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I can't believe I ate the whole thing!!

Tuesday, November 16, 2010

Yesterday I told on myself about eating one of those big Apple Crumb Muffins from Costco. I ate it with butter.

It cost me a butt load of calories and fat!

By noon, I had already gone over 1000, and had the rest of the day to try to eat and stay in my allotment.

Guess what! I DID IT!!!!!

For dinner I had steamed broccoli and baked squash, with one TBSP butter. I drank water with my meal.

I cringed when it was time to enter the dinner food and see my total.

I came in at 1450!!! I had 100 calories yet before I went over.

WOW. Veggies are SOOOOOOOO good for us, and even better, TO us!! emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 11/17/2010 12:30PM

    The food tracker is a marvelous thing. If you didn't use it you most likey would have kept eating your way to fatcity.

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FABRICGIRL1 11/16/2010 7:22PM

  You did it! emoticon

You stopped yourself from derailing your day. Good for you.

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VTORIA3 11/16/2010 5:49PM

    Way to go on healthy eating! Absolutely love your background pic! Keep up the good work. emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 11/16/2010 4:48PM

    That's great news. Makes ya feel good when you track your food and find out you didn't go over. Sometimes we just gotta eat it. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon...Karen

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LIFE-OF-LEISURE 11/16/2010 4:25PM

    It's amazing how much we can eat, when we make better choices!

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RAMALEX 11/16/2010 4:04PM

  You were lucky, When I do that I'm over most of the time.

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/16/2010 3:11PM

    WOO HOO! Way to go on bringing things back under control. It's not something you want to do every day, to be sure, because it usually means protein/carbs/fat are not quite as balanced as they should be; those muffins are


EVIL! (But taste so darned good!)

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SPECIALGURL7 11/16/2010 3:07PM

    Keeping a check on the foods can really help monitor calories.

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CATIEMARIE 11/16/2010 3:03PM

    Well done for getting back on track. I went over board on Sat. night with small tarts. They were in my freezer and called to me, so I answered. I got back on track right away but my willpower is not strong yet.

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STACYLEIGH09 11/16/2010 2:59PM

    Be careful with limiting yourself! I used to do that, I know how muffins and anything sweet can ruin your diet early on in the day. Be proud of yourself, that you are becoming more aware but make sure you eat nutritiously as well.

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Teaching Your Kids About America

Monday, November 15, 2010

"Every child in America should be acquainted with his own country. He should read books that furnish him with ideas that will be useful to him in life and practice. As soon as he opens his lips, he should rehearse the history of his own country." --Noah Webster, On the Education of Youth in America, 1788

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/15/2010 5:56PM

    Great quote and at least as relevant today as in 1788!!

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Feeling "flu-ish" in my fleece jammies

Saturday, November 13, 2010

Today I am not on top of my game.

I have a headache, my body aches, and I am sneezing every thirty seconds. I have made the decision to stay in my jammies.

Speaking of jammies. I have a new pair of jammies. They are fleece jammies.

Have you heard of them?

I never had, but I did hear about the fleece sheets from my friends at quilt club. I truly doubted if I could sleep under fleece sheets, and DH says he would DEFINITELY NOT!!!

But what does HE know anyway??

Anyway, all I could picture was the kind of fleece we use for dog bedding. You know, the thick, kind of bumpy stuff. I pictured my fleece sheets like that, including the collected dog hair that gets imbedded in them.

So I by-passed the idea of sheets. Then I went to Costco.

They had a pile of jammies that were so soft and comfortable feeling in my hand. I lifted a pair up and brushed my cheek with them. I tucked my hand inside the folds, and it was so warm, soft and light.

Kind of like a soft loving hug from Gramma.

They were at a very reasonable price......$16.99.........so I bought one pair.

Put them on when I got home, and I knew I was in heaven!

I sent DH back to Costco for two more pair.

I think I might even get some for the GDs and Bossy daughter for Christmas.

These things are wonderful. You simply gotta try them!

Then I was in Costco again the other day, and there, right by the entrance, they had fleece sheets. AND at a very good price, too.

I was sorely tempted, but DH was with me, so I just made a mental note that I am going to go back and buy some, put them on the bed, and see if he even notices.

He probably won't. During the winter we sleep with flannel sheets anyway, so he will probably just think these are flannel.

He doesn't deal with types of fabric............only types of tools, cars, oils for cars....that kind of stuff.

I am flu-ish today, as I said. And I am in my fleece, loving jammies.

Life could be worse. Oh yes. A LOT worse!

Now I am going downstairs and get some orange juice, aspirin, and grab a quilt book to read.

I have learned from Spark People that it is truly okay to take care of myself, and that I don't have to be a super woman all the time.

Today, I choose to listen.

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TINKLOVESBEAR 11/14/2010 3:17PM

    Ahh Yeah...gotta love the fleece jammies!! Cozy, soft and warm...perfect! I traded in my flannel jammie pant on fleece ones last year, and I will never go back! I am happy to hear you found a set (or three!)! I hope you get to feeling better real soon! It sounds like you have the best remedy (OJ, fleece jammies, a good book and rest) well in hand! Take good care of yourself and feel better! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 11/14/2010 1:19PM

    Sorry you are ill. You are right to slow down and take care of yourself. My GrDD has a pair of fleece jammies. She loves them. I need to get a pair for other GrDD but she wears a size 0 and hard to find. On the weekends, I hardly ever get dressed, ok, not running around nude here. Remember I live on a main street and that would not be pretty. I'm passed the point of getting dog hair on things. I invest in the rollers and I'm not the only one running around with doggie hair on them. I use to have flannel sheets but for some reason went back to the same ol' things. Get better soon...Karen

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LUNADRAGON 11/13/2010 10:58PM

    I hope you feel better soon! I am wearing my fleece bottoms with a sweat shirt. They are so cozy!

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GETFIT2LIVE 11/13/2010 8:57PM

    Take good care of yourself and feel better. I have been looking at those fleece jammies at Costco, and I have the fleece sheets. They are wonderful, and you're right, DH probably won't even notice they are fleece once they're on the bed. Men usually don't notice that kind of thing.


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TOWHEE 11/13/2010 7:03PM

    Sorry you aren't feeling well, but I'm glad you have given yourself permission to take care of yourself and take it easy.

DH bought me fleece jammies for Christmas last year. They are heavenly; just as you said, like a hug. I've found that I get too hot in them, so I wear the pajama tops with cotton, baby doll bottoms.

Question for all of the flannel sheet users: don't your flannel jammies stick to the sheets? I remember flannel boards as a kid. We used them to stick up paper cutouts that had a piece of flannel glued to their backs. I've always imagined that that is what flannel jammies would do with flannel sheets. emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 11/13/2010 6:51PM

    Sorry you are feeling under the weather.

I weal flannel and always have flannel sheets on the bed (year round), but I passed the fleece jams and sheets.

I too thought the dog and cat hair and other things would attach themselves to the sheets like to the fleece throws and jackets I have. You will have to give me a report on how yours work.

Tuck in and take care.

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183WANTS2B140 11/13/2010 2:43PM

    I love my flannel pjs and am now going to watch out for the fleece ones. They sound like they would be wonderful after a hard days work.

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Today, America Speaks

Tuesday, November 02, 2010

"Government is instituted for the common good; for the protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness of the people; and not for profit, honor, or private interest of any one man, family, or class of men; therefore, the people alone have an incontestable, unalienable, and indefeasible right to institute government; and to reform, alter, or totally change the same, when their protection, safety, prosperity, and happiness require it." --John Adams, Thoughts on Government, 1776

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NOLAZYBUTT110 11/2/2010 8:54PM

    I voted! Hoping Obama has less power to destroy the American way!

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ELSEEBEE 11/2/2010 3:25PM

    Thanks for an excellent reminder of what's important this day! I'm proudly wearing my "I Voted" sticker!
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GETFIT2LIVE 11/2/2010 11:20AM

    Amen. Our ballots went in the mail yesterday.

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    And let us never forget that! Thanks for posting. (We voted first thing this morning.)

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Me and The Phone Company

Monday, November 01, 2010

Ok. So I give up. I decide to get a cell phone.

DH wants to go with me.

DH is the shopper.........not me. He loves browsing from one store to the other, never making a decision about what to buy unless he sees everything in the store, and then has to do comparison shopping. That includes all the Thrift Stores.

I had sent him out on Friday to make the call to the phone company and to the VA for his surgery appointment.

He never made the calls, but visited every single thrift store within a 25 mile radius.

Saturday I head for the car, and he jumps in. He has to go with me to get a cell phone.

I think he has to go with me because he thinks I am incapable of getting one on my own.

Per usual with DH, we do shop hopping. We have to do Verizon, At&t, Cellular One, Costco, Radio Shack, and Wal-mart. He tries to get me to take him to Good Will, but I don't do that.

He wants us to go over to Seattle and look at the phones they have there. That was not happening, either.

So, after over 5 hours of "shopping", I sit in the car and tell him straight out.

"I'm going in to this store and coming out with a cell phone. You can sit here and wait, or go and be silent inside the store".

I spend about $175 and come out with a cell phone that is all ready to use.

One the way home, I take the phone, and call the telephone repair line.

The woman who finally answers after I have been on hold for 22 minutes says they can come to check the line sometime between Monday and Thursday.

I say this is not acceptable.

She says there is nothing else she can do about it.

Obviously, she doesn't know who she is dealing with. I have put up with DH all day long, not had a phone for 4 days, and am hungry and tired. None of these make me a happy camper, and all of them make me a monster.

I get "firm" with her, tell her "I have't had a phone for 4 days. My husband needs surgery, and the hospital is trying to contact us for the date. They cannot get through to us. We cannot return THEIR call because we do not have a phone."

I continue: "I pay 100% of my bill the same day it comes in. I pay with 100% good money, expecting 100% service from the phone company. Instead, I pay 100% of the bill with 100% good money and get 0% service. Do you see where there might be a problem?????"

She goes through another litany of questions she has already asked me.

I sarcastically ask her how many times does she need to ask the same questions before she understands the answers.

She decides that perhaps there is "someone here I can talk to about this, if you will hold the line".

Sure I will hold the line. After all, I just bought 100 minutes for my pre-pay phone.

I sit listening to elevator music and the recorded voice telling me "Your call is important to us. Please stay on the line for the next available service person to take your call."

Another 22 minutes goes by, and she comes back with "Well, we are not sure we can get it done before Monday, but we will have it done definitely by Monday 6:30 P.M."

I tell her ok, if that's the best you can do, and say good-by.

I have now used up 66 minutes of my pre-paid phone.

I call the VA and learn that no one can take my call because their office hours are from 7:30-4:40, Monday through Friday. Makes sense.

I glare at DH, knowing he could have gotten through to them on Friday IF he had simple stopped at Larry and Sharon's and made the call instead of zooming off to the thrift stores.

I want to bop him on the head.

Home, I go directly upstairs and get into my jammies. The World Series is on, and I am going to watch the ballgame!!!

DH says something about dinner, and I tell him it is either he makes dinner or we have popcorn and orange juice.

He catches on that maybe it is not a good time to ask me to do anything for him.

"My" team lost. Figures.

I get up the next morning and am leaving for my breakfast meeting when DH comes running out to tell me that "We have TELEPHONE service".

I put the car in reverse and leave.

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ALMMOM 11/2/2010 11:02AM

    My husband's favorite place is a thrift store!!! Good grief!!

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RAMALEX 11/1/2010 7:44PM

  I'm glad you finally got phone service. Someways your husband sounds like mine. He can go shopping for dog food and come back home 3 hours later, only he goes to Lowe's, Home Depot and other places like that. He loves auction sales, you should see my basement.

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BIZEEMOMTO3 11/1/2010 5:32PM

    I am glad that you got a phone, and I am glad that you called me to let me know that you were okay. You forgot the story about your worry wart daughter who called in the police to check on you! emoticon

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ROSEACLARK 11/1/2010 5:00PM

    Still feisty as ever, I see!!! Don't ever give up, because then you wouldn't be you!!!



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GETFIT2LIVE 11/1/2010 2:58PM

    Ahhhh, escaping to that meeting sounds like it was the right decision! Love my DH but sometimes his logic and mine are about a zillion miles apart--why not just do X instead of doing ABCYZ first and never getting to X? Glad the phone is back on, but you have my deepest sympathy on the troubles with getting to that point!

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PAMCLARK55 11/1/2010 2:51PM

    I feel for you -- I also LOL'd. I understand how utility companies work --- as long as you need them 8 to 5, M-F,you can usually get someone to help. Otherwise, heaven help you!

Perhaps DH could make you a wonderful meal to make up for his thrifting! emoticon

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