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Tuesday, April 03, 2012

Yes, stress can make you head toward the fridge and pantry and shovel it down. But yesterday I won. After we finished installing a drapery at a funeral home yesterday, I wanted to ask my husband to take me for a hot fudge sunday. But I thought about it and went home, measured out 1/2 cup of tapioca pudding and was completely satisfied.
My day started out okay but immediately went to H---. I asked my husband to help me put a sofa table together (they come knocked down) so we could deliver it today. He isn't very handy but we were moving along nicely until he screwed through the top of the shelf. STRESSSSSSSSSSSSSSSS! I immediately thought of all the trouble it was going to be to even get another one sent in, much less the cost involved. My second thought was, I don't want to do this anymore!

Yes, I thought that. Am I ready to retire, to give up decorating for my clients? I just might be. My heart and mind are into sewing and quilting. I called a good friend who is a decorator in Georgia and we had a nice long talk about everything. So I've got some thinking to do.

At the same time this was happening with the table, I had been trying to update my credit card on my IPAD. I couldn't remember my password and was having trouble going to the internet, going to settings on my IPAD, just trouble in general finding any help. I finally located an AT&T phone # and got press one for English, 2 for Spanish. I'M IN A HURRY AND I DON'T SPEAK SPANISH! Not only that, but you have to listen to the entire menu to find out which category your request is in and what number to press. When you finally got an opereator, you're put on hold because you pressed the wrong #. Then you get someone in India. While you are searching for a pen to write things down, you hold the phone to your ear with your shoulder which then presses the off button and you are done, having to start again.
I finally got that problem resolved, a friend came and semi-fixed the table so we can at least deliver it today. Of ocurse it is raining and we can't go until 4:30 anyway. Someone wants an appmt this evening so I'll go after the delivery, missing our Tuesday night at the Yacht Club. I'd rather be quilting.

So last night after the drapery installation, which got delayed until 6:00 becasue I had to wait for UPS to deliver the parts I was missing, my mind screamed hot fudge sundae. Two weeks ago, after eating 3 pieces of birthday cake, I said no to sweets. I've lost 5 lbs and I convinced myself to say no to the hot fudge sundae. I came home, got a nice glass of ice water, and sat down in my chair with a dog and a quilt top, hand sewing the binding while I watched Antiques Roadshow and dancing with the stars. Later.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/10/2012 7:33AM

    Didn't you do well? I'm impressed!

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ALMMOM 4/4/2012 1:21PM

    I've been sweet free, basically, since mid-Jan. I don't crave them anymore.

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ANYVAR54 4/3/2012 10:20PM

    So glad that you are learning to say NO to those urges. I agree that Stress moves us to want to eat. Thank you for sharing.

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KASEYCOFF 4/3/2012 2:41PM

    Sounds like you're doing pretty well, all in all, especially with coping. I know what you mean about holding the phone with your shoulder: I do the same thing, and every time I end up disconnecting myself (!) I think how much I miss my old-fashioned rotary-dial wall-phone, lol...

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ANDI571 4/3/2012 9:34AM

    "Stress Makes You Eat". Stress doesn't make us eat, we do that all on our own. It definitely gives us that want though. Good for you making the right choices and not letting the stress send you in the wrong direction.

Here is to a good day today. emoticon

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SMIDGON 4/3/2012 9:13AM

    Just goes to show you, where there's a will there's a way!

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BILLETWIFE 4/3/2012 8:47AM

    THERE YOU GO!!! Life is always going to go the opposite direction somedays BUT, you won the battle today. Not only did you make a great decision about what to feed your busy, amazing body, but you did successfully complete the jobs you needed to get done.

I understand how quickly self employed people get sidetracked......I am the sole employee at my husband's business and my days range from office to sanding out parts for dialysis machines. I never know what is going to happen next, or when we will manage to squeeze in lunch. Add two kids and two dogs and my inlaws and well, it can be a little nuts.

Keep winning your battles one at a time! Have a wonderful day!!

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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Twice in the last year I've been told to lose weight. Both by Sleep Apnea Doctors. Guess I need to pay attention. I took a sleep apnea test last summer and did not do poorly enough to warrant getting a machine paid for by my insurance. But the fat doctor did tell me to lose weight. Then I took my mon-in-law to an ENT doctor to have her ears cleaned out of wax and while there, he had literature about sleep apnea so I sent an appmt with him. He sent me home with a sleep test that attaches to your head at home, in your own bed, no wires and tubes coming out and trying to sleep in a strange place.
Result, mild apnea. You have to score a 5 and I scored a 7 so now I can get free equipment. I paid for a CPAP machine last year but I need new hoses so now I can get them without plunking $100.00. I do sleep better with it.
So one of the options to treat the apnea is to lose weight. DUH! So last week I had already started trying to lose, following the Sonoma Diet plate size and eating more veggies and no sweets. So I guess I will continue.
Today I had llunch with a friend at Ruby Tuesdays and I had the chicken alfredo with sliced tomato on top, broccoli, and sugar snap peas. Of course butter was included but at least it was all veggies and protein. I ate it all and left the mashed potatoes on the plate.
So far so good. I know I will lose very slowly and will go some time without losing anything so I guess I will just prepare for it. No sweets is a good thing for me. Can't stop eating them. Especially ice cream.

OKAY FOLKS,IT WAS CHICKEN FRESCO, NO SAUCE! Lunch Portion, 435 calories and I did not eat the potatoes! Ate the broccoli and sugar snap peas. For dinner tonight we have steamed spinach, broiled chicken from Publix and new potatoes which I might have one small one. Makes up for the big lunch. Carol

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CAROLISCIOUS 3/31/2012 12:57PM

    Food control is the #1 component for weight loss success for me. I try to stay away from eating out because of the salt content of even healthy choices. Getting your health issues under control is a huge motivator. You will find what works for you!

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KRISTINWRIGHT78 3/30/2012 4:41PM

    The best thing I can tell you that I have learned over the past year of my weight loss is portion control. Everyone asks me how I did it. I just shrug and say "portion control". I don't cut back on calories, I don't count calories, nothing like that. I tried my hardest to do that. But for everyone it works differently. What works for one person may not work for the other. I posted a blog the other day about my weight loss, feel free to check it out. But I wish you luck, and as I am sure everyone will say baby steps. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 3/28/2012 7:27PM

    Take one day at a time Carol and you can do it. Don't beat yourself up when you slip either. You can do anything you want. Hey, boiled new potatoes are good for you if you can eat them plain or with just a smidgeon of butter.

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ANYVAR54 3/28/2012 6:09PM

    Good start, and hope you can sleep better with the machine. Having good sleep is a must for loosing sleep. At least that is what I have read. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 3/28/2012 5:06PM

    I've heard the same thing Andi said, that 'alfredo' = trouble. Egad, 1253 calories--!!! That's more than I eat most days, and while broccoli and peas don't have the calories of potatoes or ice cream, by the time you add everything together that meal must be a whopping 1400 or more. The sodium alone would probably do me in, lol...

BUT: awareness / mindfulness / being more conscious of what you're eating, how much, when, and so forth are important steps toward achieving the healthy eating you're after. So it's all good, ain't?

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THATGIRL07 3/28/2012 4:36PM

    Whoa....Andi is right Carol...anything with the word "alfredo" in it means you have to say "no thank you!"

I'm not familiar with the Sonoma Diet, but I know any wise choice will never have gravy, sauces, cheeses, creams, deep fried, etc. ...you know, all the "good" stuff, lol! Always choose baked or grilled or broiled! Well, at least for everyday, normal eating. Once in a while to celebrate an occasion it's a treat to have that sinful rich entree! Just cause it's protein doesn't mean we can indulge...one serving of filet mignon is loaded with protein (48 grams!) but also 16 grams of fat, not to mention 112 mgs. of cholesterol!!! Yikes!

Happy you're sleep apnea is under control. I know others who use a CPAP and swear by it's rejuvenating results. Proper sleep is so important to not just feeling better, but to losing weight too!

So far so good...slow is okay! No one is on a marathon to lose the fastest! It's all about health and quality of life and feeling good...looking good is nice too! Bikini season you know, lol!

Let us begin Week Number Two on The Challenge! Go Girl!!!!


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ANDI571 3/28/2012 2:56PM

    Eww Carol, I have always heard anytime it says alfredo, you should stay away. Lots of fat. I just looked, the Ruby Tuesday chicken and mushroom alfredo has 1253 calories in it. That is a whole days worth of calories for me. Even without the mashed potatoes, it would probably still be 1000 calories.

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Monday, March 26, 2012

I learned the hard way! Had to cancel 2 credit cards Friday night and was anxious all weekend that my bank account didn't get slammed as well. My PayPal account was compromised and so I had 4 unauthorized charges. I learned some lessons.
1. Don't deal with financial issues when you are otherwise busy or stressed. They need your undivided attention! I'm an intelligent business owner and still fell for it. My mind was on other things.
2. Don't use a debit card or bank account # to pay for online purchases. The money goes out immediately and it is harder to get it back.
3. Any notice from PayPal will be addressed to you, in your name. Don't fall for an e-mail that looks official and isn't!

Hopefully, the damages are minimal. Luckily, I was checking my e-mails on Friday evening which I usually don't do. And I was alerted by PayPal that 3 charges were made to my account, bogus charges. So I spent a good hour dealing with 2 credit card comapnies and cancelling my cards. It's too too easy to lose and get caught up in a scam!

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ANYVAR54 3/27/2012 12:08AM

    thanks for the reminder.

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ANDI571 3/26/2012 11:09PM

    You are the second one this week that has written this kind of blog. I rarely buy things online. I just hate taking the chance. We were on vacation a couple of years ago and someone got our Visa. We think it was at the last hotel we stayed at. I'm thinking of going back to traveler's checks.

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ELLIE381 3/26/2012 9:37AM

    I hope everything works out well.

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KASEYCOFF 3/26/2012 7:46AM

    Good reminder about being careful - thanx for posting this!

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Sunday, March 18, 2012

I've been talking about this since January so I might as well get started. I have 5 lives. Personal, work, spiritual, home and quilting.
So each day, if I do one thing toward improving each life, I would be ahead of the game, wouldn't I?

Personal means physical, dieting, relationships. Whatever I need to improve myself and be happy.

Work of course is my business and my clients and how to keep it organized and going.

Spiritual is the most important part of my life. Keeping the Lord close by in my thoughts is keyto stress management and every thing else.

Home is getting my home in order, clean and less cluttered.

and the Quilting Life is really important. Keeps me sane moving those pieces of fabric through the machine.

So those are my five lives and I'm working on them. Later.

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    So that's my problem: I'm one person with five (or perhaps more) lives. Sometimes I stand in the middle of the room and spin in circles trying to decide which life to live RIGHT NOW! Gotta stop that and put it in perspective as you have.

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SMIDGON 3/18/2012 1:24PM

    We women have a mass of lives, don't we?

I have found as I get older, there comes a time when I have to reset and change my lives.

For me, what was a 'burning' life no longer fits. We must not be so sit in our lives that we don't see the need for change.

Good Luck to you.

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Getting moving!

Saturday, March 17, 2012

All right, we went out to dinner last night with family and I did something appalling. Everyone ordered dessert and I did not. However, I finished every one else's dessert. How embarrassing and rude. That was a wake up call for me. I am setting a goal not to do this, ever again. If some one offers me a bite, they have to put it on my plate for me. My fork will not venture over to someone else's plate. Rude, Rude, Rude!
We have to step back and look at ourselves sometimes. I weighed this morning and it wasn't pretty. As a result, I walked 10 min on the treadmill, had cereal, and I'm drinking my water. Later.

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ANDI571 3/17/2012 11:47PM

    It's not always pretty when we step outside of ourselves and see what we do. But it is eye opening and can change our ways, if we let it.

You can do it. Keep moving forward! You will get there.

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ANYVAR54 3/17/2012 3:23PM

    Yesterday I read an article about setting boundaries, and that is one that seems you need to set. Glad you are getting back on track. emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 3/17/2012 10:44AM

    Persistence is the key: one step back isn't disastrous as long as we still make two steps forward...

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