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Quick Post from the Road

Saturday, October 01, 2011

Uh, I lost 2 pounds... and the only vegetable Minnesota restaurants have ever seen is a fried mushroom!
Ok, that's not completely true, I did LOVE the IGA store we found and bought loads of delicious fruit, but seriously, my aunt who I would say is a health nut (apparently in ways other than food), only serves vegetables in butter and cheese, and when I gave my son steamed broccoli (without butter or cheese) said out loud when she saw it on his plate, "What is that green crap?!" *sigh* yay, thanks for helping my kid eat his greens. :(
I still don't know if I'm heading back today, so still don't know if I'm getting home Sunday or Monday. I'm only hoping my boss is OK with me being gone for so long. I'm sure there's tons of work when I get back...
Stress, I'm definitely chalking up a loss during travel to stress. From my grandfathers condition (I did get to say goodbye before he passed away, so that was good) to keeping the peace between my aunt and dad, it's all I can figure. Seriously everything is fried up here, I now have a new appreciation for Sparklers sparking up north. I also have a new appreciation for Texas grown fruit and veg, my brother lives in Iowa and all their fruit and veg is shipped in so it's more expensive than what I would pay back home. The flip side to that is everyone seems to have their own gardens (that produce DELICIOUS vegggies!) so that's GREAT!
Ok, enough rambling, I need to get back to the kiddos. I miss being here everyday. Hope to be back soon!
*hugs*

  
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SUPERSYLPH 10/1/2011 11:02AM

    '"What is that green crap?!"' Seriously?! emoticon

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CAPTHAMMER 10/1/2011 10:51AM

    Ah, family drama...ain't it grand? The good news is about the time your little one that's currently eating green "crap" is graduating from high school, you'll be able to look back on all this and see the humor. Or maybe not.

Like you, I lose weight best when life is throwing curveballs at me. Here's to looking at the bright side of stress!
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APIRLRAIN888 10/1/2011 9:59AM

    woohooo on 2 lbs loss and have a blast

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ONESTUBBORNTART 10/1/2011 8:46AM

    You'll be pleased to get home and back to normality! I hope you're enjoying your time with family.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/1/2011 8:38AM

    Wow, that's a crazy difference in what my experiences were up north versus down here in TX. The veggies are crazy expensive, all imported, and not so great in San Antonio, but up in Wisconsin I could get everything local for a fraction of the price, and in general the food (restaurants, grocery stores, everywhere) was a million times healthier. You must have found a great place where you live in TX!

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I'm Pfabulous, Here Are Pfive Reasons I Think So

Thursday, September 22, 2011

1. I have awesome redish hair with blonde highlights and brown lowlights. I love it. I don't care how it's cut or what it looks like, my hair color makes up for it. It's natural, my hair stylist friends call me a B because I don't have to pay them for it. Also I have a hazel spot in one eye that matches my hair color.
2. I keep in touch with my childhood girl friends who still live in the area. I love and support them even though we're in all different places/stages of our lives. We get together for girls nights and blurt inappropriate things, and wish we got together more often.
3. I used to play bassoon, clarinet, various percussion instruments. Yes. I am a huge band nerd, and I think that makes me awesome. For my husbands birthday this year I took him to a DCI show that happened to be coming through our town that weekend. I LOVED IT, he loved it.
4. My parents watched "Napoleon Dynamite" and compared me to the main character...oh wait, is that the opposite of pfabulous? I'm pretty sure they were referring to his awesome sense of style, dancing ability, and accurate self awareness of artistic awesomeness. I need to go get my chapstick, my lips hurt real bad...
5. I fully expect my son will be interested in things I have zero interest in, like cars and football. I'm fully prepared to love him, and show him the respect he deserves regardless of my initial interest in his pursuits. My parents did this for me, I think everyone deserves that and I think that makes me pfabulous (just don't ask him, I know he'll still hate me when he's a teenager!) hehe!

  
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VICKILYN4 9/28/2011 10:56AM

    Most def you are PFABULOUS!!! Keep up the great work!

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MDEVILE 9/23/2011 6:33PM

    lol

You are pfabulous. Good luck with the chapstick XD

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PEGTIGER 9/22/2011 8:35PM

    This is a PHabuous list! Looking forward to the challenge!

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FUNGIRL81005 9/22/2011 1:51PM

    Love the List!!! We have to know who we are and LOVE who we are...BEFORE we get to SKINNY jeans... Skinny Jeans don't make happiness...... Happiness comes from Within.....Thank you for sharing.....I want to make my list now too!!

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JULIA1154 9/22/2011 1:44PM

  I love your list! emoticon

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CAPTHAMMER 9/22/2011 1:24PM

    This blog made me laugh!

All hail those that are secure in their own skin (and hair color)!

Old (not in age but in length of time) girlfriends are the VERY best. I have no close friends that I met less than 15 years ago and some from almost 30 years ago. Yikes! That's sort of scary.

Congrats on being a band nerd. I'm not musical but that stems back to a stepfather who told me I'd never amount to anything because I didn't play an instrument. So, of course, I refused to play one. Much therapy probably needed there.

Love Napoleon Dynamite. Tried to explain to DS that he would meet people exactly like all the characters when he reached high school. They were there when I went 40 years ago, they'll be there when my grandkids go.

Likely your son will not hate you when he's a teenager. I've been told there's no love like that of a son for his mother. Mine even listed me as his hero on his Facebook page. And we were the opposite of you and your parents. I begged him to be more mainstream to no avail. He's currently looking for a girl that can play World of Warcraft as well as he can before he starts dating, he's a veritable encyclopedia of facts about The Who, and revels in his nerdiness.

Look forward to getting to know you as a fellow Daisy

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SUPERSYLPH 9/22/2011 1:18PM

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APIRLRAIN888 9/22/2011 11:11AM

    lol love it!!!

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KAKAKALI4 9/22/2011 11:01AM

    Awesome! I love your list!
Teri

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JENNSWIMS 9/22/2011 10:36AM

    This is great, you are PFABULOUS!!! Great list!!

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WMS Pic Challenge: Week 2

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

so...no change this week, in fact, I think I look bigger. It IS TOM, which, I KNOW, is TMI. :)
K, here it is... week 1 and 2 side by sides:




It is what it is! Next week will be better. My weight this morning was down .7 from last week. We'll see what tomorrow holds, not holding my breath because I know that I didn't give it my all this past week. I could have done better, so, tomorrow and the days after that I'll do better. Cause that's the only way I'm going to see results! :)

  
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APIRLRAIN888 9/22/2011 12:47PM

    i agree with 250KU175! i saw that your thighs are slimmer, TOM post made me forget to type it!

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JOSIEISHEALTHY 9/22/2011 10:29AM

    It looks like you took the picture at a closer distance so that is why you feel you look bigger. I def see some changes! Keep it up and don't stop! Period woes suck!

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 9/22/2011 10:10AM

    I agree - TOM can do some wonky things to the body

and I have the same problem trying to get the same "shot" - I'm hoping I get better at it as time goes on

and I think in a two week period, or a month, that is when the changes will be the most noticeable - I'm going to skip this week and I'm hoping to see something more visible at the next session

but that said, I do see a difference in the shape of your thigh, that is very noticeable!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/22/2011 7:29AM

    OMG agreed, your second SHOT is closer!!!!
it's the devil,

I always stand on the same place same zoom same angle!!!

find a spot on the floor to stand
posture makes a difference too

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FLUFFYSUE1 9/22/2011 4:21AM

    I'd like to say that you think you look bigger but one your second picture is a closer shot and 2 you look more toned and lifted all over so at least your toning up.

TOM is any womens night mare you make progress then the scale jumps and you feel defeated.ok so i put between a modest lb up to 7lbs everytime and it always gets the best of me.

Thats what i like about these type of challenges it's nice to know that other women bloat, gain and binge when TOM hits but we can all shrink together too!

Can't wait to see next weeks pics.

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ONESTUBBORNTART 9/22/2011 3:03AM

    Good for you! I know you can do this and as you say, Tomorrow is another day to give it your all! emoticon

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ECHAVEZ2 9/22/2011 1:24AM

    Oh girl! You can do this! TOM-TOM, BLOM-.BLOM! YOu can do this.

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3RDBABYWEIGHT 9/21/2011 10:47PM

    emoticon Good Luck! I don't know why blogging about TOM is always TMI. I feel the same way when I blog, but sometimes you just feel you have to mention it! And it is your blog, so if you want to talk about it, don't feel bad. After all, it effects or has effected all of the women on here at some point! :)

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APIRLRAIN888 9/21/2011 10:41PM

    TOM does make me bloated ;p I was told , any change during TOM means huge changes when it goes away. i did a poll and SP-friend gains anywhere between 3-6 lbs during TOM

and it was true, i lost some inches and it translated 2 wks later when my TOM disappear (mirena wierd TOM)

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5% Fall Challenge Commitment

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Pre-Challenge Assignment #1 ~

Have you got your gym clothes, runners, water bottle, etc. ready to go?
I have the gym clothes that I have, no new ones. I'm going to try and continue with the shoes I already have, but either before the challenge ends, or very soon after I'll need to get some new ones. Water bottles are check. So, mostly I think I have everything I need. I just need to make sure that every evening I have everything out and ready for exercising in the morning.

What is your exercise plan?
*WiiFit or Spark Exercise video AT LEAST 10 minutes once a day.
*JustDance with my son AT LEAST 3x a week for as long as we feel like!
*Elliptical AT LEAST 3x a week for 10 minutes. I'd like to gradually increase my time, if not my frequency to 30 minutes.

Do you know what diet you will follow?
I'm following my low-sodium, low-stress diet. This diet is one that I've slightly modified from my doc.
*whole grains, maybe milk and fruit for breakfast
*healthy snack (almonds, applesauce, yogurt, goldfish!)
*homemade soup with one serving of grain (bread, crackers) and one serving of fruit for lunch
*healthy snack (almonds, applesauce, yogurt, goldfish!)
*one portion meat, carb, all the steamed veg I can eat
I make sure I stay under 1500 calories by tracking, I try to stay as close to 1200 as I can (as prescribed by my doc), but that is near impossible for me. I gotta eat when I'm hungry or I go overboard! water water water!

Do you know how to connect with your team mates?
Yes! I plan on checking the team page and message boards every day (ok, at the least once a week, but hopefully more like every day!)

Did you put your 5% Challenge Commitment on your page?done and done

  
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ROOBEARZ 9/20/2011 10:39PM

    Good plan!!

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FUNGIRL81005 9/20/2011 8:09PM

    LOVE YOUR PLAN!!! emoticon

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APIRLRAIN888 9/20/2011 3:38PM

    awesome! !!

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SOUTHPONDCAMP 9/20/2011 2:55PM

    Hey...that looks awesome. The plans are all good....but...also the FONTS!! How in the heck did you do that...I really want to know!

Super jealous.

Ok, back to you, great job on identifying what you are going to do...planning is a huge part of this and you are looking phabulous!



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SWEETSUGAR7 9/20/2011 2:44PM

    Sounds like a good start of your plan.

I would see about getting better shoes. There is famous foot wear and Volume shoe store or maybe get lucky and find some on a web site or a 2nd hand store. Sales might come up also like JC Penney or other stores like Kohls.

I hope you have a great week. Just package your foods for the week and grab and go. I always have a water in my car also. Then you are getting more water in and sipping away.



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WMS Pic Challenge: Week 1

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

I cannot believe I'm posting this, but whatever, I'm going to be a superwoman.
Shoot, I AM a SUPERWOMAN!!! I'm just having a teensy freak out about putting these up. I couldn't decide between a front shot and the sideways shot, so I did the side by side of both. So, today...week 1... I'm ~187. The top is a 14/16 clingy, polyestery, tank top that I would LOVE to be able to wear without a cover up...also I'd like for what you could see beyond the cover up to not be a lumpy mess. :D The bra is probably NEVER going to fit right, but we'll see! What I will say about it, is that it's a wireless, and I've always dreamed about being able to wear a wireless bra. I am crazy, I know, but I'm allowed to dream big for this challenge (or small as the case may be!) The bottoms are a size L (which I haven't been in YEARS).

Please excuse the harsh lighting, hopefully next week I'll find a better spot...

  
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FUNGIRL81005 9/17/2011 12:12AM

    Yay!!!! Perfect pictures for the challenge!!! emoticon

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MSILVER94 9/15/2011 11:49AM

    I know! It takes some nerve to post these pics, I'm on the challenge too! We CAN DO THIS! Looking forward to seeing better pics of all of us!

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ONESTUBBORNTART 9/14/2011 3:20PM

    Good for you! I'm really looking forward to seeing your progress! Rock on!

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ELSAG83 9/14/2011 3:10PM

    You are a super- woman! we're all in this together! emoticon Let's do it!

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ROOBEARZ 9/14/2011 2:24PM

    Great job!! You are SUPERWOMAN!!! (although, you look pretty good to me...I can only hope to get to your weight!!!) Good luck w/the challenge - I'm trying it, too!!

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NOMOEXCUSES13 9/14/2011 2:08PM

    Great job in posting for the shrink challenge. YOu are going to rock this challenge and I"m excited to see your progress!!!

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SANDERSON83 9/14/2011 1:50PM

    Woo hoo! Lets do this!

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APIRLRAIN888 9/14/2011 1:49PM

    WOOHOOOO thanks for JOINING! and LETS do this! LET's SHRINK

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POOKASLUAGH 9/14/2011 12:50PM

    I think you're looking great!

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ZOOKEEPERMAMA 9/14/2011 11:42AM

    Looking great! PS, the lady who invented the underwire, if she weren't already dead, would get a solid punch in the neck by yours truly.

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ARGYLE-RUNNER 9/14/2011 10:49AM

    emoticon I'm so excited you got these up! Yay for sleeveless!
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