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Valentine's Day 2010

Sunday, February 14, 2010

Hi there,

It's been busy, but gentle and uneventful in so many ways here today. I loved going to church and coming home to get daily chores done quickly and without complaints. (YAY) When my husband got off of work, 3 of our kids joined us for our quiet time at Borders--they scrambled and after sharing some quiet time looking at books, we enjoyed a pot of chamomile tea and private conversation.

I came home to have a surprise gift of a pretty flowering plant from myhusband and he prepared a really nice baked pork dinner for everyone. They are all watching a movie together and it is heavenly and peaceful here tonight. I haven't gotten to my clothing sort yet, but if not tonight, tomorrow will do!

I had a nice weight loss for the week and an even nicer non-scale victory with a giant chocolate chunk type cookie my husband bought us to chare. I had two bites and that was plenty. It is the first such food I have eaten in over 5 months and was pretty worried that when a dessert item came up, I would mess up. I didn't though--I enjoyed a little and didn't need or want any more. This is a big deal for me and I am proud of being in this place with that.

Have a wonderful Valentine's Day, President's Day Weekend, Chinese New Year, and Black History Month. I am impressed with the power of the shortest month of the year.!!
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Sylvia
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FUNNYGRANNY71 2/16/2010 4:13PM

    It sounds like your Valentine's Day was a happy one. You are to be congratulated for not giving in to food temptations.
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/15/2010 2:13PM

    What a wonderful day and wonderful hubby! Glad that you are seeing some blessings in your life. You certainly deserve all the best! Love, Dawn emoticon

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MTNGRL 2/15/2010 12:37PM

    February is a power packed month..kind like us. Lots of power in us too!!

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KKKAREN 2/15/2010 7:19AM

    Sounds like a great day, I had one too.

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SHELLPRO 2/15/2010 1:56AM

    And don't forget- Breast Cancer Awareness month too? Do those exams! I have to get back onto my situation, just hoping for better weather- which is NOT happening. We got about an inch of snow today with more predicted for the week emoticon

Hope you and all the family had a good Valentines.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/14/2010 8:50PM

    What a wonderful day!!!! You are doing great!!

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Friday 2/12 "Is Clutter Making You Fat?" Part 2

Friday, February 12, 2010

I am going to try this one more time. I am not sure that this is the best day or time for me to try something frustrating, because with a couple of exceptions, anything that can be a bit of a pain today has been--lol. The kids were all wound up today with anticipation for their Valentine's parties. My back is seriously out of whack. I have had to repeat things to my own children repeatedly. We are having trouble with the tires and rims on our little car and that makes me nervous--there are no Suzuki dealers arund here anymore and my husband had to go to a Ford dealer to get replacements ordered. The doggone potholes are killing everything around here.

OK. so back to the article I tried to share yesterday...
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Is Clutter Making You Fat?

Picture this: stacks of old newspapers on your kitchen counter, mail piled high on your desk, mounds of clothes shoved under your bed and in your closet, and disarray everywhere you turn. Does this sound familiar? If so, you may have a clutter problem. And it could be making you fat.

Clutter has been called the fat of our homes and offices, and it may be why
You’re having trouble managing your weight. For most people, clutter leads
to stress, and stress causes the production of the hormone cortisol, which increases belly fat. Cortisol also elevates your blood sugar levels, which causes insulin to be produced to regulate your blood sugar, leaving you feeling hungry. If you're hungry, chances are you're not going to realize it's because of the stressor surrounding you - the clutter. Instead, you're going to eat, and you're probably not going to go for the fruits and vegetables hidden in the back of your refrigerator (that is, if you even have any).

Clutter can also affect your weight because it becomes an obstacle to eating healthfully and exercising. If you can't find your sneakers and gym clothes, you're not going to get to the gym. If the kitchen counters are covered with papers, and the pots and pans are hard to get to, you're more likely to eat out or order in than cook a meal for yourself. And we know that meals from restaurants and fast-food joints are higher in calories, fat, and sodium than food cooked at home - all of which can lead to weight gain.

So what can you do? Declutter your life! You'll feel the weight lifting from the everyday stress of living in a cluttered environment, and your body will lose weight, too! Here are some ways to get your life and weight under control:

* Clean out your fridge and pantry. Throw away items that have passed their expiration dates and that contain unhealthy ingredients (for example, partially hydrogenated oils and high-fructose corn syrup). "Trigger foods" must also go - these are the foods you typically turn to that can lead to binges and unhealthy eating patterns.
* Restock your kitchen with healthier food. Make a shopping list of items you need and know you will eat. Keep fresh fruit and vegetables in the front of the fridge for easy access.
* Organize your pots and pans. Make sure you know where everything is and that you can reach it all easily. Get rid of old cooking supplies you never use.
* Clear off the kitchen counters. The counters are meant for food prep, not storage of household items and newspapers. Get a newspaper and magazine holder for a separate area of the house, and keep newspapers from only one or two days at a time.
* Sort through your closets. Try on clothes you never wear and if they don't fit, give them away or put them in storage for when you lose weight (if it's something you love, it can give you motivation to fit into it again!).
* Keep a gym bag packed at all times. Make sure you always have a clean set of gym clothes and your sneakers packed and ready to take with you. You'll have no excuse to miss the gym.

Do the same at the office and you'll have clutter-free environments at all times!
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I thought this was important enough to pass on--I don't have the source to share, but if I find it out from my friend, I'll edit this and add the information.

Have a wonderful holiday weekend!!
Sylvia

  
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SHELLPRO 2/15/2010 1:53AM

    I've made the DH crazy living this way all of these yrs. Including today- he made Breakfast, or at least tried to, lol! And I still stuck to my plan except for my mourning Muffin- he insists that I have to have one Kissey he bought a bag and has almost demolished half of the thing in less that 24 hrs. emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 2/13/2010 4:31PM

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MTNGRL 2/13/2010 1:02PM

    LOL, doing this today!!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/13/2010 12:04PM

    I definitely need to declutter my life.

Sorry about your challenges. My back is wanting to be a problem too. Grr. And we have potholes here that would swallow our car. LOL.

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PLATINUM755 2/12/2010 11:36PM

    The outside does reflect the inside, for sure...make it part of your exercise program, the scrubbing, bending etc...your home will be cleaner, you'll be less stressed and a little workout to boot! Sounds like a winner!

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JOS4EVER 2/12/2010 11:32PM

    I totally agree that clutter can stress you out. If you haven't used it or worn it in a year, it's clutter, get rid of it. You'll feel so much better and you'll have room for the new stuff your going to need when you lose that extra weight. emoticon

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Thurs. 2/11

Thursday, February 11, 2010

Hi there,

I have tried to post a blog and a great article half of this day...I am feeling a lot of frustration over this. I keep getting a weird error screen that says "No HTML." I took out all of the emoticons and retyped it and did everything and I just don't get it. My new plan is to try this...and then edit it. If this doesn't work, I will give up and try again tomorrow.

Hugs, Sylvia

OK, so far so good!
I found this article in my email, from a very dear friend of mine. I wanted to share it with you here...and I sent it to some of my friends, but mostly my children. (I told them it was an additional justification for the early spring cleaning we are working on here--by the way, I am very happy with our family room. We are going to add some new paneling when it warms up some as well as some paint, but it is much more friendly for me and--I don't have the TV in my space anymore. I love that.

It turns out that it doesn't like the article I was going to share...I'll try something else and post a part 2 to this blog after I figure out how only printed words can be HTML. I recopied it, changed the font and size. Technology can make you either fat or poor, lol. I can see drowning my sorrows in something I really don't eat any more--or tossing the computer through the nearest window, lol.

I'll be back--this info is really worth passing along!


  
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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/12/2010 9:13AM

    I hope that you get it figured out. I get so frustrated with the computer sometimes. I guess that I need to get my son to teach me some "tricks". Bright blessings to you my friend. Love, Dawn

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/11/2010 8:17PM

    Computers and the internet are often a big pain in the butt. LOL.

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DAISYBELL6 2/11/2010 7:33PM

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This is you tossing the computer out the window!

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MTNGRL 2/11/2010 7:28PM

    Frustration! Computers can really drive us CRAZY!

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Monday 2/8: A fresh work week

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Howdy all!!

It is hard to beat the really nice weekend we had here, even after missing out on the Super Bowl due to the problems with our cable provider. I feel bad for a couple of my sons who were really bummed over not getting to see the game. I called Mediacom and was told that there was an electricity problem where there feed is and they were working on it. Hmm, we still do not have any local channels or network TV here. Doggone that electric company who might not really have been the problem. It did start snowing yesterday and they predicted 5-9 inches. It snowed all night and we didn't get near the prediction because the sno is not falling really hard. However, it is still snowing nad hasn't stopped...and we have true winter weather conditions out. The prediction for the snowfall--of course, 5-9 inches.
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I had a good workout at the pool and they took measurements on my left shoulder today. I will start working on that in addition to my other work when I am at the warm pool. It will be nice to get it more comfortable. I also had an appointment with my counselor and we talked about the issues at work. He was pleased that I had taken the high road and avoided creating bad feelings or ill will. I also sent the email response as I was asked to by our HR guy. I kept it honest and antiseptic clean, void of opinions or feelings.

I have a lunch date with our parish nurse tomorrow, if the weather doesn't cancel school. It is fun to be able to spend time with friends and visit...and to stick with my program. Things are going okay so far this week. (Knock on wood!) I have some new books to read, "Thin for Life" by Anne Fletcher and "Low Carb Dieting for Dummies" by Katherine Chauncey. I joined the team with the same name last month and am hoping it will be a strong asset along with my current plan. I want to make good choices and I like having all of the available info out there. I started reading this book and may share things as I get going!! (After reading "The Spark." I am worried that any book about healthy living will not hold up for me.)
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FUNNYGRANNY71 2/9/2010 1:58PM

    I love reading your blogs. It sounds like you are doing great both physically and emotionally. Just hang in there and things will turn out all right.
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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/9/2010 11:24AM

    We didn't end up getting anywhere near the predictions so maybe it will work out for you as well. We have had enough snow. LOL.

I hope the pool helps the shoulder.

And you have certain been terrific regarding the work issues. So mature and reasonable. They are really fortunate that you have taken the high road.

I love to read diet books and have read a ton. Although some are better than others I learned some helpful info from almost all of them. Enjoy.

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MTNGRL 2/9/2010 10:57AM

    Ahh, a nice warm pool. That sounds wonderful. I can dream, lol! I am watching my carbs too because of the diabetes but not going too low. Let us know how that works!

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JHADZHIA 2/9/2010 7:04AM

    I am glad you enjoyed the pool, I am so missing my water workouts along with everything else! You know, not having TV is not such a bad thing -maybe create some nice family time together???? Be careful with this low carb thing -remember you need carbs to burn fat while you exercise, and its the ONLY fuel your brain uses! Spark's recommendations of nutrient ratios really work and have helped a ton of people -can't argue with success!

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 2/9/2010 2:08AM

    So glad that you had a good workout in the pool. Sorry that you missed the SuperBowl. It was as good as any I have ever seen before. Hope that you have a great lunch tomorrow. Love, Dawn

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Saturday, 2/6--I love the weekend!!!!!!!

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Hi friends,

The title says it all. I went for lunch with my best friend--I ate fresh fruit and some chicken, brought a doggie bag home that my kids shared. I decided that I wanted to wear jeans though--and my daughter who helps me wasn't home, so my other daughter was trying to locate my clothing (I cannot get in bed and have slept in a recliner in our family room for well over 6 years now, since my first back surgery. Since I cannot store laundry in the family room and I don't walk around so competently, the kids help me to get what I need.) She brought me my favorite jeans and I got dressed, and as I walked to the car, they fell right off of me. Wow, we were late, so I wore them anyway, but it was silly. My friend and I giggled and talked about many absurd ways of dealing with the situation. The truth is that my big fat jeans need to go to Goodwill or someplace similar--I looked at them to see if I could try to take them in, but that doesn't look like a job for an amateur. I may just go with something with an elastic waist until I get to my goal, and then I will get some nice new jeans to be my favorites.

We are working hard on household cleaning, decluttering and repairs right now--at my insistence of course. The family room was on the agenda for the weekend and the furniture is rearranged and things are deep cleaned, but there is a lot left to put away yet. I had wanted to give them all tomorrow off to enjoy church and get ready for the big game, but we are going to have to finish up.

I called my ortho about the lingering, nasty pain in my shoulder--even after the injection. I misse dtheir return call because I was at therapy in the pool...and the nurse wants me to call and get into physical therapy. I am sure I told her where I would be if they called back, so I don't know if she forgot or if they want me to do something in addition to what I'm doing in the pool. I'll find out on Monday.

Have a wonderful remainder of the weekend. I plan to do the same.
Hugs all round,
Sylvia

  
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JENNYPOO45 2/8/2010 8:26PM

    thats good about the jeans.I thank Id make a pillow are somthing out of them.How have you been?
hugs jen

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MORTICIAADDAMS 2/7/2010 8:37PM

    emoticonon those jeans!!!!!

I also love to read about decluttering!!

I hope that shoulder improves!!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 2/7/2010 4:14PM

    You must have been doing all the right things. I can still wear my old cothes afte 27 pounds lost, but I am also into some of my old clothes that were just too tight. I think you have done really well. I am so proud of you!
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MTNGRL 2/7/2010 3:00PM

    emoticon I bet it feels great to have those jeans be so big! Hope your doctor can help with the shoulder pain.

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SHELLPRO 2/7/2010 12:58AM

    LOL, I still remember the 1st time losing the pants happened to me! I did break down & have seamstress do a few items to tide me over till a pay check could cover some fitting styles. Can't have everyone singing 'Pants on the Ground' to the Teacher, can we? Good Luck with the Ortho and your shoulder, I still have issues with the right wrist and the Cyst hasn't stopped growing- I know when I was able to see my Chiropractor there was a lot better pain issues for me. Maybe check into that? Take Care! emoticon

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