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3 Years on Maintenance... and I forgot!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Yup...I completely forgot and here I come on Spark to log-in, get some points, check in... and I have an email and goodie and a few page comments (which I will get to return visits in a wee bit to say thanks to) ... and I see that I was lovingly reminded of the fact that I hit 137 on 11/18/2009....and I am glad to say that I have only seen that number once while on maintenance since I am maintaining in the 130-135 range.

But even so, the 137 was a HUGE thing because that was 50 pounds gone.

50 pounds.


Really??? I did that? and I am keeping it off? Yes, I guess I am...and it's a habit to keep my head in the game now because it HAS been so long...who knew.

People from my past always say that it's nice to see and are somewhat surprised that I have kept it off, and sometimes, I am surprised myself....especially when I am down on myself....and clothes are a little tight and I have had a bad eating & low exercise day/week/month that I am not really 157, 167, 177 or 187 because sometimes, it feels like that. (LoL - yes Virginia, there is such a thing as bad days on maintenance).

Anyway...the big secret of this (get ready to hold on to your hats folks!) well, it is to track my food, drink my water, keep my body moving... and never give up on the bigger picture of things... and when I see that upper number on the range, reign in the bad habits and bump up the good habits... and forgive myself when I slip up.

Are there bad times and slip ups? yup, more emotional than calendar influenced (holidays are manageable now). Exercise helps out with those emotional bad times most of the time and talking helps with the rest...talking/blogging ...same difference. emoticon

Things that also Maintenance Buddy OAKBORN and I are in touch every day either here or on FB (ahem, more on FB really - LOL) and she really is awesome and you should check out her page. I know she is a ready ear to listen to anything at all... and that is a big help. One day, we will meet face to face, but in the meantime...we have the internet and that is cool and good enough for now.

And the other thing that really really Sparkpeople... the site, the tools, the community, and the articles. If this wasn't here, I don't know if I would have ever achieved any of this. Why do I know that? Because I tried everything out there over the years (i.e. Slim fast, Weight Watchers, eDiets, and yes, even the drug phen-phen for a few months) and nothing seemed to stick. Spark taught me to re-learn how I ate...and that knowledge is my power now.

OK - Didn't mean to go on a side bar there...I think I wrote about it a while back in my journal and it just popped out again now! LoL But it's true.

Thanks, Sparkers, for being there (and also for reminding me that it has actually been 3 years on Maintenance on Spark!)

Love and Sparks,

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FLGIRL1234 1/5/2013 10:26AM

    Congrats on your continued success! That's awesome!

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LOGOULD 1/5/2013 10:16AM

    CONGRATS! on three years of maintenance!!! Thanks so much for the honest and insightful blog and for blazing the trail head for those of us who are newer to the maintenance path.

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SIMPLYDALENA 1/1/2013 7:43PM

    Just joined SP today and this is my 1st blog to read. Congratulations! Thanks for writing and inspirational blog. emoticon

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MANILUS 12/27/2012 7:56PM

    Great job on maintaining the lifestyle, keep it up!!

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FIRECOM 12/27/2012 11:04AM

    I have been in maintenance for only 3 or 4 months now and I agree. It is TOUGH, but worth it. I just with I was able to do rigorous workouts like jogging or even aggressive walks. it would take some of the frustration out of the process.

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SWEDE_SU 12/27/2012 4:40AM

    thanks for your blog - it's maintainers like you who inspire the rest of us to stick to it!

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MAEBEAR26 12/26/2012 5:41PM

    Congrats! Keeping it off is so hard, well done.

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ADRIENALINE 12/25/2012 5:42PM

    I'm only at one year maintenance. Your progress helps me tremendously! Thanks for blogging.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/24/2012 10:17PM

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POPSY190 12/24/2012 1:47AM

    Great blog.

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ANITA50 12/23/2012 11:25AM

  congratulations! that is fantastic news!

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-SHOREIDO- 12/23/2012 9:13AM

    Congratulations!!! *50* is a big accomplishment in any way shape or form or POUNDS : )


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    great job

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BROWNCOFIDDLER 12/21/2012 9:30PM

    Thanks for writing this great blog and a big emoticon for 3 years in maintenance. I recently entered maintenance and lost the big FIVE OHHHH too - so can really identify with what you're saying. It's great to read the experiences in maintenance that other SP have had. It's awesome you've done so well!!!

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MARCOSMASTER 12/21/2012 7:59PM

    Congrats, It is truly a process and a jouney, thanks for the wit and wisdom. Just getting to the spot where I shall stay long term, its good to know that maintance isn't the bad word that I had previously thought it was!! I am still pondering the value of a checkin buddy or mentor, that may help. Thanks!! emoticon

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PCASEY7 12/21/2012 4:26PM

    Congrats on achieving 3 years of maintenance! I'm getting closer to a full year but not there yet. Like you, I need to maintain my food & exercise tracking, drink my water and get my exercise in. I think it puts me in a good routine and helps me to maintain. I do slip up particularly at this time of year but know that I can refocus as necessary and drop any extra weight gained. Keep up the great work and keep blogging!

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SLENDERELLA61 12/21/2012 10:08AM

    Great blog!! I'm so glad you got a popular blog award for this effort. What you say is 100% in keeping with my experience. So glad to have you and other maintainers here on SparkPeople. No one else in my life understands that there can be bad days on maintenance and that it take effort -- everyday commitment and effort -- to maintain!!

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ANNIEONLI 12/21/2012 8:22AM

    Hey everyone!!!

Thanks so much for visiting and reading and the continued support!!

I'm hoping to visit everyone too, once things calm down a bit here..but in the meantime: Happy Holidays!!!!! Be well! and Spark on!!!!

Big Smiles emoticon and tons of emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 12/21/2012 7:28AM

    Congratulations! You are a great inspiration!

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NELLJONES 12/21/2012 7:20AM

    Great job and it IS easy to forget as time goes by. It means that what used to be your obsession has left you. Congrats!!

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CHRISKENANDKIDS 12/20/2012 11:29PM

    Great job! Your success is inspiring!

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WOLFKITTY 12/20/2012 10:57PM

    Congrats! I especially love to see success stories from people that I remember starting on spark. You are one of the memorable ones, for sure!!

Take care,

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SCOUTMOM715 12/20/2012 10:32PM

    emoticon on 3 yrs of maintaining!! emoticon

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GETFIT2LIVE 12/20/2012 5:53PM

    Way to go! Thank you for sharing about the realities of maintenance. I know I used to have the idea that if I could ever reach my goal weight, I'd be able to keep it off no problem. The reality is most people don't, however, because they fail to make the permanent changes needed to keep it off. Truth is, we have to continue to pay attention to things like getting enough water, watching what we eat, and moving enough to keep weight off for the long haul.

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KARRENLYNN 12/20/2012 5:37PM

    Congratulations on your success! I'm still working on getting there but as long as I see this as a lifestyle choice and not a temp project, I'll see the speedbumps as temporary and stay on track.

Have a great holiday,

Karen emoticon

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OOLALA53 12/20/2012 5:00PM

    The gold standard on maintenance is five years, but you have definitely made it into the big leagues with three. I haven't been at goal for three but I am coming up on three years of using the guidelines that have made me feel more sane. I find it is getting easier as time goes on. May sanity reign!

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THOMS1 12/20/2012 3:44PM

    emoticon on your maintenance. You are doing a great job. emoticon

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DOUBLEMME 12/20/2012 2:58PM

My spark congratulations.



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SUSIEMT 12/20/2012 2:45PM

    Well said! Keep up the good maintenance!

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PRESBESS 12/20/2012 12:38PM

    You are proof that it can be done, through the ups and downs, maintaining for years is very achievable. Thanks for sharing!

You Rock!

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LOISDESK 12/20/2012 12:26PM

    Congrats big time on your 3 years of maintenance!!! You are an inspiration to all of us still on the journey! Happy Holidays!!

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HANSBRINK 12/20/2012 12:05PM

  Thank you! Glad to hear a very down to earth comment:
"Are there bad times and slip ups? yup," Along with the idea of getting back into the groove of things and do what's necessary (track, eat right, exercise).

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MIDROAD 12/20/2012 8:57AM

    I still have 30 pounds to go, but I joined this team to be ready for the time I transition to maintenance. Blogs like your and others here give me hope that I too could be a successful maintainer. Thank you so much for sharing!

Happy Holidays

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SANDICANE 12/20/2012 7:10AM

    You are a wonderful inspiration!@ 3 years at maintenance!!! Fabulous! I've been 3 weeks at maintenance and am looking forward to walking right behind you!

Cheers to you!

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WATERMELLEN 12/20/2012 6:46AM

    Fantastic accomplishment -- and fantastic maintenance!!

You're so right about the effort it takes to keep on maintaining!!

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KELLIEBEAN 12/20/2012 6:28AM

    That is a huge accomplishment! Congratulations!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/20/2012 6:19AM

    Congratulations on 3 years of maintenance! emoticon

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MAREE1953 12/20/2012 4:16AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing your inspiring thoughts!

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MOBYCARP 12/20/2012 3:49AM

    Now that's something to aspire to . . . maintenance becoming so routine that I forget the anniversary! I'm not there yet, but I've only been in maintenance a little over a year now.

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TRYINGHARD1948 12/20/2012 3:29AM

    Fantastic achievement. emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/19/2012 9:23AM

    Thanks for sharing your maintenance experience! Inspiration like yours is always welcome! Today is my 7-month maintenance anniversary, and I look forward to making it to the 1-year point.

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DIANNEMT 12/19/2012 7:26AM

    I am just starting maintenance (although I had a 8 month plateau which was almost maintenance) and I am scared/worried/what do I do. Saw this post and yeah--I keep doing what I am doing! I guess I just focus on holding where I am--not trying to lose anymore (people say I will look gaunt if I lose more....)

So--thank you. This was the right thing to see this morning!! I hope I can do it--if others can--like you--then there is hope for me, too!!

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KANOE10 12/8/2012 8:39AM

    Great job on 3 years of maintenance! I like your comment..when you are in the upper range, reign in the bad habits and focus on the positive ones. I agree that support and Spark People have made me accountable and positive about maintenance for the first time in my life.

Thanks for sharing a wonderful blog. I joined NWCR also..interesting questions.

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Post Hurricane Sandy update

Saturday, November 10, 2012

Hey everyone!

If you didn't already know it from my Sparkname...I am from LI , a.k.a. Long Island. (That's the fish shaped island sticking out into the ocean that's part of New York State).

2 weeks later, I am finally finding the time to write a blog and give everyone an update on the whole thing. What the media has been showing about Long Beach and the Rockaways is all true...I can only imagine how NJ is faring.

There are other parts of LI that are pretty bad too and some are just getting power back now...12 or so days later....and some still might not get power until Thanksgiving. The other side of the devastation is on a bell curve...all resulting mental anguish: some have to rebuild their entire homes and on the flip side, anyone with even an inch of water is battling mold and replacing sheetrock and bleaching wood, and needing to replace boilers and hot water heaters because they were ruined by salt water...and then there are the people who not only have their homes flooded but have boats floating in their front yards from 2 towns over ! No joke. ALL are trying to right themselves.

I can't even write about it in detail because it would become a book instead of a blog.

My house and family, and extended family too, fared very well with only power outages that extended about 6 to 7 full days. We all helped each other out: eating chili together, sharing freezer space, keeping the elders warm by the fireplace. Ahh, family togetherness at it's best, that does start getting old after about the 4th day....mainly for the people "without", but also for the people "with" because all we want for them is for things to get back to normal and for them to not hurt. But the people "with" totally understand the predicament and let's face it, it could have been a whole lot worse for everyone, including us...and we count our blessings time and time again...and then we help out some more.

Is there "survivor's guilt" going on all over Long Island? bet.

There is this fog that everyone is in here. It's like we lost a week of our lives. Halloween? yeah, we did it - for the kids. Others postponed it and did it as a trunk and treat at the school parking lot...those who had enough gas to get there.

Did I even mention the gas shortage here? It was very "Mad Max" for a while. Desperate people trying to fill cans to fill generators. Cars needing to be pushed into the gas station after the car ran out of gas while waiting on a 3 hours line. Fist fights. Good times..good times.

Thank god things like this are getting better with even and odd gas days (i.e.. you go get gas on the even day of the month if your car license plate ends in an even number) and now that power is being restored more rapidly and that the gas is actually getting delivered to stations.

Back to the mental fog I mentioned before.

I am in the grocery store today and I see a few elderly people from the neighborhood. So I asked how they fared - the usual answer is power lost and fridges and freezer contents thrown out. But the answers today were followed by that they got very depressed about everything....from the lights going out, to depending on others, to seeing the aftermath, etc. etc.

It was something I wasn't expecting to hear from these people.

So I can only IMAGINE how the people without homes, electricity, etc. in the most devastated areas are feeling.

These thoughts have been mulling around in my head the last few days and then I happened to read in the local paper that post-traumatic stress was going to be very high in the next few months here...and in varying degrees.

No kidding. I see it and hear it when talking to the most upbeat of people. Heck, I feel it in myself!

I helped a newer friend of mine clean out her lower house level yesterday...and brought my radio, some hot chocolate and a smile. She thanked me just for being there to distract and listen and for my hugs and support. Sometimes just doing a little can mean the most to someone who is hurting.

So Sparkfriends...that is my quick update from Long Island. Help out any way you can....the entire NY, NJ, CT, PA and WV region was hit pretty bad and if you can reach out and donate anything to an organization to help...please do it.

In the meantime....keep on Sparking.

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IAMLION 11/19/2012 8:38PM

    Keeping y'all in my thoughts and prayers! I'm in SC and we get hurricanes (we've been lucky these last few years and haven't had a really bad one, thank goodness) I can't imagine having one and then having to deal with the cold weather on top of that! Our weather is a lot warmer here. I hope things are getting better for y'all. Take care!

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OAKBORN 11/19/2012 7:47AM

    Thanks for the update! I have been wondering how you have been and totally understanding why you haven't been posting every minute of every day!

Hugs, Friend!!

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JENSHAWN 11/13/2012 9:41PM

    Thank you for sharing. My prayers to all of you.

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SUZYWM 11/11/2012 10:32PM

    So glad to hear your family is OK post-Sandy. I am so sorry about what everyone has gone through. As usual, I admire your upbeat and practical nature! Lots of hugs being sent your way!

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HEALTH4LYFE 11/10/2012 8:31PM

    Annie~ thanks for letting us know how you made out. I have been thinking about you and wondering if you were okay. We are originally from SI, so we have some friends who have not fared so well, but many others who primarily lost power. Take care. You are such a breath of sunshine that I know you will get through this. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SANDYCRANE 11/10/2012 7:59PM

    I hope things get better soon for everyone. All I know is what I see on TV and my prayers are out to all who lost so much from Sandy. Every time I want to complain about the weather I remember the people on the East coast and how fortunate we are. Keep the Spark family updated.

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SUSANS706 11/10/2012 7:00PM

    We have family members in Broad Channel, who have lost everything. We were supposed to be coming up this week for a surprise party for my husbands cousin. We are devastated for them and everyone up there. We also have members out on LI too, who hopefully have power by now. My heart breaks for everyone, but New Yorkers are resilient, and will rebuild and be even better!! Prayers to everyone!

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PHEBESS 11/10/2012 6:59PM

    Just sending you hugs - the aftermath of storms lingers, people are shell-shocked for a while, it eventually goes back to almost normal. So hang in there, and the fog will lift.

(Been through major hurricanes in the Caribbean, so I know how you feel.)

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BEATLETOT 11/10/2012 6:52PM

    Thanks for the sister is in Queens and didn't even lose power, but she has many stories about her coworkers who are really struggling. Thank goodness you have your family blessed.

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JUDYAMK 11/10/2012 6:46PM

    we have been praying & giving. it is hard to seem happy when you know others are having it so bad. I cannot imagine in the cold & with out proper food . Our tenants in last years storm Lee had water past there windows, everything had to be ripped out the only thing left inside that home was the beams holding it up all walls had to be torn out.,we saw homes just float away.take care my heart aches for all of you.

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BLUENOSE63 11/10/2012 6:40PM

  Thanks for the update! Glad to know you are healthy and alive !

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LYNNA1968 11/10/2012 6:14PM

    Annie pure craziness! I don't know how some are doing it other than auto pilot. My daughter is still out! Everyone is trying to be understanding but frustration is growing, I think part of that is continuously being told about "planning ahead" lol what could we have done to "prepare" emoticon emoticon . Glad your able to blog & I'll be thinking of your friends

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KATRINAKAT23 11/10/2012 6:12PM

  I am glad you are doing ok. It must of been very scary for

I am hoping everything gets back to normal as soon
as possible for people, though I realize that for some
it will be a long and hard road.

Take care and know that people are thinking of you guys
and that we care.

Kat from Canada

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MYBELLA50 11/10/2012 6:10PM

    So sorry to hear of all the destruction from Sandy. We live in Florida and always dread the Hurricane season. I can't imagine adding cold weather to everything else. Hang in there! Thoughts and prayers coming your way


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Took the time - glad I did

Thursday, October 25, 2012

Today, I took the time to get on the treadmill.

Woke up, no makeup, workout clothes on...enter the 2 hours it took to feed, dress, prep lunches etc, get the kids to school, yadda yadda yadda....and then I was faced with the decision to a) get on the treadmill or b) walk to work as is (not seeing anymore today) and sit at the office and get stuff done and walk home.

So I called my dad....and he said "Go get on the treadmill....I'll see ya later."

So that is what I did.

And I am so glad I did.

Popped in my favorite "Jane Eyre" movie - the one I watch when I am gearing up to break a sweat.

Put the head phones on and cranked up the tunes - yes, a movie IS on, but the sound is OFF and I like music and I have seen the movie so many times I know the dialogue by now. LoL

And while I was at it..I cranked up the incline to work on my cardio since I have been so abysmally sedate as of late.

Well - - I LOVE my body.

Love...Love...LOVE it.

It remembers things. does.

Cardio...incline of 5% at 3.5 to warm up...10 minutes in, I'm not breaking a sweat.

YAY!!! I thought I'd be waaaaay worse than that! Cardio isn't in the crapper after all! YAY!

So I cranked it up to 6.5% incline and started a run (yes, stupid me, I am on an incline - probably not smart, but you will know why in a sec) and jacked the speed up to accompany the tune that just popped onto my headset.

Get ready for it....It's embarassing as hell...and yes, it's a guilty pleasure:

Disney's ALL FOR ONE by the cast of High School Musical 2 came on my earbuds - you know the one - where they are all dancing by the pool and talking about staying together forever and ever after summer was over (Ok, you can barf now if you need to) LoL

It came on and the beat and the upbeatness of the song was just too much to take and yes, I started running, and smiling, and laughing at myself for even LIKING one of my kid's songs!

If anyone could have seen me in my dark little corner of the'd have laughed your butt off!

Ran the whole song too...and after that, I cooled down. After all, it's a gradual process to work back to where you were prior to sitting on you arse for so long! And I WAS on an incline and didn't want to injure myself (yeah, after the fact, d'uh to me!)...and so that got dropped down and I cooled down...and NO other song hit me that way after that I was done with my half-hour of exercise in licketysplit time!

And I'm so glad I did.

And now...the day needs to start and I have to get some work done. Lots of things to do, as always, but sometimes to take the time for oneself is the most important thing to do.

I have to remember that more. Really.

Bring on the Turkey Trot 5K - Annie is back in action!

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IAMLION 10/27/2012 8:24PM

    emoticon Run Annie Run emoticon Great job!!

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NUOVAELLE 10/26/2012 2:03AM

Glad to see you back in action, Annie!
I'm sure you'll rock this 5K! Is this the virtual one here on SP or have you signed up for a real one? Whatever the case, keep it up and give it your best!

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OAKBORN 10/25/2012 2:46PM

    Yay you!! I understand exactly what you are talking about. It makes me think of what Leslie Sansone said on one of her vids: You will never finish a workout and say, "I wish I hadn't done that."

keep it going!


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WRITEWAY73 10/25/2012 1:18PM

    Awesome. I need some workout playlists on my mp3 player so bad! Keep it up!

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Nothing kills a workout like Tylex

Monday, October 22, 2012

So the plan was to get a walk in today...and run a bit....

THAT was the plan.

But I am SUPER-efficient and decided to clean the shower with some Mold and Tile cleaner...the WHOLE tub, since it needed it...and so I did, while the kids were getting dressed and such. I even changed the shower liner! Oh yeah....I don't mess around!

Great right...well, the bleach smell absolutely, positively killed me.

Yeah, I know...well ventilated is important - trust me the fan was on, the door was open. I get it, but it also gets me in the matter what.

That's why I rarely use the stuff...only for the grout line around the tub to re-bleach the grout and kill the creepers inside..what possessed me to do the entire tub with the stuff, I don't know....but I did....and now, it's like the smell is trapped in by sinuses and lungs.

Ick. And I studied organic chem, so you don't have to tell me about caustic fumes and such.'s still an ick.

A BIG ICK especially since I was all jazzed to actually start running again today.

So instead of a run, a fresh air walk will be what will be air out these lungs thoroughly nice and calm like.

Lesson learned...let the tub be dirty until AFTER the workout and shower.

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REBECCATKD 10/22/2012 11:09PM

    Yuck! Glad you opted for a lighter walk -- a run would have been overdose.

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STSCOTT11 10/22/2012 10:38AM

    GLAD you didn't let it get you down...or cancel all workout plans.
I usually go in LIKE A BANDIT...with a bandana on my face. I have one of those old enclosed showers...and neither of my baths have a window.

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ANNIEONLI 10/22/2012 10:34AM

    LoL Yes, but the house smells fanTAStic! !

Got a nice 45 minute walk in nonetheless..a good thing to air out the old lungs and prep for the Turkey Trot 5K!

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LADYJ6942 10/22/2012 9:50AM

    Oh my, ooops. A prime example of best laid plans, lol.

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Laughing at my fridge ... and it's echoing back!

Wednesday, October 17, 2012

Seriously laughing today.....for the 3rd day...I am having a salad for lunch.

Oh yeah baby.....give me that pat on the back! I am being SOOOOO gooooood!

Sure I am....especially since it's the ONLY thing in my fridge at the moment besides eggs and milk and orange juice...oh, and condiments....LOTs of those.

Hold the drawer - apples, grapes, lettuc, carrots, onions...I got more stuff...but seriously....after that, the thing is positively BARE.

And I just went shopping!!

For what I really don't know...I skipped the fresh produce section because I wasn't in that particular store where you get really great deals on stuff....I meant to go to that one, but I got side tracked.

Oh yeah...I remember, things for stocking up were on sale so I went to town on Juice boxes, cheese-its, canola oil, rolls, frozen pizza...etc. etc. So stuff is's just not in the fridge necessarily!

I might as well clean the thing since it is so open - free - clear - bare.

Hhhhheeeeeeeyyyyy....I know why it's so uncluttered!

Picture this: cubscout picnic with 4 large bottles of ketchup...left to go bad, paid for by the pack, left for the cubmaster (my husband) to take home and store in his fridge.

The darn things are finally GONE!!! emoticon

And the beer - the extraneous summer beer supply is GONE!!! emoticon

No WONDER the thing is barren! All the clutter is GONE!

I will not is kinda cool-weird-sad to have such an empty fridge, but i'm taking it as a time to clean it really well and restock with new instead of what I HAVE to have in there to store.

Whoa...just realized it's metaphorical for other things in life.

Cool. emoticon


And yes....that is big-arsed bottle of wine is mine...aaallll mine.

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BLUE42DOWN 10/22/2012 12:03PM


Amazing how those condiments can pile up.

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/17/2012 12:35PM

    I wish mine was empty! Hubby keeps putting more and more STUFF in it!

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