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Oh My Aching Back!

Wednesday, March 05, 2014

Sigh...another maintenance day on the scale.'s will drop...just have to hang in there.

I went a bit over on my calories today. But, the good things are...I recorded everything...I didn't run away and hide...even with being over, I have a deficit. I only went over about 350 calories...from snacking.

I got all my fondant characters ready for the birthday party. I made 12 tonight...6 tigers and 6 lions. The lions are the hardest because of the mane. Tomorrow, I plan to bake the cake and the cupcakes and do the decorating. Then, they'll be all set for the party on Saturday. My daughter is a bit overwhelmed from working and trying to do everything she wants to for the she is glad I'm handling the cake and cupcakes.

My back is sore from sitting at the kitchen table and working on the decorations. I'll be glad to get to bed and give it a rest.

Hope you all had a good day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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DISNEYDAMSEL1 3/19/2014 4:20PM

    I call that Baker's Back! I get it too. I hope yours is healing up nicely. Fatigue mats help. I bet those baked goods are going to be amazing! Post pictures!!!

Way to be awesome!

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ALOHAEV1 3/10/2014 8:52AM

    What everyone else said!!! Pictures soon's okay to show off!

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LOPEYP 3/7/2014 8:40PM

    have fun at the party!

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DS9KIE 3/6/2014 10:09PM


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    It's going to be great. I love the idea of all you fondant animals!
Hope your back is feeling better!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/6/2014 12:37PM

  Good luck!!! HUGS

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    You are such a wonderful mother and grandmother. I'm sure they appreciate all of your hard work. I can't wait for the pictures of the finished product!!

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NUTRON3 3/6/2014 9:09AM

    Have a great day

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MONA791 3/6/2014 3:14AM

    I would like to see the cake, when it's ready so photos please. I'm very curious of those tigers and lions.

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SAMMYSWEETPEA 3/6/2014 12:59AM

    Lions & tigers... did you make any bears? Oh my! emoticon

Good for you for tracking even with your extra calories. I have recently noticed that my brain would rather not track on the days I'm not eating "perfectly". So naturally that means I haven't tracked most days. But now that I'm aware of it, I can work on it.

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THETURTLEBEAR 3/6/2014 12:03AM

    I can't wait to see the fondant project photos when you are done!

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Love is...sweets?

Tuesday, March 04, 2014

Maintenance day on the scale again today. I'd like to see a drop's hoping...

I've been down/in a bad mood/in a funk all day today. Things were just more frustrating to me than usual. I knew it was "just me"...but I couldn't get over it. I just tried to keep quiet and not "spew" all over anyone around me. Anytime I opened my mouth, only negative junk came I just tried to not say anything as much as possible. I didn't sleep as much as I usually do...and I did donate yesterday...maybe I was just drained. Hmmm. I'm going to bed earlier tonight.

I got the supplies I need for Bronwyn's 1st birthday cupcakes and cake tonight. And I got more food coloring so I could continue with the fondant animal toppers. I got another 6 done...18 down, 12 to go. They should be done by day. When I was out shopping today, I tried to be good to me and shop some for me...not just for everyone else. It was hard...but I got a new t-shirt and some new headbands. I also bought myself some sweets...peeps...fruit snacks...and clearance valentine chocolates. I had some of the peeps today...all recorded...and did not knock myself out of range. I was thinking about it on the way home and wondered what "belief" caused me to buy myself sweets when I was trying to be good to me. I think I have a belief that buying someone sweets is a way to show them you love them. I thought about different people in my life that have bought me sweets...and I felt they were showing me affection. I plan to only eat them a little bit at a time and record them when eating them. So, we'll see how that goes. I guess I need to work at finding other ways to show me that I love me. Hmmm.

Well, hope you all had a good day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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DS9KIE 3/5/2014 9:43PM


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CHALLENGER15 3/5/2014 10:02AM

    I have days like that as well!

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    OMG - that poster! I never thought of it like that! Bow wow! It's so true that we do that!

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    I think we all have those tough days. Maybe we have them to make us notice the better days.

Hoping today is a better day.

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EBURGITE 3/5/2014 9:12AM

    i surely get that about sweets being a sign of love. when i have my head on straight, i've taken to getting fresh blackberries or raspberries. it's a sweet treat that i don't usually have. but sugar is a go-to for me, and it needs to be a mostly no-go. emoticon
have a wonderful week!

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    Sometimes food IS a celebration and that's okay! I'm glad you were able to enjoy a few Peeps and stay within your range!

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    I didn't sleep well last night either and it affected my day too. I need some clothes too but hate to buy any until I lose weight.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/4/2014 10:08PM

  Hope today was a better day!

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Me First?

Monday, March 03, 2014

Maintenance day on the scale today. I'm cool with that. I'm glad I am still in position to move on into "new" territory...well, at least territory I have been missing for awhile.

We didn't get as much snow as they predicted. So driving to work wasn't too bad. I'm glad of that. Work was okay. Then, I donated plasma; and then we met up with DD for a quick supper and I drove her home. When I got home, I worked on some more of the cupcake decorations for the birthday party Saturday. 12 down, 18 to go.

In my reading today, I got a few "aha's." I always read my Kindle when I'm it's a nice hour of reading time. One of the things it talked about was putting yourself first. I understand what she's saying and can see the wisdom in that. But as a mom, a wife, and a Christian, somehow that runs contrary to all my beliefs. So, that is something for me to think about. I understand that putting yourself first, you can be "full" and therefore better able to give to others. You can't fill a glass from an empty pitcher. I get that...and I can see the parallel. Hmmm. Maybe that's where I've been going "wrong" and why I have not been completely successful in this journey in the past...? I don't know. But it is something to think about.

Some of the other reading talked about being in charge of our feelings. We shouldn't be thinking "When you _____, it makes me feel ____." When we do that, we give others the power over our feelings. If we want to have control and power over our emotions, we should be thinking "When you ____, I choose to feel ____." And with that, we can choose. And if we are not happy with the outcomes that we are choosing, we can examine that and change our reactions. Also, it talked about inner peace and happiness that we should cultivate so that conditions and people cannot disturb us. I want that. That is what I need to work on. I think I have been...but there's a lot more to do. It's good to know that I'm on the right track.

Hope you all had a great day! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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PANFRIEDTROUT 3/7/2014 11:55AM

As a Christian & a wife, I "get" what you're saying and the conflict that you feel. As for inner peace and happiness, I turn to Jesus through prayer, worship (not just at church but rather, individual praise to God on a daily basis by singing along with Christian radio, being mindful of Him as I do so), and reading the Bible, then taking the time to deliberately think about what I just read.

the whole thing about how I can "choose" my feelings or reactions sounds good in theory but being the human being that I am, I'm not sure that that's possible or even reasonable in all circumstances.

Thank you Cathy, for sharing your day & thoughts. And hats off to you for donating plasma ~ that's awesome!


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DS9KIE 3/4/2014 7:26PM

    You have to take time for yourself or you might go bonkers emoticon

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    We didn't get much snow either. More ice than snow. Today it is above freezing though and is melting which is nice.

Have a wonderful day today!

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THETURTLEBEAR 3/4/2014 11:16AM

    It's really so contrary to being a woman/mom to put ourselves first. It's challenging. Whenever I feel my program slip, it's usually because I'm forgetting me, so I agree with you.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/4/2014 8:57AM

  Great blog. And yes, it is very counter-intuitive to me, too as a Mom, wife, daughter, friend, neighbor to put myself first, but I have slowly learned it IS the right thing! Learning to say the word "NO" is hard, hard, hard, but in the long run, makes for a healthier US!

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ALOHAEV1 3/4/2014 8:45AM

    Don't wait until you're well into your 60's to feel and put yourself first! It took me that long, still at 70 not completely there. I think it is in our nature to do otherwise.

Thank you for your plasma donations, I'm sure the blood bank appreciates it!

So today, you did choose you again?

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Snowy Sunday with the Baby

Sunday, March 02, 2014

My weight was back down today. Yay!

We did get the snow I was hoping we would not get. I went and picked up my daughter and granddaughter and took my daughter to work and brought my granddaughter home. It was really icy, but I didn't really have any problems with it. My car does well in the bad weather, thank goodness. Funny, Little Bronwyn was mimicking my squeaky windshield wipers on our way to her mommy's work. She had us cracking up. Then, on our way back to my house, the snow really started coming down...huge flakes.

Bronwyn's auntie taught her to play with the kitty...laying toys on him while he was stretched out on the was funny...the cat is so tolerant.

My chicken dumplings turned out pretty good. I cooked the chicken in the chicken broth and water throughout the day and then shedded it down, then added the cut-up dumplings. They took about an hour to cook...whereas they usually take about 20 minutes when I am cooking them in the pot. So, now I know. I do like using the Crockpot on Sundays.

Hope you all had a good Sunday. I did. I'm a little concerned about what the roads are going to be like in the morning, though. I'm ready for spring weather! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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DS9KIE 3/4/2014 7:29PM

    cute kid

I had sunday off cause of the snow.... emoticon

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    What a cutie she is!
Sounds like a great day!

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ALOHAEV1 3/4/2014 8:51AM

    What a cutie patutie!!!!

I'm laughing about the wipers, had the oil changed last week the guy reminded me that I promised him last November I'd get the wipers changed. I miss the squeak, squeak but will laugh at your grand daughter imitating them.

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SHARON10002 3/3/2014 10:28PM

    emoticon Cathy on your weight being down today! Gotta love it when things are moving in the right direction!
Your little GD is getting so big and she's a cutie. Loved the story of her imitating the sound of the windshield wipers. emoticon You are so very lucky to live close enough to be able to do that!
We got snow in our neck of the woods today too. I love using the crock-pot. It's a fix it and forget it kinda thing. emoticon

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    The picture was so cute. I've never see a cat decorator before. LOL.

Lots of icy stuff here too. I hope this is the last!

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1CRAZYDOG 3/3/2014 12:19PM

  What a little angel!!!! And the cat too!!!!!!!

LOVE crock pot meals. Just so comforting and after the prep work, no muss, no fuss! Just turn it on and let 'er rip!


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THETURTLEBEAR 3/3/2014 11:35AM

    Sounds like a perfect Sunday!

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CASTIRONLADY 3/2/2014 11:58PM

    I love your pictures and the fact that you cook on Sunday. No snow here but it is freezing. And just when I would like spring weather, soon follows the Texas heat. God bless.

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Good Saturday

Saturday, March 01, 2014

My weight was up this morning, but I'm giving it a day to come back down before I record it...since yesterday, I overate...but not enough for a true weight gain...I didn't take in an extra 3600 calories! So, I'm trusting the higher number is just a fluctuation.

Today we went to the local flea market and walked around. It's indoors...and huge! It took us a couple hours to walk up and down all the aisles and check out any of the booths that looked promising. We were looking for some Little Tikes figures to go with a train my daughter bought for my granddaughter for her upcoming birthday. We were looking for three different figures. We found 2 of them! I thought that was pretty cool. It's a train set that is no longer available. When she purchased it, she got two of the five figures that are a part of the set. So, now she has 4 of the 5. And we got one other Little Tikes figure that is filling the other spot...though it is not the Tiger that is supposed to be there.

Then we went to the grocery and picked up a few things to fill in out meal plans for the next few days. I'm planning to make Chicken & Dumplings in the Crock Pot tomorrow. I love using the Crock Pot on Sundays because we are usually at home in the house...and I can smell it cooking all day. I'm supposed to be watching my granddaughter tomorrow...if there isn't a ton of snow. I'm hoping the snow they were predicting is wrong.

I worked on the fondant characters for the granddaughter's birthday party this evening. I got the elephant heads done for the cupcakes. I already have the cake fondant animals done. I'm making smaller "head only" moldings for the cupcakes. I really enjoy making them.

Needless to say, today was a much better day than yesterday. I ate in range...and all that walking was a nice little workout. Hope you all had a great Saturday! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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DS9KIE 3/4/2014 7:32PM

    I had a busy day

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    I wish we had a flea market like that here. It would be fun.

I love chicken and dumplings!! And I like to make them in the crock pot the best.

We got ice so far and are supposed to get snow tonight. My hubby's work has been called off.

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PROUD-GRANDMA 3/2/2014 11:21AM

    Sounds like fun! Enjoy!

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    Hoping your Sunday is good too!
Like you, I'm hoping our snow forecast is wrong.

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1CRAZYDOG 3/2/2014 9:05AM

  Hope your cake and the party is a success! HUGS

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THETURTLEBEAR 3/2/2014 12:53AM

    Hope your fun day happens with your granddaughter!

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CALIDREAMER76 3/2/2014 12:03AM

    Glad you had a good day and you should have a good one tomorrow being with your granddaughter. emoticon Great attitude about the weight too!

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EDDYMEESE 3/1/2014 11:42PM

    Sounds like a fun, active day! Great job :)

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LINDA! 3/1/2014 10:49PM

    Glad that you had a good day. I also enjoy the slow cooker. I use it a couple of times a week.

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