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Wednesday, August 15, 2012

This blog is rated PG-13 for SC, L, PN and for AAF *

Today I mixed it up!!

Yippee!! I did too.

This one: **imageshack.com**

It wasn't bad. Actually, today I decided to be bold, to be different. I worked with my hearing aids IN!! whoa


Yup. It was AMAZING!! I could hear Debbie telling me when to breathe and counting to eight and "just a few more, I know it hurts" type thing and I swear the hour went by that much faster because of it. AND, I know it sounds crazy, but I swear I was able to do the lunges better. Was it because I'm finally getting the hang of it after 3 years.....or hearing has something to do with balance? You be the judge. So, at the risk of having sweat pour into my ears and shorting them out (that's what a warranty is for, right?) I shall remain able hearing for the duration of my DVD workouts...I may even attempt the gym classes with these babies in. At least until I get the jargon and memorize everything, of course, that's when one must switch up a routine. Who knew having mild disabilities such as being blind and deaf could be so annoying with working out? I wonder if Helen Keller shared these very same dilemmas?? I wonder if she asked Anne for Jumbo dots on her braille? I know I did...I thank God and science daily for the Stem cell/cataract removal...whew Now I can read the dots just fine.

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Went and bought my girls and I bras....I'm a 38A. Do you know how hard it is to find a 38 A??? dang near impossible. My grandmother and her lack of boobies, I couldn't inherit her toenails or something? I either have to get a B cup and rattle around in there (although they make great pockets for phones, kittens, and whatnot) or strap a 36 A on and pray I can breathe for a bit. I opted not to breathe.




So, I took out my zucchini from the fridge yesterday. My husband exclaims: "What are you going to do with that?! I can't compare!"


okay, we'll leave that one alone. Anywhoooosit, I got on my Pinterest and made a creamy zucchini dinner (yum), zucchini brownies, (yum), and two loaves of chocolate zucchini bread (uh, yum?!). After I did the dishes and watched the Big Bang Theory I decided to try the Big Bang Theory on my husband.


Oh man, see what workouts, coffee, and pink kitchens do to a gal??

*SC = sexual content, L=language, PN=partial nudity (bras), and AAF= all around fun!! Which I hope you had.

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MRSCLAUS46 8/22/2012 8:08AM

    Just had to comment WOO-HOO emoticon Love your blog! I also wear a hearing aide (only one as other ear is gone) and also have balance problems. Interesting about wearing the aide while exercising--will have to see if it helps! emoticon

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WINACHST 8/18/2012 8:56AM

    First time I read one of your blogs! I just want to say that when I work out I have better workouts when I use a coached program. The "voice inside my head helps me stay focused on what I am doing.

Looking forward to reading more of your blogs.


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KIMPY225 8/17/2012 11:23AM

    I hope you have a great weekend!

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BAKER1009 8/17/2012 11:00AM

    OMG Cori!! You always crack me up. Between bras, zuchinni, and the Big Bag Theory, sounds like a good day to me!

Have an awesome weekend!

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RUFFIT 8/17/2012 9:54AM

    You are too funny!! Hugs, Moni emoticon

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PEPPYPATTI 8/16/2012 6:57PM

    You are always so entertaining! I have the same trouble with bras especially since I had a botched up lumpectomy on one breast. I have more room on one side-thats for my cell phone-lol!
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ENDUROVET 8/16/2012 3:52PM

    Ha ha ha - thanks for the laugh, it was much needed!

("Can't compete" - GOOD ONE, honey!)

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CJADERUN 8/16/2012 3:28PM

    I just had a whole blog about bras! Ugh. Sometimes I wish I were a man, because having breasts is expensive and difficult!

Great blog! :D

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LYNSEY723 8/16/2012 3:17PM

    Very funny! Why have I not been reading your blogs all along???

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KIMCOLLINGS 8/16/2012 2:39PM

    Love your blog! So funny! I added you as a friend. Hope you will add me back :)

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    Too funny!

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VLL723 8/16/2012 10:12AM

    You crack me up! Thanks for brightening up my day.

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MNABOY 8/16/2012 9:21AM

    Should not have read this one but you were too intertaining to quit.

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VITCHY-VICKI 8/16/2012 8:11AM

    emoticonBlog made me laugh emoticon

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FANGFACEKITTY 8/16/2012 6:55AM

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Thanks for the laugh! And I hear ya on the bras!

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TINAJANE76 8/16/2012 6:05AM

    You're a total riot--I love it! I think Playtex and maybe Danskin too make bras 'in-between' sizes like Nearly B for women who are bigger than an A but not quite a B. Maybe one of those would be a better fit for you!

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SCOOBEES 8/15/2012 11:55PM

    Yeah - totally agree with the bra extender things...didn't know they even existed till about a year ago lol!!! I can breathe! :)

Ooh, haven't done Mix it Up in ages...I miss Debbie '8 more reps' Siebers.

And, as always, your blog is like totally AAF!

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RORYLYONS 8/15/2012 7:07PM

    It is nice to look at life with some laughter... emoticon emoticon

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/15/2012 4:42PM

    pssch, because that, like totally, made too much sense? fer sure girlfriend.

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 8/15/2012 4:36PM

    ROTFL!!!!! Girl you are NUTS and I LOVE it!!! Why not get the 36 and get one of the extenders for the back? I think they sell them everywhere. That way you can not shake rattle and roll right out of your bra! HAHAHAHA

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Hot August Days

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

Still lingering onto 171.4

Those fat cells are resistant I tell you, but I WILL hit the 160s. I will!

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Yesterday I did only half of my Shape it Up. I thought I was doing okay. I just kept staring blankly into the television screen, giving it my all. but not even half way my heart rate began to accelerate a little too high (even for me and my WPW) so I thought I'd better slow down. Then the youngest came through the door, then hubby, then dinner, then.... you get the idea. I'm about to finish it up and then Firm it Up.

I like these DVDs in particular because they entail a lot of weights and ST with the cardio and I'm really digging it!! There are six DVDs in the series (one a day) and I will be doing them for four weeks then recover for a week.

**both pics courtesy of amazon.com & Beachbody**

I've been slacking on the nutrition. Not because like I've been stuffing my face or anything. I am just really doing well at eating mainly plant based and with having to help the oldest out and fixing the bug, we are a little tight. Meaning grub shopping on hold until Friday. So until then I look through the kitchen and there is turkey meatballs, lots of tri tip, chicken and NO veggies. LOL So, I've been eating cereals, drinking coffee, tea. I have a zucchini that I'm going to make into a nice lunch today. It's large enough I may make a zucchini brownie I found on Pinterest. I'm really starting to get addicted to that site.

**from my pinterest account**

well,so my real estate agent tells me to go look at the house and if we like it we'll put in an offer on it. We take the whole family down there and of course, we love it. It's on .25 acres backed up to a greenbelt, 3 bedroom open concept, granite, etc etc...everything we want in a house. We tell her "go for it" and she says "weeeellll, I was hoping to hear from your lender first" and shot that idea down. Needless to say I was NOT a happy camper. It's one thing to go look at a house (which I love to do) but don't drag my family into your false lies!!

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So, because we were UGH and it was 108 and we were hot and ugh we headed north. the kids didn't want to go so we dropped them off and headed to Grass Valley. Only Grass Valley was ALSO hot. Tom looks at me and says "I bet it's cooler in Tahoe" so we drove to and threw Tahoe. We had lunch, (veggie burger & Fries...I love me them fries!!) and oh man was it pretty. We decided it was definitely in the plans to book a room and come back.

We drove back that night where it was hot LOL but I do look forward to going back.

My oldest is doing well in San Francisco. She got her place fixed up nice. She's met another girl in the neighborhood and a few people around town. Actually, she's met more nice people in San Francisco in one week then she has here in the Sacramento area in three years. I wonder what THAT says?? LOL It says the sun makes people all cranky arse. Go rain and score another one for Washington niceness emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I opened my big, fat mouth again.

yup....I think this time I should've been stuffing it with food, but instead let words spew out. Remember how I said I tend to be more vocal with the issues of teenagers? Man, I did. See, i have this very dear friend who keeps asking for advice, only I really don't think she wanted it. Sometimes I think she just wanted everyone to know she was unhappy. Sometimes I wonder if she LIKES it when people see her unhappy. My mom was kind of the same way for awhile. Anyhow, I had just spoken to the realtor, it was hot and she had text'ed me and once again the term "bratzilla" (her calling her daughter that) came out and I completely lost it.

See, the thing is that I don't consider myself an expert so I don't care if you ask me for advice and don't take it. Actually, I don't mind just being an ear. But you know that bee that keeps lingering around your flowered shirt? You keep stepping away from it, dodging it because you really don't want to have to tick it off but it just keeps inching closer until you either run like heck screaming into the horizon or you swat the thing really ticking it off or killing it. That's how this situation was getting. I ended up swatting it with my mouth.

We talked again this morning, so I suppose that was good. So now the bee is buzzing around me again. I make it a point never to get angry and voice any opinions unless I know I'm right. and dang it if I know I'm right!! And I just don't want to see a mother/daughter relationship lost over stupidity. sighs. I guess I should practice what I preach "not my problem" LOL Just hard. I've known these gals ten years. Feel like I've helped raised the daughter...anyhow.

well, if I'm ever to work out now is the time. the 160s aren't going to get here by themselves...

Stay cool everyone. If you've got rain, you best be thanking someone!! Be good to one another and let's get healthy!!


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BLUE42DOWN 8/15/2012 3:28PM


Love your comparison to a bee buzzing around.

Hope the lender pipes up and you're able to move forward on that dream house.

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LYNETTEMOM 8/15/2012 10:59AM

    keep on being YOU because we love ya!

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CINDYLUUU 8/15/2012 9:50AM

    The 60's will be there, just keep doing what you are doing. Sometimes we don't always eat what we think we should, but your motivation is there and that is the main thing. Once you head is set to loose the weight, your body will follow.

As for giving advice..... I don't have any advice to give on that one......

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TINAJANE76 8/15/2012 7:10AM

    Great job getting your exercise in in spite of the scorching hot temps. You'll be down in the 160s before you know it! Hope things cool off and that everything works out for you with your car and the house.

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SHERYL_B 8/15/2012 12:37AM

    It is hard to give friends advice. I've chosen to not give my opinion, but just be available to listen. It has worked well for me, but I really have to think about it and hold my tongue.

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MNABOY 8/14/2012 9:53PM

    You are working hard and setting a great example for the team. Maybe I better investigate pinterest!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 8/14/2012 3:38PM

    You are not wrong in telling her your opinion on the matters at hand. All we can do is pray that between you and I she listens to everything that was said and can do the changes that need to be done for them both. My heart goes out to all parties in this because no matter what there is a break down somewhere. All we can do is continue to be there and keep them in our prayers.

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HELDER8 8/14/2012 3:07PM

    First, congrats on all the hard work!!! Second, I can sympathize on the difficulty balancing healthy foods with a tight budget. Keep up the good work and stay motivated!!!

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PEPPYPATTI 8/14/2012 2:32PM

    When you are hot everything else seems to get elevated too. Our temps have temporarily cooled down but I know they will rise up again. Way to go on your exercise. Any is some!
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The bug & other news (with pics)

Wednesday, August 08, 2012

First of all, I'm having a happy day on the scale. After last week's disappointment, I just figure my body is slow at reacting to the hard work I'm putting into it. So, in a nutshell, it's not my "official weigh in day" but I'm at 171.0. soooo freaking close to the 169 mini goal I can taste it. Now, to get my body there by Friday/Saturday.

Wanna hear something funny? I got done weighing myself and got dressed, when I went back into the bathroom I totally checked myself out. LOL I'm getting a waist again!! AND my boobs look bigger than my belly today. That's so awesome. Hey, check it out for yourself. Just don't look at my wild morning hair or the kid's dirty mirror. Am I crazy? Well, probably, but still the clothes at least make me look good and that's a freaking first for a long time, let me tell you.

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So, I guess that should motivate me to workout a little more today...SHOULD LOL

My hubby came to the rescue for my bug. It's in the shop and the little bugger is being fixed. Well, one of many little things. We are hoping to hear from the underwriters today regarding the possibility of a home loan approval. Everyone keep your fingers crossed! Think of me when sweating it out...yell at the universe! I want a house!! I want a garden!! Okay, really you don't have to do that. LOL

In other news My hubby and littlest just got back from Washington. Today they received a phone call stating they should send out thank you cards to the bride and groom for I guess, in essence, being allowed to be in their presence? LOL No, really something about because the bride bought the littlest dress (which we offered) and because she did her hair and makeup a card should be sent. I think that's a little weird and pompous, but what do I know about manners? I think they should send US one for allowing them to drive the 800 miles, pay for their own tux and do the speech at the wedding. **scratches head** I just don't get people at all, and last I checked I AM one. Although my Dad swears I'm Bert the alien's kid (from the show SOAP) That WOULD explain the ninja mutant resistant fat cells residing all over my a$$, I mean buttocks.


I helped the oldest pack her final box into the car. She's officially a San Francisco kid. I love her little place and I know she'll do well if she stays focused. Today she woke up to little water ants in her bathroom. Oh the joys of your first place on the first day. I think I have pics of her pink house somewhere....ah well, can you tell we like pink? LOL

Let's see, let's see what other rambles? Doing way better on nutrition. Been forcing myself to eat breakfast before coffee. It's hard because I feel very nauseous when I eat in the morning. Anyone else have this? I think it's just because I've never eaten really when I get up so to all of a sudden change, my body is saying "hold up!!" But, it's supposed to be important. Once, I get the food (oatmeal) literally SHOVED down my throat and I think I can contain it, I RUSH back to the coffee pot LOL That's right, it's still my reward. LOL Only difference with the coffee now is we use Natural Bliss creamer...holy moly .... all I'm going to say is read the ingredients on Coffee Mate Vanilla, then read the ingredients on Coffee Mate Vanilla Natural Bliss. Should speak for itself.

Well, School is about to begin. I'm nervous. Not because of the intense class load I have inflicted upon myself, not because my oldest won't be by my side this semester, but because I always seem to lose track of my time and workouts for 16 weeks at that time. I'm trying to figure out a way NOT to do that. Maybe make myself become a 430am worker-outer.

Oh, I think I just got queasy thinking about that.


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LYNETTEMOM 8/15/2012 11:03AM

    great pics--you look good. A picture is worth a thousand words!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 8/14/2012 12:03PM

    Oooooh hey looking gooood there! That little "side post" really sets off the curves in a gooood way!

I know what you mean about breakfast.. I figured out I had to drink a LOT of water first, like this tall iced tea glass I have is 24 oz. I have to add a bit of natural apple cider vinegar for a litttle-bitty- tiny bit of tart flavor in my water (supposedly it makes the liver and guts squeeze inside - kind of like "Toning In A Bottle" - don't we wish?!). That gets my guts primed and then after awhile I can eat!

And today I wrote in my goofball blog about making my oats WITH my coffee maker! How cool is that? Coffee? Oatmeal? (in my case today, it was actually the multigrain hot cereal with flax, made by the "BetterOats" company, oh well.). Double Reward, right? Have your breakfast and your coffee.. and then.. maybe a better cup of coffee as your big reward?? hehe. Just a thought.

Getting hungry so it is lunch time now... gotta scamper!

Have a great day!!

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HEALTHYLU1 8/13/2012 8:04PM

    Wow Hope, you're looking svelte! I am your opposite on breakfast, it's my favorite.

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SWEDE_SU 8/10/2012 2:11AM

    you look amazing! i have my coffee first, but have breakfast within about an hour or two afterward - no way i could eat before that. and i'm worried about getting back to the real world too, and figuring out how to fit things in. somehow we'll do it! i emoticon emoticon

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TINAJANE76 8/9/2012 5:44PM

    Looking fantastic, chica! Keep up the great work!

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MIAJOEB 8/9/2012 1:59PM

    You are so much fun...
My youngest and his wife have a house in San Fran also.
I know how to get there easy and we could carpool.
Sometimes you just want to have lunch with them.

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VLL723 8/9/2012 8:37AM

    I think you look amazing. Keep up the good work. I have those same fat cells. Mine seem to like my belly just as much as my a$$.........

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 8/9/2012 7:28AM

    You look great! Keep pushing forward- almost at your mini goal emoticon emoticon

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CINDYLUUU 8/8/2012 11:33PM

    You look great great! You will get to the 160's by this weekend for sure. I too could never eat oatmeal. Have you tried fruit for breakfast? I make for our brunch a fruit drink. First I juice a couple of apples and oranges, then pour that into a blender and add 2 bananas. I then fill the blender with frozen fruit, whatever kind you like or feel like that day. Blend it all up into a smoothy. It tastes wonderful and feels wonderful in your body.

I am glad to hear your bug is at the doc and will be back on the road soon. Good luck with the house loan and as for the 4:30 am work out schedule.... you go girl...

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SHERYL_B 8/8/2012 9:58PM

    Looking good!

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BLUE42DOWN 8/8/2012 6:04PM

    I don't eat first thing in the morning usually - unless I'm getting up later. Very early my body just isn't ready to deal with food, so I might have some juice or something small and soothing (string cheese works for me, as does pudding). All I'm doing is breaking my fast, not trying to do a full-scale meal. Around 9-10 am I finally feel ready to truly eat.

Very nice pics!

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PEPPYPATTI 8/8/2012 5:56PM

    Wow! I can see why you are tired! Awesome that you are getting your bug fixed & your boobs back-lol. Mine unfortunately are disappearing just as fast as my waistline-lol!

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MERRYMARY42 8/8/2012 4:53PM

    nice chatty blog, and yes, you can definitely see the change, isn't it wonderful, and well worth all the work. way to go

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HOPEFULHIPPO 8/8/2012 4:37PM

    totally different from front/side view...I can walk around sideways right? LOL

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TEACHFIRST268 8/8/2012 4:34PM

    Your blogs crack me up. I feel like we could be chatting, sitting across from each other having a cup of iced coffee.

First of all, congrats on 171!!!! Hope to see that someday in the near future. (Scale isn't moving much for me this week. I peek, too.) And I'll keep my fingers crossed for your loan approval!

Since I've started my 8 min. in the morning program again I've been doing well getting it in each morning, but it's summer and morning is 7:30 -8:00ish. When school starts it will have to be much earlier...groan. I, too, will face this challenge...and though maybe not a 4:30 am worker outer, I'll have to get up earlier to continue this program - and then will try to squeeze in walk/jog at night.

As for nausea at breakfast - YES - this used to be me, too. I've been working on eating breakfast, though, for the last year and a half or so and it doesn't happen any more. Stick with it a bit and I'll bet it subsides.

Keep up the great work! Loved the picts. You're looking great!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 8/8/2012 4:32PM

    Sweetheart you are looking wonderful! I love the comment about the thank you cards as I am sitting her scratching my head over it too. I never heard of that. Heck I super suck because I never got all my thank you's out to everyone. Guess that proves I was raised in a barn...right? LOL
I will be hoping and praying that you guys get the house. I know how badly you want it. Plus I can't wait to see pictures!!

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ENDUROVET 8/8/2012 4:05PM

    Yeah boy... I am SO not looking forward to my own 4:45 AM alarm when I have to start getting my boy to 6:30 AM football practices!

But ya look great, girlfriend... go get 'em!

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My beetle is being a bugger question for you

Friday, August 03, 2012

Every year I swear the first week of August is my demise. I always tell people that August 4th is my "Friday the 13th". It's the day I almost DIDN'T get married, it's the day Baby Jessica was taken away from her mother, it's the day our dog died. Every year it's something on or right around that day. This year is no exception.

I have a 2007 VW Beetle. I love the little thing, I really do. But lately it's been trying to nickel and dime me to pieces.

Y'all remember that I had to walk home last week to get the oil fixed. Well, here's the thing: I had a list of four items of concern: oil leak, brakes keep locking up when I start the car, sometimes I cant start the car because the key/starter gets stuck, and a headlight.

Well, VW was going to charge me $4000 to do this and I almost had a heart attack. Duncan's fixed the oil leak for $150. The brake booster was annoying but could wait as there was no real issue with it, until today.

They completely went out. For those that don't know what it is...it gives you assisted braking. Without it you are using all your weight to push down the brakes. And of course the faster you go, the more you have to push to get your car to slow down. It FEELS like you're driving without brakes and because it affects my pedal so badly, I essentially AM. So, my car is parked in the parking spot with an estimate of $600 looming over it.

I'd trade the bugger in, but I owe more than I could trade it in for. And truthfully I do LOVE the car....

So, here's a question I have for you.

I have a structured settlement. My next lump sum is due Nov, 2014 (so close but sooooo far away) for the amount of $25,000.

I got a quote today of $15,500 if I sell it and can get the money before 4 months.

What are your thoughts? Should I sell it and cut my losses to pay down the car, help the oldest with school since we can't get student loans (credit), and pay off some credit cards, or should I just hold out somehow for another 15 months? Or should I just get a $1000 loan to cover car repairs and help oldest out more when we get the $25,000?

That IS quite the cut on that settlement......I just wonder if it's worth it in the long run. I can NOT be without a car....my girls rely on me too much and Tom is the most grumbly person when he hs to drive them ANYWHERE....lol. ugh!!

I'm going to go workout....see if that helps to clear the brain.

But I would love to hear your thoughts.

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HEALTHYLU1 8/13/2012 8:31PM

    I hope you did not sell the settlement. That's like giving away $350 a month, if I calculated correctly, but $633 on your calculation. Either way, I think that's a bad deal.

Shira has a good idea. I think it mainly has to do with having a plan. We get caught up in our emotions on $, but the reality is that we learned to add and subtract in about 2nd grade and multiply and divide by 5th grade. Watch a few of those budget shows like "Till Debt Do Us Part" for ideas. Just like with your food plan, make it fun! Sure you deserve the finer things in life, like you deserve chocolate cake every day - but choosing it means paying with your health. Not worth it.

It appears you won't be in a position to help your oldest for a while. If your husband is grouchy (tempting to suggest he build a bridge and get over it) - why can't you drive them in his car?

You are a really capable person, and you can manage this with a little bit of creativity and patience. I believe in you!

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MISHAMW 8/6/2012 1:02PM

    I so don't know anything about financial stuff, or I would help.

But I just wanted to say I'm sorry about your car. I hope you figure it out and you love the outcome. My mom was pressured into buying a car she now hates (the only car she could drive and deliver mail from the right hand side).

So the best advice I can give you, is take your time, get something you not just like, but love and good luck!

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 8/6/2012 12:38PM

    Not sure how much help I can be on this one as my car has been sitting for a few months now. I too love my car but it is at the point that I will have to get rid of it and start over. I hate to do that because while it is paid off I feel like I have sunk a lot into it. Sadly this is a choice that only you can make....if you are going to lose out and only get 15 out of the 25 I would have to say to wait...losing 10 is not worth it. It would be smarter to get the loan and wait for the pay out.

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HI-NRG 8/4/2012 1:02PM

    I'd hang in if I could. The only thing I can think of is what if something catastrophic happens and you really, REALLY need some cash, but you've already settled. One train of thought is to treat it like an insurance policy or not even think about it at all. Make believe it doesn't exist. I am not a money person, so maybe the recommendation of the other poster to ask for some professional help might really be a good idea.
Just my layman thoughts...
Let us know how you fare.

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MNABOY 8/4/2012 9:41AM

    If the money is not taxable you still lose a lot selling early. Credit cards sometimes carry an exorbitant interest rate and paying them off early is the only way to approach the thought of "braking even".

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SHERYL_B 8/4/2012 9:34AM

    If your credit cards are more than 15%, perhaps it would make sense to sell, but only if you pay them off with the settlement too. Perhaps it would be worth a small investment to talk to a tax person or accountant to make sure there aren't tax implications that would impact that 15% and chnage it to something different.

It is a huge decision. Good luck.

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GOODGETNBETR 8/4/2012 8:42AM

    I had a VW Golf many years ago and I know the love you speak of. Loved my little Golf until someone on a snowy road lost control of their car. I was fine, she wasn't. It was sad having to say goodbye but it was cost prohibitive to get her road worthy. With that said if someone's offering 15K I'd sell it and find a nice used Corolla, Camry, Civic, etc. There's a reason these cars hold the top spots year after year as the most purchased vehicles. It's not easy but in time you too can recover from Fahrvergnügen :) emoticon

PS I love the new VW Sportwagen! TDI off course. emoticon

Update: I thought that sounded strange that someone would pay that much for a Beetle. I would NOT sell your future settlement only to receive 15,500 now. Too big a hit. I definitely think more of us should do what Shirarock suggest and sock it away for that rainy day fund. Cause it's not a matter of if...

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SHIRAROCK 8/4/2012 7:44AM

    I have an annoying idea...

Can you.. 1. fix the car... 2. come up with a $1,000 emergency car fund.

Yeah, budgeting is annoying... yeah I suck at it (so why am I even suggesting this)... but, I think it is a good idea.

I have a $1,000 emergency car fund. Okay, it has $600 in it right now. (I had to do $500 in repairs this month.... stupid body work... stupid headlight...stupid hood... stupid paint job... stupid neighbor backing into my car... lovely Geico repairing it... stupid deductible).

It might be worth it to scrimp and have $1K in a car fund so you don't have to consider selling it every time it is necessary to get repairs..

It seems that (in my car repair experience) $1K is about the average of a serious repair for me.

$1K is also the amount that makes me go "OH NOES. I gotta get a new car." Of course the logic sets in 15 min later and I don't get a new car. I usually replenish my car fund when the gods allow me to be paid 3 times in a month.

Anyway, this isn't a helpful RIGHT NOW suggestion... but maybe a planning idea, you know?

One more idea... any recalls on your car for brakes?

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NELLIEC 8/4/2012 12:57AM

    The brake situation sounds scary. I'm not sure I understand the deal about the settlement, but I am praying God guides you!

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SHOES17 8/3/2012 10:23PM

    Use a combination of head and heart. I will pray that you reach the right decision for you and Herbie .

I have a soft spot for my car. It's name is Blackhawk ( Midnight black accord).

Before him I had Alex(Blue Accord), Sabrina (Silver Prelude), and Linus(Blackberry Accord).

I have had trouble parting with each of my cars. Fortunately, I got to hand Alex and Linus down to my husband so I had a chance to quietly say goodbye over time.

Unfortunately, Sabrina was crushed by a Furry that ran a Stop Sign. I went to visit her several times at the junk yard. However, I still mourned her lost to the point I never enjoyed Linus.

My husband had a bug before we met and would like to have another one. Secretly I would too...The light green with a purple smiley and eye lashes. :) emoticon

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UMUCGRAD 8/3/2012 9:39PM

    I say HOLD OUT! You're paying a hell of a premium on that settlement.
Holding the good thought for you.

B-t-w, you can pick any and every day of the year and find things that go wrong, terribly wrong in some cases, on that day. I have a book called "On this Day" which shows headlines from around the world for each day. Sort of a snapshot of the big news events in the world. Believe me, something goes wrong every day of the year. So, maybe you can let go of your August 4th superstition? Remember, you get what you're looking for. If you believe your family catches a cold the second week of February every year -- they will. (I didn't make that up. Someone told me that years ago - and it was true. Every February they caught colds. Talk about the power of suggestion! Yikes!)

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SHERYL_B 8/3/2012 9:00PM

    By selling your settlement, you are in essence paying 15% interest on that money.

Is there anyway you can use it as ocllateral and get a loan at a lower interest rate. That way you can get your repairs and not lose all that moeny. As long as the loan rate is less than 15%, you will be ahead of the game (especially since you don't want a loan for the entire amount).

Good luck, but I wouldn't sell it if you could find a different way.

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PEPPYPATTI 8/3/2012 8:03PM

    You obviously love the car. My gut says to hang on to it. But do what is in your heart!

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ENDUROVET 8/3/2012 6:48PM

    Man oh man I hate to see you get undercut to the tune of $10K!

I personally would try to hang on so you can get the full amount, but of course you have to fix the bleeping car... Bugs are tough; don't you think you can just nickel & dime it until then?!?!? Sounds like VW dealer is trying to fleece ya...


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LORIPAICH 8/3/2012 6:38PM

  I got my settlement early for the same reason..Im glad I did it, cause I needed to get a new car. But every now and then I kick myself in the behind cause I lost outon an extra 15,000...so, if you can live with the loss in the future then go and do it!! but if its going to haunt you after its sais and done...then dont..my thought? give it a week to ponder on and do a pros and cons list...

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Ah. It's August; the battle is ON!!

Thursday, August 02, 2012

My Sparkaversary came and went. Three years. emoticon

Like most people I'm not where I want to be, HOWEVER, I can still hold my head up and proudly say that the battle against resistant mutant ninja fat cells are still progressing forward. I've lost, gosh, what 25 pounds in the past 3 years? I was hoping to be at 30 for sure this August, but alas these buggers are putting up a good fight in getting me in the 160sville.


My school books are starting to come in and this gets me to thinking (no pun intended)I have to prioritize. That's my goal for August. See, everytime school starts I fall wayward to "can't work out, time" excuse. So, I need to remember that I WANT this...I really really WANT this!! therefore in preparation of battle, our goals are to schedule a time every day for battle. And I shall!! Gosh, I just hope it's not a 4:30 sneak attack, but I'd be willing to do it.

Right now my plan of attack is the Slim Series DVDs. I want to remain on this until I gain consistency. Oh yes, that's the plan. I have completed Shape it Up yesterday and Firm it Up today....I'm going to feel it tomorrow!!

Also, I have pulled out the stops, I will be going to the gym for ST AND guess what? Groupon had Crossfit. 12 classes for $25, so I signed up. I will get these little buggers off my body and make my fat cells CRY!!!


Hubby and the littlest one went to the Washington Wedding. So I have more time this weekend for me. Funny because before I would've used this time to clean, putz, Facebook, read......but this weekend is all about getting in those fitness minutes and miles. I don't know what crawled up my nose and gave me this energy but I'm so stoked all of a sudden.

Oh yeah!!


In other news:
I still need to work on my nutrition. I am doing better at getting the "bad stuff out" but everyonce in awhile I really blow it.....BIG!!

For example, we were taking a load of stuff to my daughters place in Frisco. I really wanted a cup of coffee and we decided to pull into McDonalds. I bought lunch, coffee and proceeded without a care in the world until .....

I looked down.

I had just finished a double quarter pounder. I haven't eaten meat in 3 months and BAM, I swallowed a burger without even THINKING bout it. I don't even know that I tasted it really.

It's the mutant resistant ninja fat cells. They plotted it, I am sure of this.

Sneaky little buggers.

My daughter and I agree that we will never speak of this incident again. Ever!

Today I shall get my coupons and grocery list and head down to Trader Joe's for some clean eating and healthy meals to go with our workouts.

In the meantime, I AM rambling...that's okay. I just wanted to post here and say "hey" so "hey"

Football season is around the corner!! Score!

Any way, I must get. I have rent to pay and I really want to get a list of list together. The list of foods, the list of time to workout, the list of workouts, the list goes on and on....and

I will let you know how Cross fit goes!!

**doin the happy dance**

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KIM_POSSIBLE77 8/6/2012 12:25PM

    I'm in that same boat....but lucky for us we keep coming back. One day all this will stick and we will be on the other side of the line.
I'm going to a football game on Thurs....not for my boys (super sad face) but my hubby will be happy that night. LOL Now to just stay away from the beer! LOL

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UMUCGRAD 8/3/2012 9:46PM

    I, too, got a 20-class deal through Groupon. Looking forward to starting in the Fall, when it works for my schedule. Meanwhile, it's the treadmill, DVDs and outdoor walks.

25 pounds is IMPRESSIVE! You're 25 pounds lighter than you were 3 years ago. That's a BIG DEAL!

Keep up the great work! Make those cells cry! LoL LoL

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MIAJOEB 8/3/2012 4:57PM

    Rambling, Rambling, rambling, keep those doggies rambling. Rawhide....
Anyway it can happen to anyone.. must be ever vigilant.

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LYNNA7499 8/3/2012 10:28AM

  Sounds like you have a great plan! I just bought 20 fitness classes online as well - I am planning on taking Cycling classes once a week.

I am like you - making lots of lists too. Good luck with your August goals!

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TINAJANE76 8/3/2012 5:13AM

    Happy Anniversary and don't worry too much about the burger. Today's a new day and the start of a new year of healthier living. Your ultimate goal is just around the corner and keeping off 25 pounds is no small feat in itself!

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    3 years! That is awesome! It is hard to work exercise around busy schedules but we are worth it and we got to get it done. I am looking forward to fall like you wouldn't believe!!

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SHOES17 8/3/2012 12:40AM

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MNABOY 8/3/2012 12:23AM

    You are an inspiration. Let us know how the new DVD helps.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 8/2/2012 10:42PM

    happy 3 years!! And as for the burger - don't sweat it :) You're doing great!

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SHERYL_B 8/2/2012 8:55PM

    That's a great deal for CrossFit - how awesome!

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