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An Ode to Tea

Monday, November 15, 2010

When off in diet land I be,
my favorite drink to drink is tea.
Herbal tea is very nice,
Especially when served on ice.
To clear my head & calm my mind,
Hot green tea is what I find.
While sitting in the yard with my friend,
towards the perfect drink my mind does bend:
Irish Breakfast with sugar & cream
A smile across my face doth beam.

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KATRINASVANS 1/12/2011 11:48PM

    Yes but when you're with said friend, you have to be sitting on a couch, in the front yard, eating ham, egg and cheese toaster pastries!

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RAINYFRIDAY 11/15/2010 12:24PM

    super cute!

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SUCCESSAWAITS 11/15/2010 11:11AM

  Sentiments after me own heart!!! I, too, scribble rhymes about all sorts when I need to chill out! Nice one.

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Musical Genius of Ragnarok (as told to the Bard Loki)

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

My Least Favorite Things or Not Until the Fat Lady Sings

(Sung to the tune of My Favorite Things)

Crying and envying,
Huffing and Puffing.
Saying "I'm 12 stone"
and knowing I'm bluffing.
Trying on bras
to have them leave rings.
These aren't a few of my favorite things.

On a diet,
when I'm craving,
when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember these horrible things,
and then I don't feel so bad!

Sucking in, squeezing
and shopping Lane Bryant.
Trying in size 12 jeans
that aren't compliant.
Gettin' a skin burn
Tween my thighs that stings,
These aren't a few of my favorite things.

On a diet,
when I'm craving,
when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember these horrible things
and then I don't feel so bad!

Stretch marks, cellulite,
and elastic clothing.
Insecurity an'
lots of self loathing.
Swim season and
all the grief that it brings.
These aren't a few of my favorite things.

On a diet,
When I'm craving,
when I'm feeling sad,
I simply remember these horrible things,
and then I don't feel so bad!

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CBLANK20091 11/9/2010 11:44AM


Thank you for sharing - it made my day!

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The Checkstand Diet

Sunday, October 03, 2010

My dieting partner & I have often discussed the allure of the diet plans included in the grocery store checkstand magazines. These publications always include: a new diet plan which will help you quickly lose enough weight to make a new person or at least 10-20 lbs by the next holiday, quizzes to help you figure out all of the new medical conditions you could be suffering from but not know about, & pages of recipes including decadent desserts (which are usually pictured on the cover right above the diet plan). There is always the idea in the back of my head that one of these diets will melt the fat from my body while making dinner, organizing my house, creating lovely handcrafted decorations for the soonest holiday or season, & writing up the latest hilarious antics of my child. Even when you find one that seems to work, you have to keep looking. One of them will have the magical ability to not only fix my weight but also everything about my life that is not where it should be.

I found the diet I started with at the beginning of the summer in one of these magazines. Eating 3 serving of fruit, 3 servings of vegetables, 3 serving of lean protein & 2 servings of whole grains a day while keeping your calories at 1100-1500 calories is a sensible plan. I still feel that it is a good diet but.... I need a change. These mag diets give you a chance to check out the newest diet plans but in a greatly abbreviated form (Cliff's Notes for diets?). The article will include the bare bones of the diet but without the authors philosophy on life, dieting, & why their plan is the best out there. I have to admit that with diet books I tend to skim the author's "blahblahblah" & go straight to the actual diet/ meal plan.

My latest plan from the checkstand is the carb timing diet. You are suppose to eat all of your grainy carbs and at least 600 calories before noon. After noon you are allowed unlimited fruits, vegetables & lean protein. There are other details to the diet, but that is the main idea. Implementing the plan was harder than I thought. I have gotten not very good about eating decent breakfast because food doesn't sound appealing first thing in the morning. The plan is supposed to change that as well as help with late afternoon energy slumps & evening cravings....We'll see.

Of course I am still trying to get in cardio and strength training no less than 3 times a week. I also try to get at least a 10-15 min walk in everyday as well. If all else fails I can use the stacks of magazines I've acquired at weights in my strength training!

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ADDICTEDFOODIE 10/3/2010 12:49PM

    Hope it helps...personally, I don't go for those diets in magazines. However, all diets work, it's the life time changes that have to be consistent.
good luck
addicted foodie

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JATHUENER 10/3/2010 12:47PM

    whew i thought i was the only one that did that. Yes i love to read them not necessarily to do them but just to see the latest attempts that has been placed before the public eyes. I know that they put the tempting things at the counter for you to pick up and buy without thinking why you need to leave it there.
But i will admit they do have some great recipes and tips on exercise sometimes to follow. Well i will see you at the next magazine for the latest diet--julie

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