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Diamond Street

Monday, July 11, 2011

I was not in the mood to walk, but I forced myself out of the house. But, when I got out, the fog was so thick it was like rain and my iphone was getting wet. I had planned to use it to figure out the map feature and I wanted to hold it as I walked along. I went exactly one block and came back.

Then I had the great idea of driving to Noe Valley where the weather is usually better because it is not as close to the ocean. The only parking I could find was on 25th street and Diamond. The name Diamond Street intrigued me. I used it as a goal. I walked as far as I could on that glittery street until I came to a very steep hill, then back again, past my point of origin, and up another hill. I did two hilly miles. (used the wonderful mileage tracker on Spark)And 5000 steps (remembered my pedometer)

Accomplishments? First of all, I have been slacking off Spark, and doing this walk motivates me to limit calories today. Secondly, this walk took me into another reality. Ten minutes away from me the world is different. Instead of houses all the same, there are charming Victorians. More people on the street than in my neighborhood, more evidence of young people, stores with names like Kangaroo Korner, a kayak hanging upside down in one of the front yards. And fantastic views, lots of people walking dogs, lots of life. Now I have a goal to do all of Diamond Street and take the bus back. I also would like to go back and take photos of the sweeping views and interesting streets.

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CARLANNIE 7/12/2011 9:40AM

    What a nice surprise to find a little 'vacation' just 10 minutes from home. Looking forward to the photos.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/12/2011 5:39AM

    You were walking in another world. Please take photos and share them.

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JEANNE229 7/11/2011 1:02PM

    Sounds like your walk was a mini vacation! Good going, girl!

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Apricot research

Saturday, July 09, 2011

Apricots are my favorite fruit-maybe because it is such a short season? I got out 7 apricots for breakfast, and then I weighed them in grams. I did the Spark journal for both ways, and there was a 50 calorie difference. So, weighing is best, even though it is a real hassle at times.

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VINGRAM 7/9/2011 11:45AM

    I love apricots, also! But I must admit - I very seldom weigh anything....OOPS!

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Wine and chocolate

Saturday, July 09, 2011

I over-indulged in wine last night, and I do not know what I was thinking. Possibly that I am still 30 years old??? At this age, I cannot even handle a second glass that well, but a third? When will I ever learn? Wine is actually harder for me to control than chocolate. At least at restaurants now, I really can limit myself to one glass. It is a habit I truly have changed. So, there is hope.

On another front, I bought a chocolate bundt cake from Trader Joes. They came in a set of four small ones. Spark has most of the calories for Trader Joe items, listed from other members. Well, the calories on this baby were over the top. I forget, but maybe 600 or so... I gave one to my mother, I ate half of one, and I froze the other two. Now what I do if I have a chocolate craving, I slice off just a piece of the cake, microwave it for 10 seconds, and it satisfies me. It is so rich and chocolately, I really do not want any more. I think the amount I eat is about 100 calories. I should figure it out by the grams. I find using grams keeps me really honest.

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MIMIDOT 7/9/2011 10:44AM

    What a great idea! Think I'll try it next time I buy something I shouldn't eat. Thanks!

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TAKETIMETOO 7/9/2011 10:43AM

  We indulge in the things we like the best. I find calories in means; exercise and burn the calories out.

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JEANNE229 7/9/2011 10:40AM

    That chocolate idea sounds really good! I usually take one low calorie frozen fudge bar, but this sounds even better!

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Friday Already?

Friday, July 08, 2011

I just cannot believe it is Friday already! Every Friday, I pay the caregiver at my mom's. It seems to come up so often, and the money is going, going, going......

I went to a "chocolate tasting" at the library last night. A local chocolate maker gave a talk on the process, answered questions, and she was not fat. The secret to chocolate craving is just eat really good, hand made chocolates. They are hard to find, and will limit a person's intake. This chocolatier is located about 30 minutes away from where I live, so that is good. I can make it a special outing and enjoy the trip, but not do it too often.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/9/2011 6:20AM

    Anytime, you need a friend to go with you to the chocolate shop, let me know.
I am one of the chocolate lovers, but I eat small portions at the time.

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ZEEDRA 7/8/2011 12:03PM

    PS: I get the same short-lived cheap thrill from cheap chocolate as from good chocolate. The only difference is that I haven't spent as much money. Ha!

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ZEEDRA 7/8/2011 11:58AM

    Hi Carol,
I'm with Vista: chocolate is a trigger for me too so once I start, everything in sight/grabbing distance disappears. It's amazing how we get around grocery shopping as it's a constant: "No, don't get, not that either...but it's not for me!...oh, yeah, who are you kidding???...I'll only have three! Still kidding somebody???" etc.etc.
I'm saying "Good luck!" too.
All the Best,

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VINGRAM 7/8/2011 11:45AM

    Chocolate is one of my I don't think even "good chocolate" in small amounts would work for me!

Good luck to you with this!!!!!!!!

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Clean Out

Thursday, July 07, 2011

I have a sub-basement in my house that has 40 years of stuff in it. Over the years every now and then I have a done a cursory cleaning, but now the time comes to really get it organized. I started with my garden items, and I found doubles and triples of things like rose food and snail bait. I have so many clay pots, I do not know what I was thinking as I bought more and more.

I discovered a typewriter from my college days, the memories make me feel I am still 18 years old and fresh in the world. Then there is a section of my kids' old Fisher Price toys, that I hope I can entertain my little grandson with. Then there are sections with my long dead hobbies, yarn from the knitting phase, fabrics from the sewing phase, cords from the macrame phase.

In the next room is camping equipment. How sad I feel that my body cannot take it anymore, squatting in a tent while trying to get dressed is impossible. I loved camping; now it is over. I think I should save the tent, ropes, and stove for my earthquake preparedness kit. Is that really why I am saving it?

I feel like my whole life is in that subbasement. Each object brings memories... joyful, yes, but at the same time sad to see various parts of my life over. When the pain gets too great, I have to stop and try again another day.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 7/10/2011 9:24AM

    I love this blog! I can really relate! I don't have a basement but I have a garden shed. And I am a flower pot hoarder! I must have 100s of pots. I'm trying to throw some of them away but it's not easy. You never know when the pot that got tossed will be the exact one you need!

For my small garden tools and little watering devices, I laid them all on the ground and took a picture of them. So when I "think" I need another do-dad, I just check the picture and usually already have 2 or 3 of them!

Last year I hit a 75% off sale and bought a bunch of snail bait, rose spray, etc. I typed up the list of what I now have and read it before I go shopping for more.

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ZEEDRA 7/7/2011 3:19PM

    I've heard organizers say that the memories are safe in our minds so the actual "stuff" is superfluous. Also: take pictures of it and then donate or trash.
I know: easier said than done.
By the way: is there anything easier done than said? Just wondering... :)

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VINGRAM 7/7/2011 12:41PM

    That's what our "other house" is.........eventually we recycle the stuff - but a little at a time. emoticon

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