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Weigh in and Movie review!

Monday, April 02, 2012

I had a nice quiet weekend. My dog class was cancelled due to a conflict with a dog show (which I also did not attend), so I had another quiet weekend at home. Oh - and I also missed the deadline to enter the first show of the year that I was actually planning on going to. GRRRRRR...RATS! I'm not sure exactly how I spaced that since I've been doing that show every year for the past 5. So now my first show will be April 21st. I can always add in a different show to replace the other one. Maybe I'll try and find one I haven't done before! I occasionally do like to be adventurous!
It was a pretty decent food week for me and I ended up on the down-slide again (yay!):
Start: 263.2
Week 8: 259.8
Week 11: 265.6
Week 12: 263.8
Week 13: 262.0
I now have 3 weeks to lose more weight before my (new) first show. I really really want to make at least a little progress before then so I'm going to try super hard to buckle down. Buckle, buckle, buckle!!!
And now for some fun stuff - I have two movie reviews....I watched Change Up, a comedy with Ryan Reynolds and Jason Bateman. I thought it was pretty funny and also kind of sweet in parts. It was sort of a chick flick that they tried to add some boy humor into where they switch bodies. Still, I enjoyed it very much.
And for my fix of testosterone....The Three Musketeers....I didn't know the majority of the people in it (besides Orlando Bloom and Mila Jojovich). I would give this maybe a B- to a C+. I did enjoy it and Orlando - who is not usually my type - was a total hottie as a bad guy. Unfortunately I found Mila to be totally distracting because she was horrible for her part and I don't think she's a good actress. The 4 guys who played the musketeers did a really nice job though and the sword fighting was big fun.
There you go! Free movie reviews a la Michelle! Have a great week and here's to staying on track!!


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/9/2012 5:21PM

    I love comedies. Ryan Reynolds is cute too it just blows my mind he and Scarlette Johannson were married for just a few years then divorced. So many celebs struggle to stay married when their lives looks so perfect to us.

I have not been to see a movie in forever. I am still doing a clean up here so will be out on dvd before I get to go see it

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I have a weight loss tip that is working well for me. I am so busy reorganizing and cleaning on a deadline that I have no time to think about food & less time to actually eat it.

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SHIROIHANA 4/7/2012 10:25AM

    I can't picture Orlando Bloom as a bad guy-- his face is too pretty. lol. Thanks for your reviews, I was always wondering about Change Up. Congrats on the loss! Wishing you the best by the 21st.

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STILLFLYIN 4/3/2012 12:06PM

    Every day is a new day. You can make good decisions and improve your health TODAY!

I enjoyed the movie reviews. I'm not much of a chick flick fan, but I do enjoy action movies. The Musketeers movie is supposed to have great special effects and be a bit steampunky. Sounds like a fun movie to watch on dvd with boisterous friends.
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MELIVA 4/2/2012 6:00PM

    Mmmm....Orlando! I should have stayed home instead of going to my trial...what a waste.
Gas: $40
Trial: $98
Hotel: $110
Getting the experience of a Q-less weekend out of the way: Priceless (and heartbreaking)
It was long drive home.

LOL...it wasn't that bad...I had fun and learned lots. The drive home however was bad. I got lost not once, not twice but THREE times!!

I would have much rather enjoyed a movie or two rather that the stress of that drive.

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MOMFAN 4/2/2012 3:13PM

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GROKGRANNY 4/2/2012 2:49PM

    You go Michelle! Just keep moving forward. That's all any if us can do, simply trying our best. Your movie reviews were cute, too! Keep us posted on your progress. I'm always cheering for you!

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PINKBEANBOO 4/2/2012 1:51PM

    Love the movie reviews! I remember seeing commercials for that Jason Bateman movie. I also never saw the 3 Musketeers, so why were there 4? Maybe I just need to see the movie. Or according to your review, maybe not, LOL.

Good job on the loss this week! You can be down several more by April 21. Go for it!

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Back to the Beginning

Monday, March 26, 2012

Well, I'm back where I started. I want to be annoyed, however, considering these last couple of weeks I've toyed with getting close to 270 again I'm going to say....It's not exactly where I want to be but I'm determined to push through this rough patch.

Start: 263.2
Week 8: 259.8
Week 9: 261.0
Week 11: 265.6
Week 12: 263.8

I skipped my dog class this weekend because I was feeling very anti-social. I know. Bad girl! But my weekends are my way to de-stress from a job I don't particularly like. And my version of de-stressing is staying home with my dogs and not seeing people. And since I had to go out Friday to do all my errands - Saturday/Sunday turned into a home days.
Kindle review part 2: After a week of kindle usage I will say I'm kind of torn...One good thing that I really like is that if I see something I want to read - I can be reading it 2 minutes later. On the down side - I don't have easy access to wifi and no home computer so everything must be done at work - and sometimes that is not ideal. Not the greatest of options. Plus I've had a bit of a learning curve on all its functions which comes with frustration too. I can see where it would be handy to take on road trips or vacations, you've literally got your library in your backpack...but I sure miss having a book in my hand. And one thing that REally bugs me is most of the time there are no page numbers. You get a percentage of how far you are in the book. I'm trying to get used to that. Overall I think it's growing on me...but I don't have to like it!!
My friend Celeste brought her dogs in to work today to visit us (she has the day off)- I got to see the new puppy! She's sure a cutie! And probably going to be quite the little terror in her teenage years I'm sure! When I told her she might have a little Eliot on her hands I think she gave me the stink eye!! lol!
Oh and one more thing - I tried a parmesan asparagus recipe this weekend in the hopes of expanding my vege repetoire....didn't work. I ate half - dogs ate half. They seemed to like their share though!
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Have a great week everyone!

  
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SHIROIHANA 3/31/2012 8:16PM

    Don't let this plateau deter you from moving forward. Spring is here and this means more days of sunshine and more days of activity. More activity leads to more progress and this will lead to great numbers. Hope the scale cooperates next time.

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IGNAZIA 3/27/2012 12:38PM

    You will get there! Dust your self off, and start back over. You will get there, just don't give up. I got a Kindle for Christmas and I love love love it. I have a ton of free books from Amazon and some library books, and some from friends. I'm a reader anyway and I've probably trippled my reading.



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KLAD_COCKERS 3/27/2012 10:44AM

    If it helps, I'm back to square one and more . . . so I understand your frustration. But I do think you have the right attitude . . .

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MOMFAN 3/27/2012 3:11AM

    I would love a Kindle when traveling, but probably will never get one. I love the library!

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MELIVA 3/26/2012 11:01PM

    Thanks for the info...think I'll move my yearning on to an iPad and continue to stick with real books.
As for being "stuck," I can totally relate. I have been losing and gaining the same 9 pounds since this time last year. Rrrr. Don't beat yourself up over it and don't give up. But I do need to find away to get you to love asparagus....yum! When we were kids, we'd cross the road at my grandma's house (it grew wild there) and cut some, bring it back and have grandma nuke it for a minute or two. It was a total treat.

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GROKGRANNY 3/26/2012 4:05PM

    I'm a home body, too! I love my friends and love to get out but some weekends I just hibernate. Especially when I'm on stress overload with my job.

The Kindle does take some getting used to. I use the highlighting feature and footnotes and then it's easy to go back and read your favorite parts of a book.

Still holding a book in your hands is still something I will always love!

Don't worry about the weight stall. It'll come off! Especially with the warmer weather coming.

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PINKBEANBOO 3/26/2012 3:39PM

    My daughter has a Kindle but I've never used it, but I'm also not a big reader. I did get an ipod a few months ago & have downloaded a few books on it. It is strange not holding a book, but I guess it doesn't bother me too much.

Ok, I'm ready to drop a few pounds. Are you going to do it with me?

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EXOTEC 3/26/2012 3:25PM

    I can understand your frustration! I got down to a happy waypoint, and then snuck back up. Now I'm mad. That's a good thing though: when I get mad, I get more determined. I'm just stubborn that way!

Seriously, though ... you're talking about the difference in a few pounds. Hear the emphasis on "few"! I've decided to avoid the scale whenever possible and measure my progress (or lack thereof) by how things fit and how I feel. Oh, I still weigh occasionally. But it isn't beneficial for me. I end up getting more annoyed!

I have a Kindle™ too. I've always been a reader, and it was really difficult for me to transition to the electronic format. I do love it - being able to carry a whole library around, having access to more books (like I need that) anytime and anywhere ... being able to share things with friends or family (especially when they need to see the reference before they'll take you seriously! lol ) ... but, like you, I miss the feel of a book in my hands. I don't like the "locations" either. I want to be able to jump to a page. I also can't find things easily on the Kindle™ - it's so easy to flip through a book. I spend at least two to three times as much time trying to find something on the Kindle™ than I would with a print book. Yes, they have a search feature. It returns so many hits it's almost easier to go through page by page to find something. I have been known (gasp) to put a notation on a margin, or a sticky-note in a special place ... and yes, I know I can highlight, but somehow it just isn't the same. I guess it comes down to each version has its advantages that I don't want to give up. I like my Kindle™ (have no desire whatsoever for the Fire - I've seen it and it just doesn't appeal), but I'll never give up books.

Just what I needed: another addiction! LOL

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QUEENDEBRINA 3/26/2012 1:53PM

    Don't be so hard on yourself. I wish I could count the times I've lost and then gained - sometimes I just want to weep when I think about where I "could" be with my weight compared to where I am. It's really hard to make lifestyle changes and it's so easy to fall back into our old eating habits, or to just give up on exercising.....but I try to comfort myself with the thought that falling down isn't failure, not getting back up is.

Good luck in your journey.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/26/2012 1:53PM

    It is so true for me as well especially at night I need to be home snug as a bug. Do you need wi-fi to read you kindle?

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Times are a-Changin'

Monday, March 19, 2012

My weigh in report is going to be short and sweet....still struggling, still hanging in there....

Start: 263.2
Week 6: 261.6
Week 7: 261.8
Week 8: 259.8
Week 9: 261.0
Week 11: 265.6

So because it's my blog and I can...I'm going to move on to funner (aka...more fun, better, happier, things less likely to make me beat my head against my desk....) topics. Such as my dog class on Saturday! Who knew I was going to talk about dogs - raise your hand! Anyway, class almost did not happen because my gps did not like the address of the place. It was in a neighboring town. I had to find it old school by asking a lady at the gas station. One of my favorite things about a new dog class is to see all the other kinds of dogs in the class. Since it was a small class there were only 5 other dogs...a huskie (she was crazy happy! Kept bouncing around trying to jump up and kiss the trainer!) a samoyed (she was kind of shy), a very young black and tan cocker spaniel (So cute!), a dapple mini dachsund (also a little shy) and the most adoralbe little Brussels Griffon. We all practiced running around the ring, standing correctly and standing still for the judge. It was good for Eliot to get out around people and dogs again since I didn't have him out too much over the winter.
The other fun dog thing that happened this weekend is that my friend Celeste and her family got a new puppy! An 8 week old German Shepherd they named Daisy. Here is a pic of Daisy with Celeste's daughter:


And finally...I did it. I'm so ashamed. I broke down and bought a kindle! I always swore I never would! But these times they are a-changin. Some books I wanted weren't available in paperback or sometimes they would be if I wanted to wait a year. Frustrating but I guess that's what I get for being impatient. People say "it'll save you money because e-books are cheaper!" But it won't because I will still by the book when it comes out. Because what if I lose the kindle or it does something completely irrationally electronic like lose all my books? How would I re-read all my favorites? Aggghhhh! I'll let you know what I think of it after I've got it figured out.
That's all for now folks - have a great week!

  
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GROKGRANNY 3/24/2012 11:38AM

    We LOVE our Kindles! Have had them for about a year. I struggled at first with it (over holding a book). I still like to read a book. I hope and pray books don't become obsolete. Even our grandkids are now using iPads in school!!

But, you have to keep step with "progress," I guess. Did you know that the light on the Kindle does not disturb your melatonin levels? So read away before bed! lol Some of the best books I have read are 99 cent specials for Kindle.

I love your dog stories. I am smitten with Eliot. Love his name! lol And I don't think there is anything cuter in the world than a German Shepard puppy!

Thanks for all your support and your friendship. It has meant so much to me! I am excited about retiring, now. It's just time. JoAnn intrigues me, but I would probably spend everything I earn there!!! I'm going to take 6 months minimum and rest and re-group before I make any major decisions.

Have a great weekend and we'll talk soon!


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/22/2012 5:40PM

    Eventually everyone will be digital, it is going to happen so we might as well run with it. Good for you for getting up to speed that is certainly nothing to be ashamed of. Brussels Griffon are so cute. Bet Elliot is the star, right?

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MOMFAN 3/20/2012 10:51PM

    That is what libraries are for! LOL!

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SHIROIHANA 3/19/2012 7:41PM

    Aww, what an adorable pic!! I've always had a soft spot for German Shepherds. One of my chihuahuas, Cookie, failed a Petsmart training class. lol. He was the only one who "didn't graduate" and what made it more funny was the trainer said that all dogs graduate. He is a very shy dog... we also took him when he was 4 y/o, which was the age he was when we rescued him. I don't have a Kindle, but my boyfriend got me an iPad which allows me to read e-books. But like you, I prefer old school. You can't place dog ears on the Kindle. Let us know how you enjoy it.

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MELIVA 3/19/2012 7:00PM

    Oh...puppy C Class, how fun! And what an adorable shep. Love that her ears are still floppy. You hafta let me know how your kindle is...I kinda wanted one, but talked myself out of it.

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PINKBEANBOO 3/19/2012 4:35PM

    Sounds like a fun weekend!
Looks like Daisy & your friend's daughter are already good buddies.
Have fun with your Kindle.

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TWEETYKC00 3/19/2012 2:23PM

    I bet that class was fun. I love that new puppy, wish I had one. Don't we all say that we can handle life with what we have until the new stuff is shoved at us? What can you do?

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Time to Spring!

Monday, March 05, 2012

Another month with no progress. Hmmmph. And now it's March. I'm really trying drum up some motivation to get back on track.
Start: 263.2
Week 5: 260.4
Week 6: 261.6
Week 7: 261.8
Week 8: 259.8
Week 9: 261.0
I really really hate going back over the 260 mark once I actually made it under. Very annoyed.
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I really want March to be the month that I get back to it. I just have to tell myself that I WILL do it! It's spring! Time for new beginnings - or old beginnings - whatever, just get to it!
I start a Conformation training class with Eliot on the 17th. Since we already do conformation we're basically doing it to brush up and get ready for this show season. Can't have him running amok in the ring!! I'm hoping that will get me out of my weekend rut. I haven't left the house on the weekends for most of the winter. Time to venture forth into the world again!

  
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SHIROIHANA 3/8/2012 6:49PM

    Ugh, I relate with Feb not being my month. Let's make March our month to drop the weight we gained last month. Spring is quickly approaching so more hikes to drop the lbs. You will see the 250 mark soon.
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KLAD_COCKERS 3/6/2012 12:42PM

    That rut will be gone before you know it. I just love Elliot's smile!

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MELIVA 3/5/2012 10:10PM

    Oh man...I think we are riding the same train (and it's just going in circles). Let's do this!!
Does Eliot ever NOT smile...so freakin' adorable!!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 3/5/2012 8:36PM

    Go for it Goal Setter! Spring Challenge is on you can do this!

Great Photo of Elliot too.

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MOMFAN 3/5/2012 7:52PM

    emoticonI am struggling too!

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BECKYB73 3/5/2012 1:44PM

    If he's still doing seminars and you have a chance to attend, check out one of Tom Lam's "Sensitivity to Balance" classes. I worked with Tom when I was handling my special and he taught me so many things that translated to wins!

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PINKBEANBOO 3/5/2012 1:10PM

    Yep, it is time to get out for some hikes on the weekends! Make a plan for one this weekend.
You'll get back under 260 - set your mind to it. Next weigh in you'll see the 250s again. YOU CAN DO IT!
PS: Elliot is just too cute for words!

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STUFFNEARTABOR 3/5/2012 1:09PM

    I strongly encourage you to consider Dr. Neal Bernard's 21-day Kickstart Program. You can find links to it & his book at www.PCRM.org. It's done wonders for me. I got the book for free through my local library & participated in the January Kickstart Program. There is another program starting in April. If you get the book, you can read about it ahead of time & kick some serious Bu** & break your 260 barrier - it worked very well for me anyway. Good Luck.

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Keep on keepin' on

Monday, February 27, 2012

Another week gone by and I'm still hanging in there. I did manage to dip down a little and into the 250's, so I'm pleased about that. But unfortunately, even as I sit here being pleased, I have no confidence that I can stay below the dreaded 260. I know, I know, I'm trying to give myself a pep talk... but the yo-yoing lately has been a little frustrating. Or...I guess you could say irked? 6 weeks til my first dog show of the season and I wanted to lose 20 lbs! I haven't even lost 5 yet! Irked! Here's this weeks weigh in:
Start: 263.2
Week 4: 262.4
Week 5: 260.4
Week 6: 261.6
Week 7: 261.8
Week 8: 259.8
Okay, in other more happy news....the great debate as to whether I prefer rib-eyes vs New york steaks has ended with a win for the rib-eye! I do enjoy the new york and actually bought a couple of both types during my grocery shopping this weekend, however, I think the ribeye just edges out the new york because it's a little fattier. Which I Iike.
In other good news....I wait like a kid for christmas for one event every year.....Campfire Mints!! I love them, I love them, I love them!!! When I saw the little munchkin camped outside my grocery store hawking her candies I wanted to hug her!! However, since her mom was sitting there too and I didn't want to get arrested I refrained! I bought 3 boxes. And I don't worry about what it will do to my diet because I try to make them last as long as possible since it'll be a year til I can get more. Happy, happy, joy, joy!!
Alrighty - happy week sparkers! Be happy and be healthy!

  
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MOMFAN 2/28/2012 1:20PM

    I might have to come steal one of yours because if I bought them I would eat the entire box!

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SHIROIHANA 2/28/2012 8:57AM

    LOL at refraining yourself from hugging the girl. That's cute. I love how you aren't refraining yourself from the Campfire Mints. It's about moderation. You didn't lose the 20 but you are making progress. It is frustrating with the yo-yoing but you can do this!


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KATRENIAH 2/27/2012 2:36PM

    I looked at your weekly weight numbers and saw a person who's losing the weight. Sure, it's not happening as fast as you might like, but it IS happening, and that's a win. Remember to give yourself credit for what you've done. Focus on the positive and keep going.

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 2/27/2012 2:07PM

    Michelle, you can totally do this. Just take it one day at a time and before you know it you will be there. Have faith in yourself because I have it for you & I know you will get there. I do the Spark goals daily pep talk and that helps me plus I journal then go back and read it. Put your pep talk in your journal and go back to it too. It really helps me with my insecurities and goal focus.

I have never heard of campfire mints what are they?

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PINKBEANBOO 2/27/2012 1:49PM

    I had to look up what Campfire Mints were. Haha! Yes, make those 3 boxes last a looooooong time.

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