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Old 05-07-2008, 06:52 PM   #541
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Hi!

I'm just hopping around tonight trying to get my mind to slow down. LOL

The first thing I noticed in the recipe was the "Quick Cooking Oats." I believe those are higher in carbs and metabolized quicker by the body. I wonder if you switched to steel cut oats if you'd have a better reaction w/ weight loss. Just a thought. Also, I wonder if butter would be better than margarine in the recipe. "Better" fat to slow down the insulin response?

Those sure look good. Unfortunately, I have a "sensitivity" to peanut butter. I used to peanut butter.

Hope you find something that works well for you.
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Old 05-08-2008, 03:26 AM   #542
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Thanks Elizabeth! actually have been eating oats in the form of cheerios (whole grain) in the morning, but half the net carb count of what I've had in the no-bake .. the margarine is all fat, nothing funky, and pb has been an issue for cravings in the past, but not stall - but good thoughts! The other question is whether keeping my carb count near 75 is the issue .. lol!

Unfortunately I realize that some things that allowed me to lose weight in the past can start to stall me at any time ... cream cheese being one thing I ate fine in the past ... anyhoooo, I had a different breakfast and we'll see what happens, lol!!
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May 9, 2008 Morning

OK, the Science Fair went well - we had the most-ever participants and lots of praise from the powers-that-be. The second half is this morning, so I'll have to exercise quickly at home after I get the youngest on the bus.

LOL! My weight is up again this morning! So Detective Pauline is on the case! I went back for two weeks of daily menus, etc. and the culprits may be:

Oatmeal or Peanut butter
Smart Balance Margarine in place of Butter

Whichever it is, I have been much less regular since making those changes which would definitely play a part too!! Unfortunately tonight is our usual "Friday night dinner" which involves a bottle of wine, so the experiementation will be delayed a few days! I also have enough muffins (margarine) for a few more days, so changing that out will also have to wait.

On the good side, generally when I take out a food that disagrees with me or "stalls", I tend to whoosh down the weight I should have lost in the intervening time ... so I am just going to carry on and not worry too much! as I can get back to my exact weightloss menu prior to the changes at some point next week ..

Funny how weight can upset me even when it really doesn't mean anything at all ...
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Ran 7 miles this morning - my old hilly route- just cuz ... and I'm sure to pay for it tomorrow and not be able to walk, but it was worth it! lol!! Anyhoooooo, I go to see the doc next week for the heel spur ... get it diagnosed, see what he's willing to do, paid by insurance. Then the plan is step 2. Sports Foot doc (no insurance) that specializes in spurs, plantar fascitis, etc, step 3. Acupuncture (no insurance) ...

Anyhoooooo feeling ouchy, but happy tonight!


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I made some of my own Marinated Tofu tonight and it came out yummy. The brand I was buying was costing me $2 per serving ... and this costs me about .60 per serving. I may try baking it tomorrow ...

Pauline's Marinated Tofu

1 16 oz block extra firm tofu
1 T sesame oil
1 T Teryaki sauce
few drops of hot sauce
sea salt

Drain and rinse the tofu and place it on a plate. I now press the tofu, by placuing a plate on top of th block with a weight of some sort on top (a stack of bowls works for me). Place this in the fridge overnight.

In the morning drain off the water. Now cut the block into 8 equal slices. Mix all the rest of the ingredients together and dredge the pieces in the marinade and place them in a container and store in the fridge. Leave at least overnight to absorb the flavor before baking if desired.

2 slices is about 130 calories, 2 net carbs

I like to eat mine as a snack, on half an lc pita with sliced onions and celery.
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Thanks Elizabeth!! It was great but very chaotic! lol!! I hope yours was nice too

May 12, 2008 Morning

Crazy day today concluding with a potluck dinner tonight! so I am not sure how much posting I'll get in ... Weirdly the margarine was causing actual weight gain! Taking it out in the form of the muffins with it gave me a whoosh and every day I ate them, I went up in weight .. I will have to try the oatmeal no-bake cookie again with butter in place of the margarine maybe in a few weeks.

There was a post recently - one of many over the years - on what your body will look like after weightloss and the fears that you will look hideous, etc and require plastic surgery. I always shake my head at these posts. it is about so much more than how a person looks without their clothes on .. anyhow, this is from my response:

Free yourself from the fear and just get on with it!!! You CAN do it!!!!

And I have learned that the "thin" people are not perfect either!!! Balking at losing weight because we won't be perfect, is like throwing a childish temper tantrum because life is not perfect. The truth is, that it is not for ANYONE and will never be and staying fat will not change it or punish the universe in any way.

There are so many huge benefits to weightloss other than a perfect body, that anyone out there afraid to start is just shortchanging themselves. I do not have a perfect body -- what I do have now (that I never had before in my life) is priceless to me. I have:

Self-Esteem and Respect from others ... I have achieved something that awes even the "thin" people. People in RL actually look up to ME

Energy I just have it. I can do anything anyone else can do. I can go on a hike and not worry that I will hold everyone back. I will not. I am "average" now.

Clothes Shopping ... anywhere I go I can find outfits that look good on me. I can go to a foreign country and buy a shirt or a dress. I do not have to be petrified of losing luggage. I have millions of clothing stores I can shop in. I went into "Bob's Stores" for the first time ever yesterday and was amazed at what a good store it is ... For ME, not my pre-teen. The world is my oyster.

Normalcy ... I no longer stand out in a crowd, or have to worry that I will not fit in a seat, or an airport bathroom stall. No longer pluck at my clothes all the time worrying that they cling to my body. I can pack for a trip in 10 minutes, no need to try everything on ... that is an unbelieveable thing for me ... everytime I am amazed.

Freedom and Peace of Mind ... Weight is no longer a life excuse for me, no longer something I have to take into account in my daily life. Excuse the pun, but what a weight off my shoulders. It is like becoming free for the first time in my life.

Looking Good I can look good, look slender and beautiful in normal clothing. Yes, I have to shop for my body type and body flaws, but it is not torture to do so. It is pretty easy because clothing manufacturers cater to different body types ... everyone has to deal with body issues. Everyone.

I do not have a perfect body, but I do have an entirely new life and I highly recommend it. Do not let anything get in your way!!!!!!!!!!!!

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How I know I am at goal weight. I have had at least four different people tell me how good and "thin" I look at at the gym recently (my new shorts maybe?) and one of my chorus-mates remarked on my face being thin. Funny how much people keep track of me .. I guess I should feel flattered that I am worthy of notice and not stress out about it. I suppose it is a good reality check.

Also weirdly, one woman I have worked out with for a few weeks - in a strength class - was shocked that I had lost 100 lbs .. she thought I was just one of those thin people who go to the gym and keep fit. Sometimes it even feels weird for me to say that to people who did not know me before. I guess I have come to accept myself as this person who is a fairly normal weight with a little bit of yo-yoing ... but still in the realm of normal even when I yo-yo up. Now I just have to get that part of my current reality in check and work toward better maintenance tools so that I stop the yo-yoing.

Nothing truly worth doing, nothing truly meaningful, is accomplished overnight. I have come so so so far. I know I can do this too. It is just a matter of concentration and perseverance like everything else that means success on this particular journey.
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I had my physical today (last one was in 2006) and the doc said my weight is perfect. His scale showed me at 133. I mentioned Willett and his book and the doc actually said that Willett's idea that BMI requirement should be changed to no lower limit, and 23 as the upper limit, as being absurd! So Yay! He also had more to say about that and I will likely post about it on the Main Board sometime this week, as what he had to say could possibly apply to and maybe help others around here.

I am psyched! The doc has referred me to an orthopedic specialist at a very good hospital and I have an appointment on June 3 - the day after my 5 year Atkinsversary - for an xray and a meet. The doc really took what I had to say and went with it. It is weird. Since I lost the weight, I get more respect from him .. good or not good? I do not know. He also gave me info on the acupuncturist they have at the center! So if I do not get too far with the orthopedic surgeon, I will at least have that as a backup. The exciting thing is that I thought I'd have to go to a foot doctor on my own and pay since my insurance would only cover a referral ... I'm very happy about this!!!

DD has a concert tonight, so I will be off with her tonight and will likely not get time to post. May is the absolute craziest month ... crazy!!! I am surprised I am not sitting here dazed and drooling!
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Today was a good day. Not many folks in my strength class today so I could see myself in the mirror the entire workout and I think I look ok - that was a cool revelation!

Posted this recently about my doctor's visit and some thoughts I have had abuot it and thought I should copy it in here:

http://www.lowcarbfriends.com/bbs/ma...e-careful.html

A Plea to Please Be Careful ..

I talked to my doctor yesterday about weight and BMI since I have been so confused by things I have been reading. I was really happy to hear him say a few things:

* All those book written by doctors affiliated with respectable institutions like Harvard, like Cornell -- are still only trying to sell you a book, or a diet, or a marketing scheme, or to make a name for themselves.

* Even the BMI scale which has been accepted by most was developed based upon statistics for mortality and are more "averages" than anything else.

* Weight does not take into account body composition - fat v. muscle and lean body mass. He used the example of some women rowers he has as patients who would be overweight according to bmi but not by any other measure

* He told me that "The Greeks had it right, "Moderation in all things.""

And then he told me a story about a male patient who after doing some educated reseacrh and reading, decided he would live longer if he kept his weight very very low. He ate accordingly and ended up back at the doctor's office for muscle aches.

Turns out he was literally starving his body. When he added food to his daily intake, the muscle pains disappeared ... but in the meantime he had given himself osteoporosis - and that is uncommon in men. My doc got emotional over this - and he is a bit of a cold fish - saying, "so this guy risked his health in order to possibly live an extra three days over the statistical average and instead he gives himself osteoporosis - a serious problem."

I see a lot of people still eating very low calories and others on possibly imbalanced food plans - whether it is just very little food in general, very little vegetables or fruits containing necessary vitamins, etc., or very lowfat - protein is not so much of a problem here, lol -

And I worry about you. Losing weight is not the end-all and be-all if we compromise our future health - whether for weightloss or to follow the latest breaking news or medical gurus out there preaching for their own pocketbooks.

This is just a plea for my friends to please use their common sense when cutting food groups out of your diet for weightloss, or your beliefs about "what is healthy". And, if you do believe it is necessary to cut out some food groups, for whatever reason, than please make sure you are receiving equal nutritional benefit some other way.

Being thin is no good to any of us, if we only get to look good in our coffins.
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Spent the evening at the Emergency Room with my 12 yo dd, getting her EKG, chest xray, etc. only to leave there with a diagnosis of "atypical chest pain." So I went many hours without eating and calories and carbs will be a little low today, but not too bad. I usually rest from exercise the entire weekend - for the past few years since reaching goal - but I think I had better put in a session tomorrow in case I need to bring dd to the doctor one day next week.

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Thanks Deb - Yeah. It is frustrating though because she still has chest pain today. They did rule out all the things I was concerned about - bronchitis, pneumonia, collapsed lung, esophogeal eruption - so that is good at least. If it had been a weekday we'd have been at the doctor's office rather than the ER - and I guess we'll be going there maybe tomorrow to try and determine what it actually is. I'm thinking it may have been just a result of very bad allergy-triggered asthma attack, lots of inhaler use, and labored breathing - ya know, maybe her little chest simply had a big workout and is sore ..? it does seem to be better than yesterday so that is good! It's always something!! lol!!!!

May 18, 2008

I am feeling really great today! I have not weighed in a couple of days and that always makes me happy .. And I finally went through the rest of my clothes so my entire closet and chests of drawers only contain clothing that fits well and looks good on me. Over time it had been easy to get rid of big items, but since I changed my goal weight (back!) to 130-135, it has been difficult to get rid of the clothing from when I weighed 10 pounds less. I finally bit the bullet.

And I feel great about this. It is like a signal to me that yes, this is you now .. no waiting anymore, no extra clothing sizes around anymore. Done! I think even though I had hit goal before, I really did not accept that "This is it, the start of the rest of your life." And I do feel that now.

Something that made it even easier to let go .... Most of my smaller sized pants and capris went directly to my 12 year old!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Positive reinforcement for my decision - why would I need to wear a size that my skinny 12 year old can wear?!!! Ridiculous!!!

Now, I really do need to shop for a wardrobe again - size 6p! I now have NO summer clothing as all my summer capris and shorts went to my daughter, as well as a few tops that made me look too chesty. So the plan is to shop for / put together outfits (mostly need pants!) for my reunion (25th highschool ) in 3 weeks and then after the reunion I will go out and buy a new summer wardrobe!! Woot!!!!

THIS is my biggest reward for being and staying at goal - having one single wardrobe and being able to spend money on nice clothing that I will have and can wear til they wear out, lol!!! Oh Yeah! She's so vain .....

Another bizarre happening .. I ordered Spanx, thinking I'd need a bodyshaper for any clingy dress so that I do not have pantylines and bra lines, etc. Well they arrived and I will be returning them! I tried them out with some form-fitting dresses I own and they smooth out the lines, but they actually compress me too much I have good proportions, hips to waist to chest and the shapers compress my hips and top more than my waist and make my figure look too boyish!!

It is so funny trying to re-train your mind. For a year or two I was still wandering into Lane Bryant hoping the 14s would fit me - that was my idea of a very small size - a size where I felt and looked good - Even though I am over the Lane Bryant sleep-shopping sessions, apparently I still have a long way to go. My mind has still not quite caught up. I am still not 100% in touch with my body. I am pleased though ... those dang Spanx cost a mint!!!!

Happy Day!!!!!
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I did really well and averted a binge last night ... after thinking and thinking about the various foods I could "eat just a little," I finally said to myself, "No, you are not planning on eating 2 slices of cheese, you are planning on bingeing. You Will Not Binge! You Will Not Binge!" and I didn't I was feeling weak and was feeling exhausted from the emergency room ordeal - probably.

It is actually quite fascinating. I realized this morning that my feeling of last night was the same sensation I had this morning before actual stomach growling. That hazy tired feeling is my feeling of hunger - not stomach sensation. I had to fast overnight for blood tests. I usually eat breakfast at 6 am and did not eat til 8:30. So, it does make sense that when I get that awful hazy, tired, weak sensation that my body immediately wants to fix it with food. The difference is that I am eating enough to fuel me and so that sensation is generally not fixed by food and I end up obsessing and bingeing. Kind of a cool realization!

This weekend I am going down to the beach and so will probably have the usual issue with food down there ... I am planning on making this flax bread recipe Flax Bread Recipe - Low Carb Focaccia-Style Flax Bread that todunlop posted about to try as my "hotdog bun" for a lobster roll with some drawn butter. I'll plan to bring veggies to have with it, since they do not have veggies at the stand ... I love having a plan!! I am not ready for onion rings, etc .. I am at 133.75 and do not want to start eating anything non-lc until I am at 130. It only makes sense to do this methodically and I have my highschool reunion in a couple of weeks. Unfortunately losing weight is verrrrrrrrrrrry slow right now! lol!!! C'est la vie!
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Hi, Pauline!

I'm sorry that your daughter is experiencing chest pain. I hope that she is feeling better this evening.

I love your explanation of clothing, sizes and feelings and can't wait to get there.

Congratulations on averting a binge! Again, you inspire me.:blush:

On the lobster roll note, have you thought of Oopsies? I didn't think that I could handle them, but I'm finding that if I bake them to take them OUT of the house, i.e. parties and restaurants, I handle them very well and they help me to stay in control. I'm just wondering if the Oopsie's light taste and texture might compliment the lobster and butter better than the flax bread? Just ignore my butting in if this does not seem like a good idea. LOL I've left them out overnight and they don't "spoil."
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Hey Elizabeth! I would love to try Cleo's Oopsies ... but have not for two reason 1) Cream Cheese seems to stall me and 2) For me, they are way too many calories for something that is just "carrying" the food. I figured out the flax bread is still like 120 calories a slice - or probably a bit more to be big enough for the lobster roll - Thanks though for the suggestion! I didn't know the texture was bready!

The butter has to soak in some to be good, so the flax bread might work if it is anything like the flax muffin, lol! Also, I do not intend to eat this too regularly and I know the flax muffin freezes really well, so I should be able to make a batch, use one and freeze the rest!

I'll let you know how it turns out ... might be a terrible combo, lol!!!!

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Ahhhh, didn't know about the butter-soaking-in-factor. LOL The flax probably will be better for that. The Oopsies don't really "soak" unless they are broken up and that wouldn't do for a lobster roll at all, now would it? I have to say that just the thought of that sandwich makes me want to visit New England. LOL

I'm curious about the calorie count for the Oopsie, though. I make mine with 2 eggs/3 oz. cream cheese and get 6 buns. I don't add Splenda or anything else. Each comes out at 78 calories. A total of 156 for a sandwich. Did you know that you can make them with mayo or sour cream? I can't have them in the house because I don't have "control" over them, so I only make them to take to restaurants or parties. :blush:

Jillian Michaels sent a smoothie recipe today and it made me think of you. Of course, you can sub all the good high fat stuff for her low fat ingredients. You probably could play around with the ratios to get better calorie numbers, etc. I would definitely try this if I could tolerate peanut butter. LOL

Peanut Butter Fruit Smoothie
Pass by those store-bought smoothies that are often LOADED with calories and create one yourself! This delicious, protein-packed smoothie is the perfect thing you to pick you up in the morning.
Peanut Butter Fruit Smoothie

Makes 1 Serving:
Per Serving: Calories: 402, Saturated Fat: 2 g, Total Fat: 13 g, Carbs: 43 g, Dietary Fiber: 6 g, Protein: 34 g, Cholesterol: 6 mg, Sodium: 459 mg

Ingredients:
1 1/3 tablespoon natural peanut butter
3 ounce(s) silken-style firm, light tofu
1/2 cup(s) fat-free plain yogurt
3/4 cup(s) fat-free milk
2 tablespoon protein powder
15 medium strawberries
8 ice cubes

Instructions:

Pour milk into blender first, followed by yogurt. Add other ingredients.
Blend on high until mixture is completely blended and frothy.
Pour into tall glass and enjoy!
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You are absolutely right Elizabeth!!! I went to Cleo's Blog - great blog btw - and her original recipe: The Lighter Side of Low-Carb: Better-Than-Ever-Best-Yet Revoloopsie Rolls! Everytime I saw recipes, I think they were additions to her original Revoloopsie roll .. and also contained a whole bunch of shredded cheese ... aaack!!! total yum!! cream cheese and shredded cheese and eggs .. slurp! lol!

Now that I think of it, I guess I didn"t originally decide to make them was that 1) cream cheese stalls me and 2) the calories for a "bun" - 150 cals is just too high compared with the 60 calorie lowcarb pitas I use (I eat 3 "sandwiches" a day on a 30 cal half pita) ... so I guess that is why I did not even try to make them originally, lol!!!

150 calories is no problem if you work it in to your day properly, but I have to keep my calories lower than I did when I was bigger and prefer "lots" of food over smaller portions that are higher calories -- if that makes any sense at all? lol!

Now that shake looks AMAZING!!! and wouldn't you know, I just got my shipment of the Byrd Mill peanut flour .. woot!!!!! It is hidden in my cupboard for a bit,until I get off these pesky couple of pounds .. and make it through a couple of celebratory weekends that will involve some restaurant eating which always bumps up my calories if not my carbs

p.s. Hot Buttered Lobster Roll is a southern New England thing - south eastern Connecticut, and south western Rhode Island .. lol!! Up here in Massachusetts, a lobster roll is always lobster salad with mayo in it. You can't even get the hot buttered kind up here ... hence my little obsession with them
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May 21, 2008

For some reason things are getting really social at the gym the last few days - chatting and socializing my entire workouts - I always socialize some, but lately it has just been out of control!! and I have been having a lot of fun! Especially with the one or two flirts who, I guess, are well into the frisky spring season, lol!

It is very nice to have people happy to see me and want to have a chat ... It really has been worth taking time out from my day and my schedule, over the last few years, to just say "hi" and ask after people. I feel so popular now and I've not done anything, but try and be friendly

I felt really good about myself today and I went out and bought a nice pair of Calvin Klein shorts. And then of course, I went home and my 12 yo dd started to drive me CRAZY with her disrespectful behavior. She really knows how to ruin a day for me. Well, as a punishment, I am only allowing her to watch Idol until her 9 pm bedtime even though earlier, I had said she could watch the whole thing. I also told her she is on "probation," because she pulled the same crap yesterday. I told her that if her behavior does not improve that there will be no end-of-school Dance for her to attend .. All the running sround I have had to do for her this week due to a play and concert she is in have done nothing to improve my mood. Ugh, I do not look forward to the teenage years ..
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Old 05-23-2008, 11:53 AM   #560
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May 23, 2008

I am doing fine with all wol-related things, but other things are not really ok and I just wanted to post that I am unlikely to be on much this weekend and that, if I should disappear for a bit, not to worry that something has happened to me.

My uncle died. He was very young and my family is dealing with that. We were on the way to Connecticut for Memorial Day with me opening the house etc for everyone, but my husband's mother has been readmitted to the hospital and it does not look good. They are "making her comfortable" .. so dh just left work and is hopping a flight to Ireland and, hopefully she will fight the infection, and everything will be ok, but if not, I will follow him over there and hopefully can leave the kids with my parents .. who do not know about MIL right now because they are at my uncle's funeral and very distraught and so I have decided not to tell them everything until they are back home tomorrow ...

Anyhooooooo ... it puts disrespectful daughters in perspective! lol!! Hopefully all will be well and I'll be here posting a lot, but if not, then I am probably with my husband, missing all of you!



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Old 05-23-2008, 01:21 PM   #561
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sorry about your uncle and your husband's mom being so sick. life is hard when it comes to loss. it happens and it is sad and all we can do is live the best life we can because all things come to an end. I don't deal with these thoughts well. We are going to see my aging and getting increasingly more demented MIL this weekend. She was totally different 6 months ago. Will also see my dad and my brother briefly since he is flying in from SF the night before we leave and arrives after midnight. He changed his reservations so he could see me.

Have a good weekend. Hope you husband gets to have some valuable time with his mom and your prayers to your family on such a sad loss.
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Stealing a few moments on the computer .. Mona, my mother-in-law passed away tonight. The earliest flight I could manage will be tomorrow, and it will be a crazy day of driving and just hoping all goes well with the kids and parents. I will try to fit in a workout - a quick hour - and I've packed some lc snackfoods and pitas .. I am sure I'll manage.
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Oh, and I just saw this recipe, and thought of you. Oopsies without the cream cheese. A lot of people use mayo or cottage cheese, too...

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May 30, 2008

Thanks so much everyone. The funeral and wake were sad, but I think there is a sense of relief that my mother in law is at rest and not suffering. Her husband passed about 8 years ago so they are together now, I suppose.

We returned from Ireland last night and fortunately we got a good night's rest. I have one of the children off to school already this morning and one to go .. then off for a good workout. I had all the best intentions, but did not go running even once.

To compound matters, I ate poorly, and drank way too much, although I must say it was not as badly as I would have eaten a few years ago. My highschool reunion is next weekend, and now I feel under pressure because I had intended to buy clothes this past week, etc. I have decided to simply get back to my normal schedule and not to weigh myself until June 13 which is two weeks away.

The last time I was in Ireland was in 2003, I had just started Atkins. And in fact that "before" picture in the gallery with me in a brown jacket is from that trip. Prior to that, we traveled over nearly every year for 10 years. So, of course all the relatives and friends were "gobsmacked" and didn't recognize me at all. I felt good in my new clothes too which was positive.

A pile of dh's cousins have insisted we come over with the kids in August and the whole lot of us are going to stay on an island together for part of the time. Despite the sadness of the occasion, we had a great time together. One of dh's cousins is a police sargeant and marathon runner and he aspires to running ultras - and even has instituted a road race for his men - dh and I had a lot of fun talking with him. It is funny how runners are just drawn to one another.

I guess it is time to go make lunches for dh and the little one. Maybe I'll be back in later.
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