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Vacation-Old Me vs New Me

Thursday, June 14, 2012

emoticonEat anything & everything. emoticon Eat healthy.
emoticon Exercise later. I'm on vacation. emoticon Yeah! more time to fit in exercise.
emoticon I'm on vacation. I'm going to sleep in. emoticon I'm going to get up early so I can fit in a morning bike ride.

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emoticon I can do it and so can you!

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/15/2012 5:56PM


Hope you see some great new sights, too!

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EFFIEANNIE 6/15/2012 7:21AM

    Wonderful changes to make and so much better for you. Enjoy your vacation!

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Drop the Donut pick up the tennis shoes!

Monday, June 04, 2012

I'm hanging in there as blogged so many times before. I'm making progress in so many ways. But it's the occassional fast food hamburger, donut, cookie, chips, etc that keep my weight way to stable. So I intend to loose lots of tread off my shoes this month and to keep a little more jingle in my pocket! I might be amazed what it will do for my waistline. emoticon

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DISNEYDAMSEL1 6/12/2012 10:38AM

    Your title gave me the smile I needed today! Keep on running, and you'll find the will power as you go!

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SUNFLOWERGAL40 6/6/2012 11:09AM

    Great reminder that we all have something we could fill in the blank where you put donut! It is scary how fast I can go back to slipping up and letting certain foods work their way back into my life. emoticon Let's make this a joyful jumping June as we fill it with healthy choices!

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    Your title made me laugh! And I understand completely about the little things we eat on the side preventing weight loss... Bravo for not giving up!

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GLASSART43 6/5/2012 10:46AM

    Love the blog title! My reminder for today - emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 6/5/2012 7:20AM

    Thank you for the support and suggestions. I need both greatly! When I have been able to give them up before I was able to rewire my brain for awhile. Then later I foolishly gave into temptation and old habits. When I'm on track I'm amazed how sweet fruit is etc. Today is a new day. I will start with a 7 day challenge right now. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 6/5/2012 1:19AM

    I listened to Dr Oz today and they came up with some great "cheats" for those who want to give up some of the foods that we have come too addicted to (especially sugar). It's almost as bad as trying to give up smoking and alcohol . . . one almost has to go cold turkey in order to get the dopamine levels in our brain to respond appropriately to the natural sweets that can be found within the foods we have (primarily fruits). I've made Kale Chips (
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-bean-brownies-and-banana-treat. Dr Fuhrman suggests whole foods eating 90/10 (90% freggies/10% meats) for seven days and provides some great recipes to aid in the journey that I, too, would like to try and perhaps add to my recipe box.

Salt and sugar are foods that have a cause and affect on the body that is not healthy. While it may be difficult, it may be worth a try to eliminate them for one week to see if you can get your brain's need for these foods under better control again. I know if given the chance, I taste the sweetness and saltiness in foods I never thought were that sweet or salty, after lessening these two ingredients greatly.

Continue to hang in there. Do the best you can for what you know will work best for you. This journey is yours -- may you enjoy it thoroughly. Hug, hug!

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Memorial Day is Fast Approaching.....

Tuesday, May 22, 2012

Memorial Day is a time to remember our service people and our loved ones that passed on before us. The garden flowers are ready to decorate family graves.
During this time of remembrance I plan to care for my body a bit more then usual. Likely I will spend some of it with family or friends. I also plan allot of good food. Good food is defined by lean meats, fresh fruit, and veggies. Plenty of water as well. I also plan walks or bike riding every morning and afternoon.
Ah, I'm ready. emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/23/2012 12:57AM

    Time seems to pass quicker and quicker each year. I'm happy to remember my Dad's WWII service to his country. He inadvertently left his WWII Veteran's cap in my car during my last visit, so I'd best see him this weekend to return it. Have a great week!

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Fit For Duty Mission

Thursday, May 10, 2012

I need to be Fit for Duty. I need to be Fit for Life.
I am a daughter.
I am a wife.
I am a mother.
I am a grandmother.
I am a friend.
I am a nurse.
I am a church leader.
I am a advocate for voices that are ignored.
I am a volunteer.
I am ME.
My body does not define who I am or my worthiness. To get the most out of life it is important that I give this body the proper nutrition, exercise, spiritual and mental preparedness it needs. My potential is far greater if I care for the body that God has given me.
Yes, I do need to be Fit for Duty. I need to follow my plan to be Fit for a Life to be lived to it's full capacity.

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JENNA54 5/14/2012 6:46PM

    This is great - I'm going to copy it and pin it on my fridge. What a very good reminder of what it is all about.

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READYBETTY 5/12/2012 8:46AM

    Well said. Thanks for the motivation.

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CLAIREINPARIS 5/10/2012 3:37PM

    Yes, way to go!!! emoticon

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ONECATSHORT97 5/10/2012 9:34AM

    That is perfect and when I weaken, I'll remember it. Thanks.

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/10/2012 12:17AM

    Beautifully written for success!

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Creating A New Me.....Progress So Far This Year

Sunday, April 29, 2012

Since January 1st I have lost several lbs. (Should have been more but I was not consistent with my plan.)
I have increased my exercise.
I have learned some new things from Spark.
I have gained some very dear Spark Friends.
I increased my F/V consumption.
I increased my H2O.
I have balanced my work responsibilities better.
I have reconnected with friends from the past. I joined Face Book.
I have deepened my faith.
I got a new haircut.
I cleaned out several closets.
I have dressed better.
I have found time to have more fun.
I made a plan to make this a priority & have now spent more quality time with my husband.
I have continued to learn more and spoke out more about the needs of Refugees and Immigrants.
I have been blessed with more time with an honorary son, daughter, and granddaughter.
I have learned more about technology-computers, cell phones etc.

I need to consistently eat, drink, exercise, and log my food according to my plan. I need to run away from fast food again- no matter how much in a hurry I think that I am.

I need to keep in better touch with my family and closest friends. I need to be better at sending cards as needed.

It's all about balance. My weight may not be where I wanted it to be but I am mindful of my goals everyday. I do not have any intention of quitting. I plan to keep creeping along in the right direction. Who knows I just might catch a second wind and sail to the finish line? I still think it could happen.

My stress is much better. God has given me the strength to do my occupation. He has sent me on a very difficult mission. Believe it or not I have been told more times then I can count that "I have been praying for help and God has answered my prayers. He sent you. " My real part of my job is neatly impossible to do. But I do my best to truly make a difference for the people I help. The tasks before me are on my heart all the time. God has provided for me and showed me how to release the worries that go along with what I'm called to do. I know that God will not only guide me through the tasks at hand but he will send others to help me through.

I have not Created A New Me exactly as I had planned but God has answered my prayers. What will 12/31/12 lok like as I reflect back?

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EJOY-EVELYN 5/7/2012 1:09AM

    You've come a long way with evidence of incredible progress. I can so identify with the many changes you have made. That's been quite a great journey!

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CRYSTAL_MOM 5/2/2012 12:22AM

    What a wonderful list! You are blessed and are a blessing to others.

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CLAIREINPARIS 4/30/2012 4:43PM

    Maybe you haven't lost as much weight as you had planned, but it sounds like so many other things have changed for the best! It is wonderful! And I am confident more weight loss will follow... Way to go!!!

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EFFIEANNIE 4/30/2012 9:48AM

    I like that you have found time to have fun. My husband and I often think that we do not have fun anymore. This is something I need to work on, among so many others. Good job!

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