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Tuesday, June 24, 2014

Don't you hate it when you have the motivation just oozing out of yourself, but keep getting sidetracked by life ciircumstances?

Three weeks ago, I had a somewhat-terrible upper respiratory infection. I say "somewhat terrible" because I've suffered through worse, but nonetheless, it's hard to do cardio, when your head feels like it may implode, and you cough so hard, you may bring up a lung.

As soon as that ended, and I was almost fully recovered, I was hit with a toothache. I chipped a tooth about a half a year ago on an atomic fireball and hasn't bothered me until last week. And if you've ever had a toothache from a top tooth, you may know that it's not just that tooth that aches, but literally, your entire face, and the pain kinda drifts up to the top of your skull. Not nice. Once I recovered from that nightmare I got....
whatever the heck decided to sting me on my ankle. I was getting into my van on Sunday wearing sandals. I felt a bite from a very small black bug (I don't even know what it was but I'm guessing some kind of spider). That night my foot was swollen, but not too bad. In the morning I awoke to a foot doubled in size, hot , and itchy. And the looked like I was wearing a red sock pulled up a third of the way up my leg. I took a variety of measures, but by the evening it felt like it had its own heartbeat, so I decided to go to urgent care. They gave me a shot of steroids and antibiotics and some benedryl and sent me home with presciptions for more of the same. Oh and direct orders to stay off my feet until it's completely better. Worst news for a runner. I missed crossfit yeasterday and most likely will miss run club tomorrow.

I am trying to decrease my calories a bit seeing I'm not burning any. The sooner this boot heals, the better.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 8/25/2014 5:57AM

    you know what they say.whenever it rain it pours lol.hope it all get sorted out soon. emoticon emoticon

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FINCHFEEDER80 6/26/2014 2:50PM

    get well soon!

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BATCHICK 6/26/2014 10:47AM

    I hope you are all healed up and better soon!

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SEATTLE58 6/24/2014 3:33PM

    Hugs to you and I hope that you'll be on the mend soon! It's so good that you've gotten some good remedy to fix what's ailing and that also, we live in this modern age. There's so many times that I stop and think about how thankful we can be for that. More hugs, Karen

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ARUNNINGKAT 6/24/2014 2:21PM

    Ouch! All of that sounds super painful, especially the foot part. Whatever that little bug was sure did a number on you. As a fellow runner, I hope for a speedy recovery for you!

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NGCHILD 6/24/2014 2:00PM

    Sorry about the setbacks! Take care of yourself and rest. I do hope you feel better soon!


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SHELLE13 6/24/2014 1:56PM

    Ugh! Glad you're okay though! Bug bites are crazy! I get bit a lot, must have sweet blood, but never had that happen. Spiders can be deadly, glad that you're only missing a few workouts and that you're not in the hospital! Good on your for staying on track!

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GAL7288 6/24/2014 1:46PM

    Oh man, when it rains it pours! Hang in there, sometimes it's just life telling you to take it easy, an who knows you might need the rest. Take advantage of it while you have to and do something else that interest you. Maybe before you didn't have the time or inclination to try something new, but while you recover you can give it a try. I hope you feel better soon, soon enough you will be up and running again!

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Cutest. Puppy Pics. Ever.

Friday, April 04, 2014

I had to post the most recent photos of the new puppy. She has grown leaps and bounds since we got her 3 weeks ago. I think I will post new photos regularly.

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GREGGWEISBROD 5/16/2014 10:38AM


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PATRICIA-CR 4/24/2014 9:48AM

    Awww, how lovely! emoticon

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PENOWOK 4/24/2014 6:27AM

    Pretty cute!

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GOGETTERME 4/18/2014 7:13PM

    So cute!

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BATCHICK 4/6/2014 11:13AM

    what a cutie!!

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 4/4/2014 10:14PM

    Wonder how cute she'll be when she starts chewing!! LOL

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SEATTLE58 4/4/2014 9:59PM

    Oh my, such a darling little sweetie pie. I sure would take her in a heartbeat too! You are so blessed and I'm so happy for you! Mutual love indeed!! emoticon

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MJ7DM33 4/4/2014 9:42PM

  emoticon She is so cute!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/4/2014 9:21PM

    sweet emoticon

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ALICIA214 4/4/2014 9:19PM


What a sweet little girl...


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First Day of April

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I am setting a goal for myself to lose at least 5 pounds this month. I am still carrying around the 15 pounds I've gained, and I want it gone. My day has been crazy busy. So far today I've:

1. Got my 3 girls off to school
2. Ran 2 miles
3. Showered and went to Petco for puppy food. When we got her 2.5 weeks ago, she weighed 2 lbs., 11 oz. Today she weighs 7. She's eating me out of house and home.
4. Went to the Vitamin Shoppe and over paid for protein bars. But it was kinda worth it because they had awesome flavors I've never seen before.
4. Went to Walmart. Had to get the usual household supplies, and then I went nuts buying my girls Easter candy. May God keep me away from the robin's eggs...please.
5. Went to get an estimate on putting an a/c compressor on my 1996 van. So the mechanic tells me he can put in a rebuilt one, plus a new blower motor for $370. But he can't guarantee it. He said it's like "putting on a new outfit, crapping in it, and then changing your clothes without showering". What does that mean???
6. Then went to Costco, Apparently, the last time I was there, a Costco employee voided my membership card because it's my hubby's card, and he wasn't with me, so I would have to get someone to help me validate my membership the next time I came....which was today.
7. Put away a ton of groceries, and now I have to cook dinner, and help my little one with her homework.

I didn't even get to eat my lunch until 3:30. If I could stay this busy every day, I could easily reach my goal.

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GREGGWEISBROD 5/16/2014 10:40AM

    #5 ... O_o That's about all I can say about that, lol. Where do people come up with things like that?! Has he crapped in a dress before? Or someone he knows has done that? How does someone's brain find that as an analogy? lol! :D

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MTN_KITTEN 4/4/2014 9:56AM

    I'm tired just ready your errands.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/3/2014 5:24PM

    wow you have been busy emoticon

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DEWEESE4 4/2/2014 9:50AM

    Keep up the good work!

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NGCHILD 4/1/2014 9:23PM

    I am exhausted reading your list! !

We can both lose that 5 lbs this month. We are leaving for vacation in a little over a month. Its GOTTA GO!!


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SEATTLE58 4/1/2014 6:34PM

    Well Sweets, to tell you the truth, I've put on 12# of my 67# loss and it makes me sick and frustrated, but I won't give up and I know that you won't either! We can do it! I'm going to do the same as you, to work on losing 5# this April. There's nothing like the present! I keep going around the same numbers and this has been since the holiday gain of 2012!!!!! Sick, huh?! I know that the key to all of this is to keep busy. That's exactly what I did with my first 12# gone. Our daughter got married July of 2011 and we were running around and that's a perfect to shed pounds! emoticon

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CHERIJ16 4/1/2014 5:44PM

    You are BUSY! Remember to carve out a little time for yourself! emoticon

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Public Enemy No. 1

Friday, March 28, 2014

I've had tons of reasons for not working out. If I could get paid for creating excuses, I'd be a wealthy woman right now. My motivation has a tendency to come and go, and lately, it has been way gone. But for 2 weeks now I have used this creature as my main excuse:

At 4 weeks old, we took her in, and she became public enemy no.1. Yeah, yeah, she's cute..adorable even, but don't let that fat tummy and yummy face fool you. She is a poop machine. And she could not be left alone. If I caged her to go workout, she would bark, and whine, and wake the others still sleeping. So it makes sense that I would have to skip my exercise sessions to babysit. I mean, what I could I do?
I know. You don't have to tell me how pathetic it is to blame the cutest puppy in the world for not getting my lazy rear end off the couch. She's close to being housebroken, so once she eats and poops, I wll be headed out for a Saturday run, and blame the baby no longer.

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MAMAJENC 3/30/2014 7:30PM

    Awe so sweet! Don't be hard on yourself silly! You rock

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NGCHILD 3/29/2014 4:08PM

    So cute! !

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THE_SHAKESHAFT 3/29/2014 9:25AM

    OMG so cute!!

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MNCYCLIST 3/29/2014 8:52AM

    Well, we all have our moments, but hang in there, where there's a will, there's a way!

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SEATTLE58 3/28/2014 11:08PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. You'll make up for the loss once she's housebroken and jogging right beside you and no more babysitting, like you say! Sooo darling! I could take every puppy in the world if we had the room. One darling, precious doggy fits the bill just perfectly for me too. She's laying on the couch beside me, fast asleep and so content! Oh ya, we love them!!

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EVER-HOPEFUL 3/28/2014 10:28PM

    ahh so cute.just think she may be public enermy number one now but just think it wont be long before she is your best excuse to exercise.enjoy your run. emoticon

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Why Intermittent Fasting

Saturday, January 11, 2014

I came to the reality the other day that I have been on Spark for almost 4 years. What a journey! I have come a long way but I've always given myself some grief that I never reached my goal weight. I was so close...just 5 pounds away. Imagine running a marathon, and you can see the finish line right there. You're so focused on the prize right in front and then BAM, you stumble over your own feet and break your leg. That's sorta what it feels like to me.

Not only did I not make the finish line, but I started gaining weight back. Stress was a huge factor. And then my thyroid. You would think it was underactive, since I gained 14 pounds. But I went to the doc and it turns out it was overactive. Probably why I had a ravenous appetite all the time. I was constantly eating because I was really hungry. Then the dreaded holidays. I made 12 different varieties of Christmas cookies. Need I say more?

I was desperate to get back on track. Desperate times call for desperate measures. A couple of months ago I heard about the Fast Diet on Good Morning America. It intrigued me. Also known as "intermittent fasting", you cut your calories down to 1/4th of the recommended intake, which is 500 calories for women, 600 for men. You do this twice a week (not consecutive days) and the other 5 days you eat what you want. This works best for people who eat reasonably on their non-fast days.

Critics have said that one may develop an unhealthy relationship with food. I've had 4 years to work on my relationship. Some may say you may fall into "starvation mode". It doesn't happen since you only do it for a day, and then eat normally the following day.

I really like it because I never feel deprived. You know you only have to get through one day, and you can enjoy whatever you're craving the next day. It's very flexible. Going out to dinner with friends? Simply move your fast day over a day. The diet is genius. Studies are showing that the diet may also lower your blood pressure, your blood sugar levels, your triglycerides, your LDL, your risk of certain cancers, and dementia.

I don't think this diet is right for everyone, but for now it seems like it's right for me. I'll keep you all posted on my progress.

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GOGETTERME 2/22/2014 8:26PM

    Are you still keeping up with intermittent fasting? If so is it still working for you?

I know exactly how you feel about getting so close and then falling down. I was within 15 pounds of my goal weight and the I blew it. I've gained 10-15 pounds since summer and can't get it off. I've also lost some muscle so I look even bigger and flabby. It's very upsetting but then I remind myself how far I've come from my highest weight (down 60 pounds) and how long I've kept it off.

I thought I was set and had this fitness/eating thing down pat, nothing could slip me up. My life and stress got in my way BIG TIME! Life stress gets me every time. It's a downward spiral, I lose sleep, eat more, workout less and before you know it you start to get drawn down again into the same old hole. I've made HUGE lifestyle changes and learned so much that it's relatively easy to get back on track.

I'm trying the primal lifestyle right now. You should check out If you can follow his suggestions even just 50% or like me one baby step at a time I can assure you it will REALLY help. BTW, he also recommends intermittent fasting. I'm not ready yet but once I get back full swing I plan to give it a try.

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TAICHIDANCER 1/30/2014 2:24PM

    I have been doing 5:2 since September and find it useful.

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XXJDXX 1/30/2014 1:52PM

    That's very interesting. I do something similar, and it's helped me to maintain my weight.

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HARVEYRABBIT 1/23/2014 2:21PM

    I recently heard about intermittent fasting as well. I surmise that it mimics our situation in nature until recently when it was often feast or famine as food was not always available and we, or course, had to work hard to get any.

Right now I am reading THE EDGE EFFECT by Eric R Braverman. check it out as well as his interviews on youtube.

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NGCHILD 1/12/2014 10:55PM

    Most would call how we eat as unreasonable and unhealthy but it works for hubby and I and we have lost almost 180 pounds in a year.

Good for you!


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EVER-HOPEFUL 1/11/2014 5:54PM

    that is what this journey is all about finding out what works for YOU and only YOU.we may all be traveling down the same path but each of our journeys are unique to us.i am glad you seem to have found what works for you emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TTHINAGAINN 1/11/2014 4:20PM

    Congratulations on your success using this method! emoticon I've never heard of it and will have to look into it!

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BERRY4 1/11/2014 3:55PM

    emoticon I think some form of fasting--whether 5:2 or 12 hrs of rest for the intestinal tract on a daily basis are all useful in allowing our bodies to thrive on what they NEED.
So often I eat just to eat. That part is what needs to change for me. And I have to deal w/ a sugar issue. Too much junk is what causes me grief. Here's to aiming for perspective this month!

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MJ7DM33 1/11/2014 2:52PM

  Very interesting! Thanks for sharing!

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STONECOT 1/11/2014 12:50PM

    I'm still doing alternate day fasting after 10 months, like you I find it flexible and easy to work in with normal life. No more having to sit and watch everyone else eating for enjoyment, or guilt at some forbidden food. I found I could still overheat on the 5:2, so switched to alternate day, but if it's working for you, well, go for it!

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BATCHICK 1/11/2014 12:36PM

    I have been successful and happy on 5:2! Welcome to the team.

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-WRKNG2ABTTRME- 1/11/2014 12:06PM

    Interesting...Thanks for sharing!

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LOVELESMILLS 1/11/2014 12:05PM

  Go for it!

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