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Down hill slide to progress...STOP!!!

Tuesday, October 21, 2014

Hello my dear friends. I've been on the slippery slopes as far as taking care of myself, how I eat and how I get out and move. I could cop out and say I've been busy but that's not entirely true-well not anymore than usual.
When I went to Europe to see my family I knew I would be eating foods I learned to love when living there, not all of them necessarily good for me. But more than the what I ate, I started eating too much. When I got home the damage was not too bad, but I did not STOP the trend. I slowed it, but things got worse when Erik's caregiver quit to go to school. We of course were happy for Franklin, but the company did not have a back up for us. I probably blogged some of this. We were an entire month w/o help. Of course Erik's progress and mine slipped. I could not drive 42-45 miles every day to get him to transitional therapy and volunteering five days a week and get anything else done. Well one of the things that I didn't do well was plan what we were eating the days I did take him. Erik being a man and having a one track mind on food and beer wanted to stop for food everytime I took him-fast food. Of course I ate with him and I did not always make the wisest choices.
Along came our Student helper. Sarah is magnificent, she challenges Erik, and keeps after him to switch up his exercise. Good for her and for Erik and for me...well we are not eating fast foods 2-3 times a week. But the effects were registering. So I felt bad about myself. I made it through my birthday, my DIL's aunt & uncle's visit and some other things but I was not getting control. Then came my deceased hubby's birthday and that of my uncles-more bad choices to cope with my momentary depression which of course was harder because I was not getting enough exercise or eating properly.
Then came the candy! Oops, I bought a bag of peanut butter kisses, an old time favorite of mine. I thought I would share it, but my Erik, his older brother and his wife weren't a fan. So I ate the whole thing...I took a week, but still I ate the whole bag of candy while reading novels. Which means my friends more calories in and less calories out=more weight.
So I've been struggling to get back on some kind of track. I know I have to do this slowly, too much at once and I'll cave again. So I worked on logging in regularly and tried to track my food and water. The logging in and Trivia improved-day 19 today. The food and water tracking as well as having a minimum of freggies did not. I started and stopped, excuses galore my DIL's dad coming into town, a wedding to attend... well Now I'm on day 9 of tracking my food (not yet in calorie range-but tracked), my water-back on track there and my freggies-back on track there. I'm also trying to move more. I've shared with some that I do a lot of sitting work.

knitting and two unfinished ones.
Oh and that infernal paper work--- I HATE it, but I've got to do it and I'm 7 months behind and I will have to give a report to the courts on Erik's funds at the end of the year. I'm not good at this...see a portion of my mess . I am so unorganized and so hating paper work that I've made myself more stress by not doing small bits at a time.
So I'm going to get dressed now, go work in the yard-have to keep the HOA off my back, come in and do an hour of paper work while praying for divine help. Then I'll decide if I've earned the right to knitting club today.

So wish me well, say a prayer or just please continue to be a supportive friend.
love and prayers to all
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BUTTONPOPPER1 10/31/2014 5:36AM

    Ginie, I don't know how I missed this blog last week. I'm a little late in commenting, but I want to say thank you for sharing your story. That must have been very hard to be without a caregiver for a month, and not to be able to establish a good food routine when you're often driving by tempting fast-food establishments. I haven't had fast food in a while, but I know how disruptive it can be, not only on the day and at the time that you're eating it, but on the next day, too. I find fast food a bit addictive (maybe a little like alcohol to an alcoholic)--it's SO HARD to resist it once I give in the first time.

Anyway, so glad you're somewhat back on track and staying busy with the very constructive, creative sewing and knitting. Good luck with the paperwork. I REALLY feel for you there, as I can't stand paperwork either!

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DDHEART 10/29/2014 1:59PM

    It's a song a lot of us have been singing but it's time to stop the chorus already! LOL

The reason this is a life long effort is that there will always be times when we slip and slide the reasons (excuses) are sometimes valid sometimes not so much but the bottom line is always the same, we need to get back to those basics until we have re established our healthier habits. and we will do that, one task at a time. So we can't be down on ourselves for what we did wrong just cheer that we have the fortitude to pick ourselves up and try again.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 10/26/2014 4:51PM

    I'm only catching up with you now. Your story is familiar here on Spark. Plans are so often disrupted when "life happens."
The important thing is that you keep getting back on track.
Hang in there. Your spark friends are in your corner.

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GABY1948 10/22/2014 7:06PM

    Ginie, we have all been there. You have decided to turn it around...that is the first and most necessary step. Take one step at a time and put one foot in front of the other. I am praying for you and will support you any way I can.

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CLAIREINPARIS 10/22/2014 3:30PM

    Je comprends si bien ce que tu traverses pour ton poids, chère Ginie... Je n'arrive pas à m'en sortir non plus. C'est difficile d'inverser le processus. Je te souhaite beaucoup de courage et de volonté ! Et pour tout le travail administratif aussi. Mon père a la tutelle de ma mère et il me dit qu'il a beaucoup de travail pour la juge qui surveille les comptes.
Ton travail au tricot est magnifique, tu es vraiment douée !!!

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MARTYLYNN1 10/21/2014 12:45PM

    We all have bumps in the road and it seems you have more than your share. Caring for Erik adds to your stress even more. You know what you need to do and sound like you are working at it. I have been doing pretty well since getting back from vacation but have no doubt something will come along to throw me off track. The important thing is we get back heading in the right direction.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 10/21/2014 11:51AM

    It sure is easy to get off track and a lot of work to get back on. I'm acutely aware of that as it's a huge part of my life. It sounds like you are making a good effort now. I can still use some improvement though.

I am working on paper work too. Ick!

I love your creations. The colors are just my taste!! You are very creative.

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JANET552 10/21/2014 10:09AM

    emoticon Ginie, It looks like we are in the same boat -- or at least side-by-side. As long as we don't give up, we are doing something right. Let's keep pushing forward! emoticon

You have some lovely knitted pieces. I have not picked up my crochet yet since the surgery. I should. Even if I can't work long, it would make me feel good.

Take care,

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Time to razz Ginie some more

Monday, September 08, 2014

I got a plea from the director of volunteers to make some more stuffed animals. Happily she had some cut out, but she gave me more fabric too. I, crazy person that I am, went to Hancock Fabrics and bought a few more pieces for variety only to come home and locate fabric I had left over from my last batches. I was looking for the patterns and oops more material. So I started my sewing frenzy.
At about the same time I realized we were having a September stash buster so I gathered yarn that I already had to make a few prayer shawls, our ministry meetings started up again Friday and I thought I'd get a jump start on everything. WELL, while I was buying fabric and one skein of Navy yarn for my SIL's shawl-to be finished at a later date, I found a variegated purple, lavender and green yarn I likes but had to get some lavender yarn because there were only 2 skeins left of the precious variegated in the store. I come home, realize I'm going to have to change my entry on stash buster's site but didn't get to it right away. Friday at the Prayer Shawl Ministry meeting there was a desperate plea by our leader for a pink and purple shawl for an 11 yr old who will be having a kidney transplant soon and a shades of blue one for her donor aunt.
Yep, you guessed it! I'm doing the purple and pink one for the little girl-I did say I could NOT do both of them. So Saturday I drug Erik to three stores looking for the perfect yarn because the variegated baby yarn they gave me was JUST NOT GOOD ENOUGH. So instead of using up yarn I bought more to use. Now I have three prayer shawls I started since September 1st and the red, white and blue one I started for my SIL at the end of July. Ooooh boy, I'm going to be the knitting fool this month oh and I have to remember to get caught up on Erik's financial report so I'm not freaking in December and the animals for the hospital, etc, etc, etc. Did I say I was going to be bored when I retired? Not hardly .
Have a blessed week, I'll come up for air later today or tomorrow morning.
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CLAIREINPARIS 9/28/2014 8:08AM

    Tu as tellement d'énergie, chère Ginie ! Et un grand coeur aussi ! emoticon

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BUTTONPOPPER1 9/9/2014 8:51AM

    I agree with the other commenters here--you are so generous and industrious! I am sure that all your hard work is really making a difference in people's lives. Good luck with all your knitting projects! I know the recipients of your shawls will be so pleased to have them. Take care.

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    Good grief, GF!!! You are crazy!! LOL, I'm stressed just reading about it but I know I would want to do the same. The little girl and the stuffed toys for the kids tugs at my heart.

I'm never bored either. In fact, I might welcome that!

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MARTYLYNN1 9/8/2014 11:59AM

    Do you think your busy life will ever slow down? You are such a wonderful caregiver. Not just for Erik but for all others in your life. What a blessing you are to others!

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JANET552 9/8/2014 10:46AM

    Oh Ginie, I had to laugh. Sometimes we are so alike!!! Now, you better go and knit or sew some. At least your hands will be busy and that's a good thing. With my arm in a cast, I haven't been able to do much except read and (a little) cleaning. Sure makes my mouth seem to think it should be busier!


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MILLISMA 9/8/2014 10:44AM

    Ginie, you should post some pictures of your completed projects. You are going to be one busy lady and these things will be so appreciated. What an angel you are! emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/8/2014 10:43AM

    You're doing valuable work. We make shawls at our church too - mostly for nursing homes. I love variegated yarn.

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GABY1948 9/8/2014 10:26AM

    BLESS your HEART, are SO sweet! It is nice knowing you even if it is online!


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RICE! This recipe is worth trying!

Thursday, August 28, 2014

Good morning friends!
This week we had another guest, one of our deacons lost his wife and we invite him every so often to eat with us-well I invite him, Erik enjoys his visits.
So my dilemma was what to serve that is good for me and tasty for someone with different tastes. We had a pork roast (he told me almost everyone serves him chicken + it's something he's comfortable cooking), rice, green beans (from the garden) w/almonds, and a salad with tomatoes from the garden. Thankfully they were cherry tomatoes, he could pick around. The salad was red & green leafy lettuce mix w/ garbanzo beans, tomatoes and cucumbers-dressing choices on the side. I also had sunflower seed, black and green olive pieces for those who so desired. The pork loin was a half I had put in the freezer a few weeks ago, so I rolled it in coarsly ground pepper and garlic powder, put it in a high oven for 40 minutes then lowered the heat, poured on a 1/2 cup of apple juice and a little water and tented it-it had not completely thawed and I needed it done on time.
NOW FOR THE RECIPE -I found this in a Diabetic's recipe magazine for the Chicken roll-ups I made for FR. Eric. For this week I made 1 1/2 times the recipe and used it as a side.

Apple-Pecan brown rice!

1/2 cup apple juice (watch the sugar content)
1/2 c. instant brown rice (one half)
1/2 c finely chopped unpeeled apples
1/4 c chopped pecans ( toasted them in the oven before chopping this time)
3 TBSP of sliced green onions

Bring the apple juice to a boil. Add rice, cover, reduce heat and simmer 8-10 minutes or until liquid is absorbed. Stir in apples, pecans and green onions and remove from heat.

Now you can use it as a stuffing for chicken roll-ups-maybe pork chops (I had 4 chicken breasts-pounded to 1/4 of an inch last week) or as a side with pork or chicken.
Hope you like it!

Eriks comment about dinner Tuesday night was EXCELLLENT! YES he drew it out, and repeated it as he ate more rice, green beans and pork roast. I love it when my son likes what I cooked and I had added NO SALT! emoticon emoticon

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INGMARIE 8/31/2014 10:33AM

    emoticon Looks really good.
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MILLISMA 8/28/2014 10:05PM

    That sounds really yummy. I always like having apple "something" with pork. Yes, it is very special when our "kids" really like something we've prepared and they do have their favorites.

hugs....Mary Anne

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MARTYLYNN1 8/28/2014 7:19PM

    The rice recipe sounds wonderful!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/28/2014 12:36PM

    That sounds delicious! I thought the chicken roll-ups sounded great last week, but this sounds even better-combining the apple flavor with the pork roast sounds perfect! It must have made you happy that your recipe was so well received by your Erik. What a loving mother you are!

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WIFE48 8/28/2014 11:48AM

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GABY1948 8/28/2014 11:38AM

    Your dinner sounds so yummy!!!! Thanks for sharing this!

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    Your dinner sounded delicious and it was so nice of you to be kind to this grieving gentleman. It must be very difficult for him. My father is a widow and he has been miserable every since my step mom died. There was no one like her. I know the meal must have been fantastic as you have mentioned that Erik is picky.

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JANET552 8/28/2014 9:12AM

    Your dinner makes my mouth water. The rice sounds delicious too. The recipe says 12 c. of rice. Is that right? It sounds like so much but 1/2 sounds like too little.

I hope your house is back to normal -- or almost at least. I'm more able to do things in my new cast since my fingers are freer but it is still hard to use that thumb. It had its own surgery and stitches come out of the thumb next week. No stitch removal on the arm. He used dissolvable. Yesterday I even helped wash dishes.

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Pastor's dinner a success

Thursday, August 21, 2014

Dinner was a success emoticon ! Thanks for the encouragement emoticon , I don't like fussing but I like to make a good meal. Funny because I'm frequently trying new recipes on my guests this time there were two new recipes. That's not usually wise but it insures that I'm extra careful in the preparations.
The dessert I chose was a Three-Berry Kuchen from my Motts applesauce cookbook. It had 1/4th of a cup of plain yogurt and two tablespoons of butter, the only milk products I used. It is made with egg whites and I adjusted the flour to be part all-purpose part whole wheat. Since I didn't have raspberries I used strawberries, blackberries and blueberries. We ate it warm, but Erik and I had a piece cold for breakfast and it tasted even better.
The salad was a SP salad except that I substituted Romaine for the spinach.
Father was not put off by apples & pecans in the rice stuffing, strawberries & almonds in the salad and the berries on the dessert. The roasted zucchini was not quite as browned as I would have liked but it was tasty with garlic powder and italian herbs. I made a note to better sear the chicken rolls, baste them with apple juice and upon Father's suggestion cover them with foil when they are in the oven-chicken was just a tad dry, which my Erik hates.
All and all both Erik & Eric were happy with their dinner and Father Eric even fixed Erik's closet door for us.
A side note about the two of them: They are both EJH, they are both fun loving characters, they are both born on the 17th of a month beginning with A..., Father Eric is 8 months older than Erik John.
Now to take Erik John for a new brace
Have a terrific Thursday.
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MILLISMA 8/22/2014 10:44PM

    Finally read both your blogs about the dinner and all I can say is GREAT JOB! What a yummy sounding meal. Found the EJH comparisons very interesting...they must get a kick out of that.

Have a great weekend.

hugs...Mary Anne

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CHARTHESTAR 8/21/2014 8:04PM

    oh- it all sounds so good. I would have loved to try all of it. I am big fan of the old fashion kind of stuff but that sounds so good.

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LIVINGFREE19 8/21/2014 6:06PM

    It sounds like you had a great meal! emoticon

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MARTYLYNN1 8/21/2014 4:54PM

    Your dinner sounds great! Glad all went well.

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GABY1948 8/21/2014 12:45PM

    THIS all sounds so YUMMY! Wish we all lived closer to enjoy! I do hope the brace goes well!


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PGHP31CK 8/21/2014 10:34AM

    So glad that it went well! How neat that Erik and Fr. Eric have so much in common!

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    I'm so glad it went well. Things like that make me nervous. I don't like to cook for other people. Never have. Especially large groups.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/21/2014 8:21AM

    I agree with Janet 552. My mouth is watering just reading about this delicious-sounding meal. So glad it was a success! That cold berry cake sounds out of this world!

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JANET552 8/21/2014 8:03AM

    I knew a dinner made by you would be a success!! You are making my mouth water just thinking about it (good thing it's not my surgery day). I'm glad things went so well. Father Eric sounds like someone I would like to know. I love your attitude about making a new recipe for company. I often do that and I know that goes against conventional wisdom. I'll remind myself of your thought next time!

Hugs Ginie!! I hope all goes well with Erik's brace.

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Pastor coming to dinner-Help needed with MENU!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Father Eric doesn't like onions (specially raw), can't eat coconut and is mildly lactose intolerant.

I've come up with: Apple-Pecan roll-up chicken which contains brown rice,
zucchin- I might just roast it with italian seasonings ( I have two from my garden)
steamed broccoli,
salad ( thought of spinach, strawberry & almonds but I might be overdoing it)
and a Three-Berry Kuchen.
His birthday was the 17th and mine the 18th-I tried to find a healthy meal and dessert using the berries and foods in my fridge.
All I have to buy is some yogurt, applesauce and chicken breasts.
What do y'all think?
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LIVINGFREE19 8/20/2014 10:45PM

    Sounds emoticon !!!!!!!!

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BUSYGRANNY5 8/20/2014 8:56PM

    Yummy!!! I'm sure your pastor will appreciate all your efforts as well as the home cooked meal!!!

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    Sounds delicious to me!!

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PGHP31CK 8/20/2014 9:04AM

    I'm drooling. Sounds wonderful!!

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GABY1948 8/20/2014 8:10AM

    It sounds yummy, Ginie! emoticon

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/20/2014 7:54AM

    Wow, it's a good thing I just finished eating. Otherwise, thinking about these menu ideas might make me start grazing in the kitchen, even though I don't have anything right now that sounds nearly so appetizingl I agree with the other commenters here--sounds like a gourmet menu, very appealing, especially those chicken roll-ups with brown rice!

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JANET552 8/20/2014 7:10AM

    I think it sounds delicious Ginie!! Go for it!

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RIDLEYRIDER 8/20/2014 7:09AM

  Sounds delicious and sure to please!! Go for it!

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