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Favorite Grocery Store Closing

Friday, December 07, 2012

A couple of days ago, it was announced that Fresh & Easy stores will probably be closing. Talk about a blow! It sounds silly to be upset over a seemingly silly thing like this, but this store has been one of the main reasons I've been able to eat so healthy at such reasonable prices.

I refuse to go back to the big chain stores with their high prices, preservative junk foods, and grouchy service. I'll explore the alternative markets, even though it'll mean traveling farther and planning for less frequent shopping.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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JLITT62 12/8/2012 9:44AM

    Not silly at all. I would definitely be upset at something like that!

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JUSTLLAMA 12/8/2012 12:25AM

    Well that sucks. :( I hope you find another place you like as well!

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MZZCHIEF 12/7/2012 11:45PM

    Ugh!
I can totally relate.
Here's to finding a new store soon.

: )
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NORWOODGIRL 12/7/2012 8:58PM

    Good luck on your search! Post about what you discover.

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/7/2012 6:47PM

    in the summer try the farmers markets and now maybe an asian market, or another ethnic stare they usually have good produce

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RUNNER12COM 12/7/2012 5:41PM

    I'm surprised to read this. I thought they were doing well.

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KARENLEIGH32 12/7/2012 4:33PM

    :(

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FANGFACEKITTY 12/7/2012 3:46PM

    That's too bad. I was fortunate to have a Kroger's that was a little further away but a much better choice than Meijer's (expensive) and Walmart (utter crap, no variety and spoiled meats and freggies).

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MOM2ACAT 12/7/2012 2:26PM

    We had two nice grocery stores here years ago, but they went out of business when Walmart and Meijer came in; those are the only two places in town now to shop for groceries. I shop at Meijer but I miss the customer service at the grocery stores, they went the extra mile. At one store, they even carried the bags out and loaded the car for you.

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/7/2012 1:41PM

    I'd be frustratd too. I hope the alternatives come through for you.

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ARCHIMEDESII 12/7/2012 1:23PM

    Something must be in the air. The same thing happened to a local small grocery store chain here in Boston. Johnny's Foodmaster had excellent prices. At first I thought they were only closing one location. Nope, they shut them all down. I was shocked !! I don't know why they closed. I didn't think they were having any financial problems because they were always busy.

Like you, I was seriously bummed out. It was a great store and now all those people are out of work. I heard that Whole Foods is taking over some of the locations. I love Whole Foods, but I can't shop there on a regular basis. it's just too expensive.

It really does stink. Try Trader Joe's. They won't have everything, but they do have good prices on the basics.





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_LINDA 12/7/2012 1:01PM

    So sorry you are losing your favorite store :( Here it is the big chains that have the cheapest prices and can bring in the highest volume of fresh produce because of the sheer volume of business. But I still prefer the very expensive Farmer's Market when its operational in the summer and fall. Our fresh produce season here is so very, very short :( I am discovering the next best alternative is frozen. Since they are frozen at the time of harvesting, at their best, it doesn't matter how far they come as long as they are frozen, unlike the 'fresh' stuff. Too bad you didn't have one of those Trader Joes stores that most Americans seem to rave about.
Good luck in finding something else as good or better..

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LIVINGFREE19 12/7/2012 12:56PM

    I hope you find a place to substitute for eating healthy.
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JILLYBEAN25 12/7/2012 12:53PM

    I've always shopped at Sprouts. I love their produce section! They have the prettiest produce around for really good prices. I've never had staff issues there, either. In fact, a few of them have gotten to know me over time, so I've always loved my trips there.

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NATPLUMMER 12/7/2012 12:00PM

    Boo!

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WALLAHALLA 12/7/2012 11:37AM

    Bummer....OR...
If you have to drive further, and less often, that SHOULD mean more planning ahead...which in turn should lead to greater success!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/7/2012 10:01AM

    I can totally relate. I mourn the loss of places like Borders which was one of my favorite stores and local eateries too. Unfortunately places like Wal-mart - which sucks - put them out of business. We don't have much of anything around here. No book store for 70 miles.

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BASKETLADY13 12/7/2012 9:49AM

    Have you considered pea pod or green bean delivery? They can bring fresh, often organic foods to you for less than some of the chain stores. It's something you might want to check into.

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WORSE THAN LABOR PAINS!?

Thursday, December 06, 2012

I want to be done with caffeine once and for all. Even though my only intake is one small mug in the morning, I don't like the way I feel with it. I've tried to do this detox before. Many times. I've tried the weaning slowly thing, cold turkey, and everything in -between. I have herbal teas for substitution and all sorts of tricks to use.

However, the detox process for me is excruciating. I mean, not just days and days with that awful headache, but severe flu-like aches that last for a week or more. But no one else seems to go through such pains when getting off of caffeine, until I heard this story on the radio a few weeks ago.

A local radio talk show host and his crew were talking about the Monster drinks in the news and they were comparing how much and what they drink as they were all highly-caffeinated. The news lady said that she gave up caffeine in the past when she learned she was pregnant. And that she had such severe pains that she was actually in bed over a week. Her conclusion made everyone laugh, but she wasn't joking when she concluded that it turned out that the caffeine withdrawal was worse than labor pains!

So, I'm not looking forward to detoxing. And I have recently tried weaning less each day. Doesn't work for me. Guess I just have to dive in and get her done once and for all. Tomorrow. (smiling)

Wishing all a good day.

  
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NANCY- 12/7/2012 7:29AM

    Yikes! It is amazing the impact stuff has on our bodies. Drink lots of water and be as active as possible to help rid your body of those toxins. Sometimes we just have to bite the bullet and take that leap of faith. Sure tough days may be ahead... but think of the benefits.

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-LINDA_S 12/7/2012 6:02AM

    Stay strong! You can do it! Maybe some regular tea would help you step down? Or that may just prolong the agony...

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KICK-SS 12/6/2012 7:25PM

    I drink a LOT of coffee throughout the day, but sometimes I feel like "the habit" is worse to stop than the caffeine itself. I have stopped before, but I feel I need to be having a cup of something, even if it were water.

However..... I truly do like coffee, so without any effects, I see no valid reason as to why I should stop drinking it. I do stop early afternoon though and don't drink coffee after about 3PM. (Unless I'm going to be up late).

I wish you well.... my DD has tried stopping before and she has an awful time. I know things affect people differently. Good luck to you!

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ALEXSGIRL1 12/6/2012 6:44PM

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LIVINGFREE19 12/6/2012 6:12PM

    I am so sorry to hear this my friend. I hope this ends up being easier somehow for you this time.
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CATMAGNET 12/6/2012 3:28PM

    Hang in there! Hope that it ends up being easier than you think.

Sometimes the anticipation is worse than the actual event, ya know. :)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/6/2012 1:58PM

    I've done it. It is like labor in that once the worst is over it's worth it. Good luck!

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WALLAHALLA 12/6/2012 12:03PM

    You will definitely suffer from withdrawal, but hopefully the memory of it will keep you from ever going back.
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NORWOODGIRL 12/6/2012 11:43AM

    Wow! I hope this time is the charm and your pain is minimal and short-lasting. Wow!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 12/6/2012 11:00AM

    I hope you're able to stay somewhat comfortable. emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 12/6/2012 10:49AM

    Good luck!!
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2 MORE LBS GONE

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

And all I can say is a loud WOOOOOOHOOOOOO! vERY THRILLED!

  
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NANCY- 12/6/2012 8:00AM

    Where did they go? I bet you don't care, :)
Enjoy!

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BARBIE176 12/5/2012 7:43PM

    emoticon emoticon So proud of you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1BEACHWALKER 12/5/2012 3:34PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep going!!!!

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    What a feeling! emoticon emoticon

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Celebrate good times!! That is fantastic Jesse!!!

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LIVINGFREE19 12/5/2012 11:07AM

    Awesome job!!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/5/2012 10:29AM

    AAAAAAAAAAWWWWWWWEEEEEEEEESSSSSSOOO
OOOMMMMMEEEEEEEE!

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NORWOODGIRL 12/5/2012 10:23AM

    Fantastic! Congratulations! emoticon

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NOVEMBER SAW THE END OF FOREVER PLATEAU

Thursday, November 29, 2012

No matter what I did over the past few years, I just couldn't lose any more than the 30 that came off before arriving at SP. Of course, I have to add here that I was a lifelong brat in the sense of never have had a weight problem prior to about 6 years ago when lots of factors converged.

Okay, so I set a plan a for November, b for December and c for January. I plan to be at my goal weight by my birthday in February.

What I did in November was to restrict my carbs. I'd been going haywire with carbs, not counting fruit, veggies and other "healthy" carbs. About midway into this month, I read a SP friend's blog that she was doing similar after reading the book Metabolism Miracle. It outlines almost exactly what I'd been doing. It's a really helpful reference book for me.

NOW I'M SHOUTING WOOOOOHOOOOO - I've lost 9 lbs in November. Will be doing something different in December, but still low carbs. I also want to get rid of coffee once and for all, even though I only drink a small mugful in the morning.

I have 7 lbs to my goal weight, but have already decided that I may very well set it down again when I reach that. It's the weight I feel good at, not the weight that the charts say I should weigh. We'll see. It really depends what my body looks and feels like at that weight.

I'd like to let go of 4 in December, 4 in January, plus rid of caffeine forever.

  
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ALEXSGIRL1 12/1/2012 8:02PM

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LIVINGFREE19 11/30/2012 5:19PM

    You are definitely capable of doing this! You have set very realistic goals!
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NORWOODGIRL 11/30/2012 3:04PM

    Way to go! I am so proud of you. You should be so proud of yourself! Your goals are achievable.
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CATLADY52 11/30/2012 2:42PM

    Good luck on your quest! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/30/2012 10:06AM

    I KNOW you are going to be able to do this!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/30/2012 9:17AM

    Congratulations!! You are doing amazing. Carbs are the problem and they are the solution. Good luck getting rid of the coffee. I quit years ago and still enjoy the best part of it - the smell- but don't miss the rest.

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RYDERB 11/30/2012 8:12AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Good luck with your December plan.
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NANCY- 11/30/2012 7:13AM

    Woo Hoo! Congrats on getting that scale moving.
Here's to a successful December and January,
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CATHYGETSFIT 11/30/2012 3:18AM

    Sounds like a good plan to me! I've been trying to restrict my carbs too except for the fruits and veggies. I'm hoping that now that I'm able to exercise a little more that it will help me to lose more weight.

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IDLETYME 11/29/2012 9:17PM

    You're doing great and you have figured out a plan that works for you. A lot of people see a plan that worked for someone else and don't understand that we are all different. Congratulations and I KNOW you will make it happen!!! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 11/29/2012 9:09PM

    Sounds like a good plan.

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Thrilled, Yet Sad w/Death of Team Member

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

I was going to blog about losing 9 lbs in November and how excited I am, but I'll postpone that as I've just read about the loss of a sparkfriend on the Aspire and Inspire Team who was beaten to death. Sad beyond words. RIP, Aithley.

  
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IAM_HIS2 12/3/2012 8:37AM

    So very sad she is gone, but very happy that I know where she now is.

Aithley, thank you for all the joy and love you gave so freely. You will be missed greatly and never forgotten. Rest in the loving arms of our Heavenly Father.

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DBELLE39 11/29/2012 8:46PM

    I was stunned by the news, at first I wondered if it was a rude joke as I was reading the blog. I am still at a loss over a dear spark friend. But you know, I know for sure Aithley would be congratulating you on your 9# loss, she would tell you emoticon .

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/29/2012 7:55PM

    emoticon emoticon I understand what you mean. I'm still in shock and upset over the loss of a fellow Spark Friend. She will definitely be missed by those who knew her.

You still deserve a big emoticon for losing 9 pounds though! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LINDA! 11/29/2012 6:58PM

    I am so sorry about your Spark Friend. I have lost some in the past. I still miss them. We all may be virtual friends, but we are friends nonetheless. It does not make the pain any easier. emoticon

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JLITT62 11/29/2012 5:08AM

    That's horrible about your friend.

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BARBIE176 11/28/2012 10:57PM

    I am truly in shock and disbelief learning about Aithley's untime and horrible death. It does not matter that we were only cyber friends, I really felt like I knew her and we were good friends. I am praying for her family and friends as they mourn the loss.

You still deserve congrats on your 9 pound loss in November. That is awesome!

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2WHEELEDSHARON 11/28/2012 7:40PM

    That was tragic news. I was just getting to know her. My heart goes out to her family.
You still deserve a Way to Go on the 9 pounds!

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ALEXSGIRL1 11/28/2012 7:30PM

    so sorry for the loss of your friend way to youmg and such horror. so sorry

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CATLADY52 11/28/2012 7:18PM

    That is horrible. Sorry for your loss. emoticon

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THROOPER62 11/28/2012 7:10PM

    emoticon for your loss emoticon how awful

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NORWOODGIRL 11/28/2012 6:01PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about your friend. emoticon

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PONYFARMER 11/28/2012 5:41PM

    There are not even words to express how awful this is and how senseless to have happened. Definately will be praying for all of you and also for Aithley's family.

You do deserve a big congrats on your loss for Nov. But you are correct to wait until the time is right. Stay strong.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 11/28/2012 5:23PM

    What awful people to do that!
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PUDLECRAZY 11/28/2012 5:16PM

    Oh no! How extremely tragic and terrible! You must be feeling so shocked and saddened. I cannot imagine how your Spark friend's family must be feeling. Sending love and prayers to all.

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MOM2ACAT 11/28/2012 5:05PM

    I'm so sorry; it's so hard to lose a friend, whether they are online or offline.
I lost a Spark friend to cancer a few years ago.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 11/28/2012 4:55PM

  Who passed on over? And how?

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BETHGILLIGAN 11/28/2012 2:13PM

    I am so sorry to hear this. My prayers go up for her, her family and all the Sparkfriends she touched.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/28/2012 1:23PM

    Hugs....that's awful.

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WALLAHALLA 11/28/2012 1:00PM

    how awful
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CELIAMINER 11/28/2012 12:17PM

    How awful! Condolences to you and all SP who loved her.

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2BDYNAMIC 11/28/2012 10:10AM

    emoticon I am deeply saddened and yet horrified too! .........

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LIVINGFREE19 11/28/2012 9:56AM

    How terribly sad!
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CATMAGNET 11/28/2012 9:48AM

    How incredibly sad! My sincerest condolences. :(

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NANCY- 11/28/2012 9:13AM

    Sparkfriends stay with us in our heart and mind because they have been a part of our life. Your weight loss is a tribute to you and all that have touched your life.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 11/28/2012 9:06AM

    How truly horrible. I am so sorry to hear this.

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MCSWIGAN 11/28/2012 8:52AM

    I am sorry for your loss. What a horrible tragedy.

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IAM_HIS2 11/28/2012 8:46AM

    Oh how tragic. What a loss! I am praying for the family & you. emoticon emoticon

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1935MARY 11/28/2012 8:43AM

    Sorry for your loss. May God be with you and their family.

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CARAFAE37 11/28/2012 8:41AM

    That is so sad! I'm sorry for your loss... emoticon

But also happy for your weight loss! 9 pounds during November? That's amazing!

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CHEETARA79 11/28/2012 8:39AM

    I'm sorry for your loss. Congratulations on your weight loss anyways!

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IACTA_ALEA_EST 11/28/2012 8:39AM

    Not something you expect here...My condolences

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