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Snacking

Friday, February 22, 2013



I have been trying not to snack much. I usually will count the calories and measure out any snacks I want for that day. My calorie count ranges between 1200 and 1500 calories a day. It has mostly been on the upper end of that but with the 5% challenge starting tomorrow, I plan to try to keep my calories on the low end. I usually do not eat anything after 5p.m either. I know calories are calories no matter when you eat them but eating after that time of day usually upsets my stomach and I prefer to sleep at night instead.

  
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CAKAROO 2/26/2013 6:14AM

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KRISTINSGOALS 2/23/2013 12:11PM

    You can do it, Barbara!!

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MICKEYH 2/23/2013 9:28AM

    Barbara, you are so great about not wanting to eat after 5. For me I can't and want to eat even light before bed like 11 pm. I seems can't sleep if I am hungry and I can sleep good even right after I eat. But for losing weight, my night time or bed time eating is hurting me. So I needs find way to stop. Last 3 night, I haven't eat at night. So hopefully, I can keep going like this. Good luck on your 5% challenge!!

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DOROTHYBERO 2/23/2013 7:56AM

    I uwse to be really good at not snacking at night - don't know what has happened to me!

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READYBETTY 2/23/2013 7:17AM

    Looks like you have snacking plan that works best for you. WTG!

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LISABERGIN 2/23/2013 3:31AM

    I too don't eat after about 6 pm and certainly never after 8pm as I would not sleep. Like you I am also on the same calorie allowance, I am currently at the upper end but I am only just coming to the end of week 2. When the weight loss slows down I will try and aim for the lower end. I also try to choose my snacks at the beginning of the day so I don't have to reach for crisps (potato chips) or other unhealthy things. Good luck with the 5% challenge emoticon

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GEMLADYONE 2/22/2013 11:01PM

    I always save some of my daily calories for a nice "bed snack", which means around an hour before bed time. Usually a (small) bowl of low fat ice cream with some strawberries or blueberries. Yum! Actually it's time for my bed snack now....I think I have a dark chocolate pecan turtle for tonight.

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LIVERIGHTNOW 2/22/2013 9:55PM

    Wow, Barbara...no eating after 5??!!! I couldn't do it...then again, if it was messing with my sleep I'd be more inspired.
Go A's!!!!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/22/2013 7:44PM

    I try not to snack too much at night. When I open that door, I often end up grazing all night! Good luck with the 5% challenge. I think I skipped one a ways back and this time I wasn't even invited! LOL

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PARKERB2 2/22/2013 7:18PM

    I have my special weight watchers giant chocolate ice cream bar every night around 7:30 p.m. After that, I'm good to go until the next morning. Have a great night.

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KNYAGENYA 2/22/2013 7:03PM

    I try not to snack too. I can't sleep if I eat too late.

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Gum chewing

Thursday, February 21, 2013



One of my favorite diet tricks is chewing gum. When I think I want something to snack on, I grab a piece of gum instead. My favorite is Eclipse winterfrost as the minty flavor stays with me for a long time. It is a sugar free gum but still has 5 calories per piece. It really makes a difference in me not snacking. It also seems ot help me drink more water...which is another good trick in dieting. Fill up on water and you will find you don't feel near as hungry.

  
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REALCAROL 3/3/2013 12:11PM

    Excellent!!!!!!!!!!!!

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PREDFAN 2/23/2013 12:47AM

    Extra has come out with some great flavors that make you think your getting a snack! I love the root beer float. They have strawberry shortcake, rainbow sherbert, key lime pie, apple pie and many more. I want something sweet and I try and remember to grab a piece it does really seem to help curb your appetite!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/22/2013 8:58AM

    I always forget about gum! Thanks for the reminder.

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DOROTHYBERO 2/22/2013 7:46AM

    My favorite is stride - always chewing gum - I hate bad breath - lol!

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READYBETTY 2/21/2013 8:22PM

    I, too, have a mouth full of crowns and can't chew gum. I'm so glad you can enjoy it.

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LIVERIGHTNOW 2/21/2013 6:12PM

    i don't ususally chew gum because I have a mouth full of crowns : (. But a few weeks ago when in Vegas Kristin's daughter gave me a piece of the chocolate mint flavor....holy moly- that was just plain yummy. Glad this works for you- wish I could chew away!!!

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15LOVEHARRY 2/21/2013 5:56PM

  I love gum but cannot use sugarfree as I react to aspertemes. I chew chiclets.

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HOLLYM48 2/21/2013 5:47PM

    I like trident. I agree it helps to keep me from eating things that I don't need and I drink so much water that I don't need a lot of help there but I am glad it helps you!
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Penny Rugs

Tuesday, February 19, 2013



I had a couple of people here who asked what penny rugs were. They are basically wool mats that have designs appliqued onto them. The name pennys come from the fact that in colonial days pennys were much much larger than they are now days and people would use the shape as a pattern to stitch around the outside edge. The oval shape things the pennys were stitched to are called lambs tongues as they look like the tongue of a lamb. They were used for the floors and table tops back then mainly to decorate their homes and to warm the floors. Today people who decorate in a colonial primitve style make them for table top uses. This one shown is called a tree of life and my original pattern.

  
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GEMLADYONE 2/20/2013 11:49AM

    Thanks! I had never heard of these. Very nice, and it's always good to learn something new.

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DOROTHYBERO 2/20/2013 10:00AM

    emoticon thanks for sharing!

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IAM_HIS 2/20/2013 7:33AM

    How do you get instructions these? I love them and really I want to make one. It would go well with my décor. Thank you, thank you for posting this blog!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 2/19/2013 10:42PM

    Oh, this is beautiful!

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TRAVELGRRL 2/19/2013 4:18PM

    Very pretty! You are so crafty!!!

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talked too soon

Saturday, February 16, 2013

The shot worked wonders and I over did myself and wrenched my knee. The bad side effects of the shot is it wires you up and you can't sleep. And that is exactly what happened last night. I barely got 2 hours sleep last night and then due to exhaustion I fainted this morning. So my big plans for today went south. Alas I didn't get any exercise. But one good thing about the shot is I'm not hungry so I'm not eating much. It all could be worse. I'm thankful for my family and tomorrow I get to visit with my youngest son and his family. That means miss molly is coming!

  
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DOROTHYBERO 2/17/2013 9:57AM

    Take care and enjoy your family!

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OLIVIANIGHT 2/17/2013 4:05AM

    Oh no, I hope you didn't hurt your knee too much and you get better soon.

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MISSY455 2/17/2013 2:49AM

    Enjoy your visit with your family! I hope you slept better on Saturday night, and are feeling better.

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HOLLYM48 2/16/2013 7:30PM

    Hope you feel better soon and I am sorry to hear you fainted. That is always a scary thing. I hope your knee is doing ok.


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The shot works wonders!!!

Friday, February 15, 2013

Well I'm happy to say but the shot worked wonders and I'm back in the land of living. I figured being a steroid shot that I would be wired too much to sleep last night but I slept the night through and think it had something to do with being so exhausted from fighting the sinus infection so long. But my sinuses are draining now and I no longer have the headache nor the fever. I do know my RA doc is not going to be happy about me taking the shot but it is like I've said before I either suffer from brittle bones and joints or sinus crud..same when I have to use my steroid inhaler..do I want to breathe or walk..kind of a love hate relationship really..but I'm so so happy that I'm feeling much better.

I did get a lot of stitching done while under the weather this week. I finished the table topper and will wash and iron and then take photos and I finished a CQ heart. I have stuffed mine as an ornament and only need to stitch the stuffing opening closed and it will be finished. I have another one I have done in wool that I need to do the fancy stitching on yet. But glad to get this one finished as it is for a SAL in a yahoo group. I now have to work on a penny rug that I'm teaching in our next SAL..so guess I best get busy.

Hope everyone has a terrific day.

  
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DOROTHYBERO 2/16/2013 7:02PM

    So glad you are feeling better!

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READYBETTY 2/16/2013 8:56AM

    Glad you're feeling better. Looking forward to the pics.

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MISSY455 2/15/2013 11:30PM

    So glad you are feeling better! Hopefully, one shot of steroids won't do too much damage. It is such a fine line we walk sometimes, weighing the benefits against the side effects.

You always manage to get so much completed, you are awesome!!!

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GLORIAMAJDI 2/15/2013 8:26PM

    So glad to hear that you are feeling better! The steroids are bad but sometimes we have to have deal with the bad to get to the better - and obviously it worked as intended! I can't wait to see the photo of your table topper. I really need to find a way to stitch because I really miss it but my schedule is so jam packed!

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LADYJ6942 2/15/2013 12:53PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better and it sounds like you are quite crafty and busy.

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