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Be Fabulous..

Friday, April 15, 2011

Let's, shall we? You and you and YOU and ME! Let's be fabulous today. We are, absolutely, every swinging day, fabulous, but let's be MORE-SO today!


Kermit and I are going to have a rockin' good Friday. You too, right? I knew it.

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Oh yea, 2 of those 3 mystery pounds? Gone this morning!
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Mz. Kashmir is CORRECT - the scale lies.. or at the least is a very anti-fabulous thing sometimes LOL

Thank you, fabulous friends (do you see a trend here?) for hearing me and getting where I'm coming from.

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WOLFKITTY 4/20/2011 1:56AM

    Niiice. :D
Jocelyn

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FANGLE 4/19/2011 7:07PM

    Nice shirt...you have really come a long way keep up the great work.

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THIRDXACHARM 4/15/2011 8:15PM

    Love the Kermit shirt and love the positive Friday attitude!

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GAYLEP67 4/15/2011 1:53PM

    Fabulous Friday? I'm THERE!! How about a wonderful weekend too?!

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LMLOPEZ 4/15/2011 1:43PM

    I LOVE LOVE LOVE the picture!!! I was feeling like a standstill since the run (and had fun, but not so thrilled with my time) but got myself back on track yesterday. Thanks for being my sparkfriend and being so motivating. You look FABULOUS, girl! Work that Kermit shirt and stay green!!! LOL! Great Smile!!!
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IMIN2GENES 4/15/2011 1:15PM

    Fabulous Friday it is! I'm rocking the really bright pink today... LOL!

Chris
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HEALING_LORI 4/15/2011 12:45PM

    Yipppppy! Happy Friday too ya!
You make me SMILE!
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DITZYCHICK 4/15/2011 11:45AM

    It's Friday, and the sunshine is supposed to be coming this weekend, and we look and feel FANTASTIC!!!

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BAILEE_GRAVES 4/15/2011 11:43AM

    You ARE fabulous!!

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THEMIGHTYLEX 4/15/2011 11:28AM

    Fabulous Friday activated!
You're radiating positive vibes lady! Keep it going.

Loving the hair. (how is it you suddenly look 20 years younger?)

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ANNESYLVIA 4/15/2011 11:27AM

    Too funny, I just commented on your last blog telling you not to worry..etc...

I believe I will be fabulous with you today! I lost another pound and I think I look pretty good for a girl in the middle of aunt Flo's visit!


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BD3269PM 4/15/2011 10:32AM

    Sounds good to me! Stay motivated!!! emoticon

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Dangit...

Thursday, April 14, 2011

Perhaps some of you have seen this article?
health.yahoo.net/experts/menshealth/
most-dangerous-thing-youll-do-all-day


A friend of mine sent me the link the other day, and I shot back an "I told you so" email, because I had recently sent her this link:
www.ergotron.com/Products/tabid/65/P
RDID/379/language/en-US/Default.aspx


That's a sit-stand workstation, and it's a bit pricey! I haven't submitted a request to work for such a nifty little item - YET - but I'm considering it more and more.

Part of my consideration is the fact that I bragged about losing weigh on vacation! and have promptly put back on 3 released pounds since Saturday!

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!!????!?!?!

Dangit. Seriously. WTH?

I chalk it up to...
~ having MORE food available to me, even if it IS healthier food.
~ sitting on my slowly-narrowing behind all blessed day.
~ there may have been a bit of 'yea, I ran a 10K' overindulgence, but NOT 3 lbs worth.

Maybe I'm not eating enough? Somehow that doesn't seem right, since I'm putting the lbs back on.
I'm certainly drinking enough water, more than I did while we were away.
I'm sitting more. A LOT more. Even when I get up and walk around our floor, it's still nothing like the activity we had while we were away.
TOM isn't due for another week or two, but maybe my body opted for early water retention just to give me something more to do/ponder on?

I'm of several minds on this. Yea, I know, again LOL

First, I'm p*ssed. Seriously. I have NOT over-eaten the equivalent of 3lbs worth of calories. I mean, if I'm going gain it, I'd prefer to know and purposefully ENJOY gaining it, y'know?

3 lbs would be 10,500 extra calories, if you're curious. I was and used a calculator to figure it out LOL I have NOT eaten that.

I have eaten approx. 7890 calories since Saturday.
I've burned approx. 2029 calories via fitness minutes.
My 5-day BMR total is approx. 10,430 (2,086 per day)

10,430 BMR burned + 2,029 fitness burned = 12,459 burned
12,459 total burned - 7890 consumed = 4569 deficit

At least, it should. Even if I were underestimating my caloric intake (and I admit that's possible) that would mean I would have had to eaten that deficit, to stay at the same weight, PLUS eaten an extra 10,500 to gain the 3 lbs since Saturday.
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Next, I'm curious. As 'bad' as the food was, nutrition-wise, that we ate on vacation, how can eating healthier now cause me to put on more weight? Is my body happy to have better nutrients that it's hording what it's getting, just in case?

I read somewhere that someone gained weight after running X amount of miles - fluid build-up in stretched/strained muscles, etc. Maybe that's it, my muscles retaining fluid after Sunday's run? How long does something like that last?

Finally, I'm sorta 'meh'. I mean, really. What am I going to do? Just keep doing what I'm doing, only better/improved somehow. Maybe the sodium is too high and I'm not paying enough attention. Maybe I'm sitting too much and need to somehow up my fitness minutes of an evening, although I'm not sure how much more I can add and still spend time with DH and the girls, and actually sleep and do everything else that needs to get done.

Don't take me wrong. I'm not discouraged, I'm not throwing up my hands in frustration, I'm not quitting. I'm interested in what my body is doing, but I'm not stopping. I'm continuing forward with my plan.

I'm a body in motion, staying in motion. I'm that same ole work in progress, developing into something interesting and new and different each day. Apparently, I'm a bit bigger for now, but those 3 lbs will go by the wayside as all the others have before them.

Now that's not a brag, either, in case Fate wants to bip me in the forehead for typing that. It's simply the truth. There are other Spark People who have lost ALL their desired weight in this same amount of time, and I've only released half of my desired amount. That's ok. I WILL get there. I'm just wondering what caused this current bump in the road.
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Ah well. I'll keep running, keep eating well (if not too well), and maybe this time next month, I'll have a new work-toy to show y'all. I wonder how well that sit-stand computer stand will work with my fitness ball seat.
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GAYEMC 4/17/2011 7:00PM

    I would love to have that desk. Working for a non profit I can't even get a decent chair. I have a ball chair but it's too low for my desk.

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GAYLEP67 4/15/2011 1:51PM

    MEH is right, Candy. Our bodies have many mysteries and who knows why they do all the things they do. I definitely think the sedentary nature of our office jobs plays a big role. When you were away, you were constantly on the move and I'm sure it did you well for keeping your metabolism going despite the extra calories you may have been consuming. A salt fanatic at heart, I know that on the days when I've consumed more than my fair share, I definitely retain (even if it's not my TOM).

You'll be fine...and I'm glad you've got the right attitude despite the frustration.

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LMLOPEZ 4/15/2011 1:46PM

    That's how I felt after my run as well. Gained two 1/2 lbs and chalked it up to TOM (which nicely held off until after the run) but still feeling sluggish. Back on track with diet (not with exercise yet though) and gotta push back!!! That's why we're all together-to think out loud and throw it out there.
It'll go. Don't worry-just keep on going!!

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ANNESYLVIA 4/15/2011 11:21AM

    You will be fine! Be happy with yourself....it will probably come off as soon as it came on!

Anne

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JANICEMC 4/15/2011 11:19AM

    Just to make you feel better, I gained 4 pounds one week and couldn't figure out why. Well, it started to come back down and then at the end of the next week, TOM visited. I think our bodies hold onto water for various reasons. You cannot always trust what the scale says. It weighs everything: muscle, fat, liquids, waste...it's all there. And it fluctuates. Yes, hard exercise will cause the muscles to hang onto water for repair work. It could be many things. Just keep doing the right stuff: day after day. You will lose weight. Have patience. The scale is only one tool. And, in my opinion, it isn't the best tool. Although, it does give us the biggest highs. Stay true to your plan and believe in yourself. Put your blinders on.

Oh, here's a site I found from a post somewhere. LOL Its a tool that tracks average weight loss. It just might keep you sane during times like these. Check it out.

www.physicsdiet.com


You're doing great. Have faith in yourself.

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BAILEE_GRAVES 4/15/2011 6:03AM

    I personally think it's a result of being back home. Our bodies are strange things and react so odd to different things.

I've no doubt you're working just as hard (probably harder) than you did while you were gone but also, I think you probably burned a lot of calories while you were gone that you weren't even aware of. The whole "diet math" stuff is too much for me and I think there's too many other factors that play into that final number on the scale; but it's impossible not to let it bum you out when it goes the other way.

That being said, I think....nay, I know that if you just keep doing things the way you are, that at your next weigh in you're going to see those pounds gone. I think your body is just readjusting to being back into your regular routine and those pounds are going to come right back off!

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MRSBENNETT2 4/15/2011 12:47AM

    I've torn my hair out this week over this exact same issue. There's just too many variables. As you wrote, you sure didn't eat the calories that 3 true pounds would need, so at some point it's GOT to disappear! We just need to keep on moving forward knowing we're doing good things every day for ourselves, even if we aren't seeing the immediate results.

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HEALING_LORI 4/14/2011 11:07PM

    I'm with you on the "meh" feeling! It is what it is and we'll keep doing the best we can! You'll get there and think back to times like this and realize it was all about Patience! We have to just learn that sometimes our bodies are going to do their own thing! Just keep up the GREAT work!!
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KASHMIR 4/14/2011 10:01PM

    Don't forget...Scales LIE!

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IMIN2GENES 4/14/2011 8:31PM

    Sometimes our bodies to strange things just to vex us! emoticon

Let's just keep right on truckin! You'll have to let me know how the new workstation goes.
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CLARABRUNNING 4/14/2011 7:23PM

    Hey dear one,

After my amazing 5k race last weekend I was up 4 pounds on Tuesday morning - take that! I'm now down almost all of them but its been nothing short of confusing for me. I think all the calculating doesn't take enough into account like how our bodies just do their own things sometimes. Up your activity for a few days and see what happens - even if you just up your intensity. More than likely the 3 pounds isn't really permanent, just hanging out there for some odd reason at this time.

You're doing awesome - and you're steadily losing. I lose slowly as you know - especially now - but it is still going in the right direction, overall (even statistically speaking - lol).

Keep on keeping on sister!

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THEMIGHTYLEX 4/14/2011 7:06PM

    The highs and lows of weight loss can be a mystery at times. Even with all the numbers calculated as best we can, there are just too many variables in our metabolism, sleeping, hydration, and even our stress levels that can contribute. Sticking to, and improving upon, what has worked so far is probably the best thing you can do.

Thank you for linking the great article on sitting vs standing. I'm going to pass that information along. I used to stand at my work station a few years ago, but started sitting when we updated our office space. It's time to go back. I want to take every fitness/health advantage I can.

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KAREN42BOYS 4/14/2011 6:04PM

    yup, despite the scale, we keep on keeping on!

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SOMEONE has to be last..

Sunday, April 10, 2011

For every event, there is a first place finisher, and a last place finisher.

Today, I finished last. No, really, I did. I was the last runner to finish at the El Puente Bridge The Distance 5K/10K Walk/Run.

I'm good with that! I FINISHED! WooHoo ME~!
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Yea, that's me happy-dancing LOL

Knowing I would miss the Race for the Roses 10K that I had originally signed up for, I opted to transfer my entry to step-daughter the oldest, Courtney, and sign up for Bridge the Distance a week later instead. I just KNEW having my Very First Ever 10K looming would keep me honest and running on vacation.

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That's me, snorting!

While in TX, I ran on Sunday, I ran on Tuesday. I walked on Monday and Wednesday. And that was it! Too many trips, too much going on, kept me from getting in my mileage the rest of the time, other than walking sightseeing.

Uhh... I'm snorting again!

I could have gotten the mileage in, true, but it would have been at odd times, so I made a conscious decision not to run.

I came home, and ran 3.1 on Friday.
I ran 3.6 on Saturday.
I ran 6.0 today,

I know, a 10K is actually 6.2 miles, but what can I say? My Garmin reported it was only 6, so that's what I entered in my tracker.

This was a great race, for a great cause.
elpuentewalkrun.webs.com/

As it happens, one of my friends/coworkers was one of the organizers of the event, so there was a personal connection as well. Nice!

The course was one lap for the 5K, two laps for the 10K. We started out going uphill, then back down and across relatively flat ground, before running uphill again, then back down once more. It was rather like running in a bowl LOL

Bill did the 5K while I did the 10K. The neat thing is, we passed at one point as he was finishing and I was a 1/3 into my last lap. The smooch he gave me on the run gave me the extra oomph! I needed to finish.
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Aaaawww what a sweetie!

Anyway, yea. I really was the last runner to finish this race. I did finish ahead of 6 ladies who walked the 10K, and they were not that far behind me LOL It's ok though. I finished at 83:10, and I'm pleased with that. It just gives me that much more motivation to really be ready for the Cinco de Mayo 10K next month!


Snagging a water as I crossed the finish line.


Me and the Mad Smoocher, afterwards.

It was funny, in a way. I kept telling myself, you can just do the 5K and call it good. I kept saying that as I ran past the start/finish and started into my second lap. I kept on saying don't worry about running,, just walk it to finish, as I kept (mostly) to my 30/30 run/walk interval.

THANK YOU JEFF GALLOWAY! LOL

When I'd crossed the finish line, grabbed my water, and walked a bit rather than just stopping, Bill came up to give me a hug. That's when I started crying LOL Yea, I'm a ninny at heart! I got all weepy because my legs were done. I was done. I was finished. I was tired. I was really tired, and I was done, and he was there, and it was over, and boy it was hard but I was glad I did it!

So there, Karen, there's my after-action report LOL Thanks for your encouragement and support. Thank you ALL for it! You're the best friends/family a Spark Runner can have!
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Ohh and btw.. I signed up for a virtual 5K walk/run for this week and didn't think about it as a entered my 10K results LOL My award/time looks wonky, but what the heck. I did it!
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RAWWR!
C~

  
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GAYLEP67 4/15/2011 1:43PM

    Terrific play by play - thanks! The key thing is you FINISHED girl!!! Just when I think I couldn't be prouder of you and your accomplishments, you prove me wrong and make me prouder! You are a superwoman and I admire you. I think I love Bill. I love how encouraging and supportive he's been. Smooching you part way through - so cute!!!

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RIGBY31 4/12/2011 12:42PM

    OK, you're just awesome! Choosing the 10K, the finish line action shot and posing with the smoocher... the greatest!

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THIRDXACHARM 4/11/2011 10:40PM

    You know what, you have a great attitude. You're right! The most important thing is that you FINISHED! I'm proud of you for doing that. Are you from So. CA? We have a Cinco de Mayo run here that my hubby and I are doing. Same one?

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KASHMIR 4/11/2011 4:43PM

    THANK YOU for running the Bridge the Distance race!!! I was disappointed to miss it, but knew I couldn't do 2 10k's in 3 weeks time. The woman who put the race together is one of my absolute favorite people in the whole world, and her beautiful daughter is one of the kids who will benefit from the money raised to send her class to outdoor school!!!

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HEALING_LORI 4/11/2011 12:38PM

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You have finished a 10km race!
Completing it, is all that matters!
I am doing a happy dance for you too....
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Can't wait to hear about the next one!
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COOKWITHME65 4/11/2011 4:35AM

    Candy you did great. You crossed the finish line. Thats all that matters. emoticon

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THEMIGHTYLEX 4/10/2011 9:36PM

    Success is your meal and you're eating your fill!!!
Great report.

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KRISTIARLINE 4/10/2011 9:25PM

    What a great accomplishment! You finished!! emoticon I admire your determination.

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IMIN2GENES 4/10/2011 9:18PM

    Way to go! Happy dance time!

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WISLNDR 4/10/2011 7:57PM

    Good for you! I was third to last in a 10K I ran last fall. If I had known that there were only two more behind me I would have waited and come in with them. What was so awesome for me was that all the serious running guys with all the high-tech clothes and toys were waiting to cheer me on. I will never forget that.

All of RobbieMarie's cliches apply. Congratulations on an awesome thing!

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KAREN42BOYS 4/10/2011 6:45PM

    woot! woot! i'm predicting next month you'll set a 10K PR!

fun report, loved comparing the layout to running in a bowl. and a mad smoocher! every race should have a crazed smoocher!

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ROBBIEMARIE 4/10/2011 5:58PM

    OK, cliche time:

1. Dead Last Finish is greater than Did Not Finish which greatly trumps Did Not Start.

2. If it was easy everyone would do it.

3. If you can dream it you can achieve it!

With that our of my system I just have to say that I am very impressed with your effort, your style, your hard work, your determination, YOU! I am also extremely proud of you for doing this, making yourself perhaps a bit uncomfortable with the challenge but DOING IT! I love that you crossed that finish line with a beautiful smile on your face. If you keep dreaming about everything you can possibly do, Candy, the world better get ready. I know you will be accomplishing greater and greater things!

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MRSBENNETT2 4/10/2011 5:51PM

    Giggling about the Mad Smoocher.... emoticon
I am impressed that you participated in the run - that's way more important than where you placed!

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ANNESYLVIA 4/10/2011 5:07PM

    I am SO PROUD OF YOU WOMAN! There are many of us (like me) that could not finish a 10k or a 5k maybe even be to scared to even try. Good for you. you finished! And that counts for a lot lady! Just imagine what you are going to do when you are back on par! emoticon emoticon

Hugs, Anne

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LMLOPEZ 4/10/2011 4:50PM

    Did u notice u said you were the last RUNNER to cross?? LOL!!! Girl, you did it!! Couldn't run the full 8k today ( really crowded and temps in the 70's) but finished.
Could be worse, you could have been the last out of the 40,000 runners at the Shuffle today!! ;) (no, it wasn't me...)
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BAILEE_GRAVES 4/10/2011 4:49PM

    OK...this made me cry!! But I have to laugh and say perhaps if ya hadn't been "makin' out" when ya shoulda been running......
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But in all seriousness, when we did our 5K I finished last and like you said, yes, someone does have to finish last but the key word to remember is not last...but FINISHED!!! And that's what makes you remarkable. You finished!! Whether it be in an hour or in 3 hours. You did what many only dream about.

And that makes you my hero today!
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Catching up..

Friday, April 08, 2011

Whew! I've been home since Tuesday afternoon, and it's already Friday! Where did the time go? I'm so not ready to go back to work on Monday LOL ok, enough whining.

Thanks everyone, for your messages and notes while I was away. I missed all y'all very much, and I'm glad to be back on Spark on a regular, more-normal way. I'm also very happy to be home where I can control my food intake and I don't have to rely on whatever restaurant we stop in or whatever healthy snacks are left in my bag.

We finished out our visit with Katie, Bill's sister, on Saturday. Before that, Bill went in and finished out a chicken coop for Katie's chickens! They now live in a super ultra chicken coop condo that is the envy of every other chicken in the greater Houston area!


Henny, the hen, was so thrilled with her new digs, she actually laid her first egg! It was half the size of a regular egg, but the next one was twice as big, so she made up for it LOL

The last couple of days involved pizza and Sonic tater tots. We'll just not discuss it right now. Ahem.

Saying our goodbyes was harder and easier than I expected, all at once. We got through it though, and we left Katie a bit stronger and in better spirits. I don't know what her future holds, or how long we'll have her, but we're both very pleased that we had the time with her that we did.

We flew into Dallas on Saturday. No, there was no repeat to the OJ debacle LOL The flight all went pretty well, and we found my sister and nephews easily as soon as we entered the baggage claim area. The boys have grown incredibly big in the last 5 years, and my sister has shrunk! I think she's lost 120 lbs total, from the gastric surgery she had 3 years ago.

We hugged, we laughed, we collected our luggage, and headed off to find the rental car place. We'd reserved a car, thinking that would be easier. Now, let me explain if you're not familiar - Dallas airport is BIGGER than the island of Manhattan! It has its own Zip Code! Do you see where I'm going with this?

We caught the shuttle to the rental car place, agreeing to meet my sister at our hotel. We gave her the address, and she entered it into her GPS function on her phone. Oh yea, the phone. My Crackberry DIED sometime Wednesday night, so I was handicapped and totally lost without it.

Anyway, we take the shuttle, get the rental car, including directions from the guy at the counter, along with a map. Ok, should be easy to get where we need to be. Our hotel is called the DFW Comfort Inn.. you'd think it would be relatively nearby, right?

It was approx. 3 miles away. Wanna take a guess how long it took us to get there?

Go on. Guess.

Really.

Ready?

One hour and fifteen minutes! No, not because of traffic, but because we followed the directions, map, and detour signs and circle the airport for an hour! Oy.

My sister and the boys waited for us that long, wondering if we'd been carjacked, in an accident, lost, whatever. When we finally managed to find each other and we giggled and cackled to relieve the tension before we ran off to a delicious Mexican dinner.

My goodness, those last few days in Dallas were a whirlwind. My sister was great playing hostess while having moved into a new house just DAYS before we arrived. One of the big treats was going to the Ft. Worth Stockyards for the Cattle Drive.


There was much giggling involved in this as well. I suppose I was expecting a cattle drive, like right out of City Slickers or somesuch modern western. There was actually only 10-12 longhorn cattle, and they had the air of 'we've done this before' about them LOL It was still pretty cool though. We also got to experience fried pickles for the first time! OMG what a tangy zippy crunchy dilly treat those things are. Thank goodness they are not to be found anywhere around here LOL Whoa!

All in all, we had a great time, and food was greatly involved. I think what actually happened was that I continued to lose weight after we first arrived in Houston. Or well, after I ate way too much at the Saturday family get-together.

Here, look!

That's just snacks for pre-eating!


Ribs, brisket, chicken, sausage.. potato salads, corn salad, cole slaw.. fixings, casseroles, side dishes galore!

I didn't get a shot of the desserts that lined the walls on tables. Brownies and cookies and puddings and pies and pies and pies.

My goodness!

Ft. Worth wasn't nearly as bad, but we did experience something called pinwheels - dough stuffed with mozzarella and spinach. I called them horse hooves because that is what they resembled, and oh were they amazing.

Of course, the day we left, Bill thought he had the route to return the rental car all figured out. Now really. Is it like us to leave somewhere without at least one more melodrama?

Yea, that's right - we were lost for only 15 minutes this time, trying to get back to the rental car place LOL At least we made it, and had plenty of time to make our flight. Whew!

We are so appreciative to our families for taking us in, showing us around, and giving of themselves and their lives while we were among them. Every place we went and/or visited, we imagined buying a new home and moving in, to be closer to kin. I don't think we can give up the amazing life we have here in Portland, but it's nice to dream.

I weighed on Wednesday morning to find that I'd actually lost a lb. Awesome!
I weighed on Thursday morning and found I'd lost another 1.5 lb LOL
I weighed today to find that I'd lost ANOTHER 1 lb LOLOL

Dehydration? I didn't like the water, so it was hard to get myself to drink enough to stay hydrated.
Influx of fat? Seriously, from last Thursday evening (pizza!~) on it was like a Food-a-palooza!

Who knows. We'll see what I weigh tomorrow, and that'll be my starting point for my 10-week challenge team. No matter what, though, I'm pleased that I was able to keep on a relatively even keel while I was out of my comfort zone.

All in all, it was a great trip. We were more than ready to come though and collect the puppies from the sitter and get back to our normal lives.


They were awfully happy to have Mama and Daddy home again, too!

Now to get back into my routine and keep on whittling myself down, bit by bit.
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HEALING_LORI 4/11/2011 12:13PM

    Whoahhh..... that food looks really really REALLY yummy! So glad you're back from a wonderful time with your families. So happy for henny hen ... lol now laying her beautiful eggs. And fried pickles... hummm not sure what to think of those!?!? lol And to come home and lose weight, Imma have to take me a holiday like that! Way to go Candy...
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ROBBIEMARIE 4/10/2011 11:49AM

    How fantastic to experience such a wonderful trip! Family is amazing, isn't it? So fun when you haven't seen them in so long. I love reading about the details of your adventure and chuckled at all your 'little' mishaps. You have a wonderful attitude for dealing with it. Congrats on losing while on vacation!

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MRSBENNETT2 4/10/2011 12:47AM

    What a wonderful trip you had! I'm smiling real big for you and the hubs. The spread in Houston looks like gatherin' time in Harveyville KS when we've been back there with my dad. emoticon

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GAYEMC 4/9/2011 5:25PM

    I didn't realize you were back already, just thought you were still hanging around Dallas. Sounds like a great time. And Bill did a super job with the coop! Congrats on the weight loss! Maybe you need more vacations, lol!

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GAYLEP67 4/9/2011 11:35AM

    Wow...sounds like it was a wonderful trip! Looking at the pictures of all the food reminds me of my family gatherings. How many people do we expect to show up anyway?! I am completely envious of the cattle drive of course - got so excited when I saw that picture!!

Sorry about the Crackberry...I felt your pain when you said it died.

I'm glad you had a good trip, lovely visits with the family on both sides, and you lost weight despite all of the temptation. That's a win, win, win!

Thoughts and prayers are still with you, Bill, and Katie.

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DITZYCHICK 4/9/2011 10:15AM

    Oh my goodness...look at all that food!!! I would have been in serious TROUBLE. Seems as though this trip did you good...lovin' your high energy spirit. Way to jump right back into it once you got back!!!

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ANNESYLVIA 4/9/2011 8:18AM

    It sounds like you had a wonderful experience with your relatives. And getting to eat all that yummy food and still come home to a 3 1/2 weight loss...what a plus.

It might have been all the running around too! May have burned more calories than you expected. Yeah Candy!

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IMIN2GENES 4/8/2011 10:20PM

    What a wonderful adventure! I've really enjoyed your blogs. It's like I was there sharing it with you. Glad you're back safe and sound!

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LMLOPEZ 4/8/2011 8:29PM

    How FUN that sounded!! I'm so proud you actually lost while on your trip-isn't it nice that you don't need to worry about "forbidden" foods when you can portion control? Can't wait to hear about your 10 week challenge.

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HEALTH4LYFE 4/8/2011 6:46PM

    Thanks for sharing your trip. I too felt as if I was there right along with you. Glad to have you back home safe and sound. emoticon

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THEMIGHTYLEX 4/8/2011 6:14PM

    Looks like it was a good spread. I'm glad it didn't set back your fitness goals.

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BAILEE_GRAVES 4/8/2011 6:12PM

    Oh Candy.....what a wonderful story teller you are!! You just make it all come so alive and I can imagine the whole thing as if I'm there.

I was waiting with anticipation to see how long it took you to get to the hotel!!
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I'm so glad you had a wonderful time and glad that you got home safely.

My prayers remain with Katie!!

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Deep in the Heart of Texas...

Tuesday, March 29, 2011

Y'all had to know I'd use that line for at least one blog entry, right? LOL Here's a brief rundown of our trip thus far.

Friday morning, we were up around 3, even though we could have slept until 4:30. Travel nerves got the best of us, so we were up and about and ready to go. That made for a long morning of waiting, really. Bill had called the night before to request a cab pick us up at 7:15 so we could be at the airport by 7:30. H was concerned that if we didn't request a pickup the night before, there'd be no cabs available to pick us up that morning.

Ahem. 7:15, 7:20, 7:30 rolled around, and no cab. I googled another cab company in PDX and called, requested a pick-up, and they were there within 5 minutes and we were on our way.

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So we make it to PDX in plenty of time. Our flight isn't until 9:30, and we don't board until 9, so we have time to kill. I dragged Bill up and down that airport, up and down the few stairs, up and down the corridors LOL I loved being able to move, knowing we'd be cooped up soon. He wasn't as impressed or thrilled LOL but that's alright. He'd get on a people mover - the horizontal escalator thingy? Yea. He'd get on there and walk, and I'd keep pace with him under my own power, giggling insanely half the time. It's a wonder we weren't asked to behave or go sit down as much fun as I was having!

The flight to Seattle was uneventful. Oh! Well, that's not entirely true. There was an event! I was able to buckle my seatbelt! WoooHoo! LOL I know that seems silly, but the last time I flew, perhaps 2 1/2 years ago, the belt wouldn't buckle. A plane seatbelt HAD buckled on the way to Vegas that trip, but the seat I was in on the return flight had a shorter buckle. That's my theory at least. Anyway, this time, the belt fit, with 4-5 inches to spare! Awesome!

That's a sideways shot, with Bill's fingers there for reference LOL

Anyway, we made it to Seattle and by this time Bill is hungry. He wanted french fries. Don't ask me how the man's thought process or appetite works, I just go with it. We found our gate, C16, and then wandered off in search of food for the poor starving man.

Allow me to point out there that we had packed snacks galore in my purse and his briefcase that held the laptop. We were not in danger of starving any time soon. None the less, the Man wanted to Eat! That's right, the man who rolls his eyes at me because I'm always hungry was now hungrier that I was.

Whatever.

We hit Wendy's and he gets a fish sammich and large fries, I get the grilled chicken and small fries. We're sharing a water, so that's just fine.

We mosey back to our gate, C16, and sit down to eat. I didn't really need to eat, no, but I did anyway. I didn't eat the bread, wiped off as much of the sauce as I could, and had the chicken, lettuce, and tomato together with the fries. Tasty, more or less. By this time, we hear folks being boarded, through gate C16, for a flight to somewhere that wasn't Houston. We figured our flight was delayed, so once we were done, we moseyed up to check the status.

The gate had been changed from C16 to D1. Where the h*ll is D1?? I snatch up Bill and we start hustling down the corridor to find D1. It's nearly time for take off so we're a little.. worried. We hear then, an announcement, that all passengers on Flight blah-blah-blah for Houston at gate D1 should now be on board. Last call.

Let me tell you, I was never so grateful for C25K, Galloway, treadmills, and SparkPeople as I was in those moments. I glanced back at Bill and figured if one of us made it to the gate in time, they'd wait for the other, hopefully, and I took off. It was not my fastest pace by any means LOL but I did an OJ running through the airport. I didn't hurdle any bags but I did dodge and weave around strollers and wandering toddlers. Geez-o-pete! It couldn't have been more than a few minutes, but the worry/panic about missing the flight then worry about Bill catching up had me a tad breathless when I made the gate. Fortunately, Bill wasn't too far behind, and we were NOT the last people on the plane. Just the second and third to last LOL

So we made it to the plane, and found our seats. We were on opposite sides, several rows separated, both of us squished between individuals. We were late enough we didn't try to wrangle getting to sit together, so spent the flight separated. I think we both dozed a bit, and ended up in Houston right on time.

Toshi and Malaina (Katie's husband and daughter, respectively) found us at the baggage claim area, and after collecting our things, we headed 'home'. Now Malaina is a lil slip of a girl, 16 and thin as a whip. She climbed up into this big ole pickup truck and hauled our bags into the bed. Apparently not Everything is bigger in Texas LOL It was good to meet them both, and even better to finally make it to the house to see Katie.

She's awfully frail - much moreso than when she was visiting us in September. She's on oxygen, and drags her 'tail' or O2 cord around where ever she goes. It was on toward evening when we arrived at the house, and I think she had had a bad day. We didn't visit much that first time, but got settled in for the most part. That's when we found out the family (the Wilson side anyway) would be turning out for a visit/reunion/party the next day! OhMy.

As I started unpacking things and trying to get organized I couldn't find my Forerunner, my mp3 player, or my memory card adapter. Yes, like a dolt, unthinking, I packed my electronics in my suitcase because I didn't want to weigh down my purse/carry on with anything extra. Bad move on my part. They were not in my suitcase. I called Alaskan Airlines and filed a report. There should be a denial of responsibility letter, along with other information, waiting for me when I get home. It does not replace the Forerunner or mp3 player, certainly. It is a hard grumpy lesson for me to learn, but I just never thought it would be a problem! I had been all excited, too, knowing I could map my route, mileage, pace, heartrate, etc. for my runs with the Forerunner. Ah well, I'd have to adapt and do it the old fashioned way with stopwatch and a map LOL I'll survive, certainly.

Saturday dawned early for us. I think we were up at 8:30 local time, which is 6:30 home time. Good thing, too, because it turns out the family was planning on starting to show up around 10! Holy snikies! Unfortunately, the guest shower wasn't working - the only working shower is in Katie's room, and she's resting up for the to-do, so we opted for a quick washdown and hair refurb, and started helping get things ready for the shin-dig.

Sue, Bill's other sister, was the first to arrive. From then on, it was an influx of family - cousins, auties, brothers, uncles. It was good to meet all of them, and put faces to names that I've heard of all along. Oh and the food. These folks can cook now, let me tell you! There was smoked/bbq'd brisket, ribs, chicken, and sausage. There was mac salad, german potato salad, corn salad, coleslaw, fruit salad, 7-layer dip, homemade tortilla chips, pies, pies, cookies, pies, pies, cookies and a few more pies! Of course we heard plenty of "have you tried..?" and "get you some of.." and "don't forget to taste..." and "let me get you a scoop of my..." LOL Wonderful, amazing downhome cooking, and all too much to put into my nutrition tracker LOL That day alone may account for any/all gains that I have while I'm away.

What a whirlwind that was, but as bashful as I feel sometimes, I was made to feel a part of the family and most welcome. I only wanted to hide in a corner a few times, but got over that and enjoyed myself. Katie was able to be up'n'about from time to time to see everyone and visit. We had great photo ops, and I'm happy that we got some very nice pics of Bill and Katie together, and then of the five siblings - David, Wayne, Sue, Bill, and Katie - oldest to youngest. Mama and Daddy Bailey passed 8 years and 20 years ago respectively I believe. Auntie Jeanie and Auntie Patsy were Mama (Hazel's) sisters, and they were both in attendance. It was a treat to meet them, truly.

Fortunately, after the shin-dig, things settled down for Sunday, Monday, and Tuesday. Bill and Katie have gone over a few arrangements that will be easier dealt with before she passes than after. We all know that time isn't that far off. The first night, Bill thought she'd be gone within the week, but really she seems much improved and may last longer than anyone originally thought. We'll see. He's considering staying on here when I return home, simply to be here to help as needed around the house, and to spend more time with her before she has to go. He's already fixed the guest bathroom hot water issue (hooray for a shower soon) and is now working on repairing a screendoor then the chicken coop. It's a great house, home, it just needs a bit of elbow grease and it's something easy that he can do and contribute.

I've been able to at least get in my runs and walks. Sunday morning it was hot and muggy, but I knew I had to run off Saturday's gluttony! It was hard to breathe at first, but I adjusted and managed to get 4 miles in - right on schedule for the Tribe's Saturday run. I ran another 2.25 this morning, and will likely go out for more later. I walked with Bill on Monday, and as we went along we planned what we would do with the HUGE plots of land these houses sit on and how we'd fence off that section for the Girls to romp and play, and over there'd we'd put a fire pit and chairs around, etc. and so on. It's been fun, and we're finding enough to do to keep us busy, helpful, not underfoot, but spending lots of time visiting as well.

It's hard to think that this visit will be the last time I get to see Katie. She is near the end, and I'll miss her terribly when she's gone, but I know I'll have her with me always, too. There are some rough times ahead for her family, so if you could spare some kind thoughts, positive energy, whatever/however you believe, for them it would be appreciated.

I'll sign off for now, and drop a line again when time permits. I hope this finds you all well and happy. Love your family with all your heart, dearly and deeply, while you can, before they're gone.
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GAYEMC 4/1/2011 10:51PM

    I'm so glad you are having a wonderful time and getting to meet all the relatives. So sorry to hear about Katie, good that Bill gets to spend some time with her.

You and I would do well together at the airport, I walk, walk walk. Can't wait to hear more tales!

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IMIN2GENES 4/1/2011 9:20PM

    You wrote a wonderful blog! So vivid! I laughed with you, I cried with you. Cherish the family time!

Congrats on the airline seat belt! That picture is awesome!

Have a safe journey back!
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PS - I've got plenty of kind thoughts, positive energy for Katie's family as well as for you and Bill. I'll be sending them your way!

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ANNESYLVIA 3/31/2011 12:53PM

    Well, I always enjoy your blogging! It always puts a smile on my face! emoticon on the airplane seat belt too!


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ROBBIEMARIE 3/30/2011 11:28PM

    You tell a beautiful story about a family filled with so much love! How wonderful that you are truly enjoying your time in Texas. Love, love, love the seatbelt story. I remember the overwhelming feeling I had the first time I could really yank that thing and have lots of room to spare. Nothing reminds you more of those pounds leaving the body! Enjoy the rest of your trip!

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HEALING_LORI 3/30/2011 10:04PM

    Candy, Candy, Candy..... You are absolutely hilarious!
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You sound like a blast to be around! I can just picture you running alongside Bill on the people mover! LMAO! I'm glad you didn't get kicked out! I am so proud of you for being able to do up your seatbelt and yes that is a big deal! For me it's the seatbelts on the rollercoasters that is my goal this summer!
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I'm so gad you guys have this opportunity to visit dear Katie and it sounds so nice to have had all the family together at her place. It must be hard for you and Bill though, to see her health declining. :( You are all in my prayers. Stay strong and enjoy the rest of your time.... deep in the Heart of Texas!

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LMLOPEZ 3/29/2011 11:20PM

    It sounds like you are really enjoying making the best of a tough visit. Are you then moving to Texas? I think I missed that part. Glad you got the run in and I hope you were able to enjoy every bite of delicious food made with love by the family.
Good job on the OJ through the airport LOL-I've had to do that at OHare several times (because i'm always late!) and it's a good calorie burner. :)
Can't wait for the next post!

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KAREN42BOYS 3/29/2011 5:00PM

    what a generous blog to give us your important trip to share in. how wonderful for all to gather to enjoy your family at large together.

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MRSBENNETT2 3/29/2011 3:38PM

    Well, it's certainly been a whirlwind for you hasn't it? Some fun stuff, some stressful stuff...but all in all sounds like you are having a grand time. Yes..appreciate the loved ones while they are here - you are so right. I'm glad you and Bill have this opportunity in Texas right now.
You sound like me when I travel. It's a big buzz even if I know I'll be on a plane in economy for 14 hours.

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BAILEE_GRAVES 3/29/2011 2:51PM

    OK crying here!!

What a wonderful story teller you are. I felt like I was with you on every step of your journey. I laughed at you and Bill in the airport with him on the moving sidewalk and you keeping pace with him; I saw you dashing through the airport like OJ (you know we've dated ourselves with that commercial) and I can imagine the "whooosh" that came over you when you realized you made the flight!

I let out a big WHOOOO-WHOO at seeing your seat belt picture and can just imagine the pride you must have felt. Then my heart broke at the thought of your running gear being gone :(

I pictured myself in the house with all the family.....kind of sneaking in the corner with you......but grabbing a bite of food as we went! And then up and at 'em early the next morning to run off the spoils of the day.

And then dear Katie. I said a prayer for her my friend; for Bill; for you; for the whole family. I'm so glad you will have this time together. And should Bill decide to stay behind for a while....I know that decision will be the best for him, for you and for Katie.

Enjoy your time doll. Keep stories coming and most of all, stay safe!
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GAYLEP67 3/29/2011 1:17PM

    Congratulations on the seatbelt! It's not a silly thing, Candy. I was thrilled at the end of last summer when I flew down to Vegas to find that the seatbelt not only fit but that I could tighten it! I'm sure you were happy for your new found conditioning too, since you had to "OJ" through the airport!

I'm glad you were able to make the trip to Texas to be with Katie and the rest of the clan. Family is sooooo important and it pains me to see people who don't take the time to appreciate their loved ones. Life is far too short and we need to cherish the time we have with those that we love and have no regrets for things we should have said and done. I know that you will all have a gazillion fond memories to hold in your hearts. My heart and thoughts are with you and your family my beautiful friend. I am sending my love and strength to all of you.
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THEMIGHTYLEX 3/29/2011 1:12PM

    Excellent journal/reporting... I feel like I was right there with you.
I hope you will all be well, and I'm glad everyone got to visit with Katie before her time.
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