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Party a Success, But No Pictures Yet

Saturday, September 17, 2011

The party was great! I was a little worried about it. When I agreed to do it, I expected it to be on a day I did not keep the kids, but it got moved a day earlier, to her actual birthday when I did have the kids long hours. I usually have leftovers or easy supper on the days I have the kids through supper time. But it all worked out. Natalie and I iced the cake together with 2 knives and it turned out surprisingly good and reasonably attractive. She also helped with the deviled eggs, popping the yolks out into a bowl, helping to stir, and to fill the empty halves. She sat the table and I didn't even worry that the forks were on the right and the knives and spoons were on the left. It looked pretty good.

Very good news is that I really enjoyed. I wasn't stressed. I even got to talk to my niece's fiance and welcome him into our family. It was the first time I'd seen him since their announcement. I have a very good feeling about them as a couple. More good news is that I enjoyed a slice of honey baked spiral ham, half a biscuit, some lima beans in butter sauce, a couple spoonfuls of stewed potatoes, a couple celery sticks, a deviled egg half, some broccoli mix, and a big piece of yellow cake with chocolate icing. I bet it had been 6 months since I had cake. We made it with canola oil which I think made it taste better as well as be a little healthier. It was delicious and I enjoyed every bite. Like I said it was good news. I weighed in a Weight Watchers this morning and was down from my weigh in 2 weeks ago.

The little one could not have been cuter enjoying her party, her presents, and her cake. My daughter took plenty of pictures, but has not downloaded them yet. When she does, I promise to share a couple with you.

Hope everyone has a joy-filled day!!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/18/2011 8:58PM

    What a wonderful "Old Mom" you are Marsha! If I ever have grandchildren, I hope that I'm as good with them as you are. You really created a birthday filled with many memories!

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_LINDA 9/18/2011 12:24AM

    Awesome day and that Natalie could help out too! You deserve a treat, you have been working hard! Can't wait to see the photos!

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MONTY68 9/17/2011 9:55PM

    Hi Marsha

What a awesome day for you and your family.

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JOYINKY 9/17/2011 8:28PM

    What a treat! Fun for all!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/17/2011 7:01PM

    Sounds like a wonderful party.

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WILD4STARS 9/17/2011 4:57PM

    Grandma's making memories. It doesn't get any better than that. They are so lucky to have you.

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AMANDAJCD 9/17/2011 3:59PM

    It sounds like it was a great party -- and the cake and deviled eggs sound wonderful!

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WATERMELLEN 9/17/2011 2:46PM

    Very fun! And great memories for Natalie!

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FITCOFFEEMOM357 9/17/2011 2:34PM

    Sounds wonderful and heavenly all mixed up. What a great memory you made with your dgd.

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One Year Old Today!!

Friday, September 16, 2011

Little Gwen turns one year old today. She is a dear! We'll be celebrating this evening with a party of extended family at my house.

As soon as I finish this blog I'll go start cleaning house and start cooking. It'll be fun. I would write more, but I need to get to it!!!!

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MONTY68 9/16/2011 11:42PM

    Wow Marsha
It is hard to believe a year has gone by. I just know that there was a wonderful party for Gwen. A Happy birthday to her.


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MIRAGE727 9/16/2011 9:36PM

    I love then so much at this age...and they grow up so fast! Enjoy and Happy Birthday to the Baby Girl!

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AMANDAJCD 9/16/2011 9:34PM

    Hooray -- happy birthday to Gwen!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/16/2011 9:13PM

    I can't believe Gwen is a year old already! My SIL's birthday is today too. I hope you all had a great time!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    How quickly the year went by!

Have fun!

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FITFABME2 9/16/2011 3:37PM

    How fun - have a great day celebrating with her! Sounds like you have a lovely family...


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WILD4STARS 9/16/2011 2:13PM

    What a fun and lovely family you have. Happy Birthday to little Gwen.

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_LINDA 9/16/2011 12:55PM

    Happy birthday Gwen!! Enjoy your time with family!

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TBRANCH2 9/16/2011 11:43AM seems that she was just born! I guess I am having too much fun?? cuz time sure is flying!!!

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GATOR12 9/16/2011 9:47AM

    Happy #1 birthday, Gwen!!

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HAWKEYERANT 9/16/2011 9:42AM

    Hope she has a great birthday!

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DONNABRIGHT 9/16/2011 8:45AM

    Have fun - we'll look for pictures tomorrow!

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MYRUN4THEROSES 9/16/2011 8:44AM

    Enjoy the day!

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Long Term Problem Solved!!!

Thursday, September 15, 2011

Today I got something in the mail I have been wanting since April of 2008. I finally received my major medical insurance card and policy. I had been denied repeatedly for ridiculous and spurious reasons after my husband was laid off and I lost insurance through his employer. (This last time the reason given was that my doctor recommended a "left" breast exam and I hadn't done it, when in reality my doctor had made a routine recommendation for regular "self" examinations, and the medical records reviewer misread it, totally overlooking the normal mammogram done just a couple weeks before).

I had expensive COBRA insurance for 18 months and then for about a year I have been covered on a short term health insurance policy by a company no medical provider has ever heard of. It would have expired before I became Medicare eligible and I worried that I might have no coverage at an age that you really don't want to be without.

It is just great to once again have standard health insurance. Now I don't feel threatened with having to find work with insurance coverage. (The little nonprofit I worked for and could go back to does not offer health insurance.) I can see myself taking care of my little granddaughters probably until they enter school.

I believe I'm about as healthy as any 62 year old American woman, now that my weight, cholesterol and blood pressure have been normal for more than two years. I feel a tremendous injustice has been righted and a burden has been lifted from my shoulders. Hallelujah!!

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AQUAGIRL08 9/16/2011 8:49PM

    Sometimes I just don't understand the games the insurance companies play just to avoid paying legitimate claims. It makes me think of the movie, "The Rainmaker". (From the book by John Grishom) Congratulations on having an injustice righted and having all that stress lifted!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 9/16/2011 1:20PM

    So glad this burden has been lifted from your mind! Like Ellen says, we are so lucky to have free health care in Canada. Can't imagine where I would be without it...
I don't see you ever needing it, unless the stresses of being a Mom and caregiver again full time wear you out..

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WILD4STARS 9/16/2011 4:11AM

    emoticonHealthy aging is too much fun to be hampered by some idiot insurance company. Glad you have that worry off your radar and can keep enjoying those grandkids!

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DWKINSEY 9/15/2011 11:40PM

    At last!! Hurray!!! I'm happy for you that your struggle is finally over. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 9/15/2011 9:35PM

    Good for you! We Canajuns are totally spoiled with our healthcare system here: but I for one am constantly grateful for the quality of medical attention I've received over the years without having to worry it will be there when needed.

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JOYINKY 9/15/2011 9:21PM

    I'm so glad for you! What a stress reliever! Congratulations!

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AMANDAJCD 9/15/2011 8:03PM

    That is wonderful, Marsha -- congratulations!!!!!

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TBRANCH2 9/15/2011 7:33PM

    Great news!! If you don't fight for yourself, noone else will!! I don't know what we would do without our wonderful insurance! It is provided through hubby's job....thank God!!!

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MISTYRIVER64 9/15/2011 7:10PM

    Wonderful news~ so glad everything has worked out.

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MNNICE 9/15/2011 5:41PM

    There's nothing more stressful than having to worry about getting medical care because we can't afford it. And some insurance companies seem to find any reason they can for denying coverage to "Seniors". I'm so glad that burden has been lifted for you - and at the same time hoping you won't need it anyway!!

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The Time Has Come

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Tonight I threw away a pair of beyond worn out, completely tattered, totally used up, absolutely spent Reeboks. Despite the fact that they were in shreds with absolutely no remaining value, I felt a bit nostalgic. At one time they were white leather with white shoe strings. At one time they had tread on the soles. At one time I was reluctant to put them on and take them out for more than a few minutes. But they were always soft and comfy, encouraging me to do more. Recently I only wore them on days I really didn't feel like moving. They would remind me of how far I've come and why I want to keep going.

Despite the fact that I now have shoes fitted by professionals using computer analysis of my treadmill running, it was more than a little hard to just throw those decrepit Reeboks in the trash. But it was time.

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_LINDA 9/16/2011 12:48PM

    They were a great reminder of where you once were, but I am sure glad to hear you are making sure you have appropriate shoes professionally fitted for your new passion!
I would liken it to giving up an old favorite blanket..

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AQUAGIRL08 9/15/2011 12:40PM

    I would guess getting rid of the shoes was rather like saying goodbye to an old friend who you have out grown. Other people just don't get it do they? Maybe you could just keep the shoe laces to remind you.....they wouldn't take up too much space.

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HAWKEYERANT 9/15/2011 12:19PM

    Those shoes were honored, respected, and they served their time well. On with the new fancy shoes!!!

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    I know how you feel. It's hard to say good bye to a friend that has helped us along the way emoticon

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MIRAGE727 9/14/2011 11:04PM

    Marsha, I totally enjoyed that story. It seems everything is appreciated a bit more in a healthy lifestyle! Thanks for sharing.

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BESTSUSIEYET 9/14/2011 10:35PM

    Good for you! Old shoes can bring foot and knee problems ... You are wise to get new good ones! But hooray for celebrating where those shoes have gone! You rock, Marsha!

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The Devil is in the Cereal???

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

I saw a fellow today that I used to see often when I first joined the YMCA. Now that I'm running I don't take near as many exercise classes, so I hadn't seen him for a while. Right off I could tell he had lost a significant amount of weight, complimented him, and asked him how he had done it. His answer really surprised me.

He said that the biggest change he had made was to quit eating Cheerios. I like Cheerios. I still occasionally eat Cheerios. I don't have trouble including a reasonable portion of Cheerios in a day of healthy eating.

It occurred to me that maybe that was it -- the reasonable portion part. I remember a friend of mine who lost a lot of weight on a specific program. Her mother tried the same program, but gained weight. When my friend went to visit her mom, she discovered that her mom had given up her breakfasts of fried eggs, bacon and biscuits all right. However, the "one ounce" of cereal that she had substituted turned out to be 8 ounces when my friend weighed it! I wonder what this fellow's portion size was.

I mentioned the Cheerios puzzle to my daughter. She pointed out that there are several new varieties of Cheerios that are much higher in sugar than the original one I eat. That might have something to do with it, too.

I asked the fellow if his exercise wasn't at least somewhat responsible for his success. He said no, that he had been working out regularly for several years without losing weight. He insisted it was the Cheerios. I didn't question him any further; I just wanted to give him support. Obviously, what he is doing is working for him.

A couple years ago I asked a friend who had lost 100 pounds how she had done it, and she said she simply gave up peanut butter. She had eaten it in the evenings by the jar. Now that made sense to me. But Cheerios?

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AQUAGIRL08 9/15/2011 12:29PM

    My guess is that he was eating them right out of the box. Many people who give up snacking on cereal do just that - eat it out of the box. Eating cereal is only healthy when it is measured out, otherwise it is as unhealthy as any other snack that is eaten without moderation.

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_LINDA 9/14/2011 9:37PM

    That is really interesting. My favorite cereal used to be Shreddies, but while it was whole wheat, it was highly sweetened. Now I like Frosted Mini-Wheats and Kashi, but in small servings. My brother has been a big Cheerios fan his whole life, and that is still true for today. The only beverage he drinks is diet coke, by the 2L bottle full. Interesting how you can keep the same habits right from a kid. He is obese, but that is because he like McDonalds a lot.
It really boils down to watching the portions and careful weighing and measuring and tracking..

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    reminds me of granola - most people aren't aware that a portion is 1/4 cup emoticon

my DH takes a full bowl of cereal thinking that is a portion - the average cereal/soup bowl holds 2 cups.

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HAWKEYERANT 9/14/2011 10:54AM

    He probably had problems with the number of times he ate cheerios a day... or the portion sizes he was doling out... or the toppings he was adding (spoonful of sugar etc).

Interesting concept though.

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WATERMELLEN 9/14/2011 7:28AM

    It's amazing how many "formerly healthful" cereals (in their original formats) have been glitzed up with added calories/sugars etc.

Plus -- as you say -- portion control is key.

But as you say, if it worked for him then so be it! (And YOU don't need to give up your more moderate serving of plain Cheerios any time soon because that's working for you.)

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HOUNDLOVER1 9/14/2011 12:19AM

    Some of the sweetened types of cheerios are really a bad deal, esp. if someone eats a lot. I have gone to eating rolled grains raw (oats, rye, kamut, barley). I know it sounds extreme when you first hear it but it's fast and tasty and millions of Europeans eat it every day under the name Muesli. You simply add some raw nuts and dried or fresh fruit and pour it over some plain yoghurt. Plain Cheerios may not be bad for you but once you get used to whole rolled grains you might not like the Cheerios any more and you won't think of cereal as something that is processed and comes out of a box. ;)

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MONTY68 9/13/2011 11:31PM

    Hi Marsha
I am with you, I would have to question the Cherrios. A portion of cereal is usually a 1/2 cup. That isn't very much when you look at it a bowl. I look at some of the commercials and it seems like the cereal is ready to float out of the bowl. I never ate cereal before I went on my journey, but if I had, I know I would have had several portions. If that is all he did, I guess we would have to compliment him.
I will say that the title of your blog is accurate. Some of the so called healthy cereals are so loaded with sugar and calories.
Thanks for sharing

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JOYINKY 9/13/2011 9:13PM

    It's got to be portion size! But I remember how disappointed I was when the added sugar to the traditional cheerios! They were fine, one of the best cereals out there, before they did that; still better than most. My snack tonight too. :)

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CHARLOTTE1947 9/13/2011 8:56PM

    Don't you know what a coincidence it is that I am munching on a cup of dry Cheerios as I type this. It's my evening snack today. Maybe that guy just ate several sugary bowls of it daily. Sure would like to be a fly on his kitchen wall!

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HAPPYSOUL91 9/13/2011 8:51PM

    Well he probably had a large soup bowl, put in whole mile till they were floating and then added spoonful's of sugar. He could have also had them for a snack/s. At least he found out what worked, sure wish my issue was that simple. ..LOL

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COMPASS_ROSE 9/13/2011 8:42PM

    Go figure? I have cereal of some type or another just about every morning. One cup with 1/2 cup of milk. Low sugar, low sodium... Sometimes Cheerios and I've lost 50+ lbs this year. I guess it depends on the person. Maybe its a metabolism thing. Very odd either way. Definitely something to think about.


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