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Quote Digest 18 - Bits of Wisdom

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

We gotta forget what has happened. We have all failed. But we can't just forget about those lessons we have learned. We don't have to relearn those hard lessons that the Lord has taught us. We take those lessons with us, as we go on our journey.
- from LIVING_FREE blog 3/11/10

Let your head be more than a funnel to your stomach.
-- German Proverb, quoted on SewingMeg signature

I just need to draw back a bit and see the big picture. I think I'm confusing activity for results so it's time to see the forest.
- from ID_VANDAL blog 3/31/10

But what are you doing this all for anyway? A number on a scale? Well then you stand the chance of living the rest of your life a few numbers away from happiness.
- from DownHomeDiva blog 4/13/10

When one door of happiness closes, another opens, but often we look so long at the closed door that we do not see the one that has been opened for us.
- by Helen Keller from FARM-CHICK page

Sincere gratitude empowers you to focus on the positive aspects of life, and develops into greater awareness and appreciation of the overlooked, often misinterpreted, and ever so important little blessings that make up this experience we call life.
- SparkMessage from MazzyR, quoted from the Community Message Boards, posted by Rebcca, Forum: Staying Motivated, Topic: April 2010 - Daily Gratitudes

Typically, I've always shied away from being critiqued. What I wanted was validation; not to be systematically picked apart. Growth is showing!! . . . Examining yourself for the purpose of improvement is easy when you are seeking excellence. This is all so new to me! I'm redefining my sense of failure. It's not failure to face where you are missing it. We need that revelation in order to get better. That and the resolve to practice consistently until everything lines up. - from JoyAtLast blog 4/2/10

Luck is what happens when opportunity meets preparation.
- Seneca, Roman dramatist, philosopher, & politician (5 BC - 65 AD)

You have brains in your head. You have feet in your shoes.
You can steer youself any direction you choose!
- from Dr. Seuss, quoted by Momma_Little in status update, 4/8/10

If you are clear about what you want, the world responds with clarity.
-- Loretta Staples quoted on Connected1 signature

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    Welcome Home. Are you avoiding sweet tea or did the heat drive you to a tall glass? Is there a low calorie sweet tea?

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NANCY- 8/5/2010 7:51AM

    Great quotes!
Thanks for sharing.

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CHEWY3 8/4/2010 10:30PM

  Perspective! Thank you. emoticon

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Rope Swing

Sunday, July 25, 2010

Today was the long-anticipated (see previous blog, June 3) picnic-and-recreation for church volunteers & their families. My resolve was flagging this week as I thought about the unavoidably public nature of the rope swing challenge (run down the bank holding on to a 75-foot rope swing and launch myself into the lake). "I am still such a large person," I thought. "It will be a humiliating spectacle."

I kept feeling reluctant because I had hoped to lose 10 more pounds by this point, but I haven't done that. "At least I can prepare myself for the buffet," I told myself. So I planned what I would eat (including some treats), and prepared myself to resist the pressure to overeat. My take-in contribution was a huge spinach salad with shredded carrots, walnuts, and cranberries.

When I got to the lake today, I decided I HAD TO do the rope swing. Recently whenever I have pushed myself to do something out of my comfort zone, I have been so glad I did. I knew if I wimped out or allowed embarrassment to deter me, I would always regret it. I want my kids to see a mom who isn't afraid (or too self-conscious) to keep trying things, even at age 52.

I did it twice. It was a blast. Exhilarating! I didn't feel fat; I felt courageous!!

Also, I ate mindfully and with restraint. Thanks be to God! People brought many healthy & nutritious foods, so that helps a lot!

I want to build on the confidence of this day to start losing again! I have been silent for several weeks, and my computer time is still extremely limited. My faithful SparkFriends have continued to reach out to me, and how much that has heartened me! You guys are the greatest. Your encouragement means a great deal to me!

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    Celebrations are our just desserts; what a FUN Mom you are. Fun that makes me feel joy like a child is such a wonderful thing. A rope swing into the river would be one of those
joyful ventures. Good for you. emoticon

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FITJANE 7/26/2010 12:39PM

    Way to go! You are a warrior! I like your attitude.

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FLUENTFROG 7/26/2010 8:57AM

    emoticon on not only pushing past your mind games but ENJOYING the ride -- twice!

The salad sounds so flavorful and colorful, I'm going to make one of those this week.

I'll echo Vandal, it's soooo great to hear from you and many hopes from me too for more frequency.

Scale pounds aside, you're making wonderful progress!

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NANCY- 7/26/2010 8:04AM

    You build on the confidence of this day. It is firmly in your fond memory bank.
WTG on deciding "I HAD TO". Making that choice/commitment to yourself is ...

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JLITT62 7/26/2010 5:28AM

    Good for you!

I know I sometimes have trouble pushing myself out of my comfort zone -- it isn't easy!

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NONNATAMMY 7/25/2010 10:03PM

    That's wonderful! The rope swing show that you can do anything! I'm 52 too and just started running this year. Never though I could. Be we can do all things through Christ which strengthens me.

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ID_VANDAL 7/25/2010 7:45PM

    So soooo great to hear from you! A big way to go on the rope swing. I congratulate you on your courage!!

We really missed you out here - hope it won't be so long between blogs this round!

Keep working - you will get there!!!



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ELLENHOBKIRK 7/25/2010 7:02PM

    When you have a plan, you can accomplish anything. Keep up the hard work.

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AMYBUTLER10 7/25/2010 6:54PM

    Great job conquering your fear! You should be so proud of yourself! emoticon

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To make a (Smaller) Splash!

Thursday, June 03, 2010

Today I received an invitation for a July 25 picnic celebrating a volunteer group at church. You gotta hear this, and I quote:

"Keep in mind that at the lake there will be kayaking, paddle boating, yard games and swimming, so don't come in your church clothes. And speaking of swimming.......the main attraction is the 75ft rope swing that can throw you out as high as 20 feet over the surface of the water!!! can also can launch yourself at a much lower height for a slightly lesser thrill. It's quite a ride, so come prepared......if you dare!"

I've had 2 disciplined days in June, by the mercy of Jesus, and NOW I have even more motivation. I'm planning to do that rope swing, and I don't want the thrill diluted by any more self-consciousness than necessary. I'll be well covered, for sure, but I don't want to make a SHAMU SIZE SPLASH. I'm going to visualize my slimmer self flying through the air and later swimming to the shore. I'm going to imagine the glide of the kayak skimming serenely with my tiny backside in it! Okay, tinier backside. But I am going to do this, and June and July are going to be FABULOUS!

P.S. My self-disciplined June will be a quieter one regarding SparkPeople. Some family medical issues and overwhelming overdue home projects are going to keep me away from the computer for the most part. WATCH MY TICKER because I mean business, even if I'm skimpy on correspondence! I appreciate all your support, and I'll be back!

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FITJANE 6/15/2010 10:58AM

    Way to go! We have a picnic/swim in July at our work, so I'm going to follow your lead and visualize a great day, and looking slimmer! I know that visualization works!

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ALIBROM 6/13/2010 10:47PM

    Go for it! It sounds like a wonderful goal, and may the Lord help you every single day to be disciplined. I love your strength and determination, I hope you get a lot done on your home projects, too. Enjoy the ride and journey, and God Bless your June. emoticon

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LISA062797 6/10/2010 7:31PM

    What a great motivator! That will be so much fun! I'm looking forward to hearing how things are going when you come back!
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FLUENTFROG 6/4/2010 12:24PM

    What a wonderful image, and fun! Will miss hearing as much from you in the meantime, and/but much looking forward to your fabulous success stories at the other end!

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TRAVELGRRL 6/3/2010 9:30PM

    TOO COOL! What a great motivator that will be! You'll be missed.

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JUNEPA 6/3/2010 7:02PM

    That sounds like sooooo much fun, the rope swing, go for it. btw I am 52 as well.

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    I love Fabulous!! Good thinking, enjoy your time and maintain your wonderful outlook. We will miss your insight. I will be sure to send notes your way so you will want to come back in when the time is right.

Thanks for your support, now it's my turn. emoticon emoticon

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ID_VANDAL 6/3/2010 1:56PM

    Good luck to you and hurry back. We may have to shut down Sparkland if you're gone too long!!

I'll be waiting to hear how that rope thing works out!!

Stay safe and I hope the medical issues are not too serious!!



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NANCY- 6/3/2010 8:18AM

It is nice to have a fun goal.
What?!! Away from the computer?!!!
You will be missed.

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DAWN.BELIEVES 6/3/2010 7:33AM

    Have blast at the picnic! Sounds like a good time! :)

Hope all goes will with everything you got going on.

Be blessed,

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Free Smells

Wednesday, June 02, 2010

In Mindless Eating, food research Dr. Bruce Wansink explains how powerful smell is in the food choice, and enjoyment process.

I thought of this when I drank water out of a cola bottle my son left. I washed it out first, but there was still a strong aroma of cola as I drank it and had my nose right by the grooves and other plastic retaining the scent. My first thought after swigging the water was, "I've had flat Cokes that didn't taste any better than that." Just the nostril-full of Cola-ness was enough to echo the perception of drinking pop.

A victory here is that it did not make me want Coke. I have been Coke-sober 2 months. Really? Me? Astonishing! I can do this.

Smells can make you fat . . . the fragrances get your salivary glands going. Studies have shown that not only are digestive juices are produced in response to smell, but also insulin production begins.I have to "block out" the Cinnabon smells in the mall and the grilling smells at sports events. But smells do not go on my nutrition tracker. Whew!

If it is not time for a planned meal or snack, I will avoid yummy smells where feasible. But if it's close to eating time, I inhale deeply. Often I can get genuine pleasure from a fabulous food aroma. I tell myself, "I don't have to eat that. I can savor the smell itself." Doesn't work every time, but I like "feeding" more senses, the non-caloric ones!

Another smell-strategy I have is to (where reasonable) hold a food in your hand and bite it. The fragrance is MUCH stronger that way. Especially if an allowed portion seems tiny, this multiplies the enjoyment for me . . . as long as it's not too barbaric! This is a alternative strategy to cutting a small item into tiny pieces and eating with a small fork to make it last longer. I use both approaches. Switch it up, right?!

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FITJANE 6/15/2010 10:56AM

    Thanks for the great blog. I am going to work on enjoying aromas more. And slowing down the eating. Little tiny bites- great idea.

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NANCY- 6/3/2010 7:43AM

    My downfall is the smell of bread baking. But I substitute the luscious fragrance of fresh strawberries and savor the moment.

It is amazing that when we are captured by a scent of something unhealthy, the taste is usually disappointing to me now.

You are doing great... Keep on Sparking!!!

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    We all know most over weight folks are fast eaters. We tend to not savor and take time; that would include taking in the aroma, noting the presentation, the colors, the textures. If our approach to food was like our approach to tasting wines, we'd all be slim. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 6/2/2010 7:47PM

    I am always amazed how I feel like Pavlov's dog when I go into the grocery store and smell the bread baking. I swear they pipe that smell into the far corners of the store.

I just noticed your ticker -- 52 pounds gone! Obviously what you are doing is totally working. I need to take closer notes! Keep up the great work for YOURSELF and FOR US! We love your insights.

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ID_VANDAL 6/2/2010 10:53AM

    That's some interesting reading. I'm going to try holding my spaghetti in my hand to get the full fragrance - or would that be over the top?? emoticon!!

Just kidding (I hope you knew that) but that really does sound like a good idea - stop and smell before you eat.

I know what you mean about the smells at a sporting event - all the hot dogs, garlic french fries, sausage and so on - really gets the juices flowing!!

These blogs are great!!



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CUBFANGIRL1 6/2/2010 8:48AM

    Good for you for 2 months coke-sober! your body thanks you:-)

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Variety Clarification

Monday, May 31, 2010

I expressed my idea ineffectively yesterday!

What promotes overeating is too much variety *at a given meal.* The more choices at a sitting, the more quantity people will eat, research shows.

It is actually beneficial to incorporate a variety of foods over the day or week's time. One reason is to cover the spectrum of nutrients available in different sources. Another reason is to keep up our level of interest and pleasure in healthy choices.

All of you who responded about keeping it simple are so sensible and proactive! It is so helpful to me to hear how you do things!

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MARCYNA 6/2/2010 8:11AM

    Thanks emoticon emoticon emoticon

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NANCY- 6/1/2010 8:56AM

    Yesterday, I was faced with many food choices. In my mind I told myself to keep it as healthy as I possibly could. As a treat I could have one "No Thank you" helping of something unhealthy. That was enough to satisfy me. Then came desserts and the birthday cake. I did over do it, but was proud of the fact that I took smaller portions than in past years. But Brian Wansink's theory was proved true.

I paid the price and felt sick to my stomach from all that sugar. When you eat healthy most of the time, your body knows what is not a good thing.
Incorporating a variety provides balance in the long run.


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TRAVELGRRL 5/31/2010 4:16PM

    Hey Freelady! I got it --who DOESN'T overeat at a buffet??

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ID_VANDAL 5/31/2010 1:18PM

    I actually thought you expressed it very well. At least I think I understand what you are telling us. Like FitJane if there is a bowl of candy with various types I'll got for one or more of each! I never thought about it before.

Thanks again for the information.



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FITJANE 5/31/2010 10:46AM

    I understand this. I have a little jar of chocolate. When it is only kisses, I eat one kiss. but when there are little snickers, and little reese's, I want one of each thing. I am going to try to keep things simple. At least regarding treats.

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