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Bad Luck?

Sunday, October 09, 2011

So we came home this morning to a flood! A leak from the upstairs neighbors broke through our ceiling and soaked the carpet, ruined our wedding pictures, and put a huge thorn in my side. Now I'm going to have to work my schedule around maintenance coming in and out to fix things. Quite frustrating and I'm not sure where this string of bad luck came from, but it can definitely go away now!

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TXLADY110 10/10/2011 8:25PM

    Ah shucks,
Big Hugs
Maybe you can put all your things in a back room and lock them up so the landlord has to be responsible for meeting the maintenance folks.

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BACKATITAMY 10/10/2011 3:08PM

  Oh no. Sorry for all of the recent bad luck. I hope your pictures can be reprinted too like MJ said. Here's wishing you much luck your way. emoticon

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POSITIVE_ONE 10/10/2011 8:26AM

    I am sorry to read about your mis-fortunes. I hope things turn around for you here quickly.

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TRUE-NESS 10/9/2011 11:10PM

    Sorry for all the awful happenings of late. emoticon emoticon

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FALLINTOFLIGHT 10/9/2011 11:00PM

    Oh no :[ Id be very upset over the pics and the stress of the mess so [[hugs]] dare I say, when it rains it pours BUT then we get sunshine and rainbows! I'll be sending positive energy your way this week sparkly :]

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 10/9/2011 10:36PM

    One good thing with all the bad luck...you are strong enough not to let it break you. Sucks living through the crap times, though! I'm more sorry about your wedding pics than anything else. Seems like a violation. I'm sure they can be reprinted, but still...dang it!

You guys are definitely due for some good fortune. Here's hoping it is coming your way fast!


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GHK1962 10/9/2011 10:07PM

    Agghhh...that totally blows! I hope that kind of "luck" leaves you soon too.

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POOKASLUAGH 10/9/2011 9:58PM

    Well they say bad stuff comes in threes and if that's true I hope this was the third and last for you! You really have had terrible luck lately. :( Sending you big hugs!

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EPIC fail!

Friday, October 07, 2011

Well it's been one long, hard week! I had so much "catch up" to do with school since I missed a lot of classes last week due to not having a car. I hate being behind and I hate not knowing what's going on! I also got a new schedule for my internship and it is kicking my butt. For anyone who knows me, you know that I am NOT a morning person. Now I'm working 6-10, which means I have to get up at 5am! I am soo tired. I had just created a new schedule for myself (and gotten used to it), but now I will have to start over. But I'm not complaining because I love interning at FOX. I'm actually getting in some good experience making graphics, writing news briefs, creating the community calendar, etc for the 9am show! It's also allowed me to meet some awesome people!

I've gotten in very little exercise this week. 30 minutes here, 1o minutes there. I'm hoping to get in more today and tomorrow! My eating has been all over the place. Some days going over range, some days staying way under range. I've just been busy and being tired all the time makes it hard to get up enough motivation to do anything! Need to go to the grocery store and get some fresh fruits and veggies and healthy snacks. That will definitely help get my eating back on track.

I hope the week has gone well for everyone else!

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ELEXEY 10/8/2011 10:43PM

    It's tough when you get used to something and then BAM! It changes again. I know you're a fighter though and you'll have this schedule knocked in the booty before you know it. At least you've gotten some exercise in, that's great considering what you're dealing with right now.

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GINCHIFER 10/8/2011 9:23AM

    Schedule changes and life interruptions always seem to mess with us when we are on a roll! Just take a deep breath, enjoy your internship and work on figuring out when your workouts will be best for you. Great idea stocing up on the fruits and veggies; it is great start. Keep it up!

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KIMMYLOU2012 10/7/2011 4:23PM

    You will get used to it! It just takes a little time and you will get tour schedule down and start enjoying your time and taking care of your self as well!

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LOSEITLINDSAY 10/7/2011 2:00PM

    emoticon just take a moment and take one day at a time.....it'll get easier and easier.

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My blog for the week

Thursday, September 22, 2011

It's been a rough week! As some of you know I was in a car accident last week. Thankfully I'm ok, but my car is not. She's got severe front and rear damage. After speaking to the appraiser yesterday, they may total her out. She's a 2003 Elipse, not the best car, but she's MINE and she's PAID for! I was planning on keeping her another year or two and then trading it in for a baby-friendly SUV. I don't know how much they will give me for her if they decide to total her out. Not sure what I'll be able to get with the 3-5 grand she's worth. As you can tell I really, really love my car! Anyway, all this business of dealing with the insurance companies has got me down.

I wish I had a job so that I could just get a car and not worry about it, but I don't. I graduate in Dec and with this economy I'm freaking out that I won't find a job. I've got student loans looming in the background and all in all I'm just allowing myself to be overwhelmed by things that I can not control.

I've had a poor couple of weeks. I'm trying to get my act together, but this hole of self-pity is dragging me under. I'm am SUPER proud of my FBG for still holding the EPIC lead. That is just amazing, especially since we have 1 less team member than they do! Congrats ladies, you deserve it! Y'all are awesome!

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TXLADY110 9/22/2011 5:27PM

    Sorry about your car problems, you can get it fixed and have what the insurance company allows paid toward the bill then pay the remainder. I hope you are interning or volunteering in the career field which you want so you can get that gravy job when school is done.

You can make it thru these challenges.

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 9/22/2011 3:57PM

    You SHOULD be proud of your FBGs and you have done awesome. However, I would like to point out that while all 8 of your members reported their points and only 7 of our 9 did, we inched you out by fractions of a point this past week, even taking 2 big old zeroes into consideration! Without the zeroes, the Champions averaged 4.7 points each! But...you are still leading so we will concede that! emoticon

I am, as you know so sorry about Jezy. I had hoped she wouldn't be a total loss. Praying for the best outcome for you and I just know your future is going to be awesome with your drive and determination. Love you, pretty T!

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BACKATITAMY 9/22/2011 3:08PM

  So sorry that you are going through this trial in your life right now Tamara. I was also unaware that you were in an accident. I'm very glad to hear that you are ok. Sorry about your car :( that sucks to have to think about a car payment. Hopefully you can find a very nice, gently used car to help out. Thanks for being a great leader to even think about coming on to update us after all you have been going through. That's dedication and I thank you for the example. I hope that you have a great weekend and that all of the loose ends come together for you. Take care emoticon

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TRUE-NESS 9/22/2011 2:07PM

    I didn't know about your car accident; but I'm glad to hear that you're okay. I know how you feel about the car and it being PAID FOR. That is HUGE, believe me! I had been experiencing so much trouble with one of my cars, and I wanted to trade it in and get a new car...tired of used cars. BUT, I thought about what a huge blessing it'll be to have BOTH cars paid off and how much extra money that would be in my household. So, I'm presently trying to get as much out of my car as possible until it just won't drive no more. And when the newer car is paid for, it's gonna be so worth it to have held on to both of them.

Maybe you can find a cheap, used car for about the amount that your car was worth...then it'll also be paid off and you won't have to worry about a car note right now. Check around online for used cars the same year as your old car. You may be able to find something.

Speaking PEACE into your life...and into your mind...

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Mystery Solved

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Ok, so I'm going to revamp my whole weight loss process. I'm going to start all over and try to get back to how I was in the beginning. Here's the plan:

I'm going to increase my fiber, protein, and fruits/vegetables and decrease my carbs. When I first started Spark I was eating 1300-1600 calories a day and I still felt satisfied. I did end up increasing my caloric intake because I started exercising more, but over time it turned into an excuse to just eat more. Even on days that I wasn't exercising a lot, I was still consuming A LOT of calories because the tracker said I could! In looking over my food choices over the past few months I have allowed more processed food to come back into my diet. Box mixes that I try to tell myself is healthy because I added broccoli to it. Frozen, battered fish. I have also seen an increase in the amount of carbs that I eat. I went from 120-150 carbs daily, to over 200 carbs daily. We have been eating lots of pasta and rice because it's so easy to throw in some protein and veggies and be done. But the good of the lean protein and veggies is outweighed by the bad carbs and sauce. I stopped measuring and started "eye-balling" months ago which I know allows extra, uncounted calories to sneak in. Reiko loves her carbs, and God bless her she has the kind of job that she can eat them all she wants, so I've been making biscuits to go with dinner for her. But they smell soo good and look so yummy golden brown that I have to have one. And that usually turns into two.

I'll just be honest. I haven't been drinking enough water. I haven't been adding kool-aid, tea, juice, and the occasional soda to my counter. I used to start my morning off with a tall, cold glass of water, but lately I've been starting my day off with coffee.....with sugar and cream....which of course does not get added into the calorie counter. I was adding Crystal Light to my water, but I can't stand the after taste. I started using MIO, but it's expensive. So I think I'll go old school and add a little lime/lemon.

I'm kind of on the fence with this one. I was thinking of maybe going back to 20-30 minutes daily/2000 calories a week, but decreasing calories burned seems counter-intuitive to me. I'm not that active throughout the day. I sit while I'm in class, I sit a lot at work, I sit at home. My workouts are the only time I'm really moving around and being active. I've read different articles that implied "sitters" need extra exercise because we don't burn the usual calories that "non-sitters" do.

So what do I do with the cans of biscuits, pizza dough, bags of mac n cheese, and boxed meals I just bought? I can't afford to throw them away or give them away and buy new food. Do I just eat them and try to be healthy in other ways? Anyone have ideas on how to make this bad stuff better?

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TXLADY110 9/14/2011 9:43PM

    Casseroles for the mac n cheese. Take a look at the ones on Spark or hit google. You can find away to kill the calories and add nutrition.
Make healthy true italian pizza's; meat, veggies, no cheese or sauce; measure, measure, measure... then you will know how many calories in a slice.
The biscuits can be rolled in to veggie and meat pockets.

Then there is this thought. Pack em in your daughters school lunches then you will not eat them.


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MJ-SHE-BEAST 9/14/2011 4:50PM

    Boxed dinners with Rice and Pasta can be used and made healthier by eliminating the seasoning packages that come inside of them. Just use the noodles or rice in something else, or make your own seasoning without the extra salt.

Roll the biscuit dough out very thin and sit lots of chopped sauteed or steamed veggies in the center with a tiny bit of cheese and lots of garlic and parsley and bake. You have veggie pockets as either a side dish or if you want to get creative add in some tuna, chicken, turkey or turkey sausage and even some tomato sauce and make them a bit larger and you have complete pocket meals without the extra sodium and calories of hot pockets.

As to the pizza dough. Use half as much and roll it out extra thin to make thin crust veggie pizzas. Healthy and they meet all of the food groups if you add in some lean meats.

Don't waste or throw out anything other than the sodium high packets. Just learn to use the processed stuff a bit wiser until you can replenish your pantry with healthier choices. This has been a public service announcement from your friendly neighborhood She Beast! emoticon

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    I love me a plan!!! If you want to try to cut carbs, see how it works for ya. I do tend to agree with POOKASLUAGH and RACKSPACENEIL, and I also agree with them that you've got to do what's best and what's going to work for YOU.

Starting Suggestions:
You could always use the carb-laden goodness meals over the course of a month or many months as opposed to eating them up in one week (if they'll freeze or store for that long). And adding veggies to them IS going to be better for you and more healthy, you could also make them as a side for you, supplementing something proteinier (I'm going with real word here), leaner, or veggier for the main entree (Reiko could help out eating the carb dish as her main meal?) and just eat less when/if you do have the carbs? You know if any of these suggestions would work or not.
They're offered for you to take or discard as needed. :D

I am with you on the lemons and limes to flavor water as opposed to crystal light or other artificial sweetener. They are cheaper and better for you!!! You deserve the best! :D

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POOKASLUAGH 9/14/2011 2:52PM

    I'm personally not big on the low carb thing - about 50% of your diet is supposed to be carbs if you're exercising regularly, and it's not healthy to have so few grams of carbs with high exercise, even low carb diets will tell you that - but the other things you mention makes perfect sense. You can always donate all that stuff to a place like the food bank, because of course they can always use it.

I believe there's some truth in what Neil's saying too - if you restrict too much, you're more likely to rebel sooner. I have not removed anything from my diet that I can't live without, and I just make sure to eat the really awful foods that I love (doughnuts, chili dogs, potato chips) in extreme moderation (once every 3-6 months seems to work well for me). Just like Spark always says, if you treat this like a lifestyle change rather than a diet, you're more likely to succeed.

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POSITIVE_ONE 9/14/2011 2:17PM

    I once had someone tell me that it is not about what we eat but about how much we eat. While I do not fully subscribe to this philosophy - they did have a point:

Things should be taken in moderation. When we try to strip everything out, we end up (sometimes) with bland diets and one that we struggle to stick too. As far as making bad stuff better - just be cautious about how much of it you eat. Bad nutritional/caloric foods are still not great choices, but minimal intake will help.

As much as I have read other blogs where people state they have to start over and know they need to focus - it does indeed read that you are on the right path - YOU KNOW WHAT TO DO.

You can do this!

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Calling all weight loss detectives!

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I'm on a detective hunt! No, I'm not looking for a pot of gold, I'm trying to figure out why I can not loose weight. Last week I stayed in calorie range 5-6 out of 7 days (which is my typical plan that I follow). Last week I burned almost 3000 calories. Last week I drank 8-12 glasses of water per day. Last week I didn't loose weight! This isn't really anything new for me. For the last 3-4 months my weight has been stalled. I thought it was due to some meds I was taking, so I stopped taking them, I thought it was due to not in taking enough water, so I started drinking more.

I've tried everything I can think of to jump start my weight loss again, but nothing seems to work. Reiko pointed out that while I am staying in calorie range, I'm staying in the higher end of the range and maybe I need to try to intake calories. Now I agree and disagree with this theory. Let me explain: I could cut back on the # of calories I intake because there are some moments where I eat when I'm not necessarily hungry.Last week I was eating healthy, but I wasn't eating enough fruits and veggies cause we hadn't gone grocery shopping. So yes I was staying in range, but they were "empty" calories. However, would cutting 100-300 calories out of my diet per day really make that much of a difference? Would that be enough for me to start dropping 1-2 lbs a week again?

This was supposed to be my week to try and stay on the low end of my range and see how that worked for me. To bad I pretty much gave up yesterday. I didn't work out and I indulged in some corn chips and apple pie. I think I actually stayed in calorie range, but again they were empty calories and my sodium intake was out of this world. I know I should have persevered and fought back, but I let my defeatist attitude take over. I'm just soo tired of working my @$$ off and getting no where. I work hard and y'all know much I hate exercise and how much of a struggle it is for me to do it. When I do workout, I burn 700-800 per workout and I eat WAY healthier than I ever did before and for what? It's just hard when everyone knows you're exercising and eating right and they're expecting you to loose weight and you don't. I have people who look up to me and if I can't do it, they feel they can't do it either.

So I'm gonna try and kick my butt into gear and get back into the swing of things. I ate a healthy breakfast....I've got a healthy lunch planned and I want to get a workout in sometime this afternoon. My heart just isn't in it, but I'm trying. If these changes don't work, then I'll need to go to the doctor because something might be wrong. Maybe I need to try calorie cycling or more protein/fiber or do a 1-2 day fast/cleanse. I have no idea, I'm at a loss. Any suggestions?

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FALLINTOFLIGHT 9/14/2011 10:56AM

    Plateaus and small pound per pound fluctuations S.U.C.K.
I did this through the 190's and I could still throw a tantrum over doing it for several months through the 180's-170's. I broke through it by completely *rethinking my approach to my diet empty calories vs. fresh clean eating (i.e. switching my milk to soy milk or 1%, veggies, fish... I switched to cooking two meals for dinner, one for me and one for the family. Honestly eating super clean made it really tough to eat enough calories to reach my sp diet plan but I felt really full, very high in fiber just like lillie said. If you dont have a steamer basket, get your hands on one! I need to blog ab that lol).
*adjusting my workouts variety. (kickboxing, swimming, running and HUGE jump rope throughout the day 5 min here, 5 there. I started out with 1min intervals).
** LIFT WEIGHTS! The more muscle I gain, the faster my scale moves. (Well after a week of gain but then the number went down each week :p I dont count any lifting I do as part of my work out I just grab them when I can and feel the burn. Great for doing in front of TV teehee.)

I know you can get through this, fight hard for it sparkly! You've got this!!!

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MJ-SHE-BEAST 9/14/2011 9:33AM

    My opinion is more fiber, more calories OR more fiber and less exercise. Your body might be holding onto what fuel you put into it in anticipation of the high expenditure of energy you are using in your 3000 calorie workouts. Just what came to mind...I could be totally wrong but it makes sense to me, sort of..kinda.

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WORDLILY 9/13/2011 6:05PM

    My experience has been pretty similar to Pookasluagh's. When I eat more, I lose more weight. When I try to reduce my calories more, my weight loss slows. Also, when I work out too hard (high intensity) it slows my progress, too.

Quality of food matters. Fiber is important.

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POOKASLUAGH 9/13/2011 1:45PM

    Honestly, I've always found when my weight loss stalls it's because I'm not eating ENOUGH calories. When I increase, it starts again. Now I can't lose 2 lbs a week like some people and I never have, but I can hold a steady 1 to 1.5 lbs if I'm eating enough calories. I've also found that if I burn too many calories an hour, it's just burning glucose and not enough fat itself. Lower intensity exercise has kicked my weight loss into overdrive, so that I'm currently losing much faster than I have all year, just by spending most of my time walking, burning several hundred calories less an hour than before!

But I do think you're onto something with the type of calories thing. The more processed food, fast food, restaurant food, and junk we eat, the longer our bodies hold onto it. The amount of calories in the food we consume is based on very old research, and in reality it varies widely. The more whole and raw and unprocessed our food is, the less of it gets absorbed into our bodies, making the whole calorie intake less. The more refined, processed, and chemically altered, the easier it is for our bodies to take that food in, leading to a higher calorie intake.

Consider this example: if you take a portion of ground beef and a portion of steak, both with the same calorie content, and eat them, your body will absorb more calories from the ground beef than the steak, simply because it has more surface area for the body to grasp onto, and it's already partially broken down (less work for your body). Your body will take in less calories and burn more in doing so when it eats steak than ground beef. This principle applies across the board, so that a refined carb might give you double the calories of an unrefined carb. The old 4-calorie-per-carb rule is more of a guideline than a rule - again, based on century-old research done well before packaged and processed foods were even a real option.

I highly recommend reading The Omnivore's Dilemma by Michael Pollan. While it's not a diet book, it talks a LOT about food and the way our bodies process it. I read it this summer and it has literally changed my life, and my body is showing those changes.

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    Hey girl--- my plateau was from like January until like June.... so I get it. It is hard not to give up. Just keep going. This is a way of life... and sometimes, it takes a long time for the body to get the message.

We talked on skype about what I would change.. so you know I think Spark gives way too many carbs. Fiber is necessary.... so those are my big ones for you.

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RHOWES1981 9/13/2011 12:59PM

  Plateau's can last several weeks.... I know it's not what you want to hear, but what about switching up your exercise routine? Do a completely different workout than normal. If you walk or run, try cycling?

Hopefully it's just a plateau, and nothing medical. Good luck

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KENAZFEHU 9/13/2011 12:57PM

    Oh how frustrating! It sounds like you have a pretty good idea what's doing this (empty calories), so I'd start there - good nourishing food instead of, for example, corn chips.

I'm way behind you; still having trouble logging my intake consistently. I hope that the next time I have a stall, I have records to look back on so I can see what improvements I could make. Congratulations on getting as far as you have.

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