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Friday, May 06, 2011

Today is a great day for me! I just realized how far I've come by the rule of "sweet-tooth" measuring.

For my entire life I have had a sweet tooth that would not quit! If there was a pecan carmel roll I'd be down my throat real quick. Those were my favorites and I will admit to liking Twinkies, Tigertails, Snowballs, Smores, cookies (any kind, any where, anytime!), and pie, cake, brownies, you name it the gooier the better!

I never thought my sweet tooth would go away and I remember asking a SparkPerson not too long ago if it ever went away. I was going to try something she was doing and she had noticed that her sweet tooth wasn't as active as it once was. But she said she still had that sweet tooth so I didn't go with the plan she was working on. But I remember bemoaning the fact that the ol' sweet tooth was going to be with me forever so learn how to deal with it, say no, and move on!

Today, we were shopping and we came upon the Day-Old-Bread-and-get-rid-of-it-quick-and-
cheap trolley. Usually it is full of breads of various flavors and descriptions and I wanted to get a long "french" loaf for making garlic cheese bread and freezing it. While wading through several loaves, my husband pulled out a package of 4 cinnamon rolls buried under white frosting of some sort. I almost gagged and I realized that I had come a long way by measure of sweet tooth ruler. To turn my nose up at a sweet was something I never thought I would do or be blessed with. It happened today and I was so happy. Thanks SparkPeople for making the path and showing us the way. Thanks SparkFriends for being there for me and wow! I can turn away from the sweets! Thanks God!

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    You are doing great!!!!

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LIFEISSWEET2 5/7/2011 7:51PM

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Good to know that the "sweet tooth" can be silenced!

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1BEACHWALKER 5/6/2011 4:51PM

    emoticon emoticonI knew I had turned the corner from my food addiction when we went into Golden Corral a couple months ago. Bob just had to go there-he likes all that home style cooking. I looked at all that food and it made me nauseous! It was all I could do to pick out something to eat! We did so good-both of us! I stayed within my calorie range that day and it felt awesome! Keep going- you are doing great! So happy for you!!!! emoticon emoticon

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GINNJEN2000 5/6/2011 1:39PM

    Now that tells ya something doesnt it. emoticon on just saying NO!

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MISSYFOX41 5/6/2011 1:04PM

    It's a great moment when you can say "No, that isn't worth eating" and mean it! Good for you!

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LUCYFIRST1 5/6/2011 12:50PM

    Good for you! Isn't it great to discover a positive change in yourself? You deserve a gold star!

(Couldn't find a gold star, so here's a gold starfish!)

Mary Lou

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In the dumps!

Wednesday, May 04, 2011

Today I awoke feeling not real peppy or very good. I haven't felt this way for quite awhile and I don't know why I felt so much like crap! I wasn't happy about anything and I just didn't feel "good". The longer I sat here feeling like I wish I could go get rid of the feeling, the worse it got! Finally, my DH made me toast, no coffee, and after I ate the toast with peanut butter, I went back to bed. I had awaken at 3:47am. Probably why I was feeling like crap!

Anyway, before he left an hour and a half after I went back to bed, I got to wave him off, as usual, and then stayed up and got busy. I think I have completed more stuff this morning than usual. I got rid of the crappy feeling and while I haven't done my usual exercises yet, I feel a lot better about life. Even though this is a real bad month for us financially, we are refusing to fall into the squabbles and tense battles that usually come with financial difficulties.

Currently, we are doing the best we can. I keep trying to put at least $1.00 away every week, but it doesn't always work, except to strengthen my habit of stashing $1.00 every week. But I'm at a point that I don't care if I can only stash $0.01 a week, it's better than nothing.

True, it won't get us anywhere and my DH has been sorely disappointed for a couple of years now, but I actually feel better about something I've been trying to learn so I could pass tests and "go live" and get paid for what I'm doing, than I have since the day I first got into it.

At any rate, I am feeling better than I was and I know I can go on. It's funny how the day can start out sour and somehow resolve into something on the sweeter side. It has to have been sleep. There was no other explaination for it. I really felt down.

I know I fight depression all the time. I used to take meds fo rit, but I reached a point where the doctor said I didn't need them anymore and I had learned how to fight the feelings of depression and I still read articles regarding depression - as it never really goes away, it just gets manageable. But this morning I felt so rotten. I was wishing it were all over. Whatever was going to happen, would just happen. It didn't - there's no easy way to get past the deplorable condition our country is in except to work at it. TG we are a working class of people, mostly, hardworking, honest people that are willing to work to make our world, if not those around us, better off.

I have donated to causes right and left and there have been times in the past where the money was more plentiful than it is now and I would donate time and work to a cause, and I just did it again, last month, but depression hides and then pops out when you least expect it. I never really realized how sleep effects it though, until today.

Okay. Long enough - I could keep going, but it's time to stop.

Keep Sparkling friends! Happy Cinco de Mayo tomorrow!

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FRANNYMAE80 5/5/2011 2:10PM

    emoticon depression sucks doesn't it! even with meds mine seems to have a mind of its own on some days. I hope that things get better.

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MELA1953 5/5/2011 12:07PM

    Things will get better!!!! Just keep working at it!

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MISSILENE 5/4/2011 6:29PM

    Sis, I am so sorry that you had a bad day. I hope at this time 6:19 you are feeling better. I have spent most of my life depressed and am used to feeling sad during the day. I think you said that you had the wii game. Does that make you feel any better? My daughter uses exercise for endorphins.
I have to do the diabetic prick testing for a few days on my husband. Think of him actually loosing it when I have to stick him with the little bitty pin. He starts to sweat. Forgive me every one if you do this and I am making fun.
Yesterday, I went to a trial clinic to see if I can get my varicose veins worked on. The end result is that I was disqualified for a reason. I was sad and grumpy all day.
Were you sad a grumpy? Today I had my teeth cleaned and was told by the hygeniest that his wife has 100 cancers in her nose. At that time I appreciated the little discomfort I had for 45 min. Life is tough sis but we are all in it and we have do get through it. Keep your chin up emoticon

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    Just got back from a 2 hour hike. No one could walk with me today, except of course my boo. I was bummed about that, but I went anyway. I had a fantastic walk, listened to some vibes. I listened to my track called "walk" has only feel good songs. I heard that song by Simon and Garfunkel, feeling groovey. You know that line

♥ .**♫♪ ♪♫**.♥ .**♫♪ LIFE I LOVE YOU, ALL IS GROOVEY ♫**.♥ .**♫♪

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GINNJEN2000 5/4/2011 1:12PM

    I am glad the mood has lifted some. Sleep is vital that is for certain, Depression is a hard one to lick too. Its a constant companion for some of us but one that we can sometimes tell be silent, or not now sometimes. I am sure that sounded lame but it was meant to be helpful. Keep busy is all I can say since meds are not on the docket.
You know all the commerical stuff so I wont bore ya.
Take care and Sparkle On we need out Ghost!

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LUCYFIRST1 5/4/2011 1:06PM

    Isn't is awful to not be able to control your moods? It stinks! No matter how much you tell yourself to "cheer up" it doesn't work. Sleep may be a large part of it, and I truly believe activity and exercise helps. I've heard athletes are the happiest people because of the endorphins (sp?) in their systems. Exercising the big muscle groups releases these hormones, or whatever they are, and they make us feel better -- at least that's what I've read.

As for me, I know that when I feel depressed, I don't really want to do anything, but it always makes me feel better when I exercise, walk, clean house, or work in the yard. Maybe the activity helped you too.

Take care, my friend. (I think blogging helps too!)
Mary Lou

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Another Fact or Faked Episode on the Thread

Thursday, April 28, 2011

This episode was a great one and I think one of the last ones for the current season. It was of the Whaley House in San Diego CA and the Florida Muck-Monster. They had only one submission that was tabled for later after some more information could be obtained and it was about a Fairy at a bon fire. Devin suggested that it was a lens flare and I had to agree with him, besides they had already shown clips of the Florida Muck-Monster and the Whaley house and the six of them had already picked which ones they wanted to go an investigate so it was pretty sure that the Bon Fire Fairy was going to be left out.

They did the Whaley house first, Bill (lead scientist), Austin (former stuntman), and Chi-Lan all took off for San Diego Old Town and the Whaley House. I thought they did an excellant job of hunting down information without dragging it out to a history lesson of California vs Mexico or San Diego vs San Francisco - well done guys. In the end, you learned about the house and the grounds and why the place is haunted. It is now a museum and the place is actually restored to its original charm. There is a small house next to it that houses the museum gift shop and you can read about it on the web. It too was restored to it's original splendor after being moved from New Town years ago, dropped on the ground without foundation (because it was temporary) and finally picked up, placed on a foundation and restored. It is definately a small 2-story bungalow but would fit a couple or single very well. Unfortunately, the shop needs twice the room, but that's a different site and story. So the Whaley House seems to have Mr. Whaley still living there. He appears, from pictures, to be a very nice man. However, I took an instant dislike to his character after reading about him, in which he took a 5 year sabaticle from his wife and five children (perhaps only three at that time) when he traveled back to New York to settle his fathers estate. His father had died 37 years prior and he leaves his family destitute for five years while he goes back to New York? Then he returns, but not to wife and children in San Diego, but to San Francisco where he looks for work. Huh? The man was an entrepaneure from his teenaged years, what is he doing in San Francisco? What do they call it when a middle aged man goes off on what seems to be some ridiculous adventure? Yes, well, maybe I'm being harsh but it also seems strange that two of his businesses were mysteriously arson fired to the ground at times when he seemed desperate to make a change. Maybe he's stuck in his old house to learn how to stay home?

The Florida Muck Monster was also an interesting one. Turns out it isn't a monster - like Nessy or Champy but mistaken identity. You'll have to tune into the show, website or the thread to find out what it is. Being in Florida, this was of great importance to me. It apparently, has put the small town of Jupiter on the map and they are making a great selling out of it. Tee-shirts, souvineres, etc. Northerner's, please note: The water in Florida is shallow in most places at most times of the year. I was dieing to get a boat when we got here, but after checking things out, we decided it was way too shallow to deal with. Coming from Seattle where Puget Sound and the lakes were quite deep, I could not handle the idea of running aground, correction - amuck in the muckiness here in Florida so no boat.

I hope you enjoyed this adventure of mine. I had fun writing it.

Lights and geopods off!

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ISLANDGIRL2013 5/4/2011 8:49AM

    Yeah, we had a boat for awhile, but navigating the shallow waters was so stressful, it took the fun out of boating. So we sold it.

I'll have to check out the muck-monster!

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/29/2011 2:14PM

    Interesting, I have never watched the show, only what I read in your blogs. Sounds like fun just trying to get to the bottom of it all.

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WISEWIFE 4/28/2011 11:13PM

    Depends on where you are, many places are deep enough for a good sized boat. Others would be suited to a jon boat, or another one with a very shallow draft. Or you could get (depending on the purpose you want it for) a pontoon boat. We lived on a 52 foot cabin cruiser on the Hillsborough river for years. Plenty of room and loads of fun.

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Great News Day!

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

One bad news day, quickly followed one great news day! That's what I like to see. I don't mind a bad news day once in a blue moon, but I sure like them followed quickly by the good news deays.

So, as the song goes, there is nothing left to do but "pick yourself up, dust yourself off, and start all over again!" (Goads)

Thanks, SparkFriends for all your encouragement when I cried about the bad news day. I'm okay.

Have a Sparkling day, everyone! emoticon

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/24/2011 4:18PM

    Glad you got some good news as well!
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GINNJEN2000 4/21/2011 6:56AM

    This is always nice we need these days

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MORTICIAADDAMS 4/21/2011 12:04AM

    I'm glad to see your luck has improved!

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DONNA_W 4/20/2011 10:48PM

    Glad you had a good news day!!! It sure helps the spirit!

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Another Day, another ???

Tuesday, April 19, 2011

emoticon Did you ever feel like - Those who stuffith, puffith? Today was that day for me. I got some bad news and immediately wanted to binge on gooie food. I haven't done that in years. But then again, I haven't had any bad news in years, so I guess I haven't learned as much as I thought, or evolved as much as I thought. Do the bad habits ever go away, totally? Can you really not change?

I have been told so many times in my life that people don't change. I've always said, "but they can." I have proven it many times by myself alone. But this just baffles me.

So I'll stop grumbling and get back on the trail again. I can do this because I know I can.

Have a grand one, evreyone! emoticon

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MARTY728 4/21/2011 11:16AM

    We all slip. Let it go and continue to Keep Sparking!

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    It was just a bump in the road. You will get back on plan. Sorry about the bad news. emoticon

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JUSTJO66 4/20/2011 1:25PM

    There's an old song that goes "Mama said there would be days like these"...and you know there are. Yes, old habits do die hard and especially when we're faced with really bad news...we want to chunk everything and dive in.....back into those old comforting habits.
Just dust yourself off....which sounds like you have...and just know you are human. :o)

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HIKETOHEIGHTS 4/19/2011 9:45PM

    I guess it is not about change as much as it is about choices. you are as as your last choice. So as you said back on the trail making good choices. I love ice cream & that won't change. I make the choice not to eat it all of the time. For me it is not the effort to change as much as the effort to make the right choice.

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SOFEDUPP 4/19/2011 8:55PM

    I agree that people can change. I also believe it is a matter of whether or not a person wants to change. If a person does, they do whatever they can to change the behavior that is bothering them.

Keep plugging along and things will change!!

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MIRAGE727 4/19/2011 8:31PM

    I would tell a bold face lie if I didn't lust over a muffin or cupcake. In fact, I had a 340 calorie blueberry muffin at the Clearwater Iron Girl last week. I made my calories for the day. I burned thru some serious cardio and I weighed in good. It told me I was still eating right, I didn't have to deny myself, and I knew what I had to do. Yes, I'm in the healthy BMI now BUT I'm still working to lose until my body says we're there! Don't know when I will attack another muffin but I have some beautiful apples, oranges, and grapes to lust over in the mean time! We're in this together, PC!

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