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Piggy Day

Wednesday, November 21, 2012

Today was like a practice for Thanksgiving.

I ate too much.

I worked out for 22 minutes, but it wasn't terribly strenuous.

I also did practice my Zaatar bread recipe. I didn't mean for it to be practice, but since it turned out disastrous, I am going to start over tomorrow. The bread will be better fresh anyway.

I walked during my lunch.

But I still ate too much.

Tomorrow, we're going to have steak instead of turkey. A couple years ago, our exchange student from Germany was allergic to poultry, so we made steak instead. It was FANTASTIC. We had no idea what to do with all the extra time we had on Thanksgiving Day without having to baste anything. Steak tastes better, and takes about 8 hours less time to cook. After that, we started doing it every year.

We'll also have the Zaatar bread, salad, green bean casserole (which isn't that bad...I put it in the SparkRecipes and was surprised by how few calories it was), mac and cheese, which is that bad, but also delicious, stuffing (which I won't eat), and pumpkin pie. Small pieces. =)

Happy Thanksgiving, all!

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DONNACFIT 11/24/2012 5:57PM

    love the steak for Thanksgiving..thanks from a cattle rancher :)

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/23/2012 7:01PM

    Sounds like a yummy dinner!

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MARTY728 11/22/2012 1:37PM

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HOPESINGH 11/22/2012 9:28AM

    Zaatar bread sounds great! interesting idea for thanksgiving. Enjoy!

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KOKITTY 11/22/2012 12:16AM

    I'm sorry your bread was a disaster! I'm sure it'll go better tomorrow. I think steak for Thanksgiving sounds like a splendid idea! I did it for Christmas last year, it was super tasty.

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MYBULLDOGS 11/21/2012 10:23PM


my sister lost 105 pounds walking 15000 steps a day at age 63.

i lost 44 pounds by giving up grain and sugar products at age 60.

i use a salad plate as a dinner plate.

i use a childs for and spoon so i eat slower. it takes your brain 20 minutes to tell your stomach your full.


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Hurt-Face Day

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

I got the rest of my dental work done. They said one of the cavities was deep, and maybe too deep, but they tried to fix it. They said if it hurts, I may need a root canal.

It hurts.

How long should I wait? I mean, I just had it done. They just drilled the bajeezus out of my tooth (which also really hurt). I really don't know why they were so stingy with in, none.

I also bit my tongue while it was numb. And my lips hurt. Now that I think about it, I think my lip hurts because he was pressing against it with a tool, and it did hurt while he was doing it. So all in all, I'm having a hurt-face day.

I didn't get any exercise in today. We'll see about 10 minutes strength training. I may have eaten in-range. I have to go check and see.

I'm moving December 1, and my last day at work is November 30. My jerk boss rejected my request to use a little bit of my leave (3 days) to give myself time to transition. Thanks for reinforcing that I made the right decision. I've got a lot packed...but there is certainly more. At least everything that's left will be husband's problem when he moves a few months later.

I'm feeling quite tired, depressed and deflated after writing this. Maybe because it made the tooth thing more real to write it down. Today wasn't all bad. I got my new glasses in. They look good, and holy cow, I can see! I don't know how I lived with the other ones for so long! emoticon I do know I put in my contacts a few days ago just to not have those lenses in front of my eyes. It was really bad.

Let me go see how I did nutrition-wise.

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MONAKIN314 11/21/2012 12:59PM

    Hang in there! I usually hurt for a couple days after having dental work any longer and I am on the phone complaining.
The move and leaving will be stressful, but you made the right decision and it will get better.

Happy Thanksgiving!!!!! emoticon

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HOPESINGH 11/21/2012 12:42PM

    I hope you'll get well soon - dental work isn't exactly the most fun thing I could think of.
I love the way you interpreted you boss' decision - way to go!
I wish you lots of strength and patience with all the moving arrangements.

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MARTY728 11/21/2012 11:04AM

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DRAGONFLY02 11/21/2012 7:45AM

    Ouch! I hope your mouth feels better quickly.

I can see why you refer to him as your JERK boss. That's ridiculous. Sounds like any boss is going to better than your soon-to-be former boss. Good luck!

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CATBEFIT 11/21/2012 5:19AM

    Yikes--dental work on top of everything else you're doing right now. Hope you're taking some ibuprofen (or other). It usually takes my mouth a day to start settling down from significant drilling.

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RUTHXG 11/20/2012 11:50PM

    Poor mouthie! I hope the pain goes away soon.

Bad boss! Hope the new one is MUCH better.

Wow, your move is COMING RIGHT UP!!! My hope for this is that everything goes super-smoothly & you emoticon the new job & home.


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3016DEBRA 11/20/2012 9:16PM

  Awwww...I feel for you! I've got some dental issues coming up & am NOT looking forward to it! emoticon
Hope you feeln better soon - sounds like you've got alot going on, girlfriend!
Hope you can enjoy "Turkey Day"! emoticon emoticon

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/20/2012 9:14PM

    I'm sorry your mouth hurts so much. Wishing you good luck on your move and job change!

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CARRAND 11/20/2012 8:20PM

    I'm sorry about your tooth problems. I hope it goes better for you tomorrow.

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KOKITTY 11/20/2012 7:23PM

    Ooh ooh I work in a dental office! I can answer this! It's not uncommon to experience sensitivity or soreness for several days, some people even have sensitivity for a few weeks! However, you may need a root canal if the pain continues after the typical healing time, is constant, throbbing, and doesn't go away! If it's a pain you experience mostly when biting down on things, it may just need a quick adjustment from your dentist.

Most doctors will say it could need a root canal in the future because well... it could. In the future. Maybe 3 years. or 3 months. That's the case with any tooth that has deep decay, since the decay can eventually effect the root. I have one a doc told me over 10 years ago may need a root canal someday, but it's still alright! But don't worry yet about the hurt meaning root canal, give it a chance to heal and calm down. I'm sorry your doctor was so rough and didn't give nitrous! Hang in there for now and see how it heals up!

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Filling Day

Monday, November 19, 2012

I left work early today to get some dental work done. I had the right side of my mouth today, and I'll get the left side done tomorrow. I have four fillings on each side! That sounds really bad, but it's over the course of almost 3 years, because my dental insurance changed 5 times in 4 years, so it was hard for me to make appointments with my dentist, since I'd make them, then have to cancel when the insurance didn't cover. The last cleaning I had, I paid for myself, because at that time, the change was to NO dental. *Sigh* So they kept making a checklist of stuff to fix. Now, the same day I put in my notice at my current job, we switched back over to awesome dental insurance. So I gotta get it done before I go.

I was sooo hungry when I finished. I didn't eat lunch, because I started flossing and didn't want to start over. So I ate all numb and tingly in my face...but it was a bit too much calorie-wise. Although I did half an hour of exercise, there's also trivia tonight, so I don't anticipate staying in my calorie range for today. I need to remember to put in my food beforehand, though it is really hard when you are sooo hungry. It's like I go into tunnel vision!

I can't believe this is my second-to-last Monday in the DC area. I emailed let them know, which was really, really hard. We're having a big gathering over the Thanksgiving break, so I wanted to make sure they were informed beforehand. It'll be hard to say goodbye to them, but I can't stay just for them. They all leave me eventually or would if I were still here at the end of their programs. That point was driven home to me when I emailed my old ones to let them know and give them my personal information (and offer them sticker letters!). No one was interested, though I got a few thank yous.

So life goes on for everyone, even without BeatleTot, as unimaginable as that is for BeatleTot herself. But I know intellectually that it makes sense. It'd been years since I've spoken to some of them.

I don't know if this is apt, but it makes me think of that Tom Petty song, "To Find a Friend," where he says, "And the days went by like paper in the wind. Everything changed, then changed again." I'd even go so far as to quote the next lines..."It's hard to find a friend. It's hard to find a frie-eh-end."

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 11/20/2012 4:09PM

    Are you starting your new job before the new year? or are you taking this time to move and get adjusted? I can't remember if you've mentioned it in your other blogs. Either way, 2013 is going to be a great year for you full of new experiences, I just know it!

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HAKAPES 11/20/2012 9:36AM

    Sounds like a period ends, and you give it the energy to make a proper closing. My experience is that good closings make good starts. Keep it up, and hope all your dental work ends up good.

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MONAKIN314 11/20/2012 8:23AM

    Just remember if things didn't change they would stay the same, the good and the bad. And you always have your friends here. Big T-day gathering sounds awesome! I just have DH's family gathering, I hope I bought enough wine to make it through the day.

Get your smile all fixed up before your new job! I always feel so much better after the dentist cleans my teeth. I have actually gone to get my teeth cleaned before a big presentation when I wasn't due for a cleaning. Weird I know.

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HOPESINGH 11/20/2012 6:16AM

    I didn't know you were moving. Where to?
I completely identify with this strange realization that friends drift away, emotionally. I find it hard to accept that I do it myself.

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PINKNFITCARLA 11/19/2012 9:55PM

    Glad you were able to get your dental work done while you have good dental insurance.

Where are you moving to?

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DONNACFIT 11/19/2012 9:11PM

    Moving is always hard..but have lots and lots of friends here and we need you!! I really enjoyed your sticker letter..I'll need your new address to mail you a return sticker Christmas card..message me it okay..or are you still living in the same place and moving jobs?

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MARTY728 11/19/2012 6:36PM

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RUTHXG 11/19/2012 5:45PM

    So many things to do before you finish packing up your life & departing! Glad you could take advantage of the dental insurance, though fillings are no fun.

I'm glad you're having that big T-giving gathering--a great time to bid fond farewells.


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Lazy Day

Sunday, November 18, 2012

I don't feel like taking the little dog to get his nails done. I feel so lazy. Anyway, he's sleeping, too.

I hopped on the bike and watched "Breaking Amish." It was a pretty boring show, and after suffering through that, I didn't want to watch TV or do the bike anymore. I picked up a little bit and vacuumed, thinking if the carpet were clean, I could do some ST. But then "Judge Judy" didn't come on, so I turned off the TV and now feel like doing NOTHING.

So I haven't been completely worthless. I Freecycled some kitchen items, vacuumed, got 27 minutes of fitness in and started to write KOKITTY back (whose letter I received yesterday! Yayayayayay!).

But is that enough? After the small success of actually working on the lawn for a hot minute yesterday, I want to call it quits on working for the weekend, but I don't think I really should. And if I don't, where do I even begin? There's too much. Basics like folding laundry and doing dishes. Weird things like packing up my life so I can move it elsewhere. Self-improvement things like reading up on minimalism, to get inspired to get rid of more junk. Time-consuming things like cleaning baseboards. Gross things like cleaning the bathroom floor or figuring out the best way to get rid of the grime in the shower. Stuff I said I would do like taking Sammy to get his nails done. Then, the one thing I want to do...sleep. I don't think that many successful people sleep instead of doing other more valuable things, but gosh, how do you get in the mood to do anything?

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MARTY728 11/19/2012 1:12PM

    We emoticon The reason I wrote we is that I fall into the same trap consistently. emoticon

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KOKITTY 11/18/2012 7:22PM

    It can be hard to do something instead of nothing some days! I had a large grand list of things I was going to spend my weekend doing, but some serious nausea kept me mostly bedridden all of Saturday, and left me weak today. Needless to say, I didn't get in any workouts, didn't get in any cleaning, and the simple act of taking the dog to the dog park wore me out enough to merit a several hour nap (I took at least 4 2-3 hour naps yesterday!).

But sometimes the best we can do is one foot in front of the other. We may not feel like doing something, but doing even a little bit can help snowball us into feeling accomplished and to keep going! So good job getting in some fitness! And hooray for starting a letter back to me! You're on the right track.

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BEATLETOT 11/18/2012 6:26PM

    I got a few more things done today. I did the laundry, finished KOKITTY's letter, cleaned up a little more and worked on a box. I'm going to get ready for bed in half an hour, but I will finish the box before I do. And I got 12 minutes more exercise, too. =)

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RUTHXG 11/18/2012 3:12PM

    Oh, there are certain things I put off indefinitely (like cleaning baseboards!). And I can definitely waste time playing word games--though I tell myself it's good for my brain. But I have an aversion to just sitting around, or even sleeping during the day unless I'm exceptionally tired. I am blessed/cursed with the need to Make My Life Count, which means I do very little lollygagging. I think I'm still proving my mom wrong when she said I was lazy as a child. (Labeling is SO harmful!)

I think I'm greedy for that sense of fruitfulness, of having accomplished things. It's not really virtue, just wanting to feel good. emoticon

So just think about what will make you feel good at the end of the day. emoticon to you!

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Decent Day

Saturday, November 17, 2012

I got a workout in today, and I ate within my calorie range.

Overall, it was a productive day. I was extra-efficient with my work, clipped some coupons, and we spent time cleaning up the yard. We are soooo lazy; some branches fell during Hurricane Sandy, and we just now cleaned them up. Fortunately, my neighbor had some kind of saw that he used to help us. The exchange student helped, too; it was his first time doing yardwork. There's more work to do outside, but I don't know if we'll get any of it done tomorrow. We also got some of the kitchen stuff packed and put on Freecycle.

I'd like to get Sammy's nails done tomorrow, and a bit more packed. Some laundry? And of course, eating in-range and at least 10 minutes of fitness!

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I had fun exercise today--my son & DIL are dog-sitter a very energetic dog named Abby, & I took her out for a walk/jog in the neighborhood & park. She wanted to go even faster when I was running, but I was at my limit. emoticon

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