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Do You Love to Cook? Share your goodies

Friday, June 08, 2012

People who love to cook approach cooking in much the same way as othes approac a favorite hobby. If they have extra time on their hands, you will probably find them in the kitchen, stirring up a batch of brownies, muffins or cookies. And there's nothing wrong with that. But what happens if you are trying for one of those "healthy lifestyles?" Surely a whole batch of cookies would make a dent in your best intentions!

So why not freeze some, in little packages of 6 cookies. They have special little zippered bags that are freezer proof. You could send a package home with a friend when they stop by. Or at least save them until they can be worked into your food plan. There is always someone who would be happy to have a few cookies.

When I retired, I decided NOT to move to a community of 55+ -- all because then I would be surrounded by older people. Yes, they have lots of planned activities, but if you're under 16, the longest you can stay is 2 weeks. It's called "Visiting Grandparents." So when I moved away from my beloved Sedona, I found a home I loved in a regular little community with all ages of people surrounding me. It wasn't long before the neighborhood kids knew me; as I regularly offered them a little plate of cookies as my "hobby" got to me. They loved it, and I didn't have to worry about pigging out on an all-time favorite COOKIES! Worked out well all the way around.

And it doesn't have to be just sweets, it could be bread -- it could be an entire meal. Take, for example, that pork chops covered with mushroom gravy, mashed potatoes, some type of good veggies and perhaps even dessert is your favorite meal. It doesn't run exactly to low cal. So when you plan on making that one, invite friends over to share with you. They will be sooooo appreciative, and YOU won't have leftovers, thereby saving you untold calories.
It's good to share!
Hey! See my little honey bee?

  
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SUGARSMOM2 6/14/2012 11:00AM

  i used to love cooking . times have changed and i guess the people involved have also changed .I still look for different recipes and things that he might like . He eats what i put on the table and never says a word good or bad . at times i miss the kids they gave an honest onion of dinner as the ran screaming from the room .with i`m not going to eat that .well as i remember perhaps i do not miss as much as them . emoticon

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How to Be Happy With Your Body!

Wednesday, June 06, 2012

emoticon We're all striving to have a better body or else we wouldn't be here! And while some of us have quite a lot of weight to lose, others may have that "last 10 pounds" to get rid of. So, yes, we are all different. We handle things differently. But sometimes there are basic rules to remember, no matter is we have 100 pounds to lose, or only 10 pounds.

1. Be HONEST with yourself. The very worst thing you can do is lie to yourself. If your weight is not going down the way you want it to, don't tell yourself you are doing everything you can if you are stuffing yourself with snacks all evening long. Or if you are sitting on your butt on the sofa watching TV when you could be on the floor exercising. Little white lies are fine some of the time, but PLEASE -- not to yourself. "To thine own self, be true."

2. Sitting around thinking about exercising isn't going to take the weight off -- you need to be moving around, doing stuff, sweating, using up calories!

3. Give yourself pep talks. Give yourself credit for all that you have already accomplished. If you look in the mirror and you still see "that fat person" then you need to take a deep breath, rinse your face with cold water -- and look again! See?!? You're smaller than you used to be!
You are making progress! You are doing good! Isn't that new pair of pants you just bought a size smaller than your old favorites? YOU GO GIRL! You should give yourself a little pep talk every morning -- more often if you need it.

4. Keep in mind that your body is not like anyone else's. Each person is unique. Some women have narrow backs, some have wide backs, some carry their weight through the hips, others have the heavier legs, or the big bustline. Don't you think if you are one of those, who, due to heredity (or just plain luck) have bigger breasts that they must weigh SOMETHING? You can't expect to weigh the same as your skinny friend, who practically HAS no bust! We are all shaped a bit differently, and while there is an ideal -- there is no right or wrong.

5. Everyone has a "best" feature. Maybe you carry much of your weight through your hips, but you have a beautiful bustline. Great -- emphasize that. Don't draw attention to your HIPS, but play up the BUST. Draw people's eyes to that. The same way if you have a beautiful SMILE, most people will be noticing how beautiful your smile is, not thinking about your fat butt. Or that you have heavy legs emoticon

6. Personalities draw as much or more attention to yourself as your looks. People generally remember you by your friendly ways, how kind you are, or how helpful. It's much better to greet people with a smile and an inquiry about how "they" are-- than a depressing comment about how your "diet" isn't working!

7. Get out there and be yourself. Don't be ashamed of your body. You are working to improve yourself, and that's what really matters. Care about people, be compassionate -- don't think about how YOU look or how YOU feel all the time, place some of that concern to cover some of the people around you. Next time you look at the scale, SEE the difference a different attitude
can make.

Don't forget to keep Sparkin' emoticon

  
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ARTJAC 6/8/2012 2:29AM

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PSMITH3841 6/7/2012 9:44AM

    Great Blog, Eve! I needed some of those words.....I've been having a few negative moments and this blog hit home! Thanks Big Hug, Penny emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/7/2012 7:55AM

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MEEZERMOM2 6/7/2012 7:17AM

    You hit the nail on the head, Eve...this is so true!

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KISAKATT 6/7/2012 12:19AM

    What a lovely blog post, thanks!!

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ROBBGIN 6/6/2012 10:50PM

    Great post with lots of positive ideas! Hope all is well with you. emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/6/2012 6:20PM

    Good advice from one who has been there. emoticon

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GALINAZ 6/6/2012 4:28PM

    great advice!

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Sharing My Happy Day!

Sunday, June 03, 2012

First time I woke up this morning it was sort of light out, but not really. I decided I could sleep for a bit longer before it got too hot. Back to Dreamland! I always dream, don't you?
emoticon Now the sun was definitely up, but the temperature was 68F so that was good for a walk. The sky was blue, but everything still had that early morning look to it. Quiet, Fresh -- it's my favorite time of the day. The only sound was the chirping of birds.
Amber had already been up for hours, so she was eager to go for a walk! Or eat, whichever came first.
I told her to wait until I had stepped on the emoticon like I do every single morning, and I was rewarded with a loss of .4 -- doesn't sound like much, but it adds up! emoticon

Our walk was great and made me feel good that I was starting out the day being healthy and getting some of my exercise time in. And after we had walked our 1.1 mile (it's a loop) we were not hot and tired like we usually are. Time to check the flowers and my bees -- all was fine there.

Opened more of my emails, and saw my one and only daughter had sent me a new photo from when she spent Memorial Day Week-end in Laguna Beach. Gorgeous Girl (like her mama - lol)


Decided to go to the site on the Internet where you can fool around with photo's and frames, etc. and I came up with this one. Like it?
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OLDERDANDRT 6/5/2012 2:40PM

    Great pictures and no kidding, your DD gets her good looks from her mama!!! Oh yes she does!! Congrats on the progress!!! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 6/5/2012 11:25AM

    Beautiful Daughter, beautiful Mother! Glad you had such a happy day! emoticon

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CATLADY52 6/4/2012 6:29PM

    Lovely ladies both. Amber's cute too. Keep up on the walking. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/4/2012 7:59AM

    You both are so pretty and the Dog too
I love morning walks keep up the good work
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KISAKATT 6/3/2012 11:15PM

    I love your new profile picture! And your dog is too cute! They make such good exercise companions (much better than cats!). Keep on celebrating all your milestones

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STILLFLYIN 6/3/2012 11:11PM

    Two pretty ladies!


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ARTJAC 6/3/2012 9:01PM

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NAPS! And RETIREMENT! Aren't They Wonderful?

Saturday, June 02, 2012

Dogs really take the Blue Ribbon when it comes to naps, but I think I run a close second. When I was younger I never took a nap -- for one thing I didn't have time. Monday thru Friday I was at my job, working, and naps were frowned on by the bosses! emoticon And on the week-ends I had so many errands to run, yard to take care of, and the house to clean, there was no time left over for napping. Luckily, all the energy I expended on my job and keeping up with my duties as Wife, Mother, Employee, I did not have to worry about adding in time for EXERCISE -- I was naturally slim and trim.

But the Retirement Years are here now, those so-called GOLDEN YEARS, which I refer to with my tongue in my cheek. All you Retirees know what I'm talking about. All those body parts falling down on the job. Your butt is down by your knees, and it slid there without your prior knowledge, approval or without you even noticing it was moving! And some of your boobs slid down into your stomach, making you smaller where every woman wants to be Bigger -- and bigger where it just doesn't look good!

One of the things I enjoyed most of getting older is that instead of growing hair in my ears or on my lips (as I've heard friends complain about) old age had the opposite effect on me -- no hair! Oh, I've still got my full head of hair, but suddenly I didn't have to shave my legs any longer. A definite plus!
And also, those naps that I always coveted, I can do them now! Who cares? No boss, errands that can be done anytime, and a house and it's housework that is always there! So every day, sometime between noon and 2 o'clock, you'll find me snoozing away in dremland. My DH does not share my enjoyment of naps, so it's his quiet computer time (without having to put up with me whistling or hear any of the other annoying sounds I make). And it makes me smile when I look down at the foot of the bed and see my dog (and best friend) laying down to take her nap with me -- with just her nose sticking out from under the bed. Yes! Naps are a definite Plus to me in Retirement!
the new Queen Bee

  
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PSMITH3841 6/5/2012 11:39AM

    Naps, Hmmm...Oh, now I remember! That's something I have to do after a visit from my Grandson!!!! Retirement...I haven't taken that step yet...I'm still mulling that around in my mind!.....

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OLDERDANDRT 6/3/2012 1:22PM

    I see what you mean. I used to try to get in a nap esp. when the toddler DGD went down for hers, but now if I nap in the afternoon, I can[t sleep at night, so had to give them up no matter how tired I might feel. Ugh! I, too share your effects of gravity and no longer need to shave (much) on the legs ! I agree, tho......who cares! What doesn't get done today will still be there tomorrow!! emoticon emoticon

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MEEZERMOM2 6/3/2012 8:35AM

    Ah yes, naps...I remember them! I used to take them when I was younger...now that i am "old", & have trouble getting enough sleep at night, I don't dare sleep in the daytime, but sometimes I am nodding off at my computer! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 6/3/2012 7:30AM

    Enjoy your naps one day I will get to do that too
and I too love the Bee picture
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TRISTAROSE 6/3/2012 7:06AM

    I agree ... Retirement is great. On most days, I am also on my sofa along with my dog Hazel and my cat Gracie around 1 PM for my nap. When I don't nap, the dog & cat keep following me around wondering what's going on! I love your Bee .... we will have to get SP to add a bee emoticon ....

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JACK714 6/3/2012 7:02AM

    Like a quote I saw - nap time is our happy hour.

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ARTJAC 6/3/2012 2:56AM

    I AGREE THEY ARE GREAT emoticon

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SHOES17 6/2/2012 9:14PM

    I love the BEE!!

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Total Amount of Spark Points

Friday, June 01, 2012

I'm not talking about MY Spark Points, but those of the entire SITE. At the rate they are climbing it will soon be as big as OUR NATIONAL DEBT.

Ya, you got that right, it's sarcasm!

  
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ILUVTTV 6/1/2012 9:11PM

    Funny you should mention the Entire Site's SparkPoints...I was amazed when I looked at them this evening! Wow! Too bad our National Debt doesn't inspire us the way these points do!

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