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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 25

Wednesday, January 20, 2010


Here it is day 25 and I've lost 2 lbs since I started SPARK. 2 lbs, I ought to be discouraged but I'm not. I know it will take me a long time to show any progress at all. It always does. I will just have to pay attention to my nutrition planner and the nutritents I am eating. My pie chart fits right into the recommended food so I don't know why I don't lose weight faster.

I was out earlier today and about 5 min after I got home, it started raining buckets. And thunder. Panda hides when that happens. She hates rain and thunder.

Tonight we are going out to eat with my sister and her husband. Their anniversary of 42 years and our anniversary of 37 years! Imagine that, 79 years all together. I'll be getting some sort of fish, vegetables and salad. I know what to do. I will seriously have to get out and start exercising in February. That will help with the weight loss. Until tomorrow.

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    Yay!!! You are doing great, especially with your positive outlook. Happy 37th anniversary and have a lovely dinner together!

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 24

Tuesday, January 19, 2010


Whew! I am so glad that January is almost over. THat means I have caught up on some business deadlines and only have a few more to go, such as getting tax information to the accountant. THat usually entails a review of all the reports that come out of my accounting program and some moving back and forth of items that are in the wrong place. I feel less of a burden on my shoulders this morning but there is still a lot to do.

My business has suffered this month due to SPARK. I have been so excited about reading and blogging and participating that I didn't want to do the mundane duties I had to get done. But things are settling in now and I'm getting focused on the work.

I have found the nutrition tracker to be the most useful tool on this site. I always hated tracking my food and never would do it. THus, when I would sneak in a handful of potato chips or a cookie or two, it wouldn't get counted and then I would wonder why I hadn't lost any weight. The last two days, I have been heavy on the calorie intake so I must get back to paying more attention to what I am eating. Or going to eat. Tracking it before you eat it can be a good tool. Now just to do it.

The weather has warmed a bit here in Florida but today is a gray day. In the afternoons, I can walk the dog and not have to wear mittens and scarves, just a light coat. In a month or so, I will be aching to get outside. Panda is so funny. She's a border colllie with a thick coat and she loves to stay outside in the cold. Last night, she spent a couple of hours under our deck, just loving it. In the spring, we have to shave her as then she is too hot with her heavy coat. But now is perfect for her. I took her for a mile walk yesterday, good for both of us.

I have so much cleaning to do in my house. There is so much clutter everywhere due to me just dropping things when I come in from an appmt. I want to get in and get things organized but when there is bookkeeping to do, that has to get done first and then the organizing doesn't get done. It can get overwhelming but the good thing is that I am okay. I've been weaning myself of anti-depressants with a doctor's help and I'm doing fine with it. Oh, what a wonderful day that will be to not have to have my pills refilled.

Until tomorrow.

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SGKAYLOR 1/20/2010 3:34AM

    Where in Florida are you? I was born & raised in Spring Hill, my parents still live there.

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TRIGFROST 1/19/2010 11:09AM

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 23

Monday, January 18, 2010


Yesterday was a blur of activity and we had pizza for dinner. And then I had a klondike bar. Oh, heaven sakes. Talk about mindless eating, ate 3 pieces of pepperoni pizza that tasted like cardboard. I wasn't going to do my nutrition tracker but I went ahead and filled it out this morning. How am I going to know how bad it was if I don't do it. Okay it was over 1700 calories, not all that bad. If I had limited myself to 2 slices, I probably would have been within range. So, the moral is, no matter how bad in your mind you think it is, if you keep track of your food, it might not be as bad as you think.

One of the articles I read this weekend was Donna's Journal and she said, before she ate anything she would enter it into her tracker. If she didn't like the results, she wouldn't eat it. Now that is something to think about. So, I am going to continue to track my food, even if I think it is bad. I might surprise myself.

Yesterday was family day. We usually go to early church but because we had a late night, we decided to sleep in. Before we went, we stopped at my mom-in-law's. One side of her face is completely black and blue and half on the other side from her fall on Wed. Other than that, she is doing well. We went to church, had an after church meeting, and then went to Golden Corral for lunch where I made careful selections. I am so excited about vegetables now, especially a mix of large pieces of carrot, broccoli, beans, peppers, etc. I piled my plate with them. Had some applewood scallops and a piece of barbecue chicken which I removed the skin. My dessert was soft ice cream. So I think I did well.
Then at 3:30, we brought my mom-in-law to our house and my son, his wife, Hannah who is 8 and our 2 month old grandson came over. We baby sat while they went to dinner. Thus, the pizza for Hannah. And Mom-in-law Grammie was so happy with holding the baby and feeding him. She didn't want to go home. It did her a world of good and I'm sure she'll be talking about it today to everyone she sees.

So my day was busy. We have a new camera and I had 200 pictures on it that I had not downloaded. You should have seen me running back and forth while I downloaded on two computers trying to get the thing to work. FInally did and now I have oodles of new pictures to publish. I'll get to that later.

I have made so many new friends on Spark. It is a big complement when someone reads my blog and writes a comment. I am also very happy when I can help someone else. So until tomorrow!

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SGKAYLOR 1/19/2010 1:17AM

    I've just started tracking my food again but that's not such a bad idea, may have to try it out if I don't like what the tracker says. Hope the MIL gets better soon! Babies are great, but to me the best part about them is giving them back to their parents when I'm done lol

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4DOGNIGHT 1/18/2010 4:45PM

    Great ideas Laura!

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/18/2010 9:40AM

    I hope your mother in law face starts healing up for her. I am sure it was really scary for her. It sounds like her day out and about made her feel much better. Isn't is amazing how much better babies can make anyone feel?

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LAURABELIEVES 1/18/2010 8:53AM

    I do like Donna does. That not only help me track how many calories I have left but if I see I am low on something (like protein) I may change what I am going to eat to keep even that on track.

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How I became slim, trim and healthy. Day 22

Sunday, January 17, 2010


It seems that everytime I pick up The SPARK to read the next chapter, Chris is talking about something that parallels what is happening to me, just at that moment. Yesterday I started measuring my food because that was his suggestion and I found, that the suggested serving of shredded wheat and bran with milk and a banana spilled over the edge of the bowl I always use. I never eat that much so this morning I cut back to 3/4 cup cereal, 3/4 c milk and 1 banana and it filled me up nicely. You know, in most weight loss programs, they only want you to eat 1/2 of a banana. Now, what do you do with the other half?
Another good thing happened too. My mom-in-law, who lives in a retirement home, wanted me to bake 2 packages of Martha White muffins so she could freeze them and have them for breakfast. As I was taking them out of the pans, a piece broke off and I tasted it. It was so sweet, I opted for my cereal instead. Just a few weeks ago, I would have had at least 3 slathered with butter and nothing else.

Last night we went to the annual banquet of my husband's barbershop group. Dinner didn't come until after 6:30, and I was so hungry, I ate everything delivered to me including a wheat roll and 2 slices of garlic bread. Now, some would call this a bad day and go off the deep end the next day. But I look at it as making a choice. I chose to eat the meal served to me and aside from the bread, it was very good, parmesan crusted chicken and vegetables. It was my choice to eat my meal so how could I label it as a bad choice? The dessert was creme brulee with a sugar crust, delicious, and there was no way I was passing that up. One of my goals this year is to reserve desserts and sweets for special occassions and last night was one of those. ANd I have been really good about not eating sweets any other time. So in effect, it was actually a good day.

I'm not going to fill out my nutrition tracker, takes to long and why bother. I'm just starting over again today to track and eat healthy, just as Chris suggests.

Until tomorrow.

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USARUNNERGIRL 1/17/2010 11:03PM

    Good attitude. Woohoo.

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KASEYCOFF 1/17/2010 11:33AM

    Your husband sings barbershop? So does (did!) my daughter, with Sweet Adelines in Lancaster, PA. One of her concerts that we attended featured the prize-winning men's group 'Old School.' They are fantastic!

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Prelude to Desert Storm

Saturday, January 16, 2010

I can't help it. It's all rolling around in my head and I have to put it down. This will be an incredible story for all to read.

In January 1972, I reported to Officer Training School (OTS) at Lackland AFB in Texas. My recruiter had taken me to the airport and it was late when I arrived. I climbed onto a blue Air Force bus with two or three young men and I was driven to the in processing center. From there I was taken to the women's OTS barracks where I was given a bunk with a roommate who was already asleep. The next morning, up at 0530 and into a line of women, we marched silently, still in our civilian clothes, to the chow hall. All we were told was that we had to keep our heads down and we could not talk at the table except to ask for the salt. That is when I started to drink black coffee, too scared to ask for sugar and cream.

I had always wanted to join the military and finally, at age 23, I had achieved my dream. The Air Force has weight and fitness standards and my maximum weight for my height was 147 pounds. I was at about 145 and struggled to maintain that. There wasn't an ounce of fat on my body, I had a large bone structure and I was 5"7" tall. Nothing was going to keep me from getting into the Air Force so I practically starved myself to make sure I met that weight limit. During my training, we marched everywhere we went so keeping it off wasn't a problem.

To make a long story short, I was commissioned and assigned to Tyndall AFB in Florida. I met my husband at the bar in the Officer's Club. He was assigned to Thailand and I flew over to Bangkok where we got married in order to be stationed together when he got back. We went to Cannon AFB, New Mexico. After 3 years, I was pregnant and scheduled to get out of the service. My husband got an assignment to RAF Bentwaters, England and we were there soon after. My two sons were born in ENgland and we absolutely loved it there. On the way back to the states, we were assigned to Hurlburt Field in the Panhandle of Florida where we live still to this day. I immediately applied to go back into the Air Force Reserves and within a year, I had an Individual Mobilization Augmentee (IMA) assignment to Eglin AFB, still in our home town.

I spent 20 years, 2 months and 21 days in the Air Force, retiring on June 1, 1996. My most memorable moment would be the day I was called up in support of Operation Desert Storm, January 2, 1991. All during the 1980's, being in the reserve forces was tough because we weren't that appreciated and it didn't seem like we would ever be needed. People would ask me, "What are your chances of being called up?" And I would answer, "Slim to none." Boy was I wrong. Everything changed on that fateful day in 1991 when I received a phone call telling me to stand by to report for active duty.

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GIVWIG 1/28/2010 12:05PM

    You got me to go back through your history of Blogs to find another dealing with Desert Storm. I spent 4 years in the Marines and then switched over to Army National Guard. We didn't get called up for Desert Storm, but another unit in our Armory did. I remember how much that and then later 9/11 changed how everyone looked at the Reserves and National Guard. I plan on retiring in 428 days. Keep the blogs comming. I'm waiting with baited breath!!

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MARYALINE 1/20/2010 5:11PM

    My Marine reserve brother went to Desert Storm back then tooo.

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4DOGNIGHT 1/17/2010 9:44AM

    The next segment will have to wait a few days while I take care of everything else I'm supposed to do for the next few days.

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SGKAYLOR 1/16/2010 9:08PM

    Can't wait to read more, great cliffhanger there lol!!!

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    To be continued? I'm hanging on your every word!

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