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Ready for the weekend... and smelly guy!

Thursday, October 06, 2011

For a short week, this has been a very long week! I'm so ready for this four day weekend, even though I know it will fly by far too quickly!

Tomorrow morning I am going to take my first exam for my Interpersonal Communications class. This is the class that has me crazy busy with journals, discussions, the dreaded group project, etc. I have taken several communications classes back to back so I'm finding it difficult to actually make myself read the book. I'm doing it, but I'm having trouble really focusing on it because so much of the material is so much like the previous classes. I am hoping that I've absorbed whatever was needed to pass the test though. I've done well on the quizzes, with the exception of the one C, so hopefully the test will be similar to the quizzes.

Other than more homework, my only other plan for the long weekend is a trip to the range on Monday morning! I'm going to try to remember my camera so I can get some updated pictures while we are there!

I'm looking forward to some relaxation this weekend... and an A on that exam (or at least a B!!!).


Becky's comment reminded me about something I meant to include... the smelly guy at the gym. Ugh! I have probably blogged about him before. He used to run on the treadmill... very loudly. He always wears the same shorts, same shirt and same ball cap... and I'm not sure that they have EVER been washed! Seriously! He smells so bad that you know he's there as soon as you walk in the gym... and it's not body odor... it's that nasty smell that stuff gets when it's been wet, then dries, then gets wet, and dries... that horrible mildewy/moldy smell. *GAG* Anyway, smelly guy has recently changed his gym time AND his cardio. We swapped days from Monday, Wednesday, Friday to Tuesday, Thursday, Sunday a while back when the bowling league started and we got off of his gym schedule, thank goodness... but now he's back on OUR gym schedule somehow. We get to the gym between 4:45 and 4:50 and smelly guy is already there... on the elliptical! Yeah, he switched from the treadmill which I could care less about to one of the two ellipticals. That means that only one of us can start with cardio... and there's no way in hell that I can hold my breath for 32 minutes and get in a GOOD workout... so I start my strength training first, which just feels really wrong! Sometimes my boyfriend manages to get his cardio in while smelly guy is next to him, but how he does it I don't understand! So I am thrilled to have tomorrow off so that I can get in a good workout without smelly guy!!! I am seriously considering switching our Thursday workouts back to Fridays with the hope that smelly guy isn't there on Fridays now. I really wish there was a polite way to tell someone to wash their freaking clothes!!

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WITCHYWOMAN45 10/6/2011 10:39PM

  I think if it were me, and I had to deal with a "smelly guy" for that long in the same gym, I might have a chat with gym staff and see if they could/would do something to intervene. It seems that if he truly isn't ever washing those clothes that it's a health hazard. I mean...are there permanent lockers he keeps his stuff in that they could check on and make him wash things? Just a thought. Good luck and enjoy your odor free Friday workout!

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BECKY3774 10/6/2011 9:22PM

    That reminds me of "Smelly cat" from
I pass a guy in the neighborhood where I work EVERY morning, and he's always walking in the same blue sweatshirt and gray sweatpants....he walks all funny like he's not wearing underwear and trying to give "the boys" some's disgusting! LOL

Glad that I was able to remind you of smelly guy, and I hope that your workout goes well.

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BECKY3774 10/6/2011 8:38PM're off on Monday too??? OMG! I think I may want to punch you in the face! emoticon

I hope that you enjoy your weekend, and I'm sure that you'll do great on your test. I'm still confused about how the online thing works, but that's okay. Enjoy your workout tomorrow morning, as I'm guessing that's where you'll be since it's your favorite time to go!!!

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Wednesday, October 05, 2011

I'm feeling a bit blah this week...

The temperature has dropped, which is something that I look forward to ALL Summer long... but that means that instead of sweating all day I get to freeze all day. The big maintenance shop building that I work in always seems to have at least one of the six big bay doors open... and they don't turn the heat on until mid-November... not that it really helps anyway when the guys leave the doors open. I spend my whole day closing doors so that they can open them up a few minutes later. I broke down last year and bought myself a little space heater that I keep under the desk and that helps, thank goodness, but my hands and feet stay like ice cubes all day long. Whatever happened to having a nice period of time in the 70s... then the 60s??? I swear we go straight from 100 to 40 then back to 100... and that just sucks! I want some actual FALL weather!

I've been doing good in the crazy stressful class... but I have a test coming up very soon. I am going to take it Friday morning while I am off of work I think. It's multiple choice and short essay. I'm having a hard time with making myself study though... and I'm so not interested in this material that it's hard for me to remember it. The teacher posted four possible essay questions and I already wrote out answers to all four and I've been studying them because I totally blank when it comes to essay questions on tests. I'm just hoping that I can at least pull off a B on the test. I am starting to get annoyed with our group project already and we haven't even really started it yet. I am in a group with three other ladies... two never respond to messages and the other one is only available to meet as a group for maybe three or four hours out of the week... and they are weird hours like Monday afternoons between 1:30 and 3:30... WTF??? I'm thinking that like usual, I'll end up doing the whole project. Group work really sucks!!!

I'm starting to think that I should have just made that damn birthday cake... and I'm sure it's just because of the week that it is this week... but I have been craving anything and everything CHOCOLATE!!! I have been able to fit a small piece of chocolate or two into my ranges each day this week, but the craving isn't going away at all. Hopefully by the end of the week it'll be gone! *crossing fingers*

Well, how's that for a random blogs?


I guess I better go study...


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NORAHNICK 10/6/2011 11:56AM

    I would be frozen solid here in our office without my little space heater. Too bad it has to sit under my desk so only my toes get warm. My hands and shoulders stay cold.

Could you make that cake, have one small piece and give the rest of it away? That's what I do when I feel like I have to bake something sweet. I get a piece and my co-workers and neighbors get all the rest of it. LOL

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IVIRAE78 10/5/2011 10:25PM

    I read that if you eat a piece of 100-200 calorie-serving of Dark chocolate with at least 70% cacao every day, that you won't have sweets-cravings. I haven't tried it b/c I've done pretty well with cravings, and when I want something sweet I eat a yoplait (mmmm,,,, boston creme pie!!) or Skinny Cow ice creams.

Its all about lifestyle change, not deprivation. Women seem to be natural drawn to chocolate, but if you make good choices about it, and watch portions, you can have your chocolate!

Don't regret the cake, your blog about your birthday was so great! Just remember how you felt that day, how you didn't make it and still had a great day! You would have regretted making it more, and it could have been what threw you off your path!

Keep strong! If you need to splurge, then splurge, but don't let it make you feel bad or fall off "the wagon". We all have days we don't want to care about what goes in our mouths!!!! But those are the days and times we need to be careful!

Also read when you are craving something, you take one actual bite, then 2 imaginary bites, where you pretend to bite into it and imagine the taste and texture. It is supposed to help you feel satisfied with less.

I've been reading a lot lately!!! lol

Good luck... I'm here if you need me!!!


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BECKY3774 10/5/2011 7:02PM

    I'll send you some of the heat from here...I don't want it!!

Seriously, I hope your project goes well and that those people step up to the plate!!

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CULAINA 10/5/2011 6:55PM

    oh man, group projects are a pain in the arse. i've yet to participate in one that has an equal distribution of workload. hope yours goes a little smoother.

what about buying some pocket warmers or a usb cup heater so you always have a hot drink at hand? xx

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    emoticon Nice thoughts, it'll all be OK. Take care of yourself and have the cake if you want.

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A good day!

Sunday, October 02, 2011

We woke up and decided to skip our regular breakfast and grab a bagel at Dunkin' Donuts instead. Since I discovered that bread really doesn't help my weight loss AT ALL, I rarely have bread and I really look forward to those rare occasions that we decide to get a bagel! Truth be told, I used to have one (or something worse) every day for breakfast... which is just a small part of how I got to my highest weight.

Another thing that got me to my highest weight is that every year for my birthday I bake myself a birthday cake. Dark chocolate fudge with dark chocolate fudge icing! And since my boyfriend is diabetic, I would eat the entire thing by myself. It would take a week, but it would be gone. I would always try to fool myself into thinking it wasn’t so bad because I used applesauce instead of oil… but even so, there’s no way that it’s healthy to eat an entire cake!


For years, the best thing about my birthday was that cake. The day after my birthday I would have a big slice of cake with a nice, cold glass of milk for breakfast. That was the best breakfast ever, or so I thought.

This year, the best thing about my birthday is that I am close to 40 pounds lighter, I am more active, and I am healthier!


After breakfast we went grocery shopping for the week.

I threw a roast, an onion, some carrots and some potatoes into the crock-pot for dinners for the week (or however long it lasts)…

Then we went to the gym. I had an awesome workout! I managed to set a new personal record on the elliptical. My last PR was 7.8 miles in 32 minutes (30 minutes plus a 2 minute cool down). I’ve been trying to beat that record for at least a week and a half. Today, not only did I beat it… I managed to go 8.2 miles in 32 minutes!!! That was a nice little birthday surprise for myself!


After a much needed shower, I was missing my Greek yogurt that I usually have for breakfast so I ate that for lunch instead. Who would have ever thought that I’d miss something like Greek yogurt??? Weird!!

Then we went shopping. I had seen a new jacket that I liked online so we went to the store to try it out. The jacket had a really fuzzy liner and after trying it on I had black fuzz all over my light pink shirt. So I didn’t end up getting the jacket.

While we were there I tried on some other things…

I love The North Face brand, but apparently they don’t like fat people. I have one of their rain jackets (an XL) that by some miracle actually fit me a couple of years ago, but nothing that I have tried on other than that jacket has ever fit and they rarely, if ever, make anything larger than an XL. So today I tried on an XL jacket and it fit with room to spare! So I tried on a large and it fit!!!

I also tried on an Under Armour shirt. Normally I would need an XXL or I might be able to squeeze into an XL. Today I tried on a large and it fit!!!

I didn’t end up buying anything, but I had a blast just trying stuff on and realizing that I am actually fitting into smaller sizes. I am wondering when that will really sink into my brain.

We spent the rest of the evening cooking stuff for lunches for the week, doing laundry and all of that other fun stuff that we save for Sundays.

We just ate our yummy roast and veggies for dinner and in a bit I plan to have a deep chocolate Vitatop with an individual cup of Skinny Cow cookies and cream ice cream as my birthday dessert…

I will pretend that it’s a dark chocolate fudge cake with dark chocolate fudge icing and ice cream, but I will be so much better off because it’s not.

I am 3.6 pounds away from reaching my first big weight loss goal (40 lbs)… and I will not let a cake ruin that!

Thanks to everyone that wished me a happy birthday… we didn’t do much, but it turned out to be a pretty good birthday!


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NORAHNICK 10/3/2011 3:18PM

    emoticonHappy belated birthday!!! emoticon

Wow! You are doing emoticon!!! My jaw is on the floor at the thought of skipping the usual birthday cake and choosing something lower in calories instead! emoticon

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IVIRAE78 10/3/2011 7:44AM

    emoticon Sounds like a great birthday! And some great awareness of the "old" you and how great and amazing the "new" you is! So this is an extra special birthday!!!!


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SMILESHINE81 10/2/2011 10:27PM

    Sounds like you had a great birthday!! :)

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CULAINA 10/2/2011 8:08PM

    i'm glad you've had an awesome day. i'm loving the determination you've built during your journey, it's inspiring. glad you got to have some little treats. it seems like that phrase "nothing tastes as good as skinny feels" is true after all. good for you xx

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BECKY3774 10/2/2011 7:33PM

    Please tell me that you had more for lunch besides the greek yogurt! emoticonI had a vanilla chobani for breakfast, and it was horrible. Don't like vanilla. I bought it by accident. I was reaching for the strawberry/banana at the store, and apparently grabbed vanilla by mistake. I DID try the lemon flavor though, and it's quite yummy. I don't usually like lemon flavored anything.

I'm glad that your birthday was a good one. That's exactly what I meant in my blog about a lifestyle instead of a diet! We're awesome!

Have a fantastic week!!

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Car shopping completely sucks!!

Saturday, October 01, 2011

I went car shopping with my mom today… and it completely sucked!

She had a Saturn Vue last year but it was totaled and it broke her heart. Now that her HHR (which she hated but grew to like) was just totaled she is looking for a car again... I checked out a Saturn Vue that she was thinking about buying last weekend and my boyfriend took it for a test drive and it seemed like an ok car. She took it for a test drive on Monday and fell in love.

Yesterday they dropped the price of the car by $2,000, which made us a little nervous about why the price dropped so much but we were also thinking that maybe it was meant to be...

Until we went to the dealership today…

They told her she had to pay for an inspection... no big deal... an inspection can't be that much, right?

Well, the total was $1271.00!!!



They supposedly did the inspection TODAY... in fact, it was being “inspected” while we were on our way up to the dealership.

So the guy tells us that the inspection is so expensive because they fixed a bunch of stuff... new wipers, a couple of new bulbs, oil change, new oil filter, repaired an exhaust leak, replaced the bearings, replaced a hub assembly, replaced a driveshaft, replaced the brake pads...

Yeah, they did ALL of that in the 45 minutes it took me to drive there... hmmm!

So the INSPECTION that she was expected to pay for was actually the inspection PLUS parts and labor to fix anything wrong with the vehicle. WTF?

The inspection/parts/labor plus the taxes, title and tags ate away the entire $2,000 price drop.

We took the car out for another test drive and mom mentioned that the brakes felt different than when she drove it on Monday. So I drove it too and you literally had to push the pedal to the floor before it would even think about slowing down and even then it was a veeeerrrrry gradual stop. We asked about it and they told us some BS story about how sometimes new brakes were like that. We think that they didn't bleed the brakes properly or that they didn't do them right, either way something was wrong and they had zero interest in fixing it.

The kicker for me was that the salesman was a complete a$$hole!!! He kept interrupting me... and got VERY defensive any time I said anything... and treated me like a dumb blonde. Mom said that his attitude was completely different today than it was Monday when she first went to see the car. He was clearly upset that my mom brought me with her today.

When I was looking at the engine he said "Why are you looking at the engine without it running?" and I told him that I was just looking and that I would start it in a minute... he huffed and was like "Well most people only look with it running!" To which I responded that I inspect vehicles for a living (a slight stretch... I actually write technical reports about problems with vehicles and how they were repaired... but I do SEE the problems with the vehicles and I am aware of how to spot problems and what to look for) ... after that he threw his hands up in the air and said he was sorry and he wasn't trying to imply anything... yeah right!

The whole thing was just a nightmare and I'm sure my blood pressure was nice and high by the time we left.

In the end, they gave us the total to purchase the car and it was $2500 more than the sticker price, not cool!

I told him that we'd have to "think about it" and he got all loud and interrupted me (for the millionth time)... so I told him that he needed to let me finish... and he shut up FINALLY... I told him that if mom decided she wanted the car, she'd be back on Monday but as of right now she's not feeling so great about it... He interrupted again to say that someone else was coming to buy it and I told him “if the car is there Monday, great... and if not it wasn't meant to be” and he wasn’t too thrilled. I seriously doubt that “Marilyn” was waiting in the background to sweep in and buy that car! I then thanked him for his time and we got the spark out of there!

Nothing pisses me off more than totally disrespecting me without reason and talking down to me because I am:

1. blonde
2. look young
3. a woman


What a frustrating day!

Because we were at the dealership I didn’t get any lunch so I SERIOUSLY considered getting fries with my ginormous salad for dinner… but I didn’t! I won’t let some a$$hole car salesman drive me to eat crap that I know I will regret later!


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NORAHNICK 10/3/2011 4:53PM

    Wow. I never heard about that inspection thing before!!! When I bought my car a couple years ago (pre-owned) they let me take it to my own mechanic who looked it over for free!!!

Good luck!!!!

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HIKINGLEAH 10/2/2011 2:53PM

    I hate pushy sales people. Car salesmen - they are the worst! It's like they prey on any insecurity you may have and try to profit by making you feel bad. Terrible. You did the right thing by not letting him push you or your mother around! Glad his rude behavior did not lead to a binge, too!

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BETHJRN 10/2/2011 7:44AM

    Stick to your guns! What a jerk! Did he call you "Hon?" I hate being called "Hon" or some other revolting term or endearment (not!) by some creep I don't even know! I agree completely, HATE CAR SHOPPING.

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WINNIE1978 10/1/2011 8:44PM

    I am definitely NOT going back on Monday!!

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CULAINA 10/1/2011 8:26PM

    Man, what a douche!

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BECKY3774 10/1/2011 8:19PM

    So, you're NOT going back on Monday, right?

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A lot of thinking, but not much doing... and a surprise!

Friday, September 30, 2011

I am approaching that horrible week where I want to eat everything in sight... and that feeling has hit early!

Everyone at work was munching on chocolate today... and I was dying to have some!

I left work a bit early to go drop off my application for graduation!


And on the way I seriously considered stopping by my favorite ice cream place...

But I didn't.

And I thought about french fries as I saw Wendy's by the college...

But I didn't stop.

And I had a candy bar in my hand when I stopped to fill up the car and grab some cash from the ATM...

But I put the candy bar back and just paid for my water.

On the way home, I again thought about that ice cream...

But instead I stopped by the produce stand and got some apples since the ones from the grocery store were not nearly as good.

I got home and saw these:

AND these:

I'm not sure why I was surprised because my boyfriend has been buying me two bouquets of flowers for my birthday (on Sunday) for years, but I guess I wasn't really thinking about it. Awesome surprise... and my house will smell like flowers for days!!


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NORAHNICK 10/3/2011 4:57PM

    I really admire the way you think about those tempting foods but are able to say no.

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FLAFLUTTERBY 10/1/2011 4:44AM

    Happy birthday on Sunday! I'd say that boyfriend is a "keeper." LOL


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LETYAK 9/30/2011 11:46PM

    happy early birthday!!! those flowers are gorgeous!! awesome job with avoiding temptation. wendys is a killer for me. i love their double stacks. lol ughhh

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WITCHYWOMAN45 9/30/2011 6:46PM

  You're stronger than I. In themiddle of that week here and gave in to the chocolate today. Only needed two small squares though...phew! Hang in there, you can do it! And Happy Birthday! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CULAINA 9/30/2011 6:31PM

    You are awesome! What a brilliant resolve you have to not buy any rubbish.

Tell me, why two bouquets? Lucky girl x

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NU_ME_SOON 9/30/2011 6:21PM

    Happy early birthday...Whoo hoo to u being strong... all that temptation was in your face but you was able to say no which is wonderful... that just shows that you are getting closer and closer to your goal

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BECKY3774 9/30/2011 6:15PM

    Happy Birthday!!! You have the same birthday as another one of my spark friends! That's just odd emoticon

The flowers are beautiful, and you are obviously one lucky girl to have such a thoughtful boyfriend. Hang on to him, and congrats on staying strong. I just finished that horrible week, and you know how that turned out for me, which is why you are so much better than I am!!!!

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KDWM5156 9/30/2011 5:06PM

    Good for you! And have a great birthday!

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