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It's been a rough week but I made it - How about you???

Friday, July 16, 2010

  
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AUNTIEANNE22 7/18/2010 9:58PM

  That's me by the time I landed after the trip to Minneapolis. Flying terrifies me. I lost weight on the trip.






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RWETHAIRYET 7/18/2010 3:34PM

    hahahahahahaha!!!
That's me by the time 5:30 pm on Fridays rolls around!!! how'd you get that picture!!!

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MYFEETHURT 7/17/2010 9:35PM

  Sometimes I feel like that rooster...a little ragged but too proud to give up! LOL

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BKNOCK 7/17/2010 9:10PM

    That is way too funny! I can tell that you are on vacation just by looking at that poor sorry rooster!

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WALKOFFWIN 7/17/2010 7:09PM

    Now where did you get that picture of me??? That was me leaving the office yesterday! Lol ;o) At least I'm glad that we both can say that we made it through the week anyway. TY for the laugh.:o)

Chris

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NEWNAC304 7/17/2010 11:45AM

    I had that same kind of week!

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LMB-ESQ 7/17/2010 11:10AM

    That pic is definitely me!

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FITKAT2010 7/17/2010 6:09AM

    I am doing superbly well!

Sorry your week was so stressful hon.

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GEEMAWEST 7/17/2010 12:12AM

    That's the uglyist rooster I've ever seen. Thanks for making me feel better about myself. LOL

BTW, my week doesn't end until Saturday.

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The things you learn when you're not trying to

Friday, July 16, 2010

As many of you know, I read....a lot! And when I read, it is not to be educated. I purposely choose light-hearted, easy to read, fun books (if you can call murder-mysteries "fun").

Today I started Janet Evanovich's newest book, Sizzlin' Sixteen. It is about a Jersey girl turned bounty hunter. She's not very good, but she has a group of friends that "help" her out. One of her friends is an ex "ho" who is constantly on a diet. One of the diets in a previous book was a low-carb diet. To Lula, that meant she could eat all sorts of meat and as much of it as she wanted. She even carried pork chops around in her purse! LOL!

Well, in this book she has started yet another new diet. The "just one" diet. She can eat anything she wants, but just one of each thing. For example (her example, not mine!), she can have one pea or one spear of asparagus or one loaf of bread. emoticon She hasn't lost any weight yet, but she just started the diet. They also headed into a donut shop and Lula was going to have to choose only one donut. By the time she left the shop, she had gotten one...of each kind of donut! LOL! Somehow, I don't think this diet's going to work. emoticon

Lula personifies some of the thoughts that I have had. Special diets, special combinations, special powers, that's all I needed to make this weight disappear forever! LOL! I know now that it's not any special secret. And it's not easy. But it's doable.

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RWETHAIRYET 7/16/2010 11:19PM

    I like the Stephanie Plum stories and lula's diets are definitely a hoot!!, if not exactly "doable" haha
But I also admit to having some of the same thoughts and Ideas teehee.

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USFBULL 7/16/2010 10:29PM

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NEWNAC304 7/16/2010 10:08PM

    I read one of the Stephanie Plum books. A friend loaned it to me but she never gave me the others. I need to find them at the library after I finish the True Blood series.

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BKNOCK 7/16/2010 9:59PM

    I am waiting to read that book at the beach! I love the Stephanie Plum stories! I hope that you have a fantastic staycation!

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GEEMAWEST 7/16/2010 9:46PM

    I am so glad that you know the difference between fiction and non fiction, or you could get into some serious trouble. LOL

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Liquid calories? Dagnabit!!!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

Every day that I drive to work, I take a 32oz bottle of water to drink on the way. When I get to work, I fill it back up and put it in the fridge. That way, it's ready for me to drink on the way home. Today, I was halfway to my truck when I realized that I had forgotten to grab the water bottle out of the fridge on my way down. It was already 5:30 so I decided that I was NOT going back for it.

Did I mention that it was almost 100' today? I was thirsty before I hit the stop light! So, I pulled over at the Chevron to get a drink. I'd had enough Diet Pepsi and decided I needed something else. While I was looking, I saw the "new" product from Diet Pepsi, peach flavored green tea. How healthy is that, right? Peaches, green tea, awesome!

After I bought it (yes, AFTER!), I decided that I should look at the calories. There were four servings in the one bottle...at 80 calories per! Yep, did the math (in my head even! LOL!) and realized that if I drank that whole bottle that is 320 calories! emoticon That's a lot of calories! For a drink!!

So, now I had a dilemma. Do I drink my calories and not "die" of thirst? Or do I save my calories and "die" of thirst? I compromised and drank about half of it on the way home. Gave the rest to my DD when I got home. If I'm going to consume that many calories, by gum, I get to chew! LOL! emoticon emoticon

  
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BKNOCK 7/16/2010 6:54AM

    I am amazed how many calories drinks have in them and especially ones that sound healthy! I also hate to pay as much for a bottle of water that you pay for a drink, ridiculous!

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CHERIRIDDELL 7/15/2010 11:36PM

    I think it is cruelly deceiving to put 4 servings in one bottle ! Unless you market it as family size LOL!At least you have inspired me to stick to ice water!

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GEEMAWEST 7/15/2010 11:29PM

    I'm with you, want to chew my calories. Much more enjoyable that way!

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CHATTIEGIRL 7/15/2010 11:09PM

    Hi CARTOONB:

Water is the best to drink and no calories. I know your problem with time and getting to work. How about having a bottle of water at work and one for home. What I do is take water or soda bottles my daughter has bought and wash them really good and put water in and freeze it. I use that by the pool, take it to the bowling alley or in my car and it stays cold for a long time. I use the bottles to put juice in too for my granddaughter and myself and i also freeze them too, leave space to put about 2 inches of juice or water in.

It wasn't until I joined Spark that I realized what the calories and salt and all the other vitamins where in the food I was eating. I drink juice, 5 different kinds a day and fruit all the time. But now I drink 4 oz's because of all the calories.

Stay true to your routine exercises, healthy eating and reaching your goals. May God watch over you always.

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If you're going to eat it, then savor it!

Thursday, July 15, 2010

I'm sitting here, eating one bag of peanut butter M&M's. I am breaking the "Don't eat after 8:00 pm rule (another rule that I'm breaking!), but I am making sure that I am aware of every bite! I am eating them one at at time, breaking off the outer shell (oral dexterity...LOL!) and then letting the peanut butter melt in my mouth. They have lasted almost 20 minutes now! Last one...done!

Which got me to thinking....shouldn't I savor everything I eat? No, really, EVERYTHING!!! I don't. Not by a long shot. There are some days that I couldn't even tell you what I ate, let alone how much I ate. Today at lunch, I sat on the patio at work (sooooo warm, so pleasant, so wonderful) and ate my food. About halfway through the "entrée" I realized that I was full. Part of that was because I was drinking a Diet Pepsi (carbonation makes you feel fuller...until the carbonation is released! LOL!). But part of it was probably because I wasn't hungry any more. Weird, huh?

So you know what I did? Yep...I finished the whole thing! LOL! Afterward I didn't feel overly stuffed as though I had eaten way too much. But I did start to wonder if I would have been just as satisfied with less. Why didn't I stop? Because I was afraid! I was afraid I would be hungry later! emoticon BTW...I had a string cheese in my lunch pail and two boxes of Fiber One bars at my desk and peanuts at another desk and vending machines if push came to shove. In other words, there was plenty of food available should I get hungry. And healthy food at that. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

But not finishing my food is breaking one of those rules. And it would make me get out of my rut. And the starving kids in Africa would starve more if I didn't finish every bite! Right?


What? No? I don't have to finish the food just because it's there? Are you sure? Hmmm...I'll have to think about that...and savor every bite. When I'm no longer savoring, maybe I'll stop eating. What a concept!

  
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GEEMAWEST 7/15/2010 9:38PM

    This little scenario sounds all too familiar. All of it!!

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DONNAORLENE 7/15/2010 8:54PM

    You've probably found the secret of your success to maintaining your weight loss. I think it's that new book "Eat, Pray, God" suggests you should never deprive yourself of anything but if you are going to eat it savor every bite. And when you do eat, always savor every bite so that when you are full, you recognize it and STOP eating! (I'm just sayin'....makes sense......that's what they're sayin'.......easy to do?......I doubt it. But I suppose we could try it!
LOL!!!!(that's what we're saying!)

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BIG_SCOTS_LASS 7/15/2010 6:19PM

    Yep, that's the one rule my folks drummed into me so well I have palpitations if I try to break it, then I have this urgency to clear my plate as quickly as possible so the kids in India (it was India in my day) are grateful. Yeah(!)

My head always overrules my stomach and I always eat more than I need to. I get that fear of being hungry and it is such a stupid thing to be frightened of when it's never been a reality. I mean, I could understand if I'd lived through war and famine, but we haven't in my lifetime (not in the UK). Then again, I grew up with grandparents who had been through 2 wars and rationing and had known what it was to go without. My gran taught me how to shop, how to cook and what a "portion" looked like. She was a wonderful woman, but those 2 wars had shaped her outlook on food she didn't have a clue! She was so determined that she'd never go without ever again, much less her favourite granddaughter (me), that she always over-fed everyone and that has stuck with me throughout my life.

I hope to break this conditioning at some point, although I sometimes feel like it'll never happen. But I have to keep trying, otherwise I'll never lick this.

Keep on savouring your food (even Peanut Butter M&Ms - we don't get those over here) and savour life while you're at it.
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STEELKICKIN 7/15/2010 10:59AM

    You and your peanut butter m&ms. I'll never be able to look at another bag of them the same again. I'll be thinking of you eating them in your stripper boots...cough, cough, your TEENY stripper boots, LOL!!



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BETHGILLIGAN 7/15/2010 10:18AM

    I just had the same experience! Went to lunch on tuesday with dear friends. Ordered a fairly healthy wrap. Ate half--felt fine. I could have taken the other half with me or I could have even left it on the plate. Did I?? Of course not!! I ate it!!! Then I thought about it all afternoon! Bad choice--hope to do better next time. Oh, yeah, now I'm out to buy some M&Ms!!! YUMMY!

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SUZYMOBILE 7/15/2010 9:56AM

    Eating only when hungry and stopping when full is a tough one! I've had it as a goal for a long time now, and I'm sad to report that my streak percentage is dismal! Often I can do the "eat only when hungry" part, but what's the deal with leaving a third of your prepacked lunch salad? That just seems like a sin. And what about the dreaded midnight snack? I can't claim that I'm hungry at that hour! Argh!!

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BKNOCK 7/15/2010 6:07AM

    That is a hard rule to break! To this day if I leave food on my plate at the house my father will look at me and ask what is wrong, why are you not eating? LOL, I am full Dad. We were always forced to finish our plate as kids.

Great blog and food for thought!

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JAZZIE28 7/15/2010 12:38AM

    Very funny...Glad you enjoyed your peanut M&M's (I like them as well).
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New thrills, chills and screams?

Sunday, July 11, 2010

As most of you know, I took the kids to the water park (again) today. We've gone multiple times and the wildest ride I've gone on is the Wave Pool. It is a big pool that has large waves for 10 minutes at a time, then 10 minutes of relative calm, throughout the day. Even when I went on that "ride," I didn't venture past the blue line that non-swimmers aren't supposed to cross. Yes, I can swim. I'm just a sissy-la-la-wah-wah-girl! LOL!

Well, this year I've ventured outside my comfort zone. Today, I went on the family ride with the kids. Tube, water, slide. Then I went on the slide. Tube, water, slide. Then we went on the racing slides. Tube, water, slide. Seeing a pattern here? That's just it...so did I! LOL!! Every ride there is just some variation of tube (or no tube), water and sliding!

So then it was my turn to choose a ride. And going potty and sitting down reading are not rides - according to the kids! LOL! So I chose the Viper's Vortex. It basically looks like a big toilet bowl and the ride ends when you get "flushed"! LOL! We went up the ride and DD and I went in a tube together. DS wanted to go alone, so we let him. I was in front and I swear that first drop was 100 feet up and straight down! emoticon I screamed! And I was scared! And then I laughed! And then we did it again!!!! What an absolute blast. We continued to ride rides for about 90 minutes. Then I had to stop for water and reapplication of sun screen (and so did the kids). Then I was hungry and tired so I rested a little. And then we did it again...another 30 minutes or so.

It was a great day, but now I'm done. I made dinner (twice), started auctions, packed my lunch for tomorrow and picked out clothes. I've even done my SParking for the day. I think I can safely go to bed now! And it's not yet 10:00! Thank goodness, cos I could use the sleep! LOL!

Night all. Five more wake ups until my STAY-cation!!!

  
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MUSIC66 7/14/2010 6:20AM

    glad you had fun.

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DONNAORLENE 7/13/2010 1:20AM

    You got over that sissy-la-la-Wah-Wah-Girl thing pretty fast! LOL!!! How funny! I think that's great! I missed a lot of that with my kids because breathing and swimming doesn't get along too well, but I think we probably made up for it in other ways. (That is when we weren't chasing down toilet paper, and shoes and rugs! LOL!! changing OCD! Too funny he's 23 and it is still changing.) Well I'm glad you had a great day with your kids. You're not only a great wife, you're a great Mom! Most people probably think your just one of the kids you're so tiny anyway....hey! hey! hey! don't get excited...that's meant as a compliment! Only five days and WOW...you can water slide your heart out! Have a good week! And remember, I'm still out here in good ol Homedale thinking of you and praying for you. You're a great friend too an old lady!
LOL! Take care and good night!

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JOHNTJ1 7/12/2010 8:33PM

    Kids bring out the kid in us dont they? The next thing you know we are all young again and lose our inhibitions.

I read a quoter today that crossed my mind after I read your blog

"Even saints have to sleep and prophets need to have fun sometimes."

Who knows, maybe you are both

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STEELKICKIN 7/12/2010 10:32AM

    I wouldn't have went near that with a ten-foot pole. I don't like water. I can't swim. You have a lot more guts than I do. Kudos to you, girl! You little thrill-seeker, you....
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SWEETPEA0214 7/12/2010 7:08AM

    So proud of you for going outside of your comfort zone. I think when we become adults, we forget the plain old thrill of an adrenaline rush. Sounds like you had a blast. And kind of a pre-vacation day huh?

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BKNOCK 7/12/2010 6:18AM

    I love the wave pool, it's been years! Wow, sounds like you guys had a terrific time and it sounds like vacation is just around the corner!

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GEEMAWEST 7/11/2010 11:44PM

    WOW! That sounds like soooooo much fun! I wish we had a park like that close by. I'm so jealous. But happy that you and your kids had fun.

Thanks again for the extra miles on the Walk to Australia.

Cheryl

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