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Today is World MS Day

Wednesday, May 26, 2010

"MS is found in every country in the world, and is one of the most common neurological diseases amongst people in their 20s and 30s. It is a prime of life disease striking just when people are building their careers and families. MS affects at least twice as many women as men and up to 60% of people diagnosed with MS will experience long-term disability. Though continuing medical breakthroughs have brought partially effective treatment to many people with MS, there is still no cure." (Yahoo/UsNewswire)

There's no cure...YET.

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MISSCOURTNESS 5/27/2010 9:25AM

    Thank you for bringing this to my attention.

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JESPAH 5/27/2010 8:11AM


I knew a man who got MS in his 60s. That can happen, too, the outlyers.

When a cure is found, it will change the world. I hope that happens very, very soon.

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/27/2010 5:54AM

    Thanks for the info. Although I know a couple of women with MS, I had no idea it could start so early.

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YATMAMA 5/26/2010 2:31PM

    Father in heaven, we petition you for a cure for this disease. Gift those in medical science with the answers for overcoming this enemy of your children. In Jesus' name.

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From Scratch, with or without an inner thin woman

Friday, May 21, 2010

There's an awesome blog featured in this week's Daily Spark of fantastic blogs. The blogger who wrote the blog (SLY_REDUX) talks about the things fat women sometimes put up with, and then reveals that she is finding her inner thin woman again. She's speaking up for herself, she's not putting up things anymore, her family is a bit surprised, but they will adjust. This is her time! Amen Sister!
I read it understanding completely and not at all, in two minds. That's never a very comfy place to be. I understand, remember and still relate to everything I've put up with, swallowed and smiled through for...20+ years, but what do you do when you've never been a thin woman? I have no thin woman within me hehe. Even when I lose every pound I aim for - I'll still be considered a fat woman, probably by people whose opinions I no longer live for though, so that's quite alright.
I'm learning a voice I've never known, it's more difficult than anything I've ever undertaken. It will probably take me longer than it would if I had a thin woman in me to confer with, BUT since I don't, this is a voice I have to create, from scratch.
Sometimes I am so frustrated that my healthy, self confident mindset isn't coming faster and staying longer, but any good cook knows, that things you have to make from scratch take more time, care, love and perhaps effort. A made from scratch voice, deserves the patience it needs to come forth and be heard, with or without an inner thin woman. I must believe I can do this (right lou?)! It's my time too. Definitely my time to hone my voice.

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JOYATLAST 5/30/2010 9:17AM

    The hardest thing I've ever done is to admit that I had believed a lie and wasted a lifetime reinforcing it.

It became easier when I realized that admission was NOT proof that I was a "bad" person!!! It only meant that I had been deceived. In that context, I was a single step away from the exposure of the lie and toward the truth!!!!!!!! OMG!!!!!

My "turn around" was official that day.

The most crucial part for me was changing my "inner voice". Whenever I slip, I take the time to remind myself of the error. It is becoming easier and easier to turn away from the old voice and embrace this new voice.

You have said it so beautifully. What you say resonates deeply within me.

I hold you in very high regard! You look like a humble, wise, courageous woman to me.

I imagine a "thin woman" has nothing on YOU!

A thin woman would take responsibility for her life and pursue her hearts desire . . . as you do.

The voices against us cannot stop us. But should the voice within go bad, we are defeated already.

I'm choosing to confer with Jesus!

Thanks for this insightful blog!

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JLUVSHIKIN 5/23/2010 1:32PM

    I don't have a thin woman within to confer with either! (My doctors started having my mom put me on a diet at the age of 11... it's sad, cause I look at pictures and I was not fat.) Though I am creating a healthy woman! One who knows what's good healthy food and what is not. LOL...though I don't always listen to her. emoticon

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JESPAH 5/22/2010 9:55AM

    I've got the thin woman in there, but it's been so long since I knew her that I had forgotten her. Plus she was so much younger. She was not assertive. She was scared, had low self-esteem, took what was given her. She may have looked thin, but she was, well, the same as I was but a few years ago.

Of all of the changes that we all go through, all of the sizes, the clothing, the hair styles, the embracing of exercise, the refusal of less than optimal foods, the (re)discovery of cooking, the different attitudes from our family, friends and coworkers, the biggest changes go on inside our skulls. In the book _2001_, Arthur C. Clarke talks about the ape-men and that, when it came to the monolith, "the simple atoms of his brain were being retwisted and configured" (I may not have the absolutely correct quote, but the simple atoms of his brain part I know is right). And that is what is happening.

Your brain's atoms are doing a new dance.

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RUSSELLORAMA 5/22/2010 1:33AM

    emoticon emoticon

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YATMAMA 5/21/2010 9:06PM

    I love this blog. It is SO so so so true for SO so so so many of us. You've said a mouthful. Thank you.



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IUHRYTR 5/21/2010 8:51PM

    Yes, believe you CAN do this. Without that believe it is harder to become successful. Hang tough! -- Lou

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Joy comes in the morning!

Friday, April 30, 2010

Last night, I was feeling kinda crummy - I wrote a blog entry about it, but I gleaned the wisdom left there, and decided not to acknowledge ignorant people, and replaced that entry with this one.

I'm pretty sure I reached my 1st goal!

I saw my goal number yesterday, but I didnt believe it- my body is weird, im not often the same weight two days in a row, but when I am, it's more likely to be a true number. I weighed this morning (I weigh everyday - wii) and it was the number -1.
I havent felt very motivated in April. March I was reading the spark, making my vision boards, consulting with myself, I was on a roll, and then the flare hit, and I was in bed for 3 weeks. Motivation gone, It's still not all back, but I dont know - it's amazing when you find that you arent just doing something to fit in, that it's really you. It's your lifestyle. Two veggies at dinner? Yep my lifestyle. My sis and I ordered pizza yesterday, but to ease the blow, I got veggies on mine, and asked if she would take what was left to her MIL's house because it will get thrown out if it stays, and she said - well they wont eat it. It has vegetables on it.
Yeah, that's my lifestyle.
Im not crazy 0% fat, only air and watergirl. I just eat a few more veggies, and drink a few more glasses of water and move a bit more. How I grew up, a great emphasis was never put on drinking water and exercising, but I guess because we got fast food so much less than our peers, and my mom actually cooked everyday - we thought we were just fine...eventhough I was 300 lbs when I was 15. Everyone - including me, just thought that was my own fault.
I feel so silly making a big deal out of it, but please understand that I can see ONEderland from here, it's 9 lbs {~~ thata way. I havent weighed in the 100s since I was 10 or 11 - twenty years ago. It took me a LONG time, but Im here. Im here

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JESPAH 5/1/2010 6:59AM

    Go ahead and make a big deal out of it. I freakin' bawled like a baby. It's a number, yes. Not much different from 201 or 199. But it has meaning.

Let it have its power.

PS Muchos gracias por el goodie. :)

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/1/2010 5:08AM

    Please make a big deal out of it!!

You are doing such a great job and it is definitely a big deal to be able to see onderland. You just keep moving at your own pace and you will get there.


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YATMAMA 4/30/2010 4:32PM

    Oh, my precious friend. I so rejoice with you. I weighed 200 pounds at ten years old. Obviously, drinking water and exercising were not part of my world. At 50 I finally started taking responsibility for my body. Better late than never, eh? I am SO so so so proud of you. If I could be there to hug you as you cross over into onderland I would give you a big, bright gold star. Keep on beaming, my friend. Keep shining so the rest of us can follow your path. You are an inspiration and I appreciate you.



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PURPLELVR7 4/30/2010 12:03PM

    emoticon for sharing, I have been in a small funk in April, but I just keep moving and it paid off. I think your story is emoticon.
I know you emoticon, keep up the good work

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JLUVSHIKIN 4/30/2010 11:05AM

    Congrats on being so close to your goal!

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IUHRYTR 4/30/2010 10:16AM

    Isn't it a wonderful feeling to be so close to a new goal? Keep up the good work and you'll get there and then we'll do a happy dance. :) -- Lou

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ERNURSERN 4/30/2010 10:12AM

    I am SO proud of you...I have been in a funk lately myself...I signed up with a personal trainer and I am hating it...I was doing SO well on my own...now here I am ticked off and feeling like a failure...I made a decision this morning that while I signed up for the trainer I am not going to go back...I will pay him because I have to but I am not going back...I lost 42 pounds on my own and since I am with the trainer I have gained 5 back...I CAN AND WILL do this on my own....

You are an inspiration!! I can't wait until I can see ONEderland too...and I WILL SEE it ...I KNOW I CAN!!! Thank you so so much for inspiring me today!!!

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good news, bad news

Tuesday, April 27, 2010

I woke up this morning and found that I was 1 pound away from my goal. I also realized that although I usually say I have 50 lbs left to lose to get to the goal *I* want, it's actually 36. Im pretty certain of something...
The Self Sabotage monster will be trying to knock on my door pretty soon.

Dear self, please do not put out the welcome mat.

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DHALYIA 4/30/2010 4:41PM

    Load the shotgun, put it next to the door. Sneak up, crack the door...Blam! Blam! No problems!


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MISSCOURTNESS 4/28/2010 10:40PM

    You are awesome. Keep looking forward and don't look back.

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IUHRYTR 4/28/2010 5:00PM

    Yea! nearly at another goal. Terrific news. Keep up the hard work. -- Lou

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YATMAMA 4/28/2010 3:36PM

    Hurray for YOU!!!!!!!!! NOTHING can stop you now. *applause*

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TLAIR0468 4/28/2010 2:04PM

    When the self sabotage monster comes knocking, pretend nobody is home!!

Stay strong! Congrats on the loss!!

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JESPAH 4/28/2010 7:18AM

    Yo, Self Sabotage Monster?!

Hit the road, Jack.

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GOSPELCLOWN 4/27/2010 11:40PM

    Let's CELEBRATE and go for a walk in honour of your quickly approaching goal! YEAH!

Blessings to you!

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AXISLADY 4/27/2010 11:34PM

    Why do we do that? I wish I knew the answer. Every time I get down below 200# I can just bet money on it going back up very soon! If you find the magic answer, will you let me know?

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The donut called my name

Thursday, April 15, 2010

Ever feel like a fraud?
Yesterday after my second doctors visit of the week, I went over to the cafe, to see what they were serving for lunch - it was something I didnt eat, so I looked around at the other items they had available, and something caught my eye - a glazed bowtie donut. It knew my name and began to whisper sweetly...
Instead of just going home, I went into the cafe and made my purchase -

fruit salad

For no other reason than, that is what I wanted, but the little nit picky critic in my head called me a fraud right away. Good thing I'm not in the habit of listening to liars these days! Just because something calls your name doesnt mean you have to answer.

[I did well in March and on the 28th a relapse hit me like a truck. Ive had to cut my workouts in half because I probably shouldnt really even be working out, but my spirits are lifted when I do. I try not to over do it, just 15-30 mins a day. I was offered steroids to help me get over the flare faster, but I didnt want the extra weight that comes with steroids. Not sure what I'll do when I can no longer avoid them. There must be another way!]

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IUHRYTR 4/15/2010 8:51PM

    Good willpower. Fruit salad sounds delicious. I know what it's like to try to exercise with injuries and only remind you not to overdo it but to do as you're doing, a little at a time. Hang in there. -- Lou

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JESPAH 4/15/2010 4:43PM

    Well, if you go on steroids perhaps you could get that Major League contract you've been wanting.


Oh. :)

PS You're no fraud. You are, as we say, walking the walk.

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YATMAMA 4/15/2010 4:19PM

    Those whispers abound! Onion rings have been calling my name for a week. Gonna have to factor them into a menu and soon. Bravo for YOU!! I am so proud of you for no longer listening to those destructive lies.

I have to wonder if the steroids would cause weight gain now that you are eating healthier? Would chair aerobics be possible for you to keep up your cardio? I pray you are able to strike the balance you need to meet all your goals. I know that you can do it!!



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GRAMPIAN 4/15/2010 3:46PM

  Congratulaions on your strong will in resisting the donut! You're bound to succeed.

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