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Every day this week............

Wednesday, May 08, 2013

I have said I will 'start again' tomorrow!

We all know what that means!!

TOMORROW NEVER COMES!!!

Time to get my act together TODAY!

  
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BLUEROSE73 5/11/2013 10:20PM

    You can do this. TODAY is the day. You are right.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 5/11/2013 8:31PM

    Follow through and achieve your goals!

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LIVINGFREE19 5/11/2013 8:30PM

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LITAPOWER 5/10/2013 3:26AM

    My biggest problem!

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RFJSJ50 5/8/2013 11:26PM

    Words of wisdom!
Start NOW!
Sheila

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CHRISTINASP 5/8/2013 12:59PM

    Maybe it helps if you don't see it as 'starting again' but as 'continueing' on your path!

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VIXSTERLU 5/8/2013 11:35AM

    Yep, I agree :)

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MYRTROSE 5/8/2013 10:30AM

    Oh yeah...was there just the other day. Just start from right now!
I want to see you cram in your eight glasses of water AND a green smoothie!
OMG you'll be going to the bathroom all night long LOL!
But just think what that scale will say when you wake up...
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SLIMMERJESSE 5/8/2013 9:56AM

    So true!

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Paddy, Not Patty!

Friday, March 08, 2013

It has started already!!!!

Each and every year millions of Irish, Irish-ish and amateur alcoholics are needlessly distracted from their Holy Tradition of drinking themselves into a stupor in the name of Saint Patrick.

The source of this terrible distraction?

An onslaught of half-hearted, dyed-green references to St. Patrick’s Day as St. Patty’s Day.

It gnaws at them. It riles them up. It makes them want to fight…

IT'S PADDY, NOT PATTY. EVER.

SAINT PATRICK’S DAY? GRAND.

PADDY’S DAY? SURE, DEAD-ON.

ST. PAT’S? AYE, IF YE MUST.

ST. PATTY? NO, NO, NO

Paddy is derived from the Irish, Pádraig, hence those mysterious, emerald double-Ds.

Patty is the diminutive of Patricia, or a burger, and just not something you call a fella.

There is not a sinner in Ireland that would refer to a Patrick as “Patty”. It’s as simple as that.

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source: paddynotpatty.com

  
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BOOKWORM27S 4/10/2013 10:35AM

    Lol, thanks for explaining that to a 1/4 Irish Texas girl! I'll spread the word here in the States.

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VIXSTERLU 3/19/2013 12:20PM

    I shared this on my FB page :) Thanks for sharing!

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SUPER_ACE115 3/17/2013 1:29AM

    Oh no! I wish I had read this blog sooner. I've been wishing everyone a "Happy St. Patty's Day." emoticon

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PIPSANDMSMAMA79 3/15/2013 10:55PM

    emoticon Happy St. Paddy's :) LOL!

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MYRTROSE 3/9/2013 12:01PM

    LOL It's true!
I'm first generation American on my Dad's side, his family all came off the boat back in the early 20's.
We never participated in the American traditions surrounding Saint Patrick's Day, aside from marching in the local parade. It was awesome, we always got the day off from school! The falseness of the celebrations was something my parents always scoffed at.
We'd have a big Irish breakfast, then dinner was lamb or sometimes fish, champ, fried cabbage and then either wheaten, boxty or sometimes leftover farls from breakfast. There were always mashed turnips for my Dad, but I hated them as a kid!

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ROCKMAN6797 3/8/2013 7:41PM

    Thanks for setting us straight! emoticon

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CHRISTINASP 3/8/2013 3:00PM

    I'm grinning. I think that once drunk one will always say 'Paddy' even if they meant to say 'Patty'! emoticon

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SPARKYEG 3/8/2013 1:06PM

    Good on ye! That's the crack, alright.

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MARTY728 3/8/2013 11:07AM

    Either way works for me! emoticon

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ALLCHRISSY 3/8/2013 9:17AM

    BAHHHHHHHHAAAAAAAAAA! Hubba-hubba was just ranting about that as well! XOXOXOXOX

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LADYJ6942 3/8/2013 9:03AM

    Great info and I too hear that slip all the time. Thanks for sharing

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Perfectionism

Wednesday, February 20, 2013

“Perfectionism is the voice of the oppressor, the enemy of the people. It will keep you cramped and insane your whole life....... I think perfectionism is based on the obsessive belief that if you run carefully enough, hitting each stepping-stone just right, you won't have to die. The truth is that you will die anyway and that a lot of people who aren't even looking at their feet are going to do a whole lot better than you, and have a lot more fun while they're doing it.” ~Anne Lamott

  
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DAYHIKER 2/25/2013 7:54AM

    Good quote! I am certainly not the perfectionist I was in younger years! emoticon

Thanks for stopping by my blog post with encouragement! emoticon
Cindy

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CHRISTINASP 2/23/2013 3:30PM

    Good quote.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/22/2013 8:44AM

    This quote is so true. We keep chasing this dream and forget to celebrate the path that we are taking. I stopped and life has really gotten so much sweeter. Thanks for posting this reminder!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 2/21/2013 5:28AM

    I did a blog awhile ago about good enough because I, unfortunately am a perfectionist and it can really hold you back. GREAT quote! Thank you!

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STILLWATERSSB 2/20/2013 10:57PM

    Unfortunately I am a perfectionist but have learned how to deal with it. I don't think my way is the only way........and I've learned or try not to micro-manage but to allow others to express themselves and reach their own destinations.

I've just developed this from having to meet expectations of others and somewhere, there is self expectations as well.

Great quote!

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GOLDENRODGIRL 2/20/2013 8:35PM

    I love that.

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The Diet Mentality

Saturday, February 16, 2013

I am a little confused about all I am reading about the ditching of the diet mentality and how restricting calories can lead to binging. Now I know from experience that feeling deprived can lead to binging after a week of dieting.

But, what I want to know is this – If I am overweight from eating up to 3,000 calories and more every day, how do I get healthy without reducing this by at least half?? I don’t think I can. So is that a diet or not a diet??

What is a diet? A diet is something in my view that has an end. The theory being that you get to your target weight and then you can relax. That in my view is why diets fail and most people put back on the weight. There can be no end time for the healthy eating. I have been asked why I am still on a diet? I am not, I am eating healthily and exercising and will continue to do that for the rest of my life. That is why I am doing things I know I can keep up in the long term, not just for a few weeks/months. So no fads or massive amounts of exercise.

I also think that when we think of a diet we think of deprivation. And of course if we feel deprived of something we don't feel good and we crave it all the more. So we need to re-think our feelings of deprivation as I think they have got a little skewed over the years. If I am eating a normal amount of healthy food, I am not being deprived food wise. But in all areas of our lives we have become accustomed to having anything we want and having it immediately so actually feeling hungry before eating has become a sense of deprivation to us. Deprivation is not waiting a little while to eat but having nothing to eat!

Usually the goal of a diet is also unrealistic, in that I read and hear so much about wanting to look like models in magazines. I can understand that issue with teenagers who need to be educated about the effects of air brushing, but most adults surely can see air brushing for what it is. Human bodies are not perfect. I strive to be healthier and have more energy to live life to the full not to look like something I know I never will.

I have no wish to look like a model but I do wish to be healthy. I have at this moment no wish to live to be 110 but I do want the years I do live to be healthy. I want to be active and independent for as long as I live and that is why I watch what I eat and limit what I know is not healthy or nutritious.

There is no magic wand to health. We are surrounded by a huge amount of temptations to eat constantly and to eat the wrong type of foods (and I don’t agree that there are no ‘bad’ foods, there are!). We have to find a way to live at peace with ourselves and resist the temptation to eat constantly.

Some scary statistics that apply to my country and most other major developed countries – 40% of cancers and 80% of type 2 diabetes are attributable to obesity. One in three of us are obese. One in three toddlers are overweight and their parents often don’t even realize it! Children eat more and move less.

For the first time in history the world has more over fed people than malnourished people!

I know this blog will not be taken well by all, but I think it is time we woke up and realised we are sleepwalking and eating ourselves to bad health and a crap quality of life not to mention a health crisis in countries which should be getting healthier not sicker.

  
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BOOKWORM27S 4/10/2013 10:28AM

    Excellent blog!

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CHRISTINASP 2/23/2013 3:43PM

    Good points! Thanks for sharing them.
I started writing a long reply but I think it's better to take that to my own blog and post it there some time, wouldn't want to flood your blog with all these thoughts and words!

One thing I can say is that to me a 'diet mentality' means that we try to rule from the head what we eat instead of listening to the body. No body really asks for 3000 calories per day or for junkfood, I believe. So if the person listens to his/her body and eats only or mostly when hungry, I don't think they'd eat 3000 calories per day or be overweight.

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ROCKMAN6797 2/16/2013 3:28PM

    Well said....we all want a quick fix for our obesity issues and there really are none. Sure you may lose weight by following some silly diet fad but it is impossible to keep up with it. Better to understand that the best way is to approach this issue is by making a commitment to change your lifestyle. These changes can be done slowly. Repeat and keep repeating until the change becomes a habit, then make another change. Some may see this as a hassle but then you have to ask yourself, are you worth it? I know I am and I think you are, too.
Thank you for sharing some very private thoughts.

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AMARILYNH 2/16/2013 10:19AM

    I believe you are exactly correct! We need to quit dieting and begin to concentrate on eating healthy, nutritious food. For me, I'm using the mindset that the way I am eating now is how I'll be eating for the rest of my life. I'm working to eliminate as many processed foods as possible from my life, but it is NOT easy!! I'm a work in process.

So I'm curious - are you still trying to lose weight? Because to me you look to be at a healthy weight?? My suggestion would be to either work on maintaining or if you want to lose more to do so slowly. Good health is the goal, right? emoticon

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FLUFFYWONKENOBE 2/16/2013 8:21AM

    Great blog!! Well written & accurate!
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DAYHIKER 2/16/2013 7:17AM

    Good blog post! I understand what you are saying all too well! emoticon

Cindy in Indiana

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NOSNACKER-57 2/16/2013 6:03AM

    I have found eating low glycemic foods has changed my life and a few others as well that I know. Come check out our sparkteam...lots of good stuff there..

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CAMAEL100 2/16/2013 6:02AM

    Believe it or not, upcoming events have been something that have kept me yoyoing all my life. I would lose weight and look good for the event and then the following day, breathe a sigh of relief and before I knew it I weeks would have past and I would be putting it all back on again!!

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DAJAMOGU1 2/16/2013 5:42AM

    I, for one, like your blog! I don't like the stats, but they are reality. My pet peeve is that with all the diets available (HCG being the latest I one I hate) people think it's a quick fix--lose a few pounds for an upcoming event--and they never focus on the overall health. That's why I like Spark! It's the total package with a focus on getting healthy in all aspects of your life.

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What to Expect if You Marry an Irish Woman!

Sunday, February 10, 2013

The first man married a woman from Italy. He told her that she was to do the dishes and house cleaning. It took a couple of days, but on the third day, he came home to see a clean house and dishes washed and put away.

The second man married a woman from Poland. He gave his wife orders that she was to do all the cleaning, dishes and the cooking. The first day he didn't see any results, but the next day he saw it was better. By the third day, he saw his house was clean, the dishes were done and there was a huge dinner on the table.

The third man married a girl from Ireland. He ordered her to keep the house clean, dishes washed, lawn mowed, laundry washed, and hot meals on the table for every meal. He said the first day he didn't see anything, the second day he didn't see anything but by the third day, some of the swelling had gone down and he could see a little out of his left eye, and his arm was healed enough that he could fix himself a sandwich and load the dishwasher. He still has some difficulty when he pees......;)

  
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JAHINTZY 2/12/2013 10:25AM

    ha! I love it!

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SADWHITEWOLF 2/12/2013 10:10AM

    TeeHee! Thanks for the giggle

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SPERRIN2012 2/10/2013 2:18PM

    He must have been some little half a man. A real man doesn't need anyone to do his chores for him. Especially the cooking. emoticon

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SPARKCHANTAL 2/10/2013 2:12PM

    you got the gift of the blarney!

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    I love it!!
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