Monday, August 30, 2010
I grew up in a family that ate meat and potatoes every night for dinner, which included Friday Cheap Nite! That was breakfast, eggs, bacon & hash browns. It was all my parents could afford on Friday nights because the bank account was close to empty and the pay check hadn't gone into the account yet. Things were a great deal different then than they are now. Thank God for the improvements!
Anyway, I learned how to meal plan on my own. One of those weight loss plans that suggested meal planning but didn't really go into detail and so I ended up making meal plans based on meat. I didn't know rice, except at my favorite Chinese place and it was fried rice with egg and pork and whatever. Anyway, somewhere along the line, more than likely SparkMotivated, I discovered it was better to meal plan around a veggie. Stunning idea!
I have recently discovered that my refrigerator is full of fruits and veggies, lean on meat and scarce on potatoes. I was doing my best to eat all those fruits and veggies as opposed to tossing them out as they got too old. I was doing pretty good, but my husband, who likes rice, suggested that I make my meal plans around those fruits and veggies. Oh! Wow! I totally forgot that concept! I'm serious. I had lapsed back into the old concept of planning around meat.
Back on track! I'm planning around the fruits and veggies and I've made another discovery. I eat a lot less meat, no potatoes (I hate potatoes!) and more fruits and veggies than I ever did.
I guess it helps to really sit down sometime, when you're alone or with your best friend and analyze your eating habits, patterns, and concepts now as opposed to what you used to do.
You know that vision collage we should make when we first join SparkPeople? I never made it. I could never think of stuff to put in it. Now I can! One side is going to be covered with pictures of meat and potatoes. Lots of pictures of meat and Lots of Potatoes (I hate potatoes!). The other side is going to be full of zillions of pictures of fruits and veggies, no potatoes, and a couple of pictures of meat, mostly chicken. My then and now pictures! I can hardly wait to get at it.
Have a grand one, SparkFriends!
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!
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.
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.
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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