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So much dessert!

Friday, November 21, 2014

I'm planning out the dinners for the week of American Thanksgiving. My daughter is also turning 10 on Friday. This means, for this year, we're having 3 days of desserts! Oh my...

I have pie for Thanksgiving, cake on her birthday and cake again to bring to her grandparents house. 3 days in a row of dessert!

Normally we're lucky if I make a dessert a week, I mean it's not necessary, and most times it's not even nutritious. The sugar added in the pumpkin pie negates the benefits of the nutrients you get in the pumpkin.

My husband always asks for green bean casserole and stuffing. I don't eat either. The turkey will last us at least 3 days, so I've planned out for that. Thanksgiving dinner is heavy on the carbs though. Stuffing, potatoes, and wild rice! I suppose at least most of those are whole grains though.

I'd like to think I can go with just a slice a day, but I am not in control as much as I'd like when that much dessert is hanging around. It doesn't help that I've still been a bit depressed/overwhelmed and I'm back up to 190 lbs as of this morning. Seeing that big of a belly creeping back does not help.

Cake will be left at the grandparents house and I probably will toss out part of one if the kids don't eat it fast enough.

Even seeing it beforehand (plus one more this coming weekend) is enough to make me just want to sleep for the week, but life goes on and this will pass too.

I am making sure there's enough veggies in each of those meals and no one's forcing me to eat all of the dessert. I can decide when it's been in the house enough and make sure to toss it if need be.

It will take one step at a time and smaller portions that I think I need to get through this week. I'll have to go by Bethenny Frankel's motto: "Taste everything, eat nothing." this week. If you just have a taste when there is so much to choose from, you'll be full in no time and have pleased your palate. There's no need to take full portions of anything when there is so much you want to try.

We can get through this week of food!

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FRAN0426 11/21/2014 7:30PM

    Tasting is good

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CATTUTT 11/21/2014 1:18PM

    Good luck with getting through the week of desserts. And be sure to enjoy whatever you do eat!

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 11/21/2014 12:49PM

    My "brother" has a birthday that falls on Thanksgiving and my "nephew's" is Christmas, so I feel ya! I normally take a sliver of each dessert (like you said "a taste") too and it works pretty well. emoticon

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Paying for it in the end.

Thursday, November 20, 2014

Warning, this may be gross to some. A TMI blog.***

The past couple of weeks, I've been a little stressed. It's probably all in my head, I've been putting off normal duties and the house has been paying for it. I'm not a fan of housework, so I've been ignoring it, but also being frustrated with myself for not just getting it done.

Also, my mother just had eye surgery (again!) to correct a new issue in one of her eyes, making this the second surgery for her second eye. That means I don't get to go out with her until she's healed and have to avoid her with the cold my son has.

My son has asthma and that always makes a cold seem so much worse, since that seems to be his only asthma trigger right now. That means I'm not sleeping as well, nor is my husband.

I'm still internalizing my new "label". I'm starting to write a book about my life, which may turn into a published work if I work at it hard enough, with my other thought turning it into many children's books to teach about tolerance and different ways of thinking. If anything it will help me redefine myself, with a possibility of helping others see that this label does not limit you in life as much as you'd think. Asperger's just makes a person communicate differently, which may confuse someone who's "normal".

So with all this going on this week, and the fact that I stopped taking the pictures of my food choices, I'm not making the best decisions. The past month alone I've eaten 2 bags of chocolate chips by myself. There was also a bag of those soft mints you find in the Christmas section of the food part of the store. Oh, and lots of chips! They were all eaten fairly close to each other, probably within the same week...

This choice of food was not the best. Sure, I might be up a pound or two, but that's not the biggest issue with that much candy. This week I ended up with constipation too. I have not been that constipated in nearly a decade. My poor food choices made sure I knew it in the end. It will be making sure for at least another week from how constipated I was. It's amazing how our bodies will tell us "you did that wrong". Hopefully I'll learn from this and work back to fruits and veggies to help move things through better. When I eat well, I feel well, and my body will thank me for it. When I eat poorly, I feel sick, and my body will tell me in the end when I go overboard.

I know better than that and the holidays won't trip me up any more this year (I hope!). Here's hoping for smooth sailing from here on out!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/21/2014 7:04AM

    There was an old commercial "It's not nice to fool mother nature" followed by thunder and lightning. We can't food our bodies either.

Occasionally when I wake up to see the package or wrappers from an unfortunate late night snack choice, I imagine that's how an alcoholic feels upon seeing the empty vodka bottle. Gee, I wish I hadn't done that.

But each day is a new start. Hang in there!

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ALIHIKES 11/20/2014 1:50PM

    I've had a tough week with my eating too. I am realizing I have to cut out sugar, it just triggers binges for me. I don't need to relapse into old bad habits. Yes, what we eat affects our guts in more ways than one! emoticon

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Powerful, not powerless

Tuesday, November 18, 2014

I was watching "The Dr's" yesterday on TV and they had a 500 pound lady on the show. They way they were treating her was not the way I'd want to be treated. They were telling her she was powerless to an addiction, but I feel it's not true and I probably would have ran away from the treatment center too.

Yes, we still need to eat and yes, it's harder to eat healthy things when you're not used to it, but you are not powerless to it. I could never go to a 12-step program simply because I would not want to give my power away. I am in charge of me and no one else. There is no higher power in charge of my self. No one else can tell me what to do with my body and no one else can slap that cookie out of my hand, it would just make me want 2 instead.

I might just be more of a control freak than others, but I know that we all have the power within us to get through the hard times and the cookies. The power to not choose the sweets and chips is within us. The power to go for a walk to cool off instead of opening up a bag of chocolate chips is in our control. The power to bring home the best things for us instead of all the processed "sale" items the stores are trying to push on us is within us.

You have to find the reason to choose the right things for your body. You have to love yourself so that you'll choose the healthy body choices. You have to enjoy the reasons for living life to it's fullest. No one else can give you that joy, you have to like who you are before it projects to others. No matter how much someone wants to help you, it wont happen until you're willing to help yourself.

Whether you say you can or you can't, you're right! Go out there and live life! Try new things, do new things, and always tell yourself you're worth it!

You'd be surprised what real food tastes like compared to that processed stuff anyhow, there are a multitude of flavors out there that taste better than a bag o' something. There are things to do that are more fun than most tv shows. There are new hobbies waiting for you to learn.

Go find out who you really are and what you really like. There's a whole world out there for you to discover!

You are the most powerful person in your life!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/19/2014 8:00AM

    As someone who occasionally still dives into that container of ice cream, I understand eating for reasons other than hunger, but addiction? Can't stop yourself?

What if there was a landmine between her and the food. Would she go for it anyway? OK, that's an extreme thought, but at 500 pounds, proceeding as she has been is like walking through a minefield.

Yes, we have to take responsibility for our own choices and for some it's more difficult than for others. I do wish the companies with the money and power would help us and not hurt us. We must keep in mind that their main concern is their profit not our health and we must seek a healthy lifestyle for ourselves and our families.

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ALIHIKES 11/19/2014 1:52AM

    Great blog! I agree that we each have the power to change ourselves.

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KRISTA987 11/18/2014 8:03PM

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 11/18/2014 6:14PM

    So many Drs. want to treat people like we are all cut from the same cloth. Different people have different approachs, and different ways they need to BE approached. Thanks for pointing that out!

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CATTUTT 11/18/2014 2:17PM

    You make a wonderful point. Thanks for sharing this blog!

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FRAN0426 11/18/2014 2:17PM

    I didn't see the show but pacifying her sure wasn't helpful for her. They should have gave her some good advice by telling her what all of us spark friends know one day at a time, small steps, lead up to reaching a new way of living with healthy food and exercise.

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EVIE4NOW 11/18/2014 11:44AM

  It sounds like the Drs were making excuses for her.

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JOHNMARTINMILES 11/18/2014 11:21AM

    Good observation

Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life

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Tuesday, November 11, 2014

Yes, snow in November. Everyone's freaking out! It's like it's something abnormal... Wait, this is Minnesota and not really unusual, we've just gotten used to not having to shovel until December lately. It's not like we got two feet of snow on Halloween this year.

This is a good reason to be healthy all year long. When you need to shovel, you need to be in good shape to begin with. Many people end up in the hospital from snow shoveling related health problems. Some of it comes from slipping while shoveling, some of it comes from using muscles you're not used to using, and some of them come from having a heart attack from the strenuous exercise.

If you're not in good general health to begin with, this forced exercise can harm you. The wetter the snow, the harder the workout.

I think the snow is pretty. It helps brighten up the dark days we have this time of the year. I am fortunate to not have to shovel any of it. I do enjoy walking in it though. The birds have moved on! I don't overheat as easily. I have one of those bodies that take forever to cool down, but is easily heated up, so this is the prime time of year for me to enjoy the outdoors.

Hundreds of people had issues driving yesterday. School was cancelled for our district. My UPS package drove by my door, but did not attempt to deliver my package (the tracking said "The receiver was not available at the time of the first delivery attempt. A second attempt will be made.", I was home all day long...). It's amazing how things don't get done properly when a little snow falls (we got about a foot).

On the other hand, when snow falls, it puts people in the Christmas shopping mood. There are statistics that say when it doesn't snow before Christmas, holiday shopping is not as good. I'm just glad I can do most of my shopping online. That's getting easier for me, especially with so much free shipping.

The thing I have to make sure I don't do is to start a lot of baking. I tend to bake more in the winter and that also means more high-sugared items going into my body.

I have to keep on making sure that veggies are an important part of my day. It's easier in the summer for veggies, they're so fresh then, but frozen and canned veggies and fruits are still fine this time of the year. I'm making something with fall squashes for one dinner this week. I had a black bean and rice dinner last night with baked asparagus. I'm making sure to have more salads with my meals.

Let's enjoy the all the white on the ground. I love the change in seasons, especially since all the fall leaves dropped a couple of weeks ago.
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HOLLYM48 11/16/2014 7:52PM

    I don't mind the snow if it comes down in small increments but this crazy cold in the low teens and single digits is a bit early even for us hearty Minnesotans! I could do with 30's and 40's for a few more months! emoticon

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EGRAMMY 11/15/2014 10:52PM

    Our great grandson is in from Calif. and loves the snow that came down just for him.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/12/2014 8:56AM

    Here in Virginia we have this impression that you guys up north have no problem dealing with snow. Here a little bit shuts us down. We don't have enough equipment to deal with it.

I rarely bake. I'm like the Little Red Hen of the children's story. If I made it, I'm entitled to eat it.

A friend of mine has a T-shirt. "Let it snow...let it snow...Someplace Else!"

Stay warm.

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KRISTA987 11/11/2014 9:43PM

    I love to snow too! Just hate driving in it....

Loving the positive-ness in your blog!

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FRAN0426 11/11/2014 7:24PM

    You got a lot more snow than we did here in Burnsville, only about 2 inches here, slippery in spots tho as we had freezing rain.
I love looking out the windows and seeing fresh fallen snow, so white and majestic, but that seems to last a short time after each snowfall once the cars keep driving and the yukky looking black slush hits the snow. Stay warm, looks like we are cooling down even more than it is.

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TERRY0217 11/11/2014 4:22PM

    I love snow too...In movies, pictures and anywhere else!
Have a wonderful day!
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JENDAN36 11/11/2014 2:37PM

    We have lots of snow to, but I live in Canada so it's perfectly normal in November, sometimes we get it in October. I love it! Shoveling is a really good workout! emoticon

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ACRAIG921 11/11/2014 2:36PM

    I love watching the snow fall. It's so pretty and so silent. I'm not a fan of cold weather though. We are having our last bit of fall today, it's 60 degrees, tomorrow it will be a high of 37 with temps falling. I'm not looking forward to that! I keep telling my hubby that I want to move to Arizona, I can't convince him!!

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NUTINLOOKSLIKE 11/11/2014 2:16PM

    emoticon Enjoy!

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BEACHCALSIX 11/11/2014 2:11PM

    I love snow....I live in california though. I've only seen snow once when we drove up the mountain to see it. I'm thinking we'll have to go again to take my son to see it. Hope you are enjoying that snow!

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CATTUTT 11/11/2014 12:35PM

    I'm with you on loving the cold weather. I don't want a foot of snow, for sure, but I'm glad you are enjoying yours!

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PHHHISC 11/11/2014 11:50AM

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Detailed View

Monday, November 10, 2014

I've gotten used to being able to click the "See more blog entries" button and see them all in detailed view. It helped me see the week's worth of blogs with all the comments under it, but today I went to click on my "detailed view" and saw the teaser of each entry instead.

I'm not sure if it's jut me, but I have a hard time with certain changes, especially when they've been the thing I'm used to for the last few years. I'd love a heads up for any change that happens, I hate the amount of clicks I have to make to get to a spot on this site as it is, but to give me one more click again causes more frustration.

Some changes were fine, it made it easier for me to see some of the numbers that were important. This blog view is not going to be my favorite change. I hope that this is one change that is changed back like a couple of other small things were.

I liked being able to see multiple blog entries with all the details of each. It streamlined my week. Sometimes I'm getting new comments on more than one entry and I can read them without having to click three times.

Snow and site changes, not the best way to start out a Monday.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/11/2014 6:56AM

    Thanks for the heads up. I occasionally check out "see more blogs" and now I'm aware of the change. I see what you mean about needing extra clicks, but it does reduce the amount of scrolling especially if there are a lot of comments.

I do like the contrast in color and the addition of the thumbnail picture. I don't remember that being there before. I thought you only saw the main photo by scrolling through the whole thing.

I get an email when someone comments on my blog so I know when an earlier entry has gotten some attention. That helps a lot.

I wonder if there are some other changes that we just haven't found yet. Usually we're notified about major changes. Maybe they didn't consider this one big enough?

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FRAN0426 11/10/2014 7:41PM

    This is really to early to be having this rotten winter weather. We did get out to the Y today, no problem with snow in Burnsville ( about an inch ), the worst of it was the freezing drizzle here making it a bit slippery. If we get what they say for snow---tomorrow could be a problem tho
I just use my friend feed to see all the blogs written for the day, so haven't any idea of how you get your e-mails. Hope they will change it back for those who check e-mails like you do. Some changes take me a while to figure out tho.

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HOLLYM48 11/10/2014 7:18PM

    The snow sure does suck! I must not go to blogs the way you do because I don't see any difference. I just look at friend feed and then blogs when I want to see more.
Hope you are having a great Monday regardless of our horrible weather!

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