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I'm Nosy. Columbus, Ohio. What About You?

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

I'm insanely curious about most everything. When I was little, my Mom would have to warn babysitters, "if she asks you a question, you have to give her a GOOD answer. If you say 'because' or god help you 'because I said so' she will harass you until you give her an acceptable answer." Babysitters who didn't listen deserved what they got, if you ask me. :)

30+ years later, nothing has changed. I'm still a child in most respects and I'm still filled with an unnatural level of curiosity about the vast majority of things. Today, I am dying to know where everyone lives, since one of you mentioned Sydney (which I LOVE LOVE LOVE) yesterday. So if you are willing to share, comment, or put it in your status or blog title or something. Thanks for humoring me.

Since I'm asking you to share something about yourselves, I will share a random factoid about myself -- I had been on 5 continents by the time I was 22 and at that time my parents had never left the country.

My nosy knows no bounds! DISH! :)

P.S. I'm originally from Erie, Michigan, which is a teensy little town just over the border from Toledo.

  
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ARSALLOT 9/21/2011 8:34AM

    was born in Mansfield OH, live in Lakeland Florida.

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LAST_CHANCE0914 9/15/2011 5:41PM

    Oh Heyyyyyyy from Corvallis, OR-Y-GUN (don't pronounce it wrong, we haven't gone anywhere!)

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NU_ME_SOON 9/14/2011 1:57PM

    Hi there
I am from Detroit Michigan, currently living in Woodhaven Michigan. I have traveled some but I do have alot of places I want to go on my bucket list

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MAMADWARF 9/5/2011 11:11AM

    Cali girl, up in here! I was born in Pacific Grove (next to Monterey) and lived there till I was 7. Then we moved to Livermore (northern california, east bay area) then I met my hubby and moved over the Altamont to Tracy, Ca.

I havent gone far! We seriously have considered moving to Utah since we LOVE The Vernal area and our BFF's live there but our entire family is here so we just can't bring ourselves to do it.

I still frequently visit the coast where I was born and my dad's ashes are at Bixby Creek Bridge (that amazing bridge on the pacific coast highway where car commercials are always filmed). That was his boyhood haunt and where he wanted to be so we honored that.

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 9/5/2011 11:00AM

    COLUMBUS, OHIO!! (Go Buckeyes!!)....Well, I am an original Pittsburgher, born and raised. After college, moved to California (for 9 years), got married and started a family...when I became preggos for the 2nd time, we wanted to move back to Pittsburgh. Then, hubby's job brought us to Columbus,OH. I LOVE COLUMBUS! It is such a great place for families!!

Have only been out of the country two times...once to Canada (Niagara Falls...does that count??) and several times to Mexico (Tijuana and Rosarita...not the nice parts of Mexico!)

BUT!!!...I want to someday travel to Europe to say that I've been there before I die!!

Fun post!

Dawn

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LISAWASHERE 9/5/2011 8:45AM

    Born and raised in Goldsboro, NC - home of Seymour Johnson AFB. I'm about an hour or so from beautiful NC beaches, and 3 hours from Myrtle Beach, SC (fun place). Or 5 or 6 hours from Blue Ridge Parkway in the mountains.

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LISANANTAIS1970 8/29/2011 10:17PM

    Windsor, Ontario, Canada - just one mile south of Detroit, Michigan - my fiance lives in Madison Heights so you'll 'hear' me talk about being there a lot. I go there 2-3 times a week.

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ACAWTHORN 8/27/2011 1:19PM

    Scio, Ohio here.....

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BOOTS1221 8/25/2011 12:05PM

    Hi from Boston!!

Where everything really is WICKED PISSA!

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CLOVER2 8/23/2011 10:21PM

    I live in Denver CO, but have lived in a good many places. Growing up an itinerant midwest farmer's daughter (go Beach Boys!) I lived in South Dakota, Wyoming and Colorado (numerous towns). Being a Navy wife for 14 years I spent time in Tennessee, Washington State, California and 2 1/2 years on Guam. Was born in Highmore SD (my grandmother's basement), lived off and on most of my life just miles from where I live now and eventually landed here for what I presume will be the rest of my life. (Although I AM going to Greece!, Me and Shirley Valentine!) emoticon And this is the coolest post I have yet to see!! emoticon

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TOPHEAVYME 8/22/2011 11:22PM

    Portsmouth OH here. Yes the new drug capitol of the state. I'm loosing weight so I can ran out of this city or at least out run the druggies who might try to rob me. ;)

I've never been out of the country, not even Canada (And I lived in MI for several years). Ireland is definitely on my bucket list.

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RUBYCLAIRE 8/22/2011 8:15AM

    Born, raised & presently live in Massachusetts. Traveled to numerous states while married to my military husband. I've only managed to get to 4 countries outside the states by the time I was 32 YO with two kids in tow.

So you like both the West AND EAST coasts, huh? Where on the Cape do you go?

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TULIPAN2 8/22/2011 4:53AM

    I am from Croatia, I have visited almost 70% of my country. I've been in Bosnia&Herzegovina, Serbia, Austria, Italy, Greece, Czech Republic, Slovenia and in exactly 39 days I am going on a 6 day bus tour on the Cote d'Azur ( Italy, France, Monaco, Andorra.

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EUPHRATES 8/22/2011 3:38AM

    *waves from Cincinnati*

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LITTLELILITH 8/6/2011 1:52PM

  Near-ish to Columbus, Ohio myself. Grew up in northeast Ohio, moved to Columbus for college and spent several years here, then went to NC for 3 years, and recently (and somewhat reluctantly) moved back.

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MIMI_POPE 8/4/2011 10:02PM

    Currently living in Chilliwack BC doing my paramedic course for the military, hubby lives in Suffield AB, which is likely where I'll go after my course but kinda hoping we both get sent to Petawawa, ON (near Ottawa the country's capital) ... originally from Quebec (the province, lived in lots of places there over the years).

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TERRYT55 8/4/2011 9:43PM

    I LOVE this blog and all of the answers! It's so much fun finding out where SP friends are from. Thanks for the post!

I live in Upland, CA.....a suburb of Los Angeles

I was born outside of Cleveland, OH

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RIGBY31 8/4/2011 7:18PM

    I live in San Dimas, Calif (Yes! Bill & Ted's Excellent Adventure town... although I've never seen the movie) and also live on Cape Cod, MA as much as possible (except summer!).

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LEOKATE 8/3/2011 12:19AM

    Spent my time growing up between middle Tennessee and Greece! I am currently in northeast Kansas, have been here for almost a decade.

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EMILY088 8/2/2011 4:21PM

    I'm in Springfield - just west of you! I'm originally from HotLanta and I lived in Westerville for five years before I fell in love and married my wonderful husband!

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FARAWAY01 8/2/2011 2:40PM

    I live in Dallas, TX now but have lived in Chicago IL, Portland OR, New Orleans LA, Columbus OH and Kansas City MO too. And have been to 2 continents and 4 countries other than the U.S. So far!

I still ask "Why?" after every single inadequate answer, which drives some people crazy, but I gotta be me. So your'e not alone in that!

ETA Columbus - forgot I lived there - LOL!

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APLUSGURL 8/2/2011 2:25PM

    Nashville Tn is where I live but I was born and raised in a town ( you blink and you miss it) called Camden in West Tn. 5 continents is awesome! My husband and I love to vacation in England and hope to one day move there!

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GAIIAGIIRL 8/2/2011 12:01PM

    I'm in New Brunswick, Canada!
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FAERY_FACE 8/2/2011 5:15AM

    I live in Pretoria, South Africa :) And I am so glad that I am not the ONLY nosy grown-up. lol. My boyfriend just smiles when I ask a 100 impossible questions...

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SHELLEYNALLS 8/1/2011 10:31PM

    I live in Kenton, which is just about an hour north of Columbus! I was born and raised in Toledo, so it seems we have always been neighbors!!! Where is the 1/4 marathon? Maybe we could do a mini SP group run together? Hit me up in my mailbox!!!

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BRIAHL 8/1/2011 2:56PM

    Born in Iowa. I have lived in Illinois, California, North Dakota, Arkansas, and am currently in Maryland. I will be moving to Arizona next May after I finish my masters!! WooT!

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SAILING2GOAL 8/1/2011 11:44AM

    I'm from Michigan, too, up in Saginaw. I have done 5 continents, but it took me 20 years after I graduated from college! I luv, luv, luv the Great Lakes. I try to spend every summer moment on my sail boat. Keep up the great blogs emoticon

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    I live in JAPAN!! emoticon emoticon

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BESEVEN 7/31/2011 10:52PM

    Lived in 5 different states by the time I was 10. Currently reside about an hour from you in Dayton. So Jealous of the 5 continents thing. Would love to know how you pulled that off.

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CHUBBY_BUNNY36 7/31/2011 4:20AM

    I was born in Tacoma Washington (smells like the armpit of WA) raised in the very small town of Lake Chelan and currently residing in Spokane, WA and I love it here!

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JMMATTHEWS1 7/31/2011 3:19AM

    I'm from Wombourne near Wolverhampton, England. I've lived there for most of my 42 years life, apart from when I lived in Coven, for my first six years, Trysull, (pronounced Tresol) for 2 years, and Plymouth for 2 years. Thanks, Jason.

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DIEHL79 7/30/2011 7:03PM

    Born in Germany (to American parents) and raised in Northern California...the wine country and silicon valley. Now I'm out in the middle of nowhere in California (more towards central california).

I've never been to the east coast, so maybe some day I can get travelin' beyond Arizona.

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FLAFLUTTERBY 7/30/2011 4:44PM

    Born in Indianapolis (Marion County), IN; lived in Waynesville (Warren County), OH; Dayton/Centerville (Montgomery County), OH; Norcross (Gwinnett County), GA; Ft. Pierce (St. Lucie County) FL

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NURSE_ARI 7/30/2011 9:37AM

    Born in Rockford, IL. Have been to Riviera Maya, Winnepeg, and about 13 US states. Other than that I still live in Rockford, IL.

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JULES-AT-HEART 7/30/2011 2:40AM

    Grew up in Liverpool, NY. Joined the Army and went to SC for Basic, MD for school, then to Hanau, Germany for 3 yrs (which is 30 mins from Frankfurt - had my son there in the Army hopsital). Got out of the Army & moved back to NY until I married my 2nd husband who, ironically, is an Army officer. We lived in FL the last 4 yrs and just moved to KS for the next year. After that, we're moving again, but not sure where.

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NY-BEAN 7/29/2011 9:51PM

  Born in NY, spent 11 yrs in GA, for past 25 yrs living in upstate NY.

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GOLOPTIOUS 7/29/2011 5:32PM

    Pocatello, Idaho. The only time I haven't lived here is when I was doing Walt Disney World's College Program and then I lived in Kissimmee, FL.

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SUSIEMILO 7/29/2011 4:36PM

    Born in Naples, Italy
Raise in Merced, California
Married at the (stupid) age of 17, and immediately went to Brindisi, Italy for 2.5 years (daughter was born there)
Back to the states -- to the armpit of the earth: Omaha, Nebraska for 4 years (son was born there)
To Birkenfeld, Germany for 4 years
Then to Burlington Vermont for a year
Then to Glencoe, Illinois for a year
Then to Munster, Indiana for 10 years,
and finally to Zion, Illinois for the remaining 14+ years.
And I'm not finished yet.....
My plan is to retire in Virginia.

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1TRULYBLESSED 7/29/2011 3:41PM

    Born & raised in Cleveland, Ohio...spent 2 years in Belgium as a kid, then back to the Cleveland area. Now, I'm happy & proud to call myself a Texan (never DID learn to like the cold, gray weather in Cleveland!).
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PHILLIRA 7/29/2011 12:23PM

    Born and raised in good 'ol Oregon! Hi to the other Pacific North Westerners!
Moved to the dirty south about 2 years ago on a whim and currently reside in Raleigh, NC. Love the sunshine here!

What a fun idea! Thanks for starting this!

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CHOCOHOLIC2276 7/29/2011 12:17PM

    Alexandria, VA...about 10 min away from D.C.:)

Lol- turns out I'm nosy too...with title like that how could I not look? emoticon

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MOWEIGHTLOSS 7/29/2011 11:54AM

    I'm in Charleston, West (by God) Virginia, you know the state next to Ohio, and yes West Virginia is a separate state from Virginia... and no NOT Charleston, South Carolina...

Thanks for asking!



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FYREDRAGYN 7/29/2011 11:05AM

    Portland, OR

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ANONSI 7/29/2011 9:31AM

    I live in Des Moines, Iowa. I'm really into traveling, like you are. I went to pretty much every state with my parents when I was growing up. Since then, I've traveled to a few more and have even gone to a few different countries. I can't boast about five continents, though. That would be amazing!

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GEMGLOW 7/29/2011 9:17AM

    Near New GLasgow, Nova Scotia, CANADA baby! WAHOOOO!!!! lol..i see i'm the only canadian on here...lol..
I've lived here most of my life(nova scotia i mean), growing up mainly in Tatamagouche, ns.
I've also been in Newfoundland(yes they have trees..lol),
Prince Edward Island(awesome beaches), New Brunswick, Quebec(while drove through a bunch..lol) and Ontario(northern part not downtown city areas...)...
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K_VAUGHAN 7/29/2011 8:31AM

    Born and raised in Dayton/Yellow Springs, Ohio. I graduated from Bowling Green State University (just south of Toledo). Wised up, got a divorce and moved to sunny South Florida. I now consider myself a Floridian and live in Ft Lauderdale. BTW I have a cousin that is a RN at the Ohio State hospital. Just thought I would throw that in there.

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LUCIFERASE_GLOW 7/29/2011 1:11AM

    No freakin' way. I'm from Ida, Michigan... a little town just slightly more over the Ohio/Michigan border than Erie. Technically, our high schools are rivals... lol

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CHAR1970 7/28/2011 11:44PM

    I was born in Kelowna, BC and currently live in Blackfalds, Alberta.

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LOSINITBY30 7/28/2011 11:13PM

    Born in Seattle, wa....lived in most of the United states...military brat what can I say...for now me and my husband and kids are settle in Podunk Ardmore, ok

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NANASAMM 7/28/2011 10:58PM

    Born in Massachusetts...grew up in Southern California. Met a handsome Marine from Ohio then moved back to Massachusetts.
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I Have 9 Calories Left For the Day... AKA Important Victories

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

My counter says I have 9 calories left. I skipped my workout. I ate more than usual. I worked out less than usual. I am a rock star of getting healthy.

I got a phone call no one ever wants to get today.

The hubby, who I harassed into going to the doctor, called from the doctor's office. Cheffrey was being sent to the ER because he was sensitive to light, his neck hurt, his head was pounding and his pupils were "fixed". He would not be permitted to drive himself, he needed to be driven there and he needed to go right away.

For the non-medical folks, this conglomeration of craptaculacious symptoms adds up to one very likely diagnosis: meningitis. The "fixed" pupils part adds a level of frightening that would be hard to express in words. Let's just say it's really bad.

I'm trained to think the worst. It is my job to think the worst. Oddly enough, all I could think of was the worst. Needless to say I about blew an aneurysm right there. I'm in the ICU of a different hospital, losing my sh!t, and I can't even leave to go pick up my husband and get him to the ER. He called a friend, who happens to deliver bread for a living, and got a ride in the bread van.

It took over an hour for my coworker, who, out of the goodness of her heart, relieved me so that I could race across town. By this time it is 1130, I haven't eaten, I am starving, but I was literally afraid to eat.

I was in such a state that I didn't feel like I could be trusted with food and I didn't want to stop long enough to get some anyway. One bite and I would eat everything. All the food that would fit, plus twice as much more. I felt like I was a bite away from flinging myself into a mosh pit of candy and eating my way out. It was safer to be hungry. It was faster, too.

I zoomed (this is my normal driving) to the other hospital. My husband was on his ER gurney, sitting in the dark wearing sunglasses. They snowed him with meds once I got there. No, that's not really true, they didn't just snow him, they gave him so many meds that he was plowed under like those unfortunate cars that you see on the news during the winter that end up with a block of snow and ice 3 feet thick around them.

How snowed/plowed was he? He snored through a lumbar puncture. I almost cried again, because I was so happy that he wasn't feeling a thing. If he had to have pain, then sleeping through it was fine by me.

He had to rest flat for an hour after the spinal tap, and he was happily snoring like a chainsaw on amphetamines, so around 3 I went to the cafeteria. I went a little crazy, getting lots of things, and my tray looked like it was for five people, but I was able to take a deep breath, eat slowly, eat as healthfully as one can from a hospital cafeteria, and stop when I was full. I nibbled. I ate. I did not shovel.

The doc gave me the good news that it wasn't meningitis an hour or so later. Cheffrey couldn't be bothered to wake up for the good news, so we let him snore through it. I was happy and thankful enough for both of us. He got some really good drugs and a no-work excuse through Friday, so all is good on the Western front. He should be back to normal soonish. He got discharged.

Off to the drug store. I did not buy the Haribo gummy bears of dreamy goodness, licorice, Cheetos, Death by Snickers candy bar, Toblerone yummy goodness, Doritos, Haribo gummy cherries, Haribo gummy worms , Haribo gummy frogs, Skor bars, Turtles or chocolate covered macadamia nuts while getting the prescriptions filled at CVS.

I felt like I was schizophrenic, I could hear their crinkly bags and wrappers calling my name as I walked down the aisle. I can tell you it is no accident that those CVS designers force you to walk through the aisles to get to the back of the store where the pharmacy is located. Just remember, it isn't paranoia if the junk food really is out to get you.

So I gave him his meds, fed him, helped him shower and put him to bed. Then I ordered my favorite on plan food for dinner. Szechuan Green Beans With Tofu, add Cashew and 2 Vegetarian Egg Rolls. Not clean (oil!) but vegan and filling and comfort food, which I wanted. I was pretty sure I could handle it, so I went for it, and I did very well.

Being on a plan doesn't mean I can't self-medicate with food, it means I need to eat consciously and cautiously. At least that is how I feel about it, and it is my journey after all. Chinese food is not the devil, gorging is the problem, and I didn't do that. I got the food I wanted, the food that was most appealing for both emotional and culinary reasons, and I enjoyed it.

Today I'm Super Duper Sparkalicious Awesome Sauce Freaky Fantastic because I:

a) Didn't "eat my feelings"
b) Didn't have a cigarette (or even think about having one while in the throes of stress)
c) Realize that it is more important to sit at home and - like a lovesick newlywed - watch my husband sleep than to go to the gym
d) I ate an appropriate portion of dinner


So, why are you Super Duper Sparkalicious Awesome Sauce Freaky Fantastic today?



  
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JENVAMPVEGAS 8/3/2011 7:34PM

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JUSFOLK 8/2/2011 12:05AM

    I'm all those above-mentioned words today because I determined to get back on track after "relaxed" eating for a couple of weeks which resulted in a couple of "relaxed" pounds attaching themselves to my backside. Went to Wally-world and loaded up on fruits, veggies, cottage cheese, Quakes rice snacks and such.

Hope hubs is well on the way to recovery:)

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SBEYER225 8/1/2011 11:47PM

    Wow, I am filled with admiration, I have to agree that you have a fantastic way with words and I was also on the edge of my seat too. Congratulations and you are definitely a role model. Thank you for sharing such a stressful time and how you were able to handle it. emoticon

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BETTONIT 8/1/2011 8:46PM

  Great job...

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MERAPHIS 8/1/2011 8:18PM

    Congratulations on your day-long display of iron will. I am SO impressed by you. And also glad to hear your husby is well-ish.

Now, let's talk about how much I love the phrase "awesome sauce freaky fantastic." A lot. I'm going to try to use it daily. With clients when possible.

And today WAS, in fact, awesome sauce freaky fantastic for me. It's my 2-year workiversary. (2 years since I left the ranks of the employed for pastures that are not only greener, but also fluffier, smell better, and have better toilet paper. True story.) I decided it should be the kind of day I always fantasized about when I was trapped in my cubicle... One where I:

- Sleep until I'm done sleeping.
- Enjoy my coffee slowly, but with gusto.
- Get a ton of sh!t done.
- Make one or more clients exceptionally happy.
- Work out like the devil is after me.
- Eat like a hot chick.
- Read a trashy vampire novel.
- Sleep well.

So far, I've accomplished all but the last. If I would stop writing this novel, I'd be off to cook an AMAZING vegetarian pizza, then work on the sleeping thing.

Keep on keepin' on grrl. You're rockin' it! (Even under duress!)

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SALEX52 8/1/2011 7:49PM

    Great work. I think you have a great slogan in your posting:

eat consciously and cautiously

It's what we all need to remember every day.

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CGARAND 8/1/2011 6:49PM

    You sure can spin a tale! I was on the edge of my seat! Well done on your self control and glad to hear he's not bogged down with meningitis.

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JULIA1154 8/1/2011 3:55PM

  I hope your husband's a-o.k. by now and that you can both get a read on what was going on with him.

Congratulations on staying in control - both nicotine and food-wise. That's a double victory.

Take care - both of you.

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KID-AT-HEART 8/1/2011 2:19PM

    Awesome willpower! You stayed in control! You're husband is lucky to have you -- hope he is on the mend...and that neither of you have to experience that ever again! emoticon

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PLATSUZIE 8/1/2011 4:42AM

    Impressive to be so "solid" that this ordeal didn't throw off your eating. Sounds like healthier eating isn't just an experiment/short lasting adventure but a way of life for you.

Tonight I gave into kool-aid, taffy (seven pieces), bite size snickers, bite size milky way and about a dozen m&m's. Your example makes me think more seriously about tracking food. Impressive that you stayed within and still tracked your intake. emoticon

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HS1056 7/31/2011 6:39PM

  Wow! Sounds like some of the "adventures" I've been on with my husband in recent months. So glad your hubby didn't have meningitis and hope he is doing well now. You did great not giving in to those tempting treats during all that stress!

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DAWNFIRE72 7/30/2011 10:31PM

    I'm glad that your hubby doesn't have meningitis and I hope that the medication they gave him worked wonders and he is feeling better now. That is a phone call I'd NEVER want to receive and I think you handled it brilliantly.

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FLYING2007 7/30/2011 9:26PM

    Sorry your husband isnt well but you are hilarious! Good for you with all of your choices. Way to rock it!

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ADJQUILTER 7/30/2011 7:22PM

    You made wise choices. Congratulations. It just boils down to a matter of choice. You chose to be good to yourself in a healthy way. Try to schedule something fun and relaxing to counteract the stress you've both been through. Whenever you can take your husband home from the ER and not have him admitted, that is a good day!
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  Great blog. Glad the news is good. emoticon

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CHAR1970 7/30/2011 1:44AM

    I'm glad your hubby doesn't have meningitis. That's some scary sh*t to go through. Congrats on getting through it being conscious of your choices and fighting your stress cravings.

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DWILCZKO 7/30/2011 12:15AM

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MOM2NATURE 7/29/2011 11:27PM

    So emoticon to hear about your ordeal!

So emoticon to hear that your husband does NOT have meningitis!

And ECSTACTIC over your POWER over the "FOOD DEMONS!" (I HATE it when they call me!) How DO they learn the English language? OR...
Do they 'evilly' speak whatever language WE do to trick us?

ANYWAY....You WON!
Jenswims - 50! Food Demons - 0!
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DONNALIZ67 7/29/2011 9:26PM

    "Super Duper Sparkalicious Awesome Sauce Freaky Fantastic"

I love this!

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PROVERBS31JULIA 7/29/2011 8:02PM

    So glad to hear Cheffery didn't have meningitus but did they ever say why he was sick?

I had to laugh about mosh pit of candy... although.. this is the generational thing, I guess, as I didn't grow up eating gummi bears, brains, worms, none of that... so if it was a mosh pit with that kind of stuff, I'd be starved still. But oh the utter delishiousness of Skor, Heath Bars and the chocolates you mentioned... now you and I have some similarities!!

Good for you just doing the Zen Mindfulness of Eating while he was stoned and resting, rather than shovel it down. I don't know about your hospital but one of ours has a really nice hospital cafe that I like going to even when I don't have a friend in the hospital!! It's that good and soothing and restful a place. Weird but True!



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GOLOPTIOUS 7/29/2011 5:35PM

    I'm glad that everything is okay. And I'm sorry I didn't see this sooner. I've been a bit MIA lately on SP.....hopefully things will settle soon and I'll get my time management under control again.

You are fantastic for going through all of that and not blowing your diet. You deserve a high five. *high fives* You also deserve a hug.

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NOTFATCAT 7/29/2011 5:02PM

    What an ordeal.
The one thing we learn on SP is that life happens. It's how you react that is important.
Good luck.

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EMILYB541 7/29/2011 3:10PM

    "I felt like I was a bite away from flinging myself into a mosh pit of candy and eating my way out."

^ I laughed at that for an unreasonable amount of time, thanks for having such a great sense of humor!

I'm glad your husband doesn't have meningitis, that stuff is scary. Sounds like you're handling the stress pretty well. My thoughts are with you

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SALSA_DIVA_44 7/29/2011 2:55PM

    Glad as well with your hubbs and cudos to you!! emoticon

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ELUNAMAKATA 7/29/2011 2:14PM

    Go you for not emotional eating! You slayed the stress snacking monster!!

Also, glad that Cheffery did NOT have meningitis!

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JEANNINEW1 7/29/2011 1:00PM

  It is so amazing to me what people can do unnder real pressure. Wish you the best!

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MOWEIGHTLOSS 7/29/2011 11:49AM

    So glad to hear you and hubby are doing well! I pray that your husband is making a good recovery, and I thank you for sharing your thoughts, frustrations, and victory!

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ALICIAT32 7/29/2011 10:59AM

    U did great! My great achievement for today was walking 1.5 mi for the first time since I broke my foot. I'm getting back to the healthier me!

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HOLLLIE 7/29/2011 10:49AM

    great blog!

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MICKEYMAX 7/29/2011 9:59AM

    You're awesome!

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TURKEYCALLER 7/29/2011 9:46AM

    Hang tight my firend,.

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REBELBLITZ 7/29/2011 9:27AM

    Hope that your husband is recovering nicely. What a stressful situation for you. You did amazing through it all. I am proud of you.

As for me, I am a proud new Great grand mother this morning. My grand daughter just gave birth to a son. Mother and son are doing great.

Have a great day!
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    Amazing day. So glad the prognosis is happy. emoticon

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ENCY23 7/29/2011 6:38AM

    Wow! So happy that everything is ok! I think I cried a few tears of relief for you guys as I was reading this. And great work staying on plan even under some of the worst kind of stress!

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HOWLERMOM 7/28/2011 11:34PM

    emoticonYou did great!! Just fabulous....ignored the voices & everything!!

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SOLLIER 7/28/2011 10:58PM

  Well played Dear. Bless you both.

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AURORA.BELLA 7/28/2011 10:45PM

    I sincerely hope your husband is OK! That is so scary, I'm sorry you had to go through this today. I have had a crappy sort of day too and felt like eating my feelings because of some bad news, but I also know it won't really help me at all. Good for you for sticking to your plan and your man!

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SKINNYCHICK72 7/28/2011 10:10PM

  Not only a great human, but a gifted writer. Take that blog post and send it to the daily paper wherever you live. Make sure you leave in the reasons why you are Super Duper Sparkalicious Awesome Sauce Freaky Fantastic .
Thanks for taking the time to write!

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BARBIE779 7/28/2011 9:41PM

    Awesome job keeping your cool instead of pigging out. I'm glad everything turned out ok.

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WEMINICH 7/28/2011 9:18PM

  Best!

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MOSTMOM1 7/28/2011 7:51PM

    Good golly, take care of Cheff. That's a scary day you had!
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WALKINGBYFAITH2 7/28/2011 7:40PM

    Prayers to you and Cheffrey. Great job on the plan, and after that you have eliminated all your excuses for possibly eating off the plan!! Hope you both are feeling better! emoticon

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 7/28/2011 5:59PM

    Glad to hear that all will be ok....

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I Survived... Thanks to Rocky?

Monday, July 25, 2011

Today I decided that repeating week 3 of C25K for a third time would just be me wimping out because I'm afraid to run for 5 straight minutes. I no longer wheeze on the last minute of the 3 minute runs that week 3 prescribes, and I just couldn't justify avoiding week 4 again.

I believe that is it normal for a 270 pound fat chick to be afraid to run for five minutes, but it isn't like I can't just stop, right? I'm not going to knock the planet of its axis if I stop, right?

So I did it. I said screw it, I'm going to go for it. Week 4, meet your maker. I will make you my byotch. At least that is what I said before the five minute run.

W4D1 Goes like this:

5 minute warm up
Run 3 minutes
Walk 90 Seconds
Run 5 minutes
Walk 2.5 minutes
Run 3 minutes
Walk 90 seconds
Run 5 minutes
Cool Down

So I did just dandy on the first 3 minute run, but the first five minute run, OMFGFMVM. I did fine the first 2 or 3 minutes. Minute 3.5 I was pretending I would win a car on Biggest Loser if I went 15 more seconds. Minute 3.75 and I was telling myself that GOLOPTIOUS wouldn't stop. Minute 4.25 and I was ready to fall over dead. I was getting ready to give it up and just stop completely when, I sh!t thee not, "Gonna Fly Now" the theme to Rocky, started playing. www.youtube.com/watch?v=oQwnLf5GrqI&
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Now you just can't quit when the Rocky theme is playing. It's against the laws of physics or TV guide or something. It just isn't allowed. You do it, because you should. You do it because you know you will be glad you did. You do it because you will forget how much it hurt, but you will remember how good it feels. You do it because you can pretend you are Rocky and you are running up those steps. You do it so you can justify the expense of flying to Vegas in December for the Rock N Roll Half.

And once you've done it once, you have no excuses not to do it again. I did slow down to 4.9 mph and again to 4.7 to finish, but that in no way diminishes the fact that I freaking did it. I ran for five minutes. YIPPEEE. Happy Booty Shaking Happy Joy Joy Happy Dance.

So, to recap-- 270 pound girl with inner athlete runs 5 minutes at 5 mph without stopping, dying, falling down, barfing, puking or peeing her pants. Then she did it again. Set a PR doing 4.13 miles in 65 minutes (SOOOOOO close to that 4 miles in 60 minutes goal!!).



Excuses? Nope. Fresh out of those today. You?

Progress is no longer being able to wear your favorite pants without looking redonkulous:

  
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SAFIYAH9 8/2/2011 3:43PM

    LOL, would you believe that I have "Eye Of The Tiger" on my workout mix (which I will use for runs once I've gone through the podcasts) from one of the Rocky's for that same exact reason? Because once you hear it, you can't stop running. I put it on the last 4 minutes of the first 30 minutes of the workout mix, so I'll know when my runs are almost done. (I also use that same mix to lift weights, so it goes on from there which allows me to come in from running and head straight to my weights.

And I did Week 4 day 1 today too. :-) Great blog!

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CHESHIREKITTINZ 7/31/2011 12:06PM

    That is AWESOME!! Oh and I like your matching bra and panties set :P

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JECKIE 7/30/2011 6:10PM

    I love this blog so much, because I know that feeling! I spent 3 weeks on week 4 pretty much for the same reasons... but I finished week 5 this morning and feel freakin GIDDY about it! Like I can't smile enough!

Congrats! And now I must put the Rocky theme on my workout playlist. ;) (and I dream some day of running up those steps!)

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NJMSMOM08 7/30/2011 10:19AM

    AWESOME!

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JULES-AT-HEART 7/30/2011 2:56AM

    omg, this made me laugh. Good for you!!

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CHAR1970 7/30/2011 2:12AM

    Good for you! You should be so proud!

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SPARKLISE 7/28/2011 9:40PM

    That was so funny! I love the rocky theme! emoticon

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PHEFEY 7/28/2011 3:42PM

    awesome!
and for the record, i always follow the rules of tv guide ;)

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JWAYNE90 7/28/2011 1:35PM

    Also 'Stronger' by Kanye...Thatll keep you going in a workout!
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BARBIE779 7/27/2011 10:40PM

    Congratulations, that is emoticon!

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SEVENCALLMEMOM 7/27/2011 9:20PM

    That is awesome...and let me just say what I can't believe no one else did...those are some seriously cute undies. hee,hee,hee!

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ASHAY255 7/27/2011 7:31PM

  Awesome Job! Thanks for motivating me. Keep up the great work.

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FLYING2007 7/27/2011 7:19PM

    YOU ROCK!!!

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NAYPOOIE 7/27/2011 4:29PM

    Guess what? You'll be able to do week five too. Maybe not next week, but you will do it.

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    Woohoo! Awesome job! emoticon

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JADEW2011 7/27/2011 12:56PM

  Great inspiration!! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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GRRARRGH 7/27/2011 12:47PM

    Awesome!!! My can't-ever-stop song is Lose Yourself by Eminem. I just can't stop running when that song is playing.

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LADYJAY25 7/27/2011 12:36PM

    omg!!! GO YOU!!! I need to start that C25K training thingy! lol... I am i aww of you right now! :) I'll catch up... *goes to buy new running shoes* lol :)

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TAURUSGIRL3 7/27/2011 12:34PM

  Thanks again for an awesome blog. I get inspired by reading your progress.

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ELUNAMAKATA 7/27/2011 11:57AM

    GO YOU!!!!!

Seriously that is totally awesome!

I just started C25K Monday, and today is day 2 for me and I'm glad to know I'm not the only one who is willing to prolong the training as long as I don't stop!

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DEBLYNN323 7/27/2011 11:54AM

    emoticon...great job!

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JITZUROE 7/27/2011 10:47AM

    I think you forgot about mentioning how the flared nostrils can mean boogers the size of large pop rocks firing out at will while running. But of ourse this has never happened to me (sniff, snort).

Congrats on the 5:00 continuous run!!!
Bren

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SQUISHY0705 7/27/2011 9:57AM

    Well done on doing 5 mins straight!
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FATINVT 7/27/2011 9:31AM

    So glad you pushed through the initial fear! I went all the way through C25K three years ago, trying to start back up now but it is daunting when you're overweight. Great job in breaking through!

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MEALOHAOE 7/27/2011 9:16AM

    On Week 3 right now and I thought the 90 seconds on day one was going to lay me out flat. As in, my feet would stop working, my shoelace would get stuck in the treadmill, and I would end up staring at the ceiling with the belt scraping across my back.

But, now I am looking forward to seeing if Day 2 (doing tonight) will be any easier.

Queen's We Will Rock You/We Are the Champions always does it for me :).

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TIFFYFANNY 7/27/2011 9:06AM

    W4D1 of C25K was my absolute FAVORITE day of the program. It was hard hard hard, but I learned to talk my way through it. I visualized crossing the finish line at my first 5K, and during the last run portion, the song "If You're Going Through Hell" came on..."if you're going through hell, keep on moving, you might get out before the devil even knows you're there". I even did fist pumps in the air when I finished.

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BLACKROSE_222 7/27/2011 9:04AM

    LOL! Awesomely done, my dear. Great job!

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ALICIAT32 7/27/2011 2:26AM

    Way to go. Ur an inspiration. I was just starting to run when i broke my foot a couple months ago. it's daunting now that i'm healed and can slowly start back into my old routine. I know i'm out of shape and am gonna have to work back up, but it's inspirational to see you push through pain to reach your goal. if you can do it, i'm damn well gonna try. Thanks!

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MDEVILE 7/27/2011 1:03AM

    AH HA HA! AWESOME!

I had this happen to me on the bike! Not Rocky, because that just would have been eerie, but I was starting to crash 15 minutes in when At The Drive-In's "One Armed Scissor" came on creepy itunes (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7NY
bojdoAQE) and I just couldn't bear to slow down during one of my favourite songs! So I went harder, and faster, and hit that zone where you finally feel like you can go forever. I ended up doing 45 glorious, sweaty minutes and felt so good after!

Although, in singing along in my echo-y basement, I think I may have traumatized my cats.

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KATHIERAE 7/26/2011 10:48PM

    emoticonWish I could make my type font go bigger, cuz YOU TOTALLY ROCK!!!!!! WOOO HOOOO!!!!!

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ZAZZABEN 7/26/2011 9:22PM

    Congrats! Very inspiring.

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CALGAL16 7/26/2011 8:10PM

    Yay!! I also beat a limit I set for myself today!!! It's only impossible if you think it is. I just yell out loud (when no one else is home) "I CAN do it!" It works!

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CSDOWNING 7/26/2011 6:09PM

    Woo Hoo for you!!!!! We're so often our own worst enemy by setting what turn out to be really aribtrary limits. Congrats to you! Doesn't that picture of too big pants just send chills up your back! It's great!!!!!

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MONETRUBY 7/26/2011 5:27PM

    Fabuliciousness!

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SHEFFIELD09 7/26/2011 5:16PM

    Awesome! Congrats!

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TYKXBOY 7/26/2011 4:21PM

    I just out loud and my co-worker turned to ask me what was going on. Awesome blog and great job pushing yourself! Hey, Rocky, watch me pull a rabbit out of my hat! Whoa! Guess I don't know my own strength.
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KKINNEA 7/26/2011 4:02PM

    Awesome, your pants are falling down! Time for new, smaller pants!!

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JDECKNESS 7/26/2011 3:01PM

    I need some of you gusto. Good for you. It looks like it is time to get new favorite pants.


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GETFIT2LIVE 7/26/2011 2:22PM

    Way to go!!!!!!! And AWESOME speed, too; you know, you can always slow it down if you need to in order to keep going. Just sayin'--there is no law that it doesn't count as a run if you don't do it at 5 (or 4.7 or even 4.0).

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SNOOKUMS19 7/26/2011 2:03PM

    You go girl!!!! LOve it!

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MADDEELOU 7/26/2011 1:40PM

    Congratulations!!

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KAT2212 7/26/2011 1:29PM

    emoticon emoticon That is so awesome!

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STEPHANIE0982 7/26/2011 1:29PM

    AMAZING!!! Congrats!!

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HEATHERSTEW 7/26/2011 1:24PM

    Um, your awesomeness is superceding the realms of awesome. The Mayor of Awesometown has stepped down and you're about to be elected.

That's so fantastic! VEGAS BABY! I don't know if I'm more excited about the race or the fact that you'll be there!

The first time I did a sub 39 minute 5K I was yelling "I Love Lamp" at every streetlight. I just kept telling myself, "If I make it to the next street light I'll be okay" Next thing I know, "I LOVE LAMP" was coming out of my mouth....and not quietly. They had the straight jacket waiting for me at the car until I showed them my cardio trainer app.
Stalk to you soon...
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SAHARASUE 7/26/2011 1:22PM

    Woo Hoo!! emoticon That's so awesome and I can so relate. I repeated week 4 three times. My philosphy is not to worry about my speed (4.5) or do-overs (many) lol. Keep up the hard work! You're doing fantastic!!

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DAISYTERRI 7/26/2011 1:18PM

    Congratulations!!!! Great Blog! I love the Rocky theme song!!!!

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Randomness, How To End a Pity Party, Big Girl Panties, Lists & Lots of Pics

Saturday, July 23, 2011

So after my pity party of earlier this week, I laundered and donned my big girl panties after locating them hiding under the guest bed.

Then I did lots of things my SparkPeeps suggested including:

I quit feeling sorry for myself, realized that I always feel depressed after eating crap food, then uh, quit eating crap food. I know, it's like rocket surgery or brain science or something.

I also made a list of all the sh, err, stuff I need to do and did some of it, including:

A) Taking a week wacker to the garden weeds. When the tough get byotchy notes about weeds, the tough buy a weed wacker and make a rude gesture at the garden plot she possesses. Free bonus spin: I thought the photo was oddly flattering weight wise, considering the nature of the pic.







B) Registered for classes. Discovered one of my two classes isn't available at a reasonable time, got a dispensation to take the class elsewhere, where it is online and cheaper. End result? I'm officially registered for grad school and I have saved myself over $1600 in tuition and won't even have to step foot on a campus all semester. SCORE!

C) I'm eating clean and exercising. My mental health and my body are thanking me. Such effusive praise and thanks is coming out every one of my orifices that I'm embarrassed by it. Stop now, you're making me blush, of course I will eat right and exercise, you're my body and you deserve it!

D) Got back on the scale. Down 3 pounds this week. This makes me wonder if my body prefers a bit higher caloric intake. Will investigate when I figure out how to investigate without risking weight gain or a lack of loss. For now I'm eating at the top end of my range (1,500) and enjoying it.

E) Completed FAFFSA FASFA FAFSA whatever the financial aid thing is called. The dread of the thing was certainly worse than the reality of the thing.

F) Stopped long enough to self-identify that some of my eating wasn't as bad as it sounded (some was worse, hello pizza from California Pizza Kitchen mostly all by myself). I had one piece of an appetizer platter of deep fried mac n cheese, not a buffet of it. More importantly, I also realize now that some of the eating was driven by the stress of having tons of tasks to do that weren't getting done with company in town. List made, tasks accomplished = less desire to kill myself with a loaded fork.

In other randomness:


I went out to a restaurant with a friend today. The sign in the front lobby had to be seen to be believed, so of course I took a photo. I resisted their crack-peddling ways. I had a black bean burger and salad! HAh! Take that, purveyors of fryer oil!



Set a PR this week. 3.97 miles in 65 minutes. Basically 16 minute miles, one of my MEGA goals is to do 4 miles in 60 minutes, so I'm well on my way.


I took a minute to enjoy my garden and remember why I started the thing in the first place. Uh, yes, I like gardening. Newsflash Jenn, it only feels like work if you let it. My first fingerlings, pepper and turnips were waiting for me under the weeds.



I got a manicure. Something about grooming type stuff makes me feel good. Next paycheck will be "man hair removal and caterpillar pruning day" followed by "cut and highlight day".



I'm happier. I'm feeling more like myself. I bought a new pair of pants today on clearance in a new smaller size and successfully resisted the urge to buy the same pair in a smaller size.

I have Shake That Ass by Eminem featuring Nate Dogg www.youtube.com/watch?v=BkI2RPJhku0 stuck in my brain. As far as earworms go, it's a good one, and it is FAB to run to. Does raunch make one run faster? If so, I need to start listening to different music.

I survived some awful at work without turning to food, or being tempted to turn to food. This is commonly referred to as "progress."

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TIME4CARRI 7/28/2011 3:48PM

    Great blog, I love you sense of humor and the way you write! I am currently ending my pity party and I so hear you on how action feels so good and makes the daunting less powerful. If only I could remember this on those darn tough days. Off to face the mountain of laundry I've avoided after being inspired by you today!

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ANGEL0101 7/28/2011 12:02PM

    great blog.....

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FIFIFRIZZLE 7/28/2011 2:51AM

    Thanks for the pik of the deep fried Mac menu board, I had to see it to believe such a thing existed! lol!

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VLVTGRRL 7/27/2011 1:24AM

    So glad I stumbled across your blog! Are you already a writer? Because if you're not, you should be! :-) emoticon

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MDEVILE 7/27/2011 12:55AM

    *hug* Congrats on finding your big girl panties and ending your pity party (I think you were being a bit too hard on yourself, but I know that means nothing when you're feeling it, so I'm just really happy you're snapping out of it)

Also, hang on to that feeling better when you eat better epiphany. Make it a mantra, even. I can't even articulate how true that is, or how easy it can be to forget (so maybe these occasional backslides are a reminder when we start getting too cocky?)

Now, I have the urge to do my nails...

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MICRAELIE 7/26/2011 8:56PM

    Fun blog, nice writing. I already know I like you after reading this single blog. You go, girl.

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DWILCZKO 7/26/2011 8:24PM

  so inspiring!

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RYDERB 7/26/2011 8:09PM

    Way to go! I knew you could do it! By the way, Love the mud! It makes gardening look like fun! Great nails!

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ALIVIR 7/26/2011 5:29PM

  Thanks for being "real"! LOVE the "hiding under the guest bed" bit!

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IONA72 7/26/2011 5:28PM

    You certainly deserve to be voted Popular Blog, it's a winner!
Good luck on your journey!

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JENN26POINT2 7/26/2011 4:52PM

    You crack me up and I love your nails! Great blog! Keep up the amazing work!

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KLPIGS 7/26/2011 4:51PM

    I love the randomness of your blog. I makes me realize that I am not the only one who feels that have gone crazy now and then (no insult intended). You doing the right thing...keep it.

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PDITTY19 7/26/2011 4:11PM

  Love it!! You are so inspiring - I've been having my own pity party these past few days. Been working late and having comfort foods so of course the scale has gone up 4 lbs this week. So close to dropping below the big 200 mark (have not been there in 11 years) but it keeps falling out of my grasp. Heading to the beach in less than a month and I believe you have helped me get back on track. Thank you!! emoticon

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JLSPARKLES 7/26/2011 3:53PM

    Love it!! You are so incredibly witty- makes me laugh :)

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JENVAMPVEGAS 7/26/2011 3:48PM

    Your nails look great!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 7/26/2011 3:41PM

    I thought the picture of you covered in grass was great. Shows that you worked hard!

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ZUZMAJKA 7/26/2011 2:33PM

    You blogs are always so much fun to read! Also, I agree that you look great in that picture (and I love getting dirty every now and than).

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63DOROTHY 7/26/2011 2:13PM

  This was so encouraging. I am just starting out after realizing that I am mostly unhappy because of myself. I was spending more time sitting around than usual and was starting to grab the carton of ice cream before bed and making myself disgusted. Reading this makes me feel like maybe I can change the way I eat and exercise. emoticon

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ARDISSA 7/26/2011 12:22PM

    Thanks

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KEEN2OQE 7/26/2011 12:05PM

    OMG, I laughed so hard. Thanks for sharing.

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ACURVYLADY 7/26/2011 11:08AM

    Lol Great Bolg

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FLYING2007 7/26/2011 8:22AM

    You are hilarious and such a great writer! I love your blogs! I too have been wondering about the higher calorie weight loss- also I had a week where I was sick and didn't work out and I think that was good for my body too- not being sick but taking a break from balls out workouts for a week.

Thanks for a good laugh!

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ASPROMISED 7/26/2011 6:57AM

    Love your sassy attitude - was having a little bit of a pity party myself but think I will go shake my a$$ - feeling better just thinking about it! now to go do it!!!

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DIVAMOMAOF1 7/26/2011 12:40AM

    Your blogs are great!!!

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VEGGIEPRINCESS5 7/25/2011 11:42PM

    Your blogs make me smile emoticon
It sounds like you have done a great job getting everything done and getting back on track! emoticon
You have inspired me!

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NELLBELLA26 7/25/2011 11:35PM

    emoticon You continue to bring a smile to my face with your blogs!


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CLOVER2 7/25/2011 11:14PM

    I love you....you make me laugh on days when laughing is the last thing on my mind! Love it!

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GOIN4GR8 7/25/2011 10:38PM

    I really need to never miss a day of your blogs. They're always spot-on, funny, and inspiring (yes, even when YOUmay not realize it. emoticon)

I've had a lot of stress lately due to the antics of [one of my two] alcoholic brother[s]. There's an Alison Krauss song lyric "he put that bottle to his head and pulled the trigger" that's been running through my head all week. Then I read your line "killing myself with a loaded fork", and it resonated--cuz that's exactly what I'm doing.

I'm eating like there's no tomorrow! Rapidly gaining back all that I worked so hard to take off ... WHY?????

Anyway, I'm so glad you're here. You're awesome. Thank you.

Laurie

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MRSTERCCERO 7/25/2011 9:22PM

    I emoticon your blogs!!!

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ERINMARIE424 7/25/2011 9:21PM

    LOL thanks!

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19PITSY53 7/25/2011 7:14PM

  way 2 go girl keep it up

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HUGS2015 7/25/2011 7:09PM

    Glad to see you back in the game and back to your usual happy self!
Keep on keeping on! Loved looking at all the pictures! emoticon emoticon

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MRSKPL 7/25/2011 6:49PM

  Well done!

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LADYBUGFAERIE 7/25/2011 5:31PM

    I dig your writing style. Definitely a good uplifting post and a chuckle for the day! Thanks for sharing! Keep at; you're doing great!!!

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BADASSBLONDIE 7/25/2011 5:25PM

    B - what type of grad school are you in?

D - do you put in the calorise you plan to burn every week in your fitness plan? It'll help adjust your calories accordingly. And if you can afford it, get a polar heart rate monitor to get a more accurate calorie burn. I have the RS100 and ADORE it.

I'm so glad to hear you're doing better!!!! WOOO HOOOOOOOOOO!

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NATURAL_BEAUTY 7/25/2011 5:20PM

    Thanks for making me laugh out loud. You have inspired me!

Tina :)

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DGFOWLER 7/25/2011 4:41PM

    Even though you were rambling on Jenn, all of this makes perfect sense. Thanks for the smiles and for your encouragement.. Donna

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LADYTSUNADE 7/25/2011 4:06PM

    Thanks for sharing! Quite an enjoyable read!

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OWENSAUNT1 7/25/2011 4:04PM

    Dang Girl! I love your fire~! Keep up the good work.

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EMFRAPPIER 7/25/2011 3:58PM

    Fabulous! emoticon

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907KNOTHEAD 7/25/2011 3:52PM

    This is wonderful! Thank you for sharing. After reading this I realize I haven't started my to do list for this week. I just signed back up for school as well and there are a few things I would like to get out of the way before it starts.

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CHUBBYMAMAW 7/25/2011 3:50PM

    Keep on keeping on! emoticon

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LOGANDRYLSMOM 7/25/2011 3:41PM

    atta girl!!! Life's a garden.. dig it! ~Joe Dirt. Lol..

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VINNIELOU 7/25/2011 3:37PM

    Way to go! you rock (even in big girl panties) and I totally believe raunch music makes one move faster. I love Amanda Blank. look her up. she is a monster from Philly. I crank her up when I am Wii boxing. Amanda Blank - Something Bigger, Something Better. "My ladies got their own cash know how to swing their hips fast..." "I stay fly"

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HINCTYBEAT 7/25/2011 3:27PM

    "The dread of the thing was certainly worse than the reality of the thing." --ain't that always the truth! I will try to remember this!

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KT-NICHOLS-13 7/25/2011 2:46PM

    "Does raunch make one run faster?" Yup, it sure does. Much of my play lists are full of explicit songs and I always run faster when they come on. emoticon



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HOTTIEMOMMY1 7/25/2011 2:36PM

    I really relate, liked your blog!!!

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PAWSINAZ 7/25/2011 2:31PM

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BLUEROSE73 7/25/2011 2:29PM

    That is awesome Jenn. Glad you were able to pull out of your pity party, and get right back on track.

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