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What's your name?

Saturday, July 11, 2009

We all have "handles" that we use here and which we chose for some reason known only to us.

But we all have names too. Karen, Linda, Mary, Ann, Joan, Sarah, etc. etc.

It's just really hard to FIND the name to address someone. We forget to put our first name on our blogs. We forget to sign our name to our posts and comments.

It's hard to pretend your having coffee with a friend when you don't know her name, lol. It feels a bit strange to write "Hi Woman58478" lol. Even though handles are meaningful and necessary (how many Mary's ARE there in the world?), it feels more natural to use your name.

I'd like to suggest that to make it easier to form friendships and bond with others, and just generally make things more warm and cozy, we put our name on everything we do here. I think it would make us feel a little more like neighbors. I hope you try it.

And pass it on!


I'm starting a treatment of acupuncture along with my chiropractic adjustments, hopefully to lessen the chronic pain that fills my life on a daily basis. I was saving money to replace the carpet in my house, but have decided to spend it on this "chance" that might make life a little more pain free.

I've promised myself that if it doesn't work, I will NOT look back and regret spending the money on it. If I don't welcome any opportunity that seems workable, I'll be resigning myself to just whining about pain. And I don't want to be whiney, lol.

Wish me luck.


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--KREN 7/12/2009 7:07AM

    Knowing your names makes me feel like I know you better already! Thanks for the comments! Karen

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EARLYBIRDM 7/11/2009 9:47PM

    I agree and do try to remember to use my name, but I'll be even more aware of it now. My son suggested "Earlybird"for me when I first started using the internet back in 1987. He said it was because I was one of the early users, and because I was always the earlybird of the family. But my real name is Emilie.

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LAINYE 7/11/2009 8:32PM

    Karen, I hope that the acupuncture helps with the chronic pain. I have a friend who wouldn't be without it. She does really well since she stared on them, and has decreased the frequency that she gets them. I actually get called Lainye as much as Elaine. The people that call me Mary obviously do not know me. (my name is Mary Elaine, but I have been called Elaine or Lainye since I can remember, thanks to my dad). So, I don't mind when you refer to me as Lainye.


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SCOTMAMA 7/11/2009 6:16PM

    As a Team Leader I couldn't agree with you more. I'd like to act like I know one of my members when I address them, but if I can't find their name anywhere, how can I do that? You already know my name is Eve, because we write to each other -- but as a common courtesy, let's start signing some of our chats, notes and blogs with our real name. I must remember to do that on blogs (I'm bad at remembering to do it there).

Good job on this one, as always! Karen you are a wonder writer.

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BIRDLEGS29 7/11/2009 9:37AM

    I heartily agree about using names! I have a pad on my desk where I write the name by the "handle" but some members don't sign their real name. Perhaps some with unusual names don't wish to be recognized and that is fine but as a rule, I think real names make them more real people in this cyberworld.

Best of luck with the new treatments and I pray they work for you!

My name is Jean

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Healthy Snacks.

Friday, July 10, 2009

An apple and some cheese.

Cottage cheese and crackers.

I'm not diabetic but diabetes runs in my family so I keep up with food choices friendly to diabetics.

There is a book called "The Insulin Resistance Diet" which explains that eating protein with every carb keeps your blood sugar from spiking. When your sugar spikes, it then falls. You will want to eat again. So keeping blood sugar level is key to controlling hunger.

As a rule, if you eat every meal or snack with this goal - Protein should equal at least half of Carbohydrates - your blood sugar AND your hunger stays under control.



The Feel of Success

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Did you have some success this week? Last week? Ever?

Think about that successful feeling a LOT!
Talk about it. Write down how you feel about it.
Get so familiar with that feeling that you can recall it next time you are about to slip.

We should really celebrate any little success we have, blow it all out of proportion, have a parade! LOL

We certainly talk about our mistakes enough. We deserve a little bragging.

If we elaborate our successes enough, they'll become reality more often.

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    Karen - Thanks for the thought. I can always count on you to celebrate the positive.
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Emotions and Eating

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Doesn't it seem that when we have a lot on our plate -

We put a lot on our plate?

Sometimes I don't know what I'm thinking until I write it down. I was discussing "life" in an email to a friend when this popped up: "I've just got a lot on my plate right now."

And I thought - Wow. Everytime I feel like that, I can be sure there will BE a lot on my plate every time I sit down to eat.

Something to think about.


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--KREN 7/5/2009 10:02AM

    THANK YOU all for different perspectives! I love all the different viewpoints! - Karen

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BIRDLEGS29 7/5/2009 9:36AM

    I read on many blogs about "stress eating", which is another way of saying a lot on your plate, so it seems to be a common problem. I, on the other hand, FORGET to eat when I have a lot on my plate! There should be a happy medium somewhere.


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ALEXSGIRL1 7/5/2009 9:31AM

    a lot on your plate is very stressfull for the body mind and soul. so when you start to fill your dinner plate have a lot of fruit and vegetables and there will be less room for all the bad food. then go for a walk to clear your mind and your plate.i always try to par down mylife less is more for me. emoticon emoticon

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DASKITTY 7/5/2009 9:24AM

    Very insightful! I agree 100%!

Having a lot on the plate is usually a negative perspective. I think that once your body is strong enough to handle it, you can have a lot of the *right* things on your plate and be happy-healthy!


Thanks for the share!


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Finally - Five pounds lost!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

All that swimming paid off. AND no sweets this past week.

Five down, five to go.

Hmmmm, so how do I get the little icon for 5 pounds lost?

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SCOTMAMA 7/11/2009 6:20PM

    Just for you, Karen, I'll see if I can find that icon and you can right click it and it will automatically be put into your "pictures." Isn't that a sneaky little trick? I can't remember how I discovered it, but I've been happily right-clicking all over the place since I discovered it.


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MYSTILYNNE 7/7/2009 1:01AM

    Hey Karen... Cograts on the loss...Great Job!
I'm not sure but I think you get the pounds lost logo on the sparks goodies page...I have seen them there...but not sure how you get it on your actual profile...Stay focused ...and keep on keeping on!

Talk to you soon,
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BIRDLEGS29 7/4/2009 10:49AM

    emoticon on the five pound loss. I'm sure some of the more knowledgeable friends will be along to tell you how to get the icon, but I am clueless.


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