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And so it starts...

Wednesday, August 10, 2011

Today is the beginning of my life getting more hectic... and I am feeling a bit overwhelmed. I'm hoping that feeling will pass by the end of this week, although it's sure to return next month and the month after.

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Our bowling league starts back up tonight and I am both excited and dreading it. I am excited because we get to hang out with a fun group of people (our team) and we will be getting some extra activity. I am dreading it because it takes forever for a 5 person team to bowl three games... 3 hours. That means that I will not be getting home on Wednesday nights until 9pm, which is my current bedtime. Now that I am more active, I'm hoping that it will help improve my average... Lord knows, it could use all the help it can get!!

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In a week and a half (it's sneaking up very quickly)... I can add my family reunion to my schedule and then cross it off for another year! It is always a fun day but it's so much work. I am trying very hard not to let myself stress out about this right now. I'm always running around like a chicken with my head cut off in the days leading up to, and the day of the reunion, trying to make sure everything is perfect. Last year I pretty much made myself sick over it due to a scheduling change that had me worried that people wouldn't attend. But I've never had anyone complain about the reunion, even after the schedule change, so I need to try to make myself relax and actually enjoy the day with my family this year!! And I'm pretty sure that I now owe Becky at least one picture!

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In about four weeks, the dreaded college classes start again. I should probably think about buying my books sometime soon. The two classes that I am taking this semester will be the final two classes needed for my Associates degree that I started forever ago but that got delayed due to some poor decisions. I will be so thrilled to finally have it complete!!

  
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CULAINA 8/10/2011 7:09PM

    sounds busy and stressful but perhaps talking things through here first will help you to process them and stay calm(er)? let us help xx

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BECKY3774 8/10/2011 8:25AM

    Hero!
We get a picture soon?? That's emoticon and I can't wait...
Good luck!!!

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SUETEA 8/10/2011 5:54AM

    You sound very busy! Good that you have a plan though. Good luck with it all - and don't forget to enjoy the events you have!
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YELLOWCORVETTE 8/10/2011 5:53AM

    wow sounds like you do have a lot on your plate. but your strong and can do it. and it will all be over sooner than you thank. Congrats on being so close to get your degree. it doesnt matter how long it took you all that matters is you got it! i cant believe you dont start for another month. i start in 2 weeks. went and bought my books yesterday. $323 for just 3 books. i dont understand why they are so expensive. good luck this semester! emoticon

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MICHELLESMILES_ 8/10/2011 5:41AM

    Wow sounds like you've got alot going on! I LOVE family reunions but never had to plan one, bet it is stressful.

Good luck on the bowling!

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Blah day...

Tuesday, August 09, 2011

I have been in a blah mood today. My mom's bankruptcy hearing was today and I have been anxious and worried about it all day.

I hadn't heard from her by the time I went to the gym and I think that affected my workout. I still did the full work out, but my head wasn't really in it.

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So I just sent mom a text and apparently she got stuck with the trustee that didn't want to believe anyone. Now she has more hoops that she has to jump through before this nightmare is settled. I am hoping, praying and crossing everything that I have in hopes that this will be over soon. She is worrying herself sick, which just adds to my worries. It's really hard to stay focused on the things that I need to focus on right now with all of this going on.

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BECKY3774 8/9/2011 9:15PM

    Be strong Hero!!!

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CULAINA 8/9/2011 8:35PM

    it is difficult to focus on yourself when there is so much going on with family, love. just try to keep on trucking because you at your best is the most helpful to her xx

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DRKEYEZ820 8/9/2011 8:11PM

    I will cross everything i have and keep your mom in my thoughts and prayers. I really hope everything turns out okay.


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Funny compliment...

Monday, August 08, 2011

In all of my boob frustration (see previous blog) I forgot to mention a funny compliment that I got today.

I work with a guy that is approaching 60 and despite having open heart surgery a few years ago he keeps gaining weight. He frustrates the heck out of me because he is one of those people that says he CAN'T lose weight and then he throws every excuse in the book at me... to which I have a perfectly reasonable solution, but it falls on deaf ears. Anyway, he knows that I've been exercising and watching what I eat. He will occasionally ask me how much I've lost and he'll throw in a "good for you!" after I tell him about my progress and he seems genuinely happy for me.

Today he came into the office and was chatting away. He sat at the desk across from me and set up his computer. Then mid conversation, he said "OH MY!!" and I looked up to see what had gotten that reaction from him... and he said "You've really lost weight... I can see it in your face!"

Now for the funny part... I just saw him on Friday. So either he's not very observant or I amazingly got super skinny over the weekend.

My bet is that he's just not that observant. emoticon

  
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KENDRASEPIPHANY 8/13/2011 3:09PM

    Either way - great work on your part!

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DRKEYEZ820 8/9/2011 10:56AM

    A compliment is a compliment, take it and RUN lol. GUYS IN GENERAL ARE NOT OBSERVANT.

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CULAINA 8/8/2011 9:06PM

    i think it's a combination of them both. the booby situation created a kind of mirage that kept him transfixed but now that they're less jiggly with the anticipation of a better fitting over-the-shoulder-boulder-holder, he's looked up and seen how utterly amazing you look.

there, sorted. :D

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BECKY3774 8/8/2011 9:05PM

    When people see you everyday, they don't seem to notice the everyday changes. For example, every Monday, I go to work, and the baby looks like she's gotten way bigger over the weekend, when in reality, she's obviously always growing, but that's just when I notice it...take the compliment for what it was intended, and run with it. You are doing an amazing job, and I commend you...that's why you're my hero! emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/8/2011 8:54PM

    Oh, that's funny - maybe he got "booby-trapped" before emoticon

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LMARR41 8/8/2011 8:53PM

  Ha, ha! Too funny. I am sure he is VERY observant....he had probably just been looking in a southern direction...Men tend to let their eyes wander where they shouldn't sometimes.
Anyway, good for you! If he has finally seen a change in your face then it can only be a good thing. Congrats! and keep up the good work emoticon

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DEBBIEOLMOS57 8/8/2011 8:48PM

    some people are not observant at all

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36B, 42C, 38D, 40DD... Bingo?

Monday, August 08, 2011

Why must bra sizes be so difficult... and vary so widely from brand to brand? emoticon

I think the only thing with a comparable frustration level for me... is women's pants sizes! How can I be a regular 16 in one store but a women's 20 in another? Ugh!

Anyway, back to the boobs...

I have always been a little "top heavy" for my frame... in fact, I probably had my first bra by second grade. By middle school I was well into a C cup and in high school I was well into a D. Somewhere along the line, I have worked my way up to a DD.

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I am thrilled to say that my bras are getting way too big... as in, what's the point in even wearing one because you are not supporting a thing, too big!

The dilemma now, is that I have no idea what size to buy... and I am not into trying them on at the store. So I break out the measuring tape... and I measure. Then I enter the numbers into the nifty bra size calculator on the "insert brand here" website...

36B

Really??? I don't recall being in a B cup, EVER! Well, unless you count second grade.

I bring up Google and I search for another bra size calculator... enter my measurements...

42C

Well, the 42 that I'm currently wearing is way too big in the band so that can't be right either. Can it? So I measure again... enter the numbers again... search for yet another calculator... end up with yet another bra size.

With all of these numbers and letters, I feel like I am playing Bingo!

So, in the end, I just guessed on the size. emoticon

It's a good thing that Amazon has the bras I wanted for almost half the price, the shipping was free and they have a decent return policy.

  
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CIENCIASMOM 8/29/2011 11:18AM

    Certainly feeling your pain. I bought a new bra yesterday in a 38C, ecstatic that my 40 was too big and I could fit into a 38 at all. Turns out I could have gone down to a 36 but probably should go up to a D because the bra is on the tightest setting and still feels loose, yet I'm spilling out of the top a bit. Lesson learned for me, try before you buy. I always hated that concept when it comes to under clothes but for bras I think I'm just going to have to suck it up. I've been wearing alot of sports bras but it's nice to have something more sexy on occasion.

I too have spent this morning running around online trying to find an accurate calculator. They really make me laugh. I've seen everything from a 36 DD to a 42 A!

I hope you eventually found the size you needed.

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DAWNFIRE72 8/8/2011 9:53PM

    Much as you might not want to I would suggest getting sized at a shop that does nothing but bras (La Senza in Canada does the measuring for you and encourages you to try them on before you buy and it seems that their sizing is pretty standard through the store). I know Sears used to do the measurements but not sure if they still offer that service (they did in 1992 when I worked there).

I hate shopping for anything (even food) and bra shopping was something I really didn't want to do but had to bite the bullet and found that I had gone from a 36DD down to a 34B (haven't seen B cup since grade 6 or 7??).

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BECKY3774 8/8/2011 9:16PM

    See how blessed you are Winnie? You're cups runneth over! emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 8/8/2011 9:00PM

    My girls have shrunk, too - 44C to 38B'ish. I've been wearing sports bras for about a year because they're more adaptable and comfortable. A couple of weeks ago, I was getting dressed in my air conditioned bedroom. Pulled a Tshirt on and noticed the nips were pointing in different directions. Reached in, pulled the lower one up - oops, now it's too high. Readjusted - they're pointing outward now. Readjust - readjust - readjust. Sheesh, it's like cutting your own bangs!

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CULAINA 8/8/2011 8:00PM

    if you can't find one, you could just get someone to run around you several times with some bandages in the hope that they will keep your puppies in check until you can work it out *grin*

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LETYAK 8/8/2011 7:45PM

    i would just try on every bra first. lol. unless its the same brand. because they can all vary! i just found the best most comfortable bra ever at target and i am soo psyched! it was on clearance to!

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WINNIE1978 8/8/2011 7:33PM

    I have had someone at a department store measure me for the "perfect" fitting bra before... and after putting it on I was OVERFLOWING out of the cups. I believe that one was a 42C... so they put me in a 40D... still didn't fit right... so I gave up and left. I think they were using the same bra size calculators that Google found!!!

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NORAHNICK 8/8/2011 7:11PM

    As horrible and traumatic as it sounds, I insist you march into a department store and have one of the bra gals measure you for a proper fit. If the thought completely terrifies you, go to one in another town or city you don't normally visit and assure yourself that you will never see this woman again in your life so it will be O. K. (That's what I did!!!)

You WILL live through it. You won't die of embarassment. They've seen every shape and size boob already anyway. Just close your eyes and let them do it. Your body will thank you and you'll look amazing in your clothes.

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BECKY3774 8/8/2011 7:02PM

    Thanks for the laugh Winnie, I REALLY needed it. I have no idea what to buy either, so I just give up. I'm still wearing my bras from 80 pounds ago.....sexy, huh?

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DRKEYEZ820 8/8/2011 6:56PM

    LMAO!!! BINGO. U seriously crack me up!
Ive always had an issue with fitting into bras.... im big around , but i have a smaller cup.... They dont makke 48 B's! LOL
Ive opt. for sports bras for now until i lose weight and i can buy a nice bra. The champion sports bras are great and i have great support. I know not everyone can go that route.

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SMILESHINE81 8/8/2011 6:41PM

    Bra fitting is indeed a trial - even the online calculators are a mess!!

The best advice I've ever gotten was to reduce my band size and up my cup size - most ill fitting bras are because the band is too big, and the cup is too small!

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CULAINA 8/8/2011 6:25PM

    ah yes, it is an uncomfortable nightmare, i agree. there is no easy answer except to maybe find a brand you like and stick with it so that you can make sense of their sizing, much the same as you stick to one scale and work with their measurements. good luck!

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THATGALNIKKI06 8/8/2011 6:24PM

    I hate bra shopping for this very reason...you never know what your true size really is! emoticon

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BLUEANGELLK 8/8/2011 6:20PM

    I say we come up with a better system and everyone has to stick to it. What do you say we start some color code system so every bra with that color tag has exactly the same measurements and fit.

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FARAWAY01 8/8/2011 6:19PM

    I went through the same thing at Kohl's yesterday and didn't find a dang thing. Gah!

I received a flyer that Kohl's is having a bra fitter in their stores certain days soon - I bet you could find the info online for your location. And I think Nordstrom always has someone around for that.

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MENNOLY 8/8/2011 6:18PM

    JC Penney's have a person trained to measure you and to help you find a bra that fits you. The service is free and they often have sales on bras. My daughter swears by Victoria's secret. She says that they are the most comfortable bras she has ever worn. They also have personnel that can measure you. Good Luck

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BUMBLEBEE9387 8/8/2011 6:14PM

  I can relate so much to you in this sense, thank you for sharing :) I just had a similar bra experience this weekend, trying to find the right size of my reducing chest. It can also be a little frustrating especially when every size has a "sister size", so technically you can wear three sizes? lol A little confusing :)

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Feeling better... and comfort food!

Sunday, August 07, 2011

I am happy to report that I am feeling better and less emotional, thank goodness!!! I still have a little of the snotty stuff left, but I think the cold is definitely on the way out! Yay!!

I went to the gym this morning and worked off some frustration and I felt much better afterwards!

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I got a bunch of stuff around the house accomplished... laundry, dishes, vacuuming. All of that should count as additional cardio, right?

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Then I discovered the SP recipe builder! I put in all of the ingredients for one of my favorite comfort foods and found that it was still something that I could fit into my plan! When I was a kid my mom always made Carrot Meatloaf. Instead of using ketchup like in most meatloaf recipes (which I don't like), she used A1 steak sauce and she always added in a cup of grated carrot. It adds some veggies to the meatloaf, a little color and everything stays really moist but you don't really taste the carrot. The serving size was a bit smaller than I normally would have eaten, but it was definitely enough! I also made some mashed potatoes using just skim milk, no butter. They tasted good and were much better for us! After throwing in a cup of steamed green beans, it was a very good dinner.

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Now I am excited about entering other favorite recipes and finding ways to tweak them so that we can incorporate them into our meal plans too!

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LETYAK 8/8/2011 7:47PM

    there is soo much on sparkpeople! i am still learning new things and ive been on it for years!

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DRKEYEZ820 8/8/2011 6:52PM

    YAY!!! Im so glad you are feeling better!!! And WTG for finding recipe builder so u know u can work some foods still into ur routine! Sounds YUM by the way!

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NORAHNICK 8/8/2011 2:23PM

    I'm not familiar with the recipe builder! I'll have to check it out! Thanks! Maybe it can tell me how I can enjoy tuna noodle casserole this winter! HA!

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CULAINA 8/7/2011 7:37PM

    That's awesome! Glad you're feeling better. Thanks for your kind words, i'm happy to have such lovely new friends on here x


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BECKY3774 8/7/2011 6:57PM

    I am SO glad that you are feeling better!

If I had known that you didn't know about the spark recipe builder/calculator, I would have told you! It's how I get by when I'm cooking..... A lot of times, I will make things up in my head, and then calculate it, make it, and then it's in there for the next time.... other times, I find recipes from spark, tweak them, (recalculate them) and then save those....it's a godsend, really! emoticon

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05DODGEDAYTONA 8/7/2011 6:53PM

    Yes dinner was very good. YAY for SP. emoticon

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