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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.

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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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Sunday Check in #21 What's it matter?

Sunday, December 02, 2012

What does it matter?
I KNOW I am going to gain weight, it is the HOLDAYS, there is just no way around it.
What does it matter?
I havent lost any weight in months.
What does it matter?
I will get plenty of excercise running around, shopping and doing errands and getting everything perfect for everyone else.
What does it matter?
It is DECEMBER. I will just restart in January.

You have alot going on. You are flying the cape, shopping, wrapping, baking, cooking, giving, helping. You are not taking care of you this month because there is just so little time. So you get less sleep, less excercise, your nutrition slips, hell- you probably figure you dont even need to track your food because you are eating cookies as you run out the door. You dont have TIME for a sandwich or a salad. NOBODY else can buy the stuff, bake the stuff, wrap the stuff, cook the stuff. IT is all on you!

Listen, kids. That is the OLD DECEMBER.

THIS December, it MATTERS!

You are not the same person as last year. I dont care if you started today or 4 years ago. THIS month, this crazy, busy month, is going to be different.


You are not gonna give up now.
You are gonna keep tracking
You are gonna plan your meals
You are gonna plan your excercise time.
You are gonna be flexible and fit stuff in as you can
You are gonna be kind to yourself
You are gonna be selfish about YOUR needs.
You are gonna succeed this month
You are NOT gonna gain weight and feel crappy about it come January.
JANUARY is not going to be a new start. It is going to be a continuation of what you began in DECEMBER.

It ALL MATTERS! Every meal, walk, strength training. Every cookie, cake pop and peice of candy.

But what matters the most is your friends, family, and please, don't forget, YOU.
YOU matter to ME and I want you to remember that, among the hustle and bustle of the holiday. Please be good to yourself for me. And for you. Because you matter.

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MELLYBEANS0919 12/6/2012 8:24PM

    Aw thanks so much Jan. Very nice.

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DAISY443 12/5/2012 6:25PM

    Well said indeed!

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CANNIE50 12/4/2012 10:54PM

    You tell it, Mama! Nice work on the blog - nice reminders - very well stated.

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DEEGIRL50 12/4/2012 7:30AM

    I love this blog! Thank you for reminding us that our health matters. Our dreams and goals are important. There's no need to throw away a whole month.

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KITT52 12/4/2012 7:10AM

    my mantra MAKE EVERYDAY MATTER....

good blog thanks.....

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CELLISTA1 12/2/2012 5:21PM

    I have a hard time believing that it matters. I am very glad that you are convinced and I look forward to great things from you, girl!

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HELLFIGHTER1980 12/2/2012 4:50PM

    Thank you

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KKSUB7 12/2/2012 4:44PM

    Boy are you right!! Everyone needs to read this blog. Thank you!!

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_COSMOPAULATAN_ 12/2/2012 4:26PM

    lady... i love you. so much.

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    Well said.

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my weekend

Saturday, December 01, 2012

We left for Reno Thursday am for a racing meeting on Friday. I had asked for a room upgrade since I set up the meeting etc and they were unsure about availability so when I got there and asked what kind of room it was, they said a suite ...SWEET! Very nice too , comfy bed...then my friend checked in on some special and she got two tickets to a stage show that night (Alladin) so I asked for tickets too but they wouldn't give them to me. A few minutes later, the gal that sets up my meetings called me and said SHE could get them to me. So when I went to get them they were good seats but not with my friend do we went back to the show booth, he traded them for four 2nd row seats! So my girlfriend, sister, other friennd and I all went while the guys talked racing. Plus we got to drink wine so it made it much more fun and we laughed and got very involved in the show... so much fun!
Friday was the meeting which went well and by 2:00 we were all done. Stayed within my calorie ranges, didn't drink too much, and got a lot of rest.

I also hit a 400.00 jackpot! Then this morning as we were leaving, I had a hunch and hit a 500.00 jackpot on the machine right next to the other one! Came home with enough to pay for KADY's new laptop for Christmas! I am happy to send it to MasterCard on Monday!

I have a busy bee week ahead, hair appt., house cleaning, grocery shopping for party saturday and company n Friday. I also have to get blood work because I signed up for my first colonoscopy on Dec. 17. I put it off last year so now I gotta get it done. I do ask for pills instead of that gallon of glop so I'm happy to be able to do that. Gotta set my mammogram this month is a naggy reminder to take care of yourselves people. Gotta be healthy to enjoy our new leaner bodies right? See you tomorrow for Sunday check in!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 12/2/2012 2:45PM

    Sounds like you had a great weekend!

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DAISY443 12/2/2012 8:38AM

    WOW! I am exhausted reading about all you did and are going to do! Have a happy colonoscopy! Tee Hee! Can you really get pills instead of the glop? My dil got very ill from the gallon of go juice!

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CELLISTA1 12/1/2012 11:42PM

    I am super proud of you for not overeating and overdrinking AND having fun. How great to have the money too! You are on a roll. All good stuff!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/1/2012 11:17PM

    Sounds like fun!! Congrats on the $$$!

I had my first colonoscopy really wasn't as bad as I feared. Not bad at all! Good for you for taking care of yourself. :)

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AJB121299 12/1/2012 10:25PM

    Great job

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MYUTMOST4HIM 12/1/2012 10:17PM

    Hope all goes well for you!!!

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