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Stronger Than Fudge

Thursday, December 22, 2011

My family asked for my famous fudge, which I don't think I made last year nor the year before because I was concentrating on keeping off my 80+ pound loss. But today I felt I could do it. So I drank some sugar free hot chocolate to quench my chocolate craving. Feeling strong. Made the fudge. No licking ingredients or utensils. So far so good. I cut the first piece and there were fudge crumbs. A lot. I measured out an eighth of a teaspoon just to sample. Thumbs up. Delicious, but I don't think I really have to have more. I feel stronger than fudge.

We'll see. I've got several days to live with it and even enough ingredients to make another batch. I might even want to include a small piece in my eating plan. Haven't decided yet. But even if I should slip, I know now that I can get it back. I AM going to live at my goal weight.

Wishing all my SparkFriends delicious crumbs that are totally satisfying!!

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 2:33PM

    Wow!! AWESOME willpower!! For the first time ever, Mom has made fudge. I am not so sure how well I will fair not diving into it. Mom's specialty is apple crisps or muffins for baking. She usually just buys cakes or pies rather than make them anymore, as she just has too much to do looking after all the cooking and cleaning for her household.
You continue to amaze me with your iron will! You rock!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/23/2011 10:16AM

    WTG Marsha!!

You ARE stronger than fudge!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/23/2011 9:15AM

    Great blog Marsha! Thanks for sharing. You are stronger than fudge!

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MONTY68 12/22/2011 11:17PM

    Hi Marsha

That sounds so good, haven't had a piece of fudge in years. I read somewhere that crumbs don't have any calories emoticon.
I am sure you will allocate the right amount each day.
Enjoy your fudge and have a Merry Christmas.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MIRAGE727 12/22/2011 10:57PM

    Way to go, Supergirl! You are my hero! I'm championing portion control here on my Nebraska Holiday! You're fueling my inspiration tank!

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FREELADY 12/22/2011 10:27PM

    This is a great story! Can't wait for the movie!

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MNNICE 12/22/2011 9:31PM

    The only reason I'm stronger than fudge (cookies, peanut clusters, Chex mix) is because I packed it all in containers and had hubby take it to the garage for storage until Christmas!! I do plan to enjoy the holiday treats - I can't live without chocolate - but will try my best to exercise moderation. And if I slip.. well, I've a LONG Minnesota winter ahead of me so can spend lots of time on the dreadmill!! Enjoy a few indulgences! We have both lost 80+ pounds, have maintained it, and know how to lose a few extras if the need arises after the holidays!!!Have a very Merry Christmas!

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WATERMELLEN 12/22/2011 8:15PM

    Love that thought: "stronger than fudge". It's amazing how satisfying a few crumbs can be!

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JOYINKY 12/22/2011 6:22PM

    I have no doubts!
Have a wonderful holiday Marsha!

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FITFABME2 12/22/2011 6:21PM

    You are SO awesome...I know how you feel....this time of year is tough, but the memories of those awesome recipes also add to the thrill of this time of year for the family members we can't forget. A bit of fudge here or there never killed anyone. Small indulgences on occasion, in fact, can reinforce your success in maintenance....

Good for you to have the strength to make it! And to resist! All of us here understand the victory on many levels...


Comment edited on: 12/22/2011 6:22:26 PM

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IAMWINNING 12/22/2011 6:16PM

    YES! You ARE stronger than fudge! Congratulations for the way you're handling this.

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MEXGAL1 12/22/2011 5:50PM

    good for you! I know you are stronger than that fudge. I am not sure I am...I have been craving fudge for the holidays...good thing I am not at your house!
Happy Holidays

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TMW54812 12/22/2011 5:09PM

    Good for you! Life at your goal weight is worth way more than a mountain of fudge...even yours!

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Time Flies

Wednesday, December 21, 2011

Today, when I was done with my 45 minute elliptical and my strength training workouts at the Y, I went to pick up Gwen from the nursery. To my surprise she was not in the infant area. She was out walking and playing with the big kids (up to 5 years old) in the large play area! Looked like she was really having fun. My, how fast they grow up.

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_LINDA 12/24/2011 2:34PM

    Good for Gwen!! You must be having quite the influence on her with your healthy, active lifestyle!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/22/2011 7:59AM

    It is amazing isn't it? It was so good to see you there the other day! Gwen is growing so fast. When I think of her I still think of a little baby and then I'm always surprised when I see her up and around! Natalie has gotten big and tall too!

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WATERMELLEN 12/21/2011 8:07PM

    Amazing! What adorable grandgirls you have!!

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MEXGAL1 12/21/2011 3:30PM

    no kidding don't they grow up fast!

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TMW54812 12/21/2011 1:20PM

    Sometimes when I look at my grandkids, I think I can see them grow right in front of me!
They are truly God's gift to grandparents. emoticon

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FREELADY 12/21/2011 12:57PM

    Such a cute age! So glad you have lots of time with her!

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JOYINKY 12/21/2011 12:13PM

    OH MY! Yes! Christmas is really going to be fun at your house this year!!

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Grapefruit Treats

Monday, December 19, 2011

The grapefruits are just heavenly again this year. I was afraid when my daughter moved from her rental home with the spectacular grapefruit tree I might have some problem getting the really, really good ones. But I got 10 and then 25 from her tree before she left. I think I am down to two.

And now a dear friend I haven't seen for 6 months just invited me over to her home tomorrow morning. She has a bunch of grapefruits and other citrus to give me. How lucky am I??

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AQUAGIRL08 12/22/2011 7:50AM

    Enjoy! A good grapefruit is simply delicious!

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FROSTY99 12/19/2011 10:30PM

    Yes, we are so lucky to be where folks give us free oranges and grapefruit aren't we!!!

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_LINDA 12/19/2011 10:28PM

    I LOVE grapefruit!! I can't imagine getting them fresh off the tree! You are very, very fortunate!! Enjoy!! Hope these new ones are as good as the ones your daughter had!!

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BESTSUSIEYET 12/19/2011 9:22PM

    Enjoy! I'll have one with breakfast tomorrow.

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WATERMELLEN 12/19/2011 8:28PM

    OK, what makes a grapefruit a really good grapefruit? Do you like the ruby red ones, the pinky ones or the white ones? Sweet or tangy?

I love grapefruit too -- especially the reddest ones!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/19/2011 6:46PM

    how awesome!

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MEXGAL1 12/19/2011 6:15PM

    you are lucky....haven't had a good grapefruit in a long time. sounds delicious.

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JOYINKY 12/19/2011 5:56PM

    That would be a welcome treat at any time of year; but especially this week! Enjoy!

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TMW54812 12/19/2011 5:55PM

    Having a friend give you free fruit worth $$$$$$$$ where fruit grows in the winter......PRICELESS!!!!!

Merry Christmas from NH....17 degrees!


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BONDMANUS2002 12/19/2011 4:24PM

  i love grapefruit too!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!1

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The Best of Slenderella, 2011

Thursday, December 15, 2011

Rereading my blogs from this year has been a good review for me. Indulge me, but I intend to re-post one or two. The following blog received the most comments and probably the most positive comments of any I posted this year. Thanks, SparkFriends!

Saturday, August 13, 2011 --
I ran into a person I see from time to time through my work. When I first met her I weighed more than 200 pounds. She was very complimentary -- and maybe a little surprised -- that I have maintained my weight loss now for several years.

She made me smile, though, when she said I should be featured on television. Evidently, I am the only flesh and blood person she knows who has lost and kept off 80+ pounds. She thinks it is even more amazing because I was a fat kid, spent more than 5 decades obese, and now weigh less than I did in 7th grade.

Yeah, I'm pretty amazed myself. I never thought I could do it. But I know I am no incredible story. Just go to SparkPeople Success Stories and you'll meet people who have overcome so much more than I have: people who lost hundreds of pounds more than I did, even people who could not walk a step when they started their journey. I'm not taking away my success. No way. I enjoy my success every day. I feel better -- much better -- both physically and about myself. I look better. Some people even treat me a little better, although I'm not saying it should be that way. My blood pressure and cholestrol have come down to normal. But I know that I don't need to write a book about my weight loss journey or go to the media about my accomplishment. I have no weight solution to promote except SparkPeople.

After years of dieting, I was really good at losing weight, but I just could not keep it off. This time I found SparkPeople. I added strength training for the first time. Points and trophies helped me stay motivated, and I even increased my cardio. I saw for the first time meal plans for maintenance specifically for my size and activity level. I tracked 75 nutrients and learned a great deal, cutting my sodium intake dramatically. I gave up lots of pre-packaged and "diet" foods in favor of eating simple and delicious foods. And I never dreamed that setting streaks and joining challenges would be motivating, but it absolutely is.

The biggest surprise was that I would make online friends. I have been inspired by so many people working on health and fitness issues; even people my age working on maintenance. I have found understanding and so much support here. I doubt that I would have even tried running if I hadn't met older people here on SparkPeople who love and benefit from it. Once I ran my first 5K I felt so successful, even before I learned I had won a medal. My local SparkTeam is a godsend, too -- a wonderful group of people I'm proud to be associated with.

As I approach my second Sparkiversary, I am profoundly grateful to SparkPeople. No, I don't need to be featured on television. My story is not different from hundreds of other Sparkers, all of us living healthier and happier because of SparkPeople.

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-PAULA 12/18/2011 8:04PM

    You are an inspiration to me. Thanks for blogging your success.

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WATERMELLEN 12/17/2011 8:59PM

    The best of Slenderella?? Slenderella is the best!! Yeah!! I am so grateful to you for coaching me through the Beck programme: real breakthrough for me in 2011!

Thanks, Marsha!!

We are maintainers for life!

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FROSTY99 12/15/2011 9:41PM

    emoticon You are an inspiration!! May you continue to amaze folks in the coming year.


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WILD4STARS 12/15/2011 5:43PM

    I don't always comment, sometimes I don't know what to say, but I like ALL your blogs. You inspire everyone one of us.

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MEXGAL1 12/15/2011 5:02PM

    awesome! i think i will reread some of mine.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/15/2011 4:52PM

    Great blog - I am proud to "like" it!

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ROSEWAND 12/15/2011 1:15PM

    Marsha, thank you for all your wonderful contributions
to the At Goal and Maintaining Team and to Spark.
You are very inspirational to me. emoticon

Have a great Year 2012!

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JOYINKY 12/15/2011 12:48PM

    You've had a very good year Marsha; it's been fun sharing it with you!
Have a great 2012!

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_LINDA 12/15/2011 12:32PM

    You have been a fantastic inspiration to many on here! Its great to get a review of just how far you have really come and what a success you have been maintaining. It shows that a lifetime of unhealthy habits can be overcome!!
You go girl!!

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HAPPYSOUL91 12/15/2011 12:13PM

    while your story may be not so unique, it really is are a success!

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One Small Sign

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

One small sign of my change to a healthy lifestyle is the way I measure oil. Used to be whenever I measured I held the spoon or measuring cup over the bowl of ingredients. If a drop spilled it would go into the bowl. Now I hold it over the counter. If it spills I get no extra calories!!

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AQUAGIRL08 12/15/2011 3:25PM

    That's progress!

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MONTY68 12/14/2011 10:36PM

What a great suggestion. I haven't prepared anything recently that required oil, but I do remember years ago that we did measure our oil over the ingredients
I am sure that many of us could say that we did that.

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/14/2011 8:41PM

    Even an extra drop of olive oil . . . packs a whack of calories! Good idea, thanks.

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FREELADY 12/14/2011 7:41PM

    So practical! Thanks!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 12/14/2011 7:35PM

    it is amazing how we do things now!

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FROSTY99 12/14/2011 6:38PM

    Excellent suggestion!

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_LINDA 12/14/2011 6:30PM

    Good for you!! Every little bit does add up!

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MIRAGE727 12/14/2011 12:14PM

    It's these lil' things that we find we are doing that confirm we're "in the lifestyle!" "Ain't it cool!" Way to go, Rock Star!

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MEXGAL1 12/14/2011 10:16AM

    good suggestion

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