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Manic Monday Has Returned

Monday, November 09, 2009

Somehow I knew the break from Manic Mondays would end and today was it. Backed the car out of the garage to go to the gym and something sounded strange. Went slowly down the street a couple of houses and pulled over, got out and looked. Guess what? A FLAT TIRE! aarrgghh!! I was not happy because I was so looking forward to going to the gym wearing my Cuddles inserts for exercise. Thankfully DH had been working at home, so he put on the spare tire and went to see the mechanic. I decided to do a Leslie DVD since there was no way to predict when he would return.

He called about 1 1/2 hrs later to say that the mechanic found a large piece of window glass imbedded in the tire, which we probably picked up while driving on the freeway. Neither of us could remember driving through debris, but it could have been at night when you can't see something until you're upon it. OK, so when would he be back? Well, since the car was already in the shop, he had them check the brakes. Lo and behold, the front brakes need servicing otherwise the rotors will be damaged. He let the brakes go too long a few years ago and it was very expensive to replace the rotors and other stuff. So, we're talking a couple hundred bucks instead of 4-5. Dang, there goes more of the insurance money. aarrgghh!! Plus, since DH wasn't teaching today, we had planned to walk around the Botannical Gardens to see the fall foilage. Now, we have to wait another week or more if it's raining next week.

I was feeling pretty down but decided to logon to SP before I ate the entire contents of the pantry, frig and freezer. I checked out some of the "Voted Popular Blogs" from recent days and I was inspired and also laughed a lot! It really is so helpful when people post their ups and downs. Sometimes my life doesn't look so bad in comparison, sometimes I'm better able to laugh at my circumstances, other times it makes me thankful for what I do have or have accomplished.

One thing I realized is that I've let goal setting and failure to meet last month's weight loss goal become bigger creatures than they should be. My inner perfectionist is still fighting the reasonable person that has moved in to make some needed changes in my thinking; particularly in how I handle stress and disappointment.

This is not simply about weight loss, it is about becoming an entirely different person. Thanks for being part of my journey.

I planned out my menus on Saturday and purchased the groceries, so that's done. I had my workouts planned, but it really wasn't a big deal to switch the gym workout with the DVD today. Thank goodness for DVDs.

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PACKY62 11/10/2009 7:13AM

    just work on alt plans just in case. as for money i think we are all there i just spen 1099.00 on my car last week. hank in there i think all of these triblations are just to make us better pepole

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LLTS01 11/9/2009 9:55PM

    Good work. Always have a plan B. It works. I think you are doing great!!


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GHW1968 11/9/2009 4:05PM

    You are transitioning so well into the "new you"! It's beautiful to see! A year ago that flat tire would have simply been a reason to not exercise at all! :)

The internal/mental change is perhaps the greatest change of all!

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Pain & Progress

Sunday, November 08, 2009

It will take some getting used to these new arch supports. I woke up with pain down my entire spine and my knees really hurt. Thank goodness for ibuprofen! I wore my Trainers for the 2 hrs today and feel OK. I need to find out how long I can wear the Cuddles insert (for exercise) and if I count that as part of my overall wearing time. It isn't mentioned in the literature. When I told her we were going over to Whole Foods after we finished at Ideal Feet, she put the Cuddles insert in my shoes, but she didn't say how long I could wear those. They are less rigid than the Trainer. Obviously, I wore them too long. I already feel like my posture is better, so that's good news.

Went to church this morning and we'll leave shortly for our home group. We have one more week after this. It's been good to meet some new people.

DS stepped on his electric cord to his amp and broke the connection thingy, so we had a quiet house for a few days. Today he borrowed a cord from somebody at church, so he was jamming quite a bit this afternoon! He has to get his grades up (passing every class) before we'll pay for guitar lessons again. He has been doing homework almost every day after school now, so hopefully he learned his lesson. Basketball tryouts are coming up, but he is vague on when those are. Typical freshman: you do have to study in high school!!

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THEQUEENBEE333 11/8/2009 11:44PM

    Have a GREAT week!

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PACKY62 11/8/2009 10:39PM

    becareful there are a lot of presure points in your feet for your back! hope you feel better and get the answers you need.

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JEWELS571 11/8/2009 9:26PM

    The psin is not good, but maybe it is just from the change, but can't hurt to call them tomorrow and ask! Home you had a good group tonight!!

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LINDA25427 11/8/2009 8:30PM

    So sorry you are going through so much pain pray that it will cease and everything will be ok . God bless. emoticon

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ANG14FAN 11/8/2009 7:37PM

    Hope that pain eases up for you.

Thanks goodness for the occasional silence right. Hope you enjoyed it while it lasted. LoL

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Shoes & More

Saturday, November 07, 2009

I had a lengthy conversation with my chiropractor on Friday and he recommended that I visit a store called Ideal Feet in Arlington for information on foot support devices. We went there today and I was very pleased with the service. The idea is to realign all the bones in your feet so that your weight is distributed evenly. I had to step on a "footprint" pad and the image transferred to a paper that I got to bring home. There are before and after images where you can see the changes in weight distribution. I could tell a difference when I put the supports in the shoes. I also purchased a pair of Brooks athletic shoes. There is another type of insert to use while exercising (it's called the Cuddles) and it is the least rigid insert. The Trainer should only be worn in new shoes so that it can give you the most benefit. The Maintenance insert (less rigid) can be worn in any shoe, even sandals. So, overall it was a good trip.

To my utmost joy, Ideal Feet was located next door to Whole Foods Market! woohoo! I felt like I was in So Cal again! Too bad we had already done "big" grocery shopping this morning locally. At least I know where the store is now so that I can plan ahead. We just picked up a few produce items and I had a delicious snack of fresh pineapple samples.

For dinner tonight I made Easy Ground Beef Skillet and I made some adjustments like many other reviewers had.

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JEWELS571 11/8/2009 6:10PM

    Sounds like a wonderful trip, good for you!!!!!!!

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PACKY62 11/8/2009 11:15AM

    great star at the foundation of your frame work from there you will build a stron and sturdy fondation

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NANCYCA555 11/8/2009 3:49AM

    That's pretty cool about the foot imprint thing. I've been debating about checking into buying high end running shoes at this place by my house called The Running Lab. I guess they custom fit your feet somehow. Well, I'm not exactly sure WHAT they do, but I think it's something like that. Whereabouts did you used to live in SoCal? That's where I am now.

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JELLI-LEAN 11/8/2009 12:35AM

    I'm so glad that you are finding comfort for those feet at last!! I love Whole Foods....LOL ~ Janel :)

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LLTS01 11/8/2009 12:17AM

    I am so glad you took care of your precious feet today. After all they carry the brint of our weight . emoticon

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GHW1968 11/7/2009 11:08PM

    How cool that you got your feet measured like that! I'm so proud of all that you are doing! Keep up the great work!


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FREE_CAL 11/7/2009 10:57PM

  Looking after one's feet is so important. Your feet will thank your for getting the supports etc.

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It is what it is

Friday, November 06, 2009

I gained some this week at weigh in, but I know part of it is due to the exercise restriction and too much sodium. Just gonna keep after it!

Going shoe shopping tomorrow at Grapevine Mills Mall--supposed to be a huge mall, so I'm excited. Had to take DS to chiropractor before school as he got injured yesterday at tennis practice. Should be OK. Anyway, that threw my morning routine way off and I need to grocery shop today. I might stop by one of the local sports stores if I have time.

I haven't seen the news today regarding Fort Hood and I probably will wait until the evening news as I have several things to do today. Hope everyone enjoys their weekend.

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JEWELS571 11/6/2009 3:14PM

    You'll do great! Enjoy the shoes you buy!!

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PACKY62 11/6/2009 1:49PM

    get the shoes and work on those restritions. do not hurt your self depending on the restrictions ask for advice what you can do diffrent to work on that callorie burn

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Fort Hood

Thursday, November 05, 2009

I was busy today and turned on the news around 4 pm while I was folding laundry, etc. I was shocked at the news of the mass murder at Fort Hood. Anything good or bad about my day seems insignificant in comparison to the losses that many are facing tonight. There are still lots of questions to be answered and the killer is still alive, which was NEW news tonight. I'm sure most of you have seen or will see it on the national news.

Tonight they were showing lots of folks at a local Red Cross giving blood until 11 pm tonight, because that location's blood supply was sent to Fort Hood. A plane with blood donations from Tulsa, OK just arrived at Love Field a few minutes ago. One thing about people around here is they are very patriotic and many of our neighbors and friends have loved ones in the military.

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JELLI-LEAN 11/6/2009 10:56AM

    We all need to pray for those who had losses! What a tragedy!

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SLIMDERELLA 11/6/2009 8:28AM

    I saw that on the news myself and was so sorry to hear of the tragedy. They call it "friendly fire" but there was nothing friendly about it. Being hit by your own people that you stand in the field with is hard. Our prayers are with the families and this man as well. He needs help.

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TWOCANS 11/5/2009 11:54PM

    I soo wish I could donate blood, but alas, my DH & I were in Germany around the time of the "Mad Cow" scare, and now until they come up with some legitamate testing, I can never give blood.... emoticon

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JEWELS571 11/5/2009 11:54PM

    it sux :(

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