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Saturday, September 27, 2014

Oh I was going along so nicely...4 lbs from goal, and then it happened...I started eating more than I want to. Nope, no pig out! Nope, no crazy-out-of-control mowing down on food. Just more food and different food than I would like to be eating to get me back to goal weight. Well, perhaps I needed a wee break? Perhaps I fear getting to goal and what will happen after that? I'm not sure.

What I do know is that I will eat another piece of french toast for breakfast with my 3 year old grandson tomorrow morning. And I will have one more serving of potatoes tomorrow evening for supper. AND Monday morning I will renew my "going back to goal" efforts in earnest again.

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ICEDEMETER 9/29/2014 10:26AM

    Or perhaps you know that you want life to sometimes contain potatoes and french toast with the GS - and that you've got your head in the right place for those to be a simple pleasure that can easily be part of life in maintenance and while losing...

As the others have said, you're basically in maintenance already, and a bit of "extra" here will be easily offset by some "not so much" another day --- it's all just part of enjoying life and finding your own comfortable balance.

Besides --- your adrenaline rush from the jet boat adventure and all of that fence painting surely burned more calories than usual!

Hope you have a great week!

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KALIGIRL 9/29/2014 8:49AM

    Here's to going with the flow!

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SJM1027 9/28/2014 7:59PM

    It's a life style change. You said it, sound like having french toast with grandson is priceless!
Go at a comfortable pace, you have done fine and goal is there anytime you want it. I agree, have fun in life too.

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/28/2014 7:39PM

    A little break is ok...

Back to it Monday! I'm holding you to it!

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GABY1948 9/28/2014 10:28AM

    Great attitude! You can do it!

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KANOE10 9/28/2014 8:43AM

    You have good plans for Monday. Enjoy your break. Have fun with your grandson.


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_LINDA 9/28/2014 12:45AM

    When you have grown up on the 'whites' it can hardly be expected that you would never eat them again. I agree that 4 lbs is as good as being there.
Happy maintaining!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/27/2014 10:00PM

    Have no fear, you are still on your way because you have identified it happened.

You are going to be fine!


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WATERMELLEN 9/27/2014 9:48PM

    This is not a straight line AND it's not a particular number cast in stone for all eternity . . . you're close enough that in my book you can consider yourself "there" and maintaining within a reasonable range. As the weather gets cooler and fall settles in, most of us are attracted to more comfort foods . . . it's a cycle. Enjoy your time with your grandson.

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ALIIDA 9/27/2014 9:25PM

    I don't think you fear getting back to goal. I'm glad you're not stressing out about this. We don't go down in a straight line. Family French toast for us tomorrow too! emoticon emoticon

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CATTUTT 9/27/2014 9:14PM

    I think it's just natural that there will be times you will eat foods that are not necessarily consistent with your goal. The trick is not letting those times turn into weeks or months, but it sounds like you are well on top of the situation. That's the important part.

Enjoy your time with you grandson tomorrow!

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    I have had days/ weeks like that - I think we all have 😓- but good for you for not letting it get to you and for making a plan to get on track. Enjoy your grandson

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The home stretch

Wednesday, September 17, 2014

I'm on the home stretch now. 6 lbs to go to goal. Don't know how long it will take me to get there, but whenever it is, I'm not looking forward to pizza, pop, donuts, cake, cookies or any other sickly sweet stuff this time.

This time:
I'm looking forward to continuing to exercise.
I'm looking forward to building some more muscle.
I'm looking forward to spending the time to determine how many calories/carbs I can eat per day and maintain my weight.
I'm looking forward to continuing to log my food and exercise.

And, last but not least:
I'm looking forward to wearing my skinny jeans!!!!

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LAURELEI 9/21/2014 6:28AM

    You are doing amazing!!! You are visualizing and practicing success! How wonderful that your goal is in clear sight now! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 9/20/2014 7:23PM

    Wow and GOOD FOR YOU!!!

I really have no words other than I going to be very excited to read your blog on that DAY!

Keep it up - you are an inspiration.



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BOOKAPHILE 9/18/2014 6:35PM

    Yay! You're going to get there; you're so close! You have realistic expectations and goals. Can't wait to hear you've made it.

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WATERMELLEN 9/18/2014 6:12PM

    This time indeed: and yes you will, I don't have a scintilla of doubt about it!! And: you will maintain. Absolutely!!!!

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BROOKLYN_BORN 9/18/2014 4:01PM

    Fantastic! Keep your eye on the prize!

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PATTI_PAL1 9/18/2014 1:32PM

    It won't be long now. Dust off those skinny jeans! Good going. You've got the right attitude. Just keep on keeping on and those pounds will stay off.


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_LINDA 9/18/2014 12:04PM

    You go girl!
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KELLIEBEAN 9/18/2014 8:21AM

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You are doing so great! I love your mindset!


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KALIGIRL 9/18/2014 8:08AM

Here's to those jeans!

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GABY1948 9/18/2014 7:15AM

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/18/2014 6:05AM

    Woohoo! You've got the right attitude!

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ALIIDA 9/18/2014 1:57AM

    Well done on getting this close to your goal! It's great that you are not feeling those cravings. It looks like you're well set for maintenance. emoticon

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ICEDEMETER 9/17/2014 10:41PM


You are doing awesome!

I love your list of things that you are looking forward to - all happy and positive. Can't wait to see the pic of you back in your skinny jeans!

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SJM1027 9/17/2014 10:21PM

    Awesome Job, Your focused, you'll do it for sure!

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 9/17/2014 9:49PM

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CATTUTT 9/17/2014 9:02PM

    Congratulations on being so close to goal, that's awesome!

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Get rid of my skinny jeans????!!!!

Saturday, September 13, 2014

Gee, there was a SP article this morning about 5 reasons why I should get rid of my skinny jeans. HELL NO! Wanting to fit back into my goal-sized skinny jeans is my #1 reason for wanting to get back to my goal weight!!! Gosh, I got all new clothes last year...wonderful, wonderful clothes and now I want to fit back into them FOREVER!

It's my plan. That's what my "on-plan" eating is all about. We each gotta do what works for us...this works for me. I even put them on yesterday and I'm almost there!

I'm off to the zoo today to see the pandas with my 3 year old GS and DD. I've packed my lunch and my water and I'm ready to start the trek to their house to start the trek to the zoo and soooooooooooooooo looking forward to the day. I'm not looking forward to food of any sort...I'm looking forward to the people, the activities and wearing my skinny jeans one day soon.

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ALIIDA 9/18/2014 2:03AM

    I'm with you too! My number one motivation is appearance. Yep! I admit it.

I hope you had a great day at the zoo! emoticon

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CAROLISCIOUS 9/14/2014 5:51PM

    Heyll yeh! Cheers to the skinny jeans and fitting into them!

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SWEDE_SU 9/14/2014 6:43AM

    absolutely - when i gained last winter my biggest motivator was to fit back into my new clothes i had bought one year earlier, skinny jeans and all! i'm with you...

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_LINDA 9/13/2014 5:55PM

    Always take articles with a grain of salt. We are all individuals that must find our own thing that works for us. If fitting into skinny jeans does it for you, more power to you!
Sounds like that will be sooner rather than later!!
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PATTI_PAL1 9/13/2014 12:44PM

    I read that article, too, and reacted to the premise. I understand what they are saying, but I have one pair of jeans and one blouse that didn't quite fit me (size 8) when I went shopping for my "new" clothes at the GoodWill. I didn't try them on until I got home. They are just too nice to let go, and I DO plan on losing just a few pounds more.

I'll make the decision when I'm at 120.

Go for it! You'll make it into yours before you know it.

And have a wonderful day!

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/13/2014 12:16PM

    Is this the column you saw?


If so, I don't think they are talking about jeans you wore as recently as last year. They mention clothes that still have the tags on, that were bought too small in the first place, or outfits last worn 27 years ago.

Almost none of the official Spark People staff columns are written with maintainers in mind. Like it or not, this website is geared almost exclusively toward weight loss.

Regain often happens, especially in the first 1-2 years of maintenance, so re-losing weight to get back to goal is necessary if maintenance is going to happen. Some of us take even longer to figure out how to stabilize and apply enough vigilance to maintenance without it being so much work it's unsustainable.

So you go ahead and hang onto those "skinny jeans." In your case they are a prize that you are working your way back toward while you figure out this maintenance thing. And they are a prize well-worth wearing.



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BOOKAPHILE 9/13/2014 10:42AM

    You'll be wearing them in public soon. I find my jeans have gotten tighter, so I'll join you in that last push to get back to goal!

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KALIGIRL 9/13/2014 9:59AM

    Here's to finding what works for us!

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SJM1027 9/13/2014 9:51AM

    Have a great day at the zoo!!

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CARRIE1948 9/13/2014 9:30AM

    I'm with you. I bought a whole new wardrobe 2 years ago and am working to get back into them. They are my goal - they are what I know I can be and accomplish.

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WATERMELLEN 9/13/2014 9:07AM

    I'm absolutely with you on the skinny jeans!! Just tried on several of my slim fitting leather jackets (a fall/winter work staple) and am happy: yup, they fit. Absolutely a prime motivator for me is fitting into my clothes!!!

Want a full report on those pandas!! What a fun day!!

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GABY1948 9/13/2014 8:29AM

    I'm with you! I never paid any attention to that article either though I did understand what they were saying!

Have a great day! Sounds like such fun!

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KELLIEBEAN 9/13/2014 7:46AM

    Keep doing what keeps you motivated! I love that you are looking forward to time with family and not food. With that mindset you will definitely achieve your goals!


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TORTISE110 9/13/2014 7:32AM

    I agree! Good 4 you.

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KANOE10 9/13/2014 7:29AM

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Keep those skinny jeans. You almost fit them and soon will. I know you will do it. Have a great time at the zoo.

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Getting restless and getting real.

Thursday, September 11, 2014

Fall is here...I'm getting restless. I notice there are things I'm REALLY not happy about. This is sooooooo silly. I mean really, if I can do something about them, I should do it if it's important enough to me to complain about (even if it's just in my own head)!!!

If I can't do anything about it...well, what the heck! What a waste of time and energy to complain about (even if it's just in my own head) things I have no control over.

So, I miss my friend Ana. Time to look for a new one.
So, I'm not happy that I'm not back at goal weight yet. Time to get more serious. there are many more, but these are the 2 biggies in my life right now.

Happiness is available to me my own head!!!

So, onward I go...onward I go....

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GABY1948 9/12/2014 11:46AM

    emoticon a new attitude is the way to do it with MOST THINGS!

Have a great day!

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KALIGIRL 9/12/2014 8:21AM

    Here's to your new attitude!

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KANOE10 9/12/2014 7:44AM

    I am sorry about the loss of your friend..and can see why you miss her. I hope you find a new friend. Spark friends can help until you do. emoticon

We all have so's that we need to accept and just keep going on and finding happiness.
You can do it my friend. I wish you well.

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ALIIDA 9/12/2014 6:28AM

    I like this message! It's easy to blame outside influences for our dissatisfactions and feel like a victim, but a lot of what bothers us is just going on in our heads.
All the best for getting back to goal weight and making new friends.

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_LINDA 9/12/2014 1:26AM

    Sorry about losing your friend :-((
It is good to take stock of your life and see what needs to be done. Wishing you all the best in finding someone and ramping up the healthy lifestyle!
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WATERMELLEN 9/11/2014 8:53PM

    Great to be aware of how you're feeling -- which means you're not supressing your feelings with a whack of food, right?

Does sound to me like you've got a lot of nice things going on in your life too: grandkids, husband, kayking/cottage/lovely home/pool (sorry the season has come to an end) . . . and lots of people who clearly like you a lot!!

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CATTUTT 9/11/2014 8:09PM

    Sorry to hear you miss your friend, that's rough. Good luck finding a new one, and meeting all your goals!

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SLENDERELLA61 9/11/2014 7:23PM

    Best wishes for finding a new friend. That can be a tough order. In the meantime, don't forget your SparkFriends. Not the same, but definitely some help ---

Getting more serious about your health and fitness will pay off. Best wishes for success in this area, too. You can do it!! -Marsha

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ICEDEMETER 9/11/2014 6:49PM

    The really cool thing is that you are *feeling* those emotions, acknowledging them, and then choosing to move past them and find the joy.

Ain't it grand when YOU are the one in control, and can choose what to do with the emotions?

I'm totally impressed!

Take care, and keep your eyes and heart open for that next fabulous friend to walk in to your life... You ARE a good friend, so you'll find one who deserves you!

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Cake or no cake? That is the question.

Thursday, September 04, 2014

Ok, so I've been on a pretty good go of weight loss. It's slow, but steady. My birthday is Saturday and I've been thinking about having a cake or not having a cake. Hmmmmmmmm. Last year my birthday cake was so yummy that it started me on a binge that ended this summer and 31 pounds up.

So I'm thinking my possible "good" choices are:
a) a cake I don't like
b) some other desserty thing that isn't cake
c) cupcakes with my commitment to throw away any that are left after ppl go home
d) no dessert or cake at all

So friends, what are your thoughts please?

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ID_VANDAL 9/9/2014 10:59AM

    Hey there - Happy Birthday (late) but I hope it was a good one! With your attitude I'm sure it was!

Congrats on the continued progress towards your goal and thanks for your efforts in getting my @ss in gear!



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KIRSTENLYNN62 9/6/2014 11:35AM

    I'm glad you posted this. It is an issue for me as well.

Cake is always a HUGE deal in my family (we are all sugar addicts so the cake is a BIG part of the celebration) and I was always the person who baked a cake for everyone's birthday, it was part of my present to them. Everyone raves about my cakes, and asks for them.

Unfortunately, I realized that whenever I bake one and try to just have one piece, it always triggers a binge, or worse, a months-long foray into weight gain. I used to give my mom the leftovers and she would just eat it all in a giant binge as well, and now she is diabetic.

I have tried buying a good bakery cake, which helps, but I still focus on it. Cupcakes seem to do the trick for me, as I can't rationalize eating a bunch of them as easily, and they are easier to give away. And, sadly, I just don't bake cakes or cookies anymore, It is just too triggering for me. Like an alcoholic working in a bar, it's just too tempting.

I hope you have a great birthday!

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WATERMELLEN 9/6/2014 11:30AM

    Hey, how'd I miss this?? Excellent decision!! Like you I know that the calorie count from a "treat" isn't the problem -- it's recognition that some stuff can serve as a trigger which just isn't worth it.

Happy Birthday!!!

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    SANDICANE - awesome choice - enjoy!!

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GABY1948 9/5/2014 9:42AM

    Great replies already and I agree with them all....we are all different...whatever you decide....have a VERY emoticon

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SANDICANE 9/5/2014 9:18AM

    Ok, decision made. I'm making myself a "fruit fluff" dessert which will serve as cake and a small chocolate cake with regular icing for guests (which I will not touch).

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KANOE10 9/5/2014 8:34AM

    I you feel like having a cake would make you happy then go for a small piece or cupcake. Ask yourself how will I feel after I eat it? Can I enjoy it and feel good about it?If the answer is yes, then go for it. Otherwise I like the fruit cake.

Happy Bd.

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NANCY- 9/5/2014 6:41AM

    We have done ice cream cakes. You still have the "cake" and it might help avoid the binge.
Best wishes for a ...

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4A-HEALTHY-BMI 9/4/2014 10:30PM

    If you'll feel deprived without cake, I agree with CATTUTT's suggestion, to make cupcakes and send the extras home with your guests. If they don't take them all, then put the rest in the bird feeder. Or the compost pile.

If you will enjoy something other than cake, then you could try that. For example, how about something made with fresh fruit?

The best advice I've ever seen with the healthy choices that we want to sustain is that we have to be able to live with them in the long term.

Back when I lived in NY State there was an ice cream place nearby that made their own. I grew picky about my ice cream and set up a routine of getting a kiddie scoop once a month from there. It satisfied my desires without breaking the calorie bank. I could live with that compromise.

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    I like JENSTRESS idea - maybe with a little whipped cream :)

Happy birthday!

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_LINDA 9/4/2014 2:28PM

    A birthday is meant to be celebrated, a nice, but small cake will do (just enough for everyone) so there are no leftovers. This is not an issue of deprivation. Restricting something will just make you want it that much more. A lifestyle change means you are eating healthy most of the time. There is room for special occasions, as long as they don't start coming once a week or more lol. If there are leftovers I do like the idea of sending it home with whoever wants it, sometimes there are people who couldn't make it so you are spreading the cheer. Or taking it to your workplace. People have brought their leftover cakes to the bridge club. It just vanishes!
Most important is to focus on your guests, not the food. Be a social butterfly!
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CATTUTT 9/4/2014 12:58PM

    My thought would be cupcakes, and send extras home with other people that have come to celebrate your birthday. I can't trust myself around extra baked goods. I think you're in a good place mentally, though, and you could resist the temptation.

Good luck!

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JENSTRESS 9/4/2014 12:32PM

    For my mom's and sister's birthdays, we made fruit cake. Now, I don't mean the nasty stuff, I mean slice up some watermelon, stacked like a cake, topped with pineapple, berries and all yummy fruit. It was delish!

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PATTI_PAL1 9/4/2014 11:28AM

    Any of the choices are good except to "a cake I don't like". You choose which one works for you. Which will add to your good feeling about the day and the anniversary it represents. Make a true "Happy Birthday" and don't let the dessert trip you out.

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ICEDEMETER 9/4/2014 11:02AM

    I think that what you really should be asking yourself is if your head is in the same space this year as it was last year... because, from what I've been seeing here, it really isn't.

Is the main focus of your birthday party the people and the joy and the love... or is it the food (cake included)?

Will a piece of yummy cake ADD to the joy of the day, take away from the joy, or just be an inconsequential part of the day --- something that you won't even remember a week from now?

Can you have a piece of really delicious cake just because it's something that you will thoroughly enjoy for that moment, and then PASS that moment to enjoy the company? Once you've savoured it for that moment, does it really matter whether the rest of the cake is consumed by your guests, goes home with them, goes in to the garbage, or gets trashed in a wild and giggly "cake fight" with the grandkids? (You can all go for a swim afterwards to clean up!)

The only "power" that any food has is the power that YOU give to it. It's up to you whether a piece of cake is worth a lot of time worrying about, or whether it's just a passing choice that can be enjoyed for a moment and then forgotten.

I KNOW that you'll make the right choice for you --- and that your memories of the day will be of the wonderful moments with the people you care about.

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TIMELADY1 9/4/2014 9:36AM

    Hi Sandicane, I think all i can suggest is you do have cake but buy just enough small cakes enough so you and your guests have one each, that way when everyones had one or you can suggest those who dont, take one home then by the end you wont have any cake to eat, hope this helps emoticon

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