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When Life Gives You Lemons

Sunday, March 16, 2014

As the saying goes "When life gives you lemons, make lemonade."
Well on Friday I did just that.
After opening a three pound bag of frozen mixed berries it tipped over and spilled most of the fruit on the floor. This was not what I wanted first thing in the morning but I got out a colander and picked up the pieces. I thought I would rinse the fruit off, lay it on pans and refreeze it, but by the time I tried that the fruit had started to turn soft. I thought - since I am making a smoothie why not just puree all the fruit with its juice and freeze in ice cube trays. Now I have fruit cubes for my smoothies. emoticon

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GABIBEAR 3/17/2014 11:39PM

    What a great idea Melissa!! Good thinking! And it quickens the process of the smoothies too!!! Good for you! Hope you are having a great week so far!!

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ZANYGIRL1 3/17/2014 9:56AM

    emoticon That's a great idea!!

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PEANUTSMOM96 3/16/2014 9:17PM

    I saw on pintrist where someone had taken the frozen meal idea and mad up bags of everything needed for a smoothie similar to your "lemonade".

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GRAPEVINE60 3/16/2014 2:08PM

    Great idea!

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CANDYGRAM36 3/16/2014 10:10AM

    emoticon idea!! Love a fruity smoothie. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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BLUEEYEDBETTY 3/16/2014 10:09AM

    Amazing! I actually need to try this. Makes smoothie making simpler throughout the week.

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SHERIO5 3/16/2014 10:02AM

    Love it! Great idea!

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I think the worst is over...

Saturday, February 01, 2014

An amazing blog arrived in my inbox at just the right moment. It's about learning from our mistakes. With the start of a new month, I am hoping that I have learned from the mistakes I made this week.

I have been on a feeding frenzy for the past several days. I know I'm not eating right and strive to eat healthy meals, but still find myself rummaging through the pantry looking for food. I can't even say that the food tastes good, because at some point I burned my tongue and the taste buds are out of wack. I could come up with a list of excuses, but they are only excuses. I have set myself to be more mindful of what I eat, how I feel, and what I am doing with the hopes this binge is over.

SparkPeople community moderator Denise says:
"Love yourself for who you are right now"

"Don't stop trying just because you hit a wall. Progress is progress no matter how small."

So today starts a new month. It is time I get back on the horse and see my journey through. emoticon emoticon

I thank everyone who has offered me encouragement this week. I will strive to live up to our expectations. I wish you all a wonderful weekend.

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SHERIO5 2/2/2014 10:07AM

    Do this for yourself! You are worth it#

I'm in the same mode...planning for a better day, and a better me!

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GOLFGMA 2/2/2014 8:08AM

    You have the right idea and you can do it!When the urge to eat kicks in kick right back by walking or dancing until you're out of breath and all you want is water. We can all walk in place to music or dance, do jumping jacks, anything to kick the urge to eat.

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DAISY443 2/2/2014 6:47AM

    New month, new binge--a healthy, balanced one now! Good for you! And thanks for the Goodie! Hugs!

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GABIBEAR 2/2/2014 1:22AM

    emoticon Melissa! I'm so glad that you think the worst is over! I'm with you! I started eating within my calorie range today. Enough is enough! I finally put my "right" weight on my SparkPage and was totally horrified at the realization of what I had gained over the holidays. We can both LOVE OURSELVES NOW!!!!
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GRAPEVINE60 2/1/2014 11:12PM

    It is a new month. A day to reflect on the good and the bad for the last month. Hopefully, we will learn from our mistakes and do better. Thanks for sharing.

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POET_CHICK 2/1/2014 10:00PM

  I'm glad you're feeling better. Hang in there! WE CAN DO THIS!

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  Great blog...I like how you mentioned progress is progress even if it's small. Sometimes we think we blow it and totally give up. But even if it's better than the last time, we are still growing as people. Awesome blog.

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Random Thoughts and Observations

Thursday, August 22, 2013

Here are a few random thoughts and observations that I have had over the past few days.

1. If you take a 4 1/2 mile linear trail that only has a 1/4 mile level road, is it considered a walk or a hike?

2. With regards to the linear trail, why do I feel closer to God while walking this trail?

3. Why does listening to Celtic Woman always sound sweeter when crossing the Blue Ridge Mountains?

4. Why is it that I always want something sweet after a meal?

Ok, so these are more questions than observations.

I seem to find peace when I come to Tennessee. If I had a choice of living anywhere I would like my front yard to be the ocean and my backyard to be the mountains. I find happiness in both locations (I'm a Jersey Girl by birth), so why do I live in the Piedmont of North Carolina?

It is said that it takes 21 days to make something a habit. I have been on Spark for over four years. I would say that I have made a habit of logging in and recording my fitness and exercise. During those years I was not always good about recording my food intake, but over the past few months I have recorded as often as possible. I feel bad on those days that I can't record. I guess this makes recording food a habit.

Gee, it's nice to have good habits.

Have a great day and keep Sparking!

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GABIBEAR 8/22/2013 11:16PM

    I'm a New Jersey girl by birth also Melissa! I like the idea of having the ocean in my front yard and mountains in my back yard! That sounds awesome!!!

I like having good habits! I think that tracking my food and realizing why I feel good or full or satisfied or sick. If I didn't keep track, I would never recognize which foods make me feel better or how much is too much. I also like the daily feedback to see if I am getting enough of nutrients or fiber, etc.

Way to go Melissa!

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GRAPEVINE60 8/22/2013 8:20PM

    I want something sweet after a meal also (way too often). I go in spurts as far as recording my food.

I hope you are doing well.

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USMAWIFE 8/22/2013 6:53PM

    I am a NYC gal and my dream location would be anyplace over looking the mountains. I love the moutains in GA, NC where you view them from the Bitlmore House and yet I live on a street called Mountainrock View where there are no mountains, no rocks, no views and sadly it is located within the Pickens Mountains of SC

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SHERIO5 8/22/2013 5:44PM

    Lots of good habits!

I ask lots of questions when walking, do lots of praying outside too.

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MOMO7YROLD 8/22/2013 5:06PM

    Lots of good questions. It is nice to have good habits. Good habits are what gets u the things u want or need. Have a great evening. Enjoy the mountains.
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I feel Like a Ping-Pong Ball

Wednesday, August 21, 2013

I feel like a Ping-Pong ball bouncing back and forth. The last semester of college has begun for my youngest and I am spending this week bouncing back and forth between NC and TN.

We went up on Monday to speak with his professors and we were thrilled that we saw them all without having to hunt anyone down. J got all his questions answered and was able to search for the person who will ultimately oversee one of his classes. Hooray we got school settled! (Ping)

Next step was to reopen the apartment and get settled. Since we were told that one of J's classes would meet today we went to reconnect cable. Walked right in and got it done. When we left there was a line to the door. Got back to the apartment and while my son hooked everything up I cleaned. We then drove home. (Pong)

Yesterday morning he received a call saying that he had a meeting in the afternoon. I knew this so wasn't surprised when he packed up the rest of his stuff and left around noon. I had a nice quiet day!

Today I will be back on the road to TN. Seems the one teacher never posted when class would meet. I need this class settled before I can relax. Also need to take some food up and go the grocery store. So I am bouncing back across state lines. Ping Pong

On top of all that my weight is fluctuating 2 pounds. Last week it was up. This week it is down. Through my journey I have set small weight loss goals for myself. Now that I am within 10 pounds of what the government considers a healthy weight I am struggling to get to that point. Actually I am struggling to reach the downward slide of that 10 (really only want to lose 5) pounds. Ping Pong

So I will vacuum my house, get ready to get back in the car and Ping myself back to TN.

I wish you all a wonderful day without the Ping or the Pong!

As an added note: This blog was posted 3 times (Ping) and comments were made on the 2 I deleted (Pong). My computer or Spark was slow. I apologize to anyone who left a message on the blogs that were deleted.

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GABIBEAR 8/21/2013 2:54PM

    Wow Melissa, you really are ping-ponging! This is the last semester so at least you see an end soon! Hope things settle down for you soon!

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USMAWIFE 8/21/2013 1:47PM

    Hope things get normal again for you soon

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GRAPEVINE60 8/21/2013 11:37AM

    Sometimes I feel like that too. I'm glad you got things settled for your youngest.

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Hope things calm soon!

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Today The Countdown Begins

Sunday, January 13, 2013

Today begins the countdown to my youngest child's graduation. We begin the final semester of college. The last tuition payment. The end of the road that began close to 20 years ago. emoticon

But today is also the beginning of the next leg of my journey. I will focus on better nutrition to lose those final pounds. I will also continue my own education by taking free courses online. May my mind grow as my body shrinks. emoticon

I wish all my Spark Friends a wonderful day. emoticon emoticon

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DAKOTA50 5/15/2013 11:38PM

    Love your comment about your mind growing as your body shrinks ... and ... think of all the fun you'll have with all that extra money!! emoticon

When my youngest left for good, I took up painting with Bob Ross. I have pictures hanging all over my house. I also applied for and got a job at the local newspaper where I learned how to do absolutely everything from reporting to building ads to laying the paper to finances. I loved that job! Now, I'm home and enjoying the peace and slowness - free to travel.

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SHERIO5 3/7/2013 9:02AM

    I love your goal...and your decision to become a better you! I made the same decision when my baby, now 20, left for collage. This IS a great time to extend our care to ourselves!

Have a great day!

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PEANUTSMOM96 1/31/2013 9:06AM

    hugs - I can't imagine yet what that will be like. Peanut just turned 17 yrs so I have a little time before I start freaking out over her moving on. She is so ready for it though ... all she can talk about sometimes. Planning with friends who is going to do what when they are roommates. ugh.

Super excited to hear you want to take classes. I look forward to hearing your successes!

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MACANBEFIT 1/13/2013 7:40PM

    As a post script: I really missed my son when he left, but now that I've cleaned his room I am questioning my sanity. Good thing he is 3 1/2 hours away or I would go and kick his butt. Ahhh the joys of being a parent emoticon

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GRAPEVINE60 1/13/2013 4:39PM

    That's great about the college graduation.

Good luck on the next leg of your journey.

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DAISY443 1/13/2013 3:46PM

    My granddaughter graduated college last sping. Now we are counting down the days until her wedding next August! The milestones on their road of life keep adding on! Isn't it wonderful?

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USMAWIFE 1/13/2013 3:07PM

    I went through those days and they were so bittersweet

Now I am counting the days until the first grandchild is born and then the couple gets married.

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SASKGIRL81 1/13/2013 2:54PM

    Here's to a wonderful day - and year! - for you too! emoticon

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