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Tuesday, September 29, 2009

My day started out with a wonderful email from spark. They told me I had been voted as a spark motivator.Wow. What an honor.I feel so special. It is a great feeling to know that I am being a help to my spark family. As you know I am fighting my Food Demon every day.Lately I have been winning but could not do it without the motivation you all give me.Thank you so much for this honor.

I also found out something else pretty special last night. I have been getting a lot of comments the past week from people who saw my 1st kitchen video. I was a little curious as why since I posted it back in July. I have a link to where all video's can be viewed and I noticed last night that you could view 2 ways.Recent and most popular.For funsies I clicked popular and there I was on front page and it said 379 people had looked at it.Another Wow.
So needless to say I feel very special today.

And I have more good news. My Food Demon stayed chained real good yesterday
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We still have very warm temps but will cool off for a few days.We are in hi 80's and low 90's now.It will go into 50's and 60's for a few days starting tomorrow. But back up by weekend.

Today is a nice quiet day.Not much going on. I have a table behind me that is filling up with papers .I keep saying I will go thru it.Maybe that will be a good project for later. I did get Bill to clear off the table in other room.He wanted to put some Halloween decorations up. He is not crazy about Halloween but he likes a few decorations.

Ok Have a wonderful day.

  
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DETERMINEDANGI 10/4/2009 1:23AM

    I am glad that you are finally getting the recognition that you deserve. You have been my motivator for MONTHS AND MONTHS. emoticon

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USE2BWILD 10/3/2009 11:08PM

    Congratulations, Eleni!!! Keep on blogging. A hug for you too. from, mcgee

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AGENTBOOTH 10/2/2009 4:18AM

    emoticon emoticon You so deserve the honour of being a motivator.

Halloween is not really a big deal over here which is a shame. I usually close the curtains and hide as the "kids" that come round often don't even have costumes on but may have masks. Thing is, they swap masks and keep coming back. First year I was here I got in loads of naughties and they were knocking every five minutes and not a real kid amongst them.

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ROSEHIP:-) 10/1/2009 11:04AM

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BARBARII 9/29/2009 11:03PM

    you deserve the honor! thanks for all you do emoticon

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SAMISUE18 9/29/2009 10:19PM

    Woohoo Congrats!

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KAYEREADER 9/29/2009 8:16PM

    Congrats!

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PAULA3420 9/29/2009 8:10PM

    So happy for you. Great news, enjoy enjoy your special time. emoticon AND emoticon Paula

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PAULA3420 9/29/2009 8:10PM

    So happy for you. Great news, enjoy enjoy your special time. emoticon AND emoticon Paula

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FEISTYMAMA 9/29/2009 2:40PM

    You are special AND you are a great motivator. You're inspiring!

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SHOAPIE 9/29/2009 1:02PM

    Congrats, you really deserve this. I always find your posts interesting and frequently very motivating. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LOSINIT52 9/29/2009 11:22AM

    WooHoo Eleni!
You ARE a motivator. You're doing a fantastic job! Congratulations.
With your determination, you will succeed.
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Food Demon won another one.

Monday, September 28, 2009

Will start with bad news. My Food Demon not only got loose from his chains he hid them for a while last night. I think maybe it was because I was so tired yesterday. But not to worry.He may have beat me yesterday but he is tied up extra tight with his chain today.
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But I am still way in the lead.He will never catch me.
I have gotten into a bad habit of not going to bed til 1 or 2 and I need to change that.But I know "they" say you can't catch up on sleep but I tried.I slept off and on from 2 til noon today. Got up for some potty trips and to take some meds but I tried to catch up. Do feel a lot better today. Sleep is so important.
I have been getting a lot of comments on my 1st kitchen video blog from July. It was nice to know my corny video was helping someone.
Altho my Food DEmon whipped butt last night I am in a good mood and know I chained him tighter this time.
I spend so much time on this computer. I am always behind.I have been on here for 2 hours and I still have 25 emails to answer plus post on my teams. BUT I love it. All those emails with comments and encouragement is what is helping me to defeat my Demon.Plus my hard work. No denying it is work.
Ok I will say Have a great day my very precious friends.

Here is a visitor I had yesterday

  
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KATIE233 9/29/2009 2:20PM

    hi elen, sorry to here the demon won last night.glad you got back in charge.now what did you get into we want to know? it might not be as bad as you think!you going to have to find a bird cage for that demon and lock him up and throw away the key. emoticonhe don,t come out that offen so don,t beat yourself up to bad. start fresh!good luck! emoticon

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DAISYBELL6 9/29/2009 8:22AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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AGENTBOOTH 9/29/2009 6:10AM

    Tiredness is my weakness too. Can I borrow a piece of your chain? emoticon hehe!

That's a real pretty plant - here's hoping it doesn't fall over.

Glad you are back on track and have that demon tied up safe and sound.

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NEWSTART127 9/29/2009 12:34AM

    Glad you got the demon's chains back on tight! And why aren't you in that new bed of yours???

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SUSANLYNN51 9/29/2009 12:28AM

    Thank you for your support! I know, my food demon and yours can be cell mates- I say we lock them up and throw away the key.

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SUSANLYNN51 9/29/2009 12:28AM

    Thank you for your support! I know, my food demon and yours can be cell mates- I say we lock them up and throw away the key.

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RURAL3 9/28/2009 10:48PM

    That stinky demon!!! emoticon Glad you got him chained up again. I can just see you running all over trying to catch him. emoticon Did you remember to track all that exercise? emoticon

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CINDYRIK 9/28/2009 8:04PM

    Hi-It's me over here in Zephyrhills! Good luck with the demons--sounds like you're in control!! Hope you're doing well. Like your birdie!

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FEISTYMAMA 9/28/2009 7:20PM

    It's OK that the Food Demon won. You can't be perfect ALL the time, just most of the time. emoticon You're still doing great!

I was in bed by 9:30 last night. I was hoping for a good night sleep but I kept waking up because of the wind. We had 20-30+ mile per hour wind gusts. I have trouble staying up past 11PM on the weekends. You're a night owl!

I love ALL your video blogs!!

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WABBALAB 9/28/2009 3:00PM

  My food demon won today :[
do you have any tips of how to avoid the food demons when your house if full of junk?

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Sunny Sunday

Sunday, September 27, 2009

I feel like poop today but hopefully I will feel better.Did not sleep well at all.Joint pain kept me awake most of night.Bill was quiet tho.
Ok Enough whining.It doesn't do any good anyway.

I whipped the Food Demon again
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My brain is in a fog and I am trying to remember what I wanted to say. emoticon

I decided to take Bill out for supper and I was very proud of myself. We found a new place called J.C.Cravers Bar & Grill. I had so much trouble at first trying to find something that I could figure calories out. I have read the tip about ordering from children's menu but usually there is nothing good there or restaurant won't let you order. But this one had a grilled chicken and 3 shrimp so I asked if I could order. The girl said she didn't really know but that she would let me anyway. Then they didn't have any low cal dressings for salad so I asked if they had any salsa in kitchen.Cook was nice enough to say he would find me some.So she brought me about 2 tablespoons of home made salsa that I dumped in my salad. Then ***** You are going to love this. I had taken my little scale in and I weighed my meal.I did take about 6 of Bill's fries and I weighed them too. There was about 1/2 cup of rice which was messy on my scale.I need to get some of those little wipes you get at restaurants to keep with scale to clean tray off. Bill got one with his meal and I took it.Told him he could go wash his hands. He was such a good sport about me weighing my food in public.He is so funny.My entire meal was 530 calories which was great.

If I start to feel better we are going up to Publix and I am going to check out Audra's soy chips.Plus they have a lot of stuff Winn Dixie doesn't so I want to look around and see what I can find that is high volume and low calorie.
Ok my friends.My brain just doesn't want to work well.Maybe a nap will revive me.
oh Oh
We did check out that stupid plant at causeway and it still hasn't bloomed.It is leaning more but hasn't fell over yet.

i am not sure if I posted this or not.This is where I worked for 21 years.The tall stack with tall building near it.

Have a good day

  
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RURAL3 9/27/2009 11:52PM

    It is so nice when restaurants cooperate with us. Congrats on keeping the chains in place. Hope you get that needed rest.

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NEWSTART127 9/27/2009 11:34PM

    So glad that you found a good and lower cal restaurant meal! It's nice that they worked with you. Love your story about the food scale, too! Bill is a good sport! emoticon

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BIBLIOMANE40 9/27/2009 10:53PM

    You did SO great at the restaurant! What an awesome job whipping out your scale like that!

Feel better and have a wonderfully blessed week!

Sherry

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FEISTYMAMA 9/27/2009 6:22PM

    I hope you sleep better tonight and feel better tomorrow.

Great job on dinner! I think it's great that you bring a scale with you. I never thought about it, but wipes are a must have when weighing food on the go. 530 calories is great for restaurant eating.

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BARBARII 9/27/2009 5:38PM

    Hope you are feeling better and get a really good night's sleep tonight!

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Storing soup and fixing wraps.

Saturday, September 26, 2009


If this doesn't play at first just come back later.If when you play this you get sound from other videos go up above where it says view in summary form.Then pick it out there and you should only have 1 sound.
I never have enough time and usually repeat myself but hope you get something out of it. I do mark the calories on the bags of soup before storing them either in fridge or freezer. I always hate how awful I look but I am what I am. Fat belly and fat arms. But they will get much smaller.


PS I bagged the soup and had 24 cups.Each cup is 43 calories.So with an extra cup of broth when I eat it each bowl of soup will be 101 calories for almost 3 cups of soup. I put 2 cups per bag

  
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LORRAANN77 9/18/2010 5:56PM

    I enjoyed this Vlog, I really think the idea of using celery for the "crunch" is a great idea. I love onions and I tend to eat way too much on sandwiches, I think the celery could possibly give me what I am looking for with out the over powering breath.
Since fall is here, my family and I eat a lot of soup and crock pot meals. I think I'll try making a bulk batch and saving some in the freezer for later. I like the idea of knowing the nutritional numbers before hand, the convenience of grab and heat, as well as knowing what went into it was good ingredients.
Once again great blog and I am looking through all your other blogs because they are well written and I enjoy your very honest and warm personality.
Have a great weekend!
Lorra

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CHANGING4ME49 7/16/2010 12:03PM

    Really great information. Enjoyed your Vblog. Thanks for sharing!!

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SMILESWITH7KIDS 4/14/2010 10:15PM

    Great ideas and just what I need for lunch. Thanks!!

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EMSSBEARS 2/7/2010 1:42PM

    Great blog thanks for sharing.

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MSMISSOURI 1/12/2010 2:05PM

    Love your vlog... thank you so much for sharing your wealth of information. I too am a "volume" person. Three cups of soup beats a tiny granola bar any day! Keep up the greats posting! You are AWESOME!

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MERCYNGRACE 1/5/2010 12:21PM

    Thank you for sharing your recipes and how to's! Enjoyed watching very much.

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DANAGALUTEN 11/23/2009 7:13PM

  Awesome tips! I am a health coach and teach people ways to make small lifestyle changes. This was a great idea. This might be a stupid question, but how do you reheat the soup in the bags!? And please stop writing negative things about your body. That kills me! You look great and do not put yourself down!

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TUJUANA68 11/11/2009 8:35AM

    Love your blogs as i stated before you have a heart of gold and dont worry about what you look like you are a beautiful person for trying to help people make better changes to live a healthier life. Thanks keep doing what you are doing. AND MUCH SUCCESS.yOU HAVE A GREAT HUSBAND FOR HELPING YOU ON THIS JOURNEY ALSO. emoticon

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TRACY2426 11/6/2009 6:26PM

    thank you for making me feel like i'm not alone...tracy in pa

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FRAUSKO 10/21/2009 1:18PM

    Thanks again for another great video blog. Both you and you hubby do a great job.
Please don't be so hard on yourself. I see a beautiful woman inside and out.

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ROSEHIP:-) 10/1/2009 11:19AM

    Yum.

DId you know you can buy Sodium Free Instant Broth & Seasoning Beef (or Chicken) flavor Bouillon packets by Herb ox ??? It is by Hormel

I'll post a picture on my blog for you. If you can't buy it in your stores I can always send you some. Just let me know.

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TRACYMB33 9/30/2009 12:43AM

    Now I want to go make soup! You're amazing, thank you for caring enough to share your secrets!

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AGENTBOOTH 9/29/2009 6:02AM

    You are a genius :D

They really should have your vids as articles for us less talented and imaginative individuals :)

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KATIE233 9/27/2009 11:26PM

    hi elen thanks for showing us your soup and veggie wrap.i got some wraps see what i can find to put into it. thanks. emoticon emoticon

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BARBARII 9/27/2009 5:36PM

    I just watched your measuring v-blog from July and now this one - they are both GREAT! I've gotten lazy with cooking over the summer (my apt is not air conditioned) and haven't gotten back to cooking. But you've inspired me to get back at it! My new job even has a refrig. & freezer in the break room, so I can leave a couple of bags of frozen soup in there for lunches instead of keeping high-sodium cans of soup in my desk.

Thanks for taking the time to do the videos - I really think they are super!

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MRSFOOCH2B 9/27/2009 3:19PM

    Hi! Its me again...me being Sherri!1 Mrsfooch2b(which I must change cuz I am mrsfooch now) Any, love the videos!! Love the ideas. I will do them and let you know if ya want? Thank you so so so so much!! Please continue with more video ides! I already subscribed to your posts!
I hope the plant was fine! Tell Sweetie hello from Jersey and that he is a great camera man!! You look great!! Love watching you! A real live person! :-)

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CMB2048 9/27/2009 12:57PM

    Wow! This is the first video blog I've seen. So neat and nice to see and hear a real person. I may try a video blog. I also appreciate the tips.
Charlene

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DMLADKINS 9/27/2009 12:38PM

    Great blog, Eleni-- That was a neat trick how you got the soup into the bags. I do like batch cooking and freezing. Thanks for sharing.
Dee

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CHARTMAN1020 9/27/2009 10:28AM

  Hi, just watched your soup video and I love your ideas for bagging and freezing soup. I just made a big pot of fat burning soup - I haven't calculated the calories yet. It is lipton soup mix; 4 cans of stewed tomatoes; 4 cans of water; head of cabbage; green beans-frozen; 2 cups ea of carrots; celery; green peppers and onions. Love this soup! This is a recipe that was designed for overweight people along with the diet of different foods for a week for those that have to drop weight fast before a surgery. I also add a little cayenne; garlic and red pepper seasoning to give it a little kick to burn off more. You can add chicken broth or meat; different types of beans but than you add more calories. For a vegetable soup that you want a little protein but low calories heat your soup up and beat an egg up than drop the egg in the soup while it is on a gentle boil and stir. The egg will cook and you will have a variation of egg drop soup with vegetables. Keep on with your videos!

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GABY1948 9/27/2009 6:52AM

    Thank you for this video! I loved it!

And you are FAR too hard on yourself. You have always been a beautiful person...you give us glimpses of the INSIDE!
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RURAL3 9/26/2009 10:57PM

    I love this video. The actual hands on stuff. You and sweetie make a good team. (I notice he calls you sweetie too) It was good to see how you actually got it in the bags for the freezer. I didn't imagine the glass. I will probably attempt it again next week. emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 9/26/2009 10:11PM

    I love it, so informative. My husband asked if I was watching a cooking show and I told him yes. emoticon What kind of wraps do you buy? I love having wraps but the tortillas I buy have too many calories. Do you find them in the Mexican aisle or somewhere else?


In the winter I make chicken noodle soup. Last year I started using wheat pasta and instead of using all broth, I use less broth and add water. My family eats it up, even my son (he's a real picky eater).

By the way, I have the same red Coca Cola cups. I love them!!

I hate the way I look on camera as well. I am learning to love myself. I know that in time I won't be as big.

I have to know, what did the plant look like? Never mind, I just read your post to me. I'm a little bummed.

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ETHIESS85 9/26/2009 10:03PM

    What a neat idea! Thanks for the tips!

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Saturday

Saturday, September 26, 2009

Well it is soup making day. I may make a video in kitchen later. Maybe

Today was my weigh in day and I lost .6#. Not a lot but I am very happy with it. I am still trying to get my fluid back under control.ALmost there.Next week should be a better loss. I would like to lose the weight yesterday but that is not happening.So I will be very grateful for slow and sure.
I did very good beating Food Demon last night.. I guess he was too tired from the grocery store to mess with me much last night. emoticon

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I was able to sleep better again last night.Bill has done so much better at snoring since he raised the head of his side of bed a little.I already raised mine. But painful joints did wake me a few times.But was able to get back to sleep.

It is a beautiful sunny day. Bill has no plans this weekend so I need to get my butt out of house.Maybe we will go check the plant out that refuses to bloom at causeway.

That's all folks for now.

  
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BIBLIOMANE40 9/27/2009 11:27AM

    Just found your page and blog! You are really doing a great job! Congrats on all you've lost.

Sherry

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SHOAPIE 9/26/2009 4:24PM

    Any loss is a good thing! Keep going. emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 9/26/2009 2:12PM

    A loss is a loss and I think it's GREAT! Slow and steady wins the race. You're learning to eat healthy so you can maintain the weight loss. The Food Demon doesn't have a chance!

Sounds like your new bed is helping both of you. I'm glad to hear you were able to fall back asleep again.

I'm curious to see that plant again. It looked like it was going to fall over last time. Enjoy the sunshine! It's a cloudy fall day here. Depending on what's going on with the kids I may step out for a walk.

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MARJIJANE 9/26/2009 1:09PM

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I am so proud of you! 6# is a lot when you consider you are going in the right direction! I average about a pound a week is all but I remember that slow and steady wins the race!

You go, girl! You are doing a fine job of caging the Food Demon and I can hardly express how happy I am for you! I love having a friend to travel this road with!

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