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My Grandma

Thursday, December 18, 2008

I don't like... EVER do this kind of thing...

But those of you who are the praying type, will you lend a prayer to my grandma?

She was recently diagnosed with a horrible autoimmune skin disease which has caused her to have boils like the size of lemons. She even had some inside her mouth. She's currently in the hospital and swelling like crazy from medication.

She is such a wonderful kind of a person -- she has a kind of sarcastic demeanor, but she is so kind. The ULTIMATE "hostess" -- always concerned about everyone else and trying to make sure no one is worried about her. Even in the hospital she's recruiting my mom to help her make sure people have the good Christmas gifts she wants to give them, getting dinner to her sister who is not in the best health, and watching a nurse that takes good care of her to get to know the nurse better so she can get HER a good gift for Christmas.

I just hate the thought of her going through so much pain and such a horrible ordeal.

Thank you!

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PEBBLESGMC 1/12/2009 8:05AM

    I will pray for Grandma!!

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TRACYZABELLE 12/23/2008 12:54AM

    I hope your grandma is not in too much discomfort and count on prayers from me as well.. We all need to know our family members are being looked after.

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CURVES_N_CURLS 12/19/2008 11:14PM

    Sure thing, Dana!


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SLCOLMAN 12/19/2008 4:32PM

    Grandma is definately on the prayer list!

Hang in there!

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MOM2ACAT 12/19/2008 3:55PM

    I'll be keeping her in my prayers that she heals.

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**PRICELESS** 12/19/2008 1:32PM

    Oh Dana, I'm so sorry. That's sounds so awful! Her and your whole family are in my thoughts and prayers.

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REMA74 12/19/2008 12:44PM

    Your grandma will def be in my prayers. Have a peaceful Christmas!

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KIMCATUS 12/19/2008 12:41PM

    Oh bless her heart and of course she will be included in my prayers. She sounds like a wonderful lady and we can all benefit from her example of courage and thoughfulness!!! *HUGS*

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MARLIE13 12/19/2008 12:29PM

    Your grandma sounds like a gem and a wonderful woman. Of course she will be in my prayers. Thank you for sharing this special need.

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IFNOT2_RETURNS 12/19/2008 12:20PM

    You and your family are in my thoughts. I hope she get better.

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MDTWEETY 12/19/2008 12:19PM

    Oh my gosh, I am so sorry. She sounds like a wonderful person. emoticon

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/19/2008 11:27AM

    oh dana. she sounds like a wonderful lady. she is in my thoughts.

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SHINYSILVRVOLVO 12/19/2008 11:21AM

    I'll keep her in my prayers as well. I hope she gets well soon!

How is your family holding up? I'll pray for all of you as well!

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SWEETZMIX 12/19/2008 10:12AM

    No problem Dana, I wish ur grandma the best and I hope she gets better. She sounds just like my grandma, a heart of gold and I know I wouldn't want nothing to happen to her.

So I will pray for you, your family, and especially your grandma!!

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4CAKES 12/19/2008 10:05AM

    I am so sorry! I will gladly Pray for you and your Family!

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CALICAVEGIRL 12/19/2008 8:57AM

    Of COURSE I'll pray for your Grandma.

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CATIATM 12/19/2008 6:52AM

    Oh, that sounds awful! I will keep her in my thoughts and prayers.

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KACHAFFE82 12/19/2008 5:14AM

    She is uin my thoughts, hun! You hang in there too. We love you and I hope she is doing okay.

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BRUIN2 12/18/2008 11:07PM

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emoticon prayers for your Grandma!

(And you!)

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JERI1952 12/18/2008 10:45PM

    Your Grandmother will be in my thoughts and prayers. Take care.

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Feeling Good

Thursday, December 18, 2008

Had a great workout this morning -- ArcTrainer and Rowing Machine.

That ArcTrainer!!! It still burns a lot of calories, but not as many as the little estimate thingie guesses... at least for me it didn't. By the end of the workout it was of by about 55 calories I think? For 20 minutes? But still, got a great burn because between that and the rowing machine I spent about 35 minutes of time working out and burned about 437 calories. ! WOOHOO!

Then I went to the Mellow Mushroom for the first time ever and had a really amazing salad. It was ridiculously priced, but it was good. :)

*sigh* Two more work days this week. Then a break. Then 3 more days. THEN VACATION!!!!!!!

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4CAKES 12/19/2008 10:06AM

    Arc Trainers are great!

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MARLIE13 12/18/2008 3:20PM

    I remember the days when you didn't have an HRM. I'm loving that you do now! Isn't it fun?!

Almost vacation....you can make it!

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SWEATONCEADAY 12/18/2008 2:57PM

    i have never seen an arc trainer in a gym here. i love the rowing machine but i don't get a good calorie burn from it. do you? glad you are having a good day!

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MDTWEETY 12/18/2008 2:41PM

    I love the arctrainer! I'm not a huge fan of the machines b/c they kinda bore me, but the arctrainer is usually my machine of choice.
LOL — I've been to a Mellow Mushroom in South Carolina. I wonder if it's a chain. The place I went to had pizza, wings, beer.
Glad you're feeling good and having a great day!

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Wednesday, December 17, 2008

Got nearly all my Christmas shopping done in one fell swoop! :) WOOHOO!

Also got some other things picked up, and the Target lady (anyone love that SNL sketch??? :D hehe), well, her register was acting crazy and it took her a while to check me out so I was later getting to the gym than I wanted. I was leaving the locker room to go workout at about noon and I usually head to the shower at 12:20.


But did I let this phase me?? NO! I hit it HARD. I briefly considered doing Cardio so I could burn "more" calories, but I decided that was a cop-out and I know I can burn a comparable amount of calories by really rockin that ST. So that's what I did!

Compound movements, moving swiftly from one machine to the floor, back to the machines, over to the ab mat, incorporating some standing Mountain Climbers and Jump Squats to help keep the HR up. I burned 275 calories in 25 minutes, and a couple of minutes at least were me stretching and cooling down. I usually don't stop my HRM until my HR gets back down to at least the 120's.

So I will be able to hit the gym tomorrow, Saturday, Sunday, Monday and Tuesday. That's the plan anyway. If I get a super awesome calorie burn on one of these days I might take another day off, but I know I won't really workout Friday morning, just being honest with myself, and Wednesday is the day we start vacating, and I have to be at work at the crack of dawn, so no workout that day either.

Feeling good.

P.S. -- The first weighin after Thanksgiving was 171 (and that was under normal conditions so I think it might have been accurate), and I didn't start loss mode until 12/8, so since then I've lost about 2.5lbs probably? So that's a good reminder.

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CALICAVEGIRL 12/18/2008 10:39AM

    Awesome job! Way to kick those calories to the curb =)

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LOBO1978_2000 12/18/2008 10:36AM

    Yay to getting xmas shopping close to done. Gooe luck

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SARAH_VW 12/18/2008 8:41AM

    Sounds like an awesome workout! Great plan for the rest of the week too.

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SLCOLMAN 12/18/2008 12:12AM

    Sounds like an awesome day :)

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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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ZMONEY 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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