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Monday, February 16, 2009

... so I am up 5/10 = 1/2 pound from yesterday! No problem!! Today is another day.

I write this for others struggling to lose a pound. I am human and I make poor choices sometimes. But I cannot live without food and temptations are going to be coming at me for the rest of my life. The Vegetable Sticks are similar to Fish Sticks in that they might be fried, or baked, but there was obviously something holding them together and that was fattening, lol. But oh so tasty! And as my spark-buddies on my last blog pointed out, it was veggies, heheheh. I chose them because I knew the Tilapia is so low in calories!

I looked in the mirror this morning after weighing and you know what? I am still 15 lbs lower than I ever hoped to be.

Yes, I still have loose skin but as DH pointed out (wanted to slap and hug him at the same time) it didn't look any better when the skin was full of fat!

Another day dawns...


(I didn't want to post it but those Vegetable Sticks might have been over 800 calories! But they still tasted good.)
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For Gini, these are not in my house. They were an option in the hospital cafeteria and really shouldn't be on the dinner bar. Believe me, I had no idea each stick would be 100-125 calories and never more will they grace my plate. But now you know why I was berating myself a bit. Still ok, we are allowed to make poor choices once in a while.

  
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CAROL_ 2/17/2009 2:48AM

    Wow, I'm going to remember that. I might need that in the future. "It didn't look any better when it was full of fat".

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/16/2009 8:02PM

    OK YOU. Those aren't veggie sticks , they're artery busters and big butt adders. No more of those , ever!! Why were they in your house? Here I was feeling so proud of you for being soooo good and worrying about veggie sticks. You tricked me. Fool me once.....LOL

Your day seems to have leveled out after a shakey start. Good reasoning though. Temptation will always be there. You make so many good choices that a little sidestep Won't feel like more than a whisper. Carry on my friend. You are rockin'!!!!!

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LKOPACK 2/16/2009 12:34PM

    I am glad that I am not the only one that has slip ups from time to time
:( However, today is another day to stay within the zone. Thanks for the insight on the skin. Laura K.

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DINA:-) 2/16/2009 11:37AM

    i am worried about loose skin... i can already see it in my thighs and tummy... but like your insightful DH said, it could be worse!

i think you may be reading too much into that 1/2 lb- remember your body weight fluctuates all the time... and i don't think 800 calories can make you gain a 1/2 lb considering there are 3500 calories in a lb and you would have had to have a calorie deficit of -1750 calories :-) i would guess that it could attributed to retaining water if those veggie stick were high in sodium.

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SUPREME5 2/16/2009 11:34AM

    you are still 15 lbs lighter emoticon
yes you may have loose skin but oh the work you put into it to get there.
you go girl
dorene
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MARTY19 2/16/2009 9:27AM

    Thanks for the chuckle on the loose skin. On the highway mear my home is a sign that says - modern lipo - finishes what dieting can't. Now I will think of you every time I pass it. My skin is loose but it is better than having it filled with fat.
I wouldn't worry about .5 pounds. You'll have it off in no time. Hospital food is not the best but Ray will be home soon and things will settle down.

Hugs
Marty

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HPLANDER 2/16/2009 9:20AM

    You are very inspirational. I too struggle sometimes with poor choices, but this morning I actually made myself be good (lol).

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What I did right today!

Sunday, February 15, 2009

Last night I decided that I have worked too hard this past 10.5 months to chuck it all while DH is in the hospital.

So, I cooked up 2 packages of frozen veggies and ate a portion of each and put the rest in the fridge.

This morning before I left I cooked up yet another package but put the whole thing into the fridge.

Tonight I came home and had 3 portions of veggies, already cooked, with 3 oz chicken, also cooked! This is going to work! I even had some calories left for a portion of Souped Up Minute-Rice, yes, it too was a cooked leftover!

I was *too tempted* at the hospital and ate some of DH's dessert but I came home and looked up what I believe the equivalent is and charged myself for a full serving of the cheesecake! Still in range! Hallelujah!! On the bright side I had Tilapia, carrots and string beans for lunch. Oops, and vegetable sticks - gotta go figure them in! Not still in range. But I am human and I did eat a lot of veggies today!

That was my worst slip in 9 months!!

The good news is I ate 4 fruits and 6 veggie portions today!! WooHoo!!
Pineapple, Strawberries, Grapes, Peach, Carrots, Green Beans, Vegetable Sticks (not as healthy but oh so good), Brussels Sprouts, Mixed Vegetables, Mixed Greens!

**edit: I cannot locate vegetable sticks so I was definitely over on my day! Rats!! But I am pretty sure I have burned enough calories today to save the day.

  
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CAROL_ 2/15/2009 11:53PM

    You are doing a TON of things right! Yes you HAVE worked to hard to chuck it all. And the story of the onions is inspiring. Hard work!

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THININSIDE847 2/15/2009 10:32PM

    LOL You are so cute. I agree with the other ladies, you are doing so awesome and they were after all veggie sticks LOL

You are inspiring and good for you for all the freggie servings!! mmm mmm good!

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/15/2009 8:29PM

    Linda. IT WAS VEGGIE STICKS!!!! You did a greatthing today. You allowed yourself to be human and you are still on your program. It's going to be alright. LOL You make me laugh at myself and you. I eat a slice of cheesecake at 2am for a snack, count it and move on. You, who are making such fabulous progress, eat veggie sticks and worry. I guess what I'm saying is make sure you are living in the real world. A lifestyle change isn't something that will not allow room for veggies. Be careful, myfriend,

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DINA:-) 2/15/2009 8:25PM

    this is your worst slip up in 9 months? i don't think this is bad at all- you made a great recovery for the day. way to go, linda!

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MARTY19 2/15/2009 7:46PM

    I don't even consider that a stumble. You are doing so well that this isn't even going to show as a blip on the radar screen.
You are fantastic condiering Ray is in the hospital. Pat yourself on the back for turning it around.

Hugs,
Marty
R>P.S. I'm getting closer to you.

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Planting Onions!

Saturday, February 14, 2009

Planting Onions!

I do not eat onions!! I have never liked them.

But with Ray's knee shot I had to help him plant his onions. 100+ of them, Vidalia Onions!

Bend down and shove an onion in the ground, straighten up, take one step; bend down and shove an onion in the ground, straighten up, take one step; repeat 100 times!

Next day I was sore in several new places! The *wings* of the thighs (outer/upper thigh) and behind and above the knee.

So now I have decided to plant 100 onions daily! But now it is touch toes, touch shoulders, reach for the sky; touch toes, touch shoulders, reach for the sky; repeat 100 times.
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I am only up to 50 at a time but I do them twice! And so far I still feel stiff the next day so I am still working a few new muscles!

The old exercises we did as kids in school really did do something good for us!

  
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FORMYDARLINGS 2/14/2009 8:56PM

    Good for you for incorporating those moves into your day. I also hate onions!! I will eat cooked leeks but that is it! I think I might try your hundred toe touches daily myself. LOL

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DINA:-) 2/14/2009 9:37AM

    now i have that little song stuck in my head- "head and shoulders, knees an toes, knees and toes!"

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MARTY19 2/14/2009 8:51AM

    How I wish I had the space for a garden. I used to help my Dad with his and I still remember the taste of that first tomato fresh and warm from the sun.
I shall have to try these exercises. I remember doing them in school.

Hugs,
Marty

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JERSEYGIRL24 2/14/2009 8:32AM

    I love Vidalia onions!!! Wish I could plant them here in NJ, but hey, there are lots of other benefits to living here (like being the butt of the late night jokes).

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To Thank the People who prayed for my Ray!

Thursday, February 12, 2009

My Ray came out of surgery today and that goofy smile of his was the prettiest sight I think I shall ever see.

After 20 years, his artificial knee was just totaled. But the cardiologist wouldn't clear him for the surgery.

The risk was high he wouldn't awake but the damage to his knee was greater than the risk.

Now he has a new knee and I still have the old Ray.

Thank you all very much!
Love,
Linda

  
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JERSEYGIRL24 2/14/2009 8:31AM

    So glad everything turned out ok. Best to both of you

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Leslie

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BABIE_JANE 2/13/2009 11:16AM

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That is wonderful news! Here is a happy dance for Ray. I usually only give a happy dance out to a Sparker that has had success. So, tell Ray he should feel very privilege. emoticon

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HOPEFUL_NOMAD 2/13/2009 11:02AM

    I'm so glad everything turned out well. I wish him a speedy recovery.

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BUDBABE10 2/13/2009 10:01AM

    God Bless! That is terrific news - for BOTH of u! emoticon

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PERKYDEBI 2/13/2009 9:08AM

    I'm so glad that Ray made it through the surgery okay. And I'll keep praying for a speedy recovery!!

Hugs,
Debbie

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CAROL_ 2/13/2009 3:01AM

    So thankful it turned out well.

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LKOPACK 2/12/2009 9:41PM

    Hi Linda,
I was glad that the love of your life-Ray is doing well after the risky surgery. I had no idea the risk he (and you) were undertaking. Best wishes to him and a speedy recovery. Thank you for the sp goodie. Laura K.

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SUPREME5 2/12/2009 8:41PM

    I AM GLAD RAY CAME THROUGH THE SUGRY OF. HE KNEW HE COULND NOT LET YOU DOWN AND HE DIDN'T. ISN'T LOVE GRAND.LOL
HOPE HE RECOVERS QUICKLY
DORENE
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DINA:-) 2/12/2009 8:21PM

    linda, i'm so happy the surgery went well and your honey is smiling.

i'm wishing ray a speedy recovery!

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/12/2009 8:06PM

    Linda, I had no idea your love was in for such risky surgery. I am so relieved to hear he is doing welll. I hope all is well with you and that you will be able to help Ray recover,

Gini

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MARTY19 2/12/2009 7:50PM

    emoticon That is GREAT!!!! Does that mean I might need another hip in 19 yrs? I won't look forward to that. LOL

I am glad that things turned out well and he will be up and running again soon.

Hugs,
Marty

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Blog Prompt - Easier alone or in a relationship?

Tuesday, February 10, 2009

Wow, this is my first blog prompt but since the answer popped into my head upon reading the question, I decided to use it.

This has been easier with my DH by my side, no question about it. He has been like a personal trainer - very encouraging, very supportive, very motivating.

But I have to admit that when it comes to cooking my meals that part is complicated by cooking for 2. I can't be sure if I am getting 1/2 the ingredients or not. So I know the calories can't be exact but then, what in life is ever perfect?

Easier for me in my relationship with my DH, Ray.

  
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BUDBABE10 2/12/2009 11:07AM

    I think u already know my comment on this subject. LOL
I have had a tough go of it b/c I can't get my hubby on board with me. I hate to say it, but it's easier for me to cook for myself. Of course, this doesn't make it very pleasant around my house when he comes home & I have already eaten. I usually make enuf that he can eat if he wishes, but he won't. He tells me to bring it for lunch the next day b/c he doesn't want it. So I don't feel so bad when he makes the fatty, cholesterol filled, artery hardening CRAP and I say I'm not hungry.
Someday.... maybe.... I will get him on board.

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FORMYDARLINGS 2/10/2009 7:24PM

    I agree with you Linda. My DH is on this trip with me. We choose menus together and cook and clean up together. He watches me and I him. I think it is easier with a buddy.

Gini

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DINA:-) 2/10/2009 12:16PM

    that is great that you have a supportive, encouraging husband!

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SUPREME5 2/10/2009 11:39AM

    WHEN DH IS HOME IT IS EASY BUT WHEN HE'S ON THE ROAD IT'S IFFIE SOME DAYS .GLAD YOU HAVE A SUPORT IN PLACE MINE IS TO WHEN HE IS HOME
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JENIFIREHARP 2/10/2009 9:49AM

    I am so glad your DH has been supportive (and that you both have a sense of humor!!!) That makes this path much easier!

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MARTY19 2/10/2009 7:46AM

    I love alone when my daughter is in college and I am not sure that is easier or harder. Some nights I eat a lean cuisine instad of cooking which isn't the best. There are pros and cons to each side.

Marty

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