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Donít make waves. Donít rock the boat

Thursday, January 31, 2013

That was my motherís philosophy, although she did have her subtle, passive ways of attempting to change the tide, at least for Dad and me. Outside the family she was meek and timid.

Dad on the other hand was more proactive. While Mom was satisfied to leave the problem to God, Dad was the type who wanted to get out there and give God a hand.

More than once Mom would tell me ďyouíre just like your father.Ē
More than once I would mutter under my breath ďThank God!Ē

While Iím not as physical as Dad who once beat up a bully at work who had been terrorizing the smaller, weaker guys, I do tend to speak up when warranted.

On the first anniversary of Dadís death in 1998 I found myself at our state capitol addressing a committee about needs in educational technology.

Today Iím on my way to the capitol again. Iíve got something to say and I want my representatives to listen.

However, once again Iíll be doing this with a heavy heart. Ironically, today is the second anniversary of my motherís death.

However, if I donít make my own waves, Iím going to be swamped by someone elseís.

  
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MJREIMERS 2/1/2013 7:22AM

    Amen! Your Mom was a strong woman, in her own way, and it looks like you got a little of your Mom along with your Dad! They raised a great person!

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DORAL33178 2/1/2013 12:00AM

    Wishing you luck on making waves.



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MERRYMARY42 1/31/2013 5:15PM

    emoticon I love a wave maker, me, I like to instigate, stand back and tap my foot,

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MNNICE 1/31/2013 4:58PM

    The world needs both types, I guess. We all need to pick our battles! Go fight yours proudly and loudly!

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BOILHAM 1/31/2013 4:39PM

    So, your Dad beat up a bully, and now, you are proceeding to do likewise! Great, and yes, you are "just like Dad".


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JESSICABOOTY 1/31/2013 4:12PM

    There is an old story of a young woman who was in a boat going through heavy waves. She told the captain that she feared falling overboard and drowning. His advice to her was not to struggle with the waves which would tire her out. He told her to lay on her back and raise her legs. The water would carry her along until she was rescued. So make some waves but in the event you are thrown overboard just lay back and let the water support you.
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SOUTH_FORK 1/31/2013 2:06PM

    ... if you never fall in, you'll never learn to swim!
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SLENDERELLA61 1/31/2013 12:53PM

    Best wishes for the capitol experience you want! I admire that you know what is needed and are going after it! Great that you recognize the strengths of both parents in you. I feel confident that you will do a super job!!!

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CELLISTA1 1/31/2013 12:10PM

    Standing up to power is brilliant. I'm sure you will state your case well and affect some hearts and minds. Good luck!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/31/2013 11:58AM

    If no one ever rocked the boat, then the waves would never reach the shore to change it.

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WILSONWR 1/31/2013 9:28AM

    Good for you! How will things change we don't voice our opinions?!

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GINIEMIE 1/31/2013 8:32AM

    Go and speak up, I admire you. Actually I'm more like your mother-trying not to make waves, but at times one can drown in those waves. emoticon
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CELIAMINER 1/31/2013 8:25AM

    May the words you need be there when you need them. Best wishes for a successful talk!

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SUZYMOBILE 1/31/2013 8:23AM

    You go! I'd love to know what it is you've got to say to them, too.

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NUOVAELLE 1/31/2013 8:23AM

    The world needs people like you and your father.
Go rock this boat and make the people who are aboard feel it.
Your parents would both be proud of you.
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DAISYBELL6 1/31/2013 8:20AM

    Go for it!

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KANOE10 1/31/2013 7:24AM

    Go for the waves and I hope the representatives listen to you.

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TORTISE110 1/31/2013 6:50AM

    Oh, what a beautiful reflection and tribute to your parents. Like you, I carry both of them in my heart and mind. I love what you wrote here!

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WATERMELLEN 1/31/2013 6:37AM

    Make waves: the world needs it!!

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MAGGIE101857 1/31/2013 6:08AM

    They would both be so proud of you; they'll be watching over you from heaven!! Speaking your mind in a positive, constructive way is a great trait - emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/31/2013 6:04AM

    Go for it!

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JSTETSER 1/31/2013 5:48AM

    Great philosophy to live by.
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KELLIEBEAN 1/31/2013 5:41AM

    You are great! Go get em!

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SWEDE_SU 1/31/2013 5:40AM

    you go, girl!

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What are you training for?

Wednesday, January 30, 2013

Itís a simple question I was asked while on the treadmill.

Iíve been increasing my time and distance lately so it was a reasonable assumption that I had some race on the horizon. Only I donít, not yet anyway. Come spring Iíll probably register for one or more 5Ks and if Iím able to build more endurance, maybe even a 10K or a half marathon.

However, thereís a more complex answer to the question. If the schedule of races doesnít suit me, I wonít enter, but I will keep on ďtraining.Ē

I like gathering at the starting line and taking off with the group. I enjoy trying to improve, to be better than I was the last time. I love to win hardware, but if I donít, I applaud the excellence of whatever ďold ladyĒ runs faster than me.

So what am I training for?
I want to be ready and able to run a race if the opportunity arises.
I want to be able to run for a bus thatís about to leave.
I want to be able to run for shelter in a sudden downpour.

I think Iím just training for life, a quality of life that I want to maintain as long as I can.

  
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BOILHAM 1/31/2013 4:32PM

    I'm training so my grandkids can tell their friends that their G-Pa is a marathon runner. Shallow, you could say that, yeah.
Hey I've been doing ST my whole life for fitness, and I've succeeded. I'm pretty sure the running has been for praise from my G-kids.

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WATERMELLEN 1/31/2013 6:41AM

    Functional fitness . . . . yeah! I want to be able to zoom up and down the stairs and lift heavy bags of groceries and shovel snow and dig in my garden and go for long walks with Charlie and ski and golf and lots more not just now but for a couple more decades at least!!

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SWEDE_SU 1/31/2013 5:42AM

    add me to the list of those training for life - i want the strength to walk the beach, climb the hills, and if a race comes along where the schedule fits, fine, that's fun, i'll be ready...

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JESSICABOOTY 1/30/2013 8:24PM

    You are so right. There is more to life than running races. It's where we get the term "run for your life..or as your life depended on it" I want to grow older and yet get the drop on the old lady with the walker.
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CELIAMINER 1/30/2013 11:58AM

    "Life." What a great answer!

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DR1939 1/30/2013 11:16AM

    I'm training for life.

Don't forget to wear red on Friday

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PMRUNNER 1/30/2013 10:34AM

    Yay! I train to be able to do a 10 miler or a HM when ever I want to! I train to be fit enough to keep up with my kids! I may do a 10 miler in Feb (why not, it goes right past my house and is along one of my favorite routes) and may do a HM in Mar. But if I don't, that's OK too.

Keep up the great training!

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KANDOLAKER 1/30/2013 10:29AM

    The best reason to be training, for a healthy life! Great that you are all trained up and ready to go when you see the right race. For me, I really need the motivation to have a registered race on the horizon. I'm impressed that you do it anyway!! Awesome.

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GINIEMIE 1/30/2013 10:12AM

    Love it, I agree. We are training for life.
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SUZYMOBILE 1/30/2013 9:24AM

    Another great blog! I agree with Fitfoodie--I'm training for the long, slow distance of life!

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FITFOODIE806 1/30/2013 8:01AM

    I love answering, "life" when people ask that question. Sure, I have a race on the horizon, but day to day health & enjoyment is my main focus. Training for life!

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WEARINGTHIN 1/30/2013 7:55AM

    Training for health is a great thing. But if you end up in a downpour, try walking at your own regular pace. It's more fun that way. Then you will be wondering why all of the people around you are running. And who cares what they think of you. Good luck to you. Glenn

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WILSONWR 1/30/2013 7:46AM

    There is nothing wrong with training for "quality of life." Too many folks just complain about how they can't do anthing any more now that they are older. I may not be as fast as I was when I was younger, but I still can work circles around the younger folks. You're only as old as you let yourself be!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/30/2013 7:37AM

    And life is a great thing to train for.

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ONMYMEDS 1/30/2013 7:03AM

    Very well said. As always.

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KELLIEBEAN 1/30/2013 7:02AM

    Excellent blog! I am with you! I am working on the St. Patrick's day 5K in my area but like you said, I just want to be strong and have stamina for life!

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CLUMBOY 1/30/2013 6:48AM

    excellent. i am in a similar place with my training. trying to work up the nerve to enter some events next year. doing podrunner right now, working through the 10 K program.

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Appointment with my ďparole officerĒ

Tuesday, January 29, 2013

For reasons not related to this blog I have been researching crime and prisons.
First let me assure you that neither I nor any member of my family has ever been in prison.

However, dieters have some things in common with those people attempting to leave behind the behavior that landed them in prison.

Recidivism Ė ďthe tendency to relapse into a previous condition or mode of behaviorĒ (Webster)

Approximately 68% of prisoners released were rearrested within 3 years (varies by state and type of crime)
Once at goal weight, 70 to 95% of dieters will be back to their old selves within 3 years. (research data varies here also)

So what characteristics do ďcareer criminalsĒ share with career (yo-yo) dieters other than recidivism - the act of a person repeating an undesirable behavior after they have either experienced negative consequences of that behavior, or have been treated or trained to extinguish that behavior (Wikipedia)

The process of losing the weight at times may seem equivalent to time in prison, bound by shackels of our own making. As a person in maintenance, Iím currently more interested in what happens once goal weight is reached (sentence served or released on parole).

I was reading about programs to help career criminals change their lives.
Many of the successful tactics mirror the lifestyle changes needed to make healthy weight permanent.

These include:
Meaningful work, education and training
We know that higher income levels correlate with lower obesity rates.
Nutrition information and education helps people make better food choices also.

Mental health treatment
Recognition and counseling for any unhealthy relationship with food helps to maintain a healthy weight.

Attitude and Associates
Believe positive change is possible.
Avoid people and places likely to lead you back to old destructive habits.
Associate with people who support your goals (like Sparkpeople)

Report in-person with a parole officer regularly.
I realize that I do this every morning when I step on the scale. Sometimes my parole officer (scale) approves of me and sometimes not, but this is how I get an honest, no-nonsense assessment of the direction Iím headed before Iíve gone too far down the wrong path and end up back in prison.

I want to avoid being a negative statistic and intend to do all I can to avoid it.

  
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MARYJEANSL 7/6/2013 3:35PM

  Excellent analogy - it is helpful.

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ROCKINMOM776 1/31/2013 11:38AM

    I think this is a wonderful analogy. I'd never considered it before, but the stats are correct and the behaviors are so similar! My family has never had any issues with the law but we've all had issues with weight. My ex-husband's family has had run-ins with the law, and one was an addict and in prison twice. After the second release he decided to make a change, which included leaving his family and friends and hometown and start all over in another city where he knew no one. This radical change has kept him clean and sober and out of trouble for over 5 years. Perhaps I need to be as radical, in leaving behind all my comfort foods, the aisles in the store where they are located, and even friends who are sabotaging my efforts.

Great blog!

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SADWHITEWOLF 1/30/2013 1:06PM

    "Once at goal weight, 70 to 95% of dieters will be back to their old selves within 3 years. (research data varies here also)"

It is that statistic and my own experience that terrifies me.
I want to be an exception.

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CLUMBOY 1/30/2013 6:51AM

    very well put!

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SWEDE_SU 1/30/2013 5:47AM

    great analogy - checking in right now!

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STRIVER57 1/30/2013 2:09AM

    interesting concept -- valid i think, and useful as well. need to buy batteries for my scale today!

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MNNICE 1/29/2013 7:21PM

    I like the way you think :)

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JESSICABOOTY 1/29/2013 6:34PM

    The scale as the parole officer is pretty funny. What a great way of comparing crime with dieting and I'm reading this about 10 times over to get the full effect. You're a great blogger. I keep following you to see what you'll find next.
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CELIAMINER 1/29/2013 12:10PM

    Insightful as always...great blog! I am very much looking forward to joining the 5%, and SP is helping me toward that end. I see that Ree mentioned Weight Watchers, and I've noticed the new WW commercials for a program "that lets me be me," i.e., not a rigid diet but a plan that allows for times when you slip or choose to step away for a day. The new program sounds a lot like SP.

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MPLSKEN 1/29/2013 11:49AM

    Very interesting analogy. I'm taken back by the recidivism rates (both in regards to prisoners and dieters). But, this post reminds me that this is a life long process.
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CELLISTA1 1/29/2013 11:26AM

    Fascinating.

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KANDOLAKER 1/29/2013 10:13AM

    Yes, great analogy! Awesome blog and a good way to look at our behavior when we are released "on parole".

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/29/2013 9:58AM

    Love the comparison. Perhaps I need to get a job that fulfills my healthy new way of life. I've been wanting to go back to school for nutrition and counseling so I can help people lose weight the right way.

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DR1939 1/29/2013 9:27AM

    Interesting analogy.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/29/2013 8:02AM

    Interesting! Maintenance is hard, and we really should have a "sponsor" at SparkPeople, like in AA--a wise PERSON to check in with regularly, a parole officer if you will. Our team leaders are kind of like that, but not quite. Stepping on the scale is good, but it still involves a dialogue with yourself, which can head down the wrong path easily.

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WATERMELLEN 1/29/2013 7:38AM

    Great analogy: being overweight DOES feel like a prison, and yet there is the constant danger of recidivism!! I "liked" it . . . and thanks also for the virtual feast goodie!

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YMWONG22 1/29/2013 7:28AM

  Great comparison. It makes perfect sense.
Thank you for sharing them.
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KANOE10 1/29/2013 7:19AM

    That comparison works well. The scale is a great parole officer. I know you will be in the successful percentage of maintainers..and I plan on being there with you!

Great blog.

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STITCHINGNAN 1/29/2013 7:15AM

    I saw a good tv documentary on Weight Watchers as a company. It's money making of course , but to go along with your comparisons figures do indicate most dieters hadn't learnt much while attending the clubs. They leave and put all the pounds back on. Rather like the prisoners , straight back to bad habits wrong influences. Food for thought there and that kind of food has no calories
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GINIEMIE 1/29/2013 7:07AM

    I love your analogy. I'm experiencing ricidivism, before making my goal. I have been off track since my sisters death, and while I was temporarily on track, lost the rails again with my illness last week. Now I have to re apply myself.
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KELLIEBEAN 1/29/2013 6:51AM

    Excellent comparisons!

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WILSONWR 1/29/2013 6:51AM

    That was a great analogy. You've done great!

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MAGGIE101857 1/29/2013 6:49AM

    Interesting perspective! I wonder if the higher income level comparison is becoming less and less true - fast food, home delivery options, and gadgets galore...leading to more an more inactivity....leading to more and more overweight children and adults.

We need to add developing a healthy relationship with our best friend GET MOVING to the list!

Thanks for the great thoughts this morning!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/29/2013 6:47AM

    very good

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COCK-ROBIN 1/29/2013 6:47AM

    very good

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PHOENIX1949 1/29/2013 6:44AM

    Great analogy.

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I eat breakfast with SparkPeople. Sometimes lunch too

Monday, January 28, 2013

Bet you didnít know that youíre my meal companions.

Does this lead to ďmindless eating?Ē Not for me. I know that this defies the conventional wisdom that to be successful in weight loss/maintenance you should not do anything else while eating. I found that to be true for watching TV or even reading a magazine, but not for my morning SP ritual.

DH & I are always up before 6 am. We donít even need an alarm clock. Maybe itís a residual effect from all those years of work, but our internal clocks are permanently programmed this way.

He makes coffee, just as heís done for 45 years. He eats breakfast #1. I just have the coffee. Iím never hungry first thing in the morning. He will return for breakfast #2 and sometimes #3. I prefer not to see that.

Then itís on to email and favorite sites. Obviously thatís where I am right now.
SP accompanies my coffee refills. I sip, I read, I sip I blog, comment, post etc etc.
Finally I get my breakfast, the same one Iíve eaten for 15 years.
Back to SP. I take a bite, I read & post, take another bite, and repeat over and over.
It takes a long time to finish peanut butter on WW toast with OJ when you keep stopping to type.

If my hands are occupied, theyíre not holding food or a glass. Thatís off to the side. I keep my keyboard clean. I was a technology coordinator after all, and I practice what I preach.

Sometimes lunch follows the same pattern with the same result. I find this method actually slows down my eating. Plus, the SP reading is motivation to continue a healthy routine. When Iím entering my daily meal and snack plan in the tracker, it discourages going back for more food.

Perhaps this is just one more example of my ďoddballĒ behavior or a retired personís version of ďeating at your desk.Ē

Note, this doesnít work for dinner. DH & I always eat together at the table like normal people.

  
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SADWHITEWOLF 1/30/2013 11:56AM

    I eat my breakfast and have my coffee Mon-Friday with SparkPeople!


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SWEDE_SU 1/30/2013 5:50AM

    for me it's the morning coffee and SP. i spend the first hour before starting work like this, like you...

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GINIEMIE 1/29/2013 7:12AM

    I'll be having breakfast here shortly, and my lunch when Erik is out is with you. I found when I was teaching that was the best time for me to get my recording into the tracker. I weighed stuff, put a sticky note in my lunch bag and then recorded what I ate. I find that I too eat less if I'm recording foods or reading blogs on SP.

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SUNSET09 1/28/2013 10:48PM

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PHEBESS 1/28/2013 9:01PM

    I just had lunch with you too!

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WATERMELLEN 1/28/2013 8:04PM

    I tend to read the newspaper with my morning coffee . . . and I eat lunch at work, dinner with the evening newspaper.

DH loves to read too so it's really pretty companionable, reading stuff out to each other!

But: eating and Spark clearly work for you and nothing wrong with that at all! You've clearly got lots of people here who agree . . .

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CHESAKAT41 1/28/2013 7:55PM

    I eat at the keyboard many mornings also as I am Spark'in! I enjoy it and I am accountable for what I put into mouth. Nice blog. LI, NY sends you a wave...
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WILSONWR 1/28/2013 7:54PM

    I don't do it every meal, but my breakfast is usually eaten while reading/posting (whenever I'm home anyway). As long as you don't just eat mindlessly, I see nothing wrong with it at all!

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MNNICE 1/28/2013 4:13PM

    Meal times is about the only time I have to "spark". Besides, if I log my food while I'm eating I won't forget what I ate!

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POINDEXTRA 1/28/2013 3:47PM

    So that's the secret to eating slowly. I eat WAY too fast, but never seem to be able to slow myself down. I often eat at my desk at work, but I tend to bolt it. Perhaps this will help me. Take a bite, type a few sentences, take another bite. It's too late for me to try this for lunch today, but I'll definitely try it for tomorrow's.

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JESSICABOOTY 1/28/2013 3:29PM

    Fantastic idea and one I'll try myself. I have a tendency to eat too fast so this should give me some inspiration!
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BOILHAM 1/28/2013 3:17PM

    Sometimes I have to brush Cheerios off the keyboard in order to type. I've learned that banana favored milk is a good conductor of electricity.

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CELLISTA1 1/28/2013 12:59PM

    Having tea with honey and lemon right now. Oh, excuse me, got to get the muesli off the stove before it burns!
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KANDOLAKER 1/28/2013 12:45PM

    I should really try this, as I eat much faster than I should. I don't like foods that should be hot/warm to be cool, and visa versa - so I eat fast. Thanks for the tip!

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CAKEMAKERMOM 1/28/2013 11:24AM

    I realized the other day that it takes longer to eat when I'm occupied on the computer too. The computer keeps me busy, so it takes longer to eat, therefore I'm full on less food than if I were to just sit and eat.

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OHSNAPITZKAT 1/28/2013 10:58AM

    Wow, I might try this. It's seems like a great way to start the day encouraging and inspiring people and letting other people encourage and inspire me.

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LINDAKAY228 1/28/2013 10:58AM

    I do pretty much the same thing!

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DR1939 1/28/2013 10:05AM

    I have an established routine in the morning. Rise, void, weigh. Make coffee, take blood sugar, get first glass of water to drink while coffee finishes, Spark, drink coffee. When my husband gets up I take medicine that needs to precede my meal by 30 minutes, then 15 minutes later begin to prepare breakfast--always the same thing, mini bagel, low-fat cream cheese, salmon, 6 cherry tomatoes, 1/2 red bell pepper, 2 mushrooms (last 3 broiled), 1/2 grapefruit, and my morning medication. We eat these in the family room while we discuss the day's plans.

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CELIAMINER 1/28/2013 9:51AM

    I hadn't really thought of Sparking over meals like that, but it makes sense, so I need to let go of the mild guilt I feel for not eating "mindfully." Since I have no problem enjoying a good dinner and conversation with DH, how much different is it to enjoy my breakfast or lunch with Spark buds?

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SUZYMOBILE 1/28/2013 9:15AM

    Usually me, too, but this morning I changed my pattern in order to eat breakfast on the lanai with my hubby and dogs. It worked out well.

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COCK-ROBIN 1/28/2013 8:46AM

    It's what works for you that is important, and no better companions to eat breakfast with than Spark People! emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/28/2013 8:46AM

    It's what works for you that is important, and no better companions to eat breakfast with than Spark People! emoticon emoticon

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COCK-ROBIN 1/28/2013 8:46AM

    It's what works for you that is important, and no better companions to eat breakfast with than Spark People! emoticon emoticon

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MOOSLADY 1/28/2013 8:05AM

    I usually get up before 7am, weigh, get my coffee and check facebook and sparkpeople before I cook breakfast for the family. I look forward to seeing your morning blog before breakfast. Since the kids are at home all day, we often eat breakfast as a family. Lunch I eat at my computer. I prepare my planned meal and sit in my chair in the living room and nibble my way through it. Because I only take with me what I planned to eat, I don't overeat. So I guess I eat lunch with you! Supper is at the table with all of us. My husband, before he switched to night shift, used to do the dinner #1 then another small meal in an hour then a snack before bed, just like your husband's breakfasts.(Could your husband be part hobbit? don't they do second breakfast?) Of late he has been trying to control his blood sugar by measuring carbs and using less medication so no more of that. All meals/snacks are carefully planned. I think he still feels a bit like I am micromanaging his life sometimes. See you her for lunch...

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PMRUNNER 1/28/2013 7:39AM

    I am usually up with baby Henry, eating some oatmeal or cereal, drinking a cup or two of coffee and enjoying my morning spark!

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SLENDERELLA61 1/28/2013 7:22AM

    I haven't tried that. Not sure it would work for me, but really glad it works for you!! Thanks for posting. Keep up what obviously works beautifully for you.

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LOVESTOWALK49 1/28/2013 7:21AM

    Lunch sometimes.

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MAGGIE101857 1/28/2013 7:05AM

    I usually have breakfast with Sparkers too!! It's a nice way to start my day!!

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KANOE10 1/28/2013 7:04AM

    That was cute. I drink coffee and get hot refills while I Spark. Enjoy your Spark meals!
You seem happy and are enjoying your life. I find Spark keeps me focused on maintaining my weight, Plus you usually learn something!

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The ice melted. I wonder what she did with 7 loaves of bread

Sunday, January 27, 2013

You gotta love winter in central Virginia. You get to see some snow and ice and if you are able to wait awhile, you donít even have to shovel it. It just melts.

On Friday as I left the gym, it began to snow. Temperatures have been in the 20s so it started to stick. I stopped at the supermarket as I had planned. I needed only ground turkey for my meat loaf and English muffins for DH.

The parking lot was jammed and I briefly considered an alternate vegetarian dinner and offering DH my whole wheat bread as an alternative. However, Iím retired and I have time, so I grabbed my 2 items and got on the express line.

Behind me was a woman with a few items in her cart along with 7 loaves of white bread. I wondered if perhaps I had missed a weather report about the impending storm of the century.

We got about 4 inches of snow. The main roads were well salted/cindered in advance, but as expected the little country roads had accumulation.

When we retired to our lake house, this city born and raised woman learned to keep a supply of staples in the house just in case. Weíre 3.5 miles off a main road. You donít want to run out of toilet paper, right?

Yesterday morning my road was ice covered and my blog entry involved my dilemma of dusting off my lifecycle or waiting for the sun to do its usual thing.

I waited and by 11 am it was 44* - off to the gym. So our entire weather emergency was over in less than 24 hours.

This brings me back to the woman with all the bread.
Was it panic buying or did she have a good reason?
Did she have a lot of children at home? Was she entertaining a girl scout troop for the weekend? Was she shopping for a neighborhood of elderly residents? Was she planning to make a lot of stuffing? Maybe she intended to feed a flock of birds?

Itís none of my business, but I am curious. Do you observe this behavior in other parts of the country/world?

  
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NANA2JONEMIMAT 1/29/2013 10:25AM

    The announcement lady at our church comnented on surviving the storm of 2013 ( we didn't even get the sleet that was a possibility). Then asked what is it about a storm forecast that wants us craving french toast and beer. If we had a power outage we couldn't make the french toast (all electric homes) but we could put the beer outside to keep cold.

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LOLATURTLE 1/28/2013 12:47PM

    My mom calls people who do that (stock up before a snowstorm) The French Toast People.

Because they always seem to be buying eggs, milk, and bread. emoticon

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MOOSLADY 1/28/2013 7:55AM

    I was at the store that morning too for my usual weekly trip. I agree it was crazy, usually a weekday morning is well stocked and quiet but that morning I saw a lot of bare shelves. Funny thing was, there was many men there stocking up on football food. The brat shelf was nearly empty! There were 2 men in front of it looking as serious as if they were deciding the fate of the free world while picking several packs of smoked sausages. So yes, not only had people stocked up on bread and milk, but football snacks. I am not a fan of football so I really don't get this, although I enjoyed your grandson posting the play by play on Facebook last night.(Future Sportscaster?) For the record, I only bought one loaf of bread, in spite of there being 7 of us at home now, and only because my husband requested it.

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DEBBY4576 1/27/2013 8:35PM

    Haha, well, if it'd been me with the 7 loaves of bread, I would be feeding birds. Behavior here is snowbirds here for the winter. I call them locusts. It is almost impossible to find sale items after a stroe is open a few hours. The snowbird locusts have hit the store and left the shelves of the sale items gone.

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PURPLESPEDCOW 1/27/2013 4:38PM

    Here in Georgia, if the weather report even mentions snow or ice there is a run on miilk, bread and eggs; not to mention beer, chips, and snacks. Usually if you wait 24 hours, it all goes away. It is funny to watch and like you I try to make sure we have enough in the house to last a week if we need to.

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MERRYMARY42 1/27/2013 4:13PM

    I have seen lots of panic buying over the years, not often, but it does seem scary when it happens. The Cuban crisis in 1962 was my first and largest one, I had a 2 month old baby, and made his formula with Pet milk and Karo syrup and water, anyway, there was nothing in the stores, and I lived in Southen California, a suburb of Los Angeles, so lots of stores (and people) it only lasted a few days, otherwise, not sure what I would have fed my son, I have also seen it other times, when we heard on the news something was going to be hard to get, (there it would go) earthquakes have a way of emptying them too, as well as this yearly (be prepared).

I hope you enjoyed the short season of snow, I do miss it, but that is the way to have it, I think

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JESSICABOOTY 1/27/2013 4:12PM

    There's something I read that when people hear the words "disaster or shortage" they immediately run out and buy everything they can get their hands on. I mean with two cats why would I rush out and buy dog food? And yet people do it all the time. No one buys a snow shovel in June. Snow has to fall to set it in motion.
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GINIEMIE 1/27/2013 11:07AM

    When I lived in Ohio, I didn't notice it. When I moved to Florida, at every threat of a hurricane people went nuts. Here in GA I notice it more too. Now I left Ohio in 1983, and I lived in a rural town. Most people canned or froze their garden produce. We bought in bulk as we had five young children-and I hated grocery shopping with them. I frequently baked my own bread, we made our own treats and always tried to keep an extra gallon of milk in the freezer-just in case I ran out before "grocery day" If Steve wanted chips or junk, he would stop and buy it on his way home. I still maintain the mentality of being prepared-I wasn't a scout until my daughter became a brownie-just the eldest of ten children.
So I was a person who might have a large order, but not just because a POSSIBLE storm.
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LINDAKAY228 1/27/2013 11:02AM

    Because I've been involved in fundraisers around here over the years I have one other thought. Maybe she was buying it as her donation to something some group she was involved with was doing. Could be a fundraiser or a project. For example when I workd for a nonprofit agency, we often had enchilada dinner fundraisers that were big sellers here in southern New Mexico. The plate had enchilladas, rice, beans, and a slice of bread. We would all volunteer to bring some of the items so we didn't have to spend so much on buying the ingredients. Or maybe she's making sandwiches for some group. Who knows. But when I see someone buying a large quantity of one or two items that's what usually pops into my head. The woman buying all those muffins mentioned in on of the responses might be for a snack before a race or for some kind of open house of some new business or something else. Or maybe they are just going to freeze it all!

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SWEETYOUNGTHING 1/27/2013 10:58AM

    Here in PA, people do the same thing - I think it's a mix of drama, fear and survival sprinkled with a healthy dose of "seriously? get a life". Milk and bread is gone quickly from the shelves when an impending storm is looming overheard........ridiculous!

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CELIAMINER 1/27/2013 10:30AM

    Down in my neck of the woods (Woodbridge, VA), we were in the snow minimum last time. We stayed up in Tyson's Corner for a wine dinner and saw a dusting, but not even that when I got home the next morning. And the drive down 95 was the fastest I have ever made (good thing VA doesn't have speed cameras...yet).

As for panic buying, I do see that, and for major storms, the grocery stores will even empty their freezer sections into backup freezers that can run on generators to prevent spoilage from long power outages. Our only panic buy was a snow blower several years ago when major accumulation was forecast, and my back just wasn't holding up. We got about an inch. But the NEXT season was the season of Snowzilla, Snowmageddon, and Snowpocalypse, so the panic buy really came in handy.

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KANOE10 1/27/2013 9:50AM

    I watched a woman in front of me at Costco buying 30 packages of muffins, nothing else. I wondered what she was going to do with them. I more often watch people in front of me buying junk food that I no longer eat!

You are lucky that you warm up in Virginia. Our ice does not melt and it is a struggle to walk to the gym.

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SUZYMOBILE 1/27/2013 9:38AM

    I hope she wasn't bulimic. (Not funny, I know.) Once I saw a large ewoman in the supermarket with a cart piled high with nothing but junk food. The same thoughts were going through my head. Was she going home to consume it all? Feeding a day care center? Had a husband like yours?

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DR1939 1/27/2013 9:37AM

    We live 8 miles from a small city (15,000) and try to limit how much driving we do, thus I try to shop only once a week. In addition we live 90 miles from the nearest medium-sized (200,000) city and 150 from Minneapolis/St Paul. So about every 4-5 weeks we drive the 90 miles and stock up on items that we cannot get in our small city. This includes 6 bags of mini-bagels and 6 packages of salmon. People in line often remark on the size of our order. There are advantages to living in rural areas but there are significant problems also. If I didn't have the internet for shopping I would really be in trouble.

As an example of one of the advantages, I never have to wait in line at the post office, even at Christmas. emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 1/27/2013 9:15AM

    I would wonder, too. I probably have been around panic buying, but didn't notice what others were buying. Occasionally I do. Wish we could just transport (ala Startrek) up to snow for a day or two for the grandkids. All the school curriculum in Florida includes heavy doses of falling leaves for fall and snow for winter, when our kids are experiencing very different signs of season change. My mom recently moved to South Dakota full time (she used to just summer there) where snow stays on the ground a long, long time, but since she's in assisted living, it is someone else shoveling. I would like to visit, but I haven't driven in snow for decades and own no cold weather clothing, either. Will have to figure it out.

Anyway, enjoy your winter treat. You are smart to keep some staples on hand. Take care!

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COCK-ROBIN 1/27/2013 7:13AM

    Oh, yes. I see panic buying all the time.

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