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August Snow, or Picking up Packing Popcorn

Monday, August 20, 2012

Have I mentioned I found Fly Lady in an effort to fullfill the week I task for the Health Eating Challenge? I had no idea how to even start to organize my kitchen. Here is my clean, organized kitchen

And my pantry/cupboards.

Well, thanks to the "Shine your Sink" command from the Fly Lady, I have begun to purge other areas of my home. Today was trash pick up, so I put in extra time trying to get as much as I could out to curbside before scheduled pick up time.

Last Thursday, I felt ten pounds lighter after trash pick up. I was really flying. So I decided to document the process today. If it was anything like last week, I was ready to float up into the air.

Here is my trash pile.

Here is my trash flying into the truck.

Looks like a snowstorm in August. The sanitation engineer was not pleased. I wasn't so happy either as I started to pick up packing popcorn that blew all the way to the end of the block on both sides of the street. I wonder if there is a place in the fitness tracker to enter, Picking up Packing Popcorn at Midday in the Hot, August Sun in Florida, 30 minutes?


I lost 2 pounds sweating, and yes, I did put it back on drinking the replacement water!!

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DS9KIE 8/21/2012 8:41PM

    oh no those things stick to glad they are outside and not inside

Your kitchen is looking nice

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SHEL_V2 8/21/2012 5:01PM

    Love to see how much pride and joy you're getting out of FlyLady's program. I will get back to that someday, beyond just polishing my sink.

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A-NEW-TARA 8/21/2012 3:22AM

    Nobody likes an August snow storm! Especially when they have to clean up after it. Great pictures and the kitchen looks amazing. I bet it feels really good to get it organized. Keep it up.

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LALMEIDA 8/20/2012 10:11PM

  emoticon Thanks for the pictures.

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Birthday Cake Follow Up

Sunday, August 19, 2012

So I didn't think I could do it. Brushing the teeth really helped. I still can't believe how greasy my mouth was. I DID alter the plan and called Mom to ask how many she wanted. When she heard I was getting rid of them, she signed on for 4.

And the rest went . . .

Going . . .

Going . . .

Going - they just don't want to go!!


And after a swish, it was all over. Except for the way I feel.


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A-NEW-TARA 8/19/2012 11:59PM

    Congratulations for sticking to your plan! That is not always an easy choice, but what a great choice! Keep it up! I like your plan for next year.

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BRAVELUTE 8/19/2012 10:32PM

    Karen, I've decided that aside from what I've been doing to myself, food at church and school is the worst. It doesn't matter whether its a covered dish, a planned luncheon for the Women's Club, a pancake supper, church picnic on the grounds or a wake. However, I was able to find a pretty healthy selection at the last wake. And school cafeteria food. Don't get me started.

Baby steps to help the family (and everyone else) know what healthy food is like, and then the benefits of actually eating it.

My mom used to boil the stuffing out of vegetables. I hated vegetable. I love them now raw and steamed. She does, too. That was a long, tough fight but I won!!

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KAREN608 8/19/2012 10:20PM

    My last birthday at ladies bible study that gives out candy for your birthday (everyone brings a candy bar EEK, 11 of them)... I told them put the money in the charity container ... we are saving to help a lady (we don't know who yet) as a mission project. Sometimes we ask for fruit or healthy snacks. Birthdays can be celebrated in lots of other ways.

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KAREN608 8/19/2012 10:17PM

    oh yeah. my DH keeps asking for cake, chocolate (he bought $8 worth a day ago, ack!) etc and he is over 300 lbs. So cake etc is a real problem since I am wanting to do the right thing and he wants to hurt himself and ME with sweets I don't even want.

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BRAVELUTE 8/19/2012 8:50PM

    Thanks, Irish! But next year, we are going to start some new traditions, Fruit Kebobs, Home made Whole Wheat Bran Muffins, Or just put my whole grain Royal Rice, dried cherries and almonds in a cupcake cup. We really enjoy that recipe!

Funny how years of, "Well, that's what we always did for birthdays" just seems the way you should keep on keepin on.

But it's not. Mom requested Red Lobster for her dinner where I usually order pecan crusted shrimp kebobs or Parrot Isle coconut shrimp. Both entrees carb in just under 60. No room for veggies, fruit, etc. So I Opted for broccoli and snow crab legs and had a great time working for my supper.

I'm putting my family on notice that we are going to find some healthy alternatives to our unhealthy traditions. That won't bother my sister. She wouldn't take any cupcakes home with her.

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IRISHANGIE1 8/19/2012 8:36PM

    You have great will power, thank goodness your Mom signed on for more, LOL!!! Next year just buy 3 cupcakes and you won't be tempted later!!

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What do you do with leftover birthday cake?

Sunday, August 19, 2012

So, I got up this morning, made cupcakes for Mom's birthday, and shined my sink. She recently discovered she was a type 2 diabetic and we have both been learning what that meant, and how to handle food. Portion control, counting carbs, and no carbs after supper has worked to control her blood sugar to under 105 each morning. So I planned to do portion control for her birthday by making cupcakes as opposed to a layer cake where it's so easy to just slice off a huge hunk with an unknown number of carbs shooting directly into the bloodstream.

Everything was fine until I frosted one for everyone, added the 1/2 cup of ice cream, and smelled the chocolate frosting on mine.

I am not one to throw anything away, especially food. It has been a weight-lifting experience to deal with throwing out things from my kitchen. And I suppose the leftover cupcakes which I made for Mom's 88th birthday SHOULD GO RIGHT IN THE TRASH. But it's not like they were from 2007 like the frozen stew I found in the back of the freezer.

I haven't frosted all of them, just the 3 we ate, but I find their presence in the container on the counter to be like the sirens calling to the sailors. Their whispers are more demanding than the desire for cigarettes when I was quitting smoking 35 years ago. I did that with nicorette gum. Somehow, I don't think sugar gum will help here.

So, what would be a good plan? I had one cupcake figured in to the supper menu plan, But I could easily decide to eat 5 more.

I tried to send them home with Mom, but she was smart. She said NO.
So, here's the plan. I'm going to frost one more and package it up for Mom, and then flush the rest of the cupcakes and frosting.

I can't believe the desire to go eat more of those cupcakes is so strong that my goal of having a piece of fruit when I want a bakery sweet is NOT helping. Of course, I haven't eaten the piece of fruit.

So, I'll eat a peach AFTER I brush my teeth, then frost Mom's cupcake, flush the rest along with the frosting, and then eat a piece of watermelon if I still am having a problem. I like the sound of this plan much better than eating all of the cupcakes tonight.



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    Yesterday a co-worker brought in a slice of cake for each of us, from a church dinner she'd gone to the night before. It sat on the desk all day! I just kept telling myself that it was probably dried out anyway . . . didn't even let myself lift the foil to look at it! That is something that I usually don't have the wherewithall to do! So I totally relate to your post!

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KAREN608 8/19/2012 10:15PM

    When I worked as janitor at my church there always was cake in the building abandoned! I learned to toss it away but it took me a long time to learn that. Regular food is good, cake is just too calorie dense and dangerous.

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IRISHANGIE1 8/19/2012 8:32PM

    I Have Diabetes Type 2, so I stay clear of the sweets, but I have found when I have to bake something, I usually allow myself the thinnest of a sliver of cake that I can get. The remainder of the cake I send home with my grandkids or I take it to work, someone will eat it! I just hate seeing good food going to waste!!...but I do like our idea of replacing the slice of cake with a piece of delicious fruit it is so much healthier and taste so great this time of the year!!

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DEBBY4576 8/19/2012 7:17PM

    What do I do with leftover cake? EAT IT. So like you, I have to do something. I usually throw them in the sink and get them soaking wet. Then I'm safe.

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Little benefits have a big impact

Friday, August 17, 2012

I've gone along day to day working on the sleep challenge and also the healthy eating challenge, practicing habits to get a good night's sleep, and to live a more healthy lifestyle. Since I needed help organizing my kitchen for my week 1 activity, I came across Fly Lady on the web. Thanks to her and her strategies for making habits that seem to take root and spread, I had set out my clothes Wednesday night, cleaned my sink, had the menus planned for Thursday, checked my calendar and saw I had invited Mom for dinner, and put the roast to defrost, ready to start in the slow cooker before leaving for a 9:30 appointment to help a patient who had just gotten out of the hospital after colostomy surgery. I took my sister's Yorkie out for a needed walk, which turned out to be a walk to explore the front yard. Even with all that, I got to be 15 minutes prior to my set bed time. Through the night, the Guest Yorkie managed to bark insistently, just as I got to sleep. When 6:00 rolled around on the clock, I felt like I had gotten no sleep.

After making the bed and getting dressed to the lace-up shoes, I walked the dogs officially, and returned the Guest Yorkie to Mom. When I returned home, the phone rang as I realized I had not turned on the coffeepot. It was the patient's daughter explaining the problems they were having, and asking if I couldn't come any earlier.

I couldn't think of any reason, since I was already dressed and my Yorkie had already been for her walk, AND everything I needed to take with me was already packed and on my launch pad.

So I left without breakfast or putting dinner in the crockpot. I was there from 8:30 - 1:30. The family offered food, an I finally supplemented the bottled water (2) with a request for fresh fruit.

When I returned home, I forced myself to put together a wholesome lunch, and to get the roast and veggies into a roaster and then into the oven at 300 degrees. 2 hours later, after my nap, the veggies were marvelous, but the roast was so tough, I couldn't get a fork in it. So the roast went into the pressure cooker and the veggies went back into the oven on low to keep warm.

The habits which were already in place served me well to get through the unexpected. And I learned that even though I'm retired, I need to pack my breakfast and lunch because you never know when an emergency or some other activity might come up.

So this morning, I woke up to find the ingredients for my breakfast laid out on the counter. Didn't need to find the menu or recipe. If I had had to leave, I could have swept everything into a bag to be eaten later.

And lunch was a sandwich with last night's left over roast and warmed up veggies (carrots, celery, and onions) That container of leftovers could also have gone into a carry bag if I were called away, or wanted to do some plein air painting, and I would have stuck to my good intentions and passed the fast food establishments on my way.

AND another habit I've developed came out of breakfast this morning. I absolutely hate soggy cereal. I had already poured the milk when I was interrupted. When I returned to eat my cereal, no one would have recognized it as cereal. I started again, but this time, I put my sliced banana on the bottom, then cereal, then poured on the milk. Very little cereal touches the milk and gets soggy this way. The milk stays down in the spaces around the fruit. You get some milk with every bite of fruit and crispy crunch cereal!! Seems this might be helpful for parents in the morning trying to get the kids out to the bus.

It's all those little benefits that add up and make a big impact on meeting your goals.

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KAREN608 8/19/2012 10:18PM

    Flylady is the best.

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A-NEW-TARA 8/17/2012 11:39PM

    Sounds like you are doing a great job at your challenges. I had never thought to put the fruit under the cereal...BRILLIANT! Keep up the good work!

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J0ETTE 8/17/2012 9:49PM

    I love flylady! Don't follow her daily anymore, but have gained valuable shills for much needed areas of my home.

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What to eat when cleaning out the Fridge?

Sunday, August 12, 2012

Well, first of all, I couldn't do it on an empty stomach, so I used up Greek Yogurt and the picture shows it all: Nutty Cherry Pita Pizza. It was so delicious I entered the recipe in the SP system so I could access it for healthy breakfasts in my future plans. I'm now thinking of this as my all-time favorite replacement for jelly donuts!!

Then, after throwing out the bits and pieces that were beyond recognition, I had a counter full of containers with small amounts of already-chopped veggies. Those items went into making lunch: Anti-Angiogenesis Pita Pizza. Again, it made the fridge clean-out worth it. That recipe now lives in SP shared recipes.

If you haven't figured it out yet, I am trying to include as many anti-angiogenesis foods as I can in my meals. I have even listed the full list of AA foods in my favorites in the nutrition tracker. When I start to plan breakfast and lunch for the day, I first look at the dinner planned and start marking items in favorites for breakfast and lunch.

Once in a while, I eat foods which are not on the AA list. The idea isn't to do away with food that isn't on the AA list, but rather to increase the AA foods in your diet. The Eat to Defeat site suggests you try for one AA meal a day.

Oh, why am I so interested in anti-angiogenesis foods?

While I was preparing for a nutrition program I'm going to present in September, I ran across a video on Ted Talks by Dr. William Li titled, "Can we Eat to Starve Cancer?"

As a two time cancer survivor, 2 surgeries, radiation, and 4 years of chemotherapy, I would like to be proactive to keep it from returning. So I had to hear what Dr. Li had to say. Over and over again. I found it the most interesting thing I've ever heard. And when his research appeared to not only apply to fighting cancer but also obesity and other medical issues I am worried about, I went to the anti-angiogenesis site, found the full list of anti-antiogeneic foods on, and I've been working at trying to include those foods in my menus ever since.

Dr. Li video

Full Food List at Eat to Defeat

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