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Still missing ...

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

... so I'm gonna stop using that as a title now.

I promise, as soon as we get Roscoe back it will be BROADCAST EVERYWHERE. I think it might be making me more sad to remind myself everytime I blog that he's still missing. At first I wanted to do it because I didn't want people getting their hopes up about what was within the entry...


Today has been TOMTASTIC. Not wonderful. But I managed to hit the gym hard before the cramps really kicked in somehow this morning, so I'm grateful for that. Just have to be careful with food the rest of the day because I ate quite a bit this morning. I still have up to a little over 400cal for dinner, so I know I can manage that.

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HRDWLBY 2/20/2009 9:44PM

    I still hope you'll get Roscoe back!

Congrats on pushing through even though you weren't feeling your best!


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MARLIE13 2/19/2009 2:06PM

    Focus on the positives. I like that! Even TOMTASTIC sounds positive. Going into dinner having to be careful scares me. But I know YOU can do it! And then you can give me tips. lol!

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RHALES199 2/19/2009 8:07AM

    Tomtastic... Lol.... unfortunately, I know that feeling all too well, because that's the kind of day today is for me, if you know what I mean...

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WOLFKITTY 2/18/2009 8:14PM

    Ride out the TOM and it's good that you're trying to do things to keep yourself feeling better.
We all love you Dana!!


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SLCOLMAN 2/18/2009 6:15PM

    Sorry about the TOMtastic day!

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KIMCATUS 2/18/2009 4:39PM

    TOMtastic- ROFL! Sorry I may have to steal that one from ya!!!

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MDTWEETY 2/18/2009 4:34PM

    LOL @ TOMtastic!

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_RAMONA 2/18/2009 4:06PM

    {{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}!

Dana, thanks for the comment on my blog.... THAT was REALLY helpful to me. I'm not so much overwhelmed by my life as the with the inablity to see to my life as I would like (and to an extent, the way it requires). Putting the dots really closely together for me, as you did, has helped me to relax a little, and see the forest for the trees. THANK YOU!

{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}!

TIC': very descriptive.

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TRACYZABELLE 2/18/2009 3:51PM

    MY daughter is having a tomtastic day as well but she is now napping as she did too much earlier. As for me I am almost headed to bed! Work tonight but now catching up on DVR'd shows!

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Still missing -- Letting Go...

Tuesday, February 17, 2009

Again I'm in the position of trying to let go of more things out of my control.

I've done what I can, got to move on.

This morning after waking up early randomly, I had a hard time getting back to sleep with things on my mind. I ended up watching some TV and going grocery shopping and skipping my planned workout today.

I'll be ok -- this is Day 2 off in a row, and I'm meeting my gym buddy in the morning, so I'm following my self-prescribed rule of no more than 2 days off in a row. Plus I'll have lots of time tomorrow morning to really burn a lot of calories.

It always feels good to have a house full of healthy food again, too. :)

Edited to Add: Seems people thought I was letting go of Roscoe and grieving for him, not really. I still have hope for him, the Roscoe situation remains unchanged -- what I'm letting go of is that whole MESS that I blogged about yesterday.

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KIMCATUS 2/18/2009 2:09PM

    I'm sorry about the other doggie too...but agreed, you have to let the mess of the situation go. You can always be proactive about the plight of animals by volunteering at a shelter, but from experience that's a hard job. You do what you can though, I know you do, and every little bit of kindness for these animals help!


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SLCOLMAN 2/18/2009 2:04AM

    Sorry about the whole other dog situation... What a pain :(

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LAFTERSFREE 2/17/2009 10:29PM

    i read the blog about the dog stuff, that totally sucks, seems like that vet needs to consider making some better rules. im happy u and henry have been able to help other dogs though in your roscoe quests. good things WILL happen to good people. yay for gym tomorrow, i feel like such a slacker lately!!! :)

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MARLIE13 2/17/2009 9:21PM

    Hola! I got behind in yur blogs again. LOVE the red dress! I'm sorry about all the doggy drama that you've been dealing with. I love a kitchen stocked with healthy foods too. Good going! Have a great workout tomorrow!

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MESACHICK 2/17/2009 7:12PM

  Hi Dana! Long time no talk. I just got caught up on your blogs. Hugs to you - what an ordeal. It's crazy what happens. Go you for having a gym buddy...what a great idea!

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MOM2ACAT 2/17/2009 6:44PM

    emoticon I know it's not an easy thing to do.

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SWEATONCEADAY 2/17/2009 4:59PM

    letting go may be just what you need to do. i know it is hard though. grieve your loss. you have the right.

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CATIATM 2/17/2009 4:49PM

    No matter what else is going on in my life, exercise and eating well always make me feel better. I'm glad you're back on track with healthy choices, but I'm still sad about Roscoe. I think you're making the right decision to adjust your mindset, though. emoticon

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ORANGE-AVOCADO 2/17/2009 3:36PM

    *hugs* It's really hard to accept the things beyond your control, but it's for the best. Also - I really like your 2 day workout rule. I should implement something like that.... Good luck getting back into the swing of things.


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MDTWEETY 2/17/2009 3:26PM

    It's definitely healthy to let go of things that you can't control. You've done everything you can. You're a great person.
Sending hugs your way, hon!

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Dog Rescue BACK in danger...

Monday, February 16, 2009



This dog had VISIBLE ribs, you could feel every bone in her body, we found TWO ticks on her, one gorged and one not yet attached, and who knows maybe more that hopefully got killed during the flea/tick bath we gave her, her coat was totally dry -- obviously malnourished. NO COLLAR, no obvious ties to anywhere...

Someone came in and claimed that they were the owners at the vet that my DH and our friend took her to to get checked out. I don't know that they had any proof, but the vet made them give her back to them!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

They said she had been missing since the day we found her... Grrrr. These hillbillies do NOT REMOTELY care for their dog, yet we have to give her back?

I'm trying to find the right information to call and report and complain about these people.

Not to mention they protested paying any of the vet bill for the care the vet gave her before they showed up. Luckily for us the vet said not to worry about it, but I'm convinced that if we had been at OUR vet's office instead, the vet would not have forced return to the "owners".

I can't believe people are allowed to "care" for their dogs in such a way.

I'm not sure whether the location is within city limits or in the county, and I can't find the county codes regarding care of animals so I'm not sure what I'm even able to do yet but HAD to vent my frustration.

Edited to add: Confirmed the vet did not require ANY proof of ownership, no vet/shot records, NOTHING. Also did put in a call to the Sheriff's Animal Control Deputy. <3

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KIMCATUS 2/18/2009 2:06PM

    Ugh. I really hate people sometimes and the way they treat creatures that are dependent on them...bless you for calling the authorities...that sounds like animal abuse. *hugs*

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**PRICELESS** 2/17/2009 12:22AM

    OMIGOSH!! That is absolutely RIDICULOUS!! I'm so sorry. Animal rescue really can be heart breaking work. I'm so sorry Dana, I truly hope that she's going to be okay. I can't wait for the day when the system quits failing all these poor animals.

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COLTDANCER 2/16/2009 10:58PM

    Absolutely - too many fail to realize that a pet is like a child. They depend 100% upon us when we take them, and it's a COMMITMENT. They will always require care. The trust and need of a pet is something too many take for granted. It is so very frustrating. Even moreso when one of the sightless fools is a VET.

I'm glad you at least reported the activity to animal control.

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TRACYZABELLE 2/16/2009 8:47PM

    Too many people take on pets and don't realize the commitment until they are overwhelmed. It is so sad! I feel badly for the poor pup. Good thing there are people out there like you! THank yoU!


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LASHERTHECAT 2/16/2009 6:10PM

    Good for you for calling the authorities!!

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ORANGE-AVOCADO 2/16/2009 5:45PM

    AUGH! That's awful! I used to have a pit bull, and you're right - they're totally sweet, loving dogs if you treat them correctly! And it sounds like this one's new foster owner would have done just that! But to put her back in the hands of people who weren't treating her right... grrrrr! Good luck trying to find a way to get her out of this situation! Is there any sort of "child protection services" for animals???

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CATIATM 2/16/2009 5:42PM

    Oh my gosh! Just reading your account of this story got my blood boiling. emoticon Who ARE these people, and didn't the vet wonder about their quality of care?

I'm sorry that sweet Roscoe is still on the lam. I keep hoping to see the "he's home" blog.

OK, completely shallow here, but oo-la-la on the red dress! emoticon Was DH a lot more attentive after you came prancing out of the bathroom? *LOL* You look lovely in it!

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MOM2ACAT 2/16/2009 5:41PM

    Poor dog! I agree with you, those people should not have gotten that dog back!

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Still missing -- but things are good.

Monday, February 16, 2009

Had a good weekend -- got to rescue another lost doggy while trying to find Roscoe, and found a foster/possiblypermanent home for her very quickly! We took her to the local pet store to use their shower station with the flea and tick shampoo and one of their employees fell in love because she looks a LOT like his dog. Both are brindled pit bulls with white toes, only his also has a small white diamond on the back of his neck. He obviously had a lot of love for the breed and anti-fighting, etc., as well. His doggy was in very good health and friendly -- we got to visit when helping take her to his house. He agreed to foster, but admitted that he would probably end up keeping her.

This poor baby was skin and bones!!! So glad to know she has a good home and we don't have to worry about her being ignored in the shelters by people scared to adopt a PB and eventually getting put down.

So that was nice. Also as of today on my home scale I'm officially BACK in maintenance range. Longer than I thought it'd take after Christmas, but I had a LOT of NON-Christmas related backslides due to all of the emotional turmoil I've been going through, and the past couple of weeks I was stuck maintaining just above my range, so it's not like I sat around being way over forever, just not super pressing myself to get back since I was so close.

So now I'm 169 at home -- 166.6 in clothes and after breakfast at the work scale!!! Thinkin that one is a LITTLE generous to me... so anyway. I'm going to keep trying to lose to 165 again while Scale Back Alabama is going on. If by March 16th I'm not at 165, but at 167 or so, I'll just switch back into maintenance anyway. But if I hit 165 BEFORE the final weighin, I'll switch then. That's a 6lb cushion to what I need to weigh at final weighin to qualify as 10lbs lost for my team, so I have NO PROBLEMS doing that.

OH. Pictures.

The dress stops JUST above the knee, and I wore dark tights and pointy flats with it.

Here's a closeup for makeup hair, my dangly earrings... sorry about the expression. HAHAHA.

Oh and of course BATHROOM pictures.

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KIMCATUS 2/18/2009 2:07PM

    Smexy dress!! You look great!!

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WHATAGRL42 2/16/2009 6:38PM

    nice!! I went red too. Trite, but when else can you do it, if not V-day?
You look smokin' hot! btw, we almost adopted a mutt at Pet Smart the other day. And, they had a miniature Maine Coon cat (same breed as my cat), that I was dying to take home. I simply cannot go into pet smart anymore. It's too hard to resist! I'm glad pitty got a foster/permanent dad!

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MOM2ACAT 2/16/2009 5:41PM

    You look great! Cute dress!

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MDTWEETY 2/16/2009 4:22PM

    How sweet of you to rescue another dog and find it a home!! :) :) And CONGRATS on being back in maintenance range. YAY!!

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**PRICELESS** 2/16/2009 4:05PM

    You look FANTASTIC!!!! Rock it out girl!!

How wonderful that the baby girl found a good foster/home. Being the avid PB lover/owner that I am, I always love hearing their success stories! Way to go for being so compassionate.

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ORANGE-AVOCADO 2/16/2009 3:59PM

    You know, Dana, I hate to say it but... that dress looks a little big on you. emoticon

Kidding, of course, you look fabulous! Glad you got to rescue another doggy, but as always, sorry that Roscoe hasn't turned up yet. Still crossing my fingers over here for you! Congrats on getting back into maintenance, but even cooler that you're still setting goals and participating in the Scale Back Alabama. You're awesome, hun!

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RHALES199 2/16/2009 3:23PM

    Dang, you a hot skinny mama in that red dress!
How cool that you guys were able to rescue another dog and find at least a temporary home for her so quickly!
Hope Roscoe comes home soon... hugs...

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MISSY_MAGOO 2/16/2009 3:21PM

    So glad to hear you found a good home for the lost dog you found. I have two pits, so I have a soft spot for them. It's true, it can be real hard to find a home for them, in my area there is lots of extra laws for pits and some people , that would normally love to own one think it's just too big of a hassle to pay the extra licensing and certification fees. Most people don't realize they're loving, loyal, and a great family dog cuz all you hear is about the ones that have been raised to fight :(
I've read a few of your blogs, and am sending good vibes your way in hopes you find you dog. We had a german shepard once that was missing for 2 months before she was found in town about 30 miles away. I'm hoping yours finds his way home soon.

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Still missing - Red dress a hit!

Friday, February 13, 2009

HAHAHA. So work today has been a chorus of, oooh Lady in red!

It IS a little cliche, but oh well. It looks good dangit. :D I took a couple pictures this morning, but was taking them myself so couldn't get a good full length -- will recruit hubbie to try this evening and hopefully get some. Anyyywayyy...

Did the other new JM Video I got -- "No More Trouble Zones"

It was murder. I had to stop due to time, but I was actually grateful to be out of time because it was killing me. :D Apparently upping my weights and giving away my lighter ones was not the best move when it comes to this video. JM herself was talking about how she was only doing 3lb weights because we'd be doing bicep curls for 5 MINUTES. Yes. So um... I had to leave out some of the curls because now my lightest weights are 8lbs.

I'm still glad I got heavier weights, it just means that at least for a while I will not be able to follow portions of that video as shown because my muscles are burning out far sooner!

Some murderous highlights -- return of "Surrenders" <-- you hold weights straight up over your head, step back, kneel down with that knee, then the other knee, then step up forward and press your body weight up -- repeat until death.

The Bicep Curls circuit which had some lunges and static squat and side lunges, etc. all the while performing bicep curl variations (wide grip, hammer curl, normal grip)...

I'm blanking right now but there was more killer action. OH! Lateral and anterior shoulder moves. Basically she's doing combination moves in each circuit for the most part and they are supersetting particular body parts. Like the shoulders superset, triceps superset, biceps superset, abs are paired with a chest superset... yeah. I had to stop right before some more mat work -- I think Plank rows was the next move. I LOVE YOU JM!! For Kicking my Butt!!!!


Tonight is me and my gym buddy (LAFTERSFREE) 's "Healthy Meal" night. We've been trading off preparing a healthy meal for each other (and my hubby) almost every week (every week?) anyway. First she did a salsa chicken slow cooker dish, then last week I did Chicken Tikka Masala and garlic Naan, and this week she's doing Tilapia, Parm Roasted Potatoes, and a squash thing... I think the tilapia is lemon garlic but I'm not sure. VERY EXCITED! :D

Tomorrow I have to work. :P BOO! But I'm sure some fun V-Day action will occur at some point.

I was rushing so much this morning I did not have time for breakfast -- I ate one Girl Scout cookie before leaving the house... not quite the breakfast of Champions. And now I have a bar of chocolate and a box of Sweethearts TARTS on my desk. If those were the REGULAR conversation hearts, they'd be gone by now. :D hahahaha.

I'm thinking at 2 hrs into work I may go and raid my lunch -- I brought a grapefruit and I could peel it and eat half now and the other half with lunch. I won't have time to peel and eat a whole grapefruit at lunch anyway because it's LIBRARY DAY! :D

Had a Roscoe dream last night -- dreamt he was home and during the whole dream I was thinking, "Why am I not more ecstatic about this?? Roscoe is HOME!!! Oh yes, this is a dream..." so it was very bittersweet, but nice. More good omens/positive energy.

I've felt so much better this week. Very positive and reassured. More calm feeling than ever since this whole thing has happened.

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WHATAGRL42 2/16/2009 2:49PM

    Hey, stella's got her groove back!!
I'm sure getting back into the fitness routine your body is accustomed to, is giving you some much needed endorphins. I'm intrigued by this JM video. Once my trainer gave me 8 lb dumbells and engaged me in a very long, bicep-curl routine: half up to full up...... 3 sets of 15; down to half way up-- 3 /15, and full extention curls --3/15. Then, we repeated.

The next day, I could not straighten my arms. Nor could I do so the next day after that. Man!!! reading your blog, I could literallly imagine the pain! emoticon

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NATURALLYME126 2/16/2009 2:34PM

    I am glad you are feeling better! Where are those pics at? Dang girl you made me tired just reading about the workouts! 5 minutes of bicep curls? WOW!! I should try that one day. :)

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CATIATM 2/14/2009 5:25AM

    Happy Valentine's Day, Dana! We want pictures of that red dress!

I tried JM's 30 day Shred. I just did not connect with it at all and found myself hating on her the whole time. I've been doing the Firm series and Leslie Sansone and liking them better. So we'll see.

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SLCOLMAN 2/14/2009 1:29AM

    Can't wait to see the dress pics!!

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SWEETZMIX 2/13/2009 8:20PM

    can't wait to see the pic and I am glad you are feeling better!!

it's cool u 2 trade off meals like that too!!

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SWEATONCEADAY 2/13/2009 3:22PM

    those surrenders kill me. after over a year of doing mtc type workouts i finally did the full set without somewhat of a break. i am sure you were a vision today. we need to see a pic!

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TRACYZABELLE 2/13/2009 3:15PM

    I am glad that Roscoe has been coming to you in your dreams, he must be thinking about you too.
Your healthy meals sound great. I am making a bunch of stuff this weekend so I can freeze some , I dont want to hear "there is nothing to eat" from my daughter so we just order out in a pinch-- that pinch is pinching my wallett!

Have a great weekend!

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LAFTERSFREE 2/13/2009 2:27PM

    im excited about dinner tonight too, glad we've been doing this, keeps things fun. it's ironic b/c i JUST wrote in my blog about dinner tonight then stopped by your page!!! i think we need to make henry cook for us on the next shift ;) but yeah... see ya tonight, im thinking of getting the JM 30day shred, sarah d said it works wonders and she loves it... have u tried that one? i forget what u said about that. anyway, see ya tonight!!!! (oh... and... does it completely ruin healthy meal night if i bake brownies also???? just curious........... :-)

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_RAMONA 2/13/2009 2:13PM

    YOU rock, Dana!
{{{{{{{{{ HUGS }}}}}}}}}

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