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I didn't gain it overnight. Can I expect to lose it overnight?

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

OF COURSE I CAN!!! I can also expect my children to do what I ask the first time I ask it. To clean up after themselves. To notice stuff that needs done without me asking. I can expect DH to be happy that I'm making healthy and dang tasty (if I do say so myself!) dinners for him (and me and the kids). I can expect him not to go "Oh" emoticon when I tell him what's for dinner (and make it sound as though I told him his sister was coming to visit (not a happy thought)). I can expect a raise at work cos I rock!

Just because I expect those things, as unrealistic as they all are!, that doesn't mean that any of them will happen without a great deal of work from me. The kids are getting better. Another 20 years of training and they might have it! DH actually gave me a list of 18 different dinners that he would make happy faces about. PLUS, wants to take me out to dinner once a week. Yay! Of course, I gave him the paper and the pen and the writing surface and said do it, but he did it! I'm asking for extra work and reminding the boss how much I rock (in a politically correct, non-in-your-face way, of course). The raise will come...someday.

So, for my goals on being healthy, I need to put a lot of work in there as well. I've decided that I will count my Saturday morning weight as the weight I put into Spark People. I currently weigh myself everyday and only record if I like what I i record about once a month! LOL! I will also check my body fat percentage on Saturdays. I took my measurements when I started the 30 day Shred. I'm halfway thru, so I'll remeasure in 15 more days and hope for some better definition and lost pounds.

Since DH wants to take me out to dinner more often, I'll need to check the menus of our most likely places to go and make healthy plans. We generally don't know where we're going until we're on the way. So I need to have a list. Plus, if I have time, I can check my I-Phone if it's somewhere that's not on my list! And, HUGE for me, gotta stop using dining out as an excuse to eat poorly and in large quantities.

I'm sure I have more incredibly important things to say (notice - that implies I've actually said something important), but this blog is horribly long already. If you made it this far, THANKS! If you didn't, well...neither of us will ever know! LOL!

Night all!

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/10/2010 10:26PM

    Reading about your journey is always fun and educational...
( thought I would give you that extra feeling of being on that pedestal before I throw you off )


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GEEMAWEST 3/10/2010 9:12PM

    My DH gives me the same kind of "Oh" when I cook new healthy recipes. So I solved that problem. He does the majority of cooking. And if it is deep fried, unhealthy stuff I won't eat it and he knows it. He doesn't like it when I don't eat his cooking the same way I didn't like it when he didn't eat mine. So he tries really hard to make it something I will eat. You just gotta know how to out smart 'em. After 20 years you should be pretty good at that.

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RWETHAIRYET 3/10/2010 1:44PM

    Hahaha, to notice stuff and clean it up without being asked, that's funny!!! Not something I ever managed with my kids before they moved out on their own, and certainly not something I'll ever get the hubby to notice and do.
However, since moving out, 2 of my kids have become neatness fanatics and 2 of them are, well, still pigs!
Sounds like a good plan.
But wouldn't it be nice if we could just wiggle our noses like on "Bewitched" and just have it all happen????

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    I found out a long time ago, with SP of course, that the planning and searching through the on-line menus is the way to go. It makes a big difference and if I've got an idea what I'm gonna eat B4 I get there, most likely I won't change my mind by something else that would not be "healthy".

Good luck with the rest of your journey, sounds like you're getting SParker every day. SParker is like SMarter too, LOL

Hang in there!!!

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STEELERCRAZY 3/10/2010 12:32PM

    Wow, Barb, you are really focused! I love the no-nonsense plan you've worked out for yourself! AND IT WORKS! Clear and concise, I've determined that you, indeed rock and should get your raise. Now, we just need to get your boss to give it to you!

Cool. You're awesome. And by the way, ANOTHER thing we have in common is I've been married to my old man 20 years, too. HOW AWESOME IS THAT??

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KERRYMONIQUE 3/10/2010 8:48AM

    It sounds like things are going along well, maybe not perfectly, but well. And honestly, what ever goes perfectly? Good solution to your hubbies poutiness in regards to dinner. Just remember the 90/10 rule with eating out. If you are only doing it every once-in-awhile, then you don't have to be too careful. However, if you're going to make it a weekly thing then you do need to monitor what you eat. I think making a list and downloading some apps is great. Look up restaurants that post their nutrition information and print it out and throw it in the car. So you can glance at it and have a plan of what to order before you go in the door.

And just FYI, I weigh in once a week (but I don't weigh every day), I log it regardless of how happy or insanely frustrated I am, I do my %body fat once a week too and I take body measurements 1 time per month. I like having other things besides lbs to compare my progress - I find that it helps, at least most of the time, lol. emoticon

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BKNOCK 3/10/2010 5:55AM

    I always look forward to your blogs! You are doing great and now that you have a plan you will do even better!

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DONNAORLENE 3/10/2010 2:23AM

    I made it all the way through. You always say something and it's usually pretty entertaining. Bright spot in my day anyway. But you know what, you have a pretty blessed life, it's just that sometimes you don't admit it. But at least you know that I know. LOL

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BETTA13 3/10/2010 12:49AM

    I am woman hear me roar! lol
You are on the right track and you know how to turn a bump into a positve thing.

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What is butt dust?

Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Got this in an e-mail from my brother and had to share.

What, you ask, is 'Butt dust'? Read on and you'll discover the joy in it! These have to be original and genuine. No adult is this creative!!

JACK (age 3)
was watching his Mom breast-feeding his new baby sister... After a while he asked: 'Mom why have you got two? Is one for hot and one for cold milk?'

MELANIE (age 5)
asked her Granny how old she was.. Granny replied she was so
old she didn't remember any more. Melanie said, 'If you don't remember you must look in the back of your panties.
Mine say five to six.'

STEVEN (age 3)
hugged and kissed his Mom good night. 'I love you so much that when you die I'm going to bury you outside my bedroom

BRITTANY (age 4)
had an ear ache and wanted a pain killer. She tried in vain to take the lid off the bottle. Seeing her frustration, her Mom explained it was a child-proof cap and she'd have to open it for her. Eyes wide with wonder, the little girl asked: 'How does it know it's me?'

SUSAN (age 4)
was drinking juice when she got the hiccups. 'Please don't give me this juice again,' she said, 'It makes my teeth cough..'

DJ (age 4)
stepped onto the bathroom scale and asked: 'How much do I

CLINTON (age 5) was in his bedroom looking worried When his Mom
asked what was troubling him, he replied, 'I don't know what'll happen with this bed when I get married. How will my
wife fit in it?'

MARC (age 4) was engrossed in a young couple that were hugging and kissing in a restaurant. Without taking his eyes off
them, he asked his dad: 'Why is he whispering in her mouth?'

TAMMY(age 4) was with her mother when they met an elderly, rather
wrinkled woman her Mom knew. Tammy looked at her for a while
and then asked, 'Why doesn't your skin fit your

JAMES (age 4)was listening to a Bible story. His dad read: 'The man
named Lot was warned to take his wife and flee out of the city but his wife looked back and was turned to salt.'
Concerned, James asked: 'What happened to the

The Sermon I think this Mom will never forget

This particular Sunday sermon...'Dear Lord,' the minister began, with arms extended toward heaven and a rapturous look on his upturned face. 'Without you, we are but dust...' He would
have continued but at that moment my very obedient daughter
who was listening leaned over to me and asked quite audibly in her shrill little four year old girl voice, 'Mom, what is butt dust?'

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BKNOCK 3/9/2010 2:46PM


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AUNTIEANNE22 3/9/2010 10:00AM

  You even made my son smile. thanks.

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CARLANNIE 3/9/2010 9:23AM

    Good way to start the day - with a smile!

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JMATACZ 3/9/2010 3:37AM

    That is gold, thanks for sharing!!!

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JUNIAATROME 3/9/2010 1:13AM

    Absolutely hillarious!

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MUSIC66 3/9/2010 1:09AM

    lol that is so funny .

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/9/2010 12:48AM

    LOL LOL.... that just totally made my day!!!!
x for your brother hehe


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Gargle your heart?

Sunday, March 07, 2010

I'm doing the 30-Day Shred with Jillian Michaels. Today was the 4th day I did Level 2 and I noticed something that I hadn't heard before. During the second circuit, during the cardio part - doing jumping twists - she said that she wants us to be "gargling with your heart at the end of this". emoticon

Um, okay....The good news is, the visual totally took my mind off of my misery. The bad news is, it wasn't all visual. I could totally feel my heart trying to work it's way out of my body! It was done! And trying to get out! Enough already!!!! LOL! emoticon

Okay, time to go read my J.D. Robb book. Later!

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BKNOCK 3/8/2010 8:20PM

    Wow that was a bit too much of a visual for me! Enjoy that book!

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MUSIC66 3/8/2010 4:44AM

    yikes sounds some what strange to me i think my heart would jump out of my mouth i can just visualise that lol.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 3/8/2010 12:37AM

    She sounds like a real b#tch ;0)

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GEEMAWEST 3/7/2010 10:59PM

    Ewwww! What a nasty picture that leaves in my poor little brain.

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MANDABEAR11 3/7/2010 10:51PM

    hehehe as soon as I read your blog title I knew exactly what it was about. I`m at that point of doing workout DVDs where you kind of know what they`re going to say at what part...sad or good cause I`ve been doing them so much??

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DESERTFLOWERG 3/7/2010 10:45PM

    Hey, it was today that I noticed that expression in the 30 day shred too, so when I saw your title, I just had to look!

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STEELERCRAZY 3/7/2010 10:40PM

    Ewww. Well, at least you didn't get choked on it. That would've been bad. So, I'm assuming the 30-Day Shred shreds your body parts????

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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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