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Vacation- I'll call it a success

Sunday, July 06, 2014

So, I just recently got back from a trip to my home town. I was there for two weeks. I ate out every meal, except family BBQs. I visited my doctor for a second opinion. I have to take it easy for a while. Anyway, I only gained one pound the entire tip! Just ONE. I'm happy. It would have been nice to have lost weight, but really all things considered I did well!

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RIDLEYRIDER 7/6/2014 8:37AM


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BELLENGLISH 7/6/2014 8:36AM

    That is good. I know the feeling.

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    One pound is a great vacation. My personal record is 14 pounds on a two week vacation but that is way in the rear view mirror!

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life
emoticon Until Tomorrow!

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going off island

Monday, April 28, 2014

I'm going off island for medical care in the Philippines. I won't have access to my computer for 2 weeks. I won't be able to track much anyway. It's hard to track if you don't know what's in it and how its made... wish me luck, I'm going to need it.

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AKCHELLE 5/22/2014 10:08PM

    Thanks for the support. I will be going off island soon to Alaska and get a second opinion there.

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MARTA_M 4/28/2014 11:25AM

    I hope your medical care goes well! Would you consider tracking with paper and pen? Even if it isn't as accurate as you're used to, it will still help you be mindful of what you're eating. Or... Take a break for two weeks and concentrate on other aspects of being well!

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GHOSTFLAMES 4/28/2014 4:47AM

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PINKHONEYLILY 4/28/2014 3:16AM

    Good luck emoticon

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Need Help with food ideas!

Saturday, August 18, 2012

Hurricanes are called typhoons in this half of the world. In the next few weeks I am going to be preparing my typhoon prepared boxes. I will make two boxes. One with stuff-batteries and paper products and stuff. The other with food.
I'm looking for good suggestions for food that is healthy, that can be made on the BBQ or on the camp stove top. The food has to be non-perishable.
Local friends are saying SPAM, rice, canned fruit and veggies...
Any suggestions would be great. A super typhoon can knock out power for weeks and weeks.


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YIGOBUTTERFLY 8/20/2012 5:14AM

    Most supermarkets and military outlets are open in a matter of days after a typhoon. Fresh produce is air lifted in for military people. I think the buildings are typhoon proof and generators are put to work right away.

You have been given some good ideas but as long as we do not have another set of fires in the storage tanks at the port as we did with one of our typhoons there should not be a problem. Then the problem was people running out of gas to drive their cars and getting fuel to run the generators.

After Typhoon Karen in 1962 the military opened their mess halls to the contract teachers that were here. Not sure who else were allowed to eat in the mess halls but my sister took her three daughters there for at least on square meal a day and perhaps more.

Sounds like you have been given the go old military scare tactics again.

Yes, do provide for a few days because if the storm passes slowly you should not be out on the roads trying to get something to eat.


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LLOVE7 8/19/2012 10:10AM

    We have a "survival closet" at home in case of emergencies too. We have the non-food stuff like you were talking about, batteries, blankets, flashlights, tp, etc. For food we actually have quite a bit you might not expect. Most meats can be bought canned and are fully cooked so you can eat them even without a heat source. If you can cook them the ones we have tried (chicken and sliced ham) tasted just like regular. Just don't get the store brand lol. You can grill them up just like normal. You can get chicken, beef, fish, and ham at our stores. Jerky also stores very well as long as it's sealed.

We have a variety of carbs to keep things from getting boring. Rice is very versatile and we have several kinds (long grain, white, pilaf, and so on) and we also have a couple kinds of pasta and "bread kits" which have everything needed to make a loaf of bread all sealed up, just add water and heat :)

The last recommendation I would make is the ration packs you can get online and at a lot of local stores. They are packets with dehydrated foods you just add water too (we have a water purifier in the survival closet just in case) and you can get just about anything. We even have a couple packs of fruit cobbler. We tested out several of them for dinner one evening and even the kids liked them. They also have all the nutrition facts right there on the bag so it's easy to track of you are getting enough nutrients during an emergency.

Best of luck!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 8/18/2012 10:04PM

    Ooh interesting. Oatmeal, canned or dried beans, healthy cereals, nuts, raisins and other dried fruits, powdered milk? Veggies would definitely be hard to include if you don't want to use canned (though you could always rinse them well to get some of the sodium off, if you still have access to clean water). Sounds kinda fun to put these together!! Though I do hope you don't actually have to use these kits! Hopefully you don't get hit too hard by these typhoons!

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TLP1958 8/18/2012 9:54PM

    What about making some dehydrated fruits and veggies and storing them in plastic bags? You could rehydrate for soups or eat them dry as a crunchy snack. You could do this with meats as well. Quinoa is mighty tasty as a rice substitute and it's a protein. I made some tonight with a bit of chicken boullion in it for flavor and it was yummy. Oatmeal is good - you could even make some lowfat granola for snacks. Hope that helps! emoticon Don't blow away!!!! emoticon

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I need a new fight plan

Saturday, August 11, 2012

I've realized a few things:

Men are Pigs.
I've used food as my shield.

So, I started using SP as a tool to help me lose weight and become healthier. My goals when starting were simple; lose enough weight to get out of the plus size section of the store, and to be able to mostly keep up with my kids.
I reached half of my goal. I can shop for pants in the regular section of the store. I wear regular size 16 Levis now not Women's. OK actually I wear short Levis, but no amount of working out is going to make me taller. I'm working on the top half. I'm top heavy.

I went from a 20 to a 16 and maintained well, but have notice a gain recently. I've reflected on my life and the changes and stresses.

Yes there have been stresses. Losing and gaining loved ones, work changes, schedule changes, medical issues, life just happens.

I could blame or rationalize the gain on anyone of these things, but that's not the realization that I came to recently.

Men are pigs and I use food as a shield. I've had more than one man pursue me. They knew I am married and not interested, but started in anyway. Side note- this island is full of men and women who cheat on their spouses, and it's common and there are a lot of half siblings.
Having open relationships and cheating is a cultural norm here.

So, I've put up this wall, I avoid certain men, and I eat.

The only man that I want to think that I am beautiful or sexy is my husband.

I eat and become less attractive. Dumpy not sexy.

This story goes way way back to when I was a child and a man was creepy and bad things happened.

I've used food as a shield for many years.

I need a new fight plan.

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EBEAMS 8/11/2012 10:36AM

    First of all .... Hugs, hugs, hugs and more hugs ... You are doing the right things to get started on that new "fight" plan. You are identifying the problems and speaking them out, which makes them more real. Working in an environment that is very difficult and often confusing. Honor your feelings and concentrate on what is the BEST for YOU! Hugs!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 8/11/2012 3:25AM

    Good for you in the weight loss! Ups and downs can be expected. Just get back up when you fall and keep going.

(For a good laugh, or cry, read my Superman blog!) Through it all I seem to have lost some weight. emoticon Have put some of it back on recently. Not having control over what I eat can make a difference.

JUST DON"T QUIT! emoticon emoticon


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MARTA_M 8/11/2012 1:02AM

    Find your bliss to sustain you, give yourself a hug to comfort yourself. Your wee one needs to know what an amazing woman, wife, sister, and mother you are. You deserve the comfort you share with the rest of us. SLAM!

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KNITTINGNAN 8/11/2012 1:00AM

  WOW!!!! Good luck to you!

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what happens when you fall off the spark wagon?

Saturday, March 10, 2012

For me what has happened this past month is as follows- I've gained 4 pounds, but I've lost inches. I am muffin top heavy and need to work on my middle.
I've been stressed at work beyond belief and I've made bad choices with my breakfast. Did you know BK serves tater tot hash brown things? Never mind.

Anyway, time to wake up earlier, make better choices and not eat stress!

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HELLO_KITTY_ 3/24/2012 12:40PM

    what happens when you fall off the spark wagon? You get back on it :) You are strong, you've got this!

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YIGOBUTTERFLY 3/14/2012 4:53PM

    Yeah your here!

Sorry about the weight gain. Could some of it be muscle because it does weigh more than fat and that may be why the inches have dropped. If that is the case then you are doing fine.

Keep at it.


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ICANDOTHISJEN 3/13/2012 10:10PM

    Talk about a smile you put on my face when you mentioned about bk...I know where your coming from. lol
It's a wonder how we all may think alike!! emoticon
Atleast I know for sure that "I'm not alone" (heehee)


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CRISSA1669 3/13/2012 5:54PM

    Hey friend!! What's done is done...just keep pressing on!! This is a journey...your race, your pace, your victory!!! Glad you didn't QUIT :)

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GODSCHILD2_2011 3/11/2012 9:58AM

    You get back up and try it again. I'm glad to know that you're losing and I hope that motivates you enough to keep at it.

Making bad food choices I'm sure has happen to most of us but you don't allow that to cause you beat yourself up about. Keep at it and I'm sure it will all work out.


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STILLWATERSSB 3/10/2012 8:13PM

    Congrats on the loss of inches! I think the wagon stops by every 20min, so hop on, put your seatbelt on and enjoy the ride! No shame in 4lbs gained. The only shame would be if you allow yourself to stay off the wagon when there's so many willing hands to help you back on! Will be watching for your victory post for when you lose those 4lbs again!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 3/10/2012 7:41PM

    That's not a bad fall at all! I know it feels pretty sucky, but if you get right back on that wagon those 4 pounds and more will come right off again! Congratulations on losing inches!! :)

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KMMR87 3/10/2012 7:03PM

    Wagons are like horses. Brush yourself off and get back on (I wonder if we can take exercise credit for getting back on the wagon).Give yourself some credit and continue losing those inches, girl!

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MARTA_M 3/10/2012 6:45PM

    The wagon stopped for you to get back on!

I am glad to hear you're losing inches, and 4 pounds isn't awful.

My best to you and yours!

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