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A word or two about probiotics...

Monday, March 10, 2014

So, I have mentioned that Reg and I have started taking Probiotics everyday. It was a very round about way that we stumbled upon this. First of all, Reg and I saw this newscast on our local station:

Then I mentioned the news segment to my co-worker, and found the link so that she could watch it. My question to her was how can we get our hands on a super probiotic....and her response was I'm sure Dr. Oz has something on his website about it. So then we found this....

And this is part 2...

So then it was tracking down this lactobacillus gasseri...cuz yes I definitely need to lose belly fat. I went to my local Walgreens and wow there are at least 20 different kinds of probiotics, but I only found one with the right bacteria for weight loss. Here's what the box looks like....

My coworker is getting some advice from Super Supplements...yes, I'm the impatient one, give it to me now sort of person!

So far I'm not having earth shattering results, however I have noticed that the bloating is disappearing. And wonder of all wonders...I only gained .3 pounds over the weekend...and besides some house cleaning I was not all about exercise this weekend. So here's how I see it....if I can maintain the losses I have during the week by not gaining over the weekend I'm going to start getting somewhere. And I do feel better over all. It does say to start slowly like every other day. I just started taking it at night and didn't have any problems taking it each day (tomorrow will be one week since I started). Now I take in the morning with breakfast. Reg is taking it too even though it says it's for women...and he's lost 4 pounds and isn't growing boobies or any other such abnormality! LOL We both feel like one serving of whatever we are eating is enough and really don't want anything more.

In some ways this does make a lot of since to me about not having enough good bacteria and if the results are positive, hey what the heck it's not breaking the bank!

Now on for experiment number two...I'm breaking down and buying a boot thing to wear at night on Amazon. My foot is hurting most of the time again and I can't afford to do physical therapy until I'm on Reggie's insurance in May. According to Amazon the particular boot I'm purchasing had the highest reviews, and it was only $20 so I will give it whirl tomorrow night, since it should arrive tomorrow during the day. Maybe I missed my calling and should have been a scientist! :) I will keep you updated on my progress, boy would I love to be pain free on my right foot!

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TREV1964 3/15/2014 9:37PM

    Take it easy Robin,

Little and often - looks like you will have to do it a step at a time if you'll pardon the pun.



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VLINDER2014 3/13/2014 10:04AM

    Thinking of you Robin.. I will check out the probiotics .. I hope the boot works for you ..

love you girl,

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    Thanks for sharing all of this. Will check out the links you provided here. I am always open to anything that can improve one's health. Keep us informed as time goes by on your progress. It is interesting! emoticon

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SAPHRAEL 3/10/2014 3:15PM

    I'm not a big fan of supplements, but I certainly won't rain on anyone's parade that's motivated to give them a shot. One benefit that any change to your routine does is make you more AWARE. It's good to hear the probiotics are helping you feel less bloated. At a minimum, the experiment has you tuned in to what you are eating. And that's a good thing!

I have a boot from the doctor and I bought a skimpy version from Rite Aid because I had pain in both feet for a little while. I can't say much for the cheap boot, but the boot from the doctor was a lifesaver! I noticed relief immediately. It makes perfect sense that keeping the foot in a flexed state while you rest provides the needed stretch. Without it, that fascia contracts, creating the pain. I still occasionally wear the boot when I've had a really bad day and the PF acts up (usually when I wear stupid shoes).

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GAILEBEE 3/10/2014 1:52PM

    Delighted to hear the probiotics are working for you. I'll be checking them out for myself.
I used a boot for PF in my left foot for about 3 months - cured! And it hasn't returned. I always wear comfortable shoes with a good arch. No more shoes for fashion for me! XOXO

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Just say Yes to the dress!

Friday, March 07, 2014

Ok, it's official I have a dress! Nothing traditional here, but I love it. And yes, this is the only view of the dress you get until my wedding day!

So far so good on the probiotics, it does take some getting used to, but I'm down two pounds this week. Yes, they are the two pounds I keep losing, but I'm hoping for more next week. I will write a blog about the whole probiotic thing when I feel certain this is good thing for me, probably next week. I can tell you that sitting at my desk this morning is a lot more comfortable than before, and I feel a lot lighter in my stomach.

I can't tell you how happy I am for the weekend. I have a walk thru at a hotel this afternoon in Seattle and with any luck I will be on my way home before traffic really hits. Becca has a divisional final with choir first thing tomorrow morning, if they do well they are off to state which would mean her first letter in high school. She is also doing track and I can most assuredly tell you at this point it is for the boys. Like mother like daughter...I did that my sophomore year too, and then discovered I was not fast at running at all, but there were definitely cute boys! She's a smart girl though, she is choosing the throwing sports!

My plan is to come home from the choir event and go to the gym, and then tackle Reggie's tax return. It will be nice to know what that will be so we can finalize plans for the wedding. So far we have my dress, the venue, the catering, the photographer, the DJ, and we still have to do Tuxes, bridesmaid dresses, the cake, and decorations, oh and most important the honeymoon! So, having a clear picture of finances is invaluable!

I hope you have a great weekend and for starts that still change clocks like mine....Spring Ahead!

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CBAILEYC 3/26/2014 4:06PM

    Honey what a lovely dress! I'm so excited for you! emoticon I look forward to seeing how striking you are on your big day.
Thank you so for the kind words and encouragement on my dubious return! I'm hoping this time sticks. It's people like you who help make the difference!

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VLINDER2014 3/13/2014 10:27PM

    love it and you are going to be a beautiful bride.. Can't wait to see the wedding pictures.. So very happy for you Robin...

WOO HOO you found a dress.. Awesomesauce !!!
love you girl ,

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GAILEBEE 3/7/2014 10:18PM

    Robin - I absolutely LOVE the dress, perfect for you. Also love the "woven" hair picture you pinned. XO

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REALLY_ROBIN 3/7/2014 12:55PM

    Yes, it's the wild berry color!

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SAABSTORY 3/7/2014 12:42PM

    You got the hardest part out of the way. The dress! Congrats. I am sure you will look awesome!

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MOMMINATOR 3/7/2014 12:22PM

    Beautiful dress! Will you be doing it in the wildberry color? That would look fabulous with your coloring!
Congrats on saying yes to the dress!

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Dresses, Dresses, and more Dresses!

Sunday, March 02, 2014

I've started March out with a lot of fitness minutes. I already have 120 intentional fitness minutes. And yesterday I was 50 steps shy of getting 10,000 steps in with looking at the wedding venue and trying on more dresses.

I've decided to go with a non traditional wedding dress and go with one with color. I can't imagine spending all that money on a dress I will never wear again. I am thinking it will be somewhere between a sangria and plum color. I have two contenders at David's Bridal and a really pretty dress being shipped from Nordstrom this week. The bride's maids also tried on dresses yesterday...I'm thinking that may be a harder decision than my dress, since we have different ages, styles, and sizes represented. But, I'm sure it will work out.

Today I am going to go to Fleet Feet and get a pair of work out shoes fitted. I think that may be some of the problem with the PF I'm still experiencing despite the orthotics, stretching and icing, that my shoes are just not supportive enough. I also need to go and take my daughter to get some athletic stuff for Track. I think she is going to do the throwing sports.

I am also going to make some soup for lunch this week. I always do better with that than taking leftovers from the night before, as far as losing is concerned.

I'm looking forward to a new week and new month and am beginning to see some changes in my body with all the exercise I have been doing. Including my arms looking better in the dresses this weekend as compared to last. And woo hoo I hit 30 girly pushups today.

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SAPHRAEL 3/6/2014 7:36PM

    Thanks for posting on my blog today. It's always so good to hear from you!

I heard a neat suggestion for bridesmaid dresses the other day to avoid the whole issue with different ages, body styles, etc. What they did was settle on a color and let the ladies pick whatever style they wanted, as long as they had the same color. It was a really big wedding party and didn't look weird at all having a variety of dress styles. Not sure if that would work for you.

Where's Fleet Feet? I always drive up to Bellevue to Shoes 'n Feet. My doc recommended them a few years ago when I was struggling with the PF.

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TREV1964 3/3/2014 7:21PM

    You are doing fantastically well Robyn,

Keep it up and keep winning - you are making me so very proud of you.




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GAILEBEE 3/3/2014 11:29AM

    I'm so excited for you! Happy you found dresses and have narrowed the choices. Also, VERY excited about your commitment to fitness and the pushups. Keep up the good work! XO

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    You are going to look AMAZING! And I think it's great to step away from tradition .... cuz whose tradition is it anyway?!

Tis YOURS and you can do anything dang thing you please! emoticon

Can't wait to see PICTURES ... HINT, HINT of THE DRESS!

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ROBBIEY 3/2/2014 3:11PM

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A whirlwind week followed by a whirlwind weekend!

Monday, February 24, 2014

Last week I posted the blog entry titled Whirlwind was followed by a whirlwind weekend.

Friday was spent at work while also looking at a car for my daughter. I picked it up on break while it was at work, so that I could have it looked at by a mechanic for a my daughter. It's a 2000 VW Beetle. I thought we had an apt with the dealership in Auburn, but it turned out I called a different place with the same name. And it was not rated very high. So Reggie and I both looked at it, and figured since they had already done the timing belt, water pump, and the distributor cap that it was probably ok. We surprised her with it that night on the way to dinner...and wow was she surprised! I'm so glad we could do that. The previous owner was so nice and showed us his log of repairs, it was really a good experience, since I haven't bought a car for a quite a while.

Saturday was spent going to see a friend of Reggie's that was moving that lived about 2 hours from us. She and her family are moving to Oklahoma. Then we went to Costco on the way back. And then finally we went to our second to last massage at Massage Envy since we have canceled our contract. We talked a lot about retirement and when we want to retire, where we want to retire, and if we actually be able to retire. We really need to get a plan in motion to make those things happen. We also found out my ex is getting married for third time two days before our wedding. It's interesting that he asked what my wedding day was and a day later we find out he plans his for two days before. It may be the day after his divorce is final, which just means he's moving up his game....he got married 3.5 weeks after our divorce was final. I am choosing not to let this upset me, my real frustration is that the kids are upset. They can't stand this woman, and she does not have a good reputation at all. But after talking with them several times, if they go to it, they see it for what it is and really want to enjoy our day with us.

Sunday was the family birthday party. I actually ate pretty well, and then we were off to our bridal dress appt. I was really apprehensive about trying on the dresses. But there were actually a couple that looked good on me. I'm not quite ready to make a final decision, but we have another fitting on Saturday that will also include the bride's maid dresses. I do know that I will be doing push ups and crunches everyday until the wedding...LOL.

I know I've mentioned this before, but really haven't listened to my own advice. For me it really helps to go try on clothes. First of all it motivates me to work out for two reasons. First you see yourself in those awful dressing room mirrors, and then second, you might try something on that almost fits, and you don't want to buy that next size that motivates you to work out and stick to your healthy eating plan. And I'm going to add a's something else to do with your time instead of be bored and eat because of that. I really dislike shopping, first of all I am a tall size and things don't fit me well without ordering them, and I usually go with my daughter which means she wants to spend all day doing it.

I have 13 weeks now till the wedding and it's becoming more I'm really hoping this lights a fire under me and I start losing!

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SAPHRAEL 2/25/2014 6:27PM

    Wow, how exciting! I'll be keeping an eye on you to make sure you're making progress over the next 13 weeks.

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GAILEBEE 2/25/2014 11:47AM

    So happy you found some choices you are happy with. That's a huge hurdle.
Don't let the ex's choices affect any part of your life. You've come a long way and have made a great life for yourself. Your kids are old enough to make up their own minds about their father.
I'm so happy and excited for you. Can hardly wait to see the pictures.

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VLINDER2014 2/24/2014 6:57PM

    love you girl .. and so glad you found some dress you like.. YOU ARE BEAUTIFUL INSIDE AND OUT !! ALWAYS REMEMBER THAT !!

love you lots ...

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SHKIRK 2/24/2014 3:33PM

  emoticon on not letting the ex screw up your day ! I am w/ you on shopping..hated it ! The weeks go by fast anyway so it is good to be busy and filling them productively. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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EMTFF376 2/24/2014 3:28PM

    You are beautiful inside and out. No matter what. Looking forward to your wedding pics in a few months.


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What a whirlwind week!

Thursday, February 13, 2014

Wow, it's been a whirl wind of a week!

I got to the gym on Monday. Tuesday didn't go as planned, Reggie had too much homework, so I made dinner while Becca was at singing lessons and then she and I had to have one of those mother/teenager talks after dinner. I'm pleased to report things are going better now. Yesterday, I spent all day up in Seattle with two meetings that were preparing for a large remodel we start in a week and half. I didn't leave Seattle until about 5 which put me home around 6:30. By the time I ate dinner I was too pooped to work out. Tonight is bible study. And tomorrow night Becca is having a girl friend spend the weekend, and by the time I pick her up and get home and do dinner it may be the same fate as last night. Despite it all I've been making really good food choices and have already lost 2.4 pounds this week. I can totally see why when my life is like this though that things can slip out of control really fast. Having a fast food lunch and a pizza for dinner would be the easy choice....but I feel so much better not caving in on that.

I've come to the conclusion that I'm only going to post my weight on Mondays, since weekends are my hard time. I'm going to work really hard to do the high protein low carb all weekend and I'm hoping to post a loss on Monday, but I'm being realistic too since it will be TOM. I'm feeling a lot better about my control over food and did great at the restaurant yesterday for lunch. I had a goat cheese, tomato and spinach omelet which a salad with an awesome citrus vinaigrette and a side of applewood bacon. I am really missing my time in the gym back doesn't feel that great. So I'm going to try to get some walking in at work today.

I'm super glad I'm finding what works for me again...what a huge blessing!

I hope you are having a great week! Hugs...Robin

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JUNESHOPE 2/18/2014 10:01PM

    emoticon You can totally do it! You have the right frame of mind, and you are getting the exercise in. I'm so happy for you!

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VLINDER2014 2/14/2014 5:00PM

    HUGS GIRL .. love you and your week is crazy. Way to plan and keep focused this weekend.. every healthy choice you make is a Victory ...

love you and you got this !!

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MOMMINATOR 2/14/2014 11:55AM

    That omelette sounds delish!
We have also been living in crazy world and have eaten out at least once a day, every day this week. I have not always made stellar choices and am feeling the belly bloat to prove it. Keeping strong at the workouts, so I hope it will balance out there. Need to tighten the reigns a little on the food choices. Brain is telling me "Beware! Beware! Slippery slope!!" It is so easy to compound bad choices with bad choices.
Traveling with the show choirs this weekend which leaves very little room for healthy options, but will bring a few of my own and do the best I can with what is available.
Have a delightful weekend and Happy Valentines Day!

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    Awesome job at staying on track!
I agree, weekends can be tough - really tough, but good for you for finding ways that work for you.
I need to get started soon on my own program - (procrastination only makes me FATTER!) - But I am happy to report that I have cut out all junk food and am eating healthy again. Now I just need to start tracking, and I gotta say - YOU inspire me!

So, keep doing what you're doing - cuz it's obviously working. CONGRATS on that 2.4 pounds this week! emoticon

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