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Wednesday, July 07, 2010


I joined WW online last week because ANDE1571 said she loved WW and i was encouraged to try it. I hesitated in spending the money on yet another program that I didn't follow but since I haven't been losing, I decided to give it a shot. I had briefly encountered the points program last November but didn't get into it before my time expired and counting calories doesn't seem to work for me. I'm always choosing something to eat that is low calorie but not good, like a bag of 100 calorie cookies. SOOOO, I joined WW on Wed. Then our friends came this weekend and it sure didn't seem like I was on any kind of a diet with eating out all the time but I did adhere to points counting for 4 or 5 days. And this morning as I stepped on the scale, it registered a few pounds lost. NOW, I am not going to enter that weight loss in the record books until Monday when it is my actual weigh-in day. But I am sure going to be serious about point counting until then and choosing a healthier option and more fruits and veggies.

Last night we met my sister and her husband at the local Yacht Club where we are joining. I"ll have to be careful as I had 2 beers that are 2 points each. But they have free food on Tuesdays and last night was a big salad and lasagne and I had a small portion. Anyway, as I've mentioned before, she lost a lot of weight a couple of years ago on one of those strict metabolic diets. She's kept it off until recently when she has gained about 15 lbs back. Actually I think she looks good as she was too thin and she still walks and exercises. She has been trying to lose again and says she will probably have to rejoin the diet. I mentioned I had joined WW online. She said, "That doesn't work." Great encouragement, but that is my sister. I have learned to let things like that just gloss over me.

My friend Pat called yesterday and we have scheduled to start our early morning walking again. We were so good at keeping up with it and have gotten really lax. But we have an appmt for 6:00 a.m. and now I am excited to keep that date. I know that walk will help me with my new found attitude. I'm actually leaving the house today. An appmt this morning and lunch at the Republican Women's Club. Later.

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IPATRICIA 7/7/2010 6:24PM

    Hi Carol, That's fantastic that the w.w.on line is working for you and so quickly too. emoticon emoticon emoticonIt cannot be easy for you as you go to so many functions, it's easy for me because I am not tempted. emoticon

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BLONDWUNN 7/7/2010 1:47PM

    Maybe WW didn't work for your sister because she didn't add regular exercise the way you do. And people have different preferences and management styles! A new plan can be very motivating. I'm happy for you that you're seeing results!

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DONNAEDA 7/7/2010 12:50PM

    It pays to hang around people who are of like minds. Negative people can derail you on your journey to success. You have to prove to your sister that WW does work. It doesn't eliminate any foods and you can stay on it for the rest of your life and not be deprived as obviously your sister was because once she went off her diet she put the weight back on. How smart is that. You are the wise one. Congratulations.

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ANDI571 7/7/2010 11:17AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon You will be a living testimony that WW and counting points does work. You will also live an enjoyable life of eating food that tastes good, so you won't feel like you are depriving yourself.

I heard a new study yesterday that says eating "diet" food that we don't like, will not satisfy our taste, so we will quit eating it after awhile. It said we were better off to just portion out what we want to the calories of that diet food, and then we will be satisfied. I think basically that is what WW teaches us.

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KASEYCOFF 7/7/2010 11:05AM

    I wouldn't want to disagree with your sister (lol) but my thinking is, just about any reasonably healthy plan will work as long as it's one you can stay with and be consistent over the long haul. No reason why WW, TOPS, Jenny Craig, any of them won't work, as long as you follow their plan. And I know YOU can do it! Great that you're starting to schedule the walks, too. Having a 'walking buddy' keeps you more apt to walk regularly (thinks me). :-)

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VALERIEP58 7/7/2010 10:21AM

    Yahoo! Yes, I think the points work-and it sounds like you are very busy-that is awesome-keep up the good work!

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PMFISH 7/7/2010 10:06AM

    Good for you!! Delighted to hear you have found something that works for you. Family is not always the best support and it is great when you can let it slide right off.

Keep up the good work! One thing I can tell you for sure - your older body will appreciate everything you are doing to get in better shape and staying healthy.


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Tuesday, July 06, 2010


One of the best things I have learned on this Spark journey is that fresh fruit is lovely! This morning I made a fruit salad of watermelon, strawberries, blueberries and banana. One cup with WW is only 1 point and I had a slice of whole wheat toast with 1 T of peanut butter for a total of 4 points! I'm learning. I could never figure out how some diets would limit fruit and certain vegetables like tomatoes and broccoli. They said it is the sugar in these foods that is dangerous. Come on. How can broccoli be dangerous to eat, like it is going to make me want a slice of chocolate cake.

The Sonoma Diet is a good one, based on mediteranean foods. I did lose 18 lbs but, well, you know the rest. But Sonoma limits you to 2 fruits a day because you can't eat sugar or artifically sweetened foods. I think that is ridiculous not to be able to eat a piece of fruit. My fridge is so loaded with fruit and fresh veggies right now. You have to eat them or they spoil quickly.

We had a fabulous fourth of July. Our city has a beautiful park with a gazebo and a stage and playground equipment and a dock on the water. It is on a body of water called the Sound and then across is a streth of peninsula called Okaloosa Island and then the gulf of Mexico. You can almost see the Gulf from the park, we are so close. My husband was the MC at the 4th of July celebration so we got there at 4:00, put out our folding chairs in a good spot and enjoyed the show until 9:00 when the fireworks were over. This was his first time being the Mc and he did a great job! I'm sure they will ask him again. During the show, we had intermittent rain showers, lightly raining for about 5 min and then stopping. It is pouring right now as I write this, lucky we didn't have that on Sunday. Hubby's Barbershop chorus was the first act and they were great! As usual. The last act was the community band and we heard lots of patriotic tunes. We were even blessed with an F-16 flyover of 4 jets from Eglin AFB. That is so exciting. I love living in a military community. Of course, we enjoyed hearing the Armed Forces Salute where they play the tunes of all the services and I get to stand up when they play the Air Force Hymn! Then we came home in time to catch Capitol Fourth and The Boston Pops playing the William Tell Overture while the fireworks went off and the cannons boomed! Can't be any more patriotic than that!

So far, I am really glad that I joined WW online. I struggled with that, whether I would do it or not but I like it. And I love looking for 0 point foods. There are so many, like skim milk and fiber-one cereal and many fruits and vegetables. Still trying to increase veggie's and fruit as they want you to eat 8 a day. That is really difficult. They also have a recipe tracker where you can enter your favorite recipes and it will calculate the # of points it has in a serving.

I've got to get dressed and to work. Have some decorating details to clean up and place some orders. Later. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KASEYCOFF 7/6/2010 2:49PM

    If you have diabetes you have to be careful about the veggies and especially the fruits you eat: most diabetics practice some form of 'carb counting,' because all freggies are composed of carbohydrates, and even vegetables have some amount of fructose - fruit sugar - although fruit has more. If I eat a banana, I know it will spike my blood sugar; apples generally don't. Pineapple will, oranges don't. White potatoes will, sweet potatoes (which you would think could cause a problem) don't. So diets that are limiting freggies are trying to limit carbohydrates. Personally, while I have a fairly low total I can have in a day, I try to divvy them up among five mini-meals and have more vegetables than fruits. Um... is this more than you wanted to know? lol...

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BUGGYS 7/6/2010 11:56AM

    I have to be able to have my fruits and veggies! I'm not back at WW but I have started to do the points thing again...so much easier than figuring out the calories! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DONNAEDA 7/6/2010 9:55AM

    Congratulations on being the wife of the MC of the 4th of July, sounds like your family had a wonderful time.

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JUST_TRI_IT 7/6/2010 9:41AM

    WAY TO GO ON THE FRUITS and VEGGIES? That is rather interesting that there are diets that limits fruits and veggies so much!

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Sunday, July 04, 2010


We have longtime friends visiting this weekend and it is so much fun! The rain we had cooled the weather and it is so beautiful here. And no oil on our beaches yet. Thank goodness! WE went to several antique stores/flea markets yesterday. Fun to browse but I don't need anymore junk! Last night we went to see LeGrand Cirque in Destin. It is a small version of Cirque de Soleil and it was in a tent. It is amazing how those tiny people can roll themselves into a ball and twist and turn. One woman got on a bench and bent backwards supporting herself with hr arms and her knees bent. They put a chair on her knees and her neck was supported by a band coming down from the chair. She stayed in that position until there were about 10 chairs stacked on top of each other and another woman on top! Then she held out her arms. How do they do that? Needless to say, there wasn't any fat being tossed around.
I basically did no dieting the last couple of days. But I was fairly good. There's not much hope when you are eating out a lot. Yesterday at lunch while we were sitting out on the deck watching the boats in the harbor, I had a cup of shrimp and crab chowder and a side salad and water. Everybody else had fried seafood, fries and coleslaw. I was perfectly happy. The WW points were useless to count so I'm putting that off until Monday when I can be more sensible.

Today we are going to our Fourth of July celebration put on by our city. My hubby is the MC. He will also be singing in his barbershop chorus. There will be several bands playing patriotic music and then fireworks at 9:00. Probably have a hot dog and ice cream! It's just been a fun and relaxing weekend.

Have a great 4th of July celebration! Later.

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MARSHASTAR 7/5/2010 1:51PM

    I agree with IPATRICIA, You have a great life. I love reading about it.

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IPATRICIA 7/4/2010 6:25PM

    emoticonYou have such a great life.

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KASEYCOFF 7/4/2010 5:27PM

    LeGrand Cirque sounds great! We usually go to Cirque du Soleil when they come around Manchester, but that's only every two or three years. I love to watch the performers - wish EYE was that flexible, lol... Hope you're having a good holiday! :-D

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PAMELASUE60 7/4/2010 4:18PM

  This is what those precious memories are made of. What an all American kind of weekend!

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Friday, July 02, 2010


It just occured to me that it is 3:00 in the afternoon and I haven't done a blog! I've been busy I guess doing installations so people can have their pretty window tmts before the 4th. And we have company coming so I've been busy making a pasta salad and cleaning up the clutter. It's one way to do it.

I'm looking forward to a restful and fun weekend with our friends. Back to the grind next week. This is my third day of WW online and so far so good. Yesterday I was 1/2 point to the good and today I have lots of points left for dinner. And lots of fresh fruit and veggies in the fridge---and beer of course.

Have a great 4th of July! And don't eat too much. I haven't got anything sweet in the house except some WW ice cream bars. I just hope I don't become a pig. Later.

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MARSHASTAR 7/4/2010 7:24AM

    Happy 4th. ! I'm always motivated by your blogs.
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You make that WW online sound very appealing.

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KASEYCOFF 7/2/2010 5:16PM

    The only 'dessert' type treat I have these days is the occasional WW frozen dessert. I don't have them often because while they're lower in sugar, fat, cals, etc. than ice cream, they still do have things in I should avoid. But I'm with you on this one - Fourth of July weekend, hot, mid-summer... yep, a WW ice cream is not only deserved, it's practically mandatory, LOL! Have a good holiday, kiddo, and enjoy your company. :-D

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Thursday, July 01, 2010


Hubby sent me some cartoons this morning on getting older. I wish I could paste this but will describe it.
It's a woman bending backward to a mirror looking at her hind end. It says
"Mirror mirror, shiny glass! Tell me that is not my a--!

It is pouring rain today. Where did raining cats and dogs come from? Anyone? My first day with WW points was interesting. They have a great tracker online. I already used 7 of my optional 35 weekly points from the party last night. Really makes you think about what you choose to eat when you get mega points for it. I have got to get a scale. I want one with ounces and grams, not just points as I won't always be pointy, maybe. I'll just have to look around.

After taking my mother-in-law to the doctor today, she is getting an oxygen bottle. She doesn't want one but if it will help her breathe better on exertion so be it. We all need oxygen. She was doing the 5 min walk with a monitor and oxygen bottle. When her oxygen level went down, the attendant added 1 liter to her and I saw an instant change in her ability to walk. She stood straighter and was able to go a little faster. I hope she gets it soon, like today or tomorrow.

I hope the rain stops for july 4th. We have company coming and it will suck if it is raining. Later.

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TOWHEE 7/1/2010 10:10PM

    Look around in the cooking section of any department store. They'll have scales that are either digital or on springs that weight in ounces (and usually quarter or tenths of an ounce) and sometimes in grams. I found one at Tuesday Morning a couple of years ago that has both ounces and grams and I love it. The springed ones are less than $10 and the digital ones are more.
Yes, the WW online tracker can really give you a shock. You'll get used to the system though.

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KASEYCOFF 7/1/2010 12:27PM

    Over here (and you might remember this, dunno) they cook by weighing the ingredients. The old scales are avoirdupois and actually have little sets of weights with them. (Really neat, but mostly antique now!) I have a small digital one that weighs anything from 1 gram to 11 kg - and something like one-tenth of an ounce up to 5 pounds. Changes between metric and 'standard' at the press of a button, so if I'm translating one of my recipes, I can figure up how much it is in metric and all that. It cost me about 20, which is what, $30 bucks? I use it constantly, for every meal. I weigh my portions on it... ingredients as I cook... my cereal... almost everything. This is my second one since I've been here so that's two scales in 10 years. (I would still have the first one except I knocked it on the floor - boy, was I mad at myself for being so clumsy! - and broke it beyond all hope of repair.) I don't know if you can find them in cookshops over there; this one happens to be a 'Salter' brand name. If you can't find one in kitchenwares, tho, you might try someplace that deals in school supplies. They use this exact same type in chem and physics labs in high schools. Or you could probably find one online, like eBay or school supplies or something. Believe me, once you have it, you'll wonder how you ever got along without it! :-D

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