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Friday, June 25, 2010


Here it is Friday and my strict weight loss plan waivered a bit yesterday. I didn't even go near the nutrition tracker. Didn't do too badly until I succumbed to some illegal snacking last night. Why oh why. Today I am going to pay attention! There is a civic meeting at 1;00 about the oil spill and I think I will attend. BP is dragging it's feet about paying for anything so I think we need to have a fundraiser to help our county pay for the barges and skimmer,s etc. that we need to keep this oil at bay. Please pray that we don't have a hurricane come into the gulf this year. All we need is to have oil flinging around everywhere. I guess this will be a part of our life now for some time to come. Sunday night there is a free concert on the beach by the Doobie Brothers and Kenny Loggins. We have VIP tickets to watch from the deck of a bar. Not allowed to bring any food or drink.

We have 3 eating occasions starting tonight. Sunday is the baptism of my 7 month old grandson and we will go out to dinner afterward. He's so cute. Wish I could see my other 10 month old grandson more often. I'll do the best I can this weekend. Later.

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CAROLYNVIL 6/25/2010 7:42PM

    Good luck at your meeting. Don't know what to say about the oil spill---it is going to be very bad for years. there I said it. it is devastating. good luck with your strict diet.


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JENNY888 6/25/2010 10:39AM

    Remember these occasions are eating opportunities and not eating excuses. Make them an opportunity to practice wise choices and you will do great.

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KASEYCOFF 6/25/2010 9:35AM

    You are doing really well, focussing on planning ahead and trying to analyze things. You're also back to blogging more frequently, which (to me, at least) shows you are more committed again, so - it's all good! We're off to 'the big dinner' tonight, fine French restaurant, three courses, and no doubt much wine will be available. Wish me luck - they're definitely going to test my willpower tonight! :-)

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Thursday, June 24, 2010


Something I haven't shared here is that hubby and I got married at the American Embassy in Bangkok Thailand in 1973. We were both in the military at the time and he was stationed in Thailand. In order to be together when he returned to the U.S. we had to be married. It was a gutsy and scary thing to do but we are still married, 37 years later.

Thus developed a lifelong love affair with Thai Food. We are fortunate to live in a military community and there are oodles of Thai restaurants to choose from. We usually go to the same ones but last night, we tried a different one and picked different entries. I had pork something over vegetables with a peanut sauce. Delicious! And the servings are usually a modest amount so you don't over eat. I did clean my plate however. Hubby got a pork red curry dish. Something he never tried and it was delicious as well. So I think a good thing for us to try is to go to each one of the Thai restaurants in the area and choose something different. We got used to eating Kow Pad (fried rice) but now I get other things and love them as well. We will have to write down what it is we eat because I could never remember all those names.

It was a culminaton of a busy day, early business meeting, lunch and speaking engagement, and an appmt with a previous client. THis will be a fun job however no contract signed as yet. This whole week has been uneventful in the sales department and I was discussing it with hubby. At 62, I am trying to figure out what I want to do with my life and whether I want to keep working this business or retire or what. Hubby used a perfect word to describe my job at the moment, "pointless". And I agree, I would just love to pay off this one credit card I have in the business and then just go as it goes. I don't want to have that hanging over my head when I give it up. I don't really want to give it up, I just don't want to have to push to keep my sales up or have oodles of samples to keep up with like I had in the past.

I haven't said much about the oil spill as we have been relatively spared but it is fast approaching. Pensacola Beach was covered last night and we are 50 miles away. This is like a death in the family, losing our beautiful white sand beaches and clean water to a big mistake and an afraid to do anything president. Why isn't he mad? Our economy is suffering and it will be worse this winter. The hotels that are normally packed this time of year have vacancies. And next week is July4th! We should be over flowing with tourists and they are cancelling. Our beaches are still white. Please come! The majority of our condos all have swimming pools and there are lots of other activities! It will be lean this winter.

On the diet side, I have been doing fairly well. Planning a good day! Later.

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SPUNKYDUCKY 6/24/2010 4:10PM

    Love Thai food as well. It usually tastes fresh and relatively light to me, plus the spices....mmmmmmmhhh!

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MARSHASTAR 6/24/2010 12:35PM

    You have such an interesting life! I think you will be active in something even if you do retire. Yes, I agree you should pay off that card first.
Oh, that oil spill. . . The end of life as we knew it.
P.S. I believe I will have less atrial fibrillation incidents if I drink a LOT of water every day.

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KASEYCOFF 6/24/2010 12:34PM

    Himself is an architect, sole practitioner, and officially he retired as of the first of the year. But he didn't just 'stop' everything at once, as there were a few jobs that were in various stages of development, plus one long-time client who had some work he wanted done. This letting things gradually fade out seems to be working pretty well: how would you feel about letting your business just slowly finish? Bob tells any new callers 'Sorry, I'm retired,' and gives them the names of some of the local people who are still doing design. The other option we considered was 'selling' the practice, but it didn't seem very feasible, especially as so many of his clients are about the same age he is and either have already retired or are planning to within a year or two.

As for the oil spill: absolutely heart-breaking. I posted something just today (on another website) about how if only one good thing can come out of this tragedy, maybe it will be to convince 'the powers that be' to explore alternative means of energy. If the money that's being spent on trying to 'fix' the current problem had instead been spent on designing and building solar collectors, windmills, corn and sugar cane 'fuel,' and other 'green' sources of energy - we'd be lightyears ahead of the kind of hazards we face now. Unbelievable - and the environmental repercussions from the Gulf leak will go on for years and years.

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KARITINA 6/24/2010 10:08AM

  my hubby works at that place its good if u dont eat it evey day gets boring..

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Wednesday, June 23, 2010


I got through yesterday unscathed. We had a meeting at 5:30 where a whole bunch of spanish food was served, rice beans, salad, and many other things. I stayed away from it but did have a few plantain and yuca chips. They were dangerously good. Then out to dinner with the Salvation Army to honor the board president who was stepping down. I had grilled mahi mahi, veg, and rice pilaf. The rice wasn't really good so I didn't eat it but I had half the fish and veg and brought the rest home. it was good and I wasn't stuffed. Today I am speaking at a luncheon so I'm at their mercy, whatever they serve. I haven't really prepared a speech so I'll be winging it. I think I am going to talk about sheets and custom bedding.

This afternoon I have a nice appointment with a prior client that should be fun. So a busy day ahead. Later.

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MARSHASTAR 6/23/2010 8:41AM

    Best wishes today. Looks like you are doing okay, in spite of all the temptations.
That's the best way to live. . . moderation.

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RELLARALF 6/23/2010 8:19AM

    emoticonMy hat is off to you on not going overboard. I love your statement: "learn to be calm and you will always be happy." I try "serenity amidst the chaos." Need to incorporated your use of "learn." Thank you and I am sure your luncheon speech will be great.

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Tuesday, June 22, 2010


A moment on the lips, a lifetime on the hips! Today's weekly spark had an article about climbing out of a downward spiral. The first step was to update your status so I changed my goal to 170 instead of 160. Maybe that will be more easy to reach for me. Get there and then reassess. A great article it was!

I am happy to report that I had a great day yesterday. Nothing passed my lips that wasn't something I shouldn't eat! Yay. I even had emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon
fruits and vegetables! I ate less than 1000 calories and was perfectly happy. In the evening, I had 1/2 cup of grapes and I drank all my water which is never a problem for me.
Today, is my second day and I am planning to keep it up. Tonight is an eating out night and I don't have any clue what it will be. At least it is a dinner so I know it will be some sort of healthy balanced meal. So I'll make sure I will eat plenty of fruits and veggie servings today so I won't be hungry when I go out. I hope I can report another perfect day tomorrow.

I'm planning to spend time in my office today so maybe I can get a few things organized. That would be something. Have a great day! Later.

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MARSHASTAR 6/22/2010 11:38AM

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KASEYCOFF 6/22/2010 11:36AM

    Attagirl, Carol, you can do this! As for changing your goal: when I set mine, at first I set it for the 'whole' amount. It proved to be kind of daunting, as the ticker never seemed to move. So I broke it up into smaller units, and that has worked much better for me. I know that it's still a total of over 100 pounds, but dividing it up made it seem more doable, at least psychologically. I've almost completed two units, and at least now it looks as tho the ticker has moved, so... onward and upward! :-D

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ILUVTOTAT 6/22/2010 11:14AM


When I go to dinner, I look up the restaurant's web site before I leave. That way I can look at the nutrition information and pick what fits best with what I need to eat.

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LJCANNON 6/22/2010 10:35AM

    You are making REAL Progress. When I am going out for Dinner, I often eat an Apple or a small bowl of Grapefruit Slices just before we leave or even in the car on the way to the restaurant. It helps take the edge off my appetite and helps me resist the bread or chips that gets brought to the table before the meal.

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Monday, June 21, 2010


My loyal readers must get tired of hearing me starting over again. How boring can I be, so positive and then not sticking to it. I was looking through the book shelf yesterday and found Dean Ornish's Book, EAT MORE, WEIGH LESS from 1987. I didn't even know I had it. Must have come from my mother-in-law when she moved. Anyway, I pulled it out and will start looking it over. I'm always looking for new ideas.

Right now, I am going to concentrate on getting my fruit and veggie intake up. Yesterday we went to Denny's for lunch with my son, his wife, granddaughter and new grandson, Grammie and my hubby. I thought I would get breakfast but when I looked over the menu, they had some new sizzling dishes filled with peppers, onion, tomato, mushroom, potato, sausage and 2 fried eggs. I ordered that and requested they use a minimum amount of butter. They don't have olive oil. I think everyone was embarrassed at the table but I did enjoy my meal. There was only 1 small sausage and I ate that, all the veggies and a few potatoes. Brought the 2 eggs home and ended up throwing them out this morning and brought most of the potatoes homes. In spite of the fact there was butter used, I enjoyed the dish and all those veggies. And we had lots of veggies for dinner too. So I was back on track after such a wild saturday.

Today I have asparagus that must be cooked and corn on the cob. And I took out hamburger patties so that is dinner. I'm going to roast the asparagus as there is quite a bit of it and have it for lunch too.

Today is also doctor day where my mother-in-law and I visit our shrink and pick up our prescriptions for meds. I ran out of one pill last week and it was one for a small amount of thyroid boost. I may try to not go back on it as I don't think it does much. But I'll have a prescripton on hand if I need it. Not going through what I went through in January. My mother-in-law is really having health problems. Retaining fluid is a big concern as she has conjestive heart failure and the fluid builds up and she has trouble breathing. Hubby had 2 full afternoons last week taking her to 2 different doctors. This is my week, shrink and haircut. We go to the same hairdresser to make it easy.

We all enjoyed the baby at lunch yesterday. He is so funny. After he ate, he just cooed and laughed and smiled. Then we handed him around the table and he laughed and danced. I wish I could see my other new grandson in North Carolina. He's cute too in a different sort of way. I had so much fun with my granddaughter last week taking her to Art Camp and Build-a-Bear. And she loved it too. Wish me luck on my journey. I told my husband NO KLONDIKE BARS or ICE CREAM in this house! None, Nada, no way. Later!

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SGKAYLOR 6/21/2010 4:41PM

    Don't worry about starting over, as long as you keep starting again & don't give up completely then you're still on track. emoticon

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LJCANNON 6/21/2010 10:21AM

    I LOVE Build-A-Bear!! It is so much fun. I made at White Tiger at the one in Las Vegas. When you squeeze one Paw he roars,and when you squeeze the other Paw he Meows like a kitten. emoticon
emoticonI always 'Special Order' at Restaurants, and I feel like everyone~including the Waitresses~are proud of me for the Choices I make. There IS one person in my Life who will make remarks about what I order but I know that it is motivated by frustration & jealousy on her part.
Keep on Starting Over as often as you need to. Truth be told, I think we ALL are "starting over" with every choice we make every day. It is all ONE JOURNEY, it just takes a LOT of good decisions.
I will send you some fruit & veggies to make today easier.

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KASEYCOFF 6/21/2010 10:07AM

    I think I 'started over' about two dozen times to quit smoking before I finally succeeded - and that was ten years ago. So don't worry about 'starting over': just focus and follow the system, find out if it works for you. If it doesn't you can always go back to the drawing board, but you won't know what works and what doesn't until you give it a go. emoticon

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STATCHMO 6/21/2010 9:37AM

    Good for you! Don't let others' "embarrassment" keep you from eating the way you want! (I 'special' order at restaurants all the time!).

Ice cream is your nemesis? Cookies are mine!!!

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