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I had to go look out the window...

Saturday, September 04, 2010

While running erroands traffic was crazy and the people behind the wheels crazier! Folks in the grocery store were uptight and rushing...I had my nails done for the first time in months and had to think, "gee these folks put up with a LOT from people!" when a woman LOUDLY berated the nail tech doing her pedi for not making the line on her french manicure thick enough. Came home and had some interesting interactions online and finally....went to the window to see if I could see the moon...

is it full or what? Cause here in my lil corner...people are ...something.

Baking a cake for my nephew's 2nd birthday tomorrow...the first one fell. Not just a lil fall...a big fall. So a second cake went in the oven and came out far, far better. The filling and the icing are done and waiting to go's a Mickey Mouse themed cake.

yeah, on top of everything else i am...I'm a "cake lady" LOL.

someone pointed out (not so gently) that people trying to lose weight shouldn't bake. I just smiled and moved on. I bake for other people's events, not to sit down with a spoon and eat it for petes sake! I often don't attend whatever event the cake is for and never have any of it. Through trial and error, i've found ways to avoid putting sugary fingers in my mouth too...cause don't you know a few bites of buttercream here and there will land on my arse for sure! The best two tips I have is to put hot soapy water in the sink before you ever start and to religiously drop every spoon, spatula, beater and bowl in the water IMMEDIATELY. Second is to have a very slightly damp kitchen towel at hand at all times so you can wipe your fingers on it rather than sticking them in your mouth! Those tips save me a lot of calories/sugar I don't want at all. if I do a "practice" cake, I immediately post a pic on facebook and offereither the whole thing or half of it to whoever wants to pick it up first, and I'm happy to throw it away rather than eat it!

Do i sometimes get to have a piece of cake? yep, sure I do. and I track it and try to add cardio to counter it.

do I sound defensive, LOL? It's been one of those days.

Practicing the routine i am dancing a week from's going well and I'm happy to say I'm not huffing and puffing at the end of that 5 minutes. that is a big accomplishment for me in terms of building stamina.

that's it. buzzer's about to go off for the top layer of the cake. have a fabulous Labor Day weekend for those in the US. Do something besides eat! LOL

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A_BELLE 9/8/2010 2:59PM

    Ha! It would be crazy to think you couldn't bake cakes just because you are trying to loose weight. Come on now! It is just another one of those things that are around us - like everything else - that we need to avoid/eat with care. Jeesh. People need to RELAX! The cake sounds really cute. Every year I try to make a cake for my little one's birthday and every year it looks like crap. Ugh. Any advice for decorating?

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AMBERZADE 9/4/2010 9:33PM

    wow! Birthday Cake is one of my favorite foods. You sure have it handled though.

There are just some days when people are 'like' that. Was there a full moon?

Congratulations on the dance routine. You should post a video. That would be fun. emoticon

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KE11YJAE 9/4/2010 8:03PM

    Sounds like I need to be your friend.... Too bad I'm not that big on cake. I like your ideas on keeping yourself from eating all that sugar. Keep up the good work!

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ALYFITN 9/4/2010 7:48PM

    Offering your cake on facebook to friends is a cool idea. You sound like a great cake lady!

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September Goals

Thursday, September 02, 2010

I'm about 10 days out from my short-term goal of feeling better for the 4-day dance retreat I'm going to...and more important than anything at this point, I'm having FUN with the piece I choreo'd for it and it's not a huge chore where I doubt myself which has been the story for the last three years in a row!

Now, on to september...

~ 239 or less. I keep getting to the 240 mark then I bounce around. i want PAST 240!
~ 1000 spark points. This would take some dedication, my best is 900+ for a month.
~ 5+ Fruits/veggies a day, at least 5x a week.
~ 8 glasses of water a day.
~ Meds/vitamins/supplements
~ Keep my momentum when my college classes start on top of the 2 jobs, the dance troupe, the kids....

I can tell I'm doing better on the water this week, as I've had to get up more than once every night this week - A sure indicator I'm getting there. Hopefully that will end soon.

Still hopeful. One of my usual phrases is "hope springs eternal". I guess I can apply it to myself...I feel knocked down, and sometimes discouraged...but I continue to have hope that I can have a healthy body and so I get up and brush off and start again. If i didn't keep on, I am quite sure I'd be over 300 pounds today. So, I'm working on feeling gratitude that i'm where i'm at and optimism for the future.

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KATCHAGIRL 9/3/2010 12:11PM

    GREAT GOALS for September! YOU CAN DO IT! emoticon

CONGRATS on doing better with the H20 and for being hopeful and positive. Keep on keepin' on! emoticon

Have a WONDERFUL Holiday weekend!

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AMBERZADE 9/2/2010 10:52AM

    You're doing great! I'm amazed by your belly dancing!

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PRYDEQUEEN 9/2/2010 9:33AM

    You go, girl!

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SATURDAY63 9/2/2010 8:45AM

    Those are great goals - I love the Spark pt. goal, I had never thought of that!

You are absolutely right about where you'd be if you didn't just keep going forward. The fact that you are still coming to the sight and blogging is a move in the right direction! We need to remember that if this is a Lifestyle change, it means doing it every day and that means we won't always be perfect! There's a great Spark article about the difference between a Lifestyle and a diet that I find really encouraging.

Good luck with everything you have going on!!

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September..I love fall!

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

Fall is one of my FAVORITE times of year...i love the color change, the change in the light....the kids going back to school, LOL. ME going back to school this term too, woot woot! Course, i might not be saying that in a couple weeks until I get back into the groove. Term starts the 20th...two online classes this term, one of the five million math classes I have to take and an intro to lit class.

I also like the feeling of a fresh start to a new possibilities. I'm working on my september goals...hopefully post those within a day or so. some ideas....stay in the top 30 of the LC leaderboards...1000 spark points for the month (my best is just over 900), I'm working on some ideas there.

Sleep has been good the last couple of nights and I feel like a new person already. Gee, imagine getting that kinda sleep all the time...

Lost 1.1 pounds off the 5 pound gain I showed on Monday. Pretty convinced I was holding a lot of fluid due to the Aleve/not drinking water. Reset my two week goal from a week from today to two weeks from today - Might as well be realistic eh?

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RJANE40 9/2/2010 7:57AM

    I think its great that you got rid of some that you gained. Also good to reset your goal--its good to adjust things to something more realistic. Otherwise we just set ourselves up for disappointment.
Hugs to you!

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TERRYT55 9/1/2010 11:49PM

    I love Fall's my favorite season! When I visit my daughter I drive past pumpkin fields and I see more orange every time I visit.

Happy you had a loss this week and are sleeping well. There is nothing quite like a good night's sleep and I'm hoping for one tonight.....for both of us! emoticon

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MINIDRIVER63 9/1/2010 9:30AM

    I'd feel more excited about Fall if we weren't in a heat wave! It still feels like August here. Which means more watermelon, more swimming, more fun!


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MJRVIC2000 9/1/2010 9:12AM

    Goals are wonderful for they lead us to where we want to be. It's choosing the right goals that bring the rewards we seek.
May God Bless You Today On Your Journey, Vic, Team Leader of "God's Family".

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AMBERZADE 9/1/2010 9:11AM

    It does sound like your weight gain was from not drinking water. Which means you'll have a HUGE loss after you get all the water in. emoticon

I love fall too - love school supplies - love the changing light and weather.

Wishing you all the best! emoticon

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A suspicious character...

Tuesday, August 31, 2010

yesterday I thought a lot about why I'm not losing weight...and even knowing I ate under calories two days and got poor sleep, a five pound gain? Really?

I have a suspicion tho....Aleve. Aleve is a sodium product...and i started taking it daily for my arthritis....and i haven't been getting the water in. I'm thinking there's the culprit right there. can't not take it...the only alternative to me currently is ibuprofen and in the amounts needed it's too much - I'll end up with an ulcer.

So, for the rest of this week, I'll take the Aleve but i will ROCK the water. Soon as I thought of it yesterday I started drinking water and this a.m. my rings are already looser again.

I'm not getting on the scale tho. I get too wrapped up in those numbers and right now, I need to think positive!

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PRYDEQUEEN 8/31/2010 11:01AM


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HOPE2BE 8/31/2010 9:20AM

    Another positive about water is it helps with the pain. it gives fluidity and movement in the joints and you find yourself not being in so much pain so thereby alleviating the pain besides lowering numbers like Blood Sugar, etc.

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JUDY4652 8/31/2010 9:08AM

    Good for you! Keep up the good work!

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Analyzing last week

Monday, August 30, 2010

Last Monday, I had a 1.8 pound loss. This monday, I gained 5 full pounds.

In looking at last week, one major thing jumps out at me - I was freaking exhausted. I woke up daily around 4 a.m.....and coudn't go back to sleep. Lots of stress last week = sleep problems. By Friday, i was so tired I fell into bed at 8 pm, without having eaten dinner even.

If I look at last week, I see...
170 minutes of cardio
Two days where I went under my calories and the balance were within range
Took my supplements 50% of the time
Didn't make a single day of 8 cups of water a day
way under on sleep
Way over on stress!

This is the kind of weigh in that makes me want to give upagain - BUT I can clearly see the problem areas.

This a.m., I'm really tired of trying....but I'm getting back up and back "on the horse". one more day at a time, one more week at a time.

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RJANE40 8/31/2010 7:59AM

    Being able to see the problem areas is half (maybe even 3/4) of the battle. When I'm not sleeping well, I tend to not eat well. When I dont drink enough water, I dont function as well. It sounds like your problem areas can be easily remedied, especially now that you know what they are.
Whatever you do, dont give up! If you do nothing else differently this week, get that water in and get enough sleep.
And 5 pounds is an awful lot to gain, even if you're not eating well. If you didnt eat good foods, its likely that the food you ate had a lot of sodium. That plus not having enough water could definitely show a significant gain.
Promise us you'll hang in for another week--I think it will make a big difference!

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SLIMMERJESSE 8/30/2010 5:33PM

    Very similar happened to me. I can feel how the stress/cortisol impedes my progress. Hope things get more peaceful for us both. Have a good day.

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JOTHVA 8/30/2010 10:05AM

    I'm sorry you're feeling stressed. emoticon You should be proud of yourself for taking the time to analyze the problem! emoticon

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OTTAWABOUND 8/30/2010 10:01AM

    I'll bet next week's weighin will see the weight gone and some more besides. Water retention (and maybe even food retention if your bowels shut down when you are stressed).

I can tell by my wedding ring. Days when it is loose, my weighin is happy. If my finger is puffing up around it, then I'm up, sometimes as much as 7 pounds. Ditto around TOM. Keep an eye on your salt in the days before weighin and drink 10 glasses of water each day before official day and I'll bet you see scales go down.

Keep going--we win over the long haul in this journey.

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PRYDEQUEEN 8/30/2010 9:52AM

    Don't give up! You can do this! Hang in there! We are here for you!

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MINIDRIVER63 8/30/2010 9:35AM

    I suspect three factors in your "gain"

1. Drinking less water actually makes you RETAIN water. So you keep water in your system, weighing you down. Drinking more water makes water move more effectively through your system.

2. Stress and fatigue really do a number on your system. Try to take some time to breathe and relax during the day, and make sure you set aside your cares at bed time. I have a visualization of this, in which I take the issue I'm obsessing about, put it in a box, tape it shut, and put it on a high shelf. I sometimes have to run through this mental exercise several times before I really let it go. It feels silly, but it works for me.

3. Your scale is messing with you deliberately to make you miserable. Horrible, horrible machine! I am confident mine does this from time to time as payback for being stood upon and cursed on a regular basis.


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