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Tuesday, May 04, 2010

So we picked up a little sports utility vehicle yesterday. A Kia Sportage. Vroom vroom! I feel so tall! The brakes went on my old car and we were debating for a couple of weeks whether to go sedan or SUV and SUV won out. We don't drive very much and we're a one-car family, but we love the idea of being able to haul stuff around. We can fit our bikes in here and a kayak on the roof (if we ever got a kayak, of course...)

A little excitement in a vast sea of ennui, at least on the job front.

I am getting so bored of work lately. The drama with the water yesterday (and yes, the "crisis" is now resolved) basically cemented my disdain for this workplace. My contract was supposed to last two weeks and here I am, 4+ months later. Don't get me wrong. I like money (hello, new car) and I know others would kill for steady work. But I was in the middle of starting up my own business and was just looking for something short-term to make a few bucks. Things never work out as planned.

I feel myself on the brink of another career crisis. After college I worked as a journalist for a couple of years. I loved writing and talking to people, but I didn't love all the creative restrictions and the media's complete abandonment of investigative journalism in favor of soundbites and blurbs. This was before blogs really started to gain respect as credible news sources. So I decided to become an attorney instead. At least at school I would be rewarded for research, right?

I never had the illusion of being highly paid. No, not all lawyers are prestigious and rich. But I did have all these lofty ambitions of getting into international law and working for an NGO. In fact, all my internships and courses of study seemed to point in that direction too. Unfortunately, in reality, paid jobs like that were few and far between and Mr. Rich's well-connected son or Ms. Uppity's Harvard-educated daughter usually snapped up all of them. I ended up writing a blog that attempted to dispel the myth that going to law school necessarily equalled a hefty paycheck and/or a highly regarded position. It was good to vent, but it also made me angry and depressed and defeatist and I ate through my feelings.

Finding myself here on SparkPeople has forced me to take a look at my eating and exercise habits. But it also brought be back to my love of writing. And writing on more positive topics made me realize how powerful the written word CAN be. I know I wouldn't have gotten as far in my healthy lifestyle as I have without getting excited about writing new blogs all the time.

So there you have it. I learned that I need to be engaged and happy and enthusiastic to succeed at things. And I'm not doing that at work right now. And it makes me sad, but I also know that money DOES matter because I'd be in deep crap right now without these boring contract jobs.

In any case, I'm going to have to do some deep soul-searching at some point. Thanks for letting me vent off-topic. I know people have real problems and this seems pretty stupid in the scheme of things, but it's what is on my mind.

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  Wow, I figured you were a writer from the fist blog entry i read. No man, dont berate yourself for writing this, you have so helped me cuz i can identify with all of the above feelings. Ennui is my middle name and i too am learning learning learning to tap into my positivity. I just need to find the blog that helps deal with the "being in the shadow of ur so called business partner who is MR well-connected"....to shut up and just accept the fringe benefits of association until i can roar on my own, or fight for my own roar right now...that is the question...anyhoo, keep sparking other people with your words :-)

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MUSIC66 5/8/2010 5:03AM

    what a great blog you are a gifted writer . nice suv kia we traded our 16 year old camery in on a new kia soul it is sure a great car to drive vroom vroom.

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CUPPY42 5/6/2010 10:05PM

    Something that's helped me with my problems in life... realizing that they aren't silly compared someone else's. Just because your problems aren't as severe as someone else's, doesn't make them less real. Thinking that leads to guilt, which isn't good.

Well, it sounds preachier than I meant it but just know that we support you... and we love your blog! :)

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ANISMENDOZA81 5/5/2010 11:11PM

    Fortunately or unfortuantley we all come accross this same stage in life..i currently love my job but am unhappy with what I do...there just comes a time to reevaluate what you love in life and take a risk to get it done. WRITING, you definitely do it well..however whatever your passion just keep praying for it and know that when youre ready for it it will happen! emoticon

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JANESSMI 5/5/2010 1:27PM

    You are definately still a writer. emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 5/5/2010 1:17PM

    OOPS FORGOT.......great SUV!

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GRACEISENUF 5/5/2010 1:16PM

    Writing is definitely a "gift" you have. I get the $$$ part ...I am hoping that possibly the writing creativity you have and the dollars can become ONE.

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JENELOPE 5/5/2010 11:50AM

    My sister is an under-employed tax attorney. She had the highest score on the bar exam in her testing group, worked on the Law Review in school, went on to a post-JD specialty in tax at Georgetown, published in the Michigan Bar Journal within a year or so of graduation. But she hasn't managed to make it stick at any of the four firms she's worked for (two have gone out of business), and can't find a suitable position now. She's planning to take some science undergrad classes so she can become a patent attorney. As far as I'm concerned, disillusionment with a legal career is pretty normal.

And you're a writer. You just are.

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STARGIRL66 5/5/2010 9:32AM

    You definitely have a gift for writing that shows through in your blogs! It's helpful for you in your journey, and very beneficial for many sparkers, including myself, who don't blog as often or have the clarity and purpose that your messages do. I've had a job as a graphic designer that I have loved for many years, and now with new management, it's not so great anymore. I've basically lost a lot of independence, and I likely won't find a better job in my area with the benefits I have, so I am learning to adapt and make the situation work for me. Now that I have two little ones, my focus is less on my career now and more on my kids, so it's easier to take. Do what's best for you, and follow your heart. You've got tons of talent, education and experience that will work in your favor! emoticon

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KATIEGLEN012 5/5/2010 5:32AM

    Being unhappy in your work is NEVER a stupid thing! In our world...work is our world. If you are unhappy you must pay attention and plan a change. It can affect everything over the years. Women process things through words...talking or writing. This will help you find your harmony between money and work.

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FOXXYROXXYD 5/5/2010 1:28AM

    Oh girl - you so sound like my daughter, also an attorney... she is starting a Masters of Accounting program in two weeks hoping to merge the two degrees into something lucrative! She wasn't happy with the work she was able to get - family law=divorces and custody battles.

If it helps at all... I didn't really decide what I wanted to be when I grew up until about 15 or so years ago... I decided what to do, I just didn't grow up:) - now I'm trying to figure out what to do with the next 40 or so years (I hope)!

Reinvention is fun... as soon as you think you have it figured out something comes along that's better - keeps you on your toes! You'll figure out the next path soon!

Love, Love, Love the Kia Sportage - have fun with it!

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SCHENPOSSIBLE 5/5/2010 12:26AM

    My boyfriend went to a top tier law school and also had hopes of working at an NGO or some type of non-profit helping indigent people but he became disenchanted with the process when he found out, early, that it's not what you know but who you know. I hope his ship comes in soon because he's so earnest and genuinely good. I hope the same for you as well. Keep the faith!

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TRAVELNISTA 5/4/2010 9:41PM

    It wasn't stupid and I love reading your blogs. Your blogs to me are like Calgon moments. They always take me away from my problems for a while. I especially enjoy your blogs about your weekends. You always manage to pack as much as possible in them and they are usually fun things.

Good luck with the new SUV and looking forward to hearing more weekend adventures. I am sure that kayak is right around the corner.

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    I totally hear you, hence me up and quitting my "cube" job and venturing out on my own. Luckily, we can afford it, or else we couldn't take this risk. I crave creativity, and working in purchasing wasn't quite cutting it. So while I can't advise you one way or the other, I do at least understand. ;-)

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WISLNDR 5/4/2010 7:49PM

    Cute car!

I understand your work challenges; I've been wanting to be done for at least 13 years! Eventually I started realizing that work is just one slice of the pie and I endure as best I can (and it doesn't hurt that I only work four days a week!) Every day worked is a day closer to retirement (and we'll still be young and healthy when that day comes!)

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BLYNN710 5/4/2010 7:24PM

    I love your SUV. I used to have a SUV and totally miss it. I also feel you on the job front. I went to law school and while I knew that being a lawyer would not equal a big paycheck try convincing other people of that. I currently like what I do but hate my employer so I can feel you. Unfortunately I like to eat as well so quitting and changing careers is not an option at this point (hello, nobody else is going to pay my rent or loans). All I can say is hang in there. Stay positive and you will conquer this path of your life. Also, I love reading your blogs so keep them coming.



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PAPER_WINGS18 5/4/2010 5:49PM

    cute new car, missy! I hope you sort out all your career stuff. You gotta do what makes you happy.(as you know! =) ) I have faith that you will find what you are looking for! And you are a GREAT writer! :-)

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VXWALL1942 5/4/2010 4:55PM

    Work is what we do while waiting for our life to happen! I've been blessed with a career I loved and then segued into another career I loved and then finally a third rewarding career. I have no idea why things worked that way for me. Perhaps because my satisfaction was so tied up with feeling a sense of accomplishment. My final career was involved with teaching...drs... about insurance and healthcare and how those fit together with a win for the patient. I'm far past the need or the ability to do that now but know it would be another peek at satisfaction in today's climate. Now I'm retired and spend my days communicating in brief posts to people who I care about and who matter. That's where I'm supposed to be. Breathe and let the spirit lift you to the next level. It is waiting for you and in the meantime you've got one bad a** car.

hugs - vicki emoticon

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HUGMONKEYMOM 5/4/2010 4:24PM

    You know you're singing my song right? Here I am, I'll be graduating in a few weeks with a PhD and I have a post-doc position lined up...and I still don't know what I want to be when I 'grow up'. In the meantime, gotta pay the bills...

I think a lot more people than you would believe are exactly where you and I are. We have a job, but we have yet to find a job we LOVE. We'll find it, in the meantime, we have to make the best of what we have.

Nice ride though. DH and I are gonna need to go to two cars when I start my new job, we are also looking into 'bigger than a sedan but not too big', cuz we need room for the HM, the dog and stuff when we go camping/traveling/etc.

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NIGHTANGELX 5/4/2010 4:06PM

    i can relate. My current job started off as a temp job while I waited for something in my field to open up (school counselor) and I am now a full time employee. I have now been here over two years and all the local schools are making major cuts so I don't see a school counseling job in my future. But I like this job just because its low stress and I can focus on me and my family outside work.

Meanwhile hubby and I are planning on getting a SUV once he gets a new job (every Iowa winter we say it but never do it since our cars are paid for already). I want a crossover like SUV and hubby wants a full sized one. How did you decide on the Sportage?


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LADYSNOWFALL 5/4/2010 3:47PM

    With each job I've had, I've thought I had found a career I loved. Unfortunately, it wasn't true. However, each position helped me find self-actualization, expanded my horizons and was another step on my journey.

Now, I'm a farmer. It's a very different path than any I could have foreseen. But, I love it. Now, you just need to find what you love and are passionate about!

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TEAM-SARAH 5/4/2010 3:38PM

    I can definitely relate to some career confusion (you know it haha). Work is definitely a blessing and a curse. It's great that you have the money, bummer that you're totally sick of this assignment. At least it is ultimately just temporary. I hope you can get your own business off the ground soon. Cute new car... a little sports vehicle is perfect to have for people who dont drive much.

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MBSHAZZER 5/4/2010 3:26PM

    Oh yeah. I am having a career crisis as well. I feel your pain because with the job market and the economy the way it is, it's hard to complain when you're employed. But I sure do hear you sister! Vent away. And FWIW, I think you're a marvelous writer!

Enjoy your new car!

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KITHKINCAID 5/4/2010 3:16PM

    On the flip side - I'm here as proof that doing what you LOVE is not always loving what you do!

I chose a career in my passion (I'm a theatre artist and work in the entertainment industry in a number of different venues). I absolutely do what I love! But the insane schedule, overtime hours and stress have gotten me no where quickly in terms of my health. It's really hard for me to separate doing things for me from doing things for my job because everything is so rolled up into work/habit/hobby at this point. Not to mention when the job gets rough (as it does at times) I don't always LOVE what I do. And then I have nowhere to turn for an outlet - my career is my hobby and my entertainment. When most people want to be entertained is when I am working, and when I want to be entertained...I eat!

However, I also love writing and have found this to be a really creative outlet - like you. Have always thought about starting an online "blog-zine" and what that might entail. Maybe a few of us should get together and see if we can make something of that??

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BURKEBRIZ 5/4/2010 3:15PM

    Not stupid at all! I finished my degree in December (BS in Bus. Mgmt w./HR focus) because I wanted to be considered for any opportunity without restriction. Plus, I wanted to get some HR studies under my belt. Ideally, I want to be doing Organizational Development, but there aren't many jobs out there for it. I also love Service and Delivery like what I do now, but it has to be somewhere that I will be continually engaged and learning. Stagnation bores me! So, I totally get what you mean. Yes, we are blessed to have jobs in this economy, but happiness is priceless!

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CANDYXPERT 5/4/2010 3:15PM

    Hey girl - love the SUV!
I have a crossover and I love it. Fits the hockey bags and other sporting equipment!

I have changed careers a few times too. I did a 3 year program to be an interior designer. Loved the courses but reality wasn't designing restaurants or hotels as I had planned, those jobs are hard to come by! I did some (boring) office design and a bit of residential design and then called it quits. I worked in the clothing industry for a while ... now I do marketing for a software company. There are parts of my job that I really love but there is a lot of drama here because it is a small company. It's also 5 minutes from home and my hours are flexible so I can be home early for my kids.
I feel a change coming soon ... not quite sure what is next. I always wanted to write a book. Oh, and I love blogging too though I don't always have the time.

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JESSSPARK 5/4/2010 3:04PM

    It's not stupid, career is huge in anyone's life! emoticon

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    I'm so right there with you on the job front. I was thinking about it last weekend and couldn't remember the last time I was doing a job I truly enjoyed. I think it was a good 8-10 years ago though - kinda sad considering it takes up a third of my day, and most of my waking hours!

Hope you find one you love -- and I'm digging the new wheels!

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WYND10 5/4/2010 2:54PM

    Nice SUV!! :)

I can identify with the career crisis, I've been in one for years now. I just don't know what to change or do about it.

And we aren't supposed to blog "off topic"? I think I missed that memo.

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MOCOHOLO 5/4/2010 2:46PM

    Hey there - fellow attorney and SUV-driver here. Funny how much we have in common. Anyhoo... I can fully attest to the fact that not all attorneys are well paid. I work for the crazy State of Arizona, and let me tell you my salary is well below the $100K+ that some lucky starting attorneys manage to get, and I've been practicing for 11 (OMG!) years. Every single paycheck is bled dry and I have made zero headway on getting together any sort of savings. I think about testing the job market all the time lately because I'm so frustrated with my money situation, but on the other hand, I really do like the work I'm doing. Most days anyway. So, there's a tradeoff. I've worked at a bigger firm where I would have undoubtedly been making more money by now and probably would be a partner, but I would also probably be even fatter, still be taking antidepressants, and still crying a lot more often. I also worked at a smaller firm that had its good points and bad. When the bad outweighed the good, I came to the public sector. And now I feel stuck. I have 11+ years of experience, but no book of business. So, no one would want to higher me as a 0-3 years associate, or as a lateral. Just stuck. Anyway, all that is just to say, that you're not alone in feeling frustrated with your career choices, and I wish you the best. I'm sure the right job is out there somewhere for you. I will keep my fingers crossed! Let me know if you want to chat at all in a less public way.

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KAISERSOZE 5/4/2010 2:46PM

    oooh! shiny new car! so pretty!

In all seriousness I understand not being completely happy at work and having to stick it out for the paycheck. I hope you're able to find work doing what makes you happy!

On a side note-now I don't feel so bad about my poor writing skills compared to yours! Journalists always have such an engaging way of writing!

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PINKCOCONUT 5/4/2010 2:45PM

    It certainly is not stupid to feel that way hon! If you have to work for the rest of your life you might as well do something you enjoy and that fulfills you! You're on the path to something great and it may not come to you immediately but it will and when it does, it'll be amazing!

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NIELSENSLADY 5/4/2010 2:35PM

    I hope you find that great job you deserve! I'm glad to hear that I'm not the only one who's unhappy with their current job situation. Not in a bad way, it's just nice to be able to relate to someone else.

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Thirst and Hunger

Monday, May 03, 2010

On Saturday afternoon there was a water main break from the water source that supplies pretty much all of Greater Boston.

Well, I'll never take advantage of a constant source of clean drinking water ever again! Now all of our water must be boiled for at least one minute before it is drinkable and there was a mad (violent, in some cases) rush on the stores for spring and purified water over the weekend. The shelves are empty in most instances!

Hopefully this won't last too long, but in the meantime, that means no coffee or tea at work (there is a heating source, but not a boiling source) and I doubt stores are taking the time or money necessary to make sure their water supplies are safe. Luckily we have an electric kettle at home that makes boiling water very quick and simple.

People are quickly realizing the importance of water in their daily lives. Bottled water is being provided to some and not to others. As a contractor, I am not allowed to drink the bottled water at my office that is being supplied to salaried employees. I think this is complete BS, but what can you do?

Yesterday, my husband and I did the 20-mile Walk for Hunger in Boston along with CELESTIALAXIS. It was the nicest day! 70s and 80s and sunshiney and beautiful. This annual walk benefits soup kitchens in Massachusetts and raises a ton of money to benefit hungry families. Local food pantries have been in dire need due to recent economic conditions and hopefully this year people gave generously so that there are no more shortages this year.

I've done the Walk for Hunger in the past (3 times in high school and once in college) but I wanted to see how I would fare this year given that I'm in the best shape of my life right now. Yes, sadly and happily I am in better shape at 29 than I was at 19!

It went awesome. We did the first 10.5 miles at a very respectable 15- to 16-minute mile (with water stops and bathroom breaks) in about 3.5 hours. Then we stopped for lunch and walked some more. Once we hit the half marathon point, I felt a surge of pride, basically thinking "yeah, this is doable. It'll be tough, but it's doable."

So we decided to pick up the pace, upping it to about a 13-minute mile and power walking/jogging the last 7 miles. For the last two miles, we passed a lot of really tired people who commented about how quick we were! It felt so good to be the speedy ones, the ones that people were in awe of!

We finished the last 9.5 miles in under 2 hours! At one point I couldn't even JOG that fast! It feels great. Life is great. Being able to defy your own expectations is simply amazing.

No blisters (love you, Saucony Grid 2!) and very minimal leg pain today, though we hurt last night and just camped out on the couch with some pizza afterwards. In high school, I was in pain for the whole next day. Today I'm actually functional!

UPDATE: I just complained about the water situation and they've begrudgingly allowed us to partake in the water supply. I guess other offices in Boston are telling their employees to bring their own water. I just had an issue with the full-timers being given water and the contractors needing to fend for themselves. It's ludicrous segregation. This isn't some amazing office perk. This is drinking water. Besides, we are paid X and the agency is paid Y, and the firm bills us out at 3 (X + Y), so to not spring for WATER is particularly greedy. But I guess lawyers aren't known for their generosity, huh?

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MBSHAZZER 5/4/2010 3:28PM

    Great job on the walk. You will be very ready mentally for the half marathon. And total BS on the water. WTF??

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SEATTLESIMS 5/4/2010 1:52PM

    Really cool about the walk/run!! That is fantastic!
And uncool about the bottled water at work.. it would seem necessary to supply drinkable water to ALL employees/visitors as a matter of common sense!!

Hope the water supply is back to normal soon!!

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CAALAN23 5/4/2010 1:12PM

    Congrats on the walk! Y'all done good! ;)

LOL at those silly lawyers, probably thought they would get sued.

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SUGIRL06 5/4/2010 1:02PM

    Gotta love office politics! Luckily, when something like that happens around here, everyone gets supplies (yay working for government!) even though most of the time contracts get the short end of the deal. (We all got hand sanitizer and anti-viral tissues during the H1N1 scare). Anyway! I am glad they let you have water. That is ridiculous that they would only provide it for half the people working there! Have a great week!!!

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HEATHER_TEACHAH 5/4/2010 11:27AM

    wow this sounds amazing!! you are a SPEEDY woman!!! I wish I could make myself walk 7 miles at that pace!! Amazing! Not only a great cause, but a great reason to exercise!!! Congrats!

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JWENZEL723 5/4/2010 11:21AM

    what a great cause...a cause that often gets overlooked! good for you! i'm so glad you don't have any blisters...my running shoes are evil and i desperately need new ones. my marathon relay last weekend gave me killer ones!

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CRYSBROWN1 5/4/2010 11:05AM

    Congrats on completing the Walk for Hunger! I've done that walk in the past (I think it was 3 years ago now) before I started running & it was tough & I was definitely sore the day after but it was still an amazing feeling to finish. Not cool about the water segregation, it really isn't a benefit it's water but eh, what can you do, some people are weird...

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SACGIRL 5/4/2010 9:45AM

    Great job on your 20 miles!!! What an inspiration you are :)

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STARGIRL66 5/4/2010 9:05AM

    Congrats on your walk, what a fantastic achievement!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATHERINEL66 5/4/2010 8:29AM

    Good for you for advocating for yourself at work to break in to that bottled water supply!

And congrats on the big run/walk! Wow! 20 miles!

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KATIEGLEN012 5/4/2010 5:21AM

    Humans just easily take things for granted...until they are missing...like water. I saw that the water mail broke, hopefully it will be fixed soon!

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_DASH_ 5/4/2010 1:50AM

    Nice job on the walk!! and sucky about the water! hope it gets fixed pronto!

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SMYGIRL 5/3/2010 10:50PM

    What an amazing walk for a great cause! Way to go!! When I saw your post of 20 miles, I was VERY impressed - that's awesome!!

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ROOT4HOME 5/3/2010 10:12PM

    How awesome to finish so strong on your walk!! emoticon
Hope the water issue gets fixed asap!!

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KDONOVAN70 5/3/2010 6:34PM

    Congrats on your walk. Hope the water situation improves.

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APRILB333 5/3/2010 6:20PM

    Congrats on doing so well with the Walk For Hunger,that's great! Sorry to hear about the water situation though,that sucks. Hope the water situation is resolved soon so you have plenty of water to hydrate you while you're doing all those awesome activities and exercises you do!! Have a great week!!

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/3/2010 6:18PM

    Wow, that is an amazing distance to cover--20 miles, and running the last part! You did AWESOME! I'm glad your workplace relented to allow the contractors access to the bottled water--that's just flat out ridiculous, but then some places are just that way with contractors.

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LADYSNOWFALL 5/3/2010 3:58PM

    Way to go Kristina! I think the most I ever walked in high school was about 15k, and then my feet felt like they were going to fall off! I'd like to surpass that now. (My mom belonged to a volkswalking club so I used to go with her on Saturday mornings)

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HHILDE99 5/3/2010 3:42PM

    We had a water main break in the city I live in a couple months ago. It was not a good situation at all. Luckily they were able to repair it quick and we were back up with safe running water the next morning. It is amazing how much you take it for granted until you can't use it! I hope they have yours up and running soon!

Congrats on doing an awesome job on the walk and your improved fitness!

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/3/2010 1:59PM

    Wow, 20 miles! That is fantastic.

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NIELSENSLADY 5/3/2010 1:54PM

    That is one heck of a walk! Congrats!

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    Great blog, and a great contribution through the Walk. I hope the water crisis is quickly remedied!

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HUGMONKEYMOM 5/3/2010 12:56PM

    It's been years since I've done the walk for hunger, congrats on a great walk for a great cause.

May your water shortage end soon...

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SAMSPARK1 5/3/2010 12:54PM

    Good for you for completing this walk! AWESOME!

P.S. It was totally ridiculous that you weren't going to be allowed to access the water initially. No sense at all!

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STEPHANON 5/3/2010 12:50PM

    Loved hearing about the Walk for Hunger event. Sounds like you guys did really great. Hope the water situation is fixed soon! What a pain!

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CHICAT63 5/3/2010 12:41PM

    emoticon on your walk, you did great. I was at the gym on Saturday and saw your water situation on tv; right away I thought of you and how it was likely affecting you ! Actually, that's my husband's job for our city, he is a " water main " guy and the 1st thing they do is evaluate but get water bottles to people in the affected areas.

Weird that your office were treating you differently, if the building does not have drinkable water they are responsible to make it available. Glad to hear it was resolved.

Also, in case your city folks don't mention this your next loads of laundry run your washer empty because you might have rust colored water. emoticon

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NANASNOW 5/3/2010 12:28PM

    20 miles I bow down to you!! Not worthy! I am so impressed! Water, what a tricky thing. Isn't it funny how dependant we are on such a simple thing? I hope that you get things back on track soon!

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JBMT08 5/3/2010 11:53AM

    awesome for doing the walk!!!! the office has the audacity to tell contract employees to not drink the bottled water? That is ludicrous!!!! Glad they came to their senses....hopefully it is not temporary!

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MERISSA1315 5/3/2010 11:36AM

    How dare you want to drink the water of those prestigious salaried employees!

Great job on the walk!

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TEAM-SARAH 5/3/2010 11:34AM

    Glad you got your water... and way to go on the 20 mile walk! That's a looooong time to walk! I'd love to do a walk but you usually have to raise a ton of money to do them around here... not just like entry fees for other races.

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JEANNETTE59 5/3/2010 11:27AM

  emoticon Thank you for supporting the fight against hunger. I am part of the Greater Philadelphia Coalition Against Hunger and the Advocacy Director for Feast of Justice, I am so proud of you emoticon emoticon and more emoticon

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GRACEISENUF 5/3/2010 11:18AM

    What a great cause you walked for! The "no blister" part is amazing.

Have a great spark week!
(here's hoping they get the water supply back on track ASAP)

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MANDAO97 5/3/2010 11:10AM

    Congratulations on the walk - and on being in the best shape of your life. That is a huge accomplishment.

Glad they finally agreed to let you have some bottled water!

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_TRIXIE_ 5/3/2010 11:07AM

    Congrats on the walk! And the run towards the end, too! Way to go! I'm in a similar situation as you, I'm in better shape now than I was 10 years ago. It was so nice to run 2 miles on BOTH Sat and Sun whereas in the past, I would've done one two mile run and called it a weekend!

Sorry to hear about the water situation. I couldn't imagine what I would do... Makes me want to go stock up on bottled water, just in case! :)

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    I have Saucony Grid 2s, too! I LOVE THEM!
Congrats on your walk!

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MINENA1 5/3/2010 11:00AM

    emoticon Way to go on the walk!!! emoticon

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  Awesome job with the walk.

And yeah, I'd be pissed about the water to...I'm pretty sure it's essential to living.

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VXWALL1942 5/3/2010 10:45AM

    WOW! How great is this? Congratulations on all counts... But mostly what a great thing you have done for yourself getting in such good shape. Keep up the good work! You are an inspiration!!!!


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BOOTS1221 5/3/2010 10:30AM

    Congrats on the Walk for Hunger!!! What an amazing job you did! I hear ya on the water thing... I live in northern MA so home is fine, but I work in Lexington so water here is a no go. I stopped in my town on my way in for a coffee and grabbed one for my boss too.. you would've thought I gave him gold!! They're not offering any water here, just bring your own. I hope it clears up soon!!

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FOXXYROXXYD 5/3/2010 10:27AM

    Way to go girl! I am always in AWE of you!

And I'm with DancingPenguin on the contractor thing... work at home. They wouldn't want you to sue them because their water made you sick would they :)

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MAIA2011 5/3/2010 10:26AM

    What is Saucony Grid 2? I must know. My name means One Who Gets Many Blisters Training For Marathons.


Also, good job on the marathon and I am sorry to hear about the water problem in Boston.

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TRISH106 5/3/2010 10:16AM

    emoticon on your walk/ jog. You are so awesome.
I lived in Guantanamo Bay, Cuba for 2 1/2 yrs and I really learned to appreciate my life in the USA. There were times we had no water. Our water was supplied by reverse osmosis. It would be down for a couple of days at a time. I learned to appreciate electricity some days no power which meant no Air conditioner it was always in 90's and 100's.
The simple fact of have fresh produce and bread. Baby formula and diapers. They were needs not wants. There would be times we did not get those items shipped in or not enough to go around. emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 5/3/2010 10:13AM

    Way to go on complaining about what your work is doing, that's just not right!

Congrats on the walk, sounds like an amazing time!

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HOSTALADY 5/3/2010 10:12AM

    Life isn't fair or even. Life is and people can make up some pretty silly rules for others to live by.
glad you all are getting water now.

Your walk-jog of 20 miles was wonderful. A wonderful reason to make the 20 miles and feel good about doing it. Helping other people is always a good driving force. CONGRATS!

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DRAGONFLY_RUN 5/3/2010 10:08AM

    Way to go on the walk.

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ELLIEW22 5/3/2010 10:04AM

    I'm in NH and people are "urged" to stop for their coffee here before heading to Boston.

Most people totally underestimate the value of water. Last month, our water cooler at work broke and it took them 3 days to fix it. I found out it was broken after a workout at lunch and was super thirsty. And one of the women (one who drinks soda early in the morning) said to me that I should just drink tap water and that she's from Cleveland and it didn't kill her, or something to that extent. I was NOT happy!! I do not drink tap water, even if it's supposed to be all filtered, I still taste all the metals in it and it's gross and makes me sick to my stomach!

That is absurd that you are not allowed to drink bottled water because you are not salaried?!?!?!!? Talk about discrimination. I guess now we should look out for water as part of our compensation package, huh? Unbelievable.

Congrats on your walk. That's incredible!!

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KARVY09 5/3/2010 10:04AM

    UPDATE: I just complained about the water situation and they've begrudgingly allowed us to partake in the water supply. I guess other offices in Boston are telling their employees to bring their own water, which is fine. I just had an issue with the full-timers being given water and the contractors needing to fend for themselves. It's ludicrous segregation. This isn't some amazing office perk. This is drinking water. Anyways, crisis averted.

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    You never know how much you miss something or need it for that matter until you don't have it anymore. Hopefully the water situation will be fixed soon.

Great job with the walk!

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WYND10 5/3/2010 9:58AM

    way to go! :)

Good luck with the water situation.

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April Recap and May Goals

Friday, April 30, 2010

April had its shares of highs and lows for sure. I had to bow out of my planned 5K because I tripped over a piece of pavement on my way to the start line! D'oh! And so I was off-kilter after that and Onederland took its slow time to finally arrive.

But then, BAM, I went to New York for a weekend, kickstarted my metabolism, Onederland hit and I've been riding the momentum since then. I joined a softball team and decided I'm in love with kickboxing. So what I thought would be a crappy month ended up being pretty good!


-8 pounds
22 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days (did not calorie count Easter or NYC)
2,065 fitness minutes
13,907 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Running lagged due to injury


-Lose 6+ pounds
I lost 8 lbs this month! I was hoping to get to 197 today in order to make 6 lbs for the month and I got the surprise of my life when I weighed in at 195 (losing 3.5 lbs this week!). This was after probably my highest calorie day since Easter on Monday, which I counteracted with some low calorie days and lots of exercise. Guess there is something to calorie cycling, huh?

-1,800+ fitness minutes
Done! I got 2,065 fitness minutes this month. I still think 1,800 is a good baseline number to shoot for. I exercised fewer days this month (due to injury) but I still made 1,800 pretty easily.

-Run the Dunleavy Foundation 5K with CELESTIALAXIS!
Didn't happen due to aforementioned d'oh moment. Ah well. My hubs is talking about doing a 5K with me and my next one (next week!) is women only, so I might be able to squeeze another one in late May or early June to make up for it. I love 5Ks! Oh, I did meet CELESTIALAXIS for a run last week and we're doing a 20-mile walk this weekend and a 5K next weekend!

-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
I hit this goal for 2 of the 4 weeks this month. One week I was 4/7 and I don't know how I did the week that didn't have much tracking, but I bet it was 1/7. I still like shooting for this goal, so I'm going to keep checking up on it.

-At least 6 servings of fruit and veg each day
I did better than I thought with this goal. I think I nailed this on 6/7 days, which is pretty good. I'm definitely using fruit as a snack more often and trying to incorporate more veggies into my meals!

-Stay on track with 10K training program
I'm so off-track right now. Ah well. Not totally my fault, but now that I'm back in form, I really have to work in order to make it up to 6.2 miles by June 12!

-At-home strength training 3-4x per week
I stuck to 2x per week. I'd like to try to up this if possible!

-At least 50 crunches per day!
I forgot about this goal until YOOVIE reminded me it's a good exercise to do when you've busted your ankle. Gah! When I did remember to do crunches, it hurt like hell and it made me stop crunches for awhile. I need a better strength training goal for next month

May is going to be all about the running. Although I have found a new love in my kickboxing class! Love it! My gym is also test driving kickboxing for self-defense this month as well as capoeira. Oh, and a class to improve swimming form! I keep finding new things to do and I love it. I love my life.

-Lose 6+ pounds
-1,800 fitness minutes
-Run the 3.5 mile Race for Women on May 9th
-Look into an additional 5K for late May/early June
-Run 5+ miles outside by end of month
-Run 3x per week
-Meet sodium levels 5/7 days per week
-No More Trouble Zones or 30 Day Shred 1x per week; Home strength 2x per week
-Go to Thursday night kickboxing every week!


-8 pounds
22 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 27 days
1225 fitness minutes
11,190 calories burned
Ran 3/4 mile at a time

-10 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
5 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1570 fitness minutes
11,587 calories burned
Began strength training
Ran 1.5 miles at a time

-8 pounds
20 days of cardio exercise
6 days above calorie range
Tracked 30 days
1215 fitness minutes
10,831 calories burned
Continued strength training
Ran 2 miles at a time

-8 pounds
25 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1765 fitness minutes
10,163 calories burned
Continued strength training 2x per week
Ran 3.1 miles at a time

-7 pounds
26 days of cardio exercise
1 day above calorie range (not counting Thanksgiving)
Tracked 29 days
1635 fitness minutes
13,006 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 5K outside without stopping!

-7 pounds
30 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range (not counting Christmas)
Tracked 29 days
1925 fitness minutes
14,819 calories burned
Continued strength training 3x per week
Ran 4.5 miles on the treadmill without stopping

-6 pounds
29 days of cardio exercise
4 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
1,845 fitness minutes
14,926 calories burned
Continued strength training (circuit training and EA Sports Active) 4x week
Ran 4.75 miles on the treadmill without stopping

-6 pounds
20 days of cardio exercise
2 days above calorie range (not including vacation)
Tracked 21 days (due to vacation)
1,170 fitness minutes
10,711 calories burned
Strength training lagged; maybe 1-2x week
Running on hold due to injury

-7 pounds
28 days of cardio exercise
3 days above calorie range
Tracked 31 days
2,330 fitness minutes
16,313 calories burned
Strength training 2x per week (outside gym)
Ran 4.25 miles outside

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SLEEPYDEAN 5/4/2010 7:06PM

    Wow, it is great to see all your progress lined up like that.

I think I picked my half marathon - it is the same day as yours. So I'm interested in watching your progress - and hopefully that will keep me on track for my training.

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CATHERINEL66 5/4/2010 8:30AM

    BIG congrats on April! Wow! You rock!

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    Awesome! I admire you so much for setting goals, following through and then evaluating your progress! How else to become that which you want to be! Great work!

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FOXXYROXXYD 5/3/2010 10:16AM

    Way to go for April - you rocked it despite your injury! May is going to be awesome for you!

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SOPHIKKO 5/3/2010 8:58AM

    I love your little faces after each result.. especially the crying face, it made me crack up! lol

You did awesome this month - despite the little crying faces. 8 lbs is awesome and your fitness minutes are enough to put most of us to shame! Way to go!

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GRACEISENUF 5/2/2010 11:10PM

    Absolutely GREAT progress. You are an inspiration to me once again.


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KOOKERBEE 5/2/2010 5:51PM

    AAAhhhhhh! So inspiring to not only see how you're meeting your goals, but see how happy and motivated and inspired you are :) Makes me want to really use SP to its full advantage - logging exercise minutes, setting monthly goals as you do. Thanks for being such a great example. You rock, girl! Keep it up!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 5/2/2010 3:22PM

    Inspiring! I agree that calorie cycling can really help break through some barriers, so hard to trust this some days - but the body likes shocks. Excited for your awesome progress this month and this year in general. Keep going! I love watching your fly forward!

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VXWALL1942 5/1/2010 10:09PM

    What a great summary and assessment of goals met! You are doing so well. Your discipline is admirable and inspiring.

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AHEALTHIERME9 5/1/2010 5:57PM

    Karvy, I love how you are keeping track of your progress in meeting your goals!

Kudos to you... You really have your goals specifically defined!

Thanks for the recap and CONGRATULATIONS on having made it a great month!


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WISLNDR 5/1/2010 5:24PM

    It all looks so great, congratulations! I think it was all summed up in one statement: "I love my life." What a great feeling!

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HAVERYJ 5/1/2010 3:56PM

    Congrats on having SUCH a great month!! Reading your blog has totally inspired me to start keeping track of baby goals. Hopefully following my baby goals will keep me that much more motivated for the big ones. Thank you!!

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HOSTALADY 5/1/2010 10:10AM

    You have changed your life completely. I am so happy for you!

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    Great job in April!! You're right, we're going to rock May!! emoticon

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BOOTS1221 5/1/2010 7:52AM

    Great job last month girl! I totally agree with you, I love reading blogs like this because they're so motivating!! Keep up the great work, today is a new month!

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DESERT_BIRD 4/30/2010 10:13PM

    Great job!

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KATIEGLEN012 4/30/2010 8:35PM

    This is impressive. You have worked so hard and are so consistent. Good job!

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JANE1216 4/30/2010 8:11PM

    You are a fabulous record keeper --- this blog is sooooo motivating! I thought I kept alot of info on hand - but you've got some items that I wasn't tracking -- I'm going to start! It helps me to see what I've done and it motivates me to do more --- well, the more the merrier, right!?! Thanks for sharing this - I'm pumped and ready to start May -- the merry old month of May!!!

Have a wonderful weekend --

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XHOOSIERLOSER 4/30/2010 7:12PM

    Wow, no problem seeing how you have managed to lose over 80 pounds in about the same time I've lost 40! Way to go!

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ANISMENDOZA81 4/30/2010 5:21PM

    I love the progress...keep it up... emoticon

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STEPHANON 4/30/2010 5:16PM

    You had a fantastic month! Best of luck to you in May - not that you need it. You're on a roll!

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HEDDMCB 4/30/2010 2:41PM

    I love kickboxing! There is something so powerful and therapeutic about hitting a bag for an hour. You are free of any frustration or baggage by the time you leave. Great job this month - you're determination is very inspiring!

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TEAM-SARAH 4/30/2010 2:22PM

    Way to go... you are steadily losing each month which is just so great. 8 pounds this month!! What a treat it must have been to finish the month strong with a 3.5 pound loss. Can't say I'm not a little jealous! But definitely not as jealous as I am happy for you. May is all bout running for me too, oh yeah. I'd love to do kickboxing, they have muay thai at my gym but it's expensive in addition to the membership and I just wouldn't be able to take advantage of it enough to be worth it. It's great that you found something else you love to do though! I'm sure the new activity shook things up for you providing the GREAT numbers you had this month! Here's to a great May!

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ROOT4HOME 4/30/2010 2:07PM

    emoticonApril results overall!!! emoticon

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KELLIGIRL523 4/30/2010 1:58PM

    Way to go! You have done an incredible job, and yes, you do need to learn to accept praise and compliments! A simple "thank you" will suffice; learning to be gracious can be an art. lol. I hear people 'explain away' compliments all the time and it really takes the meaning of the compliment away from the giver.

You have alot to be proud of! Embrace the praise!


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BESTSELLERS 4/30/2010 1:44PM

  Wow. You ARE consistent, I agree! You are rocking your goals lady! I'm sure May will be equally as nice to you emoticon

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MASCHMID121 4/30/2010 1:39PM

    You are awesome! and very inspiring! What a great blog!!

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RUNNER4LIFE08 4/30/2010 1:33PM

    Sounds like you had an awesome month even with the little hiccup with your 5k. Good luck for May!!!

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MOCOHOLO 4/30/2010 1:17PM

    Great job!

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CHICAT63 4/30/2010 12:22PM

    emoticon your planning and setting goals ! I am confident in May you'll be on a running high.....kickboxing self-defence is great if you have a chance take the class or seminar it's totally worth it. You're doing great on your journey Kristina, keep it up. emoticon

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NIGHTANGELX 4/30/2010 12:19PM

    Great job! Inspiring! I should start tracking more stuff! emoticon

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ELLIPSER 4/30/2010 12:17PM

    Amazing! I love your goal-setting. I am going to strive to set my goals like you have!

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THEPATHIMON 4/30/2010 12:14PM

    I LOVE that you keep track of this! Excellent job in April!!! WOOT WOOT!! Awesome goals for May as well!

I think I am going to follow your lead and start this in May! Thank you for the inspiration!!!!

You have done an amazing job!!


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TRISH106 4/30/2010 12:01PM

    Your consistancy is really paying off. You have done such a remarkable job keeping a journal of all of your goals and weights. emoticon

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WATCHMEGO2 4/30/2010 11:41AM

    Awesome!! emoticon

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CANDYXPERT 4/30/2010 11:27AM

    You are so consistent - this has got to be your recipe for success right?

Way to go on meeting most of your goals and best of luck on the May goals!

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LADYSNOWFALL 4/30/2010 11:23AM

    You are amazing! I'm hoping some of your motivation and energy rub off onto me so I can keep a schedule like that!

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CREATINGAMANDA 4/30/2010 11:21AM

    You had an awesome month! 8 lb loss - wow! Good luck with May -- you got this!

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ANGELFISHGURL 4/30/2010 11:13AM

    OMG I LOVE LOVE LOVE this blog. What a fantastic idea to keep track of monthly goals. You have totally inspired me today.

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BURKEBRIZ 4/30/2010 11:10AM

    Wow! You are a serious tracker and goal setter! Makes me want to be better at this--more specific--seeing how you are consistently 7-10 lbs down each month! Great job! emoticon

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    I love the way you have tracked your goals. That is really awesome and you have done a great job at meeting your goals. Keep up the good work. May will be a terrific month for you.

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MERISSA1315 4/30/2010 11:09AM

    I'm hoping to one day give you some competition! Keep going girl, you inspire me!

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CAROLYN1213 4/30/2010 11:07AM

    I love your goals! I must have a goal in front of me at all times. Short term and long term. You are such a rock star! This is why you inspire and succeed . . . you take the time to make the goal and set the steps in motion! Got get 'em girl!

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RUNNINGOLLIE 4/30/2010 11:06AM

    Great job!!!! I never even thought about making goals for the month but I see have it helps to illustrate all your hard work and I think I will start!!! Thanks for the idea! And if you have any half-marathons planned for the Summer/Fall -let me know any excuse to go up to Boston I jump on especially during baseball season (plus for my overall goal of a half in every state I have yet to nail down a MA one)!!! I'm up in CT/RI next week for work and have already tried to see if those Pawtucket are playing... emoticon

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Brr, Cold All the Freaking Time!

Thursday, April 29, 2010

One of the very few cons of weight loss is that I'm cold all the time now. I used to be one of those people who wore short sleeves all the time even in the dead of winter. I rarely felt that I needed gloves. I love cashmere sweaters, but only owned one in my old size and I hardly wore it because it was "too hot."

I live in New England, by the way, if that helps to put this all into perspective.

Oh man, I was cold at my softball game last night. 35 degrees, a moderate wind, and a damp softball field? Hoo boy! I was wrapped up (which was probably why I got tagged out at first twice ... one or two seconds faster and I would have made it!) but my hands were turning purple and getting all wrinkly. My wedding band and engagement ring (already sized down 3 sizes with the little sizer thingie) were almost falling off.

Damn. I always prided myself on being one of those hale and hearty New England types who could brave the elements.

What am I now? A cold wimp! Even at work, I need to grab a cup of tea every couple of hours to warm my hands. I don't dare wear a skirt here even if it does show off my new sexy calves.

So yeah. A stupid complaint. I'm shedding my blubbery insulation, which is awesome. And chilly.

And I'm ready to be "cool" in summer!

Bring on the heat!

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MBSHAZZER 5/4/2010 3:30PM

    Hehe, I can totally relate! I live in South Florida, and unless it's summer and I am outside running around, I am cold! It doesn't help that everything is totally over airconditioned. I have a snuggie and gloves at work!

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THEPATHIMON 5/3/2010 12:57PM

    Having lived in NE for 37 years I can totally relate!! but, better to buy a small size sweater and lose that insulation! =)

I moved south - b/c I couldnt take the cold anymore, LOL! (and I was still fat at the point).

Good for you!

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LCHADBOURNE 5/3/2010 11:45AM

    I know! It is such a pain and a strange "side effect". I usually die in the heat but this weekend when it was in the 80's I was actually comfortable and it was so nice! I was shocked when my husband told me it was 81 in the house, I thought it was in the low 70's. But today at work, I'm back to shivering...

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FITMAMA1984 5/3/2010 9:25AM

    I freeze constantly as well! Thankfully, our temps are nearing the 90's now as opposed to the 20's and 30's from this winter. I used to be like you and burn up at the slightest thing. I got so cold this winter my bones got goose bumps, I think!

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GRACEISENUF 5/2/2010 11:06PM

    I long to feel cool....dang menopause!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 4/30/2010 2:10PM

    Something to look forward to. I am constantly freezing out my husband by running the fan at night so it will be cold enough that I will want to be under the covers!! I look forward to being cold-LOL!!

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XHOOSIERLOSER 4/30/2010 1:44PM

    Yes I guess it is a small price to pay, but it is an uncomfortable one. My rings are falling off all the time - I need to look into the sizer thingy!

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SAMSPARK1 4/30/2010 11:29AM

    I can soo relate!!!!!!!! I know it can be annoying but it's actually a good symptom!

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SBHPATRICK 4/30/2010 10:08AM

    Sing it, sister. I keep saying I've become my grandmother, always bundled up, even in the summer months.

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MERISSA1315 4/30/2010 9:29AM

    This is so my story!!! Except for the wedding rings and softball game. I get super excited when there is a fire in the fireplace now and I sit on the hearth because I'm always cold! I used to sweat standing still in the winter. UGH, the sad thing is, summer is too hot for me...

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CANDYXPERT 4/30/2010 8:58AM

    I'm always either too hot or too cold! :o) I have learned to dress in layers and always keep a fleece nearby!

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TRISH106 4/30/2010 8:20AM

    I hear what you are saying.
I use to stay hot all year around. Since I lost so much weight I stay cold. I carry a jacket with me everywhere I go. If I am going to a restaurant I carry a little heavier jacket.
Summer's are so much more enjoyable for me now. I use to swell up like a balloon when it started getting hot and muggy. No more thank goodness.
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VXWALL1942 4/30/2010 3:19AM

    This winter kicked my booty even here in SE Texas. It just was colder than we're accustomed to. My feet seemed to stay cold for the duration.

My problem is generally the reverse. Used to spend lots of time outside in the summer and my body was acclimated to the heat. Played softball in 104 temps and survived. My internal thermostat is broken now and I have a fan blowing directly on me when the temps get to 80. Not fun.

Reminds me of Goldie Hawn's line: I want to go out to lunch, I want to wear my sandals. lol


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KENNYWHEELS 4/29/2010 11:30PM

    you know it gets better. i remember a few months ago i was always cold especially my hands but it has gone away i think with the warmer weather or i think that my body has acclimated to the change.

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LADYSNOWFALL 4/29/2010 10:52PM

    I'm cold most of the time. I remember when I lived in Alaska and how I was content at 20 degrees. Moving down here to Oregon just reminded me that I'm a wimp at 40 degrees. I really think the damp makes a HUGE difference though. Perhaps it's the same with you?

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HOSTALADY 4/29/2010 10:39PM

    I can so relate to this cold stuff. My snow pants are still ready to go any given morning it's 50 degrees or colder. My stocking hat is still worn most every morning on my early walks yet along with gloves too! I just can't stand to be cold any more. Although at my age I'll take the chills better than the hot flashes any day or night!
Something we all should be greatful for in getting healthy and fit in our bodies I guess.
You are doing great things!

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NANASNOW 4/29/2010 9:11PM

    I have noticed being a little more cold. So, it isn't in my head! Thanks for a great blog!

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DJS-DEBBIE 4/29/2010 9:05PM

    Oh, I am SO cold all the time, too. But I am looking forward to summer for a change.

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BRILLIANTAQUA 4/29/2010 8:59PM

    I used to be much more hardy as well...but I've become a California wuss. I used to love 50-60 degree weather...now I think, "hmm...need to get out the winter sweaters" if it's below 73 or so. It is an unfortunate side effect of the weight loss for you, but think about not getting overheated all of the time during the summer (they have summer up there, right? jk), plus winter clothing is so cute!!! I love cashmere!!!!

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TRAVELNISTA 4/29/2010 8:46PM

    I can always tell when I lose a lot in one week because I get so cold. I think one of the reasons I did not fee as hot as I normally do last summer because back then I was consistently losing weight. I hope I have a repeat of the same because I hate to feel hot and clammy.

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CEESNOW 4/29/2010 7:10PM

    where did you get the ring sizer thingy?
mine are slipping off but I can't find anything to keep them on and none of the jewelers seem to know what I am asking for LOL

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LUVNME2DAY 4/29/2010 6:51PM

    I definately know the feeling. Yesterday, it was in the 60's and I had on pullover sweater. Something I am never wearing. I used dress for summer in 50 degree weather, now I am fully dressed at a spring soccer game. I rather put clothes on then be miserable hot with extra layer of fat.

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TEAM-SARAH 4/29/2010 5:49PM

    I have definitely noticed I hate summer far less than when I was heavier. I still get hot easily, it's just how I am... I sweat something fierce. It had more to do with clothes. I hated the summer beacuse I couldn't cover up. Now it's not such a big deal and it's wonderful. Sorry you're experiencing being SO cold though. Maybe you just need to adjust and next winter will be better. Here's hoping you thaw out soon!

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SPUNKYDUCKY 4/29/2010 5:30PM

    LOL! I have noticed this change as well. I was running the fireplace 2 days ago and my husband thought I had lost my mind.

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CHAOTICMOM4 4/29/2010 5:24PM

    I'm cold all the time too, I have a fleece blanket I keep at my desk along with a sweater. I know how cold it was last night, I had my gloves on!

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HARDWICKS13 4/29/2010 5:21PM

    Hmm I live in the NW I wonder if that will happen to me. I'd be sad I like wearing flip flops in winter.
But I guess it would be worth it to have lost all the weight!

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CARILOUIE 4/29/2010 5:16PM

    I agree! Bring on the summer! Today is almost 70 degrees, but with this little breeze, I feel like bundling under the electric blanket!

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GEODAWG 4/29/2010 5:12PM

    If I lose enough weight to be chilly, I will be thrilled!

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CHICAT63 4/29/2010 5:00PM

    I have two blankies *lol*, luckily I invested in a windproof polar jacket for the spring. Eveyone in the house or office are fine, very often I am freezing including my nose and my hands. emoticon

Comment edited on: 4/29/2010 5:01:21 PM

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NINJALINDA 4/29/2010 4:56PM

    Oh, man...I know the feeling! I joke with people that I've lost my 'protective layer of fat.' I have to wear a fleece jacket INSIDE my workplace now, even as other people are fanning themselves...

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ELYMWX 4/29/2010 4:51PM

    Oh, yes. They never tell us that do they? I think I spent the entire time between 30 pounds lost and 70 pounds lost wearing long/thermal underwear. I have, however adjusted, so it does get better with time...

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AWOLF24 4/29/2010 4:43PM

    Wish that was me! I'm always the warm one.

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AHEALTHIERME9 4/29/2010 4:33PM

    I'm with ya... I can't believe how cold I get these days... And I'm in Florida. We just had THE coldest winter in decades, and I could not tolerate it! I, too, felt like a wimp!

But, you know what? I have a "before" picture of myself sitting drinking water at a get together, and in it, I was wearing a long-sleeved shirt and was hot and sweaty... And I can remember always having to turn the AC down because I was hot all the time. Now, I'm constantly turning it off.

Which is better? Hmmmmmm.... emoticon

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RUNNINGOLLIE 4/29/2010 4:32PM

    I generally side on being cold myself too! I always have a light jacket or something even in summer but it does even out a little as I never really get hot! My husband's from New Hampshire and hates the summer's here in DC and complains and complains about when they turn on the air conditioner in our apartment building-meanwhile I could care less! emoticon

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LMWST36 4/29/2010 4:31PM

    I moved from the East Coast to California nine years ago and now I get "freezing cold" on 65 degree days.....talk about embarrassing!

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CAROLYN1213 4/29/2010 4:23PM

    LOL!!!! I do get cold easier these days, but I still sweat like a linebacker when I'm running or working out in the gym! Oy!

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    I hear ya! Brrrrr

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BURKEBRIZ 4/29/2010 4:12PM

    I am a total cold baby! I hate being cold. Why I live in OH is anyone's guess; I blame my parents ;)
Funny how our bodies change inside and out!

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HUGMONKEYMOM 4/29/2010 4:10PM

    If it makes you feel any better, I am right there with you. Born and raised a Massachusetts girl I lost 15 lbs and moved to AZ...now I am one of those people who really doesn't handle cold well at all. And the longer I live in Phoenix, the worse it gets...

A small price to pay for my health, I'll tell you that much.

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CRISPINI 4/29/2010 4:08PM

    Hehe I'm the same way. 70 and under is "kind of chilly!"

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BARB827 4/29/2010 4:07PM

    i live in NE also, and i hate the cold, can't wait for the warmer weather my hands seem to be freezing all the time the past few days. Bring on the sunshine! emoticon

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PINKCOCONUT 4/29/2010 4:06PM

    I'm the same now with the cold! I've become one of "those" people!

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Fiber One Blueberry Muffins. Verdict: Eh.

Wednesday, April 28, 2010

I mentioned in my weekend blog that I made some Fiber One blueberry muffins from a box mix and people were asking how they turned out! The box was only $2.49 retail ($1.99 on sale) and you add 2 tbsp of vegetable oil and 2 eggs to the mix and get 12 medium-sized muffins, each one with 160 calories, 5 grams of fiber and 6 grams of fat.

I love Vitamuffins but they are $3.99 for 4 small muffins (100 calories each and 2 grams of fat) and I was looking for a more cost-effective alternative. These are frozen and are popped in the microwave for a minute for a nice warm treat. Completely delicious and decadent!

I also like Trader Joe's Banana Chocolate Chunk Protein Power muffins (130 calories each and 2 grams of fat and also 6 grams of protein), but these are even smaller than the Vitamuffins and $3.99 for 8 muffins. I get these fresh in in the bakery section and freeze them as well.

They have frozen Fiber One muffins as well, but I decided to try the cost-efficient mix instead. The Fiber One muffins were not great. They came out smelling delicious and full of blueberries (small freeze-dried ones are in the mix) and golden brown. They were fluffy and promising on first inspection! But they tasted chemical and fake. It was my fuel for a morning workout, so I finished it, but if I was at home, I probably would have thrown the rest out and found something else to eat.

I'm going to pass judgment over to SUGIRL06, our resident ingredient expert (please comment!), but here are the ingredients:

Sugar, Whole Wheat Flour, Inulin, Enriched Flour Bleached, Dextrose, Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, Corn Starch, Leavening, Cellulose Powder, Vital Wheat Gluten, Modified Corn Starch, Modified Wheat Starch, Salt, Propylene Glycol Monoesters of Fatty Acids, Mono and Diglycerides, Dried Blueberries, Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate, Cellulose Gum, Citric Acid, Xanthan Gum, Natural and Artificial Flavor, Color (Red 40 Lake, Blue 2 Lake, Blue 1 Lake), Blueberry Juice Concentrate, Nonfat Milk

So yeah, a good reminder to check the ingredients before buying along with the nutritional information. Do we really need diglycerides and cellulose powder and gum? Modified starches? Artificial coloring?

So the moral of the story for me is to make some of my own muffins with REAL INGREDIENTS. I bet I can make some good sized ones for 100-150 calories each and 3-6 grams of protein, freeze them, and have them be delicious treats on the go! Lesson learned!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

THEPATHIMON 5/3/2010 1:01PM

    I love Vitatops too! There is a great recipe on Spark for some carrott, apple spiced muffins; I'll find the link and send to you. They are really, really good.

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THATWEIRDGIRL 4/29/2010 12:11PM

  I kind of want to bake muffins now...I'm going to see about finding recipes for some!

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KARVY09 4/29/2010 11:26AM

    I'm going to try to make my own this weekend I think. Might use some agave nectar as a sweetener. We'll see how it goes! Gonna try to keep it between 100-150 and at least 3 grams of protein. They might be small, but hopefully yummy and filling.

SUGIRL06, thanks for adding your expertise! Yuck.

STINA6584, glad your experience was a little better with the muffins. I'm not that fussy, but I really didn't like the blueberry ones.

TRISH106, I was SUPER surprised the first ingredient was sugar because they didn't taste very sweet to me!

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STINA6584 4/29/2010 11:20AM

    I've had the Fiber One Apple Cinnamon muffins and I thought they were pretty good. Nothing like a homemade muffin, but as good as any other boxed mix.

Admittedly, it was when Fiber One first released the mixes and I was less aware than I am now. Partially Hydrogrenated anything = trans fats. I wonder if the apple cinnamon mix had that. Either way, that's enough for my to rule out F1 products...not that I eat them at this point anyway.

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SUGIRL06 4/29/2010 10:37AM

    LoL resident ingredient expert. Haha!

Anyway, I have a great recipe for bran muffins that I will try and find for you later. They are absolutely delicious and filling and made from scratch! Anyway!

Propylene Glycol is the stuff we use at work in my lab! Eewwww.

Sodium Stearoyl Lactylate is slightly hazardous if ingested.

And Partially Hydrogenated Vegetable Oil, I've heard, is extremely bad for you. I am surprised that Fiber One used this stuff! It's a type of trans fat I think. Totally processed and unnatural. It has been "linked" to a lot of health problems but of course they can't pinpoint one thing. My rule of thumb is to avoid this ingredient at all costs! Interesting tid-bit from Wikipedia on Hydrogenation:
"The cis configuration of these double bonds predominates in the unprocessed fats in most edible fat sources, but incomplete hydrogenation partially converts these molecules to trans isomers, which have been implicated in circulatory diseases including heart disease (see trans fats)."

Alright, that's all I've got for you. I will find that bran muffin recipe soon and if I forget, feel free to pester me!

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KATIEGLEN012 4/29/2010 7:23AM

    I've been experimenting with a banana Total muffin. It was on a package of high fiber cereal...which I used up making the muffins and now have switched to Total since I have it. When I get it where I want it, I'll share. So far I have been able to use unsweetened applesauce in place of oil and there has been no difference in taste.
Is there a place that would give me calorie content if I list the ingredients????

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TEAM-SARAH 4/28/2010 11:17PM

    "Propylene Glycol Monoesters of Fatty Acids" sounds terrifying. I don't want to eat that haha.

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TEAM-SARAH 4/28/2010 11:15PM

    Yikes... yes real ingredients sounds good. My rule is... if I don't know what something is on that ingredients list / have no hope of pronouncing half of it then chances are I shouldn't INGEST it! It's a good sign that you think it tasted bad. That means you crave the real fresh foods and not complete junk!

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CARILOUIE 4/28/2010 8:52PM

    I am a total Moosewood Cookbook junkie. I feel like I mention it on someone's blog at least once a week! But they have really yummy bread recipes that are easy to make into muffins. Most of the muffins I make use maple syrup or honey as the sweetener - very tasty.

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VALLOUGH 4/28/2010 7:27PM

    Wow, I can't believe that's the ingredients for fiber one muffins! I should try and make some protein-y muffins... and non-banana ones at that (my healthy default, since you don't have to add any fats or sugars....) Ok. Challenge accepted. You'll be hearing from me in a few days.

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JDMMAMMA 4/28/2010 6:53PM

    this is making me want a muffin! emoticon

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TRISH106 4/28/2010 6:34PM

    Not to mention the first ingredient you listed was SUGAR. emoticon

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KIMMAS82 4/28/2010 5:06PM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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RUSSELLORAMA 4/28/2010 4:36PM

    I found a great muffin recipe on cookinglight.com. I haven't tried it yet. A list of ingredients that long would scare me! LOL!

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BUTTAPECANB 4/28/2010 3:43PM

    I like the frozen kind. They're not too sweet and they're great when i need something on the run. I have however made the banana nut, and even though I love the banana nut anything, those were extremely bland.

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KYMMC3 4/28/2010 3:39PM

    So if you happen to find your own recipie for 100-150 cals. please share!!

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ABETTERBECKY 4/28/2010 3:05PM

    check out eatingwell.com - they have a number of muffin recipes - though none as low as 100-140 cals - but they are huge into clean eating

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KITHKINCAID 4/28/2010 2:52PM

    Personally I've a huge fan of making mini-quiches if you want a muffin-shaped object that's high in protein & fiber. You can use Egg Beaters eggs and whole wheat flour and then I pack mine with veggies (usually broccoli) and diced ham & cheese. I haven't run any of my recipes through the calorie counter yet, but for the nutrients in them, they can't be that bad. And they're awesome on the go!

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CANDYXPERT 4/28/2010 2:40PM

    There are too many ingredients in that list. Best to make something from scratch with real ingredients.

I have this recipe for Morning Glory muffins - they are fantastic, moist and delish! They have a shredded apple, shredded carrot, raisins, coconut, etc. I can send you the recipe if you like. It is a bit of a pain to grate the apple and carrot but they freeze well so you can make a big batch.

I made mini banana muffins yesterday that were sooooo good and according to the recipe 91 cals for the regular size. There is not much oil or sugar. I was making them to bring to my daughter's daycare but once my hubby, son and daughter started to eat them there were hardly any left!

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    I LOVE muffins. Sigh. I haven't really been eating them because I haven't found a low-cal muffin yet that I've liked, and most of them are just too darn high in calories for me to bother.

Thanks for the heads up on these ones though - I don't think I'd get them. Vitamuffins, I may have to try sometime, although like you I find them a bit expensive. Definitely try making your own - I bet they'd taste much better!

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DRAGONFLY_RUN 4/28/2010 2:34PM

    thanx for the review...

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JENELOPE 4/28/2010 2:34PM

    I think you can definitely do better than that making something from scratch! Ugh. I bet there are at least 50 easy recipes for great-tasting muffins on SparkRecipes. There are even recipes for making your own muffin mix!

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GYPSYGOTH 4/28/2010 2:27PM

    creeeeeeepy. too many ingredients! people love the fiber one bars, too, but they have partially hydrogenateds and SHELLACK (?) (hello, i'm pretty sure that's for furniture, not your insides!)

i try to stay away from all of those uber-marketed fake-healthy foods! good luck finding a better recipe :D

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KARVY09 4/28/2010 2:18PM

    Heh. I like cooking, but Martha Stewart I ain't. My dinners take 20 minutes to prep and cook most days.

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CELESTIALAXIS 4/28/2010 2:15PM

    VitaMuffins are cheaper online. I get the VitaTops at like...

Never mind, they're MORE than $1 each online, lol. Oh well. Probably giving them up once I'm done with my job cuz we'll need to cut costs. Sometimes their discount codes make it worth it.

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CATHERINEL66 4/28/2010 2:05PM

    Sounds yucky. And I too am floored by the price of muffins! I have tried lots of homemade recipes but haven't found the perfect one yet. They're always too much like lead, or too full of sugar ....

By the way, my image of you slaving away cooking and packaging a weeks worth of meals at a time was totally blown by finding out that you were stocking the work fridge with frozen stuff!! LOL!!

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CAROLYN1213 4/28/2010 1:58PM

    Thanks for the review darling!

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PINKCOCONUT 4/28/2010 1:54PM

    Good lesson to learn! Those ingredients do sound sort of icky! Besides, your muffins are sure to taste much better, especially right out of the oven!

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MOCOHOLO 4/28/2010 1:54PM

    I actually like the Slimfast blueberry muffin bars as an occasional treat. They're full of chemicals too, but actually taste like something similar to a blueberry muffin.

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TAKENTOOLONG 4/28/2010 1:43PM

    I agree with you that with the chemicals and the cost it's much better to just make your own. I make a low fat banana muffin that is really nice and a pumpkin one too. Making some today! Happy baking!

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    We've got Fiber One pancake mix and I have to really doctor them up with ginger, cloves and cinnamon to make them taste like more than squishy air. I wondered how the muffins were. Thanks for being the guinea pig on that one! ;)

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