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Bring on Christmas, I am ready!

Sunday, November 29, 2009

It is now the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I have again broken 120!

Bring on Christmas, I am ready!!

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CALIFORNIA-GAL 11/30/2009 10:15AM

    You are always my biggest inspiration Linda. If you can do it, so can I right??? Congratulations on crossing 57,750 fitness minutes. I guess that has a lot to do with how you lost all that weight, huh?!!!

Have a great day! ~ Candi

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MSLZZY 11/30/2009 7:00AM

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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/29/2009 10:24PM

    Amazing, Linda! You really ARE completely ready for Christmas! Santa arrived early at your place. Well DONE!!

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RHYMEANDREASON1 11/29/2009 6:47PM

    way to go! you're such an inspiration.

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LOPEYP 11/29/2009 6:32PM

    Good for U

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GRALLEN 11/29/2009 5:13PM

    Good girl!!!

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ASTORRES1 11/29/2009 5:00PM

    WOOHOO....you go girl!!! emoticon


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MEADSBAY 11/29/2009 4:57PM

    You're my hero!
Am I not eating enough again?
Can you look at my food logs and give me some advice?
I workout 60-90 minutes 5-6 days a week, cardio and ST.

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TALLTABBY 11/29/2009 4:38PM

  Great Job!!!

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MARTY19 11/29/2009 4:34PM

    You make me smile. Nothing gets you down and you handle everything that life throws at you. AND you do it with grace and humor.


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Thanksgiving . . . the day after!

Friday, November 27, 2009

Friday morning, 5a.m., time to get up, get started, face the consequences of my yesterday.

Was I good? OMG, that really depends on how you define good. I was too good to me, lol. I really really enjoyed the skin on my fresh fried turkey! I enjoyed a serving of stuffing and some candied sweet potato casserole with marshmallows toasted on top.

I indulged in cheesecake, cheesecake (yes, I know I listed it twice, 2 pieces), pumpkin pie with cool whip, some danish that I couldn't begin to describe here and some very rich white bread made with heavy cream. Oops, forgot a "Martha Washington" made by the lady who's husband was frying my turkey!! (Not on my Nutrition Tracker!)

I tallied up my calories - of course I used the Nutrition Tracker! Would you think otherwise of me? I stayed within range, sort of, too much was guessing about portions. Not to mention the aforementioned forgotten "Martha Washington fudgie thingie."

I calculated my calories burned - yup, managed to get in a little walking time yesterday too.

I ended the day in the negative by eating at least 200 more calories than I burned.

I consumed more sodium and cholesterol than recommended. Was it worth it? You betcha!

Slow drum roll here please - I stepped up to the scale and got on, held my breath, and looked down - - - .1 less than yesterday! 121.1, still well within my maintenance range!

I keep telling you, maintenance is doable!! Fear is the enemy, not the food.

Love y'all,

P.S. I apologize to all but I took the day off yesterday and didn't do any unnecessary emails, or much SparkPeople stuff. It was a mini-vacation for me.

P.P.S. I was MIA & AWOL for 2 days! But now I am playing catchup with my spark emails! And back on track too!!

P.P.P.S. It is now the Sunday after Thanksgiving and I have again broken 120! Bring on Christmas, I am ready!!

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ETHEL_MERMAID 11/28/2009 8:41PM

    Linda, when you wrote in the Huddle that you were MIA and AWOL, I thought you'd radically departed from healthy eating for that duration. But look at your accountability!! You've got maintenance all sealed up, all yours - congratulations! Hope you don't mind if I follow your blogs...you're a great example. All the best, Susan

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MARTY19 11/27/2009 11:28AM

    Sounds like you had a very successful day. So did I. Best ever calorie wise. And I too enjoyed myself immensely.


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ASTORRES1 11/27/2009 10:34AM

    AWESOME!!!!! Be proud of yourself........


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I promise myself...

Thursday, November 26, 2009

...to take today as it comes.

...to try to eat sensibly but not beat myself up when I "taste"

...to enjoy the love and friendship around my table

...to get back on track when the company goes home

...to not even need to forgive myself for the indulgences to happen today, tomorrow and maybe even Saturday

...because I am human, I am worthy, and "I deserve a break today!"

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LINDA! 11/26/2009 9:29PM

    AGREE!! emoticon

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QUILTINGB52 11/26/2009 8:23PM

    Amen Sista!!!!! That's what maintenance is all about!!!

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SUPREME5 11/26/2009 7:56PM

    right on

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MARTY19 11/26/2009 3:47PM

    emoticon I agree with you.


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ETAGGEL 11/26/2009 1:26PM

    Thank you for that!


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LITTLESTAPLETON 11/26/2009 10:51AM

    Thank you so much for encouraging us to be kind to ourselves and not give up! What a great message to wake up to on Thanksgiving!

Have a great day!

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LOPEYP 11/26/2009 10:04AM

    Me too.

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CATHEITE 11/26/2009 9:10AM

    What a terrifc message! emoticon

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MEADSBAY 11/26/2009 9:00AM

    I know I am repeating my self here, Linda, but
you are,
always have been,
and always will be
my hero!
Have a wonderful day.
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ASTORRES1 11/26/2009 8:32AM

    Amen sister!!!!

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MSLZZY 11/26/2009 8:13AM

    Very positive and true! I'll do the same! emoticon

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Thanksgiving is coming!

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Thanksgiving is coming next week.

I do not want you to be afraid! Eat as sensibly as you can - and then move on. Friday will follow the "feast day" and you will get back on track.

It is more important to try your best - but remember this is a day to celebrate with our loved ones and to be thankful for each other as well as the bounty bestowed upon us.

You will persevere!

Love you,

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LINDA! 11/22/2009 4:41PM

    Happy Thanksgiving! emoticon

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MARINCESS 11/21/2009 10:52PM

    Amen! emoticon

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ILSAWING 11/21/2009 7:30PM

    You're right Linda. I made up my mind to enjoy Thanksgiving Day with family as well as Christmas Day. I will just get back on track the following day.
Thanks for the good advice.


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MSLZZY 11/20/2009 10:43AM

    Make Thansgiving your treat day and then dedicate yourself to getting back on track. Eat sensibly but enjoy the good company you are keeping and make new memories!

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GLOBALKEEWEE 11/19/2009 4:41PM

    Thanks for the pre-emptive pep talk!
Bring on the bird!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 11/19/2009 11:34AM

    I agree! I'm also thankful for SP. With Spark I've become so much more aware of my options. I don't have to eat like it's my last meal or try everything if I don't want to. It's so freeing!!

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MEADSBAY 11/19/2009 9:37AM

    That is great advice!
I'm looking forward to the day and will have small portions of just my favorite foods.


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GRALLEN 11/19/2009 9:07AM

    I'm going to use portion control and not take a little of everything, just a few things.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/19/2009 7:46AM

    Great attitude, Linda! Have a Happy, Happy Thanksgiving.

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_VALEO_ 11/19/2009 7:22AM

    Have a great Thanksgiving with your family!

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MARTY19 11/19/2009 7:19AM

    Good advice to everyone. One day doesn't kill a sensible plan but a weekend will.


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Thankful at Thanksgiving! ... and everyday!!

Monday, November 16, 2009

Yes, I am thankful at Thanksgiving. I am thankful that my DH is still here after discovering cancer 8 years ago and surviving chemotherapy. I am thankful that he has Medicare plus his Supplemental Insurance from Blue Shield and it is not free. Neither are his medications.

I have heard so much about the National Debt that I am sick of all the complaining. Mind you, this is just MY OPINION. You have the right to disagree in your own Blog and please, if you do disagree, let me know by sending me the link to read Your Blog. I will respect your opinion, please respect mine.

I keep hearing how Medicare is to blame for the National Debt. Well, which one of us would not have lost a parent or grandparent years ago without Medicare? My DH and my Dad would be long gone without the benefits of Medicare - and seniors do pay for this, it comes off the top of their social security. And many like my DH and my Dad are WWII veterans and they really did put their lives on the line to protect our freedom. My Dad lost most of his buddies in his battalion - he saw too much action in Africa and he was at the Normandy landing and no, he is not considered disabled. He worked very hard until retirement as a Pastry Chef, that's a baker of sweets. I am very thankful he is here today. And my DH is a "notch baby" - this is because he was born in 1921 and he receives less to live on than people that never worked and collect SSI. But I am thankful that "we have enough". Being able to live on what we have is a blessing I am truly thankful for.

I hear how Socialized Medicine doesn't work. What do you call Medicaid? Free health-care and food stamps. No, we're not allowed to say Welfare, politically incorrect.

And how about everyone in prison? Do you think prisoners aren't receiving Socialized Medicine? Even prisoners that do not have USA citizenship receive all manner of health-care without paying a dime plus three square meals, air-conditioning and the chance to get a college degree for free. Anyone that can get across our borders will receive free emergency medical care. This is not going to change.

Yes, the National Debt is horrendous. But this is not all about money leaving this country. This is Social Security, SSI, our Prison System, The Senators and Congressmen who do have their own Socialized Medicine, FBI, anyone that receives any form of government payment.

I am not embarrassed to admit, I will not send Ray's Social Security back to help the National Debt.

And while our system is in trouble and the debt comes from spending money before it is collected, I am proud to be an American. And I am thankful to be an American. I am thankful to be a citizen of the United States of America. I don't always agree with everything, but I am always thankful I am not sitting in the Big Chair trying to make all the difficult decisions that affect everyone living in this country. And I am thankful I don't have to live in fear for voicing my opinions.


**edit: I was on Welfare for 9 months when my back went out in 1980 - and I was thankful then to be able to get the medical attention I needed to strengthen my back so I could return to the working world.

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QUILTINGB52 11/26/2009 8:54PM

    Excellent blog!

When I became disabled ~ I was humbled & thankful that my boyfriend took over my house payment & utilitites, so I could continue to have a roof over my head.

When I was approved & received Social Security, I was relieved and guilty all rolled together ~ such an emotional time in my life.

I am thankful for the excellent job I had, that allows me to be on SSD now. And with my abilities - I try to give back to others that are less fortunate than I am.

No matter what my disabilities are ~ I can still give of myself to others by filling a friends cupboard with food, visiting with men & women at the Veteran's Home or wrapping quilts around each person in need.

This past summer ~ Don, a neighbor came over to ask if it would be okay to trim some of the 'dead wood' in my backyard (it was a jungle back there). Don was a VietNam veteran and when he sees a need, he offers his help. He kept my bushes trimmed around my house, cut back & removed unwanted trees & brush and did this from the kindness of his heart.

In turn, I offered to provide him rides to his doctor appointments at the Veterans Home. This saved him from spending the whole day transfering from one bus to another (about 80 mile round trip).

A dear friend created an organization where people list their abilities and barter with others for services. It's all about bringing communities back together. She has one (single) man that offers his carpentry skills to seniors & in exchange receives a meal or a plate filled with cookies.

Yes, there are many things to be thankful for...it just takes a moment of our time.

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SLENDERELLA61 11/18/2009 10:02PM

    Yes, I am thankful to be an American. I am thankful I currently have COBRA medical insurance and hope that my current efforts to qualify medically for ongoing health insurance succeed. Thanks for sharing your views, Raylin. You make a lot of sense. Glad that your DH is doing well, too.

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MARTY19 11/17/2009 6:50AM

    I cannot control the national debt. I can and do make the best choices when voting. I believe in Medicare and Welfare. I was on welfare when I lost my job sue to cutbacks and I went back to college to get a degree. I was on for 3 years and now I am self-sufficient again. It was there when I needed it.


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LOPEYP 11/17/2009 6:32AM

    I agree with IMREITE. Much of the national debt was caused by those making the rules. They should look at themselves before taking from others. It's so scary. I live in Massachusetts and we have a prescription drug assitance plan that my mother is enrolled in. It's pays a small part of the monthly premium and something towards the drugs (small). She received a letter yesterday that due to budget cuts they will no longer pay part of the monthly premium. Yet our "wonderful" governor just announced that he wants to give free tuition to state colleges to illegals. How does that make sense??? Give to those that broke the law to get here but not take care of those that are citizens. Still scratching my head over that one...... My two cents.

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_VALEO_ 11/17/2009 3:59AM

    As an European and French, I couldn't agree more with your blog.
Everyone deserves to have access to health care and the best medicines whatever their incomes are. I'm so glad we have this national health over here, and yes it costs (does someone know something which is free?) but we don't pay more taxes than you do, mind you (I lived in the US and paid my taxes there, so I know). The priorities are just different. Education, university included, is free too. We believe that Health and Education are the most valuable assets in a society. You want people to work and be part of the society, you have to educate them and you have to cure them when they need it, IMO.

I pay for those who need it, I pay for the legal or illegal residents, employed or unemployed, persons of all creeds and ages, and I'm happy to do it, and grateful that I have a job so I can pay my taxes, and give back to the country where I'm living. Maybe one day they will have to pay for me. It's a win-win situation.
I'm so glad I don't have this burden above my head, and not being sure if I would have enough money to go the hospital in case of need.

Some claim it is "socialism", but they have no idea what "socialism" is and that the large majority of the European countries are NOT at all ruled by socialism, on the contrary.
And this "socialized medicine" works! Otherwise, why more and more Americans would come over here to be cure? Even if they have to pay the full costs -unlike us-, it is still cheaper for them to come across the pond because doctors and hospitals make them pay the REAL costs, and they receive the best treatments.

I believe it is HUMANISM. You have to help those who need it. I'm an atheist living in a secular country, but isn't there something in the bible saying that you have to help others?

I do hope the US will get a national health care, there is nothing to be afraid of. If you ask any Europeans none of us would want to go back to the ages where it didn't exist.

I'm glad that your DH could be cured. You have no reasons to feel guilty because of a national debt, hang on to this Medicare, you and your family deserve it!

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MSLZZY 11/16/2009 8:53PM

    There are many to blame for the national debt but I, for one, like my little chair just fine! It is a huge problem to solve and it will take time and effort. We'll need to see what resolutions transpire. emoticon

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IMREITE 11/16/2009 8:39PM

    I think people want to blame things for problems. out debt comes from a lot of different places mostly from irresponsibility (i'm including individuals making bad decisions too.).

Part of being truely thankful is being willing to "pay back" to those who gave to us. I have no problem with giving money to vetrans. In fact, i don't think we do enough for them. I also think anyone who paid into Social Security has the right to collect payments from it now. We only have our schools, communities, clubs, and services because of others hard work and efforts to provide them.

Even when i get frustrated, it is a lot easier now to be thankful for things/people in my life. There is so much that i have.

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GRALLEN 11/16/2009 8:25PM

    I agree with you.

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WATERMELLEN 11/16/2009 8:17PM

    I like this blog! As a Canadian, I'm very very grateful for the wonderful medical care my family members and I have had when we have needed it and without question.

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EMMABE1 11/16/2009 8:10PM

    It is good for all of us to remember our blessings, particularly, in my case at least, that we live in a free world, can voice our opinions freely, can and do, rant at the government, but also that, no way, would we do their job!!
There may be short comings, to every system, I'm sure, but we survive and most of us live fairly good lives.
We don't have a Thanksgiving, but maybe we should, so we can think of the things we are thankful for!!

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LINDA! 11/16/2009 8:06PM

    God Bless your husband. emoticon

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JUST-AMY 11/16/2009 8:03PM

    Amen baby! Well spoken, carefully thought out words. I can't even get to argue with them. This is the land of the free because it has been the home of the brave.


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