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Blessed Sleep

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I do two things wrong. I share my bed with a 6'1" guy and a 40 pound dog. The dog truly is the biggest issue because she likes to sleep between my DH and me (on her special sheet) with her head on one of our hips and her hindquarters against the other one's hip. She takes up a huge THIRD of the bed even though she's not very big. emoticon We love her but I know she interferes with my sleep. Unconsciously, I give her room all night and wake up sort of clinging to my edge of the bed. I know that a TON of people in the U.S. do the same thing. We're crazy people.

But when it's just two of us (that means me and Jersey or DH and Jersey) it's so wonderful. emoticon My guy is traveling this week and so last night Jersey and I turned in. She quickly took her place on the other side of the bed. We conked out quickly and I recall waking up once, giving her a pat, and then next thing I knew it was 7:15AM. I am so rested today.

I guess when I say I do two things wrong, the two things I reference are: 1) I made the decision when she joined our household that I loved to cuddle with our dog in bed AND 2) when three of us sleep together sleep patterns will be screwed . I just have to be more forceful, less polite...and push her to the foot of the bed where Jersey can take the space she needs without impacting DH and me.

But today? I feel great, rested, hunger seems totally under control and all is well. emoticon

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HAWKEYERANT 12/21/2014 8:22AM

    Haha! I love it. I have a dog (65 lbs) who sleeps with me, and I used to have two in bed with me! Lucky I sleep alone ;)

It sounds like you need a bigger bed ha ha!! emoticon

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BLONDEDOG 12/12/2014 9:01AM

    I love this! I don't know how we did it but my husband and I used to sleep in a full size bed with a full grown Rottie and German Shepard with us. lol. I miss those babies like crazy! Enjoy your snuggle time!

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BBLUNDON 12/11/2014 6:00AM

    I totally know what you mean .. we do not allow our white lab dog onto the bed because he is too big .. but our daughter does and he takes up a very large portion of her bed and drools too apparently. LOL

enjoy your day


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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/10/2014 5:54PM

    My puppy is named Jersey too.

That is good you got rest.

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WESAPHILLIPS 12/10/2014 1:27PM

  I say..move the dog out of the bed, but make a cute little spot for the dog in another room.

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And so goes Tuesday

Wednesday, December 10, 2014

I meant to blog today and almost didn't get it done. Busy day filled with errands and work. Went to lunch with a friend to a Mexican restaurant and ordered Tacos Al Carbon. Love that stuff but it was particularly hot today and since that time I've been battling heartburn, something that is happening more often these days. I've NEVER had this issue before. Something new to be added to the list of "beware"!

Because of my big (and spicy) lunch emoticon I didn't have a ton of calories to end the day. So, just had a bowl of grapenuts with a sliced banana for dinner. Really, I didn't want anything else. The combination of heartburn and too much lunch just shut me down.

Now, just to go to bed, read a little and then go to sleep. Hope your day was good!

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BLONDEDOG 12/11/2014 8:35AM

    Oooh....I love grapenuts. I hope you're feeling better by now.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/10/2014 12:42PM

    I like grapenuts too.. yummy!

Mexican food can really do a number on your tummy. Hopefully youre better today

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WATERMELLEN 12/10/2014 7:57AM

    Gaaaah . . . an incentive not to eat that none of us wants!!

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Busy Day

Saturday, December 06, 2014

It seemed like I did not rest today - always doing something. Got in my walking workouts, one in the morning (great!) and then a shorter outing this evening. Did 20 minutes of yoga. I was kind of worried about squeezing this in but once I had put dinner more or less together and in the oven I had some down time. You know, I NEVER regret spending my time getting my workouts in...so why do I push it to the last minute so often? Inquiring minds want to know! emoticon

I've been feeling a sore throat or something coming on. I'm hoping I've dodged that bullet. But still don't feel 100%. Glad our weather is warm right now. That seems to make me more comfortable....don't know if it's psychological or what....but it does.

I weigh in tomorrow. My week has been all over the place. According to my records, I'll probably maintain. I've tracked the past 6 days and averaged an 'over burn' of 390 calories each day. I was aiming for 500 so that I could be more confident that I would lose weight. After burning closer to 300 calories more than I consumed I probably will come up short. I like watching this formula at work. I find that it's pretty accurate for me assuming I'm tracking. And watching it this closely inspires me to eat better. For example, went to an afternoon movie (say Hunger Games) today and...wait for it....didn't buy anything to eat or drink. Yay me! That's unusual - I love my popcorn at a movie.

Anyway, until tomorrow everyone! I'm beat. emoticon

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RYDERB 12/8/2014 6:31PM

    Hope your body fought off whatever was trying to bring you down, and that your weigh in went well.

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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/8/2014 11:05AM

    I hope you feel better soon and don't come down with anything. Lots of yuckieness going around for sure.

Nice job with your burn and not getting goodies at the movies.

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WATERMELLEN 12/7/2014 10:30AM

    I NEVER want to work out . . . and I'm always glad I did (but seem to need to relearn this over and over and over again, sigh!)

Why don't they sell popcorn perfume, for dabbing behind the ears at the movies?

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 12/7/2014 4:33AM

    It has been an important part of my program to "de-couple" food from all the activities I do so that my focus goes more to the activity and less to my hand to mouth disease. Movies are a big one!


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ZRIE014 12/7/2014 12:05AM

  have a nice day

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Personal Challenge Continued

Saturday, December 06, 2014

So.....heading into December I pledged to keep working on weight loss. Not to give myself a pass just 'because it's the holidays and what can you do?' First week, I've been off more days than on track. Sigh.....but still doing better than I would be doing if I weren't aiming higher than normal.

Dragging a little today. Feel like I'm getting a cold and just heard on the news that the flu shot I finally got isn't going to be overly effective this year. Seems like the flu virus has a mind of its own and mutated. Seriously? Oh well, I took my best shot at it (pun intended).

Hope everyone has a great weekend. It's supposed to be warm here over the weekend (50-60) and we have the Broncos playing at home on Sunday. Trying to get going on my Christmas shopping but will be spinning my wheels if I don't start thinking my gifts through. Tomorrow I PROMISE I will start the painting I am to give my sister at Christmas. This is the 3rd year we've taken a photo of something together, then both of us do our best to paint it for the other sister emoticon. Since she was an art major (and I wasn't)....well, the painting she gives me is generally pretty cool but I also think I may just have the most fun trying to get that painting on canvas...with few artistic skills. FUN!

Have a good weekend.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 12/6/2014 4:13AM

    So, of course we want you to post a picture of the picture that you painted and the one your sister did too so we can see your different interpretations. What a fun idea!

In my "No S" program the goal during the holidays is to maintain one's weight but I, like you, wanted to continue to lose. So far, that isn't happening but I'm not gaining either.

I'm doing the best I can.


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JAMBABY0 12/6/2014 12:21AM

    good for you, hope you post pics

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December...Here We GO!

Monday, December 01, 2014

I'm up at dawn this cold, dark morning. As I look out my windows I see the beginning of a winter sky...some low clouds sketched across the horizon, tree skeletons darkly reaching out into the gray. It's a new month, the last of the year. I feel motivated to make this a good, healthy month.

My DH took Jersey for her morning walk so I could catch up on computer stuff before we go to yoga this morning. We've found a great class, really designed for some of us more 'seasoned' students. emoticon Since I have a nagging kink in a hip, I'm hoping this morning's workout will help.

My goals continue....keep aiming for moderate weight loss in this holiday season. If I was completely on track I would have lost 3 pounds by this point in my personal challenge. Instead I've lost just a smidgen over 2 pounds. emoticon I feel VERY good about this because I weighed in right after Thanksgiving. As the saying goes, by shooting for the moon at the worst you'll fall amongst the stars. emoticon

I think the best thing I've done in the past week to move me closer to that 'moon' is put the clamps down on snacking. Yesterday was a crazy day of football game eating. Stopped by at a friends to watch a game and had the hostess plunk a platter of appetizers right next to me. Finally, they served scallops wrapped in bacon. I realized 'this is my dinner' and stuck to it when I came home. Added a bowl of popcorn and then a clementine to keep me from nibbling on more damaging stuff. My nutrients were WAY out of whack for the day but this was my best solution for this particular situation.

I'm also watching alcohol more closely. emoticon I'm no longer much of a drinker but I really am evaluating whether I want that second glass of wine occasionally with dinner and find, most often, I don't. Nice to get rid of 100 calories or so from your daily tally in such a simple way.

My final focus is to eat at home as much as possible. And this becomes a little challenging, as you know, during a holiday month. We'll see how THAT goes as things become more hectic and social gatherings begin popping up.

The pink is fading away from the sky. It's time to get going. Happy December all! Let's do this! And moon? I'm still shooting for you!

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MEXGAL1 12/5/2014 5:55PM

    I was dropped from getting notified of your blogs...grrr. Don't know why that happens. I signed up again. See if that works. I want to be sure to support you as you have always been so very supportive and kind to me.

Eating at home for me is the best way to control my weight. Eating out the food just has so much salt, fat and sugar. Good for you to get this all down in writing.
Have a great evening

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WATERMELLEN 12/1/2014 6:09PM

    Thanks for sharing your early start with us -- reaching for the moon!!

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RYDERB 12/1/2014 1:22PM

    Congratulations on losing weight! It's so nice to be able to enjoy the holidays and still lose weight. Way to go! Your holiday survival plan sounds great. I know you'll finish your year strong and make yourself proud, one day at a time gets it done. Yoga with your husband sounds like so much fun. I would love to take a class with my husband. Hope you have a great new week.

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EVIE4NOW 12/1/2014 9:15AM

  The start of a new month and the start of a new beginning. You CAN do it!

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