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What was the number of that bus again?

Friday, May 25, 2012

Work has been kicking my butt again and I just haven't had the time to go online and check out what's happening with all of you in SparkLand. I have to confess, I did kind of miss hearing what's going on with all of you. Slowly but surely I'll catch up with you.


And the other reason I've felt like I've been out of it is due to one margarita. Si, uno margarita.


Wednesday was my husband's birthday. He wanted to go to our local Mexican emoticon place so we could have margaritas and so he could order their chili con carne. We have affectionately named this chili "bowl of meat" because it is literally a bowl of meat. I guess that makes it Texas style chili? I had their chipotle chicken "burrito gigante del mundo" and let me tell you "gigante del mundo" is NOT an exaggeration. I ate maybe a quarter of it before I said "no mas". I just can't eat the quantities like I used to. And I ordered a "skinny" margarita on the rocks.


Well, let me tell you, that one margarita was a bad idea. It's kind of embarrassing to admit but I was drunk by the time I was done with my one margarita. Maybe it was the lack of sugar in the drink or the fact that I don't eat that much (as compared to before) with my alcohol but the alcohol got to me very, very quickly. We came home from dinner and I was ready to go to sleep (never mind, it was only 8 pm). That and I couldn't stop giggling (at least I'm a happy, silly emoticon drunk). The next morning I felt like I had been hit by a bus. I was hungover? Seriously? From 1 margarita? (and yes, I did try to consume more water to prevent dehydration from the alcohol but still).


20 lbs lost + 1 margarita = 1 very bad idea


Live and learn. Live and learn.


So the bad news is that despite trying to limit how much I ate, I probably still over-consumed when it came to food and alcohol.


But the good news is that I am now cured of any desire to consume alcoholic beverages at any of the Memorial Weekend parties we will be attending.


I hope everyone has a safe, happy, and hopefully not overly-indulgent holiday weekend.


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MISSLILSTAMPER 5/28/2012 1:53AM

    Lolita think its it's a good thing you found out now instead of at all those parties :)

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 5/27/2012 2:54PM

    Ahh...margaritas...my fave. emoticon

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JERZEYFRESH 5/26/2012 8:33AM

    Ahhhh....Margaritas have been my downfall on more than one occasion. And let's not talk about my affinity for Cosmopolitans!! I stick mostly to light beer simply because I can handle it better. Hmmmm....now I have a yen for some mexican food. I may need to visit Moe's today. emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/26/2012 8:29AM

  Oh boy . . . margaritas and I used to be old friends, but not anymore either for me. Som, at least you're not alone. If I go out somewhere and am even tempted, I order something that FEELS like I'm having a "drink", like seltzer with a lemon or lime (or even BOTH! WOO HOO!), a virgin Bloody Mary -- whatever I can just sip and concentrate on socializing.

Just goes to show you how our bodies change as we feed it healthier!!

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FLEURGARDEN 5/26/2012 8:22AM

    Add me to the club... I learned about my lower tolerance to margaritas two weeks ago. One benefit though is that I'll save a lot of money this way - instead of having two or three drinks, I get the same effect with only one. And at today's bar prices, that's a huge cost savings! emoticon

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KATHRYN1955 5/25/2012 10:10PM

    It's funny the food/drinks that one cannot tolerate any longer after losing weight. I bought a dark chocolate bar today and to my astonishment, only ate one quarter of it. And I most certainly can't hold my liquor any more (not that I drank that much), so now will take my own drinks (sparkling mineral water) to any parties.
Have a great holiday weekend!
Kathy

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JAYDEE925 5/25/2012 10:10PM

    Too funny! Although it probably wasn't at the time!

I find that I'm not able to drink near as much as I used to before I lost weight...I found out the hard way, too!

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DANA564 5/25/2012 9:50PM

    HaHa, one margarita puts me out too! Still love them though. Maybe I should try a lite beer?

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ECOAGE 5/25/2012 9:40PM

    Tequila can sneak up on you --- or maybe it's drinking with a straw! Don't ask me how I know!
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The red dress - UPDATE!

Sunday, May 20, 2012

Two weeks ago I blogged about hitting my goal weight. And I talked about how one of my biggest motivating factors to maintain is to be able to fit into this red dress, which is my favorite dress:




November 2008, the day after Thanksgiving, at a friend's wedding



Yesterday was my mother-in-law's 60th birthday party. The party was a lot of fun. It was good food and even better dessert (omg, that panna cotta...). I allowed myself the indulgence because who wants to be the sour puss that doesn't partake in a party, especially one that's as happy an occasion as this one?



My husband and I with his parents and my parents


The best part of the party was the chance to spend time with family members we don't get to see that often. My aunt-in-law flew in from Tennessee. My brother-in-law drove in from Virginia. And we totally and completely surprised my MIL by flying in my sister-in-law from California. My MIL completely flipped out when she saw Amy. It was the best use of our airline miles EVER.



Left to right: my brother-in-law, his girlfriend, my sister-in-law, myself, my husband
In front: my mother-in-aw


I decided to see if I could fit in the red dress. I could! Not only that, it was a bit looser than I remembered it being, mostly because *ahem* my chest seems to be smaller than before (isn't that always the case?). It was actually loose enough I was in danger of exposing myself slightly. But there is no way in h*ll I'm getting rid of this dress. It should be an easy enough fix. I just have to pinch a little under the arms (or in the front) and it'll be fine. Simple enough that even I who barely knows how to sew can do it. I love this dress! I'm not giving it up, no matter what!



May 19, 2012


So... fitting in red dress again... goal completed. emoticon


I have to say that after yesterday's bad run experience, being able to fit in my red dress again totally turned my day from bad to awesome. Now the question is what do I make my new goal? Hmm... I think I'm going to take my time with this one and just bask in the glow of knowing I can wear my favorite dress again. emoticon

  
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OFABULOUSME 5/31/2012 12:01PM

    Oh, you look so very lovely! Congratulations on reaching your goal.

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1CRAZYDOG 5/21/2012 8:18PM

  That dress is definitely a keeper! I agree w/XRSIZE . . . take it to a tailor. You look stunning in that dress for sure! Congratulations on being able to wear it again. Isn't that neat!!


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GERMANIRISHGIRL 5/21/2012 6:49PM

    You look great in THE dress. emoticon

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MISSLILSTAMPER 5/21/2012 1:57PM

    you look amazing!!! good job!

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CHEPRBYTHEDOZN 5/21/2012 8:33AM

    YAY!!!! I'm thrilled for you!!! You look fabulous!

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XRSIZE18 5/21/2012 2:07AM

    You look amazing in that dress. You definitely shouldn't give it up! You can probably have it altered for around $15 from a local tailor.

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KATHRYN1955 5/20/2012 10:51PM

    Hey, Lady in Red, you look terrific in that dress!!!

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HEALTHYLISA 5/20/2012 6:27PM

    You look awesome ! I feel so inspired by your blog ....I will have to blog about my cute size 10 jeans. I want to get back into them so bad :) I keep a picture on my fridge of me wearing them so I am reminded where I am going ! Thank you for this inspirational post !

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JERZGURL_NAN 5/20/2012 4:29PM

    What an amazing REWARD for a Goal Well Met!! So excited for you and you look fabulous in it - You'd BETTER keep it!!! and enjoy wearing it often!!

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ELECTRALYTE 5/20/2012 4:08PM

    You look beautiful! Good for you!!

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RABBLERRABBIT 5/20/2012 4:06PM

    Congratulations, you look A-M-A-Z-I-N-G! emoticon When you set your mind to something you go all out, don't you? That's inspiring! I think I need to go out and buy my own version of a red dress - and channel some of your drive, too.

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SPEEDY143 5/20/2012 3:40PM

    Oh, I love red... everyone should have a RED dress!!!! You look beautiful in it BTW emoticonAnd just a side note... our kids and my folks hosted a surprise 60th birthday party for me in 2007 and I'm still glowing from the experience of it so emoticonon giving your DMIL memories that will last a lifetime emoticon

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ECOAGE 5/20/2012 3:22PM

    Nice dress! Great work!
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RMKMGMGM04 5/20/2012 3:21PM

    Congratulations!!!!

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MONICA_W 5/20/2012 3:18PM

    Congratulations!!!

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DANA564 5/20/2012 2:52PM

    emoticonCongrats! You look awesome and I'm so glad you enjoyed the party. By the way, I think you look better in the dress now than you did in 2008! You look more toned and buffed! Have fun setting your new goal! Anything is possible!

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Terrible run this morning

Saturday, May 19, 2012

Today, I officially finished my 5K your way training program. Never mind that I ran my first 5K (at the Bronx Zoo) 3 weeks ago and I actually ran most of it (with a few short walking breaks). I should have been able to finish the 5 week program before my Bronx Zoo 5K but life got in the way so I was only in week 3 by the time the 5K arrived. But I'm not one to quit AND I *really* wanted that SparkPeople trophy (yes, I'm extremely competitive by nature). So I've been using the last 3 weeks since my race to finish up the remaining 2 weeks I had left on the training program.


Ideally I'd like to run more often than I have but I just haven't been able to with my schedule lately. I'd like to go back to running 3X per week, especially since I've got another 5K on May 31st. And even though I now know that I can run 3.1 miles, I've been more or less using the run/walk intervals from the 5K training program. I find running continuously still to be rather hard and I think the biggest problem still is figuring out the pacing. For the Bronx Zoo 5K, I managed to pace myself really well by finding other runners going at a pace I felt comfortable with and syncing my pace with theirs. It's much harder when you're out by yourself. I run with music however so I'm wondering if I set up a dedicated playlist for just running that I might be able to do better with pacing. I'll have to experiment with that. So basically, I still have to figure this whole pacing thing out.


I don't usually go running in the morning but this afternoon we've got a party to go to (more on that later) and it's going to be hot today. The forecast is for a high of 80 and plenty of sun, which will just make it feel hotter. So I wanted to get out there before it got too hot. I realized there is one additional benefit to running at the Duck Pond. Since it's by water and the trees provide shade, it tends to be cooler than everywhere else. I also realized that if I do 3 longer loops around the Duck Pond, it's exactly 5K. So now I have a good way to measure my pacing.


Even though I got to the Duck Pond at 9:30 am, it was still hotter than I prefer for running. It made things hard. And I must also be allergic to something there that releases their pollen in the morning. Towards the end of the run, I had to stop and walk because I could barely breathe. The congestion was terrible and I had even taken allergy meds (OTC) before I went out. I think it's time to finally see my doctor regarding my allergies. I need better or different meds or something. I hate not being able to breathe when I run.


I've also been lucky so far in that I've never felt sick or anything during my runs. I usually eat a banana or an English muffin or a granola bar beforehand and I feel fine. But today, my husband had made coffee since he had gotten up early (again, more on that later) and I had half a cup along with my English muffin an hour before I went out. Of course I used half and half in my coffee. I think it must have been the half and half that made me want to puke when I was in my last loop-around. Thank goodness I had hardly anything in my stomach. Otherwise, I would have been sick in public.


So today was not my best run. I didn't feel great afterwards like I usually do and was just so thankful it was finally over. But hey, I finished it. I really wanted to quit after 1 loop around but I forced myself to keep going. And you know what, loop 2 became that much easier. And despite my desire to puke and/or the inability to breathe, I still managed to complete the 5K in 36 min. I still have a lot I've got to figure out when it comes to my body and running but things can only get better from here, right?



So the party we've got later is a birthday party for my mother-in-law's 60th birthday. She knows of the party but she doesn't know the extent of how big this is going to be or the fact that so many of her friends she hasn't seen in awhile will be there too. The biggest surprise however will be that my sister-in-law Amy will be there. My husband Mark travels a lot for work and has a ton of airline miles. Since Amy couldn't afford the ticket out here, Mark used his miles to buy her a ticket. That's why we were up early this morning, to pick up Amy at the airport. I'm really excited for today. I know my mother-in-law is going to be beyond thrilled to see Amy.


  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 5/20/2012 6:17AM

    Whenever I have a bad run I usually learn something new. emoticon

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ADVENTURESEEKER 5/20/2012 12:35AM

    A wise woman once told me that not every run can be our fastest, nor best runs. Keep it up! You just ran a 5k!!

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ECOAGE 5/19/2012 9:38PM

    I wrote in a blog the other day about my recent decision to KEEP walking intervals as part of my run/walk routine. I feel so much better when I walk/run. Check out the Galloway Method.

When I started to train, I bought myself an Ironman watch. It has lots of handy features that might help with your pacing. The interval feature really helps me with my pacing.

Gail

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MIRAGE727 5/19/2012 8:20PM

    I believe you are being much to hard on yourself. Forget the competitive stuff. I had been an athlete all my life before I lost control of myself. I played football in the ACC, and amateur competitive tennis. I keep it all in focus now. Your first 5K goal should be to finish. You set a standard and you work from there.

Patience is something we all have to master. I was one week behind in my Half Marathon training. I did my Half and now I compete with myself. I always tell people be thankful that you have the ability to run. Period! Continue to set the time to run 3x a week. It just gets easier and easier.

For a long time, I never thought I could ever do it. I'm thankful that I can every race I run. And I am so proud to cross that finish line. Oh, I stated running at 60. I'll be 62 on May 25. Now get out there and embrace that run every time you put your shoes on. I wish you all the best, listen to your body, and be well!
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DANA564 5/19/2012 5:58PM

    We've all had those bad run days. It could have been the heat, possibly the coffee, maybe the allergy medicine. I have found that all of those factors affect me one way or the other. Soon you'll learn which things to avoid before a run and how to cope with the heat. But the good news is, Hey You Did It!! emoticonNow you can relax and enjoy the party and the next run will be better than ever!

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OBIESMOM2 5/19/2012 5:44PM

    we all have good days and bad days.

you ran, even though you didn't really feel like doing it (victory!)

you kept running, even though you wanted to stop (victory!)

you ran over 3 miles (victory, victory, victory!)

pacing is difficult for me too. When I first started running, I ran to LOTS of Bob Dylan music to keep my pace slower. I have several RUN folders on my MP3. I need to set up a few RACE folders.

I know there are various websites that will give you lists of music with the BPM that you want, but I've never used that. It would probably make things easier.

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RABBLERRABBIT 5/19/2012 5:32PM

    Here is a terrible little poem I made just for you, with apologies to Daniel Powter. Sung to the tune of "So You Had a Bad Day."

Because you ran a 5K
You taking one down?
You wanted to quit but you didnít back down!
You say you donít know
You tell me donít lie
It make have been cream but the pollen was high
You ran a 5K!
The scale donít lie:
Youíre at your goal weight and getting better each time...
You run a 5K,
You ran a 5K!

I hope your party was great! Congratulations on getting that 5K Your Way Trophy, you really earned it today!

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RABBLERRABBIT 5/19/2012 5:30PM

    I don't know why all my posts are coming up twice today.

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How being a sports fan turns me into an irrational idiot

Tuesday, May 15, 2012

The blog ideas are swirling in my head but I have been super busy with work, and well, life so I haven't had the time to sit down and write them. But worry not, SparkFriends, the blogs will come because if I let these ideas fester any longer in my head, I think my brain will explode. Even I, the biologist, find explode-y brains kind of gross. Today's blog is not the one I had originally intended to post for today but so be it.


I am a HUGE (ice) hockey fan and a die-hard New York Rangers fan (I hope I haven't turned any of you off with that). I have been a fan since I was a kid, not because my family was into it but because my friends were. I then turned my family into fans. No, I never played hockey and I totally suck at skating but I know and love the game. I can see myself becoming a pee wee hockey coach in the future though when I have kids.


The Eastern Conference finals started last night. You can call it the Battle of the Hudson: the New York Rangers versus their cross-river (and divisional) rivals the New Jersey Devils. It's a bitter rivalry between these two teams. In 6 meetings this season, there were 11 fights on the ice. I went to a regular season game between these two teams and witnessed 2 fights in the crowd (which I don't condone, the fighting should stay on the ice). Their last meeting in the Eastern Conference finals in 1994 was epic. It was a legendary battle. The Rangers went on to win that series with a thrilling double-overtime victory in Game 7. They eventually went on to win the Stanley Cup (their first in 54 years).


But I can't think like that this time. I am too superstitious to allow myself to think that way. Isn't it funny how sports can turn otherwise intelligent and rational people into the most superstitious irrational blabbering idiots? I am a scientist and my entire life is governed by reason and logic. And yet, when my team plays, I have to follow certain "rules" so that I don't jinx them. I have to wear my Winter Classic scarf during the playoffs since they've won every time I've worn it. It was 80 on Saturday and I was still wearing this thing. Yes, I know I am crazy.


I think I would have enjoyed Game 1 more if I hadn't been a Rangers fan. It was a great hockey game. It was fast. It was physical. There was skill displayed by both teams. And phenomenal goaltending on both sides. Through 2 periods of play there was no scoring but it was still thrilling to watch nonetheless. But, of course, since I had a vested interest in the outcome, I was watching the game on pins and needles.


You would think having survived two Game 7s in this playoffs already that I would be less nervous for Game 1. Nope. I was in fact, more nervous than I have been since the playoffs started. During the second period (when the Devils were dominating), I really, really wanted to eat something. Munch on something, anything. I needed food in my mouth to distract me from the game. I am not normally a nervous eater but the game was driving me insane. It's so silly to talk about how a game stressed me out to the point that I wanted to shove food into my mouth to deal with it. It was so hard to resist the temptation to shove an entire bag of chips into my mouth (I don't even like chips!) or eat the entire pint of ice cream I have in the freezer. It took every ounce of willpower I owned not to do that. I have come so far and done so well, I was not going to let this game unravel me. I was bad enough as it was this weekend food-wise (a topic for the future) so why continue the streak when I didn't have to?


So instead of using food to deal with my anxiety, I decided to pace the living room. I watched the remainder of the game walking back and forth. For some reason, I found this soothing.


Well, the game finally ended (the Rangers won 3-0) and I managed to survive my intense desire to eat copious amounts of junk. I managed. Somehow. In this game called weight loss, it's all about the small victories. Tomorrow night for Game 2, I'll be back to pacing the living room.


For those of you who are avid sports fans, how do you deal with a "stressful" game?


P.S. As an example of how insane I am about the Rangers, I have a story to tell you. When my husband and I first started dating, I found out that he grew up in NJ. I knew that some people from north Jersey are Rangers fans whereas others are Devils fans. So I had to ask him the all important question: Was he a Rangers or a Devils fan? I don't think we would be married today if he hadn't answered "Rangers."
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My husband and I at this year's Winter Classic (New York Rangers at Philadelphia Flyers, Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, PA)

  
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OBIESMOM2 5/23/2012 7:17AM

    baseball is my sport. Atlanta is not a major pro-sports city. Atlanta fans seem to 'quietly' support their team. I get a lot of dirty looks at Braves games. You'd think I had an air horn at the Masters or something!

DH is a big Falcons fan. At Falcons games, I can get loud and rowdy without causing as much of a scene as it does at a Braves game. The people sitting in the row behind us offered to pay for a season ticket for me if DH would bring me back.

we loved the IHL team when the Knights were in Atlanta. The Thrashers were fun, but IHL was just better! (and more affordable)

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CCASKEY37 5/23/2012 6:29AM

    Irrational? We wouldn't do these things if they didn't work right? Three and a half years ago, I was listening to my Yankees on the radio in my car. They were getting killed so I threw my ball cap on the passenger side floor and turned on some music. They came from six down and won that day. The hat has stayed there since. (Three and a half years). All losing streaks, playoff eliminations, even injuries, I blame on my wife's propensity to clean my car and put that hat away. The Red Sox caught up to the Yanks the other day, not because the pitching suddenly abandoned us and the hitters resorted to little league habits. No this happened because she cleaned the car and put the hat where it belongs (in the closet). No. I'm not an irrational sports fan.

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BOSS61 5/22/2012 8:52PM

    Ah, hockey. A dozen of us gathered around a black-and-white television with a vertical hold flicker, watching The Miracle on Ice team beat the Soviets. Sadly, we lead a hockey-free existence.

Not to be outdone, our football hearts were broken last January, through a missed chip-shot of a field goal and a dropped pass that hit the receiver in the chest, right between the numbers. The Patriots went on to the Super Bowl. Many of us could not even bear to watch a moment of that game on TV even. Now the surprising Orioles are allowing us to slowly forget that emotional train-wreck on the frozen tundra of Foxboro.

That said, neither sports successes nor failures drive me to eat. Focused on the prize...

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 5/18/2012 9:30AM

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XRSIZE18 5/16/2012 12:56AM

    Sports games are tough! There are never healthy Superbowl snacks, are there? Just nachos and pigs-in-a-blanket and CHEESE galore! It will be interesting when that time of year comes around again. Glad to hear you found something that worked for YOU! And the pacing even burned calories!

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PIPPAMOUSE 5/16/2012 12:37AM

    Hahaha, I was going to say something similar to Girlallin. Im from MN. It doesn't matter the sport, we will be let down during the game or season. So, my way of dealing with that stress is to find other teams to follow and just not expect a win. That probably doesn't work for other sports fans though. :D


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RABBLERRABBIT 5/15/2012 8:28PM

    I laughed throughout this entire post. Did I mention I'm from PHILADELPHIA? It was a sad, sad, sad day when we were eliminated. The only bright spot was spoiling it for Pittsburgh.

As for helping you with not eating during games? Oddly, I don't even think about eating - I'm an emotional eater but the emotion is *too* strong: being a Philly Fan is to know you'll have your heart broken sometime in the last minutes of almost ANY game.

Go RANGERS!!!

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A little help from my Sparkfriends?

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

I've got a question for all of you: do you have any recommendations for non-alcoholic no or low calorie drinks that I can order at happy hour?

Here's the reason why I ask. Tomorrow night, I am going to a networking happy hour event hosted by the professional society of the field I am looking to join. Originally it was supposed to be a Central Park walking tour and happy hour networking event but the walking tour got cancelled in anticipation of rain.

I really need to go to this event and do the whole networking thing. However, I really don't feel like drinking (alcohol that is) but I don't want to appear anti-social either by not drinking anything at all. I suppose I could order club soda with lime (and no one will know I'm not drinking a vodka or gin tonic) but I HATE club soda. I suppose I could get just cranberry juice but I don't like drinking empty calories and cranberry juice seems to irritate my stomach.


Is there anything else I could drink to fake the whole "yeah, I'm totally digging this happy hour" thing while I meet new people and hopefully network my way into a job opportunity?

  
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CANDOK1260 5/9/2012 6:36AM

    I WOULD JUST GETWRED WINE AND WALKAROUND WITH IT ALL NIGHT

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SPARKCHANTAL 5/9/2012 4:06AM

    my version of 'tequila sunrise' is club soda with a bit of orange juice and a dash of grenadine syrup. personally i prefer about nine parts water to one part oj, grenadine negligible, for color.

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XRSIZE18 5/9/2012 1:36AM

    I was going to suggest the Perrier water - I love it, for some reason (and I feel extra fancy when I'm drinking it...) :)

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KATHRYN1955 5/8/2012 10:17PM

    Perrier water with lime or lemon slice. I wouldn't worry about not drinking alcohol...lots of people don't drink either for physical or other reasons. Lately, I don't seem to tolerate alcohol at all (very sad!), so either water or Perrier is my choice.
Happy Networking!
Kathy

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LAURELSPARK 5/8/2012 10:07PM

    I often have juice on the rocks.............OJ, grape, or whatever.

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RABBLERRABBIT 5/8/2012 9:20PM

    My personal trainer drinks vodka because she says it's low carb. Woo. Not me.

I don't drink soda at home anymore so when I go out, I order it and that's my indulgence.

Wine is not that bad in calories - usually about 20 per ounce and it has heart benefits.

If you don't want to drink, I wouldn't worry about it (I've had friends make some very bad "career decisions" based on the combo of nerves + one cocktail too many). If someone is crass enough to ask you why you're not drinking, you could always just smile or say you have an upset stomach, or you're training or taking antibiotics for a foot fungus you picked up from all that running you're doing! emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 5/8/2012 8:36PM

  My go-to is already suggested -- the Virgin Bloody Mary. Otherwise seems like you've been given some good options. Good luck and I hope it nets a job for you!

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ANDSHEEWAS 5/8/2012 5:49PM

    When I'm counting, I go for a vodka tonic or a glass of white wine and set a limit. Or I will get a good cider or beer that may be higher in calories, but I will be more likely to sip it and savor it and then I'll plan my food accordingly.

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REDHATSHAPELY1 5/8/2012 4:35PM

    How about a virgin Bloody Mary? It would give you lots of nutrients in the tomato juice.

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GETFIT2LIVE 5/8/2012 4:34PM

    CKMATHERLY already suggested everything I thought of. It's tough to avoid a lot of empty calories at things like this, good luck!

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CKMATHERLY 5/8/2012 4:22PM

    Ginger ale with a splash of cranberry? Club soda with a hint of grenadine? It's stronger than just a lime or have the lime too, a light cherry limeade flavor. Or Diet coke with vodka or light rum?

A glass of red wine that you carry around and sip? I say red since it isn't chilled so no sweaty glass or melty ice. I've done this at a few events to be social without needing a cab home.

Or ask for plain still water with a lemon and a lime or other wedge )depends on the place). Just tip the bartender and they are pretty cool about it.

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