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A 3 week break.... too long.

Friday, November 12, 2010

So I left for California to visit my family for a week... the week before that was all messed up in preparations to get ready to go.. and during the week while I was there we were cabin "camping" and I was traveling around quite a bit. Then this past week after I got back, I've been working long, intense hours at my mother's house, in which my schedule is all messed up and eating is different, too.

Sooooooo 3 long weeks I have neglected to follow my eating health-fully plan, and have not been able to track my meals (which REALLY helps!)... and I feel like I'm way off track again. BUT... I will not let this get me down or set me back. Yes, I will have another intense few days of work with my mom again in a couple weeks, but if I plan better ahead of time, maybe I can stay on track better even when I'm there.

In the meantime... starting when I wake up tomorrow.... I'm going to re-focus and pick up where I left off and keep moving forward.

So here's to moving forward!

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SHAYNARAINE 11/12/2010 5:03PM

    Thanks for the encouragement Maggie and ?? I wish you both a great weekend, too!

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MAGGIE_V 11/12/2010 4:50PM

    Don't get down about what's already happened. Remember that any effort is better than no effort so just do what you can, when you can. Things will get back on track as long as you will it to happen. You made a god point about planning ahead. I can't remember where I heard this but I love it: failing to plan is planning to fail. I hope you have a great weekend! emoticon

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I've kind of gotten off track the past few days...

Thursday, October 14, 2010

We're getting ready to leave for a week-long trip to visit family and friends in Northern California very shortly, and I've been busy getting ready for that, making list, menu plans (we're going cabin camping for 3 of the days, and we all have different dietary needs, so it takes a little bit of figuring out!), and a lot of errands to run... so I've been out and about a lot and also sharing the computer with the rest of the family on their days off work, so I haven't been recording my meals, and I've only been using house-cleaning and such for my exercise. We ate a very big dinner at Todai's last night.. something we RARELY do because it is outrageously expensive... BUT, it is a lovely treat now and then. It is an all you can eat seafood place. And truthfully, for it being all you can eat... if EVERYone eats lots of shrimp and crab, etc... then it IS worth the price.. but if not... well.....

Anyway, even though I left STUFFED... I still felt pretty good about it, because overall, I chose healthy foods. I did serve some vegetable tempura on my plate, but it didn't taste good to me at all, so I didn't eat it. Other than that, I ate only vegetarian sushi... cucumber, cream cheese, egg.... the only thing I don't like about this place is that their vegetarian choices of sushi are far fewer than other places that we go for sushi.

That said, the seafood eaters in our family can't get their crab and shrimp at those sushi places. And also, they have CREPES here.. and a fruit and dessert bar here too, so it's a good place for the kids. LOTS of families come here for birthday parties (especially since the birthday person's meal is free). It's often a VERY BUSY, NOISY place!

I did not have ANY desserts this time... except 5 tiny TINY butter cookies about the size of a rounded dime, and a half of a mango-strawberry crepe (no whipped creme), and fresh canteloupe. Probably a lot more calories than I should have, and maybe more carbs, too.. but I think I was definitely within the low-fat spectrum.

I just found out about an Apple Fest coming up this Sunday at a friends' farm where we've taken a water kefir class and a Chicken's A-Z class. The apple fest will be held in a 100 yr old church, with more than 200 DIFFERENT varieties of apples to try. We can try them ALL if we want to! Their will be pie making demonstrations and we can make one to take home if we want. There will be all kinds of other yummy apple-things to try, and a raffle to win a home-made quilt. My daughter and I are planning to go, and I am bursting with anticipation!

On a completely different note, I read the new that all the miners in Chile were rescued without ANY challenges at all, in only 22 hrs, 37 min... MUCH less than the anticipated 36+ hours! I am so happy inside for this... and so thankful to God, Goddess, Angels, all Heavenly beings and all the amazingly dedicated, courageous, committed people in this world who gave their all to reach these 33 men and return them to their homes and families and a new life. It is a reminder of all the goodness and generosity, love and harmony, that DOES exist in our world, amid wars and violence everywhere.

~ Shayna


" Four Things In My Life "

Thursday, October 14, 2010

So, ok... Susan posted this on her blog... so I spent some time thinking... and will post it on mine too. Took me awhile to think of answers for everything! ~ Shayna

Courtesy of DiveMaster01..

I was sitting here having a rather lazy afternoon and discovered this quiz while re-visiting some of my friends Sparkpages. I thought it was a pretty interesting way of revealing some information about ourselves. I just copied and paste and then deleted my friends answers and inserted mine:

~4 Things In my Life Quiz~


1. A teacher’s assistant

2. A retail clerk

3. A deli / cafeteria server and cashier

4. An apartment manager


1. Dancing at Lughnassa

2. Letters to Juliet

3. Whale Rider

4. The Secret of Roan Inish


1. Switzerland

2. Victoria, B.C. / Saskatchewan / Newfoundland, Canada

3. Rwanda, Africa

4. Pacific NW, USA


1. Pucallpa / Cuzco / Machu Picchu, Peru

2. Burma / Myanmar

3. Bangkok, Thailand

4. Mexico City, Mexico


1. Kale Chips!

2. Vegetarian sushi

3. Spanakopitas and Dolmas

4. Vegetarian Pho’


1. The Wider Heart, by Norma Johnston

2. The Redemption of Althalus by David and Leigh Eddings

3. Dear Mad'm (Woman of the West) by Stella Walthall Patterson

4. September by Rosamunde Pilcher (LOL, yes, me too, Susan!)


1. Research stuff online

2. Play Guitar Hero or Cribbage with my 15yr old son.

3. Go on walks with my 13yr old daughter.

4. Sing

FOUR TELEVISON SHOWS I WATCH (I don’t have a TV), but sometimes @ my mom’s (or on the internet) I watch….

1. Survivorman with Les Stroud

2. Cash Cab

3. Grey’s Anatomy

4. Mythbusters

FOUR PLACES I'D RATHER BE RIGHT NOW (for the most part, I’m very happy where I am right now… BUT… )

1. I miss living in Victoria, B.C. Canada (and all of Vancouver Island) Every. Single. Day.

2. Anywhere on the California, Oregon, Washington, British Columbia coast and the redwoods.

3. I’d give almost anything to see friends and family in Burma again.

4. And I would LOVE to be back in Thailand.


1. Being at least 50 pounds lighter by my next birthday (my 44th) July 26, 2011

2. Feeling vibrant and full of energy, leaving behind the weakness and fatigue.

3. Loving a more peaceful, contented, focused, confident me, and a more peaceful living space.

4. Becoming a successful p/t Barefoot Books independent rep, and also to begin doing some massage work again.

I've made some changes to this list but I hope you have learned something about me. I look forward to learning more and more about each of you as well! ~ Shayna

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TENACIOUSTRISH 10/14/2010 5:33AM

    Thanks for sharing.!

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Friday Night...

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Friday night before I went to bed I worked out on Wii Fit for an hour. Now normally I wouldn't work out right before bed, but I wasn't really intending to go to bed. I was intending to stay up and clean. But, my daughter had some emotional stuff going on, and so I snuggled with her and we both went to sleep. I woke up at 7am feeling fabulous!

Normally, being a proverbial "night owl" by nature, as I have been all my life... waking up at 7am is NOT the most joyous part of my day. Especially when it means getting up to nag my son to get out of bed so I can drive him 30 miles to school on a rainy morning. However, that said, I really, really DID feel fabulous when I woke up yesterday morning! But hey.... it was Saturday morning and still dark outside, so I went back to bed. LOL

But I have to say that after I woke up the second time, I felt really great all day (and night.. since I haven't actually been to bed yet..) It's THAT week for me... you know the one I'm talking about that happens every 3 weeks or so... so I'm generally more emotional than usual, of course ( although mostly on one day which I've labeled for years my "RED FLAG" day). Today though, for some reason, I've really been processing a lot of emotions about a few different things that have gone on in my life over the past few years that have typically brought up feelings of anger and hurt. Today... I could feel the anger and hurt really start to let go.. and just feel moments of sadness mixed with fond memories of the good things. And in between those moments... absolute freedom and bliss.

Today was a really. good. day.

Truthfully, I'm feeling too happy right now to want to go sleep.. I want to stay up and enjoy the happy feeling! But that is the manic side of the bipolar part of me resisting. I know that my body needs sleep to continue feeling this good, so I am going to go sleep, whether I really want to, or not.

Good night, world. Wherever you are. It's nearly 8am my time. But hey, I'm all backwards.


On again, Off again, On again.....

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

So I signed up with SparkPeople like 2 years or something ago? I'm not sure how long it's been, but a long time. I didn't post pictures, write any blogs, or even a SparkPage about me. I wanted to keep it all very private. I found SparkPeople to be very useful in helping me be aware of what I was eating, and to be more intentional about my choices. And, I would start an exercise program with good intentions, but not stay with it very long. I used SparkPeople mostly for the Nutrition Tracker, as it was very specific, so I would stay with it longer, but even though I appreciated it because it was so specific, I also found it tedious... so I would eventually stop tracking, and then quit altogether.

So, I've gone through that cycle a few times now. I decided that THIS time, maybe if I allow myself to go outside of my private self and to feel a little vulnerable, and to allow others to read and view my progress, and maybe if I can find a buddy that is local to me... then maybe I'll stay on with my commitment until I've reached my intended goal.

I am currently using Turbo Jam fitness DVD's and also Wii Fit. I had intended to walk a lot over the summer.. but I never did. How sad. It was a lovely summer, and I'm sad that I let so much of it go by. But, that said, it's turning out to be a lovely fall, and I think it's going to be a spectacular winter... so I am looking forward to the coming months as I continue on this journey to a healthier body and feeling better. ~ S.

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SHAYNARAINE 10/8/2010 3:11PM

Thank you for your good wishes for sucess, ladies! So far, I'm staying really well on "schedule", so to speak. I wish you both all the success you are wishing for, too!

Thank you both for your sweet comments...


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NOGARD1 10/8/2010 1:42PM

    Welcome back! I've only been a member since August but find that Spark has so much to offer. It is difficult to start and stick to an exercise routine - I think we've all been there at one time or another. I like walking and Spark has some great 10 minute workouts. It's all the small steps we take that make the big changes. Best wishes to you.

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DEBBIE150 10/6/2010 10:42PM

    Good luck with your weight loss Shay...I am also back again to try one more time. SparkPeople is the best weight loss place I have found so I hope we can both do it right this time. emoticon

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