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Wednesday, March 03, 2010

To the Victor go the Spoils!

I see by my Friends Feed that everyone is receiving Perfect Attendance & Consistency awards today!!

It reminded me of winning a lottery - you have to be in it to win it.

With SP you have to keep coming back to be a loser!!

So Perfect Attendance can make losers of all of us!!

Consistency can make losers of all of us!

2 of my friends received Trivia A Awards!! WTG to the brains of this outfit!!

Everyone seems to be winning 500 SparkPoint Awards! Seems a lot of us are actively working the Spark Program! WooHoo!!

We all seem to be winning 1,000 Monthly Fitness Minutes awards!! We are getting fit!!

I am just so proud of all my *loser* friends!!
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JANNIEWANNIE 3/5/2010 9:20PM

    Who ever thought when they were young that they wanted to grow up and be a "loser". Right now it seems like a wonderful goal. Thank you for sharing. Hugs from j

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LAURIEKRGR 3/4/2010 9:43PM

    I like being a "loser" thanks for all your motivation!


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GONABFIT 3/4/2010 9:22PM

    WOOO HOOOO!! I was so excited to see my awards! congrats to the Losers!

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WALKINGANNIE 3/4/2010 4:57PM

    Thanks for helping me to be a happy loser.

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TRYINGHARD1948 3/4/2010 4:32AM

    You have friends who keep losing? The only way to find yourself.

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MSLZZY 3/3/2010 9:48PM

    Funny how being a "loser" is a BIG deal! But that is the name of the game! Lose it and win with a healthier lifestyle!

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KALIGIRL 3/3/2010 9:24PM

    Here's to all the loser-winners!

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GRALLEN 3/3/2010 9:05PM

    I'm always surprised when I get those awards too but they are a nice surprise to see when I sign on.

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    I'm so prooud to be a ' Loser' LOL

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CATHEITE 3/3/2010 8:11PM

    emoticon We're losers!!

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PO_PAZZA 3/3/2010 7:54PM

    Who knew I'd be a winner by being a loser?

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WATERMELLEN 3/3/2010 7:36PM

    Yay us!!

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LOPEYP 3/3/2010 7:24PM

    Yes, we are all surrounded by losers. Yah us! emoticon

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KAROUSELL46 3/3/2010 7:05PM

    It's great to be a LOSER! Hurray us!

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    WTG Losers! emoticon

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CICI510 3/3/2010 6:30PM

    I love being a LOSER!! :)

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SUZ139 3/3/2010 6:29PM

    LOL....Hi my name is Suz and I am a LOSER!!!

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ASTORRES1 3/3/2010 6:25PM

    Reading your blog made me feel better about my week....for the second day in a row...I didnt make it to the gym...because of various circumstances....when I miss ..the guilt feelings rear its ugly head...and then I feel bad about missing....but you just reminded me...that I am successful for being a "loser"....

Thanks so much...Linda.


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SLENDERELLA61 3/3/2010 6:16PM

    Yeah for Losers!! Hooray for dear Linda to lead us and point out our accomplishments!!!

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    Yay losers!

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MSCANDICE25 3/3/2010 6:02PM

    keep up the good work losers

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LENNIEBINO 3/3/2010 5:55PM

  Yeah to all the losers!!

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Oh No! 2 More Feet of Snow!!

Monday, March 01, 2010

My b-i-l sent this to me today and I just thought it was too cute!

I tell you all now, up front, feel free to copy it and blog it yourself if you want to. This is NOT my picture, it is a picture being emailed all over the WWW.

For anyone not knowing how - you just right-click on the picture and save it to your computer.


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SHUCG1004 3/3/2010 1:34PM

    You got me, completely!

Thanks for the comment on my blog and my feed. I love it when people like you are faithful to give feedback. You're awesome!


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BARNABABY1 3/2/2010 10:04PM

    emoticon...Now that's what I call having 'cold feet'!!!

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EMILYBEMENT 3/2/2010 5:14PM

    LOL! Love this!!

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GRALLEN 3/1/2010 9:35PM

    OH very funny!! Hardy har har. lol

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HEALTHY4SPRING 3/1/2010 8:34PM

    Linda, you are so funny! Being in New Mexico I don't have too much to complain about... but I am ready for some warmer weather, too!

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KRISI79 3/1/2010 5:32PM

    So cute

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MARTY19 3/1/2010 4:26PM

When I got this, I just sat and laughted and laughed.


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MRSPOTATOHEAD83 3/1/2010 3:41PM

    LOL! Only two feet of snow would be great!

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MSLZZY 3/1/2010 2:41PM

    What a teaser!

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_VALEO_ 3/1/2010 2:31PM

    Hahaha, you got me with your title!

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CICI510 3/1/2010 1:52PM

    Wow! Now THAT is cool!!!!

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MEADSBAY 3/1/2010 1:48PM

    thnx- I needed a good laugh!

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KALIGIRL 3/1/2010 1:13PM

    Great fun - particularly for the first day of March!

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MELSY82 3/1/2010 1:11PM

    great, thanks for sharing! What a snowy week we've had!

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    Sure glad that we don't have THOSE two feet of snow to shovel!!

Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 3/1/2010 1:06PM

    Too funny!!

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    LMAO that was great!

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ONMYWAYTOGOAL 3/1/2010 12:54PM

    I got that email earlier.....can you believe!!!

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Brand new, second-hand StoveTop!

Thursday, February 25, 2010

So I went shopping and came home with a new Range, Flat top cooking area.

Couldn't get to sleep - just had this annoying feeling it was wrong. I told DH and took the stove back yesterday morning.

For 20 years I have hated my StoveTop, a GE with coil burners that replaced a faulty GE with coil burners - don't ask. The salesman convinced my DH that my best bet was to replace identical items instead of the StoveTop I had wanted. He also talked DH out of me getting a self-cleaning wall oven, insisting I didn't need it. So we replaced what we had 20 years ago. My only bonus back then was a matching range hood instead of the green one for a now new beige StoveTop and Wall Oven.

Well, it sounds stupid, I just wasn't ready to let go of my existing StoveTop with the burner that had become "floppy" about 3 years ago.

*yes Tony, I am sure you know what the solution was*

So my B-I-L came to measure for my new range only to learn I had returned it. End of story? It took him maybe 10 minutes to fix my existing StoveTop! This is the StoveTop I have learned how to cook on for the past 20 years!! I am ecstatic!! I just wasn't ready for a change and must have really wanted to have this one fixed if at all possible! I mean, I know I am cheap - incredibly cheap - but I must be sentimental too, lol.

I am in hog-heaven with my now fixed 20 year old StoveTop!!

Life is great!

**P.S. The clip had come undone and had flipped over and Bless his heart, Van figured it out and re-clipped the burner! ( I bet you knew this paragraphs back Tony, lol. )
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SABLE77 2/28/2010 4:43PM

    old is good!

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GRALLEN 2/25/2010 9:58PM

    Not cheap, smart.

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ANNIEONLI 2/25/2010 8:21PM

    Nothing wrong with being cheap and sentimental...that is me all over the place too!!! ROFL!!

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MESSENE 2/25/2010 4:49PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticonI have a self cleaning stove, and don't even know how to use it. emoticon
Best wishes!!! emoticon emoticon

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EMMABE1 2/25/2010 3:41PM

    Its very interesting that we so often resist change in our lives, but I can identify with you in this respect - I am dreading having to change my cooking stove sometime too - its at least as old as yours!!

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SUCHAHOOT 2/25/2010 3:25PM

    I can so identify with this! My Dad gave us his 20 year old Lazy Boy chair when he got a new one. My husband used it for another 20. No duct tape or anything! It was looking worn, we loaded it up in the back of the truck to take to charity. We were finally going to replace it. We got there & TURNED AROUND in the parking lot without unloading it! We just couldn't do it! It was still a great chair, didn't look too shabby in the den, my Dad had since passed, so that played into it, but it was still so funny! We finally let it go shortly before we moved. The mechanism finally gave up. We still laugh about that trip. Glad you like you 'new' stove!

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BRIGHTSPARK7 2/25/2010 2:29PM

    emoticon For this blog!

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CATHEITE 2/25/2010 2:08PM

    I love saving money too! Great for your wallet, great for the environment. emoticon on listening to your instincts!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/25/2010 2:07PM

    You are my kind of gal.

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KALIGIRL 2/25/2010 1:50PM

    Great!!! What fun kitchen things are you planning to do with your savings?

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WALKINGANNIE 2/25/2010 1:31PM

    Too funny!!


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SOPHIADARE 2/25/2010 1:05PM

    Change is good, especially when it's a change from "broken" to "working well" and no fuss or new stuff to learn!

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ASTORRES1 2/25/2010 12:43PM

    Linda...you are too funny. Glad you still have the "old faithful"!!!

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LISA_RENA 2/25/2010 11:48AM

    It seems to be like that in life. We find something that we like that when it is time to replace it we realize we just cant let it go. I have a car like that every year I say I am going to get a new one but almost 5 years later guess what I still am fixing it and driving it. Thankyou for sharing your blog with us.

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    Schuckey darned!

Here I was excited for you getting a new flat top cook top! But if you're happy I'm elated!

Amazing how we perceive what we THINK is the best, when we are finally face-to-face with it, it often seems QUITE different!

Either way, I'm glad that you are happy and in hog heaven. Nothing wrong with that picture AT ALL!

Have a SPlendid Day

Thanks for all the chuckles Linda, you're the best!

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CICI510 2/25/2010 11:10AM

    emoticon That's awesome!!!

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KAROUSELL46 2/25/2010 11:07AM

    Sometimes its so hard to give up what we are use to using. I'm glad it was something simple to fix. I get happy over some of the simplest things....Karen

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MSLZZY 2/25/2010 10:39AM

    We had several electric stoves with coil-type burners, all used, and it was okay. But we had children and I was concerned that they would turn on a burner or touch a hot burner. So when we had the opportunity, we purchased a natural gas stove and I just loved it. If there was no electricity, I could still cook. That stove last almost 18 years but when we remodeled the kitchen, it had serious issues and we replaced it with another gas stove.
My point being, it doesn't hurt to be frugal and yours was easily repaired. You don't have to adjust to a new stove. I'd keep the BIL around for all the little fix-its!

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Dental Cleanings for DH & Me and no problems!!

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

It has been a long time since neither of us had to have any work done!

WooHoo! Only have to pay for the cleanings!!

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CATHEITE 2/25/2010 1:15PM

    emoticon Validation that you're taking excellent care of your teeth!

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SOPHIADARE 2/25/2010 1:00PM

    Good for you! You must both have been flossing and brushing AND having enough good luck not to fall into the "not fair but it happens" percentages! emoticon emoticon

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GRALLEN 2/24/2010 9:58PM

    It feels good when the pearly whites are fresh and clean.

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SLENDERELLA61 2/24/2010 8:57PM

    Great! Good for both of you. Healthy eating may have helped, you know.

Ironically, I went to the dentist today, too. Mine was almost as good as yours!

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/24/2010 8:13PM

    emoticon So... you can buy yourselves something nice instead? Romantic movie? Dinner?

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MESSENE 2/24/2010 8:01PM

    emoticon emoticonsounds super emoticon emoticon

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Why do I use 1 teaspoon of heavy whipping cream??

Monday, February 22, 2010

One of my girlfriends checks my Fitness Tracker daily - she says it motivates her and that I am killing her. Now that I know what she is doing, she might just kill me too!

Anyway, she asked, "what's with the teaspoon of heavy whipping cream I keep seeing in your Nutrition Tracker?"

Long story short - I use it in my coffee.

I cannot use milk, it always has tasted sour to me.

I can only use non-dairy creamers for a short time as they contain soy and it too starts to bother my stomach.

I was given 4 quarts of heavy whipping cream before Christmas and I experimented with it, trying it in my coffee one day. Low and behold, no sour taste and no more stomach ache!!
(I since tried half & half but it tasted sour to me, too much milk in it I guess.)

Through trial and error, I discovered that 1 tsp is all I need per cup! And I also found out I like my coffee diluted by almost half! Now I brew mine with less coffee and found I don't have to use the extra sweetening of the non-dairy creamer with it! One sweet'n'low and 1 tsp heavy cream and I can have 2 cups a day with no stomach problems!

So now for anyone else wondering - the mystery of the heavy whipping cream is solved!

FYI, half & half makes a really tasty cornbread and regular white bread! Just have to make sure you count the extra calories! emoticon

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MUFFIN350 3/1/2010 4:47AM

    I wanted to thank you for being so consistent in your nutrition trackers. I almost never see anyone post in the 1700-1900 range with a good variety of food here - it's like no one is eating like real human, and you are! And you look great! Thanks for making me believe it's possible.

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KALIGIRL 2/24/2010 1:35PM

    Thanks for the tip. Although I'm a died in the wool half & half fan, I'm having the family for Christmas and will have some on hand!

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    Last sentence, do you mean using it in cornbread recipe (like instead of milk)?

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LOPEYP 2/22/2010 7:52PM

    I'm not a coffee fan but the cream would go well on gingerbread. emoticon

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ASTORRES1 2/22/2010 6:59PM

    Whatever it takes.....and you found the combination that works for you!!!


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SPARKLYMOOSE 2/22/2010 4:52PM

    mmmm....cream is so delicious. I would rather have less of something great than more of something not so great anyway. I often find quality over quantity much more satisfying.

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KAROUSELL46 2/22/2010 4:22PM

    I might have to try that. I've been complaining for awhile now about my coffee. Even switched coffee pots. Taste kind of bitter or something. Thanks for the tip....Karen emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 2/22/2010 3:59PM

    Trust that you would stick with it until you found what works for you. As usual, good job!! Good persistence!

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    If you think that HWC is good in coffee, try it in some scrambled eggs instead of milk or water. can you say FLUFFY? LOL

Have FUN with your HWC

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EMILYBEMENT 2/22/2010 3:24PM

    I use half and half, but have thought about going back to heavy cream , I use less when I use it. I allow myself two cups of coffee each morning...my treat and that is not changing. One thing I will keep for me. I count my add ins or add ons, and I think a wee bit of fat is good for us too. Hmmm may look at using cream again, real soon.
Hugs, Em

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    You are such an inspiration! Thank you!!!! Leslie emoticon

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KNITTABLES 2/22/2010 2:53PM

    I like it in my coffee too!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 2/22/2010 2:43PM

    Sometimes a special thing like that just makes the day nicer.

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