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Progress, not perfection

Saturday, September 25, 2010

So my emotional stress didn't lead me to overeat yesterday, but I was hungry earlier than DH wanted to eat. Tried munching on some cherry tomatoes, which didn't do the trick. Managed to hold out to dinner.

Only problem was that I was still hungry after dinner & dessert (a planned-for dessert). I was going to eat a dark chocolate Hershey's Kiss. Just one. 25 calories. .5 WW points. I wasn't planning to log it, either, for the simple reason that I'd already eaten plenty for the day.

But I thought about it. Would it fill me up? No, absolutely not. Was I really craving chocolate? No, not so much. Did I truly need more food? Well, sort of, but I also thought about my goal.

I lost half a pound this week, even with TOM arriving on WI day. I will never figure out why sometimes I lose that week, and other times I gain. I didn't eat that great this week. Not terribly, but there were some BLTs in there. And no pushups. Sorry, dayhiker. Progress, not perfection.

One of those BLTs was a biggie: a bag of sweet potato & beet chips over 2 days. Not so much a bite lick or taste!

But that half pound got me to thinking. What if I lost half a pound every week? I could be at my GW in 20 weeks. Less than half a year. What if I lost 1 pound every week? I could be at my GW in less than 3 months -- by the end of the year!

I'm not sure I've ever really looked at it that way. Silly, but there you have it. It's kind of inspiring. I'm not sure how long I can hold on to that inspiration, but for now, I'm going to run with it.

Summer is over. Summer with its loose fitting shorts and skirts and dresses. Now it's on to semi-tight jeans, which don't let you get away with as much.

I know, without a doubt, that I still do want to lose those last 10 lbs. There are still photos of myself that make me cringe. And yeah, I know, there will probably always be photos of myself that will make me cringe no matter what my weight, but I also know that I want to be a size healthy.

Let me say it again, because it's important:

I want to be a size healthy.

What you believe, you can achieve (I've been collecting mantras lately. May change my sparkpage title to this).

I believe that I can be a size healthy -- and maintain it. All it will take is a little focus, and maybe half a pound a week. Ya with me?

Remember: progress, not perfection. Step away from the kisses!

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MARIE625 9/26/2010 7:59AM

    LOVE the mantra.

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TEMPEST272002 9/25/2010 6:15PM

    I haven't been able to figure out the numbers on the scale either! emoticon I admire your determination and focus. You have it in you to kick those last 10 lbs to the curb! Stepping away from the kisses is definitely a step in the right direction.

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KARBIE18 9/25/2010 9:13AM

    I'm with ya!

Great insights, and I have no doubt you can lose that last ten pounds....and keep it off. Keep this focus, and keep making the good choices (stepping away from the kiss), and you will.

Go you!!

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 9/25/2010 8:37AM

You can do it. I will do it with you!!!
Keep up the great work!
:) Jeanne
Congrats on your weight loss.

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DAYHIKER 9/25/2010 8:06AM

    Good thinking and good choices, Judy. emoticon It's okay about the push ups! Too funny that I've not been Sparking much and the first blog I read in ages is yours with me mentioned in it. emoticon I'm nearing the end of ten lovely days in Chicago and have enjoyed many walks here! emoticon

Happy weekend, emoticon

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BILL60 9/25/2010 7:50AM

    You're doing great!! Keep it up.

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I am not mechanically inclined

Friday, September 24, 2010

Warning: long rant ahead.

Today started off well. Got up early for my run (ok, woke up way too early actually & couldn't fall back asleep, but whatever), walked the dogs, did some raking (just raked a couple of days ago -- you'd never know it now).

Caught up with some of my shows. Ate lunch. And then prepared to go out shopping.

Now, most people with dogs just leave. Not me, I have prima donnas. First, set the tv to a music station. Take them outside -- the music cues them that I'm leaving, so hopefully they'll do their business, which they did. Put them in their crates, put peanut butter on the ends of their kongs, give them the kongs and then leave.

Why the whole process? Because Chester had severe separation anxiety as a puppy. I was almost a prisoner in my own home. It took a lot of work to get past it, but now I can at least go out -- following the whole procedure, of course.

Anyway, everything was going well til I tried to open the garage door. Would go up about halfway and then stop. Kept trying -- this has happened before and sometimes you've just got to try a few times. No go. Looked to see if something is blocking it -- nothing I can see.

So frustrated that I now unlatch it and try to open the door manually. It still won't open! Obviously something is blocking it somewhere but I can't for the life of me figure out what it is. Hence the I'm not mechanically inclined title.

Call DH. He is annoyed, and offers to come home, but clearly doesn't want to. Truly, would it kill him? He's only about 15 minutes away. I need to get new sheets cause ours are so threadbare they now have a couple of rips in them. I thought I already had some new sheets bought a while ago, but if I do, I cannot find them (I mean, like bought back when we lived in Austin -- for just such an eventuality).

I wanted to get out to buy new sheets. I don't rotate sheets, I just strip the bed, wash the bedding, then remake the bed. That way I don't ever have to fold up sheets!

So I tell DH no, obviously he doesn't have to come home -- all the while of course wanting him to come home. It would be less an interruption of his day then this has interrupted mine. I had a couple other stores I wanted to hit up. Not to mention now I've totally wasted a couple of kongs. And I've got to make up more kongs cause those were the last 2 of the premade ones.

He will, no doubt, see in 2 seconds what the heck is blocking it. Thank God this didn't happen while he was away (altho this time he got a ride to the airport and I had his car available to me as well). Or God forbid when my parents were here, and then I'd have to be in the car with my Dad (who is 84 yrs old) driving.

Please don't bother with suggestions for things to look at -- the moment has already passed. I'm just pissed about it now.

I don't like to give the dogs 2 kongs in one day -- go out twice -- unless I really have to. Lola could probably do it no problem, but Chester is like me -- he puts on weight really easily and I have to watch what I feed him.

Well, the good news is that it didn't make me want to eat at all. I've got laundry in the washer now, something I wouldn't have time for if I'd gone out.

DH says I can go tonight, but frankly, by then I really don't want to be shopping. I get up early. I'm tired by the time dinner is over -- getting dinner for us, getting dinner for the animals -- all those things he hates to do & doesn't cause he has a "real" job.

And the truth is that I have a good life, and I am mostly appreciative of that. But I also want to feel appreciated. I do sometimes -- but not always, and this is one of those times I'm not feeling real appreciated.

Sorry for blathering on about it for so long. Guess I'll have to tackle other stuff on my to-do list now.

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MARIE625 9/26/2010 7:56AM

    I'd have instantly gotten that "trapped" feeling and started screaming and crying for hubby to come home and let me out. I don't know why but I totally panic when I suddenly can't leave the house for some reason like hubby used my car and keys the night before and didn't return the keys before he left for work, or he left his other truck blocking my side's garage door, or the car won't start because he left the door open and the light's been on all night..... Notice these are all things that are hubby's fault. Dang hubby! LOL

I do the same thing with the sheets. Sometimes hubby complains and asks for different set. He gets sick of looking at the same pattern night after night after night. Normally, it's me that gets sick of stuff and has to make a change but if it means not folding the sheets......

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SHEILA1505 9/25/2010 6:13AM

What was it that was blocking the door, Judy? Did you watch for next time - cos there will be a next time

As for folding the sheets - I remember seeing Martha Stewart demonstrate this on an old Oprah show before Mme MS fell from grace - I reckon if you google her and fitted sheets, you'd probably find a video/YouTube of it somewhere! I just roll mine like towels

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DRJJ2004 9/24/2010 9:10PM

    I'm sorry darlin..you gave me a chuckle though. I get the same way (pissed :O), it's nice to know that there others that feel the same way. Hope your day is better tomorrow. Hang in there!!


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SLIMMERJESSE 9/24/2010 2:24PM

    My garage door does that when it gets cold. One helpful expert gave me advice over the phone that I thought sounded too simple and would never work - it did!

Now, San Diego DOES get its cold days during the winter. And my garage door, each year at the first cold day, will only go up about a foot and then stop.

I bought WD40 and sprayed all of the tracks, and the hinges and springs. Presto!

On another topic, my cats have puppy personalities in many ways that are rascally. They sulk when I leave and are smart to associate even subtle clues. They even know when I appear more dressed up than usual! They follow me to the door and I feel like a heel (smiling), and try not to look back at their sad little faces. I always have the radio on and switch types of music as well as a variety of talk shows (for voices to keep them company).

Have a fun weekend.

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HEALTHY4JEANNE 9/24/2010 2:06PM

    Oooooo, there is nothing like being angry at your spouse to help get the things on the to do list, done.
I am giggling because i have never heard you use the words "pissed off".
I have to laugh out loud! My dad always hated that expression, but I still use it!
Men are so self absorbed sometimes. If I lived near you, I would take you shopping! We would have fun too!
Good job not going for the food. You want to hit that GW! You can do this.
Just to let you know. I do appreciate you. You always listen. You always have good suggestions. I hate folding sheets too. I use flat sheets only. That way I do not deal with the closet thing. But I loved your reasoning. :) Is there a class that teaches how to fold fitted sheets, It is so annoying!!!!
I hope you have a better day.
:) Jeanne

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What the heck would I ate if I

Wednesday, September 22, 2010

So today I ran/walked about 5 1/4 miles. It's the farthest I've ever run. I chose to do it on my treadmill, as I can control how fast I go and actually know how far I've run. I'm sure a Garmin is in my future, but for now, that's what I've got. I do run outside, too, but choose to do my long runs on my treadmill.

So another title I thought of was "why exercise can cause weight gain".

Because sometimes it makes you damn hungry! I planned out my day, knowing that a) I needed to fuel during my run, because it would take me more than an hour (yes, I'm that slow) & b) I need something easy on the stomach for after my run.

I chose to have pancakes this morning. High protein, whole grain, healthy pancakes. I nibbled on a larabar during the run (nuts + dates should be as good as sport beans or shots or bloks or whatever, I figured). I drank almost 2 cups of water as I ran.

I had a recovery smoothie/milkshake all planned for after the run. 2 frozen bananas, some kale, 1 tbsp agave nectar, a pinch of salt, 1 cup almond milk. Really does taste almost like a milkshake, you get some greens in, and some easily digestible protein.

Only I was still hungry afterwards. It's only 5 miles, for cryin' out loud, you'd think I'd run a marathon or at the very least a half marathon!

And this is why people training for marathons sometimes gain weight. It's so easy to have IDI syndrome (I Deserve It) when you're working out that hard. It's funny, sometimes hard exercise suppresses my appetite, and sometimes it awakes the raging beat.

I had half an Ezekiel english muffin with dark chocolate almond spread (OMG, talk about something really dangerous). Hopefully that will hold me til dinner! I'd planned all the rest in, the muffin + almond spread is extra -- I shouldn't really be over my points, but it'll still be a very high day.

DH & I had a great 4 days together before he had to go back to work this morning. Sometimes it's hard to get back into a rhythm, and other times everything just works.

We finally saw "Inception", which we both thoroughly enjoyed. DH got his lobster, I got my sushi. Yesterday we took a trip out to the falls I've been wanting to see. Even with low water, they're pretty damn impressive.

There's also a long stairways down to the riverbed, and the dogs were real troopers. Must've seemed like Mt. Everest to them -- even my calves are speaking to me today.

We also managed to find the nature preserve I went hunting for while he was gone, only to turn back after maybe 1/4 mile because now I know where all the mosquitos in NY state are hiding out. It was HORRIBLE! I couldn't take it. I'm sure the big ole stagnant canal there was the culprit. Which is really too bad, because otherwise it would be a good place to go trail running.

We ended up going back to the walking path I discovered instead.

We grilled a steak from the farmer's market, I roasted the first brussel sprouts of the season, and we grilled some corn, too, and ate outside on the deck. And DH asked for another birthday cupcake. I always know something is good when he asks for it, but I told him I personally didn't think he should have it with the rich dinner we had -- but he's a big boy & could make his own decision (which he did -- any guesses?).

The cupcake was, at least, vegan. Which doesn't mean it was low fat or low sugar by any means. At least it actually had real fruit in it -- black forest cupcakes.

Does hard exercise make you hungry? How do you handle it when you're hungry and you know you shouldn't be eating so much?

Do you have a favorite fuel for your runs? Ever dabbled in any home made fuel options?

What about your recovery meal?

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/24/2010 9:06AM

    Oh yes, I definitely have IDI syndrome. This only aggravates the very real hunger I have when I run long distances. I haven't been weighing, but I watch how the clothes fit. One byproduct of all this running is more thighs and tushie. I'm trying to be OK with this.....

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BESSHAILE 9/24/2010 6:59AM

    IDI syndrome! Oh perfect. I have that all the time! Thanks for a great heads-up.

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KASHMIR 9/23/2010 7:29PM

    I would have added in another cup of water after the run, before begining the refueling process.
I'm like Geodawg, I am almost never hungry the day of a long run, but watch out the next day if I don't force myself to eat enough after the run!

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GEODAWG 9/22/2010 6:10PM

    When I am exercising hard I do not get hungry until the next day! Today I really hit it at the Y (kickboxing and strength training) so I expect that by tomorrow I will be h-u-n-g-r-y!

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ETTEZEUS 9/22/2010 6:08PM

    IDI Syndrome....I LOVE IT!! Wait till I tell my DH that one…Thanks!

I ran 6 miles today and I'm training for a marathon AND I'm always hungry!! I'm trying so hard not to gain weight during my training. It's NOT easy!

Have you ever tried Nutella.....talk about dangerously yummy! I just finished another jar and will have to refrain myself from going down that aisle next shopping trip.

have a great day!

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KEAKMAN 9/22/2010 6:02PM

    Not sure how long you ran for your 5.25 miles (by the way emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon on that!) But if you are like me, it took over an hour. Maybe 75-90 minutes??? Again, you are lighter than I am, but the "average" calorie burn per mile is 100, so you burned 525 calories. If you didn't eat that many before you took off of course you were hungry! Just to "even out" you had to consume another 525 calories beyond what you normally eat.

Now, I am not saying that you HAVE to eat that much, but your body sorta expects it. From my own experience, I can tell you that if you start to make 5 mile runs a regular part of your week your body will get used to them and the calories they burn. You'll find that you aren't quite so hungry the next time!

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KANSASROSE67 9/22/2010 5:11PM

    I think IDI syndrome is why I ate TWO peanut butter/m&m cookies today! LOL! My longest run has been almost 5 miles outdoors and I was a little wiped out afterward and didn't eat as much as usual that whole day. But today I ran a slower paced 4 miles and felt like eating the whole house!

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FRECKS96 9/22/2010 4:58PM

    I don't usually eat anything before a run, it makes my tummy yucky. On my long runs, I sometimes take some fruit bits or fruit leather (normally Alexis' snacks) along for about halfway through. Since I generally run in the morning, I have breakfast within an hour of my run. My standard b'fast is: 1C Kashi GoLean with 1/2-1C frozen raspberries (or any other fresh or frozen fruit. I also really enjoy 1 small banana and a 1/2C frozen blueberries) and 1C 1% milk with my cup or 2 of coffee and at least 8 oz water. 330-450 calories depending on what and how much fruit I have.

For the races I have done later in the day, I'll usually grab a banana off the table to eat immediately and then don't have anything else until my next regularly scheduled meal.

I do find that some days I am much hungrier than others though. Today was one of those days for me, my morning snack just didn't cut it to get me through to lunch. But I've been fine since a healthy, filling meal at 11:30.

Good Luck finding what works for you.

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TEMPEST272002 9/22/2010 4:28PM

    Glad you found the nature preserve - too bad about the bugs! In the spring, the bugs were so bad here, I ran wearing a bug shirt! Try the park again after first frost, that should kill off the majority of them.

As for running & hunger. Sometimes, I'm starving... and sometimes I have so little appetite that I don't eat even when I should. I think intensity has something to do with the difference. Shorter, high intensity leaves me not hungry. Longer, low intensity & I want to eat!

My favourite pre-run food is:
1 banana sliced
1 tbsp peanut butter (natural)
1 tbsp coconut, unsweetened

All mixed together. Yummy!

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LEONALIONESS 9/22/2010 4:25PM

    Any day I run over 15 miles I eat whatever I want! ;) I usually burn a whole days' worth of calories (1300 on a 15 miler, and so on up to 1800 on my 20 miler!) on those guys so I need to replenish like crazy. I still track and like to keep a small deficit (200-500) but I eat up most of the run.

I eat lots of bulky stuff when I get the runner ravenousness.
Raw veggies and fruit. Lots of fruit. Looks of cooked broccoli, huge helpings of brussels sprouts, oatmeal, whole grain cereal, sprouted bread. I feel like a bottomless pit those days and tossing fiber and protein down me seems to help. I love my tofu pudding where I eat the whole box of mori nu - 120 calories but the 20 grams of protein and the sheer mass of the stuff makes me feel full for a while.

I really like chocolate or vanilla GU on long runs. It tastes like icing! I also like medjool dates or dried apricots. Careful with the apricots, though. Make sure you can handle the fiber or you might end up with runner's trots - NOT fun! Medjools are safer. I also really love dried cantaloupe. It's super sugary sweet (due to being sugar soaked before drying) so it's like a shot of glucose to the muscles.

After a run I like chia overnight oats with banana soft serve or frozen banana, almond milk, rice protein, defatted PB, spinach shakes. And then I eat a real meal a bit after that if it's a long run. Shorties of 5-8 miles I just do the normal breakfast routine. If I run after work I'll eat my dinner shortly after I get home. I hit the door, stretch and start cooking. Sometimes I'll plan to eat an apple or Lara or something while I cook since I can be very hungry after working all day and then running.

If you're looking save calories, try removing the sweetener from your smoothie. I do about 60 grams (roughly half) a frozen banana, cup of unsweetened almond milk and no other added sugars and it's still plenty sweet. The bananas do a great job. If I am really hungry and use more bananas, I really don't need sweetener. With two in there you won't miss the agave, IMO. I never add anything to my smoothies except perhaps a few drops of stevia if I'm using all tart berries or something.

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/22/2010 3:21PM

    Sounds like a great 4 days off and some great food too. I do get really hungry after exercising, I drink a lot of water with my after exercise meal or snack, so I feel full. I don't really eat anything in particular, it's usually dinner after kickboxing and body sculpting class. On mornings I run, it's usually a bowl of Total cereal and some fruit. I'm not a big eater, just at dinner, within calorie range of course.

Hope you enjoy your day. Good job on the run. emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/22/2010 3:07PM

    Oh my, I now know the name of what I have - big time - IDI Syndrome!!!!! And the worst part of it, I don't seem to be in search of a cure.

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Fueling choices

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Tomorrow is my "long" run. Normally I schedule it for Mondays -- I'm not doing super-dooper long runs so they don't have to be on the weekends. In fact, my "long" run is going to be 4 1/2 or 5 miles depending on my mood & how I'm feeling & there will be planned walking intervals in there.

Now that you've stopped laughing . . .

Anyway, I got to thinking. Seems to me a bagel & lox wouldn't be bad fuel for a long run. Carbs + protein + fat.

And then I got to thinking, is that really the best fueling choice for me? I found this daily spark blog that said I'd have to jump on a trampoline for 2 hours to burn off a bagel with cream cheese. 2 hours! I won't be running for 2 hours. And I need to burn off more than I eat.

I have these millet & flax bagels I bought a while back, and promptly forgot about. I like the same company's millet & flax bread, and it's high fiber. Will that high fiber bother my stomach? Or will it be just what I need to fuel a run? I think the fiber in grains are more digestible than the fiber in raw veggies, except, of course, if you have gluten problems (which I don't, and millet & flax is actually gluten free anyway).

And of course I still have my pancakes that I made recently. Those come from Brendan Brazier's "Thrive", and they definitely will fuel a long exercise session.

The only reason I'm leaning towards the bagel is cause we have all that nice belly lox I bought for my husband's birthday & Yom Kippur. But I've already had one regular bagel on Yom Kippur -- I figured I could get away with that after a day of fasting. Still, you do need to fuel properly for longer exercise sessions. But you don't need to go overboard, either, we tend to overestimate how much exertion we're truly doing -- and not in a good way.

Do you make meal decisions based on how it will fuel your life? Or do you just go with what you really want? Do you feel you can eat more cause you got in a good exercise session? Can you really afford to eat more?

As I wrote a few blogs ago, something's gotta change. It's always such a challenge trying to make sure you get enough fuel, but not too much!

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KEAKMAN 9/21/2010 8:38PM

    How 'bout half a bagel with lox and cream cheese? And see what that millet and flax bagel does to your system some other time - shorter run day in case, you know? Before I run I usually have about 500 calories, protein, carbs, and fat. But then I do have a cast iron stomach. So peanut butter and chocolate oatmeal and some fruit does fine for me. Might not do so well if your tummy is picky.

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A nice compliment

Monday, September 20, 2010

Above is the outfit I wore to pick DH up on Saturday. He actually wanted to take my picture cause he liked how I looked in it so much.

I am the almost-queen of the deal. The whole outfit, minus the shoes, cost about $50. With the shoes, maybe $80. The tshirt, btw, came from Target. We'll see how it holds up after it's been washed. Of course my problem is that that I tend to get multiple deals, and it adds up.

Anyway, it was just a nice compliment for him to want to take my photo cause I looked nice. He wanted to know why I was "dressed" up, and I said why not? We hadn't seen each other in 10 days, after all!

Now, you'll notice that a chihuahua is blocking your view of my stomach. Actually, my stomach doesn't look too bad -- oh, it's there and yeah, you can see it pooch out a bit -- but hey, just grab a pooch and you're all set!

Really, I have no point with this. Just sharing.

Today is DH's 50th birthday. I was a bad girl. My folks had to come up to Albany for my Dad's doctor appt. I told them I didn't know what we were doing, which was the truth. We were out the first time they tried to call. The second time we didn't take their call. Frankly, can you think of a worse way to spend your birthday than having to cater to your inlaws?

I do feel a little badly, but quite frankly, we hadn't seen each other in a while and we needed a little alone time together. He actually took today AND tomorrow off and he never takes his birthday off at all.

Spoiler alert: if you're vegan or veggie and don't want to be grossed out, stop reading now.

Ok, for the rest of you, DH can be extremely indecisive. I mean, who wouldn't want to choose where to go out to eat? I certainly always relish the chance!

He couldn't seem to decide. Finally I suggested getting lobsters (for him, not me) as he'd talked about. Which he decided to do. Which means he's got to get them, and he's got to cook them, cause I not only refuse to cook them I won't eat them either (ok, I know it's hypocritical to eat lobster rolls, but no one's perfect). So he's not only buying but cooking his own dinner (and picking me up sushi to boot!) -- but hey, it's HIS birthday and that's what he wanted to do.

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TEMPEST272002 9/21/2010 11:21AM

    You DO look nice in that outfit. You had me laughing out loud though at that "grab a pooch to hide a pouch" line. Snort! Hate to admit it... but I thought I was the only one using her dogs for such nefarious purposes.

Bad girl? Nah, I'm thinking "smart girl"! I mean... c'mon... really... spending hubby's b-day with in-laws after being away 10 days away... wouldn't that kinda take the romance out of it?! Release any residual guilt, because you did the right thing!

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MARIE625 9/20/2010 8:29PM

    You look great! When ever I wear anything besides running clothes my hubby starts worrying about why I'm "dressed up" - he never wants to take my picture though. And as for the phone, I never answer mine. Unless it's Kate calling me to tell me to "GO!"

Happy Birthday to your hubby.

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KEAKMAN 9/20/2010 8:17PM

    You look wonderful and I am glad your DH realized it, too! And then to SAY it out loud!!!

When you said you were a bad girl I thought you were going to confess to something horrific. Simply choosing not to answer the phone is a GOOD thing! Remember back when you didn't HAVE to answer the phone, when, if you weren't there to answer it you never knew you missed a call? I like to pretend it's 'back then' sometimes......glad you did!

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SKINNYPOWELL1 9/20/2010 4:28PM

    You look great in your new outfit, wish your hubby a happy b'day from me. enjoy your dinner.

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GEODAWG 9/20/2010 4:09PM

    They just do not realize how nice it is when they (DH's) give an unsolicited compliment!
I love bargains too. I have gotten so bad I cannot stand to pay 'normal' dept. store prices. I look and think I can get that cheaper at Ross or TJ Maxx!
Oh, by the way, cute outfit and you look great!

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BARBARASDIET 9/20/2010 3:37PM

    It is a nice compliment!

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