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Thanksgiving is coming...

Thursday, November 13, 2014

So for week 2 of the BSG challenge, I was asked to blog about the holidays ---whether or not my menus are planned & if shopping is done.

I will focus my attention on the Thanksgiving holiday only since it's only 2 weeks away. Originally we had discussed having the family Thanksgiving dinner at our youngest son's home & letting everyone pitch in with bringing a dish or two of food. But now we have discussed it, since our house is slightly larger & more accommodating to a family of 22 to feed, we will keep our house as the location for our dinner. I will assign dishes for each of the kids to bring & I will fix every thing else. Our typical menu is: Ham, Turkey, Cornbread dressing & gravy, cranberry sauce, potato salad, apple-grape salad, collards, corn, butterbeans, sweet potato casserole & rolls & a tray of various pickled items as well as a plate of sliced tomatoes. I will be making a carrot cake for DH's birthday (Nov 23) so we will have that well as the desserts our DDs & DILs will provide. emoticon

As far as the shopping, I have put down to take off the 2 days prior to Thanksgiving, so that's when I will do my shopping & start prepping for the meal. I like to make my cornbread the night before so it will be ready for when I start making the dressing on Thanksgiving.

Thanksgiving is my favorite holiday as it al about being thankful for the blessings & sharing out hearts with one another. We each tell something we are thankful for before sharing a meal.

I hope your Thanksgiving is blessed as well. emoticon

  
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GOANNA2 11/14/2014 10:49PM

    Sounds like the family will have a great Thanksgiving
at your place. E emoticon njoy!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 11/14/2014 9:47PM

    Donna, its great that you are able to celebrate Thanksgiving with all your children. I like your menu - sounds yum yum. I also like your tradition of taking turns naming what you are thankful for. Have a great Thanksgiving.

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AMYBELLES 11/13/2014 11:55PM

    That's wonderful that you have a big crowd for Thanksgiving and will celebrate it at your house with your kids contributing dishes and everyone focusing on what they are grateful for. That's what makes the holiday special, as well as all the delicious food - your menu sounds yummy!

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/13/2014 7:42PM

    Great Blog! Your Thanksgiving preparations sound good.

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Debbie

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ICECUB 11/13/2014 7:13PM

    SOUNDS WONDERFUL. I DON'T MIND THE SHOPPING BUT I REALLY DISLIKE THE CROWDS. I LOVE COLLARDS. HOW TO DO YOU PREPARE THEM TO MAKE THEM HEALTHY?

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/13/2014 7:08PM

    That's so great that all of you can get together for Thanksgiving! I'm sure this Thanksgiving will be extra special with the one DS, wife and kids that are now living close to all of you and will get to be there to share in family time. I think it's a great idea for everyone to share something that they are grateful for this year before eating! Great family tradition!! I'm sure it will be a wonderful Thanksgiving!

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MILMOM2000NEW 11/13/2014 11:01AM

    hope you have a very blessed Thanksgiving! For us.... It just means Nutcracker time

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SIOBHANKNITS 11/13/2014 10:39AM

    How wonderful that you can gather all together! We are so spread out I doubt we will ever have everyone get together for another Thanksgiving. It's always good to count your blessings! And you have many I know you treasure. Thank you for sharing this.

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1CRAZYDOG 11/13/2014 9:39AM

    Awesome! Glad that you have it worked out that everyone brings something to pass. That's the best!

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ITSMESHE 11/13/2014 9:13AM

    Family! That's what Thanksgiving is all about. How lucky you are to have everyone all together.
Sheila

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2BDYNAMIC 11/13/2014 9:05AM

    Sounds beautiful; I like how you have assigned dishes for others to bring ......... and sharing one thankful story before eating ............. your home is going to say it all .......... emoticon

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EVIE4NOW 11/13/2014 8:11AM

  Glad you have your plans in place. Now for the shopping *UGH!!! LOL

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October Results & November Goals

Wednesday, November 05, 2014

October seems a bit of a blur for my results, but I did manage to lose 3#s by the end of the month. Guessing mostly fluid weight as I haven't really been keeping up with my nutrition tracking & exercise seemed to be hit or miss.

So I'm at a new weight of 183.5 to start out November. My goals for the month are:

*Being consistent with water intake of 8 cups daily
*5 Daily servings of Freggies
*Keep a sleeping pattern of 7 hours minimum nightly
*Walking daily , reaching a weekly goal of 120 minutes to reestablish a workout program
*Reach a weight of 182

Ready to make this a month of new motivation & strategies.

  
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 11/6/2014 11:07PM

    Good job Donna!

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GABIBEAR 11/6/2014 10:29PM

    emoticon Donna!!! Hope everything goes as planed in November!
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BARBIE176 11/6/2014 1:04AM

    emoticon on the weight loss in October! emoticon goals for November! emoticon emoticon I agree that October is a blur. I can't believe how fast it sped by and I have such a busy schedule this month that I am sure it will be the same. It's hard to believe that next Wednesday it will have been a year since Bill's death. emoticon emoticon

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ICECUB 11/5/2014 7:18PM

    emoticon ON THE 3LBS. YOU CAN DO IT. GETTING ENOUGH SLEEP IS IMPORTANT . YOU FEEL TERRIBLE WHEN YOU CAN'T SLEEP.

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CATHYGETSFIT 11/5/2014 7:07PM

    I know October was a busy month for you but congrats on the 3 lbs lost!! emoticon emoticon It doesn't matter whether it was fluid or not. The point is that it's gone! I'm glad now though, that you'll have your exercise room back so you can reestablish an exercise program. I've been doing better about the sleep and am hoping we'll both continue to get at least 7 hours of sleep each night. I think you have set some really good and yet attainable goals for November! I have not doubt you'll be successful in attaining your goals this month! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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1CRAZYDOG 11/5/2014 1:21PM

    This time of the year is just one big blur here too . . . till February. ACK!

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AMYBELLES 11/5/2014 11:46AM

    October was a blur for me, too, Donna! I like your goals and will do some similar ones for myself. I know the sleeping one is probably the toughest for both of us. I am starting a meditation program that I will have access to on my phone. If I wake up In the middle of the night and can't get back to sleep, I am going to turn it on instead of getting up at 3 or 4 AM! Being on the same team with you this month, let's encourage each other on a daily basis to keep working at our goals. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 11/5/2014 10:24AM

    You are doing emoticon emoticon

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ITSMESHE 11/5/2014 10:17AM

    Well thought out and reachable goals. Every day will bring you closer to your ultimate goal.
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STEPBYSTEP1955 11/5/2014 9:56AM

    emoticon on the weight loss for October. You have set very SMART goals for November and so I have no doubt that you will close the month with great success. emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 11/5/2014 8:55AM

    Great goals Donna. Congratulations on losing the 3#s.
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RAINBOWFALLS 11/5/2014 8:38AM

    Great goals! I am walking a bit more when ever I go the rest room. I make a long loop around the office and I drink a lot of water. I figured I try to keep it up for the winter months. Best of luck!

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Spooky Spiders week 4 ---Success & Goals

Monday, October 27, 2014

For the final week of the Spooky Spiders challenge, I was challenged to blog about accomplishments thus far & goals for the remainder of the year .

As far as accomplishments, at this point, I really don't feel I have accomplished anything. I know I was slowly making process at the 1st 1/2 of the year, had even lost a few #s. But then ---July came & my DR put me on insulin, I immediately gained it all back + some.

My goal for the end of the year is try to get myself back on track as I have discontinued the insulin, otherwise I would have kept right on gaining as that is one of the side effects. I'm planning to turn the spare bedroom into a workroom, already have a treadmill & planning to purchase another used piece of exercise equipment.

By Dec 31, my goal is to drop from current 188 to 180.

  
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LITTLEWIND53 11/3/2014 9:15AM

    I stuggle with my weight all the time.....but without the insulin I go into ketoacidosis and that is no fun either...... So my doc just has to realize that I have difficulty loosing the weight. Sure hope you have better luck than I have been having....

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OPALMOON 11/2/2014 7:35AM

    All the best with your goals, Donna. It can be difficult to make progress with things out of our control like side effects of medications like weight gain. Enjoy using your exercise equipment.
Hugs, Nattacia

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OPALMOON 11/2/2014 7:35AM

    All the best with your goals, Donna. It can be difficult to make progress with things out of our control like side effects of medications like weight gain. Enjoy using your exercise equipment.
Hugs, Nattacia

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2BDYNAMIC 10/29/2014 10:27PM

    I know what you mean abt that darned insulin ......... DH is on it ... but not that you are off I bet you will peel it off .......... (Reasonable goal) ....... emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/29/2014 11:08AM

    Donna, it sounds like we have both ended up in the same boat. I am now on insulin and we keep adjusting it to get my blood sugars down. Keep on working at it will the pounds will come back off.

HUGS
Debbie

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MSLZZY 10/29/2014 10:50AM

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GABY1948 10/28/2014 9:07AM

    Well, you are determined and that is HALF the battle! emoticon

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GOANNA2 10/28/2014 8:00AM

    Stay focused. It is always hard when we have other
commitments. emoticon emoticon

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/28/2014 12:46AM

    It can be tough to lose weight when you are taking medications. I hope your dr can at least find a way to reduce the pain in your feet so that exercising will not be so difficult. Even though you feel like you haven't made any progress when the numbers on the scale don't seem to reflect what you've done. However, you are off of insulin now and that is progress! That is a huge victory and I'm sure you've probably had many other non-scale victories. Good for you for turning the spare room into an exercise room. We did the same thing a couple of years ago. Have fun getting more exercise in once you get the room done. I think you'll have more success once the room is done. Your goals are good and attainable. I'm sure you'll be successful! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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KOPILUWAK 10/27/2014 11:31PM

    You are doing great - just keep moving forward.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/27/2014 10:23PM

    You can do this Donna. You have your good and bad days, but as long as you never stop trying you can achieve anything.

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/27/2014 8:47PM

    Donna, hang in there. It will get better. I know its easy to think that you have not make any progress when the numbers on the scale does not show much movement but if you think of the many non scale victories you have had since January you will realize how much progress you have made. Have fun putting together your workout room.

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ICECUB 10/27/2014 6:10PM

    YOU CAN DO THIS. GLAD YOU ARE OFF THE INSULIN AND DON'T NEED IT ANYMORE. I BELEIVE THE LESS MEDS WE TAKE THE BETTER OFF WE ARE. I KNOW SOMETIMES WE DON'T HAVE A CHOICE. A WORKOUT SOUNDS LIKE A GREAT IDEA.

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1CRAZYDOG 10/27/2014 1:42PM

    Hang in there. It takes awhile to get away from the weight gain that insulin causes.

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Celebrating Halloween

Wednesday, October 22, 2014

So for week 3 of the Spooky Spiders challenge, I am blogging about how I celebrate Halloween & what sort of treats do I give out.

Normally, our church hosts TRUNK or TREAT with games, food & of course the kids get to go Trunk or Treating at each vehicle for treats. This year the committee in charge of organizing TRUNK or TREAT decided to do something different. Instead they are taking the children's department & anyone else interested in going to a Corn Maze that is near the church. I can imagine how much fun they will have.

I will still buy treats for giving out to local children & my grandchildren. I usually buy a variety of candy --gummies, chocolates & skittles & make like treat bags with several pieces of candy since I know not all kids like the same thing. I plan to give it all away, keeping none to temp myself for indulgence.

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LITTLEWIND53 10/25/2014 3:27PM

    Our church is also having a trunk or treat this year, and a price for the best decorated "trunk"

I never go to it because I don't have a "trunk"( -- I don't have a car and don't drive) but I like to hear the stories.....

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AMYBELLES 10/23/2014 11:00PM

    The TRUNK or TREAT and corn maze sound fun for the kids! Good for you giving all the treats away!!

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/23/2014 2:25PM

    Donna, I think you and your church are seeing that the children in your area have a safe Halloween! Keep up the good work.

HUGS
Debbie

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/23/2014 1:05AM

    emoticon I've been in a corn maze once. It was fun but I sure did get turned around. lol It sounds like you have a good plan for Halloween! The trunk or treat sounds like more fun than going door to door.

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KOPILUWAK 10/22/2014 11:37PM

    Yup - just for children. The corn maze sound like fun.

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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/22/2014 10:47PM

    That sounds like so much fun for the kiddies. I would lobe to go to a corn maze, but we're so far from them.

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REDQUEEN2262 10/22/2014 6:06PM

    The corn maze will be a blast. Great idea for the Trunk or Treat - it is more of an event than just going house to house for candy.

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RORYLYONS 10/22/2014 4:29PM

    What a fabulous idea to go through a corn maze....Those kids will have a blast.i emoticon .

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1CRAZYDOG 10/22/2014 11:26AM

    Good plan.

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GERIKRAGH 10/22/2014 10:22AM

    Great thinking.

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/22/2014 9:40AM

    What a great plan. Enjoy

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ICECUB 10/22/2014 9:25AM

    SOUNDS LIKE FUN. I GIVE OUT CANDY BUT WE DON'T HAVE AS MANY KIDS AS WE USE TOO.

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GABY1948 10/22/2014 8:52AM

    Sounds like a ball...had not heard of a corn maze before!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/22/2014 8:50AM

    emoticon The corn maze is a lot of fun. Those kids are going to have a spooktacular time. I am singing your song ... give away all the candies! Leave none for the temptation genie! emoticon for sharing.

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Overcoming Halloween treats temptations

Thursday, October 16, 2014

The Spooky Spiders Bonus blog challenge was to blog about Halloween Candy temptation. This one is pretty simple for me as I make sure to give all the goodies & treats away to those adorable little monsters, fairies & such. My rationale is ---if it's not in sight it won't be a temptation & I've found that this works best for me. emoticon

  
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SUEARNOLD1 10/22/2014 7:57AM

    We just don't buy it either!

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SPARKED2BFIT 10/22/2014 5:18AM

    me too... and i'm lucky there's no children that trick or treat where i live so no excuses to bring candy into the house. happy halloween!! emoticon

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GOANNA2 10/17/2014 9:44AM

    I don't buy any candy. The kids next door don't go
around to the houses. Thank god there won't be any
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GLAMNGLOWDIVA 10/17/2014 2:04AM

    I'm the same way. I have tons of candy for the kiddies, but I don't take any.

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KOPILUWAK 10/17/2014 1:58AM

    better out of the house!

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2BDYNAMIC 10/16/2014 9:42PM

    Me too ............. Don't bring it in the house! (oh wait .......... did get some candy for the little goblins, hid it and can't remember where it is!) .......... emoticon

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AMYBELLES 10/16/2014 9:30PM

    The hardest thing for me was always to know how much candy to buy. Giving it all away is definitely the key!

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STEPBYSTEP1955 10/16/2014 7:38PM

    emoticon emoticon Out of sight out of mind!!!

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ICECUB 10/16/2014 7:13PM

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CATHYGETSFIT 10/16/2014 7:11PM

    Yes, definitely good rationale! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GABY1948 10/16/2014 5:03PM

    Yes, I never keep candy around so that is the BEST way!

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1CRAZYDOG 10/16/2014 2:29PM

    Yes! For me too . . . out of sight, out of mind. Thank goodness for that.

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