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Short and sweet goals for June

Friday, June 01, 2012

I'm tired and it's only 11 pm, which is a bit unusual. Not sick, though - just drained, achy, and tired. So, for once a blog that isn't a complete wall of text.
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== June goals ==

1) Weight stably at or below 185 pounds.
2) No more than one fruit bar and one fiber bar per day.
3) Find out likely cost of dental visits (consult, X-rays, fillings, etc).
4) Figure out a workable way to keep up with Friend Feed.
5) Complete the exercises for the 1st Habit - Be Proactive.


The second is partly from the granola bar blehs from this past week, but also because I've noticed I'm buying less variety in snacks and more of the bars. Yes, they tasted good. Yes, I'm staying in my calorie range with them. But that's not the way I want to be eating long-term and I noticed that I was starting to have trouble fitting in my REAL treats like ice cream because I'd had two or three fiber bars and one or two fruit bars some days.

The third has been needed for a long time. I had my wisdom teeth removed over a decade ago because they got really bad cavity / decay. Sadly, I've known for a couple years now I have issues with my back molars, but I've managed to keep them from becoming bad enough to demand care. Now that the finances are settling down, it's a health issue I ~MUST~ stop putting off.

The fourth ... I hate not getting to everyone's status and blogs within a day, but I'm getting overwhelmed by the volume. There's times where I spend 2 to 4 hours on the feed, come close to being caught up, and by the end of that time, there's been so many more I just don't want to look at it. I may start ignoring the SparkPoint ones if that's possible, though I don't know how much time that will save. I have all of June to figure out something.

The fifth is from The Seven Habits of Highly Effective People. One exercise is to spend 30 days focused on working in what Covey calls my Circle of Influence - those things that I actively can change (which starts with me and who I can be). Another is to listen to my language and that of others for "If only ...", "I can't ..." or "I have to ..." - recognizing them as reactive. So June will be my 30 days to focus on this chapter, on trying to change situations in which I'm reactive.

One area I really want to try to make a change is work. I've been recognizing some things about how my boss and I interact, what I do on work time, and so on. Rather than complain at all about his management style, I'm going to be focusing on where I know I can and should do better, on being a better employee. I can't change him. I'm nowhere near ready to consider changing jobs. But I can change my behavior, my attitude, my diligence, my slacking, ME.


So there's June.

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Even tired I guess I can't do short and sweet.


Oh, little random points:

Read an SP article on building up to doing pushups and, from that, learned I would probably need to be able to bench press about 85% of my weight to be able to do a military pushup. I currently manage 45 pounds on a seated bench press for 3 sets of 12 (struggling, but keeping form on the last couple). No idea how much I could do on a free weight version, but I'd be likely to suspect less rather than more. That's not quite 25% of my current weight. I'd have to get up to something like 135-160 pounds (depending on what weight I'm down to by then). No wonder I can't seem to manage pushups. Someday I hope. But that's nowhere near as soon as I could hope.

Saw an ad on the TV at the gym that, for once, is something I want. Rollercoasters! Season passes for Great America are available through late June for about the price of a single visit. I grew up with summer passes, getting in lines over and over. At my current weight, I can ride though I'll be a bit cramped. But ... I WANT!!!! I haven't gotten to in so long. Even if I only go once a month, it would be worth it, and I can see going every other Sunday. emoticon SQUEE! *dance dance*

Okay, brain shutting down. Good night, Sparkers!

  
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ALIDOSHA 10/25/2012 4:19PM

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LITTLEROX20 6/9/2012 12:21AM

    You have inspired me to write down some of my own goals. I think this is the best way to manifest your desires :)

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BEATLETOT 6/7/2012 8:52PM

    I sporadically work my way through the Seven Habits as well! Great goals!

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SRHALLIN 6/6/2012 11:07PM

    Great plans. Each step is so well-thought-out! I'm impressed and I can certainly appreciate the ups and downs of trying to maintain a truly workable way of maintaining both interesting and healthful eating habits. You're going about it all quite strategically and I am certain that you will continue to do well.

As for the Friend Feed... it's an issue that will often crop up. As we Spark, we Inspire and are Inspired By. And as these things do, we accrue SparkFriends who are more often active with blogging, status updates, etc.

I don't think anyone needs a response to every change they make. I personally make a conscientious effort to congratulate those who've made progress with losing and/or maintaining weight, posted relevant status updates about their lives, and/or who've blogged. The rest of them I respond to as time and circumstances permit. But, I think the most important thing is that everyone knows they matter to us in some way. And don't we all matter to someone? :)

Congratulations on both your goal setting and the progress that you've made so far. You're working your way toward an amazing future with a big heart and a generous spirit. Best wishes to you on your journey to good health and personal happiness!

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CUDDLYPOLARBEAR 6/6/2012 5:53PM

    great goals

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EMILYDOODLE 6/6/2012 2:34PM

  that is awesome, keep it up!

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MYBLUEIRIS 6/5/2012 11:41AM

    I love that you set goals for yourself for the month of June. I hadn't thought of doing that. I may have to take a page out of your book and try setting some June goals myself.

I hope you get your roller coasters. I haven't been on one in years, but I still remember the rush!

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SLIMLEAF 6/5/2012 6:26AM

    You're doing really well! I must follow your example and set some simple goals for June before July comes round and I haven't got anywhere!

Best wishes with your June goals.

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TERRIPAL1 6/4/2012 6:35PM

    Nice goals go for it!

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CATDUG19 6/4/2012 4:26PM

    I have never thought to make a monthly goal. Just my long term of short term goals. This was a great idea!! Thanks

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HOPEFULHIPPO 6/4/2012 2:33PM

    Even down to the health issue back tooth this blog could've been written by me. LOL I'm trying to procrastinate it until my daughter's braces are paid off, but I don't know if it can wait...I can't eat on that side and it's starting to make my jaw pop. I know you pain!!

Time is running out for those passes. I think we are going to get them too. Maybe we'll "see" ya there!!!

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LBEEKMA 6/4/2012 1:53PM

    I love all of your positive and self reflecting goals! Go for the Coaster passes. I think we can all use more built-in fun in our lives. Good luck with your teeth.

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CRYSTLE4HIMTX12 6/4/2012 1:18PM

    So glad I found your blog again. I got off track when I was gone. Great goals.

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CAROLZ1967 6/4/2012 7:11AM

    I love roller coasters! My husband and I started several years ago going to Cedar Point (Ohio) for 2 days around our anniversary. LOVED it! Haven't fit the trip in the last year or two but would love to start it up again. Nice you live close enough to go frequently. Enjoy!! That's a great reward!!

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HEALTHYSLIM2 6/4/2012 4:28AM

    Love... YOUR... GOALS!!!!
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SPARKFRAN514 6/4/2012 12:38AM

   
3You have great goals for June. . you talked about changing your attitude at work this may help him change as well never know. the plan to take of your teeth is great since you need them to eat and bad teeth can cause all kinds of other health issues and you don't want dentures. they are a pain. i know as on who didn't take care of her teeth. that is one think i gave up when I was not working.
go for the Roller coaster season pass its a good reward to your self for all the hard work you have put to lose your weight. Will your kids be joining you when you go???
Lets us know how the roller coaster rides are! you amaze me how well you keep up on the feed and blogs don't know how you do it I have 40 friends and its a battle for me. keep up your emoticon
and make my day when i have a note from you
thanks for keeping going on the spark trail



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BEAUTYFLAW 6/4/2012 12:08AM

    Great goals. Thanks for the idea of setting small goals to achieve.

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CM_GARDNER78 6/3/2012 11:05PM

    I love your plan. I need to start making achievable goals for each month. I like yours - especially the one about something do able on the friend feed! :-/ UGH! Good luck to you this month!!!

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IDAHOFLOWER 6/3/2012 10:11PM

    I like your thinking, makes me want
to make a plan. I could never lift my body
weight. Arms to weak. I need to lift my
2 pound weights more.

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WWRIGHT707395 6/3/2012 9:24PM

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MRS.CARLY 6/3/2012 7:49PM

    I love 7 habits! Just had a training in that recently for work!

I just had dental work myself....800 bucks in co pays blah!

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LESSISMORE2010 6/3/2012 7:04PM

    Nice! I can't wait till I am comfortable on a rollar coaster again. Great goals!

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MRSKATEDUVALL 6/3/2012 4:42PM

    Isn't really cool that you can fit into a roller coaster? While I am scary cat about heights, I do look forward knowing I could if i wanted to.

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SAZZLERAZZLE 6/3/2012 2:50PM

    Hi! Came across you blog on my Sparkpeople email and really enjoyed it - if you're this bright and bubbly when you're tired i can't imagine what you are like wide awake! You're photos look amazing, you have done so well! emoticon

I added you as a Spark friend so i can keep up with you're uplifting blogs! emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 6/3/2012 2:16PM

    Great goals.

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SHEILA-45 6/3/2012 1:25PM

    You Got It! The plan to work for June! Hang in there and be good to yourself~ emoticon

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THEIS58 6/3/2012 12:45PM

    way to go

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KSCARLE71 6/3/2012 12:07PM

    Great goals for June
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JEANETTECURRY 6/3/2012 11:17AM

    God's blessings be with you on your journey.

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THISTIMEMYWAY 6/3/2012 9:54AM

    I love reading your blogs. laughing, agreeing, etc.
Great goals! emoticon

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MANILUS 6/3/2012 8:10AM

    I did the same thing as you on the back teeth being fixed and just had a partial root canal, my gums are black and blue from about 15 novacaine injections and it is hard to eat pudding and soup. Hope you can get it taken care of soon! I hope you reach all your goals for the month!

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SUE_2U 6/3/2012 4:25AM

    emoticon Those are awesome goals!
You really are doing this splendidly! Love it! Especially rollar coasters! Makes a great incentive to do something.
I love how you are focusing on Effective Habits and working on actually making them your habits, too. Wow... emoticon

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JAMER123 6/2/2012 10:43PM

    emoticon emoticon Good goals!!

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JEANNINEMM68 6/2/2012 8:04PM

    Nice goals. I need to make some of my own.

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NEWCHINELO 6/2/2012 6:15PM

    loving this!

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CHUM48 6/2/2012 5:52PM

    You go girl!

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VALKYRIA- 6/2/2012 4:02PM

    Great June Goals! I don't know about the pushup thing... I can only bench press 80 lb, but I can do 2 full millitary pushups (and I weigh 362 lb). I think it depends a lot on your muscle mass / body type and stuff. Keep trying! I just started this program to help me do more pushups: http://hundredpushups.com/ maybe it will be useful for you when you can do a few of them. Good luck.

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ALEMAPO1 6/2/2012 3:01PM

    Nice blog. You have inspired me to do my own blog for June goals. I'm back on Spark after being away for about a year and a half. Deleted my page before so I'm really starting over! You look great!

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GINGERPAWZ 6/2/2012 2:27PM

    emoticon Good luck with the dental work. I had my wisdom teeth out when I was twenty. I haven't been to the dentist since I was thirty. So I am going this next week to see what damage has been done.

Take care,
Sharon

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VXWALL1942 6/2/2012 2:05PM

    Good luck! Great plan.

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JENNY421 6/2/2012 1:44PM

  way to go!

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MICHELLENRGZED 6/2/2012 12:58PM

    Thanks for sharing where you're at right now.

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May goal review (day early, but won't change that much =P)

Thursday, May 31, 2012

I know there's still tomorrow, but not much I can or will do that will change these, so here's my review of my May goals and results on them:

1) Weight stably at or below 190.
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I've tapped 189.5 and am in the bouncing zone of 190 and 190.5, so I'm calling this met quite satisfactorily.

As I've mentioned before, I weigh daily. My normal pattern is a sudden drop to a new low, a bounce back up maybe just under my prior range, then a gradual drop until I'm stably at the new low. I'm so used to it, I don't think twice as long as my trend line doesn't go flat more than a week. For fun, here's my chart from the other site I log my weight on (https://www.fourmilab.ch/cgi-bin/HackDiet
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The gray line bouncing up and down is daily weigh-ins. The red line is the smoothed trend line that I mentally go by when deciding if I need to make corrections. The bottom horizontal is set to 150 pounds. That's just below the 155 to 160 I'm aiming for to give an idea of the total range of change.

2) First chapter of The Spark read.
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The way I am with books, I've actually read it through completely, including the appendices.

I've actually set The Spark aside for now because of the way I very thoroughly went through the Spark Diet Stages (I did blogs on them). I may come back to it at a later point, but I am working slowly through exercises in 7 Habits that I feel are more applicable to the far broader life changes I'm making.

Finances are well under way, health and fitness are now well under way, but one thing I'm realizing is that while I'm doing good with the moderate goals - I'm lacking the biggest pictures. I don't have "dreams". I have comfortable goals. I don't have a vision statement / mission statement of what I want my life to mean. I have a strong ethical sense and idea of where I don't want to be that keeps me off the wrong track. That's what I'm working on now.

3) Begin to clear out old statements.
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I've gone through the two boxes in my room that I had in mind. Bank statements and other stuff from 2006 forward have been tossed out, but I did actually hang onto several things that I may need to seek a little financial advice on. Oh, and my divorce papers. The divorce was such a non-event for the most part that I never remember the month and year (Feb 1996). I remember when we married and that we separated for the last time before we'd been married 5 years (Mar 1995, not long after my birthday, I moved out permanently).

Anyway, back to the financial advice comment. I learned recently that there is an actual statute of limitations on debts. The majority of what I owe is from the period of 1991-1996 when I was married to my EX. The Statue of Limitations in CA is at most 10 years for judgments, less for written contracts and open accounts. I need to see an attorney to determine what that means with respect to any remaining obligations - before I toss some of the really old account papers.

4) Sodium intake kept at an average of 2750 or lower for the entire month.
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My monthly average as of tonight is 2,102. Quite unexpectedly low, in fact, but I'll take it. My highest day was only a smidge over 3,000, so I think I've pretty well worked out how to keep it in balance day to day.

I'm trying to decide whether to track other nutrients at this point or leave that for another time. Don't think I need to keep this as a goal any more, but I'm leaving sodium tracked so I don't get carried away.

5) Get to bed before 1 am at least 5 nights a week.
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Well, did so good on the other four that I can really only laugh at myself on this one.

Seriously ... the first week had one night at 12:45 am and another at 1:00 am exactly, and the rest later. The second week had two nights at a minute or two before 1:00 am and one at 12:48 am. At that point I shook my head and knew it wasn't even worth fighting with for now.

Just watch me. Now that I'm ditching the goal, and it's not a "have to", I'll probably just decide to go to sleep earlier and shut off the laptop and Kindle.

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Summary? Good month.

I've learned there are certain areas I'm nowhere near ready to even consider fighting myself (recipes, bedtime) but none of them are roadblocks. I just had to detour and find other routes.

I definitely have some thoughts for June goals, but I'll leave that for tomorrow's blog as I ponder which ones encourage me most to continue my progress.

  
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ERINMARIE424 6/2/2012 11:52AM

    Good job meeting most of your goals. I started going to bed an hour earlier about a year ago and the difference is incredible - lots more energy and able to curb my impulse eating. Hope you can make it work for you too!

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TIFFY0906 6/1/2012 8:28PM

    Good job on your May goals

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You are on the right track.
Besides, you cannot make too many changes all at once.
Would be too overwhelming to be permanent - or doable.

Have a Joyous June !

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BLESSINGS !

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EAGLES_WINGS 6/1/2012 12:08AM

    You've been busy and if you keep up with everything you will have your work cut out for you! However, the rewards will be great. I have very many goals myself. Sometimes I have trouble accomplishing them. I need to organize my goals for sure. Different people have different systems though I think I need a three ring binder with dividers. Then I can add in multimedia. Someone else I knew had a folder system. I would probably be flowing over with folders and would not know what to do with them. One thing I know is I have to buy pastels. I want to do my sister's card in pastels. I like art. That would be one of my goals to accomplish my art projects succinctly. Hope that all your goals manifest for you! Sending you love and strength over the miles, Yours, Karen emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MLDELANGEL 5/31/2012 11:22PM

    Excellent! I need to find time to devote more of it to the wellness side of things, nutrition is good, fitness is starting to get there... but wellness... I need to make space in the day to devote more to prayer and introspection.... ah.... you're an inspiration! emoticon

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ANANDA82 5/31/2012 7:52PM

    You're so organized and accountable for your setbacks and strengths. I'm definitely using this as inspiration. Thank you so much for sharing with us! emoticon

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CHUBRUB3 5/31/2012 6:56PM

    Awesome!

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RAE_LEIGH22 5/31/2012 6:01PM

    You've gotten so much done in May, what'll you do for June? =)
Fantastic work.

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BEVERLY1983 5/31/2012 3:53PM

    Great job. Keep it up.

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TALENKARR1 5/31/2012 1:17PM

    Congrats on doing such a great job! I am realy proud of you!!!!!

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KARL1266 5/31/2012 12:54PM

    I echo MNJONES2...I could take a page from your organizational skills and better myself as well. Great job on your goals. Sleep is one of my biggest hurdles as well. I usually stay awake until my eyes start drooping. Could be 11, 12, 1 or even 2 am. I get up at 5:30

I picked up so many ideas from this blog that I hope to incorporate into my own life. Thanks so much for that.

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SNAILTURBO2GO 5/31/2012 12:20PM

    Sick, great job! I need to look into all this, being my first month I havent stumbled upon this feature. I'll get to looking and planning. thanks!

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PATIB13 5/31/2012 12:05PM

    Nice job!! I need to blog my results emoticon

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MEH50BEWELL 5/31/2012 11:37AM

    Wow - I'd say you did awesome in May!! but that sleep pattern. I'm yawning at 9pm - hoping I make it to 10. LOL I cannot remember the last time I stayed up to 1am. good luck with outlining your June. I am reading the Spark as well. I am also having trouble with my vision/mission statement. That is one of my June goals; figure out what my vision for my future is - write it down. emoticon

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EJRANVILLE 5/31/2012 10:55AM

    Great job of meeting your goals. Also gives me some ideas of things to focus on for June so thanks for that!

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MICHELLENRGZED 5/31/2012 10:21AM

    Way to go on meeting four of your goals! A goal met is a good thing, & four met is excellent. You're doing really well & you'll continue doing really well if you keep on as you have been doing. emoticon

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MNJONES2 5/31/2012 10:06AM

    Holy Camoly!! You really are a determined and organized person! Way to go! You should definitely be consulting for disorganized people like myself. You have made progress and growth in every area. As for going to bed.... your internal clock is your own.

Best wishes always!

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SHERIO5 5/31/2012 9:47AM

    Good work!

I think you are wise to take it slow with regards to reading the Spark. Some of the principles are far-reaching and if we just skim through they may not sink in deep.



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TANYA602 5/31/2012 9:36AM

    I love the details in your monthly reflections, and you've inspired me yet again to put more thought into my own goals. When i was reading The Spark and using the bonus website, I was much more focused on my goals and dreams. I can't believe that it's the end of the month and already time to review May's progress and set plans for June! Time flies!
You are doing great! And I hope an attorney can help you get those debts forgiven. What a load off that would be!!


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_JODI404 5/31/2012 9:33AM

    Excellent month!!!

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APONI_KB 5/31/2012 9:02AM

    nice

I'm skeered to look back over my May goals - ah sometimes things happen but then again tomorrow starts fresh.

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LITAPOWER 5/31/2012 8:50AM

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JKPONYGIRL 5/31/2012 8:09AM

    wow you accomplished so many goals this moth. that is amazing! emoticon

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ROXYZMOM 5/31/2012 7:47AM

    You are doing great keeping your life balanced and it seems like you have good focus. How many hours of sleep do you get a night? Do you wake up on your own or to an alarm clock?

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AMYTRIPP 5/31/2012 7:23AM

    Great job! You're an inspiration, girl.
I'm looking forward to seeing your June goals.

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FLEURGARDEN 5/31/2012 7:16AM

    Good job with your May goals!

Glad to see you're throwing out old papers. We do tend to hold onto that sort of stuff much longer than we need to, and it's liberating to clear it out. When my mother passed away I discovered she hadn't thrown out a single bank statement, paystub, utility bill, or tax return since her first job in 1942. She passed away 2006, so I had 64 years of papers to go through, shred, and dispose of. It was quite the job, and gave me incentive to keep my own paper files pared down on a regular basis.

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KSCHRAUT 5/31/2012 6:59AM

    Nice job with May!

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SASSYLJB 5/31/2012 6:43AM

    Way to go! you inspire with your monthly goals! I need to look at making monthly goals! Great Job!
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SWEDE_SU 5/31/2012 5:36AM

    your description of the scale is the same for me - and i need that daily control to feel... in control. so many goals met! very impressive! emoticon

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HEAT7918 5/31/2012 5:18AM

    You are making great progress in so many areas - congratulations on an incredible May!

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SUE_2U 5/31/2012 4:26AM

    Wow you are really forging ahead in making your whole life better! That is awesome!
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SBNORMAL 5/31/2012 2:38AM

  You are really seeing some progress, that is great!! For sure you want a new life moving in the right direction.

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BERKCHIK 5/31/2012 2:29AM

    fun post. i enjoyed reviewing your month with you. and am ever amazed at your ability and fortitude with your goals and your scientific mind. here's to a great june!

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TMORELLI 5/31/2012 1:22AM

    your doing great !!! keep it up

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VELRENO 5/31/2012 1:14AM

    Well Done!!!!!! I like the self-review.

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JSLATE2K 5/31/2012 1:13AM

    You've listed a dizzying amount of goals met! When I think about my own journey, and read that of others like yourself, I realize more each day that what we're all doing is not so much a diet but an entire lifestyle change for the better. The physical benefits are great, but the psychological benefits are by far the best.

Incidentally, I think I'd go crazy(er) if I looked at the scale everyday, but I know that works for some people. On the other hand, I do sneak more and more peaks at myself as I pass by reflective windows and realize how much weight I've already lost, so it's all relative.

Thanks for another thought-provoking post.
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A little mental exercise and interesting thought

Monday, May 28, 2012

As I've mentioned before, one of the books I'm (re)reading at the moment is Stephen Covey's "The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People". The chapter I'm on starts off with an exercise the I've seen in many places and only haphazardly done. I still need to take the real time to do it for this chapter. But, even without doing it fully, it did bring up something really interesting that I think is a very important fact to realize.

The exercise takes many forms, but a simple version:

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Imagine into the future, specifically to the day of your funeral. Imagine watching as the many people you've interacted with in your life enter the room.

Think about the various people who might be attending. Family, close and extended? Friends? Neighbors? Co-workers, bosses, employees? Fellow church-goers or volunteers in causes you worked for, or even people whom you've helped?

Imagine one person from each group (family, friend/acquaintance, work, service) standing up to speak about what sort of individual you were, what made you YOU, special and unique and valued to them.
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The point of the exercise is to uncover the principles, the character traits, by which we inherently desire to define our lives. (And I remember that The Spark also has a chapter in which there's a list of character traits. It's a common enough leadership / motivational action to find the underlying push in our lives.)


Anyway, the interesting thing that put in my mind:

Weight has nothing to do with it. Weight is not a character trait. Weight is not a principle of existence. Truly, NOTHING about the body is. Skinny or fat, short or tall, beautiful or ugly, male or female - what the body was does not define the person nearly as much as what they did while alive.

When we lose someone we loved, we don't spend our time thinking "wow, she was special because she weighed ### pounds." We don't eulogize them saying "I'll always remember the way his gut hung over his belt."

Even U.S. President William Taft, who was known for being obese (though he lost around 80 pounds after leaving the presidency), has that more as a footnote than a statement of his life and who he was. I remember it from the pictures - not because it was part of what we studied about him.

In fact, about the only time someone dead gets "defined" by a body feature is when their actions in life seemed to extend out of that. Perhaps it is when they define themselves by that during life. For example, we know Napoleon was short. But there's millions of short people in history and they aren't all Napoleon. We know he was short because his very behavior and actions were, at least in part, an effort to make up for his height. Had he been average in height, we'd hear more about the other aspects of why he acted as he did.


Then I thought about it from the other side. For those who get completely wrapped up in losing weight, maintaining weight, eating just right, controlling their food and weight to the near exclusion of other things in their lives.

How often, at a funeral, are people talking about how slim or healthy the deceased was? Do we want that to be the focus at ours? "She had an obsession with healthy food and her weight. You couldn't talk about much else with her, but she could give you a great recipe or three for cooking some exotic vegetable." "He ran and lifted weights in his later years. He kept that six-pack in tip-top shape."

I have a feeling most of us would feel a bit under-appreciated if that was all our friends, family, and wider circle of acquaintances could think of to describe us. I know I would.

I don't want to be remembered for the body I occupy in this life. I don't want to be remembered by any physical / material possessions.

I want to be remembered for who I am as a being and what I do, my self and my actions.

Of course, now I really need to do the exercise properly and figure out the principles and character traits that I center my life around. That's why I'm rereading this particular book. I want to grow past the steps I did before half-arsed and really work out my dreams.

  
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QUASIOR 5/30/2012 9:32PM

    As always, thought provoking and poignant.

Wow, I've often imagined myself on the other side, but not about what people would think of me so much, I know it would be hard for my immediate family, I just can't imagine I've touched too many people other than that of late (because I'm too internally focused/embarrassed about my body etc. lots of excuses) but when I do catch up with my friends they are always glad to see me.

I have always concentrated on a few friends, to be close with, and not too concerned about lots of friends. It's all about quality. I don't feel well enough, in truth, to spread myself out too thin amongst a lot of people, but I do hope I leave a good impression on those close to me at least. One day I might have the energy and health to touch more people with positivity and change.

One thing I can't do: is force my opinion/belief set onto others. It was the way I was raised to push the religious ideals onto all my non-church going friends/acquaintances. Never was comfortable with that, if people are curious, they'll ask. If not, I'm comfortable doing my thing.

Again, hat's off for intelligent, thoughtful blog from you! emoticon

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AMYTRIPP 5/30/2012 8:14AM

    I should try that exercise (and read that book!) sounds like a good one.

Great blog - really made me think

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ERINMARIE424 5/29/2012 8:51PM

    Very interesting. I've had a few people tell me I've influenced them to eat a bit more healthfully so setting a good example isn't all that bad!

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SAMI199 5/29/2012 7:50PM

    This is really thought-provoking...I agree with you-I've never heard a eulogy mentioning body traits.

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SLIMMERJESSE 5/29/2012 7:09PM

    Very true. Thanks for this reminder blog.

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JSLATE2K 5/29/2012 5:53PM

    Funny how what we're judged for in life and what people remember afterward often are two different things. It's a good wake-up call for me not only to try to see myself as others do but to re-evaluate the way I see others. Great Post!

~John

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EAGLES_WINGS 5/29/2012 9:42AM

    Very well said and very appropriate. I feel the same way though I really would like to shed some pounds for my health condition. But, I have a strong feeling that I will be remembered for lots of other things than my weight since most people I know don't like because of that, they like me for me which is not really so bad. I think love is the key and staying as positive as possible.

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SHERIO5 5/29/2012 8:42AM

    All true.

Thanks for sharing, once again, great food for thought!

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FUCHSIAGAL 5/29/2012 8:21AM

  Thought-provoking post! Thanks for sharing!

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ILOVEMALI 5/29/2012 3:08AM

    Lots to think about. You are such a deep thinker and clear writer. I love reading you!

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BERKCHIK 5/29/2012 2:24AM

    good and true and Fun to read :-)

I deleted my novella of a comment, because this could get deep and personal. Maybe if I ever bump into you in person, I'll bend your ear!

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JENNCABA 5/29/2012 1:36AM

    Great blog!! Really makes you think.... emoticon

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MELLISOND 5/28/2012 11:52PM

    I always enjoy reading your blog posts. This one is as interesting as usual. Thanks for sharing.

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2BEABETTERME 5/28/2012 11:14PM

    Great things to think about! I think the more I do to get healthy the better person I become on the outside AND on the inside. I want to do more and be more.

Thanks for getting me thinking!
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BOBP56 5/28/2012 10:32PM

    Great Blog makes you think about your life now and what you will leave behind as your legacy. Thanks for the insight.

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SUE_2U 5/28/2012 8:38PM

    Wow this is really food for thought. Well said, and to be pondered now... Lots to think about. Thank you.

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BRIGHTPENNY 5/28/2012 8:17PM

    excellent blog and really was timely today as I try to get my bearings with the maintenance of weight loss! really a good exercise of the soul! thank you very much... i agree with everything people have reflected on here! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 5/28/2012 8:04PM

    great blog like everyone has said it give you a lot to think about emoticon

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RADAZZLE 5/28/2012 7:43PM

    Well put! It really makes me think. I know I'm going to have to think about it much more because my first reaction was, "One of the things I want to be remembered for is finally succeeding in becoming and maintaining a normal weight." I guess I like my successful efforts acknowledged. emoticon emoticon I certainly wouldn't want anyone to ONLY remember me for my weight loss efforts, especially if I failed. But I also wouldn't want anyone to remember me even partially for being so heavy that I needed a larger coffin and that the pall bearers had a lot of trouble carrying it (which, sadly, happened to my birth mother). Of course, the things I would really like remembered are things like my being a kind person, someone who loves to help others, how I was a dedicated Toddler Teacher, etc. In retrospect, I guess I'd forgive people if they only remembered those things, rather than anything to do with my eating! emoticon

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SERAPHGYRL 5/28/2012 7:33PM

    Excellent things to think about. Thank you.

I actually gave talking to people I know about my fitness/weight loss journey a lot of thought and decided not to get out my megaphone. The majority of the people I know don't want to talk about their weight or their habits. Having a friend talk about it is actually semi-unkind. When they bring up the changes in my physical appearance, I just say 'I'm working on it' and if they ask how, I tell them 'I'm eating better and exercising more'. It's more than enough for most people. I only talk about my struggles and successes here on SP.

I hope my weight isn't what defines me. I hope the people I know think of me as a lot more than the woman who got fat when she moved away, came back and stayed fat for a long time, and somehow managed to get fit again. If they see anything, I hope it's that I'm strong enough to do what I put my mind to.

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KAYTIE22 5/28/2012 7:07PM

    Thanks for sharing these thoughts. So true!

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CHEERFUL-ALT-3 5/28/2012 6:42PM

    really got me thinking...

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MICHELLE_391 5/28/2012 6:09PM

    Right on!

You know, you are inspiring me to read...

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BLUE_KARMA 5/28/2012 5:38PM

    Well said. Thank you for sharing!
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TANYA602 5/28/2012 4:56PM

    What a powerful blog. A wonderful reminder of the importance of character on a truly important day. Thank you for giving me cause to reflect.

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MADELINEFINCH 5/28/2012 4:34PM

    So true. Fat just makes you fat, not unhappy, selfish, lethargic, or petty. Fit just makes you fit, not happy, loving, or encouraging. It's always good to remember that. emoticon

What a great exercise for putting things in perspective.

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KARL1266 5/28/2012 4:33PM

    Great blog! I agree with everything you said. All too often I hear about people who think only of maintaining their "ideal" body shape. Mine is round (for now) and I am fine with that up to and until the process changes that. Then I will be fine in my new shape. I never put too much stock in a person's shape. It's not always outer appearance that attracts me to someone...there are more facets to the human experience than shape. A healthy lifestyle IS important, but it is only a fraction of the whole.

Thanks for sharing this.

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DEBJAE 5/28/2012 4:10PM

    Great blog, puts some things into perspective doesn't it?

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DJHARLEYQ 5/28/2012 3:53PM

    All so very true. I want to be known as a loving person, someone who volunteered their time, someone who was their when her friends were in need.

That's the reason why I want to lose the weight. That's the reason why I want to become healthier. So that I won't be in pain and can give more love. So that I can volunteer more time. So that I can be around longer for family and friends.

Great thought to bring up!

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EJRANVILLE 5/28/2012 3:49PM

    A very good point. The only time I can think of ever talking about someone's health at a funeral would be when they were very healthy but died from an unexpected/unanticipated illness.

I think the character part for me comes up when I think about the type of person I want to be--healthy and happy. Being overweight and sedentary doesn't help me with either goal.

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MNJONES2 5/28/2012 3:38PM

    Good thoughts - thank you for sharing!

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KSCHRAUT 5/28/2012 3:38PM

    Nice blog. Indeed our body image shouldn't and most of the time will not be the center of peoples discussions at our funeral. Definitely makes it so we have to have a life outside of our weightless missions - it is called a lifestyle change for a reason, all parts of our lives must continue :)

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CELLISTA1 5/28/2012 3:34PM

    You are absolutely right. Weight is not a character trait. I live my life according to a philosophy of doing good, being good, keeping it simple, giving and receiving love. That comes first. Yet I'm here on Spark because I want to live better longer. I want to be healthy longer. I want to enjoy myself and not be a burden to my daughter when I get older.

It's really great that you are pondering these questions.

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Mmmm, movie popcorn and junior mints

Monday, May 28, 2012

I hadn't realized MIB3 was out, so Saturday evening I spontaneously decided to head out and watch it. I also had managed to get all my nutrition in nicely with some calories to spare. So I picked up a child popcorn with butter. I ate less than half of that - but totally enjoyed what I did.

I also picked up Junior Mints. It was pretty funny because I read the nutrition data. Mkay, 16 pieces. I can do that. I counted out 4 and nommed those through the previews. (Is it just me, or do previews really not make the movies look as appealing as they think?) I counted out another 4 and nommed those as the movie was getting started. About halfway through the movie, counted out another 4 and nommed them while closing the box with the idea in my head that a serving was 12 pieces.

When I got home later and went to log it in, that's when I discovered I still had 4 more to eat. Hehe. Delicious!

The movie was as corny as could be expected. It'll be a while before I stop chuckling about all the chocolate milk I've drunk in my life.

Came in nice and clean on my nutrition for Saturday.

Today not so good, but I did it deliberately in the evening. I was fine earlier in the day. Problem #1 was that I had the remaining two servings of those Junior Mints in the morning. That chewed up a chunk of the day's calories without providing much nutrition. Even so, I had other things that fit in with it and was cleanly in range. Problem #2 was that I ended last week with a higher deficit than planned (was 400+ over my planned Fitness calories burned - got the little warning). And I was feeling that with a bit of hunger.

So I packed a few bars as I headed off to the laundromat for a couple hours. I could have packed just one and been fine, but made the choice to pack three - one fruit bar that I know usually isn't very filling and two of a new natural granola bar I picked up with a coupon to try. Sadly, not at all enamored of it. Almond honey, but I really don't taste those - it's just a sticky and chewy bar.

I ate all three and while I feel fed, my tongue is still wanting something. Not going to be buying those granola bars again.

  
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PAMNANGEL 5/29/2012 9:12PM

    Chocolate milk? Don't tell me. Haven't seen MIBIII yet. Looking forward to it though.

I take one look at the prices and have no problem passing on theatre treats. I would probably smuggle a Fiber One bar in. Love the chocolate chip ones. 16 Junior Mints. Wow, you're a better disciplined person than I.

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SAMI199 5/29/2012 8:59PM

    emoticon I applaud your discipline & your tracking to include planned treats. It's all about the lifestyle.I received some strange looks at the picnic when I counted out 16 chips-lol.

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KATYDID412 5/28/2012 8:31PM

    Movie popcorn is totally a trigger food for me. Child size is a good idea. I am not sure I'd have the will power to eat half the bag and then put it away, though. Good for you!

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SPARKFRAN514 5/28/2012 7:55PM

    emoticon emoticon Not sure I could just eat 16 junior mints.
the are a red light food for me. I also have had problems with Granola bare the chocolate chip ones are great and the box says 100 calories a bar but that spells trouble when you eat the box in 2 days so they no longer come home with me from the store. Glad you like the movie it been ages since i went to a move think it was Jack and Jill a friend took me for my birthday.
again way to go on the small pop corn and junior mints.


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MICHELLE_391 5/28/2012 6:14PM

    I'm going to see MIB3 no matter what the reviews say. Those movies are a guilty pleasure.

I'm not a big fan of fruit bars and granola stuff. What I do like are the things that go IN them. So I make kind of a GORP with healthy nuts and dried fruits, and sometimes, a few little bits of chocolate. High calorie? You betcha. But worth every single nutritious bite. Are there any foods like this for you that you can snack on instead of something processed and possibly unsatisfying?

Oh - and I'm with you on leftovers being a huge temptation. When I am in a GORP-y mood, I buy enough for just a serving or two. I'd totally eat the whole bag without planning.

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DJHARLEYQ 5/28/2012 4:07PM

    Another great blog post. It's all about moderation. You can have the snacks and factor in good eating. I believe I read a Spark post that said that if you are having a sweet tooth then go ahead and give yourself a small snack. Most times it will curb the sugar craving and keep you from overdoing it.

I usually try to sneak in snacks into the movie. Baby carrots, peanut butter crackers, trail mix, cheerios in a bag.

GREAT JOB!

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SABLENESS 5/28/2012 3:14PM

    Great treats! Child-size is a good idea!

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CHRISTIE6625 5/28/2012 2:27PM

  Glad you got to enjoy the popcorn and junior mints.

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ROXYZMOM 5/28/2012 1:12PM

    Great job on eating thoughtfully! You ate three bars, but, you brought 3 bars which stopped you from buying something out to eat impulsively! Yayyy!

I usually "sneak" in food to movie theatres. Helps with portion control and saves quite a bit of moola.

Excellent choices!

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SEATTLE58 5/28/2012 1:04PM

    I know just what you mean about granola bars, Some are definitely more filling than others. I do like the Special K Honey Oats bar, but maybe that's the one you won't get again! Also, I like the Fiber One Oats and Chocolate bars. They each have 9 gr. of fiber and that's a good help in satisfying me between meals. I think I like the Fiber One bars the most of all. Good tasting too! emoticon emoticon

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WOMANOBRONZE 5/28/2012 11:57AM

    Great job controlling the number of Junior mints and making them last over two days!

I have to be careful when eating candy or cookies that are within my calorie limit, because sometimes eating a little sugar just makes me crave sugar like crazy the next day. I've had at least two out-of-control calorie days this year start off that way.

But the good news is that if I eat a small amount of dark chocolate with a very high cocoa content (and relatively little sugar), I can enjoy it without setting myself up for sugar or chocolate cravings the next day.

Now, the important question - did Tommy Lee Jones look good in MIB3? emoticon

WOB

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TARAH85 5/28/2012 11:40AM

    I love how you enjoyed your movie food. The hubby and I saw The Avengers last night. I was very proud of myself; he got a Dr. Pepper and Milk Duds. I had already eaten ice cream with my dinner, so I knew I didn't need anything else even though I wanted it. But I didn't let it consume me, and I didn't buy anything except my ticket. The movie was good, and the fact that I didn't give in to cravings made it even better!

Way to go on sticking with it.

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MNJONES2 5/28/2012 11:36AM

    You should also remember that you have been exercising a LOT lately - and sometimes you need to take a break. So going to the movies and having a bit of candy is OKAY. Remember it is overall progress that counts. In our day to day lives we have to know how to handle the occasional treat.

YOU LOOK GREAT AND YOU ARE DOING SO WONDERFULLY! Remember that! Best wishes on your journey to good health.

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ERINMARIE424 5/28/2012 11:31AM

    Congrats on being able to only eat 16 Junior Mints at the movie! i really just have to stay away from candy, once I start I can't stop! And I have a weakness for those energy bars, I've been buying only the kinds in the natural foods section w/out corn syrup, but they still have a lot of fat in them. I've finally stopped thinking of them as "healthy" and more as a good substitution for a candy bar.

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CHUBRUB3 5/28/2012 9:56AM

    Determination!
You are doing great! Awesome time during the movie, that is one I want to see too.
Keep up the great work.
Angela

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TANYA602 5/28/2012 9:50AM

    Some days are meant for splurges and having an out of the box fun time! I could totally picture you sitting in the theater with these treats - great blogging!


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SHELLYK972 5/28/2012 9:21AM

    Have you ever tried this popcorn?? It's the BEST.. tastes even better than movie theater popcorn!!
http://www.popcornindi
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160 cals for 2 cups!

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KENTUCKYGIRL01 5/28/2012 9:00AM

    Pick yourself back up ! Re-start your mind today,we all slip like that at times.
Have you tried the special k thin crisps. YUM !!! They are 90 calories. Can't beat it for the crunch !!

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JSLATE2K 5/28/2012 7:53AM

    On the days that I volunteer, I bring a couple Kellogg's Special K Strawberry Cereal Bars with me - they're only 90 calories, and they make a nice mid-morning snack, where I otherwise wouldn't have time to eat. I'm usually so busy interacting with clients that I end up eating them slowly and find I enjoy them more this way. Who knew?

I hadn't thought of Junior Mints in awhile - those are delicious! You're much more disciplined than I, though; there's no way I could drag out 16 - let alone the 12 you consumed - over the course of a movie. I'd have the whole box done before the previews were over. Knowing this, I wouldn't buy them - but I can always dream...

~John


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-SONIA- 5/28/2012 7:04AM

    You did a great job with your movie calories! I find it hard to stop eating a large popcorn, let alone HALF of a small! emoticon

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2BEABETTERME 5/28/2012 6:53AM

    Life goes on! And, you enjoyed your treats in moderation and without feeling guilty.

I want to see MIB3 too. Chances are I won't get to it until it does out on video; but, that's okay, too.

Have a great week!
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SUE_2U 5/28/2012 3:35AM

    Ah well... you had fun. I sure want to see MIBIII, too! The previews are incredible and boy I loved MIBi and II.
Thanks for the comment on my blog.
I have problems when I eat those refined carbs. I get this rebound insulin surge and I'm starving.
And darn I hate that feeling when my mouth is still hungry when the rest of me knows I ate enough. Ugh.

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Silly superstitions

Thursday, May 24, 2012

I'm definitely not one to buy into superstitions. This doesn't mean I have no belief in what might be outside of our ability to measure, but it does mean I won't be found knocking on wood, avoiding black cats or tossing salt over my shoulder.

Now, that said, one superstition I learned about from my EX's family was about palms itching. If the left palm itches, some expense is about to come up - you'll be paying out money. I've since heard others say you have to avoid scratching it. If the right palm itches, some money will soon be coming in.

Even if I don't think there's anything to it, a few days ago my right palm was itching. Today I was going through my budget (the site I track my accounts on had a glitch a few days ago and I'm having to fix duplicates and wrong payees). In the process, I noticed a charge near the beginning of the month. Last month the same company double-charged me. So 30 days ago I filed the paperwork to get a refund of the double charge that was done against my card ... and their email confirmation said I should see the refund "within 30 days". So off went an email to them with their confirmation attached to make sure it happens properly.

Do I think there's any connection? No, not at all. However, I do think that having the idea in my head about money led me to looking at my budget which led to me remembering the money owed me.

Of course, those very sorts of coincidences are exactly why people end up with all sorts of good luck rituals and superstitions. Silly superstitions.

  
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TRESA7 5/30/2012 11:01AM

    Interesting. I'm glad an itchy palm reminded you to look up your double charge.

However, I always heard if the Left palm itches, you're going to Receive money! If the right one itches, you're just going to shake hands with someone. But, who knows?

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SAMI199 5/29/2012 7:47PM

    It is funny how many supersitions we grew up with..I like the money one-Way to Go-have you checked to make sure you haven;t forgotten a lottery ticket? emoticon

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SPARKFRAN514 5/28/2012 7:45PM

    emoticon i agree but some are funny when you think about them glad you got your money back with ourt any problems

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MADELINEFINCH 5/28/2012 12:17AM

    So interesting! I think you're right, coincidences and self-fulfilled prophecies account for a lot of superstition fueling.

I don't believe in superstitions per se, but I believe in wishes! No star or 11:11 or dandelion is safe from me.

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SUE_2U 5/27/2012 8:50PM

    Silly, but I am sure that associations such as yours are the cause of them.
I lived in the foothills of Appalachia for many years. At one point I had a relationship with a guy I'll fondly refer to as "The Last Mountain Man." He and his family were all very suspicious. I had not even heard of many of these folk tales, but it was so problematic living with him because of them, sometimes. He would get very upset when a bird got into the house, for example. Or when the kids were playing and one opened an umbrella in the house.
My grandmother told us the same story about the itchy palms, pretty much, except that it was left was getting money and right was meeting someone new very soon. So much for superstitions. Hahaha

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JSLATE2K 5/27/2012 3:39PM

    After reading your blog, I got curious about the origin of that superstition and found this at http://sangi.sanguinarius.org/creat
ive/OriginsOfPopularSuperstitio
ns.pdf:

According to the old time radio presentation, The Origin of Popular Superstition,"Episode #33: Itching Palm" (from 1935), this belief originated with the Saxons, who felt that rubbing diseased skin with silver would cure it.

Fortunately, you didn't have to have "diseased skin" for something good to come your way. Maybe the lesson here is, good things come to those who look for them (like this site, for instance).
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~John

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DJHARLEYQ 5/27/2012 3:22PM

    Very fun to find extra money in any form or fashion. There is a lesson to learn here. Keep track of things that are important and they will take care of you. Calories and activity included emoticon

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SMILES650 5/27/2012 2:53PM

  Thanks for your comments on my blog yesterday......it was nice reading yours, just a tiny bit more uplifting, Nice to see extra money anytime, anyhow! emoticon

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KING_SLAYER 5/26/2012 11:28PM

    Funny. I'm not superstitious myself, but just to be on the safe side, if I happen to walk under a ladder, I immediately go find a black cat and throw it over my shoulder and into a mirror!
Ahhh, there's nothing quite like mixing superstitions up to make your own :)

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HUNNAWANNA 5/26/2012 3:44PM

    I want to believe coincidences are God's way of trying to tell me something or get my attention...especially when it comes to money and/or love... because I have blind spots in those areas of my life.

I'm just glad a refund was owed you and I do think the itchy palm was just a reminder (attention getter) to follow through on getting what was yours in the first place.

Other than that... when's the shopping trip? lol
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ILOVEMALI 5/25/2012 6:30PM

    I want an itchy palm, too! YAY! xoxo

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LIVINGFREE19 5/25/2012 4:01PM

    I wish my right palm would itch more!
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PATIB13 5/25/2012 11:26AM

    Hey, whatever works to get us to the path we need to be on is good...especially if that leads to finding money :)

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QUASIOR 5/25/2012 8:01AM

    Well done with the money! I don't really have superstitions either but I have my little quirks! I must have broken my mother's back hundred thousands of times - as I had to always walk on the cracks - as I self talked myself walking to alleviate boredom. I sure hope my right palm itches!! I could use some money lol emoticon

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SHERIO5 5/24/2012 6:03PM

    I'm glad the saying tripped your memory to follow-up on the refund!

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BERKCHIK 5/24/2012 5:36PM

    Love the explanation of events. And so true...clearly!

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MSLZZY 5/24/2012 5:22PM

    Hey, it's your money and however you get it, or get it
back, was definitely worth the time you took to find
it. I'll have to remember this the next time my palms
itch. HUGS!

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GUNNSGIRL91303 5/24/2012 3:54PM

    Superstition or not, enjoy the refund!!! emoticon Extra money is always most welcome! I'm not superstitious either but twice last year hubby and I won $5K on scratch tickets. On both of those days my right palm was itching. I sure wish it would itch again!!!

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SEATTLE58 5/24/2012 2:57PM

    I don't ever remember hearing that one, but I've heard Don't step on a crack, you'll break your mother's back. and.....if your nose itches, then it's, company's coming! I suppose that all through the years these could get a little mixed up from time to time! ha! And....I will be sure to take heed when my right palm itches! A good one!!!

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ASHAIXIM 5/24/2012 1:32PM

    SWEET!! :) I always heard it meant that company was coming LOL!!

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APONI_KB 5/24/2012 1:13PM

    I can make every singe traffic light turn green by holding a tube of lipstick in my hand.

true story

emoticon

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TALENKARR1 5/24/2012 12:50PM

    I know of a few Never leave your cuberd door open it lets proserity out. It is bad luck to take the last smoke in someone elses pack. salt over the sholder. etc. It never leaves to anything but it is fun to pretend!

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ERINMARIE424 5/24/2012 11:34AM

    Initeresting!

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TANYA602 5/24/2012 11:00AM

    How funny! I am a big "Knock on Wood" believer! Often I have to resort to my own head if there's nothing nearby. Good thing you followed up on the bank error!

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MNJONES2 5/24/2012 10:44AM

    Too Funny!


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TARAH85 5/24/2012 9:38AM

    I don't really buy into superstitions either, but it is so much fun to learn about them. One of the most fun theatre units to teach is the mini-unit on superstitions because there are so many of them. The obvious one is that people in show business say 'break a leg' instead of 'good luck' because saying 'good luck' actually brings bad luck. Another is that a theatre always has to have a ghost light (a small light bulb that glows when the rest of the lights are turned off) so that ghosts will stay away from said theatre space. Nowadays, most theatres still have ghost lights for purposes of safety. (It's a lot easier to turn work lights on when you're not initially in total darkness in a giant space.)

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LGAR519 5/24/2012 8:39AM

    Ever heard the one: step on a crack and break your Grandmas back? I heard it growing up and although I never knew either grandma, I still avoid cracks!

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2BEABETTERME 5/24/2012 7:45AM

    Cute blog! I don't buy into superstitions; but, to each there own.

I hope your right palms (and mine) start itching LOTS! emoticon

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SASSYLJB 5/24/2012 6:55AM

    I have to say...that some I don't follow..as in Friday the 13. the tend to be a good day for me....The palms itching, I have heard the money one as well...that one seems to work, for me.. I knock on wood a lot...silly things, but hey not gonna knock it ( non pun intended)

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RG_DFW 5/24/2012 6:51AM

    silly, but you see it all the time in sports...

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ROXYZMOM 5/24/2012 6:49AM

    I will have to start paying attention to my palms! I "knock on wood" too...it's just what I grew up doing, it's a family tradition. I would feel odd if I didn't do it.

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KARL1266 5/24/2012 6:38AM

    Not big on superstitions myself, but I do have a belief in things that defy "normal" explanations. It's kinda funny, I had a similar situation recently with my bank. Seems they took an extra payment last month and when I called them on it I got the "within 30 days" manta. Forgot about it (except for when I checked my budget and was still off) and finally the other day the money was back in my account.

But I agree...superstitions are more likely the result of coincidences and wishful thinking!



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AMYTRIPP 5/24/2012 6:25AM

    I'm almost ashamed to say that I'm always knocking on wood. emoticon

When I was 15, a friend had and emergency appendectomy. I told her mother I'd never had any kind of surgery. She told me I better knock on wood. I said I didn't believe in that.

Well, you can imagine what happened next. *nods* I don't remember the exact timing, but I know it was no more than five days later and my appendix nearly burst. LOL

I'm knocked on wood since.

I think that's the only superstition I take part in.

Fun blog!

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BEVERLY1983 5/24/2012 6:15AM

    Hey funny about knocking on wood. I was having such a good day at work my guy friend said knock on wood to keep anything bad happening to such a good. I couldn't find any wood, guess what happen less then an hour later I got splashed with 197 degree water on my right forearm. I say I'm clumsy but who knows

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