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Nampa Idaho Tour w/Pictures

Monday, July 11, 2011

One of the challenges for my The Amazing Race Team race is to blog about a walking tour of our city. I took pictures along the way. The walk was short, I went to the oldest part of our old downtown. Here is what I saw.

I started at the back of our old train station, the track side.

And took a gorgeous picture of Old Glory!

Then I walked this underpass, one of the main entrances into Nampa.

One of my favorite corners, the library. I like the outside of the building and of course the books inside!

Took a little jaunt downtown to a little city park where we have a little stage. The brick wall at the back of the stage is an original wall in Nampa. It used to be a wall to the Dewey Hotel.

Here is a wonderful antique store and coffee shop. Above the shops used to be living quarters. In this building it's now storage, but in some of the buildings people are living.

And now I've circled back around to front of the train station. It now houses the Canyon County Historical Society Museum. It's still a beauty!

I hope you enjoyed the walk as much as I did!!! Blessings my SP friends. Karen

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WITHJOI 8/17/2011 3:43AM

    I live less than a mile from all of those places. It's funny what becomes part of the mundane and a part of everyday life.Thanks for the new perspective!

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GINGERMACC 8/4/2011 7:56PM

    Love the pics! Makes me want to spend more time downtown.

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EBEAMS 7/24/2011 12:16AM

    Nice pictures! Downtown is pretty quaint still ... love the old train station!

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BETTA13 7/18/2011 11:11AM

    That was great. I was just there on friday. When were you doing that?

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MRS_TOAD 7/15/2011 7:42AM

    You got some awesome pictures! emoticon for sharing.

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REDSHOES2011 7/13/2011 8:53AM

    emoticonfor the guided tour! Enjoyed it..

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EOSTAR_45 7/12/2011 12:34PM

    I love walking tours! emoticon

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SANDYDOLLAR201 7/12/2011 6:37AM

    Oh Karen, this is so great, you did a wonderful job! I love the wall with the horses, that just looks so amazing!
We are all over the map, literally, so it is so nice to get fresh real pictures to share with each other.
Thanks for taking the pictures on your walk, you done good!!
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TEDDYBEARGIRL 7/11/2011 11:41PM

    Thanks for the tour!

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SHIHJABO 7/11/2011 11:05PM

    What a neat tour. I loved the last pic, so regal. How long did hour walk take?
Fun! Fun! emoticon

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Family Dynamics

Saturday, July 09, 2011

I've written this blog several times...well, started it anyway but never posted it.

Two months ago my dad moved back to Idaho from Illinois where he has lived for the past 9 years. He has essentially been out of my life for 11 years and I'd gotten beyond the point where I missed him, or even thought of him. It's a complicated past and I'm finding it to be a complicated present and a confusing future. I'm having trouble finding time or energy or desire to have him in my life. That's a hard thing to write, after all he is my dad.

He lives in a retirement center just a few minutes from my home. He has dementia. My brother has taken his vehicle away because dad gets lost though he seems to be a good driver.

There's so much history. There is so much 'junk'. I'm trying to process it all through. I'm trying to redefine this relationship on my terms, not because my brother wants me to see dad or my mom feels sorry for him or because he thinks in his demented mind that I'm a great daughter...but what do I want from this relationship now? Anything? Is there a place in my life for my dad? I'm not sure...I don't know how I'll know. I don't know when I'll know. I don't want to hurt other people in the decision, but in his inability to remember, I don't think I will hurt my dad...but my brother? My mom? And in it all I'm trying to consider my own family, my kids and hubby...

Prayers from my SP Friends regarding this would be appreciated. Part of why this blog has been started but never finished until tonight is because there is so much history, so much water under the bridge that I thought would stay gone but it's all 'flowing up river', if you will...under the bridge was the easy part! But for some reason, God has brought him back. God's planning and timing are perfect, I believe that. I'm just not sure what He wants from me.

Blessings to all of you as we journey together. Thank you for your prayers. Karen

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SHIHJABO 7/11/2011 11:41PM

    Dear Karen,

I just read your blog about your dad. emoticon. I read the comments, too and like so many, I've been there, too. Be assured of my prayers.
I basically left home at 20, visited, stayed in touch etc, but never could get through the I'm okay part, until now.
To make a very long and painful story short, about 5 years ago I told my husband I have to go to MD. immediately. I feel God leading me to go see my dad. The next morning I drove over 500 miles to spend, what I thought would be 4 days with him. The second day there, he fell and broke his hip. 911 came, got him to the hospital, surgery etc. During recovery, they would't let me see him for the longest time. Finally, I insisted. Well, he was having a reaction to the pain meds and was pretty violent etc.
He was out of it, but talking, cussing and every perverted thing that could be said he said to me. He grabbed my arm and tried to break it. The doctors and nurses were aghast at what was coming outmof hus mouth to his daughter. I was too. I k ew it was a spiritual battle, nevertheless, it still hurt.
Once we got him settled into his room, he smiled at me and said, Barb I hope you fall down the steps and break your neck tonight. I replied, I am safe and hidden in Chirst and no harm will come to me.! Then I went home and bawled my eyes out until morning. I was so upset. How could this man do this again??????? By morning,with God's grace, I was able to forgive him and go back to the hospital.

I ended up staying in MD for 3 weeks. Then trips back and forth from Tn to MD.

It ended up that after his 100 days of rehab, that he came to live with us in TN. Whoa!
He was 89 at the time and had never lived out of state. So for the next 7 months I took care of him in my home. Was he mean to me, you bet! Did he put me down? All the time. My husband commented,now I really understand what you went through as a child. My heart aches for you.

After the 7 months, we had to put him into a nursing home because he kept falling etc. My husband and I continued caring for him. I think he could not ever accept my weight issues. I finally forbid him to mention weight again and when he got ugly to me, I hug up the phone or left and went home.

When he had only days to live, he said I'm dying aren't I? I said yes, it seems to look like that. We made our peace. Taking care of him was the hardest thing I've ever done, because of his abusive nature. However, it gave me the closure I so desperately needed. For almost 3 years we cared for him. When he died, June 30, 2 years ago, I was sitting beside him. It was peaceful. I was peaceful. For the first time I. my entire life, I felt free to finally be my own person. I no longer needed his approval.The last two years have been amazing. I did grieve and it hit hard, but I am so "me" now. I truly do love myself, accept myself pounds and all, glad I took care of him, but glad that I now have a chance to live. I learned so much during all that, but I think it was more in spirit than in what words could say.

Didn't mean to write a dissertation, but it always comforted me when people saw, understood the situation and encouraged me with their words and prayers. I offer the same to you, dear friend. With love and understanding, Barb emoticon

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SNOWSNAKE 7/11/2011 10:59PM

    I think Betta13 and Divineprincess have it right as far as gettting what you are going thru. I have a friend who tells me things she went thru with her dad and mom too actually, abuse is the word that nobody here is saying. Is that the elephant in the room? I am thinking so. She also may have to soon take care of or bring her dad (whom she had not spoken too in many years) into her home if need be--and I think "omigosh, how could you EVER do that"? Care for the man that you have the right to literally hate forever and a day? I think her secret is..... that she had to forgive him, for everything, and to forgive her mother for standing by- adding to the horror by not doing anything to protect her. So, Im thinking-do it on your time, your comfort zone- forgive and give something back to the fact he is your dad, but only do what you are ok with. Don't worry about anyone elses expectations. You have many friends here with some great good advice! I am proud to have fallen into this place in "the race to get to know a bit about you. And what do you do? Do you teach arobics or something???!!!How do you get all that exercise in??? You go girl!! you are worth it! And Teddybeargirl is right on the money, I had not read that far yet- but she is great! emoticon

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CAREN_BLUEJEANS 7/11/2011 12:49PM

    It's sad & difficult to watch a parent deteriorate. I've been there, done that. Twice. Take care of yourself, and your children. Don't get sucked in by family drama. If you choose to visit, set a time limit, and a frequency limit that feels ok with you (not brother & mother).

Wishing you all the best in the world.

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CANDOK1260 7/11/2011 12:36PM

    okat firsr I am praying for you and second I think for your own sake you need to make sure you come to some closure before he die I know this from experience

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MRS_TOAD 7/11/2011 7:45AM

    I'm so sorry you are having such a difficult time, Karen. You are in my thoughts and prayers as you walk forward on this journey to peace.


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JANLEH 7/10/2011 10:32PM

    I'm so sorry that you are experiencing this time in your life right now. Is there someone that you can talk to about it? I'm wondering if there is someone at the centre where your father is living now? A counsellor who is experienced with parent/adult child relationships? Although, I obviously don't know your history, I can say that I had a very emotionally difficult 11 years when my dad came back into my life. When he passed away in 2000, I am sad to say, that one of the strongest emotions I felt was ... relief. Our pasts play so heavily in our presents and our futures. Sending you prayers for comfort and peace of mind.


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    I can relate to your situation, your feelings, your confusion more than I want to. My relationship with my dad was also "complicated". He died in 2003 after a long bout with Alzheimers. That made it really tough for me because I had all these unresolved feelings and issues that I could never resolve with him because he had no clue who I even was.

I have no idea what you'll do, but I know if you keep seeking God's wisdom in this matter, He'll make it plain to you. I will pray that God will give you the wisdom you need to determine how you give Him the greatest amount of glory through this situation.

I love you, KareBear. Just keep being honest and open. Find someone you can trust to listen to you as you process the past so it doesn't contaminate your present or damage your future.
Sweet Miss Divine emoticon

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    I can understand this on a certain level as my relationship with my dad was never the greatest (he's been part of my ugly root system in this weight journey since childhood) and when my mom died in '97 we ended up moving him to Idaho as he was dying in the care center. Yep. Couldn't function on his own. My hubby actually nursed him to health and he eventually remarried and that ended in a divorce about three years ago. He did fine on his own for a year in an independent senior's apartment and then when we went on a one-week vacation he totally lost it. Went into panic attacks and was calling 911 every other day. By the time I was home he ended up in the ER one last time before being told he would not be released to independent living. A long three months of care centers and finally an assisted living place not far from home. He's thriving now as he has everything he needs. A bed, a tv, someone to cook for him, clean for him and be there when he doesn't feel well. Anyway... it will never be a close relationship, but we do have one. It's taken a lot of time on my knees to get through this from beginning to now and hasn't stopped yet. I'll honor your request to be praying for you! Please send me a note if there is anything more specific I can be praying.

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BETTA13 7/10/2011 12:14PM

    In my line of work, (Hospice) I have seen much family dysfunction AND also family devotion in evidence during a loved one's final moments (weeks, sometimes months). One thing I appreciate and value is the manifestation of care from those who truly love the Lord. I attribute this to the ability to love the person, regardless and in spite of their faults. Because that is what the Lord did for us, right? I think it is a journey, not a quick-fix or over-night change, but a day by day, step-by-step decision to LOVE like Jesus did. There will be stumbles and hiccups along the way, all journeys are like that, but to lay ourselves down for the benefit of another is Christ-like...challenging, yes, that too!
Don't allow yourself to dwell on the past. It is gone. Done. Nothing can change what WAS...but change can be affected on NOW.
When changing a life pattern, as we weight-losers know all too well, it has to be a journey that begins with small, minute alterations in our lifestyles, not massive, gutting out the closets and airing the dirty laundry all at once-changes. Take small steps...take a doughnut and coffee to him, twice a month. Something to start with. That's it. You can re-visit your goal when you are ready to tackle something bigger.
HUGS to you and your family!!
And LOVE like there is no tomorrow!!

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WATERMELLEN 7/10/2011 10:15AM

    Would a one-time counselling session with a life coach knowledgeable about parenting issues be helpful?

Biggest concern for you is that you not be overwhelmed with regret when your father passes on . . . so thinking all of this through with skilled assistance now may be protective.

Just a thought.

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SANDYDOLLAR201 7/10/2011 6:45AM

    Hey Karen,
This hit home to me. My parents were out of my life for a long time too and when my dad passed away shortly after my mom was put in a nursing home as she has dementia and the onset of alzheimer's.
I understand your flip flop of emotions. So much history and you had made peace with your past and moved on. Don't feel guilty now because of what we look at as an obligation. Follow your heart and pray about it, God will give you peace.
God puts people in our lives for a reason, however I don't think He intends for us to be joined at the hip with them all either.
Love ya, Tanya

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 7/10/2011 12:21AM

    I just got done reading this devotional in my inbox in my emails and thought how perfect Gods timing is!!!!!!!

Look Up and Move On
All bitterness, anger and wrath, insult and slander must be removed from you, along with all wickedness. And be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving one another, just as God also forgave you in Christ.
Ephesians 4:31-32

The world holds few if any rewards for those who remain angrily focused upon the past. Still, the act of forgiveness is difficult for all but the most saintly men and women. Are you mired in the quicksand of bitterness or regret? If so, you are not only disobeying Godís Word; you are also wasting your time.

Being frail, fallible, imperfect human beings, most of us are quick to anger, quick to blame, slow to forgive, and even slower to forget. Yet as Christians, we are commanded to forgive others, just as we, too, have been forgiven.

If there exists even one personóalive or deadóagainst whom you hold bitter feelings, itís time to forgive. Or, if you are embittered against yourself for some past mistake or shortcoming, itís finally time to forgive yourself and move on. Hatred, bitterness, and regret are not part of Godís plan for your life. Forgiveness is.

Be so preoccupied with good will that you havenít room for ill will. - E. Stanley Jones

Acrid bitterness inevitably seeps into the lives of people who harbor grudges and suppress anger, and bitterness is always a poison. - Lee Strobel

Anger breeds remorse in the heart, discord in the home, bitterness in the community, and confusion in the state. - Billy Graham

Bitterness is the trap that snares the hunter. - Max Lucado

Todayís Prayer
Heavenly Father, free me from anger and bitterness. When I am angry, I cannot feel the peace that You intend for my life. When I am bitter, I cannot sense Your presence. Keep me mindful that forgiveness is Your commandment. Let me turn away from bitterness and instead claim the spiritual abundance that You offer through the gift of Your Son. Amen

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JUSTJUSTY 7/10/2011 12:07AM

    I think perhaps you already know your answers Karen. Perhaps God has created this dementia in your Dad so you can move and grow? With your Dad not remembering and you remembering, it possibly affords you the time to recreate a relationship on your terms? Maybe it's a second chance for you? With his disease you can probably feel safe in saying the things you've needed to say all along but buried away? I don't know hon. I will pray for you. emoticon ~Alicia

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You've Been Remade

Tuesday, June 28, 2011

Christian music speaks to me. I only listen when I'm in the car but I love to sing along and the words are what it is about for me. So, I was just on a SP page of a friend who is struggling and this song came to my mind...and I have to share it because this is it...this is what we are here for, this is the journey and in this song I find a gigantic personal promise from God, to me. I am this girl...but greater than that, I'm His. May each of you be blessed by these lyrics. Karen

"You Are More"
by Tenth Avenue North

There's a girl in the corner
With tear stains on her eyes
From the places she's wandered
And the shame she can't hide
She says how did I get here
I'm not who I once was
And I'm crippled by the fear
That I've fallen too far to love

But don't you know who you are
What has been done for you
Yeah don't you know who you are
You are more than the choices that you've made
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes
You are more than the problems you create
You've been remade

Well she tries to believe it
That she's been given new life
But she can't shake the feeling
That it's not true tonight
She knows all the answers
And she's rehearsed all the lines
And so she'll try to do better
But then she's to weak to try

But don't you know who you are
You are more than the choices that you've made
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes
You are more than the problems you create
You've been remade

Cause this is not about what you've done
But whatís been done for you
This is not about where you've been
But where your brokenness brings you too
This is not about what you build
But what He built to forgive you
And what He built to make you know

You are more than the choices that you've made
You are more than the sum of your past mistakes
You are more than the problems you create
You've been remade

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SISTERDEAR 7/16/2011 11:13PM

    I LOVE this!

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KITKATSGRACE 7/3/2011 8:56PM

    Christian music is my favorite to listen to, and I love this song!!!!

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PATTIE441 7/2/2011 10:43AM

    Thank you!! That was awesome! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    That is exactly what I needed. I have not heard that song, but those lyrics describe me (and my struggle) to a tee!!! I know I'm a new creation in Christ, and that I've been set free from the sin and pain of my past...yet, deep down in my soul, I know that I'm enslaved to those poor decisions. I have yet to 100% forgive myself.

What a beautiful reminder that it is not about what I've done, but what about He's done! I've been remade. Hallelujah.

God put you in my life for a reason, KareBear!

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AMALAIKA 7/1/2011 12:17AM

    Wow. Thanks. It's Funny tenth ave north is from MN actually they were students at the university my mom is a professor at.

i haven't heard this song in a while but as i was reading it it resonates a lot. and made me cry in a good way

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OUTDOORGIRL70 6/30/2011 10:32AM

    Thanks for the Blog. That was great


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SHIHJABO 6/29/2011 10:10PM

    Whoa, I've never heard this. PTL
Barb emoticon

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SANDYDOLLAR201 6/29/2011 6:58AM

    Amen emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/29/2011 1:09AM

    I love this song too!!!!!!!

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JUSTJUSTY 6/28/2011 11:33PM

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I did pushups...Yep...

Monday, June 27, 2011

So recently I read The Spark. It was a great reminder of the stages, took me back to the basics. So I was very interested in the back of the book, near the end where it was talking about the 10 minute exercises. As you know, I've been stuck at 28-29 pounds lost and gaining and losing the same 3 pounds for almost 5 weeks now, I know mixing up my work out will pop me out of this plateau. emoticon

There is this one where you put your hands down on the floor and then do this little hop up, bringing one knee up toward your chest, kind of like a runners start position. Then you do the little hop again, straighten that leg behind you and bring the other knee up to your chest, back to the runner start position. I believe the point is to do this for a couple of minutes as part of your 10 minute cardio and perhaps even work up to 10 minutes of this move. > emoticon

I was thinking, "If I could do this move, even once, I could be an NFL Football star, making a million dollars a year, working with a personal trainer, have a cook to make me the perfect healthy balance of foods..."...and then I stop because let's face it, I'm past prime NFL age and I'm a girl...time for a new dream! emoticon

Yes, I'm getting to the pushup part...I'm working out every day. I've shortened my cardio on the elliptical a little so I can add some different exercises afterward. Yep, I've got my eye on that little sprinters move! Tonight my daughter was looking at the SP exercise list and she said, "Mom! Do a push up! You'll love them!" Since I was on my stomach (ok, I was resting...) I said, sure, no problem...uh, problem? emoticon

I got in the modified pushup position, got up on my arms and started the process of lowering myself...let's just say that I don't think that the rug burns on my face will show when I go to corporate for a meeting tomorrow...that was the result of the first two, face plants. Daughter wouldn't let me call that a 'set of reps', she said they had to be successful pushups, little slavedriver! ... emoticon

The first set of reps she let me count was 5, second set 3 and third set 2. That's 10!!!! And I laid down to rest...I was done. How can arms that I've been working out with weights be so weak as to let me down?!? emoticon

I'm not done, I'm going to do more...I think it will just take time and practice and my daughter beating me with a smelly sock... emoticon

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MHNGJR 7/2/2011 5:10PM

    You go girl!! WOW, push ups!

I have to say that I was greatly relieved on the first AR Challenge that we didn't have to do any pushups. I think I'm scared of them. I have never, ever, even as a preteen been able to do them.

Hmmm. Maybe there's something to conquering pushups. emoticon

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MRS_TOAD 6/29/2011 8:06AM

    You are doing so great! I am working towards push ups, but it is going to be a battle because of 2 shoulder surgeries and a shoulder injury in the past. I'm not ruling it out yet, but I definitely need a constant cheerleader.


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CURVY-GIRRL 6/28/2011 8:00AM

    Thank you for sharing! I hate it when my arms say they can do ten and then let me down after two emoticon . Stupid Arms - why don't they just tell the truth?!

Anyways, sounds like you have one heck of a good trainer there. Keep on keeping on.


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SANDYDOLLAR201 6/28/2011 6:58AM

    Good for you and it is wonderful you have your own coach and cheerleader to help you!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 6/28/2011 1:07AM

    LOL.....well i cant do push up either LOL and that sprinters thing.....well i better wait till I lose a TON of weight before i even try that one LOL LOL

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SHIHJABO 6/27/2011 11:27PM

    oh too funny. emoticon emoticonI chuckled all the way through it.I KNOW it was hard, but oh so comical.For some reason it reminded me of a bathtub in London.
The first time I went to London, I had just lost a lot of weight and was thin, so I soaked in that huge bathtub and got all the kinks out before my flight.
WELL. . . 8 years later I was in London again and fondly remembered that soak in that wonderfully, deep tub. As soon as my husband and I got to the hotel, I told him I was going to take a soak like I did before. I filled the tub with hot water and plunged in, mostly fell in. Gallons and gallons of water rushed over the side, onto the
floor and out the door. I had gained over 100 lbs since my first trip and circumstancrpes were quite different. To make matters worse, I couldn't get out of the tub. It was so deep and I was so stuck to the sides and my husband is so thin arghhh. I was sure I was going to spend my first night in the tub! I weighed too much for my DH to pull me out. We finally got the water out and put towels in the tub for the non-skid effect. Nevertheless, it was a traumatic experience. Now I only do showers!!
The only thing I can think of was that I had a "thin flashback" when I plunged into that tub and forgot, for a brief second only, that I was besieged by blubber. Ha.

Anyway, I want to read your blog again. It was too cute!! emoticon

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Food from A-Z Thank You GiantMicrobe

Friday, June 24, 2011

A: is for Apple, whatís your favorite variety?
Apples are too much trouble to eat - but we have a Fuji apple tree so I do lots of applesauce, apple pie and apple crisp

B: is for Bread, regardless of nutrition, calories, or whole grains what is your favorite type to have a nice big piece of?
Sourdough is my favorite. But now the sandwich thins are a fave...

C: is for Cereal what is your favorite kind currently (just one!)
I've loved cereal for my whole life. But when I was young, the sugary stuff, then the granola that I've discovered isn't very good for, shredded wheat but not often.

D: is for Doughnuts, you might not currently be eating them but what kind do you fancy?
Ok, this is bad...I like the Hostess tiny little donuts are my fave. But if I'm in a grocery store, definitely the donut holes - old fashions. Or a Bismarck with cream filling...ok, need to move on to something more nutritious!

E: is for Eggs, how would you like yours prepared?
Poached on toast, my momma made me those when I was little and didn't feel good.

F: is for Fat Free, what is your favorite fat free product?
Fat Free Cottage Cheese, can't live without it.

G: is for Groceries, where do you purchase yours?
WinCo is the, bulk, bag your own

H: is for Hot Beverages, what is your favorite hot drink?
Coffee and hot spiced cider that's sugar free. I like hot and when it's hot outside, I like it iced.

I: is for Ice Cream, pick a favorite flavor and add a fun topping.
I love ice cream...chocolate with fudge chinks is a good start. Any chocolate of the top would be good too. Love ice cream, love it.

J: is for Jams or Jellies, do you eat them, and if so what kind and flavor?
I have to say, I'm a bit spoiled, I make my own...berry? Yep. Apple butter? Yep. Pear butter? Yep. Peach, plum, apricot jams? Yep. Don't buy that nasty commercial stuff, making my own controls the sugar!

K: is for Kashi, name your favorite Kashi product?
Kashi Go Lean bars which are like candy bars and aren't really good for you...

L: is for Lunch, what was yours today?
A salad from Winco. They make chef salad in the deli, they weigh meats and cheese so you can build it in your tracker as a food group! Love it!

M: is for microwave, what is your favorite microwave meal/snack?
Nothing really... I only really use it to heat up leftovers.

N: is for nutrients, do you like carbs, fats, or proteins best?
I track them all, I run reports. I love dessert, which is a problem...they are just too high in everything! I've reduced my carbs the most on Spark and the longer I don't overeat them, the less I crave them.

O: is for oil, what kind do you like to use?
Olive oil for sure. Less oil than ever before!

P: is for protein, how do you get yours?
Fish, pork, chicken and nuts. Love them!

Q: is for Quaker, how do you like your oats?
Uh, I don't. I used to eat oats fro breakfast but that hasn't made me feel good lately.

R: is for roasting, what is your favorite thing to roast?
Oh my, all fowl are great roasted! Chicken, turkey, game hen, duck (fatty!)...oh my.

S: is for sandwich, whatís your favorite kind?
I used to love ALL sandwiches. Now, my fave is scrambled egg hubby makes them for me...

T: is for travel, how do you handle eating while traveling?
During vacation, we cook our own food so we can control calories and nutrition. Traveling with work, that's just SO tough, not enough healthy choices.

U: is for unique, what is one of your weirdest food combos?
Watermelon and almonds...great afternoon snack!

V: is for vitamins, what kind do you take?
None at the moment...this is on my "to do" list to look into.

W: is for wasabi, yay or nay?
Nay...too hot for me, hubby and daughter love it!

X: is for XRAY. if we xrayed your belly right now, what food would we see?
Pork stew with white wine...

Y: is for youth, what food reminds you of your childhood?
My mom was a stay at home for most of my life...cookies for sure, meatloaf and then leftover meatloaf sandwiches with just ketchup...salad before every dinner and dessert after every dinner...yep, those were the days...

Z: is for zucchini, how do you prepare it?
Stuffed with meat/cheese/bread crumbs...if for a meal. Now, what I really like to do with zucchini is grate it and freeze it. That way I can make zucchini bread which is my fave or I add it to spaghetti sauce or to lasagna meat sauce and it hides the veggies from the kids.

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MRS_TOAD 6/27/2011 7:42AM

    Very cool! As for apples, I'll take them over oranges. Oranges are just a pain to peel!


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JUSTJUSTY 6/26/2011 11:51PM

    I really enjoyed this very much. emoticon

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SHIHJABO 6/25/2011 11:59PM

    Ha Ha. I enjoyed this blog, although it did have me salivating at times. I am SOooo glad to hear that I can freeze the shredded zucchini. Oh yea!! MY 14 year old neighbor brought me 2 ginormous zucchinis and yellow squash yesterday. I would say the 4 of them probably weigh about 7-8 pounds total. Now I can freeze some for later on. emoticon
Now I kind of want to think about ABC. . .foods, too. That was fun.

I must admit, though, that I love apples emoticonthe harder the better!
But they are a pain to cut up and with two front crowns, I dare not bite into them! emoticon emoticon

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GIANTMICROBE 6/25/2011 1:31PM

    Nice to see someone else thinks apples are a pain to eat too. They say the harder a food is to eat though, the better it is for you (fiber and all)

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