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Friday, November 09, 2012

This week hasn't gone strictly to plan regarding the diet/exercise. My lovely son has been over visiting. Like many teenagers, he's not too keen on walking for walking's sake and I've not felt like going off to the gym and leaving him sitting home alone. So I've sacrificed some exercise hours for his company. I've stuck to the healthy eating side of things fairly well - except for the slice of his birthday cake that I allowed myself to indulge in yesterday. The actual slice of cake wasn't too bad - it was the "licking the bowl" calories that I managed to consume whilst making the cake that did the damage! He goes home tomorrow so I'll be strictly back on track. emoticon

In other news, I was out walking this morning and noticed that there have been some additions to the family of goats that live at the end of the road. Sooooo cute! 3 new baby goats, frolicking in the mud.





They brought to mind an encounter with an old chap we used to know when we first got married. We lived oop north in England, in Northern Lincolnshire. Eddie was the night watchman at the refinery where my hubby used to work and he kept pygmy goats (and rabbits too but they don't feature in the story). One day, hubby and I were out on our bikes, exploring the villages, when it started to spit with rain. We knew Eddie lived somewhere close by but were still surprised to see his head pop over the hedge and demand "Where's tha goin?"
"Goxhill," replied hubby.
"What's tha goin oop theer fer? There's nowt theer. Come in and see me goats."
That was an offer we couldn't refuse, especially in the rain. So we followed Eddie in, listening to him mumble something about "Goxhill's bin theer since time o' Vikings, it'll still be theer when thee gets theer - if tha ever finds it...."
Anyhow, long story short, I fell in love with Eddie's pygmy goats. They were just adorable. Shortly later, we left and cycled back home, deciding Goxhill would wait for another day.
The next day, Eddie turned up on our doorstep with a box.
"I've got thee wun!" he announced with a huge grin.
Hubby looked at me and stuttered "s-s-s-sorry?"
"I've got tha missus a goat!"

It took some delicate handling to explain to Eddie that, although his goats were gorgeous, we really didn't think one would live comfortably with us in our suburban semi.

The trees are truly beautiful at the moment.

  
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PUDLECRAZY 11/11/2012 8:30AM

    Such a sweet story! I love goats and miss the ones I used to have. I just don't have time to take care of them while I am still teaching.

Once, when I had a herd of goats, I travelled to North Carolina to visit a Quaker school located in the North Carolina mountains. I made friends there during my short visit. On the last day there, someone brought a (large) female goat to me saying that they coud not keep her any more, could I take her?

This goat had been raised by the family - in the house! She was completely potty-trained and very friendly.

Sooooo, I ended up taking her home with us. In the back seat of my Mazda station wagon with my two young sons. We stopped at rest areas and walked her on a leash, and camped over night with her on a leash outside of our tent. It was a novel experience! She adapted very well to the rest of our herd and made sweet milk for the goat cheese I used to make.



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DR1939 11/9/2012 2:23PM

    Love the story and the pictures. Ours are all on the ground in Minnesota. We have high winds and they strip our trees early.

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POLSKARENIA 11/9/2012 1:31PM

    They're very useful creatures for keeping grass (and everything else) short in the garden, the goats that id. Sons, well they're another story... I have 2 stepsons who still keep in close contact with me despite not them not seeing their dad... now there's a story!

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UNSWEETMAMA 11/9/2012 11:39AM

    Too cute! emoticon
And I'm glad you got to spend your son's birthday with him!

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WILSONWR 11/9/2012 10:46AM

    Great story! Thanks for taking the time to share!

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/9/2012 9:10AM

    What a cute story! The leaves are beautiful by you. Ours are almost all gone here in Michigan. Have a great weekend!

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Rock Chick!

Tuesday, November 06, 2012

Thank you so much for the responses to yesterday's blog. What a lot of wise words! I've read all the comments (twice) and inwardly digested them. My biggest problem is my sweet tooth. After years of snacking on high sugar foods every day, I'm finding it difficult to abstain. But I'm determined to break the sugar habit this time. Having "one small treat a day" doesn't work for me as it's never just one. Once I start I can't stop. Best to avoid altogether.

My head is in a better place today. I've eaten well (again emoticon ) although I've had a rest day from exercise. No cravings yet! Back on the wagon with the belief that perhaps I can do this after all.

In other news, I'm flattered to have been asked to play in a school rock band in an upcoming concert. They are performing "Stairway to Heaven" and were down a flutist..... My daughter is horrified that her mum will be on stage with her classmates, but I think of it as a kind of sweet revenge for her not letting me kiss her goodbye at the school gates anymore emoticon . Jamming with 6 handsome young gentlemen has knocked years off me! What a hoot!
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TRI_BABE 11/9/2012 7:39AM

    Wow playing in the band sounds fun! You are talented!! emoticon

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DETERMINED_ME 11/8/2012 12:20PM

    woohoo! Way to go on a good day! Have fun at that concert!

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POLSKARENIA 11/7/2012 7:45AM

    I love it - I'm always looking for ways to embarass my 12 year old daughter! Way to go with the rocking!! And good luck with beating the sugar gremlin!

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PUDLECRAZY 11/7/2012 7:35AM

    LOLOLOL! Rock on Mama! Our jobs as parents are not complete without somehow mortifying our teenagers.

Nix on the sugar, honey, maple syrup, and artificial sweeteners until your sugar cravings go away. Nix on artificial sweeteners forever. They not only do not eliminate sugar cravings, they have a myriad of other health threatening qualities.



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SUSAN-IS-WORTHY 11/6/2012 10:52PM

    Oh yes, I definitely understand about not being able to eat just one, when it comes to sugar treats. I end up eating half the bag! It just makes me crave it more and more, so I try to avoid heavy sugar all together too. It certainly is not easy, though. Hope you are having a good day! emoticon emoticon

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WILSONWR 11/6/2012 9:43PM

    Sounds like fun!

Good luck with the cravings. Is it possible to buy a single serving sweet treat somewhere and then take it home? That way you won't be tempted to eat more...

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KALIOPPE 11/6/2012 1:55PM

    Fantastic! You'll be jamming with young men AND your daughter is going to regret not letting you kiss her at the gates. Win, win. emoticon

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UNSWEETMAMA 11/6/2012 1:02PM

    I love it! Rock on emoticon

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MIRFA71 11/6/2012 12:56PM

    emoticon jamming with 6 handsome and young gentlemen.. lucky U.. emoticon emoticon

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THEEXERCISER 11/6/2012 12:44PM

    I love Stair Way to Heaven!

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CREEKLADY1 11/6/2012 12:42PM

  Hang in there...be praying for you to get past the cravings!

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On the verge of self sabotage

Monday, November 05, 2012

It's now 2 whole weeks since I began my "new healthy lifestyle" and the scales have shown a drop of 6lbs. You would think that that would be enough motivation to carry on the good work, but no, my finger is hovering over the self destruct button once again. Today it was a real effort to drag myself to the gym. I have eaten well and drunk plenty of water but what I really wanted - craved - was sweet treats. I have managed to resist so far and am now tucked up in bed out of harm's way. I just hope these cravings have passed by the time I wake up.

This happens every time. I don't know how to stop my head sabotaging my body. Until I learn, I'll never be slim. I hate sounding so negative, I just wish I knew the answer.

  
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POLSKARENIA 11/7/2012 7:50AM

    Baby steps... slow and steady wins the race!! See each corner or bend in the road as an opportunity for a new start. Being tempted is normal - it's like tobacco - the cravings take time to subside and be overridden... be a friend to yourself - we're only human after all and years of 'bad' habits take more than a few days to conquer...
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PUDLECRAZY 11/7/2012 7:31AM

    We have up and down days. I try to ride the course like a giant wave when I have down days, but sometimes give in. The important thing to remember, is to jump right back on track.

Here's what has helped me a lot:

NO sugar for a long stretch of time. Once my sugar cravings are tamed, I make progress.

Increasing my walking.... I try to substitute walking for snacking after work.

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SUSAN-IS-WORTHY 11/6/2012 12:37PM

    Oh, can I understand on this one! I wrote a similar blog not too long ago as far as not understanding why I just can't find the answer. I understand your frustration. The best thing I can suggest is not too expect perfection all the time. Look at the overall picture. If you eat that other stuff that makes you gain wait, it's just one meal/snack/whatever. You still have the rest of the day and the subsequent following days to make different choices. Another thing that helps me is to go to the motivational spark pages. I pick a quote that really seems to speak to me and I write it several times in a journal to help remind me.

One quote that I like is this "If you are tired of starting over, stop giving up."

Another one is "Remember to fill your life, not your stomach."

Hope it helps:)

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MIRFA71 11/6/2012 12:29PM

    emoticon . There, you can control yourself and your cravings. With time you will tame your cravings.
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DETERMINED_ME 11/6/2012 10:56AM

    emoticon You made it to the gym, in spite of not feeling like it, you still went. Great accomplishment! I think we all sabotage ourselves at some point or another. You pushed through the day, you made it! Just remember, it's not an all or nothing thing. If you crave something sweet, have it, but just a piece. I have recently taken up eating apples when I'm craving sweet, and by golly it's helped...I never thought it would. But it really does. I use Fuji apples and they have a nice sweetness to them to help with the craving.

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SQUIRRELLYONE 11/6/2012 10:04AM

    Try to find an activity that you don't have to "drag" yourself to!

Congrats on a great start. Now make sure that your healthy lifestyle is one that you not only CAN sustain, it is one you WANT to sustain!

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MJZHERE 11/6/2012 10:02AM

  Woohoo! Great job! 6 lbs lost. Look at what you have accomplished. Of course you will get there. Maybe it won't be as fast as you had invisioned - but you will get there. Look at what you have done - say to yourself, "I have done this. Of course I am going to get there. I can do this."

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WILLOWBROOK5 11/6/2012 9:11AM

    I agree that you may be pushing yourself a little too hard. I just wrote on my blog about how I set really easy goals for myself, ones I am very confident I can achieve so I don't get overwhelmed and frustrated. That includes choosing exercise and diet choices I am ok with. Then as I accomplish those, I build on them to bigger goals a bit at a time. This is a life long journey with changes we want to last, so make them ones you can sustain without it being too taxing. Habits are a lot easier to form and keep when you don't dread them! :-)

And please take pleasure and pride in your accomplishments. Congrats on the weight loss. Plus, be gentle with yourself. We are all only human.
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HEALTHY-SPARK 11/6/2012 8:33AM

    Hang in there. Whenever I get those kinds of cravings, I like to think that I'm winning the battle against my body which is "whining" about it. It takes a real effort to undo all the unhealthy habits that we've all accumulated over a lifetime -- so you are bound to have some cravings.

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STRONG_SARAH 11/6/2012 8:24AM

    Have some yogurt with honey as a sweet treat and try and remember that we ALL go through this. That's why dieting is so hard. Anything is easy for a short time, it's the perseverance that matters. You can do it! Good luck


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BROOKLYN_BORN 11/5/2012 10:39PM

    I think WilsonWR makes a good point. Maybe you're going too fast? You want to find a balance where you don't feel deprived so you will continue this healthy journey. Slower weight loss is healthier and more sustainable too.
Baby steps are still steps and keep you moving forward. Good luck.

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WILSONWR 11/5/2012 10:07PM

    You may be doing too much too quickly! (6 lbs in 2 weeks is a lot!) Slow down a little and try to find a little variety in your exercise - the gym can get old really quick if you go too often. Also, don't deprive yourself of sweets (or whatever else you crave for). Just have one and move on! (And don't feel guilty!) Let us know how it goes - but, DON'T GIVE UP - you can do this! Take care.

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SKJCHAPMAN 11/5/2012 9:04PM

    I find that being busy keeps my mind off the cravings. What ever you do, each day is a new day to start again. Keep starting again until you are able to understand the source. Great job putting yourself out of harms way by going to bed.

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CAT-IN-CJ 11/5/2012 7:27PM

    Do you hate going to the gym? If so, is there something structured that you can do at home? SP has a great variety of workout videos on the site . . . . and they're NOT sissy workout routines!

I'm not trying to give you an easy out . . . . just tossing out another option.

There are some great articles and health videos as well on SP. Perhaps if you can redirect your craving into something constructive, like educating yourself as to the real reason . . . afraid of failure?

Nobody here is a saint! We've all been there.

Just don't give up!!!!
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Sorry, but I'm still learning how to use this site.... but there's a great article I read. If you use the search feature at the top of your points tracker page, and type in

"If you're tired of starting over, stop giving up" you'll find the great motivational quote and a very helpful article.

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BLUENOSE63 11/5/2012 5:52PM

  You know this is your first test.....it really is all about moderation....in order not to binge have your treat but drink a bunch of water before and after the small treat.....you get your craving dealt with and feel full with water



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MJRVIC2000 11/5/2012 5:02PM

    Satisfy the sweet cravings with fresh fruits and veggies. They helped me and I'm sure they will help you. God Bless YOU! Vic.

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UNSWEETMAMA 11/5/2012 4:25PM

    Is there some kind of compromise that might work? A small sweet treat? Or maybe some fruit? For me, trying to just deny the craving leads to crazy anxiety.
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Feeling the love

Sunday, November 04, 2012

I'm feeling the Spark Love at the moment. emoticon

I first signed up to the site in 2011 but didn't really click with it and went MIA after just a couple of weeks. The prodigal daughter returned in June and gradually SP became a part of my daily life. But it wasn't until I started blogging, just a couple of weeks ago, that I began to feel like I belonged and realise the true benefits. People started to comment on my ramblings, messages appeared on my SparkPage, the occasional Goodie appeared on my page - I even got a few SparkMails! emoticon emoticon

I can't tell you how much I appreciate this interaction. It has given me such a boost. To know that there are people "out there" who care enough to leave a few words of advice and encouragement makes my heart sing. emoticon

I sincerely thank all my new Spark Buddies and look forward to making lots of new friends as I continue on my journey.

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WILSONWR 11/5/2012 11:31PM

    As I always say, mutual support and encouragement is what makes this work. Keep up the comments!

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PUDLECRAZY 11/5/2012 6:15AM

    Well done! I love the connection there is when we blog... this is such a supportive community. Plus just writing things down can be a valuable sorting tool. I am so glad you took the plunge!
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UNSWEETMAMA 11/4/2012 4:59PM

    It's been too long since I've blogged, but I know just what you mean. We are so lucky to have such a good supportive community here.
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In case of emergency....

Saturday, November 03, 2012

Spotted at Antwerp Central Station yesterday....




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It's a dull and damp day in Antwerp but I'm smiling - my son arrives today for a week's holiday. Can't wait to see him emoticon

  
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PUDLECRAZY 11/5/2012 6:15AM

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BESSHAILE 11/4/2012 7:11AM

    don't you just love language?

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NCSUE0514 11/3/2012 5:51AM

    Enjoy!

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ARNETTELEE 11/3/2012 5:00AM

  Have a wonderful time with your son!

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WAY2GOCAT 11/3/2012 4:17AM

    emoticon Enjoy your time with your son!

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