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Last Christmas Party of the year

Friday, January 11, 2013

I had my last Christmas party of the year tonight. I work in the food service part at Notre Dame University and the holidays are super busy for us providing food for the students and all the department events that go on- for us to take time off then doesn't work very well. so we get our Christmas party after we come back from break.

Usually it is the first Friday but because of the national championship game last weekend The day was changed because Some of our guest were lucky (unlucky?) this year and went to Florida for the game. We lost - but I think Alabama really wanted it and we got a couple of bad calls at the beginning. I am still proud of our team- we were not even ranked at the beginning of the season- ended up being Number 1 with a 12/0 season.

I took my Aunt this year - I have never taken her before and I think she enjoyed it. It is pretty nice- there are about 600+ people there. I had a wonderful salad and a roll. Chicken stuffed with feta and spinach, wild rice and broccoli. we each got 2 drinks and I splurged and had peach snaps and cranberry, plus a desert. I splurged but- because I new it was coming I did good on my intake for the day. There was dancing- but I talked instead. :)
Plus for the first time I won a door prize. A portable DVD player. Pretty cool!

I just know this is going to be my year! It started off good with a nice party, good weather for traveling and a prize. The rest is just going to get better!

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CAROL494 1/11/2013 11:38PM

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Less Laundry- a forgotten NSB (Non-Scale-Bonus)

Thursday, January 10, 2013

One of the benefits about losing weight or inches is that there is less laundry to be done.

This happens various ways.
Items get to big so you can donate them. they are replaced by similar items but... there is less material in the new ones. Less Laundry means- less water waste & less soap waste. both are good.

Now if an item you have worn and is now to big you have several choices what you can do with it. If it good enough to be donated to good will, women's shelter, or other such worthy cause you can wash it and then donate it or if it is clean you can skip the washing.

HOWEVER, I think most of us have some items that can not be passed on for further use. Be honest here...These are the bonus items I am talking about. The ones you don't have to wash again-Depending on what the item is it can be cut up and then used for cleaning purposes. You know the are just some times that call for something to be cleaned up and then just tossed. In those cases you don't even have to wash them again. That is better than just tossing them.

I am a big recycler. however- there are still some items that just shouldn't be used again. I am talking about- underwear. More specific panties. Some just need to be thrown out never to be seen again. there really are not that many reasons this is the case- either they are stretched out or they have holes, tears or stains. These are the bonus items I am really talking about. you can wear them and then toss them. Less laundry, less folding time.
That is the bonus I am really referring to here. Just Toss and go. I just tossed one and it felt GREAT!

Then when that happens enough times you get shopping time because panties- let us just face it. For most of us is something we just don't like to go without.

Now- I know some that go without any- well this NSB just is never going to happen for you and you are missing out.

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LE7_1234 1/17/2013 1:18AM

    LOL! Sometimes I feel like there's more laundry, because of the exercise gear. But you're right--you can squeeze more in each load as the clothes get smaller.

And it is soooooo important to get rid of things that don't make you feel like a star. Even the undies!! :-)

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URBANLOTUS 1/14/2013 2:12AM

    Lol! I appreciated the thoughts on less washing time and laundry chores :) Thanks for stopping by my SparkPage and writing to me. It's good to be an encouragement for each other, isn't it? emoticon

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DEBJAE 1/11/2013 8:34AM

    Lol. Good blog.

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TULIPVIC 1/10/2013 10:19PM

    Good post! I agree! I do the same thing! You were the one that had the wits to write about it! Great!

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WRITEAWAY 1/10/2013 8:44PM

    OOooh, I'm looking forward to this laundry-step in life~!! I have 2 pair of cords that fit right now--and they *should* be able to be passed along to someone else. But I'm gonna take my all-cotton underwear and burn 'em. Cotton in the firepit, ashes into the garden---weird, but it'll be good for them to be GONE.

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Put Myself First

Wednesday, January 09, 2013

I need to learn to put myself first- before all the other things I want and need and should do.

I need to do this or I won't have time for all the other things that I want and need and should do.

What does this entail? For me - right now- it means to exercise at least 10 minutes a day. I can say 10 minutes. Because 5 minutes isn't enough. I could do just 5 minutes and be done. But 10 minutes- well once you have done 10 minutes- you just FEEL like you NEED to do more.

And that is what I need to do. I need to do more for myself!

I reread this. That is not enough. 10 minutes is not enough.

I think what is more important for me is putting myself first.... first thing in the day. so... tomorrow I am going to get up and go. it is my day off and I have promised to meet my mom at Fitness USA. so I am going to go there- do some ST, walk on the treadmill machine and then do water aerobics with her.
I need to get her motivated to take care of herself too. I am doing this for selfish reasons. If she is more fit and can do more for herself- that leaves more time for me. HA. then it is a win-win situation for both of us. we get to spend time together and making ourselves better in the process!

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    It seems like an excellent plan...and I definitely agree that you must take care of yourself first.

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CHALLENGE! Be Your Own Friend!

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

My challenge to each and everyone of you for this new year of 2013:


Many of us treat our friends with respect. You want them to be happy and to be healthy. Many times we put them first.We don't say mean discouraging things to them. While we might give constructive criticism it is out of love.
So Love yourself. Put yourself first. make yourself a priority in your life!

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GOODGETNBETR 1/7/2013 8:28AM

    emoticon Great advice. Good luck to everyone accepting this challenge.

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WONDERFUL2BME 1/4/2013 5:41PM

    This is so true. Evenings are my test of resolve! In many of the testimonies of people who gained great amounts of weight, they say that evening eating was what did it. I think about that when I have reached my calorie range to help keep me from destroying the days progress. I just tell myself I can have whatever I want tomorrow (just not all of it!).

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 1/3/2013 10:09PM


Yes. This is a challenge!! Women are the caretakers and we often martyr ourselves to our families.

Thanks for the reminder!!

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SNOWJESTER 1/1/2013 1:57PM

    This is so true. If anyone said half of the things I say about myself to my friends, I'd slap them...

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MY 100%

Monday, December 31, 2012

I made myself a last minute goal to get 100 miles in with my NIKE + running app. before the end of the year. I didn't start it until sometime after july. Anyway.... I finished it today!
I went with my daughter to her school to watch Elizabeth. So we took her stroller and walked this way and that way and up and down the incline. after 2 miles she fell asleep. I dropped her with my daughter and did my own thing for the rest of the time. I finished with taking the stairs to a different floors and walking around and did that for a little bit. went back to get a drink of water and she said I am going to pack up now... so I said I will take another lap or two around. I did the stair thing again came back and hit done. didn't even look at how far I had done. I could do more later if I needed to. It added the miles from today and stopped at... are you ready for this?....

100.00 miles. EXACTLY.

How awesome is that? I think that is a very good omen for me for next year. I did finish college this year- which is a very big accomplishment... and loose about 25 pounds.
But monetarily this year has been super hard with things getting stolen and items needed repairs around the house. I spent over$ 1200 more on my house for repairs than I usually do. then had my iphone which was 200, stolen so had to buy another one and another contract 200.00, then it broke- 170.00 with insurance to replace it. I also had a leaf blower stolen, kindle fire, GPS, and my purse. add to that my laptop was repaired- that didn't last so got a new one.
Yep- this has been a RED year for me. But.... I have great hopes for the coming year!

I think that it is a message to me to give MY 100% into whatever I do. I didn't give my all at everything and look what I accomplished.
What will my life look like if I do??? I'll let you know next year!

(I say my 100% because everyone has a different amount that they can put out. And judging yourself against anyone else --- just doesn't work well.)

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WINNIE1978 1/1/2013 6:09PM

    Congrats on reaching your 100 miles goal! emoticon

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KOOKYKATHIE 12/31/2012 11:14PM

    Sounds like you're doing great my new "Short Spark Friend". emoticon


HAPPY NEW YEAR! emoticon

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RYCKJUNG 12/31/2012 10:20PM

    Here's to perseverance. All the best for a successful 2013! emoticon

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