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Another Birthday..

Thursday, October 04, 2012

I know, I still need to put up pics and a blog about our trip to Texas. And I will. Soon. Really.

First though, here's my birthday girl.

Magnificent Moonlight Millicent

If we had registered the girls with the AKC (yes, they both came with papers way back when) that was going to be Millie's fancy name. She has that lovely swirly gray/white/black brindle tiger-striping going on and she looks like she's beautifully lit by moonlight.

Millie's birthday is today. Maggie's birthday is Oct. 8. We have no idea when Bubbie's birthday is, so we're making it officially Oct. 6, so he can join in on the birthday week fun.

Each furbaby will get leave the siblings at home and ride in the car in the front seat to Petsmart so they can pick out a birthday toy all their own. (they usually do not get to travel without the other two)
Yes, they'll forget about the toy likely when they get home and the other kids get ahold of it, but it'll be nice for a brief time.
In other news.. This is going to be a busy weekend.

Tomorrow's my Friday off, so we'll go dog walking in the morning, then hit up packet pick-up downtown that afternoon.
Saturday we'll like do some debris clean-up at the shelter because high winds have brought down quite a lot of limbs and leaves.
Sunday I'll take Max downtown and participate in the Portland Half Marathon. I'm actually kind of excited and looking forward to it. I wore a little 13.1 pendant to work today to kind of keep it as a touchstone reminder of what's coming.

I'll be alternating between walking and intervaling, and I'll finish well and strong and on my own terms.

So, be patient a bit longer, and I'll share some Ms. Poppy time with you.


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RJFERRARO315 10/8/2012 11:42PM

    Happy Birthday to the pups! We never registered our whippet either. We could never decide on a name other than Tucker.

I'm sure they love their trips to PetSmart.


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ANNESYLVIA 10/8/2012 4:45PM

    So sweet what you do for you doggies.

On special holiday, such as b-days and Christmas, etc...we buy Zhanne doggie ice cream. She gets so my yummy treats but since the ice cream take room up in our fridge she only get it on holidays. We stop buy her toys when she was about 7yo. She could not care less about them anymore. Her next b-day in January she will be 11yo

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 10/5/2012 3:40PM

    Happy Birthday puppies!!! and lovely picture of you and the baby!!

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GAYEMC 10/5/2012 1:33PM

    2 great pics of 3 beautiful girlz! I can't believe I'm not doing the Mayor's walk this year. Just might pop over to the Hilton Expo though.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 10/4/2012 9:32PM

    What an adorable name... Magnificent Moonlight Millicent

Happy Birthday Millie! I love your birthday tradition with the pups!!! Great idea!
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Your little Poppy looks adorable in your arms! Thank you for sharing the picture. Good luck with your Half! You'll do awesome!
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PS - hope you don't mind that I gave your dog a steak or maybe it is a squeaky-steak toy or maybe it is a bone. LOL!

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KAREN42BOYS 10/4/2012 7:13PM

    You and Miss Poppy are lovely together!

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KASHMIR 10/4/2012 6:21PM

    So Cute!!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 10/4/2012 5:07PM

    Happy birthday, Millie! Give her an extra pat and loving from me, okay? Looking forward to hearing about Texas and of course the Portland Half Marathon--go out there and remember to have FUN along the way. Wish I could be there to do it with you; maybe next year!

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WALKAWAY 10/4/2012 3:41PM

    LOL, looks like you are getting that "what are you taking my picture for Mom" from Millie.

And Ms. Poppy is adorable. Can't wait to see more pictures.

Good luck with the half marathon this weekend. You'll be awesome.


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REALLY_ROBIN 10/4/2012 3:06PM

  Wow....Miss Poppy is so adorable!!! And look at the difference in you from your beginning picture!!! I've missed you lots and can't wait to catch up with what happened on your trip!

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GINGERHAWK 10/4/2012 2:38PM

    Love the doggie bday celebrations - FUN! Also, it's fantastic that you're participating in a half marathon - you should be really proud of yourself! That's something that most of us may never do. emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 10/4/2012 2:23PM

    I can't wait for Poppy time but meanwhile... Happy birthday to the fur kids! I love your idea of alone time with Mum. Hoping for pictures for them with their selection.

Have fun at the Portland Half Marathon. I'm sure you'll do well, especially since you're doing it on your terms. I think that's so cool.



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PICKIE98 10/4/2012 2:11PM

    You are all so cute!! Happy Birthday!!!

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Working it out of my system..

Monday, September 24, 2012

And I am.

3 hours of kennel kids walking on Friday morning.
3 1/2 hours walking 13.25 miles Saturday morning.
3 1/2 hours heavy weeding and raking and hauling on behalf of the kennel kids on Sunday morning.

Maybe there's nothing actually wrong with being grumpy or a bit off. Maybe it's just part of the regular cycle of (my) life and I should stop berating myself for not feeling like a little ray of sunshine all the time.

This should be a relatively low-impact week for me. A bit of this, a bit of that, a bargain trip to Texas and back between Friday and Monday to celebrate Ms. Poppy turning 1. Hard to argue with that kind of joy coming down the pike.

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ROXIT22222 10/1/2012 10:12AM

    I'm going to blame the grumpys on the weather... Here is why.... We've had what 65 days of sunshine... and only 1 inch of rain in 2 months! Here in the PNW? We aren't use to that.. We need our water, and everything is turning brown. Too much sunshine is making us grumpy. We are all tired from go go go...

Seriously think about it we are use to sunshine and warm weather being here for a day or two, maybe a week at most. So we all go out and play hard and fast. Two months of GOOD Sunny days is taking it's toll on us all.

Now with that said, the sun shine can stay until after next sundays race. :)

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GAYEMC 9/28/2012 1:17PM

    Hope you are having a wonderful time visiting family and celebrating a milestone birthday!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/27/2012 9:22AM

    I get tired of being Suzy Sunshine. My family of origin expects it. It gets old.

I hope you have a fabulous trip and will have lots of picts to share! Enjoy!


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IMIN2GENES 9/26/2012 9:31PM

    Ooh! Bargain trip and a birthday... Have an awesome time!

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PARASELENIC 9/25/2012 4:34PM

    Your bargain trip to texas sounds awesome

I say own and enjoy your crabbiness. Sometimes that can be more inspiring to others (and the self) than being a ray of sunshine.

It's especially effective as a motivator to blog out the negative parts, so when you look back you can see it and see how you moved beyond it. That's also good for others because they can see you as human, not always on track, on target, on goal. That's a hard thing to live up to, and watching others go through their own rollercoasters can be very comforting.


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KAREN42BOYS 9/25/2012 9:51AM

    Community service and a baby? Sounds like a great week. Keep working out the head stuff. Being always happy is lovely, but it is not real life. Glad to have you around to model that for me. I've got a blog to write, but not sure how to. Perhaps this will help nudge me. Nancy's latest blog speaks to me, too.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/24/2012 10:31PM

    Your activity and giving to the kennel kids is awe-inspiring! Maybe it is ok to just feel what you feel for a while. Whatever the case, I hate to think about you berating for any reason.

Enjoy your time with Poppy and family and hang in there!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/24/2012 7:52PM

    You did a lot!!

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REALLY_ROBIN 9/24/2012 7:17PM

  Have a great trip, Candi!!!

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ENDUROVET 9/24/2012 5:22PM

    Wow, I feel exhausted just READING about all your activities!!!
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I have been in a real slump myself here lately; slightly encouraged by "Rest n' Rehab" day yesterday...


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ALICIALYNNE 9/24/2012 3:41PM

    We all get a little grumpy some times. Totally normal! If anyone is always happy, they either have a fabulous psychologist or are badly in need of one...

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/24/2012 3:34PM

    It's ok to be grumpy! Enjoy your trip!

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GAYLEP67 9/24/2012 2:16PM

    Oh my gosh I can't believe a year has gone by already!! Happy Birthday to Miss Poppy!!! I think a little Poppy time will be great for you and I agree, I think it's probably just a part of our regular cycles. Besides, when you spread your sunshine, you bring it in spades!!

Enjoy the trip!

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KASHMIR 9/24/2012 1:53PM

    I was in a foul mood yesterday, ran/walked over 12 miles in the morning, then got in an even worse mood, so I headed off to the Esplanade/Waterfront/Powels for another 5ish. My legs are tired today, but it's way better than sitting on the couch eating through my frustrations!

Next time, maybe we should get grumpy together and go hiking!

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Thursday, September 13, 2012

I'm grumpy. Like super-uber grumpy. I'm chalking it up to residual TOM stuff, waking up in nightmares recently, and all around moodiness. As such, I'm going to keep my nasty tongue to myself and simmer a bit until I'm somewhat more level-headed and not so snippy.

On the positive side, I ~am~ looking forward to walking with the SparkPortland team on Saturday. That will absolutely rub off some of the grumpiness. Hopefully I'll resume communicating with all y'all again sometime shortly after that.

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LMLOPEZ 9/23/2012 12:09AM

    Awwww, sorry you are grumpy. I hope it passes soon. Missed you-hope I can get back on track and keep up with you now that I'm baaak!!!
Saw all your accomplishments with the 10ks and the halfs-so excited for you!! Glad to see you are on track-way to go!!

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DIANER2014 9/15/2012 11:04AM

    Hope your're feeling better today. emoticon Have fun on your walk. emoticon

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MRSBENNETT2 9/14/2012 6:22PM

    It's in the air lately. All over the world - at least Portland and Albion Park AU. ;) It'll pass! Hang in t here! :)

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GAYEMC 9/14/2012 1:32PM

    Sure hope today is better for you!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/14/2012 12:22PM

    Eh, we all have those days from time to time; this too shall pass. Glad you have the walk to look forward to, hopefully that will kick the grumpies to the curb and you have a fabulous weekend!

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FEISTYOWL 9/14/2012 11:39AM

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/14/2012 10:06AM

    9 out of 10 doctors recommend eating a bit of chocolate for grumpiness. The 10th one is a guy and doesn't count cuz he's nuts. LOL No calories if it's medicinal, which ALL my chocolate is.

I hope you'll have a fabulous weekend and wake up with great joy. Enjoy your walk. I hope to take the pups to the bike path for a long tiring walk on Saturday morning, so I'll pretend we're walking with you!


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ALICIALYNNE 9/14/2012 8:39AM

    Hope you can get rid of the grumps soon!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/14/2012 7:39AM

    have fun!!!

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/14/2012 7:04AM

    Hugs to you Candy! So sorry about the nightmares - if ever a reason to be grumpy, that is it! I can't imagine how disruptive that is to your sleep, your overall wellbeing as well as your mood.

Wishing you some much needed rest soon so you can come back grumpy-less soon!

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 9/14/2012 6:44AM


This too shall take it....

One Day at a Time~
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HEALING_LORI 9/13/2012 10:07PM

    uhhhhggg... SO Sorry your feeling so grumpy lately! You'll pull yourself out of this rut in no time, I'm sure of it! You've done it before and you sure the hell can do it again!
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One look at her should do it?!?!
Sending HUGE hugs your way!!!
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TAMMYINPA 9/13/2012 7:48PM

    Hope you're feeling better real soon.

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GAYLEP67 9/13/2012 7:31PM

    OMG...I'm with ANNESYLVIA!!! Hoping you have a restful slumber tonight to start...


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ANNESYLVIA 9/13/2012 4:58PM

    Oh everyone has those type of days! I have those type of years! Your ahead of the game girl!

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KAREN42BOYS 9/13/2012 4:10PM

    Oh, fooey. When you didn't post yesterday, I figured something was up.

Will you get your doggy time tonight? They seem to help rub off some of the grouchies, too.

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Not quite.. Sept. 10

Tuesday, September 11, 2012

Almost, but no cigar.

Sept. 10 nutrition:
4:30 am
3 cups of coffee
6 tbsp creamer
1/2 serv. vanilla protein powder

7:30 am
1 thinwich
1 serv. almond cashew butter
3/4 cup fat free cottage cheese

9:30 am
3 cuties

11:30 am
1 med. sweet potato
1 serv. white bean and tomato sauce
1 med. apple

2:30 pm
1 Clif Kid Z frosted oatmeal bar

6:00 pm
6 oz boneless skinless baked chicken breast
1/2 cup brown rice
1 pat unsalted butter
2 cup steamed veggies

7:00 pm
10 Townhouse crackers
2 tbsp tzatziki sauce

8:00 pm
6 Dove dark chocolate squares

Calories In: 1897

Fitness Minutes:
2 mile run in Saucony Mirage runners, 30 min.

Calories Out: 526
266 run
260 (BodyBugg calories above Spark estimate)

Eaten 1,897
BMR* 2,158
Exercise 526
Total Burned 2,684
Differential -787
Calories in.
Alright calories out.
Well, except for the discrepancy.
Alright deficit.
Karen offered a great suggestion of a big healthy smoothy to have available during the day to help ward off the grazing that's been happening on weekends. It is a great idea. Whether or not I would grab that as opposed to a bag of granola, a pear, some lunch meat, some cheese, crackers, dip, etc. etc. is iffy. Nothing seemed to satisfy over the weekend, hence the grazing and trying to different things. It's like my mind goes "period = free-for-all to sooth the mouth craving" since my stomach wasn't really all that hungry.

Ah well. It's an ongoing battle that I'll have to thwart at some point.

Yesterday was goodish, for a while at least. Work and being on a schedule helps keep my mind and my hands busy. Getting home, I laced up new Mirage runners and gave them a try. They were on sale on the Team Estrogen site and well.. I bit. It's a way to give minimalist running a try without going for full blow Vibrams, etc. It was an interesting experience. I recalled other folks going minimalist and the fact that they broke themselves into the process slowly, so I figured a nice slow 2 miles would be about right. I tossed in a few extra walk intervals after my shins started aching yet again. Due to the shoes or due to my not running consistently (this has happened before) it's hard to say, so I'll continue to give them a try and see how things shake out. My ankles are making themselves a bit more known this morning than they ever have before, so I'll take that into consideration as time goes on.

Once I finished off the run (and felt unjustifiably righteous) I had a delish dinner of baked chicken and rice and veggies. I was really satisfied and sated. But.. my mouth, my hormones, my bad attitude, my whatever decided it wanted to munch a bit more. I opted for crackers and tzatziki, which is better than crackers and peanut butter. Then, as if by rights of TOM I am entitled to a serving of chocolate Just Because.. yep, I tossed them in as well.

Not a great eating day, but eaking closer to being within range again. That BodyBugg read-out is problematic as well. It shows a good calorie burn for the day, even with only a 2 mile run, and is higher than Spark's estimate. So then I look at it, and at my calories in and think 'not so bad' but it really is. If I want to see real movement, in the appropriate direction, on the scale then I need to work harder at a better deficit.

Yes yes, a constant work in progress. I'm working it.

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HEALING_LORI 9/12/2012 9:26PM

    .....and as long as your working it..... you are headed in the right direction!

I sure do hope the shoes work out but try not to force it and end up with injuries.
Nothing wrong with treating ourselves to a little dark chocolate .... we deserve it!
Keep your chin up kiddo - you've got this!

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NIGHTSKYSTAR 9/12/2012 5:54PM

    you are doing so are an inspiration!!!

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FEISTYOWL 9/12/2012 12:04PM

    I think in this time of our life - cravings are worse! At least that's what I'm saying! teehee. I do the sugar-salt, sugar-salt thing like crazy. And to have that again two weeks later is so unfair. Have you ever tried protein powder? You could add a little to your smoothie and I find that really makes me not hungry/cravey (I think I just made that word up) at all. Just a thought!

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GAYEMC 9/11/2012 5:56PM

    One of the great things with getting older, no more TOM=chocolate and salt cravings! Anxious to hear more about the shoe.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 9/11/2012 3:25PM

    I just got the Mirages about a month ago and I'm loving them. BUT I also found out that my previous shoes were more minimal (more minimal? LOL!) than those. I've been messing around for about 8 months on shoes that should have been more supportive. GEE Maybe that's why my knees gave me trouble. The Mirages were a step up with the same drop as my others. Since I'm mostly used to minimal-ish, I didn't want to go up to full support. Anyway, good luck with your shoes and I hope your ankles quiet down soon.

And good luck with the grazing. I'm having a tough time but it's because I am running on a heck of a lot of stress.

Keep up the work in progress!

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WALKAWAY 9/11/2012 3:07PM

    See me raising my hand from the back of the class...............Work In Progress..............that's me too! Every day! emoticon

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KAREN42BOYS 9/11/2012 2:44PM

    Yeah, the chocolate wasn't so perfect, but looking over the last few weeks, you are slowly reclaiming. Baby stepping it is the way to go. Keep building.

Today's smoothie: coffee, spinach, mixed berry blend from CostCo, apple, 2 apricots. Coffee makes it a little smokey which is nice for variety. 12 oz coffee was probably more than I'd do another time, but that was what was left in my pot.

I tell you that because you wrote in your post you wanted to know what smoothie I was drinking didn't you?

Anyway there you go!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/11/2012 2:23PM

    At least you are headed in the right direction. Reach back here and give me a good yank. I wanna go in the right direction too!

I've looked at the Body Bug. Haven't invested yet tho. Pricey! Have to save up.

I hope those new shoes turn out to be a great tool. I hate it when shoes hurt my feet. That is NOT their role in my life. LOL

Keep going. You're doing well!


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GINGERHAWK 9/11/2012 1:11PM

    First, I find it so totally impressive that you're able to work through your tracking at this level and be consistent with it - nice job! Second, I bought a similar Saucony sneaker recently thinking about how nice and light they felt in the store and then tried them and had lots of ankle, shin, and knee pain. I don't run but I walk. A lot. I've unfortunately had to stop wearing the sneakers (which I also got on a great sale) for something a little more stable. I'll be interested in hearing about your experience.

Keep up the good work and remember that we all need a little 'treat' now and then!

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GETFIT2LIVE 9/11/2012 1:07PM

    We are all a work in progress; this is a process, and some days are better than others. That doesn't look like too bad a day to me, but you know what it takes for your body to cooperate with losing best. Going minimalist, you really do have to ease into it slowly; your calves, ankles, and feet will feel it if you do too much too soon. I love my Brooks PureGrit shoes, minimal heel rise and roomy toe box. They have become me go-to shoes for running, walking, hiking and camping. Keep at it, you're on the right track!

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Uh.. well..

Monday, September 10, 2012

The weekend was a bust. Karen, apparently you were closer to the point than I realized when you mentioned perimenopause. Ugh. A shortened cycle is not my idea of fun, let me just say. I must figure out a way to, if dealing with it over the weekend, keep control and not let it get the best of me.

I had good moments.. high calorie burns on Friday and Sunday, so I feel good about that. Saturday I basically grazed on any and everything. I'll wait until the water weight is shed and see where I stand with things.

Here's to resuming normalcy yet again. Walk. Run. Gym. Lather, rinse, repeat.

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FEISTYOWL 9/12/2012 12:01PM

    omg! I can so feel your pain. Last two months I've seen TOM 4 times!! I can't stand it. Wish I had answers, other than grin and bear it! :D I'm just sayin I can totally relate and you are NOT alone with this one! emoticon emoticon

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REALLY_ROBIN 9/11/2012 12:20PM

  I'm all about figuring this out together. I'm luckily still on the pill, my doc says I can stay on it till I go into menopause if I don't have any other risk factors. Which really gives me insentive to keep my BP down. But, I know exactly what you's really hard to stop yourself from grazing. And I think it's because we feel out of sorts. I like the idea of juicing from Karen. It sounds like a really good idea. And another is maybe keeping your exercise moderate so your body doesn't think it needs a ton of calories, and so you don't have psychology going against you. walk X amount of miles I can have extra. Just a thought.! You've got this Spark Sister...let's do this together.

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KAREN42BOYS 9/10/2012 6:38PM

    Chica, I'm doing one of those veggie smoothies every day right now and it's really helping. Maybe even with hot flashes which are milder now than they were a few months ago. You could pull out that juicer of yours and use it as an adjunct to your diet.

When I open the fridge and see that spaghetti sauce jar full of the 2nd serving of my smoothie, it is pretty easy to reach for that rather than go scavenging for other food.

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NETGYRL 9/10/2012 6:21PM

    you've been doing better then i have! :) keep on keeping on!!

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GAYLEP67 9/10/2012 6:08PM

    Just a speed bump, Candy... Shake it off. Lather, rinse, repeat is RIGHT!!!


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MRSBENNETT2 9/10/2012 6:02PM

    I think sometimes when we drastically change our way of eating, it can mess the cycle up. Seems to work that way for both me and my daughter. And if you gained weight or didn't lose, I'm willing to bet you didn't eat as much as you thought. Don't we have to ingest some huge amount of calories before we actually gain a true pound of fat?? If it makes you feel any better, I am growling like a constipated bear today. :)

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