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November: Week 1 Check-Up

Thursday, November 08, 2012

I thought maybe checking in every week on the goals would keep me on track better. It's funny -- I feel like I'm doing pretty well, probably because I'm doing so much better than I was last month! But... I'm actually not sticking to my goals the best.

Here's my report card so far:

MOD: F
Toning & cardio: B
Food: F
Meditate: A

So. I have some improvements to make. *Feeling* good about your progress isn't the same as actually making progress. Revelation!

  
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TEENY_BIKINI 11/11/2012 8:04PM

    I think you are doing pretty good too! If you scramble most of your letters - it clearly spells "fab" - as in fabulous. That's gotta mean something ;)

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WORTHART 11/10/2012 1:29AM

    Don't you grade on the curve? LOL! But really, was every day a bad food day? I would have to give myself a C I think. Most days I did fine until I got home and remembered there was brown sugar still in the house. Soon the sugar will all be gone and I hope to improve.

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RG_DFW 11/9/2012 7:49AM

    Stay with it

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JSALERNO 11/9/2012 6:01AM

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/8/2012 1:29PM

    I think it's good to check in but I think you should grade yourself differently lol. The "F" is so negative... maybe an I for room for improvement or something like that.

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JUMPINJULIE 11/8/2012 12:20PM

    But feeling good motivates you to keep going and reach those goals. You can do it. emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 11/8/2012 10:49AM

    You haven't given up.

You can start making good choices right now!!!!

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MEXGAL1 11/8/2012 10:16AM

    good to not quit and to face the report card. now you can make goals and plans to do better!
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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SPARKLED146 11/8/2012 9:58AM

    It's the beginning of the month. I see progress...those F grades are going to raise in no time! emoticon

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KATOFORNOW 11/8/2012 9:32AM

    Well, I think the A for meditate is great! and I think there should be a category for a good laugh each day, too..
I like the idea of grading as grades used to motivate me decades ago; and yes, you can do it! the food is the hard part for some reason..I blame our hectic lives, coming and going, going and coming; it's hard. I plan menus, buy food, get home and am too tired to even toss a salad at times. But there are good days, and I'm just thinking you're a bit hard on yourself with the F in the food category! Well, unless you're living on candy, doritos and sodas! emoticon

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AMANDAROX 11/8/2012 9:31AM

    At least you're realizing your lack of progress early on. It's a good time to turn things around and still meet your goals for this month!
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KNYAGENYA 11/8/2012 7:53AM

    You can do it!

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Update on the Little Guy

Wednesday, November 07, 2012

Thanks for the tip, SEPTEMBERSPIRIT! I have some good news regarding the little boy who was in a car accident. I posted this as a comment on my last blog, but as SEPTEMBERSPIRIT pointed out, probably most of you didn't see that :)

Here's the update:

Good news!! Their little guy has been moved out of ICU and is showing good signs. They'll have a tough job now -- keeping him relatively inactive for 6 weeks while his skull heals. Can you imagine? Thank you all so much for your prayers!!

  
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JUMPINJULIE 11/7/2012 7:00PM

    I'm glad to here he is doing well.

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KNYAGENYA 11/7/2012 10:54AM

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MEXGAL1 11/7/2012 9:42AM

    so glad it is good news.
Have a terrific day.
Sallie

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/7/2012 4:13AM

    The power of prayer and positive thoughts is simply incredible. This is wonderful news!!

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NUOVAELLE 11/7/2012 2:18AM

    I just read this and your previous blog and I'm so happy a little kid is out of danger. Prayers for him and his parents. May God grant them with courage and help him heal as soon as possible.
You were right to give the title "perspective" to your previous blog. Sometimes life finds its own way of reminding us what really matters.

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MIRFA71 11/7/2012 12:20AM

    Relieved to hear that the champ is better.. emoticon to him..

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Perspective (Prayers, Please)

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

As much as I get overwhelmed by the craziness in my own life (busy! stressed! time-crunched! unhappy/annoyed sometimes), today I am struck once again by what really matters in life, which puts my relatively minor crap in perspective.

A coworker's family was in a car accident last night. His young son has a head injury. At this point, we don't know any more than that. I'm just hoping and praying for the best. Please, if you are a praying person, would you offer up a prayer for this little boy? He's just 1, with a fractured skull.

  
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JSALERNO 11/7/2012 5:57AM

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MIRFA71 11/7/2012 12:05AM

    emoticon My prayers are with the family. God Bless.

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JUMPINJULIE 11/6/2012 8:58PM

    My prayers go to him and the family. I pray for a speedy recovery

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/6/2012 8:45PM

    My prayers go out to the little guy ...

PS - when you post a comment on your own blog people don't see it unless they go back to read your blog so you best post a blog to give the update : )

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JODROX 11/6/2012 5:25PM

    Good news!! Their little guy has been moved out of ICU and is showing good signs. They'll have a tough job now -- keeping him relatively inactive for 6 weeks while his skull heals. Can you imagine? Thank you all so much for your prayers!!

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PURPLE180 11/6/2012 5:21PM

    Oh no! I hate to hear this. I will pray for him and the family.

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BLESSED2BEME 11/6/2012 4:56PM

    Oh no! Very tough on the family I am sure. Yes, will add him to my prayers.

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AUTUMNBRZ 11/6/2012 4:27PM

    Oh no :( thoughts and prayers being sent their way

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AUDISP 11/6/2012 4:24PM

    Prayers for God's grace, presence and will to be with the family.


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My Day of Delusional Thinness

Sunday, November 04, 2012

Today I went shopping for, among other things, knee-high black boots. I tried a bunch of different stores and wasn't having any luck. Either the fit wasn't quite right or the price was too high. In the last store I tried, I had a super helpful salesclerk. She gave me fashion advice and brought me different boots that I had overlooked.

I told her what I had in mind. She looked at the boots I tried on and said they were way too roomy in the calf. She said, and I quote, "You have really thin calves." She hustled to the backroom to find something slimmer in the calves while I sat there, marveling that anyone had called me thin ANYWHERE. Me? Thin calves? ME? Is it possible that I'm... THIN?!?!?!?!

While I basked in the glory of potential real-time thinness, I overheard my helpful sales associate consult with another associate. She said, and I paraphrase here: "Can you help me? She's trying to find boots, but we need something really narrow in the calf."

HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

I'm sorry, but this is killing me. I don't have thin anything. Except, okay, truth be told, I have abnormally bony-looking ankles.

So I'm sitting there contemplating how thin my calves are (who knew?!) when ever-so-slowly a thought enters my mind. What else could explain these abnormally small calves?

I'd rather tell a story that is just that -- oooh, lucky thin-calved me. All my hard work paid off and now I'm thin! Woohoo! But no... It doesn't work out that way. Not yet. (Someday I will tell a "Woohoo! I'm Thin!" story.)

The revelation hit me. What else could explain why all these boots are gaping around my calves? Something to do with the proportion..... Oh yeah! My ginormous feet! OH YEAH! I have a bit of a complex about my ginormous feet, which are by all accounts waaaaaaaaaaaaaaay too long in proportion to my height. So naturally all these boot makers assume that if you have ginormous feet, you must be a tall woman with the larger proportions to fit that BIG FOOT. No, not me. Just big feet, average height.

I got such a chuckle out of this. OMG. I'm still laughing. emoticon

  
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WILLOWBROOK5 11/19/2012 11:24AM

    Very funny! And I say that as someone with big feet and "strong" calves. emoticon

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SADWHITEWOLF 11/19/2012 10:30AM

    I have an opposite issue. My feet and ankles are really tiny compared to my body. If I try to get boots, they often are too tight at the calf. Especially now that my calf muscles are getting built up by the exercise!

Still funny, enjoy those moments, Being called thin-anything is priceless and rewarding!

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BLESSED2BEME 11/6/2012 10:19AM

    I have small feet and huge calves. Wish I was the other way around like you! Funny story:)

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JUMPINJULIE 11/5/2012 8:58PM

    LoL out loud. But you will have your woohoo thin story to tell. emoticon

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CUBBYMAMMA 11/5/2012 2:40PM

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great story!!

sounds like some sexy mamma boots to me!!

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MIRFA71 11/5/2012 12:19PM

    emoticon Thin Calves... I can just dream about them.. Best wishes..

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MAUREENIE1 11/5/2012 10:51AM

    I would love thin calves. I have the opposite problem. I can't get boots to fit me because my calves are big compared to my size 6 feet. If I do find boots, my husband has to help me do them up with a crowbar. I guess we all have our imperfections and that is what makes us human. Thanks for sharing!

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MEXGAL1 11/5/2012 10:06AM

    Fun!
Have a terrific week with those thin calves!

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FUN2BAROUND 11/5/2012 9:25AM

    Good for you - and you really might have slimmed down in your calves - have you measured? My legs are thin, and it is a miracle they can hold all this weight! :) Have a great day and enjoy one of the rarer problems in this life!!

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KNYAGENYA 11/5/2012 8:31AM

    Congrats on your thin calves!

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DSSECRETS 11/5/2012 7:48AM

    It's so easy to dismiss the good comments. I say embrace the thin calves and ankles! Revel in that and enjoy your day!
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BEECHNUT13 11/5/2012 7:30AM

    I have big feet, too. And small calves. But my butt is chunky!

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JSALERNO 11/5/2012 6:04AM

    I HAVE BIG CALVES. WHEN I WENT TO THE GYM YEARS AGO TO WORK WITH A PERSONAL TRAINER I WAS TOLD I HAD NICE FIRM CALVES.

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SEPTEMBERSPIRIT 11/5/2012 4:21AM

    Love the story : )

I have big calves - and could only wish to fit in high boots like you were looking for.

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ROSALIEESTHER 11/4/2012 10:32PM

    I'm betting all that running IS making a big difference on your thinness. Let it in! Those salespeople see all types. She just might have been telling the truth about those skinny calves of yours.

Congratulations!

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November Goals

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Okey-doke, time to go public with my Great Big November goals. If you've been reading my blogs, these just might look a little familiar. That's because they are essentially a repeat of my October goals, which... um... did not work out so well. That's okay. Try, try again!

1. Resume moderate drinking ONLY if it fits in my daily calories.
2. Stick to my strength & cardio training 6 days a week.
3. Stay under 1550 calories every day.
4. Meditate every day.

A couple changes from October:

* I'm bumping up my calories to what Spark says is my max. I have to be realistic. I wasn't hitting 1400 very often, so let's take this in baby steps.

* I'm not setting a weight goal. I will be happy with any loss that come my way. If I focus on eating right and exercising, weight loss will happen, maybe not as quickly as I'd like or maybe even quicker! Who cares? The point is living a healthy lifestyle.

That bears repeating.

---------------------The point is living a healthy lifestyle.--------------------

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JUMPINJULIE 11/4/2012 4:49PM

    Excatly we all need to be reminded of that. emoticon

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VINTAGEPAGE 11/3/2012 10:23PM

  Yes, yes and yes! I am going to aim for all these goals too! Thanks for sharing, we can do this!

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CAPECODBABE 11/3/2012 8:28PM

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TEENY_BIKINI 11/3/2012 4:25PM

    These are great goals. Knock them out of the park!

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KNYAGENYA 11/3/2012 12:20PM

    You can do it! I have faith in you.

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DIANER2014 11/3/2012 11:24AM

    Great goals! I like the not focusing on the weight loss but being healthy! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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