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The Glories & Glooms of Holidays!

Wednesday, November 28, 2012


Who doesn't enjoy the glamour and excitement associated with "Holidays." Doesn't matter if your favorite if the picnics/BBQ for the 4th of July, Trick or Treating with the kids on Spook Night (Halloween), the gathering of friends/family for Thanksgiving or the very real hustle and bustle of Christmas.
emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon So regardless of what season your favorite "holiday" falls in, you've got to admit you have a love/hate relationship with it.

Why do I say a love/hate relationship? Let's look at the facts:
1. You tend to over-eat, especially on foods ranging in the rich category, like fat/sugar!
2. You tend to skip the usual exercise routine (cuz you are "too full.")
3. On the love side -- if it's birthday or Christmas you receive gifts, who doesn't love that?
4. Also on the love side -- it's a chance to visit with friends/family.
5. Of course the above could also fall on the hate side -- you have to invite Aunt Jenny even though she bores everyone to tears with her stories of "when she was young." And don't forget the younger brother who always embarrasses everyone by drinking too much.

You see how the scenario goes. But the other day I was reading a blog by my friend, Lis and it really made sense to me. When you're invited to a party, or pot luck, or just a big dinner, these tactics can apply. First size up all the goodies you see on the table. If there is an endless variety just choose 5 or 6 things you "must" try -- and take a very, very small portion of each. If you do really good with this, you can reward yourself by having a bite or two of dessert. If you don't follow your own choices, you'd better skip the dessert. (I know from experience)

But when all is said and done, even the most health-conscious usually find that we have gained a pound or two, or perhaps only maintained. It's certainly not the end of the world, and think of how bad it could have been if you'd gone wild! A 10 or 15 pound gain could happen easily. So know in your heart you'll do the best you possibly can. Perhaps the old, proven advice of having a bowl of low-cal soup or something "before" the party would help you out. If you are half-full before you start, your brain my signal you that "I'm full." Don't ignore that.

I know we will hear of the groans come January -- and those few lucky ones who will brag that they actually LOST a pound through it all. After all, what's to keep you from going out for a nice refreshing WALK after breakfast on Christmas. Or for sure do that instead of slumping down on the sofa and soaking up TV, with an eggnog in your hand (very high-cal).

Which will you be? emoticon or emoticon emoticon

  
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JACK714 12/2/2012 7:22AM

    Well written. I'm hoping for that category of weight loss this year. I'm heading for California in late January and want to have lost as much as possible.

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LYNETTEMOM 12/1/2012 5:52PM

    my biggest downfall is holidays in the sense of vacations. When I got on the scale and found out I was up about seven pounds since I went away, I was unhappy. Down a pound and a half this morning, working hard at being good so I hope to be down to where I was by the new year!

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/29/2012 7:40AM

    Holidays are hard but going to try to stay the same during them good luck to you during this time of year
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TAZINITE 11/28/2012 8:11PM

    Christmas is not a big issue for me. As in I don't think I will even put up a tree. Just what I am going through hearing all the people talking about their families. For a short time I am balancing what I really want going into my body. Like I had a carb out day with sweets. However I truely ask myself if I want to beat this or just be at the same place with my body next year.

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1MANKNEY 11/28/2012 2:21PM

    Oh, no, you mentioned the eggnog! I love it, but do you know the number of calories? It is insane! I have had only the samples that are given out at Costco-- about 2 tablespoons each emoticon . I bet even then I have had more calories than I can afford.
I used to have a great recipe for fake eggnog (fairly low in calories) that used a pudding mix to make it thick. Wish I hadn't lost it along with the rest of my cookbooks. At least I still have my mother's recipes, but no fake eggnog.

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DABLUECAT 11/28/2012 1:28PM

    emoticon resisting temptations

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SDLEE514 11/28/2012 1:21PM

    great blog...I i hope to be emoticon but I'll probably end up having a little mix emoticon

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DALID414 11/28/2012 12:29PM

    I'll be emoticon
Great info Eve

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AMALIA8 11/28/2012 11:52AM

    Love it! I hope to be one of those who has lost weight but even maintaining would be good. I don't normally go to parties but I do normally spend time at Mervin's parents place and i never eat right there as I don't like eating their food so I eat out a lot more. However, I don't even know if I can go this year as I may be working. We'll see. Keep up the great work!

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So Many Choices -- and I only want ONE!

Sunday, November 25, 2012

As I've been telling you the last couple of days -- I'm going to adopt a kitty! My husband has had cats all his life, but this will be my first. So I've been spending "hours" cruising through the kittens/cats on Petfinder. Here are some of the ones I've been interested in:

This lovely little girl is named DARO -- but she probably would mind if I renamed her.

HAZEL is full of adventure and the first to try something new. She sounds like a fun girl.

JENELL looks like a Princess -- very regal and aloof. But she's charming.

JESSIE is right at the top of my list right now!

This one is RIPLEY! Look at those gorgeous eyes!

STOMPIE is showing off how cute she is.

Last but not least is TABITHA -- you see my predicament.

Oh! Decisions, decisions -- I wish they were all in one spot, but they aren't. Can't go to meet any of them until Tuesday, and I'm not a patient person!!!!!

  
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UNICORN212 11/27/2012 11:50PM

    So, did any of them choose you? Keep us posted!

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ROEANDGO 11/27/2012 10:30PM

    What a hard choice!! They are all so adorable!! I say go with your gut....



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VITCHY-VICKI 11/27/2012 5:48AM

    emoticon Happy Cat hunting - love cats but don't want the mess to take care of them if they were out door cats fine but you have fun shopping hope you find the right one and love it all up
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PROT358 11/26/2012 11:33PM

    I have always had cats, and right now I have four (all strays we acquired). I suggest you keep an open mind until you meet them in person. I think the best trait in a cat is an affectionate, loving cat. And if you don't see that in the first meeting, I can tell you from experience that that won't likely change. But how exciting! Too bad you can't keep more than one ;)

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HEYITSJUDED 11/26/2012 9:12PM

    They are adorable! I really like Hazel, Tabitha, and Ripley! They look mischievous! I always tend to pick the feistiest cats though! Good luck and I know which ever one you pick will be well taken care of and loved!

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TAZINITE 11/26/2012 6:04PM

    I just can't help you. Just a note my Tigeer cat who adopted my neighbor now goes by Kit Cat. Kinda close to Ms. Kitty.


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LIS193 11/26/2012 2:01PM

    They all look adorable. Can you get 2 so they have company apart from Amber?
Have you met the kttites in person? A picture is cute but every cat has its own personality and some do better with dogs than others.
Good luck with this hard decision!


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1MANKNEY 11/26/2012 11:24AM

    I prefer the cats that are more vocal and seem to talk to you. I think you will know when you see them which one is the one for you. It will just feel right! Good luck on finding the perfect fit for you. emoticon

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TAZINITE 11/26/2012 9:16AM

    I went to the shelter to look for our missing cats and ended with a little black kitten who had spend most of her childhood there. Her name is Reba. I thought I would change it. However the shelter mom told me why she name her that. She reminded her of the singer. And before I left her shelter mom had to hold her a long time. Well I kept the name. She is 7 months old. My husband who first said no is so happy. And we started keeping our kitties inside now. No losses and more. I am still missing our others. Although I could really adopt a grey and a siamese. Dh says no.

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UNICORN212 11/25/2012 11:48PM

    When you meet them, one will choose you. Have fun, and if you can, get two - they entertain each other (and you) and are not much more work than one!

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MEEZERMOM2 11/25/2012 11:01PM

    From the "crazy cat lady"...how exciting & one is never enough! No Siamese in your choices? They are the most "dog" like...I haven't been without one for the past 30 years, as that first one captjured my heart...which ever one you choose, enjoy!

Eve

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DALID414 11/25/2012 10:48PM

    Pick the youngest of the bunch!! I don't know how else to pick. Put their names on paper and mix them up, then pick one?
Good luck, Eve.

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AMALIA8 11/25/2012 10:19PM

    They are all very cute. I'm not sure how you'll ever choose. You could become a cat lady LOL. Enjoy the decision making and getting to play with them before you decide. Keep up the awesome work!

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ARTJAC 11/25/2012 10:01PM

    HOPE YOU FIND THE RIGHT CAT FOR YOU ALL OUR CATS HAVE BEEN STRAYS emoticon

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DIANER2014 11/25/2012 9:33PM

    They're all adorable! I can imagine it's going to be a hard decision. I know it would be for me.

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WARRIORGIRL121 11/25/2012 8:30PM

    Wow, Eve, you've got your work cut out for you! They all look sweet and beautiful and loving! it's sooo hard. Jessie is adorable and she might be the one for you... but Stompie and Tabitha also look perky and interactive. Then there's Ripley with those eyes! Gosh, I love 'em all! (Sorry, so not helping here!) I think the key for you will be when you go to meet them... that's when you'll see in person which one you really connect with. Also, if Amber is able to go with you, that would be helpful so you can see how they interact. I'm very fortunate with my dog Missy that she loves kitties so when we go to visit my sister, the dog and the cat get along great. Hopefully you can find a cat like that with Amber. Do you have names in mind for the cat you adopt?

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SHERRYGAYL 11/25/2012 7:40PM

    So I see you prefer the grey and white stripe-y kitties emoticon

It is so hard to choose just one little furbaby. Definitely a predicament! They all look so adorable! I'm going to have to go snuggle my kitty now!

Just don't underestimate the power of the bright green eyes!

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-VIXEN- 11/25/2012 7:39PM

    How exciting for you! I have found when it comes to cats, ya just know, and I am sure you will fall in love with the one that is meant for you in an instant. :)

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Just Having Some Quiet Time

Saturday, November 24, 2012

emoticon There never seemed to be enough time for all the Tour Director wanted to show us while on vacation. Hence we got up early and went to bed late nearly every day we were on "vacation." I'm not really used to coming home from vacation tired out; but this time we did. Then in just a couple of days it was time to drive to Henderson, NV to see my daughter and her family for Thanksgiving. That was fun and I didn't have to do any of the cooking -- but it was a lot of noise and good-natured arguing having so many family members together -- another thing DH and I aren't used to. I mean, even our DOG is laid-back.

So as we started our drive home Friday morning we decided "spur-of-the-moment" to detour to our summer home in the mountains. It has been exceptionally warm, so we figured it would not be too cold up there either, even at 5000 feet. And we were right! It was cooler inside the house than it was outside. And we were surprised at the small amount of leaves that were in our yard. But we have trimmed back a few plants since we're already had a frost up here, so I cut back the asparagus, which takes up an entire end of our raised garden. I cut the rose bushes back and that's about the extent of our outside work.

The peace and quiet has been great, but tomorrow we have a company coming to install a satellite TV service, so we can get more than the 5 channels we are now stuck with. Who knows we might want to spend more time up here depending on how things go with government. I love to watch HGTV and that will be available, and DH watches only FOX news. So I guess we will be up here until Tuesday or so. By then I'll be ready for hustle and bustle again.

  
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JACK714 11/27/2012 6:05AM

    Ah yes, vacation from your vacation. Have a restful time.

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HEYITSJUDED 11/26/2012 9:16PM

    I hope you are all rested up and ready for the hustle and bustle! It is going to be even worse due to the holiday season! I do not understand that, the traffic is terrible this time of year then come January 1 it is dead! At least that is how it is here in our lovely city!

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/25/2012 7:31AM

    Enjoy your quiet time the hustle and bustle will be there when you get home
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ARTJAC 11/25/2012 12:26AM

    HAVE A GOOD REST BEFORE YOU HEAD BACK TO THE HUSTLE AND BUSTLE

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AMALIA8 11/24/2012 10:42PM

    I find it hard to accept it when vacations are so busy. I mean, to me, a vacation is relaxing. So, I call those busy ones trips instead of vacations. LOL. I'm glad you got to do some sight seeing and see your family for the holidays though. Enjoy the solitude of your summer home. Keep up the awesome work!

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WARRIORGIRL121 11/24/2012 10:39PM

    Sounds like you had a good time!

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DALID414 11/24/2012 8:27PM

    The good thing about not hosting: getting to leave! Lol

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CATLADY52 11/24/2012 7:33PM

    Get rested up before you go back to town. emoticon

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ZOEYBLU 11/24/2012 7:11PM

    ...What a lovely week you have had !

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Vacation is Over!

Sunday, November 18, 2012

emoticon The vacation is over, and while I had a good time, I'm even happier to be back home and not on a schedule figured out by someone else. And my dog was overjoyed to see me again -- who doesn't appreciate the love of your pet when you return home?

I'm too exhausted to come up with anything clever and motivating -- so I will try to get my photo's sorted out, rest up -- and then I'll fill you in on the trip.

Happy to be back among my Spark Friends and a Healthy Lifestyle!

  
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WARRIORGIRL121 11/24/2012 10:38PM

    Glad to have you back! emoticon I know you and Amber were happy to be reunited as well!

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AMALIA8 11/20/2012 11:09AM

    Glad to see you back from your vacation! It is good to come home to a pet who missed you. I miss my childhood bet Winnie the Poodle. She's been gone 8 years now and I still miss her. Keep up the great work!

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JACK714 11/20/2012 6:53AM

    Glad you are safe and sound? back home.

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OLDERDANDRT 11/19/2012 4:14PM

    emoticon home!!!!! emoticon

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CATLADY52 11/19/2012 2:54PM

    Welcome back! emoticon

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HEYITSJUDED 11/19/2012 2:41PM

    Glad you had a fun trip and made it home safely! Looking forward to the pictures, get some rest! Good to have you back emoticon emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 11/19/2012 7:15AM

    There's no place like home! Can't wait to hear all about your adventure!

emoticon Back!

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VITCHY-VICKI 11/19/2012 7:07AM

    emoticon back we have missed you in the chat room
rest up and come tell us all about it and can't wait for pictures
V

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ARTJAC 11/18/2012 11:17PM

    emoticon BACK HOPE YOU HAD A GOOD TIME LOOKING FORWARD TO SEEING YOUR PHOTOS

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TAZINITE 11/18/2012 9:49PM

    It is good to be home.


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DALID414 11/18/2012 9:11PM

    Glad you're back.

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Moving Ahead and Never Looking Back!

Thursday, November 01, 2012


What you looked like in the past isn't all that important -- except when you're looking back through an old photo book and reminiscing. How you look and feel today is what counts!


Although this picture was very recent and the top one was over 2 years ago ..... it does not show the difference in weight.

My weight has always been well distributed, and I have a wide back and strong legs -- both assets I am thankful for. They have enabled me to carry around about 20 pounds of weight without looking like a big blimp. When you are only 5'2" every pound counts. The main difference I can see in myself as I get dressed is that now I can comfortably tuck in my shirts -- and still look great. I can remember when I first gained weight at age 50 I started wearing my shirts on the outside. Of course doing that does not "hide" your stomach, but at least it doesn't "emphasize" it. That was my aim -- I was not trying to fool myself or my friends, I just wanted to look as good as possible. Thankfully, the long full dresses were popular during many of my "fat" years (up to 162) and that hid a multitude of sins.

Now, at 136.4 I'm back to slim-fitting jeans, and if I want to look nicer going out to dinner or somewhere I have no problem tucking in a T-shirt or blouse. And of course dresses are more appealing also -- looking in the mirror will tell you that.

Looking at the two photos I chose to post I didn't stop to think that even on my "recent" photo I still wore my shirt on the outside. Old habits are hard to break. lol -- and mainly, the fact that I can tuck them in just occurred to me last night as I was dressing to go out to dinner with DH. I had chosen a pair of pants that I hadn't worn in a long time, and I tucked my sweater type of blouse in. The effect was good; and I looked better in those pants than I had in years!!
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WARRIORGIRL121 11/24/2012 10:37PM

    Oh, you look awesome beautiful! amazing! I loved this! Great job! So inspiring!

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OLDERDANDRT 11/4/2012 9:35PM

    emoticon You be looking fine!!! I have a velour pant and zip up jacket set that my DH got me for Christmas 3 or 4 years ago......it is a Petite Large. I could never wear it b/c I was too fat. I loved it, though and hung it up in my closet to take good care of it! Guess what I wore to take my elder DGD shopping today & then out with DH & DS for dinner tonight??????? It fits!!!!!!!!! I am still about 50 pounds away from goal, but this is a mile stone!!! The first time I have ever worn this and it made me feel absolutely skinny!!!! hehe You know what I mean. emoticon Just happy, you know? I'll be even more happy at goal, tho and now I'm convinced it'll come!
Be well, and stay healthy, my friend!! You really do look mah- ve- lous!!!!! emoticon emoticon

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DIANER2014 11/4/2012 9:34AM

    You look great! Keep up the awesome work! emoticon emoticon

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ANGRITTER 11/3/2012 4:06PM

    That is so wonderful! Looking at your pictures, you look so much taller than that! Must be the untucked shirt making you look taller.

I love the wedding picture as well, tht is the best!

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ARTJAC 11/3/2012 2:18AM

    emoticon AS ALWAYS

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MICHELELYNN777 11/2/2012 6:59PM

    You look beautiful in both pictures~such a nice smile! I agree that feeling good in clothes is one of the best things about losing weight. Thanks for sharing your pictures. You are an inspiration!
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VITCHY-VICKI 11/2/2012 9:05AM

    You look great and if you can tuck your shirts in and love how you look that is even better - I still won't tuck mine in to many spear tires yet - keep up the good work kido and keep smiling you look emoticon
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CATLADY52 11/1/2012 5:53PM

    You lood great any way, so does it matter whether or not you are all 'tucked in'? Do what you feel is best. emoticon

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4_MY_LIFE 11/1/2012 5:00PM

    You look great!!

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DALID414 11/1/2012 1:38PM

    I wanna be like you when I grow up!!

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HEYITSJUDED 11/1/2012 1:09PM

    You look awesome! It feels good to get into those old jeans, i know! I have dug a few of mine out that I haven't worn in 9 years! Good thing about jeans, they never go out of style!! Keep up the great work! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIS193 11/1/2012 1:00PM

    You look great! Like you I carry my weight well and still look ok even when heavy. I love being 136 pounds... that was a few years ago and I need to get back below 140..

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1MANKNEY 11/1/2012 12:52PM

    You are looking good! emoticon
You didn't say how tall you are, but my guess is you are just a bit taller than I am. My age is about the same as yours and my weight is 134 at the moment. The goal is 120 but I would actually be happy with 125. I am a very slow loser--about a pound to a pound and a half per month. I figure that if I am very careful, I will make goal by Christmas 2013. Looks like I will be on Spark for a long time!

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