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I used to love Pop Tarts

While visiting with Lanette Hansen and Jim Bartlett in the “Announcer’s Lounge” one afternoon, I mentioned my daily sugar craving after spotting Pop Tarts in Magic’s vending machine.

Lanette is a student of good eating habits and author of “Lanette’s Healthy Living.”  Jim once worked for “Weight Watchers.” But both surprised me by saying “Go get ‘em,” feeling that an occasional treat won’t hurt and that obsessing about it is worse.

I grabbed some pretzels instead.

This all began recently when my doctor, the excellent Ken Felz at Meriter Middleton, used the phrase “pre-diabetic” after my check-up.  He reminded me that a slightly better diet and slightly more exercise can make a major difference.

So we’ve gone several weeks without the ice cream and candy treats in our house.  I’m a little surprised that I don’t miss them more, but I don’t miss the few pounds that I’ve lost.  This experiment will continue.


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The phrase “Staycation” was coined in 2003 (by a small newspaper, “The Sun News” of Myrtle Beach, South Carolina) but I’ve always enjoyed the occasional “stay-at-home vacation.”

When you’re alarm usually goes off at 4:00 in the morning, it’s a treat to sleep in, do what you want, and stay up ‘til you feel like it.

We did our best to support the local economy, boarding our Golden Retriever for a night at Aunt B’s, then hitting the road to see the Antique Malls in Pardeeville and Waterloo.  I found some good deals at The Shoe Box, then a favorite old CD at Sugar Shack.

And we tried some restaurants we hadn’t been to, good sandwiches at a place call Which Wich?,  Mediterranean at Bunky’s, and great Cajun food at Liliana’s, where I left a hefty tip for the Hanson Family Jazz Band, featuring Magic organist Dave.
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