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Raining 4th of July

Sunday, July 04, 2010

So far, blogging every day has been a good thing for me: got me back tracking, too, not just blogging. As I think about what to post here, there are the mundane details of what happens in life: great dinner last night, by the way, we had Greek Salad (a healthy recipe I make), and then my daughter in law made tilapia in a bag... a recipe she worked out to be similar to something Red Lobster used to have on their menu.

Doesn't it look delicious? Tasted wonderful... that's fresh thyme and lemon on the top layer! A whole lot healthier than what my sister plans on doing tonight.

Link to the recipe:

I got the tour of their little place... a washer/dryer and a bedroom suite have been acquired, used... and she's made it a cozy little nest.

Came home while it was still light (it doesn't get dark around here 'til 9:30 or 10 pm this time of year) and was able to see some of the neighborhood fireworks as it got later.

Tonight... the sisters!

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PEGGYJEAN13 7/5/2010 1:56PM

    I love hearing about your daily doings! It sounds like you lots of relatives working on being healthy, which helps everyone.

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KASEYCOFF 7/4/2010 3:04PM

    If she wouldn't mind, do you think your dil would be willing to share her tilapia recipe? Well, vicariously, anyhow, if you'd be willing to post it? :-)

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THIAGRAM 7/4/2010 2:06PM

  Beautiful food! I enjoy your everyday blogs! Enjoy tonight with the sisters!

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WALKINGANNIE 7/4/2010 12:40PM

    Glad that the blogging is helping you - and thank you again as your blogs have helped me too.

The fish looks delicious.

Hope you have a good evening.


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/4/2010 11:21AM

    All in all, a very nice day, huh? I'm not much of a fish eater (unless it's breaded and deep fried), but have to admit it looks awfully tasty. Hope you enjoyed the time with your sisters as well!

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PATRISNA 7/4/2010 9:22AM

    Yum! The fish looks wonderful. Glad you had a good dinner together.


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Body image continued

Saturday, July 03, 2010

For those of you who have "always thought of myself as thin"... you can probably skip this blog. You're "going home" when you lose weight. You are immune to the "change back" messages that come disguised as "compliments".

But for those of us who have always considered ourselves, "the fat sister", "the chubby friend", etc., it becomes a particular challenge as we get close to or achieve our weight loss goals. Even more so around holidays and family gatherings, when we are faced with the comments of well-meaning or envious people.

One that was particularly devastating to me one year was my "skinny sister" lamenting over the fact that I (two inches shorter than she) was weighing in at less than she was. Huge "change back" message. The joking "you're going to blow away", or even "hello skinny" can be a "change back" message to someone (like me) who thinks of herself as substantial.

One recent comment that got me thinking was from a gal who has always kept herself in good shape. It was simply, "You aren't still losing, are you?" I sloughed it off with "no, I'm maintaining, but just starting to wear clothes that fit." But it bothered me.

Body image issue number two: do I feel comfortable in clothes that fit? I'm trying to learn to be. But the clothes that fit bring on those kinds of comments, and those kind of compliments have to be dealt with, or I end up eating over them.

One day at a time: breathe, get my activity in, and remember that outside the skin (other people's words) is not something I can control. Arm myself with the knowledge that this weekend has a high potential to generate comments from people I might have boundary issues with.

I am me. A real live individual. Not an extension of someone else or an assigned identity within a sibling group. If I can just remember that, I should get through not just dinner with daughter in law tonight, but bring a dish with the sisters and families tomorrow.

Who'd have thunk it? Over 50, you can still have identity issues!


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JUST_TRI_IT 7/4/2010 6:55PM

    Oh... can I related... because no matter what my age, "identity" seems to be a constant. Here I am at 51 just finally settling in on being satisfied more with who I am.

This is such an honest and insightful blog. What we say to each other, with good or bad intentions, has the potential to help or harm. And, I don't know that we are ever really sure of the source or the end result.

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LINDAJOYWK 7/3/2010 4:15PM

    I just want to tell you-you are an inspiration!

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PEGGYJEAN13 7/3/2010 2:27PM

    I think everyone has identity issues. Hey, I'm still the little sister and I'm 56 and get the feeling that my opinion does not count with my 5 sisters and 2 brothers! Anyway, we have to be happy with ourselves and learn to shrug it off and go on because there are always those who like to rain on other's parade. In other words, they like to make others feel inferior, and I REFUSE to play the game.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 7/3/2010 1:34PM

    Great insight. And I think a lot of us have the same or similar issues. As long as you're happy with what you're doing and how you feel/look -- that's really all that matters, right? But somehow we seem to put much more weight (no pun intended) to what others may say. And if you're anything like me, in my mind I'm able to turn a well-meaning compliment into some sort of evil scheme. Have fun with family and know that at this point in time, you're the best you can be. And tomorrow is another day to become even better. Have a great holiday weekend!

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REJ7777 7/3/2010 1:22PM

    How we react to a comment is such a personal issue. Someone might be extremely pleased to hear "Hello Skinny", while someone else might be offended. It's probably meant as a compliment when said to someone who has intentionally lost a lot of weight.

A university professor I know comes from an African nation. He's black and has the most delightful accent! He's been living in Quebec for about 20 years, and when people meet him, they always ask him where he's from. I think they're trying to "connect" with him. But he says he's so tired of always being asked where he comes from. I guess it makes him feel "different", even after all these years.

Maybe comments about our weight (positive or negative) remind us of our weight issues. We'd like that to be in the past, and not be identified with our weight anymore. Sometimes people with the best intentions can say the wrong thing. And if they're intentionally being unkind, that's *their* problem! Just enjoy your newfound health and slim body! People are bound to notice. A pleasant "thank you" seems like an appropriate response. emoticon

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LJCANNON 7/3/2010 12:53PM

    We really are all "Just Human" and it will probably take the rest of our lives~for some of us~to learn NOT to take things 'Personally' especially when comments come from Family members.
I am trying to learn to CHOOSE how I respond to comments from my Sister just like I choose my meals. If I can CHOOSE to feel that her comments are meant to be encouraging or from being proud of me it doesn't really matter what her motivation was.

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WALKINGANNIE 7/3/2010 12:39PM

    On the nail again Barb.

I have really struggled with identity issues over the last year. Since I was ill and then found SP I've had the repeated experience of people, including quite close friends and extended family, simply not recognising me. It's been very disconcerting - but if you want to commit a major crime and get away with it I can recommend losing 46lb and having a haircut!

You are definitely you! You're great just the way you are. Now. You worked hard to get here. Other people might just take time to adjust to the Slim-Barb because they don't see you in the mirror every day. The changes for us seem gradual, but for those who don't see us every day, the difference can be as profound as comparing our 'before' and 'after' photos or stages on the way.

Thanks for helping me to see that for myself. You helped me again by sharing your thoughts.

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MONARCHCT 7/3/2010 10:48AM

    Very astute. Comments from others are often made without much thought, but I tend to take everything to heart. Although not terribly overweight, I have lost 40 pounds. I get very self-conscious when people mention or compliment me about it. "How much have you lost?" "What do you weigh?" "You've really lost alot of weight" "You look great". Although these are meant to make me feel good, they also make me think I must have looked really bad before and it is embarrassing. I am trying to accept these well-meaning phrases as compliments and not read more into them than is there,...but it is hard.

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KASEYCOFF 7/3/2010 9:47AM

    Identity issues - you made me smle, kiddo... You know, those 'You aren't still losing, are you?' questions and 'You're going to blow away' comments are kind of strange, no matter what their origin. Would people go up to someone and say 'You aren't still gaining, are you?' or 'You'd make good ballast on a ship' or something? So why do they somehow feel it's all right to comment on someone's size because they're losing weight? I mean, regardless of someone's size, isn't it more a case of 'Your haircut looks great!' or 'That color really suits you' rather than 'You are--' too thin, too big, too tall. Isn't anyone just right? Personal remarks. Maybe I'm in danger of becoming over-sensitive. Or just a tetchy ol' lady. emoticon

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THIAGRAM 7/3/2010 9:41AM

  I appreciate your insights and straightforwardness of your feelings. I have not ever been "fat", but I have always been around "fat" family and friends. I hope I haven't ever made others uncomfortable with my comments, meaning well, but not really understanding these feelings. Oh how we avoid saying the "f" (fat) word. And I think for good reason. We simply don't want to offend or make others feel bad or uncomfortable. So even things like "Hello, Skinny" can make others feel uncomfortable. I mean you don't go up to someone who has always been skinny and say "Hello, Skinny". Why are we so human? Why can't we always just say all the right things? Why can't we all just be perfect? I guess that's because we're all so very human! Thanks for sharing your feelings!

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PATRISNA 7/3/2010 8:47AM

    I agree with Tornado40 the siblings comments are "all about them." Sibling rivalry goes way back in our lives. I know you can be strong and not let the sisters undermine you. Don't acknowledge to the subliminal change back impulses their comments generate.

Sometimes the people we think and hope would be our biggest supporters are the ones who undermine us. Remember to breathe deeply. Keep repeating silently to yourself "I'm not listening, I'm not listening..."


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TORNADO40 7/3/2010 8:18AM

    People don't handle change very well and they can be very jealous that you have figured out the "secret" and they have not. Also when they see that you have lost weight it makes them look at themselves and sometimes they don't like what they see. Plus overweight, unhealthy people want others to be in the same boat so they don't feel so bad about themselves. At any rate it is all about them and nothing to do with you. Just keep up the good work and take care of you.
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Thinking about body size and body image

Friday, July 02, 2010

I know that many folks who follow along are in my age range and totally understand this, but in case you haven't been around this block a few times, let me clue you in: just because your body size has changed doesn't mean the image you hold of yourself, in your mind... has accepted it!

One of the reasons I keep taking photos is so I can look at them and say, "Yes, this is me". If you look at the "before" pictures, that's also me. My body size has varied so much over the years that at times I'm not sure which one is really me. In truth, they all are. I'm the one that some people have recently told "You're getting too thin, you might blow away" (change back message), and I'm also the one that they avoided saying anything to because she was so fat, to avoid hurting my feelings. I'm also the one in the middle, on her way up or down.

"You are more than your body". That is so true, body, mind, soul... all is part of identity. I was raised with the concept to "take no thought for your body". I now know and accept that I am a compulsive eater with behaviors that date back to childhood. This has directly resulted in the large body size that has returned multiple times throughout my life.

Compulsive eating can go both ways... it can be compulsive UNDER-eating, too. Once a certain amount of weight is off, and one starts wearing more flattering clothing, the comments come in, and the brain goes in differing directions, depending on your particular compulsion... either restricting continues, and the compulsion takes on THAT flavor... or the little devil voice tries to convince you that you can have ANYTHING you want because you're "cured".

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For recovery from compulsion, there has to be something else, that is neither of these. In 12 step programs it's a concept called abstinence. If you don't buy into the whole compulsive eater thing, the word is "maintenance".

A big part of the whole thing is accepting myself whatever my size. It's about being "comfortable in my own skin"... loose or taut! Inside my skin = mine to deal with. Outside the skin = I have no control.

Going into this Independence Day weekend, my hope is to accept me as I am at the moment... to be comfortable with the size I am now.

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SHAPNUP 7/15/2010 7:48AM

    Hey Barb,

Great blog. My body image has been off my whole life. I didn't think about it much until I hit puberty. Then the boys started teasing. I remember being called "Fat Gordon" during sports, and so I internalized that and in my mind became the fat girl. But looking back at pictures, I see I was a normal size. Conversely, in my heavy years, in MY mind, I'm wasn't that big. It's crazy to see a picture of myself (reality check!), especially since losing weight on Spark, and see a big woman. I'm warped! But I'm not alone! emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 7/2/2010 4:02PM

    Very well said. I identify with this so much Barb. Will the Real Me please stand up!

You've expressed it all so well.

You do look good as you are now. You look healthy and strong with a twinkling sense of fun showing through.

Here's to Independence Day!

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KASEYCOFF 7/2/2010 3:18PM

    Good perception - inside and out! emoticon

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PEGGYJEAN13 7/2/2010 3:14PM

    I caught my reflection in the mirror as I passed by and asked myself, "Is that me?". Inside I've always thought of myself as slim, even when pictures showed I was not and seemed shocked to see how I looked. Now I am shocked at the difference too. I know I get treated different slimmer vs. heavier.

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THIAGRAM 7/2/2010 10:59AM

  Great insights! Thanks for sharing!

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SMARTIEBEE 7/2/2010 10:39AM

    You are so right Barb! I have long said that I was always a chubby kid. And a chubby adult. I recently found some old pics of me as a kid, and as I looked the them, it suddenly hit me - that wasn't a chubby kid! It was a strong, healthy little girl! I also found a pic of me from just before DH and I got married, when I was about 110 lbs. I thought I was fat then too! While I don't ever want to be that thin again, many days, now, I still feel fat. But at least now when I look in the mirror, I can see a trim, healthy person and know I am where I should be!

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PATRISNA 7/2/2010 9:36AM

    Thanks for another great blog. You are right about looking at photos. For a long time I resisted and hated having my photo taken. I am still uncomfortable about it. So that is another thing I have to work on.

We recently sorted through a box of old photos from about 30 years ago. I thought I was fat then, wow was my body image off. I was looking pretty good back in the day! I wish I was that "fat" now because I would be about 100 pounds lighter.


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DEBINS 7/2/2010 9:06AM

    I really liked your blog it is so true. When I lost a lot of weight several years ago I was told I was going to blow away. I was also told I looked sickly.

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MUSIKGIRL 7/2/2010 8:11AM

  I'm just starting on my journey, but I know that when I get to that point, I'm going to have similar issues about body image unless I start the positive self-talk now. I'm glad you've decided to try to accept yourself as you are. Good luck!

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KALIGIRL 7/2/2010 8:06AM

    Here's to being comfortable in our own skin and loving the person inside.
Happy 4th!

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HEIDE69 7/2/2010 8:03AM

    You are great the way you are! Have a great 4th!

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All about people - a warped internal reverie

Thursday, July 01, 2010

It's about to be a holiday weekend, and that usually means seeing family. On Saturday I'll be sharing a meal prepared by my daughter in law, who has started to follow the Mediterranean diet.

She tells me that she needs to have some kind of program to follow, she doesn't do well left to her own devices. I get that. This is the third such program she's followed... on the previous two, I went along with her: South Beach, and more recently Jenny Craig. My own philosophy is that the program doesn't much matter, as long as it supports balanced nutrition and exercise. If a shiny new program helps you stay motivated and take care of your health, go for it.

Most important I really, really get that everybody has to learn and grow in their own way and at their own pace. Family connections sometimes make it harder to share what we've learned, as the relationship and individuality get in the way. Sometimes it's easier to learn from a book, or a friend, rather than a family member.

I'm kind of looking forward to it, and kind of dreading it at the same time. The perfectionist in me worries about both the relationship and my own healthy eating program.

Relationship: "will she be offended if I don't care for what she prepares?" Food: "But what if it's something I really don't like?" So... watch the portion size, try to be polite, but not stiff. But more important: "Will she think I'm judging her own efforts at weight loss if I don't like the food." I know, I know, I'm warped.

I'm still feeling my way around my relationship with my daughter in law, and particularly where healthy habits are concerned. She's a fellow traveler. And that can mean sensitive. You know how the most critical anti-smoking people are former smokers? Well, sometimes I think the most critical feelings we take on are from former "fatties". You know what I mean? The big problem? When I go on these programs with her, I generally end up getting to my goal faster and staying there longer. Right now, I'm at goal and maintaining.

Some of this is leftovers from my relationship with my own mother, who seemed threatened when I lost weight... afraid I would want to push my new habits and values on her. Being a people pleaser... that came back to me, internally as a "change back" message. Internally, it can get morphed into a "why try?", a "she won't love me anymore", etc. Mom's gone now, but this echo remains in how I respond to the comments of others when they notice my weight loss. And I don't want to do that to someone else. Yes, I am projecting, psych majors among you.

Deep breath... Serenity prayer time: Inside my own skin, mine. Someone else's internals... I can't control. So, do my best, be genuine, and focus on loving the people. Beyond that... it's in the hands of a power greater than me!

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WALKINGANNIE 7/1/2010 3:54PM

    This is such a lovely thoughtful blog Barb - full of self-awareness coupled with consideration. Your DIL is a lucky woman.

I hope you manage to enjoy the experience.

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KASEYCOFF 7/1/2010 2:24PM

    I think you sound like a gem of a mother-in-law - and I know just what you mean about worrying when you reach a goal faster and so on. It may be that she is genuinely pleased when you reach a goal, and looks up to you as an example for what she can achieve. Truly, Barb, you sound as tho you really work to make your relationship with her (and the rest of your family) loving and kind. I'm sure that will show thru. You're a doll, hon, you really are.

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LJCANNON 7/1/2010 10:55AM

    I do not think you are warped at all. You are dealing with all the same emotions and questions that we all deal with when relating to Family members, especially In-Laws.
The wonderful thing about Spark (one of the wonderful things!) is that it can go along with almost ANY healthy eating plan. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, eat well, and ENJOY your Family Time.
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THIAGRAM 7/1/2010 10:30AM

  You are right on target! Doing a plan with a family member isn't easy for sure! We all have this experience and these feelings. Thanks for a great blog and things to think about! You always get me thinking. I'm still thinking about the pocket thing!

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ANDI571 7/1/2010 10:20AM

    It is so hard to go down our own path, while trying to please others. I think you will be able to do the Mediterranean Diet and still slip some of the things you might need to eat. I had a friend on it, and it was just a very clean diet. I couldn't do it on a life time basis, but for a short period maybe. I might would have to sneak some goodies in here and there.

I think the old us just wants to sneak in on us and try to get us to have that why try feeling. I have noticed since I started Weight Watchers again and doing well, I have had more anxiety. I have been fighting it, especially at night. But anxiety is one of my triggers and I know that. But right now I am giving it a one two punch to stay away.

Keep up the good work, you are awesome.

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BUGGYS 7/1/2010 8:21AM

    I enjoyed your blog and you are right that you have to follow your own path...however, the Mediterranian Diet is a good way of eating and I think you should give it a try...It is great that you and your DIL do things together and I am sure you are supportive of one another...tell her about SP or have her read the book...either way it's a win-win situation and you both can benefit from the diet and the accountability. Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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CONCHA77 7/1/2010 8:21AM

    Great Blog, Barb. Hope your weekend is a good one and I am sure that you will not offend your DIL. May you continue on your path of healthiness, it's working for you, friend. You do look great!
Happy 4th of July!
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PEGGYJEAN13 7/1/2010 8:12AM

    I think this would be a perfect opportunity for the 2 of you to have a "weight-loss" journey together. Would she be interested in SP? I know that sounds easy and it isn't. I have mentioned SP to my daughter in law too but this relationship is complex and we both have our own territories and places I stay clear of while still trying to maintain a good relationship. After 5 years, things are getting more relaxed, but the diet area is still not a comfortable subject. I think you know what I mean. We are all sensitive to different things in our lives and base it on what has happened to us previously.

You seem very sensitive to your daughter in law's feelings so I'm sure your will be fine.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/1/2010 8:11AM

    Focus on loving people -- how profound. As I leave tomorrow for trip to family, I'm taking your wise words with me. Thanks. You have a great deal of insight into your feelings and behavior. I hope you can relax and just enjoy. -Marsha

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PATRISNA 7/1/2010 8:08AM

    Barb I hope you have a safe and pleasant holiday and the dinner goes well. Great Blog!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 7/1/2010 7:59AM

    I think those are very legitimate questions and I might even think about telling her you were thinking about them before you even eat. She will probably laugh with you over them. But honestly, I have never tasted anything Mediterranean that I didn't like and I am a picky eater. Good luck.

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KATIE33MAHALA 7/1/2010 7:57AM

    Very well said!

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

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Hostile takeover?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I may have shared (because I share a lot) that my food group challenge is fruit. I love my veggies, but getting the recommended 5 servings of fruit to go with my 5 plus veggies every day (my maintenance plan)... a stretch.

Well, last Sunday, the fruit staged a takeover of my fridge.

You see, there is this guy in our area who works with the Texas growers. Every year he sells door-to-door in our neighborhood twice. Once around about now with grapefruits and oranges, and again in the autumn with apples. He's been coming around for several years. He rings your doorbell and hands you a slice of his wares, that he cuts right on your porch step.

Of course it's the best fruit ever! Fresh, hasn't made it through the grocery, straight from the trees to you. Except that he sells it in crates! And there's only ONE of me! So each year, while raving over the quality of the fruit, I explain that I couldn't possibly eat what he sells before it spoils. Even though he says it will last 8 weeks without refrigeration. And that's the end of it, until my sample on his next trip.

This year, he caught me as I was ready for my Sunday afternoon snack, and it was the juiciest citrus fruit. And he said he would sell a mixed half crate. And I succumbed to the temptation. As you can see, my fridge has been taken over. And there was a lot more that didn't fit, and I gave away to my sisters and to people at work. But I think, at least for a few weeks, I'm going to have no problem getting in those five fruits.


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DEBBIESTY 6/30/2010 11:18PM

    An awesome clean and fresh fridge! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/30/2010 9:38PM

    I haven't seen one of those guys in years! (Maybe that's 'cause I have a strict don't answer the door unless I know who it is policy??) Enjoy the fruit -- but remember, it doesn't do you any good in the fridge -- has to go into the mouth to count!

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MARYMAC45 6/30/2010 7:34PM

    I am so jealous. I order navel oranges every year from Florida. They are delish. I buy 2 lg boxes and share them with family & friends. Enjoy!!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/30/2010 7:23PM

    Yummy. Love the picture in your blog. Makes it truly interesting. I've always been a photo-phob. Never liked taking pictures and can't seem to download them off the camera, either. Oh, well. Gotta get over it.

Anyway, fruit is one of my loves. Hope you learn to love it, too. It is so tasty and healthy. For me today was fresh pineapple, red seedless grapes, nectarine, and watermelon. I also had orange juice at the company breakfast. I usually avoid juice, but it was the healthiest choice available. I have strawberries and blackberries in my refrig. Guess they can wait until tomorrow.

Happy fruit eating!! -Marsha

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THIAGRAM 6/30/2010 12:21PM

  This is giving into temptation? Sounds great! What a blessing you can have some fruit and also enough for sharing! Yummy!!
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 6/30/2010 11:17AM

    I thought it was 5 servings of fruit and veggies -- meaning a total of five combined. It's supposed to be 5 of each? OMG -- I'll never get there, as I hate veggies and fruits aren't far behind.

Good job on all of the fruit -- especially if it's not a favorite of yours. You inspire me to try harder. Get juicin', girl!

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ELSEEBEE 6/30/2010 10:38AM

    That looks great! You know, if you get desperate, juice it. You can even freeze the juice if you just can't eat it all. (But citrus will last a long time in the refrigerator.)

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BUGGYS 6/30/2010 10:08AM

    Mmmm...looks delicious! I don't have any problem getting my fruit in my diet...I love trying new fruits, too. I think that after you eat what is n your frig, your appreciation of fruit will grow!

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LJCANNON 6/30/2010 9:46AM

    That Fridge looks DELICIOUS!! Maybe by the time you finish it, you will LOVE Fruit!

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MAMOOAUG 6/30/2010 9:02AM

    I wish we had someone like that here. My family loves fruit. The best I get is the FFA department at our high school sells fruit each fall as a fund raiser, but it's shipped in from somewhere else. Enjoy it.

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JHADZHIA 6/30/2010 8:59AM

    You are so lucky to get it fresh, delivered to your door!! Enjoy! I love my fruit. Every morning, I have a fruit shake of strawberries, banana and blueberries! Tastes so good!! I also love grapefruit. If you eat peppers and tomatoes, you are having fruit. I always knew about the tomatoes being fruit, but peppers was a new one to me.
Keep up the great work!

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KALIGIRL 6/30/2010 8:51AM

    Looks divine - hope you can eat it all!

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PEGGYJEAN13 6/30/2010 8:24AM

    I'm jealous. I have to make a special trip to the store if I run out of fruit because it is my go-to snack food. I love bananas, grapes, strawberries, watermelon ...... I can't think of a fruit I don't like. Maybe I should just raid your frig! Where do you live? Happy eating!

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    You are right!!!! It doesn't look like you are going to have any trouble getting in your five fruits. Looks like a very healthy stocked refrigerator!

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