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How things change

Tuesday, June 11, 2013

I was reading my old blogs last night, and my... it is amazing how things change. I feel it is necessary to go through those from time to time to relive my old frustrations and remind myself just how far I have come.

When I am having a bad day, and I feel down on myself for whatever reason, I revisit those blogs and photos to remind myself that I am NOT that person anymore.

Last night at work was tough. There was cake all around me. I have a weakness for cake. Most of the time, I can stop at a bite or two, or at most a small piece, but last night I didn't feel like that was going to be possible. I felt like if I had a bite, it was going to turn ugly. So, I abstained. It wasn't easy. In fact is was down right hard, but I managed to do it.

I don't really want to go to work today. It is Law and Order SVU Marathon day on USA Network, raining out side and the cat is cuddled at my feet. I seriously don't want to get off the couch.

I am sore from lifting yesterday -- it is awesome. I love it. The weather is supposed to be crappy the next few days - don't think i will be getting a good bike ride in... well, maybe I will. Maybe I will go riding in the rain. I guess it depends on how warm it is going to be.

Blah, time to get ready for work. I may blog later on tonight if I have time and something to say

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BILL60 6/12/2013 9:18AM

    You've come a long way!!

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MARYJOANNA 6/12/2013 5:38AM

  How hard it is to pass on something you love. Kudos to you for abstaining!

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/12/2013 5:36AM

    Haha! How funny is HILLSLUG!
I feel for you!
I miss that delicious warm rain feeling!
Hope you don't mind but I tell teamies who are scared of GBS to read your old blogs too. They help everybody!
Happy you won the cake war!
Constant Vigilance!

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BRADMILL2922 6/12/2013 12:35AM

    Oh wow, rain and SVU is hard to pass up on! It really is interesting to go back and read through our journeys. Good for you for passing on the cake too!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/11/2013 7:09PM

    You're doing great!

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HILLSLUG98239 6/11/2013 7:01PM

    Reward yourself for abstaining from the cake by watching Law & Order: SVU. The cat will think you're a genius.

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now... THAT is more like it!

Monday, June 10, 2013

I went tanning today. I still only get in for 8 mins, and I am really not seeing much of a difference in my skin color yet. This was my 4th session, so I am hoping that by the 12th, I will not be so dang white!

After tanning I went to the gym. It felt good to be back there after I flaked out last week. I did some cardio and weights. I realize how much I lost in my cardio just from taking a bit of time off. I need to step it up. After Mud on the Mountain, I hit a slump. I had been training my heart out for the event, then it came and went, and I sort of lost a sense of purpose. I wish my boss would get back to me and let me know if my day in September is approved for another mud race. I want to get registered! Plus I think that will give me more incentive to start hitting the training HARD!

Anyway, it felt good to be back at the gym. I felt good after my workout. I need to do it again soon! Like... maybe tomorrow since it is supposed to rain! I guess we will see what time I get up. I need to get to the gym in Altoona and get a PC Fit schedule. I need to see how that is going to work into my schedule.

I don't really have much else to talk about. I have noticed something strange.... when I take time off of exercising, my weight drops. Then when I start again, and it goes up. I mean it isn't a HUGE amount, maybe a pound, but it is interesting to me. My weight fluctuations intrigue me, which is part of the reason I weigh every day/ That and I think by weighing every day it helps keep me more accountable. I know what I am starting the day with.

I think that is all for now

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2BFREE2LIVE 6/12/2013 12:31PM

    I know what is going on with the weight gain, it happens to me as well.

When you exercise your muscles hold fluid to help them with the lubrication your body needs while exercising, so it is just water weight as your joints need the extra fluids to be more efficient.

Have a wonder weekend ahead.

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BILL60 6/11/2013 8:59AM

    Way to get back into it.

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/11/2013 8:18AM

    How weird is that? I wonder why your weight does that?
I love the gym now. It is good to feel that little tight, little tired very happy feeling!
I will not be able to force myself to go if I did not simply LOVE it!
Great that you do too.
I am so hoping that you will be able to do another mud!

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BOOKWORM27S 6/11/2013 7:23AM

    Muscles temporarily retain water after a work-out for their repair. My weight always goes up the next day after a strength training/free-weights work-out.

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KELSEY65 6/10/2013 11:21PM

    You are so inspiring! :) emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 6/10/2013 10:44PM


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An Email from a Co-Worker

Saturday, June 08, 2013

Just wanted to say I am proud of you changing your entire lifestyle.

Think 5 years ago you were still smoking and all that crap. Now you’re a nonsmoking obstacle course runner that budgets her $$ well.

Good job.

and coming from this particular co-worker, that is a HUGE thing.

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PATRICIA441 6/8/2013 11:35PM

  It is always wonderful reading positive feel back isn't it. Keep up the great job you are doing!! Big High Five!

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CINDY-K 6/8/2013 7:11PM

    Glad she stopped and sent you the message. It is always good to hear how far we have come!

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BILL60 6/8/2013 2:15PM

    We all need some stroking.

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CBLENS 6/8/2013 9:09AM

    very nice.

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ANNMACP0212 6/8/2013 8:51AM

    Fantastic! I bet that made your day!

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REAGANESQUE 6/8/2013 8:36AM

    What a nice note...I bet it made your day!

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STONECOT 6/8/2013 8:34AM

    That's so nice. Usually people are quick to criticise but slow to compliment, so must have really impressed her. emoticon

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THROOPER62 6/8/2013 5:45AM


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CHRISGORGME 6/8/2013 5:10AM

    It's so satisfying when people recognize your efforts and they tell you so!

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STEPH-KNEE 6/8/2013 4:12AM

    That is so great! The sort of "expected" praise and compliments that come from those we know we will get it from are great, but it's the surprising ones that come out of the blue that take the cake! emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 6/8/2013 3:57AM

    Very good!

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 6/8/2013 3:50AM

    Way to go!

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10% Weight Gain? I don't think so!

Thursday, June 06, 2013

Many people at group were talking last night that most of us will experience a weight gain of 10% -- so for me that would mean about 13 pounds. I don't think so! That is just another reminder for me to be mindful of everything I eat and do. As Mad Eye Moody would say "Constant Vigilance"!

A few days ago, Spark Coach asked us to find our healthy lifestyle mantras - here are mine

"It never tastes any better than the first bite"
"Constant Vigilance"

Those are 2 things I need to remember! I will NOT regain my weight!
I realize that there will always be fluctuations - I will be happy at 130-135. Past that... not so much. I have the tools and I must be mindful at all times how to use them. I also need to learn moderation and working things in like treats for special occasions. I will do this and I REFUSE to become a statistic! I don't want to be the "norm"!

Which brings me to.... my next point - me being a slacker

On Monday, I rode my bike 32 miles. Pretty impressive! Whoo Hooo me! I didn't intend on riding that far, it just kind of happened.

Tuesday, I went with my Mother to a tattoo shop about 1 1/2 hours away from where i live. I didn't work out

Wednesday... I volunteered at the library, went tanning (more on that in a few) and went to group. My plan was to go to the gym after group, but I didn't make it. Why? Because I forgot to eat a healthy, filling snack and was starving! I was uncomfortable hungry, and I knew that if I tried to work out, it would not end well. Again, I have to be mindful of those things! Not an excuse.

Thursday (today) - I am not sure what my excuse is. Other than laziness. That is unacceptable, and I know it, yet, here I am, and I didn't leave with enough time - I guess I will go after work - which sucks because I am tired, but it must be done

I started tanning... you know - fake and bake? There is a reason for my madness... Every year I burn and I burn bad. So, I thought this year, since I plan on being out more showing of my sexy old lady thighs, I would start out getting a base tan, then when I go out swimming, I won't burn as much. Yes, I wear sunblock. I usually wear SPF 50+ and I still burn. So, hopefully this will help. I will say, it is only my second session, but I can see how people get addicted to it. Laying in that bed is like laying in a warm cocoon of nice. I think I may bring along the Harry Potter audiobook. That would be like heaven!

So, here is the game plan for next week

1. Exercise - I love doing it, so I need to do more of it! Nothing, and I mean NOTHING gets done until I have worked out. Everyone in the house (Boyfriend and cats) will have to wait until I have gotten in what I feel is an adequate workout. (starting after work tomorrow)

2. Junk food -- none. no excuses for poor eating. I don't care if my weight has remained constant - that isn't an excuse to justify eating something with poor nutritional value. There are no "special occasions" coming up so... (starting today, from this second)

3. Water water water and more water. I am not a big drinker, but I need to be. This is the area of the healthy lifestyle I struggle with the most. No more excuses (that is starting today)

So there you have it. I will not regain my weight!

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BILL60 6/8/2013 2:12PM

    Good luck with your week's plan.

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/7/2013 5:36AM

    I agree with you, Friend! I know you won't be a statistic, you will kick it's !@#$%
If those pesky lb start to creep up on you, you will sit down and make an intelligent plan, and you will stick to it.
I know you can do it.

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ANDYLIN90 6/7/2013 3:27AM

    I love your resolve and I especially like #2.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/6/2013 7:41PM

    And you won't!

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BRADMILL2922 6/6/2013 3:56PM

    Sounds like a great plan for the week to come! You rode your bike 32 miles? That is very impressive! Great blog!

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CBLENS 6/6/2013 3:43PM

    good plan for next week.

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JONEC14333 6/6/2013 3:40PM

    Congratulations! Don't worry about too much exercise. It is better to do less and more often. Just stop where you are and do ten sit ups, or bridges, or squats, then later do some more.

I feel you on the water. I just don't like tap water, and don't carry a lot of cash, so I have to prep myself with my own bottled water. A water filter at home helps a lot.

Good Luck! Keep on Sparking!

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Cooking with Mother (recipes and photo)

Friday, May 31, 2013

Today I spent the day at my parent's house cooking with my Mother. I have another work potluck this weekend, so I wanted to get the stuff made for that.

I made Pasta Salad. That is a given. Although, this time, I did something different. I measured out
1 cup of pasta
1 oz of ham
1/2 oz of pepperoni
1 oz of cheese (total 1/2 provolone, 1/2 colby jack)
green pepper and tomato
placed it in a separate container. To this, I added 1/4 cup of light italian dressing. This will be exclusively for me. This is enough for 2 servings. It greatly cuts down on the calories, and I can still enjoy it!

(this is what my pasta salad looks like)

I also made Peanut Butter Cream pie w/ an oreo crust and a homemade peanut butter tandy cake.

I asked Jason what he wanted for his cake, and normally every one requests the chocolate peanut butter filled cupcakes but he said he wanted to challenge me. He still wanted chocolate and peanut butter, but something different. I accepted and that is what I came up with.

Peanut Butter Tandy Cake


2 cups of flour
2 cups of sugar
2 tsp baking powder
pinch of salt
1 cup of milk
4 eggs
2 tsp vanilla

Peanut butter - I don't measure this... I just glob it on until it looks like enough
2 7oz hershey bars

*preheat over to 350*

Combine all dry ingredients in a bowl and set aside
beat eggs and vanilla on high until fluffy, add milk and give another whirl. Add the liquid to the dry ingredients and beat until well combined.

Grease and flour a jelly roll pan. Pour batter into the pan and bake for 20 mins. Be very careful not to over bake!!

remove cake from the over and glob peanut butter on the hot cake and allow it to start melting. Work the peanut butter around until the entire cake is covered. Place cake in the fridge for several hours and allow the peanut butter to harden.

Once the peanut butter is hard remove the cake from the fridge. Break up the chocolate bars and place in a sauce pan. Melt the chocolate over low heat. Once it is completely melted. pour over the cake. Work it around until it is fully covered. Place cake back in the fridge until the chocolate hardens.

I don't have a picture of the pie, but I will include the recipe.

1 oreo cookie pie crust
1/2 cup of peanut butter
1/4 cup milk
3oz soften cream cheese
8oz tub of cool whip
Hershey chocolate syrup

Beat the milk, peanut butter and cream cheese together until well mixed. using a large spatula, fold in the cool whip. Once well mixed place in the pie crust. Drizzle with syrup and refrigerate.

Sometimes I think i should be setting a better example for my co-workers and bringing them in healthy dishes instead of these calorie laden and fattening things. Like I have said before, a healthy lifestyle is all about moderation. I do frequently bring my BFF/co-worker/supervisor Sue lunch. Of course, they are the healthy recipes I prepare for myself. She had enjoyed everything that I have made her so far.

I guess I feel like I should be the one bringing the veggie or fruit tray... Of course, none of my co-workers are really overweight either.

Oh well, I am sure every last crumb will get finished.

I think that is all for now

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IMAVISION 5/31/2013 3:50PM

    I always take a couple of dishes that are healthy & to my taste. That way I know I won't be tempted by the zillion of unhealthy dishes on offer.

I, also, am in the habit of taking at least one dish that is acceptable to friends who have diabetes to deal with. I got into that habit years ago when my treasured father-in-law was faced with diabetes. He did one swell job of keeping it in check!

God bless!

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PATTYR81 5/31/2013 7:59AM

    I Love how creative you are!!!

I also still like to cook- I like your strategy of making your portion/version of a yummy crowd pleaser!


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LOVINGAFRICA 5/31/2013 2:26AM

    You are a creative cook, food is your art. I suppose you have to play for your audience's taste? But it would be a fun challenge to educate their taste buds with something healthier. So talk to them about what they want? Healthier or Naughtier?
I bet you they are VERY happy working with you. And you get invited to every pot luck. I bet you the pot luck dinners are not that frequent when you are on leave.
I still like cooking, even if I can't eat anymore. It gives me joy to see people enjoying what I made.
(Have been known to taste and spit like at a wine tasting)

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COCK-ROBIN 5/31/2013 1:42AM

    Every last crumb would b devoured. Yum!

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