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High Maintenance

Tuesday, June 25, 2013


I have a high maintenance back.
Sorry to whine but my back has been giving me complaints for over a week.
That's a scary issue for me.
I was having trouble getting up from the sofa...
yeah yeah...couch potato...I know...but it could not be helped.

On the positive side...I made sure I've been eating lots and lots of veggies.
Hot weather makes crave salads with lots of cucumbers, and I've discovered that tossing a salad in a big bowl with a little dressing, uses a lot less than drizzling it over my greens.
I can't tell you how many times I have ordered dressing on the side only to end up using the whole amount...and it's scary to think that I was probably adding 300 calories in dressing alone. No more.

I'm learning a 1/4 tsp of spicy brown mustard gives me just the right saltiness so that I don't crave salt. And drinking unsweetened limeade/ice tea keeps me hydrated and satisfied all day.

I remember complaining about the cold last winter....
so I'm not going to say anything about global warming...but...
baby it's hot outside.

enjoy your week...thanks for stopping by

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
BUTEAFULL 7/4/2013 12:31AM

    I had to laugh about don't complain about the heat after complaining about the cold weather

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IDLETYME 6/27/2013 8:22AM

    Hope your back feels better soon!!! emoticon

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DESERTDREAMERS 6/26/2013 11:27PM

    My back is twitchy, too. I can go months without sciatica problems, then wham! What's different? No clue.

Umm, salads. I've been doing the "dip the fork tines" trick. Just tonight, I was eating my salad that way, and caught Samurai, my Papillion, dipping his tongue into the dressing. Finished the salad without any extra dressing, thank you, Sam.

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ROCKYCPA 6/26/2013 9:47PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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JESSICABOOTY 6/26/2013 9:11PM

    The sound of those salads always says SUMMER to me.

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ROCKRUNNER404 6/26/2013 7:10PM

    emoticon Hope your back feels better soon!!!

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SPARKFRAN514 6/26/2013 6:16PM

    I have the same plan complain about the winter cold or the summer heat pick one not both like you I picked the cold to complain about. sorry you are having back issues that makes getting around hard. thanks for the reminder about the lemon and ice tea. getting my water in can be hard. thanks for the Great blog

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IAMAGEMLOVER 6/26/2013 3:22PM

    It is the end of June and I think this is the first real heat wave. By the time I went to the Dr. yesterday and came home, I needed another shower. I burned my hands on the steering wheel. Yes, it is hot out.

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CHACHAOREO 6/26/2013 2:49PM


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LINDAK25 6/26/2013 12:27PM

    Sorry about your back! I do the same thing with the dressing now. I can measure it this way. It really doesn't take much salad dressing to make me happy.

Have a great week and stay cool!

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TERMITEMOM 6/26/2013 11:45AM

    I hope your back will calm down soon! Not fun.
Yes, mustard is great. Try it along with some lemon juice too!

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PATTISTAMPS 6/26/2013 10:34AM

    Sorry your back is giving you fits... that is such a painful and annoying thing... can't do anything! Rest, gentle exercise, heat, cold... whatever works for you. Hope it feels better soon.

I love when my salad does not have too much dressing... HATE that pool in the bowl. I am fortunate that I prefer a vinegar and oil based reduced fat dressing with lots of spices. Or a balsamic vinegar... But I don't like creamy dressings. YEAH!! Something fattening I don't like!

Have a better day!

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APPLEPIEAPPLE 6/26/2013 9:55AM

    Sorry about your back. I am eating more greens as well. I do eat less dressing because I am finicky abou the kind I use. On the side is a very good choice for me. I Hope your back feels better soon.

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SLIMMERJESSE 6/26/2013 8:43AM

    Yikes, sorry to hear about your back. Feel better soon.

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KANOE10 6/26/2013 8:39AM

    I hope your back is better. Thanks for sharing tips for the hot weather and healthy eating! I have the opposite. It is cold and rainy. Hang in there and hope you feel better soon.

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EDWARDS1411 6/26/2013 8:22AM

    Luv the pic - hope your back is on the mend!

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FUNLOVEN 6/26/2013 7:35AM

    Thanks for the good idea about the salad dressing.

Some days are just "high maintenance" and you can't do much about it, but pamper it until it goes away. Hope your back is feeling better.


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LEANMEAN2 6/26/2013 7:35AM

    Hoping your back gets better sooner!

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PATTYKLAVER 6/26/2013 7:09AM

    Hoping your back straightens out soon. The hot, muggy weather yesterday left me sluggish and tired. Forgot about how good a salad and fruit are on days like that.

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TRISTAROSE 6/26/2013 5:16AM

    So sorry to hear about your back issues .... hope you are feeling better soon!

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RASPBERRY56 6/26/2013 4:21AM

    I hope you didn't get some of the *nasty* rainstorms I (in Middlesex Cty.) and my family (out in mid-PA camping) did yesterday - that was strong stuff indeed!

I work with someone dealing with back issues (complete with chiropractic visits and such) - I have an occasional issue if I sleep poorly and/or make a "false move"..........that really stinks!

Kudos to you for your salad consumption! I'm sooooooo *not* a salad person, with the exception of a mix including raspberry-based dressing (of course!) and a bit of nuts for crunch!

Enjoy your day - and keep on taking care of that back!

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HOUNDLOVER1 6/26/2013 1:46AM

    I found a great resource for back pain, the book by Peter Egoscue "Pain Free". It is all based on principles of muscle balance. You can also google and watch some vids on it. Hope you find it helpful. emoticon
Best wishes,

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ARTJAC 6/25/2013 11:38PM


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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 6/25/2013 11:15PM

    Hope your feeling better soon!

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TERRI289 6/25/2013 11:00PM

    Been missing you...get better soon! emoticon

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GABIBEAR 6/25/2013 10:39PM

    Sorry that your back is giving you so much problems! Great idea to eat a lot of salads and fruit. Saves on using the stove on hot days too! I am in with an air conditioner right now and don't think I would be comfortable without it!

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MICKEYH 6/25/2013 10:16PM

    Hope your back will feel better very soon. emoticon

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/25/2013 10:15PM

    I'm trying not to fume too much about the heat either but I will just say that I am sweating the minute I walk out the door. Right now I love my air conditioners. My back is a weenie as well. I just said today I need to do back exercises and lose weight.

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DALID414 6/25/2013 9:49PM

    Feel better very soon Sheryl.

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COCK-ROBIN 6/25/2013 9:33PM

    Never give up. You're worth it!

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CHOCOHIPPO 6/25/2013 9:19PM

    Hope your back feels better soon!

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WALLAHALLA 6/25/2013 9:05PM

    I'm lucky in that I have never really cared for salad dressings, except when I eat at Olive Garden. I love a dry salad, especially in the heat of the summer.

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1CRAZYDOG 6/25/2013 8:39PM

    LOVE grainy brown mustard. Learning to love wasabi too1 Just gives such a great ZING to veggies and salads.

Hope your back feels better soon.

HUGs and smiles, my dear

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REGILIEH 6/25/2013 8:38PM

    I'm going to try the spicy brown mustard, thanks for the tip!

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SHARONCAPPS 6/25/2013 8:20PM

  Great ideas. Thanks for sharing

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