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You tell me you are hungry? Well, have this Big Glass of Water dear!

Friday, May 16, 2008

I replied: "You misunderstood, I did not say "I am thirsty", I said I was hungry"!
Then my boyfriend repeated: "We just had a great meal. Take that glass of water, drink it all, let's take a nice walk outside, and if you are still hungry, we'll have carrots and celery!"
At first, I felt a little frustrated by his answer... My taste buds wanted something crispy, and sweet or salty, and I don't know really, but I wasn't "in the mood" for another glass of water (I do take my 8 glasses every day)!

Okay: I did tell him I needed support for loosing weight, but I did not expect HIM, to tell Me What to do!?! emoticon

It took me a minute, after drinking that glass of water, to finally realize how helpful his advice was! And of course, I knew this was the good thing to do, but sometimes, we do not want to listen to that nice little voice inside our head, right? emoticon

So thank you my dear Friend! You just saved me from doing something I would have regretted, and in the end, I was really thirsty! Wish you could always be there, and wish I would listen more, even when it does not really sound like what I wanted to hear!

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CAJUNPEACH2001 5/27/2008 8:51AM

    it's a blessing to have angels... emoticon

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REILLY527 5/18/2008 9:08AM

    oooh - you are so lucky to have a partner in this journey! i am still trying to get my 8 cups in, but i'll keep moving toward that goal. ...sometimes listening to the advice of others is so hard - it feels like another muscle that is out of shape! good luck! emoticon

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    lol well water isnt the best tasting, I know what your saying, but I do find myself drinking 9 to 11 cups a day now lol and it was so hard to just get 8 when I started spark! my fiancee is so funny, he will drink 40 ounces of water in 30 minutes and STILL say hes hungry, im proud of him tho, he has lost soooo much weight, I think his problem is hes eating way to little! hes losing too fast but he wont listen to me, and now his weight loss has stopped (im assuming because hes NOT eating enough and doing way too much exercise, but he wont listen to me, but hey he lost 50 lbs since the second week of february, as long as he dont give up he will be ok.
any way this isnt about him LOL congrats on having a great boyfriend :) hugs and good luck with your goals :)

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WILLIWAW 5/17/2008 6:04PM

    Bless your boyfriend for LISTENING to you when you told him you needed support! And, bless you for not resisting what you didn't want to hear! Keep up the good work! Your page looks nice. Your little boy is a doll! :)

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GRAMMACATHY 5/17/2008 1:57AM

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DDOORN 5/16/2008 8:38PM

    gotta love that water! :-)

what a terrific "nudge!"


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LILLIAN364 5/16/2008 2:46PM

    I also drink water before I eat. I don't have your boyfriend to remind me. emoticon

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RENA1965 5/16/2008 2:41PM

    Keep listening to your dear friend, and I applaud him for saying something sensible. Do you know how many women would kill for your partner ?
Guard him like a pitbull terrier..

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Message in a bottle #1: ILLNESS

Sunday, May 04, 2008

ILLNESS: this is what made me gain the most weight.
What a good reason...
Or is it really? One of the frustration of this situation was the fact that most of the people I knew, who got ill, LOST weight, not GAINED it!
Since January 2006, I am taking CORTISONE. For those of you, who don't know about this medication, it usually makes your face swell, inflated like a BIG Balloon... And it made me crave like crazy for SWEETS! (Itís a common thing among cortisone ďusersĒ). My doctor told me it saved my life, and I know he was right. But after taking it for so long, it was making me so sick (it does have a very long list of side effects), we are now TRYING a new medication called CELLCEPT. Pretty impressive side effects though: shortness of breath, dizzy spells, palpitations, numbness - for almost all the left side of my body sometimes! But they should all be temporary, since my body should get use to this new chemical in a couple or more months from now, so my doctor says.
But I guess what I am really trying to say here, is that, whatever the medical condition we might have to put up with, we should not worsen our situation by beating ourselves up, right? So why do I jump on a chocolate bar or a big bowl of ice cream whenever I am having a hard day?
What my Best friend would probably tell me is: now is a good time for taking real good care of yourself, with the Best of what Life has to offer. And I know now that those Best things are: fresh air, water, fruits and veggies, playing with my son, laughing with my husband, talking with my friends, walking and having fun with exercise and activities.
And Iíd like you to meet my Best friend now: itís Me!!!
So thank you for reading this, I feel so much better already!
Be careful though, as you should take a step back: 'cause this message will auto-destruct in 5, 4, 3, 2... ;-)

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    oh meds really mess our bodys up, they save us from life threatening things, or in my case severe chronis pain, but they also have side effects. but ya know what? YOU can DO IT! it will be slower for you (as it is for me) but ya know what, the slow and steady get there eventually ;) I have had many back surgerys, wasnt allowed 2 different times to do anything for a year! I went from 115 to 179 during these times YIKES (and im 5-3) and I have so many restrictions because of the rods and screws in my back, and the constant pain, but ya know what? I am going to do this! and like you it will be slow goiong, BUT its going to be going! Good luck on your journey and hey I guess I made it in time.... the message hasnt self destructed yet :D hugsss

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MTKAMARGOT 5/14/2008 8:42PM

    You have such a wonderful "voice" in your blog entry. Such a positive voice. Sending you good vibes that your body should adjust to your medication soon!

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2STEPSFWD 5/6/2008 10:14AM

    The "Best" to you! I think the simplest joys in life are the best things. You have it all within your grasp. I'm cheering you on! emoticon

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GRAMMACATHY 5/5/2008 1:49AM

    Writing is so healing and it prevents us from putting unhealthy food in our mouth. I love your quote: " Now is a good time to for taking real good care of yourself".

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Finally: spring into The Spark!

Sunday, April 20, 2008

I have been here since February 2nd and took all that time to read and surf around the website and I am so amazed by all the possibilities SparkPeople offers!
I have a complicated health problem, and I have a full time job, with a young boy to take care of, and bills to pay like everyone else. I do have a wonderful husband who provides and takes care of us and does everything he can, but sometimes, every little thing looks so BIG and overwhelming.

Something happened last week though: I took all my Saturday to clean the whole house, and I enjoyed it. Sunday was the commemorative ceremony for my father's death (he died of cancer last year, age 64).

And then it hit me, I finally had the Spark! Was it the smell of Spring, that beautiful sunshine, the sweet breeze, the warmth of the family, I do not know. But here I am, two months later, and I want that change!
I am ready to become part of that beautiful community, since I understand better now, all the power it provides to each and everyone who participates.
So here I am,
and welcome to my new life!
Annie ;-)

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GRAMMACATHY 5/4/2008 1:32AM

    Thank you for the positive attitude in your blog. I love "Spring Into Spark". It should all be our motto. Keep up the good work.

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BECCA_BEE 5/1/2008 7:33PM

    Hi Annie, Welcome back!!! Isn't it great to be ready to spring into action. Me too!!! We can do it!! Becky

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CANNOTFATHOM 4/21/2008 7:27PM

    Great attitude Annie! Best wishes on your success!


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CASTMEDIC 4/20/2008 2:12PM

    I feel your excitement! I love SPRING! Your blog was so refreshing to read. I am working on Spring Cleaning just today, and am newly motivated! Thanks!

Happy weigh-in!


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When "a couple of pounds" becomes "A LOT".

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

I remember, I was 20 years old and wanted to loose a few pounds (maybe 5 pounds). People were telling me things like: "we won't see you if you loose even one!"
They were being nice, I know. Today I know that I was beautiful back then, even though I felt I needed to look thinner. All I needed was a little exercise, and I guess that is the kind of advice I would have preferred.
Because that is all there is to know: eat healthy and a little exercise every day. This should become our way of life, we should learn that kind of stuff in school.
I am now 40, and all those diets had me play the "YO-YO" game, and I have now 28 pounds to loose, and they are difficult to loose. My metabolism is low and my energy too.
But I think I understand that it is all up to me now, to stop making excuses and trying to find "easier and faster ways".

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SPIRALWRITER 4/2/2008 12:31AM

    You are SOOOOOO right that this stuff should be taught in school! I'm 38, so we both grew up a little before the junk food in schools got as bad as it is now, but we still weren't given really good information about fitness and nutrition. The way things are now, especially in the US, it amazes me that any kids AREN'T overweight!

We can be part of that solution though, through education AND setting great examples.


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MILLY61 3/15/2008 3:54PM

    Sounds as though you have the right mindset, well done for making the commitment to healthy living, you'll do just fine.
Thank you for visiting my page and giving me support, I really appreciate it.
Keep that vision in your head of what you want and then work the programme, you'll learn a lot about yourself as you learn to take control.
All the best for a fun and rewarding journey :o)

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DDOORN 2/20/2008 1:31AM

    It always comes back to that: we are the only one who can command our ship!

Good for you to jump into the driver's seat and take control!

Don, Co-Leader of All Health Professionals SparkTeam

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W8WHITTILER 2/19/2008 3:32PM

    Yea sometimes I don't think people really stop and think when they say things like that, because it is not like you are someone who is or was obsessed with your weight, you just want to keep it in check.
Then we tend to become lax in that department and here we are years later wishing we had not taken those words to heart.
Take your time losing your weight though, you will have better success at keeping it off, remember to believe in yourself at all times and you will see the results.

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