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A Joke to tickle your funny bone........

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Bob was in trouble. He forgot his wedding anniversary. His emoticonwife was
really angry.

She told him "Tomorrow morning, I expect to find a gift in the
driveway that goes from 0 to 200 in 6 seconds AND IT BETTER BE THERE!!"

The next morning he got up early and left for work. When his wife woke up, she looked out the window and sure enough there was a box gift-wrapped emoticon in the middle of the driveway.
Confused, the wife put on her robe and emoticonran out to the driveway and brought the box emoticon back in the house.

She opened it and found a brand new bathroom scale.

Bob has been missing since Friday. emoticon

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CROSS6974 1/13/2012 12:14AM

  Thanks for the laugh!

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DAWNMARIES 1/12/2012 8:51AM

    Laughter is the best medicine. Is it an exercise, too?

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SARAHTAIT 1/9/2012 1:28PM

    Oh sooo bad!! Cute..thanks for sharing!

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NANCYRUBIO 1/9/2012 9:26AM

    They must be talking about my Bob and myself.

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OPALMOON 1/9/2012 6:53AM

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IDLETYME 1/9/2012 6:50AM

    Super!! Thanks for the laugh! emoticon emoticon

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  emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonreally a cute one lol

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MONIKA1948 1/8/2012 5:51PM

    emoticon Good one!

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MARGIE100%PURE 1/8/2012 4:42PM

    Half way thru your story my imagination ran with a gift. Bob, again the next day, forgot to deliver. But when she stepped out to see any results of her request she witnessed the neighbor’s dog leaving a surprise. Typical Bob who loves but does not show it well. Cute and so real.

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LINOVER 1/8/2012 3:30PM

    Very funny! emoticon

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VTMAID 1/8/2012 3:17PM

    Chris, that was so funny!

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IOEINC 1/8/2012 1:58PM

    Loved it!! And my husband's name is Bob, so..... emoticon

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DONNAEDA 1/8/2012 1:48PM

    very funny

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WALLAHALLA 1/8/2012 1:23PM

    That's one I wouldn't look for.

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Topic: Why does feeling full make me happier?

Saturday, January 07, 2012

That was a question in the Diet and Nutrition Message Board.
the Million dollar question, right?

The answers were very informative. I urge you to take a look. www.sparkpeople.com/myspark/messageb

Here is my own answer:

I have long periods daily where I am very dissatisfied and uncomfortable. I almost always go to food to quell these feelings. emoticonI am sure they are biochemically based. I have never managed them adequately. The only thing I can think of to do is to eat. I will look at the research suggested. I hope that gives me some insight. www.sciencenews.org/view/generic/id/

In the afternoons, I get very tired. Sometimes I fall asleep for 2-3 hours. And, if I can't fall asleep,it feels just awful! Then, when I eat, that makes me sleepier and usually puts me to sleep. If it doesn't work, I an extremely uncomfortable for several hours. Maybe I should actually journal about this daily and see what is going on.

I thought the topic in this Diet and Nutrition Forum was This is a fantastic topic! Thanks! Chris

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VTMAID 1/9/2012 8:44AM

    I know this will sound odd, but I wonder. I know you've recently retired and I know that the last few months you were working were extremely stressful. Is there any change you might have become a bit depressed? The only reason I thought this, was because you mentioned sleeping and napping. That's always a good way to avoid what is bothering you. Just a thought.........

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    I eat 3 meals and 3 good-sized snacks to keep my energy up.
If I didn't eat during that "afternoon slump", I think I would fall asleep too.

Have you tried planning snack calories into your plan?

(Maybe some of that stuff is in the articles, which I am just about to read! lol :D )

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OOLALA53 1/8/2012 2:04PM

    I think it's okay to get full, but it's also okay to get hungry. I agree that a lot of it is biological. Getting stuffed is something else, IMHO. For me, it's been key to learning to get full on less food to get hungry and eat good meals. And yes, you will have an uncomfortable feeling many times waiting to eat. But is it worse than a toothache? A stuffy nose? A burn? Surgery? Those uncomfortable feelings are tolerable and they come and go. It's not torture forever! It's not even torture, when we really look at it. emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing the links above. I feel comfortable when full, and hungry all the time when I track foods eaten and stay within my recommended calorie range. It's hard to fight it!

If you find a way around this - let us know! In the mean time, keep up the fight!

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WALLAHALLA 1/7/2012 7:42PM

    interesting info

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JENNIFER994 1/7/2012 6:40PM

    In my own experience, I was eating because I felt emotionally or spiritually empty. I found I had to find ways to fill the emotional and spiritual vacuum, without using food. OA has helped a great deal with this.

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QUEEN_REINA 1/7/2012 3:31PM

    I think we are Hard-Wired to be that way, since our cave ppl times. I'm sort of working around it by staying full but of veggies and fruits. I'm aiming for 4 fruits and 8 veggies a day, which is a lot. I don't make it sometimes but am almost always full and therefore eat a lot less OTHER stuff...

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My new "water habit" is harder than I thought.

Tuesday, January 03, 2012

I wish I could say this was working great. Alas, I am a really stubborn person when it comes to food. When I wanna eat, I wanna eat and not much stops me. emoticon

I thought this emoticon emoticonwater then food habit would do it.
It seems really easy.

I guess even if I don't go get the water, I do actually think emoticon first.
Maybe it is having a subtle impact.

A couple people have asked me how it is working. That is why I made it public.I know how ingrained this eating habit is. You asking me, brings it to my attention, yet again.And that is good.

If I can't get this easy habit "right" no wonder why I couldn't actually stop the eating!

OH-- I just remembered, my 30 days isn't up till Jan. 15th. So I still have 2 weeks to practice.

Some people are telling me I can do this and I will be successful. Do you know something I don't know. You have no idea how stubborn I can be. emoticon

When I first started teaching, I was in no way confident. I used to cry every Sunday night. My husband would say YOU CAN DO THIS! GIVE 'EM HELL! And somehow I did it.
--for 40 years!

I really want my food! the best I have done is choosing things that aren't that damaging, like cheerios and skim milk. I want to snack on vegetables. That would even be better than what I choose now. Often now I choose dairy and I don't think that is good for me. But vegetables don't intice me much. Maybe a bowl of already cooked ones would be better. Raw...??? Forget it.

I have brought my weight down 20-almost 30 lbs. But going down more has been a problem. Exercise helps, but with fibromyalgia even the water exercises have made my shoulders hurt. I did 3 water classes last week in a row and now it hurts daily to raise my arms.

I am hanging in there. Never-give-up! Some of you have way tougher lives than I have and have succeeded at this!


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GRAMMACATHY 1/6/2012 6:19PM

    Three days at a time Chris. Just focus on getting your water drank for the next three days. Re-evaluate on Monday. You know like the constant assessments we had to give our students to keep adapting and updating their programs. Also, consider giving Braggs vinegar a try to beat that sugar addiction. Look up candida and vinegar. See if it does not sound like you. I am not so sure about the cleanses and the expensive pills they are pushing, but I am all for eating healthy three days at a time and balancing my sugar levels with vinegar.

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PATTYCAKE17 1/4/2012 1:50PM

    You are working through this problem, not avoiding it, so you will get some answers and be further along, if not cured!, one day you will realize how far you have come.
Three little suggestions that have helped me:
2. IF YOU WANT TO SNACK ON VEGIES, SPLURGE, AND BUY YOURSELF SOME READY MADE CUT UP VEGIES AND LO-FAT DIP COMBOS. That way you will have something ready-to-eat, and special when you want to treat yourself to a snack.After a while you can prepare your own.
3. Use those little flavor pouches for your water; you'll drink more if it tastes good. You can wean yourself off the flavors once you have established your drinking schedule. Also, try drinking from the little 8 oz bottles, instead of the 16 oz bottles. They go down really easy for me, but it takes a whole day to drink the larger bottles. Don't know why; they just do!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    I don't have advice, just hugs!
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1STATEOFDENIAL 1/3/2012 10:24PM

    Maybe it would help to consider substituting foods. Apples and peanut butter are a great snack. How about crackers, cheese and lean meat? If you can find something that will give you what you're craving (crunchy, sweet, salty, etc) but healthy maybe that will help.

The big thing here is to not give up. The only way you really fail is by giving up.

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MARTHASPARKS 1/3/2012 9:47PM

    Hey Chris, I have had similar challenges. Exercise with fibro is really tough ans swimming was about all I had left. Then I tore my right rotator cuff and the meniscus in my left knee. So, since I can't swim, I walk laps in the water. I do chair dancing. I don't eat at night if that's your challenge but if it's just food, soup or frozen food helps me feel full and satisfied. Water? Bleech. I do my 8 a day but it takes work, lemons, limes, etc.

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PATTK1220 1/3/2012 7:57PM

    When you crave food, think about something else - or go for a walk, pick up a book, knit, do anything that will take your mind off food. The craving will go away, and you will be okay. Have you tried substituting plant milk for dairy? Rice or soy milk on cereal tastes like cow's milk, and they're much healthier. The Silk Chocolate Almond Milk is truly delicious - so much tastier than dairy chocolate milk. Dairy is really bad for you.

You'll get used to drinking water. If you don't like the taste, try adding some slices of citrus or cucumber to a pitcher of water to make it more interesting. That's a really nice way to serve water aat a meal. Best wishes for your success!

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THISISIT-PA 1/3/2012 6:17PM

    Just one of my baby steps towards a healthy lifestyle took me 6 months! Keep trying, never give up! You don't have to be perfect. Count every success! emoticon

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WALLAHALLA 1/3/2012 3:14PM

    If you like the dairy, use that to your advantage. We need more calcium than we did 20 years ago, and dairy has it. Why use dressing, (YUK) when we can dip veggies and fruit in cheese? A slice of Cheddar is great with all different kinds of fruit. I ask the deli to slice cheese really thin for me and wrap it around veggies for a snack. Cheese makes me thirsty, so I drink more water. For me, it is a win-win situation. Yogart is good for a dipping sauce as well. Stirring up a half cup of icecream and using it for a fruit dip is also fun. I don't allow myself a spoon, so I have to eat more fruit in order to scoop up the icecream. Healthy habits are hard to build, but well worth it. Small steps will still move us forward.

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CAMOGIE3 1/3/2012 1:01PM

    Just take it one day at a time. emoticon emoticon

When you wake up in the morning, visualize yourself meeting your goals for today. At the end of the day, acknowledge the good you've done and just say "tomorrow, I'll do better" I read this in a blog or post somewhere recently and thought it was a great suggestion.

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Love ya!

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JACRBUNCH 1/3/2012 12:22PM

    They say it takes 21 days to creat a new habit, but for me it is alot longer. When I started Spark 1 1/2 years ago I wanted to drink two glasses of water first thing in the morning before I ate anything. It took me over a year to make it a habit (sort of) I still have days where I don't do that but most days I do. So if you really want this you will do it. It just may take longer than expected. You say you are stubborn so use it to be stubborn about the things you want to accomplish like this goal. I completely understand the fibro piece. I had to take a day off work (1 day before a 3 week break) because my entire body hurt so bad I couldn't function. Take care of yourself and do what you can when you can.

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DUSTYPRAIRIE 1/3/2012 11:36AM

    I was reading a lady's spark page today and she compared herself to a emoticon. She said turtles only move when their head is out of their shells.

Those of us that live with the fibro monster really have to take it emoticon speed sometimes. We have to learn to give ourselves grace, take things slower than most, and be content with conquering little things day after day. Sometimes the same ones again and again and again and again.

One thing I've learned so far. What works for one doesn't neccesarily work for another. If something still isn't working for you, and you've really tested it, it's time to adjust. You are unique. You are special. There is no shame in trying something else that would be more suitible for your body and lifestyle.

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ABERLAINE 1/3/2012 11:24AM

    Chris, you sound so much like me. Don't say "you support me", tell me how to do it. If you're trying to drink more water, don't say, "you can do it", tell me you need to drink a glass of water before each meal and one before you go to bed. Then, if you're shooting for more than four glasses a day (my goal for now 'cause I just don't think of drinking water), you'll have some concrete support and a way to get started.

I take medicine before breakfast and before bed. I also try to drink a full glass of water at those times, too.

Good luck!!

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Reminder to myself about my 2012 New Year's Resolution!

Monday, January 02, 2012

My New Year's Resolution is to drink about 4 oz. of water before eating anything between meals.
I tend to snack all day long, especially into the evening.
I am hoping this water habit will make me stop and think.
I want to ask myself the HALTS questions.

hungry,angry, lonely, tired, stressed Food will only cure the "H" hunger.

ONCE I can remember eating food when I was actually hungry
--and lo and behold the hunger went away! ONCE!


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SHAMROCKY2K 1/4/2012 8:01AM

    I've never heard of this before. Good luck. It makes sense. Somethimes we are just thirsty.

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THEWINNER33 1/2/2012 9:09PM

    It will work. Trust me. Hugs, Marcia

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LINOVER 1/2/2012 3:50PM

    I too like the HALTS concept! I carry a water bottle with me everywhere!

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SKYRUNHER 1/2/2012 2:50PM

    HALTS..I will need to remember that one!

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WALLAHALLA 1/2/2012 1:55PM

    I use a sticker chart for myself, cause I am as bad as a little kid. I likes to sees the goodies!

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    Great! emoticon

I used to remind myself that if I eat to "feel better", I will surely actually end up "feeling worse". ;P

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LEAHSHINE 1/2/2012 12:26PM

    I love this HALTS concept! And I think that water will help! Love the attitude Chris!

Happy new year!

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Brilliant Thoughts for New Years 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Ashleigh Ellwood Brilliant is one of my favorite people to quote. I hope you all have read at least something by him. Chris

I May Not Be Totally Perfect, but Parts of Me Are Excellent, and Other Brilliant Thoughts (1979), ISBN 0-912800-66-6, ISBN 0-912800-67-4

and many more books:

I Have Abandoned My Search for Truth, and Am Now Looking for a Good Fantasy: More Brilliant Thoughts (1980), ISBN 0-912800-89-5, ISBN 0-912800-90-9 (paperback)
Appreciate Me Now, and Avoid the Rush: Yet More Brilliant Thoughts (1981), ISBN 0-912800-97-6, ISBN 0-912800-94-1 (paperback)
I Feel Much Better, Now That I've Given Up Hope: And Even More Brilliant Thoughts (1984), ISBN 0-88007-145-1, ISBN 0-88007-147-8 (paperback)
All I Want Is a Warm Bed and a Kind Word and Unlimited Power: Even More Brilliant Thoughts (1985), ISBN 0-88007-155-9, ISBN 0-88007-156-7 (paperback)
The Great Car Craze: How Southern California Collided with the Automobile in the 1920s (1989), ISBN 0-88007-172-9.
Be a Good Neighbor, and Leave Me Alone: And Other Wry and Riotous Writings (1992), ISBN 0-88007-191-5, ISBN 0-88007-192-3 (paperback)
I Try to Take One Day at a Time, but Sometimes Several Days Attack Me at Once: More Brilliant Thoughts Than Ever (1987), ISBN 0-88007-161-3, ISBN 0-88007-162-1 (paperback)
We've Been Through So Much Together, and Most of It Was Your Fault: More and More Brilliant Thoughts (1990), ISBN 0-88007-182-6, ISBN 0-88007-183-4
I Want to Reach Your Mind... Where Is It Currently Located?: More Incredibly Brilliant Thoughts (1994), ISBN 0-88007-203-2, ISBN 0-88007-204-0 (paperback)
I'm Just Moving Clouds Today, Tomorrow I'll Try Mountains: And Other More or Less Blissfully Brilliant Thoughts (1998), ISBN 0-88007-221-0

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SRHALLIN 1/2/2012 2:24PM

    I used to read a lot of books. I could go through one in a day or two and be on to the next. But, I generally spend my book time on the Bible, and my free time on free-weights. ;)

Great list of books, though. If I get laid up, I'll come back for ideas!

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DAWNMARIES 1/1/2012 8:39PM

    Thanks for the suggestions. I have never heard of him. I love to read and will certainly look into these. I am in wonder what your bookshelf must look like. You must have many books. That would be a pleasure!

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THEWINNER33 1/1/2012 3:56PM

    What an uplifting list. I never heard of him before but will search for him now. 2012 is better than that other year already. Ny spirits are lifting and I am back to the positive. Hugs, Marcia

PS I've added you as a friend. Didn't realize I had not done that before.

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OOLALA53 1/1/2012 3:24PM

    This is my favorite: We've Been Through So Much Together, and Most of It Was Your Fault.

Hope you have a great year. Remember, it doesn't take all day to plan a few good meals and get in a little exercise. If we do at least that each day, things will get better. I know you struggle with snacking; I affirm that you will be able to go for longer periods of time without eating this year. I myself don't snack at all on weekdays (coffee with milk excepted) and it has been a great relief. So much less trouble! emoticon

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MAIZEY 1/1/2012 2:00PM

    Very interesting titles - definately interested!

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GRANDMASHOUSE 1/1/2012 12:51PM

    What a list!
Perhaps you could quote one or two phrases from time to time?

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WALLAHALLA 1/1/2012 11:59AM

    Thanks for the recommend reading list. I have not heard of him, but will definitely keep my eyes open when scoping for a good read. Got his name added to my shopping list.

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