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Have YOU laughed today?

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

A friend sent this to me. Let's hope we all have this much fun when we end up here!

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JUSTJO66 9/15/2011 10:21AM

    Too cute. I sure hope if I ever end up in a retirement home it will be one like this one. :O)

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IFATFIRST77 9/10/2011 9:07AM

    Thanks for sharing that Karen, it was beautiful!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 9/9/2011 4:11PM

    Wow. that was some retirement home. I've been to one of the nicest one in Illinois and it doesn't hold a candle to that. These people must be rich!!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 9/8/2011 12:31PM

    That took a LOT of work. emoticon

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-AIMIE- 9/8/2011 9:35AM

    I loved this. I just posted it on my FB to share. I think maybe I need to retire in Michigan LOL!

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PJSTIME 9/8/2011 7:15AM

    That is presious there are plenty of days when I don't have that much fun. I hope we all feel that way as we get older.

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2BEHEALTHYAGAIN 9/7/2011 8:20PM

    The quacking cane was hilarious!! I want to go there when I get old! Oh wait--I AM old!! (Well, our one Grandson thinks we're about 100 years old!)
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--KREN 9/7/2011 7:36PM

    I'm glad you all enjoyed it. Isn't it great to still have that much fun when you're old! And what a neat thing the film students did to involve the people in a retirement home in their film!!

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VINGRAM 9/7/2011 7:29PM

    So cute. Need to send this to my water aerobics buddies! vista

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FISHINGLADY66 9/7/2011 5:18PM

    emoticon I loved this Karen. Thanks for sharing.

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  Good one!!!! emoticon

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LIZZIEMONSTER18 9/7/2011 1:32PM

    that is so funny!

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Change of Mind

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Sometimes your mental concept and perception of something is what makes it a success or failure in your life.

After experimenting with all sorts of ways of eating, I discovered that low-carb eating took away my cravings and left me feeling really good.

But once I heard "low-carb" I began to think:
It's a very restrictive diet.
I can eat ALL I WANT as long as it is no-carb.
I'll get bored eating this way.

I felt that all those things were true - for me.

Finally I had one of those light-bulb Eureka moments. The kind that make you want to slap your forehead and say DUH. Why didn't I know this before?

It suddenly became clear to me that I didn't need to track the carbs in every cucumber and head of lettuce. I needed to worry about the STARCHY foods. And the SUGARY ones. Those two things are what send me spiraling into wanting more, and more, and MORE.

I've been known to run through the house yelling "Pasta! I want MORE! Don't give me any!" A real torture, lol.

The more I eat starch and sugar, the more I want starch and sugar.

I love veggies, but eating a big meal of them does not make me crave more, as long as they don't have a lot of starch and aren't prepared with sugar.

So when I look at my meal plan, I find the pasta and potatoes and replace them with a good helping of non-starch veggies. I oven-roast most of my veggies, coated with olive oil, and keep bags of them in the fridge for easy access. I also eat more protein. Oven-roasted pork tenderloin is one of my favorites.

I put a chunk of sugar-free gum in my mouth immediately after my meal. This has become a signal to my brain meaning "That's All, Folks!" and keeps me from trying for second helpings.

Now and then, if I'm invited over for pizza for instance, I find I can indulge if I go in with a pre-conceived serving in mind (two slices) and unwrap that gum as soon as I finish.

So, I'm not on a "low-carb" diet. I'm not counting carbs, or calories, or anything. I'm just replacing my old routine choices for newer healthier ones, always searching for the non-starchy options.

Somehow, this difference in my mind is making this way of eating easier, more fun, and much, much more rewarding. It's not what I CAN'T have but WHAT CAN I SUBSTITUTE that I like and enjoy.

And it's working.

Karen

  
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MAMABUGAZ 9/26/2011 11:22PM

    Most of my meals at home consist of protein and vegetables. My husband is a fairly flexible eater, and is pretty content when that's what I make. Sometimes, I'll fix a carb dish for him, and I simply don't have any.

When I go out to eat, I'm not quite as careful all the time, but I can usually make good choices there too. In many restaurants, I can order substitutes. For example, instead of bread or rice or potatoes, I'll ask for steamed broccoli on the side, the vegetable of the day, a fruit dish, cottage cheese, etc. (I often don't care for salads, or that would be another good option.) Most restaurants are more than willing to oblige.

At fast food places, I often order a wrap, so, then, I do have a tortilla. At a local diner, where they have awesome burgers, I just order one without the bun. I get a vegetable or a side salad instead of their fries.

But, the burgers at fast food places aren't good enough to eat with no bun. If order a burger there, I'll eat it open-faced and discard half the bun. I never order fries at a restaurant, but, I "steal" 5 or 6 of my husband's -- just so I don't feel deprived. At mcDonald's, I like their Fruit and Yogurt parfait. I discard the gramola topping, though, because, somehow, McDonald's can even seem to make oatmeal unhealthy. They add about 3 different kinds of sugar to it, if you read the ingredients.

~ Faith

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JUSTJO66 7/25/2011 4:47PM

    Great way to think and eat. Keep it up...success will follow. :o)

Jo

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ZEEDRA 7/24/2011 9:56PM

    Good luck, Karen.
I agree about the gum, too. I'm going to bed to read and chew my gum so that will be all the food for today.
Sandra

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DUMBELLE 7/24/2011 11:34AM

    Sometimes it takes time to realize as you did, what you should be doing and I'm really glad that it's working for you. Keep up the good work!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/23/2011 11:05PM

    You are so right Karen. Give yourself a good talk and believe in yourself. When I eat healthy I feel satisfied and my body thanks me for it. It's the healthy way to eat. "Eat to live, don't LIVE to eat" I'm glad it's working for you. emoticon

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JEANNE229 7/22/2011 10:38AM

    Karen, your "revolations" are right on for me, too! If I eat starch/sugar, it is craving all day, but a big salad with lots of other vegetables does not affect that.

Plus I really enjoy good proteins!

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/22/2011 6:58AM

    Karen,

That does make sense. I need to follow that example.
Kay

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--KREN 7/22/2011 6:03AM

    Eating this way DOES keep me away from most processed foods, which I agree is a good thing!

Yes, EAT-ALL-YOU-WANT is an idea that needs to be blocked from my mind. It is NEVER good for me!


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KICK-SS 7/22/2011 1:51AM

    I agree with you Karen, I think you've got the right idea!

I've modified my food plan to allow "some" more carbs, but still pretty much staying away from bread and starches of all sorts. I've decided that IF I eat bread, it's going to be a treat (such as homemade in a restaurant) and not just eat bread for the sake of bread...

I also find I do have to show some restraint and still keep the calories around 1200, no matter what type of food I have - I just try to get the most bang for the food I do have!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/21/2011 5:19PM

    It's a great way to eat.

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IFATFIRST77 7/21/2011 9:15AM

    Funny how things escape us sometimes when we get stuck looking at something from only one angle. Your A-ha moment may have just saved me a lot of time, in learning the same thing on my own so thank you very much! Its easy to forget not all carbs are bad when you see the results you get from cutting out the 'bad' ones. Great Blog Karen!!
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SILLYHP1953 7/21/2011 8:18AM

    The same things happen to me, too!! I have to make it through 3-4 days before the NO CRAVINGS hits me, and that's my problem right now, making it through those first days. I need a plan and can't seem to get focused enough to make one. We have a two week vacation starting July 30th, so it's not much use to make a plan yet.

I'm glad you've made these discoveries and it's working for you!
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SUZBOISANNE 7/21/2011 7:40AM

    I agree that avoiding sugar and starchy carbs are a huge plus. The other bugaboo you might want to consider avoiding if you want your body to feel better and healthier is giving up processed foods if you haven't already. These foods like even cheerios have transfat and sugar. Many/all healthy sounding crackersand breads also are loaded. I have given up virtually everything in a box, bag, or wrapper for foods that are not. I still buy coffee, nuts, seeds, whole milk, in containers. But you get the idea. I feel so much better eating this way. Spark on... emoticon

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PJSTIME 7/21/2011 7:28AM

    Mind games and how we think does make a difference. I love the gum idea I do chew but never thought about it right after I eat all that I should have.

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Trees and Shade (Photos)

Wednesday, July 13, 2011



I've had a little conversation going on with a SP friend about trees and shade, a very important topic in a place where over a month of every summer has temps of 100+. Of course, Texas isn't the only state with this issue, especially this summer.

The trees that shade my yard are crape myrtles. I assume they were planted when the house was built in 1994. Fortunately, no one has ever committed "crepe murder" on them. (Severely pruning the tops to promote more flowering.)

These have white blossoms and variegated bark. I really love the bark, it's beautiful up close.
The main thing is they create so much shade! They shade my entire front yard and keep the sun off the front of my house and the entryway. Look closely and you can see the lizards love them too.

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Sometimes really large trees close to your home are a problem. As they age, wind and storms may topple them onto your roof, which can be pretty devastating. Crape myrtles never pose that problem because they are multi-trunk trees. Easy to trim and no fear of crashing on your roof. Yet they make beautiful shade with your choice of blossom colors.

I plant new ones each year, planning ahead for more shade. They grow several feel a year and bloom even when they are small. As soon as it's daylight, I'll take a photo of a red one I just planted and add it to this post. If you're fortunate enough to have 100 year old oak trees near your house, that's a wonderful thing. If not, this is a good tree to plant. The roots never cause any problems, either.

So, for anyone who never knew how large a crape myrtle could get if you don't "murder" it, here's the proof!

May you always find shade!

Karen

  
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JUSTJO66 8/30/2011 7:55AM

    Love the pictures of your yard. We also love the crepe myrtles. We have them in all colors in our yard (white, purple, pink, and red). We did have a hedge between our property and our neighbors but one year the "drought" killed nearly all of the hedge off...so, we replanted with the myrtles. Love them.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/18/2011 5:23PM

    My grandma's favorite tree. She talked nonstop about them. They are beautiful.

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--KREN 7/17/2011 11:56AM

    Nadine, Oh I'm so glad you didn't dig up the crape myrtles! They are very hardy and drought resistant. Also, they withstand the winters in Central Texas so Florida should be a happy place for them. And as you see, they thank you with such beautiful blossoms in the spring. Eventually, they'll give you a lot of shade as well. Another important thing is they are a real source of food for honey bees, which you may have read have been having a hard time here and there. Without honey bees we could not grow any food. So YAY for crape myrtles!

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LAVENDERLILY 7/17/2011 11:52AM

    emoticonI planted three small crepe myrtles when landscaping a new home in Florida. They were in full bloom in red, pink and white. Come winter, the trees lost all of their leaves and were just dead sticks, so I decided that it was a bad choice because they all died. Fortunately, I didn't have time to pull them out. Come Spring, almost overnight, the trees budded and burst into bloom. I am very familiar with plants going dormant, but these really seemed dead! What a lovely spring greeting! Lovely, Lovely, Lovely!

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HEALTHYARTIST1 7/16/2011 4:19AM

    We have two crepe myrtles in our front yard but they do not have a wide canopy but go straight up. It is funny the landscaper I just hired for our front yard said he could drastically cut them so they will have a larger crown, seems like you are against that. Mainly we have sequoias in our yard that outlive us and provide wonderful shade and smells!

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CEILIE2 7/14/2011 2:30PM

    Beautiful trees.I have never heard of them. Wish we could have them here.I don't think that they would like the Northern winters!

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FISHINGLADY66 7/13/2011 5:58PM

    I have never heard of the crape myrtles, but they are beautiful. We have had 100+ temps here in Missouri the last two weeks. (107 yesterday). I definitely will have to check out these trees. Thanks for the lovely blog and the information. So much appreciated.

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KAYYVAUGHN 7/13/2011 5:08PM

    The trees are beautiful. I could sit under one of those and read a book.
We have one, but it's not growing too fast. Our son has several that are so nice.
You are fortunate.
Thanks for sharing the photos.
Kay

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BELTONWALKER67 7/13/2011 12:08PM

    Beautiful pictures! You have a lovely shady lawn. Kinda reminds me of Hawaii.

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JEANNE229 7/13/2011 12:06PM

    Trees are lifeblood to this planet! Karen, you are helping us all survive.

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DGAIL51 7/13/2011 9:57AM

    I love trees of all kinds. I have never seen a crepe myrtle that large. I have some we planted a couple years ago and now I know not to ever "murder" them. (not again anyway....confession time) Thanks

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SILLYHP1953 7/13/2011 9:33AM

    I have a few crepe myrtles, but still small. Our neighbor has a really large one and you've inspired me to plant more! I planted a pin oak two years ago and worried about it last year, but it's doing fine. I love trees.

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CATHY629 7/13/2011 8:41AM

    Lovely trees,i have never seen any here,probably not warm enough for them.

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VINGRAM 7/13/2011 8:19AM

    We also have crepe myrtles........they are indestructible! vista emoticon

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PJSTIME 7/13/2011 8:19AM

    Nic pics Karen and love your wildlife too

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FERRETLOVER1 7/13/2011 7:37AM

    Nice pictures - love that lizard! Thanks for the information about trees.

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GRAMMIEOFTWO 7/13/2011 7:31AM

  What a nice blog about trees.

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PUBLIC ENEMY #1

Friday, July 01, 2011

FEAR

Some of you may know that I worked in the criminal justice system all my life. When I retired I was in charge of the pre-trial release program in my county. We interviewed inmates in the county jail to determine if they could be released on bond with any reasonable expectation that they would return for trial or sentencing and not commit any crimes while they were out.

To help them stay on track, they had to report once a week, attend substance abuse, anger management, job training classes, etc., and some had to submit to drug testing each week. If they failed to do any of these things, warrants were issued and deputies tracked them down and returned them to custody.

You can imagine that I heard some pretty interesting stories. Some of them were true. I learned a lot about human nature, not only from the inmates but also from their families and friends who were sometimes a help and sometimes a hindrance.

I have to say that the number one thing I learned is what I still believe now, to paraphrase an old addage: Fear is the root of all evil.

Fear of rejection, humiliation, loneliness, deprivation, being different, being poor, being less intelligent than others, being put down, losing loved ones, fear of a specific person, etc, etc. You name it. Whenever I took the time to think about a particular case, I could always find the fear in it.

I really learned this from Mr. Bishop, an old supervisor who was a retired colonel having a second career in the Probation department of our county. A woman came in right at closing and began screaming at us because someone in some prison somewhere would not let her see her husband. We had absolutely nothing to do with it. I was very young, naive and a little afraid of her but was thinking bad things about her, I promise you.

When she finally took a breath, Mr. Bishop said in a calm, caring voice, ďYou must be in a lot of pain because youíre so fearful.Ē Now THAT had never crossed my mind while she was screaming at me, for sure. Mr. Bishop opened my eyes to the fear of others and their pain as a result of it.

Now, you may have different thoughts about this and not completely agree with me. Thatís ok. But in my humble opinion, Public Enemy #1 is FEAR.

My friend Jo and I seem to feeding off each otherís blogs, because she just posted this:

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You can bet that WE have FEAR, too. And it changes our lives and is the cause of the effects we feel now. Some of it is old fear. Some of it is new. But, yes, it causes emotions, and yes, emotions lead us to do things we know we shouldnít, like eat an entire carton of ice cream.

So Joís question - What am I Afraid Of? Ė is THE question for us all. Next time you are about to do something you know is not good for you, ask yourself that question.

Writing is a healing art. Sometimes you donít know what you think until it comes out your fingers. Thank you for letting me work on myself using SP blogs.

Iím trying a new mantra: Donít eat it. Write about it.

Karen

PS. I was telling Joe about this and it ended with "Don't Bite It. Write It." lol A little more catchy, hmmm?

  
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DGILBRIDE1949 7/12/2011 3:10AM

    This is wonderful! Thanks so much!

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ZEEDRA 7/9/2011 12:15AM

    Karen,
Great! Once again I erased a long reply that I turned into a blog that I also erased. Can't seem to put my writing out there lately. But there are lots of good replies.
Sandra

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JPR-ARTIST 7/7/2011 10:29AM

    Karen, what a terrific blog... your writing is 'spot on'!
I have thought a lot about the influence of FEAR many many times over my adult years. Fear can be paralizing. Not only does it cause us to act, it also causes us NOT to act at all!

Your insight and use of criminal system as an example affects us all.
I have also read that LOVE is the opposite of fear...
that is, compassion and understanding.
Guess it's about time we use that on ourselves!!

I could go on and on....................

HUGS<
BR>Jill

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JUSTJO66 7/5/2011 11:14AM

    Karen, you can definitely "write" things in a fashion that makes it easy to understand. I love Joe's phrase. I think I'll adopt it. :o) Keep on writing...we all need your words. Thanks for the plug. But you deserve the credit..it was your EE blog that got my old noggin a whirling with thoughts. :o) Love it.

Jo

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FISHINGLADY66 7/3/2011 10:14PM

    Love it! Great Blog.

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MENOLLYRJ 7/1/2011 11:06PM

  That's interesting. I had never thought of others in terms of their fear. Thank you.

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JB122383 7/1/2011 10:41PM

    Thank you for your insight. Gave me something to think about. As someone who struggles with agoraphobia (fear of leaving the house and/or being in public), I know more about fear than I wish I did. I'm really trying to change. Your blog gave me lots of things to think about and will help me make that change.



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KAYYVAUGHN 7/1/2011 7:26PM

    Thanks Karen, that insight was very helpful into how we view our situations and those around us.
Kay

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SILLYHP1953 7/1/2011 2:37PM

    I am sure you are absolutely correct, too. One of the people I consider a teacher, says that anger is not even an emotion, it is the result of an emotion, usually fear.

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CHALLENGER15 7/1/2011 2:19PM

    I believe you are absolutely correct.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/1/2011 2:07PM

    I'm pretty fearless in most respects. I fear things like poverty, disability, loss of loved ones, and death. Dwelling on them too much can make you timid and a little wacky. Faith helps.

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SHASTA11 7/1/2011 1:45PM

    PS: I wanted to print out this and your friend's blog, but pages are coming up blank. Is there any way you could send them to me by EMail @ jkinsall@hotmail.com.

Thanks either way.

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PJSTIME 7/1/2011 1:42PM

    Don't bite it write it. Great words and a good idea. Have a great weekend. AND NO ICE CREAM


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SHASTA11 7/1/2011 1:36PM

    Never thought of things this way. Maybe it's why my daughter seems so angry all the time and yells and screams a lot.

Thanks.

(Don't forget to watch the movie Committed this week-end, or at least record it.)

Have a great week-end.

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JEANNE229 7/1/2011 12:25PM

    My oldest daughter was a prison psychologist (before she had lung embolisms and had to quit for a while). She'd love to swap stories with you...fearless she is.

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VINGRAM 7/1/2011 11:39AM

    I so need to put the "Write it don't bite it" on my fridge and in my heart! emoticon emoticon

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CAROLEE1945 7/1/2011 10:19AM

    Once more, you have given me the gift of a thoughtful piece of writing. I have lived my entire life in fear, with a deep feeling of doom hanging over my head. I used to do a regular journal, not a blog, you know, the "morning pages" of Julia Cameron, where it is important to write by hand. I would like to try that this morning. Thank you.

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DGAIL51 7/1/2011 9:15AM

    Karen, I love that ...."don't eat it, write it". What an interesting thought! That will challenge me and stick with me today, I can promise. I am about to do my bills (ugh) then head off to the grocery. I will resist the temptation to buy treats and focus on healthy choices (which I mostly do anyway). I am struggling with buying ice cream for the grandchildren, but if I do then I will think "don't eat it, write it" or how about draw or paint it. lol.

Art is healing too. It takes you so out of yourself for that time you have those luscious paints in your hands. I have spent way too little time doing that, so another resolution....make time to nourish my soul with one of my ways of enjoying God's creations as I attempt to recreate them with paint on paper or canvas.
Thank you, Karen, for sharing your gift with words. You are always an inspiration.

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EE NOT AA

Thursday, June 30, 2011

I need a sponsor. Someone to call when I have an overwhelming desire to consume something that I know is bad for my body. Like AA. But EE instead. Emotional Eating.

Here I thought I was ďknowledgeableĒ about dieting, healthy eating, and what is/is not good for me.

Well, knowledge isnít everything. Sometimes you need a connection. An eye opener. A EUREKA! Moment. Something has to hit you on the head, bite you on the leg and drag you kicking and screaming into reality.

Emotional Eating. It just slapped me in the face yesterday, with a cold wet rag. And I woke up.

Having problems with my mother. Everyone pretty well knows I moved her down here a year ago to be close to me so I could help her in her old age. Anyone who has an elderly parent and tries to do the same knows how difficult that is sometimes. So, I wonít go into that.

But, BUT, didnít I get into my car and drive myself to the store yesterday afternoon about 2 pm, solely to buy myself a pint of ice cream???? YES I DID. And didnít I come home and eat every last bite of it???? YES I DID. Thank Goodness I didnít buy a gallon carton, because I have no doubt I would have eaten all of it!

I thought about buying some salad veggies while I was there. Even walked through the produce aisle. I could NOT even contemplate a lettuce leaf. I was focused and obsessed on ICE CREAM.

AFTER I got home with it, ate it, felt guilty about it, I had this MOMENT when light came into my tiny little brain and drew a line between Mother-frustration and eating ice cream!!

Good grief. How long have I been doing this every time I get frustrated with her? This past year, for sure, which how long sheís been living here.

Have you ever had a EUREKA moment? Thereís no doubt why that is shown in cartoons as a light bulb over a personís head. The LIGHT does DAWN and you can see clearly. Then you are amazed that you havenít made the correction before!

How can we delude ourselves like that? Apparently, itís pretty easy. Then when we do see the light, itís a ďslap the foreheadĒ moment. DUH. I feel like both Dumb AND Dumber.

But hey, Knowledge is power. The wrong emotion can drown it out, but the right emotion can turn it into an action packed plan.

So now I am working to stay AWARE. Yes, I know what the desire for ice cream feels like. Yes, I know what the taste of ice cream feels like. NOW I fight to remember what I feel like AFTER Iíve eaten it. Not just emotionally, but physically. My body, which seems to remain healthy despite what I put into it, lets me know that what I just poured into it is not optimum fuel and itís working very hard to do something with all the stuff I just sent it.

I think of it as the Boys in the Belly. Yep. The Belly Boys. They shovel everything into special little places for processing and storage. They tell me when the storage bins are pretty full or when they are stuffed with corrosive junk. And they send me some good feelings when I send them the good, healthy stuff, too.

So. Trying to keep the Belly Boys happy. Trying to take immediate action when I get one of those emotional food cravings. Trying to figure out what that action will be and train myself to go to it immediately.

Trying to keep that light bulb burning. Eureka!

Karen

  
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ZEEDRA 7/8/2011 9:39PM

    Love your blog, Karen.
I see somebody else has already mentioned OA, Overeaters Anonymous.
I started going to online meetings in April and now also go to a couple of face-to-face, but I'm still not 100% committed to attendence (I think committment is one of my fears...or failure? or success?). But it's exactly what I need...the Twelve Steps cover everything "problem eaters" need. We begin by admitting our helplessness over food, which sounds negative but it's pure honesty. I'm not preaching (How would I dare???)...just sharing...because it's the famous "one day at a time" concept and it's still difficult for me to get three days in a row.

It's good to be getting down to the crux of the matter. I'll never leave Spark but I think I've hit on a great combination.

Still so glad you're back, Karen!




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SILLYHP1953 7/1/2011 2:41PM

    I love having an epiphany! I even named my cat Epiffany. She is Burmese and I had always wanted one...

There is an EE group, except it's called OA - Overeaters Anonymous. It's based on the 12 steps just like AA.
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DEMETERSCO 6/30/2011 6:50PM

    Great blog, Karen - gotta love those Belly Boys!
Me, too, to the ice cream!
Me, too, to elderly Mom pushing my buttons like no one else can.
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SOUPY18 6/30/2011 6:22PM

    Oh can I relate. If it isn't ice cream then a loaf of crusty bread will do just fine. Maybe we should start a chapter of EE. It would be overcrowded.
Sue

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MORTICIAADDAMS 6/30/2011 5:57PM

    I can relate as well. Family members can really drive you crazy. We have to find a way to deal with them that doesn't harm ourselves. I struggled with it for years and it resolved upon my mom's death.

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JUSTJO66 6/30/2011 1:42PM

    I can definitely relate, too. It seems there are a lot of us emotional eaters out "there". It really doesn't even matter with me what emotion it is....just any old emotion will do. :o(. You are right...Knowledge is power......we will win this war. Sometimes when I get really down on myself (by the way it seems ice cream is a biggie for me, too) ...I try to remind myself of all the times in my life and other things that I have done "right" or been successful. The devil would have me believe that "this impulse eating and emotional eating is not controllable and that I will not win". But I remind him that "I AM in control of my body" and "I Will not let food or any other "thing" have control over my life except all mighty God, of course. :o)

Just keep on Karen....you will tear down these strongholds in your life ....and when you look back you will grin and even laugh at how "that big bad ugly monster" was only a wimpy dirty little insect. :o). Together we all can squash him for good. We are here for you.
Jo

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DGAIL51 6/30/2011 1:41PM

    Karen, I am your sister in the Ice Cream Cravers Club! That is without a doubt my biggest weakness. I have eaten a 1/2 gallon over 3-4 days, maybe quicker. I do always feel guilty afterward and will skip meals to try to make up for it, but that does not really make me healthier. Big Duh! My other weakness is chocolate. I know I am alone in that one (yeah sure)?????

Anyway, I have realized that I am an emotional eater as well, trying to feel some big hole while I dig myself deeper with the poor eating habits. I often wonder, what is wrong with me? What happened to the person I used to be who would never let food control me. Nuts, I guess. But this site does help, and of course, my SP pals. Being aware is half the battle.....or more.

We will make, one step, one decision at a time. I try not to buy that ice cream because I know the rest of the story, but sometimes I have a "oh what the heck" moment" and I do. That should be my warning, when I have that feeling or thought. Sorry for the book I just wrote, but I know you are strong and we can do this .
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PJSTIME 6/30/2011 1:16PM

    There is going to be alot of company on this EE. I'm right there too doesn't matter, bored, sad, lonely, tired I fight it too.

BTW I loved the way you wrote about it in this blog. Belly Boys LOL

Ice cream is a downfall especially when it is so HOT.



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JEANNE229 6/30/2011 12:34PM

    Boy howdy! I could have written this one (not as well, but as emotionally charged!)

EE! We need a special group!

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NOMIS1 6/30/2011 12:18PM

    Boy can I relate to this. Ice cream is my "go to" food when I'm upset. Its also my "go to" when I am happy and feeling really good.

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FISHINGLADY66 6/30/2011 12:04PM

    Well it looks like I'm not alone either Karen. I had to chuckle reading this, because just last night I sat down to a bowl of Ice Cream. Something I haven't done in over a year. Right now I can't figure out what triggered it either. Maybe it was the heat. I worked in my flower bed several hrs. yesterday in 100 degree heat. Bless you sweetie. As Kay said "that's life". :0) lol

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VINGRAM 6/30/2011 11:18AM

    Glad I am not alone! I have gained about 5 lbs or so and am still waiting for the "eureka" moment. I haven't come all this way just to go back up again - - and I don't have the excuse of an elderly parent! Hang in there.......this, too, shall pass (or at least I HOPE it does!)...

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KAYYVAUGHN 6/30/2011 8:37AM

    Karen, that's not unusual. We all have them. You are just normal. If you never ate anything that wasn't healthy, I would worry about you. That's life.
Kay

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BELTONWALKER67 6/30/2011 8:26AM

    Boy, can I relate! We will win the battle with those "Belly Boys" one day at a time. Stay Determined!

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FCARMICH 6/30/2011 7:55AM

  okay

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