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Is it too early for Christmas music??

Thursday, November 06, 2014

I was driving to school this morning and while flipping through the radio stations I found that one of our local radio stations had already changed over to playing Christmas music 24/7. This is a few days later than what they have done in years past. They used to start on Nov. 1. Now don't get me wrong, I love hearing the music, just not at the beginning of November. It just reminds me that the holidays are creeping up on us!! Although on my way home as I was flipping through the stations, they were playing a song I absolutely love and I found myself listening to it and singing along!! I don't start listening to it until after Thanksgiving.

My daughter was really excited to hear that the Christmas music had started too. I also noticed that many of my friends had posted about this on Facebook and were excited about it too.

What do you think about this??

  
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KALEWINE 11/22/2014 9:01PM

    I love Christmas music and Christmas in general. However, I really think we just skip past Thanksgiving without noticing. So I usually like to start listening to Christmas music the day after Thanksgiving, not before. But I don't judge those who start listening earlier, since I keep my Christmas celebration going into the new year.

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NSCARNEY 11/9/2014 8:02PM

    Let's at least wait until Advent (the 4 weeks before Christmas. Also the start of the Liturgical Year for many Christians).
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FEISTYLIZARD 11/7/2014 11:19AM

    I was at a bookstore here before Halloween and they already had some of the Christmas stuff out, with some Christmas music playing. Before Halloween? That's way too soon. Thanksgiving is mid October here, so a lot of Canadians subscribe to the idea that you shouldn't decorate until after Remembrance Day. Music usually starts trickling in at the start of November thru to Remembrance Day.

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AUDISP 11/7/2014 10:40AM

    It is never too early to listen to Christmas music. That said however I do get annoyed with the stores that start playing it as early as October. On the radio, I think November 1 is a bit early. My radio stations starts playing Christmas music on Thanksgiving day at noon.

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CHRIMSONFYRE 11/7/2014 7:09AM

    I personally think it is too early.
We were walking through the mall on our lunch break yesterday and stores are already playing Christmas music, and they have already put up a few Christmas trees as well. I'm like wow, not even going to let Thanksgiving happen first....

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MARYBETH4884 11/7/2014 6:46AM

    It's never too early for Christmas music! I understand the feeling of the stress creeping in with the music, but a song here and there is great! I just think so many push the season and then by noon on Christmas Day, that's it move on! Many years ago Christmas started with Advent and went through January 6, Epiphany. December 25 was the focal point not the cut off date!

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 11/7/2014 6:24AM

    When I was growing up, it seemed like we waited for each holiday to be over before moving on to the next one, so Thanksgiving stuff did not appear until after Halloween and Christmas stuff appeared after Thanksgiving. I'm sticking to my schedule even though the radio stations and stores have clearly all leaped ahead!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/7/2014 5:59AM

    Since I'm rehearsing with 2 chorales, Christmas music has been in my head for awhile now. The soundtrack in my brain tends to blot out the environmental stuff.

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 11/7/2014 3:25AM

    A little early! (Although I've been rehearsing Christmas things for months now with the choir.)

Unless a station plays unusual/little-heard stuff.

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EDLEAR 11/7/2014 3:22AM

    I love "happy" music in general. For me, many of my favorite Christmas songs conjure up specific pleasant memories, so through out the year I turn to them for pick me ups. That said, I try not to let anyone else know that that's what I'm listening to. At the cafe we don't play Christmas music until the week of.
Unless the staff requests, and then we mix a bit into a regular play list.

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DALID414 11/7/2014 12:21AM

    I refuse to listen until after Thanksgiving. One holiday at a time people!

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SHAMROCKY2K 11/6/2014 11:53PM

    It is early for those that have to listen to it often.. perhaps people working in a store or the DJ's at that station. I do like easing into the season a bit before Thanksgiving.
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MOONGLOWSNANA 11/6/2014 11:40PM

  I think anytime is the time for Christmas music. My granddaughter has been working on Christmas music for a few weeks now in her piano class, and I love
Ring Christmas Bells Merrily Ring. Tell all the world Jesus is King. emoticon I sing Jingle Bells every time it snows. emoticon emoticon I shop for Christmas all year long and stash my gifts hidden away like quilt fabric emoticon emoticon . We Need a Little Christmas is a good one to exercise to. Remember the stores have Christmas in July sales complete with music. I like keeping Christmas all year through. Sometimes I keep the tree up until my birthday in February. I play with the train that goes around beneath the artificial branches in and out of Sugar Town(my Precious Moments.) I love Christmas. It's my favorite holiday. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PARKSCANADA 11/6/2014 11:38PM

    Plugged my favourite Christmas tunes into the stereo today and started decorating the house. I love Christmas, I love the music of Christmas from contemporary to traditional, and I love my house when it is all decked out in the festive colours of the season. Why shouldn't those of us that love this be allowed to enjoy the beauty of the season - from menorahs, to creches, santas and snowmen, angels and reindeer - for as long as we want to. I'm not imposing my loves on anyone else. emoticon God bless us everyone!
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BMCC488 11/6/2014 11:32PM

    no it isn't, as long as it's November lol. I read an email today about iheartradio Christmas music and I was like "hmm that sounds nice, maybe I'll listen."

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Getting a little frustrated

Sunday, November 02, 2014

I've been dedicated on this journey since July and I've only lost 6 lbs, so I'm frustrated. I know that when I'm in school I might not have as much time as I had in the summer to dedicate to working out, but I'm really trying and am not seeing the results that I would like.

My goal is to lose 35 lbs total by March and right now that puts me at losing around 5.5 -6 lbs per month. I don't see that happening when I'm only losing maybe 2 per month. I need some help. Any suggestions are greatly appreciated.

On a happier note, I had an awesome day at clinical yesterday. I got to see three babies come into the world!! It was very exciting and it offset the fact that we are there for 12 hours.

I have a test this week so a lot of my time is being spent on that. I'm also working on a presentation for class as well.

Here are some goals for the week:

1. Lose 1 lb

2. Work out at least 120 minutes

3. Drink more water daily

4. Study for my test

I hope you all have a great week. Thanks for reading!!

  
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ORODEO73 11/6/2014 9:25AM

    The first thing you need to do it be positive. I have been negative for a long time and have put myself into denial. I was told stressing out over these negative things will effect my goals. I understand your position! You can do this. Look to the bright side of things and it will come "off" before you know it. Making changes takes time that we do have to spare that we excuse that we don't.
Good luck! Here is ya need someone! emoticon emoticon

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CARRIEFITCFC 11/3/2014 8:42PM

    Make sure you have looked at your hormones. When you're working hard with no results, it could be thyroid, progesterone, or testosterone. Most doctors ignore thyroid, so make sure to do the research and ask the questions.


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BIGSISTRUCK 11/3/2014 3:51PM

    I would suggest trying new workout routines as well, there are great 20 minute HIIT workouts out there that really get the job done in a short amount of time. Also, make sure you eat a lot of protein to keep yourself full, I thought for a LONG time that oatmeal is more filling than a couple of boiled eggs but it's not once you stick with it for a while!

Just think, you are still 6 pounds lighter than you were and you have not gained any! That is still great! emoticon

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SARA-SMILE 11/3/2014 6:16AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon And congratulations on your 6 pounds so far!

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EDLEAR 11/3/2014 2:46AM

    I'm glad to see that you've lost the six pounds, and can understand your frustration with that. Every time I try to lose any weight, I try a different way. Food choices is the only thing that help me, but we're all different. Because I have some hormonal issues lowering my total carb calories is the only way I've found. I also try to keep the glycemic index in mind when I make my choices.
I'm glad that your rotation is bring you this much joy and satisfaction, you deserve it! emoticon

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AUDISP 11/2/2014 11:45PM

    Patience, you have a lot on your plate. The others had good suggestions. Just keep trying and don't get discouraged because you didn't make all your goals. Take things as they come and you will do wonderfully. Six pounds is a great accomplishment in itself. Glad you had a wonderful clinical.

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DALID414 11/2/2014 5:59PM

    #1 suggestion: food tracking.

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BMCC488 11/2/2014 3:14PM

    The only suggestion I would have for you is maybe add some different/more exercise into your routine. If you can't fit in more running, maybe you could look into some fun indoor exercise that would interest you. Tackling big cleaning or yard projects, workout videos, or put together a workout yourself: jumping jacks, jump rope, hula hoop, jumping on a trampoline if you have one or can get a mini one, squats, lunges, etc. It really depends on what you like.

Sometimes our bodies get used to what we're doing and changing it up helps kickstart more weight loss. You're a strong woman to be juggling school and being a parent, you can definitely figure out what works for you :)

And how exciting about the babies! emoticon emoticon

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It's a new week

Sunday, October 26, 2014

Last week I went back to class and I had a great week. I'm in my peds/OB rotation and I just love it. I normally don't like working peds because I hate to see sick children, but I was assigned to an adorable two month old and I was over the moon. Even better, the baby was discharged later that day!! In my OB rotation we were on the postpartum unit so we got to be with all the babies, that is always fun!! Next week we are on labor and delivery.

Of course being in another rotation means figuring out a new workout schedule. My schedule changes every seven weeks so I'm constantly changing days that I work out. I have to say this year I'm doing a much better job at fitting in the time to work out. I'm still able to get my studies in as well.

My weight stayed the same this past week. I'm good with that since it didn't go up. I found myself eating more carbs last week. Also my hubby did not help matters because when we were at the football game on Friday he got stuff from the bake sale twice. He has a worse sweet tooth than me.

I think we finally have Halloween figured out this year. My son finally decided that he is going to be a zombie. That's easy enough. I just need to go get make up for that. My daughter and her friends are Alvin and the Chipmunks. She is going to be Simon. They also will wear their costumes for the band/orchestra concert this week. Now I can only hope that it will be dry for trick or treating on Friday. My hubby will take my son and I stay home to pass out the candy. I love to see the little kids all dressed up. My trick to the candy is to buy the stuff that I don't like. Also, I'm not buying it until Friday.

Here are some goals for the week:

1. Eat within my calorie range (I struggled this past week)

2. Work out at least 90 minutes

3. Start working on my group project for school

4. Drink more water


Thanks for reading, I hope you all have a great week!

  
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BIGSISTRUCK 10/31/2014 3:46PM

    I am doing the same for Halloween, we can resist! ;)

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KALEWINE 10/30/2014 8:51AM

    Your plan on the Halloween candy is excellent!

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TEDDYBEARSGIRL 10/28/2014 8:24AM

    These are Amazing goals, one step at a time, one Minute at a time! have a good day my friend ! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EDLEAR 10/28/2014 3:17AM

    I'm glad that you're enjoying your current rotation! The idea of switching things up every 7 weeks is a great one to expand on I think. May be there's some way for me to use it.
Halloween used to be a rough time for me to get through. So far this year I'm ahead of the game and am hopeful. Good luck with your plans!

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LINDA! 10/27/2014 11:46PM

    Great goals!!

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DALID414 10/26/2014 10:45PM

    Sounds like a great way to tackle Halloween!

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BMCC488 10/26/2014 3:11PM

    Sounds like a great plan for Halloween! emoticon and good goals as usual emoticon I struggled with eating for two or three weeks, and am refocusing on that as well.

Glad you're enjoying your rotations! It sounds like interesting work so far. One thing about having to change workout days every seven weeks, is it keeps things fresh emoticon

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KESTRYLL 10/26/2014 2:23PM

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UMBILICAL 10/26/2014 2:06PM

  TGTG

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I forgot to do this yesterday!!

Monday, October 20, 2014

I was busy yesterday, then I went to work, I forgot to log in yesterday, oops!!

I've been enjoying the last few days of my break. Today I went to lunch with a group of girlfriends. We went to Mongolian BBQ, love that place. I was very good about my food choices, I still had steak and shrimp, but I piled on the veggies. It was great to catch up with my friends that I haven't seen in a while. I made turkey chili for dinner, but I wasn't super hungry because of lunch so I only ate a little. It turned out pretty good.

Tomorrow I'm going to the movies with my mom to see The Best of Me. I'm a sucker for Nicolas Sparks movies. I love romance movies.

I got a pretty good workout in tonight. I just always worry that it won't be enough to make the scale move in the right direction.

I have my first clinical day on Wednesday. OB/peds is my favorite rotation so I'm looking forward to starting back up. Besides, I only have 21 more weeks of school total!

Here are my goals for the week:

1. Work out at least 90 min.

2. Eat within my calorie range daily.

3. Incorporate a new exercise into my workout.

4. Work on my math packet (I have a calculation test on Thursday!)

5. Drink enough water (I still struggle with this)

I hope that you all are reaching your goals. Have a great week. Thanks for reading. emoticon

  
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EDLEAR 10/26/2014 2:18AM

    Good morning! I hope that you met all of your goals this week. emoticon

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KALEWINE 10/23/2014 8:53AM

    Glad to hear you had a great break!

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 10/20/2014 9:57PM

    Good goals! The movie sounds nice! Maybe because I have 6 kids, but I always thought the OB/peds rotation would be the nicest.

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BMCC488 10/20/2014 9:31PM

    Great goals and sounds like a great fun day with friends. That's always good for the soul.

I want to see the Best of Me too, but will probably wait until it's out on DVD for a while so that it's available at the library because I can't afford to see it in theaters lol.

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LINDA! 10/20/2014 9:16PM

    emoticon Glad that you enjoyed your break from school.

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DALID414 10/20/2014 9:15PM

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GEORGE815 10/20/2014 8:55PM

    Thanks. Good luck with your goals for the week!

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Happy Friday!!

Friday, October 17, 2014

Today's been another productive day. I dropped the dog off to get groomed (she was looking really bad!!), made it to the grocery store, I've done some laundry, made lunch and made some phone calls that I've been meaning to do.

I'm excited because I'm down another pound this week. I've had some great workout sessions this week and I'll work out later today.

I've been craving asparagus this week so I'm making chicken and asparagus for dinner, yummy!! Even better, it was on sale this week!! I'm a huge bargain shopper.

Tomorrow is my daughter's last competition of the year for marching band. She is playing at the Big House Invitational and will play the halftime show with a total of around 2000 students from other area high schools. The actual competition is after the game. Of course the weather will be cool and rainy. I can handle the cool weather, but I hope it stays dry.

I hope you are all having a great day! Thanks for reading. emoticon

  
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BIGSISTRUCK 10/20/2014 4:08PM

    Congrats on the weight loss! I sure wish I craved asparagus! Lol.

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EDLEAR 10/18/2014 7:09AM

    Congrats on the lost pound, slow and steady is the way to go!
I hope that you all enjoy the competition today, cool is good. I can see where wet might not be good for marching bands though. Hopefully it'll be dry.
I wish asparagus was on sale here too, but no such luck.

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NEWBIRTH2014 10/17/2014 9:32PM

    Dinner sounds pretty darn good! Hope your daughter team wins battle of the Marching bands!


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DALID414 10/17/2014 9:14PM

    I was craving asparagus the other day, still haven't had any.

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BMCC488 10/17/2014 8:03PM

    Sounds like an awesome day and emoticon on the pound! emoticon

My parents' dog really needs to get trimmed, including her nails! What a relief it is when she gets her "hair" cut and nails trimmed.

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KREBECCA75 10/17/2014 6:38PM

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VALLITTLEMAMA5 10/17/2014 3:42PM

    Yummy dinner! Sounds good. . .wish you could e-mail me some emoticon

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GEORGE815 10/17/2014 2:45PM

    Hope things go well this weekend.

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