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Wednesday, November 14, 2007

My daughter-in-law decided not to join the Chispa Chicks for now, as she is swamped with grad school & other stuff. But my friend Yizzle is in! I will let her disclose her real name when she wishes--maybe in an e-mail to team members. She & I know each other through another online community based on listing & working toward goals (43Things). I have come to love & respect her a lot--& she makes me laugh too! You'll see . . . Welcome, Yizzle! Chispa Chicks, you can find her among my friends on my Sparkpage.

My own news is only a slight variation on yesterday's. I set my alarm early enough to do some strength training this morning before getting ready for work, but I must have failed to push the final button, because this morning I woke at . . . 8:15! So once again I was an hour late for work.

I worked an hour later than usual this evening & fortunately had some yummy leftovers (multigrain spaghetti with flaxseed from Trader Joe's, sauce that I souped up last night, plus steamed broccoli) to heat up when I got home. (My husband wasn't hungry & was on a work call.) Added some corn (which I'm counting as a veggie though it's actually a grain). Then I had some soy ice cream (HALF the calories of "real" ice cream, & so delicious!) topped with unsweetened berries.

AND--I tallied my calories & am still a bit under 1200! I love having this problem! It's like putting on a jacket & finding a couple of dollars in the pocket. What shall I spend it on??

Maybe after I get some Colombia-related writing done I'll have time to do a few strength training exercises. If so, I'll include them in a points report to Paula later.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 11/17/2007 9:49AM

    You are so right, finding out you have extra calories to eat, is like finding money in your pocket!!!!!! what a great feeling. Keep up the good work!

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PJBOKC 11/14/2007 11:01PM

    I get so many good ideas about food to eat from you - things I've never thought about (soy ice cream - where do you buy it?). Maybe I can come up with those extra calories too. I look forward to getting to know your friend, Yizzle.

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MARYLOUD 11/14/2007 10:25PM

    Sorry about the oversleeping. But way to go with the calories to spend at the end of the day. I just got done tracking my calories and find myself in the same boat, but it's only seven o'clock here, so I have "time" to spend mine, and hours to go without cigarettes before bed, so I'm sure I'll find a (healthy) way to spend them.

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YIZZLE 11/14/2007 10:14PM

  Hi, Ruth!

Great job again with your calorie count. It's so good to have some to spend at the end of the day.

Thanks for the intro to the team. I am glad to be a Chispa Chick!

To the rest of the team, I am Pam, but of course someone had that name, so Yizzle it izzle.

Hugs to all, and I look forward to joining you in your success.

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A quick post

Tuesday, November 13, 2007

I ended up staying up late last night working on a Colombia project with my husband. That meant I couldn't get up early to exercise today. But I wanted to!

Today's fun thing: When I finished tallying my calories tonight, I saw that I was a bit below 1200. It was fun to think about what I should eat to complete my day. I was extremely low on fats for some reason, & just a bit low on protein, so I decided on an ounce of yummy baby Swiss cheese. Mmmmmmmmm . . . definitely a rare luxury these days.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 11/15/2007 2:47PM

    Somtimes there's nothing better than a big hunk of cheese!!! Good for you indulging!

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PJBOKC 11/14/2007 10:56PM

    I always love that when I find I can eat something else - however, I do that sometimes when I'm under the top end of my limit - still fun!

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MARYLOUD 11/14/2007 1:38AM

    Oh, how I love Swiss cheese. It's a true rarity for me, the prices are prohibitive!

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Woohoo--running again!

Monday, November 12, 2007

"Running" looks freer & more accomplished than "jogging"; the truth is that what I do is jog, since I'm not fast at all. I have been running for years but have never built up capacity to go much faster than I did at the beginning.

BUT anyway!! I'm happy because I worked from home today & was able to go out for a nice jog/walk along Lake Michigan--total 37 minutes, followed by stretching. The day was quite warm, in the 60s, so in the second half of my run I had to take off my sweatshirt. (There was a T-shirt under that, don't worry.)

The reason I worked from home today was to make it to a dermatologist appointment without taking a sick day again. I really liked this dermatologist--she was new to me. She did a full body "mapping" of my moles & other skin irregularities so as to be able to compare in future years. She gave me a prescription for cream to moisturize my feet! Not something I asked for, but they have been very dry for years--my heel skin cracks a lot in the winter if I don't use lotion every day. My feet are going to feel very luxurious. She also gave me a couple of samples of Neutrogena sunblock, SPF 55. And I have an appointment to go back after Thanksgiving so that she can remove two iffy moles from my back.

Tonight my husband & I are going to a meeting close to the Loop with a small local political group that is interested in working with us on a Colombia-related issue. It meets at a pub, so to save time we'll eat a light supper there instead of cooking at home first. Fortunately I have more than half of my daily calorie allotment still at my disposal, so it will be easy to "be good."

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STEPHANIEDIAN 11/13/2007 10:26PM

    Congrats on running again. It must feel great to get back to feeling like your old self again! That's great news!!! The weather in Chicago the past few days has been AMAZING....I'll take more days like this please!

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PJBOKC 11/12/2007 10:51PM

    Sounds like a productive day - doctor's appointments can really take a chunk out of a day. How nice to exercise outside by the lake! I have the same problem with my feet. About a year ago I started using a new product. It's a natural Swiss formulated product - a network marketing company. I use their sea salts with a puma stone to scrub my feet in the shower or bath. They have an anti aging gel and lotion, but I can't afford to keep that. So I use the night cream that comes with the face care as I don't use it for my face. It works wonders in just a couple of weeks. Hope your meeting is productive.

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MARYLOUD 11/12/2007 8:32PM

    Sounds like you had a very fulfilling day. Your dermatologist sounds like a real keeper. Enjoy your dinner out.

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Sunday, November 11, 2007

Before our church service started this morning, the pastor asked me if after her sermon I would read the poem I read for the conference last weekend; I had e-mailed it to her, & she had printed it out & brought it along. Her sermon was very thoughtful. People really responded to the poem, again, & there was some wonderful "sharing" afterward (during which people come up to the mic & make comments or ask for prayer).

For lunch I joined a group of friends from another online community I've been involved with for nearly 3 years. I was meeting all these folks for the first time in person, but we had plenty to chat about; it was fun.

Later my husband & I resumed our extended weekend date: we went to see the new Elizabeth I film & then to an Indian vegetarian buffet restaurant for supper.

Between these various places, I ended up walking quite a bit today, so there's some cardio. And careful choices meant that I went over my calorie allotment by just 100, even though it was all restaurant food. (Breakfast was leftover brunch food from yesterday!) No point for that in our new team system, but no disaster either. :-)

It was a very social but peaceful & satisfying day.

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PJBOKC 11/11/2007 11:37PM

    That sounds like a great day. I know it's wonderful to have your work recognized by your pastor and other members of the congregation. After reading the poem myself, I know others are more aware, and motivated to do do something about the issues you talk about in your poem. Our pastor talked about similar things today - how we should look around us and be aware of the needs in our world, and be willing to do what we can to make a difference. I agree some of the weight gain can be water - especially when we're eating out and there's probably more salt in the food. Good job staying so close to program with all that activity today.

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Saturday, November 10, 2007

Today after our church's worship team practice--getting familiar with the main songs we'll be singing during Advent--my husband, my stepdaughter & I went to a favorite brunch place. It was a send-off for V., since later in the afternoon she would be flying off to New Jersey (right near New York City) to visit a cousin & work with her in a catering job.

I was going to write about the wonderful food we ate, but then I erased that paragraph because it could make us all feel hungry for things that are highly calorie-laden. :-) Instead I'll just say that I was happy when I tracked today's food & tallied calories just now--I stayed within my range! It's because even though I ate rich food, I ate only half or less of each item & brought the rest home. (Breakfast will be yummy tomorrow!) AND I am not eating supper tonight--I'll just find something light to eat before my husband & I sit down to watch a movie together.

Afterward we took V. to Midway Airport & saw her through the security checkpoint. She will be gone for at least a month, we expect--maybe longer if things go well for her there. We're really enjoyed having her stay with us, but it will be kinda nice to be empty nesters & have plenty of privacy again, at least for a while.

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STEPHANIEDIAN 11/11/2007 8:28PM

    I hope your step-daughter has a great time! I'm glad that you'll get some alone time with your hubby though too! That will be nice for a while. Thanks for not posting the food. Leftovers are always yummy!!!

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MBR0830 11/11/2007 6:04PM

  Hey, thats where my family lives! Thanks for not posting all the yummy food, it does make me hungry just reading about it. Good for you for still staying inside your points though.

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MARYLOUD 11/11/2007 2:05PM

    I love a good meal. It's great that you get to enjoy it twice. That's wonderful will power on your part. I'm proud of you. I hope your step-daughter has a great time in New Jersey and you and your husband enjoy your alone time. Alone time is precious.

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PJBOKC 11/10/2007 11:20PM

    Sounds like an enjoyable day. Good for you - using portion control even though we've loosened up a bit until the "restart" tomorrow. The last couple of days I've noticed I'm automatically making better choices - but also see it would be easy to slide back into old habits after a while. I think the long term consistency does help with making better choices. I certainly need a lot more time with a support group to solidify some healthy lifestyle habits.

Hope you enjoyed the movie - and enjoy your time alone with hubby.

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