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Broke a long streak of logging food yesterday.

Monday, October 08, 2012

I started yesterday (Sunday off with the usual: church then lunch with my two friends. They wanted to go to a southern cooking buffet which meant it would be hard to eat in a way that is easy to track on my tracker. I accepted it and strove to eat in reasonable portions. I couldn't resist the peach cobbler even though it's not the best--I just like peach cobbler even if it's mediocre cobbler! I drank unsweet tea without any sweetener and that is a change I've made recently--avoiding so much splenda.

Later I went to a family reunion with my mother's family. All seven siblings were there along with several of the little ones. Not too many my age though, but I fit in with young and old alike. My moms siblings like to gather and eat the foods of their childhood which involves a lot of fat and starch. I ate a lot of ham, some creamed corn, potato salad, deviled eggs, and crackling corn bread. I finally even ate slivers of pecan pie and pumpkin pie. I knew I probably overdid it, but I decided I wouldn't have any snacks while watching TV and maybe only have herbal tea or water.

My mom has been having trouble with her pancreas and has been hospitalized with it now 3 times if you include last night. I drove 50 miles back to my house only to have my sister call me back to their town to sit with my mom at the hospital all night and most of today. I didn't want to but cannot say no to my sister or mom. My mom said I could go home once I got there, but it was 1 in the morning and I had to laugh because I was so tired I couldn't imagine driving home at that hour. I slept in her hospital room in a chair and kept her company. The nurses and machinery roused us from sleep several times. I told my mom the nurses were jealous that we were sleeping while they had to work and so they kept waking us up (jk). I finally went home this afternoon. My kids were home alone and they are 12 and 15, but my son has a project we were planning on working on today. So I wanted to get home with what wits I had left to get him going.

I stopped at the gas station and on my way out, someone backed into my bumper. No damage done, but ironically it was my cousin who has a serious cancer on his spine. I had only heard about his condition last Monday at my Dad's and was wondering how I could get in touch with him--he's very eccentric, but we love each other dearly. He said God wanted him to "run into me". We parked at the gas station and visited for a bit before both of us went on to our destinations. If his situation is as dire as his mother told me, I wonder if/when I'll see him again being in as good a condition he was in today. You have to be grateful for the little things in life.

Anyway, I did much better with eating today. Didn't get to weigh myself so don't know how my weight is fluctuating if at all--it hasn't in about a week. Hopefully, I'll get out of the house tomorrow for a walk. I hope my mom is a lot better by tomorrow too.

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ANGRITTER 10/9/2012 9:05AM

    i will make sure to include your mother and your cousin in my prayers. And it was divine intervention that had him run into you. You know that would never happen any other day. And maybe you can schedule a time to meet up with him or take him a lunch one day so he doesn't have to leave the house. I am sure it is very painful.

And my sister is a nurse and she said seeing people sleep at night makes her VERY sleepy herself! But anyone would be sleepy after all they go through in the course of a 12-hour shift.

I am glad you tested all the food for poison (that's what I call snacking a tiny bit of everything)! It's my favorite part of family gatherings!

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MNTWINSGAL 10/8/2012 11:07PM

    I'm glad you got to run into your cousin (literally!) because like you said, there may not be another time! Also, I hear ya with the family reunion. Same exact scenario whenever my mom's side of the family gets together. 7 of them as well - only one has recently passed, but they are all in their 80's and 90's, so that's to be expected. But the food, yep - in my family it's fried chicken and all the fixings. But it's really hard to say "no" to your famil;y.

Good luck to your mom and wishes for a speedy recovery! And hoping that you can find a little time for yourself as well!

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KAREN608 10/8/2012 9:58PM

    Hope your Mom is better. Just reading all that about wore me out!

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PATRICIAANN46 10/8/2012 9:56PM

  I find that if I have a day like you did yesterday, and I spread out my calorie reductions over a weeks period of time (and an increase in exercise), it all evens out. This is a lifestyle change and we will all learn to adjust our eating and exercise patterns to keep ourselves on the right track, but still have days like you did which are just part of life (and families).
You are doing GREAT!!! emoticon

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LOSINGLINNDY 10/8/2012 9:51PM

    Hope your mother is feeling better and your son got his project finished.

emoticon well!

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MRSBENNETT2 10/8/2012 8:46PM

    I think you probably did "overdo" it that day...but food is all a part of family and you were connecting with them. :) And it's not like it's every day, or every weekend. Sounds like fun - except the trip back to the hospital.

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ORODEO73 10/8/2012 7:22PM

    Hmmm. Those days happen. Praying for better ones to come

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Whole lotta rain

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

We are getting a lot of rain in these parts. This makes my son's soccer practices dicey because we live in lowlands and it gets pretty boggy when the rain persists. I think there must be a tropical storm out there to cause all these torrents. I'm using the rain as an excuse to be idle in the fitness domain too. I am doing other productive things like my online class and job hunting and keeping the house neat.

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INFLATED 10/7/2012 2:36PM

    You can count heavy housecleaning as cardio.

Thanks for commenting on my blog, "How much wood can a woodchuck chuck?" I have 12 pallets of logs and junk wood to be cut or split to go into a wood stove we have in our basement. We have a heat pump and electric baseboard heat, but the wood stove heats the whole house and people give wood to us. We don't have to pay a heating bill if we use the wood stove. I am just overwhelmed at trying to get it all split or cut to fit in the wood stove.

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JESSIG5 10/5/2012 8:45PM


Raining here too.

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FORMERFATGUY777 10/4/2012 7:52PM

    We have snow in the forecast. I would prefer the rain.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/4/2012 7:40PM

    I am getting a lot of rain here too and it is souring my mood I love that you are being productive in other areas i feel like a couch slug lol. the sun will be out soon and so will we I'll met you there

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NANCYSINATRA 10/4/2012 10:18AM

    OK, I'm going to be YOUR "diet friend" and tell you DO NOT let the rain stop your fitness!! Yes, it is great that you are keeping the house up, but you can NOT let rain keep you from your fitness. If you ALLOW anything to be an EXCUSE to be idle, you'll be amazed at how many things CAN be an excuse. I live in Oregon, it rains here 8 months of the year. So I get wet!! If it's pouring outside and cold and windy, I stay in with a video. Don't have one, watch some spark videos. Do some Spark strength training. GET YOUR HEART PUMPING!!!! As you said yourself, YOU need to take hold of your weight or it will KILL you!!! So no excuses!!! Get your butt moving!! emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 10/4/2012 7:16AM

    We are getting all that rain over the weekend!! Then, it's supposed to get cold. Sigh.....winter is coming :(

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KAREN608 10/3/2012 10:32PM

    Rain is needed and keeping the house up means you are ready when it lets up to go outside again to walk.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/3/2012 10:15PM

  You are "doing other productive things." They count too........ emoticon

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Fun at my Dad's

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

Went to my Dad's house for his twice-a-month gospel singing gathering. I would say the median age is 70 but it was so nice to see all these people getting out of their houses putting on cute outfits (you could tell they were spiffed up a bit), and gathering for a meal and singing. My dad has a huge sun room with a little grand piano (my stepmother has always wanted to play and has taken lessons, but she only plays for fun). He added about 50+ folding chairs and song books and voila! They all sat down and sang. I was raised on this gospel music so most of the songs are very familiar to me. I didn't join in preferring to visit with other non-singers. My dad and I don't have the greatest relationship, but we are both trying. I could probably try more, but that's a post for another day. I think close to the top of my gratitude list is the fact that I still have 3 living parents if you count my stepmother who has always been a positive force in my life.

I also visited my mom and she was doing okay, but feeling a bit blue because Oct. 1 is hers and my late stepdad's wedding anniversary. I think she was surprised and gratified that I stopped in.

It was also my sister's birthday. There was a cake for her at Dad's party and we all sang happy birthday. She's a year older than me and soon my birthday will roll around too. My two stepsisters and one of my stepbrothers also have birthdays in October--a very busy month!

I ate a big salad at 11-ish yesterday and then didn't eat anything until the party. I knew the food wouldn't be Spark-friendly, but I ate a sandwich, macaroni salad, and some kind of gelatin/whipped cream salad that I love. I also had 2 kinds of cake. Despite these food choices, there were a lot of things available that I DIDN'T eat, like yeast rolls, cheese dip, chips and fudge. I did break through the ceiling of my calorie count, but knew I might. Next time only ONE kind of cake! I could also bring something to the party that is on my program that others would enjoy like Deviled eggs or a salad of some kind.

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PATRICIAANN46 10/4/2012 5:34PM

  It sounds like reaching out to your family members was a very enjoyable experience for all of you. It is SO important to stay close to our families if at all possible. If you go over a bit one day, you can always make adjustments......
I think it sounds like you are doing a very good job. emoticon

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ANGRITTER 10/2/2012 1:36PM

    I have a really great dessert idea for you that is so low-cal you won't believe it. I will have to check the carbs. I will come back to this post after I put it into the recipe calculator for you. I make this for all functions so there is a low-cal treat for poeple like me. :)

I added it to the under Lemon Charlotte (dessert)
Here's the link...

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KAREN608 10/2/2012 11:28AM

    I married a man 35 years ago that is 18 years older than I am, so your event sounds like my life a little, as DH is 70 and will be 71 in November. He certainly likes to sit and visit for hours with others at our local grocery deli. He stays on and on down to one person left and knows no strangers- even when we had things we had to get done. I've learned to slow down and enjoy the moments.

I am glad you got to visit with everyone, cheer your Mother and have a good day.
Crashing through the calorie ceiling was a great turn of words!

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Great Monday!

Monday, October 01, 2012

I know it's hard to believe but I am down again today! I stepped on the scales 4-5 times to make sure but hooray! I made a nice salad for lunch too and cleaned out my fridge.

I am about to get ready and head out to my home town where all my family reside to celebrate my sister's birthday and attend a gospel music sing-along at my dad's. He has these big gatherings at his house about twice a month and I never have been to one, but have decided to rally and go. It will mean a lot to him and my stepmom for me to go. Also my sister is having a birthday.

My husband handles our finances. Luckily we have been pretty good with our money and despite my being unemployed, we have not had problems with cash flow, but we are really frugal. He told me that I haven't been getting my unemployment for the past several weeks. I thought I had done everything required to get them so I was surprised. I called the DOL and they tried to tell me I hadn't been certifying--I was wondering if I was going crazy or something because I was pretty sure I HAD done it online every week. She finally said she'd release the money so I'm hoping to see a big back payment in our account pretty soon. I do look for work every week as required by the DOL, but haven't been successful--have had a few interviews though. That was one of the reasons I was interested in moving to Qatar--I could work and together with my husband we would have made a profit on our efforts on top of having a learning experience for the whole family. I would be willing to work part-time for the right job. I've been trying to break into adult education. I am taking an online class in reading in the hope that this will help me land a job. One of the things that motivates me to lose weight is to make a good impression at interviews and to look and feel well enough to perform a demanding job.

That's enough for anyone to read. If you made it this far--thanks!

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MOONSTORMER 10/2/2012 3:02AM

    congrats on the weigh in and good luck with the job search! what kind of work would you like to do?

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MNTWINSGAL 10/1/2012 11:24PM

    lol....about stepping on the scale multiple times. I do it too, but what do we think? That it's going to change every time we step off and on and off and on.....if that's happening, I think it's time for a new scale!

I've never been on unemployment before, so was surprised this morning when it wouldn't let me request my weekly payment until I filled out a "Self-assessment and work search plan." I know of people who have been on UI for over a year...I never heard about them ever having to do this. They've also set me up for a 90-minute mandatory appointment next week at the WorkForce center. I don't mind...I have nothing to hide and I really am looking for work. But it seems a little unfair to me! On the other hand, maybe it will help?

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    emoticon on the weight loss and on getting your unemployment straightened out!

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CATHGREEN8 10/1/2012 2:28PM

    Congrats on your weigh in and I hope you land a job soon!

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Maybe it was a good thing...

Saturday, September 29, 2012

I was on a tear for a while losing a pound every 3 days and feeling like I was on my way and then on Monday, my scales reported a 2-pound gain and those two pounds hung around all week. People who read my blog a lot are probably tired of hearing about those 2 pounds, sorry. I guess it was a good thing; because of them I have started adding fitness to my regime. I have gone walking for at least 30 minutes for the past 3 days. I even decided to participate in some spark streaks on a few of my teams. I join the teams because the idea of them seems in line with me, but I have resisted participating in them. I stick with logging food and reading/writing blogs. But I have decided that I could use a reason to get off the chair, get away from TV/computer, and out of my house, and the weather has eased off a bit so I have been DOING IT!

I can shut up about the 2 pounds because I was down 1/2 pound this morning. Yippee! My weight is budging at last! Maybe I'll be down another one tomorrow!

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JESSIG5 10/1/2012 11:16AM


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MOONSTORMER 10/1/2012 3:41AM

    emoticon so glad you've added fitness - so important! i'm sure you will see the results! emoticon

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QUALITYONE09 9/30/2012 7:48PM

    Hi there! Congrats on adding some physical activity to your really makes a difference in your mood, motivationa definitely your weightloss! I find if I am not moving it is hard to stay motivated. Exercise is a mood booster and allows you to see better results over time. Not to mention your clothers begin to fit better! LOL Keep moving!!!

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LITTLEBO 9/30/2012 7:47PM

    Yea, it is really frustrating when the weight doesn't come off in a linear fashion.....but in the long run, it all pays off. Keep your eye on the prize: HEALTH!!!!

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MNTWINSGAL 9/30/2012 4:05PM

    That little gain was a blessing in disguise...a little reminder not to let your guard down! Congrats on the loss, and may the scale continue on it's downward trend!

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GRANDMA0627 9/30/2012 9:31AM

    YAY you! emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 9/30/2012 7:57AM

    These things happen all the time. One of the things you should remember is your salt intake. Sometimes that's the problem!

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KAREN608 9/29/2012 9:06PM

    whew, that's good. I'm glad the scale moved in the right direction. Seems like walking agrees with you!

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MAHGRET 9/29/2012 8:05PM


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PATSYB7 9/29/2012 7:52PM

    Great! It's so frustrating to be on a plateau! Changing things up is the way to go! emoticon

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