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Take out box Up Front.

Wednesday, July 22, 2009

Last night was dinner at Cheddars with the Girlfriend Group. I placed my order for a salad - they have WONDERFUL salads and I had planned my calories that day so I could also eat the croissant that comes with it.

The salads are huge, though, so when the waiter asked "Would you like anything else with that?" I answered, "Yes. A take out box". He laughed a little but sure enough, he brought it with the food.

In went half of my huge, wonderful salad. I ate the rest with the croissant, with no guilt. The other half is in my fridge, waiting for lunch today.

This technique is working well for me. No temptation to continue to nibble on the food in front of me when I've eaten all I need to satisfy me. Nibbling is a sneaky, unconscious little twitch that happens before you know it, lol. And ruins the best laid plans of dieting women!

I hope this works for you, too!

Karen

  
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SERENITYSEL 8/8/2009 4:22PM

    I just read this and I couldn't believe it. My aunt and I went to Bob Evans for lunch today (Linda and I are only 9 months apart in age). Well being very vigalent, I ordered the chicken salad platter, which came with pecans and seasonal fruit on a bed of romaine. Well when the waitress came out with it, both Linda and gasped. It had at least 50 grapes, 20 chunks of pineapple, cantaloupe, and watermelon plus two whole sliced bananas, one on each side of the plate and about 30 strawberry halves. Yes there was about 2 tablespoons of chicken salad.

The waitress said the same as yours "will there be anything else?" And I replied the same as you "yes, a take-out box please." She said the cook doesnt usually make them so large, but he got carried away. Linda and I ended up switching the strawberries for the cantaloupe. She doesn't like cantaloupe and I don't like strawberries. I tried one and must have made a horrible face, as Linda was laughing so hard!!

Oh by the way, if there are any spelliung errors its Lucky's fault. She is in my arms purring away and I am typing one handed. emoticon emoticon

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Dining Out

Monday, July 20, 2009

Joe and I spent some time at the local Barnes and Nobles yesterday, then went out for lunch.

I ordered what I wanted and asked for a take out box to be brought with the food.

Then I divided everything in half and put one half in the box, leaving half on my plate.

I ate. We talked and laughed and enjoyed ourselves. I didn't miss the other half of the meal at all, so it came home with me to be my lunch for another day.

It's like having money taken directly out of your check and put into savings. Doesn't seem to hurt as much to do without it as if you had it in your checkbook but knew you shouldn't spend it.

Works for me, lol.

Karen

  
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SUSIEMILO 1/21/2010 11:41PM

    Yes, that works very well. I've done that too. And you're right -- you never even miss the extra portion. You get two meals for the price of one, AND you don't go over on your Nutrition for the day! Win-Win situation, huh?
Susie

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LAINYE 7/20/2009 9:03AM

    Great job! This is something I should be doing on a regular basis. When I do eat out, I try to only eat half, but then as the conversation gets more lively, I sometimes forget and all of the sudden I am part of the empty plate club! I am going to start asking for the take out box at the beginning.


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The Tide

Friday, July 17, 2009

My favorite quote from William Shakespeare:


"THERE IS A TIDE in the affairs of men which taken at the flood leads on to fortune; omitted, all the voyage of their lives, is bound in shallows and in miseries. On such a full sea, are we now afloat, and we must take the current when it serves, or lose our fortunes."



I had a little bird in a cage. A cardinal that someone had trapped and kept locked up all his life. They hadn't taken very good care of him, and I was his rescuer.

I fed him and took care of him as best I could and one day I took his cage out into the yard and opened the door. Nothing happened. I left him there all day with the cage door open. Nothing.

Finally, I took him out of the cage and put him in a tree. He flew to the top branch.

Hours later, I went around the back of the house, where I had left the cage. It was laying on it's side in some weeds. The door was open and the little bird was inside.

He had been in his cage so long, he couldn't leave it. He died in it.

Is there something in your life you're waiting to do? Waiting until you're thinner, richer, or braver?

Remember, "There is a tide..." If you let opportunity pass you by too often, you will be like the little caged bird.

Karen

  


The cat's on a diet!

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

Yes, even Rosie is dieting. I'm the one logging her food, lol.

A couple of years ago the vet said "This is a 9 lb. cat that weighs 11 pounds."

Now she's a 9 lb. cat that weighs 15 pounds!

I've had cats all my life and never had a fat one. Rosie is a totally indoor cat and doesn't get much exercise because when I throw "mousies" for her to chase or leap up and catch, she doesn't fetch, lol, and I can't always bend over and pick them up.

So I feel badly about Rosie being fat. I've been measuring her food for a long time, so I know she's not eating a LOT of Iams. Half a cup a day and one little spoon of tuna in the evening as a treat.

Rosie and I talked it over and she CAN"T give up the tuna treat, so we're changing to Weight Control Iams. Blending it with her regular food until her body gets used to it.

And trying to play more!

Karen

  
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OKANOG 12/21/2009 1:13AM

  Hi Kren ~ How old is Rosie. That's a really cute name.


I have my 9 year old dog .... Mitzi.

Over the years I have tried various wet foods. I have tried, Ceasar's she got addicted to it wanting it all the time.
Went on a mission to see why she was so addicted. Apon, searching thru the food with a fork I found.... animal or some sort of rubbery substance mixed in the food. Yuck! Then a tried several other varieties over the years. Some gave her the runs, or vomiting. She has been eating Benniful by Purina for about a year now. At the cost of $2.59 a serving, I often make stew in the crock pot for her and me. Cuts the expense down.

Dry food she only eats if I go out for the day, she will nibble on it, otherwise, I hand feed it to her as treat, while we watch T.V.



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LAINYE 7/15/2009 8:56AM

    I love this blog! You and Rosie are on the right track. I hope she doesn't give you a hard time about the change. LOL


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What's your name?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

We all have "handles" that we use here and which we chose for some reason known only to us.

But we all have names too. Karen, Linda, Mary, Ann, Joan, Sarah, etc. etc.

It's just really hard to FIND the name to address someone. We forget to put our first name on our blogs. We forget to sign our name to our posts and comments.

It's hard to pretend your having coffee with a friend when you don't know her name, lol. It feels a bit strange to write "Hi Woman58478" lol. Even though handles are meaningful and necessary (how many Mary's ARE there in the world?), it feels more natural to use your name.

I'd like to suggest that to make it easier to form friendships and bond with others, and just generally make things more warm and cozy, we put our name on everything we do here. I think it would make us feel a little more like neighbors. I hope you try it.

And pass it on!

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I'm starting a treatment of acupuncture along with my chiropractic adjustments, hopefully to lessen the chronic pain that fills my life on a daily basis. I was saving money to replace the carpet in my house, but have decided to spend it on this "chance" that might make life a little more pain free.

I've promised myself that if it doesn't work, I will NOT look back and regret spending the money on it. If I don't welcome any opportunity that seems workable, I'll be resigning myself to just whining about pain. And I don't want to be whiney, lol.

Wish me luck.

Karen

  
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--KREN 7/12/2009 7:07AM

    Knowing your names makes me feel like I know you better already! Thanks for the comments! Karen

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EARLYBIRDM 7/11/2009 9:47PM

    I agree and do try to remember to use my name, but I'll be even more aware of it now. My son suggested "Earlybird"for me when I first started using the internet back in 1987. He said it was because I was one of the early users, and because I was always the earlybird of the family. But my real name is Emilie.

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LAINYE 7/11/2009 8:32PM

    Karen, I hope that the acupuncture helps with the chronic pain. I have a friend who wouldn't be without it. She does really well since she stared on them, and has decreased the frequency that she gets them. I actually get called Lainye as much as Elaine. The people that call me Mary obviously do not know me. (my name is Mary Elaine, but I have been called Elaine or Lainye since I can remember, thanks to my dad). So, I don't mind when you refer to me as Lainye.

Elaine

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SCOTMAMA 7/11/2009 6:16PM

    As a Team Leader I couldn't agree with you more. I'd like to act like I know one of my members when I address them, but if I can't find their name anywhere, how can I do that? You already know my name is Eve, because we write to each other -- but as a common courtesy, let's start signing some of our chats, notes and blogs with our real name. I must remember to do that on blogs (I'm bad at remembering to do it there).

Good job on this one, as always! Karen you are a wonder writer.

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BIRDLEGS29 7/11/2009 9:37AM

    I heartily agree about using names! I have a pad on my desk where I write the name by the "handle" but some members don't sign their real name. Perhaps some with unusual names don't wish to be recognized and that is fine but as a rule, I think real names make them more real people in this cyberworld.

Best of luck with the new treatments and I pray they work for you!

My name is Jean

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