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Winter Smack Down

Monday, January 23, 2012

A lot of us have gotten the smack down by the snow gods this last week. Being from the Inland Northwest I’m pretty much used to that by this point in my life. However….when the street department waits to do the plowing and then two days later plows my street and puts a 4 FOOT ice berm in front of my driveway….I get a teensy bit cranky!! So Sunday afternoon I go out with my pretty yellow snow shovel and can’t get even one shovel full it’s so icy. Ooooom….caaaallllmmm…..uh oh....that's not working. So I stomp over to my trusty Honda Element and call my dog Luke who is playing in the front yard. We get in, I put it in reverse, get going a bit and WHAM! Slam into the berm. (Luke is probably regretting that he wanted to go for a ride now.) Forward a bit…reverse…WHAM! Had a little road rage in my driveway!
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I actually did knock down the top ice berg. So then I go get my steel shovel from the garage, and pick, pick, pick, back in the car, wham, wham, pick, pick, pick….finally…Success!! And no dents in the Honda either!
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Love my car!
That was the extent of my excitement for the weekend. I did eat really well all weekend, ending with a lovely salmon and roasted brussel sprout dinner yesterday after the driveway trauma. I’ve been kind of stagnating in the weight loss area for a couple of weeks but that’s the way it goes sometimes for me. Here is my latest weigh in for the Biggest Loser Challenge.

Start: 263.2
I didn’t do a blog last week for various reasons but the weigh in was right in the same area anyway.
This week: 262.2

Have a good week sparkers! Don't let the snow push you over the edge!!!

  
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MELIVA 1/25/2012 10:44PM

    Gotta love winter...and public works departments. LOL

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/25/2012 2:05AM

    I hate snow .I could see you doing battle with it.My True always wants to go for a ride and she barks at thenm if they leave snow in front of our driveway.They have got so they don't do it because they think she is funny they leave it piled on the other side of the alley !Perhaps you could teach Elliot or Luke to give them what for !!!

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WILLPARKINSON 1/24/2012 3:54PM

    Snow would be awesome if it would just stay off the roads and sidewalks. Heck, I wouldn't even mind ice if it followed those same rules.

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MOMFAN 1/24/2012 3:01AM

    That's one way!

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MYLADY4 1/23/2012 10:04PM

    Love the story. I wondered how you were dealing with the snow. We have yet to have a big storm here but I am sure it is coming.

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GROKGRANNY 1/23/2012 4:40PM

    Oh, man...sorry to laugh but you gave me quite a visual there, with the dog probably slamming it's poor chin into the dashboard.

Hate those "ice berms" (well put!) We had a ton of that last winter, living in our little downtown rental (on a main road). Now we're in this condo and couldn't wait for snow and all we've had all winter is an inch here or there. Today it's almost 50! Unheard of for these parts!!

Go figure!

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PINKBEANBOO 1/23/2012 4:20PM

    You must live at the end of your street because my road workers to the same thing. I HATE it when they push the ice & snow right in front of my drive way. I get so mad! And I get nasty notes from the mail carrier that it is my job to keep a clear path for them to pull up to my mailbox.
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PS: A one pound loss in 2 weeks is not stagnant. GREAT JOB!

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DEC2DEC 1/23/2012 3:31PM

    LOL! I love it!

Dis y'all lose power? How much snow did you get? Our delightful neighbors shoveled our drive for us -- THREE TIMES! We ventured down to town a few times, and although roads weren't great until Friday or Saturday, they were driveable.

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SHIROIHANA 1/23/2012 12:40PM

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I don't mind snow, what I do mind is the ice. WTG on removing the huge iceberg and for not having any dents. I was new to ice a few years ago and the poor Honda Accord has so many scratches from me learning how to live in the Northeast.
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Congrats on the clean eating after the snow dilemma. Hey, you lost a lb so far, so you are progressing on the challenge. Hope you continue rocking it!
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Biggest Loser Challenge

Wednesday, January 11, 2012

So I've decided on my new year's goal. I’m joining my Biggest Loser Team in the BL Challenge for season 13. We pick our own weight or other goals and then try to achieve them by the end of the season. Technically we’re not sure exactly when that is ….but we think May. I will report in to the team and also continue my weekly blog. I found that having to report my weekly weigh-in to the spark universe really helped with accountability, so I’m going to continue that. I have a little pre-BL goal, I would like to lose 20 lbs by April 20th, which is my Lewiston dog show. Then, for the BL challenge another 3.2 if the show ends some time in May which will put me at an even 240. So technically my goal is 23.2.

Starting weight: 263.2 Goal: 240

In other news….I just got back to work after a 4 day weekend and although it’s dragging a bit I can’t really complain because I’m only working 2 days and then off for another 4! January is fun!! I try to remember that when the months with no holidays come around. Hope you all are enjoying your 2012 so far too!!

  
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GLMOM2 1/12/2012 3:51PM

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PINKBEANBOO 1/12/2012 3:36PM

    Yesssss! You will be a big loser - for sure!

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STILLFLYIN 1/12/2012 1:11AM

    YOU go for it!



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SHIROIHANA 1/11/2012 10:44PM

    2012 is treating you well. emoticon
Am glad you enjoyed your special day with the family. Keep up the great work in shedding off those pounds! History shows you will defeat this challenge.
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GROKGRANNY 1/11/2012 9:59PM

    Love your spunky, forward driven heart in getting 'er done!

It's contagious!

GOOD LUCK!!!

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Missed it by THAT much!

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

Happy New Year! I had a nice quiet 4 day weekend at home. Still in hibernation mode big-time, but A-okay anyway. I didn’t make my year end goal of losing 20 lbs by Dec 31st, however, I did lose 17 lbs so I’m still pretty happy about progressing. The going is slow but it’s going.

Initial weigh in: 280.4
Year End: 263.0

Total for 2011: 47lbs

I am pondering what to choose for my next challenge date and weight goal. I think I’m going to go for either my first or second dog show of 2012 (both in April)….or maybe both. The first is a small show where I probably won’t see a lot of my friends so that one will be for me. I want to get out there with Eliot and run like the dickens!! The second is where I’ll probably see everyone I know so I want them all to be able to tell how hard I’ve been working since the last time they saw me! I’ll start reporting soon – as soon as I decide when I want my official weigh-in to be.

In other news….we have a new Mayor to go with the new year which always makes all employees very tense. New mayors like to make big changes, the biggest being to lay people off. I’ve already heard that 3 of the higher ups got the chop, and supposedly we are going to hear later today what other changes he is going to make. Not really looking forward to that. However, I do have a 4 day weekend coming up! Hopefully, I will still be employed so I can fully enjoy it!!

I hope you all had a wonderful New Years Eve and Day and start the new year out the way you plan to finish it – Happier and Healthier!

  
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HICKOK-HALEY 1/5/2012 10:39PM

    Your doing great. You will get there. The dog shows sound like fun!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/5/2012 1:13PM

    Congratulations that is a great loss.I will keep my fingers crossed weight loss is the only loss you see!Jobs are to be kept !

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STILLFLYIN 1/4/2012 12:21PM

    Great finish for the year! Best wishes for new challenges and keeping your job.

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TPELL21 1/4/2012 9:12AM

    Congrats on the progress! Just stay consistent, you're on the right track!

Good luck with the dog shows!

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RANDOM00B 1/3/2012 10:14PM

    Yay! CONGRATULATIONS on hitting 17lbs weight loss!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 1/3/2012 9:18PM

    You & I are parallel hibernators. I have been in hiding for a few days, dead tired with no energy. I take the phone off the hook & crash! emoticon

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TEACHERSUZY 1/3/2012 7:37PM

    Congrats on your great weight loss. 17 pounds is fantastic!

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MELIVA 1/3/2012 5:38PM

    17 pounds is still pretty fantastic; way to go!! I'll keep my fingers, toes and eyes crossed for ya and your job.

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MOMFAN 1/3/2012 5:01PM

    Way to go on losing last year and continuing your journey!

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GROKGRANNY 1/3/2012 4:37PM

    47 lbs for the year and 17 of that recently??? I would say that is a BIG SUCCESS!!

Sounds like you are setting very reasonable goals, too. I wish I could be there to cheer you and Eliot on! But, you know we all are, in spirit.

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 1/3/2012 3:54PM

    Congrats on 17lbs down!!

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I hope your job is safe!

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SHIROIHANA 1/3/2012 3:29PM

    Wow, you were right, by THAT close! 17lbs is a big number so congrats on the weight loss! But your weight loss was always jumpy so I'm sure that your next weigh in will fall above the 20 lbs. Oh no, I hope the Mayor doesn't give you the chop. The only thing worth chopping is more lbs, not your job. I hope you get to enjoy the upcoming weekend in peace. Woo Hoo to you and Woo Hoo to Eliot! Can't wait to hear more on your goals.
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DEC2DEC 1/3/2012 3:08PM

    Wow!! What a great December! Sincerely, 17lbs is just a fantastic number. Congratulations!!

You said, "Run like the dickens at the dog show." Are you doing agility?

Good luck with the mayor. I understand how stressful that can be.

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PINKBEANBOO 1/3/2012 2:22PM

    I've got my fingers crossed that your new Mayor sees your the best assest he/she has!

3 lbs? Knowing how strange the scale treats you, I wouldn't be suprised if it really was 20 lbs.
17 lbs or 20 bls... emoticon I like to think about picking up something that weighs 17 lbs & how heavy it is. You've done great! Keep up the good work.

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One More Week!

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Where to start…where to start… Christmas day! Breakfast with Mom and youngest brother since we are all the single ones. IHOP! It was yummy and nice to catch up with my little bro (who had spent the previous day in Seattle at the Seahawks game! The bum!) Later in the day was dinner with the whole family. I have 2 brothers and a sister and 4 nieces. Young, loud nieces…sigh….but I try to be tolerant and not the cranky ol’ Auntie! Lol! We also watched Home Alone 1 and 2. Which I found to be a little torturous but the rest of the fam seemed to enjoy.
I tried to be good on my food since I had breakfasted at the ihop, and I think I pretty much succeeded. I haven’t had the best week ever, food wise, but it wasn’t too bad either. I now have 1 week to still get my goal. Normal people probably say I shouldn’t shoot for 3.5 lbs in one week but for me it’s not that unusual. For example, earlier this week I weighed 4 pounds more than my weigh in this morning. I stepped on the scale and a momentary wig out. But then I remembered - I fluctuate like crazy. Sometimes it makes it tough to figure out what the heck's going on, but for the most part I’m heading in the right direction so I don’t stress about it too much. Anyway, I’m still shooting for my end of year goal!
I’m not really a new years resolution kind of person so I’m not sure what I’m doing come January, but I will set a new goal to shoot for at the beginning of the year. After I have my pizza reward for making the current goal of course! Here’s this weeks weigh in:

Start: 280.4
week 1: 278.4
week 2: 278.6
week 3: 279.8
Week 4: 277.2
Week 5: 275.8
Week 6: 280.8
Week 7: 273.8
Week 8: 274.0
Week 9: 275.2
Week 10. 270.2
Week 11: 267.6
Week 12: 263.2
Week 13: 264.2
Week 14: 263.6

Have a spectacular New Year everyone!! I hope you all get the new years kiss you want! Mine will be from 3 furry gentlemen named Luke, Zeke and Eliot!!

  
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STILLFLYIN 12/28/2011 11:52AM

    Your puppies are so cute! You are doing well on your journey. Enjoy it as much as possible.


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DEC2DEC 12/27/2011 9:33PM

    Hey, you're doing GREAT!! I'm so impressed with how long you've been doing this. Can't wait to hear about your January goals.

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/27/2011 9:26PM

    IHOP, that is a fun place for a get together. I haven't been there for a long time, and we have one so close to us lol. Glad you had a good time. As usual, your fur babies are adorable!

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MELIVA 12/27/2011 9:18PM

    Best New Year's kisses ever! I plan on being in bed by 8pm on New Year's Eve...gotta be up and on the road by 5:15am on New Year's (agility trial). Good luck on reaching your goal...you've done fabulous so far!

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GROKGRANNY 12/27/2011 6:27PM

    You have such a great approach going on this, and an equally great attitude! I say you did AWESOME over the holiday's just to hold your own, girl. WOOT-WOOT!

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PINKBEANBOO 12/27/2011 3:08PM

    Wow, you've done so great on getting to your goal. Your so close, even I can taste it, LOL!
You make me laugh talking about your nieces & watching the movies. Home Alone 1 I really like, the 2nd is a big NO, the 3d = kill me PLEASE!

PS: You've got such good boys, and handsome. You should be proud!

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CRAZYDOGLADYBO 12/27/2011 1:40PM

    Great pic of the pups (Aussie sandwich) and congrats on the great weight loss!!

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SHIROIHANA 12/27/2011 1:16PM

    Luke's smile in this pic always makes my day. The chihuahua bellies have been rubbed. Congrats on your progress and continue doing great on your goals!

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MOMFAN 12/27/2011 1:12PM

    Happy New Year! Great progress!

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KITKAT717 12/27/2011 12:50PM

    The dogs are cuties!! Good luck with your program!

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Twas the Week before Christmas...

Monday, December 19, 2011

The week before Christmas and all through the house not a creature was stirring not even a …..oh wait I do have mice. Yeah, don’t get me started on that one. Other than the pitter patter of tiny little mouse feet, all was quiet at my place this weekend. I had a rough week food wise and had actually gained two and half pounds before I was able to rein it in by Sunday. I still have 12 days to make goal. (260 by Dec.31st)
In other news….I finished my Christmas shopping (except for a small something I need to find for a co-worker), and I groomed Eliot, who was looking like a little homeless doggie! I also cooked prime rib for the first time ever and it turned out great! Scrumptious in fact! If it wasn't terrifyingly expensive, I'd have it on a regular basis! Alrighty, on to the purpose of this blog - Here’s my weigh in for the week:

Start: 280.4
week 1: 278.4
week 2: 278.6
week 3: 279.8
Week 4: 277.2
Week 5: 275.8
Week 6: 280.8
Week 7: 273.8
Week 8: 274.0
Week 9: 275.2
Week 10. 270.2
Week 11: 267.6
Week 12: 263.2
Week 13: 264.2

I won’t have another blog til after Christmas so I want to wish everyone a very Happy Holiday in whichever way you celebrate!!


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GROKGRANNY 12/23/2011 7:23AM

    LOOK at your progress from the beginning, girl! That is significant!

The holiday's are always a challenge and most of us struggle with a bit of re-gain. But we can nip that in the bud before it turns into a slide!

Wishing you a wonderful Christmas and a Happy New Year. So honored to have you in my life :)

Talk soon!

GG

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MELIVA 12/19/2011 11:15PM

    You are doing awesome!! WOW! Merry Christmas!

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MOMFAN 12/19/2011 8:50PM

    Merry, Merry, Merry Christmas!

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DEC2DEC 12/19/2011 6:37PM

    Merry Christmas. Remember -- this is a JOURNEY. Don't beat yourself up about a hill or a curve or a detour. Enjoy the view where you are.

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KURTBAMF 12/19/2011 12:25PM

    You can do it! All it takes is a little magic, a little trust, and a little bit of pixie dust ;)! Merry Christmas!

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PINKBEANBOO 12/19/2011 12:07PM

    4 lbs! Michelle, you can do it.
YOU CAN DO IT!
YOU CAN DO IT!!
SO, twas the week before Christmas & you are going to lose a little, then the week after you are going to lose some more & MEET THAT GOAL!
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