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Do restaurants take advantage of “healthy eaters?”

Friday, October 24, 2014

Because of a sudden unexpected trip, my last 6 meals were on the road. This included take-out food since no one was cooking given the circumstances of our visit.

The further south you go, the fewer healthy choices I found.

This is the story of one meal. DH and my in-laws ordered burgers and Reuben sandwiches. The portions were huge and included side dishes (beans and slaw). Both sandwiches had to be eaten with a knife and fork. You couldn’t hold anything that big in your hand. The cost was $7.49 and $8.49 for those entrees.

I ordered the “lighter fare” - grilled chicken and steamed broccoli. It cost $6.49. Here it is.



There are exactly 4 piece of broccoli there.

I remember when I first tried the chicken salad at McDonalds and realized that I paid $5 for a plate full of lettuce with 4 little chicken chunks plus a few slivers of tomato and cucumber. DH had an enormous pile of food for less money.
It may be different now since I haven’t been there in years.

However, I do understand how someone would be tempted to get more for their money.

You need determination to eat healthy. Too bad you also seem to need a bigger wallet.

Note: I didn’t photograph the other dinners since it seemed rude to do that. Trust me, they were HUGE.

  
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BOOKAPHILE 10/24/2014 10:51PM

    I hope you soon can be back in the kitchen producing just what you need without feeling (being!) cheated. Eating out is a convenience, but not necessarily one that yields balanced nutrition and lower calories.

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WATERMELLEN 10/24/2014 10:10PM

    This has always struck me when travelling in the USA -- it's way cheaper to eat unhealthy food. And that's why whenever possible I rent a condo and make my own food!! Tastes better too. (I know, clearly not possible on your recent trip).

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DOVESEYES 10/24/2014 8:56PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/24/2014 6:30PM

    I've noticed the same thing... a reason to avoid eating out, in my opinion, unless I'm forced to... which obviously, in this case, you were. It is worth it. But if I can't get my own fresh-built salad... some of the offerings "out" just pale by comparison!

Hang in there... it's temporary, and you're tough!

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SUNSET09 10/24/2014 5:48PM

  Everyone does! emoticon Have you noticed how much a salad costs?!?!?!? I make it point not to mention how big the amounts are as you best believe, they are not cheating themselves. emoticon I also make sure I have some leftovers for lunch the next day! emoticon emoticon

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GIVEUP30 10/24/2014 4:00PM

    you so right it is harder on the road we usually get the streamed meal some places have

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GABY1948 10/24/2014 3:18PM

    The title to this really caught my eye! And I totally agree with you! I have noticed the same thing!

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JAMIRBLAZE 10/24/2014 3:16PM

    Agreed! At least, yours was less money. Usually grilled meat and a veggie costs more than a huge plate of grease and cheese, and is paltry on the veggies.

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LINDAKAY228 10/24/2014 3:13PM

    I think they do take advantage! You can eat out cheaper if your want unhealthy food unfortunately. Even though they are offering more on their menus for healthier eaters there is a price!

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APRIL_V_2 10/24/2014 2:06PM

    I have noticed this too. When I order a vegetarian entree sometimes that has everything else the same as someone else at a restaurant except the meat, I don't get a discount. I think that's unfair! And yes, healthier entrees typically cost as much or even more than the full fat meaty meals that are overflowing the plate. Really annoying. We do notice that a higher percentage of our income goes to groceries than we would like. We keep trying to figure out how to reduce cost without reducing the healthiness. It is tough. Those coupon queens out there are typically filling their carts with highly processed foods with long shelf lives. Not the types of foods that comprise a healthy diet (mostly).

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GETHEALTHY83 10/24/2014 11:35AM

  I agree! You can get so much junk cheap to eat and feel extra full but yet it costs so much more to eat healhty and they're skimpy on the veggies. I mean it's expensive to buy veggies and fruit so I know why they're charging us so much when we order it.

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DR1939 10/24/2014 11:16AM

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TX_WILDHEART 10/24/2014 11:11AM

    i agree bigtime. They are so ripping us a new one!!

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EVIE4NOW 10/24/2014 11:09AM

  The reverse story to yours is super sizing. A few restaurants are now getting "it" but most aren't.

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BBEAGAN 10/24/2014 11:00AM

    I know! even the SAME price for a smaller, healthy meal would seem reasonable to me, but when they charge MORE than for the 'junk' food?? When you know that if you were making it at home, the healthy meal would cost less? Really, how much more would it cost the restaurant to triple the amount of broccoli!

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 10/24/2014 10:17AM

    There are restaurants that offer healthy choices and do not charge more for them but you really have to look for them and choose carefully. You definitely did not get your money's worth on the chicken and broccoli.

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2BDYNAMIC 10/24/2014 10:08AM

    You asked if they took advantage of healthy' eaters ............. Remember one thing about restaurants/ fast foods and all ............... it is BUSINESS to them period. They could care less about anyones cholesterol or waistline ............ They are there to make emoticon and LOTS of it ............. That is how the Managers make their big bonuses! ......... And they take classes in strategy and how to seduce the consumer .............. Notice the word ............... consumer ............ Because we CONSUME ............... so we have to be wary and outsmart them. And those veggies are usually cooked to death! ........... Grim but true.

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CRAMPERELLA 10/24/2014 9:52AM

    Loll! You got ripped off! I had to laugh when I saw your meal. It is healthy but they obviously do not cater to anyone wanting to eat truly appetizing and healthy food. Travelling is hard. Once you get out of large urban centres, the quality of restaurants usually drops.

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WILSONWR 10/24/2014 9:45AM

    It's a shame, but that is the truth. They seem to charge extra for "healthy" items (or give you much less). It's hard to healthy when you think you're getting "ripped off."

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KANOE10 10/24/2014 9:08AM

    That is true. You get larger portions of unhealthy foods in restaurants such as fries. You got a healthy but small meal. Good luck on your travels. I traveling also.

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Run cut short by smoke and grass

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

Those are 2 separate things in case a quick misreading led you to think I was smoking grass. Come to think of it, isn’t “grass” an antiquated term now? I’m showing my age.

Anyway, I went out for a run specifically seeking a hilly route. The weather was beautiful yesterday.

At about 2 miles I ran a gauntlet of lawn mowers. People were understandably taking advantage of the weather to get outdoor chores done.

I have a severe grass allergy, something I never knew until I left Brooklyn. We didn’t have a lot of lawns. However, I run prepared. I held a handkerchief over my nose and hurried on by.

Further on I noticed that my lungs were burning. That was odd. I wasn’t running hard and didn’t feel bad at all otherwise.

Ah yes. A good 50 feet ahead of me were 2 guys smoking. They were walking in the same direction as I was going, but the wind was causing the smoke to waft right back at me. The closer I got, the stronger the smoke.

Continuing wasn’t smart so I reversed direction back past the grass people to my car. It wasn’t the pleasant, long run I planned, but better to stop and run another day. Stuff happens and each of us has our own obstacles to work around. I carry an inhaler just in case.

At least it was better than the last time I had to cut short a run – because of a snake – a copperhead. No allergy there just a racing heart!

For the record: I’m glad the 2 guys were not smoking indoors or around children. We didn’t have a lot of grass in Brooklyn, but we did have cigarette smoke.

I always had respiratory problems as a child. Looking back at home movies, it’s clear that I started coughing and rubbing my nose and eyes whenever my Dad and his friends lit up. It was a different time and nobody made the connection.

Smoking eventually killed my father. I wish someone had made it more difficult for him to smoke. I miss him.

  
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GIVEUP30 10/24/2014 4:11PM

    the last two times I cut our grass I had a very hard time breathing the second worse than the first neeless to say had to stop cutting grass now pay someone would rather have the money but!!!! this happened only two years ago......but my coughing started years ago.....around l alot of smokers I didn'g care if they wanted to fire money.....but doctor finally told me I have second hand smokers lungs and I now have an inhaler and think it is the pits.....so we have the same two problems......I couldn't go out to eat years ago for you could smoke ever where.....never saw anyone smoke in grocery stores so had to cover nose and mouth as I have to do today for people smoker right outside the door....you take care

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WATERMELLEN 10/24/2014 7:20AM

    Good call.

And my dad smoked continuously too -- even my college students smoked in the classroom consistently when I started teaching about 1975!!

My my my times have changed -- this is a good change for sure.

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KEEPITUP62 10/23/2014 11:13AM

    What a bummer to have to cut your run short. I am so glad where I live in Ontario Canada, people are not allowed to smoke in public places )(Not even parks) It is getting to the point where you don't know if a person smokes here because you only see them once in a while smoking while driving or at a private home.

The laws are getting stricter all the time about smoking here. If you have children in your car under the age of 16 you are not allowed to smoke in your car. This is the encourage those who do smoke to QUIT. Hopefully everyone gets the message one day that smoking kills.

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APRIL_V_2 10/23/2014 10:54AM

    I hate that too, you're out doing something healthy (running, walking) and then have to inhale cigarette smoke.mits like your healthy endeavors are being cancelled out.mso frustrating! I love exercising outdoors and thankfully that does not happen as often as it used to.

i saw your status that you're out of town for a family emergency. Hope all is well.

Congratulations on your blog post being chosen for a daily spark mail. You really are an inspiration. I hope to be a maintainer for life as well!

Take care, April

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MARYJEANSL 10/23/2014 1:40AM

  I'm sorry you had to cut your run short, but it was best. I hope you get lots of nice days for running before the cold sets in.

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KANOE10 10/22/2014 9:53PM

    Hugs to you. I miss my dad also. Too bad about the grass and smoke

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MILLEDGE2 10/22/2014 8:57PM

    My dad, too. Sad, sad, sad.

Hope you're better now!

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DOVESEYES 10/22/2014 7:57PM

    My Mum too,...

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GABY1948 10/22/2014 5:32PM

    I agree...most smoked in past times. Many died....and I still see people smoking and don't understand it. Unlike you, when I was young it didn't bother me but now it does terribly. I understand what you say about missing your Dad. My dad was the light of my eye and I miss him terribly too!

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TERI-RIFIC 10/22/2014 3:51PM

    Smoking killed both my parents. I used to smoke but gave it up. Now I am extremely sensitive to cigarette smoke. Even outdoors like you mention makes me ill.

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LINDAKAY228 10/22/2014 2:30PM

    Some runs are like that and have to be cut short because of one reason or another. You did the best thing for you I think. I am old enough to still think of marijuana as "grass" too! It made me think of a song I hadn't thought of in ages. There used to be a song about the Green Green Grass of Home I think, and a guy in prison dreaming of the old home place and on and on. It was a serious song. Then someone made a parody of it about smoking the green grass of home. Can't remember the words to either one much but this just happened to make me think of those songs

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DR1939 10/22/2014 12:04PM

    We smoked for many years. What we did to our children is unforgiveable. Luckily no one seems to have suffered from it and they are in their 50s, but they could have.

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GINIEMIE 10/22/2014 10:15AM

    My daddy smoked to, up to 4 packs a day. It caused him to have a very serious heart attack with several mini ones as they were trying to get him stable. Tha t was the day he quit. It was in 1984, two years after maman died. Daddy was with us until 1996. I thank God for the time we were given after his heart attack and mom's death.
I too have asthma but it is caused by cigarette smoke and perfumed products. My mother was a seamstress and some of the ladies she sewed for drenched themselves in whatever. Only a few bothered me back then, now only a few very natural scents don't bother me.
As a teen and young woman I did smoke a wee bit and I was able to wear certain scents. I have not had a cigarette in 34 years and I avoid them at all costs.
I understand about missing your parents, it is hard no matter our age. And there are days where we still morn their leaving us.
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BOOKAPHILE 10/22/2014 9:00AM

    You protected your health and weren't trying to duck out on your exercise. It will be better next time. To paraphrase an old rhyme: "She who breathes and runs away lives to breathe (and run through) another day."

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CAROLCRC 10/22/2014 8:32AM

    Have to admit smoking grass came immediately to mind. We must be very close in age...

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LACY77 10/22/2014 8:00AM

    Sorry your run got cut short, perhaps the next time you go it will be better? emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/22/2014 7:55AM

    emoticon for missing your dad. I miss mine, too. It's been 15 years this week.

Next time out hopefully these particular obstacles will be missing from your route!

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SWEETNEEY 10/22/2014 7:46AM

    The hazards of running. I guess you gotta try around 3 a.m. and hopefully the smoker, lawnmowers and copperheads will still be asleep. emoticon

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Exactly 57 years ago in 1957 – a weird anniversary to remember

Monday, October 20, 2014

When I noticed the date this morning, I had an odd feeling that it was significant. October 20th? What was special about that? Then I remembered.

It was a Sunday morning and I was spending the weekend with my parents in a small town in PA, visiting my grandmother. I woke up with a horrible pain in my side. I couldn’t even sit up.

When it didn’t improve, we drove to the hospital in the next town. I was admitted and after some blood work, prepped for surgery – “acute appendicitis.”

I was 10 years old and really scared, more than most kids because “appendicitis” was a fearful word in our family.

My mother’s brother had died at age 13 when his appendix ruptured and my mother almost died at age 8 when the same thing happened to her.

Of course, this was nearly 30 years later and we had antibiotics now, but that fact was lost on my 10 year old mind.

Then a remarkable coincidence! We met the surgeon and my Dad recognized him. They had served together on a ship during WWII and Dr. Ryan had operated on my father. “Don’t worry,” Dad said, “You’re in good hands.” With that reassurance I felt better.

Obviously, things turned out all right except for one thing.

October 1957 – The Asian Flu Epidemic. The next day the hospital was quarantined – NO VISITORS. I was alone for one week, no TV, nothing but my own thoughts and trying to pretend I was brave. I trace my lifelong anxiety about medical things to that week.

It’s important to understand how events make us who and what we are. It’s the first step to overcoming bad stuff, putting it aside and moving on. Still our subconscious brings it to the surface when you least expect it.

  
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GIVEUP30 10/24/2014 4:36PM

    WOW!!! you were lucky when I was taken to the doctor at 13 years doctor mother it was the time of month starting just give her aspirin after two days mother called and say she can't keep any thing down still. Give her model same ....wait it was tylenol second....never ever being sick when my dad came home after a week of not being able to move he stood at my bedroom door and say sis how are you and I said very low voice not good daddy...he said get up I 'm taking you to the doctor myself and he is going to fine something else for you have never been sick since I have been you dad.....was told at age ten bio dad tried to sell me and mother got divorced.......anyway got to doctors and couldn't get up on the bed without help....one touch and look he called dad in and said have to call ambulance dad said can I GET her there faster.....he did and I made it into surgery the doctor said after the surgery they would of been pop within an hour.

the sad part of this all is my hubby mother had a brother born when my hubby was and he died when he was 18 they didn't know stomachace back then could be appendix . My hubby was named after him and ever time we had a family get together I WAS reminded of the brother and my hubby being born same and being named after brother. after a year of being remind I was married to a corpse I told my hubby what was being said and I can't go to Any more family outings......He had to of said something for he got me to go again and nothing was said. I'm sorry if that sounds bad not to hear the same thing over and over again but my hbby was very much alive and I was starting to have a problem being near him.
It will be 53 years this thanksgiving. His parents and relatives were very nice people.
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PHEBESS 10/22/2014 10:23AM

    You had every reason to be scared, and to still feel repercussions of that incident. And yes, hugs to your little 10 yr old self!

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SPARKNB 10/22/2014 4:43AM

    I had a compound fracture when I jumped off a havy coffee table, which then hit my arm. Yep repercussions....

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/20/2014 8:58PM

    Fascinating. And great insight now, over the years. Wisdom does come, doesn't it? Fortunately, you have a fine mind, and are working your way through what you know is going on in it.

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TERI-RIFIC 10/20/2014 8:12PM

    Interesting. During WWII they sent children away from their parents in London to keep them safe. It turns out that did a lot of psychological damage. The man who pioneered attachment theory, John Bowlby, was one of those children.

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SUBMOM2 10/20/2014 7:39PM

    That must have been scary! If you find yourself feeling some medical-related anxiety, think of all the things you do to keep yourself healthy. Glad you are here to tell the tale!

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GINIEMIE 10/20/2014 7:19PM

    My sister had her appendix out when she was 6 after a little classmate had died from a ruptured appendix a week earlier-tense moment for our family.
I think 1957 was hard on a lot of people, one of my brother's the one born in 1956 had the asian flu and ended up not walking or talking again for another 8 months. That was one nasty strain.
I feel for you just a kid, getting shut up in the hospital with no family. That was traumatic. You are so right, some things that happen to us when we are young haunt us for much of our lives and sometimes we cannot even trace what causes our reactions. I'm glad that medicine has advanced so we don't lose so many to appendicitis although I nearly had a ruptured one in 1972. The doctor couldn't figure out what was wrong with me 5+ weeks after I gave birth to my second child-I was rushed to emergency to find out it was a good thing my DH refused to take me back home until the doctor could figure out what was ailing me....
Wow did you open my memory banks today Elaine!
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DOVESEYES 10/20/2014 6:44PM

    That is so true thanks for sharing.

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BOOKAPHILE 10/20/2014 4:55PM

    It's nice to look back and see improvements in how things are handled...especially with kids!

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MARYJEANSL 10/20/2014 4:49PM

  That is a good insight to have. Funnily enough, it struck a chord with me for a different reason. My dearly loved older sister was born in October of 1957. Not on the 20th, but in October. And she would have been 57 this month if she had lived. Tragically, she died when she was only 34 - not from appendicitis, but from cancer. But you brought her memory back to my mind and made me smile. I wish she were still with us, but time has softened the loss and I remember good things now when I think of her.

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MJREIMERS 10/20/2014 3:25PM

    You have a good memory, but those "traumatic" events seems to stick with us. I was much older when I had my appendix out. I can't imagine being a little one.

I love your last paragraph. I think we forget that EVERYTHING in life makes us who we are today. Wow, is all I can say!

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KRISZTA11 10/20/2014 3:03PM

    emoticon to your 10-year old self!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/20/2014 1:42PM

    What a powerful memory. You have done a fantastic job in surviving that time period and in allowing the date to remain in your memory as a keystone of sorts. It is great that you had the tenacity to survive and also the memory to trace how 1957 affects your emotions today.

50 years ago I was in a hospital and recall it vividly. As Shakespeare says, "The past is prologue" and I know how much it affects us, even if we have a completely logical intellectual understanding of what happened.



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WATERMELLEN 10/20/2014 1:34PM

    So glad you made it!! I remember a similar hospitalization from age four -- very scary for me too (parents did not stay with kids at hospital in that era).

It helps to recognize the experiences which have shaped us.

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DDOORN 10/20/2014 1:23PM

    Impressive memory! I have very poor recall of specific events, circumstances and muddle along as best I can without this valuable skill.

Don

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DR1939 10/20/2014 1:08PM

    Very scary for a child.

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SWEDE_SU 10/20/2014 11:55AM

    it is indeed important to remember what makes us who we are - thank you for sharing!

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LINDAKAY228 10/20/2014 11:27AM

    Glad you got your appendix out okay in spite of the epidemic! I had mine out when I was about 8 years old in a small hospital in a rural town we lived in. I remember that there was a tv in a small tv room but none in individual rooms to watch! Funny thing to remember and one of the few things about that particular time. That and the fact we had fried bologna with eggs!

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MJZHERE 10/20/2014 10:39AM

  Strange how the past just seems to pop up sometimes. I agree - it is important to not just push it down but learn and adjust accordingly.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/20/2014 8:57AM

    I remember that epidemic, and being quarantined at home. I got sick at the end of that period. And then there was the scarlet fever. Scary times.

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WELLBEING67 10/20/2014 8:33AM

    Events, especially childhood ones, do have a profound effect. When I was 11, my grandfather had a sudden, totally unexpected, fatal heart attack. He and my grandmother were 2 hours away from home at their hunting cabin in northern PA. When my grandmother called us, I answered the telephone. She was hysterical and I didn't even know who she was as she asked to speak to my dad. No one was in the house except me - on a farm the folks could have been in the back 40 or out in the barn at the time but no one heard me shouting for them. I've never felt so helpless. After that I would not answer the telephone unless some one was in the house with me. I do answer the phone now, but I refuse to carry a cell phone and I think the part of the reason is because of that day. Not a happy memory but thank you for helping me make the connection.

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GABY1948 10/20/2014 8:25AM

    OH my goodness! SO glad it went well. When I read this, it rattled me...I had my appendix out when I was 9 which means 1957!!!! Not sure of the month but think it was more like summer. But that WAS a scary thing back then. Do you remember that back then all pre-surgeries got an enema? Well, I did but NO ONE explained it and I thought my insides were coming out! I cried and one nice nurse came and explained that was how it WAS.

Your last paragraph is so true, "It's important to understand how events make us who and what we are."

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Multi-level vs. 1 floor living

Sunday, October 19, 2014

When we were looking for a retirement home, realtors directed us mostly to ranch style houses for “one floor living.” Conventional wisdom advises that as we get older, climbing stairs will be difficult or impossible.

That made sense except the house we liked, right on the lake, has 3+ levels. The master bedroom suite, “the apartment” as my grandchildren call it, is at the top. The laundry room is in the walk-out, finished basement. The loft, overlooking the kitchen/dining room has an office and bedroom. Every level has a bathroom. Yeah, we were ready to retire, but not yet downsize.

There are also 106 steps down to our dock. Was this foolish? Only time will tell.

What I have discovered is that my brand new SPAT records a LOT more steps when I’m at home than when I spend a few days at my parents’ house in town – the convenient ranch style house of 1 floor living. (My parents are gone now, but we kept the house).

I completely understand the need for one floor living if you already have a medical condition that makes climbing stairs difficult. However, must we consider it as inevitable?

Is avoiding stairs when you are able to do them a good idea? After all, we are advised to take the stairs not the elevator when at work. So in retirement does that advice no longer apply?

Of course, I don’t have the answer. If the time comes that DH or I can’t climb stairs, there are options.

I can move the washer & drier to the kitchen.
There are 2 bedrooms on the main floor with a “senior” type bathroom renovated when my Mom lived with us.
Those steps down to the dock? If we can’t manage those, why live at the lake? Maybe that’s the time that living 25 miles from town isn’t smart. We do have that easy living ranch house that Mom left me.

Meanwhile, I’ll trek up and down and up and down and give my SPAT a workout.

  
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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/20/2014 10:47AM

    My mom never gave up her two story house, and was climbing up to her bedroom every day until the end. It made sense for her.
Enjoy your lake house!

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MARGARITTM 10/20/2014 7:35AM

    I have no idea - we get steered tot he one floor plans as well.

Right now no balance or knee or hop issues.

Live now with an eye towards the future.

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MARYJEANSL 10/20/2014 1:26AM

  I agree with you. I am glad to have a two-story house because the stairs may be all the exercise I get on certain days. If I had a one-story house, I would be in even worse shape than I am in. I am happy that I can still manage stairs, and I am happy to do so, because it reminds me that, even though I am not in good shape, there are still some things I can do.

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PHEBESS 10/19/2014 9:27PM

    Definitely keep up with the stairs for as long as you can! My father kept our big old house, though in his last year he moved to the ground level and didn't go out if it was icy. Maintain as long as you can, and then adjust when you need to.

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DDOORN 10/19/2014 8:03PM

    Sounds like a beautiful house that'll keep you hopping! What a wonderful way to build movement into our daily routine!

Don

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/19/2014 7:54PM

    That is a great decision: you have a back-up plan if you and stairs no longer get along but right now, those extra steps all go into your health and well-being. I am so pleased that you have resisted conventional wisdom, which so often tries to make old babes of us prematurely.

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DOVESEYES 10/19/2014 7:33PM

    Great decision. Enjoy.

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PHOENIX1949 10/19/2014 4:23PM

    "Those steps down to the dock? If we can’t manage those, why live at the lake? "

The view!! Water is calming.

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WALLAHALLA 10/19/2014 4:09PM

    I wish we had stairs. That would make a great free workout!

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GINIEMIE 10/19/2014 1:30PM

    When Steve died, I bought a ranch with the objective of being able to offer my MIL a safe place to stay as she has a few mobility issues and I figured they'd eventually get worse. Well mom is still living in the condo with her two friends. BUT when Erik had his accident we did not need to look for a new home, he was able to move in with me. Yes we had to modify my house as I've stated in my blogs, but we had a house with no stairs for Erik to adjust to. I miss the running up and down the stairs, but I do not miss 4 bedrooms, 2 1/2 baths a full basement-only partially completed and a garage full of things Erik and I would never use. I regret I didn't buy one of the houses with an upstairs bonus room for grandchildren and crafts-but let's face it we live and learn.
When I visit my other children I use the upstairs bathrooms and when we volunteer I use the stairs as much as possible.
I would love to live on the lake and so would Erik but he would not be able to do the stairs very often.

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SPARKNB 10/19/2014 12:34PM

    My folks still take the stairs, less though, now that they are in their late 70s. But they are both overweight. But they still do it multiple times a week (this is in a ranch house, stairs are for basement: storage, laundry, extra space).

Retiring to a lake -sounds lovely! Stairs will keep you younger than not having them.
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ONEKIDSMOM 10/19/2014 10:50AM

    I'm glad I read this this morning! I have a multi level home and sometimes the only activity I might get on a lazy day is going from level to level doing laundry, putting things away, etc.
I have thought about whether I'd be able to stay here as I get older... 30 years from now, when I'm in my 90's? As long as I can do those stairs, I will do those stairs! They KEEP me able.

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LINDAKAY228 10/19/2014 9:45AM

    I think if you can do the stairs go for it! I'm almost 60 and a year ago had a severe stroke with a brain bleed (might have said this before, not sure) My balance is affected. But I can do steps if I hold a rail. When I looked for my apartment this past June I specifically asked for a second story one for the steps I would climb (I also go out early in the morning and go up and down them a lot of times for exercise) and because I didn't want anyone above me. At church my Sunday School class is on the second floor and there is an elevator and stairs. I take the stairs If I can use a railing up and down then I'm okay. I don't avoid stairs and if there are stairs at the mall I use that instead of the escalator.

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SWEETNEEY 10/19/2014 9:40AM

    Live til you can't live no more.

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SPINNINGJW 10/19/2014 9:39AM

    From a therapeutic standpoint, if you can still climb stairs, DO IT! The old addage "use it or lose it" does apply.

I agree with the dock - if you can't handle the steps to the dock, why live on a lake? I would LOVE to live on a lake!

I loved my 2 story Prairie Box style house, and I find it difficult to get in many steps in my apartment. Someday......

Having gone on Home Visits with Occupational Therapists at my last job gave me a lot of insight into how a home can be adapted to the needs of its occupants. Moving out of a home you love does not have to be a "given."

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POINDEXTRA 10/19/2014 8:39AM

    I also question the inevitability of needing a single floor residence. Good for you for doing all of those stairs. Your house sounds fab too!

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KRISZTA11 10/19/2014 8:11AM

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Visiting hilly towns I often notice very old ladies, climbing long flights of stairs slowly but persistently. They look fit and strong for their age.


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KANOE10 10/19/2014 8:04AM

    I have a three level house also. I say we stay multi leveled as long as possible. Yay for spats.

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WATERMELLEN 10/19/2014 7:54AM

    I also live in a three story house -- with our bedroom on the third floor. And keep fit running up and down the stairs (Charlie's finding it more and more difficult: we're OK at least for now!)

I often think that (if it were really necessary) putting in an elevator would be less costly than moving!!

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BA5454 10/19/2014 7:54AM

    It's an interesting thought about homes and trying to make them fit as we get older. I've had several of these thoughts as we cannot dynamite my mom (91) out of her bi-level. And although she gets around with a cane and does some fancy maneuvering to get up and down the 10 steps to the bedrooms and the same to the basement--I wonder why it is I think she has to move. She's told me that when she needs to have things arranged and/or move in with me she'll let me know, lol. Still worry though.
On the other hand, I can see why you're racking up SPA steps!

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GABY1948 10/19/2014 7:41AM

    I so totally agree with you! We have a ranch now with a basement and I go up and down as many times a day as I can make (making 3 trips out of 1, etc) We plan (Lord willing) to move south (same state) back near my boys next Spring. I do have minor knee issues but I still look at ranch AND 2 story (with basement. Only criteria there is that master br also be on main floor should the issues arise later on but I am not counting on that either!

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RIDLEYRIDER 10/19/2014 7:36AM

  I live in a 2-story house...now looking at one level in our retirement...hmm....food for thought!

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PICKIE98 10/19/2014 7:30AM

    Your home sounds beautiful..I have never considered anything but a one story home, but I spent my whole work day walking and running up and down stairs. Bad knees and arthritis, fibromyalgia now rule my transportation.
I do still get my 10,000 steps a day, but on level ground.

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My new Spark fashion accessory – unintended consequences

Friday, October 17, 2014

Since Sunday I’ve been testing and posting about my new Spark Activity Tracker.

Yesterday we were going out to a dinner held by one of DH’s organizations. We were ready to go when DH asked “Aren’t you going to wear that new button thing?”

So here I am.


It fit nicely on my belt and even matched color-wise.

DH, my lovable engineer, is very interested in gadgets. My status yesterday described our afternoon walk together because “we’re going out to dinner.” Mostly he was interested in how it recorded our data.

We walked for 48 minutes (2.34 miles) which at that pace only burned 144 calories for me and probably about 200 for him since he weighs more than I do. We talked about the results and how we only balanced about half the calories in the dessert we both intended to have.

The dinner was held at a hotel in a nearby city. So seriously, how many steps would I get from 50 minutes in the car each way plus a few hours sitting at a table?

Imagine my surprise when DH suggested that we walk up to the ballroom instead of taking the elevator. Then we made one “loop” around the area overlooking the lobby before signing in. Other than that my only steps were the trip to the buffet line and back down the stairs to the car.

No, that wasn’t many extra steps for the day, only a few hundred. Still, the number wasn’t the point. My little accessory just pulled him in a bit closer to the Spark mentality. How cool is that!

  
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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/19/2014 8:30PM

    That is great! You look lovely. My husband too is very supportive (even though he wears a size "small").

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SPARKNB 10/19/2014 12:28PM

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MJZHERE 10/19/2014 11:23AM

  You look beautiful! Love the top. Nice you are enjoying your tracker.

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SWEDE_SU 10/18/2014 7:16PM

    yep - just like my DH - he follows the fitbit too, and he's usually the one that says let's go get a few more steps before bedtime. it's fun!

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WATERMELLEN 10/17/2014 10:27PM

    You look terrific in that outfit -- and love the idea of treating your spat as a fashion accessory -- you're going to get your husband drawn into the healthy thing by the geek tech factor!

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KOHINOOR2 10/17/2014 9:06PM

    emoticon story. You look fantastic with your tracker. emoticon emoticon Thank you for sharing.

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DOVESEYES 10/17/2014 8:34PM

    It's great he's getting drawn in to it.

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BA5454 10/17/2014 7:44PM

    Success! Love the power of a little 'button', lol. I finally got mine today and am about to rev it up ;-).

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KRISZTA11 10/17/2014 5:51PM

    It is funny how the activity tracker inspired your husband to do more steps : )

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DR1939 10/17/2014 12:52PM

    emoticon The same thing happened with my hubby. He has a tracker, but doesn't use it. However, he checks my numbers because he usually walks with me.

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LINDAKAY228 10/17/2014 11:45AM

    What a great new way to draw a little closer! Didn't realize it could have that kind of additional benefit to help you get the steps!

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GINIEMIE 10/17/2014 11:43AM

    Sounds like my Steve might have been. He was so into anything electronic. He drove me nuts with it and when the children expressed a like interest I finally got some Christmas shopping help from him, because I just didn't get it...lol.
Glad he's in tune to what the data means and the device does for you.
Enjoy HIM and it.
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MARYJEANSL 10/17/2014 11:25AM

  You wrote exactly what I was thinking - that it was neat that the activity tracker motivated him to try to add a few more steps. He'll become a sparker yet!

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BOOKAPHILE 10/17/2014 10:06AM

    It is encouraging! Maybe he will break down and get one, too? My sister and I have Fitbit One trackers, and they have made a big difference in how often we intentionally move instead of sit. (That friendly rivalry doesn't hurt, either.)

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LACY77 10/17/2014 9:42AM

    I keep mine clipped on my bra... It fits nicely there, and unless I'm wearing a sports bra, there is no bump through my clothing... but I really try to wear it from the moment I awake, to the time I lay my head down for bed.

It it very truthful, even when I might want to think I did more than I did, it is always very honest... and that is why I love my tracker! :)

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IFDEEVARUNS2 10/17/2014 9:25AM

    You just never know!

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SLENDERELLA61 10/17/2014 8:38AM

    Very, very cool, indeed! And you look very, very good and fit. I'm a bit jealous that your hubby has any interest at all. Mine is an engineer, too, but he just doesn't get it. Keep up being the good role model for the hubby. Love the outfit and the Spark Tracker goes with it perfectly!!

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TORTISE110 10/17/2014 8:19AM

    Those gadgets really change our focus. Good for you and your dh

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BBEAGAN 10/17/2014 8:12AM

    Kanoe10 - you mean hubby will want to get one of the trackers? or one of the blouse? ha!

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ARKMOGAL 10/17/2014 8:10AM

    I love this story!!! You looks GREAT by the way!!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 10/17/2014 8:03AM

    TOTALLY cool! It's funny which of the "stupid motivational tricks" of Spark People resonate with who... but all of them... the Spark points for the gamer in us, the gadgets for the geek in us... amazingly enough... push us a little further on a journey to a fuller life. emoticon

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GABY1948 10/17/2014 7:48AM

    I LOVE this story! Way to go, hubby! I am married to one also! He parks as far out as possible and doe so many things like that to help....makes ya love 'em more, doesn't it?

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KANOE10 10/17/2014 7:35AM

    That is too cute about wearing your spat as an accessory. I love that blouse you are wearing. Maybe your husband will eventually want to get one! I love having my spat track exercise and seeing the results online.

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HMBROWN1 10/17/2014 7:33AM

    Great story! I hope the dessert was awesome!

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