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Friday, May 16, 2014

It wasn't intentional though.
I was at a big state-wide conference yesterday, as an exhibitor for my work. The morning breakfast spread was UN-BE-LIEVABLE, but I was THILLED to find one of the breakfast offerings was mini-egg quiches. I had several of those, along with some cantaloupe and honeydew melon. I was feeling very righteous!

Then I went to the bathroom and as I started to enter the rest room a woman is running out yelling "There's a lady having a medical emergency!!" I go in, and there is a woman on the floor. I squat down next to her, and another woman and I figure out that she's having an ALLERGIC reaction. To NUTS! (She should have stuck with the mini-quiches LOL) She is totally out of it, and can hardly breathe, but we manage to get out of her that she has an epi pen in her purse. But we have no idea where she's sitting!

By then a security person is there, and she gets out her phone and starts dialing...I'm like "ARE YOU CRAZY?" I grabbed the lady's name tag and RUN out of the bathroom, through the foyer and through the conference hall up to the stage...RUNNING! In front of hundreds of people! LMAO

I can barely breathe but I tell the speaker as I'm shoving her name tag at him, "WE NEED TO FIND THIS WOMAN'S PURSE! SHE NEEDS HER EPI PEN NOW!!!!! ANNOUNCE HER NAME!!!!"

So he does and I'm scanning the hundreds of people and I see a woman in the far back stand up holding a purse over her head. I RUN to her, grab the purse on my way by and dash back to the restroom.

There was also a man in the bathroom with her by then...he was attending the conference, but turns out he was also an EMT...thank GOD, because I had no idea how to use an epi pen. So I dump her purse on the floor, he grabs the epi pen and injects her.

It blew me away how fast it worked. She was able to breathe well again within minutes and was talking sense. The medics came, and we got her onto the gurney. She was going to be fine, but they took her to the hospital to make sure she was ok.

I haven't flat out ran like that since I was a kid on the farm being chased by our bull, Bomber.

I'm sore today. LOL

But it's nice to know I can still run if I have to.

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TOWHEE 5/16/2014 10:48PM

    Adrenaline allows us to do heroic things! Good for you! emoticon emoticon

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BATCHICK 5/16/2014 2:11PM

    Woah!!!! You saved a life, BAD ASS!!! Another benefit of weight loss, the ability to move quick in an emergency.

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    That's awesome Tess!!!!


Samm :)

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GLORY63 5/16/2014 7:12AM

    emoticon emoticon

Good for you and emoticon on helping someone in need.

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No Mini-Vaca *sniff*

Wednesday, May 07, 2014

Well, the trip to Birch Bay didn't work out. I would have had to drive all the way (instead of half the distance and carpool the rest) and I don't trust my car hours away from the nearest mechanic (it's over-due for it's 60k check-up and making an intermittent grrrrrrr noise) so I bailed. I'm out a good chunk of change as I'd already paid for my spot, but I would have ended up spending even more anyway, probably close to $100 just on gas.

I'm not exactly thrilled about it, but I'm trying to see the positive. Had I gone, I probably would have eaten and drank myself right back to the start of this latest journey to regain my health and fitness.

Also I'm going to be on the road 3 days next week for work; 2 nights in a hotel, and lots of driving. I still have a lot of prep to do at work, so instead of taking today and the rest of this week and Monday off, I'll go into work on Friday and Monday. Maybe I'll even go in tomorrow. We'll see. My eyes pop open every morning at the same time whether the alarm goes off or not...LOL!

So I began Phase 2 of South Beach with WAY too much wine, and some nachos my husband made (chips, fat-free refried beans, jalapenos, tomato, cheese and sour cream). It was SO good! Way over did it on the wine though, I woke up with my head pounding. Ugh. Now I remember why I don't drink like that anymore! LOL

Have had a super good day today...nothing yet that isn't Phase 1...but I'm going to have some sugar-free jello mixed with cottage cheese later! Yummmmmmm.

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2BEHEALTHY2014 5/12/2014 10:09PM

    Sorry about the vacation. Glad you're not letting it get you down.

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    I'm sorry that your trip didn't work out!!


But you have a great way of putting a positive spin on it!!!

Samm :)

P.S. I'm totally jealous about the wine.....headache or not....lol


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Phase One - DONE! Adios to 12 Pounds!

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

I completed the two weeks of South Beach Phase One (with one minor aberration) and this morning I am down 12 POUNDS! I'm so happy!

It's just a tiny step of a journey that will last the rest of my life, but I finally feel like I've shaken off the black clouds that have been covering me for the last two years and I'm ready to get on with the rest of my life - getting healthy, getting fit, and doing the things I WANT to do without being limited by my obesity.

Tomorrow I will be in Birch Bay...a beautiful spot in Northern WA State, right by the Canadian border. I'll be there through Sunday...enjoying some relaxation, adult beverages and the company of some amazing women. It's their annual scrapbooking getaway, and I went last year for the first time. I don't scrap, but I do beading. And sleeping. And drinking. (HA!) And mindless movie watching. This year I also plan on doing some walking. And reflecting.

I'm 55, so I'm probably at least 2/3 of the way through my life. How do I want to spend the next third?

I know how I DON'T want to spend it:

I DON'T want to be physically challenged every time I walk more than 5 minutes.
I DON'T want to be constantly pulling my shirt down to cover my fat belly.
I DON'T want to worry if I'll be able to buckle the seat belt when I fly.
I DON'T want to be aching in my knees and my back constantly.
I DON'T want to worry about breaking a chair because of my weight.
I DON'T want to have to store my mini-trampoline because I'm too heavy for it.
I DON'T want to strain and huff and puff to just get my shoes tied.
I DON'T want to be ashamed to go see my doctor for my annual checkup.
I DON'T want to have to buy more clothes in this size OR a bigger size.
I DON'T want to always be the biggest one in the group and/or picture.
I DON'T want to skip doing fun things because I'm too fat.

I want to be healthy....and fit....and able to do whatever I want to do without being limited by my weight.

I want to live.

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BATCHICK 5/7/2014 12:30PM

    congrats on all your progress!
you know what you want out of life, now just grab it!

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AMBERBREEZE 5/7/2014 3:21AM

    emoticon emoticon On losing 12 lbs! emoticon

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    Tess you are an amazing inspiration!!! Congratulations on the 12 pounds!!


And have fun on your mini-holiday!!!
Have a glass of wine for me!!!


Samm :)

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Day Thirteen - day 12 wasn't the greatest

Sunday, May 04, 2014

I don't know if it was spending the entire day watching other people eat stuff I'm not eating, or what. Last night I over did it...quite a bit. Didn't quite hit 3000 calories for the day, and was a lot different than binges I've had in the past, but I'm not thrilled with myself. All of the following was AFTER 8 pm. I should have just gone to bed!

So here's my Saturday night binge:

Bag of Pistachios (7 oz)
2 choc chip cookies
3 ham & cream cheese roll-ups
1 sm bag cheetos
1/2 avocado

It doesn't look that bad written out like that, but to me it looks like failure yet again.

It looks like resentment...that I'm not allowing myself to eat like everyone else around me. It looks like indulgence. What on EARTH do I need cookies (that weren't even that good, btw) and Cheetos for? Why did I eat the whole bag of pistachios, when a handful would've been just as good?

Why do I seem to be empty until I'm so full that I'm uncomfortable?

All I can do it put it in the past where it belongs and go on.

I've got this.

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    Hey Tess!!!

If I were you I would actually consider yesterday (and today) a success of sorts....you may have made some choices that you aren't happy with but you are back at it today....you are here and you are being accountable.....you are also using the experience to figure why you may have made the choices that you did......to me that looks like strength, it looks like commitment and and it looks like perseverance!!


Samm :)

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LJOYCE55 5/4/2014 1:52PM

  OK, I think the avocado sounds yummy. This was just one day and you were likely hungry. This is a new day and you get to give it your best shot. emoticon

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Day ELEVEN - "Determination"

Friday, May 02, 2014

I had a WONDERFUL solid night's sleep last night and it's amazing how much that improves my mood and outlook. Go figure. LOL

I am going to start blogging a word of the day...the word that I feel is key to my journey in that moment...and the word I'll reflect on the rest of the day.

The word today is "DETERMINATION".

I've been called very determined many times in my 55 years on this earth, but I haven't yet seemed to show that determination in my quest for health and fitness. I go all-out for a few weeks, even months, then something...SOMETHING inside of me just loses all the determination that I started with.

I am DETERMINED this time to follow this through...to know that there WILL be no "end" to healthy living, and that its persistence and DETERMINATION that will help me regain my good health, and give me back the ability to do whatever it is I want to do, whether it's kayaking, hiking, or even as mundane as taking my dogs on good long walks!


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Samm :)

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FANNYMANSON 5/2/2014 4:25PM

    I like what you said about there being no end to healthy living. That's important to remember.
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