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Things I wonder about....

Monday, January 24, 2011

Why does water make your hands dry?

How can a bar of soap be dirty?

Why does a calculator have numbers 1-9 from the bottom to the top but a phone has the numbers 1-9 from the top to the bottom?

How can you cook a roast into tenderness but you can cook bread into a rock?

What happens to the socks when they go missing from the dryer?

And speaking of socks, when our cat is sad, she brings socks into the living room. But they are always socks I have never seen before. Where do they come from? (May be related to the question above).

How much cheese did Maia eat this weekend?

Just things I am thinking about this monday morning. Anything you are wondering about?

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MAIA2011 1/26/2011 8:17PM

    Socks are wild swinging sluts that live to make you buy more so that they have more and more sock encounters.

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DAVIDPRESCOTT 1/26/2011 12:42AM

    These and many more :) Happy Australia Day!

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TERRYT55 1/24/2011 9:45PM

    Great blog.....I especially wonder about the numbers on calculators & phones. No wonder I so often hit the wrong digits when I'm using one or the other.

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    you kill me!! LOL and why is what you're looking for always in the last place you look?? hehe


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JO2TOM 1/24/2011 6:59PM

    You have never seen the socks before because they are hybrids. They jump out of the dryer and mate with other lost socks, then they never look quite like socks you recognize. But perhaps the cat has something to do with never know.

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MELLYBEANS0919 1/24/2011 6:53PM

    Haha nice.
The missing socks from the dryer always mystifies me too.

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ROBINSNEWNEST 1/24/2011 6:33PM

    LOL the cheese thing with Maia cracked me up!

I wonder ( not necessarily in this order):

1. Why am I the only person in the house authorized to put a new roll of toilet paper ON THE hanger?

2. Why do the Kardashians have their own reality show when we, too, have big boobs, ample rear ends and seem infinately more interesting?

3. Why does anyone leave trash on the kitchen counter less than 1 foot from the trash can?

4. Why am I the only person in the house authorized to clean the commode? (may have something to do with question one above)

5. Why can't I think of all the mulitude of things I normally wonder about?

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/24/2011 5:55PM

    I don't think it does. I thought soap made your hands dry...

The same way everything can be dirty, by having bacteria and stuff on it. But it's ok b/c it gets washed down the drain.

I don't know, but that drives me NUTS. I use my number pad a LOT and I constantly have to remember which way it is.

I'm sure there's a chemistry explanation, but I don't know it.

They go into a parallel universe.

They're from a parallel universe.

I'm sorry, I don't know the answer to this one.

:P Love this blog.

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    Too funny. :)

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/24/2011 4:53PM

    Since Maia left me a comment about her cheese consumption just this morning I am going to be a lot. Just saying

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OHSOCOOLLISA 1/24/2011 3:27PM

Be careful, you know that curiosity is not healthy for the cat and I thought everybody knew that socks can reproduce into non-matching pairs when left unattended.

I do know why cows wear bells....'cause their horns don't work! LOL ha ha ha ha...

I might need a nap. LOL


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    LOL. And I have no answers for you by the way. :)

Have a great day!!

- Michelle

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JLMMLJ1 1/24/2011 2:16PM

    perfect blog for a monday pick me up :)

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MNGIRLIE 1/24/2011 1:46PM


I had a couple of part time jobs in high school where I 10-keyed for banks. I was fast! Even to this day I cannot dial a phone number properly on my first try because the numbers are backwards.

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GRACEISENUF 1/24/2011 1:02PM

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KRAWRS 1/24/2011 12:45PM

    For some reason, my dog likes to pick up my socks from the floor and carry them to the same place she keeps her bones. She doesn't eat them or lick them though... just carries them there. ?????

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NEDERLUNG 1/24/2011 12:26PM

    When you learn all these answers, you will be the all knowing wise one. Smiles

Thanks, needed these "pick-me-ups" today!

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SARAWALKS 1/24/2011 11:44AM

    I don't know how much cheese Maia ate but I ate LOTS this weekend!
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BIGMAMAT 1/24/2011 11:37AM

    Your cat is weird. Just sayin. emoticon

And NOW I am wondering how much cheese Maia ate this weekend??? hahahaha. ?????

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DAISY443 1/24/2011 11:21AM

    I wonder, wonder, wonder why frozen food packages say, Keep frozen, Cook thoroughly.

Why my doctor always says "how are you" and I always say "fine" no matter what is wrong with me.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/24/2011 11:16AM

    I've always wondered about those socks myself... we're missing a few right now, maybe your cat has them :)

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ZIPLOCK 1/24/2011 11:13AM

    Yes, how can my left hand be nice and warm, but the right hand navigating the mouse is ffffreeeeezing!!???

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MY daughter

Friday, January 21, 2011

This has nothing at all to do with me, my weight loss or health so feel free to pass on it.

My 20 year old daughter has crohn's disease as you may know. We have been going to specialists this week. They agree with our regular colon surgeon that Kady will need to have a Ileostomy. Basically, they will remove her rectum, anus and her colon and she will have a little tail (ileum) sticking out through her tummy and will use a bag for body waste. For the rest of her life. No reversal available.

We are not surprised (we were thinking that was how it was gonna be) and we have peace about it. Having the 2nd opinion actually makes us feel better that the doctors we know and respect are on the right track with her care.

I imagine within a few weeks, she will have the surgery. I will let you know when that is. I want to thank you all for your prayers and well wishes for her and for our family. I think that this may allow her to get on with her life (albeit a slightly altered life) and she is anxious to begin feeling better.

People with ostomy's go on to live full lives. She has big dreams and big plans including marriage, children, her own business and basically ruling the world. I cannot wait to see what she does her life. Whatever it is, I will be proud of her. SHe is tough, brave, strong, loving and determined. She is my hero.

Thanks for listening, guys.

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MAIA2011 1/26/2011 8:13PM

    I'm late here but I am also not surprised that such an awesome daughter results from such an awesome mom! Helloo McFly!

I love you, as you know, and am happy for your Kady that she has a direction. The being in limbo stuff is trying. You all are heroes!

(Don't let her have the cape, though. I want it!)

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 1/25/2011 6:56PM

    emoticon I'm glad to hear about the 2nd opinion. I will keep Kady in my prayers leading up to and after the surgery. What a brave, sweet girl she is!

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JLMMLJ1 1/24/2011 10:51AM

    I have been thinking of you and your daughter during this time. Crohns is such an awful disease. Its so amazing that your daughter is keeping her spirits up and not wavering on her hopes and dreams!

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NEDERLUNG 1/23/2011 12:59PM

    Thoughts and prayers continue to support you and Kady through her successful surgery and new opportunity for a healthful life.

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ROBINSNEWNEST 1/22/2011 9:38PM

    Of course she is tough, brave, loving, strong and determined. She's YOUR daughter. Please tell me how to best support you through this process... Madison and I care, and want to send that love and support in the way that best helps you all... Til then it's in the manner of prayers and positive thoughts coming your way...

with love-

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PELESJEWEL 1/22/2011 7:15PM

    Sending light & love to your daughter & you! Everything is connected, prayers have been spoken!

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KAMAPERRY 1/22/2011 6:46PM

    Hugs and prayers to you both

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/22/2011 4:03PM

    I happy that you guys have some answers now. One day at a time, sweetheart. You're in my thoughts. *hugshard* Let me know if there's ANYTHING I can do for you guys. Even if it's just bringing you some tasty food while you're sitting at the hospital. *hugs*

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BAYBELIEVER 1/22/2011 11:42AM

    Jan, while not the best outcome for you as her mom, I agree that this is great that the second opinion agrees with the first and now you can move forward without reservation. Kady will be able to heal and adapt and will move forward to rule the world, with you cheering her on every step of the way! You are right, while different she will be able to lead a full and long life! We have a friend with the same issue and he has had his bag for over 30 years and is in his late 70s now. I will continue to pray for you all.

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SKINNYINMYHEAD 1/22/2011 10:17AM

    I will pray for your daughter... this will be a hard time.. one of transition.. .but she'll be able to put the pain of Crohns behind her to pursue her dreams!! Hang in there..

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ATREAT4ME 1/22/2011 9:39AM

    Thank you for sharing the outcome of the appointments with us, Jan. You are in my thoughts and prayers, as is Kady and all of your family. I'm grateful you are at peace with this turn of events. Mostly, I'm grateful that Kady already has the attitude to look at this as an opportunity to feel better, not simply what needs to be done to stop feeling bad. That reach of insight, expectation, hope -- whatever you want to call it -- will carry her through recovery and set up the amazing life you talked about. I believe she will rule her world and have an incredible, complete, happy and fulfilling file while doing so! Send you all lots of hugs!

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DAISY443 1/22/2011 3:55AM

    I am so glad you are at peace with the diagnosis. She will do well and achieve any of her dreams she works for. Prayers and hugs!

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HEALTHIERTINA 1/21/2011 10:56PM

  My niece will probably have this done at some point too, since she has spina bifida. They thought they were going to do it last fall, but put it on hold for now. She is only 7.

Your right. There is nothing your daughter can't overcome. Best wishes to you and Kady!!!! You both are amazing people.


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BBGYRL4 1/21/2011 10:56PM

    I wish you and your family the best in the next couple of weeks to come. Sounds like you have a strong daughter and she's lucky to have you. emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/21/2011 10:40PM

    Kady is an awesome woman, because of her amazing mom.
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SARAWALKS 1/21/2011 10:22PM

    Wow. emoticon to both of you. emoticon

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CINDYLUFUS 1/21/2011 10:06PM

    I have to tell you that I have had you and your daughter on my heart all day today. I went to an education session with some other nurses led by a physician who specializes in gastrointestinal issues, especially in children/young adults. All I kept thinking was about you and your amazing daughter. How much strength and courage she has had and her amazing spirit. Amazing how God plans things out before we even know it. Keeping you all in my thoughts and prayers.

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GRACEISENUF 1/21/2011 9:18PM

    Kady is a remarkable young woman who is handling all these medical issues with so much grace and such a great attitude.

I will continue to lift you and Kady and your entire family up in my prayers to God to sustain you and comfort you through each and every step of this medical procedure and recovery.

I wish I could give you a great big 'ole hug right now and tell you what an awesome Mom you are....."YOU are an awesome Mom who loves her daughters unconditionally". May God grant you peace and increase your trust in him to get you through this difficult time Jan. I am here ANYTIME you need a shoulder or want to talk/vent or WHATEVER.

Love You,
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KAYE454 1/21/2011 9:17PM

  My thoughts and prayers are with you and your daughter

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JRZG8R 1/21/2011 9:15PM

    My prayers are with your family.

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RIGBY31 1/21/2011 9:15PM

    You are definately two strong women. My prayers continue for you, Kady and the family.

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JANET014 1/21/2011 9:11PM

  wishing your daughter a speedy recovery from her surgery and a full and happy life after she has it

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ANAJAK 1/21/2011 9:10PM

    You are an amazing Mum MAMA. She is able to do anything with support like yours. Much love and hugs xxxx

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/21/2011 9:06PM

    emoticon Love to you and your daughter Jan.

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The tale of the tape (I know, not like this is an original blog title).

Thursday, January 20, 2011

So it is no secret that my weight loss has been less than satisfying lately.
I know we all get freaky about not seeing that scale go down or worse, seeing those numbers go up. I read alot of blogs (cause I am a Blog Ho in case you didnt get that memo before). I see alot of NSV stories and "I may have not lost weight, but my bod had changed, I have lost inches etc". I like those stories. They give me hope. This is another one of those.

I took a short walk tonight and when I got home, I decided to take my measurements. Eureka!
Since November, I have lost over 4". I dropped between .25 and and 1" on various parts of my body. That is progress, people.

I will not bore you with a bunch of measurements and stats but suffice it to say that since I began in March of 2010, I have lost over 5" in my chest,5.5" in my waist, 5" in my hips, 3" in my thigh, 1.75" in my calf, 2" in my arm and 2.5" in my neck. ( I didnt realize my neck was soo fat). A fair portion of that was since November. When I haven't lost much weight.

So yea, let this inspire you to keep going no matter what the scale says, no matter what your brain is telling you, no matter what that crappy voice in your head is telling you. Work it and it works. Period.

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PELESJEWEL 1/22/2011 7:18PM

    NSV are awesome!! Congratulations, Jan! I didn't realize we started during the same month! Cool! You've made fantastic progress thus far, with more to come for sure!!

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BBGYRL4 1/21/2011 10:57PM

    You're so right Jan, thanks for sharing this blog!

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ANELAKANOA 1/21/2011 9:27PM

  emoticon emoticonThat is why I like the tape measure better then the scale:) Congrats!

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GIRL_WALKING 1/21/2011 8:45PM

    Thanks for posting this. Glad I'm not the only one depending on inches! Yay for your progress, keep working it! emoticon

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TEENY_BIKINI 1/21/2011 7:50PM

    Amen, sis. I just took my measurements this year. But you are right - it is not all about the scale.

Your progress is awesome and so are you!


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BAYBELIEVER 1/20/2011 11:09PM

    Out crappy voice in my head, Out! Thanks for sharing your NSVs this week! That is awesome! Work it and it works, and keep your senses aware for those non-scale victories! They are there and we just have to acknowledge them!

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MRSMLBJ 1/20/2011 7:41PM

    Tightening up and getting fit. Love it!!! I bet you are going to be needing a new wardrobe real soon.

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ATREAT4ME 1/20/2011 4:39PM

    Congratulations! You're doing great. I amdoing the happy dance for you!

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/20/2011 12:39PM

    Love. This.


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STEINERMOM 1/20/2011 12:17PM

  Good for you and your tape measure! So glad that hear about the lost inches. Keep up the great work. I am really comforted by the inches lost when the scale is slow in moving. You are doing a great job!

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KAMAPERRY 1/20/2011 12:15PM

    YEAH!! emoticon

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RIGBY31 1/20/2011 12:05PM

    The incredible shrinking woman! Good for you! I sadly rely on outside elements to define my weight loss: clothing stores, mirror glances, scales, comments. I have my *numbers* written down somewhere, but am afraid if both the scale AND the numbers havn't budged, I'll have to leave my fantasyland!

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MAIA2011 1/20/2011 11:58AM

    Blog hos unite! I've learned a lot from member blogs about taking the stats, too, and they can be comforting when the scale isn't moving but they can suck when they are going backwards, too!

You are doing great in measurements and weight loss as well as being such a friendly and funny blog ho.

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DAZZLINDANCER 1/20/2011 11:36AM

    Way to go.... Sometimes it is easy to get caught up with what the scale says or doesn't say. I do not measure my journey by the numbers on the scale- because it does not define who I am . I just recently started P90X & Brazil buttlift again ( both say to take measurements) so I did. I will take measurements on the 14th of next month ( I have a challenge with another group that ends on that day)

You are doing awesome..... Remember on this journey to better health to focus not so much on the scale but on your overall health and well being. Keep up the great work

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KARLYNCANDOIT 1/20/2011 10:21AM

    bhahaha BLOG HO!! That is great!! You are doing great!! emoticon

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NEDERLUNG 1/20/2011 9:59AM

    Smart of you to not only think of taking the measurements, but actually doing it. I (on the other hand) didn't take beginning measurements (obviously regretting it now) and so have no base line. Scrunchy face.

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TINA5318 1/20/2011 9:23AM

    That is awesome work!! Way to go!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/20/2011 8:01AM

    That's so great Jan! I always measure when the scale isn't being so nice. It makes me feel good that something is still working!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/20/2011 7:02AM

    Nice job Jan!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/20/2011 6:47AM

    Good for you Jan! I am so proud of you. Those are amazing stats! Way to keep it in perspective.

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DAISY443 1/20/2011 3:15AM

    Wooooooo Hooooooooo!

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WOLFKITTY 1/20/2011 1:17AM

    Oh yeeeeeah. I keep meaning to take mine. I think it's been a year,a nd I know I'm bigger, but I'll need them for when I'm smaller.

Thanks for the reminder!

(I laughed at "Blog Ho", btw.)

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KRAWRS 1/20/2011 12:52AM

    I'm a total blog ho myself. GREAT NUMBERS! Good job! I bet that relights YOUR spark as well!

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DEESJOURNEY2FIT 1/20/2011 12:38AM

    Great job girl! That's awesome news! Who needs that pesky scale?? emoticon

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Pieces of the puzzle

Tuesday, January 18, 2011

I am having a stressy day. I didnt realize how edgy I was until Frank called and talked to me about a work thing. I blew up over a very small thing. Then I came in and was ragging at the girls and Kelly calmly informed me that I was not doing anybody any good. (I was nagging about stuff that needs to happen for Kady's medical appts this week. WE have remicade, blood work, ct scans and surgeon appts. and I am trying to be organized to maximize our trips into the city and be prepared for everything). I realized I was over reacting and worse, upsetting Kady. I am supposed to be her rock, not add to her stress. I told the girls I needed to go do some errands and I drove away. I called my sister, TEXWIFE (on spark), who gave me good, sound, practical insight and decided I would go for a walk. Then I realized I hadnt eaten so I went to the grocery, bought a salad and some yummy rice crispy chippy things. I sat in the sun (first sun we have had in weeks) and drank my water, ate my salad and talked to my favorite neice on the phone (smaymay on spark). She reminded me to take some time for myself, that it was normal to feel overwhelmed by all that is going on and that she was proud of me for taking care of myself.

I came home, checked the office and decided to not wait for Frank or take the dog. I needed to go. Now. So I walked. Up the street, over an overpass, back over the overpass and around the block. 1 and 1/4 miles. No big mileage but it felt good. While I was walking, I saw a puzzle peice. I stopped and picked it up and it got me thinking. Then I found about 4 more as I walked. I realized that those peices were worthless without the other peices. That without ALL the peices, there would never be a big picture. And because this is how I think nowadays, it all related to my weight loss and getting healthy.

Welcome to my anology.

Puzzle Peice 1. Nutrition: if you are not eating well or eating enough or you are eating too much or eating bad things, you are never gonna get to where you want to go.

Puzzle Peice 2: Excercise: You gotta do it. Period. It doesnt have to be massive, painful or expensive. Just move more than you did before.

Puzzle Peice 3: Support: You need it. Get some. From SP, your family, your friends, your pets. It is too hard to be a one person show. It really is.

Puzzle Peice 4: Commitment: You can say it all you want but unless you WANT it bad enough to get up every day and actually do this thing, you are not gonna make progress (Ok, Jan, how much longer are you gonna talk about not hitting 60 pounds and still eat a few french fries cause they were there?) Talk the talk, walk the walk and you will actually get there.

The peices of puzzle that I picked up today do not fit each other. They are separate, indivdual peices but they all belong to the same Big Picture. Without them, it is incomplete. They are part of it but not all of it. The rest of the peices are ours to figure out.

What do you need to succeed?
What do you need to get rid of?
What is going to complete your big picture?

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BJW-FARMGIRL 1/25/2011 8:08PM

    LOVED reading this, except for the part about your stresses. Good that you took some time for yourself, to destress. You are a great mom! Love the analogy. Keep fighting the battle, Mama!

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WILLIAMV3 1/25/2011 5:29PM

    Very inspiring, something that I needed to be reminded of. Thank you.


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STEINERMOM 1/20/2011 12:22PM

  Like your analogy of the puzzle pieces. I think that we all are slowly and piece by piece finding what we need in order to take better care of our bodies, our minds and our spirits. For some, the pieces are found quickly and close to each other. For others, the piece finding is sporadic. The key to remember is that you will not ever stop searching for pieces until your puzzle is complete. No matter what detours arise or how long it has been since you have located a piece, you still need to keep your eyes open so you can find them. Trust in the perfection of your process. It is just right for you.

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WOLFKITTY 1/20/2011 1:19AM

    Very nice blog, from another (another) analogy thinker! :)

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CELLISTA1 1/20/2011 12:05AM

    You know what I think is the best part of this saga? You didn't WALLOW. You got up and out of the house.

Stress - pull - tug happening; you took yourself out of the way. You ate well so you made it better, not worse. You walked so you cleared your head. I love it, Jan. So proud of you!!!

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ARMOYBYRD 1/20/2011 12:02AM

    Thank you for this blog

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PUMPKINFAIRY 1/19/2011 6:03PM

    Thanks for sharing this.

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NEDERLUNG 1/19/2011 1:27PM

    Sweet analogy! Smart of you to pick up the first piece, because if you hadn't, would you have had this revelation?

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MS_MANDA 1/19/2011 8:58AM

    Needed to hear this today, so thanks. I know that my problem is portion control...but it still makes me angry when I eat healthy and exercise and am not losing weight. Logically I know it's cause I eat TOO much in one sitting, whether or not the food is healthy is besides the point. Too much of something is never a good thing.

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VEEJAY3 1/19/2011 2:38AM

    Ah! A fellow analogy-lover! I see analogies in absolutely EVERYthing. It's a nice way of thinking. Thinking deeply.

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/19/2011 12:07AM

    love this analogy. you and kady are in my prayers. keep your head high. emoticon

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PELESJEWEL 1/18/2011 10:52PM

    Loved that you found exactly what you needed at the moment you needed it most...on your walk you found puzzle pieces and figured out your next steps!! Love it when the light bulb goes on emoticon but love it more when you share your journey! Good stuff!!

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RIGBY31 1/18/2011 9:52PM

    Wow, what wonderful words, Jan! I need to start looking around when I walk... nothing like that has EVER popped into my head and heart. How great you took yourself out for a walk to get things calm for you. Prayers for you and Kady.

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MAIA2011 1/18/2011 9:41PM

    I agree with the popular blog post award. This blog is actually on my mind, too, because I am trying to get all the pieces together at the same time. You are handling everything so well, lady! I hope all the medical appointments go as well as can be expected!


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KRAWRS 1/18/2011 9:35PM

    This deserves a popular blog award. I loved it! You're absolutely right... without ALL the pieces of the puzzle, you miss the big picture!

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BIGMAMAT 1/18/2011 9:27PM

    sending big mama size hugs to you sweetie! xoxoxo Tricia emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ATREAT4ME 1/18/2011 8:59PM

    Congratulations on figuring out this wonderful analogy! I love it. And, the self-correction you did today was amazing. I am in awe of it. Woohoo!

I am working on recollecting my puzzle pieces too! I especially appreciate how you highlighted support. It is hard to do it all alone. I felt better after writing it, but after reading the comments back I feel phenomenal!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/18/2011 8:43PM

    Stress = suckage and I am right there with you.

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 1/18/2011 7:15PM

    Jan, you could not have written this at a more appropriate time if I asked you too. I've had a little melt down over the last 24 hrs and I needed to do some serious re-evaluation of my journey and my goals and how I'm going to get there. This puzzle analogy is exactly what I needed. Thank you so much for sharing your wisdom!
~ Holly
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DAISY443 1/18/2011 7:10PM

    Ya know what? We are allowed to be stressed sometimes. It's human, it's normal! have shown that there is a way to come back from it and be stronger than ever. Yay, you!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/18/2011 7:06PM

    Awesome! What a wonderful insight. I know for me part of this is addressing my emotional scars and loving myself. Until I had done that the weight loss was always temporary. I am so proud of you Jan! 60 lbs is gonna be your biatch soon.

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sunshine, rainbows, lollipops and unicorns....tralalalaalala!

Sunday, January 16, 2011

I know. I'm annoying. LOL.

I woke up feeling really good this morning, I dont know why. Even tho I was awakened early by a Cable guy who was supposed to email me for an appt, not show up on a sunday morning.

I have walked a lot this week and Frank and I are consistantly pushing our steps and or mileage up. We found a few new places to walk and I will bring my camera next time. One of the places is along a canal. It is nice and even and straight on hard gravel. There is not as many bunnies or squirrels (aka: Cheeps) for the Baby to chase but it is good walking. 2000 steps = 1 mile on that path but 2500 steps - 1 mile when I walk on these city streets going up and down curbs etc. Weird.

Anyway, we had decided to hit 4000 steps consistantly then have bumped it up to 4500 steps. I remember it wasnt long ago when I walked a mile for the first time. I could NOT believe I did it! I felt like a rock star. Now I am going to be working on 2.5 then 3 miles then 5k.

In between, I am Kinect boxing or dancing or yes, even zumba so I have stepped up my fitness.

The other night when I got in bed, I was feeling my flabby tummy (looks like a deflated balloon these days) and felt a lump. It freaked me out! I was pushing on it and realized what it was. I have a sternum!!!
I literally laughed out loud so now I am road mapping my body and feeling the bones that I didnt know were there like my collar bones and my shoulder bones and ribs.If I lay on my side in just the right way, I even have hip bones under there, too! It is intoxicating!

I am STILL working towards my 60 pound loss and beleive me when I say, you will KNOW It when I get there. This has been the hardest 10 pounds I have lost so far. I feel like when I get there, I will have broken the road block and be able to keep going.
On another note,Pasta is a waste of calories. Last night I made some with bacon
(a few slices), bell peppers, onion, mushrooms and eggs (carbonara style) as a sauce. I was starving all night and I wont be making it again. I need Protein!

Speaking of which, I am having a hard time eating enough fiber and protein so I am trying really hard to get enough every day. (dinner of pasta was of no help last night).

Today's plan: Shower, walk Stitchy, go to the next town to find a recliner for me cause my couch is KILLING me, and dinner that I do not have to cook.

I hope you all have a fabulous weekend (3 days for some of you! Thanks MLK!) and that your day is full of bouncy, sunshiney, sparkly, giggles and fluffy small animals.

What can I say? I'm an optomist. (stop growling, Maia.) lol....

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BADASSBLONDIE 1/22/2011 12:08PM

    I remember when I refound my collar bones. So freaking exciting!!! :D

I feel ya on taking forever to get to 60 lbs loss. I'm 2.5 away from a 9 lb loss I've been working at since around Halloween. I'm going freaking insane with it. I feel ya.

Pasta is delicious. You, madam, are wrong. :P

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VERITY50 1/18/2011 11:48AM

    I am with you on that pasta issue too many calories, not enough fill factor. However, one benefit that I have found is that it is good fuel for aerobic activity. The day after eating pasta, I find that I have more endurance and can move faster, longer and with less effort. This will help you as you build up to walking a 5k. emoticon

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BOOKWERME 1/17/2011 7:19PM

    My "lump" turned out to be a rib...also with relief that there was a matching one on the other side!

I agree with you on how tough it is to get sufficient protein and fiber...I have the same issue repeatedly.

Keep up the good work. emoticon

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BIGMAMAT 1/17/2011 6:56PM

    Hahaha. Found the ole sternum did ya?? ahahaha emoticon

Mine was the pelvic bone. Being the hospice nurse I was coming up with all kinds of different scenario's of how my last days would play out... Then I discovered another one on the other side! tehehe. goodness...

so very proud of you for stepping up the exercise. You will meet your valentines goal for sure!!! emoticon

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SEESTARS 1/17/2011 2:43PM

    Oh, fiber... where art thou? Why is it so darn hard to get the daily fiber requirment?

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NEDERLUNG 1/17/2011 1:19PM

    I have difficulty getting in enough carbs to and I agree pasta is a waste of calories (even whole wheat pasta) if it doesn't fill you up. I remember doing the self exploration for bones and how giddy I was the first time I felt my hip bones. Smiles for you! - Debie

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BBGYRL4 1/17/2011 10:26AM

    haha @ feeling the lump that turned out to be your sternum, that's hilarious!! I love that you're optimistic everyone should be that way. As far as protein and fiber go have you ever tried some of fiber one's products? I'm totally addicted to it! They have muffin and pancake mix, yogurt and bars, they are all delicious. Also if you like having cereal Special K has a protein plus cereal that has 10g's of protein in 2/3 of a cup. Anywho's hope that you had a great weekend, ttys!

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WILLIAMV3 1/17/2011 9:58AM

    Have you tried Whole Wheat Pasta. It has a nutty flavor.

I love finding new lumps (bones) that I could not feel before. I'm glad you are experiencing new lumps. hehe.

Have a great bouncy, sunshiney, sparkly, giggles and fluffy small animals kind of day.


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BAYBELIEVER 1/16/2011 11:54PM

    Way to go! I would love to know more about what Kinect games you are using and what you like the best. I want to get one, but only one because it is my son's XBox and he will take it to college next fall.

As for pasta, I think white pasta is a waste, it even tastes gross to me now. But I do a whole wheat pasta noodle with peanut sauce I make that is really simple and usually some sauteed chicken or pork. I love it! And with the peanut butter and meat it adds the protein I need. And sometimes I even put the broccoli right in it. If you are interested, let me know.

Have a great week! 60 lbs, there you go soon!

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ATREAT4ME 1/16/2011 10:27PM

    I'm pretty perky too, Mama. A fun way to go through life. I think all your extra steps are making you giddy! Way to go. Keep it up.

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KAMAPERRY 1/16/2011 10:10PM

    Lol @ Lump/sternum! I love the self discovery!

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KRAWRS 1/16/2011 4:44PM

    Just a thought... you could always add chicken to your pasta! I love pasta too, but if it doesn't fill you up, its not worth it! Adding chicken or steak or something to it (like Olive Garden, only healthier w/out all the fat in their sauces!) means you can still have pasta, but less of it, because you're having chicken/beef and veggies too!

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MAIA2011 1/16/2011 4:06PM

    Growl. Growl.

Actually I am an optimist, too, but I get all wimpy, whiny, nostalgic, and overwhelmed when I have to move apartments/houses. I apologize for my recent personality.

Much love to you, little unicorn hugger! Here's to getting to 60 pounds down fast!


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RIGBY31 1/16/2011 2:16PM

    I'm sooo rooting for your 60! I think I'll know the day even before I turn on my computer... it will have confetti and streamers spilling out! For myself, I'm trying the 10-lb marker, just keep it doable and not focussing on the BIG number I have to lose. Each day, just do it. Then do it again. etcetcetc
ps: just started walking the beautiful Rose Bowl 5k path and wow, I have a renewed interested in getting out there!

Comment edited on: 1/16/2011 2:17:59 PM

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KJELLYBEAN429 1/16/2011 1:15PM

    Way to go on the walking... I really hate most milk products but I recently found Chobani's Greek Yogurt that has a WHOPPING 23 grams of Protein per 1 cup serving. So needless to say, that is what I have been eating mixed with a few almonds and some blackberries... yummy!!!
Just an idea for you.... Huggss

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ARMOYBYRD 1/16/2011 1:15PM

    I love your style!!! 5 fluffy animals here. two cats Tig and Mimi. They hate eachoter. and 3 rescue dogs. Cheba, Fred, and Birt. I don't trust people that don't love animals.:-)

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DAISY443 1/16/2011 12:57PM

    Fluffy small animals abound. 3 inside and a couple of squirrels, a bunny, 4 blue jays (well, maybe not fluffy, but small) outside the window to keep Daisy dog entertained.
I wonder if it is the winter weather that makes us crave protein?
I was trying to talk myself out of shoveling snow, but after reading about all your exercise, I gotta do it!
Happy MLK day!

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BRAINYBLONDE5 1/16/2011 12:53PM

    such a cute blog title hahaha i loved it! but for pasta, maybe make turkey meatballs with oatbran & some spices with it for a little extra filling. (its actually a clean recipe i tweeked!) but cant wait for you to lose the next 10 lbs :) enjoy your 3 day weekend!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 1/16/2011 12:48PM

    Way to go on the fitness. I revamped my eating these past 2 weeks and am actually get more protein than I should and doing well on fiber. I lost 4.5 lbs since. If your interested I will email you some of my meals.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 1/16/2011 12:46PM

    Confession: Your blog title made me think "ok, Jan dropped some acid this morning".

Pasta IS a waste of calories... NEVER fills me up.

There is something about this 10 pound thing... it's ridiculously hard to get rid of. Me no likey either.

I eat a ridiculous amount of protein, and then sometimes it's not enough. Wierd what changes.

I emoticon you.

Ok, randomness over.

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