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Hit Another Plateau. :-(

Wednesday, July 28, 2010

It rained this morning and right now (late in the afternoon) it is thundering again so I'm sure we're getting more rain which is a good thing.

The kids had a wonderful time at the library yesterday. Of course they had games, snacks, prizes (my daughter won the prize for her group) and they got to all play a little Guitar Hero on the Wii before we left.

My local thrift store had 50% off all their clothes and shoes today, but I didn't get lucky finding myself any clothes at all. My daughter got yet another pair of brand new pants with the tags on them for around $1.75 and that's all we found there today. I refuse to pay a lot for clothes for me right now until I get down to my goal weight or at least near it.

I think I'm stuck in a plateau again and I'm sure it's because I haven't been exercising like I should since we have been going non-stop with different orthodontist appointments and other things going on that have kept us busy.

I haven't strayed anywhere near the top of my suggested calorie intake, so that's not the issue at all. I'm no longer on my period so I should see weight loss now, not the same weight I've been for a while.

We don't have many errands to run tomorrow since we did so many today, so I plan to exercise for sure.

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KISSFAN1 8/3/2010 7:39AM

    SPMOM - Thanks so much!

Suzy - I think I have finally moved past the plateau since my weight finally went down, but who knows, I may be back in another one. Hopefully not. I hope yours has passed as well.

I bet you had fun shopping for Daniel. I bought so many notebooks one year when they were around 5 cents or so that I don't think we'll have to buy any for the rest of our home schooling years, LOL.

I did the same thing with pencils, etc. when they marked them down to super low after public school had been in session for awhile and the stores wanted to get rid of the excess.

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SUZYMARC 7/30/2010 8:08PM

    Join the club on the plateau range! I am not sweating it and am staying consistent with my own exercise. For me it I think I need to play with my exercise routine and calorie intake. Since I do so much I may actually be eating too little.

I just did school supply shopping for Daniel and some school clothing shopping so that's done. I went for sale items, but can never find the deals you do. Oh, well something to aim for.

Don't get discouraged just keep moving forward. You will break the plateau too. I plan on doing some more SparkPeople article reading to find other ways to get the old body moving in a positive downward mode.

Keep on smiling Girlfriend. emoticon

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SPMOM2 7/28/2010 10:13PM

    just keep doing what you are doing you will break through the plateau.

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Bathing Suit Too Big But Had Fun Swimming.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

We had a great time at the pool yesterday although it was so hot that the water was very warm, so not quite refreshing but fun regardless.

I didn't realize until I got wet that my bathing suit is really baggy on me. I was afraid I was going to "flash" people because I was constantly adjusting it everytime I got out of the pool after going down the slide or jumping off the diving board. It was very baggy in the front as well as other areas that I hadn't noticed when I tried it on the other day, but being in the water really showed how loose it was.

I commented about it to my friend (the same friend who has not mentioned one word about me losing weight) and she told me it wasn't noticeable, but trust me, it was very noticeable because even my son commented on it. I knew it was not tight on me when I tried it on the other day and didn't fit close like it used to, but didn't expect it to be that loose in the water.

I really don't want to purchase another bathing suit yet because I have another one that was worn when I was at my lowest weight (129) and while I can get it on now, it's not very comfortable so I may be stuck with "baggy" versus "tighty", LOL. The older one is two sizes smaller than the one I wore yesterday so it may be a while before I can fit in it.

Bathing suits are so expensive and I hate to buy one just for this summer if I'm fitting into my older bathing suit next summer, so I'll maybe wear a shirt over it or something to avoid indecent exposure. :-)

I know we got a good bit of exercise yesterday because it was a constant climbing up the steps to the top of the slide, swimming to get out and over and over again so it felt great. I was so exhausted when we got back home and fell asleep pretty fast, but unfortunately woke up in the middle of the night and have been up ever since. ZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZZ!!!

The kids have a party to go to today at our local library that is in honor of the end of the summer reading. The kids are excited because they get to play Guitar Hero, Wii Sports, etc. as well as other fun things the library has planned.

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KISSFAN1 7/28/2010 6:39PM

    I know I should be happy that my bathing suit is big (and in some ways I am) but not happy in another way because they are so expensive and since I have a hard time finding one to fit me and usually they end up being around $40-$50 I'm not wanting to buy another one only to find out it's also too big later.

I've never heard of the shoe lace trick, I'll have to do a search online to see how you do that, LOL. My biggest issue is in the front (middle) that is very baggy so it makes the rest of the suit at the top come down more than it used to.

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THEBATGIRL 7/28/2010 2:13PM

    Bathing suit toooooo big? Not such a bad problem to have as long as you are careful:)! Remember the old shoe lace around the shoulder straps trick?.... that takes me back...

boo hoo on the friend that hasn't noticed yet. She will one day:)

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Bills, Bills, Bills!!

Monday, July 26, 2010

I just heard on the morning news that it was 101 degrees yesterday, so I think today is going to be challenging to deal with being outside even though we are supposed to go swimming with friends at a local pool. This seems to be one of the hottest summers we've had in a long time and our air conditioning system is either rebelling or just simply is failing. We were warned it would happen after we got it serviced due to the age as well as the coolant keeps leaking.

I hate when multiple things go wrong at around the same time. We just replaced our washer/dryer, have braces coming up, just bought our home school curriculum and probably will have to buy more, and we really don't need yet another expensive bill demanding our hard earned money, LOL. I know we'll probably have to replace it this year since it's probably very inefficient and costing us more because of that, but I'm praying it will hang on until we get past some of these other bills.

I had to run to Wal-Mart yesterday and saved around $15 with coupons. I did some price matching on the grapes I bought (Wal-Mart will price-match local competitor's ads) so saved additional money that way.

I also got a free container of new Gain dish detergent that they were handing out along with a coupon for a future purchase. I grabbed a few snacks to take with us today to the pool to save some money since I know my oldest especially will be moaning and groaning if I don't bring something "new", LOL.

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CEEGIE 7/29/2010 3:55PM

    I could have written this blog. When it rains it pours, doesn't it?! Sometimes it seems like it just won't stop. I used to coupon when I lived in the L.A. area, but now in Nor. Cal. it isn't as prevalent. I am not aware of any stores that double your coupon and stuff like that. But I need to shave a significant amount off of my monthly grocery bill, so I think I better start. Any advice?

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KISSFAN1 7/27/2010 5:22AM

    Thanks everyone, it does seem like it all happens around the same time which is the frustrating part.

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    It all comes at once, doesn't it? Hang in there! Hope you had a good time at the pool!

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LYNNDE 7/26/2010 9:31AM

    I hear you...{{{hugs}}}

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IRISHGIRL74 7/26/2010 9:16AM

    Boy, I do hear ya. I'm trying to conserve on the energy too, but I"m still dreading the bill. Plus, we're trying to prioritize things so we have enough to pay for everything. Stay cool!

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JRDIAMOND4 7/26/2010 8:32AM

    I know how you feel about the everything coming at once. In January of this year, our truck broke down, then my DH2's. We were so thankful the mechanic worked with us and allowed us to break the payments up.

My daughter is trying to teach me to coupon. She is saving 50 to 75% on groceries. She has started buying all her personal care items at our local pharmacy CVS and it saving almost 95%. She homeschools too. So this helps in the purchase of the curriculum.

Have fun at the pool. Sounds like a good time.


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Have To Wear the Bathing Suit, Yikes!

Sunday, July 25, 2010

I feel like a brand new woman after a great night's sleep (finally). Yesterday had me so exhausted not only from the heat and high humidity (it was close to 100 degrees) but of course those female issues that exhaust you add to it.

A group of friends and their kids plan to go swimming at a public pool near me tomorrow if it doesn't rain. To prepare I tried on my bathing suit to make sure it still fit me. It does fit which is a relief in a way because I paid a lot of money for it, but it sure doesn't fit as closely as it used to which is wonderful since even with a bathing suit I can tell my body has changed since losing weight.

There's no chance of my bathing suit coming off, but the shorts I used to wear over it (I have serious saddlebag issues that I'm hoping will be the next area I start to lose as well as my tummy.) fell off me, so they were added to the bags of too baggy clothes that I took to Good Will yesterday.

I went through my closet again and got rid of more items that were too big, out-of-style, or just not very flattering. I deserve clothing that looks flattering to me and since we don't have a huge house, I also have to be picky about what I keep due to storage issues.

I always feel so "naked" in a bathing suit, no matter what my weight, but of course I feel better about it if I'm not looking like a beached whale, LOL. I'm so fair-complected and that on top of spider veins which show up big time on fair skin as well as being blindingly white that I probably reflect the sun and blind people, it's never something I'm comfortable with wearing in public.

My husband keeps encouraging me to look into spider vein removal, but I'm still holding off because I'm sure it's expensive and we have so many bills coming up including potential braces for my son as well as perhaps a new air conditioning unit.

I may do it eventually but I'm always one of those people who has to do research and get a lot of information on something before I make a decision. I hate walking into something completely clueless.

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KISSFAN1 7/26/2010 6:34AM

    Caroline - Thanks for your comments. I have no desire to put on a bathing suit either even though I've lost around 25 pounds so far. I know I have to look better in one than I used to, but it doesn't mean I look good in one, LOL.

I told my husband that I wanted to continue losing weight before I went through with the spider vein removal. That also gives me time to save money as well as do some research. :-) I know there are so many things I would have done if they weren't painful and expensive. No amount of weight loss is going to make me happy with my body, but I am thankful to look better due to that weight loss as well as be healthier.

You should do the same and make it a reward for getting to your goal weight. :-)

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    Congrats on the bathing suit!! You are doing great!

I haven't had to put on a suit yet this summer--and have no plans to do so. Thankfully, I can drop my kids off at the park district pool now. However, next summer, David's annual management meeting is going to be in Florida with families invited. That means bathing suit time--and having to be in front of really skinny executive wives. Guess that needs to be my new goal.

As for spider veins, maybe you can make that a reward for hitting your final goal. If I ever (and this is doubtful) make it down to my final goal weight, I'm going to have the furrows in my forehead filled in. I can't believe that is what I want. I've always been anti-cosmetic surgery. But I hate those furrows (especially the two deep vertical ones). They make me look mad even when I'm happy!

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It's So Hot In North Carolina!

Saturday, July 24, 2010

It was crazy hot here today, but despite that I had lots of errands to run including a few yard sales I went to that meant I was out in the hot & humid air constantly throughout the day.

The positive thing was that I got clothes for 25 cents each so I suppose it was worth all the sweat, LOL. I got my daughter a very nice winter coat for $2 and the people that were selling it were shocked that it had taken so long to sell since it was so nice and a great deal. I know it had to be the heat, most people don't want to buy winter clothes in the brutal hot sun, but I try to buy ahead a size so I'm not left having to pay full price for something the following season.

I may not find another great deal like that before winter and although it doesn't feel like it, it will be here eventually.

I'm so worn out though that I think I will just relax and read some of the cookbooks I got from the library recently and just chill out with a cool drink and the ceiling fan blowing on me.

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KISSFAN1 7/26/2010 6:38AM

    Caroline - It sounds like you were very productive with your time. I started copying pictures onto the computer since they weren't digital a few months ago but haven't had time to continue doing it. It's very a very tedious and boring activity let me tell you!

The kids and my hubby eat pretty much the same thing but my meals are almost always different from theirs since they aren't willing to eat what I do. I probably had chicken sausage (from Sam's Club) that is pretty low in fat along with black bean/corn salsa and hummus.

I love sweet potatoes, your dinner sounds like it was very yummy!

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    You did better than me yesterday! The humidity here was insane! I spent most of my time online and trying to organize 2 file boxes of photos and stuff from my DH's childhood that his mother dumped on us last month. We're talking 1974 kindergarten Santa hats with cotton ball edging that had molded! But also the only picture my husband has ever seen of him, his mom and his real father together! So the bitter and the sweet.

We ended our day with homemade chicken / onion sausages from the neighborhood fruit/veg market and nuked sweet potatoes. What did you have?

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