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Day One!

Monday, October 17, 2011

Ok...I have truly been struggling that last 6 months...why? I really don't know. Psychologically speaking, maybe it was that after over 6 months of successful maintenance of my 60+ pound weight loss it all just became too much for me, or maybe it was a delayed reaction to my very difficult year health-wise in 2010...who knows? Physically, it was no doubt caused by my out of control eating, a lack of regular food tracking and a drastic decline in my amount of exercise over the last 6 months (after all, this stuff is NOT rocket science folks). Whatever.... All I know is I have gained about 20 pounds in 6 months..... What can I say? Reality bites... emoticon

I have been sad and depressed about this the last few weeks, but NO MORE! Today I take back control of myself! I will remember that:
"Most barriers to your success are man-made. And most often, you're the man who made them"- Frank Tyger

emoticon I changed my weight loss ticker today. Forget about my past weight loss and recent weight gain--today I am resetting it to 0 pounds lost with a new goal of 30 pounds lost. (the 20 I gained plus 10 to reach my ultimate goal weight)

emoticon I have resumed Nutrition Tracking with 100% honesty. Lately I have been either totally ignoring the tracker or just putting in breakfast & maybe lunch, and THEN ignoring it...obviously since I have been gaining weight neither of these options appear to be working so it is back to the basics of food tracking for me.

emoticon I set a target date of April 1, 2012...why that date? I have no clue... almost 6 months to lose 30 pounds just seemed about right. Plus I have a cruise scheduled for June 2012 so it would be great to be at my goal and maintaining at that time.

emoticon I will be starting regular circuit style strength training

emoticonI will resume running 3 times a week. I plan to stick to runs of 2-3 miles with long runs of 4-6 miles.

emoticon I will keep this emoticon in the front of my mind! Lately, I seem to have forgotten I am capable of success in the weight loss/fitness area--it is time to remember how strong I am!

My theme song will be "Perfect" by P!nk

PS~ many thanks to my good spark friend IPA-RAY for the inspiration to get back on track emoticon

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MOSTMOM1 10/29/2011 9:56AM

    Good for you! You can so, totally do this.

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MSCOUGARGIRL 10/25/2011 9:17AM

    You can do this. You have been an inspiration and source of encouragement for me. I'm now in week10 of Jeff Galloway's run-walk-run program. I listen to his podcasts and have made incredible progress. I have a 10K on November 6, another one on December 11, and then it's all training for Disney Princess half marathon in February 2012 in Orlando.

Thank you for your blog posts, your messages, and your goodies. You have no idea how much your encouragement does for me. Make it a great week!

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CBILODEAU6 10/24/2011 11:04AM

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AUNTIFER 10/24/2011 9:33AM

    You are so right... it's not rocket science! You can totally do it!

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ANNE7X7 10/24/2011 8:31AM

    I've been struggling too this week, so it's good to know there are other people out there who also want to do something about it! You've got this!! Great goals!!!

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CANNIE50 10/19/2011 3:30PM

    I have no doubt that you will do this, because of your approach. You aren't resting on your laurels or expending all your energy looking backwards, you are honestly embracing the current reality and you have a sensible, reasonable roadmap to follow. Good for you (and thanks for the reminder about tracking food - I needed it).

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GHOSTGRL21 10/19/2011 11:56AM


I need to be reminded of this one too!

Good luck!! and it sounds like you have a great plan!

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ELYMWX 10/18/2011 11:30PM

    Day one indeed. You know what to do, so back at it!

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LINDAKAY228 10/18/2011 11:45AM

    I have done the same thing a number of times. i'm on my 3rd day of being back on track with food again after gaining back 15 pounds even though i had kicked up the exercise the past several weeks. i was still eating too much. But we can do this!! I love that song by the way. I also know sometimes that when we go through the most difficult times and finally reach the light at the end of the tunnel is when we are most apt to fall into old habits again. After the year you went through may be why when things seemed to be going good again it crept up on you. but whatever the reason today is a new day and a new opportunity!!! yah for you!

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SDKENT79 10/18/2011 10:58AM

    I'm proud of you for starting new again! You're going to do great!!!

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/18/2011 7:23AM

    YAY! Good for you!! You know you can do this AND you don't need to lose 60 this time.

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PONYFARMER 10/18/2011 12:04AM

    emoticon emoticon You have done it in the past and for whatever reason you stepped off the path. Maybe you saw a beautiful flower or a quiet place to sit and rest. The how or why does not matter, what matters is that you have a plan and you are moving forward. So happy to hear that you are on your way. I want to see the celebration we will all have with and for you.

Great to have you back.

Last year was tough for you so this year and next you are so due to have a wonderful and exciting time in your life.

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MICHSTATE 10/17/2011 5:26PM

    You can totally do this!!!!!!!!! :-)

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CRYSBROWN1 10/17/2011 3:55PM

    Great job getting back on track! Good solid plan, I like it!

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MILLERGIRL719 10/17/2011 3:13PM

    Good for you for starting fresh and not giving up!!!!!

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KKINNEA 10/17/2011 2:31PM

    Rock it, lady!

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    Welcome Back - you have a great partner in Ray that is for sure.

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MZNOITALL1 10/17/2011 2:00PM

    It's ok if you fall down just make sure to get back up dust yourself off and begin to run all over again. Just look at it as a new day and the new beginning! You can do it, just DON'T lose your focus and be TRUE to yourself! Good luck!

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IPA-RAY 10/17/2011 1:48PM

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WE can do it!!!!

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RUNTRILAUGH 10/17/2011 1:44PM

    I'm right there with you!!!!

Lets do this!!!!!!!

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5 things that make me fabulous (Punxsutawney Phil Pforty challenge blog)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

My week #2 challenge for the team Punxsutawney Phil Pforty was to list 5 things that make me without further ado here is my list:

1) I save lives for a living. It's nearly impossible to beat that one. That makes me wicked freaking fabulous (since I am a nurse too I had to steal this idea from Jen...but since it is true so I am ok with stealing it!)

2) Day in and day out I am a glass is half full gal (well 95% of the time), and I think a good attitude is fantastically fabulous!

3) I have a wonderful family who loves me very much. I have managed to raise 2 human beings who both appear to be friendly, responsible and respectful to others on a day-to-day basis. Not bad, eh?

4) I have the ability to completely block off my sense of smell! How freaking fabulous is that? Especially for a nurse (see #1).

5) Even when the chips are down and things are not going my way I re-group and move forward. In other words, I am PERSISTENT! In a word--FABULOUS!

What makes YOU fabulous?

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ANNE7X7 10/5/2011 8:22AM

    This list is AWESOME! You rock!

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    Brilliant blog - very inspirational - I also read a lot of books and help save lives - nice to know you make a difference for real. Also really impressed with your goal setting skills. Have a lovely day...

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CANNIE50 9/21/2011 9:47PM

    Pfabulous - I love your list (and thank you for being a nurse - what a blessing you are to your patients).

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    The Punxsutawney Phil Pforty team sounds like a great one! I love your list----makes me smile AND feel inspired.

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MDEVILE 9/21/2011 2:19PM

    Pfabulous, pfabulous, pfabulous! Our team is pfull to bursting with pfabulosity. Thanks pfor participating!!

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FRANNYMAE80 9/21/2011 10:22AM

    Blocking off smell .... wooohhooo that is Pfabulous! and thank you for your service as a nurse!

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Book #43 Read in 2011: Songs Without Words by Ann Packer

Sunday, September 11, 2011

Plot synopsis from
"Liz and Sarabeth were girlhood neighbors in the suburbs of Northern California, brought as close as sisters by the suicide of Sarabeth's mother. In the decades that followed, their relationship remained a source of continuity and strength. But when Liz's adolescent daughter enters dangerous waters, the women's friendship takes a devastating turn, forcing Liz and Sarabeth to question their most deeply held beliefs about their connection. From the bestselling author of The Dive from Clausen's Pier, Songs Without Words is the gripping story of a lifelong friendship pushed to the breaking point"

My Take:
This is a very credible story about how finely balanced friendship is and how easily it can get out of kilter. With that being said, there are many negatives in the book. Several of the characters are depressed and are depressing to read about. The story is tedious at points and I would have liked more of an explanation/exploration of Liz's daughter Lauren's emotional state/suicide attempt. After the angst of the story, the ending seemed rather simplistic and not terribly satisfying.


Books #41 and 42 Read in 2011

Friday, September 09, 2011

Before the Storm By Diane Chamberlain

Plot synopsis from
“Fifteen-year-old Andy Lockwood is special.
Others notice the way he blurts out anything that comes into his mind, how he cannot foresee consequences, that he's more child than teenager. But his mother sees a boy with a heart as open and wide as the ocean. Laurel Lockwood lost her son once through neglect. She's spent the rest of her life determined to make up for her mistakes, and she's succeeded in becoming a committed, protective parent—maybe even overprotective. Still, she loosens her grip just enough to let Andy attend a local church social—a decision that terrifies her when the church is consumed by fire. But Andy survives…and remarkably, saves other children from the flames. Laurel watches as Andy basks in the role of unlikely hero and the world finally sees her Andy, the sweet boy she knows as well as her own heart. But when the suspicion of arson is cast upon Andy, Laurel must ask herself how well she really knows her son…and how far she'll go to keep her promise to protect him forever"

My Take:
This book had a Jodi Picoult vibe—BUT without all of the baggage that I personally bring to reading Jodi Picoult (Jodi makes me SO MAD sometimes…I get all emotionally invested in her books and then she pulls a twist ending and psyches me out! It makes me so mad that I have to limit her books to just one or two a year…but I digress). This is a great story. The characters were very flawed, but likable. I can honestly say that the ending was a total surprise. My only criticism is that the ending wrapped up a little too quickly for me. I have never read this author before, but after reading “Before the Storm” I would not hesitate to read another of her books…in fact, I just found out there is a sequel to this book and I ordered it on Amazon. Take that Jodi Picoult!

Noah’s Compass by Anne Tyler

Plot Synopsis from
“Liam Pennywell, who set out to be a philosopher and ended up teaching fifth grade, never much liked the job at that run-down private school, so early retirement doesn’t bother him. But he is troubled by his inability to remember anything about the first night that he moved into his new and spare condominium on the outskirts of Baltimore. All he knows when he wakes up the next day in the hospital is that his head is sore and bandaged. His effort to recover the moments of his life that have been stolen from him leads him on an unexpected detour. What he needs is someone who can do the remembering for him. What he gets is . . . well, something quite different.”

My Take:
I've always enjoyed Tyler's books and the quirky characters she creates. In fact, I think I have read and really enjoyed almost all of her novels. However, this book left me just as frustrated as Liam's ex-wife and daughters were in this book! Liam's passivity really detracted from my enjoyment of this book, and I found it very difficult to have any empathy for him. I guess I'll need to keep myself content by re-reading some of Tyler's older books, like Saint Maybe or Breathing Lessons (both of which are most awesome…go read them now!)

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PONYFARMER 9/11/2011 3:54PM

    I have been so out of the loop b/c of my shoulder surgery that I have been missing your book reviews. These were the highlight of 2010 for me.

But I will back track and read somemore, if not all of them.

Thanks for always sharing with us.

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CANNIE50 9/11/2011 1:26PM

    I LOVE Anne Tyler so I am glad I read this review - I have enough frustration, thank you. I just read a Jodi Piccoult book last week so I know what you mean about her. I have read several and I also find I limit how often I read her books because of the emotional manipulation, though she is a good story teller obviously. I am wondering if you read my all-time favorite author, Elizabeth Berg? I adore her books.

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DIANAOR1 9/10/2011 11:45AM

    I've never read any of these authors - will have to look into them. emoticon

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Books #33-40 Read in 2011--The Harry Potter Series

Friday, September 09, 2011

Harry Potter & the Soccer's Stone
Harry Potter & the Chamber of Secrets
Harry Potter & the Prisoner of Azkaban
Harry Potter & the Goblet of Fire
Harry Potter & the Order of the Phoenix
Harry Potter & the Half Blood Prince
Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows
~by JK Rowling

Plot Synopsis from
Harry Potter is a series of seven fantasy novels written by the British author J. K. Rowling. The books chronicle the adventures of the adolescent wizard Harry Potter and his best friends Ron Weasley and Hermione Granger, all of whom are students at Hogwarts School of Witchcraft and Wizardry. The main story arc concerns Harry's quest to overcome the evil dark wizard Lord Voldemort, whose aim is to subjugate non-magical people, conquer the wizarding world, and destroy all those who stand in his way, especially Harry Potter. A series of many genres, including fantasy and coming of age (with elements of mystery, thriller, and romance), it has many cultural meanings and references. According to Rowling, the main theme is death, although it is primarily considered to be a work of children's literature. There are also many other themes in the series, such as love and prejudice.

My Take:
THESE ARE THE BEST BOOKS EVER! They really are simply wonderful. Children and adults can enjoy them. If you say, "that type of book is not for me" then I challenge you to read the first few chapters of Harry Potter & the Soccer's Stone. I predict you won't be able to put it down. What a gift JK Rowling has given to children all over the world--the love of reading!

I was so excited to read these books. Both my daughters have read them and love them. After I read each book I watched the movies with my daughters (in case you were wondering, the best movie IMO was Harry Potter & the Deathly Hollows Part II). We had a great time talking about the books and movies together--a total bonding experience. I will read them again.

Which was my favorite book? I am not really sure--I think you have to discuss them as a group as the major story encompasses all 7 books. Besides once you read the first one you will WANT to read the others.

I bid you good bye with the infamous words of Harry Potter:

"I do solemnly swear that I am up to no good..."


"Mischief managed"

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LIVE2RUN4LIFE 9/9/2011 12:15PM

    I read the first one years ago and enjoyed it. But never read the others. Then, just recently, I decided it was time to read the rest. I have the 2nd one in my hands, ready to go (checked out from the library.) I have the movies cued on on Netflix to watch as I read the books.

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    I need to read them again that is for sure

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FINDINGMEIN2012 9/9/2011 8:40AM

    I agree - these books are simply wonderful. I'd love to read them all again!!

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