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Surprised myself

Tuesday, June 15, 2010

First, I want to thank everyone who responded to yesterday's blog -- you guys rock & you guys helped! While I ate a bit more than I planned to yesterday, it was all logged and no pushups had to be done. I'm sure pushups will be done in the future, but just the thought of them will help deter me . . . sometimes. It will certainly help to think is this taste worth 10 pushups?

I have met some of my goals this year, but some are still a work in progress. "My" room in this house is still not livable, and that is one of my goals. Not only that, we think we have come up with a way to arrange our living room so that we can bring up the reclining chaise lounge from downstairs -- something we've been missing (it fit into our old living room, and it's really bugged me that it didn't fit into this one).

To do that, I need to clear out my room, and move the books from the living room into my room, making a little library. One of the things in my room at present were several bags of clothes to donate, but they weren't cataloged and I've been going thru & doing that.

Yesterday I tackled the dresses in my closet. Some of them are fairly new, some of them I have had for almost 20 years. I tried them all on, deciding which should stay and which should go.

And here's where the surprise came in: 3 of them were dresses I used to wear while I was still a WW leader (almost 20 years ago). One of those dresses fit, altho I decided to donate it anyway because it was too big on top and just not flattering enough and I have several dresses now that are more flattering.

Another one fit, but was just a little bit too tight, and again I decided to donate it because I don't think it's me any longer -- big surprise after 20 years, right?

The third is also just a tad too tight, but not too bad. If I get down to my GW, it should fit me nicely. I've decided to keep it for now as a focus dress (to go along with my focus jeans). It's a summer dress, too, so it should be good motivation to keep working hard this summer. When it fits again, I'll decide whether or not it's worth keeping.

I truly didn't think any of these dresses would fit at all. So it was a very pleasant surprise.

The other pleasant surprise is that my husband is trying new foods. He has borderline high cholesterol, has had for a few years, and his doctor wants to see him again in 3 months. So he decided he'd try some oatmeal. He's always said he didn't like oatmeal.

I made him my oatmeal with dates, peanut butter, and just a few chocolate chips this weekend and he liked it. It's a start. I, of course, want to sit down with him and make him pick a small baby step to try (like maybe oatmeal for breakfast 4 times a week or actually walking the dogs for 20 minutes 5 times a week), but I'm so far sitting on my hands and biting my tongue and it isn't easy.

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/15/2010 5:31PM

    Good for you in fitting into those dresses. I have been decluttering as well. It feels wonderful.

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TEMPEST272002 6/15/2010 4:05PM

    Great idea to keep the one dress... and also to let the others go. Happy decluttering!

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USARUNNERGIRL 6/15/2010 3:56PM

    Sounds like as you slim down and slim down your closets it is helping to motivate your DH. Good for you. I have to say that oatmeal sounds lovely.

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CRAVE_FREE 6/15/2010 11:29AM

    Glad to hear you are finding ways around the blts. I am so excited for you about all the dresses and hope you'll be into the goal dress soon! That's great that your hubby made one step in the right direction. I'll be sending you strength - I know how hard it is to sit on your hands and bite your tongue!

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KEAKMAN 6/15/2010 9:55AM

    Baby steps for hubby and for "your" room! Sounds great to me!

Glad to hear you ate wisely and well yesterday. emoticon for you!

Looking forward to seeing a photo of you in your "new" summer dress and jeans soon......

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250STRONG 6/15/2010 9:44AM

    Sounds wonderful! How nice to be able to make the choice about the dresses based on your taste not that don't fit in them. And from someone whose husband would never take the baby steps and is now leaving, CHERISH the effort he is willing to make.

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KARBIE18 6/15/2010 8:19AM

    Great job with the sorting, and with the dresses fitting (or almost fitting)! Glad to hear you were pleasantly surprised. Hope DH does what it takes to get that cholesterol down - getting him to eat oatmeal is definitely a start.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/15/2010 6:58AM

    I had a wonderful weekend of decluttering, trying to turn my messy room into a welcoming room. Just too much stuff!!!!!!!!!
I need to go through my clothes too, but need a window of time to do so. Maybe next month...

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MERALO 6/15/2010 6:43AM

    Oooh, decluttering! Well done, that's something I need to do...

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SHEILA1505 6/15/2010 6:40AM

    WTG Judy - with clearing the clothes and with the DH!
This is all great news and paying a forfeit in the form of push-ups is good too :) I like!

A curl-up corner in your own library combined with workout area is a great way to use "your" room - hope you can make it your sanctuary

Hugs and love

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DAYHIKER 6/15/2010 6:07AM

    That's so great that those dresses fit you!! What a boost to your motivation! emoticon

Old fashioned oatmeal with chopped dates and chopped walnuts is one of my favorite breakfasts!! My current preference is non stick "fried" eggs with buttered toast which is more trouble but carries me much farther.

Happy Tuesday emoticon

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MARYJOANNA 6/15/2010 5:39AM

  It sounds like you are on the right trakc. Best wishes!

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How honest are you?

Monday, June 14, 2010

I got to thinking the other day, about the people who come to meetings and say I totally blew and then they still lose weight. I feel as tho I never totally blow it -- but all I have to do is look at food sometimes and I gain weight.

But am I being honest with myself? Sure, I really do believe in some ways it's harder for me than for some people. Some people seem to be able to get away with a whole lot more and still lose weight. But that's not the whole story.

My story is the 4 crackers here. The one Hershey's dark chocolate kiss there. The two almonds here. And so on. IOW, the BLTS (bites, licks, and tastes). The biggest problem with them is that they're mindless. I only have them when I'm hungry.

But what is holding me back? If I'm honest with myself, this is a big part of my problem. I pat myself on the back that I can have these things in the house without devouring them, but slowly and surely they devour me.

I don't believe the answer is to get rid of them, either. They are part of my healthy eating plan, and I really do need them around. The question is how to control the BLTs. And here I am 2 years later still struggling with this one.

I have come a long way -- there definitely was a day when I couldn't have these things in the house at all because I would devour them. But I still have a long road to walk.

And then once I've figured out how to decrease my BLTs, I also have to figure out how to remain vigilant after a few good days or a few good weeks. Because that's another downfall that's keeping me on this plateau -- getting lax, getting lazy, getting cocky -- call it what you will.

It's a never-ending battle, but it's one worth fighting.

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DDHEART 6/14/2010 6:53PM

    Honesty......I know full well that I got myself where I was in terms of wt, fitness, health....I know that every plateau I have hit/remained in is due to some action ( or inaction) on my part and yet.....I still often denied my own part in it. I am trying to stay more aware....it is a work in progress...some things are getting better but I still have moments when I lapse...I will continue to work at it...thanks for the reminder.

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    I handle BLTs by logging them here on SparkPeople. If I don't know how much I ate, I estimate on the HIGH side, which helps to remind me that they are either A) not worth it (i.e. cake), or B) not harming my calories at the end of the day (i.e.: cucumbers). Sometimes I'd really rather skip the bite of food just to avoid the guesstimation regarding calories. ;P

I do NOT let potato chips into my house. I consider my victory to have been won at the grocery store, where I choose not to buy them. ;) If anyone calls me a wimp, they can stuff it. lol We all have our demons, and locking them out is a valid way to win the fight, I say. :)

As far as getting lax goes...
If I feel a lack of motivation, I try to give myself a new goal, like a new healthy habit or a new kind of workout to add/try.

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LEONALIONESS 6/14/2010 4:51PM

    I actually had to banish peanut butter from my fridge. I was so darn proud of myself for not being a binger. I always had no food off limits. Yeah, PB was my downfall. I went up a bit in weight after the Portland Vegan Food Binge of 2010 and wasn't dropping back down. I decided my problem was the 32 ounce jar of all natural DELICIOUS peanut butter in the fridge!

I'd eat it out of the jar. With a spoon at first. Uh oh. Switched to fingers. Still no good. Settled on chopstick. How much can you get per chopstick dip, right? Too much, is the answer. I LOVE PB but I can't have it around right now.

One week without PB and with my normal running and slightly lower calorie eating? Back down to 126ish. I was probably eating 200-400 calories in PB a night without realizing it!

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TEMPEST272002 6/14/2010 2:53PM

    Another excellent blog! On my run today, I was thinking about this very thing. My weight loss has plateaued... but I'm fairly sure that snacking has something to do with it. Yes, they are healthy sancks... but they still have calories and they are still more than my body needs. Think I'll dig out the knitting needles to keep me away from mindless snacking tonight. What strategies are you using to stop the snacking?

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MERALO 6/14/2010 12:06PM

    I used to do this a lot...finish the kids food, pick while I was cooking, nibble on a pretzel here and there - then someone suggested I spend one week putting those things that I usually nibble, etc into a container in a fridge. Just throw the whole lot in as you think of it...after a week, sit down and work out what kind of calories they add up to - I got a huge fright.

My nibbling across 1 week totalled 3000 calories! I stopped nibbling for good after that and its now a permanent habit, I don't even think about it at all. As I've got older, I've also noticed my need to snack decreased, I'm not sure why but I don't snack at all and I like to believe that it started with that exercise.

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SHEILA1505 6/14/2010 10:29AM

    I realised I was munching far too much cheese - so I log it but make sure that I have it on Rye crackers with butter and that pushes my calories so much that I have to double-take on whether the cheese is really what I'm looking for.Sometimes it just is but other times I decide it's just not worth the numbers :)

hugs and strength

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DRJJ2004 6/14/2010 10:20AM

    Love the push up fix!! I too do the BLT's. But I also track them as well. I started out with 1 kiss and thought..I don't have to track that..it's only one. But then most of the time I always end up with 2 anyway. So now I just have 2, track them and I'm done. It's only 1 point!!! 1 point!!! It's OK to go over by 1 point, if you're already at your limit..that's how I look at it. If I want it that bad. Just track it..that way there is no surprises on WI day.

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KEAKMAN 6/14/2010 10:17AM

    Telling ourselves that we "can't" is a sure-fired way to make us want to. I'm not sure how to handle this....not having any in the house works until the first time you visit someone who has it on offer. Doling out a precious nibble here and there still smack of "can't" to me. I think, for me, I have to include that serving of whatever and then up my calorie burn to "allow" it. I know this doesn't work for many, but for me, telling me "NO" is guaranteed to make me pig out. But if it's in the plan, I can account for it and work around it, so to speak.

Great blog - as usual!

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SEKSUNSHINE 6/14/2010 10:02AM

    This is something I believe we all struggle with. I had a big problem with them this weekend. So far today no problem at all. I think it's a cycle and we have to go with it. That's what control is all about, knowing you can have these days and still stay the course. It is long term control not just today control that needs to be aimed for.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/14/2010 8:53AM

    I just don't have BLT's in the pantry. Once I am on maintenance I will then have a few. If I did have them they would take the place of the healthy calories I am allowed to have. emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/14/2010 8:25AM

    Hmmm, I have that problem too. I can go months without adding any BLTs, and then it starts. I like the push up idea - I think I'll try it.
Thanks for articulating this!

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LALAFLOWERS 6/14/2010 8:13AM

    tough one... BLTB's are mindless.. but if you've identified that you only do it when you are hungry.. take steps to make sure you don't get that hungry.....

Do you like to taste when you're making supper.. You know.. go to the pantry to get the pasta to put in the pot.. grab a kiss... put away the groceries, grab a cookie piece while putting the rest in single serving bags, or in an airtight container...??? If so.. why not put out a good for you snack.. a plate of cut veggies and a tablespoon or two of hummus, or dip... snack on that, and it might help you keep your fingers to the 'assigned' snack.. not the stuff that is harder to track....

And, when I'm baking cookies or brownies or whatever.. I track 1 oz of whatever I've made.. that's about what I end up BLT'ing...

Good luck overcoming this particular issue. It's hard, but at the same time, it's a huge growth situation for you.....

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_BACK2BASICS_ 6/14/2010 8:05AM

    A friend of mine, in a blog, stated if it goes past the lips, it goes on the food tracker. Maybe you could pre-bag the things you like to taste, bite, and lick (although that one may be difficult), that way you would not have to measure it each time, it would be done in advance and you could enjoy it all week??? Or you could track it ahead of time, before you eat it on your food tracker, so you know what your calories would be before you did a BLT. Just a thought emoticon

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WALIDGAZALA 6/14/2010 8:04AM

    I am fascinated
It is honest and wonderful, Keep writing and keep in contact with people you must win
You are beautifully expressing the problem.
We are all in the same boat

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DAYHIKER 6/14/2010 8:03AM

    I periodically go through the BLT challenges, too. emoticon So, I challenge you to 10 push ups every time you catch yourself with a BLT! Once I have to do these I am so much more AWARE of what I am doing. Alas, the vigilance dies after a month or two but perhaps someday it will just be habit!

You're doing great hanging in there! emoticon

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Be careful in the heat

Sunday, June 13, 2010

I read in Fitness magazine that hard workouts in intense heat can lower your immune system for up to 24 hours afterwards.

I've really been scratching my head on why I got sick so soon after the last time, and that might be it. Yes, my race was less than 60 minutes. No, the heat wasn't intense. Still, it was a harder than usual workout and it was hot & humid, and having just been quite sick a few weeks before, my immune system probably wasn't quite up to snuff anyway.

I've been really frustrated because I don't want to be laying around for the vast majority of the day, but I know that's what I need. And I know that I'm lucky that I can take the rest I need (sort of, there are still things that need to get done, like food shopping).

Does that mean you can't exercise in the heat? Of course not. But you can take a few precautions:

1. Stay hydrated. Hydrate before, during, and after exercise. I may have fallen down a bit there. I drank less than usual because I didn't want to have to pee, and didn't drink during the race either (for the same reason). That may have been a mistake. I train that way, too, so that I'm used to not drinking during my runs, but I may have to start changing that. Keep in mind I don't do long runs, tho.

2. Exercise in the early morning & late evening -- when it's cooler and generally less humid (not to mention less sun), or indoors.

3. Break up your cardio into a couple of shorter sessions rather than one long one.

Anyone got any other warm weather exercise tips?

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MBSHAZZER 6/13/2010 5:12PM

    Oh yeah! I live in South Florida and it's roasting hot now. I had to cut my run short on Friday even though I left the house at 5am. The humidity is intense. It's so important to stay hydrated and to give your body adequate rest. Interesting item about the immune system. Thanks for sharing.

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BARBIETEC 6/13/2010 5:08PM

    Thank you for this post! Lucky there is not THAT hot in Iceland hehehe.. But it can get pretty warm on good days :)

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DAYHIKER 6/13/2010 2:26PM

    Thanks, Judy; I didn't know (or remember) that immunity was lowered after exercise in heat. That would explain why I was so dead last Sunday and Monday! emoticon

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_BACK2BASICS_ 6/13/2010 11:41AM

    Great suggestions. Drinking a lot hours before as well as after your exercises can help to keep you hydrated and less apt to let your immune system weaken. I found a bottle which has a collapsible straw AND a spray to keep me cooler when I run in the humidity. Found it at Kroger, but the manufacturing company is Trudeau. I take it on every run and bike ride. emoticon emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 6/13/2010 9:55AM

    Some good ideas there. You are right about you're immune system, it does need you're body to rest when very ill, but if you have energy do what you can.

I have had lot's of experince living,working,gardening walking in extreme heat. I lived in the Kimberley"s for 13years. That is in Far north Western Australia . the temperature gets to 40 degrees centigrade and over! We drink water all day. When exercising in the heat you will lose a lot in persperation so having to pass urine is not an issue as you are not making much. I just have continous sips not big drinks.

Hope this helps?

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KEAKMAN 6/13/2010 9:09AM

    Great point. And I think it makes a lot of sense. Our bodies are machines, but they are delicate ones. More like a Swiss watch.

My only other exercising in the heat tips are: wear light colored, loose-fitting clothing; add Glide to prevent friction burns; hat; sunglasses; sunscreen; take cold water or water with ice in it for runs.

It has been so long since I did any kind of exercise in your heat and humidity that I can barely remember it. I would be out and running by 5 am if I lived back east. And whining and complaining the whole time. BRAVA (and bravo) to you gals and guys who live that way!

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FRANKLYAMUSED 6/13/2010 8:01AM

    Find an indoor track in an air conditioned building. It might not work for those training for an outdoor race, but for those of us just exercising for fitness and weight loss, finding a cool alternative would be fine.

I know my wife and I bought an elliptical so we could avoid the heat!

Stay healthy and cool!


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Sizing up my next race

Saturday, June 12, 2010

Despite the fact that I've spent much of May and June under the weather and it feels like I'll never have the energy to run again, I'm looking for my next race.

And I've found 3 potentials. In the end, it will most likely come down to DH and his travel schedule. He's probably going to be traveling a lot again July thru October (which unfortunately includes our 25th anniversary).

Race #1: the Aflac Irongirl 5k in Seattle. I read someone's account of her own Irongirl race here, and it sounds like fun. Only of course Seattle is all the way across the country, and it's right during the time when DH has a lot of travel to do. On the plus side is the fact that DH's family is in Seattle.

Race #2: a 5k in Shelburne Farms. We lived just outside of Burlington, VT for 7 years, and have talked about going back to see how things have changed. Shelburne is pretty darn close to Burlington, and it's really pretty and would probably be a great place for a race. No idea how big a race this is. I like big races so that hopefully I won't be last.

Race #3: the race for the cure here in Albany, which is the exact same route as the race I just ran. Both my mother & MIL are breast cancer survivors.

Races #2 & 3 are mutually exclusive, as they're in the same weekend.

So even though I probably won't know which one I'll register for for several months (because getting DH to make plans is like pulling teeth -- I swear the man leaves his decision making genes at work), I'll just pretend that I'll be racing sometime in mid-Sept to the beginning of Oct, and that will allow me to plan out my training.

I'm not really expecting to necessarily see any improvement -- we're only talking 4 months here. But it's nice to have a goal to work towards.

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DRJJ2004 6/12/2010 10:13AM

    It would be fun to travel across the US and visit Seattle, don't you think?! I agree with Dayhiker..make it an anniversary trip and see the family as well. Good for you that you're planning another to run in. You go girl!

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DAYHIKER 6/12/2010 9:42AM

    Maybe you could do the Seattle race and make it an anniversary trip and visit his parents, too? You might show more improvement than you think with 4 months to train and hopefully getting over being under the weather!! emoticon

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IFDEEVARUNS2 6/12/2010 9:24AM

    #1 and #3!
You're absolutely right, it's about having a goal. I find that it makes all the difference. So sign up for one or two of those and keep on truckin'!
I'm so proud of you. emoticon

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SASKATIA 6/12/2010 9:16AM

  Go for the Seattle one! Oregon rocks!

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The 2 Gs & race video

Friday, June 11, 2010

That's what I try to concentrate on: grains & greens. I try to make sure I get some whole grains and some greens in every day. The whole grains will fill you up. The greens are just plain healthy for you in so many ways.

I don't usually eat a whole lot of bread or pasta, but when I do, I almost always make sure it's whole grain. Quite frankly, my husband, who'd quite picky when it comes to "health" food doesn't really seem to notice if the pasta is whole grain. Don't ask, don't tell.

I don't think there's anything wrong with a little white rice or some white bread once in a while. Case in point: this week I made some mushroom risottto in the crockpot. It was quite good (mushrooms being one of the few veggies DH actually likes), and I used the arborio rice the recipe called for. I'm still looking for a whole grain alternative -- I could've sworn I'd read about one, but I haven't found anything yet.

I try to have a big salad every day when the weather is warm. Usually when I'm sick I don't want veggies, but I actually continued to eat my salads this time. You really can get to a point where you just crave your greens.

I'm also trying to branch out into other whole grains than my oatmeal and brown rice standards. I recently made tabbouleh for the first time (bulgur). I already know I like kasha (roasted buckwheat groats). I'm not real found of quinoa so far, which is a shame, because it's so healthy, but I put it in black bean burgers and enjoy it that way.

What whole grains do you enjoy?

It took a while to find it. Our local paper supposedly video'd all the finishers for my race. That was a pretty scary thought, but I'm not so easy to find. I'm all the way over to the left, wearing a hat as usual, at about 29 seconds in. I was quite impressed to see my walking WW buddies were just a couple of minutes behind me -- and running! Pretty good considering they're a good decade older than me.


Now excuse me, I'm off to make some oatmeal for a snack.

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LIBBYFITZ 6/11/2010 10:40AM

    In Australia we are able to purchase a breakfast cereal called "Oatbrits" and I have 2 of those with yoghurt and lowfat milk most mornings. There is also "Wheatbrits" and both are amongst the few cereals that dont have too much sugar!

They are in a compressed form so look a bit like a biscuit.

I cannot buy this in Santiago, so am making the most of it while I am here.

DH has bought 2 boxes of Wheatbrits and is hoping I have room in my case for them!

I also eat oatmeal, (porridge).

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DAYHIKER 6/11/2010 10:19AM

    I saw you! Looks like a lot of variety in the participants as far as walk or run. Good for your teammates!

Come visit...I make all our breads from grain freshly ground in a Nutrimill and with our own honey! I am currently enjoying some of my greens in the blender with other things and I swear I am feeling better than I have in awhile. The green beans are not far from being ready to start picking--MMMMmmmm: green beans and new red potatoes!!!!!!

But I digress...

Happy Friday, Judy!!
Oh, and today I get to WALK with my trekking poles on my newly manicured woods trails! emoticon

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