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Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Okay, I'm NOT starving myself, but I know I've GOT to get serious about my diet. So I'm back to logging my food intake, trying to stay between 1200 - 1550 calories. I logged yesterday and hit that target at 1509, and yes, I was HUNGRY! emoticon Just lets me know how much I've been overdoing the sweets & comfort food!

Btw, if you haven't seen the movie yet, I must say "The Hunger Games" is an excellent film - yes it's dark and disturbing, but the acting was excellent, especially Jennifer Lawrence. But Donald Sutherland was also good as the creepy President, and Woody Harrelson was perfect as the only person in the district to survive the Hunger Games - he played a broken-down drunk, which was really understandable given the situation. Yes it's violent, but not obsessively bloody. Children die, but the movie focuses more on the tragedy than cool fight scenes (although you kind of cheer when the knife-wielding "mean girl" gets it!). I read the 1st book and it was a hard read, but I REALLY enjoyed the movie - I just can't shut up about it! emoticon

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TBOURLON 3/28/2012 11:29AM

    I've been reluctant to, since the 1st one was so dark. My daughter has read all 3, and cries every time - but I'm starting "Catching Fire" tonight. I can't wait for the next movie either!!! emoticon

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KCLARK89 3/28/2012 11:25AM

    Congrats on getting back on track! It's definitely hard when you're logging... it really makes you realize what exactly you're eating (can be a BIG motivator!)

I AGREE WITH THE HUNGER GAMES! I read the first book and couldn't get enough of it... have you read the second and third books?? (DEFINITELY DO if you haven't!!)

I'm glad I read the book though before seeing the movie because I think the book filled in a lot of holes that the movie left out (like character names/roles). Can't wait for the next movie installments! :)

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Dropping Chemistry

Monday, March 26, 2012

Well I'm a little depressed about it, but I withdrew from the Chemistry class I was taking at OCCC. I was just too far behind from getting sick & missing 2 weeks of school. I failed the last test I took, and I just didn't see any way to recover from that - I was struggling already. I wanted to go into a Nursing program, and needed to take Chemistry as a science prerequisite; now I'm gonna have to re-think this whole thing. emoticon

I'm sure I'll figure something out, though - live & learn, life goes on.

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_SCARLETT_ 3/26/2012 5:17PM

    Where/when else can you get that Chemistry pre-requisite out of the way? Keep looking for options. Follow those dreams. emoticon

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WARNING!!! Carino's = 3 lbs

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

So yesterday was my big 52nd birthday, and I wanted to eat out. I originally requested Olive Garden, but my hubby decided on Johnny Carino's by Quail Spring Mall. Now, I KNOW that Italian isn't the most diet-friendly food out there (especially considering how much I emoticon Italian food!), but I figured, it's my party and I'll eat if I wanna. So I DID, emoticon and it was SOOO good! I had Lobster Ravioli with the Minestrone soup, and about 2 bread rolls - actually the bread was more like loaves, and you dip them in seasoned olive oil. And I still wanted dessert, and I KNOW I asked for the MINI lemon creme cake, but I ended up with the full size serving. emoticon I DID share with Ron, though. And neither of us ate our entire entree, so there's two boxes of Italian leftovers in the fridge. Overall I thought I did well, considering.

But that was before I got on the scale this morning - evil scale!!! emoticon Up 3 lbs, 3 whole lbs??? How can that BE! So today I'm skipping carbs for the most part. Yes I had my breakfast cereal, but lunch was tuna salad without the crackers, mid-morning snack was a Chobani yogurt, and dinner will possibly be meatloaf with green beans. I figure the Italian leftovers will keep a day or two, or with any luck the Hubby ate his leftovers for lunch today! emoticon

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LJCANNON 3/21/2012 9:11PM

    emoticonHappy Birthday!! It only comes once a Year, so it wasn't TOO Bad. Take it as a Learning Experience, and remember what you would have eaten Before Spark. You have made Progress!!

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Slowly working my way back

Friday, March 16, 2012

Well I've at least started walking again - I'm feeling much better, still have some pain in my ribs but it's more of a dull ache. Anyway, yesterday I went to Target and probably spent an hour walking around, recreational shopping and all that. Today I did some walking on my breaks at work, at a faster pace than Target. Also I ate better, it's Lent of course. I managed to avoid the coffee & chocolate, plus had a vegetarian lunch. I plan to have fish for dinner with some steamed veggies. For sometime now I've been (over) indulging in the comfort food, but amazingly my weight has stayed pretty neutral. Now that I'm feeling better, it's time to get back on the diet track, too! emoticon

I plan to start up my veggie garden this weekend; we'll see if that actually happens. emoticon emoticon I'm also planning on a briskit with cabbage & carrots, and the "Leprecan pie" recipie from SparkPeople for Sunday. Happy St. Patrick's Day! emoticon

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VIXSTERLU 3/17/2012 1:49AM

    Glad you are feeling better! I hear Shingles is really painful? Congrats on getting in your walking and I hope the weekend gardening is a 'go'.

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Tuesday, March 13, 2012

So my last blog entry talked about feeling like I'd broken a rib. Well, Sunday I was at Church and had this real severe coughing fit, and literally felt something POP! The pain was so severe I really thought I'd broken a rib. I went to Mercy After Hrs to get an x-ray, and the P.A. diagnosed me with Shingles! Okay, I don't have a rash and I'm not running a fever, but there's just so much CRAP in my lungs and lots of pain in the ribcage, which is definitely a symptom. emoticon

I'm SO sick of being sick, I almost don't care what it is! I just want to get better, be able to walk or something. And it's hard to diet when all I want is comfort food, especially chocolate for the PAIN! Right now I feel like I've been stabbed in the back with an icepick. Plus the painkillers make me sleepy and I don't feel like doing anything anyway. emoticon I actually had to DROP my Pilates class today, because there's no way I can lay on my back and do those exercises. If this keeps up, I'll be dropping Chemistry as well. emoticon And THAT will screw up my plans bigtime!

Sorry, just have to whine about this for awhile. emoticon

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CATHERINE116 3/19/2012 11:16AM

  UGH. Shingles bite. I had those a couple of years ago. It manifested on my neck. It was PAINFUL!

I hope you are feeling much better very soon!

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WESTIEGAL1 3/14/2012 11:34AM

    I'm so sorry. I'm glad that the pain has lessened for you. I hope it continues to improve. If not, I'd say a second opinion is in order.

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TBOURLON 3/14/2012 9:32AM

    Thanks. I still haven't seen a rash, so it's been suggested that it may be costochondritis(?) - whatever that is. Today I'm a little better, not coughing up nearly as much crap and the ribs just feel achy instead of that sharp, burning pain. I'm still taking the meds, though. emoticon

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DEBK0923 3/13/2012 4:33PM

    When I had shingles I had blisters on my right side, for they go outward on your body. I had pain around the blisters and my side was numb, didn't run a temp, no coughing. If I were you either see someone else or wait the 10 days

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