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A Motivatiomal Story From My Bar...

Monday, June 02, 2014

...albeit from a most unexpected source.

So, there's this little old man that is alternately sweet and obstinate/infuriating, that frequents my bar. Friday, I think it was, might have been Saturday the Old Troll as I'll call the elderly, grumpy, fussy little man who used to work in a Hostess factory in Washington, tells me a story about working there.

He explains to me the process that he went through at least 3x a week while employed by the Twinkie company in which rats were fished out of vats of cream filling with a net. This anecdote pretty much makes me think I might never let another baked/fried goodie from them pass my lips. OMG!!! this is just ICKY, ICKY, ICY!!!

So, helping me NOT to eat processed, commercially processed junk foods!!!

IF this happens at Hostess how much more ICKINESS is lounging out there from all the forms of Junk food that one is presented on a regular basis for consumption.

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--CHERYL-- 6/21/2014 11:07AM

    I almost gagged emoticon Great motivation though!

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NANCYPAT1 6/2/2014 6:31AM

    Great motivation - a few years ago there was a story in the news about a lawsuit that the Pepsico company won - someone claimed to have found a rat/mouse in a can of Mountain Dew and the company won because they reportedly said that if it had been in the can it would have dissolved. YUM we really need processed foods and drinks to enhance our protein intake.

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Bartendasana: The Yoga of article that really helps with my recent work/health strug

Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Just back from taking the dogs for a walk on my day off and was going through some links that I had bookmarked to look at later when I came across this blog.

I have yet to practice today but really am looking forward to a longer practice since I have most of the day to myself. My Love is off working on odd jobs to make some extra cash. We're working on paying off bills and saving for a down payment for a house. We don't always get as much time together as we'd like between both of our schedules but we had breakfast, or rather he made me french toast with bananas and syrup and bacon and really great Montana Coffee Roaster's coffee that he bought yesterday.

I'm gonna have to pull myself away from the computer and change the Tibetan bowls and chimes music to something more conducive to being productive 'cause I've got to clean out and organize the fridge. I've got last week's veggies to give to goats and chickens as treats, gallons of goat's milk to make into cheese and all sorts of wonderful organic fresh new produce that Rob purchased yesterday that currently are sharing space with last week's leftovers. Love my meditation music and chimes and bowls and such but it's not going to get me up and bouncing about the kitchen to clean.

I've let myself on this day off have some of all the foods that we would indulge in on a "weekend" but knowing what our plans are and thinking to make some healthy adjustments without being a freak that just makes my Love frustrated and grumpy about my efforts by refusing to have a single bite until I just can't stand it anymore and give up and settle in for a binge to beat all binges, at least until the next one; I have added a bit of everything to my nutrition tracker. I will measure my portions and stick to what I've planned because my tracker says with the addition of some fresh raw fruits and veggies for snacks I have found a way to have the goodies and still have a healthy balanced day on my program!

Last night at work was so incredibly SLOW after this past weekend's chaos. It was nice though although I didn't make much money. I didn't eat any junk after work and made myself a version of the "World's Easiest Cocktail" recipe here

I used a single ounce of Pinnacle Whipped Cream Vodka and four lemon wedges with the club soda that makes a lovely bubbly drink that tastes like Lemon Meringue Pie if you add a pinch of Splenda to it! I was most surprised that I enjoyed it as much as I did that I didn't even want another drink. WOO HOO! Maybe it was the slow almost relaxing pace of the night or just too much everything over the holiday weekend but it really was nice to slow down last night and today and indulge in my weekend without "being bad".

Anyhow, I suppose I could delve further into my psyche/psycho(?) motivations and stages of brokenness that need to be addressed before I'm truly simply healthy, whole and balanced but that's not going to get my fridge cleaned out or kitchen cleaned up so I can spend tomorrow making some healthy wonderful goodies and such for the week to come again. It might be crazy round 2 for all I know but it will be none the less.

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JEWELZEE- 5/31/2014 5:18AM

    Enjoying your blogs and your spirit. Goats and chickens . . . very cool.

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MT-MOONCHASER 5/29/2014 12:21AM

    It looks as if you are getting your plan together. I have always believed that a person shouldn't give up any particular food, but instead cut back on the size of the servings. Of course, a person should try to incorporate healthier choices, but not all at once.

Good luck with your new program, you know you can do it.

I read part of the bartender yoga article and really enjoyed it. I didn't finish it, but will get back to it later.


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YAY! for cash for veggies...

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

...on the week that's not really pay day! Somehow, last night was no where near as busy or physically challenging at work but I made more money in a single night than any other night this week. Weird but AWESOME cause my body needed a break and a few OTC pain meds with two sugar free red bulls to keep the ouch at bay. It was wonderful though to make an actual grocery list for my Love who's going to Missoula today instead of trying to figure out what I could get by with for $40 in produce for the week. I may have mentioned a time or two that I don't shop well so Hubby does most of it. O.K. so that's an understatement: shopping gives me panic attacks more often than not. Anyhow, it occurs to me, (at our after hours "picnic table party", which is mostly employees but a few patrons that were up to hanging out after last call, drinking more than any of us should that this is just the start of the season as it is for us and it's kicking all of our butts, the bartenders and other wait staff mostly now at one table venting about our weekend thus far and comparing notes), that I am going to have to find a better routine for this time of night/day whatever you want to call it.

Maybe more exercise during the day before working nights? Maybe just making better nutrition choices all around? More yoga? Yoga planned for 3 am? hmmmmmmm....I am not sure yet but hopefully will come up with something. I never really managed to figure this one out before either. Thus the return of the pounds I worked so hard to lose before. All I did was comp for the booze and junk food after hours if I was even motivated enough to honestly track it all which sometimes I was and sometimes I wasn't. It's funny how that little voice in the back of your mind can convince a usually rational person that "that didn't count" or "wasn't anything to worry about" because of ____________ (insert whatever BS excuse the little voice thinks you'll swallow this time here).

Granted, we all agreed that, this is just the first busy weekend of the season and we're out of shape after a really crappy winter for tourism. All of winter's snow should NOT come in Feb. Bad for skiing, snowmobiling and not having early was bad for hunting season all of which impact how busy we are at the bars. But, while there are nights like Sunday was for me where I actually ran for 4 1/2 hours without stopping dripping sweat and make-up and didn't really much care when it was done what I ate or drank so long as I did, most nights are not like that and yet we often find ourselves drinking and snacking after the bar closes like they are.

I tracked what would be four and a half hours of walking even using the slowest pace listed in the fitness tracker and it was 1290 calories burned but looking back at my nutrition tracker under "snack" for the same day I took in 1497 after work in drinks and chips and salsa and half a granola bar!!! WHEW! And this is how things look in my world when I'm trying to make BETTER choices! Also, even though it didn't put me over my caloric range for the day, when adjusted for the physically demanding night at work, it's sad to admit, that this is on the not so terrible end of the range of my habits most nights that I work lately, (I've made worse choices yet over the last two years I've been slacking off on my health). DUH! Go figure my cute jeans now suck to put on cause I can't convince my belly that it should go in them!

So, one night a month or maybe if it's an insanely busy summer one night a week is truly THAT busy and it's not going to be the end of all my productiveness and efforts to take better care of myself if I find myself at the picnic table party which might not be so bad if it wasn't almost invariably followed by a 3 am communal munch fest on c-store junk food with a group of co-workers who've had our butts handed to us but I absolutely do not need to eat and drink like that 5 or 6 night's a week. I have to keep reminding myself that it's completely nonsensical to think I've "blown it" and give up trying to do better and paradoxically enough binge in an emotional eating stressed out frenzy. That's some of that little voice logic at work there again!

~big sigh~ On that note, I'm going to take a nap so I can get up in time to take my dogs for a hike, do some yoga and get ready to do it one more time this week. Maybe I can come up with a healthier plan to manage this more often over my days off.

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JEWELZEE- 5/28/2014 3:27AM

    Keep thinking it through. You'll figure out what works best for you. We all can figure it out if we want it bad enough. Do you?

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Wow...muscle cramps and thanks...

Monday, May 26, 2014 tonight was even more crazy busy...I literally ran with a heavier sweat on my brow than I managed in my hike today from 6:30 to 11:00. On the bright side, I barely managed to get around to eating half a Caesar salad from the restaurant much less eat anything terrible but as soon as it slowed down my legs, ankles, calves and feet began to cramp. Ah, ~HUGE SIGH~, such is the life of a bartender. I drank four liters of water in 9 hours and never had to run to the restroom. I have to think that counts for something of an offset to the munchies and drinks to follow such a wild night. But I SO handled it WAY better today! People even commented that I was such an amazing bartender and to make it even better my boss was in the bar tonight to see me rock it all! I even saw 3 people that I counted go up to her and tell her how awesome I was! YAY! It will probably hurt tomorrow and I will have to make up for the calories in what I snacked on afterward and what i DRANK but tonight was not so bad all and all. Made over a hundred bucks in the process too.

On to my thanks! I've been so slammed I haven't had the time to thank everyone personally on their spark-pages or e-mail but THANK YOU All for your supportive comments in the last week! You are all amazing and so appreciate your time and well wishes in comments and msgs. Thank you thank you thank you again!!!

So, just have to manage two more nights! But it shouldn't be as busy tomorrow or the next day I just have to keep myself focused beyond the chaos!

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MT-MOONCHASER 5/26/2014 3:21PM

    I feel that three is no need to do individual thanks for comments on blogs unless the message is especially meaningful.

It's just SO good to see you back here working your plan!!


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Here we go again...

Sunday, May 25, 2014

...but hopefully better prepared to meet my day! I got a nap in to make up for the late night last night. Then I got up, got dressed in my workout clothes and took the dogs for a walk, meditated outside on my favorite rock around my fire pit afterward, made myself sriracha tillapia and stir fry veggies for lunch, tracked my spark stuff, heading off to do my yoga practice and hop in the tub before getting ready for another holiday weekend night at the bar. ~fingers crossed that the chaos the universe has for me this round is past~

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PINKPANTHERS 5/25/2014 8:24PM

    Sounds like a crazy but well planned day! Great job!

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  Wow, busy day. Good advice by MJRVIC2000. Sounds like you are hanging in there with you goals. emoticon

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MJRVIC2000 5/25/2014 4:51PM

    Plan your workout day and then work your plan and see result! God Bless YOU! Vic.

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