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WooHoo! . . . Onion rings and Prime Rib . . . Yum!

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Being mindful is instrumental in obtaining success when making plans to dine at a supper club. I saved myself quite reasonable throughout the day, ate well, and left room for an order of onion rings (shared with four people) and petite (6 oz) prime rib tonight. So tasty! The best news of all is that the seven nutrients I'm honing in on (calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium) ALL fell within range. WooHoo!

Here's me outside the Broadway Palms Dinner Theatre after we saw the production of the Unsinkable Molly Brown. I'm soaking up the warm rays.

Psalm 65:4
Blessed are those you choose and bring near to live in your courts! We are filled with the good things of your house, of your holy temple.

In chatting with a good friend today who is just beginning a week of Spring Break in northern Wisconsin, I learned she and her sister would like to travel to Madison, St Louis, and/or Minneapolis over the Spring Break. We share the same good friend in St Louis and hope we can make all these trips within a reasonable budget (I'm thinking Motel 6) since our friend already has a roommate in a small efficiency. I am about to begin mapping the route for feasibility.

I hope you have some fun things to be mindful about this week.

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SHELLEY147 3/28/2011 12:08PM

    sounds yummy! Good for you for planning ahead so you could enjoy what you wanted :) Have fun on your visit to your friend!! ~hugs~

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HEARTS4ME 3/21/2011 10:41PM

  What a great report!

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ANDYINBC 3/20/2011 12:39PM

    Sounds like life is pretty good... Unsinkable Molly Brown and now the adventure of traveling and friends.

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JUGE300000 3/20/2011 8:50AM

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Eating outside the norm to enjoy an occasional favorite!

Friday, March 18, 2011

This was a day of splurges outside my normal range. My Weight Watcher instructor's spiel was about the importance of how this weight loss journey must incorporate our favorite foods if we are to be successful in keeping the weight off. Sure, Sure . . . she says this after a week where I managed to include both homemade cinnamon sweet rolls AND fried clams at my favorite seafood restaurant, while remaining within my calorie and nutrient range for my big seven (calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium).

Today I used the equivalent of my bonus points in the enjoyment of a Cuban sandwich (ham, roast pork, Swiss cheese and pickle) and most of an order of French fries. I didn't want to take this home, so I made up my mind, with my order, not to request a “to go” box. I thoroughly enjoyed every bite. And I was stuffed. Supper became a few ounces of cottage cheese, fresh tomatoes and grapes. I over shot my caloric intake by about 600 calories. The sandwich was nearly my whole day's calories, let alone exceeding 2400 mgs of salt). It brought me shortages and overages in most of my key nutrients.

Meanwhile, I'm happy! I'll live to eat another day. I'll even make a concerted effort to be a little more diligent without living on that River called deNile! 8-) This is manageable, as long as this doesn't become a regular.

Cheers! The palm trees, while shopping, looked like stars!

Philippians 2:14-16
Do everything without grumbling or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, "children of God without fault in a warped and crooked generation." Then you will shine among them like stars in the sky as you hold firmly to the word of life. And then I will be able to boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor in vain.

While today was not the most successful, it was enjoyed! Hope you’re enjoying your food even when you're being a bit bad.

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JUGE300000 3/21/2011 7:46AM

    I think this is good for you once in a while as long as we don't make a habit of the splurges.


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RIVADERCHI 3/19/2011 1:39AM

    Hi E! Oh yeah, Cuban soul food... 'nuf said! Good job eating and enjoying your meal with gusto! riva (rivaderchi) emoticon

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PAMAPPLE 3/18/2011 8:21AM

    Parties or special occasions always give me a good excuse to stray! The trick is getting back on track! The Cuban sandwich sounded wonderful! I always enjoy your exotic meals! Thank you for the bible verse. It is a good one to keep in mind.

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HEARTS4ME 3/18/2011 5:33AM

  You may think it wasn't the most successful day, but I think it was! You didn't beat yourself up. You planned ahead. Life (and food) is about balance - sounds like you get that!

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HEALTHYGRAMMY49 3/18/2011 3:50AM

    Evelyn...you are right that we need a little deviation once in a while as long as we keep it in check. It's always scary for me to give myself permission to eat off the program even in moderation. I did that last Sat. night at Chevy's (Tex-Mex restaurant). I shared a Mixed Grill Fajita platter with my son. It was delicious...all meats (beef, chicken, pork, shrimp) along with the veggies were grilled and not fried. But even only eating 1/3-1/2...it was still a lot of calories. I decided to eat and enjoy anyway. The damage was minimal...and I was satisfied. I know I will eat there again...but probably not the Mixed Grill. lol. Something a little closer to my calorie range. Glad you got to enjoy your favorite foods. Bev

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No Burrowing for me today! . . . A look at our resident owl.

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

My home away from home in Florida happens to be home to the largest population of the Florida species of the Burrowing Owl in the world. Due to habitat destruction, their nesting locations are being lost. Residents of the City are encouraged to place "starter" burrows on their front lawns in hopes of having an owl family take up residence. The owls are people friendly and certainly a joy to watch.

Cape Coral Burrowing Owls

Proverbs 9:9
Instruct a wise man and he will be wiser still; teach a righteous man and he will add to his learning.

I had another great day this week of meeting all seven nutrients. And thanks to some advance planning, I was able to enjoy my fried clams (regular and Ipswich), as well as taste a delicious blackened Yellow-fin tuna. Yum!

Do you plan for splurges you wouldn't normally include in your weight loss plans?

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JUGE300000 3/19/2011 9:35AM

    We had burrowing owls next door to our house in Cape Coral. The construction people wanted to build a house. So they parked trailers and other construction gear on top of the burrowing owls burrows. Eventually they drove the owls away. Then they came in and built their house. I guess that's taking care of business.

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NINJA-NED 3/16/2011 7:37AM

    how cool to have owls in your front yard! i usually (but no always) plan for splurges.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/16/2011 5:59AM

    I am learning to plan for (be intentional- as my one word would say) for these splurges for meals.
Cool owls!

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CERIUSLY 3/16/2011 5:40AM

    Plan for them? No, but I sure take advantage of them much too often! emoticon

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Six Word Success Story: Eating within range while enjoying weaknesses!

Tuesday, March 15, 2011

I made all seven nutrients (calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium) again today . . . yet my good friend and wonderful guest made something that would normally be such a great weakness of mine a few days ago: fresh baked bread. I gave up bread in restaurants for many, many months because I felt It was a weakness I just couldn't control . . . and how I have passed the initial hurdle of enjoying bread in restaurants (in moderation, of course), as well as these wonderful fresh baked cinnamon rolls . . . so good, that I found myself documenting their creation in photo!

This is one River deNile I would have expected to create much greater havoc! Praise God for small (and BIG) miracles!

Jesus looked at them and said, “With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.” (Matthew 19:26)

Hope you are finding new and creative ways to overcome your weaknesses.

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JUGE300000 3/21/2011 7:48AM

    Yum, Yum.


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SHELLEY147 3/15/2011 8:26AM

    yummmmmmmmmmmmmmmm.....I love cinnamon rolls :) Glad you could enjoy the treat while staying on track at the same time. You are living the healthy life perfectly by staying in balance!! ~huge hugs~

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FERRETLOVER1 3/15/2011 7:08AM

    That bread really looks yummy!

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/15/2011 6:04AM

    You have way more control than I may have! I think I smell those just from looking at the photos! Great job getting past a weakness.

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MAMASUDS 3/15/2011 2:16AM

    Great photo journal. Thanks for sharing!

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TRIGFROST 3/15/2011 1:46AM

    I think you went Bread Crazy...but I loved the Pic's...You look like you really enjoyed cooking...So Glad You Conquored the bread thing... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The Call of the African Drums!

Monday, March 14, 2011

Ndakhte Ndiaye (below, left) grew up in Senegal Africa and teaches several African Drum classes each week on Pine Island. Her partner is responsible for the gourmet dinners we all enjoy after class. Ndakhte also invited several of her students to participate in specialized workshops and events throughout the Southwest Florida region.

“You will again be adorned with your timbrels [small one-headed drums] and go forth in the dancing [chorus] of those who make merry.” (Jeremiah 31:4b)

Marlene and I (above) were welcomed newbies and won the best dressed award. My salwar suit is a much loved gift from Puja, a dear Nepali friend. I thought I was fairly ambidextrous, but I soon learned working next to a left-handed person and watching the instructor (face on), makes following their lead most challenging . . . but FUN! What a great evening.

Today was a great day! Thank you, Teddy Bears, for all the grand support. In return, I am happy to report I satisfactorily ate within the recommended range for the seven nutrients I continue to monitor more closely this month: calories, fat, carbohydrates, protein, fiber, calcium, and sodium. WooHoo!

Thanks again for the terrific support and great words of encouragement. Hope you’re meeting your goals.

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SWEETLIPS 3/14/2011 8:38PM

    I would have loved to be there. I started African Drum lessons last Sept. I can not wait to begin again.

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 3/14/2011 6:08AM

    Sounds like a fun niight!

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MADHUMATI 3/14/2011 1:14AM

    Gosh ! i like this blog so much ! U look terrific in salwar emoticon And drum is sth i have always wanted to learn, i have a drum (mridanga) at home, but i don't know how to play it.U are a Lucky gal !! Plz continue to enjoy !

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