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Minefield of a Kitchen - Sheeesh!!

Monday, December 10, 2012

Yesterday my hubby went to the grocery store. He has been our usual grocery shopper for about the last three years. After I switched to a healthier lifestyle, he was not happy with my shopping. So he goes in order to get the things he wants, but has done a pretty good job of getting me the things I need to eat healthy.

Yesterday, though, he got carried away. He bought two packages of double stuff Oreos, two packages of Berry Newton cookies, two packages of Eskimo pies, a half gallon of Blue Bonnet Banana Pudding ice cream and triple berry ice cream as well as sugar free vanilla which I did not want nor ask for, 6 or maybe it is 8 packages of Hershey's Bliss dark chocolate, a cherry pie, a peach pie, Milano cookies, peanut butter cracker package, two kinds of cheese filled crackers, one "fudge" filled crackers, two boxes of Cheez-It crackers, honey nut Cheerios as well as regular. We already had Milano cookies and Pop Tarts (that I despise) in our house. And I know there is other junk food here, too. He even bought already made mashed potatoes instead of our usual fresh potatoes. He got bacon and sausage. Sheeesh!! He always has some junk, but this is ridiculous. I am trying to teach the kids to eat healthy, but this is a challenge for them and me, too!

On the positive side, he bought red raspberries, blackberries, a fresh pineapple, a crate of clementine tangerines, navel oranges, bananas, golden delicious apples, sugar free applesauce, and canned peaches and pears in extra light syrup ( I'd rather have juice pack, but okay.) He got lean meats and fish. I have fat free milk on hand. He bought fresh broccoli, green peppers, green beans, lettuce, and carrots. We have tomatoes and lots of canned and frozen healthy veggies.

Yesterday I baked the cherry pie and half of it was eaten by hubby, daughter, and son in law. The kids chose to have Oreos - two for Natalie and one for Gwen. I stayed away from everything in the second paragraph above except one 40 calorie Hershey's Bliss. This is a victory. I now have 3 good days in a row of sticking to my food plan. Yesterday hubby had me fix cheeseburgers on onion rolls and french fries for him, daughter, and son in law. I had a boca burger on a 100% whole wheat sandwich thin. No fries.

Despite the minefield of my kitchen, I intend to see that middle two on the scale again soon!! (131.0 this morn)

  
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OPTIMIST1948 12/13/2012 7:58PM

    I've been doing the Jennie-O Turkey Burgers in regular rotation without a complaint (cheers actually!). Also, you can make roasted sweet potato fries that may pass muster with the fam which are healthier than regular. You can either buy them frozen or just cut up a sweet potato or two into the correct shape and roast. Make take a few tries to make successful converts, but this was totally my entry into the world of sweet potatoes.

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SWEDE_SU 12/12/2012 7:50AM

    that was incredible willpower - i wonder what the total calorie count for that much junk food could be! you did terrific!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/12/2012 7:04AM

    I gather he got carried away with the buy one get one deal!
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ME_B4_INSANITY 12/11/2012 1:09PM

    I totally understand how hard it can be. But you can always make sure that if he can't bring home more good stuff and a few snacks you are more than happy to go back to the store. Not to meantion him making him healthier decisions makes it possible for you BOTH to spend a long life together. Or else tell him next time he goes to the store to bring you home your next husband too as nobody wants to spend the last 15 years of their life alone because their partner didn't take care of themselves.

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PEGGYANNSCH 12/11/2012 10:32AM

    Good for you. emoticon

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HAKAPES 12/11/2012 4:57AM

    I couldn't survive among so many junk food ... got tired even to read trough the list...

I like to talk to people around me how healthy life is important to me, and ask for their support. I don't try to convince them, but ask them to support me. Many of them became a convert over time, that's my luck! :-)

Courage for the holiday season!

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MSLZZY 12/10/2012 11:17PM

    He must be DH's twin. He does the same thing. You
would think there is no food in the house fit to eat
unless it is what he wants. Oh, well!

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/10/2012 8:01PM

    You have a will of iron! emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 12/10/2012 7:46PM

    Wow! Gotta say, I'd find that really really tough -- especially being required to prepare the fatty stuff for other people to eat!

But truthfully, of everything on the list, it's the fresh red raspberries that I love the most!



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ONEKIDSMOM 12/10/2012 7:42PM

    That's determination! Wonder if you're feeding DH enough, sounds like he went shopping hungry!

I know how determined you are not to lose the health you have worked so hard to achieve... and to take good care of that tender back! Extra weight going back on sure won't help it, any.

I know you can do this, and as long as you view those healthy foods as reward, not deprivation, you've got it cold! emoticon

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GABY1948 12/10/2012 7:35PM

    You are such an inspiration! My dh doesn't care for any junk food...I am so blessed by that...the only thing he really likes is ice cream and I have sworn off sugar totally and am on day 103 today so no way I'm going there.

I feel so bad for you having to live with all that...you have done so well, that I actually expect this to just make you BETTER!


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FROSTY99 12/10/2012 7:14PM

    emoticon I know how hard it can be to not eat the tempting things when it is there but these past 3 months has taught me I can skip it-the compliments about the weight loss are a lot better any day in the week than that food would be!!

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PMFISH 12/10/2012 6:47PM

    Way to go lady! You husband must have been starved when he went to the grocery! Keep up the good work, it has to be making an impression on the others involved. Proud of you!!

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HDHAWK 12/10/2012 6:34PM

    My husband does most of our shopping and will buy me the things I ask for. He buys a lot of junk for himself which I sometimes end up eating because it's in the house. I wish it wasn't here, but he doesn't exercise and doesn't gain weight so I just have to try and avoid it. Some days it isn't easy.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/10/2012 3:58PM

    Since I started Weight Watchers, I've made an agreement with myself that before I put junk food into my mouth, I have to know how many points it has. This process has almost stopped my consumption of junk. Amazing! You are doing an awesome job Marsha. Keep up the good work!
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RUN4FOOD 12/10/2012 3:44PM

    Your husband even put me to shame. I couldn't buy all that junk at one time. Maybe over the period of a month or two.
You do know the rule that states; the more junk food you see and don't eat the more weight you loose.
Best of luck staying away from all this stuff and reaching your middle 2.


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NATPLUMMER 12/10/2012 3:43PM

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ROOSTER72 12/10/2012 3:12PM

    You are amazingly strong - dealing with temptation on that scale!
Good for you.

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_LINDA 12/10/2012 2:38PM

    WOW! My eyes are bugging out! I can't believe he bought all that junk! you'd think he was feeding a kid's summer camp or something!
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Unreal is all I can say. Its a shame, you want to provide a good example for your grandchildren, but it looks like their parents are on your hubby's side :(( At least he did get some wonderful freggies and lean meat.
Very well done resisting this stuff. I suspect it would send most people into sugar shakes.
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JOYINKY 12/10/2012 2:07PM

    You do amazingly well. I would have trouble with all that in the house. It would talk to me louder than the healthy food that has become my mainstay. Be strong!

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ANDY_54 12/10/2012 1:29PM

    Hey, you did really well! My downfall is about three quarters of all you listed, lol. My hubs usually confines himslef to bringing ice cream into the house--which I can easliy avoid--not so much the other stuff, lol.

Great job! Keep it up!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/10/2012 1:07PM

    I don't know how you can resist all that junk in your house. I struggle mightily with that. I do the grocery shopping however, so I don't bring much of it home. I do buy potato chips occasionally for granddaughter and Cheez-its for Grandson. The potato chips are quite a temptation. I also bought some candy to add to the candy drawer for the grandkids. It started out just being the leftover Halloween candy, but then they grew to expect there to be something good in the candy drawer, and I hate to let them down. Now if it was my OWN kids and I was responsible for instilling healthy eating habits in them, I might not have a candy drawer, but I get to spoil the grandkids. Now if I can just stay away from those chips and that candy drawer.

It's easy to splurge at Christmas-time. I used to buy a variety of mixed nuts at this time of year, then we would crack them open and enjoy the variety of yummy goodness. I also did a lot of Christmas baking, not only sweets but lots of cheese balls, crackers, sausages, ham rolls, cheese puffs, etc. I do NO baking now. I bought stuff to make ONE batch of Chex mix, the day before Christmas. I used to make batch after batch of that stuff starting in the Fall and we would literally inhale it. But if it's not around I won't be tempted. At least--that's the plan! Good luck with your plan!!!

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CATHGREEN8 12/10/2012 12:43PM

    Whoo..that would put me over the edge. I wonder if they make eyeball scanning food safes?

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MCSWIGAN 12/10/2012 12:13PM

    Great job of staying out of temptation. The more I eat healthy, the less I want junk and bad foods. It gets easier all the time to stay out of families treats! emoticon

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JOHNMARTINMILES 12/10/2012 12:07PM

    Even gthe most dangerous minefield can be crossed with caution and knowledge of the location of the mines.

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Accepting a Weakness Plus a Positive

Saturday, December 08, 2012

Missed my run this morn as my back was still acting up. I'm gonna let it heal and then consistently restrict picking up Gwen, the 2 year old, as I did successfully the month before my half marathon. She constantly wants to be picked up, though. I am jealous that my daughter and son in law and husband can just pick her up and carry her with no problem. Seems like with my level of fitness, I should be able to, too. But evidently there is a weakness in my back and I must protect it.

On a totally positive note, my son in law has been hired and will start his new, better paying job with more benefits week after next. Can't wait to find out his schedule. He probably will get a few more hours per week with his family which is a good thing.

  
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IAMWINNING 12/9/2012 6:12PM

    FAB news for your SIL. Sorry you can't just pick-up Gwen when you want to. I know that lack of ability 'hurts' (differently than if you DID pick her up often). She can always climb onto Grandma's lap, right?

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SWEDE_SU 12/9/2012 7:04AM

    great news about SIL's new job - it's a tough time out there, our son was unemployed for 6 months - this time. take care of your back!

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MSLZZY 12/8/2012 11:23PM

    Hope your back gets better soon. Congrats to sil and new job!

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MEXGAL1 12/8/2012 9:05PM

    I too had to stop picking up the granddaughter who always wants to be held. My back can't take it either. so when she wants to be picked up I quickly sit down so she can climb on my lap.
hope your back is better soon.
Sallie

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WATERMELLEN 12/8/2012 9:05PM

    I'm wondering if there is something special you can do with Gwen that she will accept instead of being picked up: maybe a clapping game, a special double cheek kiss . . . some routine that is (by agreement with daughter, SIL and DH) reserved just for you and Gwen and that doesn't obviously impinge upon your back!

Gotta say, I'm with Linda re investigating all possible diagnoses and treatments.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/8/2012 8:21PM

    You are wise to guard your back. The more you re-injure it, the worse it will get. You are doing yourself a big favor by taking care of it! I'm glad your son in law got the Frostproof job. It will be a big adjustment for them but the extra income will be helpful. Enjoy the rest of the weekend!

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CELIAMINER 12/8/2012 8:16PM

    Good news for your SIL! Like you, I have an "iffy" back, and right now it is not cooperating. Hitting the tub for a mineral soak.

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JOYINKY 12/8/2012 7:03PM

    I think Linda has sound advice. There are all kinds of things that can cause back pain; it would be good to find out what's going on; how to minimize it and most importantly how to prevent further damage. If there weren't damage somewhere; picking up your granddaughter just shouldn't be that big an issue. I'm sure you know proper lifting techniques to keep extraordinary strain off your back. Picking up my grandchildren when they started coming (18 years ago!) made me very aware that I had to get back to the gym! Often it's the right exercise, not rest, that helps. Listen to your body and be well. You've come to far not to get to the cause of this.

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GABY1948 12/8/2012 6:49PM

    I feel for your back, Marsha. I had back surgery in '86 and again '88 but my back has been fine since. I pray you get some relief and a remedy for it.

Congrats on your son in law! I know what a relief that is for you and I can hear the love in your words for your family! emoticon
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RUN4FOOD 12/8/2012 5:38PM

    Good luck with your back.
See a doctor, exercise it, stretch and keep running.
You've set a good example for many others.

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NATPLUMMER 12/8/2012 5:26PM

    emoticon Back pain never seems to entirely go away so keeping to picking up Gwen minimally should help.

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PMFISH 12/8/2012 5:17PM

    I have chronic back pain. I see a chiropractor weekly and get massage at least once a week, more if I can. My chiropractor does what is called the grostic method and upper cervical. If she can keep my head on straight it effects your lower back for the better. Hope your back heals quickly, ice can be your best friend will it is hurting.

Congrats on sil new job, hope it is everything that works for him.

Merry Christmas.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/8/2012 3:21PM

    Woo-hoo for your son in law's new job! And gentle healing vibes for your back... _Linda has some great advice there, and she should know about being proactive in our own health care... worth looking into.

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_LINDA 12/8/2012 3:00PM

    So very sorry your back has thrown a monkey wrench into your life :( What is interesting is that your running does not seem to affect it even with all the impact? Have you ever had it checked out to see what issues you might be having, like slipped disc or something? I had very bad back pain this morning that even my exercise couldn't loosen up, but I know its because of my bad right hip, everything is just jammed tight in there, so once I can get it fixed I should be good to go. A lot of people have back pain issues, and some swear by chiropracters. You should look into anything that might help you. I don't believe in accepting something as fact until I have explored every avenue possible to fix it. Modern medicine has come a long way. Especially, I would want to know if anything you are doing could further damage what ever issue you are having with your back. Be proactive about your health and keep on asking until you get answers :)
Take care fo yourself!
A big congrats to your son-in-law, hope it does work out he can spend more time with his family!

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MOBYCARP 12/8/2012 2:51PM

    Protecting a weak body part is frustrating. At least, it's frustrating with my foot and I think it would be every bit as frustrating with a back. Good for you, knowing that you need to protect the back and having the discipline to do (or not do, as the case may be) what is needed.

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GRANDMABABA 12/8/2012 2:14PM

    I struggle picking up our almost three year old. Babysat her and her older brothers four days and I'm still recovering four days later! Such is life. But, the joy of having her is bigger than the pain.

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How Are You Handling the Holidays?

Friday, December 07, 2012

How am I handling the holidays this year? Some of my strategies:

Reminding myself all the reasons that living life at goal weight is very, very important to me. (Beck)
Reminding myself that I have lost weight at holiday time before (2008) and maintained several years including last year. I can do it!!
Eating very carefully (high fiber,enough protein, lots of water and freggies, careful on the calories) between parties and occasions.
Don't go to event hungry. Choose only the very best splurges in small amounts.
Remember it is a holiDAY not a holiWeek or holiMONTH!!

Share some of yours with me!!

  
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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 12/10/2012 1:09PM

    I started my serious weight loss journey on Dec. 14, 2009, so this will be my fourth Christmas time of being extremely careful about anything and everything I eat. Does it ever get any easier? I think so. At least I hope so.

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FITFOODIE806 12/8/2012 1:46PM

    Great blog! I needed these reminders

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KAEBAE 12/8/2012 10:40AM

    I've been contemplating this very thing, thanks so much for the strategies! HoliDAY, water, food scale -- Check! We're visiting my Mom in southern California so I'll be able to keep up with my Couch to 5k program. My Sees' candy strategy will be to only have my most favorite pieces, one per day, slow down and really savor it, and TRACK every morsel.
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KANOE10 12/8/2012 9:00AM

    Great ideas on the holidays. I like the focus on one day..not months!
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IAMWINNING 12/8/2012 8:26AM

    Thanks for the super plans, Marsha. I know they'll help a lot of us, if we follow them, too.

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AQUAGIRL08 12/7/2012 9:29PM

    Great strategies Marsha! Suzanne suggested a great one today. If you are tempted to indulge in a treat, make an agreement with yourself that you will look up the points for it before you put it in your mouth. I've done this on a regular basis and it has kept me on the straight and narrow. The shock of seeing how many points are actually in my favorite treats makes me want to use those same points to eat something that is better for my body. For people who aren't on Weight Watchers, you can look up the nutritional value and calories for the treat and decide if it is worth eating. One day I decided to have a chocolate soft serve DQ cone. I waited all week for it and when I sat down and took the first lick, I decided that it just wasn't as good as I had remembered it being. I decided that it wasn't worth the calories!

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WATERMELLEN 12/7/2012 9:21PM

    My holiday gift to ME is: staying slim!! Yeah!!

No matter how much "it" tastes good (for the moment) "it" doesn't feel good (around my middle, for way more than the moment).

Now: to keep that in mind. Persistently.

And keep on tracking.

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PARKERB2 12/7/2012 8:01PM

    I lost 2.2 during Thanksgiving by refusing a big breakfast at the DIL's and only eating a little turkey, dressing and green beans at dinner, my favorites. So I plan that this year. Just 3 or 4 small bites of each of my favorities and I should be good to go. Thanks, Marsha for all your comments on my blogs. Your friendship means a lot and I do admire your determination and drive. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/7/2012 7:02PM

    Whine! I'm handling the holidays this year by not having them.

I missed Thanksgiving dinner (on the road... ended up eating a little can of chicken salad with crackers), managed to bake the holiday cookies and get them ALL into the box for Afghanistan... and since then have opted out of the work eating occasions, except for one, and that one I ate very carefully, portions and choices both.

I haven't invited anyone over, nor have I been nudged over to the Hannukkah gathers. So... I'm handling them by not having them, and reminding myself there is my best chance at being ready for a full marathon if I just "stay in training".

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BLUEFAIRYTALE 12/7/2012 6:39PM

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TINAJANE76 12/7/2012 4:40PM

    "Eating very carefully (high fiber, enough protein, lots of water and freggies, careful on the calories) between parties and occasions."

This part is critical for me. It's so easy for me to let special holiday events turn into an eating fest that lasts a month or more. To combat that, I looked at my calendar and highlighted the days where I have special events. I've given myself permission to indulge on those days for the one meal. The rest of the time I have to stick to my normal plan. I used this strategy last holiday season with great success. I didn't feel deprived and had only a minimal gain come early January. I hope to make it through the same way this year!

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DONNABRIGHT 12/7/2012 4:27PM

    All good advice that I ry to follow. Thanks!

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MIRAGE727 12/7/2012 4:08PM

    Despite the fact that I own maintenance, I love your strategies, Marsha! In fact, I'm going to use them as well! Thanks for sharing and enjoy healthy!
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JOYINKY 12/7/2012 3:47PM

    I'm staying super busy! That's my best defense any time!

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GUITARWOMAN 12/7/2012 12:57PM

    Helpful!

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_LINDA 12/7/2012 12:42PM

    Well if I am stuck at home and not at Mom's, I eat really well and have no temptations. But I think she is planning one big meal on the 23rd for our family. As they are not on healthy choice diets, she gives them the full fat meal deals. We tried a salad once and we were the only ones having it, so it went a bit to waste as we couldn't eat it all before it spoiled :( I am just not getting any time off to visit her at all. I do miss walking the trails with her, even in the winter time.
Great suggestions! Drinking water or eating a healthy snack before tucking into the big meal is one thing I would try. I also weigh and measure everything as she has a scale there. If you are visiting someone, the extreme would be bringing your own scale. I am no good at guesstimating, so I need a scale to make sure I get the right servings or at least make sure of the calories.
Have a Fantastic Friday!

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GABY1948 12/7/2012 12:17PM

    I think this is ALL great information! So much so that I think I will tag along with you! You are great, Marsha!

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NATPLUMMER 12/7/2012 12:00PM

    Looks good.

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62NVON 12/7/2012 11:35AM

    So far, so good with food. We don't have many events to attend. However, everyone has been sick in my house including me, so my exercise is off-track. Hope to get back ON track tomorrow.!

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RONALANA 12/7/2012 11:13AM

    Since it is summer here, it is much easier to eat lots of fresh fruits and veggies. But I will definitely follow your advice and go to parties FULL (of the good, nutritious stuff!)
Thanks for the blog!

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MRE1956 12/7/2012 11:05AM

    How am I "handling" holidays, you ask? Sinple - I REFUSE to HANDLE them AT ALL! Nope, no way, no how - not without a JOB!

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Just call me Ms. Grinch!

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MEXGAL1 12/7/2012 10:00AM

    Love your thoughts Marsha....good ones.
Since we are stuck in Mexico and aren't able to travel up north to Pennsylvania this year it really won't seem like Christmas. So eating right won't really be a problem for me.
Cheers
Sallie

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MSLZZY 12/7/2012 9:55AM

    Just because it is a holiday season, we tend to let
ourselves go. I always drink water before an event
in the hopes that it will curb my appetite. Seems
to work for me!

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DIDMIS 12/7/2012 9:39AM

    Your blog is right on. I especially loved
" Remember it is a holiDAY not a holiWeek or holiMONTH!!"

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SUSANELAINE1956 12/7/2012 9:36AM

    I like these suggestions. emoticon

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YOGAWITCH 12/7/2012 9:35AM

    One day at a time

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New Challenging Meaningful Streak

Thursday, December 06, 2012

The good thing is that it is very clear what my new focus will be. I'm going to start counting the days I am within my calorie range; that will be a powerful streak to start! That will address my recent biggest fitness weakness. And I do need to cut back on my calorie range a bit (due to reduced calorie burning) so it will be even more challenging.

Part of the reason it is so clear is that I'm sitting here with two ice bags, one on my left inner ankle and one on the left side of my lower back. Just guess I overdid strength training (calf raises and back extensions??) yesterday. And since I'm not training for a particular race right now I've been picking up Gwen too much again. Oh, well. I'll think about more swimming, too.

Looking forward to this evening's meal with AQUAGIRL, her hubby, and maybe DKINSEY and a few more local Sparkers. I'm thinking I'll be well enough to run on Saturday. We'll see.

  
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PEGGYANNSCH 12/11/2012 10:33AM

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AQUAGIRL08 12/7/2012 9:18PM

    I had a great time at the dinner last night! One good part was that it was so close and we didn't have a marathon drive home! I'm back to counting the days that I'm in range too. I lost another pound the week but for the first time ever, I used all of the 49 flex points! Of course I've earned 23 activity points so far this week so that will help. Please be careful with your foot. It's better to be safe than sorry. Maybe jogging in the pool with a floatation belt on would work for you. Just a thought......

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/6/2012 7:33PM

    Injury free is priority 1... take care of you! You're worth it!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/6/2012 4:06PM

    That's a very wise streaking idea. Take care. Have fun with the SP friends!

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MIRAGE727 12/6/2012 1:46PM

    Take care, train well, and hope to hear about your dinner with "Children of the Spark!"
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PMFISH 12/6/2012 12:36PM

    Swimming is always a great way to burn calories with less harm to the body. Hope everything will be well for Saturday.

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CELIAMINER 12/6/2012 10:58AM

    Sorry to hear about your sore muscles, but I am sure you will be good as new before long. Great goal, and great to see you on the SparkCoach Motivation and Consistency team. I'm glad SP is working to include those of us past the glamorous but tough weigh-loss stage and into the relatively dull but no less tough maintenance stage. I know the motivation is needed by both groups, but the original Fast Break team just wasn't doing anything for me at this point.

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COOP9002 12/6/2012 10:53AM

    Hope you're feeling better soon.

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_LINDA 12/6/2012 10:47AM

    Sorry to hear you had some muscle soreness after ST. Shows you have been away from it too long.. Got to ease back into things. Scaling back the food is a great idea to keep up with what you are currently doing. Right now should be a recovery mode from your race anyway. Those big races do take a lot out of you. Swimming is a great cross training exercise to do! Good luck with your new goal -you can do it!!

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GABY1948 12/6/2012 10:42AM

    I'm praying for a really speedy recovery. But you just take on everything in stride...such and inspiration to us!

Have a great day, Marsha!
Hugs
Gaye

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MEXGAL1 12/6/2012 10:34AM

    sounds like a great goal to me!
You can do it for sure.
Have a terrific day
Sallie

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NATPLUMMER 12/6/2012 10:29AM

    Good plan!
Ouch!!!

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MSLZZY 12/6/2012 9:56AM

    Your body can only take so much so take care of
yourself. Have a great evening. HUGS!

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CATTUTT 12/6/2012 9:55AM

    I hope those ouchy parts heal soon!





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JOYINKY 12/6/2012 9:50AM

    Take care and listen to your body Marsha!

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Almost Trashed It

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

I almost threw my treadmill away and I am so glad I didn't. About two weeks ago I wanted to use it, but it just would not come on. I tried different plugs, checked the fuse box, and used the starting key over and over, but nothing.

My hubby suggested I find the manual. Being that I bought the TM quite a few years ago I didn't think I'd find it, but I finally looked and -- surprise -- there it was. And it showed that there is a switch that I had forgotten about (if I ever knew), kind of under the front in black on black. It didn't stand out, but evidently the kids must have found it or else someone unknowingly kicked it. Sure enough, I turned on the switch and my trusty old treadmill came to life!

So if the weather's bad and I've got no car to go to the gym or Gwen is not well enough for the Y nursery, I have a good back up plan again. Whewwww!

  
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AQUAGIRL08 12/7/2012 8:56PM

    Good idea! I always have a back up plan or plan B just in case. You are doing an awesome job, Marsha!

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_LINDA 12/6/2012 10:56AM

    Manuals sure are useful, normally. I did have my manual for my elliptical, but there was NOTHING on it for troubleshooting or maintenance. So when the repair guy came he said they don't grease the parts on the machine because they feel the plastic bushings are good enough, but I guess not. A simple greasing took care of the squealing pedal. Bonus was that it was still under warranty and now I know the easy fix if it happens again.
It sure is nice to have your own machine in your home. our weather has been horrible lately. Today is the first day I have seen the sunshine in over a week, but the bottom has dropped out of the temperatures and you have to dress up like the Michelin man to stay warm :P So even if the ton of snow we got was removed (it isn't) it would still be too cold to use my scooter.. Rock & a hard place for sure.

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KANDOLAKER 12/6/2012 8:41AM

    Glad you didn't give up! And, what a nice surprise when it turned on and you weren't expecting. Great to have your back-up ready now!! All the best - Kathy

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MIRAGE727 12/5/2012 10:41PM

    YAY! Now about that patience issue!
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Seriously, I'm glad you have it working again. It's a great feeling when everything is back in balance!
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FROSTY99 12/5/2012 8:48PM

    When all else fails-read the directions!!!! emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/5/2012 7:03PM

    Whew! There's a line in an old movie that applies. In this film, the only son of a widow has married a socialite, played by Gene Tierney. The new bride, hopeless in the kitchen, has burnt the turkey, and the mother in law (played by Thelma Ritter, you can imagine!) delivers this line when the daughter in law thinks she has to start over: "You don't throw turkeys away."

Treadmills are big ticket item, not to be lightly discarded... so glad you found the hidden switch!

OH, and the techno-toy... no, it would not work well with water. BUT it would do fine on a bike. It's a GPS app, and you would then reclassify the activity after you stopped it to be cycling. Today it did something fluky on me, thinking I was at the top of a parking garage about a block away... GPS is not good between buildings so much. Out in the open, much better.

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HAKAPES 12/5/2012 5:32PM

    Oh the Manual, the old and trusted manual! :-)

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DONNABRIGHT 12/5/2012 5:03PM

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GABY1948 12/5/2012 3:23PM

    emoticon Don't you just LOVE when that happens! I know it made your day! HUGS,
Gaye

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TRAVELGRRL 12/5/2012 2:15PM

    Glad you got it working! Mine quit working a few years ago and when I called the company to get a repair person out I was told me it should be UNPLUGGED between uses. Apparently turning it off isn't enough to prevent a power surge that fries the electronics. (that was a $200 repair)

Also, in case this ever happens again? You can almost always find owners' manuals to everything on the company's website. Glad you are back in business!

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AMARILYNH 12/5/2012 1:18PM

    So glad you were able to find the manual!! Awesome!! Like you, I only use my treadmill when there is no alternative, but its a good backup!!

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ONMYMEDS 12/5/2012 1:06PM

    Holy smokes, you read the manual?!!

Maybe I should try that. I have some pictures on my cell phone and have no idea how to retrieve them. Now I just need to find that manual.

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