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A dog-sitting adventure

Sunday, March 28, 2010

This week I am house, dog and cat sitting for some friends. It's actually kind of a mini vacation for me. They have an awesome house. Since my husband and I separated in October I've been living in our old house. I haven't signed up for cable so I've been using my Netflix subscription very regularly and I don't have an actual bed at the house so I've been sleeping on an air mattress (not as bad as it sounds, it's pretty comfortable). So I've kind of been living "in limbo" the past few months. So, when the opportunity came up to stay at my friends' house while they're on vacation I jumped at the chance. They have a beautiful home, real beds :) and a t.v. with real channels.

Anyway, the dog I am watching is a 68 lb, 8 month old golden retriever. Beautiful dog with lots of energy. He's an outdoor dog so I don't have to worry about cleaning up any messes he would make in the house...very low maintenance. Well, yesterday I ran to Walmart to get some stuff for the upcoming week. As I was unloading my car, he grabbed and tore one of the bags, then I look up to see him running off with my new pair of workout pants in his mouth...funny now...not so hilarious at the moment :). I took the rest of my stuff inside then went to track down my pants. He'd left them in the yard but of course when I picked them up he thought I wanted to play tug of war with them. I did get them back...no holes, just dog slobber which is easily fixed. My friend called this morning to see how everything was going and I told him the story. He said "Oh yeah...I forgot to tell you if you're carrying anything into the house you might want to carry it above your head".

Other than that it's been a great weekend and I'm looking forward to more adventures with the dog...gonna go out and play fetch with him now. I'd love to take him for a walk but am not sure I'm ready to face the challenge of him on a leash yet :)

Have a good rest of the weekend everybody!!!

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SUZIAND 3/30/2010 12:11AM

    lmao...I'd have given anything to see him running away with your pants!!!!

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KRISTINA122378 3/28/2010 7:07PM

    Thanks for the laugh. Have a great week. I am with Tasha...j/k..lol PARTY!!!!

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    Aw!! Buckeye!!! I cant believe he's that big! haha Hope youre having fun! :) Im still pushing for that huge house party! Im sure Sheridan wont mind! haha

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PAMNANGEL 3/28/2010 1:13PM

    Yup, puppies can be so fun at that age. One of my favorite things about being a petsitter, besides just getting to play with all the animals, is when I have a client who wants me to stay over. Some of the houses are like staying at a small hotel.

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/28/2010 12:53PM

    Sounds like a great vacation to me. I love doggies too !

Go girl.

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A project while I am off work

Monday, March 15, 2010

I have decided that while I am on my leave of absence from work I am going to try to cook more at home. I was looking at my freezer today and I seriously think I have enough food in there to get me through until I go back to work. My goal while I am not working is to only buy fresh produce and milk and use the things I have in my freezer and pantry to get me through until I go back. I like to cook and just usually don't have enough time so I'm looking forward to trying out some new recipes. Who knows...it may even help me relax :). Have a good week everybody!!!

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KRISTINA122378 3/15/2010 9:35PM

    Go for it. emoticon If I could afford you, I would pay for you to come cook for us. I am not a big fan of cooking. I enjoy it a few times but mostly it just seems a hassle to try and make everyone happy in my house. Will miss you tomorrow. Have a great day!!

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SUZIAND 3/15/2010 7:33PM

    If I remember correctly...you are a great cook too! I'm a little worried about your food being bland...I hope you have a bottle or 400 or spices!! LOL

It's all good Sarah. I'm off for the rest of the week too now. My lovely vacation in which no one is visiting me becuse "no one" is a douche. /giggles. I'm gonna clean out my deep freezer...pretty sure there's stuff in there over 5 years old! : (

Rock on with the projects....be good to yourself and take care of business!!!

Love ya,

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TEENY_BIKINI 3/15/2010 6:40PM

    Great goal. I don't cook. So I have a lot of respect for this goal. Cheers.

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Regaining control

Saturday, March 13, 2010

OK...I have had a fair amount of stress in my life lately. I am separated from my husband. I am trying to get a divorce as amicably as possible but he is dragging his feet and not signing the papers. It's been almost 5 months since I moved out and I feel like I haven't made any progress.

I thought I was handling it Ok but recently found out that I've developed ulcers and gastritis (you'd think that the fact that I've thrown up almost daily since the end of November would've been a clue).

I felt that as long as I kept my work and personal life separate I was doing OK. It seems that I haven't been hiding my stress as well as I thought. This week my boss (who is also a good friend of mine) suggested that I take a leave of absence until things settle down for me and I get to feeling better. While I appreciate his concern more than I can say I feel a bit like I'm failing. I thought I was holding it together but maybe I was wrong.

I've decided to take this time away from work to get my sh*t together. One thing that I can control is my eating and exercise. I'm going to work on getting enough sleep, cooking healthy food for myself and getting back to the gym.

I can't make my husband sign the stupid papers. I can try not to worry about it so that my body can heal and I can get back to being myself.

I need to remember that I can't control everything (although things would be so much easier if I could).

Sorry for the rambling. I'm just feeling a little lost right now and needed to vent.

One good thiing....now I'll be able to spend even more time on sparkpeople :).

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SUZIAND 3/14/2010 9:04PM

    You aren't failing...silly girl. You are succeeding. More than you know right now. It takes incredible strength to go through all of this...and you are doing it with style. Be good to yourself...ok? And it's o.k. to take some time off. Your boss is amazing for encouraging it.

The old Sarah is coming back. ZOMG. So is the old Suz. Ummm....watch out world. ; )

Love you sister!

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KRISTINA122378 3/14/2010 10:42AM

    Girls night...the more the better!!!!!!

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    I want a girls night!! :)

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KRISTINA122378 3/13/2010 9:09AM

    I am with Tasha. You need some you time and will be missed until you return. If you need anything you better call. Maybe we can still get a girls night in or two.

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    Im glad youre taking the time Sarah. Although it's gonna suck without you :( You know that I love you!! And Im always here!! I hope this time off is just what it takes to get the old Sarah back :) wish I could do the same emoticon emoticon

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Too fat for yoga...what the heck???

Sunday, February 21, 2010

Ok, I was going through some old workout tapes (yep I said tapes...that's how old they are) and found a set called AM and PM Yoga. I'm not nearly as flexible as I used to be and I always enjoyed yoga so decided to start using the workouts. I did my first p.m. workout tonight. I've never really carried my weight in my stomach area until this time around...it got in my way when I was doing some of the poses. What the heck is up with that???? Sheesh...I thought yoga would be a good way to ease back into working out, now I realize how out of shape I am. Definitely a wake up call for me. I am going to keep plugging away at it and eventually...my stinking belly won't hold me back at all. Just had to vent!!!

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PAMNANGEL 3/28/2010 1:20PM

    I really like Peggy Cappys 'Yoga for the Rest of Us'. emoticon Her videos were the first time I was able to do a sun salutation.

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JIBBIE49 3/24/2010 1:49PM

    emoticonThere is no better way than doing a "shoulderstand" that to realize just how fat a person is! I've RODNEY YEE'S tapes and right now I'm not up to doing most of them. No wonder most people who do YOGA are thin!! emoticon

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EEKTHECAT 2/23/2010 11:54AM

    I have those am and pm yogas. yeah those downward dogs are killer!
i noticed recently when i took them off the shelf and dusted them off, that i couldn't do what i was able to do years ago. that will hopefully change soon!

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CASSYCHAOS 2/23/2010 9:44AM

    I would research the different styles of yoga.
There are some style of yoga that will have you sweating like you never have before- but there are also some styles that are very simple poses to gradually increase your flexibility.

I suggest AM yoga with Rodney Yee. It's a 20 minute workout that really just wakes you up a little bit- but is not challenging.

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MIZ_HUNIE75 2/23/2010 9:33AM

    So laughing with you right now. lol! I think this every time I do stretches at the end of a dance class. Bending and stretching in a direction thinking to myself, boy I could bend further if those rolls of fat weren't there. Keep up the good work and someday we'll all be bending in poses that were once hindered by that extra bulge.

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CELESTIALAXIS 2/23/2010 9:25AM

    I took a Yoga class once and the poses ON my stomach were killer. I felt like I was going to throw up. That's where all my weight is and it can definitely be a pain.

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P31W247 2/23/2010 7:58AM

    Yoga is a good way to get back.
But i would suggest Pilates, you can get the same results without all the complicated poses.


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TREBLE02 2/22/2010 10:59PM

    oh yeha...been there done that...belly hangs down during downward dog and totally gets in the way on other poses...lol...sorry have to laugh WITH YOU...
I actually havent tried yoga since many lbs ago...I should give it another try! Keep it up and just think how HAPPY you will be when those moves are getting easier and easier! :)

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JOYCEMARIE9 2/22/2010 7:58AM

    I have always wanted to try yoga but I have the same problem so when I have tried it I lost interest I am going to have to take some of the advice others have given you and see if it works for me. Good luck and I hope you find what works for you.

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GIANTPANDA 2/22/2010 6:48AM

    I know the feeling. I decided to lose weight before starting up with Iyengar yoga classes again for that reason. Even with props, I was carrying so much weight that some poses were just too much.

The Yoga for Weight Loss dvds actually are the best I have found for people with a lot of weight to lose. The positions are mostly standing positions, still tough, but doable.

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TIKITAMI 2/21/2010 11:40PM

    Wow, we walked in the same twisted path this week. I took a yoga class a few nights ago and it really reminded me that I am not 21 anymore! emoticon

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ROWINGFOOL 2/21/2010 11:36PM

    Oh my! I sure do identify with you!! I did an ultra-easy pilates DVD meant for postpartum mommies, and it wiped me out! Keep at it, though, it's great stress relief and another way to measure your success... when the belly isn't gettin' in your way.
Another great way to 'work out' for us big girls is bellydancing...

Keep up the good work!

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JULIETEXAS 2/21/2010 11:32PM

    I hear you, I have been trying to get into a yoga return and big breasts and belly are challenging. I have a DVD called Mega Yoga for larger people and it is a good place to start. We will get there! emoticon

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QUADMAMMA1 2/21/2010 11:32PM

  I'm right there with you! But we can do it!

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SWEETPEA0214 2/21/2010 11:31PM

    Yoga is a great way to ease back into working out. I hope you are using some "beginner" type videos and you may want to look online here at SP to see if they have some better ones. I had a Denise Austin one that drove me nuts. She moved through the movements so fast that I couldn't keep up. I remembered thinking that if this was yoga I'd never do it again. I had always thought yoga was slow, fluid movements (which is what it is!!!). I am glad I gave it another shot. Stick with it and one day - that belly won't be there to get in the way anymore.

Good luck!

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Looking forward to 2010

Thursday, December 31, 2009

It's that time of year...the New Year's resolution list time :). I have decided that I need to make 2010 the year that I start taking care of myself. I don't want to sound selfish but I'm 42 years old (yikes) and I'm finally ready to start doing what's best for me.

Of course I want to lose weight...that's always somewhere on the list but I'm more interested in improving my health. I don't know how I've weighed this much for so long and have been lucky enough to avoid any major health problems. So better health is one of my major goals.

I also want to get myself more organized. This past year has been fairly hectic and I feel like I've never really gotten caught up. So, another goal is to get my s**t together.

Finally, I need to get my personal life in order. My marriage had some major changes last year (my husband and I are currently separated) and I need to sit down and figure out what I'm doing. I need to decide if I'm gong to give it another try or move on. Enough messing around...just do what needs to be done.

Looking at my list of goals, it doesn't look that long but it pretty much covers every aspect of my life. Oddly enough, I am looking forward to taking on these challenges and making some changes. I think 2010 may be the year that I kick some butt :).

Happy New Year to all my friends....love you guys and don't know what I'd do without you!!!


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