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sunday check in #24

Sunday, December 23, 2012

Hi are you doing? Are you ready? Do you have your plan in place for the next week?

Most of all, I want to wish you all a great Christmas, a great holiday, love, joy and rest!

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DAISY443 12/28/2012 3:55PM

    Late replying, but I did what I planned! Visited son and dil and grown granddaughters. Celebrated Christmas, sat in hot tub in 23 degree weather and totally enjoyed myself!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/23/2012 12:48PM

    Consistency is my plan... and I really want a sugar cookie today too. That's all.

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sunday check in #23

Sunday, December 16, 2012

Does anyone remember why I started these Sunday check in's?

It was because so many of us were struggling and I thought it would help to check in on Sundays.

Only a few of you still do.

I'm gonne keep doing it though because I need to. I still struggle. I like routine. I care about you and want to know how you're doing. So, I will be here. Talk soon.

Your homework this week is to destress. Tell me what you're gonna do to achieve that.

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MICKEYMAX 12/22/2012 3:15AM

    hey there! I am de-stress by turning down invites that don't work for me, even if frowned upon by fam or others. sometimes, you just gotta say no, and take it down a notch. That's my plan, anyway! hope you are well! Merry Christmas!

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CANNIE50 12/20/2012 2:35PM

    Hi doll. I haven't been checking in anywhere, with anyone, lately. I think of you, though. I hope your colonscopy went well. I hope your stress level is down. I am glad you are feeling more caught up about the holidays. I am off on a road trip to see my d.i.l. and grandbabies (very excited) and will bring my daughter Lexi home with me for Christmas - I'm anxious to see her and she asked if we could come early, which was sweet, since she is anxious to see us, as well. I am thinking of you, Miss Jan.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 12/19/2012 10:30AM

    Destress? What is that? I need to google it. Ugh.

Looks like I'm on my own for my parents' Christmas outing. (I have a huge family. Where is everybody?) I can't tell you how stressed I am about that. No idea how I'll handle it all and how I'll survive it. Oh well, I'll figure it out as I go. Ugh.

I personally love your Sunday checkins!


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KITT52 12/18/2012 1:48AM

    I'm going to exercise more....and take a hot shower before bed

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/17/2012 8:58PM

    My Challenge is focusing on de-stress this week. I am breathing...stopping to close my eyes and breathe and out...and it is helping every time I do it. Maybe I'm oxygen deprived! :)

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/17/2012 11:36AM

    I like these check-ins, but have been lazy in posting. emoticon Destressing is fairly easy this week as I don't have much to do expect pack for a trip to my parents for the holidays, bake, visit with a friend and go on said holiday. I am thankful for this.

My test will be how I eat on my holiday.

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CALIPIDGIOUS 12/17/2012 9:53AM

    I am going to skip a meeting today that would do nothing but make me annoyed and angry. They don't need me there and I am not driving 45 minutes one way to be annoyed for 2 hours and then drive 45 minutes home. I am also going to try very hard to stop focusing on the fact that we have not yet been paid this month by any of our associates (we work for ourselves from home) and it has made Christmas less than joyful. I am going to try to let that go because Xmas is coming whether a check does or not. ;-)

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CELLISTA1 12/16/2012 11:41PM

    Jan, I appreciate you keeping this going. I, for one, am always struggling and will always struggle. I know your stress is around doing so much for everyone in a big way. My stress is primarily around work and my interactions with my supervisor. Last week was a bad one, but I made some conscious decisions about de-stressing. 1) I vented to two sympathetic colleagues (talking really helps me), and 2) I realized that this supervisor holds financial power over me (re cost-of-living increase and bonus) so no matter how much I want to express my anger and frustration, the money is more important. I did calm down, but I still had to fight the desire to calm myself with food. I almost succeeded. I had a daiquiri and sweet potato fries, but it stopped there.

What are you doing to de-stress?

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whats up my butt?

Saturday, December 15, 2012

I'm about to find out!! Lol, I have a colonoscopy on monday. I meant to do it last year when I turned 50 but somehow didn't get around to it. Tomorrow I will spend my day "prepping" then Monday have the procedure. Blehhhhhh. I'm not worried about it, i just hate losing a few days when I could be doing stuff.

You know what annoys me most? Not getting to go to the movies tomorrow and having to stay home all day! Such a waste of a weekend!!!

Tune In tomorrow for Sunday check in

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MICKEYMAX 12/22/2012 3:16AM

    hope that goes as well as it can

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NAYPOOIE 12/17/2012 12:32AM

    I tried to work through my prep day. Gave that up pretty quickly.

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ENDUROVET 12/16/2012 8:38PM

    **Snort** I'm confident everything will come out alright, ar ar !!!

(& as always, thanks for supportive comments on my blog - you can't believe how much it helps to know that someone's reading!)

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/16/2012 7:40PM

    "What's up my Butt?"...Hosted by Wayne Brady where you'll have 60 seconds with audience participation to find out

(Crowd shouts in unison)



Good luck! emoticon (And hopefully they don't find that in there!)

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DAISY443 12/16/2012 1:58PM

    lmao! Good luck!

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/16/2012 1:31PM

    Best title ever. That is not a fun day to spend 2 days but I am proud of you for doing it!

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/16/2012 11:09AM

    Hope all goes well for ya.

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/16/2012 9:36AM

    You are HILARIOUS! Only you would take it to a literal place :)

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REMEMBER2BME 12/16/2012 9:31AM

    Good for you for taking care of you. I really need to do a mammogram, never have. I would check out a movie on Netflix, if you have it. it is what I do. I love it, $7.99 a month.

Hugs to you. Try to enjoy the down time. Craziness may be right around the corner.

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KITT52 12/16/2012 6:38AM

    I had mine done a few years will be worth it to find out.....the prep is the worse part.....good luck

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Life is like Bad Pumpkin Bread (an anology)

Thursday, December 13, 2012

I have been baking like crazy. Every year, I give food baskets to some suppliers and business people. This year, I have 7 that I am doing. I always make pumpkin bread (family recipe), cookies, cake balls, candy... you know, all the STUFF I SHOULD BE STAYING AWAY FROM!

I am really feeling under the gun. All my energies have poured toward last saturdays party and now I feel like I am not ready for christmas or baking or winter or... anything. I am starting to stress out which is interrupting my sleep, I have a kink in my neck and Im starting to get crabby. SO I thought I would get a jump on the baking. I already decided to let Safeway do my cookie baking since that comes home with Kady from work and it will be good enough.

I got all the stuff and after dinner, even though I was tired, I made a double batch of pumpkin bread. When I put it in the pans, I thought it looked funny but went ahead and baked it.

As I mixed another double batch (pat on back, Jan! You are NAILING THIS PUMPKIN BREAD), I realized..... I had not put the oil into the first batch. Oh well, I would just see how it turned out. When I got it out and sliced it up, it looked a little fluffy but tasted good so I figured GREAT! I will label this LOW FAT pumpkin bread and give it away!

Next batch goes in, it, too, looks funny. When I took IT out, it was a massive failure. Really dense, didnt rise but again, tasted pretty good. Then I realized, no baking soda or baking powder! DOH!

That was not going to be ok to give away. I started thinking about what I could do with all this defective bread and wasted ingredients and more importantly, wasted time! I was NOT throwing it away. So I turned to the best Baker I know...

She brilliantly came up with about 4 things I could do...bread pudding, bread crumbs in meatloaf, and a couple of others.

So today, I had a few hours and I made the pumpkin bread again. Slowly, carefully, thoughtfully. It is baking now.

But as I cleaned up, and looked at those mistakes, I realized something.

This is just like life. I made a mistake. I hurried. I didnt plan properly. I rushed through without care. And now, Im making myself crazy trying to fix it.

You know what? I dont want to. I dont want to fix it. I don't want to try to make it better for me or for anyone else. I just....dont. I just threw it all in the trash.


IT is OK that I messed up.
IT is OK that I can start over.
IT is OK that I had options but I still chose what worked best for me.
IT is OK that next year, I am NOT DOING IT! I am not baking for everyone and adding this to my already bursting at the seams schedule.

I am letting it go, one slice at a time.

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MICKEYMAX 12/22/2012 3:18AM


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DAISY443 12/16/2012 2:10PM

    Good for you!

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REMEMBER2BME 12/15/2012 6:08AM

    YIKES! That is a tremendous amount to put on yourself. Great blog! My suggestion would have been to attempt to slow way down and only give one thing to each person and are ALL the people important to you? BUT... you don't need any advice from me. You did a great job all on your own... of course.

btw, I think you are doing outstanding! You must however take care of you.

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-POOKIE- 12/14/2012 8:48AM

    I constantly forget the baking soda when I make pancakes... nearly every weekend, and nearly every weekend I forget.

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CELLISTA1 12/14/2012 12:16AM

    You know what? Being the Big Mama to everyone has a price, and that price may be stress, overeating, and an excuse not to take care of yourself because there's no time. You made some good decisions and I have no doubt that this is a step on your weight-loss journey. Liberation!!!!

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/13/2012 10:15PM

    That's hilarious! Good for you for liberating the superfluous bread! (Though I really want pumpkin bread pudding now!)

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HDHAWK 12/13/2012 9:53PM

    What a great blog! I notice when I try to make too many different things at once or I don't take my time and plan (like you said) I make mistakes too!

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CANNIE50 12/13/2012 9:16PM

    Life is also like bad pumpkin bread in that, even when it is bad and missing stuff, it is still pretty good. I commend you for LETTING GO of the mistakes and the waste and just moving onward, forward, without groveling around in regret. I do very little baking, even at Christmas. There are so many people who bake, and they usually bake a lot of stuff, so I figure I don't need to bake up additional massive calories to throw at them. Maybe you should mark next year's December calendar, right now, of the things you are letting go of next Christmas - the time and energy drainers, the stress makers. I did that one year, I made notes on the calendar of all the things we did that I really enjoyed (driving to see Christmas lights, a particular Christmas festival, watching Christmas movies together) and things that were just not worth the time and expense (Christmas gift exchanges done out of habit and obligation rather than true desire to give, accepting all invitations whether we really had the time and energy to be good guests), and you know what? It broke a couple bad Christmas habits. Put your feet up, doll. You can't be all to everyone, do all for everyone - you are enough, just as you are. We are always more fun when we are relaxed and non-resentful, anyway. That's quite enough out of me. oxoxox to you Miss Jan. emoticon

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/13/2012 7:36PM

    That's great! I'm not baking THIS year, lol! I'm tired of making cookies and fudge... taking it places for people to eat a little bit... and then I drag it all home, and eat it myself... NOT happening this year! The holidays simplified = )

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HEALTHYASHLEY 12/13/2012 7:28PM

    I am holding you to no more baking next year because you told me that last year lol! It is too much stress!

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DIANE7786 12/13/2012 6:16PM

    Good for you! There's no reason to overextend our energy for the holidays. Relax! Enjoy some holiday activities you were always too busy to do. Make pumpkin bread gifts in February. People will appreciate it more when its not competing with so many other holiday choices.

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Sunday Check in #22.....

Sunday, December 09, 2012

Well, last night was our big Christmas party. There were over 100 people here at one point! They were everywhere! Every bit of food was gone and I can assure you, I made a ton of it! We collected toys for underprivelaged kids and we have probably 200 toys! It was a great haul and will make alot of kids really happy on christmas morning.

My daughters Band played and we all gathered in my hubs garage and then in the middle of the set, her boyfriend asked her if she would spend eternity with him and gave her the ring he had picked out for her! It was very exciting, she cried, we cheered... It was just one of the best moments of our lives and one I will remember for a very long time!

We were all up till 3 or 4 this morning and there was a LOT of drinking and let me tell you, we are feeling it today!

Thank god for my friends and family who helped me prepare and clean up yesterday and today. I still have chaos but it is manageable now. We take our friends to airport tomorrow morning then back to day to day life and finishing up my Christmas shopping I suppose.

Here is a picture of Kady, Artie, and my oldest daughter Kelly, from last night. Everything else is video and very lengthy so at least you can see my kids.

THIS WEEK is all about getting and staying on track. I lost 2 pounds last week through sheer will and determination and I refuse to lose any ground. Thursday will be my weekly weigh in (which I have let slide lately and that is not a good thing).

Whats YOUR plan this week? Name something you can and will focus on! GO!

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PJH2028 12/11/2012 2:19PM

    Wow!! Congratulations Mama! What an amazing moment to share with so many near and dear. It makes me so happy to picture and feel you surrounded with so much celebration. (And lots to do ahead, no doubt too ;-)))

Treasure it all.
As I treasure you.

And CONGRATS on last week's determination and success too!

Sending love your way, dear dear Jan.
xo P

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 12/11/2012 10:23AM

    Your party sounds lovely. I'm so glad it worked out well.

Congrats on the weight loss. I know where they are if you want them back! emoticon


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BAYBELIEVER 12/10/2012 7:55AM

    What beautiful girls you have! Thanks for sharing the photo. The party sounds fantastic! Here's to a greatc week coming up!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/9/2012 11:56PM

    Congrats on the weight loss, and what a fun party! :) Glad it went so well!

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CANNIE50 12/9/2012 11:48PM

    Love the photo. The party sounds wild and fun. So great you collected all those toys for all those kiddos. How great to have such a beautiful, treasured moment - I always love to hear of young marriages starting out, surrounded by loving families and friends.

Comment edited on: 12/9/2012 11:49:39 PM

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CELLISTA1 12/9/2012 10:22PM

    A huge congratulations to you and the happy couple! Sounds like a great party. You are truly the hostess with the mostest!

My week was busy with work but in a good way. I got so much praise and many thank-yous from the boss that I'm scared to jinx it. It's screening season (pre-Oscars) so I'm seeing a lot of new movies at the studios where the sound and screens are so good. Went to a Philharmonic concert last night which feeds my soul.

Seems like I'm taking in a bit too many calories, like 1600 instead of 1400. I know it's not good but it's not overboard. This week my focus is going to be on the bike. If it's not raining, I need to be out there.

Have a great week, Jan!

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