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Friday, December 19, 2008

Thank you all for your wonderful response to my last blog, I really appreciate it. *HUGS*

So! On to the day to day...

Today is an off day for me -- I've got to burn an average of about 323 calories for each of my next 4 workouts to reach my calorie burn goal -- so I'm feeling good about where I stand in that respect. Our replacement remote for my little Roku box came in yesterday so I can go back to doing an at home workout for one or two of those as well! :) YAY.

I did feel like I got a lot accomplished this morning, though -- Got up, called the PD made sure I would be able to pick up the Police Report (my name isn't on it only hubbies) they said sure, so then I made lunches, took Roscoesweetface out, came back, made breakfast (not anything elaborate -- but I added some pecans and dried cranberries to some flax plus - MMM), and left to pick up the PR!

Then I called the insurance adjustor, left her a message (she's out of the office till Monday), faxed in our stuff, and there you have it. Now I'm just waiting for the workday to be over. And I'll be back tomorrow. :P WONDERFUL! :D haha.

I intend to hit the gym fast and furious tomorrow after work -- they're closing at 2PM and I get off of work at 1PM. :) So that should be fun. Then maybe at home workout Sunday, gym mon-tuesday... then my last day of work! THEN VACATION.

Yes, I think there will be a countdown in every blog. *SO ANXIOUS*

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SLCOLMAN 12/19/2008 4:34PM

    Sounds like you got a lot done today!
Thanks for the Roscoe update! :) He sounds like a sweetie!!
I hope you have a wonderful vacation!!

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**PRICELESS** 12/19/2008 1:37PM

    LOL!!! I hear you...YAY for vacation!! =D

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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

    emoticon emoticon


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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