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1/15/12 4:17 P

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I'm glad you both managed to surive the end of 2011 without too much in the way of disaster (except maybe the pork and beer :) ).

Family with dementia is a difficult situation. My grandpa had a mix of dementia and Alzheimer. It is truly hard on the family, and knowing it wont ever get any better is truly depressing. My heart goes out to you!

Loren

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Ran my first Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
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I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren



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1/15/12 3:20 A

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Hi all - yes I'm still living - had a great vacation with lots of pork and beer! - not so good for dieting but it tasted mighty good - Lucy Bella was so happy to have us back home. It's nice to home, sleep in my own bed and have an internet connection.

So today it will be lots of housework, vacuuming, floor mopping and dusting. A couple of days to get organized and get going on a good routine to make sure that I get in my exercise and organize meals. Went to the doctor this morning, stopped at the grocery store and now I'm enjoying a nice cup of coffee!

Saying that jet lag suddenly is setting in. A nap sounds even better.


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1/14/12 3:35 P

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Food at end of year: I didn't make any major/lengthy trips at Thanksgiving so I was able to eat turkey and veggies and just one taste of the best looking of the pies. Fine by me. I also can bring a dish, it is a partial potluck occasion.

The Solstice/Christmas end of year was a different story. (Personally, I celebrate BOTH of these holidays... The former, religiously; the latter, as a family connection spiritual thing.) I was at my brother's (involving a plane flight) from the 19th to the 26th. He wanted to do all the cooking (when we didn't dine out at special occasions), and yes, he is a good cook and takes the time to prep well. But not all of it dovetailed with my low carb food lifestyle. I did decline most of the desserts (but had a planned eating around an excellent tiramisu), and when we dined out I chose seafood, and things without batter or deep-frying.

Problems did arise diet-wise before I left home. We had two or three lunches outside of work, to celebrate holidays. Not at places that gave sufficient options. I picked what I could from the menus, and it worked out okay -- maybe another pound gained.

And perhaps -- indeed strongly perhaps -- the fact that I spent most of the first three weeks of November down helping out my father who is elderly, beginning dementia, and who had fallen -- try to cope with stuff he has no plans on coping with. He wants his car back; he wants to live independently; he is simply still coherent enough often enough to want to live his own life as he chooses, despite the fact he burnt and melted his percolating coffee maker (that he's had for at least two decades) by putting it on a cooking range element, and trying to heat it up that way.

Ah, the plane stuff!

The plane was fine this year, for the holidays. It was not fine last July when I flew off for my brother's surprise 50th birthday party. My plane got cancelled, and I had to hang out for 6 or so hours for the next flight, which meant eating airport food... bleah.

I did have to eat crud, but it was only one meal of crud.

If you want to bring food through security for eating... I suggest the following:

Hard boiled eggs
Veggie sticks
Jerky.
Hard cheese.

Skip the hummus, and anything like chicken or potato salad. You can buy bottled water on the other side of security. Normally I prefer to avoid bottled water (the environmental footprint), but here it becomes handy.






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11/28/11 6:44 P

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Can I bitch about security?

(1) The week the planes started flying again in September 2001, my husband traveled to California from Chicago with a laser head. The power source and cooling system were way too heavy for him to carry, so all he had was a large steel box that the x-ray couldn't see inside of. It had electrical leads and the opening for the cooling hose to attach on the back, and the shutter at the front. He couldn't turn it on to prove that it was what he said it was. They just took him at his word and waved him through. They took my 2 inch long nail clipper on the grounds that it could be a weapon.

(2) December of that year, we flew from Chicago to Columbus, Ohio. The screener at our metal detector was flirting with the one at the next detector over. When Ward walked through, the detector beeped and the red lights flashed all the way up to the top. I have no idea what Ward had forgotten to take out of his pockets, but the screeners were too busy flirting and didn't even notice, so he just continued on. We got a picnic backpack as a gift that year and it included a corkscrew that was taken from us on the return trip.

(3) After the shoe bomber made it impossible to take any significant quantity of liquids or gels, lest someone mix explosives on the plane, my 10-year-old cousin, Denzel, visited us for a camping trip in Acadia. He missed his younger brother Lucas' birthday party and wanted to take something back to him. So we picked wild blueberries before we came home from Maine and Denzel made a blueberry pie with his own two hands to take to his brother. My heart sank when the ticket agent pointed out that not only was the pie filling EXACTLY the sort of gel that you would see in a disguised bomb, but that a 10" pie was enough to do real damage. I thought Denzel was going to cry. Instead, he charmed the TSA agents and they let him carry the pie through.

Now, my husband and my cousin are NOT terrorists bent on mass murder, but it's hard to feel like the inconvenience is worth it for the added security when flirting agents could so easily let a gun on board.

I got some ideas, I think from folks on this team before my long train ride in July, that might be useful. e.g. I can bring a screw-top bowl of dry milk, add water once I'm past security to mix into "milk" and then dump a ziploc full of cereal in for an en route breakfast. I'm not sure if fruit can go through, but I'm pretty sure there are no limits on dry foods. I think I need to be thinking in those terms...



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11/28/11 9:56 A

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It has been so long since I've flown anywhere. You can bring things with you up to the security check points right? That doesn't really help with layovers and other issues.

Maybe that is the conspiracy, you will eat the overpriced foods while stuck at a 2 hour layover. MWHAHAH!

Loren

Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Ran my first Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren



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11/24/11 8:35 A

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I actually don't eat so differently at Christmas and Thanksgiving dinner than any other meal, but the snacking temptations are a challenge once the Christmas cookies are all baked. I need tips for airport food. So little is allowed through security, and it takes forever to fly anywhere nowadays. It's not just that what I can buy at the airport is bad for me (can you say Auntie Anne's?), it's also crazy expensive. What do others do?

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11/20/11 7:52 A

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For most of us the end of the year can be rough. Finals, projects at work, traveling, holidays, people.... Please share your tips and troubles about dealing with this time of the year. Are you going to continue your healthy plan or just go with the flow? Do you have tips for those having a rough time with family, stress or food choices?

Post away!

Food pushers can be an issue around this time of the year so here are some strategies for dealing with them. I also have to work hard to make sure I am NOT a food pusher. I LOVE to bake, but I know my pumpkin cake does not fit into everyone's eating plan.

engine2diet.com/the-daily-beet/survi
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Also, stress (and family) and bring on emotional eating, so can down time once all the hectic time lines and travel start to pass, so here is a good spark article to help with emotional eating before it takes over.

www.sparkpeople.com/resource/wellnes
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Indianapolis IN - Eastern Time Zone.

Ran my first Marathon, Indianapolis Indiana October 16th 2010.

Your stomach shouldn't be a waist basket.
~Author Unknown

I miss you Dad (I know you'd be proud of me).
~Loren



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