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What the heck have I been doing?!?

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

You can not out exercise a bad diet. I'm learning this the hard way. I'm learning that I got out of my workout habit, and I need to get it back.

Guys, cardio sucks. It didn't used to. I used to love the sweaty satisfaction of burning 700 calories in a workout and feeling great. Cardio now makes me die. I am back to hating cardio. I need to change this.

Instead of cardio, I've been cheating with weights. I have gotten my abs back in shape. My core is a lot stronger, but we all know strength training alone isn't enough to lose weight when you're not eating right.

I haven't been eating badly per se... just too much of the good. I need to cut it out and whip myself back into shape. So today I'm hitting the grocery store with a plan. I will buy healthy options. I will find something I want to eat for lunch and I will NOT buy crap.

I had a lunch date with Matt (same guy from last week). I walked 15 minutes to meet him up on campus, then another 10 to the restaurant, and about 25 minutes back -- so I definitely got in a good, unexpected walk.... in my 3" wedges, so needless to say, my feet freaking HURT! So no cardio running for me today. Just more strength training.

I've been upping my weights, because weight lifiting and feeling that burn is my new drug. But I'm kind of an idiot. I'm 5 weeks post surgery and the 25# kettlebell is too big right now. My incision scars were tingly painful after my workout. So not doing that again tonight. I might need to work up to that.

Tonight I'll focus on legs. My butt already feels better after getting back into squats and lunges. Plus some abs and I should be good.

My roommate's bringing home her new puppy today. I need to go hide all of my shoes! Let the puppy proofing begin. I know its going to be interesting to see how my two little dogs react to the puppy.

Plus there's trivia tonight, so I've got a lot to do once I get home. So I guess it was good that I got a walk in early!

(Oh and the scale was up today :-/ Hence the title)

As SALBATROSS reminded me yesterday, we've got 90 -- well now 89 days until the end of the year. Let's make the best of it!

*Things I just realized I have in the last 89 days:
My dad, mom, sister, and other sister's b-days, Thanksgiving, and Christmas! Eeep!

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TALVARADO6 10/3/2012 7:35PM

    Sounds like it's time to go into lockdown with your super strong will!! You've got this! Aim to get 100% on track before the 89 days are up! You got this!

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Quick Photo Update -- 5 weeks post-op

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

Here's just a quick update -- I'm planning a blog for later. I'm now 5-weeks post-brachioplasty. I'm healing really well. I'm trying to keep my scars moisturized, vitamin E, taking some hair/skin/nails supplements. And I'm weightlifting! I think I overdid it last night though. More on that later, but now Photos!

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JIBBIE49 10/9/2012 2:14PM

    Looks great. A woman on YouTube that I follow got it done for $3900 and her doctor even threw in a breast lift since she told him she couldn't afford the extra cost. She looks good.

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TALVARADO6 10/3/2012 7:54PM

    Looks awesome! Must feel good!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 10/3/2012 7:03PM

    emoticon Lookin' good!!

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The Best Thing You’ll See All Day: Local News Anchor Has On-Air Message for Man Who Called Her Fat

Tuesday, October 02, 2012

I just saw this video and though many of us on here can empathize with the anchor. People thing nothing of telling overweight people how they need to change, stop being lazy, and stop eating crap. You would never tell a cripple to get out of his chair or throw away the crutches.... You would never yell at a blind person. I just think fat people are the easiest targets in our society because EVERYONE makes fun of us... This anchor stood up to her e-mail bully, and turned the hurtful experience into a message of compassion and anti-bullying.

Click the link to view the video.

The Best Thing You’ll See All Day: Local News Anchor Has On-Air Message for Man Who Called Her Fat

Today on La Crosse, Wisconsin's WKBT News 8 This Morning, anchor Jennifer Livingston responded to an email she received on Friday. man wrote a missive with the subject line "Community Responsibility." The email read:

It's unusual that I see your morning show, but I did so for a very short time today. I was surprised indeed to witness that your physical condition hasn't improved for many years. Surely you don't consider yourself a suitable example for this community's young people, girls in particular. Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain. I leave you this note hoping that you'll reconsider your responsibility as a local public personality to present and promote a healthy lifestyle.

Ugh. Classic. Concerntrolling at its best, and by best I mean worst. Livingston's husband (who also works as an anchor) posted the email on Facebook, causing a brouhaha — and an outpouring of support. But Livingston had an excellent, eloquent, on-air response:

The truth is: you could call me fat. And yes, even obese, on a doctor's chart. But to the person who wrote me that letter: Do you think I don't know that? That your cruel words are pointing out something that I don't see? You don't know me. You are not a friend of mine. You are not a part of my family and you have admitted that you don't watch the show. So you know nothing about me but what you see on the outside… And I am much more than a number on a scale.

Jen went on to say:

October is is national anti-bullying month, and this is a problem that is growing every day in our schools and on the internet. It is a major issue in the lives of young people today. And as the mother of three young girls, it scares me to death. Now I am a grown woman, and luckily for me, I have a very thick skin — literally, as that email pointed out, and otherwise. That man's words mean nothing to me. But what really angers me about this is there are children who don't know better… The internet has become a weapon. Our schools have become a battleground. And this behavior is learned. It is passed down from people like the man who wrote me that email. If you are at home, and you are talking about the fat newslady, guess what? Your children are probably going to go to school and call someone fat. We need to teach our kids how to be kind, not critical, and we need to do that by example.

Fatphobia is rampant, and fatshaming is, somehow, the one acceptable form of bigotry we have in this society. Magazines, TV shows and movies openly mock and rail against the overweight, revere "bikini bodies" and help to spread an atmosphere of intolerance. The amount of time this man spent crafting an email — with the intention of making a working mother of three feel ashamed of herself — is a sad testament to a toxic environment. Fat does not mean lazy. Fat does not mean non-athletic. But feeling bad about your weight can make things worse. Less than four months ago, a bus driver who was bullied about her weight made both headlines and, in a show of public support, chunk of cash. It's tragic to hear kids on a bus taunting a grown woman, but it's even sadder when a grown man does the same thing and cloaks it in concern, claiming it's about the "community" and "little girls," when his real issue is that he can't tolerate looking at a fat person on TV.

Editorial: Jennifer's Message to her Bully [News 8]

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SBRAN833 10/3/2012 6:49PM

    I live 25 mins away from LaCrosse - she is truly a outstanding woman and role model!! I love how HUGE this story got from a little town, but such a global reaction for awareness!!

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LYNNIERN 10/2/2012 8:56PM

    Thanks for sharing this. I saw it today also and I thought gee, an eloquent young woman who has a steady income and is in a supportive, loving relationship. No she's definitely not a role model for her community at all (sarcasm). I loved her comment that she is not defined by a number on the scale and I thought it was a very courageous and appropriate segment for the producers to air.

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MJ7DM33 10/2/2012 5:31PM

  Thanks for sharing!

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JMANDA86 10/2/2012 4:14PM

    Saw this earlier today in the Milwaukee paper (read it online even though I live in IL). I went to school in La Crosse. Miss that beautiful city!

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LEB0401 10/2/2012 4:08PM

    Good find! Very empowering

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KKARENKM 10/2/2012 3:41PM

    WOW says alot- good for her

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SDLEE514 10/2/2012 3:40PM

    "Obesity is one of the worst choices a person can make and one of the most dangerous habits to maintain." Seriously!?! The ignorance is astounding.

Livingston's response really is inspiring. Thanks so much for posting...the more we can spread this message the better.

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Heeeeeellooooo October

Monday, October 01, 2012

Okay I'm officially getting back on the wagon in October.

NO. More. Excuses... ! (I mean it)

It was so easy to fall off the wagon when it comes to exercise! I was going strong 5/6 days a week pre-surgery. Now I feel like an old lady with no breath and no muscles. I have been justifying not working out a lot lately. In truth, I've been allowing peer pressure to get me to go out more -- drink more -- be home to work out less... so it is partially my fault.

I haven't been eating at a weight loss rate lately. I haven't been tracking, I've just been trying to make smart food choices. Its been keeping me at a maintenance level at least. I think my problem right now is that I'm too happy with where I am (weird right?)! I am happy, feel great, think I look pretty good (most days), but I'm not at my goal weight. So now is my "goal" weight too low, or is my motivation to reach my goal weight too low?

I am not going to change my trackers for now -- I still am going to attempt to lose another 4-5# by Thanksgiving and the last bit by the end of the year. So now my goal is to be 170 in 2013. That's my "goal"-ish weight.

In other news -- someone please smack me upside the head. I need to stop listening to people who are food and alcohol pushers. Especially when they're cute boys taking me on dates... My weekend consisted of a date night Friday (again with the guy from Wed), then a pizza luncheon with my grad student friends (free pizza!), then out to a winery for grape stomping (I didn't drink there, but I also forgot to bring snacks) -- and another slice of pizza out there..., then home for Doctor Who.... spent all day Sunday cleaning (just in case I had a visitor) and baking.

I made a pumpkin loaf -- semi healthy. Go buy:
1) Box spiced cake mix
2) Can of pumpkin
3) applesauce

Mix the cake mix with the pumpkin and about half a can of water... then add applesauce until it thins out a bit ~1/2 to 1 cup. Bake normally = healthy pumpkin loaf. Its silky like cheesecake and so much healthier! All the fiber!

I also made banana bread since I had a bunch going bad (and a ton already frozen) -- so I ate that too... plus I was so busy cleaning I didn't do cardio or workout (other than cleaning).

So I suck. Being hungover on Sat didn't help either...

October, you're going to be better because I'M going to be better.

I will: Workout at least 3 days a week for the 1st two weeks, then 4 days a week for the last 2 weeks.

I will: Track my food at least 5 days a week.

I will: Not let anyone pressure me into eating or drinking stuff I do not want or need in my body.

I will: Stop making excuses.

I will: Lose at least 2# this month!

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LYNNIERN 10/1/2012 10:10PM

    Love your goals, especially your planned increase in activity during the last two weeks of the months. Go Get 'Em, you can do it!!
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TALVARADO6 10/1/2012 9:35PM

    We all fall into that trap sometimes. A new month means a clean canvas! Sounds like some great goals. Grab an accountability partner, if you don't have one already, they help so much!!

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CHEEKY1000 10/1/2012 9:32PM

    The sad thing for me is that no one really "talks" me into eating bad things. It requires NO convincing. lol Ack. However, like you, I've made some small changes and I've been steadily losing some weight. I also joined the Biggest Loser Contest where I work. I'd love to win the grand prize, but some people are doing those juice cleanses and fasting diets. Somehow, that feels like cheating. lol

I think you have great goals.

Hey, at least you have your priorities straight and you were home in time for Dr. Who.

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DOINIT4ME2DAY 10/1/2012 4:26PM

    Keep it up!! You can do it!!

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JELLEN726 10/1/2012 3:44PM

    Totally let September rule as well and ate waaaaaaaaaaaay to much chocolate. Watch out for those boys who say you are perfect and eat the cake anyways! They always get ya in the end if you date them long term. Take it from someone it happened too!!

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SHRINKING_SARA 10/1/2012 1:40PM

    I just posted my pumpkin loaf -- 40 calories a slice = yes please! Nope -- I just somehow screwed up the recipe. It looks like its not counting the cake mix in the reciepe even though I added it--is there anyway to edit it?

Comment edited on: 10/1/2012 1:42:26 PM

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SUSIEGKORN 10/1/2012 1:12PM

    You're looking awesome and loving life! That's such a good place to be. I understand the need to get to your goal weight and love the goals you've set to work on that. Keep on enjoying life and being healthy too! Good for you!

Thanks for the recipe. Sounds good!

Have a happy, healthy October!
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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 10/1/2012 1:07PM

We are all going to OWN October.

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SARAHJ19 10/1/2012 1:03PM

    Your pumpkin loaf is amazing, I make the same thing but in a muffin pan!

Love your goals!

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Unexpected Nightly Visitor

Friday, September 28, 2012

Well I had an interesting 2am wake up call. My Pomeranian Pippa was throwing a hissy fit and freaking the eff out. At 2am. Needless to say I wanted to kick her. So after like 15-20 minutes of her crying I got up to physically carry her outside, which I don’t do since I have a doggy door.

I should have known something was wrong by the way she was acting. There was a RACCOON in my kitchen/dining room!!! At least I think it was. All I saw with my sleepy/not awake/really annoyed eyes was something grey/black with a bushy tail going out the doggy door – and this thing had to be about 30#~!!!! So unless it was a really fluffy housecat who went to the wrong place – I just fed a raccoon dog food out of a bowl.

So needless to say, I screamed – scared the crap out of my roommate, and locked the doggy door. Then tried to find a way to calm down and not freak the eff out about this happening again since raccoons are freaky smart!

Pippa was so scared she slept in the bathroom (the farthest point from the kitchen) for over an hour shaking. My silly little dog wanted ME to get up and get that thing out of the house ASAP! And she’s kind of a bully about attacking things (she tried to attack a horse for Christ sakes), so I wonder if she went near it and it swiped at her. She’s super fluffy (she had a bath last night) so I’ll check her again when I get home, but she wasn’t hurt. *thank god

So now what? Lock the doggy door at night? I turned on the outside security light. Maybe that will scare them off, but jeez, I was floored. Still kinda freaked out by it.

Fitness wise, I started some lower body stuff, more weightlifting. My abs need to get whipped back into shape. I might do some cardio tonight after I go out to dinner with friends. I ate pretty good so far. I couldn’t figure out what I wanted for lunch so I just brought cereal and soy milk. I’m weird sometimes…

Date was okay earlier this week. He was so normal it was refreshing, especially after the last guy was a stalker. I eventually just had to send him a really b*tchy message telling him the reasons WHY I wouldn’t go out with him again. Then he said, oh well if you change your mind I’d still love to go out with you *CrAaAaAzZyY

So yea, I’m looking forward to a normal weekend where I can get some good workouts in, clean up a bit, and craft on my Halloween costume (a TARDIS dress!). I may end up doing an Andy Warhol Marilyn… you know, paint myself pink and wear my white dress around to see if anyone gets it ;-) But for now I want to finish my TARDIS dress.

Hope everyone has a good weekend!

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JELLEN726 10/1/2012 3:46PM

    I love your stories! We had that happen with a squirrel. LOve Halloween Crafting and best of luck to you! I am working on Tinkerbell emoticon

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 9/29/2012 2:48AM

    That raccoon would have scared the ever-lovin' crap outta me!! Up in the night, unidentified fluffy thing in the house... not supposed to be there - wouldn't have dealt well. I have an overactive imagination!!

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SKAHONEY4U 9/28/2012 9:12PM

    That is a hilarious story, albeit I'm sure it was scary at the time!

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TALVARADO6 9/28/2012 6:50PM

    Oh my!! Yes, lock the doggy door at night until you feel some assurance that the raccoon or whatever it was isn't going to come back. I would flip out!! No wonder your dog was in a panic.

Some guys just do not get it... even if you are 100% clear with them. That is just so weird....

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SUSIEGKORN 9/28/2012 4:27PM would have heard me scream all the way from St. Peters if that had happened to me!!! Wish I could remember the spark member's name that had a similar blog a few weeks ago. You would love her story! I agree....LOCK that doggy door!

Anyway, have a good weekend! GO MIZZOU! I'll be watching the game at 11:00 am tomorrow on TV!

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SHRINKING_SARA 9/28/2012 3:58PM

    Yea I'm locking the doggie door tonight. I don't want to freak out every time I hear a noise!

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SDLEE514 9/28/2012 2:27PM

    I would have been SOOO freaked out! wow what an event. and andy warhol marilyn is so clever!

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BEECHNUT13 9/28/2012 2:23PM

    You could have had a new pet!

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FINDING_MELISSA 9/28/2012 2:19PM

    Lock the doggy door! Raccoons are very smart and if the raccoon found any thing it liked (food, dog food, something from your trash) it will be back.

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BUTT0N 9/28/2012 2:09PM

    I love the Andy Warhol Marilyn idea!

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40LESSOFERIN 9/28/2012 1:45PM

    lol....I would have screeeeeeeamed to. What a freaky night! Scary! poor Pippa

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MELLIE1030 9/28/2012 1:29PM

    OMG, I would freak out. I hope it's out of your house.

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