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Party all the time, party all the time, party all the tiiiiiime

Saturday, March 06, 2010

That was an 80's song wasn't it? Sure hope it's stuck in your head now too, just like it's stuck in mine! LOL!

Anyway, today was my son's birthday party. I made the cake last night so at least that was off my list of to-do's today. AND, while I was at the gym last night, the boy cleaned off the kitchen counter for me. He did a really good job too! He pointed it out as soon as I got home and I asked him if we'd been robbed! LOL! Then I told him what a great job he did and thanked him profusely. I also asked DH to please do his dishes before he left this morning.

My plan was to getup this morning, exercise, shower, eat breakfast and be out the door for errands by 9:30. Well...DH did not do his dishes. emoticon I was sooooooo mad. I slammed a couple of things and yelled at him and basically threw a little fit (okay, a big fit). No, he wasn't home to see any of this. LOL! I ended up doing his dishes and that put me a good 30 minutes behind schedule. I'm sure the fit didn't delay me AT ALL!! I also decided that since I had to do his dishes, he had to make my dinner. Fair's fair, right?

After I exercised, showered, ate, did laundry, etc., it was time to go on a couple of errands. I actually left the house at about 10:15. The party wasn't scheduled to start until 2:00, so plenty of time. Went to the GF store for pizza crusts and then hit the party store for silly string and handcuffs. The boys wanted to play cops and robbers...what were you thinking? emoticon Anyway, they didn't have handcuffs, but I did find shackles. Good enough!

I was whizzing through my errands so I decided to hit the Bed Bath and Beyond next door and see what I could see. I found some nice, heavy, tapered glasses to replace the not so nice ones that we have now. Only $10 for a dozen glasses. Got those! Then I decided to see how much a scale that measured body fat percentage would cost. I found one for only $95! I left that one too! That's a LOT of money! I found another one for only $30. I bought that one. (Yes, I checked it out as soon as I got home!) After BBB, I hit the local grocery store for candles, punch and buns for cheeseburgers. Oh, and I cashed in my coins. $25 baby!

On my way home, swung by the library and got two more books to sit in my basket while I finish the other stuff I have to read. Got the house straightened enough and then waited for guests to arrive. The shackles kept the boys busy (and outside!) for about 45 minutes. Then they came in for cake and presents. I had hidden some army men in the back yard for them to find in a "covert operation" after cake. Unfortunately, Abby, our boxer, ambushed some of them before the operation could be organized. She found, and assassinated five of them. One of them was beheaded! LOL! So, I let my daughter and her friend hide the remaining army men out front. All of the troops were returned safely.

Then, we were hit by a freak storm! Silly string came out of nowhere, landed only at our house, and, oddly enough, almost ALL of it landed on my daughter. By the way, it came out of little cans held by screaming banshee boys! LOL! They played outside until the parents came and took them away. One is spending the night and they are playing nicely (read "quietly") upstairs.

BTW, DH did make my dinner. He took me to Old Chicago! I have been seeing their commercials and the food looked DELICIOUS!!! I had the pepperoni rolls, the chicken cordon bleu (blue?) calzone and the apple crisp (no ice cream). Very yummy! Service wasn't great, but overall it was good. I even brought home half of my calzone. Don't get me wrong, I COULD have eaten the whole thing. Just decided I'd better not.

It's been a long, busy day, but it was worth it. Boy is happy, girl is happy, DH is happy and I'm happy too (now!). Time to sit and relax. Or research dishwashers....

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/8/2010 12:35AM

    Sounds like you are a very well organised lady :0
Glad all went well... next time have a tantrum when he's there... I do ;0)


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GEEMAWEST 3/7/2010 11:03PM

    You such a good mommy.

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BKNOCK 3/7/2010 7:18AM

    Wow, what a crazy Saturday but it sure sounds like your son had a great day! I hope that you get some rest today!

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MUSIC66 3/7/2010 3:54AM

    sounds like the party went off with a bang excuse the pun glad your son is happy.

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DONNAORLENE 3/7/2010 12:51AM

    Sounds like you pulled off a super party for a super son! Which makes YOU.....SUPER MOM!!!!!!! 'TA DA DA DA DA DA! HURRAY!!!!

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LMB-ESQ 3/7/2010 12:24AM

    Sounds like a great, perfect party! I remember those days... fun! Glad you all had a good time!

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Kicking butt, close to goal, sabotage?

Saturday, March 06, 2010

I have noticed a pattern in my lifestyle. Every time I seem to be making progress, I decide that I can relax a little and I'll still be okay. That means that I eat a couple thousand calories per day and maybe I'll go to the gym. Okay, I still go to the gym most of the time. I have get to get my frustrations out somehow, right? emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

But, sometimes those frustrations aren't as hard to get out. You know? I burn 200 calories on the elliptical instead of the normal 350. Stuff like that. I got my time in, so I'm still okay. Yeah, I know. NOT!!!

A couple of weeks ago I got really sick. Coughing, cold, blech. As the cold started to go away, I lost my appetite for about a week. (VERY weird for me!!) During that week, I still exercised and I tried to eat healthy foods when I could make myself eat. After, I started being hungry again, but I continued to make fairly good choices. Over the course of that three weeks, I lost four pounds! Woo HOO!!! Dropped me down to a healthy BMI for the first time in years. Feeling pretty good too!

So, what did I do this week? I've been over my calories four out of seven days this week. The three days I was in, I was at the top of my range. Fat was over five out of seven days. Cos I'm healthy! I don't have to watch what I eat! Watch me! emoticon Watch me undo all the exercise and hard work! emoticon

I've recognized the pattern. Now I need to do something about it. Figure out why I thought I needed to eat two breakfast sandwiches when one would have been plenty. Why I ate peanuts instead of the apple and cheese. Why I don't seem to want to let myself lose that last four pounds. I guess if I knew all of those answers, I would be at goal and wouldn't have to think about it anymore, huh?

I'll get there. Tomorrow is the first step. NIGHT!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/8/2010 1:01AM

    Don't know if it's a women thing, but same here... 4 kilo's to go... and syeesus it's taking forever!!

Let's do this sparkers!!



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DEUSMACHINA 3/8/2010 12:42AM

    I'm with you, man. I do *exactly* the same thing. Bloody irritating, isn't it??

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GEEMAWEST 3/7/2010 11:26PM

    I do exactly the same thing. I lose a little and then I relax and figure I can eat whatever I want. What's up with that? I feel your pain woman!! Maybe I will learn from you. There's always hope.

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LMB-ESQ 3/6/2010 10:16AM

    "I have noticed a pattern in my lifestyle. Every time I seem to be making progress, I decide that I can relax a little and I'll still be okay.....Why I don't seem to want to let myself lose that last four pounds. I guess if I knew all of those answers, I would be at goal and wouldn't have to think about it anymore, huh?"

Oh man... I think you're living inside my head! Everytime I do that I kick myself in the butt. We just need to work one day at a time and show ourselves that waggling, scolding finger every time we think we can "relax". On the other hand, we're only human. I think we really need to quit punishing ourselves. We WILL get there!

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LATTE48 3/6/2010 10:00AM

  Boy does this sound familar. Good luck in the future. emoticon

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BKNOCK 3/6/2010 6:57AM

    You will get there! I am like that too and I think that I will probably have to track what i eat the rest of my life because the seccond I start losing and I am not that careful I quit losing. I have been on the border of 180 for about 1 month now and I keep going back and forth.

You have a great determination and I am sure that you will do it!

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DONNAORLENE 3/6/2010 1:47AM

    Ha! If your determination doesn't get you there I know your stubbornness will!!! You go for it girl! You KNOW you can DO IT!!!! You've already done it! LOL!!!!!! Luv ya!

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MUSIC66 3/6/2010 1:35AM

    you will get there .

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Measuring body fat

Friday, March 05, 2010

I am finally in the healthy range for BMI, barely. I can see places on my body that if I could just detach them, I would. A little pooch at the stomach, two saddle bags (one per leg) and just carve a little off the inner thigh. (Can you tell that I carry my weight on my legs?)

I realize that liposuction would probably be just like "detaching" those areas, but do you realize that liposuction hurts?!?!?!? No way is someone gonna stick a big old vacuum hose in my body and suck out the fat! Plus, you have to wear this body stocking thing for, like, forever afterwards. I don't think I could get it off fast enough when I needed to pee! LOL! Oh...and it costs money. I have better things to spend my money on. Like lasik...oh or shoes!! emoticon

Anyway, back to my original thought. I don't know what my body fat percentage is. I've had the caliper test done in the past and I don't really like how inaccurate it can be. I would really like to do the underwater test or the body pod test or something like that. I think I'll add that onto my list of things to research (after dishwasher and games for a birthday party). yes, I have a list for everything! emoticon

Does anyone have any thoughts on where to get a body fat test? My local gym is not equipped for that. Maybe the Gold's Gym in the next town is. Hmmmm...

(Hey G-Ma...I did a spell check before posting this blog. Proud of me, aren't ya!)

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GEEMAWEST 3/5/2010 11:00PM

    Glad to hear that you are smart enough not to get liposuction. Can you say Yuck!!?? and Ouch!!???

I want to have a healthy BMI, and I'm almost there but I won't have surgery to make my body look better. I'm too old for that. I'm a G-Ma, you know?

BTW, if you're smart enough to use spell check you're smart enough for just about anything! Way to go!!
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PINK-LADYBUG 3/5/2010 2:23PM

    Aren't there scales that tell you your body fat percentage when you weigh yourself? Or is that another one of those things that I'm positive exist, and then everyone else thinks I'm loony?? Elves, unicorns, calorie-free-but-completely-delicou
s -and-elusive chocolate, body fat bathroom scales...
I have no idea if they're anymore accurate than calipers, though - where's that list if yours?? emoticon

Can't wait to hear what you find out!

I've been not-too-Sparkly lately, but I'm back and trying to change that. Glad to see you're still your same entertaining self! emoticon Please stop by and nag at me a little to stay on track - I need it!


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AWYEAGLE 3/5/2010 11:34AM

    Well after reading your post I was interested in hydrodensitometry also so I did a little research - couldn't find a place anywhere near idaho that says you can do that sort of thing. If you find out let me know.

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CARLANNIE 3/5/2010 10:03AM

    Jillian Michael's blog today said that many doctors are now using the waist to hip ratio as a better accounting for health. It's always something new, eh? No clues for your body fat measurement, but maybe St. Al's would have a referral for you? They seem to do a lot of community outreach programs.

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JUNIAATROME 3/5/2010 8:18AM

    No suggestions on where you could get an accurate fat percentage for your body - but a lot of other comments.
First, I would never consider liposuction - it's of the devil! Sure it is (not just because it costs so much money). I am not sure I'd go for any of those fancy beauty operations which make some people so embarressingly rich and others - well, quite poor for no reason.

Second - I'd be really glad if my BMI was anywhere close to normal. So happy that I wouldn't bother with the pouches. Who cares?! Oh well, I CAN see why you would care, but there is a fact of life and that is that our bodies are not created to look better with years. We can only keep them reasonably healthy and fit. I believe that getting older should be considered a plus, not a minus. Who would want our kids to stay babies forever? Even if there is no doubt that baby skin is so beautifully tender and elastic...

In short: CONGRATULATIONS on reaching healthy BMI!!! You rock!

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MUSIC66 3/5/2010 6:00AM

    i would never spend that sort of money either as we have only started a car payment on the new car which we have had only since the first week of february .

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BKNOCK 3/5/2010 5:54AM

    Congratulations on your BMA! I was at the doctor but once again this week waiting, waiting and more waiting when I noticed that I have been out of the morbidly obese rank for quite a while and I have 3 more steps for getting out of the yellow (Obese). I thought that was pretty cool too!

I have to tell you, you taught me some stuff about liposuction that I never knew! I don't think I would ever spend money on something like that! Especially since I am getting ready to start another car payment.

Take care,

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Perserving the house...

Thursday, March 04, 2010

No...I'm not turning my house into jam. But I might be in a jam! LOL! As most of you know, my boy turned 11 today. His birthday party is this Saturday. So far, I've gotten goodies for the goodie bag (mostly toys, not candy!), gotten the ingredients for the cake, bought and wrapped the present, invited the kids and gotten RSVP's. Sounds like I'm ready, huh?

Um...not quite. What will I do to keep five or six boys, ages 8 - 12, happy, busy and out of trouble for two hours? So far, I have the following.

Open presents - 10 minutes (I make the giver sit next to the givee and get a picture taken. The idea is to send the picture to the parents. Haven't quite gotten that far yet.)
Eat cake - 5 minutes...and that's if I'm slow to serve!

Yeah, um, I can do math and that leaves me with about 105 minutes to fill! Two of them could play Wii at a time, but then what do the rest do? Exactly! No Wii. It's supposed to be around 50' on Saturday. Maybe I'll send them on a covert mission. Did that last year tho, and it took them all of five minutes to run from house-to-house. Not very covert. emoticon

The boy does have about a billion Nerf guns. Maybe they can have a shootout in the backyard. Or...I could let my daughter give them all makeovers! No...wait....they would hate that! I'd laugh, but my son may not have any friends afterwards! LOL!

I'm open to suggestions, preferably something that my house can withstand. I'll probably Google something soon. Not tonight tho. Time for me to get lunch for tomorrow put together and put myself to bed.

Nite by Sparky friends!

Oh...great idea!! Michelle, come over and give them all rides on your motorcycle!!! I'd be the greatest Mom ever and you could see me in real life! LOL!!!

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RWETHAIRYET 3/4/2010 1:45PM

    Ugh! Glad those days are over for me!! Much more fun to sit and watch the girls fret over what to do with the grandkids, lol.
Michelle, I think you need to help the poor woman out and make her the coolest mom in town!!!

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BKNOCK 3/4/2010 5:58AM

    Wow, you are in trouble! How about an early easter egg hunt with some candy or coins stuck in them? You need to do something outside to get rid of some of the energy! Have you asked your son what he wants to do? Video games is always great at that age!

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MUSIC66 3/4/2010 5:34AM

    how about games, like pass the pacel, egg and spoon races, treasure hunt,celeperity heads.

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GEEMAWEST 3/4/2010 12:46AM

    OK, first of all you, want to "preserve" your house, not "perserve" it. I guess math is your strong suit, eh?

Second of all, Michelle coming over with the motorcycle sounds like the best idea.

However, if she isn't willing to do that, which really sucks, they can play teams on the Wii. That's what we do at our Assisted Living Community (I'm not allowed to use the word "Facility"). Anyway, we do the Wii Bowling but make teams. We set it up for two players. They really like it. Just don't tell the 11 year olds that old people like it. LOL

I'm sure these suggestions are lame, well, except for Michelle and the motorcycle, but I gave it all I got.

Hugs, Cheryl

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I had this thought...

Wednesday, March 03, 2010

while I was on my walk/run this afternoon. I left work early because I had a TON of things to get done tonight. Student-led conference with my daughter, make and eat dinner, softball meeting (I hear baseball is included, but I don't pay attention to them! LOL!), and my workout. Oh, and needed to wrap presents for the boy's birthday tomorrow (3/3). He gets to open one tomorrow...the rest are for his party on Saturday.

Since the weather was really nice (50+), I decided to head outside after I did my JM workout. (Did my first day at level 2! That woman is a sadist! LOL!). Anyway, as I was in the middle of part of my run, I had a really great idea about what I should blog about tonight. I mulled it around a little, refined it and then put it aside to come back to when I was ready to type.

Do you think I can find where I set it aside to? Of course not! I'm sure it was brilliant (as I so often think I am!), but I couldn't tell you even the general topic now. I can picture where I was along the path when I was mulling, but not what the mulling was about. I'm hoping that the forgetfulness is due to being really busy, not to old age. Probably it's due to being so busy getting old! LOL!

I'll let you know if I find the thought! Nite all!

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RENEEW2010 3/4/2010 4:21PM

    This sounds very familiar :) You are not alone!

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DONNAORLENE 3/3/2010 11:14PM

    Happy Birthday to your son!!

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RWETHAIRYET 3/3/2010 4:29PM

    heehee, same thing happens to me on pretty much a daily basis. I'll be exercising along, pondering deep thoughts to keep me distracted, say "Hey, that's a great idea for a blog!!!" and then totally forget it once I finally have the opportunity to get it down.
Either that, or I type it...and interspace eats it, lol.

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STEELERCRAZY 3/3/2010 2:00PM

    You're really kewl. You're brave enought to admit it when you've lost it and funny enough to write about it.

You can write about ME tonight if you want to. I mean, all the GOOD stuff. It's okay by me.


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BKNOCK 3/3/2010 12:02PM

    I feel your pain, I do that to sometimes and it drives me crazy!
I hope that your son enjoys his birthday!

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CARTOONB 3/3/2010 11:52AM

    And I posted twice!?!? Sweet! I need a vacation!

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GEEMAWEST 3/3/2010 10:21AM

    Bill Cosby says that if you head to the kitchen to get something but forget what it was by the time you get there, all you need to do is go back to the living room and sit down, you will remember what you went to the kitchen for soon after you sit back down. That's because when we get older our brains are in our butts!

On top of everything else you hit "post" twice for this blog. Or else you just think that you write so well everyone would want to read it twice.
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    I hope you figure out what it's called when you forget stuff like that!

Happy Birthday to your son too!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/3/2010 8:39AM

    I call them brain-f*rts when they happen to me. I hope it comes back and you are marvelous

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MUSIC66 3/3/2010 6:09AM

    it happens to me too i forget where i put somthing or walk into a room and forget what i was going to do lol iam only 43.

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DEUSMACHINA 3/3/2010 5:47AM

    ROFL!!! This is one of the funniest things I've read in ages. You kill me!

[I'm not sure whether I should admit that it happens to me, too. I'm only 33!!]

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/3/2010 1:06AM

    Two the same...????

You ARE getting old!


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VICIOUS421 3/3/2010 12:55AM

    LOL I call them senior moments when it happens to me!!!

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