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10/21/11 8:05 P

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few more quickly

JENGA
meant to add i'm so sorry about your colleague. sounds awfully sad. hard when that happens. so hard.

BETS
come and be heard!! say what's on yer mind whenever. safe spot here.

SARAH
didn't mean to imply that one has to discover the whys of gaining weight or maintaining too much baggage. Want to emphasize that it deeply matters that we spend at least some time on ourselves. Thinking about ourselves, doing for ourselves... something. We cannot, most of us, as I said earlier, be # 1 in our lives and it's kinda trite to tell people that the "must come first" when they're swamped w/their lives... But it's NOT trite to suggest that they must at least count... some. For a bit of time... Somehow... we must enter into our own equation.

Sounds so simple but as we designers know too well, simple is not always easy.

Worth continuing to move in that direction... little by little.

If we act like we count then we start to believe it.

HEY... WE NEED A NEW THREAD. This is gettin topheavy...

D

leaving now...
later
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Hi Everyone –

Jenga – so sorry about your former colleague. WTG for being within 5 pounds of your pre-Pookie weight and for getting in some long bike rides. Good luck with the potty training.

Deb – loved the bottle and diaper stories. Such precious memories.

Sarah – yeah for the CSA and for the bag of apples from Whole Foods. Have fun with your mom’s puppy.

This morning I did 20 minutes on the Air Climber – 890 steps. We missed the band bus so I put on my makeup, got gas in the car and dropped DD off at the middle school. Tonight I am going to a jewelry party with my sister in law and step mom. Saturday DD has a church league basketball game in the morning and then she is an altar server at the Saturday evening Mass so we will go to that. Sunday she has religion class. Otherwise we have nothing scheduled so I am hoping to get some stuff done at home. I think I will focus on 2 to 3 hot spots per day and anything more than that will be a bonus.

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Laura - I'm with ya I need that too... but like Deb says to you have to figure out what's stopping you as well. I have to figure out the same thing. I've joined different challenges myself, work, ediets or fb friends and haven't had the kick in the pants yet to get me consistently motivated to act on it. We just have to suck it up and do it ourselves.

Jenn - I just may have to sign up there as well.

Well last night was a long evening. Picked up my csa. It's the 2nd to last of the season. I'm not signing up for the winter session though. Not in the budget and just too much meats last year than what I want to use. I froze a lot. I can probably still order a la carte if I'd like to until the next session. Got some turnips that I have to figure out what to do with. We got a bag of about 4.

Stopped at Whole Foods. Loving the bag of Honey Crisp apples. They're on sale today for 1.99/lb but I was just as happy getting them last night at regular 2.99/lb. At the regular grocery they've had prices of 4.99/lb. Couldn't stop today and was in the area last night as it's close to my csa pickup.

Then off to Mom's for some last minute tips before she left for a weekend trip. We saw that the new dog might actually like me better lol. She was coming in the room more with me and watching as I talked. We did have the slight discussion that I could end up with her if she kept it up. The dog is at the very least jumping off the door step now when prompted to go outside and came back inside by herself over the step. So she's coming along compared to the last time I saw her. She was slightly jumping when the other dogs (small as well) brushed by her so we'll see how mine (the big black monster twice their size) makes her react tonight. I'm mostly intrigued that she just never feels the need to bark.

Work this week has been fairly quiet and maybe calmed down a little.

Off to head home and then to mom's house
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LAURA
I didn't mean to dissuade you from joining a support system for yourself and your weight loss, exercise regime. It may indeed help tremendously. Go for it. But also go for yourself in a deeper way cause that's where much of the problems originate. And you seemed much more able to cope when you had therapy time for yourself.

It's good to go for healing from inside, outside, wherever. It's all a continuum. Just don't ignore the interior is all I meant to say.
D

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LAURA
read BETS' post. Nobody can drag you outta the house forever. It's all about putting yourself in your own equation.

Listen, it's unrealistic to assume we can make ourselves #1 priority when we have children and jobs and demands on our lives that are priority. BUT we CAN bring ourselves into our own equation. We can count also.

Yeah, maybe the kids take precedence for awhile and we slip. That's life. Life happens. BUT when the emergency's over we need to move back towards taking some time, some of our precious energy for ourselves.

It is not all or nothing.

It's SOMETHING as often as possible.

It's mattering.

It's doing for ourselves. Whatever we can. Whenever we can.

Personally, if I were you, I'd pay a therapist and continue to see her. Because you have a ton of unresolved issues that are bigger than your capacity to find answers for. And therapy is a sacred time and space reserved for YOU and YOU alone. A space to empty your thoughts and dreams (literally) and receive feedback that is YOURS alone.

You need that and it's worth paying for. Not a luxury. If you have any way of continuing it I really encourage you to try. Once a week could make all the difference in your attitude towards yourself.

It's not about your DH, DD, or DS. It's about YOU.

Yeah I know. You didn't ask. But I really couldn't keep my mouth shut.

JENGA
your diaper story reminded me of DS2 quitting bottles.
He used bottles till he was 4. I didn't gve a rat's patootie what anyone thought or said. Kept saying that he wasnt' gonna be using his bottle in High School so they should relax and let ME be my kid's mom.... i digress....

anyways, at 4 years old, the kid wakes up one morning and announces he's quitting his bottle. Cold turkey. And tells me and his dad to collect every single bottle we can find so we can bring them to the dump. So we rummage thru the entire house collecting bottles. A ritualized ceremony which means there will be no bottle to be found should he want one later... Which we, being enlightened parents, diligently explain to his solemn little self.

Nope. He wants out of the bottle syndrome. He's done. Finito!!
Soooo off to the dump he and dad go and ceremoniously dump and bury the (rather large) bag of offending bottles.

That's in the morning!!

By 2 PM our son is lying in the sofa. Languishing. Dramatically expressing how incredibly difficult it is to be cut off from his support bottle system. Hand draped across his forehead like Camille, he's waxing eloquently about, "Oh, how hard it is... Isn't there a bottle ANYWHERE we may've missed in the house... Just one bottle... No more soymilk and juice and tasties (his special lactose intolerant mix) Oh, oh, oh"

Fletch and I were dying of laughter that we kept hidden from the kid. Though, it was difficult.

He got thru that day and we never heard another complaint about his bottle fix!

He did much the same w/his diapers.
On the diaper front unfortunately - he decided he wanted to wear underpants like dad and his big brother in the dead of winter in the North East. O God thought I. This means I'm gonna have to peel him outta his frickin snowsuit to potty!!! Which, yes, I did. What an utter pain! But potty trained he became... dead of winter or not.

Toddlers... everyone told me - and I believed them and Im so glad I did - that IT GOES SO FAST and you should enjoy all the sturm and drang and joy and hilarity of child rearing ... Cause believe it or don't, soon your kid may be in VietNam, playing sax and clarinet and managing a music store. And you'll be happy for them cause you raised them to follow their dreams and be independent even if it took them to the other end of the planet and you miss them everyday you're awake.

Life, even a long life, is as quickas the wink of an eye. Kids reinforce that sooooo
ENJOY IT... As I know you're smart enough to do!! It's a priviledge to be given the ability to raise a child and encourage them.

Gratitude changes attitude.

Love ya guys
D

GRATEFUL FOR
my boys. Love thinking about them. Love them in general.
My puppy who excelled in our agility 101 class last night. He is a natural!! Sooooooo much fun and I was a total sweat ball running around w/him. A b.l.a.s.t.!!!

Edited by: DEBRAFC at: 10/21/2011 (13:30)
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Just a quick HI to everybody. I am hanging in there.

I was absolutely stunned this week by the death of a professional colleague. Never met the guy in person but learned a TON from him as did countless peers of mine. So many benefitted from his generous sharing of his expertise. Many people were a complete wreck over the news and I would count myself among them. A tragic loss, an utter shock and as I've now learned, completely senseless in the way it happened. One of the saddest things in my life in a long time, and very difficult to come to terms with.

Doing well with the weigh-ins lately. Looked at a little bit of my weight history here and realized that in 5 more lbs, I'll weigh what I did 3.5 years ago, pre-Pookie pregnancy. That was crazy to think - in a good way. And of course, my ideal is 20 lbs below that - but I am on my way and will get there. :-D

Have been on a couple long bike rides during the past week, so that is good. Wanna keep doing more of that!! Yesterday, I took Little Missy for her first swim class and I *really* liked the approach of the instructors. Looking forward to working with them more. For Pookie, they haven't been able to place her in a class yet, so I may look at individual or small group lessons for her - she REALLY needs to learn a structured approach to the water. She totally loves being in it and is exuberant and fearless and therefore in great danger of drowning herself! :-PPP But I was quite happy with the new community center we visited today, and think I will sign her up for one or two other classes there as well. They have lots. Possibly we will get a family membership - I'm not sure how well I could manage to get any workouts in there myself but they do have facilities for such. Perhaps at the least I could drag DH there on weekends to police at least one kid... hmm.

Tomorrow is D-Day for potty training Pookie. She knows it's going to be a special day when we throw away diapers. I told her we are going to have a big, naked party. Pray for me. LOL

I can't believe that Little Miss Baby turned 8 months old today. How time is flying by!!

All right, I have more D-Day preparation to do so I guess I am just gonna wish you guys a happy weekend and get outta here.

See you guys later!

Jenga

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10/20/11 10:40 P

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Hi Everyone –

Mar - sorry about your coworker. Giving her a few days and then contacting her is a great idea. Good for you for having cute goal jeans and going to the gym to work out so they are wearable in public.

Corrie - WTG, keep it up

Deb - thanks for calling me out on the sleeping thing. I got 7 hours in last night and felt better. I am thinking I should try for 7.5 hours on a more regular basis. Sorry about the frozen shoulder and hip pain. Glad to read you are treating yourself with gentleness and kindness.

Bets - WOO HOO on the weight loss. Glad WW is helping you get on track.

Laura - one, I have to say that you coming to all of these realizations is a good thing. Over the last few months you have opened up to us, shared your feelings and I hope that has helped you. I also hope that the counseling sessions have helped you. I think these thoughts about being accountable and moving forward with your physical goals is a natural progression. I know it's not the same, but we can try to help you by calling you out if you don't come here and tell us what you are doing right.

Jenn - WTG on the yoga pose

Well last night DD’s church basketball practice got cancelled so I picked her up and brought her home after work. Then I went across the street to the church activity building to help out with the boy’s basketball registration. I was on track with 1568 calories and 130 ounces of water. This morning I got up and did the 30 minute WATP 2 mile walking program.

DD had a game after school. One of the moms text me that they were getting killed. DD stayed to watch the 8th graders play after her game and I met her after work. The 8th graders went into overtime but lost. Then I was supposed to have a phone meeting with the Church Athletic Association Director to go over the boy’s registration so we can contact last year’s players that didn’t sign up yet. However, he decided to take care of stuff himself. Whatever, I can't worry about it.

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Hello all!

LAURA - if you go to myfitnesspal.com and sign up (or if you have an iPhone, get the app) and look me up - I'm jennrose27 - friend me. I'll be your fitness and accountability partner. I only have one fellow spark friend there and so it is very private. I'll see if you have logged in every day and I can check on you and you can also check on me. You don't have to make your food and exercise logs public, but I can see that you checked in. Nobody else on the network can see your stuff if you don't want them. I like it cause it can be very one on one. I can't get out there and workout with you, but at least I can be there for you that way.

*****

Things are crazy busy here. Tried to get my nieces birthday quilt done before we went away this weekend (we are just going to the mountains an hour away, nothing fancy) but I ditched it for now. I need to go pack as I have to clean the burrow in the morning and won't have time to pack tomorrow.

But today, I did go to the gym and I worked my back/biceps. On the back extension machine, I used 100#. I forgot to take my journal with me so the workout goes unrecorded. :(

Then I went to yoga this afternoon where I could once again grab my ankles for bow pose - that was yay for increased flexibility even with just practicing one time per week. Yay. And maybe a little weight loss in the thigh. :) And I also was strong enough again to lift myself in side plank without using the knee. Yay! Soon, I'll even be able to lift the top leg again.

Okay, I gotta go. I just wanted to pop in and brag and tell Laura where to find me.

Purrs,
Jenn

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Willpower just amounts to temporary moments of bravado." -- Jillian Michaels
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Evening all! I hope all is well with everyone. I have been a bit removed lately..

Things have been...I don't know, off the last couple of days. I can feel myself itching in my own skin lately. Like, something feels off, I have been on the brink of something big. A change in me. I need...more. I need more support in my life. Not necessarily relating to DH either. I feel like I have been building a stronger support system regarding that.

Forgive me as I try to stumble through this and put into words what I am feeling...

I think I realized tonight that I need a buddy. I need someone who is going to keep me accountable. Get me going on the path of accountability. Perhaps first to someone else and to myself. I need to get people in my life that are going to call my BS excuses about not getting crap done when it comes to my health goals. I talk all the time about wanting to lose weight, but, my actions to do that have been somewhat laughable.

I know I have a lot on my plate. I have an overflowing plate of issues I have been working through. But, I am wondering if at this point I need to stop using it as an excuse. I have been very soft on myself as I have started working through some things. I have been working to be kind to myself and not so critical. I have not been hard on myself about not focusing on the physical things because one mere mortal can truly only handle so much.

Perhaps this is all part of starting to feel valuable to myself again? It just hit me lately that I have really let things go. I realized tonight, after my sweet baby boy said I should go on Biggest Loser because I am big and maybe they can help. All the sudden all sorts of things piled on - DD calling me old (I am only 34!! I know that isn't true!) Barely being able to fit in some of the roller coaster seats when DS1 wanted to ride them with me this summer, the embarrassment I feel whenever I am walking and realize there is someone behind me.

Why with all of this...knowing that I need to get at least 50 pounds off of this body can I NOT stick to it? Why can I not follow through for myself? If I can't commit to myself, if I can't follow through for me...what does that say?

So, I have decided I need to find someone who will drag me out of my house and force me to stay committed no matter what. Someone to call me and keep me on track with things. Someone to push and pull me along until it clicks and I do it on my own for me. Really, if I could get a live in personal trainer and chef that would be awesome.

Since that won't happen, I know it is up to me. This is frustrating because for some reason I feel all alone on this. Part of it is me disconnecting too much from things and just kind of secluding myself.

Does that make any sense to anyone???

The thing that has been nagging on me? This saying "you get out of it what you put into it". The stupid thing really has me thinking about what I have been doing versus what I should be doing.

Don't get me wrong. I have done a lot over the last few months. I have really made great strides. Maybe I just need to pace myself and go with the process and not rush ahead. Maybe this will come in time. Maybe this is the time?

I need tea and a good night sleep I think. Maybe more reflection is needed on this...

Hopefully I will be back with a better attitude tomorrow! ;)



Laura

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Hi everybody!!

Sorry to drop outta sight. I've actually been keeping up with the reading, but never seemed to find time to post. Then, when I wanted to post I felt I couldn't because I had too much to say, lol!!

So this is just a quickie to get me back into posting.

Joined WW three weeks ago (third weigh-in is Saturday)... It has helped tremendously, especially the on-line app that helps track food. I find the program much easier to use this time around (they've changed it since my last foray) and I've lost 8 pounds officially and expect to add 2 or 3 to that on Saturday. It feels good to be back in control and caring for ME for a change.

Other than that things are good... busy as usual... and I'm trucking along.

Big hellos to everyone. I will try to respond to individuals next time.

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hope your stomach icks are better. Nasty horrible feeling!! whazzup w/the reno??

MAR
not your fault. someone else would've been hired if not you. understandable to feel badly and good idea to call your co-worker but not your fault. don't waste too much energy on guilt. it's kinda a non-productive emotion unless there's something you actually have to feel guilty about and can ameliorate... otherwise it just saps energy. this, from someone who's spent entirely tooo much of her life feeling guilty for crap i have no control of... giving my power away is what i've done!! Hope you feel better and your jeans fit soon!!

SHAWN
not enuff sleep. y'know sleeping more actually helps weight loss. Yeah it does. Proven by research. No doubt JENGA will know the detail but you need to sleep enough for your metabolism to rev... like your body slows a bit when you don't sleep enough... needs more calories and slows doowwwnnn.... When i was a whippersnapper (40's) i used to sleep 6 hours and in retrospect i don't think i was sleepin enough. Now!? Fuggedaboudit! I need my sleep!! yuppers. us geriatric individuals value our sleep time!!

ME
wellll, frozen left shoulder leads to right hip torquing... PAIN!! I've tailored my walks, workouts and stretches accordingly. Yeah, I'm doing them but I am working around the pain intelligently. Not taking aspirin and pretending I'm fine. I figure I can treat myself the way I treat clients. So I am. Geeze... only took me till I hit my mid-60s to figure this out! Haw!

I LOVE my pink skunk hair stripe. Goes w/my big ol ear plug!!

OK... don wanna work but I've gotta!!

Later Lovelies,
Hang in. Say thank you for something that's cool in your life

Gratitude changes attitude!!

D

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a puppy fast becoming an adolescent dog. Yup, turning into a rottwheeler he is!!
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Real quick, because I gotta get showered and outta here to school:

Yesterday was a good day. I used my time well. Got off the computer, read a few chapters for school and did neccessary assignments. Ate lunch, showered, went to school, visited with a class mate for a bit after class, came home, made dinner that I had remembered to defrost, and then instead of just wasting time on the internet I watched two videos for my psychology class.

Did NOT sleep well last night. Couldn't get to sleep. Hot. Sweaty. Cat annoying. Weird dreams when I did get to sleep.

However: I used my time wisely this morning, too. Up at normal time, made coffee and lunches for both of us, 25 minutes of sharon mann cardio mixed martial arts boxing workout, breakfast and now I'm gonna hit the shower. I have dinner planned and defrosting the frozen parts.

I gotta scoot, but today makes 3 days (of my goal 5) of at least 20 minutes of exercise. PROGRESS people!

Have a great day!
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Morning. :/

Went in to work yesterday, and found out my co-worker that has been with the company for 23 years was let go. Well, technically her position was eliminated, so she was terminated. Whichever. I'm stunned and upset and angry, and a little guilty all at once. When my boss first called me into the office, she handed me a box of tissues, so my first thought was about me, of course (losing my job). Feel horribly guilty about that. I don't quite know what to do....however, I DO know that, when this happened to me last year, I was bitter towards my former workplace for a while, and very disillusioned that ONE whole co-worker bothered to contact me to say goodbye or that they were sorry. So I will give her a few days, and make a point of contacting her personally and expressing my sadness at her loss. It's....about all I can do. :(

Work is going to get tense and unfun for the next while....

I did the unthinkable yesterday and took pics of me. And posted them. Pulling out all the stops on this one. :) My new goal jeans are cute! But unwearable in public at the moment. To that end I went to the gym this morning and, of course, had trouble sleeping last night due to all my muscle soreness starting to kick in. Good times. :)

Had a non-fat cinnamon latte from SB yesterday. Not a fan. Checked their nutritional info, and found that the diff between non-fat and 2% in minimal--Leaving the whip off helps more. :) So back to regular--though I am limiting my consumption of my takeout coffee overall. Also made it through yesterday afternoon without indulging in any munchie machine munchies.

Early shift today + lack of sleep + soreness = no gym today. On the calendar for tomorrow though.

Mar




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Hi Everyone –

Scanned through the posts I missed. So, {{{HEALTHY VIBES}}} for those of you who are still sick. {{{STRENGTH VIBES}}} and {{{HUGS}}} for everyone.

General summary of the last week. Slept an average of 6.5 hours per night. Went up to my old college for Homecoming weekend. Did well with food choices but it was the empty calories from the cocktails that killed my calorie count. However, that was only Friday and Saturday night and I got right back on track on Sunday. Did a workout on Friday morning before I left and then we walked all over campus over the weekend so got some exercise in while away.

WIDR Monday – 20 minute Turbo Jame, 1598 calories and 114 ounces of water
WIDR Tuesday – 1660 calories and 114 ounces of water
WIDRT so far – 6 hours sleep, 20 minutes on the Air Climber (690 steps), planned out food for the day

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food poisoning is horrible!! Feel better Honey!

LISA! Glad to see you....sorry you don't feel well. I am not a good sick person. FEEL Better soon.

I have to head to school, but wanted to pop in. I haven't exercised today, and I'm not sure if I will, but I am still working on my goal of 20 minutes at least for 5 days of the week. I had some school work to catch up on today. Plus I need to just simply cut back on computer time. I waste a lot of time on the internet. That was fine in the summer, but now that I have other obligations I just need to cut some of it down.

It seems like living life is a constant effort in learning to "manage my time wisely". I seem to come back to this lesson over and over.

Anyway, time to scoot!

Oh...my baby neice is 16 years old today. 16!!!!!

I was 19 when she was born and she was a toddler still when I got married. So cute....now she is 16!!!! whew.....We chatted on the phone this morning for almost an hour. She is a good girl.

Gotta go!

Corrie

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Good Morning Everyone

LISA - sorry to hear about the sinus infection! Those can be hell to get rid of - I hope this round of drugs does it for you. :-) Sorry about the halting of your exercise program but sometimes life happens.

SARAH - well maybe your Mom has a dog with some doggie issues. Doesn't mean she can't be a loveable companion for her. I'll be interested to hear if anything changes.

I had a bad afternoon yesterday - I think I was food poisoned! I felt fine in the morning and everything was great until I ate some caeser salad for lunch and then BLAMMO - felt like being punched in the stomach. A few hours of hurling later, and I felt a bit better and felt okay this morning. No temp. so isn't the flu - but now I am scared to eat! All I've had today is some sleepytime tea.

This kind of put a damper on my exercise- I couldn't walk last night and didn't work out this morning. hoping to be back in the swing of things tomorrow.

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Ladies:

I'm just popping in briefly. I had a lovely time in San Diego two weeks ago, but was infected with a virus which unfortunately on the flight home morphed into a hideous sinus infection that has had me down for the count for over 10 days now. I'm on round 2 of antibiotics and still feel like I can't breathe well - or hear, as my left ear is still filled with fluid! I have to say that feeling the fluid move from one sinus cavity to another all the way around my face during the first airplane descent on my trip home is at the top of my list of strange experiences, and having both ears completely blocked on the second airplane descent gave me new appreciation for those who are hard of hearing. At least the engine noise didn't bother me! :)

I'm feeling sad that my 28-day bootcamp and C25K programs have been completely halted midstream, which means I'll have to start them all over again once I'm finally feeling well enough.

I have been getting exercise from the physical therapy I've been attending as I try to restore pain-free functionality to my neck, left shoulder and lower back (car accident remnants).

Stay healthy thoughts are being sent to you all!

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Deb - Ooh love the idea of the pink streak. Thanks for all the titles. I'd agree with the pet peeve. Once seeing the dogs personality at home mom did wonder if she did the right thing but we both agreed that other homes wouldn't work out since they'd expect more of a dog. We also thought that maybe the dog's teeth hurt but her vet thought they were great. Lots of things to think of so I know I'll take a peruse at the list too.

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Hi All!

My goal for this week is a repeat ( and hopefully better performance) of last weeks: 20 minutes of exercise (at least) 5 days of the week.

Monday 30 minutes of Firm Cardio Party.
Tuesday 20 minutes Firm Express cardio sculpt

Two down, three to go!

Can you believe it is mid-terms time already????????? I can't!

I have class until the 9th (I think) of December and then I am off for almost a whole month! Just a day or two shy....

We are having a fabulous fall....80degree days, sunshine, warm....lovely lovely!

Dinner in the crockpot tonight: Pesto infused white bean and sundried tomato "stew". YUMMeh.

PREplanning and pre effort are key in keeping me on track. This morning I had about an hour or so before I needed to be in the shower. I did a ton of prep stuff for lunches, coffee and my crockpot dinner last night. This morning, I threw all the stuff where it needed to be: lunch boxes, coffee pot on, crockpot ingredients in the crock, I did my 20 minutes, made my pumpkin coconut milk cranberry pumpkin spice oatmeal and then hopped in the shower and ran out the door (whellll...I got dressed first and stuff)...but I could NOT have had a good healthy lunch, and a lovely dinner tonight and gotten my workout in and had a yummeh breakfast if I had not put forth a little effort last night.

I have to remind myself a lot of this key piece for me.

Have a great week!

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honey
yay for a real vacay. boooo for upheaval at home. Hang in. When it's done it'll be so worth it but yikes it'll make you nuts during process.

SARAH
dogwise.com
great dogstuff site

BOOKS
Do Ove Dogs, Give Your Dog a Second Chance for a First Class Life
by Pat Miller

Complete Idiots Guide to Positive Dog Training, 3rd Ed.
Pamela Dennison

Don't Shoot the Dog
Karen Pryor

Sirius Puppy Training, How to Teach an Old Dog New Tricks
Ian Dunbar

My current favorites are:
PURELY POSITIVE TRAINING - COMPANION TO COMPETITION
by Sheila Booth

THE CULTURE CLASH, Jean Donaldson

But I wouldn't recommend the last 2 until she's gotten the others under her belt... IF she bothers to read anything at all... which unfortunately most dog owners dont... Nope, they'd rather moan and complain about how "BAD" their dog is... But spend the time to discover WHAT and HOW their dog perceives the world?? Doesn't happen which is why far far far too many wonderful animals are euthanized every week...

Soap box gone. This is one of my ultimate pet peeves (pun intended

Gotta boogie... Work awaits...

I have a BRITE PINK streak in my hair. For halloween!! Cool. I think.

Lter,
D

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dog training. The joy of getting to know a species that is not my own and learn how they absorb. Sooo fascinating.


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Deb/Honey - Thanks. The "foster" folks had her for about 2 months and kept insisting that's how she is. Just a very quiet dog. doesn't bark. I suppose we'll see :-) Mom kinda hoped it was a few days kind of thing and the terrier to come out. The dog has been coming around in her own way so I would have to say that she doesn't seem to be stressed. She eats and loves chicken. Once she knew that was a staple for dinners she sparked a little. Sometimes demanding dog but in a subtle way - sitting right in front of the stove watching or puts Mom to bed by scratching at that door. It will certainly be a learning curve for mom to see what happens.

Deb - I'd love the titles to pass along.

Honey - Glad you had a good trip.

Last night I spent some time with a friend who's dealing with a breakup. While it's been a relationship she's been wanting to end, kinda since the beginning, it's still hard for her to be alone. Had dinner out and had a good conversation. Trying to take some of the advice for myself on how to love yourself as well. I guess it's often that we can give the advice but don't take it for ourselves too.

Work is calm so far this week.

Trying to consider if I want to meet the actor, or at least see him, who plays Carlisle in Twilight. He's here and now they are offering a cheaper option - seeing Eclipse that he'll intro. The prices for autographs and photos I have such a problem with. That's Saturday so still have a few days to decide. I guess I'll see how things go with the dogs and if I can leave them for a little bit or anything else that comes up.

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Hi Everyone

I am back after a to short week of vacation. :-)

SARAH - I second Deb on the dog - your Mom has no idea what she's got yet. A good friend of DH adopted what he thought was a very calm dog from the shelter. After a few days he realized what he got was a mad man instead! I mean nuts!! He was just so traumatized from being at the shelter he was nearly catatonic for a bit. :-(

Santa Cruz was wonderful. We really enjoyed the vacation and I did the unthinkable - I actually didn't work one bit while I was gone (aside from getting our taxes done). Today was a bit of a rude awakening. oh, to be back in the world of beaches, romping dogs, and lovely walks through eucalyptus groves filled with over wintering monarch butterflies on the way to the good coffee place. :-)

So I am here, with all of our stuff crammed into the bedrooms, my fridge is in the middle of my back yard, and I don't even have access to a microwave. i can't wait for the kitchen to be done!!


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OH... SARAH
you won't know what a new "stressed" dog is like for quite awhile, particularly if it's dumped into a houseful of other longer resident doggies. New dog is stressed... may behave very very differently in a couple of weeks. If it were me, I'd give all the dogs 1 on 1 time, including newcomer and I'd go very very slowly and gently w/her/him. Look at the dog. Are her ears up and alert or against her head in stress position? Look for stress signals. Her eyes, body language etc. Is she eating? Stressed dogs can't eat. She may urinate if she's nervous, timid and offering submission to your mom OR one of the other dogs. If she's in a multi-dog household w/larger more dominant breeds and she's unsure of her pack position she may be (understandably) way too terrified to even walk around much.

Put yourself in her place. It's a scary place to be!! Even for a larger un-socialized dog, much less a small less well socialized pooch.

Lemme know if you want a couple of titles of wonderful training/behavioral doggie books. They are revalatory (word??) regarding the way your DOG sees the world. Rather than the way we ASSUME they do. Usually a big difference between the 2. Fascinating stuff (for me anyway)

Later,
D

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Hey JENGA
right... KIDS.TAKE.TIME!!
dh says kids have all the time in the world cause they steal it from their parents! Feels true. Like you I used to grind baby food for them and prep it myself. DS2 was so lactose intolerant that once I stopped breast feeding (14 months) it was a challenge to feed him correctly. Worth the time though. Absolutely.

OK... DOGTRAINING or puppy training is going really well. He is too doggone cute! He's already 60 LB and is finally beginning to look like he's really a rottwheeler!! With springs in his legs. Gawd can this guy jump! I can't wait for our Thursday night large breed puppy foundation agility class. And in Nov we begin our Family Dog Class II ... both w/superb trainers. I am so stoked. Lining him up for a "nose work" class and frisbee and dockdiving in the spring. Its so much fun running around w/him!!

JENN
running... like JENGA said, isn't always the right exercise for everyone. There are a ton of other wonderful things one can do (I say this as an x-runner who thought I'd never find anything else) I did. Biking and weights and yoga and qi gong and and and, doggie agility and HIIT in weight class rather than out of class ... circuit training etc.

and... re: weight training... you're just beginning. Your muscles are adapting to the reality of the program and they'll continue to change and adapt as the program changes... which I'm sure it will since your trainer should keep your muscles guessing for optimum development. Anyway, hopefully he'll do HIIT in the weight room. It is specific and it's AWESOME!! Very very effective for weight loss also as it revs the metabolism and keeps it up. Actually, what's even better is interval training as determined by the trainEE not trainer. In other words, the trainer develops a series of circuits... say circuit 1,2, and 3. Trainee does circuit 1, which consists of 4 demanding exercises. The trainee rests until THEY determine they'll be able to do circuit 1 for the second time flat out. Then they go again. Repeat... In other words, unlike HIIT in which time is arbitrarily allocated to when exercises begin and continue and end... this type of interval training is determined by a dedicated trainee... The trainee rests just long enough so they can really really dig in to the exercises each and every time... going full out cardiovascularly. They determine their recovery rate. Data indicate that this is equally as effective as "old school" HIIT with the BIG difference that its an easier program to maintain, people like it more, there are less injuries and so people remain with it. In other words, its more effective. When I use it it becomes quite easy to maintain body weight or lose a pound or two... Of course, nothing eliminates the need to take in less calories than your expend... but you already know that.

Oy... Gotta get going.
Later Gators,
d

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a glorious sunny NE day. Beautiful.
A puppy who makes me laugh and is such a brite little guy he makes me wanna work w/him. What a treasure! Little bright eyes w/a brain behind them. Nice!

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Have been loving the new glasses. They really looked well once on. Better vision with them was a given, and they're a lower prescription :-)

Dealing with the stresses at work. Managers had to have a discussion after one meeting was extremely challenging for me. Think we're on a better understanding now. A bit of ebb and flow with responsibilities as I agreed on a second project.

I had managed to lose my Jillian Michael's Cardio Kickboxing dvd so I haven't done that yet. I saw I lost it the day before the challenging meeting when I opened the box to see it's not there.

Mom got her dog. The communication was kinda spotty but after meeting the guy it was understood why. It was off of craigslist so I was skeptical for that reason too. The dog is a skye terrier mix. The only downside is she doesn't know how to be a dog. Seems as if everyone picked her up so she doesn't know how to walk on a leash. We thought that possibly she had been at a puppy mill for breeding. That they dumped once she seemed too old or something. She's an extremely docile dog. Every now and then she'll act like a wind up dog - wagging. The rest of the time there doesn't seem to be anyone home and she mostly just sits around. Her moments of sparkle seem like she's happy. The other dogs seem to understand and try to push her to show things sometimes. Probably the best home for her as anyone else might have wanted more life inside the dog. Her teeth were good and Mom's vet thought the dog might be younger than the rescue couple and their pound thought.

I get to dog sit this coming weekend so we'll see how she acts with my dog as well. She will hopefully just ignore mine but not sure if mine will scare her although she had been around big dogs with the couple.

Deb - So much envy in everything you found! :-) That's fabulous!

I agree with Jenn, if SP had a good mobile app that I could check the boards & groups on and post I'd be able to when on my bus if I don't get on while at work. At home I just bring up FB and that's about it. For some reason I rather forget to go anywhere else. If anyone would like to add me on FB, I have the same id on there as here for my page.

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Good Morning my dears!!

Weekend was pretty good. Saturday- Walked the dogs and I did a Cookie Lee Jewelry party and visited with friends. DH washed all of the vehicles to get them ready for photo ops. Yep, we have progress pictures on our vehicles when we do small upgrades on them. Kind of funny. Something that he does but it is good to see over the years all the vehicles and their upgrades. On Sunday went to a Demarle Cooking Show and visited with more friends then cleaned out the "dead" stuff from flower bed, did laundry and folded it. Other than that not a whole lot.

Jenn - Yeah for muscles popping out!!!

CJ - Hi!!!!

Shawn - Glad your DD team won the game. Hope your weekend was good.

Jenga - That bike is very cool!!! Thank you for the suggestion fo the books and 5htp. I have been taking 3 fish oil pills a day for a couple of months now. It has helped a "little" bit. lol. Just not enough.

Corrie - Thanks. I will be talking to my therapist this week about it.

Better head off to do something.

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Hi all. We had a hugely busy weekend this weekend. Saturday we pretty much ran from one thing to the other. Sunday was relatively quiet which was good. Just some grocery shopping, a soccer game and church. DH is officially getting my cold. So, that should make this week interesting.

This week is our last week of soccer practice for DD. Her last game is Saturday. I am sad to see soccer go, but, at the same time I am looking forward to our schedules calming down until next spring. We only have a month left of marching band for DS1 and then things will be really quiet just in time for the holidays. Hoping to fill some of that time by working on my craft room and getting it finished! I need to unpack my craft stuff so I can make stuff!

Last week was not my healthiest week. Between being sick and then getting whammied with TOM I was down for the week. I am finally feeling better though, so, I am looking forward to a week of healthier meals, more energy and more activity.

DS1 will be attending his first formal dance this Saturday - Homecoming. The whole thing is making me a nervous wreck. I think because 1) he is growing up so fast, 2) it is a formal dance, 3) he has a pretty steady girlfriend now. The whole thing is worrying me. I remember what I was like when I was 14. I know he is a good kid and responsible and all...but, even good kids can have poor judgment at times. I know I need to trust him and the morals and values I have taught him growing up. I think in order to do that I have to trust myself and that is a whole other ball of wax!

Therapy is continuing. I get 10 free visits with her and while we have worked through a lot I feel like so much of it really has wound up focusing on DH. I have made good changes in myself, I just worry about the sessions ending. Worried that I am missing things I need to work on within myself that I can't quite identify to put into words with her. We have started spreading the sessions out a bit too. I think I have 3 left. The next one isn't until the middle of November. It has been so good to just go in and talk to someone. I don't know what I am going to do when that is gone. Trying not to worry about it too much right now.

Thanks all for the encouraging words regarding DH. I know there has been a lot of conflict I have aired here and a lot of varied opinions. I think for now I feel like as long as I am seeing progress and effort on his part I want to at least try and figure things out. My biggest challenge is going to be not to let myself lose the progress I have made myself and not to slip back into thinking that him treating me certain ways is ok. As long as I can continue to keep my head in the right place I can keep working on me and keep things right. If things turn for the worse, well, I am at least working to make myself more confident in having to face that as well. Which, is a pretty important step in and of itself. I really appreciate every single word you all have typed. Having a wide variety of opinions has truly helped to keep me grounded and has kept me from boxing myself into seeing things from one particularly helpless point of view. You all have empowered me and supported me while I have made some big decisions and changes. It really means the world to me.

I am sure this is plenty long enough! Gotta go! Have FABULOUS days today!

Laura

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Hello Everyone!

I posted earlier that I wanted to do 20 minutes of exercise at least five days this week.

Monday: 50 minutes mixed cardio/pilates/yoga
Tuesday: 25 minutes pilates/yoga (active!)
Weds: 0 (I was sore!)
Thurs: 0
Fri: 0
Sat: 40 minutes FIRM Total Body Toner. Mostly mixed weights, with lots of squats/lunges and some floor/ab work.

Okay, so not exactly 20 minutes 5 days, but I can still get another day in tomorrow. BUT it is a pretty good start. I felt good that I got a variety of activity in. That is one of my silent focus items.

I was going to increase to 40 minutes 5 days this next week, but I think I will repeat week 1 to get some more consistency and a little more endurance before I jump in to a little more.

I used pretty light weights today so as not to wake up tomorrow in super pain.

Jenga-your trike looks fun!

Shorey- I think maybe you should try the meds a little bit and see if they help. If not, you can always stop taking them again. For me, when I was (or am) really suffering, it is nice to know that I have the option of getting some relief, and once I get a little relief, then I am more able to implement and practice my coping mechanisms.

Shout outs!! Bets, LisaP, Jane...hiiiiieeeya'll! say with a horribly sweet southern accent!

If you want, check out my blog at blurb column, it has a few really cool posts lately!

Okay, I need to get some homework reading done and it is gorgeous outside, so I am taking my happy hiney outdoors to read.

Toodles!

Corrie

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Hi kids.

Posted a new profile pic from a couple months ago. I also posted a couple pics of our new cargo bike (trike) on my spark page. I just paid for it today and we are getting it tomorrow. Now I can lug my children up hills for fun! LOL! ;-) Fortunately, though, the hills in our area aren't too bad for the most part - if they are steep, at least they are pretty short, and I will get stronger as we go along. Most of the grades are fairly gradual. Seattle was worse, I think.

Anyway, I'm excited! And now - uh-oh, I have to put my money where my mouth is and actually ride the thing regularly!! hehehe

Thanks, Shawn. All better now!

Things are super busy around here as usual. I have been making all of Little Missy's baby food so far. I like doing this 'cause then I know what's in it and I can customize it to how I want things. For example, I can add butter or salt or other things to make veggies tasty and appealing. ;-) And it really doesn't take *that* much time. It's also good 'cause it's reminding me how simple food can taste really good and I should make it for myself more often.

I finally put a bazillion kid and family pictures up on FB this week like I said I would. Now I am happy. The photo session that we went to on Weds was probably not a total bust but Pookie was NOT into taking direction of any kind. If we wanted pictures of a kid running away and rolling on the floor in a pink dress, it would have been GREAT! Ugh. So it will be a miracle if we got any that I truly love. As I suspected, I was needed to appear in photos to attempt to corral both children in one spot for any moderate length of time. I do think there are probably some decent solo shots of each of them, though Pook is probably going to look intense and serious in every single one! Maybe she'll at least look charming in one of the ones where we busted out some books or the toy bus. Sigh. The photographer, a very nice lady said, "This *has* been one of my more challenging sessions... " LOLOL

I so have to echo what Jenn said about the lack of ability to access SP easily via mobile. This is a huge reason why I get on to FB much more often. I get little snatches of time here and there with my phone throughout the day, whereas I almost never get to sit down with my computer unless I want to lose sleep like I am stupidly doing now. LOL

OTOH, I don't really talk anywhere about my participation here - it's kind of my secret little specialized place (you know, the one that's wide open on the internet ;-) so if I want to talk about food or fitness-related things, this is the spot and not FB! Plus there is a very specific audience here that I sometimes want. I'm sure there are probably way more lurkers than I care to guess but I keep specifics generic enough that I don't worry about any repercussions. I've never had any thus far.

I am toying around with the idea of going back to yoga at a studio near my house, and think I will wait at least a few weeks till after DH is back from his week away in Sweden. That will also be after potty training is in full swing and hopefully things starting to stabilize there. (Wow, is my life exciting or what? ;-) I just would like to get some stretching and meditation as a regular part of my routine - I think it would really help me - and I'm not likely to get it while staying here in the house.

I'm starting a swim class with Little Missy next week, and hopefully we will have one lined up for Pookie soon as well. She would really like to go, I know - we just have to fit her into the right type of session that will also work with our schedule. Not as easy as it sounds!

I put a belt on my pants today which was a good thing. I haven't tried the next size down yet - maybe I should do that, but I'm thinking they might be fairly tight yet. Of course I've been wrong on that before - I shouldn't assume! :-D

JENN - WTG with all your weights work! You're one ahead of me on that one! About the running, I'll just state something that I think I might have said before, or maybe not but anyway it seems worth it. I think your body is trying to tell you that this may not be the right kind of exercise for you! Even at a lower weight there were issues, as I recall. So many various issues over time - I just hate to see you torture your body. Would love to see you do some alternate form of HIIT where endurance and/or impact is much less of an issue (and which will build via actually doing the HIIT, too, eventually benefitting any future endurance work you might want to do). If you can't do bike or elliptical for HIITs, try jump rope. It is great anaerobic cardio and will work you out quickly and efficiently. You can jump on mats to lessen the impact. Give it a shot. :-)

DEB of course you are the most awesome dog trainer!! I bet the little guy is super motivated for agility with you. Nice work!

Hi Laura! Glad to hear things are calmer. It gives you some time to regroup. Good to still work on stuff though, as you are, and not become complacent.

Hi Shorey! Nice to see all the stuff you have going on. Meds can be a very good thing. Me personally, I found that amino acids and 5-HTP work better than typical SSRI-type meds or the ones that affect dopamine levels. The book "The Mood Cure" really helped me. I basically went full-out with any supp that it seemed to indicate that I needed. Over time I have dropped some. Probably the 5-HTP is my most awesome friend - it's short-acting so no weeks of buildup like typical meds need. I take a dose on the high end of the range as needed (200-400 mg) but it really will knock out the black clouds for me within about an hour. Typically they hang over my head at certain points in my cycle, so fairly short periods of true hormonal b!tchiness, but they feel pretty intense and the 5-HTP cuts them. It is a godsend. Maybe check it out of the library or hey - if you can't get it I could lend you my copy. Another book with good alternate approaches to addressing mood that I've seen recommended is the "Ultramind Solution" by Mark Hyman. I read some of it and liked it but didn't finish and got distracted, then never went back to it. It's around here somewhere; maybe I should get it out again! ...Yeah right, in all my spare time. Heh. *sigh*

Hi, CJ!! :-)

OK, better go. Hope you guys all have a great weekend!

Jenga

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Hi Everyone –

Jenga – sorry you had a virus going through the house over the weekend. Hope you are all better by now.

Laura – WTG for going outside with the kids and getting your workout in while playing with them. Glad your DH is at least trying. Good luck with your manager.

Deb – sounds like you are having fun puppy training.

Shorey – sounds like you have a good plan for getting yourself ready for the race.

CJ - HI

Jenn – we know you are not one to give up. I say reevaluate how far you’ve come on the running program and decide which option is the best one for you. You are the only one that knows your body. You can do it.

Tuesday night I picked up DD and off to a basketball game. The girls won. I ended the day with 114 ounces of water. Wednesday morning I did 20 minutes on the Air Climber – 509 steps. Wednesday night I had a baseball/softball board meeting. Time to start planning for the 2012 season. I was on track last night with 1566 calories and 114 ounces of water. TTOM hit me hard last night. I ended up not hearing the alarm this morning so I overslept which meant no workout this morning. I still feel really yucky. I did plan out my food for the day so that I don’t go overboard.

Tomorrow I have the day off. I am heading up to Wisconsin for my college’s Homecoming weekend. I am picking up a friend of mine that has been very sick because she wanted to go up but had no one to take her. We have quite a few friends going there or that still live in the Green Bay area so it should be fun. I plan on bringing my pedometer. If it works I’ll track all the walking we do while on campus.

Anyhow, if I don’t get here tomorrow before I leave, I will catch up with everyone Sunday or Monday.

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Yay for popping muscles.

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Hi All,

DEB - I'm on facebook more because I'm on my phone more and it is easy to type on facebook on my phone. I usually only sit at the desktop once a day. There is a nice facebook app and even the mobile site is easy to use. Spark mobile? A joke. Their app is just food and activity logging. The only good thing about that is that the food tracker is much better than the one the regular site. :) If Spark made a good app where we could type into our message boards easier, I would be here way more than I am. But to just log on to say one thing is a royal pain in the you know what.

And speaking of pain ... LOL .... you'd be so proud of me at the gym. I am getting so strong, my muscles are popping out ... I love the weight training way more than I ever expected. Now if the scale could just start showing some pounds lost, I would greatly appreciate it.... LOL.... :)


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It rained all day yesterday. Today it is not so rainy, but it is cloudy and in the 60s. I can deal with it, but I am not ready for snow and cold weather. Not at all. Not one little bit. :)

I am thinking of pausing running again.

I say this because I am having extreme difficulty. You all know I am not one to give up when things get hard. But I can't go for five minutes at a time.

Here are the options as I have thought of them.

1. Stop the C25K program until I lose 20 pounds. When I first started running, I was around 195 pounds. The 15-20 extra I carry now really makes a difference.

2. Just stay stuck in my week 5 day 1 cycle over and over and over until I conquer it. Week 5 day 1 is run 5 minutes, walk 3, run 5, walk 3, run 5. Day 2 is run 8, walk 5, run 8.

3. Jump to the Ease into 10K program. Didn't see that one coming, did you? Why not? Well, I do ultimately want to do 10K, and we have agreed to do a half marathon in Florida in February with DH's cousin and sister and they three are going to run and I thought I would like to run the first half and then walk it. The Ease into 10K would essentially be starting over with one minute intervals.

Anyway ....

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LAURA ... I am glad to hear about the progress you are making with your DH. I do like to hear about marriages working up. Most of the time, marriages splitting up sadden me. I will continue to hope for you. Good luck with your boss!

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I could probably go on and on, but I won't. I have so extremely busy and unable to get to bed by 1:00 a.m so I am really quite tired. Which is why I could go on and on and on. :)

Just know I am here for you all and reading even if I am not posting.

I am going to go record my exercise. Well not my gym sessions since I left my book downstairs. But the cardio. I will talk to you all later.

Purrs,
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Good Morning-

CJ - Hi!!

Deb - Sounds like you have been busy. Hope the dentist picking goes well and same with surgery yuck. Glad the pup training is going well. They are puppies for such a short amount of time. Beef definitely sounds better than kibble.

Laura - I am really glad to hear that DH is making efforts with dinner and other things. I hope the talk with your manager goes well and can see your side.

Jenga - Nice to see you over here. Glad that you are feeling better. Yeah for getting pictures posted :)

Shawn - you are doing GREAT!!!!

Corrie - Crockpot dinners are the best. I need to pull mine out and start using it more.

Mar - Hope your Thanksgiving was good.

Jenn - Hi!!! Hope things are going well.

Ok, better do something work related.

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Deb, for me the reason I'm at FB is that everything is there, it's not a separate place to go. I have private groups there for things I'm working on as well as connecting socially with people, etc.

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Hi I am here. I wanted to report I did Bikram Yoga Last Night. I just finished 24 min Slim in 6 DVD and will be heading out to walk Honda in a bit. As a good dog owner I will not be taking the older one, Jazz, because of her legs. It has been too much even walking a quarter of the distance. Honda needs more time walking and so do I since I have paid my entry for that marathon in June which is only 8-9 months away. YIKES in this 215 pound body it is doable but I know it is much easier when smaller. I have my goals on my calendar for every Tuesday is yoga night regardless. Do 30 minutes of whatever dvd I choose and get Honda out and get my mileage and pace started so I can keep up with people like Corrie emoticon .

I will try to get back on here and read. I have logged in my minutes of exercise. May I add that when I don't have chocolate or dairy that I am NOT as bloated nor sick feeling and NO HEADACHE. I am saying farewell to my love of chocolate for the mean time and most dairy products like mmmm CHEESE. My other favorite. Their welcome has worn out and my body has spoken. I am really trying to just go one day at a time.

My therapist appointments have been going pretty good. She really wants to put me on meds. I am not sure about it. Although I guess if it helps me feel better about myself in general and I am on track creating "better" habits then perhaps. I really don't want any of the side effects of some of them because seems like "headaches" is one of them.

Ok, time to walk the Honda girl before it starts too........ do the liquid thing again. Currently Sun is out emoticon

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checkin in. funny how much more folks look in on fb. hmmmmm. what's missing here that's available there?

LAURA
like you i've taken to combining exercise w/family activity. in my case it's Ike training (puppy). So I run around w/him, do fast recalls, run and play hide and seek for recall training and will enroll him in agility training... which sees the handler running wildly around WITH the dog... FUN!! and great mental and physical work for pup. He's turning into a very nice little dog. Y'see, I've got this here window of training him. IF I do the work NOW when he's a pup, he'll be imprinted and establish easy behaviors... which, considering he may run over 100 LB is rather important to me! Nothing like a badly behaved 100 LB Rott, alarm barking and jumping all over clients. Sounds like a "must be missed"

Anyway, work awaits. STuff's okay here but I AM SO TIRED! Tracking down a good dentist/surgeon and sending my digital x-rays out. Hope to have one picked out in a week so I can begin tending to the nasties! Life. Always somethin!

Hang in ladies...

OH... JENGA
wow! Great lifestyle changes. 188 is waycool!!

Later Gators,
D

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Hi everyone. Sort of lost track of time! I think that is going to be an issue until we get through Marching Band/Soccer season. Just 5 or 6 weeks left to go. Looking forward to a less hectic schedule especially as we approach the holidays.

Have been working to gently refocus myself lately. Things have been very calm on the homefront which has given me some mental and emotional downtime I think I desperately needed. DH has been making big efforts to change things on his end. I have seen many improvements, so, for right now I am just working to positively reinforce that and work on myself. He has been much more receptive to eating at the dinner table. We have reached a happy medium which is really what I always wanted. It didn't have to be all one way or the other...someplace in the middle. I am big on happy mediums where everyone gets a little bit of what they wanted. Right now it is working well. He has also agreed to a "blitz" this month of eating at home. This is a big commitment for him. So far he has done well in the evening. Not so much during the day, but, since the evening time is the hardest for me, I appreciate his efforts.

I had been struggling a lot with workouts. Getting up early when I went to bed too late. I was finding it harder and harder to do and I was getting irritated. Then, something happened the other day that made me realize I can actually "kill two birds with one stone". I have been big on finding time to really bond with the kids more and really want the family to get more active. So, Monday night when I hadn't gotten in a workout I took DD and DS2 outside and we played t-ball tag for about an hour. We had a blast! We were sweaty and worn out when we came in and I realized that I can spend time with them WHILE getting in my workout. It is a win-win situation. Makes my heart feel so good and full! I am trying to think of things we can do inside when the weather is not cooperative. I am thinking definitely getting Twister, maybe some Simon Says...but, need to find other games that require actively moving as well. I am also thinking of getting some dancing games for the Wii and plugging those in.

I have another therapy session tonight. Have some good realizations to share with her and am happy to be able to come back to her and say that DH seems to at least be trying. I really want to start turning some of these sessions back to me as well. I think I have some things I definitely need to work on. I think as I continue to work on me everything is becoming so much more clearer.

I have a meeting with my manager today to discuss my work plan for the coming year and plan to broach a topic with him that has been relatively touchy. I want to talk to him about having a set day I work from home. If I can get him to agree to this it is going to make such a huge difference in how I feel like I am managing my home responsibilities and my work responsibilities. Right now I spend any where from 1.5 to 2 hours on the road every day driving to and from work. This is a lot of time for someone on such a busy schedule. I am nervous to bring it up with him because on the random times I have asked to work from home he has given me a hard time over it and either been very hesitant to say yes or has made me take a half day vacation. Which, taking a half day vacation for every doctor appointment, sick kid, snow day etc...that tends to cut down on what a person has available during the year to actually take time off for R&R. So, I am nervous, but, I have been in this position for over 2 years now, everyone has wonderful things to say about me, all of my customers are located at a variety of locations and all of our files are on a network I can log onto from home.

That's the scoop of whats been going on. Life is busy just like everyone elses!

Hopefully I can make it a bigger priority to get back here a bit more frequently....Have wonderful days today!

Laura

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Hi kids.

Man, I almost never get in here and shouldn't be here now but oh well, here I am so I am gonna be quick!

Been spending a ton o'time editing kid photos so I can put them on FB. I know my SIL will be making annual photo albums for the girls (already is, actually) and I have so many cute pix that she has no idea about. So I need to do that for her. I am ALMOST there!!

Tomorrow morning it is kid pic day for the girls. They were given great, handmade matching dresses and I am not gonna let the time get away till they grow out of them. Sooooo I have spent lots of time prepping for that. O joy!!

Had a yucky virus over the weekend, both A and I had it. I was not happy for 36 hours. L has a cold now but I think it's something different. I am so pleased to be feeling normal again.

Saw 188 on the scale the other day so now the goal is to keep myself in the 180s. One little step at a time!

I am 95% of the way to an answer about a family biking solution. Will post pics on FB soon for the curious. ;-)

Also am on a trajectory for potty training soon and that is gonna be a whole interesting can of worms. But it's past time so here I go.

Deb - BOOOOOO to infection and surgery! Sorry!!! Hope it all heals up super quickly.

Honey - hang in there with all the eating out. I really know how you feel as we were so there soon after we got here, and are quite honestly still in that mode a lot of the time! :-S There is just still SO much more stuff to be done to truly get settled here (though a lot has been done in the past month or so, to be sure). Remodels and having people in and out of your house constantly SUCKS! But the result will be very nice. :-)

Mar - Happy Thanksgiving!

Shawn - HI!!

Everyone else - hope you all are well.

I gotta go! See you guys later!

Jenga

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Hi Everyone –

Jenn – hope you had fun at the Steelers game

Mar – hope you had a nice Thanksgiving.

Corrie – good for you for increasing your workout goals.

WIDR Friday – 6.5 hours sleep, 20 minute Turbo Jam, met DD at basketball practice after work, 1651 calories, 114 ounces of water

WIDR Saturday – 7.5 hours sleep, 50 minute WATP 3 mile walking program, took DD to orthodontist, 3 loads of laundry, Church’s 60th Anniversary dinner, 72 ounces of water

WIDR Sunday – 6 hours sleep, met DD at Church, went to DD’s basketball game, took her to her aunt/uncle’s house, 1 load of laundry, 1469 calories, 80 ounces of water

WIDR Monday – 8 hours sleep, 20 minutes on the Air Climber (513 steps), picked up DD on my way home from work, took her to her basketball game, 1665 calories, 124 ounces of water

WIDRT so far – 30 minute WATP 2 mile walking program, logged in my food plan for the day.

8 on track October days (25 is the goal)

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Good Morning!

Happy Thanksgiving Mar! Enjoy your lovely meal. It seems that Canada doesn't close down for T-giving like the US? Is that true? Since both you and DH are working today?

I am just here quickly. I have fallen off the wagon pretty badly with exercise (food to a lesser extent) but I am getting back on. Here is what I am doing:

I have a goal, written down, posted here and on my blog and facebook blog page, to do at least 20 minutes of exercise at least 5 days this week. It doesn't matter what, when, where, how, but it needs to be real exercise.

The goal for next week is to increase to 40 minutes 6 days a week. That may have to be modified with school to longer workouts 2 or 3 days a week and shorter ones another 2 or 3 days, but we'll shoot for 40/6 and see how we do.

I will be posting daily on my facebook blog page what my workout was and how long.

I have secondary goals of increased water consumption (24 oz daily) and journaling my food. I am just going to write it down for now as I find that to be easier for me.

So that is it. No other focuses, just get my exercise daily, at least 20 minutes/5 times a week.

Today I did 50 minutes of Sharon Mann with a mix of cardio/some light weights/core and stretching. I feel good!

I had breakfast (oatmeal, banana, raisins, cinnamon) and now have to work on finishing my speech outline, a bit of other misc. homework, shower, run some errands and be at class by 3:30 this afternoon.

I made dinner for today in the crockpot yesterday, so this evening we will just need to warm that up. I have leftovers from the weekend for lunch today, so no worries there.

Gotta go!

Feel free to check in on my FB page if you want to comment or help keep me accountable there, too.

Thanks!
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Happy Canadian Thanksgiving!

Getting my Greek Salad prepped shortly, then off to clean my building (2nd job), pick up a T-day floral arrangement, then back home to pop in turkey and tidy up the house a bit. DH should be home from work by 5 (lucky him getting to work a stat :p)

Have a good Monday everyone!

Oh, I think I'll be starting my new plan tomorrow. We'll see how it goes.

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Sorry Everyone!

I have NOT fallen off the face of the Earth. :)

I did NOT realize it had been so long since I posted.

What I did was accidentally delete a notification instead of click-through.

DH needs to update our wireless modem. So I have to go, but I wanted to say all was well. I just got back from a girls trip to the beach and I got in 130 minutes of exercise today. :)

(((HUGS))) all around, I did read the posts.

Talk to you all probably Monday afternoon - we are going to be busy this weekend. We have tickets to the Steelers game tomorrow and I have a vet appointment on Monday morning.

Purrs,
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Hi Everyone –

Shorey – I like your keep it simple approach…eat less, move more. Sounds like a good plan. Thank you, DD is very excited.

Mar – Happy Thanksgiving in Canada. Have a great weekend. Yeah on your job being intact for now.

Deb – so sorry to hear about your gum and bone infection in your jaw. Yuck!! However, yeah on the retail therapy and the nice stuff you scored.

Well last night I went home and mowed the lawn. It took me an hour and I did part of it in the dark. Thank goodness for the street lamp and my motion sensor lights. LOL. I was on track with 1629 calories and 106 ounces of water.

This morning I got up and did the 20 minute Turbo Jam program. Tonight DD has basketball practice for the church team so I’ll meet her there. Saturday she has the orthodontist in the morning and then our day is pretty much open. Our church is celebrating its 60th Anniversary so Saturday night I am going to the big dinner dance. Sunday DD has religion class and then we both are serving at the 11:15 am Mass. In the afternoon she has a church league basketball game and then I am taking her to her aunt and uncle’s house. She will hang out with them the rest of Sunday and Monday since the kids have no school because of Columbus Day.

I plan on working out both mornings and then in between activities, I will continue my quest to sort, throw away and organize my house.

5 on track October days (25 is the goal)

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i read that you were gonna take your 2nd BATH of pumpkin spice... not batch. Pumpkin spice bath eh??!! Hmmmmm maybe you're on to something girl!

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it IS quiet here... probly why so few are posting eh?

HONEY
hang in. renos suk but when they're done they make you so happy. just a little longer!!

i had a fit of retail therapy EVE style this week. Hit the thrift shop and SCORED! Got:
2 vintage silk blouses. Expensive! $4.00 each
1 vintage linen blouse. Stained so I talked them down to $2.25. Gonna tea dye it. Sooo pretty
1 crazy satin crinkle black blouse. Looks great. Thinking Xmas!!
1 adorable cushy cream colored sweater. Lamb's wool cardigan. Almost didn't buy it cuz it was sooooooo expensive ... $ 8.25 (tee hee). Then I reminded myself of the ridiculous prices I've been looking at in J. Crew and scapped that baby right up.

Yuppers!!

Last month same store... Citizens of Humanity Jeans. $4.00
O yeah!! Retail? about $200

I can handle this. Yes I can.

Those jeans? Man!! They make my legs look great. Too bad, unlike Eveala I can't handle heels cuz they're MADE for them. Nopeity nope. No more heels for this gal. Clogs is the most off the ground I can manage.

What else you ask ??

Well, I got a really nifty blazer. Deep blue w/gold button. Great shape. Why is the shape so great?? Cuz it's and ARMANI!! O yes it is.

Guess what THAT baby cost.

BAG SALE!! Stuffed a bag full of stuff and it all cost $5.00. So I figure the Armani jacket cost me about .75 cents!!

I am a very happy shopper lately!!

J. Crew Jeans? $4.00 They look soooo good (OK, that wasn't humble but i am stoked!!)

The reason for the retail therapy?

I've got a horrid gum infection and worse, bone infection in my jaw. Gonna have to have teeth out and bone surgery. O ickity ickity ick!! And phooey!!

It's been responsible for my wonky blood glucose readings tho.

Sux!! Thus the retail therapy!! I figured I needed the distraction and at the thrift shop I can do it guiltlessly!

Anyhoooooo my personal training of myself is going pretty good despite jaw problems. Been doing evening doggie walks at a brisk pace, then crate pooch, hit the gym for hard fast workout and stretch. Doing this at least 4x a week makes me feel saner.

Okeedokkee... gonna run.

Callout... JENGA, JENN, ANN... Come off FB and visit here!

Later Lovelies
D

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new clothes. They really DO make you feel better sometimes
A pup who sits when I ask, "Soooo what do you do at doors?" Doggone cute!

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Morning!

Haven't had much to report, so I haven't popped in too much...but I'll try. :)

Thanksgiving is up this weekend in Canada, and I have my food mostly ready. Wimping out and just cooking a turkey roll instead of a whole turkey this year though--two of us is just not enough for a whole bird. Also have perogies, brussel sprouts, and a greek salad with home made dressing. I'll probably get a mini apple pie from the farmer's market for dessert--despite my love of all things pumpkin spice, pie isn't one of them! Lol.

So, the funniest thing happened--my part-time job ends at the end of Oct. The new company taking over the contract just called and offered to have me continue my position. Lol. So I'm still fully employed--well, at least until they get more organized, lol. Turns out they weren't prepared for the amount of people they needed to hire. Good for me. :)

I'm toying with the idea of trying something new diet/exercise-wise for the next couple of weeks.....still working out the details.

Off to make my second batch of pumpkin spice creamer. :)

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Hello my pretties~

Not too much going on over here. Just work. Working on eating less and moving more basically. Don't really have any plans this weekend.

Honey - sounds like progress is being done on the remodel. Don't really like eating out every day though.

Shawn - Proud of your daughter for making it on the team!!!! Funny how the grass just sprouts after it rains.

Sarah - hope your new glasses work well for you.

Hope you all have a good weekend.

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Hi Everyone –

Honey – Hi I’m here.

Last night I picked up DD and went to the chiropractor. After that we stopped by the school fundraiser and got some dinner. I was on track yesterday with 1337 calories and 114 ounces of water. This morning I ended up over sleeping so I just got up and got ready for work. DD had a confirmation preparation retreat today so on my way to work I had to call her in to school. Later this morning, the school basketball coach called and DD made the 7th grade basketball team. So far we also know of 3 of her closest friends that made it too.

Tonight I have to go home and mow the lawn so that will be my exercise for the day. With all the rain we had last week, it is super long so it’s going to take me a while. That’s okay cause if I get it done tonight, tomorrow is garbage day so they’ll take away the yard waste too.

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SHAWN - good job on working out! Sorry your DD's game didn't go well.

OKAY - WHERE IS EVERYONE??????

We leave for vacation on Saturday for a week so I am not sure if I will be able to get here or not while I am gone.

Things are moving forward with the house. They redid the ceilings yesterday. But that means everything is sealed off and I can't get to my microwave,or utensils, and fridge is doable but still hard to access. This morning I had to pick up breakfast and no idea what I am doing for lunch or dinner tonight. This is making me nuts - I am stuck with eating out for EVERY meal right now, until we get back from vacation. UGH!!

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Hi Everyone –

Last night I met DD at basketball. The girls fell apart and lost by a lot. However, it is only one game and they have been doing great all season. I was on track yesterday with 1641 calories and 121 ounces of water. This morning I did the 45 minute Turbo Jam Cardio Party program. After school DD has the second day of basketball tryouts. After work I’ll pick her up and off to the chiropractor we go. Then after that the middle school has a fundraiser at a local restaurant so we will go participate in that. I have all my food logged for the day so that I stay on track and am working on my water intake.

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Honey, that sounds absolutely delicious.


Consult not your fears, but your hopes and dreams. Think not about your frustrations, but about your unfulfilled potential.
Concern yourself not with what you have tried and failed in, but with what it is still possible for you to do.
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SHAWN - good luck to your DD on her tryouts!

I am just here to report on a fab and super easy "salad" I made for dinner tonight. I just bought 1 package of the TJ's already cooked lentils and 1 package of the TJ's cooked and peeled beets, sliced the beets and combined them with the lentils, added about 1/4 of a red onion thinly sliced, made a mustardy dressing (1 heaping tsp dijon mustard, 2 tblsp champagne vinegar, 4 tblsp olive oil, salt and pepper) and mixed it all together and topped it with fork fulls of goat cheese. YUM!! And literally 10 min of work :-)

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Hi Everyone –

Honey – both DD and I were wiped out Friday night. I did wake up at around 5:30 in the morning but fell right back to sleep. We woke up at the same time and DD asked what time it was and I was amazed that I slept 12 hours. I think you are right, we both really needed it. Sounds like you guys are making progress in the remodeling.

Well last night we went home. I ate dinner and DD practiced her clarinet. Then it was off to her basketball game. The girls won. Back home for DD to shower and I washed the uniform for tonight’s game.

This morning I did the 30 minute WATP 2 mile walking program. After school DD has basketball tryouts for the middle school team. (The basketball team that she’s playing on right now is the church team. So if she makes this, she’ll be playing on 2 teams at the same time) The whole church team is trying out for the 7th grade middle school team. The tryouts end at 5pm and the church game tonight is at 5:30 pm so the coach is going to pick them up at middle school and take them to the church game. Luckily the church we are playing at tonight is only about 10 minutes from the middle school. So after work I’ll meet DD at her game.

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Hi Everyone

SHAWN - woohoo on the 12 hours of sleep! I think you need that once in awhile. ;-)

SARAH - enjoy the new glasses. Hopefully they'll not only look cute but help you see better.

PJANE - thanks for your sparkmail message -unfortunately I didn't get it until AFTER I had packed up all of my recipes this week. Sorry - but I'll get you the ice cream recipes after we unpack everything in a few weeks.

DEB - glad you are enjoying the new pup and he is making you stop and enjoy life a little.

MAR - congrats to your DH on the new job! That has to really help with the stress.

So this Sunday morning I went out for my little run and there was a marathon finishing in my local park where I run. I was pleased with myself as I increased my distance yesterday, but I felt soooo ssslllllloooooowwwwwww watching the world class men run by. It was good encouragement to help me try to get faster. :-)

This was another crazy weekend for us. DH and I spent most of it packing up our dining room and living room. I also had to disassemble and pack up the makeshift kitchen I had in there. Today the pod was delivered and all of our stuff got moved out of the house, so the floors can be refinished. It was raining out today so the doggies enjoyed the indoor ball catching in the living room this evening.

Hope everyone is hanging in there! Hugs to all that need them!

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Hi Everyone –

Mar – glad you popped in. Yeah on DH starting a new job. Go with your gut regarding putting the house back on the market. And yes, there will be more houses again in the Spring.

Deb – hang in there. {{{HUGS}}}

Sarah – yeah on the new glasses. Hope the dog situation works out for your mom.

On Friday I was going to meet DD for the softball playoff/tournament game but found out they cancelled the tournament since the weather didn’t cooperate earlier in the week. So I picked up DD, went home, ate dinner and ran the dishwasher. I was on track with 1577 calories and 104 ounces of water.

On Saturday, I woke up after 12 hours sleep and felt pretty good. I emptied the dishwasher, did a load of laundry and did the grocery shopping. I was on track with 1582 calories and 88 ounces of water.

On Sunday, after 7 hours sleep, I sent DD off to religion class. After she left, I did the 30 minute WATP 2 mile walking program. In the afternoon DD had a basketball game. They won. The rest of the day was spent reading the newspaper and relaxing. I was on track with 1699 calories and 80 ounces of water.

This morning I did 25 minutes of the Turbo Jam Cardio Party program. I got DD off on the band bus and headed to the office. Tonight DD has a basketball game at 8:30 pm so I will leave work, pick up DD and have dinner before the game. After the game DD will have to shower and I have to wash the uniform because they have another game tomorrow night.

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Slow weekend but got things done.

Picked up my glasses that had been ready for pickup for about 2 weeks on Saturday. Subtle but look nice on. I was almost expecting not to like them since I just kinda wanted to stop shopping when I picked them out. Squarish brown wire. Small sides that aren't blocked as I drive with them. Most of the brands right now have large ones that are blinders. Found that out with my last pair when I did the DMV eye test with them and had to take them off.

Spent the rest of the day with mom and went looking at dogs a bit. She had answered a craigslist post for a skye terrier that she's thinking about. The communication makes me question it so we'll see if there is a real dog or not this week. They offered to meet up yesterday but then they suddenly forgot they had plans. So yesterday I got some laundry and dishes done while waiting for them to give the go ahead that didn't happen.

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first of all... (((HUGS))) to all who need them. Stuff happens sometimes. Hard sometimes. And sometimes its difficult to rise "above" it.

SHAWN... very cool about your daughter.

Much to say but honestly I'm just too plumb mentally tuckered out to write. Have been concentrating on my blood glucose levels which are all over the hi end of the chart again. sooooo back to stricter standards, more aerobics, more weights... Dog training isn't physically demanding enough so we're adding aerobic doggie walks...

I love them.

My dog is the reason I stop beside the pond and sit. To watch him wade out and with his doggie bow reach for grasses.... and run wildly around the bank ... around and around and around in puppy lust for life. My dog slows me down and helps me remember that yeah, we can take a nice aerobic walk but wouldn't it be nice to lookat the fishies too?

My puppy makes me remember that he won't be a puppy for long. So I should suck every single moment of puppy joy out of this experience. My kids are grown. And GONE!!! Way way gone. And my ol frienddog is dead and buried. And dear resucedog left us too soon. And it really really makes me live in the RIGHT now moment of puppy joy.

That's the deal w/dogs. Or pups. The deal is... there IS no deal other than the moment. Soooo if I can be in the moment with this here puppy... well... that's quite a gift isn't it.

The sun. The pond. Grabbing at frogs and swampgrass and running running running.

IN. THE. MOMENT.

I am unutterably grateful for animals in my life. They always bring me back to my heart. And connect me to the universe around me...

Lucky lucky lucky lucky me to have animals in my life.

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No updates since Friday? We are a busy bunch of weekenders, aren't we? :)

I can't remember what I posted last, so apologies for any repeats. DH started a job after 5 weeks of unemployment. :) Looks like a pretty good, stable job as well...startup company with a good rep, and he's the first 'extra' hired. So he's in on the ground floor, so to speak. Very much a relief. :)

My plan for October is to get rid of the 5 lb stress gain of the last month. Cleaner eating, slowly weaning myself off the excess cookies, and concerted effort to make it to the gym 3/wk is part of that plan. Maybe some running.

Since Canada has NO pumpkin spice creamer in existence on the market, :( , I found a recipe to make my own. Pretty simple, and all-natural with no weird chemically stuff in it. Made with actual cream too, not 'edible oil product', lol. First test run this morning is favorable...not as thick as I would like, but apparently Canada does not sell 'heavy' cream in the stores....only whipping cream (which has a stabilizer and added sweetener in it) or coffee cream. So I use coffee cream. Also not as sweet as the store kind, found myself adding more sugar. So I will adjust recipe to add more maple syrup and pumpkin spice for next round.....but overall, it's comparable to the International Delights one I tried last year. Though not as yummy as evil Starbucks. I'm sure they lace their pumpkin spice lattes with something else that's addictive....

House front: Really hemming and hawing about putting the house back on the market. We decided to wait until spring, but I keep waffling, especially now that there are TWO lovely houses that I'm lusting after on the market. I just keep reminding myself that there WILL be others in the spring....right???

Mar

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Hi Everyone –

Lisa P – WTG on all the exercise you are putting in. Yes, it was thrilling to see DD’s throw go in for the winning basket. Wednesday night was another nail biter too. I’m just happy that the girls are improving so much.

Last night it was nice, I picked DD up after work and we had nowhere to go. I was on track with 1704 calories and 114 ounces of water. This morning I did the 20 minute Turbo Jam program, dropped DD off for the band bus and headed into the office.

Today I’ll meet her for the softball playoff game. She might have basketball practice after that. If the girls win tonight then they’ll play 2 softball games on Saturday. Sunday DD has religion class in the morning and then a basketball game in the early afternoon. Other than the sports, we have nothing scheduled.

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Happy Friday to you all!

I had a busy day yesterday with three appointments (blood draw for annual tests, mammogram - why can't they heat those plates?!, initial physical therapy appt), but I still managed to fit in my boot camp videos and a double session of C25K since I'd missed Tuesday's due to rain. I appreciate everyone sharing that walking in place can work and will try that the next time the weather spoils my plans! Today I'm feeling tender and I'm not sure if it was the workout videos, the running or the range of motion tests that the physical therapist did. I'll just keep stretching and moving and I'm sure the kinks will work themselves out.

Honey - Excellent news on your regain of range of motion! It's amazing to me how we can get used to being limited to a certain range and what freedom there is once the full range is restored. Keep up your good work at pt!

Jane - I've never gotten a face peel, but I've started to look into it to try to even out my skin tone. Let me know what results you get! I have dry skin to begin with, so if it dries me out even more, I'll have to slather on the lotion. Enjoy your date nights and try to endure the guitar practice - I'm sure the next 8 notes will be better! And I misread your description of tacos and thought you had *Nutella* tacos. I was wondering how exactly that tasted with the taco spices... :)

Corrie - Whoohoo on the workout! And congrats on the anniversary! DH and I will have been married 19 years on Tuesday. We'll celebrate with virtual mead. :) Best wishes with your classes this term!

Shawn - Thanks for the idea about finding exercises on TV. Unfortunately, we're one of those archaic households that only has broadcast TV. :) But next time I'm going to crank up the radio and vigorously walk in place! Congrats to your DD on the game-winning basket! I'm sure that was a thrilling moment for her (and you!).

Laura - I'm sure that your continued steps towards more open and constructive communication between you and DH will pay off. I hope that soccer and marching band were fun last night!

Ann - I'm so sorry to hear about your electronic troubles! It seems like you've found a way to work around the issues, which is great. Many hugs for you as you remember Izzy.

Aniuta - Thanks for the kudos! And thanks for sharing health information that's been useful to you! I just had a whole series of blood tests done, and while I'm not expecting anything to be awry, it's nice to be prepared with options of what to do, just in case.

Sarah - I like the idea of veggie cravings! :) I've been adding fruit to my leaf salads, and have found tasty combinations. I like blueberries with spinach and a little raspberry vinaigrette. Sliced strawberries with "American" salad and a bit of oil and balsamic vinegar as dressing has also been tasty. Enjoy your experimentation! I'm sorry to hear about the additional stress at work, but smiled to see how you were going to handle it with kickboxing. Excellent plan!


Fabulous weekend wishes to all of you!

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Hi Everyone –

Laura – so sorry DH has his priorities screwed up. I think fixing the windshield before winter and making sure the kids have enough winter clothes is more important than an adult trip to a haunted amusement park. Plus what nerve to imply he’ll still go and will leave you home with your kids and his sister’s kid. {{{STRENGTH VIBES}}} dealing with him. Glad to read that your DH cancelled on his sister.

Ann – so sorry about the printer and the lap top and the bad memories it stirs up. {{{HUGS}}}

Jane – thanks you are so sweet. Talking about your DS’s guitar lessons made me chuckle. In my senior year of college, one of our room mates was an education major and they had to learn “Leavin on a Jet Plane” on the guitar for class. Same thing, first few lines over and over again. To this day I chuckle when I hear that song.

Aniuta – thanks I hear you. My DD is pretty good because there are a couple weekends in the year that I call my “Shawn” weekends versus “Mama” mode and she doesn’t fuss at all when left with my brother and sister in law or my dad for those weekends.

Corrie – good luck with your classes. Even if you can’t read or write long posts, please just pop in to say “Hi busy with school” so we know you are okay.

Sarah – good for you for recognizing the anger work produces and wanting to find a healthy outlet. Kickboxing in any form sounds like a good solution.

Honey - HI

Last night I picked up DD, went home and she changed into her basketball uniform while I ate some dinner. Then off to her game. The girls pulled out a win in the end but it was a nail biter. I was on track with 1603 calories and 123 ounces of water.

This morning I got up and did 30 minutes of the Turbo Jam Cardio Party program. We really have nothing going on tonight so yeah. I will have dinner and maybe sort through the bag of stuff from the kitchen counter.

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Good Morning Everyone

SHOREY - what kind of exercise are you doing? Just wanted to say that I started jogging again on Saturday and eventhough it is REALLY short (about 1 mile of my 2.5 mile walk/jog) it is helping to improve my mood immensely even though I have been walking forever. just a thought for you. ;-)

COREY - congrats on your anniversary!

BETH - so I have the same finger poker as you and here's the deal: rub your finger before you poke it, place the poker on either side of the top of your finger (DON'T use the middle - a nerve runs there) and hit the trigger. The take it away and squeeze your finger until a drop bubbles up.

PJANE - Hi. Keep meaning to post - I have an ice cream maker and I love it! I make cool flavors like cantaloupe and lemon poppy seed. I also use it to make frozen yogurt and lowfat coffee or mint chip. One of my favorites is strawberry buttermilk. My advise is to just experiment. And remember that things taste less sweet after they are frozen. If you want some recipes - sparkmail me your email address. :-)

-Honey

WIDRT:
1. jog/walk 2.5 miles, long walk planned for tonight
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Well our project went in over the weekend. Now I can take back my lunches a bit.

I've been having some veggie cravings lately so I dug out my Alicia Silverstone book to follow some of the recipes for a bit. At the very least adding more salads to lunch instead of what I can easily grab or make as I dash out the door in the morning.

Work shifts next week. I'm putting the rule on myself to not work at home on Mondays every week. That only when there's a need base for an appointment etc. I have a tight deadline and a very antsy project manager so thinking that's just the best way to deal with it. I could be anywhere but I don't want to give them anything to blame down the line. Lots of opinions going on with the transitions and communications that aren't being given. In a way I'm finding out who I can trust there and who I can't. We've heard rumors, based on our own experiences too, that they really want to see who quits over this so they don't have to do packages. I'll be doing my best and if my best isn't good enough for them, I want that package since I've always done well in the past up till this point. Their decisions of who's put where etc make no sense and the folks that should have a say don't.

I did have the thought of that if I need to I can take up boxing if needed :-) okay well at the minimum wii boxing or Jillian Michaels' kickboxing dvd. There's a gym that has beginners classes but it's at a mall in the open. It gave me the idea after a frustrating day. The downside is it's on the other side of town where I'm hoping I don't have to go to often but we'll see. If I end up having to the boxing classes might become a better idea.

I'm going to make it work though. I've been getting a lot of notices of folks' deaths lately so compared to that this is not as bad. Nobody close though. I've dealt with the worse and work doesn't compare. I just prefer not to always be angry.

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Thanks for the congrats! :-)

I only have a moment. This term (and maybe the next year or so) I have a feeling are going to be pretty busy. I, so far, have not had much down time. I am getting back into the swing of things, but still need to tweak a few things here and there.

LT-one of my classes is called Communication in Conflict or something like that, anyway, the text book is called Interpersonal Conflict. Eigth edition. by Wilmot and Hacker? I think that you would find it very interesting...even just the first couple of chapters. Your library might have it. I thought of you and your dh several times yesterday while reading through it. I'm glad your evening was mellow.

My breakfast was a toss together of kashi crunch, rice milk, plain yogurt and some of the apple "mash"/sauce whatever I made a couple weeks ago, with a sprinkle of cinnamon. That should hold me over till lunch time. My lunch is packed and ready for my long day with snacks, too.

I gotta hit the shower and get out of here.

Good to see everyone!

Corrie

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Ann – sorry to hear about all your computer troubles. Never wish difficult times on anyone but during them we usually show out best capacities. I was reading you and was greatly appreciative of how resourceful, creative and thoughtful you are. Past is in the past and at the same time it is difficult sometimes not to revisit it. Please, remember to breath when the memories of past come around.

Laura – please, be careful with arguments in the car. The only time I got a speeding ticket was when I was arguing in the car with my ex. So I made the rule – “no arguing in the car” – too dangerous. Actually, it reminds me of another rule I had – “no stressful conversation during the dinner time (or lunch for that matter)” – because I would always overeat if the conversation at the table is tense.

Shawn – when we care for ourselves, we teach our children, how to do it – and it is a very important lesson. My Mom always was a giver (ex called her lovingly “Mother Teresa”) so I struggle a lot with the balance of giving and accepting. I think my kids, especially my daughter, have a better handle on it because of my conscious quest for the balance. Although, habitual behaviors do not go away easily…

Corrie – !!! congratulations!!! Happyhappyhappy for you!!! thank you for telling about the “honey moon“ and mead – I never knew about it and it is a neat story.

Jane – I second you on a request to see Deb’s hair! They sounded so enchanting when she was describing it. You are brave to go for chemical peel, but as they say in Russia – “the ones who do not risk, are the ones who do not drink Champaign!” Be careful, but - Toast for you!

Honey – I am glad you are recovering well. I can relate how unnerving it is not to have your body in order.

Lisa – Good going on the 28 day bootcamp! You have just done more than a third of the program - keep it up!

Jenga – hi))) your little one on the photo always make me smile))))))

Shorey – yes, depression really works on your brain badbad tricks. To combat it I am taking nootropics (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Nootropic)– gingko biloba ( it gave me headache when I have just started it but then it subsided quickly, fish oil and piracetam (it is usually being prescribed for people with seizures, dementia, concussions, or other neurological problems). I think it helped me.

I also would like to bring attention of all to anemia issue. I have been recently diagnosed with it but I suspect that I had it long before – because I would often have borderline blood results but it was dismissed or not attended to by my previous doctor. Please, check if you might have it – feeling tired or weak, cognitive difficulties (http://news.softpedia.com/news/Anemia-May
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d-treatments/hair-loss/news/20060516/h
air-loss-may-be-iron-deficiency) are some of the symptoms. “Conditions related to iron levels in the blood are more common with hypothyroidism than in the average population, according to researchers. Iron-deficiency anemia (insufficient iron) is more common in people with hypothyroidism.” http://www.stopthethyroidmadness.com/ferri
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Hi all. Well, big surprise last night. DH actually said he had texted his sister and told her we would not be able to go after all. This was shocking. I was completely expecting to be home with the kids tomorrow and was planning to take them out to get an outfit or two. So, it was refreshing to hear that he was looking at things a bit more responsibly. The night was relatively low key and went pretty close to how I had planned it too. The only thing missing was the anticipated tension. I wound up in bed by 9:30. Completely out. Fell asleep in bed with my Nook in my hands. It was probably a good thing. I was in an easily irritated mood. DH picked up on on it and kept pushing for me to spill what was wrong. So, I finally just told him that I had been looking through a lot of my old journals and that it worried me that major parts of our relationship hadn't changed over the last ten years and I was worried that in another ten years I will look back and see the same thing. He tried to delve deeper and I honestly, just couldn't get my mind into it. So, the conversation died pretty quickly.

This morning was fairly light. I felt better after a solid nights sleep. Tonight is soccer and marching band, so, we will be busy. I actually like nights like this because it gives me some one on one time with DS2 and things are always quiet.

I am looking forward to this weekend. Not much going on. Thinking it will be a good time to go up to the apple orchard for some good apples.

(((Ann))) so sorry things are so heavy right now and so much is going awry. I hope things turn around for you soon.

PlainJane - thanks so much for that encouragement. Sometimes I think it must be really nice to just be oblivious to responsibilities and priorities. But, where would we be if we were both like that??? I have Forks over Knives in my Netflix que. Looks interesting. All of your recipes sound yummy. I think we are going to start doing a few vegetarian nights in our house too. Our meats are limited to turkey, chicken and fish. Which is good, but, I would like to make it even better.

Gotta run for now.

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Ann - Sorry about your computer and printer troubles, glad you hung on to the old dinosaur in case of emergency:) Hugs to you.

Laura - What a smart decision about the clothes vs. entertainment. Not easy, but just because you aren't going to the haunted house doesn't mean you won't have a fun night. Good to see you thinking things through and making the tough decisions.

Shawn - Wish I was closer so I could help you out and give you some more free time!

Corrie - Congrats on your anniversary! We will be coming up on 13 years this winter.

So my face is looking a bit dry today after the chemical peel, that is what is supposed to happen, but it's not too cute right now.

This weekend is homecoming in our town, not sure what the plan is yet. DS has been invited to go to the game with a friend on Fri and he is going to a sleepover birthday party on Sat night, so we might have 2 date nights this weekend! I guess that's the positive side of our bubbly outgoing boy, but I do miss him when he is away 2 nights. He started guitar lessons this week, it is hilarious, I have heard the first 8 notes of "Crazy Train" about a hundred times so far, it's pretty funny, at least he is interested.

I am really loving my Kindle, trying to reel in the purchases and look for free books or library downloads, but it is not easy, I LOVE to read!

We watched Forks Over Knives last night, it was good. Not as good as Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead. I have already stopped buying meat, DH buys a little lunch meat every week, but that's it. I finished up the fish we had in the freezer last night, the boys had fish tacos and I had Nutrella tacos, has anyone ever cooked with Nutrella? I made black bean patties from the Engine 2 Diet this week, some veg chili, and some beans and rice from scratch. I ended up putting the chili into the Vitamix so DS would eat it. I ground up the ingredients finely for the bean burgers, so they turn out more like fritters, but that way DS will eat them without any hassle.

That's all that's going on in my world! Heading out to see some doggies in just a few minutes. Have a great day!

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Hi Everyone. Well, I am starting to think I should never think that things can't get any worse - because somehow they always manage to do just that. On top of all of my other stressors, my printer died a couple weeks ago and I had to replace it. And since that wasn't enough, last night my laptop died. 2 weeks out of warranty. Seriously? Tech support guess was that it needs a new $575 system board. So I decided to spend $199 to extend my warranty for another year which will cover parts and labor. Only to find out that the new warranty won't kick in for 30 days.

So, I've spent the last couple of hours installing and configuring my old laptop which was brought back from a coma last year. I'm hoping it will limp along for a month until I can get the other one repaired. What a hassle. I'm just not in a position to have these unplanned expenditures hitting me so often.

It's also hard because last year when my laptop died and I got all upset about it, the next day Izzy died. So it brings up a lot of stuff for me.

Hanging in there....

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Hi all. Thought I would pop in quickly. I have spent too much time reading and researching at lunch and that hasn't left me much time to come here. Just out of curiosity this morning I grabbed one of my old journals and decided I wanted to read through it. I think I am just trying to continue gathering data. What I found was sad. The first entry in this particular journal was June 2001. DH and I had been back together for not quite three years. It was so sad to read through. I don't know if I just always use my journals as one of my places to vent or what, but, to read all the pain on those pages. A lot of what was on those pages are things I still think/feel today. Was a real eye opener about how little has changed in 10 years.

I was also browsing through a bunch of books online and found one in particular that really struck a chord with me called "The Gaslight Effect". I was reading through some of the telltale signs of this kind of abuse and I actually froze when I read a few of them because they were so close to home. I debated back and forth about buying it and I wound up getting it. I am looking forward to reading it. I found a few others I may pick up later.

I have been trying to spend more time just talking with the kids. Last night I was reading a book to the kids about a boy who wished he had duck feet among other things. At one point in the book the boy is trying to decide what he really wishes for and the kids took turns filling in the blank "I wish I had..." DS said he would wish for all the things in the book (duck feet, elephant nose, antlers etc...) DD got a serious look and said she would wish for hope and peace and that her family would always be together. She said she worries because we fight so much. Now, in the past I have always reassured her that we would always be together. But, I realized last night, I couldn't keep doing that since I really don't know how things will work out. So, I just looked at her and held her hand and told her that the one thing she can always be sure of is that we will always love her immensely. I was shocked I came up with that. It is the truth. I think it is the first time I have been honest about the whole situation...

I drove the car into work today, DH played passenger. We wound up in a big argument on the way in regarding the allocation of this payday's funds. He had been talking about going out to a haunted amusement park Friday night and informed me the only way we were going to be able to do that was to put off fixing the windshield on the car (a rock cracked it a couple of months ago). This frustrated me because I want it fixed before it gets super cold and cracks more. I also wanted to get more fall/winter clothes for the kids as what they have is pretty limited. He got mad when I said this as we had just gone a couple weeks ago and gotten the two youngest a couple pairs of jeans at the kids consignment shop. (DD's didn't fit, so, hers are just folded on the counter right now.) So, I just told him I wasn't going to go to the amusement park. I will use the money he was going to pay to get in ($25) plus the money he was going to pay for childcare ($30) and go buy them clothes. I do NOT feel right about going out and doing this kind of thing when the kids need clothes. His response being "well, fine, just know that if you stay home you are going to wind up watching my sisters kids too". I told him I wasn't going to do that.

Needless to say, the whole ride was quiet and he hasn't spoken (phone, e-mail or instant message) to me all day. Frankly, right now, I don't care. My priorities are the kids and if that means I have to sit home on my butt to ensure they have a great life I will do that. I am sure this means tonight will be tense. That's ok though. Thankfully, I have dinner already cooked. All we have to do is reheat it. Then, I am planning to spend time with the kids and their homework, getting them tucked in and I am going to bed early. I plan to just go about my business and not worry about him tonight.

Anyhow, I hope everyone is well. (((hugs))) to all.



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Hi Everyone –

Corrie - wow, what an incredible post I just read from you. Thank you for caring so much about all of us. {{{HUGS}}} and {{{POSITIVE VIBES}}}

Aniuta - thank you for your questions. Yes, we are very busy. As a single mom (DD's dad lives in Ireland with his wife and 3 toddlers, well one is 6) I have no choice but to be there for DD. Occasionally I do take some time just for me. I don't get it often and I should probably take more time for just me. I'll have to ponder that more.

Deb - {{{HUGS}}} for you.

Shorey - so glad you had some relaxing time with your girlfriend.

Laura - first here are some {{{HUGS}}} and {{{POSITIVE VIBES}}} for you. Believe me, just getting in at least 20 minutes in the morning of exercise makes a big difference in how I feel during the day. Plus I found when DD was little that exercising and reflecting in the morning before she woke was my only time alone. Now that she's older, the evenings are run by her activities so morning still works best.

Honey - Hi back. Keep hanging in there during the remodeling.

Jenga - hope you and the girls are doing well in the new town and house.

Lisa P - check out if your TV provider has Exercise TV on demand or Fit TV. They usually have Leslie Sansone's walking programs and/or other walking programs. Toby Keith is always awesome. We were in the lawn and met up with some old friends so nice but not as nice as last year in the front row. Thanks for asking about DD's basketball game. She actually made the winning basket with only 10 seconds left in the game. It was awesome.

Jane - glad you popped in.

WIDR Friday - 6 hours sleep, 20 minute WATP 1 mile program, after work met DD at her softball game, 1518 calories, 103 ounces of water

WIDR Saturday - 7 hours sleep, 35 minutes of Turbo Jam Cardio Party program, went to DD's basketball game, baby shower, Toby Keith's concert 1752 calories, 45 ounces of water

WIDR Sunday - 7 hours sleep, 30 minute WATP 2 mile program, grocery shopping, Tastfully Simple demonstration, 1687 calories, 88 ounces of water

WIDR Monday - 6.5 hours sleep, Rest day, after work took DD to her basketball game, 1558 calories, 103 ounces of water

WIDR Tuesday - 7.5 hours sleep, 30 minute Leslie Sansone Start Walking 2 mile program, 1639 calories, 103 ounces of water

This morning I got up and did 20 minutes of squats, lunges and upper body weight training. Tonight DD has a late basketball game so I’ll pick her up, go home, eat dinner and then head out to the game.

18 on track September days (25 is the goal)

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I think you guys (ladies) must be right...because I know I was getting plenty of attention and appreciation as an attractive woman...it didn't matter that I was "fluffy". I even post some about that on my blog somewhere in the past...interesting that I can say it, and apply it to others but still have a blind spot for myself?

School, so far, is good! I already feel like summer break was a long time ago. It was only two days!!

I worked out yesterday morning for about half an hour, for the first time in(cough cough) a few weeks. My legs are feelin' it today boy howdy! I think tues/thurs will either have to be "rest" days or very short workout days because of my school schedule. M W F and weekends will have to be the majority of my workout days right now.

Our anniversary is today 14 year married, over 19 years together. We went out to dinner, had a few glasses of wine and a glass of mead, which traditionally was meant for good luck for weddings. Honeymoon is actually a derivative of the old tradition of the father of the bride celebrating the wedding with a feast and honey wine (mead) for a month. This celebration or "honey moon" was thought to bring good luck to the marriage (which at that time meant babies) which if everyone was drunk and horny for a month a pregnancy was pretty automatic during that time of history. Anyway, we don't want no babies...but we toasted each other and our marriage and lives together with some of our own home made blackberry honey wine (mead).

Ah love.

Anyway, my friends, it is late and time for bed, but I will workout tomorrow, in addition to homework and school in the afternoon.

xoxo

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Lisa - Walking in place must work, the Leslie Sansone DVDs guide through walking in place.

Corrie - How's school going? Good luck! Keep rocking the sexy breakfasts!

Shorey - How are you today? I saw a tshirt that said, "don't let your Monday ruin your Sunday", really made me think about the whole work-dread I used to have.

Laura - Please keep coming here, ok? I am sorry you have so much going on right now. You are worth it, keep making time for your self care.

Has anyone ever gotten a chemical face peel? I got my second light peel today, trying to get rid of some sun spots, it seems to be working, but I'd love to hear about other experiences.

Deb - When do we get to see your hair?

Have a great week ladies!

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Good Morning Everyone

LISA - glad your weight is coming down.

Only time for a quickie today. Feeling a bit beat up from physical therapy yesterday. She declared at the start of the session that we were going to really work the joint, and she wasn't kidding! The great thing is it is really helping - I have regained a good amount of range of motion already.

I went jogging for the second time in awhile this morning. I was pleasantly surprised that it wasn't to bad - normally the second jog when I am restarting is killer.

WIDRT:
1. walk/jog this morning for about 45 min
2. OP breakfast of greek yogurt & kashi

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Good morning, ladies!

My first week's effort has pushed me back down to my "standard" high weight, so I'm feeling a sense of accomplishment. Now I need to hold on to that feeling for the remaining effort ahead of me.

I had worked out a plan to get my C25K training walk/run in in spite of needing to go to Back to School night tonight for DS, but the weather may put a kibosh on that plan. Any ideas of how to walk inside without a treadmill? Is marching in place nearly equivalent?

I've finished my first week of the 28-day bootcamp and have enjoyed the 10-minute exercise videos. It's a good workout but short enough so that I don't feel like it's too much to complete each day.

Shawn - How was the Toby Keith concert and the Tastefully Simple demo? I hope DD's basketball game went well!

Corrie - I'm going to chime in with Honey here. Beautiful and sexy is all about attitude, and you can have that regardless of your body's condition. I know for me, though, that it's definitely easier to feel beautiful and sexy if I like how I look in the mirror. Thanks for your support on my renewed efforts! And I'm glad to hear that your breakfast was sexy (see, attitude! :) ).

Deb - Glad to hear that the sun is emerging in your part of the world and that your new pup is learning so quickly!

Shorey - I'm glad Corrie's comments have helped your own insight. I used to strive to meet impossible deadlines at work, but eventually came to the realization that prioritizing what needs to be done and having to leave tasks for later was not a bad thing. It's not a sign of failure or not being good enough, just a realistic way to handle workload. Best wishes to you in finding your own balance.

Laura - I'm sorry to hear about DD's hives. I hope she's feeling better soon! When my DD was small, she broke out in hives for no apparent reason one day. They were gone in a couple of days, but we never did find out what caused them. Here's hoping that your own DD's hives disappear as quickly as possible! I hope you've recovered from your cold, too.

Aniuta - Thank you for your compliments!

Honey - I hope your tiles come in quickly! Is this going to delay them finishing the overall job?

Jenga - I'm glad to hear you're settling in so well to your new house and new vehicle! Have you unpacked everything yet? This question, by the way, is from someone who still has a few boxes of books/albums stored in the basement after nearly 12 years. I just never found bookshelves that I liked... :)

Many well wishes at the start of this week for you all.

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Must get to bed soon over here but shout to ANN:

If you are considering chelation I think you owe it to yourself to go check out the yahoo group called frequent-dose-chelation. They have links to documentation from the guy behind the concept, Andrew someone-or-other, and folks with experience. I recall being impressed by the sensibility of this approach when I looked into it. (A couple years ago, I considered doing this but it was in the midst of childbearing stuff and I knew I would have to put it off for a period of years. Maybe in a year or two, I will try.) There is also another yahoo group called adult-metal-chelation which doesn't inherently subscribe to the frequent-dose protocol, but it can be a good resource for ideas and experienced folks as well.

My mood has been helped so much by applying the amino acid and other protocols in Julia Ross' book The Mood Cure. I recall trading emails with an ND in Seattle who said that he liked Ross' work, but found that toxicity could sometimes stand in the way of it being fully effective. I don't know if that's the case for me; maybe eventually I will refocus on considering this. But I also thought I'd mention that, for whatever it's worth.

Hugs to Shorey and Laura. Well heck hugs to everybody. But I have got to get outta here - I'm up waayyy too late! See you guys later.

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Good Morning Everyone

Life continues unabated around here. Remodel is moving along. Tile is mostly in but there was some confusion about tiling one of the walls and they didn't order enough, so we now have to wait for the tile to come in to finish it.

COREY - I read your long post and just wanted to say one thing - if you felt you were sexy and beautiful at a larger size then you were!

SHOREY - sorry your work is so stressful. I think it's good for you to ease off the pressure on yourself and know that if you don't get it done either someone else will or it will be there for you later on. I know how you feel because I have been living in that place forever. I used to try and keep up with things but at a certain point I just accepted that if it's just me - I am going to be behind. I can't do the work of two people so if my client has decided that they don't want to fund two of us, then they have decided that being behind is okay. Once I accepted that I am only one person and it is okay to be behind - the world got a whole lot nicer. Do what you can, work really hard, but know that they have set an unattainable goal, so don't sweat it if you don't reach it.

Hi to everyone else!

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Hi all! Spent a lot of the weekend feeling run down. I believe I got a cold from DS2. Just that stuffy head, run down feeling. We went to my mom’s on Sunday to celebrate my sisters birthday. It was a great time. I love just hanging out at my parents. Beyond that we spent time at the soccer field and running errands.

DD woke up with little hives all over this morning. We have no idea what caused them. Benadryl seemed to have done the trick slightly, but, the nurse at school felt more comfortable with DD coming home. So, we took her to the doctor. No known causes. She isn’t allergic to anything. Doc said she was fine to head back to school tomorrow. We are starting her on some Zyrtec tonight to see if that helps with the itching at least.

LisaP – thank you so much for posting your “fake it till you make it”. Really hit home the importance of just doing it. Even if you don’t feel like it in the moment, do it anyway and somewhere down the line you will be happy you did.

Shawn – I swear, every time you post about all you do and how you still managed to fit in time to take care of you I get inspired all over again.

Corrie – First and foremost – I do really appreciate the fact that you are so honest. I know every time I read a reply that yes, there may be parts that are hard to digest and take in, but, that it does all come from a place of caring. It can be harsh to see it, but, I think that it helps me from just glazing over everything. I don’t want to do that anymore. I want to dig deep. However, I think I can also very easily fall right back into that pattern of burying everything and acting like everything is ok. Just this weekend I felt myself getting pulled back in. Watching him interact with my mom and sisters…it is hard to believe that all I talk about is reality. It is all too easy for me to start to doubt myself and figure I am blowing things out of proportion. You are right, there are lots of warning flags right now and honestly, I don’t know what other sign I need. I am not sure at what point is enough enough. I get to that point so often, but, every other time things have “simmered down” and “normalized”. I don’t know what it will take and I get really irritated with myself that I am so confused about all of this. Frustrated that I could be hurting the kids by not taking action fast enough. So, know that I am taking it all in. Every piece of advice no matter how hard it is to hear sometimes, I read it all. It means so much to have you here. Knowing I have someplace to go and talk means a ton.

Aniuta –I may check into that. Right now the sessions are 45 minutes. I only have 3 remaining sessions that are “free”. I am wondering if after that point they will be longer. I also wonder if the therapist may refer me to someone a bit more specialized in the area. I don’ t know if I continue with her or if I have to go to a “long term” therapist. I like the idea of a group therapy. I find it so comforting to be around women who have experienced this. Experienced feeling lost and feeling all the doubt. I need to do some more checking into this. Thanks for the suggestion!

Shorey – thank you – I will take every hug I can right now!! (((hugs))) right back at you. Glad you had a good getaway! A weekend away with a friend…that sounds like so much fun!

Big hello’s to all I missed!

Gotta run for now – will check back in later…


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Corrie - I knew you would tell me exactly the truth as it is. lol. There are plenty of stuff things I buried as I grew up thinking that I won't need to deal with. Probably a lot of people have done they have managed to get past everything. I will be exploring more of the grieving area with my therapist. Glad to know the brain fog will eventually lift. The work front I will be working with my therapist about how to go about doing what I need to do to handle the boss in a productive manner or possible leave. You are definitely right though the company would not end if I didn't get some things done. We run a skeleton crew 24/7, because what is they say not cost effective to bring another person when I am really slow. Like today for example. Today has been great, no phone interruptions, getting things caught up from last week. Sometimes I think part of my problem is that each day I don't know what is expected of me other than to resolve any and all calls that come in on my shift. And to make sure I have most of "research" stuff always done in a timely manner and not be weeks behind. The more I write about what I do, I am realizing I put a lot of expected pressure on myself to make sure everything is done before the next person comes on. The whole have to have EVERYTHING done before so and so comes on. Can't leave anything undone. Almost sounds like a perfectionist type of attitude and I know I am definitely not perfect in any way. Hmm something to think about. I am planning on taking a vacation week off in October.


Laura - ((((HUGS))) I don't know what to say other than it doesn't matter what choice you make as long it is in your best interest for you and your children. Just lots of (((HUGS))))

It has taken me about 45 minutes to get this much out. This weekend my Best Friend and I took off to Kah-Nee-Ta for a night. That was really nice to catch some rays and relax by the swimming pool. We did gamble some, I lost money she won. On the way home, Saturday, we stopped off at Ski Bowl to ride the ski lift up to the upper bowl for the view and did a little bit of hiking around up there. The place was busy. We got some nice views of Mt. Hood and it is very naked looking without any snow. The skies were clear so you could see Ski Bowl East and Government Camp. Did get the grocery shopping done on Sunday, dogs kind of needed dog food and such. lol. I am really not ready for the rain that we are currently getting. It is what it is though.

I really do appreciate all your ideas and advice as I go this part of my journey. Thank you so much. There aren't enough words to express how grateful I am for each one of you.

Shorey

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checking in briefly to see how my friends here are doing... seems like there's a great need for energy and support. Consider it given via cyberspace... so much going on and so little time to write. I'll be back later to address individuals as so many of you are on my mind...

The care and advice given here is tangible.

I'll be back later.

Deb

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Corrie – thank you for all the thoughtfulness and love and care. Had to laugh about your breakfast comment – “It was sexy” – lol. Good luck with your school.

Shawn – congrats on being on track! In your writings you always sound so busybusybusy …I wonder – do you have a down time? What do you do that is mellow and nice and good for you?

Lisa – I hear you on a “philosophical breakthrough” – usually it never transpires:(. I love the way you talk, well, write, well, the way you tell your story – my lips stretch in a smile by themselves:). Yes, some of your musings are painful realizations and at the same time I hear so much determination and action steps already taken on the way to a “fitter and happier” you. Looking forward to hearing your bonus “philosophical “ realizations.

Laura – you said that the therapy session seemed very short. I wonder if you would entertain engaging in more therapeutic interactions at this time. I would guess that somewhere nearby you there are services that specialized helping women experienced domestic violence. Usually they provide free counseling, free group therapy, and even free legal advice. Therapist who work there specialized in this field , you can use them as a consult, as a “second opinion”, and in groups you would get a lot of support from the women who has understanding of your experience.

Shore – I am glad you were able to turn around things to the better by doing the right things – writing in your journal, walking the dogs, making dinner – little steps that make a difference, at least for the evening.

Mar – good on two days of gym time! I will start tomorrow – no excuses!

Deb – thank you for the hug, I needed it.

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Oh, my dears....there is so much sadness on the board this morning. It is palpable in your posts. I wish there was something I could do or say to take the sad feelings away, but truly, you must feel them, and work through them. It sounds like many of you are aware enough to be able to take those steps, for which I am so glad.

Shore ((Shore)) My friend, I am so thankful you are getting help for your depression. I can't help but feel that perhaps some of the pain of your past was never fully dealt with and that you buried the loss of what you wanted and could never be without ever grieving it. I think you may need to explore that and grieve. As for your brain: 10000000% YES. Depression creates what is commonly called "brain fog". Your memory recall becomes fuzzy. I can't explain in technical terms, but essentially, all the stress hormones and chemicals impact the brains ability to access and recall information, memories, etc. I can tell you, though, that the brain fog will go away once the stress level and depression are eased.

On the work front, it is time to take a stand and flat out say you need help or you are walking out the door. You are not superwoman. The responsibility of running the entire world of Plaid Pantry is NOT your problem! You are not the owner. You are not the manager. You are tech support. And there is only one of you. They have shown you repeatedly that they will use and abuse you...now to the point of breakdown. Why would you allow yourself to be treated that way my love? YOU are valuable and worthwhile and do not deserve to be beaten down by a stupid job! Call in sick for a few days. Take a leave of absence. Start saying to yourself over and over "I can only do what I can do." "I am only one person." "The world will not end if these things don't get done." YOU are not responsible for everyone else, and everyTHING else. I really hope you can begin to address why you feel like it is okay to allow a job, a stupid job, to create so much stress in your life..why you think that is okay...why you allow that. YOUR LIFE is so much more important than a stupid JOB. Your LIFE Shore.

As for the depression books, I would suggest googling for depression support groups, just like this, but filled with people who have been there and can help light the way. Depression is overcome with action, though action can be the hardest thing to do. Exercise, eat well, nourish your mind, meditate, Bikram, journal, breathe, create space between yourself and the things that create tension and anxiety (all that stomach tightening/heart racing is anxiety my sweet). It is time to stop being the caretaker of everyone else and put yourself front and center. Kah nee ta is perfect way to start. Sleep in. Rest. Relax. Get a massage or ten. Get some scented oils or candles and breathe in calming scents. When you recognize that your brain is getting started on work say outloud "STOP." Take a few deep breaths and direct your thoughts to something pleasant. This DOES work, but it takes practice.

Laura-your husband minimizes you and your son and everyone else as a form of manipulation and control. If they are "stories" then he doesn't have to own up and accept the fact that he is an abuser who thinks it is okay to use his physical self to intimidate and control others. He started out this process with tantrums. Then he went to brooding silence. Then he moved on to physical altercations. Everything he does, every action, is an attempt to keep you and your kids off balance, walking on eggshells, waiting for the other shoe to drop and for the big explosion...which will come eventually my dear...and I can only hope for your sake that no one gets hurt when it does. He is escalating. The RED FLAGS ARE WAVING MADLY to get your attention. If I were your son I wouldn't let my friends, or girlfriend, anywhere near someone whom I knew was a lit fuse waiting to explode. If I were a parent of your children's friends and I knew your husband was a lit fuse I wouldn't let my children be around him either. In fact, if I were you I wouldn't let my children be around him, because he is dangerous to their health and well being, mentally, emotionally and physically. I guess I just wonder what sign do you need? What event will be big enough? Only you can decide that. Your therapist is right. You have to decide what is most important to you and what direction you will go. I love and care for you and your children, though we have never met. I send you emotional support with a large side of reality served up along with it. I hope you see that my comments are meant to give you power and not to knock you down or demean you. I hope you see that what I am saying is meant to shine light, not create darkness. One more thing I want you to think about, as an adult person who can look back with adult eyes at my childhood, the decisions you make today (or don't make) can and will impact your children for life. They can and will impact your relationship with your children. They can and will impact your children's relationships with future partners. It is not just you dealing with a jerky husband. ((Laura)) Hugs and Love and Support to you.

Lisa-I was looking through pictures recently, as I am doing a labeling project, and I told DH: I have always been fat. Why didn't someone tell me that I was fat. I thought I looked pretty good most of the time, but in truth I have been fat for 20 years. I had a brief moment of not fatness in 2006. The rest of the time...miserable. I looked bad. My face was fat. My body was yucky. Why did no one say anything? Why could I not recognize that in myself??? I feel embarassed and ashamed that I though I looked good, sexy even, but not.....I was fat.

I am so happy to see you here. I have missed you and your attitude. I am glad that you are taking actions to help yourself. Sometimes some picture clarity can help guide our way. I'm sorry that you have gained. I know how depressing and frustrating that can be. I have faith in you, though. You can do it!! I'll be here, too.

Beth- Oh...Beth! Do I know the feeling. I have a closet and drawers full of clothes that I can't wear and haven't worn in years. I am in denial. I have a few things (literally 3 pairs of shorts and four or five shirts/tanks and one pair of capris) that have gotten me through the summer. I have two pair of jeans, a bunch of long sleeve old navy t's and a couple of hoodies to get me through the fall and winter. I have a couple of very large sweaters, too. But that's it. The extent of my wardrobe. Jeans, t's, hoodies. I wear the same stuff over and over because I am in denial about my body. Isn't that lovely. I can't help with the diabetes, but let me off a piece of advice regarding your doctor. I had a doctor for years. I liked her, but when it came down to it she was, like yours, a western med doc. When I actually found, by virtue of moving and getting a new doc, one that listened to ME and understood that *I* was the most important factor in my health care equation, well...let me just say I LOVE her and I know that she does everything FOR ME. To support ME. There is no judgement or thought or question. I would suggest very strongly that you look into another practitioner, maybe as a supplement to your current friend. Perhaps a nurse practitioner or a naturopath of some kind. ((Beth))

My goodness....I think we all just need a moment to breathe and give energy to each other and share hugs and the caring and support and friendship that this group is based on. I am sending my energy of love to all of you. I will keep each of you in my heart today and I go about my day. So know that I am thinking, individually, of each of you...Shawn, CJ, Eliz, Sarah, Lisa, PJane, Shorey, Deb, Anita, Honey, Laura, Beth, Jenga, Mar, Jenn, and everyone else.

Mar-did you see my breakfast? It was sexy. Blackberry french toast. OMG. SO freakin' good. :-)

PrettyJane-Hello my friend! I am here. I have been immersed in my blogs, life, garden harvesting, and reading a couple of books before I have to switch all my gears (tomorrow!!!) and get back to school after a looooooong summer of doing, eh, pretty much nothing! I am a little nervous, but I so want to get this done with and move on to something MORE. I know that the universe has BIG something MORE plans for me. I am just trying to work within that and position myself to be ready when that something BIG MORE shows up. I hope I can recognize it!!! I am so happy to see you here...I miss you!

Speaking of: WHERE Is BETS? I miss her, too.

Deb-sorry about your Patch. He looked like an awesome dog. I loved the FB pictures of him. What a doll.

Jenga-congrats on the new car, the house progress and bicycle shopping! How are you liking Portland now that you are getting acclimated? I miss my old stomping grounds in some ways, but Southern Oregon has much to offer in its own way, too. Oh, and of course, congrats on the current weight!

Okay, that is enough of out of me today!

I ate breakfast and have no other real plans for the day, but I am sure there is some laundry or something calling my name!

LOVE LOVE LOVE to all of you!

Corrie

If you do what you always did, you get what you always got.

Its time to change the rules.


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Hi Everyone –

Well Wednesday night I met DD after her softball game. We were both tired so after dinner and homework and a load of laundry, we went to bed. I was on track with 1594 calories and 130 ounces of water. Thursday morning I overslept which is good and bad. Good because I slept 8 hours but bad because I had no time for a workout.

Thursday night I met DD at the school after her softball game. I was on track with 1695 calories and 103 ounces of water. This morning I got up and did a 20 minute WATP 1 mile walking program. Today I am leaving work early to go watch her softball game. On the way home we need to stop at the mall for a baby shower gift and a replacement water filter. I also have to clean house. Saturday DD has a basketball game in the morning. Then I have the baby shower in the afternoon and DD is altar serving at church. Saturday night we are going to the Toby Keith concert. On Sunday DD has religion class and I am having a Tastefully Simple demonstration at the house in the afternoon.

So another busy weekend for us.

14 on track September days (25 is the goal)

Shawn
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Good morning, ladies.

I haven't been able to read or post as much as I would have liked, but I have skimmed the most recent thread and am sending good thoughts out to those of you who are feeling stressed and burdened. (((Hugs))) as well.

After a lot of mulling over, I decided that waiting for my philosophical breakthrough on how to live healthier wasn't good for me. I had been letting my broken treadmill, residual back issues from my car accident, and busy schedule give me excuses to essentially do nothing. However, doing nothing is what resulted in my original weight gain, and, amazingly enough, the same thing happened again. I officially reached my all-time high weight last week and have had to buy new clothes that fit more comfortably for work.

I've been spending time putting together scrapbooks from the last decade of my life, and noticed that I since I turned 30, I seem to have a 4-year cycle -- 2 years gaining weight and then 2 years losing/maintaining weight loss. Lather, rinse, repeat. I'm now approaching my typical 2 years losing/maintaining weight loss part of the cycle. I never thought of myself as a yo-yo dieter, but this appears to be proof that I actually am.

So, rather than wait to figure out the whys and the hows, I decided to go with the mantra of "fake it 'til you make it". I've signed up for a C25K team and hope to participate in a 5K on the day after Thanksgiving. I've also signed up for the Spark 28-day challenge. 10-minute toning sessions seem to be something I can squeeze in at the end of the day and that gives me a natural block during my grazing danger zone. Finally, I've been getting up about 20-minutes early each morning to get some stretching in before heading to work.

I have an appointment scheduled next week to get advice from a physical therapist about my back issues, and I'm hoping to incorporate any exercises he assigns into my morning stretching.

In addition, I've started logging my food again. On post-it notes, so it doesn't feel quite so structured, but logging, nonetheless.

I'm hopeful that all of these actions will have their payoff in a fitter and happier me. If a philosophical breakthrough occurs along the way, that will be a bonus!

-Lisa P.

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