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Still painting...

Friday, August 03, 2012

Well, take two on the kitchen/dinette is going slowly. The ceiling is done and I'm now working on edges for the new color (which, by the way, is so similar to the original color that it's hard to see where I've painted and where I haven't).

May the Lord BLESS the person who said that painting IS exercise! I've thought of them with gratitude each time I've gone up and down the ladder.

I'll be glad when this project is done because I don't think I want to see a paint brush again for a long, long time.

I'm trying to run a 5K three times a week with all of this painting going on. As soon as it's over I'll get back to my dumbbells, hopefully with a new enthusiasm.

Maine is only a few weeks away at this point and I doubt I'll meet that elusive 139 lbs goal. The kitchen has been a mess with the project and I haven't been eating very well.

But, at least the kitchen/dinette will look nice!


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EDITOR 8/3/2012 5:55AM

    I'll take that blessing because I know from experience. I don't know how you manage, I really don't, except that I have a few years on you. When you are done with this remake project, you can tell your men you need breakfast in bed. My muscles would be so sore.
I always wanted the house to look nice and fresh. That is the satisfaction you will have, along with a surprising buffer look to the lower body to give you legs to run your competition. I can't get hubby to paint. We are going to hire someone so this is why I am stoked for you! A trip down memory lane. emoticon

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PICKIE98 8/3/2012 5:45AM

    I know how you feel with that paintbrush. When we totally gutted our kitchen, I decided to go with a totally different color! SO glad I did,, It was so easy to see spots that I missed. I hope you show pics next time!!

I also saw something in Architectural Digest: When painting the ceiling, before the walls, you paint a 1/4 inch down below the ceiling,(onto the wall) white,(tape it off) then paint your walls their color. IT adds some detail without having to add crown molding, it draws the eye up and around, making your room appear higher and longer!
Looks nice..
Cannot wait to see your results!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 8/3/2012 5:35AM

    You are doing marvelous and when you are finished it will look tgeriffic too! Keep sparking also! :)

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Runing before painting

Monday, July 30, 2012

I took last week off from exercising because I finally mustered up the courage to do something about the contractor white on white theme of our new home.

It will be a year at the end of August that we're in the house and it was time to get brave and make a bold move, hoping for beautiful.

Win some. Lose some.

So the kitchen/dinette turned out orange. At least I never fell off the ladder or off the counter tops as I stood on tippy-toes to reach the ceiling.

They boys love it! They say it reminds them of our favorite Mexican food restaurant in CT - not the look I was going for...

I'm going to take another crack at it this week, but I couldn't take another week off from exercising, so I got up early, ran a 5K, got the house moving in the right direction and get back to it.

I'm sorry I haven't been a very good SP team this past week. I'm still in the game!


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EGRACE5 7/30/2012 3:31PM

    Hind sight is always 20/20! Wish I had done as much with the orange...

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MARYJOANNA 7/30/2012 3:09PM

  You are wise to buy sample cans of paint. That way, you eliminate them one by one. Best wishes!

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EDITOR 7/30/2012 12:41PM

    Painting--that is exercise. Hope your family appreciates what you did and glad to see you did run today. emoticon

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EGRACE5 7/30/2012 11:51AM

    The photo doesn't do it justice. It's a true pumpkin, although the name of the paint was "allspice".

Should have been an indicator right there.

I just bought several little sample cans of paint to testing out various areas in the two rooms (kitchen/dinette) and will let the light hit them for 24 hours before I commit to the "take two" round.

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CANDYGRAM36 7/30/2012 9:56AM

    Hmm, I like it and agree with LookingUp2012 that it looks like a warm butterscotch in the photo. Must read different in person. Have fun painting and post pics of the new color. emoticon

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LOOKINGUP2012 7/30/2012 9:49AM

    Lovely picture. The color looks butterscotch in the pic. I like it. warm and cozy. May be different in person. Sparking does take a lot of time. I always feel like it is worth the time to record food and exercise on busy days. Sometimes I don't get to the food part. Enjoy those boys!

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5K in the HEAT of the day...not so much!

Monday, July 23, 2012

Wow, did I ever get whooped by the heat/sun/humidity this morning.

I tried to run my 5K and all the looking at my feet and repeating, "you can do it, you can do it" didn't cut the mustard today.

After about two and a half miles I really felt dizzy and like I was going to faint, so I finally gave in and walked home. I just couldn't keep going. It's only 86 degrees, but I was in the scorching sun and it's very humid.

I've never seem my face so red.

Once I got home I jogged inside until I finished the 5K.

So I finished a 5K but my time was 13 minutes a mile instead of my usual 12.

Note to self: GET out there before it gets too hot and sunny you lazy bum!

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EDITOR 7/23/2012 11:22AM

    You are not a lazy bum. DH and I get out there almost at sunrise and all we do is walk anymote.

Dizzy is something that just don't cut it, yet you compensated and ran the course!

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Jr. SP BFF & Son

Friday, July 20, 2012

My 14 year old son, Joshua, is a sweetheart!

Today he was my "payday grocery shopping" sidekick and while buzzing from one store to another I shared with him my sugar challenges of late.

Josh, who was holding the 4 page grocery list, immediately scratched a few things off the list, including:

- Ice cream
- Ice cream cones
- Sprinkles

I protested, "But Josh, it's the summer and you love an ice cream cone treat. That's so nice of you, but you don't have to do that."

Josh encouraged me that my sugar-free efforts were important and that we could all make sacrifices to help me to be successful.


Then, later on, when it was time to purchase our special dessert for family movie/pizza night, Josh decided we'd have a fresh fruit salad and that he'd make it up himself.

Again I say, SO SWEET!

So here's a photo of my handsome, fruit-wielding son, Joshua.

Day two - I come! (Thanks to a little help from all of my SP friends!)

Have a GREAT weekend!


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CANDYGRAM36 7/22/2012 9:01AM

    emoticon! We need more nice young men like him in this world. Your emoticon must be busting with pride. Good job!!

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CANADIANGIRL15 7/20/2012 8:54PM

    Aww, that's so thoughtful. Fruit salad looks yummy! emoticon

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DLDMIL 7/20/2012 7:28PM

    How sweet. emoticon

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EDITOR 7/20/2012 6:52PM

    Nothing like a wonderful son watching your back!

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Eating out of control :o(

Friday, July 20, 2012

I'm not sure what is going on with me. I was on such a good, strong and positive roll.

My eating this past week is really all over the map. I'm also not being faithful with my dumbbell routine like I was.

I've run a 5K three times in the past week. I'm not sure if that is making me insanely hungry or what, but my portions are blown out of the water, salad is nowhere on my plate and carbs RULE!

Being a vegan vegetarian (no meat, dairy, eggs) it's not like I'm eating bacon cheeseburgers with fries or anything, but rather it's things like two HUGE bowls of homemade (oil-free) pesto pasta. I even grew the basil and parsley myself! I can't even guess how many servings of pasta I'm eating (there were leftovers and they called to me for lunch...)

I'm having a serious sugar issue, too. Every single day I try to go sugar-free and by the close of the day I have sugar.

On Wednesday night someone handed me a piece of chocolate cake and I ate it! White sugar, white flour no doubt eggs and dairy.

It's like I have exactly zero will power.

I actually had trouble sleeping last night because I was so disappointed and discouraged at this week's eating.

On a positive note, I've been having green smoothies for breakfast. That's one good thing.

I haven't had any candy. That's another good thing.

Last night my husband, who just got back from a business trip, asked me out for an ice cream cone. I LOVE a small coconut sorbet with chocolate sprinkles on a cake cone.

I wish I said, "Thanks honey, but how about I slice us up an apple and you join me on the porch? I'm watching the sunset..."

Instead I said, "Yeah buddy! Let's go!"


I'd guess there's more calories in my sweet treat than I burn in running a 5K.

I wish I could buy one of those plastic 5 lbs of fat models. I think that would be a good motivator for me to stick with the plan.

Well today is payday grocery shopping and being the mother of three teen boys, I better get to it. It's also family pizza/movie night which is a family favorite.

Have a great weekend everyone!


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EDITOR 7/20/2012 2:27PM

    I am praying your motivation comes back to you!

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SWAZY33 7/20/2012 11:28AM

    I hear ya! I feel like I need to sew my mouth shut sometimes!
emoticon and emoticon are my kryptonite!
I wish I had stronger will power. I get so frustrated when I eat when I'm not hungry just cause my husband brought me home my favorite ice cream!

Enjoy your emoticonnight!

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 7/20/2012 10:21AM

    Maybe it's the weather but I've been out of control this week with my eating too. Need. To. Get. A. Grip!! Now! :)

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SHEILAJ2008 7/20/2012 9:19AM

    I totally understand where you're coming from. I've been experiencing a total lack of determination to continue with my work out routine and I've also been craving sweets which is something I don't normally do! In my experience, I think the "all-or-nothing" mentality is self-destructive so I would say to you to allow for so much sugar each day, but not too much. You're human and our hormones play an important role in our cravings due to an increased level of the stress hormone cortisol which produces sugar/carb cravings. A lack of sleep also does the same thing. I've at least been determined to eat right and track my food even though I haven't gained the desire to work out again. I know I will and I figure that I've probably got so much on my plate right now, that I need to focus on some things more than others. Not that working out isn't important, but at least I'm being careful with what I eat. sometimes I revert back to baby steps, and that's okay if that's all I can do at the time.

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JAMIELOGICAL 7/20/2012 9:10AM

    My eating has been just terrible as well. Monday is my normal high-calorie day, so I don't hold that one against myself really, but with Clyde dying on Wednesday I at half a large pizza and eight boneless buffalo wings with blue cheese dressing. Then yesterday I was still really depressed about Clyde. I made it through most of the day on plan, but late in the evening I asked my husband to make me a peanut butter and jelly sandwich, which put me way over on calories, because I was supposed to have been done eating for the day.

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