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End of an era?

Sunday, August 01, 2010

Well, it's the end of the month. Actually, I just noticed, in one minute it will be, no, wait. It's officially midnight so it's now August. I can NOT wait to get on the scale in the morning. I have high hopes. As I mentioned in the last blog, or at least a recent blog, it's been a VERY, very long time since I ended a month weighing less than when I started the month. Also, as I mentioned, I was 2 pounds down yesterday. Today's weight was the same. Still 2 pounds down. So assuming I don't blow up from excitement I should finally end this era of weight gain rather than loss. I'm pretty dang excited. And Extremely nervous. I behaved really well yesterday and today. But still. Since I "just know" I'm going to be successful, it probably means I'll wake up and show a 10 pound gain.

Phew. I've got to breathe. Breathe and relax. Don't get too excited. Excited causes nerves and nerves causes you to gain weight. Granted, lately, even breathing seems to cause me to gain weight. Well, we'll see what the scale says in the morning.

And if the scale has ugly things to say, I'll blame it on my leg. The last 2 days, it's been swelling pretty badly and aching a lot more than normal. Ice and ibuprofen seem to help the swelling a lot, but 10 minutes back on my feet and it's puffed up again. Argh.

Oh, and I'd like to thank everyone who's left me replies or comments lately. I haven't had a chance to respond to everyone individually. Yesterday and today have been insane. In an AWESOME way! My SIL was cleaning out her closet and invited me to come go through the stuff she was getting rid of. Oh My Gosh. She OBVIOUSLY has a shopping problem. But hey, I am NOT complaining. I ended up with 5 contractor size garbage bags (big enough to line your outdoor trash can) FULL of clothes, 8 purses and new quilt sets (including mattress pads) for each of our beds. You should have seen my car - it was crammed full and it's a big car - a full size SUV. I had to stop for laundry detergent on the way home and honestly wasn't sure if I was going to be able to fit the jug in the car. LOL So, yesterday was spent picking up the clothes, loading them into the car and unloading them once I got home. I spent over 3 hours last night doing nothing but trying on clothes and hanging them in the closet. Eventually, my knee started aching so bad and I was so sick of clothes I stopped for the night. Today, I spent another hour plus trying on the rest and another hour or so trying to figure out where to put them all. I now have more new clothes than I had old! I am SO excited. The funny thing is, there were only 2 or 3 clothing items I'd have picked for myself. All the others are SO not me and yet, they are adorable on. Well, a few of the shirts are just ok, not adorable, but you get the idea. I'm pretty excited to be breaking out of my mold and trying something new. Now, lets see if I ever wear the new stuff. I have a very bad habit of ignoring my "good" clothes and turning to the same 4 t-shirts and shorts day after day after day. I don't want to mess up the good stuff so I wear the t-shirts. Well, now I have so many clothes, I need to mess up a little of the good stuff. I've got to hurry up and ruin a few pieces so that I have a little more room in the closet. Thank God I had a huge closet and a pathetically small amount of clothes before.

Oh and just think - all that clothes trying on has got to have burned a few calories.

Wish me luck in the morning and Happy August!

And please! How did it get to be August already?? Where has the summer gone? I haven't even done anything to pass the time and yet it's flown by. Of course, now that i have 50 new sweaters and a gazillion jackets, I can NOT wait for fall and/or winter!

Ok, I really am getting off of here this time. Except I'm sort of afraid to. I'm hungry. It's after midnight and my tummy is growling. It has been over 6 hours since dinner. But I really don't want to be eating at midnight. And I really, really don't want to eat anything more than absolutely necessary before tomorrow's weigh-in. Hope I can sleep with a growling tummy.
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REDDIRTRUNNER 8/1/2010 10:45AM

    Progress, definately progress! baby steps thought right? this is how we make permanent life changes ;-)
Good luck with the weigh in, can't wait to see!
What's up with your knee?

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KEAKMAN 8/1/2010 9:21AM

    Okay, it's 9:20 your time....what's the word? How much did you lose????

AND a big WOOOHOOOO!!! for the shopping trip of the year! Enjoy WEARING those new clothes!

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HEALTH4LYFE 8/1/2010 8:51AM

    emoticon a fresh new wardrobe or even just one item can really change the way we sometimes feel about ourselves when we wear it. Congrats on making such an emoticon score. And you are right about trying on clothes, for three hours, yes you burned some decent calories. emoticon

I am keeping my fingers crossed for you for the AM weigh in emoticon emoticon emoticon. I suspect you will post emoticon

Oh and about that leg, you MAY want to bite the bullet and see a doctor.... emoticon

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NANCYCA555 8/1/2010 1:29AM

    Wow, you really scored with the new clothes and bags. Hopefully, you'll be wearing them soon with a lighter body. Good luck tomorrow with the weigh-in!!

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Happy Camper

Friday, July 30, 2010

Well I'm a happy camper today! And this has absolutely nothing to do with my health or weight loss. Well, maybe it does have to do with my mental health....

I turned on the news this morning and the first thing I saw was this weekend's forecast. It's going to be in the 80's all weekend instead of in the 100's.
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Next, was a report on storm damage from the storms that rolled through last night. OH YEAH!! A big dental office got hit by lightening and burned to the ground.
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I absolutely HATE the dentist. Any dentist. I know it's not nice to wish a stranger bad luck, but .... if lightening had to strike something, it did a VERY good job of choosing a dental office. I guess I should explain some of my dental hatred. My childhood dentist was a sadistic child molester and was eventually arrested for making S&M videos ... with 3 year olds! Anyway, I HATE the dentist.

Ok, let's turn this back to my health.... If I can maintain it through tomorrow, I'll have lost 2 pounds this month. Woo-hoo! Ever since November, 2009, I have ended each month heavier than where I started it. It's been Very frustrating. I dip way down, well, maybe not "way" down, but my weight dips mid month, then Bam! It shoots way up for the last few days. So, now I'm a nervous wreck worrying about what the scale will say tomorrow, but at the same time, I'm super determined to behave and make sure I finally get to log in a loss instead of a gain. Wish me luck. I AM going to behave. I'm going to behave. I'm behaving, I'm behaving...

  
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TEMPEST272002 7/30/2010 12:35PM

    Snort... Lightening hitting the dentist office. I was slapped by a dentist as a child & developped a terrible dentist phobia. I had to be sedated for a cleaning. A friend convinced me to try hypnotherapy. Two sessions & no more phobia!

Good luck with the scale tomorrow!

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/30/2010 11:33AM

    Remind me never to get on your bad side.
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/30/2010 10:54AM

    Awesome news all the way around - Now you just behave!!!

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JLITT62 7/30/2010 10:38AM

    You can & WILL maintain that weight loss.

And yeah, loving the weather here, too. It's always so much nicer with nice weather.

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KEAKMAN 7/30/2010 10:27AM

    Well, the shopping expedition should keep you busy for a while, and then figuring out where to put all the new clothes will take time.....so I think it's safe to assume that you will survive today with a weight loss for July!

So glad that your weather is breaking a bit - I remember how amazingly hot it can get out there in the summer......not sure I could stand it any more!

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ALEXSMOMMYRUNS 7/30/2010 9:59AM

    I'm super excited about the weather too!! Must get outside for a run!

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A doctor's point of view

Thursday, July 29, 2010

Yesterday, I had to take my son to the doctor's office because of an ear infection. While we were there, I asked the doctor a weight question that's been bugging me for a while. See, I had back surgery many years ago, had lots of "parts" removed and the result is that I'm almost 2.5 inches shorter than I used to be. And everyone (the gym professionals, my fellow Sparkers...) tell me that my weight goal should be based on my new, shorter height. But that seems so wrong. After all, the rest of my body is built and geared to be taller, and therefore, I should weigh more. Or at least that's the way it seems to me.

So anyway, I asked the doctor what my goal should be. Do I strive for the healthy range for the old, taller me or the new, shorter me, or somewhere in the middle? His response was "Are you talking about those charts? Don't pay attention to the charts. They are 90 years old, outdated and ridiculous. Ignore the charts. Instead, eat healthy, exercise daily and when you feel good and your weight levels out and you stop loosing, you are at the correct weight for your body."

Hmmm... I think I LOVE that doctor! The scale says I'm 40 pounds over weight based on the charts, but I've been eating healthy, exercising and my weight has remained steady for many, many months now. Maybe I'm at my correct weight. Yay!

Except, am I eating healthy? What exactly did he mean by that? Did he really mean if I'm eating based on the food pyramid and being honest about my portions? Did he mean that the spoon full of peas in my salad does not get counted as a full serving of vegetables and the half gallon of ice cream I polished off has to be counted as more than "a" serving? Crud.

And what about daily exercise? Hmmm.. Did he really mean daily exercise? Exercise every day? Does running 3 times a week for 45 - 60+ minutes at a time count? And now that I'm having knee problems and can't run, does limping around instead of running or even going for a walk and doing some leg stretching several times a day count as daily exercise? Double crud.

And what about that "when you feel good" comment? I do feel good. I feel a million trillion times better than I felt a year and a half ago. But how much better would I feel if I lost another 40 pounds. Or even 20 pounds. Actually, I was 20 pounds lighter last November and I did feel a lot better then. So I guess I can't check off the "when I feel good" box. Triple crud.

So maybe I'm not so in love with that doctor.

And what the heck should I be striving for if it's not a number on a chart? How do I set goals if there's no specific number to strive for? How do I know when I've reached the weight where I feel the best? Aack! I think I'll just go back to using the charts.

One good note about the charts, they say my son is exactly where he's supposed to be weight wise. He's right smack, dead center of the healthy range for his height. So take that, Grandma! He's not too skinny.

  
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MLW0421 7/30/2010 8:38PM

    love the blog and it is to true about what you deem to feel good.

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HEALTH4LYFE 7/29/2010 10:12PM

    Like the scale, the charts are a just one tool you can use to help you determine where you are and where you want to be. Coach Dean Anderson on SP has a set of articles (three I think) to help you determine your "ideal body weight." If you are interested, you could search them out and read them. I did when I was trying to determine how much weight I wanted to lose because, yes, having a goal~ a defined goal~ makes it easier to measure your progress.
Primarily it has to do with your level of comfort: physically, psychologically and emotionally. And we all know you are eating right, I mean those chemical cookies, Chinese food, movie butter popcorn...well they are a thing of the past, right? or crud?

You have to do what is best for you, what is right for you and what works for you.
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TEMPEST272002 7/29/2010 7:59PM

    I have a couple of friends, around the same age & height 5'4", who are at a healthy weight. The one who appears the thinnest is actually the heaviest at 155 lbs & the one who has a little in the middle is the lightest at 140. So there you go... at goal, I'm guessing I should weight somewhere between 140-155. How's that for accuracy?

On a recent show, Dr. Oz said that to be healthy, your waist size should be no more than 1/2 your height. Ie at 5"4, my waist should be no more than 32 inches.

I hope your son's ear is better soon. Glad you got a little "expert" opinion to back up your own concerning your son's weight. Take that nosy relatives!

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KASHMIR 7/29/2010 3:28PM

    I love this Doc too...because my Doc was the opposite. When I told him what my weight goal was, he told me it was too low, that I could probably stand to gain 5 lbs...Not happening! When I weighed 10 lbs less than I do right now last year, I felt WAY better, and was also way stronger.
Hey, if that spoon full of peas is added to 2 cups of salad greens, then I'd be counting it as 2 servings!!! emoticon emoticon

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ALLTHNGSPOSSBLE 7/29/2010 3:09PM

    It is hard to know where we should be weight wise. I hope you find the weight that is right for you. Congrats on your son being where he should be.

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FRECKS96 7/29/2010 2:53PM

    Thanks for the insightful blog! I'm getting pretty close to my goal weight and it's been so hard to lose any more weight. I'd like to quote this in my blog tonight, as I think it's a great idea for people to see! Good luck on the next step of your journey.

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JLITT62 7/29/2010 2:09PM

    A timely blog for me.

I have been battling to get the last 10 lbs off for almost a year now, and it seems nothing I do works.

But the GW I've picked is actually about 10 lbs more than I think I ought to weigh, and considering that I'm still 10 lbs from that . . . well, you get the drift. Altho I must admit to feeling a tad bit defeated at the moment.

As to your question about your height/weight, it's really kind of fascinating & I think maybe you ought to ask Dr. Oz cause I sure don't know the answer!

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KEAKMAN 7/29/2010 12:50PM

    Well I don't know about you, but I LOVE your doc! Sounds like a smart AND wise man!

Now to answer your question (and I know it was rhetorical, but I am answering it anyway) Can you do what you want to do? Are you happy with how you feel? How you look? Is there anything about you that you don't particularly like (besides the knee pain)? If you like how you look and feel, if you can do all the things that you want to do, then you are fine. But if there are things you want to do but physically are unable (you get winded walking up the steps, or have to carry the groceries in one bag at a time) then you have to either eat less or work out more. End of story.

And yes, I am being good....no tattling to Mom!

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DDHEART 7/29/2010 12:09PM

    Marie, you're too funny!

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LALAFLOWERS 7/29/2010 11:21AM

    I really haven't have paid too much attention to the charts... I was always really tall, and was off the chart for height, and also for weight... Even when I was on a swim team, and in the best shape of my life, the charts had me as overweight. My view.. 'whatever'!~ Not worth worring about. If I found a way to be in great shape, feel good, and have fun doing it! Great!

Today.. different story.. I still need to take of a bunch of pounds, and I need to get my fitness level higher. I'm not too upset with where I am, but I want to continue on my journey. Slowly, but I'll get there....

Find your exercise. Stick to it, until you decide to change (by choice, or by necessity... if you can't run right now, swim, walk, bike, etc... just MOVE!) And.. food.. use the 90% rule! As good as you can... most of the time~!

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/29/2010 11:08AM

    LOL...Love your blog. Hope your son is feeling better.

I have heard you can throw out those charts and even the BMI scale too - they are for insurance companies in reality.

You will know what you need to way - do you feel like you want to. Are you happy where you are (I know that can change minute to minute)..

Keep examining what you feel and how you like it..

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AZURELITE 7/29/2010 9:56AM

    My hubby used to run on our treadmill... due to knee problems, he now does a fast walk, uses more incline & stays on for a longer time.

Me? I had back surgery over 30 years ago, to straighten my spine ... which made me taller, but has caused other 'challenges'. Simply put, I can't run or jog, and there are many exercises which cause me pain if I try to do them. But I've found a friend in Callenetics and in Leslie Sansone. I can do this, and I can walk outside when the weather is good, or on treadmill when it's not.

Are you a gym member? If so, I've heard the elliptical machines work well (though not sure how they treat the knees).

My point is I guess, that there are alternatives to running and jogging. It may be inconvenient to have to search them out & try them out, but they are there.

And my doctor? Well, let's just say he takes notes when I tell him what I'm doing when I have my yearly physical .... I use a lot of alternative healing methods, they work for me, and I educate him! Afterall, he told me once that I'd get bronchitis every winter due to my health challenges, and I haven't had it once in over a decade (or is it 2 decades now?) By the way, I like your doctor's attitude... listen to your body; you'll know what's right for you.

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KKKAREN 7/29/2010 9:46AM

    Your blog made me chuckle. Who the hell knows what our weight is supposed to be. Where did those charts come from anyway?

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Got to rant a little

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

I am SO sick of fat people trying to make me feel guilty for wanting to loose weight and get healthy. Really, really sick of it.

I've had this nagging little thought in the back of my mind for a while and comments about my son this past weekend brought the thought a little closer to the front of my brain. Then a few minutes ago, I was reading a Spark buddy's blog and he said something about being content with his not-to-goal-yet weight because over weight people kept telling him not to loose any more weight. Well, that was the tipping point and I'm in full fledge rant mode now.

How many times have I had to defend myself because I'm trying to watch what I eat, get a little exercise and reach a healthy weight? More times than I can count. And who am I defending myself from? My friends and family that are huge and under a doctor's care for high blood pressure, heart problems and diabetes. And these are the people fussing at me because I might get too skinny because I choose not to eat a triple bacon cheeseburger. Sheesh.

And then there was the incident this weekend with my son. He'd spent the weekend with my MIL. We went to pick him up and ended up having a family Sunday dinner. Granted, my son is a VERY picky eater. Frankly, I believe he has some sort of eating disorder because he's beyond picky but we've never had him diagnosed. We just deal with his texture, taste, smell, color aversions. Anyway.... all of a sudden, the MIL and SIL start picking on him for being too skinny. Sheesh. Lay off the kid! Ok, so yes, he's thin, but not unhealthily so. He's in the correct healthy weight zone for his height. It's just that everyone else in the family is over weight. And honestly, they aren't over weight. They are down right fat.

So, stop picking on my kid for being healthy!!!

I swear, the next time someone says something to me about being too skinny when I'm still 40+ pounds from my healthy goal weight, I'm going to tell them what I think. They are going to find out just how fat and unhealthy I think they are. And they'll probably never speak to me again, but right now, I don't care. I just hope that telling them off burns a few calories.

Boy, do I need to run.

  
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DDHEART 7/28/2010 7:49PM

    Great thing about our blogs is that we have a "safe" place to vent...I hope you feel better for it. I have had all kinds of comments made by "friends" and it really does grind my goat...for me, family is not the issue any more but my dad, bless his soul used to make comments about how he hated to see his girls diet, going on to say he liked his girls plump! sigh, not the kind of comment that made us feel good. Then mom was a food is love person and you never ate enough and no matter what was going on in our lives...food would make it better...YOWWWIE! Did I need to wonder how I got here? Well, the thing is, it's rarely worth the trouble that would come of tearing into the offenders....better to bite the tongue (pretty low calorie option) and then come to your friends to spew a bit. Now as far as your son is concerned....since most of us know the results of learning to clean our plates for every reason except hunger...be glad that your son is "picky" as long as he's healthy, allowing him to actually eat what and when his body dictates instead of external cues seems to be a much healthier attitude. Did you get a run in? Hope so.

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CNTRYGAL 7/27/2010 12:29PM

    GREAT BLOG!!!!!!

If you decide to not go on a rampaging rant at the family... as soon as they start to run their mouths. Say.....

"Did you know that people with high blood pressure are at risk for..." or
"The % of Americans with heart disease that are overweight is...." or
"Diabetes...."

Just interrupt with all kinds of lovely little healthy tidbits - eventually they will catch on that whenever they are overstepping - you are saying things they can't admit. ;) Good Luck!

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GSDMIKE 7/27/2010 12:11PM

    Haha, yeah, sounds like you need a run alright.

Family stuff is always interesting. And in-laws are even trickier. Just remember that he's getting his habits from you and your husband for the most part. Grandma telling him he's skinny isn't going to impact him nearly as much as what you are doing.

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FITN2014-TSP 7/27/2010 11:54AM

    Why do people do that. Spark people lets us know that it is not about being a certain weight. It is about life style... a Healthy lifestyle. So, remind your sabatours(? sp) that you are eating to be healthy. We all know that what takes us months to take off only takes us minutes to put on.

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KEAKMAN 7/27/2010 11:46AM

    Tell the in-laws that as soon as the doc says they are at a perfect weight and in overall good health and ONLY THEN, are they permitted to discuss your children's weight.

My mom always told me that what someone weighs is none of my business. My weight is my business. And that's the ONLY one I get to be concerned about. When I see an overweight person I hope hope hope that they have already lost 20 or 50 pounds and are happily working on the next....that's how I look at overweight people.

As for folks who want to talk about what I eat I just tell them to buzz off. There is a reason I live out here away from my family!

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QUIETCUPOFTEA 7/27/2010 11:28AM

    it sounds just like an alcoholic trying to get his/her buddies to keep drinking. you are challenging & changing the status quo and it is making everyone else VERY uncomfortable. please do not listen to any of them. and don't keep silent. i agree - you should speak your mind about healthy eating/diabetes risks/cardiac risks, etc...and tell them in no uncertain terms that they are not to target your son. you are his advocate and comments can hurt. i don't know how old your son is, but if he's old enough, i would have a frank discussion with him regarding the fact that his weight is fine, etc. talk to him about what's healthy and what's not, your family's history & tendencies, and why you're concerned about your own weight & health. the more you talk about this issue, the better off everyone will be. they might not like it, but maybe, just maybe, you will plant a seed in someone's mind, and you'll spread the spark. best of luck! emoticon

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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/27/2010 11:23AM

    I know what you mean. I am with you I want to lose weight, but I hear from tons of people Why you are so skinny now - you looked so sickly before your surgery. I want to get back to the weight I was before we went on the cruise before the surgery....I felt good and was happy.

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8 days without blogging?

Monday, July 26, 2010

What the heck's wrong with me. I don't think I've been 8 days without blogging since I joined Spark. Good grief.

So, what have I been doing instead? Not much, in all honesty. My knee is messed up again so I haven't been running. I haven't gone to the doctor, but several exercise fanatic/enthusiast buddies have declared that I've "pulled a hamstring." Not sure exactly what "pulled" means - does that mean torn or destroyed or just over worked? Anyway, I still have the nice, visible lump behind my knee. Said lump doesn't hurt although I still can't completely straighten my leg. Actually, I can straighten it now, but I can't "lock" my knee. It won't quite straighten to that point. And when I get up after sitting for any length of time, it takes a few minutes for that knee to straighten out enough to walk normally. Still, it doesn't hurt at all. Except when I try to run. When I attempt to run, it feels like the muscle directly behind my knee is going to rip in half. So I'm not running at the moment. Boo Hiss!
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I have just spent 4 wonderful days alone with the hubby though. The kids went to Grandma's for a visit and hubby and I found ways to entertain ourselves. Ways I won't go into here. Lets just say it was a Very relaxing and enjoyable four days.
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Ooh, and those four days were calorie free. Well, not 100% calorie free, we did eat, but we didn't eat 10,000 calorie meals followed by 1000 bottles of wine like our normal kid-free vacations.
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Other than that, absolutely nothing has been going on in my life. I've put in a few hours on the exercise bike, but not as many as I should have put in. Not nearly as many hours as I'd have spent running if I was able to run. As I've mentioned before, our bike is a Goodwill reject and it's not the most comfortable, fun bikes to ride. The gauges don't work so you don't know how far/fast you are going which totally annoys me plus the seat doesn't go up high enough for me. It's almost high enough, but not quite. I've got some pretty long legs on me. Anyway, it kinda makes my knees ache to pedal it for long. That's my excuse anyway.

The job search continues but has so far been pointless. Not getting the job that I was qualified for and the only person to apply was a bit of a hit to the old ego. It's probably for the best, the pay would have totally sucked, but... I still like the idea of wearing shorts and a t-shirt to work.

Being jobless is starting to be pretty worrisome, although it does have it's good points. I haven't bought anything in over 2 weeks with the exception of milk. We've just been eating out of the pantry and freezer, which is a good thing. Boy, some of that stuff in there has been around for a while. I even discovered a bunch of frozen fruit from 2008. Yikes! Being broke is also helping me deal with the sugar & salt cravings. Instead of rushing out to buy ice cream and crackers, I'm gritting my teeth and playing a LOT of computer solitaire. Anyway, the point is, maybe being broke will help me loose some weight. Nothing else seems to be helping.
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Wow. For someone who had absolutely nothing to say, but felt like she needed to blog since it had been so long, I sure have managed to make this a long blog.

Ok, so not much has been going on. But there are things to look forward to. Grandma is taking the kids to Florida for a couple of weeks at the end of August / beginning of September. The neighborhood kids go back to school in four and a half weeks. Good grief! Where has summer gone?? But who cares. There's back to school shopping to be done. I LOVE school supply shopping. I absolutely LOVE a new pen and a notebook. Always have. Took many a college class simply so I'd have an excuse to buy a new pen and notebook. Yes, I am sick and twisted. Who cares. I LOVE school supplies. But what I love even more, and yes, this one's kind of mean and hateful of me. Hey - I never said i was nice. Since we've been homeschooling and since the public school systems have begun dictating what color notebooks and rulers... the kids have to use, my favorite back to school shopping experience is to stand in the crowded school supply aisle at Walmart and rather loudly ask the kids if they need any supplies this year. Their answer is always "no." Ok, yes, it's mean. But it is so fun to watch these other public school parents with their eyes bugging out because their school supply list says little Johnny has to have a red, 2-inch 3-ring binder with pockets and there are none to be found. And here we are, we don't even need to buy notebook paper. Just one of the many perks of homeschooling.

Ok, well, I'm off of here. Gotta go work on our school plans. I'm determined to get the year mapped out in advance so that if I do get a job, the kids won't be able to use the old "We didn't know what to do" excuse for not getting their work done.

  
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KEAKMAN 7/26/2010 10:11PM

    Oh my goodness! We ARE twins! I LOVE LOVE LOVE office/school supplies! I have an entire drawer full of post-its, pens, highlighters, and paper clips. About 14 different kinds of tablets of paper. And all sorts of pencils, mostly mechanical. Weird, huh? (or not!)

Hmmm, wonder what you and your sweetie got up to without the kids??? emoticon emoticon The absolute BEST part of being empty nesters is the fact that the kids are gone and we can do "whatever" whenever and where ever and for however long we want with no worries about interruptions! Just wait - that will be you in a few years and you will LOVE it!

So sorry your knee is still acting up. Mine too. It sucks. But mine only hurts walking down stairs or getting up from a squat. Running doesn't hurt it. I'll try running a serious downhill next week and see how that goes.

Hope yours heals SOON!

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SONGETX 7/26/2010 9:04PM

    And here I thought you'd gotten a full time job and forgotten all about your SP cyberworld! Glad to read your always funny blog, but I'm sorry no job. The right one will come along before you know it! Sorry about the knee injury too, never fun to be injured and not able to do what you want to do, even when it's something you may not want to do, but want to because you can't!

Hang in there!
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TEMPEST272002 7/26/2010 8:56PM

    Sounds like a great weekend with hubby. Since my son moved out, we've been discovering the joys of being kid-free emoticon

Which isn't to say I don't miss my son like crazy. I homeschooled him from gr 5 to 11. Then he decided to go to highschool for the "experience". I really enjoyed hs-ing and could go on & on about it... but you already know!

Hope things pick up on the job front soon.

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 7/26/2010 2:01PM

    Here's a video on hamstring pulls that you might find interesting:

http://video.ab
out.com/sportsmedicine/Pulled-H
amstring.htm

I hope you are icing it.
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LIGHTNINGRUNNER 7/26/2010 11:57AM

    I am so sorry to hear about your new injury. I would goggle pulled Hamstring and check out symptoms and check what they suggest for helping yourself.

I also find school supply shopping addictive. Mine are in college and a junior in HS - no color requirements, but I love composition notebooks and new pens.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/26/2010 11:51AM

    Marie,
Good to hear from you. You are a great blogger. I feel like I've just been in your kitchen having a morning cup of coffee with you and just talking about whatever.

Hope this "knee problem" clears up sometime in the near future.

Kay

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