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Warm but very rainy day

Thursday, December 11, 2008

We have some strong rain storms crossing Florida this morning.The heavy stuff has been all around me.I got some rain and it is so dark and dreary. It just started raining again.
I did good with eating until after 9pm.Then it was total disaster. So I am starting over again today.I did so good for 16 weeks but no where good since. But I keep telling myself if I was doing it I can do it again. It being the holiday time doesn't help. But so many of my spark friends are doing it so I know it can be done.And I am going to do it.

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FEISTYMAMA 12/11/2008 7:47PM

    I believe it's the holidays!! I haven't been very good the last two days (not horrible, but not as good as I've been) and it's the temptations the holidays bring. The holidays will be over in a few weeks and the temptations will be gone.

We can do this!!

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VEGEFARMER 12/11/2008 2:11PM

    Thats the attitude.
Be kind to yourself, take a breath and relax then kick in again.
I am there to support you on your journey.

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MYINNERBOUDICA 12/11/2008 10:40AM

    If youíre like me at all, you cycle in and out of motivation every few months. For a few months we just work and work and work to take the weight off and are really successful. Then, for a few months we kind of lose it and plateau. I think that the body needs those plateau months to adjust to the new weight before itís ready to release any more weight. Think of it as practice time for when you get to your goal weight and have to switch to maintenance. If you can hold your weight and fitness level during your plateaus, youíve got maintenance nailed!


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BARBARA_G 12/11/2008 10:25AM

    We all slip on occasion. But I know you can do it! Just keep on trying and it will happen. emoticon

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Just a note

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Just realized I haven't blog blogged. I am way off track and am struggling to get back.I am not eating unhealthy.Just eating too much.I don't know what has happened. I have gained a little which could be worse.But I am hungry all the time. Which can't be so it is mind over matter. Did somewhat better today but have to do a lot better. Sometime after the first of the year I have to have my defib/pacemaker replaced and I wanted to lose more weight before then.It will require at least 1 night in hospital and at my weight it is hard to be in hospital.
On a brighter side my hip is much better and no longer need walker all the time.In fact I haven't been using it at home at all lately.Trying to walk around house more altho back is hurting today.Isn't it always something.
Did I mention I bought a ginger bread house and tree kit.Actually a large house and a small house.The small house is for my grand daughter Brianna to make while I work on larger one. I will need to do it soon as our family party is the 21st.
Well I guess thats it for now.
I am starting to get Christmas cards and that I do enjoy. Maybe next year more of you will want to exchange cards. It isn't too late tho so if you want to exchange christmas cards send me a sparkmessage

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VEGEFARMER 12/10/2008 11:56PM

    The gingerbread house sounds lovely. You must post a pic when they are finished. That would be kewl to see.
Eating differently may just be associated with the time of year and the business of everything and it will settle down soon.
I have found that if i eat brazil nuts I can get my calorie count up which is good because what i am hearing is that not eating enough is as bad as eating to much. Geez we are a right pair eh? LOL
Take care

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Grits (For Vegefarmer)

Wednesday, December 10, 2008

Vegefarmer asked me what grits are so I looked it up to make sure I decribed it correct. It is a very common southern dish that often is serve with eggs and is also good with fried fish.It is most similar to cream of wheat but tastes different.There are many ways to eat it. I like it with salt pepper and butter.Or. I like to top it with a over easy egg and then cut up egg in grits so yolk is mixed in grits. Southerners can add whatever. Some like hot sauce (not me)
My hubby who is from Buffalo NY had no idea what they were talking about when he was first asked if he wanted grits or homefries with his eggs.
As you will see below it was a cheap food and southern people use what they can.Altho I was born in Florida I never heard of eating cornbread in a bowl with milk until I lived in north Carolina.
But back to grits.
From the internet I got the following

First of all, grits are nothing more than
coarsely ground dried corn. If you grind it
finely, it is corn meal. Grind it coarsely
and it's grits
there's not too much to cooking
grits. You just pour it in a pot of
boiling water according to the instructions
on the bag or container. You cook it over
medium to low heat stirring as it cooks. If
you don't stir it occasionally it clumps up
and may even stick.
Grits is a Native American corn-based food common in the Southern United States, consisting of coarsely ground corn. It was traditionally served during war.
Grits are similar to other thick maize-based porridges from around the world such as polenta. It also has a resemblance to farina, a thinner porridge.

Grits. They are an integral part of our food history. For more than four hundred years, families have been enjoying this delicious food. Turner Catledge, former editor of the New York Times, called grits "the first truly American food." Grits date as far back as 1607, when the colonists came ashore at Jamestown, Virginia. They were met by friendly Native Americans offering steaming hot bowls of "rockahominie," which was softened maize seasoned with salt and animal fat. It was here that our passion for grits was born.
Throughout the years, grits have developed into a comfort food that many families enjoy not only for breakfast, but as a delicious side dish for meals as well. Known as the "Southern oatmeal" before air conditioning was invented; grits were preferred over oatmeal because they could withstand the heat and humidity found in the South.
Grits have also been credited with getting many Southern families through the Depression Era of the 1930's. Since grits were plentiful and inexpensive, they were a blessing during this bleak time in America's history.
As times have changed, grits have evolved from a regional food often used for survival to a food of choice and comfort in many American homes. Their convenience and delicious taste have made them a favorite for busy moms and their children. Grits have also gone upscale, being featured on menus in many five-star restaurants throughout the country.

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VEGEFARMER 12/10/2008 2:21PM

    Wow, thankyou for that Eleni, I have never had grits before, while I was reading this I thought gee, that sounds a bit like porridge which is made from oats. I wonder if the taste would be the same?
I think it is possible to buy cornmeal here in packets but I am unsure about the coarser one or unsure if that would be called grits.
i will go on a supermarket adventure to look and will report back soon.

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I am back

Tuesday, December 09, 2008

I do not know what the name of this tree is.I first saw it 4 years ago.I took pictures at the time but it was my old camera and pictures never turned out.I always said if I ever got a chance I would get another picture of it. We came home the long way and then I went another 10 miles out of the way just to get some pictures of this tree.At the time I first saw it I was told it is called a pineapple tree. I haven't had time to look it up but will tomorrow.I have never seen anything like it anywhere. The cones are a cross between a pineapple and a pinecone. I just know it is so unusual.Hubby was dying to snatch one but it sits right in front of front door to a bank on road to Anna Marie Island. I didn't care to go to jail for stealing it.LOL.
I did not get to go to Butterfly Estate as when I called I found out it hasn't opened to the public yet.And when I called about the zoo the lady said it was probably way too much walking for me and the only wheelchairs they had to rent out were small ones. So that was reason for long way home.I also got some pictures of some boats in a marina, and a neat church steeple
Good thing was weight doesn't seem to be up. Which is a miracle.
Been busy all day getting stuff put away and laundry done. It was a rather boring weekend but hubby had a good time and that is what counts.

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MDMNINA 12/10/2008 11:05AM

    What an interesting tree! I love your pictures. Thanks for sharing.

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VEGEFARMER 12/10/2008 12:16AM

    Welcome home. Geez that tree is way kewl eh?
When I first looked at it I thought it was a pineapple tree so I will be interested to see what you fine out.

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FEISTYMAMA 12/9/2008 9:35PM

    I'm glad you had a safe trip home. Interesting looking tree!! I would've been taking pictures too.

It's still snowing here. I work 17 miles from home and it took me 1 hour 35 minutes to get home!! I'm done with winter already.

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KASSIANDORA 12/9/2008 3:40PM

    It is a very beautiful tree.

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Sunday, December 07, 2008

Hubby is a little bummed.The bowling didn't go as good today.But he still had a good time.
I am tired of hotel room.
It looks like my other plans are a bust too.The Butterfly estate isn't opened yet.I called today and they said coming soon. The zoo is farther away than I thought and lady said it would probably be too much walking for me.The only wheelchairs they have are the small ones and that won't work. They have a lot of large cats which is what I wanted to take pictures of.Oh well it is really Bill's weekend anyway.
I will just plan something after the holidays where I can rent a motorized cart. I may drive home the long way along the coast and see what pops up.

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FEISTYMAMA 12/7/2008 8:01PM

    Poor Bill. He still had a great accomplishment yesterday so he should still be happy. I was just telling my 7 year old son (almost 5 now) that he can't win all the time. emoticon

I'm sorry about your plans. Your idea of driving along the coast sounds wonderful! You never know what you'll find. It'll be pretty, that's for sure. Plenty of scenery to photograph as well.

Have a safe trip home!!


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