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Wise Sayings and Things to Ponder

Tuesday, May 27, 2014

It's no secret I live in Iowa. (You all get that, right?) emoticon We have a wonderful magazine called "Our Iowa" that is filled with fantastic photos, great articles and yes...wise sayings and quotes. Today I was looking through the last issue and ran across a few things that I thought I'd share with you. Most of them fall into the "for what it's worth" column and in no particular order (except for one I saved for last).

Wrinkles are hereditary. Parents get them from their children. (Wow...just sayin'...I have plenty of wrinkles!!)

Mountains can't be surmounted except by winding paths. (Does this help to explain why climbing this mountainous job of losing weight isn't a down hill job and takes many twists and turns?)

Good examples have twice the value of good advice. (SparkPeople is a great example of how this one works.)

I named my dog Five Miles so I can tell people I walk 5 miles every day. (Now there's a plan!)

Few people travel the road to success without a puncture or two. (Might explain some of the delays I've had along the way.)

From Bill Cosby comes this one: A word to the wise isn't necessary--it's the stupid ones that need advice. ('nuf said about that! LOL)

There are a lot more I could include, but I'll end with this one that came out of a fortune cookie a while back and it might be really fitting as I write this blog today: Your mouth might be moving but nobody is listening!

Now that, my friends, might be most important thing for me to remember!

Spark On!! Keep your chin up, shoulders back and as your mothers always told you...wear clean underwear!! Hugs and love and best wishes for a successful and happy day!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MASTERPIECE8 6/10/2014 4:12PM

Terrific 'pearls of wisdom'. Thanks for sharing them. Now I'll have to remember them.


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JILL313 5/28/2014 6:52PM

    Jeannie, what a delightful fun blog you wrote. I laughed so hard at the last one and can't even imagine that of you--LOL. You're a very creative and good writer. I bet writing a daily blog might be challenging but also getting easier to do. Find more delightful things you included in your blog as I've always been accused of being too curious and love the mid-west where you live. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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IMUSTLOSEIT1 5/28/2014 2:20PM

    I also am from Iowa and I subscribe to IOWA, and love the magazine. My favorite of your quotes is the one from Bill Crosby. I agree with him, it is the stupid one that need help.

And yes, I remember mom always saying make sure you have clean underwear on. She said once that it reflexed back to her if our underwear wasn't snowy white.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/28/2014 10:21AM

    My favorite is the winding paths to climb the mountain. Thanks!

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SWEETTOOTH10 5/28/2014 8:59AM

    Great tid bits! :)I think the same thing could be said for grey hairs as wrinkles!Have A Spark-LY day!;)

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STARRBRITE 5/28/2014 12:54AM

    I just hate fortune cookies that lecture to me. I like them to tell me good things that come my way without any work or effort on my part.

Thanks for the blog, Jeannie, it was fun.

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TXGRANDMA 5/27/2014 10:46PM

    Check on the clean underwear, LOL! That is one thing Mom taught all of us at a young age! Loved the rest of your quotes, too. They could apply anywhere! emoticon

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PENNYPEARLS 5/27/2014 10:33PM

    Thanks for sharing! emoticon

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JAMER123 5/27/2014 9:52PM

    Love them!!! And you did a wonderful job with the additions!!
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GODS_TEMPLE 5/27/2014 6:16PM

    I especially like the Mountain one...explains a LOT! emoticon

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WIZKEY 5/27/2014 5:47PM

    Loved the quotes - have my share of punctures and change my underwear every morning, LOL. Thanks for sharing!!

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SENTERSTOCK 5/27/2014 3:45PM

    Thank you for the laughs and wisdom! I have been to IOWA - what seems like a lifetime ago, I judged the IOWA State DMA (Drum Majorettes of America) championships - fun times

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RUBYSNANA 5/27/2014 3:38PM

    Love this blog with its words of wisdom. My spark page has a lotos inspirational quotes on it and I find them really helpful. emoticon for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DIANNEMT 5/27/2014 3:35PM

    I LOVE your words of advice! Grew up in WI so I know where Iowa is--and I miss my Midwest folks. NJ is just too fast--talk too fast, drive too fast, try to grow up too fast.

Thanks for sharing.

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POLYANNA2 5/27/2014 3:34PM

    Those are all great quotes, Jeannie, and yes, they're bang on what our SP journey is all about. That last one, though, not applicable. When your mouth is moving, I'm ALWAYS listening!!!
My chin is up, my shoulders are back, and I have my tidy whities
You're a hoot!

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Why Me? Monday Musings

Monday, May 26, 2014

Did you ever wonder "why me?" I've fallen into that trap so many times it isn't funny. Why am I the fat one who can't say no to that extra serving of the yummy dessert? Why do I have to be the one who has to shop in the plus size section of the stores? What did I ever do to deserve all these obesity related issues?

Uh oh...I think I fell into my own trap!!! What did I do to deserve plus sized clothing and obesity issues, among other things? Hmmm...did I treat myself to way too many of those desserts because I was "good" all week and I deserved a treat? Does it have anything to do with all those years when I sat on my fanny way too many times and thought I'd get some really good exercise later? Or, might it have been all those evenings when I ate myself into oblivion because I'd had a rough day at work or a serious family problem to solve? And, in the process of doing all these things, might it be why I developed an addiction to certain kinds of foods?

So really, in retrospect, I have to ask why not me? What is so special about me that I would or should be any different from others who have similar issues? Why should it be any easier for me to conquer these challenges? Isn't there a saying somewhere that what doesn't kill you will make you stronger? I'm thinking that I, along with all my very Special Spark Sisters and Friends, must be about the strongest people on the planet. We are forging ahead...not always quickly, not always efficiently, but we're doing it, aren't we? One way or another, we're doing it!! And that, my friends, is all I can ask for today!!

Wishing the very best of "me" days for each of you!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SENTERSTOCK 5/27/2014 1:36PM

    Well done! Wow! Your insight and thoughts are leading the way! its like you are reading my mind...We can do this!

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STARRBRITE 5/27/2014 12:45AM

    Thanks, Jeannie. I really needed this right now. I am going to soar with the storks? emoticon

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JILL313 5/27/2014 12:03AM

    Unfortunately your so right as I have asked myself why am I obese when both my Sisters are slim and healthy. But, I know the answer to that question. I eat emotionally when I'm sad, depressed, etc. There lives are very different from mine and honestly don't have all the stress in their lives like I always seem to especially dealing with Brent. You're a really good writer and everything in your blogs are always so crystal clear and a light bulb of empathy for you, myself & oh so many people. Like Ramona said, Why not me? There is no escaping this life without stress including my ongoing issue with emotional eating and craving all the unhealthy high carbs. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

PS - At least neither one of us has turned to alcohol--that would be far worse. I think some people who have lots of inner issues do. . .

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JAMER123 5/26/2014 11:33PM

    I am looking back at the "why me" thoughts as I read many blogs such as yours. It is a provoking question and I am beginning to understand my "whys" so I think. I may be able to blog about it some day as I see a different picture of my past.

Thank you for a great blog!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MISSRUTH 5/26/2014 7:25PM

    Every time I find myself thinking "Why me", I have to immediately follow that with "Why not me". Do I not have the strength and perseverance, to do this? Do I not possess the intelligence to learn about healthy choices, and how much exercise is "enough"? And can I not then share my struggles and triumphs with others, that perhaps they can gain a little strength or insight, from what I share?

emoticon Oh, yes indeed, we CAN.

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MLKDUD 5/26/2014 7:11PM

    Yes we are doing it and yes we are strong!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/26/2014 7:07PM

    Very well said! It's a daily struggle made easier by some pretty special people!

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GODS_TEMPLE 5/26/2014 6:34PM

    I'm with you...Why NOT me!

BUT, we can kick these bad habits, and soar with the eagles... emoticon OK, that's not an eagle...but storks can soar, too!

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POLYANNA2 5/26/2014 4:17PM

    Oh, Jeannie, that was so beautifully expressed. You know, when I started out on my Spark adventure I never talked about or celebrated my weight loss. Sure, my ticker showed what was happening, but I didn't shout it from the rooftops. Why? Because I figured it was so disgusting that I actually had that much weight to lose. And if anyone had asked me why I had so much to lose, I wouldn't have an answer. All the reasons you have given have rattled around in my head too. But eventually, thanks solely to all the encouragement and belonging I have felt here, I have come to appreciate the fact that I'm out there doing it, along with all my very strong Sparkfriends, and I have let go of what got me here and now rejoice in what's keeping me here, one success after another. We ARE the strongest people on the planet!!!
Thank you for this wonderful blog!
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TXGRANDMA 5/26/2014 3:36PM

    Very good blog. I have gone through this struggle myself and come to the same conclusion!

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JAOTAO 5/26/2014 2:46PM

    Good blog Jeannie - there is a song (of course!) that goes "Why not me, it isn't fair, I ain't got enough, I want my share...' For so many of us food = love, add to that food = comfort or stress reliever and we got a double whammy.

Yes, we must forge ahead as the options or being heavier or morbidly obese aren't the best for wanting a quality life. That is what I try to remember - think about how I am now vs. several years ago.

Still want to lose a little faster, though, especially when I'm extremely good.... Well, I'll keep dancing and changing up along with you. We can do this!

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My Personal Nemesis

Sunday, May 25, 2014

Okay...maybe I can get into this blogging stuff. No promises...the jury is still out on that one. But, for today I think I'll write about my personal nemesis: evening eating. It might be really brief. Not much to say that hasn't already been said, either by me or others.

I do great all day long. Healthy, happy breakfast and lunches. Often I have a little mid-afternoon snack. Again, it is almost always a healthy choice. Dinner rolls around and since I almost always have it planned ahead and it fits into my day's calorie problem. Then the real challenge begins, and that is staying out of the kitchen and eating after dinner.

I know that cows graze, not people (thank you, Ramona). I know I won't starve to death before breakfast rolls around. I even know I'm not hungry. I know that if I plan a snack, it also leads to more eating. (Actually, I've come to hate that word "snack." It sounds weird to "snack attack" and conjures up images of a sneak attack on me. But, I digress.)

In the past, I've been successful at taming my monster nemesis. I clean and shut the kitchen after dinner. I go to the other room. I work at diverting my attention. I don't have diabetes and don't need to eat to control my blood sugar. I do all the things I've ever heard suggested, but still thoughts turn to that SNACK. A tablespoon of peanut butter turns into 5 or 6. Those leftovers in the fridge turn into a nibble the size of another meal. Ice cream in the freezer? Forget it!!

Okay, it's out in the open. So today...just for today, I have a goal of getting out and staying out of the kitchen and not eating after dinner. I will NOT starve. I will NOT graze. I WILL be successful! And then, tomorrow morning, I will feel good about myself and move on to another day.

Merriam Webster defines "nemesis" as an opponent or enemy that is very difficult to defeat. It does NOT define it as impossible to defeat!

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SENTERSTOCK 5/27/2014 1:21PM

    Merriam Webster defines "nemesis" as an opponent or enemy that is very difficult to defeat. It does NOT define it as impossible to defeat! PERFECT!! DEFEAT the NEM! LOVE it!

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GODS_TEMPLE 5/26/2014 5:11PM

    Maybe you can get DH to lock the kitchen door and hide the key from you... emoticon

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MYRMEN 5/26/2014 11:30AM

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JILL313 5/26/2014 12:13AM

    I sure know what you're talking about and for me I always want something to eat right before I go to bed. I broke that habit when I was going strong on the South Beach Diet but now dealing with this problem again. Several people suggested you go on a new no eating after dark streak so maybe that would work for you, I hope so. I'm not sure what my problem is but it's worse when I'm tired and not real hungry but always seem to crave those high cal carbs. I realize I'll probably be fighting this problem the rest of my life. I can't even seem to fall asleep if I'm the least bit hungry and it's only been this way for me the last couple of years. Good Luck my wonderful friend. You're a "Strong Lady" but the so called nemesis is also strong, ugh. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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POLYANNA2 5/25/2014 9:22PM

    As I commented in the FF, you just think back to how wonderful you felt when you were on your steak of no eating after dinner the last time. And if that isn't enough to keep you out of the peanut butter jar, log onto SparkPeople and read blogs, success stories or chat with a friend. That always, always helps me. I even have a Sparkfriend I can call in case of
I have every faith in you that you WILL defeat your nemesis!!!! emoticon

emoticon Carol

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MISSRUTH 5/25/2014 7:17PM

    I could've written the same blog! It's the evening eating that I find hardest. Once I start even thinking about a "little snack"... I'm practically doomed. I've taken lately to rewarding myself for sticking to my eating plan and not getting into the snacking after dinner. So far it's working well. emoticon

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DIANNEMT 5/25/2014 6:57PM

    You and me both!! "Read a book" they say--I want potato chips with that book! LOL
I also tend to "finish what I take"--even if I am full. I need work on that, too.

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TXGRANDMA 5/25/2014 6:23PM

    I'm right there with you on this! It almost seems as if I am compelled to snack at night! I do, on occasion, manage to make it to bed without snacking, but that is rare!

PS. You write very well!

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DONNABRIGHT 5/25/2014 3:19PM

    Oh, I hear you! We can do this - will be thinking of you tonight and not eating with you!

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SPEEDY143 5/25/2014 2:55PM

    emoticon Drowned your nemesis with a few glasses of this at night emoticon

You'll end up with several more steps going to and from the potty emoticon Win~Win emoticon

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JAWATKINS 5/25/2014 11:41AM

    Best of luck to you, sticking with your plan! Remember, each good choice leads to another! I know you can defeat your nemesis!!
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Blogging...who, me?

Saturday, May 24, 2014

Do I have to? Why? Why? Why? It's part of the Spring 5% Challenge I've been in. This is the final week. I haven't done so well weight wise. And now, the last "living the good life" challenge is to blog daily. Drats...I was hoping we'd get away without this being one of the LTGL challenges.

The truth is (as you can already see), I don't really care to do much blogging. I always think I have to be really clever. Or, I have to have something profound that everyone is just waiting to read. Or, heaven forbid, I bare my soul and tell everyone what I'm really thinking. None of those things is really my style.

Thought I'd think a bit about why these last 7 weeks (the time I've been in the Spring 5% challenge) haven't been all that productive. It's been a hectic spring, with moving to a new home in a new location, having trouble with some sciatica, becoming a great-grandma for the first time (that was the fun part, but helping out with the baby has made it a little more busy), and dealing with my Mom and Sis in the nursing home. Those are all excuses for why I've been less than successful.

I think I've run out of excuses. I've used them all up. It is likely that I'll use some of them again, and I can truly say that I continue to learn from my missteps and choices, for even not making a choice really is making a choice, after all. However, I can continue to take those baby steps and continue on this very, very slow journey.

Haven't I read somewhere that the journey may be the destination? I don't even know what that means, but seems like the destination might be getting longer each day!!

Have a great weekend!!

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SENTERSTOCK 5/27/2014 10:40AM

    Then it sounds like progress! Good for you and your blog!
Here is to baby steps! And to the journey! emoticon

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POLYANNA2 5/25/2014 9:42PM

    If your destination is to be healthy and enjoy your life, then the journey can indeed be the destination. So you eat all the healthy things you want to within your range and you participate in the fitness activities that you actually enjoy, and Bob's your uncle, you're healthy and you're having fun. It doesn't get any better.
By the way, you write a fantastic blog and I look forward to reading the next one!!!
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PENNYPEARLS 5/25/2014 8:27PM

    The great thing about our teams is they help us focus even when life is crazy. Sounds lime you have had a lot going on.

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DONNABRIGHT 5/25/2014 3:22PM

    I just read two of your blogs and enjoyed them both. You have also inspired me to have NO snacks tonight - not even the 40 calorie one I had planned. Nothing, nada will go in to my mouth after supper.

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SPEEDY143 5/25/2014 2:48PM

    emoticon one down 6 to go emoticon I always enjoy your blogs Jeannie... you've got the knack of making me feel like we are sitting together and chatting about the things that matter and I always leave happy and a bit healthier thanks to YOU dear friend emoticon

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JAOTAO 5/25/2014 7:37AM

    Good blog Jeannie .. I love your sense of humor and wit ... yes it is said it is all about the journey - not the destination ... and this weight thing has been a long road to travel! Glad you're with me friend!

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JILL313 5/25/2014 2:00AM

    Jeannie, you are a wonderful & clever writer in my opinion. I feel sort of bad about not blogging in a few years. . .but creative writing has never been one of my favorite things to do. I feel like the people who know me on the Team already know enough about me. You sure have been busy and it's understandable how it would be difficult to focus on losing weight. I've been in 3 or 4 5% Challenges and they never really motivated me to even try harder so I haven't signed up for one in quite awhile. I wish I could get my act together and stop gaining back a few pounds and keep on losing weight but it's all up to me. Enjoy your weekend GGM!!

Love You,


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KALISWALKER 5/25/2014 1:11AM

    It's members like you who make the challenge teams so much fun. All the best in the summer challenge.


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TXGRANDMA 5/24/2014 11:49PM

    Great blog, Jeanne! I feel the way that you do, it is hard for me to write blogs. I am not one to share my persona feelings, either. Thanks for sharing, and hope that your life soon establishes a pattern in your new home! emoticon

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MISSRUTH 5/24/2014 7:15PM

    Great blog! For not liking to write them, you do a fine job! emoticon

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MARCIAC10 5/24/2014 6:57PM

    I agree with SYLPHINPROGRESS ! A blog is for yourself, not others. No matter what I say in mine I often learn something about myself or the situation I'm writing about. Just putting things down "on paper" helps at times. It doesn't have to be inspirational for others. It can be anything you want it to be! I prefer reading blogs about people, not blogs that are inspirational. I want to read about people who are struggling and succeeding or not succeeding but still trying: real life blogs!

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DIANNEMT 5/24/2014 5:01PM

    Hey--you HAVE been busy!! But yes, I understand that "can't blog" cause no one wants to read what I say--but YOU have such great insights--so thank you!!

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MLKDUD 5/24/2014 2:45PM

    I think you did a great blog!

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    A blog is not for others,* but for yourself. Writing helps to think things through. Even better, when you reread your blogs down the line, you'll see how far you've come. If it turns out that it isn't all that far or, egads, you've had a little back-slide, you'll learn so that you can build up steam again.

* Thinking "aloud" in a blog helps and others may benefit in the process.

emoticon A gold star for a good job. And you're a good little speller.

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Thinking, Thinking, Thinking

Sunday, January 19, 2014

emoticon Have you ever thought about how much time we spend thinking about food? Eat this; eat that; shop for this or that; track it before or track it after; plan your menus; look for recipes; should I or shouldn't I? And it goes on and on!!

Today I was thinking about how much thinking I do about food and eating and find it amazing that there is almost no part of my life that is not consumed (see what I mean) by food!

I'm not complaining and I have plenty of other things to do in my life, but...just thinking!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CRYSALLIS1 1/21/2014 8:41PM

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Even the Emoctions think about food all the time!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 1/21/2014 9:58AM

    It's when I think my foods out that I succeed...... Unfortunately food will probably be my focal point for the next couple of years but if it works then HOORAY for thinking! emoticon

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INTHEGAP 1/20/2014 12:33PM

    You nailed it for me, Jeannie. That is why I'm having such a hard time getting going, again. I haven't got all the time in the world to be thinking, thinking, thinking about food. :( I keep looking for easier ways to not be thinking about food all the time. So far, I haven't found any. :( And, I "am" complaining. :)

Have a great day ~ and if you find the ''secret' ~ let me know, please! emoticon emoticon

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GODS_TEMPLE 1/20/2014 12:53AM

    Like OKBACK2ME said...maybe it's time we REALLY start to THINK before we eat!

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OKBACK2ME 1/19/2014 10:49PM

    I agree that we have been thinking about food a lot. I have to say that after many years of not thinking about food I am morbidly obese so I guess a little obsession might be good for me! emoticon

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JILL313 1/19/2014 10:32PM

    You are right. Growing up it seems food wasn't so important to most people or at least the people I grew up with. We had our healthy 3 meals a day and for the most part was satisfied with that and didn't think about food 24/7. Now days it seems you can't even go to any kind of meeting or get together without food being at the Center of things. I won't even go into how fast food is addictive and many people eat it every day. I wish more women and men would learn how to cook and not rely on microwaving a so called meal or worse yet resorting to a quick meal at the drive through. Any kind of social get together has to have something to eat at least the ones I go to. We need to eat to live not live to eat as the saying goes. I love your insight Jeannie and you are 100% right. Good for you for noticing and making me think.

Hugs & Love,

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CASTIRONLADY 1/19/2014 9:58PM

    I've often thought it would be much easier if we didn't have to eat at all - but not practical in the grand scheme of things. I remember my Mom and Aunt, talking about what to fix for the next meal right after they had eaten one.

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POLYANNA2 1/19/2014 9:16PM

    Definitely true, and I think this is what has driven our society to rely on "fast" food. We just don't have enough hours a day to do all this thinking! emoticon

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TXGRANDMA 1/19/2014 7:31PM

    This is so absolutely true! I have thought about this before, too! emoticon

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