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Tuesday, January 25, 2011

I've been trying to blog for three days now. I'll start one, get halfway through, then think to myself, "Do these people REALLY want to know why the cat got into my toilet?" Or "If I put this in black and white and something REALLY happens to Brian, will I get the blame??" Usually huffing, I will delete everything and go off to my painting corner. It's amazing what frustrated streaks of blazing red will do for a painting...or black. After that I usually wash my brushes, lay them out to dry, grab a magic marker and black out all the teeth of the models in the Elder-Beerman flyer. Or put horns on the guys in the motorcycle magazines.

I've just been...what's the word I'm looking for...disjointed in my thoughts as of late. Restless. Not so much "angry" just searching for something of which I don't know what I'm searching for. I keep telling myself that it will pass. Especially when winter is over and I can climb on my bike and take off like a bat out of heck on the highway. THAT'S my problem. I like heat. I like SUN. I have a feeling that my Vitamin D levels are pretty much non-existent. My skin has turned vampire-white and my recent hair dye job has made me look gothic. I woke up the other morning to Brian holding his finger under my nose checking for air output. When I opened one eye. he practically jumped out of his skin; he had the nerve to tell ME I scared HIM???

Sigh. I envy people who live in the tropics. Or southern Arizona. Like where my 28-year-old son lives. He has to call every weekend and say, "Do it! Guess! Guess the temperature here today!" The last time he called and said that, I hung up on him. He immediately called back and I let the phone ring until the answering machine picked up. It was then he screamed, "74! CAN YOU FRIGGIN' BELIEVE IT??" Some days I STILL threaten to give him up for adoption.

Breanna is doing well. She texted me at 2 a.m. the other morning telling me she discovered a great place to hang out with all of her college friends. It was called "The Hookah Bar" and, half asleep, I texted back, "That's so great, honey. Enjoy." At 4 a.m. I shot up out of bed and Googled "hookah." HOOKAH??? The NAME just sounds wrong. BAR??? Oh, HECK no!! After 45 minutes of texting to a person who did not answer back, I was getting pretty spastic. Finally at 5 a.m. she texted back and said, "No, Mom, I'm not at the bar, I'm in BED! Some of us have class today!" She finally reassured me that she did not ACTUALLY GO TO THE BAR, but to the little game room ABOVE the bar. Now, would I please allow her to sleep... and not tell Dad?? What?

I'll be fine. Nothing that a few days of rest can't cure. And a seventh Super Bowl win can't take care of. Oh, it's gonna happen! Yessirree!! I've already got my guest list made and made a list of all snacks I'm going to prepare. No cheese, though. Cheese is prohibited.

Hookah?? Maybe. Depends on how the half goes.


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    Enjoyed your blog:)

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DBFBILLY 1/27/2011 9:01PM

    I'm soo with you on the weather..can't wait for sun emoticon emoticon emoticon

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AZCUPCAKE 1/27/2011 7:00PM

    Haha, no cheese at your Super Bowl party??! That is wrong on so many levels! Cheese is a basic nutritional building block of the new food pyramid, isn't it?? emoticon
Well, today in the Valley of the Sun it was only 72 and a bit breezy....sorry to hear you aren't getting much sun these days. It really DOES do wonders for a person's psychological well-being! But you can laugh at us in the middle of summer when we are all DYING from the pizza oven-like temps. There certainly is no perfect place to live all year round, is there?

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    "I woke up the other morning to Brian holding his finger under my nose checking for air output. When I opened one eye. he practically jumped out of his skin; he had the nerve to tell ME I scared HIM??? "

This is one reason I'm not bothered when Harold snores. When he apologizes I tell him "I don't mind, at least I know you are breathing."

Hope you get some warm sunshine soon!

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TRENTDREAMER 1/26/2011 9:17PM

    ""Do these people REALLY want to know why the cat got into my toilet?" "
* Well.......... (some of us don't lead very exciting lives)

"I woke up the other morning to Brian holding his finger under my nose checking for air output. When I opened one eye. he practically jumped out of his skin; he had the nerve to tell ME I scared HIM??? "
* But it was a GOOD "scared" for him. At least I assume it was. If I was married, my wife would probably be kind of disappointed that I was still breathing.

"Sigh. I envy people who live in the tropics. Or southern Arizona. Like where my 28-year-old son lives. He has to call every weekend and say, 'Do it! Guess! Guess the temperature here today!'"
* I know that you are by far a better person than I am in this regard, but he would be getting a phone call every 100+ degree Arizonian day in July and (especially) August until at least a year went by without him doing that (

""No, Mom, I'm not at the bar, I'm in BED! Some of us have class today!" She finally reassured me that she did not ACTUALLY GO TO THE BAR, but to the little game room ABOVE the bar. Now, would I please allow her to sleep... and not tell Dad?? What? "
* Ya know, traditionally my desire to never have children has stemmed from seeing my friends taking care of little infants and toddlers. This is the first time hearing stories of a child over the age of 4 has fueled that desire

"I'll be fine. Nothing that a few days of rest can't cure. And a seventh Super Bowl win can't take care of. Oh, it's gonna happen! Yessirree!! I've already got my guest list made and made a list of all snacks I'm going to prepare. No cheese, though. Cheese is prohibited. "
* I have friends on both sides on this one. May the best team win.

That being said, thanks to your team for shutting up the New York Jets. They were starting to grate on my nerves when I heard some of their players being interviewed (Not that the Packers wouldn't have totally dusted them).

Have a great rest of the week!

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NANALD 1/26/2011 3:45PM

    And we wonder why our hair turns gray?? Never hesitate to write a blog about anything. I am sure I can speak for a lot of people and say that you could write about anything and put a smile on faces and throw in some food for thought along the way. Hang in can't stay like this forever!! emoticon

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TLCFME 1/26/2011 1:06PM

    Hi. I am trying for the fourth time to send a note to you. Hope this one gets thru! I have been thinking of you. I appreciate all the times that you check in on me. It really lifts my spirits. Remember when you told me to join the Harley team anyways? Well, I just did. I do not know what to write since I do not have a ride and I crashed the very first time I went to get my license. It has been a long, painful, and difficult time recovering, I am walking again. I, in my heart, still want to learn to drive my own ride. A girl has to dream or she just dies inside. Maybe I will find someone on this team that will have the time to help me learn. What do you think? Who is Big Dawg? Sorry you are missing him. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 1/26/2011 11:49AM

    That is funny " Hookah Bar " that would had me stop in my tracks too , you are funny ! Well good luck with your super bowl party sounds fun !

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BLAKBIRD 1/26/2011 8:35AM

    Hi Sis,
There's a rumor doing the rounds that the weather will change and start to get warmer soon. There's another that originates in WI that says it'll be a cold day in Hades before the Steelers win the Superbowl, probably started by a GB resident who knows something about life in GB in February ( yeah kinda weak joke but didn't you grin just a little ;-) )

As for your son, ask him how's the ski-ing out his way.

As for getting on your bike and riding like a bat out of Hades, I know how you feel. It's been at least a month since I indulged in a theraputic starbucks run.

However, I'm fairly confident that it will warm up soon and we'll be out and riding the twisties soon.

BTW. You couldn't pull off the Goth thing. Isn't it against the Goth code to smile and look for the good in everything?

Stay warm.
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    OK..Now you have to tell the cat vs toilet story. As for talking about our husbands...well we definitely want to hear that one so we can all tell you that YOU are right and he is wrong. See that was simple. Since the Bears were so unbelievably BAD, I guess I'll root for the Steelers in your honor.
I also have a 28 year old daughter living in Arizona who calls and gloats about the temperature. As for your daughter and the hookah...this is why we don't tell them everything we did when we were their age. Being young in the 1960's was a lot of fun though.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/26/2011 2:32AM

    Enquiring minds need to know , your blogs are always things we need to know ,please who wouldn't want to know why the cat got into the toilet? Michelle there is a reason 3/4 of my closet is given over to summer clothes .I too worship the sun and warmth not necessarily in that order. As for your deathly pallor , my husband says I was the inspiration for Procol Harum's "A Whiter Shade of Pale " need I say more but if that isn't enough for you , I have red hair ,naturally, my skin tone makes Lily Munster look tanned . Kayleigh is getting married this July and my husband said I need to get a colourful dress or I will fade in the photos to the same shade of white as Kayleigh's dress .He further made comments about his Dad and I looking like Casper the Ghost and his closest dead relative........

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CARTOONB 1/25/2011 10:30PM

    So...when the Steelers lose, will that send you into a tailspin of depression? And what's wrong with cheese? Did you send my invite out already? I'll be looking for it!!! What are you serving?

Hookah bar? What kind of place did you send that kid?

We're seasonably warm here at 45' for our high. We have someone visiting from our Arizona location who was bragging about the 75' weather. emoticon I like heat and sun too!

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GEEMAWEST 1/25/2011 9:44PM

    Basically I think you're just getting old. Just sayin'.

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    Another OUTSTANDING blog!

First, Brian called and told me where his finger had been prior to putting it under your nose, : ) Go Figure!

and I have a link but there is not a place for a link here, so I'll come by your page to give it to you there.

the link is for weather all over the USA just by moving your mouse over different areas, that ought to mess him up if you can tell him what the weather is so ACCURATELY LOL

Glad you are so confident 'bout that 7th championship. I'm confident too, but one never knows!


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BKNOCK 1/25/2011 6:16PM

    I love your blogs and thank you because it was just great reading it!

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RACINGSLUG 1/25/2011 6:08PM

    Your blogs always make me grin from ear to ear. I love that you paint - that's such a wonderful method of self-expression I've always admired. I'm actually allergic to the sun, so my husband calls me his ''little vampire.'' (I went to work without makeup yesterday and someone said 'You look really pale.' Perhaps because... I AM pale? Sheesh.) Even I miss summer though! Your son is cruel. He should be banished to Alaska.

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KATVHALE 1/25/2011 6:06PM

  I want to know what Brian did or is doing to tick you off! That cat probably always go into the toilet! Come to think of it Brian can get into a lot of trouble himself on a regular basis...

Tell Beanie that if she can text you at 2:00am there is nothing wrong with you texting her at 5...


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OLDERDANDRT 1/25/2011 5:40PM

    I always love your blogs!! And in reading the responses thus far, (except the last one listed), it's all been pretty much said, but I must chime in and have a new subject for your next absolutely necessary blog......Why the cat got in the toilet! (You may have not been taking that from real life, but even if it didn't happen.....make something up! We all want more!!! ) emoticon emoticon

Gooooooo Steelers!!!!! (No cheese at our party, either!)

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PARKIE 1/25/2011 5:40PM

    I really need to know why the cat got in the toilet emoticon

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LIZZYP609 1/25/2011 5:26PM

    Yep I am there myself...the other day I went into my daughters closet...a closet we have only used for storage since we moved in. I found baby bag full of (unused) diapers...I started bawling....That is NOT me. I hate that. I need the sun, the warmth and the outdoor air that doesn't make me want to grab my chest and cough up a lung!

I think i will look into that Vit D thing that Laurie suggests....
Hang in there...Someone told me spring is just 54 days away....sigh

BTW - why was the cat in the toilet?

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MINENA1 1/25/2011 5:02PM

    LOL, your son is such a tease. Love how he left that message on the answering machine. Haha! Tooo cute! What about Hookah AND cheese at the Super Bowl Party? emoticon I love cheese!!

P.S. I'm secretly rooting for the Steelers to win. Elias (my bf) totally wants them to lose (he's a Cowboys fan & is still holding a grudge from who-knows-when saying that it's because of the Steelers that the Cowboys didn't get another Super Bowl ring, or something like that. WAHH WAHH! I can't stand the cowboys). Sooooo since I don't care for the Packers then I'm going for the Steelers. emoticon

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/25/2011 4:56PM

    Wait a minute... wouldn't cooking up a bunch of cheese be just the thing a Steeler party SHOULD have??? Maybe a fondu pot of it bubbling away? I mean, come on, Steelers are gonna eat 'em up right?

We all want to know two things - the cat and the toilet. You might as well spill it.

Next time Arizona boy calls and starts in with the temp thing... remind him something for me. J U L Y is coming!!!!!

I love your blogs!


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PJSTIME 1/25/2011 4:41PM

    Inquiring minds want to know about the cat in the toilet. Don't ever think you shouldn't blog you have some to the most entertaining blogs around.

I'm a little slow it took be a minute to figure out the no cheese comment. Your son is just mean bragging about the temps to you. How cruel HAHA

Those warm temps are going to be welcome to a lot of people.

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MADDEELOU 1/25/2011 4:35PM

    You can't tease us like that....why did the cat get into the toilet? My little deaf cat loves to watch the water go down and since she can't hear, the sound doesn't bother her at all.

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MY_LIFE_NOW 1/25/2011 4:35PM

    you sound like me ...major CABIN FEVER has set in..restless,cranky, unmotivated and just would like to see some green grass and another snowfall due for will pass..sometime..

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JACARRENO 1/25/2011 4:16PM

    No cheese?????? That's just fightin' words!!!! And I wouldn't get too comfy in thinking the Steelers have it in the bag ... emoticon

I must say I do miss the Wisconsin weather, freezing cold and all. Being able to truly see the less subtle changes in season than what I experience out here in Nor Cal truly demonstrates the beauty God gives us to enjoy.

Like you, I am pretty pale as my DH, Ed, so "kindly" refers to me as Pale Face! I unfortunately do not tan very easily or very well, I typically turn a reddish brown color when I am lucky enough to "tan" rather than burn so I STILL look like I'm burnt rather than tan. Oh well! I'm sure when the time comes and I'm up with Jesus I'll have a gorgeous, perfect tan! LOL!

I've been feeling "searchful" as well lately so I understand where you are coming from. For me it has more to do with learning and knowing my Spiritual gifts and calling. One thought that has always been in my mind ever since I was little is writing. Not that I've ever truly sought it out or done anything with it but I'm still pondering it. I've created a personal blog page I plan on using to journal on. Maybe once I do I can send you the link and see what you think. emoticon

I crave getting out for a ride with Ed. Just need to arrange the time and a babysitter for Alejo. This brings me to the idea that I think I might use my chaps as a gauge to see how I'm doing ... emoticon

Well, I've babbled long enough. Blessings to you!

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LMB-ESQ 1/25/2011 4:11PM

    Yeah... I want to know why the cat got into the toilet too! emoticon

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LMB-ESQ 1/25/2011 4:07PM

    She'll probably run into my son at that Hookah bar. I have to put it out of my mind that he does that. He's 21, he can do what he wants.

I know what you mean about restless. I am too. Something... different... about this semester. I don't know what it is yet. It feels like it's about to be better, but it isn't quite there yet. Does that make sense?

I have problems with vitamin D too. Start taking a supplement if you don't already. I found out that was what was causing my body aches. It felt like I was about to get sick, but it never progressed. It ended up being a vitamin D deficiency. For awhile I had to take 50,000 IU twice a week. Now I take 1000 IU twice a day and it really helps. I miss the sun too, honey.... can't wait to get out and ride again! Even if my bike is slower and quieter than yours! emoticon

That's the worst part about winter I think. Not the cold or the snow; it's the damn lack of light! Sun! Sun! Sun! I want SUN! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SARSPARKS25 1/25/2011 4:04PM

    No cheese? I hate to say it, but I really want your Steelers to LOSE! Of course that would mean that my Packers can WIN! Just don't take it out on me okay? :)

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DARLENEK04 1/25/2011 4:03PM

  But honey, I love cheese.............................

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    Oh, Michelle, you constantly have me in STITCHES! I WORK IN A LIBRARY! I CANNOT BE IN STITCHES IN A LIBRARY! emoticon

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p.s. YES! WHY did the emoticonget in the toilet?

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HOT4FITNESS 1/25/2011 4:00PM

    But why did the cat get into the toilet? I am glad my adult children all live here in Nebraska, so they can suffer the weather with me!!

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What's Going On??

Wednesday, January 19, 2011

Just a little update on things...I've just come off of a flare-up and have slept my brains out for the last few days so it has done me well. I think I needed it! Anyone with insomnia will tell you that these little reprieves are a total-Godsend and you take them when you can get them. I can't help but wonder if BT contributed to my sudden illness. I've taken a break from that as it has caused me to have a poor appetite although my energy levels went out of control. Any sudden change in my normal routine not only screws with my lupus or OCD but causes me to feel disoriented and out of control so perhaps it's not a good thing for me. Which really sucks because I was seeing immediate results but, in my opinion, it's not worth what's left of my mind.

Uncle Larry is stable. They have inserted a feeding tube and he is coherent from time-to-time. It still doesn't look great but, in my experience, I've seen the elderly bounce back from the brink of death and go for another few months or years. He has the support of his family and his church and the prayers that he has received has certainly aided in his perseverance and hopeful attitude. Shane is still waiting on word when he may be going to Afghanistan. I've been comforted by your comments on how things are slightly better there for ones who are serving or helping to rebuild. In all honestly, I'm still slightly sick over the thought of it, but he is in God's hands. By all accounts, that's the best place that any of us could ever be.

I'm still going to be absent here and there but will get on every-so-often to see how much trouble you all are causing. Once things calm down, I will come and visit each of you personally and hand out the appropriate punishment. Haha....or give you kudos.

Love you guys. Each and every one of you! Thank you all for bearing with me...

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AZCUPCAKE 1/24/2011 4:01PM

    Happy Monday, Michelle! I am thinking of you today with a big smile on my face concerning your FAVORITE TEAM'S BIG WIN yesterday.....when the Packers won against the Bears, I was doin' the happy dance in the backyard ~ SCARY, but FUNNY! emoticon

I am glad you have given the BT a rest.....I see on your status today that you are painting - good for you! That is a good way to use some creative juices without overdoing physically, I hope. My prayers include your Uncle Larry and dear Shane. The Lord knows his plans for both of them, and he will never forsake those who believe in him! Best wishes for a great week! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CDAWN26 1/22/2011 3:27PM

    Thinking of you and send some prayers up. Hang in there my friend.

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KSHAGGY 1/22/2011 1:51PM

    I hope that things get better for you, I know alot of people who suffer from insomnia and it is very hard......good luck and I will keep you in my thoughts!

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FROSTIERACES 1/21/2011 4:27PM

    Sounds like you needed the sleep....insomnia is rough. I suffer from it too. I take Ambien for it...I usually get about 5 good hours of sleep and wake promptly up at 3:30 am. If I'm really active during the day or extra tired...I can sleep til about 4:30. People have told me...there are worse things than not being able to sleep. Just get up and do something. Get on the computer, work with your photos, pet the I work out almost every day at 5:30 am coz of my insomnia...yet days and days of living like that is difficult. I hope you start to feel better and your stress lessens a little. Take care. emoticon

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 1/21/2011 10:57AM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon , sorry to hear about BT not helping your other illnesses. You will find something else that hopefully gives you results without the extra stuff. God is watching over your family and you , he hears your prayers ! Recover soon , you know we miss your brightness around here !

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KATVHALE 1/20/2011 5:55PM

  Thanks for the update and I am happy to hear that you slept well for a few days although the way you got there wasn't the best but sleep is extremely important.

Try and get your rest and exercise according to your body not your mind! If I exercised like I want to in my mind, I would be running marathons every month! I can't tell you how I feel after 90 minutes in the gym three days a week; my body is very mad at me..... but I will keep plugging along.

Love ya and I will be waiting for my punishment!


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LINDAKAY228 1/20/2011 4:24PM

    Glad that you're feeling a little better both mentally and physically and that Uncle Larry is stable. You are so right about sometimes they are at death's door and then they recover. I've seen that happen too. I've had patients put on hospice services and then at 6 months when they have to be reevaluated they no longer qualify because they've improved so much. So here's hoping and praying that he will recover and have many years ahead of him, and hopefully will get treatment to make them more comfortable for him.
Take care of yourself. Will continue to pray for Shane and his safety.

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    Glad your uncle is doing better!
Sounds like you're doing the best for you and I'm glad to hear it.
Praying for that BIL.

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JOHNTJ1 1/20/2011 11:15AM

    I'll say a few extra prayers for you and hold you in my heart

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CARTOONB 1/19/2011 11:11PM

    I'm glad that you got to sleep and that things are calming down a little for you. I'm looking forward to my punishment! emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 1/19/2011 8:44PM

    I'm glad to hear that you figured out the BT wasn't a good thing for you after only a few days. I was quite worried about it when I read that you were doing it. But I was good and bit my tongue and only said that I would be keeping my eye on you. I can't say "I told you so", but I did "think it so". Glad you're feeling better and hope you feel great real soon.

Your family is in my prayers. Oh, and you too.

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JIMBOEHNER 1/19/2011 7:49PM

    Ay, theres nothing wrong with what you were doing in the beginning. Continue using your treadmill and bicycle to get in your exercise. You don't need fancy fads to get you healthy. That is the purpose is it not? Since it is making you sick, it's not healthy. You know better.

Shane will be fine. If anyone will be he will.

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TRENTDREAMER 1/19/2011 6:50PM

    "I'm still going to be absent here and there but will get on every-so-often to see how much trouble you all are causing. Once things calm down, I will come and visit each of you personally and hand out the appropriate punishment. Haha....or give you kudos. "

* Will miss you. Hope that you feel better soon.

luv u2

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    Glad things are improving. I'm sure you are thrilled that the Chicago Bears have gotten this far in the playoffs...What was that team that you root for again?

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FLEMIDG 1/19/2011 5:37PM

    I'm glad to hear Uncle Larry is doing well. Hope things improve for him.
Don't try to do something that is going to hurt you. Take care of yourself. I understand your reluctance to see your BIL go away again, but your are right, he is in God's hands. All you can do is pray that God will watch over him. I'm thinking of you and praying for you and your family. Look forward to when you can return. God bless you.

Lots of love and hugs are being sent your way.

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JILLWILSON2102 1/19/2011 4:37PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Please don't be gone too long emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/19/2011 2:44PM

    I'll take any punishment you dish out I am always up to mischief !Bonk training didn't agree with me either !I would tell you you should be careful with your lupus but you'd likely fire back that I should be careful with my injuries.Yes I know people who live in glass houses should dress in the basement LOL!
I am continuing to say my prayers for you and Uncle Larry and Shane .I actually got to talk to my husband in Afghanistan last night.He says things are relatively calm!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/19/2011 2:21PM

    You have a lot on your plate, gf! Take care of yourself. prayers to Uncle and Shane and you!!!! Love ya, Steeler girl!!!!


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CONCHALEA 1/19/2011 2:01PM

Take care of yourself first of all, for if your health fails, you can't be there for the others in your family. Believe me, I know. I spent a night in the hospital for chest pains due to the stress I experienced after the death of my dad, 2 other members of my extended family, and a woman who was a friend of my family since 1959. All this in the month of Nov! My family was extra worried about me on top of all the other deaths, so their stress escaleted, too. Now I'm home & commited to taking care of myself to enable me to take care of them. You need to do the same! Take care--don't make me come to your neck of the woods!

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BKNOCK 1/19/2011 1:31PM

    I hope that you are feeling better very soon and I am praying for your family!

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DARLENEK04 1/19/2011 1:28PM

Take care of yourself, and in the future remember you are not to shake
up your routine because it causes you problems....
I will be waiting with bated breath for you to visit here personally with
any punishment you deem crimes are many....LOL


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Take care and know that YOU, Uncle Larry and Shane will be in our thoughts and prayers.

Enjoy your hiatus

Patiently waiting for that beating with a wet noodle, : )

Take care

Hugs & stuff

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HANSRICO 1/19/2011 12:01PM

    Glad to hear about Uncle Larry is stable and your right, just pray for Shane and leave it in God's hands. Glad to hear you are feeling better.

I'm praying for you and your family.

God Bless.


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RB5656 1/19/2011 11:51AM

    best of wishes for uncle Larry..

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KEKEIKO 1/19/2011 11:49AM

    Glad you recognized BT was not for you especially if it was affecting other conditions. I do well with it but I understand it's not for everyone.

Looking forward to kudos cuz I'm surely not in for any punishment! emoticon

Be well.

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KAILYNSTAR 1/19/2011 11:26AM

    Insomnia rides on my shoulder whispering in my ear every night when I go to bed. It sits there and says things like, "Really? Are you seriously trying to go to sleep? Right now?! That's crazy! You've lots to do, think and being restless in one of them! Get up! Come on girl...I said...GET UP!!!!"

(He/she is really annoying).

Flare ups are so nasty too. I don't have lupus, but I had an Aunt that did. I was very young and she was very kind. Do keep well and take care of yourself. You are in my thoughts.

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LMB-ESQ 1/19/2011 11:20AM

    Punishment? When? Where? That sounds like fun!

Seriously... rest up... feel better.... get back when you can. emoticon

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BIKERBABE2BE 1/19/2011 11:18AM

    emoticon Glad you are feeling better. Take it easy.

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Bonk Training: Day Two

Thursday, January 13, 2011

I'm sold, guys. I slept last night ALL NIGHT, for the first time in two years. After my BT yesterday morning, the rest of my day was energized. That evening I took a leisurely 45-minute stroll on my stationary bike followed by a hot bath. Once my head hit the pillow, I was out like a light. For me, the fact that I slept like a baby, had me up and at 'em to do the same thing today. I am appreciative of the concerns some of you have while I do BT. With my healthcare knowledge and background, it doesn't seem as if exercising this way before breakfast would be a positive thing. However, I will carefully keep close scrutiny on my body and make needed adjustments. I am aware of my limitations and promise to not push past them.

This morning I was biting at the bit to get started. After warming up with a moderate pace on the stationary for approximately 10 minutes, I cranked it up until I was in the "zone." By "zone" I mean the place where my body adjusted nicely to the increased speed where I was to remain for 40 minutes. I have settings on the bike tension that range from 1 to 10. I use nine because it works the muscles in my legs as well giving me the "oomph" for my cardio push. I could feel my body getting used to that speed and my lungs and heart rate became used to the "high;" I was not out of breath, I was not feeling any discomfort. I easily kept the pace until I had to remind myself that my pre-set limit today was for 40 minutes only. I could have went farther, harder, longer. But I will maintain a steady increase over the next few weeks so that I don't burn out.

I slowly decreased my speed over the next ten minutes. I actually felt more energized than before I began. A little sidenote of information here: I am not a breakfast person by nature. I've always had difficulty with nausea eating first thing in the morning so most days I DO NOT eat it. On this program you are REQUIRED to eat it, no ifs, ands or buts. I've noticed the past few mornings that I do NOT have the nausea while eating and, for me, that is a HUGE plus to this program also. I slept, I'm eating breakfast. So far that's two things in two days that have been positive for me.

Here's the biggie for me. This morning I had a decrease of muscle and joint pain. My left arm and left shoulder are constantly afflicted with discomfort and, at times, burning pain. My right foot is the same way, as well as my hips. That's my lupus. When I got out of bed this morning, I had to shake my head and wonder why I felt "weird." It was then I realized I didn't hurt as bad and the steps to the bathroom weren't nearly as stiff and painful as they were the day before. I'm not saying at this point it's the BT, but time will tell. If the BT will lessen my pain and give me relief, it is a Godsend and an answer to my prayers. So, keep your fingers crossed for me. I'm sure it isn't a cure by any stretch of the means, but if the pain lessens it is the manna I've been looking for.

So, so far, so good, guys. I gotta go now because it's killing me to sit here! I have a lot to do and the energy to do it! Have a great Thursday and God bless!

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/28/2013 1:17PM

    You know what I loved most about this post? That you managed to find a suitable use if the word manna in it, lol! You're my literary hero :-D Yeah, if you eat a healthy diet each day and you don't stress your heart beyond 65% of your max heart rate, then medically it's not an issue in the least. I know you don't "bonk" any longer though, I'm curious how long you managed to keep doing it - first thing in the morning workouts have always been my kryptonite.

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AZCUPCAKE 1/20/2011 8:20AM

    This BONK training is worth its weight in GOLD if you are feeling great, sleeping well, and have mega-stores of energy just rarin' to go! And it is only day TWO?? Sign me up! You are on the fast track to revitalizing your whole self! AWESOME! I am so proud of you for tackling this new program you are on! Please -- keep us posted as you continue! emoticon emoticon

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ITSALWAYSABTME 1/18/2011 12:00PM

    I have never really been an breakfast eater either. This may be something I want to try. I REALLY need the energy AND the great sleep @ night. I have sort of been doing this as I generally get up and do some kind of work out then shower/dress eat breakfast leave for work.

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KATVHALE 1/16/2011 2:50PM

  Sounds like you found something that really works for you! emoticon

Keep it up and keep us posted as to your progress!


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STEVENGO2 1/15/2011 12:04PM


Awesome to find a exercise program that gives you all these side benefits. I have found out that regular exercising helps with my sleep hygine too!

Go Steelers & God Bless,

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TRENTDREAMER 1/15/2011 8:01AM

    Continued success with the training. I may try it later this year if it continues to work for you.

You have a great weekend as well.

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KAILYNSTAR 1/14/2011 2:25PM

    I am glad that this BT is helping you with your discomforts. I know just how hard it is to get up in the morning and get your body to move. I hurt too.

Please keep letting us know how things are going for you with this new exercise regime.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/14/2011 12:49PM

    I want this kind of energy! I haven't slept thru the night all week. I'm so glad that this is giving you the much needed rest and a bit of a reprieve from the pain. I hope it is the answer because you seem to love it!

I'm cheering for you!


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1NICUBABE 1/14/2011 1:10AM

    Glad to hear this is working for you in so many ways. You know your body so trust it and listen to it. Keep it up! MB

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CARTOONB 1/13/2011 10:41PM

    I hope you continue to see success without any I'll effects...and without going too far! I'll help G Ma keep an eye on you! emoticon

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GEEMAWEST 1/13/2011 8:47PM

    I'll be keeping my eye on you.

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LNWOLF72 1/13/2011 7:55PM

    Hey Michelle~ trying something new I see, lol. I never eat before I workout in the morning. Makes me feel ill. Now and again I'll eat a piece of toast before I walk the dog which is also before my workout but I can never eat and the exercise. I'm so glad its making you feel better :) If I can stop falling in the snow/ on the ice/ on the snow mixed with ice I'd be feeling alot better then I am. One look at my little doggie's face and I HAVE to take her even if we creep along at a snails pace. Keep up the good work lady!

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DARLENEK04 1/13/2011 7:02PM

Keep your cell phone handy and then go for it.........


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JOHNTJ1 1/13/2011 5:29PM

    Way to go M

Glad you found something thats working for you

Much Love


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ODIROM 1/13/2011 2:26PM

    So what kind of breakfast are you eating after the workout?

I am really happy that you found something that you like so much. Keep with it, and I hope it is everything you need it to be!


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JILLWILSON2102 1/13/2011 2:26PM

    emoticon yay!

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KEKEIKO 1/13/2011 2:08PM

    Glad to hear you had a good nights rest. I know what you mean about breakfast. As an adult it took me 20+ years to eat breakfast and not be nauseated. You are working up an appetite and eating breakfast. That's wonderful! Keep up the great workouts and I hope you are able to see positive results. Hugs, Keke

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SABERTOOTHS62 1/13/2011 1:35PM

  You go girl!!!

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BKNOCK 1/13/2011 1:17PM

    So what are you eating for breakfast when you are done? I am also not a breakfast fan! I am glad that you have so much energy and that you SLEPT! That is so great!

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    Sounds GREAT Michelle!

I'm so happy for you. Yesterday, when I did my recumbent bike, I cranked it up too. It felt good too, rather than just piddle around with it. My breath was pushed a bit, not winded though. My inner leg muscles were feeling the "ride" after the ride on the bike, and I was not sore this morning either. With our bitter cold, I still got a couple of walks, which is REALLY unusual for me, considering our temperature was only ZERO to start the day.

Stay focused and keep us informed, if you will.

In a few days, I might have to try your bonk

: )


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OLDERDANDRT 1/13/2011 12:09PM

    emoticon Sounds like you've found a "good" thing!!! emoticon
Keep up the great work!


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STARPESCADO 1/13/2011 12:09PM

    WOW-I am so happy that you had a great night's sleep and are feeling less pain!
I hope this continues!

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Bonking; Day One

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

This ole gal has finally found something that has given me exactly what I wanted in an exercise program. Stagnation in the exercise world has always been a huge problem for me because: a) I seem to not produce the results that I want; b) it gets boring, really fast, and c) I find myself hitting a wall, so-to-speak, in how far I can push myself. (My lupus reminds me that too much of a strenuous exercise will have me tied up in knots the next day.) I also love strength training, but in all honesty, if you have a muffin top or two over top of the muscle, you're not going to feel like you've accomplished much.

Then I heard about Bonk Training. Here is an excerpt from which explains:

"Bonk or bonking refers to the point when glycogen stores are depleted. Cyclists call this bonking, endurance runners call it hitting the wall. 'Bonk training' is an exercise program designed for weight loss. It burns more fat and may improve training adaptations and fat burning.

Commonly, bonk training involves CARDIOVASCULAR exercise on an empty stomach first thing in the morning, when glycogen store levels are low, as well as consuming coffee or caffeine equivalent to 2 or 3 cups of coffee and running or cycling at a casual pace (60% of max heart rate) for 20-90 minutes. Glycogen is the only fuel that can supply and support your exercise efforts above 70% of MHR (maximum heart rate). Therefore, when you bonk, your body is forced to dip into your fat and protein stores instead.

The training session is followed by a normal breakfast. Proponents claim this strategy forces the body to "bonk" shortly into the exercise, and subsequently burn more fat to produce energy.

(You can) perform two workouts in one day. One in the morning, one in the afternoon. Complete the second workout within hours of first workout, such that there is not enough time to replenish your muscle glycogen stores between workouts and without re-fuelling with sports drinks and gels."

I bonked. Ten minutes into the cycling routine, I hit my high intensity level and sustained it for 35 minutes, keeping careful watch on my heart rate and breathing. (With ANY exercise routine, it is crucial to watch out for dizziness, chest pains or any other adverse reactions your body may be displaying. When this happens, just for your FYI, PLEASE cease your actions and call your doctor.) One of the amazing things about this, you reach a point where you are not panting or feel out of breath, although you are pushing your body to a limit. It's almost as if your body is "one" with the exercise. After it was over, I came way from it with more energy than I've felt before with ANY routine I've tried and I ate a great breakfast.

My energy level is through the roof.

This isn't right for everyone. Just make sure if you decide to "try" it, clear it with your doctor first.

Happy Wednesday, guys!

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/28/2013 8:42AM

    I researched a lot this time around the fat burning block, and the actual process you've described that's happening in your body is called Ketosis - I suspect bonking is in reference to having to be 'bonking mad' to wake up early and exercise on an empty stomach, lol - bonking mad in a good way of course. Ketosis is the foundational concept behind how our bodies use up our fat stores. It's all incredibly fascinating. You can use a pretty safe method though if you work out how many calories you burn in a day and then divide by 24 - gives you a rough hourly number that's more than safe to use as a guide. This way you can assume if you burn 100 calories an hour naturally, and eat 400 calories at lunch, then your body will have burned through all of the glycogen that's easily derived from that 400 calories (usually carbs - since fat and protein metabolize slower). I used this knowledge throughout my weight loss to make sure that my body had depleted the majority of it's calories before I would workout before dinner. It's a very similar concept to bonking in the morning. The target heart rate is to ensure that your body doesn't demand more energy faster than the process of ketosis can provide for, because if you do, then it starts to draw the energy from your muscle tissue and your organs even... and I'm officially rambling, lol. I've a lot more to say even! :-D I've been meaning to post something about all of this - I may use some if this comment as part of that. :-D Hope you're having an amazing day so far, Happy Thanksgiving. I love that not many people are likely to read your history of thoughts, so my comments are almost like personal messages now, lol.

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AZCUPCAKE 1/20/2011 8:16AM

    Wow - just saying the word BONK makes me laugh! It has to be wonderful if it makes one laugh, right?! Can't wait to hear more about it! emoticon

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BIONICBETH 1/13/2011 8:57PM

    LMAO! This is the first time I've heard "Bonking" in a Positive way. To me, when I Bonk, I'm pretty much at the point that I would trade my bike for a hamburger! (Which is to say, my stomach started digesting itself two hours ago!)

Glad you found something to help you sleep...and help keep you motivated. Though you have re-confirmed your insanity!

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ISHIIGIRL 1/13/2011 6:10PM

    I didn't know it was called bonk training but I do this every morning. I don't usually get my second workout in until later in the evening though. Good luck, glad you found something you like!

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    Sounds interesting

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SUGARBABY60 1/13/2011 12:52AM

    What was that Spark guy said? SLOW and STEADY wins the race.Fads are just that FADs They do not sustain a lifestyle change. (sorry to rain on your parade) as in all things in life I believe in Balance.

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FLEMIDG 1/12/2011 11:53PM

    So glad you found something that is working for you. Keep up the good work and let us know how you are doing.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/12/2011 11:30PM

    Glad to hear this worked well for you!

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LADYVIDORA 1/12/2011 11:21PM

    When I saw the title of your bloc I said out loud, "Bonk training?" And my husband said "sign me up for some of that!"
Needless to say, he was very disappointed to find it was a cycling routine.



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LADYVIDORA 1/12/2011 11:20PM

    When I saw the title of your bloc I said out loud, "Bonk training?" And my husband said "sign me up for some of that!"
Needless to say, he was very disappointed to find it was a cycling routine.



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BKNOCK 1/12/2011 9:46PM

    You go girl! Keep us posted on your bonking!

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NANALD 1/12/2011 7:32PM

    Never heard of it but it sounds like a plan! Keep us posted on how it's going. Good luck!

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KEKEIKO 1/12/2011 6:49PM

    I'm glad this bonking is working for you. It's so exciting to try something new. After you finish your morning routine that's when you would take your morning vitamins as your body is quick to absorb them. Keep on drinking water to hydrate. If you perform P90X in their DVD's they drink water throughout exercising. Strength to you on your workouts! Hugs, Keke

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STAYCXL-NOMORE 1/12/2011 4:30PM

    Congrats on finding a new exercise you like, I am gonna have to look into this bonk thing. Have a great week bonking those pounds off !!! emoticon

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GRACEFULIFE 1/12/2011 4:18PM

    I can't do it. Any sort of training in even a semi-fasted state just becomes unbearable really quickly for me, and I can't sustain any sort of intensity for any reasonable length of time.

"Therefore, when you bonk, your body is forced to dip into your fat and protein stores instead. "

This statement bothers me. Forcing your body to dip into fat stores is great by everyone's agreement, but forcing it to dip into protein stores? That basically means eating muscle. That's counterproductive to my plan for BEEFCAKE.

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CALIMAN1 1/12/2011 3:33PM

    Thanks for the bonk education...I read about bonking when I was contemplating a marathon....the only suggestion i would make based on limited experience is, as with all things, balance the bonk training with regular training when your glycogen levels are adequate or more than adequate....I don't want to see you all bonked out after a couple weeks! You'd be absolutely bonkless and who wants that?????


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KATVHALE 1/12/2011 3:08PM

  I learn something new every day! I had never heard of this before today, Michelle. It sounds very interesting but I am not sure I can do it. If it works for you that is awesome! Please be careful and keep us posted as to your progress. Maybe this will help you work through your Lupus problems?

Thanks for teaching us something new today!


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LIZZYP609 1/12/2011 2:46PM

    I used to do this in the mornings only. Only I didn't know what it was called! I had enough energy that I didn't get the "afternoon sleepy" until 6pm (instead of 3!). I have tried to do it in the afternoon but my sugar levels sometimes drop which is dangerous and sometimes makes me physically sick. not sure why I can do it in the morning and not in the afternoon...just another reason to get back into my early morning routine!

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CARTOONB 1/12/2011 2:23PM

    I'm glad you found an exercise program that seems to work for you. Of course, you would find "bonking". emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 1/12/2011 2:22PM

    This is great! Going to tell my DD about it as she seems to remain concerned about her tiny muffin top post partum. Baby is 17 months old tomorrow, so she feels "fat"! Thanks for the link. Gonna check out this site!!! Don't bonk yourself out, now! Be careful, but have fun!! You amaze me all the time! You are emoticon

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THEMIGHTYLEX 1/12/2011 1:35PM

    I'm going to give this a try. Though, I refuse to call it "bonking"

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MINENA1 1/12/2011 1:13PM

    WOW!! You ROCK Michelle!!! That's incredible! BONK away girlfriend! emoticon

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BIKERBABE2BE 1/12/2011 1:07PM

    Sounds interesting....let me know how the rest of your day goes.

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    I tried it this morning and it wasn't for me.

DW bonked me on the head when I could decide what I wanted for breakfast!

Maybe tomorrow, she'll go to work and I can try it "the other way", LOL

Good for you for finding something new and exciting

Keep us informed and be careful, Brian might try to bonk you like MY DW did!

Have a GREAT Hump/Bonk Day

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Imagine THAT!

Sunday, January 09, 2011

I usually don't watch a lot of television. I average around three hours tops A WEEK and even then I'm busy getting into other things and miss half of the show. I have found that when I sit and watch the boob tube, I eat. A lethal combination for someone of my height and build. I'm the type of person, if I look at something, it's hanging off of my hips the next day.

Lately I've been using some visualization techniques that a SparkFriend told me about. She said that when there is something REALLY tempting me to visualize eating it in my mind, envision feeling the textures and the tastes in my mouth. Enjoy it, savor it, then tell my myself that I am full and I am finished. At first I thought, "Okay, this is a little WEIRD..." but it was working for me! Plus, when I want something really sinful, I will visualize myself in a little pink bikini or hiking up a mountain, not getting winded. I thought that I had found something that clicked with my warped little mind and I was becoming quite the master of my temptations until....

During the play-offs today, one of those nasty little restaurant commercials popped up. There, before me, was a beautiful chicken wrap. Ohhh, I could sooo go for that. But NO! I was going to envision myself in my bikini. Closing my eyes, I saw myself sitting on the beach in the Bahamas, not a sag or muffin top in sight. Then something odd happened. Suddenly the chicken wrap was in a bikini. Not good. Opening my eyes, clearing my head, I tried again. Bikini chicken wrap! WTH!??

Feeling quite disturbed, I flipped through the channels and watched some guy shake a "Shake Weight" for about sixty seconds, then flipped it back onto the game. All was well for about fifteen minutes then Dairy Queen decided to rear its ugly head. Again, closing my eyes, I envisioned a snow-capped mountain in the distance and the act of lacing up my hiking boots. Looking up, in my mind, I saw the mountain, snow tops glistening in the sunny sky...with a cherry on top.

Another thing, what is it with some guys, like guys named Brian, who insist on putting pizza on a plate and setting it in front of me?

"Aw, c'MON, honey, one piece won't hurt you!"
"There's four pieces on it."
"Just eat one."
"Just go away."
"Just eat it!"
"Just BITE ME!"

It didn't stop there. After my failed visualization techniques and the pizza fiasco, I heard Mr. Slim-n-Trim rummaging through the freezer.

"What are you doing?"
"Butter Pecan?? Ice cream??"
"Lower drawer."

Two minutes later he sat a bowl of it in front of me.

I don't know what was going through his mind for doing that but I know what was going through mine. I was in a bikini, on top of a snow-capped mountain, strangling him.

But I'm proud. I didn't buckle and go to town for a chicken wrap. I didn't eat the pizza OR the ice cream. I sit here, Queen of my WillPower Domain and, most importantly, Brian is still alive and breathing.

I call that a good day.

(Photo courtesy of THEMIGHTYLEX!)

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GREGGWEISBROD 11/28/2013 7:41AM

    That's the sexiest looking chicken wrap I've ever seen. :-)

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ODIROM 1/12/2011 9:38AM

    Funny, but when I am going to do something horrible in the eating department, I close my eyes and envision you in a bikini too!!! (because a smoking hottie would not want to speak with me at my current I need to slim down to hang with the bikini clad cuties at the beach!)

Yay for not strangling Brian...and yay for the self control!

Have a good day, and I can't wait for Sat!!!


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WOLFKITTY 1/12/2011 1:55AM


I have no idea why guys will sometimes do the "big temptation" thing.. Even my friend's husband the other day offered me pizza A DOZEN TIMES when I was over there to play Just Dance 2 and exercise with her. It's so weird.

Good for you for sticking to your choices, even if your mnd was playing funny little tricks on you! :D


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MUSTANG_SALLY2 1/11/2011 9:27AM

    Man oh man! Brian likes to live dangerously.

I'm glad you resisted. It can be tough but you were tougher! Great job!


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GRACEFULIFE 1/10/2011 10:01PM

    And NEVER MIND what the SHAKE WEIGHT may make you visualize! emoticon

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LASVEGASLES 1/10/2011 9:43PM

    Nice blog! The next time I need to step away from the caramel corn, I will envision something....just anything to not want to eat another piece of popcorn!

Darn those doctors at the office that sent all the paralegals big ol tins of different kinds of popcorn!! Yes, I said doctors....nice of them, huh?

Willpower is a learned thing...I keep telling myself this on the daily!

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NANALD 1/10/2011 9:20PM

    Way to go! I don't know if I am more impressed with the fact that you didn't cave in and eat the junk or that you didn't strangle the life our of your hubby! Thanks for another fun blog!

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VRADAA 1/10/2011 7:10PM

    You are AWESOME Lady!!

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FLYER99 1/10/2011 5:35PM

    Your blogs are awesome. I just stumbled upon them through a friend. I am going to have to try that "imagine" thing and visualize eating my next piece of pizza. Good Job! Laughter is the best medicine they say. Haha!

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OLDERDANDRT 1/10/2011 5:29PM

    OMG, girl!!! You are the MOST emoticon I am soooo proud of you!!! My ever-lovin' man does that stuff to me, sometimes, too. God only knows what goes through their pea brains, sometimes!! Now, if your DH was fat, you could say misery loves company, but I know that's not the is in my house. Sad to say his physical fitness stint didn't last too awful long and now he looks almost like before he started and he doesn't really seem to care! Oh, well. I love him, but I can't make him do what he doesn't want to do, but he's not dragging me to the fat life with him!! You are so good and can't say it enough how proud I am of you for sticking to your guns!!!!! You go girl!!! You inspire me. Gonna go make me a salad!!!!

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KATVHALE 1/10/2011 4:36PM

  I am fortunate in a way that I don't have to worry about my DH tempting me because he is a diabetic! I hate that he has that disease but to my advantage we don't have anything unhealthy in the house for me to get into trouble!

I am always looking for diabetic desserts, however, that he can eat on occasion and I have found some really good ones right here on SP.

That visualization thingee doesn't work for me because I can see me in a bikini in my current body and that is not a good thing for anyone to see, not even me!


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AZCUPCAKE 1/10/2011 3:55PM

    Once again, every time I read a blog of yours, the world is a brighter place. I miss you, Michelle! I have been sidelined by some serious health problems my dad is having, and my parents live down in Tucson, so I have been DRIVING quite a bit. I haven't had the "umph" to get on Spark much, even though I really am trying not to jump off the healthy eating wagon. I can't say I have made much progress, but then, I haven't lost my mind yet either, and if you ask my husband Philip, that is HUGE in and of itself!
I think of you more than you can possibly know; I look forward to seeing you this summer, Girlfriend! I sure hope you and Brian are still planning on making tracks to the southwest to see those beautiful grandbabies of yours! Love you lots!

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DARLENEK04 1/10/2011 2:21PM

  Congrats on not strangling Brian. Sorry, David does me the same
way. As soon as my jeans begin to look the slightest bit looser, he
decides he cannot live one omore day on the diet without a big bowl of
ippedcream. We came back from
my sons in June and I actually lost almost 7 pounds on the trip....guess
where he just could not live without eating dinner???? Yep, a fish and
chips joint that I shall not name so i dont get sued. He does it every time.
I am not showing him anymore weight losses where I write them down on
my dresser, I will put them in a notebook. Maybe I can lose a few w/o him

Someone who is disappointed in their???????? support???????system.

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CALIMAN1 1/10/2011 1:45PM

    Hmmm, I tried that visualization thing, too....all I can say is...I don't look so good in a pink bikini.

But, seriously, wtg on not strangling Brian and not giving in to the mounds of food stuff.....

Well done...Gerard would be proud!

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CBAILEYC 1/10/2011 1:37PM

    I visualized your visualization. I laughed out loud. People here at work looked at me. It was completely worth it!

Very good day indeed!

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BKNOCK 1/10/2011 12:38PM

    LOL, you crack me up! Thanks, I needed a laugh today!

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LIZZYP609 1/10/2011 11:27AM

    Oh how easily they forget! I call my husband the DEVIL! GET BEHIND ME DEVIL!!!

One breath they are saying...."oh I am so proud of you for doing such a good job at taking care of yourself" then the next thing you know they handing you dark chocolate...a whole BAG of them! (ummmm Dove Dark Chocolate....)

Great job on the self control Michelle! You are my hero! :-)

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SKILL133 1/10/2011 10:37AM

    HAHAHHAAH good stuff and good job on the will power. Wish I could say the same, but I fell for the Hooters Wings commercial. Can you blame me? LOL

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KEKEIKO 1/10/2011 10:18AM

    Uh huh ... had a good day! Yep! But you took my great response ... just had to throw in the DQ didn't you! emoticon

How about ... Keep a bottle of whipped cream in the refrigerator (well maybe you already do, I dunno emoticon) and every time Mr. Skinny offers you something unhealthy pull out your bottle, shake well [the bottle, not you, tee he he) and cover it in whipped cream. Now c'mon you're not going to want to eat whipped cream all the time, right emoticon

Or maybe you do emoticon

Congrats on being strong! emoticon

You won this round! emoticon emoticon

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KAILYNSTAR 1/10/2011 9:33AM

    Ooh, nothing worse than having a man sit beside you with ice cream!

That happened to me two nights ago. I was not impressed yet, I managed to ignore him. The sad thing is is that he offered to get a bowl of ice cream for me too. I mean, he is always offering and I have to decline all of the time.

I know that I am awful for eating in front of the t.v. I have cut down lots though I am proud to say! I realized that I was teaching my kids that you have to eat when watching, and that is so not true.

Good for you for not relenting to your urges. You are the master.

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JOHNTJ1 1/10/2011 8:29AM

    Definitely a win-win, LOL, especially for Brian.

Our minds are the most powerful tool we posses. When we can channel that knowledge to help us it's absolutely amazing, isnt it?

Love Ya


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JILLWILSON2102 1/10/2011 7:43AM

    Well thank goodness on all counts, but seriously I would have canned Brian big time! emoticon

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EAGLE101 1/10/2011 7:31AM

    Great symbolism. Heck of a story/blog.

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1NICUBABE 1/10/2011 7:28AM

    That is a spectacular day! I unfortunately caved to the wings that Barry wanted for dinner. I really think that what with the obesity epidemic of this country that the FCC should outlaw food commercials past noon!

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FLEMIDG 1/9/2011 11:42PM

    Wonderful blog, Michelle. Good for you for passing up on all those calories. You have great will power. Boy, Brian sure is lucky to be alive, isn't he (lol). You are doing great. Don't give up. The visualization technique sounds interesting. Maybe I'll give it a try.

Talk to you soon



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SUGARBABY60 1/9/2011 11:22PM

    Good for you and by the look of the comments here I think we better start thinking about starting a BUTTER PECAN Spark TEAM (my very favorite ice cream by the way) No , I guess we should all just learn a little good visualization!

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THEMIGHTYLEX 1/9/2011 11:17PM

    Good job keeping the willpower burning. I've been going strong by imagining that anything bad for my waistline will make me sick. When a friend dropped off a bunch of chocolate treats, I pictured them making me nauseous. Soon the sight of wicked foods will turn my stomach.

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ELYMWX 1/9/2011 10:57PM

    I'm just surprised that you didn't end up visualizing a DQ banana split that had been made in a bikini.

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BLAKBIRD 1/9/2011 10:55PM

    Butter Pecan, wow you really do have some amazing will power. emoticon


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DREMARGRL 1/9/2011 10:52PM

    Ahhh....the good ole football munchies......DANGEROUS for sure!
Enjoyed your blog. Oh...I also use visual stimulation. Had a closed MRI last week and had to be in there for 45 minutes. I definitely use it in uncomfortable situations and have for many years.....It's an extremely valuable tool! Glad you've got it down, too. LIVE STRONG AND HAVE A NICE, NEW WEEK!
XO MaryAnn (visualizing that bikini....soaking up the sun in Bermuda! Yeh! emoticon

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USFBULL 1/9/2011 10:31PM

    emoticon emoticon

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it works

I sat here and closed my eyes,
and what did I see?

I envisioned you watching the Chiefs lose to the Ravens who will whoop up on the Steelers and while you were watching that, you were a succulent chicken breast wrapped in a flour tortilla with Butter Pecan Ice Cream melting all over your breasthen I woke up and ...


Sure which I had some of that butter pecan ice cream though!

Thanks for inSPiring me to use that visualization technique

I'll have to keep it in my arsenal of FUN stuff to do.

Have a Wonderful Week and keep on imagining that!

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JUNEBUG150 1/9/2011 10:27PM

    Good for you! I'm proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/9/2011 10:00PM

    LOL Like you I don't watch alot of tv mostly because I am tempted to snack while Ido.I have found a solution though I do my exercises while I watch !I have a husband who eats like Brian but since he is in Afghanistan for another 6 months he is not tempting me now!

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GEEMAWEST 1/9/2011 9:54PM

    My DH does exactly the same thing. "One piece won't hurt" , very frustrating. I also love butter pecan ice cream, good thing I don't feel good or I might be tempted.

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    Oh, what a great way to finish my day.... to read your blog!!! Thank you! I smiled and chuckled, and I loved it... as I ate my rice cake instead of ice cream!

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CARTOONB 1/9/2011 9:50PM

    Brian is alive?!? That is a GREAT day! Congratulations on that...and not caving. Football is dangerous! I've wanted nachos and chips and dip and pizza and wings and fried chicken get the idea...all day!!!

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