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Goals for Today

Saturday, June 29, 2013

I am working the weekend - I don't really have any issues "being good" when I am not working, but the second I step foot in this office, the mindless eating commences.

I always come prepared - I have my healthy foods pre-tracked, but I veer off of the planned route. I don't know what it is.

I resolve today to stick to my plan. I am at my all time lowest weight (as an adult - 3rd grade doesn't count) and I don't want to ruin it. I mean seriously - how hard can it be?

  
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BILL60 6/30/2013 10:15AM

    You hang tough!!

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/30/2013 7:00AM

    Hang in there! Your weight loss is absolutely awesome!
Bless you!

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DSCROW 6/29/2013 7:44PM

    emoticon I know sometimes it is hard but you can do this.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/29/2013 7:33PM

    Wonderful! Go for it!

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EWL978 6/29/2013 8:36AM

    Not hard at all...just need to keep busy and make the day move quickly!

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A little bit of this... a little bit of that

Thursday, June 27, 2013

Today was... a good day

It started off with rain and storms. I figured it would be a "hang out on the couch with a cup of tea, book and cat" kind of day.

My Grandmother invited me out to dinner with her, my Grandfather, two of her cousins and their spouses, their daughter and her husband. We went to a local steak house Hoss's. Older people like Hoss's because they have the all you can eat soup and salad bar, plus they don't put any of that "funny spice" on their steaks. I like Hoss's too. I think the food is pretty decent.

I had the 6oz sirloin tips w/ steamed broccoli as my meal. I had a very small salad, some french onion soup w/ cheese, a few bites of a brownie w/ peanut butter sauce and a few grapes. I didn't eat my entire meal, and I think more than half of it is now in my fridge for another day.

It was nice to spend time with my family. My Grandmother's cousins have always been in my life. She was and still is very close with them.

After we were done eating and talking, I went grocery shopping. I am not sure what I bought, but I spent about $140. My cart full of healthy goodness was ruined by the 8 bottles of soda and 2 giant bags of chips I had to buy for my boyfriend's father's birthday party this weekend (note I won't even get to attend because I have work)

I came home and left the stuff out to make wedding soup. I am not sure why, but for some reason I decided I wanted wedding soup. So, I made it. I measured out 3 bowls for the weekend, 3 servings to freeze and the rest is for my boyfriend.

Not sure what I am going to do the rest of the night. I am feeling a bit on the lazy side, so I might watch Netflix or read.

My Spark Coach subscription is set to expire in a few days... I am not sure if I am going to renew it or not. I like it and it seems helpful, but I am just not sure if it is something I want to keep. I got it free for 3 months when I pre-ordered the Spark Solution. Not sure on that yet.

Tomorrow I am dragging the boyfriend to help me with the Library at the Cove Relay for Life. It is a cancer benefit that our neighboring town holds every year. It raises a lot of money for The American Cancer Society. While they are not my favorite charity, I am still down to help.

I hope everyone has a great night!

  
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BILL60 6/28/2013 9:00AM

    It's great to hang with the family.

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BARB4HEALTH 6/28/2013 6:33AM

    Family time can be refreshing! emoticon

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/28/2013 2:17AM

    What on earth is wedding soup?
What happens if you feed it to your Boy Friend?
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Sounds like you had a great weekend. I love the company of Grammas and Grampas. Yesterday there was a table full of them next to the one where me and my girls were having tea. Sorry, but I did catch some of what they were talking about and it made me miss mine even more.
Many of my best friends are 10-20 years older than me.

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BRADMILL2922 6/28/2013 1:42AM

    Sounds like a good day! Always nice to get out and hang with family! Seems like you probably got some really good stuff at the store too!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/27/2013 11:04PM

    You have a good night as well.

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DIANEWITHASMILE 6/27/2013 10:37PM

    Sounds like a nice day!

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A Day at the Pool

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

I met my BFF today at the public pool in her town (about 30 mins from mine)

We had a great day! The pool is really nice. I didn't do much actual swimming because there were kids jumping about everywhere, but I did manage to get a few laps in. I have come to the conclusion I am no way ready for the Sprint Tri I wanted to do in a few months!

I got sun burned. It hurts. Of course, it is my own stupid fault... it is one of those things I want to say I will learn from, but I won't. I will do the same thing again... maybe not this year, but it is inevitable that I will at some point.

After we were done swimming, we went over to the park so her kid could play, and honestly so we could swing on the swings! I also managed to do a pull up and a half on the monkey bars!! yay me!!

I think that is all for now

  
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DSCROW 6/27/2013 5:08PM

    My neice brings her kids and they play on the playground while we walk. After the walk we go in and play with them and usually swing oursleves with them. It's so much fun. I have noticed it's more comfortable now that my behind is not as big but the strap seat still pinches the bottom. Such is the cost of re living fun childhood memories! Glad you had a great day!

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/27/2013 7:57AM

    I just can't get over that pull up!!
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Am sorry you got burned!
Glad you had an awesome day. I also love playing on the swings with my girls.
Have a great week!

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REAGANESQUE 6/27/2013 6:40AM

    You've got to love those summer days...definitely definitely good for the soul! Take care of that sunburn!

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BRADMILL2922 6/27/2013 1:23AM

    Sounds like fun! Sorry to hear about the sunburn. Will we ever learn? Probably not! Yay you for the pull up!

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JULESJET 6/26/2013 11:42PM

    Sounds like fun!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/26/2013 11:19PM

    Wonderful!

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EVIE4NOW 6/26/2013 11:16PM

  Sounds like a wonderful day.

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This thing called eating...

Wednesday, June 26, 2013

So here is the deal...

Eating. We have to do it. I mean, you can go without food for a pretty long time, but eventually you have to do it or you die.

You shouldn't eat when you are not hungry... I struggle with this and here is why --

I had gastric bypass surgery in 2012. I don't feel hunger like a normal person. If I wait until I am hungry to eat, and stopped when I was full, I would only consume maybe 600 calories a day at most. So, I end up eating when I am not hungry in order to get proper nutrition.

I struggle with this sometimes. I don't want to say I feel guilty (not an emotion in my spectrum) but I feel like I am breaking Healthy Lifestyle Rule #21 if I eat when I am not hungry.

We hear it over and over and over from the experts... don't eat unless you are hungry. Don't put "fuel" in an already "full" gas tank... But I can go too many miles before I am on E (does that make sense??)

Like right now... I just had Greek Yogurt and Kind Granola (2 tablespoons) for a snack -- I wasn't hungry, but it was in my "plan" for the day. Now, had I not eaten that snack, I would have been under on my protein and even further under on my calories.

Maybe I am just thinking too much and need to go to bed?

  
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CATHYBERNA 6/27/2013 12:00PM

    I know exactly what you mean, I never feel hungry and you sometimes have to make yourself eat. I still have all the old cravings for junk but once I look at it, it makes me sick looking at it. Had my surgery almost a year ago

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TEREMC 6/27/2013 11:00AM

    I agree with Lvafrica, now you eat cause it is fuel not because you have wires crossed telling you must eat. I think you are doing great.

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/27/2013 8:48AM

    But isn't that the ultimate freedom though?
Having known the cravings and constant hunger before GBS?
You now eat because you know you need it. Those hunger signals are messed up by the surgery. Now we eat by schedule. I think it is a better more logical way for someone like me.

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DIVA711 6/26/2013 1:35PM

    You are doing well. It takes time to build a proper routine. You are building a lifestyle... emoticon

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IM2READY 6/26/2013 9:47AM

    I had my surgery May 20th and I haven't felt hungry yet. Or full for that matter. At first I felt kinda lucky to not have that hungry feeling. There have been many days I get busy cleaning out closets or whatever and I will look at the time and its 2pm so I then play catch up all evening to get the protein in. Plus during the night I have a water bottle handy to take sips during the night. Very rarely am I seen without a water bottle these days. I don't feel you are breaking a rule, you are doing what your body needs.

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BILL60 6/26/2013 9:06AM

    Go to bed and don't over-think.

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DEEGIRL50 6/26/2013 8:43AM

    I'm glad you're focusing on proper nutrition! emoticon

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KITT52 6/26/2013 6:57AM

    my problem is if I ate when hungry I would eat all the time....and weight 1000 pounds....
I learned to eat 6-7 mimi meals a day weather hungry or not....this worked for me and I lost 210 pounds...it now has helped my maintain my weight loss.....

DO WHAT WORKS FOR YOU....WE ARE ALL DIFFERENT

good luck

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COCK-ROBIN 6/26/2013 1:43AM

    Wonderful!

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BRADMILL2922 6/26/2013 12:43AM

    I eat 6 to 7 small meals a day now. Since I haven't had the surgery, I don't know exactly what you are going through but I do eat fairly regularly when I am not actually hungry. You may not feel hungry but it doesn't mean that your body doesn't need what is on your plan. You need the vitamins and all the other stuff that goes with it, not just feeling full. So when you are supposed to eat, eat! Don't feel bad about it. You aren't really breaking any rule. Besides, the only real rule is if it works for you, then do it. Everyone is different and different things work for different people. Find what works for you.

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ZRIE014 6/26/2013 12:12AM

  if you would eat 6 small meals a day, it would be best.

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Adventures in Biking and other fun stuff

Monday, June 24, 2013

Saturday my boyfriend surprised me by suggesting we go for a bike ride and check out a new trail. I was pretty excited! A co-worker had told us about it, and I have been dying to check it out. When he suggested that we go on Saturday, I was thrilled. The train was pretty nice. It follows the old railroad beds so it is pretty level, but the scenery is nice.

When we had gotten a little over a mile in, I noticed an animal walking on all fours about 1/4 mile or so up the trail. I stopped to watch it, and when he came up beside me (I was riding lead) he asked me what I was looking at. I pointed and said "something tells me that isn't someones' dog" he said "no, I am pretty sure that is a black bear" and that is what it was. If I had to guess, I would say it was around 250 pounds. It may have been a little more or a little less. It was pretty far off in the distance, but from what I could see, that would be my guess. It was really neat to be able to hang out on the trail and watch this black bear wander around like he had not a care in the world. When he was off the trail, we proceeded through with our ride, but I think we rode a lot faster than we would have had we not seen him.

It was a nice ride - we had a good time. It wasn't overly long, but good terrain, and easily accessible.

That night we took the scooter and went out to dinner at a local family owned diner/pizza shop. I had a chef salad with their wonderful, homemade dressing. I am not 100% what is in the dressing, but I know there is... Vinegar, water, sugar, spices - no oil... anyway, after that we went out to my parents house and spent almost three hours relaxing in the hot tub. It was such a wonderful night out! We had such an awesome day!

Fast Forward --- Today -- Monday

I went biking with my friend Randy at the abandon Pennsylvania Turnpike. www.abandonedturnpike.com/

It was so awesome! I loved it, I can't wait to go back with stronger flashlights so we can see better!

After that, I volunteered the rest of the afternoon at the library.

Good times

  
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KNITTY_JESS 6/25/2013 9:35PM

    I love scenic rides and hikes. You never know what you will find.

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KELSEY65 6/25/2013 6:11PM

    What a great day for you and your boyfriend! I read about the salad dressing and was immediately curious. It sounds wonderful, for when I get to that stage of eating.

A black bear, wow! I agree, you need your camera on these adventures!

I can't wait to be cleared to start biking and exercising, walking is already boring. :)

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DSCROW 6/25/2013 10:45AM

    Very exciting and maybe a little scary for me :). My Sister is in Pittsburgh, I love to visit and see her. I will gladly take the heat in summer for no snow in winter here in Alabama. Enjoy the outdoor season! emoticon emoticon emoticon and have FUN!

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BARCONIUS 6/25/2013 10:04AM

    I couldn't interest DW in a walk around the block. That's awesome.

I once had encounter with a black bear, but it was a little different. He was prowling in the middle of US322 in Seven Mountains. It ended OK for the bear, but one car was pretty much crunched.

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CHANGINGHORSES 6/25/2013 8:41AM

    Very cool! Would love to get to the Abandoned Turnpike this year. Still trying to squeeze it in. I love the Rail-Trails, they are the best. I will be riding with some other Sparkers this evening near here. (Hamburg- Schuylkill River Trail) Woohoo!

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LOVINGAFRICA 6/25/2013 8:26AM

    Wow! How absolutely COOL is that!
The black ones are the nice ones, unless you corner them, and give them loads of space, right?
When are you getting your camera fixed, Teamie?
Imagine, Bear on my Biketrail with Pictures?

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BRADMILL2922 6/25/2013 1:54AM

    Sounds like some pretty good bike riding that you got in! Good for you! That is pretty cool that you got to see a black bear but I definitely would have rode a lot faster after I saw him!

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COCK-ROBIN 6/24/2013 11:39PM

    Wonderful!

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