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Sunday, July 01, 2012

After 40+ years of loving him, I finally got to see Neil Diamond in concert tonight. He may be 70 years old, but he still gives an amazing show.

Hubby went with me, even though his experience of Neil Diamond is only overhearing his parents' music, since they were both fans. He recognized a lot of the songs, but said that the most fun was watching me be so happy.

I'm a little hoarse from cheering, but ever so pleased!

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NATPLUMMER 7/2/2012 12:39PM


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    Yes!! I saw him in high school, I think I was 16, my friend and I really got into our parents records and were listening non-stop to his. We both saved up money for the tickets, and were able to get some nosebleed seats at the Gund Arena. I'm not as big a fan now, but I still like to listen every now and then. I'm so excited you got to see him, I hope he's still going strong and I hope he played your favorite songs!

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I am lame!

Friday, June 29, 2012

No, seriously. I have bruised the ligaments in the pad of my right foot (behind the toes) and am having pain walking on it. It's the rolling motion of walking that causes it to hurt most, and I biked on it without much discomfort. But I need to let it rest and recover, so no really long rides for a while. Just 20-ish ones.

In some ways it's a bit of a relief. I was planning on participating in a 60-mile ride on Sunday, but it's going to be 95 degrees. The wisdom of riding that far in that kind of weather would have led to a lot of internal debate, but now I don't even have to think about it.

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OPTIMIST1948 7/3/2012 3:23PM

    Ouch! Maybe try swimming or aqua jogging to get cardio without impact. Pain may be bad, but I subscribe to the ideal that an elevated heartrate helps you heal a bit faster. Within reason of course.

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EUPHRATES 7/1/2012 1:42PM


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NATPLUMMER 6/29/2012 6:02PM


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BLUE42DOWN 6/29/2012 2:04PM

    Take care of that foot!


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CAKEMAKERMOM 6/29/2012 11:56AM

    Your foot made the decision for you. Mid 90's is way too hot.

Heal quickly, don't do anything to harm it farther.

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DRAGONCHILDE 6/29/2012 10:26AM

    I was about to come in here and get on to you for talking badly about yourself... but I see you mean the OTHER definition of lame. ;)

Feel better!

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TATTER3 6/29/2012 10:17AM

    My SIL hurt his foot in a similar way. Just heal well and quickly!

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Paleo evangelism is making me crazy

Thursday, June 28, 2012

Apparently I have not lost any weight. Because I'm still eating grains, which are poison, and I can't possibly be healthy.

Funny how neither the scale nor my wardrobe reflect this. 65 pounds gone, 6 sizes smaller, despite eating bread.


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OPTIMIST1948 6/29/2012 7:27AM

    Extremism of any kind is bad, politics, religion and diet plans.

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NATPLUMMER 6/28/2012 1:09PM

    emoticon You know how people are.

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BEARGODDESS 6/28/2012 12:00PM

    Food evangelism of any kind drives me crazy! I lean toward low carb, but love the taste of home made bread and refuse to give it up! We are all so different, with such different metabolisms that everyone really has to find what works for themselves.
I also, sometimes notice people here who view food as the "enemy". I know that there were no "enemies" who caused me to gain, just an unwillingness to move.

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CAKEMAKERMOM 6/28/2012 11:34AM

    Do what you need to for you and don't listen to extremists.

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MUGGLEMUM 6/28/2012 9:20AM

    I have a colleague who is totally Paleo (and she weights about 12 pounds). I've done a little bit of reading on it, and I understand it's benefits. That said, every "program" has good and not so good things. My veterinarian always says not to change our dogs' food abruptly. In fact, he says, expect a food change (mixing old food-new food) gradually for up to six months for some dogs. So, when my husband was diagnosed with pre-diabetes, I listened to the vet! We made SMALL changes, which got bigger over time. Over six months, we had made some huge changes. A lot of times, zealots wants us to lay down our evil ways and pick up a whole new life immediately, but for real changes, less is more!

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    emoticon Do what works best for you...

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TATTER3 6/28/2012 6:10AM

    What works...works. Love the hype on 'bad' foods! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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MPLANE37 6/28/2012 3:37AM

    For a while I tried going low carb... I was miserable. I felt so little energy. I did not want to work out. Then I re-introduced the complex carbs (e.g. whole wheat spaghetti). What a difference! I wanted to run again. I was not sluggish any more! For a very long time, I was blaming the carbs for my weight problem. Now I am thinking, it was not the carbs, not the fats, and certainly not the proteins. It was uncontrolled intake of all of that. How sad. It was my brain which was screwing it up.

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SARA72121 6/28/2012 3:04AM

    I think any diet or lifestyle that completely restricts a food group is BS. I've lost over 100 pounds and for a good portion of it I was still eating white bread, white pasta and limited grains. I made the switch whole grain pasta and wheat bread mostly because they have so much more protein. Keep doing what works for you and don't let other people's opinions bother you!

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    Life is an illusion! Congrats on your progress emoticon

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TAMPATINK67 6/28/2012 12:38AM

    We all have to find the path that works for each of us. If there was a single answer that worked for everyone - we'd all know it and be trying it!

Zealots are hard to take sometimes (regardless of topic), but I try to thing of them as just very passionate people.

And yes - I too am Paleo.

Glad to heard your plan is working for you! I'm also happy I found this answer for me....

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Summer lovin' -- at Walmart!

Tuesday, June 19, 2012

Last summer, I couldn't get my favorite skorts up around my hips. On Sunday, they almost fell off my body. It was clearly time to find some new summer clothes, but I didn't want to spend a fortune. So I went to Walmart and picked out some light cotton summer dresses. I started at the Plus-sized rack, where the styles and colors were kind of ugly, but decided to risk the disappointment of the regular sized department.

Sure enough, the regular sized dressed fit me! I walked out with three cute cotton dresses in size 16/18 that only cost $10 each!

I still don't have any shorts that fit, but at least I have some cute dresses!

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DANA48131 7/7/2012 12:57AM

    Great news!!!


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EUPHRATES 6/26/2012 9:07AM

    Have I mentioned recently how proud of you I am? Oh I have?

Well, I'll say it again - you RAWK lady!

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    got to love their prices for sure!!!!

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NATPLUMMER 6/19/2012 9:37AM

    emoticon emoticon

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THE_NEW_MELISSA 6/19/2012 9:33AM

    Yay! Love when we can find cute stuff and it's a great price too!

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SHARONSPARKLE 6/19/2012 9:09AM

    I'm a Wal Mart shopper as well. Why not buy something cute at half the price of the malls, especially as we are losing weight!

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AZMOMXTWO 6/19/2012 9:01AM

  way to go and a great price as a bonus

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168-40-56 = 72 hours

Monday, June 18, 2012

72 hours every week, once I take out 40 for the work week and 56 for eight hours of sleep every night.

72 hours. Doesn't that just seem like ALL KINDS of time? So why do I always feel like I don't have enough time?

Well, at least an hour of them every day goes to self-care: showering, etc. in the morning, getting ready for bed at night. So now we're down to 65. Then there is cooking, eating and cleaning--conservatively another hour a day. That's 58.

Working out is about 2 hours a day, leaving 44. 44 hours that I could be spending on craft work, reading, spending time with hubby. At this point, I bet I don't spend one hour a day doing those things, but even if I did, That would still leave 37 hours.

37 hours a week that I fear are going into the internet. Yes, there are lots of good things I get out of the internet, but there is also a lot of just plain wasted time. 5 hours a day. Almost 5 and a half.

I am addicted. I need to get this under control. The problem is that I can't just turn off the internet, because my whole job is based about 80% around using it. But I'm going to have to limit my Spark time, and close the window to that email account when I've reached the end of my alloted time. I'm going to have to close down all other social media, and keep it closed.

If I give myself 2 hours a day for playing on the internet, I will still recover 23 hours of time for other activities. Almost one full day of each week, taken back from this machine.

I have to do it.

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EUPHRATES 6/26/2012 9:08AM

    Gods it's hard....

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DOGLADY13 6/18/2012 8:55PM

    Cooking, eating and cleaning only takes an hour out of each day? Really? I think you are short-changing yourself.

What about commuting time to/from work, gym, grocery store, etc?

I don't disagree that getting sucked into the internet takes a lot of time, but I think you do more in your day than you give yourself credit for.

A random bit... my mother-in-law could get lost in reading for the entire day, every day. She would put a book mark in some spot in the book and when she reached that bookmark, she closed it and did a household task: laundry, dishes, make the bed, etc. Then when the task was done, she'd go back to reading until the next book mark.

Maybe you could do that with a dial timer by the computer. Just give it a twist, when the timer goes off, you get up and do something else for a while. The twist of the timer would give it some element of randomness.

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BARBARASDIET 6/18/2012 5:31PM

    Sounds like a lot of time!

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