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Pizza for dinner? Oh no!

Friday, August 08, 2014

I have some younger friends, I refer to them as "the kids" since they're young enough to be my kids, that I see on a weekly basis. We usually do dinner somewhere and catch up on our week and what's coming up. I really got serious about tracking everything within the last week or so and haven't told anyone that I'm working on losing a few pounds again. Not that I don't want to tell them, it's more of I want to see if I can do this without everyone worrying what I can and can't eat. Honestly, I can eat anything and everything as long as I'm smart about it.

Yesterday was one of those days when I just was never really hungry, those days are few and far between, BTW, LOL. One of the kids texted and asked what sounded good for dinner. In most cases, I don't have a preference since I can find something to eat just about anywhere. I told her I hadn't thought about it but what sounded good to her? She replied, pizza. My mind went PIZZA! Oh No, NOT PIZZA! but I said ok. After meeting up and spending 10 minutes deciding what pizza we had Domino's deliver pepperoni with extra cheese. I ate 3 slices and drank a bottle of water. I was full but in the back of my mind I was wondering how far over my limits had I gone. I reminded myself that even if I did go over it was only one meal on one day. I had another bottle of water on the way home and kept reminding myself it was ok, I had a decent amount of calories to spend on dinner and I wasn't going to worry about it either way.

I got home and got on SparkPeople and Domino's (to get the nutrition info). Although the slice of pizza was more calories than I would have liked I ended up still within my range for the day (except for sodium). I was so happy! I ended my day knowing that I can have pizza as long as I plan for it.

When I got up this morning I got on the scale and my weight was actually down. It's probably good that I had the pizza early in my restart so I can plan my weekly meetings with the kids and know that no matter where we eat as long as I make good choices it'll all be ok.
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LJOYCE55 8/9/2014 7:37PM

  Love that you were able to fit it in.

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Back from Sevierville

Monday, November 11, 2013

I just finished working a wholesale trade show with one of my bosses. I was nervous since I'd never worked with her before. She was as easy to work with as he was, what a great time we had! We had dinner at Cracker Barrel every night and tried different things, we agreed they have a nice atmosphere and a good cup of coffee. The show didn't turn out to be good but it gave me the opportunity to get to know her a little better. I do some trade shows on my own and working with her gave me the chance to ask some questions and bounce some ideas about how to make it easier for me when writing orders. It was a good week but we are both pet parents and missed our fur-kids. Even if it's awhile before I get to work with her again, we'll always have Cracker Barrel and coffee with Splenda!

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LJOYCE55 11/12/2013 8:03AM

  You really get to know someone better when you are with them so much of the day. Bet your pets were happy to see you when you got home. Have a great week.

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BARBANNA 11/11/2013 6:35PM

    That was a win, win for you! Glad you are back with your pets. My neighbor lost her dog a week ago and she is really devasted. I think I will send flowers and a card. It's harder than lossing a person.

Have a great Veteran's Day and remember to praise one of our hero's today!! emoticon

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I'm not complaining but now I understand a little bit better

Wednesday, December 12, 2012

Being a plus-sized woman I never understood how anyone could be frustrated with being able to wear different size jeans (sometimes by the same label). Well, now I understand.

When I started my journey I wore a size 18 jeans, my first drop to size 16 was wonderful. Next stop, size 14. I got to that point and then on the short trip to size 12. I'm happy that I can fit in size 12... actually I told someone I don't think I've worn a size 12 since I was 12 (not really that much of an exaggeration).

I was out of town and ran into Sam's Club. I've found that not every store carries all the same merchandise, foods pretty much so, other stuff (clothes, household goods, pet stuff, etc) not so. I found a pair of teal blue jeans by Bandolino that my Sam's didn't have. I picked up a pair in size 12 since my other Bandolino denim jeans are a 14 and fit well but my new Lee denim jeans are size 12. When I got home I tried on the 12's, they have a big gap at the back of the waistband so they are too big (hahaha, I never thought a 12 would be too big). When I was in my Sam's they had the same Bandolino jeans in dark purple (oooh... purple) which I picked up in size 10! OMG - a 10! and they fit! pick me up off the floor! or as Stacy London would say "Shut Up!"

Don't get me wrong, I'm not complaining but... now when I go to try on jeans I'm going to have to take 2 or 3 different sizes in to see what number fits.

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LJOYCE55 12/13/2012 2:27PM

  What a happy start to the hoiday season for you! Congratulations! emoticon

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MARTY728 12/13/2012 1:06PM

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LADYFROMTHEWOOD 12/13/2012 12:05PM

    Congratulations on that awesome feeling! It's a nice problem to have. I'd have been happier with the purple anyway, like you!

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CSAGIRL 12/13/2012 9:00AM

    What a wonderful problem to have! emoticon

I love your attitude emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 12/13/2012 7:33AM

    It is a good frustration. ;)

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Boots, boots and more boots!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I usually just wear sneakers, I have a couple pairs of dress shoes just in case but they don't get much wear. My niece had mentioned she needed a new pair of boots but couldn't quite decided what style or where she was going to get them. She is really good about not buying something just to have it, she has to like something to add it to her wardrobe. That got me thinking, I haven't worn boots in ages (ok, I am old enough that that means more than a good number of years). When I was out running around I stopped at Shoe Carnival and took a peek at what they had. I found a pair of boots I liked that had heels but were about $60.00, too much for me to pay without giving them a ton of thought. I figured if I didn't fall down once I got outside I could wait on the boots. Well, I didn't so I was happy to wait, that was...

... until Payless Shoes sent a mailer out advertising boots on sale and a $10.00 off coupon. I figured I'd go look - not really a good thing for me to do once I have an idea locked in my head. I went to Payless, looked at boots and ended up buying 3 pair. I now have a pair of tan suede cowboy boots, a pair of black flat heel boots and a pair of purple flat heel boots. They are all ankle height, the cowboy boots look cute with my size 12 jeans, the black boots will be worn with my skirt to church on Christmas and the purple boots... well they are my guilty pleasure boots since I LOVE purple.

It's a good thing I don't go shopping very often! I don't think my budget could take much more!

Well, these boots were made for walking... and I've got more steps on my journey (maybe I need another pair of sneakers?)!


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LJOYCE55 12/7/2012 7:29PM

  Love that you lived in the moment and got all three pair that you loved. Have fun wearing them all.

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BLESSED2BEME 12/7/2012 10:59AM

    Yup, purple sneakers are a great idea! Purple is my favorite color! Glad you indulged yourself in something special!

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BARB0863 12/6/2012 10:50PM

    I'm going to be with my "adopted" family for Christmas and I'm sure we'll go shopping at least once. I may have to leave room in my suitcase just in case some new sneakers sneak their way in. Hmmm purple sneakers... purple sneakers (drooling like Homer over a donut)

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EVIE4NOW 12/6/2012 10:47PM

  hmmm purple sneakers maybe? go for it.. you;re worth it!

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New unexpected problem with losing weight :)

Monday, December 03, 2012

When I started my journey I would wear jeans, whatever shirt I grabbed and my sneakers. After taking a quick look in the mirror off I would go. Now that I've lost weight I have a new unexpected problem... I look in the mirror and rethink what I'm wearing. Not that it's a bad thing but I just can't throw on whatever and go. I've gotten to the point where I care about looking good in what I'm wearing. Case in point - last week I was going to meet up with a couple I know for a soda. I put on my size 14 jeans (bigger ones are living in a pile on the floor waiting to be donated), grabbed one of my 3/4 sleeve tees and put on my new boots (more on those in another blog). I went to do my quick check in the mirror and when I looked I heard a voice say "oh no, that tee just doesn't do it". I had to go change and put on one of my new sweaters. After another look in the mirror the voice said "that looks much better". Off I went to meet my friends. It only took me about 10 minutes to get to where we were meeting but the whole drive I kept hearing "this looks so much better and I feel so much better".

Ok, I knew I would go through changes both physical and mental but I expected the physical changes to be bigger than the mental ones. I still have the 3/4 sleeve tees but feel they may be spending more time on hangers than on me.

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BLESSED2BEME 12/7/2012 11:00AM

    Interesting...I'm finding the same thing. I never used to care what I had on...baggy jeans and t-shirts unless I am at work or church. This mental stuff is applying to me too.

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LJOYCE55 12/4/2012 8:17AM

  Thank you so much for sharing. I sometimes feel this as well, but where else but on a blog can you actually SAY it? I also think that the feeling that you are worth a couple extra minutes while dressing carries over into feeling that you are worth a couple extra minutes at the gym or being picky about your veggies, etc. It is "me time", but I consider it one of my rewards. Thanks again. emoticon

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