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Taking a HIATUS

Wednesday, July 04, 2012

Sorry I haven't been around. Work is busy - the gym is busy.

I am prioritizing and I seriously need to de-stress. My weight is still WAY too high. SO my DD and I have joined WW and we'll see how that goes. I do like the meetings in person. I enjoy eating fruit and veggies that I don't need to log just count.

So I will check in on occassion but feel I need to step away for a bit and come back happier and less stressed.

I am still counting steps and will check in with the 10K team - who I love dearly.


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GRUNCLE 11/8/2012 7:08AM

    In case you see this! We all miss you! I hope you come back soon. You mean a lot to this team. I think I can speak for all our members! WE LOVE YOU! emoticon

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NIXY72 7/31/2012 12:20PM

    Good luck to you! We'll miss you :) Be sure to pop in now and then to let us know how you're doing.

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SUSIEGKORN 7/6/2012 10:06AM

    Sometimes stepping away is good! Glad you have a plan and your DD is doing it with you. That will add to your success! Wishing you the best (and your DD, too.)

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    Good Luck with WW. I did really well when I followed the program years ago. Hopefully it works well for you!

Take care of yourself. Like Mandy says - remember to breathe every now and then!

Will I see you in the Go St. Louis Halloween 10k???

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NEWNAC304 7/4/2012 9:37PM

    I will miss you but I understand. I haven't been able to be here as much as I'd like. Life does get in the way. Good luck and stay in touch.

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ROCKMAN6797 7/4/2012 3:27PM

    Good luck Beth!
I suppose it is good that your gym is busy, huh?!
Keep in touch!

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OPTIMIST1948 7/4/2012 1:19PM

    Ww works for alot of people! Good luck!

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JENNIFERH625 7/4/2012 1:10PM

    Good luck with your new venture. I hope it works out well for you and you find the support in person you need. You can do it!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/4/2012 12:54PM

    emoticon Happy 4th of July.

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DBELLE39 7/4/2012 12:30PM

    Wishing you all the best of success. You can do this.
Happy July 4th!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/4/2012 12:09PM

    Good luck with the WW! I hope when you find time you will blog about it -- what is good and whatnot.

I am a lifetime member (twice, no less) so I'm always interested in their latest and greatest.

I too love the 10K team! Not sure about those jumping jacks though....

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BARBIE042 7/4/2012 10:59AM

    Best of Luck to you , I know you can do it !

Happy 4th !

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JACRBUNCH 7/4/2012 9:15AM

    Good luck with your goals and take care of yourself

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WORKTHEGOAL 7/4/2012 8:57AM

    Lovely to hear from you Beth, and you make perfect sense, and its brilliant that you have the support of each other to keep you motivated.

Good luck with it all and enjoy whatever 'de-stress' results you get!

Just remember to ... B R E E E A T H E !!

Love M x

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UK diet sensation and my experiment

Sunday, May 20, 2012

I am standing in line at the grocery store and an article in one of the magazines catches my eye. UK Low Carb diet just two days a week and lose more weight.

Hmmm... so I bought it because I didn't have time in line to read it.

Basically it says, in a VERY general way, to choose two days a week (doesn't specify back to back or to different days either) to keep your carbs under 50 grams. Eat sensibly the rest of the week.

SO.. I google this at home. I find MANY well-known magazines online that almost state the same article verbatim. I find this interesting. OBVIOUSLY this is a propaganda article pushed out by someone.

But for major magazines to publish it without really being thorough seriously bothers me.

I finally found a little more. On the "low carb" days you can only eat 650 calories.

UM NO I don't think so. This is KNOWN to be bad for your gall bladder. The PRO that they discuss is lowering your insulin for the month by 18% or close to that.

There were also 3 control groups. One on a normal 1500 intake, one like stated above and another that escapes me at the moment.

I am going to try two low-carb days - no processed foods, etc. BUT I am keeping my calorie range the same. Healthy fats are allowed and one piece of fruit.

I am going to do this through the month of June and report back July 1.

Just curious to see what happens. I would like to get rid of the processed foods from my kitchen but can't quite give them up 100% yet. THEN I binge.. this might ease me into that scenario.

What do you think?

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SWAZY33 5/31/2012 5:55AM

    I like that you are doing your own research! Let us know how it works out.

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    Very interesting, I'm looking forward to seeing how you like it and what your results will be.

I've been thinking about taking 1 or 2 days a week (probably non-consecutive) and trying to eat super healthy. Will probably be on the lower end of the calorie range, but it should shake up my metabolism! :)

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FITFABME2 5/25/2012 6:47PM

    Hi there! I had a nutritionist several months back recommend I cut back on carbs to jump start weight loss - it was miserable! I lost all the weight (over 40 pounds) up to that point by eating healthfully and killing processed foods - mostly whole foods and lots of water - and lots of exercise - and I never felt hungry through the entire journey.

...then I cut back on carbs. NIGHTMARE! I was starving to death and miserable -- then I understood the negative connotation of 'dieting'. It sucked! I was only eating good carbs - like oatmeal at breakfast, for instance..and she said to stop. After a few weeks I dumped her as my nutritionist and found another because it just wasn't working at all for me. I was sooooo hungry -- and not losing any weight anyway.

But good luck to you -- I just think you need to eat food that your body craves for its nutritional value - and you'll be good!

Good luck!!

And (little plug here) please check out my website at www.mybeautysociety.com/christinek<
Sent you an email on this a while ago...did you get??

And congrats on those Cubbies!



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TRAVELGRRL 5/20/2012 9:27PM

    I always worry that I can't stick with a diet like this because something always happens on the day I'm supposed to be "on."

I remember being on a diet a LOOONNNNGGGGG time ago where you watched what you ate for 6.5 days and got to eat anything you wanted, in any quantity, for 8 hours of the 7th day.

Yeah. Like giving one hit of crack to an addict! Never made it past the first "splurge" day.

I will be very interested to see how things works out for you! I like how you are keeping a skeptical eye on it but are willing to give it a shot.

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ROCKYCPA 5/20/2012 7:59PM

    Sounds interesting and I would like to know the outcome of the diet. I try on a daily basis to lower my carb intake but haven't been real successful. Keep us posted.

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ROCKMAN6797 5/20/2012 6:13PM

    If it means two less days of processed foods then that is a good thing!
Very interested in reading the follow-up to this experiment.


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SUCCESS68 5/20/2012 4:03PM

    Sounds good to me. Clean living by removing excess from food intake does mean that we don't need as much starch in our diets. So even on a vegetarian menu you still want to balance protein, carbs and fats.

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AHAPPYLIFE 5/20/2012 2:42PM

    It sounds totally do-able as long as you are keeping your calorie intake healthy. I don't think it's any different than doing 2 days a week vegetarian. The point is, don't go to extremes either way! Have fun & I hope you find a routine that works for you & fits your healthy life.

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HONEYPOT319 5/20/2012 1:44PM

    I don't know, I have not had any past luck with the low carb thing. My new health journey includes lots of fresh fruits and some of them (like mango and watermelon) have quite a few carbs in them. I wish you luck trying it and can't wait to see your results. :)

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Wednesday, May 09, 2012

You gotta love baseball!! Rockman and I are now on our second season of betting - and the winner gets the joy of reading a BLOG about how GREAT the opposing team was during the series.

Here we go!!!


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ROCKMAN6797 5/12/2012 12:40PM

    Thanks for the shout-out Beth!
Wait till August....

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IAMDESSIE 5/12/2012 2:00AM

    I love emoticon The Augusta Green Jackets are playing here and I have attended several games. I went Thursday and I have tickets for Saturday. This is the schedule I have several tickets, as I took some ofthe family on Thursday. They enjoyed it. http://www.milb.com/schedule/index.

Go for the win!!!

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NEWNAC304 5/9/2012 12:43PM

    Go Cubbies! emoticon

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Navy Cross awarded to my friend's step-son

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Amazing Story I would like to share today!


Sergeant Farias is enthusiastically recommended for the Navy Cross for conspicuous gallantry and intrepidity in action against the enemy while serving as Assistant Squad Leader, Battery I, 1st Battalion, 11th Marines, 1st Marine Division in Afghanistan, on 5 October 2010 in support of Operation ENDURING FREEDOM.

Sergeant Farias was serving as an assistant squad leader while participating in a three day patrol operation in the Kajaki District in the Northeastern Helmand Province. This area is highly contested by enemy, and coalition forces are surrounded on three sides by Taliban fighters. Sergeant Farias' squad was on its second day of operations and had begun preparation for an early night ambush as the sun was setting.

That evening two enemy fire teams, having snuck into the area using the tree lines and ambushed the unit with fire from a 73 millimeter recoilless rifle which struck inside the compound where the squad was staging. The enemy then opened fire with a heavy volume of small arms and machine gun fire from three locations, pinning the Marines inside and preventing another squad in the area from maneuvering to assist them.

The high explosive rounds from the recoilless rifle wounded six Marines with fragmentation, four of which were critical to include the squad leader. Another five sustained concussions and fragmentation wounds. Sergeant Farias was severely wounded with shrapnel to the neck, shoulder, and back. He also suffered a severe concussion and broken clavicle bone.

Sergeant Farias did not hesitate in taking action. After picking himself up from the force of the blast, which had knocked him back against the compound wall, he immediately directed the efforts of able Marines in triaging and treating the seriously wounded. As the Taliban opened fire with machine guns he took bold steps to protect the squad, directing Marines to move the severely wounded to cover inside the compound as enemy fire began to pour into the (PB) patrol base.

After directing the treatment of the wounded Marines and despite serious wounds to his upper body, Sergeant Farias pulled himself onto the roof of the compound and directed suppressive fire from a M240B machine gun and M249, manned by Marines that he directed to join him on the roof. His fearless leadership and presence of mind, with enemy fire impacting all around him, repelled the enemy's initial assault. Under unrelenting fire from enemy small arms and machine guns, Sergeant Farias ignored his own dire situation and continued to expose himself to enemy fire in order to direct fires and engage enemy positions with his own rifle and M203 grenade launcher. After nearly 20 minutes of battle Sergeant Farias noticed four to five enemy personnel maneuvering towards the PB from their flank. He engaged these personnel with his rifle and his remaining four M203 rounds. His unyielding, aggressive leadership in the face of the enemy's persistent assault repelled the enemy's continued attack and continually frustrated their attempts to overrun the platoon's PB.

Sergeant9 Farias' fearless actions commanded the enemy's attention and caused his position to become the focus of enemy fires. This allowed the remainder of the platoon to move seven urgent casualties to an emergency helicopter landing zone approximately 600 meters to the north across IED laden terrain while Sergeant Farias continued to contend with the enemy's persistent attack. Because the enemy was focused on the significant threat posed by Sergeant Farias' position, it enabled the medical evacuation helicopter to land, load casualties and depart without incident. Despite his wounds, he maintained suppressive fire throughout the evacuation of the seven urgent casualties. After an airstrike ended the engagement, he maintained his position to provide over watch for personnel sweeping the compound for gear and equipment before retrograding back to the FOB. Only once this was complete did he leave his rooftop perch and evacuate the area. Sergeant Farias walked, without aid, nearly two kilometers to a ground evacuation site. He was later evacuated from the FOB via helicopter due to the severity of his wounds.

Sergeant Farias' swift and courageous actions saved the lives of his fellow Marines under fire from a coordinated and decisive engagement from a determined enemy. His immediate and aggressive tactical response effectively repelled the Taliban ambush from three positions, allowing wounded Marines to be safely evacuated from the kill zone, and preventing the patrol base from being overrun. His disregard for his personal safety and his own wounds in order to evacuate the wounded Marines is truly commendable. His actions were heroic and unselfish, and are highly worthy of being awarded the Navy Cross.

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GRUNCLE 5/11/2012 6:39AM

    Thanks for sharing Sergeant Farias' story. Normally we hear only bad news. I am so proud of this young man. He definitely deserves the Navy Cross. I would also throw in the Medal Of Honor. He is a true hero. Sergeant Farias I stand up and salute you. emoticon

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IAMDESSIE 5/8/2012 11:48PM

    This ia amazing. Thanks for his fearless action.

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QUIKSYLVER 5/8/2012 3:09PM

    Wow! Please pass along our undying gratitude and thanks! We love our servicemen and servicewoman! emoticon

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ROCKMAN6797 5/8/2012 2:56PM

    OMG, what an absolutely amazing recount of Sergeant Farias' actions! This man is truly a hero and deserves the Navy Cross! Your friend has to be busting with pride!


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Never Quit Pledge

Monday, May 07, 2012

Today, I promise I will not quit.
I pledge that no matter, how many ups and
downs I pass through,
I will continue on my journey.
I pledge to make a NEW START today,
and forgive myself for my past,
and to stop being so critical of myself.
I pledge to take control of myself,
To Stop making excuses,
And stop blaming other people or situations.
I pledge to treat myself as I would my Best
Because that is who I am.
I pledge to stay in the race
and to be a WINNER!

signed: Linda S. Jayne (Geminisue)

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

Signed: Chris (chriskenandkids)

Signed: Linda (scoutmom715)

Signed: Nancy (tedybear2838)

signed: Yvonne (travelnista)

signed: Ursula (Urleec)

signed: Sandbbar

Signed: Annette (defiantvegan)

Signed; caz (NEW-CAZ)
Signed; karenmarie (candok1260) 04/29/12

Signed: Nancy (NewNac304)

Signed: Beth (iilaad65)

Will you blog and post the Never Quit Pledge, today/soon?
Let's spread it through Sparks, so all can have the choice to commit!

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SUSIEGKORN 5/7/2012 2:28PM

    That a girl! I posted this several weeks ago and really like it! Great attitude, simply written and our forever mantra! Let's do it!

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    Done! Thanks for posting!

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NEWNAC304 5/7/2012 10:03AM

    Awesome! Today is a fresh start for me. Let's do this!

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