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Eating Grapefruit for Free with a Smile on my Face

Saturday, February 13, 2010

My daughter doesn't like grapefruit, and neither does her husband. They rent a home about a half mile from my house with a tree that is just covered with huge grapefruits. Their loss is my gain. I just harvested a dozen, and already ate two! Okay, I should stop now.

These grapefruits are not like what you would buy in the store. They aren't fancy pink or fancy anything. They have very thick peels and then hundreds - I mean hundreds - of seeds. In a huge fruit there is a serving about the size of a navel orange and a half. But the taste is yummy. They are very juicy and not too tangy, not too sweet. Just really refreshing.

But the best thing about eating these grapefruits, aside from the fact that I got them for free, is that I know if I hadn't lost weight I wouldn't be eating them. My husband isn't suppose to eat grapefruit because it messes with the statins he needs to take to control his cholesterol. Well, before I lost weight my cholesterol was getting higher and higher...194 - 202 -217-220 -- every time my doctor checked it, it had gone up a couple more points. She was ready to start me on statins. I asked for more time to bring it down. She gave me three months. And come down it did. Last time I checked it 159 was the number.

So I can now eat yummy free grapefruits with a smile on my face.

(If you've been following my blog and know I was stressing yesterday, I"ve made progress on the project and stress is going down now, just like that cholestrol!)

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/16/2010 8:46AM

    Good for you. It is so nice to have fresh fruit right off the tree. We don't have citrus fruits, but we have apples, pears, cherries and peaches right off the trees. Yum! Yum! I am glad to hear your project is progressing. Have a great day and hugs from you know who. J

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DONNABRIGHT 2/14/2010 11:17AM

    I have never been able to enjoy grapefruit but I am glad that you do.

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    Not only are they good way to manage Cholesterol but they help in weight loss to. I told my Dr to either change my Cholesterol med or I would quit taking them because I was going to eat grape fruit. my meds said not eat them. He said that since I take mt meds at night I could eat one first thing n the morning with out hurting my meds. just a tip. thank you Leia

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SHEILA1505 2/14/2010 12:20AM

    Sounds to me as if your grapefruit skins would be perfect for 3-fruit marmalade (orange lemon & grapefruit)
I have a small tree that gives a good harvest and my brother takes the ones from high up - when the rugby season is on he collects a carrier bag full to take home.
Do you know that if you put an empty half-grapefruit skin, hollow down, on the soil you will collect &kill snails without adding poisons to your ground

I do also have a guava tree - can't stand the things - and the dog was the only one who would eat them. So my garden services guys pick them and take them home every couple of weeks when they come here. The rotten ones on the ground feed the soil beautifully though.

Thrilled that your cholesterol came down without drugs - well done!

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PO_PAZZA 2/13/2010 6:21PM

    Enjoy your grapefruit, and, particularly, enjoy that you can eat it without fearing medication interference. That's the best part, that you made yourself healthy enough to not need drugs.

It's nice to hear the fruit is not wasted. It breaks my heart to see local fruit trees with fruit falling unused onto the ground. At the very least, they would be welcomed by food banks. We use most of our oranges and limes, but have plenty of lemons and grapefruit to give away.


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ONEKIDSMOM 2/13/2010 6:08PM

    Happy for you, Marsha! I love grapefruit, and read somewhere that they were something to avoid within a certain time period of taking my thyroid meds. So I follow orders about timing, but still love having them every couple of weeks or so.


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PERSISTANT123 2/13/2010 6:05PM

    I am so glad that your stress level has reduced!

My mom & dad usually bring a couple of bags of grapefruit and another couple of oranges from their trees in South Texas. The extreme heat they had this summer made the grapefruit about the size of oranges, and the oranges were even smaller. I do miss them because now I am spoiled and don't like the ones I can get in the stores around here. Enjoy one for me.

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MONTY68 2/13/2010 4:16PM

    Hi Marsha,
Well, you can't find a better deal then free. I read somewhere this week we should eat grapefruit everyday. I usually have 2 or 3 a week. There again, you are on top of things like bringing your cholesterol down. You are our guide in how to handle situations; as you said look at yesterday and the stress that you were going through and what you were going to do about it. Today, you say you made progress and the stress is going down.
I so admire you, you are one that takes this thing called life and works to make yours better. In the meantime you have helped others with what you do. Oh, for the frozen cigarettes, as I still smoke. Maybe I will freeze some to see if it helps me to quit. Keep writing, you have no idea how much you help us with what you write and how you take care of situations
Happy Valentine Day


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WILD4STARS 2/13/2010 4:14PM

    One of the nice things about living in Florida is the abundance of fresh citrus fruits. And often for free !! I love fresh grapefruit. A neighbor just recently brought me a big bag of oranges that were so juicy I had to eat them over the sink. YUM !

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WALKINGANNIE 2/13/2010 3:28PM

    So pleased that the stress is going down.

Usually I'm nodding in agreement when I read your blogs - but not this time for once! (Actually it's for twice - I still can't quite get my head round the frozen cigarettes!)

I just can't imagine getting excited by grapefruit, even though I've come off statins and am free to eat them. They're so sharp and tart! Perhaps those available in UK supermarkets aren't good examples?

Anyway, glad that you can have them and enjoy them and that you've escaped the statins.

Hope you manage to work your way through your stressful week.

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AQUAGIRL08 2/13/2010 3:16PM

    Way to go Marsha!!!!

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Friday, February 12, 2010

Oh, these are the times that for years drove me to food! Things at work = nuts! Just can't seem to get the project I'm working on to come together. Feeling scattered; not enough time; don't have the core idea I need. Gonna meet with the boss here at my house at 2 pm in hopes..... my house!?? house!!! gotta be kidding. House is far from clean and orderly. Uck.

And then there's the personal life. Let's just say everything is not so smooth there, either. Oh, there's some very positive high points, but there are recurring stresses that just seem resistant to change. And I've got company coming next week for a week and no time to plan for meals and activities and all that.

But I'm not gonna turn to food this time. I just finished 45 minute cardio, then strength training, and stretching, and I think it helped my thinking calm down. I'll take it one step at a time. I'll just take it one step at a time. Tomorrow I will count my blessings because there are plenty of them. But for today, it's just breathe, Marsha, breathe.

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DONNABRIGHT 2/13/2010 8:31AM

    Getting your worries out is a good thing - once you verbalize/write them they don't seem so daunting!

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WILD4STARS 2/12/2010 2:32PM

    10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, Deep inhale, exhale AHHHHHHHH........
Now isn't that better ??

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PO_PAZZA 2/12/2010 2:15PM

    What is really great is that you are thinking your way through and around the jungle of pitfalls. Guess what? You are guiding us along, too, oh fearless leader.



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AQUAGIRL08 2/12/2010 1:33PM

    I think that a lot of us are in the same situation as you are Marsha. Which brings to mind the question, why do we as women think that we have to do it all - and be so perfect at it? I know that every time we have guests, I tear apart the house and clean/wash everything in sight. The sad part is that I've done this all of my life. I suspect that it's connected to the idea of perfectionism that you blogged about earlier.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/12/2010 12:54PM

    Hope that blogging the thoughts has helped to release some tension. Making time for the physical activity is a strong-minded thing to do - and you're a strong-minded, resourceful woman.

You're taking control of some things by doing the cardio and training and managing what you eat. Your sensible self-talk is giving you good advice on dealing with the rest.

Thinking of you,

Annie x

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MONTY68 2/12/2010 11:48AM

You are one that is able to express your feelings, you are aware of the past and how you handled it. Look at you now. Congratulations on the change. You chose to do something healthy, it calmed you down so you were able to handle things better and more importantly you are focused on being in the now and taking one step at a time.
The way you handled it is a great lesson for the rest of us.

Thank you for sharing.


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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/12/2010 11:45AM

    Yes, just keep breathing Marsha!

My mother was fond of saying, "if you come to see me, my door is always open. If you come to see my house, make a reservation."

Take it one day and one meal at a time. You can do this!

Love you,

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MXXOXXM 2/12/2010 11:26AM

    We are all addicted to something. My addiction is food. But I believe I have now replaced it with SparkPeople. My head seems to be in the right place. Yup - take a breath. You can succeed! emoticon

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GINA7249 2/12/2010 11:25AM

    way to go on all of that. you have made such progress from before. love it all and the whole story of it. thank you for shareing it all. great 4 you to relize what made you over eat before but remember you can eat special things but just do it consiously this time. make it your choice not just doing without u knowing it all. way to go.


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My Favorite Greeting Card of All Time

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My sister gave me my favorite greeting card of all times. It was probably 1987. A glossy luscious golden brown chocolate chip cookie filled the front portion. In ornate font it said, "Sister, If there was only one chocolate chip cookie left in the entire world.......

First, let me tell you that my sister is a generous soul for whom giving is an art form. There was never a selfish bone in her body. I just knew there would be a magnanimous gesture in keeping with her deeply felt philosophy.

"If there was only one chocolate chip cookie left in the entire world ...... I would eat it to save you the calories." I laughed til I cried!

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STARTWME 2/15/2010 11:58AM

    Liked this.. laughed I'll pass it on.

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PEGGYANNSCH 2/12/2010 6:08PM

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AQUAGIRL08 2/12/2010 1:14PM

    That makes me remember all of the cute cards my siblings and I have sent each other over the years. Thanks for the memories...

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/12/2010 1:09PM

    Thank you for the smile this brought to my face today. That is priceless. Thanks for sharing and hugs from J in sunny central Illinois.

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DONNABRIGHT 2/12/2010 8:54AM

    Thanks for sharing - that was a cute story. I got a birthday card this year from my brother and the front said "I'm laughing because you're my sister...." and the inside was "and you can't do anything about it". Made me laugh!

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AMANDAJCD 2/12/2010 8:47AM

    Hehehe... that's a great card!!

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DFOLKARD 2/12/2010 8:32AM

    Great card sentiment! I have 5 sisters and I know which one that would do it for me.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/11/2010 10:19PM

    Very cute!

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MONTY68 2/11/2010 9:37PM

You just somehow know what and when to send a blog. That was so funny and I am still laughing as I try to type this. Thanks for sharing.


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ONEKIDSMOM 2/11/2010 8:42PM

    Love it! Aren't sisters wonderful? emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 2/11/2010 8:29PM

    oh my gosh, how can you not enjoy that!! if that isn't a spark birthday card waiting to happen, i don't know what is.

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KALIGIRL 2/11/2010 8:24PM

    That is TOO great - I think my sis would do the same for me...

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SANDYSKY1 2/11/2010 8:18PM

    Great Sister!! You are very lucky!

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Help Me Choose an Affirmation

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Maybe I should take a break from listing all the bizarre things I've done to lose weight, or all my SparkFriends may decide I'm just too weird. But I kind of laugh and kind of cry when I think of all the misery I've endured due to misinformation, misunderstanding, and a certain amount of denial, too. I celebrate when I realize I've finally got it, and plan to work to keep it!

This morning as I jogged on my treadmill I heard something on the Today show that made me laugh, and inspired me as nothing else has in the past month at least. Lera Williams, 100 years old, attributed her long, healthy life to "not worrying like old people do." I just love that. I hereby commit to quit worrying like old people do.

Okay, I need to make this statement more positive to turn it into an affirmation. "I refrain from worry because it ages me unnecessarily." "I surrender my worry habit and choose to think optomistic thoughts." "I'm not going to worry like old people do because I am an ageless soul."

Which one do you like? Maybe you have a better one?

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SHEILA1505 2/11/2010 12:25AM

    I subscribe to the theory that the Universe hears the words "age" and "worry" and directs energy onto them, and ignores the negatives and instructions to forget them. So I focus on my positives and this is my first of many daily affirmations:

I am the awesome incredible fantabulous daughter in whom the Universe is well pleased
(with thanks to Maya Angelou who inspired the core of this)
and then I follow up with some of my Gratitudes

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/10/2010 9:36PM

    I am an optimistic ageless soul who focuses only on positive thoughts. How about that? I love turning negatives into positive affirmations. Take care and hugs from Janet in frigid central Illinois. I admire you for running on your treadmill! You are such an inspiration.

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PO_PAZZA 2/10/2010 9:03PM

    I'll drink to "no worries" in some format. My mother-in-law said years ago, "If it's not going to be important in a hundred years, it's not worth worrying about now." How right she was.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/10/2010 4:12PM

    This is a lovely thread that you've started.

It's not a mantra but a phrase that's stuck with me from somewhere else on SP is that, "worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It passes the time but it doesn't get you anywhere."

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MONTY68 2/10/2010 1:54PM


In looking at your blog again and ageless, I wrote a blog yesterday on my birthday and how old do I feel. When I was done I had determined that I was ageless.
I like the one you have chosen, lots of good suggestions.


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AQUAGIRL08 2/10/2010 11:51AM

    How about, "Look for the positive in every situation. It helps prevent wrinkles."

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LAPRATH 2/10/2010 11:17AM

  I like all the comments on your worrying.
They come to me at a good time for me to remember that. My daughter told me this morning that she lost her job late Friday, and how very terrible she had, and is feeling about that. Very depressed. So you can understand why your comments on not worrying hit home with me.
Thank you......I'll try to not worry.
I surrender my worry habit and choose to think optomistic thoughts.

BarbaraLa emoticon

Comment edited on: 2/10/2010 11:21:19 AM

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AMBUDMAN 2/10/2010 11:08AM

    I am an ageless soul is good for me.

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MONTY68 2/10/2010 10:48AM

Great topic as usual. I like the second one best and I like to keep my affirmations short so I might just say "I surrender my worry habit" or perhaps "I let go of worry" I am not sure we have to indicate any thing with the old age as the need to let go of worrying is a positive thing at any age.

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SLENDERELLA61 2/10/2010 10:47AM

    Thanks, everyone. Glad I asked for help. Love that one, Kaligirl. That just might be it! I am an ageless soul who lives worry free!!

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KALIGIRL 2/10/2010 10:37AM

    I like, "I am an ageless soul." and if you want, you might add "who lives worry-free."

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EVILKLOWN 2/10/2010 10:24AM

    Actually I think old people worry less than younger people because they've learned it doesn't do any good.

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/10/2010 10:12AM

    Good for you!! I like the first -- "I refrain from worry because it ages me unnecessarily." Keep us posted! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/10/2010 10:11AM

    I like any affirmation that does not say "not" as I'd rather frame it in a completely positive way. Also, there's no such thing - as the saying goes - as being too rich, too thin, or too weird. (smiling) Have a wonderful day.

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So Very Grateful One Diet Strategy Didn't Work For Me

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Thinking about all the crazy things I've done to lose weight, by far the most dangerous one was in my mid-twenties. I reasoned that if people who quit smoking gain weight, maybe smoking would help me lose weight.

Well, I tried smoking. I remember waking up with a terrible taste in my mouth, feeling like my sinuses were bar-b-qued. Thank heavens it just really didn't appeal to me much.

Yet, I kept it as an appetite control strategy for probably 3 years. I kept a pack of menthol cigarettes in my freezer. When I was really hungry, I'd light up and take one puff. Sometimes two. I was just sure it killed my appetite. Then I'd put it out and put the butt back in the freezer! A cigarette pack would last me 6 months.

I am so thankful that today I control my weight by tracking my food, drinking water, concentrating on meeting my nutritional needs, staying active, and sharing my struggles with all my dear SparkFriends and Weight Watcher buddies.

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/12/2010 1:11PM

    I am glad you never got hooked on smoking. I wish my daughter hadn't. I never liked the smell of them at all. I am very grateful you are here for all of us. Hugs from J.

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/10/2010 10:14AM

    Maybe it was just taking the break, choosing to focus on something other than your 'hunger' that kept your appetite down ... or maybe it was the awful taste in your mouth after the cigarette! Either way, celebrating with you that you didn't really start smoking!!!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/10/2010 8:01AM

    Oh, my! As a ex-smoker (10 years now!) you made a wise decision to put a stop while you had control. I smoked 2 packs a day for more years than I can to remember. Besides the health benefits of not smoking, the freedom from cigarettes is glorious.

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PO_PAZZA 2/9/2010 8:20PM

    Yikes, Marsha, that tops the old cabbage-only and grapefruit-only diets, and they were bad enough. I would be fascinated to find out how many people use their freezers as ash trays. Thanks for a good laugh that could have been very unfunny if the habit had hooked you.


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WALKINGANNIE 2/9/2010 5:14PM

    I've never heard of frozen cigarettes! Is this just another gaping hole in my knowledge or was it a Marsha-special?

Menthol cigarettes were marketed in the UK as being 'cool as a montain stream' but you certainly took the coolness to a whole new level!

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KALIGIRL 2/9/2010 5:08PM

    It is amazing what we do - I have to admit, this is one of the more creative...

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AMBUDMAN 2/9/2010 5:07PM

    The only time I ever lit a cigarette was when I was fishing and the mosquitos were so bad smoke was the only thing that saved me. All I did was puff smoke.

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MCJULIEO 2/9/2010 5:05PM

    What an amazing account! I'm SO glad it didn't appeal to you in the long run.

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TEACHERTRISH 2/9/2010 4:58PM

    it is crazy the kinds of things we do, isn't it? good for you for finding healthier ways!

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