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8 switches to get you there

Sunday, March 10, 2013

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

óDr. Seuss
Oh, the Places Youíll Go!

You have brains in your head that control your decisions
You can take steps to fight all your binge demons.

In any battle, there is a huge struggle
Which weapon to use becomes the puzzle.

Giving in, giving up, will not win the fight
But retreat, or switching the battleground might.

Throw a tantrum, stomp your feet.
Yell, I WILL NOT accept defeat.

Switch your focus lest the demons get swelled heads
Substitute a walk, a run, or apples in shreds.

My favorite battleground switches:
1. Instead of Starving myself, I am Eating more food based on the Full Plate Diet at (and also increasing fiber)
When I feel satisfied on whole, healthy food with lots of emphasis on fresh fruits and veggies, I have less chance of winding up in binge demon territory.

2. Instead of giving in, carrying fruit everywhere I go keeps me out of the drive thrus when running errands. If I even have a twinge of hunger when I know I will soon pass a donut shop, I start crunching an apple or pear.

3. Eating more and more whole foods instead of processed foods with all those things THEY have learned to use to hook us; doing my own research and discovering the dishes I can combine that hit my bliss spot keeps me hooked on healthy, fat-busting food.

4. Planning menus from foods from the fat-cell fighting, cancer cell fighting anti-angiogenic food list at
makes sure the biology is happening inside and I don't need to worry about it.

5. Focus on the positive instead of the negative.

6. Instead of one BIG weight loss goal that seems IMPOSSIBLE, that takes forever, create weight loss goals you KNOW you can accomplish in a shorter period of time.

7. Realizing my supportive friends aren't in a candy bar or donut but here in sparkdom, especially on my team:
gives me a place to come renew my resolve.

8. Sensualizing my life in the right direction lets the demons know that even if they waft an aroma, flash a picture, combine the right ingredients to make you think you will absolutely die if you don't have what they are offering in the next 60 seconds: you will stay firm. Surround yourself with aromas, visuals, choices that let you know you have already arrived in heaven.

Do you need help with brainstorming? Have you tried these?
A vase with a fragrant rose
A mixed fruit bowl on the counter
A pitcher of iced water with floating fruit pieces
A clutter free home
A sunrise, a sunset
A walk along the beach
A home-cooked meal started from scratch, preferably with the family helping to decide, create, chop, stir, fry
Adding fresh herbs or spices to your dishes
Organized cabinets and refrigerator filled with whole food choices
A slide show of pictures of your fab meals that you watch during commercials or every time you feel a binge demon any where near you
A collection of inspirational, motivational quotations posted where you will see them in your life
Create your own commercials, jingles, song parodies.

And remember,

"You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer yourself in any direction you choose."

óDr. Seuss
Oh, the Places Youíll Go!

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

BRERRABBIT1 3/11/2013 11:42AM

    :) Thank you, BRAVELUTE. That was lovely. Poetic and inspiring!


**A craving is not a command.**

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LESLIELENORE 3/10/2013 4:25PM

    You are awesome. Great blog!

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MLH148 3/10/2013 4:20PM

    Thanks-this was great to read.

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CHRISTINASP 3/10/2013 3:54PM

    You have written a lot of excellent blogs. I think this is the best I've read yet. I love the poem. Can I stick it on my wall/ fridge?!

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POPSY190 3/10/2013 3:36PM

    Love the poem! Lots of useful advice here.

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BUDDHA33 3/10/2013 12:11PM

    I am stealing your idea of carrying fruit everywhere. Thanks!

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FLDEEZ 3/10/2013 11:49AM

    Thanks for taking the time to post all those really great ideas!! I will use them.

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What will I wear?

Friday, March 08, 2013

I have lots of socks I can wear. While my shoe size is down 1/2, my socks still fit. Can't say the same for my clothes. I've lost 49.5 pounds. After donating 8 large garbage bags of clothes to the women's shelter, I still have a few pieces that fit. But nothing goes together. Maybe I can sew a few pairs of socks together to make a workout shirt.

I am going to have to work on a purchase plan for the next 50 pounds, because I don't think I'll get very far walking in my community with only socks and shoes.

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CHRISTINASP 3/9/2013 4:10PM

    I TOO WANT PICS!!! lol

Whatever you wear be sure to wear a smile.

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SHARJOPAUL 3/9/2013 9:26AM

    LOL You would probably get a lot of attention wearing just socks and shoes

Since you seem to be on a roll with your weight loss, any thing you buy now won't fit for more than a few months so buy cheap stuff mostly. Second hand stores or Wal-mart sales racks. You may not be wearing the latest fashion but it does the trick until you get down near your goal weight.


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SAGELADY2 3/9/2013 8:35AM

    Congratulations on the weight loss!!!! Resale shops are the best bet. I've got clothes all the way down the loss for me from them or friends who lost weight as well.

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ANGEL1066 3/8/2013 9:48PM

    Great problem to have! Resale shops have kept me decent for a while now, as I have passed down my Big clothes and am still transitioning to w hopefully smaller size. I'm still pretty round by most standards, so I can wear someonelse's Big clothes, lol! That is a victory for me - I was never able to find anything that fit me at such places before, as I was the biggest one around. Our church helps keep our doors open with such a shop, which has been a godsend. A few bright purchases off the rack at WalMart or such are my rewards to myself for meeting goals, and complete my transition wardrobe. Enjoy the challenge!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 3/8/2013 6:28PM

    But in many ways it's a great problem to have. Far better than the weight.

Think of your socks as an elite squad providing the underpinnings of a new wardrobe. It you cannot afford to buy more, then look into patterns for up-cycled or repurposed socks. emoticon

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LESLIELENORE 3/8/2013 5:40PM

    emoticon Yeah, that might be frowned upon! I can just picture it...

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BUDDHA33 3/8/2013 5:11PM

    You have accomplished an awesome thing, Bravelute! I've spent the last 2 1/2 years trying to lose the same one pound -- and working my butt off in the process (yeah the butt is as hard as a bowling ball but the abdomen still LOOKS like one). YOU ROCK!

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PHEBESS 3/8/2013 4:44PM

    LOL - I can just imagine!!!!!

But what a wonderful "problem" to have, isn't it?

(Just a note - buy a few tops and bottoms in solid neutral colors, so the items you do have will match them - all my skirts/slacks/shorts are in the black/grey/navy/brown/khaki range, so all my tops coordinate with them. Then I just have to keep on eye on shape and proportion, so I look put together.)

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NGCHILD 3/8/2013 2:43PM

    Wearing just socks might attract the wrong kind of attention.... or not. LOL

Good luck with your plan for new clothes. I hope to be in the same boat soon!

CONGRATS on your progress!!


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POPSY190 3/8/2013 2:40PM

    How satisfying to have reached this point! emoticon

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NSTARSMITH 3/8/2013 2:23PM

    IF you do manage to sew a dress made of socks, I definitely want to see a picture of you in it1 LOL! emoticon In any case, not having clothes to fit the slimmer you is one of those problems you WANT to face cuz it means you are succeeding! It took me months to fill in my wardrobe gaps after I lost 60 pounds! Keep your Spark bright!

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MATTEROFHEART 3/8/2013 12:50PM

    You are SO funny! If you do sew your socks together, I'd like to see a picture of that!!! LOL! I like to shop at at resale shops! We have lots of good ones here!

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LVSHOPE 3/8/2013 11:50AM

    Nice problem to have, Sue. Perhaps staggered shopping will help.

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ASTRA58 3/8/2013 11:17AM

    That's awesome! I actually have the same issue right now. I gave all my clothes away to a friend who was happy to get them.

I figure I will shop at Value Village or Salvation Army to get cheap clothes until I reach my goal.

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TIG123GER 3/8/2013 10:34AM

    Must say that's a great problem to have!!! Congrats on the tremendous weight loss. Maybe check out a goodwill store where the clothes are lightly used and relatively cheap so you don't invest a bunch in clothes that soon won't fit again!

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Fessin' UP, Pick me UP

Wednesday, March 06, 2013

My apologies to all of you who sent me goodies in Februrary. and March.

I just noticed.

In my defense, I had turned off e-mail notification for everything while I was in NC. At first I was sitting in the cold at a WIFI spot and ONLY doing the SP Login and tracking business. Then after I got internet at the house, Hughesnet charged my account with every page that was opened in my browser. So every time I opened an e-mail notification and clicked the link to go see goodies and blogs and status entries, I was charged, over and over.

The only reason I didn't have to pay extra money in January was because I left January 28.

Well, when I got back to Florida, I didn't turn those notifications back on. I continued with the habit of login, track, do spark coach, manage my team, check in the friend feed on the side bar, and check in with friends as I had extra time when I wasn't in the pool.

Well, today, I was out of sync because I had lost another 1.5 pounds and wanted to change my status. I went to my page and somehow noticed a mess of spark goodies. That I had never seen. With notes that should have been read . . .

Well, I will spend time today. Evidently the weather is supposed to be nasty. I'll have no excuse for this type of behavior in the future.

But you know, there is something to be said for reading all those nice comments all at once.

I have read from 1/28 - 2/13 so far, and I'm feeling rather overwhelmed and misty. So, reading a few spark goody notes might be in order when you need a pick me up!!

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CHRISTINASP 3/9/2013 9:38AM

    I used to keep a file in my computer with compliments, notes, nice things people said to or about me. I'd read it on bad days and it always helped. I should maybe take up the habit again.

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LESLIELENORE 3/6/2013 3:13PM

    Well deserved! Woohoo on the weight loss.

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BUDDHA33 3/6/2013 3:09PM

    Think you have shown your interest and concern well enough in other ways, Brave-one! Ergo, the stockpile of new goodies...

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POPSY190 3/6/2013 1:50PM

    Congratulations on the weight loss; enjoy your Sparky catch-up!

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Where Have All the Fat Cells Gone?

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

A parody on Where Have All the Flowers Gone? with apologies to Pete Seeger and Peter, Paul, and Mary, though I believe this battle is taking as many people as the war for which the original was written.

where have all the flowers gone peter paul and mary

I am a child of the sixties, the hootenannies, the protests and marches. There is a constant yearning for those good old days, and I think I've found my cause. If you have a gathering of a bunch of friends and someone has a simple guitar (or ukelele) you might want to sing this version and then go eat some carrot sticks and apples, and have a glass of water with a twist of lime.

Where are all the processed foods,
Long time researching,
Where are all the processed foods,
We want to know
Where are all the processed foods?
Paid big settlements every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn.

Where have all the drive thrus gone?
Long time passing
Where have all the drive thrus gone?
Long time ago?
Where have all the drive thrus gone?
They're repurposed every one
When will they ever learn
When will they ever learn.

Where have all the sodas gone?
Long Time passing
Where have all the fried chips gone,
Long time ago
Where have all the donut shops gone
Fruits and Veggies every one
Maybe we have finally learned
Maybe we have finally learned.

Where has all the obesity gone?
Long time melting
Where have all the fat clothes gone?
We want to know
Where have all the fat cells gone?
They are melting every one
When will they all be burned?
When we have finally learned!

-words by Bravelute

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SHARJOPAUL 3/6/2013 9:38AM

I don't think you need to apologize for that rewrite its great!

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BUDDHA33 3/5/2013 7:03PM

    Insane! HA!

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LESLIELENORE 3/5/2013 6:41PM

    emoticon Love it!

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POPSY190 3/5/2013 1:15PM

    If only!! Great idea and parody. I remember P, P and M well. emoticon

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    Love it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Assignment: The Saboteur

Tuesday, March 05, 2013

We have met the enemy and it is us.

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BUDDHA33 3/6/2013 6:08AM

    I think you have been very strong and committed to fighting back. ROAR!

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CHRISTINASP 3/5/2013 3:41PM

    Nope. I refuse to believe there is an enemy. Anywhere. Just ignorance and mistakes.

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POPSY190 3/5/2013 1:19PM

    One of the shortest blogs I have read; and one of the best! emoticon

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BRERRABBIT1 3/5/2013 12:04PM

:) Absolutely! We are our own worst enemy, and in *so* many ways.


**Sometimes I wake up grumpy; other times I let him sleep.**

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