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One buffet vs one week of buffets… two times this month!

Sunday, February 05, 2012

Down 60 lbs - Tape measure is agreeing with scale, the first pair of jeans that are not Women's sized no longer cause “muffin top” and I wore 14W jeans to the movies yesterday.

I’ve been extra diligent over the past few weeks. Why? I wanted to be ahead of goal going into February because I have some big challenges coming up this month - I have two one-week meetings this month. This means I will be eating whatever someone else has chosen to set out for our group buffets... Ugh - no special orders.

So for me, timing couldn’t have been better for Coach Jen to put my “note of gratitude” out to the Spark blogosphere – many people linked to the actual blog and read that those feelings had started with some creative decisions at a limited hotel buffet. (Sorry if I wasn’t able to reply to every message – but I read them all and appreciate your encouragement, wisdom, and Spirit!)

So what have your words done for me this time? Now I’ve shifted my attitude about the upcoming meetings. I will be able to lean on your encouragement and wisdom as I face the guantlet – not for just one meal, but every meal for a week. I’m not facing it alone – I’ll have each of you behind me!

So I’ve mentally adjusted to the potential outcomes: weight loss will continue, progress will stall, or I’ll gain weight. Best of all, I’m okay with any of these three scenarios. Why? I’m focusing only on what’s within my control: 10K steps a day and making the best decisions possible based on the options presented -- actively engaging my brain to ensure anything I put on my plate will be something I can eat!

Yet again, you have helped raise my confidence. Instead of a week of buffets being a form of torture designed to interfere with my weight loss efforts – I’m now viewing this as my first run at a major obstacle that is going to be a part of my life anyway (usually 3-4 times a year)… so I better get good at it! And I'm convinced I've got the right stuff to handle this challenge.

The Plan: Stay hydrated, move, best food choices possible, no dessert or alcohol, and as much sleep as possible. I can do this – because of your support!

  
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    Great Plans and really Doable !! .

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    Great Plans and really Doable !! .

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TAMMYKAY45324 2/7/2012 3:25PM

    I know this will be hard but you have the right positive attitude! For me it is when we do carry in dinners at church. I've been getting waaaaaaay smaller portions and better choices. Good Luck! U GOT THIS!

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DOTSLADY 2/7/2012 10:28AM

    Congrats on the sz 14s!

Sometimes I grab extra fruit from breakfast (if you can manage to take extra bacon, that'd be good - ha!). Good luck, and we look forward to your update.
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CIRANDELLA 2/7/2012 7:56AM

    emoticon work, Tink! What's especially great, though, is that if a person can learn to eat properly when confronted with the likes of a buffet groaning board - or a week's worth of them! - they can do just about anything. I think they're the test of all tests of one's healthy-eating potential...and abilities. I just have a good feeling that you're going to make it through February just fine and will head happily into the month of March, too...

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FITKAT62 2/6/2012 9:37PM

    I try to guess-timate the calories as I fill my plate and try to stay within my daily calorie range. Do not go for for seconds.
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CORY1972 2/6/2012 9:34PM

  That sounds like a good plan. I know you can do it. We are stroner than we think with the help of God.

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SABLENESS 2/6/2012 8:40AM

    Love your attitude! emoticonThat buffet will not "win"! You are already a winner. emoticon

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HBIC34 2/6/2012 6:57AM

    Keep that positive attitude and you will have no problem overcoming this. Good luck

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KANOE10 2/6/2012 6:47AM

    emoticon You have developed a great attitute heading into that buffet. I was stuck in that position for 3 days. You also might bring a few healthy items to keep in your room if there is a fridge. Sometimes I opted out of dinner or lunch and ate in my room.
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MEWHENRYSMAMA 2/5/2012 9:56PM

    I'm in...behind ya all the way. You can do it! Smart choices...moderation and you will have mastery over it!
Go girl...
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KALISWALKER 2/5/2012 8:47PM

    I took a class about eating at a buffet

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I still do this at a buffet and it works, I don't overload my plate and I don't go back for seconds.

You can do it!

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DUXGRL1 2/5/2012 8:45PM

    Wow, what a great attitude. Can't wait to hear how you do...I'll bet you 'll come up with some ingenious ideas!

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VAILIEN1 2/5/2012 8:22PM

    Best of strength and positive energy as you work towards your goals.

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My personal three weight loss issues and solutions

Saturday, February 04, 2012

I'm a huge fan of self awareness and owning your own "stuff".  We all face different challenges and demons.  Here are mine and how I've managed to work with or around them:

Dieting at home is 'easy' for me - I live alone, so once 'sanitized', I don't have to worry about anyone bringing undesirable options into my home.  However, I do have a very heavy travel schedule related to my job and therefore I have someone else cooking for me often - room service, breakfast buffets, concierge spreads, restaurants, etc.

Another issue I face - I lack all moderation when it comes to certain foods.  If it's in front of me, I will eat it -  I lack the ability to be a conscious eater with certain types of foods.  Call it addiction or whatever you want... it's also part of what got me to my highest weight ever.

Finally - I'm not a fan of exercise - I'll do it because I know I should... But it is not something I enjoy doing (yet?).  There, I said it.  So If I'm gonna do it, I want "credit"!

 My three solutions to overcome my three obstacles:

1)  Whenever possible, I choose a hotel where I will have a refrigerator and/or microwave or kitchen available - hit the local grocery store and make my own food that meets my eating plan.

2)  When #1 is not possible, I "can and do engage my brain when ordering meals".  Most places don't mind accommodating special requests.  I am very specific about NOT getting anything on my plate that I cannot eat.  No bread, no cheese, no croutons, no tortilla chips, etc., etc., etc.  I just get my lean proteins with low starch veggies - no sauces and I prefer citrus squeezed over a salad.  I have no problem telling people I have a lot of food allergies to make sure they get my point (...as the fat cat on the poster says:  I'm allergic to food - I break out in fat!). 

How does this help with #2?  If I know the things on my plate are all things that are healthy for me to eat based on my dietary choices - then once the plate comes and passes "inspection", I can focus on reconnecting with my body, eat as much or little food off my plate as it takes to satisfy me, without having to worry about moderating my intake of any item(s).

Again, I recognize there are those who have the ability to moderate food - there are just certain foods where I appear to have an addictive response and "some" will never be enough.  I need to keep those items out of my diet and off my plates in restaurants to ensure my success and health..

3)  Traditional pedometer problems - as a curvy woman, I found that traditional pedometers that clip on your waist band just didn't work for two distinct reasons:  first, when I would go to sit down - the pedometer would often pop-off my waist (those who have been my size understand) and if your pedometer isn't attached to your waist you are not getting credit for your steps; the second problem, even when clipped to my waist band, the pedometer was not necessarily at a 90 degree angle to the floor (curvy hips...) and I found I was not getting "credit" for all the steps I was taking - missing as much as 1/3 of my steps...

The answer I found was a 3 axis pedometer:  I bought a nice necklace for it to hang off of, and tuck it inside my shirt every day.  The 3 axis doesn't need to be at a 90 degree angle to capture each step - and when your goal is 10000 steps a day and your not thrilled about it, you don't want to miss even one step!  (If you are interested in three axis pedometers, do a web search or search a shopping website and you'll get plenty of hits and they are coming down in price!)

Ah - that was therapeutic!  If you haven't tried it yet, I would highly recommend giving it a try.  What stuff do you need to Own so you can find a Solution that will work for you, your life, and your body....

UPDATE: from FIRECOM below - you may also want to check out the iPhone apps (certain to be more cost effective if they work for you!). I personally do better with the necklace because it counts my steps throughout the day - however if You only want to count your "intentional" exercise and have your phone with you when you do this - go for it and the App could be your answer!

  
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DOTSLADY 2/7/2012 10:25AM

    Good job TT. I've never heard of a 3-axis pedometer, and I went through a few for exactly the reasons you said. I finally got myself a Garmin, but that's useful for, as you say, intentional exercise. Thanks for the heads up.

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NIECYWRIGHT 2/6/2012 10:40AM

    Great plan you have set in place. Bravo! One thing about the pedometer, I chip it to my sock then I'm sure to get the right reading.

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HAPPYONE331 2/5/2012 3:42PM

    Really enjoyed your blog! Some good food (excuse the wording) for thought!

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DEC2DEC 2/5/2012 11:24AM

    Love your solutions!

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TRAVELIN_FOOL 2/5/2012 9:29AM

    Great Blog. I do the same thing - I do have some allergies but when I want something cooked a certain way I don't feel at all bad about telling them it's because I have allergies.

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NAMMYOFTHREE 2/5/2012 7:47AM

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MICHOU83 2/4/2012 4:52PM

    I just did a vent blog myself so I completely understand. These are wonderful goals, honey!

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MIMMICA 2/4/2012 11:11AM

    Great blog!


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FIRECOM 2/4/2012 10:22AM

    EGGcellent! You have a lot of wisdom packed into this blog. One tip. I am told that there is an app for the I Phone that is a pedometer and will word on any axis. I havnt downloaded it yet, but I plan to do so. Kist a thought.

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RAINBOWCHOC 2/4/2012 10:20AM

    Thank you for the pedometer information. I didn't realise I couldn't get them working on me just because I am "curvy"!!. I will certainly look into the 3 axis type as soon as I've finishes Sparking!
best wishes for your continued journey to a healthier life
Sandra

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IGNAZIA 2/4/2012 10:00AM

    Awesome solutions! I too tell the restaurant I am allergic and be specific about what I don't want.

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 2/4/2012 9:54AM

    Insightful! You shouldn't have to apologize for doing what you need to do to be healthy and kudos to you for figure out what those things are!

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SHERYLDS 2/4/2012 9:50AM

    great tips .l..thanks

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ROSIESNOW 2/4/2012 8:57AM

    good analysis of issues and countermeasures - what an excellent way to structure your weight loss and a great example for your SparkFriends.

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DJSHIP46 2/4/2012 8:51AM

    Great planning... Definitely checking out that pedometer... Thank you :)

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KANOE10 2/4/2012 8:46AM

    You have found excellent solutions for a healthy life. I also am militant when I order in restaurants. Getting your own food when traveling is also a good form of control.
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NAMMYOFTHREE 2/4/2012 8:00AM

  It all sounds so familiar! Thanks for the reminder and remedies!

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JULIECAYGILL 2/4/2012 5:28AM

    Oh I relate to a lot of that! Mostly the keeping temptation out of the house. If I have crisps anywhere near me I have to eat them, all of them until they are gone. So I try not to go down that aisle anymore, if they aren't here I won't go out and get them, so stength while shopping is the most critical thing to me!

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SUSIEPH1 2/4/2012 3:12AM

    Way to go!

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GODSCHILD2_2011 2/4/2012 2:55AM

    You seem to be very aware of who your are and your challenges...thanks for your honesty and for sharing.

Have a wonderful Sparking weekend!!!

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EDITOR 2/4/2012 2:42AM

    I love it that you have pinpointed your barriers and didn't settle for excuses. Congratulations for overcoming!

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Call to Action: Tiny little domestic terrorists...  

Friday, February 03, 2012

That's right.  They're back.  Hiding.  Waiting to pounce on you when least expected:  when you're hungry, tired, any time your defenses might be weary...  (Or maybe it just feels that way...?)  Those sweet little animae eyes blink earnestly as you hear those words that could crush the walls of the strongest castle ever built, "Would you like to buy some Girl Scout cookies?"  

AHHHHHHHHHHHH!

Don't be confused by their cute little uniforms...  these are the uniforms of an Army of cookie pushers.  This army is in full effect in other parts of the country...  I haven't seen any yet in Florida, maybe the sleeper cell here has not been activated...  Or maybe I've just been lucky...  So far...

But suddenly, with that one little question, you are thrown into a turmoil of unorganized thoughts and emotions leading to paralyzing confusion.  

But, but, but....

I'm a good member of my community.  I've been a sales manager and trainer and know how hard it can be to ask someone to make a purchase....  I also used to be a Girl Scout.  I remember what it felt like when someone said yes (and no).  I don't want to make this young impressionable child feel bad...

What about my personal goals?  What about my meal plan?
How about the fact that absolutely NOTHING in that cookie is even remotely in line with my current lifestyle eating guidelines.......?

Okay, umm...
I'll buy a box for the family to enjoy...  (Really? Or do you suppose you bought your favorite flavor because you plan to have one too?  One.  Right?!?!  If you don't think these cookies are a healthful option for you, why would you purchase them and provide them to your family?!)

Okay, umm...
I'll buy a box or two to take to work (heh)..   Really?  Will you eat any there?  Will you 'remember' to take them in to work?  Or will someone else have beaten you to the cookie idea this year and leave you stuck with a box or two of cookies at home?  

Okay, umm...
I'll only buy the ones that I can freeze and take out one at a time - Moderation!  Really?  History shows that my favorite cookies don't freeze well, AND that I'm a cookie addict who can not moderate intake - so If they make it to the freezer, half, if not all, will be eaten once opened...

Don't be caught off guard by these Cookie Monsters.  Now is the time to plan our Defense, spare their feelings, support the community, and protect your health!!!

PLEASE SHARE YOUR IDEAS or strategies on how to handle the above situation......


UPDATE - you guys are the best! I never knew you could donate cookies to the troop - ie cash donation to troop without taking the goods ( and per Fillanges note below - some Girl Scouts may already be set-up to forward your donated cookies to our Armed Forces)! Nice alternative. If you search your county, state, and girl scout cookies you can find the dates of the cookie drive... Here's the one for the West Central Florida organization which includes Hillsborough county Fl:

January 6 – 27: Girls take preorders
"Recruitment Phase"

February 16 – 18: Cookie delivery to troop/group coordinators

February 24 – March 18: Cookie direct sale (cookie booths)
"Sleeper Cell Activation!"

  
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WINDSWEPTACRES 2/4/2012 4:39PM

    Love, love love Girl scout cookies. Fortunately, we're too far out in the country for the little terrorists to find us, so we only have to deal with the booth set up by our local supermarket selling the leftover ones. Since they've been pretty well picked over by then, the girls are usually out of my favorites, so I'm not as tempted to overindulge.

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KANOE10 2/4/2012 8:40AM

    That was very well written and made me smile. I enjoyed your blog. I know all about the finding food in the freezer. I like your end suggestions of donating.
We had a cookie dough sale at my school. I chose the option of getting a magazine subscription instead!

Have a wonderful day.

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SUSIEPH1 2/4/2012 12:32AM

    LOL!!
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FILLANGES 2/3/2012 8:05PM

    I too, struggled with this. However, Last year when I was cornered by a local group of girl scouts with their cute little "innocent" uniforms and the "unfriendly" cookies they were pushing, I politely explained I am living a new healthy lifestyle and that does NOT include girl scout cookies. She was very polite in telling me that they had thought about folks like me and if I wanted to buy a box and not eat them, the girls were collecting boxes to send over seas to our troops. I felt a whole lot better about buying a few boxes and never touching them. I left them there, they put them in a collection box and said they would ship them when they were done selling them. I thought this was AWESOME! Just a thought. much easier to NOT eat them when you never touch them and we are still supporting the local girl scouts and our troops reap the rewards!

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SKITTLESINSOCKS 2/3/2012 4:38PM

    Luckily for me, frozen Samoas are actually pretty good as long as you have strong teeth emoticon

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SANDRAREGINA 2/3/2012 12:13PM

    I would bring the box to work, open it up, send out an email, and in five minutes or less the problem would be taken care of by my coworkers.

Of course, the trick is to bring the box to work in the first place. Maybe stash it in the car as soon as its delivered? :D

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MICHOU83 2/3/2012 12:11PM

    I'm buying two boxes. Keeping four cookies from each to last a week, and then my guy will bring them to work. I can't have them in the house.

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KKKAREN 2/3/2012 10:56AM

    Unfortunately there is a "Thin Mint" imposter on your grocery shelves everyday. Keebler "Grasshoppers" are just as good as Thin Mints and way too tempting for me.

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SHERYLDS 2/3/2012 10:36AM

    If the Girl Scout Cookie Pushers kidnap you and force you to submit...and they are usually co-workers.
accept the box,
write note inviting co-workers to help themselves
go to work pantry,
open box,
leave note
run away from pantry with coffee and leave the cookies


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FOODIELOVER1 2/3/2012 10:21AM

  Who would I be kidding? I would buy a box... and keep in my freezer. I do have the will power to eat one per day. I believe is all about will power emoticon

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SABLENESS 2/3/2012 10:16AM

    Buy them and donate them to your local food pantry. Someone will surely enjoy them. Those things are just TOO good. They've already made the rounds here. I just said no.

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SLAWS1 2/3/2012 9:36AM

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I agree with alot of the comments I have read...just make a donation to the troop, or tell them you are buying a box for them. I haven't seen any in North Louisiana yet, but I'm sure they are coming.

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MACKIE81573 2/3/2012 9:00AM

    LOL - Thanks for the chuckle! I bought a couple boxes of thin mints from a girl scout at our church. I personally don't mind (I was a girl scout leader for about 5 years and my girls were girl scouts for almost 8 years - it puts a lot of money back into the troop itself). I figure that my kids will eat them, and their friends will eat them, and probably the dog will have one too! haha I'm not too worried about my own temptation because if I'm gonna have a little "wicked treat", I'm not choosing a girl scout cookie! emoticon

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DJSHIP46 2/3/2012 8:33AM

    I usually buy a box or two and give them to my skinny grandson (who is too cheap to buy his own). I'm safe as long as I don't open the box!!!

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KARATE_KID 2/3/2012 8:22AM

    I've learned to say "no, thank you". Maybe this is a tradition that has to change. There are other ways to raise money.

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DRKYASHI 2/3/2012 8:14AM

    emoticon LOL -- emoticonfor your post!
Unfortunately, I gave in, bought a box of Thin Mints emoticon...but that's my point: one box, 'craving gone, and moving on.' I'm just glad this only happens once a year!! Good luck with your 'battle' against the "Cookie Monsters"!

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JOANNHUNT 2/3/2012 8:01AM

    yeah they are on their way at the end of March beginning of April. BEWARE

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 2/3/2012 7:49AM

    What about when your daughter is the one SELLING the Girl Scout cookies?????? You can donate them to the troops or the food pantry but you can also just give the troop a cash donation instead. :)

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 2/3/2012 7:31AM

    BLUE42DOWN - LOVE idea #2!

I dread Girl Scout cookie season! I never buy them, but my mom is a school nurse who always buys TONS of them...and sends them to me! ARGH! Several years ago, I asked her to stop doing that, so then she started buying them "for the grandkids" so they were STILL coming here. Haven't seen any this year. Maybe Mom's finally getting it in her head that I'm serious and the cookies REALLY arent' welcome!

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MCDOWN75 2/3/2012 6:06AM

    ROFL! I was intrigued by the title, but was rolling on the floor when I read this. Awesome blog!

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SUSIEPH1 2/3/2012 4:04AM

    I would buy a box then donate it back don't even let it over the doorstep!!
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BLUE42DOWN 2/3/2012 2:12AM

    If you don't mind spending the money, I wonder if you could get away with letting the Girl Scout know the box of cookies is being donated to the troop. After all, they have to handle all those boxes - they should get a treat. ^_~

About the only other post-buy options I can think of are:

1) Hand them out to homeless folk.
2) Wrap them in gift-wrap and label to give to people whose health isn't important to you
3) Take the box out to the dumpster as soon as the delivery girl is out of sight. (Consider the money a donation; don't expect "value" for it.)

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Is anything really random? (this blog is - nothing to do w goals... Instead it's all about travel

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Mtg yesterday in SC. 2 flight segments to get there, two more to get home.

1. This was the second time in a month that I've had a "prisoner transfer" on one of my flights. I can't think of another time in my travel history when I had a transfer on my flight - now two in a month? Truly Random....

2. Prior to loosing this weight, people might see the were assigned to sit next to the "big girl", and you could see the uncomfortable look cross their faces. Today, on my 2nd flight of the AM and second flight of the PM, a person sat beside me - and then had it brought to their attention that they were in the wrong seats - stayed - and person who was "supposed" to be by me took the interloper's seat. Truly Random again....

3. Walking thru terminal to gate for final flight of the night, chatting on cell with sis, and I stop to watch a 2-3 yo boy come strolling out of a news stand along the way. I'm just being nice, waiting for a concerned parent or responsible adult to notice that their little guy has gotten away from them - so I can point out where the escape artist is and that he's just fine!. But as people are leaving the news stand - no one is paying the little guy any attention. He had stopped to watch an airport employee change a trash bag, got bored with her and starts heading down the terminal. I'm looking around like crazy, cause this one is way too little to be on his own. Finally another airport employee had seen me, yells over from a gate across from me asking whose kid that is - I confirm that I have no idea, but that's what slowed me down, and he takes over the parental search. I head for the facilities, and when I get back to the hall, I can see the airport employee down the hall. He confirmed that the little guy was back with mommy, who was carrying another baby, on her cell, and hadn't realized she'd lost the older one. Really? Random....

4. Guess what flight Mommy with the two little boys is on, mine. More Random....

5. Last leg of flights home, guy sits by me by "accident" and stays (second time that day). Mom with 2 little boys is in next row up but other side of plane. Before we even get to cruising altitude, there is this big commotion in the aisle with people hitting the call bells and shouting that the baby is choking. The guy next to me moves to help the mom with total ninja speed and agility. The crew calls for a physician, preferably a pediatrician, gets none

- but lets hear it for all the nurses who were willing to provide help in any way!

Regardless, when the guy Next to me gets back to his seat, he says the baby had a seizure. (I sell seizure meds - Random....). So I ask him how he figured that out - a bit complicated for a layman, and he states that he's a dad with two little ones.... Umm, I'm not buying it - but he's not saying more... When we get off the flight, I notice that he is carrying a conference canvas bag with embroidered letters and a noticeable patch with the "medical" symbol on it. I googled the initials from the bag - AATS, the American Academy of Thoracic Surgeons.

So yes, he was a doctor. Who randomly sat beside me... near the mom (who almost 'lost' her oldest son in the terminal). Then doc was right where he was needed to help baby with what could have been a very serious medical issue....

Such a totally Random day! OR...
Did I get a chance to glimpse the "greater plan" in action today?
That's far too deep to contemplate in my current state of near exhaustion.

Guess all the focus on the little ones seeped into my brain on this long, long day, so for those who get the references: I'm gonna try to catch up with Winkin', and Blinkin', and Nod to cast our nets toward the stars.... So Good Night Moon!

  
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JOISIEE 2/5/2012 11:36PM

  I don't believe in coincidence. I have seen The Plan at work. I have had difficult experiences of my own that I was able to use years later to help students I was teaching cope with similar or related problems they were facing. A decision I made one year in December put me in a position to save a life two and a half years later when no one else was around to help. Whatever you want to call him/her/it, SOMEBODY out there puts us where we need to be when we need to be there.

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TIRED49 2/2/2012 11:43PM

    Awesome post, random and all.
Made me think of "Be still and know that I am God."

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NOCALORIES 2/2/2012 11:33PM

    Thankamazing

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MI-ELLKAYBEE 2/2/2012 5:54PM

    What an amazing set of coincidences...way too much to be regarded as mere coincidences. The presence of God on that flight had to be palpable. Wow. emoticon...for sharing this!

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GEORGIABEAUTY 2/2/2012 12:20PM

  Amazing emoticon

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XRSIZE18 2/2/2012 10:13AM

    That's a neat story.

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GIRLINMOTION 2/2/2012 9:35AM

    It does make you wonder if it is random or put in play by a greater being?

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NIECYWRIGHT 2/2/2012 8:34AM

    Wow, you had a strange day. emoticon

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 2/2/2012 7:18AM

    Amazing!

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TRULYVISIBLE 2/2/2012 6:41AM

  You wonder how random things really are. A lot of adventure for one plane ride.

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CELEST 2/2/2012 4:28AM

    Absolutely incredibly amazing. emoticon

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LEABRISTOW 2/2/2012 3:58AM

    Wow truly amazing.

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SHERYLDS 2/2/2012 3:43AM

    wow...you should have bought a lottery ticket emoticon

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SPEEDY143 2/2/2012 2:53AM

    Sounds like an episode from the new TV program "Touch" emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 2/2/2012 2:41AM

    Amazing day!!
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LATTELEE 2/2/2012 2:37AM

  What a day!

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Plateau Busted

Wednesday, February 01, 2012

Weight loss is not linear. I know this. It's still not fun to go through.

After hanging out at the same weight for what felt like over a week, in the last 2 days, the scale says i've lost 3 lbs. (which is just about as crazy as no loss over a week of consistency...)

I remained consistent because: a) this is a fact I know, b) the tape measure told me I am loosing inches as well, c) body fat monitor says I'm gaining muscle; and d) I'm so grateful for having found this Spark - and each of you - that I'm not willing to let this little Spark of mine go out!

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As always, thanks for your support!

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  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BLUENAINA 2/3/2012 7:57AM

    Good job!

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JAMER123 2/2/2012 4:42PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon in breaking through the wall!! keep up the good work!!

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KIMP2011 2/2/2012 3:50PM

  Good for you!! I'm struggling with a bit of a plateau of my own. I can't seem to teeter past 149-150 not matter how hard I work at it. I've been stuck here for a couple weeks now. I'm anxious to give my scale another chance in the next couple of days though to see! Thanks for the motivation to keep working hard!

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ROSIESNOW 2/2/2012 1:55PM

    Great job remaining consistent through the plateau, and it pays off, doesn't it! eventually... I'm on a plateau now and your blog helped me re-energize. Thanks.

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FIRECOM 2/2/2012 1:39PM

    Sustaining the effort when in a plateau is an extremely difficult, and frustrating, experience. Personally, I was in an extended plateau at around 195 lb. I simply could not break it.
As it turned out, I ended up in the hospital for an intestinal bleed and over the course of 3 days they gave me 5 units of blood and drained off over 2 gallons of water. I was told that when the body becomes really anemic, it will send fluids to the soft tissues of the body. Long story short, I lost 15 lb almost overnight and I have kept all but 2 lb of the loss. Weighed 182 today.
Moral of this story? Never, never, never give up.

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MELLISOND 2/2/2012 10:16AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOROTHY592 2/2/2012 9:12AM

    We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, therefore, is not an act but a habit.
Aristotle



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CELEST 2/1/2012 11:22AM

    Good for you for having such a valient attitude. You are your own "prince Valient"

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NUMD97 2/1/2012 11:00AM

    You get it. Weight loss is not a linear process: There are a lot of bumps along the way even after the "ahah!" moment. But as you said, exchanging fat for muscle is one explanation that makes sense as to why the scale is not showing that you are losing, especially since you have NSVs [non-scale victories], as they say.

Keep on keeping on! You got this, girl!

All the best,

Nu

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ALLYTHEATHLETE 2/1/2012 7:23AM

    Good for you and congrats!

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MIMMICA 2/1/2012 6:37AM

    Right on!

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Have a great day.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 2/1/2012 6:20AM

    Congrats!! I don't weigh daily because it's too frustrating.

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SHERYLDS 2/1/2012 3:20AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
FANTASTIC

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PINKHOPE 2/1/2012 12:58AM

    Congratulations - That's a good feeling!

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FEELINGSTRONGER 2/1/2012 12:52AM

    You have the right attitude about weight loss and this journey. Staying consistent is so important whether you are losing on the scale or not. emoticon

Great job busting through the plateau.

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