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This is My most favorite time of the year......

Thursday, November 01, 2012

emoticon I looked at my cell phone this morning and the flip number of 1 was glowing at me.
I see it as the start of the holiday season.
November is a month to give Thanks. We start by Vetrans Day. emoticon
Thanksgiving is the day we count our blessings with family emoticon
The Day after Thanksgiving is pretty nice too. Some are fortunate enough to be able to use it for rest. Others are out there shopping to get great bargains. emoticon
Then it's time for Holiday Programs emoticon and baking emoticon
As a Christian I will celebrate the birth of our Savior. emoticon .
Others are celebrating emoticon .
Then we reflect as a New Year rolls in. emoticon emoticon emoticon 2013
Where ever you are emoticon or what faith you are are I wish the best as we count our blessings for the past year. I'm thankful for family, friends, and health. I am also very thankful for you my Dear emoticon .
Wishing you a blessed and healthy closure to 2012.

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RGEETING 11/4/2012 3:33PM

    I love this time of year as well! Thanks for sharing!

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SHAMROCKY2K 11/2/2012 12:06AM

    Yes, I love this season more each passing year. In my region, its the best for outdoor activities. Great Blog!

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READYBETTY 11/1/2012 9:35PM

    Thanks so much for your warm wishes to start the holidays! I hope your holidays are filled with blessings!

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MOMFAN 11/1/2012 8:53PM

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DJ4HEALTH 11/1/2012 8:16PM

    Thanks for the reminder and have a great time of rest and Thanksgiving

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LOOKINGUP2012 11/1/2012 9:46AM

    We get to celebrate our right to vote soon too! Add in a holiday bazaar maybe. November is a wonderful month!

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FARRAH511 11/1/2012 8:50AM

    The same to you too!

- Farrah

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JUSTLLAMA 11/1/2012 8:49AM

    A blessed end of the year to you as well!

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CHUM48 11/1/2012 8:41AM

    Isn't it amazing how quickly this year has gone by. Thanks for reminding us of the important events yet to come!

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I walked 2 steps forward today....

Saturday, October 27, 2012

I reevaluated my goals and updated my Spark Page.
I'm drinking my water.
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It's going to be a great day. emoticon

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JENNA54 10/29/2012 12:26AM

    emoticon Sounds like you are back on track and taking control again. It is so easy to let things slide (I should know, I am a world expert) but as long as we keep trying we'll get there. I have been working hard for a couple of weeks with another Sparker, and that has made all the difference. A short sharp burst just to get me motivated again. Christmas is looming and I do not want to end up in JAnuary feeling miserable because yet another year has passed and I have achieved nothing. Tjhis will not happen!!!! HAng in there...

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EFFIEANNIE 10/28/2012 8:24AM

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AMYROSEC 10/28/2012 12:06AM

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LIVELYGIRL2 10/27/2012 7:41PM

  Ya, I just started running, and had to start slower.

I was hoping to get info from the beginn emoticon ing running group, but I guess I have to ask outright.

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DEBBY4576 10/27/2012 7:26PM

    That's the way. Reset and evaluate and move forward. Never look back at anything negative. Always positive. You go girl.

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MOMFAN 10/27/2012 5:08PM

    emoticon I updated mine recently. Good on water and getting some projects done today. Currently working on three, rotating through them as I need a break from one.

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Confessions of a Month or so of Bad Behavior

Friday, October 26, 2012

I have been trying to stop diet soda which led somehow to other sweet cravings and discovering more unhealthy substitutes. My work has been at an all time high. Help is on the way but much slower then I was hoping. So somehow I let myself get out of control and gain 5 lbs. in a short time.
It seems the following experiments didn't work out so well.
Stops by the drive up at Mickey D's.
Regular Soda Pop
Sweet Teas
Few freggies
No Exercise
Daily Sweets
Robbing the Trick-or-Treat Goodies 2X!!!
Drinking very little water.
Not recording my intake.
Potato Chips.
Late night eating.
Too much Face Book.
Staying up very late and getting up early.
Or staying up late and laying in bed thinking about what I should do. Should I get up early or sleep more? Thus accomplishing nothing.
I only had a fraction of those bad habits before. What the heck? I know what to do. I'm asking myself how can I STOP myself from this self destruction? It's mostly exhaustion that is keeping me from planning. My brain just can't seem to handle adding one more right thing to do. I'm committed to my work and the people I help so that won't change. Help is on the way s...l..o....w...l...y.... but it's coming. But my body can't wait that long. Right decisions don't take that much more time but for some reason I'm refusing to let my brain rewire itself.
I'm pushing the PANIC BUTTON now.
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EFFIEANNIE 10/27/2012 7:20AM

    Take the time to track every calorie usually helps me get a grip on things. When I see how much sodium is in Mcd's I get things in perspective!

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EJOY-EVELYN 10/27/2012 1:31AM

    Set some goals in writing you can keep before you -- the trackers are great tools. Stay focused and strong as you succeed in meeting your goals with planned rewards. Soda pop, whether diet or regular is an honorable goal worthy of elimination for so many great reasons. Have another unsweetened, low-calorie beverage at hand (I wish it were as easy as developing a thirst for water, but I know some people just have a hard time getting here). Continue reading SparkArticles and helpful blogs here. It's here where you'll find some added motivation, incentive, and encouragement. Plan some non-caloric celebrations along the way as rewards. You can do this! Time for a reboot!

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MOMFAN 10/26/2012 9:11PM

    This has been me much longer!! Except for the McD's. Don't go there. Walking on my breaks and lunch. I usually get at least 45 minutes of walking. Candy is very available at work. They are expecting 1500 to register to vote in person on Monday.

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WILDFLOWERMA 10/26/2012 9:07PM

    Hang in there! We all go through these periods - you're only human. You're doing the right thing by examining your patterns so you can avoid the pitfalls later on down the road.

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LHLADY517 10/26/2012 8:46PM

    my suggestion: pick one habit you want to change, set up the steps to achieve the change and go for it.

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It's Time to Eat Clean....I'm just learning more about this.

Sunday, September 23, 2012

Overall I am a very happy, active, and motivated person. I'm rarely sick with colds, flu, or other stuff going around. But I get somewhat weird things about every 6-8 years. In a routine physical my Dr. discovered enlarged left neck lymph nodes that did not respond to antibiotics. I did not feel sick and my labs were normal. I'm now recovering from having my inflamed lymph nodes in my neck removed. They were sure it was cancer. What a blessing it was to find it was only reactive lymph nodes. I haven't been sick anytime that I can remember. My nagging question is why did it do that. Is it from too much artificial food like diet soda? I drink 1 or 2 per day.
Several years ago I had Graves disease and a goiter of my thyroid and had to have it destroyed with radioactive iodine.
Years before that I had gallstones and had my gallbladder removed.
In my 30's I developed cystic acne. Despite seeing the best Drs. available (Mayo)no one has linked this all together. (If they did they didn't tell me.) Maybe there is no link. I think there is. I don't want to see how my body attacks itself again. I'm trying to eat clean and supplement with appropriate vitamins and minerals for balance. I have much to learn on the subject. I'm really working on eating my 5 freggies or more, 8 H20 or more, whole grains, no artificial sweeteners. Avoiding artificial flavors, colors etc will be much more difficult but I will make some efforts there too. I plan to increase my fish input and decrease beef (beef is my favorite meat.) I plan to limit my sugar but if I use sweetener it will be sugar. I already use olive oil or real butter in moderation and rarely use any other fats. I know real butter is not so healthy but I use it very sparingly. I read an article about tub margarine being similar to plastic.
My steps are just a start. I have more to learn and more to do I know. Suggestions are welcome.

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EATVEGAN 9/25/2012 5:16PM

    I think you are wise to try to look below the surface. We rely on doctors and they do all they can and most of them truly care. But they know squat about nutrition and have been taught that what we put in our bodies doesn't really matter. Like a mechanic saying the sugar in your gas tank isn't harmful. It certainly isn't going to hurt you to give up foods you see as harmful. Seek the wisdom God will bless you with.
Janet emoticon

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COLIBRI1 9/24/2012 3:02AM

I'm with you - I think linking all these seemingly unrelated symptoms in your life together is a real "A-HA" moment!
Our bodies are communicating with us, in the only way they can - physically... so it's time we listen!

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CLAIREINPARIS 9/24/2012 2:19AM

    If the doctors couldn't find the reason, I think we shouldn't try to... They are the ones that are competent! However, it is true that eating clean and loosing the extra weight is very important. Many illnesses seem to be related to both. So you are doing what you can! Good for you!

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JENNA54 9/24/2012 12:59AM

    I'm with you on increasing the fish - believe it or not for an island nation in the middle of the South Pacific fish is an atrocious price. I think we export a lot of the good stuff! I certainly need to eat more of it. I do eat a lot of chicken, which when I was growing up was for special occasions like Birthdays and Christmas. We used to eat mostly lamb (comes from having more sheep than people) but that has changed now and once again lamb is also very dear, and chicken is now cheap (cheep, cheep...) I too am trying to cut down on sugar. I just don't seem to like it as much these days, but it lurks everywhere. I stay right away from artificial sweeteners and fortunately don't use any sweetening at all in my tea and coffee. I do use olive oil spreads generally, but I would only ever use butter in baking, or on mashed potatoes! Sounds like we are on a very similar track, and good steps to take. I am pretty good about whole grain bread and cereals, but do have a soft spot for fresh white bread, and raspberry jam. Trouble with that is the next thing you know half the loaf has gone! Good luck!

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This Weeks Road to Health......

Saturday, September 15, 2012

It's two weeks post surgery. It's two weeks after the Dr said prepare for cancer. It's now two weeks past the blessed news that they amazingly did not find cancer or anything else. I'm feeling good. My restrictions of no strenuous activity and don't lift more then 10 lbs have been lifted now. My neck incision is healing nicely. When I got home from our camper yesterday am I changed some furniture around (with hubbies assistance) and did a bit of deep cleaning. I went to the grocery store and bought some healthy groceries. Wt is the same as when I left 2 weeks ago which was a bit of a disappointment. I had walked everyday and tried to stay with in calories. Looking back I assume a few things kept me from moving forward. I took a long walk everyday but I sat the rest of the time. I avoided the sun and sweating where possible to help my neck heal the best it can. So for the most part I was doing what I needed to do to follow Drs orders. There are too many great ice cream shops there. I indulged a few times. But I ate balanced meals most of the time and "think" I stayed with in calories. I missed my internet access. I had a new journal that I recorded notes in as I read the Spark. I basically studied it and answered each question for myself. Reading the book in that manner helps to understand this whole website better. I also have been writing in a Gratitude journal for the past 2 years. I had more time to write. I read in a magazine once to try to write one sentence everyday about your life. I like that idea. I'm going to try to write more often. I miss some valuable lessons when I only write once a week or so.
My current goals are...
*Exercise 30 minutes or more 5 X per week with increased intensity.
* Log food intake everyday.
* 5 freggies minimum everyday
* 8 or more waters everyday
* 10 extra minutes of decluttering or deep cleaning 5X per week

My challenges this week...
*Returning to work and not letting the stress of catching up derail me. I plan to pack a lunch everyday and preplan suppers.
*Eat only one of the yummy chocolaty fiber bars each day. ( I usually don't buy them but thought they would help satisfy my chocolate cravings.)
*Find something low calorie and healthy to replace the diet soda I gave up. Water is not cutting it and I don't want to replace it with something else artificial. Maybe a dash of lemon in my water or something will do it.

I am very committed to a successful journey. My goals will be realized. emoticon

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WINEALITTLE 9/16/2012 11:42PM

    Not gaining weight over your 2-week stint of "following doctor's orders" is what I'd call a Little Victory! Reward yourself - a new journaling pen, perhaps? As for water, I usually drop 2 or 3 slices of lemon in mine. Sometimes I'll squeeze in a lime, if I happen to have one. I never liked sodas. Now, wine ... that's a completely different story!
Wishing you a continued speedy recovery.


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BRENDABUNNY 9/15/2012 1:20PM

    First Thank God you didn't have cancer...And I think with all your going thru to just maintain the same weight for 2 weeks is awesome..You are doing a great job!
I am at the same point with trying to find something a little more that quenches my thirst then water..I also gave up diet soda completely and I don't like artificial sweeteners(too many chemicals in them?
The lemon in water I just tried that yesterday and it's not bad so for now that will probably be it for me,if you happen to come across anything please let me know.
Again I'm glad your recovering well let's keep the spark going emoticon emoticon

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