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Day 25 ~ 164 Crossing off the list

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

Today, was an interesting day. I had a half day, and found myself in Ikea. I love eating the salmon dish they serve with hollandaise. Funny thing is now that I am eating less, the tiny fish portion, really was enough. And the rice timbales, made with leek, and broccoli and cheese, I need to make those at home. I brought some of the frozen items, the salmon, and rice timbales of course, and also a salmon lasagna. My DD taking night class, can pack something for her lunch, and then there's dinner made for tomorrow. I don't like a lot of prepackaged food, but Ikea, has a few that I really do.
No walk tonight after getting home late from Ikea. I bought one Christmas gift. They had the BEST drying rack, and we ladies are all known to hang our clothes to dry. So I will hang any fabric, that I don't want the dryer to work havoc on. As in all synthetic fabrics. But one thing I am really thrilled about, is tossing in so many items I had previously only hung to dry. Like yoga pants, socks and jeans. Since I've lost weight, so many things fit better than ever.
I did my fasting blood work on Monday, which I will find the results of on Friday. But that is one more thing I can cross off of my list.
I was trying to get to bed before 10, but that did not happen. I am going to sleep so well tonight. I'm tired!

  
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GOULDSGRANITE 12/12/2014 10:47AM

    Rest well and good luck with the blood work. You can do this thing!

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KANOE10 12/11/2014 7:36AM

    I like my drying rack also and am an IKEA fan. What a nice healthy day for you. Good luck on the lab tests.

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JEB03253 12/11/2014 7:17AM

    It is a great feeling to be satisfied with a lot less food! emoticon

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SANDICANE 12/11/2014 12:53AM

    Nice how we're happier with less food now, eh? I too had salmon tonight...yum! Sleep tight...

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DIANEDOESSMILES 12/11/2014 12:45AM

    We don't have an Ikea,,, I used to see it on a few decorating shows,,,,, and thought "NICE" !! Saw some rugs that were COLORFUL and FUN !! Hmmm since I now do most of my shopping online,,, I'll have to add that to my shopping list !

That food,, I am not a lover of fish, or types of fishy thingies a ma giggies,,, but, I am glad you enjoyed.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 12/11/2014 12:38AM

    Whew, I'm glad I'm reading this just before lunch, because this all sounds so delicious! Salmon lasagna? I've never heard of that, but it sounds great! I've never been to Ikea, but a year or so ago, one opened in my town in Japan, and I've been looking forward to going out there and spending a leisurely morning exploring their stuff--so stylish and inexpensive. Enjoy your drying rack! I love life's little pleasures, too.

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/10/2014 11:42PM

    I love Ikea too ! Well done on the choices .I love the salmon as well !

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STEVEN2GO2 12/10/2014 11:29PM

    I too like shopping at Ikea! A lot of my furniture comes from there. They are very reasonable priced and very good quality!

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Day 24 ~ 165.5 Joining the 5% Club

Tuesday, December 09, 2014

I found this link on JAROL7's Sparkpage, in his opinion, the Best SP Article ever. JAROL7's is 77 years young, and he will be joining the 5% Club in January. His list is in part how I came up with my Accountability List and Blog. Also, from Team CampWannaBeFit's Accountability plan of action to produce results.
I think everyone can find something in this article to help them along I've added the link to the article, as well as posted it here
I am doing some of these things now, and will incorporate the rest of it. I want to be a Club Member.

The 5%…

1…Make It Public. The 5% generally don’t keep their weight loss efforts to themselves. They recruit supporters. They ask for help. They swap war stories with friends. They give and take encouragement. Often a goal buddy is involved, or at least a positive, supportive friend who holds the dieter accountable. Studies show that just by writing down or announcing your goals, you automatically increase your chances of success. Keeping a Community Journal or blog is a non-threatening, productive way to make your goals public.

2…Pay Attention. A permanent, healthy lifestyle is created on purpose. Planning, tracking, reading menus, asking questions, following progress reports—they’re all part of the 5% strategy of knowing what’s going on and preventing setbacks. This crowd doesn’t believe in fooling themselves or relying on chance to make things happen. Usually (if not always) aware of the foods they eat, and on the lookout for opportunities to stay active, they know that good health is no accident. Nutrition Trackers and Fitness Planners play key roles in this strategy.

3…Enjoy Themselves. There’s a reason that a healthy lifestyle sticks around for this small minority. They make weight loss a positive experience and have fun with it. Because they feel good about their goals and their new habits, they also feel good about themselves and what they’ve accomplished. Programs based on negative messages, dread, resignation, or criticism are doomed to disappear. Optimists are proven to reach more goals than pessimists. They also live healthier, longer lives.

4…Make Gradual Changes. The 5% know that permanent change is a process, not a 21-day event. Able to see what waits on the horizon, they spend time building a few small habits at a time, rather than diving into a program that’s totally incompatible with their current lifestyle. Too much too soon is like moving to a new country and expecting to adopt the new culture and language in a week. It works much better if you simply stick around and pick up a few bits and pieces at a time.

5…Allow Themselves To Fail. It’s a guaranteed certainty. Every one of the 5% has failed at some point along their weight loss journey. The difference is that they learned to forgive setbacks and refused to beat themselves up. Every failure is simply one step closer to ultimate success. With this outlook, and using lessons learned along the way, they kept these setbacks from turning into full-fledged disasters.
Not so mysterious, now that you know their secrets, eh? A permanent, healthy lifestyle may be closer than you think!
www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
s_articles.asp?id=423


Good Luck Everyone, on your Journey today, and may we all strive to hit our 5% together

P.S.
The only edit I have made here, is to change the huh? in the last paragraph to read eh? (Yes, I'm Canadian).

  
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STEVEN2GO2 12/10/2014 9:22PM

    emoticon This looks emoticon ! Wishing you the best as you continue your journey with being accountable!

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JEB03253 12/10/2014 7:33AM

    Great article! When broken down like that , the advice is really so simple -- not a mystery at all.

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KANOE10 12/10/2014 7:08AM

    That was an excellent article. I agree with all of the points and I am copying it!

Thanks for sharing.

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WATERMELLEN 12/10/2014 6:35AM

    Canadian, eh?

Well, this works for us too, I'm pretty sure . . . and equally determined to continue to belong to the 5%!!

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SANDICANE 12/10/2014 2:08AM

    We certainly can learn a lot here on SP! Enjoy being part of the 5%!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 12/10/2014 1:14AM

    Thank you for this excellent blog, which contains a lot of helpful, motivating advice and information. It's also quite realistic and practical. I should read something like this every day and hope to become more consistent about following the philosophy outlined here.

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TERI-RIFIC 12/10/2014 12:44AM

    emoticon Good advice.

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GOULDSGRANITE 12/10/2014 12:41AM

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/10/2014 12:14AM

    Excellent !

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Day 23 ~ 167 Walking Daily - Just Do It!!

Monday, December 08, 2014

I have to put situational eating behind me for good.

So I have decided to make a decision daily about what I will eat for each meal, and think it through first. Not just let a meal time arrive, and grabbing whatever is fastest. Planning feels better, and meals are more satisfying when you take more time.

Pretty happy to be eating my fruits and veggies, and not only feeling better, but weighing less. I am going to end this year on a good note.

Another thing about deciding, is I tell myself to make a decision, rather than hash things out. Since I am new to being a grandparent, I always want the babe to have a proper nap time. This means I don't get outdoors with the stroller like I did in the warm spring weather. Also because it's an early day, when I watch the baby, so I try to nap with the first nap of the day. Not hit the computer! But it's colder out, and even windy too. So that will curb me getting out.
Now I just tell myself to make a decision. Get up, and go, or stay indoors if the weather is off. But when it is nice, I force myself to get outside!! Also, I can shorten and take a 30 min walk it doesn't need to be 1 hour. I can take my long walk once home for the day. All I know is this weather is warmer than what we'll likely see January to March, so I need to take advantage, since there is no snow or ice on the ground. More importantly, if I want to reach my Goal of being one pound less than my lowest in 2014, I better burn those calories with a good walk daily. If I don't move it, I can't expect to lose it!!
Nike's idea to Just Do It is helping me along.


  
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CHERIRIDDELL 12/10/2014 12:16AM

    I like the just do it anthem!

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DBEAU57 12/8/2014 10:41PM

    I sure wish I could come walk with you! It's pretty mild in temps here right now. Today was a bit cooler; it only got up to 67 degrees. emoticon

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MSGRANNYMAE 12/8/2014 6:04PM

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GOULDSGRANITE 12/8/2014 12:16PM

    Last year taught us alot. We walked to town thruout the winter and it wasn't that bad, well we lived, haha! The layering of all the clothes is what I drag my feet on. Once I get out there it is usually awesome. Nike is still right on this one! Just get out there - even for 10 minutes and you will enjoy it. emoticon on your meal planning. emoticon

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BDTHOM 12/8/2014 9:52AM

    Taking a few minutes planning your meals is a step towards success. You're doing great.

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KANOE10 12/8/2014 8:00AM

    Good plan..Say to yourself Just Do It and get out and exercise. I am going to do the same. You are doing well.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 12/8/2014 7:53AM

    What an upbeat, positive blog. You sound so measured and wise! I agree that hurried, unplanned meals are not at all satisfying, and I've had too many of that kind recently, mostly because of my strange work schedule. I often find myself on a bench at the station, stuffing down half a sandwich. By the time I get home, I'm ravenous, my discipline is shot, and all food in sight is in danger of being consumed by ME! You are smart to plan ahead instead of just letting things happen.

I know you live in a really cold place, with lots of snow and ice. I hope you're able to enjoy the days before your winter season really lets loose. However, you sound very flexible, so I imagine you'll figure out how to stay in shape even when the weather starts interfering. Keep going, my friend! You are doing great!

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TERI-RIFIC 12/8/2014 7:46AM

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JEB03253 12/8/2014 7:39AM

    Nike has the right idea! I think your plan to Just Do It, but with a the knowledge that you will need to be flexible is a good one.

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JAROL7 12/8/2014 3:05AM

    Good job. Work your plan.

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Day 21 ~ 170 ~ Accountability

Saturday, December 06, 2014

12 days since I wrote a blog, but I have accomplished so much. A long Holiday weekend with 5 days off work, yahoo!! One was unexpected, a gift of a snow day! So Wednesday, I was able to cross off my list Cleaning my Bedroom and Study. This week, I felt so much better, having slept in late 2x on my 5 day break. Great Holiday.
1.Nutrition Tracking ~ I am off track, because I am Not Tracking yet!!
2. New Exercise ~ Leg lifts, over the gates we put up for the dogs!
3. Keeping the Spark - visiting pages/blogs intermittently, but now back to daily
4. Organization Task ~ Vac & washed wood floors, cleaned 1st floor bath. Having soffit and facia and gutters replaced. Just the back and one section out front. Workers, had use of the washroom, and it was raining. I only wish they kept the dogs inside the gates, which I put up to prevent accidents. They were all over the house and the gates were moved aside. Go figure? Like they were just a suggestion. I know they were laying on the living room sofa, because the pillows were dented. I place sheets over my chairs and sofa, because we also have a cat, who thinks she should sit on the top of my chairs, and this eliminates cat hair, or her clawing to spring off. When I was first married, I didn't have spare sheets, I used them for curtains. Nor did I have a living room, or a sofa to put in my living room, when I did have a house. At least now, I am able to prevent the animals from taking over this place!!! I
5. Keeping in Touch: Phoned my Father. His new Wife, who is a VERY good woman, (we lost my Mother to a 2nd round of cancer 6.5 years ago. I can finally think of her in terms of love, instead of only pain and loss.) Well, the new Wife, has a newly retired daughter who arrived to their Florida home, and informed she's staying till February. IMAGINE??!! Not only did she not ask, she also brought her small dog. My Father, while he is a gentleman, will not ask her to leave, but he did say, it won't happen again. I told him I won't bring this up again, nor tell my sisters. Poor Dad, we all have this courteous side, that gives "takers" an edge. I told him, imagine if the shoe were on the other foot, and I arrived with DD's dogs, for 4 months, I wonder, how would she feel? They themselves, just arrived 2 weeks ago. Her other daughter and husband,stay 3 weeks with them as soon as she leaves. Who knows, perhaps he will find his voice, and say a month's stay seems long enough. Who knows.
6.Reading Isaih to completion tomorrow.
7. No Planned Meals, after leftovers, take out. Ooops. Off track here.
8. 26 week plan to lose 30 pounds 170 today, 168 midweek, shudda blogged earlier when I was 166.5 on Monday
9. Blogging Daily ~ Day 21 - haven't done this in 12 days, but kept walking, and keeping on track of my Accountability list. Finding Balance. Taking care of health and home, and self. Instead of flying by the seat of my pants. I am actually feeling pretty good, in spite of scale being up, because I feel I am placing all the puzzle pieces together. I feel I have just completed my outer frame, and some inside corners. Now I am filling in the missing pieces.
10. Healthy Check in ~ Fasting blood work in A.M. Setting up Mammogram, and Ultra Sound Mammogram, now that request has been sent to Radiology Lab.

So tomorrow, I begin with healthy eating and tracking. For DH Birthday mid week, he asked for Chinese take out, and then celebrate w kids on wknd. I tend to over order. Accountability means Mindful living and taking stock, and I am only now realizing this as a trigger. I never had this on my trigger list before. Also, I tend to be an impulse shopper. I can find an excuse to say yes. Unless, I can't make a decision, and walk right out of the store, without buying anything, even leaving my cart on the spot!! But my new plan is to avoid shopping, by planning what I need. I really don't need anything these days. So I need to plan what I eat, or shop for in advance. I don't like doing groceries for that matter either, as I go in for one item, and come out with WAY TOOOOOO MUCH FOOD!
I am going to go back to eating, AND TRACKING, like I did last spring, when I had so much success.

  
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SANDICANE 12/8/2014 1:36AM

    Oh yes! Pre-planning is FABULOUS! It takes all the pressure and decision making (situational) out of the mix. Make the plan, eat to the plan. Make the exercise plan, exercise to the plan....NO CHOICE! (That's from the Beck book, which I will probably never shut up about b/c it has changed my life!!!)

Ok, onward we go....

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STEVEN2GO2 12/6/2014 5:41PM

    Did you know house cleaning is considered exercise. On your fitness tracker type in house cleaning and your total minutes of work. The average person burns 50,000 calories a year cleaning!

emoticon on the emoticon movement emoticon !!! That is progress!

I too am doing a blood fasting, though on the 15th. How about when the results are in we post the numbers?

TRACKING IS VERY IMPORTANT! I continue to track my nutrition and exercise every day!

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SANDICANE 12/6/2014 4:11PM

    I am hoping for all good things for you. Onward you go...make your plan with IronResolve and stick to your plan with IronResolve and you will reach your goal...when you want to and you'll feel fabulous!

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GOULDSGRANITE 12/6/2014 9:26AM

    It really is the answer, tracking your food and fitness, reading the reports and making small changes for improvement! Woo HOO! hugs to your Dad. We started a few years back, employing the 24 hour rule to shopping. We have for a long time always used the 24 hour rule before making decisions. We now use it when shopping, hardly ever buy something the first time we see it, even food! Sure helps take the impulsiveness out of life!

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KANOE10 12/6/2014 8:00AM

    Tracking and planning is the way to go. I feel for your Dad, but he will eventually learn to set limits on the new family. You are doing well. I tend to over order also ..just like I tend to over pack suitcases. I think you have the shopping down and are ready for success. Well done.

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JEB03253 12/6/2014 7:26AM

    I haven't taken the time to sit down and write a plan. Yours is impressive.! I do have a loose mental picture of where I'm headed and how.

Dropping in and announcing that you are staying until February is Way over the top. Your poor dad ... I suspect he was speechless. I know I would have been. emoticon

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LISACHOSECHANGE 12/6/2014 7:14AM

    Omg those workers..lol. Your poor dad ...it is good he is keeping the peace.The daughter ...i am shocked. I am not tracking my food either but i am today. I love chinese. I order too much pn purpose so the kids can have leftovers. Happy birthday to your DH

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KELLIEBEAN 12/6/2014 7:01AM

    Good for you doing what works and planning. Planning is key rather than flying by the seat of your pants.

Here's to a great weekend!

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/6/2014 1:07AM

    Wow till February is a long visit ! I am glad you got some days to sleep in!

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Day #9 of 1000 Day Streak ~ 164 Life Lessons at every age

Sunday, November 23, 2014

Today was the baby naming ceremony/baptism for our sweet grandchild. First was a visit to a spa like setting, for a complete immersion in Daddy's arms, and then a Ceremony following at the house. We stopped for flowers on the way, just in and out at the grocers. We were shocked to arrive with Ceremony in full swing, and only there for our reading which ended it. I am at the stage in my life, where, I honestly don't worry the person officiating began without us. Why? The Serenity prayer comes to mind. There is nothing I can do about it. I could have got the flowers yesterday, but for the cold temps. They seem to become stunted, and not open, as happened for my birthday flowers, delivered which sat outdoors. (#1. Another life lesson) Things just go on without you, if you're not where you're supposed to be. To be fair to hubby and I, we didn't know the outline of the day, and did not know the ceremony was to be at the house. Or we'd have hightailed it and skipped the flowers. Meanwhile I see the kids often enough, but with a baby around, it's the details we don't even out, in the conversations. I will be taking note of that one too. (So that is lesson #2 Make sure you know the details, and what is expected of you in advance.) Oh well.
It was a very good day, as the other half of the family is so wonderful, we all enjoy each other's company and also there is a tiny cousin, and to see the two babies together, was great fun for everyone.
The day rounded up, before the football game ended, so I was tired, and decided to drive on home, ahead of the rest, who stopped at sports pub, to see the end of the game. I was SO tired, I decided I would put my seat back, in the driveway and rest, even sleep if I could. I was out for a least a 1/2 hour. Sounds silly I know, but it was one thing I was doing on purpose to take care of myself. Once I got in the door, our DD 's dogs were there, and needed a walk, and I knew if I did that first, I would never take a nap. I didn't make it to town, for my usual walk, so the dog walk was a short exercise today. I stayed in the moment, instead of pushing myself to go off and get in more time. If I was tired enough to fall asleep in the car, then I needed to take it easy. I wondered if it was a sugar induced coma, as I really did enjoy the ruggelah, and a big cookie, and a sliver of cake. There were two types. I am NOT ONE for store bought, so if I cannot take the flavour of edible oil frosting, I will not commit to the mouthful of cake, and the napkin is the winner on that one. No one is the wise. I just toss the sliver of cake, if I can't eat it. And I did the same with my plate of food, I really took too much, and just tossed, rather than clean my plate. I saved all of my calories for this luncheon, and only at the one meal. Trust me, no room for any more. I know I went over on calories. So I still need to learn the moderation rule. Which I am planning for Thanksgiving. I should have had a better plan for today. I will be stepping up my walking this week, starting tomorrow which will hit 60 degrees!! Then get back to my better eating plan for good.
It is a lifestyle change, and I am still ending this year at a far better # than I began it.

  
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KANOE10 11/24/2014 6:57AM

    You handled that day well..with the unexpected events. You stayed positive and made the best of the day. Good for you tossing that cake. I am glad you took care of yourself and rested. You are planning ahead for Thanksgiving and will do well.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 11/24/2014 1:10AM

    Sounds like it was a fun day but filled with stress-inducing incidents. Your attitude was good! I like the philosophical way you handled arriving late for the ceremony, deciding to learn from it instead of letting it ruin your day. I myself need to work on developing a more serene attitude about such things!

And I really agree with you about store-bought sweets. To me, the blah taste (not to mention the additives and whatever else they do to those sweets) just doesn't make them worth the calories! Social situations are so hard to handle, especially when you're being as conscientious as you've been being recently and seeing such good results. Wouldn't it be so disappointing if you felt pressured to do something that would threaten all your recent progress? I think you did a great job handling all that today!

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SANDICANE 11/24/2014 12:56AM

    Way to pitch that piece of cake...and you're doing well. Happy walking and happy getting back to your better eating plan...for good!

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/24/2014 12:50AM

    I agree if you can nap in the car you needed it. I also think it is a lifestyle change and we learn as we go. You are doing a brilliant job. I admire you looking after your grandchild at such an early hour too !

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DBEAU57 11/23/2014 11:11PM

    Sometimes life lessons smack us in the face, don't they? I think you handled your day wonderfully, and you're right, if you're so tired you can nap in a tilted-back seat in the car in the driveway, then YES! Don't push yourself! Your body was telling you that it needed to come first this time!

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