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Old habits die hard

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Yesterday at work, one of my co-workers started on a diet called the "Sacred Heart Diet" She raved about how well it worked and how full she was and how "you will lose 10-17 pounds in 7 days." I KNOW better than this, but what do I do? Three of us decided we'd try it for the one week. What could it hurt? I agreed to make the soup that is the mainstay of the diet and one girl was going to go buy the fruit and another the veggies. Today was to be all the soup you could eat plus all the fruit you could eat. Tomorrow, the soup and veggies only, except you could have a large baked potato at dinner. Then a large amount of beef the next couple of days and a day of nothing but bananas and skim milk!

I actually went home and made a HUGE pot of the soup. Then my senses returned and I realized this is nothing but an old fad diet with a newer name than I knew it by. Yes, you may well lose a large amount of water weight in that 7 days, but it would all come back as soon as we started eating normally again.

I can't believe for a short time I actually contemplated following it! For what, to be hungry and live on soup and fruit for a week, only to gain every bit of that false loss back the next??

I know how to lose weight, by eating well and exercising. There are no quick fixes. I've done remarkably well, losing almost 50 pounds from April to October last eating good, healthy food! I can't believe part of me was ready to start this diet today. I reverted right back to my old ways....looking for quick fixes and magic formulas to shed the pounds...when I KNOW it's a lifestyle change and there are no magical powers to do it otherwise. I think it was the fact that I have gained some of that almost 50 back. I've had a rough couple of months. BUT, I've come too far to go back and am going to march ahead and reach my goal in 2010....the right way :-)

I still have a huge pot of soup...fortunately it is full of healthy veggies and I used no salt added tomatoes and fat free, low sodium broth. Now it will just be there as a snack if I'm hungry...not as the mainstay of my next week of meals.

Old habits do die hard.....but at least I caught myself!

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LLTS01 2/25/2010 9:59PM

    Good for you for coming to your senses. And I love soup before my meals because it curbs my hunger and I can get in lots of veggies. So enjoy!

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TIFFYFANNY 2/25/2010 9:15AM

    Good for you for realizing this was a fad diet, and steering yourself in a healthier direction.


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NAKIOMA 2/25/2010 5:04AM

    Actually soup is one of the best foods for any diet. All of those veggies are great to have and the soup does freeze beautifully - so you came out of it a lot better than the lady who bought a ton of fruit.................

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 2/24/2010 11:21PM

    Was this like the cabbage soup diet? I tried that one and had enough gas to heat the White House.

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MARTHAR3 2/24/2010 10:35PM

for waking up. LOL
I have heard this one as the Cabbage diet , Mayo heart diet. Also our hope spring eternal we just know out there a miracle diet. I was hoping for a magic wand to gently tap on my head & the weight will magically disappear..


we all know that isn't happening. But in that little fanasty land in the back corner of my mind!!! emoticon

Martha n tx

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KIMSTUTZ 2/24/2010 9:25PM

    Yes you will meet your goal this year,,,,,,and maintain it too! It is easy to fall into old habits, and unfortunately i have several! :)

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BGENDER 2/24/2010 9:21PM

    Way to go on seeing that diet for what it is.

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My new puppy, Toby..and Prancer's new playmate

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Well, after much thought, we decided that Prancer needed a new playmate after the loss of her brother, Cody. She was lonely and had no one to play with while we were at work and school.

We took a trip to the shelter and found Toby. A sweet 8 month old lab mix. The first few days were quite an adjustment. Toby and his brother and sister were brought into the shelter two days before we adopted him. They had been kept entirely outdoors their whole lives.

He loves being inside, but he still prefers to spend the majority of his time outside. With well over 3 feet of snow on the ground he has been having a ball. He runs and jumps and digs under the mounds of snow and then lays with his entire body covered. He gets up and runs to the next spot and starts over...clearly having fun. Prancer just watches as she had no desire to burrow in the snow!

He has learned to sit, shake and fetch. He's having a little more trouble with going potty outside as opposed to wherever he is, but he's learning fast. It's much easier with Prancer to lead the way. I have papers inside for him to use in case and so far he has used the papers and no where else. Even that's getting much less frequent as I move the papers closer to the door.

Below are a few pics of him and his new big sister.

He's a real cutie and already becoming an important part of our family!

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SPARKPIXIE 2/21/2010 4:22PM

    Awww, they're both so cute! And just think, you have given an unwanted dog a good, loving home. What a great way to honor the memory of Cody!

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DEBSZOO74 2/18/2010 9:42PM

    It's wonderful that you rescued him from the shelter! They look so cute together!
We have a Toby, too, but he's a white pekingese. emoticon

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UVAGRL928 2/17/2010 7:04PM

    Adorable! I keep begging for a puppy... but I have been told no. Plus, it wouldn't really be fair to a dog since we live in such a small apartment. But it would still be nice to have someone to cuddle with!

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JILLIANPRNCSS 2/17/2010 7:20AM

    I love seeing the older one just watching this crazy dog next to her. too funny.

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SUKIE40 2/15/2010 3:58PM

    So cute! Thanks for sharing.

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3CHIHUAHUA 2/15/2010 10:39AM

    they need mittens on

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WIFEALF 2/15/2010 1:11AM

    AWWW i am happy you got another dog they are precious together!

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CATHY_G 2/14/2010 11:24PM

    I just love dogs. They can bring such joy. I hope you all have a great time together.

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CHANGE4FREEDOM 2/14/2010 8:09PM

  Aww, they are both so cute! I love it that you got him from the shelter. We always do too. Enjoy your new baby!
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TERMITEMOM 2/14/2010 6:47PM

    GREAT pictures! How are they doing in the snow?

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LLTS01 2/14/2010 6:30PM

    How sweet. emoticon

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MINDYJ1 2/14/2010 6:02PM

    I'm so happy for you! I just got me a puppy 2 weeks ago! emoticon

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FITB4-40 2/14/2010 4:10PM

    Wonderful! Good for you for giving this puppy a new home. emoticon

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YAFENELRA 2/14/2010 4:03PM

    They do have a way of burrowing into one's heart!!

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The collapse of The Prince William Ice Arena

Monday, February 08, 2010

A major community icon, the PW Ice Arena (formerly SkateQuest) is no longer. On Saturday afternoon, after well over 2 feet of snow, the ice rink collapsed. Fortunately the owners heard noises and saw beams in the ceiling twisting and evacuated the building. It was almost an hour later before it came down, so there were no injuries. HAZMAT had to be called in and they were there for hours due to the risk of an ammonia leak. Ammonia is used in very large quantities to keep the ice fresh.

A view inside on the public skate side of the rink:

All 4 of my children grew up ice skating here every week. My oldest son was Hockey Director and was employed by SQ for over six years.

This was the office where he worked:

and this was part of the back offices:

This is the what was the lobby and front desk:

This is what were the bleachers for people to watch the hockey games on the NHL rink:

It was not only a place for kids to come and have fun skating, but it also had a NHL hockey ice arena where many hockey games were played. On Saturday, there were people from all over the country there for a speed skating competition, including the "cream of the crop" skaters that were looking to qualify for the next Olympics.

and this is another view from inside:

This used to be the front entrance. Note the wreath still hanging that says: "We Love Snow". How ironic for a place that loves ice and snow to have snow be it's downfall....

My thoughts are with the owners and employees who are now without jobs. They say they will rebuild. Hopefully a place for many of the community to come to, will be once again....

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TIFFYFANNY 2/24/2010 8:41AM

    I know you wrote this blog a while ago, but I just saw it today for the first time. Both my kids were taking lessons there, and my son was going to have his birthday party there on March 13th. Everytime I think about it, my stomach sinks. I hope they rebuild as quickly as possible. It is/was such a great place.

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TERMITEMOM 2/14/2010 11:47AM

    WOW... the pictures really say it all. I am so glad no one was injured. What a terrible winter we are having.

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LLTS01 2/9/2010 9:28PM

    The pictures just send chills down my spine. With all the reports of roofs collapsing, we are all looking upward every time we hear a creak. I am so glad no one was hurt. Stay safe with this next snowfall.


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WIFEALF 2/9/2010 8:50PM

    sorry for the terrible situation that happened.i hope they will rebuild!!!

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LEAH57 2/9/2010 3:12PM

    Wow... I didn't see elsewhere any of the pictures you posted. Quite a business tragedy, altho I'm glad there were no injuries.

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THE_JULES1 2/9/2010 9:35AM

    I am so glad there were no injuries. I hope there will be enough insurance to rebuild.

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SPARKPIXIE 2/9/2010 8:13AM

    So sad! Thank God no one was injured. I hope they really do rebuild.

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    OMG! I lived there in when I was in middle/high school and I used to go skating there. My brother learned how to play hockey there. I can't believe that happened!

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    That is sad. It is so weird to think that fluffy white stuff which makes everything look pretty can do so much damage. Stay safe, more is coming.

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LIMASTAR 2/8/2010 11:36PM

  Glad that there was enough warning to get everyone out safely. Sounds like a real loss to the community. Hope the owners decide to rebuild.

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MARTHAR3 2/8/2010 11:18PM

    OMG at least they seen it was coming and was able to clear it out. How awful all those jobs lost.

I am scared of just a little snow.. We don't get much in our part of Texas they are talking inches latter this week and people are freaking out can only image feet of snow. We have been here abt 18 years and only had a foot of snow one year!!

How sad of a loss.

Hugs Martha n tx

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Snow!! Too much!

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Well, I love snow. Before this year, we haven't even had our normal amounts for a number of years. My youngest daughter who is 14, hadn't seen what her older brothers and sisters had because in the last 10 or so years we barely got more than 5-10 inches in a whole season.

This season, in December, we had a blizzard. It was the most snow ever recorded in December for our area.

This year, we've had a couple of smaller storms, 10 inches just last weekend. But just about 3 feet yesterday into today! This pic was much earlier today, when it wasn't nearly over yet!

Somewhere in here is my car. I don't know how long it will take to dig out!

and here...

Here's my daughter sitting on a snow bank

and here's the front of my house

and here's the beginning of a LONG time of digging out....

I shoveled yesterday evening every couple of hours until I went to bed, trying to avoid having to shovel 2-3 feet of snow today. Unfortunately a large amount of our accumulation happened while I slept. The above picture was this morning while it was still snowing, and we got a lot more all day long, so this afternoon and evening I basically started over!

I figure if I do an hour or so several times a day, I might be out by Tuesday, LOL.

Hope everyone else in the area is warm and safe. So many people are without power, but fortunately ours has stayed on.

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FITB4-40 2/8/2010 9:11AM

    You must be in the Washington DC and surrounding area. I live in Frederick, Maryland and I'm really sick of shoveling. They cleared our cul-de-sac yesterday with a backhoe! The plow kept getting stuck. I'm just glad that I will be able to get out and about today. DH works for the federal government which is closed today and no school for my son so we are all going a little stir crazy, lol.

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SPARKPIXIE 2/7/2010 7:22AM

    I will be digging out today too. Your pictures are pretty but I still hate snow!

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LLTS01 2/6/2010 10:14PM

    Wow- did you get any of the cars out yet. They did say that several buildings have collapsed and even Wilson Bridge was closed. I am so glad that no one was hurt at the skating rink.
Stay warm and safe.

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    I just found out that SkateQuest, an ice skating rink right down the street from me and where my son has worked as Hockey Director for the last 6 years has collapsed today. It didn't even have a flat roof. The roof caved in and then the sides collapsed from the weight of the snow. There were skaters there warming up for a hockey game. Fortunately everyone got out before the building collapsed, but now HAZMAT teams are there and have closed the main street where the rink is located because they are worried about an ammonia leak. They use very large amounts of ammonia to keep the ice fresh. It seems that a hangar at Dulles Airport also had the roof collapse and several churches in the area.

They have closed areas of the beltway and Interstate 95 due to the road conditions. Even plows are getting stuck and they said multiple 18 wheelers are having to be pulled up some inclines one by one with a chain. Way too much snow!

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PUGRAD1995 2/6/2010 9:25PM

    In Indy we had 6 inches or so and it did drift last night. But I have half the driveway shoveled and hopefully the rest will get done tomarrow after work. I fortunately have front wheel drive to get me through it! Keep warm!

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AMALIAYOSA 2/6/2010 9:17PM

    I am in NC, in the mountains. We got about a foot, with more on the way.

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    I live in the suburbs of Washington, DC. We don't usually get more than 12-15 inches of snow a whole winter season! So we don't have the plows and equipment to clear the roads like the areas that get a lot of snow. Va Dept of Transportation said they won't likely even get to any neighborhoods until Monday or Tuesday night at the earliest.

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WINE4GIRL 2/6/2010 8:57PM

    Wow... and I was whining about getting 6 inches of snow! You are getting in your workout!

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MXXOXXM 2/6/2010 8:50PM

    WHERE to you live? I'm from SD and we have that much too. Tonight we have mist mixed with snow. Will be nasty driving tomorrow.

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FIT2BME2010 2/6/2010 8:50PM

    I have to agree.. That is too much snow!!! Looks like your having fun though

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Thank you!

Sunday, January 24, 2010

I wanted to thank each and every one of you who sent well wishes, goodies and support my way during the illness and death of my dog, Cody. He will be missed, but I am comforted by the fact that he lived a wonderful life with us. We have tons of good memories, starting with the day he was born (he was born in our house). His sister is already missing him too. This is a pic of him. May you RIP Cody, knowing how much you will be missed. I really loved you big guy :-)

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WIFEALF 1/29/2010 4:18PM

    sorry for your lost sweetie..just hold on to the memories...

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60SIXTY 1/25/2010 5:14PM

    Hold on to the happy memories.

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WIFEALF 1/25/2010 4:35PM

    he is suck a beautiful dog!

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WIFEALF 1/25/2010 4:34PM

    aww how sad,its sad when they pass.Was he old.I am sorry for your lost!!!!You are in my prayers.Big hug for you feel better...

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TERMITEMOM 1/25/2010 3:42PM

    I am so, so sorry for Cody! I just found out and I feel so bad I wasn't able to bring you the support you needed. Please forgive me. It is so hard to take a pet to Rainbow Bridge... emoticon emoticon

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LLTS01 1/25/2010 10:52AM

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DONNAEDA 1/25/2010 10:08AM

    I love labs. My daughter has 2 labs one is a chocolate pure bred the other is a dachound/lab mix. Body of a dachound but face of a lab. Oh yeh............she is blond and beautiful. When tara the first chocolate lab passed, it was a loss for Gracie too, but Bella has picked up the slack. I know how loveable yours pets can become. My condolences to you and your family. Many memories will fill the void.

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PINKNFITCARLA 1/25/2010 8:54AM

    Thanks Pixie! He was a sweet guy. I'm glad you all were able to rescue your neighbors dog and that he had 3 great years with you and your family!

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SPARKPIXIE 1/25/2010 8:47AM

    He looks like a real sweetheart! I hope it comforts you to know that he had a good life with you!
My husband rescued a cocker spaniel once from an abusive neighbor. This poor little dog was so abused that when we got him, he would just sit still like a statue. He wouldn't move at all. You'd pet him and he'd just stand there. I hugged him and his body was just rigid. Very heartbreaking. It took a long time for Jack to get over the abuse, but he finally did. Unfortunately, he died 3 years later. It was very sad but we were happy that he had some good years with us to make up for his first couple of years that were so bad.
Cody was a lucky dog because he had you for a mom from the very start!

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