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Only one pound gained!!

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I have to admit, I've been dreading this day. I broke my ankle on June 8th. Usually I weigh in daily, which helps me to keep on track. But obviously, since that day I haven't been able to weigh in (not that I would even know how much was me and how much was the cast/boot). AND I haven't been able to exercise either. Had no idea what this would do to my metabolism, but knew it couldn't be good. And I couldn't go by how my clothes fit, since my pants leg wouldn't fit over the cast (except for my PJs), so I had to borrow some workout pants from my daughter that had wider legs.
So although I did try to be careful, I had no idea what number would await me when I finally was able to step back on the scale.
Only a 1 pound gain definitely is good news. I would have preferred that the scale showed I had actually LOST weight, but I'm happy that it was only a small gain. Now that I can exercise (somewhat) again, I can get back on track quickly.
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SPARKASAURUS 9/12/2014 6:11PM

    Well, you must have been doing something right!! That's great!


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KIRTLEY2 9/11/2014 9:36AM

    Wellll done!! That's great.

It's crazy how much eating is part of weight loss rather than exercise like we think! It's encouraging to see you lost weight by eating better!

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MIMULUSBUG 8/27/2014 7:50AM


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NGCHILD 8/12/2014 3:18PM

    That is great news!! Now back to regular routine!!


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BRAVELUTE 8/12/2014 1:24PM

    I'd say you learned a thing or two about maintenance, for when you arrive!

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GRANDMABABA 8/12/2014 12:56PM

    You did great! It is so hard to be down like that for such a long time. Great success to you!

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A great lesson on stress

Monday, June 03, 2013

*Author unknown*

A young lady confidently walked around the room with a raised glass of water while leading a seminar and explaining stress management to her audience. Everyone knew she was going to ask the ultimate question, 'Half empty or half full?' She fooled them all. "How heavy is this glass of water?" she inquired with a smile.Answers called out ranged from 8 oz. To 20 oz.

She replied, "The absolute weight doesn't matter. It depends on how long I hold it. If I hold it for a minute, that's not a problem. If I hold it for an hour, I'll have an ache in my right arm.

If I hold it for a day, you'll have to call an ambulance. In each case it's the same weight, but the longer I hold it, the heavier it becomes."

She continued, "and that's the way it is with stress. If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later, as the burden becomes increasingly heavy, we won't be able to carry on."

"As with the glass of water, you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again. When we're refreshed, we can carry on with the burden - holding stress longer and better each time practiced.

So, as early in the evening as you can, put all your burdens down. Don't carry them through the evening and into the night. Pick them up again tomorrow if you must.

1 * Accept the fact that some days you're the pigeon, and some days you're the statue!
2 * Always keep your words soft and sweet, just in case you have to eat them.
3 * Always read stuff that will make you look good if you die in the middle of it.
4 * Drive carefully... It's not only cars that can be recalled by their Maker.
5 * If you can't be kind, at least have the decency to be vague.
6 * If you lend someone $20 and never see that person again, it was probably worth it.
7 * It may be that your sole purpose in life is simply to serve as a warning to others.
8 * Never buy a car you can't push. emoticon
9 * Never put both feet in your mouth at the same time, because then you won't have a leg to stand on.
10 * Nobody cares if you can't dance well. Just get up and dance.
11 * Since it's the early worm that gets eaten by the bird, sleep late. emoticon
12 * The second mouse gets the cheese.
13 * When everything's coming your way, you're in the wrong lane. emoticon
14 * Birthdays are good for you. The more you have, the longer you live. emoticon
16 * Some mistakes are too much fun to make only once.
17 * We could learn a lot from crayons. Some are sharp, some are pretty and some are dull. Some have weird names and all are different colors, but they all have to live in the same box.
18 * A truly happy person is one who can enjoy the scenery on a detour.
19 * Have an awesome day and know that someone has thought about you today.
20 *Save the earth..... It's the only planet with chocolate!* emoticon

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JLPEASE 6/14/2014 5:10PM


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DIBANANA 6/8/2013 8:48AM

  Nice....and yes it is important to save the planet with chocolate!

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AMBERLYNN777 6/4/2013 12:54PM

    Love this blog! And I needed to read it today. You are a Sparkfriend of a Sparkfriend, so hope you don't mind I added you :)

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BRAVELUTE 6/4/2013 11:09AM

    I like to lay them down and NOT pick them up again!! Because I firmlly believe, from experience, that worry is the interest paid on a loan that never comes due.

--My interpretation of William Ralph Inge's original quote: "Worry is interest paid on trouble before it comes due."


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SMIDGON 6/4/2013 8:48AM

    Thank You very much!
This is something I deal with on a daily basis! I do lay it at the Savior's feet; but, sad to say I only pick it up again!


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JO88BAKO 6/3/2013 11:43PM

    That is great! Today my stress went over the top, put me in tears. I will try to lay it aside for the night and get some sleep. Thanks!

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The sights and scents of Spring

Tuesday, March 19, 2013

I never really did like winter. Sure it is nice to get a break from all the watering, weeding, raking, weeding, and watering (didn't get much rain last year, so I did a LOT of watering, which resulted in lots of weeding too!).
But I don't like the cold, the shorter daylight hours, and the lack of color. I really think I must be solar powered, as I have little energy and motivation come January and February.
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But Spring is finally coming back. I've been ordering seeds and anticipating digging in the garden. I can see it in the flowers bulbs that are starting to emerge from the soil
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the buds on the trees swelling, and the tons of robins in the yard, accompanied by the tons of starlings as well that I could do without as they tend to be pigs at the bird feeders. I've also heard the red-winged blackbirds, though I haven't spotted one yet!
The bunnies which have been scarce this winter are starting to come out.
And there are the animals waking up from their long winter sleep - the chipmunks and of course the skunks! Yeah, I kind of forgot about them.

Didn't realize that it was time for them to wake up until last Friday. Let dear doggie out for one last time before bed. Safe to let her out in the backyard at night because of course the skunks are still asleep - but they weren't. Molly is more than happy to chase a raccoon up a tree - she ignores all the other animals in the yard - bunnies, squirrels, chipmunks, birds, but for some reason has a real dislike for raccoons. She's never shown any interest in skunks though...... until Friday. One was out by the neighbor's shed. Usually they will duck back under the shed if they see movement. But Friday night had to be different! Molly spotted the skunk and was after it like a shot. And the skunk decided to run around the shed instead of under it. Easy enough to guess what happened next!
So this year, instead of blossoming trees, SKUNK became the first scent of spring! Fortunately most of the spray missed Molly, or she would have spent the night in the garage to contemplate the error of her ways, followed by a few baths which she also hates.
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But the days are getting longer, the snow is almost melted away, and even though the first day of Spring is tomorrow and it's supposed to only reach 25F - 7 degrees BELOW freezing - it won't be long until the grass is green once again, the trees are filled with fragrant blossoms, the butterflies and hummingbirds are flying about the backyard, and we can once again go for long walks outside. You can bet though that I will check twice from now on to make sure the coast is clear of skunks!

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GOLDDUSTTWIN 6/14/2014 8:28AM

    Poor Molly! Cuddles has never seen a skunk either and just now beginning to explore her new world...bunnies & birds are being chased/ raced across the yard. My worry is she meets up with the marauding deer that eat my hosta to the ground

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CATHEMARIE 4/7/2013 9:41PM

    Skunk ~ emoticon

Soon you will have some spring emoticon

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ON2VICTORY 4/6/2013 9:40AM

    My sympathies for your beloved skunk chasing pet...... id send a tomato juice goodie if they had one :)

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CHANTENAY 4/5/2013 11:06PM

    It sounds a lot down there like it is here. Strange because we live quite a long way farther north than you. What a winter it's been, but makes the spring even sweeter. Our frogs start croaking the third week of April.

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DIBANANA 3/27/2013 12:21PM

  Love spring especially but also enjoy fall.

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JACKIE542 3/19/2013 11:10AM

    Love Spring. I have to watch out for skunks too! Yikes. emoticon

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BRAVELUTE 3/19/2013 9:56AM

    This MUST be a Lake Woebegone story. You write like Garrison Keillor. Sorry, I've probably misspelled his name. Enjoyed it!!

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NGCHILD 3/19/2013 8:54AM

    Our yard is starting to wake up too. Can't wait for Spring!!


Sorry about the shunk .... poor Molly!

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EVIE4NOW 3/19/2013 1:56AM

  only 2 more days till spring!

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Updating my program - developing healthy habits

Saturday, February 02, 2013

I would like to lose this weight quickly ( as in by yesterday?), but I know that won't happen at this stage. So I am making gradual changes slowly to develop healthy habits which hopefully will stick.
I'm starting my 2nd year here on Spark People. For February my goals will be to exercise daily - 10 minutes minimum. I usually exercise more than that at a time, but haven't made exercise a DAILY habit, so that is this month's goal. I've also added strength training 1X a week. Again, more is better, but that is the minimum. To accomplish this, I'm planning on trying the exercise DVDs I have, plus doing some of the ones on SP (now that I have my new computer speakers so I can once again hear the instructions). Long walks are out due to the weather and icy sidewalks, but short, slow, careful walks are still possible and Dear Doggie needs her exercise too.
For food, number one on my list is NO CHOCOLATE! I love it, but it doesn't agree with me, and it's time for me to accept that fact and move on. Eat a minimum of 3 fruits and/or veggies a day and healthy snacks only means I have to make sure to buy or prepare these so they are on hand.
February will be a time of stocking my pantry with healthy and nutritious ingredients and experimenting with new recipes, trying many on the SP recipes as well as tweaking my own even more.
And of course, continuing to track my food and exercise.

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BOPPY_ 2/28/2013 11:43PM

    Keep at it. You've got the right attitude now!


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DIBANANA 2/9/2013 5:46PM

  Good for you. Making a habit is so important. I'm doing this very slowly but I have seen I am changing. It does take time to change all those habits we have created to make us fat. I was told I need to not eat chocolate and I am not ready to give it up yet. That will be hard for me. Hope you are successful.

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BRERRABBIT1 2/4/2013 1:19PM

:) Thanks for commenting on my blog! I agree with Chica! Viewing images of food, or smelling (it works for me) say vanilla, cocoa, etc. can actually be enough. Good luck!


** "Think of all the starving little children in China --"
"Brainwasher!" **

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CHICA_BORICUA 2/2/2013 7:10PM

here you go, the only way you can have a chocolate....yes see it only, not eat it, no touch it, not even smell it, just look at it, and enjoy it. Also you don't gain any pound.

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CJJANISS 2/2/2013 11:49AM

    Sounds like you have a good plan.

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BRAVELUTE 2/2/2013 11:37AM

    About the chocolate problem, I recently discovered Cacao Nibs. These are the whole cacao bean chopped into small niblets. You can find them raw or roasted.

They have a subtle bitter taste that I love to sprinkle like nuts on a salad of strawberries, onion, and colavita basalmic vinegar with romaine or spinach.
All the health benefits without the cravings added with all the fats, sugars, and other processing evils of those chocolate candies.

I'll be posting some other used for cacao nibs and cocoa powder as the month goes on in my team's February Challenge.

You'll have to copy/paste the link if you want to check for further ideas as the month goes on:


Have a successful, healthful month.

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BRAVELUTE 2/2/2013 11:29AM

    As long as you are doing this for February, you might as well join the 10 minute challenge or the January Jumpstart fitness challenge.

The January Jumpstart Challenge can happen anytime during the year when you need a fitness jumpstart, but they also have you track your food.

Check it out. You might as well get a trophy for your efforts!!

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Getting rid of the clutter in, on, and around me

Thursday, January 24, 2013

Don Aslett, author of several cleaning and decluttering books, said there are 3 basic areas of clutter we deal with - the clutter in, on, and around us! In refers to mental clutter - hurts, regrets, etc. On refers to the excess weight, and around - well that's all the STUFF we haven't dealt with. And he also said that often when we deal with the clutter around us, we find that we also get rid of some of the clutter in and on us as well. The clutter around us adds to our stress, which makes it harder to resist temptations, give in to mindless eating as a way of numbing the feelings we don't want to deal with, and makes it harder overall to stick with your plan.
For emotional eaters like me, that is certainly true. Clutter around me isn't to blame for the excess weight - unhealthy habits and eating for reasons other than fueling my body did all that. But it is true that the more clutter I have around me (and I have a LOT right now), the more stressful I am and the more I find myself giving in to mindless eating. And let's face it, it isn't easy to prepare healthy meals when you have so much STUFF covering the counters that you have no place to cook. Wasting lots of time searching for things you know you have but don't remember where they are just creates frustration.
So one of my goals for this year is to keep getting rid of the things I don't need ON A DAILY BASIS. The less clutter I have, the less stressful it will be, the less time I will be spending dealing with all of it, and the more time I will have to exercise and plan my meals.
Time to get back to sorting and purging my junk!

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CANDYMOUSE 8/9/2014 1:32PM

    We just all need bigger houses and more counter space and a couple of storage sheds. emoticon

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BOPPY_ 3/1/2013 12:21AM

    You got me! Guilty as charged!

The rest of this week has to be devoted to clearing office clutter.

Thanks for the prod! I thank you, and the floor joists will thank you.

Good work, too.

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CATHEMARIE 2/2/2013 11:46PM


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DIBANANA 1/28/2013 11:14PM

  I really believe that clutter causes stress. I've been trying to go by the rule I read of getting rid of five items a day. That sounds like a lot but it can be as simple as a ballpoint pen!

Today I went to a white elephant day at sorority and took 3 items but ended up coming home with more. The only good thing is many items I got I can actually use and the ones I took I couldn't. I will get rid of any I can't use as part of my 5 a day tomorrow!

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MEDDYPEDDY 1/26/2013 3:26AM

    I could not agree more! The sad thing is that as soon as I manage to get rid of clutter around me I sart to pile up new things... and endless work!

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CELIAMINER 1/24/2013 3:07PM

    Such true words! I look around at the piles surrounding my computer and wonder how I even have room to type. I did get rid of some things last year, but it doesn't appear I've made a dent, so this year I'm being more selective about what comes IN the door. A walking bud saw me shopping one day and commented, "For every item you bring into your house, something should go out." I remember being annoyed at the unsolicited advice, but now I wish I'd started cleaning out MUCH sooner.

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