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Someone's got a case of the grumples.. Aug. 14

Wednesday, August 15, 2012

Oh for the love of Pete!
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There. That pretty much sums up my day yesterday.

Aug. 14 nutrition:
4:30 am
2 cups coffee
4 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. vanilla protein powder

7:30 am
2 Van's gluten free waffles
1 Chobani fat-free peach greek yogurt

9:30 am
1 small banana

11:30 am
1 Alexis whole wheat flatbread pita
1 Hannah hummus single
3 tbsp Hannah tzatziki
1 oz Kraft fat free shredded cheese
20 baby carrots

3:00 pm
1 nectarine
1 Clif Kid Z bar iced oatmeal

7:00 pm
20 grape tomatoes (from our own garden no less!)
1 serv. Gorton's grilled salmon (never EVER microwave these.. you've been warned!)
1 cup Near East couscous
1 1/2 cup sauteed broccoli

Calories In: 1694

Fitness minutes:
120 min. OHS dog walking

Calories Out: 750

Deficit:
Calories
Eaten 1,694
BMR* 2,176
Exercise 750
Total Burned 2,926
Differential -1,232
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Calories In was good.
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Calories Out was good.
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Deficit worked out alright.
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That looks like an alright day, yea? Pfft.

The day started off alright, but slowly.. insidiously, work stress started rising.. up.. Up.. UP. The more the stress (I work in a form of customer service, sorta.. kinda..) the more aggravated, the more my mood tanked, the more I gritted my teeth.

By the time I left work to go walk the kennel kids (what we now call the dogs at OHS, not to be confused with our own home kids) I was ready for companions who could not talk back! I had some good walks with some great dogs, and walked a lot of anxiety off.

The drive home was good - that was when I munched on the grape tomatoes. I got home, and through no real fault of his own (well, sorta..) poorly worded things were said by the man which just touched off my aggravation again, and I had a mini-meltdown. Microwaving the frozen salmon fillet, without covering it, was the tipping point. There may have been colorful expletives screeched at the top of my lungs (the kitchen was empty at the time, thank goodness). It's all sort of hazy now.

It's probably a good thing I forgot my grapefruit spoon this morning. It's too silly to make stabby motions at anyone with a regular rounded spoon.
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C'mon normalcy.. I could use a good shot right about now.
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/16/2012 9:44AM

    I hate days like that. Yesterday was tough for me to. I like the image of you trying to stab someone with the rounded spoon. I think your co-workers might vote that you're only allowed to use rounded ones. LOL

I hope today is better!!!

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HEALING_LORI 8/15/2012 11:18PM

    Ughhh... hope today was better and tomorrow is wonderful!!!
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We're closing in on the weekend again....
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SUSUSUZZZIE 8/15/2012 10:55PM

    Love that the time with the pups helped you. And I totally understand the trouble caused by the poor guys when they so innocently say the wrong things. LOL!

Hope you are having a better day!

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NO_SNOW_BODY 8/15/2012 5:24PM

    Thanks for the warning, I sactually tried microwaving the grilled salmon one day and have never done it since

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KASHMIR 8/15/2012 4:22PM

    Um, Yeah. Know the feeling. Back in my dim past I remember someone saying, "that man should be castrated with a dull spoon". Everytime I think of that, it makes me smile just a little bit. Now I'm passing that joy on to you, for the next time the customers make life interesting!

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WALKAWAY 8/15/2012 3:54PM

    emoticonI hope you are having a better day. We definitely don't need the headlines to say..................."Customer service representative threatens co-workers with grapefruit spoon!"

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KAREN42BOYS 8/15/2012 3:14PM

    Oh, ugh, and ew. Hate it when I get all snarly. Sounds like you did the right things, just wasn't enough to get it all the way worked out of your system.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/15/2012 2:08PM

    You work in a form of customer service? 'Nuff said--there are days where it's great, and then there are those other days . . . hopefully not too many like yesterday in a row! Glad walking the kennel kids helped relieve some of the stress. Overall I'd say you handled things pretty well, in spite of the kitchen, uh, experience. Here's to a better day and the rest of the week going well!

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ALICIALYNNE 8/15/2012 1:57PM

    And how would you have handled the stress before?

Glad the doggies helped make you feel a bit better, and here's hoping today is much more smooth!

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NIKKICOLE83 8/15/2012 1:28PM

    As stressed as you were, at least you didn't eat your frustrations.

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GORIANA 8/15/2012 1:26PM

    We had similar days! Here's to another day being better.

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Bubbie said no Blog Update!

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

I forgot to mention.. the dog we wanted to adopt over the weekend? Bernard?
He was adopted yesterday!
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He went to his forever home and will hopefully have a long full happy life!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/15/2012 11:50AM

    Great for him and hopefully you too. I would hate for your home to become a war zone for attention. I'm wishing him and you and your crew all the best. Maybe your happy thoughts for him brought him good luck!

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KMERRY100 8/14/2012 10:08PM

  Wonderful!! We have started fostering puppies at our house. One at a time of course!! You do get attached to them.

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ANNESYLVIA 8/14/2012 8:08PM

    I hope you are not depress about not being able to adopt the pup. Hopefully the pup's new family are loving people.

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KAREN42BOYS 8/14/2012 3:19PM

    Happy ending!

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    emoticon That's GREAT!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/14/2012 1:17PM

    Yippee! Great news!!

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HEALING_LORI 8/14/2012 12:31PM

    YAAAAAY for Bernard!!!
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NWLIFESRC 8/14/2012 12:25PM

    Great

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Fine then.. Aug. 13

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

All the way home yesterday from work, my inner truculent child was whining. It's too hot. I don't feel good. I'm tired. I'm hungry. I don't wanna - all this in relation to my fitness plan for the evening.

So what did I do? I did what any reasonably sane adult would do with a whiny child. You don't wanna? Fine then....

Aug. 13 nutrition
4:30 am
2 cups coffee
4 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. protein powder

7:30 am
3/4 cup low fat cottage cheese
1 thinwich
1 tbsp almond-walnut butter

9:30 am
3 clementines

11:30 am
1 medium baked sweet potato
1 tbsp Zoi plain greek yogurt
1/4 cup bacon crumbles
2 cups steamed veggies
1 oz Kraft fat free shredded cheese

3:00 pm
Clif Kid Z iced oatmeal bar

6:00 pm
2 cups broccoli
1/2 cup slivered almonds
1 tbsp garlic
1 tbsp olive oil
1 oz feta cheese
1/2 cup unsweetened applesauce

8:00 pm
6 Dove dark chocolate squares

Calories In: 1879 (range is 1330 - 1680)

Fitness minutes:
35 minutes walking with Leslie Sansone

Calories Out: 421

Deficit:
Calories
Eaten 1,879
BMR* 2,176
Exercise 421
Total Burned 2,597
Differential -718
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Calories In was so-so.
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Calories Out was good.
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Fine then.....
So yea. I gave in to the whiny kid in me who didn't want to go outside into the heat and do anything. I simply changed plans and headed for the basement to pop in my Leslie Sansone walking DVD and hung out with her and her walking crew for 35 minutes. It was a lot of fun, too! It's always good to be reminded that there are alternatives to doing the same ole same ole all the time.

I went over my calorie range. I did it by virtue of indulging in those chocolates. Had I not had them, I would have been fine. But, as I pointed out to Bill last evening when he was eying me enjoying a chocolate, they were key, even VITAL, to the remainder of our week being happy and harmonious, not to mention hormonally balanced! He agreed and wandered off to get Ritz crackers and peanut butter for a snack.

Sigh. I love Ritz crackers with peanut butter. So, while I ~did~ over calories, I stuck with chocolates, and only went over a little bit, vs. eating an entire sleeve of Ritz with half a giant bowlful of peanut butter.

See? It's all about perspective!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/15/2012 11:46AM

    Great perspective if you ask me! There's certain times in a girl's life that chocolate becomes at least as important as oxygen. I chalk it up to one of those times!

I, too, love Ritz crackers with PNB but I add jelly. LOL Good job on resisting that piece!

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ALICIALYNNE 8/14/2012 4:58PM

    Awesome that you figured out something else to do! Flexibility is key, and good job on ignoring the petulant child within!
And chocolate isn't food, it is a WAY OF LIFE!

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GAYLEP67 8/14/2012 2:12PM

    LOL! It amazes me how mirrored we are sometimes. After working out for about 1/2 an hour to MY Leslie Sansone DVD, I indulged in a small portion of salt and vinegar chips last night (salt is my drug) while my husband had a "snack" of peanut butter in a 10" white flour tortilla wrap and some sucre a la creme tossed in it too! Sucre a la creme is smiliar to fudge - basically sugar, cream, and butter. He called it dessert.
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GAYEMC 8/14/2012 12:41PM

    Sounds like a good day to me. I remember days of eating a whole bag of hershey kisses. You kept the Dove to a decent TOM crave.

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KASHMIR 8/14/2012 12:16PM

    You made excellent choices, and in the end, those 6 chocolates aren't going to be any kind of a deal!

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/14/2012 12:01PM

    You have a great perspective, Candy--and I'm sure Bill agrees! Sometimes nothing but chocolate will do . . . the main thing is while you went over on calories, you still got in a good workout and kept things reasonable. I call that a WIN!

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Bubbie said No.. Aug. 12

Monday, August 13, 2012

Who knew Sunday was going to be so blessed hot? I mean, really...

Aug. 12 nutrition:
5:30 am
4 cups coffee
8 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. protein powder

10:30 am
1/4 cup cottage cheese

11:00 am
1 herb and cheese bagel
2 slices lean ham lunchmeat
2 slices swiss cheese
1 tbsp reduced fat Philadelphia cream cheese
1/2 large tomato

1:30 pm
Clif Kid Z bar frosted oatmeal

6:00 pm
1 Costco salmon burger
2 cups mixed steamed veggies
2 ears corn on the cob (cooked in the microwave, so good!)

7:30 pm
1 tbsp decaf instant coffee
1 pack swiss miss no-sugar-added cocoa mix
4 tbsp creamer
2 cups water

Calories In: 1646

Fitness minutes:
None

Calories Out: 0

Deficit:
Calories
Eaten 1,646
BMR* 2,176
Exercise 0
Total Burned 2,176
Differential -530
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Calories In was good.
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Calories Out was good.
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Deficit worked out alright.
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When I got home Saturday night from OHS, I told Bill that as cute as Bernard is, I wasn't over the moon about him and didn't feel I needed to bring him home, someone else would take him home and make it a great place for him.

When I woke up Sunday morning (aside from feeling icky from bad food choices the night before) I was worried about Bernard. How was his back? Did they give him anything for the itching (he's allergic to fleas, which is a hard row to how for puppies, lemme tell you)? He needs to be washed and groomed and.. he needed to come home!

I was working this all out in my mind as I was getting through the morning, including dealing with the onset of TOM. Sigh. Really? Fine. I will not be defeated or derailed this month as I was last month.

I pulled together the week's menu, and the grocery list for the week. We wanted to get out to the grocery early enough to avoid the crowds, and heat, so we dashed off without pausing for breakfast. Not a good choice, but it wasn't as bad as it could have been.

We got through the grocery alright, picked up everything we needed, and talked about Bernard. Bill understood where I was coming from, and had agreed that we could at least try and see if our kids got along with him or not.

We got home and pulled together a yummy bagel sammich for breakfast/lunch, then started laundry, and dashed out for more errands. We did meet with just Bernard at OHS and he seemed perky enough. He wasn't super excited to meet us but I chalked that up to being in such a strange place. He's had a few tough breaks, so being aloof would make sense. We decided to put a hold on him and go home to get our kids to see how they all got along.

Of course, this is the 94 degree day that I decide to put us all through this!

We collect the kids, put them in their harnesses, and head back to OHS. It's going to be an hour before we can introduce the dogs to each other. Ok. We drive off for a bit, keeping in the AC as long as we can, then come back, and eventually herd our pack into a classroom to wait indoors. When it was our turn, the adoption counselor came and got us and we went to a smaller room to do the meet and greets. We tried Bubbie first (remember, we got him from OHS back in January). He was super aggressive and charging at poor Bernard, not at all willing to back down. We swapped him out for Maggie (who recently went through the Reactive Rover class) who behaved much better. She at one point started pulling her Princess routine on him, trying to order him around, and Bernard was having none of it! He talked right back at her, not with aggression, but enough to say 'give it up, chick!' They eventually got along alright, lots of sniffing and getting-to-know-you gestures.

Bubbie came back in a second time though, and it was clear it was not meant to be. He gets mouthy and barky when meeting dogs and is super-hyper, which comes across as aggressive and wanting to eat the face off the other dog. That's no life for Bernard to move into. He'll find a much better home where he can be the superstar and center of attention rather than a part of a mouthy pack.

Ah. There's a big sigh there, for myself more than anything. Logically, I know this is ok. Three is MORE than enough. I think were I a bit more hormonally balance ~ahem..~ it would bother me less. Either way, the disappointment of not getting the little guy did not fell me. We went home and made and ate a yummy nutritious dinner. Even though I was tired from the ups and downs of the day, I opted to stick to healthy foods rather than going down the path of least resistance. It was worth it.

This week is going to be interesting. Between the heat and already feeling drained and strained, we'll see if I can keep to my determination up and keep on moving. Keep your fingers crossed for me!
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/15/2012 11:40AM

    I'm proud of you for trying but know it has to be hard on you. I tried to volunteer for a bit at the Humane Society in my town and I loved it but it was too hard on my back. The dogs pulling me every which way when I walked. I had hoped to be a better dog walker than that but alas it didn't work.

They had a huge St. Bernard there that I so wanted to take home. I know that would not work but I wanted to anyway. I didn't, knowing Toby was a handful. Oh well, I hope the St. Bernard found a happy home.

Glad you are able to stick by your goals so far. Keep up the great work!

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GAYEMC 8/14/2012 12:35PM

    I just can't imagine having 4 dogs, even as hard as it is to know one needs a happy home. I have faith you will make it through the week fine. You've already identified the problems you might face. I hear you with the heat, I'm not ready for Thursday's 100+ day!

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SUNONMAPLES 8/13/2012 10:16PM

  Thanks for the Bernard account! I'm currently fostering a couple of little kittens from a shelter around here. And because of our age and because of other pets, I know it's JUST fostering, but still, I'm gonna have to hand them off pretty soon, and when I do that I ALWAYS miss them and worry. I know they will get a great home for all of their lives, and I'm very proud of my fostering work and how they turned out (who knew they would get to be such gorgeous little cats???).

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KAREN42BOYS 8/13/2012 8:33PM

    Aw, yeah, that's a mix of emotions for sure almost getting that pup. Glad you handled it so well, chica!

Met my PT at 4, so we've got the intake visit done and ended with a strengthening exercise and then ice and stimulation. I'll be seeing her twice a week for the next few weeks and then we'll reevaluate. Swimming is a no-go for now. :( Hoping to get the running back in. Got in 2 miles Saturday before my leg started talking to me too much, then a mile and a half walk home. Being half ready by the first weekend of October may be a challenge.

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GETFIT2LIVE 8/13/2012 6:30PM

    You tested things out with Bernard and saw clearly that it would not work, so you know you've made the right decision there--he will find his forever home soon enough. The heat definitely makes it hard to stay the course, but you're doing great! No finger crossing needed; I have faith in you, you're on the right track. I LOVE the frosted oatmeal Clif Kid Z bars and Costco salmon burgers, by the way; just had the former as my afternoon snack and going to fix some of the latter for dinner tonight. Yum!

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HEALING_LORI 8/13/2012 5:19PM

    I think you've made the right choice or at least Bubbie did. I'm sure Bernard will find a forever home and be loved as much as your kids are! :)

Another great menu for the day!! I wish so much that I loved fish. I just can't seem to change my taste buds. Nobody else in the house eats it either including hubby so it just goes to waste every time I try. I won't give up though I just have to find a flavor or seasoning or type that I can get used to! How are the Costco salmon burgers? I assume they are frozen? Are they as healthy as fresh salmon? I am clueless when it comes to fish!
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Stick to what you've been doing and don't forget lot's and lot's of water! You can make it a great week.... You really can! Rest as much as you can in between work and working out and it'll be the weekend again before we know it!
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I get to volunteer again!.. Aug. 11

Monday, August 13, 2012

Coming off a stellar Friday, we cruised right on through our Saturday.

Aug. 11 nutrition:
4:30 am
2 cups coffee
4 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. protein powder

7:30 am
2 Van's gluten free waffles
1 Chobani greek low-fat pineapple yogurt

10:30 am
1 Frigo light string cheese
10 seedless grapes

1:30 pm
1 serv. Sweet Tomatoes Spicy Navajo vegetable soup
1/2 serv Sweet Tomatoes Classic greek salad
Tons of veggies
Half banana
1 oz cup tapioca

7:30 pm
8 oz Butterball turkey breast roll

8:30 pm
2 bags Movie theater microwave popcorn
1/2 stick butter

Calories In:
1902

Fitness minutes:
120 minutes OHS dog walking

Calories Out: 750

Deficit:
Calories
Eaten 1,902
BMR* 2,176
Exercise 750
Total Burned 2,926
Differential -1,024
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We got up at regular time since we had a busy day ahead of us. Bill came with me and we headed to the Nike campus in Beaverton to pick up my Hood to Coast volunteer stuff and do the training. I'd not been on the Nike campus before, and was rightly impressed! Lovely grounds and I can just imagine how great it must be to work and training there.

The longest part of the excursion was the drive LOL The lines took a bit of time to get through as well, but it was mostly painless. We watched a brief PowerPoint presentation, then stood around and watched a guy talk about our finish line duties. I saw watched, rather than listened, because the room was so crowded and noisy, there was no chance of hearing him. I got my requisite stamps though, picked up my tshirt, and we hot-footed it outta there!

I'm excited to be volunteering for HTC again this year. Last year was a lot of fun with Bill. This year, I'm working with GayeMC and Kashmir, and we've signed up to work the finish line at Seaside! We'll be going down together on Friday the 24th, staying that night, then getting up bright and early to support our Honey Badgers and Buckets team and all the others! WooHoo! It'll be like a girl's weekend out!

Bill and I opted to grab lunch at Sweet Tomatoes in SouthEast Portland. Tasty little spot with lots of veggie choices - soups, salads, a few baked goods, a pasta area, baked potatoes. I avoided the muffins this time (thankfully) and enjoyed the lighter fare on offer.

All during the day, Bill and I talked about a little lhasa boy that had arrived at the Humane Society. I've done well so far, volunteering nearly 2 months and only just now wanting to bring someone home LOL Bernard is a year younger than our two girls, about a year and a half older than our boy. He was a cutie pie and I'd interacted with him some on Wednesday, so Bill and I decided to go see him for a while.

He looks to be in rough shape, coat-wise, but over all seems to be a nice boy. We talked about him some more, then Bill headed home and I kicked it into overdrive, walking the dogs. I had such a good time, walking with some slower older kids, and then some bigger, faster, more energetic ones. It's never the same walk twice! LOL

Of course, by the time I finally got home, I was famished. I have learned, finally, after all this time, that when I'm tired I make horrible food choices. This wasn't the worst ever - I heated up and finished the left-over turkey breast roast. Nothing else, just the meat. Then I decided I wasn't quite done yet (really?) and opted to overindulge in two bags of microwave popcorn with butter. Sigh.

The good news is (if it can be called that, really) the next morning I felt pretty icky. My stomach was not happy in the least with my food choices. Can't say as I blame it. I'm going to be much more conscious of my food choices when I'm tired and do my best to avoid being caught without something tasty and nutritious that can be tossed together in a moment's notice.
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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/15/2012 11:30AM

    The HTC volunteering sounds exciting but the puppy (ok, i know, not a true puppy) is even more exciting!

I love popcorn but if I eat very much of it, me and my tummy spend a great deal of time in the smallest room in my house. Yikes! LOL

At least you know about your food choices when you're tired! Keep going, you're on the right track!

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KASHMIR 8/13/2012 6:44PM

    The most important thing stated by the Finish Area dude, BE THERE EARLY! I realized when I goT into that little corral that I wasnt going to hear a thing unless I stood right next to him.

So, the jist of it was - Dress in Layers. Be there early to check in. When you are done with your shift, hand off your equipment to the person taking over for you and train them on what they are to do. CHECK in and OUT (so your team gets credit for you). and BE THERE EARLY TO CHECK IN!

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HEALING_LORI 8/13/2012 4:52PM

    The HTC volunteering sounds like SO much fun!
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PIXIEMOM13 8/13/2012 4:38PM

    I am with you on making less than stellar food choices when I'm tired.
But being aware is the first step to fighting it, right?

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