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Fall Camping Kick-off

Friday, September 19, 2008

I love that shot of my boys watching the world go by from their was taken in July at Hither Hills State Park. They were watching the neighbors play bocce ball... now imagine 2 families learning that they were from the same town, all because some little boys were cheering from a pop-up bunk! Small world!

As some of you know - I am an avid camper. Our new pop-up turns 1 year old this month and by the end of the year, we will have camped about 9 times! I'd say we've got our money's worth out of it this year.

Our last 4 trips are starting today - quiet family trip on LI for 2 nights. I'll have to work in the morning and commute at 6am, but I'll be back in time for afternoon snack. It'll give Dh & the boys some quality camping time together. The weather should be cool and a fire should feel great - I can't wait!!

So if anyone is wondering why I'm quiet - that's why. Back on Sunday in time for football too! LOL My Dh gets all of his favorite things in one weekend! LMAO!

As for maintaining - I'm not worried...I've noticed a few things since hitting goal. If I eat normally - my natural cal range is 1300-1600 without even thinking too much...which means I don't have to feel any guilt when I have a s'mores or a beer during camping. My SP maintenance range is 1550-1950. It's a nice thing to know when you start maintenance - ranges keep things in perspective.

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IAMLION 9/22/2008 9:46PM

    I love this pic too!! Sooo cute! They are so sweet when they are still, aren't they emoticon

Our family camping trips are done for the year. Now the hubby and I have a few alone time camping trips planned! I love those!! We camp near an island that he hunts on and I get lots and lots of pampering and quiet time! He cooks my breakfast when he returns from the morning hunt, we spend a couple of hours hanging out, he cooks dinner before he leaves for the evening hunt and then it's all about Me, the fire, a good book, snacks and beer!! I can hardly wait for our October trip!! emoticon

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OAKBORN 9/21/2008 10:05PM

    Love that pic!

I miss camping (I like tents and fires!)...


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FULLOFFAITH 9/21/2008 11:05AM

    What a cute picture. I know you are having a good time. I have never been camping. one of these days hopefully.



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Re-evaluation time

Monday, September 15, 2008 some of you can see, I've lost a few more pounds in the past week, for whatever reason. Part being that I'm watching the dairy, part being that I'm exercising again and burning cals, part being that subconsciously I wasn't totally done, part being that I believe that there is an equilibrium that I'll eventually settle at and I'm not there yet....lots of little things.

It's weird to have dropped a few more because I just bought a bunch of new shirts that were slightly snug...I was 150 when I bought them, and to tell you the honest truth, they fit and look better 2 pounds lighter. At 150, I had the side pooch thing - love handles? - that I wasn't really thrilled with...2 pounds down and they were down too...not gone, just down. That makes me happy.

My closet has been completely redone and I can wear everything in it without cringing...that's something very foreign to me. I kept old and added some new, and I'm happy with that. I tossed yet another bag to goodwill - I think it's my 4th one. Trust me, there is still some to go, but I can use what's left to my advantage. I need shoes though....pretty bad.

This week at work, every single person was shocked to see me. I'm in the health field, so people see me sporadically. Every person was like, "Whoa! What have you been up to? You look great!"

We went to a party and I wore something I bought with my sister from Express - a blue fitted button down that had no gap-osis going on and a pair of black wide leg pants... I wore it to work and went right to the party...these are newer friends that we are socializing with now because of school...but I digress. I embraced form fitting clothes in public for the very first time. Talk about diving in with both feet. Our friends openly asked, so I talked about SP the whole time. Even my older friends are a little shocked.

I think my DH is going to throw up soon. I think my co-workers are going to throw up soon. They hear it all the time!

Anyway, I've kind of come to the conclusion that whatever will be, will be. Is maintaining hard? Sort of and yet not, at the same time...I have done it for 2 months. More food is weird to do, especially when you are so used to the "diet thing". Moderation with food and exercise is a balancing act. It's really a personal journey that takes a lot of trial and error. What's good for me, might not be good for you. Is dieting easier? As you can see - for me, yes, it is. Again, a very personal journey. If I knew back then, what I know now, I would have done this when I was 20.

If you think my body is some tight, muscular thing - you are so off base!
It is what it is - a six-pack of well defined fat attached to muscles - I'm just happy the spare tire is gone; arms that wave good-bye after I have stopped waving; cellulite and stretch marks are part of who I am - I accept that one with arms wide open. I don't think I need to go on, you get the picture.

So here's the deal with all this re-evaluation:
- I refuse to let myself go over 150 for the rest of my life if I can possibly help it.
- 150 is a good and happy place - I'm glad I maintained well there
- the uber-ultimate goal of a healthy BMI at 136 pounds is totally doable and if it happens to be my equilibrium spot, then so be it.
- I'm not deliberately dieting to get to 136.
- Just being in the 140s is a thrill for me and I LIKE IT!

I looks like Ms. Done might not be totally done. emoticon

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OAKBORN 9/21/2008 10:10PM

    Frabjous! Absolutely frabjous!!

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IAMLION 9/16/2008 8:04AM

    How awesome!! I am smiling very big for you!! emoticon emoticon

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SFOSTER 9/16/2008 3:12AM

    I agree I always find your posts uplifting and you seem to always post when I need it the most. Thanks for sharing your continued success and encouragement.

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GLAMOURGIRL-9 9/15/2008 1:02PM

    Wow! I can not tell you how inspiring your blog was or how i envy where you are. I can not wait to be 150 ! I can not wait to feel the way you do. It so happens today is my RECOMMITTING day and reading this inspired me more! emoticon

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DREAMNSCHEME 9/15/2008 1:02PM

    Congrats on all your success! emoticon

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9/11 on Long Island

Thursday, September 11, 2008

The news coverage had the names being said on every single channel in our area.

The kids in my husband's school read books and remember the day.

I mentioned the day to my husband and father this morning and said everyone knows exactly where they were and who was around them when they found out what had happened.

Personally, I had just found out I was pregnant with my first child the day before and was on cloud nine...and then my father and I watched in horror as news coverage broke and we saw 2 planes crash into the towers, and stared in disbelief that other planes were involved as well, in other parts of the country.

My husband is a teacher and teaches in a high commuter town. He's taught the kids of the victims of that day for the last 7 years. No one on Long Island doesn't know someone who wasn't there....running for their lives.

The last person I saw today at work, was a broker who was just 2 blocks away from the towers that day. He said he was covered in dust and ran for the Manhattan Bridge to get across into Queens. He saw it all. He and so many others. He described it like he was just there, in the moment.

Many people were affected by this - to think about it is almost insanely scary - not only here, but in Washington and Pennsylvania too, and the ripple effect it caused on all of those poor people on those planes. So many people. So many families.

That's why they read the list...

Sometimes to think of others, on a day like today, puts so many other things into perspective.


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OAKBORN 9/21/2008 10:03PM

    I remember all too well where I was... I had called my parents at about 8 am Central time to discuss visiting them for the weekend... and I was on my way out the door... my dad asked if I knew what had happened and told me I'd better turn on the TV... I saw the footage of the first plane hitting the tower and then the 2nd plane. I knew immediately that it was terrorism and that we would be going to war against someone.

I was listening to the radio on my way to campus (I had just started nursing school a few weeks before) and was crossing the interstate when the first tower fell and the 2nd one fell on my way to school.

My friend's father-in-law was a cabbie in New York and drove into the parking garage under one of the towers that morning and they felt the shudder as arrived and all chose to leave instead of stay...

My brother's office had been on the same side of the Pentagon that was hit, but luckily he'd retired from the Navy a few years earlier.

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NEWKIM1 9/14/2008 8:50AM

    You are so right and I am so touched to read your blog. The 11th was a hard day for me, all the way here in Nebraska, not because I was personally touched by 9/ life was changed forever like so many people...but at the end of the day I had only heard 3 people talk about it, and it was because I asked them "Do you remember where you were when you heard of 9/11" Other than those 3 people no one else talked about it. They may have, just not with me. I just miss the moment of silence EVERYONE should take, I miss the fact that not all flags were at 1/2 staff...I miss the reverence it deserves and it didn't get in Columbus Nebraska.

May God bless all of those who fought that day, God bless those men and women who are defending our country today and in the past.

God Bless you for keeping their memories alive.

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TRECECOOKS 9/12/2008 12:49PM

    I can add nothing. You are so right.

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SFOSTER 9/11/2008 10:29PM

    I too remember exactly where I was and what I was doing the moment we first heard. I wish I had seen more flags flying today but was sadly disappointed. I feel it is a very important day to remember and to take time and reflect.

Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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Head cold kills momentum

Thursday, September 11, 2008

AARRGH!!!!!! I hate it when this happens. School started. Sniffles started with 2/3 of the kids. Mom gets the brunt of all the fun. YAY MUCUS!!

I learned from the last time when this same cold hit me in April...I tried to exercise throught the head cold part....and then it went into the chest...and then it dragged out for a month. And thru it all - I TRIED exercising, which wasn't very smart.

Not this time around. I'm playing it safe. I'm drinking about 12 cups of water a day at this point because I am so damn thirsty and not very hungry - have no fear - I'm still in cal range! I'm sleeping in, instead of hitting the TM every other day. So far, the plan seems to be working well. The chest part just occurred and so far it's not that bad. I bought Mucinex (first time ever) to keep things loose and to get it out before it settles. If it lasts a week - then YAY! It's better than a month.

What sucks the most is that I just downloaded a ton of new workout music I was psyched to play and use. Oh well, I'm dancing around to it anyway! LOL Next week it will be put to use.


Otherwise, maintenance is going AOK. Fridge is stocked again.
DH is on board with healthier eating after a high sodium reaction/scare. He put waaaay to much salt into some rice and then stupidly ATE IT. In a nutshell: dehydration (because he doesn't drink water) plus high sodium equals hypertension and bloating and scaring body feelings. He's all better now. It took 2 days for his body to feel better and to tell me I was right. Guess what...he's going to get a check-up in 2 weeks.

Makes my life easier because now there will be no bad snacky stuff in the house to tempt anyone - that includes the kids. Saves me money, saves my DH future episodes of drama. Finally.....finally he's getting smart about his health.

That's about it. Let's see how it goes!!!

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IAMLION 9/15/2008 8:01AM

    Sorry to hear you aren't feeling well! Hope you get better soon.

Poor hubby! Glad he was able to recover quickly. Hope his check-up goes great!!

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TRECECOOKS 9/11/2008 3:50PM

    I'm so glad DH is on board with the food; it makes things so much easier. . .

I just did a major shop for freggies - YUM!! But I still didn't get to the farmer's market. Maybe next week. . .

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Clothing update

Sunday, September 07, 2008

Another shopping adventure...alone this time!

Tried on about 80 different styled shirts...learned - wrap style is the best for my figure. OK - fat girl mentality did occur and old habits die hard - I bought one style shirt is 3 colors, but there is a method to my madness, and I'll tell you why.

Shirt #1 - basic black - enough said
Shirt #2 - multigreen tile print on white background with tiles of black thrown in - great for under a jacket, it's holiday-ee-ish if I want it to be (xmas & St. Pats), I can wear it around the kids and a stain won't show
Shirt #3 - deep maroony-plum - color was awesome on me, good for fall

So you see, the fat chick mentality, while present still, was dominated by a more fashion conscious medium sized chick persona coming through...I'm making progress.

Another thing learned....some petite sections just plain suck. No variety in the shirt department. Pants were fine...bought a nice trouser pair that makes my ass look last!!

And another thing....why are sweaters being put out with short sleeves? Winter IS coming, isn't it?
And another they think everyone WANTS to look pregnant in 80% of the clothes manufactured? Anyone with a chest is screwed.
And another thing...what's with the puffy bell sleeves on jackets?
And another thing...the 70s are OVER - give Mrs. Roper her clothes back.

OK - that vent is over.

Other things bought - a very cute vertical striped quilted jacket in brown - chose the L even thought the M fit because of the sweater factor. Plus, the buttons popped when I stretched my arms back. My mid-sis told me via phone to get the M if I could button it, but on further analysis, the L was the way to go. I'm glad I did.

A black & white skirt in a L...I always wanted one, so I bought it...goes great with the black top...might have to return it if I can get in online in a medium. The shirts I bought are the slightest bit more fitted than I am used to, which is a good thing because it will keep me accountable even more to stay focused on healthy stuff...especially during the holidays.

So that is that - and I am going to be a hot PTA mom this season. No more frumpwear for me.

I just looked in my closet and am pretty happy now. A lot of stuff is on ANOTHER pile to go out...this time the 14s and XL shirts. Somebutton downs are still hanging around to layer over tanks this'll save me some money that way, but if I need to look nice, I can now. I have a few jackets too that still fit. Now all I need are a few more pants that fit really well and I am really set.

Glad I went out today instead of sitting on my behind. What is what some people is therapy? I can totally see that when things actually fit! Now all I need are some cool shoes....

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OAKBORN 9/9/2008 8:19AM

    How fun to hear about your shopping adventures! Go you!!

"somebody give Mrs. Roper her clothes back!" emoticon

Thanks for the poem on my blog, that was soooooooo cute!! I appreciate you!

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AMY_P1 9/8/2008 2:43PM

    I think shopping is the best therapy ever. All the people seeing a therapist could just be using that money to buy really great clothes! Nothing makes you feel better than when you look great. I have become a much bigger fan of shopping now that I can shop outside the plus department. Congrats and great job staying on track!

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SFOSTER 9/8/2008 1:26AM

    Congrats on your shopping spree. I have to say that for me I am extremely thankful that many of the shirts this year are empire waisted and babydoll type. Right now for me those are the most flattering. I hope you have continued luck in getting your new Skinny gal wardrobe. Post some pics so we can see some of your wonderful purchases.

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TRECECOOKS 9/7/2008 4:29PM

    I so hear you on the pseudo-maternity top thing!! Glad you found clothes, and thrilled that they fit so well!!

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ROSEOFSHARON73 9/7/2008 4:20PM

  I know what you mean about those Empire waistlines - every shirt I try on seems to feel like maternity-wear. Ugh. Thank you for posting this blog. You have inspired me to clean out my closet and see what still fits and what is now too BIG! Shopping is totally awesome therapy, but I need to know what I have at home before I buy more stuff to fill my closet.


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