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Days of cupcakes, cookies, ice cream and TV

Tuesday, January 01, 2013

And the question is: What did you do when you didn’t have Internet, Eileen?

Actually, I had SOME Internet access. It was just enough for frustration to set in. For me frustration = grab some carbs and vegetate. It didn’t help that the weather was too cold for much outdoor exercise and I was too lazy to drive to the gym.

So I ate more sweets than I’ve been used to and sat around more than I should have.
Thanks to TLC’s marathons, I learned some unusual (and rather useless) stuff from reality TV. There’s an American Gypsy community I never knew existed and there are some Amish who act definitely “un-Amish.”

There were good visits with family too as well as TV marathons of nostalgic old TV shows – time to look backward and reminisce.

Now it’s time to look and move forward. Fortunately, after 3 years of maintenance, my body seems determined to keep a stable weight in spite of my temporary “unsparklike” behavior. I’m at the very top of my goal range and looking forward to being able to track again. I’m not delusional enough to think I can behave this way indefinitely and not do some damage.

Happy New Year everyone!

  
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COACHMOMMY 1/2/2013 2:48PM

    I feel like I was reading my own blog! Except for me it was HGTV - for some reason I'm became addicted to watching people buying/renovating a house (especially international!). Unfortunately my body was not as determined and I find myself having to make a "weight loss resolution". I'm just glad to get back to my routine.

Happy New Year!

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SWEDE_SU 1/2/2013 10:25AM

    happy new year to you too! it's a good thing that new years resolutions follow hectic holiday splurging... and that we have a range in maintenance to make it work!

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WILSONWR 1/1/2013 10:25PM

    I think we've all had a few "un-spark like" moments lately. Now we begin anew!

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WATERMELLEN 1/1/2013 4:13PM

    Isn't it lovely to know that maintenance cuts us a bit of slack now and then?? Thanks for your comment on my "more of the same" blog and welcome back to full internet!

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SUZYMOBILE 1/1/2013 3:56PM

    Ah, we all need days like that ... for a little while! Thanks for your note, by the way! I really appreciated it.

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JESSICABOOTY 1/1/2013 3:54PM

    That last paragraph says it all. Let's get back on track. Luckily there are tracks out there that we can jump on! I've got my own "goodie gain" to deal with.
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SOUTH_FORK 1/1/2013 2:05PM

    Oh, how i miss cable tv (been a year without it)! Here's to a wonderful New Year... even the most sensible have to just flake out a bit every now and then....

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LOLATURTLE 1/1/2013 12:50PM

    Oh, TLC. Hahaha! It's been a while since I've watched. They have a lot of medical shows, and watching shows about freaky super rare ailments turns me into a hypochondriac, so I'm not allowed to watch most of their stuff. hahahaha. emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/1/2013 11:56AM

    You can do it!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/1/2013 11:56AM

    You can do it!

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KANOE10 1/1/2013 10:14AM

    Happy New Year to you also ! I am at the high end of my range also and will work on getting it back down!

Maintenance is work!

Have a great new day in the new year.

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MS0669 1/1/2013 9:19AM

    Happy New Year - I had a very un-spark like couple of weeks, but my body reacts terrible to processed carbs. YIKES ! But I am going to make myself drive to our community center and use the track today, nothing like a silly date on the calendar to get me back into the healthy groove !

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KITKAT717 1/1/2013 9:05AM

    Happy New Year!!! I am in the same maintain slump!! Hope you have a great start to your New year!! emoticon

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Nature’s Decorations of the Season

Tuesday, December 25, 2012

It’s a dreary Christmas morning in Virginia,
but it was beautiful last week in the Black Forest in Germany.



Even indoors, nature provided the decorations.
This “tree” of all poinsettia plants was in the theater in Wiesbaden.



Merry Christmas!

  
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JESSICABOOTY 12/27/2012 7:29PM

    Both photos were so beautiful. Chicago didn't get its white Christmas this year so seeing yours felt good.
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LOLATURTLE 12/27/2012 11:52AM

    Those are beautiful!! You are a good photographer. emoticon Merry Christmas!

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SOUTH_FORK 12/26/2012 9:48AM

    Just caught up on your blogs since returning state-side! I truly looks like a wonderful trip. Hope your Christmas was very, very merry!

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ALLISON145 12/25/2012 1:14PM

    Beautiful! We were supposed to have a white Christmas here in Arkansas, but nothing yet!

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CELIAMINER 12/25/2012 11:13AM

    Great pictures! Glad the Virginia fog has given way to a brilliantly sunny day!

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WATERMELLEN 12/25/2012 9:54AM

    Beautiful indeed!

It's a snowy day here for Christmas, quite pictueresque: and I'm hoping for skiing tomorrow!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/25/2012 9:45AM

    Beautiful!

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BRASKIN 12/25/2012 9:07AM

  beautiful photos.

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BOOKWORM27S 12/25/2012 8:49AM

    That is beautiful! I'm in Texas, and all we have is rain this morning.

Merry Christmas! Have a happy and healthy holiday season!

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WILSONWR 12/25/2012 8:43AM

    I love Europe in the winter. Great pictures! Merry Christmas!

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BOILHAM 12/25/2012 8:39AM

    Bright and sunny here in Florida. Alas, no snow!

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KANOE10 12/25/2012 8:07AM

    Have a great clelbration with your family today. I love your pictures.

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DMEYER4 12/25/2012 7:36AM

  have a wonderful holiday

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A symbol of peace, forgiveness and reconciliation

Monday, December 24, 2012

On December 14th we were visiting St Stephen’s Church in Maintz, Germany. This is the site of the Chagall stained glass windows where visitors sit in rather austere surroundings bathed in ethereal light from the all blue windows throughout the church.



Chagall, the Russian-born Jewish artist, who fled Nazi-occupied France, wanted nothing to do with Germany after the war. Yet he was prevailed upon by his friend Msgr. Klaus Mayer to create a symbol of reconciliation in his church. Chagall began this project in 1976 when he was 90 years old. He had completed the nine main windows when he died in 1985. The rest were completed by his assistant Charles Marq. Final installation was done in 2000.

We returned to our ship that day to learn of the news from Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut - holocaust on a smaller, but no less horrific, scale.

You can get a better sense of the scope of these Biblical and abstract images at this website.

www.google.com/search?q=Chagall+Main
z+windows&hl=en&tbo=u&tbm=isch&source=
univ&sa=X&ei=SULYUI3bDcLS0wHitIHgDA&ve
d=0CEAQsAQ&biw=1024&bih=571


I wish you all a tranquil holiday and a peaceful new year.

  
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COCK-ROBIN 12/25/2012 12:10AM

    Beautiful!

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LOLATURTLE 12/24/2012 12:00PM

    Those are lovely, thank you for sharing. Happy holidays!

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CELIAMINER 12/24/2012 11:36AM

    Spectacular pictures! Thanks for sharing your own and the link to the others!

Merry Christmas!
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WILSONWR 12/24/2012 10:38AM

    Looks like a beautiful place. Thanks for the story!

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WATERMELLEN 12/24/2012 10:18AM

    Thank you for the link! Chagall is such an amazing artisti . . . and these images and colours are glorious. As a former art history teacher, the aesthetic is for me pretty consitently the main portal to spiritual experience.

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DAWN14163 12/24/2012 9:42AM

    I'm not a church goer, but I get tingles every time I enter these beautiful cathedrals.

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BOILHAM 12/24/2012 8:51AM

    Gorgeous, thanks for posting.

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MARYJOANNA 12/24/2012 8:09AM

  Beautiful windows!

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No way to track this stuff!

Sunday, December 23, 2012

DH began the journey by sampling everything.


The Christmas Markets have wonderful crafts and cultural items but also LOTS of FOOD – everywhere!

Both in the shops


and in the market stalls



In all 4 countries – the type of food may change, but not the quantity.


By the end of the trip even DH was just taking pictures of the possibilities. After all, once back on the ship, there would be MORE FOOD.

Maybe that's the key to moderation when traveling? Spend time photographing the temptations to minimize eating time? LOL

  
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LOLATURTLE 12/24/2012 11:59AM

    Beautiful!

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CELIAMINER 12/23/2012 4:11PM

    Wow, better you than me! Not sure I would have just taken pictures.
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KANOE10 12/23/2012 12:37PM

    Love your pictures. Great idea of taking p emoticon ictures instead of eating the foods.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/23/2012 11:00AM

    I see a LOT of gingerbread!

With that much abundance, I'd be so overwhelmed that I probably wouldn't have any, lol!

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BOILHAM 12/23/2012 10:00AM

    He sure looks happy! Nice pictures!

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WATERMELLEN 12/23/2012 9:59AM

    Those pics are AMAZING and no cal!!

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COCK-ROBIN 12/23/2012 9:16AM

    That may be it. Pictures have no calories.

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WILSONWR 12/23/2012 8:50AM

    Great idea! I'll do that on our cruise in January!

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FITFOODIE806 12/23/2012 8:42AM

    I like that strategy!! Thanks for sharing the beautiful pics with us.

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NELLJONES 12/23/2012 7:35AM

    I remember when I used to look a pictures of food instead of eating it. Cookbooks with beautiful pics were my mainstay.

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Desserts – My biggest challenge when cruising

Saturday, December 22, 2012

Although you’re never hungry, river cruising is more about the sights and touring than the 24/7 food of ocean cruises.

Lunch and dinner is ordered from the menu with an occasional lunch buffet exception to accommodate tour schedules. So you actually have to make an effort to overeat. The wait staff will bring you additional servings if you request it.

This is what dessert usually looked like.

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Occasionally I did order two.


They were small, very delicious and usually an example of the culture of the port we were visiting and I really wanted to try them.

Then there was “Afternoon Tea!” Fortunately, the trays of local cookies were heavy on the gingerbread, not a favorite of mine so I was OK trying just a few. Sometimes we were in port and DH and I spent “tea time” there. That was a different challenge since the Christmas Markets include LOTS of food. More on that tomorrow.

But one day we were sailing during the afternoon and I was confronted with this.


OK, I give up. I ate THREE of these.

Still, as I wrote yesterday, I came home only 2 pounds heavier and that is gradually going down. So I’m happy to report that it is very possible to cruise, not feel deprived and maintain.

  
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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 10:06PM

    Glad to see you back, and you survived all those things., emoticon emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 12/22/2012 10:06PM

    Glad to see you back, and you survived all those things., emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CELIAMINER 12/22/2012 8:10PM

    Brooklyn, so glad you are back! The desserts look heavenly, especially the size! I love just a taste, but if someone puts a big hunk of cake in front of me...I'll eat it, unfortunately. Hope you had a blast on the cruise!

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DEBBY4576 12/22/2012 7:34PM

    There is no one on earth, okay well on Sparks, that would have resisted those yummy things. You did well on your portion control obvioulsy, since you came home with only 2 extra pounds.

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WATERMELLEN 12/22/2012 1:42PM

    I'd call 2 pounds up stupendous success in the face of THOSE temptations!!

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BOILHAM 12/22/2012 11:58AM

    Moderation is one of my favorite words.Deprivation is not such a good word. Good for you.

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KANDOLAKER 12/22/2012 10:19AM

    Welcome home! And, two pounds is not bad for having temptations like that. Way to make it happen.

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SUZYMOBILE 12/22/2012 9:48AM

    Lesson learned! I don't think I had a single dessert on our cruise. Maybe I would have had a lot better time if I had!

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DAWN14163 12/22/2012 9:35AM

    The desserts look lovely and you have to try the local food when travelling....I think you did a great job!

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KANOE10 12/22/2012 9:23AM

    Those deserts look amazing. Two pounds up from a cruise was great. YOu will lose them quickly! I think you did a great job of enjoying yourself and staying healthy.

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ONMYMEDS 12/22/2012 9:19AM

    With all that dessert available, the only thing that would save me is jumping overboard and swimming down the river behind the ship.

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WILSONWR 12/22/2012 8:52AM

    Great job! I'm glad you had an enjoyable cruise without all of excess calories! Two pounds is "nothing."

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FITFOODIE806 12/22/2012 8:32AM

    Sounds like fun! Nice work. Enjoying the local treats without overdoing it!

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