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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 (18961948), 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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MSLZZY 12/6/2009 6:03PM

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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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Cheating or Choosing?

Saturday, December 05, 2009

In this vivid holiday season all packed with sugar plums, puddings and cakes, and all the other seasonal temptations, I hear a lot of people talk about "cheating" on their diets. And every time I hear it I feel a pang. There's just something wrong with seeing yourself as a cheat. It's got to be chipping away at your soul a little, even if the word rolls off your tongue in a humerous and joking fashion.

Of course, people should use whatever words, tools or techniques that make their lives rich and happy so from this point on I am speaking only for myself - but I am never ever going to think of myself as a cheater! I may make a poor choice - even a stupid choice - but I am NOT a cheat. I am a human full of complex drives, emotions and desires.

I choose. I choose mindlessly sometimes, but still - I choose. To help me realize what I have chosen I intend to always use my nutrition tracker and to always honestly put down what I've eaten. If I miss a day or two with the tracker it will be because of time or space constraints. I live in the country and sometimes my "high speed internet" is a bit pokey. And the computer is in a room that sometimes has to double as a guest room. But I won't fear or dread owning up to my consumption. It's just one of the many facets of myself.

I've spent the morning reading my friends' spark pages and blogs and one of them (I'm sorry -- I've forgotten which one of you shared this wise thought) reminded me that each day deserves its own unique and special honor - each day is a jewel that deserves to be polished.

And so - off I go to polish up my Saturday. May yours sparkle like a gem!

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MYFEETHURT 12/7/2009 1:48PM

  I don't like to hear someone say they cheated either. If they must use that would be that by making the wrong choice...they cheated themselves out of a victory. The quicker we change direction when we are going in the wrong way...the faster we get to our destination or goal. Each day is a jewel that deserves to be polished. Oh, I like that. Gotta remember that one. Thanks for a great blog AGAIN. mary

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HARPERLADY 12/5/2009 8:46PM

    I love that idea, I bet simply changing that perspective will not only make you feel better but help you make a "now" better choice. I have been doing that a lot thinking about the choices that I make, each individual choice is one i choose to make, and that seems to help a lot , they had pizza at work yesterday and I had a salad and felt good about it cause I was putting something in my body could use emoticon

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MSLZZY 12/5/2009 8:29PM

    My Saturday did sparkle-thanks!

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OPAL50 12/5/2009 7:10PM

    Thank you for this blog. It's a very positive way of looking at CHOOSING a healthy lifestyle over the long run rather than looking at yourself as a negative CHEAT.

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BKWHITE3 12/5/2009 9:26AM

    A great blog. I don't say I've lost say 2 pounds,but I say 2#s are gone. To me lost means that you can find them again. Gone means gone never to return.

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JLITT62 12/5/2009 9:05AM

    Oooh, I like that too -- making each day sparkle. Really, a great blog & I agree 100%. No food is good or bad, but thinking makes it so!

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JOJOBU 12/5/2009 7:51AM

    Great post! What a great attitude to treat everyday like it's own unique opportunity to excel! Have a great weekend!

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TRENTDREAMER 12/5/2009 7:50AM

    "I hear a lot of people talk about "cheating" on their diets. And every time I hear it I feel a pang. There's just something wrong with seeing yourself as a cheat. It's got to be chipping away at your soul a little, even if the word rolls of your tongue in a humerous and joking fashion."

* Wow! You totally hit the nail on the head with this blog. I see a lot of subtle negative self talk on the postings on this site as well. It really breaks my heart (I'm not judging. I used to say the same types of things). You are spot on in that even small "humorous" put downs add up to a mindset.

For their sake, I wish that most people realized that there is a significant difference between their recommended calorie range and their BMR (Essentially, going over their range by 100-200 calories will only slow down their weight loss, not reverse it and ruin them). One or two bad days against five or six good ones doesn't make one a cheater/failure.

Thank you for posting this.


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MYUTMOST4HIM 12/5/2009 7:46AM

    What a great thought for the day!!!

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