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If I bake a cake and don't eat it...

Wednesday, March 07, 2012

I told this one guy I've been dating that I would make him a birthday cake since his family wasn't around to throw him a party... so tonight I'm going to make a cake that has more calories per slice that I will admit on this website. Needless to say, since it's a Paula Dean recipe, its not in anyway healthy and since I'm trying to impress this guy, I'm not going to change one bit of it to make it healthier.

So now, I'm going to make this ridiculous cake, and in my head I know how bad it is, and I really don't want to have a piece... but if I don't eat any that would be weird right? So in my head I'm going to have a small piece -- which will still be like 300 calories! Oh well, planning ahead for tomorrow calories-wise will be essential.

In other news I went to my GI today to talk about reducing meds. She gave me tons of compliments about my weight loss and how good it was for me health-wise -- and we agreed I can try to step down off some medications. I'd love to be able to cure my GI stuff with just diet and exercise, but we're going to cautiously step me off meds to see how my guts are working with 75 less of me to move around.

All in all a good day... until the mediator called. I've blogged about my one co-worker who is such a pain to deal with. She has some sort of mental issue where she can't see how her words and actions are affecting people and her lack of respect for everyone drove me batty and I reported her behavior to the department. Anyway long story short, they're trying to force her into counseling for her anger and violence issues, and as part of is, they want her to go to mediation with me, so that we can talk about "why I hate her." Her words. It'll raise my stress to much to vent about it now, but I agreed, and from talking with the mediator over the phone and our department ombudsman, everyone is on my side (even thought they're not supposed to be). I'm getting the gold star for being the only one stubborn or strong enough to stand up to her and try to force her to get the help she needs.

So sometime next week I'll have to sit in a room with a mediator and an irrational person and try to have a calm, rational conversation. I'm not looking forward to it at all...

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    Cake sounds amazing and good for you for planning ahead! Good luck with the meeting - I am sure it will go just fine.

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TREP13 3/8/2012 5:08PM

    Good luck with the mediator and post pics of the cake so we can see it. :)

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Tuesday, March 06, 2012

So I got bit by a spider yesterday around lunch. Or at least I think I did. I noticed a pain, like a bee sting now that I think about it... and a piece of skin was missing, so i just thought I somehow scratched it on something.

Then about 7pm when I was getting ready to get on the treadmill, I looked down and there was a bullseye on my finger, white center and a big red ring... so I instantly googled some stuff and flipped out (I'm a full on hypochondriac). I called my sister who's a doctor and she told me not to worry, it was probably just MRSA or staph (can you tell she's slightly sadistic?).

My dad wanted me to go to urgent care, but I was actually being really mellow (and not wanting to pay the fee). So today its still there, but its not red anymore--its more pink and the ring didn't spread, so I'm going to be optimistic that this isn't a big deal. And I will be working out tonight no matter what--I felt so lazy last night since I had taken Sunday off as my rest day. But considering that if it was a spider bite -- one day not working out, is a lot easier to deal with that losing a finger.

Today at work is going to be super busy. I just forced myself to eat the lunch I brought -- I have to work on my study animals from 12-3ish today, so it was eat now or wait another 4-5 hours before I get a break. I have eaten so much honeydew melon lately -- it is my new obsession! I may have to run back to Shnucks and get a few more. So I guess treating myself to honeydew is better than ice cream -- and right now I'd rather have the honeydew.

I tried some dairy free ice creams Artic something and another rice based one --- Ick! They were so bad, and they cost me $9 for the two pints -- so lesson learned. A very expensive lesson -- non-dairy ice cream is not ice cream. Its expensive and doesn't hit the ice cream spot. So I think my new friend honeydew is going to help get me through the summer without indulging in too much ice cream.

Its a ridiculous 76 today -- I want to get home as soon as I can and soak up some rays in my hammock!

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CHOOZTALOOZ 3/6/2012 6:14PM

    I know several people who swear that holding a hot damp compress on the spider bite as often and as long as you can keeps any venom from spreading. Good luck!

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SHRINKING_SARA 3/6/2012 4:35PM

    I'm obsessed with fro-yo. I'd go more often, but I usually am too lazy to drive across town.

There's also one called Tasti-D-Lite that is a low calorie fro-yo which is really good. I should probably just go buy pints to put in my freezer.

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PNICHOLS31 3/6/2012 1:36PM

    Do you like Fro-Yo? The Yogurt Bars, like Three Spoons, Orange Leaf, etc., are sooo great!! And you can self serve a certain amount and get fresh fruit on them!! I choose Original Tart (plain yogurt), Pineapple, Mango, Pomegranate, or something like that, and add some fresh fruit over the top of it! They're also on a pay by weight system, so you can be sure that you're getting 8 oz., or 6 oz., or more! I loooove Fro-Yo!

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What a weekend!

Monday, March 05, 2012

I had a ridiculously good weekend. One of the best weekends this year so far.

On Friday I had a pretty mellow night. I met up with friends and ate out a new British Pub themed restaurant in town. The food was good, the people were fun, and I didn't go over my calories even though I had fried haddock fish and chips. I planned ahead and had a very low calorie, high veggie/fruit breakfast and lunch. Then I headed home to work out... but instead I spent a few hours helping a friend in a rough situation, which was more important. (She might be coming to stay with me for awhile to deal with a situation at home.)

Then Saturday I made the decision to start watching The Walking Dead from AMC. Season 1 is on Netflix and I had been recording season 2. SO needless to say I didn't clean my house or get my chores done, but dang the adrenaline rush I got watching the show propelled me on the treadmill! And then afterward with more strength training, so I got in a more than decent work out. Chores no... exercise with zombies = yes.

Then Saturday got really good. This weekend was the True/False Film Festival, an annual documentary film festival held here in CoMO. One of the big draws this year was Morgan Spurlock's new Documentary "Comic-Con Episode IV: A Fan's Hope." Its about Comic Con from the perspective of four different people and a lot of famous nerds. These are my types of people btw (if you haven't noticed my background is Doctor Who related) -- so I LOVED the movie. And he was in town to talk to the crowd, as were some of the people featured in the documentary (one of the guys is from CoMO).

After that I rushed with my group of friends to see one of their friends do comedy at a free show. It was okay, only about half of them were funny -- but it was free so why not? Then as soon as we found out that Morgan Spurlock was headed to a local bar to meet fans -- we dashed over. I actually got to tell him how much I loved the movie. Seriously if you're a nerd at all, you need to see the documentary. So that was an epic Saturday as far as I'm concerned... and I even set up a date for later this week with one of the guys I met on eHarmony... and then another date with a guy from OK Cupid for this weekend... so next weekend might be just as good... ;-)

So I had a late night, I went to bed about 3:30AM and got up at 8:30AM since I've reached the age where I can't sleep in anymore. I didn't really work out on Sunday. I wasn't too hungover, but there was definitely a lack of sleep and my feet were killing me. Between doing over a 5k on the treadmill and then wearing 3" heels all night all over town... my feet are still mad at me even today. I did eat pretty sensibly though so I was around my calorie range for the day.

I went to work for a bit and then headed out to a Trivia Night. It wasn't that good. It started late, ran late, and the questions were so random and ridiculous that our team sucked it hardcore and came in last place, which is never fun.

So today I slept in a bit, cleaned the kitchen that I had been avoiding all weekend and cut up a bunch of fruit before going to work. Honeydew melon is delicious! I used to hate it for some unknown reason -- but now my tastebuds are changing and I can't get enough. I think I'll pick up a cantaloupe the next time I go -- I also used to hate those as well, but who knows now?

I need to hit up the grocery store on my way home for some protein. I stocked up on freggies, but somehow managed to not get any meat. Or legumes or anything. I don't plan on doing the meatless March challenge on here. I have had trouble meeting my protein goals with animal products, so cutting those out would require more research on my part. Has anyone bought the $2.99 eBook that Spark just wrote? I was thinking about getting it since its only $3 - but I don't know how useful it would be for me...

SO here's to another great week! The scale didn't move one way or the other, but today I'm not going to let that bug me at all.

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SUSIEGKORN 3/5/2012 4:09PM

    Sounds like a great weekend ~ lots going on, yet time to relax too! Good for you. So, you're in CoMO? Are you at Mizzou? I have a niece and a nephew there. My niece is in the physical therapy program and has one more year after this one. My nephew graduates from the accounting master's program in May. He's excited he already has a job lined up with Emerson Electric based in St. Louis! How's your thesis coming along?

Have a great week!

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CRYMENIA 3/5/2012 2:54PM

    Sounds like an awesome time! I'm going to have to check out the documentary; it sounds good. Hope your week is just as amazing for you!

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Hello March!

Thursday, March 01, 2012

Where did February go? Holy crap it's March... and I'm thinking about graduating in August... so yea -- this FREAKS me out. December is looking better and better and better...

So I started 2012 at 200... I made it to Onederland before 2011 was out thankfully, and in the last nine weeks I've managed to drop another ten pounds so I'm down to 190. Right now I'm only 14 pounds away from having 100 pounds total lost. I can do this! My goal is to get there by my birthday on May 10th. So I've got nine weeks to lose 14 pounds... that's doable, right? In my head, I'm going to make it doable. Hopefully Mr. Plateau will leave me be and I'll have some smooth sailing.

Its surreal to think I'm that close to 100 pounds lost. I had my reality check in early April last year -- at a conference. So at this year's conference I'm going to be a completely different person! It's also in Chicago, so some of my Chicago friends who haven't seen me since last year better get ready to be impressed ;-)

I'm headed to the grocery store in a bit to stock up on some good freggies. It took about three days for my stomach to settle down after the bad watermelon (or stomach bug, whichever) so I had my first real meal at lunch today... not the healthiest, and my body is kind of regretting the fries right now -- so dinner will be fresh and clean for sure. AND I'm getting on the treadmill and doing a 5k no matter what tonight.

I started doing fitness magazine's defying gravity exercies... and let's just say, dang, I am feeling it today: You can see those exercises here:

So here's to March getting fitter and healthier!

I will drink 12 glasses of water a day

I will do cardio 4x per week and strength train 5x per week

I will eat more fresh fruits and veggies

I will switch completely off dairy milk to soy milk (Aldi's has light vanilla soy = cheap!)

I will avoid cheese, it does bad things to me... and no migraines is better than all the cheese in the world

I will limit ice cream to veeeeerry special occasions in March and then only small portions -- I'm going to try and make this my only dairy cheat

Anytime I have a negative thought, I'm going to force myself to say three positive things afterward

I will actually read the stack of Shape and Fitness magazines from this month and the last two months

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PEARL-LADY 3/12/2012 6:03AM

    saw your page on one of my other sparkfriends...Well done in your journey so far, what I like is that you are reaching your goals and learning about all our healthy options whilst you are still so young! Hope your birthday in May brings you what you wan the most!!

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JMARIES51 3/3/2012 12:50PM

    You are doing fantastic. Thanks for sharing your plans. Isn't it fun to feel your body shrinking ?

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SUSIEGKORN 3/2/2012 8:51PM

    Wow, you've got some awesome goals and if you achieve those, you should have no problem losing 14 lbs. by May 10! That would be incredible to meet your 100 pounds lost! I can't wait to hear what your Chicago friends think when they see you at your April conference. I'm sure they won't even recognize you till you start talking! You've done fantastic and you're going to blow their minds! Have fun with that!

Hope your tummy felt good enough to get that 5k in on the treadmill!
Have a good weekend!

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STYLESTARLET 3/1/2012 6:02PM

  Thank you for adding me as a Friend, and sending me a Welcome Mat. Great job on all your hard work! It sounds like you have a great game plan to get you on board for your goals! Your determination gives me motivation so THANK YOU!!! Keep it up Girl! You can do it!

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My $10 Pencil Skirt

Tuesday, February 28, 2012

So I mentioned in yesterday's blog that I recently got a $10 pencil skirt at JC Penny's. It is my new favorite thing. I've been trying to find a high-waisted pencil skirt since I figured it would flatter my shape... and it does. So I posted a few pics on Facebook and my friends went nuts--in a good way. Haha... I didn't expect THAT much attention but it was fun. One of them even asked what I was doing, so I spread the Spark.

So here's my skirt, with a little side, twist to make the waist look smaller in the photo *thanks ANTM!*

I went home sick yesterday, my stomach was in turmoil. I either got a bug from our lab manager who was sick last week, or from some bad watermelon that was oddly slimy -- I only had one piece, but that may have been enough...

So who knows what the weigh in will be like tomorrow. I wanted to weigh 189 by March 1st as one of my goals, but Mr. Plateau is seeming to keep me from reaching that. So maybe getting sick is just what I need to push me over the edge of the 190s. We'll see tomorrow!

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REBECCA180 2/29/2012 9:55PM

    Hi, you left a great comment on my blog, so I thought I'd come visit.
You have an absolutely beautiful figure! I like the little side twist trick, I'll remember that one.
Good luck on busting the number!

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DETERMINED_SOUL 2/29/2012 11:34AM

    AWESOME! You are doing such a fantastic job on your journey. I love when the smallest bit of clothing can make all the difference as to how I look.

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DOINIT4ME2DAY 2/28/2012 10:52PM

    Wow. That looks great!! Keep it up!

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SHRINKINGLULU 2/28/2012 6:00PM

    CUTE!!! Hope you feel better!

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SHAYLA24S 2/28/2012 3:51PM

    ADORABLE!!!!! Shopping trip ahead for this girl...I may need some of your tricks to spot a gem like this! You look awesome! I hope you feel better soon and kick Mr. Plateau over on his face!!

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HEALTHYOTTER 2/28/2012 3:23PM

    Great decision to get the skirt, especially at that price! Hope your stomach settles.

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GIRLAWESOME 2/28/2012 2:09PM

    Love it!!! You look great- hope you feel better1

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ALLIEALLIE2 2/28/2012 1:47PM

    emoticon the skirt!! You look great!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/28/2012 1:37PM

    You are ADORABLE! Thanks for posting the picture! No matter what the number on the scale says, you are making progress in other, more important ways. WTG!

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STYLESTARLET 2/28/2012 1:23PM

  You look amazing! Very inspirational. Maybe one day I will be able to pull of a pencil skirt! Keep up the great work! I am new and need all the inspiration that I can get!

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SUZZQ4LIFE 2/28/2012 1:18PM

    That pencil skirt is the perfect clothing item for you. You should feel pretty in it because you DO. It definitely flatters your figure. Good for you for doing a little shopping for yourself. I've heard JCP is a good place to shop now for good deals. emoticon

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QUIKSYLVER 2/28/2012 1:11PM

    Very, very cute!

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