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Life Without!

Wednesday, August 25, 2010

My life without potatoes slipped tonight! I've gone from having something made of potatoes everyday of my life, to having none for several days. I'm Irish and use that as an excuse, but I actually love the root and never thought I would be able to survive without it.

I have gone for 16 days without any potatoes, but tonight, I couldn't resist, so I indulged. My plate was buried with them. Fortunately for me, my husband is able to eat them and I gave nearly half of them to him. Even though they were very good. (Don't go there!)

I once belonged to a weight-loss group (didn't lose weight) but got some grand ideas. You may have seen the commercial, years ago about AA. This guy was at a party and the drinks tray went by, he reached out for one, but his wife, standing vigilantly by his side, waved the server away with the drinks, pulled her husband's hand away from the drinks and he looked longingly at them as the tray made it's way around the acreage of the outdoor party. There's a transition as some voice tells you how easy it is to join AA, but doesn't mention about how hard it is to stop drinking, or getting rid of any harmful vice and now the guy, obviously having successfully made his life through AA has learned to live without. Now he's at another outdoor party and the same server comes by with a drink tray. This time he politely turns down her offer and she moves on. His wife has a harder time with the incident than he does as her face is covered with worry and she's still watching him like a hawk! But as she watches him move off to some friends and pickup a conversation, totally forgetting the drink tray, her worry fades to joy as she realizes he's farther along than she ever dreamed he could be.

I don't mean to sound like I'm bashing or disbelieving in AA. It has helped millions and I applaud that. It was the commercial that needed help! Anyway, they got their point across to me and I transformed it into something that could help me. Unfortunately, I didn't keep at it long enough or I probably would have been healthy, wise and strong a long time ago. But then, I would have never found SparkPeople, never made friends all over the place trying to do the same thing I'm trying to do.

So the idea is this; don't keep thinking about the "forbidden food". I have to use that philosophy when I walk down the Snack Isle at the grocery store. I don't look past what's on that isle and move on forcing myself to think of anything other than the stuff in that isle. So now that I know where that isle is, (store just recently rearranged the entire interior of the store) I can avoid the isle altogether and don't have to see it or think about it for a second. It works for me. Hopefully, if you need to try this "dodge", it will work for you.

So I have to stop thinking about potatoes again and each day, I will have to work to not think of someway to incorporate the root into my diet. It's one of my poisons, so I have to stay away from them. I'll convince myself that it is poison at some point and won't have this problem to haunt me anymore. I'll chant "I hate potatoes" over and over for a few days and that should have it burned into my brain. Believe it or not, that works, too.

This could be a team, too. The Living Without Team! No, that won't work, it's got a negative in it. Well, that's alright, it would need a great leader to begin with and so we'll just go root around - make that Spark around the site and find out more neat little ideas hidden away in super articles and blogs.

Isn't it wonderful having so many people joined together in the same goal of becoming healthy. Maybe we could stop the hate and wars and start loving each other, learning how to actually allow everyone else their choices, which is what this country was founded on.

Grand Day Everyone!

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JANETLP 8/25/2010 8:42PM

    Love you blog! I also avoid the snack food isle, and now that the candy isle is also not in my path around the store, I don't see it either. Yes, there are some things I am not happy about the new arrangement of my 2nd choice of stores, (Aldi's being my first). But the moving the snack and candy isle from the other foods was a great idea. Popcorn is over there and I do like to buy the small 100 calorie bags for a special treat now and then. emoticon emoticon

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Finding Spark Friends

Tuesday, August 24, 2010

I recently wondered how it would be to have SparkFriends. I started my search by looking at other blogs. I'm still learning how to be brave and blog myself. Anyway, when I found a blog I liked, I left a comment and noticed I was getting answers back from other SparkPeople.

It was fun. I started sending emails back to them asking if I could add them to my "Sparky List" and they became my friends. My idea is to have friends that I can "collect" ideas and suggestions from. I'm not alone or an island, and I don't know everything. In fact, I'm learning so much at SparkPeople that I have become addicted to Sparking everyday. It's Fun! It's Easy! It's Free! IT'S GREAT!

So here I am surrounded by a whole lotta great people and we just need to connect to be friends. Ya'll are GREAT! Thanks.

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QUEEN_REINA 8/25/2010 8:41AM

    It's WONDERFUL how much support we can give each other and get from each other!! Even when I'm not following my program I keep logging on because my spark buds help me get BACK on track! I"m so glad you've found this fantastic support, your gonna be AMAZED at how much it helps!!

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TAMMYTH64 8/24/2010 10:18PM

    Great idea! We're in it for the long haul!
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HARPERLADY 8/24/2010 5:56PM

    sounds like you have a great plan, I love it here , the feed back is great, the more you post the more people get to know you and well it just goes on and on and it great! emoticon

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LOURON 8/24/2010 5:25PM

    I agree that this is a great way to know that we are all on this road to good health together. Also what I can't believe is where everyone comes from. Guess am still getting use to the World Wide Web emoticon

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JANNYMACK 8/24/2010 4:15PM

    It's great to be doing this with others instead of alone, definitely much more fun!


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SHMILY928 8/24/2010 3:04PM

    We're all in this together!

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BJW-FARMGIRL 8/24/2010 2:20PM

    emoticon emoticonWe're all just traveling along our way, doin' the best we can, and connecting with others who have the same struggles. we can do it!

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Authors Unite!

Monday, August 23, 2010

I wrote a novel and it's at a publisher, scheduled for release around November 9, 2010. I am so excited about it, but now I have to do the marketing on this book and this is the scary part for me. However, I may have it licked before I start. One thing I know, I need to be excited about it and I am. I've been telling everyone about it. I can't stop telling people about it.

It makes me wonder how many authors are out there in The SparkPeople World? Maybe it would be a new team? But it would certainly be fun to see how many "Sparkies" are authors.

If you've written a book, please feel free to let me know. If nothing else, I can count comments, but I think it can go a lot further than that. Suggestions welcome.

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CTUPTON 8/23/2010 10:06AM

    When I was using another website for dieting support, one woman wrote a book about motorcycling around the Mississippi River area. Her "thing" was photography. So the book had plenty of photos.The people on the forums with her cheered her on and felt like we were going through her 9 months --or more--of "pregnancy." When the book was published we all felt like she had given birth. I bet there are other authors here on sparkpeople. Maybe if you start a team, others will join. Or send out feelers first --like you are doing now. Good luck!
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7PASTORMIKE7 8/23/2010 8:10AM

    I am in the process of writing a book or series of them ! Rev. Mike

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Sunday, August 22, 2010

Today, I read the Spark Article, Squeezing Your Stress Away, and was extremely surprised, excited, revved, and impressed. According to the article, squeezing a stress ball, (no amount of time stated) you can destress, reduce arthritic pain by increasing your vascular circulation and reduce stiffness in the hands. That was the key to my enjoyment of this article.

My hands have been so stiff and sore lately and I knew it was arthritis and I was getting stressed over it. I type for a living. I write books. I can't become a gnarled ball of arthritic limbs! So I looked around for something I could use as a stress ball. Thank God for my silly collection of "Beanie Babies" of several years ago. I have "Hissy" the snake. A cute little thing and full of tiny beans. So I grabbed it, stretched it out of its coil and started squeezing as instructed. I noticed a difference immediately.

I'm going to throw some "Beanie Baby" in my car for use there, too, as I think it will help when I stop at a light and get snitty over a long winded light because it's wasting gasoline for all of us.

Thanks Liz Noelcke, Staff Writer for you advise and views on a wonderful, unknown, piece of exercise equipment. My hands appreciate it and I appreciate you.


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YOGAGIRLNH 8/22/2010 11:57AM

    That's a great way to improvise! I, too, spend most of my day typing on the computer, and I'm an avid knitter. My grandmother and a couple of her sisters had bad arthritis, and I've always been worried that it's genetic. I'll have to check out the article. Thanks for the tip.

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I can't believe I'm Blogging!

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

When I first heard about blogging, I was astonished. Why would anyone put their personal feelings in a public area for anyone, absolutely anyone, to read. Here I am, doing the same thing and wondering why.

I am very private and I like it that way. I had a job for years where security was prime and you just didn't let people know your feelings on anything. I was raised in a family that had two very controlling parents. "Put a smile on that face, even if you don't feel happy and don't give me excuses!"

I can look back now and know that they were control freaks and at the time I was too young and sheltered to know the difference. I know they loved me, but they were controlling.

Unfortunately, when I got older and realized that, I discovered I was a bit there myself. I actually hate being a controlling person, so being the extremist, I go the other way and come across like a shrinking violet or easily controlled. I don't think I am either one but I haven't found the middle ground yet.

When you work in a job that has security as the prime directive, you don't let people know your feelings, your plans, your personal life because it can be a way to get to you to their benefit. But it makes for a very dark and singular lifestyle.

So now I'm breaking away from it, slowly, like a cat going outside, checking all the angles, listening to all the sounds, checking all the scents, to ensure safety for myself.

I'm finding other people that feel the same way I do, but because their experience, education, and environment has been different, they have a different angle on the subject. By adding my angles, the picture becomes more complete, the lens widens and we all learn more.

I will keep learning and finding out all kinds of things here. Happiness, anger, fears, all kinds of things. Maybe I can help someone else a little. I am sure someone else can help me a great deal all over the spectrum.

Have a grand one, everyone!

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TAMMYTH64 8/18/2010 9:46PM

    I know what you mean. I don't blog much but when I do I feel a certain release.

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FAERYBRIDE 8/18/2010 4:55PM

    Thanks for sharing! I feel the same way every time I blog. It feels awkward and yet cathartic. I'm just getting used to it.

Good luck!

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