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The Sparky Volcano

Friday, November 23, 2012

The visualization of two sticks of butter melting off every time I lose another half pound has been working for me. But I never worried about where those pounds of butter were going. It would be horrible if that fat found its way into some donuts and then unsuspecting Sparkers, or me. I hadn't done much about changing my visualization because it kind of helped me stay away from the donut shops. I DIDN'T want that melted fat finding its way back onto ME.

This morning, SP friend CBrinkley401 sent me a sparkmail with a plug for using a visual for losing weight. She said "I am picturing myself dropping each of these unwanted pounds down the deepest, bottomless hole I can find - never to be seen again!"

That reminded me of an old joke. These two guys were out hiking in the woods when they came to a hole about three feet across, but they couldn't see the bottom. They threw a rock over the side, but never heard it hit bottom. So they picked up a railroad tie lying on the ground and heaved it over the edge. Still no sound. Seconds later, a startled goat ran by about sixty miles an hour and jumped head first into the hole. Still no sound.
An out of breath farmer ran up to them and asked, "Hey, you fellas seen my goat around here?"
They said, "Well there was a goat that ran by real fast and jumped into this hole."
The farmer said, "No, that wasn't my goat. My goat was tied to a railroad tie."

So now I'm considering changing my visualization to that hole, but only if I can somehow tie all of my excess baggage like sugar addiction, aversion to exercise, procrastination . . . I could go on but you get the picture.

Someplace like the rim of the Grand Canyon would work. I know I would NOT be the one to go down to retrieve whatever I dumped over the edge. As long as the condors and donkeys stay out of the way, but I'd probably be arrested for polluting a beautiful river.

I've got it. An active volcano. It could become known as the Sparky Volcano. All of that fat sacrificed in the name of health and happiness! After a billion years, SP could pay for keeping the program running by mining the diamonds from it. Recycling at its finest!!

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LESLIELENORE 11/24/2012 2:21PM

    emoticon Great image!

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SHARJOPAUL 11/24/2012 8:29AM

    Great visualization!

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DJ4HEALTH 11/23/2012 10:14PM

    Like the visualization with the volcano!!

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KALISWALKER 11/23/2012 6:11PM

    That's a great visualization!

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CBRINKLEY401 11/23/2012 5:14PM

    Great idea. The fat would be instantly burned up in that volcano, turned to harmless ash. Sorry about the goat, though. Maybe he just ended up on the other side of the world unhurt and is roaming around freely in China somewhere.

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MAMISHELI53 11/23/2012 4:17PM

    Funny joke, interesting visualization.I haven't tried it...maybe I shall! Keep up the good work! Shel

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Wonderful Resource

Monday, November 19, 2012

I was just sent this link for a free issue to a magazine. I checked it out, figuring I'd see lots of recipes for Thanksgiving that would be way off my plan. Pleasantly surprised.

Check it out.
Naked Food Magazine

Check out the beautiful salad "pie" on page 19. What a super idea for a company meal. Any time of year. If you try to duplicate the recipe, put the potatoes in the bowl first, then the spinach/carrot layer. You will also need parsley for garnish. What about steamed broccoli and cauliflower florets in a pattern on top? I'd like to see radish flowers or carrot curls as decoration also.

And the THX story. What a totally different picture of that first Thanksgiving right down to the purpose. (NOT to give thanks. Picture the neotiations going on over the Gaza strip today)

Upon further investigating, you can view the magazine online and it's much more user friendly, interactive, with more information and blogs and comments, etc.
to use the magazine on line

And if you want to be notified when other materials are available, you can subscribe for free at:

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EFFIEANNIE 11/21/2012 7:57AM

    Thanks, great recipe for Quinoa there too.

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KALISWALKER 11/21/2012 2:06AM

    I really like the website! Thanks for the link!

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LESLIELENORE 11/20/2012 6:29PM


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GOTTAPLAN4U 11/20/2012 9:27AM

  Very nice.

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NANCYPAT1 11/19/2012 9:15PM

    Thanks for posting this . . .

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A Visual When you need Renewal

Monday, November 19, 2012

I AM the place where you will find all you need to renew your spirit.
I AM the place where you can soothe your soul with restful sounds, sights, smells, endeavors, or even a nap.
I AM the place where you can reflect, journal, create, climb a mountain, or rest by a stream, to be energized for a new sunrise.
I AM as reliable and never-ending as the sunrise or sunset, the rivers flowing to the ocean, flowers blooming in the spring, or another wave breaking on the shore.
I restore like a tropical breeze on a steamy day.


Soul Collage, by Sue Atkins

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LESLIELENORE 11/19/2012 11:32AM


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A New Way to Measure My Journey

Monday, November 19, 2012

I stopped off at Mom's this morning at the end of my walk. She handed me the ad for W_____________, and said "Lots of Thanksgiving Recipes."

Even though I looked through the grocery ad/cookbook, I was evaluating the recipes and rejecting them as not matching my goals.

A year ago, I would have said, "Oh, I'm changing my menu. We've got to have that," to at least four recipes–one casserole and three desserts.

I've come miles and miles from where I was a year ago.

Off to the grocery. Need a pumpkin and some other harvest veggies, and a few things for the family part of the menu, including the turkey.

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-COURT- 11/20/2012 9:22PM

    Since I'm not a cook, I don't have to worry. If I was cooking, the people would worry. Glad you are sticking to your guns and not changing menu.

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BRAVELUTE 11/19/2012 11:22AM

    Mom has done the dinner for the past 5 years while I was sick. Last year, she was very stressed, though I helped. So I figure I'm healthy again with so much energy, it's time to pay it back.

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LESLIELENORE 11/19/2012 11:11AM

    I'm leeaving most of the planning to other people this year. I am just showing up and helping where I am needed.

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CHRISTINASP 11/19/2012 10:18AM


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What's for Dinner? Thanksgiving Dinner, That is

Sunday, November 18, 2012

Mom and sis are coming here for Thanksgiving this year. I am the only one who needs to lose weight. Mom was diagnosed diabetic in July, and Sandy is a certified fitness trainer. We have developed a scaled down version of our Thanksgiving Traditional meal.

This is my switched up Thanksgiving menu which reflects where I am now on my journey toward health, wellness, and thin. I don't usually include meat of any kind, but the Eat to Live Program makes allowances for a small amount of meat once a week. So I plan to eat some turkey. Probably on the day after in a salad.

My "Healthy Menu"

Fresh Fruit Salad with Greek Yogurt/cinnamon topping choice on fresh garden greens
Home Made Easy Mixer Peasant Bread (my recipe) with No-Sugar Added Blackberry Preserves and Pumpkin Butter from Mercier Orchard in Georgia
Braised Turkey Breast and Legs
Steamed Asparagus
Holiday Grains (Whole grain, coconut, dried craisins, almonds)
Roasted Harvest Vegetables (carrots, onions, acorn squash, celery, broccoli)
Garlic Green Beans
Dessert: Pumpkin Crisp: Roasted Pumpkin topped with dried shredded apple chips, walnuts toasted with cinnamon and nutmeg, sprayed with coconut oil.

I think it sounds good, has lots of possibilities to make the neighborhood envious of the food cooking in my kitchen, includes lots of vegetables, fruit, whole grains and nuts. I could do a soup or hummus appetizer, but I believe there is enough on the menu without it.

So what's the problem?????

The problem is my family members who are stuck on their idea of what should be on the menu, who haven't embraced my way of eating meals that focus on veggies and fruit with a small amount of grains, nuts and legumes.
Who don't need to lose weight, but do think about or might need to think of eating for health. Who are quite happy eating highly processed foods, white flour, etc.

At this point we break into the chorus of "Tradition" and dance on the ridgepole of the roof.

So I must also prepare, or have them bring gravy, mashed potatoes, Waldorf Salad, stuffing prepared in the bird, green bean casserole, and the original pumpkin crisp. Mom will come early to fix the gravy. I saw a way to make stuffing in a casserole topped with the turkey wing parts. Then the breast was braised over veggies, creating a delicious broth for the gravy. This just might work. I've told Sandy to bring the traditional pumpkin crisp if she wants it, and to take it back home with her. She said she didn't want it, but since we will be celebrating her birthday, could I fix date squares???
So much for keeping trigger foods out of the house, and I will have to fix it the day before and keep it under lock and key so my sugar monster doesn't take over and eat it all. Maybe I can look at the recipe and healthy it up, or down.

The green bean casserole will fit in the oven with the stuffing and Holiday Grains. With the bread being coolrise, I can pop it in the oven near the end of the braising, and warm up or hold warm with help of a hot tray and an oven that is already warm.

We'll be through eating in 15 minutes and have to deal with all the leftovers. They will hang around and have leftovers for supper. And Sandy won't take anything with her. She's heading out of town for the west coast. Mom will pack up a couple of dinner containers, and I will have to deal with the rest of the leftovers.

If I work hard at portion cooking for the green bean casserole (one can of beans instead of 3), 1 small bag of stuffing mix instead of the large, 6 potatoes to mash instead of 12, 2 apples prepared as Waldorf salad and only one can of crescent rolls, I should be okay. There will be turkey which I won't eat beyond 2 servings. I can always take leftovers to older single neighbors with no family locally.

Everything else will go nicely in my meal plans for the next week. Who knows. This might be the start of something awesome and healthy for our traditional dinners from now on.

Now, I'd better see if Goal Enforcer can help be develop the cooking plan to get all of this done and served at the same time.

And we could all pray that my foot cooperates this week, and consistently improves from where it's been. For that I will be amazed and thankful.

See, I got myself excited about a challenge of how to make everyone happy and get everything cooked, handle the problems the whole thing creates for my goals, and I pushed the real issue to the back burner.

I feel guilty having all that food for 3 people when so many people in my area are without work, relying on backpack food on the weekend, and the many food banks that have popped up to meet the need.

John C. Campbell holds a Soup Dinner to raise money to feed the hungry. Artist make soup bowls, the chef prepares soup. I'm not sure of how they do it, but a lot of money is raised by auctioning the soup bowls and serving a simple meal.

There was a time when we fed 25 - 30 people, family and friends who had no one to share the day with. There was a time when we cooked dinner for all the lonely people at church. Where DO they all come from??

I don't have the energy or stamina to do those things though it feels like I'm cooking enough food for that army of people instead of 3.

I'm making a new sign for the kitchen.

"You are cooking for 3. At the most 6 with leftover portions. NO MORE!!!

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BRAVELUTE 11/19/2012 9:43AM

    Christina, we probably shouldn't have the commercialized version it's become.

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CHRISTINASP 11/19/2012 4:43AM

    We don't have Thanksgiving here in my country. I think occasions like this, and FOOD, will always bring family issues / differences to the forefront. You have a positive outlook. No matter how it goes I think at least YOU will learn things and get new insights!

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LINDA! 11/18/2012 11:47PM

    Happy Thanksgiving!

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CBRINKLEY401 11/18/2012 10:57PM

    I love the idea of sharing the leftovers with your neighbors who are by themselves. I'm sure they will too.

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LALMEIDA 11/18/2012 10:54PM

  Happy Thanksgiving!

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