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PIG OUTS AHEAD! DAY 306

Friday, November 19, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Hubby and I were going over our party planning for December and this is what we have ahead!

Dec3 First Friday Chamber Breakfast and Holiday party at my Sister's and she always has tons of food.

Dec4, Puerto Rican Festival, probably won't go.
Dec 5. Chamber Ambassadors Party and gift exchange. Food, food, food

Dec 7, I think there is something but can't remember what it is.

Dec 9, Host party with Chamber of Commerce, Food galore

Dec 12, Egg Nog Party at Yacht Club, Food again

Dec 14, Chamber Staff Christmas Party at our house catered by Golden Corral. Left over food probably is left here.

Dec 15, Cultural Awareness meeting and potluck at Chamber of Commerce

Dec 16 Retired Military Officer's Club Christmas Party dinner dance. (May not go)

Dec 17, Barbershop Chorus Christmas Party with food food food again.

Parties are over until Christmas. Might have the neighbors in but I doubt it. Probably be too pooped to do anything.

So you can see why it is difficult for me to lose weight. This is not a normal month but last night we were out again. I haven't cooked but one meal in 2 weeks. Next week on Wed we have the annual Chilil Supper at our church and of course Thanksgiving the next day. And then of course there is Christmas and New Year's Party.

Last night we had a Chamber business mixer. I started with a plateful of carrots and celery with blue cheese dressing. Should have skipped the dressing but oh, well. Then I filled my plate once with the rest of items and drank diet coke. At least I didn't pig out. Later.

Thought I'd share. Later.

  
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ILLINITEACHER52 11/20/2010 6:02PM

  Good luck! It sounds like a lot of fun.

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COMPUCATHY 11/20/2010 8:34AM

    I think the key, with the eating out, and the parties, is to make yourself educated and have some guidelines. Look for the fruits and veggies...stay away from the white breads, sweets, and fried items. Look for the grilled lean items (chicken is my favorite). We eat out a lot...but I always stay in range with my guidelines and the knowledge of calories for the food choices I have available. You can do it! Be determined! Keep sparking! emoticon emoticon

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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/20/2010 12:43AM

    Keep up the good work !

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TOWHEE 11/19/2010 10:39PM

    Check with your local homeless shelter. They may be glad to have the leftovers from the Chamber Staff Christmas Party.


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DONNAEDA 11/19/2010 10:04AM

    Congratulations on your good choices. You can have dressing, just count it. Sounds like a busy December. Remember there won't be anything at those tables that you can't get during the rest of the year. Remember food is fuel, not an event.

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TINY67 11/19/2010 8:26AM

    sounds like you have everything under control.

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CATCHING UP DAY! DAY 306

Thursday, November 18, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Well, I'm home today catching up as I am having my van logo put on that was supposed to be done in May. I'm the only one driving around here so it didn't matter that much to me but if I want to get a bonus, I have to comply. International Franchise rules. I don't mind, maybe I'll have a ribbon cutting.

WEll, I rejoined WW last week and we ate out every night and when I weighed in on Tuesdy, I was the same. Not bad considering we ate out EVERY night. This week is not much better as we attend so many functions and ribbon cuttings where there is food. I'm eating less of it though so that is good. I figure it is dinner and I don't have to cook. Monday night, there was a lovely hors doeuvres buffet and I ate a plate and I had one lemon square, about 1 ". I stood by the tray of sweet goodies and didin't succumb. Good for me. Last night we were out and tonight we are out and Friday we will be out. I'm just trying to eat sensibly and less of it.

I do appreciate the WW meetings as they are encouraging. Maybe today, I can track my points. I continue to quilt, spending way too much money on magazines and kits. I bought a really cute three wise men wall hanging and nearly finished it. They are really the three wise guys, so cute. I figure that I can also make a wall hanging with the left over scraps and some of my stash so I'll get 2 out of one pattern. I finished my underground railroad quilt and now need to get it quilted. I'll pay for that. This is an expensive hobby as I've said before. Maybe I'll get a better sewing machine someday.

I've got a lot of work catching up and bill paying to do so later.

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/18/2010 11:55PM

    All the best with all your projects !

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MARSHASTAR 11/18/2010 10:55AM

    I bet YOU are the motivational one at the WW meetings! I'm always inspired by your blogs. why? because you are so busy all the time. I just get energy reading what you write.


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DONNAEDA 11/18/2010 10:33AM

    congratulations on making wonderful food choices. Maybe just staying the same weight during the holiday is a sencible goal for you.

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JHADZHIA 11/18/2010 9:55AM

    Well done avoiding temptations with all those functions out!! Not so sure I would be so successful! Lemon square, oh boy!!!
Good luck with Weight Watchers! I find Spark People is all I need and being free besides is a bonus. But it does take time to track and I suppose the points are easier and a lot quicker when you are so busy!
Enjoy your Thursday!

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SUNDAY MUSINGS! DAY 302

Sunday, November 14, 2010

We are skipping church today because my hubby got in early (2 a.m.) from the FSU/Clemson football game. (Go Noles. We won!) He's a little tired and just wants to take it easy. This is very unusual for us as we go to church every week but both of us feel like a day off today!

Last night I attended the NAACP Annual Banquet. To say the least, it was interesting. More than half the seats were empty even though the absentees had paid $50 per meal. Some kind of free concert going on. I felt like the only Republican in the room and the speaker was obviously not a Republican. Guess I know how it feels when my democratic friends are in the room when the talk is about politics and the participants are heavily republican. Politics really ought to be kept out of friendship. I went because hubby had gone to the game and my friend Pat is black and a member and I went with her.

I was never a political junkee but the recent goings on in Washington have inspired me to glue myself to Fox News and get involved. What I really didn't like about last nights speaker was that I felt like she ( as a member of the national NAACP) was promoting the institution of racism, trying to keep alive the notion that racism still exists (yes it does) and that the NAACP exists to fight it. Yes, this is probably all true, however, you are not going to change the opinions of people by shoving it down their throats. I thought her whole speech was negative in that way and it was all I could do to keep from getting up and walking out. But I was good and I said nothing. I was sitting next to a recently elected Republican Country Commissioner so I wonder how he perceived it.

I try to understand what it is that keeps these people fiercely committed to Barak Obama and his politics. If the only reason is that he is our first black president, than that is racist in itself. If they really believe that the rich should pay for the poor, I can't agree with that. I think our government should be fiscally responsible and not get into any more debt. We need to balance our budget and not spend more than we take in. And not impose any more taxes.

I shouldn't be talking like this and I apologize if I offend anyone but I really would like to seek understanding on this subject and be able to converse with someone in a sensible fashion without either getting angry. The speaker's first paragraph included a statement that the recent election brought out people who wanted to take back our country! Yes, that makes sense to me in that we want fiscal responsibility. In her interpretation, I felt like she was saying that in taking back the country, we were going to instill racism again in a big way. Not even a close idea. Racism has nothing to do with it.

Oh, well, I'll get off my political bandwagon and do something productive, like clean off the bar in the kitchen. Later.

  
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KHADEEJAH1 11/18/2010 7:25AM

    I think in government they are all crooks. They steal from us and it is all legal. Someone is always in your pocketbook. In these peoples mind money makes the world go round. If you have some you move forward if you don't tough cookies. And yes racism still exist whether you're on the receiving end or dishing it out. Open your eyes, look around you and don't be blind just because you don't want to see. Racism is an ugly characteristic. How many human beings do you know who want to be viewed as ugly?

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HEWIES 11/16/2010 9:13AM

    Fox news is not unfair. All voices are heard on that station which is why more people watch Fox than any other. If you are interested in conservative conversation check out a tea party or listen to conservative talk radio...Beck, Hannity, Limbaugh, Levin, and others.

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KAKIPOPUP 11/14/2010 1:28PM

    I think it is sad that we can no longer have discussions about our differences - In the interests of full disclosure, I am a Liberal Democrat who supports President Obama.

I don't know where all the Republicans were when President Bush was spending the surplus like there was no tomorrow (both by starting 2 wars and by cutting taxes at the same time - President Johnson (Democrat) tried to do this during the 1960's with VietNam and the Great Society and it didn't work then either and got us stuck with a stagnant economy during the 1970's.

I know that prevention of problems tends to cost way less than dealing with their consequences, so I support government programs that support people. We pay for the poor regardless, and considering that poverty is disproportionate, there is an "ism" aspect to it.

If you are going to watch Fox News (which is most definitely unfair and very biased), you should also watch MSNBC (which is equally as unfair and biased, but in the opposite direction) so that you hear both perspectives on the issues.

The question that I have for all who advocate downsizing government is: what are you personally prepared to give up? Whether you are aware of it or not, you benefit directly from services provided by government at all levels, just as all of us do.

Just some thoughts - I wish you well -

Take care of yourself, and may your journey be successful!


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CELEBRATING VETERAN'S DAY! DAY 300

Friday, November 12, 2010

Yesterday was a great day. I am a veteran of the Air Force and retired Lt Col along with Hubby so we had the day off. After a leisurely breakfast and coffee, I migrated to my sewing room and made 2 easy quilt blocks! Then our grandson had his first birthday and we went to Chic-fil-A for a little party. He is so cute, blonde hair and blue eyes! Looks just like his daddy when he was that age. I briefly went into a sewing store and quilt shop which is next to Chic-fil-a. Never been in there but what a beautiful store and I'll have to go back!

After that, we drove down to the Mall where I marched in the local Veterans Day Parade. Had my picture in the paper this morning giving out flags! I guess I can count a 1 mile walk for exercise yesterday! Since I live in a community with 2 large military bases, a reserve base, an army unit and many other things, the military gets top billing around here!

Afterward I was pooped so I took little nap while hubby went to the YMCA. Afterward, we went to Subway for our dinner as kthey were giving away free 6" sandwiches to veterans! I got a BMT loaded with fresh veggies and it made a nice healthy dinner. No mayo, just oil and vinegar. It was nice to walk out not paying a dime. There were many other restaurants in town offering free dinners to veterans.

After dinner, hubby went off to sing with the barbershoppers and I went to my quilting group. It was a lot of fun seeing all the projects that others have made. There are some really talented people in there. The first weekend of March, there is a big quilting expo at our local conference center and I may sign up for a day long class to make a beautiful log cabin quilt. This hobby has taken off for me. And I'm so happy as I used to love to sew and it is coming back. HOwever, I can't let it get in the way of doing my work. Have to watch that.

Opened the paper this morning and one of my very good clients for many years passed away. And another friends young wife whom we both love, was operated on for cancer this week and it doesn't look good. There is so much of this going on it seems. So sad.

Take care and have a great day! Not doing too badly on WW considering I've not had a home cooked meal since I started and that includes this evening. Oh, well, just keep at it.

  
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LADYBIRD82 11/12/2010 10:01AM

    I too am retired Air Force. Thank you for your service. emoticon emoticon

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TODAY'S RETURN TO WW EXPERIENCE! DAY 298

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

LEARN TO BE CALM AND YOU WILL ALWAYS BE HAPPY!

Last year at this time, WW had a special for $100 through Dec 31 and I joined up. Only went 4 times and then got side tracked and into Sparkpeople. This year, I rejoined today on the same $100 program and they were glad to see me. The amazing thing, I lost 3 lbs from my last weigh-in last year. 3 lbs in a year! Been struggling all year for 3 lbs. I stayed for the meeting and it was good. They listed all the foods you would likely eat for Thanksgiving and the points value. She gave us a paperplate and we wrote on it what we would be eating and then counted the points we had. Mine was 30 points +if I counted the 12 points for the pecan pie. It was a good lesson and now I am looking forward to TG dinner. They asked me if my goal was 137 which was written on my lifetime book from the 80's. I said something like there is no way that would be my goal and everyone laughed at the way I said it. I can't imagine weighing 137 when I was at 185 today. I told them, 160 was my ultimate goal and I didn't care if I went down from there. 160 seems so illusive but I'll make it. I know I will.

Saw several people in the group I know and who are clients of mine so that was nice. I was about to buy a points calculator that was on sale but my leader friend told me not to as they are coming out with something new and it would be obsolete. We'll see.

I'm actually looking forward to the next 8 weeks. Later.

  
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PRAIRIECROCUS 11/10/2010 3:57PM

    Good luck with your weight loss !

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TOWHEE 11/10/2010 12:13AM

    I'm a WW, too, and we had the same discussion (no pecan pie though; ours were apple and pumpkin). The new program starts November 28 (the week after Thanksgiving). It's always interesting to see what they do with the programs. I, too, upped my goal weight from the 80's. We're older and our bodies naturally want a little extra padding (emphasis on "little").

Good luck to you.

Margaret

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BERGIE8771 11/9/2010 10:15PM

    Glad you are back at WW, thanks for the comment on my blog.

WE CAN DO THIS.

I firmly believe it comes from making up your mind to follow, and then, "Making It Happen" which is my favorite huddle comment.
Woot!

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MTULLY 11/9/2010 2:08PM

    Good for you! I am in WW as well. I find it is a good match with Spark People. I am sure you will amaze yourself with the progress you make using both resources. Hang in there!

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PARKERB2 11/9/2010 12:41PM

    I'm in WW goo. I understand the new program will start soon and I can't wait to find out what it is. My goal is 144 down from 160. Then I will set a new goal if I continue in WW. I wish you lock and Keep Sparking.

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SHERRY257 11/9/2010 12:33PM

    Wow! That sounds like a great start! I have changed my weight loss goals form the 80's also. I guess I am a realist. emoticon

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