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Sticker shock at Sears/Trader Joe's Got me Off Calories Today!

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Started out good today, was pretty cool this morning but the sun came out and I finally got some Christmas shopping done. I went over to Sears where I had a coupon that if you spent over $50 on clothes you got $10 off. I spent over $100 b/4 the deduction and got a $10 gift card back that I can use after the $26th. I also had a $30 AMEX gift card that I got from one of my survey sites. So did pretty good at buying stuff for my son, Frank. He wanted some nice jeans. I thought I would get him some Levi's and was shocked to find that if they hadn't been on sale he wouldn't have gotten one pair of them. I got him 1 pair on sale at $32.99 normally 49.99. When did Levi's start to cost so much!! I use to get 501's for $8.99 at the local feed store, of course this was the early 1970's. The ones I got for my son were not the 501's they were on sale for $39.99 normally $54.99. I am sorry but that is just too much for a pair of work pants. I ended up getting Frank one pair of Dickies and one pair of men's Wranglers. Also got him 2 t-shirts and some boxer's. Oh my there was another price shocker. I got the store brand on sale, 3 pair in the bag and it was 14.99 (on sale). When did men's under things start to cost as much as women's stuff. I guess I need to get out of Target and Kmart to see what people are spending on these things. Gee would a pair cost $20 at Macy's LOL
After Sears on the far end of the parking lot is Trader Joe's. Just my favorite place in the whole world but I only go a few times a year. I went in to get chocolate covered coffee beans for my foster son Jory and my friend Irene. I had to look around, and for those who have been in one of these stores, you know they are always doing samples. I tried the TJ's Baklava, one of my favorite desserts. Purchased some to take home, should have known better and had 1.5 servings for a total of 320 calories. Did purchase a nice healthy dinner to make until my husband announced he wanted pizza. What is a woman to do. I will make the vegetables and scallops tomorrow night.

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SHASHEE71 12/17/2010 11:07AM

    Oh my...I love baklava!!
Everyone has their off days...I've been having a few of those myself!! Just make sure and fix those yummy scallops and veggies! Sounds great!

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JHADZHIA 12/17/2010 10:10AM

    Prices are outrageous!! Paying so much for tiny, flimsy underwear is ridiculous!!
I hate the cost of clothing, but I did get a deal on a pair of good quality work pants for $10 as it was a discontinued item :)) Wal Mart is still the place to go for the cheapest clothing..

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/17/2010 12:16AM

    Shopping is always good for a good shock to my system. Glad that you didn't go too far off your food plan. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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NANALD 12/16/2010 11:36PM

    Prices never cease to amaze me either and my rule of thumb is that if I use to really like it it probably isn't good for me and has too many calories! I hope tomorrow is a better day but at least it sounds like you are still smiling in spite of it all!! emoticon

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Christmas Tree/Visit w/my sister Doreen and Sandy (both Sparks members)

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

Because some of you asked to see it, here is a picture of our tree. It is sitting on the box that has my new kitchen stove, which will not be put in until this summer now. Also the fireplace will be taken down soon, maybe next week, so I wanted to get a last picture of it decorated b/4 it is gone.

This is my oldest sister Doreen and I. Oh and that is my vette we are leaning on.
What a great smile she has.

Doreen, Me and Sandy. The clouds were heading in.
And last but not least the photo with my brother in law, Fred. What a nice guy he is. He went shopping at Costco, so us ladies could visit. LOL I think he didn't want to be the only man sitting with a bunch of clucking hens.
So I am going to fix myself a HC dinner because I did stay under my calories at IHOP even with having the Belgium Waffles with scrambled eggs and 2 bacon with OJ. I only had a banana and 60 cal. yogurt for breakfast. I will have a HC choice dinner or turkey sandwich and stay within my calorie range for today.

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SLENDERELLA61 12/16/2010 8:46PM

    Enjoyed your pictures! Congrats on your good day, eating out and all. -Marsha

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BECKYLYNNE77 12/16/2010 6:02PM

    great pictures emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/16/2010 5:42PM

    Thanks for sharing the pictures. Cool! Love the vette! Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn emoticon

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DANLIN60 12/16/2010 9:07AM

    Great pic, thanks for sharing, looks like the Christmas spirit has hit your house emoticon

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JHADZHIA 12/16/2010 8:58AM

    Lovely photos! I have a sister Sandy too, and she was very successful with Spark People, but left it as soon as she lost her weight. She is doing great with mindful eating and maintaining. I am still weighing and measuring and have remained with Sparks because I like my buddies and their journeys are not over yet :)

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IZZYBEBOP 12/16/2010 7:45AM

    How funny your tree is on your new stove! Love your vette! How is the remodeling going?

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NYARAMULA 12/16/2010 12:20AM

    Lovely pictures, thanks for sharing.

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TEDDYBEAR662 12/15/2010 9:55PM

    Thanks for sharing. Great pictures! emoticon

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LESSOFMOORE 12/15/2010 9:53PM

    Thanks for sharing the photos!

Great job on staying within your calorie range!

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GRANNYS5 12/15/2010 9:39PM

    nice pictures, sounds like you had a great time.

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VALDESROSIERS1 12/15/2010 9:11PM

    Love ur tree
Merry X Mas

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DESERTDREAMERS 12/15/2010 8:58PM

    Great pictures - my family is too far away to get together, so we Email a lot. Thank goodness for my work family!

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Busy Day Baking Christmas Goodies.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Got up this morning and headed over to the store to pick up some things I need to get some Christmas goodies done. I baked 2 loaves of Cranberry/Orange Bread and 2 loaves of Banana Bread. Then I made 2 batches of my Reindeer Droppings candy.
Meanwhile my DH and son were loading the back of the truck with the concrete they had to take to the dump, they did 2 trips today and still have another tomorrow. My husband left the garage opened and asked me not to leave the house until later. Which of course later never came because of what I was doing. I ate lunch around 2pm. and starting putting the lights on the Xmas tree and decorations around the house. After a while I notice the tree was leaning pretty far to one side. I had to wait until after the boys were done with their chores b/4 the tree would get straighten up. This was after dinner, which I also made, we had chicken legs & thighs. I took the skin off of mine b/4 using the Dixie Fry in the oven. Also corn on the corn, large for the men and a mini for me. A good salad and one l/f calorie crescent roll. I drank water with dinner.
Tomorrow I am heading out to Lake Elsinor to meet up with two other Sparks members, my friend Sandy and my older sister Doreen. I will do a walk with Sandy around 9am and then meet up with my sis around 11:30am for lunch at the local IHOP. I like to go to a place where they tell you the approximate calories.
I am off to finish decorating the tree. Peace to all.

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NANALD 12/15/2010 10:49PM

    Sounds like great fun! Enjoy! emoticon

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GRANNYS5 12/15/2010 7:22PM

    Sounds like a good But busy day. I love baking cookies and bread (anything really)! What are Reindeer droppings candy? Sounds like something my grandchildren would love!

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DNJEN471 12/15/2010 11:00AM

    Your such a great wife and mom- making then nutritious meals each night. Hope you had time to finish your tree :)

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DONGR8NCHARNC 12/14/2010 11:42PM

    You are creating wonderful memories!

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RORYLYONS 12/14/2010 10:46PM

    Wow you had quite a busy day baking & trimming the tree. Have a great time with your spark friend & sister.. emoticon emoticon

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/14/2010 10:11PM

    Sounds like you have a great day planned for tomorrow. Have a good time. You should post some pix of your decorations. They sound nice. Love ya, Dawn emoticon emoticon

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HYE101 12/14/2010 9:52PM


Looks like you had a very busy day.
Have a great time tomorrow on your walk and stay healthy.

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Good Day, Kept Within My Nutrition Goals.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Woke up this morning to another beautiful day in CA. My DH decided since we haven't been able to get more of the construction on our house done that we will be knocking down the fireplace Tuesday and Wednesday. Lucky for me I will be gone most of the day on Wednesday to meet up with my sister (Firey1) and possibly my friend Sandy (SubSmith) in Lake Elsinor for an early lunch. Should be fun!
Anyway the DH decided since we have this large box in the living room with the new stove inside that we had to get a real Christmas tree since there was no room for my fake one. We covered the box with some Christmas decorated blankets and got a 4" tree to set on the top. We watered the tree today and will decorate in tomorrow. Also the plan is to start to take down the fireplace during the day. Should be at least a 2 day job and with the weather holding warm for a few more days (no rain). We stopped at the market on the way home to pick up some stuff for dinner and the roasts were all on sale 1/2 price. So we had pork loin tonight and I also picked up 2 other types of roasts, like chuck.
Got back home from Loews and Stater Brothers market about 11:30am and then I fixed lunch for us both. Afterwards I did an exercise dvd and showered. Took Phred for a walk and we finished putting the lights on the house. Not too many because my husband threw away our lights during the year. Why? Because when he took them down last year he just put them in an old car we had. They were all in knots so he tossed them when I wasn't looking. So now he had to buy new ones, which he wanted to do anyways to get LED's. I only have whites lights and they are not my pretty ones that look like icicles. emoticon
After dinner we went off to Fry's Electronics (like a bigger Best Buy) if you live in a state that doesn't have them. My son Frank came along and we picked him up a nice scanner/printer in one for Xmas. At 24, he needs to be with us to pick these things out because he is picky. I got him an extra cartridge to put in his stocking. Also got my DH a dvd when he wasn't looking that Frank thought he would like. This was really the first shopping we have got done for the holidays and I tell you we were sure we would have to wait in line for at least 1/2 hour. There was hardly anybody in the store. Will have to remember next year that Monday evenings at Frys is the time to hit that store for shopping.
Today was a great day for exercise and nutrition goals. I hit all my goals, keeping within my ranges. emoticonfor me. This doesn't happen very often even if I keep within the calorie range. Normally I either don't have enough calcium or too much salt. Always something.
Oh yeah, when ever I go to the store and get change, I always put it in the charity containers they have at the registers. I have no idea how much I give out each year but I don't really care, it is the thought that counts. Anyways I saw my first "Bell Ringer/Salvation Army" person just outside of Frys and I put $5 inside her red bucket. She was so jazzed and told me I was blessed. Am I blessed, well I don't know but I do feel like I am. How about you? emoticon

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DNJEN471 12/14/2010 10:02AM

    I try to always drop change in the bins going out of stores too. Good karma!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/14/2010 5:49AM

    Excellent blog. Glad that DH had such a good idea about using the heater box. Love ya, Dawn emoticon

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PC Burnout

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I just wanted to let all my Sparks buddies know that I am not ill or anything along those lines. I just had what I call "PC Burnout". Before I started doing Sparks I would only go online maybe 2 or 3 times a week. For a solid year I was online most of the time everyday for 4 -5 hours. I started to have some trouble with my fibromyalgia but never really thought anything about it. I saw my Rhuematologist last Monday and even with everything great (bloodwork) wise I was having trouble with my fingers, hands, feet, toes and lower back. I was having trouble sleeping and just wasn't following the program like I should have been. Anyway the doctor put my back on a medication that I was suppose to start on Monday but was unable to pick up until Wednesday. He also told me to take a break from the pc for a few days until the meds kicked in. Anyway I am fine and couldn't be happier with how I am feeling now. emoticon

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DONGR8NCHARNC 12/13/2010 10:11PM

    Rest! Relax! Rejuvenate! Now those are words to live by!


PS Don't forget the finale on Tuesday!

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LESSOFMOORE 12/13/2010 9:24PM

    Thanks for sharing the good news! It's great to have you back! emoticon

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CEGRUBE 12/13/2010 6:30PM

    Sounds like you're feeling better after starting the meds again - hope you continue with your improvement.

Isn't rheumatoid arthritis fun? emoticon Wish they would come up with a cure for it rather than just trying to mitigate it's effects.

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BKWERM 12/13/2010 6:26PM

    I'm glad you're feeling better.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 12/13/2010 5:15PM

    I hope that you'll feel better soon my friend. Love you, Dawn emoticon

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BARBARASDIET 12/13/2010 3:39PM

    Feel better!

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