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Wednesday, October 31, 2012

Treat please… the "TRICK" will be keeping it to one portion. Tonight is one of the big reasons why I joined Sparkpeople. This is actually my third Halloween as a Spark member and I’m not the same person I was two and a half years ago and I thank God for that!!

In the past I would have bought one of those HUGE Costco size bags of Hershey’s miniatures’ as soon as they were available and would probably have opened it on the way home from shopping. Needless to say in a couple weeks only the one’s I’m not crazy about would be left. A week later I’d have eaten all of them as well. Back to the store for more because Halloween wasn’t even here yet. Another bag opened and emptied … such a tummy ache, so much guilt. I even tried buying candy I didn’t like and ate that too. Of course eventually I could no longer walk with my grandchildren on Halloween and was beginning to miss out on so many fun times as a family. My future looked…………………………….. Well, I couldn’t see a future for me. Only pain and remorse. In 2010 I was only 63 and come from a long line of relatives who lived well into their 80’s & 90’s. Did I want to spend the next 20 to 30 years in horrible physical and emotional pain just watching the world pass me by because Halloween candy was available in August? Because restaurants serve plates with portions for four? Because there’s a couple birthdays every month of the year? Because my DH likes dessert every night?? Because we equate food with love??? How am I going to love myself more than food when I don’t love myself at all?

Well, you start slowly. You pay attention to why you eat the way you do. Some of my problem was a lack of knowledge. I was definitely an emotional eater and had to come from that direction to get a handle on not trying to fill up an emptiness that could never be satisfied with food.

I learned I was worth loving and I didn’t need to “Eat everything on my plate,” because children were starving in India. I learned to say “No” to other people as well as the child in me. I educated myself on portion control and nutrition emoticon I took it one step at a time and I never quit.

I like myself better now. I can do more… granted I still hurt like hell but that’s the price you pay when your joints are over burdened for too long. I just want to shout it from the rooftops… “DON’T WAIT UNTIL YOU ARE 63 YEARS OLD!!!!” Start now, start slow, every choice counts on this journey to healthier living.

No more 8 pound bags of Halloween candy for us. On Halloween 2010 we had single portion (100 calorie) microwaveable popcorn for the Trick-Or-Treaters’. In 2011 the same (I still have a couple bags left) This year… no treats at all.. we are going Trick~Or~Treating with the grandkids!!!!!!! They will share with us and I will log what I eat with the list from below. I will enjoy Halloween by practicing portion control so I can continue to enjoy every day of my life because my future is very bright. emoticon

Quick reference to candy calories:
1 Hershey's Kiss 26… note 4 = a portion (100 calories)
1 Dum Dums sucker 20
1 Hershey's nugget 45
1 mini (Three Musketeers, Milky Way, Twix) 38
1 Reese's mini peanut butter cup 44
1 Tootsie Roll midge 23
1 Jolly Rancher 23
1 small tube Whoppers 30
1 Smarties roll 25
1 Laffy Taffy 32
1 Twizzlers twist 32
1 fun size Nestle Crunch, Twix 50
1 M&M's mini box 70
1 fun size Charleston Chew 45
1 fun size Milk Duds 54
1 fun size Hershey's bar 67
1 fun size Kit Kat 73
1 fun size Heath bar 74
1 fun size Mounds 83
1 fun size Mr. Goodbar 90
1 Tootsie Roll bar 50
1 pkg (2 pc.) Starburst 40
1 fun size Snickers 80
1 fun size Almond Joy 80
1 fun size Payday 90
1 pkg Hot Tamales 50
1 small box Mike & Ike 50
1 box Nerds 50
1 roll Life Savers Gummies 52
1 York Peppermint Patty 53
1 fun size Junior Mints 50
1 fun size Reese's peanut butter cup 100
11 pieces candy corn 70
1 Tootsie Pop 60
1 box Dots 70
1 small pouch Whoppers 100

Check out A Sweet Way to Make Everyone Smile emoticon
The Halloween Candy Buyback Program!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 11/19/2012 12:18PM

    A few years ago, I decided to give out healthier options instead of candy on Halloween, although this year we were traveling and managed to completely avoid the whole Halloween thing. Prior years, however, we've given out juice boxes, popcorn packages, raisin boxes and small fruit cups. Still not 100% healthy compared to fresh fruit, etc, but definitely healthier than candy. We have also given out small toys - the kind you can get in bulk at discount stores. I suppose if we had tons of kids in the area we couldn't do that but we generally get 30-40 or so 'local kids' and even though the last few years has seen carloads of kids from 'out of the area' coming to our neighborhood, we just turn off the lights and stop answering the door once the local kids are finished coming through.

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FRANCO1230 11/7/2012 11:10AM

    Keep up the GREAT choices!!! Trick-or-treating with the kids is SO much more fun!

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SUGARSMOM2 11/4/2012 4:47PM

  words of wisdom . we all should he aware . enjoy your grandchildren.

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JINLYNN 11/3/2012 2:38AM

    Hey Linda - great blog - very inspirational and just what I need to read. I have been overindulging in the pre and left over candy, and really needed a wake up call.
I hope you had a wonderful time with your family and grand kids!
Thanks for sharing.

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JILL313 11/2/2012 11:58AM

    I really love your blog and unfortunately I also started at 63 and now wonder what took me so long. But, on the other hand if I hadn't started when I did I'd probably be 60+ pounds heavier than I was before I started SP. I wish I could tell the young and heavy people to be aware but most wouldn't listen to me. I was so stupid I didn't even realize how my health would be so affected once I got older. I also just accept the joint pain as part of my letting myself get so obese. You express yourself so well here and I appreciate that and Special You. Now to get my act together and get on the Losing Trail again. Take good care!! You, and I, are Blessed.

Love You,


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IMSOOZEEQ 11/2/2012 12:31AM

    Great blog! I wish I had seen it a few days ago! I wouldn't have eaten so many candies! There is still some left here but I am NOT going to eat any more. I have had more than my share!

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SUGARSMOM2 11/1/2012 5:57PM

  words of wisdom .

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CTUPTON 11/1/2012 4:52PM

    We had no trick or treaters--as usual. But hubby always wanted bags of candy here anyway. And I always got into it! I did OK this year. I got 2 bags of miniatures. We did eat those between him and me. Next year it will be even better! I am liking muffins and cake made with pumpkin. And that is healthy!

I needed all your wisdom. so, thanks for this blog! emoticon


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1FAVOREDLADY 11/1/2012 11:42AM

    A friend sent me by today. I am glad I came. You are inspiring! I am doing better also sense joining sparks for those holiday times. Thank you for the blog, hug , sandy

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PATTILYNN224 11/1/2012 10:46AM

    Love the buy back program. What a great idea. Happy November to you Linda. I hope you have a wonderful month leading up to your Thanksgiving.


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KITT52 11/1/2012 10:11AM

    I love the picture of the dogs in costume

no candy got in me this year....yahooooo

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COCK-ROBIN 11/1/2012 2:46AM

    Great blog! And I survived Halloween.Now for the rest of the holidays.

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MISSY455 11/1/2012 12:20AM

    So happy to hear you were spending the night with the grandchildren! How awesome for you! This was a wonderful blog, thank you for sharing it with us!

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EATVEGAN 10/31/2012 10:59PM

    Wow, you really spell it out well. I've already waited way past 63, but it is not too late. I will be moving with the best of them by next Halloween. I've told my 15-year-old grandson he'd better keep training because I'm going to take him on in arm-wrestling again. He's better look out.
Oh, and I really like your trick-or-treaters. emoticon

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123ELAINE456 10/31/2012 6:25PM

  Great Blog. Enjoy Treat or Treating with your Grandkids. God Bless You and Family. Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care.

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CARRAND 10/31/2012 5:47PM

    Great blog! My story is similar to yours. I'm 63, too. SP has taught me a lot about portion control, healthy eating, the importance of exercise - so many things. I'm a lot healthier now than I was 3 years ago when I started Sparking.

Have a great Halloween with your grandchildren!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 10/31/2012 4:39PM

    GREAT blog! Happy Halloween, and enjoy those grandbabies = )

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NEW-CAZ 10/31/2012 4:29PM

    Have a great time with the grandkids! Happy Halloweeen emoticon emoticon

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JUSTLLAMA 10/31/2012 4:28PM

    This was a GREAT blog! Thanks for sharing!

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IOWAGRAMMA 10/31/2012 4:23PM

    Linda, so awesome! Yes...why did (do) we wait so long?? The picture is adorable (not the candy, the other one!! LOL) and love the costumes. Have a great time with the grandkids...how fun is that!!! Love you and know I'll be seeing less of you next year at Halloween!!! XOXO Jeannie
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There comes a time when autumn asks,

Sunday, September 30, 2012

“What have you been doing all summer?" Good question…

Ahhhh, my 3rd summer with Sparkpeople. What a blessing as I learned more and more about me. And what could be more beneficial to a healthy lifestyle than figuring out what/who pushes my buttons and floats my boat.

I like who I’m becoming. I feel better all the time. I can do more and appreciate where I am right now. Even when I think I’ve blown it nutritionally for the day I realize my calorie intake is far below what I use to eat and those calories are from whole foods not junk foods. My bad habits have been replaced with good habits and because it’s automatic now, thanks to SP, I’m thinking less about food and more about nutrition.

I’ve finally reached this mind set and count it as a goal. This is a huge hurdle for emotional eaters and I believe I’ve conquered it.

Small steps lead to giant strides as I continue to work on many aspects of my journey. Granted, it takes time and effort. Time I’m willing to put in and effort that’s been paying off since day one. I can’t emphasize enough how important it is to use the Sparkpeople trackers… they work!!

Another hurdle for me was the idea of diet versus lifestyle. I was always waiting to reach a certain weight or dress size to live. No more. I’m living and enjoying each day I’m blessed with. And I thank God for each and every one of YOU and all your support on this eye opening trek…

Join me in thanking summer for her long warm days and sweet memories and get ready to tackle the 4th quarter of 2012, with a fond farewell to September and a big embrace for autumn in all her splendor. No more Hail Mary diets!!! We are what we eat… so eat the best. We deserved it.

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CANBDONE 10/28/2012 8:12AM

    I wish I knew how to imput pictures and where to find them...they brighten up your blog. Spark and wonderful friends like you have given me many hours of inspiration.

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LEXIE63 10/7/2012 3:36PM

    Fabulous blog! :-)
Lex xxx

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SUGARSMOM2 10/4/2012 12:30PM

  thank you for sharing . helping put words to journey.

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RAINBOWMF 10/4/2012 8:11AM

    Awesome blog

I soooooooooooo agree with you.


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JILL313 10/1/2012 10:27PM

    Thanks Linda, you put into words just how I feel about my Journey so far--we've both come a long way baby--LOL! I'm sure waiting for Autumn to begin here. It was in triple digits today, ugh. I'm so happy we're on this Journey together and feel very blessed to have a caring friend like you. I also love the picture of you in the beautiful woods--must have been on one of your family camping trips? Looking forward to getting healthier with Spark. It was my lucky day when I discovered the Spark website. It has honestly enriched my life. . .If I hadn't found Spark I probably would be still so happy still about my weight. . .We are blessed to be a part of a fabulous SP Journey! Have a great week!



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DONNABRIGHT 10/1/2012 12:39PM

    Awesome - thanks for sharing!

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123ELAINE456 10/1/2012 6:45AM

  Awesome Blog. Thank You for sharing with us. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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NEW-CAZ 10/1/2012 2:53AM

    emoticon you've come a long way. Have a wonderful autumn and enjoy being healthy emoticon emoticon

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FLEMIDG 10/1/2012 12:36AM

    What a wonderful blog. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Congratulations on your success.

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JINLYNN 9/30/2012 10:56PM

    emoticon Great blog! And all the best as you venture forth into the autumn!
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ESILBO 9/30/2012 8:13PM

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TXMEMAW6 9/30/2012 8:11PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us.

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IOWAGRAMMA 9/30/2012 7:41PM

    Really awesome blog, Linda! I absolutely love the picture of you sitting in the woods. I agree...so many things have changed about me, within me and to me because of SP and this path I'm traveling with so many wonderful and smart friends just like you. Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us. Love, Jeannie
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JOANNS4 9/30/2012 7:07PM

    I love your blog and really can't agree more regarding the goals met. Thank you summer and I am looking forward to autumn. You have said it so well.
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She doesn't look a day over 115....

Tuesday, August 28, 2012

emoticonWorlds oldest woman celebrates her Sweet 116th birthday. emoticon

Georgia woman Besse Cooper celebrated her 116th birthday on Sunday to become only the eighth person in the world and the fourth American to ever have been verified by Guinness World Records as having reached that age.

Bless her heart emoticon Here's Besse celebrating her 116th birthday in Monroe, Ga., on Aug. 26, 2012.

Her secrets? “I mind my own business. And I don’t eat junk food.” emoticon

A lesson on living a long life for all of us. Spark On Besse!!!!! emoticon

Read more about Besse here... today.msnbc.msn.com/id/48803479/ns/t

Update… Besse Cooper died peacefully today, December 4, 2012, at the Park Place nursing home in Monroe, Georgia, according to her son Sidney Cooper. The 77-year-old Cooper told Reuters, his mother died quietly and without suffering. "She got up this morning, had a big old breakfast and got her hair fixed," he said. "It's just like she got up planning to do it." Besse said her 80s was the best time for her emoticon emoticon RIP emoticon

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RAINBOWMF 9/15/2012 7:37PM

    Ahhhh thanks I will check out the link.

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COMPUCATHY 9/12/2012 8:59PM

    That's awesome! We can all take that advice! Love her pic! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon

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MARGEMF 9/9/2012 2:26AM

    I had heard about this quickly, thank-you for posting as now I know it's true. She's obviously doing something(s) right! Wishing she had a happy!

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RORYLYONS 9/7/2012 4:17AM

    Quite an amazing lady indeed....God Bless her ...

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HYATTI1 8/29/2012 8:36PM

    I read that article also...and hey I think she doesn't look a day over 100...she's a champ in my books.


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FRANCO1230 8/29/2012 2:02PM

    Sounds like GREAT advice to me!!!


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LEXIE63 8/29/2012 1:22PM

    What a lady! :-)

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TXMEMAW6 8/29/2012 12:52PM

    emoticon, Thanks for sharing. What a great lady she must be.

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SUGARSMOM2 8/29/2012 12:13PM

  good advice . I mind my own business but junk food sorry long ate badly have improved habits but i fear its to late .

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VTMAID 8/29/2012 9:26AM

    She's amazing! Good advice, too!
Karen emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/29/2012 8:45AM

    Sunday afternoon we visited the lady whom we bought our house from 5 years ago. She just had her 100th birthday and her mind is sharp, but the body is failing (hearing, eyesight and broken hip), but she loves her desserts! She says she'll never stop eating desserts as long as they serve them. You gotta love these people!! Hugs, Jeannie

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123ELAINE456 8/29/2012 7:17AM

  AWESOME!!! Love Her Secrets On Living A Long Life. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week.

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SANDYW1945 8/29/2012 6:52AM

    emoticon Wow. She's really close to that 120 years they say we have in us.

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JINLYNN 8/29/2012 3:00AM

    Some great advise for enjoying a long and healthy life!
Thanks for sharing.

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NEW-CAZ 8/29/2012 2:58AM

    What an amazing woman! Thanks for sharing this emoticon

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/29/2012 12:56AM

    What a character! I am impressed Makes me miss my mom

Hugs, Gail

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EATVEGAN 8/29/2012 12:51AM

    I plan to live to 120 and be mobile with marbles. This lady is inspiring. Thanks for the share.

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JILL313 8/29/2012 12:36AM

    Linda, very interesting article and I guess I'll live another 50 years or so as I already am following her great advice--LOL. Thank you for sharing this.



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MERRYMARY42 8/28/2012 7:38PM

    I saw that, wonderful, I sure hope I can do the same, and still keep my marbles, health and some mobility. I don't want much huh?

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FERGSGIRL2 8/28/2012 6:48PM

    Awesome, Love her secrets!

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NANCYPAT1 8/28/2012 6:42PM

    I love it! Notice what she said about JUNK FOOD - DON'T - LOL

I am sure she could tell a tale or two about the past 116 years. I know my father had plenty of tales and he was ONLY 92 when he died.

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USMAWIFE 8/28/2012 6:10PM

    And the most important thing is that she is happy and is loved.

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Grilled cheese in your toaster…

Thursday, August 23, 2012

I got a Sparkmail from my friend NEWCAZ who directed me to a sparkblog she thought I’d enjoy. As usual she finds the best of the best so of course I clicked right over and sure enough it was filled with all kinds of really cool info to make my life way better in every way. I loved the fact (yes I looked it up first and found out it’s really true) that you can send any thing through the mail that weighs less than 13 ounces and can hold an address and postage WITHOUT a box!!!! I’m planning on sending a coconut to my grandkids just for fun…

After reading SENATOR9’s blog and commenting I got busy with other things and went about my day. I went to the kitchen to take my pills and saw our toaster just sitting there and thought, “Oh yeah, I wanted to see if you really can make a grilled cheese in your toaster.”

Now the fun begins… bread, sliced cheese, toaster on its side… slide it in and fired it up. A little smoke begins to waif up and I fan it away with my hand. Then more and more smoke begins to billow out of every opening and I think hmmmm, maybe I should have cleaned the toaster first…. DUH!!!! But, I was already beginning to giggle over the whole experience and figure I wasn’t going to stop now. HOLY SMOKES… talk about setting off the smoke alarm and getting my DH into the kitchen pronto. I was laughing out loud by now when the toaster gave up its contents and my grilled cheese flew 5 feet across the kitchen and landed cheese side down on the floor between my DH and I… we just looked at each other and I said “I forgot about that part!!!” By now I’m laughing so hard and there’s so much smoke hubby even cracked a smile as he ran to turn on all our fans and open the doors.

I picked up the grilled cheese off the floor and took a bite.. it was great. Once the smoke cleared, the alarm settled and the toaster cooled I set to cleaning things up. I forgot about the greasy square on the kitchen floor where the cheese had landed and slipped in it. This just made me laugh even harder… that cheese bread brought me more joy than I ever thought possible. And now our toaster is spic and span, the kitchen floor is clean enough to eat off of and my DH and I add another memory to our sweet lives emoticon

Recap: Clean your toaster before attempting. Have an oven mitt ready to catch your creation and remember what you went into the kitchen to do in the first place emoticon

I'm off to take my pills several hours late... here’s a link to the original blog… John really has some cool ideas over there. emoticon


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TRIKERBON 9/14/2012 3:41PM

    OMG you had me laughing so hard I had tears running down my legs! I could just visualize something like that going on! That is by far the funniest thing I have heard in awhile. Thanks for the laugh.

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KAREN608 9/14/2012 9:17AM

    Oh I forgot, a few years ago I wanted to return a pie tin to my Amish friends, and since I do not drive, I labeled it, had postage put on at the P.O., and mailed it back. All that family had a great laugh over that.

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KAREN608 9/14/2012 9:16AM

    My Mom used to wrap the sandwich in tin foil and iron it hot, and very very flat in the process! Here's to thinking outside the box!

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KLH1982 8/27/2012 6:06PM

    That sounds just like something my parents would do! :)

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JINLYNN 8/26/2012 5:52PM

    This is way too funny! I am glad you have another wonderful memory to share for the years to come.
Thanks for sharing and bringing a smile to my face.

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JAZZID 8/26/2012 11:03AM

    That's funny... and that thing is, to me, it also seemed like a good idea too! emoticon... love the idea about sending the coconut through the mail, I have to try that with something. Great blog! emoticon

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JOANNS4 8/25/2012 10:22PM

    Thanks for the really good laugh! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 8/25/2012 7:10PM

    What an adventure!

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LKWQUILTER 8/25/2012 4:29PM

    Thanks and can't wait to share this too. ((HUGS)) Linda Kay

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RFJSJ50 8/25/2012 10:21AM

    What fun!
Think I could get by putting a thin slice of tomato on the cheese slice?
Toasted cheese is a personal favorite - not because of the taste, but because of the memories associated with it. Grandma always made us toasted cheese sandwiches when we stayed overnight at her house (at least 55 years ago!). She always gave us a bowl of tomato soup to eat with it and those items remain my comfort food to this day.

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MARGEMF 8/25/2012 2:20AM

    Your blog was suggested to me by an other SP member who knows how much I appreciate a laugh (it is the best medicine!). Thank-you for sharing & bring others emoticon. I'll have to check the other link. Thanx again.

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CHERYLE51 8/24/2012 11:12PM

    That is sooooo funny, my DS just asked me if he could make grilled cheese in the toaster oven. I initially thought he said toaster and was freaking out. I am glad he did not attempt the toaster. He for sure would have missed it and there would have been grilled cheese all over the floor. Thanks for the giggle.

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DEE107 8/24/2012 11:03PM

    thanks for the giggle hugs

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LAURIETAIT 8/24/2012 9:58PM

    Just a thought Maybe turn your toaster to the wall so it can "catch" your cheese toast? lol
As for the 10 second rule... the motto at our house had always been, "You have to eat a peck of dirt sometime." Then I married Mr. Fastidious and it was a whole new ballgame.

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JILL313 8/24/2012 9:29PM

    Wow Linda, another senior moment for me. . .I went to read John's great tips in tips in his blog and I left comments on his blog I intended for you. . .maybe too much stress for me. . .Just know I'm thrilled you had so much fun making a cheese sandwich with your DH coming to the rescue. Enjoy your weekend.



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BRAVEONE92 8/24/2012 9:02PM

    You've given us lots to laugh about
this evening. It made for a good
story. So glad that you tried it,
now we will know what to do, when
we try it. emoticon

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MEMARE 8/24/2012 7:35PM

    Thanks for the chuckle! emoticon
Where's the like button? Some of the comments to this blog are emoticon

Caz does seem to find the neatest stuff doesn't she? emoticon

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EMILY1244 8/24/2012 5:34PM

    Your giggles made me giggle. Thanks for the smile and for the new "project" to do with my son. He will think cheesy bread flying across the room is the funniest thing he has ever seen! emoticon

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RUNNER12COM 8/24/2012 5:13PM

    Yum, now I want a grilled cheese.

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CATLADY52 8/24/2012 4:45PM

    Caz really does have a knack for finding special blogs.

You outdid yourself on this one. I laughed all the way through your telling of attempting to grill the sandwich. Or how I spent my Thursday. emoticon emoticon

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CMFARRELL36 8/24/2012 3:57PM

    Thanks for sharing - and yes, Caz gave me the link!
I had a really good laugh at you having such a wonderful time emoticon

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IAMAGEMLOVER 8/24/2012 3:37PM

    emoticon for the laugh. I wonder if I did that if the 90 year old landlords would have made it up three flight of stairs. hmmmm emoticon

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PATRICIAANN46 8/24/2012 2:57PM

  I emoticoned your blog!!!!! for the best laugh I have had in a long time!!!!! emoticon

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FRANCO1230 8/24/2012 2:50PM

    Glad to hear I am not the only one who follows the 5 (or 10 or 20) second rule when it comes to taking a bite of something that fell on the floor. Glad it was worth the laugh!!! emoticon

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MZZCHIEF 8/24/2012 2:45PM

    This is wonderful... thanks for posting a follow up...

: )

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SHERYLDS 8/24/2012 2:29PM

    emoticon uh oh...maybe I shouldn't tell you that an iron and a teflon ironing cover make great panini sandwiches. emoticon
thanks for the smile

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GERIKRAGH 8/24/2012 1:59PM

    ROLFL. Thank you. I saw that article and wondered what would happen if the cheese dripped into the toaster.

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MNNICE 8/24/2012 1:43PM

    Funny!!!! emoticon

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HILLRUNNER 8/24/2012 12:18PM

    TOoooo funny!!!
Loved it and you made me laugh!!

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TUBLADY 8/24/2012 11:23AM

    OH, MG, Linda that was so funny. I could just see that happening in real time.
My smoke alarms I have three in close proximity to each other and it doesn't take anything to set them off. Then my dog Titan goes crazy. So I am glad it wasn't me.
I think I will stick to using my Express Ready Set Go, it grills cheese Sammie's great.
Have a fun day., your an your DH.
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VTMAID 8/24/2012 10:41AM

    Oh, Linda! That was so funny--but, I'm really glad you didn't hurt yourself when you fell!

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JLPARKHURST 8/24/2012 10:17AM

    OMG...Love it! Thanks for trying it out for us...I was thinking about trying this for the kids when they came home from Grammys:)

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JUDY1676 8/24/2012 10:12AM

    Caz sent this to me. What a hoot! I got stood laugh! emoticon

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JOYINKY 8/24/2012 10:08AM

    Oh my goodness! My face hurts from laughing! I have to admit that was one hint that really intrigued me; thanks for the research! emoticon

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SENATOR9 8/24/2012 9:44AM

    I Just relay the message.I never said it was perfect.Thank you for finding the little
glitch.Now I got to find a grill cheese catcher.I 'm still laughing at picturing the grill cheese shooting from the toaster.
John emoticon

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TXMEMAW6 8/24/2012 9:39AM

    Thanks for the good laugh. I can just see that grilled cheese flying across the kitchen. What a hoot you are!! I'll probably be laughing all day just thinking about your experience.
Have a great day!!

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123ELAINE456 8/24/2012 8:51AM

  This is AWESOME!!! SENATOR9'S Cool Tips And Ideas Are The Greatest Too. Thank You For Sharing This With Us. Thank You For A Good Laugh. God Bess You and Have a Wonderful Week. This is the WAY TO GO !!!

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GABY1948 8/24/2012 8:42AM

    CAZ sent me here today (as well as the one you speak of) I like the one the other day but yours? I LOVED it....you had me laughing right out loud! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DFROMTX 8/24/2012 7:24AM

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NPA4LOSS 8/24/2012 7:11AM

    This is so emoticon I honestly did consider wanting to try it but I also have no toaster. Glad that you did it for me. emoticon emoticon

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SWAZY33 8/24/2012 7:10AM

    This blog truly made me laugh out loud! and gave my day quite a smile! Thanks for being the "pioneer" on that one for us...now we can all grill cheese safer and that makes the world a better place right lol emoticon

i'll be smiling all day here thinking about that grilled cheese coming flying out of that toaster haha

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IDLETYME 8/24/2012 7:04AM

    I'm glad you tried this out so I wouldn't have to. Your blog is wonderful ! Now that you showed us all of the pitfalls, we can safety make out sandwiches! Thanks for the laughs! Have a wonderful weekend! emoticon

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HEALTHY4ME 8/24/2012 6:57AM

    LOL too funny will pass this info to dd as she loves grilled cheese and I can see her doing that LOL

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GARDENCHRIS 8/24/2012 6:45AM

    cute! and funny!

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LEXIE63 8/24/2012 6:33AM

    ROFLMAO! I was considering trying the toaster thing, completely forgetting that the toast will fly out when the toaster is done. LOLOL You have just saved me some trouble.

Now, where did I put my catcher's mitt... *wanders off to look*

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ESILBO 8/24/2012 6:02AM

FIRST LAUGH OF THE DAY, emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/24/2012 4:53AM

    i need to be more like you adventures and laugh at more calamaties its good if you can laugh often

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Are We There Yet???

Wednesday, August 01, 2012

Are we there yet?

Are we there yet??


So many detours in life… but if we are blessed to live long and prosper.

…we’re more apt to complete many of those journeys we set out on before that final slide into “Home” plate.

I’ve been Sparking for more than 2 years now and my healthy journey has finally become more of a habit and less of an effort. I still log in daily and use the nutrition tracker. I do have to push myself to exercise but I don’t think twice about drinking 10-15 glasses of water or to eat 5-9 freggies a day. Protein is a no-brainer and sweets are a treat NOT a food group any more. Healthy eating has become a lifestyle. It’s how I roll. And that’s why I know I won’t gain back the 70+ pounds I’ve lost.

Am I done? Far from it… I’ll probably never be done because there’s always more weight to lose, more minutes to log and many, many more dreams to dream with my dear sweet husband.

In the mean time… Am I there yet? Yes, I am. I’m living in the now and appreciating how far I’ve come. Knowing my limitations and honoring my body by being gentle with myself so I can do more each day. I have learned to love myself just the way I am and appreciate the fact that it wasn’t too late for me…. thank God!

The summer of 2012 is quickly sizzling away... July is over. There's only five months left in this year. My hope is that each one of you embrace your life, count your blessings and regardless of the difficulty you face in any moment, please remember you always have the opportunity to change and direct your choices into greater blessings. Life is so good. Enjoy. YOU deserve it emoticon

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

JILL313 8/2/2012 10:47AM

    I'm always so glad I read your blogs as you are such a wise and warm woman. I sure wish we lived next door as you seem like a happy person I'd love to get to know. You've come a long way Linda and I for one am so proud of you. Healthy eating is more of a daily thing now and it's a rare day that I have anything sweet so I've changed quite a bit myself but my weak area will always be getting in more exercise. Have a wonderful weekend.


PS Love the picture of you and your DH--what a beautiful couple you are!

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RFJSJ50 8/1/2012 6:41PM

    Thank you for a much needed dose of wisdom and reality! I need to focus more on the positives in my life and quit dwelling on the negatives.
Thank you for sharing your thoughts with us.
Sheila emoticon

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IOWAGRAMMA 8/1/2012 5:53PM

    Nicely done, Linda! I agree completely. It reminds me of what I have today, which is such a great life and so many positives. I think it's one of the reasons I have so much trouble with doing challenges where I'm supposed to do "me" things...you know, pamper myself or give myself permission to do something for me. I feel that everything I do is for me one way or the other, and by appreciating all those "me" things along the way, it isn't any challenge at all! LOL!! Thanks for the great pictures and thoughts today. Love, Jeannie
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FRANCO1230 8/1/2012 4:26PM

    Love what you wrote in that last paragraph...I really needed that. Feel like I am stuck in a rut lately for some reason. Not with health/fitness/exercise, or anything like that...that part is relatively easy for me. But just with the overall direction of my life and wanting more for myself. "....remember you always have the opportunity to change and direct your choices into greater blessings." That really hit the nail on the head for me. Thank you!!!


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KADYSMOM11 8/1/2012 3:57PM

    fantastic post! Thanks for the encouragement! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ESILBO 8/1/2012 11:50AM

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    Love the blog and esp the picture of you and DH

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    Linda, I agree with all the others, a great blog. I can feel the contentment oozing from it's page. Thanks for that reminder to live and ENJOY the NOW while getting to where we are GOING!


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RAINBOWMF 8/1/2012 6:09AM

    What an emoticon read first thing on this fine August morning.
Thank you so much for a great blog.


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123ELAINE456 8/1/2012 5:50AM

  AwesomeBlog!!! Well written and very uplifting. Thank You very much for sharing this with us. God Bless You and Have a Wonderful Week. Take Care and Stay Cool. Have an enjoyable day with your husband too.

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RORYLYONS 8/1/2012 4:08AM

    What an uplifting and well written blog...Wonderful advice with special amazing thoughts to make our paths so much easier...Thank you with many blessings sent your way... emoticon emoticon

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NEW-CAZ 8/1/2012 2:36AM

    A wonderful blog, wonderfully worded, very ulifting.
I'm glad you're in such a good place-that is what its all about! emoticon emoticon

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MISSY455 8/1/2012 2:20AM

    What a wonderful blog! It is a journey that we must enjoy along the way. Thank you for a beautiful reminder!

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EATVEGAN 8/1/2012 12:39AM

    Wonderful blog. It is so peaceful and uplifting. You seem so happy and satisfied with your life. Even though you say you still have further to go, you aren't stressing or fretting about it. God bless you, and thanks for sharing. emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 8/1/2012 12:28AM

    What an awesome blog.....it is so inspiring. I can well remember going on trips when we were small, and we kept asking, 'are we there yet?' Dad was not the sort who stopped at every small town in between, and he was determined to get there without stopping at all. Now, we did want to get there, but sometimes the stops along the way are part of the adventure. At any rate, thank you for your fantastic blog. I loved it. :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ALICIA214 8/1/2012 12:17AM


Thank you for those positive thoughts ,it is good to be reminded of them every so
often, and to act upon them.

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