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Wednesday, December 18, 2013

I did well this morning at the work holiday party, but I couldn't resist the bag of cookies my sister left. I feel so fat right now. I did my workout this morning and I felt really jiggly. I love the idea of low-carb, but the execution is a different matter.

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CATLADY52 12/19/2013 4:06PM

    Take the cookies (if any are left) and put them in smaller bags of two cookies each. Then freeze them. Take out a bag at a time. All the goodness of the cookies with no way to overeat. And you can enjoy them longer. Try it, you might just have a new way to go. emoticon emoticon

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SKATER787 12/19/2013 12:31AM

    Lower carb is a great idea. That's the minimum everybody agrees on. Try cut out the grains. That's what I'm doing. Some low carbers are against fruits and veg with carbs. I disagree and like fruits too much. So I just cut out grains and potatoes. Of course, when in France have some of their pastries and drink the beers in Germany. But those exceptions are worthwhile and only far and few in between. :)

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DJ4HEALTH 12/18/2013 11:08PM

    Next time take the cookies and break them into small bags and freeze them and then when you want one or two then take a bag out for yourself.

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KOFFEENUT 12/18/2013 10:15PM

    I told someone today I could resist anything except temptation - those cookies wouldn't have been safe with me, either!

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ROBBIEY 12/18/2013 8:06PM

  Just think in a few weeks the holidays will be behind us; I can not wait.

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MARYJEANSL 12/18/2013 8:02PM

  It is HARD to resist holiday goodies. I find that, no matter how much I plan ahead, I am still liable to succumb to temptation. But please don't give up. You can do it - and the only true failure is if you stop trying.

Best of luck to you! Maybe you can avoid some of the parties. I am debating just skipping one of the ones looming ahead for me. At least that would be one party I didn't overeat at.

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Depressing Moment on the scales.

Monday, December 02, 2013

I had a great Thanksgiving~ lots of family and pecan pie.

I love pecan pie, and its easy to forget that all that butter and sugar have to end up somewhere.

I finally got on the scales and I was up nearly 4 kgs! That is my worst gain in years! Gah!

I did get some exercise in and I did moderate (1 plate of food!) but clearly not enough.

I am now tracking for the first time in a while and November was tough for other reasons, and damn, that pecan pie was great! So back to the treadmill and the tracking.

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DJ4HEALTH 12/5/2013 1:00AM

    Isn't that sugar with allot of nuts?

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CARMEN327 12/4/2013 12:48AM

    @skater787 I suppose we could replace pecan pie with BACON WRAPPED PECANS. That would be great, too!

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CARMEN327 12/4/2013 12:39AM

    SOMEBODY SAID RHUBARB PIE! When will Spring be here?

Glad to hear ya'lls understand the allure of pecan pie.

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GOSPELCLOWN 12/3/2013 11:29PM

    I haven't had any for years. Up in Canada, the pecan pie is a poor replica of the real thing that I've tasted in the Carolinas. I am not tempted by the pathetic pies up here.

Now, a good rhubarb pie....? That would be my weakness.

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KOFFEENUT 12/3/2013 12:43PM

    I STILL have some pecan pie in the refrigerator and you're right - it is AWESOME and it's a bazillion calories! I figure we all hit bumps in the road, and pecan pie must be ours. We'll BOTH be picking ourselves back up, dusting ourselves off, and continuing to head in the right direction!

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MERRYMARY42 12/2/2013 10:16PM

    I knw, we had pecan pie also and my DH says t was the be he ever tasted, so needless to say I had to have a piece, like 500 calories, for 1/8 of a pi, wow

and yes it was great, back to counting, me too

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SKATER787 12/2/2013 7:10PM

    Exercise if you enjoy it, as it's not an efficient way to lose weight. You have to walk 100 yards just to burn 1 M&M. Not one bag, but 1 piece. My advice is to cut out the grains and sugar for your health and not just to lose weight. This comes from a whole grain person for decades. Cut out the concentrated carbs and you'll eliminate the insulin spikes and feel better. I wish I saw the light earlier, but better late than never. You still have a whole life ahead to reap the benefits from this info. Good luck.

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Saying good-bye to the Little Bean

Thursday, November 07, 2013

Nov 5th, morning. I had some mild cramping, some spotting and a brown discharge. I was late for work and I had a prenatal appointment that afternoon. I figured whatever it was, it could wait.

Had a sh*tty day at work.

Went to the clinic early, when cramps got sharp and I could feel blood coming out.

Saw my OB and, not surprisingly, he had sad news.

There was a lot of blood and material. Thank God, I didn't have to see it. I went home with a heavy heart, picked up hubs from work and we walked a little. My OB prescribed something that started with an M and codein.

I bled a lot more, and passed more clots.

I have such mixed feeling~~ a little irrational guilt, sadness, relief to not have to wade through the beaurocratic red tape of Kaiser and SFUSD, relief of not having to take maternity leave or go through labor.

I have tried to give myself space to cry. My body is recovering quickly-- besides some constipation (codein!) followed by diarrhea, I physically feel OK. Its so strange to not be pregnant.

So I am back, saying good-bye to the bean, to babyfit, to maternity clothes. Resetting my goals, getting used to SP's new look.

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CARMEN327 12/2/2013 6:47PM

    Thanks to all of you who left sweet comments. hugs.

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GOSPELCLOWN 11/9/2013 12:49PM

    Give yourself some time and don't feel ashamed for grieving. This can be such a confusing time. HUGS from Karen in Canada

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LIVINHEALTHY9 11/8/2013 7:28PM

    So sorry.


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1STATEOFDENIAL 11/8/2013 2:18AM

    My condolences for your loss. I know this won't help, and I don't expect it to, but a little info might do a little good at some point. There are many ways in which nature can get things wrong. One way is that during conception the DNA combination has a mistake that is so devistating it is not survivable. In cases like that, the mother's body realizes the pregnancy is not viable to sustain life. If this is what happened, nothing you could have done or not done could have caused it or made up for nature's error.

I hope you take time and grieve your loss. It is definitely painful and heartbreaking. Run the full range of emotions. Yet when you're at the roughest points, remind yourself that it is not your fault. Period. End of sentence. It is not your fault.

Don't feel guilty for any positive feelings either. As you said, you won't have to take leave, go through labor, etc. Should it have been needed it would be for a good reason, but it is okay to feel relief that you no longer have to go through it. You have the right to feel every emotion you have - positive, negative, or neutral. The only way to ever move beyond this moment in time is to feel everything.

If you aren't already, consider taking a few days away from all responsibility and give yourself the freedom and space to truly grieve. You're healing physically, as well as emotionally, and having the time can be beneficial.

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KOFFEENUT 11/7/2013 6:38PM

    This is so hard - emotions all over the place, and the whole thing is invisible to most people. Be gentle with yourself and know we are here for you.

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SKATER787 11/7/2013 1:15PM

    Sorry to hear that. There was nothing you could have done. emoticon

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MADLILA 11/7/2013 12:46PM

    Loss is always hard. You know you have tons of online support here.

All those feelings are normal. I felt like a failure when I lost a pregnancy, guilty, too, but my doctor was supportive and explained there was nothing I did to have caused it.

Many hugs and best wishes for the future. We're here for each other in every situation!


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Saturday, October 05, 2013

I love my she-body. I have been putting a lot of energy and love into her this past year and I am already reaping the benefits.

I am in the 7th week of a new pregnancy and I feel great. This is my third pregnancy, and so far it has been the best. At this time with my previous two I had thrown out my back and morning sickness was making my mornings impossible. I am aware that this could happen again so I am doing my core classes and being careful.

And the best thing of all



This was my first check-up EVER where my weight wasn't an issue.

Its not all roses and happiness-- its still a high-risk pregnancy because of past issues with preeclampsia and HELLP with my first, my age and my gestational hypertension. I am confident that we will roll through this okay.

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GOSPELCLOWN 10/9/2013 12:40AM

    Best wishes to you and your family!

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JUNEAU2010 10/7/2013 2:49PM

    How wonderful to have the "normal weight" label affixed! Best wishes!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 10/6/2013 12:56AM

    Hopefully all your efforts to get healthier will continue to make a difference in the effects of this pregnancy. Getting pregnant when overweight dramatically increases the risks, so hopefully you'll see quite a difference now. Be proud of your efforts! I've heard of women doing yoga or pilates during pregnancy (I know there are workout dvds for it); any chance something like that would help you?

Congrats on the bun in the oven! I hope you get a chance to enjoy all good parts of this pregnancy without all the rough times you've had in the past.

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KOFFEENUT 10/5/2013 10:50PM

    What AWESOME news! Congratulations on your new pregnancy and the good health you're taking into this one!

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LIVINHEALTHY9 10/5/2013 9:34PM

    Congrats on your pregnancy and the healthy things happening with your body.

You go!

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CATLADY52 10/5/2013 5:52PM

    Sounds great so far! emoticon

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SKATER787 10/5/2013 4:43PM

    Congratulations on the pregnancy and the good things you've done for your bod. I'm a late comer to the idea of eliminating concentrated carbohydrates (grains and sugars) but I'm having great results. So I highly recommend it. You'll be eating only high nutritious foods instead of bulk calories from the grains. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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5 AM

Saturday, August 31, 2013

A few weeks ago I was freaking out. Summer was coming to an brupt halt, I was returning to work and I was going to be having a new responsibility~ I would be babysitting my niece on Weds, Thurs and Friday afternoons. Additionally, every other Weds afternoon, I'd be driving her to a town 30 minutes away. I get many hours of free babysitting so I am happy to return the favor and I am thrilled to spend more time with my niece, but I was looking at the precious hour I used to have while my kids napped to workout evaporate. Since I have started Sparking, my workout times have become sacred, precious and non-negotiable. I took a hard look at my schedule. My days were going to be exhausting, so an evening workout didn't look appealing. Afternoons were out of the question and that left the morning. I have to get my kids up at 6:45 to get them out the door by 7:00. If I workout for an hour I have to eat breakfast, so that is 15 minutes. I will have to shower, another 15 minutes. Plus an hour workout would be ideal and I need time to take care of the bathroom and change, another 15 minutes. I did the math, suddenly it looked as if 5 AM was going to be my new wake-up time. I need a good 9 hours of sleep to be fully human so my new bedtime would be 8 PM. I used to love my quiet evenings with Joe. We'd talk and watch foreign films and make fancy cocktails. Our kids have a strict 7:30 bedtime. Essentially, with this scheme, I would put the kids down and then collapse into bed almost immediately.

I decided that my workout was that important. On the Wednesday before school started, I put the kids down and popped 1 g of melatonin before I brushed my teeth and by 8:01 my eyes were shut.

Then a miracle occured. The Thursday morning 5 AM alarm rang. Since I did not want to disturb Joe's beauty rest, I couldn't hit snooze, which I normally do as many times as I can. I turned it off and...

I got up! School wouldn't start until the following week, so I took my time getting into my workout clothes and I got a half hour of gymbox cardio in before I heard one of my babies calling "mommy!" My kids are usually up at 6:30 rain or shine, so they give me a pretty narrow window. I discovered that I move very slow in the mornings, or the clock moves fast, so there is very little lolly gagging.

Fast forward to now. It has been three weeks of getting up at 5 ish and I am really enjoying my workout time. Sometimes I have to ignore my kids because mommy's shower is also non-negotiable. I don't need any melatonin anymore to pass out at 8PM. I am not going to say its easy to get up at 5, but it is working well for me and if I can avoid burnout and deep winter illnesses that would make my life wonderful.

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CARI2012 9/4/2013 10:12AM

    That is so cool! Despite obvious challenges, you are actively seeking out ways to live healthier. You are making your health a priority and that is awesome! You are an inspiration and I am so glad it's working out for you!

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CATLADY52 9/2/2013 3:59PM

    That is a very impressive change you have made. emoticon

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LIVINHEALTHY9 9/1/2013 8:21PM

    Woo Hoo to you for your dedication!

Keep up the good work!

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1STATEOFDENIAL 9/1/2013 4:29AM

    Can you sleep in your workout clothes? That'll save you a few minutes of changing that you can be working out instead. Also, especially in the winter, you won't be taking off your warm pjs and putting on cold workout clothes, because your workout clothes will already be warm. Also, if you already have everything set up and ready to workout (towels, a water bottle, weights, etc in the room and the workout dvd in the player if that's what you use) so you can jump right in you can save a few extra minutes.

Great job getting into the new schedule. I could never do it (I'm lucky if I can get my brain to go to sleep before the sun comes up - it's just they way my body has always been). When something is so important and works for you then with some effort and planning you can make it happen. Awesome!

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SUNSHINE084 9/1/2013 1:02AM

    Good for you!

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SKATER787 8/31/2013 4:12PM

    I commend you for the effort you put into exercise. I think non-exercise portion is important too. Your European trip is a good example where people have to walk or stand more because of wide spread use of public transportation. Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KOFFEENUT 8/31/2013 1:25PM

    WOW - I'm impressed! The move to getting up at 5:00 am would be a tough one for me, and it sounds like you slipped right into a new routine. Good for you for making the commitment to finding a time that WILL work for your workouts!

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