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Thursday, April 22, 2010


I changed my mantra into a more positive one. My old one started with you can't lose weight so I'm ditching that and making it I CAN LOSEWEIGHT. Okay, I've been reading Geneen Roth's new book and it is hard for me to get an ah ha moment from it so far. However, last night she finally hit a nail. She is talking about "inquiry". I call this analyzing. When you inquire, you begin with whatever is happening now. She uses the example of eating a whole pizza. Inquire or analyze the real reason why you are eating that whole pizza or the reason you are sleeping all day. She says for you to become curious about feelings and sensations and listen to your body. And stop bossing yourself around! Like, telling yourself, I am not going to cheat anymore!

I was at a ribbon cutting yesterday afternoon with great food and I was confronted with a dessert table laden with paperbags made out of chocolate and chocolate covered strawberries falling out of them. And tiny cheesecakes and key lime tarts, chocolate tarts, assorted cookies, fresh fruit and a cheese tray and fudgie brownie looking squares. They even had a beautiful decorated cake but lucky for me, they hadn't cut it yet when I left. So I stood there and had about 5 choc covered strawberries, and 2 tarts. I was really proud of myself because in the past, I would have had one of each cookie, tart, brownie, strawberry and then gone back for seconds on the one I preferred the most. Really, I would have. And I would have stayed around for the cake cutting and had the corner piece with the most icing. And all this after I had tried all the other food as well, stuffed mushrooms and eggs, roast beef sandwiches, chicken salad etc. I only had one small plate of other food so all this is progress.

BUT! And the big BUT!! is; Aren't I trying to lose weight? If I am trying to lose weight, why am I eating the dessert in the first place? Why am I having the bottle of beer or the ice cream in the freezer or the cheese balls in the cupboard. Why am I doing this? I guess that is what Geneen is saying about making an inquiry about your feelings and sensations. I think I ate the strawberries and tarts so I could say I had fewer desserts than I would have had last year. This is true but am I being true to my desire to lose weight? Am I really making that effort a real and true one? Sure I made progress but that kind of progress isn't helping me to lose the pounds I keep saying I want to lose.

So now I inquire, do I really want to lose those pounds or do I just want to look and feel good at the weight I am at? Am I really sabotaging myself by cheating and saying it is okay? Why do I think I want to weigh 160? Why why why. I'll have to think about all of this. But one thing for certain, I am reallly going to make the effort to track all of my food today and monitor the caloric intake and not cheat. Just for today. And then tomorrow I'll start again.

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JUST_TRI_IT 4/23/2010 3:39PM

    I like this idea of "inquiry." WE can apply that to so much in life, no?

May today be another INQUIRY-FULL day :)


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MARSHASTAR 4/23/2010 11:55AM

    I'm so glad to be alone and not have to deal with all that! Every day I set my small goals, and it gets easier for me. You are very active, and out there daily. I can't offer any good advice except to say you will never be sorry for NOT eating.

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KASEYCOFF 4/22/2010 3:28PM

    I believe: I believe you can do anything you set out to do. And the more 'tools' you put in the toolbox - whether it be the idea of inquiring / analyzing, or logging your food intake, or blogging as a way of sorting your thoughts - the better you will succeed. emoticon

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GCHUNG 4/22/2010 9:54AM

    I have confidence you will succeed.

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MSCHELLE0370 4/22/2010 8:59AM

    Excellent way to view things. I think that I'm going to start "inquiring" myself to see why I am doing things as well and see if that helps me out. Seems like common sense, although we just don't do it often enough. Keep up the good attitude and you will do great! emoticon emoticon

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TBONE13 4/22/2010 8:53AM

  YES YOU CAN !!!!!

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AMGM2001 4/22/2010 8:48AM

    Great attitude! This attitude will get a long way, and before you know it, you will be doing awesome!

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Wednesday, April 21, 2010


I rewrote my mantra above to reflect what I should be saying about myself and not others in general. I like to get up, have my coffee and then blog, spending a little early morning time Sparking. Today I had a meeting and then an appointment which was a very nice one, all windows which is my favorite. So I'm late on my blog and the day is half over. What will I talk about?

I've been reading Geneen Roth's new book and I'm having trouble digesting it. Here is a quote; "Your relationship with food, no matter how conflicted, is the doorway to freedom, says Roth. What you most want to get rid of is itself the doorway to what you want most: the demystification of weight loss and the luminous presence that so many of us call "God." HUH??? I'm on page 63 but I might have to read this several times unless someone out there can decipher it.

I just went looking for the previous book I had by her and I must have given it away. But I did find about a dozen other weight loss digests, Dr. Phil, Dr. Oz, Weight Watchers, the cholesterol cure, etc. etc. I have discovered something while I've been on this site. Yesterday I commented on someone's blog about their recent 10 pound weight loss and how I wish I could get to 10 pounds. How selfish of me. This person needs to lose over 100 pounds and I'm worried about a few. I am fortunate in that I have so little to lose and there are others that really have a problem with their relationship to food. In fact, I feel that I look and feel pretty good. What's driving me to the weight loss is the number 160. Yearning for that # 160. Feeling it is so out there. Unreachable. I think what Geneen is trying to tell me is that there is something inside ourselves that we disrespect, don't like, and that we turn to food to fill the void. IT is only after we come to terms with that inner self can we lose the weight. I think that might be what she is trying to say.

Anyway, my stomach is growling and I'm trying to ignore it. I had lunch and I had some yogurt. I shouldn't be hungry and there isn't anything out in the kitchen that I feel like eating. So why is my stomach growling? Is it acid reflux? I'm drinking water to fill the void. Maybe that will help. Anyway, I'm rambling but it feels good. Tomorrow

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FOOFIT1 4/22/2010 1:11AM

    I don't think you should feel bad about commenting about how you can't wait to be down 10 lbs. All of us are on a journey. 10 lbs to you may seem like 100!!! You will be there soon, don't you worry!


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4DOGNIGHT 4/21/2010 6:20PM

    Great idea.

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JWADDELL2 4/21/2010 5:08PM

    I think you did as good as anyone to translate that!! Good job! I have tried to change my response to hunger or stomach growling - at least that hunger, etc., that is not right before a meal - as a message to myself...."Self, (it is saying) this hunger feeling is a SIGN that you are losing weight!! Right now!! Yea!!" So I don't eat because right then I am losing weight....Okay, I am a bit strange, but it is working!!

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Tuesday, April 20, 2010


emoticon That's me, throwing the scale out the window. I still had to lean left this morning to read 180. I looked longingly at the 160 #, 20 lbs away. Will I ever get there? Not if I keep having ice cream in the freezer. I think I need to have a talk with myself about ice cream. What is it that I'm attracted to? Flavor doesn't really matter. Any ice cream will do. It's cold and smooth and easy to eat. I love every bite and scrape the bowl and wish for more. Oh, why ice cream and not pie? Or something else. I think I am going to just have to not buy it and insist that hubby not buy it. But you know, summer is ice cream time. We always went for ice cream in the summer after our dinner. There was a place in Maine on a farm where they made homemade ice cream and the line to get it was always soooo long. But we patiently stood there to get it. It was so good. I loved it when my mom would make home made ice cream. Yum! If I didn't have the ice cream , I would replace it with yogurt. I think it will be gone after tonight so no more ice cream in the house!

I got Geneen Roth's new book, WOMEN, FOOD AND GOD. Haven't gotten too far into it but she writes so well. She was always super overweight and was on every diet there was. Then she just gave up dieting and just ate and slowly lost the weight. So I'm anxious to read what she has to say. Maybe she'll talk about ice cream.

I made a nice furniture sale last night! Yea! Business is picking up! I had to order some new woven wood and shade samples. They are so expensive but you have to have them and I'm seeing a client tomorrow with a brand new home and lots of windows and she wants woven woods. I unpacked the box today and that thing is heavy. The sample bag is 25 pounds! I got on the scale with it. It needs wheels. How on earth am I supposed to drag that thing around. Yesterday was bad enough, I had to take 5 large wallpaper books back to the store. And today I need to put back all the upholstery samples I don't need anymore. Does all that count for exercise? Then I have to climb into the garage, around the T-bird packed there, to find the old woven wood sample book and get rid of it. Also, the old price book and toss it as I got a new one of those. Then I got a four page update of upholstery fabrics from another company and I have to go through all those fabrics again to delete the bad ones. It never ends, keeping your samples updated. And then you have to find space for new ones. I used to sell wallpaper but no one wants it anymore so I have a bookshelf full of books and half are probably discontinued anyway. If I dumped those, I'd have more shelf room for those new sample books and easier to get to.

I can't bear to throw out fabric books and samples. My love of fabric prohibits that and now that I'm making bags and other projects, I may need them. SURE!!

If anyone can suggest a way for me to give up ice cream and start losing pounds, I would appreciate knowing the secret! Later.

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NANJUN 4/20/2010 6:36PM

    I didnt know so many people had my "affliction" ICECREAM!

I love it. I dare not bring home a half gallon because I am not happy till it is all gone. I love Pralines and cream made by Blue Bell.
My son us to help me eat up the bucket but now he is diabetic and cant have it.
I just dont bring it home anymore.

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SGKAYLOR 4/20/2010 3:52PM

    I love ice cream too, but I found the little individual sizes to be awesome! I can eat one so I still get my "fix" but don't feel guilty for eating too much, and sure I could go back and get another one but I stop myself from doing that because you know what you're doing when you're walking back to the freezer so you can talk yourself out of it. And trust me when I said I love it I mean it, if we have a carton in the freezer I will go make myself a huge bowl & think nothing of it till after it's all gone(then I feel guilty). So to me those individuals have been a lifesaver!!

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BACONLADY 4/20/2010 12:48PM

I caution you in buying packages of individual servings...When ice cream calls... it calls..
I finally had to make a rule.. no more rocky road in the house.
I'm not happy with it till I have savored every bite..
If its not in the house, I'm ok.
If I buy some other flavor or form of ice cream as a substitute, I will go through it just as quickly.
If you want ice cream.. wait till you go out to dinner and then have a serving for your dessert..

Plan for it in your day and you won't feel guilty and it won't ruin your plan for the day..

Oohh.. the wallpaper books are so valuable! I hope you can find someplace to give them to as resources for art material.. even try nursing homes or assisted living homes..
YUP! You did a lot of very meaningful exercise when you were going through all of your decorating business supplies and moving things around!!

Have a lovely day!

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LKWQUILTER 4/20/2010 11:16AM

    The only way I don't eat ice cream is not have it in the house. When the grands come, we buy some and then they have to finish it or take it home with them. lol Good luck.

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4DOGNIGHT 4/20/2010 10:45AM

    If I could I would ship these wallpaper books over to you. It would be better for us to buy individual servings of ice cream or fudge pops, etc. Duh! Then I could choose or not. Thanks

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KASEYCOFF 4/20/2010 10:31AM

    My two (or four, or five?) cents' worth:

1) Tell him if he wants ice cream he will have to eat it away from home - no more bringing it back.
2) Get a little ice cream freezer, you know, one of the little machines, of your own: you can make sorbets, sugar-free ice cream, frozen yogurt, whatever you like, for hot-weather treats.
3) Edy's 'diet' ice cream, or sugar-free ice cream, or frozen low-fat / low-cal yogurt, or individual mini-pots or popsicles, already portion-controlled.
4) Who knew that interior decorating would give you such a workout? You are certainly getting your exercise!
5) Wallpaper sample books: Scouts (boy or girl), art schools, and vacation bible school (as long as they don't do 'only' the prepackaged stuff). Myself, I used to get plain wooden boxes when they were on sale and use Mod-Podge (and similar stuff) to apply wallpaper. Cut out motifs and use them for accessories. Cover cheap trays on the bottom, and spray with clear acrylic - great for using in the car, for kids, eating on your lap... Well, I'm carrying coals to Newcastle, aren't I? Bet you already know this stuff, lol...

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Monday, April 19, 2010


emoticon I weighed this morning and was at 180, if I leaned slightly to the left! If I leaned slightly to the right, it was a little higher but I will take the left lean results. Now, if I would just be a good girl all week, I might even see that number go down below 180. Wouldn't that be nice. I can do it. Just have to set my mind to it. I won't be home for dinner as I have an appmt but I have leftover oriental beef and broccoli and rice so that will do it. Hubby and I got invited to the grand opening of a new restaurant but the appointment came along and I need to do that instead. So he goes alone.

I got out the old sewing machine and sewed up a storm this weekend completing my first BAG!

It is a fully lined travel tote with zipper closing. The lining has pockets for your pantyhose, etc. I did a pretty good job if I do say so myself. The lining could have been a little neater but hey, first bag in years. And, I promised hubby that I would complete it and put the machine away this weekend which I did! I didn't leave it sitting out all over the place, half done. I guess I will put it up for sale at a church event but don't know. I've been trying to get someone at church interested in setting up an etsy account to sell handmade goods for a church fund raiser. Or I will just continue to make things until I get a pile of them. Since it is a large bag made up upholstery fabric and lined, I will probably ask $30. Is that too much?

Even been to www.etsy.com? Really interesting site, like E-Bay only handcrafted items. Now I will have to figure another project. Later.

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LKWQUILTER 4/20/2010 11:34AM

    I like that.

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4DOGNIGHT 4/20/2010 8:34AM

    emoticon I like this pic, throwing the scale out the window!

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QUILTINGB52 4/20/2010 12:54AM

    Great way to use upholstery fabric ~ making a fun bag even more durable!!

My preferred way of weighing-in...laying on my back with feet in air and scale on bottom of feet! LOL

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MUMZELLA 4/19/2010 7:06PM

    Nice bag! I love the feeling of finishing something. Sewing is so much fun. I have a hard time buying hand crafted products, although I love them, because I always think, "I could make that". Until I remember the addendum to that "But will you". Enjoy your days of sewing!

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14JESUSGIRL 4/19/2010 6:54PM

    Beautiful bag! Love it!

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JULESQUILTS 4/19/2010 4:59PM

    Love the bag.
Also done the leaning on the scale, these days I use the Wii fit so leaning doesn't work any more! emoticon

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FOOFIT1 4/19/2010 1:53PM

    Neat!!! What a cool bag. You are quite talented. I've been meaning to start some embroidery projects for the last week or so. I need to get my butt in gear and go do it! Plus, now that I know about etsy.com, I'll have someplace to sell stuff!!!


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1BEARWIFE 4/19/2010 12:47PM

    Never thought of trying to lean one way or another on the scale. Hmmmmmm another little trick?? Gotta try it. You did a beautiful job on the bag. I don't know anything about etsy; is it a place online? I agree that you need your own room for sewing. My DH is not allowed in my quilting room. I don't put projects away until they are finished.

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CLMULYCA 4/19/2010 12:46PM

    Cute, cute, cute! :)

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GCHUNG 4/19/2010 10:33AM

    Love the bag!! Great job on the weight loss.

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ANDI571 4/19/2010 10:19AM

    That is so cute. I think $30 is reasonable. I love making and buying hand crafted things. I will check out that site.

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KASEYCOFF 4/19/2010 10:09AM

    I have no idea what someone might pay for it, but it does indeed look as tho it turned out really nice! I never heard of 'etsy' so I am going to go check them out. Just browse, really, as any of those things are pretty much out of my reach unless they have a UK branch. I never buy things on the US eBay anymore, as the shipping just about triples the price.

I think you could donate some to the church sale, see how they sell, what price they sell at, etc. Gives you a good reason to work with some interesting fabrics... enables you to help out the church... and gives you some data to use in terms of price, color, etc. Thinks me! :-)

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EACHDAYAGIFT 4/19/2010 10:08AM

    Love how you appliqued the little flower from the bottom fabric onto the top band. That really takes it out of the ordinary. I think $30.00 sounds very reasonable.

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MARSHASTAR 4/19/2010 10:05AM

    That's a beautiful bag. You should have your own space where you don't have to put your stuff away. . also, yes, I've been to etsy. You should list your bag there. My sister lists her items there and she doesn't have a whole pile of them. . just one of a kind.
Way to go on the weight loss! I've been through that "scale leaning exercise". My new one doesn't allow it.

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Sunday, April 18, 2010


It's a lazy day today! emoticon Not much going on. I have worked on a sewing project yesterday and today and nearly finished. One thing about sewing, you never forget how to do it. I've got to add the handles and then I'll be finished. Today was not a good eating day and my stomach is growling. See, when you don't eat the right things, you get hungry and then you snack. Lesson learned once again. Tomorrow.

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JULESQUILTS 4/19/2010 4:53PM

    I was going to begin over again today and eat properly but had lunch too late and have been eating junk ever since. You just gotta plan what you are going to eat and stick to it. I also try to eat fruit when on a bad day coz its less bad than the junk I've been eating today.

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KASEYCOFF 4/18/2010 4:00PM

    Yep, I know what you mean: I ate too much today. Oh, not in terms of going overboard calorie wise. I ate too much of the good stuff - which only means I will be hungrier than usual before next mealtime. Sometimes I need a lot of practice before I learn the lesson, lol...

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