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Mama was right!!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

Mama was right!

No dessert until you eat your veggies!!

Veggies are so important to weight loss - they cannot be skipped or ignored.

Grab a carrot and make like Bugs Bunny!

Have a munchy, crunchy day!
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**my mama also used to belong to the 'clean plate' society! how often we heard how children were starving in *___* - I remember countless times offering to send my lima beans and onions to them!!

*** carrot cake - hmmmm - that's right there with zucchini bread - not really a veggie, lol.
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RAD062010 4/30/2011 9:28AM

    Amen to the salute to veggies.

I send you a happy carrot crunch and munch virtual snack.....LOL..

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(just pretend that broccoli is not there.... it's all good for ya....LOL)

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CHATTIEGIRL 4/26/2011 11:19PM

    Hi Raylin;

Brings back memories and boy did we have to clean our plates. I hated asparagus and they made me almost sick but had to eat them and after an hour, stone cold they are even worst. I would show my children what we where having for dinner so tell me ahead what you don't want. If it landed on the plate it was eaten. Not much they didn't eat just a few things.

Stay focused on your healthy life style and reach you goal which you are doing great with. God bless you always. Learn from Spark people each day.

Joyce

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MARTY728 4/25/2011 1:52PM

    Sounds like my Mom! Concerning sending food to those starving _____, every time I offered to send my food, my Mom told it was too late since she had sent some, so I had to do just like the starving kids in ______ were going to do and eat it all. I hated a favorite of my parents - lentil beans.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/25/2011 12:42PM

    emoticon You cracked me up about the zucchini bread not being a veggie! I love veggies so I am truly blessed! Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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SUNSET24 4/23/2011 3:22AM

    you GO girl! hugsssssssssssssss

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TUDI4480 4/22/2011 11:08PM

    I'll eat several carrots...as soon as I get back home!

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SOULOFADANCER 4/21/2011 9:21PM

    mm does carrot cake count?
Only kidding

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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/21/2011 12:42PM

    LOL
oh such memories


I like to convert my carrots into





CARROT CAKE

: )

Happy Easter

Have a Wonderful Weekend my dear friend!

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JERSEYGIRL24 4/21/2011 12:00AM

    I actually believe that you can train children to make good choices when it comes to eating. If I had it to do over again, I would be much more careful about how I fed my kids (though ironically, my 22 year old son has been trying to gain weight since forever, but he is not a big sweets eater). If I ever have grandchildren, which may happen in 5-10 years, I definitely will not indulge them with junk food.

I actually love veggies, too, but sometimes I have to remind myself of that!!!

As a complete aside, thanks for asking about my parents. I just posted a blog explaining what is going on with them. In short, Dad is moving to a group home, and Mom is having open heart surgery. Fun times.

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BRIGHTSPARK7 4/20/2011 11:58PM

    I try to get some raw every day. Thanks!

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WATERMELLEN 4/20/2011 8:51PM

    Love my veggies!! Cold for lunch (in my salads); hot for supper (in my soup); and even a bit of veggie in my breakfast omelette!! Yeah!!

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MSLZZY 4/20/2011 7:21PM

    Guess I better get to munching! HUGS!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/20/2011 4:58PM

    So true! Great advice!!

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NEW-CAZ 4/20/2011 3:39PM

    Linda I am virtually a vegetarian now LOL, I eat so much fruit and veg it's coming out of my ears and I rarely crave a pudding! emoticon

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TRENTDREAMER 4/20/2011 12:58PM

    Consistently eating vegetables have been a huge struggle for me.

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BARNABABY1 4/20/2011 12:19PM

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/20/2011 10:26AM

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MARTY19 4/20/2011 9:31AM

    My Mother told me to clean my plate. Maybe that's why I have a weight problem. LOL!

Love you
Marty

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BLESSEDGIGI 4/20/2011 9:23AM

    You're absolutely right! emoticon

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2PONDS 4/20/2011 9:15AM

    words of wisdom!!!! emoticon

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DESTINYE 4/20/2011 8:54AM

    Too true, munch munch!

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FITFABJENN 4/20/2011 8:45AM

    Yep, I completely agree! Thanks for the reminder!

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JLWOF1 4/20/2011 8:18AM

    The older I get, the wiser Mama gets! Thanks for sharing!

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OZARKMARY 4/20/2011 7:53AM

    Mama is such a smart woman. Too bad we "knew better".lol Fruits and veggies and no dessert has given me a 50+lb loss throughout last yr and so far this yr. I give my self a sweets day periodically and it's working. WE/ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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So pleased with my newest Spark Trophy!!

Monday, April 11, 2011

I don't know if I was able to save the image but I received a "Completed Virtual Race" Spark Trophy yesterday and I am just tickled to get it!!



On another note - just as important to me - I might have found the reason for my recent weight gains! I am eating too much fruit!!

Yes, I am counting calories and watching the Carbs but apparently you can eat too much fruit and gain weight - I guess my body can't process this much sugar.
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so I am going to backtrack and see what I was eating when more successful with the weight loss!
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**edit: One day no fruit for dinner and down 1/2 pound. Keeping my fingers and toes crossed - used to cross my eyes but Mama said my face would freeze that way!

** 2nd day no dinner fruit and down another 3/10ths! WooHoo!! Still eating my 3 fruit portions for breakfast!!

** 3rd day - up 1/10th but weighed an hour early and that can account for 1/10th. At least not a significant gain! My deficit yesterday was only 112.

**4th day - up another 1/10th! AARGH!! Hmmmm - could it be the grapes?! I only started eating them last week to help DH!

**5th day - really can't count it because I went totally nutzo yesterday and ate at least 1000 over my allowance. *sigh* there will be days like this!

**7th day and coming back down again after no grapes, lol. Maybe?? But today is cheesecake day, lol.

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JULESDUD1 4/19/2011 6:34PM

    Hey, think of it this way as far as the 1000 xtra calories!! If you are like me, you could have done that easily EVERY day and you DIDN'T!! That's a win overall!!! Keep going! You look great & are a winner!! emoticon

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DRB13_1 4/17/2011 11:49PM

    Congrats on the trophy and at least you are eating whole fruit, not drinking the concentrated sugar in juice. Maybe substitute a vegetable for a fruit... good luck!

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REJ7777 4/17/2011 8:40PM

    emoticon You earned that trophy!!! emoticon

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CAPECODDOGFISH 4/17/2011 5:44PM

    You do love your fruit and I really like your blogs. My wife asks me what I am doing smiling at the computer. You keep it up. Bob emoticon

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MOMFAN 4/17/2011 12:02AM

    Congrats! Way To Go! You are a champion! I completed mine today!

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TUDI4480 4/16/2011 10:38PM

    As always, you amaze me! Keep on keeping on. Enjoy this journey we are on!

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KELLEEH 4/15/2011 1:17PM

    Congrats on the virtual race trophy! I saw your blog when you first posted it, and it Sparked me to do my own virtual 5k yesterday! Thanks for the inspiration!

Let us know how it goes with reducing your fruit. I personally would be very sad to give up some of the fruit I eat.

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SOULOFADANCER 4/13/2011 8:19PM

    this is great!!! emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 4/13/2011 5:45PM

    interesting. I'm making an appointment with a nutritionist and hopefully will get some of the keys to this mystery of eating properly down. Love ya, Dawn emoticon PS: Congrats on your newest trophy!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2011 1:13PM

    Congrats on the new trophy!! Way to go!! I just love the trophies and am glad you do, too.

Best wishes with your latest tweak to your eating. Hope it helps you. I find I can eat lots of fruit, but we are all different. Take care, Marsha

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/13/2011 11:56AM

    emoticon goes to show what tracking can do for us!

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JENIFIREHARP 4/12/2011 11:49PM

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JERSEYGIRL24 4/12/2011 8:12PM

    emoticonon the trophy!!!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 4/12/2011 6:04PM

    emoticon on your trophy , hope the change in fruit helps , i shall looka little closer at my fruit as well now that farmers market is open . Have a great day .Dottie

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HEALTHY4ME 4/12/2011 4:57PM

    Congrats and yes I too am eating too much fruit I think. I have been eating really healthy for 3 wks and not a budge but was eating a fair bit of fruit cos not a good veggie eater. So now am trying hard to make salad daily lol no not fruit one! LOL

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ABELLEE 4/12/2011 12:56PM

    Congratulations on the trophy!

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MSLZZY 4/11/2011 9:14PM

    Congratulations! High five!
I'll have to keep that in mind. Too much of a good thing can work against you. Take care-
hugs!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/11/2011 9:04PM

    Yes it is a real juggling act with the fruit verses vegetables. I aim for 2 serves of fruit a day.

Well done on the virtual trophy!

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WEEZYB7881 4/11/2011 7:32PM

    congrats on the trophy. food/weight/scales are all one big chemistry experiment that is affected by a number of circumstances and surroundings. good for you for looking for answers. As always, you're an inspiration for me.

louise

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SHERRY257 4/11/2011 7:02PM

    Fantastic! Enjoy your glory and your trophy! emoticon

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BARNABABY1 4/11/2011 4:13PM

    Congrats on the trophy!!! You did a wonderful job!

What a concept.... eating too much fruit.... go figure! emoticon I also eat mostly fruit and have ended up dropping most of my veggies. You are remarkable.... I learn so much from your blogs. I'm going to try to cut back on the fruit and add my veggies back in and see what happens!
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LENKA763 4/11/2011 4:04PM

    You are doing great, the weight gain must be muscles.

you look great!

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MAWDOT35 4/11/2011 3:28PM

    Great job! Congrats on the new trophy!!!!!

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PINKCIS 4/11/2011 2:43PM

    Congratulations on the Trophy! You did great! You will have to limit what you eat on the fruit and veggies. Almost everything has calories. emoticon

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MARTY19 4/11/2011 2:10PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I would be so proud of that myself. I didn't realize that about fruit but I don't tend to eat a whole lot of any one thing.

Love you
Martuy

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MISSM66 4/11/2011 12:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and yes you can eat too much Fruits and gain weight just because of the sugar,the best thing to eat is berries like blueberries,Raspberries,and Strawberries,good luck emoticon emoticon

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REBECCAMA 4/11/2011 12:32PM

  Way to go!

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NEW-CAZ 4/11/2011 12:23PM

    emoticon ON YOUR LATEST TRIOPY LINDA emoticon emoticon

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LOPEYP 4/11/2011 12:11PM

    Me too! It's a great idea! emoticon

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/11/2011 11:35AM

    emoticonYou knew you could do it, and you DID it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DESTINYE 4/11/2011 11:34AM

    That is awesome! I want to check it out now!

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Staying on track - please read.

Sunday, April 10, 2011

I read this blog today and it is so relevant, I voted for it immediately!!

Please visit Joan_of_Spark's blog:
www.sparkpeople.com/mypage_public_jo
urnal_individual.asp?blog_id=4154834

and if you too agree, please cast your 'vote' for it. It gives a whole new meaning to staying on track!

It isn't terribly long - but it will give you a whole new perspective to staying on track.

Hugs,
Linda

**edit: this did become a Popular Blog post! WooHoo! I think it will help many of us struggling sparkers!!
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LIZABETT 4/16/2011 11:14PM

    emoticon I'll check it out. If you like it, I know it will be emoticon

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RAD062010 4/15/2011 12:49PM

    Thanks for spreading the good!

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WATERMELLEN 4/13/2011 6:48PM

    yes I will!!

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SLENDERELLA61 4/13/2011 1:14PM

    Thanks, Linda. I'll do it!

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JMCADE 4/10/2011 8:55PM

    You were so right! It got my vote.

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LEANJEAN6 4/10/2011 6:08PM

    I will read it now-Thank-yu!

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BARNABABY1 4/10/2011 5:30PM

    Thank you so much for passing this on.... I've been having such a tough time, but now this is going to be my new state of mind!!!!

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DESTINYE 4/10/2011 11:49AM

    So cool and love her user name!!

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MARTY19 4/10/2011 10:48AM

    It is so true.

marty

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KATHYPETERSON62 4/10/2011 10:35AM

    Thanks Linda - was great!

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    thanks Linda emoticon

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    Thanks for your vote on my blog.... emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DINGALLSTOO 4/10/2011 9:37AM

    thanks Linda!

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SOULOFADANCER 4/10/2011 9:14AM

    You were right .It was great. Have a great Sunday Linda.
Walk you socks off!


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VALERIEMAHA 4/10/2011 9:14AM

    YEP!!! I cast a vote as well. Thanks for sendin' out the signal!
xox
Maha

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LIBBYFITZ 4/10/2011 9:00AM

    Yes I have voted for it!

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JLWOF1 4/10/2011 8:40AM

    That was a great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/10/2011 8:32AM

    You were right! It was a really good blog! And I loved her quote! emoticon emoticon

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An Easter Funny from Reader's Digest!

Saturday, April 09, 2011

  
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/12/2011 11:57AM

    ROTFLMBO

TOO CUTE!

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    LOL!
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WATERMELLEN 4/9/2011 11:05PM

    Cute!! Great yolk!!

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    emoticon nice!

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    CUTE

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SOULOFADANCER 4/9/2011 5:02PM

    Love it just went easter goodie basket shopping for the nephews!!
I love doing things seasonal!!
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MARTY19 4/9/2011 2:13PM

    Cute!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 4/9/2011 10:01AM

    Ha! Ha! That is adorable! emoticon

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2PONDS 4/9/2011 8:53AM

    so funny , she must be one hard boiled egg!!!!! emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 4/9/2011 8:22AM

    Thanks for the chuckle, Linda!!

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JLWOF1 4/9/2011 8:14AM

    That brightened my morning! Too funny!

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Happy Early Easter - from OneReallyBigDog!

Friday, April 08, 2011

Check it out - really neat!

www.terrisfp1.com/holidays/chick.htm
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Happy Easter from us too!

  
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GERMANIRISHGIRL 4/9/2011 8:24AM

    Happy Easter...bawk bawk!! emoticon

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    emoticon Love it!!!! Happy Easter!
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ONEREALLYBIGDOG 4/8/2011 5:53PM

    And a very Happy Easter to you Linda!

LOL

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NEW-CAZ 4/8/2011 12:58PM

    Happy Easter Linda great "yoke" to play on a SP mate emoticon emoticon

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    That was fun! Thanks! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Here's one coming your way! emoticon
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OSTICJAX 4/8/2011 10:23AM

    Right back at you. Easter happens to fall on my 18th wedding anniversary

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