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Memo to Self:

Wednesday, December 17, 2008

The scale is a tool.

In order to be used properly, you must make sure you are weighing under the same conditions to get a consistent reading. If you don't your results are sure to vary due to varying conditions and you will make yourself CRAZY. (See blog from 12/16)

Weighing in after little to no sleep = different.
Weighing in after eating and running around for a few hours = different.
Weighing in after eating very uncharacteristic foods = different.

I was going on Monday and Tuesday's weighins mostly and sometime last week RIGHT after the break-in, which I'm sure I didn't get any sleep that night either.

But because the numbers were similar on 3 different weigh-ins I believed them -- even though I KNEW they were under different conditions than I NORMALLY weighed in.

Last night - ate right, got plenty of sleep, drank tons of water yesterday.

This morning's weigh-in - 168.5 (roughly the same as prior to Thanksgiving)
This morning's measurements - roughly the same as my last entered into SP.

So! Forgive my freakout yesterday. Don't get wrapped up in the numbers. I think I was personally FEELING a bit out of control and weird, but it might have been more due to recent events than my health actions. This morning when I woke up my body felt RIGHT somehow -- I'm sure there are those of you out there who can relate to that feeling. Anyway -- I was still expecting the scale might be higher due to my confusion as to whether it was THIS SCALE or not(and if it was different still I was prepared to adjust my maintenance range), but lo and behold, it was apparently all of the other factors.

I entered my weigh-in on SP and set my goal for 167 by 12/24, so another 1.5lbs in a week theoretically. It upped my calorie range a little bit, so that's nice. Now I just gotta burn all the calories I promised to burn. ;) hehehehe.

Time to go do a bit of Christmas shopping and some workin out!

P.S. -- Roscoe is doing great. :)

P.P.S. -- Thanks to those of you who sympathized/reassured/buttkicked/commented on doggy on my last blog. :) I really appreciated it and needed it! All of it! haha :)

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LOBO1978_2000 12/18/2008 10:38AM

    Your right abotu the scale being a tool. That is all it is.

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SLCOLMAN 12/17/2008 3:58PM

    I am glad that the scale thing all worked out and that you are good again on that front. Really though I think that you are right about the out of control feeling being due to other things and not so much due to the healthy eating/weight thing!

I hope that the insurance company cuts you all that check soon so that you can start replacing your stuff and get your life back to what you are accustomed to. Also, as you notice things like that remote you mentioned yesterday that are missing make sure you do call the police to add that to the report and also to the insurance company to add to that as well.

Have a great time Christmas shopping and I hope that you have a fantastic workout! :)

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MARLIE13 12/17/2008 2:02PM

    "Weighing in after little to no sleep = different. " I'm so not getting on the scale this morning. loL!

Can you imagine us at our heaviest weights? Back when we didn't think about the scales or what was going in our mouths? Even through all of the crazy maintenance ups and downs, it's awesome though that our awareness is where it's at right? loL!

I guess even when you're not on track you are right on track. We aren't going to let a bad day or week slip into weeks and months...sure feels like it some days, but were stronger than that. You are strong and fierce. (haha made me think of Sasha Fierce. lol!)

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SKYFYRE 12/17/2008 11:57AM

    Glad to hear your furbuddy Roscoe Pico Train is doing GREAT after his little surgery! And I am so glad that you are nearly to your goal weight and get to eat more calories, it's the little things that make me happy, sad;y like FOOD! Hahahahaha! Anywa, just got to yesterdays blog to, and you make sure you write every little video, remote etc down for the claim on your renters insurance! That sucks! Well, I hope that a digital is in your future, because I am coming up with all kinds of ideas as to what your pup looks like!

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KACHAFFE82 12/17/2008 11:28AM

    This is a good memo. The main reason I haven't weighed in a few days is because of being busy at work, lack of sleep, and eatting different food.

It's all good. Hang in there. In the end, as long as you're doing what you're supposed to do, you will see the results on the scale and on the measuring tape.

HANG IN THERE! emoticon

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Tuesday, December 16, 2008

I'm feeling a bit frustrated and disgruntled people.

1. The scale has gone UP not DOWN since weighing in after Thanksgiving.


That's really all. HAHAHA I didn't need to make a list. The real list is reasons why I think this might be:

1. My post Thanksgiving weighin could've been on a DOWN fluctuation and therefore a little too forgiving

2. I'm using a different scale -- maybe I never really made it to "165" as a true number. Or maybe I did and my backup scale is heavier? I dunno cause the gym scale seems to concur with this scale.

3. My recent weighins have both been after a night of like 4-6hours of sleep.

4. It's the week before TOM and I always weigh more the week before TOM.


Yep. Those are all my explanations to myself or possible reasonings for the WTF feeling I've got looking at the numbers.

This morning I started expressing my concerns to my husband and he was so surprised I was feeling like this. He thinks I look even firmer maybe. (All that strength training paying off? And now that I think about it, there were a couple of times recently that people made a "you need to stop losing weight" comment again -- to which I said I'm not!! In fact I put on a few at Thanksgiving...hahaha)

And my clothes feel fine. I'm not going binge crazy -- I had my splurge on the birthday, and pizza on Friday -- but I didn't go crazy with the pizza and everything else has been very healthy and good!!! The worst thing I've had to eat was some kinda salty popcorn from the christmas tin, and few chocolate covered items yesterday.

I feel like -- the scale is a good tool. I want to continue to use it so that I don't let myself slip and gain the weight I've lost back. But I don't want to let a number psych me out like this and make me feel like I'm gaining it all back when I know that's irrational deep down inside. Maybe I just need to adjust my maintenance range to like... 168-173? Still 5lb range, and maybe it's the same as where I was maintaining before I just didn't know it because I had a "generous" scale?

Thoughts? I'm not giving up on my "lose a lb or two before vacation" kick. I still think it's good for me to really work hard on focusing my healthy attentions and maybe losing some weight before Christmas vacation... I'm just trying to make sure I'm not making unreasonable expectations of myself and driving myself crazy.

If I'm being totally honest, a scale at the gym in our hotel on Thanksgiving vacation weighed me (in gym clothes) at 177. And I thought, this scale must be totally bogus. But maybe I was really closer to 172 without some fluctuation from eating crazy on vacation? And I've lost the water weight already? Maybe it was accurate and my scale before was less accurate. I've always weighed a bit more at the gym and at the Dr's but I attributed it all to clothes and being awake a bit more and eating something.

And even now I feel like I'm thinking about this too hard and analyzing the numbers too much. I mean, I didn't pick 165 because I just loved that number so much. I stopped there because of how my body was looking and my upper body getting too skinny and whatnot. So the true number is not that important (although I really wish I either knew what it was, or had my same scale still so I could be consistent with my measurements).

I think I'll take my measurements tomorrow morning -- after (hopefully) not waking up super early again, getting some GOOD SLEEP.

Had to take Roscoe into the vet this morning to get neutered so we got up super early. Then I went pet food shopping (examining all the labels to make sure I'm getting a very good one), and some other pet related items we forgot (pet hair rollers!), and then grocery shopping. After getting everything put away, I had no time to workout. :P Also I realized I can't do a home workout video from Roku because those thieves stole the remote to it and it has no buttons. *DOH*

OH! And I want to take a million pictures of Roscoe for you all to see because he is so gorgeous, but those darn thieves stole my digital camera. BOO!

SO! My food was good yesterday and today -- ended up not being hungry for my snack yesterday, so I skipped it, had a simple dinner of a sandwich, and went to bed just fine. Within ranges easily. Today -- looking good.

GOT to get to the gym tomorrow. :)

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MDTWEETY 12/17/2008 3:26PM

    Glad the scale sorted itself out. I refuse to step on it more than once a week these days, just to make sure I'm on track. Otherwise, I would just as soon throw it out the window. Ha ha ha! emoticon

Oops, this was supposed to be a comment on the blog above. LOL. I was catching up...

Comment edited on: 12/17/2008 3:28:01 PM

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COLORADOTINK 12/17/2008 9:28AM

remember today is a new day

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SWEETZMIX 12/17/2008 9:11AM

    Dana my dear!! Girl stop analyzing stuff. You need to read my blog from Monday called "A Lesson on Progress", I think you need a reminder that you are beautiful, have adapted a new lifestyle, your clothes fit, and a bunch of other things. I know you may be scared deep down to gain the weight back, but you do plenty of ST and you know that can be why the scale is not going down. You may be putting on muscle.

SO screw those thieves, u know it will all come back to them. Now you have no digital camera so no pics....GRRRRRR

Get your butt to the gym today!!

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**PRICELESS** 12/16/2008 9:07PM

    I'm still soooo excited about your new doggie. =D And sooo upset w/ the stupid thieves for making it impossible for me to see pictures of him. Booooo!
I'm sorry about the scale issues. I certainly know how frustrating they can be. =( Hopefully it'll get to swinging back the right direction soon.!!.

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ZORAHGAIL 12/16/2008 7:56PM

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MARLIE13 12/16/2008 7:54PM

    Oooh that's right about your camera...I'm SOOO sorry. Especially since I begged so much for pictures. Boo.

I think all of your reasons for the scale being higher are valid. Oh and if hubby thinks you look firmer...yes on the strength training thought. You can definitely weigh more with lean muscle than with fat AND be thinner and firmer. So I think that's your answer. ;o)

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BRUIN2 12/16/2008 7:27PM

    Hi Warrior Princess!!!

You know, you make very, very good points here.

The main one that stood out to me?!?! That you're using a different scale!!! (Did the thieves steal your scale too??) Scales are ALL calibrated differently - my advice is to stick with one scale. OR, if this "new" scale is the one you're going to be using, start watching your weight on IT - don't compare it to a different scale.

I think your idea of a range of 168-173 is a good one. And you could definitely be adding mass with your strength training.

You're doing so good - you've come SOOOOO far. Watch your calories, workout for stress relief, thank YOURSELF for being able to handle so much!!!!!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/16/2008 7:05PM

    i am a daily weigher most of the time and it helps me see the fluctuations so i am ok with them. however, i totally get how this could drive you nuts. i wish scales were more consistent. sorry you are down about this. i could lecture you on clean eating and getting workouts in but you know and do all that already. i would check your measurements out. i am sure they haven't changed, you got some new muscle and you are looking hotter than ever.

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SLCOLMAN 12/16/2008 6:27PM

    Overall it sounds like you had a good day! We feed the dogs home cooked food most of the time but use Beneful when we need commercial dog food. Still can't wait to see him!

I don't have any advice for you on the weight thing, other than you are doing a fabulous job and I know that you will figure out what is best for you!

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TELERIE 12/16/2008 6:03PM

    Scales are for FISH! I agree it's a nice tool, but go by how you feel.
And get sleep - I also weigh much more when I get too little sleep.
I weigh every day (on the Wii Fit) and it's less forgiving than my bathroom scale, so I go by the higher number and try not to let it affect me. Someone mentioned they weigh daily but make a weekly average. That's a number that can show a trend and make more sense, by eliminating much of the daily fluctuations.
I hope we get to see Roscoe soon, how is he settling in?

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Monday, December 15, 2008

So yesterday was the big splurge day -- DH's birthday -- and I have no idea how many calories I had, but it was a lot. Well. I dunno. It might not have been TOO too bad, but needless to say this morning my weight was... 173. WHAT GIVES? That's 1.5-2lbs UP from where I was before.

I'm hoping it's due to splurge day being yesterday AND getting maybe 6 hours of sleep. BECAUSE...

We got up early today and got a DOGGY! :) WOOHOO!!!

His name is Roscoe and he seems to be a Beagle/Lab mix of some kind. Sooooooo cute. And he is mellow and sweet and cuddly.

My eating has been kinda random today because of the schedule.

We went to Sonic for breakfast and I had no nutrition facts with me but all the breakfast food looked so fatty, so I got a smoothie. Turns out the calories weren't that much less, but at least I saved on fat. :P 440 cal for a 12oz Strawberry Banana Fruit Smoothie made with nonfat yogurt and milk supposedly! :P Anyway... was not really anticipating it being quite that high.

I ate a quick healthy lunch at home and then came to work and was confronted with holiday goodies, which I partook of a bit. I've entered in approximates on the tracker and my planned snack for this evening, and I've only got 240 calories left for dinner. :P So I dunno. If I forgo the snack that's 6 hours without eating. If I eat it, what can I really eat for dinner? Tilapia, quinoa, veggies... I think I can actually swing that for about 300 calories which won't be too far higher.

But yay we have our doggie!!!

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APPLEHEAD326 12/16/2008 3:45PM

    Aww, doggie! You should seriously post pics! Maybe you already have I have to check your gallery out! If not, you should! Thanks for the comments on my blogs! I love reading them! ((Hugs)) Your SparkFriend, Desiree

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SWEETZMIX 12/16/2008 2:27PM

    ooooooo u got a doggy. so cool. i want one, but not now..maybe next year. now u get to take it for lots of walks when u feel lazy, it's exercise!!

Happy Belated to the DH!! Glad you enjoyed urself!! And I was good all day but indulged in 3 cookies here at work. So I put it in my tracker too and will try my best to keep it low cal for the rest of the day.

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**PRICELESS** 12/16/2008 12:45PM

    YAY!!! I'm so happy for your new addition. =)

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MDTWEETY 12/16/2008 10:54AM

    Congratulations!!!! emoticon

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CATIATM 12/16/2008 9:57AM

    Congrats on welcoming Roscoe into your life! As for a 300-calorie dinner ... 3 oz. grilled chicken on a big bed of spinach or lettuce with sliced tomato, carrot, basil, and radish? Grill onions and mushrooms with the chicken and pour it over the salad instead of dressing and VOILA! Yummy and within range!

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TELERIE 12/16/2008 2:37AM

    Birthdays are "special" days, in my book. I don't worry so much about them. WOOHOO! A dog! We want to see pictures! Good luck with him, I'm sure you'll get a great friend!

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SKYFYRE 12/16/2008 1:03AM

    Go Dana! Awe, Roscoe?! How cute! Did he come witht hat name of didja give it to him? Happy for you!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/16/2008 12:04AM

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MARLIE13 12/15/2008 9:13PM

    PICTURESSSSSSS!!!! Wantwantwant!

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    Hooray for a dog! Love the name, and can't wait to see pics!

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SLCOLMAN 12/15/2008 8:02PM

    Yeah for your new family member! I think that Roscoe is a super cute name and can not wait to see pictures!!

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HOPERY 12/15/2008 6:46PM

    emoticon AWWW! A new Bunny Puppie! I want to see his picture! And just think, having a pet reduces stress, and reducing stress reduces the waistline. You'll love waking up to someone who is always happy to see you, and wants to follow you around. (unless hubby is like that-mine is not a morning person)

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Saturday, December 13, 2008

So I'm at work on a Saturday morning, what better time to post a blog??? :P

Anyway -- yesterday I took a look at my deficit tracking so I could more accurately see what kind of a loss I could even hope to expect from this week's hard work and I saw that my deficits each day were definitely not large enough to create close to a 2lb loss -- which is ok with me. But it does kinda make me curious as to how Spark's is seeing it? I guess if I stuck to 1200 instead of going any higher? But I'd be really happy with a one pound deficit this week.

Last night we went to visit a friend of mine in the hospital and we ended up staying far longer than I ever anticipated, so we ended up ordering pizza (AT the hospital this is!!! If we had been going home I certainly would have eaten something at home and not ordered anything). I am semi-proud of myself for only having 3 slices. I'd have been way more proud of one or two, but I tend to go NUTS with pizza, so 3 slices is not too shabby for me. Plus we got SOME veggies on the pizza -- alongside some pepperoni, but still. Means less pepperoni and some veg factor. Papa John's doesn't really have any nutrition facts except for their specialty pizzas, so I just put it down as pepperoni, even though I'm sure there was less pepperonis than on a full pepperoni pizza (meaning less fat, less cals), but even with that I was at 2020, which is high for trying to stay within a 1200-1550 cal a day range, but it's within my old maintenance range!

So far for the week, including last night, my deficit is 2531, meaning I'm looking for another 1000 calories of deficit.

Since I stayed at home on Wednesday to do ST and did SOME KB work that day, I decided today would be a GYM full body ST workout instead. So I'm hoping to get a nice calorie burn today from that.

OH also, on Wednesday night I went over my new lower cal range -- I didn't realize it, but I ate some of that popcorn trio type popcorn and when I estimated the amounts into my tracker, I came up to 1732 calories that day -- which is still not HIGH HIGH, but not within that little range.

So I could have done better this week -- but considering all the madness, I'm pretty happy with how I've stuck to my guns for the most part.

I really actually think creating a 1lb deficit in a week is more reasonable for my current weight and how much I'm trying to lose as a rule, although I thought since I was maintaining for a while I might be able to get away with going for a larger deficit for a week or two, but maybe that's just an unreasonable expectation anyway.

Um, I think I'm rambling now...

But I took the Christmas Tin Popcorn Trio and actually measured out and bagged it into 1oz servings of each kind to make it easier for the future tracking and portion control. :)

Just the weekend, a week and a half, and it's VACATION TIME!!!!!!

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SEPPIESUSAN 12/15/2008 5:03PM

    Hey, I just read your past few blogs and I am so sorry to hear that you were robbed (burgled, whatever, is that a word?!). I am SO VERY impressed that you didn't turn to food for comfort - you are so dedicated to your healthy lifestyle, not even CRIME can stop you!!!

If you have any leftover pizza send it my way - I'm in a food funk and pizza used to be one of my favorites!

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CAROL_HOORAH 12/15/2008 11:47AM

    your old maintenance range was 1700??! that was my weight loss range!! I'm so confused lol girl you better be eating enough or else i'm going to come over and COOK for you!!!!!!! :D hehehe

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TRECECOOKS 12/14/2008 8:58PM

    Oh, kudos to you for portioning out your treats!! Way to go!!

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SLCOLMAN 12/14/2008 4:19PM

    With the week you have had I think that you have done a great job!!

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LANC92 12/14/2008 6:38AM

    Little things like not depriving yourself of the popcorn (like most "dieters" would) and taking the time to measure out 10 oz. bags is why you are so successful Dana. You really deserve that motivator award because you are a great example of how to live a lifestyle!

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SKYFYRE 12/13/2008 5:13PM

    Mmm! Pizza! Haven't had it in far too long! I should prolly give up granola if I decide to go down that road! Good job on taking conrtol of the portions!

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**PRICELESS** 12/13/2008 2:09PM

    That's so funny measuring out your 1 oz bags of popcorn...which btw I absolutely LOVE the cheese & carmel!!....that's a GREAT idea & certainly easier for the portion control.
Pizza...YUM! I'll be indulging tomorrow in some Fruschietta (or how ever you spell it!) I have to make sure to pre-wrap 1/2 of it so I don't find myself eating the whole thing. YIKES!! Portion control is NOT my strong point!
Hope your friend gets better!!
Have fun burning those cals at the gym!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/13/2008 11:20AM

    pizza is one of my go to town foods too! way to show restrain. i hope your friend is doing ok. vacation is near! emoticon

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Getting it all back together...

Friday, December 12, 2008

So apparently being robbed is when you're present and when you're not present it's burglary?? I dunno.

But in case anyone actually KNEW that ;) (I sure didn't), we WERE NOT there.

Still sucks.

Oh and Hope -- they did not burgle my kettlebell. :) hahaha (that's funny)

But yeah, we're safe. The jerks *thinkingmuchstrongerwords* kicked down our deadbolted door and stole basically all the electronics in the front rooms and every video game. They left the CD's and movies... but looked through lost of stuff (luckily none of our bank information appeared to even been TOUCHED, and nothing missing from that stuff). And we do have Renter's Insurance.

We filed a police report, the cop that came only found one area that was able to be photographed for shoe prints on the door, all other fingerprint type surfaces were too dusty OR too textured to be able to lift prints from. (Leaving me wishing I had done a total top to bottom DUSTING that morning! GRRR stupid electronics that collect dust like magnets!) They opened my flute case but left the flute, moved other stuff around, but basically it was just electronics that were taken.

Luckily I had my iPod with me, so they didn't get that, but they took the little MP3 player I used for running with and also my digital camera (with some pictures on it I hadn't uploaded yet :( wah) and yeah.

Just everything of that nature.

We brought our LITTLE BITTY TV from the bedroom to the living room, but it's so sad. It's almost worse to be sitting there looking at that tiny little TV. haha.

They took my gym bag, library book bag, and my DH's bookbag -- emptied in haste, of course. Obviously used to help cart our belongings out. But now I have no gym bag. :P GRR. And my gym ID was in there so I have to get that replaced -- which is a pain in the butt because it's a University rec center and so I have to go get a new Uni- ID card. :P

Other good news? I didn't turn to food for comfort. I still went to my Spin Class yesterday morning. Then we had to make detailed lists of the items that were taken for the insurance company, and go to the PD to do a supplemental report that detailed everything and the few things we didn't realize were taken yet that night.

Our door and doorframe are new now, yeah... I dunno what else to say. It sucks.

Then we went over to the Animal Shelter since it was so nearby and looked at dogs. We've wanted a dog for ages and we might get one now -- our apartment complex has offered to waive the pet deposit for us (since my DH mentioned we were thinking of getting a dog after this). But I dunno. All the reasons we've been waiting to get a dog still apply -- too busy to give it lots of time and whatnot. No yard. I think we could make it work, though... it's still on our minds but I'm thinking we're not going to. Although after seeing all the dogs at the shelter it's hard to not want to do what we can to take care of one of them because they are so sweet and need someone. :P

Also my inner thighs are RIDICULOUSLY SORE. Like I'm walking funny. I think two days of spin class with a day in between of upper and lower body ST -- meaning squats and lunges did occur -- just DID ME IN. hahaha. :)

I feel like everything's ok, but just has a kind of damper on it now.

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ILOVEAARDVARKS 12/16/2008 12:00PM

    I just got back in town and am soooo sorry you got burgled! I hope they find the JERKS!

And good for you for not turning to food!

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TRECECOOKS 12/14/2008 8:56PM

    Dana, I am so sorry! The feeling of violation must be awful. And to lose all that stuff - I'd be obsessing about it.
So glad you didn't turn to food, and that you DO have renter's insurance. I don't, nor do I have a catalog of all our stuff. . .

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LANC92 12/14/2008 6:42AM

    I'm so sorry to hear this. We had the same thing happen to us some years ago. The dirty thieves burgled us in broad daylight and used dh's gym bag and took the pillow cases off the pillows to carry stuff out. It really sucked so I know exactly how you feel. I'm glad to hear you have renter's insurance - we didn't but believe me, we did the next day! Just remember, it was only things and you two are safe and sound.

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CATIATM 12/13/2008 8:28AM

    I'm so sorry you are dealing with this, but I' glad neither of you were harmed. And a dog - dogs are wonderful. It's been just about a year since Kadusha died, and MacDuff and I are thinking that it's time for us to get another fur child. emoticon

And GOOD FOR YOU for not using food! I don't know if I would have been that strong.

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SKYFYRE 12/13/2008 4:56AM

    Oh, Dana, that just sucks. I am so sorry. The feeling of violation that this brings is terrible. It sounds like you are dealing with this in the appropriate manner, and YAY for not heading for the fridge! Keep your chin up, and might I add that you and the hubster get gold stars for having renters insurance! So many people haven learned that little lesson, maybe they will from your post though!

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SLCOLMAN 12/12/2008 11:29PM

    So happy to hear that you two are safe, but still all the belongings and the feeling of being violated just sucks!

I think that a dog is a great idea - especially a shelter dog - find the right type for your lifestyle and it will be a very beautiful thing. (In other words get no dog with any husky in it at all because they need tons of attention and a yard! LOL)

I hope that your renters insurance is able to quickly help you replace most of your items too!

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KKATZE 12/12/2008 9:36PM

    That's terrible.... I feel so angry and sad for you.... it's more about the missing things, just the thought that some people went through all your stuff is just..... so wrong.....makes me totally mad! You are handling this absolutely adorably, I think I would be totally devastated should this ever happen to me....
Hope you still get to enjoy the holidays!


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HOPERY 12/12/2008 6:55PM

    Wow! You didn't stress eat? I stress ate when I heard about the break in. Dogs can be great, but they do require work too. I'm laughing now, because I just had to pause from typing this to stop one of our dogs from chewing up a diaper on the living room rug. A very stinky diaper!! At least you won't have to worry about that if you bring a fido home. I think going to a shelter is the way to go-we have gotten the best dogs there!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/12/2008 5:52PM

    glad you guys are ok. way to go on not turning to food. i would have drown myself in potato chips.

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SWEETZMIX 12/12/2008 5:25PM

    I am glad u 2 are OK. Too bad they stole ur stuff but it could of been worse. At least u have the rental insurance so hopefully u will get enough to replace some of that stuff.

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MDTWEETY 12/12/2008 3:31PM

    Sorry this happened to you, and I really hope they catch the thieves!!! This time of year, burglaries and robberies are very common, unfortunately. I think getting a dog is a great idea, but I understand about considering whether or not you have time to devote to one. It's definitely a responsibility, but I know you would take such good care of one. And you might even have a new running buddy! I say if you can make the time for it, DO IT! There are so many great benefits to having a pet. And I bet that once you visit the shelter, you won't be able to leave without one. emoticon So if you're REALLY not sure, don't go! LOL!

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MARLIE13 12/12/2008 3:08PM

    Wow, I still don't know what to say other than I'm just so so sorry this happened. I know it must really suck but that is wonderful news they didn't touch your banking information. And what a praise that you have renter's insurance! Maybe getting a dog would be the silver lining in all of this, helping you to heal. Plus you could teach it to run with you! Anyway....big hugs to you. Stupid burglars.

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CALICAVEGIRL 12/12/2008 3:00PM

    OK, I'm going to weigh in on the dog debate. We have a dog. He's a big dog too (half Alaskan Malamute and half Golden Retriever). But he is the sweetest thing EVER! Because he's so big and he loves people so much, as soon as someone comes to the door he's right there. This unnerves people who we don't know. I'm standing there holding back this dog who really just wants to lick them,... but they don't know that. They just see a dog who is big and has lots of energy. We had some people in and out of our house after our basement flooded and the first words out of their mouths every time were, "Is he friendly?" And they all had a sound of trepidation in their voices. Seriously, they asked that question before they even introduced themselves. Dogs are animals, and thus not 100% predictable. They can sense fear and nervousness. Their ancestors were wild creatures,... and no matter how long they've been domesticated, they will always have that in them. They are pack creatures and will do anything to protect the pack (which would consist of you and your DH). That's why people (especially people who are doing things they aren't supposed to be doing,... like stealing things) usually see them as more trouble than it's worth. I think it's a good form of protection if you ask me...

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**PRICELESS** 12/12/2008 2:27PM

    Aww Dana, I'm so sorry. It sounds like who ever it was was "Christmas shopping". =( I hope your renters insurance will cover most, if not all, of it. I've never had renters insurance so I'm not sure how that works.

I LOVE the idea of getting a dog!!! (Not just cuz I'm an animal lover/rescuer) ;-) And the fact that they'll waive the pet deposit?? Oh yeah!! Contrary to popular belief, they don't all require a lot of time. Because you're considering saving one from the local shelter they'll probably form a very special bond with you...leading to that much more protection ;-) I have a pit bull and a chihuahua....people are way more scared of the pit bull but really it's the chihuahua that's a mean little sucker. lol

Okay, I'm done trying to sell you on the dog idea! =P WAY TO GO on your workout, esp in the midst of the drama!! Hope you're able to get everything replaced quickly and they catch the ppl that did it!

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CALICAVEGIRL 12/12/2008 2:08PM

    Keep on keeping on and sticking to your new way of life. You are handling this so well (I mean really,... I'd be freaking out). Stay strong.

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TELERIE 12/12/2008 1:59PM

I am glad YOU guys are all right. It's such an invasion of privacy. Most things can be replaced, but the feeling of strangers fiddling and sorting through your stuff is awful. I'm glad you're getting back to normal though. Hang in there and hope they get caught red-handed one day.

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