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In Need Of Variety

Monday, April 22, 2013

I'm running into the same problem I ALWAYS run into when things seem to be going well. And I have yet to find a solution. NUMBER ISSUES! I not only have to control my calories for weight loss but it's also important for me to limit my carbs, protein and sodium for various health reasons. It usually proves difficult to get the numbers to line up where I need them to.

Calories 1200-1500
Carbs 100-120 grams minus the fiber
Sodium under 1500 mg I usually end up with 2000-2400
Protein under 75 grams

So I end up where I am now eating the same types of things every week. I tend to stay with what I know works because every time I try to think outside the box the numbers end up all over the place.

For example, I tried to add a Tuna Fish Sandwich on Whole Wheat into my meal plan today and well, my sodium count went up to 2800. So I took some other items away and my carb count went down to 90 and my calories dropped to 998. I can't win!

I'm going to do some research on line today and see if I can find some meal plans that I can add to my existing plan for some variation. I need variety! I just don't know how to get it without unraveling the numbers. I have eaten the same Turkey, Mozzarella Cheese and Spinach Sandwich on Whole Wheat for lunch for a week now, and it's getting old. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 4/26/2013 4:26PM

    Congratulations on the GREAT report from Dr.

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MTPOETNH 4/24/2013 11:41PM

    Wow.. what a hard balancing act you are trying to do...I hope you have found some way to add variety into your diet because that is important so you don't get sick and tired of what you are eating !! Good luck on your quest.. the nutrition tracker at least can help sort out the nutrients for you .. as you are finding out it is easy to throw things out of alignment . emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 4/22/2013 5:42PM

    It is a bit of a juggle, but it is manageable. Have you found either Starkist or Bumble Bee low sodium tuna? That should help. Also, if you put it on a deli-flat or thin bagel, that reduces sodium further.
Also, I try to hit my carb/sodium, etc., goals over the course of a week. Tuna sandwich one day for lunch, nice big salad with lots of fresh veggies and oil/vinegar another or homemade soup. I do think variety is so important. Look on Spark recipes or other sites to get some good lunch ideas that won't blow your goals.

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BRENDABUNNY 4/22/2013 4:58PM

    Sallie I do the same thing I can seem to keep everything in line but the sodium is tricky and its the bugger that stalls us....but we will figure it out emoticon emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 4/22/2013 4:31PM

    I have that problem with sodium if I eat ham/bacon. Then I pay for it. Good luck. ((HUGS))

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CATLADY52 4/22/2013 4:01PM

    Good luck on your hunt. I usually have the same foods breakfast and lunch every day because they are relatively easy to remember and I have them on hand. emoticon Dinner can be anything!

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3016DEBRA 4/22/2013 1:57PM

  emoticon Gotta change it up now & then!

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Saturday, April 20, 2013

DH and I had a full but FUN day. Nearly froze at the grandson's game this morning though. 32 and VERY WINDY!! Nevertheless The Cougars WON 9-0! emoticon

After the game DH and I took our grandson to lunch at Brixx than to see Jurassic Park 3 D and to Barnes & Noble to pick up some LEGOS for his dad's house. We even took the little guy to fly his first-ever KITE! It was a perfect day for it. He had such fun and is a real pro at it now. Good day! Good times!!

Food today was on target. Even tracked it BEFORE I left the house this morning. emoticon I ate mini carrots today while at the movies and actually didn't mind it one bit except for the fact my grandson kept trying to share his popcorn with me and I had to keep saying no, thank you. emoticon Bless his heart! DH is on board now too with trying to lose some of the poundage he has put on. 30 lbs. He has the exercise down well but is struggling with cutting down on the amount of food he is eating. He has asked me for advice so I am giving him little tips here an there. Helping him proves to be a help to me as well. It reinforces what I am doing.

DH and I have been truly blessed this week to get to spend so much time with our grandson. Thoroughly enjoyed every second with him. The activity alone I know has helped to burn off some pounds. Looking forward to weigh in!

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BRENDABUNNY 4/20/2013 10:16PM

    emoticon sounds like you all had a great time emoticon

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RURAL3 4/20/2013 10:13PM

    sounds like you had a wonderful week. emoticon

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LKWQUILTER 4/20/2013 9:42PM

    So glad you had such fun today Sallie. I know it really helps when dh is on board with the weight program. WTG Sallie. emoticon

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Friday, April 19, 2013

has finally begun at my house. First up... The hallway! After waiting six months since we stripped off the old, very outdated wallpaper, searched through a zillion on line and store samples (most likely why I had headaches this week), and tested 4 samples on the wall itself, DH and I have finally agreed on a color.


Today we painted the downstairs hallway and part of the main. The color looks emoticon. It is light and neutral, just what I wanted. Can't wait to finished the rest of the space than freshen up the white trim, chair rail and crown molding. emoticon Once complete I will upload a photo or two.

Tomorrow we are headed off early to watch the grandson's soccer game than take the little guy to lunch and possibly a movie or some other adventure since we have him for the day. Our daughter will be out of town and his dad who would normally have him for this weekend is busy. So lucky us!! Weeks like this one where we have the company of our grandson on multiple days don't seem to come around as often as they use to so DH and I are taking full advantage of the extra time and ENJOYING EVERY MINUTE. emoticon

Food has been on target this week and I'm tracking every day. So happy I am doing this once again. Tracking is so very important! No formal exercise this week but I have been active and burning calories none the less. Feeling motivated and determined. I can't tell you all how really good it feels to be out of the slump I was in just a few months ago. I have my mojo back and I am determined to KEEP IT!!

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LKWQUILTER 4/19/2013 5:44PM

    Love that color Sallie. I like neutral colors a lot and that is what we did in our bedroom. That way you can put any color you want and it will "match." Have fun at the soccer game tomorrow. ((HUGS))

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ANNIE924 4/19/2013 4:24PM

    The color looks great, can't wait to see the pictures

Have a great weekend and good for you for tracking. I'm in that habit now too.

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CATLADY52 4/19/2013 4:10PM

    Don't let go! emoticon

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Day 4: Garage Clean Up

Sunday, April 07, 2013

4 days working along side my husband while we attack the Garage Spring Clean Up, and yes, HE is still alive. emoticon My sister in law told me yesterday when we spoke that I should have just sent my husband fishing while I did the clean up myself. Unfortunately it's too late for that now however I wish I had thought of it because it surely would have saved on the aggravation.

Nevertheless I am happy to say DH and I have gotten A LOT done even with our squabbles. 7 full trips to the dump as well as 5 garbage bags filled. Even though DH didn't let go of stuff without a battle we have made significant progress. emoticon We have separated and organized a large pile of boxes and things belonging to our daughter which she has promised to sort in early June when she's out of school. After which she will host her own yard sale. We've offered her the use of our yard for this venture so all she has to do is work the sale.

We also have a sizable pile of items for our own yard sale. emoticon DH and I will set aside a couple of days this week and clean any items that need freshening up, hang clothes, wrap up cords, etc as well as group like items together to make it easier for set up. Today we finished our day in the garage by checking to make sure everything electrical slated for the sale is in good working order.

Lastly, we have a 3rd section and this by far is the most difficult one for ME. emoticon See DH has trouble ridding himself of unused or miscellaneous this n thats. For me, it's more the sentimental things I can't let go of especially when it comes to anything related to my daughter or grandson childhood. I realise it's a psychological attachment but at any rate those issues are usually the hardest to let go of. This last section contains my grandson's, and yes, even some of my daughter's baby and childhood items such as high chairs, pack n plays, walkers, push toys, bikes, baby baths along with their miscellaneous toys, books, Barbies, dolls, stuffed animals, blankets, rattles, games, etc, plus loads of clothing. At present, I have two walk in closets full as well as a large section of the basement/ garage with these items, all boxed up neat, organized and labeled. I have 2 of every big item such as pack n plays, high chairs, bouncers, etc. Looking at all of it, it is a bit much to say the least. Yet, to be perfectly honest I am truly wrestling with this emotionally. Part of me thinks I should just "SUCK IT UP CUPCAKE!" and all of it. Another part of me says, "NO WAY, it's all way too sentimental." Not to mention, DH and I are still hoping for another grandchild one day. And than of course there is the happy medium part of me that says, "Go through all of it, keep some and sell the rest."

UGH!!!!!!! Decisions. emoticon

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CAPECODLIGHT 4/7/2013 6:49PM

    Sounds like you have made wonderful progress! As far as the sentimental things. It's not the things - its the memories you have associated with them. I suggest you help someone build memories also by donating most of it - especially stuff you have boxed up and don't even see now. You can always take a picture of the items before you give them away. Thne if you have the pictures in the album you can look through it and re-live the memories.
A long time ago, I realized that my "treasures" would be someone's "just things" some day. So, I moved them on. It's hard, but you can do it.

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LHLADY517 4/7/2013 6:16PM

    Good job.

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LKWQUILTER 4/7/2013 6:15PM

    I feel your pain Sallie--those decisions are the hardest. It is easier if you can get someone to go through stuff, especially if it is someone you really whose judgment you really trust. Or else, just do what you said at the last--keep some and get rid of the rest.

Have fun and keep on keeping on. You are doing GREAT!!!

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Taking On The Husband and The Garage

Friday, April 05, 2013

So today I began the difficult task of SPRING CLEANING the garage WITH the husband. I definitely have my job cut out for me on both fronts. The work alone is difficult because the area I am speaking of is made up of one half garage and one half basement which makes it a pretty large space loaded with STUFF. It happens to be the husband's all-time favorite dumping ground. If I ask him to toss something out besides trash, this is the place he tossing it. It's his place for anything he doesn't want to deal with. It also accumulates anything and everything he THINKS he will someday use again. Like that will ever happen. So at present, our garage is a hoarder’s paradise and in my opinion seriously in need of HELP! Although one can still move around pretty easily, it is the one area of our home that I do not consider cleaned and organized. It is filled with items we haven't used in years, things we no longer want as well as way too many broken or missing this n thats.

Based on today's experience with the husband, something tells me this is going to be a very looooong weekend, or week, or month, depending on how long it takes me to get the man to WORK WITH ME. Seriously, the words "THROW IT OUT" does mean move an item from one shelf to another. UGH! God give me strength!! emoticon Nevertheless no matter how many times I need to threaten to beat him over the head with whatever lethal weapon I can find down there, our garage will become a model of cleanliness and order such as one sees in a Professional Organizer's book or at the very least as near to one as I can get. I am sure the husband is not going to be very happy with me for forcing him to LET GO OF THE JUNK he has so uncreatively collected but he will just have to GET OVER IT!

Not ours but close to what I'm dealing with. We have a car in our garage and our space is larger so imagine MORE STUFF. emoticon

My dream of the future OR as near as I can get it. emoticon

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BRENDABUNNY 4/6/2013 5:33PM

    Good luck Sallie its possible emoticon

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SHOAPIE 4/6/2013 11:38AM

    Good luck!

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NASFKAB 4/6/2013 6:09AM

  good luck

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PMFISH 4/5/2013 11:31PM

    Good Luck! I have found it some things just disappear, they never miss them. It also affirms to them if it were organized they would know where it is. Look forward to seeing your finished product.

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HEALTHYSLIM2 4/5/2013 9:36PM

    Well Martha (haha), I mean Sallie - if anyone can get it all cleaned and looking perfect (love the "after" picture you chose!! I think one could EAT off of that garage floor!) YOU can!!!
I have to admit I am probably (unfortunately) more like your hubby than like you - not that I want to keep stuff, just that I lost the ability to stay on top of keeping the house spic and span when my son was about 2 and never got my old ways back! Embarrassing!
I know you'll be triumphant and successful... can't wait to see the real "after" photo when you're all done!
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RURAL3 4/5/2013 9:14PM

    Good Luck Sallie! Don't let this stress you out forever. At some point if he doesn't go with it figure out if it is worth all the stress. argh!

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LKWQUILTER 4/5/2013 8:48PM

    Sallie, that must be a "man" thing. lol Good luck and let us know how it goes. You are a braver soul than I am. ((HUGS))

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CRAFTINWIFE 4/5/2013 8:21PM

    "...the words "THROW IT OUT" doesn't mean move an item from one shelf to another"

Our husbands must be related!

Our computer/hobby room is directly off the LR, and is DH's "junk drop off" area, about every other month we have to spend a weekend cleaning it back out. It would go faster if he didn't have to look at/keep every single scrap of paper, computer part, old magazine, broken thing, etc. But whatever, quality time I guess. Not my ideal for QT, but gotta love him, mess & all!

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CAPECODLIGHT 4/5/2013 8:15PM

    Maybe show your husband some nice examples of an organized garage? We tackled this last summer, and what a difference. Now we have just three durable plastic shelved closets and two open plastic racks (the latter for cases of water and recycles, as I can barely lift the cases out of the car let alone get them into the house). Plus, we have three plastic garbage cans, one bicycle and a shop vac. Who knew we had so much space? The wals are bright white and we had the floor painted professionally - gray with white and black speckles.
The only thing I plan on adding, if I can find the right one is a metal topped potting table.
Hang in there - the clean out is worth it. Be ruthless!

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LITTLERLINDA 4/5/2013 7:29PM

    I wish you the best of luck. I'm more like your husband and tend to hold onto way too much. The hardest part is starting, but it does get easier and feels SO good when you are done. All that stuff really can bog down your mind and heart.

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