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Thinspiration" & THE FOOD TRACKER

Thursday, October 07, 2010

Today is Thinspiration Thursday & I realize nearly all of my days are filled with thinspirations. Even thought I just read the goal to thinspire 5 people today, I had already thinspired three people. That makes me a Thinspirationalist!

About the food tracker, I do my best to be as honest & accurate as I can be. I know I inadvertently miss things here and there. I base my goals on my progress. I run the report, look at the pie chart and I am taking this seriously. If my carbs are high, I look at that in future meal planning. The food tracker helps me make changes in my meal planning. There would be no benefit to me if I were not diligent in my reporting.

Let's face it if you cheat on the food tracker, then you must do it for a reason. Its your own deal and deep down inside you know the truth. When its all said and done, its your tool to use as you see best. If you need to skew your food tracker results, RIGHT ON!

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    Yes, you are a Thinspirationist! Thanks! Keep it up!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/7/2010 11:14PM

    You are thinspiring!

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LESSOFMOORE 10/7/2010 9:50PM

    You are right! Keep up the good work!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 10/7/2010 6:11PM

    Honesty with self is a very good thing. Anything else is cheating ourselves. We all deserve honesty....hey how 'bout: honesty begins at home? :)

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IUHRYTR 10/7/2010 3:13PM

    I even add condiments the best I can. I agree, we have to be honest with ourselves. -- Lou

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BABSIES 10/7/2010 2:33PM

    keep it up

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Fancy Cooking

Wednesday, October 06, 2010

Made some nice elaborate recipes instead of the normal boring stuff. Added a almond crust to my salmon.

I also added some goodies to my brown rice.

That and had some dip with my lunch. DH is so sweet he always loves what I make, even when it sucks. Tonight he was totally in love with dinner, me too.

The result.... Not doing this again for a long time. After I entered it into the food tracker... well now I am mad. That sort of stuff adds up. The funny thing is when we eat out they add all this stuff also.

Normally I poach my salmon with capers or wine or herbs, low calorie stuff. It still tastes good. I just dont think the extra flavor is worth going over on my calories. Just writing this makes me feel better. BEWARE its called "almond crusted salmon".

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LYNNOTT 10/7/2010 10:11PM

    Looks great, I'm sure it tasted great too! Those recipe are great, but like you said, put it in the Nutrition Tracker and yikes!

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HALFANGEL 10/7/2010 12:59PM

    Looks FANTASTIC! Funny cuz I've got salmon thawing out for dinner tonight. I pan fry it in olive oil with garlic and basil. Then add it to whole wheat penne pasta with more garlic, basil, sea salt (not much) and lemon. YUM!!!

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KLAD_COCKERS 10/7/2010 11:06AM

    Lovely meal you made . . . wow! I'm sure DH was totally in love with both you AND the meal. But yeah, all of those little things do add up in terms of calories. There are tons and tons of great recipes here on SparkPeople that you could try next time you're feeling adventurous.

I'm so envious of people that enjoy cooking. I truly hate it, and find it a major chore. Your DH is very lucky to have you!

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LAURELSPARK 10/7/2010 7:17AM

    It sure looks good..........thate's why I don't cook much.............I'll just eat it. Thank goodness my family is not finicky!!

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LRRSNDRS 10/7/2010 4:32AM

    It sure looks good.

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IUHRYTR 10/7/2010 3:09AM

    High in calories but it sure looks and tastes good, doesn't it? emoticon -- Lou

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"High on Benadryl"

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

I got stung by a bee on Sunday, no big deal. I tried some home remedies that did not help. After the thing got huge, I tried topical benadryl. Did not help, so I too oral Benadryl for the first time. Whoa, I think this is what getting high feels like.

I cannot believe I gave this to my kids when they were younger. The good part is the swelling went way way down. My bee sting is doing better since I took it. No itching either. But I felt so confused and dysfunctional I decided to look up Benadryl:

"the drug also has a powerful hypnotic effect, and for this reason is often used as a non-prescription sleep aid and a mild anxiolytic" & "At higher doses the hallucinations are more frequent" Thanks to the pharmacist who suggest I start with a double dosage.

Seriously, this is one powerful drug. I cant even function on this stuff. I could barely log on to Spark and I feel like I am on a cruise ship. I will never understand why anyone would want to feel like this or do this for fun. There has got to be a better way to deal with a bee sting then getting loaded for a couple of days.

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JUSTBIRDY 10/6/2010 11:33PM

    I took a couple of them (time release) when I had a sting on my hand. It was just swelling up too much for me to not want to do anything about it. Really knocked me out, and I slept through alot of it. Better to take it at night if you have to.

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MRE1956 10/6/2010 4:24AM

    Wow - that's NEVER had that kind of effect on me - the worst is a slight (and I mean VERY slight) drowsiness, and nothing that can't be worked through......

I'd definitely look for a different pharmacist, BTW......

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/5/2010 11:18PM

    I suspect you are vey sensitive.I take benadryl for allergies with no adverse effects,mind you the bee sting would have had me using an epipen and still going to hospital for adrenalin as I am seriously allergic to beestings.I hope you are feeling better but I never start anything with a double dose just in case of an allergic reaction and you might want to bear that in mind too !

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BLEIGH711 10/5/2010 9:14PM

    I get allergies and benadryl is one of the only things that helps the symptoms. It usually makes me very sleepy...like dumb tired. But never high like you speak of...Yikes. I did take 2 once and had the opposite effect...I wanted to crawl out of my skin I was so antsy. Its weird how meds affect us all

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SAMI199 10/5/2010 9:11PM

    Isn't it amazing that an over-the counter drug can throw you for such a loop-I;m glad you're feeling more like yourself now.


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HIKETOHEIGHTS 10/5/2010 8:12PM

    Hi I feel a bit more sober now. I try to do everything the natural way, but this sting got huge, hard, red and very swollen. It scared me into taking the benadryl. Glad I took it because I was worried. Now, its smaller and better & its back to baking soda and toothpaste.

Honestly, I sure dont get the people who enjoy feeling loaded. I did not even exercise yesterday or today because of the medication. Exercise is my feel good drug not benadryl. Thanks for your comments Spark friends.

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SOPHIEMAE2007 10/5/2010 6:19PM

    I've never had that kind of effect with Benedryll on my me. It usually knocks me out. I do give a small dosage to my dogs...vet recommended. I give it to them when they are really itchy and I don't think it effects them funny.

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KLAD_COCKERS 10/5/2010 6:01PM

    Well, if you're really feeling fuzzy and high, then I want to commend you on your most excellent grammar and spelling on this blog post!

I get motion sick (most people grow out of it - I grew INTO it!), so sometimes I take Benadryl. Although it helps with the motion sickness, it also makes me feel gross. I know where you're coming from. I'm glad your sting is better (ouch!) and I hope the high wears off soon!

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GRANPATTIE 10/5/2010 5:27PM

    Yeah, I try to avoid Benedryl. It tends to knock me out. I got a bee sting at the Fair one year. I was there to play in our community band and it was time to start soon. They took me to the clinic they set up there and they made a paste of meat tenderizer and water and put it on it. It took the pain away almost instantly, and no swelling. emoticon

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WENDYSPARKS 10/5/2010 5:24PM

    I have tried it too. I hope you feel better.

Wendy emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/5/2010 5:17PM

    I tried it in the past and it put me right to sleep then when I woke I felt sort of out of it. -- Lou

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    I did not know that had that type of effct. I have taken it before and felt kind of funny, but noting like that. I think maybe you might be very sesitive to that.

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LESSOFMOORE 10/5/2010 4:08PM

    Wow, I am glad the sting is better. Take care of yourself!

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The "Day after the Big Day"

Monday, October 04, 2010

"Big Days" are great because they are usually filled with friends, family & yummy food like wedding cake. I usually want to look my best or fit into a goal dress. Might even do a boot camp, super lean eating program, something to get us ready for our "Big Day".

After the "Big Day" and the dust settles we are left with getting back on track. The only problem is our track was some program or crash diet. Our track needs to be re-set and a new plan in place.

Heck, I think this is normal, I read it on Spark all of the time. As a matter of fact sometimes we take a little time to enjoy all of the things we didn't eating preparing for the "Big Day".

I want to be armored with a "Day After the Big Day" plan. I am getting ready to fit into my "goal dress" for a wedding and I want a plan for that next day. I don't want to binge and go off track. I am planning ahead for the "Day after" the "Big Day"

I do have a plan to enjoy a big slice of wedding cake!

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KLAD_COCKERS 10/5/2010 10:58AM

    I think that being at SparkPeople is a good step towards having a plan for the Day After the Big Day. As you already know, SparkPeople is about lifestyle change, not crash diets. And as you also know, everybody slips up from time to time. How we deal with it is what forms how we deal with the Day After. Since you're aware of it now, I'd say you're setting yourself up for success!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/4/2010 11:28PM

    Plans are important ! Especially plans for the times eeryone else forgets.Your foresight will be rewarded!

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LESSOFMOORE 10/4/2010 4:34PM

    It looks like you have your bases covered! "To fail to plan is to plan to fail!" emoticon emoticon

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IUHRYTR 10/4/2010 3:43PM

    Way to go thinking ahead. Enjoy the cake and the wedding and fitting into your goal dress. -- Lou

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LYNNOTT 10/4/2010 2:30PM

    It's always best to plan ahead, that way you have it fixed in your mind what you need to accomplish the Day After - and you can always make minor changes! That cake looks delicious!

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    What a great idea to have a plan for the "day after"!

With the Canadian Thanksgiving this coming weekend, I think I will take your wonderful idea and make plans for the day after!


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GRANPATTIE 10/4/2010 12:58PM

    That's a beautiful cake. That's a good idea to make sure you have a plan for the next day. It would be very easy to throw caution to the wind and forget about it, in all the excitement.

And best of luck to you, BTW.

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Skinny Pumpkin Challenge

Thursday, September 30, 2010

Our "Skinny Pumpkin" Challenge for today is to blog our October goals. I have several very important days coming up. My oldest niece's wedding, she was the first grandchild/child/niece in our family. She sort of belongs to all of us because.... well because we felt that way about her. Often, I thought of her as my own daughter.

Also, she is incredibly thoughtful and considerate, she really makes us all so proud. I want her wedding day to be special forever. One of my October challenges is to try to look my best for her day. I am usually all about the kids, the workout, the scrapbooking & yes, Baily. I rarely focus on my appearance. I guess I just think I am what I am. I dont have too many expectations in the looking good department. But on this day I will try very hard to look my best.

She loves her family very much and she wants the best for us. I know my sister will care also. Naturally, I have offered to help out in everyway I can and she knows I will jump for her. But because she is my spectacularly meticulous niece, she has it all handled as usual.

I have another special day in October, special for my oldest daughter. We are so very excited for her as she is welcoming someone new in her life. I want to help her make it a very special month. Halloween is a ALWAYS a big day for her. Its also my nieces birthday and they have a really cool costume idea. This will be a fun month!

I want to help my mom with her health issues and help her to feel better. Hopefully we can make that happen with the help of a bunch of doctors. I am very lucky to come from a family filled with medical professionals who have their eye on the ball. Medical management for a parent becomes very important as they age and my siblings have great skills for that.

Those are my goals for October.

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LYNNOTT 10/1/2010 1:50PM

    Excellent goals! You already look good! Have a great month! with regard to your mother, it reminds me that we are now at that age where we still take care of our kids, but now we are taking care of our parents too!

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TRACEYMOMOF3 10/1/2010 10:53AM

    You have some great goals. They are for yourself but helping others and I think that is Awesome! emoticon

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LITTLEBIRCH 9/30/2010 7:47PM

    Wonderful goals! Looking and feeling your best is not only on the outside. I think you have a headstart on your goal to look good on the outside because your heart and attitude are terrific on the inside.

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LRRSNDRS 9/30/2010 4:06PM

    Sounds good. You can do it.

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