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Makin' Magic

Tuesday, February 22, 2011

OOH, I've been away a while....bein' sick. Ugh. Feelin' better....I just booked my birthday vacation....♫♫I'm going to Disneyland!!!♫♫ Going to stay at Disney's Grand Californian this year because of all the ongoing construction at the Disneyland Hotel. View room of Downtown Disney, three magical days in both parks.....eatin' and drinkin' and carryin' on....hey, this is DISNEYLAND, diet rules do not apply! (It's only three days...and I can't get Disney-caliber food like that at home....) YIPPEE!!!! ZIP A DEE DOO DAH!!!♫♫♫ Space Mountain and Soarin' Over California and World Of Color and Peter Pan and the Haunted Mansion....THIS CHAMBER HAS NO WINDOWS....AND NO DOORS.....The Enchanted Tiki Room and pineapple whips, ♫♫it's a small world,♫♫after all...♫♫decadent room service by cast members who even make the food magical....the Hollywood Tower of Terror...checking out all the ongoing construction of DCA, the Voyage of the Little Mermaid (will it be open???????) Shopping, shopping, shopping.... And of course, showing off my Disneyland tattoos....the oohs and ahs of the cast members and guests, many want to photograph me (sure, just buy me a churro!)

I'm a little excited. And it's all only 88 days, 1 hour, 41 minutes and 55 seconds away............

I lost weight while I was sick. I'm down to 151! I want to fit into my cute clothes for Disneyland, great motivation to stay on track!

I have to go and fight with the U.S. Postal Service today. I mailed three large Priority Mail packages to Decatur Alabama on December16....the packages never arrived. The scrapbook album of my son's childhood was in those boxes....I've worked on it for that he is married I thought it appropriate to send it to him along with the newly-scrapped pages of his wedding...and now it's lost. My heart is broken. I paid the U.S. Postal Service $64.90 to mail those three packages...they didn't even receive one. When you spend that kind of money for Priority service you should expect they get delivered, right? The snow storms are I have to go and pick a fight with the U.S. Postal Authorities. Pray for me.



Monday, January 17, 2011

Weekend.....KFC and taco bell were my guilty pleasures. I do like the taco bell Fresco menu....there isn't any cheese on the stuff......

Well, on Sunday morning my glasses broke. I was just cleaning them, with a soft washcloth and that spray stuff....and suddenly they just crumbled in my hands. I spent $700 on these suckers in 2009. I think a pair of well-cared for glasses should last longer than that, right? So, now I'm working with a pair of dollar-store readers. I went to the eye dr. this morning, bright and early, to get my glasses fixed.


WTF??? That staff had better be on a Freedom Train somewhere.....I can't wait to walk into that office tomorrow and ask them what they did to honor Dr. King....besides just closing the office to patients who can't see....but I have a sneaking hunch they are just sleeping in and being lazy. Dr. King would approve of white people taking HIS day off just to be lazy (this is very tiny town in Northern Cal...there are no "events" here today)......why should a person be able to see on Martin Luther KIng day????? I'll just keep taking the aspirin for these HUGE HEADACHES from the dollar-store glasses....AKKKKK

So I'm starting out the week completely bummed out. AND the 3 packages that cost me $64 to ship to Alabama never got delivered. I mailed the Christmas packages on Dec. 16, and they have still not received them! I used Priority Mail! I shipped my Son's scrapbook to him, the one that I've been working on for 6 six's lost somewhere.....I gotta go to the Post Office and deal with that unpleasantness tomorrow.

And this morning I have no appetite, which means I will not eat the rest of the day until DH comes home then I will stuff myself into a stupor.

how I feel right now


Friday Blues

Friday, January 14, 2011

Yeah, you probably get the blues on Mondays, but I get them on Fridays. Weekend is coming. Hubby is off. We usually have two days of eating, drinking, driving places and carrying-on. He is not quite ready to go vegetarian, so we have been eating veggie/vegan Mon-Fri, and only eating meat on weekends (he gets meat at lunchtimes during the week.) Sounds good, but the "meat" for me usually ends up being KFC Hot Wings, or the wings at the Boathouse (our fave weekend bar), or the Chili Lime Wings at T.J.'s, (you get the idea.....) "Drinks" means BOOZE. I used to drink mixed drinks, like a Rum & Coke or maybe a Mai Tai. Then I discovered that most of the mixers contained High Fructose Corn Syrup (of course the sodas do) and that was the Number One Ingredient I eliminated from my diet LAST January. So now, I just have a "shot" and drink ice water with it (always drinking ice water with my cocktails seems to keep hangovers at's been a while since I've had one!) And order Wings. I might have a glass of wine (I don't care too much for wine, but I'll drink it if I'm with a group of wine drinkers.) Beer? Bleeeeech! Carbonated horse-pee, if you ask me!

I've been on some discussion boards this morning talking about SLEEP. Sleep? Hmmm....I remember that from years ago.......I have a bad case of the menopause, and my nights are spent in a purposely-cold room with a fan blasting my face, even as my face and chest are pouring sweat, and I feel like I will just absolutely, spontaneously combust into flames right there on the bed.....I wonder if these jammies are flame-resistant?.......meanwhile, my legs and feet are FREEZING.....picking little icicles off my toes and melting them against the chimney-pot of my forehead. I guess if I die this way, the funeral director won't have anything to do....I'm gonna eventually cremate myself. Does anybody know a natural remedy for Debilitating Hot Flashes (I don't do synthetic hormone replacement, not going to, either....) Don't like....don't trust.....medications.

(Are ya supposed to blog on weekends? Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm)

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THYMEWARRIOR 2/17/2011 10:53AM

    About the menopause thing:

I've been going through it for 10 years now. I can totally relate to feeling like you're going to burst into flames at any moment. For me it was like I had a furnace right in the center of my chest. I had to move into the guest bedroom because I couldn't get far enough away from my husband to keep his body heat from making it worse. My daughter was embarrassed to go grocery shopping with me because I'd regularly run to the frozen foods aisle and slap a package of peas on my forehead. Peas are great, broccoli not so much. I also thought I was getting senile because I'd walk into a room and forget why I was there, then go back where I was, remember, but by the time I got back to the other room I'd forgotten again! That's from not having enough estrogen.

I had a couple of years of horrible suffering. My doctor was telling me basically to stop being a baby (I wonder how he would have coped). I was doing all the natural "cures", drinking and eating soy until I was nauseous, taking blue cohosh, black cohosh, chaste berry extract, phytoestrogens, meditating and nothing made a difference. Then I started using hormone replacement therapy. I use bio-identical hormones. These are hormones made from natural things like soy or yams and they are made to be molecularly identical to the hormones your body makes itself. Examples are Vivelle (estrodiol) and Prometrium (progesterone). They not only make you feel human again but the estrogen protects your bones and the progesterone protects your breasts and uterus. The WHO study that scared everyone about HRT was done with Premarin (horse urine) and Progestin (synthetic progesterone). Those hormones resemble human hormones but are not the same as the ones your body makes, that's why they can be patented. Estrodiol and Progesterone are natural and cannot be patented, only the delivery method can be patented, as in the Vivelle patch. There has never been a study using natural Estrogen and Progesterone, however, the FDA lumps all HRT together and assumes that if something synthetic is bad for you, then it's natural counterpart is also bad. Here's another thought, and understand that this is just my opinion: if estrogen is so bad for you, why is it the women who typically get breast cancer are those who are menopausal?

The bad news is, after 10 years, I still get hot flashes and night sweats if I stop my HRT. Doctors tell you those symptoms will go away eventually but the truth is, it doesn't for everyone (fine print: will go away for most...). I use the minimum HRT necessary to keep myself feeling good, my mind sharp and the vital juices flowing. If I live to be 120, as I plan on, I will probably still be on HRT.

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TERESA159 1/14/2011 12:05PM

    I also am dreading this weekend. My husband has been out of town so me eating healthy has been easy. Now, he's back for the weekend and we so love eating out! He's on board with losing weight and even joined SP with me but we do so love eating out together that this weekend is going to be a HUGE challenge and I hope I can be strong enough not to undo the last two weeks of weight loss. Plus, since he hasn't been home, we are in celebration mode. Dang it, I am really going to try to cook at home this weekend.

Just say "NO" to eating out!

Good luck to you and do let me know how you do.

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1THING 1/14/2011 12:00PM

    hang in there!

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I Found my bathroom Scale! Oooh!!

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I found my bathroom scale yesterday buried in the downstairs hall closet. It was covered with several years of dust and dog hair and some unidentified brown crusty stuff. I cleaned it up, lined up the zeroes and stepped on it....159! Kewl!! I had estimated 160 when I signed up here, so far, so good. I put the scale in my bathroom. I stepped on it again. 159. Okay.

SOOOOO....this morning, I get on my scale. WHHAAAAA???? 155!! ONE FIFTY-FIVE???
I got off the scale. I moved it a few inches on the floor. Stepped on it again. Yup. 155!

I lost 4 lbs last night? Right now it's 7:43am, it was a couple of hours ago I stepped on the scale. I think I'll go try it again.


OMG. It still says 155. Where's the fluke? Well, I'm going to be encouraged by this (my initial reaction was not to eat another bite of anything ever again, but common sense is beginning to kick in. I know I need to get upstairs and have my bowl of steel-cut oatmeal (I think I'll cook it with dried blueberries and a few snips of crystallized ginger this morning....) I've got some chores to do, I need to do my workout, and I need to remember to take all my recommended supplements. And resist the urge to hop on that scale like a fat bunny. THURSDAYS are my weigh-in days. Kewl.

Wish me luck.

128 DAYS, 3 HOURS, 55 MINUTES, 40 SECONDS...................................

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MSNTNKRBLL 1/13/2011 1:14PM

    OH, a night-to-morning thing, that makes sense, I will weigh myself this evening just to see, and from now on I will only weigh-in in the morning.

I'm wondering about taking my I have to fit the tape loosely, or can I pull it as tight as I can? Or is it accurate somewhere in the middle?

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TEEMARIE_2011 1/13/2011 12:39PM

    I have actually noticed a 3 - 4 lb difference in my weight from night to morning. Which is why my trainer always told me to weigh in the morning.

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RANNA57 1/13/2011 11:08AM

    Good for you! Try not to become addicted to the scale. I am sometimes and it can really beat me up! Have you taken your measurements yet! Muscle takes up less space than fat so when you work out and create muscle, your scale may not go down but your measurements will. That is a real high too! Great job!

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I Don't Do "Normal" Very Well....

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Today I am wearing my "Coaster Queen" shirt I got at Six Flags Discovery Kingdom. My Super Terrific Happy Ultimate Goals are to 1. Be at Disneyland July 17, 2055 for the Re-Dedication and 2. Be able to ride Space Mountain when I'm there. I'll be 100 years and 2 months old. So, as you have probably guessed, I'm pretty big on the whole "amusement park" thing, and my DH and I are big roller-coaster junkies (we'll ride ANYTHING!) I love being whipped upside down a half-dozen times either hundreds of feet in the air or only inches from the ground emoticonhands up (FINS UP!) and squealing with the pure joy of the sensation of Tinker Bell......

So, in addition to the diet redux, I need to get physical. Right. Now? I've got my ipod, and the last couple of days I have set aside private time to get a nice cardio workout to a playlist, just 5 or 10 minutes (I get winded easy....) It's a start, isn't it? Doesn't it still count as exercise, even if I'm not doing ordinary exercises or using equipment or going to a gym ($$$ no gotta) or signing up at some exercise franchise (more $$$ no gotta)????? I just wanna do it my way. I don't do "normal" very well......I guess I'm one of those fringe people (don't worry, not the dangerous fringe....just the "oddball" fringe). The glass is not half full and it is not half empty......The glass has some stuff in it, oooh, I wonder what it is and where it came from...?????....that's me. Curious and still delighted with life at 55, I don't want to lose that.

I've been at this computer all morning. My neck is stiff. It's time for me to move on and, well, just MOVE I guess.

Today's workout is going to be the soundtrack to Space Mountain, then the entire Main Street Electrical Parade (with Announcements).....


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SHARBEAR100 1/12/2011 1:40PM

    I love it! Your goal sounds great. emoticon Just keep moving and enjoying what you do. emoticon

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