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Contrary to Your Goals -- Enjoy Your Holidays!

Wednesday, December 08, 2010

emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon I get as wrapped up with the "Holiday Spirit" as the next person, and I also think of myself as a fairly organized, efficient person; so it was still the latter part of November when I pulled out my Christmas cards and the ever diminishing "Christmas Card List." It's very sad to acknowledge, but at my age instead of "growing" my card list is "getting shorter." So many of my friends have included a little note with their annual cards informing that their spouse has passed on. It is sometimes the wife -- sometimes the husband. So sad, but so true.

With that in mind, it gave me a new perspective on Christmas, or any other holiday that I particularly enjoy. Don't deprive yourself of something you really enjoy for that short little time -- make new memories, or add to the old ones. If one of your fondest memories of Christmas is the fact that you can enjoy eggnog -- then enjoy it! Maybe you will come out of the season a couple of pounds heavier! You'll just have to be a little more conscious of what you eat and get in your exercise at a later date.

Next Christmas -- or on that next birthday, or whatever holiday, what if your friend has passed on? So go ahead and have that eggnog, the birthday cake or whatever it is! When we talk about a "healthy lifestyle" we don't mean it to be a "deprived lifestyle" but merely one where we are responsible, realizing if we splurge now, we'll have to be extra good sometime in the very near future!

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CATLADY52 12/9/2010 6:03PM

    I have to agree with you. Live your life to the fullest every day and let your enjoyment show. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/9/2010 7:12AM

    I agree too lets enjoy the Holidays but be some what good don't go over board but enjoy being with family and friends
We can do it in Jan to be really really good
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Vicki

PS emoticonHappy Birthday PSMITH3841

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PSMITH3841 12/8/2010 9:22PM

    Thank goodness I'm not the only one that feels that way...Tomorrow's my Birthday, my 64th to be exact...I think I should be able to enjoy a Birthday treat or 2... Especially since I'll be going out dancing on Friday night, and will probably burn off any damage I might have done!

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PURPLESPEDCOW 12/8/2010 7:26PM

    I am so with you on this. With the exception of watching my blood sugar levels, my goal is to maintain and so far doing well on that goal. Otherwise I will enjoy my friends and family.

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OLDERDANDRT 12/8/2010 5:52PM

    Oh yeah! I totally agree! Life is too short to life in total self-omposed deprivation! Your first commenter said it. "life style" implying you have a life!! Oh yeah! Totally!

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STILLFLYIN 12/8/2010 12:19PM

    A "healthy lifestyle" implies that you have a life, not just a number on a scale. Live that life!

Yup, I agree with you for so many reasons.

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Missing my Dog - she's "vacationing"

Monday, December 06, 2010

My BF had to go up to our summer home this afternoon and won't be back home until tomorrow, and he decided Amber (my dog - pictured) might like to go along. The yard up there is huge and it's all fenced in, plus she loves to "go for rides." She was all excited.

But --- don't tell George this, I miss her a lot more tonight than I do HIM! I mean the house seems absolutely EMPTY! It's different when I am the one on vacation, I don't notice the emptiness by not having her around -- but here in the house it's like something just isn't right when she's not here!

I'm sure she's having fun, and if I had the choice to make all over again, I'd let her go, but I didn't count on the emptiness -- guess that just shows me how important she is to me!
I know all you dog lovers out there understand!!!

  
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CBEVNOW 12/8/2010 4:26PM

    Yes i do understand. emoticon emoticon emoticon
Caroline

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JANET552 12/8/2010 8:41AM

    Totally understand. Sometimes when mine are gone, I still hear the tinkle of their tags on their collar.

I'm sure Amber will enjoy the extra attention you'll give her when she's back.

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THPEAKY 12/8/2010 7:46AM

    Dogs Rule! I always have a "spare". At one time we had 4 mini dachshunds...which qualifies me for the funny farm. Now we have 3 and one is quite elderly. Jerry has made me promise when the time comes to keep it at 2. We have a baby crib in our room and that's where they all sleep.

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LMB-ESQ 12/7/2010 12:08PM

    Boy, do we ever understand! Even having them be out of the room feels strange!

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GOOZLEBEAR 12/7/2010 11:58AM

    We do understand!!!! I know she will be glad to see you too when she gets home! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 12/7/2010 11:50AM

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I totally understand!

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STILLFLYIN 12/7/2010 10:00AM

    I understand. It is cool that your BF thought enough of your sweet dog to want to give her a good time, too. :-)

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/7/2010 7:36AM

    I always miss my Grand dog and wish she was here but then after having her for a week it is time to go home to her mom just like kids I guess - Have fun with Amber when she comes home
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PSMITH3841 12/6/2010 9:27PM

    You bet we do! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Week-end is Gone -- And I'm Tired Out

Sunday, December 05, 2010

Whew! I don't know where the week-end went, but I'm tired out..... but I think we got lots of stuff done.

The house is decorated for Christmas and ready for our party on Friday!
My menu for the party is all set!
The shopping list for making the stuff is done!
Cooking (most of it) can't be done until Thursday..... so can I relax?
House is clean!
Invitations have all gone out, and as it is an "Open House" no one had to RSVP -- so now it's just wait to fix the food and then see who all shows up. I estimate between 20 to 45. If we don't get that many, we'll probably be eating party food for a long time!

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PSMITH3841 12/6/2010 7:41PM

    I bet this party will be a really good time! Believe me, if I lived within a 50 Mile radius, I'd be there with bells on!! Relax and have a great time! Enjoy your friends and new neighbors emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 12/6/2010 6:13PM

    Good time to just relax. emoticon

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OLDERDANDRT 12/6/2010 4:58PM

    No worries if you are planning healthy party foods!!! Sounds like you are right on top of it all!!! Way to go!!!

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STILLFLYIN 12/6/2010 10:04AM

    Anticipation is a big part of the fun -- enjoy!

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THPEAKY 12/6/2010 9:53AM

    You are so organized! I can take a lesson!
Smiles to you!
Libby

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IMEOWASWELL 12/6/2010 9:50AM

  To bad your Sparks Friends can't come! You would have house over flowing with guests. Sounds you have done a lot of work to make this successful. I think you should just sit back and enjoy the evening.

You have a great Xmas season.

Hugs

June

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/6/2010 7:50AM

    I have a Open House here on Sat too and I am almost ready hope to finish all but the food today also - So we both will be tired but glad it will be over soon
Have fun at your party wish I could be there
Vicki

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THEWINNER33 12/6/2010 12:10AM

    No wonder you are tired I hope many guests show up or it will be difficult to stay on program. Make a plan H? Have a great time at the open house. Hugs, Marcia

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I Smell Like What????

Saturday, December 04, 2010

This morning I got up and stepped on the scale. You have to remember that I started the "Cabbage Soup Diet" just yesterday; after reaching 146.8 (when I had been running in the low 140's) -- and I was tickled to see that the scale read 145.2 equalling a loss of 1.6 pounds!

I told my BF later that morning that I had lost 1.6 pounds. His reply was "well, good for you."
Unfortunately he then added, "you smell like the soup you are eating." "WHAT?" I asked, "what do you mean I smell like the soup? What does the soup smell like?"

Of course at this point my BF decided that I was offended by what he had stated, and perhaps I was. I mean -- who wants to smell of garlic and onions or whatever smell he thought he depicted? Not me! So into the garbage disposal it went -- the whole bowl. I probably would have lost more weight tomorrow, but for me I'll find a different method.

  
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OLDERDANDRT 12/6/2010 4:56PM

    Glad you through it out! You probably smelled of cabbage! Pretty stinky stuff even if it does taste good. Anyway, the weight you lost is most likely all water. That's how that diet works...makes you pee it all out! You don't want to become dehydrated! I tried that diet once upon a time. Loss isn't lasting which is why changing your lifestyle is best. If you're always eating right (with only a treat here and there), you never have to worry about what happens at the end of a diet! Lifestyle is forever!
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BLESSED2BEME 12/5/2010 9:30PM

    Sorry to say but I'm glad you are not on that diet anymore. It isn't a "life long change" that works! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 12/5/2010 8:05PM

    Ooh Boy, I bet he wishes he had thought that statement through before he spoke...but, quick weight loss or not, you're probably better off...I'm not so sure the diet was all that nutritious... I'm glad your back to the old fashioned way... emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MARGOMCP 12/5/2010 1:21PM

    LOL! Reminds me of the Eastern European short stories where they talk about New York apartment hallways smelling of boiled cabbage, etc. I guess I would have asked if he found it offensive or liked the smell?

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CATLADY52 12/5/2010 11:26AM

    Perhaps you should have offered him some. If you both had some then you could have smelled the same. I did wonder about the yo-yo effect of going on the cabbage soup diet. emoticon emoticon

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BUTEAFULL 12/5/2010 11:03AM

    I did that diet and the wt rebounded afterwards, it isn't a life change that you could live with permanently anyway

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THPEAKY 12/5/2010 8:18AM

    One of the reasons MIGHT be...Alton Brown says if you cook cabbage it should not cook longer than 7 minutes or it releases a sulphuric smelling compound. I occasionally make borscht- a beef, beet, and cabbage soup but I dump in the cabbage at the very end in slivers and only cook it 3-4 minutes to soften it. That allows for extra time to reheat it...if there's anything left! Most cruciferous vegetables do better with less cooking. Of course borscht would be less diet friendly ... especially with that nice dollop of sour cream in the middle...ah I digress!

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/5/2010 7:54AM

    Sorry if that comment hurt but you could have done the diet anyway for a few more days to get down a few more pounds but you know best - It is just going to be hard during the holidays but don't give up Add more exercise in the routine if you can that is what I am going to do - Good Luck on the new plan
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JENNILYNN7800 12/4/2010 10:59PM

    Fad diets are never a good idea. I've tried many in my life and they don't last. You need something that's going to last a lifetime-a change in your habits not a diet. Diets restrict what you can eat. Who wants to eat cabbage soup for the rest of their lives. Yuck. Besides that you need a variety of foods for optimal health. And what about dessert? A little dessert once in a while is a great thing. I personally would not want a dessert made with cabbage. Cabbage pudding, chocolate covered cabbage, frozen cabbage pops? Ugh no thanks.

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It's Meet Your Neighbor Time!

Saturday, December 04, 2010

emoticon emoticon As Christmas approaches rapidly, I talked to my BF about possibly having an "Open House" type of party so I could meet some of his neighbors now that I'm living at his house. So the other day I used paper that had a party theme to it, and made up a nice letter-sized flyer to pass out to our neighbors.

Time slips by and we had only distributed a few of the flyers, mailed a few in with Christmas cards, and still had not given them to the people right in our own block -- so this morning, I put the leash on my dog and away we went. About half of the people were home, the others got the flyer attached to their security door or front door. Hopefully they will see it, and not be like me and enter and exit the house by the garage all the time.

It's amazing to me how friendly all the people were who were at home! I chatted with them, found one family that had just moved in 4 months ago -- so I told them it's a perfect time for them to be getting acquainted with the neighbors too! I think I'm going to find a lot of new friends at this party! It's next Friday, so you know what I'm going to be doing much of next week! Cook - Clean - Cook - Clean - Cook - say, whose idea was this anyway???

  
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OLDERDANDRT 12/4/2010 7:30PM

    Good luck with your open house! The thought fleetingly went through my head when we first moved here, but never happened. Now, I'd prefer not to know most of my neighbors! hehe!



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PSMITH3841 12/4/2010 5:42PM

    Who ever came up with the idea (a-hem), it was a great one! Nothing like a good party to bring people together, and by inviting your neighbors, you don't have to worry about making too much noise! Good thinking' there lady! Have a great time! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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THPEAKY 12/4/2010 9:00AM

    What a great idea! I live on a one block street..in my parent's old house but I don't know all the neighbors!

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VITCHY-VICKI 12/4/2010 7:46AM

    I have a open house every year for the people I clean for and the girls I sing with the ones who come have a good time I should do it with my neighbors for don't know all of them yet - Great Idea have fun

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BLESSED2BEME 12/4/2010 1:21AM

    Love the who's idea was this part:)

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KARIANN8 12/4/2010 12:22AM

    that sounds really fun hope it all goes well emoticon

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