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Craptastic Day

Monday, August 16, 2010

Thank goodness it is over! On the way back from NYC the car died, yeah! We had to get towed all the way from South of Providence back to Boston with a smoking tow guy who spent a good 30 minutes telling me women shouldn't have left the home and if they went back that would solve unemployment. The only reason I didn't choke him was he still had to get me home.
This morning I had the car towed to the evil dealer where I bought it 18 months ago. In those 18 months I have had the entire engine replaced and the transmission as well as a host of other electrical issues for a total of 6200 dollars or more. About a half hour after I get to work the dealer calls to tell me they will no longer be honoring my warranty and I can remove it from their premises asap. Apparently the no longer wished to service a Hyundai even though they sold it to me. I have realized that flipping out really does no good so I quickly found a Hyundai dealer close to the evil one and arranged for a transfer. When I called the rental car company to arrange to keep the car they told me the evil dealer had already called and told them to DEMAND THE CAR BACK. Seriously, the is no bounds for how much I hate that place. Luckily I had already told the nice old man at the rental agency about how I was being so badly jerked around by the dealer and he told me was horrified by how they were treating me and that not only could I keep the car as long as I needed but he would honor the significantly discounted rate I was getting before. Yeah to one business who treats their customers with respect!
The day did turn around a bit when the new repair shop quickly and nicely diagnosed a sensor problem and it was not hugely expensive. So as much I would rather just trade them for the kick butt Nissan Altima I am currently rocking, I will have my car back Wednesday.
On the food front I did eat a whole pizza last night :(. I had a lot of calories at the end of the day and I decided to treat myself to a personal veggie pizza. However, when it arrived I knew it was bigger than I really needed and I still wolfed it down in about 4 seconds. Then I got sick and you know what? I deserved it. It made me sad I ate it but I am turning it into a learning experience and I refuse to beat myself up over it. My body doesn't want that food anymore, it flat out rejected it and I learned a big lesson about not wanting or needing to return to my old ways.
Here is to a positive rest of the week. Cheers! emoticon

  
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SIMPLE_TAILOR 8/21/2010 6:58PM

    Kinda odd to read the other blog before this one. It is funny how the food we eat really reacts after a change.

Very stinky about that dealership.

Remember all things in moderation.

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JO2TOM 8/17/2010 12:52PM

    OK. this is what i think about cars....They are fine when they run, and I don't care so much about what my car looks like, but that it runs. I had a 93 Toyota corolla that died because it got smushed by a pickup truck that stopped quickly on a rainy day. My new car is a 03 Toyota corolla, and I am not replacing it til it dies. It starts in the winter and the summer, and the rain (once had one that did not). I don't care about color.
When it dies, or gets squished, I hate it. And that's my stupid story.

That tow guy and the dealer can go find another world (I have said much worse aloud just now), and stop picking on everyone they meet.

And....consider becoming a nutritionist. I work in the NICU at Nebraska Medical Center, and we have a dedicated nutritionist who helps us concentrate on the infants growth and nutrition. She is amazing, and we would certainly miss her if she left!! emoticon

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JO2TOM 8/17/2010 12:50PM

    OK. this is what i think about cars....They are fine when they run, and I don't care so much about what my car looks like, but that it runs. I had a 93 Toyota corolla that died because it got smushed by a pickup truck that stopped quickly on a rainy day. My new car is a 03 Toyota corolla, and I am not replacing it til it dies. It starts in the winter and the summer, and the rain (once had one that did not). I don't care about color.
When it dies, or gets squished, I hate it. And that's my stupid story.

That tow guy and the dealer can go find another world (I have said much worse aloud just now), and stop picking on everyone they meet.

And....consider becoming a nutritionist. I work in the NICU at Nebraska Medical Center, and we have a dedicated nutritionist who helps us concentrate on the infants growth and nutrition. She is amazing, and we would certainly miss her if she left!! emoticon

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CUATROMOMMY 8/17/2010 12:34PM

    Holy cow! That tow guy is awful. And...so is that dealership. That is pure insanity.

Guess what? I sort of freaked out yesterday too (TOM-10 days early) and had a burger & large fries for dinner & 15 starburst. I felt like crap afterwards...literally my stomach was not happy with me. I deserved every bit of pain and discomfort and I was glad that I had reprocussions because I learned a lesson from it. It wasn't worth it...not one bit.

You & I must have had similar days yesterday. Ha!

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LORKAT 8/17/2010 12:13PM

  Don't they have laws about buying lemons? I would fight the place that sold you that car. If you paid for a warranty they have to honour it, unless you missed the regular checkups that were agreed upon in the warranty. If you've already had to replace the engine and the transmission they definitely sold you a lemon. Weren't those costs covered under your warranty? I'd be pissed. Kudos for you having such a positive attitude, but you cannot let them get away with treating you like that.

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MGRIFFITH32 8/17/2010 11:59AM

    Sorry about the car. Glad you can vent here with us. Enjoy the rental and have a better rest of the day. The pizza doesn't sound so bad.

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KISSIMS19 8/17/2010 10:52AM

    Ugh! What a pain! Well, I'm glad for the most part it's over! I 2nd the BBB complaint. Business like that should not be allowed to operate.

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40PLUSANDFIT 8/17/2010 9:39AM

    Wow.. I've had bad dealings with dealerships, but that's crazy. Did you pay for this warranty that they are no longer honoring? If you did, I would think that would be breaking a contract. This does sound like a BBB complaint for sure. Sorry you had such a horrible day. emoticon

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AMBERAMA76 8/17/2010 9:26AM

    Sorry your day was so bad. My night was pretty craptastic last night. My car was mistakenly "repo'd" by the guy we are buying it from. Apparently his wife can't do math.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/17/2010 9:07AM

    I hate cars, we need to go back to horse and buggy! Sorry to hear about you getting sick on top of it all, talk about adding insult to injury... even though it was the pizza. Hopefully today will be better!


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FIZZYBALL 8/17/2010 8:49AM

    Cheers to you... emoticon

There is nothing in this world I dislike dealing with less then insurance issues of any kind (medical, car, house...etc)

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FRECKS96 8/17/2010 8:20AM

    Oh Ashley, that is really terrible! Have you considered reporting the dealership to the BBB? I would file a complaint about them in every forum I could-make sure no one I know ever goes there. I'm glad you found someone to do the work for you at a reasonable price.

Keep your chin up, the week will get better!

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BLYNN710 8/17/2010 8:17AM

    I can feel you about the dealership. I had such a bad experience with buying my car last year that I never want to do that again (but I got revenge and made them hire an attorney and badmouthed them all over town so they lost tons of business for their criminal behavior). Hang in there girl and things will get better. emoticon

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CARILOUIE 8/17/2010 8:17AM

    Bleh... cars are such a pain in the rear end sometimes.

Hooray for nice rental car people, though!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 8/17/2010 7:53AM

    I'm sorry your having such a hard time with that dealer... what a jerk!! Your a lot nicer that me... I would have had a few not so nice things to say to him!! I hope it gets better! Glad you found a new place to take it to.

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POOKAQUEEN 8/17/2010 7:46AM

    While I was reading this, No Doubt's "I'm just a girl" came on. So appropriate. I'm so sorry about all the crap the dealer and the car have caused! Good job keeping your head about all of it. If it were me I would have ripped that dealer apart.
Fabulous attitude about the pizza. At least it was veggie so it wasn't extra greasy, and personal size to boot. And way to learn from it. Good job! You are making great strides and you are really on your way!

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AMOHAME2 8/17/2010 5:15AM

    Sorry you had such a rough experience!! I hate car dealerships in general, but I think your experience would have put me right over the edge!
Glad you're not beating yourself up over the pizza, live and learn right?
Have a much better day today!

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KATHLOW 8/17/2010 3:41AM

    well hurry for the nice rental people! what a horrible day! Hope today goes your way!

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TRIP2HAPPINESS 8/16/2010 10:46PM

    Sounds like a rough day, repairs can be costly and inconvenient! Glad it's not going to be too expensive and I hope tomorrows a better day emoticon

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RAVENSONG37 8/16/2010 10:44PM

    Yikes! Important lessons learned about the pizza! I'm proud of you for being mindful about how crappy it made you feel and now you put it in writing so you can remember next time you wanna "treat" yourself!

HUGS!

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AMETHYST73 8/16/2010 10:38PM

    OMG, wot a nightmare! You totally deserved a veggie pizza after all that.

My fella and I went to Northam, about 2 hours drive from Perth, to go hot air ballooning a while back. We had an awesome time, nice B&B, lovely balloon ride, then we headed towards home. I said 'hey, may as well get some fuel' EVEN THOUGH WE HAD ENOUGH TO GET HOME and promptly filled the diesel fuelled car with regular unleaded.

Bugger.

$500 for a tow and a very grumpy boyfriend.

We should make a TV special 'When Road Trips Go Wrong'



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MADEMCHE 8/16/2010 10:34PM

    Wow what an horrible place! Glad you made it through ok! And I hope you have a great rest of the week! It can only get better, right?!

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NYC visit, even includes a (gasp) full body pic!

Sunday, August 15, 2010

Friday morning we loaded up the car and headed down to NYC to do some sight seeing as my fiancé has never been there and visit my best friend from college. I haven't seen her in years and I have missed her so much. We got up super early and hit the road. I love taking road trips with my hunny. He is so easy to be around. We are one of those annoying couples who can be together 24/7 and never get sick of each other. I could tell by the look in his eye he was really excited to see the city. Since he was a little boy on the farm in Colombia he had dreamed of being in New York City.
I am usually not afraid of city driving, I do it everyday, but there was something about NY that is so intimidating and I haven't been in a while so I didn't remember what it was like traffic wise. We found parking pretty easily and spent the afternoon walking up and down 5th Avenue and doing the typical sight seeing. Before the trip I made the decision to take healthy snacks and water with me but that I was going to eat what I wanted and just be mindful of portion sizes. I am proud to say I made good decisions even when I wasn't trying which made me happy to know this is starting to be second nature!
Early evening we headed out with the commuter traffic to my friends apartment in Brooklyn. She just finished med school and I am so proud of her! When her husband got home we took the subway back into the city and went out to an upscale Indian restaurant. They said the food is pretty authentic but not from their region specifically. I wasn't aware but I guess Indian food in the US is pretty much like most ethnic foods, they dumb it down to suit a more generic palate and it has significant regional variation so it can be hard to find the specific food from their area. The restaurant was known for the goat dish, which I liked but it was SO spicy. I am a spice lover and this food blew the top of my head off it was so spicy. I had a yummy mango martini and again was just careful with portion control. After dinner we went on a walk around Midtown at night which was nice.
Here is a pic of me and my hunny on Madison Avenue. This is the first pic I felt I look thinner!

It was amazing to see my friend and get to do something new with my fiancé. He bought me a necklace as a reward for being down 55 lbs on Friday morning.

It is a dove that was based on a famous painting and it symbolizes hope. It is a great metaphor for my journey and my future.
I am so happy to be back on SP and I did track my food all week. It can be so hard to stay on track when you leave your normal routine. Here is to another positive week ahead!

  
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NEENSTER1 8/18/2010 12:46PM

    OMGoodness girl you are definitely getting there. You look so happy. Be Encouraged and take good care. emoticon for sharing your trip. emoticon

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JO2TOM 8/17/2010 12:39PM

    Ashley, you look beautiful. It was great to hear about your short vacation, but it sounds like a ton of fun. Tom and I want to go there too...we've been, but never just ourselves to see what we wanted...we were dropping off a car for a friend and had to get back to work.
Love the necklace too...it looks gorgeous on your lovely slender neck!!

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FIZZYBALL 8/17/2010 8:43AM

    you look great...and it sounds a lil' selfish but I am glad you are back on SP too... emoticon

Comment edited on: 8/17/2010 8:44:41 AM

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RAVENSONG37 8/16/2010 10:44PM

    Um, you are gorgeous. That is all. Thank you.

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RIGBY31 8/16/2010 9:10PM

    All the fun walking balances everything out! Best way to get your exercise.

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GIANTMICROBE 8/16/2010 5:57PM

    Congratulations, you look fabulous. And what a gorgeous necklace! I wish my guy would buy me jewelry!

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MUSICLVR2675 8/16/2010 1:12PM

    awww that is such a beautiful gift! I bet this trip was really fulfilling for both of you. Glad you were able to get out and visit some friends. What was the name of the dish? I LOVE spicy food!! I mean, SPICY!! bring it on!

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PRETTYINPUNK_04 8/16/2010 1:04PM

    pretty necklace! You deserve it emoticon

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EDWARDSC393 8/16/2010 12:19PM

    Great going! Doing better then me, did,t stay on trak all weekend!!! Mon, new wk, start over. Gonna do my walking cd. You aredoing good. I hate my pics, But just working towards being healthy! I ant to lose the weight, but I guess I have to move more. I do like having a couple glasses of wine at nite. I think thats screwing with my metabolism. Keep doing what your doing, itsz working!

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MOMMYBYCHOICE 8/16/2010 10:49AM

    you look beautiful job well done.

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40PLUSANDFIT 8/16/2010 9:48AM

    You are looking great!! Glad it was an awesome weekend.

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JACQUELINEJO 8/16/2010 9:14AM

    Sounds like you had a great vacation. You deserved it! You look great. It's so sweet of your fiance to buy you that necklace, it's a wonderful symbol.

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BEARDMUSIC 8/16/2010 9:08AM

    Sounds wonderful! Congrats on looking so awesome in your picture!

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FRECKS96 8/16/2010 7:07AM

    What a great day! I love NYC, glad you enjoyed your trip so much.

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AMETHYST73 8/15/2010 10:38PM

    Onya gf!

I love that necklace BTW, it's beeeyootiful - just like you x

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GODDESSLIL80 8/15/2010 10:31PM

    Cute shirt and awesome necklace!
Way to go 55 lbs!

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HEALTHYONE2008 8/15/2010 8:13PM

    emoticongoing girl on wise eating and getting in the walking. You are looking emoticon.
I also love the dove necklace and what it means (there is always HOPE)
Good luck to you emoticon

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NRLARA 8/15/2010 7:59PM

    Looking good :)

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CUATROMOMMY 8/15/2010 7:50PM

    You are looking amazing girl! And what a gorgeous gift.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 8/15/2010 7:26PM

    Woo hoo! Girl you are HOT! And on fi-yah!!!

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POOKAQUEEN 8/15/2010 7:13PM

    I loved this blog. I could feel your happy vibe, and it made me smile too.
Congrats to your friend on her graduation!
Congrats to you for all your hard work and success!
The necklace is so beautiful, what a wonderful gift. The back story couldn't be more perfect.
You look gorgeous and you two make a beautiful couple. I wish you both happiness always!

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BLAHNIK27 8/15/2010 6:39PM

    You look fabulous! & that necklace is gorgeous, you're a lucky girl :)

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PELESJEWEL 8/15/2010 6:27PM

    emoticon You look FANTASTIC!! LOVE NYC, especially in the Summer!! God I miss the East Coast! What a beautiful gift from your fiance! Glad you had a wonderful vacation!

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MADEMCHE 8/15/2010 6:17PM

    You look so wonderful! AND so happy! So proud of you Ash! And the necklace from Alberto is beautiful, he is a wonderful man!

Way to go Ash! You are amazing!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/15/2010 6:09PM

    Ashley, you look fantastic, keep up the great job you're doing. It's hard to go away and "do the right thing" but it sounds like you had a great time! Congras on the 55 lbs!
~ Holly

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KARLYNCANDOIT 8/15/2010 4:51PM

    Oh what a super story! I have never been to the big apple. The necklace is so pretty and a touching gift!! You look great!!

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 8/15/2010 4:49PM

    Glad you had a nice trip and you look great in the pic of you and your hunny! I love your shirt!

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KISSIMS19 8/15/2010 4:39PM

    What a wonderful day. I love when eating the healthy option is the yummy option :)

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ALOFA0509 8/15/2010 4:38PM

   
Wow girl you look amazing!!!!!!! emoticon

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SURCH1 8/15/2010 4:36PM

    Awe!!! I have tears in my eyes! I love the dove! You did a fantastic job and you look GREAT!!!! Keep up the job that you are doing - this is a journey with no final destination :)

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50 random things you didn't know about me...

Thursday, August 12, 2010

I stole this from MADEMCHE. Here we go...I don't feel like writing a thought provoking blog tonight so here is me being lazy

1. What time did you get up this morning?
around 8:40 AM which is awesome. I love vacation.

2. How do you like your steak?
Medium rare. It freaks me out when people order well-done, it is just wrong. IMO

3. What was the last film you saw at the cinema?
My hunny took me the new twilight Eclipse movie. Yup I am a tween at heart, and I am Team Emmett if you wanted to know

4. What is your favorite TV show?
True blood and Being Human. I also LOVE No Reservations and Bizarre Foods. Anything on the food network is awesome.

5. If you could live anywhere in the world where would it be?
I want to live everywhere. I can never sit still and I move every 2 years. Owning a home was rough for me because I can't be stuck in one place too long. Our next big move will most likely be Medellin, Colombia.

6. What did you have for breakfast?
Egg whites on a Thomas Whole Grain Bagel thin with fresh basil and a side of blueberries we picked on a farm with my niece the day before.

7. What is your favorite cuisine?
One of the things I love about the US is we have access to such a wide variety of foods. I love most Latin food, I obsess about Asian foods and I will try almost anything once. I draw the line at eyeballs, no fear factor items. We cook an American/Colombian hybrid at home which works for both of us. I love to cook and he is a chef so we put a lot of thought into food and stress organic and freshness as much as possible.

8. What foods do you dislike?
Alfredo sauce, cooked green peppers, papaya, Oregano. There are some more random ones but I can't think of it right now. It isn't a huge list lol.

9. Favorite Place to Eat?
Chinatown and home. I can cook almost anything we have in a restaurant. When we go out it is really more to eat foods that we can't duplicate or the ingredients are too much of pain to get. Pho is another favorite of ours but unfortunately there are no vietnamese restaurants close to our new place :(.

10. Favorite dressing?
Blue cheese which is a bummer because I have given it up. I do oil and vinegar now and it works for me. I am not really a big dressing person anyway.

11.What kind of vehicle do you drive?
Hyundai Santa Fe. We loved it when we got it because it is an SUV but great on gas. I needed a big car for work. We would love the next car we get to be a hybrid.

12. What are your favorite clothes?
I don't really have a favorite designer but I do lean towards Calvin Klein. I like sleek designs, minimalism. I want a fabulous cut and lines to speak for me. Strong elegance. As clothes are starting to fit me better it is exciting to see the world of fashion open up for me again.

13. Where would you visit if you had the chance?
The list of where I want to go is so long I can't even type it all out but an abbreviated list...I am going to Medellin, Colombia in January to plan the wedding that will be the following January. For our honeymoon we are going to San Andres (colombia's hawaii) and either Brazil or Argentina. After we get back our next few vacations include Japan, Hawaii, Alaska, New Zealand and Australia but I am dying to see Prague, Budapest and St.Petersburg, Russia. I am also hoping when my uncle goes back to Ghana I can tag along.


14. Cup 1/2 empty or 1/2 full?
Empty, ALWAYS. I am a realist and I think it is foolish to pretend bad things don't happen. I would rather prepare for the worst. It makes me laugh that I get a lot of emails and comments about how positive of a person I am because I was voted class pessimist in High School lol.

15. Where would you want to retire?
I doubt I will ever retire. I always have to be doing something and I get bored easily. We hope at some point to split the year between Boston and Medellin.

16. Favorite time of day?
Super late at night and very early morning. When the world is quiet it is the only time I can relax. My mind is always running, running, running.

17. Where were you born?
Beverly, Massachusetts. I don't know where I got my adventurous heart because my family are not adventurous people.

18. What is your favorite sport to watch?
None, I love to play, can't sit down long enough to watch.

19. How many siblings?
Younger brother. He is a cool guy and I am discovering we are so much more alike as I get older.

20. Favorite pastime/hobby?
Cooking, salsa dancing, anything art related. I love museums and I make jewelry.

21. Who are you most curious about their responses to this?
I want to hear everyone's!

22. Bird watcher?
I agree with Maun. It is wrong to cage birds. It breaks their hearts and whenever I look at them I have this urge to let them free. How can we do that to them?

23. Are you a morning person or a night person?
My natural clock is to stay up until like 4AM and sleep until 1 or 2 in the afternoon. I know, weird.

24. Do you have any pets?
Yup, my son. A black pug who turned 9 last month. Loki has been with me through it all, my divorce, selling my house, moving to Boston alone. When he goes I will lose my mind.

25. Any new and exciting news you'd like to share?
I am really proud of my progress on SP and we are finally setting a wedding date. We kept putting it off because of time and money and we decided January of 2012 it is. No more waiting. I am getting old to have kids!

26. What did you want to be when you were little?
A lion tamer, then a veterinarian. I got close too. Right down to actually attending school and then I decided I didn't want to be 250K in debt.

27. Do you have children?
Yes, we are going to start trying as soon as we get married. Not literally that second but you know what I mean. :) I will 34 at that point I don't want a high risk pregnancy.

28. Are you a cat or dog person?
dog but I do appreciate cats.

29. Are you married?
Engaged but really it is a formality. We are married in our hearts and I have never been more sure he is the one.

30. Always wear your seat belt?
Yes

31. Been in a car accident?
A couple. The worst being 2 days before my senior year of high school. I blew out the discs in my lumbar region of my spine and spent most of my senior year in a full back brace. That is when I gained all my weight.

32. Any pet peeves?
Poor manners, lazy people who are selfish and make their coworkers pick up their slack, IM speak adults need to use words U no who u r. Uggh.

33. Favorite Pizza Toppings?
Pepperoni, I am so old school but now I do appreciate different veggies. Nothing better than a well crafted pizza.

34. Favorite Flower?
Orchids and hibiscus.

35. Favorite ice cream?
Mocha or Ben and Jerry's Mint Oreo Cookie. Yummy. Now I am loving frozen yogurts though.

36. Favorite fast food restaurant?
Gag, I guess Dunkin Donuts?

37. How many times did you fail your driver's test?
Didn't

38. From whom did you get your last email?
Don't remember and I am not going to bother to look

39. Which store would you choose to max out your credit card?
Credit cards are evil and I am not super material

40. Do anything spontaneous lately?
Tomorrow we are driving to NYC with no real plan and doing some touristy stuff and then having dinner with my best friend from college and her hubby. I miss her!

41. Like your job?
Yup, it has its issues but for the most part it is great.

42. Broccoli?
Huge fan

43. What was your favorite vacation?
ten days traveling in rural Costa Rica. I can't wait to take my fiancé for him to see it.

44. Last person you went out to dinner with?
My hunny

45. What are you listening to right now?
Monstras de rio on TV. Some show about fish attacking people. He loves the discovery channel.

46. What is your favorite color?
Black, which is actually the absence of color as well as pink. I am super girly.

47. How many tattoos do you have?
None and I have no desire to get one. I get bored with shoes after 6 weeks, I can't imagine something permanent on my body.

48. How many people will fill this out?
No idea but I am curious

49. What time did you finish this quiz?
8:45 PM

50. Coffee Drinker?
I heart coffee. I used to drink so much that I got hospitalized in college with a caffeine overdose. Now I limit myself to a good sized cup in the AM.

  
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BEARDMUSIC 8/14/2010 7:15PM

    That was fun! I also own a Santa Fe and love it!

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JO2TOM 8/14/2010 12:56PM

    I went to a medical conference in Boston a few years ago, and I love it. My prior experience was not quite so good...stuck on the interstate on the way to Maine during rush hour(my own fault)with 3 kids and a husband who wanted to be there already. When I was there recently I walked all over, took the subway, went to the baseball stadium, and historic places. The next time I want to bring my husband and also go to New York to see Ellis Island. Not much of a Yankee or Mets fan (husband is from Philly!!!). Always been kind of a Red Sox fan, even though I grew up in Chicago. Thanks for sharing about you. I love the list. emoticon emoticon

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CLARISSA1980 8/13/2010 2:37PM

    Thanks for another awesome blog Ashley..!!! I love that you wanted to be a lion tamer when you were little...that ROCKS!!! As always, you made me smile, and it was fun learning these cool facts about you...!!! I hope that you have a GREAT weekend..!!!
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BARBARAJ73 8/13/2010 2:27PM

    Hmmmmm... I never thought of Full vs Empty that way... emoticon

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KISSIMS19 8/13/2010 1:09PM

    OMG do I love your 1/2 empty answer! MEEE TOOOOO everyone is always telling me how negative I am. Thank you for validating my point of view :)

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COFFEEGIRL18 8/13/2010 12:51PM

    Hey mind if I use this on my blog...Friended you as well.

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RIGBY31 8/13/2010 11:53AM

    How fun are you?! Great post!

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RED_WRITINGHOOD 8/13/2010 11:15AM

    Yay! I love learning new thing about my spark friends :)

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/13/2010 10:37AM

    Thanks for sharing Ashley!

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CARILOUIE 8/13/2010 9:41AM

    Re: steak - I feel the same way about a well-done steak. It's kind of a waste of money to get a good piece of meat and cook it to well-done. I think people who order well-done steaks should stick to hamburgers. (OMG that just sounded really b!tchy.)

This was so much fun to read!

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SUSH_ASH 8/13/2010 6:13AM

    interesting, i felt that you were actually conversing with me!! have a nice day emoticon

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PELESJEWEL 8/12/2010 9:13PM

    emoticon Wow! You really do have an adventurous soul!

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MADEMCHE 8/12/2010 9:03PM

    This is great! Thanks for sharing all these things about you!! You are right, we are so much alike! Have a wonderful, wonderful time in New York! I will miss you! Love ya!

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Doing things that scare me: Amusement Parks

Wednesday, August 11, 2010

I have been on vacation with the love of my life this week, yes I am a sap, and we took my niece to a local small amusement park. I like it because I went there a million times as a kid and it isn't all corporate like six flags. Let me add at the beginning that I am TERRIFIED of amusement parks. Can you think of a place fat people would rather be less than an amusement park? I would rather be set on fire but anyway my niece is new to the country and has no friends so we wanted to take her for the day. She is 12 and I remember loving going there when I was her age. Off we went, me, my fiancé, my brother in law and my niece. I was so nervous I had a stomach ache. All I could picture was a scenario of "sorry ma'am we can't pull the safety bar down because YOU'RE SO FAT, can you get off the ride please?" over a loud speakers. I know they don't actually use the loud speaker but it was my nightmare and was more dramatic in my head.
The whole way there I tried to smile and be excited and talk myself down and I did a pretty good job but the fear did linger. We got there so early that we got to walk around the park for a bit before the rides started so I cased the place to find one that I thought wouldn't have seat belts. A huge log flume looked promising. When I said I would go on it my fiancé's face lit up and he was so happy. I never go on rides. I always used the lie that it was because of my car accident which is partly true, I can't slam my spine around on insano roller coasters, but please a small log flume is not going to do any damage. When we got into the log car I saw the bar that was supposed to come down and I absolutely panicked. Queue scenario of being thrown off the ride running over and over in my head. The bar came down and click. It locked no problem and I couldn't believe it! I FIT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WoooHOOOOOOOOOOOOOO.
If I had not spent the last 6 weeks on SP this wouldn't have been possible. It was like something clicked in my brain that day. As I scanned the crowd I realized I was far from the largest person around. I no longer stand out as the lone huge person. I am rather normal, still heavy but not grotesque like I keep imagining. People are not staring at me in disgust.
It was a bit of a slap in the face how dramatic I have been. What has been holding me back all this time is not the scorn of others, it was shame I felt about myself. I know I have work to do but I am going to keep doing things that scare me and challenge myself to get past these ridiculous egocentric preoccupations. We spent the whole day going on rides, and I did sit some out, but by choice not fear. Tell me, what have you done lately that scared you?

  
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LINDABENEDICT 8/13/2010 9:32PM

    Congrats ! I have always hated amusement parks, except for Disney World. I have a son who LOVES roller coasters and talks me in to riding at least one each trip ...and each time I swear it will be the last time I get on one of those awful things.

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EDWARDSC393 8/12/2010 1:55PM

    Glad you had a good time. I get scared of wearing a bathing suit, have one with the girdle inside. I think I always look worst then what I do. feel like the goodyear blimp sometimes. gotta get back to working out! Keep up the good attitude.

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BETHV10 8/12/2010 1:23PM

    I completely understand your fear of amusement parks. I too have worried that I would not fit on the rides and then I would get embarrassed as they announced it to everyone.

My latest encounter was on a plane. I was afraid that the seatbelt would not close. I know you can ask for extensions, but I really didn't want to have to ask for one. Luckily I JUST fit and so did my husband. My sister knows she won't fit and refuses to even try to fly.

I don't want to limit my life by the problems that arise from not being healthy. Hope you had a great vacation. emoticon

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BETHV10 8/12/2010 1:22PM

    I completely understand your fear of amusement parks. I too have worried that I would not fit on the rides and then I would get embarrassed as they announced it to everyone.

My latest encounter was on a plane. I was afraid that the seatbelt would not close. I know you can ask for extensions, but I really didn't want to have to ask for one. Luckily I JUST fit and so did my husband. My sister knows she won't fit and refuses to even try to fly.

I don't want to limit my life by the problems that arise from not being healthy. Hope you had a great vacation. emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 8/12/2010 12:45PM

    YAY! That's a tremendous breakthrough! I'm so happy for you, you are doing so well, and you are always an inspiration!

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JO2TOM 8/12/2010 12:14PM

    This whole thing scares me a little bit, Ashley. I started out at 240 and lost immediately, and now with going to the gym for aerobics, and doing strength training 2x a week, I think I am making muscle faster than I am losing...I think I need to do measurements. I wonder if I am on an interminable plateau, and will never go anywhere.

I am so proud of all the work you are doing and have done in the past, and the stepping up and doing something that brought the fear right to your throat. i am so glad that the amusement park was able to be amusing to you and not more like a haunted house. Keep up the good work. You are so inspiring!

Do you care if I friend you?

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KISSIMS19 8/12/2010 9:53AM

    What a great post :) I am so glad you enjoyed yourself! I feel like no matter how many times I learn this lesson I still stop myself from doing things with friends and family because I'm concerned about my weight or my self image or... whatever! Thanks for reminding me "What has been holding me back all this time is not the scorn of others, it was shame I felt about myself"

Gooooood for you!

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BARBARAJ73 8/12/2010 9:22AM

    emoticon What a great day ... for so many reasons!


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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/12/2010 8:12AM

    That's great Ashley! I have fears of amusements parks for the same reason... not fitting onto the ride, the bar not fitting and me having to get off in front of everyone. I'm so excited for you!

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FRECKS96 8/12/2010 7:44AM

    Yee Haw!!!! Congrats on conquering some of your fears! It sounds like a fun day was had by all and was made even better by your opportunities for self-awareness. Something I think we should all take some time focusing on.

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ANIETS 8/12/2010 5:33AM

    ohhh I know how you felt. I went with my daugthers to a very small amusement park only two weeks ago. My husband suggested I ride with them on a boat that spun back and forth and in circles. I was half-expecting the supervisor to tell me I was to heavy and when the metal bar was lowered, I tried to pull collapse myself together... phew, it wasn't required to go very far down to snap, just far enough to hold onto.

I'm going to Disney World with my daughters in a month...it's also something I worry about there...:(

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SHAY72 8/12/2010 5:17AM

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KATHLOW 8/12/2010 4:08AM

    good for you! just proof that we're all a little drama queen on the inside :-)

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SUSH_ASH 8/12/2010 12:57AM

    congrats ashley!

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CARLA0716 8/11/2010 9:43PM

    Ashley, you're awesome.

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MADEMCHE 8/11/2010 9:21PM

    I am interviewing for a job tomorrow that is totally out of my league. That scares the heck out of me, but I am doing it anyhow! So proud of you Ash for going to the amusement park, way to go! You are amazing!

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HEALTHYONE2008 8/11/2010 9:18PM

    Great going Ashley,
Isn't it wonderful when life gives us a surprise? Keep up the good work, soon you will reach your goal weight. In the meantime remember "fear is nothing but fear its self"

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TERRYT55 8/11/2010 9:17PM

    Holy cow.....by the time I got to the point in your blog where the bar fit on the ride I had a stomach ache too. emoticon In times past I was always terrified about fitting on rides too or even getting through the turnstiles. Congrats on fitting and having a good time!

I think the most recent thing I've done that would have scared me in the past is running......with other people around. I used to wait until I was the only one around. I know now we are all there for the same reason, our health. Who cares what I look like!

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Only 5% of people succeed? It's a myth, check this out

Thursday, August 05, 2010

http://www.nytimes.com/1999/05/25/health/9
5-regain-lost-weight-or-do-they.html

Those statistics have always bothered me! I love this article because they are taking a much larger study group and are finding that all that negativity really has so little truth. We can do this and we will. SP is proof of that!

  
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LITTLEONEJLC 8/11/2010 10:03AM

    We're going to make it!

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CATH5109 8/9/2010 11:43PM

    Thanks!

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VTORIA3 8/9/2010 8:05AM

    Thanks so much for sharing this link. I enjoyed reading the article. It is mind boggling that such credible medical sources have succumbed to such faulty population pools in which to build a body of incorrect information. Also a wonder to me, that they are totally unaware that the Spark community exists. It would be great if the Spark Guy was sent this link and made a follow up call to them.

I agree with your commentary 100%. SP is an amazing resources for all of us on this journey to fitness and health.

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DEVORA4 8/9/2010 4:34AM

  not spark folks

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HELLORITA 8/9/2010 4:12AM

    Besides losing some weight, I have stopped gaining weight. I would really be in trouble then. emoticon

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TEESLIM 8/7/2010 11:45AM

  All these naysayers- I never believed it anyway, thanks for sharing.

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LAGREBE 8/6/2010 4:56PM

    Thanks for posting this!

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CALLISTOANGEL 8/6/2010 11:45AM

    We can beat the odds. Thanks for the article.

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MKT-PLAN 8/6/2010 8:57AM

    We can do it!
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KATHLOW 8/6/2010 5:05AM

    great perspective! so there is light at the end of the tunnel:-)

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KATHLOW 8/6/2010 4:42AM

    great perspective! so there is light at the end of the tunnel:-)

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AMETHYST73 8/6/2010 12:34AM

    oh YEAH! I like the heck outta that.

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TODDJAMES 8/5/2010 11:07PM

    Keep the good news coming...but we are missing you are cheerleading practice!

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GAGIRL40 8/5/2010 11:01PM

    Thanks so much for sharing this encouraging news!

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SHERRYLHBB 8/5/2010 10:05PM

    Yay!!! Thanks for sharing.
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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 8/5/2010 9:17PM

    you're right, we can do this and we are!

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POOKAQUEEN 8/5/2010 8:41PM

    Thanks so much for sharing! That took a huge weight off my shoulders and my friend as well!

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DHALYIA 8/5/2010 6:51PM

    I was always worried about that statistic!!! Glad I went against the "popular opinion". YAY US!

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EDWARDSC393 8/5/2010 5:20PM

    I like your blogs, our lives are choices, I was stuck in a rut after 2 yrs of ft surgeries , then again another 2 yrs for the other ft. Got into laying around, eating at night. I,m finally turning it around. I use ground turkey with onins and pepers, lots of herbs, add brown rice, and vegetable broth and a can of pasta ready tomatoes. Sometimes I add beans and make it taste like chili. I have Tosca Reno,s Eat clean cookbook. Great! eat Talapia, Swet potatoes, just pop them in Micro. Pasta that has protein,fiber, and omega,s. Yellow box. Your articles are great. Keep it up!

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NATIONALPARKER 8/5/2010 4:54PM

    Thanks for sharing that article - I'd never heard that at ALL in the past decade - only the 5% success rate. And that was repeated ad nauseum by friends who had weight loss surgery, etc. I think it's almost used as propaganda, in a way, to talk people into more radical methods. Thanks again!

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NEXT30YEARS 8/5/2010 4:51PM

    emoticon
Thanks for sharing.

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MADEMCHE 8/5/2010 4:47PM

    So true! Thanks for debunking that myth!

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