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So I read my horoscope this morning..

Friday, March 01, 2013

And this is what it said:

Scorpio (October 23 - November 21)

You now have the necessary tools to create enough stability in your life that you can balance your need for fun with your desire to go the distance and reach your destination. It's as if you're preparing for a marathon because you're in it for the long haul and not just a sprint. But don't give anyone the power to talk you out of your view of reality. Ultimately, you're running your own race; it's your choice and no one else's. Trust your feelings and act on them with confidence.

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Hello!

Whether or not you believe in horoscopes, you must admit seeing a message like that directed at you would likely help bolster your determination to do things your way to reach your goals.
I'm taking it and running with it!
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Thursday, Feb. 28:
Calories
Eaten 1,869
BMR* 2,175
Exercise 846
Total Burned 3,021
Differential -1,152
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Bub and I went for another run last night. When we started, it was not raining. After the first mile, it was misting/drizzling, so I looped back by the house to drop him off with Bill. Bill, however, was still out with Maggie and Millie (and the house was locked) so I popped Bub a treat and we took off again. He finished the 3 miles with me, and went from a creamy white dog to a road-grimed gray dog.
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We toweled off, warmed up, and had dinner. Bill made yummy bbq-pulled-pork enchiladas. They were really good! I have another one for lunch today.

Bub will get tomorrow off while I go for 5-6 miles. I'd prefer 6, but we'll see how I'm feeling. I'm a bit off my schedule but I should be able to correct and finagle enough to get back on track.

I'm finding myself more and more engaged in the Humane Society world, and not just because I want to bring home one out of every five animals. Like this one!


www.oregonhumane.org/adopt/de
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That little girl came in with her littermates and is just adorable. Bill went to meet some of them and offered to put a hold on one so Bub could meet them, but I waved him off. We may be adding another four-legger to the family later in April so it's just not sensible to add another one right now.

Tempting, but not logical.
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www.oregonhumane.org/adopt/de
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Heavenly's picture does not even do her justice. She's one of the Brooks rescue dogs and is a total lovebug and snugglebunny. She would not get along with my other dogs, and that's why she's not coming home with me.

YOU however, if you're looking for an active companion should consider her - and by YOU I mean my friends here in the Portland/Vancouver area.

See? I diverged off onto a kennel kids tangent again. Sorry.
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I'm eating healthy today.
I'm getting my steps in today.
I'm going to train Julian later today.

www.oregonhumane.org/adopt/de
tail.asp?animalID=85206


Last one, sorry, swear.
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Until next time at least....
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HEALTHYHEIDI12 3/1/2013 10:04PM

    All of those dogs are soooo cute. I hope they get to happy homes soon!

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IMIN2GENES 3/1/2013 8:10PM

    Such cute pups! Alas... I'm too far away to be of any help.

I see the universe is sending you signs too. Let's take them and run with it girlfriend! Woo hoo!
Chris
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WALKAWAY 3/1/2013 3:20PM

    Oh my gosh. They are adorable. LOL, can you hear my DH saying "back away from the dog pictures!" Sigh! He knows me too well.

Hope you have a wonderful weekend.

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MRSBENNETT2 3/1/2013 3:20PM

    Oh all dos babies of yours! I need to do something like that. Hopefully when we're back from OR in May, I can get involved fostering kitties for the RSPCA.

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SUSUSUZZZIE 3/1/2013 3:13PM

    LOVE your horoscope. WOW! I rarely notice or read them either but I'm going to have to look for mine to see if I get some equally special advice.
[You don't know it, but I left to find my h-scope and came back. I didn't know where to find it so I googled it and I ended up with two completely conflicting scopes. Not everyone can have such a fitting h-scope as Candy! ]

WOO HOO! On your runs with Bub and without! Love to hear about you burning pavement!

And I want to bring home that first dog too! But no more than two furry friends in our house at a time! Our little Terrier is the equivalent of at least 3 dogs and 2 of the three aren't even nice. LOL!

Have a good rest of your day and weekend too!


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ROBBIEMARIE 3/1/2013 2:28PM

    Keep up the puppy love! That horoscope speaks volumes whether I believe in them or not.

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PIXIEMOM13 3/1/2013 2:03PM

    Oh my goodness... what a great message in your horoscope.

and as for the doggy pictures you shared... too cute!! (I especially like the first picture) our house feels rather empty now. Sure we have Sadie (the caique parrot), but no fur-babies at the moment. I like dogs but with us working and our townhouse, we're better suited to cats... maybe one day.

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RKJONES1953 3/1/2013 1:46PM

    I like " you're in it for the long haul.... But don't give anyone the power to talk you out of your view of reality. Ultimately, you're running your own race; it's your choice and no one else's. Trust your feelings and act on them with confidence. "

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IRISHBEANERGAL 3/1/2013 1:36PM

    What a nice confirmation of your current situation!

Carry on!

~Irish

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/1/2013 12:36PM

  I will not show my daughter your blog...she would be all over...let's go to Portland and get us a dog this weekend!!! Unfortunately my allergies will not permit most of our furry friends. You are doing so great girl! Stop and smell the roses and just enjoy each moment!!! Hugs...Robin

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ALICIALYNNE 3/1/2013 12:24PM

    You're killing me with the cute doggies!

We want one so. stinking. bad. But it would be mean to keep it locked up in our tiny apartment. Hopefully in 2 years we'll have a house, and can get at least one dog. We shall see!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/1/2013 12:08PM

    I love them all! Not sure Toby would but hey, he shouldn't get a vote. LOL

Keep going on your goals!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/1/2013 11:56AM

    Love the pup pics--you never know who might see and fall instantly in love so they find their forever homes, nothing wrong with that.

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I don't put stock in horoscopes, but that one is right on the money for you, Candy. You do have all the tools it takes to find balance in your life and reach for your goals. Way to go on getting out there and continuing on even in the drizzle. That's the reality of running outside in the beautiful Northwest: wet happens. You go, girl!

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Whoopsies!..

Thursday, February 28, 2013

It's been a busy day and it's almost slipped away from me. First, the numbers....

Calories
Eaten 2,493
BMR* 2,178
Exercise 853
Total Burned 3,031
Differential -538

I had a great calorie burn, but it was offset (mostly) by a great taco salad and chili cheese fries.
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That has turned into our 'after kennel kids walking' go-to .. or should I say to-go meal. So easy to swing by and pick it up at the drive thru. Yes, there are healthier alternatives, but really.. besides the fried flour tortilla, it's mostly healthy.

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Ok, enough justification.

I'm fixin' to head home. It's supposed to be raining, but if it's not, I'll harness up my training partner and hit the pavement again. Hope you all have good evenings!
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C~

  
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GINGERHAWK 3/1/2013 9:55AM

    Sometimes you gotta give into those kind of cravings. If I don't then I go on a total bender. You're still burning lots of calories and you're holding yourself accountable - both of which are great!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 3/1/2013 8:20AM

    Sometimes, you just gotta...

Hope you and your training partner got to spend some quality time together!!!

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ROBBIEMARIE 2/28/2013 7:33PM

    Sometimes there are days like that...... At least you are aware of them!

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REALLY_ROBIN 2/28/2013 7:15PM

  Have a great run! And having a taco every now and again isn't going to hurt and may just keep your sanity in the long run! Hugs...Robin

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I owe a debt..

Wednesday, February 27, 2013

To my running partner from last night.


Mr. Zerbert Ray Bailey (aka Bubbie) having a much-deserved rest last night.

He went with me last evening on my run. I haven't run in a week and a half, and knew I needed to get out there to get my mojo back, to get the good juju flowing again. I harnessed him up, and Bill got Maggie and Millie into their harnesses, and we all left the house at the same time. I looped around the block, while Bill took the girls straight along the street. Bub and I caught up to them then ran past them, on our way.

He is ~such~ a good lil boy. That fancy tail you see draped behind him is a precise indicator of how he's feeling, and it is almost always wiggling and waggling. On the majority of our run (and yes, I Galloway'd, :45 sec intervals of walking and running) that tail was curled up tall and flying proudly. Something bothered him briefly and it was streaming straight out behind him, but it eventually curled back up again.

He went the whole distance with me, not stopping until we got back to the house and the front yard. Then, he sprawled out, all four legs going in different directions LOL Poor lil pup was pooped!

We each had a healthy dinner, then we curled up on the couch. At least, until I offered a treat for taking his picture.

Then he was all about sitting pretty.

I'm going to continue my version of accountability and keep on posting my daily differentials. It helps me, but isn't as detailed as listing everything I eat each day. I imagine that got boring for you as it did for me. Ha!

Monday, Feb. 25
Calories
Eaten 1,541
BMR* 2,179
Exercise 519
Total Burned 2,698
Differential -1,157

Tuesday, Feb. 26:
Calories
Eaten 1,799
BMR* 2,179
Exercise 853
Total Burned 3,032
Differential -1,233

I want to see my differentials add up logically to pounds released. I know, weight loss is anything but logical, but I can dream, right?

Thanks so for the boost and encouragement and understanding yesterday. If there's one thing you should know about me by now it's that I only do what I want to do. To some extent, my spoiled brat little girl still holds sway within me. I don't always say thank you, or give goodies. My form of gratitude, support and encouragement is mostly by reading your blogs, hearing your voices, and commenting. That's how I learn more about each of you, and I'm always so glad that you share yourselves with me (us) in that way.
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Now let's get back to kickin' fat's *ss!
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C~

  
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SOUTH_FORK 2/28/2013 4:53PM

    So cute- my running buddy for last night was my ridiculously dumb dog, Mayhem. She hung with me for 3+ miles and behaved incredibly well when we were confronted by two BIG dogs off leash. At 65 pounds, May is no lightweight, but her even demeanor allowed me to get out of what could have been a really difficult situation (two males dogs, each 85+ pounds)!
Hooray for furry friends!

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CATBEFIT 2/28/2013 11:07AM

    What a cutie! Mine is too old to "jog" with me -- it would be fun to have canine company!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 2/28/2013 9:30AM

    Oh I'm in love with your little guy. He's so handsome! I'm glad he got to go with you.

Keep going! You are doing well. I'm cheering for you.

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CHAZERAY 2/27/2013 11:21PM

    Knocking it out of the park :)

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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/27/2013 11:01PM

    Oh can you please find the logic in weight loss. Please-o-please! Where oh where is that logic??

I love picture of your family all out there getting it done together! And Bubbie sure takes a cute picture!

Love to hear you sounding a little more up!
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IMIN2GENES 2/27/2013 7:46PM

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PS - You're running partner is adorable! What a cutie!

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NEEDBU66 2/27/2013 6:40PM

    an adorable little doggie. And sounds like you got your motivation going

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 2/27/2013 5:28PM

    Loved to see your cutie running partner and glad to here others are not huge goodie givers or "thankers" for blog comments.

In your own words: "Now let's get back to kickin' fat's *ss!"

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WALKAWAY 2/27/2013 3:54PM

    emoticon to you and your running partner. Don't tell him but I think he's adorable. LOL, but looking at that face I think he probably already knows it.

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REALLY_ROBIN 2/27/2013 12:54PM

  I'm so with you....I had a loss today too....I'm so up for kicking fat's @ss! I'm so glad you are getting your mojo back! I know how hard it is to pull yourself out of that. Keep up the great work! Hugs...Robin

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 2/27/2013 12:16PM

    He is adorable!

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 2/27/2013 12:08PM

    Great job!

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ALICIALYNNE 2/27/2013 11:56AM

    You have a really cute running partner!

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GINGERHAWK 2/27/2013 11:52AM

    What an adorable running partner! Now, if I could only get my cat on a leash and out there with me, I'd be all set, too! Nice job on kickin some booty yesterday!

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Well then..

Tuesday, February 26, 2013

If it's not working, try something else.

Simple. Logical. Easy. Easy? Hmm.....

In jotting a brief comment to Suz on a blog yesterday (can one actually 'jot' using a keyboard rather than a pen/pencil?) I mentioned that I had been blissfully offline over the weekend. A truer statement has not been made.. at least not in the last week or so. I tried, for a while, to be present and engaged here on Spark on the weekend, at least blogging and commenting on blogs, posts, etc. It all just started to feel like too much pressure, too high of a demand on my time, and so I took a step back. Then I tripped over a curb and nearly landed on my proverbial *ss.

Several of you helped stop me from throwing in the towel, throwing my hands up, tossing the baby out with the bathwater.. apparently my mind wants to play with cliches and colloquialisms this morning.

Anyway, you - my sistahs in sweat and stubborness and struggle - you helped. Fluttering around the edges of my mind were snippets of wispy thoughts -
Give up.
It's not going to work.
Embrace the fat.
Just be yourself, stop struggling.
Stop making yourself miserable.

Maybe I can blame still-lingering hormones. Maybe I can blame feeling pressured to do, to conform, in ways that seem pointless to me. Maybe I can blame it on a lot of things.

I enjoyed the three days offline, spending a good amount of time doing what makes me happy. If, by doing that, I happened to fulfill other obligations, then great. I didn't go out of my way to make things happen.

This.. and by this, picture me waving my hands around, indicating the all-encompassing 'everything'.. is p*ssing me off. It's nobody's fault but my own. Nobody can fix it but me. That's what I need to focus on, and that's what I'm going to do.

I was successful at the start of this year, losing bits and pieces of lbs consistently that added up. I recorded my weight and watched the patterns and understood that I'd gain a little before I'd lose a little more. I was happy with the pattern, and the progress. I've lost that momentum due to a variety of reasons and I need to return to those previous methods - looking back to figure a way forward. Simple, straight forward, no frills, no navel-gazing, no greater good.

Simple. Clean. Focus. Doing what works. That's my plan to keep moving forward.
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C~

  
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CATBEFIT 2/28/2013 11:12AM

    Ohh, I know what you mean. I've been so trying not to listen to my negative self talk the last couple of weeks (can't do this, too much work, have some fun, you'll never succeed). I think I thought it would get easier, or get done, or whatever. Yesterday, decided I needed to pull my big girl panties up and get on down the road. Back to 1/2 lbs and 1 lbs per week, by doing what I know works -- instead of smoking "hopium" that it will just happen.

Stay the course!!!!!

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IMIN2GENES 2/27/2013 7:44PM

    Wow Candy... I think you and I are in very similar places right now. It's kinda scary but also sort of a relief. It's nice to know I'm not alone. Sorry you're struggling; but I hope you know I'm here cheering from you!
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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/26/2013 10:14PM

    "Blissfully offline" -- perfect words! Sometimes the self-imposed responsibility to keep up is too much. As you know, I'm doing a little break from all of that. And then over the weekend it hit me that breaking away is a good thing if I ever want to have success without doing ALL of this. I don't know if that's a reality for me, but I know I can't sustain what I was trying to do and then feeling bad about not doing well.

So do whatever you need for you! This is about YOU! I'm so grateful for any comments and support I get. And I couldn't have done it early one without the friendship and support around here, but I don't want anyone to every feel obligated to comment, thank me, give a goodie, or otherwise.

Stupid hormones are the root of so much that is bad. (Maybe some good too, but still...) I hope at least that one variable settles down soon so you can more easily do your thing.

All the best to you! You will get there!


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KATI5668 2/26/2013 10:06PM

    it is a daily focus...

easier said than done..but so many success stories tell us it CAN be done...

like the tortise keep you head down & keep moving...

You Will Win!!!

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PIXIEMOM13 2/26/2013 6:37PM

    Recharge time is gold. Don't feel guilty about it.

As for your plan.. it sounds like a good one. Simple is best... sometimes we (human beings in general) get in our own way too often! lol

I'm doing a reboot myself.. ;)

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REALLY_ROBIN 2/26/2013 6:22PM

  Is it necessary to be fully engaged everyday? I mean if you track your calories and your exercise you don't necessarily have to blog everyday or even interact. Everyone needs some down time to balance the encouraging you do for others. I beleive this whole battle we have with ourselves is about balance. And when you gained as much weight as we have...we lack it. It's not all or nothing...nothing in life is. It's about doing what you can handle, one step in front of another. And you will get to the top of the hill and see the amazing view of your life. You can do this Candy....don't give up! Eat healthy, go for walks/runs, and encourage others when you can....you've got this!

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IRISHBEANERGAL 2/26/2013 6:19PM

    Yep - as this journey gets longer ( remember when SP told us the date we'd be *DONE* if we just stuck to the plan? *SNORT* - ha!) I have to remember:

1. I come first - my program, my work, ME.
2. Support others, but only after following rule #1 (see above)
3. When it stops working, find a new way

Do what you need to do to be successful Candy. Those who know you will support the steps you take to make yourself successful! Ultimately it's your journey - the rest of us are just a bit of extra fun along the way. Seize the day!

~Irish

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MAGGIEVAN 2/26/2013 4:04PM

    A good plan and you can do it when you believe you and AND when you put the steps in place to achieve it.

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TIGGERJEAN 2/26/2013 3:56PM

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I know exactly what you mean - needing some recharge time - without loosing focus entirely. Distinguishing between 'loving yourself' and 'resigning yourself' - Balancing the need for challenge and the need for rest. It's all a part of being healthy.

Thank you so much for your insight! I really hope you find yourself recharged by doing what works for you.

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NWCOUNTRYDANCER 2/26/2013 3:50PM

    Yes, we are our own worst enemy as well as our greatest motivator.....Good luck!

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 2/26/2013 3:50PM

    Oh girl, this is my words in your blog. I'm so struggling. I keep fussing at myself but that seems to make me more stubborn. Not sure that's what I need at this moment.

I'm right there with you. No wisdom from me to put here, jot or otherwise. I'm just trying to keep my head above water. That's about all I have at the moment.

I'm cheering for you!

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WALKAWAY 2/26/2013 1:05PM

    I too struggle with finding time each day to log in, read, record, etc. And I'm terrible about blogging. I feel like I never have anything to write about and when I do I feel like it's all about the negatives. So I stay quietly in the background, focusing on what makes me happy.

I agree with GetFit2Live, quitting is not an option. There's been more than one morning lately when I've just wanted to throw the towel in and then I remind myself that I'm doing this for me. I just keep taking it one day at a time, one challenge at a time and putting one foot in front of the other. So you'd better not quit or we'll both be in Portland to find you.

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LISA01605 2/26/2013 11:33AM

    Your blogs always hit home with me.

Give up.
It's not going to work.
Embrace the fat.
Just be yourself, stop struggling.
Stop making yourself miserable.

Are thoughts I have had on and off recently myself. I regrouped and I am back for another go round. It's a fragile peace though. I just started in earnest this week so uh, yesterday. If feels like a lot longer. I often remind myself that it is probably going to get worse before it gets better. You can do it, you have done it before. I remind myself of that all the time.

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GETFIT2LIVE 2/26/2013 10:49AM

    I love SP, but I simply cannot spend a lot of time here these days. It's tough when you want to be there to encourage and support your friends, but ultimately you have to do what's necessary for YOU first. Do whatever you need to for yourself--online and offline. Keep testing, trying, changing things (after a reasonable period of trying something, of course) and you will make it. Quitting completely is not an option, however. Period. Okay, there is one thing you can quit: decide that you will quit quitting. Take a deep breath, step back, and tackle this one day, one challenge at a time. You can do this; just don't go AWOL here completely or I'll have to make a special trip to Portland to come find you!

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CNGMYBX 2/26/2013 10:34AM

  This was inspirational. You are on your way there. Don't give up on yourself.

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And then..

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

I stepped on the scale this morning, which I've been avoiding since last week, and I'm up 2.2. Thank you TOM and hormones.
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S'alright, just means the loss next week will be even better, right?

And then.. I moved on.
Seriously, after the WI, I just .. felt better. It is what it is, and I knew what it would be. Now that's over with, no pressure or guilt, just action.

Tuesday, Feb. 19:
Morning Coffee
Kirkland Daily Multivitamin, 1 serving 0
Organic Valley Organic Half & Half, 4 tbsp 80
Regular Coffee, 2 cup (8 fl oz) 5
Optimum Gold Standard Natural 100% Whey Vanilla - 1 scoop, 1 serving 130
Total: 215

Breakfast
Blackberries, fresh, 0.5 cup 37
Blueberries, fresh, 30 berries 23
Raspberries, 15 raspberries 14
greek god's greek yogurt traditional plain, 1 serving 130
Manitoba Hemp Hearts Raw Shelled, 4 tbsp 227
Total: 431

Lunch
Spaghetti Squash, 1 cup 42
Spaghetti Meat Sauce (with ground turkey), 0.5 cup 90
Boneless Porkchop, Center cut, 4oz., 1.75 serving 315
Total: 447

Dinner
Amylu Sweet Carmelized Onion Chicken Burger, 1 serving 140
Reboot Roasted Veggies, 0.5 serving 79
Brussel Sprouts with Bacon, 1 serving 113
Total: 331

Evening Snack
Chocolate - Dove Dark Chocolate Promises (5 pcs), 1 serving 210
Total: 210

Daily total: 1743
Calorie Range per SparkPeople - 1790 - 2140
This is for a goal of losing 1 lb a week, burning 2550 cals a week to reach 199 by the first week of December, 2013.

Calorie Differential:
Eaten 1,743
BMR* 2,191
Exercise 884
Total Burned 3,075
Differential -1,332

Before I got home yesterday, I was going to run after work.
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When I got home yesterday, the mind/body was not willing.
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So, we compromised.
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I went downstairs and walked on the treadmill (hat tip to Fruityful for the inspiration!) to get my miles in while watching West Wing.
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In case you think I'm fibbing about hormones and being out of whack (not that I think you think that, but just in case..) I alternated between sobbing and laughing while watching the show. It was the end of the Season 1 finale (the shooting where the President and Josh are shot) and the Season 2 opener.
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Total nutjob. Really. I knew I was being a nutjob. I mean, I've seen the show. I know what happens. There are times being a woman just wears on my nerves. Not that I'd prefer the alternative, I like being a girl, mostly.

A note about my 'crap' comment yesterday. Thanks for the assurances that I wasn't doing badly. From an over-all perspective, no, it's not that bad. In light of the 28 Days Later Sugar/Sweetener Free challenge, I suck LOL I do really well during the day but have been soothing myself in the evening with chocolate.

Old habits are hard to break, but I'm going to make this last week of the challenge as clean as possible. I don't consider myself a failure, but this month has certainly proved to me that, while not inundated with sugar/sweetener all day every day, I do have areas to be worked on.

Thank you, though, for handling me gently. I appreciate all your comments and support.
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Now on with the show.
C~

  
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MRSBENNETT2 2/25/2013 11:22PM

    Oh Good Lord...we could probably share some stories lately about hormones and mood swings! My poor husband doesn't know what to think.

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IMIN2GENES 2/25/2013 1:03PM

    Yep! Sometimes being a girl just does suck. *sigh*

Kudos to you for making the compromise and hitting the treadmill!
Chris
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SUSUSUZZZIE 2/20/2013 6:46PM

    You are not alone with those tears. I don't think I have to be hormonal to tear up at commercials, music, a sad or happy story. Sigh.

Way to go on the compromised exercise!

I think you are doing great for even trying to give up sugar... ME - not going to even try it. I have been trying to be mindful about qty, but I'm not giving it up.

Good luck working of the stupid TOM fluid off for next week's WI!

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CATBEFIT 2/20/2013 6:20PM

    Hell -- I'm past menopause and I still cry at certain episodes of West Wing!! (Love those episodes by the way)

Hang in there -- this week will be so much better!

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ALICIALYNNE 2/20/2013 12:53PM

    HAHAHA, I thought I was the only one who did that with shows! Hormones can do some really bizarre things!

So glad to hear you aren't letting the gain get to you! Keep on working, and you'll lose it.

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REALLY_ROBIN 2/20/2013 12:06PM

  My time of the month starts in a few days...so I know exactly what you mean...I'm anticipating the 2.2 pound gain myself. Just a thought here....do you think the sweetner is out of control in your life...is that why the challenge? For me...I sweeten my coffee with Agave and have a dove chocolate at lunch and sometimes something sweet after dinner....like a pudding or another Dove. I've tried to go sugar free...but I find it makes it more difficult....like I crave it more than just having a little bit. Anyway...a thought that works for me. I think you are doing great....just put that head down and power through friend. And grab my hand....I'm running beside you!!! Hugs...Robin

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