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Meals and Snacks

Wednesday, November 30, 2011

I've been serving meals off smaller plates for quite some time. This had nothing to do with portion control. I just happened to find some really nice plates and started using them everyday. Then I started SP and actually measuring my portions. Wow! To get the nutrition I have to eat it all, and sometimes it seems like I am stuff, stuff, stuffing! Those plates are filled!

Solution: Make meals that will make great snacks, too. Still getting the nutrients - just spread out during the day.

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CATHYGETSFIT 12/1/2011 8:09PM

    emoticon I don't have smaller plates I have found that it works better for me to eat smaller meals and spread out what I eat during the day. emoticonjob! emoticon Keep up the good work! You're doing fantastic! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINTPICKER 11/30/2011 7:00PM

    That is great! Keep up the good work!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/30/2011 12:52PM

    I think that's just fantastic! emoticon

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Shopping Today?

Monday, November 28, 2011

I'm being tempted by the cyberspace deals, but made the decision to shop local for ingredients and craft items. I want the gifts to come from my heart. what about you?

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PSKIPPY7811 11/28/2011 4:05PM

    Amen! It can be a little more expensive but I kept an eye out for Groupons for local businesses all year long. I'm using those to do most of my Christmas shopping. I've got ones for a local greenhouse, a local organic market and local chocolate makers. Bonus: they're already paid for.

CSA shares make great gifts! They support local farmers, they encourage healthy eating and the recipient gets fresh produce for months.

Good luck!

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    I did all my shopping online. I WISH I could afford local prices, but it's a catch 22! emoticon emoticon

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A Day of Thanks

Thursday, November 24, 2011

Happy Thanksgiving, everyone. You don't have to be in America to enjoy this day. Each of us can have a Thanksgiving every day if we choose to. There are so many joys and blessings that are part of life. They temper the rough spots that we all face.

I'm looking out a motel window in Lawrence, KS on this Thanksgiving day. I'm in awe that there are seagulls galore flying by and perching on parking lot lights. Not an expected sight, so to me this is not routine, but a blessing. The sun is trying to peek out from a layer of fog. It's a gentle transition and so welcome.

Hubby is snoring gently, as are the 2 small dogs. The heater is humming and there is the aroma of coffee wafting up to our room. I can turn on a tv (no volume) and watch the Thanksgiving Day parade participants get ready for this year's chapter in history.

Later today hubby and I will be connecting with family. We'll catch up on each other's lives, share memories and an indulgent meal, and make new memories. I am so relaxed and so thankful that there are folks sacrificing today so I be content.

I am so thankful for moments like these.

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PSKIPPY7811 11/26/2011 6:29AM

    Hope you had a great holiday!


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    Wow, I almost felt I was there with you, and was so relaxed and comfortable until I heard your hubby snore! emoticon emoticon

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NATURESBOUNTY 11/25/2011 6:18PM

    emoticon i am so happy you are having such a wonderful time. Im really thankful for all small an big things in my own life. So i understand your relaxed happyness.

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NELLIEBLUE 11/25/2011 2:58AM

    Great blog, your having the best day ever- just the same as we would all like to have

Family, Friends, and Food.

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LINTPICKER 11/24/2011 10:44PM

    You are correct! We should all be thankful every day and in every area around the world!

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STRONGERLEANER 11/24/2011 1:16PM

    Happy Thanksiving!

Sounds like you have a wonderful day ahead of you!

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PRECIOUSMAZIE 11/24/2011 8:40AM

    Family, Friends and Food what could be better? Happy Thanks-giving to Everyone!

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Daylight Savings Time: An Exercise in Frustration

Saturday, November 05, 2011

I don't know who decided daylight savings time is a good idea. My animals will still want to be fed, watered and allowed to wander according to their own body clocks. The rooster will be crowing at 4 instead of 5. emoticon

My stomach will be telling me it's dinnertime an hour earlier. I'm thinking a filling snack and a light dinner for several days might help. I'm also adding 1/2 hour of afternoon exercise to take my mind off the change.

I have a feeling I'll want a pre-bedtime snack. emoticon I'll have to plan carefully so I can get emoticon.

My animals will go to bed an hour earlier, and that means I can get into my jammies and enjoy the fireplace earlier, sipping cocoa and spending some time with my hubby. In a world of inconveniences, maybe daylight savings time isn't so horrible after all!

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CHLOESUE 11/10/2011 9:53PM

    It is taking me awhile to adjust to coming back to Standard Time.I hadn't thought of it till you mentioned it but I now know why I seem to be getting hungrier earlier.I was used to eating at certain times and now my body knows that and is telling me its hungry an hour earlier than normal.I am waking up an hour earlier and feel like I need to go to bed an hour earlier.Maybe after another week I will once again be adjusted to Standard Time.

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LOVETOLAUGH56 11/6/2011 11:22AM

    I hear ya and agree, but I don't have roosters cock-a-doodle-dooing at 3 am. When we lived in TN and had cows with out a fenced yard we had a cow who would come up to our bedroom window and moo in the morning. Had the yard hot wired soon after that.

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LINTPICKER 11/6/2011 10:04AM

    I liked sleeping in a little longer today!

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JAMER123 11/5/2011 8:49PM

    If you go to the internet and look for daylight saving time, you will find a long story regarding it. Did you know that Benjamin Franklin was the 1st to suggest it? Kind of fun reading that it has been on and off for so many yrs. I don't like it at all and the poor farmers have to yet again adjust when Mother Nature remains consistent. Crops don't know they are to dry out faster. Farming is pushed back in the mornings and work goes much longer in the evening. Thanks for a fun blog!

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    I agree with the frustration, though. I have such a harder time wanting to exercise when it's already dark when I get off of work! You're right. We just have to PLAN! emoticon

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PSKIPPY7811 11/5/2011 2:31PM

    I love daylight savings. At least in the fall, not so much in the spring. It gives me a chance to reset my own clock. In the fall when the days are getting colder and darker, I have trouble getting up at 4am for work and I start going in later and later. So now is my chance to reset!

Have a good weekend. Enjoy the extra hour


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NATURESBOUNTY 11/5/2011 1:25PM

    Oh boy i morn not having my cats any more because i just couldnt afford them. Lol now you have just pointed out a really good reason animals an changing clocks ugh lol. But you know i still miss my babys. Jst try to emagine a world without yours lol.

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Body Image - How it all started

Monday, October 31, 2011

Another member's blog got me to thinking about body image. When did I start to notice I even had a body?

Growing up in Florida I was free as a bird. I was frequently at the beach and outside daily, even in the rain. We didn't think about exercise back in the 60's. It was built in. My grandmother had avacado and citrus trees growing on her property. We ate family dinners at a set time at the dinner table , although sometimes we got to eat on tv trays. How healthy watching the Vietnam War raging on the tube doesn't seem healthy to me looking back. I was a healthy kid. I'd get sick about once a year, and unless it was tonsilitis it usually only lasted til late afternoon causing my mother to wonder if I faked it. (No - I loved school)

Then came culture shock. We got uprooted to New England. I think it took me 2 full years to thaw out. I was freezing in my house let alone go outside unless it was to and from the school bus or to church on Sunday morning. I was in charge of getting meals on for our now family of 3 (the older kids and my dad got to stay in Florida). My specialties- macaronni and cheese and grilled cheese sandwiches. Vegetables - dump some from a can into a pan and heat. I think this must have been the time snacks were introduced into the household. The chips we only had at picnics were ever present. Ice cream was too, ready to be scooped into whenever boredom hit, as opposed to the weekly treat when the neighborhood kids ran to greet the ice cream truck . My mom had a great job as a dental hygenist and brought home lots of snacks for us from the practice. I found out the office girls were always on diets,, but that was many a moon later).

Pizza came later. The greasy, sloppy, all-cheese version the roller skate rink snack bar offered. When my dad eventually moved up north, my weekly exercise was at the rink. A safe place to go for the weekly visitation. I loved roller skating, but the rink was in the next town over or I probably would have lived there.

Then it happened. As if I wasn't miserable enough I became aware of body image. I was by no means fat, but nor was I the energetic little girl that "ate like a bird" as my grandmother would say. The day came in home-ec that we had to get measured for the skirts we were to make for ourselves. I didn't think anything of this until one of the girls saw my measurements. She burst into laughter. Well, laughter is contagious and kids are cruel.

High school came and I evened out. Not fat, not Valeri Bertenelli slim. Still, in the back of my mind was that haunting laughter. Body image was never too far from my mind.

Those of the roots of my body image. Then the pendulum swang, I got fat. Now I'm trying to balance out for my health's sake. Meanwhile, there are other important things in life to focus on. My body image will improve as my health improves and I tone up and slim down. I'm a happier person than I have been in a very long time.

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SARAHTAIT 11/8/2011 8:57PM

    I can totally relate......
I am definitely Not a cold weather gal. Your beach memories sound great.....
I hope to live on the beach one day!

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LINTPICKER 11/5/2011 6:44AM

    i am still struggling with emotional stuff as well. I keep working in it!

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WENDYJM4 11/3/2011 1:50AM

    wow thanks for sharing your story, I can relate to that. The same thing happened to me at school, the teacher made us all weigh and then she actually laughed when I weighed and pointed out I was the heaviest child there. The same story as you, I wasn't really fat at that time. For some reason she did not like me. There were some cruel people when we were young.

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JANEZAP 11/2/2011 4:04AM

    such a great personal blog thank you for sharing your story! it takes a lot of courage to look at your life as you have just done (well i find personally for me its hard..) so good on you for writing this blog :) your doing a wonderful job, i hope your having a lovely day!!
love jane

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CINDYCHARLENE 11/1/2011 5:13PM

    emoticon emoticon I appreciate your blog.

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1COUNTRY_GAL 11/1/2011 3:37PM

    THank you for sharing your childhood.I began to reminisce about mine,very interesting! I am happy you are happy with you and are so positive about it emoticon emoticon

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NATURESBOUNTY 10/31/2011 2:08PM

    emoticon ok lol pictures of my childhood bouncing threw my headhead. Alot of def. School my dad was in the army. With each new school prayers id fit in an nope i didnt i got beat up again funny but that is the story of my life lol. Nope not a pity party hear. But for me body emage has always been front an center an a struggle. But iv finally come to terms with that monster despite it always laughing at me lol. I no longer purge or bing my throat no longer bleeds. Im eating veagan an am very happy with me even at 234 pounds. But i am attempting to loose weight the healthy way. Sorry im rambling. But your blog has brought so vefy much back an i wont to say thankyou an i think its awsome we all need to see an remember where we have come from to know where we are going thankyou emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 10/31/2011 11:39AM

    Wow, you sure brought back memories of MY childhood! Thanks for sharing. And, by the way, we sound like we grew up in the same house! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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