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Day 56 - NUTS!!!!

Saturday, January 29, 2011

I have never really been a big nut eater – just taste bland and a bit boring to me.

But I have been getting a bit tired of my usual snacks (suggestions definitely welcome on some snack ideas) so decided to go for a very lightly salted small tin of almonds.

Food labels here are a bit hit and miss – there was no dietary information on the tin but I figured – hey its nuts – how bad can it be?

Had a couple of handfuls a few days ago (maybe 120 grams through the day) instead of my usual fruit or other bits and pieces.

And then I weighed myself the next day and wondered what the heck was going on – the day before wasn't that good but it WASN'T that bad – and I had even tried to be nutty seedy healthy!

So I figured I would check the calorie content of almonds – I wasn't TOO bothered about the fat as I figured it was natural fat so couldn't be that bad.

Ha!! how W-R-O-N-G was I!

There are 730 CALORIES in 120 gms of nuts – 3 hand medium handfuls!

And 58 grams of fat!

Those little snacks ended up being over 1/3 of my calorie and fat intake for the day LOL.

NOTE TO SELF – check before you chomp!

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CROCHET09 1/30/2011 5:01PM

    Snack ideas? Well.. for starters, if your a pickle eater regular dil pickles have 0 cals and 0 fat, eat as much as you like :) I like the 100 cal snacks, so many varieties! Also the special K 90 cal cereal bars (make sure they say 90 cal cuz they also come in 170 cal) I like to slice a zucchini w/ some salt pepper and garlic and throw it in a 400* oven til I smell it, ummm... fat free yogurt, ummm.... this might sound ridiculous, but if you want to feel naughty without BEING naughty I like popcorn. I found out my butter lovers popcorn is only 30 cals/1 cup of popped popcorn. Hope this helps, I'm out of ideas right now :)

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SHIPMAN01 1/30/2011 4:01PM

    Nuts are sneaky little devils. ALWAYS check before chomping!!!

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KLS777 1/30/2011 7:04AM

    LMAO at the fast funeral pic in the background! Did we have a few schooners with the nuts or have we been a good boy? Sorry, after 8 weeks of school holidays got nothing but drinking beer on the brain! Sorry about that, back to the nuts I have only about 7 raw cashews at a time because I read somewhere (don't quote me though) that cooked or salted nuts have no or limited nutritional value and that if you are going to eat them they must be raw ones, no expert, but I did read it somewhere, how bodgey are the labels over there?

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SARAWALKS 1/29/2011 6:24PM

    Peanuts are the lowest calorie nut, I think - at least, the kind that you have to crack out of the shells are - and that slows you down as well...
Pistachios have a similar advantage...
Although almonds are so good for you, it really is hard to stop once you start on those...
It's really a shame! they are a special treat...

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LEARNING2LUVME 1/29/2011 12:25PM

    I love almonds and cashews, but I rarely eat them because I just can't stop myself. lol.


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GWENAEL 1/29/2011 12:09PM

    This reminds me of nothing in excess, everything in moderation! Which sucks 'cause I really love my nuts!

Hope your mom is doing much better!

She's in my thoughts! Have a good day!

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CRAUDI 1/29/2011 6:38AM

    Definitely a good idea to check before you chomp (ha!), but remember too that you're not going to see the results the very next day of what you had eaten the day before (with the exception of eating a large quantity of food the day before, especially at night, and it isn't fully out of your system by the next day). I fall into the mindset sometimes, getting so excited that I could eat as much crap as I wanted one day and not gain an ounce the next morning...then I do it again and again and again, thinking I'll be fine! Turns out, it doesn't work that way!!

But, maybe keep your almond snacking to about 20-24 almonds a day or so. :)

Snack ideas: Starting out with a glass of water, or boiling up a pot of tea is always good. Filling and keeps you from eating other not so great snacky things. I also like yogurt or a glass of milk, a small bowl of whole grain cereal, a boiled egg, cucumber or cherry tomatoes with hummus, or a small bowl of brothy soup. Sounds like a lot of my snacks are small meals, but that's probably the case. :)

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NEDYFAY 1/29/2011 5:30AM

    Nuts are sneaky little things. I sometimes treat myself to about 30 grams of hazel nuts or maybe 10 grams of almonds, but that is usually it.

Snack ideas: I don't know what you usually do, but here are my favourites: cherry tomatoes (I get them in 250 gram packets, which covers half of the recommended minimal intake of vegetables), sugar snaps (snap peas in the US), baby carrots, low-cal instant hot chocolate, low-fat/low-cal cheese. Or tea, which comes in a lot of flavours and contains no calories on its own :)

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ISLANDBETH 1/29/2011 5:17AM

    See, nuts are devious! :) I actually avoid nuts for that very reason, unless I have had a really intense strength training, then I eat a few with fruit as Genfinch suggested. I usually don't even eat a full serving size as they are high in calories and fat and though they do have some benefits, you can get the same vitamins, etc by varying your veggie/bean intake. :)

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GENFINCH 1/29/2011 4:41AM

    yeah, they're quite calorie-dense. But they get your metabolism going and help you burn more. In moderation of course ;)
I have 15 grams of plain almonds and 15 grams of plain walnuts a day, with my apple. Bite of apple, almond, munch-munch. The fruit sugar makes it taste a bit like marzipan - delish.

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GRACEANAQAH 1/29/2011 4:35AM

    Oh, tell me about it! emoticon I would use to eat cashews, just 1/4 cup full and then I logged it into my tracker!!!! Dang...I stopped eating cashews! LOL. I have been told that almonds are much better anyway, I think that you can eat 24 pieces.

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WENDYJM4 1/29/2011 3:09AM

    WOW that shocked me. A big lesson learnt. Just goes to show that what you think of healthy may not be. Scary thought.

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NOUVELLEMIC 1/29/2011 2:02AM

    You're not kidding. I had a bit of a shock when I age a whole bag of almonds. I eat the raw unsalted ones and they are still high in calories.

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Day 54 - Some thoughts for my Mum if you would:)

Thursday, January 27, 2011

Well last night's Australia drinks wasn't a bad weight wise as I would have thought!

Was out for about 6 hours, got a bit pissy :) but kept myself tidy.

Checked this morning and didn't gain an ounce so that light lunch and some cardio yesterday definitely helped :).

So - my sister (Ellen) in Australia has let me know my Mum is not doing so well. She is in her early 80's and worked her bum off for most of her life (as did Dad) to support the family.

The years of 7 days a week, 12 hours a day running her own little convenience store had taken their toll and then she got a very bad ear and eye infection.

I actually flew home as it looked she might not make it BUT the tough old chook pulled through - it took about 12 months for her to fully recover and she was sounding bright as button on the phone late last year - was great to hear her sounding more like her old self again.

Here's a photo of my sister, 2 nieces and Mum (during her rehabilitation from the infection). A happy little tribe:)



Unfortunately she had had a couple falls recently, one after each other, and my sister tells me she is not quite as weak as before but is not in good shape and her recovery could again take a long time.

At her age and condition who knows how long it may take for her to start to mend - if at all - awful thought but I have to be ready for the worst.

I just got off the phone from her and she sounds very weak and a little disoriented.

A small request for my Sparkfriends to send some love her way to help heal and get back on top again - that would be greatly appreciated.

Thanks all:)

D

  
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JEAN111766 2/2/2011 5:01PM

    I will send some prayers your way and hers ;)
I hope the reason we haven't heard from you isn't your Mum...
Please provide an update when you can ;)
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GWENAEL 1/29/2011 12:05PM

    My best energy on its way to your mom's! What a lovely lady!

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CRAUDI 1/29/2011 6:27AM

    Thinking of you and your mom... Hope all is well.

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AMYB1985 1/29/2011 1:37AM

    All the women in that photo are so lovely. It's hard to hear you're going through this tough time, but your mum is under the excellent care of her doctors and your sister.

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DAKOTASMOMMY_07 1/28/2011 9:40AM

    emoticonWill definitely say a PRAYER..
God Bless~Christina

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SHIPMAN01 1/28/2011 8:54AM

    Good thoughts and prayers being sent your Mum's way (and yours as well)

She sounds like a tough cookie, that's for sure!!!
I'm glad you had fun going out, and that you were rewarded by the scale fairy.
Have a great day!

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DUBAIGIRL 1/28/2011 4:10AM

    sending love and light her way and yours! x emoticon

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PEGGIET 1/27/2011 10:53PM

    Hoping all is well!!
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What beautiful women they all are!
Best wishes being sent to your mum, sending her lots of hugs too!
My grandmother is 87, I know what you mean when you say she's a tough old chook, even though recovery is a lot slower in this age group, they generally recover fairly well anyway, I hope everything goes well and she pulls through! Here is emoticon for you too, I hope you are coping o.k with the news.

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ISLANDBETH 1/27/2011 1:22PM

    David, I am sending all of my love and positive vibes to your mum... she looks like one feisty lady! My best to you and your family.

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SPARKINGINMASS 1/27/2011 11:21AM

    I hope that she will be ok. emoticon

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GRACEANAQAH 1/27/2011 10:39AM

    Hope that you mother will get well soon.

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RAVENSTORM27 1/27/2011 10:09AM

    Of course!

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THENAMESLISA 1/27/2011 9:03AM

    Sorry to hear about your mom. I have an idea of what you're going through. Prayers for your mama.

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JHADZHIA 1/27/2011 8:45AM

    Sending healing thoughts your Mum's way. You have a lovely family, enjoyed seeing the photo!
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NIKKISEZ 1/27/2011 8:32AM

    My thoughts & prayers are with you, your mum & family.
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PILLOWFOOL 1/27/2011 8:00AM

    sending lots of my love, prayers, and bright thoughts out to your Mum!

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    emoticonfor you and your Mum, sounds like one terrific lady. Wishing her a speedy recovery.

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NEVERMIND2010 1/27/2011 5:31AM

    Positive vibes coming to your mum and you. Take care.

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MRE1956 1/27/2011 4:49AM

    Will keep you, your mum and family in my best thoughts.....

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DUTCHPETE641 1/27/2011 3:13AM

    Hi Dave,

I hope she will be alright and be around you for a long time. Enjoy the time you have with her.
I lost my mother when she was only 55 so make the most of it mate!
Pete

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WENDYJM4 1/27/2011 3:07AM

    Hope your Mum gets well soon. My thoughts are with your Mum and you. Take care.
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NEDYFAY 1/27/2011 3:06AM

    *bundles up a package of love*

Wishing your and your family strength and all those other goodies!

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You, your mum and family have been placed on my prayer and thought list. You have a great mum!

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Day 53 - geez mate - fair go - its Australia NOT Orstraliya!

Wednesday, January 26, 2011

A Happy Australia Day to all my Aussie mates.

And so commences the education for those of you not fortunate enough to come from the worlds largest island AND smallest continent.

Australia has somewhat shady beginnings - our lovely friends in England decided the best thing to do with their hardened criminals (you know - bread stealers and the like) was to claim this island as their own and start a great big jail there.

So Australia started itscolonial life as a penal colony.

Time has progressed (no - you will not be forced to suffer through a history lesson!) and Australia now makes a huge revenue from tourism - those NOT chained to a ship and forced to go there.

In a somewhat ironic twist of fate (someone in the Australian Immigration Department has a sense of humour) British citizens must apply for visa to go to Australia whereas Aussies can simply land in the UK unencumbered. Apparently we have gotten a little more selective about who we let in emoticon.

So - some Aussie slang - for some bizarre reason being away from Oz has made me use G'day more than I EVER did at home! Unless you are an Aussie please do not massacre this saying while you are there - try hello - it works just as well:)

Thongs - no its NOT flip flops - its thongs!
Prawn - where did "shrimp" come from!
Esky - cooler
Loo - bathroom
Pissed - drunk. It took me a while before I realised that yanks (Americans) weren't just blind drunk all the time - they were just angry occassionally!
Grog - the stuff that makes you pissed
Shout - to pay for a round of grog that will eventually make you pissed - seeing a pattern here?

Celebrate Australia Day in whatever fashion you will.

For me its vegemite on toast for breaky and then down to Bidi Bondi (the local Aussie pub) later this arvo for a few schooners with my mates - I will try not to get TOO pissed!

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D





  
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PILLOWFOOL 1/27/2011 7:57AM

    I'm sorry - but if someone came to me asking to borrow my thongs I would be HORRIFIED. and they call them FLIP-FLOPS because that's the SOUND they make when you wear them!

it's so funny because I can't think of any "americanisms" that would be as freakin' hard to figure out as some of the things KLS777 just included in that Australia Day recap! hahahha!

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DUBAIGIRL 1/27/2011 1:52AM

    Aside from thongs (they are teeny tiny knickers! not flip flops!) and esky (which my family uses but that might be our exposure to the Aussies out here over such a long time) the UK has all the same meanings. strange that eh?

we have marmite however and either way it's awful stuff!

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KLS777 1/26/2011 5:33PM

    Australia day was great! We chucked on the thongs and aeroguard, grabbed the esky, threw some smokes in the sky rocket, headed off on walkabout up the frog and toad, both sheila's and blokes invited, had a barbie and ate a snag, threw on some dead horse because the grub was a little greasy, shouted too many big T.E.D's, got pissed but not rollin' drunk, strictly slim dusty ringing out, plenty of sky larking and a few mugs and louts, took the piss out of a mug still sporting a mullet, rolled out a swag to get some shut eye, must have been a hell of a shin dig, the way that I'm feelin' this mornin', glad there's no work today, otherwise I might have chucked a sickie!
Sorry David, couldn't help myself to join in some good old Australian fun!
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JHADZHIA 1/26/2011 11:57AM

    I so agree with thongs, don't know who put this flip flop thing in..
The only one I haven't heard of is the word for cooler.
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Enjoy!!

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-AD-ASTRA- 1/26/2011 9:54AM

    And what about Foster's and the Outback Steakhouse? :)

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AMYB1985 1/26/2011 9:51AM

    I know what vegemite is; it never sounded very appealing.

emoticon But hey, I'm a don't knock it 'til you try it kind of girl. And y'all is one of those words like g'day - you never stop using it once you've lived in the southern U.S, but it's really noticeable if you aren't a natural!

The bit about visas between Australia and Great Britain has got to be one of the funniest things I've heard recently. They didn't teach me that in world history class!

Hope you enjoy Australia Day!

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JEAN111766 1/26/2011 8:43AM

    Awesome! I should have read this before I sent the balloons... I would have had the answer that yes, today is your Australia Day!!! Enjoy! and thanks for the info!!!

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NEVERMIND2010 1/26/2011 7:02AM

    TOAST!

Enjoy the day, don't shout too much. emoticon

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THENAMESLISA 1/26/2011 6:53AM

    Love it!!

My parents were actually considering moving to Australia when I was a kid.

I live in St. Louis, Missouri, and some refer to it as the "Lou." Not very inviting, eh?

Happy Australia Day!!

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PEGGIET 1/26/2011 5:47AM

    And don't forget "gob smacked" !! No, nobody spat in your face - you were flabbergasted (UK), or in the rest of the world - amazed, thrilled, pleasantly surprised!! My brother-in-law Stayve (Steve) in Sydney is often gob smacked about his sister-in-laws, and maybe also often pissed but I don't know!! Maybe pissed off!! He goes for a lot of walk abouts, or is it walkies!!
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WENDYJM4 1/26/2011 4:33AM

    G/day mate from one Aussie to another. There are many unique Australian sayings, that was only a few. Happy Birthday Australia. I have been to a barbie. emoticon
A unique thing happened today at some races in Victoria. They had to cancel because there were kangaroos on the racetrack. So how Australian is that!

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GRACEANAQAH 1/26/2011 3:30AM

    I am emoticon at Pissed...good thing I wasn't drinking anything at that moment cause it would have been all over the keyboard emoticon

Enjoy your day!

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DUTCHPETE641 1/26/2011 3:29AM

    Have a great Ozzie day mate! Enjoy a few pints in the sunshine!

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Happy Australia Day! Don't get too pissed!

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Day 52 - Who is this ? Where did you put Bert? Come on - fess up!

Monday, January 24, 2011

Today was an all out cleaning frenzy with me humming, singing and – yes – whistling while I worked. The stereo was set to play a pile of feel good songs and my mood was great and has been for a few days now – long story.

Getting my cardio while I scrub the balcony or wash the windows or vacuum or mop myself into a frenzy– 2 birds one stone.

Decided I wanted a new plant for the balcony table and needed a few bits and pieces plus a haircut. Had nice long shower and did all those girly things men never admit to – loofahing and scrubbing nails and hair conditioning – not my usual routine but I wanted to feel sparkly clean (oh no – this is starting to sound like a Disney movie – queue the bluebirds and the pixie dust).

Aaannnyway – put on some jeans – that fit – woo hoo! - and was buttoning up my shirt when I felt that automatic twitch in my neck.

There's a mirror right there reflecting a wonderful side view – have a look – you know you want to.

After only 5 or so kilos off from 126 there would be no noticeable change and I knew it but the head swiveled anyway.

As I started to take in the view I cringed a little on the inside and waited for the inevitable internal voice to start - “Hmmm – nice man boobs!”, “how does that tyre run continuously around your stomach – you almost have as much back fat as you do front fat!”, “At least try and suck in that gut would you” - I am sure many of you know what I mean.

So I waited – and nothing. Not a single bitchy, derogatory comment from yours truly.

The only thing that came out? “Thats actually OK – it won't be too long before that view is going to change Mister – keep at it alright?”.

Ex-CUSE me?!?!

Wheres the snide, snarky comments – wheres the not so smart insults that would be tumbling out by now, wheres the venom, wheres the – what the heck is going on?

Nope – not a one.

It would seem that internal Dave (we call him Bert) is finally getting the hint. Things are changing – this is not if but when so start playing nice.

I know that there will still be the occasional slip but it seems that a corner is being turned.

So – as Barbara says – be good to yourself.

Be on the lookout – listen for those negative thoughts and start retraining them. Don't be complacent about letting it happen – work on it.

You should, can and must be your best friend.

Be vigilant and consciously monitor the negative self talk – it feels pretty incredible when it starts to take effect.

And kind of weirdly bizarre – but in a really good way . emoticon

Spark on.

D

  
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NEWHORIZONSR4ME 1/26/2011 11:10AM

    emoticon That's the way I like to hear it! emoticon It's all a process and not an event. You are doing emoticon

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GRACEANAQAH 1/26/2011 3:36AM

    I had a positive self-talk yesterday in front of the mirror and it was very hard to do...I am so happy that it working for you! Keep up your positive outlook! emoticon

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JEAN111766 1/25/2011 10:29PM

    Loving this blog!!! I am sooooo happy for you!!!!! I can relate totally to what you are saying too! I have been seeing a "new me" when I look in the mirror as well!!!

I'm telling you.... this is the year!!! WE ARE GOING TO SUCCEED AND HAVE OUR SUCCESS STORY PUBLISHED!!!!!

Keep on Rocking on!!!

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DUTCHPETE641 1/25/2011 10:27AM

    Hi David,
you are doing so great. Keep going mate!

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SHIPMAN01 1/25/2011 8:58AM

    Great post D ;)

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NIKKISEZ 1/25/2011 7:31AM

    Just reading about how much happier and accepting of yourself that you've become has put a big smile on my face. You're wonderful, Dave.
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ISLANDBETH 1/25/2011 7:20AM

    Dave, that is awesome!! Good for you! It will become automatic, too. I had the epiphany last year sometime when I was yelling at myself for not working out hard enough and my partner said, "Why don't you try telling yourself how awesome you are doing and encouraging yourself to keep it up!" It actually made me able to go farther! So good for you for taming evil Bert!!

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JHADZHIA 1/25/2011 12:32AM

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Love to hear this David!! Well done rocking this healthy new you!!
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MANDYG2898 1/24/2011 10:37PM

    I love self love blogs!! We are always our own worst critics so great job!

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REALLYHOPIN 1/24/2011 10:26PM

    hehehe... I LOVE being quoted! lol

I'm keeping an eye on Bert though... but I'm slow to trust!

You're making great progess David!!! I am so excited for you...

~ Keep on being good to yourself!
~ Barbara

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NEVERMIND2010 1/24/2011 9:59PM

    If you've finished all your cleaning and still need some cardio, you are more than welcome to pop over to my place. :P

I'm proud of you for getting that negative internal voice to put a sock in it. That's something a lot of us need to work on.

PS. There are a lot of man boob conversations around my house, so I had to laugh at that. Sorry. ;)

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SPARKINGINMASS 1/24/2011 9:45PM

    Sounds like you had a good day! Thats great!! emoticon

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WENDYJM4 1/24/2011 9:24PM

    great blog, David, well done. I did need to read this emoticon emoticon

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RAVENSTORM27 1/24/2011 5:48PM

    A great blog post! Something about making my health and sleep a priority does the same thing for me...I haven't had to do a single "I love and accept myself" statement to myself to counteract negative, critical thinking since the new year. Sounds like you're in a very self-affirming and positive place today!

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KLS777 1/24/2011 4:56PM

    Barbara is so right! Thanks, I needed this today!

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SEASONS_CHANGE 1/24/2011 4:47PM

    Sounds like a good day... mission accomplished! What was on your playlist?

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Day 51 – “Business Owners plan protest at Sparkpeople HQ”

Sunday, January 23, 2011

DUBAI Local business owners have been meeting to plan a protest on Sparkpeople HQ, as revenues for their small business have been slowly dwindling over the past few months.

Abdullah Junblatt, local franchise holder of Chillis, an American based family restaurant explains more. “Mr David used to be one of our most regular customers. Many was the day he would call for our drivers to deliver a 3 course meal to his apartment for both lunch and dinner. Often this would be 2 or 3 or 4 times a week, every week, for months and months. I know his order like my own son's face – Classic Nachos, Half Ribs and Choc Chip Paradise Pie. Of course sometimes he would change but this was his standard. And now....”

The tears well up in Abdullah's eyes as he turns his face to me “And now I have a freezer full of half ribs, a fridge full of Paradise pies and a store room full of nachos and he doesn't call me anymore. Why? Why? And then I find out” he grits his teeth and spits out one word “Sparkpeople!”

Abdullah, as well as the owners of Solis Restaurant and Chow Meins Chinese have had their weekly revenues shattered as their most loyal customer has simply stopped calling.

Collectively, these 3 business owners have added a 2 bedroom extension to their home, purchased a 35 foot catamaran and funded at least one of their children's private educations with the consistent revenue generated by sales to this one loyal customer.

James Choi, manager of Chows, elaborates “How will I pay for the remainder of my beloved daughter Myrtles education without Mr David deliveries? He had us on speed dial – and now? Now he doesn't even remember who we are. I am ruined – RUINED I tell you!”

We contacted Mr David for comment, and asked him how he felt about the devastation he has caused to these once proud business men.

He responded as follows.

“Errr – ummm – I guess - sorry?”

Little comfort indeed to Abdullah and James.

This story is not over and we will update you should the situation change...although we doubt it will. We REALLY doubt it will.

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D

  
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ISLANDBETH 1/25/2011 7:21AM

    I love this blog!

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TWOTIMESS 1/25/2011 2:24AM

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This must be the reason for the economic slump in the fast food industry! Single-handedly you destroyed their livelihood! You go, Mr David!

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PLANKWALKER 1/24/2011 11:29PM

    Gave me a great laugh. Thanks! :-)

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RUNNER12COM 1/24/2011 10:59PM

    Ha, this is great. Well written, David!

SDJ

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KLS777 1/24/2011 4:51PM

    Mr David - you always make me have a good laugh!
Mr David - that waistline must be shrinking!
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FLORIDASUN 1/24/2011 11:06AM

    Bwahhhhhhaaaaa emoticonmaybe they should consider moving to the mainstream and get a business that actually serves REAL food...it's the going trend right now...people are FINALLY starting to "get it"...junko crap in....fatty bulges and sicky feeling...projection to the world...wake up peeps...you've got to understand that YOU are the keeper of your ship...boo hoo for the fast food peddlers...and that boo hoo is slung with a sarcastic tone! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REALLYHOPIN 1/24/2011 10:36AM

    These are lean times my friend...

and that's a positive statement.

~ keep on being good to yourself!
~ Barbara

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DUTCHPETE641 1/24/2011 10:26AM

    Your blogs are, almost, always so funny!!

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    Hilarious emoticon

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JHADZHIA 1/24/2011 9:06AM

    Too funny!
Take away is the biggest trap for a lot of people.. Eating out is so much easier than making your own.. Well done bashing down another obstacle to your healthy lifestyle!!!

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ELIZINJAPAN 1/24/2011 7:50AM

    This is pretty awesome!

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AGCUNNIN 1/24/2011 7:43AM

    "I like the way you think, Dude." ~ The Big Lewbowski.

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TRISH579 1/24/2011 7:38AM

    A PERFECT start for my Monday morning! MMMWWWAAAHHH! emoticon

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A_LIL_BLUE_ROSE 1/24/2011 7:07AM

    Thanks for the morning giggle

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NEVERMIND2010 1/24/2011 7:00AM

    Fine reportage, there. What a shame for those business owners. ;)

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PILLOWFOOL 1/24/2011 6:54AM

    honestly, please write a book. I would buy it in half a heartbeat.

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EUPHRATES 1/24/2011 6:27AM

    BWAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

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RAVENSTORM27 1/24/2011 6:15AM

    ROFLMAO!! Hysterical (yet oh so true!)

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RACHGLAZE 1/24/2011 5:28AM

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GENFINCH 1/24/2011 4:51AM

    Mwaahahaha! Really funny!
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PEGGIET 1/24/2011 12:51AM

    Love this!! Several business at JBR are joining in the laments as well!!

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JANTWO 1/24/2011 12:24AM

    Great blog and story writing!!!! emoticon

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WENDYJM4 1/24/2011 12:19AM

    love this blog. Yes, I can see how it would impact on other people. Stiff cookies!
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DUBAIGIRL 1/24/2011 12:13AM

    Love this blog! emoticon

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GWENAEL 1/23/2011 10:46PM

    emoticon Great blog! BTW, thanks for the comment you left on my blog!

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