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Thursday, August 30, 2012

You know, it's just been one thing after another. In the last 2 weeks or so,

Jodie's car threw a rod through the engine.
Our laptop died, which she really needs for school.
I had to replace two tires on my car and had to get some repair work done when it was taken for alignment all of which I didn't have money for.

and last night, I fried my phone.

It got a little damp and the touchscreen won't work. I tried the bag of rice trick over night, no change. I'll take it into the sprint store today, but I'm not feeling optimistic. No insurance on it, and even if I did, they don't cover water damage.

I really, really liked that phone. Nicest I've ever had, worth about $500 which I got ONLY because I changed to Sprint and got it for free. I can't upgrade for a year. Obviously, with Jodie not working and our lives a painful penny pinching mess, I can't replace it.

I'm pretty sick about it. In fact, I cried. Cried because of the stress. Cried because it's ONE MORE THING. Cried because I really enjoyed it and I broke it.
Cried because Jodie and I have been fighting like cats and dogs because of money and stress. Cried because Jodie hasn't gotten a call for an interview on that job and we needed it so much. Cried because child support hasn't come in three months and I'm trying to support these kids that are not just mine, but his responsibility too...yet again and again, he skates away and I'm left holding the financial bag.

I'm tired of being a grown up. I'm tired of trying to be positive and upbeat. Tired, blue, and crying.

And to cap it all? I got up, made coffee and someone had used up all the creamer and not bothered to tell me. I'm telling you, it was all I could do not to fly into a rage over coffee creamer this a.m...but it's not really about that, it's about everything else.

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TERRYT55 8/31/2012 12:07PM

    Oh, Lisa.......some days, weeks, months it seems better to just not get out of bed! But you matter what. I'm sending good thoughts your way.

Take care, my friend, and know this will pass.


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KATCHAGIRL 8/30/2012 12:10PM

    OHHH... :( I'm so sorry for all that stress you're having to deal with!! :(

I know that it's a bit "cliche", but God never gives you more than you can handle, so STAY STRONG through this! I believe that there IS a reason for everything that happens in our lives... we may not be able to see the reason why, today, tomorrow or even ever in this lifetime in some cases, but I truly believe that there is a reason and that helps to keep me strong through tough times.

HANG IN THERE! I will keep you in my thoughts and prayers.


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SUSIEQ911 8/30/2012 10:16AM

    Hang in there! It will get better.

Find the little positives in your day and be grateful for them. You will start seeing the good and feel a little better.

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EGALITAIRE 8/30/2012 8:37AM

    Very stressful when things start to pile up like that - just when it seems like it can't get any worse - it gets worse.

I resonate with your comment at the end - it is often not about what it looks like it is about. We pile stress on top of stress.

Hope you find some strategies for the money situation - money stress is very pervasive.

While your riding out the financial storm, I encourage you to think about working on your inner game. I found dealing with my emotional responses to situations made my life easier - may not change your finances, but might help you feel more settle and better able to stand up and be productive in those situations.

Stay Strong

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A new week - new goals

Sunday, August 26, 2012

Last week was probably the most successful I've had on Spark in a LONG TIME. I haven't weighed, that's not the success. The success was the consistency, the motivation, the tracking. SparkCoach is really doing that for me - helping me be much more consistent than I've been in I'm happy for those who say "well it's all the same things you get for free on spark people, why pay for it?" Yes, the components are the same, but something about it is keeping me going. It's a routine, a morning ritual for me, for one. That is a huge piece of the puzzle. Perhaps I feel more inclined to be "on it" since I'm paying for it (99 cents this month - but it's still the concept of paying). I dunno, but it's working and I'm all over what ever works!

Last week I walked 7.48 miles - however, some of that was guesswork since the fitness map feature didn't show any of the trails I was on and I suspect it was closer t 5.5 or 6 miles than 7.48. At any rate, I was out there, i was doing it, and that counts! Now that I've discovered the MyTracks app, I'll know exactly how far I walked, woo!

The last couple weeks have been .... extremely hard. On top of a very tight budget, our laptop died, one of our cars threw a rod through the engine, and the financial stress had my partner and I at each others throats. it was not pretty. Not pretty at all. We can't afford to fix the laptop, which she uses for school or the car. She's up for a job and passed the first cut, but hasn't had a call for an interview and is spiraling downward. It's hard after years of trying to get a job and just not making it.

I have had many moments of wanting to stuff the worry, anger and depression away with food. I've had multiple conversations with myself, wanting candy, baked goods and fried foods or to just stuff myself with whatever was available.

And I haven't done it. I've allowed myself a treat almost every day - a small mcdonald's ice cream cone. Yep, about 200 calories, but in the face of what I COULD have done? that's nothing, baby.

When my partner and I fought, instead of shoving food in my mouth I laced up my shoes and I went for a walk.

So, in the face of a really crappy week which has been part of a pretty sucky August, I feel pretty darn successful. I know I'm depressed and I know it's situational, and I'm working on remaining as positive as I can. Things will shift eventually. She will get a job. Things will stop breaking down.

Sooner or later, right? Right. And in the meantime, I can focus my stress on building my health.

New goals for a new week:
Walk 5 miles - actual miles not guessed miles
Keep on the Spark Coach program 7 days including tracking all my food.
Breathe, take care of myself, and try to look on the bright side.

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TEAM-ERIC 8/26/2012 5:44PM

    1 ice cream cone from McDonalds? Great job! I'm been wanting to hit Baskin-Robbins climb over that glass case and just dive head first into the the first lucky flavor and work my way through the other 30! I haven't because, well the thought of the surveillance tape showing up the news and the sight of my backside going over that case going viral isn't what I want to be remembered for!

I so know what it's like when the two of you need to talk but emotions won't allow it and it turns to arguing. He took up running a few months ago. I took up walking and bouncing on the mini tramp. We are still avoiding talking about our issues, for fear of arguing, so I've turned to writing emails I don't send. May be I will one of these days..if we can't get to where we can talk. In the meantime, it does allow me to get it out. And we are becoming more comfortable around each other. I don't know we are doing it right, but we are both committed to working toward our future.

Kudos on keeping up with walking! I'm sure you'll get your 5 miles in this week. The last line of your blog made me think of a Monty Python song. Here's a link to it!

Have a great week!


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Reality VS What I Think

Friday, August 24, 2012

So, I've been walking in this awesome local park, Pine Nursery. It has soccer fields, a fishing pond, dog parks and fitness trails. The main paved trail is 1.3 miles.

Timing wise, I kept ending up there too close to dark to walk the entire loop - I was afraid to end up out in the dark in the brush! So I took some of the unpaved trails to "make up" the distance.

or so I thought.

Last night, I got out there in time to walk the real 1.3 mile loop. I definitely wasn't as close to getting the full 1.3 mi in as I thought.

That means, for one, I haven't been burning as many calories as I thought OR getting the distance in that I thought I was getting.

Deflated my balloon a bit when I figured that out. Mind you, it's all good. i walked, I did something. Burned way more calories than sitting on my heinie watching tv, eh?

I thought a bit about trying a pedometer - but those have never worked well for me. Either it doesn't track enough steps or it tracks steps that aren't there. My theory on that is where my waistband settles is not conducive to tracking well. I thought about spendy options, like a cool garmin thingy like a couple of friends have, but that is too spendy for my life. So I started looking at apps on my phone and came across My Tracks from Google.

My Tracks will calculate my distance and time, that's really all I'm after. No it won't track my heart rate like a cool spendy gadget will, but if I want to track my heart rate I can use the old-timey method of my fingers to my jugular, LOL. Since I just figured out how to use Google Play on my phone as well, I could now leave the ipod at home and use my phone for both my MP3 player AND a distance/timer tracker. For Free.

Free is the operative word here. Disneyland trip Oct 3 is quickly approaching where my partner and I will hit the Happiest Place On Earth with about a million other folks for Gay Days Anaheim. So pennies are being saved scrupulously for the trip.

Not to mention.....partner's car threw a rod last weekend. Yep, threw it right through the engine. For about $3K, we can fix it.

needless to mention I don't have $3k. The Disneyland trip, as an aside, was prepaid in January when a sudden windfall came. So it's already paid for, otherwise .....

Jodie is in the second round of hiring for a job she really wants and we really, really need. Really need. Can't emphasize that enough. Only one of us working is not cutting it.

Eh, I'm rambling. Have an AWESOME FRIDAY!

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EGALITAIRE 8/24/2012 10:49AM

    Like the attitude about the walking - what you did was not as much as you thought but better than what it could have been.

What's most important is not where you have been, but where you are going.

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TEAM-ERIC 8/24/2012 9:45AM

    Once you get past the learning curve....don't you just love the convenience of all the technology a smart phone offers? And for me....most of the time I'm navigating a tight S curve on that phone! My husband using a distance and time tracker app. Sounds like you may be using the same one and he loves it. I walk city streets so I pre-plan the route using the map your route found here. I use a stop watch app to to time it and of course listen to downloaded music as I walk. Walking the streets I use only one ear bud so I can remain aware of my surroundings.

I sincerely hope Jodie makes the cut and gets the job. And you somehow find a way to fix the car without spending a small fortune.
Sounds like the Disney Trip will be a welcome break from the ordinary! Enjoy!!

Hang in there and keep up the good work with your walking!


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GODDREAMDIVA1 8/24/2012 9:14AM

    Thanks for sharing...have a great day and a wonderful weekend. emoticon

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The fat between the ears...

Thursday, August 23, 2012

Yesterday's post - the longing for a quick fix - has me once again evaluating my mindset.

The BodyBugg is an awesome tool, and I'd really love one. The tool isn't the issue, the fat between my ears is the issue!

The looking for the magic pill mentality. Thinking if I use this or that tool, magic will happen and I'll finally lose weight. that if I had a bodybugg or whatever other tool, I would start conforming to my calorie restrictions.

Reality? the tool would tell me I was eating too many calories. LOL. Just like the calorie tracker tells me on SP.

I have to continue working on losing the "fat between my ears" - the quick fix mentality - before lasting weight loss is going to happen. I have to do the work, not just think about doing the work.

I do that a lot. I think about doing the work....then I don't DO the work.

Many good changes have happened, and I can recognize them. I'm walking several times a week now, I'm paying a lot more attention to my calorie intake, probably more than I've ever done. It's a slow process of change.

In the iconic words of Nike, I need to "Just DO it". I'm getting there, I'm getting there.

And I might put a bodybugg on my christmas list, LOL.

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EGALITAIRE 8/23/2012 9:17AM

    Sounds like a healthy thinking - change is a process, not an event. If we keep making incremental changes a big change will be the eventual result.

One day at a time.

Stay Strong

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PEBBLES706 8/23/2012 9:06AM

    The "slow progress of change" seems to be the best because it's a life change not a short term change. You're on the right track and I know you will get there to your goal. Keep up the great work.

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Maybe If I....

Wednesday, August 22, 2012

We've all done it.

We get tired of doing the hard work of weight loss. We look for a fix and it doesn't even have to be a quick fix, just a fix! something to make us feel better.

We join a gym (we know we won't use), purchase equipment (we've never used and then discover we dislike), set unreasonable goals. You know it. We've all done it in someway or another.

Today, the idea that scrolled across my mind was:

"I bet if I had one of those Bodybugg gizmos, THEN I would lose weight!"

Where did this come from? Well, for one, that tracking my calories (besides being a pain in the butt) often seems like a guessing game. Finding the exact thing you need on there, or taking the time to enter something not in there (or a whole recipe), takes time and I often wonder if I'm consuming what the tracker says...or more...or less? Same with exercise. Really? You mean to tell me the sweat rolling down my face workout for 35 minutes REALLY only burned 100 calores?

The Bodybugg is supposed to (within 90% accuracy) tell you what calories are going in and what calories are being burned. So I want one.

Then I said to myself, " are looking for a fix again. You are looking to avoid doing the hard work. Stop it. It's going to take work. It's going to take time and the changing of habits. Just stop all this..."

and I did.

but we all have those moments, don't we? It's what we decide to DO with it that counts.

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SUSIEQ911 8/23/2012 6:08AM

    I know what you're saying but I'd still love one just for the accuracy. I never feel like I know for sure what I'm really burning.

Good for you though! emoticon

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GOPINTOS 8/22/2012 8:46PM

    I know exactly what you are talking about. I do this every time I see a new exercise dvd. I keep thinking if I just had THAT one..... and I use to cave in and add it to the stack of others still wrapped up in plastic.

But the other day, it was different. I reminded myself that it is 80% nutrition. I have a routine for my exercise. And when I want to mix it up, I have all I need that I can choose from, and so I resisted temptation.

Anyways, I think it is the equivalent of the devil, like Satan's Fat Evil(er) Twin, emoticon and he likes to tempt us with stuff to distract us from our weight loss goals. Give us false hopes. A reason to put off what we need to do today because we are waiting for this other thing to get here tomorrow.

Not saying that particular thing wouldnt help, but point is we really dont need any fancy gadgets or any fancy dvds. There are just basics we need to know and do and we will find success. Now if people want to, there is nothing wrong with buying things to help us out IF we use them. I should know. I have plenty of things... and some I use, and some I don't. And I am sure I will buy more again in the future but I am glad to have learned a few things along the way, including a few things about myself and being realistic with myself emoticon


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
Wheat Belly Team

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BLISTXLEZ 8/22/2012 6:27PM

    I have the Bodybugg....let me know if you want to know how it works.

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