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Dang busy weekend...but aren't they all?

Sunday, December 12, 2010

Saturday - up at 8:00 (yep, I slept in).
Moxie Java for a gift card.
Home for breakfast and start laundry.
Take the boxer (Abby) in for shots so she can be boarded over Christmas. Poor puppy has an ear infection, so we got meds for that.
Home for lunch.
Rolled two batches of peanut butter balls.
More laundry.
Took both kids to Wal Mart for pants, a couple of presents and a few groceries.
Out to dinner with DH.
After dinner, DS and I went to a friend's Christmas party/open house.
Finally home and in bed around 11:00.

Sunday, up at 6:30 (cos DH was awake) and off to the gym.
More laundry.
Dipped the first four batches of PB balls.
Rolled and dipped four more batches. My work department is having our potluck on Thursday and chocolate peanut butter balls is what I bring. If I don't, I'm not allowed to eat! LOL!
Put ear medicine in Abby's ear. That was exciting, I must say. Not very successful, but exciting! LOL!
More laundry.
Wrap presents while watching a Christmas movie, probably on Lifetime.
Make dinner
Get everything gathered for tomorrow.
Sit and Spark...finally!

Going to bed in about 10 minutes and man am I ready for the rest!

Life is good and I hope it's as good for all of you!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/13/2010 3:39PM

    WEll, on Saturday I slept in (7:30), walked my dog, got in my car and drove the hour and a half to Suzymobiles...and then just wandered the day was great!
Of course on Sunday I ran my a&& off trying to do all the things I should have been doing on Saturday....but it was worth it, haha!
Mmmmmm, peanut butter balls!

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CARLANNIE 12/13/2010 9:17AM

    It was a busy weekend here as well, but in a good way. Now I'm wondering about those peanut butter balls - they must have rave reviews from your co-workers! Enjoy the week.
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BETHGILLIGAN 12/13/2010 7:10AM

    You did have a busy one!!! But, sounds like you got a lot done. Good for you! I've done the doggie ear med!! I had my son's little beagle in September and she had one as well as one of mine (we have 2 beagle rescues). It was a full time job as neither dog "enjoyed" the experience! LOL I thought those ear infections would NEVER clear up!!!!

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BKNOCK 12/13/2010 5:16AM

    Sounds like a busy weekend too! I am going to work today to rest up!

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/12/2010 11:29PM

  You got a lot done! I worked most of yesterday and today. Got trapped in Portsmouth this morning by a very quick hitting ice storm. They actually closed down the road I use because there were so many cars off the road.
Have a good rest.

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Two servings of cookies and STILL don't hit the carbs range?

Tuesday, December 07, 2010

Most of my meals today were fairly low in calories. So, I needed some snacks to make up my calories for the day. First snack was an apple and string cheese. The next snack was a Fiber One bar. Third was two ham and egg cups with broccoli and onions. STILL had calories left.

So, I then had two (yes two) servings of Lorna Doone butter cookies...the best cookies ever! I was in my calorie range. In my fat range. In my protein range. And still way under on my carbs! It seems that the only time I can hit the carbs is when I eat unhealthy (and yet tasty) stuff. So I'll hit it on Friday! LOL! Employee appreciation dinner - prime rib, mashed potatoes, rolls and cheesecake!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/10/2010 7:30AM

    OMG, I haven't had a Lorna Doone since I was a teenager living with my grandmother. She always had them in the house and always served them up with ice cream...they go great with any flavor, haha! I used to love them!! Have to pick some up tonight!
I never have problems with carbs either, but then again, I love my bread. I could eat an entire crusty Italian loaf with butter and call it dinner.

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/8/2010 8:17PM

  you know I have problems hitting protein and fiber. Carbs can also be a problem, but usually my fruit and veggies takes care of it. I need to do something tonight to get my calories in. Too much low calorie food today.

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MDTWEETY 12/8/2010 2:53PM

    That's a great problem to have, IMO! emoticon

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JOHNTJ1 12/8/2010 11:15AM

    If you are going to do it, do it big.

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DMGABBETT 12/8/2010 9:16AM

    No-bake peanut butter oatmeal cookies work well, they are a good/easy source for carbs/cals, just add some protein powder for the trifecta. ;-)

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CAROLEHZ 12/8/2010 8:49AM

    Whew! I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one having trouble getting the numbers for Carbs. I eat Oatmeal every morning and a sandwich for lunch and I still don't hit the minimum most days.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/8/2010 8:27AM

    Carbs? REALLY???? I NEVER go under!!! But, I'm not losing weight either! LOL

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BKNOCK 12/8/2010 5:57AM

    I am a breadaholic so I don't have that problem!

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MOMMYKAY038 12/8/2010 3:35AM

    Okay great! I am not crazy! This has happened to me everyday since I started EXCEPT for the last 3 days... here is my trick.

Oatmeal or cream of wheat. The serving is pretty small but the carbs are higher than like toast would be. I've also found pitas to help a lot. Again more carbs than regular bread.

Let me know if you come up with any more good ideas!

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KENDRACARROLL 12/8/2010 1:55AM

    I have to say I have NEVER not hit my carb range. And, I cannot even imagine how you cannot...

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GEEMAWEST 12/7/2010 11:45PM

    Love the Lorna Doone's!!

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SUNHOME 12/7/2010 11:17PM

    A few months ago, I really increased my carbohydrates as part of my half-marathon training. I found that eating more fruit and whole grain foods (i.e. oatmeal) really helped me bridge that gap.

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OUIOUIOUI 12/7/2010 10:58PM

  I never hit my carb range either! I found that very odd.

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Form letter in the Christmas card?

Sunday, December 05, 2010

I know that most people do not like the form letters that come in Christmas letters. All of that bragging and who has time to read four pages, printed on both sides in size 8 font? I have better things to do, right?

Well, you wouldn't say that if you received MY form letter! LOL!

Here are the rules I follow.

1. One page, one side, size 10 or 12 font.
2. No bragging.
3. One paragraph per family member
4. Make it fun!

I've had people tell me that they look forward to my letter each year. And I have fun writing it! The hard part is remembering stuff that happened more than a month ago! This year, though, it's easy to remember DS's year. Broken collarbone, sprained back muscles, hurt elbow on last game of the year. Poor kid.

So, do you write and send a form letter? Does anyone send them to you? Do you get any that you like?

BTW...when I was a kid, friends of ours gave us a fruitcake each year that was DELICIOUS!!! Wish I could get some of that again!

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CATHERINEL66 12/9/2010 6:36AM

    I am not even sure that I'm going to get to Christmas cards this year at all, much less the form letter. I've done one a couple times in the past, but it was years ago. I'm feeling pretty maxxed out with work, and am actively taking everything off my to-do list that's not a total neccessity.

I don't mind getting them, and if they're braggy, DH and I just make fun of them. We're mean that way, LOL.

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FRAN0426 12/7/2010 7:07PM

    On the yeaqrs that we do a letter in the Chistmas cards, it is only one page in lenght. However, most years I write only a few hand writted letters for friends and family farther away. I always hand write a personal note in every card I send tho. We usually get a fer letters from friends in cards each year and they also make it to the point and one page most of the time. I do enjy getting the letters from them as it's one way to keep up on them and their families.

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CARLANNIE 12/7/2010 1:20PM

    My Christmas letters are just like yours - one page, 10 font, paragraph on each family member, questions about the receiver. And I insert photos to match the paragraphs. I probably get a dozen letters each year from people who live away from us, so I look forward to hearing what is new in their lives. So much better than just signing "Merry Christmas, B&B".

Write on!

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KENDRACARROLL 12/7/2010 10:14AM

    I like fruit cake. I like Christmas form letters, too. Especially if the include a lot of pictures. Never managed to write one myself though. Lucky and glad to get my cards out in time. :)

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RWETHAIRYET 12/6/2010 5:02PM

    Eww, fruitcake!!
I remember making a fruitcake for my dad (with the help of my grandmother) every year from earliest memories to graduating highschool. I wouldn't touch it because I didn't like a lot of the fruits that went in it, but then she'd make me one with nothing but red and green cherries in it, haha.
Best part was pulling it out every week and resoaking the cheesecloth in rum or brandy (depending on who the cake was for) Those were some potent cakes by the time they were "ready for giving"
Still have the recipe somewhere. Haven't made it in years, but keep it because it was one of my grandmothers.

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QUIKSYLVER 12/6/2010 3:27PM

    I always just put my blog address in the card, and if they want to go read that stuff they can.

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/6/2010 1:38PM

  I get only one card a year and it is a form letter from my cousin. It is usually informative, but some of it is so high brow that I have no idea what they are talking about. I do love this cousin though. He has been my support through a lot of family turmoil.
Sears used to sell a fruitcake that was wonderful. I can't find it anymore.

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GERIKRAGH 12/6/2010 12:35PM

    I send a sort of form letter. I have Jan.--one thing great. Feb--one thing great, etc. That's all. Just 12 lines.

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JOHNTJ1 12/6/2010 10:04AM

    My youngest sister send one along with pictures. It cracks me up a bit because I talk to her three times a week so I already know most of what she is talking about

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CAROLEHZ 12/6/2010 8:59AM

    The one person who sent us a Christmas letter was my husband's Aunt Martha who has since passed away. It did keep us informed on the family, we miss it and her. My few cards are mostly from Business acquaintances. I love fruit cake. The problem is I would be the only one eating it at my house. It's the type of thing, for me at least, that you grab a slice of as you walk past. So, no fruit cake for me.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/6/2010 6:47AM

    This is the first year in many that I have not sent a form letter. I usually like to get them--the good ones are, well, good and the bragging ones are good for a laugh! LOL

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BKNOCK 12/6/2010 6:16AM

    I don't get many Christmas cards either but some of the form letters I have seen are cute! A friend of mine puts a lot of pictures so you know I like that!

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SANDYBRUNO 12/5/2010 11:27PM

    I used to work for a place originally called Manor Baking Company. They had the best fruitcakes. Unfortuantely they quit selling them.

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GEEMAWEST 12/5/2010 11:26PM

    Don't send Christmas cards anymore. Just received a form letter from a friend yesterday. From the looks of it she wrote it during the summer because on the back side of it she had to explain that her mother had passed away in September.

Hate Fruitcake.

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LIL-VIXEN 12/5/2010 10:48PM

    I don't get many Xmas cards and I don't really send out that many either.

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ALLIE_1969 12/5/2010 10:45PM

    The only Christmas cards I get anymore are from my investment adviser and a couple of business acquaintances... no letters telling me what happened in the last year... of course I don't send Christmas cards either so what can I expect?

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Scheduled eating days

Friday, December 03, 2010

Yep, I have them. There are a few more this time of year, but I schedule days to eat whatever I want throughout the year. They tend to be about once a week, usually Saturdays.

The goal is to write down any cravings I have throughout the week and promise myself I can have it on Saturday. Usually, by the time Saturday rolls around, I don't want it anymore! And, I allow myself to go to a restaurant that I like, regardless of what kind of food they serve. There are lots of places that I like to eat but no one else in my family does. Or, DS does like it, but they don't have anything he can eat. To make sure that I enjoy my eating day, I try to imagine what I will eat. i imagine how it will taste and how I will feel while I am eating it. AND, I imagine how I will feel after I am done eating it. When I do that, I usually make much healthier choices, even though I have *permission* to eat anything I want.

In the next few weeks, I have four to six "eating days" planned. The first one is tomorrow. Groceries, game day, bunco. Need I say more? emoticon

The next one is our department's holiday party/potluck. Everyone brings their own specialty dishes and there are so many choices and I only get to eat them once per year. I also plan to eat light for both breakfast and dinner that day and only have one snack instead of two.

The third eating day is the company's Employee Appreciation Dinner. They serve us prime rib with mashed potatoes and veggies. There is a variety of cheesecakes AND the bosses serve us! LOVE this tradition!

Days 4 - 6 are Christmas, Christmas Eve and the day after Christmas. We'll be at my MIL's and she expresses love with food. So, we eat. I will try to minimize the eating while we're there but the travel time will be another hurdle (three or four hours each way, depending on weather).

The good news? Six days of eating will not make me gain weight. Six out of 31 days is 19%. That means I will be making healthy choices 81% of the time. And I will be working out on most, if not all, of my eating days. Overall, my eating days will help me stay on track the rest of the time. Bring on the holidays!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CARLANNIE 12/5/2010 8:54PM

    Love your strategy! You'll maintain in flying glory! Enjoy.

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JOHNTJ1 12/5/2010 3:34PM

    I started Spark 11 days before Christmas. I told myself that no matter what Christmas was a free day. I have about six per year and what I've found is that I dont go crazy. I eat what I want, just not a whole lot of it.

Enjoy your meals!!! Our culture puts an emphasis on sharing meals and happiness and I think this is a good thing, within reason.

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GEEMAWEST 12/4/2010 10:35PM

    Good planning!

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AUNTIEANNE22 12/4/2010 7:40PM

  You are amazing! I also find myself making healthier choices when I'm out. I love the way you have it all figured out.

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CARRAND 12/4/2010 1:29PM

    Good plan! I'm sure you can make it work.

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NEWNAC304 12/4/2010 12:51PM

    What a great idea!

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/4/2010 8:03AM

    Great plan!! Love it--I may have to copy it. Thanks for sharing.

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BKNOCK 12/4/2010 6:35AM

    Sounds like a good plan! I hope that you enjoy it all!

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Snow day for me is a little different than for kids

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

We had a little over 6" of snow fall on my little valley overnight. This means that the roads were snow covered, slick and extremely slow going. I know how to drive on snow and I know I could have made it to work. However, it would have been at least an hour (probably closer to two) and a drive full of tension. I opted to stay home.

But...I did not take the day off. I got up at my normal time and headed to the gym. Before I could drive away though, I "had" to shovel the drive and walk around my car so I wouldn't drive on it and have to shovel it later. I hate having to shovel packed snow! After my workout, I "had" to shovel the remainder of the drive and walk before my DH left for work (same reason!).

I then came inside, showered, ate breakfast and logged into my computer at work. Spent a good three hours catching up on stuff before I went out and shoveled the walk (again). It had been snowing steadily for the whole three hours and there were another two (or 15!!) inches of snow on the ground. But it had warmed up and the snow was heavier (bonus...or not) and the sidewalks stayed clear this time. Putting down ice melt helped too, I'm sure.

After I got done, I noticed my neighbor shoveling her walk. She has three boys, the youngest is two-ish, and her DH is in Iraq. (Didn't know that until after the walks were clear.) So, I went over and helped her shovel her walk and driveway. Hers was a little more difficult as her two oldest and my DS had "helped" her shovel earlier. Which means they packed down most of the snow and removed very little. LOL! Anyway, by the time hers were cleared and snow melt was down, I'd been outside for about an hour. Time to come in for lunch and warming up! The afternoon was filled with laundry and catching up on more work from home.

The kids had a totally different kind of day. School was closed, so they both slept in. Then they played outside making snow men, snow forts, snow balls and snow bears. Then they came inside and either played in their rooms or on the Wii or read. How unfair is that? Oh, and to add to the unfairness? They fought! Over dumb stuff!! They're getting along for now and will have to get their chores done and ready for school tomorrow. But overall, I'd say they won the snow day comparison. emoticon emoticon read correctly. Snow bears. Here is a picture of the snow bear my DD and her friend made today. Man! Wish I had some of that creativity and talent! I was impressed!

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RWETHAIRYET 12/2/2010 4:55PM

    Cute snow bear!
Funny how different a snow day is for the kids than for the parents, huh?
And I'm with you on shoveling before it gets all packed down...Hubby doesn't get it, but it's so much easier to shovel before you walk all over it...starting with the porch.

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CATHERINEL66 12/2/2010 11:46AM

    Wow! That much snow already! I am so disconnected in DC (and happy about that). Hang in there and keep on shoveling! That's gotta count as super fitness!

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JOHNTJ1 12/2/2010 9:28AM

    Sounds like you got a better workout in shoveling snow then you would have at the gym!!!!

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NEWNAC304 12/2/2010 8:35AM

    I hope you logged all that shoveling into your fitness tracker! I'm sure you burned a ton of calories! I hope today is better for you. Thanks for sharing the snow bear picture. It's darling!

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BKNOCK 12/2/2010 6:00AM

    Maybe Santa should leave them each a snow shovel so that you can teach them how to shovel! It sounds like you got plenty of exercise! Too bad you didn't squeeze a nap in there somewhere

The snow bear is really cool!

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KENDRACARROLL 12/1/2010 9:27PM

    Yay for snow bears! :)

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GEEMAWEST 12/1/2010 8:57PM

    You made the right decision to stay home. You may know how to drive in the snow, however, there are a lot of people out there that don't.

So nice of you to help your neighbor. I am more convinced every day that you're not such a bad person. LOL

Love the snow bear!

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CARRAND 12/1/2010 8:54PM

    Wow, do you know how many calories you burned shoveling snow?

And it was really sweet of you to help your neighbor shovel, too.

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BETHGILLIGAN 12/1/2010 8:33PM

    Sounds like a productive snow day for you and a fun one for your kiddos!

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WINDEE52 12/1/2010 8:20PM

    I actually volunteer for shoveling and raking...hey it's gotta get done anyway, might as well get the calorie burn right. Big karmic hug for helping your neighbor too!

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