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Saturday, May 23, 2009

Well it's been a stressful couple of days.
Here are some good things.
We have three cars, so even though my car is at the shop, I was able to go grocery shopping and get some stuff done today.
My mechanic is absolutely wonderful, and I can pick up my car in the morning and send him a check, since he won't be in tomorrow.
My fiance is going to help me pay for my car; it's the first time that we have ever put money together for this big an amount. Even though we have been together for over five years, I feel like this is a big step towards our future. We are putting finances together to work towards our life goals.
This afternoon I went to the gym and did some lower body work. It is SOOOO nice to get back to the gym. Ran a little bit; mostly speed intervals and easy jogging to get ready for Monday's 5K.
Philadelphia Half-Marathon in November? Still thinking about that one. It's either that or the 8K. I guess it depends on how much training I get in over the summer and how my next few short races go.
Dinner tonight was scrambled egg whites, veggies, a little parmesan, and Tapatio hot sauce. YUM. Got a whole lot of protein, something I have been lacking as of late. Dessert was all-natural vanilla ice cream with a banana and honey. I've decided that natural food is more of a draw for me than low-fat. I was all ready to buy some frozen yogurt today and then I read the ingredient list. Yuck. I went with the all-natural ice cream, even though it has more calories. In the long run, I think that it will be better for me especially since I even managed to measure out the serving.
Tomorrow is "Farm Frolic," where I am going to get to hold a bunch of baby animals and do some Hay Jumping, whatever that may be.
Now, it's off to a small glass of wine and some TV, maybe do one more load of laundry.

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EATNBOOGERS 5/23/2009 9:32PM

    It's always a good thing to count our blessings.

It's good to have financial cooperation. While my husband and I definitely have our differences, we have remarkably close agreement on finances, and it has gotten us through a lot.

I'm still thinking about a half, too. (But leaning against it.) If you train for one, I'll pay very close attention to your experiences... :_)

I like "natural" way more than "low fat". I stay away from the bad fat (trans fat, saturated fat) as much as I can, but when I track my cals, I get 20-30% of my calories (generally right at 25%) from fat. I'm not shy about olive oil, avocados, and nuts. I agree that measuring and savoring is a good strategy, so thumbs up there!

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And the saga continues...

Friday, May 22, 2009

Well there is good news and bad news. The bad news is that I still do not have a car. the good news is that my wonderful mechanic figured out what was wrong and is going to fix it tomorrow. The bad news is that my water pump and timing belt need to be replaced, so it won't be a cheap day. The good news is that my wonderful mechanic reassured me that yes, the garage should have told me that my car overheated on the test drive so that it could be taken care of right away. So I hope that this is the end of the car drama. I can't afford any more. This whole debacle is going to end up costing me close to $1000 when all is said and done. This *really* makes me want to move to a place where I do not have to own a car. I could really use this money for something better... like a vacation or some new Birkenstocks.
I got to the gym tonight (YAY!). The pool was still closed (boo) and I didn't know until I got there. I wore my swim suit there, but luckily I decided to wear my sneaks so I got in a little stationary bike and some upper body stuff. It felt SO good to get back into the gym. Tomorrow is going to be another good day; I'll get to the park and do a little light running to prepare for Monday's 5K.
Weigh-in update: I lost .5 pounds. In a month. Bleh. I am a little disappointed with the small number, but I did some good running and improved in that area of fitness. School is almost out, and then I can really concentrate on working towards my fitness and weight-loss goals. It's soon time for me to do some summer singing, which I love. It keeps me involved in my career, music, but it gets me away from the kids and into "grown-up" music. On June 14th I will be singing at Lincoln Center. We are performing Mozart's Requiem. It is so good and I am so excited. Hoo-ray for grown up stuff.
Happy Friday! Hoo-ray for the long weekend!

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EATNBOOGERS 5/22/2009 10:23PM

    See, this is part of reason I don't like cars. Unexpected financial pain, plus leaving one stranded. So sorry.

Yea for gym. Yea for 5K on Monday!

The scale... see, you were feeling good, your pants have been giving you a good report, and then the scale doesn't reinforce that. Ug on the scale. Just keep doing the good stuff, and don't worry about the scale.

Do you mean *the* Lincoln Center??? I am impressed!

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TGI (almost) F

Thursday, May 21, 2009

So yesterday I wrote in my blog about my car problem. Today my car is down at my very trustworthy mechanic, and my very negative review is sent to Midas. After I present them with the write-up about what was wrong with my car (i.e. what they screwed up) I am reporting them to the Better Business Bureau. Just another thing I have to deal with.
It's amazing how much I have come to depend on a car. There is nowhere around my house where I can walk to get anything done, and it's not exactly safe to bike around here. Since I started this whole Spark People lifestyle, I think I have really found myself, or at least discovered what it is I'm really all about. I love being active, I love eating healthy, whole foods, and the idea of living in a place where I don't need a car is really growing on me. On my fiance, as well. I think a home where we don't need cars is in our not-so-distant future. We really don't like to collect "things," and we do not want the "house with a yard and a picket fence." Children do not look to be in our future because that's the choice we are making. While having money is certainly nice, we aren't hell-bent on being millionaires from our jobs. Being happy is very important to us.
So back to the car. Tonight I was supposed to make a casserole for a breakfast at school tomorrow, but without a car, I can't get to the store. I think I'll get my fiance to drive me down when he gets home from work. My fingers are crossed that tomorrow my mechanic can find what is wrong with my car and it is not a big deal. I'll pick up my car, and life will go on. It's hard to find a mechanic to trust, but I really trust the one who I should have just gone to in the first place. But what garage screws up an oil change??? Argh.

Went for a short little run tonight, only about a mile. I rested my foot since Sunday, which has been great for it. It is not getting worse, and I really think it's just a bruise. I'm going to ice it while I watch "So You Think You Can Dance" and take tomorrow off from running, and go swimming if I have a car. Saturday morning I am planning to go on a run with one of the girls from work; we are going to a park with wonderful trails and I'm really looking forward to it.
Off to put some laundry in and get some ice!

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EATNBOOGERS 5/21/2009 9:18PM

    After college, I bought a fixer-upper in the next town over. The house was fun to fix up, but I was reliant on a car, and I *really* had no idea how much I hated that.

When I was in grad school (and dh was in art school), we were carless (and we lived in a place where that was not a problem). Now we live in a place where we can get by without a car for a lot of things, and we have one car for our family of 5. Using it infrequently means more activity for us for sure.

Take care of yourself (this means dealing with the poopy car and taking care of your foot). You'll be back in the swing of things in no time!

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OM freakin G

Wednesday, May 20, 2009

Today has been one of those days. I took my car in to get an oil change, 80K checkup, and inspection. After making it very clear this morning that those THREE things needed to be done, I didn't get the 80K checkup stuff taken care of. I found this out *after* I sat waiting for my car for an hour after work.
THEN! I went to get my extra passport pictures taken and I was on my way home when my temperature gauge shot up and my temp light started blinking and beeping. This was almost immediately after I picked up my car. So I had to pull over on route 80 (which is a really really busy highway at rush hour), call the tow truck, and have my car towed back to the shop. By this time, the shop was closed, so I couldn't even go in and cause a stink. The tow truck guy was really nice and suggested that I ask them to check the wiring and sensors if they bumped it after they did stuff to my car. He also said that they most likely did not take it for a test drive since they didn't see that the temp. went way up. I am definitely going to bring that up when I go in tomorrow and talk to them.
So here I am without a car, on the night when I planned to finally get back to the gym, get some groceries, and get some other stuff done.
BUT! THANK GOODNESS for friends. My very good friend came and rescued me. I took her to dinner. I had a beer. and fries. and dessert. I couldn't help it. I was SO hungry since I didn't eat all afternoon or evening, and I was stressed out. I *HATE* making excuses like that, but I was famished. I was over 2 hourse behind on my eating schedule and I had a light lunch, so of course I was hungry. BLEH
Anyway, I can't beat myself up too bad, it doesn't help. I suppose I get the car fixed tomorrow and head off to the gym tomorrow to get myself back on a schedule. After tonight I shouldn't be going out to eat until the beginning of June. I can't even believe how often I've been out to eat this past week. It makes me anxious to think about it.
I think I might take a hot bath tonight.

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EATNBOOGERS 5/20/2009 11:42PM

    Ug, two of the things I most dislike happened to you today (dealing with car crap and then "blowing it" with dinner because I'm too hungry). So sorry! Tomorrow is a new day, and I'm really hoping it's a BETTER day, too. Do take a bath.

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Well, it's Tuesday.

Tuesday, May 19, 2009

Today I got an e-mail from Sparkpeople about going to Stage 4. I didn't go on. I am staying in stage 3 and really going to re-evaluate my goals and re-visit them as well. I must get back to thinking about my long-term goals and not settle for what I have already accomplished, as wonderful as it is. I didn't make a vision collage, which was one of the suggestions. Tomorrow I am going to work on making one; I have pictures and phrases that I will put on it.
I am not as diligent about tracking my calories and fitness minutes anymore; I need to get back into it, at least more than I am doing now. My strength training has been decreased since I started training for my first 5K, which is now past. the strength training needs to come back.
Off to make tomorrow's lunch.

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TABBALOOSA 5/20/2009 11:58AM

    You are so focused and thoughtful, it's cool. I got the invitation to go to Stage 4, too, but I am clearly not ready to do that yet. My vision collage isn't done, either!! Hehe. I've been collecting things lately, though - so it's going to happen.

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EATNBOOGERS 5/19/2009 10:33PM

    The only thing for me that's really intriguing about stage 4 is that there are some "advanced" goal setting things there. I really like SP (and the Spark Guy's methods) for chipping away at goals *other than* just weight loss and fitness. I set some life and diss goals with it, and I'm going to try to use those tools that way... otherwise, yes, I'd like to revisits stages 1-3 again myself.

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CATHERINEKIRBY 5/19/2009 10:16PM

    You know, I did the exact same thing at the exact stage for the exact reasons. And, I know it was the right thing to do. I learned a great deal during that transition of stages and it was when it went from a diet to a life style change for me. Trust your instincts, you are surely right on track.

All the best,

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