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Spring Cleaning the Kitchen...

Friday, March 21, 2014

In celebration of the arrival of Spring, I took the opportunity to "spring clean" my kitchen. For me, this is not that cumbersome a task to tackle. Because the majority of the food I eat has such a very short "shelf life", I take inventory at least once a week However, sometimes...something gets "pushed to the back" of my cupboards and will go unnoticed for a period of time. To date, not any historical length of time. No science projects in the fridge. However, found a few "old-timers" in the cupboards during this spring clean

.....a box of Post Grape-Nuts Fit Cereal with an expiration date of November 15, 2013; a box of Kashi Go Lean Cereal with an expiration date of January 11, 2014 and a box of Kashi Blackberry Hills Cereal with an expiration date of March 07, 2014.

Surprisingly, all were boxes of cereal. I love cereal. To me, cereal is my comfort, feel good food. I enjoy it for breakfast, lunch or dinner...Winter, Spring, Summer and Fall. I love, love, love cereal.
Growing up, we always had a wide selection of unsweetened boxes of cereal in the house...everyone had their favorite(s) and then there were a few that we all enjoyed. (Oatmeal. Good 'ol fashioned Quaker Rolled Oats. Cream of Wheat. Grits. I mean, who doesn't love those ultimate feel good, comfort foods?! ♥) Present day, cereal is my go-to meal for breakfast. And, as finicky with food as I am, I am not so much with cereal. Aside from the pre-sweetened cereals and ones that contain ingredients that may, or would, aggravate my allergies, I will probably eat it. Boxes of cereal pretty much consume one shelf in the themselves. And, they all seem to get along together.

What did I do with the three boxes of expired cereal(?)...Hubby said cereal can keep past the expiry date. Usually, this rarely (if ever) is an issue. {However, was away several times from October to now...can't keep up with the consumption of cereal here in the house if I'm not here.} So, breakfast this morning(?) ...Kashi Blackberry Hills Cereal and, two weeks after the still looked and tasted crunchy and fresh.

For those of you who Spring Clean your fridge, cupboards and pantries...What is something that comes to mind that was past expiration and, how long past expiration?

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DENISENTEXAS 3/21/2014 11:29PM

    Great entry! I don't often have things expire but when I do it's usually something like that little jar of capers I bought two years ago for a recipe I never made. When will I learn that if I have to buy something not on my normal shopping list there's a very good chance I'll never get around to making the dish for which I bought the item? ;)

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Occupy Sleep

Friday, August 30, 2013

I suck at sleeping...always have. As a baby, I slept...and, as my mom recalls, I slept real good. As a child, I didn't like to sleep. As a teenager, I didn't want to sleep. As an adult, I don't have time to sleep.

I would emoticon to be able to emoticon! I function pretty good on about 3-4 hours of sleep a I think I would be amazing on 8 hours of sleep a night and am up for the Official Better Sleep Challenge!

Personally, I doubt SP had me in mind when they said they'd have me sleeping in just 4 weeks...all the more reason I am up for the challenge!

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OCEANWIDE 3/20/2014 2:36PM

    Good luck ! emoticon
Thank's for the lovely comment on my blog by the way,
Have a great day !


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TEDDYTEDDY 9/10/2013 1:49PM

    I spent quite a few years with extreme difficulty sleeping. I finally saw a doctor regarding fibromyalgia and the pain that interfered with sleep. I was put on antidepressants to help me sleep as my pain tolerance had to be restored. Finally after 10 years I felt the pills were not helping and I had a drugged feeling in the morning and so weaned off. Eventually, I realized that part of my problem was sleep apnea and went for a sleep study. I now have a CPAP machine and have nearly perfect sleep aside from some recent anxiety regarding all my health problems, husband's health problem (Alzheimer's) and so was put on Zoloft for the anxiety and depression. Now the only thing that stands in the way of my sleep is going to bed at a decent time which I know is something I need to improve. Hope your sleep difficulties don't hang on too long as it is very bad for your overall health.

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SNIC23 9/5/2013 12:48PM

    Have you been sleeping any better? Or for longer?

When my children were little I was so busy that I usually only got 5 hours of sleep. This went on for at least 15 years. Between raising kids, running the house and owning a business I literally didn't have time for sleep either. I functioned just fine, but am most grateful for the amount of sleep I am able to obtain now.

What have you been doing to try to squeeze in more sleep?

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LOSIN_IT4GOOD 8/31/2013 3:28AM

    Good Luck!

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SUSANBEAMON 8/31/2013 1:48AM

  sleep is good for you, but sometimes things get in the way, like pain.

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IDICEM 8/31/2013 12:45AM

  Good luck! emoticon

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4-Month Spark Anniversary!

Wednesday, July 10, 2013

emoticon Fellow Sparkers!

I was about two paragraphs (or so) into a rant about how terrible I am at sparking, when I realized that today is my 4-Month Spark Anniversary! An anniversary is something to celebrate and therefore, I have changed my blog to reflect on my past 4 months with SparkPeople.

I emoticon on June 29th of last year. Over this past winter, my size 3 clothing (jeans & shorts...anything with a zipper) started feeling a bit snug on me. emoticon I had attributed this to my age and to having quit smoking 6+ months prior. I had commented about this to my life-partner (who is also a wonderful inspiration!), to which he replied "So, do something about it."....

Just do it. ---- >>> Those 3 words changed everything for me.

I had been a size 3 since my twenties and had maintained that thru the years with my somewhat healthy eating habits and a somewhat active lifestyle. I sadly took this for granted. emoticon Quitting smoking does not cause weight gain. So, that was immediately ruled out. My body is most definitely beginning to change now that I'm 40 (40-something. emoticon ) metabolism is slowing down, but not that much so drastically. No way.

So...I did it.

I made a commitment to a healthier lifestyle. I began eating healthier and making time for daily fitness activity. I love that I have more energy. I love that I can see muscle definition in my calves, arms and abs. I love that my clothes fit comfortably again. I was feeling good. Real good. emoticon

I stumbled upon SparkPeople looking for a recipe on-line and I thought this looked like it would be a good tool for me to be more focused and consistent and, at the same time, helping to motivate and support others. emoticon

I had been going strong with my tracking on here. emoticon Then the hot humid weather arrived. With that, it brought eating when I can and whatever I happen to be in the mood for at the time (On most days, my daily caloric intake is under 1,000!) and instead of making time for fitness, I squeeze it in whenever I am able (My fitness minutes have dropped from over 2 hours to under 90 minutes daily!) emoticon And, I work at a computer all day (and night emoticon)...keeping up with the spark just started becoming increasingly more difficult. *sigh*

Time for me to get back on track...set some new goals and better habits.


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    Way to just DOING it! Keep it up and you will be better for it.

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SONSHINESUE518 7/12/2013 12:21PM

It sounds like you are really doing great. Giving up smoking is no easy feat
so congratulations to you!

Keep up the good work.

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SNIC23 7/10/2013 6:34PM

    Well emoticon to you!

My normal size is also size 3. I grew into 7's in a hurry after I quit smoking. I fed my craving for nicotine. Starting menopause at 37 didn't help much either. emoticon

Funny how things seem to work themselves out... with a little effort on your part. So happy to have bumped into you! emoticon


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Celebrating One Year of Not Smoking!

Saturday, June 29, 2013

One year ago today I stopped smoking and haven't smoked a cigarette since. ONE whole YEAR SMOKE-FREE! emoticon

With the obvious of better health, it has been a year of freedom. I don't have to light up every time I have a phone call or sit down at my computer. I don't have to worry about how many cigarettes are left in the pack and stress about getting to the store before they close to make sure I have enough cigarettes to last me until bedtime. I don't have to eat and go outside for a cigarette. I don't have to breathe through a cigarette anymore. emoticon

I had to do these things when I smoked, because I was addicted.

Do I feel superior because I no longer smoke(?)...No, just grateful that I no longer have to. That I'm no longer addicted. And, after one year of not smoking, I have no desire to every smoke again. When others smoke in front of me, it reinforces what a dirty disgusting habit it is and feel grateful that that's not me.

I have been asked from smokers if it's hard to quit. Quitting smoking is as hard or as easy as you make it. For me, I made the commitment to stop and I did. (That simple.) The most difficult part of quitting is deciding to stop and the anxiety that comes with imagining (if you can) a life of not smoking. Once you stop, it's just a matter of biting the bullet until the addiction subsides. (And, it will...if you let it.)

I quit cold turkey, as I couldn't understand that using a crutch (nicotine gum, patch, pill, etc.) could help me to stop. To me, that was like continuing to feed my addiction for nicotine. I just wanted it out of my system.

One year later...I feel good!

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BEACH_NUT 7/10/2013 3:59PM

    emoticon all for your wonderful comments!

And, a huge emoticon to those of you who have kicked the habit yourselves and enjoying a smoke-free's the emoticon!

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HWNHMMBRD 6/30/2013 3:14PM

    Isn't It great not to be tied down that way?! I am coming up on 2 years, and it still amazes me that I am now a non-smoker. emoticon emoticon on your 1 year emoticon

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LORI-K 6/30/2013 10:40AM

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CONGRATULATIONS!!! I love hearing that someone else has quit smoking! So proud of you!
I quit 3 years 10 months ago and it was the best decision I ever made! I had chain smoked for 23 years and had finally broken free of the evil addiction!
We are awesome!

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CHERRY666 6/30/2013 12:32AM

    CONGRATULATIONS!! That's wonderful! You should be so proud of yourself! Quitting is hard, and staying quit for a whole year is excellent! Whoo hoo!

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    Good for you, now that is willpower! Keep it up. emoticon emoticon

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SONSHINESUE518 6/29/2013 2:03PM

That is absolutely awesome. I quit many years ago, also cold turkey,
and I am so glad to not be a smoker! What a blessing to one's health AND their
pocketbook!! The last time I smoked, a pack of cigarettes was about $1.25, LOL!!

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SNIC23 6/29/2013 12:07PM

    I am proud of you, happy for you and in awe of you.

And I'm pretty proud of me, happy for me and in awe of me.

We rock!!! Happy 1 Year Smoke Free!!!

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2013 Relay For Life - Middle Village, NY

Tuesday, June 25, 2013

This was my first Relay For Life event, in memory of my good friend, Mineo who lost his battle to complications from chemotherapy treatments due to Leukemia and, in honor of my dear friend who helped put this all together, who unexpectedly and tragically lost her own life just one week before this event. This one was for you, Dom!

This event began at 4:00PM on Saturday, June 22nd, with the survivor celebration of all whom have survived and/or beat this. This was a celebration of your lives...and of more birthdays.

Each team had to have a team member on the track at all times throughout this event.

There were hosted games for big and little people throughout the entire event. I participated in the Zumba Class and in Twister. My dedicated practice of yoga over the past year paid off...I won at Twister. (At 4:30 in the morning, with NO sleep!) emoticon me! A wonderful family event, for sure.

The luminaria ceremony was held at 10:00PM Saturday evening. A lighting of candles in memory of those whom have sadly lost their battle to cancer. The memory candles were all lit around the track (in double rows, in some areas!) while each name was read aloud. This was followed by a moment of silence lap around the track by all.

{We kept our candles by our camp site, so that they would be close to us. Mineo had many candles lit in his memory...his presence was definitely felt there that evening. (Te echo de menos, Min! emoticon )}

Friends came and walked to show their support throughout the event...

Right thru until sunrise...

Many people left following the luminaria ceremony. For those of us who stayed, it was a long night, but we did it. The feeling of looking over at the track or walking on the track and always seeing someone walking was just extremely comforting...and happy.

After clean-up, breakfast was donated to those of us "still standing". Instead of eating, I chose to use that time to walk around the track remembrance to my loved ones whom are no longer here due to cancer. And, to my best friend, Dom...who is just no longer here. (I did it, girl! emoticon )

Breakfast was followed by our closing ceremony.

I will be back next year!

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MJ7DM33 6/25/2013 2:24PM

  WTG! Thx for sharing!

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SNIC23 6/25/2013 12:52PM

    You did an amazing job presenting this touching event. I have tears in my eyes. I know this was a bittersweet event for you. I loved the pictures (you have great legs, by the way!) and congratulations on kicking Twister butt!

I hope your Sunday was filled with relaxation and time to reflect on the beauty in life... in spite of everything that is less than beautiful.

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