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My SP "nudge" for today

Tuesday, October 16, 2012

Unlike most of my blogs, I'm not ranting about anything or posting totally off-topic ramblings. This is actually Spark People oriented. Here goes:

I don't do well at recording things daily - I'm just not that kind of person. What I do manage to do most days is stop by every one of my teams' Huddle Wall and give a word of encouragement or just say hi. Frequently, even though I'm doing this mid-day, I'm often the only one, or one of half a dozen, to do this, and I think that's a shame.

For points junkies like me, you get a point for this (up to five), but mainly it's a quick way to check in on Spark buddies without getting into individual comments and blogs which, we all realize, can eat a whole day with no problem.

I admit I don't do a lot with my teams, (although I do have at least one team goal per team), largely because of time constraints, but I don't think stopping in each morning to say hello is too much to ask. You don't even have to be creative - just click one of the preset phrases or steal someone else's greeting. And if you're having a particularly rough time of things, there's an "I need support!" button that will send all your Friends to your blog or page to help prop you up.

For months and months, all I did was spin my wheels and talk a lot about losing weight, but now that I'm down over 35 lbs and halfway to my goal, I'm starting to realize what a valuable asset SP is and trying to make use of more of the options available. I really like the Huddle Wall and think that it is a valuable, and mostly overlooked, resource.

So, team members, stop by your Huddle Walls and say hi! It takes a second, and that can be an inspirational second for you or someone else.

Now, back to rambling and ranting....

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NORASPAT 10/18/2012 9:40AM

    I also HUDDLE daily with my teams I am not on many teams just for that reason. I guess my community it limited but I find I like quality not quantity. I have 12 teams, I think so I do either 5 on a hurry day, yes the points help with that. I am often the only one there, it is sad to see that. I love to Blog but the friend feeds I still cannot utilise as much as I should and yet others respond to my blogs and that way we stay connected and I can chat in silence. I hope your tracking is helping , you are doing great. Pat in Maine. HUGS SCOOTER Pat in Maine.
I am off to do the yard work, wish you were here to help me and chat with HUGS P a t emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/17/2012 7:29PM

    I find blogging and getting feed back really helpful. This is why I like to read others' blogs and try to respond and be encouraging that way, but I will add the huddle wall to my wanderings!

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SOXYINMO 10/17/2012 1:17PM

    It really is an easy thing to do for at least a few of your teams.

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KALIOPPE 10/17/2012 10:40AM

    Hello there. Just wanted to say I too am making more more time to stop by and say hello and huddle, but sometimes I forget or get so involved with tracking it falls by the wayside. So thank you for reminding me! Also, congrats on your 35 pound loss. Keep up the great work. emoticon

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CORKYTHEMOM1 10/17/2012 9:42AM

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FLORIDASUN 10/17/2012 6:48AM

    I just totally love your rants and rumblings! I LOVE a girl after me own heart! emoticon emoticon And you have a head packed full of wisdom that goes WAYYY beyond the normal calorie and exercise chatter. So keep those R n R's a comin'...don't you just HATE it when spark won't let you type your pidgeon English the way YOU want to without having to go back and correct comin' 50 times?

Aha...rant for the day! emoticon

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IMREITE 10/17/2012 12:11AM

    I don't always track everything either, but i do like it when i am feeling down and someone gives me some encouragement.

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/16/2012 6:22PM

    Thanks for the reminder. That is something I have never done--I will give it a try. I, personally, enjoy your your rants and off topic ramblings. emoticon

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JLPEASE 10/16/2012 5:29PM

    I'm on quite a few teams, but there are a few that I check every single day, especially the ones that don't have a ton of members, because somehow it feels more "personal". I know, it probably seems weird. The Huddles are a good place to keep up on what everybody is doing and give them a cheer.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/16/2012 12:49PM

    Four of the teams I'm on have quite a few members who use the huddle wall. 2 do not. It's a great feature.

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LOISDESK 10/16/2012 11:41AM

    Good reminder! I'm going to go check in with my teams now. Thanks! :)

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SHERYLDS 10/16/2012 11:37AM

    Hi Karen emoticon

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A passing thought...totally off topic...

Monday, October 15, 2012

Ever notice how tuna is called "tuna fish"? Is that a regional thing? What else is there? Tuna cow? Tuna chicken?

Yesterday I was reading something and the author remarked that he had a collie dog. I had a collie dog until last year, and I've heard that a lot over the years. Other than the "hound dog" that Elvis made famous, are there any other breeds that have to specify that they're dogs? You never hear Doberman dog or Newfoundland dog...why collies? Are there collie other things? Collie cats? Collie fish?

The last small thing is a personal decree: I won't eat anything that has to declare itself as "food", like pasteurized, processed cheese food product. What, if they didn't tell me, I'd think it was pasteurized, processed cheese spackle? Nope. Food should be obvious as food, just as tuna should be obviously a fish and a collie should be obviously a dog.

Climbing back down off my stump now and going to wash dishes. Oh, wait - there is one other thing. Did you ever notice that the Dawn and other brands of dish washing stuff (for manual washing, not dishwasher) don't say "dish washing" on them? They say "hand washing liquid" on them. They aren't over with the hand soap - they're with the dish washing stuff, and we all know that that is their intended purpose, so why do they call themselves "hand washing liquid?" There's something fishy here, and it's not tuna....

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/25/2012 11:22PM

    What about the dachshund or the keeshund? Does it count if it is in German?
For me, for some reason lost in the bowels of history, Tuna is Luna. Or Luny Tooney. Or Luna Tuna. But sometimes I just call it Durfus. Mostly I call it Durfus. Mostly I don't use real words in the privacy of my home or I use a less inventive kind of Cockney Rhyming Slang but it's really Ohio rhyming slang!

It's very prudent not to eat food that calls itself a "food product" of any kind.

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HIPPICHICK1 10/21/2012 11:44AM

    I have never used the phrase tuna fish. Ever. It's tuna to me.
Collie flower??

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FLORIDASUN 10/17/2012 6:54AM head is exploding after this blog! emoticon And I want to know why processed chemical glop is even IN a food store...or WHY they bother to waste the refrigeration necessary to preserve the FROZEN glop which will NEVA die on it's own in the first place. Feed it to the cockroaches! emoticon THERE'S a visual! emoticon

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AMOMENTSNOTICE 10/17/2012 5:18AM

    Collie... flower? LOL!

Your comments on "food" reminded me of this: A few months ago I picked up some "Un-Real" (brand) sour cream at the dollar store. I thought it was nice that they had sour cream there, saving me the time to run another errand. I had planned to go to the grocery store to buy sour cream while I was out that day. I ate some of it. (I think I made tacos that week.) A week or so later I happened to look at the ingredients. (I hadn't bothered before, I had just assumed there would only be one ingredient.) Well, it wasn't sour cream at all! It was all fake stuff! I threw out the white substance inside immediately & recycled the container.

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_UMAMI_ 10/15/2012 9:49PM

    For the moms of the younger crowd: chicken and even STEAK fingers.
I don't even wanna think about it.....

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JANEDOE12345 10/15/2012 6:23PM

    Just thinking about tabby cats...Can't hardly stop...Could care less or couldn't care less? Odd how regional speech patterns creep up and puzzle outsiders.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/15/2012 5:54PM

    LOL!!! So true. I had not heard the collie dog though. Here we just call them collies. But we call the stuff in cans tuna fish and the stuff in the packages in the refrigerated section just tuna.

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NORASPAT 10/15/2012 5:45PM

    You must be eating more fish because you are definitely getting even smarter than you were. I hope you are enjoying yourself. Keep thinking, keep posting and please never change my dear S[ark friend, I love to read your insightful blogs. HUGS Pat in Maine. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DESERTJULZ 10/15/2012 4:13PM

    Hahaha! Yes, and you park in a driveway and drive on a parkway.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 10/15/2012 3:38PM

    LOL! Yes, I too wonder about those things!

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/15/2012 2:28PM

    You are so funny! Thanks for the laugh.
I found the best use for gold listerine (mouth wash) is cleaning floors with it. I think they mislabeled it because it is a nasty mouth wash and is even worse on someone's breath. Whew, stinky, but the floors do shine. Wear gloves because I thinik it is toxic. HA!

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VALERIEMAHA 10/15/2012 2:15PM

    Ahhhh...memories, during my sojourn on Kauai, of the friends coming in from a fishing expedition with a beautiful yellow fin tuna who sacrificed his life for our benefit.

Let's see -- there be tuna and there be canned tuna. That's it.

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CRISSA1669 10/15/2012 1:55PM

    LOL........I can chalk that up to people saying "I, myself"!!!!!!!! LOL...yes, you are yourself.........maybe it's that we all talk too much without listening what's coming out!! LOL nice read for the afternoon, thanks!! :) :)

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SUZYMOBILE 10/15/2012 1:35PM

    Well now, I think they call it tunafish to distinguish it from tuna, which is a whole slice or steak of the creature. Why that, too, isn't tunafish, I don't know, but tunafish is with mayonnaise and tuna is with wasabi.

Yep, and you never hear about a border collie dog. Why should that be any different?

Hand washing liquid?? Get out! (I'll have to go check.)

.......{ time passes } .......

My Dawn says "dishwashing liquid." You must have the special kind that's nice to your hands. Or, or, OR ... I'm using mine for the wrong thing!!!! No, wait. My Cascade dishwasher stuff says "dishwasher detergent." There IS a plan to the universe.

And while we're at it, what's the deal with this "bathroom tissue" I keep hearing about?

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/15/2012 1:26PM

    You're such a clever rascal; makes me smile. I call it tuna. Period. End of story. (smiling) Have a good day.

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/15/2012 1:20PM

    You've given me many things to ponder this afternoon. Maybe I'll go lie down and think on these things! ;)

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CREEKLADY1 10/15/2012 1:11PM

  Love it!

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A different approach

Monday, October 08, 2012

I'm just starting to work this through, but it's an idea I think is worth pursuing.

I've been broke recently - like genuine penury, not just a bit low on funds - and it's changed the way I eat. I traded an old 1949 FarmAll tractor for four years' worth of CSA membership, and basically I've been eating what they give me, supplemented with beans (the dry kind that you soak and cook, not the canned, high sodium ones) and brown rice, cooked or dressed with olive oil. Once in a while, I'll buy some cheese, usually feta or parm. I buy an occasional dozen eggs from my Amish neighbors, maybe bum a quart of raw milk off my friends across the way, but little else with any regularity. I decided a long time ago that if I wanted bread, I'd make it rather than spend $4/loaf (and I still had money then - just refused to pay the price, and wanted to cut down on the bread anyway.) I have almost 200 acres of half-wild farmland, and I've done some of the Euell Gibbons stuff, too - it's surprising, the things that are yummy and growing wild (no, no mushrooms. Broke, not suicidal.)

As a result, given my preference for easy, hot meals, I've made a lot of large pots of soups and stews, and a lot of trays of roasted vegetables to eat hot or cold. What I've noticed is that, with fewer choices, I've become less concerned about what and when I eat. I don't have "tempting treats" around, so I'm not constantly fighting the urge to snack. If I'm genuinely hungry, whenever that occurs, I can grab a tomato and a handful of carrots, or heat up some soup. I've eaten a baked sweet potato for breakfast, and many times eaten the same vegetable stew for brunch and dinner.

It sounds really boring, and maybe it is, but it's healthy as the dickens (all organic, all fresh, all grown within walking distance of home) and I find that spending less time fretting over figuring and counting and planning food is helping me not only lose weight but find time for other things that I enjoy doing.

It's been really interesting, discovering all the things I thought I couldn't live without that are barely making a blip on my radar of missing things. Mayonnaise and butter are two of the food things. Directv made a big mistake, I think, in shutting off my service, because I found I really don't miss it all that much.

I bought apples today, because the weird spring weather caused me to lose my entire cherry and apple crops - me, along with many other farmers in my region. But last year, every day for breakfast I'd go out and pick an apple or two to enjoy with a bit of cheddar and my black coffee ( I started drinking it black again when I ran out of cream one day and discovered I didn't care.)

Maybe this sort of careless monotony only works for certain kinds of people (like those of us who live alone) but for me, it's been very instructive. I not only shed a few pounds painlessly, but I've gotten to see how much of what I think of as "necessary", really isn't. Eating only when I'm hungry, sleeping only when I'm tired (radical concepts!), and not worrying about either one of those things at other times has been both educational and freeing. I've spent most of the summer farming (for the CSA) and now am doing a lot of wood for the winter, and frankly I haven't worried much about exercising. Even if I wanted to, most days I'm too beat at the end of the day for anything more than a quick dog walk.

I've always lived pretty close to the ground - cooked from scratch, had big gardens, enjoyed the outdoors and relatively hard physical labor - but this summer has taken it to a whole new level of basic-ness.

I'm not really recommending Spartan existence, just suggesting that maybe all this emphasis on planning and programs and counting isn't such a good idea for all of us. Maybe we'd do better without obsessing over every sit-up and calorie (and if you can count all those things without becoming obsessive, then God bless you - I couldn't) and just live our lives as they unfold.

As I said in the very beginning, this is something that I'm just starting to play around with in my mind, not a strong opinion or platform. But what if it's true that what you think about expands...doesn't that suggest that the more we fuss about food and fat, the more fuss and fat we get? Just stuff to think about...

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FLORIDASUN 10/17/2012 7:09AM

    Hey sista! You don't know it but YOU are the enlightened one! I actually went out and bought a book about survivalist methods. We are such a pampered wimpy society that many of us wouldn't make it through the first WEEK without all our tech stuff.

Let me tell you...I've often thought of survival without electricity and running water and I really can't even wrap my head around it!

But...on the other hand...I've always been attracted to living off the land (remember my daddy was a farmer and we ate what came out of the garden as a kid...period) My mother wasn't much of a meat eater other than turkey so no wonder I was a skinny happy kid bounding with energy growing up.

It pains me to see our young adults and children with such obesity problems at such a very young age. The health problems that are taking over our nation are directly tied to the diets we foster.

As you know with this house fight looming over us I've been checking into other small cracker cottages here in charming Bonita Springs and don't you's always the 1906 homes that catch my eye. I've always loved antique and the simple life...somehow moving to FL I just lost my way in the razzle dazzle of big buck~a~roos...but I'm learning the simple things are the BEST things!

The diet I am gearing up to is all about simple basic eats. Isn't it a SHAME that I have to psyche myself back up to regain his fundamental wisdom. You are not are RICH with self discovery!

You GO GIRL! YOU are a masterful humanoid! emoticon emoticon

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LUNADRAGON 10/12/2012 6:01PM

    It is amazing how frugal you can be with soups and stews, and how being with bare pockets forces us into culinary creativity. Bravo, my friend.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/10/2012 9:30PM

    Hmmmm...I was sure I had posted last night, when Crissa was the only one who had posted. But, seems to be a NO SHOW! No clue what happened, but anyway...I LOVE what Joan said, since I basically eat in that style (whole organic foods) -- "And think of all the ominous food additives and extra sugar and sodium you are missing! Your diet may be poor in processed food but it sounds really rich in nutrients."

When did you say breakfast would be served?

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    I'm a former minimalist and I tend to still have some of those tendencies. I'm not much of a consumer really. I'm into the reduce, reuse, recycle and so is my hubby. We just finally got cable T.V. a couple years ago. I got a tracfone last year when we had to do a lot of traveling to settle my MIL's estate. We don't have a big screen T.V,, a Blue Ray, an Ipad, an Ipod, a tablet, etc. I think that wanting too much stuff tend to end up snowballing. I see kids that are so spoiled. The more you get, the more you want and you end up never satisfied. I'm happy to have enough to eat, a roof over my head, my family and friends, my health. Anything else is icing on the cake.

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HIPPICHICK1 10/9/2012 10:48AM

    I'm glad to hear the Spartan way is working for you. I agree that most of us can do more with less, but we are a stubborn lot and spoiled rotten by having nary a hardship in this life. I have never known famine, war, or shortages of supplies. I have always had a soft bed to sleep in and warm clothes for the winter. I may not have had many vacations and have never been somewhere tropical in the winter, but that seems to be almost over the top when considering how easy my life has been.

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FLAMENM 10/8/2012 10:09PM

    Necessity os teh mother of invention. And problem-solving. I do think that as we simplify, it gets easier to simplify. It's great you had the resources to own land that can sustain you.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/8/2012 9:34PM

    I am sorry that you are broke, but these frugal ideas are going to help you very much. You are making good choices. And think of all the ominous food additives and extra sugar and sodium you are missing! Your diet may be poor in processed food but it sounds really rich in nutrients.

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SUZYMOBILE 10/8/2012 9:16PM

    I suspect that, as usual, you're ahead of the curve! When the rest of us discover that social security has run out, we won't know what to do with ourselves, but you will. I feel like the grasshopper to your ant, my friend!

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LJCANNON 10/8/2012 9:10PM

    Personally I think your Lifestyle sounds pretty good. I doubt that I could sell it to my Family.
emoticon There is nothing wrong with 'Routine' in your Meals.

emoticon It sounds like you are getting plenty of "Exercise" with your Daily Work. Kind of like our Grandparents did before we had all of these "Modern Conveniences".

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/8/2012 8:51PM

    I totally relate to this. I do keep track of my calorie range, but we eat pretty basic. We cook beans and rice and those are staples we keep around. Then, we have some sort of meat or fish. No fancy recipes or anything, just basic food. I bought yeast the other day to make some bread as well, but we don't eat a whole lot of bread. It is interesting because when I go through the coupons that come in the newspaper, there is very seldom anything on the coupons that I buy because most coupons are for processed foods.

My body can process the food thank you! Great insight you are having about food, but I sure hate that you are struggling financially the way you are.

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/8/2012 8:29PM

    I totally agree and have thought the same for a long time.

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NORASPAT 10/8/2012 7:55PM

    Hey scooter, that is a great discovery for you. I lived it as a child the hand to mouth existence and our allotment of land after the war served us well. So did the food rationing too. I often have wondered how come I became so overweight in my childhood.
Looking back it was so easy to see. Our family was poor so I got free school dinners. Since it was free I was made to eat it all-I would feel, like I was bursting at the seams but they thought they were doing the right thing.
I lived with my Gran and she cooked for her son and daughter both grown and coming in to eat dinner at evening time. Once again I had to eat another dinner, no waste mind you,

I was too young to smarten up and too afraid of people so say no so here is the still overweight old lady who cannot seem to lose any more weight. I must admit I am very happy in my size 16, I cannot remember being there before. HUGS Pat in Maine.

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/8/2012 7:21PM

    I love this concept and believe there is much truth to it! It's why I took a break from tracking food for awhile; it took all of my time and attention. I didn't lose but I didn't gain, either. I'm back to tracking but trying to not focus on it too much. If I find myself doing that I think I'll just stop again for awhile. I love tracking my activity because it is such an accomplishment for me to get that exercise in!!! Makes me happy and proud! I know your life is not easy but I think many of us envy the "simple" life you live. Of course, simple with a bit of money would be better!!!

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CRISSA1669 10/8/2012 7:07PM

    I love everything you is our family's goal to leave the city within the next year and pare down A LOT! We have 460 acres in Missouri(split between about 20 families).. Homesteading, good church, good friends, fellowship, serving a good is one of the most appealing things I can think of. I love the simplicity of how you live. In the last year I have learned how to make my own bread(I even grind my wheat), make cheese(feta and mozzarella), raise chickens(only have 4, but it's a start) and last week I learned how to make a complete dinner on an open fire and even cook a huge meal in a hole in the ground(might sound crazy but I'm very city-fied and have never went camping lol)...but all in all, I am looking forward to the chance of pace and all of the beautiful things to be had!! Thank you for your blog!

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I'm getting there....

Wednesday, October 03, 2012

I'm below 200# for the first time in ...well, quite a while, certainly. And I believe that, for myself, the secret is that I'm a cheapskate.

I just absolutely refuse to pay $4 for a loaf of bread. I swore that if I were that desperate for bread, I could just make myself a loaf. And a few times I've done that (no fair buying the frozen kind - we're talking yeast, flour, kneading, rising, the whole deal.)

However, since my cheapskateness (and if that's not a word, well, it should be) is rivaled only by my laziness, bread doesn't get made all that often and therefore, my carb consumption is way down. I pretty much eat what the CSA gives me to eat, throwing in some beans here and a package of tuna there. A few eggs if I have them. Yogurt smoothies for breakfast. My diet is very heavy on the vegetables, and very light on the other stuff. You'd also be surprised at how the urge to snack goes away when the only way to snack on something is to cook a vegetable (or eat another one raw - and I do sometimes.)

Oh, and I also quit buying butter and mayonnaise. I don't care if I want it - if it's not in the house, I'm safe from it. I'd *much* rather put mayo on my tuna-in-a-tomato lunch, but since I don't have any, I'm forced to use balsamic and a sprinkle of herbs. I like butter on my bread, but since I rarely have bread, the missing butter isn't so bad.

I may just be getting the hang of this thing. I'm tired of whining about feeling fat - I want to whine about how all my clothing is too big!

Have a great day, guys.

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FLORIDASUN 10/17/2012 7:19AM

    Who needs bread when you can whip up short grain brown rice? Add olive oil, sautéed greens, garlic and a sprinkle of wheat free tamari. Throw in some canned salmon, smother with those greens (kale is to die for) maybe even some beans and eNJOY! emoticon emoticon

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BLUEBERRYMUFF98 10/8/2012 6:04PM

    Ok so does it count to have I can't believe its not butter? I respect all your choices! My husband put mayo on his sw and I am almost tempted to buy the vegan mayo at store-but its $4.98 a jar!!!Agghhh-so I don't know if he'll like it, and I don't use it at all .Anyways congratulations on your under 200 mark-I wish I could get there!!!!

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LUNADRAGON 10/8/2012 2:01PM

    I want to whine about that too! Keep up the great work. You can do it!

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SOXYINMO 10/5/2012 7:44PM

    Congratulations on getting under that blasted 200# mark! I really think that's an important mental boost! Cheapskatedness? Laziness? Hey, whatever works!!! emoticon

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WONDERFUL2BME 10/4/2012 9:44PM

    Not having it around really works well! Congratulations on getting the weight down. Your background pictures is one more reason to get healthy!

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/4/2012 4:54AM

    You can whine as much as you like - LOL! I found that each time I got under a '0' it provided me with even more impetus go continue. Now I am really glad that it has paid off :-) You will be too :-)

I used to make bread - it was real yummy. I made tons at a go - while it was in the raising stage I had it on my nephew's bed which had a special sheet and clingfilm over it. The oven would be going for hours because I would make so much. It never got a chance to get frozen or used the next day. I would take heaps out to hubby's workers, and we would all get stuck in. There would be sesame seeded ones, plaited ones, little tiny rolls (for the crispy crust:-) and loaves. We would pig out until there was none left. THAT is why I won't make it any more - LOL!


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NORASPAT 10/3/2012 10:36PM

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Finally on the right track.

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    I'm not much of a a bread fan and am really not much of a butter fan either. I don't like mayo either. I actually prefer fruits and veggies and beans over most foods but I agree that fixing them can sometimes be a pain.

Congrats on getting to onderland!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/3/2012 1:53PM


You are such a rock star! Good for you! I gave up on buying bread (the list of ingredients is so lengthy) and I consider Butter to be as verboten as High Fructose Corn Syrup. Getting some things straight out of your life is pragmatic and often as great results.

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JLPEASE 10/3/2012 10:45AM

    Congratulations on your progress!
I am a bread lover too. My husband makes the best peasant loaf I've ever had, but he said he won't make it very often because he knows I can't resist it. He is really trying to be helpful. I'm sure gonna miss it, though!
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AZIMAT 10/3/2012 9:20AM

    Congratulations. I'm investigating the gluten thing. I thought it was a fad, but took a quiz that was on the Dr. Oz show, and I had a lot of the symptoms. Maybe not eating the bread is good for you in more than one way. And for me, not getting going on the processed carbs really helps, it seems like a vicious circle if I start eating them.

I'm proud of you!

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SLIMMERJESSE 10/3/2012 8:51AM

    Good job, Scoot!

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SUZYMOBILE 10/3/2012 8:49AM

    Awesome! I'm in total agreement with the philosophy of just keeping stuff out of the house, to keep it out of your mouth. It's a problem since Bill loves to cook and loves his desserts, so I just must be strong. emoticon

Parsimony is the word. I love that word. It sounds so .... stingy! One's face even looks stingy when one says it.

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AUTUMNBRZ 10/3/2012 8:04AM

    Good for you! :) oh and Your blog amused me :) Luv it :)

Kudos to you on the bread/butter/mayo thing. You are tougher than I. That is for certain!

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BETHGILLIGAN 10/3/2012 8:04AM

    Well, it sounds like you're on the right track. If I had to depend on making bread to have it in the house, I would definitely do without. I had a bread machine when they were the craze---my friends were making all sorts of yummy breads for their kids' lunches while I was dusting mine off and figuring out a good storage place!!!! Congrats on the weight loss!!

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HIPPICHICK1 10/3/2012 7:58AM

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Never underestimate the power of healthy fats in your diet. Eat an avocado and some olive oil or all the vitamins from all the wonderful veggies can not be absorbed into your wonderful digestive tract.
And I think the word is "cheapskatey-ness" Just sayin'.

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VALERIEMAHA 10/3/2012 7:40AM

    Great approach, great ideas. Healthy eating! CONGRATS on the numbers!

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October goals

Sunday, September 30, 2012

I honestly thought I'd made some blog entries in August or September....oh, well. My first goal for October is *drum roll* showing up on SP every day. The others, in no particular order, are:

- impose some sort of order on my work schedule. I've been working on three separate Internet projects, all of which have the potential to be very lucrative, and also have the potential to be complete washouts. I've pretty much put 40+ hours per week into the aethers. I've also been working one day at the CSA for money (very little money, but every bit helps) and several other days for free. I suspect this is the source of my three pound loss. I really do, however, need to get an actual, paying job like normal humans have, at least until something independent starts paying off.

- become firmly established below 200 pounds

- blog (here) 2-3 times per week

- remember to wear the FitBit and get in my 10,000 steps per day, plus a couple days (like 2-3) of semi-serious lifting

- make the "daily" household chores become, in fact, daily, rather than waiting until they reach calamitous proportions

- set aside time for daily meditation

I think that's enough for one month. Heck, I'd be happy to achieve even one of these goals, let alone all seven, but we'll see what we can do. I've never done very well with the, "Let's get up tomorrow and be a whole different person!" :D :D :D sort of approach, but I am reasonably successful at sneaking things past me until they become habits.

What about you guys? Have any special October goals (not eating all the Halloween candy is a good goal, too.) emoticon

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FLORIDASUN 10/17/2012 7:26AM

    Hey..those are GREAT goals and since I'm reading your blogs backwards I see that you have conquered a few already and it's just barely past mid month! So a big fAT emoticon on that one!

My goal for this month is to get ahold of my bad self and start eating for ENERGY...not just weight loss. The ENERGY factor is where it's at for me. I have to have that to do the Farmer's Markets work 6 days a week in our consignment gallery and STILL have time for the MOST important function in my socialize with friends on the weekend! Keep on keepin on dear CAN and WILL do this!

Oh...and as a side note...I always love to hear about your 'house' projects. We may be going into a much older home if this 'save our house' fight finally plays out with the fat lady singing. Sad...but I'll adjust...I always do...even if I'm kicking and screaming the whole way! emoticon

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SLIMMERKIWI 10/1/2012 5:27AM

    Good Goals - Good Luck :-)

I don't make goals - that way I don't get disappointed.


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NORASPAT 9/30/2012 9:56PM

    We never do HALLOWEEN candy, I thought it was wrong many years ago and gave out nickels then Dimes, tried apples for a while too. did the pencils for little kids and told the older ones they were too old for Halloween. NOW DH and I go out to dinner and the movies. Our street is long and we usually get 300 kids these days. No lie, it would cost us close to $50.00 to buy that amount of stuff so we spend it on ourselves. No need to hand out candy to giver cavities pounds or worse to any child. HUGS I am so happy to see your lovely owl. I was over in Plattsburgh in September, even came in the RV and stayed in Cumberland Head Park a few days.
Some day we will meet. Pat in Maine.
I hope you do your blogs and I hope your little schemes work out to be LUCRATIVE.

(((((HUGS))))) Pat in Maine emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HIPPICHICK1 9/30/2012 5:58PM

    I've been thinking about October goals but have yet to commit them to a blog.
It's nice to see you here! You've been missed.
Good Luck with your October goals! It's a great list.

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    Too late for me. I found the Halloween candy but will try to eat it in moderation. LOL.

Your goals are good. Mine are similar but I'm not sure how well I will do with them. LOL.

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 9/30/2012 4:38PM

    My goals are to get the house ready for winter. I did get the firewood in, snowblower is at the repair/maintance center due back end of October, started to cover outdoor furniture and brought in annual potted plants. Now I need to do the cleaning of the rugs and house. I hate housework so I put it off as much as possible.

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 9/30/2012 2:22PM

    It's great to see you post a blog here! I think that your goals are fantastic. I am hoping to get down to and break through the 200 mark in October. I also am skeptical of my ability to be a whole new person but 15 months ago I would have scoffed at the idea that I could work out so much, become a vegetarian, and generally improve my attitude some of the time.

Best wishes!

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SUZYMOBILE 9/30/2012 12:22PM

    Just having you around here more is goal enough for me!

I hadn't thought of them this way, but I DO have October goals, now that you mention it. They just happen to have started two days ago, so now they're officially October Goals!

- Do more strength training (also one of yours, I see). Still have to figure out what to do with the legs, other than my daily 6 miles or so. That's enough for most people, isn't it? Geez. (Okay, I need an attitude improvement on this one.)
- Stay within a new, reduced calorie range (1200-1400). No surprise--this has proven to be even harder than it looks.
- Have only one drink per day. During the week, this isn't a struggle at all. On weekends, it's impossible. Does this make me an alky?

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BETHGILLIGAN 9/30/2012 12:02PM

    You're goals sound great!! Just steps. You will not be a whole new person one morning when you wake up!! LOL I'm at a good spot right now but, man, it's taken a long time and I'm not secure enough to say "I've made it". October for me? Well, if I could just hang in where I'm at right now, I would be ecstatic!

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PARKSCANADA 9/30/2012 10:54AM

    My October goal - success one day at a time. I often bite off more than I can chew - lol - and so my goal is to take smaller steps to achieve the bigger picture. Good luck with all your goals - just setting them is the first small step on the journey!

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SLIMMERJESSE 9/30/2012 10:46AM

    Wow, so good to see you again. I've wondered how you're doing. I've been selling on Ebay as I just may continue doing this for awhile. Also doing consultant projects while looking for a "real" job. So, again, we are on similar pages. My October goal is one I thought I beat awhile ago, but didn't. No night eating. And two personal goals that are hard to share with the public. (smiling) Take care and looking forward to hearing more about you and your life. Good luck with your endeavors.

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