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Teenagers who want to earn money are wonderful!

Sunday, November 22, 2009

My daughter gets an allowance every week. She gets it in part because she has certain chores she has to do every week and in part so she can get some practice managing money before it is vital to do it right.

That said, her "needs" are larger than her allowance. She asked if she could do any chores to earn extra money (I did something right there!) I thought about it and decided that I could afford to pay her $5 if she cleaned the refrigerator. Of course, I low-balled her and said I'd give her $3. She took it!! Woo Hoo!!! And, she did it ALMOST as good as I would.

When she was done, I told her how good it looked and told her thank you very much and I even paid her! She was happy and I was ecstatic. Sometimes, having a teen is a good thing! LOL!

BTW, exercise done! In calorie range, done! Started out right and kept on going!

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RWETHAIRYET 11/23/2009 1:30PM

    Wow, I'm impressed!! Mine always wanted to get paid for chores that they didn't end up doing, lol.
It's been a lot of fun watching them learn to manage in the real know, the world that expects them to actually work for a living??? So far none of them have asked to move home, lol, so they must be managing!!

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GEEMAWEST 11/23/2009 1:20AM

    You are doing a good thing teaching your kids about money. At least they will know that it doesn't grow on trees.

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DOINFINE 11/22/2009 3:09PM

    When I lived in Florida as a child, my mother used to pay us 25 cents for a coffee can of shelled pecans. We had a tree right across the street.
I think she got the better end of the deal! I just paid almost $5 for a bag at Wally-world today!
Allowance...that brings back alot of memories!
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BKNOCK 11/22/2009 8:33AM

    Man how I used to work for that $3 a week when I was a kid!

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BERGIE8771 11/22/2009 1:50AM

    I would pay my son an allowance IF he did his chores. He doesn't, so I don't.

Glad you are having a good result. I think I will talk about the chores and try again with him.

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VVKIMBO07 11/22/2009 1:48AM

    lol Oh the allowance! How I wish I could still get one! :D

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Started on the right foot and kept on going!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

First of all, thank you to all who posted support on my blog. You are all a big part of the reason that I stayed on track today. Didn't want to come tell you that I was weak! LOL!

Went to lunch with the girls and I had Blimpie's grilled chicken bacon ranch without the ranch. Later in the afternoon, I was exhausted and hungry. The cookies from every vending machine in the plant (and it's a BIG plant!) were calling my name. So what did I do? I ate the yogurt and Fiber One cereal that I brought from home. It was enough to sustain me through the end of the day.

Came home, still beat and now hungry. I cooked the pizza (yes, pizza) and ate one piece. Then I went to the gym! Still had room in my calories and I was hungry, so had one more piece. I get the thin crust with chicken, spinach, artichoke hearts, bacon and other yummy stuff on it. (Did anyone else notice the bacon-theme?)

Basically, I am proud to announce that I started day one meeting my goals! I will be doing abs and arms tomorrow. Legs on Sunday. By Sunday evening, I will have the remainder of my strength workouts planned.

Now, time to go back and watch my BSU Broncos beat the Utah Aggies. Not destroying them like they should, but winning!

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GEEMAWEST 11/22/2009 1:04AM

    Good for youl Getting back on track is what it's all about. No matter how many times you have to do it.

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LOWTIDE 11/21/2009 5:07PM

    You are doing so awesome. Great job passing up the cookie. I didn't ...well sort of they handed me a big pumpkin cookie when I went in the train station and it looked so good I had a bite then passed it to gd. I wanted more it was sooo good. The pizza sounds great. Congratulations on taking control and doing a great job.

Utah surprised me, LOL, but it was a great game.

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BKNOCK 11/21/2009 8:00AM

    You are doing great! Keep up the good work and way to go on not eating those cookies!

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Time to get serious.

Thursday, November 19, 2009

No, really! I have been eating and eating and eating and eating and...well, you get the idea...all week. Today I was hungry all day. Not sure why, but I was. I did eat, but had the snacks I took to work. Yogurt and Fiber One cereal, apple and string cheese, a plum.

Anyway, back to seriousness. I need a plan. I need goals. Otherwise I am going to bust through the top of my comfortable range (on the scale) and make something break!

Here's the plan:

Exercise at least 35 minutes every day through 11/28. (I'll look at my schedule tomorrow and determine which days will be at work workouts, after work and before work. Cross your fingers that I don't have to do the before work ones! Those suck! LOL!)

Start doing situps, squats/lunges and pushups at least three times this week.

Stay in calorie range every day through 11/28, except T-day.

On T-day, stay below 2800 calories.

Tell one of my real-world friends my goals so they can help keep me accountable.

Tell ALL my Spark friends my goals for the same reason!

I've said it to my friends a billion times (no, I don't exaggerate! emoticon) that every choice you make makes a difference. Time to start living that!

I'll let everyone know how I did on each of these goals...starting tomorrow!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 11/20/2009 9:29AM

    great plan, wish you success

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KERRYMONIQUE 11/20/2009 8:00AM

    Sounds like a good plan and telling everyone around you gives you extra incentive to follow through. You can do it!! 11/28 is not far away - make it happen!!


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JUNIAATROME 11/20/2009 6:45AM

    WTG! You made a plan and that's half succeeded already.

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BKNOCK 11/20/2009 6:30AM

    they sound like great goals to me! Very similar to the ones hat I set for myself! I am actually trying to exercise at least 60 minutes a day right now but it is killing me!

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LOWTIDE 11/20/2009 12:31AM

    You are doing so awesome. Making plans and sticking with it is the way to go! Way to go thinking of the holidays coming up. A little extra exercise is a must along with the planning. Thanks for the reminder to get my plans in gear!!

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MARIA170 11/19/2009 11:40PM

  You can do it! Start small. I started doing sit ups before bedtime with my hubby. Then we did squats every night. The next thing you know, we started going to a gym! lol. Good luck.

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What is the problem?

Tuesday, November 17, 2009

I have been out of calorie range for the past five days straight. I've been out of fat range (over), fiber (under), carbs (under) and sodium (over) more than I've been in. Today I was 65 calories over by the time I finished eating dinner. Not bad, right? So I celebrated by eating a cookie! emoticon

So...what's my problem?

Am I stressed and think that eating is the best way to fix the stress?
Am I tired and eating to try to stay awake?
Am I pretty happy with where I am and think I can eat whatever I want now that I'm basically at goal?
Is there some other reason that I push crap into my piehole instead of dealing with the emotions/stress/tiredness/happiness(?) I'm feeling?
Yes to all of the above? all of you Sparklers out there. HELP!! Do you eat for any of the reasons above? Have you figured out some way to not? I'm open to suggestions as I'm apparently at a place that I need to make some changes. Even small changes.

Thanks in advance because I know you'll give me some great ideas...or at least some GREAT support!

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MOVIEFREAK00 11/18/2009 6:19PM

    Well if it has anything to do with being close to your goal, I hear you there! I wasn't quite as close to my goal or anything but felt like I had made so much progress it apparently gave me the right to essentially maintain my weight for the past 2 months.

I know you only have a few lbs left to go but maybe you can try what I did which was take you previous weigh in (last week) and treat it as though you're just starting your journey. Revive your brain mentally the way it was when you first started. Get excited with new recipes, up your fruit / veggie servings, try a different exercise even if it seems less intense than what you are currently doing, etc. etc.

You can do this! emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 11/18/2009 1:40PM

    Sometimes it's stress. Sometimes it's boredom. Sometimes it's pure frustration because even when I stay on track the weight refuses to come off. Sometimes it's out-right resentment that I can't eat what ever I want. Sometimes it's just because it tastes too good.
And then there were days like yesterday and I was depressed and just didn't care about why I shouldn't eat those 4 chocolate chip cookies and that piece of chocolate cream pie.

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_MAOMAO_ 11/18/2009 12:05AM

  What about that fat farm? Can we just send ourselves there for the winter? Will Jillian and Bob be there? I could use that kind of POSITIVE reinforcement.

I know how easy it is to eat over my goals, especially lately.

No, eating a cookie to celebrate is not an appropriate celebration for ONLY eating 65 calories over - but I can SO relate!
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GEEMAWEST 11/17/2009 11:54PM

    WOW! This sounds totally familiar. I eat because I'm stressed, I eat because, because, because, because, because of the wonderful things he does. Oh wait, I got a little off track there.

I know for me it's just a matter of not making excuses. Because believe me, I can find an excuse for anything when it comes to being healthy. Use us (your sparkfriends) as a sounding board. That's what we're here for. Let us help you be accountable. And above all - Don't lie to yourself about any of it because you'll only be hurting yourself.

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The drama of the teenage years

Monday, November 16, 2009

My daughter asked me a question tonight that took a little bit of deciphering. She asked "What does it mean when someone has nothing on me?" After some digging, it turns out that a boy told her that the star of the Twilight movies, Kristen something or other, had "nothing on you" in reference to my daughter. Since this Kristen person doesn't even know my daughter, I knew she didn't have some sort of dirt that she was holding over my daughter's head like blackmail. LOL!

But... emoticon...that means that this boy thinks my daughter is cute/sexy/pretty/some other adjective I don't even want to contemplate!

I asked her if he was cute. Noncommittal shrug. I asked her "If he asked you to be his girlfriend, would you say yes?" Her answer...I already did. What!!! "Oh, but I broke up with him today." They had been "dating" for less than three days. Now he is begging her to be his girlfriend again. emoticon Not sure what to think of that. AND, he is one year younger.

The good news is that "dating" means they call each other boyfriend and girlfriend. There may be hand holding, but probably not. Kissing is a little less likely. Going on an actual date is even LESS likely as none of them are old enough to drive.

Can I turn back the clock and make my little girl be five again?

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RWETHAIRYET 11/18/2009 1:28PM

    Heehee, hubby tells me that whenever his daughter would bring home a new boyfriend for the first time, he'd make her bring her down to the basement to meet him before they went out....where he'd be sitting, cleaning and polishing a gun, as he set down curfews/guidelines.
He says her dates always managed to bring her home on time, lol.
I feel for you, friend, I really do. Seems like only yesterday I was hearing the same thing from my girls.
Just as bad was the way the cute little blonds would follow around and throw themselves at one of my boys by the time he was 11.

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FRANCLYN 11/18/2009 9:16AM

    I have two girls, one is 15 and the other 4. She knows she's not allowed to date (the older one) until she's 16 so she calls the current boy the-guy-who-would-be-my-boyfriend-i
f-I-was-allowed-to-date. We just call him geek.
The little one has a couple of boys she makes a point to hug and hang onto. Sadly the older one is clearly the tamer personality...this round will be easier than the next I fear.

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SNAZZYPS 11/17/2009 9:59PM

    My daughter turns 20 right after thanksgiving this year and I have survived!! LOL


I wasn't always happy with what my daughter did but at least I knew what was going on and who she was with and where she was.

And she always knew that no matter how disappointed she thought I might be in her she could always confide in me and call me to come rescue her if she needed to.

"Open Conversation" is all I can say

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CALIMAN1 11/17/2009 3:52PM

    Barb, you just stressed me out big time! My daughter is "only" 11, but she is going to middle school next year and then a couple years after that, HIGH SCHOOL!!!!!!!!!

As my stepfather used to shout at my sisters' dates, "I HAVE A SHOTGUN AND I KNOW HOW TO USE IT!"

OK, he didn't really shout that, but he would sharpen his hunting blade every time they were around.

Raising kids is so much fun....all we can do is mentor them, love them, disicpline them, and hope that it all "sticks." In the end, if we do those things, I think most of them will be all right!

Your story is very cute though....well, as long as it's not my daughter who Kristen Stewart doesn't have anything over!


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HEALTHYLIVIN81 11/17/2009 2:53PM

    I have two young girls and believe that the teenage years will the toughest. I do remember what I put my mother through as a teen. That's great that your daughter came to you and asked you about what this boy said and that she let you know that they were boyfriend and girlfriend. It's great that she is open with you some teens hid these things from there parents. It shows how great of a relationship the two of you have.

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SEASHELL78 11/17/2009 10:17AM

    I'm dreading these years coming up! My boys are 6 and 7 and already they have a couple neighbor girls they like to hold hands with on the way home, Yikes!

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NANC304 11/17/2009 9:54AM

    My kids are both grown and through the rough teenage years. Now I'm waiting for them to have kids of their own. Pay back! Be happy your daughter is still talking to you about things like this. We went through some rough times with our daughter, but now she is my best friend. She confides in me about a lot of things. Probably not everything, but a lot.

Good luck!

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CARLANNIE 11/17/2009 9:45AM

    News flash: once your kids get in high school/older teen years, they don't 'date' any more. Whatever label they put on it, it amounts to the same thing, but they don't call it that. Each generate struggles so hard to find their own autonomy. LOL, but it all serves the same end: putting gray hairs on the parents' heads! Hang in there.

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MOMMYOF2CUTIES 11/17/2009 7:38AM

    This is something I do not want to think about. I have a 12.5 year old now and shudder at the thought of dating!

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ME2448 11/17/2009 6:36AM

    I have a 17 year old son. I am going through it now.

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BKNOCK 11/17/2009 6:14AM

    It gets a little scary doesn't it! I don't have kids but I have quite a few nieces and I am constantly praying for them. Can you imagine raising children without believing in God? Now that would really be scary! Thankfully we have our heavenly father to protect us and our children.

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ARENDIVA 11/17/2009 12:09AM

    middle school dating cracks me up. my little sister has had more "boyfreinds" than i have. They dont last long and they dont involve real dates

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JUNIAATROME 11/17/2009 12:05AM

    Good luck with trying to turn back the clock! No girl, you've got to stand through it all the way and see your little girl become a big girl who knows what's good for her. It will show also if you have done a good job so far. Scary, scary time. But there is always faith that the Father watches over them when we can't. And there is a lot of fun. Well, they become a lot of fun when they turn up at your door as adults.

So, welcome to the club of wonnabe parents of toddlers.

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RENA1965 11/16/2009 11:49PM

    lol be happy your kid is normal I have two ADHD'er and life is always with a twist.. If my two find nice girls and get married I will do a huge dance with joy..

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GEEMAWEST 11/16/2009 11:42PM

    I'm so glad those years are over for me. Although, I have 3 granddaughters that aren't far away from that kind of stuff. In fact, the oldest one (10) told me the other day that she hopes she gets her period very soon. I asked her why she was in such a hurry and she said because she wants to get it over and done with. LOL Should have seen her face when she learned the truth.

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