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Wrinkles and Wayward Eyebrows

Sunday, September 18, 2011

Shedding pounds is great! There are all kinds of wonderful things that happen and we all know how much healthier we become as we move towards a healthier weight! This is our goal and something we strive for day in and day out.

But, is there a down side to this weight loss? I'm here to tell you there is! Oh no, you're saying...not possible...what could be “bad” about losing weight? Well...here it is: wrinkles and lost and wayward eyebrows!

As I hit the 30# weight loss milestone, I noticed something remarkable in the mirror! I have wrinkles! Not unusual, of course, in a woman my age. After all, I'm pushing 68. But, the truth is, I never had wrinkles before. Naturally, this is because I had plenty of subcutaneous tissue (AKA: fat) to fill those wrinkles out. I had smooth skin and NO wrinkles!

The other thing I noticed is that my wayward eyebrows (AKA: chin whiskers) seemed to be missing! Alas...they were NOT missing! I just couldn't see them because part of my double chin was gone!! I was always able to kind of push my second chin up a little further so I could see better, pluck the darned things out, and go on my way. Not anymore! Now I have to enlist the help of my unwilling husband to try to find them, tell me where they are, and then I hope I manage to get them trapped in my tweezers! I'm still working on a better way to do it.

Of course, wrinkles and wayward eyebrows are not enough of a detriment for me to give up my goal of reaching a healthy weight, and truthfully, they're a pretty small price to pay! I just have to learn to recognize myself in the mirror and like what I see, wrinkles and all!! Here's to more healthy “wrinkles” for all of us!!

  
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READYBETTY 9/19/2011 12:11PM

    Love the fun blog! I'm looking forward to trading in some rolls for some wrinkles!

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GRANPATTIE 9/19/2011 7:13AM

    Oh, Jeannie! You are SO funny! And I'm certainly with you on the wayward eyebrows...have been for at least 5 years. I hit 62 today and I'm sure when I lose more weight, I'll be seeing the wrinkles. But I just love the way you put it.

Have a great day dear friend,
Pattie



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SPEEDY143 9/18/2011 11:56PM

    Wrinkles? Is that what you call them... the inside of my lower and upper arms look like crape paper emoticonI swear 50 of the 69 pounds I've lost was off my behind and yes it hurts to sit on hard surfaces now... Nothings firm any more... just call me "FLAB-u-lous & Lovin' It" emoticonIsn't it wonderful!!!! emoticon

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EJOY-EVELYN 9/18/2011 11:36PM

    Ahh . . . yes! I hear you . . . Although I still feel young even while nearing 60. My biggest loss (besides the 100-lb weight loss) is in my cushy butt -- it's gone! I have been asking -- but much to my dismay -- if the pain of sitting on wood chairs ever goes away. I may have to keep a cushion in my car at all times. I'm sure we'll manage just fine! Continue to take good care of that beautiful body of yours!

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VTMAID 9/18/2011 6:30PM

    I don't have too many wrinkles, but I am a card carrying member of the sisterhood of traveling eyebrows! And the last time I got stopped for speeding (probably didn't mention before that I like to drive fast?), I had more hair on my chin than the young police officer!
Honestly, the best place I have found for getting a good look at chin hairs is in my car in the rearview mirror first thing in the morning. I have gone to the beautician and had both the wayward eyebrows and the regular eyebrows waxed, but it is expensive, not to mention uncomfortable. How anyone could do a bikini wax is beyond me! OUCH!
Hugs,
Karen

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LINOVER 9/18/2011 6:15PM

    emoticon This made me smile. I too have noticed more wrinkles!

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LUVMYCRAZYKIDS 9/18/2011 5:07PM

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BETHV10 9/18/2011 4:55PM

    Too funny. I have noticed more wrinkles now.... Not fun .. but at my age I did expect them!

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MAGGIEROSEBOWL 9/18/2011 4:35PM

    Your blog made me smile. Yes there are detriments to losing weight--I too have new found wrinkles and lots of excess skin, but the advantages far outweigh the disadvantages, so like you, I'm learning to live with them and LOVING it.

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ESILBO 9/18/2011 4:29PM

    LOVE IT... LOL...SOOOOO TRUE...I LL NEED TO BUY A MASK SOON AND I STILL HAVE A FEW POUNDS TO REACH YOU...OMG I LL LOOK LIKE A MAP...LOL

THANKS FOR SHARING...
LOVE
LISE

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JILL313 9/18/2011 4:16PM

    I had to LOL when I read your funny but oh so true blog. . .I feel the same way my wrinkles are just popping out every day. But, which would you rather have a few wrinkles that aren't exactly unhealthy or a whole lot of pounds which are very unhealthy. So chin up my friend we'll just have to make do with the fact we have wrinkles now and plucking the wayward hairs is more challenging. I love your blog.

Love,

Jill

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Families

Saturday, September 03, 2011

Families!! You just gotta love 'em! Especially when they're yours, right? But the day to day struggles and squabbles are interesting and challenging sometimes. Sibling rivalry when they're adults? A little tif between daughter and one of her brothers? Annoyances with your spouse, if you have one that you usually get along with? An elderly mother who calls to tell you she fell out of bed--3 days ago??!! What was she thinking??

Then you must add in the responsibilities and expectations of being the good daughter, helpful mother, and loving and caring grandmother, or whatever your life demands. Of course, I wouldn't trade any of it for even a second, because I know only too well how fleeting a loved one's presence is when they're no longer with us.

One thing I've noticed, however, is that when I want or need help, support, and above all, understanding in this journey of a lifetime called weight loss, I turn to my wonderful SparkFriends and Sisters! No one else can truly understand the issues and challenges as they do. No one except those Sisters has been or is where I am. If I need a hug or someone to lean on for a little bit, I know where to go. If I want someone to jump up and down with me because I shed 1/2 pound, I know where to go. If I need or want someone to listen to my woes about getting into those snacks I know I didn't need, I know where to go. If I just want to have a good belly laugh, I know where to go! And, if I am a good Spark Sister, I am there for others, too, because I know how important it is to me to hug and jump and laugh and listen to them, as well--because it helps me to grow as a caring and giving person and makes me feel good to be able to give back (or forward) in a positive and meaningful way.

Thank you Sparkie Sisters and Friends for being there when I need you most!! I couldn't do it without you and I love you all!

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TORTILLAFLATS 9/4/2011 12:01PM

    Jeannie, I have such a warm smile in my heart right now. You said and put on paper what all of us feel. We are there for each other and we need each other and we need to be here for each other. I love all my sisters. Each one is so very special to me in different ways. Thank you so much for just saying it right ! Love you

Gail.

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SURENDERISNOTME 9/4/2011 11:05AM

    What a wonderful and beautiful blog! Our Spark Friends are very special to us. Like you I love my family, but when it comes to this journey they dont' understand. My Spark friends have become like a second family to me.

HUGS
Debbie

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SPEEDY143 9/4/2011 1:40AM

    emoticonand a big ole emoticonto YOU too Jeannie emoticon

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JAKEANDNELLIE 9/3/2011 4:17PM

    I'm so pleased to have such wonderful "Spark Sisters" to keep me going with encouragement and inspiration!
You gals keep me positive and determined!
Sheila

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ESILBO 9/3/2011 2:52PM

    OMG TOO JEANNIE...WHAT A BEAUTIFUL BLOG...YOU GOT THE ESSENCE OF WHAT SPARK IS...I AM SO BLESSED TO HAVE YOU IN MY LIFE...THANK YOU MY FRIEND, FOR BEING WHO YOU ARE...

LOVE YOU
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JILL313 9/3/2011 2:37PM

    OMG Jeannie, You touched my Heart. . .and I know what you mean we all understand your ups and downs because we've all been there too. You have such a way with words--I just love this blog. And, I always want to be there for you. . .and I want you to be there for me. It sure makes our Journey to get healthier so much easier, doable and plain ole fun!!

Love & Hugs,

Jill

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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
le.com/mypage_public_journal_in
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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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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