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58 - Beck day 8

Sunday, July 27, 2014

I love this little guy he was so hilarious! After his neuter we gave him some food (kittens and puppies get low blood glucose rapidly) and we discovered that he sounds like a turkey when he eats!

Not sure why the video isn't working. Here it is - posted it on YouTube


I'm feeling very much like working on organization and decluttering to help with the home situation. I'm going to follow along with FlyLady here:


I've followed FlyLady in the past but it all got overwhelming with the emails and such. WOUBBIE's thread is a great way to follow along emoticon

I'm going to tackle our master bedroom first, because it will require the least work. It is the only room with a decent floor, which is major. The living room and other bedroom floors need to be refinished. The kitchen and bathroom floors need to be ripped out and replaced. The master bedroom has a floor that can stay, so that's where I'll start:
1) scrape off all paint
2) paint all trims, closet door and bedroom door
3) change handles on the doors - glass door knobs (consistent with 1940 build). I have no idea if the doors are original, but they'll stay.
4) repaint room

This is the color palette I will go off of for the entire house (probably staying away from the pink), sticking with blue/green for wall colors and using the oranges/reds/yellows/brighter blue and greens for accents in curtains/bedding/throws, etc.

This is the inspiration, which I know is nuts, but it has all of the colors I want - the super pale green, the burnt orange, navy, darker blues and greens...exactly the colors for the house and from that color palette!

First thing is first - today I'll stop by home depot and buy a scraper to scrape off all of the paint :)

Woo, lot's of lofty goals going on here!

Beck day 8 - create time and energy
1 - figure out how much time you need per day to make meals, plan lunches, shop for groceries, etc. My biggest problem is that even if I make a list of what I need, I always find myself stopping at the store multiple times a week to pick up things I didn't know I needed. That is a huge waste of time.
2 - set a schedule - currently working on "up at 6 am" and "down at 10 am" to try to get a more reasonable, consistent daily schedule going for myself. I know that isn't what they mean, but I'm not ready to schedule every minute of my day. For now, it's about getting out of bed on time and getting into bed on time!
3 - set a priority list - right now #1 is keeping the house in order and working on that, because I believe strongly that if I can get to the point where I feel like my house is clean and tidy and organized, I will be better about eating better. When the house feels chaotic, I run for the bad stuff - so that's via FlyLady and working on one room at a time to repaint and freshen up.

Yesterday was a good food day -
1 - chicken that I baked with raw honey, curry powder and chili flakes - yum!
2 - more potatoes - emoticon
3 - almonds
4 - cherries
5 - latte, coffee
6 - not enough water even remotely
7 - some dark chocolate - not good quality, not worth it
8 - mushrooms

One thing I'm figuring out about eating at work - I need to stick with the small snacks (apple sauce, almonds, fruit) and not try to eat full-on meals because they just leave me feeling full and I hate working on a full stomach.

Working 11-4 today...Sundays are a short but crazy day, should be fun :) Stopping by Home Depot on the way home. Have left-over chicken to eat later. Not taking food to work because there won't be time to eat.

Have a great day!

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PHEBESS 7/28/2014 12:49AM

    Really like your colour palette - there are some great picture frames and other accent pieces at Pier 1 and TJ Maxx in those pale green tones. (I was thinking how nice they're look with white and beige walls, and brown furniture - going with aqua green accents.....)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/27/2014 10:20PM

    He's so cute!!! I wanted him. I'm such a sucker for pets!!

I have used flylady and need to get back to it.

You certainly are getting very industrious. I need to do something around here. Tackle some of the piles of my MIL's papers and such. Downsize.

This challenge will be hard for me right now. Not much time for myself. Not much energy. I am spending my time and energy taking care of Reekie and Porkie and the others. But I will work on it.

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CONFUSEDBIRD 7/27/2014 1:50PM

    Siamese make the strangest sounds, don't they? I love picking out paint colors and changing a room. Really gives you a nice fresh start on things. Have fun! I also feel like when my house is tidy and in order my eating is better. Everything is better, mood, eating and attitude.

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KAREN-IS-HERE 7/27/2014 12:15PM

    emoticon exhausted! emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 7/27/2014 11:58AM

    Whew...tired just reading all that you are going to try and accomplish.
Best of everything to you today.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/27/2014 11:30AM

    Sounds like you are gearing up for some major projects with lovely colors. I've been a busy bee lately, and love the way it makes me feel to see good changes.

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BERKCHIK 7/27/2014 11:25AM

    Pretty palette! Good luck with all the domestic/creative work :)
(I couldn't view the video but it may be my Mac OS)

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_RAMONA 7/27/2014 11:23AM

    Look at you go, LOL! Go, Eddy GO!

I don't think your inspiration is silly, and the palette is LOVELY!

I've got some ideas for the 'streaking' team/thread, but I don't have a lot of time right now. I'll get back to you later, 'k?

Beck day 8!!! Over a week.. you need some sort of reward... find some way to give yourself a blessing today!


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57 - Beck day 7

Saturday, July 26, 2014

Beck day 7 - arrange your environment
1 - clean out fridge - right now 99% Paleo
2 - pantry - I have a lot of quinoa and flour and stuff like that but none of it appeals to me so I'm ok with keeping that stuff around for DH
3 - rest of the house - this is the most important for me: if I have a neat and clean house, I tend to overall do better.

I certainly need to work on decluttering again - I have two days off together next week so I'll do it then.

Yesterday was ok but boy, oh boy, did I eat. All Paleo, but TOO MUCH.
1) watermelon
2) cherries
3) omelette
4) mushrooms
5) salmon
6) cheese (Primal)
7) coffee
8) beef
9) potatoes


Off to work, will catch up with everyone else later :)

Have a great day!

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PHEBESS 7/28/2014 12:56AM


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    Amazingly I just cleaned the fridge out a few days ago. I don't have much in there that would not be on plan. I just don't buy it much any more unless it's for hubby and I'm not tempted by his stuff. Same with pantry. I'm just maintaining with the house - no spare time right now but I did get the microwave and sink scrubbed.

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WOUBBIE 7/26/2014 2:22PM

    Maybe you could try subscribing to our "FlyLady Lite" forum thread. I post the daily Flight Plan from FlyLady's emails. Her motto is always at the bottom:

You are not behind! I don't want you to try to catch up;
I just want you to jump in where we are. O.K.?
Rock Your Routines in 2014!

It's here:


I always overeat when I'm physically tired - you mentioned needing more sleep too. Maybe that's something??

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/26/2014 12:25PM

    I have been totally out of control with cherries. (smiling) But they have a short season so I have to strike while that iron is hot.

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BERKCHIK 7/26/2014 11:18AM

    YUM! all that wonderful food is making me hungry :) --You're doing great-- It's about progress, not perfection! emoticon

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56 - Beck day 6

Friday, July 25, 2014

Nothing much new yesterday, work was fine. I was in surgery from 8 am - 1:30 pm and apparently upset one of the other doctors by busting out all of the surgeries and not leaving her with any. Oops. I just got into a groove and didn't think about it. So I bought her a little bag of Jelly Belly beans, which are shaped like little kitty and puppy ovaries...to signify every ovary I stole from her. She laughed but I felt pretty bad about it. She apparently tried to hint at me, asking if I'd like a break..instead of just saying "hey, my turn". SIGH. Being the emotional person that I am, I take these things personally so I'm doing my best not to think about it anymore. I would never make it in politics!

I also didn't take food with me and I just can't let that happen again. I absolutely HAVE to plan my lunch the night before, just like I have to keep the house clean, keep up on laundry, etc. to make me feel better and like I'm more in control. It just has to happen. I got used to a work schedule of 3 days off a week and that's just not true anymore and I need to adapt.

I'm feeling very motivated by _RAMONA's streaking thoughts and I think I'm going to join in some streaking :)


The plan for today -
1) clean/laundry, but also rest
2) buy some gold stars and post-its for motivational streaking stuff
3) plan some lunches and snacks for the next 5 days of work

Beck Day 6 - Find a diet coach
Easy! Sparkpeople and the Paleo, SmartCarbing and Living Low Carb teams!

1 - remind myself why I'm doing this - IVF is more successful in women with a normal BMI
2 - sticking with Paleo
3 - eating sitting down
4 - give myself credit - I really, really, really wanted some ice cream last night after a difficult, emotional day at work, but I didn't get any. I realized that the "emotions" were something I was creating out of nothing - what I perceived as a work altercation I allowed to bring me down, make me feel bad and think about feeding that emotion with some ice cream...but I also realized that I was a) creating that feeling out of nothing and b) perhaps creating it on purpose as an excuse to eat something bad...can we all say, "SABOTAGE"?
5 - eat slowly and mindfully

Off to do some grocery shopping!

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HONEYBEA 7/26/2014 9:46AM

    I have been doing paleo for years now. Ask me anything.

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_RAMONA 7/25/2014 5:56PM

    Hey! Thanks for the shout out!

...and for all of the encouragement and support. I think if you give it some thought, like me you'd realize that you do have some streaks under your belt already. You've already got a 6-day Beck streak!

...at which you are doing great, I might add (important insights on #4). Make this the cornerstone of your already 6-day-old streak, and keep going!

I learned long ago to reward my process, not results because the process I can control, the results not so much.

The whole sticky thing can be whatever/however you want it to be.

Honestly, I stole the idea from Shelley, and I want to be able to, at some significant future point, do a time lapse video of all of my days like she did.

In terms of how it works for me, I do what I've set for myself to do for the day (from my 6 goals/streaking points), then I put the day number on a paper, write what I did on the back, and take a picture. I like the sense of accomplishment it give me. I'm working hard at not over-complicating it, or being too perfectionistic.

Here's to streakin' TOGETHER!


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DAISYBELLEKIA 7/25/2014 2:05PM

    One of the ways I handle the time crunch each day of figuring out what to bring to work to eat is that I plan a week in advance.

I have a normal M-F, 7:30 to 4:30 schedule. I don't leave myself a lot of time in the mornings to get my food together, and if I had to do that again, I'd be late and wouldn't have time for my morning walk, so here's what I do.

I plan out a week's menu on Thursday and get a shopping list together. I usually go to 3 stores...Walmart, Sprouts & Trader Joe's. I go to Walmart during my lunch hour and get that out of the way.

After work I go to Sprouts and Trader Joe's, then home and put it all away. On Sunday after church I prep my meals for the week...cook meats, portion out vegetables and other ingredients into baggies and put it all in the refrigerator/freezer.

We have lots of refrigerator space at work, so I bring the week's worth of food to work on Monday morning and then I'm done with that for the week!

It also frees up my mornings so that I don't have to stress about remembering to grab my food before I leave for work.

Your schedule is likely different from mine, but what I've found is that planning ahead and cooking/portioning things out like that really helps keep me on track and away from splurges.

I've never heard of Beck, but it sounds like a really positive way of doing things!

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BERKCHIK 7/25/2014 1:11PM

    that sounds like a tough day. but hey, you learned something about your colleague and cleared the air, so the problem shouldn't arise again. now that it's over and you're moving on, it at least sounds like a good learning experience.

As for not being prepared with food (this works in other areas, also), one way to be prepared when you're not prepared is to--when you're relaxed and able--*identify* alternatives that you like and are still on plan in the various situations in which you frequently find yourself (like at work without prepared lunch). that way when those moments arrive, you ARE prepared. you know exactly what your "prepared alternative" choices are. it makes it much easier to stick to them than thinking of options on the fly. -just a thought :-)

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    I don't think anyone can fault you for stealing kitty and dog ovaries. Thank God for responsible pet owners!! If only our half-wit neighbors had heard of the concept.

I need to plan meals period instead of waiting until the day is over and then doing a Sling-A-Meal.

I do some streaking though not nearly enough.

A diet coach - gosh, that could be me since I used to it as part of my job and was offered a management job by a national diet chain. LOL. I do know how to do it if I would just behave.

1. I had lots to do yesterday and didn't get tired. My feet didn't hurt.
2. I ate on plan for part of the day at least. Didn't blow it too bad.
3. I ate sitting down
4.My eating was bad yesterday but I had a victory in that I didn't succumb to the clean plate club which I am an honorary member of. I ate my chicken and green beans and a couple of bites of cheesy broccoli rice and my hubby cleaned my plate. LOL.
5. I ate slowly and mindfully and quit before I was stuffed.

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54 - Beck day 5

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Yesterday was a wonderful day. Although we were basically just running "errands", we spent the whole day together and it was wonderful! We had breakfast at a little bar before our first meeting and I had a mushroom omelette with hash-browns, no toast, and water. My quick on-the-road lunch wasn't ideal, but it wasn't bad. It was a tough situation where I was either going to eat something or sit in 2 hours of traffic and starve...those are the times I end up eating ice cream or something terrible. So I had chicken tenders for lunch, but whatever. Dinner was watermelon and almonds, so at least I didn't go nuts at night (ha ha).

The financial planning meeting was good - we have to pay 1700-2500 for the actual planning and then we have yearly "maintenance" meetings that might be 200-400$ a year...so not too bad, but I don't know if that initial price is reasonable. I need to contact a few people and see if that sounds right. We aren't yet delving into investments, so this is just savings and paying off debts and such.

The specialist meeting was overwhelming. I guess I keep expecting to hear "let's try this, let's try that"...but this time it was just: IVF is your only treatment for recurrent miscarriage loss. He says that we are either truly unlucky and that's why we keep miscarrying, or something else is wrong. The only way to increase our chances of having a baby if we don't want to wait and see what happens on its own, is to go forward with IVF. So the plan now is a uterine biopsy in September and then probably start the IVF treatment in October, with transfer late November-early December. The biopsy is a new test out, which will check if my uterus is even compatible with pregnancy. It is a test that has just started being run, so I'm going for it. They use it in Europe.

Generally speaking, I'm having a hard time with my work schedule because my house is starting to get messy again and I'm not finding the energy to clean daily like I used to. I get up, have coffee, go to work...come home, eat dinner, shower and go to bed. Over and over. I'm not sure why I've suddenly hit this wall, because I am usually a morning person and can get myself out of bed early, even to clean. Now, I'm sleeping until the last possible minute. Yesterday I went to bed at 9:30 and got up today at 6:30. Who seriously needs 9 hours of sleep, lol?

Food -
1) almonds
2) watermelon
3) eggs
4) cheese
5) hashbrowns
6) chicken tenders
7) latte

Beck Day 5 - eat slowly and mindfully....


1-still focused on why I'm doing this
2-sticking to Paleo
3-mostly sitting down to eat
4-credit: had a stressful day yesterday and didn't let it affect my eating

Here is a picture of Bruce from yesterday:

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    You both certainly got a lot accomplished in a day and it's great that so much of it was centered around planning for the future.

My mom had 3 financial planners and MIL had one but I have no idea how much they charged if anything.

I would love to have some schedule around here but it seems that whatever I try to plan falls apart.

i didn't eat on plan all day today but the rest was Beck on. LOL.

I love Bruce. He really appeals to me.

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MEXGAL1 7/24/2014 6:10PM

    Love Bruce. I sure do miss my kitties. It was this time last year that I lost my little guy Lancelot. I still wait for them to jump up on my bed at night.

I will add you to my prayer list for you to have the baby you so desire. I do hope the treatment works for you and you are blessed.

Have a nice evening.

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DAISYBELLEKIA 7/24/2014 2:09PM

    Yay for pushing through :) I also have trouble with keeping the house clean; part of my challenge is a husband who collects things like empty boxes emoticon and some other stuff. I try not to get too stressed about it and purge the stuff he's keeping in the house every couple of weeks or so.

Bruce is a cutie!

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_RAMONA 7/24/2014 11:09AM

    Look at you GO! I'm so glad you enjoyed your day!

(Bruce is a cutie!)


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BERKCHIK 7/24/2014 10:39AM

    love the bruce photo--and seeing an old school macbook! ahhh... well, it's good to watch your positive progress and the IVF news is pretty exciting. thanks for sharing your news :)

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54 - Beck day 5

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

Today I have a helper with my blog. Bruce was clearly searching for attention so I set him up next to me on the desk. This is totally normal, people.

Work was ok yesterday - I got my August schedule and was again disappointed. I keep telling Zvika that I just need to let it go, focus on working and negotiate a better schedule at my 1 year review...but I still find myself getting all worked up. I made the mistake of voicing my frustrations to my colleagues and now I'm feeling bad about it because I don't want to be "that" person. I need to focus and not get so dramatic at work.

I don't know what it is about vet clinics, but we tend to have "themes". Like, one day we may have one foreign body after another. Another day, it might be a hit-by-car one right after the next. Yesterday, it was whelping bitches in distress. We literally had 3 in a row, lol. The first went to c-section/spay. The second I sent home to keep monitoring and I don't know what happened with the third because I was off at 6. Craziness!

Food was good
1 - almonds
2 - watermelon
3 - salmon
4 - potato
5 - latte(s)

Not a whole lot of variety, but that's ok. I was satisfied and I do love that salmon :)

Today is a "big" day. Zvika and I are going to a financial planner and then to sit down with the specialist. I realize he probably won't have anything new to say (for which I'll pay $300), but this is the first step in starting IVF. I'm very nervous but am actually more excited about spending the day with Zvika!

Beck day 5 - give yourself credit
1 - I came back to SP even though I really, really, really thought I might be done...but I knew better, lol.
2 - I apologized quickly for blowing my top yesterday (toward Zvika)
3 - I've been packing work lunches NO MATTER WHAT!

To keep up with Beck you actually need to be fulfilling your tasks daily, so here's a quick recap so that I keep myself in line:
1 - advantages of losing weight - seeing them already, 2 pounds down. Clothing still tight and uncomfortable, but I'll get there.
2 - two reasonable diets - Paleo and no cheats!
3 - eat sitting down

Have a great day, everyone!

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PHEBESS 7/24/2014 3:13AM

    Sounds like things are coming together - not perfect yet, it never is, but getting closer to the way you want things to be.

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_RAMONA 7/23/2014 5:26PM

    I have a typing buddy, too, LOL!

Lie is life is life is life. I think you are doing pretty darn well on all fronts (a big YEAH! for the lunches).

Enjoy your day with Zvitka! Love is a balm to all things!


Now for the other stuff... I shall (seems I've just been waiting for the stars to align)! Will you join me? How can I help you?


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DAISYBELLEKIA 7/23/2014 5:13PM

    You're doing such a great job! I'm really impressed that you are recognizing things that are problems and are taking steps :) That is not easy for anyone to do. Woohoo!!!

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WOUBBIE 7/23/2014 4:09PM

    I like the "giving yourself credit part!!

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MEXGAL1 7/23/2014 1:10PM

    Glad to hear you are still sticking with your plan. Work schedules can suck. I am thankful to be retired...but I so remember not liking the huge amount of hours I had to work.
Deep breaths.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/23/2014 12:13PM

    LOL. I love cats!!

Although I can understand about not getting upset I think it's a good idea to reiterate what kind of schedule works for you. Like my former boss said, the squeaky wheel gets the grease and no one wants to work all of the leftover crap.

The animal hospital we go to is the same way. We have to stay for long periods of time so we see lots of pets come and go. Some days are cat day, some are big dog days, some are little dog days, and some days they have tons of emergencies. Some days people drop in to get nails trimmed and vaccines.

Beck day 5 - give yourself credit

I. my energy is returning, my clothes are a little more comfortable, I look the same pretty much, I feel healthier
2.I'm on diet one pretty much.
3. eating slow while sitting down
4 and 5. I'm managing stress better amd sleeping more.

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SLIMMERJESSE 7/23/2014 11:58AM

    Hope wonderful things happen today on your big day. Big hug.

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BERKCHIK 7/23/2014 10:58AM

    good progress. nice!

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