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Hard work/margarita caution

Monday, September 07, 2009

Well I was up early 6am Sunday morning. Made it out to the native plant garden at the Old City Cemetery by 8am. Worked w/two great women weeding, watering, mulching, etc until about 1pm. The garden wheelbarrow had a flat tire so I stuffed it my beater truck to try fix it. I ran a few more errands then finally made it home and ate late (2:30pm) lunch with my pop. He was listening to old Mariachi music in the garage when I got home and we continued listening while we ate lunch, and he asked me to make him a margarita. So I made him and me a margarita, and then another. (You know, hey I worked & sweated hard in the garden for 5 hours +plus this was a little quality fun w/pop.... )

Then we went to work on the wheel barrow flat tire problem. We pumped it up, found the leak and then tried to see if we could just get a new tube. Nothing @ Home Depot or Lowes, so we decided to wait until after Labor Day to try a lawn & garden store.

Then I came back in, took a shower, laid down on the bed and that was it. Hard work and a couple of margaritas equals a great night sleep for me! Of course I didn't get my 8 glasses of water, nor did I blog about a thing yesterday, and I had 2 Margaritas that were not on my diet plans for the day. But, hey! it was the weekend -yeah, yeah, yeah!

So this morning, I got up and fixed hubby his lunch and stuck a peanut butter cracker pack for a mid-day snack. Got him off. Then decided to have glass of skim milk w/my own pack of peanut butter crackers for breakfast (not the best choice I know). Then guess what, I got sick w/stomach cramps & runs!!! (Then I remember that certain lots of peanut butter crackers had been recalled. Yuko.) I figured it was just the curse of enjoying the margaritas and great sleep I had yesterday. Now I figure I need to be more cautious about combining hard work w/margaritas on the weekends.

Anyway, I'm wondering: how Spark folks handle the desire for libations (wine, beer, margaritas, gin-n-tonics, etc.) on the weekend? Your input is appreciated.


Maybe I could argue that I had "organic" margaritas???

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GETDONE 9/9/2009 1:29AM

    1 cold beer on a hot day--nothing wrong with that. That is me, now and then--rare but good.
Now, Mariachis and Margaritas could get me hooked!!!!!

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SHININGSOUL 9/8/2009 8:23PM

    If I want something, I try to make sure I make a lower calorie option, like Gin and grapefruit.
My newest motivator is knowing that FOT is coming up, and I am having cocktail parties, margaritas, etc. nearly every day on Lake Tahoe! I am delaying my gratification, in my hopes to remove 10 lbs. by then.
(of course, sometimes I start feeling ''feasty" ahead of time, so we'll see......)
oh, and you're invited....

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SKEETER90 9/8/2009 1:51PM

    I don't deny myself alcohol. I had some wine yesterday. I just do my best to have one glass of alcohol if I'm at a party. Of course, sometimes one glass becomes to two glasses..... I make sure I track everything that I eat/drink, so that usually keeps me from overdoing it.

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DLDAY08 9/8/2009 12:38PM

    I worked hard both Sunday and Monday. I really wanted to drink something, wine, when I got home Sunday evening but, remembered that sometimes I don't do well the day after. Monday night I wanted something also but, my husband had worked too hard and was having problems with his back and took a pain pill. Who wants to drink alone. I do usually have wine on Friday evening and really enjoy it. :-)

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    If I get a temptation to have a few drinks on the weekends, I go ahead and do it. Why not? Life is too short to skip out on the foods and drinks you love. Moderation is key for me. I'm fine with one, maybe two, on the weekends if it comes up. Are you a regular drinker? I recently slowed WAY down. I don't miss it at all.

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MISS_VIV 9/7/2009 10:12PM

    Mariachis and Margaritas..... Nope.. didn't do it but REALLY WANTED TO. I am off to the circle K for some Coronas....
hahahaha emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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September blogging & goal to loose 10#

Saturday, September 05, 2009

Good morning Spark Bloggers!!!

Spark buddy SHININGSOUL has accepted the Sept-Oct daily blogging challenge! Yeah!!! AND she has set a goal of loosing 10# for the month of September, before leaving for trip. This of course has 'sparked' me to adopt the Sept goal to loose 10# as well! (Todays weigh in was 258# so looking for 248# in near future.)

To initiate my goal to loose 10# pounds in September, I've decided to do liquid (juice, low fat milk, water) fast today. Since I'm starting w/a liquid fast I'm adding another goal of beating my 26 day longest 8 cups of water a day SparkStreak. The goal is 27 days or more, and I hope I can keep it up through the end of the Sept-Oct blogging challenge.

Simper Fi Sparkies!


PS Here's a little note that might tickle a funny bone or two:


You've tried Dr. Stillman's Quick Weight Loss Diet, the Sardine Diet, the Grapefruit Diet, and more, but you're still lugging those extra pounds around. What's a food lover to do? Good news! Ten new diets have just arrived on the scene. One of them is bound to do the trick.

1. The Internet Diet. You lose weight because you're so addicted to being online, you don't eat for days at a time.

2. The Fantasy Diet. You eat a Collard Wrap while fantasizing you're really eating Death by Chocolate.

3. The Play With Your Food Diet. You're so busy making a castle out of your mashed potatoes, you forget to eat them.

4. The Food Chess Diet. You and a friend play chess using food tidbits as chess pieces. You are only allowed to eat when you capture your friend's players. You lose the game and you lose weight.

5. The Rolling Table Diet. You sit on a chair on wheels, trying to eat at a table on wheels. The motorized floor under your table is constantly shifting, so you don't get to eat much, and thus lose weight. (This is similar to The Seasick Diet, but takes place in your own land-lubbing home.)

6. The Fisherman's Diet. A fisherman holds a pole whose end is attached to a morsel of food in your mouth. Every time your try to bite down on the food, the fisherman pulls the food away.

7. The Puffed Food Diet. All your favorite foods are re-made in the style of puffed wheat or puffed rice. Your Cheese Ravioli is now mostly air, so you don't gain any weight.

8. The Mock Puffed Food Diet. In this diet, all the foods you like to eat are made of styrofoam, to resemble the Puffed Food Diet. Now you can't eat the food at all. (You try to, and spit it out.) You really lose weight.

9. The Edible Flowers Diet. You are only allowed to eat edible flowers. You get bored with them and eat nothing, thus lose weight.

10. The Love Diet. You munch playfully on your sweetheart's hand. You gain no calories; you lose weight. Your sweetheart loses interest in you because s/he preferred you with love handles.

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SHANDEE4 9/7/2009 1:10AM


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GETDONE 9/6/2009 1:06AM

    I am still laughing about this one!
Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!
Thanks for the fun!! emoticon emoticon

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SKMINNY 9/5/2009 12:07PM

    thats funny! i do like the new diets. maybe give em a try soon. lol

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Julie & Julia: the movie, the food & blogging

Friday, September 04, 2009

Last night my mom, cousin Alma & our mutual friend Sylvia went to see the movie "Julie & Julia" -and loved it! After the show we went over to my cousins new place and spent wonderful evening catching up with each other and talking about Meryl Streep's awesome acting, of course french cooking, and the blogging thing.

I was informed in this little session that 'french fries' weren't french; that they were an American invention. I also learned that not a one of us have ever cooked any french recipe in our lives. So I am now interested in digging out a french recipe from one of my old dusty international cookbooks. Hmmm, I may actually have to find an old copy of "Mastering the Art of French Cooking" -stay tuned. I wonder if there is a "Lite" version of the book, hehehe!

I was also the only one in our little group that has posted a blog. When I tried to explain blogging on the Spark site, they just got a glazed look in their eyes, so the discussion moved on. The laughter continued into the evening. We all confirmed that we love butter WAY too much, so we all have that in common w/both Julie & Juia. When I got home I started digging out cookbooks & I ended up staying up way too late past 3AM thinking about cooking french, then cooking pasta for hubby's lunch box. I think I got to bed at 4:30 am, so I ended up oversleeping and missed my walk in Land Park w/my girls!!! I am sooooooo bummed about doing this :-(


Ooops, on the humor note, my baby sis sent me this little Andy Rooney ditty that made me laugh. Since it had some references to food (milk & sausage to be exact) I'm hoping that a few of you may get a chuckle, or two as well.

60 Minutes Correspondent Andy Rooney (CBS)

As I grow in age, I value women over 40 most of all. Here are just a few reasons why:

A woman over 40 will never wake you in the middle of the night and ask, 'What are you thinking?' She doesn't care what you think. If a woman over 40 doesn't want to watch the game, she doesn't sit around whining about it. She does something she wants to do, and it's usually more interesting. Women over 40 are dignified. They seldom have a screaming match with you at the opera or in the middle of an expensive restaurant. Of course, if you deserve it, they won't hesitate to shoot you if they think they can get away with it. Older women are generous with praise, often undeserved. They know what it's like to be unappreciated. Women get psychic as they age. You never have to confess your sins to a woman over 40. Once you get past a wrinkle or two, a woman over 40 is far sexier than her younger counterpart. Older women are forthright and honest. They'll tell you right off if you are a jerk if you are acting like one. You don't ever have to wonder where you stand with her. Yes, we praise women over 40 for a multitude of reasons. Unfortunately, it's not reciprocal. For every stunning, smart, well-coiffed, hot woman over 40, there is a bald, paunchy relic in yellow pants making a fool of himself with some 22-year old waitress. Ladies, I apologize.

For all those men who say, 'Why buy the cow when you can get the milk for free?', here's an update for you. Nowadays 80% of women are against marriage. Why? ---> Because women realize it's not worth buying an entire pig just to get a little sausage!

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SKEETER90 9/7/2009 9:12AM

    Great blog, thanks!
Yeah, I don't think you'll be able to find a lite version of French cooking, unfortunately!

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NEEDSHELP4EVER 9/5/2009 7:00AM

    I love that..LOL

The film is just coming out here in UK and I am going as soon as I can, it looks great


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DEEGIRL50 9/5/2009 6:07AM

    Thanks for the chuckles!! Sounds like a fun clucking session with some wonderful hens!!

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JWOOD635 9/4/2009 9:51PM

    I loved Julie and Julia. My thought when I saw that was "It's impossible that Julie's still that thin living over a pizzeria and cooking all of those butter in all of those recipes!

Good luck on finding the "lite" version. :D

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Getting healthier w/laughter & blogging

Thursday, September 03, 2009

I've been trying to catch up w/my Spark friends & teams and realized there are quite a few folks out there that blog every day (something I've never done); and that many blogs are down right funny; and the jokes, laughter and poking fun at dieting is good for the soul.

With this in mind I posted a Sept-Oct daily blog challenge for the Sacramento Sparkles Team, in part to see what kind of impact regular daily blogging may have on my Spark goals -as well as the goals of others on the team.

With laughter in mind I submit the following for a few chuckles:

Ciao for now,


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GETDONE 9/4/2009 12:23AM

    Love it, love it!!!! Know the feeling very well. emoticon emoticon

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SHININGSOUL 9/3/2009 7:33PM

    this cartoon made me laugh out loud! Thanks!
I have never blogged, but reading this does make me curious, in the interest of science, I may try and see what happens.

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SACTOKAREN 9/3/2009 4:21PM

    Cute! Thanks for sharing!

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SKEETER90 9/3/2009 8:01AM

    Great cartoon! Thanks for sharing it :)
It's good to hear that you are doing better. I'm looking forward to getting to know you.

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Rising up every time we fail.

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

I've been in a bit of an overall funk for several days now. Having a hard time trying to balance a variety of things (family, friends, self, trying to deal with a laptop computer I have that's been infected by a virus, gardening, mourning, exercising -or not, doing chores, etc.). I've been very disappointed in my self and the choices that I've been making lately. You know that negative voice that creeps in your head telling you that you've been failing, that you should just chuck it.

To avoid the negative head chatter I've resorted to playing Tetris online (what a fun waste of time); mindless munching mixed w/calling my sisters, nephew, cousins to "catch up on things"& then while working on the lap top virus infection (& feeling dumb for not being able to fix it); so then more Tetris; but then I looked up quotes about failing and found this little Emerson gem:

"Our greatest glory is not in never failing, but in rising up every time we fail."
~ Ralph Waldo Emerson

It reminded me of another quote:

A winner is just a loser who got up one more time.

Anyway, the black-dog that has been hanging around these past days has been driven into the woods, and hopefully won't be back for a while -because I'm rising up again. I don't want to give up or given in; or as Winston Churchill says:

"Never, never, never give up!"

PS Thanks for all your support.

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SKEETER90 8/31/2009 7:58PM

    How are you doing today?

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ARIAVIDYA 8/28/2009 2:49PM

    I know everything about that big inner bully, but you are handling it very well, making sure that he is not in control by counterattacking and silencing it with those positive affirmations. emoticon Thanks for sharing and take care! emoticon

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GETDONE 8/28/2009 10:49AM

    I like your positive attitude!! Keep up the keeping up!!

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KO1215 8/26/2009 8:46PM

    Good for you! I love it!


P.S. What are you doing about the virus? Maybe I can help.

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IDAATJE 8/26/2009 3:54PM

    That's the spirit girl! Take care, Ida

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