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Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Some days I honestly should not multitask! So today I was sitting here packing for my trip I have planned to Houston. That would be the trip I thought I was leaving for on Thursday and coming home on Monday. As I chatted with my girlfriend to ask what time her plane left, she tells me, uh next week? WHAT? NO! Your kidding! Yes indeed, I had last years date written down and they had moved back the BBQ Championships by a week. So I got to spend the next couple hours scrambling to figure out if I could still do this trip. My husband has a work trip this weekend so it sounded ideal on planning airport runs - now not so much. He gets home and I turn around and leave 2 days later. Add to the issue of leaving a week later when my daughter keeps trying to have this grandbaby early. Argh! So after consulting with everyone, I have new reservations for the RIGHT date. Now I have to go grocery shopping since I figured I was going to be gone for 5 days so I need veggies and yogurt!

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THEARTHWOMAN 2/24/2008 3:18PM

    Isn't life funny, just when you think you have it all figured out it sneaks in with a GOTCHA! Have a good trip.

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RAVON27 2/21/2008 8:43AM

    I just love the smell of barbecue. It's funny because I'm a vegetarian, but love the smell of meat cooking. Good Luck on your trip!

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A*L*P* 2/20/2008 4:24PM

    ARgh! That stinks! At least you figured out the dates BEFORE hand and not as you were waiting for your plane or something! Hang in there!

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MSEMBERSTORM 2/19/2008 11:26PM

    Smiles! Don't you just hate it when that happens? I am so glad things worked out for you. Hopefully the grand baby can wait until you return!

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KIERAE 2/19/2008 9:07PM

    Fortunately it was just 50 dollars so not horribly bad! And yes indeed - 3 days of nothing but texan bbq. I am going to be supplementing my meals with every big salad at the And detoxing from meat when I get back. =)

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PHILLIPJREESE 2/19/2008 8:57PM

    Sounds really frustrating, but I'm glad you worked it out. Hopefully it didn't turn out to be too expensive!

BBQ? MMM! Sounds delicious!

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Challenges of stress

Saturday, February 09, 2008

My best friend's father was shot and murdered on Thursday in a senseless attack that left 5 people and the perpetrator all dead. It is so hard to not be able to get on a plane on go help her with dealing with the arrangements. Having had to deal with my mother's death and all the arrangements by myself several years ago, I could only imagine what she was dealing with - and add the stress of having the media and public all witnessing. Right in the middle of all of the phone calls, my daughter called upset and convinced her water might have broke. I fell apart, cried alot and just prayed that I wouldn't get another phone call in the middle of the night to go to the hospital. I just wasn't sure I had the strength to be birthing coach right at that point.

Friday was another day. I was exhausted, having only slept 3 hours but it was more emotional exhaustion. I had to force myself to eat since I hadn't eaten well the day before. Got the phone call stating it was another false alarm on the baby front so I could at least relax on that subject for now. By late afternoon I decided I needed to do something for myself. I didn't want to escape the ways I use to which could easily have been with food. I grabbed my son and decided we were going to hang out while I finished up my tattoo work on my arm (since he has the same artist). The big splurge was when he bought me McDonald's for dinner. He did try to find the "healthiest" thing he could on the menu. It was odd to eat from there when I haven't eaten there in about a year and a half (never actually ate much of anything there to begin with). It was just nice to sit there while getting inked, and relaxing, listening to the guys all chatter. My brain was able to slow down enough that when I finally got home at 1am, I could crash. Waking up 4 hours later, I felt like I had slept 8 and at least I wasn't an emotional basket case.

I am continuing to spend "me" time nurturing myself today - just relaxing, reading, and working on getting my foods back on track. It is nice to see that even under extremely stressful times, I have managed to find the strength to push thru with new behaviors to deal with it. It does just tell me that I have truly figured out some new coping mechanisms and escaping with food isn't one of them anymore.

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A*L*P* 2/10/2008 8:18AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your friends father. There is so much of that anymore it is horrible to think that it can hit so close to home! How cool that you are getting the tat -- I want another one (I have 2 now) -- what did you get??? I hope you enjoyed the rest of your "me" time!

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MSEMBERSTORM 2/9/2008 11:01PM

    I am so sorry to hear about your friends father. What a terrible thing to happen.

I am proud of you for handling the stress in positive ways! You are doing so well. Taking care of yourself is so important. I am having to learn how to do that in a positive way. You keep up the great work and smile. You are doing wonderful!

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    Big hug! I really hope that this week is an amazingly helpful and fulfilling week for you. I am sending good vibes your way!

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    Hugs. You more than deserve "me time".


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One of those days yesterday

Thursday, January 31, 2008

So I had one of those crazy days that we all sometimes would just like to not have gotten up for. I had my monthy appointment in the city for arthritis meds. I was sitting there all hooked up when I get a phone call from my pregnant daughter saying she was going to the hospital to get monitored and she would call me back. She is 33 weeks pregnant and was showing prelabor symptoms. So as I sat and watched my blood pressure rise during my infusion, I had to plot my day out to include the hospital trip. Somehow I knew I needed to fit food in there and thank god for the salad bar and the tofu dish I love at the hospital. Took care of that! Then I had to visit the post office since I had a slew of packages I had planned on mailing - figured no problem since I knew of a post office on the way to the hospital. Great planning I thought - until I ran into major road blocks since there happened to be a double shooting/murder across the street from the post office 5 minutes before I hit the area. Determined to get my chores done, I followed the news van around the back way and managed to find a "hole" in the 18 block radius shutdown to make it into the post office! Mailed my stuff and snuck back Made it to the hospital to sit there for the next several hours while we waited to find out what the plan was. They decided to keep her overnight so I made it back to the ferry and returned to the safety of my house in the woods. Definitely decided that it really is a good thing NOT to live in the city.

Got word that the darling daughter one will be on bedrest for the next two weeks so she can continue to percolate this grandbaby. So I managed to not stress eat but I did allow myself a drink because well after THAT kind of day, who wouldn't have one!

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SAYRAH-M 2/3/2008 8:45AM

    Glad one drink was enough. I might have emptied a couple bottles on a day like that, LOL.
You did great coping with all that stress and still mailing your stuff. You and your daughter are in my prayers. I hope all is well with the baby. You know I love grandbabies!!

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MSEMBERSTORM 1/31/2008 10:48PM

    Phew! You go girl! That is one heck of a day. You did awesome!

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AZDRAGONLADY 1/31/2008 9:08PM

    You survived AND stayed on track AND got your errands done! You rock!

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CARPEOMNIA 1/31/2008 7:55PM

    I would make one thankful to live outside of that crazy city!! I'm glad you're O.K....I'm glad your grand-baby gets a chance to perculate a little longer!!

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PHILLIPJREESE 1/31/2008 7:22PM

    Amen to that! What a day! Great job not stress-eating!

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Eating Clean

Sunday, January 20, 2008

I just finishing reading Tosca Reno's The Eat-Clean Diet. I like the concept of eating clean and wasn't quite sure what her definition was. I considered it just moving to purer forms of food, eliminating all processed type foods and artificial ingredients. The book basically follows those same beliefs and follows the basic diet philosophies of eating every 3 hours, 6 small meals a day, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates, and the importance of strength training and cardio. Honestly not a huge leap from the South Beach diet except that South Beach doesn't allow things like potatoes and corn (too high gylcemic) and it encourages you to use sugar free items if you need some form of sugar. I have been moving away from splenda usage and just using agave syrup and stevia. Only thing I could honestly say I disagree with was she doesn't believe in calories in/calories out concept. I agree eating with her that eating 1200 calories in crappy foods versus 1200 calories in good foods will make you gain weight eventually (maybe) but more importantly it will mess you up nutrtionally health wise. Calories do count and you can eat too much of the "healthy" foods. Like in life, it is all a balancing act - good food and exercise.

I went to the store yesterday to do some shopping. I had to buy more fennel and celeriac since they were two new veggies I tried this week and I have some more recipes to try (they were yummy!). I ended up picking some ground elk meat and some ground bison - two new lean meats to try. I also spent 30 minutes reading the back of cans of protein powders. I finally found one that had no sugar or fillers in it - just nice protein boost and vitamins (which I need). I am always looking for alternatives for my protein cravings and having the powder on hand will help. Some days I just don't want to do meat or eggs and I already do tofu, seitan, and tempeh. I am fairly sure the intense protein cravings I get are hormone related. I clearly need to have a certain amount of protein each day or I spend the next day playing make up (which we know can't be done). So we shall see how the occaisonal protein powder drinks covers this.

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SAYRAH-M 1/26/2008 1:41PM

    Although I am good at not buying processed food, purchasing high fiber, lowfat dairy, lots of veggies and fruit. I am not sure that I am putting it all together right. It really takes practice and effort.
I appreciate your sharing and am enjoying getting to know more about this new team.

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A*L*P* 1/20/2008 10:49PM

    Sounds like a very sound eating plan -- keep us posted on how it is going!

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It's Friday!

Friday, January 11, 2008

I am thankful it's Friday since it seems like I have been slammed with paperwork this week. Add the influx of all the new people to Sparks and to my teams, it has made for alot of meet & greet and explanations. Today I am doing some cooking and baking for my daughter's baby shower/bbq/house warming/football watching/party. Somehow I don't believe there will be baby shower games at this shindig! She is providing the burgers/dogs and a potato salad. I am making the rest: beans (which I just finished), dips, cole slaw, some cookies (on my list to do next), a mojito cake (yum) and whatever else I find time for. I keep asking for numbers (since I have catered before) and I get the, "oh 20-40". Le sigh, there are some days I wonder if there was a baby swap at the nursery when she was born because it is hard to figure out the family resemblance.

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GHOSTLYSUN 1/12/2008 1:29PM

    I think my mom thinks of that when it comes to my sister. I hope you have a wonderful time at the shower, and don't work too hard!

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LEELYNN2 1/12/2008 10:36AM

    I hear you on wondering how you got your daughter! Every day, I look at mine and wonder how I got this beautiful sassy social creature in my own home. How do two introverts make and extrovert? It's a mystery.

It sounds like it was a great party!

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SAYRAH-M 1/11/2008 10:22PM

    hope everything is perfect for the baby shower! I think personalities skip a generation, my daughter has a lot of personality traits of her two grandmothers. LOL

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A*L*P* 1/11/2008 4:28PM

    TGIF!!! I hear you on all the newbies to the teams -- it gets hard to keep up sometimes! Have fun at the baby shower! That is great -- how nice of you to cook for her! Congrats!

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