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cold hard truths - it's always better to know them

Thursday, December 10, 2009

In a SP mailer today, over on the side bar, I noticed the following headline:

9 Cold, Hard Weight Loss Truths

And in line with yesterday's blog about believing things I thought I'd take a look. As usual, it is an excellent article and while all the "truths" are valuable to keep in mind, the first three resonated with me especially.

1. emoticon You have to exercise more than you think

Face it - our mechanized, sedantary modern world just doesn't have enough body movement built into it. Period. When I was in my early 20's we lived in a one room cabin with no electricity, no plumbing and a half a mile from a paved road. I had to pull up buckets of water from a well. To take a bath I had to do that about 20 times, heat some of it on a wood stove, and them empty it all out later. Bath night was a Production! If the weather was bad, I had to walk in half a mile carying groceries from the car - and then back out another half to get the rest of them. Or I'd tote a toddler because if I let him walk, he'd dawdle for hours in the woods. I stayed slender and strong. All the time. And ate like a horse - or at least, I'd cook a pan of biscuits and eat them, and then cook another pan for the family .... and stayed tiny.

Well, duh. Of Course I did.

Since I definitely don't live that way any more and don't want to either, I have to accept the fact that:

"exercise for about an hour, every day. "

Interesting that this is what I already figured out a few weeks ago and planned to build into my life over the next month or so.

2. emoticon A half-hour walk doesn’t equal a brownie.

I think of how many times have I've said "I've been good today. I worked out" and then eaten empty calories. Or worse yet - said "It's JUST a brownie." I once did the math and figured that if I ate 2 oreos and a cup of coffee with cream and sugar every day I'd gain 10 lbs in one year. I mean's JUST 2 oreos, for goodness sake! There's nothing wrong with a brownie. What's wrong is if you think everything you do deserves to be rewarded with a brownie.

3. emoticon You do have time to exercise.

Yup. If I have time to fool around on the internets, if I have time to read a magazine article, watch a movie, pretty much live at all - I have time to exercise. Happily, I like exercise though often enough I let time slip away doing Other Things - some important, some not - and tell myself "oh well. It's just today".

Well. It's always today and I really need to remember that, I brush my teeth every day. I can exercise every day too.

In fact - I think I'll go take my dogs for fast walk right now! Ta. emoticon

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WEDDWT 12/10/2009 1:28PM

    Reading it and being in agreement with it is sometimes where I stop. Applying it to my life is the crucial next step. It's those action steps that lead to success. You have obviously been active in the application dept since you just lost two pounds. Congratulations, Bess! Hope you had fun shopping for gifts in the city today.
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(warning:don't open that center one; looks too much like a bakery box!)

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MYFEETHURT 12/10/2009 9:48AM

  I know all this is true. Seeing it in black and white sure is a better reminder than just thinking about it. I wish I could say I love to exercise...just not the fact. But I will try to add on a little extra each day. Every little bit helps.

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BKWHITE3 12/10/2009 8:27AM

    good thanks for sharing

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SANDRAFIVE 12/10/2009 8:26AM

    This blog sure got me thinking. Thanks.

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HARPERLADY 12/10/2009 7:46AM

    good one thanks for sharing

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No Trivial Matter - if you believe it, it's as good as the truth ... and as bad

Wednesday, December 09, 2009

Do you take the SP trivia quiz? I'm in love with it. I take it every day. And I don't look up the answer before I make my selection, although I may look up more information about a topic afterwards. I like seeing just what I do know about health, nutrition, fitness, exercise etc. And I love finding out if I've been believing a fallacy - so I can stop believing in it.

Take one of today's questions. It asked if research had shown whether detox diets actually removed toxins from your body - and the answer was "no". So tell me - how often have you been tempted by the promises of detox diets? Yeah... I thought so. Me too.

It's really important to let go of incorrect beliefs because it is our beliefs that underpin every thing else in our lives. Our choices - our actions - our decisions - our thoughts - everything is founded upon what we believe is true. It's why it's so hard to overcome the things we learned as little children. They're the beliefs we have held the longest.

In my case the hardest belief I have to overcome is the one that says "The women in my family are all fat". This belief was based on old photographs, my mother's shape and size, conversations with sisters, family eating patterns.... we had desert at lunch AND dinner every single day of my childhood!!! Guess who doesn't feel like lunch is over without something sweet in her mouth?

Now - I believe that I can knit anything. I haven't knit everything, but I believe there is nothing that can be knitted that I can't knit. I believe this because I have knit many things. I believe it because I understand how things are knitted. I believe that if there is a technique or a project that gives me difficulties - one where I make mistakes - it is only because there are a few things left to learn but I also believe that anything I don't already know - I can learn it. After all, I have learned so much already. Therefore - I believe I could knit ANYTHING.


What I need to do is to find ways to believe that I can be a slender, strong, fit and healthy woman. I have some reasons to believe this already - I spent the first 40 years of my life at a healthy weight. I lost half the poundage I put on in my 40's. Once I got down to a BMI of 24 or so and it was not terribly difficult. I didn't stay there but that doesn't mean I can't get back there. There are probably some things left to learn but by golly - I believe I can learn those things too. I can learn to believe that I live my life as a slender strong fit healthy woman. And I believe that .. believing will make it so!

What do you believe?

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JUSDUCKY 12/9/2009 9:34AM

    Not only do we fall for those ads but they lie to us! I saw on Dr. Oz's show that some of those diet ads use photos of people and make up stories and identities for them. One lady logged onto her facebook acct and one of the ads that was showing had her before and after picture for a weight loss drug. She had lost it all the good old-fashioned way: lots of hard work!

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HARPERLADY 12/9/2009 9:23AM

    good out look, thats what I am striving for everyday I do positive self talk and I notice that I am finding ways to overcome my downfall turning them into uplifts, you are strong so you will make it

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BLUEANGELLK 12/9/2009 9:03AM

    I believe you are a very wise woman!!! Thanks for this food for thought

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RITAROSE 12/9/2009 9:01AM

  Thank you for your blog this morning, it was just what I needed to hear!

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V8 V-Fusion - A taste discovery

Tuesday, December 08, 2009

I have just become a fan of V8 V-Fusion Light juice. I brought home a bottle yesterday and, well, to steal from their advertising I thought "Wow! I could have had a V8!"

I almost never drink juice. I prefer to chew my calories and I'm always trying to find ways to add fiber to my diet. But I do love me some V8 juice and am even developing an acceptance for the low sodium variety. But a year or so ago I tried one of their fruit/veggie mixtures it was horrible. My trips down the juice aisle in the grocery store have, since then, been utterly focused - it was V8 or nothing.

But not any more. The V-Fusion light is 50 calories for 8 oz. It has only 40 mg of sodium ( emoticon) and 150 mg of potassium - ( emoticon emoticon) a nutrient I'm also always trying to add to my diet.

I haven't gotten the final recipe for a delicious green smoothie yet but I do have an okay drink that is giving me an enormous nutritional bang for the .... calories. I'd call this a healthy Green Christmas gift.

So - ever wonder how V8 got started? Well here is this from Wikipedia:

"V8 Vegetable Juice was invented by W.G. Peacock (1896–1948), the founder of the New England Products Company, which manufactured individual vegetable juices under the brand name Vege-min. Having had only mediocre sales success, in 1933 Peacock began blending the Vege-min juices into one product and selling this new concoction as "Vege-min 8." A grocer in Evanston, Illinois recommended that he shorten the name to simply "V-8."

The new V-8 was a success and in 1948 the Campbell Soup Company acquired the brand. It has been in continuous production since."

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HARPERLADY 12/9/2009 9:27AM

    love all brands of V8 . I am actually using it as a filler, when I would normally over eat you know the danger zones after work and boredom, V8 is very filling

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OPAL50 12/8/2009 7:13PM

    I love V-8 and I love Fusion V-8. Great, low cal, low sodium drink. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JLITT62 12/8/2009 6:47PM

    I've tried the Fusion, but I'm really just not a big juice person. I mainly bought it for my husband, who doesn't eat a lot of veggies & fruits. He likes it, but unless I hand it to him, he won't remember to drink it! Grrr.

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BKWHITE3 12/8/2009 5:30PM

    Love V8, but I've never tried the Fusion. I'll have to give it a try.

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What else nourishes besides food?

Monday, December 07, 2009

I'm thinking hard today about nourishment because I'm experimenting with green smoothies. I don't get enough potassium or folate most days and dark green foods really help with that. My darling husband will put his foot down if I serve spinach with every meal, hence the smoothie route. And as I substitute flax seed for sunflower seeds, put in a dash of tobasco sauce, and otherwise fiddle with the proportions, I can't help but think of the Other Things that nourish me.

Like walking through the spicy fragrant woods on a Sunday afternoon with my dogs.

And zipping up a favorite skirt and finding it's a bit loose

And seeing my favorite pre-schoolers walk through the door of the library - ready for story hour

Christmas carols on the CD player in the evening

Dogs spread out on the rugs in front of the woodstove

the dome of the blue sky overhead as I walk down the lane

the sweet sound of my New Car's (The Golden Chariot) engine as it turns over on a cold morning

the delivery of new books for the library

the silky cushy feeling of alpaca yarn running over my fingers

the sweet memory of mama and daddy inviting me to join them for After Breakfast Coffee in the living room - a sure sign that I was a Grownup at last - or at least, beginning to be one

hmmm. Well. These may all sound like blessings I'm counting and they are! Following Bing Crosby's advice to Rosemary Cloony in White Christmas, I am counting my blessings instead of sheep. Because they are the other kind of nourishment and they are as important as omega 3 fatty acids and folate and potassium.

Happy Monday to everyone out there. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ODDBODKIN 12/7/2009 8:07PM

    I like your list! emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 12/7/2009 1:57PM

  I think a few tight muscles in my back just loosened up by reading your sweet words. Memories are some of the sweetest..."nourishing"...things we can bring to mind no matter what we are going through. We can see sunshine on a rainy day, hear our Dear Mama and Daddy's voices saying just the right things when we recall days gone by, still hear our grown kids running into the room as little children on Christmas morning...if we put our mind to it. Thanks for making me smile again. mary

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MSLZZY 12/7/2009 8:04AM

    You are nourishing the body and the mind with pleasant thoughts that ease stress and make your life better. Very positive! Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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MYCUTEGIZMO 12/7/2009 7:16AM

  Well perhaps ointments? Yoga? Meditation etc?

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BKWHITE3 12/7/2009 7:10AM

    A very thought provoking blog. It is GREAT!!

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First Non-scale Victory of December!!!

Sunday, December 06, 2009

2 years ago I bought two shirts I really like. One in a size that fit me and one in a size medium ... for when I lost weight. Yesterday I pulled out that shirt and put it on - and since it fit I assumed it was the larger size. Today I looked at the lable. It's the size medium!!!

Who's doing the happy dance today? And who is MOTIVATED to keep on sparking?

You betcha! emoticon

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MYFEETHURT 12/7/2009 1:52PM

  woo those victories. I'm taking a nice cleansing breath and making up my mind to keep sparking. Thanks for sharing the good news. It helps me keep my eye on the goal.

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NIKI415 12/6/2009 6:06PM

    That is great!!!! I bet you felt wonderful and surprised!!! Keep up the great work!

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HOPE2BE 12/6/2009 10:26AM

    Good for you. You're losing fat and maybe gaining muscle which burns fat. I lost 10 inches in 9 months but gained back some, not all when I was ordered off exercise. I don't expect that to happen to you. Keep up the good work.

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HOPE2BE 12/6/2009 10:26AM

    Good for you. You're losing fat and maybe gaining muscle which burns fat. I lost 10 inches in 9 months but gained back some, not all when I was ordered off exercise. I don't expect that to happen to you. Keep up the good work.

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HOPE2BE 12/6/2009 10:26AM

    Good for you. You're losing fat and maybe gaining muscle which burns fat. I lost 10 inches in 9 months but gained back some, not all when I was ordered off exercise. I don't expect that to happen to you. Keep up the good work.

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