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Thursday, December 02, 2010

I'm goooooooooooooooooooood! emoticon

Lucked into a bunch of points today. emoticon

And now I have 141. emoticon

G'night, peeps! emoticon

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AMLGARRIDO 12/3/2010 8:02AM

    Congratulations!!! That is awesome!

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MARTY19 12/3/2010 6:58AM

    emoticon Because I have been on the site for over 2 yrs, I never get this amount of points. Good for you!


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    You are emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 12/3/2010 3:35AM

    emoticon Elizabeth hope you slept well emoticon

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HARRINGTON5 12/3/2010 12:14AM

    Good for you! I rarely get that many any more. Good job!

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CHEFKATLEANER 12/2/2010 11:27PM

    holy cow! That's impressive! Very impressive! *lol*

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Happy December!

Wednesday, December 01, 2010

I must count my blessings and focus on all the wonderful parts of my life.
We welcomed a big beautiful baby boy into our family a few weeks ago and mother and baby William are happy and healthy- big sister Lucy is still not too thrilled with the entire concept. emoticon

We had a quiet but delicious and peaceful Thanksgiving.

My dear husband seems to be feeling better mentally and just has some lingering fatigue and apathy- not ideal by livable (for me, anyway).

The bursitis in my hip, while not gone, has lessened and I get a good night's sleep about twice a week. The pain is much less intense- more of an ache- but still enough to wake me up most nights around 4-5-6 a.m. I'm seeing my doc for a quick visit today about a sore throat (can't ignore those as I work with the elderly) and will ask what else I can do. I think I mentioned that the megadose of ibuprofen I've been taking causes water retention and constipation emoticon
so another month has gone by and my plateau continues.
I am slowly ramping up my workouts as my hip allows.
My waist is still 34", my wt bounces between 168-170 every time I check it.
I had 2 glasses of wine in November-
which continues to amaze and delight me. emoticon
My December goal is to enjoy the joy and wonders of the season
and end up at 168 or less. emoticon
Thank you all so much for reading my blogs, sending me goodies and supporting me on my journey to better health.
Happy December!
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TRAVELGRRL 12/2/2010 7:42PM

    I love my wine too -- I would love to report a 2-glass-month. Maybe sometime soon?!?

Keep up the good work.

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_CYNDY55_ 12/2/2010 1:06AM

    Wishing You A Very Happy December And Happy Holidays
☆ ♥*`*♥ ☆ ♥* ☆ `*♥ ☆ Elizabeth emoticon
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    We for sure are blessed! Wishing you all the best for the month ahead!

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MEXGAL1 12/1/2010 4:57PM

    Yes we sure do have to count our blessings. My wish is for things that need improving do so for you and that you have a wonderful December.

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MARTY19 12/1/2010 2:12PM

    Have you had a cortisone shot for your hip? I had one and I couldn't believe the relief I got. absolutely amazing.


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NEW-CAZ 12/1/2010 2:01PM

    Hi Elizabeth I so hope your hip improves hun- sending positve vibes hun.
Love your December goals emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 12/1/2010 1:28PM

    There are a lot of good things to look forward to in December! Glad to hear some things are settling down for you.
Sending healing vibes to your hip!
Did you feel it??

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LUVDOGZ 12/1/2010 12:49PM

    Have a great December!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Your fighting through the negatives and finding positives is amazing! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The things we do for love

Monday, November 29, 2010

I quit my gym (which I love) to join a new gym with my (special needs) DD, Mimi.
The new gym is much smaller but a few miles closer to our home.
We made an 18 month commitment, which I hope will be enough to get her into the working out habit and lifestyle.
So far she is very much into it, but, boy, she knows less than nothing about exercise. She seems to be eager to lose a little weight, get toned, and be in better shape. I am trying to be a positive cheerleader and coach for her.
I will miss my old gym but the new one has everything I really need, and I KNOW how fast 18 months can fly by and then I'll see what I want to do.
It's my gift to DD, even though she'll never know it.
BTW- the owner/manager made us a VERY good deal, after doubling our free guest passes to 2 weeks while I made sure that Mimi was ready to make the commitment.
Don't ever be afraid to ask for what you want.
G'night, peeps!

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MIMICOTO 12/1/2010 12:23AM

    Such a loving thing to do - in so many ways and for so many reasons. I am excited to hear how this new adventure unfolds for both of you!


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MEXGAL1 11/30/2010 10:39PM

    You are such a great Mom do do such a wonderful thing for your daughter.

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MEL_UNRAU 11/30/2010 8:00AM

    You are so very sweet. Best wishes in your new gym. I hope your darling daughter sticks with it and you can cheer her on.

I so struggle with this-- (My little guy is only 3, so...) I want to get out for a walk and get exercise... he wants to get out for a walk and stroll. We have come to a good compromise most of the time (Little man has consented that he will ride in a stroller, providing I go "supa-fast" and we go on an "adventure" walk after-- hunting down interesting leaves, etc... it's been good for both of us!). I hope that you will find a way to get what you need from the gym that will most help your daughter!

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MARTY19 11/30/2010 6:54AM

    I miss my old gym with the pool but right now I don't have the time to join (or find) a new gym. I'll continue with at-home exercise. But I am glad for you. Getting DD innto a healthy lifestyle will save her from the issues we face.


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    What a great MOM you are!! DD is very blessed to have you there for her "Coach"! emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/30/2010 3:14AM

    Hey Elizabeth if you don't ask you don't get LOL emoticon deal.

I love that you are so supportive of your daughter and can see the pair of you having a ball working out together.
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LINDA25427 11/29/2010 11:56PM

    Routting for you both .You can do it . emoticon

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DREMARGRL 11/29/2010 10:12PM

    Mothers.....sweet mothers.....great job, Elizabeth! Have fun and get it done. Mimi and you will get more than just a workout from the experience of working out together.
Blessings to you both! XO MaryAnn emoticon

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46SHADOW 11/29/2010 10:07PM

    .I think karma will repay you.

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SHERYLDS 11/29/2010 9:42PM

    What a great mom...way to go!

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BEGONIAC 11/29/2010 9:32PM

    I just gave up my membership...gotta save some money somewhere! emoticon
BUT, I'm finding that I'm doing much better at taking advantage of the equipment I have at home. I rearranged my bedroom and I'm loving it!
I know I could find a gym that I can afford...the Y is the MOST expensive here, but the weather is so beautiful this time of year. Perfect to ride my bike and I think it's worked out for the best. And I have my Nordic Track and stationary bike. And Wii!!!
It's a fine line we walk trying to motivate daughters without offending. I know I stick my foot in my mouth. But it comes from love. I guess my example is more important than my words. (I need to remember that!)
Hope all is well with your new little guy!
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    Oh, Elizabeth, you are such a wonderful mother. My heart swelled at the thought of what you have done for your precious daughter! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 11/29/2010 9:16PM

    When I was considering joining my first gym. I asked for a one month membership as a trial (was willing to pay for it). The clerk was reticent, but the managervery happily gave it to me. I was a member for 4 years.

You are doing a very good thing for your daughter. emoticon

Have a great rest of the week!

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CLEOLEFT1 11/29/2010 9:12PM

    I sure feel ya about changing gyms. In my case it is mainly going to the nearby branch cuz it's the one Ron likes rather than the one I like that has much more stuff but it's still about the same thing...he wouldn't go hardly at all if I didn't take him

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Had a pajama party last night

Sunday, November 28, 2010

I slept at Betty's last night- my neighbor/friend who is also a client- remember she went into the hospital (and then to rehab) about a month ago? She will be 89 soon and lives alone- all 3 kids are out of state- one not too far and he comes down every other weekend- so I get paid to be like a 3rd daughter.
She's doing great- using a walker and not driving yet but she has a wide circle of friends and we all are taking good care of her. I'm going to lobby with her kids on her behalf- she really doesn't need overnight help- just a little daytime help with cooking/cleaning/errands.

Lucy is still not really thrilled about Ya-yum (how she says William) being around 24/7. We are bringing her over here for the afternoon to give everyone some space.

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Have a beautiful, peaceful, relaxing Sunday!

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MEXGAL1 11/29/2010 8:57PM

    you are such a good person.
God Bless you Elizabeth.

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-THINQ- 11/28/2010 10:48PM

    We had a sober, ladies-only pajama party a few years ago here; i don't think I'd had so much great relaxed fun since before I began drinking!
I'm glad you were able to be there for your friend.

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MARTY19 11/28/2010 3:19PM

    Betsy is lucky to have you as a friend. You can come to my house for a sleepover any time. That would be fun. Bring Lucy too. It will be hard for her to share the attention initially but she will come around. Have a great day!


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MSWEEZER 11/28/2010 3:04PM

    Oh Elizabeth, Betty sounds like a wonderful lady and oh so lucky to have you and her circle to care for her. I know you enjoy the time as well. You are an angel.

I'm sorry Lucy isn't adjusting well with Ya-Yum around. LOL Isn't that adoreable. She'll grow to love her little brother.

My grandson is due in April and I'm oh so tickled. I ordered the bedding set for him today as I know as soon as the room is painted (Xmas break) my DIL will want to get it put together. Now to decide on the crib. Their first child and they are so very excited. As new parents should be.

Enjoy the gym and have a great week ahead!

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    I'm so glad you're there for Lucy! We're going to have this situation in February and I am going to stay with Kali for a while to placate Clayton! AND to hold that baby, of course! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 11/28/2010 1:53PM

    I'm glad your neighbour has you as such a good friend and that she'd making progress Elizabeth.
It's earyly days for Lucy- big change in her life, she'll adjust hun

Have a great Sunday enjoy your workout! emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 11/28/2010 11:56AM

    My big sister didn't really like me being around either. I suppose it took a lot of attention away from her. Hopefully Lucy's parents will enlist her help in caring for her little bro.
Hope you had a great workout!!

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JGMK55 11/28/2010 11:37AM

    I am sure Lucy and Ya-yum are going to be fast friends someday. You are so sweet to be taking such good care of Betty. Thank you!!!

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MNOT2THICK 11/28/2010 10:58AM

    Now that was a great pajama party. emoticon

iI know she appreciates the blessing you are to her.

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ECASPERS 11/28/2010 10:54AM

    You are a wonderful person to help her and I know she really appreciates it. Great for you! emoticon

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what a wonderful way to start the day

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I love breakfast. emoticon
I always have.
I may be in a bit of a rut
(or, as I prefer to call it, pre-goal maintenance)
but it is just so easy and enjoyable to eat the same basic breakfast every day.
I don't have to think about it- my sleepy self just does it.
Here it is:
2-3 hard boiled egg whites (I keep them in the fridge-throw away the yolks)
1/2 medium banana (save 1/2 for DD)
1 slice stoneground whole wheat toast w/dab-o-butter and cinnamon
3 stewed prunes- or lately- 1-2 clementines
a cup or two of tea w/ milk
fishoil, multi w/iron,calcium,and -currently, naproxen for hip- with the first of many many 16 oz cups of water
All around 350 calories and gets me off to a lovely start.
I do have other breakfasts, but this is it about 5-6 days a week.

What is your go-to breakfast?

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BJENKINS1014 11/28/2010 5:54PM

    My favorite "after morning walk" breakfast: peanut butter with banana slices on Arnold's whole wheat rounds. With coffee, of course. :-)

Sometimes I have cereal and fruit with Greek yogurt, an omelet with toast, or oatmeal with raisins and organic non-fat milk.

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SUNSHINES3 11/28/2010 1:40PM

  I usually eat the same thing every morning...Oatmeal/protein power/flaxmeal/sunflower seeds or almonds/cinnamon//almond breeze/coffee/stevia and fruit usually bananna or apple. Fish oil and vitamin B and D.


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MSWEEZER 11/27/2010 4:28PM

    I get up early to exercise so I start with a banana. After 4-5 miles on the treadmill I want food!! So I like one egg with a tablespoon of onion on a low fat muffin with a piece of low fat cheese. This usually holds me till snack time. I too can't start my day without food. Definitely a new way of life while living healthier.

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SUZYMOBILE 11/27/2010 2:54PM

    Oh, mmmm, yum! I agree. I didn't used to eat breakfast at all, and now I never miss it. It's my favorite meal of the day. First I take a mile walk, then I treat myself to my usual b'fast and coffee.

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BEGONIAC 11/27/2010 1:59PM

    Yep...this is one of the biggest changes I've made in my eating habits! Never ever go without breakfast. Usually an apple...because it's portable...and then whatever else depends on the day.
Today was a treat...oatmeal with freshly ground cinnamon & a little "faux" butter! I'm going to make muffins for the week today. Haven't made them in years, but hope this will be my new easy grab on the run bfast!
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AMLGARRIDO 11/27/2010 1:34PM

    I have to eat breakfast every morning, or nearly every morning, or else I'm miserable.

Most days (5 or 6), I eat a 1/2 cup 1% cottage cheese, 1 serving (15 crackers) Kashi Original 7-Grain crackers, and maybe a slice of 100% stoneground whole wheat bread with 1 Tbsp all natural peanut butter. Yummy!!! Hehehehe.

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DOOBRIE 11/27/2010 1:11PM

    Oh, I always have an egg on toast - I so look forward to it - best meal of the day! Sometimes it's poached, other times it's scrambled or fried. Occasionally I go wild and have an omelette - lol! And nearly always wholewheat toast, and sometimes a blob of ketchup. Plus 2 pints (yes - pints!) of decaffienated coffee with milk. Yours is probably a lot healthier!

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HISARTIST 11/27/2010 12:48PM

    Sounds yummy! I usually have a half cup of oatmeal with protein powder and a tablespoon of almond butter or natural peanut butter (and maybe a bit of cinnamon). If I've got time, I'll throw in a couple of egg whites. I function better with a bit more protein than carbs in the morning.

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NEW-CAZ 11/27/2010 12:04PM

    I usually have bran flakes topped with small portions of different fruits, usually a mix of berries, milk and a fruit smoothie and a cuppa. Sets me up for the day!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/27/2010 11:37AM

    Every morning my husband fixes me an Orowheat sandwich thin with Laura Scudder's Old Fashioned Peanut Butter and honey! We have it with coffee!

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MARTY19 11/27/2010 10:29AM

    I struggle with eating breakfast. I need to be up for 3 hours before my body wants or will accept any food. My ongoing problem. *sigh*


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KENDALL7261 11/27/2010 10:22AM

    I like breakfast too! It is simple and easy and quiet. A good breakfast is a great way to start the day!!
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