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Hard to start again!

Tuesday, February 15, 2011

I decided to eat sensibly yesterday and I did but I sure blew it in the points category when I tracked my WW points. Close to 40 for the one day and I thought I was doing well. Too many carbs and not enough fruit, veg and protein. I'll try and do better today. That's all I can do, better each day. I did go out for a walk this morning for about a mile. Pat didn't show so I turned around and went home. I was hungry last night and wanted a pop tart in the worst way. My stomach was growling but I was good and said no. This morning, back to the raisin bran muffin. I've got to get my fruit in today.

Not much else going on.

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REJ7777 2/16/2011 6:01AM

    I agree that it's hard to start over. But you can do it! The only way to fail is to give up. (I'm talking to myself here too.)

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IRENEHUD 2/15/2011 8:40PM

    It's easy to go over your points when you don't eat fruits and veges. Your on the right track though you can do it! emoticon

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DONNAEDA 2/15/2011 9:56AM

    remember this is not a race, but a journey. Everyday is a new day to begin again.

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KASEYCOFF 2/15/2011 9:20AM

    I think it will help that you're working to be more aware of what you're eating and where you need to add things, like the fruit and veg. Baby-steps, 'cause ALL progress is GOOD progress--!!!

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BUGGYS 2/15/2011 9:08AM

    Every day is a new start. I'm on WW too and tend to use those extra 49 on the weekend although I have never gone over those points yet...I love the new program because I am getting in my fruits and veggies...I usually have them for my snacks and by doing so, I am satisfied between meals. I've only been on WW since the beginning of the year but have found that my cravings have subsided a great deal! Good luck and good for you for getting back on track today! emoticon

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KENTUCKYWOMAN 2/15/2011 9:07AM

    4dognight. First off congrats on tracking, on getting out for that walk this morning and for not having that pop tart. All these are positive things.

One thing I really like about the new points plus plan with WW is fruit is free. Fresh fruit, free, canned fruit in its own juices free, unsweetened frozen fruits free. So when that ''I want something hits," go for the fruit.

You can do this and you are worth the effort.


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Monday, February 14, 2011

Well I spent all year losing 8 lbs only to gain it back in a few months! I think it is time to start again. Since Christmas, I've been on an eating and traveling and partying frenzy and it is time to slow down! Why is it when you go out to a party and you have paid money, you think you have to eat your money's worth? Friday, 8 of the singing valentines from my husband's barbershop group sang for happy hour at the yacht club. Then we all stayed for dinner and the prime rib covered the plate! Saturday night was the annual Mardi Gras party and I came home feeling so stuffed, ooh! You know the feeling. Then Saturday morning after church, there was a beautiful Valentine' Brunch at the Yacht club and we took my friend Pat and my motheer-in-law. It was a beautiful sunny day, in the 50's and I again left there feeling like a stuffed bunny. I stopped at the grocery store on the way home and got a huge jar of citrucel. Then I did not eat again until about 6:00 when I had a bowl of cream of wheat. This morning it's a raisin bran muffin, a large one so probably more points or calories but I am going to track it. I am upping my fiber, fruit and veggie intake and I am going to the grocery store today and getting food for a nice valentine's dinner. May be I've reached the breaking point again! The point at which I do not want my weight to go above.

I brought some magazines home from my mom-in-laws yesterday and of course they all have diet info. One of the tips always is do not weigh. This is dumb! I have to keep that weight in front of me at all times or else I love track of it. Which is what has happened! So today I am starting over again! Later!

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DTOWNSEND1966 2/20/2011 2:54PM

    I'm starting all over and it isn't even 15 or 20, try about 60. There are three reasons: 1) I stopped weighing myself (while failing to pay attention to clothes getting tighter) 2) I stopped exercising. and 3) I stopped tracking what I was eating.

Well done for getting it back in gear after 8 pounds! and by all means, weigh in to keep track of progress!

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EBETH13 2/14/2011 11:24AM

    Yep, I sure do know that feeling!!! I'm starting over again this year, too.

Don't weigh yourself?????? What is that all about, I need to know each week, if not every other day!!!

Get sparked!!!


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KASEYCOFF 2/14/2011 10:14AM

    Re starting over: it's never too late, and there's no time like the present. Yes, I know they're cliches, but the reason they've become cliches is because they are true. You know what to do (and what advice to ignore, like 'do not weigh'!) and you know how to do it. Like Nike says - just do it. 'cause I know you CAN! And so do YOU!
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DONNAEDA 2/14/2011 10:09AM

    welcome back to the team and your food plan. Okay, so you gained 8 pounds, it isn't 15 or 20. Get on the stick and start tracking and weighing/measuring portions. You can lose it and then some.

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Thursday, February 10, 2011

I hope some of my friends read this and say hello. I'm just musing today about things. Yesterday, my grandaughter stayed with me as she had a stomach ache. You know as a 9 year old how stomach aches come and go and then you stay home from school and you didn't really need to? I wasn't real busy so I was happy to have her. I did have to go and see a client so I took her over to my mom-in-law, Grammie, at the retirement home at 10:00. Then we both had lunch with her and she showed us off to all of her friends. Those old people just love to see children come in. Then in the afternoon, I decided to help her make her Mommy a gift for Valentine's Day. I had some printable fabric that can be ironed on to other fabric so I printed off a picture of Hannah and her baby brother. It was a little smudgy but you could see who it was. Then Hannah and I found some red fabric and I had a 10 inch pillow and we pressed the picture onto the red fabric. Then I sewed a square for the pillow. I also had a scrap of fabric with hearts on it and we cut them out and ironed them onto the pillow. When her mommy came, she had a gift and Hannah was so excited. She didn't do much of it but watched the whole time so at least I am exposing her to sewing.
We ate dinner at home last night and then had to go out and buy a new alarm clock. The last one was about 20 years old and just quit. Have to get used to this thing but it has a feature where it automatically knows what the time is.
I have not paid attention to any sort of a diet for some time. I have not weighed either. I know I may have gained a few pounds back but I'm not worried or stressed about it. I know I will get back to the grind but I just need a break. I'm still trying to pay attention to what I'm eating and stop when I'm full. Yesterday at lunch, Hannah was full and stopped eating and I told her that was a good thing to learn, stop eating when you are full. And we talked about feeling stuffed at eating too much sometimes. She said she didn't feel like that but it is never too early to teach things. Eat when you are hungry and stop when you are full.
I keep reading things about people who diet all the time and continually restart and regain, will find it harder to lose the next time as the body clock resets itself. I know that is what I have done to myself. And a complete change to stick to it is necessary. And I also read the 3 body type story again this morning. I guess I am an endomorph for sure and will never be any different. My friend Pat and I had a really good walking thing going for a couple of years and we have really sluffed off. She is starting to have aches and pains and I'm not getting any younger so this morning we agreed to trudge on out at 6:30. Oh, I didn't want to. It was cold and it rained all night and I couldn't find my clothes but I knew I was not going to dissapoint her so I found some ridiculous looking short mid-calf stretch pants to put on and my husbands tights under them, a sweatshirt and t-shirt and threw on a coat and gloves. I needed every bit of that. When she saw me coming she thought, "what is she wearing?" When my husband tells me that it isn't cold outside, I know that means put on all the clothes you can find because it is really freezing.
One of these days I am going to finally download the pictures from Niagara Falls and post them on here to share. We had a fabulous time and it will show in the pictures. I really need to get going as I have some work things to do so later.

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KSHAGGY 2/10/2011 3:33PM

    Great day of sharing with your granddaughter!

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ILUVTOTAT 2/10/2011 3:20PM

    The pillow sounds just wonderful! It sounds like you had a great time.

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KASEYCOFF 2/10/2011 12:41PM

    Glad you had time to spend with your granddaughter - many of my favorite memories are of times I spent with my grandmothers, so I bet she loves it when she gets to stay with you for the day!

When it comes to losing... regaining... aging... and aches and pains, there's nothing new under the sun, is there? lol... Nothing new when men say 'It's not all that cold out' either. Himself is exactly the same. If he says 'Bit chilly, I think I'll put a sweater on' I can now translate that to mean 'If you have a heavy parka with hood - WEAR IT!'

Niagara Falls: oh yes please! I am really looking forward to your pictures!

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KARENE10 2/10/2011 10:06AM

    Valentine gift sounds very nice and great job on the walking!!!

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STUDLEEJOE 2/10/2011 9:26AM

    nice post

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Saturday, February 05, 2011

I've decided I've been so busy with extracurricular activities that the diet is blown out the window and haven't weighed this year. After we returned from Niagara Falls on Sunday (I still intend to share that with you) I have been on roller skates catching up with business, family, and everything else. Yesterday, after the first friday coffee of the Chamber of Commerce, I drove to a client's home to leave a light fixture only to find her not home. Then I drove back to my home. A few minutes at the computer updating some business things that needed to be attended to and then nap time. I hadn't slept much the night before. Then up, finished a few bill paying efforts and then I decided that I was just taking the rest of the day off. I ventured into my sewing room and tackled the second quilt block from Patriots and Petticoats, my Block of the Month. Finished it in about 2 hours and just enjoyed myself immensely. I cut one of the fabrics wrong and didn;t have enough so I learned the art of piecing some triangles and substituting a different fabric for the center square. I even like it better than the one that was supposed to be there.
I'm about to go back in there this morning and clean up the place. It needs it. But I've been spending time watching a video on nbc.com about Vanessa Williams searching for her roots! It was fascinating and a perfect intro to black history month. What is a white middle aged woman doing celebrating black history month? THat is another story.
Anyway, if you didn't get a chance to watch the new NBC show, Who do you think you are? Watch it on www.nbc.com and look for the Vanessa Williams episode. So interesting. Ties in with my interest in slavery and the Underground Railroad Quilt I made for my friend Pat. I think I'll write a story about it and send it into to Reader's Digest. Who knows?
Got to go. I'm anxious to get into that sewing room and get it organized!

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DR1939 2/5/2011 12:45PM

    There is an outstanding Underground Railroad Museum in Cincinnati, OH. Worth visiting Cincinnati for.

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KASEYCOFF 2/5/2011 11:31AM

    There's a scene in 'Through the Looking Glass' where Alice is running with the Red Queen, flat out, as fast as they can go. When they're so out of breath they can't run anymore, Alice looks around and says something like 'We've been running but we're still in the same place!' and the Red Queen says 'It takes all the running you can do just to stay in the same place. If you want to get somewhere else, you must run twice as fast!'

I often feel like that - running as hard as I can barely enables me to keep up, but I never get ahead. From your description of your busy days, you must feel like that sometimes too, lol--!

I love 'Who Do You Think You Are.' It started here, and has been on the air for something like eight or nine years, I think. They started showing some of the American versions last year (I was able to see Sarah Jessica Parker's, Brook Shields, and Matthew Broderick's - and really enjoyed them). I'm hoping they show this season's as well, because I'd like to see the one with Vanessa Williams. We joined Ancestry.com two years ago, and I still haven't gotten tired of it. In fact, he's on the other computer, doing some research even as I Spark!

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Monday, January 31, 2011

Last year on Sunday, January 31st, 2010, I wrote a blog that I am reposting today. I woke up today to an article in the paper from the son of one the deceased airman. I had brought back a lot of memories so rather than rehashing, I'm just posting it again! Thanks for reading.

"Exactly 19 years ago today, (Jan 31, 1991) a C-130 went down over the waters of Kuwait. I had just taken on the duties as a Mortuary officer in support of operation Desert Storm and a plane crash was everyone's worst nightmare. Little did I know that my own worst nightmare was about to happen. That C-130 was down over the water with 14 men on board and no chance for a search and rescue because it was down in enemy territory. Even worse for me, the plane was from Hurlburt AFB, Fl, a mere 5 miles from where I lived. My husband had been stationed at Hurlburt before leaving the Air Force and we still lived nearby. I thought," OH, my God, I might know someone on that plane. They might go to my church. I might know people in the squadron." As we 10 mortuary officers were being briefed about our duties. I just broke down into tears. I didn't want to do this . I didn't want to be there. One of the other Majors took me to the snack bar where I sat with tears streaming down my face. He said, "Carol you have to get control of yourself." And I just said I dont' want to. I didn't care how many people saw me or how much of a spectacle I was making. I just couldn't stop the tears from flowing. It was just too close to home for me. Another plane from another base would have been different but this one...... Eventually I pulled myself together and went back to the mortuary unit where I could hear others whispering, is she all right?

In this particular instance, as a mortuary officer, we are responsible for helping the families with their funeral arrangements. By the time we talk to the families, they have already been notified about the situation. In this case, the airmen were listed as missing in action as there was no search that could be conducted. We were each given 2 or 3 families to work with and I was given 2 single airmen whose families lived out of state and another airmen whose wife lived in my hometown. The awful part to me was that I was forever connected to these families and their situation for the rest of my life. I didn't want anyone to know that I lived there and that I owned a successful business. The only way I could handle it was to completely divorce myself from anything personal and just be a military officer. I had to squash my own feelings and just perform my duties as required. Years later that would come back to haunt me.
Until another day.


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SAFETYSUE 2/17/2011 5:19AM

    I have such respect and admiration for what you have sacrificed for this country and your community. Hold your head high and continue to serve your community with your wonderful business that is still one serving the people and making there lives better. I would love to have you do my house if you were closer.

My brother was a Pilot in the Marines back then. He lost his best friend in a helicopter here in the states while he was out on maneuvers. Then after a year or more he married his wife and he had just left the Marines after 6 years before Desert Storm, he want to sign up and go but she begged him not to because she couldn't bare to lose another husband. He had already started a new job with American Airlines and for her decided not to go back.

I watched Desert Storm every day all day. I was a volunteer fire fighter back then and we had some of our guys in the reserves over there. Very young guys and when they came back they were not the same. They were members of one of the first in tank divisions and they saw a lot on the front lines. They were from fort Lewis here in WA State and they received some huge award for their job over there but I don't remember what it was....just how happy we were they were home safe. I was so glad it was just as they promised and a relatively short mission compared to most. Not for those there and those at home missing them but in the normal scheme of things. I will remember how proud I was of our troops and the job that was accomplished there, it was amazing. I am so sorry you had to go through what you did though.

I was a fire fighter for ten years and then was paralyzed on the job. I just wrote a blog on December 18th reliving my experience thinking it was 20 years. I will have to repost it and maybe add to it next year. It was a life changing event for me and it does feel good to share it and I never really do anymore. I felt like I could on Spark People and so I did tell some of the story. It was a relief when I saw all the support that came flooding in, I had logged back on to delete it thinking this is just not the place for it but I was wrong. All the support and great comments really did help.

I am glad I happened across yours because I saw your Border Collies and I have one as my assistant dog, fully trained by me. He is amazing!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 1/31/2011 11:17AM

    Hugs, for sure. As a mom of a reservist who lost five unit members that trained with him on November 5, 2009 at Fort Hood, Texas, I can identify with that "close to home". I am irreversibly tied to every family who lost someone, had someone wounded, or loved someone who was just plain "there" that day. And on the anniversary of the date? Feelings get stirred up.

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USMAWIFE 1/31/2011 9:46AM

    My husband was in desert Storm and lost several of the MP's and tankers he got everyday supplies to.

i still remember the night that CNN aired the first shots. I had a group of ladies from the brigade over and when I called our rear detachment commander, he had no idea that fighting had begun.

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KASEYCOFF 1/31/2011 9:33AM

    Shows there are some things you never forget. No matter how sad or tragic, these events have contributed to your life, even if only to give you more appreciation for your own family and friends. It reminds me to always count my blessings...


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