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Honesty--Revisited

Saturday, January 18, 2014

Just an update to my last blog about honesty. Not only did I not follow through, but I've added pounds and consequently, more work to do. Today I updated my weight, got a starting weight for my team's challenge, and put it all out there. Frustrating to find that my clothes are not fitting well and the weight keeps creeping up there. I know that I can and will move forward, putting all this behind me. I don't feel like I'm starting over, because I don't feel as if I ever quit...just screwed it up for awhile! Today is going well. I will work hard to make the evening go well, too (my worst time of the day)! Planning on having a good week, and I'm doing this by planning for the week! Hope you have one, too. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

  
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CRYSALLIS1 1/21/2014 8:45PM

    Ah shucks, your right though you didn't quit! You just over indulged for a bit. You have the rock rolling again. emoticon That's the hard part. Now you will be able to Keep it in motion. emoticon

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JILL313 1/19/2014 10:39PM

    Good for You Jeannie. Recently due to the fact I don't feel well a lot I haven't had much appetite recently. I swear that is the only thing that helps me not re-gain some weight back. Actually it's better to feel good and have a good appetite but control our eating with healthy food choices and moving more. I know you'll be under 200#s very soon again. You've been under stress recently with your house being built, moving temporarily into an apartment not to mention your concern about your Mom and Sis. God Bless You as I love your honestly. In my book, you are Numero Uno and I love you no matter what size you are. . .but I believe if anyone will enter Onderland this Year it will be You!!

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JAOTAO 1/19/2014 1:29PM

    I know you can do this Jeannie - just like you inspire and encourage others ... do so for yourself as well! You can depend on yourself and you ARE doing this!

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/19/2014 4:30AM

    You will be fine we all have little setbacks from time to time !

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TXGRANDMA 1/18/2014 11:17PM

    Good for you, Jeanne! emoticon I find getting more exercise really helps me! Working out at the property is working off the pounds! emoticon

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ESILBO 1/18/2014 8:46PM

    WELCOME TO MY GANG.I DON T PLAN TO STAY THERE TOO.WE CAN DO IT, WE KNOW HOW. WE JUST NEED TO PUT OUR BIG GIRLS PANTIES (LIKE KAREN WOULD SAY) AND GET OUR.....TOGETHER.
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SPEEDY143 1/18/2014 6:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I can't imagine where I'd be now if I quit... emoticon emoticon Jeannie emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/18/2014 5:13PM

    You can do this Jeannie! One day at a time... emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 1/18/2014 5:12PM

    You are such a strong lady! I know that you will do it. It is within your reach and I am going to be the first to do a Happy Dance when you get there. Our Journey does take the wrong road once in awhile but we will find the right path to keep pushing forward. You really are a great motivator for me and others!

Hugs, Gail

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MRSCLARK 1/18/2014 4:00PM

    i also stuggle with the weight too and have a hard time sharing espically when I'm really bad with both the food/exercise and gaining weight.I stuggle with compulsive eating.i go so long without binging and than I fall and binge.i will gain easily 5-10 lbs after a binge.I'm trying to eat more vegs and salads

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GRACILU 1/18/2014 3:49PM

    Thank you for being real!

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Honesty

Tuesday, November 05, 2013

Hubby and I have always prided ourselves on being honest and having plenty of integrity. Recently, however, I believe I was being less than honest. If I can't be honest with my SP friends and teammates, I certainly can't be honest with myself (and vice versa)!

All this is to say that I finally corrected my weight tracker to reflect an accurate weight (as of last Sunday). I make a vow here and now to record my weight on a weekly basis and to honestly report my progress (or lack). Tried to find a cute graphic or cartoon to display here, but in all honesty (pun intended), there's nothing cute about what I'm promising! Just good old-fashioned honesty!!

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CRYSALLIS1 1/21/2014 8:52PM

    emoticon it happens to about everyone of us I'm sure. Kind of like our drivers license use to be. You weighed that once & just hoping to get back to it. emoticon You will get there.

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TORTILLAFLATS 1/16/2014 1:27PM

    Jeannie, I hear you. I had to do that too, recently. I didn't like it but I think the fact that seeing it on paper and for the whole world of Spark to see helps give me the motivation to get the weight off again. I don't think we can ever gert this weight of if we are not honest with ourselves and others. You are one great lady! I am proud to be your friend.

Hugs, Gail

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INTHEGAP 11/27/2013 5:21PM

    I love this, Jeannie! emoticon Honesty is one of the reasons why I haven't been on much lately. I promised myself to come back and start behaving and working my program on Nov 1. I lasted 1 day and haven't behaved since. I don't know when that is going to happen ~ so I'm embarrassed and ashamed. I'm not being 'dishonest' but I'm just not doing 'anything'. I definitely think you are on the right track. Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAOTAO 11/7/2013 12:50PM

    Sometimes it's hard to face those numbers on the scale, isn't it?It is for me as I usually dread the weekly weigh in. I join you in your commitment ... I've worked hard this time around with weight loss to keep it real as well. I support you and appreciate all you do! Let's get that scale moving down together! Love, Jackie

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PATTYCAKE17 11/7/2013 11:27AM

    Sorry I posted twice. I thought my first comment went missing in cyber space, but then it showed up posted. I tried to rewrite it so they're a little different. I also tried to remove it, but once emoticon its there you can't take it down. My computer just does what it wants to these days emoticon

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PATTYCAKE17 11/7/2013 11:22AM

    The Bible says "You will know the truth and the truth will set you free." I've also heard it said, "Acknowledge and move on." Coming to grips with reality is the first step towards recovery. Proud of you!! Good healthy blog!! emoticon emoticon

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PATTYCAKE17 11/7/2013 10:28AM

    Nice healthy blog!! Honesty is the best policy! It's so freeing, like throwing off the "weight that besets us" as Paul said in the Bible, and another Bible quote: "You shall know the truth and the truth shall set you free." So proud of you and your new commitment! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MASTERPIECE8 11/6/2013 1:30PM

    Good for you, Jeannie.

Confession time: I totally forget about my weight tracker. Now I'd better check it.


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GODS_TEMPLE 11/6/2013 2:39AM

    emoticon Good for you!

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SPEEDY143 11/5/2013 11:08PM

    emoticon dang we just lost another member of the.... "I can't remember how to fix my weight ticker" Team emoticon Every day I look at mine and think I have got to do something about that!!!!! So instead of adding 6 pounds I walk a little more, eat a little better and vow to NEVER QUIT because I'm going to weigh that again AND less emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 11/5/2013 10:28PM

    Jeannie, God bless you! I can't see where you have been dishonest with your friends and your team unless we have been asking you about your weight and you lied about the answer. Nor is this being dishonest to yourself. You know how the scale is going. Mine has been going up so much since I had my stroke, that I would rather not record it. Those little numbers on the scale are really big enough for me to look at a couple times a week. I won't feel any better if I post them, in fact, I will feel worse, especially if they continue to go up no matter what I'm trying to do. If you are one hundred pounds up or a hundred pounds down, I'll still love you as much as I have grown to love you, my dear friend. (hugs)

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GINGER_BEAR 11/5/2013 5:17PM

    I can relate. Just recently I reset my weight tracker too. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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READYBETTY 11/5/2013 5:07PM

    Honesty is the best policy. You're making the first step to realizing some progress down the road. WTG!!

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ROBBIEY 11/5/2013 4:29PM

  That is the first step. You're making progress. Keep moving forward. emoticon

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Fell into a big hole I dug...

Sunday, July 14, 2013

and Iím having trouble getting out again.



You really didn't think I was digging by hand, did you? emoticon

Poor choices, limited exercise (other than cleaning and purging the basement and closets), way, way too much restaurant eating and blah, blah, blah! It has done me in. Like a lot of us, I start every day with great intentions, but along the way life jumps in and the hole just keeps getting deeper and deeper. Of course, I know how to get out: STOP DIGGING! The more I dig, the deeper it gets! So, if ever there is a time for me to put into practice all the things I know to do, it is now, before things get even more out of control.

Iíve learned to never say this wonít happen again, as it seems to regardless of all the things I do say or promise myself. I just know I donít want to undo all the work Iíve done over the past couple of years. Instead, I want and need to continue to work towards my goal of reaching a happy and healthy weight, and then move on to learning how to maintain in that place.

So, just for todayÖno more digging! Just working a little harder than I have been, and then I will work harder still. Come along, friends! Together we will get to that happy and healthy place! emoticon

  
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SPEEDY143 7/19/2013 3:29AM

    OK young lady give me the the keys to that "digger" YOU are in time out!!! And while you sit there we all want YOU to think about all the time and effort you've put into your healthy journey since joining SparkPeople... can you imagine where you'd be by now if you hadn't??? Makes me shivery just to think about it... oh, sorry I was talking to myself there emoticon

You are always so honest about your experiences Jeannie and we all can relate. Some days, weeks, months are harder than others, but over all you have made wonderful progress and been an inspiring example to all your SparkSisters emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 7/17/2013 1:06AM

    Jeannie, I know that you will be able to do what your make up your mind to do. You have been down before and you always have pulled yourself up by the boot strap and carried on.
I think that Theresa had it correct when she said that sometimes we just don't want to do it. I think that most of us feel that way every once in a while.
You said that you didn't want to re-do what it took so long to do, well, guess, what I did? Almost a year ago, I was down 40#. I am now back within two pounds of where I was when I first started. So, I started all over again. I'm not happy or proud of myself--but I don't hate myself either. I just have to be ready to try it again and hopefully try it again with far better results.
So, dearheart, get yourself back down to Onederland and make us all proud!

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PYNETREE 7/16/2013 12:28PM

    Yep Jeannie,
Same here - "Same song, different verse!" That is my tune lately. I cave in, and it takes a strong effort to get back out.

So, I'm going to get up and start putting more effort into this. I think I get lax and lazy sometimes, just tire of having to DO it, measure it, think about it!
So easy to just slide back into those old familiar, comfortable ways.


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MASTERPIECE8 7/15/2013 2:49PM

    emoticon on the blog!

What can I say? "Been there. Did that."

Let's focus on the 'stop' part of your blog. You put an end to it for today. That's great. So focus on today.

Tomorrow. No digging. "Just say NO!" Easy for me to say, but it certainly isn't always easy for me to do. I excel at digging holes, deep ones too.

You've lost a lot of weight. You've been walking and walking, counting those poles/posts!, riding your bike. Keep up the good work. Remain focused and committed.

Hugs to you.

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/15/2013 1:25PM

    Jeannie, emoticon For sure, this is not an easy journey. My choices goes along good for awhile and then, as if by magic, something triggers my buttons and I can't find a good choice anywhere. It is like The mere thought of "good choices" leaves my brain. LOL, I did say Black magic cause it sure isn't good emoticon

If I could only figure out what sets that trigger into motion-------So sending you a ladder to get back up, but keep it close because I might need it again, or one of our other Spark Friends.

Hugs and Love,
Gail

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CJMOK1121 7/15/2013 9:01AM

    Jeanie: I love your picture of the big hole digger. I think I have one in my backyard just ready for me to use everyday. I have not been posting or chatting much in the last month or so, but I have quit digging, so I'm joining you in covering up that hole so will not fall into it again, besides filling up that
hole will take a lot of work and exercise a little at a time. lol. Its so good to see you writting blogs and posting more. Thanks for sharing. Enjoy your visit with your Mom and Sister.

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NANCYPAT1 7/15/2013 12:30AM

    At least this time you are stopping the digging for today - maybe you will be in the mood to stop for one MORE day and you will find that it is NOT ONLY bad habits that are easy to renew - sometimes it is possible to renew the GOOD habits too. (HUGS) It is a struggle.

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JILL313 7/14/2013 11:29PM

    Dear Jeannie, I've been there also digging with you at times. I honestly think the only reason I'm maintaining or occasionally dropping a few pounds is I don't feel well a lot of the time plus dealing with pain issues really decreases my usual hearty appetite. . .I'd much rather feel better with a lot less pain but right now that's out of my control. Jeannie, it's good you're stopping and thinking & writing about what's happening on your Journey to health and WL. It's so easy to slip back into old habits and patterns we were in only a short time ago. I feel like I'm in this battle to lose weight for the rest of my life that includes when I'm on maintenance. Unfortunately, it's like we never can let our "guard down" and eat the way we used to eat and still really want to sometimes. We can't take our prior success to mean that we're there now with a healthy mental attitude to last the rest of our lives . We all need to tweak and/or change our Goals at times. Losing and maintaining weight takes constant awareness and focus I feel for the rest of our lives. It's tough but also so is being fat and unhealthy. Losing weight and keeping there takes a lot of effort. You've just taken a little detour but I know you're going to focus on each day and pre-plan everything you're going to do to make it a healthy day for yourself. By all means limit those meals out as much as possible. I don't like eating out that often anymore as I still can't trust myself once I'm in a good restaurant and it still amazes me how my good intentions fly quickly "out the window" so fast. . . that when I finish that meal I'm shocked at myself and how I become out of control again in this food environment. You've come a long way and it's time to once again put your knowledge of what's healthy or not into focus again. I know you can do it Jeannie. Time to re-read the Spark book again and read some motivating WL success stories. I'm rooting for you and honestly believe if anyone can make this Journey a good one it's You.

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TUBLADY 7/14/2013 11:07PM

    You are right. All you can do is stop digging. The hole is big enough.
If we could have only said that when it was a few inches deep.
But alas , even though I am not from Texas, my motto seems to be "the bigger the better."
If we could only go back and undo the previous days, week, years. Oh wishful thinking.
We can get up tomorrow and star the day afresh.
We know what to do. But we are also human and we don't always make the right choices. Who does???
I am betting you will get back on track and see some fantastic results.
Take advantage of this lovely summer. All the fresh produce, hot weather, less eating, fresh salads, fruits. Easy exercise choices. You can and will do it.
I used to be a cheerleader in school. Rah, Rah, Jeanie, you can do it.
Can't you just see me with my pom pom's, cheering you and all of us on?
Take care,
Be strong, stay positive.
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GODS_TEMPLE 7/14/2013 10:23PM

    One day at a time...is all you need to aim at! emoticon

Love the beautiful flowers on your wallpaper.

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JAMER123 7/14/2013 10:15PM

    The road behind us is gone. Look towards a new day. I am as guilty as everyone else by digging the hole deep then I have to take time and figure out how to walk out of it. We can do it when we take it an hour at a time!! Went to Olive Garden with friends last night and of course they don't have any low cal foods!!! So I was able to get a lunch menu and stayed within my calorie range but still not good on the sodium!! Tomorrow is a new day and a new week, Jeanne!! We can make it the best we can!!
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1FARMER 7/14/2013 8:09PM

    I think you are in the same boat as the rest of us. If we take what we learned granted and let our guard down we fall into that proverbial hole.
Time to get back to basics and focus on tracking and activity minutes.
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TXGRANDMA 7/14/2013 7:30PM

    I totally understand, Jeanne! Good luck to you, I know that you can do it! That is how you do it, just move on, back on program. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAOTAO 7/14/2013 6:56PM

    I'm with you Jeanie - seems like summer is harder than winter when it comes to food choices ...everything sounds so good. So I've grabbed my shovel and am right beside you, girl!

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ESILBO 7/14/2013 6:17PM

    WOW, THIS IS MY STORY TOO. YOU ARE SOOOOO RIGHT. STOP DIGGING AND MOVE ON, THAT'S MY NEW MOTTO. THANK YOU MY FRIEND.
LOVE, ALWAYS
LISE

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Attacked by a Shamrock Shake

Friday, March 15, 2013

Well, I guess in truth, I was the one doing the attacking. In spite of my best plans and intentions, I'm fallen quite short with maintaining healthy eating and exercise. I've gotten my stretching done each day for the 5% challenge, but no real exercise other than 3,000 -4,000 steps. I even had to estimate that one day as the Fitbit said I had 28, which I knew was terribly wrong as I knew I had more steps than that just going to the restrooms!! LOL! emoticon

So, the shake? Stopped at a McDonald's for a restroom break since we were traveling roads with no rest stops. Naturally, with the 17th right around the corner, one of the shamrock shakes started chasing me. Unfortunately, I let it catch me instead of chasing me right out the door. emoticon This is me running, but not fast enough! And to think there was even a SP daily blog about this very shake the other day!!! emoticon

Wednesday and Thursday were filled with DH's "healthy" snacks of M&M peanuts and Pringles. I blame it on him, but no one was holding a gun to my head making me eat them. Today I didn't have anyone to blame but myself. Riding long distances in a car seems to take every bit of common sense out of me and take me on the short road to bad choices and apathy. We won't get home until a week from today. I hope I survive that long and I can begin to get myself focused and turned back onto the path of healthy living! Wish me luck!!

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TXGRANDMA 3/18/2013 11:02AM

    Good luck, Jeanne...........Though I have to say, I totally understand! It IS hard to eat right when on the road, you just kind of take the food as it comes, unable to really know where you are going to be when it is time to eat, and where ever you are, is the place that gets your business! Be safe, and emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 3/18/2013 9:07AM

    There is still time to make healthier choices the rest of the trip. You sound like me. Your mind went back to travel mode. But now you got that out of the way.

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INTHEGAP 3/16/2013 7:35PM

    I understand the battle you are going through. Once, when my sister and I spent over 10 days driving about 18 hours a day, I started smoking again!! Her cigarettes just kept calling my name. That was over 20 years ago and I stopped smoking shortly after we got home ~ but other people's habits can really get to a person when you're on the road! Just do the best you can ~ that's all anyone can do ~ and don't beat yourself up for whatever you do. Once you get home, things will 'even out' again. Just try to enjoy yourself, that's the main thing. Praying for your safe trip and return home. emoticon emoticon

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AEROBISAURUS 3/16/2013 4:20PM

    Don't let it get you down! Forget about it and continue on with healthier choices. emoticon You are doing it! emoticon

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BELDONDOG1 3/16/2013 2:34PM

    Jeannie, we all know what a strong willed woman you are. You are traveling and if you put on a couple of pounds, that is just a wee little bit more of you to love.
You'll be back to yourself when you get back home. Don't sweat the small stuff now, enjoy the rest of your vacation. Love you! Noel

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JAOTAO 3/16/2013 2:08PM

    It happens, and they are good ... I'm so glad I don't have kids anymore as I am never tempted to stop in McD's again! Here is a little something to help you NOT get another one:

Nutrition summary:
Calories - 680
Fat - 20g
Carbs - 111g
Protein - 14g

There are 680 calories in 1 serving of McDonald's Shamrock Shake (16 oz).
Calorie breakdown: 26% fat, 65% carbs, 9% protein.

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POLYANNA2 3/16/2013 12:50PM

    When we're out on the roads it's every man for himself, Jeannie...lol If I were out there I'd be the same as you, and my hubby would be the same as your hubby, and I'd be blaming him too. If I ever figure out how to travel and be good all at the same time, I'll let you know.
All you can do is the best you can until you get home, and then you'll have to do even more.
Keep on truckin'!!!
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OPTIMIST1948 3/16/2013 10:36AM

    Dont flog yourself too much. We all make mistakes. the trick is not to make too many too often.

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GRANDMACOO 3/16/2013 10:04AM

    I know those foods that "chase" us can be so bothersome. My Dad used to say that "food doesn't talk", however, he was a naturally thin person who could eat anything he wanted and never gain an ounce. Maybe food only talks to those of us who gain weight thinking about food!

When I travel, I take healthy snacks in the car with me. It always doesn't work out that I eat (only) them, especially if my DH wants something more "yummy". And, when I fly, I LOVE to get a strawberry frappachino from Starbucks while waiting for my connecting flight. I'm not sure why that is, because I normally don't stop at Starbucks during the normal course of my work week.

Good luck with the remainder of your trip.

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GINILEE4 3/16/2013 7:10AM

    Those darn shakes are really fast runners!!! LOl I know what you mean about long car rides. When we go to visit DD i need to stop for potty every hour or so, mostly because I get dry mouth from my meds and drink constantly. On the highway the only place to stop are the Tim Hortons coffee shops. I usually get a coffee but they have cleverly placed all the donuts and goodies along the aisle where you wait in line. By the time I get back to the car we have 20 Timbits, 2 donuts and and a danish each. They're so tricky! Do your best and hang on because you will get home and be able to undo the damage. See you soon,


Gini

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CHERIRIDDELL 3/16/2013 12:53AM

    I have a recipe for a healthy shamrock shake but it doesn't help when traveling just one thing really and it could have been worse!

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JILL313 3/15/2013 11:19PM

    Those Shamrocks do look good and such a pretty green color. My oldest son Brent loves them so I've been there a few times for him as my other son told me the last day they'll have them is this Sunday. So, I hope you now can hold out for another one until next year. I can so relate how good intentions we have go out the window when you're traveling and cooped up all day. After all you deserved that Shamrock shake for being such a good sport--LOL! I have no fear that once you get home and all unpacked you'll be rocking it with healthy choices and more exercise. I know you will hang in there for another week on the Road. It is too long of a drive for me also. It'll feel so good to be home in your beautiful cozy house. Continue onward dear friend. . .
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Jill

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 3/15/2013 11:10PM

    Well, there are much worse things that you could have had. It's not like it's something you will have over and over again. It's hard to eat while travelling. Sensible snacking only goes so far.
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JOANNEHOLL1 3/15/2013 10:58PM

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Buy more fruit & etc. I remember eating cherries & peaches all the way across 2 states when traveling. This is winter, so maybe buy frozen unsweetened & carry in small cooler.
I buy white popped corn in bag when traveling to the Twin Cities to visit family and have the munchies. I stop at a McDonalds (bathroom break) & I order sugar-free vanilla coffee latte. (Which I like so much I've started making them as home with leftover cold coffee (ice cubes, skim milk, splenda & vanilla or chocolate) in my blender.)

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ESILBO 3/15/2013 10:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon FOR YOU AND FOR ME...WE NEED IT BABY...LOL
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MNABOY 3/15/2013 10:01PM

    Blessed I don't know about the Shamrock shakes or I MIGHT CHASE ONE.

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LINDA! 3/15/2013 9:53PM

    I know the feeling. I can be great all week and one day I will just crave sweets. ugh! If I am near a store or restaurant, I will stop and go for it. The guilt comes later!

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Apples and all those things

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

are packed up and ready to go! We're leaving in the morning for our very long ride home to Iowa from Arizona via south Texas!! Lots of miles, lots of riding and possibly way too much togetherness over a period of 10 days of being confined TOGETHER in the car! I can do this, I can do this...really, I can do this! emoticon

I've bought fresh fruit, baby carrots, low-sodium V8 juice and yogurt to eat for some of our meals. I have hard boiled eggs for the first few days. I have a plan to get some exercise each day. I can do this...really, I can! emoticon

I had hoped we could go straight home, but this is one time DH is getting his way with the plans. A visit to some long-time friends and a few relatives is probably a good idea, but for me the issue is that I just want to go home since we've been gone since last November. But, I can do this! emoticon

Stay tuned...I'll try to check in and let you know how we're managing all this travel/riding time. emoticon

  
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GOODGETNBETR 3/14/2013 10:15PM

    Stay positive and safe travels. emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 3/14/2013 6:31PM

    Wow, Jeanne! I didn't realize that you were headed for south Texas! That is really taking the long way around. Sounds like you have planned well for the food and hope that the togetherness doesn't get to be too much! Have fun and keep in touch!!

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MNABOY 3/13/2013 11:35PM

    Remember to stop every two hours and walk a bit to keep the legs circulation in good shape. Have a safe and hopefully pleasing journey.

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JILL313 3/13/2013 11:21PM

    Jeannie, You planned ahead like you did before you left for AZ. I know your trip was shorter as you went directly there. I do know that sometimes with too much togetherness it's easy to get on each others nerves. . .I know you and feel you will deal with this as gracefully as you do everything else. I just read the chat and I'm glad you did well today. Walking around Walmart is great exercise. I haven't stepped in that store for years and don't like it. I do like to occasionally go to Target as the quality of their products seems better to me. I'm curious as to what king of weather you'll have by the time you are home. Well wishes and prayers for a good trip getting home and that you 2 Lovebirds are still speaking by the time you get there--LOL! You are so awesome and caring that Richard should remember that. . .

PS - Honestly my Birthday was my best one yet. I'll chat tomorrow and tell about my day.

Love You,

Jill

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NANCYPAT1 3/13/2013 5:33PM

    Have a great trip and I am sure the planning will make the trip more successful. I always pack a lot of fruits and veggies and hard boiled eggs - I added things like nuts and such as well. Have fun and enjoy the trip.

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AEROBISAURUS 3/13/2013 3:16PM

    emoticon You're doing great so far!! Hang in there and be safe on your way back home.

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INTHEGAP 3/13/2013 2:14PM

    Have a safe and fun journey, Jeannie! I am envious that you are going to Texas. I agree with you that YOU CAN DO THIS. Challenging, indeed, but do-able. emoticon emoticon

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JAOTAO 3/13/2013 1:46PM

    Have a safe & healthy journey, Jeannie! Enjoy being the vagabonds! You sound really motivated to NOT gain!! Have fun!

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SPEEDY143 3/13/2013 1:35PM

    "I can do this...really, I can!" emoticon YOU are so funny Jeannie!!!! I guess you could walk emoticon now that would take a lot more time emoticonand I know you are really grandson, I mean home sick emoticon

This may be the last long car trip you and your DH take together... just saying emoticonLook at it as a gift not a chore... well maybe not the gift that you would buy for yourself but a gift none the less emoticon

emoticon for a safe passage home emoticonwith lovely stops on the way emoticon

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PYNETREE 3/13/2013 1:17PM

    Oh Jeannie, We know you can do this!
Wishing you well on this long ride, and forced togetherness with Richard!

I am hoping you get home finally, thinking "Gee, that trip back was so much fun, can't wait to do it again!"

Enjoy every mile of the journey, it makes getting to your destination, so much sweeter!

God Speed! emoticon Safe Travels! emoticon

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ESILBO 3/13/2013 1:02PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon ,
I KNOW YOU CAN. TAKE IT ONE DAY AT THE TIME, 1 HOUR AT THE TIME , IF NEEDED. ENJOY THE MOST OF IT TAKE IT AS A VACATION. TOO BAD YOU ARE NOT A PICTURE PERSON, IT WOULD HAD BEEN FUN FOR US...LOL

TAKE CARE SWEETIE, TRY TO ENJOY.

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HUGS AND KISSES
LISE

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MASTERPIECE8 3/13/2013 11:01AM

    Enjoy your trip home and visiting with friends. You're making wonderful memories and you've got it all planned.

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TXMEMAW6 3/13/2013 10:41AM

    Jeannie, I'm wishing you a safe and happy travel time as you go home. Enjoy your time and look at it as more of an adventure than a chore. Texas is nice and warm this time of year, but you don't want to be here in the summer...lol. Keep us posted on your trip, and I'm sure the 10 days will pass quickly! Hugz, Sharon

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LJCANNON 3/13/2013 10:35AM

    emoticon Of Course You CAN Do This!! You have Planned, Prepared, and Loaded Up! And that is over half the Battle in my Experience. One good thing that I have noticed is that a lot of Truck Stops and Gas Stations have started having Healthy Snack Options available along with the Sugary Snack Bombs.
emoticon I will be Praying for Peace and Safety on your Travels. And that you Enjoy it MUCH More than you expect to.

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RDGISME 3/13/2013 10:28AM

    Praying for your safe journey to friends, family and home! Can't wait to get home? We can't wait either.....It will be a celebration for us all! Good work on getting your snacks/stashes packed for your journey!

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CJMOK1121 3/13/2013 10:23AM

    Jeanie: Its so good to hear you are going home, we always seem to hear from you more when you are in Iowa.
These 10 days will pass really fast, so enjoy your friends and family.

We need that girls night out soon.

HUGS, HUGS, AND HAPPY TRAVELING. CJ from OK.

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RFJSJ50 3/13/2013 10:08AM

    Have a safe trip!
Sheila

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GINILEE4 3/13/2013 6:27AM

    If you have to take side trips, enjoy the time with friends and family. If these are people you rarely see, remember that they won't be there forever and enjoy every minute with them now while you and they are healthy. Have great trip home and watch the weather. It can be tricky in March. Can't wait till you here every day as often as you want.


Gini

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BELDONDOG1 3/13/2013 1:28AM

    You can do this, Jeannie--I know you can do this! lol Be safe and have fun with the friends. Don't forget about us. Love you!

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SEEINGCLEARLY53 3/13/2013 1:26AM

    Drive safe!

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 3/13/2013 1:06AM

    I know what you mean. When we go visiting the kids, it's great to go, wonderful to be there, but when Im ready to go home, I just want to GO and get there as fast as I can! We used to be able to make the trip from Arkansas to Indiana in one go, but now find we need to split it into two days to not be overly exhausted. We made the trip from Arkansas to California in three days, coming home in two. Sometimes I think my husband still thinks he's an over-the-road truck driver.

Take care and have a safe trip home!
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CHERIRIDDELL 3/13/2013 12:47AM

    Safe journey !

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JAMER123 3/13/2013 12:45AM

    South TX. is nice and warm as well as very dry. I think you will enjoy it as you travel. I do know it is tiring especially if you are looking at 10 days. Give me a yell if you can spare a couple minutes!! Would love it! Have very safe travels!!
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CHERIJ16 3/13/2013 12:29AM

    Good luck on your travels toward home. We are snowbirds who winter in south Texas but we aren't leaving for Michigan (home) until the 1st. part of May! It's still too cold up there for me. emoticon

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KRISKAY1962 3/13/2013 12:11AM

    MY PARENTS ARE SNOW BIRDS, WHERE IN ARIZONA, IS IT QUARTZITE. I LOVE IT IN THE WINTER, I WISH I COULD GO DOWN THERE TOO. emoticon emoticon

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