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Lots to do this weekend!!!

Friday, December 07, 2012

Okay -- I have a ton of stuff going on this weekend.

Luckily my boss finished editing the paper with me and we re-submitted the review article to a journal. Now I can breathe!

I stupidly offered to host a holiday party for our department. This means I needed to CLEEEEEEAN. And for some reason in my crazy brain I decided to clean out my closets; Not throw stuff in so people don't see like I usually do ;-)

So I bought some storage tubs at Target (they're on sale this week!) and got to organizing. I got rid of all of the XL stuff in my wardrobe (WHAT?!?) And some of the 0x stuff from Maurices in my closet. Goodbye most of my size 10Tall jeans from the Gap. I'm only keeping 2 just in case... And my winter coats in size 18/20, 1x, and I think a 2x. They're all in bags ready to donate. Oh and one whole bag of shoes I don't want anymore in size 12 (any other giant feet ladies out there?)

I even cleaned out my linen closet. I may take some old towels to the humane society later next week or keep them as dog towels--who knows.

So basically my house is trashed but my closets look fantastic! Haha... not what I need.

I was hoping to get it all done before tonight since TJ will be back here this weekend. My friend has a party for us to go to, but we may try to catch him up on Doctor Who before the new x-mas special.

Then Saturday I am cooking a turkey. This is the first time I've ever been in charge of one. I'm going to go simple -- oven bag it so it's juicy... but still a little pressure. Plus rolls... plus stuffing... plus mashed potatoes... plus 20-30 people in my house = streeeeeess.

I don't want to go nuts with food this weekend, so I am going to try to make positive choices.

Sunday will be recovering and cleaning. So yep -- that's it. Everyone have a good weekend!

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BEECHNUT13 12/7/2012 6:05PM

    Ah, department parties are a great distraction... anything is better than the thesis! Hahahah! I remember those days. "Thesis schmesis... it's time to organize my recipes!!!" No, I'm not joking.

Have fun, and enjoy your closets!

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JENCANTA 12/7/2012 5:21PM

    You definitely have a lot going on this weekend! I've never cooked a turkey myself, but I wish you luck. I also vote for pictures of this spread of yours so we can see how it all turned out!

I love a good deep closet cleaning. I may just go through mine this weekend. Hmm... And can I just tell you-never in my entire life have I met any other female that wears a size 12 shoe!!! I wear a size 12W (usually) or 13 even-depending on the maker. It's so RARE to find actual cute shoes in that size!! I've gotta know-did a drop in shoe size come with your weight loss? Is it possible I may at one point get into a size 11 shoe? Oh man, don't tease me.

Well, I'm off to go run some errands of my own. Have a great party!!! =D

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PURPLENURSE17 12/7/2012 4:54PM

    good luck with the turkey and congrats on your progress! i bet that feels awesome to get rid of all that xl stuff, way to go. using an oven bag for cooking the turkey always makes it turn out awesome for me. emoticon

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LOLATURTLE 12/7/2012 1:43PM

    I did that a while back, felt SOOO GOOOOOD when things were done and clean! It's gotten a little cluttered here and there since, but nowhere near where it started out.

Sounds like a busy but fun weekend! You'll get it all done. And remember, no one is as critical of your house as you are. Make sure the bathroom is clean and there are horizontal surfaces for people to sit/set things on cleared off and you're fine.

Have fun! I have a super busy weekend of crafting, I can't waaaaaaaaaaaaait emoticon

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CAGMUAHFO2 12/7/2012 1:37PM

    Glad you got the paper done. That has to be a great amount of stress gone.

Cleaning closets and getting rid of clothes is a good thing. I also donate my old towels to the humane society. I got to yard sales and buy blankets for my dog kennel.

Enjoy your time with TJ. I LOVE Doctor Who!!

I'm sure you will do fine with the turkey!! Hope you have a great time with your party!!

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SHRINKING_SARA 12/7/2012 1:35PM

    It's a potluck -- other people are supposed to bring side dishes and desserts -- I'll probably end up microwaving some veggies if I get a chance to breathe

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ADARKARA 12/7/2012 1:30PM

    is 10w considered giant? :)

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LEB0401 12/7/2012 1:30PM

    I've never cooked a turkey either! Let us know how it turns out.. and enjoy your party :)


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MAGGIEVAN 12/7/2012 12:50PM

    Good on you for cleaning those closets. I don't see other vegs on your menu except for the mash? Anyway, enjoy!

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Updated Trackers--How to Actually Use Spark

Friday, December 07, 2012

Yesterday I mentioned in my status that I updated my trackers and dropped my calories... this is what I meant.

I had updated my goal weight and date (again--since I keep plateauing), but yesterday I thought... you know I don't really work out as much as I used to -- I should update that.

My surgery was 3 months ago (crazy right!?) so my whole "recovering from surgery" excuse is BS. I used to do a lot more cardio before surgery too -- now I don't. I won't get into why or how I've been slacking, but I updated my tracker to a more accurate view of what I do. I don't do cardio 5x a week for an hour like I used to... 2x for 45 at most is max. I do more ST, but again -- less than I used to. So once I updated that -- boom -- of course my calories were going to drop.

Diet is way more important than exercise for me right now -- and I was eating too much to see a weight loss -- which is why I haven't been seeing one. So my advice to everyone is to check your tracker every 2 or 3 months and make sure a) your goal weight and date are accurate and b) your exercise is accurate. If its not -- you might end up in maintenance mode like me right now.

I'm not unhappy with myself at all right now, so maintenance is okay. Giant weight fluctuations when I go on benders isn't, which is what I've been struggling with -- but my refocused dedication to tracking should help with that.

I'm going to do another one of my typical blogs next -- but I just wanted to remind everyone of how the site works. It relies on you being truthful about your goal, your weight, and your activity. When you do -- it works! Everyone go check your trackers if you haven't in awhile ;-)

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REDDBETSY 12/11/2012 11:02PM

    Sara-- this is a great reminder, and I should probably do this, too--

. . . the problem is that when I re-set my goal I lose the little countdown on the spark page that says that "you have lost X# pounds"-- and it is really silly, but I need to have that reminder that I am making progress (as if my pants sliding and gapping inappropriately all during my final today were not reminder enough: but while the gappy pants are obnoxious, the tracker is hope-inspiring. You know that you might need new pants when you actually think "these pants fit better last winter. maybe i should have a cupcake . . ." LOL)

So. Do you have any advice and ideas about how to keep the lil' progress tracker going while readjusting goals?


(P.S. I think I figured it out. . . and I changed my goal ticker a short-term goal-- which is awesome.. . Lots closer, now :)

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AMCLELLAN 12/8/2012 6:07AM

    I'm a little anal retentive about making sure it is always accurate. I have been adjusting my goal date every week or every other week over the past few months. & I adjust my exercise based on the week I assume I will have.

It's always good to remind people to check in once in a while though. Good Job!

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EUEK098 12/7/2012 7:02PM

    Updated mine recently, thanks for the reminder

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ADARKARA 12/7/2012 1:29PM

    yes yes yes! its why i set such small goals on the tracker. when i reach one i update it!

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SUZEMARIE73 12/7/2012 1:25PM

    Any time I get too far behind the yellow line on my weight tracker I reassess my goals/trackers to make sure it's an actual reflection and get back on track even if it means reassessing my goal date. To be honest, I just did the opposite and committed to moving more so I could eat a little more too and not starve.

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IAMZBEE 12/7/2012 12:43PM

    Thanks for the reminder! Sometimes I just refuse to comet to the realization that i'm just not moving as much. emoticon

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LOLATURTLE 12/7/2012 12:42PM

    This is a great reminder, thanks! I probably need to update one or the other. I did my goal date a while ago because I was losing more slowly, so I was showing up as way "behind" on the chart. I think I'll see how much I lose in December then update the date again.

Mine is probably the opposite - I think now that I'm back in the swing of it I exercise MORE than the tracker thinks I do! I found that I'm losing faster now that I'm eating at the top of my calorie range, versus early November when I was trying to stay at the bottom.

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Random Afternoon Blog

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

Whelp its the afternoon... I almost never blog in the afternoon. I'm a 'just-got-to-work-but-not-really-wanting-t
o-do-anything-in-lab-yet' blogger. But seeing as I spent my afternoon working from home... might as well throw another blog up this week.

I spent my morning rushing. I hit my snooze a few too many times, then took a little too long to get going, but I was less than five minutes late for my 9:00 meeting and they hadn't started yet. I've been going to a lot of seminars to learn more about job hunting and networking for graduate students. I still, however, hate the job search. It is soul sucking -- hence why I'm in my 10th year of college. But after the PhD... I guess I have to join the real world.

Anyway -- today I've been good foodwise. I'm sticking to the small meals thing throughout the day. So far I had my 250 calorie breakfast of egg whites and rice cheese, then I had some fresh fruit during the meeting (and score--got to take the leftover fruit bowl with me!). After that I was surprised to find that my boss was a) actually at work before 10am and b) actually working on something I gave him to review! Double shocker he actually edited my review in a manner that was helpful.

After about 30 minutes of screwing around, I realized I needed to head to my home office to actually make some progress on this paper. And since I didn't bring the most filling of lunches -- I would be able to eat at home. I'm really loving a bowl of hot soup for lunch right now. At 160 calories for 2 cups -- my tracker loves it too! Add to that a serving a frozen junior mints (yum!) = a decent lunch.

Then a munchie break of Boom Chicka Pop air popped popcorn while typing = another good snack. (oh okay... and a few more frozen junior mints -- I really like these, I only need a few to get my fix -- then back in the freezer).

So now my paper is fully revised. I just need to write comments to the reviewers comments ('cause science is weird and we have to tell people why we think they are either right or wrong) -- but I need my boss to edit that as well before I finish that up.

So all in all a very productive day! I'm in a good place calorie wise and work wise and boyfriend wise. This picture got posted of us today at a football watch game from this past weekend:

Now I need to disconnect and start cleaning! I am throwing the Biochem grad student holiday party at my house this Saturday. Eep! Lots of people in my house = must clean like a mad woman. Plus we need to go get the turkey (that I'm cooking) from the store tonight. I was trying to explain to the other students in charge of the party the theory behind turkey cooking and proper thawing beforehand... but it looks like we're going to have to do a combination of a fridge thaw and cold water thaw for Saturday. I'm also going to try to have them get a big 'ol turkey -- and then have some leftovers. My brother in law cooked a very sad looking (tiny) turkey on Thanksgiving. Maybe it just looked sad since he deboned it before cooking (he's a chef--they do those weird things) -- but i missed out on my turkey sandwiches this year.

So that's that... onto cleaning!

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LEB0401 12/7/2012 1:34PM

    WOW.. you look fantastic!

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HFAYE81 12/6/2012 3:32PM

    What a super cute picture!!! I love love love eating soups, filling and usually calorie friendly. Also YUM to the frozen Jr. Mints...I love frozen mini 3 Musketeers!

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LOLATURTLE 12/6/2012 3:24PM


Sounds like everything is going great right now, yay!!

Good for you on all that paper writing UGH it gives me hives!!! Hahaha. I finished up my first chapter & turned it in as a masters thesis. No PhD for me!! Probably just as well, seeing as I hate writing papers so much. I like the lab, though.

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SDLEE514 12/6/2012 9:08AM

    yay productivity!! I'm a sucker for Jr mints too, though I have never tried them frozen. cute pic too!

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LYNNIERN 12/6/2012 8:32AM

    Great random blog. emoticon Love the picture, very sweet!!

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REDDBETSY 12/5/2012 6:52PM

    You and TJ are so adorable!! You look So Fine! Keep up the good work, lady!

(P.S. how is the writing coming?)

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EUEK098 12/5/2012 6:02PM

    Sounds like a busy and eventful afternoon, emoticon.

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Okay weekend... I didn't fail

Monday, December 03, 2012

Well the weekend has come and gone, and I'm still not back at my house. There's so much to do here at my parents house and they are not helping as much as they could.

Admittedly my mom and sister have been cleaning out my grandma's apartment and haven't had as much time to prep the upstairs as they could have...

And I got my TJ fix for this weekend, so I'm happy about that. Friday was fun. I came home -- went to the beauty supply store with my esthetician sister and stocked up on fancy hair stuff at cost + picked out my x-mas gifts. Its the one perk of her getting her license -- at cost Biolage!

Then I high-tailed it to TJ. We met up at a bar to drink with his co-workers. Only one came--but I think he wanted to get her opinion on me. Sadly for TJ we started bonding over Real Housewives and Teen Mom bashing. He's adorable, apparently he talks about me a lot at work. I also did good on food. I drank water the entire time we were there. Then we ordered chicken wings. TJ at 8 of the 12 and I had 4 plain ones, no sauce! Then I had some hot pretzel -- those aren't as bad as most of the stuff on the menu. We stayed there for a bit, then we moved on to restaurant #2 with my friends.

I also didn't go nuts at this place. I had a pear cider (only 170 calories in a bottle) and water, then I split a wagyu beef burger with TJ -- so we split an entree and I only had half the calories. I think I did pretty good. We then went over to my friends place to play Cards Against Humanity. Super fun. Super ridiculous.

Saturday was good too. I was tired from staying out all night, but started right away working on my mom's house. I went to the one room upstairs that was the most empty. I got all the carpet out, ripped up the pad, and started pulling staples. All while my older sister was sleeping, my dad was running around piddling, and my mom was freaking out about the mess. I tried to start cleaning out the next bedroom to do the same to the carpet up there, but my mom threw an epic meltdown about how "we were working too fast, and just throwing stuff everywhere" so whoops. Cue her to take a ton of her anxiety meds and I started painting. All in all we didn't get near as much done as I would have thought we could. My mom was freaking out so she didn't work upstairs with us. She had to stay downstairs away from the craziness.

Then we got lunch. It was Greek from one of my favorite restaurants... then back to painting.... and then cue food poisoning! I don't know how I managed it, since we all ate the same food but it did not stay in my system. I ended up tossing most of it... then kept painting... the tossed some more... then went back to painting... then tossed some more and threw in the towel for the day. I pepto'd and curled up on a couch.

Then I rallied and showered and went to watch the Wisconsin football game with TJ at another bar with his Wisconsin alumni group. It was okay. I mean it was football... so... yea. I was feeling a bit queasy still so I got a sprite and a water. He ordered an appetizer sampler with all the fried goodness and i got a plate of tater tots. Something simple. So all told I had tater tots, two chicken strips and one toasted ravioli -- so not bad for a three hour football game at a bar. It helped that we literally had the worst waitress ever. It took an hour to get an appetizer sampler since she never put the order in since she didn't remember taking our order... and then made a little sigh anytime anyone asked for water... and gave the person across from us the wrong beer (which was more expensive) then made them pay for the more expensive price since it was her own screw up! I don't know if she was having a bad day or what, but she didn't get very good tips from anyone at our table.

Once Wisconsin was up 76 to 24 in the 4th quarter, TJ finally was like, Okay we can go. And instead of FroYo we went to Starbucks and I had a hot tea (barely any calories except the sugar) and he had one of those crazy calorie whipped vanilla bean things. I cringe to think of the calories in it. I think for two date nights though I did preeeetty good on my calories. Since it was late and we were both tired, we threw in the towel at 11PM and went home for some sleep. Unfortunately the Greek wasn't done with me and I was sick again from 1am to around 2am...

So I woke up Sunday feeling like a$$. I was supposed to go shooting with TJ at the range since I've never been.... but that wasn't going to happen. My dad apparently took out the carpet from the other bedroom so I started pulling staples and trying not to puke. I rehydrated and slowly felt human. AND kept painting! Around this point my sister and I decided that my parents needed us to stay another day to help finish up. She's still sleeping, but once I'm done here I'm heading back upstairs.

We're really behind, but you can only push my mom so much. There's only so much she can handle at once and my sister and i apparently work too fast (what a problem). I think its about time to start painting the trim in the front bedroom so that it can dry while we paint the walls in the back bedroom. We'll see how long this takes. I need to get back home to work in Columbia and drop Beth off on my way home in Hermann.

I also want to weigh in really badly. I've been wearing my armband all weekend. I've gone up and down the stairs at least 50 times (no joke -- there's 2 flights) and I've been squatting a lot painting -- so much so that my butt hurts. So I know I got in a workout. Add in the food poisoning and I'm optimistic about it being down. Is it sad that my first thought when the food poisoning kicked in was "hey, at least my calories will be negative today!" Silly me...

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EUEK098 12/3/2012 11:58AM

    emoticon , you drank only water at the bar. Glad you had fun. You probably got sick because of the paint fumes, had a shrimp issue the other day, but was good to go the next day.
Change is always difficult, just keep mom away from the mess and she should be fine.
And I probably would have felt the same way about negative calories too.

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JUJUFISH 12/3/2012 11:25AM

    Ugh...painting while puking? I can't decide if you're a very dedicated daughter or a little bit crazy. I'm glad you and your sister could help your parents out and that you got to see your main squeeze. I hope the good for your soul part of the weekend made up for the face in the bowl episodes.

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LEB0401 12/3/2012 10:24AM

    Haha... I played Cards Against Humanity for the first time this weekend. Hi-larious!!!

Sucks about the food poisoning, but at least it didn't slow you down too much.

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CAGMUAHFO2 12/3/2012 10:12AM

    Glad you had a good weekend (sort of) LOL

Sorry you weren't able to get done all that you wanted to at your parents house. But even with what you were able to do it sounds like you still got a great workout!!

Food poisoning is no fun. Hate that you got it and feeling yucky. Hope you feel better soon.

emoticon for spending all that time with TJ!!

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    Take the word "Fail" out of your vocabulary. If you slip up you are NOT a failure. This is one of the biggest reasons why people quit. You are making healthy choices by simply posting on your blog even if you haven't lost weight. Keep it simple. Don't bombard yourself with too manY goals at once. Try something simple at first. Work on it for just a couple days. It can be something as simple as drinking 3 cups of water for 2 days. (This is just an example). It doesn't seem like much but I promise it will be very empowering when you reach the goal. Try not to set goals that don't have a means to an end. For instance, telling yourself you are going to lose weight. There is no means to an end with this goal. How about telling yourself you would like to lose 5 pounds in two weeks?

I think you get the idea.



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LOLATURTLE 12/3/2012 10:09AM

    Sorry about your food poisoning, yuck! Hope you're feeling much better.

You did great around all those weekend temptations, though! Way to go! I did not do QUITE so well but it'll work out. heh.

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STLADEE 12/3/2012 10:08AM

    Sorry to hear about the food poisoning! I hope you feel better!

Glad to hear you got time in with the BF. Great job at being mindful of your food choices! emoticon

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FIRECOM 12/3/2012 10:04AM

    Wow. Not all days are good days, eh? Hang in there, kiddo.

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THEEXERCISER 12/3/2012 10:04AM

    I'm glad that you had a good weekend!

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Stay Strong Over the Weekend!

Friday, November 30, 2012

That's what I'm telling myself. I need to stay strong over the weekend.

This is where I usually screw up. Especially since I'm going home to StL again this weekend to paint my parents house before they get new carpet, and help finish cleaning out my grandma's apartment, and seeing TJ and friends. I'm going to be busy.

I did okay with food yesterday. I had a friendsgiving last night, so I managed to stay below 600 calories before dinner. AND the scale was down another little bit, so I'm back in the 183 range after being a bloated 187 on Monday.

So the diet thing seems to really being kicking my butt. If I stick to it, I'm losing. If I eat crap, I gain. Who'da'thunk...

So small meals it is for me. I've packed up a ton of food to take home this weekend so I don't go nuts and gobble what's in my parents house.

Problem: I'm seeing TJ twice this weekend and both times we'll be out at bars. I'm okay with not drinking and saving calories there... but bar food gets me. And since its bar food, its horrible for you. Does anyone know of any healthy options for bar food?

I'm going home to hug TJ today, his best friend died suddenly at 25 last year. He's pretty broken up about it, and I don't want to add any drama to the situation with complaining about food. So I'm going to try to sit back, drink a diet soda, and pray for the strength to ignore bar food tonight at happy hour, and tomorrow during the Wisconsin football game.

Everyone else stay strong this weekend!

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EUEK098 11/30/2012 6:03PM

    The weekend is usually my Achilles heal, have to work a wedding tomorrow, I plan on being low on the calories before work, and making healthy choices. Packing your food is a great help, for the bar I say eat before you go there, and just drink water.

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QUEENREAP12409 11/30/2012 1:11PM

    Weekends are always my weakest too. It's because I don't have the structure of work and so I go a little crazy.

I'm going to try to give myself at least a little structure this weekend and see if I can stay strong. Good luck to you!

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LOLATURTLE 11/30/2012 12:45PM

    I have a busy weekend with bars and parties, too! I'm usually not so popular. (HA)

We can do this!!
I have never personally heard of any healthy bar food options... I'm planning on the "eat before you go" route. going to have a light (~200 cal) low fat high protein dinner, then if I have a little fat and carbs in the form of snacks and alcohol it'll still be okay. I'm going to play "I'd rather have ___" with the food, I'm sure there will be tasty things that are just okay but overall not that special.

Sorry about TJ's friend, that's very sad. Hugs to him.

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ADARKARA 11/30/2012 12:35PM

    You can do this. It sounds like you're going to be really busy, so hopefully that will keep you from thinking about food too much! emoticon

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REDDBETSY 11/30/2012 12:33PM

    You can do this, Sara!

. . . And you can do this, too, Betsy. Same issue here-- Weekends are killers. I am just not firmly entrenched enough in my routines, yet.

Once you and TJ get more used to each other it will get easier. You are normally very disciplined, and he must be understanding if he is your guy: your hormones are addling your brain, but you will find your "new normal"-- give it adjustment time!

Good luck with the bar food-- I have X-mas party #1 this weekend, so I will be facing down the darkside, too.
Stay Strong!

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HFAYE81 11/30/2012 11:52AM

    You can do it girl!!! I know what you mean about bar food. Cheese fries with ranch kill me!!

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CAGMUAHFO2 11/30/2012 11:51AM

    Imagine all the calories you will burn while painting and cleaning!! emoticon Good to hear that you did good with your food yesterday. Good idea to pack food to take. That will help keep you on track.

I absolutely LOVE bar food!! But it's never healthy. emoticon But unfortunately I don't have an suggestions.

Sorry to hear about TJ losing a friend. Just be there for him and show support. That's all you can do and that makes a huge difference.

Enjoy your weekend!!!

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IRISHEI 11/30/2012 11:49AM

    You can do it! Try not to drink too much diet coke, it has so much sodium in it.
Munch out on veggies before you hit the bar and maybe you will fill up some, also
eat lots of protein ahead. Bar food is usually greasy and fattening. I used to go with a friend to a Amer.Legion and AM vets and found this out. If you bring your own cup, they may think you are drinking with all of them. Just ideas that helped me. all the best, but have fun too and enjoy the game and your friends. emoticon emoticon

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