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It wasn't easy, but I did it

Saturday, June 26, 2010

This blog is the culmination of the last couple of blogs.

Choices aren't always easy. If I eat what I want, I don't stay slim. Period. It can be a hard truth to accept, but it's still the truth and wishing I could eat like other people won't make it so.

So last night I was tired. Didn't feel like cooking. We haven't eaten out since the 5th. I do not count last weekend's pizza at my parents, since we had to drive an hour and a half to get there and of course I spent most of the time worrying that Chester might die. A little cat poop gives him diarrhea (not something he's had in a long, long time) but he can seemingly eat rat poison with no problems. Go figure.

I want to go out! Not just get pizza, I want to be pamepered and not have to clean up or prepare.

So anyway. I made leftover pizza for DH, frozen pizza for me. Amy's roasted veggie individual pizza, which is awesome, btw. And normally I eat the whole things. While it's only 410 calories, so therefore an acceptable dinner (plus a salad), it's 9 WW points -- which is half my daily points, btw.

So I chose to eat only half of it. It wasn't easy. They aren't huge. But in the end, while not completely satisfied, I didn't wake up in the middle of the night with hunger pangs like I do when I don't eat enough. Nor was I starving this morning. A little hungry, yes, but you should be hungry in the mornings. If you're not, you're probably eating too much at night.

I wanted to take the dogs to the park and go for a short run (sans dogs, DH would be walking them). He was too tired. So I told him the dogs were his responsiblility and I was going for a run in the neighborhood. I was a bit worried that running so close to my bedtime might make it hard to sleep, but once again I was fine.

I am even contemplating an early morning run one of these days. It's so nice to be able to run without having to walk the dogs first, and the only way I can do that is to go before DH leaves (or on the weekend). And right now is the time, while it's still light out in the mornings.

So there you have it. I made better choices. I was honest with myself. I want to finally shed these last 10 pounds. People do it all the time, and I know I can do it, too. I just need to make better choices and be honest with myself.

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KEAKMAN 6/26/2010 9:13AM

    What great choices you made yesterday! I am constantly amazed by your ability to leek steely-eyed at a situation and make the right call - you should be a ref or a judge!

I am sooo proud of you!

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REFUSETOFAIL 6/26/2010 8:44AM

    Great job! Making the choice that is right for you is not always the easy choice. I am motivated by your blog.

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SLIMTHICK2 6/26/2010 8:39AM

    Realizing you are unique and being honest with oneself. That's heavy stuff. good for you.

Comment edited on: 6/26/2010 8:45:39 AM

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ROZELL99 6/26/2010 5:56AM

  Good for you!

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It's all about the choices, take II

Friday, June 25, 2010

Excuse while I ramble. I'm not even sure I'll remember everything I want to ramble on about, but I'll give it the ole college try.

So yesterday's blog was supposed to be about turning corners, because I felt I had til I stepped on the scale. Only yesterday was filled with a gazillion chores and obviously I never got around to blogging (probably because I'm too busy downloading apps and reading food blogs on my new toy).

Yes, there was a small gain. Which wouldn't be so bad if I just weren't higher than I want to be. But the whole point about turning corners is that I'm feeling my attitude changing. Again. For instance, I had planned to have a scone with some peanut butter for breakfast yesterday. Planned my whole day around it. It's a healthy scone I baked myself but I know that it isn't a terribly filling breakfast.

When it came time for me to heat that baby up, I looked at it, and just knew it would never fuel me through the gazillion chores I had to do. And so I chose a different breakfast. And I didn't even regret the decision (well, not much).

My BLT eating is way, way down thanks to DAYHIKER & her pushups suggestion. I did in fact do pushups last night. It was the end of the evening, and I wanted to try something I'd bought that was new. Nothing terribly caloric, and I just wanted to try it. And didn't really want to stop to figure out points. So I had it, I did my pushups, and I went to bed.

I was hungrier than normal this past week. 2 weeks before TOM will do that for me. I ate more than I planned on more than one occasion, tracked it, and am not really surprised to be up. But sometimes it's frustrating when I go to my meeting and hear about the person who had the french fries and didn't eat well this week and still lost more than a pound! I know we are all individuals, I know we all lose differently, but just once I'd like to have a bad week and still lose weight.

I have had fruit for dessert several times the past few weeks. Sometimes it's a smoothie. Sometimes it's a green smoothie. Sometimes it's plain ole fruit. It's really hard for me to break the must-have-dessert-cravings, but I'm working on it.

My husband informed me last night that he's invited someone over for the 4th. I suppose it couldn've been worse, he could have told me a couple of days before. Now I must plot what's for dinner. And clean, of course. I've been fairly on top of the cleaning but somewhat unmotivated this week.

Which really amused me about people commenting on my friend feed that I must be unmotivated because I was exhausted from all I'd done, knowing these people probably do way more than me on a daily basis by the simple virtue of having kids. As much as I like to cook, I think I'd want to shoot myself if I had to provide meals for more than myself, my husband, and the animals every day. How do you find the time to do anything else in your day?

The jury is still out on whether or not I'm insane. I got an email from Ebay, never a good sign, and apparently that seller has been ripping people off. I'd gotten a shipment notice almost immediately after paying, so we'll see. I'm very careful -- not only do I check people's rating, I actually go and look thru about a month's worth of ratings. People had nothing but good things to say. WTH?

My Ipod Touch, so far, OTOH, has been great. I have my WW app, my SP app -- discovered the Kindle App (but haven't tried it yet), the Amazon app, the Weather Channel App, The Google App, and so on & so forth. Now I can get the weather without having the tv on or having to go downstairs! I can read my food blogs without having to go downstairs! Uh oh, it might actually get me to take less steps.

And speaking of steps, I stopped wearing my pedometer when the battery died on our NYC trip. I put it on today. I didn't stop exercising by any means, even when I was sick, but I'm curious to see if it really makes a difference.

I think I've blathered on long enough here. Hope you actually got something to take away from it. At least I've got a few of the thoughts rattling around in my brain out.

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TEMPEST272002 6/25/2010 3:36PM

    I love my iphone! All the little apps... too much fun! My fav app is C25Klite - no music, just tones to cue the runs.

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BZYBOYSMOM 6/25/2010 10:23AM

    emoticonYou are amazing and a true inspiration!

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KEAKMAN 6/25/2010 10:14AM

    WOOHOO and a big old emoticon on making the right decision about your breakfast yesterday. It would have been sooooo tempting to me to eat what I planned and then have "a little snack" when I got hungry halfway through the morning. You are a great source of knowledge and inspiration to me my friend!

And if you want unmotivated, it's only the two of us here, no critters, and I STILL can't get things together. I need a wife! Or a maid.

Hope your day goes well and that Chester is fully on the mend and back to his perky self!

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Am I insane?

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

Must be, because I just bought the Insanity workout DVDs off of Ebay for $76, which is about half price and a good deal and we all know I love a good deal. I think the insane part comes in with how do I fit that in with my running?

I already know I like Shaun T, I have Rockin' Abs (which is very different but still a great workout). I like the fact that you don't even need weights.

I have looked at this from time to time over the last few months on Ebay. Before I left for my walk, I did another search and one came up with a reasonable price and ending not too long after I planned to be back.

I was really surprised to win it . . . thought for sure I'd be outbid in the last few minutes as usual.

Not even sure how I'll use it. I still want to train for another 5k sometime in the fall, and I'd ideally like to do it a little faster. I think I got sick again after my race in June because I still wasn't quite over the first sickness, even tho it had been a couple of weeks already.

Yes, I know, everyone is into P90X. Someday, maybe. For now I guess I'll just stay insane. My husband would probably agree.

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DDHEART 6/23/2010 5:03PM

    An important part of training for your races is ST and Insanity or not.....this sounds like a good move for you...it wasn't an impulse buy....Oh who cares if you're insane....I like knowing I have friends who can keep me company in the cuckoo's nest!!

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KARBIE18 6/23/2010 10:53AM

    Enjoy the Insanity! That WAS a great deal! Go you! I'm sure you'll find the time if it's something you like doing.

Have fun!

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/23/2010 10:22AM

    Sounds like fun. Insane can be very fun. (smiling) Have a wonderful day.

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KEAKMAN 6/23/2010 9:46AM

    Remember, you're going to face a long winter again this year....sounds to me like you have some serious new cardio and ST there to help while away the cold and snowy days. And we both know that a strong core is essential for good running form. Great job!

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HEYRED221 6/23/2010 9:34AM

    I haven't heard of it. And I just recently heard about P90X - I must really be out of touch emoticon

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FYRCOP 6/23/2010 9:21AM

    Not sure if you're insane but the price was. That was a great bargain.


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Pimp my salad

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

This was supposed to be yesterday's blog. Anyway, one of my daily goals last week was to put a different veggie on my salad. Surprisingly enough it was difficult to find something in the small health food store I happened to be shopping at! But I did eventually settle on water chestnuts, which added a nice crunch to my salad but not much flavor.

I'd like to continue to try different veggies in my salad, so I'm looking for your favorites. Here's my go-to veggies:

Red bell peppers
Sugar snap peas

Thankfully I really enjoy a nice big salad, but I do tend to get stuck in a rut sometimes.

Human Vitamin K, as it turns out, is exboritantly expensive. We have found some that are made in chewable tablets for animals at a fraction of the cost -- some require a prescription, others do not (the human form did). I've got to run it by my vet and/or get another prescription, since we got just enough to last us a few days right now -- he's supposed to take it for an entire month.

Chester is still his normal bouncy self, but that's the scary part -- apparently they often appear just fine til they bleed out (rat/mouse poison effects the blood's ability to clot) -- and even more dangerous it can be internal bleeding, which is why I've got to keep Lola from bowling him over or slamming into him like she likes to do.

I do think he'll be fine. After his brightly colored poop yesterday morning (sorry if that's TMI), the rest have been normal, so I think we did get him to bring up the vast majority of it right away.

Thanks for all the well wishes -- much appreciated.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/23/2010 9:47AM

    Beets, asparagus, bermuda onion

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250STRONG 6/23/2010 9:34AM

    So glad the doggie is doing ok. :)

My go-to salad is this:
avocado cubed and tossed with onion dressing from Costco (keeps it from browning)
toasted pine nuts
a couple of garlic croutons (from Whole Foods)

Other fave add ins (depending on what dressing I'm using):
beets (canned)
3 bean salad
mandarin oranges
bleu cheese
sunflower seeds
chopped peppers (I like to buy the packs with three colors and chop those all together)
green onion
marinated mushrooms (I make them myself so I can control the ingredients)
blanched asparagus
glazed walnuts (I have to be careful with having these around b/c I will eat the whole bag)

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SHEILA1505 6/22/2010 2:17PM

    Glad Chester seems to be OK
Bean shoots, mung beans, watercress, chickpeas, peppadews, green beans, seeds - sunflower, pumpkin, linseed, sesame, radish, celery, cucumber


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KEAKMAN 6/22/2010 12:44PM

    Pepperoncini and kalamata olives (with feta cheese!)

Zucchini (shredded)

HOORAY for Chester! Hope he continues to improve every day!

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BZYBOYSMOM 6/22/2010 11:00AM

    Asparagus I love them in my salad! Oh and jicama adds a really nice crunch!.

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KARBIE18 6/22/2010 9:50AM

    My go-to veggies are purple onions, peppers, garlic, and olives, but I recently discovered I love artichoke hearts in my salad. Yum! I love broccoli and cauliflower, too, but I'm not supposed to have them, especially raw, because of my thyroid.

Glad to hear Chester seems to be doing okay. Hard not to worry when our "kids" are not feeling well, though, isn't it? Sending positive thoughts and prayers your way.

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JLITT62 6/22/2010 9:30AM

    Just to clarify here: specifically looking for veggie toppings here. I do add protein to my salads in a variety of forms -- just looking to see some new suggestions!

And yes, sometimes I add fruit, but looking for veggies here.


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CRAVE_FREE 6/22/2010 9:03AM

    I get flavored almonds and chop up a few to add crunch and flavor to my salad.

Glad Chester is on the mend!

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NURSE4HEROES 6/22/2010 8:43AM

    mandarin oranges, toasted, sliced almonds, red onion, crumbled blue cheese...

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ZENXB! 6/22/2010 8:16AM

    What about a little fruit in your salad? Some sliced strawberries or cubes of apples. It only takes a tiny bit to change the salad.

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Lola saves Chester's life (I hope)

Monday, June 21, 2010

In a roundabout way. My husband has a bad way of leaving things out that dogs shouldn't have (or cats, for that matter). He forgets how quickly they find stuff and how good they are at getting into things they shouldn't (just like toddlers, which we never had).

So Lola has gotten into some chocolate on more than one occasion. Chocolate is bad for dogs, but it varies -- white chocolate, for instance, is fine, since it doesn't actually have cocoa in it. Milk chocolate isn't too bad. Basically, the darker the chocolate the more deadly it is.

On that occasion, we didn't know how much chocolate she ate or what kind. So I called the vet, and they said to give her 2 tbsp of salt to make her vomit. And it worked.

Yesterday we went to visit my family. We stopped at my parents' house first, because we were going to leave the dogs there in their crates (my sister doesn't have a way to block them into one room -- or so we thought). My parents had a very-belated birthday present for me, and while I was opening that, Chester was getting into something.

When I noticed and went to look, it turned out to be mouse poison! We had no idea how much he had eaten. I had some peanut butter with me, but couldn't lay my hands on it quickly. My mom didn't have any (they don't like PB -- what's up with that?), but she did have cream cheese, so I mixed that up with the salt, took him outside to feed it to him, and sure enough he threw up about maybe a teaspoon of the pellets in the next few mintues.

We called the animal control poison line, and they said that it sounded like most likely we'd got it all, that he'd have to eat a lot to really damage himself, and told me what to look for in the next 24 hours.

Because I obviously couldn't leave them alone in my parents house now -- I needed to observe him -- we took them to my sister's. My sister has a sunroom they don't use (I'd forgotten that), and we put them in there. Unfortunately yesterday was a very hot day, and that sunroom was hotter than was really comfortable for the dogs, but not hot enough to actually harm them -- and we took them out for walks and gave them water every hour or so.

So far Chester seems fine, but my husband said there was some of the pellets in his poop this morning, so he didn't get it all out. I had planned to call our vet anyway just to ease my mind, but now I'll definitely call.

I decided to write this blog because you never know when this information might come in handy for someone else. If you have a very large dog, I'm not sure the salt thing would work -- I mean, how would you get them to just eat a cup or so of salt? I mix it with peanut butter or cream cheese because my dogs love that -- and sure enough, it's worked both times.

On a happier note, above is me with my folks. Obviously not my best side! And no, I don't really look much like my folks. I do have my mom's eye color -- but not her lovely bone structure. I've unfortunately got my Dad's nose instead of my mom's, but OTOH, I also have my Dad's hair instead of my Mom's, which is fine & straight.

Oh yea, and the only reason I look so tall is because I'm wearing my 5k-reward platforms!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/23/2010 9:46AM

    No raisins or grapes for dogs, either.
Oh, and I discovered by accident that hydrogen peroxide makes dogs vomit. not that I would give Sophie any on purpose....

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LINDAKAY228 6/22/2010 12:10PM

    Thanks for the information. You're right, you never know when it might come in handy. I hope that everything is okay because I know how much my dog means to me so I'm sure yours is part of your family too.

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TEMPEST272002 6/22/2010 11:28AM

    I'm so glad you were able to catch him in the act and you knew what to do! Very scary! I hope Chester has a speedy recovery.

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LEONALIONESS 6/21/2010 1:17PM

    I really hope your pup is okay.

Rat poison/mouse poison terrified me as a rodent mom. The thought of my kids getting some makes me want to cry.

I hope he's 100% soon.
Poor baby. :(

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USARUNNERGIRL 6/21/2010 1:08PM

    I never would have know to do that for your pet, it is good information to know. I am glad that it sounds like the dog will be ok, I will pray that he will be. I know you must be terrified.

You look great in your picture, love, love, love the dress.

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250STRONG 6/21/2010 11:09AM

    Nice picture, I love your dress. Sorry about your doggie. It is scary when they get into that kind of stuff.

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/21/2010 9:31AM

    Lovely photo! Sounds like your baby will be okay. Have a wonderful day.

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MARIE625 6/21/2010 9:13AM

    Hope your pup is ok. We had a mouse poison scare a year or so ago. We were having problems with them in our attic and walls. I put the mouse poison in the attic and never dreamed it would be a problem for the dogs. But, a week or so later, I started finding the pellets all over the house - in the pantry, all around the baseboards in the kitchen, behind the couch in the living room and in the closet where we keep the dog food. Apparently, the mice weren't just in our attic and they were carrying the pellets all over our house. What a nightmare that was! It was awful trying to clean it up because I didn't really know where to clean (ended up having to clean the whole house - Ack!) and we had no idea if the dogs had eaten any of it or not. Luckily, they never showed any symptoms or had any problems. Hope your dog is as lucky.

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KEAKMAN 6/21/2010 8:48AM

    Hope all is well with you all today! What a scary day you had!

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SHEILA1505 6/21/2010 8:03AM

    Sending positive thoughts your way that Chester will be fine - and that you can have some peace to recover from the stress of the Sunday visit.

What a lovely family portrait - glad you were able to spend Fathers Day together.


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REFUSETOFAIL 6/21/2010 7:49AM

    It's so scary when one of our "babies" get sick! I am so happy things turned out ok for you. I had a dog that ate a whole box of valentine candy once and he was fine. He had a little diarrhea but other than that he was good. THANKFULLY!!! You don't give yourself enough credit...I thought you looked great in the pic with your parents. You and your mom have the same smile. Good lookin' bunch! Have a great day!

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