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Sunday, August 26, 2012

There are two here. One is related to weight loss, the other is not.

First, the non-weight loss related one. On Saturday mornings, my local NBC affiliate has a little trivia contest. I have not done this for awhile. Did it last week and scored very poorly because there were a lot of questions about a Broadway show (Lost) that I have not seen. Yesterday's category was Firsts and Lasts. The first question was: Who was the first man to walk on the moon? Choices were Neil Armstrong, Buzz Aldrin and Buzz Lightyear. I got the answer right, yay!!! Actually, the first question is usually pretty easy, and it gets harder as you go along.

So imagine my surprise when I heard later in the afternoon that this first man to walk on the moon, Neil Armstrong, had passed away (and it was not Neil Young, like NBC initially reported). Those of us who were around in 1969 will remember how he stirred the imagination of the nation and the world. I remember watching the moon landing from a little tv at summer camp. It was a big deal to be able to watch any sort of tv there, and we all had to chip in $.50 to be able to do this. I guess they had to get a satellite dish or something, but it was all worth it. I heard that his family simply wanted him remembered as this: next time you see the moon, wink back at it. Last night I took a walk. The moon was shining brightly, and I was winking at Neil.

The other coincidence is food related. Yesterday, I had the pleasure of having lunch at Whole Foods with some new spark friends. Thanks to Nancy, Yvonne and Tracy for the invite and for a great time. After lunch, we walked around the store and did some shopping. They sell freshly ground nut butters. The nuts are in the bin, and you press the button to grind it on the spot. Among other things, they have chocolate peanut butter (peanuts and dark chocolate chips).

I have really been craving peanut butter, but I have been afraid to have any. We have two large unopened jars at home, and I am seriously afraid that if I open the jar and have a little peanut butter, I will end up eating the whole jar, which is listed at 7,000 calories!! These are large jars, and I doubt I would eat the whole jar in one sitting, but even over the course of a few days, that is a lot of peanut butter (and calories). I am actually proud of myself for being able to realize this is a problem. A few years ago I would have continued the pattern of opening the jar, eating the whole thing, and wondering why I was so weak-willed. There is also a brand of dark chocolate peanut butter that has made its way to our local supermarkets. This is a much smaller jar, but several times I have bought one and polished the whole thing off by myself in short order. Anyway, I decided that it might be a good idea to buy a small amount of the chocolate peanut butter from Whole Foods. I could grind just a little bit. So it wouldn't be too expensive, and there would be a pretty small limit on what I could eat.

I had some of the peanut butter yesterday, and I must say that I was extremely satisfied with a very small amount. In fact, most of what I bought is still left over. I will have it another time. I am very pleased. But it makes me realize that in this case, what I saw was what I got. Even though I don't know exactly what is in the chocolate chips (I have an idea, though), there is not a lot of extra added sugar or anything else. And coincidentally, I did not display addictive behavior. Something I will definitely have to keep in mind going forward.
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    That's awesome. Awareness is key! You are aware of what you need to work on and you're doing it! Woo hoo! Happy Tuesday! Keep up the good work! Thanks for the encouragement! Spark on! emoticon emoticon
    2055 days ago
    Hey fellow Jersey Girl! Peanut butter is a real danger for me as well and I did some serious damage last week because of it. Good for you for showing restraint!
    2058 days ago
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    emoticon There are certain foods I cannot be trusted with so you are better than I am. LOL!

    2063 days ago
    Interesting observations about the chocolate peanut butter. Seems like you have found a good way to handle it.
    2063 days ago
    Sometimes I think my body just craves something that it needs!! A couple of peanuts in my mouth satisfies me, plus it is protein!! Good going... My boys go to an astronomy camping weekend and we are saddened by Mr. Armstrong's passing. Take care, Moni
    2064 days ago
    Woohoo! Realizing the PNB addiction is a step in the right direction. How cool is that?!

    I heard about Neil driving into work today. The radio DJ was cracking one joke after another. I found his humor in poor taste and had to change the channel. Some people have no tact.

    I love the camping story! I don't remember the moon landing first hand but I do remember my maternal grandmother saying she thought it was a hoax and couldn't possibly have happened. I think she believed that all of her life.

    emoticon on passing your food challenge!!!

    2064 days ago
    Oh wow! Here is another coincidence....i cant buy peanut butter either, or i will eat it like a mad woman! I love it and it ticks me off that i cant have any in the house to enjoy on occasion. This blog has made me IS all the added sugar and other crap in store bought PNB that triggers me to keep eating it by the spoonfuls!!
    I will try the fresh ground and see how it goes....i think i can do it!!
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    2065 days ago
    Knowing our triggers is a big key to our journey! Go you on knowing and not giving up on yourself!
    2065 days ago
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