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Lightnin' the caboose; or What a difference 18 months make!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

What a difference 18 months can make!

The above pic & related blog by MRSMELVIN1 is very inspiring and worth the read!!! SparkFriend NOEL_76 gave me the heads up about her.

I'm now thinking I need to get someone to take a photo shoot of my behind for the motivation benefits!

Look how far MRSMELVIN1 has come. Let's all join her!!


The link to this blog is:


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LOBO77 10/2/2009 3:51AM

    Thanks for posting these behind pix. I still dont have the nerve to post my own picture. I might try doing this behind thing. I think it's great!

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SHININGSOUL 9/25/2009 2:00PM

    thanks for this, awesome and good idea! and probably my husband will enjoy it too!

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GETDONE 9/24/2009 11:24PM

    Way cool pictures!!! I wanna look cool too. Whatcha say we get together as a group and take each others pictures? emoticon

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PHYSICIST 9/24/2009 12:20PM

    Thank you for the post Mim!! emoticon very motivating indeed! emoticon

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MRSMELVIN1 9/22/2009 6:13PM

    You are way to sweet!

The picture was taken by my husband because my friends grand daughter was taking me to show me her new room with the pink walls. After the roll of film was developed he realized that it hurt my feelings. You know I am very thankful for that picture now. It was the turning point for me to gain control of my life again.

I look at that picture almost daily to remind myself just how far I have come.

Thank You again!

Comment edited on: 9/22/2009 7:11:09 PM

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UCDavis Arboretum

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

Yesterday for Yom Teruah/Feast of Trumpets the Davis CA fellowship met at the UCDavis Arboretum under a huge Algerian Oak grove at the west end of the arboretum. The oaks were magnificent and provided us wonderful shade during our morning study and the noon picnic afterwards. I unfortunately did not bring a camera, but the next time I'm out at the arboretum I will.

The UCDavis arboretum is a wonderful ribbon of greenery and paved paths and w/graveled service roads that runs through the campus along Putah Creek. It is a great place to walk, run or bike and I totally enjoyed getting my 30-minutes of walking done there yesterday. I unfortunately forgot to bring my new pedometer (sometimes it takes me a while to incorporate new things into my 'routine'). Happy to report that I did well at the picnic & limited my desert intake to one slice of apple pie.


--Today's chuckle--

I got a laugh when I saw the following photo & hope you do too:

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PHYSICIST 9/24/2009 12:24PM

    Great to hear that you are really working on the walking challenge and that you are going to so many lovely places!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SNAZZYPS 9/22/2009 12:19PM

    I agree with smashy1 - you should be punished emoticon

The arboretum sounds beautiful - be sure to visit again.

And way to go on your self control to stop at just one piece of pie

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SKEETER90 9/22/2009 11:18AM

    Another good walk for you! That's great to hear!
Thanks for the chuckle - very funny! emoticon

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KO1215 9/22/2009 11:11AM

    Too funny!

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GETDONE 9/22/2009 10:56AM

    I loved your description of the place. It sounds like peaceful fun.
LOL at the Biker BAR! I totally relate. When I was using a scooter, I never even thought of going to a bar. FUNNY


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MISS_VIV 9/22/2009 10:22AM

    You must have had a wonderful time under the oaks. But to NOT REMEMBER YOUR CAMERA.. is on the verge of unforgivable.. AND to FORGET you pedometer..I am NOT CERTAIN what I should do to you for punishment. But whilst I am thinking of an appropriate discipline I should remind you: that you should be taking a GOOD MULTI VITAMIN... "Be sure you get plenty of B12 daily. Good sources of folate include green leafy vegetables, legumes (especially lentils), oranges, and food yeast (add to tofu, soups, roasts)."
Source: HealthNews June 2004

This will hopefully slow down the advancement of Alzheimers.. which is a common threat to older people. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Church Bulletin Announcement Jokes

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I was looking for some chuckles to post today and found the following for your reading pleasure.

Church Bulletin Announcement Jokes

1. Don't let worry kill you -- let the church help.
2. Thursday night - Potluck supper. Prayer and medication to follow.
3. Remember in prayer the many who are sick of our church and community.
4. For those of you who have children and don't know it, we have a nursery downstairs.
5. The rosebud on the alter this morning is to announce the birth of David Alan Belzer, the sin of Rev. and Mrs. Julius Belzer.
6. This afternoon there will be a meeting in the South and North ends of the church. Children will be baptized at both ends.
7. Tuesday at 4:00 PM there will be an ice cream social. All ladies giving milk will please come early.
8. Wednesday, the ladies Liturgy Society will meet. Mrs. Jones will sing, "Put me in My Little Bed" accompanied by the pastor.
9. Thursday at 5:00 P.M. there will be a meeting of the Little Mothers Club. All wishing to become little mothers, please see the minister in his study.
10. This being Easter Sunday, we will ask Mrs. Lewis to come forward and lay an egg on the alter.
11. The service will close with "Little Drops of Water." One of the ladies will start quietly and the rest of the congregation will join in.
12. Next Sunday a special collection will be taken to defray the cost of the new carpet. All those wishing to do something on the new carpet will come forward and do so.
13. The ladies of the church have cast off clothing of every kind and they may be seen in the church basement Friday.
14. A bean supper will be held on Tuesday evening in the church hall. Music will follow.
15. At the evening service tonight, the sermon topic will be "What is Hell?" Come early and listen to our choir practice.

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NOWELLE76 9/21/2009 1:56AM

    hehe some of those are kinda funny :) hope all is well.. missed your little library luncheon so I hope it went good. I like your background image of Sac.

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TNJGRAMMA 9/20/2009 11:57PM

    I loved it. I had to laugh out loud a couple of times. Thanks

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KO1215 9/20/2009 9:58PM

    Funny! Thanks for making me laugh today! emoticon

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AFIFE0878 9/20/2009 7:32PM

    Those were cute. Loved it.

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YomTeruah/Trumpets, Declaring 7th month & eating good food!

Sunday, September 20, 2009

My faith is an integral part of my life. And my spiritual fellowships lift me up greatly (often carrying me through the week). BUT, these fellowships almost always end with a delicous potluck, or oneg.

Yesterday afternoon's Shabbat fellowship in Roseville CA, was very special as some observed it as a special Holy/High Day: Yom Teruah, or the Feast of Trumpets (Lev. 23:24). In addition, one of the fellowship families is leaving Sacramento (a victim of our sluggish economy right now) and moving to Greely CO for new job so it was also a going away party.

YIKES! another party w/good food, wine & deserts. Yep, the fall Holy Days are here!! How am I going to loose 10 pounds by the end of the month and be around all this food. My first thought is I need to make something that I know tastes good and fits into my diet, nutrition & calorie goals. BINGO- I'll make the Cabbage Chicken Salad which we all enjoyed at the SacSparkles potluck last tuesday (see: http://recipes.sparkpeople.com/recipe-deta
il.asp?recipe=267766); so I'll know I have one selection I'm familiar with; plus two other selections I feel I can track easily on the nutrition spot; 1 glass 'special' beverage (ie. wine or sparkling cider); and just one slice of 'good-bye' cake, or pie. The other aspect of my plan was to drink at least 2 cups of water before eating & chewing very completely.

Guess what it worked!!!! And I don't think my friends had any idea what kind of head trip and food choice arguments were going on in my head! LOL!!!

Our fellowship and biblical discussion about YomTeruah/Feast of Trumpets & declaring the 7th month (by Hallel conjunction calendar or new moon crescent sighting) was very, very lively. I go into more about this on recent topic I posted on the Shabbat Keepers team site.

I really want to loose 10 pounds by October 1, so hang in there with me as I try to make it through all the good food, festivals and fellowship that accompany's this season.


Light Asian Cabbage Chicken Salad


6 Cups Shredded Cabbage
2 Cooked cubed Chicken Breast
1 Green Onion sliced
1 pkg. Ramen noodles
3 tbs Sliced Almonds
2 Tsp Sesame Seeds

1/3 Cups Sugar
3/4 tsp. Salt
1/2 tsp. black pepper
1/3 Cup Cider Vinegar
2 tbs Extra Light Olive Oil


Make Dressing* with sugar, salt, pepper, vinegar, and olive oil. Set Aside.

Combine cabbage, chicken, and onions. Toss. Crumble noodles. Discard seasoning. Add noodles, almonds and sesame seeds. Add dressing and toss.

Number of Servings: 5
Calories: 251.9/serving

*Note: I got lazy and substituted with 1/2 cup of Paul Newman's lite sesame ginger dressing.

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SKEETER90 9/20/2009 6:08PM

    You did GREAT! You had a very reasonable plan, and you stuck to it. Thanks for posting that recipe - I must try that soon. Sounds very tasty!

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NATALIE_W 9/20/2009 5:43PM

    I'd wish you luck, but with such rilliant strategies as this, it's not really down to luck, is it?

I'll have to start getting myself sorted, it's the start of BBQ season here, which means lots of food and alcohol! But at least it also means lots of walks on the beach, swimming, and running around in the yard playing cricket.

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Walking at McKinley Park this morning

Sunday, September 20, 2009

I made it out to McKinley Park this morning (the current background pic on my SparkPage is of the rose garden at McKinley). It was lovely cool morning and not too busy for 8am; but probably because it was a Saturday. My left knee was giving me a little trouble on the walk, so I decided not to try another minute+ jog today. I figure it could use a rest day and some ice.

As many of you know I thoroughly enjoyed TUBBYHUBBY340 Friday, September 18, 2009 blog entitled: "Holy Caloric Intake Fatman!" If you can, be sure and take the time to read it.

Well, I've got to go clean up the kitchen.
Ciao for now.


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NATALIE_W 9/20/2009 5:39PM

    Take care of that knee, you've only got 2!
That garden looks beautiful, how lucky to live to close to somewhere so lovely.

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AJDOVER1 9/20/2009 3:48PM

    Such a beautiful park!
Take care of that knee!

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FROGGEE 9/20/2009 3:39PM

    What great pictures. keepup the great work.

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PHYSICIST 9/20/2009 12:34PM

    Great Mim!!!!
McKinley park really looks nice too!! Were you able to get your pedometer configured and use it today? I bet you had a wonderful time just looking at the plants too, besides enjoying the walk! I wish I could have gone with you!!!
I'm sorry to hear about your knee... and about having to clean the kitchen!! :-P
I hope your knee gets better soon :-)
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SKEETER90 9/20/2009 10:23AM

    Great job with the walk! What a beautiful place to walk....

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