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Tuesday, November 26, 2013


Day 2 of the challenge. Yes, technically yesterday would have been day 2, but I'd rather not blog on Sundays. It is a day if rest after all. (Although I wouldn't hold me up to the whole 'I don't blog on Sundays thing,' since I'm maddeningly inconsistent)

Today the challenge was to let my hair be 'au natural' and let it be. This meant no products, irons, curlers (although that'd be silly in my case) or anything like that. I imagine shampoo and conditioner would be exempt.

This was an easy and fun one for me because I don't do much with my hair. It's naturally curly. It gets tangled easily, but also does it's own thing. The ,purpose for today was not to hair bash. I don't know why, but saying hair bash makes me smile. Possibly because it sounds like ki-bosh. Possibly because it's late, I'm tired and everything seems a little bit funnier than normal. So if you don't get my humor, by all means try again around 2am. True it probably still won't seem funny, but it might just seem a little less lame. Though I make no promises.

So, what's your favorite thing about your hair? Is there a style or hair do you've always wanted to try? I want to do the top bun that looks like a bow. It seems cute. True it was probably geared more toward the 7 year old crowd, but why should they have all the fun. They already get all the cool shoes that glow when they walk.

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HALFWRITTEN 11/26/2013 5:56PM

    I think all hair is beautiful. Judy I. Sorry your hair was so mistreated. That's awful.

Koffeenut I think your hair looks very nice. I think your hair does give you a youthful appearance.

Susanbeamon: I think that straight hair is beautiful and I hope you're able to enjoy it. :)

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KOFFEENUT 11/26/2013 5:38PM

    Ooohhh....long, naturally curly hair? Now I have a mild case of hair envy. Genetics blessed me with baby-fine hair that becomes wispy the closer it gets to my shoulders. Of course EVERY other female relative (cousins, sister - even my daughter!) got the long, lush, thick hair genes. My hair WILL throw in a nice natural wave, and now that I'm......older.....I am willing to believe the shorter hair helps me have a more youthful appearance!

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JUDYAMK 11/26/2013 1:05AM

    My hair is as dry as the desert sands!! Of course having it highlighted, and permed does not help. Then a few weeks ago I told the hairdresser to put ash on my hair as I have a lot of red in my hair due to family members on both sides of the family have red hair. she would not do it.My hair turned out completely BURGUNDY!!! I could have screamed when she twirled the chair around so I could see my knew color. I ran home and put 1/2 box of baking soda on it plus 1/2 bottle of Dawn dish detergent the only thing I got out of that was soft feet from bubbles being past my ankles in the shower!! finally went to someone else and they fixed my hair back to my normal color. so that was the worse hair day. The worse part I work in the Pharmacy is having my customers say " Judy what did you do to your hair?" my co workers just stared at me!!
The only one that thought it was nice was the hairdresser that did it!!!! I ordered last week a heat cap from Amazon to put conditioner on & sit for 20 minutes, that is awesome what 2 treatments has already done for my hair Have a great hair week I know I will now!!!

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SUSANBEAMON 11/26/2013 12:48AM

  i have no favorite thing with my hair. it has been baby fine all my life. that means, without heavy doses of gel or hairspray, my hair won't hold any styling. even teasing, a big thing when i was young, would work itself out by days end. but if i let it grow long, i sometimes would get simple waves, not curls, in it.

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Is 10 my favorite number?

Saturday, November 23, 2013

I wrote 10 answers to Jame's Lipton's questions and my next thing is going to be a 10 day challenge. So is 10 my favorite number? No...actually it's 6. Although that's neither here nor there.

More than a year ago I did a "10 day Recovery challenge." I enjoyed it and it helped me reflect on who I am. Since I haven't done it in a while, and because the challenge is revamped each year, I am going to do it again.

Care to join me? You can get a spiffy PDF on https://recapturingbeauty.byu.edu/challeng

Don't care to join me? That's all right. I promise it won't hurt my feelings.

So 'Allons-y"

Day 1

Firstest, the motivations quotes from the site:

“A woman’s relationship with her body is the most important relationship she’ll ever have. The body is, quite literally, our vehicle for being—for giving, for loving, for moving, for feeling—and if it doesn’t work, it’s fairly certain nothing in our lives will work either.”
Diana K. Roesch

“It is not only possible but natural for each of us to love our bodies, to find ourselves beautiful—no matter how different, disabled, old, or battle-scarred we may be.”
Harriet Goldhor Lerner

Secondly, the challenge:
Cover the edge of my mirror with nice/possitive comments about myself.

At first I tried sticky notes, but they fell off. I decided to use my eyeliner to write motivational phrases and mantra's on the borders of my mirror. My 9 year old saw me doing this and was naturally curious.

"I'm writing some motivational phrases on the mirror," I said. There was a long pause as the watched me write a few words down. For a moment I wondered if she was going to read over the words or even ask me a question about it. Instead she continued to stand behind me for a little longer.

"O.....K......, that's weird," she said. Then went off to play with her friend. I couldn't help but smile.

Here are some things I wrote:

"My body is a temple"

"My words are kind"

"Thank you body for what you help me accomplish"

The mantra I'm going to keep repeating in my head is that "I eat and act with self respect"

I left space on my mirror for other motivational phrases as well as quotes. I might have to use paper and tape for quotes though. My poor eyeliner can only handle so many words. Spared no expense at the lofty price of $0.99 I might add.

What mantra would you write down? Do you have any favorite phrases?

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HALFWRITTEN 11/25/2013 11:23PM

    Lol koffeenut, you made me smile. Thanks both of you for the support.

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KOFFEENUT 11/24/2013 7:28PM

    Kids - no matter what their age - can be an iffy source of support. Generally they consider EVERYTHING you do is weird!

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STUDLEEJOE 11/23/2013 6:52PM

    great post thanks for sharing

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Lipton 10

Friday, November 22, 2013

I am too scattered to talk about anything specific, so instead I thought it's be fun to answer James Lipton's questions from "Inside the Actors Studio".

1. What is your favorite word? - superfluous , especially when saying "jettison the superfluous"
2. What is your least favorite word? - the N word, but really any word used to belittle others
3. What turns you on? - hearing or seeing someone brim over with excitement about a hobby they are passionate about.
4. What turns you off? - intolerance for harmless things outside of the social norm
5. What sound do you love? - my daughter's giggling
6. What sound do you hate? The screaming noise of a terrified rabbit. There is an almost surreal quality to the noise that they can emit.
7. What is your favorite curse word? - chicken mole. It's not a true swear word, but since I don't curse my daughter came up with her own "expletive." I'm not sure where she came up with the idea to use chicken mole, but when she was four she would say it all the time. When she was excited she would point at something and say "what the chicken mole is that?"
8. What profession other than your would you love to attempt? - oh plenty. I would love to be a helicopter pilot, novelist, play write, Preschool Teacher, Personal Trainer, a host on Top Gear (or at least someone who can test drive the cars), wildlife photographer or Travel Writer.
9. What profession would you not like to attempt? - IRS
10. If heaven exists what would you like to hear God say when you arrive at the pearly gates? - All of your friends and family who have passed on before you are hear to welcome you with love. You have spent your time on earth well, serving those around you and living an honorable life. You will be able to learn all of the skills that you weren't able to get to during your time on earth.

What about you? What the chicken mole would your answers be?

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HALFWRITTEN 11/22/2013 11:36PM

    I'm glad you appreciated my daughter's word. It always makes me smile when she says it.

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KOFFEENUT 11/22/2013 12:58PM

    What a great idea! I've never given most of these any thought so will need to spend my remaining workday contemplating favorite words and hated sounds.... And THANK YOU (or, more accurately, your daughter) for providing a curse word that is appropriate for any situation!

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Absence may the heart grow fonder, but...

Tuesday, November 19, 2013

...it makes the find forgetful. At least in regard to healthy habits. The last time I was on here it was in March. Even then, I was only on for a week and then slipped back into my old ways.

In the meantime I've read a lot of health books, tried some meditations, joined a gym and tried a lot of new recipes. Most of the meals ended up being unprint worthy. It's a term we use at home. When we try a new meal I ask my husband if it's print worthy. If he says yes I print it up and add it to my recipe binder. If it's not, then I don't do anything and no one gets glared at for criticizing my cooking.

All good right? Well not exactly. During that time I've also eating like an emotional binging addict, skipped plenty of days/weeks of going to the gym, raided the snacks until I felt like exploding and had a few...yeah let's say a few...breakdowns.

To make a long story a little longer, I've gained friends and support at the gym, but I miss the support I had here. The support that I need at 9:30 at night when I am tempted by the siren song of the junk food (and sometimes whole food, but in extremely unhealthy portions) calling out to me. Most of which is food which my husband and children have decided that they " need" for survival. Which is a blog in and of itself for another day.

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HALFWRITTEN 11/21/2013 11:57PM

    Justly, thanks so much for your encouragement. I love the "can't fail sparkpeople" comment. It seems do simple but really is profound.

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JUSTYNA7 11/20/2013 9:31AM

    You CAN do it. Someone told me when I first joined SP, "You can't fail in SP, you just keep practicing until you get it right". I kept trying to do what I thought was the right way to do this. The promise of 1-2 lb. a week sounded just fine. But it didn't happen. I kept slipping and kept gaining weight back. The word diet would trigger a binge! So my goal became just not gaining any more weight.

Thank you for visiting my blog. It really is a "new" way of eating and exercising that has finally clicked for me. No diet. A series of "aha" moments. Like when I realized I didn't need butter at every meal. Then that I was not eating as many veggies as I thought. Then realizing that a portion of rice or pasta was only a cup. Then realizing I didn't eat enough protein.. that I needed dairy products... that I didn't need second helpings... that overeating was a trigger for me. I don't think I could have handled it all at once. That would have seemed like deprivation emotionally and physically... yet in little steps I realized I was bcoming a normal eater in a world with very few normal eaters. It really helped to stay with people who were eating normally and see how they ate. My girlfriend only having one piece of toast with her egg. Another girlfriend choosing cottage cheese and yogurt for a snack. Trying to brainstorm how to get veggies in that I loved instead of making myself eat rabbit food. Tiny changes. And 64 pounds later... I'm still that work in progress!

I am on The Writing Diet team on SP. Blogging and writing work for me, helping me find those aha's. As for Nanowrimo... long story... hahaha... but I have been writing the same novel for the past 7 years. It will write itself if you let it.

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Wanted: Delox(ish) buddy

Thursday, March 21, 2013

Usually a detox brings the following things to mind:

Only consuming liquids
Drinking weird concoctions
dangerous fad diet type of things

How about you? The truth is that the word detox is much like diet. The true meaning has become twisted. When I'm talking about detox I don't mean any of that. I just want to get rid of white sugar and white flour. Easier said than done obviously.

By white sugar I mean: granulated sugar and any artificail sweeteners. I'm still fine with honey, molasses, organic cane sugar(I probably could do without this one, but for now I'm keeping it in the list) and maple syrup. The natural sugars in whole fruit, milk, cheese, and plain yogurt is also fine.

is anyone interested in trying this with me?

I'd like to do this in stages: (possibly week by week, although I might do it month by month to make sure I have the habits set before moving on)

1. get enough lean protein in my diet
2. get enough fiber in my diet
3. drink enough water
4. Eat meals while sitting at the table-eating mindfully
5. Get whole grain flours for cooking (not just whole wheat, but try out other flours too)
6. Get whole grains: teff, kamut, quinoa, millet as well as the normal ones
7. Write down what I eat-calories as well as emotions
8. Cut white flour and white sugar cold turkey
9. Gripe (Not a step per say, but just a possibility)
10. Feel super awesome and possess super powers...well at least the ability to have less mood swings and better sleep. A cape might have to be involved.

Any interest? If so, I might put up a spark group. No promises though, I can be a bit of a spaz. And not in that card playing kind of way, although I've been known to hit myself in the head. Usually because I'm not paying attention to where I'm going though.

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JUSTYNA7 4/20/2013 5:30PM

    Me me me! I'm a few steps ahead because DH is gluten free already but that means I have lots of recipes and have made lots of "mistakes" already.

1. Getting enough protein used to be a problem but I'm getting better. I think that some "short cuts" recommended by a team mate have actually sabatoged me so I need to look at that again.

2. Fiber is my friend. I've been adding in more beans, flax seed... did I mention beans? LOL. I've tried the new healthy white flour which has the bran added back in but tastes like white.. more fiber and nutrients and so less guilt. Is it the right way for me?

3. Enough water... oh yes I need this push. I've been getting muscle cramps especially at night or when swimming so I'm increasing my magnesium and calcium and tring to make sure I drink water at night.

4. Eating mindfully and at the table. Read also no eating in front of the TV or computer or in the car. I know there might be times when I have no choice, although I think choice is a word to be mindful of too... but sitting at the table with other people and making it a "feast" and social time whenever possible is something that feeds me spiritually.

5. Whole grains - I use a lot of oats and of course we have gluten free flours. They go rancid quickly so I have to PLAN a recipe, buy the flour and try it... not just let it sit in the cupboard. Quinoa is good. Sometimes I use it for stirfries instead of rice or for breakfast instead of oats. I forget though. Add to this choosing sweet potatoes over white for me as they have more fiber and nutrients. I HAVE a grinder that will grind the grains to flours and would like to learn to DO it. Part of it is planning and I'm reminded that failing to plan is planning to fail.

6. Good challenge to try some new ones. We have some teff wraps and sometimes I look at the GF breads made with other grains. I'd like to experiement and try them and then report back.

7. Are you on the same brain wave as my thoughts? I was given the "writer's diet" and am on the step of writing down why I want to eat things. I am meant to ask myself if I really want it, if there is an alternative, if it is worth it. The idea too is to write each morning, go for a 20 minute walk and then do the specific wriring about food and emotions. I have not figured out a routine because last month was rather crazy but I would love to start again.

8. Cut out white flour and sugar cold turkey. Doable.

9. Gripe. That I think is key.

10. Funny you should say this. I had a blog a while ago about my super powers. Hahaha. I should look back and read it again because it was tongue in cheek funny. I used to have such terrible mood swings. My doctor a few decades ago said I was bipolar but the meds I went on took away all my creativity... not a good thing. I think part of my super powers include learning new things, trying new things, creating. Over the past 20 years I had lots of therapy and dealt with the demons in my life and have mellowed. The highs and lows are not so big. The bar is set higher. I think learning to be consistent helped. Don't appreciate it but I learned that walking and gardening help ground me. I have learned that my girlfriends are my "green lantern ring" that gives me superpowers....or like superman flying closer to the sun and "jumpercable boosting his powers" I think sugar is my kryptonite. Good way to think about it. Or maybe it is my red kryptonight and I think it makes me stronger but really it makes me crazy. (My family are enjoying helping me elaborate on this theme).

As for a spark group... OK. Or just one or two of us would be fine too. Uh... make that two or three. I'm going to post these goals on my page and print them out too. We can do this! And.... there is no problem if you don't see this response right away... just let me know you are in and we will get started!

Sugar has snuck back into my house and I really don't want it in my diet.

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