Friday, November 13, 2009
Somewhere, somewhen, back in time. . . Meant to be read with a smile on your face and a grain of salt in your hand:
I was coming home from a hurried, harried, busy day in court, and stopped for burgers, fries and malts from the local Sonic. It was a 15 mile drive home to our little 10 acre “estate” and my hubby was waiting for me. For the food, really, lol.
He was standing with the door open for me as I walked up the sidewalk. Suddenly one of the many bags in my hand slipped. Plop! There went a chocolate malt.
I looked up at hubby. He stared at me. I stared back and said, “I’m almost sure that one was yours.” We both burst out laughing and shared the malt that was left.
A little laughter is better than a fussy fight, any day.
Friday, November 13, 2009
This link was mentioned on Spark People's Leader Team and I thought I'd share it with you.
We are all given our ideal weight by various charts, calculators and insurance companies. Happy Weight is a little different. Try it.
Answer a few simple questions and find your Happy Weight. IMHO, it works. The weight it gave me is exactly the weight I've known for a while is best for me to look good, feel good, feel happy about myself and maintain while living a life not obsessed with food.
Wednesday, November 11, 2009
What better time to feed the hungry?
Before you begin to prepare your Thanksgiving dinner, while you're still shopping for everything you'll need to do that. . .
Take a little time. . .
Spend a little money. . .
Give some food to your local shelter, soup kitchen, Women In Crisis center, church that delivers meals to the sick, Salvation Army, etc. etc.
Do a little research now, this week, so you'll know where to give next week, before Thanksgiving arrives.
My local grocery store has a food drive every year. So do fire departments, police deparments... Almost anywhere you ask you'll find a program where just a few cans of food will make a difference.
Your own Thanksgiving dinner will taste so much better!
Tuesday, November 10, 2009
When I was growing up, Thanksgiving was a HUGE event.
My mother was one of ten children and many of them lived nearby and all of them had kids. I had a lot of aunts, uncles and cousins.
Thanksgiving meant everyone gathered at my grandparent's house (so called, even long after they died) and brought their favorite hot dish and dessert.
FOOD! My goodness, there was food. PEOPLE! Always LOTS of them.
Once I married and had my own kids, we lived far away and made our own Thanksgiving celebration. Since there weren't many relatives nearby, I always extended our "family" by inviting someone (usually more than one) who for whatever reason was alone on Thanksgiving.
We were part of a large law enforcement community and there was always someone who was working the holidays and couldn't travel home for Thanksgiving. They came to our house.
I continue that to this day, usually some of my sons' friends who can't get to their family for some reason.
Thanksgiving is the most sharing holiday to me. Thankful for friends, family, loved ones, and fellowship with a few more who are just passing through.
The gathering of people is what makes Thanksgiving for me. And for this I'm extremely thankful!
Monday, November 09, 2009
A few years ago I put together my family's traditional Thanksgiving menu and calculated the calories in each serving!!
3 ounces of Turkey (white meat): 144 calories
Green Bean Casserole (1/2 cup): 116 calories
Mashed Potatoes (1/2 cup): 120 calories
1/4 cup Ocean Spray Cranberry sauce (jellied): 110 calories
Brown & Serve Roll: 87 calories
1 pat Butter : 36 calories
1 cup cornbread stuffing: 250 calories
1/2 cup Gravy: 56 calories
1/6 Chocolate Pie: 300 calories
1/8 of a Pumpkin Pie: 316 calories (not incl. Cool Whip)
1/2 cup Sweet Potato Casserole: 160 calories
Total: 1701 calories
NOW THAT'S REALLY FOOD FOR THOUGHT!!
And that's if you ONLY eat 3 oz of turkey and 1/2 cup of potatoes, 1 roll, etc..
Most people eat Thanksgiving dinner all day long.
I think we need to plan ahead for before and after T-day.
So save a few calories earlier in the week to spend on Thanksgiving Day.
And send as many leftovers as possible home with your guests!
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