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Trip to Sarasota

Thursday, April 04, 2013

We had a delightful trip to Sarasota

What a great day!! We arrived at lunchtime so found O'Leary's Tiki Bar and Grill on the Bay.

I had thought I could get my sister to go out in a kayak, but it was way too windy for a first timer.

We had a delightful lunch. A sign said, "Don't Feed the Seagulls." I had no intention of giving anyone any part of my lunch, but a pesky seagull had other ideas. It grabbed a curly fry right out of my basket on the wing, while I was cutting a piece of my burger. I think it was just trying to keep me on my food plan, because I threw the rest of my fries on the ground.

I know. Don't feed the seagulls.

I was once again a kid in the candy shop. Mom bought 1 bottle of oregano at Penzeys Spices. She started going on about how much I had spent. I finally asked her how much she thought I had spent. $50 was her estimate. She was never any good at geography either.

It will be nice to have this gloomy day outdoors so I can put away the herbs and spices, and all the bulk goods I bought at Whole Foods. And maybe even plan some new recipes and menus featuring all the new aromas and tastes.

Adobo and Ancho Chili Peppers will get used first in an anti-angiogenic Lentil Chili Stew. I have no clue how much of either to use. I'll have to study this in the waiting room, because I need to get out into that going-to-work traffic.


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FISHER011 4/9/2013 5:17PM

    Sounds like your shopping trip & lunch was fun! That stew sounds amazing- where did you get recipe?

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POPSY190 4/5/2013 2:45AM

    Sounds a lovely, energising day.

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LINDA! 4/4/2013 10:27PM

    What a nice day for you.

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LESLIELENORE 4/4/2013 11:48AM

    Stew sounds yummy. Don't forget that hot foods get hotter if you let them sit.

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NORASPAT 4/4/2013 9:45AM

    I am trying all of these things too but they are all too hot for me.

I have a great book from the library but I need one of my own to highlight It has really bad title. "You on a SLIMMER DIET"
It is exciting to read about Serotonin , GABA and melatonin. All explained for me. Only problem is how to tolerate even the heat of regular Ginger or peppermint.
I bought Capsaicin in capsules. I would prefer to eat in though. Well done. Breakfast was good exercise is hard today. I feel a bit off my stroke. It is way too cold for this old body. Pat emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRICIAAK 4/4/2013 8:57AM

    sounds delightful

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Rise and Shine Day 4 Report

Thursday, April 04, 2013

Weather is stormy. But thanks to the Rise and Shine SP Challenge, I was up early, walked a mile and didn't need my umbrella, and had my healthy breakfast of Eggs 'N' Oats, and Blueberries, flaxseed, and yogurt. Hopefully I can get into the pool between oncologist appointment and the next storm blowing through. My best prediction is between 11:45 and 1:15, but it all falls apart before and after that.

I think Jane Fonda and I will cement our DVD relationship.

For Questions about the Rise and Shine Challenge: e_up_to_a_new_challenge_this_april

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LESLIELENORE 4/4/2013 11:49AM


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HHLTD1 4/4/2013 10:42AM

    You are doing much better than I am. I am still working on just getting up earlier in the morning. I may not be getting my exercise done in the morning - although I am walking at lunch - but I have managed to be out of bed close to 6 which was my goal time. Breakfast I have always done so that is not problem. Even so I find that I do have more time to fix a proper lunch for work which was probably more important at this point than the exercise first thing in the morning.

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ELRIDDICK 4/4/2013 8:14AM

  Thanks for sharing

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Rise and Shine Day 3 Report

Wednesday, April 03, 2013

7 A.M. and I've walked, said hello to the sunrise, and made breakfast, eaten, and packed healthy fiber filled snacks for the road trip to Sarasota, and tracked all of that.

To break my fast, I used Rachel_Mac's Eggs 'n' Oats recipe as my jumping off place. I substituted multigrain hot cereal for the Oats. To start my day off with anti-angiogenic foods, I added 3 cloves of roasted garlic and 2 pieces of sundried (without olive oil) tomatoes chopped fine, and served with cherries topped with TJ roasted flaxseed with dried blueberries.

Scrumptious way to Rise N Shine!

Edit in reply to Noraspat's question: This was a Spark People Challenge with no team associated with it. We are just to report daily on Face book, but the alternative was to report in our blog. The original post was in a Best of SparkPeople E-mail: Wake Up to Our Motivating April Challenge that was sent 3/30/2013.

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PATRICIAAK 4/4/2013 12:58AM

    Great start to the day.

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LESLIELENORE 4/3/2013 2:42PM

    Breakfast sounds lovely. I have been eating toasted challa bread with strawberry jam. Not the healthiest breakfast, but yummy and quick.

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NORASPAT 4/3/2013 8:58AM

    Bravelute what team are you on for the rise and shine challenge. I am on the Maine team but I thought I read it on the spark solution too. I have friends looking for it but I cannot find anything other than an article, HUGS Pat i n Maine. emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 4/3/2013 7:27AM

    Sounds like a good start of the day!

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JAVAJENN 4/3/2013 7:13AM

  Good job getting up and getting that walk in. Your breakfast sounds wonderful! emoticon

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Rise and Shine Day 2 Report

Tuesday, April 02, 2013

Yesterday, someone shared they took their thyroid meds when they wake up in the middle of the night. Well, last night I did leave the water and pill on the bedside stand. And I DID wake up in the middle of the night, and I did remember to take the pill.

So that problem is gone. Am I still going to rise and shine for April? Yep.

I would have gone up to the pool at 6 a.m. if it had been open. Unfortunately, I don't feel capable of jumping the 8 foot fence.

So heavy spring cleaning took over this morning. And the pool will win late this afternoon as the sun sinks behind the clubhouse.

And to get out of the rut, I'm planning the Jane Fonda DVD for today.
Some say I look like her.

In my dreams.

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LESLIELENORE 4/3/2013 2:44PM

    Breaking in to swim probably would have been a bad idea. lol

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PATRICIAAK 4/2/2013 7:49PM

    great plan

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ANGEL1066 4/2/2013 7:18PM

    I like early morning swims, too. Unfortunately, most public pools don't oblige. Good for you re the heavy Spring cleaning! I'm still not adjusted to the time change, not very gung ho mornings. emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 4/2/2013 6:39PM

    Well, I'd say the fence is there for a reason so only jump it for exercise, not to break the pool rules! You go!

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CHRISTINASP 4/2/2013 4:20PM

    I want pics! Not of Jane but of you!!!!

And, regarding jumping the fence: keep at it with your goals and you WILL, some time soon! emoticon

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NORASPAT 4/2/2013 3:47PM

    We have a very cold wind so I will be doing Leslie Sansonne again. I will do the three mile walk and a little ST to go with it.
I am trying to keep warm and that means warm drinks. I never drink anything cold or with ice. The exercise is easy but the food can be difficult I love fresh fruit and vegetables but still do not lose any weight. I am hoping the rise and shine will be helpful HUGS Pat in Maine.

PS DH always takes his LEVO in the middle of the night.((((( HUGS))))) emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DOOBIE893 4/2/2013 3:13PM

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Monday, April 01, 2013

The hardest part about retiring from teaching is NOT having to go to faculty meetings. . . No that's kind of stupid.

The hardest part about retiring from teaching is NOT having to grade papers after supper and then call parents.

No, you'd know in a heartbeat THAT was spoken by a teacher who NEEDED to retire.

Okay, the hardest part about retiring from teaching is NOT having the summers off. Yes, I know I have everything off, but hey . . .

The hardest part about retiring from teaching is NOT having a bunch of kids to fool on April Fool's Day!!

Happy 4/l.

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PKBOO3 4/2/2013 9:28AM

    Enjoyed reading this since retirement is strongly on my mind. I'll probably be there within the next 2 to 7 months. Currently waiting on some other information before I know exactly when.

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CHRISTINASP 4/2/2013 5:11AM

    I empathize... emoticon

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MICHELE142 4/1/2013 11:02PM

I have heard most of what you said from my oldest daughter. She is planning her retirement within the next four years. Yet, knowing her she will not be satisfied with a nonchallenging life-style. Enjoy retirement!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 4/1/2013 5:38PM

    I long to retire. But I need to put a new roof on the house and I'm terrified of living on less money when I barely get by month to month. And the administration is running this place like a Walmart and not like a university. I feel as if I am not a teacher but a customer service specialist!

And that is NOT an April Fool's joke!

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POPSY190 4/1/2013 5:12PM

    I LOVE being retired from teaching - after some years the novelty of not having to be where someone else dictates, doing what someone else decides, with a group organised by someone else, i.e. a TIMETABLE is still wonderful. Probably why I now have trouble getting organised sometimes!!

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40PUDDLEJUMPER 4/1/2013 2:27PM

    emoticon emoticon so what tricks did you play!!!!

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1234MOM 4/1/2013 1:02PM

    This is so funny, especially if you spent anytime teaching at all. Those late nights with papers are just not understood by the general public. I haven't taught in years except in my dreams and then it is always a nightmare and I didn't really want to go there.

Best thing about retirement: being a kid again with no periods and lots of time to play and explore.

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LESLIELENORE 4/1/2013 12:27PM

    emoticon My dad is enjoying his retirement from teaching too.

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BRERRABBIT1 4/1/2013 10:29AM

:) LOL, I bet you had a blast!


**Have your husband call the kids and tell em you've been arrested!'**

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LVSHOPE 4/1/2013 10:23AM

    The hardest thing about retiring from librarianship has been having to be more intentional in planning my days.

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NSTARSMITH 4/1/2013 9:39AM

    Now that's not the one I would have expected! Where I work, humor is against the rules (LOL!) but I expect to see some pranks ... this is the first April Fools I have been in this facility ... emoticon

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AUNTB63 4/1/2013 8:48AM

    Although I'm not a retired teacher, I am retired and I know we always had fun on April Fool's Day where I did work. The hardest part of being retired is not seeing my extended family everyday.....they were the best. Have a great day and let's stay healthy together.

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