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The Potato Bar

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Earlier today I mentioned that we were planning to go to the potato bar for lunch today. The youth group at church sponsored it as a fundraiser. Several of you have asked what it is and I thought I'd just tell you!!

No...you don't go to a bar and ask for a potato! No fries or chips allowed! Maybe if I'd called it a baked potato bar it would have made more sense. Basically, baked potatoes are served with all kinds of different toppings...everything you can imagine, and of course, it varies according to choice. Today they had the following: chili, taco meat, green onions, black olives, bacon bits (real bacon, not the bitty things from a package), salsa, shredded cheese, broccoli, cheese sauce, shredded lettuce, chopped tomatoes, sour cream and butter. Mine was quite healthy, as I chose the broccoli, about a tablespoon each of black olives and bacon, a very small amount of the shredded cheese (maybe a tablespoon), and a couple tablespoons of the taco meat. I added several spoonsful of salsa, put some shredded lettuce on the side with a little chopped tomato and light dressing. So, very yummy!

It's always a free will offering, but the kids do it as a fundraiser to use the money for the holiday projects--the Salvation Army angel tree, shopping for some less fortunate kids at the local schools, etc. I saw several $20 bills in the basket and we were some of the first through the line.

Oh yes...I must confess...I did have a small piece of apple desert that was wonderful and probably not low fat. I aways have trouble trying to track that kind of thing. I finally went with apple pie, even though that isn't what it was.

We've had potato bars for fun evenings with other couples, too. We bake the potatoes and our friends bring the toppings. Lots of fun! So...there you have the potato bar!

  
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MASTERPIECE8 10/26/2011 12:53PM

    It sounds delicious, fun, and it can be healthy. I'd like to do this for my family sometime. They'd enjoy it.

Years ago we had a Wendy's here in town and they had a 'potato bar' and you could add what you wanted. It's been so long ago though. I think the 'additions' were all part of the 'salad' bar. They don't have that anymore. We have a new Wendy's. They have some good french fries!! I am learning to make my own 'french fries' in the oven - sweet potato fries. Delicious. Spray the pan with olive oil or canola oil. Spray some on the fries. Add herbs if you like, sea salt. Bake them for about 15 mins. Delicious.

emoticon I wanted you to see my 'french fries.' These are really the healthy ones.

Barb

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SPEEDY143 10/24/2011 9:45PM

    Oh YuM... baked potatoes are comfort food for me but totally allowed... I use to fix two gigantic ones for DH and I as a side but since Sparkpeople I cook a medium size one and we split it... I skip the butter and use lots of salsa and a little cheese now emoticonor tons of veggies with a splash of Italian dressing *drool* and its a meal in itself emoticon

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VTMAID 10/24/2011 2:21PM

    That sounds like a neat fundraiser, but I know I would get into trouble there. To me a potato is an excuse to have sour cream. Or, to be more truthful, what I really like is an order of sour cream with just a little baked potato as a garnish!
Hugs,
Karen

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LILBITWANNABE 10/24/2011 10:23AM

    Sounds yummy! And for a great cause!!:)

Someone else gave me this idea on tracking food we don't know...On our tracker, click on 'enter food not listed' and add an 'extra food' or 'extra meal'. I have one set for 400 calories and 10 g fat(you make up the #s) for times I indulge, but don't really know how much. Comes in handy when I just don't have the time to search or can't find what I'm looking for:)

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TXMEMAW6 10/24/2011 9:33AM

    The youth group at my church is having something similar next weekend, but they are serving a barbecue plate with it. (Yum!) Nothing better than barbecue and baked potatoes. I'll try to be as good as you were, but don't know if I'll be able to. Congrats on your healthy choices! I know you had a lot of fun and helped raise money for a very worthwhile cause. Hugz.....Sharon

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KARENE10 10/24/2011 8:52AM

    Sounds delish:) And for a good cause too!

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JILL313 10/24/2011 1:21AM

    Here I thought it was potato soup with all the extra toppings--that would be good also. I love potatoes just a little too much and even though they are healthy they are pretty high in calories. I once worked with a temp who was on a very tight budget and she ate at least one potato a day usually for Lunch. . .I've never forgotten that about her. I hope you had a good time and you did choose wisely with good toppings and I'd also have to have a small slice of that apple dessert--it all sounds so yummy. I love your idea about your fixing the potatoes and friends bring the toppings that sounds like fun and an easy way of furnishing dinner. Do you usually have anything else with that? Love You.

Hugs,

Jill

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MADKAPKID 10/24/2011 12:22AM

    what a great idea......thanks....have a joy filled day, Karen

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LINOVER 10/23/2011 9:26PM

    I agree with the others - a potato bar is a great idea! Sounds like you took a healthy approach to your selections. The apple dessert sounds pretty good too!

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GRANPATTIE 10/23/2011 8:09PM

    What a great idea! Yours sounds VERY good! I'll keep this idea in mind!

Pattie emoticon

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ESILBO 10/23/2011 6:09PM

    THANKS..IT SOUNDS GOOD AND ITS A GREAT IDEA
LISE
LOVE

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I Have Bones!!

Thursday, October 20, 2011

Okay...I guess we all know that I have bones lurking somewhere inside all this fatty insulation I carry around with me. But, in the last week or so, I've noticed something amazing—to me, at least. I have collar bones I can see in the mirror! And, besides that, I have knee bones that knock together when I turn on my side when I go to bed. It's actually a little uncomfortable unless I put something between my knees! Who knew I could get so excited about something so weird??

Speaking of bones, I know that weight bearing is helpful for building stronger bones, and walking is one of the best exercises for weight bearing. I sort of always justified carrying all my excess weight around as a weight bearing exercise, but now that I'm thinking more clearly, I'm pretty sure that's not what the experts had in mind. I guess I'll have to build stronger bones by taking the excess weight off them and doing it the right way—walking and exercising (gasp...I said the E word) and getting to be a slimmer, trimmer woman, and not put so much stress on my poor old bones.

I didn't realize that taking off almost 40 pounds could also help me to think more clearly!!

  
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LILBITWANNABE 10/24/2011 10:29AM

    It's so exciting to actually see a difference, Congrats!!:)

I've read that we actually build muscle by carrying all of this extra weight, but as you lose the fat you'll actually be able to SEE the muscles! That sounds exciting to me too:)
Of course we can't use that as an excuse to not strength train LOL

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COMPUCATHY 10/23/2011 9:57AM

    Amazing what getting that extra weight off will do for you, huh?! I think the E word is going to become one of your best friends in the times to come. Now, that you've discovered your bones, I think they are going to want to move more and more. Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon

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ESILBO 10/21/2011 7:51AM

    AND YOU SAID I WAS AHEAD OF YOU IN EXERCISES MINUTES...LOL...LOOK WHO IS AHEAD ON LOSING...MY FRIEND JEANNIE...LOL...I AM SO PROUD OF YOU, I WISH YOU WOULD LET US SEE AND SHARE WITH YOU...LOL
CONGRATS, LOVE YOU
LISE

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SPEEDY143 10/21/2011 2:29AM

    Oh, dem bones... dem bones!!!! I know exactly what you mean Jeannie emoticonwhen I put my hands on my hips and felt my hip bones I thought something was wrong with me... I was sure I had some kind of growths and asked my DH to feel there and tell me what he thought. He said, "Those are your hips skinny!!" heheheh he called me skinny emoticon

emoticonon the 40 pound loss... you've worked very hard and deserved dem bones emoticon

emoticonLinda

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JAMER123 10/21/2011 12:36AM

    Great going Jeannie! You did a fantastic job at writing your blog! Thank you and keep up the super job of learning a HEALTHY LIFESTYLE!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TUBLADY 10/20/2011 10:38PM

    Had to read your blog, the title intrigued me.
Congratulations on the 40 lbs loss. Way to go.
Yes it does seem that once we lose weight bones seem to appear,
I always hurt when I was fat, but as I lost weight my bones began to feel better. So there is something to less weight, less pain.
If you are seeing bones, you can only guess at the bones I am seeing at 139. But it's all a good sight, at least so far.
Congratulations Jeannie, I wish you all the best in your continuing journey.
Always Tisha. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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VTMAID 10/20/2011 9:00PM

    Way to go, Jeannie! I am not sure I will ever find my knees, but I have found wrists and the hint of an ankle. Collarbones I have had right along. I am not too odd looking from the waist up, but from the waist down I am built like a barn!
Thanks for sharing the blog--I loved it!
Hugs
Karen

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JILL313 10/20/2011 8:00PM

    If seeing my bones for the first time in many years is a thrill well let me join the club soon! You are ahead of me in pounds you've lost and I am so proud of you. I need to do more strength training than I do as I have osteoporsis and who would have thought it as I've read it's more common in thin women. I'm not to the stage where I need the pillow yet and I just hope the need arises soon. You've made great strides and I want to emulate your success==You're a Foxy Grandma Jeannie--WOO HOO!

Love & Hugs,

Jill

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GRANPATTIE 10/20/2011 7:29PM

    Jeannie, WooHoo for YOU!!! You are certainly doing it right. Tomorrow, after my test, I think I'm going to try a small walk. If my knees don't rebel toooo much, maybe I can try more of it. Wow...nearly 40 pounds! I'm so proud of you!!!

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MADKAPKID 10/20/2011 5:30PM

    WOO HOO! Jeannie...You have really been doing well and are now seeing the fruits of your hard work. I am happy dancing for you! In fact, YOU deserve another WOO HOO! Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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COMPASS_ROSE 10/20/2011 5:21PM

    I can remember saying the exact same thing to my Dtr Jamie. She said, you're weird mom--everyone has bones. Pffft. DUH. She's a skinny little heifer without an ounce of fat on her -- what does she know anyway--but I love her! :)

I also have to sleep with a pillow between my knees for the same reason and to keep my hips aligned.

Congratulations!
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HOTPINKCAMARO49 10/20/2011 4:36PM

  emoticon You go, girl! You are doing emoticon emoticon

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Water-Water-Water!!

Thursday, October 13, 2011

Being the good Sparkers that we all are, we know how important water is to our good health! It's all about hydration and all the wonderful things water does for us. What I didn't realize until recently is that it is also good for exercise!!

Yep...drink your water and lots of it, and you, too, will be able to exercise like a pro! It has to do with its flushing system qualities! Drink quarts and quarts of water and what happens? Your system is quickly flushed...and you have to move, move, move to emply the holding tank...sometimes quite quickly! So, not only is your internal system flushed, so is the external. Goodness...why don't they tout the exercise qualtities of drinking water, too?

Hope everyone is having a wonderful, flushable day!!

  
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JILL313 10/13/2011 10:27PM

    Very interesting Jeannie. I do like cold water but with sitting in a chair quite truthfully I don't even sweat or get thirsty. I do drink water throughout the day and like Karen and Lise I usually have to make a late night visit to the Loo.

I haven't felt too good today and tomorrow I'm going to make an appt. with the Specialist to have my cellulitis checked out. I've put it off long enough. What a great Procrastinator I am.

Hugs,

Jill

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VTMAID 10/13/2011 9:38PM

    There might be something to that! I just wish I didn't always wake up at 2am to go!
Then again, I guess it is better that I DO wake up!
Hugs
Karen

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ESILBO 10/13/2011 3:56PM

    LOL....THIS IS WHY THE POUNDS COME OFF, ITS ALL THESE TRIPS TO THE BATHROOM...LOL
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Finally...How to Stay Young #10

Wednesday, October 12, 2011

A friend recently sent me one of those internet things and I thought there were some fun things that more people might enjoy. Here's the first of 10 or so recommendations:

1. Try everything twice. On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: "Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever!!! Never let the brain get idle--an idle mind is the devil's workshop and the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Laugh often, long and loud!!! Laugh until you gasp for breath! And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with him or her!!!

5. Enjoy the simple things.

6. Surround yourself with what you love: whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever...your home is your refuge.

7. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, learn to cope, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Accept the tears for what they are--our body's way of cleansing our spirits. Truly LIVE while you are alive!!

8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips...take a trip to the mall, even to the next county or a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is!!

10. Forgive now those who made you cry. Tell the people you love that you love them, at every opportunity!! Do not put these two things off, for there are no guarantees of another day for either ourselves or others.
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I love all of you, my special Spark Friends and Sisters!! Hugs, always...Jeannie

  
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VTMAID 10/12/2011 9:43PM

    Thanks for sharing this list, Jeannie. It was wonderful!
Hugs
Karen

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JILL313 10/12/2011 1:05PM

    This wonderful List is a Keeper and I also will be printing it out if I can figure out how to do that--LOL!! I am so glad you shared these with us as they are all great. Have a great day.

Love & Hugs,

Jill

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ESILBO 10/12/2011 12:10PM

    DEAR JEANNIE, YOU WILL NEED TO FIND ANOTHER LIST OR WE WILL BE LOST...LOL

THIS ONE IS SO TRUE...MY BEST FRIEND EVER, WENT TROUGH CANCER AND DIED WITHOUT ME KNOWING...SHE MOVED AWAY AND IN MY CRAZINESS, I WAS WAITING TO BE MY OLD SELF AGAIN SO WE CAN CONTINUE OUR ROAD TOGETHER..WELL SHE DECIDED THAT SHE HAD ENOUGH WAITING FOR MY CALLS OR VISITING MY FAMILY AND NOT GO VISIT HER AND SHE CUT ME OFF HER FACE BOOK...I WAS ALMOST READY, NOT QUITE, WHEN HER DAUGHTER REACHED ME TO ANNOUNCE HER PASSING...I WENT TO SEE HER ASHES...TALK ABOUT GUILT, I DID NOT DESERVE HER...I AM WORKING AT LETTING IT GO...I TALK TO HER OFTEN, HER PICTURE IS IN THE BOOK OF THE MOMENT BUT GEE, I WISH I HAD BEEN THERE FOR HER IN HER SICKNESS...
SO IF YOU PICK ONE OF THOSE 10, THIS ONE WOULD BE THE PICK, I WOULD CHOSE...

LOVE
LISE

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MADKAPKID 10/12/2011 10:36AM

    Thanks Jeannie, I have enjoyed checking in here every day for the days latest tip. IT has been a great blog line. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 10/12/2011 9:06AM

    Jeannie, Thanks so much for sharing this with us. I've printed it off so I can keep it. You've given me so much to think about and so much encouragement. With friends like you, I know I can succeed in my WL journey!
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Sharon

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How to Stay Young #9

Tuesday, October 11, 2011

A friend recently sent me one of those internet things and I thought there were some fun things that more people might enjoy. Here's the first of 10 or so recommendations:

1. Try everything twice. On one woman's tombstone she said she wanted this epitaph: "Tried everything twice. Loved it both times!"

2. Keep only cheerful friends. The grouches pull you down.
(Keep this in mind if you are one of those grouches!)

3. Keep learning: Learn more about the computer, crafts, gardening, whatever!!! Never let the brain get idle--an idle mind is the devil's workshop and the devil's name is Alzheimer's!

4. Laugh often, long and loud!!! Laugh until you gasp for breath! And if you have a friend who makes you laugh, spend lots and lots of time with him or her!!!

5. Enjoy the simple things.

6. Surround yourself with what you love: whether it's family, pets, keepsakes, music, plants, hobbies, whatever...your home is your refuge.

7. The tears happen. Endure, grieve, learn to cope, and move on. The only person who is with us our entire life is ourselves. Accept the tears for what they are--our body's way of cleansing our spirits. Truly LIVE while you are alive!!

8. Cherish your health:
If it is good, preserve it.
If it is unstable, improve it.
If it is beyond what you can improve, get help.

9. Don't take guilt trips...take a trip to the mall, even to the next county or a foreign country, but NOT to where the guilt is!!
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MADKAPKID 10/11/2011 7:22PM

    Another good one....each one has been really good. I am sorry that this is ending....I have quite enjoyed this line....Have a joy filled day, Karen

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ESILBO 10/11/2011 11:40AM

    I THINK THIS IS THE ONE I LIKE THE MOST...LOL
WHEN THE TOUGH GETS TOUGH, LETS GO SHOPPING...LOL
GUILT IS A THING THAT COMES WITH THE BORN OF A CHILD AND NEVER GO AWAY, UNLESS YOU GO SHOPPING...LOL AND THEN THERE IS MORE GUILT BECAUSE YOU SPENT MONEY...LOL

WOW YOU GET ME GOING...LOVE YOU...LISE emoticon

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JILL313 10/11/2011 10:23AM

    Jeannie, All these are just great and I don't want them to end. I'm going to do what you put on the Huddle and that's be my own Best Friend Today!! I'm sure if you read my blog you know what I mean. Thank you so much for sharing these--I love them all!

Hugs & Love,

Jill

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