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Trying NOT to FREAK!

Monday, November 23, 2009

I had a BLAST this weekend. Lots of fun, friends, and food. Unfortunately, very little activity to go with that folly. It really was fun to be a little careless. I don't think I was waaaaay off the mark, but I won't be too surprised to see a couple pounds that I thought were gone, again. I have told myself repeatedly not to beat myself up over it. But, I am a bit disappointed in myself. I am going to have to work really hard this season to make my dreams come true. I am going to have to be very focused. I am going to have to be strong and conscientious. I am going to have to find joy and fulfillment somewhere other than the table/fridge/pantry. It just seems too easy to go back to my old ways. It's easy to do nothing and be apathetic. It takes so much more effort to care about myself and be responsible for my actions. It's just so easy to blame everything around me. It's so hard, some days, to just do the right thing.

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TIMEFORVACATION 11/24/2009 10:17AM

    Hi Jenn,

We will celebrate your next 20 pounds!!! But it doesn't have to be with food! It can be just drinks, dancing, go to a play, window shopping (for the next 20 lbs), snowboarding, walking, hiking, biking, singing, concert, comedy show, ice skating, roller skating, movies (blah), Cincinnati Observatory, planetarium show at NKU, wine tasting, bourbon tasting, craft show, road trip, camping, mountain climbing (with ropes because I'd be scared, skydiving (one of my favorites), 4 seater plane ride (oh yeah I'd take ya out to Lunken), the options are endless!!!! So keep up the good work because I can't wait to celebrate with you!!


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COLEENCOLE 11/23/2009 11:16AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. I have heard that the ave. weight gain over the holidays is 7 lbs, so I will be happy to maintain.

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DREAMNSCHEME 11/23/2009 10:41AM

    Right on! It is SO much easier but we can do it... we know that the easier path is the least rewarding.

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USEANDLOSE 11/23/2009 7:09AM

    Friend - you have nailed the problem concisely. "It takes so much more effort to care about myself and be responsible for my actions." Isn't that just the case-I'll be repeating that to myself all week!

Knowing yourself is half the battle - so you're half way there! Great Blog - thanks for sharing!

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The celebrating HAS to stop!

Saturday, November 21, 2009

So, I went out last night with some girlfriends and we drank wine and enjoyed Spanish Tapas together. And, as we all know, food shared=no calories. Right? Then I was giddy with excitement today over some unexpected blessings coming my way, and went to lunch with a friend and ate (shared appetizer) and enjoyed a fine adult beverage. I also got my hair done this morning and it didn't cost me a cent! (love gift certificates and a generous hair dresser). So anyway--the calories STOP here! Back in the plan now! Gonna go exercise. Have a GREAT weekend!

I almost forgot--I found some jeans that fit that said size 12 on the tag! (did not buy because they were not the dark wash I was looking for. But still, Yippee! And I tried on some size L dresses that were fabulous!)


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SHEENADEE 11/21/2009 5:17PM

    Yippee! I like the part where you say "I am Beliving"!!! Way to go.

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finally ready to tell this story

Friday, November 20, 2009

Okay, I'm finally over the utter humiliation of what happened this fine day a couple of weeks ago.

I'm a charitable person. I give when I can. Am-Vets called me and asked if I had anything to donate. I thought and said "why yes I do". They arrange for a pick up day and all I have to do is bag up the items and place them on my porch. Wa Bam, easy peesy. They even call to remind you the day before. When I got my reminder call I thought, "Oh geeze, I better get those clothes bagged up." Well, I go about my day. I wake up the next day, donation pick up day, and go about my normal day. We play, have a snack, play, have some lunch, have story time, then naps. As I'm coming up from putting the kids down for nap, I hear the truck pulling away. I immediately realize my pho-pa and frantically run to the door. My heart races as I look down to see that they did not mistakenly take the bag of poopie diapers I have waiting to go to the outside garbage can on my front porch.
Yep, that's right. I arranged for AmVets to pick up a bag of clothes and instead had a bag of poo-filled diapers awaiting them instead. Yea--that's how I roll. Do you think they'll ever call me again? You can not imagine my relief over the fact that they did not take the bag with them. I was so mortified. But now I can't help but giggle. I hope you got a laugh too!

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    so funny, thanks for sharing.

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KAILYNSTAR 11/20/2009 3:47PM

    That is absolutely hilarious. I had a hard time reading this because all I could think was, "OH NO!"
Thanks for the great laugh. I am sure that that will creep into my mind for the rest of the day. Everybody will wonder what is sooo funny!:)

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FIREICEX2 11/20/2009 11:38AM

    How funny, I needed a laugh today!!

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ANNAMAL76 11/20/2009 11:34AM

    HA!!! Sounds like something I would do! emoticon

I'm sure they'll understand if you give them a call.

Thanks for the giggle!

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XINIXINIX 11/20/2009 11:18AM


Thanks for the giggles!


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THINAGIN2 11/20/2009 10:15AM

    Thank you for sharing your story! I got a wonderful start to my day with a good giggle !

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DIXIED88 11/20/2009 9:47AM

    LOL! That's hilarous! emoticon

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GERIKRAGH 11/20/2009 9:20AM

    Very funny. You should have called them. They would have come back. They probably figured you resented them calling.

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WISEONE68 11/20/2009 8:51AM

    Too funny...things like this happen to all of us...some are just too embarassed to share.
I love to gets me through rough days and challenges!! Your story made me laugh today!
Wiseone68 emoticon

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DEBBIEKAY1 11/20/2009 8:27AM

    That is so funny! what a great story to tell the kids when they get older! I bet they call you again LOL

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HEALTHQUESTER 11/20/2009 8:04AM

    Thanks for the enormous smile you have placed upon my face! emoticon

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LINDA25427 11/20/2009 7:59AM

    Funny but not cool .

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COLEENCOLE 11/20/2009 7:42AM

    That is just too funny. Your grandkids will love hearing that story someday.

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CHEDDERFISH 11/20/2009 7:41AM

    Awww hahah. I'm sure it's not the first time they've seen that happen but what a funny mistake!

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USEANDLOSE 11/20/2009 7:04AM

    Hilarious! I can't stop laughing! Imagine what the drive thought! LOL ROFL!!! emoticon
Thanks for the morning laugh - I needed that!

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Cranberry Sauce

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Hate it?
Live without it?
No Way, I say!
Shout it out
For that luscious little berry
So tart
So red
So good with Turkey
Jellied in a can
Made from scratch
Don't really care
It's all good to me
Love it!
That luscious little berry

I'm bringing the cranberry sauce to T-Day at my BF's Parents. He assures me, "No one will eat it". Grrr.... My Mom makes a nice sauce, I think I might make hers. I bought the canned, jellied kind for my daughter--she'll eat the whole can herself! So HA! She and I will eat it. I just don't think I could eat my turkey without it.

I'm looking forward to the Holidays. I love to socialize. I'm not too worried about Thanksgiving food. I do love it, but think I will do okay. I try to set the intention of getting to know each person there on a deeper level. Then I'm more worried about "who's next" rather than "what's next". It makes the day quite pleasant.

What is your favorite food for Thanksgiving? Are you looking forward to the holiday?

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DIXIED88 11/19/2009 11:50AM

    LOL! I HATE Cranberries! My mom used to make me drink the juice to avoid frequent UTIs so I think it tastes like medicine.

But I love the idea of socializing instead of focusing on the food.

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CAALAN23 11/19/2009 10:52AM

    Is it wrong for me to say that I'm almost looking forward to the day after? I love a good turkey pita sandwich with a little leftover dressing tucked in there! Pluswhich there is Friday shopping! WooHOO!

I do enjoy Thanksgiving though, I don't see my family often enough even though we all live within 60 miles of each other.

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TRACIS_SUCCESS 11/19/2009 8:15AM

    I like your ideas... I'm having Thanksgiving this year with several people I don't know so I will focus on meeting them, getting to know them one at a time and not focus on the food - but trust myself.

Thanks for the advice.

And, oh yeah, I'm taking the cranberry sauce this year too - simple recipe off the bag of berries but I'll use Splenda in place of the cup of Sugar.

Enjoy your holiday.

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ELIZ181 11/19/2009 8:02AM

    Glad to hear that you are going to try to get to know the people better and not the food. What a great idea.

Enjoy your cranberry sauce, you never know someone might eat it.

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RIDLEYRIDER 11/19/2009 7:21AM

  You are right! It SHOULD be more about the people and less about the food. I like that idea.
Happy Thanksgiving!

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MYCUTEGIZMO 11/19/2009 7:20AM

  Well cranberries are good!

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LKEITHO 11/19/2009 7:02AM

    I love your approach! Great idea to concentrate on the people, not the food! Definitely something I'll have to try, too.

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Afraid to shop

Wednesday, November 18, 2009

Let me just start off by saying that I DO NOT have any money to buy new clothes. But that is not why I am afraid. That's just my convenient excuse. Albeit true; but an excuse nonetheless.

I am afraid because I want to be a "true" 14. Not a borderline. I want to be able to confidently walk into a store and try on the pants with the number 1 and 4 smooched together and have them fit! And to have shirts with the letter "L" all by it's lonesome self! I've been dreaming of a "try on spree" but just can't bring myself to actually do it. Now, after this mornings hard looks in the mirror, I just might be ready. I look like a bag lady! My clothes are dripping off of me! I can't go on like this!

I really can't afford to buy, especially since I am planning to lose 40 more pounds, but I gotta face this fear. I also have to find some cheap transition clothes to get me through the next 20 pounds. I can look like a bag lady while working with the kids, but it really lowers my esteem to go out in public all saggy, baggy. I think I will be putting out an e-mail for any one's discards. And just maybe I'll be brave enough to get rid of my baggie clothes...

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CANDICE_A 11/19/2009 4:37PM

    I was afraid to try on the smaller clothes in my own closet! I was actually in denial that I had lost enough weight to give up my size 16's altogether, until even a belt couldn't salvage them. I'm lucky to have 14's still in my closet for now, but I am positive I will be in the same boat as you in a few weeks. BAH! Gotta love the second hand stores for that reason!

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KIRSTY1306 11/19/2009 4:12PM

    emoticon you made me giggle with the bag lady comparison.
Well done you for losing all the weight that you NEED to get some new clothes, beleive me face up to your fear and you will be so proud of yourself. If you're not quiet at your desired number , just stick at it - you have come so far already and you will only keep going!
Well done you , and good luck shopping!
Kirb xx

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YOOVIE 11/19/2009 3:53PM

    go on a thursday afternoon (no kids around)! I always have try on sprees on thursday afternoons- that can be a reward to yourself! I check the size guides on the store/brand websites and when I my measurements are about an inch or so bigger than they suggest- I run off to see what sizes I can shoe-horn myself into :P

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MAMAEAGLE 11/19/2009 12:46PM

    Have you looked into a resale shop? The prices are cheaper and for temporary use, might as well get a bargain.

Glad you had a fun time trying on the new pants!

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STOPTHECRAVING 11/18/2009 12:57PM

    I had an impromptu day off today--so I got brave, hauled myself to the Mall, and *gasp* tried on size 14's. And a few size L shirts to boot. I came home with nothing. Except a feeling of joy! I got every pair I tried on zipped and buttoned! Of course the huge muffin top that popped out didn't look too good. But I got them ZIPPED AND BUTTONED!!! Woo Hoo! I did find a gorgeous sweater, but left it there because it isn't in my budget--but it was kinda fun trying on the clothes. I don't think I'll be so skeered anymore of the big bad numbers in the clothes.

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CAALAN23 11/18/2009 9:40AM

    I know what you mean about wanting the 1 and the 4. I was depressed last month when I went to the jeans place and had to still buy a 16. Every place differs though, and I must say that the jeans looked good. ;)

Also know what you mean about no money to spend on transition clothes. Make sure you are saving for those goal clothes though! I had so much fun digging through my mother's closet for clothes, gracious knows that woman throws NOTHING out. Maybe someone like that can help you out. ;)

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