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Restaurant Challenges

Sunday, August 28, 2011

It's time that I blogged about another food challenge that plagues me every time I eat out in a restaurant. In fact, I often avoid eating out, if possible, because I don't trust myself to make good choices. I'm sure some of my SP Friends have similar issues, and it would be so wonderful if everyone would share how you deal with it.

Recently I read a SP article about how to “save” calories when eating out. Some of the ideas were things like not eating the “free” foods that come with a meal (biscuits, bread sticks, garlic bread, etc), ordering water for your beverage, taking half your food home, and skipping dessert. None of these ideas are new to me. I could have written the article (not as well, but I knew the content, at least).

So, how do I apply what I know to the restaurant dining experience? No very well...ever...at all...not even once in a while!!! Last evening was a perfect example. I knew we'd stop for something to eat after attending an afternoon wedding (but not the reception). We happened on a Mexican restaurant and since my husband suggested stopping, I jumped at the chance. He usually doesn't care for Mexican food and I love it.

We were seated quickly and the server showed up with the basket of chips and salsa. Uh oh...I could have asked her to take them away, but that is one thing DH likes, so that wouldn't be fair. I have a chip...then another...and another. Drat...pretty soon they're gone, but at least it was a small basket and when she asked if we wanted more, we both said no at the same time.

In the meantime I struggled with the menu. Fajitas? Enchiladas? Combo plate? First I had to help my DH find something he'd like, and then focus on me. A combo plate it is—2 ground beef enchiladas, a taco, beans and rice. Why did I pick that? Not a clue, except it sounded good. Did I eat half and bring home the other half? No! I ate the whole thing. We did have water (beverages are way too expensive any more), and we skipped dessert. It was so good, but I was stuffed and began regretting my choice before we even left the restaurant. Not only that, I couldn't find the nutritional content online when we got home, so I don't know how much I actually ate—I know for sure it was high in sodium, calories and probably a number of other things.

Well, today is a new day and I'm back to basics, but I still haven't solved the problem of how to deal with making good choices in restaurants. If I know where I'm going ahead of time I can plan better, but being spontaneous is fun, too, so help me out here, friends...I need ideas!! I'm hoping that some of you good and faithful Spark friends will have some new ideas for me to try. I will be so appreciative, believe me, as I think this journey is about more than learning to eat in what I call my “protective environment” at home.

  
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JILL313 8/29/2011 12:36AM

    Jeannie, I'm afraid I'm not too much help here as I rarely eat out and when I eat out I'm a lot like you as it's not easy always making healthy choices. I am going out tomorrow night to a Japanese Restaurant for my son's birthday. I figure I might go over my calorie range but will cut back the following day. I also try to have a light snack if I know I'm eating out so I'm not famished when I get to the Restaurant. I only allow myself one piece of bread usually with no butter and never order dessert. I love Mexican food myself and it seems most of it is pretty high in calorie. And once they put that basket of fresh chips and salsa out I'm in trouble. Heaven forbid, I almost never order a strawberry Margarita anymore as way too expensive and high in calories. I hope you will get some good ideas as this is a tough question and still hard for me.

Love & Hugs,

Jill

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/28/2011 6:04PM

    Jeannie, I hear you. I have solved the Mexican dinner though. My hubby like yours likes his chips. I have them bring me the corn tortillas and pico di gallo. I eat that with a spoon while nibbling on a corn tortilla. It is OK calorie wise and I don't feel deprived. For my meal I usuallly have the spinach enchalidas. They have them in almost all meican rest. around here. I say no cheese and ask for whole beans and I sub the rice with salad. I eat the beans on the salad with salsa and pico di gallo. Yum. One place I just have the salad because it comes with the beans on it and I love it.. This is making me hungry, I better go.
Gail

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GETSTRONGRRR 8/28/2011 5:31PM

    Always tough to do, especially when you go out to eat on a lark.

I'm on the road a lot, so what I do is to download menus or look them up on the internet beforehand so I know what to order (and what NOT to order).

I also try to eat a small snack (mostly fruit) before going out to eat....it helps me not arrive famished. I also finish at least one glass of water before ordering, so that my stomach is a little full

Other than that, i try to plan during the day if I know we're going out (see my blog from last night's birthday dinner for my wife...

http://www.sparkpeop
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dividual.asp?blog_id=4451876

I ate light at b'fast & lunch knowing we were going out for dinner

Good luck!

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ESILBO 8/28/2011 5:14PM

    COME ON SWEETIE, YOU ARE TOOOOO HARD ON YOURSELF...
YES ON A BETTER WORLD, WE COULD EXACTLY ORDER WHAT WE SHOULD, BUT WE ARE NOT IN A PERFECT WORD, SO WE SLIP...
ITS A BIGGIE FOR ME TOO BUT SINCE I ONLY GO ONCE A WEEK NOW, I DON T WORRY ABOUT IT TOO MUCH...BUT I DON T EAT THE BREAD ANYMORE SAME WITH DESSERT, AND I DRINK WATER...I CAN T WAIT TO SEE HOW OTHERS CAN DO IT....
AND AS YOU SAID TODAY IS A NEW DAY, BACK TO BASICS

LOVE
LISE
PS NOW WHEN IT HAPPENS, I BURN IT OUT...LOL

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Sights and Smells

Monday, August 22, 2011

Oh, my! My Over 60++ team has presented us with a challenge to blog or journal about stuggles with our eating habits. I imagine the outcome here would be that we might find some insight into why we struggle with it and how we might resolve the issue.

I have tons of struggles and it's hard to pick just one! But tonight, as we were eating our very healthy and planned dinner, we happened to have the TV on, which normally isn't the case. But right there...in the middle of everything...came an ad for Pizza Hut. Oh my goodness! Piping hot, lots and lots of toppings, and tons of ooey-gooey cheese dripping off the sides--I'm sure you get the picture! I'm like a kid crying for the cereal they see in the ads.

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I was nearly finished with my meal and I wasn't in the least hungry. But, the thought of a wonderful piece of pizza was almost more than I could bear. It occurred to me, once again, that I'm especially susceptible to wanting whatever food I see, regardless of whether it might be pictures of food on TV or in magazines, or the real thing. And the aroma of anything baking or cooking can just about send me over the edge! I used to always begin to forage in the kitchen or wherever I may be, looking for ??? something.

I wonder why the sights and smells of food trigger this response in me. It seems to be especially hard for me in the evenings, although an "attack" can occur at any time. Since getting back on my Spark journey and linking up with this incredible team, I've been able to curb my cravings and grazing. I sometimes think, though, that it is just a matter of time before it gets out of hand again.

Some of the things I try are diversion, shutting off the boob tube, drinking some water, or getting a snack of something planned and healthy. I'd be really curious to know if anyone else has ever had this problem and what kinds of things you do to keep it under control or resolved.

There you have it...one of my many struggles that I am working on and trying my best to control!

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JILL313 8/23/2011 1:40PM

    Jeannie, I can really relate to your wonderful blog as yummy smells do me in the most. I've almost given up baking as I still don't trust myself to be around those baked goods and not eat some of them. Pizza is my downfall and at the top of my no no list. However, once in awhile my sons want pizza and when it comes I tell myself I'll have one piece but end up having one or two more and then my BS goes sky high. I really don't watch much TV but a pizza commercial would probably have me picking up the phone. Recently, I have a new mindset that I want healthy over food. So, I've finally cut back on my calories and all those late night snacks. . .and very slowly the pounds are coming off. It is so hard to always be good so once in awhile I do have a treat but not very often. You are on the right path my dear friend!!

Hugs,

Jill

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PYNETREE 8/23/2011 9:21AM

    I do the same thing! I don't really even like those big burgers from the King and his McClown friend...But, when their ads come on at night...OMG, I want a burger...even if I'm full from dinner! The worst for me are those coffee McCafe ads...350 calorie drinks...with barely a taste of coffee...but I can almost not bear to watch them. I love coffee!

So we watch most of our shows through DVRing them...and zip right thru the ads! DVR came with our verizon Fios system and it is the best part. We don't stay up late to watch TV, so we record those late shows (i.e -9:00p.m.!!) Now we record almost everything watch it on our time and zip right past those commercials!

My sister jumps up at every commercial break and does something...picks-up a bit, straightens the kitchen, goes to take trash out, gathers newspapers, or exercises. She is emoticon the thin sister! LOL!

But I hear that the "King" made famous by BK ads has been de-throned or impeached. I always thought he was a wee bit creepy!

Those manufacturers spend millions counting on us buying into their product...they paid big bucks to set us up to "crave". And they know what works! emoticon Theresa

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GRANPATTIE 8/23/2011 7:36AM

    Me, too! I think the older I've gotten, the easier it is for me to get sucked into wanting things, and pizza is right up there! And Ice cream, and ....

Good blog. I think we ALL understand.

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ESILBO 8/22/2011 9:21PM

    LOL.. YOU ARE NOT ALONE IN THERE MY DEAR FRIEND JEANNIE...TONIGHT FOR SUPPER, I HAD PIZZA (SORRY TO RUB IT IN) BUT I FIND THE MORE I CAN T EAT SOMETHING, THE MORE I WANT IT...SO I HAD A PAPER CRUST WITH VEGGIE. AND PEPPERONI AND I MADE SURE IT WAS FITTING IN MY CALORIES RANGE...THE REST IS IN THE FRIDGE FOR TOMORROW...I HOPE THE CRAVINGS WILL GO AWAY LIKE IT DID WITH THE POP...KEEP MY FINGERS CROSS..AND I WENT TO WALK FOR AN HOUR AFTER SUPPER, SO I GUESS IT IS OK...WE SHOULD THROW THOSE TV S OUT THE WINDOW...LOL NO MORE TEMPTATIONS
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TORTILLAFLATS 8/22/2011 9:11PM

    Jeannie, I am right there beside you drooling over that pizza. I know there is help for us somewhere and that was the reason for this challenge. I am learning to control it. I used to throw up my hands and say whats the use, I felt deprived all the time, Now I want more for myself than being burdened down with all this excess fat. How that came around, I do nor know but I know it has something to do with the learning I am getting from Sparks. So many wonderful changes are taking place here, I am still turtle crawling to the finish line but thats OK. I know this time I will make it! emoticon for your blog. It gives me more to ponder.

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Some of me is Missing

Thursday, August 18, 2011

Today is kind of special for me--I reached one of my goals! My short term goals are to deal with 10 pounds at a time, but I saw a bigger victory as shedding 10% of me. That happened today!! Who would have thought I'd ever get excited about losing .4 of a pound!

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I try not to talk about "losing" weight because when you lose something it implies (at least to me) that I'll soon be looking for it again, and there's no way on earth or heaven that I'll be looking for this 10% of me. And, if anyone finds it, don't send it my way--my plans are to never see it again!

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Now...on to the next 10%. I have work to do and it's time to get it done.

  
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VTMAID 8/19/2011 9:11AM

    Congratulations! That is a wonderful achievement!
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GRANPATTIE 8/18/2011 8:29PM

    Congratulations!!!!!! Did you set a reward for yourself??? I still have a few pounds to go to reach that. I thought it was coming...then I stalled. I will try to get moving again if I ever get rested enough! Insomnia is a bear!

I'm really happy for you. You're doing a GREAT job!!!

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SPEEDY143 8/18/2011 4:32PM

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TORTILLAFLATS 8/18/2011 3:11PM

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That is why I call it shedding, I don't ever want them back. I am so proud of you Jeannie, well done on shedding that 10 % and we will be here rooting for you on the next 10%

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ESILBO 8/18/2011 2:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon GOOD JOB AND I LIKE USUAL I LOVE YOUR FUNNY BLOG...WE ARE ALL IN IT TOGETHER, KEEP PEDALING...
PS I WON T ACCEPT THEM EITHER, SO FORGET YOU LOST THEM...JUST SAY YOU PACKED THEM IN A SAFE AND YOU LOST THE KEY.. emoticon

PROUD OF YOU JEANNIE AND KEEP DOING WHAT YOU ARE DOING..
LOVE
LISE

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JILL313 8/18/2011 12:24PM

    WOO HOO Losing 10% off your Weight is a huge step in getting healthy and feeling Better!! I should also be there soon and we'll have to Celebrate! You've worked hard for it so enjoy your day!!

Hugs,

Jill
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BR>PS - Don't send those pounds my way as there is no chance I'd accept them--LOL!

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Taking Measure(ments)

Sunday, August 07, 2011

About a month ago I decided to record some measurements other than my weekly weight reading. Experts tell us that there are other ways to measure our progress besides our weight. Earlier this week when I added my weekly weight I decided to update these other measurements.

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I quickly got out my sewing tape measure. My neck measurement was first on the list. Hmmm...where does that tape go again? Up here? Down there? How did I do that last month? With my thumb inside the tape to hold the ends together? In front of the mirror? Oops...the numbers are backwards and I can't read them. I finally enlisted the help of my husband and came up with a number that might be about 1/2 inch less than last month.

On to the waist. The waist...really? What did I measure here? Around my middle more or less went the tape. Peering over my ample bosom, I got a reading on what I think is my waist--down an inch...I think. I didn't have anything recorded for my bust for some reason. Odd, really, as that is the one place I could probably get an accurate reading.

Regardless...time to do the hips. I understand that we are to measure around the biggest part. That should be easy, I thought, as there's no shortage of big parts there. But wait...does the tape go around the belly that used to be my waist but is now sagging towards the South Pole? Or should I be measuring kinda under the belly apron (my term for my excess skin/fat)? No, that's too far down on the hips! I finally settled on a spot and called Richard again since I couldn't see over the other parts. Down an inch...maybe.

Suddenly I realized a truth! I have no waist! Those measurements were the same, give or take an inch. What on earth did I measure last month? It must have been a dream as I have no memory of taking them, and short of using permanent markers to mark the spot, I'll never find the same place twice.

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No more measurements for me! Although I'd love to know how many inches I lose over the long haul, I decided it really doesn't matter in the least. I'll settle for the traditional weight readings, how my clothes fit, and by making note of the things I can do now that I couldn't before.

Happy measuring to everyone with a waist!!

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SPEEDY143 8/9/2011 8:42PM

    Holy cow... that's exactly my experience when trying to take measurements. I gave it up months ago and concentrate mostly on how much better I'm feeling and how much more I can do when that darn scale doesn't move emoticon emoticon

emoticonblog... your sense of humor is emoticon

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VTMAID 8/9/2011 8:39AM

    You cracked me up!!! What a nice way to start my day! I've never tried the measuring part, for many of the same reasons you stated. Besides, I'm not sure a standard measuring tape would go around my very ample caboose!
Karen

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GRANPATTIE 8/8/2011 1:22AM

    Jeannie, this is hysterical! I'm still smiling a LOT. I also related completely to everything you said. I did the measurement thing twice and never did it again. But, those first measurements are there, so if I do it wherever/whenever the "end" is, I'll have a comparison.

I love your sense of humor.

Thanks,
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JILL313 8/7/2011 9:19PM

    I sure LOL when I read your blog and OMG I'd be just like you as the boobs have gone way south and I have no waist but do have gigantic hips & butt. I've always meant to take my measurements but never have and it would be hard to measure myself. I guess like you I'll have to depend upon the good old scale to tell if I'm making progress. I just love your great sense of humor and I'm so glad you share that with us!! I know you'll want to join in the upcoming Challenge that Pattie will be posting later tonight!! Hang in there as you have plenty of friends in the same boat as you!!

Love You,

Jill

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SWEETBEETL 8/7/2011 8:50PM

    You are a riot!!!! Thanks I love a good laugh.



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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/7/2011 7:51PM

    I don't do measurements either - it's too hard to do alone and I'm always wondering if I'm measuring in the correct place. Your words gave me a "mind picture" of myself with black permanent marker lines on my body showing me where to measure every month emoticon! That would require some explanation at my next doctor appointment!
Sheila

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CHAOSTHEORY635 8/7/2011 7:41PM

    Ha, I barely have a waist either! Some measurements are harder than others...I never know where to put the tape on my neck either. Good thing that one never changes. For my thigh, I have a very convenient scar I use as a tape-landmark :)

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MADKAPKID 8/7/2011 6:58PM

    Oh my Jeannie, This is one EXCELLENT blog. I am still laughing! You have such a wonderful sense of humor..... have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon emoticon

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CTUPTON 8/7/2011 6:43PM

    Jeannie, You are hilarious! I don't like doing the body measurements either. At Curves they do them for you. That is the only way mine will get done.

Thank you, thank you, for the laughs today! Chris

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ESILBO 8/7/2011 4:26PM

    emoticon JEANNIE
I WISH I HAD THE MIC ON SO YOU COULD HEAR ME LAUGHING AND CRYING AT THE SAME TIME...
YOU ARE NUT (I HOPE ITS OK TO SAY THAT, I WOULD SAY IT TO A FRIEND HERE)...

THE SAME HAPPENED TO ME LAST WEEK AND ME IT WAS MORE INCHES...OMG...LMHO

ME TOO NEXT TIME I MEASURE ITS WHEN MY PANTS FELL OFF BY THEMSELVES...

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LOVE, ALWAYS
LISE

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Making a List...Checking it Twice

Wednesday, July 20, 2011

I love to make lists and make a lot of them: grocery lists, to-do lists, things to talk to my Mom about lists, things to do on the computer the next time I log on, etc. etc. Anything that can go on a list does.
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More than making a list, I think I like to check things off as I get them done. I usually have several things to do around the house on my lists, as well as my stretcing and strenghtening exercises. Consequently, I almost always get them done.
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However, there were other things that I could have been putting on my list and haven't been! It finally occurred to me a few days ago that these lists of mine are nothing more than daily goals and while I have my goal list in SP, sometimes I don't look at them until the end of the day and yikes...who wants to start drinking the other 4 glasses of water at 9 p.m.?
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So, my new plan is to put those things that I especially want to get done on my to-do list every day in the morning right along with all the other things I want to get done for the day. I know this isn't a novel idea for most of you, but it is kind of a light bulb for me!
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From now on I'll be including my water (and making 8 little marks next to it as I drink them) and 10 minutes of exercise (having trouble getting my 30 minutes a day in, but I almost always can get 10 and if I mark it off at the time and where I can see it, I'll feel so much better about it). Did I mention I'm a very visual person?
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The bottom line for me is whatever works is what I should be doing, and I know this is one thing that will help me stay on track each day, so here's to a better and more focused LIST!
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VTMAID 7/22/2011 9:50AM

    I guess I am in the list category as well, but I don't do it on paper. I do it on my daily calendar on my phone. But....the first thing I do each day is decide what I am going to eat for the rest of the day. I log it on the SP app, and very rarely deviate from what I put down. Basically, if it isn't on my list, I don't eat it.
I love technology!
Karen

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 7/21/2011 11:41AM

    I'm a list maker too. If I don't write it down--I'll forget all about it. Good idea on adding your Spark goals to a new list--something to see and feel good about achieving. Keep up the great work!

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SPEEDY143 7/20/2011 10:46PM

    emoticonanother list maker here emoticon emoticoncouldn't function without one emoticonIn fact if I do something that's not on my list I write it down and cross it off emoticon

YOU are making wonderful progress emoticon emoticon

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MADKAPKID 7/20/2011 8:44PM

    Hi...Looks like there are lots of us that make lists. Lists work for me...as does keeping thing in a journal form. Whatever works for us...is what we should be doing. Have a joy filled day, Karen emoticon

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ESILBO 7/20/2011 6:31PM

    SAME HERE...OH MAYBE THERE IS A CONNECTION WITH OUR GAINING WEIGHT...LOL....JUST KIDDING...
WHEN IT WORKS, DO IT...

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LISE

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TORTILLAFLATS 7/20/2011 5:25PM

    Me too, I am a list person. Right down to the time to put dinner on. It really helps, and a grocery list. I right it down and then half the time I forget to take it with me but I still remember because I wrote it.
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Great idea.

Gail

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JILL313 7/20/2011 5:07PM

    Hi Jeannie, I'm also a list maker as I'm so afraid I'm going to forget something important--and it does really help me. You sure sound like you're doing well so I'm really happy for you. I couldn't get on Spark as it wouldn't let me until this afternoon so I've got plenty of catching up to do.

Hugs,

Jill

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PEGPABEN 7/20/2011 4:54PM

    Jeannie: I like lists as well. I make them for everything. I think you are right, if you add some of the things you would really like to get checked off in a day to your list, it will get done. I like all the check marks or lines crossed through completed tasks. It does help keep me focused as well. Good luck on your new plan. Don't have a doubt it will work. Take care, keep cool. Peg

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