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"Hairspray" in the round....

Friday, October 22, 2010

We are so blessed to have many museums and theaters (big and small) in Wisconsin. Yesterday we took in the musical "Hairspray" at a quaint establishment called the "Fireside" in Fort Atkinson, Wisconsin. It is about an hour drive (give or take a couple of road construction detours) from out house. The sun was shining and our trees are finally turning into a fall wonderland of reds, oranges and yellows. We arrive with enough time to walk through the shops they have with a great variety of items (including Christmas) to purchase.
Than it was off to lunch. The dining area (split up into a few smaller areas with etched glass walls and greenery, a fountain and yes a grand fireplace. Hence the name "Fireside" The dining area also has a couple of bigger rooms to accommodate bus loads of people who come from all over Wisconsin, Minnesota, Illinois etc. Lunch started with a Garden Salad of mixed greens, sweet corn, hard boiled eggs , toasted pine nuts with a sweet sour dressing. Alon side fresh baked breads (cheddar and dill...this time) baked right in their own bakery. It was delicious! The entre was a breaded chicken breast, placed on a lemon cream sauce with caper buds and parsley. Along with that was a grilled Asiago polenta topped with Marinara sauce,snap peas and carrots. Sounds like a lot of food, but perfect portion control....about 4 oz. of chicken, a 1 1/2" sq. of polenta and a half a plate of veggies. All cooked to perfection. Of course they served dessert (which we took home for later).......a Southern Pecan Pie. here too portion control (I loved it) 1/16 of a pie per person.........Just the right size for a taste without gorging one self. Next the show. Most of the performers are from off Broadway productions. I must say very talented.
The theater is built in the round, holds about 400+ people. We had second row end seats (the performers actually come and go down the aisle to get to and from the stage. It also has a circular movable section(which goes up and down) in the middle of the stage. This brings props and people up and down in between scenes.
The singing and acting along with a lot of dancing was fantastic. The whole crowd really got into the performance singing along (when we knew the words), clapping to the beat of the music. We all walked away (sad it was over), but very glad we came to the show. What a wonderful experience.....we will be going back another day for another show. The "Fireside" puts on about 5 or 6 show a season. One of the most popular being the Christmas show. We usually go in "fair" weather (do to the drive), but next ears Christmas show starts in October (do to the demand) so maybe just maybe we will go.
I'm still excited from yesterday and today going out with friends while DH goes fishing with his friends......Have a sparkling day.......HUGS to all who stop by this blog.......
PS didn't track yesterdays food yet but when I weighed myself this morning..... didn't gain (or lose) on ounce...............I'm HAPPY!

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ASMARTERWAY 10/24/2010 11:46AM

    Oh My Barb, I love Hairspray, and I love your diet even more! Yum.

Yes I am busy, but still trying to make time to reply to my faithful friends! Busy is not always bad, if it's for a time only. I work better under pressure.

Thanks for stopping by my page!

Lots of love... Jonathan x

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MSLZZY 10/23/2010 12:13AM

    A perfectly wonderful day and so glad you could enjoy it. The meal sounds scrumptious! HUGS!

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GEMINI-SKY 10/22/2010 10:39AM

    Sound like a Perfect Day. Theater, Food and Family...
You're doing GREAT so Keep up the Good Work...

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MAGPIE74 10/22/2010 10:06AM

    Wow, what a wonderful experience and a great date to have with your husband. And luck you, having a girls day while your husband goes fishing. emoticon

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How I ate my way through the game.......

Saturday, October 09, 2010

I don't usually toot my own horn but, I came up with the best solution for snacking during the Badger emoticon games.....(for me).

Pre SP: the snacks were - plates of cheese and sausage, bowls of chips and dips, maybe some hot wings or "smokies" in BBQ sauce.

Now : 6 emoticon sausage bites, cut in 1/2" pieces; 1 oz. emoticoncheese, cut in 1/4" cubes; 1 cup of emoticon, cut in halves; bag of 100 cal. pretzels, yes broken in half and a fresh peach cut into bite size pieces.

I made it thru the whole game with a big plate of snacks and two bottles of water (one with Crystal Light Strawberry. I also had some cinnamon sugar free gum on hand just in case I ran out of snacks (at least I would have something to chew on)

emoticonI did it............Badgers won and I'm already making plans for next week's game.....cucumber slices with hummus for starters.

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PANSYLADY2 11/4/2010 2:49PM

    Badger games so exciting that it's hard to eat and cheer!! Saw you blog and was curious. Hope the weekend goes well for Bucky.

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JMILBURN2 10/13/2010 11:31AM

  Nice job! I bet if you find something to do with your hands... say knitting, or paining your finger nails or whatever, it could even slow things down a bit, maybe save you some energy halving grapes :P

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STRINGS58 10/11/2010 10:25PM

    Wooo Hooo -- We are in Florida but have no affinity for FSU, UF or Miami in particular. We watch home state Wisconsin sometimes, but hubby (originally from Kenosha) went to grad school at University of Michigan, so . . . . nice job on the snack strategies. By the end of the season, you will score your own touchdown and take off a few "extra points" on the scale!

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FITJEANS 10/10/2010 1:56PM

    Yay so proud of you, you turned a weakness into a stenght. Whoa when i think of the things i used to eat during a game i just get dizzy lol! I will be definitely taking a page out of your book and follow suit. YOu are proof that I can watch a game and eat like i got some sense lol! Take care and have a sparktastic day. :)

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MSLZZY 10/10/2010 7:14AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 10/10/2010 4:47AM

    You Did GREAT ! ! ! I'm So Motivated now to make Good Snacks for The Browns Game...
Have a Super Sunday.
OXOX emoticon

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MAGPIE74 10/9/2010 6:18PM

    Preparation is key - great job! Next weeks snacks sound good.

emoticon to the badgers!

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22CHUNKY 10/9/2010 4:15PM

    Sounds like you did your homework and some pre-planning. Great job! Ate smart and won the game too. Sounds like TWO wins to me. emoticon emoticon

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Sunday October 3 ......

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Well here it is the first Sunday (weigh in day) of the month. I am doing just fine. Up days and down days, but when I average them out.......there are more ups than downs. For this I am grateful. And I am grateful for all the SP friends who keep me going with your sense of humor, your support and encouragement, and your love. All this comes through the chosen words you send. Thank you.
Now I really feel embarrassed. Up until yesterday I was just looking at my friend feed that shows up on the right side of the page no matter what you are working on. Never did I click on it nor did I realize that comments were being left for me on my status updates. I need to apologize to all of you who left comments. I just didn't read them until yesterday or I would have acknowledged them.
My spark has been a little dim lately. Trying to figure out why. I'm sure it can't be anything major or I would know what is happening. Usually when I have a "blah" day it is just that one day. Lately I've been having day after day of the "blahs". Oh well.......this too shall pass.
Hugs to everybody who reads this and have a healthy, happy week.

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GEMINI-SKY 10/3/2010 9:04PM

    Hi Barb I sure hope your Blah's Leave Town and Soon ! ! !
Hey, I get an email when ever anyone comments on my status. I think you go to your Start page under where it says Welcome and your name on the top on account/email preferences. When the next page comes up, click on the email Tab...You can choose which email notifications you want. I have them all checked and then pick which topics for the weekely emails that interest you. Then click Save & Submit...
Hope this helps..OXOX

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MAGPIE74 10/3/2010 7:10PM

    emoticon to you.

There is so much on this site it doesn't surprise me that you would miss something like that. Well, now that you know it's there.....

So emoticon those blahs and give them the emoticon and then check the feed so you know how much support there is out there for you!


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FITJEANS 10/3/2010 6:27PM

    Hey there i know the feeling me too fighting like heck to kick the bla bla days to the curb. I am almost there just not quite there yet. I am going to try to get a really good emoticonout in so i can feel accomplished and just release the blahness away from me. yup a emoticon and a workout always works for me emoticon. Yeah and dont worry about that everybody has days were their not able to get to everyone especially on blah days LOL! I surely have them. Had one yesterday.
Take care you are so right bcuz this will surely pass. Luv fitjeans(shanda)

Comment edited on: 10/3/2010 6:30:57 PM

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WENDYSPARKS 10/3/2010 1:47PM

    Hugs to you too!! You have a good week also!! Hang in there!!

Wendy emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSLZZY 10/3/2010 1:38PM

    I miss checking the friend feed more days that not but when I do, I see love and support all around me and success galore. Have a great Sunday! Banish the blahs! HUGS!

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Smiling...but looking for your opinion

Friday, September 24, 2010

Here's the deal. I emoticonmyself daily (works for me). I have a "middle of the road" goal of losing 4#'s a month.

Last week went on a mini vacation (refused to take emoticonalong). Came back emoticon 3#'s.

As of today I'm emoticon 3#'s emoticon. And all I did was get back on track, doing what I did pre-vacation. your opinion should I use the #3 loss towards my 4# goal for the month emoticon

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MAGPIE74 10/1/2010 3:33PM

    I probably wouldn't count it, but part of my job requires me to enforce the rules so I am a bit an hard@$$.

But I still think you should honor yourself for getting back on track and losing the #'s you gained. So maybe it's a wash.

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22CHUNKY 9/28/2010 1:23PM

    Go ahead. Count it. If you had not lost it, you would be up by three. Don't be too legalistic. Cut yourself some slack. After all, you deserve it.

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NEENSTER1 9/28/2010 10:30AM

    emoticon You are doing wonderful.

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GIRLSAAB84 9/27/2010 12:40AM

    I weigh myself daily too. I would count this towards your monthly goal, and if you happen to lose more, it'll be a great present for yourself. emoticon

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JRDIAMOND4 9/26/2010 11:30AM

    HMMM Dr Holmes this is a tricky one. There are several ways to look at it.

ex. If you started day one at 170 + 3 - 3 - 3 =167 so you actually only lost 3lbs. Not 6lbs because that would put you at 164. Making your 3lb vaca lost/gain a wash. Do you add the lbs gained to your goal. 4 + 3 - 3 = 4 or do you just figure Goal 4 - 3 = 1. Tricky Tricky. Sorry, this was no help.

HOO HAA I would never make a good analyst. I just confused myself. lol

Happy Sunday,

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ASMARTERWAY 9/25/2010 8:47AM

    Bit of a cheeky sneak but what the heck! hehe

Love...Jonathan x

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WOMANCHEF 9/25/2010 8:19AM

    I use my starting weight because it fluctuates so much - in my case I wouldn't count it. Sorry...

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SAMI199 9/24/2010 10:48PM

    I would count it emoticon

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ROSEWCI 9/24/2010 5:31PM

    YES! A loss is a loss, is a loss! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 9/24/2010 4:25PM

    Totally use it. If it motivates you and helps you stay on track, heck yes!


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FITJEANS 9/24/2010 4:04PM

    I would because you accomplished something and a loss is a loss you know you had to work hard to get that loss so why not count it and im sure you r proud of your loss.

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SLBRANTLEY 9/24/2010 3:24PM

    Umm, I wouldn't...but I'm really glad you got back to your starting point so quickly! Good job!

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LADYBIRD82 9/24/2010 9:50AM

    I use my monthly starting wait, no matter if I go up or not. I then take my end of the month weight and use it. Trust me i'm always on a roller coaster. emoticon

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SSCHULTZ59 9/24/2010 8:56AM

    My opinion would be no.. but.... it is still a loss even it brings you back to where you were you did not loose ground. emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 9/24/2010 8:23AM

    Well, that one is up to you ! ! !
I don't....
My Emoticon is not working again, or there would be a BIG Smiley Face HERE....

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Better a little late than never............

Tuesday, September 21, 2010

Last week went on a short trip with DH. We went to Door County in Northern Wisconsin, we try to go every year..........I know the area and
as prepared as I was , just wasn't prepared enough. Came back up 3#'s.

My "spark" was dimmed............although I did some walking, and was aware of my foods.....I felt (looking back on those days) I didn't give it my all. I was out of my comfort zone of being home and working with my schedule.

I WILL conquer this next year..........I will have many more months of my new healthy lifestyle behind me to secure the "deal"

In the mean time I am going to get rid of those regained pounds and all the rest of the extra baggage I'm carrying around.........I WILL be strong in my commitment (leaving enough wiggle room to make those "human" errors).......

With my new found friends at SP we WILL conquer the world or at least our little corners.....

Hugs to all who read this and thanks for being here.............

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MSLZZY 9/21/2010 10:58PM

    Positive attitude! emoticon

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FITJEANS 9/21/2010 5:44PM

    Yes we wil we shall conquer it all. Love this statement its emoticon.
I loss my sparkpeople spark last week too. Just been busy and havent really been on here. Hey it happens, its back now and Im giving it my all, and pushing it to the limit. Take care and have a terrific tuesday now I am off to check out your blog transformation of a tree. emoticon

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GEMINI-SKY 9/21/2010 5:29PM

    Hi there Barb, Missed you this week. Don't worry about the few extra pounds...You're the one in Control and I Do Know That YOU Have It In You to Overcome...
Love You.

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FRL_ANNEMIEKE 9/21/2010 4:21PM

    That's okay. Especially on vacation it is hard to "stay strong". Just give your best from now on and you'll be fine. We're not machines (and that's good).

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