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Ugh! Stupid water retention!

Wednesday, August 28, 2013

I am going to have to drink some serious fluids! I am retaining water like mad! I weighed in at 127.4 yesterday and this morning at 129.6! I about fell over! I talked myself down off the ledge by reminding myself that

1. I am retaining water. I have been out of bed over three hours and my ring is still tight.

2. I haven't used the "bathroom" in several days

3. My muscles are sore from PC Fit

And most of all -- IT IS NOT MY TRUE WEIGHT!

I will have to see if the trend continues. The important thing is how my clothes fit. I could be gaining weight as I gain muscle tone? That is a possibility. It is just so hard to tell because of all the loose skin that is hanging around. I can see some definition in my arms, but it is overshadowed by that nasty loose skin.

I took another class yesterday with Coach Mike, and I have to say, I was impressed by this one. I felt I got a good workout, and I was challenged. I also got the new schedule and am super excited that Paul will be taking over the Monday 10:00 slot. I am going to have to make sure to get there for that one because Paul is awesome! I am sore for days after a Paul workout.

Looks like I will mostly have Paul or Anthony according to the new schedule. I like Anthony too, but his workouts are more complicated. They seem to sometimes require more coordination that I have, but hopefully that will come in time. I am going to miss Tony's workout. His workouts were simple and brutal. He used a lot of basic moves that were killer. When you got done with Tony, you knew it!

Anyway, time to get ready for work --

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PATTYR81 8/29/2013 11:29AM

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MARYJOANNA 8/29/2013 5:48AM

  Perhaps your doctor would give you a diuretic for water retention.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/29/2013 5:44AM

    Girl, those lb are absolutely water. After a hard workout when we have those lovely little micro fibre muscle tears that will grow more muscle, we do retain water. You just need to heal up a bit. It will drop off you in a couple of days. The thing is you are getting stronger and fitter. Glad you like your new trainer better.
I can pick up 2kg/about 4lb of water overnight and keep it on for two weeks. Hormones.
But if I stay consistent, eating right working out and staying away from sugar and alcohol it is very rewarding to then lose 4kg in two days when it decides to shift.
Hope it happens soon for you!

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BRADMILL2922 8/29/2013 3:01AM

    It definitely could be from gaining some muscle. Keep up the good workouts regardless of who is doing the class and you will see more and more of that. Like you said, go by how your clothes fit.

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COCK-ROBIN 8/28/2013 6:53PM

    Go for it!

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MJRVIC2000 8/28/2013 3:58PM

    Remember that there is a BIG difference between making a DECISION and making a COMMITMENT. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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New PC Fit Coach (+photos)

Tuesday, August 27, 2013

We got a new coach for PC Fit - I am not sure what I think. Tyler went back to school, and Tony is only doing 1 class every other Saturday (which I can never make it for) - I had coach Mike for the first time today, and I was not impressed. The workout was not what I am used to. He is new, so I am going to give him some time to adjust. I can't even imagine how the other girls felt because I didn't even feel that challenged, and they are like super fit!

I am going to give him a chance though, and honestly, even if I don't like him, I don't have much of a choice since he is going to be teaching a lot of the classes I take.

I took my BFF out for lunch today for her birthday and we went shopping. We went to the Olive Garden for lunch. It was yummy! We just got the soup, salad and breadsticks, and an order of stuffed mushrooms to share. I didn't really eat very much, but that is ok! I left full, but even better, I got to spend time with my friend.

I don't get to see her enough and lately I have just needed a friend. I talk to lots of people, but I really needed to get out and do something with someone that didn't involve work or something like that. What I really need is an awesome night out of dancing and Jack Daniels!

The bank got all of the fraud stuff handled, so that makes me happy.

I went shopping today and bought some new clothes. I bought new underwear, a few pairs of dress pants, and a few new tops. I have a few more things to buy. All of my clothes, save for 5-6 outfits are too big. I don't want to keep any clothes that are too big because that will give me an excuse to gain weight. By only having clothes that fit, I have to keep on top of things.

Anyway, here are a few pics of outfits I bought a while ago and haven't worn.

My Grandmother Snoots bought me this lovely outfit

I bought this dress on sale for $9.99 and never had a chance to wear it.

Tattoo is looking good!

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BRADMILL2922 8/28/2013 3:40AM

    Sounds like a pretty good day! I like the pics too!

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MAW_OH 8/27/2013 10:04PM

    Sounds like a great day!

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PATTYR81 8/27/2013 9:51AM

    Super Cute!!!!

I LOVE shopping with you!

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BILL60 8/27/2013 9:05AM

    Looking good!!

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/27/2013 4:40AM

    Looking Good Sparkie! Love your new arm muscles...
Thank you for the shopping blog with pics they make me happy!

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ROSEPETAL80 8/27/2013 4:22AM

    love the dress and the tattoos.

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KTACKEBE 8/27/2013 1:46AM


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2BFREE2LIVE 8/27/2013 1:04AM

    CUTE!!! emoticon

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ZRIE014 8/27/2013 12:42AM

  wish you a happy day

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Seriously? What the flippity freak? Fraud!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

I stopped by the gas station on my way to Subway on my lunch break to throw a few dollars in my gas tank. My card was denied at the pumps several times, so I went inside and it was declined again.

I called the bank just to verify my balance, because when I left the house I had plenty of money in there. (I check my account every day) It came back with

"You total available balance is -$695.53"

I about died! I hit 0 to be connected to customer service to find out why my account is almost $700 negative!

When the rep came on the line, she started going over the charges with me, and I didn't make any of them! My account was hijacked! All total, before they were able to block the card, there was almost $700 charged - after they blocked the card, I got more emails alerting me to more fraud! All total, someone tried to charge over $2000 to my bank account.

Lucky my bank is being really good about it, and are making things right. Also lucky for me I have a stash of cash since my bank account is pretty much frozen.

In other news... I got home last night and there was a note on the inside door - "Leave the door unlocked - Buck and crew are coming to do the well"
I was woken up this morning to a construction crew jack hammering the concrete floor in the garage under my house. That was at 7:30 - I went to bed around 6:30. Lucky for me, I found a pair of ear plugs and went back to bed. I was able to sleep a few more hours.

I think that is all for now

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PATTYR81 8/24/2013 12:49PM

    I had that happen a couple of years ago. I was traveling to Southern California and used my credit card at a truck stop. Someone hijacked my number. Bank called me when they tried to charge $4,000 in designer jeans emoticon

I HATE it when jerks (aka %^$$#^*s) don't live by the same 'rules and standards' as basic common courtesy!

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DANCINCAJUN1 8/22/2013 10:08AM

    had that happen to us .... bunch of less than $50 charges ... so we changed our alert minimum from $50 and above to ZERO cents and above.... notifications of all transactions now come to us immediately .... our credit union had all our funds back to our account in a couple of days .... those creeps out there know all the tricks ... hope all works out well for you.

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CBLENS 8/22/2013 6:16AM

    I've had my credit card hijacked twice, both times the bank called me! and corrected it immediately.

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KCSMOM9 8/21/2013 12:49PM

    WOW! emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/21/2013 9:41AM

    Sorry about the theft and the horrible wake up call!
Glad you have a great bank and that you got some sleep.
Hang in there. There is always tomorrow...

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_KANNND 8/21/2013 9:36AM

    Hope you get it all sorted out soon. We've had two attempts on one of my bank accounts. Luckily, the bank didn't let it go through and called me to make sure it was me. They were able to immediately freeze the card and issue me a new one. It's a scary thing to happen. Good thing you had some cash while it gets sorted out.


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JUST_BRENDA 8/21/2013 7:42AM

    Yikes, what a day! Good thing that the bank is responding well. Hopefully you won't be out any money.

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NYARAMULA 8/21/2013 5:00AM

    Glad the bank is sorting you out. There are fraudsters everywhere.

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BRADMILL2922 8/21/2013 3:01AM

    Glad the bank is working with you! That happened to me once and it is a pain in the butt if they don't cooperate!

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STEPH-KNEE 8/21/2013 12:18AM

    I hate when that happens! I am glad they are taking care of it but sorry you are having to deal with that crap!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/20/2013 11:59PM

    I hope it gets settled, and you do have a good bank. Identity theft is terrrible!

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ALICEART2010 8/20/2013 11:52PM

    WOW...sounds like you have a good bank.

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Not Fitting In

Monday, August 19, 2013

We went to a BBQ Saturday night at my Boyfriend's friend's house. I get along well with most of his friends, except there is one couple that never makes me feel welcome.

The girl is nice to me when my boyfriend is around, but shoots me dirty looks, rolls her eyes at me, won't talk to me and is just a general B to me. Her husband, who is the alpha male of the group, does things to instigate.

For example, he says things like "Why won't you let him have a motorcycle"?
I think I finally set him straight on that! That he doesn't have a motorcycle because of me, he doesn't have one because he is too cheap to buy one. Then he tells stories about the times when they used to go out and get drunk. Honestly speaking... I don't want to hear those stories.

First, I can't relate to any of them. Most of them take place in preppy bars that I wouldn't be caught dead in. I don't find any of it funny because I wasn't there and it just sounds stupid to me.

Second, I don't care to hear some of the stories, especially ones that take place in some sleazy strip club. It just isn't stuff that you talk about in front of someone's girlfriend.

He seems to talk about things he knows get under my skin. I can see he does it to try to cause a fight between us, and honestly he usually succeeds at it.

So yeah --

Of course I am always on the defense with these people, and my anxiety level is usually sky high. I am overly sensitive and react poorly to the situation. I usually have a bit of a psycho moment, and storm off because he makes me upset.

So, I have decided - I am going to discuss it with my boyfriend, and if he is ok with it, I will invite all of his friends over for a picnic. They don't even have to bring anything. I will make all of the food. The only thing I ask is that they bring their own beer/wine. I will provide all of the food. I guess as a way to say that I am willing to play nice. I am even going to leave my friends out of it so that I am forced to interact with them.

Anyway, I think that is all for now

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TEREMC 8/22/2013 5:22PM

  sounds like no fun. Let us know how the picnic works out

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PATRICIA441 8/21/2013 8:50PM

  Is there any way you can talk to your BF about how you do not want to hear about his past from these so called friends . I would think he would want to be careful of your feelings. Hope the get together at your place works out well for you. Remember you are a very special person and deserve to be treated so.

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/20/2013 4:19AM

    ANRRNN Is so right!
Just be super kind, go kill em!
Don't come between him and his buddies. Allow him to be friends with them. When he talks about strippers and seedy parties, it reflects on him. It has nothing to do with you, your BF did not even know you then. Don't let him win by storming off and having a pshyco moment. (Shame, don't you think that your poor BF used you as an excuse when they were bugging him about a bike, and you called his bluff!)
Some friendships just die a natural death.
I have been married for more than a decade. I used to hate my DH's friends. They were just not my type of people. Suffered through visits and weekends. Miserable. But when we hit a tough spot, they were the ones who rallied around and really supported us in word and deed and wallet. My grander friends ALL bailed. I now treasure them for the blessings that they are.
So my best advise my Friend is to kill them with kindness until you get to the place where you have them in your heart for real. You never know what treasures hide behind a prickly exterior.

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ANRRN12 8/20/2013 3:51AM

    That sounds REALLY frustrating! Sorry you have to go through that. I think inviting everyone over is a great idea, get some time on your turf. Seems like he is just trying to get under your don't let him! I always say "kill em with kindness". The nicer you are regardless of what he is saying and trying to do, the more annoyed he'll get that he isn't pushing your buttons. Good luck!

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COCK-ROBIN 8/19/2013 11:19PM

    I'm so sorry.

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Before and After Tattoo Photo

Thursday, August 15, 2013

Pretty impressive

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THROOPER62 8/16/2013 5:51AM

    Very nice

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LOVINGAFRICA 8/16/2013 5:51AM

    I like after a lot more than before! Good job!

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FARRAH511 8/15/2013 4:46PM

    Really nice!

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TKRYSTINA 8/15/2013 4:04PM

  Very beautiful.

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BITSNPIECES38 8/15/2013 2:15PM

    Very nice color satuaration in the cover-up!

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LADYJ6942 8/15/2013 12:50PM

    Very nice

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