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Taking a lesson from our grandmothers. Tales from 100# Down

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

As many of you know I have recently given up city life for country life. BIG change from the 'burbs of Chicago to the rural countryside of the mid-south but other than VERY slow internet it's all been good. I've been able to get my weight loss going again (I had been on a long plateau after a holiday uptick of about 6 pounds) and the surprising thing is that I don't have ONE piece of my gym equipment here nor the plethora of diet foods available in the Chicago market. So what's the difference?

The difference is my life has returned more to that of my grandmother's. I work harder, I walk more, I'm more active and there are not restaurants within a half hour drive and even then choices are few. This forces me to cook and when I cook I don't eat that quick open mouth stuff face kind of junk! I'm eating quality food and getting good old fashioned activity.

Everything is more work here. Our garage is across the "lane" from our house so when I need something from the garage I have to take a little walk and that's up and down the hill. Mowing has become a HUGE job and yes I push mow about 2 acres around the house. I do more sweeping (dusty in the country). I am gardening. I'm not sitting around at my computer desk watching tv or surfing the internet like I used to. Hmm. Sounds like my grandmother's life.

I'm enjoying new things. I'm going to make my first stab at making blackberry jelly this year. We have oodles of them which should ripen about July. I'm going to be canning and freezing.

So all of this activity and home cooking is seeing the scale go down. Ah - the benefits of country living.

You don't have to live in the country to benefit from this. Just start cooking more. Stop eating out so much. Start getting out of your chair and get busy! You too will see a change.


Member Comments About This Blog Post:
HOLLYL7 6/16/2014 1:04PM

    Loved this blog Suzanne =) It is an interesting lesson that you are doing better with less of the diet/fitness "stuff." I am one that finds it easier to waste time researching and buying the next best thing when I'm falling down on my program, and I now know that is simply a more expensive way to procrastinate just doing what needs to be done! (close mouth; move feet!!)

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ANIHAKA 5/25/2014 6:54AM

    Sounds familiar. I can't wait to return to the country life and work on my garden like you. What you've said is spot on, country life means being on the go all the time in a healthy non stressful way.

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KIM22211 5/16/2014 4:19AM

    WE EAT OUT ABOUT ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH. FAR CRY FROM WHEN IT WAS SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK! Saving $$$$$$$$ is the biggest benefit for us, but healthier choices controlled at home too!

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TREYONE 5/14/2014 11:30PM


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LYNMEINDERS 5/14/2014 5:31PM is great how things have changed for you....woohoo...

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PEGGYO 5/14/2014 11:04AM

    great ideas

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SUSIEMT 5/14/2014 9:36AM

    Ahhh! Shades of "Green Acres"!

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JOYFULSPIRIT920 5/14/2014 7:23AM


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TRISTAROSE 5/14/2014 5:49AM

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KALEWINE 5/14/2014 12:46AM

    Sounds lovely!

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L*I*T*A* 5/14/2014 12:07AM

    great advice.........
all the best with your new changes.........

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COLOR-BLUE 5/13/2014 10:16PM


emoticon and emoticon to you, for being able to move out in the country and more importantly, the scale is moving DOWNWARD!!!!

Oh how I miss that country living! I remember bailing the hay, planting and reaping the harvest from the vegetable garden. I didn't know, when was a kid, that corn and sunflowers got so tall and huge.

Again, congrats on your move and the joy that you'll reap!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -

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4RASCALS 5/13/2014 7:33PM

    emoticon Good for you. I'm sure that you sleep much better also.
It's a much slower place than city life. Let us know how the blackberry jelly turns out.

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MYTHMYTH 5/13/2014 6:33PM

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    Busy busy busy!!!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 5/13/2014 5:19PM

    Last year I made jam with a low sugar recipe. Everyone liked it better than the jam I'd made in years past. I used to love freezer jam, but now you have to add corn syrup to it. Hope you enjoy yourself gardening and everything that goes with your country life. I mow with a push mower, also. Love it and it's a good workout. If I mow the whole place with the push mower, I walk 8 miles. Unbelievable!!! Enjoy your lifestyle.

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    What a beautiful picture of country life! I remember my grandma and how active she was. She lived to almost 100, grew a huge garden every year, cooked everything from scratch. She canned a lot, although in later years she said "I'm getting lazy---I'd rather freeze than can." I also remember her saying once that she didn't allow herself to sit down until after the mid-day meal was over (which was the biggest meal of the day.) She was on her feet making a big breakfast, and an even bigger noon meal. After lunch she sat and did ironing, or needlework. Evening meal was very light. No computer screens. No nearby restaurants. She did watch one afternoon soap opera, but folded laundry or did needlework at the same time. She was really fit and never gained weight!

Congratulations to you! Enjoy your new life!

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DEBSZOO74 5/13/2014 4:42PM

    Your new country life sounds great!

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JEANNETTE59 5/13/2014 3:05PM

  emoticon Bet you're sleeping better too!

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NEWBERRYBEAR71 5/13/2014 2:38PM

    I've always felt I should have been my grandparents parents. I'm 42 but would have loved to have been born in the early 1900's. I think we lost a lot with tvs, computers, cars etc. Back then family was close by and neighbors helped each other. Food came from the backyard, not the closest fast food joint. Enjoy that blackberry jam!

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PINKBEANBOO 5/13/2014 2:30PM

    I love reading about how different your life in the country is.

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    Loved the story. I moved from big city life in Southern California to country life of a very small community in NE Texas. Life is much slower. I learned how to can and garden also. Did it for several years but now that I am in my sixty's living alone I don't do it anymore. No children to share it with all my step children live over 8 hrs. away and aren't inclined to call or visit. I do piddle in the yard some and love my walks and enjoy the quite life. Hugs Pat

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KJHOUSTON 5/13/2014 1:45PM

    Great advice as always!

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    Love the picture you painted. I'm so happy you are in the country now. Hope the babies enjoy it as much.

Fresh produce, yard work, having to move to get things done are all good things to do. Good for you.

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NASFKAB 5/13/2014 1:07PM

  great advice

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