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Wednesday, March 23, 2011

I have been madly preparing for my intensive advanced editing class, which runs tomorrow 3/24 through Saturday 3/26. Full days, 9:00 to 4:30, & I have to arrive early to make sure everything is set up & working. I'm quite excited about it--it's going to be a good, substantive, hands-on experience for the students, & it pays me well! Let me just say I have never before earned this much per day of work. emoticon Of course there has been prep time, & there will also be some grading time afterward, but that won't be exorbitant because it's just pass/fail.


I took today as a sick day, as I had my regular psychotherapy (which was good) & two medical appointments--jaw PT + monthly checkup to make sure the isoniazid isn't wreaking havoc in my body (it isn't). Because I didn't remember having seen them, I asked for a printout of my cholesterol results from late last fall. They were mostly quite good!
* cholesterol 163
* HDL 62 (above 60 is very desirable)
* triglycerides 136 (above 150 is unhealthy--I think I'm going to start taking fish oil to see if I can get further away from that level)
* LDL 74 (optimal is below 100)
* non-HDL cholesterol 101 (this is just total cholesterol minus the good HDLs--& it's excellent)



I got in good exercise today but just haven't had time to track. And I made a new concoction for supper & don't have time to input a recipe. So I'm just going to list what I ate here:

nutty muesli, 2 t. brown sugar, cinnamon, 1 c. light soy milk
largeish orange
6 oz. OJ

(snacked this one because of running around)
slice whole wheat bread + Brummel & Brown yogurt spread
med. blood orange
buñuelo (Colombian cheese bread, 153 cals.)

roasted veggies (turnip, beets, carrots, onions, herbs, a bit of safflower oil)
new concoction (ground chicken, potatoes, sweet red pepper, celery, onion, 2 roma tomatoes, water, herbs)

I'm sure this is within my calorie range. And I have gotten plenty of water, 10+ cups.


I'm going to be kind to myself tomorrow & take it as a day off from morning exercise because I have to get out of the house earlier than usual. But I'll have an actual hour-long lunch break, so hopefully I'll get in some good walking then. I'll be wearing a suit but, as always, comfortable shoes, so as long as I don't work up too great a sweat it'll be fine. The class is held in a building just off Chicago's Magnificent Mile--fun! That's the upscale North Michigan Avenue shopping district.

All right, that's all my chatter for now! Oh, but Starfish, isn't it great to be in Tahiti?! emoticon emoticon emoticon I just checked the forecast & tomorrow's high in Chicago is going to be 34F (1C). So yeah, Tahiti . . . emoticon

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KJNLDE 3/25/2011 3:25PM

    So many positive things going on for you! I love it!!

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CTEMPLE 3/25/2011 6:49AM

    Dear Ruthie it all sounds so good, except for the maximum BRRRR!
Have a great course and a bit of shopping might not go astray!

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JMCADE 3/24/2011 10:31PM

    Wow, you have so much on your plate right now, but it sounds like you are revelling in it all. have a great couple of days with your class and enjoy!

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/24/2011 11:36AM

    You cholesterol numbers are awesome! I need to get mine re-tested this year. Last year I was OK but one of the numbers was borderline which I was not happy about!
great job with the food log. I see I have found a fellow orange lover! emoticon

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CZARINA_TV 3/24/2011 10:51AM

    Congrats on those good numbers!

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BEATLETOT 3/24/2011 8:16AM

    Your class sounds like a lot of fun! I'd take it! =)

Congratulations on your cholesterol levels!

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SHANSHE 3/24/2011 1:30AM

    You sound really excited about that class. I am so happy for you and for the financial benefits you are recieving from it. :)

Sounds like things are going well,but busy too - I am happy for you!

Best wishes this weekend!

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PJBOKC 3/24/2011 12:22AM

    WOW!!! your blog is FULL of good news, and I can feel the excitement about your class. Hope this is something you'll get to repeat as you sound so excited about it.

Your "food log" gave me some ideas - I just seem to eat the same old stuff all the time.

Wishing you a great day with your class.


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Here's Baby Bea with her dolly

Thursday, March 17, 2011

And you can see her face better in this one. I think she looks a lot like her mom, my daughter-in-law. Like both mom & dad, she is tall (22" at birth); newborn diapers & clothes are already small for her! (These photos were saved as jpgs; that's why I can post them.)

Two little lambs . . .

And this final one is among my favorites--it was taken the day she was born, March 11.


I went walk/jogging outside in St. Louis last Saturday, my first time this year, & this morning it was warm enough to do so in Chicago! I went to the nearby university campus for my 5K training & was disappointed to see that the outdoor track no longer exists--it has been covered by a building. The university is paving over all its green spaces. So I just walked/ran on sidewalks, mostly by the lakefront; the sun was behind clouds & was still shedding its dawn pinkness, so lovely across the water. Not possible to measure distance, so I just estimated.

My time with Bea & family in St. Louis included some truly restful spaces--long stints of holding her while her parents napped. I hadn't had much "nothingness"--silence with no agenda, no tasks to accomplish--for many years. It was a great gift.

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SASSACAIA 3/27/2011 10:52AM

    Awww!! Congrats!!!

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SUZYWM 3/19/2011 12:11PM

    What a gorgeous baby! Hope you're still feeling the glow. I can hardly wait. I love sharing this with my daughter, even by phone.

Thanks for your kind words on my blog! I'm starting to feel the occassional frustration of realizing this is a long haul, even though I know, intellectually, that it's a life style change, I'm in the diet mindset. I'll work through it and will boost my spirits by reminding myself of my progress and reading blogs by dear people like you.

My knee is starting to feel a little better, so I'll move forward in my workouts, carfeully.

Have a wonderful weekend!

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PJBOKC 3/18/2011 10:33PM

    Love the pics and I agree with your favorite. It's a great birth day pic. Your bonding time with Bea sounds wonderful! I know you miss her so much.

Glad your weather is giving you the opportunity to get outside.

Congrats again and again on your special Bea!

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KSMGLASS 3/18/2011 8:56PM

    What a cutie, Ruth!!!

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CZARINA_TV 3/18/2011 10:37AM

    I'm so happy for you Ruth! Congratulations again...

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AMYLONGHORN 3/18/2011 9:15AM

    Sooooo cute! What a blessing! Thank you for sharing!!!

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SEAWAVE 3/18/2011 8:22AM

    Ahhh the zen of holding a baby - I wish mine was still 22 inches long! She's going to be one tall lady, as they told me when my son was born that 22 inches was long for a boy!

Great that you got your run in despite the new building. I hate how green spaces are taken up by either new buildings. I used to run into ring-knecked pheasants and otters on my daily bike rides, but not since they've built up the area near the river.

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CTEMPLE 3/18/2011 4:00AM

    If the original photos are normal size, they will appear bigger. Try to upload bigger pics
Very pretty!

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KARENE10 3/17/2011 5:20PM

    She is beautiful!

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KRISTA64 3/17/2011 4:26PM

    What an angel! Blessings to you and your family!

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RUTHXG 3/17/2011 3:18PM

    Bummer that SP makes these photos show up so tiny! They aren't so small in actuality. Sigh.

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SHANSHE 3/17/2011 3:14PM

    oops, posted twice...

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SHANSHE 3/17/2011 3:14PM

    Awwww, she is adorable!!!! Sounds like you had a good run and nice for you to have some "nothingness" time, sounds GREAT!

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You want to see baby pictures, right?

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

This one was taken today. It shows Bea's red hair in all its glory. First walk with Mom outside--the daffodils popped up to greet them!

Ack! The other photos aren't showing up. I guess I will post them in individual entries . . .

But that doesn't work either. The problem is that they are in .gif format, I guess. And my computer isn't letting me change them to .jpgs. I will have to leave it at that for now!

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PJBOKC 3/18/2011 10:20PM

    What a sweet picture!! I love it when mothers do the natural thing and "wear their baby". Babies love it! emoticon

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KJNLDE 3/17/2011 11:50AM

    Oh CONGRATS! How old is she? I'd LOVE to see more! What a sweet little starfish!! ;)

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BEATLETOT 3/17/2011 9:36AM

    That picture is sooo sweet. What a pretty baby! Congratulations!!!

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AMYLONGHORN 3/17/2011 9:11AM

    You're such a TEASE! What a sweet, precious grandbaby! CONGRATS!!!

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KRISTA64 3/17/2011 8:43AM

    awww....more pictures please!!!!
You know how I feel about grand babies...they're the best!!!!

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SEAWAVE 3/17/2011 7:42AM

    Awwww... so nice and snuggly! I'm looking forward to seeing more - congratulations!
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CTEMPLE 3/17/2011 2:35AM

    Super cute dear Ruthie! Congratulations!

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SHANSHE 3/17/2011 12:39AM

    From what I can see the baby is GORGEOUS! Cannot wait to see more soon! Congratulations!

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Happy Fat Tuesday

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

It's Fat Tuesday, aka Pancake Day or Mardi Gras, & this morning the scales indeed showed me a couple of pounds fatter. I won't bother to change my ticker, as that just reflects extra eating at a housewarming/Mardi Gras party Sunday evening & pancakes with yummy toppings at the women's small group I attend Monday evenings. I didn't go crazy at either gathering, but it was definitely more sweets than I usually eat.

For Lent I am giving up sugar/honey/syrup, except for (1) on my muesli in the mornings, as I make my own muesli & it's hugely nutritious but needs a bit of sweetness, & (2) on Sundays, which are feast days throughout Lent. So the small pre-Lent spike in my weight won't last.

One encouragement: yesterday I wore some size 10 wool slacks that were uncomfortably snug on me a couple of months back, & now they fit nicely! emoticon

P.S. My granddaughter was due last Thursday, & my daughter-in-law is VERY uncomfortable because she has dropped so low, but there's no sign of labor as yet! We are praying that she'll come on her own soon. If Kate reaches March 17 without going into labor, it will have to be induced & there might be other interventions that she would really like to avoid. Please be praying with us!

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MORRIS1989 3/11/2011 11:40PM

    Praying for your family always emoticon Size 10 you go girl that's some very good news!!

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CZARINA_TV 3/10/2011 9:24AM

    The point of Mardi Gras is to fatten up a bit -- you're doing fine!

Hope to hear about your new family member soon...

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SHANSHE 3/8/2011 7:54PM

    Sounds like you are enjoying your days, etc... and I hope that your great-granchild gets here soon with no interventions or complications! :)

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/8/2011 7:39PM

    good luck and can't wait for your granddaughter!!

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CTEMPLE 3/8/2011 7:32PM

    Hope the baby comes soon.
Hooray fro Mardi Gras I love it.

off to SYD for 3 days

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Can't go get chocolate, so I'll blog

Thursday, March 03, 2011

I've been losing weight--2+ lbs since the beginning of the current 5% Challenge--& because of that, & because my eating has been on the skimpy side today & I'm a bit hungry, I wanted to go downstairs & get some chocolate. There's room for it in my calorie range. But I have no cash on me, & I'd have to walk a couple of blocks to find an ATM. I'm behind on blogging anyway, so I'll do this instead.

How is Ruth these days? There's always something different going on with my health. Currently it's PT for TMJ on the right side of my mouth. Last night I saw a really excellent physical therapist, & he taught me some self-massage & head/neck stretches that should help. I have also been using a mouth guard at night--that keeps me from grinding my molars, I guess, but it hasn't gotten rid of the jaw achiness. Hoping the PT will do the trick.

I finally finished the big editing projects that were requiring me to put in lots of extra work hours. Now I have just one SMALL, fun editing project before I teach my advanced editing class March 24-26. I found out that I'll be paid for the class March 30, sooner than I thought. It's going to make a big difference in my life! I will use most of it to pay debt (yay!) t & will save a bit to help with unforeseen expenses. And from now on I won't need to take on large freelance editing projects, just short, enjoyable ones here & there. That's because I'll be continuing to teach this class twice a year & it pays well.

Maybe tonight on my way home from work I'll stop at Five Guys & get a hamburger & fries to treat myself--something I do only rarely. If I count my fries, I can make sure not to exceed recommended calories today. Oh, & I'll have to cut up the hamburger into smallish bites--not supposed to open my mouth wide to eat anything. emoticon

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JMCADE 3/4/2011 9:24PM

    You're really doing well with the challenge and I see that you are enjoying some of your favorite foods in moderation of course. Take care of yourself. Be creful eating that burger and enjoy every bite!!

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CZARINA_TV 3/4/2011 10:38AM

    2 pounds! Congrats! That's a well-deserved hamburger and 12-15 fries..

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KAREN_NY 3/4/2011 10:15AM

    Good luck with the PT. I heartily believe in it - how fascinating that we can use our bodies to heal our bodies!
I hope it's effective for you.

The editing job sounds - good for you to have such balance with that and your fitness achievements. :)

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AMYLONGHORN 3/4/2011 9:26AM

    Hey lady...thanks for the update on how life is treating you. I'm so glad you blogged instead of getting that chocolate! LOL Sorry about your jaw issue. That is cool though that there is physical therapy for that...I never even thought of that!! Hope everything works out with that and keep us posted!


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SHANSHE 3/3/2011 10:22PM

    Great job on the loss and woohoo on the projects being done and all that! I am sooo happy to hear about your increased financial freedom and being able to do projects that are smaller and much more fun!

P.S Yay you for blogging instead of getting chocolate!

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SASSACAIA 3/3/2011 9:52PM

    Hey Ruth,
my boyfriend was just diagnosed with TMJ, so any insight you have found helpful, let me know and I'll pass it along! I hope you are feeling better..... and yay for the early money to pay of debts!
Have a great night!

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MORRIS1989 3/3/2011 8:57PM

    emoticon on your weight-loss I missed you glad to see you're back. Sorry to hear about your jaw hope you feel better. Wishing you the best!!! emoticon

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EYES_ON_THEPRAZ 3/3/2011 6:43PM

    Ooh, good luck with your jaw. sounds painful. I have had problems grinding in the past.
Let us know if you get the hamburger or not... and congrats on your 2+ lbs already!

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CTEMPLE 3/3/2011 6:33PM

    Dear Ruthie, I have suffered from TMJ for more than 10 years and did a reconstruction of my bite, super expensive and it didn't work. I tried everything.

The thing that really made it better was treating the neck that is directly related to the jaw; that for maintenance, treat the neck.

To get rid of the jaw pain acupuncture in the jaw joint. Not easy to find a good acupuncturist that is not a scaredy cat. With a couple of sessions it gets better and then with treating the neck and the mouthguard to prevent the damage to the teeth, and exercises, you should be able to manage it.

Don't spend a fortune!


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