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A year later and an "atta girl"

Sunday, September 08, 2013

About a year ago I started a downward spiral that took hold for a 10# gain. It started when we took our yearly vacation - too much eating, not enough exercise and an attitude of "I'm on vacation. I'll get back on track when I return home"....Right !? It took a few months to turn this spiral around. Like so many of us I felt shame and anger after having done so well for so long on this journey. With many self talks and a few swift kicks I did get back on track. Lost the 10 unwanted pounds and met my goal (again).
We just came back from our vacation, here's where the "atta girl" comes in. I weigh the same as when I left for the trip. I still ate foods that are not on my normal menu.
Like fried chicken and home made butter pecan ice cream. Had a couple of cocktails, some dark chocolate carmel fudge....oh I could go on, but I won't.
What made the difference this time? I actually tracked all of my food, not just thought about it. This kept me accountable and my eyes wide open. I also made sure I got some exercise in daily.
One day while DH went fishing I went shopping....didn't just look at the beautiful clothes I tried them on. I'm not one to clothes shop, but this time I put on those clothes and saw how "fine" I looked.....well, I have to admit, those smiles (and tears of joy) trumped any over eating I could have done. Those "satisfied with myself" feelings still linger to this day.
I know I will still take one day at a time on this journey as I had some concerns when starting maintenance, but six weeks in maintenance, a vacation behind me and an attitude of "I can/will do this"....well it's a winning combination. I will keep setting new goals and moving forward...
Thanks for stopping by. Hope everyone has a Sensational Sunday and let's keep making those healthy choices together. ((HUGS))

  
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IS1GAR 9/13/2013 9:06AM

    I'm proud of you for taking charge while on vacation....this is a way of life and is very hard to embrace at first but once you pass the mental game that plays in our mind all is possible.
When I'm out of the house I still continue to log my meals and even when things not exactly perfect for the plan are eaten I still write them down to see what effects had taken place. I also try to do some exercise. As of now I have not reached my goal yet, but I'm on the road of gaining that satisfaction and I know I can do it with the help of all my Spark friends.
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ANGELFMABV 9/11/2013 7:31AM

    I am so very proud and inspired by your success. You are doing a wonderful job. Keep up the great work!

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GABIBEAR 9/9/2013 11:09PM

    Barb, I am soooooo happy for you. While I was reading your blog I couldn't keep myself from smiling - A LOT!!!! I know that is a wonderful feeling and hearing you say that you looked fine in new clothes was such an inspiration!!! You go girl!!!! I love your blog!!! Keep up the great work pretty lady!!!
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P.S. And the fact that you wrote your blog on my birthday makes it extra special!!!

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EFFIEANNIE 9/9/2013 8:51AM

    Wonderful. That's so rewarding when we finally "get it". We know we can have those things like pecan pie sometimes. Just don't eat the whole pie everyday! Good job.

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JCRAFT6 9/9/2013 8:20AM

    good job. Keep up the good work

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LRSILVER 9/9/2013 4:45AM

    It sounds like you have this under control. WTG.

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CIROHIO 9/8/2013 11:49PM

    emoticon emoticon so atta girl did you buy yourself something nice?

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1CRAZYDOG 9/8/2013 8:41PM

  OH Barb, I am so proud of you! Excellent job. Healthy lifestyle changes don't mean you have to deprive yourself as you've found. It does mean, though, that we have to be accountable, as you've also found out and done and were rewarded for the effort with no weight gain while on vacation! Good job!

Maintenance . . . it definitely is all about that fine balance of eating healthy and not being "deprived".

So proud of you!

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MSLZZY 9/8/2013 7:29PM

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/8/2013 5:34PM

    You did fantastic!!

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OLDERDANDRT 9/8/2013 1:42PM

    This is fantastic!!! It really helps when we stay accountable!! And I guess, sometimes we have to get angry enough to give ourselves the talk and maybe several swift kicks to the tushie!!! I'm so proud to know this story of yours and the proof that errors can be corrected!!!! Way to go, my friend!! emoticon (((HUGS)))

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IAMAGEMLOVER 9/8/2013 1:38PM

    emoticon Barb. I still have the occasional treat, okay more than occasional. This month I did put on 2 pounds. I found Magnum ice cream bars and I just can't stop eating them. I just won't buy them anymore for awhile. I am so proud of you. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASMARTERWAY 9/8/2013 1:34PM

    we had friends over for Sunday lunch today and it was delicious, even though I say it myself (although Zairul cooked). I had to really hold back and portion control because I felt I could eat the whole table! It's only the desire to see results and the end goal that spur you to exercise that so badly needed self control.

Together we can do it

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KATHRYNLP 9/8/2013 12:35PM

    You are doing really good... emoticon emoticon

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OVERACTIVEELBOW 9/8/2013 12:15PM

    Atta Girl.
I think everyone has already said it all.
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ESYLVANTUTOR207 9/8/2013 12:00PM

    Love, love, love this blog, Barb. I am so very proud of you. It has been a rough go for us over the last year or two, but we are still here and that is awesome! You know you are one of my inspirations on Spark...You give me hope that I can do what you have done. I won't give up until I get it right...Just like you did on this vacation of yours....

It must have been wonderful to step on that scale and weigh the same as you did before...WOW! You really are changing your lifestyle and your habits and I loved the positive feeling of this blog. Thanks for sharing. You continue to put a smile on my face with your success. Sending you a great big hug for a job well done. xoxoxoxoxo
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MILLISMA 9/8/2013 11:50AM

    emoticon what a great job!!! It's called lesson learned and you learned it so well. You should be very proud.

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JACKIE542 9/8/2013 11:45AM

    Good job and atta girl. We can do what needs to be done even on vacation.
Hope you got some of those nice clothes you tried on.
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DEBRITA01 9/8/2013 11:21AM

    emoticon Vacationing and avoiding weight gain is a tough balance sometimes, but you've proven to yourself that it can be done. Atta Girl!

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RUNNERRACHEL 9/8/2013 11:07AM

    emoticon great job on your tracking and fitness while on vacation!

Congrats on successful maintenance emoticon

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JUSTA123 9/8/2013 11:01AM

    emoticon needed your blog today thank you!

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GRANPATTIE 9/8/2013 10:33AM

    What an encouraging story. I'm at the beginning of my journey (again) and I want this to be the last time. One day I would like to be the one trying on beautiful clothes and looking "fine". I can truly imagine that being worth all the effort the result requires.

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KANOE10 9/8/2013 9:44AM

    You are doing great. You are positive and maintaining.

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HOLLYM48 9/8/2013 9:35AM

    That is so awesome! I am so proud of you! What a great attitude and great job on tracking and getting your exercise each day. Makes the world of difference!
So happy for you that you felt and looked FINE as you tried on clothes, it makes such a difference in our attitude when the clothes and the sizes fit so well.
Welcome home and so glad to hear that your vacation was successful for fitting into maintenance! I know that together we can do this. I love that you help me and I certainly hope that I help you!
Hugs and have a great SUnday!

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FELINA 9/8/2013 9:29AM

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Absolutely wonderful ! You should be so pleased and proud, you've done fantastic and you're well on the road to successful maintenance !
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At GOAL 7/28/2013

Sunday, July 28, 2013

As I've stated in a previous blog, I am ready for the maintenance phase of my journey. Today I am doing just that. Reached my goal 60 pounds and am changing my tracker.

I've taken the past few weeks working on this transition, especially the mind set it will take to maintain. I'm sure there will be some stumbles along the way, but I will not let them take me away from my long term goal of maintaining this weight loss. Of course I will take this this part of my journey with "baby steps" when it comes to adding calories but "big girl" steps when it comes to exercise. I will find the balance I will need to succeed.

I no longer fear this new adventure. I am prepared to walk the walk.....not just talk the talk. Besides with the support of my fabulous Spark family I can't go wrong. You have already gotten me through the past 3 years and am sure you will be there for me as this journey continues.

Thank you for stopping by and let's keep making those healthy choices together.... good for both body and soul. HUGS!

  
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TESENISIS1 8/26/2013 2:43PM

    SO wonderful to see you made your goal!!!

Tes

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Congrats on meeting your goal, that is awesome!

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EFFIEANNIE 8/3/2013 8:57AM

    Congratulations. I wish you the best and I know you will maintain. I have been maintaining just fine for the past year, ONLY still 60 pounds from my goal!

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SUSANNAH31 8/2/2013 11:13PM

    I wish you the best as you begin this new phase of your journey.
I have not yet reached maintenance, but I have many SP friends who have - and I know it requires almost as much determination and perseverance as the original loss does.
Here's to your continued success!

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I'm decorating your page with a whole bunch of Atta Girls!! I'm so excited for you, and I know that you must be proud of what you have accomplished!
CONGRATULATIONS ON YOUR SPARk-TACULAR ACHIEVEMENT!
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ZIGGY122 8/1/2013 7:33PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great news! gives me encouragement to continue my journey

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JENSHAINES 7/30/2013 10:52AM

    Whoa! YAYYAYAYAYAYYAYAYAYYAAAAAAAYYYYYY Barb!!!! Sorry I haven't been around more - I'll be talking about the BLC. You are SO wonderful! I'm rushing right off to find you a good goodie!

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Way to go Barb!!! CONGRATULATIONS!!!! emoticon emoticon
I'm so proud of you!!!! I hope to be celebrating with you later this year!!!!

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IS1GAR 7/29/2013 8:50PM

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Congratulations! You can count on me to help you through this other face of your journey but I know you are ready to take on the next step.
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CIROHIO 7/29/2013 1:17PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon so proud of you Barb! And I am sure you are going to do just fine on the maintenance program. Kudos to you! emoticon emoticon Cathe

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/29/2013 10:00AM

    Congratulations! You are going to do fantastic!!

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JCRAFT6 7/29/2013 7:28AM

    good job. Keep it up. Thanks for all the encouragment

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MAKINANIMPACT 7/28/2013 7:15PM

    Barb great job!! I'm proud of you! Yes don't do what I did, I'm now 15 pounds higher and I got lazy with my food and I've been struggling with my working out but trying to get on track with that again!

Great Job and Keep up the mental as well as the physical!!

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KATHYJO56 7/28/2013 6:01PM

    Hi Barb, You are right, it does take a different mindset to maintain rather than lose weight. You are doing incredible and I know that you will find just as much success in maintaining as in losing. emoticon

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GRANPATTIE 7/28/2013 5:40PM

    Congratulations, dear friend! I know you'll continue to suceed!
You're such an inspiration and you are so supportive...an ideal Sparker!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/28/2013 2:55PM

  It's definitely a continuation of the adventure. . . for sure. BUT you've already got the good healthy habits established as a foundation for the continuation!

Good job. . . proud of you! I remember when you first joined. It is such a growing process, isn't it!

HUGS

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OLDERDANDRT 7/28/2013 1:46PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon This is just wonderful!! It's funny, it's taking me soooo long to lose this excess (& I still have a ways to go) and I seem to lose a little then maintain it for months!!!! I know maintenance will take vigilance, tho, in the long run! If you ever feel you need a cheerleader, here I am! Hope you will be sticking here like glue to make sure you maintain your maintenance!! hehe Can't tell you how proud I am of you and your accomplishment!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TERRIH8118 7/28/2013 11:57AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Congratulations on reaching your goal. I love your mindset on maintenance emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/28/2013 11:50AM

    I saw on the Angels team huddle that you reached a goal and I came over to see what it was about and I was right. I had a clue since you joined the team and have been talking about it. emoticon I am so happy for you. I hope you did that happy dance, after yelling it from the rooftops of course. emoticon Me, I ran to the store and bought my jeans.

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JACKIE542 7/28/2013 11:31AM

    Great news! emoticon emoticon
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MAUITN 7/28/2013 10:57AM

    You have done a great job. All your hard work has paid off and now you can move along in another mode. Vigilant, but free to view your options. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSFRANKI1 7/28/2013 9:59AM

  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon SO Happy for you!! I had just stopped by your page yesterday, and had noticed how very close to goal you were. Fabulous job on all of your hard work! I can't wait to join you next year. You'll do great at maintenance too~ emoticon emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/28/2013 9:25AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!!!!!!!!!
I am so proud of you. I knew you would do it this weekend. Wowowooowoowoo
Great job. Hope you are doing a happy hoppy dance this morning.
Together we will continue the journey and it will continue to be the best adventure we have ever embarked upon!
GREAT JOB!!!!!

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MILLISMA 7/28/2013 9:18AM

    emoticon emoticon Just logged on to track and saw this. So excited for you....a job well done and I know you will "walk the walk"!!!

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Big Boy Seasoning

Thursday, July 25, 2013

When I was growing up there were a chain of "Big Boy" restaurants around town. I believe there are still some around down South. Anyways, it was always a treat to go this restaurant because they had the best "Big Boy" burgers (sort of like Big Mac's from McDonalds) but they had this "Big Boy" seasoning you could put on it and Yum it was oh so good. They also had the best fresh strawberry pie you could sink your teeth into, but that could be another story. Back to the burgers. After a number of years the restaurants closed one by one. I finally decided to purchase some of that seasoning and use it on "Big Mac's. Than the seasoning ran out and the restaurants were all closed. So it was just a memory for many, many years.
One day coming home from a friends house we passed the place that was the last "Big Boy" that we could remember. (It is now a battery plus store). We started talking about the "good old days". The following day DH got on line (with out me knowing it) and found a "Big Boy" who sold the seasoning and order a couple of bottles. They came in the mail and I was doing a happy dance. We ran over to McDonald's and bought a couple of Big Mac's......because my eating habits have changed so much I could only eat 1/2 the sandwich, but enjoyed every bite. Than I got to thinking....now that I have the seasoning I could make that nostalgic sandwich healthier. So tonight for supper I had my own version of the "Big Boy" burger: 1 Italian light burger bun with sesame seeds, 1 slice of reduced fat cheese, 1 Morning Star griller, some lettuce, 1/2 TB of thousand island dressing and of course the infamous "Big Boy" seasoning.
It was very, very good.......glad I tried this sandwich, 'cuz I now have enough seasoning on hand to last a long time and I won't have to try to remember just how good those burgers were I can make my version of it and put a smile on my face and sit back and remember all the good times we used to have at "Big Boy's"
Thanks for stopping by and I hope you all have a dinner as good as I did. ((HUGS))

  
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LIGHTHOUSEGIRL1 7/27/2013 10:28PM

    Great blog...you put a smile on my face !! I have fond memories too of eating at Bob's Big Boy as I was growing up ... it was the "in place" to be when I was in high school. Thank you for sharing !! emoticon emoticon

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GABIBEAR 7/27/2013 1:12AM

    That sounds really delicious Barb! I'm so glad that you thought of making a healthy version that was just as good as the loaded one!!!! You rock! Have a great weekend!!!

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JACKIE542 7/26/2013 7:17PM

    Yes, I use to go there all the time, and we still have one close by. I like your healthy version, sounds very yummy. You have such a nice hubby, what a nice surprise, that he found the seasoning for you. emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/26/2013 11:59AM

    Thanks for the information. I wonder if you could do it with turkey burgers. I have some in the freezer. Now my mouth it watering.

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OLDERDANDRT 7/26/2013 10:27AM

    What a yummy memory! Glad your DH got that for you! What a sweet guy! Hope y'all are having a great day!! ((HUGS))

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KATHRYNLP 7/26/2013 8:39AM

    I remember Big Boy! It was the "In place" to go after the High School Friday Night Football Game. Thanks for the memories! emoticon emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 7/26/2013 8:07AM

    YUMMMM !!!!!!!!!!!!!!
I remember those !!!!
I Googled it for you.
Here is a link for the recipe...There are 2 similar ones on this page.
Amazon, also, sells the seasoning...
http://www.recipeli
nk.com/msgbrd/board_14/2010/DEC
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I just posted a thread with the 2 recipes on our team...

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HOLLYM48 7/26/2013 7:54AM

    Way to make something like that healthy! I loved big macs but gave them up completely a year ago. Now we make cheeseburgers at home with much better ground beef and a lot less calories too. Never heard of a big boy so don't know what I missed out on those!
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JUSTA123 7/26/2013 7:02AM

    Great and what a sweetheart of a husband you have!

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KATHYJO56 7/26/2013 12:03AM

    Hi Barb, I know what you mean about that seasoning. I like the way that you lightened up your own burger. Where there's a will, there's a way! lol We have Big Boys in our area, but they are slowing disappearing along the highways. emoticon

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SHARON10002 7/25/2013 11:27PM

    I remember Big Boy! The closest one to my family when I was growing up was 35 miles away. Needless to say, we didn't get there very often, but I remember it definitely was a treat! emoticon

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MSLZZY 7/25/2013 10:39PM

    We had one 60 miles away and I can only remember the sign
because we never ate there. But I can only imagine the bliss
you are feeling tonight. HUGS!

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MAUITN 7/25/2013 10:33PM

    They use to be around, but haven't seen one in years. Glad you enjoyed your homemade healthy version.

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S3XYDIVASMOM 7/25/2013 10:15PM

    Do you have any idea what goes into this mix? Could be wonderful, but if there's a lot of salt in it, it could mess up what sounds like both a nutritious and yummy meal. Nonetheless, it was very sweet of your husband to research and buy this product for you. What a great guy!

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MILLISMA 7/25/2013 9:00PM

    I have heard of them but never been to one. Will have to google and see if I can find what the seasoning is like. Had to admit....the burger you made sounds yummy!!!

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1CRAZYDOG 7/25/2013 8:43PM

  Holy Big Boy! I LOVED 'em too (had 'em in IL and when I was in college, it was a favored place for lunch/dinner.) Glad you got the seasoning!

HUGS and enjoy.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/25/2013 8:32PM

    Never heard of them. I have places like that from my childhood though.

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My taste "buds" certainly have changed

Monday, July 15, 2013

Year ago I came across "Miss Meringue" cookies. At the time you could only get them on line. Now I find them in some stores. These were like an answer to a prayer. I bought the minis and you could have 12 of these sweet treats for 120 calories with no fat. I was in one of my yo-yo diet phases so whenever I "needed" a sweet to eat I would have some of these (sometimes all 12).
I still keep them in my cupboard mostly because I really like them.
So today I was preparing lunch and decided to put two on my plate, like a mini dessert:) While I was getting ready to sit down and eat my lunch I popped one of the meringues in my mouth (they are just a little bigger than a Hershey kiss).
I could not believe that I actually found this little morsel to be too sweet to enjoy :(
Working on eating healthier has done a lot of things for me physically and mentally over the past three years, but I never, let me repeat never thought my sweet tooth could be tamed. I am a foodaholic, not just a sweet eater and on this journey I have made some changes, but have never eliminated any foods....just portion control and tracking. So even though I enjoy my dark chocolate (which is the only chocolate I will eat now, unlike before anything chocolate would be eaten), my sweet tooth is getting sophisticated.....or picky. I am pleased to say the least.
So I guess if you are struggling with certain foods, but limit them (and of course track them) you too may get a picky sweet tooth. emoticon emoticon
Thanks for stopping by. Make healthy choices and enjoy your journey. HUGS to all.

  
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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/18/2013 11:30AM

    I have made some headway with this too. I am more choosey about how to spend my sweet calories than years ago. Some things are just not worth it. Congratulations.

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KATHRYNLP 7/16/2013 9:01AM

    Life's a journey of discovery... Here's to dark chocolate! emoticon

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GABIBEAR 7/16/2013 12:13AM

    That is wonderful Barb!!! Good for you!

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KATHYJO56 7/16/2013 12:05AM

    You certainly have a lot to be proud of. You have worked hard and as a result, each day is providing special little rewards for you. I don't care for sweets anymore either, but I d have to confess that once in awhile I get a real craving for dark chocolate-which I never ate before. I only ate milk chocolate and now I don't care for that. Go figure! emoticon

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FLGIRL1234 7/15/2013 11:03PM

    Its funny how that happens. At least its a good thing! emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 7/15/2013 10:15PM

    I just love this testament to how our taste buds change when we make healthy choices! Huzzah!

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MILLIFRED 7/15/2013 7:31PM

    I have noticed the same thing; I still eat a snack about once a day of a small piece of chocolate or a mini candy bar, but there's no way I could eat more than one. I used to just love mallow cups. The last time I bought them a few months ago I found them way to sweet and ended up giving them all to the kids. Like you I havn't given up any of the foods I love, just changed portion sizes. That really does seem to be one of the secrets to success. Don't tell yourself you can never have that again, or even worse that you can have it again when you're done with your diet!

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JACKIE542 7/15/2013 7:30PM

    I do understand this, I had a major sweet tooth, soda. Everything sweet, started by no longer drinking soda, now it is way too sweet.
I still will have a piece of cake whenever there is a birthday, but I never eat the whole piece now.
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ANGELFMABV 7/15/2013 7:26PM

    What a great revelation! Thank you for sharing!

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/15/2013 6:41PM

    I use to drink Mt. Dew. Sometimes 4 a day. This was before I started the journey. I ordered one about a year ago when I went for pizza and I didn't care for it, too sweet. I would have enjoyed having a glass of water with my mio better. Now, if I could just start disliking ice cream. emoticon

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MJLUVSANIMALS 7/15/2013 6:10PM

    I had to totally cut sugar out of my plan, and chocolate too. I believe both of them are huge triggers for me. I avoid anything fat free, because it still has sugar. You could probably make the meringue yourself, you will know what goes into them.

I had a major sweet tooth, and now I don't. I believe cutting sugar entirely out of my food, has squelched that. I have done without it and chocolate for almost 4 months now.

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1CRAZYDOG 7/15/2013 6:03PM

  1 experienced a profound taste change in my perception of sweet and salty. I could have eaten a gigando bag of potato chips in my former pre-sparky days. NOW . . . they aren't even a temptation, thank goodness.

Sugar . . . I agree too that my sense of sweet has DRAMATICALLY altered. NOW for me, fruit is plenty sweet enough for my taste buds, again, thank goodness!

For me, it is definitely all about portion control and listening to my body. There ARE things I have had to cut out of my diet due to my diabetes, but even that doesn't make me feel deprived, because there is so much that I CAN have!

Great blog Barb. It really is inspirational . . . for those just starting out and those of us in maintenance.



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MILLISMA 7/15/2013 5:43PM

    What a great non-scale victory. Love the blog and that means there's hope for all of us with a sweet tooth. Now if I could only find a cure for craving ice cream....coffee ice cream, that is. lol

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HOLLYM48 7/15/2013 5:06PM

    that is great that your sweet tooth is now picky! what a great thing to learn after all these years. I like just a small amount of chocolate after dinner just to satisfy the sweet tooth in me. After looking at calorie content and thinking about how many hours it would take to burn if off, it has made me think twice about how much and what I will eat to satisfy that craving.
Great job in finding this great discovery about yourself. It is true that our tastes change and pretty soon, something you never thought you could live without doesn't even sound that good. Here is to making healthy choices!! Hurray!!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/15/2013 5:04PM

    Isn't it wonderful some of the non-scale victories we win here and there without even really being aware of it!? I totally understand as I have been there, too!
Hope you are having a super day, my friend!! ((HUGS))

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SHARON10002 7/15/2013 4:58PM

    Thanks for the hope! Oh, I too have a sweet tooth. It's good to know that as I get healthier that maybe I will only need a good piece of dark chocolate to satisfy my sweet tooth!

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SALLYLEE84 7/15/2013 4:57PM

    Yay! That's always fun to find something that you used to love isn't quite as delicious as you remember it. That was the same thing that happened with diet coke and me and I used to be a "you'll pry it from my cold dead hands", but once I introduced water, water just tasted better. emoticon

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BETZYGIRL 7/15/2013 4:55PM

    What an awesome blog! Hearing your story gives me hope that eventually I will get my salty/crunchy tooth under control! Thanks for sharing.

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MSLZZY 7/15/2013 4:55PM

    Here's to a picky sweet tooth. emoticon

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Yesterday's dilemma...

Monday, July 08, 2013

So yesterday started like a normal day. Menu done, ST done, a few chores done. While taking a shower I noticed a light flicker and thought the bulb was going.....than I noticed all three lights were flickering...oh oh ...could be a power outage. Jumped out to turn off the lights and quickly finished my shower. While drying off I heard the TV so I figured the power was back on. Boy was I wrong. We, along with most of our neighbors had a partial power outage....some lights on some not. I checked the fridge and it was out. Now we all know DO NOT OPEN fridge/freezer when power out. Never know how long it will be out and don't want food to spoil. Did I mention it was 85 and humid and the A/C went out too!
Called the electric company and the trouble shooter came out within an hour.....transformer needed to be replaced. He had to disconnect all the power and call in a crew to replace it. It was Sunday so that meant literally calling in a crew from their homes. After 5 hours of no power it was successfully back on :)
Luckily I keep a bowl of fruit on the counter so lunch/dinner was various fruits along with peanut butter, tuna and lots of water.
So even though our power was out we were able to eat healthy, stay on track and not succumb to a run for fast food.
Thanks for stopping by. Have a wonderful Monday and let's continue making healthy choices today. ((HUGS))

  
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SHARON10002 7/19/2013 11:57PM

    Your electric company was pretty efficient if they were able to get it all up and running in just 5 hours - not withstanding those 5 hours are 4 hours and 55 minutes too long to be without air conditioning in this heat! emoticon
emoticon on the healthy eating!

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NICKYCRANE 7/16/2013 3:22AM

    We have frequent power cuts in Albania, fewer now, thank God! Maybe one every 2 weeks or so, but normally not longer than 2 or 3 hours. Used to be scheduled 2 or 3 times a day, plus unscheduled ones for defects!
But for you they are not a regular fact of life, so well done coping and not letting it throw you!

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CIROHIO 7/10/2013 8:53AM

    oh I hate when that happens emoticon Barb you are so emoticon even when you had an unexpected problem hit you...you found a way to stay on track emoticon emoticon
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JACKSGRAN 7/10/2013 2:32AM

    What a day! Glad it was sorted. Good idea to eat fruit in the meantime.



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GABIBEAR 7/9/2013 11:53PM

    Hi Barb,

So glad that you got your power back after a few hours - especially since it happened on a Sunday! Great for you that you were able to ride out the outage in a healthy way without any food spoilage. I bet it was hard to be without the air conditioner, but sounds like you did excellent!

Gabi
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MILLISMA 7/9/2013 10:20AM

    Glad you got your power back. With all this heat, I'm surprised we've only had some flickers and no real loss. Since I have a well, I always try to stay prepared with a number of things. You did a great job and hope today is better.

hugs...Mary Anne

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SPARKLED146 7/9/2013 6:54AM

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RORYLYONS 7/9/2013 2:12AM

    Gosh I hate when that happens...You kept a cool head and everything was up & running...Fabulous on the fruit and water on the side. Out here we cross our fingers it's been over 100 so far so good.

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KATHYJO56 7/9/2013 12:35AM

    Barb, We had something similar happen last year and I have to say that I was not as well prepared as you were. emoticon

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ESYLVANTUTOR207 7/8/2013 10:00PM

    Uggh! Power outages are the pits! I have had my share in New York accompanied by throwing out a lot of spoiled food. Sounds like you were lucky and didn't lose anything. That's great! Love your dinner idea...Thank God for fruit, tuna and peanut butter...good thinking, Barb. I am with you on continuing to make healthy choices...moving forward, not looking back, because I want to be healthier and happier. Thanks for always being there for me, my friend. You are one special lady. ((HUGS))
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JUSTA123 7/8/2013 9:51PM

    You go girl! you are going to beat that cycle maintenance is going to be a breeze! emoticon

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HOLLYM48 7/8/2013 6:37PM

    I hate power outages. My husband freaks out about them much more than me so I told him we should really get a back up generator, a small one, to run the fridge at least so he won't worry as much!
Glad you had your fruit and a few other things to tide you over. I think the worst part would be no air conditioning in this humidity. After being outside running and walking, there is nothing like coming into the house with central air!
Hope your day is back to normal today and at least you have a new transformer that shouldn't have issues for the rest of the summer!
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DLG0505 7/8/2013 2:16PM

    My air conditioner is 27 years old and is still running like a champ. My worse fear is it will go out on a weekend on a 90 degree day! And why is it we still like to open the refrigerator when we know we're not supposed to? Curiosity killed the cat!

You did a great job of going to Plan B. It's always a good idea to have a backup plan. Thanks for reminding us to have a backup plan!

Have a great week!

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OLDERDANDRT 7/8/2013 12:40PM

    emoticon whew!! That can be scary!! Glad your power co. was able to get y'all back on an even keel!!! Good for healthy eating at home on the fly!! (((HUGS)))

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MURRAYGOLD 7/8/2013 12:27PM

    You took charge of a situation that could have resulted in some "bad" choices...you stayed focused. Good for you!

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MSLZZY 7/8/2013 11:24AM

    Thankfully the repair crew came so quickly and you didn't lose anything. And it wasn't something that you could control. I don't like it when I find out the repairs are for me to pay. Hope you have a better and cooler day without any drama.

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IAMAGEMLOVER 7/8/2013 10:55AM

    emoticon Barb. I would have freaked out. I always say it is a good thing I am lazy and don't like going out in the heat. Yesterday I wanted a sundae so bad but I didn't want to go out in the heat. The only thing that saved me.

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KATHRYNLP 7/8/2013 10:49AM

    It's a Summer occurrence here too. Glad you had some fruit to nibble on. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 7/8/2013 10:39AM

  what a great thing that you were able to still eat healthy despite the power outage. PHEW. glad they were able to restore it. Always on a long weekend, right!?!

It definitely was hot and humid yesterday.

HUGS and smiles.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/8/2013 10:22AM

    We have experienced the same thing way too often. You did great!

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NHES220 7/8/2013 10:17AM

    Glad they were able to get a crew out on a Sunday and get your power back on! Good for you for sticking to healthy eating!
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FLGIRL1234 7/8/2013 9:52AM

    Being in Florida, it happens by us anytime we have a bad storm or hurricane winds. Good job on staying on track through it all. :)

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SUNSHINE192DAY 7/8/2013 9:51AM

    emoticon Good job on handling the situation!

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JANET552 7/8/2013 9:49AM

    Hooray for sticking to healthy eating even when the power goes out!! Good for you! I hope your Monday is great. I'll work on those healthy choices too.

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