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Take that temptation!!!

Monday, October 31, 2011

Today a co-worker came into work with enough candy to fill half of a Walmart bag. And of course, it wasn't just the stuff that is easy to turn down like smarties and tootsie rolls... it was "fun size" candy bars and other delicious chocolate delights.


I was sooo tempted to have JUST ONE!

But I know that just one would have lead to just two... and then I would have been skipping dinner to stay in my ranges... or I would have been over my ranges.

So I did my best to ignore the candy... all stinkin' day.



The bad thing though, is that TONIGHT is the night that the kids in our area go trick-or-treating!

That means that my entire week will probably be a repeat of today as everyone brings in their left over Halloween candy.

As if we don't have enough junk around on a daily basis without candy added to the mix.

I have to admit though... it really upsets me to see all of the thin people at work scarfing down massive amounts of junk food lately and they never seem to gain an ounce.

On three separate days last week people brought in donuts... and it's always the same people eating the junk.

I KNOW that I am probably HEALTHIER than they are because of my eating habits versus theirs... but it bugs me that I have to work so hard to avoid the temptations so I don't gain... meanwhile they stuff their faces and stay the same.

Ok... pity party over.

Tomorrow is gym day! That means I'll spend the day looking forward to my post-workout chocolate milk!


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NORAHNICK 11/1/2011 4:38PM

    I'm very proud of you! I caved to a Halloween cupcake. :-(

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JTAMSYN 11/1/2011 12:10AM

    Congratulations on staying strong. I totally know how you feel. I am married to one of those skinny inactive people. My dh is 6ft tall and weighs (on a heavy day) 135lbs. And he does absolutely no exercise. Actually, watching me workout while he sits snacking on chips is the extent of his working out. And the rest of his family is the same. Its SO difficult always being surrounded by people that eat 5-6 big meals a day and you are always the 'fat' one! I always say that what he eats goes straight to MY hips! It still frustrates me. But one thing my dh said that I thought was really nice was that he could never have the willpower to workout as hard as I do. It makes him appreciate how lucky he is to have such a great metabolism.

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LILYYELLOW 10/31/2011 11:12PM

    Hey, congratulations to you on skipping the candy!!! I was reading on facebook today about some guy eating a million candy corns and running out and I felt a little, I don't know, jealous? Or bugged. Bugged that he can eat them and I can't.

We haven't had any halloween candy because in my building nobody knocks on our door for trick or treating, but I know how hard it is and how having just one leads to having a million pieces!!

We buy a huge huge bag of candy at Costco to give out at gigs. And then when the night is over I leave the bag at the gig. Probably the waitresses hate me for leaving it, but what choice do I have!! LOL

Happy Halloween!

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AHEALTHYDANI 10/31/2011 10:58PM

    I can totally empathize with feeling frustrated with people that seem to be able to eat whatever they want and still stay at a healthy weight. Good on you for sticking to your goals and resisting temptation today!

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ADVENTURESEEKER 10/31/2011 10:34PM

    Yaye to resisting temptation!

I have been holding onto 1 fun-sized coffee crisp for a week now as a treat for today. And that was it. I didn't even buy candy/chocolate bars to give out (I went to bootcamp instead) so I didn't have any temptation. emoticon

I am not blessed with eating whatever I want because for 1) I'll feel sick, and 2) I'll gain weight if I try.

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LUCKYPRESENCE 10/31/2011 8:30PM

    I understand your feelings of jealousy towards people who can eat whatever they want and stay thin. My boyfriend is one of those people. I find myself wishing that I did not have to worry so much about the food I eat. emoticon
BTW, way to go on avoiding the candy trap!!

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WINNIE1978 10/31/2011 8:16PM

    I appreciate you playing devil's advocate Becky, but I guess I should have made it clear that with the exception of a couple of the people that are downing the junk... these are basically inactive people... and they've been that way for the several years that I've known them. Heck, most of them pride themselves on doing as little as possible at work and at home. One of them is crazy hyper and always on the go, so with him I understand... he also eats more in one meal than I do in the entire day but he very rarely slows down. There might be one or two others that go to the gym occasionally. The rest of them... you'd need a donut or a bag of Halloween candy to lure them out of their chairs. The typical diet of these folks consists of Poptarts and a soda for breakfast, something from the vending machine or a donut for a mid-morning snack, pizza or wings and another soda for lunch, and finally another stop by the vending machine and another soda for an afternoon snack.

I just get a little jealous that I cannot eat whatever I want, whenever I want, without the consequence of it going straight to my derriere!

I do know that there are people that workout hard so that they can eat whatever they want, and I can appreciate that... and I hope to one day get to a point where I can occasionally eat whatever I want without it negatively affecting my weight but who knows if that'll ever be possible.

And I also know that there are people that are thin and would love to be able to gain a little weight... I was actually just talking to a co-worker about that the other day. She has a terrible time trying to gain and always gets horrible comments from people that don't understand.

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BECKY3774 10/31/2011 7:52PM

    Okay, I'm gonna play devils advocate here for a minute because I've seen this before. What you're seeing is skinny people stuffing their face with garbage, and not gaining an ounce. Who's to say they don't go home and work their asses off to make up for it? I was a nanny for a family awhile back that the mom would go running for an hour, come home drenched in sweat, and pull out a bag of cheetohs. You are only seeing the one side of it. I know it's frustrating, and it seems like they're blessed, but they may be working even harder just go get the crap that they eat out of their system.

OR.........they could just suck like that! emoticon

Congratulations on being stronger than that! emoticon

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ALICERIEGER 10/31/2011 7:47PM

    Congratulations on your will power. Unfortunately we all don't come in size "skinny"
Most of us don't.

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Tried my first recipe from the Spark cookbook...

Sunday, October 30, 2011

I thought the Slower Cooker Salsa Chicken looked yummy in the Spark cookbook and decided to give it a try for dinners this week.

I did a search in the recipe section of the website and there are hundreds of variations of this recipe, but none of them were like the one in the cookbook.

I used the recipe for taco seasoning from the cookbook and I think that's where I went wrong. The taco seasoning consists of a lot of cumin, some chili powder and some red pepper flakes.

I don't know about you... but I think cumin smells kind of like an armpit so I was a little nervous about that.

Thankfully, once everything got cooking it smelled really good.

The recipe called for one cup of diced tomatoes, undrained. There was only a little left in the can so I just threw the whole can in.

Later it calls for adding some water... plus there's an onion in the recipe.

All of that added up to it being rather soupy... it would have been difficult to put it on a whole wheat tortilla like in the picture without first draining it.

Silly me forgot the sour cream at the end, but other than reducing the heat a bit (it was a tad spicy) I don't think it would have made much difference.

We had the salsa chicken over rice with a side of veggies.

It was good, but it wasn't great.

I could smell and taste the cumin way too much for my liking.

I think I would have liked it a LOT better if I had used regular taco seasoning from a packet instead of the recipe from the cookbook… so I’ll give that a try the next time I make this recipe.

Has anyone else made anything from the cookbook yet? If so, what did you make and how did you like it?

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SNOWANGELDIVA 10/30/2011 9:14PM

    Loved the cumin/armpit reference.
I haven't gone for the recipe book. I think my next investment will be in a slow cooker book though. I am notorious for a half an hour before a meal cleaning up school and racing to get something together, it's maddening.

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AHEALTHYDANI 10/30/2011 8:44PM

    Lol @ "I don't know about you... but I think cumin smells kind of like an armpit" emoticon

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NU_ME_SOON 10/30/2011 8:13PM

    I havent brought the cook book yet (Im gonna get it soon) but I have tried some recipes from the website. I got an email on roasted chicken. I love roasted chicken so I figure trying different seasons wouldn't hurt. It was good but not how I like it. Im gonna keep trying different things so I don't get bored.

Just like you Im not a fan of cumin either. Do the cookbook offer alternatives

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NANCYBOAT 10/30/2011 8:09PM

    I just got the cookbook - haven't had a chance to try anything yet.

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BECKY3774 10/30/2011 6:58PM

    We are soooo much alike. Not only do we comment on each other's blogs at the same time, but we blog at the same time. We must be in tune....

The salsa chicken didn't honestly sound like my kind of thing, but I like how you put it over rice with some veggies on the side. If I cooked it, I would leave out anything

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Another milestone!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

I really, really HATE the word OBESE! It is a horrible, ugly sounding word.

That word actually caused me to change doctors a little over a year ago. The doctor that I had been seeing one day decided that I was “obese” even though my weight had been about the same the entire 3 to 4 year that I’d been seeing him. My medical record actually said, “Patient arrived appearing obese.”


From that point on the doctor started coding everything with an “obesity” code.

When I went to him because I had a bad sore throat, which is something that I am pretty sure had absolutely nothing to do with my weight; he coded the visit with the obesity code.

Guess what that meant for my insurance company?

That meant that they didn’t have to pay ANYTHING! Not a single penny… because they “don’t cover that condition”.

I was paying for insurance to cover my medical expenses, but because my doctor decided one day that I was obese… the insurance company didn’t have to pay anything.

Awesome, right?

I called the doctor’s office and was told it was a mistake and that they would recode and resubmit, which they did and the insurance picked up their part of the tab.

I figured that would be the end of it… but no.

When it was time for me to visit the doctor to get my prescriptions rewritten… the same thing happened. He saw me for two seconds, coded the visit with that awful obesity code even though the medications had NOTHING to do with my weight, and once again the insurance company claimed they didn’t cover obesity. That meant it cost me $167 for the doctor to write out my prescriptions. And the doctor insisted on seeing me every 3 months to rewrite these prescriptions even though I'd been taking the medications for years.


When I met my new doctor for the first time he asked me why I was switching doctors. I told him that my previous doctor insisted on coding everything with an obesity code, to which the new doctor replied, “Oh no! You can’t do that or the insurance won’t pay anything!”

I love my new doctor!


All of that doctor nonsense just added to the reasons that I hate the words obese and obesity.

I always knew that I was overweight, but I never really thought of myself as obese. When I entered my height and weight into Spark, they disagreed though... and my BMI number clearly put me in the obese range.


After several months of eating healthy and working out on a regular basis... I am happy to report that as of Friday’s weigh in… I am NOT obese!

My BMI is no longer 30 or above, which means BYE BYE obesity!!!

I intend to make sure that I am NEVER considered obese again!!!


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NORAHNICK 10/31/2011 5:42PM

    Ugh...doctors!!!! I hate most of them!

Congratulations on no longer being obese!!!! Wooooooo to the hooooo!!!!!

Very exciting!!!!

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AHEALTHYDANI 10/29/2011 11:17PM

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SNOWANGELDIVA 10/29/2011 10:04PM

    OH MY GOODNESS!! I loved hearing this! I loved hearing this for myself. I'm so happy for you! Congratulations.
I hate the word 'obese' too. Absolutely it. It's why I switched from Wii to XBOX.
That one word.
I'm so thrilled for you.

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LALMEIDA 10/29/2011 8:42PM

  emoticon on the weight loss. Shame on that doctor

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JESSNSTONE 10/29/2011 8:26PM

    That's awesome! Keep it up!

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BECKY3774 10/29/2011 8:09PM

    Congratulations, once again, and where did you calculate that?

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YELLOWCORVETTE 10/29/2011 7:56PM

    yay!! great job on losing the weight. I hate the word obese too everyone is now considered obses in the world :( you made the right call on switching drs!

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    Yaye to not being 'obese'! Booo to your last doctor.

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The knee...

Friday, October 28, 2011

So my knee was hurting on and off all day yesterday. I was really starting to get worried that it might be a repeat of the previous injury.

Fortunately, today I didn't have any real pain. I had a bit of an achy feeling at times but nothing like yesterday.

It was gym day today though... and I was a bit nervous!

I ended up giving the elliptical a try. I kept it on level 3 instead of level 5/6 like usual and I cut the workout down to 15 minutes, but I managed to get through it without any pain. Yay!!


Then I did most of my usual strength training... I just skipped a couple of the leg machines.

Hopefully the knee will be feeling even better for Sunday's workout!

I managed to lose 2 pounds this week which put me securely into the 150s... that's still unbelievable to me!!!

I hope you all have a great weekend!


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SNOWANGELDIVA 10/29/2011 10:05PM

    I'm proud of you woman! FANTASTIC! I'm glad your knee is fairing well with the elliptical work. Hopefully tomorrow it will play nice.

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LITTLEKIM4 10/28/2011 8:35PM

    When I saw your blog title, I was so scared it was going to be bad you had discovered you needed knee surgery or something! emoticon I'm glad to hear it's the opposite, and your knee actually seems to be improving. I'm glad you still worked out, but I'm also happy to hear that you reduced the intensity a bit to baby your knee. I think that was the best thing to do.

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LUCKYPRESENCE 10/28/2011 8:01PM

    YAY!! Glad you were able to work out!!

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GOLFGMA 10/28/2011 7:52PM

    When I saw a blog with the word knee I had to read it. I am having trouble with my knee again this week. My own fault for overdoing on the exercises on Monday and Tuesday. I have had surgery previously for a torn meniscus and last Spring started having trouble again and found that I now have torn cartilage and sometimes it slips out of place and that is the pain. I can ice it and give it ultra sound treatments and wear my brace for a few days and it will get back in place. But I feel your pain.
I hope yours gets better real soon. Be careful and don't overdo the exercises.

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BECKY3774 10/28/2011 7:46PM

    Crap! I just found out why I hate the elliptical and why I can't breathe on it!!! My friend had me on level 8!!! WTF!!! I could have died! emoticon

Yay you for keeping on your workout schedule!!!

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You... yes... YOU are awesome!!!

Thursday, October 27, 2011

I got this in an e-mail and thought I would share it...

There was a time when you were five years old, and you woke up full of awesome.

You knew you were awesome!

You loved yourself!

You thought you were beautiful, even with missing teeth and messy hair and mismatched socks inside your grubby sneakers.

You loved your body and the things it could do.

You thought you were strong.

You knew you were smart.

Do you still have it?

The awesome?!

Did someone take it from you?

Did you let them?

Did you hand it over, because someone told you weren't beautiful enough, thin enough, smart enough, or good enough?

Why the heck would you listen to them?

Did you consider they might be full of it?

Awesome is something you choose!

Our kids do it naturally, they can't help themselves.

It is the choice to hold your face up to the world, knowing you are beautiful inside and out, and feel the light that shines out of you.

Somewhere along the way, some people stop looking, stop choosing to be awesome.

It doesn't matter what your story is, if it is happy or painful, the time to be awesome is now!

Make that choice for yourself.

Tell your demons to shut it!

If you can't remember feeling awesome, then make new memories.

Start today.

Start now!

You, my spark friends, are all AWESOME! emoticon

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SNOWANGELDIVA 10/28/2011 12:12AM

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MOSTMOM1 10/27/2011 10:43PM

    We are emoticon

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TARAFROMTX1 10/27/2011 10:37PM

    emoticon For sharing! emoticon

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LUCKYPRESENCE 10/27/2011 10:30PM

    YAY!! We are all awesome emoticon emoticon

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AHEALTHYDANI 10/27/2011 9:30PM

    Love this!!! You ARE awesome!!!

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CLOVER2 10/27/2011 8:35PM

    So are you! emoticon emoticon

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