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physical limitations and the buff guy (random cat photo included)

Thursday, December 15, 2011

My physical limitations really suck sometimes. I was walking today, and listening to some exciting music, and thought I would start to jog just a bit. BIG MISTAKE... with all my business bouncing up and down, something in my lower stomach started to hurt... not good. I don't think? I didn't really run far or long, maybe 20 seconds? It sucks! I want to run more than anything, and I keep trying, but every time i do, something hurts that isn't supposed to hurt! I can't wait until this weight starts to come off. I keep plugging away at it with little success but I am trying, and I know that using WLS as a tool is going to help me achieve my goals and I will be able to run a mile and not think anything about it!!

So, there is this guy at my gym... and you can't help but notice him. He drives a big Ford F250 diesel truck with stacks in the bed. Very loud, very obnoxious, but in my book, pretty bad ass... anyway, he is buff. Not particularly good looking, but he has a very nice body. I thought he must work really hard to achieve a body like that. Hours in the gym a day i would think... Every time I have been at the gym he does hardly anything. He will get on the treadmill beside me and walk for a few mins, at a slower pace than I am... then he will walk around the gym, use a few machines for a few reps and then hangs out on them, then he will go over to the free weights and lift a dumbbell or two for a few reps... but the majority of his time he is walking around shaking up a protein shake?? that he never drinks??? I am confizzled on that one

We are having a potluck dinner at work tomorrow. I am making Buffalo Chicken dip. Not the most health friendly dish, but I do use light cream cheese, and use celery for dipping instead of chips... my co-workers requested it, so therefore I made (or rather will make) it for them. the party isn't until 2100, so I plan on eating before i go, then just have a few little things.

I went out to dinner with my grandparents today - well, I am not really sure what you would call it since it was about 1530.. and i didn't get up until 1300 since i was out in the woods all night wrangling in Lucy cat... anyway, we went to the buffet place and I didn't eat too horrible. I should have had a salad, but their dressing choice stinks - they don't have any light dressing, and it is either Ranch, 1000 Island, Regular Italian, Regular Catalina and I think that is it. I am not a fan of any of those dressings. I had 2 small pieces of cheese pizza, a cheeseburger and a piece of fried chicken, which I didn't eat all of... for desert, I ate the filling out of a piece of pumpkin pie. I really didn't feel like eating. When I write down everything I ate, it seems like a lot, but it really isn't. It is hard to describe the size of the pieces of pizza.

Anyway, after that, I went to the mall and bought a bucket load of Yankee Candle tarts for my tart warmer. I had a coupon for $1 unlimited tarts... I bought 50 of them, however, 12 of them are for my Mother's birthday present and 10 of them are for my co-workers Christmas present. I bought her a snowman tart warmer and 10 tarts to go with it.

After the mall, I went to Ross and bought my other co-worker a coffee press and a Superman coffee mug. Barnes and Noble was next where i bought my Mother a gift card for her birthday, and I finished out my trip at Bed, Bath and Beyond where I bought my other co-worker a tart warmer gift set.

After that I went to the gym and did a very intense cardio workout on the treadmill. I did 30 mins of speed and incline intervals. My top speed was only 3.0 but my top incline was 12% which is pretty darn steep!

On the way home I stopped at Walmart and bought a few things and have spent the rest of the night here... at my house with my kitties.

that is all for now

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/15/2011 11:10AM

    As far as the guy at the gym, maybe he is on steroids. We have a few guys like that at ours too. Thanks for the blog, have a great day.

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THROOPER62 12/15/2011 3:18AM

    Beautiful cat

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Lucy cat's adventure

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

It was 23:00 and i called Darian to make sure he was awake since he was leaving out. When he answered the phone, he assured me he was getting ready. I bid him farewell and told him I would see him in a bit.

I went on about my work business, when my co-worker Judy said I had a phone call from D. Mock. When I picked up the line, Darian was on the other end in a panic. The only thing I could make out was... Come home, Lucy, and got out. I picked up my purse and told my boss, I had to go, Lucy got out. I don't really know what he said about it, as I took off out the door. I don't think I ever drove so fast through Roaring Spring!

I arrived home to find Darian and our neighbor Steve were out with flashlights scanning the tree lines and looking for her. Darian filled me in that when he was leaving, she slipped out the door and when he went to try and get her, she jumped off of the porch. Our house sits on top of a 3 car garage. It is about a 12 foot drop. I was so worried that she got hurt!

Darian left for work, Steve went back inside his house and I contemplated my next move. I continued to walk around and call her name to no avail. I decided that GOOGLE was the way to go, so, I came inside and googled what I needed to do. I read a lot of good information and it gave me a lot of tricks that I needed in order to get her to come home.

I went out onto the porch and started scanning the treeline again and caught a set of eyes. I started up into the woods, and could clearly see her, but every step I took to her, she ran further away from me. She got so far up in the brush, that I couldn't get to her, so I retreated, and went back to regroup.

I gave her some time, and I went back out. Once again, I caught her eyes in the tree line across the road. I had read online that you were supposed to call them, but remain still. i started calling her and advancing very slowly. She kept retreating, but once I was to a spot where I could sit on the ground, I slowly sat and kept talking softly to her. After a while, and how long I do not know since I had no way of keeping time, she started to get braver and would advance on me ever so slow. When she got within arms reach, I made a grab for her, but missed and she retreated further into the woods. I slowly went after her...

Finally she would get close to me, but not close enough so that I could get her. She kept jumping around on fallen logs, and rubbing her head everywhere. A car came by and scared her so she went further. I kept calling softly to her and finally she came close enough that I grabbed her. I held onto her very tight, and somehow managed to us out of the woods and back to the house without any injuries.

My butt is froze, my fave yoga pants are ruined, I have leaves in my hair, and I am pretty sure there are insects crawling in places they shouldn't be but lucy cat is safe and sound and grounded for life!!

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-POOKIE- 12/14/2011 9:44AM

    My girls are all house cats, the thought of them getting out terrifys me!

Im so glad Lucy is ok!

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/14/2011 9:03AM

    Quite the adventure but glad Lucy is safe and you are too!

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Rotten Oranges!

Monday, December 12, 2011

I brought an orange with me to work tonight for a snack... I was really looking forward to enjoying it. I love fresh oranges! I started to peel it a way, and low and behold there were a few bad spots on a few sections. I figured that the rest of it might still be ok... it wasn't. It was horrible. I almost barfed in my garbage can.

I am really hungry today. I think because I didn't really have a substantial breakfast. I made my boyfriend cinnamon rolls, and decided to have 3 of them. They were not huge and at 150 calories each... it was a waste.

I know that after surgery I am not going to be able to have things like that. I am ok with that as I don't really like them anyway. It just boils down to me being lazy this morning. I slept horrible last night, so instead of making myself an egg mug I just ate cinnamon rolls because I was tired. I counted it for what it is, and I have learned an important lesson... don't waste calories on sucky cinnamon rolls.

Tomorrow for breakfast, I have planned chocolate chip banana pancakes and canadaian bacon. A lot more food, for almost the same calorie count. Then again, I bought the stuff to make egg mcmuffins at home too, so that might also be something better.

I am going to the gym after work. I am going to try 10 mins on the elliptical this time around in conjunction with my treadmill. I really need to force myself to do some strength training, but I hate it sooooo much. I know though, that it will be really important post-op because I want to build muscle to help combat loose skin. The issues I have with strength training is it has never, ever helped me in the past. I lost just as much weight (NONE) when I did strength training as when I didn't. There were NO inches lost. When I lost all of my weight in high school it was because of cardio and eating only about 300-500 calories every few days. Which we all know isn't healthy, so I am not going that route again.

So yes, I need to find a way to get into that. It shouldn't be hard because all of the equipment is right there in front of me. Literally.

I ordered "Weight Loss Surgery for Dummies" from Barnes and Noble. I am looking forward to reading it.

I think that is all for now

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BILL60 12/13/2011 8:49AM

    Let's get that strength training in. It's great for you.

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CORTNEY-LEE 12/12/2011 10:18PM

    1 cup of heart smart bisquick
1 large egg white
2/3 cup of skim milk
2 tablespoons of chocolate chips
1 med. banana sliced

whisk milk, egg white and bisquick together
once mixed, fold in chips and banana

Spray a skillet with nonstick cooking spray and heat up

I use a 1/3 cup measuring cup to measure it out

divide batter into 4 cakes

makes 2 servings

if you look on my shared food tracker it has the stats... I forget them off the top of my head -

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JUDYAMK 12/12/2011 10:03PM

    Do you have the recipe for the banana chocolate chip pancakes? they sound real good

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Flowers in the Attic

Sunday, December 11, 2011

I remember when I was about 13 years old, my mother gave me a worn out copy of Flowers in the Attic by V.C Andrews. For years I had seen her reading V.C Andrews novels and always was fascinated by the cut out covers. I always asked her what they were about and she always told me I wouldn't understand.

It was Christmas vacation 1993 and I was in 8th grade when she gave me Flowers. I started it right away and was sucked into the lives of Chris, Cathy, Carrie and Cory. I remember staying up all night to read it.

It was an important moment in my life. Not because I read a book, but because my mother felt that I was old enough to read it. It signified growing up.

Flowers in the Attic is still one of my all time favorite series of books. I have read everything by VC Andrews, up to the Havenston family. I thought those were poorly written and had a very week plot.

I think that is all for now

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MEDICGURL1769 12/12/2011 2:23PM

    I loved Flowers in the Attic series. My favorite of VC Andrews series was the Ruby Landry series. I stopped reading VC Andrews around the time the wildflower series came out. Just couldn't get into them anymore.

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/12/2011 9:04AM

    I don't remember every reading it but nice you have taken up something your mom read. You can feel like you are with her when you read it.

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    I read The Flowers in the Attic series when I was around 13 too...that was in 1983. I really liked them too, but now when I think about them, they were very dark and disturbing...can't believe I read them so young. LOL

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FITANDFIFTY2 12/12/2011 12:34AM

    Oh I loved the Flowers in the Attic series! It is awesome that you have such awesome memories from that time!! Thank you for the reminder of that awesome reads!

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CORTNEY-LEE 12/12/2011 12:25AM

    I think Flowers was the only series she completed while she was alive... at any rate, all of them were very good up until the most recent ones. Horrible writing...

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KATD13 12/12/2011 12:14AM

    I really enjoyed the Flowers In The Attic Series. And I can certainly see why you cherish that series. It was a milestone in your life, with your mother.
But, VC Andrews died in 1986 & the name is somewhat 'leased out' to various writers. The writing is very poor and the story lines are recycled over & over. It's very cookie cutter.

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My Angel Boy

Saturday, December 10, 2011

My boyfriend and I went shopping today for our Angel Boy from the Angel tree. We got him a lot of nice things, and I truly hope they make his Christmas a little brighter.

2 Webkinz
3 books (two R.L Stein Goosebumps and 1 Scary Story book)
6 month membership to Club Penguin
A pair of Jeans
Superman Hoodie
A pair of gray camo Converse low top shoes.

I am really happy with the things we bought. I managed to get everything for around $100. I thought that for everything I purchased, that was very reasonable.

I am getting together with my friends tomorrow for a holiday party/dinner. I can't wait. I know we are going to have a lot of fun. We decided to roast a turkey and have all of the fixings. I am making green bean casserole and sweet potato casserole. I found a recipe in Cooking Light that I am going to use for the sweet potatoes, and for the green bean, I bought the 98% fat free cream of mushroom soup. Of course, I will be using skim milk. I know everything will be awesome.

I hope my friends like the gifts I bought them. I think I put a lot of thought into them.

I think that is all for now

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WOLFSPIRITMOM 12/11/2011 2:19PM

    NIce gifts you got him.

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LADYIRISH317 12/10/2011 11:26AM

    God bless your generosity! I think Angel Boy is going to love those gifts.

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BILL60 12/10/2011 8:10AM

    I'm sure Angel Boy will love the gifts. Very nice of you. Have fun at your party.

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MRE1956 12/10/2011 7:26AM

    Sounds like you're doing well with your season - I have no doubt your Angel Boy will love your gifts!

Enjoy your get-together!

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DOROTHYBERO 12/10/2011 6:59AM

    Your gifts sound awesome and I am sure angel boy and your freinds will enjoy.

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WORKOUTWITHPAM 12/10/2011 2:53AM

    Thank you for being there to help your Angel Boy enjoy Christmas!


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ALICIA214 12/10/2011 2:09AM


I hope you have a lovely time with your friends and I bet they will love the gifts
you chose for them.

Merry Christmas emoticon

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