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Thursday, May 10, 2012

DH calorie count for today: 2231!!

Normal Shreddies type breakfast, with sugar and milk and coffee with sugar and a big orange.

And: that was without eating supper other than a granola bar.

So it was lunch, right? Oink oink oink. Cream of tomato soup. Chicken fingers and tater tots and a baked apple and a small portion of salad with a little bit of dressing. Right. Small. Just a little dressing. That's how he describes it! When he saw the chicken fingers calorie count, he wanted to put just a one-quarter serving into his tracker . . . .but I yelped derisively. Deep fried? Yup. Breading? Yup. So he entered the whole number.

(He was at a retirement home lunching with a client and some relatives. And holding forth about both SparkPeople and fatloser.com. While he ate. Because the others at the table said that they needed to lose 50 pounds. Two had grilled cheese, two were eating the same chicken fingers thing, and everybody had the tater tots of course. )

Those thirty four waist birthday jeans????? Well, he hasn't put them on today after work.

But my bet is: this indulgence will make no difference to DH's waist size OR weight. None at all.

Because: that's the way guy metabolism works.

And no, I'm not bitter. Not at all.

But I am giggling. And making small oink noises.

How come there are no pig emoticons???

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ID_VANDAL 5/13/2012 2:10PM

    Sorry about that (the guy's metabolism) but like DDoorn says I'm not sure mine works that way!! Of course I have years of very bad habits that I'm working on overcoming!!

I guess in the end we play the hand we are dealt!

Happy Mother's Day to you!



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PHEBESS 5/12/2012 4:22PM

    Yeah, DH is like that - three cookies for lunch, no problem. Breakfast dessert, no problem. Burger and fries, no problem.

Do that every day for a week, problem.

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WATERMELLEN 5/11/2012 10:16PM

    Weight watcher's whole wheat bagel, some lean chicken (not cheese), about one quarter pat of butter (heh heh) and a low cal hot chocolate with berries and fat free sugar free yogourt after golf . . . still significantly below my calorie range max for today!!

Hot dog, bun, milk . . . maybe a few more calories,but DH aka STUFFMUFFIN also carried his clubs (and I used a pull cart!!) And he also 240 under max range . . .

Yay both of us, actually . . . and what a gorgeous evening.

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TUFFMUFFIN 5/11/2012 9:15PM

    Looks like I'm the buttmuffin up here in Oink City. Just thinking about what I did not eat today. Such as the bagel and cheese--I don't know whether this includes butter--that DW (aka WATERMELLEN) is enjoying as I sit here 861 calories below my limit for the day. Do you think I should have one too?

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MOBYCARP 5/11/2012 9:03PM

    Here's the deal with guys: One indulgence like that, no big deal. Three in a week, problems. And it's so easy to make that indulgence a *habit*. I gained 3 to 5 pounds on underestimating pizza (I think) during tax training; but with a guy metabolism, the weight came back off when I went back onto maintenance discipline.

I know this isn't what you want to hear, but it can be hard to eat 3000 calories while eating good stuff. It's easy to do while eating junk, though. Stopping at 3000 while eating junk would be the problem.

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SALSIFY 5/11/2012 2:54PM

    I've got peanut envy & you've got the same with chicken fingers. It's so not fair. My dh has no idea what a calorie is & what food is or isn't calorific and he's the same slim self he was 15 years ago. But... looking on the positive side, it's better that he's thin than fat & needing urgent dietary intervention.

Thanks for commenting on my blog! x

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/11/2012 12:48PM

    OINK OINK! Men are lucky, they can eat like a horse and still lose. G*d was so mean to create woman to put it on! Men to take it off! And woman not be able to take it off. MEAN MEAN, MEAN! I wish I could find a pig for you, but I think you already have one. lol lmao! lol

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SLENDERELLA61 5/11/2012 11:25AM

    Well, I wouldn't mind you having a pig emoticon, but SP is too positive a place for such a weapon!! Your hubby will survive a pig out or two. Your support for his healthy eating is important, I'm sure!!

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HISFIREFLY 5/11/2012 11:09AM

    Sneaky the way we can look at what we eat and try to NOT confess, isn't it?

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DDOORN 5/11/2012 9:49AM

    Well, that may be the way YOUR guy's metabolism works...*I*would beg to differ...lol!


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DONNACFIT 5/11/2012 9:37AM

    Yes..I sometimes could oink for me too..groan..when I work like a man I end up eating like a man but don't lose like a man :(


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ONEKIDSMOM 5/11/2012 6:45AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon

Yeah, I know about that guy metabolism thing. Like when my son did the research based on his body composition, activity level and height/weight and came up with he needed to eat 6000 calories a day (at that time) TO STOP HIMSELF FROM LOSING MUSCLE!

Or my brother, who is upping his maintenance range to start at 3000.

Sigh. While I maintain around 1500 - 1600.

Fair, no. Reality, yes! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

Have a great today, and every day!

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_LINDA 5/11/2012 1:43AM

    *Whew* When I first read the title I thought maybe you had derailed. So it was hubby. Yes, of course it won't make him tubby, because he will burn it off in no time. Pretty much just has to move for it to drop off :-P
Might save some of those oinks for me -I have been going over my calorie range every day -struggling to cut that old cheese, I sometimes get too big a portion and I won't put it back lol. I am loving it a little too much!
Have a Fantastic Fat Free Friday!

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TRAVELGRRL 5/10/2012 10:29PM

    Unfortunately, many of us could eat like men but we sure don't lose like men!

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PUDLECRAZY 5/10/2012 9:49PM

Darn, I don't know why there is no pig emoticons. There is a chunky little groundhog, though.


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What I Didn't Eat Today!

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I got up this morning and looked in the fridge and didn't eat the chocolate mousse cake left over from DH's birthday April 29. Ewwwwww. Time to throw it out, really. (He's not eating it either: but he IS fitting into his size 34 waist jeans, down 8 pounds. Looking very good!!)

And I didn't eat any full fat cheese, or peanut butter, or buttered toast with jam. (Had an omelette with low fat feta, asparagus and mushroom: less than 200 calories)

Went to an early morning meeting. Did not have a cinnamon bun or a giant blueberry muffin or a lemon Danish. All of which looked fabulous. Slid them across the table so they didn't smell quite so tantalizing. (Had a black coffee).

Stopped to pick up my newspapers at the convenience store. Did not buy a bag of potato chips, of course not. Did not buy a chocolate bar, of course not. Had a piece of gum.

Went to work, ate my salad with lean chicken and chopped fruit for lunch. (Did not eat even one Oreo from the bag sitting on the counter).

Went to a cocktail meet and mingle (business) at the end of the work day, which is arsenic hour for me when it comes to HUNGRY and had a plain clamato juice, no alcohol. No hors d'oeuvres either, and they looked terrific. Little crunchy things and yummy looking stuff on tasting spoons . . . and like that! Chatted, socialized, and left when it was getting unbearable!

Stopped at the drug store to pick up contact lens fluid. Did not buy a bag of potato chips, of course not. Did not buy a chocolate bar, of course not. Did not even think about it, or at least not very hard.

Went home, heated up in the microwave and enjoyed a bowl of "this week in soup": black bean and sweet potato, very spicy. Had fresh strawberries, raspberries, blackberries and blueberries with fat free sugar free Greek yogourt for dessert. Did NOT EVEN THINK ABOUT that chocolate mousse cake. Which is still there. Did have a low cal hot chocolate.

Did not eat any peanut butter. Or cheese.

There were quite a few other things which I DID NOT EAT.

My my my. Do I feel virtuous! And slim!! Now: what do I feel like wearing tomorrow????

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MEADSBAY 5/13/2012 9:46PM

You are simply emoticon

LOVED and 'liked' this blog.


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DOKEYOKEY 5/11/2012 8:20PM

    Wow! What a long recitation of what we are all exposed to every day. It's no wonder so many just give in.

Congratulations on enjoying the things that you like AND that like you!


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SWAZY33 5/11/2012 7:57AM

    Tempations ARE all around!
Congrats on that will power emoticon

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LISALGB 5/10/2012 7:19PM

    You Rock, girl!! What a successful day you have had! You have some serious willpower going on. I hope the rest of your week is as successful.
You've got this!!

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IMAGINE_IT 5/10/2012 6:02PM

    emoticonand Great job of saying "No' to all the 'extra food'. I am working hard on trying to be more disciplined....but i have realized that if i don't preplan...my day of eating is all over the place!

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_LINDA 5/10/2012 5:51PM

    WOW!! You take my breath away! What a will of iron!! That is fantastic!! I too, have a weakness for a big hunger snacking after coming home from the bridge club.
I have no idea how you could resist all those treats, especially at your hungriest time.
Sounds to me like the world is your oyster and you can do just about anything you set your mind to! Including getting to the weight you most desire. At this rate, its only a matter of time. Warming up the party platters -all delicious low fat low calorie miracle treats ;)

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DDOORN 5/10/2012 11:27AM

    What You Didn't Eat = All the Wonderful Clothes You Can Wear...! :-)


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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/10/2012 9:35AM

    I have never kept track of all the temptations I been exposed to, but I have slowly been trying to eliminate them from buying them. To me that is my beginning of how I have been denying myself. so far I have eliminated chips and my Mounds candy bars from my grocery list in exchange for pears and berries for sweets and am down to sugarless HOT chocolate, because I feel the need for chocolate. And I have been also eliminating many sugary treats from my diet! No cookies and cakes! To me its a start and it is already beginning to show.... each day I am slowly losing a .4 of a pound! Not fast enough for me. But I am begining to get some control over what I put in my mouth! Nice blog! susana

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PHEBESS 5/10/2012 8:29AM

    I bet you're wearing that leather pencil skirt, and feeling tall and slim!!!!!!

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DBCLARINET 5/10/2012 7:04AM

    Nice! Besides, would you really want to ruin your appetite for black bean and sweet potato soup with any of that other stuff (that soup sounds really good!)

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PUDLECRAZY 5/10/2012 6:47AM

    Woohooooo! Woot, woot. WOOT!

Virtuosity rules!

Wear whatever you like and look fabulous!

You go, Ellen!

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SALSIFY 5/10/2012 6:39AM

    You're such a star!

Your blog has inspired me to write about my battle with peanuts yesterday, thanks!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/10/2012 6:13AM

    emoticon What a lovely tour of a day of "abstinence"! Well done... and I LOVE the last line "what do I feel like wearing tomorrow". Kinda says a lot, there.

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ONEWEIGH 5/10/2012 12:56AM

    emoticonI've done that! It's amazing how much you can "not eat"! Today I didn't eat the probably stale tortilla chips left from yesterday's work potluck.

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ROOSTER72 5/10/2012 12:19AM

    It just shows how temptation is everywhere - if we let it get to us.
Great job today. Well done

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KLONG8 5/9/2012 11:15PM

    Well, today you're my hero! You rocked it all day long and under some pretty trying circumstances. Way to go....I'm going to try thinking like this too.

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/9/2012 10:03PM


You did NOT eat about 10,000 calories, or something.


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STELLA4561 5/9/2012 9:45PM

    emoticon That's awesome! You avoided tons of temptations- keep it up!

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Delicious But I've Had Enough

Sunday, May 06, 2012

Last evening I was eating a bowl of airpopped popcorn with a drizzle of warmed lowfat peanut butter.

All planned, tracked, within my calorie range.

And: with at least a cup left in the bowl I realized: "This is delicious but I've had enough."

So: I put it down the garburetor before I could just sit there picking at it till it was all gone. Even though eating all of it would still have been well within my calories allowed. I didn't really want it. And I really didn't want to feel stuffed.

Big deal? Shouldn't be, should it. But I can't recall ever making this kind of decision before.

Abundance. Satiety. All done. I'm going to think about this experience over the next week or so and see if I can recapture it as appropriate.

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    Way to go GF . . . i like the "garburator" reference . . . new words,gotta love 'em. You deserve a big compliment on your good work. Keep it up!!

As always, Jan

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CRYSTALJEM 5/8/2012 1:12PM

    So great - congratulations! Listening to our body, following it's messages before we already begin to forget it. If you've done it once you can do it again.

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DONNACFIT 5/8/2012 12:17AM

    Congrats!! I think this is a wonderful break through!

Woohoo :)

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SLENDERELLA61 5/7/2012 9:13PM

    What a victory! That's the way to be in touch with your hunger-satiety. Very impressive. (We always called that thing a Dispos-All, but I suspect that is a brand name.)

Again, WAY TO GO!! You are thinking like a thin person! Your tight little maintenance range may just be getting tighter!!


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WATERMELLEN 5/7/2012 7:43PM

    I'm betting my American friends don't call it a garburetor . . . maybe a trash disposal??

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/7/2012 11:18AM

    You had me at the word "garburator." There is an awesome surf wave on the Ottawa River with that name.

Sorry, what were we talking about.???

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DDOORN 5/7/2012 10:12AM

    Whew...what a will of steel you have!


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SWAZY33 5/7/2012 8:44AM

    So proud of you for listening to your body!
It knows what it needs right?!

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KALIGIRL 5/7/2012 8:40AM

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Love the term 'garburetor' emoticon

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CMRAND54 5/6/2012 8:07PM

    Wonderful! I need to practice that more often.

I never thought of putting peanut butter on popcorn. I'll bet that is really good.

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LISALGB 5/6/2012 7:57PM

    Sounds like a big deal to me!! I'm not sure I could have put it down. Way to go, girl!!
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ID_VANDAL 5/6/2012 7:03PM

    That is a great breakthrough. I think we were all raised to finish or clean our plates and breaking through that barrier is huge!!




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CANNIE50 5/6/2012 5:38PM

    For someone who never struggled with thinking of food as anything other than a pleasant form of fuel, it would not be a big deal. For people like us, it is indeed a notable moment (and I am happy for you - what a nice freeing feeling to embrace).

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TRYINGHARD1948 5/6/2012 4:55PM

    WooHoo, a turning point in your life when goals, body and mind are all in agreement. Definitely a day to be remembered and repeated. emoticon

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DBCLARINET 5/6/2012 4:16PM

    I have those moments far less than I would like, so when I do, it's like I won a victory when I didn't even know there was a battle being fought!

Just today, before a parade, my friend bought herself a cheeseburger, no bun, from a vendor. She ate about 7/8 of it, decided she was done, and threw the last two bites out. I'm the kind of person who thinks that because I bought it, I must eat every bite. Now I have double inspiration to re-think that broken philosophy.

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TRAVELGRRL 5/6/2012 3:34PM

    Wow, what an "aha" moment!

And the peanut butter-drizzled popcorn sounds awesome. Not anything I've thought of before!

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/6/2012 1:39PM

    Congrats on ACTING on satiety! That IS huge! Whether it should be or not. emoticon

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PHEBESS 5/6/2012 12:16PM

    Brilliant move!!!

And this is a huge part of thinking like a thin person!!!!

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SALSIFY 5/6/2012 11:51AM

    I identify so much with this blog. I'm always surprised if I feel full enough to even think about not clearing my plate. I then have to rush outside & put leftovers in the dogs bowl before I change my mind & decide to eat it anyway!

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_LINDA 5/6/2012 10:30AM

    emoticon Well done!! That is amazing discipline!! I am sure I wouldn't have such self control and discipline.. Sounds like you have reached a milestone in your healthy lifestyle to me.. This is why you will be a success at maintaining and not letting the weight creep back on! You go girl!!!

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AUNTB63 5/6/2012 9:34AM

    emoticon job. I can relate to this and I know you felt the empowerment that this decision gave you........keep up the good decision making....we both know it makes a difference. emoticon

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Really Getting Up My Nose!!

Friday, May 04, 2012

When someone, or something, bothers me I often use the expression, "That's really getting up my nose!"

Who knew that I was anticipating the latest weight-loss craze: nasal-gastric tube feeding.

This is definitely a development that further refines just walking around munching those 100 calorie snack packs (x 15 a day). Or perpetually sipping on a smoothie, latte, juice box, bottle of vitamin water.

Too much work, really. All that munching. All that sipping. You wanna get ready for bikini season? For your wedding? For some other important event??

Why not just hook up to an 800 calorie bag of nutrients supplied all day long through the . . . ummmmm . . . . nose!

Here's a truly hilarious article on this latest trend. Don't think I'll be signing on anytime soon myself. Although I love the idea of colour coordinating the tube to whatever outfit . . . maybe a few sparkly charms too?? Looking good yet??


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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 5/7/2012 11:15AM

    Yeah I saw that. Pretty sick. :-/

TPN is never good, even when it's there to keep you alive in the hospital. And soooooo attractive! LOL

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EGALITAIRE 5/7/2012 10:30AM

    That was a fun read - I sure I could make one of those for myself - I let you know how it goes.

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DDOORN 5/7/2012 10:11AM

    Yeesh...crazy, crazy stuff...!


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SWAZY33 5/7/2012 8:36AM

    I read about this too! Crazy the lengths ppl will go!

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BLUEBIRDSFLY 5/6/2012 12:33PM

    Wow, I am at a loss for words. I shudder to think of what is next as there clearly will be a next,
I like the comment for the bride and groom at the alter-you can now remove the bride's nasal tube. A little humour desperately needed for a ghastly solution to weight loss.
I don't find this funny. I find this really upsetting. Just awful.

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_LINDA 5/6/2012 10:41AM

    Unreal! What won't they think of next?? Can't imagine that at all. While my breakfast is usually always liquid in the form of a fruit shake, I do sometimes have bread or cereal with it and would miss whole food for sure. Not surprised this was started in Europe..
Good nutrition and exercise will never go out of style as its a provenlong term winner..

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/5/2012 10:41AM

    You make me laugh! But believe me, a meal up the nose is no picnic! Seen too many that have gone thru similar crap! NO fun! (My daughter just spent the last month sipping thru her clamped teeth a LIQUID diet and believe me its hard to eat let alone brush your teeth when your on a liquid diet... and the worst taking liquid medication! Try rubber banding your jaw closed. No fun taking stuff up the nose! lol susana

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DOKEYOKEY 5/5/2012 9:52AM

    It's sort of the opposite of a holistic approach, isn't it?

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CMRAND54 5/4/2012 8:29PM

    I can't even imagine this. i had a nasal tube when I had my gall bladder attack and it was awful. I just gagged and gagged until they medicated me. Yuck.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/4/2012 6:42PM

    And I didn't think it could get any worse than the liquid shakes thing! Ew, indeed. I love food too much to deprive myself of healthy, wonderful, nutritious choices that one can still make AND get to / maintain a healthy weight.

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IMAGINE_IT 5/4/2012 4:44PM

    Ummm...yuck!!! emoticon and i think i will pass on this one too!!! emoticon The things 'they' come up with amazes me...

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CANNIE50 5/4/2012 3:50PM

    ay yi yi emoticon

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SLENDERELLA61 5/4/2012 2:31PM

    Oh, gross. What some people won't do. Okay. Okay. I've tried some pretty ridiculous things myself, so I best not judge. I am just so glad that you and I have learned we can do it through - believe it or not - good nutrition and exercise. -Marsha

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DBCLARINET 5/4/2012 1:59PM

    Wow, that's special!

Through the nose?!?! Why couldn't they do it through an IV or something more... normal?

You know, if people are going to demand it anyway...

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ID_VANDAL 5/4/2012 1:14PM

    First I heard of that but I agree with the other comments - this is BAD NEWS!

Companies do not care about people they only want their money and they will stop at nothing to get it! and as TG says - $1,500!!! OMG



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VIXSTERLU 5/4/2012 11:48AM

    I know, crazy, uh? I have a hard time with the doctors who are prescribing it! Hard not to judge it, but I just can't get on board with it.

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ODAYSKI11 5/4/2012 11:35AM

    Thanks for both my laugh for the day and my motivation to stick like white on rice to my old fashioned plan!

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DONNACFIT 5/4/2012 10:36AM

    I also saw this awhile ago on the news..and was disgusted by it...

What will they think of next? I could just mix up some calf electolyte solution and use the gut tube bag..that works through the mouth or nose and slurp away...mooo...it's my redneck version of the trend and I have all the stuff on hand..haha

Not my idea of FUN!!

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NANCY- 5/4/2012 9:31AM

    Ew and Ew!!! Just the thought cut my calorie intake for the day.
Isn't it amazing what people will do for a quick fix.

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TRAVELGRRL 5/4/2012 9:21AM

    I saw the news report on this a week or so ago....isn't it the most DISGUSTING thing EVER???

Oh, and did you see the cost? $1,500!!

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My Third Place

Wednesday, May 02, 2012

Do you have a "third place"? A place where you always feel welcome and accepted? Where there are no particular demands place upon you by anyone but you yourself? Where you can be social or silent, depending upon your mood?

Most of us have "two places" where we belong: work and home. But that third place can be a great alternative from the demands and responsibilities of both work and home.

That's what my gym is for me. My third place.

I've been a member of the same gym for well over 30 years. There are people there whose names I don't necessarily know, but I know them, have known them for years. They share some important values with me: fitness matters to them too. And we can talk, or not, whatever we feel like on a particular day.

Exercise is important. Of course it is. It doesn't, frankly, help me much with weight loss or weight maintenance. But it does help with strength, cardio fitness, toning. And above all it helps with mood. It keeps me feeling optimistic.

Some of that is the effect of the endorphins which exercise releases, certainly. A natural high which for me works way better than anti-depressants!

But a whole lot of it is simply that my gym is my third place.

I never particularly want to go. But I'm always so glad that I did.

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DONNACFIT 5/8/2012 12:24AM

    Just catching up on blogs and I love this..I think walking out on the prairie is my third place, but my ranch is also my home and my work and my third place...is that possible? If not maybe my third place is Walmart?? haha...

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WATERMELLEN 5/6/2012 9:50AM

    I've really enjoyed reading about everyone's "third places" -- and it all made me appreciate my gym even more yesterday!

Another "third place" (is that possible) is my golf course for me . . . cross country in skiing, birdwatching (and the occasional swing of a club) in summer. I'll be out there later today!!

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NOLAZYBUTT110 5/3/2012 1:48PM

    My third place is with my kids... their house!

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NANCY- 5/3/2012 12:24PM

    I love the way you described it. Thank you for this... my third place is the pool, where I should have gone last night.

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CANNIE50 5/3/2012 11:25AM

    I so enjoyed this blog, and your description of your gym and the feeling it evokes. I do go to a gym and it is nice to feel welcomed. I am envious of the length of time you have been at the same gym. I have bounced around a bit, depending on my schedule and what location makes sense for a particular stage of my life (often geared around kids). I so agree with the "I don't always want to go but am always glad I went" sentiment. Often, with many things, the getting there is harder than the actual being there. emoticon

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CRYSTALJEM 5/3/2012 8:45AM

    I love the name - and I am in need of really finding one again. I guess my third place is our walking paths on our quarter section. The only problem is sometimes in worst of winter, or now when the ticks are so incredibly bad I don't feel "comfortable" ;P being in my own third place.

Excellent blog. Thanks! Have yourself a wonderful day, hope you get to enjoy your third place. CJ

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KALIGIRL 5/3/2012 8:33AM

    Love your third place!
The authors of Younger Next Year would beg to differ on the weight loss. Their theme is: exercise + no junk food = weight loss.

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DDOORN 5/3/2012 8:24AM

    30 years! I'm only beginning my 2nd year with mine, but have been building a sense of camaraderie and community. I also bring flyers from SparkPeople and my local bike club to the fitness center to share with others and to encourage others to extend THEIR communities as well!

My other "third place" would be the great outdoors in all its varieties and seasons! :-)


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TRYINGHARD1948 5/3/2012 5:58AM

    My third place is my daughter's. I always get a warm fuzzy feeling when I walk through the door.

Thanks for the response to the stress ball. My hubbies work actually gave everyone a stress ball, not sure if that said a lot about the level of stress or whether they were being well meaning.

Hands are behaving not too bad but I am wearing my splint today and having two days off, mostly because there is so much chaos I need to do a heap of sorting out. One thing that is a bonus is stuff that has been hidden away has come into the light bringing wonderful memories with it. Then the decision, to say goodbye or to keep.

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ONEKIDSMOM 5/3/2012 2:15AM

    Don't think I have an "official" third place, but I think you're right, the gym would be a great one to start considering in my mind... particularly the pool!

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TBANMAN 5/2/2012 10:54PM

    Me too. The gym.

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IMAGINE_IT 5/2/2012 10:13PM

    emoticon The gym??? I was thinking more like a cabin far away....hidden in a forest and close to a beautiful lake....but you say a gym??!! emoticon
emoticon that's awesome Ellen...and i was only kidding 'up there'!! I don't go to a gym..anymore....but i do always feel so much better after my workouts!! We ROCK!! emoticon emoticon

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CMRAND54 5/2/2012 9:51PM

    I love this idea. My County Recreation Center is my third place. I do my yoga and strength training there. Sometimes I use the treadmill or elliptical. Now that I am almost retired, I plan to volunteer there so i get my pass for free. I'd like to start water aerobics, too, and maybe a spin class. It really is a 2nd home for me.

Of course, after I retire, I won't have a work place, so maybe the Rec Center will be my 2nd place.

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SLENDERELLA61 5/2/2012 9:21PM

    Great blog! Another new perspective -- I certainly had never thought of my gym that way. Love the way you think! -Marsha

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GROEDER 5/2/2012 9:20PM

    Great perspective!!!!! I don't have a "third place", but after reading your blog, I think I should find one.
Thanks for giving me something to think about.

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JOPAPGH 5/2/2012 9:12PM

    My third place is my Saturday morning running/breakfast group. In addition to run, food and conversation, it has become a social network of sorts. No demands, very casual.

I also have a pub with a very active group of English Premier League followers, many of whom are British and Irish expatriates. If they are not tied for third they run a very close fourth.

Also, check out my latest blog for details on my troublesome toe...

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