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What a Day: Tales of Faceplants and Barfs Within

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Well, today was just lovely.


Work was just insanely busy, and of course I was a day behind on everything because I had called out yesterday. We've got this huge event coming up this weekend, and absolutely no one is ready or even remotely in gear for it, at all. So I spent the day alternately cracking the whip and working at light speed, trying to get everything done.

We're not even remotely close.

Then, around 4:15, the evening girl calls in and says she just left the hospital. That she had to get a pain shot for a migraine. Hey - been there, done that - I understand. So she couldn't drive and wouldn't be in. I gave the other evening part-timer a call and ... no answer. SO! After working the entire day shift, I had to work the evening shift as well.

Come to find out, the girl that called in told another coworker that she didn't intend to come in today. She had a bad attitude last night, as well. So, sent that information on up the chain.

Finally, finally walk home and it's actually quite tolerable outside. But wait! My freakin' phone is busted. Or possessed. I vote possessed, since it keeps randomly turning the volume UPPPP and dooownnn and UUUUPPP and doooowwwn. And won't let me adjust it at all.


Then I get home and attempt to jump on the bike for 45 minutes because I skipped my workout yesterday and really need to do a full hour every day this week. I'm humming along, up until 35:02. Which when two things happened.

1) I hit my new personal top speed best: 23.4 mph.

2) My phone takes a F*&^ing swan dive off the holder and plummets to the ground.

The phone is unharmed. I, however, am not. You see, by instinct when something falls... you catch it? Or try. Which is what I did.

And fell.


Off my bike.

On to my face.

Did you ever hear anyone tell you that when exercising at a significantly intense pace, never EVER stop abruptly? Here's why: It's terrible. Your head spins, your heart jackhammers out of your chest, and you get the mother of all abdominal cramps.

At least, that's what happened to me.

To my credit, I hauled myself back up on the bike. I tried to go that last 10 minutes! I tried super hard. After all, my rule had not yet been invoked.

(For those just tuning in, my exercise rule is that I am not allowed to stop prematurely unless I puke, pass out, or perish.)

And then I very nearly threw up. And I would have, if I had eaten anything recently. I had breakfast at 8:30 and lunch at 3:00, but that's it. By this point in my workout, there was nothing to vomit.

But my stomach made a valiant effort all the same.

So I drank a Powerade:Zero and accepted that the last 10 minutes of my cardio may not happen today. Maybe I'll do some extra ST instead.

And I'll try again tomorrow.

PS: It's okay if the imagery of me falling on to my face made you laugh - god knows I did.

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GRACEMCC45 7/15/2012 3:55PM

    New rule: falling on your face is reason enough to end a workout.

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MUSOLF6 7/11/2012 5:13PM

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PUNKY100 7/11/2012 1:56PM

    Oy vay...I have totally been there covering for someone's shift when they just didn't feel like coming in. You just want to scream at them 'Well I didn't either!! And I definitely don't want to stay because of YOUR lazy @ss!!' but those people just don't care about anyone else, so they wouldn't even be fazed by it. Ugh. Hopefully everything can calm down after this weekend so you can feel less stressed!

As for the whole phone/bike thing, I did do one of those 'awwwww I hope she's alright!' and then I did giggle at the thought of you faceplanting reaching for your phone. I am no stranger to faceplants, and always seem to find them funny as long as the person is ok!

Congrats on the PB on your bike, that's some amazing speed! I think your phone decided to jump ship because it hates you now haha. I'm glad you tried, and I'm glad you didn't push it when you realized it wasn't going to happen. That's how people really get hurt!! At least that day is over now! :-D

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SOUL2SHINE79 7/11/2012 12:58PM

    You're awesome! I love your dedication! Even though you had a bad day...you didn't let it get in the way of your exercise! emoticon You go girl! emoticon

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MRS_RAQUEL 7/11/2012 9:32AM

    What a long and tough day. Great job on still finding time to work out ! emoticon

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HAPPYERIN 7/11/2012 9:28AM

    Oh man! What a day you had, one thing going wrong after another! The cosmic forcers were playing a bad trick on you. I hope you weren't too badly when you fell -- I hope you have a better day today! Sounds like you need a mini-vacation!

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AMANDA_AGAIN 7/11/2012 8:44AM

    Totally possessed! You phone is trying to kill you!

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    Oh Em! How terrible. I'm not laughing. Good luck today with your event.

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PATTIE441 7/10/2012 10:58PM

    Oh my goodness girl! That sounds like a day I had not too long ago. You have a lot of dedication and I think you are amazing! emoticon

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Gallstones? Not a good night.

Monday, July 09, 2012

So, over the last 2 months, I've been woken up in the middle of the night with sharp, stabbing pain like 3 times. The kind of real, serious pain that makes you sweat and cry. And throw up.

And it lasts for hours.

Last night, I had another episode like that and was up from midnight until 4:00AM, just standing up, sitting down, laying down, walking around, etc etc etc trying to get this freaking pain to go away. Eventually, around 4:15 I fell back to sleep on the couch and around 6, I woke up and went back to bed.

Overall, a terrible night's sleep. I had to call out of work this morning, as 3 hours of broken sleep just aren't enough for me.

Evidently, losing a significant amount of weight in a short period of time can lead to gallstones, whose symptoms are exactly what I was feeling. Also, it seems like surgery is really the only thing they do for that. Which I can't afford, since I don't have health insurance.

Siiiiiiiiiiiiiigh. I went and took a nap from 8:00 to 12:00, so I'm up to 7 cumulative hours of sleep for the day. I still feel foggy, but I'm going to get in a full 45 minute workout this afternoon, do some dishes and clean the house.

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PUNKY100 7/11/2012 1:38PM

    God, I hope this doesn't happen to me...sounds almost like kidney stones...impossible to get comfortable and crying because of the pain. I would definitely look into what could at least make you feel better. :-( I hope the pain goes away soon, it's so unbearable!

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SOUL2SHINE79 7/11/2012 12:53PM

    Ouch! I hope they go away for you! emoticon

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HAPPYERIN 7/10/2012 8:39AM

    Oh man, that's terrible! I'd never heard that before -- that gallstones can be caused by weight loss? Sheesh! Hope you can find something to alleviate it!

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SUZRAI 7/9/2012 11:36PM

    sorry to hear this. I hope you feel better.

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GRACEMCC45 7/9/2012 5:01PM

    Do some research for foods that help (or at least hinder less) with gallstone issues. You may have to play with your fats and sodium to decrease the pain.

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MUSOLF6 7/9/2012 2:04PM

    So sorry to hear that. That is some bad pain. emoticon emoticon

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When I'm Halfway There

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I'm really close to my "halfway" mark, I just realized today. I might even hit it in July!

In February, I set out to lose 124 pounds - from 304 to 180. At 62 pounds lost, or 242 pounds, I really want to do something big for myself. I'm currently at 248, so I'm super close! I've been looking at special clothing splurges, thinking of doing a "half" party theme, all kinds of crazy ideas so far. I really need to go back to one of my first blogs and figure out what my halfway reward was originally planned to be.

What about you guys? Did you/will you do anything special for your halfway point?

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PUNKY100 7/11/2012 1:31PM

    How did I get behind on your blogs?!?! Well now I'm going to comment on all of them! Haha. I think getting like a couple things clothes-wise would be awesome, then you can see what size you fit into which would be another great motivator!!

I'm super excited for you to hit the halfway mark!! That will be so awesome!!

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SOUL2SHINE79 7/11/2012 12:51PM

    Way to go Emma! Woohoo! emoticon

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GRACEMCC45 7/9/2012 4:59PM

    New clothes! And go shoe shopping too, you'd be surprised, I lost a full shoe size (for the most part) by the time I ended my weight loss! Kind of crazy!

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HAPPYERIN 7/8/2012 6:38PM

    Although it wasn't really intended as a halfway goal, I'm going to get myself a subscription to a magazine with healthy recipes. I just bought a few different ones to help me decide which one suits me. I'm always looking for new healthy meals, so hopefully I'll get some good ones from it!

New clothes are ALWAYS a good motivator, I'm slowly realizing! Just trying things on in sizes that might not have fit you a few months ago is a big grin-generating experience! Have fun!

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MUSOLF6 7/8/2012 11:34AM

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KDAILEY70 7/7/2012 10:34PM

    I hadn't even considered a half idea. I am just looking at small goals, as I just started. Shoot for the moon- half way is quite an achievement.

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Today's Menu - In Pictures!

Saturday, July 07, 2012

I've had a ton of people ask what I'm eating nowadays. It's pretty standard, regular stuff. So let me preface by saying: Yes, this is really everything I ate today. Yes, the portions are real and this is really, really the kind of stuff I eat everyday. Yes, there's too much sodium for most people, but I have chronically low blood pressure and this is actually a tenable level for me.


Two "Power Grains" waffles by Van's Naturals and 1/2 cup of cherries. Yummers. 217 Calories: 35g carbs, 5g fat and 11g protein.


Eight baby carrots and a 50 calorie pack of delicious jerky, plus two tootsie rolls because I had a sweet tooth today. The constant lack of sleep this week has made me carbinsane. That's actually water in the powerade bottle - I reuse all my plastic bottles for at least a week. 143 Calories: 22g carbs, 2g fat and 10g protein.


And by Lunch, I mean "It's 4PM, why haven't I eaten yet?!" Work was insane, so when I finally left (90 minutes after I was supposed to) I was starved. Tofutti vegan pizza with the hilarious addition of turkey pepperoni, and a tossed salad on the side. Again, yum. A whopping 605 calories, but 3 servings of veggies. 78g carbs, 19g fat, 28g protein.

Video gamey Snack:

C is still on his night-schedule, even though he's off work for a few days. This means that I won't cook dinner until probably 9:30 tonight and I'm hungry by 7:15. This is a cup of the same whole, organic cherries I had at breakfast with a serving of high fiber wheat thins and a pat of "garden veggie" cheese. 239 calories: 41g carbs, 8g fat and 5g protein.


Smothered chicken breasts and broccoli - heaven! 5 oz of boneless/skinless chicken breast with mushrooms, covered over with "Healthy Request" low sodium/fat cream of mushroom soup. Seal up the pan and the flavor cooks in. I only dollop about 2 tbsp of the sauce over mine and C gets the rest. Plus a cup of steamed broccoli! 240 Calories: 15g carbs, 4g fat, and 37g protein.


My Spark recommended intake is 1600-2000 calories a day. I have actually been eating between 1400 and 1750 for the last week, trying to hit around 1550 -1600. I was at about 1400 after dinner and decided to have a serving of ice cream because it's Friday and I can. This is two 1/4 cup scoops of Oreo Blast ice cream. 140 Calories: 21g carbs, 6g fat, 2g protein.

Hooray! That was my daily "diet" in pictures. The candies and ice cream are something I only do a couple times a month anymore, but I wanted to be totally honest about what I actually ate today. So there you have it! 1583 calories, 212g carbs, 44g fat and 92g protein. Not too shabby!

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GRACEMCC45 7/9/2012 4:58PM

    Looks yummy! Except the cherries - bleck. Peaches, strawberries, bananas, kiwis, oranges, raspberries ( I could go on and on, I'm on a major fruit kick!) are all *way* yummier substitutes if you ask me! emoticon

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SOUL2SHINE79 7/7/2012 11:05PM

    Looks delicious! I love fresh cherries! Yum!

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HAPPYERIN 7/7/2012 8:38AM

    Good choices and a pretty healthy day! Especially considering the craziness at work -- I find those are the days I feel like slipping a little and have to keep myself extra focused on eating right!

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BANANAFANNAH 7/7/2012 8:31AM

    Loved this :)

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GONEWLIFE 7/7/2012 12:14AM

    looks great !

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HOSHIKIMI 7/7/2012 12:03AM

    Wow that looks like a yummy day!

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Thursday, July 05, 2012

Yesterday was Independence Day, but we really didn't do any celebrating. C had to work an overnight and slept all day. I played a video game and tried to comfort my dog. She has some PTSD after a kid threw a firecracker at her last year - before, no problem with fireworks. After, peeing in terror every time one goes off.

It's been a hard week. Lots of valerian and chamomile, belly rubs and special treats. She's a cool dog, but we have a lot of work to do to get her over this one.

Anyway, C got up around 6 and I made him something to eat, and as I'm cooking he mentions that the landlord is coming over to fix my leaky sink - finally - "tomorrow." aka Today. So after cooking, I had an hour of cleaning to do because I've been slacking on the housework this week.

After cleaning for an hour, I did 45 minutes of cardio and then took a shower. By this time, it's about 8:00. I tried playing another hour of my video game, folded laundry... and then sat and listened to various explosions from 10:00 until 1:30am. Then, it was C's half night... so he came home around 2:30a. And then the came to bed around 5:30a... and then it started thunderstorming around 6:00am...

So I essentially got 4 hours of very broken sleep. Not cool.

That old axiom about "poor food choices being caused by lack of sleep," is totally true. This morning, although I had my regular breakfast of cereal and milk (260 calories) when I got to work, I ate an oatmeal cookie out of the breakroom (200 calories) and I currently have a mini-tootsie pop in my mouth (17 calories). So far, it's just been carbs, carbs, carbs. Ugh.

For lunch, despite the outrageous heat, I'm going to walk the 5 blocks and buy a salad instead of ordering in a sandwich like I'd planned. I'm going to have a snack of carrots and get this day back on freakin' track. Carbmonster, go away!

However, I might have to have a rest day today instead of Sunday. With the landlord coming over to fix the sink and the 100+ degree heat to walk home in combining with the total lack of sleep... I think I'll need to take it easy today. I'll have my walk at lunch, and I'll have my walk home... but that might just do it for today.

Also, I stepped on the scale this morning, out of pure curiosity... 247. What is going on? I'm not complaining, obviously, but it's just really strange. I lost 7 pounds in June, total. It's been July for 5 days and I've lost 5 pounds. That means I only have 13 pounds left to lose by August 17. Which is about 2.25 pounds a week, and seems very doable.

I guess I really need to look at my exercise and nutrition for the month of June vs. now and see what I'm doing differently.

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MUSOLF6 7/6/2012 8:05AM

    Poor dog....our dogs are terrified of the firecrackers and thunderstorms. emoticon

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PUNKY100 7/6/2012 6:23AM

    I have a theory that when we are tired, we eat to stay awake. A co-worker did exactly this the other day, and she even said 'I gotta grab something to munch on to stay awake' and when that happens, we grab what is available...usually those things you have been purposefully NOT eating! :-P I have had to purposefully ignore the call of the cheesy poofs that has been racking my brain at work lately...

I hope the rest of your day went as you planned, and I can't imagine walking outside for more than about 3 blocks...good for you!! I hope you got some sleep last night too. I have been horrible about getting sleep this week. :/

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HAPPYERIN 7/5/2012 9:08PM

    Oh my god, what kind of kid throws a FIRECRACKER???? That is horrible. If someone did that to me I'd be freaked out too!

Lack of sleep makes me crave carbs too! Why is that? It's never chocolate, or ice cream, or candy...it's always carbs! There has to be something biological about that. Hope you get a good night's rest!

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GRACEMCC45 7/5/2012 2:47PM

    Poor puppy!! And poor Emma!! Hope you get some rest today, definitely don't force yourself to exercise if you are this tired. The walks in the heat will be enough!

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SOUL2SHINE79 7/5/2012 2:21PM

    You're doing awesome Emma! I totally understand about the sleep/carb thing....the less sleep I got when my youngest was new born the more sugar/junk I craved and gave into....anyway you got this! You have smart ways to do what you can do on less sleep, the walks and not pushing yourself too hard when you're exhausted. Sorry about your dog having PTSD from the fireworks...some punk teenager did the same thing to my elderly grandfather about 5 years ago on the 4th of July, threw a firecracker at his feet on purpose, and scared the crap out of him....I thought my dad was going to punch the kid in the face! Some kids these days! emoticon emoticon

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