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The M Word

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Everyone who has a little food problem knows what the M Word is - MODERATION!

Is that the hardest thing to consistently achieve or what?

You donít offer an after dinner smoke to someone who is trying to quit, do you? No one drags alcoholics to a bar and says, ďNow just have one.Ē Or takes a compulsive gambler to a casino for a few hours of fun! Yet, we who canít resist tasty food are expected to sit down at a sumptuous meal on any given day and practice portion control!

Itís hard. Really.

Of course, when you DO achieve it, Moderation is wonderful. And donít you feel so virtuous? So thrilled! You look back on that day, that meal, and pat yourself on the back. And you should.

The very reason that every other addictive behavior is treated by going ďcold turkeyĒ and NEVER going near the temptation again, is that MODERATION is a real test of human will power!

Joe asks me if we can have pasta for dinner one night. He asks me because he knows itís hard for me to eat just a little. He doesnít want to tempt me, but Iím always telling him I must learn to eat anything in any situation and still practice portion control. So we agree on a pasta dinner. HE cooks it. (Heís a wonderful cook!) I prepare for it - in my food tracker, in my mind.

We sit. We eat. I have my portion. Itís wonderful. I love the look. The aroma. The texture. Gulp.
I want more.
I want MORE!

I run through the house, wildly waving my arms, stopping now and then to beat my head against the wall, and yelling, ďPASTA! PASTA! I want MORE! DONíT GIVE ME ANY!Ē

Poor Joe is so sweet and so worried, he actually takes the little portion of pasta thatís left and stuffs it down the garbage disposal, lol. He looks at me like, "It's gone, hon. It can't hurt you now." lol Now THATís a good man!

Yes, I felt pretty happy the next morning that I didnít eat ALL the pasta.
Yes, I feel really happy to have such a good buddy in Joe. WooHoo!
Yes, I know MODERATION will always be the M Word, a ďfour letterĒ word no matter how you spell it, and something Iíll be WRESTLING with all my life.

Itís not fair.
Itís not reasonable.
But we canít go ďcold turkeyĒ on food abstinence, can we?

Is anyone out there a model of Moderation? Or do you still fight with it now and then? Or, are you like me, and know it well as a daily sparring partner?

Still striving to be a Model of Moderation. sigh


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JUSTJO66 7/31/2010 11:49AM

    Karen, I love your sense of humor laced so correctly with the truth. Yes, I've often bemoaned the unfairness of IT all myself. Moderation!!!! if only....I could practice this big old four letter word. :o) Someday...........someday..... ;o)
Great blog.

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SKIDEE 7/29/2010 8:09AM

    I totally relate....LOVED the humor! Thanks for bringing a smile to my morning!

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ACIMPEGGY 7/26/2010 3:23PM

    Dear Kren, I van visualize you running around banging your head against a wall!

I read a great blog recently by a lady who lost close to 100 pounds in a year. She allowed herself one day a week to eat what she wanted. I am assuming she tracked and didn't 'pig out,' but still.

I have decided that on occasion, on a weigh-in day after a good loss, I will do similar. See my blog shortly. If you ever decide to try a method like that, maybe you could have 1 1/1 or 2 portions and not feel deprived.

Moderation is the key, usually. I agree. But a sense of deprivation, IMHO is a live-it killer! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/26/2010 6:01AM

    That was good pasta. That's just how I feel about certain foods. There are only a few that I have trouble saying no too or eating very little. If I eat too much, I need to work it off. Sometimes it's worth it.

Does Joe cook for others? We could use a good pasta meal. Neither one of us cook a delicious pasta meal. Just let us know his price.

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    I can do a serving of most things but pasta is a problem as a 1/2 cup is nothing. I mix mine with lots of veggies when I have it which is rarely.

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ZEEDRA 7/25/2010 1:01PM

I can't do the "LOL" thing--just ornery, I guess. But I can do: HA! HA! HA! Thanks for lightening a heavy problem.
I know people in 12-step programs and I almost envy them when they have years of sobriety. What a happy, successful group they can be.
My mother, who kept her figure all her life, would say after what she considered a too-big meal: I'm not eating again for a week. Well, I used to wish I could stop eating for a long period and then I got my wish: radiation! Then I lost 20 pounds during the 33 treatments. So far, that and falling madly in love, which isn't likely now (why not?), are the only two ways that I've been able to lose a big chunk 'a chunk.
MODERATION must be the third way. Keep reminding us, Kren.
And...does Joe have a brother? Ha!Ha!Ha!
Hugs, Sandra

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JEANNE229 7/25/2010 11:05AM

    I know EXACTY what you mean...it is the carbs (bread, pasta, etc.) that always set me off.

Food is the hardest! Everything else "addictive" (like you said) you can walk away from. But THREE times a day (at least) we must face and defeat the food deamons.

Great blog!


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--KREN 7/25/2010 10:22AM

    Don't be sorry, Linda! I laugh at myself all the time, lol. That's why my posts are full of LOLs. I'm the Laughing Out Loud Lady, lol. Karen

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BELTONWALKER67 7/25/2010 10:12AM

    Pasta, Pizza....No, moderation there! But, when it comes to salads, veggies of any kind, I can do moderation. Why is that!! Sorry, I had to laugh at the running through the house waving your hands and banging your head! Thank goodness for Joe! What a great guy to remove that temptation for you! Great Blog! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 7/25/2010 9:53AM

    WOW! Karen what a Great Blog. I can really identify with this. MY.... biggest problem is "All things (Food) in Moderation". I struggle with this one all the time. Thanks for a wonderful, gentle reminder of MODERATION. This will be on my mind all day today. Have a Happy Sunday. emoticon

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Wednesday, July 21, 2010

There was a blonde who found herself sitting next to a Lawyer on an airplane. The lawyer just kept bugging the blonde wanting her to play a game of intelligence. Finally, the lawyer offered her 10 to 1 odds, and said every time the blonde could not answer one of his questions, she owed him $5, but every time he could not answer hers, he'd give her $50.00. The lawyer figured he could not lose, and the blonde reluctantly accepted.

The lawyer first asked, "What is the distance between the Earth and the nearest star?"

Without saying a word the blonde handed him $5. Then the blonde asked, "What goes up a hill with 3 legs and comes back down the hill with 4 legs?"

Well, the lawyer looked puzzled. He took several hours, looking up everything he could on his laptop and even placing numerous air-to-ground phone calls trying to find the answer. Finally, angry and frustrated, he gave up and paid the blonde $50.00

The blonde put the $50 into her purse without comment, but the lawyer insisted, "What is the answer to your question?"

Without saying a word, the blonde handed him $5.

Which reminds me of the advice I give to all the men I know.
Never argue with a woman. Even if you win, YOU'LL BE SORRY.

Have YOU laughed today?


(You could call it a lawyer joke, lol, but that's not PC either. Just say "The moral of this joke is never pick on a woman" and change the word blonde to the word woman. lol. Karen)

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MAJA0123 7/22/2010 7:29AM

    TOO FUNNY!!!! i LOVE blond jokes!!! as a natural blond i hear a LOT of them and they ALL get funnier and funnier to me.. LOL.

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ACIMPEGGY 7/21/2010 11:03PM

    Karen, that's great! Don't know if I can share at my Toastmasters meeting, though. Someone there says she is offended by blonde jokes (yes, she is a natural blonde).


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FISHINGLADY66 7/21/2010 10:00PM

    Thanks Karen. That is one I haven't heard. I love it. Now I've had my laugh today. emoticon

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--KREN 7/21/2010 7:58PM

    Actually, this could be called a LAWYER joke, lol. The joke IS on him, lol.

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KOSHIE1 7/21/2010 7:55PM

    Grew up a blonde, but then my hair darkened. Still love blonde jokes though. Thsi has got to be one of my favorites -- Dad is a lawyer!

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IWILLBE145 7/21/2010 5:07PM

    Good one, I loved it!


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JENNY888 7/21/2010 4:54PM

    Great blond joke. Thanks for posting it. emoticon

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JEANNE229 7/21/2010 2:56PM

    LOVED this! Never underestimate a woman...even a blonde woman!

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/21/2010 1:55PM

    That was really good. You just amaze me.
What position did you hold in your former life?

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BELTONWALKER67 7/21/2010 1:47PM

    Need that laugh today! Really lightened up this "heavy" day! emoticon emoticon

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SHASTA11 7/21/2010 1:39PM

    Yes, just now. Thanks.

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Tuesday, July 20, 2010

Reminiscing with a friend and co-worker from the past, we remembered the sign we walked under every single day on our way into lockup to interview inmates in the county jail:

All others we search.

Any memorable signs in your life?


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JUSTJO66 7/23/2010 9:20AM

    I don't even remember the name of the church but while out driving one day long ago I saw this sign in front of this church. It stuck with me.

"Get Right or Get Left"


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CRAFTYDEBI 7/22/2010 5:34PM

    My husband and I own a small business in Michigan. "In God we trust, all others pay cash!"

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--KREN 7/21/2010 10:32AM

    LOL, Kay, I was locked in jail for many years! I did have an hour lunch and was able to go home at night, though, lol. When I retired I was Director of Pre-Trial Release for my county. My staff and I interviewed inmates in jail to determine, through interviews with them, families, employment, criminal history, etc., if they could be released on bond with any confidence that they would return for trial or sentencing when ordered to do so. They reported to us weekly while out, and complied with court-ordered drug testing, counseling, etc. or we put them back in jail. A little like probation.

I heard some great human interest stories during that time and some of them were true, lol. And by the way, some of the inmates were nice people, just had problems living in our structured society. If you can't hold a job, balance your checkbook, afford auto insurance, renew your DL, and many other things like that, you can find yourself locked up. Of course, some were in for much more serious felonies. I saw all kinds.

Also, I had one man tell me, "I'm not evil, Ma'am. I'm just stupid!" Karen

Comment edited on: 7/21/2010 10:36:59 AM

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/21/2010 10:27AM

    The sign is very meaningful. I can't think of one now, but I'll keep thinking.

How was prison life? Did you have a long sentence? You always seemed like such a nice person.

I'm just kidding. It was some kind of job.



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BELTONWALKER67 7/21/2010 9:11AM

    One in our office is "Be Nice or Leave"! It has gotten a few raised eyebrows!

Your sign should also be at airport security gates, Karen. When returning from D.C. had a body scan at one gate and they kept telling the guard under her right arm...turned out to be the underwire in my bra!

Thanks! Your blog help me find my motivation for the day!

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JEANNE229 7/21/2010 8:04AM

    Now, Karen, I want to know MORE of the story. Why were you interviewing inmates in lockup? My daughter is a prison psychologist, and she also has this charge....

Signs? I always remember my street sign when I walked home from school. It let me know I was almost there each day.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/20/2010 10:33PM

    The sign that hung in front of the nurses station with my name and postion - Head Nurse. Big responsibility. Everyone knew who to blame. LOL.

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DGAIL51 7/20/2010 9:00PM

    Thank you for the chuckle! emoticon

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Marianna's Sunflowers

Sunday, July 18, 2010

Last Christmas, Joe's SIL, Marianna, lost her battle with lung cancer. (Photo of her on my page)

She never smoked; never lived with a smoker. No one in her family ever had lung cancer.

At the memorial service, packets of sunflower seeds were handed out. Marianna was a Master Gardner, (just one of her many talents) and the sunflower was her favorite. She planted a lot of them at her home. Her garden club facilitated that giveaway of sunflower seeds. I'd never heard of anything like that being done, but it is such a wonderful way to remember someone!

Needless to say, Joe and I planted sunflower seeds in our yards. Mine are blooming now and it is indeed a wonderful reminder of a sweet, gentle person, every time I walk out into the yard.

Seeing it makes me smile, just the way I smile whenever I think of Marianna.


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DGAIL51 7/26/2010 12:25PM

    So fitting a tribute - a piece of cheerfulness to bring you happy memories. emoticon

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IWILLBE145 7/21/2010 5:12PM

    It is a beautiful tribute to plant a living thing in memory of a loved one, and the Sunflower is a great choice, it blooms with such a huge, sunny face, and the birds love the seeds, and you can replant the seeds every year. Thanks for sharing such a touching story.


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JENNY888 7/20/2010 12:44PM

    What a great way to remember memories of the past than with a cheery sunflower. I know Marianna is somewhere looking at all of the beautiful sunflowers planted in her honor.

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DGOJOAN 7/19/2010 5:46PM

    What a lovely tribute. Nothing brings cheer quite like a sunflower.

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BELTONWALKER67 7/19/2010 8:08AM

    A beautiful tribute to Marianna and a wonderful way for you to remember all the good times.

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FISHINGLADY66 7/18/2010 10:09PM

    I remember your blog about Marianna too. This is a sweet way to remember her. The Sunflower is beautiful.

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    She sounds like someone I would have loved to know. My husband and I love sunflowers too. It's nice that you and she had such a good relationship.

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PJSTIME 7/18/2010 6:11PM

    I remember your blog and the story of the sunflowers. Now that they are blooming what a wonderful remembrance to see everyday.

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SHASTA11 7/18/2010 6:09PM

    Sorry for your loss.

Beautiful picture for a beautiful lady.


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JEANNE229 7/18/2010 4:56PM

    My sister in law is fighting the same battle. She is such a sweet woman (NEVER smoked or lived around smokers), so it is a puzzle. I guess the non-smoking lung cancer is even more deadly. She's fighting a good fight.

The sunflower is such a wonderful memorial!


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KAYYVAUGHN 7/18/2010 2:05PM

    Of course, the sunflower is beautiful, but what a sweet way to remember a loved one.
She must have been a special person.
I know you miss her.


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JUSTJO66 7/18/2010 11:50AM

    This is a beautiful picture and a wonderful tribute to Marianna. When my dad passed away we all planted a tree (a pear) in my Mother's front yard. Like you with the sunflowers...I love to see the changes his tree goes thru every year....the white blooms every spring, the beautiful colored leaves in the fall. Just knowing it's out there "growing and alive" is a soul inspiring reminder of my dad.

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TAYLORLIV31 7/18/2010 11:19AM

    What a beautiful thing to do.......Tis blog caught my eye because my daughter just loves sunflowers. I have a packet in the garage and will make an effort to get mine going to continue the memorial to all sunflower lovers. emoticon

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Spark People on the ipad

Sunday, July 18, 2010

I'm seriously considering buying an ipad!

Started out looking at readers, again. Kindle, Nook, etc. Then my son suggested I get an ipad instead since it IS a reader and so much more.

I read that it doesn't support flash. Just wondering if anyone uses ipad to do their Sparking and what you think of it for that?

The real question being, is ipad Spark friendly?



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BLUEGENS 8/22/2011 11:33AM

    I absolutely love my iPad . It's so efficient and so convenient I hardly ever use my laptop anymore. My iPad is very sparks friendly, you'll l love it!!

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TECHGRANNY 7/19/2010 10:12AM

  An Ipad works great with SparkPeople. I have one and use it all the time on the Internet. It is just a smaller screen but very clear and so easy to hold on your lap. The keyboard is a little bit of a challenge. Go to an Apple store and try one out before you buy to be sure you will like it.

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REVJVH 7/18/2010 6:34PM

    I don't know about the iPad, but I use the SparkPeople iPhone app all the time. It's not as comprehensive as the website is, but if you have wi-fi, you can always use your iPad web browser to get to SparkPeople.com instead of using the app.

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JEANNE229 7/18/2010 10:59AM

    Just wondering about this is WAY ahead of me (smile), but I love a good book, so it is hard for me to switch to the electronic version. I like to SEE them on my shelf.

When you discover the answers, be sure to let the rest of us cave people know what you find!


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