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RIP Smruti. I love you.

Saturday, March 17, 2012

My dear, treasured friend Smruti passed away this morning, aged 51. She was waiting for a lung transplant that didn't come in time. We worked together for a year and over that time she became my work mum. She would tell me off, give me advice, talk to me about anything and generally be there for me. I called her mum and she called me by my full name, Jessica, an honour reserved only for her and my grandparents. As she grew more and more sick she had to leave work, which made me so sad. How could work be the same without her? It wasn't, and I left soon after to be a teacher.

She was so proud of me when I graduated. She wanted so badly to come to my graduation party, but by this time she couldn't manage stairs, and my house has plenty of them. She was there in spirit and gave me a big hug the next time I saw her.

I visited as often as a could, between her many appointments and my many illnesses. We would sit on her couch and hold hands and talk about anything and everything. I would stay for hours at a time, not realising that so much time had passed until my tummy rumbled.

Smruti was a kind and generous person. She would welcome you with open arms into her home and make you one of the family. She would fuss over you, even when she was at her sickest and could barely look after herself. Her smile could light up a room and she just had a sense of calm about her. People liked being around her.

The funeral is tonight. Hindu's don't mess around by the looks of things.

I don't pray, but Smruti did. She accepted everyones beliefs and everyones God. If you pray, please pray for my dear friend and her family. If you don't, like me, good thoughts and well wishes are also accepted.

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CARLA-216 3/20/2012 10:48AM

    Oh Jess, I am so very sorry for the loss of your dear Smruti. It sounds like she was one of a kind, a real gem of a person. I know I'm a bit late on posting this, but you are definitely in my very best thoughts.
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PARASELENIC 3/19/2012 2:16PM

    nothing to say here to make it better-- thank you for sharing and definitely sending good thoughts to you and yours.

my condolences.

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MENHALLS 3/19/2012 8:57AM

    My heart is with you as you mourn this loss of light in your life. I hope your memories bring you comfort and the pain you feel today is lessened knowing others care.

Find a way to honour your friend this year, through deeds or actions that would mean something to her. That has always helped me through the process.

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PUFFPASTRY 3/18/2012 2:32PM

    Aw, Bubble. Tons of hugs. This is a beautiful description of a beautiful woman, and I bet she feels honored wherever her spirit may be now to know you're thinking of her, and gathering good wishes. xoxo

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SPEEDYDOG 3/18/2012 11:09AM

    Smruti sounds like a wonderful person. Thanks for letting me get to know her. She lives on in your memory.


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TWINSMOMMY607 3/18/2012 9:37AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your loss. BIG HUGS!!!

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CIVIAV 3/18/2012 9:29AM

    Bless you J and know that Smruti will live on. I know you keep her close in your heart.
Sorry for this major loss in your world.

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PAMNANGEL 3/18/2012 4:02AM

    Condolances on your loss.

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RUNNER12COM 3/18/2012 3:49AM

    I struggle with my own faith sometimes, but friends like yours are indicators to me that maybe there is some sort of higher power out there sending us just what we need when we need it.

I'm so sorry for your loss, and I'm glad that you both had a chance to become so important to each other.

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ALY123GO 3/18/2012 3:16AM

    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Kind thoughts, and good vibes for you, and her family.

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ALY123GO 3/18/2012 3:15AM

    I'm so sorry to hear of your loss. Kind thoughts, and good vibes for you, and her family.

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Cake pop and compliments

Friday, March 16, 2012

Oh yeah, its cake pop time.

Additionally, I went into my old work to pay off some of my layby and not 1 but 2 former co-workers greeted me with "WOW you got skinny!". Yipeeeeeeeee!

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CARLA-216 3/20/2012 10:49AM

    Cake pop = drool! The only kind I've ever had was peanut butter cake/filling covered in chocolate. YUM!

Hooray for those compliments! Feels good, eh?

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One pair of workout pants, size medium please!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Now everyone join me in giving the middle finger to my scale, in a 'so there, what do you know?' fashion.

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ANAJAK 3/16/2012 4:47PM

    WOOHOO!!! The closest to that I have right now is that I am a small in bikes. A small!! YAY!!!! Hahaha clothes not so much...

Well done you. F*%# you scale.

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LESSOFPMCD 3/16/2012 1:43PM

    Way to go!

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PICKIE98 3/16/2012 1:17PM

    Can I hear an amen? I am proud of you!!

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NINJA_SMOO 3/16/2012 10:48AM


That's impressive! You rock, chickadee! I wish I was a medium again.

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CARLA-216 3/16/2012 9:40AM

    The scale doesn't know jack!


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    I wish they had an emoticon for THAT!

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ROX525 3/16/2012 6:00AM


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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/16/2012 5:57AM

    Great Non Scale Victory! Way to go, I alway say the inches off are better than the scale moving.

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NCSUE0514 3/16/2012 5:47AM

    Ain't that a blast?
I've enjoyed watching the numbers on the scale diminish, but even more I've been delighted to see the change from XL to L to M! And I'm really looking forward to S!!!

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Mid month mini goal check in

Thursday, March 15, 2012

My mini goal for the month is to get my 5+ a day; 5 servings of fruit and veg everyday. I figured it would stop me snacking on unhealthy things, since I don't have room in my tummy for junk AND fruit, and with a goal I would start picking the fruit. Spark even has a handy quick track feature specifically for tracking fruit and veg! Since I have started quick tracking I have been getting at least 3 pieces of fruit and veg a day, and more commonly 4 and 5 servings!

My typical lunchbox contains 3-4 servings. Tomorrow I have an apple, an orange and a black peach. Usually I have a carrot (just peeled and wrapped in plastic wrap) and a serving of veg left over from the night before, but since we are out of carrots and had dinner out tonight I an outta luck there!

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ANAJAK 3/16/2012 4:45PM

    Great job Miss B. I am going to take some inspiration from you and use the fruit in my fridge for eating rather than baking. Vege I am pretty good with is just the sweet stuff I struggle with!!

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CARLA-216 3/15/2012 9:25AM

    Good job! I find the more veggies I eat the less hungry I am overall and the better the weight comes off.

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YIWEN39 3/15/2012 6:35AM

    emoticon for your healthy snacks ;-) emoticon

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/15/2012 5:55AM

    That's the way to do it! Great job!

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LIVELAUFLUV 3/15/2012 5:38AM

    Great job! I make sure my lunchbox also contains 2 pieces of fruit and a salad packed with different kinds of fruits and veggies. Having fruit and veggies available makes it easy to choose healthy snacks!

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Popcorn, eggplant and annoying gym people; Oh my!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

Popcorn: No I'm not going to harp on about the benefits of eating this healthy snack. BUT I did make popcorn today! My class enjoyed using my air popper to make a yummy treat to eat. Then they wrote about it! Learning should be fun, and it was super fun today!

Eggplant: If you hate eggplant, do this. Slice and lay on a board. Sprinkle with a good amount of salt. Forget the sodium and do it. Leave for 5 minutes. Flip and salt the other side. Leave for another 5 minutes. The longer you leave it the more time the moisture has to leave the eggplant. Rinse the eggplant under cold water and lay on a couple of paper towels. Add more paper towels to the top and press, to get the water off and out. You may need to change paper towels. Once dry add seasonings of your choice. I like a tablespoon of garlic butter myself, spread over all the slices. Bake in a moderate oven for about 10 min. Watch it to make sure it doesn't burn! Serve and enjoy. Thank me later.

Annoying gym people: I get that I am not the only one in the gym, and I respect that. I use my stuff and move on as quickly as I can so I don't hold up other people. I usually mix up my routine if the equipment I need isn't free, so I am flexible. So it annoyed me when I was doing my arm weights and needed the Lat Pulldown machine and it was occupied...By someones towel. This someone was using this machine and 2 others, stopping inbetween all off them to take a drink and stare into space. So I asked if he would mind sharing. AND HE SAID NO. He said that he had everything set up how he liked it and asked me to wait 1 more set. FFS. And it wasn't one set on the Lat Pulldown, it was one set on all 3 machines. Seriously? So I walked off and found something else to do. I wasn't going to wait around to watch a guy not use the machine I needed. I hate the weights area on a Tuesday night!

Rant over.

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CUTIECAT1 3/16/2012 5:01PM

    the eggplant sounds yummy - i love eggplant! you are too nice, i would have just tossed his towel aside, done my sets and moved on. Dudes like that disregard all the rules the gym has about doing that stuff - so let HIM go complain, he wont get far at all....

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PICKIE98 3/16/2012 1:24PM

    I love eggplant, cold not do the salt thing, but ok to the rest,,
as far as Jimjerk, if it was me, I would have picked the icky towel up, handed it to an employee and did the same thing as another poster,, that towel did not pay for a membership..
He probably uses the extra towels to wipe his lip prints off all the mirrors in the gym!!
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LINDAKAY228 3/14/2012 11:44AM

    What a jerk! Our gym is part of a hospital and has a separte small gym for physical therapy as well as the main gym for gym memberships. They've just recently started a thing on Monday - Thursday evening using the pt gym called Women on Weights. It's from 5:30 to 8:30 and you can go at any time. A trainer is there to help if you need it. It is set up as a circuit training thing with 3 minutes cardio and 3 minutes weights because of not a large amount of equipment and so everyone gts to use it. It's for women only. I haven't been yet, it just started last week, but I've heard great things about it and the fact that it's a women only thing is great for a lot of women who feel intimidated around the men. I don't but the big gym is packed in the evenings. You can stay in it for as short or long as you want and learn some new things too if you want. I think it's going to be a great thing and not have to deal with the college students, teens, firefighters, and all the other guys that workout in the big gym in the evening. I've usually gone in the day but it's hard to find time when working.

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ELLIE09 3/13/2012 3:14PM

    The eggplant sounds delicious!
and people like Lat-man are too self-absorbed for their own good... I can only imagine what he would have done had you arrived first...

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GEEKLING 3/13/2012 2:03PM

    I have to admit, that I'm one of those people who, when I had a short gym membership...

If finding a towel on a machine, would have picked it up and handed it to gym-employee with some comment about 'Oh dear! someone have left their towel behind. Will you put it in the lost and found box, dearie...' Then just cranked up my mp3 player (so I don't hear the protests) and used the machine.

Sometimes it pays to be old enough to be the spandex-people mum.

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PARASELENIC 3/13/2012 1:51PM

    That eggplant recipe sounds delicious, thank you!

What a jerk. I certainly don't HOPE THAT HE PULLS A LAT MUSCLE when he is obviously so serious about his workouts! :P

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KISHYMARIE 3/13/2012 1:44PM

    I haven't ever had eggplant, so I wouldn't have any idea how to make it other than your idea - so thank you!

And gym guy is crazy rude. Is there someone who works at the gym who you can report stuff like that to? Arrgh. I'm annoyed FOR you and I wasn't even there. :)

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CARLA-216 3/13/2012 11:41AM

    I am [hopefully] going to put eggplant in my garden this year. I've heard of the salt trick to pull the moisture out. I'll try it, hopefully with my own eggplant!

I hate people who think they are the only friggin' people in the gym/grocery store/universe. People like that need a good wake up call, you know, like a frying pan to the head. LOL!

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TORIAMAE 3/13/2012 10:23AM

    I totally hate that too! Not appropriate gym behavior!

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SUGARSMOM2 3/13/2012 9:11AM

  thanks for the eggplant recipe . will use it this week .
the guy at the gym must have never learned how to play fair or share . so lets blame the mom . that`s what all the doctors do . It all starts with family . He was really being rude .

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TWINSMOMMY607 3/13/2012 8:38AM

    The eggplant sounds great. I can't wait to get my garden in the ground and for the Farmer's Markets to start again so I can try this with fresh eggplant!

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MAERETH 3/13/2012 8:35AM

    Wow, what a jerk!

That eggplant sounds awesome, I may need to try it!

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    Oh, wow...what a jerk! I hope he gets diarrhea!

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    Seriously?!?!I would have taken him out ninja-style (well at least in my imagination I do that).Glad you were able to move and keep going. Keep up the great work!

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MRE1956 3/13/2012 6:59AM

    I'll tell ya, if anyone requests that I WAIT - well, there's gonna be a big problem! NOBODY has that right when I'm busy! Sheesh! Darned good thing I don't do the gym thing - all my exercise is done AT HOME where I'M IN CHARGE - NOBODY ELSE!

A pox on that selfish $#!@#!

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XFITSTRONG 3/13/2012 5:16AM

    OMG I HATE THAT! There are several people at my gym that do that..... It is so rude! There is also this guy who spends 30 minutes on the quad machine in the mornings! (that's all the time I have for weights in the mornings!) He does his stretching right by it, will hop on it, get off and stretch some more.... Does it not occur to him that other people would like to use it???? Drives me crazy! And then some of these guys will come and stand right beside me while I am using a machine sending the message that they are waiting for the equipment I am using.... ARGH!!!! PuhLeaze! I am never more than 5 minutes on a machine. I'll finish when I finish..... back off!

I have never eaten eggplant in my life, but your recipe sounds enticing! I only very recently discovered butternut and spaghetti squash and they are now two of my favorite foods. Thanks for sharing!

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BOB240 3/13/2012 3:22AM

    It's really annoying when this happens.Actually it's just plain rude.
Some gyms have signs up asking people not to do this which you can point to. However the best approach is the one you took. You are there for you and to make yourself feel better. Don't let him take detract from the session and try not to get involved.

However, if he has left his phone on the floor you could always step on it....

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