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I can't believe it!

Monday, February 28, 2011

It's been a very rough weekend. $1083 for a new water heater on Friday, installed on Saturday, quit working on Sunday, Repair men back out here today (monday). Month end was today, and I accomplished a bunch at work! Almost beat my record - if I hadn't gotten sick I would have beaten it! Got stuck in the snow on the way home, but was able to maneuver my way. I shoveled for 25 minutes, and my daughter helped for 15 before we gave up. Ended up calling plow people on craigs list to get anyone here that would plow our road & driveway. We went out to dinner Friday night, and I was very disappointed my "sirloin chop" ended up being a cube steak! And it was greasy. So I ate all my salad, a tiny bit of this greasy burger thing, and half of the potato. Dreading what the weekend did to me - no exercise (fell on Ice), and that greasy burger, I decided to weigh myself yesterday. I was down 4 more pounds!!! So I went to my favorite thrift store and bought some jeans. Now I was wearing 26's and some 24's on January 1st. I am comfortably in 22's and 20's fit, just snug! I can't believe it! Amazing!! I want to do my new workout video - it's from an MS group, free for those with Multiple Sclerosis. It looks like a great addition, and just the switch I need to get back into exercising without hurting my sore lower back. It's not as painful as usual, I definitely am strengthening my back muscles with this exercise. I am having wicked lower back spasms & neck spasms! And they come outta no where. I'll be at a checkout counter, and just suddenly have to close my eyes and hold onto something. Fun Fun. It's only happening 3-4 times per day now, so that's good. I can still function. I'm working from home the next couple of days, so that will help too.

Well, the water heater repair guys have been here for an hour now, and still no hot water. . and no exercise with them here either.. plus I need to shower tonight/tomorrow.

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  Wow...all these rotten things, and in the midst of it, a treasure of a 4 pound loss!! That is wonderful! I am sorry that you've had such a rough week, but so very glad that you had such good news!! Congrats. 4 pounds is awesome. Woo hoo!!

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KAZINMICH 2/28/2011 9:40PM

    LOL!!! My eye healed well and quick. I forgot all about that! Hoping tomorrow will be a sunny day.

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CHUBBY_MOM 2/28/2011 9:03PM

    by the way, how is the eye??? LOL emoticon

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CHUBBY_MOM 2/28/2011 9:02PM

    Sounds like you took a pretty tough weekend and found the bright spot!! emoticon New jeans are sooooo nice! Hope your fall didn't cause to much pain/damage! The positive attitude is AWESOME!! emoticon

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MAMABUGAZ 2/28/2011 7:22PM

    Oh yeah. I ordered that free MS video awhile back. Forgot about it. Hasn't arrived yet.
emoticon on losing some weight, even following what seemed like a weekend with some bad choices. Actually, I've come to believe that bad choices are just what our bodies need sometimes. They "change things up", and confuse our bodies, and they sometimes quit holding onto pounds when we do that.

I lost weight last week after my cheat day.

~ Faith

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"I don't know if I could give up my favorite foods"...

Thursday, February 24, 2011

A friend said to me, "I don't know if I could do that, I don't know if I could give up my favorite foods".

So I'm thinking, what were my favorite foods? Well, Cheesecake is one - and I found a spark fix to that I used this recipe, used nilla fat free wafers and put them in little cupcake cups: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=384073 Ok, what else is there... I used to LOVE milk chocolate. Just plain milk chocolate. Now every week or two my husband and I share a half of a dark chocolate hershey's bar. I no longer crave milk chocolate. Heck, I don't even crave chocolate. Ok, what else was there.. Mac & Cheese. I will find a new recipe for that using whole wheat pasta. Not off limits either, just a little modified. Hmm... what else? We made a low sodium chinese chicken with brown rice that was delicious. I don't know. I haven't really given anything up?

Ok, I have given up having other people prepare my food. I only go to one restaurant I trust to eat actual food - a local coney island that is cheap and will give me salt free food! Yes - they cook just for me! For only $8 I get two chicken & veggie kabobs, baked potato, veggies, large side salad, and optional pudding. I skip the pudding, add cheese and bacon to my potato, and eat only half my meal and I'm stuffed! It's soo yummy too. I never cared for anything other than chili's chips & queso. I still like their queso, but I don't crave it. the more I go without unhealthy food, the more I crave oranges, apples, water, chicken, cous cous, rice.

In 53 days, I didn't actually give up my favorite food. I literally began having healthier favorites! Go figure!

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THECRAZYMANGO 2/25/2011 3:21PM

    I guess this is the very reason I don't say I am not a diet. A diet says I absolutely cannot ever have what I want ever again. With this lifestyle change, I know I can if I really want it. But the truth is.. I don't. In fact, my friend and I talked about this... how "junk" makes us feel icky and not as energized! By the way, I really LOVE this blog!

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TIME2BLOOM4ME 2/25/2011 3:16PM

    emoticon Its all about finding healthier substitutions that taste good !!!

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ELLEYKAT 2/25/2011 10:04AM

    I've found the same thing - I haven't had to give up my favorite foods, just modify them for the most part, or eat less for the ones I couldn't modify. SparkRecipes.com has some great low-fat/low-cal homemade mac 'n' cheese recipes - I'm trying one this weekend! =)

What I HAVE had to give up is going out to eat. I just can't stand not knowing what other people are using to make my meal, especially when I know that some smart substitutions can mean the difference of hundreds (or sometimes over a THOUSAND!) calories.

Good thing I like cooking. ;) Hope you do too! I've begun to have healthier favorites as well - isn't is GREAT when your body craves things that are good for you, and you don't miss all the deep fried garbage you used to crave? =) Magic!!

emoticon Elley

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TAMLKING 2/25/2011 5:48AM

    I've discovered the same thing...foods that I thought I couldn't give up aren't even missed now! One of the things I gave up was packaged (convenience) foods. It's easier to control calories, fat, and for me, sodium if you make it yourself.

I used to love boxed mac & cheese. I recently had it for the first time in about 7 months and after 2 bites I couldn't eat any more! Too salty for me! I know I'm so glad for the recipes here at Spark, I've really found some great ones!

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HERE2GETFIT 2/24/2011 2:07PM

    Thanks for sharing. Your blog is so encouraging. Thank you.

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Much Better Today! Pants are LOOSE!

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

I'm feeling much better this morning. The feeling of gloom is gone. I think I'm having a little anxiety, but not sure what from yet. lol. Overall I feel pretty positive, and I'm so excited. I took out an old pair of pants that I bought about 2 years ago. I wore them for a bit, and they were snug, I put them on today, and the waist fit comfortable, a bit loose. Well, by the time I got to work they are falling down! ha! lol. My thighs are a little tight still. I actually gained an inch there though - muscle? Hopefully those will start to get a little smaller too. I was also able to wear a smaller size bra!! So this weekend I'll look for some new pants - the current new size, and one size smaller. I am going to buy new bras the next weekend after that. I'm officially down 30 lbs from the beginning of this journey. I'm excited to lose more before summer!!! :) :)

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SHRINKING-WOMAN 2/26/2011 1:05PM

  Woo hoo, loose clothes are the greatest reward ever!! Way to go!


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MAMABUGAZ 2/23/2011 10:28AM

    WTG on the 30 lbs, Kaz. I just passed my 30 lb mark too.

Hey -- that's about what a toddler weighs. Can you imagine carrying around a toddler all day?!

~ Faith

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DHOLLOWAY_60 2/23/2011 9:54AM

  emoticon emoticon on the weightloss.

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Trying to avoid depression!!!! UGH!!!

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

I'm having a huge difficult time today. I am not sure why or where this is coming from, but I feel a sadness for no reason at all. I want to go eat something thick, chocolate, and bad for me. I want to stuff myself until I'm beyond full and then go nap. I'm not going to do either, because I know this feeling will pass. I just wish there was a reason for the feeling. Something I can pinpoint and either fix, change, or accept and move on. But nope. Nothing's really wrong in my life. The only thing really bothering me is my house is a mess. No matter how much I have been cleaning, it's still a mess. My husband has been helping a little with dishes & cooking dinner, but I have to be in the kitchen with him when he does it - I cant clean a different room or do something out of his site. LOL. He says he likes my company. I think it's because I end up doing most of the work. So I'm going to finish my work on the computer (for actual work) and bring my daughter to the doctors during my lunch break, and try to get the house picked up. I really need to keep this depressed feeling in check so it doesn't overwhelm me or bring me down!!! I'm also blogging so I can remember for when I'm asked.

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SHRINKING-WOMAN 2/22/2011 10:57PM

  Oh this happens to me sometimes too. To me, it is easier to deal with sadness or anger or frustration that comes from a known source than the blues which come from no where. One thing that helps me a lot is getting some sun, or failing that sitting and reading with a sun lamp on. Petting dog bellies is always good too. :-p

I am glad that you have thought about how you are feeling, and identified some techniques for overcoming your desire to drench that depression in chocolate. That is a good part of the battle. Good for you!!

Sending you some sun.

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KAZINMICH 2/22/2011 4:22PM

    I had my daughter clean! ha! I helped for a couple minutes, then brought her to her appointment and dropped her off at at her boyfriend's house (snow day today, all five bro/sis are home and his mom..lol). I came home, made a huge healthy salad, and I'm feeling a little better. I will do my exercise tape once I'm done with work and hopefully that will turn my day around...

Thank you all for reading & commenting & supporting. It really confuses me sometimes why I can feel this way for no reason.

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PJC19671 2/22/2011 2:25PM

    I hope you feel better. Maybe try a long walk it may help. I find if I dont walk every day I feel down too. emoticon

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STARFISH619 2/22/2011 1:49PM

    Hope you feel better. I finally had to see someone for having those types of feelings, but not being sure why.
Take care!

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DRAMBERT 2/22/2011 12:58PM

    Hang in there...many of cycle through periods like this. But seriously...seek help from someone...take care of youself so you can take care of everyone else.

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QUIKSYLVER 2/22/2011 12:53PM

    I was checking out your puppy in your picture. Bull Mastiff? I have an English mastiff female.

He's too cute!

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I punched myself in the eye!!

Monday, February 21, 2011

I'm not quite sure how. After snow shoveling and walking a half mile, I laid down on my bed to relax for a minute. I rolled over and somehow my left thumb ended up in the outside corner of the right eye! Yeouch! I also have an eye twitch in my left eye (you can't see it but I can feel it). I'm gonna go to bed early!

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SHRINKING-WOMAN 2/21/2011 11:24PM

  OH -- I shouldn't laugh, but that sounds just like something I would do! I injure myself in all these ways and no one believes me. My DH hates it, he says people look at him like he is responsible, since no one believes that a person could actually harm themself in such weird ways.

Hope you don't get a black eye that you have to explain! And hope you feel better.

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MIETTE 2/21/2011 10:15PM

    That pesky thumb! Hope you get some antics-free rest :)

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 2/21/2011 8:17PM

    Take care of yourself.

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