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Binge Days

What is it that sets me off?  I don't know what it is, but there are days I want to eat non-stop.  And I mean literally just keep chewing and chewing until my jaw seizes... except it never does.  I've always been a lover of food; a little is never enough.  Some people talk about emotional eating or bordom eating.... seriously gang.... I will eat just to eat. I will eat because things are going bad; I will eat because things are going great. I will eat because nothing's on TV; I will eat because something good is on.  I will eat because I'm going out, or because I'm staying in.  There is no rhyme or reason to why I binge.  I know, because I've been journaling about it for years.  But recently, I've noticed that there are certain foods that have been making me feel satisfied, that I can also eat a lot of, but doesn't cause damage to my weight loss achievements.  Here is a list of foods I've been incorporating into my binge days

*479 Degrees Asiago, Parmesan and Cheddar Popcorn - found at Target.   At 130 calories for 3 cups, I can sit and eat an entire bag for only 520 calories.  Not too bad for say, "taking in a movie"!

*Peanut Butter and Celery - found EVERYWHERE!!!  4 celery stalks and 2 Tbsp. of peanut butter are VERY satisfying and VERY filling and only 220 calories!

*Vita Tops Deep Chocolate mini cakes - also found at Target.  These babies are only 100 calories a piece with a ton of fiber and even some protein (they are practically a health food)!  I can eat an entire box of this chocolatey goodness and only consume 400 calories!!!!  Talk about a binge that won't kill your diet!!!

*Blueberries - found EVERYWHERE!  So these babies are 85 calories for 1 whole cup!  You can fill up a HUGE bowl with 4 cups of blueberries and go to town and you haven't even hit 350 calories!  Layer an entire cup of blueberries with 8 oz. of blueberry flavored greek yogurt and some fat free Reddi Whip topping and you have a HUGE dessert for only 210 calories!!!

*Jicama (pronounced Hicuma) - Found in most produce sections.  If you haven't tried Jicama, it is what you get if a potato and an apple had a baby!  The filling effects and crunch of the potato, but the flavor of an apple and sooooo yummy!!!  They are best served cold and REALLY satisfy when you have an urge to crunch!  One cup of Jicama is only 50 calories.  This is another one where you can fill up a huge bowl with like 4 cups and just fill up!

Ok gang... these are my new go-to's when I want to really pig out.  It also allows me to quit berating myself when I am overcome with the urge to eat.  BTW, a little side note, if  you're working out regularly, experts say that the urge to binge sometimes is normal.  Choose your food choices wisely and go for it.  Maybe, like me, you'll discover the urge overtakes you less frequently!


Good for you my friend!!!!

Past 7 Days....

I Love Being Hit By Mack Trucks

Ok, so my friend Cindy came over to play with all her new Stampin Up goodies.  When I first looked at the Yippee Skippee stamp set I fell in love with all but ONE stamp, "Never Underestimate The Power of Two"????  What the heck does that mean???  Is that supposed to be a "couples" stamp, like for Valentines or weddings or something?  I don't know, but when you apply that sentiment to alcohol, well..... Isn't it JUST so obvious how perfect this sentiment is?!?  I mean, it was like being hit with a Mack truck!  LOL!  Cindy and I were SOOOO proud of ourselves!!!  This card is AWESOME!!!!  We added the "or three" to the end realizing that it is just funnier that way!!!  We used a TON of Stampin Up goodies for this card: Inks and Papers - Crushed Curry, Calypso Coral, Bermuda Bay, Basic Black, Whisper White Stamp Sets - Yippee Skippy, Happy Hour Tools - Big Shot, Banners Framelits, Paper Piercer, Paper Piercing Mat Additional - Linen Thread,

You'd Think I'd Have Had Enough!

Wow.... so HOW many times can I use this image??? HAHAHAHAHAHA! I can't help it! I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE this Victoria Case Magical Sophie stamp !!! But, I promise, this is the last time you'll see her this season. I've got WAY too many new and oh-so-cute stamps and goodies coming and I'll have to use ALL of them this Halloween.... you know how it is. So I did this card for The Town Scrapper (which, BTW, is where I got this cute little gem). Today starts the sketch challenge for the week over there. If you'd like to participate, click on the link above. Of all types of challenges, sketch challenges are my favorite. And this particular sketch is super fun just because of all the design elements that are so perfectly placed. Check back in tomorrow... I will be announcing the winner of the October 31st Cricut Cartridge. There's still time to enter, here's THE LINK for the details. Good luck everyone! :)

Dealing With A Deep Pantry

Well... I am putting things together in the new house.  We've moved and I'm starting to find stuff in the mountain of boxes... unfortunately, my camera cord is not one of them!!!  So sorry in advance for the pics that are coming in the next few postings while I look for it.  But with Kevin's surgery over with and getting out of cramped quarters in the apartment, I'm finally getting my life back and into the swing of ORGANIZING the new home!!!  Needless to say, after such a long time of not posting, I have a few things to show you.  But I'm going to start with the pantry. When we first purchased the house I had grand designs to turn this DEEP pantry into a step in-pantry by removing the shelving that is currently in there and replacing it with thinner shelving (going from about 20" shelves to 12" shelves).  There is nothing worse than a pantry that hides stuff because things get buried in deep shelving.  But after paying movers and buying window coverin