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But I Really Wanted the WHOLE Potato

Friday, May 25, 2012

Usually when I bake potatoes for hubby and family, I have a half or a third or sometimes even a quarter of the potato. But this time I just really wanted the whole huge potato all for myself. So I looked up "potato" in the SP nutrition tracker. It listed small, medium, and large and gave some measurements. Harumphh! I wanted something more precise. My electronic scale said the glorious potato was 10 ounces. So I went to to look it up. 275 calories. Then I went back to my SP tracker where I had already selected the large potato. It was 278 calories. OK, Sparks. Guess your way is accurate enough already!!

Incidentally, I enjoyed every bite.

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CANDOK1260 5/27/2012 7:13AM

    It must have just been a potatoes night because i made a sweet potatoes casserole and really don;t feel that bad about. You should not either. I don;t want to live in a world where having 1 potatoes once in a awhile is off limit. lol

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FROSTY99 5/26/2012 10:30PM

    Your body was telling you it needed that potassium-in this heat we need more so I think it knew what it was telling you and you listened. Glad you enjoyed every morsel.


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NINJALINDA 5/26/2012 7:09PM

    Sometimes you just NEED the whole danged potato! I'm sure it was worth every calorie (I love baked potatoes).

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SEPPIESUSAN 5/26/2012 4:14PM

    This blog reminds me of when I was Spark-obsessed and used to weigh everything. I'd even weigh an apple before eating it and after, and then subtract the leftover core to figure out the precise number of grams of apple I ate! UNNECESSARY! :)

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/25/2012 6:48PM

    Here is to enjoying every bite! If one only does this "every now and then" it can still be well within the overall ranges. I've done the same with a 6 ounce steak, from time to time.

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IAMWINNING 5/25/2012 6:36PM

    Good for you! I'm proud of you for checking it out first, and glad that it turned out to be so low in calories. I enjoy baked potatoes, too.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/25/2012 4:23PM

    Now and again I do a baked potato for lunch (not as big as yours!) and I put diced tomatoes on top - I love it and no need for butter or sour cream.

I'm glad you enjoyed your potato.

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JOYINKY 5/25/2012 2:43PM

    Glad you treated yourself to something healthy. You've earned it!

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MEXGAL1 5/25/2012 2:14PM

    glad to hear that sparks was pretty darn close.
Glad too that you enjoyed your potato. Sometimes you just have to have a treat and that sounds like a real treat to me.
Have a great week end.

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_LINDA 5/25/2012 2:08PM

    Interesting. I have sweet potato, red skinned potato, white potato all measured by weight, in grams though on the Spark tracker. Most weigh scales have both on them these days. I am impressed! 10 oz is a big potato! I usually have 100g worth which is 3.5 oz. I am sure you earned it though, with all your activity! Enjoy!

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PRIZM96 5/25/2012 11:36AM

    I was doing the same thing last night!! I ate a baked potato with a little butter and low fat sour cream for supper. LOL Nothing else-- I really, really wanted that baked potato! :-)

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Gym for the Next 10 Days

Wednesday, May 23, 2012

I get my car back tomorrow at least for 10 days. DD & DSIL get a rental as the other party today accepted responsibility for the wreck. I'm going to really enjoy going to the gym for a few days. My hubby wants us, retired people who don't drive a great deal anyway, to go down to one car, and let DD trade in my car. Maybe that makes sense. That is undoubtedly the practical thing to do. Maybe. We'll see.

This time period without a car hasn't really been a fair test. I didn't have a car seat for Gwen, so I couldn't go anywhere when I had the kids. We missed the park. If we go down to one car I will insist on car seats for the kids. Either way, we'll make it work. I can get in both strength training and cardio at home, but somehow it just seems less official. Silly me??!!??

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CANDOK1260 5/27/2012 7:38AM

    i am just wondering if you could just get a cheap about town car so you not force to stay home when you don;t want to.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/24/2012 9:01AM

    Giving up a car would be a tough choice for me at this point - we still very often go in opposite directions due to my volunteer work.

I sure hope things work out the best for all of you.

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MIRAGE727 5/24/2012 8:19AM

    This is definitely something to think about in the future! Thanks for sharing, Marsha, and everyone for great responses!

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JOYINKY 5/23/2012 9:16PM

    I'm with Linda and WATERMELLEN on this one. But, the choice is yours. I think we're old enough now to not always be sensible; if we can afford it! Besides, if you are going to have the girls; you need a car & carseats! There will be places you have to go occasionally. Choose carefully.

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WATERMELLEN 5/23/2012 8:29PM

    I like Linda's wise comments . . . so often what I see in couples who reduce to one car is that the wife loses her car and her freedom . . . and continue to be responsible, some how, for the majority of the boring errands anyhow so when she does get to use the car it's for groceries etc.

Going to the gym is not (for me) just about getting exercise done: it's about having another place "for me" with friends/acquaintances I look forward to seeing. And when you're not working . . . you don't have a workplace as well as home. So I'm thinking it becomes even more important.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/23/2012 7:17PM

    "Either way, we'll make it work. " Just make sure it works for YOUR needs. I hire my grass mowed even though it would be more economical to do it myself. I don't enjoy it, I have allergies and the angles do bad things to my back... plus I avoid other physical activity to store up the "oomph" to do it. Believe it or not, hiring someone else to mow my lawn was a fitness BOOST for me... because I then don't avoid exercise thinking "I have to mow."

Not everything makes sense. But whatever we do choose has to work for US!

Good luck. Make it work. And enjoy life, you're worth it!

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_LINDA 5/23/2012 6:44PM

    So glad you got your car back and can go to the gym now. Running two cars is expensive especially if they are not used all that often. My Mom was quite happy to give up driving and walks everywhere she goes or takes a bus. Because you are caring for children though, this isn't practical for you. If you two go down to one car, you should have first priority over its use..The car you keep should be the one most economical to run and insure logically. If you guys aren't using a car that often, you should be able to find the time to take it to the gym on a regular basis shouldn't you??
But if you feel you are giving up your personal freedom letting go your own car, then don't do it. You are important too and your wants and needs have to be looked after as well. You can't always be the one giving up everything!!

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Healing and Heart Beeps

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Lots of good healing going on here:
* Hubby's healing well and has been released by the doctor just 9 days after appendectory!
* Son in law's forehead is healing well, too. Really have to look to see where the stitches were.
* Sister expects to get cast off her broken arm in one more week.
* My neck feels a little better.

* Natalie, playing doctor with her Fisher-Price stethoscope, told me that my "heart beeps" were very good. Credit all that cardio!!

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    Oh, how wonderful that your heart beeps are doing well! emoticonAren't kids just ADORABLE!? emoticon

Terrific news about the healing! God is truly good, and loves us so much! emoticon

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_LINDA 5/23/2012 1:19AM

    Fantastic news! Hope that is the end of all this misfortune and that you can look forward to nicer days.
Cute little Natalie, they sure can give you precious moments!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/22/2012 11:07PM

    So cute! Dr. Natalie strikes again! I'm glad everything is improving!

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IAMWINNING 5/22/2012 9:05PM

    Praise the Great Physician.

And Natalie.....does your heart good.

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FROSTY99 5/22/2012 8:58PM

    Great news-always love hearing that things are on the upswing.

Love you little granddaughter and her saying-so cute.

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WATERMELLEN 5/22/2012 8:17PM

    Too sweet! I'm glad everyone is healing . . . with Dr. Natalie's help!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/22/2012 8:03PM

    emoticon How nice that Natalie is taking such good care of her grandma! Glad to hear of all the healing going on.

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JOYINKY 5/22/2012 7:55PM

    That's all great news! Beep-beep!

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    Glad to hear everyone is on the mend (love kids!)

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MEXGAL1 5/22/2012 7:06PM

    So glad that your "heart beeps" are very good!

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No Excuses

Monday, May 21, 2012

Ooops! I did it again. Got a minor injury messing a little with my big plans for strength training. Saturday as I did my Walk-Away-the-Pounds kind of moves while watching TV I tripped over my aerobic step. I couldn't quite catch myself, so I directed my fall toward the upholstered couch and there I landed. Didn't hit my head hard; definitely no concussion. But I heard a distinctive tearing sound. I did something to my neck. I'd guess I have some tears in my SCM muscle.

Is it going to stop me? Nah. Slow me down a little. I test each move gingerly and make sure I don't put strain on the sore spots. Today when I did my crunches on the ball, I used my hands to support my neck. I could still do them. When I did bridges on the ball I rested my head and neck more on the ball. Just had to watch my head position during several moves. Didn't hurt during lunges and squats. No excuses.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/22/2012 12:39PM

    Glad the couch was handy!

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WATERMELLEN 5/21/2012 8:11PM

    Oh dear oh dear: so sorry you've had THIS mishap on top of everything else. I know you will take good care as you "test out" your workout moves.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/21/2012 8:07PM

    They say things come in 3's don't they? Well after Josh and Gary, now you, I'd say you should be about done!! LOL I'm glad that you are still feeling okay. Take care of you!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/21/2012 7:01PM

    You listen VERY CAREFULLY to that fine-tuned body of yours and don't do anything that hurts! (Just nod your head gently and say, "yes, mu-ther!")

Slow and steady you'll be back before you know it.

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HAWKEYERANT 5/21/2012 4:13PM

    Oh goodness! Klutzy move! Sounds like something I would have done! Be careful and take it slow! :)

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JOYINKY 5/21/2012 3:22PM

    I'm so glad it wasn't worse! Still, sorry you had a fall. I endorse MIRAGE727's cautions; be careful Marsha!

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MIRAGE727 5/21/2012 12:21PM

    Be careful, be smart, and don't overdo it. You might want to work around to much neck or back strain. Watch it and if it flames up, don't hesitate to take it to the Dr. I'm practicing what I preach now after last year's episode. Play nice, Marsha!


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_LINDA 5/21/2012 11:30AM

    So very sorry Marsha you had this accident. Falls can be so damaging. So glad you consider it only minor and can still move. That being said, what was your aerobic step doing on your floor during a walking workout?? One thing I make absolutely sure is my workout area is cleared of anything I can run into or trip over before doing it (unless of course I am using said object in my workout). A hard lesson learned. please be more careful next time!!
Take care of yourself!

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    Oh, I'm so glad that you were OK! That is so annoying, isn't it, when we trip over stuff that we just didn't think we'd trip over! Ugh! emoticon

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Not Making That Mistake Again

Sunday, May 20, 2012

What allowed me to succeed this time when I had battled obesity unsuccessfully for more than 5 decades? One mistake I made over and over was eating too little. I'd go on extremely calorie restricted programs. The liquid protein diet that made me the sickest was probably 300 calories a day. Others I tried were 600 calories; probably the healthiest one was 1000 calories. I definitely feel better and have more success when I'm eating in the 1200-1700 calorie range. It truly is a lifestyle, not a temporary-restrictive-punitive diet.

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MOBYCARP 5/21/2012 7:52PM

    It is indeed a lifestyle. Right now, I'm stressed out at work; but fitting in exercise is a priority and I've avoided food as a coping mechanism. So far, so good; we'll see how it goes for the next month or so.

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CANDOK1260 5/21/2012 3:05PM

    yep it is a lifestyle and everyone have to some up with thir on lifestyle that work for them

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    Oh, AMEN to THAT! I find when I stay in the healthy range area, I'm feeling better mentally, as well! Great blog, and thanks for sharing it! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 5/21/2012 2:26AM

    Good for you realizing that. I was lucky to not have that problem, as by my nature, I hate restrictions placed on me. I continously fight them. But now I fight to be as healthy as I can possibly be.
Here is to being fit and healthy and maintaining -just by eating good food and getting regular exercise!
You are doing it!!

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JOYINKY 5/20/2012 10:16PM


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ONEKIDSMOM 5/20/2012 8:51PM

    emoticon Amen, sister!

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AQUAGIRL08 5/20/2012 8:28PM

    You are so right Marsha; a very wise woman indeed! Achieving a balance is difficult but it can be done and you are living proof of it!

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