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20 week challenge week 6 weight in.. 2 days late..on to week 7

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Okay so its says I gained 1lb and 8 oz, and okay its not the end of the world.. I know I didn't do my best to drink tons of water and I did eat alittle off the meal plan, mostly on the Sodium... between that and Aunt will be here early Friday morning and she's already sending the cramps, bloating, moody swing and fatigue I guess just to let me know she'll be here soon. So its okay I m not going to have a melt down or anything like that, I am just so thankful I was able to have a good time and all before aunt flo made it here, and I know you ladies now what I mean. lol I would have been so miserable.. altho I have to say there were times when I was alittle crankie and snappy with my poor hubby & now I guess I know why. I'll make it up to him later,,, he knows I love him. lol But now I m back home and will be eating like I should and back to my lower sodium and regular work outs. So its all good. Just ignore me if I seem alittle crankie or overly emotional it tends to happen right bout now lol

So gonna do my best to get in gear and finish out week 7 on a high note.. weight ins back on Mondays for me.
I hope everyone is doing good and I am going to do my best and catch up with you all, I sure I have missed a good bit in the past 4 days so sorry if I don't get caught up on it all.

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DANA48131 9/29/2011 4:27PM

    I'll tell you... a lot of times I know I gain 3-5 pounds before the monthly arrival... so maybe you did actually lose some.

Regardless... glad that you are staying positive! Keep it up!

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CHANGING4ME49 9/29/2011 7:59AM

    emoticon I have faith in you. Finish out the week strong and you will be just fine.

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FLMOMX2 9/28/2011 4:56PM

    emoticon Baby steps to the goal.

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I m back.. get ready for a play by play lol

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

Okay so I am back, really tired and happy to be home! Don't get me wrong it was lots of fun!

Left home at 11 am saturday morning made it all the way to the beach then had to wait an hour and 45mins for a ferry, then a 15 min ride across ( It was BUSY) so exactly 2 hours later at about 4:30pm we made it to Galveston Island and started our mini vacation. Started off by checking in to our hotel. Where they so sweetly put me on the 5th floor which was the very top so nice since I have a thing for heights, and I don't mean I like them lol But all turned out well.. it ended up being a very quite floor and right by the elevator and close to the pool. Then after checking in and everyone having a potty break and or diaper change or my little one lol we then went to one of my favorite places to eat... Fish Tales!!! It is soooo good, kinda pricey but well worth it! (Seeing how we do this once a year on average) anyways I always get the same thing (with that being said its the 3rd time I have been there lol) THE BROILED SEAFOOD PLATTER... it is soooo good and I think pretty healthy.. its steamed veggies, rice pilaf, broiled fish, shrimp and crawfish's. YUMMMMY!
And then ended up going to walmart to get the last few things we needed. Then back to the hotel to get cleaned up and rest.
Sunday BF at IHOP the simple and fit 2x2x2 with OJ and water then we did alittle shopping, and lots of walking then went to Moody Gardens and walked threw the Aquarium,, didn't think about it being sunday and they close early so that's all we did but it was nice. Skipped lunch because BF was alittle late which was not good for me. So Then we walked over to a Mexican restaurant for dinner and by this point I was starving and it was good.. I over ate which was NOT good and I felt miserable for the rest of the night....I also had one strawberry Daiquiri for which I know there was no alcohol in it but it was still good.
So after over eating we walked back to the room changed in to our suits and went for a swim and relaxed in the hot tub then went up and got cleaned up and spent the rest of the night miserable and regretting letting myself over indulge. Finally got some sleep only to wake up and still feel just yuck...

Monday Morning and back to IHop for BF.. simple and fit 2x2x2 with OJ and water. Didn't eat it all still wasn't feeling all that great. So off to do some shopping and looking around, took some pictures hubby then decided hey lets go ride the ferry.. so we driver over leave our car and walk to the ferry and ride it over and back took a few pics.. my 3 year old really liked it we seen lots of birds and Dolfins which okay I like that too lol so then we made it back to the car and decide to go back to the hotel and get some stuff and then walk a couple of blocks or so and rent a 4 seater bike. O boy this was a workout but it was really fun! My Girls loved it! so an hour later we returned the bike and next door hit a Custard shop for alittle something to cool us off and it was good.. little place called Rita's. My baby girl who's alittle over 11 months old had her first ice cream cone and it was too funny she LOVED it and was holding it with a death grip lmbo... Then we walked back to the hotel cleaned up a bit and went to the Rain Forest Café... took lots of pics. Ate some dinner, still wasn't supper hungry so ended up getting the smallest thing I seen,, funny thing is it was a cheese burger and onion rings... yeah I know so NOT good for me! But it was the first RED meat I have had in awhile and I was so craving it. lol then Back to the hotel changed in to our suits walked over to the beach let my kiddos play and experience it for the first time. then walked back to the hotel to swim and get in the hot tub... oh boy did that feel good after all the walking and biking. So after getting cleaned up we hit the bed.

Then Today our last day (Tuesday) The hubby and I got up early and took my youngest to her Dr. Appointment which is the whole reason we even were able to take the mini vacation.. crazy I know but theses days Dr. Apt and grocery shopping is the only time I get to leave the house. So you seen why it was a needed vacation lol So after her check up we returned to the hotel and picked up my oldest and my mom. Got packed up ate at Dennys and rode the ferry back... and after a VERY Long Ride home and unloading the car. I am pooped!! But I LOVED Every minute of it for which I think I almost gave to you guys minute by minute lol SORRY!!! And excuse all the rambling I m too tired I don't even think I m gonna re-read it first. So excuse any mistakes.

Good night my friends and eeekkk I have to weight in tomorrow. So fingers crossed that all the walking, biking, and swimming I did helped out lol

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LITTLEKIM4 9/28/2011 6:01PM

    It sounds like you and your family had a really nice time!

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BBORDEN86 9/28/2011 2:40PM

    Glad you are back and have a lovely time with your family!!!! : )

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NATESMOM1910 9/28/2011 10:07AM

    Sounds like a great vacation! emoticon

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    Welcome back Tara! Ur vacation sounds so relaxing and fun. I love the ice cream story it reminded me of about a year ago when Samuel had his and basically tries to sit apart from everyone in fear they would take it. When is your daughters birthday? The seafood platter sounds delish too. Good luck at weigh in.

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Just in case you start to miss me... lol

Friday, September 23, 2011

Well as of in the morning I will be going on a mini vacation. I will be doing my best to stay on my calorie range and drink as much as water as I can and get exercise. I Booked a hotel with a indoor pool and a workout room. And Being that I m going to the beach I m sure I will be walking a good deal.

As far as eating, I will be going to places like IHop, and applebees I know they have a menu with healthier choices. Also I will be taking my lap top and entering my food and such,,, just to try and make sure I keep up as best I can.
Also for snacks I've packed my fiber one bars and some almonds lol

Anyways I've got a pretty good plan I think... the Only thing is I won't be able to do my weight in on Monday.. it will have to be Wed this week since I won't be home til then. But that will be okay I guess. I m not going to stress it as I do kinda need this mini vacation and the opportunely to take a vacation of any kind doesn't come often.

SO I m excited and I m going to pack!!! =-)
I will do my best to check in from time to time before I get back. Take care my Spark Friends!!

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SHERIO5 9/24/2011 11:03AM

    I am so happy for you! Enjoy your mini-vacation!


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CHANGING4ME49 9/24/2011 9:33AM

    Have a great mini-vacay!! And for the record, YOU will be missed!! emoticon Wishing you all the best on wiegh in Wednesday. Keep up the good work!!

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DANA564 9/23/2011 10:15PM

    Have fun with your family on your beach vacation! Soak up some sun for me! lol!

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BBORDEN86 9/23/2011 8:40PM

    Hope you have a WONDERFUL vacation! I will miss you until you get back! You'll do JUST FINE!!! : )

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MICHELLESMILES_ 9/23/2011 7:52PM

    Aww have fun on your vacation! Cant wait to hear all about it!

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I do hope you have a fantastic time. I can feel the excitement in your blog. I can't wait to hear about your trip. I think the packing the bars and almonds will be a good choice!

Take care friend and have a great time.

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T-bone steaks, yellow roses and friendship (this was sent to me and I thought I would share)

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

T-bone steaks, yellow roses and friendship

READ THIS!!!! and then reread it. Especially the last part...

I walked into the grocery store not particularly interested in buying groceries. I wasn't hungry.. The pain of losing my husband of 57 years was still too raw. And this grocery store held so many sweet memories..

He often came with me and almost every time he'd pretend to go off and look for something special. I knew what he was up to. I'd always spot him walking down the aisle with the three yellow roses in his hands.

He knew I loved yellow roses. With a heart filled with grief, I only wanted to buy my few items and leave, but even grocery shopping was different since he had passed on.

Shopping for one took time, a little more thought than it had for two.

Standing by the meat, I searched for the perfect small steak and remembered how he had loved his steak.

Suddenly a woman came beside me. She was blonde, slim and lovely in a soft green pantsuit. I watched as she picked up a large package of T-bones, dropped them in her basket... hesitated, and then put them back. She turned to go and once again reached for the pack of steaks.

She saw me watching her and she smiled. 'My husband loves T-bones, but honestly, at these prices, I don't know.'

I swallowed the emotion down my throat and met her pale blue eyes.

'My husband passed away eight days ago,' I told her. Glancing at the package in her hands, I fought to control the tremble in my voice. 'Buy him the steaks. And cherish every moment you have together.'

She shook her head and I saw the emotion in her eyes as she placed the package in her basket and wheeled away

I turned and pushed my cart across the length of the store to the dairy products. There I stood, trying to decide which size milk I should buy. A Quart, I finally decided and moved on to the ice cream. If nothing else, I could always fix myself an ice cream cone.

I placed the ice cream in my cart and looked down the aisle toward the front. I saw first the green suit, then recognized the pretty lady coming towards me. In her arms she carried a package. On her face was the brightest smile I had ever seen! I would swear a soft halo encircled her blonde hair as she kept walking toward me, her eyes holding mine.

As she came closer, I saw what she held and tears began misting in my eyes.. 'These are for you,' she said and placed three beautiful long stemmed yellow roses in my arms. 'When you go through the line, they will know these are paid for.' She leaned over and placed a gentle kiss on my cheek, then smiled again. I wanted to tell her what she'd done, what the roses meant, but still unable to speak, I watched as she walked away as tears clouded my vision

I looked down at the beautiful roses nestled in the green tissue wrapping and found it almost unreal. How did she know? Suddenly the answer seemed so clear. I wasn't alone.

Oh, you haven't forgotten me, have you? I whispered, with tears in my eyes.. He was still with me, and she was his angel.

Every day be thankful for what you have and who you are.

(Please read all of this, it is really nice)

This is a simple request. If you appreciate life, send this to your friends, including the person that sent it to you.

Even though I clutch my blanket and growl when the alarm rings. Thank you, Lord, that I can hear. There are many who are deaf.

Even though I keep my eyes closed against the morning light as long as possible. Thank you, Lord , that I can see. Many are blind.

Even though I huddle in my bed and put off rising. Thank you, Lord, that I have the strength to rise. There are many who are bedridden.

Even though the first hour of my day is hectic, when socks are lost, toast is burned, tempers are short, and my children are so loud.

Thank you, Lord, for my family.. There are many who are lonely.

Even though our breakfast table never looks like the picture in magazines and the menu is at times unbalanced..

Thank you, Lord, for the food we have. There are many who are hungry.

Even though the routine of my job often is monotonous. Thank you, Lord, for the opportunity to work. There are many who have no job.

Even though I grumble and bemoan my fate from day to day and wish my circumstances were not so modest.

Thank you, Lord, for life.

Pass this on to the friends you know. It might help a bit to make this world a better place to live, right? A friend is someone we turn to when our spirits need a lift. A friend is someone to treasure.

For friendship is a gift. A friend is someone who fills our lives with Beauty, Joy and Grace and makes the world we live in a better and happier place!


God bless you and yours.

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MENNOLY 9/23/2011 8:04PM

    Thank-you for allowing to see my blessings. Sometimes I forget to notice.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 9/22/2011 12:42PM

    Thanks for posting this. It made me cry - of course. emoticon
But they were good tears.
It is always so important to remember to be thankful for what we have. Thanks for the reminder, and have a wonderful day.
Wishing you continued success in your SP journey and all you do!

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CHANGING4ME49 9/22/2011 11:43AM

    You touched my heart today my friend. Thanks for sharing. And thanks for your friendship. emoticon

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BBORDEN86 9/21/2011 1:47PM

    I always cry when I read that first one. It is saved on my e-mail. Thanks for the uplifting stories!! : )

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my 3 year old and weight loss!??

Tuesday, September 20, 2011

Okay friends, so I don't know weather to laugh or cry at this but last night my 3 year old went to the fridge and got her a yoohoo and came out of the kitchen was staring at the little box and saying " daddy whereas the calories" then it was "momma its only 3 calories" All I could do was ask my husband "am I that bad about that.. that she's picking that up.. I mean do I say that alot?? I guess I must because where else would she get it from...

I just don't want her to think she needs to watch her weight I mean not at 3 years old. Yes its a good thing that she sees me trying to better myself. And sees that exercise and eating right is good. And I want her to want those things but at age 3 I don't want her to think SHE needs to worry about her weight.

She's healthy and I am so not worried about her weight. She's a little on the taller side ( for which she is so getting from her daddy he's 6'6" where I am only 5'3") and she weights about 40lbs. ( like 39.8 last time she was weighted) And she's pretty active... being a 3 year old an all lol

So now I m am just wondering HOW am I affecting her... is this a good thing or a bad thing??????

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CHANGING4ME49 9/20/2011 4:09PM

    At this stage she is just copying. Take the time however even at this age to teach her the difference between healthy food and unhealthy. I wouldn't make a point of emphasizes weight or thinness, just healthy. The importance of taking care of our bodies. With my grandson, who is 4 I never use the words fat or thin. I use teachable moments to provide him with information, at his learning level regarding nutritional food and proper exercise. i amke it fun. I don't feel it's bad she is mimicking you. It's only natural. With the right info from you, she will grow up just fine with a healthy view of how to take care of herself.

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    I don't think this is a bad thing Tara. I think that she is mostly mimicing right now, but she will be learning about nutrition along the way with you and know moderation and how to balance her eating for life, I think that is a wonderful lesson to be learned.

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MUGGLE_MOM 9/20/2011 2:16PM

    I don't think its a problem. We have to learn to choose what we want to put into our bodies. In our house we never ever talk about 'bad vs. good' food. My kids will look at a calorie amount and say things like 'wow, that's not worth it', or 'wow, guess I'm not skipping my run today' or 'this so worth it'. Life is about balance. You're just giving her the tools that she needs to make her choices and create her balance later. If its observed at an early age, it becomes just natural, just who they are, and not a diet or anything special about it. My kids have been reading food labels and trying to eat the rainbow since the were tiny. They are all healthy weight kids. We don't call exercise 'have to's in our house, its just fun. Its all about presentation and it sounds like yours is pretty good.

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CAROLJEAN64 9/20/2011 1:00PM

    Yes, your daughter is picking up this language from you. But, she is also picking up the habit of being mindful about what she eats which is good. Think about changing your language to healthy terminology. This fruit or vegetable tastes good and has so many good things for me. Or, today I want something a little sweet, but I'm just having a small amount so I have room for the other good food we will have today.

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BBORDEN86 9/20/2011 12:58PM

    I think a lot of times kids are curious, and like mocking parents or other people around them. I wouldn't worry too much about it for the time being. Just watch her, tell her she is beautiful! Tell yourself you are beautiful in front of her. It'll make a HUGE difference. If she has questions answer them honestly. At three, she's already forgot about it. Lol. It's not a bad thing she's picking up the habit of checking the nutrition! emoticon Don't worry so much! : )

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 9/20/2011 12:56PM

    I go through the same thing with my kids. My son is a perfectly "normal" weight, BUT my daughter, according to "charts", is overweight. They both look at calories and when they ask about them I tell they they don't need to worry about it because they're kids. They need to make healthy choices, and yes that even includes chocolate milk, and they'll be fine. I think it's perfectly normal, she's just copying you.

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CAROLYN_ROSE 9/20/2011 12:53PM

    It's great that she is seeing you work at getting healthy, but maybe you need to tone it down a little? Show her you excersing and making good food choices, but don't show her when you are analyzing a food label. Just be a little more aware of when she's around I guess. In gneral though, I think she's just at that age were kids mimick everything. Notbhing to worry about yet!

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