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Our trip to the Farmer's Market and 5/30 Food blog (SASS)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

This a multiple blog well because everything kinda fits into it nicely. As most know I have two grandsons who I have been watching for my son since he got divorced. They are ages 2 and 4. They are full of all sorts of energy and well that requires a lot of my energy lol. Taking them to the grocery store can be a chore into itself well because yes they are spoiled badly lol. Having said that I decided well I would take them to the Farmer's Market with me. The thought of doing this horrified me but I wanted to go so that meant they had to go. And let me tell you that was the most fun I have had in ages. The two of them were well behaved and stuck by my side. They were polite to the merchants. The four year old counted out his own cumbers and he was so proud to tote his little bag around, like I had gave him a sack of money. They would talk about all the colors and shapes of the produce. Had to smell every flower that was there lol. We ended up spending $30 dollars there but I tell you it was the best thirty dollars I have ever dropped any where. We got Cantaloupe, squash( white, yellow and zucchini), cucumbers, tomatoes ( red and green), okra, plums, peaches, bag of shelled pink-eye purple hull peas, bag of speckled butter beans. On to the grocery store we got us a watermelon, bananas and and eggplant. Here is the picture of our produce shopping trip.

Now the trip our was without consequence. We left the house without eating breakfast. After finishing our shopping it was hitting on 10 am and we needed something to eat. So I got two big breakfast platters for them and headed home. Once we got home I had to get the car empty while watching them play in the yard then I got them inside and seated I took these plates out of the bag to feed them and thought OMG that is what 1000 calories on there. I took one of the breakfast platters and put it in the fridge and we all shared one platter. So I had to check out the nutrional thing at McDonalds and yes one platter was 1090 calories but I didnt eat but like a quarter of one so I was alright with it and made a note not to do that again. Now this through off Lunch. because breakfast was so late so there was no lunch at all.

Dinner was 4 oz of pork tenderloin, 1/4 cup of pink-eye purple hull peas, 1/4 cup of speckled butter beans. 1/2 cup of cabbage, 1 cornbread stick, 1/2 cup brown rice with gravy.

Now that the brown rice left overs are done not sure about next choice lol. I hate to throw out food so when I made to much brown rice earlier in the week I saved it and I have eaten it every night this week I am thinking maybe a sweet potato tonight would be great. Thank you indulging my food blog lol .

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THINNYGINNY 5/31/2012 6:53PM

    You just inspired me to try to go to farmer's markets again!!!

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MARIANNELK 5/31/2012 4:55PM

    I SUPER-love the Farmer's markets. We have a huge one every weekend at a nearby flea market. There are others that have also started up for the summer season. The food is so inviting: wonderful aromas, colorful veggies, fruits and flowers, and very friendly vendors and those buying from the vendors.

I carry colorful cloth bags to brighten even the most dismal weather conditions. We even have a local seller that cooks his own samples of homemade Italian, chicken, & breakfast sausages. The goods are also keep in a refrigerated truck. So every thing stays healthy & fresh smelling.

Also love to purchase fresh breads, honey, & homemade products from local markets. So much better than a supermarket. I also take down any info.' for websites. Love talking to the other people who also seem to enjoy the camaraderie of the whole experience. Real Americana; a lovely experience.


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JUSTYNA7 5/31/2012 8:40AM

    I love going to the farmer's market and even now, with my kids "grown" and in their 20's they appreciate the colours and enjoy making their own choices. We had vegetables for dinner last night. I put out hummus and cheese and some cold meat and then a big platter of sliced veggies. No cooking and very healthy. I personally have had to give up fast food because it is empty calories. I'm diabetic and there is no point eating all the fat and no fiber most places serve. Good for you for checking the nutritional values. It is a learning curve. It has taken me a long time to learn that what my mother cooked for me was not necessarily healthy. (Lots of white - potatoes, bread, pasta and rice, very few raw vegetables or fruit). Kids at this age can be picky... but they can also be very open to eating well. My kids started eating whole grains and raw veggies early. My job had me going to various schools and one day I was sent to a nursery school. I walked in at lunch time and was shocked. The children were eating rattatouile (zucchini, eggplant, tomatoes, and onion cassarole). I commented on it and the director took me out to see the garden. The children were growing brussel sprouts, melons, spinach... "and we eat everything we grow" she told me proudly. I had the misconception that children would only eat plain foods. Boy was I wrong. It changed the way I fed my children. LOL, I think this would make a good blog today.

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Wednesday, May 30, 2012

Yesterday I started on a new team. SASS is specifically about challenging yourself. One of the challenges is to do a food blog daily. So this is my attempt at starting this lol I dont usually pay this much attention to the food I eat so forgive me if this is a little rusty for me.


These Biscuits are pretty good. We found them as a healthier solution to my son's 2 sausage, egg and cheese Jim Dean Biscuits. They are 270 calories per biscuit.


I had 2 Morning star Veggie Dogs on a slice of bread with a 1/4 cup of hormel chili over the top. The hot dogs are 50 calories each. The whole meal was like 210 calories. I can't say I will buy these particular hot dogs again but when I buy a new product to try I finish the whole package because well this stuff is costly.


Before I post that picture let me explain something. The plate that you will see is the actual salad plate to my dinnerware. Months ago I deemed my dinner plates to large. This is a little mental trick for me, and yes I know it is silly. When I put normal serving sizes on my dinner plates it doesnt look like i am eating anything but on the salad plate it looks like I am eating a ton of food.

Last night I had baked chicken tenders that had been marinated in thousand island dressing. 1/2 cup Brow rice with 3 tablespoons of chicken gravy, 1/2 cup butter peas with one texas cornbread stick and 6 brussel sprouts.

Ok so there it is ... I dont think it is very good but well a Challenge is a challenge tune in tomorrow for the next one lol. Have a great day

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MARIANNELK 5/31/2012 5:02PM

    Been using that smaller plate trick for quite some time. I also am learning to measure food with actual measuring cups, spoons & also using my food scale. I', getting better at approximating the correct amounts in the less than a month of using the SP website.

I'm pleasantly surprised at the amount & variety of foods I'm eating. Most of the time, I forget I'm changing the way I eat. I create my menus for about 3-4 days. That way I also losing less food to spoilage. My hubby loved all of the new recipes I've tried. I always kid him that I removed the "poisoned" mushrooms from his dishful and I, as a loving wife, sacrifice myself to that death food!!!

Again, I thank you for sharing your latest adventure! emoticon I think I will also examine SASS!

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XPHOENIX 5/30/2012 1:56PM

    The smaller plate trick works for all of us, darling. You aren't weird at all :D I do it everyday :) YAY for tracking your food! :D

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JUSTYNA7 5/30/2012 10:29AM

    I could not believe the difference logging my food made in my spark people journey. I expect blogging the food has benefits too. Good luck with this challenge. Justyna

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RAE_LEIGH22 5/30/2012 10:07AM

    Good for you for joining a new team that's really working for you! It seems like you are motivated to check out healthier options.

I think it's a great idea to put your food on smaller plates. For a while I've heard that tricks your brain into thinking you're eating more.

You're doing great!

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5/29 personal inventory

Tuesday, May 29, 2012

It is Tuesday for me that means weigh in day. No matter what if I am with my scales on Tuesday we weigh. This morning I weighed and well for a moment I was disappointed in myself. I weighed 304.4 that is a loss of over two pounds for the week. However I am reminded again that another month will end I will not be at that goal of 299.

Yea so I cried, it is emotional doing this program week after week. Some weeks are high weeks some are low weeks and well some are just weeks. I try not to get wrapped up in the numbers but a goal is a goal. This marks ten months I have been on this journey now. I joined Spark people in January so that is about five months.

So where are we now ..
Fitness goal for the year was set at 4320 minutes I busted that goal this morning and had to reset another one.

Weight goal ..... Well I started here at 332 pounds and now I am 304 that is a loss of 28 pounds. I have consistently loss 1 to 2 pounds a week.

Nutrition ... I am learning to eat better portions and healthier ways to prepare food. I don't deprive myself of anything I just find what i want in a healthier way.

In the grand scheme of things 28 pounds sounds great however I am taking a non spark moment here I am down 61 pounds in ten months I think that is pretty great. This is just my personal inventory on a disappointing day. I may not be at 299 yet ( i will get there before June 25 though) What I have already accomplished is more than most do in a lifetime. So no more beating myself up today just smiles and sweat from here.

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MARIANNELK 5/31/2012 5:05PM

    Great job, kiddo! Be proud. You certainly earned.

The longest journey starts with one step. And tomorrow, another step will occur! emoticon

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CITYZOZO 5/30/2012 6:49AM

    nice work.. you will soon see 299..keep doing just what you are doing.. it took me a year to lose 10 lbs and that was such a milestone for me..

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ALDNJPD1 5/29/2012 8:25PM

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You are doing an amazing job! I am proud of you!!!

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KATYDID412 5/29/2012 7:58PM

    28 pounds gone is awesome! Don't undervalue that. Try to take it one step at a time - literally.


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STOP-IT-KNOW 5/29/2012 7:57PM

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RAE_LEIGH22 5/29/2012 7:44PM

    Oh my goodness, I had no idea how far you've come! I haven't chatted with you in a while, and I didn't realize the incredible progress you've made.

I am so proud of you. Forget that silly 299! Soon enough, it'll be yours.

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THINNYGINNY 5/29/2012 4:04PM

    You have accomplished so much!!! It is like turning the titanic around - no that is not a comment about weight - lol! Just an analogy about how difficult it is to change long time bad habits and go against our culture which pushes us to excess. You have put yourself on a new path that leads to health and weight loss and well being - and you are MILES down the path's just more miles to go. We will both do it - in whatever time it takes. Proud of you!!!

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walking through pain

Monday, May 28, 2012

I love football, we should get that out of the way right now. I suppose everyone when watching such things as sports has one thing that keeps them coming back to them. For me it is one thing, the run. I love when that running back drops down and hits the sideline for the stretch. I wait entire games to see that one play when it is one player against all the rest. He is full of adrenaline, focused and he is moving that ball. This move doesn't happen every game but when it does in my mind I am running with him on that field I know hilarious thought.

My favorite player is Mark Ingram. I watched him all through his time with Alabama and I root for him still to this day. Although I have never been lucky enough to meet him I really idolize him well more importantly his legs. The have done profound studies on his movements on the field. It is amazing what he can do. I watch with sheer joy. I know this blog is making no sense right now so let me get to it.

I would love to run. In my heart I want to run. I want to feel that wind against my skin, I want to know if the sweat is different. I am not talking that running with the children outside, I am talking I want to feel that stretch run. That being said I am also very much aware that this will probably never happen. Most days it is an effort to walk. However I am know quieter either .

Early on I had to learn to walk through the pain for exercise. When you walk through the pain you must go some where else, you must not think of that pain. When I first learned this it was Mark Ingram that centered me in my mind. I could get through one mile alright the beginning of the second mile is where the problem would come into play.

Here on Sparkpeople I have learned that what I do is called visualizing. I have not had to have Mark along side with me in a few months now but this morning while walking when I came to the last 1/4 mile. I almost stopped and I was standing bent at the waist hands on knees thinking I cant go on it hurts. Mark appeared in my head and said come on do the stretch. So I took one step at a time first slowly and then i went to that football. I had to walk through the pain and Mark was right there saying catch me if you can. So I know none of this makes sense but the point is when trying to lose this much weight and start over you have some truly insane moments.This is one of mine. One day I will catch Mark even if it is only in my mind but for now he can just help me get through one more mile one step at a time. emoticon

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MSCARCHICK 6/6/2012 7:23PM

    That's an awesome tip. I just had to buy an ankle brace so that I could push through the pain.

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STOP-IT-KNOW 5/29/2012 8:00PM

    I have pain 24/7 if it wasn't for my treadmill i wouldn't be able to walk but we will over come this pain. emoticon emoticon

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JUSTYNA7 5/29/2012 12:03PM

    Whatever it takes. Hurray for your walk. I am afraid to walk any distance right now because of my knee becoming unstable. Love my walking poles for those moments which I should remind myself of. I can get around the block with those.

I wish I could lend you my adult tricylce! Get that wind in your face feeling.

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MARIANNELK 5/29/2012 8:14AM

    I used to do an imitation of a runner. I enrolled in a lot of 5K races and usually finished in about 35-40 minutes.

But running hurt my ankles. My feet objected even more! I won't even get into how my knees felt.

So then I changed to race walking. My time for the 5K was almost as good as my running time. Nothing hurt. I was breathing with a reason! I was enjoying my 5Ks again.

Lesson learned? Listen to my body. I can visualize the late Olympic lady runner with the flowing hair, beautiful nails & interesting costumes. But that's not me. And thank God because she died much too early in life.

Sooo just be me. Race walk, or walk...doesn't matter. What matters is doing, being, and never giving up.

But perhaps a new walking outfit is just something I can add to make the walk more interesting. Do you think so? emoticon emoticon

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JAIRIE813 5/28/2012 8:56PM

    Way to go!! That is great that you have something you can use to help you get through!

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One less pound One less pain

Friday, May 25, 2012

Here I sit on the very couch that started the process of changing my life. This couch was my best friend for several months as my right foot became so bad that walking the 5 feet to the bathroom was a chore. The rail road spike of a plantar wart that was in my heel at the past surgical site was unbearable to say the least. The surgery was scary and new to me and my doctor. He went in and removed a skin graph on the right heel, the incision started at the middle of my heel and went to the middle of the arch. It had 21 stitches that stayed in two weeks. Long days on this couch. I did everything I was suppose to do. I didn't move more than i had to, i didn't go any where with the aid of those crutches and that cane. it took months before I could wear regular tennis shoes again. Half way through the recovery time i started wondering would it be this bad if i didn't weigh over 300 lbs. Then i promised myself and my foot that I would do every thing in my power to take off the weigh that if this worked then I would work hard to insure that my foot never hurt that bad again.

The days past and the knowledge started to grow. I started researching everything i could get my hands and I devised what I believe to be the best plan for me. I want it more than anything . And finally released from the prison of This Couch. I had to get muscle back after all it was 10 weeks here. I scheduled the yearly check up to make sure I was healthy and yes I am thank god. That was 11 months ago.

Two months ago i felt the twinge of pain in that heel. Fear grew and I thought there is no way we cut it out again. We burnt the nerves. No it is is a phantom pain it inst real. But it was real and it was back with a vengeance. Everyday brought a little more pain. It hurts I walk despite it. I go to a cloudy filled sky and for 40 minutes i push harder than any one person should ever have to. Every step I say this step will lead to less pain just keep walking on less pound one less pain. Two weeks ago came the talks to the foot where i have to concentrate on the foot to make it move and convince it that we can do this one step at a time.

So back to the doctor. He really is wonderful and he is working so very hard to help. I prepared myself because it was going to be ugly. Yesterday was back to the doctor day. I went he touched the foot squeezed the foot and yes x-rayed the foot. there is the plantar wart in the heel, a huge heel spur and there is something going on with ankle and ankle joints. He was as disappointed as me that this thing was back. I have to have an MRI and have to see another type of Doctor thanks to a blog that I found here on So we have more options.
I hate the word hopeless because I really believe that you can find hope if you look hard enough. But last night for the first time in 10 months i felt hopeless. I had to walk with the cane because of all that was done yesterday afternoon to the foot. I cant tell you where exactly this morning it hurts it is just shooting pain off in every direction. I keep repeating one less pound one less pain but it isn't working this morning ... However I will take that walk before this day is out ... I will walk that two miles even it takes me two hours or longer I will move past this pain... yea this is whining at its best ... If this morning you can walk with no pain or moderate pain then you do it so that you never feel this way in your life. Make the pledge to yourself One Less Pound One less Pain.

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MARIANNELK 5/28/2012 12:23PM

    My thoughts & prayers are with you during this horrible, painful time. I'm wishing & hoping that the Doctor will help you get back to your pain-free days. It's a real setback in your weight program but it will pass and make you stronger than before. I can just feel it!

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IMAREADER 5/26/2012 1:59PM

    I can certainly relate and hope that you get a good resolution to this problem. I'm having issues with my knees (the left one, mainly) and can feel it 'go out from under me' now and then (I use a cane for occasional support). I'm really trying to lose weight, because I read somewhere that for every pound you lose, you take four pounds of stress off of your knees and ankles. I, too, feel like I'm walking on glass--being so careful of how I take every step. (I can remember not that many years ago trotting up and down stairs like it was nothing. I'm hoping to someday be able to walk fairly easily up the stairs and to bypass the elevator!) I can walk a little on my treadmill and can do a few minutes on my stationary or regular bike, but I need to find a local pool for water exercises.

Thinking good thoughts for all of us with our 'muscle and joint' issues! We can do it!

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JUSTYNA7 5/25/2012 9:03AM

    You are fearfless. I am very proud. I know when my knees started to get too bad to walk I could for a while bike on a stationary bike. Then when that got too hard I started walking in the pool. Did you know that walking in the pool is 3x more work (at chest height) than walking on land? It works all the large muscles without putting stress on the joints... or the ankle. When I got my knee replacement I was so astonished at the lack of pain. Yes, the post surgery pain... but gone was the constant agony. Now my right knee has it's bad moments. I have a handicap parking pass that I was about to not renew when that knee "slipped out of joint" for the day. Suddenly I remembered all the pain and instability. Like walking on glass and no confidence that it could support me. It was a couple of days walking with my cane again and grimacing with every time I had to get out of my chair (your couch's cousin). I am grateful, reading your blog today that the pain is less and I was able to swim in the pool this morning and walk around the house with only the occassional worry of it giving out. It is time for the knee replacement for that one BEFORE it is constant pain all the time. For you at least you know it worked. You know there is an answer. If you have a pool available I suggest you change to that rather than land walking. Take your pain meds. Have faith. Justyna

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