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Friday, September 17, 2010

OK, so yesterday was not too much of a problem nutrition-wise because I didn't make the haul up to the military base. When I called (which is always the best the thing to do before hitting the road!), I was told that my son's father/sponsor would have to be there to renew his ID. Well, Miss Helpful Lady at the ID Office, we have 2 problems with that:

1) His father/sponsor is in Afghanistan until next year, AND
2) even if he were here, he probably wouldn't do it!

*I have a new word for you today, boys and girls: DEADBEAT. Can you say "DEADBEAT"?* emoticon

So, on the bright side, I didn't have to contend with pizza and Burger King and my eating remained fairly healthy for one more day. Yay! But now, I've got to jump through hoops to get my son's ID renewed. That sucks, but I've got a week to figure something out and/or get somebody somewhere on my side. (Yeah...I know..."Good luck with that!" emoticon)

It rained all day yesterday...even had thunderstorms in the afternoon and early evening. There was probably about 20 to 30 minutes in there somewhere where I could have squeezed in a walk, but that didn't happen. No excuses offered. Just didn't wanna. It did get me to thinking, though...what the am I gonna do once the snow starts to fall? I'm surely not taking my walks outdoors in the snow. No way. Now how. Uh-uh. So now I'm a-thinkin'...(a dangerous past time, I know!)...I may have to bite the bullet and join a gym...*GASP* emoticon OR...maybe now I have the perfect excuse to go buy a Wii and get the Wii fit stuff...hmm... emoticon

But I was a good girl this afternoon. As a matter of fact, I just got back from a walk. My knees, hips and butt are killing me...who knew you had such muscles in your butt!! emoticon If it doesn't rain, I'll walk again this evening and get in some ST. I'm trying to be extra good today because tomorrow my son and I are going on his 1st college campus tour. I don't expect to find much healthy fare while we're there. I do plan to eat a good (interpreted "healthy and filling") breakfast and take some fruit and maybe some nuts...a 100-calorie pack...or 2.

All-in-all, I think it'll be fun...except...*SNIFF, SNIFF*'s just another reminder that...*SNIFF, SNIFF*...


(If this is my reaction to a college visit, can you just picture next September... emoticon)

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KIWINURSE 9/19/2010 5:05AM

    Where do the years go? My daughter is a junior this year so we have one more year left before college.
I have been thinking of getting a wii too, the kids want one for Christmas, so would benefit us all!
I am pleased to see the comment on here from VAMANOS cause I had been thinking of looking on ebay but had no idea what to look for, thanks

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WYOBZM 9/17/2010 8:42PM

    I;m with ya. My only son...a semior. He brought home is senior pictures the other day. Where does the time go.

Glad to hear you made your walk in. Call the family services on your military base. They should help you. Good Luck.

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VAMANOS 9/17/2010 2:17PM

    Good luck with that ID renewal. It seems simple enough...but we're dealing with the government too, on another issue, and nothing is simple or makes any sense. Sigh. emoticon

Snow? I had the idea you're in did I get that? Of course, you could be somewhere there are mountains in Calif. I remember a vacation at Lake Tahoe when snow was on the ground.

Here's a tip on the Wii and Wii Fit. We got ours on eBay, or maybe from a local classified ad, I can't remember now. But it was much cheaper than buying new, even at Costco. Once you have the Wii and the balance board, you can add more software if you get bored with the Wii Fit workouts. I just got Wii Active, which has exercises both for and not for the balance board. You could even start with that if you can't find a good deal on both the Wii console and the balance board.

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Early Morning Blogging

Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Let me start off by saying: I should be working. emoticon I come in early (7:30 am...I'm on time most mornings... emoticon) so that I can leave early. Initially, it was so that I could pick up my son after school...he stayed late for choir rehearsals. Now, it's become habit and I can't even imagine myself working until...*GASP*...5:00 pm... emoticon that I've told on myself...

I can't believe it's Wednesday already! Don't get me wrong...I love Hump means the week is half over and the weekend is just around the bend...woo ha! emoticon I really can't believe I haven't blogged in the last 2 days...not that my life is so exciting or anything...

Let's see...what have you missed in the on-going saga of my life...

My pants were falling down Monday. Yay! There is no feeling in the world like the feeling of loose pants! emoticon I have 2 pair that are falling-down-loose and 2 pair that are I-can-pull-them-down-without unbuttoning-loose. My real test is the one other pair of jeans I have. When those bad boys start to fallin', it'll be like "the Shot Heard 'Round World!" Oh skirt was a little looser in the hips on Sunday, too...I could actually sit without busting any seams... emoticon

Yesterday...I can't really remember too much of yesterday...sad, isn't it? emoticon

This morning has started off on a good foot. I decided I would make an effort to get to work on time (for a change), so I got all my things ready last night. I took my shower and laid out my clothes like a good girl. I decided to experiment with my meals today. I decided to make a smoothie for breakfast and I actually brought oatmeal for lunch...kinda weird, I know...but I've really been having cravings for oatmeal lately. So I made my oatmeal last night (old-fashioned oats, light vanilla soy milk, banana and almonds with a little honey...yum!) and I cut up my strawberries & banana for my smoothie and put them in the freezer. The whole night I'm wondering if these (along with some fruit and 2 100-calorie snacks) will get me through the day...or will I have to go ninja on the vending machine emoticon (since I no longer bring money to work...). I live in an apartment with very thin walls, so I was a little loathe to run my blender at 7:00 am, but a girl's got to do what a girl's got to do!

Well, here I sit sipping on the thickest, most delicious smoothie I think I've ever made (and that's saying something considering I'm addicted to my chocolate peanut butter banana smoothie!). It's as thick and sweet as a milkshake! And it's filling me up... emoticon I'll let you know how it goes with the oatmeal.

Tomorrow will be a little challenging nutrition-wise. My entire day--morning through mid-afternoon--will be on the go. My son has an orthodontist appointment 1st thing in the morning and then we have to go out to the military base to get his ID renewed. I've never spent less that 6 hours on trips to the base, sometimes more when we have to do this kind of paperwork...and that includes drive time. And there isn't a whole lot of healthy fare around there for snacks & meals...I know there's a Burger King and I think there's a pizza place. I guess I need to take my own advice and go on their website and see what I can eat there that won't tank my calories & fat for the day.

Ah,'s to loose pants, expedited paperwork and a kid with straight teeth!

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I was totally shocked, but the strawberry banana smoothie for breakfast and the banana-nut oatmeal for lunch were really filling. I had some grapes in between and I had one packet of Nabisco 100-Calorie Sweet & Salty mix later in the afternoo. The vending machine lives to see another day! emoticon

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WYOBZM 9/15/2010 9:29PM

    emoticon Nothing better than loose pants.
Sounds like you got a game plan and are working it. emoticon

Don't let that emoticon get you tomorrow. Pack something and save the money for a special treat for yourself.

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HAWKEYERANT 9/15/2010 1:23PM

    Congrats on loose pants! And good luck eating healthy on the go - I know how tough it can be! Hope you were able to make some GREAT choices today!

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VAMANOS 9/15/2010 10:03AM

    Whopper Jr. and apple fries! Lots of sodium, and remember to tell them to skip the condiments and pickle if you want to reduce fat or sodium. It does have tomato, onion and lettuce though--redeeming social value.

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NCPANFAN 9/15/2010 9:54AM

    emoticon Great to hear about the loose pants! What a feeling eh? Happy Wednesday to you too!

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My Sunday

Sunday, September 12, 2010

This Sunday started as most of my Sundays do. I had to be at the early (7:30 am) church service this morning, so there was no breakfast this morning. That's not truly the reason why...I just don't eat breakfast on Sunday mornings. Even if I had gone to the later morning service (10:45 am), I still wouldn't have eaten. Not quite sure why that is... emoticon I drank a little bit of water this morning...I try to drink some water most mornings when I wake helps me to get a head start on 8 cups and it actually makes me crave water more throughout the day. Unfortunately, since it also makes me run to the bathroom like a track star, it wasn't the best thing for me on my way to church.

I've had this incredible craving for oatmeal lately. Of all the things I could possibly crave...oatmeal?! emoticon Yep...oatmeal. So I stopped at the grocery store on the way home from church and bought some. Not the instant stuff. The old-fashioned, long-cooking kind. I made it with light vanilla soy milk instead of water and added blueberries, almonds and honey. It was so good! Oatmeal shouldn't be that good...but it was was... emoticon...oh, my stars!

I intended to go for a walk this afternoon, but that didn't happen. I was so sleepy. And I was so full after my big, hearty bowl of oatmeal. I didn't have the motivation to go out. I have plantar fasciitis in my right foot and bursitis in my left hip...both have been getting worse since I've been walking. (What a lovely side effect to my exercising... emoticon!) But all that combined to give me one big excuse to take a nap instead of going out for my walk today.

It's still early, but I think I'm ready for bed. Right after I have a little snack... emoticon

Night, night!

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WYOBZM 9/13/2010 9:52PM

    I love oatmeal too. The other day I had it for super with apples, brown sugar, walnuts, and milk. It is so comforting.

Sorry to hear about the injuries. Working out in the pool is the best remedy for that. Soak in the tub with epsom salts. Will will help a little. Sunday is a dya for rest, so your nap sounded in order. I din't get one yesterday and am so tired. I am going to bed now. emoticon

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HAWKEYERANT 9/13/2010 2:13PM

    That oatmeal sounds so good!!

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VAMANOS 9/12/2010 10:36PM

    Funny, I was wanting oatmeal this morning, too. Must be a sign that cooler weather is on the way! Maybe we're part bear?

I'm with you, none of that nasty instant stuff for me. I like my oatmeal with raisins or prunes, absolutely love prunes, they're like candy to me. Have to be careful not to eat too many, though! emoticon I never thought to put almonds in it, but it sounds good. Now, if I only had some to cook! I don't want to buy a carton (Quaker Oats is my brand) because I won't be able to eat it all before we relocate yet again, and there is absolutely no room in the car to carry a bunch of leftover groceries.

No bed for me 'til the game is over. Last score I saw Redskins 10, Cowboys 0. emoticon

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Starting Week 7

Saturday, September 11, 2010


Wow! It's hard to believe that today is the start of my 7th week on SparkPeople. I've been really, really trying to stick with a plan of healthy eating and regular exercise (cardio and strength). I think I've done a pretty good job so far...I'm down nearly 8lbs as of this morning. I know that's really good and it's at a good pace...but I can't help but wish it were a greater loss...and faster... emoticon. I know, I know...a slow and steady pace of weight loss is best, has a better chance of lasting...and I won't have the saggy skin problem to deal with later (ew... emoticon).

Do you remember my water rant from a few weeks ago? Yeah...I still don't like water, but I'm getting closer to 8 cups a day. I usually get 6 or 7 regularly, but I've made my 8 once or twice. And I'm still running to the bathroom every 5 to 10 mins. emoticon (I know you really wanted to know that, didn't you?)

Today was also weigh-in day. I was a little disappointed in my .2 lb loss, but at least it went down instead of up. It just seems like when you're carefully watching what you eat and/or you're getting your exercise regularly, you should see a bigger move of the scale. (Dirty, rotten little scale! emoticon) I have to admit, I didn't exercise as much as I could have this week. I've been having painful "girl issues" this week (TMI maybe?) and I did well just in walking from my bedroom to my kitchen most days. But today, I was determined! I was absolutely determined to get out and do some walking. I tried one of the "walk at home" videos yesterday. I kinda liked it, but it wasn't exactly what I was expecting. I really enjoy being able to get out...even though I don't really enjoy nature. (My son and I had this conversation this morning...I told him I prefer nature behind glass and/or bars. He said that that isn't nature...I said emoticon). Anyway...

I was also determined to extend my walk. One of my personal goals is to extend my usual walk every week and today was the day. I knew it was supposed to rain this afternoon...LATER in the I headed out at about 2 pm. I got about 1 1/2 blocks away from home and it started to sprinkle. I had to decide: would I turn around to avoid the rain? Would I shorten my walk? Or would I stick it out and extend my walk today? I prayed that it would just sprinkle for a few minutes so I could at least get in a short walk. Then my nice, gentle sprinkling drops turned into big, fat drops and they started to fall faster. "Great," I thought to myself. I had already decided that I wouldn't turn around, so I was just gonna get wet. The area where I walk has lots of trees, so I kinda had natural umbrellas scattered throughout my walk. I also decided at the last minute that I would try to throw a little jog in as well...THAT was not a good idea. By the time I'd gone 2 blocks, I thought my heart was going to burst through my chest...either that or I'd die from a lack of oxygen since I could no longer breathe. It was interesting to say the least.

So I made it home...a little tired, a little sore, very wet and extremely out of breath. One good thing about walking in the gave me a head start on shampooing my hair! (My hair is like this big, poofy cotton ball and it's very difficult to get it saturated...I figure you really wanted to know that, too... emoticon)

Enjoy the rest of you weekend!

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WYOBZM 9/12/2010 6:14PM

    Always love your blogs!

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VAMANOS 9/11/2010 4:45PM

    Good for you for sticking it out! So sorry you haven't felt like exercising lately, but you should feel better soon! Extending your walk a little bit each week will soon make up for lost time. I've been lazy about that, still walking my two miles--until today that is. More on my blog in a while, with pictures.


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1st Day of School...The Beginning of the End?

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

I promised myself that I wasn't going to do this. I wasn't going to start to getting all sentimental...but it's too late for that. emoticon

Almost 12 years to the day, I walked my baby to kindergarten. I can still remember that day. He had his little navy blue uniform pants on with his white polo shirt and his little Sesame Street backpack. *SIGH* emoticon I showed him where his classroom was (it was a tiny school...there were only 4 classrooms, a large center area that they used for lunch and for programs, 2 offices and 2 lavatories) and I fully expected a little separation anxiety...he just waved and said "Bye, Mommy." I was the one with the separation anxiety. I couldn't wait until 12:30 pm so I could go pick him up.

Today marked the 1st day of my son's senior year in high school. I HAVE A HIGH SCHOOL SENIOR LIVING IN MY HOME... emoticon There's senior dues, senior pictures, proms, luncheons, college entrance exams, senior trips, and ultimately...GRADUATION. Like the title of someone else's blog this morning: my baby isn't a baby anymore! emoticon

I didn't need to drop him off at school this morning, but I volunteered. (He's been catching the bus to and from school since junior high.) There just seemed to be something special about this me anyway. I don't know if I ever really dreaded the 1st day of school. I know I looked forward to it my senior year. That year, we ruled the school! He just sees it as the day his freedom ended...he's in for a 10-month stretch of hard labor.

I've got 10 more months...10 more months of arguing about homework assignments (he doesn't think he should have to assignments that don't make sense to him...go figure!)...10 more months of fussing at him about not eating right (he thinks he can live on cheese-bread and Ramen noodles)...10 more months of him trying to find excuses to stay home and me trying to find reasons not to let him. After these 10 months are up, my baby will be going to college. emoticon... emoticon emoticon emoticon

This will definitely be a year of mixed emotions. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I think I'm going to need lots of hugs & support! emoticon

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WYOBZM 9/7/2010 11:13PM

    I did the same thing two weeks ago. I am going to miss my wonderful son. I guess we still get to worry about them even when they are gone.

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MSPOOH404 9/7/2010 3:46PM

    @NCPANFAN...thanks! I'm gonna need 'em!

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NCPANFAN 9/7/2010 3:04PM

    Been through this and cried like a baby. Both my kids thought it was funny that I cried at their graduation. Mom, it's a good thing. I know and I am crying happy tears but I am also sad, where did all the time go? So I will start you off with a few hugs, save them for the days you really need them! :)
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