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Sister Day!

Saturday, August 23, 2014

Up early and will soon be hitting the road to visit with my sister for the day.

There will be coffee.

I've got her birthday presents all wrapped up (a week early).

We'll catch up and giggle and maybe do a little shopping: window shopping anyhow!

Hard to beat, right?

I am so looking forward to it!!

  
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1CRAZYDOG 8/23/2014 12:46PM

    Have fun!!!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/23/2014 11:40AM

    Sister days are the BEST! Enjoy.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/23/2014 11:22AM

    Sounds wonderful. Have a great time.

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DDOORN 8/23/2014 11:20AM

    Sounds super! Have a blast! :-)

Don

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SANDICANE 8/23/2014 10:31AM

    It just sounds wonderful! Hope you have a fabulous day!



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PHEBESS 8/23/2014 10:30AM

    Have a wonderful time!

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BOOKAPHILE 8/23/2014 10:22AM

    I love spending time with my sister, too. Have a great day!

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NANCY- 8/23/2014 10:18AM

    Enjoy !
I just enjoyed a Sister Day on Thursday.

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_RAMONA 8/23/2014 10:10AM

    What a wonderful day! ENJOY!
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CARRAND 8/23/2014 9:37AM

    Sounds like a perfect day!

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ONEKIDSMOM 8/23/2014 6:29AM

    LOVE sister time! And I have three to spread it around with! Have a great day with yours. emoticon

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GABY1948 8/23/2014 6:19AM

    Have a lovely time! Sounds emoticon

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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/23/2014 6:11AM

    How nice! Enjoy your day!

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Self-Medication

Friday, August 22, 2014

Self-medicate with food? Empty carbs, fat, salt sugar. Sitting on the couch. Mmmmmmm. The siren call of potato chips: manufactured and engineered to ignite all the pleasure centres in the brain simultaneously. Instant comfort. Ice cream's pretty good too.

Or self-medicate with endorphins? Yup, those good ol' endorphins which are spontaneously generated by exercise. Those mood-elevating endorphins that make me feel so terrific afterwards.

And which would probably be enough of a benefit, even if exercise didn't do anything else at all for me at all.

Even if exercise didn't increase my cardio fitness.

Even if exercise didn't tone my muscles.

Even if exercise didn't Improve my flexibility and balance.

Self-medicate with food that sabotages my weight loss maintenance. Or self-medicate with exercise that enhances my weight loss maintenance.

Tough choice? Nope. Not if I think about it. A simple choice. An easy choice. Not always so easy to do it, however. But I've already decided. And I'm doing it.


  
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NANCY- 8/23/2014 10:21AM

    Ah the call of the siren, too bad the siren call doesn't happen for exercise. What sometimes it does, just wish it would happen more.

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_LINDA 8/23/2014 12:43AM

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You rock!

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SANDICANE 8/22/2014 6:59PM

    You truly have the gift of words! Yes, the choice is simple, now that the choice is simple.

Thank you for your insight!

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BOOKAPHILE 8/22/2014 6:36PM

    THINKING about it is the trick. It's so easy to just coast our way to weight gain. Good blog!

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CARRAND 8/22/2014 4:30PM

    So true!

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PHEBESS 8/22/2014 4:27PM

    Isn't it amazing how we know exactly what to do, and the right choice to make - and somehow it isn't the easiest choice to make?

Mental toughness!!! That is you!!

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_RAMONA 8/22/2014 1:08PM

    AMEN!

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DSHONEYC 8/22/2014 11:41AM

    You have put a great spin on "thoughtful" self-medication and once again emoticon

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KANOE10 8/22/2014 11:27AM

    That is exactly what I am doing..self medicating with exercise to relieve stress. You are doing well to choose exercise my friend. Good for you making a healthy choice..but sometimes not an easy one!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/22/2014 11:25AM

    Way to go! I'm so proud of you! Great plan! I hope you have a wonderful day!
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SLENDERELLA61 8/22/2014 11:13AM

    Yes you are!! Great choice.

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GABY1948 8/22/2014 9:36AM

    You are SO right! I always KNOW that exercise will take away that craving! I agree with FEEDTHEHUNGER it IS a simple choice WHEN we make sure to think about it!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/22/2014 8:57AM

    Totally the best choice!

And it definitely makes us look and feel our best!

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DDOORN 8/22/2014 8:34AM

    Thx for the re-frame...as I have definitely slipped in the food dept. as of late with stress hammering me both at the home and work front. Sometimes, despite steady workouts, it doesn't seem to be enough and the bad-old-ways come knocking...

Don

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/22/2014 8:05AM

    I never get out of the pool and think, "Gee, I wish I hadn't done that." That same thing cannot be said for various binges of the past.

Simple choice? When one thinks about it (a key ingredient) ... very!

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OSDOWNS 8/22/2014 7:41AM

    Good for you. :)

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KALIGIRL 8/22/2014 7:38AM

    Ah - depends on the food my friend - per new research we can 'self-medicate' with healthy food to fight mood disorders.
I wish I could get those exercise endorphins circulating in my blood, but as of yet, no luck, so no incentive...
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I also wished chocolate would give me the high of one of my girlfriends - dinner out was the smallest salad and largest chocolate dessert the restaurant served. You could SEE the change in her body and disposition
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Our experiments of one continue...
Namaste
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WDIPIM 8/22/2014 7:34AM

  Good for you

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Fat Neighbourhood/Fit Neighbourhood

Thursday, August 21, 2014

www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-
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Where we live can make us fat.

And the choice of where we live can be counter-intuitive.

We choose a suburban bungalow on a quiet cul-de-sac believing our kids will be safe playing outside in the street. (Did that, briefly.)

But -- if we have to drive our kids everywhere they'll get fat. And so will we.

A conventional dense city grid neighbourhood where kids can walk and bike to school? Better for them, better for us.

When our kids were small I felt a bit guilty about our downtown Victorian in a somewhat sketchy neighbourhood. Thought more than once we "should" have opted for one of the up-and-coming developments where people more"like us" lived with lots and lots of kids their ages.

Now our kids are adults, I'm feeling much less guilty about my selfish choice!

As younger people they could and did get themselves everywhere. Beginning with walking to and from kindergarten. When they wanted to go places they couldn't walk or bike, they learned early how to negotiate the city bus system (and yup, I was criticized for showing them how . . . but it helped them be ready for transit to university.)

At their "inner city" schools they mixed with kids from all backgrounds, encountering their fair share of playground bullying and poverty. And it was often tough at the time, causing me considerable anxiety. But again worked out, I think, in the long run.

Daughter, having inherited my tough-to-manage metabolism, has now dealt decisively with weight issues. Not "thin thin" (and neither am I) she looks and feels terrific, carrying herself with grace and power, exercises daily, walks or buses everywhere and is working in the fitness business teaching yoga. She has a profoundly compassionate heart, always quick to participate in social justice concerns. Son is also fit and healthy, working this summer as a bush pilot which has involved a fair bit of manual labour and dealing with people from many walks of life.

Did our choice of neighbourhood have an impact for our kids growing up to be the adults they are? Yup, I think it did and in more ways than one.

And I'm not complacent about this . . . not at all . . . but at least I have stopped blaming myself for falling in love with our elderly inner-city house, and sticking with it right through those growing-up years for our children!

  
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NANCY- 8/23/2014 10:26AM

    Where you live may impact whether you are fat or fit to a degree, But it all boils down to what we choose.

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BROOKLYN_BORN 8/22/2014 7:01AM

    As my screen name suggests, I am well aware of the benefits/dangers of growing up in an urban setting - a VERY urban setting.

I wonder though how much I really walked back then. Elementary school was less than a mile away. High school required 2 buses or 1 subway ride, but the stops were on our corner.

Dozens of friends were right in our building or on our block. We played in the street, but by age 12 tradition and society dictated that we girls were sitting on the steps watching the boys actively play. Riding a bike on the street was downright dangerous.

Still, when I go back to visit, I can see the difference in the size of people there vs. my new southern rural home. Something IS causing this,



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SUSANNAH31 8/22/2014 12:08AM

    You set the example by living your values, and it seems that your kids benefited from it - and share those same good values as well. It is what makes a parent proud!

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ALIIDA 8/21/2014 11:50PM

    Makes a lot of sense. My commute involves a lot of walking, but long vacations were my downfall. Piled on all my middle age weight in long school vacations. Since joining Spark, I walk in the vacations, too.

(Your outfit sounds really snazzy! Great! Giving me ideas for building up my wardrobe!)

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BOOKAPHILE 8/21/2014 11:26PM

    You always have thought provoking blogs. I was raised in the suburbs, my DH was raised in the country, and we raised our kids in the city. I was the heavy one. Interesting.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/21/2014 9:01PM

    I love your choice! Awesome blog! Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a fabulous day!
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/21/2014 8:59PM

    We didn't have a choice as kids... a one-car family, you don't get driven to school, you walk!

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SLENDERELLA61 8/21/2014 8:34PM

    This article goes right along with my assertion that we need to make it easy to be more active and exercise. Guess this is a macro and a micro issue. Don't see many neighbors being active. I wish my neighborhood had sidewalks. We live a distance that would be walkable to Natalie's school, but the tall grass (snakes, etc) and bad traffic make it a real ordeal to walk it. I'm honestly scared to let even the 7 year old ride her bike on our street, although my husband thinks I'm silly. Sometimes we take the bikes to the 2 cul-de-sacs at the ends of our street and I watch out for the few cars that would be there and let them run and ride in circles. You can't protect kids from everything. Today Gwen was running hard in the racketball room at the Y, having a great time, looking at me and ran straight into the wall, knocking herself down and getting a big goose egg. At least I cannot imagine a life-threatening injury from that environment. That's enough rambling.

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/21/2014 8:15PM

    I like your choice!

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_LINDA 8/21/2014 4:55PM

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That does seemed to have shaped her future! Great choice! The school of hard knocks is always the best teacher.

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ID_VANDAL 8/21/2014 4:49PM

    You should be and must be very very proud of what you have accomplished. Having confident independent kids in this world is no small accomplishment.

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JEWELS571 8/21/2014 2:26PM

    Good call!!!

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ROXYZMOM 8/21/2014 1:19PM

    I totally agree with your referenced article. The first development we lived in was awesome. Families were outside all of the time. There were bikes, trampolines and stores in walking distance. The next development we moved into had no kids outside (I think they were inside on electronics) then we moved to the water where everyone is outside all of the time. We have lots of walkers, runners, and safe streets. I think this has been a great influence on my kids. We have a restaurant near our house that we walk to quite frequently (probably too much since it is so close!)

My home town, Newark Delaware has done an outstanding job adding sidewalks everywhere. They are all around my work too. I see a lot of lunchtime runners and walkers.

When I visited St Michaels, MD I was stunned at the lack of sidewalks. There are no major roads, but I still didn't feel real safe.

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GABY1948 8/21/2014 12:51PM

    I grew up half and half....early was able to walk everywhere....later was only by transport of some sort....not good as you said.

My kids were in a tight neighborhood atmosphere which I didn't think of it then but I am so glad after your description that they did....but they both have weight problems...on fixed by surgery and the other waiting for surgery....they think it's the "only" way emoticon and know I have done it but think I am "weird"....

Loved this blog...you always make me think!




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KANOE10 8/21/2014 12:05PM

    I grew up two minutes from the beach, but in a big city. I stayed active by living on the ocean. I was ferried about to school by car. I did sports and was fit in high school...thinnish.

My kids grew up in a rural house, not a suburb..but no sidewalks.

I think the idea is interesting, but also have questions. There is a very rate of obesity in the lower income inner city areas. There are often only corner stores offering junk unhealthy foods. I wonder how that fits in.

I think people can find ways to exercise no matter where they live. However, it might be too easy to just drive cars. There also might be a correlation with suburb living and kids being in privates schools and being driven to many afterschool activities.

Good food for thought!

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CARRAND 8/21/2014 11:56AM

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My daughter lives in Long Beach and works in L.A. And doesn't own a car. She gets around with public transportation just fine. My son has to have a car to get to work, but is still willing to do a lot of walking.

You can be proud of raising independent children. I am.

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KALIGIRL 8/21/2014 11:20AM

    Interesting - not sure parents would let their kids take advantage of proximity today, but might be a way to get both children AND adults out of the house?

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MEADSBAY 8/21/2014 10:57AM

    You sound like one proud mama!
As you should be.
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DDOORN 8/21/2014 10:57AM

    I grew up on the south side of Chicago (Dutch neighborhood of Roseland) in the early 1960's and we had parks in the area, rode our bikes and walked EVERYWHERE. We need to reclaim our urban areas and make it possible for our children to enjoy the freedom to be so physically active and connected to each other.

Don

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PHEBESS 8/21/2014 10:45AM

    Love it! As someone who grew up in town and across the street (literally!) from a state university, I can absolutely say children need to learn independence early; that a mixed background school teaches acceptance, tolerance, and compassion; and yes you did the right thing!!!!


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DSHONEYC 8/21/2014 10:44AM

    No kids, no guilt. And I am glad you no longer feel any. emoticon

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/21/2014 10:35AM

    We live on a small farm outside a city. When my girls were small I wondered about our decision since there were no other kids around for them to play with. They developed wonderful imaginations. I tried to exercise near our home but the traffic is awful since the local community college is just down the street. So I find myself driving into the town I had escaped from years ago to walk and bike. I now long to live in that very same town because of the amount of time I spend there. When I hear people saying that they want to move to the country I always ask if they have young children and to consider them. It is a lonely life when your nearest neighbor is a long way down the road. If I had it to do over again I would not have left the town but embraced it for exactly what it is. I appreciate it now and am counting on returning there in the near future.

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/21/2014 9:17AM

    I lived downtown Chicago for over 25 years after college and did not own a car. Used to walk rather than pay the fee for a bus and considered the 2 mile walk to work my thinking time. On the other hand, down here in Naples, FL in my cute little golf course community, exercise is a priority for everyone. You see people golfing, playing tennis, bocce ball, walking, biking and running at all hours. I think most people in my age and socioeconomic group have gotten the message that exercise is a key component to a better retirement. Plus, what else we gots to do?

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1CRAZYDOG 8/21/2014 8:58AM

    OMG! That is so awesome -- a bush pilot! She sounds like an adventurous, caring soul.

I live in a fit neighborhood for sure. I can walk everywhere:

Dr.
DentistR>Grocery Store
Hardware Store
Thrift Shop
Hair Dresser (don't go there often enough!)
pharmacy
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You name it. That was a criteria for me for sure. We live in a suburban area, but surrounded by rural -- farm, but crop and dairy farms.

I was adamant about not moving somewhere that we would constantly need to jump in and out of the car.

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LEANJEAN6 8/21/2014 8:50AM

    We stuck to our house too----for a zillion yrs----but --we live in the bush--10 miles from town----Home is good tho!!!--Ya gotta love it!---enjoyed yer comments on himself's ""whomping huge" breakfast!-Lynda

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HMBROWN1 8/21/2014 8:28AM

    I think there is good and bad everywhere but your home is what you make it. Yours sounds lovely!

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SANDICANE 8/21/2014 8:20AM

    Your home sounds lovely! We lived 3 blocks from our children's school and they always walked. Now, I've noticed that even the parents in my subdivision DRIVE their children to and from school. Is it the fear that there is a "bad man" lurking around the corner, or is it the sense of entitlement that kids seem to have today? I don't know, but I loved it when my kids walked and their friends would stop by to get them.

Anyway, your home sounds lovely and it's wonderful that your choice of home location has made a difference to your children...for life!


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That Fabulous Day Feeling!

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

One of my SparkFriends messaged me about having a fabulous day.

Too often, life can feel like a bit of a slog -- keeping on keeping on. So, where does the "fabulous day" feeling come from? She had been kayaking yesterday and is feeling confident about sticking to her program and reaching her weight loss goals -- that would feel fabulous, for sure!

I had a good night's sleep. Charlie greeted me with wheeks of pleasure, his tail wagging. Greek yogourt and raspberries and blueberries for breakfast. Then wandered around my rain-sodden garden for a few minutes, clipping off spent blossom and picking a fresh bouquet for the kitchen table. A huge single shocking pink zinnia, golden rod, golden glow, daisies, cosmos, mallow, phlox (smells so good!), nasturtiums: ahhhh. The first vase wasn't quite tall enough -- second vase perfect indeed!

I've got some interesting appointments scheduled.

I'm thinking (frivolous as always) about what to wear . . .

Yup, that fabulous day feeling is on the horizon!

  
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1CRAZYDOG 8/20/2014 9:17PM

    Awesome!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/20/2014 8:40PM

    Sounds like you had yummy breakfast! I hope you have a great day! Sending you lots of hugs today!
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/20/2014 7:07PM

    What a great way to nurture day's start! It's going to be a fabulous day, indeed.

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SLENDERELLA61 8/20/2014 5:04PM

    Days come and days go, but we can make them fabulous! You know it!! It's mostly a matter of perspective and attitude. Setting worthy goals and going for them gives us things to celebrate. Your awareness of nature and the beauty around you definitely adds to your joy -- I even feel joy just reading all about it!! Life is good. You know it!!

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SUSANNAH31 8/20/2014 4:50PM

    It sure was a fabulous start - collecting a flower bouquet from your garden, having a delicious and nutritious breakfast, and a loving greeting from your dog.

Your day has great promise. Enjoy the rest of it....

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PATRICIA-CR 8/20/2014 3:52PM

    Best wishes for a fabulous day on the make!

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DSHONEYC 8/20/2014 2:03PM

    Oh forgot...wearing my fabulous new "long" jersey stripped (yes horizontal) skirt today and picking up lots of compliments. Makes me look slim and tall. emoticon

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DSHONEYC 8/20/2014 2:01PM

    Sounds fabulous. Have fab evening ahead - dinner at a fine restaurant and local stage production of Les Miz with friends. Can't wait!

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_RAMONA 8/20/2014 12:38PM

    You are MAHVELOUS dahlink!

..and you're gonna ROCK whatever you wear!
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TRAVELGRRL 8/20/2014 12:28PM

    Love fresh flowers in the house during the summer! I have a huge yellow dahlia sitting in a vase on my desk as I type this...such a day brightener always!

With your attitude, your day can't be anything but fabulous!

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ALIIDA 8/20/2014 12:14PM

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And I want to know what you chose to wear.........kay?

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PHEBESS 8/20/2014 12:09PM

    Have a wonderful, fabulous day!!!

And I thought of you last night - we were walking after dinner so I could hit 6 miles for the day, and were looking in the window of a shop. A man came by and handed Richard a single rose, saying "Give a flower to the lady." Just a random act of flower! It's a peach coloured rose with deep rosy red on the edges, it smells glorious, and the thorns had been removed. Just a perfect little New York moment!!



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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/20/2014 12:07PM

    Sounds like you are on your way to a fabulous day!

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_LINDA 8/20/2014 11:42AM

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Had a ferocious storm in the middle of the night so not a good sleep here, but still looking forward to bridge with my mentor!
A wardrobe like yours is fun and adventurous, far from frivolous! Its a nice projection of who you are, confident, gorgeous and ready for what ever life throws at you!

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KANOE10 8/20/2014 10:38AM

    Have a fabulous day after a great beginning. I was at the beach yesterday and thought that it really was beautiful to see the ocean and all of the people enjoying themselves.

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DDOORN 8/20/2014 10:05AM

    Too many "slogs" happening these days...stress has a way of pulling the plug from "fabulous!"

Don

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NANCY- 8/20/2014 9:59AM

    You frivolous? Never!
Fabulously dressed, but of course, always.
You are hot stuff!

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ROXYZMOM 8/20/2014 9:03AM

    Sounds like a fabulous morning to me! I hope it is followed by a fabulous golf game! emoticon

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SANDICANE 8/20/2014 9:00AM

    What a pleasant surprise to hear that that "fabulous day feeling" is contagious!!! You're the best and I hope you have a super fabulous day today!!!


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JANEWATKINS 8/20/2014 8:43AM

    I have that same feeling. I also ate Greek yogurt with raspberries and blackberries. Maybe it is a Greek fabulous day? I'm packing for a ten day trip to the beach, so I mos def have my fab feeling coming on! May your day be as fabulous as you!

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CARRAND 8/20/2014 8:40AM

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MEADSBAY 8/20/2014 8:29AM

    Sounds Simply FANTaBULoUS!
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DSJB9999 8/20/2014 8:22AM

    Here's to your fabulous day! I am having a fabulous day too and going on holiday in two sleeps so looking forward to wonderful family time for 10 days, will miss Spark though x

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GABY1948 8/20/2014 8:10AM

    I LOVE flowers...can almost smell them here! Have a great day even with lots of appointments!



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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/20/2014 8:09AM

    I read an interesting meditation yesterday about focusing on what is good, beautiful, plentiful, wonderful in your life and you will find yourself in a fabulous life. Focus on what is cruel, awful, ugly, intolerable, painful, regrettable, etc.,and you take yourself into a living hell. Of course, that is a simplified version of what life is like -- it deals very cruel cards to the most optimistic of people and full houses to the most pessimistic, but we probably have more control over how we feel than we think.

Continue to have a fabulous day -- we have a lot of things that we could notice that contribute to that!

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Feeling Fuller Longer

Tuesday, August 19, 2014

www.theglobeandmail.com/life/health-
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Satiety value.

This article by Leslie Beck lists 8 foods that offer longer-lasting fullness plus solid nutritional benefits. Probably pretty familiar to those of us who persist with seeking out optimal nutrition. But she suggests some different ways of eating 'em.

My go-tos (salads for lunch, soups for supper, often with beans/lentils and whole-wheat pasta)) are in the list. I had steel-cut oats for breakfast. Oranges (I had part of an orange, too) are among the highest-fibre, highest-satiety fruits.

The food with the highest satiety value? Surprised me: boiled potatoes. And no, I'm not likely to be eating a whole lotta peeled boiled potatoes: but a baked potato? With salsa? Worth a try.

  
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DDOORN 8/20/2014 10:03AM

    Potatoes, eh? Go figure! Surprised that Oranges top Apples...never was a big Orange fan...prefer an Apple any day for its chewing satisfaction.

Don

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SPINNINGJW 8/20/2014 7:13AM

    I had a boiled potato last night for supper along with a small piece grass-fed steak. I let my 13 yr old hollow leg son eat the rest of the steak. He doesn't like potatoes for some reason. The potato was a locally grown one, purchased at the farmer's market.

Popcorn brings back fond memories of my mom. She frequently made popcorn of an evening in a blackened pan on the stovetop, using bacon fat to pop it in. Sometimes, we would have apples with the popcorn, but more often just popcorn while we watched whatever TV show mom wanted to watch. My, how times have changed.

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/19/2014 9:26PM

    Wow! A baked potato surprises me too! I love baked potatoes with salsa! Yummy!
Thanks for sharing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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ONEKIDSMOM 8/19/2014 9:25PM

    Having just read the Whole30 advocating book, It Starts With Food, I note that of the 8 foods listed, only two are on their list of "good foods", although depending on what you put in the soup, it might make it.

So much conflicting information / advice. Wonder where yams would be on their list? I had one with supper and it was wonderfully filling.

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SANDICANE 8/19/2014 9:00PM

    Oh gosh, thanks for all those tips. I'm kinda hungry tonight, so I think I'll try them all! lol

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OVERWORKEDJANET 8/19/2014 8:36PM

    Potatoes make best bowls. I love salsa, jalapenos or broccoli, chicken and teriyaki sauce.

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_LINDA 8/19/2014 8:01PM

    emoticon with this list, although I would prefer sweet potatoes as a healthier option to regular potatoes although I still can't bring myself to eat the tough leather like skin that also looks grubby and unappealing -I have always eaten the skin on white and red baked potatoes.
I gave up oatmeal as the calories were so high :-( A tiny 1/2 cup serving didn't last long enough to kick in the 'fullness' feeling for me. Unlike cold cereal, adding fruit to it did not appeal to me.
Other than that, the list looks great to me!

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ID_VANDAL 8/19/2014 6:35PM

    You know - I used to eat potatoes and salsa but I just kinda forgot about it. I love them and the article!

You are just a great resource - thanks for the blog.

Vandal

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ROXYZMOM 8/19/2014 5:58PM

    Yum! I love all of it - I love the new little baby potatoes, topped with cooked spinach.
and I put my jalapenos and habaneros in almost everything.

Did you notice it was all vegan??

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CARRAND 8/19/2014 3:52PM

    Great article. I love beans of all sorts. I love oatmeal, too, but I have to have gluten free.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 8/19/2014 2:35PM

    Those Irish knew a thing or twoM

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KANOE10 8/19/2014 12:55PM

    I like salads and soups and beans. If I eat a potato it is usually a sweet potato. Interesting food article!

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GABY1948 8/19/2014 12:53PM

    Thank you for this! I ordered both her books to read and just received them...thank you for pointing me to them to begin with! emoticon

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 8/19/2014 12:35PM

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1CRAZYDOG 8/19/2014 12:32PM

    Great information. Thanks.

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SQUIRRELMOMMA1 8/19/2014 12:06PM

    Potatoes are also full of that wonderful potassium that we all need and have a hard time getting each day. I eat a fair amount of them myself just for the potassium factor. I've topped them with lots of stuff but I don't think I've ever tried salsa. Next time.

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PHEBESS 8/19/2014 11:42AM

    You can actually make almost-potato-chips in the microwave - thin slice a washed potato - sprinkle with Mrs Dash or whatever - spread on a non-stick surface (silpat sheets are good) or on a microwave-proof dish - nuke in the microwave maybe 10-15 minutes, turning if you don't have the auto-turn kind. You want them beyond baked and all the way to browned and crispy. My fave low-cal potato!!! (Great with salsa and an omelette for a light dinner.)

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PATRICIA-CR 8/19/2014 11:29AM

    Thank you so much for the input!!

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DSHONEYC 8/19/2014 10:31AM

    As a potato (of every kind and method of prep) lover emoticon them's emoticon news to hear.

Boiled red potatoes, drizzle with a small amount of garlic infused EVOO, a sprinkle of sea salt and a liberal dousing of fresh ground pepper and dust with fresh chives. Yum Yum!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/19/2014 9:39AM

    Great article! I actually DO eat a fair amount of potatoes but never with salsa -- that's a great idea!

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SUSANNAH31 8/19/2014 9:31AM

    This is good information.
And there are some surprises, too.
Potatoes have gotten a bad rep lately, it seems.
I'll have to add them in more often.
Thanks for posting this.


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DSJB9999 8/19/2014 9:00AM

    emoticon for sharing, interesting ideas

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JAMIRBLAZE 8/19/2014 8:43AM

    I like a baked potato with salsa and some plain Greek yogurt as "sour cream." Maybe some chicken. Occasionally, I do a "twice baked" recipe for lunch - turkey sausage, Greek yogurt, broccoli and a bit of 2% cheese.

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LEANJEAN6 8/19/2014 8:22AM

    I love baked potatoes!----- So--yesterday was yesterday--crazy kids--grown kids too-should know better I'd say!------It must be their wives----LOL--(as if eh?)----Anyway--life goes on----and I appreciate your kind words!-Lynda

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MEADSBAY 8/19/2014 8:21AM

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KALIGIRL 8/19/2014 8:10AM

    emoticon Nothing like the feeling of full! emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 8/19/2014 8:01AM

    I would add (for me): Bananas - they just stuff me to the gills and keep me satisfied for hours. Shredded wheat - same thing as popcorn and oatmeal, an unmolested grain. Lots of feeling full for very few calories. 1/2 c. oatmeal and a small banana will keep me full for about 5 hours. Thanks for posting -- it really helps to know what to eat!

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