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Saturday, March 12, 2011


Today is weigh in. Usually that means stress. Not today.

This past week I have been doing what I should be doing all the time.

I stopped eating when I had had enough.

I got in a lot of exercise.

I drank at a minimum of 8 glasses of water each day.

I logged in every single bite of food I put in my mouth.............well, ALMOST every bite.

I got into my jeans, zipped them and buttoned them without having to lay on the bed. I can even BREATHE with my jeans on! AND I don't have much of a muffin top at all when I wear them.

I KNEW my weight was down.

So far, in three weeks, I have thrown away 4 pounds. That's a good thing, as Martha would say.

But WAIT! There's MORE!

Yesterday I had to do some Costco shopping for milk.

I got the milk, then browsed through the clothing section. They had sports bras, 2 per package, at a VERY good price. Picked up a package of them.

Then I saw these really neat sweaters for $12.97. Picked up one of them, too.

BTW.........you ARE aware, aren't you, that when the cost of something at Costco ends in a 7 that that is the lowest price they will have the item, and it won't be continued stock? I always look for the 7.

My mind tried to trick me into "browsing" through the chocolate covered raisins, macadamia nuts, cashews. I reached for the chocolate covered macadamias, and then said "NO!" really loud.

I pulled my arm back just in time. The container did not get into my cart! emoticon

Then I go past the mixed nuts, temptation again. "NO!" outloud helped again.

I zoomed to the check out, paid for my three items, and got out of there.

What a VICTORY!!! emoticon TO ME AND SPARK!!

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MAMASUDS 3/13/2011 2:58PM

    Congrats! That is awesome! So glad the weight is coming off and you are full of energy. Chocolate covered nuts are the hardest for me. That is one thing that just isn'T allowed in my home. I will invariably eat the whole bag in nothing. One handful at a time, they keep calling me back. It is seriously an addiction, and just as an AA member doesn't keep beer in the fridge, I don't dare put those chocolate covered nuts in the shopping cart. Thanks for proving that we can do it! You are the best!

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TOWHEE 3/12/2011 9:47PM

    Good job! emoticon

I was going to write to you tonight and see how you are doing. This blog answered all my questions.
DH went to Costco yesterday unplanned. The first I knew of it was when he called and asked if I wanted more Cod (they were out last time we were in the store). He did pick up some foods that I'd rather not have in the house, but I've been good about leaving them alone (at least for now).

Keep up the good work.

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NOTFATCAT 3/12/2011 8:55PM

Doesn't it feel good to do what is right and be rewarded for it?
Keep going in this direction.
And, I did NOT know about the Costco 7. Thanks.

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RUFFIT 3/12/2011 8:36PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Moni

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/12/2011 7:52PM

    Glad you could resist the Chocolate Candies! But NUTs are actually good for you... walnuts and pecans the least amount of fat, but a good fat! Thanks for the info on Costco. I have not been there in a while, may start going again. I did not know that about the 7!

But will tell you something.... retailers know, if its displayed first thing as you come in the store you will be more enticed to buy it! But also if you DONT touch it, you have less chance of buying it, so train yourself not to TOUCH things, because the more you FEEL somethings the more chances you will BUY IT! Also dont go when they are baking Bake goods or barbecuing a Chicken , unless you want those items; because when you smell things being baked or cooked you will browse longer and BUY more! Becasue smelling baked goods makes you feel more comfortable (liek your HOME) and you will tend to browse longer and the longer You BROWSE , the more you spend! So your best bet, spend less time in the store, just get what you want and leave; because the longer your in a store, the more chances are you will FILL up your cart! Also if there is a choice of sizes of carts, always choose the smaller one, because the bigger the cart, the more you will buy; so best to pick up a small carrier basket, because people who grab those smaller containers wont buy more than what they hold! Good to remember (My son is in Retail, so I know those tricks!) Also, never take a sample of stuff because many people are entice to, but will feel guilty about taking a sample without buying the item! So to stifle the urges of GUILT will buy that item! Its why the Retailers have such samples available, because they know about GUILT! (Retailers knwo that too!) So the mroe sampeks you have the mroe times your targ=eted and will buy those items!

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/12/2011 6:07PM

    emoticon for you on the loss and on that victory at Costco! There are things that call my name there, too. Thanks for the pricing tip, I did not realize that. I will be keeping an eye out for those 7s now. You are doing great, Sandy!

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HEALTHYNCURVY 3/12/2011 2:27PM

    That IS an accomplishment to say no to the mixed nuts! Good Job! emoticon

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Nothing Can Stand In My Way Except ME!!

Tuesday, March 08, 2011

Okay. My body and I have had a long talk.

We need to keep our motivation and positive attitudes.

Yesterday I went to the Doc to get the test results from the MRI/MRA on my head.

Some of you already know that I have been having terrible pains in my head. Not headaches; localized PAIN. Also blurry vision at times. Hence, the tests.

This has been going on with me for a number of years, but now it is much more severe and frequent.

The good news is that I have no tumors or aneurysm. That's good.

The bad news is that they are suspecting a nerve disease going on. Not much can be done about that except to have injections to hopefully take away the pain. It is called Occipital Neuritis.

There is a concern that PERHAPS that the disease has gone into the main optical nerve. That means I could possibly lose my vision.

More tests were done yesterday, and I will be going back in a couple of weeks to find out the results.

IN THE MEANTIME, I will continue living my life to the fullest.

I have absolutely no intention of laying around and feeling sorry for myself. Rather, my plan is to just keep on doing what I have been doing.

I will walk with my dog, explore trails I have yet to traverse, and do my art work.

I will continue to eat healthfully, exercise, and laugh out loude at least once a day.

I will attend Quilt Club, and make quilts (which I love doing!) for the kids battling cancer. I will even make quilts for myself, family and friends.

I will continue to look for different birds along the trails, and pay heed to their birdsong. That is always so very joyful.

I truly believe attitude is everything. If I keep joy in my heart, my mind will follow.

If I keep laughter as a part of my life, the little things won't be so annoying.

I'm the type of person that takes illnesses with a grain of salt, but let me break a shoe lace, and I'm all wrinkled up.

Have you ever noticed that big things are taken with calmness and acceptance, but when we burn the toast it is a big deal, and can ruin our entire day??

I love the saying "Don't sweat the small stuff. And it is ALL small stuff!

Now I must get off the computer and participate in my day.

Have a great one,! emoticon

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GRANDMACOO 3/9/2011 6:43AM

    Our Mom used to say that "laughter is good for the liver". I'm not sure where she came up with that, but we know it is good for our psyche and well-being. Positive attitudes help heal; I admire your spirit.

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KAYDE53 3/8/2011 2:52PM

    Your good news IS good news!! Maybe, regarding your bad news, the diagnosis or prognosis will change. Or perhaps, they will come up with more or different treatments. Either way, you are taking the high road with the right attitude; that can make all the difference!!! You are in my thoughts & prayers!!! Keep taking the walks & making the quilts!! Good for you!! emoticon

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NOTFATCAT 3/8/2011 2:19PM

    So sorry for what the docs have found. I know you will research and get additional tests and opinions before setting your course.
Chin up and smile on.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/8/2011 12:20PM

    My friend, I am glad that there are no tumors or aneurysm--that is good news. I am praying, however, that this has not gone into the main optical nerve and that the injections or other treatment they come up with will take care of the pain. Keep me posted on the results of the additional tests, please. Attitude IS everything, and you have an awesome one. Love you, my FBC!


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ON2VICTORY 3/8/2011 12:18PM

    wow, you have some REAL strength! I dont know what it is but I have seen people battle some very serious conditions and take it with poise and grace i have yet to understand and then the rest of us like you said burn the toast and pow, it sets our day off to a bad start.

its all about the perspective.

you are a saint.

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Sunday, March 06, 2011

Hey Sportsfans.

Have you lost your momentum to get out and walk?

This time of year is especially wonderful and exciting to be walking outdoors.

Yes, the March wind shall blow, and perhaps we'll have snow, and what will Poor Robin do then?

He'll climb right into the nicely cleaned birdhouse I have hanging, and he can begin making his nest with the small fabric strips and scraps I have laid out for him.

The wind is bound to make you feel more energetic, as you inhale all that fresh air.

So WHAT if it is raining a little? Rain makes the flowers grow, remember?

Winnie and I were walking today, and we saw all kinds of bulbs, buds and fresh greenery this morning.

Spring is definitely on the way, folks!

Go on out there and watch for all the new birds singing and chirping, see all sorts of new life appearing.

Guaranteed to get you out of the winter doldrums!!
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MNABOY 3/7/2011 11:13PM

    Saw a few plots of daffodils in the woods and went exploring to see what had been there and had a real good time.

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DIANESMILES 3/7/2011 12:53AM

    Oh you give me HOPE, but we are STILL in WINTAH here (Maine) but another 3 weeks and MAYBE we will start to warm up ! Maybe????? I HOPE ! But, walking OH YEAH !!! I am still doing it inside. I live in a highrise and I am SURE my neighbors love it cos they make supporting and loving comments to urge me on. Most of them are 20 to 30 years older than I am and so they love this. I can't wait to see the flowers and robins again thanks for the H O P E ! LOL we NEED it after THIS WINTAH !

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/6/2011 1:45PM

    So true! It feels so good to get outside and move, and the signs of spring are peeking through if we just look.

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NOTFATCAT 3/6/2011 12:26PM

    You are so right. I advocate to everyone to walk daily but lately I haven't taken my own advice. Until yesteray, that is. I walked 2.34 miles in a light to heavy mist. It felt really good.
Today I'm off for another after breakfast.

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At least now I KNOW!!

Friday, March 04, 2011

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/5/2011 7:50PM

    Love your sense of humor!!! Thanks for the laugh...I am getting some extra Dawn dish liquid just for the shower!! No more extra volume and body for me!!!
Hope you are having a great weekend!!!

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CHRISTURTLE 3/5/2011 5:09PM

    Think maybe I'll start using my dishwash liquid too, lol. That is just so funny, really made my morning. Thank you. emoticon

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NOLAZYBUTT110 3/5/2011 9:32AM

    I could not read the writing, it was too small for me to read, but if I get the oicture..... pork fat was caused by shampoo? lol

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BEVPRESLEY 3/4/2011 10:07PM

    Thanks for the tip. Think I will try some Dawn.

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GRANDMA1951 3/4/2011 12:44PM

    I loved it!!! Sometimes you really need a laugh. Thanks for being so uplifting.

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GETFIT2LIVE 3/4/2011 12:42PM

    Ah, my friend, you made my morning--thanks for the chuckle! That DOES explain a lot, LOL!


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ELIZABETH_SKY 3/4/2011 12:14PM

    Haha, lovely :)

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MARYLQ11 3/4/2011 12:09PM

  I like your sense of humor

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Almost Baseball Season and the Star Spangled Banner

Sunday, February 27, 2011

I love baseball.

It doesn't always matter to me who is playing, although I do have my favorite teams.

I love everything about the game.

Well, almost everything.

I really get annoyed at those supposed "Super Stars" who are asked to sing the Star Spangled Banner, then proceed to make a mockery of it due to their own egos.

So, with all the kindness I can muster, I give this one piece of
advice to the next pop star who is asked to sing the national anthem
at a sporting event: save the vocal gymnastics and the physical
gyrations for your concerts.

Just sing this song the way you were
taught to sing it in kindergarten — straight up, no styling.

Sing it with the constant awareness that there are soldiers, sailors, airmen
and Marines watching you from bases and outposts all over the world.

Sing it with humility as if you were standing in front of wounded vets who fought for more world freedom in Iraq and Afghanistan.

Sing it with gratitude for all the heroes who were sent to Viet Nam, with only a handful of them returning unharmed.

These people have more honor in their little fingers than the rest of us will ever earn.

Don’t make them cringe with your self-centered ego gratification.

Sing it as if you are standing before a row of 86-year-old WWII vets
wearing their Purple Hearts, Silver Stars and flag pins on their
cardigans, and you want them to be proud of you for honoring them and
the country they love — not because you want them to think you are a
superstar musician.

They could see that from the costumes, the
makeup and the entourages.

Sing “The Star Spangled Banner” with the
courtesy and humility that tells the audience that it is about
America , not you.

Try a little dose of true humility for the grandness of our nation, true respect for the fallen who have given it their all so that you can sing, and the gratitude that you live here.

If you can't do that, then just say "No", and politely walk away.

Mockery of our nation just to feed your own self centeredness is true selfish eo-manical immaturity and stupidity.

You are no match for her beauty, her strength, and her symbol of the greatest freedom in the entire world.

Respect her.

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/5/2011 7:47PM

    AMEN!!! emoticon emoticon

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TOWHEE 2/28/2011 1:14AM

    Right on!


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LYNNOTT 2/27/2011 7:58PM

    I also hate it when the so-called "Super Stars" "try to make it their own" because they fail every time! Great blog!

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NOTFATCAT 2/27/2011 7:29PM


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