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10 Extra Calories a Day . . . 911!!

Saturday, December 15, 2012

If I eat 10 extra calories a day, I'll put on 1 pound in a year. And next year. And the year after. And in 10 years I'll have put on 10 extra pounds.

If I eat 100 extra calories a day, I'll put on 10 pounds in a year. And next year. And the year after. And in 10 years I'll have put on 100 extra pounds.

What's an extra calorie? A calorie I don't need to maintain the pounds I want to sustain. Which takes about 10 calories a pound a day. About 1400 calories a day. Max,

What's 10 extra calories? Not much. Maybe a couple baby carrots.

What's 100 extra calories? Not much more. A big apple.

The carrots are healthy. The apple is too.

And calories from nutritionally-dense healthy foods are obviously better for me than calories from junk foods, or nutritionally empty foods.

But for weight maintenance, it doesn't matter. Extra calories from healthy foods pile on the pounds just the same as extra calories from candy or chips or Coke.

When I'm on the elliptical cross trainer at the gym, I can see that burning 10 extra calories takes me about 1 minute of really vigorous effort.

Which means I can never exercise enough to compensate for over-eating. Weight loss and weight loss maintenance for me are 80% nutrition tracking. At least.

OK then. It's not the season of healthy foods. I'm not eating too many spears of new young asparagus or fresh raspberries, or blueberries, or even lightly steamed shrimp.

It's the season of crunchy pastry-wrapped appetizers and bacon-wrapped appetizers and fatty dips and stuffing, gravy, butter-mashed potatoes, hot rolls and butter and turkey with crisp skin and cranberry sauce and veggies drenched in more butter and sauces and . . . . It's the season of shortbread and eggnog and Yule logs (dessert variety) and pies and special cookies and special candies and chocolate covered almonds and . . . . It's the season of too many alcoholic drinks on offer which reduce my resistance to all of the preceding!

I'm just reminding myself. Little pep talk here. Those calories do add up and my body is tracking them, whether *I* track them or not.

Grrrrrrr. Determination, resilience, eternal vigilance. All continue to be necessary. Every day.

That's because It's also the season of little black dresses! It's the season of sleek black velvet trousers with sparkly tops! Trying something new with the hair, the makeup! Not the season of muu-muus and huge shapeless Tshirts and elastic-waist track pants and . . . no no no.

And: there's a connection here. Right?

Yeah. So: call 911 vanity assist, please. Vanity assist!! If that'll help, I'm gonna work it . . . yes I am!!

  
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CATNCAG 9/9/2013 11:07AM

    What a great blog! It makes me realize that once I reach my goal weight I must continue on... I checked out your Spark Page also. Great pics & congrats on your weight loss & maintenance! U look great!

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NASFKAB 2/6/2013 5:36AM

  you can do it

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NASFKAB 2/6/2013 5:34AM

  you can do it

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EMILYDOODLE 1/4/2013 10:22PM

  thanks for the reminder. i love them cookies and candies, had them in moderation. did exercise everyday

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BERTA6978 12/23/2012 1:17PM

    Thanks for putting those extra calories in perspective and reminding us that whether or not we are tracking the extra calories, our bodies are.

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CM_GARDNER78 12/23/2012 12:29AM

    Wow - that is totally true!! I never really gave "just 10 calorie" much thought...but wow! That's a big impact!! Great blog - lots of food for thought! Thanks for posting!!

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LRSILVER 12/22/2012 7:37PM

    Thanks for the reminder.

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FIRECOM 12/22/2012 10:28AM

    I fully agree. I recently added my coffee to my tracking and was really surprised to see that it carries a 5 kcal per cup penalty. Not much, but like you pointed out so well. Every calorie really adds up. Just calculate the annual impact of a single can of sugared soda pop over a year. ARRRRGGGGH.

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TEENY_BIKINI 12/21/2012 8:16PM

    Friggin' awesome!

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PEACEHOPE1 12/21/2012 7:09PM

    I really enjoyed your blog, thanks for sharing! It put a smile on my face AND gave me a lot to think about.

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BKLYNDIVA 12/21/2012 6:05PM

    Been there and done that lol, I guess that is how we all ended up here. Well stated.

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_LINDA 12/21/2012 6:21AM

    Congrats on a well deserved popular blog post! It will be great for more people to see it! Ties in nicely with an article by Becky Hand on how all those tiny bites add up quickly in a day! Something I surely needed to read today!
And I will bet you look fabulous in those described outfits!!
Fantastic awareness and perception! You have mindful eating down pat!
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JENNIFERWEIDEN 12/20/2012 6:40AM

  You are a wonderful writer, and very inspirational. It is a good time for remembering that calories do count and that they do add up. I encourage those of you who have not read it yet (or visited the site or heard the free podcasts on youtube or itunes) to inform themselves about The Smarter Science of Slim, where I learned that NOT all calories are equal, some foods make you hoard fat and some you can eat basically without limits (don't worry about asparagus!). The science is amazing and very well studied, it's all backed up by 1000's of pages of research and it will change your whole outlook on this. Give it a shot!

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PENOWOK 12/17/2012 4:02PM

    Thanks for the pep talk!!

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FAVORITEAUNT84 12/17/2012 11:54AM

    Great perspective!

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FARIS71 12/17/2012 9:59AM

    Tis the season for little black dresses indeed. Good reminder!

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NILLAPEPSI 12/17/2012 8:52AM

    Yes, you work it!! emoticon emoticon

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SIZE8NOTSOMUCH 12/17/2012 7:43AM

    You put it in such a great perspective. THANK YOU. Sometimes we need THAT kick in the pants!!!

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CICELY360 12/16/2012 10:45PM

  Good blog

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ROCKYCPA 12/16/2012 9:21PM

    Good blog - thanks for sharing!

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ILIKETOZUMBA 12/16/2012 6:49PM

    Awesome pep talk! And heck YEAH it's the season of festive outfits!! LOL I love the vanity assist. :) A perfect way to stay motivated! Thanks! :)

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BRENNA84 12/16/2012 6:24PM

    so true! thanx for the reminder!

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MARYJEANSL 12/16/2012 5:39PM

  911 Vanity Assist - I love it! I also bought tons and tons of wonderful veggies at the Farmer's Market today. I refuse to think about the party I am going to tomorrow night!

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PHEBESS 12/16/2012 5:22PM

    So on target!

It's also the season of mandarin oranges, and winter squash, and those yummy soups you make, and oatmeal with apples for breakfast, and roasted root vegs. Right?

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NEWCHINELO 12/16/2012 5:01PM

    Oh my God! . . . Thanks for sharing and reminding me.

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111BUTTERFLY111 12/16/2012 4:47PM

    emoticon This was timely!

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GODS_TEMPLE 12/16/2012 4:43PM

    Thanks for the reminder. emoticon

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WALLINMW 12/16/2012 3:53PM

  Great blog! It all adds up.


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WALLINMW 12/16/2012 3:52PM

  Awesome my friend!

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KARRENLYNN 12/16/2012 2:59PM

    But oh that list of not good for me foods is just whispering to me! You are right though, too much of any food good or bad will cause trouble.

Stay strong, and have a happy healthy holiday season!

Karen

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DALID414 12/16/2012 2:27PM

    Oh my! Good thing I ate before reading the list of the season foods!

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PATRICIAANN46 12/16/2012 2:08PM

  So well said........ emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 12/16/2012 1:28PM

    This is one of the best blogs I have read. Excellent! Merry Christmas! emoticon

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TINAJANE76 12/16/2012 12:29PM

    Love this! I'm totally gearing up for the many challenges of the next few weeks. My vanity alert has been set off!

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JULIERAE41 12/16/2012 12:03PM

    You and I are on the same Holidays page! I decided at Halloween to be a Holiday Warrior and even set it as one of my goals! I determined the period between Halloween and Easter is the fat gaining time for me. NOT THIS YEAR! Way to go! Thanks for writing this blog!

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  unnerving way to put it

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NEWMOM20121 12/16/2012 11:09AM

    great blog

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DOLLFACEDX 12/16/2012 9:37AM

    Exactly right. . .just cause a food item is nutritious doesn't mean it's appropriate to eat too much!

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What I've Learned From My Wonder Dog, Charlie!

Sunday, December 09, 2012



I've read a couple of interesting insights into dog "ownership" recently.

Here in Canada, several universities have experimented with therapy dogs to assist students get through the stress of exam time. The students are away from home, under lots of pressure to do well in a tight job economy with soaring tuition fees . . . and student suicide rates are alarming. But: there are still lots of cynical comments about how students should just "toughen up"!! And also how exposure to trained therapy dogs will give students a false impression about how soothing and calming dogs actually are: because lots of dogs (especially young puppies) can be yappy and demanding and . . . . .

Then TEENYBIKINI has had a recent blog on just that topic: dogs (puppies in particular) can drive you nutz!

True enough. I've had demanding dogs. Our basset hound, Rufus, who could open the fridge and bite into every bag of milk and scatter carrots (before and after "processing") all the way across the kitchen floor. Our Irish water spaniel, Sabrina, who wore a groove in the back yard and jumped against the patio door vertically, smearing mud from top to bottom. A childhood spaniel, Skippy, who bit the postman . . . and lots more similar tales to be told.

Charlie had lots and lots of puppy socialization and obedience classes. He is extraordinarily intelligent: high IQ. And our other dogs had sufficient IQ plus schooling opportunities. But Charlie wanted to learn.

That's because Charlie really is a wonder dog. High EQ. He was born that way and we really can't take much credit for it. Our golden retriever's registration name is "Heart of Gold", and his formal handle is absolutely appropriate.

So what's Charlie taught me?

1. Be companionable. Golden retrievers are bred to sit quietly in a duck blind beside their hunters waiting to fetch the ducks. Charlie is happy just to be with me. He lets me know with his wise brown eyes and his ready smile. Life doesn't get better for Charlie than being right beside me.
2. Be patient. It could be a long cold day in the duck blind (or sitting under my computer desk: whatever). That's OK with Charlie. I can learn to be more patient. Whatever's happening will pass.
3. Greet every family member at the door whenever they come home. Nope, I don't wag like Charlie does. I don't bring a carefully selected stuffed toy to the door, the choice of toy often uncanny in mirroring the returning person's emotional state. (Sheep? Monkey? Fawn?) But greeting, I can handle that. And I can try to be responsive to the mood of my family members, like Charlie is.
4. Never judge, no matter what. There is no sin I can commit that matters to Charlie. Ever. And I need to be less judgmental too. To let people be.
5. Be joyous and generous with that joy. Charlie is. Being around Charlie's joy multiplies joy. For all of us. Even if the rest of us don't have infinitely soft golden fur!

The worst thing about having a dog like Charlie? It's not forever. Charlie is 8 years old now. You can see his muzzle and eyebrows are getting whiter.

So we have to cherish Charlie every day.

And we have to cherish each other every day.

I can't let Charlie down. I have to try to be as good a person as Charlie is. As good as he believes me to be. And the effort of doing that?

It's transformative.

  
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WILLOWBROOK5 12/23/2012 10:06PM

    How did I miss this blog? Charlie sounds fabulous with lots to teach those around him and endless love to offer. Give him a kiss on the nose for me. :-)

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SWAZY33 12/11/2012 1:11PM

    So true...
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NANCY- 12/10/2012 7:28AM

    What a beautiful blog. It is true that dogs can be challenging, but then as you have in Charlie, there are true treasures. What a wonderful gift to have in your life.

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Dogs are wonderful and a joy to have around. Thanks for your insight as I often wonder if I truly make Memphis happy. I feel guilty whenever I see him laying around with big sad eyes. But then, no matter what time it is when I finally am ready, Memphis bounces up and makes for the door. So maybe he is happy just to be around me.

May you and Charlie have an enjoyable long time together.

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_LINDA 12/9/2012 9:42PM

    Amen! I absolutley ADORE this wonderful photo of Charlie! Yes, the white face is a painful reminder that our companions get old and die too, and far too soon :( I hope you can enjoy many more special years with your buddy,
Hugs,
Linda

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DALID414 12/9/2012 4:45PM

    Awe! If Charlie was a man he'd be perfect!! emoticon emoticon

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ONMYMEDS 12/9/2012 4:31PM

    A beautiful blog. There is a lot we can learn from our animal friends, if we have the intelligence to do so.

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1CRAZYDOG 12/9/2012 3:49PM

    Awwwwwww . . . my dog is Mr. Spot the Wonder Dog and he's 11 (yup . . . got the gray around his muzzle too and is slower than he was, but still a puppy @ heart!) Our furbabies are treasures! HUGS

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NITTINNANA 12/9/2012 3:48PM

    Delightful!

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PHEBESS 12/9/2012 3:30PM

    Big smile on my face, big hug to Charlie! (And you!)

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SLENDERELLA61 12/9/2012 3:10PM

    Beautiful blog! I love Charlie vicariously already. Our Kahlua is definitely an asset to our family, although our sheltie who lived 16 years will never be replaced in my heart.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/9/2012 2:35PM

    emoticon Great lessons! Well taught, Charlie!

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CARRAND 12/9/2012 2:32PM

    What a wonderful dog you have! Unfortunately I have not been that lucky with dogs, but I see why Charlie is a delight to you and a good example. We all need to be less judgmental.

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CRYSTALJEM 12/9/2012 2:31PM

    Aw, ya made me get all blubbery again! Charlie sounds like my kInd of guy. You are so right. And we think we're training them, but they're pretty great teachers too.

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I OWN Self-Gifting!

Friday, December 07, 2012

www.theglobeandmail.com/life/holiday
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OK, I'm not the only one.

The Toronto Globe and Mail tells me that people spend around $237 (about 20%) of their Christmas gift budget on . . . themselves!

What are you buying yourself this Christmas?

And are you shopping for you in the stores? On line? Or both??

No big indulgences from me to me, actually . . . but there have been a few bargoons hunted down on ebay and etsy. Some "new" wool suits for work at amazing amazing prices: with shipping, about $40 each.

And last weekend I had to buy some new brown boots given my old ones had collapsed completely. On sale again (with a sharply discounted second pair of shorty beige cowgirl boots, not expensive at all). (That's because I hate to pay full price for anything.)

Biggest self-gift?

NOT overeating. NOT overstuffing with holiday indulgences.

Tracking every day.

Sticking with the non-caloric indulgences. So that my 29" waistbands will still fit when those etsy suits arrive in the mail!

Highly motivating, this self-gifting stuff!! (And nowhere close to $237 either.)

  
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FIRECOM 12/25/2012 10:30AM

    Self gifting is a treasured art form. When I do gifting to others, I always select gifts that I would like to receive as well.

Money is very tight for us in our Autumn of our lives but we make do and love the life we have.

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TBANMAN 12/9/2012 4:40PM

    Material self-gift - Oscar de la Renta micro fleece pj's - half off at Costco!

Non material self-gifts - not cheating. Everything in moderation. Continuing to exercise. Hitting my 2012 fitness target of 12,000 minutes. Self-compassion.

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CARRAND 12/8/2012 9:57PM

    I am a master at self-gifting!

This year i bought some new furniture for the house. I'm calling it my gift to my husband, but of course I'm enjoying those glass fronted book shelves as much as he is.

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ADVENTURESEEKER 12/8/2012 12:26PM

    Way to go on the self-gifting of health! It sure is important :)

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NANCY- 12/8/2012 8:36AM

    I love your self gift of taking care of yourself.

I will be the first to admit to self gifting. with my birthday just 6 days before Christmas. I find that it is difficult to pass up a bargain of a treat. I have a me day. Get my hair done, go out and enjoy the decorations and if I find a bargain or two why not. My recent gift, some shoes that I have been wanting/needing. The two pairs were an upgrade replacement.

I will pay full price for a gift to another... and my shopping is usually done before December. Thanks for the reminder that the best gift is taking care of ourselves.


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SUSANNAH31 12/8/2012 12:21AM

    When we are shopping for others at Christmas, it's a great time to take advantage of the sales and get an item or two for ourselves. I'm a believer!

You are so right, though. The biggest gift we give ourselves is all the hard work we do here on Spark People - and the good results from it.

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_LINDA 12/7/2012 11:40PM

    Very well done!! What a score!! It would be ludicrous to pass up such great bargains!
I am not a shopper. I hate it really. I don't buy things for myself unless I absolutely need something and even then I am very fussy and what I get has to be perfect. If it wasn't for Mom shopping around and finding all those fabulous clothes for me, I would still be in sweat pants :P. I am a simple person, and the only thing I want in clothes is comfort and warmth. I would like to buy my loved one gifts, but they never let on anything that they want. Its really hard to buy for adults and kids that have grown up. Mom buys them clothing like hoodies and PJ's, so she has those bases covered.
I always track too :) My gift to myself is staying as fit and healthy as I can be.
Have a Wonderful Weekend!

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DALID414 12/7/2012 10:12PM

    emoticon Where you spying on me? emoticon I was just out shopping, with the intent of getting my mom and sister off my list, walked out with ONLY stuff for moi! I'll to their gifts, promise!

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BUNNIEBUILDER 12/7/2012 10:04PM

    when I buy stuff for myself during the holidays, I wrap them and write It's from Lulu... which is my dog lol I cant help buying stuff for myself when everything is sooo much cheaper during the holiday time!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/7/2012 10:02PM

    Good job!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/7/2012 9:57PM

    Oh, we could have a conversation about this self-gifting thing, Ellen. I think my 2012 "retail therapy" of self-gifting probably tops a whole buncha folks. But then again, we are talking a lot of pent-up demand... and that article was right on the money (pun intended) about the first purchase being the hardest, and the follow-ons being easier.

However, investing in one's health? No question it is money well spent!

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TJCADDO 12/7/2012 9:44PM

    Love that you have stayed within budget money-wise and calorie -wise. It's going to be a good year!

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Joy's Rule of One: Holiday Eating!

Thursday, December 06, 2012

ca.shine.yahoo.com/video/shine-weigh
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What a great video with Joy Bauer on how to survive the endless array of seasonal holiday treats, without ballooning up!

My fave tip? Yup, the "rule of one" . . . one of everything, moderate portion size. One appetizer, one drink, one plateful, one dessert. And then she offers some additional help in choosing that "one".

Here's to getting through the next month feeling less stuffed than the turkey!!

  
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STARDUSTD 12/12/2012 12:34PM

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PHEBESS 12/7/2012 5:07PM

    My rule of thumb is similar - except I don't eat anything I don't absolutely love! If it's there, I get to eat one moderate portion. If everything there is mediocre (to me), I can skip it. And dessert should be either chocolate, or panna cotta - I can leave pretty much anything else.

Because really, why waste calories on food I don't love?

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NANCY- 12/7/2012 7:41AM

    Thanks for sharing this. The simple rules like this help us be selective yet enjoy.
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SUSANNAH31 12/7/2012 7:18AM

    This was very good advice. I also like the tips she gave about the dips that are best: salsa & spicy mustard - as well as the nutritional hummus, bean dip, and guacamole.
Thanks for posting it.

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PMRUNNER 12/7/2012 5:59AM

    Thanks for sharing, very sensible advice.

I haven't been looking forward to the holidays due to the excess food. If I can incorporate some of these ideas, I should be able to come out of the holiday spree in a better state.

Hope you have happy holidays!

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NUOVAELLE 12/7/2012 1:49AM

    Rule of one and being carefully selective! I think those two tips can take us through the holidays unharmed.
Great link! Thank you for sharing!

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_LINDA 12/7/2012 12:48AM

    Awesome link! I am lucky in one meal. My apartment building's meal is strictly serving controlled -they dish it out and they only give you one tiny dessert -no worries about being overstuffed at that one! But the upcoming bridge club one -has healthy enough fare -wraps and soup -but you can go for seconds if there are leftovers which there tends to be of the wraps and dainties. Then of course, when my Mom decides to hold hers -she always overdoes it and I am getting 4,000 calories a day eating leftovers for the week :PPP. I like the idea of portion control, but my little fridge freezer is too small to freeze the leftovers to enjoy another day :(
I too, like that rule of one and keeping it to things you can't get through the year -like all the German specialty treats that come out now-my favorite is gingerbread hearts filled with plum fruit and coated with dark chocolate -this is heaven in every bite and incredibly is only 130 calories for THREE of them! With low fat too! I get them at London Drugs - was on sale for only 2.36 for a package!
Here is to keeping it real!
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DONNACFIT 12/6/2012 10:53PM

    Thanks for sharing :) Hope you have a healthy and blessed Christmas season!!

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DALID414 12/6/2012 9:53PM

    Love it!

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PHOENIX1949 12/6/2012 8:56PM

    Nice reinforcement for items most of us 'professional dieters' are aware of. Awareness and practice definitely different from one another. Thanks for sharing.

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CRYSTALJEM 12/6/2012 8:55PM

    And here I was hoping that one of everything translated to one of every item on the table. I knew it had to be too good to be true. LOL

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PHILTRILL 12/6/2012 8:30PM

    That is really a great way to be around family, friends, co-workers etc.. this season with all the different varieties of food. Just stick to 1 portion size. emoticon

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/6/2012 8:28PM

    Really helpful. Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MSROZZIE 12/6/2012 8:26PM

    That's planning ahead. You will surely enjoy the holiday season. Good luck! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/6/2012 8:25PM

    To moderation, and choices! Nothing tastes as good as fit feels!

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Rainy Dark Day

Sunday, December 02, 2012

. . . I listened to the rain on the roof all night: semi-solid! But the rain didn't evolve into the white fluffy stuff, so it's not looking skiable today.

OK, then. Plan B? I got in a great workout at the gym yesterday . . . 30 minutes on the elliptical plus upper body free weights.

If it actually stopped raining . . . a hike with Charlie? Pretty muddy!!

Our Christmas plans are very low key this year. We're all sad DS isn't coming home and nobody's telling Charlie! We'll Skype. Things change, feelings don't, and we'll adapt. Have to admit, less planning/organization is likely to happen since DS is our only family member who really *likes* Christmas. DD is vegan, very anti-materialistic etc. So we'll keep it simple. And . . . yup, that does mean less work for me in particular. I can live with that!

Busy work week upcoming, With nothing pressing here, it may be that this is a day to just soak in a hot bath, then hunker down with a good book . . . maybe with a fresh pot of soup simmering. Spicy peanut chicken appeals.

Rainy dark days: cozy, comfortable, love the sound of rain on the roof.

  
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NANCY- 12/3/2012 9:36AM

    I love your ability to adapt. You make the best out of any situation.
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TRYINGHARD1948 12/3/2012 12:52AM

    Keep warm and dry, blessings.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/2/2012 10:06PM

    Spicy peanut chicken does sound wonderful on a rainy day. Hope you enjoy. And perhaps the low key holiday will be good. Sure hope so.

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CRYSTALJEM 12/2/2012 9:50PM

    That does sound cozy. Sorry to hear DS won't make it home. The soup sounds delish. Would love to hang out in your kitchen. Raining here too. Highway still ok but our grid is like a curling rink. Hope it's sunny tomorrow.

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PHEBESS 12/2/2012 8:54PM

    We definitely need the occasional day to curl up with a good book and relax! (And a pot of tea helps!)

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_LINDA 12/2/2012 4:02PM

    Rain is very soothing. I actually didn't mind if it rained when I was on a camping trip as a kid, because I just loved how it sounded on the tent canvas :) And that after rain fresh air can't be beat. However the reality here is blowing cold snowy overcast days with high windchills for six days in a row now with no signs of let up. But no time to curl up and read, too much to do.
I just love hearing about your soups, you sure are the undisputed Queen of soups! I used to love Mom's soups, she would make them from whatever she had on hand, so no two were the same, but she didn't have as many exotic ingredients on hand as you have. But she usually doesn't offer me soups though. So I have to make do with this awesome black beluga bean chili, it just rocks :)
Remember, we do have to have at least one day of rest and recovery -and a dark, rainy Sunday does sound like the perfect time for a good read and hot soaking bath in either epsom salts, bubble bath or a bath bomb ;)
Enjoy!

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DALID414 12/2/2012 3:11PM

    I love it when it rains, but only when I get to stay indoors emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 12/2/2012 2:31PM

    LOVE soup! I made a pot of minestrone yesterday. My goal is to have a healthy, homemade soup every day for lunch. emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/2/2012 11:28AM

    Soup on a cold, dark day... ahhhh!

It's unseasonably warm here... supposed to top out at 65 F and sunny. I'm plotting on a bike ride this afternoon in the best of it. I already went and swam at the gym... which, as I've often said before, it the best exercise that doesn't feel like exercise I have discovered!

Have a great rest of your Sunday!

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-AMANDA79- 12/2/2012 10:29AM

    Enjoy! Wish we could get some rain...

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WILLOWBROOK5 12/2/2012 9:54AM

    Wishing you a warm and cozy Sunday!

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SUSANNAH31 12/2/2012 9:50AM

    A hot bath and a good book are my favorites for a dark rainy day. Soup simmering on the stove is perfect too. Sometimes I add in a roaring fireplace, and maybe some soft music in the background.

Christmas with young adult children can be a time of disappointment for many parents. It often was for us. That is all temporary though. It is more than made up for when those adult children marry and have their own children. That is when we parents get an encore - as grandparents - and we become stars again in those beautiful little bright eyes.



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1CRAZYDOG 12/2/2012 9:48AM

    Our DS won't be coming home for the holidays either, but we'll just do a simple Christmas too. I know we'll spend it with my parents, so that's a good thing.

HUGS

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