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Bits and Pieces

Monday, March 11, 2013

This past week has been very hard for me. Last weekend, I had to do a few things WAY out of my comfort zone, and while this is good for me, it caused my stomach to ball up into a knot and I had to step away from my computer and go OCD over making/organizing lists and databases for awhile. You guys know what a nerd I am. Yes, doing monkey work on Excel and/or database programs helps to iron out my brain, use up excess nerves, and calm me down. I discovered this when I was going through my first major relationship breakup when I was fifteen and got through it by folding fliers for the local YMCA for hours on hours on hours. Nerd. Anyway, I managed to get through my week, and while I'm still not back to perfect equilibrium, I am at least slowly returning to social media, and figured I'd write out a post to highlight some of the stuff that has gone on with me while I was away.

1. Yesterday, I cut off 15 inches of my hair to donate to Locks of Love. The lady cutting my hair cut it a bit shorter than I wanted - I'd been expecting to cut off about 12 inches - and now my hair looks a bit like a curly 1920s bob:

My boys tell me I look like Isabelle from Hugo. :D Of course, in a few days, my hair will get used to the new length - and lack of heavy locks weighing it down - and it will get much, much curlier. It won't look like a bob after that. I'm not sure what it will look like, actually, because I haven't cut my hair in almost three years now, and I've lost 85 lbs since my last haircut. My face is shaped completely differently now! So we'll see. It's cute right now. And it makes me feel younger. :)

2. I have been on flour overload for the past week. Stress, and all that. Thankfully, I haven't gained any weight (whew!), but I haven't lost any either, and I'm okay with that. Now that I've hit 100 lbs gone, I feel like taking a bit of a break - I think I've earned it. In a few weeks, I'll work on losing the next few pounds! On the negative side, my joints - particularly my knees and ankles - have been swollen, inflamed, and very painful for the last week. I don't know if this has to do with reintroducing flour into my diet, but I do know that flour and joint inflammation have been linked, and that makes me question if the two are related. It's possible they're not - for all I know, it's because I've spent too much time sitting down staring at all my lists and databases and not moving around - but I do suspect the flour. I should have eased into it more slowly. And unfortunately, with my joints all painful, I haven't been able to do any real exercise for over a week now. Boo. I really can't wait to get back to my walks and runs!! The weather is perfect out right now, and I want to spend as much time outside as I can before the 100-degree days start hitting next month.

3. At my youngest son's birthday party on Saturday (he turns 9 on Wednesday), my dad asked me where I set up the pull-up bar he got me for Christmas. I pulled it out and showed him out it worked. Up until that day, I had only been able to do a single full pull-up, which was already more than I could do at the beginning of the year. On Saturday, however, I did a full pull-up AND THEN WAS ABLE TO DO ANOTHER HALF A PULL-UP WITHOUT A BREAK IN BETWEEN!!! WOOHOO!!! I know this is another geek-me thing, but GUYS I love pull-ups and I'm getting SOOOOO close to my goal of being able to do 5+ of them again!!

4. Tomorrow, I will be on Sparkradio!! I'm *really* nervous about hearing my interview, because I felt like I was tripping all over myself while trying to answer questions that I hadn't prepared for. But I hope y'all will listen to it!!

5. I am so relieved that Daylight Savings Time is here. The four months of jet lag are over!!

6. There's a sixth thing to tell, but I think I'm going to wait until tomorrow and let it have it's own full post. Preview: It has to do with chocolate. :D In the meantime, I'll leave you with another haircut picture, this time with my little boy who is about to turn the last single digit age we have left in our household...

So....what's been happening with all of you while I've been gone for the last week?

Member Comments About This Blog Post:
TANYA602 3/12/2013 9:22AM

    You and your boy are ADORABLE and you are rocking the haircut with the chiseled new face of yours! How cool that you donated for Locks for Love! Beautiful!!
It sounds like you have a full and exciting plate. I will have to go to the Sparkradio archives to hear your interview. I can't wait!
I hope your joints loosen up with the warmer weather and that you are out and about in no time!

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NANNABLACK 3/12/2013 7:39AM

    emoticon haircut!!

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BRONXBABE 3/11/2013 10:00PM

    LOVE the new 'do!

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CRABADA 3/11/2013 7:28PM

    I missed you this past week! Glad to hear you came through your discomfort zone activities unscathed!

I also think you're super brave to donate your hair. I'm way too attached to my long hair to have the courage to chop it off! I think you're amazing!


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    It's exciting piecing the puzzle together about one's own health, isn't it? emoticon
Your hair looks cute!

Have a great day!

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TRUE-NESS 3/11/2013 7:19PM

    Yes, it is like Isabelle from Hugo... but you HAVE to have the hat... she always had that hat (beret thingy) on. :-)

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    ooh perfect summer hair!!! You're awesome!

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MISTY_MOUNTAINS 3/11/2013 3:22PM

    Your hair looks cute!! Good for you for donating. My man did that last year (12").... they're excited to get every little bit of that hair.

I will definitely try to listen to you on Spark Radio tomorrow!!

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FORMYDARLINGS 3/11/2013 12:55PM


Love your haircut. It DOES make you look that 20 something look. SO cute. Your baby is going into the tweens next year. hard to believe. My DS's birthday is Tueday. He's a bit older, 34. LOL I can't beleve it when I realize how old he is now. He still seems 18 to me. Have a great week and I would investigate that flour thing a little more. Maybe you need to look at gluten free?


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ANY010113 3/11/2013 12:46PM

    emoticon Hair dresses always cut your hair more than you wanted, but i think its super cute on you!

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KARENLEIGH32 3/11/2013 12:43PM

    Your hair is cute, its like mine! The shorter it is the curlier it is! emoticon on the pullups!

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PARASELENIC 3/11/2013 12:30PM

    I love your new harido-- it frames your face beautifully!

I'm excited to hear your sparkradio interview, too, how cool is that!

Sorry to hear about the joint crud-- your database mind will file this away too, so perhaps down the road you will have more information to see if there is a real correlation between flour and your joints.

Happy birthday to your little one, and I'm looking forward to hearing about this mystery chocolate blog!

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DAWN14163 3/11/2013 12:02PM

    What a great donation to make. Your shorter style really suits you - win win! I'll look forward to hearing you on the radio emoticon

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XTINA46 3/11/2013 10:38AM

    I think you look wonderful: seriously, way younger, happier, lighter and sassier!
Plus, I bet you anything that the joint pain is coming from the flour overload: happens to me everytime -- I eat bread, and not only do I get depressed, sluggish, tired -- but also my joints ache like crazy. I give up bread, and a few days later, I feel good mentally and physically.
You are a wonderful person with great spirit -- I do so enjoy your blogs and you've always got me going "YAY POOKASLUAGH! :-)

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RUNNING-TURTLE 3/11/2013 10:17AM

    emoticon Cute hair cut and cute little boy, my son just turned 8 back in November. Kids grow up way to fast.

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COFFEE_123456 3/11/2013 10:04AM

    Hey! The haircut looks great - such a nice donation too. Glad you are doing okay and coming back online. All is well with us - my kids are digging the extra days off school due to snow. I am just trying to keep all schedules coordinated... got my own spreadsheet for that!

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KROLES55 3/11/2013 9:39AM

    Awesome post. Great job in donating toLocks of hair..I'll be looking for your interview on Sparksradio!!

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STARLIGHT615 3/11/2013 9:19AM

    Love the new hair cut!!! I would totally donate my hair but I cant So instead I have my daughter do it since her hair isnt dyed!!

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CYALE76 3/11/2013 9:18AM

    I like your new hair cut, it makes you look younger, and you did for such a wonderful cause. I hope your joints feel better soon. You have not missed much on my end my weight loss has slowed down I have only been losing one pound a week. I must say I am a bit jealous of your weather, we still have a little snow on the ground but the sun was out yesterday and it is slowly melting.

Looking forward to hearing your interview on sparkradio and to read your blog about the chocolate.

Have a great week !!

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RYDERB 3/11/2013 9:17AM

    I'm so excited to hear you on Spark Radio! emoticon
I think your hair looks cute! What a fabulous cause! Congratulation on your son's birthday. He's adorable! Good luck getting back to feeling normal and in control. You're amazing Amanda!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 3/11/2013 9:17AM

    I think your hair is REALLY cute on you! It's great with the shape of your new face = ) I can't wait to read your chocolate blog, and I"ll try to catch you on sparkradio!

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CHERRYCOW 3/11/2013 9:08AM

    Wow such a lot going on! Your hair is cute, and good on you for donating, even if it was cut a little too short. I try to do this myself once every spring. The short hair is kinda strange for the first few days. (Thats the only time I cut my hair! lol) I bet it'll settle in to be awesome. Can't believe you've lost 100 lbs too. That's awesome in itself. I'm sure the radio will be great. Good luck on it even though you've already recorded your piece, and congrats on it!

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DISCIPLINE_DOES 3/11/2013 8:47AM

    1) Glad you're back!
2) Your hair is super cute!
3) There are great things to be said for being a nerd. :)
4) At one point I was taking 1600mg/day of ibuprofen for joint pain. And that didn't even touch it. When it would rain, I would feel like I had been hit by a bus. Even breathing hurt. When I went off gluten/dairy/etc, all of that disappeared. Now that I've been eating all of that stuff again, guess what. Yep, joint pain is back. I think it's not only flour, but sugar as well - at least for me. Hope you get it sorted though, because joint pain makes everything kind of miserable. :(

Hope you have a great day!

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WALLINMW 3/11/2013 8:45AM

  Thank you so much for your donation to locks of love. This breast cancer survivor really super appreciates you! Stay motivated.

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