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Thursday, June 10, 2010

1. Function at work with a double ear infection and sinus infection????

I went to doc yesterday for an ear ache and I have double ear and sinus infection, I couldn't stay home from work today since I will be off tomorrow, so I am at work sick and don't think I'm gonna make it through the day, fever is 100.5, gonna stick it out as long as I can.

2. Eat a low fat, healthy meal at Olive Garden???

We are joining family for dinner at OG tonight for our grandson's bday. I have been worried all week about what I can eat there. I did my homework and everything I like is loaded with fat and calories, so maybe a kids meal ravioili, or I will order chicken and only eat 1/4 of it. I really don't feel like eating at this point anyway - no appetite today, so problem solved - no calories or fat in skipping the meal. But I am going to dinner anyway, can't miss my awesome grandson's 13th bday.

Ok, I'm done whining now, thanks for listening.

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CHRISTINA217 6/12/2010 2:06AM


I hope you feel better. I love olive Garden but you are right it is so hard to find anything that doesn't have tons of calories and fat there.

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GRACIELA_ELENA 6/10/2010 5:16PM

    We are all allowed a little whine here so whine away. Soup and salad with no dressing or on the side and watch those addictive breadsticks, but enjoy your time with family and hope you feel well enough to do so. Hope you can feel my hug through the net and hope you get some quick relief soon! emoticon

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JLITT62 6/10/2010 3:57PM

    Whine away! At least I get to stay home when I sick. Well, sort of, still went to my WW meeting cause I had to stop at the grocery store anyway and the library, but DH kindly offer to take care of one of my other chores for the day.

I hope your infection clears up soon & you're feeling better.

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KMKILROY 6/10/2010 3:29PM

    You really should be at home, resting my dear. (sorry to nag but ...) You won't get healthy again by pushing yourself when you're sick. :(

As for dinner - some chicken soup? Definite comfort food.

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TIGERESS22 6/10/2010 12:24PM

    Sorry to hear that you are sick! Hope your doc gave you some antibiotics to kick it in the butt. Have a great dinner for your grandson's birthday!

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MZSLYDE01 6/10/2010 11:27AM

    Oh no - Sorry your sick. That sucks. I hate being sick and having to work. Get well.

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CSIENK 6/10/2010 9:36AM

    I am so sorry you're suffering with a double ear infection. I can't even imagine how awful you're feeling. Hopefully you'll be able to get through the day.

The only thing I ever eat at Olive Garden is the Soup, Salad and breadsticks, but I checked out their menu, and what about something from their Garden Fare options?


Back to the soup and salad... if you can convince them to put the salad dressing on the side and eat the Minestrone soup... this is not too bad an option.

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HOKIEJEN13 6/10/2010 8:19AM

    Boo for being sick...but triple boo for the ear infections coupled with a sinus infection! No fun! Get well soon!

And, I know how you feel about OG! We won't eat there anymore because the calorie count on items is so ridiculously high. I did find that maybe the ravioli was the most reasonable in calories - so long as you only eat 1/2 the order.

Go home at lunch time. You need your rest. Try to bang out everything you need to do by then! And, enjoy the dinner out!! Birthday celebrations are always fun!

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Sloppy Joe Fiasco

Wednesday, June 09, 2010

I had a fitness class last night at 6 and asked hubby if he would mind frying bacon for some BLT sandwiches while I was gone. I had been dreaming of BLTs for a few days, actually looking forward to eating one and had it all planned in my calories for yesterday. I stopped by the house to pick up my gym clothes and hubby had made sloppy joes - YUCK. Well first off this is one of hubby's traditions - to cook sloppy joes for everyone's birthday, don't know where he got this tradition but everyone hates them, except for him, but we all just usually smile and eat them anyway. So I politely and calmly say, "I thought we were having BLT's" and he said "no since it's your birthday I made sloppy joes". Well this just totally sent me over the edge, I thought I was gonna cry - because not only do I hate them, but I did not have enough calories left for the day to eat them. I calmly said "thanks honey" and left for the gym. On the way to class I was venting about the gross sloppy joes and how he knows better than to change the meal since I am on budgeted calories - the nerve. I know I should be greatful that he cooked, but I was just down right upset. My sister soothes me by telling me hubby was only "pulling my leg", cuz he knows I hate sloppy joes and that he was going to have BLTs cooked when we got home. emoticonSheesh, what a relief I didn't have to eat sloppy joes. That wasn't a very nice trick he played on me. I'm just glad I didn't blow up about the sloppy joes but... don't mess with my calories by switching meals on me.

Class was great, BLTs were done when I got home - DELICIOUS, and hubby even surprised me with a small birthday cake - ending the night on a "Sweet" note. It made me forget all about the sloppy joe fiasco.

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CHRISTINA217 6/10/2010 1:00AM

    I can see how you wouldn't think that was funny. He probably was just trying to cheer you up.

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JESLES 6/9/2010 11:46PM

    this reminds me of the old days when people thought, esp my sister "Aren't surprise parties FUN?" I HATED THEM with a PASSION and always said "no" because I don't like being the center of attention. There ARE people who really look forward to their bdays however, for whom surprise parties are TORTURE(and you see this on sit coms all the time)/....because they think everyone has forgotten. By the time the party gets there, they are just bummed out! I hated that! Yet my sister insisted on "giving" me one for my 18t bday. WEll, I am SURE glad your bday didn't turn out to be the "surprise party of old" but perhaps you should share this analogy with him? I don't like being "kidded" when dieting, haha. Happy bday by the way! Hugs!

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GRACIELA_ELENA 6/9/2010 7:57PM

    Whew, I was about to knock him around for you emoticon!

Glad it worked out and you were so good and well taken care of for your birthday. You deserve all the best with this new year and I am sure you will get your wishes too.


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MZSLYDE01 6/9/2010 11:00AM

    OMG - Sounds like something my hubby would pull on me. SOMETIMES THOSE GUYS MAKE ME SO MAD. I mean really.
I almost got mad for you too until I read on. I have to chuckle at the comedy in it though. I have been dreaming of BLT's for 2 weeks - We won't do it until we get our first tomato from the garden though. SO POOR ME emoticon has to wait. I am glad you got them for your B-Day meal. What better meal to have Right?

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JLITT62 6/9/2010 10:41AM

    Too funny! Glad to hear DH didn't have to bear the brunt of your wrath and everything ended well.

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CSIENK 6/9/2010 10:00AM

    Those husbands... they're such kidders. This sounds like something mine would have done. Good for you that you held your tongue... so you didn't have to add eating crow to your nutrition tracker.
Have a great day!
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PS Great job - working out -- on your birthday! emoticon

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MUSYCLAU 6/9/2010 8:25AM

    For a while there I thought I was going to have to apologise on behalf of my organization MEN (Men Everywhere Now). Sometimes we don't have the best man on the job and frequently not very well trained.

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HOKIEJEN13 6/9/2010 8:10AM

    Ha....for a minute I was mad for you! But, then I'm not. That's sweet! I know how frustrating it can be to have to work on the budgeted calories, but great job on your birthday! Have a fabulous Wednesday!!

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Birthday Reflections

Tuesday, June 08, 2010

Today is my 41st birthday emoticon. I usually dread birthdays, but not this year. Life is good. I was jogging this morning and was thinking about the positive things that have happened since I started my journey with Spark, to name a few...

1. Lost 84 pounds
2. Gone from ZERO exercise to 30-90 minutes daily
3. I 3 miles
4. I eat only healthy foods (99% of the time) - eating fresh veggies and fruits I never thought I would like (bananas, asparagus, soy beans, etc.)
5. A size 22/24 to a 10/12
6. Attitude has changed into a POSITIVE one.
7. Healthy eating and exercise are the "No. 1 PRIORITY"
8. I HAVE...found acceptance, great advice and great, new, caring friends on Sparkpeople emoticon
9. I CAN... control my appetite and junk cravings
10. Goal setting - I CAN.. do anything if I set a goal and stick to it
11. Self esteem has improved
12. I longer ashamed to be seen in a bathing suit (still lots of room for improvement)
13. Don't mind having my picture taken
14. I CAN... get up at 4:30 a.m. and get in a great workout to start my day (I used to be so lazy)
15. I CAN... smile emoticonand it's authentic - overall happiness, with a zest for life.
16. I LOOK...for the best in others and try to help them feel good about themselves
17. I no longer look at skinny people with an evil eye - I CAN...appreciate the fact that even though they are thin, there are always things about our bodies that we want to change (yes, even skinny people want to change things)

So many wonderful changes have taken place over the past two years, the list could go on. I HAVE...learned to appreciate my mind, body and inner strength. I feel I am a much stronger person (overall) having come so far on this journey, and I have learned a lot (good eating habits, healthy cooking, fitness, etc).

I WILL... continue to reach out to others to share what I have learned, to encourage and help others as others have helped me. I WILL...continue to spread the SPARK. It has changed my life for the better and hopefully I others to reach their goals and to feel good about themselves.

This next year is my race to the finish line - my ultimate goal is within sight and I WILL...continue to move towards that goal and FINISH what I started two years ago. It's been a rough ride, full of ups and downs - but I WILL..finish. I feel very proud of what I have accomplished and I continue to be amazed at the things I CAN do that I never thought were possible.

Thank you to all my family, friends, and SPARK family for all the encouragement and support I have been given. Could not have come this far without you all. emoticon

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CSIENK 6/9/2010 9:57AM

    What an inspiring blog! You have done an emoticon job... and I know you can finish what you started.
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(I sent you a note... but it's worth repeating here... Happy Belated Birthday!)
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JLITT62 6/9/2010 5:44AM

    Wonderful reflections! Hope you had a great day.

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MOCHA2470 6/9/2010 1:55AM

    Wow you have accomplished a lot this year! hope your day was great! emoticon

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    Happy Birthday to you... emoticon
Happy Birthday to you.... emoticon
Happy Birthday Dear Spark Friend emoticon
Happy Birthday to you. emoticon

And many mooooorr! emoticon

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MZSLYDE01 6/8/2010 11:58AM

    emoticon emoticon
HAPPY BIRTHDAY - It's a great birthday with all those positive things. I should write a list of the positives like this. It is very inspiring to read all that.
emoticon for you.

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    Happy birthday and great job! You have come a long way but you know that you can do it. I love your list. Keep up the good work.

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SPORTSMOM03 6/8/2010 10:31AM

    Happy Birthday!!!! emoticon

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CATANTIGO 6/8/2010 10:22AM

    No, Thank You. You are the inspiration to us.

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GBSUTPHIN 6/8/2010 10:08AM

    emoticon Happy Birthday! You have already given yourself the best gift. You recognize your improvements and you have a wonderful attitude. emoticon on your progress so far, and good luck on achieving the rest of your goals.

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ADVENTUREGIRL04 6/8/2010 9:52AM

    Happy Birthday to you!! Your list is great, what a wonderful birthday present to yourself!! Keep up the great work!!


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SEEAMANDARUN 6/8/2010 9:48AM

    Great Blog! Have a great day!

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BHAWLITZ2 6/8/2010 9:05AM

    HAPPY HAPPY BIRTHDAY!! You are a true inspiration and this blog really summarizes what a lot of people think that join SP feel. I'm so happy that your life as drastically changed since making the decision to lose weight exercise and become healthy.

Thanks for being there for us too!! emoticon

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Katie's Boutique

Monday, June 07, 2010

I've kinda been struggling lately since my scale hasn't been moving so I decided to measure my progress a different way on Saturday, I decided to try on clothes from my daughters closet to see if I could squeeze into anything (she's my 17 yr old baby, 5'6" - 135 pounds). Lo and behold, a lot of tops fit me. I am "rockin" one today and boy does it feel fantastic. One of the guys at work commented on what a groovy top I was wearing and I said the best part about it was that it came from Katie's Boutique. I am wearing a big smile to accessorize it and to celebrate a little success in wearing a top from the Junior's department. Not too bad for ole mom. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SHANNOND5 6/7/2010 1:37PM

    Congratulations, what a a great feeling that must be. emoticon

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JESLES 6/7/2010 1:20PM

    I LOVE IT! I have a daughter too,a nd LOVE when I can wear her stuff! Good for you! Good success story!

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HOKIEJEN13 6/7/2010 8:06AM

    Fabulous job! See! An alternate way to pick yourself up and motivate you! Great work!

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JLITT62 6/7/2010 7:41AM

    Love it! Nice job. Except of course we want pictures.

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Smokin H O T

Saturday, June 05, 2010

Not much planned for today - it's just too darn hot, a smokin 95 dgrees. It is miserable when it's this dang hot. I have so many errands to run, but I was out earlier today and I decided, I am gonna just chill in the A/C. Hope everyone stays cool, it's gonna be a sauna all weekend.
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CSIENK 6/5/2010 11:21PM

    It was hot here as well... and my DS played in a Varsity District baseball game... I ended up getting a little too much sun.
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    thats good, take care of yourself in another way today, rest and relaxation! emoticon Hope you had a great day indoors!

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JESLES 6/5/2010 3:17PM

    well, i am's been a March/April kinda month here in Eastern Washington. Which means it is just going to get HOT ONE DAY and I won't have had any time to get used to it. Have fun!

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JLITT62 6/5/2010 2:58PM

    It's not nearly so hot here, but it sure is humid.

I don't miss the Austin summers.

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DDOORN 6/5/2010 2:12PM

    I'm lovin' this Georgia heat, getting out and sweatin' up a storm! :-)


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