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Sometimes It’s The Little Things

Day 224

Before the services yesterday, we went to have our blood drawn for our checkup. Last November we started on a path of healthier eating and exercise. Today we went back for the results.

Last November, the doctor bet me that when I came back in six months, he would be putting me on statins for my cholesterol. I hate it when people bet against my determination. So, together we made some changes. Not dieting, just eating smart.

The doctor was shocked at how improved all our numbers were. I reminded him that he bet against me. He said he was really surprised, but he guessed he lost the bet.

So, we decided today we needed a little reward, so we headed up to The Biltmore Estate to have some ice cream. Yes, we indulged. The truth is we will never go back to our old way of eating. It has been a lifestyle change. Heck, I even got my husband to eat spaghetti squash and he liked it! No easy task there, I tell ya.

So, I had a scoop of pistachio ice cream and a scoop of banana pudding ice cream. Odd combination, I know, but it was delicious.

After we had our ice cream, we stopped and picked up a map of the hiking trails on the property so we can plan a day to go up for a hike and a picnic. We strolled around for a bit while I snapped a few pics of the flowers, then we headed to the WNC Farmer’s Market.

We were able to buy our first Grainger County, TN tomatoes. It will be a while before ours are ready. There is NOTHING like a home grown tomato. Grainger county in well known for their tomatoes and even have an annual festival to celebrate that fact!

Now I have had my treat and tonight we had a nice salad with grilled chicken, fresh dill from the garden, and some Grainger county tomatoes. It was wonderful.

Tomorrow, things start to get back to normal if there is such a thing.

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12 thoughts on “Sometimes It’s The Little Things”

  1. SO happy for your great blood work results! I’m sure the doctor was happy to have lost that bet!
    Beautiful pictures and I sure wish I had some of my tomatoes. I’ve sure missed NJ beefsteaks and yours sound fabulous too!

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  2. I think you deserved the ice cream and both flavors sound good to me. There is nothing like fresh tomatoes. It’s a tru sign of summer’s approach, cutting into something that didn’t ripen in the truck on the way from California. Your flower photos are so beautiful. Thanks for the look ahead.

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    1. Thanks, Dan. It is so easy to fall back into bad habits, but I have found I enjoy frozen yogurt as much as I do the ice cream (although the banana pudding was decadent).

      And yes! Tomatoes! We have five plants in the garden. Hopefully they will do okay. Living where we do and attempting organic gardens with all the insects that abound can be challenging. Luckily there are lots of farmer’s markets around if all else fails.

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      1. My wife’s tomato plants are on the porch, waiting for her to decide how big to make the garden. She’s making it smaller this year, but there will be tomatoes. We will be able to buy them at farm stands in a week or so. Greenhouse grown, but local greenhouses. They are still good.

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  3. Congratulations on your new numbers! 🙂 I really want ice cream now. Also, until recently, my husband believed I ‘made’ spaghetti squash, as though I was out there spinning it on a wheel, lol — he was quite stunned to discover that’s the way God made it. (We both love it, but the girls do not.)
    I had Caesar salad tonight. Delicious. It’s a long way til tomatoes here.

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