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Back on track - yet again!

Monday, February 08, 2010

This is what maintenance is - getting back on track whenever the weight goes up a few pounds.

But returning to my freggies is a good thing!

I was also able to walk 7 miles today - in the course of 2 walks - so I feel confident things are going my 'weigh'.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 2/10/2010 6:05AM

    Way to go!! Thanks for sharing how you manage maintenance.

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EMILYBEMENT 2/9/2010 6:21PM

    great plan!!

You never doubt yourself and you are always on track! emoticon

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    That was well said, "this is what mntc is".

I'm looking forward to having that battle one day!

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IDEBORAH 2/9/2010 10:08AM

    Following your lead. Thanks for the inspiration.

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SLIMGRAM2 2/9/2010 7:20AM

    Good for you on your walikng emoticon You inspire and motivate all of us, now it's our turn emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASTORRES1 2/9/2010 5:51AM

    WOOHOO Linda....

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MONGO2TEN 2/9/2010 2:12AM

    Way to go! You keep the rest of us inspired!


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KNITTABLES 2/8/2010 10:28PM

    Good job, keep it up.

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GRALLEN 2/8/2010 9:48PM

    Good job getting after it!

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SMB19191405 2/8/2010 9:22PM

    You're doing it! Keep up the good work!

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SPARKLYMOOSE 2/8/2010 8:44PM

    Good Job! You'll show those few pounds who's boss now!

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EMMABE1 2/8/2010 8:16PM

    Sounds good!!
I love the term - "freggies"!!

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MSLZZY 2/8/2010 8:03PM

    Good for you! Walking is such good exercise. Here's to maintenance and freggies!

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I read a blog today...

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Ok, I read several blogs daily - but today's blog by WALKINGANNIE needs to be read by many so I am asking you to go read her blog - if you like it, please consider checking the "I like this blog" button.


I am not going to say it's the best blog ever, but I am saying that I believe it needs to be read because of the issues. Maintenance being the key issue.

Thanks for considering reading WALKINGANNIE's blog today!

Hugs y'all,
**edited because I forgot the link emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/7/2010 9:15PM

    Thanks for the tip... I might have got to it, but the nudge got me there faster!

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    Thanks for sharing it Linda. I read it and completely agree. Also clicked "I liked it," because I agree with it completely.

I think the weight bar at the bottom should be totally different for maintainers and that SP should do more to celebrate length of time a maintenance.

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MSLZZY 2/7/2010 6:50PM

    Excellent blog and thanks for the link! Very worthwhile to read!

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SOPHIADARE 2/7/2010 6:27PM

    I clicked "like" on your blog, too. After all, to keep on with Walking Annie's sports metaphor, in BASKETBALL they may TRY to give adequate credit for the assists, but they don't achieve it. In other sports, they don't even seem to try.

Great assist!

In fact, lots of great assistance!

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GBOOMER 2/7/2010 4:38PM

    Thanks for the suggestion. I read the blog and enjoyed it. Those fantasy headlines ("Celeb has had healthy BMI for years! ") are funny and right on!

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WALKINGANNIE 2/7/2010 1:28PM

    Gosh Linda. This explains the little flurry of comments on my blog. I was a bit taken aback by the interest when I logged back in!

To be fair, I was only saying what you and many others have been encouraging me to think about and get straight in my head. This time I think I really do get it. Weight loss is a temporary project but maintenance is a lifelong routine.

Thanks to you and REDGRAMA for captaining the At Goal and Maintaining lifeboat!

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SMB19191405 2/7/2010 12:45PM

    Thanks for sharing Linda. It is a good blog.

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KNITTABLES 2/7/2010 12:24PM

    Thanks I will go a read it now.

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    Thanks for the recommendation Linda!

Great article

Have a great day,
because you deserve it!

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Friday, February 05, 2010

maintenance from the Free Merriam-Webster Dictionary
1. the act of maintaining: the state of being maintained
2. something that maintains
3. the upkeep of property or equipment

AARGH! AARGH!! That felt good!

If you think weight maintenance is tough - how tough will muscle maintenance be?!
I believe for this it would be the 3rd definition - my body being my property.

I just had to get this off my chest. Not even going to suggest where anyone should go with it - just AARGH!!!
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**edit 2/6/10:
I know I am going to hear a lot of flack about this - but I simply will not be a slave to weights and working out. I have decided that forcing myself is worse than a bit of flab; now I will just do the exercises I enjoy doing and take my body as it is. I am 58 and lighter than I ever was on the "weigh" up.

Besides, when I take off my glasses - I don't see no wrinkles or flabby body parts!

Life ain't so bad if I take off my glasses!
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BITTYGIRL51 2/7/2010 4:44PM

    I completely agree! I felt guilty all week about only making it to the gym twice, and yet on Friday when I was so sore...I realized I was sore from my Thursday of marathon grocery shopping..and hauling groceries in from the car and putting them all away! It was a more vigorous workout than my Monday and Tuesday at the gym!! DUH!

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EMILYBEMENT 2/7/2010 11:20AM

    I know this maybe a bit weird but, any change I make and keep is a form of maintenance. I stopped smoking and continue to maintain the 'not' or 'none' of this. I stopped and started many things that I will maintain for my life, like exercise (my exercise). Weight is still a work in progress, but it is my number not a number selected by others as is my exercise. :-)

Honey I gave up on all the hype on 'outer beauty' when I received gifts of stretch marks with my pregnancies, I do believe even on my eyeballs ;-) Thank God He sees us as beautiful as we truly are. And sweety you are a beauty!

Good blog Linda!

LOve, Em

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LOPEYP 2/6/2010 2:36PM

My father use to say "When you pay the taxes, you can make the decisions." It's your body and your choice. Do what works for you!

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IDEBORAH 2/6/2010 11:07AM

    Thank you for this blog. I really needed to see that maintenance is about the upkeep. I can make peace with the flab. The flab in no way imperils my health the way the fat did. But making that peace does not mean letting myself off the hook with taking my vitamins and strength training to maintain.

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MEADSBAY 2/6/2010 10:50AM

    Our forefathers and mothers never hit the gym and lifted weights, now, did they?
I'm soon to be 58 and while I enjoy doing those things, and do them a lot, I have come to terms with the fact that I will always have loose skin, bat wings, cellulite and some flab, no matter how small I get.
Before my dear mother passed away (I am built a lot like her) she got down into the 120's and still had all of those things (of course, she had had 14 babies, too, and she died at 80).
Well, I'm off to the gym now! emoticon

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LINDA25427 2/5/2010 11:33PM

    Have been maintaining the same weight for months it is time for me to get the scale moving downward again .Thanks for your blog God bless. emoticon emoticon

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KNITTABLES 2/5/2010 10:54PM

    Been on maintainance for about 3 monthes now. It is hard, So glad you got it off you chest. I feel like that sometimes. emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/5/2010 5:12PM

    That is the best thing to do! Get it off your mind and off your chest.
Have a great weekend and take care!

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MESSENE 2/5/2010 5:09PM

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WALKINGANNIE 2/5/2010 4:17PM

    Glad to see you're back on-line Linda.

I'll try to keep my gable end in good condition! Thank goodnes I haven't got as much soft furnishing to maintain and I've got rid of some cushions!

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MELTEAGUE 2/5/2010 3:36PM

    i JUST ENTERED Maintenance mode ,and am more than alittle terrified of it all! lol ...thanks for the definition!

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    Happy Friday!

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To answer a couple of questions...

Wednesday, February 03, 2010

No, I really don't eat onions.

These are Vidalia Onions and are supposed to be "The Sweetest" onions on earth.

My DH loves his garden and gardening but part of his joy comes from sharing his bounty. He probably gives away half the garden every year if not more!

Vidalia Onions have a limited shelf life and he just gives to anyone and everyone. You can chop onions and freeze them - they become more potent after freezing though. DH would rather share than freeze them. It's ok with me, it's a blessing for him to be so willing to share with others.

Truly it is a labor of love for me since he enjoys them so much.

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MEADSBAY 2/6/2010 10:45AM

    We love onions and garlic at my house.
My DH's uncle used to send us a box of Vidalia onions every summer back when he lived in Georgia.

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I got so envious of you planting onions that I added your city to my iPhone application for weather. No wonder you are already planting onions, today you are having a rainy day and is reported to have a temperature of 49 degrees, LOL

Keep up the great work

My F-I-L loves vidalia onions as do I. He calls them Vandalia onions though, LOL

Have a great day

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_VALEO_ 2/4/2010 4:20AM

    Maybe you can echange some of your onions with a neighbor who has planted something else than you like?

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WALKINGANNIE 2/3/2010 4:24PM

    We live and learn the most surprising things on SP! It would never have occurred to me to freeze onions. Thanks for sharing.

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    Linda. I don't eat onions either. I have mellowed with age and will allow 1 tsp. of pureed onion to be added to a recipe and I will eat sauted and then mixed with LOTS of good veggies, leeks. That is it. Hate em!! Always have always will. I went to bed without dinner many times as a child, rather than eat onions. LOL


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    How wonderful of your hubby! Heart of gold on him! I love it.

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KNITTABLES 2/3/2010 1:17PM

    I love onions, and good for your hubby to give them away instead of having them go rotten.

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HAPPYBASKET 2/3/2010 12:58PM

    OOOOOHh Vidalia's! Your neighborhood is going to get very crowded. LOL emoticon. I too would dry a lot of them My former neighbor used my dehydrator a LOT so one day, he said, let me buy that from you & you borrow it from me for awhile. Friends that we were, I said sure. We went away for a month & whedn we came back, they had moved! But I am watching for another. They are a wonderful appliance. I haven't been that successful usi8ng my Microwave for that purpose. emoticon

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GRALLEN 2/3/2010 12:15PM

    I love onions. I could almost eat them like an apple..

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ASTORRES1 2/3/2010 11:23AM

    Those are my FAVORITE onions....the vadailia. Your hubby has a great heart just like you, my dear Linda!!!


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BARNABABY1 2/3/2010 10:46AM

    I wish I lived next door to you.... I'd love to know someone who had fresh veggies...especially Vidalia onions....to give away. You are very lucky to have a husband who likes to garden and is sweet enough to share his bounty! emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/3/2010 10:23AM

    We do the same with our garden and the bounty it provides. We take as much of the extra as we can to church on Sunday to share with the older people in the congregation and then in midweek, we take the rest to the cafe on main street.
We call our siblings and make sure everyone gets as much as they want. With a
200 x 250 foot space, that's a lot of veggies! But we do it in the spirit of giving all season long. Plus it is good cardio for me LOL!

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ENUFALRDY 2/3/2010 10:02AM

    Oh, I love Vidalia onions, too bad I don't live near by.

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EMILYBEMENT 2/3/2010 9:52AM

    ohhh I love that you both give to one another and others as well. No surprise here, I see what you give to so many here.
Love you, Em emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/3/2010 9:51AM

    Oh, I love Vidalia onions, too. Wish I lived close by. I did live less than 30 miles from Vidalia for 6 years in the little town of Hazlehurst. Actually, the locals would tell you that Vidalia onions can only really grow in Vidalia. In any other soil they just taste a little different.

Sounds like your husband is a giving, loving person. Good for you for encouraging such a positive hobby!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 2/3/2010 9:43AM


*I* love onions. But my trainer has put a moratorium on them on training days. Because they have certain, er, sulfurous *gassy* effects, if you know what I mean...

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SMB19191405 2/3/2010 9:40AM

    I love Vidalia onions! Sharing is wonderful - but you know you can also dry your onions. Slice them and put them in a dehydrator. Store in a glass jar with a tight lid. They are great for soups, chili, roasts, etc. Anywhere you have a bit of liquid to rehydrate them.
I wish I lived near you ..... I would love to take some of those onions off his hands. emoticon

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MESSENE 2/3/2010 9:35AM

    Yum! emoticonI just love sweet onions! I eat raw sweet onions everyday, and can't live without them. emoticon emoticonThey are emoticonfor the heart too. I was wondering where you live? Since your planting onions already. Wish You a super emoticonday! emoticon emoticon

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Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow....

Tuesday, February 02, 2010

Ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow ow....

It's onion planting time again!

*Bend over, stick an onion in the ground, stand up, take one step to the side* repeat 200 times!

Tomorrow have to plant another 200 onions!
And the next day until they are all planted. emoticon

*sigh* and I keep telling Ray to buy them even though I don't eat them - he just loves growing onions! Thank goodness when they are all planted, my part of the job is done!

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MEADSBAY 2/6/2010 10:42AM


"HE" just loves growing them!
Where was HE when you planted 200 today?!?

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JULIETFOX 2/3/2010 1:15PM

    ow sounds painful... but you will reap what you sow

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    What do you do with all of them??? Are you able to sell them?

Kind of funny. Tho U probably don't think so . . .


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LOPEYP 2/3/2010 8:10AM

    What do you do with 400 onions? You got a good workout though. My back wouldn't take well to it. I would be in bed for a week.

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ASOPA21 2/3/2010 4:44AM

    GOod for yoU! Nice work out though! LOL

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_VALEO_ 2/3/2010 2:02AM

    Is it the raw onions or the cooked ones that you don't like? Have you tried shallots?
Planting is so good (physically and psychologically speaking), good luck with your 200 onions!
I can't plant anything right now, we still have meters of snow.

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    Great job! You're amazing! I can't imagine planting so many onions. Are you feeding a town? Great exercise my friend. Sorry you're feeling OW OW OW! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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HAPPYBASKET 2/2/2010 10:08PM

    I love my onions & I am planting my garden also, but that many onions? NOT!
We have very large onion fields west of us, near Luke AFB. Think I will buy mine.

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CLAIRESML 2/2/2010 9:49PM

    jump down turn around pick a bale of cotton, jump down turn around pick a bale of hay..... or something like that! hahahah.
that is some work!
I'm glad your dh likes the onions.
plant something for you, too!

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    I'm wondering where you live that you can plant onions this time of year. Clearly, it's warmer than where I am.

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SMB19191405 2/2/2010 9:20PM

    My goodness that is a lot of onions! Take credit for the exercise!

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CATHEITE 2/2/2010 8:53PM

    Oh boy, make sure to STRETCH. emoticon

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MSLZZY 2/2/2010 8:45PM

    Glad you got those onions all planted. It will be at least 4 more months before I can even till the garden!

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KNITTABLES 2/2/2010 8:27PM

    What a back breaking workout, good luck to you. Ouch indeed.

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TOMSBABE321 2/2/2010 8:21PM

    I Love onions. I don't know if I would want to do all that for my onions though. Good exercise is the plus side to the onions!!

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JETTER4 2/2/2010 8:05PM

  Does it break your back?

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EMMABE1 2/2/2010 8:03PM

    I'll bet that's not listed under exercise on SP!!

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GONABFIT 2/2/2010 8:01PM

    Great work! Sounds tedious but I'm sure it's a GREAT workout!`

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WOMYN42 2/2/2010 8:01PM

    That's funny! If YOU don't eat them, what on earth do you do with all of them?? I mean, they're not like beets, that you can pickle, or squash that you can can, or tomatoes that you can make salsa out of.... so what do you do with THAT MANY onions??

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