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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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WTF? and feeling skinny!

Thursday, September 29, 2011

Today my boyfriend called the doctor and got the awesome news that he has lowered his cholesterol and his triglycerides!!!


Since our appointments were on the same day I figured I'd call and see how my numbers turned out.

The receptionist answered the phone and told me I had to leave a message and someone would "eventually" call me back. WTF??

I tell her that I've already left a message and hadn't received a call yet. She says I have to wait for the call.

This was literally minutes after they gave my boyfriend his results with no problem!

So I say fine, I'll wait for a call.


I go relay the experience to my boyfriend and run to the bathroom.

When I get back to my desk I check my phone and I have 2 missed calls from the doctor's office and 2 voice mails.

Voicemail #1 - They hung up.

Voicemail #2 - They tell me that my results were "normal" and to call back if I have any questions.

In my message I clearly stated that I wanted numbers and I reiterated that when I spoke to the lady the first time... I want numbers... apparently she forgot that part.

I call back...

The same lady answers the phone. I tell her that I wanted numbers... total cholesterol, good cholesterol and bad cholesterol from this year's visit and last year's visit so I can compare.

She acts like she doesn't have time... puts me on hold.

When she gets back on the line she says that she can print out my results and I can pick them up.


This is the SAME office that just gave my boyfriend his info OVER THE PHONE without a single issue!


I tell her that I do not live close to the office so I won't be able to pick them up and I ask if she can mail them to me.

She says no, she can't mail them and asks again what information I want.

I tell her again...

She asks for my address so she can mail me the results. WTF????????

I give her my address and ask if she'll be sending both this year's info and last year's info...

She says yes, that she is looking at them right now and they are on the same page.

She was looking right at my results and wouldn't just tell me the numbers. WTF??????

So now I get to wait for them to come in the mail.

I am still sitting here thinking WTF???!!!

On a brighter and less frustrating note, today was the first day that I wore my new "fitted" workout pants to the gym. I was feeling a little self conscious because they are fitted... but they are sooooo comfy!!! And it was easier to move in them without them being super baggy!

And the best part was that I kinda felt skinny in them!


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SPARTAGIRL123 10/1/2011 6:26AM

    Loved this blog! emoticon

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LETYAK 9/30/2011 11:41PM

    omg i hate my dr's office to!! that would totally tick me off and i would not have gotten off the phone with them until i got my numbers!!

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NU_ME_SOON 9/30/2011 6:26PM

    Wtf to that doc office.. did u receive your results yet... I would have asked to speak with the doctor... congrats on u feeling skinny in your new work out pants.. I bet u look skinny in them too... im jealous but a good jealous

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NORAHNICK 9/30/2011 3:31PM

    I hate doctors offices and yay to feeling skinny and wearing fitted pants!!!

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BECKY3774 9/30/2011 6:35AM

    I emoticonfitted stretchy exercise pants. I feel so skinny in them also. I feel like I can do anything! Way to go on being confident enough to rock it!

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    That was hilarious. Maybe not for you but for us reading it was awesome. Sounds like it should have been on a sitcom. Ask your Bf if a Dr read him his results- sometimes the secretaries aren't authorized.

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HOPE24718 9/29/2011 8:31PM

    lol, maybe next time you should go to a different office. There are plenty of good ones! Because honestly, there are other offices that will actually share the results with you over the phone and won't make you feel frustrated. Good luck!

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IVIRAE78 9/29/2011 8:00PM


Great story... thanks for sharing! That chick sounds like a snob. Maybe you should relay story to office manager!

Congrats on feeling skinny!!!!

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DRKEYEZ820 9/29/2011 7:59PM

    WTF?! LOL that dr.s office has some ISSUES! WOWWWWWWWW!

And yay for feeling skinny, when i feel skinny i generally lose the next day :) haha
betcha u looked hot! Lookin all skinny in ur new workout pants. JEALOUS!

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An off week...

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

I am having a bit of an off week.


My food has been good... the exercise, not so much.


Sunday's lack of water lead to me leaving half way through my strength training... thank goodness I got my cardio in first!

Then I ended up skipping the gym yesterday because the boyfriend got stuck working late and I didn't want to go alone...

Instead, I came home and got a big, fat C on a quiz. I am one of those annoying perfectionist people that doesn't like to accept anything but an A... so the C sucks. I really hate true/false questions... they always trip me up! I over think them and get myself all messed up. I had to tell myself that it's just ONE grade... just ONE quiz... that it's not the end of the world. How ridiculous is that?

Today I managed to get some homework done. I still feel like I am drowning in work though. I'm plugging away and crossing things off the list but the list just keeps growing. I really can't wait until December... so I will be DONE!!

I just found out that the deadline for graduation is October 3rd... so that means that I need to try to figure out a way to see an academic advisor between now and then or wait and graduate in May. They are not open on Saturdays, so it's looking like it'll end up being May.

I am looking forward to getting my butt back to the gym tomorrow!!! I NEED to get my butt back to the gym... I know that it'll help my mood!

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NORAHNICK 9/29/2011 1:47PM

    I've had a couple of lousy days myself so I can totally relate. I did not eat well and I've missed two days at the gym. But today, I am back on track and will be in the gym 2 hours from now. I hope you made it to yours as well!

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BECKY3774 9/28/2011 6:54PM

    I'll be sending good wishes your way to get through the whole school experience with flying colors. I know what being a perfectionist is like....when I was enrolled in school, I got so upset when I thought I lost my 4.0, but it turns out that I didn't lose it. Go figure.....

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MICHELLESMILES_ 9/28/2011 6:32PM

    Try not to beat yourself up. HUGS!

Tomorrow is a new day! Keep on truckin...things will get better!

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CULAINA 9/28/2011 6:25PM

    ook, sounds like a crazy time for you love :(

i can relate to that never ending list but you know how to prioritise and give yourself some time to get things done. if things get added to the end of the list, so what? there's only so many hours in the day and only so much space in your brain.

do what you can do winnie. c isn't the end of the world, it's good enough and sometimes that has to be good enough. xx

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