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Sometimes Memories are not good...

Thursday, March 19, 2009



Last night I heard fire Truck alarms woke me out of my sleep. I wondered to myself what is going on now. I drifted aback to sleep only to hear the alarms again. It sounded very close but I soon drifted back to sleep.

This morning while driving my kids to school--I noticed something that caught my eyes. A police tape around some place of business. Out of curiosity I went to see what was going on. To my shock our local African American Cultural Center had caught on fire. Will the first thing I thought was "oh my mother had donated something their to be on display". There was a lady that lived in an apartment that was hooked on to the center. The police got her out of the apartment but she has burns and had to be taken to a near by burn center. I really feel for her and will keep her in my prayers.

Three years ago my mother had a house fire. I was in shock then. I thought I was dreaming when I opened my eyes again it was not a dream. All the things she collected burned so I though. It turned out that only here living room caught on fire. The police said that the knotty pine in her living along with the insulation protected her house further. But I know who protected her house from being total destroyed. It was the Lord. She lost her valuables in the fire, Smoke damage destroyed everything throughout her house including her clothes, shoes. It was very sad. But the rest of the house was spared.

She had let my sister pay the taxes on her house because she become disabled and could not pay them. Well lets just say my sister did not business wise and leave it at that. My mother got no support from the Red Cross etc. only the gracious people within the neighborhood helped her.

Her house is still standing unfinished...

This fire reminded me of the fire and brought back some sad memories.

After coming back from school I was on my way to tell my mother about the news and I passed by her talking to a policeman. I blew my car horn but she did not know who I was. Later she called me and told me what happened at the center. She said that she did not care about items that were lost in the fire. She was more worried about the lady that was in the apartment more. Now you talking about grace under fire that was it. I just thought I would post this to get this off my heart.

Because of the fire I am very careful in the house with appliance etc. I found an iron that was still on after my 17 1/2 y/o ironed his clothes. I spoke to him about it and the next time I saw that iron he put it on the floor and it was turned off. I will post more in my personal journal. I do not want to have another day like today.

This pic is not my mothers house. It is just a pic I came across on the net.

  
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JIBBIE49 3/22/2009 3:40PM

    How sad.
When I was six our big two-story farm house burned down while we were gone, and I will never forget that. You lose so much. We build a brand new ranch style farm house the next year, with a full basement, but still I always missed the big Victorian farmhouse we had.

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MOV4WARD 3/20/2009 4:10PM

    emoticonfires strike so suddenly and destroy so much. i'm glad your mumsie survived and will keep the lady @ the center in our t&p's ~ let us know if you hear more.

& u, my friend, will keep you in my thoughts and hope that your distress will subside soon.

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UGOGIRL51 3/20/2009 1:18PM

    That was a horrible and sad event Do. emoticon And sorry it brought back sad memories for you.

Sometimes we are allowed to see and remember things for the past to help us be thankful for the the things of the present. I will say a prayer also.... emoticon

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TNDARLINGTON1 3/20/2009 12:06PM

    I am glad to hear everyone is safe. Material things can be replaced but a life can't. Things happen for a reason even though sometimes when we are going through a rough patch and can't see the reason behind it, we will be shown it at a later time in our life when we need it most. emoticon

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SISTERCHICK1965 3/20/2009 11:40AM

    sorry about your bad memories. I'm glad the woman got out ok, hopefully she's not too badly hurt.

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GRAMMAP1 3/19/2009 11:23PM

    Thanks for sharing your story with us. I pray it will release you from memories that could hinder your peace.
Praying for the injured lady and for her needs to be supplied. "My God shall provide all your needs." Unfortunately, many of us consider things needed that really aren't necessary. Rest well, my Friend. God is in charge!

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DSHRBURR4 3/19/2009 10:24PM

    I am so sorry for the bad memories that this brought back to you. I pray the lady who was burned will be healed.

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MRSHONEYC 3/19/2009 9:46PM

    You're right - not every memory is good, and I don't think they should be. That way we will all ways recognize when we are fortunate.
I'm sorry you had bad memories of your mother's home, but I'm glad that she, the most valuable article in that home, was safe.


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EVER HEARD OF BENTO?? I DID NOT UNTIL TODAY.

Wednesday, March 11, 2009



What is a bento? I am sure some have heard of them. I think it will be a good and cute way of eating right. Eating this way help with portion control. ( A biggie for me). I am looking forward to summer when veggies and fruit will be plentiful and fresher.

I am sure that these containers are very expensive but I will visit our local mighty dollar and dollar tree stores.

My hd promised that this year we would plant a garden. This year I will hold him to it.

In the mean time....happy and healthy eating to me.

For anyone interested in how this works you can visit http//justbento.com and you will find all the info you need to get started. eating the bento way.

  
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RETRACMJ 4/21/2009 6:46PM

    OK - I was just on your other blog and asked what Bento was!!

Duh???? I see they are containers and they look like containers that fit in containers, etc. Cool idea.

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UGOGIRL51 3/14/2009 11:47AM

    Now that's a emoticon one Do... emoticon I'm going to check it out asap.... emoticon

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LUCKY-13 3/12/2009 9:15PM

    Amazon.com has a bunch of different bento boxes for sale -- different sizes, colors, and of course different prices. You'll have to check them out and see if there's anything you like.

Also, last year I bought something kind of similar: Fit and Fresh containers that were reviewed on Spark. Cute, not too pricey, and some even come with little, flat ice packs to keep your cold food cold.

It would be great if you could find them at a discount store! I'm sure you'd save some money.

And thanks for the megaphone! Those cookies left for the next county! LOL

Hugs,
Lucky

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SISTERCHICK1965 3/12/2009 3:14PM

    When I was in school many many years ago, one of my japanese friends used those cute little containers to bring her lunch in. I agree with Rita that we tend to use things because they are cute. LOL

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JIBBIE49 3/12/2009 1:19PM

    The Japanese do not have cafterias in their schools like we do here, so BENTO is for them to pack lunches for their children. Also, for work, since I don't think companies there have food service either. I looked last night at Walmart for them, but they didn't have them, but some good rubbermaid containers, that I know I need to get and start making food up FOR THE DAY and just eating what I have ready. That is what I have to do since I eat what is NOT on my food list. emoticon

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BUTTERFLYWINGZ 3/12/2009 2:43AM

    Looks interesting! I am all for anything that forces me to pare down on portions. Great blog!

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AZHIKERCHICK 3/11/2009 5:54PM

    I was into bento for a long time, but it just was such a time sucker! The other problem I was having is that most of my boxes couldn't be put the microwave and I eat lots of leftovers for lunch.

I still have all the little boxes and pack my cold lunch in them from time to time. They are great, though, for keeping portions small!

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DSHRBURR4 3/11/2009 3:46PM

    Thanks for the info - I will have to check this out

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MRSHONEYC 3/11/2009 3:27PM

    Yes, on another private team I was on, one of the girls bought the bento boxes. She was very pleased. First of all they LOOK CUTE and you will USE them because they ARE cute! and second the portion control. BIG help.
I like to use those little corningware oval bowls to eat out of because they are "cute"! I think that does make a difference, using things that are "cute".


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CHRISTFIEND 3/11/2009 3:19PM

    Thanks for sharing!!

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MOV4WARD 3/11/2009 2:55PM

    i love bentos! traditionally, i've seen them as terriyaki chicken over a bed of veggies & rice! they make a gr8 alternative to fast food if you have a local bento restaurant :)

(snags website link ;)

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DJP_21 3/11/2009 2:25PM

    emoticon Cool blog post. I'm going to look further into this. Obviously it's a great way to attain portion control, but I also think it would make eating healthy more enjoyable.

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MINI CHECK WITH BLD AND CALORIE CYCLING

Wednesday, March 04, 2009

I AM DOING THE BEST LIFE DIET I REALLY NEED TO BUCKET DOWN. TELL MR. EE TO GET LOST. THE SAME GOES TO THE WICKED VOICES OF OVER EATING. IT IS SUGGESTED THAT TO HAVE A CUT OFF TIME FOR EATING.

SIX FOODS TO CUT OUT OF MY EATING PLAN.

1. ALCOHOL: emoticon

2. SODA POP: do not really drink it but I took some sips. gotta kick it out!

3. AVOID FOOD WITH TRANS FATS: emoticon got um!

4. FRIED FOODS: OMG I LIKE FRIED CHICKEN EVERY NOW AND THEN. HAVE TO WORK ON THIS MORE. I DO NOT EAT ANY OTHER FRIED FOODS. I ALSO HAVE A TENDENCY TO GO OVER WHEN I DO EAT THE FRIED CHICKEN. SO IF I PREPARED IT FOR ME IT WILL BE COOKED JUST ABOUT ANYWAY EXCEPT FRIED.

5. AVOID WHITE BREAD PRODUCTS EXAMPLE BREAD, WHITE RICE, PASTA. emoticon doing it!!!


6. HIGH FAT MILK AND YOGURT. DONE. emoticon

7. NOW WHAT IS REQUIRED: STOP EATING AT LEAST TWO HOURS BEFORE BED NOW THAT IS A CHALLENGE. WILL WORK ON IT. emoticon HEY VOICES I SAID emoticonGET LOST, GET OUT OF HERE!! NOW!!!!


8.EXERCISE:I WANT TO(PROBABLY NEED TO KICK IT UP A NOTCH OR TWO). NOW I USE AEROBICS, BIKING, PALATES AND STRENGTH TRAINING. I TRY TO ROTATE DAYS FOR EACH EXERCISE. I REALLY DO NOT ENJOY STRENGTH TRAINING. (WEAK ARMS) SO I HAVE TO BUILD ON WHAT I HAVE BEEN ATTEMPTING TO DO. I HAVE A GOAL OF 150 HOURS A WEEK OF EXERCISING BUILDING TOWARD 250 AMBITIOUS PROBABLY BUT THIS IS SOMETHING TO BUILD TOWARD. emoticon STILL BUILDING....

9.WEIGHING AND MEASURING . I AM WORKING WITH TWO PROGRAMS BECK AND BEST LIFE. NOW BOB SAYS WEIGHT ONCE THEN WEIGHT NO MORE UNTIL PHASE 2. NOW I KNOW ME.. I SLIP UP SOMETIMES. I DO NOT WANT TO FOOL MYSELF INSTEAD I WANT TO FACE THE MUSIC. I DO NOT GO OFF THE DEEP END IF THE SCALE SAY MORE. WEIGHT RANGES VARY THROUGHOUT THE DAY. I AM NOT A SCALE JUNKIE. SO I WILL SO I WILL MEASURE/WEIGH WEEKLY.

10.STAY HYDRATED: WELL I HAVE TO WORK ON THIS ALSO. BOB SUGGESTED DRINKING 6 GLASSES. NOW I CAN LIVE WITH THIS. BUILDING, BUILDING, BUILDING. emoticonDAILY!!!

VITAMINS/MINERALS DOING IT emoticon BUT SOMETIMES I FORGET SO I WILL PUT THEM IN MY MEDICINE DISPENSING BOX THAT WAY I WILL SEE THEM AND REMEMBER.

OMEGA3 FATTY ACIDS. WELL I AM ALLERGIC TO FISH. I DO HAVE TUNA EVERY NOW AND THEN. BUT I MONITOR MY ASTHMA. (CAUSES ME TO WHEEZE). I USE FLAX SEED.

CALCIUM DOING IT.

FIBER DOING IT I BUT I NEED TO INCREASE MY FIBER INTAKE DAILY.

I GOT AHEAD OF MYSELF AND THOUGHT A MONTH WAS UP BUT IT IS ONLY THREE WEEKS INTO THIS. SO I HAVE TIME AND I AM NOT A RUSH. SLOW AND STEADY WIN THIS BATTLE. I WILL WORK IN THIS QUARTERLY WITH BLOGS. I AM CALORIE CYCLING WITH THIS SO MY RANGES WILL VARY DAILY WHICH MEANS I'L HAVE TO PICK UP MY EXERCISE. I CAN PLAY AROUND WITH THIS SINCE MY DIABETES IS CONTROLLED BY DIET AND EXERCISE

  
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MOV4WARD 3/10/2009 7:09PM

    wow, looks like you're tackling a lot of lifestyle issues & doing well!

emoticon emoticoni tend to like the fried chicken & sip the soda pop too. i do better if i don't meet up with them directly ;)

Looking forward to hearing more on how you like this approach :)

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TNDARLINGTON1 3/6/2009 1:32PM

    Wow now that is determination Look at all you are doing and the goals you have for yourself. You can do it for sure. Those are goals that are all reachable and soon you will have goal me beside each and everyone of them.

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UGOGIRL51 3/6/2009 12:07PM

    emoticonI knew you would figure it out sweetie... emoticon

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AHUNYU 3/6/2009 10:45AM

  You have a great plan and there is already alot that you have accomplished!!! Just work your plan as you plan it and know that other days will be easier than others but in the end consistency on the good side will see you accomplish what you hoped to accomplish. emoticon emoticon

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LUCKY-13 3/5/2009 10:42PM

    Just reading your blog makes me want an entire bucket of fried chicken! I haven't eaten chicken in years, but whenever I smell it I think I could almost taste it. I'll try to find some yummy chicken recipes and pass them on to you.

You've got a great plan there. But don't hesitate to ask for support if you need it! I'm going to be cheering you on!

Lucky
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CHRISTFIEND 3/4/2009 9:51PM

    You have a great plan!! Now work it!!

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MRSHONEYC 3/4/2009 2:37PM

    Well, I see that you've accomplished QUITE a lot! CONGRATS!
There will be days that are better than others, and days that are worse. In the end they all even out.
On the team we don't weigh every day - well, I know *I* am not and if they are, they're not "talking" about it! LOL Anyway, on the team the challenges run 2 weeks. Monday was the weight and measurements and the next one will be on the 17th. OOOH talk about HARD TO DO!
You keep working at your goals - you are doing AWESOME! REALLY, you ARE!

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JIBBIE49 3/4/2009 2:33PM

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I've thought about doing the Alternate Day Diet from Dr. Johnson, but I keep getting in the EAT DAY over and over again. emoticon

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ANOTHER GOODIE FROM JILLIAN MICHEALS TOO IMPORTANT NOT TO BLOG

Wednesday, February 25, 2009

TUESDAY: FEELING GOOD

The Negativity Police
Is your inner voice a trash-talker? If you've tried and failed to reach your fitness goals in the past, negative thoughts might have been what held you back. Want to succeed this time? Get your journal (or log on to your online Fitness Diary). It's time to get some of those thoughts out of your head and onto paper. Ask yourself the following questions:
1. Do you have a negative self-image?
Do you constantly say things like "I'm fat" or "I'm ugly"? Do you pick yourself apart and beat yourself up when you look in the mirror?

2. Do you lack self-confidence?
Do you doubt your ability to achieve your goals, weight-related or otherwise? Do you dwell on your perceived limits or fears? Do you doubt your ability to accomplish the things you want to accomplish?

3. Do you feel powerless?
Do you feel as if you have no control over your life, or do you rely on excuses like "I'm genetically predisposed to being overweight"?

4. Do you label yourself in self-deprecating ways?
Do you think and talk about your failure to lose weight as a foregone conclusion? Do you refer to yourself mockingly (or not!) as a stereotype the happy/funny fat person in the room? Is your e-mail address "fatso@blank.com"?

Now think about your responses. How would you describe the tone of your answers? Are they affirming and constructive, or downbeat and destructive? Want to turn your thinking around? The following question will help you understand why you have been propagating these destructive thoughts and behaviors so that we can cut them out at the root.

5. How is this negativity hurting you?
Is what you say about yourself really the truth? Or is it a defense mechanism? And if so, against what? Are you just making complicated excuses? How does this kind of negativity help you achieve your goals? The answers to these questions should help you start to see what's at the root of your negative thinking.

Now go back and answer the five questions again, and force yourself to use only positive terms. It can be hard to let go of these negative thought patterns. Often, they're the result of years of self-loathing and your internalizing of the negative opinions and judgments of others, but you can do it. Remember, knowledge is power. Next time one of those negative thoughts crops up, you'll have the awareness to cut it down.

SO AS A MAN OR WOMEN THINKETH SO IS HE OR SHE. NO MORE SELF HATING. FOR THOSE WHO SAY BAD THINGS. STOP IT! THAT INCLUDES ME ON OCCASSION. DOING MUCH LESS OF IT.

  
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MOV4WARD 3/1/2009 8:00PM

    I just love getting her newsletter! Her advice just hits the spot!


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JIBBIE49 2/25/2009 11:40PM

    Thanks for sharing. emoticon

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CHRISTFIEND 2/25/2009 3:25PM

    Wow thanks for sharing!!

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UGOGIRL51 2/25/2009 1:34PM

    NOW THAT WAS A REAL GOODIE... emoticon emoticon FOR SHARING IT. YOU'RE THE emoticon

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BIGGIRL2082010 2/25/2009 1:05PM

    Thanks for sharing! Very important tips there!

Cheers,
Maya


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JILLAN MICHEALS AND MR.EE CRUSH HIM UNDER FOOT!

Wednesday, February 18, 2009

Curb Mindless Eating;

Okay, you've all heard the term "grazing" you know, picking at food throughout the day instead of (or in addition to) eating regular meals. This constant, indiscriminate eating especially when you're focused on another task, such as talking on the phone or watching TV is the downfall of many a committed dieter, but it doesn't have to be.
If you're piling on pounds because you eat when you're distracted or bored, rather than when you're actually hungry, try the following tactics to break the habit.

To curb daytime grazing:

Don't eat while you're standing up, in the car, or on the go or when you don't have time for a full, proper meal. If you sit down at mealtime and pay attention to every bite, you will be more relaxed, you'll notice when you're satisfied so that you won't overeat and you'll actually enjoy your food!
Don't skip meals. I mean it. You might think you're saving yourself calories, but it will only leave you famished and more likely to consume extra calories later on to feel full.
To curb nighttime grazing:
Why do most people graze at night? Because they're bored. If you've been thinking about taking up knitting, crossword puzzles, Ping-Pong, or some other hobby that will keep your brain busy in the evening, now is the time to do it.
Brush your teeth. Food never seems quite as appealing when you have that fresh, minty toothpaste taste in your mouth.
Try a cup of hot tea; the warm liquid in your stomach can help you feel satiated.


I AM WALKING EACH DAY WITH MY SAVIOR AND IN THE NATURAL LESLIE SANSONE. SHE IS MY AEROBICS PARTNER.

  
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JIBBIE49 2/25/2009 11:40PM

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UGOGIRL51 2/20/2009 12:39PM

    NOW THAT'S WHAT I'M TALKING ABOUT. emoticon BLOG AND EVEN BETTER SUGGESTIONS.... emoticon

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VAREEP 2/19/2009 7:42PM

    Some good ideas there, I use the Leslie Sanson videos too, I have the 4 mile with Interval Training (walk/jog) Love it!

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CHRISTFIEND 2/18/2009 6:17PM

    Thanks for the ideas!! Very good information to have.

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MRSHONEYC 2/18/2009 4:34PM

    NOW the *trick* is to remember all this!


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FREEM06 2/18/2009 1:53PM

    I don't have a grazing problem at night or day like most. My problem was food choices and portion control. But I have taken up doing instant wins on the computer at night so I don't go into the kitchen. Keeps my hand and mind busy but I have won a few things allready.

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