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Do Challenges really work?

Saturday, June 05, 2010

In my case, tonight, the answer is yes! I had dinner and then headed to the gym. While there, I was thinking about what I could snack on when I got home. I had a really good list going too!

Then I remembered that I joined a "No Snacking after 8:00pm" Challenge. emoticon And I have a really good streak going! emoticon So I had a choice to and break my streak or keep my streak and miss my snack. Talk about tough choices!

Well, in this case the challenge won. I came home and found other things to do. No snacking for me! Woo Hoo!!

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GEEMAWEST 6/7/2010 12:48PM

    WOW! I'm impressed.

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MADDEELOU 6/5/2010 12:14PM

    Way to go! Challenges really keep me motivated to do the right thing too.

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CARLANNIE 6/5/2010 8:49AM

    That's the way, ah huh, ah huh, we like it - ah huh, ah huh!

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BKNOCK 6/5/2010 7:46AM

    Wow, that is awesome!

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VERNICEMAZ 6/5/2010 3:15AM

  Great job! Woo Hoo!

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To be fair...

Friday, June 04, 2010

My status currently says "CARTOONB is the only one who ate the roast beef, potatoes and carrots that CartoonB slaved over!" And it was some darn good roast beef, potatoes and carrots, I tell ya!

Couple of things I should probably point out.

1) I cooked it in a crock pot yesterday. No one ate it then either, but two were sick and two weren't home.

2) DD HATES! (yes, that's an exclamation point) red meat. She won't eat steak, roast beef, nothing! She will eat cheeseburgers because I use turkey burger. And tacos cos I use turkey burger. And Beef Enchiladas, cos I use turkey burger. Do you see a pattern here?

3) DS and DH are both sick. DH came home from work sick yesterday. Is feeling better today, but not 100%. DS stayed home from school and is still fighting something off.

4) I really like roast beef, carrots and potatoes. That was one yummy dinner!

5) They all could eat Taco Time....Hmmmmmm.....

I was a little bummed that no one ate my dinner. My brain gets it. They're sick. They don't like it (DS) under the best circumstances. Sometimes roast beast ain't what your stomach can handle. I get that. Brainiacily, I get it. But my emotions/feelings/whatever took a little nose dive. They preferred fast food Mexican food over what I made? Are they nuts? Turns out, they are! LOL!

Even though I was bummed and bored and restless, I headed to the gym. I felt SOOOOO much better afterward. To heck with them! They don't eat it, their loss! More for me! (BTW, guess what I'm having for lunch tomorrow!) It's all good. They're guaranteed to eat what I make's pizza night. emoticon And besides, they eat (and like) most of what I make. And if they don't like it, they can make the 30 minute drive to get junk or go hungry. I'm happy with roast beef! emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 6/4/2010 8:27PM

    Their loss, your gain. It makes me crazy when that happens to me, which is why DH does most of the cooking these days. It's funny though, because if he cooks something that I don't feel like he gets his feelings hurt just like I used to. Of course, he doesn't see it the same way I do. MEN!

Hope you enjoyed your lunch! emoticon

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DEBBIERNDDHC 6/4/2010 12:37PM

    it sounded like an awesome, home cooked, mommy approved meal and if they didnt like it, their loss. good for you to fix a nice warm home cooked with love dinner. there are plenty of days for fast food.

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STEELERCRAZY 6/4/2010 12:26PM

    Throw some in the freezer for me and I'll eat it when I get there.


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SUZYMOBILE 6/4/2010 12:16PM

    Good for you! It's horrible to have to cook three or four different meals to please everyone, like I used to do, let alone when you'fe trying to eat healthily yourself. "Let them eat beef," I say!


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ELYMWX 6/4/2010 11:24AM

    I'd eat it!

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/4/2010 11:06AM

  My son used to do that to me all the time. Now he pretty much eats anything I make. He has gotten very adventurous. We try to be vegetarians and I try some weird recipes.

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THAMLEY 6/4/2010 10:16AM

    What a shame, I've had those same problems before. I'm sure it was fantastic, like you said, it was their loss. Hope it's a better day! Have a great weekend!

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/4/2010 7:53AM

    I would have happily eaten that dinner!!

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RWETHAIRYET 6/4/2010 7:23AM

    Their loss, more tasty leftovers/recycled meals for you.
I remember the frustration of running home from work, struggling to get dinner on the table, only to have no one eat it for one reason or another...dinner date/ late lunch/ plain didn't like it. So that last year or so that they were home, I pretty much stopped cooking for them. There were things they could fix, quickly and easily, always soups and leftovers on hand...but no more slaving for nothing.

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BKNOCK 6/4/2010 6:39AM

    Here I pictured everyone at the table staring at your food and saying I am not eating that! Thanks for clearing me up because I really thought they were crazy!

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USFBULL 6/4/2010 1:01AM

    Sounds like a great tasty meal and their loss, MMM or maybe you subconsciously planned it that way so you could have the whole meal to yourself... or maybe it just worked out that way and you got a great meal and will have great left overs, woohoo!! emoticon emoticon

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USERNAMEDD 6/4/2010 12:25AM

  That is much better, I'd hate to think you had to eat the entire dinner !

Hoping pizza will be a smashing success! emoticon

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Shouldn't it be the weekend by now?

Thursday, June 03, 2010

The last two nights have been late nights due to softball. Therefore, this morning and tomorrow morning will be early mornings. It feels like I've put in a full week's worth of work and I still have two days left!

One of the other moms at the game voiced the same sentiment. This much activity during the week just feels like it should be the weekend. Tournaments should not occur until Friday and Saturday. That way, the parents can sleep in the next day! LOL!

Oh well...tournament is over and we can start to get back to normal. Oh, wait...drum lessons tomorrow night. Last day of school on Friday. What's normal again? emoticon

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NEWNAC304 6/3/2010 9:10PM

    I remember how crazy those days were. My son was involved in both JFL football and tae kwon do. He had practice 5 nights a week, tae kwon do was 1 or 2 nights and the games were on the weekend. We were constantly running. It doesn't really last as long as it feels like!

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BETHGILLIGAN 6/3/2010 8:52PM

    I remember those days! Hard as heck at the time but it really doesn't last long--it just seems like it! LOL

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RWETHAIRYET 6/3/2010 8:18PM

    hmmm, the smartest thing I did with my vacation was take it from Wednesday to tuesday...I got MOnday AND Hump day all over with in one day and it's been a down hill slide to the weekend ever since, haha.
Hope yours comes quickly

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BKNOCK 6/3/2010 1:57PM

    I thought you liked to stay busy? LOL, only 1 more full work day!

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STEELERCRAZY 6/3/2010 11:23AM


Oh, what I wouldn't give to go back to those days.


(Feel bad yet??)

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CARLANNIE 6/3/2010 10:07AM

    There is a rumor that nice weather is approaching this weekend. Nice weather is worth waiting for. Did you have to keep score yesterday?

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LMB-ESQ 6/3/2010 9:42AM

    Welcome to the wonderful world of childrens' organized sports. emoticon Actually, when my daughter graduated out of competitive swimming after high school, I kinda missed the insanity... for about 5 minutes emoticon

Seriously... I'm not doubting your feelings at all... just enjoy it while you can, cuz it doesn't last forever emoticon

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GLOBALKEEWEE 6/3/2010 12:45AM

    Yay, weekend!
Oh...too soon? OK. I'll wait 'til THURSDAY to start emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 6/3/2010 12:36AM

    Sorry, no sympathy here.

I used to have 3 kids in sports at all times and a hubby that was an umpire. It was insane.

On top of everything else this is only my Tuesday at work so I have 3 more days and I have a sore throat and a headache.

I survived and so will you.

WOW, what a B*%#h I am. Oh well, like I said, No Sympathy Here!

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Keeping book at softball

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

I have coached and/or managed softball for a few years. I have played softball for more than that. I have never learned how to keep the book. Tonight, at DD's softball game, coach gave me the book and said "Here. I need you to keep." "Oh, and BTW, we're home team so you are the official book."


Okay then. I had some basic knowledge about how to keep, but really not sure what to do. I did know to put the names in the book along with numbers in the order the coaches gave me. Step one! As the game progressed, I flipped back to previous games to see what other folks had done and pretty much just copied them! emoticon

At the bottom of the 2nd, the blue asked me what the score was (we were losing badly!). I told him 12 to 2. He pointed at the other team and questioned "12?" I told him Nope! You made me home book and I say we have 12. I warned you! emoticon emoticon Everyone laughed.

by the end of the game, I was feeling more comfortable with the basics. I didn't keep track of strike outs or who made what out. I kept track of strikes, balls, runs and outs. What more can you ask for? I can ask that the lady who usually keeps is at the games tomorrow! LOL! emoticon

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RWETHAIRYET 6/2/2010 8:43PM

    oops, sorry

Comment edited on: 6/2/2010 8:44:53 PM

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RWETHAIRYET 6/2/2010 8:43PM

    Not too bad!! I used to keep the books for my son's little league games and was getting pretty good at it by the time he stopped playing.
It really impresses Bob that I not only know how to do it, but I know silly stuff like infield fly rules, etc, etc. He says it makes me more than just a pretty face and hot bod

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CARLANNIE 6/2/2010 9:46AM

    It's good to have a challenge once in awhile!

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BKNOCK 6/2/2010 7:00AM

    They couldn't have asked a better person with that math genius brain of yours, it must of been a piece of cake!

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GEEMAWEST 6/2/2010 12:19AM

    OOPS! Hit the post button twice. Delete, Delete. Please ignore the woman behind the curtain.

Comment edited on: 6/2/2010 12:19:44 AM

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GEEMAWEST 6/2/2010 12:19AM

    Oh Boy, I remember keeping books for my daughter's softball and my son's Babe Ruth. It was quite intimidating. Especially when you are the "official book". I hated it when the umpire asked me a question because the ump was usually my DH. Scary thought isn't it?

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Power yoga - meh!

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

I checked out the DVD Power Yoga Total Body with Rodney Yee. It is an hour long yoga workout and this is the first time I've done yoga. I really liked how well the poses were explained and demonstrated. I was familiar with maybe three of the poses, but never felt lost when pose changes happened. Very smooth transitions and explained very well.

I did discover that I am not very limber. Okay, I already knew that, but it came to light (a very bright light!) during this workout. There was no pressure to do more on bend further than I could, so I adjusted as needed. There were two poses that I could not complete as shown in the video. I could not do half-bow (or half boat?). You hold your legs up straight at about a 45' angle and your upper body is also at 45'. I can't hold my legs up like that and upper body too. I tried, but failed! Also, I could only do backward bow twice. Hurt my wrists so I stopped.

Toward the end, I started to get bored. I think yoga is supposed to be relaxing and your whole body and mind are supposed to be directed inward and focused on the breathing. That didn't work so much for me. My brain doesn't (or didn't) shut down and I kept wondering how much longer I had to keep doing this. Looks like yoga is not my next big exercise kick. I'll probably try it again, but it won't be an all the time thing for me.

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RWETHAIRYET 6/1/2010 5:07PM

    Yeah, if I want to relax, I can think of other ways other than the yoga, lol. I don't think I'd last much more than 20 minutes before the mind was wandering!

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/1/2010 10:38AM

  Yeah - calming my mind - doesn't happen. That's why I don't do meditation either.

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BKNOCK 6/1/2010 8:09AM

    Bend that body come on what is up with that? LOL, my body is actually very bendable! Hopefully, it will be able to bend again soon without back pain!

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BRAXO5 6/1/2010 8:07AM

    I do the Jillian Michaels Yoga Meltdown. It's only 30 minutes long and definitely not traditional yoga, its more strength training and calorie burning. I like that the dvd gives you a beginner and advanced person to watch. Also Jillian is not flexible at all (like myself) so somehow it makes me feel better. It did take me a while to get figure out the poses but I really enjoy doing it.

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LMB-ESQ 6/1/2010 7:58AM

    I don't do yoga either. I like to MOVE. That is, when I can find the time to exercise. If I sit still, I fall asleep! emoticon And when I find my brain empty and quiet, I'm busy looking for things to fill it up! That's what I get for being over busy... I don't know what to do with myself during quiet moments! Hmm... maybe I ought to fix that

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STEVENGO2 6/1/2010 12:58AM

    I have never tried yoga and from your blog I don't think I will. I am not very flexible and would not be able to do most of the poses. I prefer to walk with inspirational music in my ears.

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DUTCHIEKIWI 6/1/2010 12:46AM

    We all have our favs...
I'm with you I'm more into action!!!

Keep it up though... you ARE exercising!!

Remember no food after 8 pm ;0)


still stalking!! ;0)

Regards from the 'grower' LOL ;0)


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