive catering and it wasn’t nearly as much fun. For this one we had it at the Harley Davidson dealership and it was catered by our favorite barbecue joint, still in business after all of these years. We had a 70’s cover band and we had a ball. I am certain there were some sore bodies the next morning as we danced quite a bit and at one point had the entire class out there doing the electric slide to Sweet Home Alabama.

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    Caren Crane says:

    Louisa, that sounds like an insanely fun reunion! Our 20th was at a nice hotel with overpriced food and, like yours, wasn’t as fun as it should have been. For one thing, the best parties are always either outdoors or in places that are almost too small (everyone loves a “crush”!).

    I think this year’s will be lots of fun. EXCEPT, one fo the organizers posted this morning (while I was at church and couldn’t respond) that she thinks we need to do the Harlem Shake. I have to cut that off at the pass! *shudder*

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    Oh Caren – I thought that photo of Marisa was you back in the day. You’re one gorgeous woman and you’ll have a great time.

    The first ever high school reunion I attended was my 40th reunion a couple of years ago. It was a combination of 1969, 1970, and 1971 classes. I think I recognized maybe five people and so had an absolute ball. I love to dance and spent most of my time on the dancefloor. I think I saw people wondering – how is that girl? Or is it the guy who graduated with the class? I’m hoping they have another for the 45th anniversary and include the 1968 class so my brother can attend as well.

    As for the hip – I went to a chiropractor for the first time last month as I managed to screw up my back. They fixed up my back AND my hips that have been bothering me for decades. I swear they are miracle workers, so you might want to give a chiropractor a try.

    • 11.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Donna, it’s so funny that you had a blast because no one recognized you (or vice versa)! :) I think the upcoming one will be fun because, with the advent of Facebook, I actually will people! Some look much the same but some are almost unrecognizable. It’s kind of scary!

      I have never been to a chiropractor, but if they could fix my hip, I would be willing to try! I swear, lugging my girls around about did me in. My son was a small kid who never weighed much, but my girls were bruisers! :D

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    Becke says:

    Caren,
    Woohoo! Definitely a topic to multiple comments like bunnies: Reunions and weight!

    Donna thought the photo was you. I thought it could be you or the cousin. I won’t buy that lottery ticket today.

    Our HS reunion was too weird. Except for a few people I stayed in touch with, the rest were strangers to me.
    “Remember me?”
    I know this person? “Yes,” I lied.

    Thank goodness for the DJ and the oldies!

    My healthcare background gives me an up close and personal view of bad outcomes caused by an unhealthy life style and my age provides motivation-fear! When Nancy and I go to ATL, I love our stop at Atlanta Bread Co for my cookie!

    Since I added a few extra “stubborn” pounds during vacation, I’ve tried the following:
    I shake up my menu by adding a healthy new recipe @ least once a month. This month- barley rissotto w/ fresh asparagus and sugar snap peas-yummy!

    For exercise, we signed up for a bike race. 25 mile minimum. I made it, but darned near killed me!

    • 12.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Becke, you are my hero! Not sure my knees would let me cycle that far, even with LOTS of traning. :( My sister (the one who is an RN) stays in great shape. She was always into sports and even runs…and she has lupus! I was never that sister. I was the uncoordinated one who did well to walk across the room without tripping over my feet. I’ve about mastered that, though!

      I love mixing up the diet, too. I always strive for healthy foods (and we eat almost no meat and that mostly seafood and chicken or turkey) and have found my new love is quinoa. It is incredibly adaptable and has a wonderful, nutty flavor. Best of all, it has little effect on my blood sugar levels (Type 1 diabetes, you know). Woot!

      I forced my husband to get out and mow our front yard today. If I don’t make him do something, he will sit and read or work on his computer all day and night. Talk about poor choices and even worse health outcomes! And I can’t even get him to take a walk with me. Maddening, I tell you!

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    Becke says:

    Carol,
    Congratulations on the big loss. That is awesome!

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    Caren Crane says:

    I recall reading an article about Marisa Tomei when ‘The Fighter’ was out and she said she stays in shape by hula hooping. Maybe I need to buy one of those weighted hula hoops to use! I’ll bet that puppy would knock some fat off the hips! :D

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    Cassondra Murray says:

    Hi Caren!

    I love spring and of course it makes me want to get outside. So much easier to go out for a walk without having to bundle up, and spring means TENNIS ! WOOOT!

    I quit going to my high school reunions after the first two because I didn’t have time, work wouldn’t allow it, and I didn’t enjoy the ones we went to. I was still slim and trim at that point, but now I’ve gained some. We lost weight last year losing Atkins (which works great for us and completely eliminated my husband’s stubborn acid reflex–gone…POOF…after only 3 days on the diet).

    This year my goal is to run a 5K by the end of the year. I’m not doing that to lose weight (though I suspect that will be a benefit) but because I’ve never been able to run any distance, EVER. I was fast as a kid–had those sprinter muscles–but couldn’t do endurance. Right now I’d die if I ran to the end of my driveway (it IS a long driveway). I want, for once in my life, to be able to run a 5K. So following Jeanne’s example, I’m doing the Couch-to-5K program.

    The thing I’m dreading is that I need to do situps. I used to have really strong tummy muscles and a nice flat tummy. Now it’s pooching because I’ve gotten lazy and stayed lazy for too long. And I don’t have the baby body excuse…no babies!

    I HATE situps now. Ugh.

    • 15.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Cassondra, what an impressive goal you have! My knees already ache for you. :) I’ll admit, I ran track in high school (hurdles, the 440 and the 880 relay) and even THEN (at 16) my knees did NOT like running. It simply wasn’t meant to be! Good on ya for doing the couch-to-5K. I will be rooting for you!

      As for situps…I adore them! They have always been something I can do more than any other type of exercise. I did hundreds per day as a teenager and can still do about 30 in a minute. I only know that because we were doing a fitness challenge thing at work and that was part of our Fit-In each month. Now, the other stuff was brutal: running for 10 minutes, doing push-ups and pull-ups. ACK! Push-ups are horrible on the knees and hands – no exercise for those of us with bad joints! Not to mention no upper body strength. :D

      Core, yes. Lower body, yes. Upper body? No freaking way!

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        Cassondra Murray says:

        Oh, Caren, I was also a sit up girl. I could once do 70 in a minute. I mean full military situps. But I grew arrogant when I could still do situps like a mad woman at 30, and I still had a flat stomach at 40.

        Now my posture has really suffered. I’m going to get back problems if I don’t strengthen my tummy muscles, but what was once so easy–all those situps–is now pure, unadulterated TORTURE.

        Perhaps this is my way of gaining empathy for those folks who never were good at sit ups. It was always so easy for me. Now? It’s agony.

        Good on you for keeping your tummy toned all this time.

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    Mozette says:

    So has the change of season been good to you? Has the coming of spring or autumn caused you to set new goals for yourself?

    It’s Autumn here and it’s time for me to get out into my yard and figure out what needs to be repotted this Winter; as my garden goes dormant at this time of the year. And being in the sub-tropics, it’s the best time of the year to venture out and enjoy the garden as it cools off nicely.
    Over the weekend, I pulled out all the weeds and long grass and mowed the lawn. Now, it looks good – but for how long? Seeing I have a back neighbour who doesn’t care for her garden, I’ll have to make this a weekly ritual.

    Any high school reunion horror stories to share?

    The only horror story I have of this kind is when i was invited to my 20 year reunion and I wondered what I had to offer when confronted with what I had been doing for the last 20 years between high school and now. I wasn’t married, had no children, no paid job and had battled cancer and was on a disability pension for Epilepsy… would my old school friends understand the problems I had? When I showed up,… they did. And I found out I had a nickname they called me and I never knew of: Fonzi.

    Am I the only one struggling against the uphill Battle Of the Bulge? Come now, it’s time for the Airing Of the Grievances! (Of the weight and fitness and reunion varieties. Oh, and maybe of the gorgeous cousin variety, too…)

    Yeah, we’ve all got one cousin who’s gorgeously handsome or pretty and we try to keep up with them. However, you have to remember, we can only do what we can with what we have.
    I’ve turned the tables on my cousins and have learned to be myself. I’ve accepted my body for what it is and how it looks.
    Years ago, I was a petite size 10 (Australian) and Mum wanted me to stay that size. However, I found it difficult to keep that size as I aged. So, I let my body grow naturally up one dress size and was happier than ever… even my brother noticed; and he told Mum to leave me alone. She was scared I’d get obese… but I haven’t. I’m still a size 12 (Aust) and haven’t changed… it’s something my GP isn’t happy with but my neuro says is what my medications have done to me. So long I’m not grossly overweight, I should be fine. And seeing I eat very healthily, and I rarely eat junkfood, she’s happy with how I’m going. :)

    • 16.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Mozette, I’m jealous you are enjoying the cooling off of fall now. It’s my favorite time of year! Spring here is gorgeous, but the pollen is so thick that I have had a sinus-drainage cough for a couple of weeks now. No opening the windows in my house, sadly. :(

      I love your reunion story. And that they called you Fonzie and you never knew about it. Ha! It’s wonderful when your classmates turn out to be really nice people, isn’t it? I’ve been nicely surprised by how decent many of my old classmates turned out to be (a few were not so nice in high school). Others have positively blossomed into the people I hoped they would be, which is the best! A small number, sadly, seem to cling to those old, snotty ideas they held when they were teenagers and still believe they are the Starbelly Sneetches. Which makes me laugh when I think of it! :D

      I’m glad you mentioned the gorgeous cousin thing. Everyone else adroitly avoided that one, as if they have no gorgeous cousins! My beautiful cousin really is a nice person. I love her dearly, although she was always closer to my older sister. The only reason it’s hard for me (her still looking so fantastic) is that our lives have been so different. When I had three kids and a husband and a good bit of baby fat, she was still single and running around Manhattan in high heels, being a career woman. I was quite envious of her life!

      Then I found out she was a bit envious of mine. The reason she didn’t have a baby until she was 40 is that she married in her 30s and then she and her husband had trouble conceiving. So her one and only son is her little miracle baby and she is insanely in love with him. It’s wonderful to watch! :D

      Then again, I’m really glad I had my kids early. Who could keep up with a 7-year-old these days?!? I know neither of us would trade our lives for anything. She may be fit and gorgeous, but I have you guys. Best. Gig. Ever! :D

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        Mozette says:

        I didn’t have children on purpose as my Epilepsy could have been genetic; and I knew this was a possibility. So, from high school, I said I’d not have children. It was a serious decision and I stuck to it… I wasn’t much into children anyway.
        But just last year, we found out my condition was definitely genetic and my neuro said that I must have known something deep down to not have children; and however painful it was for me to make it, I did the right thing. Sad but true.

        However, my cousins and their children have been an absolute joy to watch grow up. It’s wonderful; and Riley – my niece – has been great. She was really upset to find out why I didn’t have children but understood. Then, she asked her Mum (who’s a registered nurse) and she told her that some Epileptics can’t have children and I was one of them.

        As for the Fonzie nickname… kids at school told me that I thumbed my nose at authority, never went to detention, hid from playground duty and was hardly seen around the school in year 10 (World Expo 88 was around and I had a season pass… I couldn’t resist!). And when year 11 came around, I was even more resistant to everything. Everyone thought I was just so cool – like Fonzie. How cool is that?

        And here’s me not knowing anything about it! :D

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    Caren, yes, this will all pay off in the end. Building up metabolism so it burns fat and calories takes a while. Good job on the new habits!

    I’m also struggling with weight issues–if we define “struggle” loosely. I need to put in more effort. This is my plan, now that the weather is warming.

    • 17.1
      Caren Crane says:

      Nancy, that made me laugh. The “struggle” is often mental for us, isn’t it? It’s the worst, though, when I’m really trying hard in all areas and making consistent, concerted effort and seeing no payoff. I know my metabolism is incredibly sluggish, since I have no thyroid gland, so it takes AT LEAST 6 weeks to see any progress. Still, every time I get 3 or 4 weeks in, I hit the same wall! *sigh*

      Onward and upward, though. I’ll keep up the good fight! :)