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Making choices

Saturday, September 15, 2012

Life is about making choices. Making decisions about everything. Then we have to accept, acknowledge, and live with our decisions. While I'm not ready to make a life changing decision just yet, I have made some choices with my eating today.

I ate an OK breakfast, toast (my usual Saturday 'treat'). Lunch was sushi and a mandarin. Snack was chocolate ice cream (not portioned, straight from the carton). That was the bad choice of the day.

Then I did some shopping therapy and walked out with a new workout top and a light jacket. The top is a nice green, and made of really nice, light, material. A size small, too! The jacket is fairly thin, so it won't be too hot when I run, but it will shield me from wind and light rain. I have needed one for ages, so I'm glad I finally got one.

Close to dinner time I text a friend. I don't like texting people, because I feel like I'm bothering them. But tonight I was unbearably lonely so I text her and asked if we could hang out. She suggested dinner, so I jumped at the chance to have some company. Turns out, she has been feeling just as lonely as me! We have made a pact to get in contact if we are lonely, and to be there for each other. We live only 10 minutes drive apart, so it is a good plan. Anyway, we went to a grilled chicken place. I ordered the grilled, BBQ chicken thighs (5 small pieces), the grilled corn cob with butter on the side, and a sprite zero. Not a bad dinner if you ask me.

Tomorrow I am going to the gym, having coffee with a friend, doing the shopping and doing some work. Busy, busy day!

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JSTETSER 9/15/2012 7:27PM

    Busy, busy Busy is the life of a teacher with a life!

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PAMATX 9/15/2012 2:42PM

    So nice that you and your friend were there for each other. Your chocolate card made me laugh.

Hope you have a terrific weekend!

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CARLA-216 9/15/2012 11:17AM

    I am like you with calling people. I won't call anyone unless I absolutely have to because I feel like I'm bothering them. I don't mind texting, though. Wish I had a friend to hang out with. All my friends have kids and controlling husbands. :(

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LIVEDAILY 9/15/2012 10:18AM

    Good food choices! Well...maybe not eating the ice cream right out of the carton, but it's not like you're going to do that every day!! You did it, now move on. Chocolate...when I was younger, I couldn't get enough of the stuff in any form. Now, I don't have the cravings I once did, and I prefer a good dark chocolate to anything else. I have a special candy dish for dark chocolate that's not in plain sight. I know its there, but that doesn't bother me. I can have 6 pieces at a time, but I never do; usually have 3, and that's maybe once every 2 weeks or so. SO, have hope! I'm glad you met up with your girlfriend! We women need to cherish our friendships with each other!

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AMSPARKER 9/15/2012 7:48AM

    Happy to hear about your day! Love your pix about chocolate...i actually feel the same way. xoxoxo

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    Friends are great!

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CSDAYS 9/15/2012 5:52AM

    Friends make life special.

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I've been quiet, but I'm still here

Friday, September 14, 2012

I haven't blogged for a few days. I have been having a few personal problems, mainly with my relationship. We are talking about breaking up. I really can't write more than that, because I am sick of crying. It is what I want, but it is still hard.

My weight is not moving this month. It just refuses to budge. Not much I can do, since I am eating fairly well and exercising regularly. Just one of those things. I lost 1.6kg last month, which is more than usual, so I must just be having a slow month to make up for it.

I have a weight lifting goal. I want to leg press more than my body weight by the end of the month. I weigh in the 74's, so I want to leg press 75kg. I am already up to 60kg, so another 15kg by the end of the month is very possible.

I wore my original 'goal' jeans today. From years ago, when I first became overweight. They were even a little big!

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THELOVELYBIRD 9/14/2012 11:41PM

    You fitting into your old jeans is a HUGE accomplishment.

As far as your struggles right now go, stay strong, you're doing a wonderful job and being honest with yourself, and that's what matters.

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LIVEDAILY 9/14/2012 11:18PM

Goal jeans!!

Life is rough sometimes. It sounds trite, but it does get better even though right now it really sucks.

That's an awesome goal to leg press more than you weigh!!

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LYNSEY723 9/14/2012 11:51AM

    Awesome job fitting into your goal jeans!!! That's exciting! And your goal sounds great! You are doing awesome!

As far as the personal stuff - I know how that goes. I was in a relationship that came to a more-or-less mutual end because we both knew we weren't right together anymore. It killed me. I was a wreck for a WHILE. There is nothing anybody can say to make it better - but I want you to know I am here for you. You can send me a venting, whining message any time. Or, if you need a word of encouragement I will always give you that! I hope things get better. emoticon

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CARLA-216 9/14/2012 10:14AM

    Sending good thoughts your way as you work through the relationship.

Congrats on wearing your original goal jeans! That's totally awesome!

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JJAQUES41 9/14/2012 8:27AM

    Talking about your relationship problem, is good, albeit hard. Breathe deeply, move carefully, and keep reaching for your goals.

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    Many hugs & support to you in this hard time. Just because it's what you want doens't mean it won't hurt. Change is stressful, and this is why you're not losing right now. That's okay.

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PATSYB7 9/14/2012 6:07AM

    Congratulations on fitting into your goal jeans! That is a great accomplishment. I'm on a plateau too--grr. Keep pushing--we'll get there! All will be well. emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/14/2012 5:55AM

    Great goals! Way to get into your original goal jeans, a great NSV!!!

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/14/2012 5:27AM

Good luck meeting your goal : )

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ANAJAK 9/14/2012 4:24AM

    Woohoo!! Goal Jeans... emoticon

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    I hope it all works out for you. BEST WISHES in reaching your goals.

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AMSPARKER 9/14/2012 3:22AM

    Hang in there, no matter how much you want the relationship to be over, getting there is the hard part, and at the end of it all, you had very deep feelings for your boyfriend, so I'm sure you're feeling the pain of letting all of your dreams for the future go...hugs, hope you have a great weekend!

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Worn out

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Being the kind and generous person that I am, I volunteered to 'teach' the new entrants class at school today. I say 'teach' because have you ever tried to get 16 5 year olds to sit still long enough to tell them anything? They were so tiring, and needy and exhausting! But it was a good experience and I'm calling it professional development. I am looking forward to getting back to my own students tomorrow; I appreciate them so much more now!

I really didn't want to go to the gym, but I dragged myself there. Once I was there I did my workout with no issues. The good thing about weights day is I know it is over in 30 minutes, so it is easier to convince myself to go!

I managed to keep my junk food snacking to a minimum today. I really NEEDED a sugar hit after my ordeal, but kept it to 250 calories. That is how much I set aside for dessert, so I just won't have dessert tonight and we'll call it even.

I predict an 8pm bedtime tonight.

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LIVEDAILY 9/11/2012 10:22PM

It was sort of like herding cats now, wasn't it?
I taught what we call Kindergarten here in the states for 14 years. The kids are usually 4 turning 5 before Halloween or are already 5. Our class sizes are usually around 24, but this year they're up to close to 30!! This year I'm teaching 1st grade (they kids are 5 turning 6).
It IS exhausting!!

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LYNSEY723 9/11/2012 12:30PM

    I'm glad you survived the new class today! Great job not letting it get you off track. You are doing awesome!!!

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COLETTEISGREAT 9/11/2012 11:12AM

    Great job!!

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PATSYB7 9/11/2012 5:46AM

    Oh my! You are brave. Sounds like herding cats--very difficult indeed! Yet you stayed in control. Good for you! Have a great day. emoticon

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    BEST WISHES in reaching all of your goals.

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Boxing and cookies

Monday, September 10, 2012

I made cookies yesterday.

Not to eat, although I did have my fair share, but because I love baking. I love the whole process of taking raw ingredients and transforming them into something delicious. I love making people happy, and nothing makes people happy like cookies and cupcakes. I don't bake much because I end up eating waaaay too much of the product. Usually I take the end result into work, but by the time the boyfriend, mum and I had finished the 'quality control' there weren't enough left to take to work. I took in 2, 1 for my friend who was relieving in the class next door and 1 for my boss.

When I decided to bake I decided to do as Dragonchilde does, and be inefficient. I got everything out of the cupboard 1 at a time. I did everything by hand. Just me, a bowl, and a wooden spoon. Creaming the butter and sugar felt like a workout, that is for sure!

So I'm mad at the scale for not moving, but I should probably blame myself (or the *cough* 8 *cough* cookies I have had over the past 2 days).

I went back to boxing today. I'm back, baby! WOW it felt great to be back, punching things and joking around with the regulars and the instructor. I punched HARD. So hard that 3 guys, including the instructor, said WOW. One of the girls asked if I had had a bad day (I have, but that isn't why I was punching hard). I have really missed boxing. It is my thing, my favourite form of cardio. I'm glad that I'm not letting what a grumpy old man thinks stop me from doing what I love.

Speaking of boxing, I have been online shopping! I'm getting these 2 tops

This one is going to be black with purple sparkly writing. Coz nothing says hardcore like purple sparkles.

And I want this one next

I didn't order it because the were low on sizes :( Seems to be back in stock now, so I'm going to get it later.

None are workout tops, so I can't wear them to the gym :( Still cool, though!

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LIVEDAILY 9/10/2012 8:50PM

Those tops are awesome! I also like to bake, but haven't in a while. Maybe around the holodays. I did make jam in July...hot, sweaty work!! I ended up with almost 30 pinys of jam though!

Question about the cookies...what are the blue bits??

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CARLA-216 9/10/2012 2:58PM

    I LOVE to bake and am pretty good at it. I also LOVE to eat what I bake. I don't bake much anymore due to my lack of self control around delicious homemade baked goodies.

Yay for getting back to boxing!

Nice shirts too!

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CATLADY52 9/10/2012 1:22PM

    Great tops. I don't do baking anymore. My son does it now. (He has a killer choc chip & macadamia nut cookie.) emoticon But he doesn't do fried pies like the Amish do, so I indulge once in awhile. emoticon

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DRAGONCHILDE 9/10/2012 11:56AM

    YAY for being inefficient! ;) I was inefficient today, too. Parked way away from the grocery store, and ran in. :) People probably thought I was nuts.

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LYNSEY723 9/10/2012 11:40AM

    I am just now getting caught up on all blogs posted this weekend - so this is a comment for all 3 of yours!

You are doing awesome - way to go with increasing all of your weights!! That is awesome! I am too afraid to do that all at once! How did your hair look the next day? ;)

I agree with sizes... they are never the same! All I know is that I have 2 pairs of jeans that I would LOVE to fit into again. Size doesn't really matter, but getting them over my thighs and butt, then being able to zip them DOES matter! :) Way to go!

Last but not least - I'm so happy you are going back to boxing class and enjoying it - despite big, mean, grumpy old man!!! Keep up the AWESOME work!!!

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RUNNER12COM 9/10/2012 9:06AM

    I would devour every single one of those. Yum!

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OLIVIANIGHT 9/10/2012 7:16AM

    I LOVE baking, it's my biggest stress-reliever. And those cookies look sooooooo tasty.
Also YAY for getting back to boxing! Nuts to the old man, he can't stop you.

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    I love the "don't be fooled by the pink" shirt!

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PATSYB7 9/10/2012 6:17AM

    I love to bake, too! But I also love to eat the end results! I haven't dared to bake since I started working with the nutritionist. I did pick up a sugar free cake mix for my mil--it's her birthday next week. I'm going to frost it with something sugar free. She's an out-of-control diabetic. :O( And I'm watching my blood sugar, too.

Those tops are great! They are the perfect reward for your boxing prowess! emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 9/10/2012 5:52AM

    Those tops will be Awesome for you! Great sayings! Glad you are back to what you love!

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NJJ-EXERCISE30 9/10/2012 4:05AM

    I used to love to bake, but I can not do it any more. I eat it. I just can't eat just one. It is ok. If I want a baked good, I will go buy it but it has been baked very good. emoticon

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I want to fit a size... (new top pics)

Sunday, September 09, 2012

Sizes mean nothing. Not a damn thing. Last weekend I went shopping and got 3 tops. All size small. AND they were a little big. Go me, right? Well... Not really. I went shopping this weekend, too (shopping therapy, I was feeling down). And this is what I purchased...

Size small

Size small

Size medium (I'm going to wear a belt with this one)

Size large

These tops are all from the same store, all the same brand! No sizing consistency at all. So, I could say that I want to be a size small, or a size 10, and there is really no way to ensure that happens! At least with a weight goal (or a goal range) you know when you have met it. 70kg is the same no matter what.

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CARLA-216 9/10/2012 3:00PM

    I like your new tops, especially that first and last one!

That's crazy about the sizes. I've found the same thing here...sizes seem to be just made up random letters or numbers sewn in on a whim. emoticon

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    I find this as well. I was at a store recently, and the sales lady asked me what size I wear... I have no idea how to answer that because I have all sorts of sizes of clothes, and some fit and some don't, and it's nothing to do with the number/size.

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JUSTDOINGIT101 9/9/2012 11:29AM

    No kidding. I guess we all have to settle for "size comfortable."


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LIVEDAILY 9/9/2012 10:28AM

    It's the same here in the states. Different manufacturers all have different sizes. When I buy pants, I always compare the actual waist sizes between 2 pairs of pants and hold them up and stretch them a bit to find the one that's got a bit more room! Just because they all say size 30 doesn't mean that they are! The last top you're modeling looks adorable!

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TWINSMOMMY607 9/9/2012 10:25AM

    I feel your pain! The same thing happens to me when I go shopping here in the U.S. I wish stores would get their acts straight!

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JSTETSER 9/9/2012 8:02AM

    Go with the small. I always feel smaller in a small. Silly but true!
Thanks for posting!

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