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Saturday, October 10, 2009

Good morning all. Right now the old head feels like it has cobwebs in it. I have got to stop staying up so late. I have gotten into the habit of staying up until 2 am which is not good. I think it started because of such bad night pains. The night pains have decreased a great deal so I do need to get to bed earlier.

Well I did not have a good streak again with my Food Demon but I still win more. In the past 7 days I have won 4 and he won 3. Not good at all. I will do better this coming week.
The total score is now 49 and the 9.

But I did have a good weigh in and I lost 2#ís. I am always happy with any loss no matter how small. The small losses become large losses over time.

Last weekend I talked about how helpful the staff at Chiliís was including manager who printed out all the nutrition info on all meals. I sent a letter per internet letting the company know about it.We received a thank you letter yesterday along with $10 gift certificate. Pretty kewl. Bill has a theory that all restaurants are making a bigger effort because people are eating out less. I know we are eating out a great deal less.

Canít report on new foods I got yesterday as I have to eat them first. I will try the grapefruit later and cook the squash thing tonight. Will let you know tomorrow.
But here is the White Malanga I got last week. It was ok barely. It said to cook it as you would a potato. It had a texture a little like a cross between a potato and something a little denser. If you want potato stay with potato . This might be better cooked a different way. I baked it sliced in oven with my other veggies. So far most of my trial foods have been do not use again. In fact I think yogurt is only one I eat on a regular basis.
I am running out of new things to try.They had some wild looking yucca root but I had no idea where to begin to cook that .Any of you ever cooked it. Oh And how do you eat pomegranate fruit.They had some but I knew I did not know how to eat it.

Here is a worm we found on tomato plant. I thought it was a butterfly worm but it may be a tomato moth worm.Do any of you know for sure what it is. It is 2 5/8 inches long. I think we are going to put it in a glass vase and see what it does.
Hope you are having a good weekend

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KATIE233 10/11/2009 3:55PM

    hi eleni, emoticonon your weigh loss, 2lbs loss is 2lbs to the least the demon didn,t ruin it for you.that was very nice to the restauant to give a gift certicate to you. check out my new fall colour pics in my gallery. emoticonpomegranate you just eat the seeds cut in half and dig the seeds out to eat. i bought one before i didn,t care for take care and keep going keep losing. emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 10/11/2009 10:53AM

    emoticon 2 pounds gone!! That's great! Even though the Food Demon won a few this week he didn't stop you from losing.

That's nice that Chili's sent you a gift card. I agree, with less and less people spending money on eating out they're trying to do all they can to get people in the door. Although, last night you'd never know it. We went to Olive Garden and the place was packed!!! I went in and put our name in and my husband circled the parking lot 3 times waiting for people to leave to get a spot because the parking lot was full. We had to wait 30 minutes for a table. It was worth it.

That weird looking thing is from the potato family? Very strange. It looks like it would be a heavy food just looking at it cut up on the pan.

I've seen a worm like that before here as well. Not sure what it is though. Sounds like you're going to be doing a science experiment with it. I'm curious to see what it does too. This worm got me thinking about that darn plant. Has it bloomed or fallen over yet?

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SAMISUE18 10/10/2009 7:38PM

    Congrat's on the 2lb loss!

That's one interesting worm.

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DICHTAS 10/10/2009 7:15PM

  That is one ugly bug.. Good for you on the 2 lbs gone.. I think someone told me you eat the seeds pomegranate,but I really don't know . I never bought one.. Joanne

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LKWQUILTER 10/10/2009 6:02PM

    Eleni, we call that worm a tobacco horn worm too i south Georgia. It will eat up all the leaves on tobacco, tomato, pepper plants that I know about. I think they will also mess up flowers too. They can eat all the leaves in a short period of time. I have no idea what they become after they make a cocoon as we always kill them in the worm stage.

You are way ahead of the food demon. Way to go with the 2# loss. That is great.

((HUGS)) Linda Kay

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RURAL3 10/10/2009 3:54PM

    That worm thing is cool. I hope it isn't harmful. Congratulations on your 2# loss. Keep kicking butt. I did the fall fest and froze my nose and toes. It was about 40 with whipping winds. And on the way home it snowed some flakes. Oh for the warm emoticon

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ROSEHIP:-) 10/10/2009 2:45PM

    Oh, I forgot, Douglas ran this morning. He was last to come in on our team. I don't know why he is slowing down/ The first 4 races of the season he kicked butt and was always the first in on our team. Coach says this happens during the season sometimes but the important thing was to keep his enthusiasm up and thinking positive.

It was cold 30 degrees and there had been a few snow flakes here. The town we went to had just a light dusting also. I'm talking so light you had to look on your car or top of roofs to see it. If the flake hit the ground it was a goner.

I have to get to town. I need onions, as a big pot of chili sounds really good to warm us all up.

Later, take care my friend.

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ROSEHIP:-) 10/10/2009 2:36PM

    We call it a tobacco worm or a tobacco horn worm. All I know is I don't like them. We have them here in Iowa too.

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MDMNINA 10/10/2009 2:20PM

    Interesting catterpillar! I'm not sure what it is. Let me know what hatches.

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Friday, October 09, 2009

Just got back from grocery store.Found a couple of new things that I will blog about tomorrow.One is a very strange looking squash and the other is white asparagus that I have never tried. Also a new type of grapefruit.Will have to try them out before I can blog. It is getting hard for me to find new stuff. The ugly skinned potato like thing last week was not very good. I need to double check and see if I posted a picture of it.
Well the Food Demon and I have been fighting all week.He has won some and I have won some. I am not happy with that.I want to get a streak going again. I don't think he has caused me to gain but I am not too sure I will have a loss either.I won't know until I weigh in tomorrow. Have my fingers crossed. I have to get him under better control.
We are having record breaking hot weather here.Sounds strange when my spark friends talk about being cold and expecting snow. We are in the 90"s.
Altho I did wake up a lot I had a better nights sleep.Not near as much pain as usual.A very nice relief.
Ok I hope everyone has a great weekend. I have a ton of emails to get thru.

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KATIE233 10/10/2009 1:18PM

    hi eleni, i,ll keep my fingers crossed for you tomorrow for a weight loss. i think you better get a bigger place we are all coming to your place because of the weather.we,ve had rain for 2 weeks i was wishing someone would turn off the tap. finally we have sun for a few days.i should be out doing my pulling old veggies out from the gardens.well for us canadian,s it,s a long weekend. thanksgiving here and of course i,m cooking all those days it,s cheaper than going out and healthier too.but sometimes i do get tired of lease glen does the dishes for me. thank goodness for him to do that for me.i hate doing eleni, take care and have a wonderful day.good luck on weigh in tomorrow. emoticon

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ROSEHIP:-) 10/10/2009 12:15AM

    I can't wait to hear about the grapefruit! I LOVE grapefruit.

We are to have snow in the NW corner maybe here tonight. ICK I'm not ready for snow yet.
Douglas has a cross country race in the AM in a town that is 1 hr 20 mins to the NW tomorrow. I sure hope he does not have to run in the snow.

Have a good weekend,

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SAMISUE18 10/9/2009 8:59PM

    Once again very nice blog. I wish you all the best of luck with fighting the food demon.


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FEISTYMAMA 10/9/2009 7:40PM

    I want to hop on a plane and come to Florida!!! They're calling for snow on Monday. Tonight we're under a frost warning and tomorrow night we're under a freeze warning. BBRRRR!

White asparagus? I love asparagus, but we can't get it here year round. I'm on an avocado kick right now. I don't remember seeing the potato you bought.

I hope tonight is another good night for sleeping and the Food Demon!

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TILLIEBEE 10/9/2009 5:49PM

    I'm jealous of your weather today, too.
emoticon emoticon
I want to hear about the squash tomorrow so I hope you put a picture of it up. We LOVE squash, except I only know how to make it with brown sugar and butter.
Tell us how you prepare it healthier, too, if you don't mind.
Happy weekend!

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RURAL3 10/9/2009 5:06PM

    I don't want to hear about your 90 weather. Because I am jealous of it. We are having a frost warning tonight. And it is raining. I guess at least it isn't snow.

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Thursday, October 08, 2009

We all come across obstacles, some anticipated and some unexpected. Every last one of us has faced some sort of difficulty in our lives. How did you approach this? Did you avoid it, allowing the problem to get bigger? Or did you go at it with full force, ready to conquer it? Perhaps once in a while an obstacle will disappear on its own, but donít count on it. Usually, itís going to come down to you to make it happen. But with hard work and the right attitude, you have everything you need to reach those goals. Try and look forward to the next time a roadblock comes your way; instead of an obstacle, think of it as a challenge. Then get after it!

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LOSINIT52 10/9/2009 12:27PM

    Self awareness is so important and how we deal with obstacles does help us become more self aware.
Sometimes it's difficult to remember that. Thanks for the reminder.

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ROSEHIP:-) 10/9/2009 8:21AM

    I love you too my friend!

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FEISTYMAMA 10/8/2009 8:56PM

    Right on!!

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SAMISUE18 10/8/2009 7:49PM

    Lovely blog. That's what I do when I hit a obstacle, I consider it a challenge and can't wait to beat it. Lol

Have a wonderful day!


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Today is a good day and the birds are singing outside my window

Wednesday, October 07, 2009

I am over spark deleting my blog after I struggled to write it. Actually I got over it quick as in my life that is minor. I really wasnít saying much anyway and was rambling all over the place. MMMM I do that all the time anyway LOL
It is a beautiful sunny day here. Some of my friends are already getting cold weather. Lucky me.

My bug man is here and altho I havenít seen the snake in a few weeks he is putting out some stuff to keep it away from patio. I read somewhere the stuff that says it will keep them away doesnít work.But whatever my guy uses does. It was a long time and after daily rain for weeks before I saw the snake after he put stuff out the first time. And even then it wasnít near the house. Plus the price is right.He isnít charging me as he has some leftover from another place and he is using it.
I donít feel so bad about not being able to grow tomatoes. Bug man said he has gone thru same thing. It isnít my green thumb as I can grow beautiful flower plants. But I am not so good as a gardener. From 2 of my plants I have gotten 1 tomato and plant is dying.Fron the other 2 plants I have gotten 3 and may get 3 more and that plant will be dead. I do have all of 3 peppers that look like they are going to mature. I am still getting okra randomly and next time I will plant several of those as at least I got something from them.The old plant and new plant are still giving me 3 or 4 a week. I can hear you real gardeners laughing but hey Iím happy with anything.

The night before was a disaster as far as my eating.Mr Food Devil managed to beat me at the last minute.But thatís ok.I whipped him good last night. And I will do it again tonight. I can not let myself stress out when he wins or he will get the best of me.And that is not happening. I have a goal of losing another 10# before I see heart doc in 5 weeks.A very doable goal.

I am also proud to introduce you to JW Great Great nephew. Wow that is a biggie.I was around 10 when Debbie was born to my sister and I thought she was my baby.I was very attached to my sister and she made sure to include me in her pregnancy. For Debbies first 2 years I rocked her a million miles. Then as happens she grew up ,got married and had Wayne and Marqarite. I thought that made me old.I still remember taking the kids fishing when they were little.Then in another flash Wayne gets married and Marqarite is an RN working in a hospital.Now Wayne is a father and my little girl Debbie is a grandmother. Just reminds me of how fast time flies. Time waits for no man.
So be sure you enjoy every day to the best of your abilities. Because in a blink of an eye you will be an old fart like me.

May you live every day of your life
Stop and really think about this one. How often do we go through each day, moving from home to work to home again, stuck in the same routine, not really paying attention to things that are going on around us? Is each day the same as the last one? Are you able to live each day? ďLivingĒ each day means different things to different people. What does it mean to you? Does it mean laughing everyday? Does it mean making a small difference in somebody elseís life each day? Does it mean spending time with those that you love? Does it mean taking time out of your busy schedule to just relax? Choose for yourself. Each day can be different. But make sure that you make the most of the time you have been given. Donít just exist, like a robot, going through the motions. Live!

Ok I have rambled enough for today.Hope you are all doing well.And no matter where you are in your weight loss journey Do Not Give Up.

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CATH5109 10/8/2009 11:45AM

    Such a beautiful baby and a great famiy to surround yourself with. Tell that food devil that his days aer numbered--he might win a few battles, but you are going to win the war. emoticon Cathy

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SAMISUE18 10/8/2009 5:30AM

    Do you know what kind of snake it is?

The baby is adorable!!!

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DOLPHINNUT 10/7/2009 11:49PM

    JW is adorable, don't feel bad about the tomatoes I know lots of "real gardeners" as you call them around here who lost their tomatoes to blight because of the wet weather. I lost a lot myself, sometimes it is just something you can't prevent.

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RURAL3 10/7/2009 10:02PM

    Yes we have cold weather. Lucky you. I think its too hot there for you to grow tomatoes. great great???? you must be old. emoticon but he's a cutie.

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ROSEHIP:-) 10/7/2009 8:10PM

    What a sweet little one.

Hope you have a good night. I plan to go to bed early tonight. But not until I have a oat bran muffin that I made.


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FEISTYMAMA 10/7/2009 7:41PM

    AWE, JW is adorable!!!! What does JW stand for? I was itching for another one for years. I've finally gotten over it and now my husband has the itch. He's realizing we're not getting any younger and our window of opportunity is floating away. I'm sure it'll blow over.

Hopefully the snake will stay away. I'd be hysterical just knowing it was close. No thanks!

I think you're doing great with your plants for being a first timer!

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KATIE233 10/7/2009 3:15PM

    hi eleni, love this blog, love the picture of the little one. and the halloween picture is very cute too. i get into that route a lot. than you have to do something to break it.seems like i sleep wake up have something to eat and go on computer and go to work yuck boring. i always look forward to weekends to do something take care and keep demon out! emoticon

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MARVEL-LOSS 10/7/2009 12:59PM

    I love your family story and thoughts about babies. I'm a grandma now too and it's the greatest thing since...oh I can't name that food that is a trigger for me to binge on! The little one is absolutely precious and you sdefinately need to take time to rock the babies, etc.!!!!
Congratulations on the loving family that you're a part of!!!

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GERIKRAGH 10/7/2009 12:33PM

    A snake? I don't care if it is harmless, I think I would move! Ugh.

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Not my day

Tuesday, October 06, 2009

I just wrote a long blog and I thought I was putting a jpeg picture and it said I could not use html and deleted my whole blog. I did paste a thing from the motivational pages but spark said to copy and paste it. I am not writting it again.Maybe later when I cool off.

PS It was the thing they told me I could copy and paste.

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CRAZYGAGRANNY 10/6/2009 10:41PM

    emoticon emoticonI love the pics anyway! Just for the future...I have taken to writing my blogs then copying and pasting them...I have lost one too many!...just a thought! emoticon
have a great evening!

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RURAL3 10/6/2009 10:24PM

    so are you cooling off in that toilet bowl? emoticon
I hate when that happens too. Just let it go and blog tomorrow. We still love you. emoticon

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FEISTYMAMA 10/6/2009 7:36PM

    UGH!! I hate it when that happens!!! I've been a bad blogger lately. I'll tell Jason to spank me. emoticon

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TYLERDRANGUET 10/6/2009 5:31PM

    That is one of the most aggravating things in the world. I am so sorry that your blog got deleted. emoticon I hope your day gets better.

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KAT7457 10/6/2009 2:58PM

    that stinks when that happens. i love the pics. cool
good luck redoing your blog.

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KURS10B 10/6/2009 12:15PM

  I h ate it when that happens. You spend all that time to type something up and then *poof* its gone.

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COFFEE-MATE-Y 10/6/2009 12:15PM

    IF the box is still open next time, try pressing Ctrl + Z
Sometimes that works! :)

Hope you have a good day!

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LOSINIT52 10/6/2009 12:14PM

    Maybe it'll be a day for losing things for you. Maybe some extra pounds. LOL If only weight loss was so easy. Wouldn't it be great if you could just press the delete button and drop those extra pounds off into cyberspace.
Have a good day dear friend! emoticon

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