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Cake..

Monday, March 12, 2012

Tomorrow is my husband's birthday. I promised to make him a chocolate cake. I do amazingly rich, decadent chocolate cake. The recipe is like "Better than Sex Chocolate Cake" which includes sour cream, extra pudding mix, extra cocoa, extra chocolate chips, one extra egg.

Suggestions for a low-calorie icing? I usually do a homemade buttercream frosting and half the calories of a slice are the frosting. So I am thinking of using plain all-fruit preserves (strawberry is what he suggested) and maybe get a nice stencil for the top and use confectioner's sugar on top. What do you think?

This is going to be majorly challenging to make a chocolate cake on my extreme PMS day. Sigh. I will probably make a little cupcake of it to try tonight - maybe two, so my son will have something and maybe not get into the big cake.

So the big problem is really the part about what to do with the rest of it after we celebrate tomorrow afternoon? I told DH he needed to bring it to his office. Maybe half to his office and half into the freezer.

  
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STEPHANALILLEY 3/15/2012 11:26AM

    I make lemon and orange bundt cakes. To ice them, I put 1/3 of a can of store bought icing in a corner of a zip lock baggie (unsealed). I microwave it for 10 - 15 seconds and snip the corner of the bag and then drizzle the glaze on top. 2/3 less sugar, calories, and fat! BooYah!

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NPA4LOSS 3/13/2012 9:52PM

    Offices love treats! emoticon

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PEARL-LADY 3/13/2012 5:56AM

    it sounds too tempting to leave around..enjoy put in freezer for 'special' occasions!

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ANGELWENDYMAMA 3/12/2012 9:32PM

    Ok, well a few problems..
I can't stand cool whip and neither can my son nor husband.
We don't really have any close friends in the area. They live much farther away and those we have in town are not available in the daytime. My husband works 3 pm to midnight and does not have the day off. We'll be celebrating - just my son, husband, and I, right after my son gets out of school between 1 and 3 pm.

My husband was self-employed and now has a job that he works remotely at - but uses his own office, which is ONLY him in the office, no one else. There isn't anyone else to give cake to. I am thinking of saving about 1/4 of the cake in the freezer for Easter since I am not planning to make another cake then and this year the Easter Bunny is bringing almost no candy, just little games and sand toys.

The biggest problem now is that I have a SparkLive class at 10 pm and I have only 30 minutes to get this cake ready and in the oven before that. I thought the class was at 9 and I'd be done by 10 and could start then. Hrm!! Must go work my butt off. :)



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MRS_EVA_K 3/12/2012 8:59PM

    I do fresh berry puree in freshly whipped cream on top of chocolate cake.

Good luck, girlie

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MARTHASPARKS 3/12/2012 8:56PM

    Make it the right way for him and invite friends over. Plan for a piece and eat only what you plan. A little bit is not a problem.

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YOADDICTION101 3/12/2012 6:27PM

    Make him take it to the office. Trust me cake will go like hot cakes lol. Works every time. I usually MAKE my friends take peaces of cake home with them, especially if I know any have kids.

Instead of messing up the icing why not scrap it off your peace?? I usually scrap icing off birthday cakes because there is to much. At least before spark people. Now I do it because I don't want all those sugars but I also don't want to through everyone's taste buds off by playing around with the recipe.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/12/2012 5:20PM

    A chocolate cool whip topping might also work. emoticon I lighten some of my hubby's frosting with part cool whip. He LOVES frosting.

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BLUE42DOWN 3/12/2012 5:03PM

    I put this into your status comment also, but sometimes we have to be willing to toss a food like this. Someone else in their blog once made a comment much like this:

Would you rather trash food or trash your body?

Would DH actually be eating the leftover cake if it was in the freezer? Or would it simply be waiting there for that weak moment in which you (or your son given what he's done before) pull it out?

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BIGDOG18 3/12/2012 4:49PM

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Feeling Yucky.. and about my Dog (pix added)

Monday, March 12, 2012

I am feeling just yucky today..
congested,
tired,
low on energy,
crampy,
moody,
and yes.. PMSy, which means it's hard for me to get going, to control my temper, and to resist food cravings, especially chocolate. I am going to try, though. I mean not totally. I will have some high cacao chocolate later, but I'll be careful and not binge.

Very PMSy.

(I took all these pictures today to show you my not happy, feeling yucky face.)

I need to grocery shop and do household chores - laundry, dishes and overall clean up/organization. I am debating if it's easier to grocery shop alone or with my son. I mean I know it's easier without him, but I just feel like resting now and won't get that chance when he's home really. I also need to walk Nessa and I was waiting for the temperature to go up a little.

I have one MAJOR accomplishment that is really good.. but I'm kind of ashamed to admit it. It was only major because of how bad it had gotten. Well, one thing I'd been failing to take care of was my dog's coat. She hadn't been groomed in well over a month, possibly closer to 2 months. Nessa is a Maltese, a toy breed with long white hair, so she needs almost daily brushing and it was really extremely out of control. Yeah, so this was the main thing I felt really like a failure about regarding her. I walk her every day, sometimes twice, and I feed her twice a day and pay attention to her, but her coat was not ok. In fact recently I'd said to my husband that this was the main thing I felt like a failure about in my whole life. Everything else was doing OK.. maybe not great, but not total meltdown.

So last night, with my husband helping to hold her, I cut out all the mats, which were worse than I've ever seen them. I cut the hair very short on all four legs, cut hair off bottom of her paws and around toenails, cut her toenails, cut the hair on her face around her eyes, and gave her an overall much shorter haircut. Her hair was nearly touching the ground so all the fur near the edges was messed up. After the haircut Josh helped to brush her out without catching too much. She seems to feel much better and looks better. She still needs a bath and really a professional groomer to give her a real puppy haircut, which will be easier for me to maintain.

The work with Nessa took so long (more than 2 hrs) that I didn't make it back on SparkPeople to get to my SparkLive class last night (which bummed me out a lot when I realized I'd missed it). And I didn't get online til like quarter of 12 and I had very little time to get Sparkpoints and I didn't get them all for the first time in months. I had 61, but I JUST missed the bonus spin. I mean, like I was already spinning the wheel and it was going around and then instead of stopping on a number, I got a page that said I didn't have enough points today to earn a bonus spin. The time changed to midnight in the MIDDLE of my bonus spin and I didn't get them. That was annoying!!!

But I have to think of what I DID accomplish.. I really helped Nessa do what needed to be done so she can feel better and well, so I can feel better about her, too. I am proud of finally getting this done.



Sundays are hard for me to get all my Sparking done, because I work all day at the church. This is my busiest working day. Yesterday I worked early, took family home and walked dog, grabbed a lunch, worked more midday. Then we went to see The Lorax again as a family. (I had gone the day before with Nicholas and he wanted to see it again and my husband did, too. I had to take them anyhow so I decided to join them.) Then I went back to work for a couple hours. Then I came home and helped with bedtime for my son. After that was all the work on my dog. Then just a few minutes online before I totally crashed.

Hmm.. It is very hard to do a dance party when my husband is home and in a very bad mood projecting negative energy and cursing, even though he wasn't mad with me. I dealt with that on Saturday night from 10:30-midnight. I dance in the living room and that's where he's on the computer. I had to stop a few times because of him.. By the middle or a bit later, he had calmed down and it was easier. His schedule is going to change in two weeks, though we don't know what it will be until tomorrow. He mostly bid on the early day shift schedules, which would be good for the fact that he'd be home in the evenings with our son and I wouldn't need a sitter when I want to go out. We'll see what he gets. Oh yes, and when he works late, he is a bear in the morning.. and two morning bears are not so much fun.




Yeah, so feeling yucky and could use some support - hugs, words of encouragement, and maybe SparkGoodies, today.. I need you today, Sparkfriends.. and probably for the next few days. I'm doing OK, but this is the hormonal time of the month I tend to fall off the SparkWagon.

  
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XPHOENIX 3/12/2012 4:18PM

    We are PMSy at the same time, babe. We can do this!! If we survive this week without stabbing someone, I claim that as a victory :) LOL I hate it when I have been on SP a few times in the day but forgot to spin the wheel and miss out on my points. GRRR! Then it shows "0 days"... geez. Streak broken :( BUT.. you are still showing up for yourself, so I claim that as a victory :D Hang in there, babe... we can survive anything! Any THIS week :D

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ELIZRN 3/12/2012 3:40PM

  Oh Nessa....SO BEAUTIFUL & SO HAPPY!!

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BLUE42DOWN 3/12/2012 1:11PM

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Very good job getting the work done on Nessa's coat. Long ago I worked in a pet store, and know just how much the grooming side can be a chore - especially if it hasn't been maintained. She'll be more comfortable, and I'm sure you're happier just to see her looking better.

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BACKATITAMY 3/12/2012 11:30AM

  Sending you positive vibes Angel. I know how you feeling during TOM. I feel like that time just destroys all the good that I do the rest of the month. Don't feel to bad about your poor poochie. I'm sure that you didn't neglect her on purpose, you were just busy. The good thing is that you got the job done and now she is feeling better too. Keep your head up.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 3/12/2012 11:20AM

    There is one good thing about getting older. No more of this monthly crap. Watch what you eat and try to plan healthy snacks ahead of time. If it's not in the house, you can't eat it.

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Saturday Blog - Good and Bad

Saturday, March 10, 2012

Good: I lost 1.5 lbs this week and I'm down 25 lbs since my start again with SparkPeople in July. Yay! Very happy to get to this point!

Bad: This morning my 5 year old son said to me, "Mommy, you have a fat butt." This really hurt my feelings and he got a lecture about this and how it hurt my feelings and to never tell anyone that they are fat or that a part of them is fat because it's just mean. I can only imagine how much worse I'd feel if I wasn't already completely committed to healthy living and weight loss. And what he doesn't know is how much different my butt is now from what it was before he was born when I was 300 lbs. I had a huge shelf butt. That was my biggest body part. Now, post-baby, my stomach is bigger than my butt - and it is getting flatter.

Good: Went to see The Lorax movie with my son and really enjoyed it. Son liked it, too. Motivated to plant things.

Bad: Smacked on the head by a teenager while sitting in my seat at the movie theater. Also bad - a family came in very late, like half hour into the show and chose to sit in our aisle. The little boy tried to shove past me and I had to tell him to wait because that was my injured leg and I had to get up to let them past. Sigh.

Good: Hubby bought us a new wireless printer/scanner for the house! We've got an older laser printer which has been out of toner for about a year, but the toner costs $150, which is about twice what he paid for the new device.

Bad: My knee went out of whack yesterday afternoon during my second walk. It's been really hurting me a lot, though went back in overnight. Still sensitive today. I didn't exercise at all yet today, though I'm going to go try to do a bit of a dance party. This is safe enough, because I can stop and sit if my knee starts hurting again.

Good: I had an OMG dinner!! Salmon marinated in maple syrup and low sodium teriyaki sauce (yes, again! This is phenomenal!) with crushed pistachios on top and fresh lemon. I served this with brown and wild rice with flax meal, sugar snap peas, raw baby carrots, raw bell peppers (yellow, orange, red), with a bit of hummus. (picture coming). What an awesome meal it was!

I am clearly PMSing today (boo) and had food-gasms from this meal plus from the Ghirardelli chocolate mint squares I had earlier. I took a bite of that and shut my eyes and went "Mmmm!" and my son was watching and wondered what I was doing. I said I was savoring it, so he shut his eyes and said, "Mmmmm!" just like me. LOL! Well, not bad if he turns into a foodee, too, as long as he can learn portion control and healthy choices.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 3/13/2012 12:46AM

    emoticon for the good things!

Have you had a doctor check your knee? I wonder if a brace could help give it time to heal while allowing you to remain active.

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LORETTA24 3/12/2012 7:48AM

    emoticonI love the way you begin and end with an upbeat note! I always start my day with a positive reading or thought and then speak out loud a list of things that brought joy into my day when going to bed. It helps me to balance my day and rest better at night. You are doing a great job and I know you will be successful in being a healthier you. Thanks for sharing your day. Stay safe and keep smiling sunshine. emoticon

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TURTLERASKIN 3/11/2012 11:05PM

    Oh my gosh, 25 pounds -- that's so amazing! I love how you set up the blog -- our journeys are really, really a mix of good/bad, and I love that you recognized that and showed how the good really balances out the bad most of the time. Congrats on coming so far and doing so well!

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LINDAKAY228 3/11/2012 12:16PM

    Congratulations on the good things and I'm sorry about the bad. Hope you're knee doesn't give you any trouble today. Have a great day today!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/11/2012 9:50AM

    Sounds like the good far outweighed the bad. emoticon You are doing great. emoticon

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LADYGLAMOUR 3/11/2012 3:32AM

  We all have good/bad days but you seem to be dealing with yours really well.
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TESSABEAR428 3/10/2012 10:19PM

    Yay for all those good things! And also YAY! for the way you handled the bad! My daughter did "one" of those moments the other day in the doctor's office, but not to me. Our doctor is a "smaller" person... when he walked into the room with my husband and daughter, she said, "AW! What a cute baby! I want one just like him!" My husband was mortified and prayed the doctor didn't hear her. I scolded him for not explaining to her and apologizing to our doctor. Granted, Mia is 4.5, but she is very smart and would have comprehended the situation. Lol. I hope your knee is on the road to recovery!! Take it easy in the mean time! Keep up the GREAT work emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Sleep Challenge Update and Sleep Journal

Friday, March 09, 2012

I'm in the Better Sleep Challenge and should be at the end of week 3 (of 4). I am doing much better lately, getting closer to 7-8 hrs each night for the last three or four nights. I had been staying up waiting for my husband to get home, which was turning out to be 2-4 AM. Then I had to be up at 7:30-8 AM, so I was not getting enough sleep at all. I had to start going to bed earlier. I have and I feel much better. I have more energy all day, I can exercise more, I stay on track with healthy eating more, I can resist sugar cravings better, and I have more patience for my son and husband. It is close to bedtime right now and I just lost a huge post about this due to some technical glitch of it suddenly saying I had entered my name and password wrong and then the window closed. I have no idea what that was about. This is briefer than the first write-up.

1. What time did you wake up today? - 6:30 AM

2. What time are you lying down to go to sleep? before 1 AM, close to midnight

3. What, if any, was your bedtime routine? - take out contacts, use bathroom, and brush teeth, stop listening to loud music if I was, and just get to bed. I can usually fall right asleep. If I can't, a little reading helps.

4. What were the last food(s) you consumed tonight? (Include type, amount, and time you ate.)

Fish dinner at 9:30 with Hake fillet, broccoli, and brown and wild rice. Then an ice cream bar and green mint tea - by 10 pm. This was a bit too late for me to eat my meal.


5. Did you exercise today? (Include the type, duration, and time of day if you exercised.)
Yes, two walks - one mile in 22 minutes and .8 mile in 24. My knee went out of place during second walk this evening and I was not able to do my dance party exercise.

6. Did you consume any alcoholic beverages today? (Include type, number, and time of day.)
No.
7. Did you consume any caffeinated drinks or foods today? (Include type, number, and time of day.)
Yes, black tea about noon, and two cups of green tea - late afternoon and right after dinner (10 pm). Still very sleepy, though.

8. Did you take any medications (prescription and/or over-the-counter) today? (Include type, amount, and time of day.)
No, just my vitamins

9. Did you take any naps today? (Include number of naps, duration of each, and time of day.)
No.

10. What types of stressors did you encounter today, and what types do you expect to encounter tomorrow?
husband annoyed me somewhat, but mostly the stressor was my sore knee hurting and preventing me from exercising as much as I wanted.

tomorrow - my son will probably bug me to play a lot. I hope my knee will be better. Husband will be home.

11. How hungry did you feel today? (1- Not hungry, 2- Normal hunger, 3- Strong hunger, 4- Extreme hunger)
3- normal, moderate hunger. I ate regularly.

12. How awake did you feel today? (1- Exhausted, 2- Somewhat tired, 3- Fairly alert, 4- Wide awake)
somewhere between 2 and 3

13. How irritable did you feel today? (1- Calm, 2- Slightly annoyed, 3- Moderately irritable, 4- Highly irritable)
no more than 2

Next, draw a line of Zzz's across the page beneath your answers to these questions.

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When you wake up, answer the following questions below your "sleep" line:
1. How long did it take you to fall asleep last night? (This may be an estimate.)
less than 5 minutes. Falling asleep is not usually a challenge for me.

2. How many times did you wake up during the night? (Include times you woke up and how long you stayed awake.)

none.. just about 6:15 when I figured my son would be up soon.. and then I got up at 6:30.

3. In total, how many hours did you sleep last night?
6 and a half! Felt just a tiny bit sleep deprived.

Heading to bed in about 5 minutes now.. so it will be close to midnight again. Getting more sleep has definitely been helpful!

  
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LINDAKAY228 3/10/2012 12:28PM

    Getting enough sleep really does make a huge difference. SO glad you're able to get better sleep and feeling better and more able to do things. Have a great day!

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/10/2012 8:34AM

    Cool, so glad you are getting more rest. It truly makes a difference in your weight loss and overall well being. emoticon

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LADYGLAMOUR 3/10/2012 3:34AM

  This sound like a great challenge to take and certainly one I could benefit from. However I'm already so bogged down with Spark teams and emails I'd never keep up!
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KIMMYWIZZIE1 3/10/2012 2:19AM

    Glad you are sleeping better. I need to take this challenge. I've had a lot of problems with sleep lately.

GOOD FOR YOU!!! emoticon

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Vlog- Walking and Talking on 3-8-12

Thursday, March 08, 2012


I actually have a total of 30 test strips for the blood glucose monitor, not "30 extra boxes and the 10 that come with it" which I incorrectly stated. Used one for the control solution to make sure monitor worked right and then one for my husband to test his and demonstrate how it was done.

I walked 1.4 miles in 34 minutes.

Later on - 5 minutes hula hooping.

And then I did 50 minutes Dance Party from about 5-6 pm.

  
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WINTERJEWEL39 3/9/2012 10:20AM

    I SO want a hula hoop! Cannot wait to see those in the stores this year. :) I'm going to teach my girls how!

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CANDOK1260 3/9/2012 10:18AM

    gtrat b log

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX10 3/9/2012 8:14AM

    So glad the doctor was able to give you some help.

Way to get your walking and hooping in. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 3/9/2012 7:57AM

    What a great mom!

Keep walking and enjoy the weather! emoticon

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BUTRFLY_FREEDOM 3/9/2012 7:46AM

    You're very coordinated! Walking the dog, videotaping, talking, and no tripping - I'm sure I wouldn't be able to do the same!

I loved your video, and thanks for the reminder to eat the veggies today! Aside from actually doing my workouts, it's where I struggle the most! So thanks for the peptalk!

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