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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

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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.

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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.

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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!!!

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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!!

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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!
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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!!
ska-weeeeeeeeee!!

**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....
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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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RED_WRITINGHOOD 8/3/2012 2:27AM

    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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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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that last mile

Friday, July 27, 2012

I had to drop off my bug yesterday. VW dealership wanted over $4000 in repairs for it, which I simply don't have. I took it there thinking some of it was under warranty, but alas, no more warranty for the bug.

So, I took it to my trusted Duncan's, dropped it off, and walked home. Turns out there is only $200 worth of repairs needed. Figures!! I love Duncans.

I figured a walk was a good way to get in my mileage AND as I've tried

Atkins diet for 3 months (gained one pound)

South beach Diet (yum)

Beachbody diet (yum)

Vegetarian & no diet pepsi (no loss)

I've discovered something very important about these ninja mutant fat cells.

they only leave when I burn them off.

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really, I know nutrition IS important and I won't go by the wayside, however, I think I was focusing, well actually RELYING on it too much. So, my new goal is to focus on the Fitness Tracker more and the nutrition a little less.

ANYWAY

What I was saying was that I was walking home. And it was going great!!

For about 5 miles

But that last mile...

I had stopped by Chevron and got me some water and I knew that the weather could pose a problem. Even though we are no longer in triple digits, we still are in the mid 90s. That last mile was one straight long road to my apartment. The one thing I noticed were no trees.......just dead and brown straight up the road. I couldn't help marveling how it really was like the desert view from the sidewalk. That last mile my mind kept saying:

"oh man it is hot"

"Where is the freaking shade?"

"please don't let me pass out...."

"oh look, a fire station, I can pass out now"

"okay, one step then two then one step...QUIT SLOWING DOWN"

"where is the freaking shade???"

"oh thank you warm breeze for cooling me down"

By the time I DID reach my apartment complex I was feeling pretty dizzy. I knew when my mind could only say "1,2,1,2,1,2,1,2," that I was in a little bit of trouble. I really had to focus on getting my feet to get to the door, " just a few more buildings 1,2,1,2,1,2 quit slowing down...you can do this" all playing over and over.

When I got in the door I sat down for a minute and grabbed a very tall glass of water. My water that I had bought from Chevron was now hotter than my own body temperature. Immediately I began to sweat profusely and I knew in a few minutes it wasn't going to be pretty unless I cooled down.

but the ice must've really not agreed with my body..

My husband walked in the door from work and started chatting my ear off. I got up and staggered to the bathroom and locked the door where I held my belly writhing in pain and nausea. It was NOT pretty. I tried to hold on to the walls but I was sweating so bad I kept slipping.

by the time I thought I got my stomach settled I tried to stand up and lost vision out of one eye and felt like I was going to pass out. My ears began to burn (a sure sign I'm going to be sick) So I lay on my bed groaning in front of the fan. Hubby looked at me, still oblivious as to what was going on..."are you OKAY?" and got me a tall glass of ice water. NOT what I wanted to see right now. LOL I told him I was suffering from heat exhaustion and he immediately put me in the shower. I began shivering like crazy but almost immediately felt better.

"I guess I don't have to ask how the walk went?" he says to me

"The walk went great" I said, "but that last mile was a b*tch"



  
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SHOES17 8/3/2012 3:07AM

    You have just have a positive attitude. The heat can really do a number on our bodies. I am really trying to focus on hydration. I dont like to drink. Hang in there...

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LYNETTEMOM 8/1/2012 8:27PM

    scary story! I have had heat stroke once in my teens and it was nasty. Living where I do, hot weather is seldom a big deal. Fahrenheit 80's is hot here.
Take care of yourself!

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WHITNEYLD 8/1/2012 2:08PM

    I am glad to hear you saved a bundle on your car repairs! I can understand your pain as far as exercise vs. nutrition, and I am coming to the same conclusion! emoticon

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CORINA-MOMOF4 7/29/2012 8:16PM

    so sorry to hear that - take it easy!!

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PEPPYPATTI 7/29/2012 12:27PM

    Sorry to had to go through that. It was a good thing your hubby knew what to do!
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CHANGINGSEASONS 7/29/2012 9:37AM

    ugh. Well i'm glad that your repair bill went from 4 grand to a couple hundred..that is a great thing! Otherwise...ugh. lol. I hope you're feeling better today girl. When you have to go pick up your car do you have somebody who can drive you??? I hope so. This heat is just bad. Take care of yourself and feel better. Hugs

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SHIRAROCK 7/29/2012 8:30AM

    Gah. This sounds like hell.

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CHRISGETTINGFIT 7/28/2012 10:51PM

    That's not Duncan Automotive where I took my car last week, is it? (in Lincoln?) Glad you got thru it ok, and I hope you'll try not to exercise much in this crazy heat -- the most outside activity I do in town in the summer between 10 and 7 is to walk to the mailbox! (I Hate heat ! Still waiting a bit before walking the dog.) Hope you're feeling better tomorrow and your car is too!!

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MIAJOEB 7/28/2012 4:32PM

    You do not have to get most fitness minutes that badly...
Please take care of yourself.
When I was new to CA I also made that mistake.
Take care.

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SWEDE_SU 7/28/2012 4:05PM

    Yikes! Take care of yourself, that sounds pretty scary!

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TINAJANE76 7/28/2012 2:19PM

    Glad to hear you're okay but be careful with this heat! Exercise is important but not to the point where you're jeopardizing your health. Take care and hope you get some cooler weather soon!

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POLYANNA2 7/28/2012 7:33AM

    I've had that nasty experience and I know how miserable it is. I can guarantee that you'll never do it again. I'm glad your hubby was with you.

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SHERYL_B 7/27/2012 9:55PM

    Glad your hubby took care of you!

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RUFFIT 7/27/2012 7:24PM

    Take care of yourself!! Hugs, Moni

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SPANKYBUNNS 7/27/2012 7:15PM

  Holy Moly what a crappy day, make sure you stretch tonight or your going to feel it tomorrow.
Glad your okay

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GRANNYSUE9 7/27/2012 5:50PM

    Wow! You have to be so careful in this heat! My husband had heat exhaustion and he kept sweating like a faucet. I've always heard that getting in a cold shower when you are too hot can cause a heart attack. When we were stationed in Rota, Spain, one young female sailor went for her early morning run and then took her shower to get ready to go to work on the base. She never made it and she was in her early 20's. So PLEASE be careful and take care of yourself!

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MNABOY 7/27/2012 5:44PM

    Heat is a serious issue. My DS, a golf course superintendent, really chewed me out for push mowing DD yard in mid-day. He told me that "at your age" you would never be the same after a heatstroke. He said he didn't work his people on jobs like that at that time of day. It's good to know someone cares. The ice water may be a problem, tap water is okay in a rush.
Glad you are okay.

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BLUE42DOWN 7/27/2012 4:35PM

    Oh my goodness. I'm glad he knew to get you cooled down (via the shower). Hope you're not feeling any ill-effects today.

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TEACHFIRST268 7/27/2012 2:56PM

    Yikes! Scary stuff! Glad you're okay!

Good for you for walking. I'm sure you'll be more aware/careful from now on!

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CURVY_CINDY 7/27/2012 2:47PM

    I'm glad he got their right in time to throw you in the shower.. Good part is you survived the walk..

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debunk the funk rambles

Wednesday, July 25, 2012

The last time we spoke I was having a "blah" day. Hubby came home and took me out for a lovely 3.5 mile walk. It was just what the Dr. ordered.

today I took my little bug into the dealership and when I was shuttled back home decided I would run the route that hubby and I took the other day. I knew it was warm outside, but I thought: what the hey.

At first it was really really good. I could feel it in my calves as i walked/ran at my intervals. This was (yes, once again) week 3 of my C25 and once again, i couldn't finish it. It could be the heat, it could be that I'm very inconsistent with following through on this. I need to change that up.

When the half hour was up on the iPod I was more than half way around the 3.5 mark and continued walking.......let's just say by the time I got home I really thought I was having a heat stroke. I'm as wet now as I will be once I get into the shower. But, it's done for today and I WILL do it again.

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I've decided on a goal of my dress by September 15th. I know that's right around the corner, but my incentive now is my niece's wedding. How I would LOVE to wear the dress for it!! And, as I've tried every diet out there only to fail I have discovered that it is simply because I need to exercise. I am learning that I cannot have one without the other no matter how hard I try.

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While wondering if I was going to pass out in the middle of traffic today, I pondered some thoughts again. It's simple really, but why must some people insist on degrading my workouts? It's crazy, nuts, and just well, mean! LOL It's interesting to me how people think it's their business to input their opinions on becoming a vegetarian and running. "Running is SO bad for you! I know way more people that run than you do and they all tore out their knees and can never walk again!!" Okay, so that MAY have been slightly exaggerated, but you get the idea. I just find it interesting and sometimes, disturbing. Kind of like the ordinances with putting a vegetable garden in your front yard. Where do people come UP with these things and WHY do they care so deeply about initiating their hatred towards it? I don't go around preaching how much I don't eat meat, insist on not cooking it for my family, and how I love to try to run and they should be banned for not believing what I believe. I just would never do that. I believe in respecting your beliefs/ideas in the hopes that you return the favor.

I guess that's what makes me liberal. D@mn Republicans**

Anyhow, I do need a shower now and I'm trying to decide what's for dinner tonight. I bought some of my text books for school next month. I got NO financial aid this semester, so it's all me. gasp!! Maybe maybe maybe I'll do a DVD.

I've got a dress to work for!!!

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**Don't get in a huffy puffy pants, send me nasty grams, or beat me up please. This sentence was actually said to make you smile and was not said to voice any political views or cause any political uproars. I apologize if this two word sentence caused you any discomfort or duress as I personally like some Republicans....just haven't had any good ones in office since Regan. Thank you!!

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CHANGINGSEASONS 7/26/2012 10:05AM

    I hear you on this big time! I was doing an excellent boxing program on the wii and felt like I got a pretty good workout from it. Somebody tried it with me and scoffed(even though they complained their arms were super sore for a few days after!)..like it wasn't REAL exercise. Sooo, I stopped doing it all together. Didn't replace it with anything. Just been doing nothing. In the recent past the same thing has happened with my pool workouts, my walking wii game, and the elliptical. It makes me feel bad when somebody puts down what i'm doing and makes me feel like i'm not up to par. So, I just give it up. But, honestly that's pretty lame. And, I was vegetarian for a little while myself and it blew my mind how many people were seriously offended by me NOT eating meat. It was nuts!! The most vocal and irritating was a guy I worked with. He was probably 5 feet tall..if that..and 4 feet wide...on bp and cholesterol meds..plus others...and spent every day arguing with me about me not eating meat. One day was especially bad because I was PMS'ing and he was busy stuffing a pizza with all different meats on it (pepperoni, sausage, beef, ham, bacon..maybe more) in his face. While I was eating a nice healthy salad. I finally did snap and tell him that if he wants to be unhealthy that's his business and this is MY business so to just start minding his. I don't think he really talked to me again but it was no huge loss. I was nicer than a lot of people would have been. I saw him about 2 months ago outside Auto Zone and he was a lot slimmer so maybe he had a wake up call. You just do what is right for YOU and try to avoid the people that bring you down. Or else just don't tell them the things you KNOW they will be negative about. For me it's the same people every time that have something discouraging to say. I've just stopped telling them about the things they always gripe about. If they don't know they can't trash them. I think some people feel offended because they feel like you're judging THEM for eating meat. Then, they go on the attack. Some vegetarians ARE that way- very vocal about how people who eat meat are ruining the planet and their health and blah blah blah. And, it may be true but you can't lump everybody into the same category and judge them. Not saying you are..just that some do and that adds to the problem. If people feel attacked they aren't going to listen.

But, I say bravo to you for living that lifestyle and doing what is best for YOU. And, it helps your daughter a ton, i'm sure, that you are doing it with her. Sorry for the very long comment, lol.

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BLUE42DOWN 7/26/2012 1:36AM

    Awesome that the activity is helping you beat the funk.

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UMUCGRAD 7/25/2012 8:51PM

    I have never been able to run, even as a young person without arthritis. But, I also understand that millions of people do and many of them even enjoy it. It's about what works for each person. I HATE Pilates. Hate it, hate it. But, I can spend hours on the treadmill, love working with weights and enjoy boot camp-type DVDs at home.

It's about what works. Lots of luck with your program!

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SHERYL_B 7/25/2012 8:48PM

    You can make your goal! I have confidence in you. Just think, it is only 6 weeks. You can do it for 6 weeks, right?

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MNABOY 7/25/2012 8:34PM

    We all have a constitutional right to our opinions! I agree that exercise is a necessary key to a healthier life and used to jog 4 miles a day. When I quit I went super-size and my knees are now replaced but my back doesn't enjoy running. Lungs don't like speed walking but they need the redevelopment.

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TINAJANE76 7/25/2012 7:56PM

    Thanks for a good laugh! In all seriousness, though, I think you're right for doing things that work for you. There's no one-size-fits-all in this process and you have to find what works for and is sustainable for you. I'm not a huge runner (unless you count sprints) but I know lots of people who've had great success with running and many of them have never been injured once in their lives from it. Keep on keeping on and you'll be sure to get into that dress for your niece's wedding!

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GRANNYSUE9 7/25/2012 6:30PM

    I don't even try to go outside and do any activities. It is too hot here. At 10 at night we are still in the high 80's and not relief in sight. Be careful outside and be sure to drink lots of water while you are doing it.

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Ups and down of things

Monday, July 23, 2012

I survived the weekend!

See, I really didn't want to go camping. Not that I don't like camping, I think it's alright; i just didn't want to have to meet 40 new people and go from there. And I didn't want to have to figure out the whole food thing, and ugh..it was just not where I wanted to be.

but, I went.

and now I really feel old.

Most of the "kids" there were in their 20s with young little babies. I bring up boating and intertubing, they bring up bashing the tubes together and wakeboarding. I bring up playing a game they brought, they bring up how many shots can be done in said game. We sit by the campfire, they throw beer bottles and cans into said campfire...it was, if anything........well, boring.

Volleyball never was brought up, so I didn't get to play.

I sat on the boat for 3 days which was "kinda" fun if I weren't so pessimistic right now.

Keys were lost. (turns out the kid lost them under a tent...found em when packing up)

I forgot to bring my dinners so I ate grapes, granola bars, and some chips all weekend...which could be good or bad, pick one.

I had LOTS of water.

I didn't have to do dishes, that was cool.

Got lots of sleep, which could be cool or dull I dunno. I did it to make the time pass by faster. LOL

All in all I think hubby had a good time and I'm pretty sure the girls had a better time then they thought they would so that was good. I'm just glad it's over.

The first thing I did when we got home was unload the truck and coolers which of course is an hour task (especially when everyone sits on the couch saying "give me a minute and I'll help")

So, I had it in my head to work out today. I weighed in at 173 which was pretty consistent with where I've been...no gain or loss really with the camping.

Hubby came home early from work "let's go golfing with my boss and his wife"

Um....

no.

I just couldn't. This weekend was exhausting enough. I just wanted to work out and maybe putz around. Just for ME today, ya know?

but daughter brought over the boyfriend so I can't work out in front of them in this tiny little place, I thought maybe tonight, but she's throwing a surprise bday party for him here. That's right. ugh.

It's near 100 degrees to be thinking of running...and I did ponder it.

I could go to the gym...I just really...well, I don't like it. It's just so 'cold" there. and lonely. I don't want to BE lonely, I just want to workout alone.

I'm pouting.

I should've gone to the golf course.

I'm really trying not to pout.

Guess I'll clean. Then play the "what's for dinner?" game. Maybe take a shower. Hubby said he'll take me to the gym tonight but I'm thinking that doesn't help with "I don't like it there!" LOL grumble grumble grumble.

ugh, what a waste of a day.

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SHOES17 8/3/2012 3:12AM

    Camping isnt my thing either...One time we went to the mall and came back to see the tent floating away. LOL I was 17 I blame the grown ups. LOL

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ENDUROVET 7/24/2012 6:39PM

    Sorry your camping trip was not-so-great...

But I'm w/you on the golf - Hubby has re-equipped himself, but you won't catch ME out there, chasing that little white ball!

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SCOTMAMA 7/24/2012 12:35PM

    Now that you've vented I'm sure you feel a little better.

I think you were right to say NO to golf. At 100F how fun could that be? I wish the gym I went to was COLD, I get in there and just roast -- and it's hard for me to get in a good work out when I'm too warm. It's such a big place they probably need to save on air conditioning!

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TINAJANE76 7/24/2012 11:57AM

    Okay, so you had a bad day and a not so great weekend. Today's a new day! Don't focus on what you can't do or don't want to do but what you CAN do and what you WANT to do. Hope today's an 'up' day for you!
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BAKER1009 7/24/2012 9:22AM

    Sorry the camping trip didn't work out so well. Guess that answers the 50 questions I left on your page yesterday :)
Do you have enough room in your bedroom to sneak in a workout? Spark has some great ones that don't take too much room...like the 10 minute cardio kickboxing (my favorite).
Hope you feel much better today my friend!!

Hugs,
Beth

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BAZOOKABOBCAT 7/24/2012 8:52AM

    Everyone has those down days. Sometimes I just feel like, NO, I don't want to work out today. I don't want to work out EVER AGAIN. Of course, that's totally not true. But I can talk myself into a really good grump if I put my mind to it.

As long as you can laugh about it and keep moving on, you're doing just fine!

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CHANGINGSEASONS 7/24/2012 8:02AM

    lol, i'm well past the age where doing shots during a board game or tossing beer into the fire would be fun also. ha. To bad there weren't more people there at your maturity level so you could have had some fun doing things you enjoy. But, it does sound like you could be pms'ing. That's exactly my outlook when i'm pms'ing. lol. grumble grumble..just want to be alone..everybody is driving me mad...etc. yep. You'll prob feel like a new person in another day or so. Just hang in there. And, don't feel guilty for not wanting to go golfing or have the party..sometimes it's just 'to much' when you're trying to fight the hormones. Hope today is better and you can get some alone time to exercise or just relax. hugs.

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CORINA-MOMOF4 7/23/2012 8:37PM

    emoticon here's to getting a good workout in tomorrow!!

What about a late night run after the sun goes down?

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HOPEFULHIPPO 7/23/2012 7:54PM

    ...PMSing might be the culprit...dang it all!! and if it's not, well, I'll blame it all the same :p



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SHERYL_B 7/23/2012 7:45PM

    Sorry it wasn't your favorite weekend ever. Next weekend should be better, right?

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TEACHFIRST268 7/23/2012 7:41PM

    I'm sorry - I don't mean to, but I'm laughing at your post. This could be something that I would write. You know what the best thing is about camping - when it's OVER! lol! (Unless you go in a cabin with running water and air conditioning, and go out for meals!)

Hang in there. This, too, shall pass!

Congrats on maintaining through all of that!



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KIM_POSSIBLE77 7/23/2012 6:54PM

    Are you PMSing? LMAO.....I'm going to call you!! Alright, no answer...I hope that you at least get a good chuckle over the message. We all have our bad days and it sounds like this is yours. I missed you this weekend and I feel bad that you had a poo poo time. As for that daughter of yours doing a party I would have to say you need to have a talk to her. The place you are at is too small for that and she should know that. Your too nice I would have kicked them out and did my DVD. Muhahahaha!!!

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PEPPYPATTI 7/23/2012 6:53PM

    You are toooo funny. So sorry about your camping trip but you at least found some positives in it. Hope you get a chance to work out. Sounds like it is just what you need-lol!!
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