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Thursday, January 19, 2012

I saw the television host Rachael Ray interview Jennifer Hudson, the recording artist and Oscar winner who has lost 80 pounds with Weight Watchers and wears size 6.

I sat up on the edge of my seat when I heard Rachael ask her, "How do you feel when you see pictures of yourself way back then? When you watch clips from American Idol [when she was quite heavy] what kind of emotions do you have?"

Whew! Nothing like getting real on national TV!

Listen to this 30-year-old woman's answer:
"I love watching those old videos; I always loved who I was back then. I love how I am now this way, too. That was me then; this is me now. I'm different, I've changed, but I love myself both ways."


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EILISH99 1/28/2012 1:22PM

    I never watch American Idol, but I have great respect for Jennifer. She has great presence, and I love her both ways. Thanks for sharing that bit of the interview.

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MAMASUDS 1/20/2012 3:47PM

    Ah, to reach that point. When I look at pics, I wish I could say the same.

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    THAT was a very mature and brave answer! I'm so glad you shared that! emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 1/19/2012 8:00PM

    Isn't that great?

I remember when she was on American Idol and Simon cut her down saying, "YOU DON'T LOOK LIKE AN AMERICAN IDOL." Yet she didn't crumble or break. She's always been true to herself and has never let anyone else define her.

Isn't that an example we could all learn from!

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NEWNAC304 1/19/2012 4:32PM

    Thanks for sharing this!

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Basket Case

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

On a church sign:




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MAMASUDS 1/20/2012 3:48PM

    Ha! Some days . . .

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ID_VANDAL 1/18/2012 12:09PM

    Funny!! Humor is always good so thanks for sharing!! I liked TG's comment about God answering knee mail.

Have a great day.



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WATERMELLEN 1/17/2012 7:25PM

    Very cute!!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 1/17/2012 6:48PM

  this is so good lol emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 1/17/2012 3:25PM

    Don't you love those church signs? The church near us reminds us

"God Answers Knee-Mail"

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    Humble beginnings.........

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I Love Spark Graphs!

Saturday, January 14, 2012

I have been tracking all my food, good and bad, for two months now. I almost always look at the totals and the "how am I doing in different categories" reports, but tonight I looked at the GRAPHS. Cool! So revealing!

I knew I was staying pretty well in calorie range, and that repeatedly I had too much color in the FATS section of the pie chart. But when I looked at the trend on my graphs ----WOWZIE! THAT'S WHAT I'M DOING WRONG, CLEAR AS DAY!!

There's my protein, okay, that's good, right where it should be, even toward the top of the range, where I like it. There's my carbs, good, pretty steady, right in range, toward the lower end where I like it. But the little dancey line for FATS is OUT OF the shaded space where it's supposed to stay, CONSISTENTLY too high. And there's my poor little fiber numbers, sagging down below its prescribed band, completely out of its colored space that shows acceptable range.

OKAY, I GET IT NOW!! ["Do I have to draw you a picture?" Apparently, YES! HA!]

I am not eating enough fiber. Every day. And I am eating foods too high in fat. Every day. It's a pattern. Looking at my numbers day after day, and looking at my pie charts even . . . I didn't see it. But the GRAPHS . . . Ahhhhh. Lovely. Can't miss the message. I love Spark graphs!

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MAMASUDS 1/16/2012 4:31PM

    Me too. Me too! So gald you reminded me of that. Do to some time restraints of late, I have been dragging my feet about getting back on track with my nutrition tracker. I need to do that. Thanks for the reminder. I have gotten my exercise back on track though and am loving all the graphs for the fitbit. It shows me my day and allows me to see my activity patterns in livid color. Wow. So cool. Thanks for the encouraging reminder today. You are great!

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WARMSPRINGDAY 1/15/2012 9:18PM

    Great way to step back and look at the whole picture!

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    I love the graphs too... I don't have a problem with fats for some reason. I don't use margarine, oleo, butter, etc. I do use EVOO in a pump mister that works great for me. I have Butter Buds that is pretty good if I remember to use it. It tastes good on veggies. I added fiber in my nutrient lists when I first started Spark as I noted they don't track if for us for some reason. (that may be changed now)

When I look at my graph, I think is is basically the same breakdown of my dinner plate. It's always fun to find something new isn't it? Anything to help paint the picture of health for us is a good find.

Comment edited on: 1/15/2012 8:14:11 PM

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NANCY- 1/15/2012 3:56PM

    emoticonWow that's what it's there for.
I haven't been tracking since I was on broth and tea when ill last year.
You have inspired me to revisit. SP does have great tools, but we need to use them in order to benefit from them,

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ID_VANDAL 1/15/2012 3:31PM

    Wow - right between the eyes. Thanks. I was going to focus on just total calories and "try" to balance the rest of it but your blog tells me that isn't the best plan. Better to put a little extra effort into tracking and get it right.

Thanks (and thanks again for the shirts!!).



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TRAVELGRRL 1/15/2012 3:17PM

    How bad am I? I don't even know where to find them. Well, I'm off to look for them now! If I can't find them I'll send you an email.

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RUNNINGOMA 1/15/2012 11:22AM

    I love the graphs too. I keep discovering new ones. Sometimes I even print them out.
I have the exact same problem, high in fat, low in fiber.
When I eat beans that helps both areas.

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HSMOM2FOUR 1/15/2012 7:05AM

    I love the graphs too!! They are so helpful for so many things - and I love the calendar summary of what we've done!

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CAROLYNINJOY1 1/15/2012 3:38AM

    I love the nutritional tools. Haven't added fiber to my charting but learned a while back that I was over on fats. Did what I could to fix it & am getting results.

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    Eww! I hate graphs! emoticonI'm sitting here laughing because I really do and it was fun to say so on your blog! emoticonDon't ask me why! For some reason, they just make me nervous and remind me of math! emoticonI do look at them from time to time, though, and I know that you are right that they are useful tools! emoticon

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Plan : Hunger issue

Tuesday, January 10, 2012

Strategies to try ----because I'm a lot hungrier lately.

Increase my percentage of protein.

Eat more beans.

Drink greater percentage of water in earlier part of day (I've had 12 cups consistently for 7 weeks, only missing goal on 2 separate days)

I'd like more suggestions!

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BETTA13 1/18/2012 12:50AM

    I agree, protein for breakfast

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WARMSPRINGDAY 1/14/2012 10:16PM

    Not sure that I have suggestions, but I love how hard you are working on this journey and how you are reaching out to others. Twelve cups of water - wow! I try to do at least eight and sometimes get 10, but rarely 12.
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MAMASUDS 1/14/2012 5:23PM

    I find that coffee triggers me to be hungry about an hour after I drink it. Do you have any patterns in your hunger pains?

When I get those hunger pains and it isn't time to eat or I know I don't really need anything, I drink tea or chew gum and try to get active in something that will keep me occupied. If that doesn't work, an apple with peanut butter is my go-to hunger stopper.

The weight loss guru at the gym suggests doing a motivational day to trick your body into think ing that you are done dieting. Eat whatever you want for a day. I have seen it work for others, but not for me personally. Maybe it would work for you.

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    Protein and fiber are supposed to do it. I have been hungrier lately too so I relate to the issue. I'm not sure if I'm confusing hunger with feelings of (dis) satisfaction. Perhaps my food choices are not satisfying me so I feel hungry. I'm not sure I am in touch with the reality.

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WATERMELLEN 1/13/2012 8:46AM

    All of the above are good, of course: but I think it also helps to accept that you will experience some hunger in a weight loss/weight maintenance situation (I certainly do) and that slim people do experience hunger every day. "Hunger is not an emergency". I will eat again in a couple hours . . . and hunger signals that I'm going to enjoy that planned meal even more when the time comes.

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BREW99 1/11/2012 4:10PM

    I love to drink teas - herbal teas are okay especially if they are free of caffeine.

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BEESPARKLE 1/11/2012 1:42PM

    I get hungry when I have exercise . I guess because I burn up my calories. Thank goodness when I am finished it is an hour to lunch.

If I ate every two hours. I would have eaten my quota for the week. ha,ha

I find the snack time is knowing what to eat.

I made a pan of crispy squares. last week I had one a day for snack. It is not much I guess when I log it in.

Seeing it s sort of sweet. I feel guilty . I should be snacking on celery. The celery has been horrid in Canada in my town. So that is why I did the Kellogg Crispy squares.

I have been eating salad twice a day.

What goes in must come out of that. 90% water.

Fruit is good but it has sugar in it natural.

So yea. I am stuck with snacks.

I eat 3 eggs in the week. So my egg quota is limited.

Any suggestions??



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NANCY- 1/11/2012 8:55AM

    Here are some options:

* Increase your greens. Have a large salad. If you like kale, cook a bunch to munch on.
* Drink herbal tea or spa water, Lemon, cuke, etc.
* Take a walk.
Hope this helps.

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JLITT62 1/11/2012 7:55AM

    How're you doing on fiber? That also helps keep you full!

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SPAYYOURCAT 1/11/2012 1:25AM

    My trainer said to get AT LEAST 1200 calories 40% carbs & 30% both protein and fat. I noticed I am hungrier sooner in the day if I have carbs for breakfast, so I stick with protein for breakfast.

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CCINDICANE2 1/10/2012 11:53PM

    I just talked to my trainer about this because my body keeps adjusting to what I eat and therefore I am more hungry and more often. He said to try to keep everything I eat below 200 calories and eat about every 2 hours.

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Facing Fear - Quote Digest 25

Saturday, January 07, 2012

Your playing small does not serve the world . . . as we let our own light shine, we unconsciously give other people permission to do the same. As we are liberated from our own fear, our presence automatically liberates others. - Marianne Williamson, quoted on Flutter-By)L( blog 4/12/2010

Do not worry about what others are doing,... do what you need to do for yourself. Then others will admire you for:
1. knowing what you want.
2. having the strength to do what is right for you.
-from Nancy- blog 5/4/10

All binging is pre-meditated. It's a knee-jerk reaction to the fear that you can't handle the emotions surfacing. Been there, done that thousands of times.
- from KatMomma3 4/27/10 comment on Missy7Kids 4/26/10 blog

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

Far too often we wait until we feel ready to pursue something but in truth you may not ever "feel" ready. Sometimes you've got to pursue your dream in the midst of your fears. Or as I like to say, "Do it, even if you have to do it scared".
- from PALOMARES05 blog 5/12/10

Named must your fear be before banish it you can.
- Yoda, Star Wars: The Empire Strikes Back

Courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear. - by Ambrose Redmoon, from 1HappySpirit signature

Do not fear, for I am with you; Do not anxiously look about you, for I am your God. I will strengthen you, surely I will help you, Surely I will uphold you with My righteous right hand. - Isaiah 41:10

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NANCY- 1/10/2012 12:49PM

    Wow... Just what I needed for today and especially the one from my blog.

I'm going down a new road and dragging most of the family with me. Okay not literally.

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ID_VANDAL 1/9/2012 6:06PM

    Good stuff and lots to think about. I also like the thought from Tony Robbins that we don't change unless we become more uncomfortable with where we are rather than where we need to go. I know paraphrased badly but hopefully it still makes sense.

We can do - feel the fear and do it anyway!!



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TRAVELGRRL 1/8/2012 10:17AM

    Fear of the unknown is a huge reason we stay stuck..."what will happen if I change?"

We have to go forward on faith, not on sight.

It is often very hard for us to let go and "let God".

Thank you for the powerful reminders.

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    “Only Thing We Have to Fear Is Fear Itself”: FDR’s First Inaugural Address

Joshua 1:9 One of my favorites; Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go.”

Yes we can, yes we can. Good thoughts today FL

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WATERMELLEN 1/7/2012 9:50PM

    Powerful stuff! Thanks for the anthology!

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