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Mental Adjusting Needed

Friday, December 07, 2012

Well, today marks my being 99% done with this semester. A few things still have to happen in order call this one complete, but I'm basically in waiting mode for that. I have a 1-on-1 phone interview with my program coordinator to wrap up the practicum portion. Then, I have to wait until Monday to be assigned to a "group" for my online class, where I will review/critique 4 of my fellow student's final projects. And they'll do the same to mine. If you'd like to, and I'd highly recommend it!!!! emoticon You can see my final project on my food blog (yes, we had the option of doing a blog post!) here:


You can comment as a guest without having to create an account or sign up or anything. Hint, hint, nudge, nudge! Really, though, I've "turned it in", but I have until Sunday night to "fix" anything that may need to be worked on, so if ya'll could give it a read and let me know if anything seems vague, unclear, irrelevant, or if you just find it awesome and delectable, let me know that, too. Since my teacher is going to see it, can ya let the critiques/criticisms/corrections be commented here instead of on that blog? Thanks!

I announced about a week ago that I was going to be moving back to El Centro. Announced it here:


That hasn't changed. I'm still moving. And still dealing with all the things that go with it. Realizing so many things about my life that's going to change... or change back. I have access to many wonderful services, opportunities, recreational facilities, products, etc. that I am accustomed to utilizing, that I will no longer have access to. It's scary and sad think that. I'm going to have to adjust to having nothing essentially. The simplest, most basic things... which the things I use now I consider basic. It's going to be rough. No doubt about it. Not just for me, but kitty. And to some degree, my family. But, they're excited to have me back. I guess someone has to be stoked. I'm sure maybe I'll feel better about it later, but right now it feels like I'm going back in time. It's upsetting.

As such, my fitness activity level and diet have stalled. Not that I was exercising much before, because I totally wasn't, but my activity level was pretty high. Thanks, in part, to my practicum which is OVER NOW! WOO! Luckily, the next weeks will be jam packed with a bunch of physical "fun". Cleaning out my old El Centro room to make room for me. Then, coming back to San Diego to pack and move. I'll be beat. I'll be lucky if I'm still alive come Christmas! Diet, on the other hand, always tends to go by the wayside during times of moving. It's easier to eat fast food and processed/prepared junk than it is to cook. But, we do have a lot of things in the freezer that need to be consumed, so it's my goal to work on that for now.

That's keeping most of my focus for the time being, besides just the general stress of moving. Tomorrow I get to attend one of my last Spark Rallies (at least for a while, it's not going to be my last! I hate my hometown, so I'll be looking for excuses to leave!) and we're going to a gym that's pretty much entirely trampolines. Too fun! We'll see how it goes.

Until next time, folks.

Here's another collage of my shiny beast.

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SMILINGTREE 12/10/2012 3:25PM

    As always, I'm joining this conversation late, so I'm not going to comment on the presentation. However, I did go back and read your big announcement post, and I really hope that you can find some good in moving.

I am from a really, really small town (seriously, there were THIRTY PEOPLE in my graduating class!). It is about 2 hours from Atlanta and about an hour from Chattanooga, which is a mid-sized city and where I live now. So, I totally understand the frustrations and worries about living in a tiny town.

Hopefully, there will be some upsides to it. I know where I'm from there are tons of walking/hiking trails that I miss. There are also lots of people I'd want to avoid if I lived there so I would probably spend more time at home, cooking and doing crafts...and maybe gardening? Will you have time/space to garden there?

One other thing that I thought about reading your post was that the time I got to spend with my grandparents while they were ill is time I will forever treasure. It was stressful and difficult but so very rewarding. I hope that being near your family will eventually bring you peace and a sense of joy - even if you find those feelings in retrospect.

Don't beat yourself up if the nutrition and exercise take a backseat while you get the move sorted out. That's normal. And you have enough knowledge and dedication to get right back to it when you are ready.

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MOWINELADY 12/7/2012 5:37PM

    I am super cereal here -- shouldn't this be serious or are you going for a pun

mud bugs usually refers to crawfish not shrimp not sure how particular your prof is

Overall I enjoyed your food post. It was informative and funny. I have never done tempura before but you have made it look so easy that I will have to try it. I will have to find some rice flour first.


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MEWHENRYSMAMA 12/7/2012 5:01PM

    Hey, read ARCHIMEDESII and her suggestion was excellent regarding the Asian presentation! Go for it! Also...try adding a fan or umbrella in a drink!
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 12/7/2012 4:58PM

    I loved your cooking lesson...I commented as I registered last time! Thought it was smart to put yourself in the pictures!
Oh, I am so sorry you must move, I so understand how hard it is but why you must do it! I am here if you need to reach out! This will all work out...I know it seems doom and gloom but just one day at a time! trust me, I am doing it, too!
Hugs and love to you and Kitty with the big paws!!!

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/7/2012 3:35PM

    Now, that was a fantastic presentation !!! I wouldn't change the food, BUT... I would have you consider a more Asian influenced presentation. The tray is too grammar school lunch room. See if you can find a BENTO box instead. That will better show off your Asian influence creation. I was thinking something like these.


This is just page one. they have several pages of wonderful Japanese "lunch" boxes you can see for examples. There have to be good Japanese stores in San Diego where you can find cheaper options locally.

It just strikes me that if you're going to create an Asian influence meal, it should be showcased in an Asian style. You're going to get an A+ !!

Love your cat too !

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 12/7/2012 2:58PM

    You did an amazing job on your final project! Just commented!

I am sorry you are feeling down about your move. :( I hope that you are able to find some happiness while you're there!

See you tomorrow morning!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/7/2012 2:58PM

    Congrats on completion. And, your beast is a cutie. (smiling)

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SUSANBEAMON 12/7/2012 2:48PM

  love your cat. he'll be fine with the move, although he will tell you there's no real reason for it.

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 30

Saturday, December 01, 2012

Day 30, Nov. 30th
Today I am thankful for SparkPeople

Shoulda been obvious, right? Without this site, I wouldn't have safely and healthfully lost 44 pounds. I wouldn't have officially decided to study nutrition. I wouldn't have met the wonderful friends and acquaintances through San Diego Spark Team. I never would have hiked Torrey Pines, gone paddleboarding, walked through Mission Trails, participated in my first 5k, and enjoyed a healthy potluck with great company at Mission Bay. I wouldn't have all these things and more without this site. It's truly amazing and I am very grateful!

Even wore my shirt to the 5k!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/5/2012 9:33AM

    Wonderful! Mega-congrats!

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SMILINGTREE 12/3/2012 11:45AM

    Those are cool sunglasses!

This is an amazing community. It's so nice to have a place that feels safe to talk about health, nutrition, fitness, and so on without worrying about being judged or lectured to or anything else.

Thanks for sharing your 30 days of thankfulness with us. I love reading these kinds of posts. They warm my heart!

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DIANER2014 12/1/2012 11:05PM

    You are a wonderful friend too! Love your smile! Congratulations on all of your success! You've done an awesome job! Much love! emoticon

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/1/2012 6:44AM

    emoticon too !

That's a fantastic photo. Way to "strike a pose".


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MEWHENRYSMAMA 12/1/2012 5:58AM

    And we would not be friends...which I am truly grateful for!!!
Love & Hugs,

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 12/1/2012 4:47AM

    Awesome job! :D

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 29 MUST READ (ESP. SD SPARKS)

Friday, November 30, 2012

Day 29, Nov. 29
Today I am thankful for San Diego

And for the more than 5 years I got to live here. It is with an extremely heavy heart and tears streaming from my eyes that I have to announce my big news (remember earlier this month when I said I had some? This blog should jog your memory: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
Here it is...) I will be moving back to my hometown by the end of December. I couldn't announce it earlier than today because I wasn't 100% sure yet. That job opportunity that I may/may not have? That's also in my hometown. I'm from El Centro, a podunk awful place about 2 hours east of San Diego. As saddened as I am that this has to be the sequence of events for my life, I know it is the right thing for me to do. I'm so tired of struggling with money and everything else that I have to deal with (transportation issues, stuff like the crap found in this blog: www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
etc) that I know I need to go home, recharge, regroup, and save some money up. My family needs me there... my poor dad being the full-time sole caretaker for my grandmother, my mom at the early stages of her recovery, and my brothers that are sort of just floating in the middle and unsure of themselves. I'm not saying I am going to be the fixer of all the things, but just being there would be a great comfort to them. Plus, I can still go to school there and I can apply to a Master's Program when I get all that pesky chem, bio, anatomy and whatever else out of the way. My plan is to only be back there for 2-3 years, then begin the Master's program at SDSU.

So, for the place I've truly considered my "real" home for the last several years, I'm grateful that I got to be here. Unbeatable weather, beaches, places to hike, restaurants of all cuisines galore, so many things to do, actual farmer's markets, terrible sports teams that I still enjoy watching, and everything else that my hometown doesn't have (and probably never will). I have amazing friends that are still going to be here when I'm gone. San Diego has the best Spark Team EVER! Seriously! One of my best friends I met while attending school here and we've been practically inseparable since. This place has been wonderful and I never thought I'd have to leave it. This is where I figured I'd stay. I love San Diego and all that's in it.

Mission Trails

Paddleboarding in Mission Bay

Downtown for ComiCon

Strawberry picking

Hanging out in a cemetary in Old Town

Padres game

This blog could go on and on with the San Diego pics. But, I'll stop it here for now. Nostalgia is already making me sad and I haven't even left yet. I'm going to miss this place while I'm away.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 3/12/2013 10:21AM

    Awwww so sorry I didn't read this when it happened ... San Diego has always been one of my favorite cities to visit!! At least you see blessed to have a hometown where family lives. My families have always been scattered all over the country, and we moved so much. But for awhile, at least, Wichita has been "home" for various family.

I'm off to get caught up on the rest of your blogs!!

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ABB698 12/10/2012 12:18PM

    Wow, HUGE news Jilly! I'm sad that you're leaving SD, but you really won't be too far away and will be back, so we'll just wait for that day! Good luck in all your new endeavors! I'll wave to ya next time we head out to Glamis :) Keep in touch! emoticon

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NYMERIAV 11/30/2012 7:15PM

    I'm absolutely KICKING myself that we live in the same city, and have never met! I'm sorry that you're so sad, but you never know how life will turn out- maybe home is your place right now. So often, the best things come unexpectedly!

San Diego will be here, waiting for Miss Jilly's triumphant return!


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ARCHIMEDESII 11/30/2012 4:38PM

    “Where we love is home,
Home that the feet may leave,
but not our hearts.”
― Oliver Wendell Holmes

Think of your time in El Centro as a stepping stone to a better future. It may not be much right now, but things can change fast. Take the 2-3 years you need to finish your education and care of your family. Family matters. You have a lot of options, keep them all open because you never know where the next opportunity will come from. You can return to San Diego any time you'd like or you may decide to move some place else. Who knows ? That's why it's important to keep those options open.

If you'd like to cheer on championship sports teams, you're always welcome in Boston ! Great universities here too !


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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/30/2012 11:01AM

    Wow, that IS big news!! I'm sad that you'll be leaving San Diego and we won't be seeing you at any Spark Rallys but it sounds like this is the best move for you right now. Being there for your family will be a major help and you don't have to put your life on hold to do it, which is great. I'm glad I'll still be able to read what you're up to on here! Good luck with everything!!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/30/2012 10:14AM

    I am sorry you have to go...for now...but you have a mission and good practical reasons...but you will be back and ready for your next mission! And your friends will be there when you do! And ATLEAST in this day and age keeping in contact is easy! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers for a good move and good experience! Time flys...and it might only be two years, not three! Take Meow Meow and go in good spirits...it will work out!
Love and Hugs,

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RSTM99 11/30/2012 10:00AM

    It's sad to leave a place you love - I had to do that early on but kept my on the prize of moving back to where we are now and love it even more! Think of it as a new adventure, a new chapter and then more to come!

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OLIVIANIGHT 11/30/2012 2:48AM

    Aw I'm sorry. emoticon I know how you feel, there have been a few times when it looked like I would have to move home again and I did NOT want to leave my new home at all.
At least you'll get to spend some time with your family. That's the one thing I miss about my home town.

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 28

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 28, Nov. 28th
Today I am thankful for opportunities

Any opportunities that come my way. I potentially have a new opportunity for a job. That'll be nice. It won't be as a DSS, but it would be a cook's position at an assisted living facility... which only has 12 beds! So small compared to the 99 bed facility at which I'm currently doing my internship. I need to send in my resume (which means dusting that puppy off!) and constructing a cover letter. Neither of which I'm good at, but I need to send it in ASAP. Either way, it would be a wonderful opportunity. I'll have the opportunity to finish my schooling, as well. Super sweet. I have 1 basic chemistry class (with lab) to take and I'll be done with my AS in Nutrition. Then, I'll have tons of other chem, bio, and anatomy classes to take before I can apply to a master's program. But, at least I'll have the chance to try. Some people in this world are not afforded opportunities like I am, so I'm grateful for the chance to just try.

Opportunity knocks!

Hmmm... I don't really have a photo for this one...

So, here's a photo of some whole grain pancakes with turkey bacon mixed in to the batter. I made that for Thanksgiving breakfast.

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CANNIE50 11/29/2012 6:31PM

    Such a great breakfast idea! I hope the application process goes smoothly and that you secure the job - I am sure you will.

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BEFIT_WITHGUSTO 11/29/2012 11:24AM

    Awesome, I'll be crossing my fingers for you! That would be great!

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RSTM99 11/29/2012 10:21AM

    I love your 30days of Thanks this month - it makes me think about my own and that's a GOOD thing to do b/c it sets of the positive thinking vibe. So mine today is thanks for yours :)

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DAWNESS0404 11/29/2012 7:08AM

    Good Luck!!

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/29/2012 3:23AM

    You know my best wishes go with you...
I wish I was there to help with your resume and cover letter as I did that on my job!
I am sure you can find some examples to go by...
Is this the big news you had?
Praying for it to be the right opportunity for you! Sounds like great experience!
Love, hugs, and good wishes,

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30 Days of Thankful- Day 27

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

Day 27, Nov. 27th
Today I am thankful for reusable water bottles

I totally forgot my favorite water bottle when I went home for Thanksgiving. It was pretty awful. I felt so lost and thirsty without it! I take a full water bottle with me everywhere. Currently my favorite bottle is a green, double-walled insulated Camelback. I like it because it doesn't leak at all. You have to bite the mouth piece to suck out the water, which means I can use it on the treadmill or while walking and not worry about spilling water all down my front. I'm not coordinated enough to be able to drink and walk simultaneously. I always have to stop. But, with this bottle, I can easily drink and not miss my stride. WOO! Plus, I'm always carrying it in my hands, so I'm always reminded to drink water from it. Double WOO! I do have some stainless steel bottles that I like, too. They were my first loves. I have one from my specific college at UCSD (Eleanor Roosevelt, WHAT!) and a purple one that has a sort of wide mouth, which I like. Bottom line, I'm never without a water bottle where ever I go (except, of course, when I walk out the door without it for a week away to. the. desert!) I hate buying bottled water and having all that plastic waste. If I do that, I reuse my bottles until they are practically falling apart and withering away. But, the green-conscious hippy inside me screams in pain when I go disposable bottle.

Lou digs my purple water bottle with the wide mouth.

My fave bottle. Rawr.

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MOWINELADY 11/28/2012 11:39AM

    Thanks for the insight into the different water bottles. I also have some water bottles that I like to use.

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MEWHENRYSMAMA 11/28/2012 5:08AM

    Hey my Friend!
There are a couple things in my life I want to accomplish...being a vegetarian (I am not a big meat eater and can do a day a week, like yesterday) but I do like meat, but have a conscience about it and am going to continue to make it a goal! Also, to be more green...like the water bottle! And now they have made the bottles so thin (I know, it is better) but they make so much noise, it should help me to change! Can you tell me your brand of your green one? Looks good! Like the non leak aspect!
Thanks for the motivation on changing the bottle!
P.S. Love your blue nails and that vacation Kitty Face!

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