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Vacation's Over

Tuesday, February 14, 2012

The cruise last week was a total blast. My husband and I had a wonderful time on the Beatles Tribute Cruise. We met so many wonderful people!

I wore my pedometer every day and got in over 12,000 steps a day! One day I even got over 14,000. We were on the Oasis of the Seas, which is huge, so just walking from one place to another was great exercise. It was so nice to be able to sit in the sun someplace warm instead of hibernating up here in the north. Very relaxing!

The only problem now is having to go back to work! I could really get used to the sun and fun. If only I had the financial means to live a life of leisure. Oh well, maybe someday.

I may have gained a few pounds and I haven't weighed myself to find out. My usual weigh-in is Friday, so I'll see how things are then.

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KIYOSHI04 2/28/2012 1:57PM

    so glad you had a great time. lots of walking!!

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ARTJAC 2/16/2012 11:35PM


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SHERYLDS 2/15/2012 10:18AM

    welcome back
“Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.” ~Robert J Collier

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FRANNIEDID 2/15/2012 9:13AM

    Wow, a Beatle Tribute cruise, that sounds awesome! If you got to do that all the time you wouldn't appreciate it nearly as much! Okay, maybe not but I am just trying to make going back to work sound better!

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GEMINISUE 2/15/2012 7:45AM

    So happy for you, Cruise, exercise and most important warmth and fresh air

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KANOE10 2/15/2012 6:53AM

    Good for you with all of your steps! It sounds like a wonderful vacation. Good luck returning to work today..It is hard.. emoticon

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CCASKEY37 2/15/2012 6:43AM

    Sounds like a great vacation.

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Saturday, February 04, 2012

We're off today for a 7-day Caribbean Cruise. It's a Beatles Tribute Cruise, so there are lots of activities planned. I hope to have a lot of down time as well. I had to work so much overtime to be able to take some time off. I work at a university so taking time off during the semester is not encouraged, but my husband can never get time off during the summer so we try to take some kind of vacation every other year during the winter.

I checked out the ship's fitness center online so I know where everything is. I know exercise will help me relax and feel better about myself. There is a jogging track around the ship that is .43 miles. I hope to do at least 4-5 laps every day. I just want to forget about work stress for a while!

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CCASKEY37 2/7/2012 7:44AM

    I'm so jealous. I almost bought a transatlantic cruise the other day. (13 days from Puerto Rico to Spain for less than 500 each) Unfortunately after plane tickets and fees and so on, it came to over $6000. Oh well, I bet YOU have fun.

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ARTJAC 2/5/2012 10:17PM

    have a good trip

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PARAMAGIC66 2/4/2012 3:58PM

    Have a fabulous trip. Enjoy a little relaxation.

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GEMINISUE 2/4/2012 10:06AM

    Have fun!

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ELPHYY 2/4/2012 9:48AM

    Sounds like so much fun! Enjoy yourself! Take lots of pics!

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SHERYLDS 2/4/2012 9:45AM

    hope you have a fabulous time...
go crazy with the exercise and stay sane with the food

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Discovering the joy of smoothies

Sunday, January 08, 2012

My local grocery store had a promotion going on where you accumulate points for your purchases and we earned enough points to get an immersion blender. This is the greatest small kitchen appliance ever! My husband is a professional cook so I pretty much stay out of the kitchen whenever possible (which is just about all the time).

That said, I absolutely love to make smoothies with this gadget. It's so easy to use, and even better, clean-up is a breeze -- nowhere near the production of getting out the blender and taking it apart to clean. It even came with a neat measuring cup, so I know exactly how much I'm getting. So far I'm just doing various fruits and vanilla Greek yogurt, but I am slowly expanding my repertoire. Less than 200 calories of pure and extremely filling goodness! This is the kind of fast food I can really get into.

Thanks, Tops!!


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CCASKEY37 1/11/2012 12:14PM

    I hide a scoop or whey protein in my breakfast smoothie. That way I can still get it in there without eating extra meat.

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ARTJAC 1/11/2012 12:11AM


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KIYOSHI04 1/9/2012 12:35PM

    wow, awesome. i had no idea tops did that.
i dont like smoothies--texture, maybe? i like milkshakes, but every single smoothie ive ever had has been thrown away.
im glad you are loving them, though. and even better that it sounds like it was for free!

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    I like smoothies, too. Have you tried kefir, it's like a yogurt, but watery. with different probiotics.

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LANDU5 1/8/2012 8:12PM

  Will you be sharing recipes?

I tried Greek yogurt for the first time today, it was plain with a smidgen (???) of 16 grams of sugary strawberry yumminess. It was delish, but obviously not the best for losing weight.

What brand of yogurt do you recommend?

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    Sounds great!

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SHERYLDS 1/8/2012 7:05PM

    check out

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Rock Bottom... I hope so!

Sunday, January 01, 2012

I am ashamed to write this, but I really must make myself accountable, and a new year seems like a good time to clean the slate and start over. So here goes...

I was so busted this morning by my husband. I often buy candy and keep it in my workbag or purse. Then I eat it when I'm alone. Well, I read in bed the other night and decided to whip out the handy dandy box of Milk Duds that I had purchased on one of my post-Xmas shopping forays. Unfortunately, I must have dropped a couple of them in the bedding (How did I miss THOSE?). Anyway, my husband woke up and found that he was stuck to the sheets!! It was tempting to blame the dog and for a few minutes I was afraid it was something other than the candy, if you know what I mean. Then I remembered... I was so embarrassed and ashamed, but there was no way out of a full confession.

I know my husband knows I sneak bad food, but we don't talk about it. Well, it was out in the open at that point and he was great about it. He has a ton of bad habits himself -- drinking too much and smoking -- so he is not judgmental, but he is genuinely concerned about my health.

I know I have a lot of "issues" but like most everything else in my life I tend to over-think, looking for the reasons I got to this point and seeking motivation to get me going, blah blah blah. It's pretty simple really isn't it -- eat less, move more. I think I'm finally sick of hearing myself think!

So here I go again and I give many thanks to the Spark Friends I have for not giving up on me. I can't begin to tell you how much your encouragement means to me.

Happy New Year to all and I hope we all reach our goals this year!!

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KIYOSHI04 1/9/2012 12:38PM

    i think we've all been here, being discovered on something that isnt really talked about but is like the elephant in the room, so to speak.
im glad it was a good talk between your husband and you.

its funny what you said---you think you're sick of hearing yourself think.
thats what ive always said--i just changed it off of my spark page. but losing weight is SO much simpler than thinking about losing weight. it just is. once you decide to do it and thats that, i felt like a huge burden was taken off of me.

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MOSTMOM1 1/7/2012 7:21AM

    Hey, if you have to get busted, at least you can turn it into a funny story later. I'm glad hubs has your back. Never give up, never quit. You can do this; we all can.
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SHERYLDS 1/2/2012 10:27AM

    New Beginnings...New Attitude...New You

Junk doesn't really taste as good as we let ourselves think when we are into eating that garbage. Give yourself time to train your head to see fruits as really sweet. And if you absolutely have to have a sweet stash with you in your purse...maybe try making yourself a VERY small snack pack of raisins and almonds (or something like that).

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MOPPIT 1/1/2012 11:23PM

    Please don't be ashamed. I have done the same thing, too. Eat candy or whatever where my husband won't see. Of course he must know. It is never too late. This is the perfect time for a clean slate! Your health is the most important thing ever...You can do it!!!!

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ILIKECACTI 1/1/2012 6:30PM

    You're not the only one grateful for the clean slate! My husband is also concerned about my health, and I too feel ashamed of some of my eating habits... and somehow I always manage to justify them at the time. Mind games. Anyhoo... yay for a clean slate! We can do it!!!

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REDHEADMOM2U 1/1/2012 5:27PM

    We will never give up on you! YOU never give up on you. Never give up, never give up, never give up!

I made it to 1 pm today before eating something I hadn't intended. I'm not a bad person, I'll just go over my calories for today. I can still lose weight, ykwim??

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CRYSALLIS1 1/1/2012 4:39PM

    How embarrassing of a confession to make. I bet you have allot of company on that habit. Me included emoticon

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So sad for my son...

Sunday, September 25, 2011

My 27 year old son came home to visit today and told me that he and his wife of 3 years were taking a "break". He is heartbroken, but it's been coming for a while. It's been very apparent for a long time that neither one of them was very happy. I think my son would have stuck it out and tried to convince her to go for counseling, but his wife doesn't know what she wants to do so he is moving out for a while. Thank goodness they don't have any children! He has a lot of friends who have offered him a place to stay and his boss and coworkers are being incredibly supportive of him. I'm sure things will turn out how they are supposed to, but it is so hard to see your children unhappy, no matter how old they get. I just wish I could make it all go away.

If there is anything positive about this at all it is that my older son, who lives in CA (we're in Upstate NY) has been such an awesome big brother. For all the years that they fought like crazy I am so happy that they have each other now and are best friends. It's what I always hoped for, but never thought I'd actually see.

I don't think any of us will be getting much sleep tonight.


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CONFIDENTLY_FIT 9/26/2011 4:31AM

    Sending thoughts and prayers your way.

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GEMINISUE 9/25/2011 10:36PM

    This is very rough, I know!


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THINBUCKEYE 9/25/2011 9:23PM

    So sorry to hear about your son, but glad that he has such a suppportive family (and especially big brother). That's what's going to get him through this difficult time.

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KIYOSHI04 9/25/2011 9:21PM

    you and your family are in my thoughts...

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JMATACZ 9/25/2011 9:06PM

    Your poor family, this is such an awful time for you all. It sounds like you are all very close and supportive of one another and this will probably bring you closer together.

Yes, thank goodness they didn't have children but maybe they will sort it out in the end. All the best!

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