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Hallowe'en Candy? No Problem!!

Tuesday, November 01, 2011

Or so I thought.


That's "cheap 'n nasty" chocolate (that's what I tell myself): mini boxes of Smarties, Kitkat, Aero, Coffee Crisp.

We bought a box of 90. Sampled two Coffee Crisp on Sunday with a pot of coffee -- and then I checked the calories count. Eighty calories per bar. Did I mention we each ate two? Sooooo not worth it. Not Lindt 85% cocoa. Not an anti-oxidant in sight. Minimal chocolatiness. Bleech.

Then on Monday night -- Hallowe'en itself, of course --my DH very kindly volunteered to hand 'em out at the door. . . actually \the first time I can remember him doing that. Ever.

So I wasn't tempted. Until I got home from work tonight. Ravenous. Saw the basket still pretty much full on the dining room table.

And. Ate. Two. More. Coffee. Crisp.

Yikes! This will not get my out of middle four territory.

So I asked DH to hide the remains. And not to tell me where he's put them. "Rearrange your environment" says Judith S. Beck . . . which works for me. Almost all of the time.

But it's important not to get overly self-confident. Because that's just an invitation to hubris. I am not impervious to Hallowe'en candy. Clearly I am not.

And: I am very glad I didn't buy the small bags of potato chips. Never ever met a potato chip I didn't love. Coulda chomped my way through all of 'em, every bag, without coming up for air.

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NANCY- 11/9/2011 11:32AM

    Candy is too great of a temptation so I purchase candy I do not like. That eliminates the temptation. No trick or treating took place here... too dangerous with all the wires and trees down.

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DBCLARINET 11/5/2011 11:46PM

    Ugh, chocolate chip cookies. It doesn't sound like I'm the only one who suffers a weakness to those. I realize that I can't have one, because then I'll have six or more. Once upon a time, I would say my weakness was pathetic, but it's not. It just is.

Hubby and I bought some seasonal beers the other day, and after treating myself last night, I had to tell him out loud that I was not having a drink for a couple of days. Just saying it out loud helped with the temptation.

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MSSNOWY 11/3/2011 11:28PM

    Totally understand. I'm great at leaving the KitKats. It's the Snickers that are my downfall. I must go "rearrange my environment." Actually, I was doing that by eating them, but I can see that's not what she meant! Sigh.

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CRYSTALJEM 11/3/2011 4:21PM

    Oh my how I hear you! I've got the same problem, but unlike you, I also have 2 children at home who got WAY more candy and treats than either of them need. And everyday I see it, and they have their little treats and it is DRIVING ME NUTS!

There, I feel so much better. Thank you. Now, where did I put my carbonated water - aw yes, right by the bowl of chocolate.....

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 11/2/2011 8:41PM

    My problem with stuff like that is that once I start the sugar rush opens up a gaping hole inside demanding MOAR.

So it's definitely a case of not being able to have "just one."

And yeah, don't get me started on the crunchy salty things either.

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TRAVELGRRL 11/2/2011 5:59PM

    Remember, JSB ALSO says "When in doubt throw it out!" You've already "wasted" the money on candy you didn't hand out, why add gaining weight to the equasion?

I'm with you on the chips, though...I'd probably eat them all before the kids even showed up!!

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MSPLACEDAGAIN 11/2/2011 3:15PM

    Thanks for sharing! I am having the same thing here, and wonder why the seven times I walk by the candy and DON'T eat it, doesn't balance the time I do!

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KALIGIRL 11/2/2011 8:46AM

    Glad DH is assisting - may just want to get rid of the 'evil' bars?

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BLUESKY_321 11/2/2011 6:36AM

    I tried asking myself which would make me happier: loosing weight or eating a reese's peanutbutter cup. Turns out loosing weight! Over chocolate? Really? Total non-scale victory!

HOWEVER, faced with a home-made pumpkin whoopie pie that one of my kiddos brought in to share, I chose the treat - and I'm still not sure it was the wrong choice ... MMMMMMMM! emoticon

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PHEBESS 11/2/2011 5:39AM

    Yeah, I totally understand. DH brought home chocolate chip cookies, the soft kind fresh-baked at the deli. I'm helpless in the face of a good choc chip cookie.

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SALSIFY 11/2/2011 5:31AM

    I definitely can't trust myself with large quantities of chocolate around. So this year I bought bags of mini lollipops to hand out. They are only 25 cals each & take ages to finish & just aren't as nice as chocolate. So I admit, I've had a few, but its not been as bad as it could be.

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DDOORN 11/1/2011 10:59PM

    Oh I KNOW I would cave in the face of any candy in the house.

That's why we didn't bother. Haven't bothered for years! I'm hearing rumors from those who deal with trick or treaters that the numbers of those out on their candy hunt are dwindling.

I give a hearty TWO THUMBS UP to THAT trend! May it ACCELERATE! :-)


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_LINDA 11/1/2011 10:55PM

    I am so lucky to be living in apartment, no goodies here, and fortunately, Mom had a huge crowd and she got rid of most of her stuff too, so no temptations there. Kit Kat, Aero and Smarties used to be my huge favorites until I discovered Lindt 90% cocoa chocolate. Now they tast rather bland and I wonder how I ever liked them so much! But I still ate them anyway when they were given to me :P
Know the feeling about potato chips too, have to be careful letting those things in..
Good to get them out of sight!

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MIRAGE727 11/1/2011 10:29PM

    I must clear my house of all the "debris!" That's the really scary stuff of Halloween!

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PUDLECRAZY 11/1/2011 8:34PM

    Dang! I hate it when that happens! Toss the stuff out - who needs it?

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SLENDERELLA61 11/1/2011 8:13PM

    Good lesson. It is easy to get tricked up by candy. Ours are Milky Way, Three Musketeers, and Butterfingers. Actually, those are the bags that are open. I think he's got two more elsewhere that he never got to.

I am going to go put them out of sight right now. Good reminder. Thanks.

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LUNADRAGON 11/1/2011 7:52PM

    Oops - outta sight, outta mind, I must be out of my mind. Hopefully the kiddo and his friends will suck it out of here soon!

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CMRAND54 11/1/2011 7:50PM

    With me it was the Snickers bars. No self control at all. My husband is taking the left-overs into his office tomorrow. I didn't dare take them into my office.

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This week in soup: Cajun chicken

Saturday, October 29, 2011

In the freezer: 3 chicken breasts, corn.

In the fridge: celery, shredded carrot, red bell pepper, fresh basil, sweet potatoes (2 largish), green beans, baby spinach.

In the cupboard: brown rice, chicken broth (2 cartons), canned diced tomatoes, black beans (2 cans), Cajun seasoning, dried minced onion, extra oregano and chile pepper flakes.

Defrosted and chopped the chicken breasts, simmered in the chicken broth with the diced tomatoes and all seasonings except the fresh basil.

Added the brown rice, shredded carrot, peeled and cubed sweet potatoes (Charlie loves the peels), drained and rinsed black beans. Simmered till the rice and veggies were just about cooked.

Stirred in the frozen corn, diced red bell pepper, fresh basil, fresh green beans topped and tailed and sliced (had very few of these left from "this week in salads"!). Simmered only a few minutes longer to preserve colour and a bit of crunch, then removed from the heat and stashed in the fridge. A preliminary sip of the broth tells me, this one is terrific!

I'll serve each supper bowl through the week with a small handful of the baby spinach, stirred in while still hot from the microwave just to wilt slightly.

Now: off to the gym for elliptical cardio and upper body free weights. And maybe I'll hop on the Y's balance beam weight scales which continue to be kinder than the digital scale here at my place!

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KALIGIRL 11/1/2011 10:19AM

    Wonderful soup and emoticon workout - sounds good to me!

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/31/2011 6:18PM

    A delicious Autumn dish.

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CMRAND54 10/30/2011 7:58PM

    Your soup sounds wonderful. I love black beans in anything.

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BLUESKY_321 10/30/2011 11:33AM

    sounds yummy!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/30/2011 9:38AM

    Thanks for sharing this recipe. I just may do it, too! Sounds great. -Marsha

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FRACTALMYTH 10/30/2011 3:04AM

    ooooh that sounds good... I am ready for my next soup... I was thinking celery since there was so much in the garden, but it's started seeding so I think I will leave it and harvest the seed instead... maybe I will take your list shopping with me :D

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PUDLECRAZY 10/29/2011 7:48PM

    Sounds delish!!!

Have fun at the Y, and may the scales be kind.

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SALSIFY 10/29/2011 3:50PM

    Sounds lovely.

I also eat a lot of soup & try & have a pot in the fridge. But I usually make it for about 3 days as I get bored of one type for longer than that. Tomorrow I'll make a spinach and smoked haddock chowder using onion, frozen spinach & sweet corn, a large smoked haddock fillet & stock made from vegetarian bouillon powder. I liquidise half of the veg to make it creamy & sometimes add milk too. Totally yummy & barely any calories at all!

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PHEBESS 10/29/2011 12:50PM


My favorite winter soup - lightly saute (minimal oil) diced onions, carrots, celery. Add broth and barley, simmer. Add LOTS of sliced mushrooms, simmer a while more. Season to taste. Rich and hearty for those wet winter nights!

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ERIKO1908 10/29/2011 12:44PM

    yum, yum, YUM!!! Sounds like a productive day is on the docket!! enjoy!!

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DDOORN 10/29/2011 11:34AM

    Sounds yummy...love spicy food!

Off to my treadmill, dumb bells, resistance bands and laundry! :-)


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_LINDA 10/29/2011 11:27AM

    Wow! Sounds awesome!!! I like spicy stuff :) Enjoy your workout! With all my exercise classes that I am going to, my poor elliptical is sitting lonely in the corner of my living room, kind of miss it...
My sister's coming in, so some time spent with her and her husband, not much exercise today, rest day, but tomorrow a five mile hike planned. Its going to rain today, was supposed to be snow, but thankfully the temperatures stayed above freezing..
Have a great weekend!

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DONNACFIT 10/29/2011 10:25AM

    That soup sounds soo good..thanks for sharing and reminding me to souper up November!! It'll be on my list :)

Yesterday I made deer stew with the leftover roast deer and lots of veggies yum yum.

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Ongoing grrrrr middle four!

Friday, October 28, 2011

Yesterday at the gym, the balance beam weights scale said 138, not a smidge more.

But: today at home, digital scale says 140, not a smidge less.


So: I'm continuing to track. Pretrack actually: all of today's meals entered into the nutrition tracker, with my usual omelette for breakfast, salad for lunch and soup for supper routine.

And I'm wearing my leopard print scarf tucked into black jersey top with black wool pants just to remind myself: grrrrrr!!

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TEENY_BIKINI 10/31/2011 10:14PM

    I bet you look gorgeous!

Go get 'em Tiger.


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NANCY- 10/29/2011 9:02AM

    Perhaps it's time for a new scale?
Okay perhaps not.
You will be victorious in this quest to banish that "4".

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TRYINGHARD1948 10/28/2011 4:17PM

    Love your determination and the look. emoticon

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FRACTALMYTH 10/28/2011 3:45PM

    Those two pounds are temporary, merely temporary... but the svelte model looks are here to stay! Shashay through your day, dear friend (hip-swishing burns extra calories :P)

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_LINDA 10/28/2011 1:16PM

    They can be stubborn at time, but you are in charge and that careful tracking should do it!
Go Ellen GO!
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That outfit sounds awesome!

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PHEBESS 10/28/2011 10:51AM



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IMAGINE_IT 10/28/2011 10:02AM

    You will kick those extra pounds to the curb!! emoticon I know you will emoticon

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DDOORN 10/28/2011 8:59AM

    You most DECIDEDLY are tougher than those pounds! More stubborn too! :-)


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OK, middle four: grrrrr!

Wednesday, October 26, 2011

I'm tracking diligently. And that middle four persists.

Want to see a middle three again.

Not giving up until the scale gives up and moves back down. emoticon emoticon

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KIMDONN 10/27/2011 7:47PM

    You can do it!!!!

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KALIGIRL 10/27/2011 8:54AM

    Here's to tracking and not giving up!

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SALSIFY 10/27/2011 8:15AM

    I think the scale will give up fairly soon against such determination!


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TRYINGHARD1948 10/27/2011 12:59AM

    Sleep and water, are you getting enough? And you still look fabulous.

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ERIKO1908 10/26/2011 10:35PM

    I know that you will do just what it takes to get to where you want to be. You have the tools and you have the mindset!! You got this...just do what you know!!

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PHEBESS 10/26/2011 5:05PM

    Beat back that four!!!!!!

Although I have to say, I'd love to be 140-something........... But I understand your desire!

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_LINDA 10/26/2011 10:06AM

    Maybe change up what you are doing for exercise if you have been doing the same thing for more than a month. Sometimes yoour body just needs a wake up call.. You can do this!
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NANCY- 10/26/2011 9:16AM

    Patience and perseverance will get you there. Remember to breathe. I know you and You will get there.

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DDOORN 10/26/2011 8:46AM

    With your persistence I GOTTA believe you'll get there...! :-)


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PUDLECRAZY 10/26/2011 7:29AM

    Sleep? Are you getting sleep? I keep discovering (over and over again) that in spite of diet and exercise, not enough sleep compounded by stress, stalls my goals. How are you doing with stress management right now?


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Pizza = salty = middle four

Sunday, October 23, 2011

Yesterday was another lovely day -- thoroughly enjoyed my jaunt to the art gallery, which is a log cabin structure set in a marvellous wooded ravine with window views echoing the subjects of the Canadian landscape paintings.

However, the day ended with pizza!! Well within my calorie range . . . . but this morning I did weigh in at 140, up from the 138 where I've been sitting for some weeks.

Not a big increase, and I'm thinking it's because the pizza was pretty salty stuff . . . but I'll be keeping a close eye on it. And getting my weight back down to a middle number 3 asap!!

(Size six jeans still fitting very comfortably . . . so I'm not worrying a whole lot!)


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DSHONEYC 10/25/2011 4:55PM

    Size 6 jeans? I would be happy with size 10 right now...the 12s are snug and 14's more confortable. You sure have impressed the "SparkWorld" with your trimness. I bet you don't have to wear Mom Jeans, huh?

Great going, Ellen! And don't get any skinnier or the great Canadian wind might blow you away.

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_LINDA 10/25/2011 1:23AM

    As I don't get pizza, I don't have the experience, but for sure its the high salt..size 6 is just plain awesome!!
This sounds like an awesome gallery -what a place to have lanscape paintings!! I would love to see it some day, what was your favorite painting or what caught your eye the most by what artist? I would be curious to know..

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NANCY- 10/24/2011 9:11AM

    isn't it amazing what salt can do?
Thank heavens with water and time it will flush out of your system, and everything will return to your normal.

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KALIGIRL 10/24/2011 8:42AM

    Amazing what a little salt can do...

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PHEBESS 10/23/2011 4:16PM

    I usually retain water with pizza - scale goes up a few lbs the day after pizza, but the next day the scale is back to normal. The sauce, the cheese, and I usually have half a slice with sausage (my compromise) so that's salty too.

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SBHPATRICK 10/23/2011 2:16PM

    Eh, pizza is a part of life - or it always will be a part of my life. :) Size six jeans = awesome!

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LATTELEE 10/23/2011 11:47AM

  I found that if I eat a salad with my pizza, I do not gain.

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