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Our year as champions is over!

Monday, October 25, 2010

Imagine being backstage: concrete floors, eery monitors showing the events in front of the curtains, electrical cords snaking themselves underneath tables and chairs, and 85 women congregating themselves with gifts to give to the new Sweet Adeline Champions of 2010, the Scottsdale chorus! As we sang "Don't Stop Me Now," and handed out little coin purses with the 2010 logo on them, and hugged sweaty exultant women, it was a moment that lives in the memory a long time.

Last year, we were receiving those gifts and being overwhelmed by the massive resonance of the mighty Melodeers chapter. The woman who handed me a gift was not only someone I knew, but a former International president! I'd admired her ever since I was in region 3, getting whomped by Melodeers every time we competed with them. What a hobby this is. Still, singing and harmonizing and working hard is the most appealing thing of all.

Now back to recording all my food and trying not to remember the appeal of the chocolate factory in the Seattle area. We sampled our way through the whole tour. Those "foody" moments allows me to eat well without feeling deprived. All the walking we did left me in pretty good shape. Though I didn't lose any, I didn't gain either! Whoopee!

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SILLYHP1953 10/26/2010 10:58AM

    It sounds amazing and fun and uplifting! I bet singing uses up a good number of calories, I wonder if anyone has ever figured it out. I didn't realize you were last year's Sweet Adeline Champions!! We need a video blog of some singing!!
emoticon emoticon Phyllis

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KELLEY106 10/25/2010 11:55PM

    All that fun and no weight gain. Great

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Don't tell my son!

Friday, October 15, 2010

but I had tofu for supper tonight. I'm trying to cook out of my pantry and refrigerator, and the tofu had been in there for a long time. Fried the tofu in a little olive oil, grabbed a can of stewed tomatoes and poured it on top of the tofu, seasoned it with herbs. It was pretty good! Our youngest son told me once he'd eat anything I fixed except tofu, because I once made a miso soup with chunks of tofu in it, which he liked until he found out what was in it! LOL!

The good news is that I had to actually eat something else to bring my calories to where they should be.... opted for a pear, which I saved from developing even more brown spots. Yep, just call me Mikey.... I'll eat all the remnants. I hate to waste food, and luckily, we have mostly healthy stuff in our house. My weight gain came from my love for desserts when we eat out, which used to be a LOT!

I also have a container of fresh mozzarella in herbed olive oil... I'll have to think a little on how to be "healthy" with that one!

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SILLYHP1953 10/16/2010 1:53PM

    You're my kind of cook! But I've never tried tofu, keep looking at it in the store. I know it's supposed to take on whatever flavor you cook it in. What is the texture of it, can you describe it, or do I just have to try it?

emoticon Phyllis

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DFROMTX 10/16/2010 9:53AM

    Sorry, cannot stomach tofu, but am right there with you on not wasting food.(Probably from our midwest upbringing). I could put as much or as little on my plate, but whatever I took I ate. No wasting food at my house. That may be why I constantly fight the "clean my plate" syndrome. emoticon

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RANGERRUNNER 10/16/2010 9:00AM

    Yum, I love mozzarella! And I like tofu!

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KELLEY106 10/16/2010 7:49AM

    Several slices of tomatoes in between several thin slices of mozzarella. Taste great

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BARBARASDIET 10/15/2010 9:53PM

    mmmm, mozzarella,,,,

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Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'm taking it as such. I had a banana at almost midnight tonight, when I was already 75 calories over my limit for the day. The reason? .... to bring my fruits and vegetables up to the required 5 so that my streak wouldn't be broken. (again!)

It would have been far better to have some low-calorie green beans, but this close to bedtime I'm not cooking. (hmmmm..... Although I almost never eat canned vegetables, this would have been one time to justify it.... I actually LIKE cold green beans right from the can.)

My overall goal is to be healthier, and I know the small amount of extra calories today won't take long to recover from. Having adequate fruits and vegetable will make me healthier. Just a small observation: I've noticed that if I eat enough fruits and vegetable, I don't crave sweets as much.

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SILLYHP1953 10/13/2010 2:29PM

    That is an interesting insightful observation about not craving sweets so much when you get enough fruits and vegetables. I wonder what I need to eat to help not crave crunchy salty snacks? I have found if I drink LOTS of water it helps cravings. AND cutting out all white foods really helps; sugar, white bread, white potatoes...

I'm glad you kept that streak going!
You are definately making progress.

emoticon Phyllis

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What to do when disabled?

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

I've re-injured my knee several times from assuming I needed to exercise it, so my healing has been slowed down. Now I face a week of walking, stairs, standing on risers, singing and choreography, and at least ONE real vacation thing - a bus tour. My knee feels great today; the swelling is gone, there's no pain (just a sensation that it's not healed yet).... exactly the stage at which I would formerly re-injure it. And next week I'll be in Seattle with a performing group and my own habits of walking a LOT, and being very active the whole week. My roommates are all older than me (in their 70;s), and they will have to slow down for *me*. Embarrassing!

As in anything when you're restricted, now I'm dying to take a walk. Forget the fact that I got in this trouble because I had NOT been walking much, and then overdid it the first week of walking. Anyway.... angst for today. Very positive about my long-term health, just not so sure about short term. Bring on those positive affirmations.

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LIANNE111 10/14/2010 2:50PM

    I also have a bad knee that I have lived with for several years. They seem to injure easy and heal very slowly. Remember easy does it.....this is something that I am not so good. Best wishes on your trip. emoticon

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SILLYHP1953 10/12/2010 3:53PM

    Wow, you are one active woman! I'm sure it must be frustrating to have to slow down to heal, but heal you must. As you progress on your weight loss your knees will do better and better with less stress on them. I read an article on here that said our knees get pressure of 3x what we weigh and even more when we're going down stairs.

Maybe there's a reason you've been given a slow down sign. You can use it for inner work, and journal more, read more, organize picture albums...things you haven't had time for.

I'm looking forward to hearing about Seattle and the performing group!

emoticon emoticon Phyllis

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JUDYPOPPINS 10/12/2010 1:19PM

    Just remind yourself that being careful will allow yourself to heal properly and not re-injure yourself. In the long run, it will pay off. Practice patience, grasshopper.

I understand your frustration. I went from a decades of hating exercise and avoiding it all costs to an avid exerciser and gym rat. Then came the still-unexplained flare up in both wrists and hands and my exercising came to a crashing halt. I've had to adapt (and it annoys me to no end) and take it down several notches. Yoga is still out as is aqua kickboxing. Although I'm quite functional again, my wrists and hands are not completely back to normal and anything strenuous using them causes the pain (albeit lesser pain) to return. The doctors have ruled out numerous bad things, for which I am thankful, but I'm still frustrated. I need to remind myself of what I just suggested to you.
We can overcome these speed bumps of life!

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It's a beautiful day

Tuesday, October 05, 2010

in the neighborhood.... [I do miss Mr. Rodgers]

I've got some spinach to plant, and some rosemary to plant on both sides of my mailbox; we've been here for 25 years, and the perfect plant for that area just now occurred to me. Slow learner? Yep!

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RONDARC 10/8/2010 8:55PM

    Love fresh Rosemary. I have some growing now in a pot.

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PKB129 10/8/2010 11:40AM

    Isn't it funny how those "aha" moments come that have always been there? "Why didn't I think of that years ago?"

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  Great weather for planting! Enjoy!

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SILLYHP1953 10/5/2010 4:38PM

    I miss Mr. Roger's, too. My kids and daycare kids all watched him. Did you know he was a Navy Seal, or one of those highly trained military warrier types. That's probably how he ended up being so peaceful, had to be the complete opposite in order to heal. That's just my take on it.

What gardening zone are you in?
I think I'm in 7, in the mid-Atlantic area.

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FITJANE 10/5/2010 4:33PM

Thanks for visiting my page. I am a quilter, too, so we have even more in common. I have a brother in Dallas, as well.
Your quilt on your start page is GREAT! I am working on baby quilts now!

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