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Thursday, November 04, 2010


I am babysitting today for my 1 year old grandson who had surgery last week to correct a birth defect. He is very good and seems to be okay with it so far. Right now he is watching baby cartoons while I use their laptop. It's rainy today so won't get out. I hope he takes a nap later as I would too! It might be a long day but I have an afghan I'm crocheting and books.

Last night I worked on my current quilt, the underground railroad quilt which is based on quilt codes used to guide the slaves when they escaped. There is some debate as to whether it is true or not but I've had fun making it for my friend Pat.

The diet is kaput. I'm sorry I succumbed to candy on halloween but not that bad. Haveing trouble returning to any sort of system. Too much going on. I have 2 funerals to attend tomorrow and saturday. Bummer. And they've asked me to bring food on Friday to that funeral. A lot of deaths this year. I keep thinking I am going back to WW in person but haven't so far. Here it is Nov and TG around the corner and Christmas after that. SLOW DOWN TIME! Goes too fast. I'm still working on emptying boxes in the house anid getting window tmts. Later.

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BUGGYS 11/4/2010 10:22AM

    Why is it that Halloween seems to be the start of a spiraling downfall for so many of us...with Thanksgiving and Christmas and all the stuff in between...we need to embrace our family and friends at these times and not food...you can stay on the program...life is always going to get in the way so give it a good kick in the behind and stay healthy!

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Tuesday, November 02, 2010


We got back from our trip yesterday and we had a marvelous time! Great to see the grandkids. FSU lost the football game but oh, well. We had a good time anyway. We were in Williamsburg Fri and Sat and enjoyed learning the history of our country. Seemed so appropriate since today is election day! Already voted and I hope that the country moves away from the current climate in D.C. right now. Last night we went to see our other son and his wife and our grandchildren and to pick up our dog. We came home with an extra dog somehow. Katie is the silliest dog I've ever seen. She looks like a hot dog on toothpicks for legs. I've often said I would take her so maybe she will stay. Panda was very happy to see us.

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DONNAEDA 11/2/2010 9:45AM

    I hope you stayed away from the candy, you didn't mention it, so were there some indiscretions? I know you made some good choices. If not, lets get back on track. Glad you had a great time.

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Off for the weekend!

Thursday, October 28, 2010

I'm off today for the weekend and I will be sensible in my eating and forego the candy. No candy. Read my lips! Later.

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DONNAEDA 10/28/2010 11:21AM

    have a great time.

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BUGGYS 10/28/2010 9:47AM

    Enjoy your long weekend without any candy!

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JDFAN448HS 10/28/2010 8:18AM

Have fun and no mention of the ..........................!
Make it a good one.

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MKGARNER1 10/28/2010 7:57AM

    Enjoy your long weekend.

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Wednesday, October 27, 2010


After 2 months of garbage eating and having handfuls of candy, I've decided to ax the candy. I am off this weekend to see my grandchildren, go to a football game, go to Williamsburg and back to a Halloween party with my son, wife and grandsons. I vow to give up candy for the duration and afterward. This is the only way I won't binge out on candy, to publicly avow that I've given it up! I had none yesterday even though we have candy corn, m & m's and choc covered raisins in the house. I know that if one piece passes my lips, it is all over. Woe is me if my grandson comes home with almond Joy or Mounds. I would confiscate all the coconut treats.
I know the answer for some is to throw it out of the house but I prefer to leave it and avoid it. I CAN do this once I set my mind to it and my mind is set. In addition, I am watching what I eat and vowing to add more fruit and veggies to my meals and snacks.
So there, that's my word and I'm sticking to it! Have a good day!

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BUGGYS 10/27/2010 1:05PM

    When I was growing up, my parents kept candy and junk out of the house and as I became an adult, I started binging on candy because I could!!! Getting sick on candy a while ago, I don't have any cravings any more but I know that if I have one piece, I'll eat the whole bag!!! Good for you for recognizing your weakness and doing something about it!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JDFAN448HS 10/27/2010 12:34PM

What is it about candy? Is it the kid in us? Thanks for the post and here's to kicking the habit. Right now my Halloween candy is in the trunk of my car unopened and that's the way it's going to stay no matter who wants some. I transport my laptop in the trunk and see the offender at least twice daily. Have a wonderful trip to see your family...sounds terrific.
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ANDI571 10/27/2010 12:11PM

    Good job! Here's to achieving your goals! emoticon

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SROUS1340 10/27/2010 9:44AM

    You can do it! emoticon

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DONNAEDA 10/27/2010 9:39AM

    congratulations Have a wonderful time.

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Tuesday, October 26, 2010

On sunday, we had a children's sermon and the sermon giver gave us the above quote, "Be the change you want to see for the world!" Doesn't that say it all, if we all changed for the better, the way we want others to be, this world might be a better place.

I was reviewing my blogs for the last 2 months and I had to go all the way back to Sept1, 2010 to find something positive that I've said. I was at 179, briefly for about a day. Since then, there is so much going on in my life, I've completely lost my way for my self and my health.

First the chaos of renovations. Then at that time, the hospialization of 24 year old Anne in Spain only to culminate in her death yesterday. That really affected me, I guess because I know her Mom so well and I know the pain she and her husband have and will experience in the future. And I so wanted her to live, to fall in love, get married, have children. There was an article in today's paper about her and it seems that she was probably kept alive on machines for several weeks and finally it was no use.

Interspersed with that sadness were 2 happy weddings and visiting with our son and grandchidren. Then, at home, my other son and family are facing financial difficulties and my nearly one year old grandson is having major surgery to correct a birth defect on Wed. I am sad for that but hopeful it will be okay. And I also know it will probably add to their financial woes. I'll be on standby to help out with my granddaughter and whatever else they need.

And doctor's appmts for my mother-in-law continue. Yesterday and tomorrow and again in another week. It's never ending. So I guess I can understand giving up on myself while I attended to these other needs. I completely went off the diet track and now I am trying to climb back on. I've been having fun in between chaotic moments, completely and utterly forgoing fruit and veg. I was at a business mixer on Thursday evening and there was a beautiful buffet. Trays loaded with fruit and fresh veggies. I avoided them like the plague and went for the fried chicken, stuffed mushrooms and eggs, and little sandwiches, and of course 5 or 6 little brownie balls. What is wrong with me? I had the opportunity for all that fresh food and passed it up!

I received the book and mp3 player I ordered for the walking program. But I've been disinterested in it. I really need to pep talk myself. Thursday we are flying up to North Carolina for the FSU vs NCSTate Football game and visiting with aforementioned son and grandchildren. Then on Friday, we are driving to WIlliamsburg for a quick getaway weekend. Then Sunday back to Greensboro for a Halloween party with grandsons and family. That should be fun and we have to go in costume. I have my "queen" costume from Mardi Gras ready to go. Back on Monday and then surgery on Wed and then another party on Saturday. And work in between.

Yesterday, I pigged out on candy corn and m&m's. As I sat there with handfuls of them, eating one at a time, I came to the conclusion I had to start thinking about being the change I wanted to be. I have to stop the candy binge. I have to leave the candy alone at that party on Sunday night or I will be sick. Lord give me the strength to keep it out of my mouth and bob for apples instead. I'll be searching for help from all you Sparkers to get me out of this mess. Later.

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DNS9264 11/2/2010 10:01AM

    I so understand where you are coming from. Right now I feel stretched to my limits. I know exercise will help me and is good for me, but it just doesn't seem to be a priority. But somehow, we've got to make time because we want a better life and we have to go on living. Good luck and best wishes to you. :)

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BUGGYS 10/26/2010 2:42PM

    All I can say is that life happens...the good, the bad and the ugly and we have to be able to love ourselves enough to get through the ups and downs and if we are healthy, it is easier to do!

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 10/26/2010 11:18AM

    I know what you're going through - I put myself and my own needs aside much of the time to care for my bedridden 'medically complex' father for 3-1/2 yrs and after he passed away this summer, it took me awhile to get to a point where I could attend to what I needed to do for me. I had managed to lose nearly 50 lbs but gained back 20 of them during the last 2 wks of his life and another couple of months afterward because of poor food choices and lack of working out.

Be gentle and understanding of yourself - we cannot do everything, no matter what we're told - there are limits to what we can juggle. It takes a lot of energy and concentration to make a major life change and 'life' gets in the way of our progress sometimes. We know the poor choices we make are not good for us but sometimes we just have to do what we have to do to get through the moment.

The important thing is getting back on the path as soon as we can manage it - don't give up on yourself. You can take better care of THEM when you take care of yourself first, as hard as that is to do at times. There's a good reason why they tell you on an airplane to put your own oxygen mask on first before trying to help your child or someone else - you need to be there and as ready as possible in order to help others.

Review your reasons for getting healthy - what makes sense to YOU, why do YOU want to make progress. Review the Spark program and start at step one - if you haven't done it yet, get The Spark book and follow the program - or click on the START button, scroll to the bottom and go through the original Spark Diet program from day one - heck, do that even if you've already finished the program! I think reviewing things from 'step one' is a great way to get a new start - don't worry so much about the food right now and concentrate on your core values, vision, etc.

We're all in this together and are here to give each other support!

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DONNAEDA 10/26/2010 10:39AM

    Allow yourself 5 pieces of candy and weigh your choices carefully. If you can do that you are on your way. When you go to the parties, have a bowl of soup before you go so you won't be hungry and avoid the good healthy stuff. When you are at the party tell yourself, okay I will have the unhealthy choices only after filling up on healthy ones first. Then have a good time.

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TJLUTTRULL 10/26/2010 9:16AM

    I am soory for all the problems but you need to remember that with all the things going on You need to be strong and healthy for them. You cannot do that on candy.. Think of others and the help and energy you will have for them if you eat healthy.

Keep trying you will succeed..


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