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Another super crazy day...but all is well!

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

Back to the gym this morning at 6:15 am for 30 minutes of cardio (whoa baby, my core and legs are feeling it). I guess that's one way to know you're increasing intensity!!

Worked from 8-12:30, gassed up the Honda, picked up my sweet little Aldo and my mom and we headed 2 hours back to pick up Katie. She's home and doing well. She's on antibiotics and pain medicine. We'll go back in two weeks to have the staples removed. We'll also get the news about the biopsy.

It was a really full day (again), but I'm getting things around for the gym tomorrow morning (and I think I'll go hang my work clothes in my car when I finish this blog)! I've walked out twice in the mornings without them and it's a bummer having to come back. It will feel weird working a full day tomorrow...but I have so much catching up to do!!!

There were 10-12 people in the gym this morning, most of which were young college students (18-23) but you know, they just don't bother me a bit and I don't bother them. I would have never done this before .. but hey, I'm on a mission and I'm there to do a job and to be honest, it's the nicest gym I've ever worked out in, very clean, well maintained equipment, great faculty/staff locker room, and I'm just going to keep doing my thing. It's refreshing to be around young people and I respect the fact that they're getting up early to work out before class. I suspect many of them are athletes.

I did much better with tracking today and will fill out dinner before I call it day (soon). I miss sparking more and catching up with everyone ... but I'll be back at it and things should be back to normal tomorrow. I'm proud of myself for weathering all of the twists and turns this week.

Can't wait until tomorrow after work ... can you say PEDICURE????

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MIRAGE727 8/23/2012 3:37PM

    Outstanding! Stay strong, Bella!
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It's been a long day ... but I am thankful.

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

I got up at 5:15 am, was on the elliptical at 6 am--20 minutes of cardio and 20 minutes of strength training, then back home. I took a personal day to drive my 82-year-old mom and her 11-year-old dog, Katie, back to the Emergency Vet Referral Hospital (about 2 hours away). We had a consultation last Friday with a surgeon there. Today we met with the Internal Medicine specialist and then with the surgeon. After an ultrasound, x-rays, and blood work, we decided on surgery to remove a large tumor from Katie' liver. We were at the hospital for almost 3 hours before we reached the point of getting the green light for surgery. The surgeon called my mom later this afternoon to let us know that he was able to get ALL of the tumor, that things look very good, and Katie sailed through the operation. Many people wouldn't go to this extent ($3,500-$4,500) for a pet, but Katie is my mom's companion. Mom rescued Katie when she was around 6 and has had her for 5 years. We don't think her life prior to that point was all that great and mom felt she really deserved this chance. Life expectancy for the breed can be as high as 15-16 years. The surgeon will call back tomorrow morning and we'll either go back to pick her up tomorrow afternoon or the day after. I'm really happy to use my personal time and drive my mom -- she would definitely do it for me if she could. When I begin to think about times she's helped me with different situations in life, my eyes begin to tear. So it's looking like this will have a happy ending!

I packed some almonds, bottled water, plums, Kashi whole grain garlic crackers, Laughing Cow and a tuna pouch (although I forgot a darn fork)! By the time we finished at the vet, I was famished and ended up grabbing a sandwich at Subway (baked chicken, spinach, tomato, cucumber and very light light mayo on whole wheat). I haven't tracked any of my food from today, but I'm going to make an honest effort to backtrack (not my favorite way to track, but some days it's all we've got).

I had a 2 hour nap after I got back, but my plan is to have my gym stuff ready for morning and hit the gym again tomorrow morning at 6 a.m. for a 30 minute cardio workout. The new cardio equipment is great, but I swear it's more difficult (maybe because it's not broken in)? The old stuff was Precor and I really liked it but I think the new equipment is also very good, Matrix is the name. The cross trainer pretty much killed me this morning (my legs are still burning)!

So that was my day. Didn't get over to the stadium to watch Little League tonight, but I will definitely be hitting it this weekend!

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LADYJNAR 8/22/2012 1:47PM

    emoticon Wow, you handled that very well. Glad to hear Katie came thru it OK.

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MIRAGE727 8/22/2012 12:32PM

    Whew! Wore me out just reading, Bella!
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I like the way you took care of business, and prepped healthily for the long day! Most excellent! Good blog!
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CINDYSDAY 8/22/2012 11:47AM

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KSCRAP363 8/22/2012 11:25AM

    Glad to hear that all is well with Katie!!! I think you did good considering the busy nature of the day and such...when my sister wants to go out to eat "fast food", we go to Subway and I get that same sub. At least it's not a big whopping burger & fries!!!

Wishing a speedy recovery for Katie girl! (...and no worries, you'll have that gym equipment conquered in no time!)

Later friend, Kelly

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NASFKAB 8/22/2012 6:31AM

  great you helped your Mom out

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SUSANS706 8/21/2012 10:16PM

    What a busy, but successful day! Glad your Mom's dog is going to get better. Our little 4 legged kids are worth it! What a wonderful companion for her. Sounds like you did just fine on your food. Great job on your exercise! emoticon

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You guessed it ... veggies for dinner!

Sunday, August 19, 2012



Just whipped up a veggie stir fry for dinner to serve over Dreamfields Penne!

I definitely got my 5-9 servings in today!!!!! And the best part, I have leftovers for lunch tomorrow!

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MIRAGE727 8/20/2012 11:55AM

    Wow, that looks yummo! Sounds like dinner for me & D this evening! Good job!
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NASFKAB 8/20/2012 7:32AM

  great way to get the veggies

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KSCRAP363 8/19/2012 8:57PM

    AWESOME job! I just did get my 5 in today emoticon

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MOVEIT2LOSEIT42 8/19/2012 7:34PM

    That looks soooo good!

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Veggies for Lunch!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Got a 30 minute walk in with Aldo this morning over by the Little League World Series (there's a nice park at the foot of the hill). We saw the teams from Mexico and Japan practicing.

Romaine Lettuce (salad), 3 cup
Red Ripe Tomatoes, 0.5 cup, chopped
Cucumber (peeled), 0.5 cup, pared, chopped
Carrots, raw, 0.25 cup, chopped
Chow Mein Noodles, 0.25 cup
Hidden Valley Light Ranch, 1 tbsp
Plums, 59 grams
Olde Style Unsalted 100% Natural Peanut Butter, 1 tbsp
Arnold Health-full 10 Grain Bread, 1 slice
LUNCH TOTALS: 370cal--46g carb--17g fat--15g protein

Going to get some strength training and cardio in this afternoon!

  
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SPARKABELLA13 8/19/2012 6:25PM

    No Debby, not going vegetarian ... I'm having chicken breast in my stir fry tonight. However, I sometimes go a day here and there without meat ... doesn't bother me at all as long as I have other sources of protein!

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DEBBYFROMMT 8/19/2012 5:52PM

    Are you going vegetarian? Either way, great!

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NASFKAB 8/19/2012 4:14PM

  great job

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MIRAGE727 8/19/2012 1:43PM

    Very cool! I'm checking the LLWS today on ESPN! Great eating, Bella!
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Veggies for Breakfast!

Sunday, August 19, 2012

Today's SparkCoach program talked about the importance of getting 5-9 servings of fresh fruit & vegetables into our daily plan. I'm a veggie lover, but admittedly, some days I do fall short of the upper end of the goal. I chased this breakfast with 20 oz. of water.



Regular Coffee, 12 fl oz
Half and Half Cream, 2 tbsp
Plums, 72 grams
Egg substitute, liquid (Egg Beaters), 0.5 cup
Red Ripe Tomatoes, 0.5 cup, chopped or sliced
Onions, raw, 0.5 cup, chopped
Green Peppers (bell peppers), 0.5 cup, chopped
Kraft 2% American Cheese Singles, 1 serving
Arnold Health-full 10 Grain Bread, 1 slice
BREAKFAST TOTALS: 329cal--44g carb--8g fat--25g protein

  
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DEBBYFROMMT 8/19/2012 1:02PM

    Way to get a start on your veges!

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SUSANS706 8/19/2012 10:23AM

    Yum! Looks good ! emoticon

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JATHUENER 8/19/2012 9:08AM

    looks great

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KSCRAP363 8/19/2012 9:04AM

    WOW! You Rocked the Veggies!!! emoticon emoticon

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