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Not a Human Garbage Can

Monday, May 28, 2012

Good day at SeaWorld. Lots of walking. I even walked an hour pushing the stroller while Gwen slept. I had grilled chicken caesar salad. They gave me a half cup of dressing on the side, but I used less than a tablespoon and it was plenty. I picked off the croutons, but left two which was just what I wanted.

Hubby and daughter ordered ribs and got way too many. They tried to push them off on me and daughter's hubby. After I refused, he tried to. I came to his defense, "He is not a human garbage can." He liked it a lot. Not sure they did. It almost kills hubby to throw away food; undoubtedly a leftover from times of hunger as a child. As I see it, waste it in garbage, or waste it in your body, and hurt yourself to boot.

Despite this exchange and quite a bit of rain, we all had a good time and were glad we went. The new Turtle Trek is worth seeing and Natalie was thrilled to get to ride the kiddie roller coaster again. It is her favorite.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/31/2012 7:20PM

    It sounds like you had a great time filled with lots of good memories. You are wise not to cave in to the food "pushers"!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/29/2012 8:56AM

    I understand about hating to waste food but in that situation not much else you can do. We try to look around at other people's choices and judge portion size before we order - maybe daughter and hubby would have been happy sharing one order saving money and food.

At home, I utilize the freezer for small amounts of left overs and then when we have enough for a meal we have a clean out and everyone has something different for dinner. Veggies go in my monthly veggie soup.

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    I really like that saying.

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JULIA_211 5/29/2012 5:22AM

    You are a good example for your family. You're so right about wasting it in the trash instead of in your body. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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_LINDA 5/28/2012 11:54PM

    Glad you had a good day with family!
But the food pushing incident made me furious, thinking of my poor brother -his two kids, fussy eaters, always pushed the food they didn't want or couldn't eat at him and he always ate it-the sad thing is these kids are now adults and STILL do the same thing and my poor obese brother dutifully eats it all!!!! The kids, remarkably, are not overweight in spite of pretty sedentary lifestyles and unhealthy food choices. Perhaps their 'portion control' is working for them at least as long as they are living under his roof, it will be interesting to see what happens when they move out..
Rain here too, never stops me from what I want to do -nice to hear you can enjoy the day in spite of it!
Have a terrific Tuesday!

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TIRED49 5/28/2012 11:50PM

    Good choices today ! Also good you took up for yourself. I need to do that more often. Have a great rest of the week.

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JOYINKY 5/28/2012 10:08PM

    WTG! Glad everyone had such a good time too!

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WATERMELLEN 5/28/2012 9:07PM

    "Better it should go to waste than to my waist": heard my mother say that about a million times!! We can waste food by throwing it out, or we can waste food by eating it when we didn't need it: either way, it's wasted!!

Good for you . . . sorry if it made your DH a bit grumpy (but I expect maybe he knows he should be "wasting" instead of "waisting" himself and is a bit defensive??)

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FROSTY99 5/28/2012 8:42PM

    Sounds like you had a great time. I guess it didn't rain as much there as we got just north of you. It has rained off and on all day and pretty hard at times and tonite it is just pouring. We need it so much so I am not complaining-we will just go camping and make the best of whatever Mother Nature deals us this week.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/28/2012 7:55PM

    Good for you, sticking up for those who choose not to abuse their bodies with excess food!


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MEXGAL1 5/28/2012 7:45PM

    I love this! Not a human garbage can is so right!
I don't want to be a human garbage can either.
Nice to hear you had a fun day.

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SWAN47 5/28/2012 7:43PM

    Sounds like a fantastic day with family. Healthy activity, eating and sharing with family. Can't beat that!

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In Control of the Trend

Sunday, May 27, 2012

Looking back over the years, any time I avoided stepping on the scale, I was gaining weight. So I know I need to weigh regularly. But I should not be too concerned about any one regular weigh in, definitely not let it ruin my day. I need to look for the trend, taking action when needed.

Nonetheless, I couldn't help but smile when I saw a middle "2" on my scale this morning, after almost a week of middle "3". Hope it is part of a trend. Actually, hope isn't appropriate. When I am eating right and exercising, I am in control of the scale. Well, not the daily weigh-in, but I am in control of the trend.

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AQUAGIRL08 5/31/2012 7:17PM

    You are a wise woman, Marsha. You can do it!

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_LINDA 5/27/2012 11:58PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon
That is wonderful!
I weigh in once a week for a team I am on and that is all that interests me. It really isn't necessary if you know you are doing everything right. My trackers keep me honest so I am not surprised by any gains or losses and don't stress them.
Happy maintaining that '2'!!

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MONTY68 5/27/2012 10:30PM

    Hi Marsha
Love it , and yes indeed you are in control of the trend, I think it is great that you are seeing a 2, sounds so positive.
Thanks for sharing

Monty emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JOYINKY 5/27/2012 9:36PM

    Agreed; you are in control of the trend!

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WATERMELLEN 5/27/2012 6:07PM

    Good for you! Much as I long for middle 3 . . . and as persistently as I do comply with my maintenance range . . . . I'm at 142 almost always. Occasional flutters to 144 (generally too much salt) or down to 140 and even below . . . but 142 may be "lowest sustainale weight".

And, of course, given that SP set a "goal weight" of 155 I should be grateful for that! But yeah, I do want to see that middle 3.

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MIRAGE727 5/27/2012 2:06PM

    Good job, Marsha! Daily weigh in for me sets my goals carefully for the day. I'm also getting really good at how my body functions now. Enjoy the rest of the holiday weekend.

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GLASSART43 5/27/2012 1:29PM

    A timely reminder for me too. I was up a pound last week despite exercise and staying within calorie range. This week I'm down, and I had two days over range!

I just have to stay with what works...

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DONNABRIGHT 5/27/2012 11:27AM

    Good advice - control is a big key!

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MEXGAL1 5/27/2012 11:07AM

    Gosh Marsha this is a timely blog for me. I know exactly what you mean about weighing regularly as I have to do the same thing to stay on track. And I also understand how important it is to not let the number ruin your day. I had one of those days today. Had a good eating day yesterday but the scale was up a pound. so I had to tell myself that I needed to not let it ruin my day and just put on my walking shoes and walked in the hot humid weather my 4 miles!
Make it a great Sunday.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/27/2012 10:58AM

    I weigh daily, and try to watch trends more than individual numbers. Here's a huge emoticon for being in control of that trend!

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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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