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Crazy Weather

Monday, January 19, 2009

Ok first it was the snowstorm and getting snowed in for days. Now it's the windstorm! It's annoying to be blown away as you're trying to walk down to the car! lol

What's worse is that we keep losing power. I am fine with it until I think things like "oh whoops, guess I can't eat oatmeal then" "dang it, no protein smoothie" I mean, I can't eat anything that needs cooking when there's no power!! I ate the last of my cereal this morning, so hopefully I can actually eat my oatmeal tomorrow!

I don't know if I ever think about how much I need electricity until I lose it! I thought I'd be fine until I start thinking about everything I CAN'T do! No heater, so I'm shivering underneath a blanket. I can't even lay on my bed and read because there is no way to get enough light over there! I couldn't even get online until now to check my e-mail and track my stuff on Sparkpeople. We only have cordless phones, so I would only have a phone until my cell phone dies. No power = not being able to charge it!

I'm done with the wind now!! In fact, I never really wanted it in the first place. Oh and what's even MORE fun is the city is flushing our pipes. So we can't use any appliances that use water, can't drink the water, can't do anything that involves water until they are done! UGH!

Are there any crazy weather things happening in your neck of the woods? Do you need electricity? Or are you sitting there laughing at me? =)

(Edit : I forgot to mention that the wind has been blowing the roof tiles all over the place! Our apartment doesn't seem to be too bad, but further down the row there are big holes where the roof used to be! We're on the top floor, so hopefully the wind will end soon and we won't have to worry!)

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READY4LIVE 1/20/2009 2:41PM

    Hey Mz. Amber,

I feel you! Isn't it frustrating... craziest weather ever that I can remember...Grrr... I don't care if I don't see snow for years. And where did this crazy wind come from... the power going out at 5am woke me up, because it flashed on and off 4 times before it was out for 5-6 hours (right off Powell). Sounds like yours was much longer... I'm sworry :(

I did go try to buy a bra at Lane Bryant over in that little mini-mall... and had to try my bra on in the dark...lol. They had only the emergency lights on at 7pm last night... I'm sure everyone thought they were closed. I can't wait till the "Normal" NW weather comes back!



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JIBBIE49 1/20/2009 2:31AM

    We had Hurricane Ivan in Pensacola, so I know about wind and roof problems. Not fun.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 1/20/2009 12:15AM

    I heard 40,000 residnts were without power in our area. Luckily it did not ahpen to us. That is because we live near a hospital. The power won't go out at the hospital. I hadn't realized it was so bad but tonight after pickin my daughter up at amtrak station in portland still no power in many areas. We ahve friends in foster hill area of portland who were out of power from friday to thsi morning. It kind of sucks, I know. I hope you didn't lose much food.


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    We, in Alaska, had an 80 to 100 degree swing in our weather. All our snow is melted. I think you are getting the winds we had for four days last week. The temps are so warm that they made driving impossible because of the ice the melting snow formed on the roads. We went from -30 to 51 degrees at our house. In Fairbanks they went from -60 to 43. And this all happened in a matter of two days. I have no idea what mother nature is doing, but I'm with you .. I AM DONE WITH THE WINDS!

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DNJEN471 1/19/2009 1:52PM

    Glad to hear you got your electricity back now. That would be very frustrating!

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I married the right man

Monday, December 08, 2008

Have you ever had one of those conversations that changes the way you look at things? For quite awhile I've thought that the reason behind the things I do was one thing, when it turns out it's something else entirely!

This revelation hasn't necessarily changed my life at the current moment. I still have to wrestle my own demons. But now I know what they truly are! I feel like I've been lying to myself this whole time.

I always feel the need to justify myself to those around me. (Mostly because certain people in my life demand it). I wish I could feel good about cutting them out of my life, but that's just not the kind of person I am. I don't think I could do that to someone, no matter how awful they are to me. But luckily I am married to the best man in the whole world. He opens my eyes to see things from new perspectives. He comforts me when others hurt me. He doesn't allow me to let others completely derail me.

I hope everyone finds someone that makes them feel this good.

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EAGLE3_8 12/29/2008 2:49PM

  I understand completely. Even though I am much older than you, I met and married my current husband almost 10 years ago. He is Literally, "my better half". Congrats to you and may you have all the joy and happiness that you deserve for years to come. emoticon

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PAGGYJ 12/20/2008 9:19PM

    Good to see u blog.I am sure u did marry the best guy for u. Hope things going well.Busy here getting ready for Christmas ;people come and go from our lives and sometimes we just have to let them go. emoticon

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DNJEN471 12/13/2008 3:27PM

    Aw! That is so sweet. Having such a great support system is so essential! I am so glad you have that!

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TAKINGMEBACK 12/11/2008 12:23PM

    Amber, You are blessed! And I am touched to hear about how supportive and loving your husband is. You deserve to be loved that way.

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READY4LIVE 12/10/2008 2:42PM

    That's awesome hun! He's your shelter through the storm :) Very uplifting, thanks for sharing!

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ANG76H 12/10/2008 11:17AM

  I married the right man too! We've been married for 8 years yesterday & I am more in love with him today than I was 8 years ago. He is my best friend and biggest encourager! I love him!!! I'm so happy you got the right man too!

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MDTWEETY 12/10/2008 9:06AM

    So many people are getting divorced these days, so it was so uplifing to read this blog. I'm glad you found your true soulmate for life. I feel the same way about my husband. :)

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LINDOKAS 12/9/2008 8:36AM

    I'm getting married in 10 months... but we've been together for 4 yrs, so I'm pretty sure I've got a winner on my hands too. I'm so glad you have the support you need. It's so important...

Jibbie, my gosh, I'm so sorry to hear this.

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BKP4166 12/9/2008 2:00AM

    I have to agree with you on this one...I wouldn't even consider another man and after 47 years...that's a positive statement. Even when things get tough...I'll keep him. emoticon

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VEEJAY3 12/9/2008 12:02AM

    WHAT A COINCIDENCE!!! I married the right man, too!

We're amazing.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 12/8/2008 11:54PM

    So glad you are content and things are going jsut right for you.

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KAT111778 12/8/2008 11:43PM

    I got me one of them too. Way to go! :)

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Up five pounds, down three inches

Saturday, November 22, 2008

I knew my body was good at gaining weight, but I didn't know how good! So since I've changed my goals into gaining muscle, I've gained five pounds. is it all muscle? Probably not. But I have lost an inch off my hips and two inches off my stomach!

I've only been at this for a month, so seeing five extra pounds is a little scary. But I have to get out of the scale minded mode. I mean, losing inches, even though it isn't a huge amount is something right? My pants are a little looser. That's exciting to me. =)

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GRALLEN 11/24/2008 10:25PM

    When you are strength training, don't rely too much on the scale. If need be, put it away and only reference it once a month. GOOD JOB on the inches gone!!

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LRUSSELLFAMILY 11/23/2008 6:08PM

  That is really great! If you can loose inches while gaining weight, it is obviously the right kind of weight. We could all do with muscle gain since it burns more calories.

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JSMLIVE 11/23/2008 9:13AM

    Great job Amber, I'm all about the better fitting clothes myself. I think how we feel and look is one of the best forms of feedback. I know I am gaining strength, bloodpressure has significantly dropped and I am decreasing body fat, so I just don't use the scale as much. I think the only "ideal" weight is the one where I am the most fit I can be.

have a great Sunday

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JIBBIE49 11/23/2008 2:28AM

    I've read mention of books called "Lose the Fat, feed the Muscle" and several along that line, from blogs here on Sparks. I see the books are on amazon, but I don't know much about them.

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WANTINGLESS 11/22/2008 11:27PM

    I think the more ways you can assess your progress the better. The scale is one, but so is your fitness level, the measuring tape, the size of your clothes, etc. So what the scale went up...you know the reason is muscle-building and your other indicators are telling you that you are still making progess. You are an inspiration! Keep up the fabulous work!!!

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SAMANTHAKALLAS 11/22/2008 10:36PM

    Losing inches is so important because that means your decreasing the fat content on your mid-section and wherever else you struggled with. I can see the mental anguish gaining the 5 pounds would be too. Hey you're gaining muscle that's the important part!

Keep it up!

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AMBERSILVER05 11/22/2008 9:09PM

    CONGRATULATIONS !!! That is awesome losing the inches. Ignore what the scale says, I can gain or lose 5 pounds in a day, especially if I have had a high sodium or high carb day, boy do I retain water. Keep thinking of the inches you lost, that is AWESOME!!!! Keep the scale only as a guideline, but watch the measuring tape much more closely as those numbers are way more important that what the scale says.

Your a champion........... emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 11/22/2008 1:59PM

    You are right. You are good at gaining weight. think of it as a good five pounds.

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It's time to build some muscle!

Friday, October 24, 2008

I had gotten it into my head that I should get down to 144. That would be 101 pounds lost. This was my goal because 144 is where I go from being "overweight" to "normal" on the BMI scale. Weight loss has become basically impossible. I can stay the same, or I can gain weight. But my body is really liking the number 148. I've gone slightly below it and of course, far above it, but it always seems to settle right about 148.

Then I was thinking. What would be so different four pounds from now? Especially since my plan was to start trying to gain muscle as soon as I got down to 144. So I get to normal...and then I gain muscle, but then I'd be "overweight" again! I'm not really sure where my brain was when I decided that I would only allow myself to be "overweight" if I could get down to "normal" first.

Instead of doing so much cardio, I definitely want to kick up my strength training and pilates. I'm probably still going to go to the gym just as much as I always have, but I'll just be doing different things! So it's not about giving up, it's about changing my goals.

I think it's good to remain flexible in life. Have you ever reevaluated your goals? In weight loss, or just in general?

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DONNARADFORD 11/23/2008 5:04PM

    I would like to tell you how happy I am for you.. Keep up the good work,
I am new with Sparkpeople, I hope I can do as good as you did. What
kind of diet program are you on.... I could use some hint... Thanks! emoticon

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PAGGYJ 11/8/2008 9:15PM

    I just read your blog.You are great.Stop worrying and enjoy your new self. i wish I could excercise like u.Maybe I will get better and be able to do some of these. Hugs peggy

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AMBERSILVER05 10/27/2008 4:16PM

    First of all CONGRATULATIONS, you have done awesome, you look GREAT!!!!

I find I need weights to get my bodyfat% cardio alone is not enough. Plus the more muscle you have the more calories you burn, which is only a good thing :)

I work with personal trainer for my weight lifting it is great as every 4 weeks she mixes it up, she pushes me hard and I push myself harder than I would on my own, plus she is always watching to make sure I keep proper form so I don't sustain an injury.

Your doing great so far and adding weights to your work outs will be awesome, you will see a huge drop in body fat% within a couple weeks of incorporating weights.

I wish you the best of luck and keep me posted, love to know how you feel about the weight workouts.

Feel the burn
Amber emoticon

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YANDI4LIFE 10/27/2008 5:17AM

    You look awesome!!! How does your body feel? I read a SP article the other day that said sometimes the norm (as far as BMI) is concerned can be off b/c the scales can't tell the difference between muscle and fat. My goals change constantly. That could be part of my problem. I recently updated my ticker b/c I felt if I set it to a closer weight, I might feel like I'm progressing and improve my weight loss.

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DNJEN471 10/26/2008 12:38PM

    I always change my goals. Obviously my goals are way off at the moment. But I like to change them based on how I am feeling. I have another sparkbuddy that got down to 110 and people actually were telling her that she looked too skinny. That is what 'normal' is based upon the BMI... but she was feeling sick and wasn't having her normal menstral cycle. So she bumped it up. She now is at like 130 and still looks fab and feels so much better.

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JSMLIVE 10/26/2008 12:14PM

    Makes good sense to me. I am focused totally on body fat percentage rather than actually weight. Strength training is key for me, because it maintains/builds muscle which is a key component of my fat burning machine. I have shifted my focus to fat burning rather than weight loss. I really don't care what my ending weight is as long as my body fat percentage is between 10-14 percent. Burn the fat! and get stronger. That's the ticket for me.

I love it! It is working!


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CINCIN65 10/25/2008 5:15PM

    Yes, to answer your question, I have reevaluated my goals. after having children later in life (not in my 20's) I realized I'm stronger and have more curves to my hips and bust and butt that I'll never be 115 pencil shaped again. So I use the tape measure to check my progress and I see the muscle definition starting to come in and I'm actually liking not having a flat butt. So what does it matter that some chart tells you that you are overweight. That chart doesn't know how many push ups you can do or how many miles you can run or even your bone density. go with how you feel. I think that's the right plan.
--Hey, i think i just blogged on your blog. LOL
You are an inspiration to all of us!! Thank you for being here.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/24/2008 7:15PM

    4 lbs. is not really that big of a difference. You have done remarkably well. Remember, water, water, water. lil more water perhaps.

Let me know if you lose that 4 lbs. but really i think 148 is your ideal weight. your body says so.

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JIBBIE49 10/24/2008 5:01PM

    You can do this.
I'm going to do the P90X work out, so wish me luck. My son just started it six days ago. I'm going to do the LEAN version and the Basic basic. emoticon

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Putting things into perspective

Thursday, October 23, 2008

So the scale goes up and down like it has a mind of its own. Right now it's up. But I was looking at my measurements and weigh-in graphs. Did you know I'm down 97 pounds? I have also lost 4 inches off my neck, almost 20 inches off my waist, and 11 inches off my hips. I wish I had also measured more things. I didn't even know you could at the beginning.

No matter what happens, it always pays to put things into perspective. You don't want to quit because you're getting bogged down by things that don't even really matter. So yeah, I could be doing better with the scale. But for now, I think I'm doing pretty great. I'm getting in my protein, fiber, water and exercise. And that, to me, is progress.

How are you doing?

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JSMLIVE 10/26/2008 12:09PM

    Good job with your attitude and sustained success. I know its easy to get frustrated with the scale. I re focused on just getting as fit as I can and the scale will follow eventually. I have been using a program where I cycle amounts and types of calories throughout the week. So far it is working well. I'll keep you posted, but I really believe this is the diet component I have been looking for. A great outlook, diet program that keeps the metabolism stoked, shorter high intensity workouts throughout the day. That's what is working for me right now.

stay strong
Scott emoticon

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VBCLOWN 10/24/2008 4:00AM

    Your progress is amazing, congrats!

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GRALLEN 10/23/2008 10:20PM

    I think you are right. I tend to watch the scale too much and need to focus on the exercise and eating. My clothes have been fitting better tho. I don't measure but know I should, I've just never done it consistently.

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QUEMBEL1 10/23/2008 8:48PM

    Amber, you are doing great. Keep it up!

Sticks of butter hmm I like it! I have lost 132 sticks of butter! Cool!

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BELLACUDDLES 10/23/2008 6:38PM

    WOW--that is 388 sticks of butta (butter)!!!!!!!!!!!! That is phenomenal!!!!!! you go girl!!!!! I have dumped 44 so far ( sticks of butta that is)!! 11#.

Keep it going, girlfriend.....you are getting there!!

Barbara emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 10/23/2008 5:59PM

    Way to go, Amber!!! I'm so very proud of you! It's not easy!

Keep up the good work!


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