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Thursday, August 28, 2014

It was a good but stressful trip.

I didn't eat well, burgers and fries mostly, but a big city combined with my absolutely terrible since of direction meant I spent a lot of time walking in circles, up and down hills.

But I'm home now and back on schedule.

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BEACHCALSIX 8/29/2014 11:18AM

    hey, the bright side is you got a lot of walking and exercise in-always good for the body!! emoticon

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VEG954 8/28/2014 6:02PM

  Sounds like you got lots of exercise to counteract the burger and fries.

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/28/2014 12:46PM

    Welcome back! Hope your trip was a success!

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BYEPOUNDS 8/28/2014 12:17PM


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Monday, August 18, 2014

Iíve made the commitment. I am heading to Portland this weekend to look for an apartment and a job. This is my first exploratory trip. I will be there six days.

Deep breaths!

Itís a big step, but Iím ready for it. Iíve been in Tucson, too long. Itís time to shake up my world and test what Iím made of.

I keep fluctuating between terrified and exhilarated. I had to skip the gym this morning because I could not get to sleep until nearly 3am.

Yeah, so I'm a dork, but I'm an excited dork!!!

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ERIN8482 8/18/2014 10:21PM

    Train as if you are running away with The Doctor....... humm I wonder if there is a whovian SP group on here. Enjoy Portland

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VEG954 8/18/2014 4:48PM

  Have a fantastic time!

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/18/2014 2:16PM

    Sounds like exciting things are in your future! Enjoy your trip! Portland, Oregon?

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10 Days Down

Friday, August 15, 2014

Itís been 10 days since I gave up sodas, for the third time. This time around Iíve substituted green tea and it seems to be working. The upside is, I get the caffeine (so no withdrawal) but the green tea is all natural so Iím avoiding the PHENYLALANINE.

I will confess my ignorance, I have no idea what Phenylalanine is, or if there really are any negative health effects associated with it. Iíve heard about weight gain and cancer warnings, but Iíve never researched it to find out exactly what the risks are.

But the fact that itís written on the can of soda, in big, capitalized and bolded letters, makes me think itís probably not so great. So I decided to ditch it.

Another plus is 20 teas come in a 5ĒX 2.5Ē box that weighs a few ounces; while 20 cans soda come in a huge case that weighs about 20lbs. Thatís a huge deal when you do your grocery shopping on a bicycle.

I still face the hurdle of ease of use, (opening a can vs brewing tea) but itís getting better.

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VEG954 8/15/2014 6:37PM

  emoticon on giving up sodas!

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PUZZLEPOPPLES 8/15/2014 6:14PM

    Oh and, it is still good to give up soda. I'm working on giving it up myself :)

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PUZZLEPOPPLES 8/15/2014 6:13PM

    The phenylalanine warning is on there for people with a genetic condition called phenylketonuria. They are unable to process phenylalanine. Phenylalanine is naturally found in the breast milk of mammals but it's also in aspartame which is why it's in diet sodas. I haven't heard of phenylalanine being harmful for people who don't have the genetic disorder, but who knows. If you do suffer from phenylketonuria, and consume phenylalanine or don't get proper treatment it can lead to learning disabilities, seizures, and other not so fun things.

It's also found in foods high in protein like eggs and meat :)

Comment edited on: 8/15/2014 6:19:20 PM

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LALATIDAH 8/15/2014 12:41PM

    You made a good choice in giving up soda. I love tea - green or black, plain or flavored. I used to make "sun" tea, but read a lot of warnings about it, so I COLD brew mine now. Before I go to bed, I put 4 or 5 tea bags (or one "iced tea" bag, if you prefer) in a pitcher of cold filtered (or bottled) water and put in the fridge. In the morning, you'll have nice clear iced tea to drink throughout the day! I sometimes add fruit to my tea for flavor. Hope you give it a try! Enjoy!

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GEORGE815 8/15/2014 12:36PM

    Good job. Substitution is better than cold turkey for sure!

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Dog's Driving Cars

Thursday, August 14, 2014

If a Dog can drive a car, anything is possible. emoticon

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VEG954 8/14/2014 6:46PM

  Happens all the time in Florida! LOL

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JTREMBATH 8/14/2014 2:52PM

    Reading the email address on the side of the car must be NZ.

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/14/2014 2:18PM

    Those photos give me a good laugh! Thanks for sharing!

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The Great Purge

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I come from a long, long line of packrats. We cling to bits of wire mesh, scrape fabric, broken lamps, dried out pens, empty spaghetti jars, piles of paper. We horde everything, because we have grand notions of, ďone day, Iíll find a use for this.Ē or ďIím going to fix this.Ē

Itís amazing how often someone will say, ďI need (insert some unusual item no one else would keep)Ē and I will respond, ďI have one of those!Ē

But here lately my horde has been getting on my nerves. Iíve spent the last few years changing myself, and now thatís starting to spread out into my physical world.

So I have been purging, heartlessly. Iíve spent the last 3 weekends doing nothing but tossing junk.

To let you know how bad it is, I live in a small, 2 bed room apartment, with a roommate. I have stuff crammed into every nook and cranny of my room. Even if I could remember where something is, getting to it is a challenge.

During this purge I have pulled out old tubes of paint I used in college but havenít touched since. I tossed, a ton of paperwork that should have been shredded 10 years ago. Anything that doesn't serve an immediate, obvious, and realistic purpose goes.

The best part is saying, ďWho do I want to be and does this (book, painting, bit, tool, etc) fit that life?Ē

A lot of things have gone to the Goodwill, Used bookstores, or ďTo the worldĒ (meaning the curb by the dumpster).

It is great, taking something thatís gathering dust in a dark corner and giving it to someone who will actually use it!

The whole process is like shedding an old skin and preparing for a new beginning.

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VEG954 8/12/2014 2:34PM

  Boy! Can I relate!
At 219 pounds I was holding on to everything.
Realized I was becoming a semi hoarder .and every closet was filled to bulging.
Last March (after I had lost lots of weight) I was still hanging on to a ton of stuff.
It was all good but way too much of it!
That March a car crashed into my condo destroying my kitchen and entryway.
There was a lot of damage and had to move out. A BIG job!
That was when I started gaining weight again. It was time for a change.

Last December I move back in.
It was a perfect time for me to get rid of 3/4 of my stuff.
As they were moving and unpacking my belongings I was in the process of lightening my load.

Now, several months later I am living an uncluttered life and have shed all but a few pounds.
This means my life is uncluttered and I am much 'lighter' for my efforts.

Do I miss any of the things? No! What a surprise to me!
I have no regrets!

Good luck in your journey

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ARUNNINGKAT 8/12/2014 2:20PM

    It feels so good to declutter your life! I am working on doing the same thing. It is not easy, but we are so much better off for it. emoticon

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GRANDMABABA 8/12/2014 1:06PM

    I do this routinely, But, I've knows a couple of people for which the title hoarder truly applies. One was finally hospitalized for her disorder while her daughter was left to make sense of the mess. The other wants to dig in, but needs help. I may be able to help her, but only if she also gets others and had a plan in mind before we begin. I look forward to helping her get her life organized again. This is a hard frustration to overcome. Great success to you!

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