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The reason my arms and back hurt...

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

So I've spent several days on my bathroom floor. Not a lot of fun. And all in an effort to save a few bucks.

We had pulled up the rug in there to find linoleum tiles that weren't in the best of shape. We cleaned them up and lived with them for a while. Then we decided to pull those up and hadn't decided what to put down and were living with a sub floor when we got a phone call and found we were having unexpected out of town guests...so we quickly threw down some paint to cover the sub floor. Not a great fix, but a quick one. Well, we lived with that for like three years.

Then we happened across a poster shop, going out of business...we got some beautiful Asian prints and a lovely shower curtain (The Great Wave) for next to nothing, which inspired us to paint the bathroom. Now the newly painted walls clashed terribly with the painted sub floor. So we talked about tile or linoleum in the bathroom. In the middle of the make-over, we ended up putting new brakes and rotors on the car, to the tune of nearly $900! So that ended the floor discussions. But to have the freshly painted walls and the new shower curtain and the lovely prints and that garish floor was too much. So I hatched a plan and looked through the left over paints from previous painting projects and came up with the a faux tile floor, painted on and polyurethaned over it. I've yet to frame and hang the prints and I now need new curtains, as well. But it's looking better than it did before and I'll post a photo when it's completely done.

But this is why I'm achy and sore today. And down a couple pounds, too! emoticon

Running late, as usual!

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HEARTLIGHT 4/30/2008 11:52PM

    I think it looks fabulous! I also love the metaphor of your story. Life happens and yet you used your creativity and energy to dream a beautiful solution into reality. Lovely!

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MAINEROCKS 4/29/2008 9:30AM

    It came out great! What an excellent idea. You are so darn creative. Sounds like the pain was worth it though... lots of $$ saved and a couple pounds lost. Good stuff!

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Feeling a bit better...

Sunday, April 27, 2008

I met up with a fellow weight loss surgery (band, not bypass) person who has also lost the gumption. We're going to support each other and try to get together a couple times a week to walk. She's feeling the same sluggishness I'm going through and having each other to talk about it is helping. We're motivating each other and I'm feeling much better and more hopeful!

I just started taking Psyllium Husk, on the advise of my endocrinologist. It's quite disgusting. It basically has no taste but it FEELS like raw eggs! Slimey and thick and yucky. I added just a hint of honey, to make it at least a little sweet, to try to convince myself that it really isn't raw eggs. I got it down.

I'm in the middle of a painting project in my upstairs bathroom (painting faux tiles on the sub-floor), so I should get off the computer and get back up there to finish it off. I hope everyone is well!

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DCFKAF 4/28/2008 8:00PM

    I tried that today...made a hot cup of tea and honey and added the psyllium to that. Much easier to get down that way. Thanks for the suggestion! I finished the bathroom floor...will take a picture and add it to the next blog entry! emoticon

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MAINEROCKS 4/28/2008 5:50PM

    Glad you are feeling a bit better and I hope you and your friend can help to motivate each other. As for the icky stuff... could you incorporate it into a smoothie or something?

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Lacking motivation...

Thursday, April 10, 2008

I'm not sure what's going on here...but I'm really lacking in the motivation department. We've had some beautiful weather and I've not taken advantage of it. I'm tired all the time, even though I'm getting plenty of sleep. I don't think I'm sick, or getting sick. I'm certainly not depressed. I'm just not sure what's going on. Hmmmm....

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MAINEROCKS 4/15/2008 10:51AM

    Good ideas below. Both sound great. Getting exercise really boosts ones mood and the fresh air is great too, but I know you do already walk some with the dogs and whatnot, so perhaps the second suggestion is the key? Do something to treat yourself, or do something new and different? Try a ballroom dance class, or sign up for a charity walk. With spring here, there a bunch of neighborhood clean up things going on in my area. Maybe that would give you a boost? Hope you clear the funk soon! :-)

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MILAYA 4/10/2008 12:50PM

    Hi Kim! It must be something in the water. I feel the same as you but I can blame mine on all the rain we have been having lately. Hang in there! It will pass. Why not go and do something nice for yourself-maybe a new book,massage,manicure etc.

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RENA1965 4/10/2008 7:18AM

    Hi DCFKAK, make a date with some of these beauitful people you have in the photos and go for a walk with them. It is isn't so easy to put off what we should do on the day, if someone else is there to keep a eye on you... Better yet, find another lady on sparks in your area and make a regular thing out of it... Exercise in company is much more fun and you can talk about everything between the heaven and sun, before you know it the walk is over and your almost disappointed... cheers Rena

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Hey! Remember me?!

Tuesday, April 01, 2008

Yeah, it's been a long while since I've blogged and even longer since I've done it regularly...when the kids moved out so many things in my life changed...I stopped going to church regularly, I stopped blogging regularly, I stopped doing things with friends...Darryl and I are doing great and enjoying our time together, but we sort of shut out everything else. Although I'm loving the new-found closeness with Darryl, I do want to find a balance and get back some of the things I gave up when the kids left.

So I'm back!

Darryl is starting a Biggest Losers' Challenge at his work today...he's on a team and they were all being weighed today. So our meals, at least for the next 6 weeks, will be very healthy, low-fat and well-balanced. (Not that they were bad before...but now that he's trying to lose weight, they will ALWAYS be low-fat!)

So my goal is to lose right along with him! So I'm back to tracking my food and exercise, which I stopped doing when the kids left.

Have to run, so I can track my breakfast! Have a fantastic day!

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HHHBYE 4/1/2008 10:59PM

  Welcome back!

I am very happy for you that you have been enjoying quality time with your man. Blogging and such can always be picked right back, but relationships are always more work!

I will look forward hearing of your progress!

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DCFKAF 4/1/2008 12:05PM

    Thanks so much for your encouragement...it really means a lot to me! I really appreciate it!

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MAINEROCKS 4/1/2008 9:27AM

    Cool! It will be fun to do the challenge right along with him. It will be exciting to see what the next 6 weeks brings for you both! Hope that things balance out soon for you so that your life is nicely well rounded :-)

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Strange dreams...

Wednesday, March 19, 2008

Don't you hate when you have a dream that sticks with you and upsets you? Toby had surgery last Thursday, to have a tumor removed from his hip. He keeps licking his stitches, and I've been concerned about that. Last night I dreamed he chewed off his stitches and his incision opened back up and I was trying to drive him to the vet and hold his incision closed...very disturbing...I woke up exhausted, tired, worried and mad, all at once. And although he's fine, I'm still off kilter now.

No school on Friday or Monday...so I need only get through today and tomorrow. I CAN DO IT!!!!

Darryl and I have been talking about getting away for a few days...to Montreal on our spring break. I'd love to do that. Kate's in school, but perhaps she could come stay here (to care for the dogs) and take the bus to school. Still in the talking stages...

Have to go to work now. More next time.

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CHRISSY1293 3/19/2008 10:46AM

    Oh, don't I know what that is like. Yesterday morning I awoke screaming and my husband had to calm me down from the nightmare I had. I had dreamt something awful happened when my son got on the school bus for kindergarten..which he won't actually start until this fall. Talk about separation anxiety!!

I hope your day improves and you get to take that trip!

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MAINEROCKS 3/19/2008 9:07AM

    Sorry you are off kilter today! I hate it when that happens... it's just a dream, but it can really stick with you and throw your whole day off.

A trip to Montreal sounds like a great little break! Hope it all works out, you deserve it ;-)

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