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My horoscope told me to...

Thursday, October 29, 2009

I read my MSN horoscope every morning...religiously with my first cup of java. That is where you will find me. So today it said, "Go for a jog or a walk" How funny is that? I wasn't planning on doing that today, I was all pretty and spiffy this morning in a new turquoise sweater and my make-up was perfect! My plan was to do it tomorrow...but I figured...maybe it's in the stars...

So we got out early for lunch. Plenty of time for me to run home and just do it. So I did. 1.75 miles at a steady run. BOY THAT WAS HAAAAAAARD! Last week, I ran on Tues and Fri and was just fine. This week was Tues and less day of rest. Holy COW what a difference! I did it though...and learned that I'm going to redo my 1.75 mile again until it's a little easier that what I did today. I'm proud of myself for doing it through to the finish too, even though I had a stitch in my upper abs and my left foot fell asleep! LOL I was a hot mess I tell ya! I'm picturing Quazi Moto (sp.??) with that description!!! hahahahaha

So now i'm off to work again...and my makeup stayed put btw .....well, that's a plug for Bare Minerals! LOL add a little body spray & powder & I'm out the door! I'll shower up tonight.

I'm going to just add this....I broke the 140 barrier today too. The scale said 139.5!! That means that I am 4 pounds away from "HEALTHY" BMI weight and 3 pounds away from losing a grand total of 50 pounds on Sparkpeople!!! HOLY MOLEY!!! Thus the reason for my new sweater and perfect makeup today! Teeheehee - I'm all giddy!!! emoticon

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IAMLION 10/31/2009 3:41PM

    emoticon you are doing awesome!!! I'm so proud of you too! You have been working so hard and it is really paying off!! Enjoy your success emoticon Ya look marvelous!!

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HEALTH4LYFE 10/30/2009 9:05PM

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Cheers to you: on the run, on the weight loss and on the make up looking pretty good after your run. You are going to reach that goal and very soon. Your body is responding to the changes in your exercise routine. Keep it up and that 50 lb icon will be yours because you've earned it!

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SUCHAHOOT 10/29/2009 1:51PM

    Great job listening to the stars! On your lunch hour, no less.
I've been following your blog for quite sometime...since back when you turned yourself right-side-up for a minute! Anyway, I'm just trying to touch base with the folks whom I've been peeping in on. I'm pretty sure I found you through Oakborn. I cannot remember which team or where I started following her. Anyway, just to say hello & you inspire! congrats on your weight loss & getting so fit!

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OAKBORN 10/29/2009 1:39PM

    Girl you are amazing! Just keep up the great work!

cheering for you from Missouri!

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Becoming a...dare I even say it? athlete?

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

Hahahaha...well, I can try!

After last night's craziness, I had to run today. It was NOT an option NOT TO because I am going into work late today and I needed to destress. Anyway...I am now destressed and decompressed.

On my little tread, I started counting how far I have personally come in this's my summary:

Starting line (2/9/08)......................Finish line (to date)

187 lbs..........................140 lbs
size 16/18........................size 6 or 8
running - hahahaha (yeah right).........1.5 miles - just started running - yay!
like to workout - nope..............look forward to working out
water? do I have to?..........where's my water bottle? I NEEED my water bottle!!
flexible? nope.....................very bendy
back back hurting/nice core strength
BMI - obese (have to look up that number)..........BMI - 1 point away from "Normal"
Emotional eater..............not anymore...I think before I eat most of the time
live to to live
favorite body part - my eyes.........favorite body part - my clavicle/shoulder area b/c I can see them now

I never though I would ever say that I was becoming an athletic person. I was never in that category EVER in my entire life...but now I am embracing the idea. With that glimmer...running that extra quarter mile today to make my goal was easier for some reason, and trust me, I physically thought I wasn't going to make it when I first started out today - my right foot felt worked itself out; then my left heel felt worked itself out. My next goal of 1.75 miles in a few days I am honestly looking forward to doing.

So with that....I am going to Modell's today and I am going to by some running shoes. The pair on my feet now are 2 years old, worn out and cross trainers that should have been thrown out a year ago. It's time for a treat...for me. Happy Halloween to me...this year, I'm dressing up athlete.

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MKPQ51 11/1/2009 7:57PM

    Hey, Spark Daughter,

So glad you're going to buy some new shoes; you've earned them! Besides, from what I've been reading in the articles, we should be purchasing new running shoes every six months or so. I'm sure that depends on how much we use them; but, with your track record, you're due a new pair.

Your Spark Mom,

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OAKBORN 10/27/2009 1:38PM

    You go girl!!

Interesting transformation, isn't it?

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HEALTH4LYFE 10/27/2009 11:04AM

    Shoes are SO important when you are exercising, but especially when you are running. I am glad you are going to treat yourself. Great blog, by the way. Looking at where you were and where you are now. Something for me to aspire to when I reach "maintenance" (ooh, now I have it in print). Anyway, you are a motivator for me. I hope I will be able to reach my goal and inspire others to reach theirs through a balanced and healthy lifestyle. Take care and keep me posted on your running progress.
-Maureen emoticon

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Two Satans for the price of one! yay

Monday, October 26, 2009

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Ahhh....the Den meeting is over...and I need to decompress emoticon

It started out regulars showed up...the normal new kid showed up...and then emoticon #1 walked in the door. I knew it was him immediately...accomplanied by his lackluster mother, who honestly looked like a woman wanting another life somewhere...anywhere. By the way, if you happened to read my previous blog, he is the good son, as opposed to his brother who is the true and real Bealzebub in the new Bear den...but this one has tendencies nonetheless. Let's just call him one that likes to "rile things up" a bit. yay (feeeeel my sarcasm this point it is dripping from the ceiling).

All was going OK, even though he sat next to the kid I didn't want him to sit next that can easily be riled up. yay My first mistake of the evening was giving the boys permanent markers to color in their eggcarton spider bodies. Their hands were covered. Oh well, sorry 'bout that parents...if another parent wants to take over, be my guest...this is like a third job that pays you in rocks. During this time...I am seeing emoticon#2 come out.

Satan #2 is another new kid...another attention seeker...a loud shouter outer...the other boys in the group are happy to see him when he strolls in late. When they finally get working, half the table is quiet and working, the other half is getting riled up. What is sad and ironic is that our usual riler-upper was out sick tonight. husband the teacher, shoots me a look across the room and our brains match....our perfect imperfect old den we were used to is g-o-n-e GONE! We have been transported to volunteer hell. emoticon emoticon emoticon

So the meeting goes parent helper helps out just fine. The other new parents invited to stay do absolutely nothing.... great. WHen pickup time comes, I can't wait for the 12 boys to LEAVE my house as fast as possible.

But wait...does this happen?

NoooOOOOOoooooo! An irate old-den parent comes in with 2 of the 4 boxes of popcorn that she is returning because she is pissed that she HAS TO SELL THEM. Guess what honey....we all do. The 4 boxes go for $15 a piece (15 sleeves of popcorn per box) and that is $60. This is the ONE big fundraiser we do a YEAR for the entire pack. Most parents just buy the boxes and sell then at their leisure. Others eat them (like my family). Others just toss them or donate them to food pantries after they pay for them. It's part of the BSA thing. Deal with it. You want to CRY? I WILL CRY and tell you that one kid dropped and I am selling the 4 other boxes with my OWN!! IF I pay out of pocket that is $120...looks like I'm paying $75 this SHUT UP!!! and DEAL!!!

She was so livid and angry about having the popcorn sale be mandatory, she was crazy. Nice huh? Right in front of new parents. She is threatening to take he son out if it comes down that it is mandatory. Part of me is emoticon and the other part is emoticon I I like the kid & his family, I don't think I would want them to leave. But on the other hand...I have 13 boys in this den now...too many for my liking, escpecially with half of them being riler-uppers.

Anyway, she eventually calmed down and took the boxes back...thank GOD our assistant Cubmaster is also one of my parents picking up their kid. She talked her down nicely. I just didn't need that to happen tonight. Not the time NOR the place for that. Honestly, I think she was pissed at me & hubby because we didn't do a big "Show and Sell" at the supermarket. #1 - I don't have the time on a Saturday morning to do that. #2 - the only people showing up would have been me and her and another kid, because not everyone in the den LIVES for scouting...God knows I don't. What is really sad, is that this family is LOADED and the people who aren't are happy to pay their part and move on. Maybe I just don't get people. Whatever.

My son...the Scout...I noticed him sitting there kind of quiet tonight. I don't know if it was the forum, or the new kids, or the chaos...but I think something is turning in his brain. He is supersmart...doesn't really like the goofing around; actually WANTS to become a boyscout, but I don't know...he might be thinking that all the goofyballs in it might not be all that worth it. I can say this because he honestly thinks like that. He's a rare kind of kid. We'll see how this goes. If he's quiet and not his usual self in the next few meetings, I'm just going to ask him whats up. Maybe it was just the newness of the chaos this time...he was feeling them out.

So that was my night. joy. I'd go have a beer, but what would that do....but I would rather not be bloated or groggy in the morning. I'd go eat the rest of the donuts the mom left behind...but that is not good to do either. So to decompress, here I am, typing and giving you all the update you asked for.

Ho-hum. emoticon


Gotta love feeling trapped like this.

But as my favorite author, Jane Austen, puts so eloquently through the mouth of Mr. Bennett in Pride & Prejudice: "This too shall pass, with little or no consequence to me."

As the CubScout Motto goes, I will "DO MY BEST" with what I am given...and just keep my expectations extremely low in regard to this particular part of my life at the moment. I have bigger and better fish to fry...and it's not in the Cub Scout world.

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OAKBORN 10/26/2009 10:39PM

    Sorry you had such a rough night sweetie!


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GRALLEN 10/26/2009 10:10PM

    I'm so sorry. I don't have kids so unfortunately can't relate. It's a shame parents sign their kids up for activities like these and then don't want to help or participate.

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Nothing profound...just an update...

Saturday, October 24, 2009

Hey there Sparkers!!!

Whew!! what a kookee week! Happy to report that I got back on my beloved treadmill after many many months...and I RAN! Honest to goodness running going on here! Never did that one before, so I am very happy about this accomplishment. Tues was one mile and Fri was a mile and a quarter. I'm going to try and push it a little further each time...just for fun. Fri was an interesting workout. All I wanted to get in was a half hour while my son played legos...turned out he was so occupied with his playing that I did an extra half hour! One hour on the tread - 475 cals later and 3.25 miles (I strolled)...and a happy kid and mommy were the result. Gotta love that. I'm hoping Monday is a repeat performance...we shall see. news that I am gaining 3 new cub of which is SATAN emoticon Lucky me. His reputation precedes him...the family's reuptation precedes them...The mother is in denile about her offspring and they run amok. The stories I've heard from both parents and scouts is appalling. So, I need a plan of action...and I have one, so now I am came to me when I was running. The plan is to have 3 strikes....and then he's out of my den. The mother has already been invited to the first meeting he will attend at my home. She was trying to bring along her other devil's spawn, but alas I said "no...unfortunately I do not have enough eyes to watch mine own sweet children whilst the meeting is going on, so I cannot have other children at the house in addition to the scouts..." nice huh? Step one...complete.

Now, if this particular scout is the emoticon child...and makes a distrubance, the mom will have to stay at every meeting...which means she will have to find a sitter each time for her other emoticon children. This is the general rule for all children that misbehave, so it is very fair. If he's a disturbance at the meeting while she is not there, the child will sit out...then she'll have to be at every meeting after that. Sorry honey, I'm a volunteer, not a babysitter or a social worker.

As for fist fighting...which he has done already...we have established a new policy: PACK POLICY: If he strikes another child, he will be reported to the council and the parent called, she will have to accomplany her child for the remainder of the event/meeting. Next event....if it happens again, the child will leave the event immediately. If it happens again, at all...last chance/strike...the child is kicked out of scouts for good.

Not a nice thing to even talk about, but we cannot deny anyone a chance to join...but we don't have to take any crap either. Rules are rules...if you don't abide by them and be are OUT. Boy....I have a calm center since Thursday, and I will tell you why becuase when I learned of this news earlier in the week, I was not a happy camper. On Thursdya, when I woke up, I was repeating the same prayer over and over in my head....The Prayer of St. Francis which I memorized in high school:

"Lord, make me an instrument of your peace;
where there is hatred, let me sow love;
when there is injury, pardon;
where there is doubt, faith;
where there is despair, hope;
where there is darkness, light;
and where there is sadness, joy."

Well...this is the first half that I kept repeating over and over again....and woke up on Friday with the same thing going thru my I consider that a sign from above.

So what do I do with that? Well...just what it says...give the kid a chance, be kind and firm and nurturing (God knows, the kid may need just that!)...don't get crazy until there is something to get crazy about...and then - there are rules in place to handle the situation as my backup. Thy will be done. Finito.

OKey Dokey.....enuf with that stuff.

Fall is upon us, here in New York...I have a butt-load of leaves to pick up and rake, not one thing has been done in that capacity, but then again, not all of the leaves are down either. Weekends are very busy too...and they will only get more, so I guess I have to be a bit more organized during the I'm not already. I guess I have to reference my calendar more often! LOL

I went out with my evil Twin last night (we have the same name and our birthdays are a day apart...go figure)...totally discovered that a guy friend of ours who I crushed on for about a year(13 years ago) actually liked me when we were all hanging out...and they told him to go out with me but he wouldn't date "a student"...what a dope!! we were practically the same age and we were just flying small planes - so he wasone of my 'teachers" but teachers aren't supposed to go clubbing with student either. Dope. Well...what's done is done, and I probably wouldn't have met my hubby if I was dating him anyway, so I'm really glad about that in retrospect. But I will say this aloud...get him my picture NOW!!! so he can see what he passed up on...the dope. I will bet money he also didn't want to date me because of my bad for him because I met my husband during that time and he never had that problem...ever. Hmm...but then again, after I started dating hubby, we never really hung out too much after that as a group because we all got busy , I graduated & we all had to grow up. Oh well.........still....I want him to see a picture of me now... the dope. Don't listen to me anymore...I'm just being emoticon and you know, no matter what, he's still a friend after all these years, no matter what...but I really would like to tease him about that too...oops, sorry, being evil again! One day I will have that moment, I'm sure - lol! Honestly, I'd love to know how he's doing...married, kids, work, the whole thing....gotta get a reunion together with the old crew.

I'll just add to the above that I was VERY redfaced during this conversation...and then immediately went all googly/mushy and calm just mentioning my darling hubby....who really is my soulmate...we share a brain and a heart. Who could ask for more than that? It's rare, and I know it, and am thankful for everyday I wake up next to him.

Oh darling is home...and I have to get moving, so ta-ta everyone!!

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MKPQ51 10/25/2009 11:26PM

    An awful lot to say for not having anything profound! That's what I love about you; you can write about anything and make it so interesting.

Sounds like a good plan of action for the little darling; keep us updated on how it works out.

As for the one who let you get away, his loss! However, it's kinda nice to reminisce about ol' crushes/flames/loves.

Things always work out the way they're supposed to; you're with the man you were meant to be with. All in God's plan!

And, quit with the "I will bet money he also didn't want to date me because of my weight;" you've got to stop thinking that way about yourself!

Hope you enjoyed the evening with your love!

Your Spark Mom, Kat

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IAMLION 10/25/2009 7:38PM

    Way to go on the running! You are a really doing awesome!!
Great plan for the emoticon child. Shouldn't take him long to fly thru those rules and he and his family can be sent packing emoticon
Awwwww, sole mates! That is a wonderful thing. See, things always work out for the best!! You are blessed with an awesome and loving family emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 10/24/2009 8:51PM

    LOL, interesting blog!

I agree with your plan of defense from the scout of satan and I even understand wanting said non-boyfriend to see what he missed.

But mostly I am happy that you love your DH so much.


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Practice what you preach

Thursday, October 08, 2009

Ok, so today I'm in a funk....hey, it happens to us all. I'm not saying I'm down on anything either, it's just a blechk (use the back of your throat when saying that one please ;)) of having too much to do and not wanting to do anything. Too much work, too much stuff that just gets plopped on top of the Mom/Wife/Manager's capable shoulders because that is the way life works sometimes. I'd love to be a kept woman with a staff to order about today, that's all. LOL

And that is why I'm writing about it. I thought of the title at work this morning too, because for goodness's so true isn't it?

How can I say to someone, "It's OK, don't give up...keep on going, it's just a rut, you will get out of it soon, don't be discouraged, tomorrow is a new day...etc, etc, etc" and not actually walk the walk?

Everyone has those bad days...bad months...bad hours...bad minutes even. The key is to not wallow in the funk that can overtake your spirit.

A lot of us have come way to far to get down on don't. Have the moment and move on. Life's not going to wait for you to get out of your funk...only you can do that.

Ok - that's it....I have some laundry that has to get packed for our last camping trip this weekend before my lunch is for now...I'm going to (as my favorite band from the '90s Extreme sings)...

GET THE FUNK OUT! emoticon

In fact...I'm going to jack up my iPod to 10 and play that song whilst I fold the said laundry! emoticon

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    Great Blog!

Thanks for sharing your thoughts!

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MKPQ51 10/8/2009 2:54PM

    When I saw your current status post (in a funk...for some reason...a passing I'm sure), I was going to stop by your page and leave you a comment. I should have known you'd make a post out of your thoughts, because you usually do. And, I'm so glad you take the time to post your thoughts; they certainly are helpful and encouraging to me, as I'm sure they are with many others.

I just read another SP friend's blog and was reminded that I have been doing things (not giving my body a day's rest between strengthening exercises) that I've encouraged others to do. I know this is an important thing to do; but, I had convinced myself, if I altered the upper body one day and the lower body the next, everything would be okay. After reading the blog, Iím going to readdress my thinking and see if I am in fact giving my muscles the rest they need.

Now, here you are giving me yet another reminder. It's been a couple of tough weeks for me. A lot of it has been caused by my big mouth, and perhaps my stubbornness; I've come pretty close to cutting off my nose to spite my face! However, I've also been very hard on myself, forgetting to apply some of the things that I remind others.

And, though I know my situation isn't going to improve much over the next while, I do need to remind myself to take care of what I can take care of, quit allowing negative thoughts to fill my mind, and to press on.

So, to the young women who is always giving such wise advise (you) from the older woman (Remember, you most certainly could be my daughter--and I'd be proud to call you "my daughter."), thank you once again!

And, I hope you have a great camping trip this weekend!
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JULIAGIS 10/8/2009 1:33PM

    Thanks for your blog! I'm going through some weird phase myself. I'm fighting my boyfriend all the time, for no apparent reason. Argh! It's nice to read that others are going through funks and what they're doing to keep "functioning." I just need to calm down, concentrate on work and deal with the rest when it comes. Hope your rut has come to an end.

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JOCHEBED1 10/8/2009 1:01PM

    agree...dont feel like it most of the time but i do need to gird up, suck it up and make myself delight in it because life is short and i need to get moving.

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OAKBORN 10/8/2009 12:40PM

    Yeah, it's been a year of "alot" hasn't it?

I understand, my shoes are full of blechk too! I have a severe case of Idonwanna and hit with a lot of guesswhatyagottas!

Hang in there girl! Keep on swimming!


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