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Nine - in Germany it means no

Wednesday, August 05, 2009

but in Michigan it's a cause for celebration! I was able to weigh in this morning and I'm down nine pounds. I'm trying to find when I started getting serious and tracking food, etc and it looks like it was 7/21 so that means only two weeks. Now, I'm not going to get my hopes up because I was kind of trying before then so I don't really believe I lost nine pounds in two weeks. I would be happy with 9 lbs in 30 days! My weight loss is usually slow and a lot of times non-existent. It's nice to feel validated for at least trying.

Today is bagel Wednesday at work so the validation will help me refrain from partaking since they make me feel yucky and make me want to eat like a beast all day! For most people, that would be incentive enough... not me, I love bagels, no matter how much they don't love me back.

No news yet on who killed the Lodi Twp. swans but it does appear that the female and one cygnet were shot. They are testing to know for sure. I'm very sad over the loss of the swans but the cruelty that my fellow man can inflict always takes my breath away, no matter if it's at another human or one of the creatures that share this planet. What has happened to kindness? Not just toward animals, but to each other? It just makes me so sad.

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CWESTBROOKS 8/5/2009 9:42PM

    Hi Sally,

Thanks for the comment. Good going with the bagels and congrats on being down 9 pounds! I was sad about the swans too. I like going birding at that pond on Parker Rd. Great Water fowl there.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/5/2009 9:34AM

    Yes, I new that it was spelled differently, but all I could think about was the message that someone put on their answering machine that offered (supposedly) several of the various languages of the world.. "... for German, press 9." LOL I love that message.


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SUPERSNAZZ 8/5/2009 9:32AM

    Good for you!

P.S. It's actually "nein". ;-)

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July was a rough month

Tuesday, August 04, 2009

I'm glad it's over. I lost my kitty, Henry on the 19th and was so sad. He was the first pet that I ever had die. It was a very hard time.

Then on 7/31, unbeknownst to me, I see my swan family for the last time and don't take time to snap one more pictures because the traffic is too heavy. How long will I regret that decision? My heart aches for the loss of some of God's creatures that brought such joy and happiness to so many. I'd been watching them for nine years. To me, spring in Michigan started the day the swans came back and started preparing for the current year's family. How will I be able to measure Spring 2010?

I went over on my calories yesterday but am thrilled at what a small amount that was. In the past, it would have been off the charts but this time, it was only 100 calories or so over and that was the PNB I splurged on during my morning snack, which I don't normally do.

I hope August will be kinder to my heart. I'm not sure how many more times it can be broken and still recover. Especially so close together.

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KATHRYNMARIE4 8/6/2009 4:38PM

    It is sad and it hurts a lot when a furbaby passes away ... they become family to us. I know my Matzah is a brat but he is my baby .. I had 2 others for 18 years. I swore I would never get another one and here I am with Matzah ........

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EWESFLUFFY1 8/4/2009 1:26PM

    Sorry to hear of Henry. I've lost pets before & know it's difficult. I also read about the swan family in the news. So sad. I, too, hope August will be kinder to you.


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Too sad for words

Monday, August 03, 2009

My drive to work is long and often tedious. God has blessed me over the years with the joy of watching a swan family each spring come back to the same little pond and raise their cygnets. I have pulled over to watch them numerous times. Twice a day, every day, from early spring to early fall, for about nine years, I watch to see what the family is up to. Last year, they had three and I even have a video of one of their first few swimming lessons. It's so cute. This year, there were only two, but it was fun to watch them grow.

In early June, the two cygnets were small enough to both fit in one of my palms. On Friday, a mere 2 months later, they were still their soft gray color but were as big as their parents. It's a very fast process.

I have had some bad shocks in my life, but this morning, I had one of the worst I've ever felt. Three of the swans have been killed. At first, they were believed to have been shot by a human but now, there seems to be some doubt. Here are two articles if you are interested. They are short but informative.

I have been crying all morning. Even tho I tell myself, it's crazy, they are just swans, they have played such a big part in my life for such a long time, it's hard to believe they are gone.

Now, I have to watch out for the eating monster. This is prime visiting hours for him. Usually, when I'm this upset, it's a case of "shovel meets mouth." So far so good. I haven't totally cracked yet.


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KATHRYNMARIE4 8/6/2009 4:34PM

    Oh, my .. and I am so sorry .. ... they brought great joy to your life and you were blessed with being able to watch them for 9 years ... How could anyone do that to such beautiful creatures!!! I feel the same way about the pair of Sandhill Cranes in our MH park. They had 2 babies this year and we all watch over them. They come up nearly every day for their corn. The adults trust me enough to eat from my hand .. haven't gotten the babies to do that yet. It would break my heart, too, to have something happen to them. I hope they catch whoever did it!! DAMN THEM!!

I know all about the eating monster ... I have a tendency to binge when I am upset also ... some can't eat , well, I can eat everything in sight and then go out and get more. Take care and try to keep your chin up ....

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CHOESCH 8/3/2009 6:27PM

    So sad...these creatures bring such joy and calm to so many...I'm so sorry for your loss and for the loss to this community. It is another reminder of just how fragile life can be and how all too often we take the things around us for granted. I'm glad that you could post about this and find some solace in the memory of these magnificent creatures.
Hope the little one survives and does well - perhaps he will bring his family back to the pond in the future.

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    it is so sad what people are capable of. It seems that many people looked after these swans a many were devasted to find them dead. that is sad and horrible. Ihope they do find these peopole that deliberately cold blood killed these poor animals that did nothing wrong.

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PIRATEPIP 8/3/2009 10:12AM

    That's awful-why would someone do something so cruel? Here in England, swans use to be (not sure if it's still true) considered to be property of the Queen so if you harmed one, you would get jail time. Hope this happens to the person who would harm something so innocent as a swan.

I hope you feel better soon hun. xx

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CRANBYRRE 8/3/2009 10:10AM

    I'm so sorry for your pain.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 8/3/2009 9:58AM

    MUFFIY831, I want to hope along with you that there will be another swam family to watch but at this point, I'm doubtful. Maybe a young pair from this year will come for to begin a family for next year. I don't know how they choose a nesting place, but it's a life long choice. (according to some articles on the internet.)

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MUFFIY831 8/3/2009 9:50AM

    Wow, that's horrible! People suck sometimes. Hang in there and don't let this derail your plans - you want to stick around long enough to watch a new family grow up.

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HIGHBURY.HOUSE 8/3/2009 9:46AM

    It is not silly at all. You should run a hot bath, loads of bubbles and spend an hour just sobbing. You will be red eyed and puffy, but you need to grieve, cos that is what you are doing. Don't hold back, let it out. That is awful, it would break my heart too.

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Walk 1 of 22 - August Goal Started

Sunday, August 02, 2009

Well, the puppies are happy and are contentedly sleeping away. We went on a walk this morning. Sunday is suppose to be a non-walk day but since yesterday was so crazy, we went today instead. My goal when I started out was to walk "to the bridge" (not sure exactly how far that is but some times seems like 1000 miles) but when we got to the bridge I was surprised at how quickly we had arrived and after a quick evaluation decided I felt like going further so we kept going. The problem is that even when we finally turned around, I still felt like I wanted to go more. The thing I'm not good at is evaluating how much energy I'll need to make it back. When I got back to our starting point, I had wished I had gone a bit further. So while I'm pleased that we surpassed the goal, I'm bummed that I could have done more and didn't.

I have to learn how to figure out when I've done half as much as I'm going to be able to do. I don't have a good feel for that and I hate that feeling of "holy cow! how much further??? are we ever going to get back?!" so I too often short change myself. Anyone have tips on this?

So, now, all I have to do is get myself up early enough in the morning to do walk 2 of 22. The early morning thing is tough! Wish me luck!!

(heads off to place shiny red (I love red!) star on calendar!) emoticon

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KATHRYNMARIE4 8/6/2009 4:49PM

    Hey -
Do as much as you think you can do .. if, on your return, you thought you could have done more .. well, maybe you could have .. but then again maybe not .. you always have to remember you have to do the return trip LOL .... SO .. if you get the feeling you could have done more .. then do a bit more the next day .... set a goal - "the bridge" today and if you feel you can do more when you reach the bridge, then do more - set another goal.. something further but not unmanagable. The trip around the MH park where I live is only about a tenth of a mile ... small park .. sometimes it is all I can do to go around once .. I brok my heel in an auto accident in 2005 .. sometimes I do it twice ... depends on how I feel and how hot it is outside (here in Florida) ... I can't seem to get my butt out of bed really early before it gets hot for my morning walk but it usually is pretty nice out for my evening walk. Keep challenging yourself ... don't feel short changed if you feel you could have done more ... I set my goal at once around - if I feel like it when I get back home I do a second time around. A couple of times I've actually done it 3 times ...

So how are you doing with your daily walks?

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Yikes! Bfast w/a friend

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Ok, so in a little over an hour I'm meeting a friend for breakfast. I so enjoy being with her but the things I love for breakfast should not be part of my day. Ugh! I'm trying to think it thru and not ruin my good track record but I'm a country girl and I so want biscuits and gravy. My dad makes the best and I miss it. If I lived closer to him, I'd beg him to make it for me every now and then. LOL

This restaurant makes almost as good as my dad. I may have to have half an order. I haven't had it in months. I think I'll give myself permission to have it. It's that math thing again! Maybe I should invent low fat biscuits and gravy. LOL My dad would say then what's the point?

Wish me luck!

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KATHRYNMARIE4 8/6/2009 4:57PM

    When we go out to eat I ask for a take out box right away .. put half in the box and have it the next day for breakfast - or whatever .. usually 1/2 fills me up anyway and if I don't see it on my plate I don't feel as though I have to cram it in ... that old "eat everything on your plate" syndrome! .....

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OUBACHE 8/1/2009 10:22AM

    I love biscuits and gravy, too. Mmmmm. Comfort food. When dh and I go out for breakfast I generally opt for a 2 egg veggie omelet w/no cheese (actually tastes really good) or at Cracker Barrel I get their delicious oatmeal. A lot of places offer fruit for breakfast. It's my favorite meal to eat out, but it is a challenge, do doubt.

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    I feel for you. We should not have them choices, everything should be low fat and healthy

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