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Jaynee, GET A GRIP!

Saturday, December 20, 2014

After 18 months on maintenance, I find myself up almost 10# from the low end of my weight range. That means I am up 5 pounds from my goal weight, or topping out the top of my goal range.



This can't wait for the new year. I am NOT going to make this a weight gain. I know that some of this is water. Not all of it, though.



Now is the time. 5 days before Christmas. This will be gone by the end of January. Because I know what to do. Because I can. Because I am worth it.

  
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NEW-CAZ 12/21/2014 2:39AM

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DETERMINEDJANET 12/20/2014 10:28PM

    You can do it!!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/20/2014 7:59PM

    You can lose those few pounds by the end of the year! I know you can! Because you are definitely worth it! Hope you're having a great day!
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ERIN_POSCH 12/20/2014 5:45PM

    you sure are worth it... you can do it! believe it and you will achieve it =)

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Norman, The Cancer Center Elf

Friday, December 19, 2014

I am too cheap to buy an actual Elf on a Shelf, but I do 'elf' activity for the cancer center staff and for the oncologist's office in which my office is located. Today I will show what Norman, the CCC elf has been up to...











He was pretty naughty this day and the nurses ended up throwing a condom at him. They were afraid that slutty Barbie was going to transmit some nasty STD to him!





















And finally, today's---



I'm not sure what he will do on Monday, but Tuesday he will have a birthday party for Jesus.



  
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ERIN_POSCH 12/20/2014 5:52PM

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SPARKASAURUS 12/20/2014 2:04AM

    It's a running joke at my house, that although I LOVE all things Christmas- I cannot F*cking stand that elf on a shelf.

It's unreasonable, my distain for this creature. I don't even understand it myself. My husband teases me all the time.

I work with kids!! I don't know what my problem is! he just looks like a smug son-of-a-biscuit, and it drives me nuts.

Yours is cute though- I like him!! And if he's your secret buddy, I KNOW he's doing good things!

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KRISTA987 12/19/2014 8:28PM

    So cute! Looks like fun emoticon

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DETERMINEDJANET 12/19/2014 7:37PM

    I like your elf better because it is different! Norman has been up to a lot this season!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/19/2014 5:46PM

    Your Elf is absolutely adorable! "too cute!" I hope you have a Fantastic Friday!
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    Cute.

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Chex Mix Overage

Monday, December 15, 2014

If I had to name one food that I can't get enough of, it would be Chex Mix. I love the stuff, particularly homemade. What isn't to love? Crispy cereal, mixed nuts, butter, salt and garlic. Ok, it has a few other items, but that is the important stuff.

The office scout elf, Norman, made Chex Mix last week.



I titled this blog "Chex Mix Overage". In my 'previous life', that would have meant a whole batch of Chex Mix down before stopping. Now it means that I ate 4 1/2c servings for a total of 2 cups (about 500+ calories). Yes, it was too much. Yes, I tracked it. Yes, I still came in under calories for the day. Yes, I would have stopped before I ate the 2nd, 3rd and 4th servings if I didn't have the calories available.

The lesson here is that you CAN change your habits, or alter them to be wiser. I may still overeat the Chex Mix, but the amount that I overeat and even the definition of 'overeat' has changed.

This year, I am thin and healthy for Christmas. This year, I will overeat within my calorie range. This year, I will eat and act like a skinny person. Won't you join me? I am looking forward to the NOT making a "Lose 10 (50, 100) pounds New Year's resolution in 3 weeks. You can make this the last year that you do. Won't you join me?


  
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SPARKASAURUS 12/17/2014 1:18AM

    Oh heck yeah I'll join you!! Would you happen to have any Chex Mix though? emoticon

Great blog!!!

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SAL1512 12/16/2014 2:45PM

    A co-worker of mine used to make Chex Mix every Christmas. It's things like that I miss about my old job.
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BUTTONPOPPER1 12/16/2014 7:41AM

    What a great blog! You were very honest and wise about the Chex Mix, not turning what you recognized as "too much" into an endless binge! I could sure learn a lot from you, because I'm one of those people you're referring to who make that "lose weight" resolution, every single year. And that's always my ONLY resolution! Your attitude is really realistic and inspirational.

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/15/2014 6:13PM

    I think you're doing fabulous this holiday season! I love what you said, "I will eat and act like a skinny person!" I am so proud of you! Hope you have a wonderful Monday and a fabulous week full of lots of love and happiness!
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TERI-RIFIC 12/15/2014 1:17PM

    Way to go. I'm in. I'll have a PSL and plan it in the tracker. Good advice.

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ERIN_POSCH 12/15/2014 1:16PM

    i'm with you.... i'm not about to gain just to loose the same pounds over and over.

great choices....woohoo you!!!

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LADYDL 12/15/2014 12:18PM

    I do like the homemade Chex Mix..I haven't had that in about 20 years, so....I don't need it now!

I did have about 3/4 cup of ice cream yesterday. It was a great treat!

I am lucky in that my Christmas day food is going to be like any other day. We are just planning on a normal meal. No pies, cakes, cookies, Christmas candy. So thankful that those things won't be in the house!!

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SNOWANGELS1 12/15/2014 11:27AM

    You are right....what's not to love about Chex Mix emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/15/2014 11:26AM

    I make a pledge to myself to stay within 3 pounds of goal over Crimbo, so far I've not had to panic come the new year and I enjoy the festive feasting!
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Dr. Elmo's Reindeer Rap

Friday, December 12, 2014



https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ryqy
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I laugh and love this song, though I hate rap, It is just funny! Unlike the end of this song, though, I want you and me to be diligent throughout the season and not have to worry about the "after".

Here are the lyrics so you can read along as the song is "sung".

View Lyrics: Reindeer Rap - Dr. Elmo

Thanksgiving’s over, Mrs. Claus and I wuz pickin’ at the turkey carcass
When she sez Santa, we’re getting so fat there’ll be no place to park us

She goes how you gonna squeeze that gut of yours into your Santa Claus suit?
You’ve got one big belly above your belt, and a belly below to boot

I go sweetie you’re getting those yule log legs, so forgive me when I say
With Christmas comin’ it won’t be easy to keep you out of foods way

Well you’ve got guts and may I say they get bigger every day
The elves and the reindeer they been talkin’, and here’s what the Reindeer say

Chorus:
There ain’t no way we can pull that sleigh lessen you go on a diet
Ho ho no, we won’t go, lessen you go on a diet

At first I said this is silly, my belly ain’t no big thing
But then I thought, it takes a lot to make a reindeer sing

Then a light went on and I confessed my weight might be a factor
As I pondered Donder’s acupuncture, and Blitzen’s chiropractor

The sight of the reindeer’s furrowed brows was more than I could take
I drooled as I dreamed of those little green things in Mrs. Claus’ fruitcake

There ain’t no way we can pull that sleigh lessen you go on a diet
Yo Kris Kringle, our bells won’t jingle lessen you go on a diet

While sugarplums danced in my plump little head, Mrs. Claus had other plans
She caucused with the reindeer, and they issued these demands:

You got three weeks to shrink those cheeks, the dilemma made me shivery
With these buns of lard it’s gonna be hard to make that Christmas delivery

In the wink of an eye I knew what to do, and boy it had to be radical
My lust for Mrs. Claus’ crusts was going on sabbatical

There ain’t no way we can pull that sleigh lessen you go on a diet
Hey big dude call us rude, but you gotta go on a diet

I was doin’ more aerobics than all seven Lords a leapin’
And taking medication to reduce me while I’m sleepin’

The pounds peeled off like Christmas wrap until I got quite scanty
The elves they took one look and cried, “What have you done with Santy?”

We knew in a flash it wouldn’t be Christmas without my jelly belly
So Rudolph the red faced reindeer raced down to the North Pole deli

They stuffed me like a Christmas goose as I declared with laughter
Eat, drink and be merry and start the diet after.

We’ll find a way to pull that sleigh, or there’s gonna be a riot
Hey big guy, we’re gonna fly and you don’t have to diet!

Yes, we’ll find a way to pull that sleigh, and we can’t wait to try it
‘Tis the season, there’s no reason you should have to diet



  
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So much to be thankful for

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

We live in an era that allows us many comforts that we would not have a few generations ago.

As I traveled across the country to marry my husband, I thought about the 'mail order brides' in pioneer days and how they left their families never to see them again and never to her their voices again. We have phone, email, post office, video, voice recordings, planes, trains and automobiles.

When we get sick, we can call a medical doctor, a doctor of osteopathy, a naturalist, a chiropractor, or any of numerous kinds of practitioners. Cancer, once named, was a death sentence. Now, many are cured. We know how to maximize our health and minimize our risks, though few actually take advantage of that.

I admit to being a hard @$$ about this particular point. I feel that if I am not taking care of my health I have no right to complain when my body rebels. That is precisely why I started this journey. I have little patience with those who complain about their diabetes, sore knees and back, nausea, heart burn, etc, when they continue to eat garbage and not move. If you are not interested in your health, why should anyone else be?

We live in an era where there are not only dieticians, nutritionists, herbalists, doctors, naturopaths and more to consult with and advise on improving your health, but there are a myriad of self-help books and websites to do the same. Such is the case with Sparkpeople. We have resources unlimited in Sparkpeople. We have dieticians, and fitness coaches as staff, but there are also doctors, nurses, and other practitioners right on our teams. If a Sparker needs advice, all they have to do is ask.

As I drove to work today I marveled first at the beauty of the hills, then became aware of the blessing of heaters in our homes and cars; that we have warm clothing and fabrics unheard of in previous generations.

We really live in an amazing time. How often do we take time to think about it and be thankful for our blessings. Not enough, I think. But I am starting to do so more often....

  
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SPARKASAURUS 12/15/2014 12:27AM

    Great blog, Jaynee! and so true!

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KRISTA987 12/14/2014 10:42AM

    Yes, its amazing how fast the world has changed!

And I totally agree with you. One of my biggest pet peeves is when people complain and complain but refuse to do anything to better their situation. Nothing will change if you don't change! I think some people enjoy playing the victim.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 12/11/2014 11:27AM

    Yes. We are blessed. It would be very hard to go back to a life without computers, cell phones, credit cards, electricity, microwaves, airplanes and cars etc. Our lives would be very different. We take things for granted way too much. Wonder what our grand parents would think of our world today? Very thought provoking blog. Thanks for sharing.

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TWEETYKC00 12/11/2014 6:08AM

    Yes, there is certainly plenty to be thankful for.

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NEW-CAZ 12/11/2014 2:38AM

    We are indeed fortunate in many ways, I know of many with chronic ill health, yes some moan but many seek to gain better health and I listen to their plight.
It can be hard to withstand an illness and not be down some of the time, I know...fortunately I was offered a pioneering operation and took the plunge- many are nor so lucky.


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SAL1512 12/10/2014 11:11PM

    For 15 years we helped out with our Bible camp. It was a wilderness setting and the teenagers gave up civilization for 6 days. I still receive comments from parents about how their children changed after camp. There is nothing like taking away "comforts" to make them appreciate what they really have at home. I can still see their eyes when I told them that most of the world lives all year round like they did for a week. They even had to bring water from a well to our kitchen of propane stoves under a tarp. That is a lot different than turning on the faucet !!!

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JANTHEBLONDE 12/10/2014 8:04PM

    Great blog! Yes, there's so much in my life that I'm thankful for! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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ERIN_POSCH 12/10/2014 3:06PM

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