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Friday, November 11, 2011

I am so provoked, both with myself and with sneaky packaging. Here's my story.

Today for lunch, I had a delicious can of water-packed sardines (not my preferred packed in olive oil). Yeah, I know; not everyone thinks sardines are worth a "delicious" rating, no matter what they're packed in. However, my senior cat and I know better.

Anyway, that was a nice start, and I was in the mood for soup. I had Select Harvest Mexican corn & tortilla soup in the pantry, reasonable calorie count, sounded good today, so I microwaved it and crumbled in half a serving of tostitos for some crunch. Nice. Went to enter it on my tracker, and having forgotten how many calories were in it by the time I went from kitchen to computer, I dug the container out of the garbage to look again. Oh yeah - 110, just what I thought. That gives me plenty of room for veggies and a small apple. OH WAIT! WHAT??? NO! THERE ARE SUPPOSED TO BE TWO SERVINGS IN THAT THING! TWO??? NO WAY! 220 of my precious calories? Not worth it! GRR!

SIGH....OK, I've eaten it; gotta track it. Dare to look at 18 calories over the upper end of the range. That's not so bad. I can easily make an adjustment on my next snack.

I am a literate woman. I know the importance of reading labels, and I usually do. I have no idea why this one didn't catch my attention. And to think I've eaten a couple of those things in the last week or so, thinking I was well within my range. GRR!

Wisdom gained: READ READ READ. Don't assume I know what a serving is. It never occurred to me to question such a generously filling "serving". If I were able to judge and abide by reasonable servings, I wouldn't have a need for food tracking and for this site.

So..."in everything??? give thanks?" Deep breath. Smile.
1. Thanks be that I wasn't much over my calorie range.. What if it had said, God forbid, THREE servings?
2. It WAS pretty good with the tostitos in it. Good thing I enjoyed it because I won't be buying it again.
3. I've had a powerful reminder that I don't know everything.
4. Likewise, that I need to keep reading those labels and not assume anything.
5. Be grateful that I can laugh at myself and not be flung into "revenge" eating--as in "I've blown it, so I might as well do it thoroughly and eat whatever I want the rest of the day. So there."
6. Be glad that it truly was a mistake and not a choice to overeat.

And finally, mistakes are not fatal. I'm human, and I'm going to mess up sometimes, knowingly or not. That doesn't mean I should give up, doesn't mean I'm a failure. IT'S OK TO MAKE A MISTAKE. But I sure will be reading labels more carefully from now on!

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BLESSEDGMP 11/15/2011 11:09PM

    I made some ramen and stir fried it with some veggies thinking I was having a good low cal lunch. One package of ramen is TWO servings. Seriously who has EVER eating half a package of ramen!


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BLUE42DOWN 11/11/2011 10:20PM

    One of the polls asked the question - What item on the nutrition label do you look at first? My answer was most definitely servings per container (and/or serving size). Since I'm the only one I'm feeding, anything that is packaged to cook all at once, but makes more than a single serving, would have to be split and stored, tossed, or eaten all together. The listed calories are meaningless if I either have to eat 2+ servings or throw away an entire serving plus.

And I still get grumpy about ones that say "About 2", but if you calculate the grams in the package and per serving, it's something like 2.45 servings. Razzle-frazzle sneaks.


That said, if you had eaten it and discovered it was three servings, one of those trivia questions had the answer there - don't panic and try to burn all those extra calories that day or starve yourself the next day. Instead, eat toward the lower end of your range for the rest of the week. The less extreme the differences, the easier on our bodies.

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IMREITE 11/11/2011 9:39PM

    Exactly. i tend to like soups but i also look at the protein and other vitamins to make sure it will fill me up. some of the light soups are just watered down and flavorless.

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DJSHIP46 11/11/2011 7:37PM

    When you turn it into a worthwhile learning experience, I don't think it even counts as a mistake. Great job of turning a less than positive experience in to a positive one!!! emoticon

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MENNOLY 11/11/2011 3:23PM

    I find that servings are always between 100 and 150 calories and then they determine how many servings are in the container based on that. That's so whoever is eating the product won't freak out when they see how many calories are in what appears to be a serving. A serving of grape nuts is only 1/4 of a cup. Who can get full on that little. A half cup has 208 calories! Or for low calorie stuff you get a huge quantity to make up your 100 calorie serving. If you have the time consider making your own soup, it will taste better, have less sodium, and probably be lower cal. It freezes well so a big pot can hold you for a while. Good Luck!

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HEYBUTT 11/11/2011 2:22PM

    That's why soup makes me so mad. For all the more food it really is (really, it's water with scraps floating in it) it's a lot of calories.

Here's another "silver lining" thought for you. There's a lot of water in that soup, so you can count it toward water consumption!

You have a great attitude toward this debacle. Humor can always get us through.

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CRACKERJACK2825 11/11/2011 2:07PM

    I always do that too. Try the Progresso Light Chicken noodle if you want a good meal with less calories. 140 in the whole can (70 per serving), and it's SO GOOD! Plenty of room for a sandwich on the side!

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Friday, November 04, 2011

My status this morning read,"Sableness loves rainy days!" OK, CHATTYKAY, here's what it's like.

I awake to the sound of gentle rainfall, droplets dancing on the hibiscus leaves outside the bedroom window. I've slept well, thanks be, and am ready to stretch. I start the day with 10-15 min of in bed stretching. By the time I've done that, I feel ready to get up.

My husband tells me he's opened the window just a teeny bit in the family room so we can hear not only the rain, but the water music of the little fountain on the deck (see blog Sanctuary Garden). He's happy that he won't have to water his organic garden today. Somehow the plants know the difference between the water that comes from sprinklers and the water they prefer that falls from the grey sky.

We breakfast on energy shakes to which I've added the rest of a papaya a co-worker brought him. I sit in my large comfortable chair sipping coffee and reading Psalms for Praying by Nan Merrill. Our younger cat wants to join me. She appreciates a warm lap. Actually, she has her eye on the tassel dangling from my bookmark; I have to keep on eye on her, or the little thief will snatch it and run.

I'm smiling; no yardwork today.

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CHANGING4ME49 11/6/2011 8:04AM

    I, too love the rain. Sounds like you had a beautiful start to your day. Thanks for sharing.

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DJSHIP46 11/4/2011 3:25PM

    I too appreciate the rain... or at least I always try to and you are so right the plants know the difference!

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BLUE42DOWN 11/4/2011 2:59PM

    Hehe, I love rainy days as well. Dressed right, I delight in walking and feeling the patters on my face. Stronger rains remind me of a metal corrugated porch roof that just emphasized the sounds of each drop, an orchestra of drips.

(Honestly, I love all weather variations, from scorching heat waves to blankets of snow. Then again ... I live in Northern California in a valley with just about the best weather year-round to be found anywhere.)

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MEXGAL1 11/4/2011 10:36AM

    I love rainy days as well but do not get many anymore living here in central Mexico. we do have a rainy season but it usually rains only in the evenings. I do like lying in bed and listening to it. so soothing.

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Tuesday, November 01, 2011

May you and I and all our SparkPeople community achieve our goals for this month. Help us not to be discouraged if the scale gets stuck, or worse, rises like a hot air balloon.

Keep alive in us the motivation we need to keep going on this journey, and help us avail ourselves of the many resources SP offers, knowing that those who do so are more likely to succeed.

May we remember that we are not the only ones on this path; if we are struggling, so is someone else. Offering words of hope to another may stir up hope in ourselves.

Keep us mindful this day that our little steps add up, and that each of those steps is moving us toward our healthier balanced selves.

Let us take time to be grateful for what is, right now, this day and moment, as well as what we hope for.

Help us to say nice things to ourselves, just as we would to a dearly cherished friend.

Give us this day...the bread of blessing for ourselves and for all of those with whom our lives interweave. AMEN.

(inspired by Nov 1 blog by BLESSEDGMP - thanks, Pat!)

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HAPPYLOSER46 11/2/2011 6:52AM

    Love it!!!

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BLESSEDGMP 11/1/2011 1:42PM

    And we all say AMEN AND AMEN. emoticon


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Sanctuary Garden

Sunday, October 30, 2011

Note to self: be careful what you ask for. You might get it.

I told my spiritual director that I was looking for ways to help out my hard-working husband. All the overtime makes it hard for him to keep up with things. As I mentioned in my blog SO WHAT'S WITH THE YARDWORK???, I watched him from the kitchen window, working away to plant a fall garden in his overgrown neglected patch. (We are in Florida, in case you wondered where he'd be planting a garden at this time of year.) Much as I dislike working outdoors, I thought, "I can at least help him put the piles he's cleared into trash cans." And, resisting all the way, that was how I got into a great form of workout that I REALLY REALLY would rather not do. You have to realize that my idea of camping is a good B&B. I do NOT like things that bite, sting, buzz, slither, etc, and getting hot and sweaty and dirty is NOT my idea of fun.

In spite of all that, I've been putting in some time out there almost daily, with visible results in the yard, and I'm sure it's helped keep those numbers dropping on the scale.

Last week, I was browsing through a retreat center library, and as so often happens, a book practically jumped off the shelf at me, The Sanctuary Garden. Given that the gardening genes completely missed me, and that I can't even grow a houseplant, I have no idea why the title was so gripping, especially since my backyard, even with all the work done so far, looks nothing like the inviting picture on the book cover.

However..., what it did for me was give me a glimmer of a vision. A sanctuary garden? in my backyard? Hmm. We have a nice deck my husband built before the job with the overtime. I have a great swing out there and a birdbath, frequented not only by birds, but by urban raccoons and the cat next door who thinks a bird-flavored drinking bowl is wonderful.

The overgrowth needs lots of work, a dying orange tree needs to be replaced, and looking at the whole makes me want to run screaming back into the house. But... a sanctuary garden--what would it look like? It wouldn't look anything like that book cover, any more than my typical Florida block house will ever grace the pages of Southern Living magazine. I'm reminded of our very first home, where "fixer-upper" was an understatement worthy of a Brit, and how, over the years, it truly became a sanctuary.

So...what might happen with this backyard in dire need of fixing up if it was destined to grow up into a sanctuary? I think it would have low maintenance hardy plants, especially flowers, that don't mind lots of sun and heat. I can see a couple of benches in addition to the swing. An herb garden, in pots? I already have a thriving, currently out of control patch of rosemary. I can imagine a collection of fresh herbs to add to healthy meals.

I'm so new at this that that's as far as I can envision just yet. But I gave the vision a start when I bought a lovely little fountain at a thriftshop yesterday. I can hear it flowing from my rocker by the back windows. My husband was so pleased. He misses the little pond he had at our last home. I racked up some great wife points; he thought I bought it for him. He was partly right, but mostly I bought it for me, to celebrate a change in outlook and a new vision of A Sanctuary Garden.

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CAMOGIE3 11/8/2011 11:41AM

    I love your idea of a sanctuary garden! I've got a couple weed gardens that I've been avoiding like the's been easier for me to build new boxes and start out fresh. But, alas, the weeds must go! Please post some pictures!

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MRS*RADISH 11/4/2011 5:45PM

  Your sanctuary garden vision sounds so inviting!!! Aaaahhhhh...

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DJSHIP46 11/2/2011 9:33AM

    You were right! I loved your garden blogs and you were also right about my love of gardening... it's been my sanctuary for SO MANY years!!! Florida is such a great place to catch the garden buy, you are blessed. I live a few hundred feet from the Pacific in Northern CA... very close to the airport they built during WWII to practice fog landings. But I am turning my little corner of the world into my sanctuary too! This might take you to a little piece of my most current yard that is slowly turning into my garden
D%21921&sc=photos. (okay the link didn't work... maybe cut and paste) I am sincerely happy for you that your learning how to enjoy your future sanctuary!!! ~~ Donna

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CHANGING4ME49 11/1/2011 6:12AM

    I love this post. A sanctuary garden is something I might like to try my hand at come Spring. Have to get through all this cold weather first. Definitely something to look forward to. Have fun creating yours!

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CHATTYKAY 10/31/2011 3:03PM

    I'm impressed!!!

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SILVERBIRCH65 10/31/2011 2:47PM

    I love your post--and not only is it about the pleasures of contemplating the creation of something beautiful--it's also about doing something that could really wonderfully make your husband feel... attended to, as he's out there struggling with the garden.

I think MOTTAMAMALOU's comment about posting before pictures is hilarious and I would totally encourage you to follow through with that. There is so much opportunity for some inspirational humor here.

And of course I'd love to see some pictures of the raccoons!

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GERIKRAGH 10/31/2011 1:19PM

    What great insight into what the future can bring. I'm amazed how people can be calmed by a water fountain or a little stream or trickle of water.
You're idea of camping is like mine. We have a mountain cabin and that's roughing it as much as I want. Indoor plumbing, microwave, TV, etc. I LOVE my way of camping.

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JUDYPOPPINS 10/31/2011 12:57PM

    What a wonderful blog. Your sanctuary garden is a terrific idea. We should all be more open to the opportunities that abound around us. Sometimes we just have to move a little out of our comfort zones to find them.
Do post some pictures so we can vicariously enjoy your sanctuary garden with you.

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HAPPYLOSER46 10/31/2011 1:19AM

    I love the way you are turning the chore of the hard work into something that you're actually looking forward to! It sounds lovely! Now I want a santuary garden, too! lol Great blog!!!

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SABLENESS 10/30/2011 6:54PM

    MOTTAMAMALOU, posting before pics of Sanctuary Garden is even scarier than posting my starting weight! But you're absolutely right. Visual reminders of progress will help me keep going, both with the yard and the weight loss.

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MOTTAMAMALOU 10/30/2011 6:45PM

    Your "SANCTUARY GARDEN" to be sounds wonderful.
It seems you are on your way to a beautiful area added to your home.
Please let us see your stages of progress.

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Friday, October 28, 2011

DON'T WAIT UNTIL YOU FEEL LIKE IT - More inspiration from Messies Anonymous, apropos to everything we're doing with SparkPeople! Here goes:

JUST DO IT - do not wait till you feel like it. Just move your body through the motions like a robot if that is all you can do. Face the fact that some things do not inspire. It is nice to want to. But do not wait for the humor to hit you. Just do it. Set a timer for 10 or 15 minutes and say to yourself what someone in the group has said, "Only 15 minutes and then I can quit."
--from Messies Anonymous' daily email

Yes, there are days when I have to push myself to get moving, tackle some yardwork, work on a put-off project, clean a corner of my closet, go take a walk. Do I always "feel like it"? NO, absolutely not. But this not so gentle reminder tells me that I can choose it anyway, at least for a limited amount of time. Often I find that once I'm in motion, I can keep going. That 10 min walk around the block becomes a half hour around the neighborhood because I love it once I'm out there. The 10 min attack on a patch of weeds becomes another corner of the yard that looks great.

If I wait till I "feel like it", I could be waiting a very long time. Which reminds me: I don't feel like getting started on today's strength training. Do I say, "Oh well. I'll do it...those fatal words...LATER? Or choose to get up and do it now? I choose to move. NOW!

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TINYDANCER 11/4/2011 9:00AM

    Very good for me to read today and lately.

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BLESSEDGMP 10/30/2011 5:49PM

    I heard once you don't like to clean the toilets either but you do it because it has to be done. Exercise is like that LOL

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HAPPYLOSER46 10/30/2011 9:25AM

    Thank you so much for mentioning this blog to me! I would LOVE to print it, but for some reason I can never print others blogs. Bummer! So I'm going to copy this by hand into my "Inspirations" book (a book I'm creating for my own use when I need to be inpired). I hope you don't mind! :) I wish I had read this one a few days ago. I expecially LOVE the part about focusing on others, rather than ourselves. What an awesome way to avoid a binge! I never knew there was a "need help now" section. I'm going to do a search for it! Thank you again for this blog!!! ~liz~

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MAGICKCAT 10/29/2011 10:28AM

    That really helped me! I'm a procrastinator from WAY BACK, a nd making myself do things I just don't feel moved to do is hard...but that is great advice! GREAT BLOG! emoticon

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BACKTOTEN12 10/29/2011 7:17AM

    Yes, taking the easy way is always more comfortable. But don't we feel great when we move out of our comfort zone? If we can just keep doing it, it becomes a habit and we feel a bit lost without it. Let's keep the Just do it mentality. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 10/28/2011 9:55PM

    Great blog! How true! Funny how long it can take sometimes (hours) to mentally get ready to exercise for 10 minutes.
Thanks for sharing.

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CHANGING4ME49 10/28/2011 10:01AM

    Great blog. Thanks for sharing!!

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HAPPYLOSER46 10/28/2011 9:34AM

    thanks for this reminder!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/28/2011 8:36AM

    Now it is! Great blog.

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JESSYVIRGINY 10/28/2011 8:28AM

    Great attitude!! WOOHOO.

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