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I've Fallen and Need to Get Up!!

Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Well, my life has been upside down for the past couple of months with the last 2 weeks that totally disappeared with activities.

What does this mean? Going from poor eating habits to bad. Losing sight of goals. Not listening to my inner self and falling into "just one more" brain trap.

How did this transpire? My DH got close to his date he set for retiring. My retirement didn't cause us any extra work, but his has been a challenge. While he continued to work his 12 hours days Mon. thru Fri., I started working with the legal matters, situating the bill payments for travel, and the biggest one among others is the health care. During all this and trying to stay organized, I began unconsciously "snacking" or not sitting down for a quick lunch but grabbing whatever on the run.

The past 2 weeks, his boss called and wanted an idea of a gift and I was given a price. I can't even find a need for him for a Christmas gift. I was given 2 days to try to think of something and I did! Hurrah! Take a breath and have a snack 'cause I can't remember if I at anything for lunch. Then they call and want pictures of the old (early 70's) uniform shirt and some other pictures. It took ONE entire day to go through all we have in really large tubs and I found some. Just grab a snack. i'll make it through this!! I really will.

The retirement party was a fantastic success and extremely well attended on Fri. We had a dinner engagement at 6 PM Fri. and had to call saying we would be late. Dinner at the home of friends for his retirement and our heading south for the winter. I did well with the dinner as the hostess works with WW. But yummy cookies, meats and cheeses at the party before.

Sat. brought my Christmas brunch for a thank you to the volunteers and we were treated to a wonderful brunch. Run home and get a couple things do and our son & family took us out for dinner. Most foods quite unhealthy so I did have a hamburger and fries.

Sun. we needed to go visit with his mom who is in a nursing home 140 miles from us. Drove there and visited for a short time, took her out to lunch, a Sunday buffet, tried to eat healthy with salads and fruit with potatoes, corn and shrimp. Got home at 7 PM and too tired to fix a good meal and time was late for us so had a sandwich with milk.

Today was my DH's official last day and his 62nd birthday. He had to be there on his birthday for health insurance reasons as he needed to be 62! His favorite meal is pork chops and it what he always wants on his BD. So we had a nice dinner, off to our g/daughter's Christmas program and cookies, of course.

I have eaten my way through many days and most hasn't been low cal. foods. Lots of sugars but staying relatively close to my calorie base. It won't slow with activities here until after Christmas. We hope to begin our travels then and I will be going back to my better behavior with 2 pools, a spa, exercise room, bike riding and walking as we will not be renting a golf cart so that we are walking to all the resort activities. These are not in the form of a New Year's resolution as I don't do that but I do feel that I can get back on the wagon when we are settled in and relaxed, having no concerns about "did we do everything that was needed?" It will either be done or not. I did the best I could and I am proud of what I could accomplish. Sure have enjoyed the eating too (way too much!!).

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SANDYLH1 1/22/2012 2:04PM

  Hope your back on track. emoticon

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XENA1956 1/9/2012 10:12PM

    Like me you have been going through a lot of different stuff. Reading your blog I felt like this was me for the last few months with the house remodel. Back on track, my friend. I know we can do this with help from our Spark friends. Hope the weather is holding warm for you both. Sounds like a great retirement party. emoticon At first when I saw the title I thought Oh no she fell somewhere like I did last Jan. and someone had to come and pick her up. Glad you weren't hurt by injury anyway.

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LALASLAND 1/6/2012 9:18AM

    Time for a new blog because I KNOW you've gotten UP by now! emoticon

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SAMI199 12/22/2011 9:22AM

    You are such a great wife! I'm sure the memories of these happy occasions will last so much longer than a few pounds you might have picked up along the way...Enjoy those beautiful grand-daughters-(I will be looking forward to pictures.)

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1BEACHWALKER 12/17/2011 12:47AM

    Things will get back to normal soon. That is nice you get to travel soon- you can really look forward to that. I am surprised you had time to stop by my page and leave such a nice comment on it. I have been pretty busy last few days and wanted to make sure to stop by and thank you for that! Tell you husband congrats on his retirement! emoticon

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FRAN0426 12/13/2011 11:34PM

    I'm sure once your have settled into your retirement together and start walking to all the activities you will be back on track and enjoying a less hectic schedule. It is a real change, and challenge getting everything into place to get a smooth transaction of health coverage, and everything to take effect on time. What a bummer your DH had to go into work the day of his birthday to qualify for his retirement---but guess employees have to put up with some stuff right up to the last day. Anyway, breathe, take some deep breaths and relax, relax,---there now will be plenty of time for it--retirement is a transition we can enjoy.

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TXGRANDMA 12/13/2011 11:19PM

    You have been in a whirlwind of activity with everything going on, but will be OK again when things settle down, I am sure! So glad that all went well with the parties and the long drive to visit Roger's Mom.... You are a strong person, I know that you will soon be back on track!

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ELISADENK 12/13/2011 7:27PM

    Breathe...... breathe......


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RAINBOWFALLS 12/13/2011 7:07PM

    You have had a lot going on. You will get back to it - and things will be fine

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CINDYWAGNER1 12/13/2011 1:50PM

    WOW! I have faith in you that you will get back on that wagon before you know it. Happy Birthday, to you husband. Hope it was a great day for him. Yes, you have had a busy couple of weeks and I know it won't slow down until next year. But it will!

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LALASLAND 12/13/2011 11:43AM

    I think you'll be back to normal, or even better than normal once all the ruckus is over! You know what to do, you just need a few breaths to refocus and begin anew! emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 12/13/2011 10:31AM

    life can sometimes intervene.....
that's fine just start again and again...
you will get there....
congratulations on retirement!!!
happy travels to you both...
blessings and hugs.....lita

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LINDSAYHENNIGAN 12/13/2011 10:22AM

    Well at least you enjoyed the eating. There is nothing worse than eating junk that you don't even like. Congrats on the retirement, and enjoy your travels.

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ZBMORGAN 12/13/2011 8:15AM

    Stress makes me nosh too - keep something crunchy but healthy at hand - a huge bowl of your favorite apple or pear, or baby carrots and hummus. This will pass! He is lucky to have you for a wife!

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SARALEIGHM 12/13/2011 8:03AM

    I think you've done very well to stay close to your calorie base! You've got a plan, so you'll get back to your healthy habits. And now you can really relax. You're both retired! Woo-hoo!

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AMARILYNH 12/13/2011 7:53AM

    Congratulations on your retirement! We retired 3 years ago and life is WONDERFUL - put the stress behind you and look to the future!! Now you have time for all those things there was no time for before!! Here's to travel!! emoticon

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CAKAROO 12/13/2011 6:11AM

    Happy Birthday to your hubby! Hope you have fun on your travels

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PATTIE441 12/13/2011 4:31AM

    Oh my goodness my friend. I think you have done fantastic doing what you are doing. I salute you totally!!! You are making all these changes and doing so much. This is a lifestyle change, and I think you have done great. You are aware, and that's important. I'm sure you have done way better than you did before you were aware. It is a very stressful time. And I am amazed of how wonderful you are doing. It's going to get better, once you get the adjustments adjusted. Be good to you, so you can keep going and not fall ill. Something that I'm still learning. Enjoy and take care. I think you are awesome!!! and Happy Birthday to hubby!!! And congrats again on everything!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SLFGOLF 12/13/2011 1:01AM

    No reason to be upset over your eating. You've been through a very stressful time and you have done alright. It sounds like you have some good plans for the new year and I'm sure you'll be right back on track. I hope the two of you enjoy your retirement. I'm sure it will be wonderful to be set in a regular routine again.

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INDIANOAKS 12/13/2011 12:27AM

    Eileen -- don't beat yourself up!! Retiring is VERY stressful -- even though it's a "good stressful"!! And things are SO hectic for you guys right now.... I'm guessing you're doing WAY better than you otherwise might have, had it been BEFORE your "Spark days".... SO try your best to make "good choices" -- but don't expect perfection -- then go on from there!! It's probably best to aim for reassessing and re-establishing yourself once the New Year is upon us -- once you're more settled -- both geographically AND "logistically" (with insurance etc!)....

HAPPY BDAY to your hubby too!!!

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My oh my, OH dear!!

Thursday, December 08, 2011

I am in the middle of getting us into the next stage of our lives. We will both be in retirement by Mon. and we are heading south. I didn't know there was sooooo much to deal with and the time involved. Lots of calling, internet set ups, health insurance, COBRA, organizing important papers for the family to be aware of, etc, etc. I am not going to worry about any of that tomorrow as it is my DH's office retirement party and there will be surprises for him. Family invited. Should be fun!!

Exercise, running the stairs for laundry and getting to the car a few times. A good 10 mins. Finger exercises probably 120 mins. of continuous work outs. Jaw exercises about 30 mins. Staving off the headaches, timeless.

Oh yes, forgot to eat after breakfast. Enjoy to day tomorrow!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SAMI199 12/22/2011 9:23AM

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TXGRANDMA 12/13/2011 11:23PM

    So glad that Roger will soon be retired, too, and you will be free to travel! I know that you are both looking forward to it, having winters down here in South Texas where it is warm and sunny!
Please take care and get plenty of rest before your trip south!
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IZZYBEBOP 12/11/2011 12:15PM

    Are you MOVING south, or just traveling? I hope you enjoy your retirement although it can be difficult at home when one wants to do one thing and the other wants to do something else. Lots of happy mediums and compromising.

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RAINBOWFALLS 12/10/2011 4:40PM

    Wow that is a big step. Best of luck.

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CINDYWAGNER1 12/9/2011 4:10PM

    emoticonHope all goes well for you and him. Enjoy retirement. Very happy for both of you.

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MPENNE 12/9/2011 11:14AM

    Exciting times ahead. So happy for both of you. Enjoy, enjoy, enjoy.

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SMILEYBEE 12/9/2011 10:49AM

    Wow ... what an exciting time in your life! Congratulations and enjoy this new adventure! emoticon

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FRAN0426 12/9/2011 10:38AM

    So much to do, but enjoy this retirement time---you have earned it(both of you). Will you be gone just for the cold months, or heading back up north in the spring?

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LALASLAND 12/9/2011 7:43AM

    Oh, ENJOY this! This is fantastic! I am looking forward to this so much! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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GRANDMACOO 12/9/2011 4:58AM

    Congratulations on this new phase! My DH is retired, but I still have a few years (even though I am a few months older...LOL) He HATES retirement, but I look forward to it with much anticipation. Oh, to be able to have TIME to do the things I want (run more, bike more, hike, spend time with grandchildren, QUILT!)

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HICKOK-HALEY 12/9/2011 2:24AM

    Congrats on the retirement. Nothing like a good surprise for your hubby. Are you headed to Florida?

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GRAMMACATHY 12/9/2011 1:26AM

    I am busier than ever in retirement, but it is a happy and relaxed busy. Much less stressful. Enjoy the time even if you don't know where it is going.

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SLFGOLF 12/9/2011 1:02AM

    Congratulations on this new phase!. So much to look forward to. Definately a lot to prepare for, but it will be worth it. Enjoy the party tomorrow.

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PATTIE441 12/9/2011 12:18AM

    Congratulations my friend!! How exciting!! Woo Hoo!!! Have a marvelous time and take care of you!!!! Good luck with everything! Thinking of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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INDIANOAKS 12/9/2011 12:14AM

    emoticon EXCITING TIMES!!!! CONGRATS on both of you entering this phase in your lives!! That is WONDERFUL!!

Also VERY stressful....!!! Hang in there....remember to take ALOT of deep breaths.... It's a GOOD change -- but ANY change is stressful.... emoticon

Have FUN FUN FUN celebrating tomorrow -- and enjoy ALL of the surprises!!

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SUGARPLUM85 12/8/2011 11:47PM

Congratulations! I remember that day. Busy, busy, but fun. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 12/8/2011 11:36PM

    sounds so wonderful for you both!! congratulations....
blessings and hugs....lita

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TAMIPCHICAGO 12/8/2011 11:28PM

    It does sound hectic, but it will be over soon. Enjoy the fun times, deal with the hard times, and look forward to your new life with you and your hubby in retirement. It sounds wonderful in spite of all the hustle.

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Job Performance Terminology

Saturday, November 26, 2011

Is it time for performance reviews at your work? Here are some performance review terms and their meaning...

Outgoing Personality....Always going out of the office
Great Presentation Skills...Bull thrower
Good Communication Skills...Spends lots of time on phone
Average Employee....Not too bright
Exceptionally Well Qualified....Made no major blunders yet
Work is First Priority.....Too ugly to get a date
Active Socially.....Drinks a lot
Family is Active Socially....Spouse drinks, too
Independent Worker.....Nobody knows what he/she does
Quick Thinking....Offers plausible excuses
Careful Thinker....Won't make a decision
Uses Logic on Difficult Jobs.....Gets someone else to do it
Expresses Themselves Well....Speaks English
Meticulous Attention to Detail......A nit picker
Has Leadership Qualities.....Is tall or has a loud voice
Exceptionally Good Judgment....Lucky
Keen Sense of Humour.....Knows a lot of dirty jokes
Career Minded.....Back Stabber
Loyal....Can't get a job anywhere else

Now you can be aware of terms really mean when written:) Have a wonderful week!!

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TAMIPCHICAGO 12/8/2011 11:29PM

    I missed this before. Hilarious. I had tears laughing at some of those.

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PCOH051610 12/5/2011 8:31AM

    These are simply hilarious!!! I have them printed off for future reference!

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LALASLAND 12/1/2011 9:30AM

    This is hilarious and SO timely! We just got our self-evaluations yesterday to fill out here at the university library, so I've sent this list to my co-workers in case they need some "suggestions"! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CINDYWAGNER1 11/27/2011 11:18PM

    emoticon emoticonI don't have to worry about that. Thanks for sharing!

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INDIANOAKS 11/27/2011 10:38PM

    SO funny! emoticon

Although have to admit, some of them "bit" a little -- given my husband is currently unemployed and can't seem to get another job to SAVE himself for some reason....so he's not fortunate enough to HAVE a "performance review".... emoticon Personally I think it's age discrimination -- no one wants to touch him because he's in his mid-50's...

BUT -- on the bright side, maybe he can USE some of those terms to GET another job (from the LEFT side obviously!)??!! LOL...

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PATTIE441 11/27/2011 6:59AM

    You go girl! emoticon emoticon emoticonI'm copying this and keeping it on the fridge. Love it!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 11/26/2011 10:41PM

    Very funny. Liked it a lot. emoticon

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Monday, November 14, 2011

‎"Gratitude unlocks the fullness of life. It turns what we have into enough, and more. It turns denial into acceptance, chaos to order, confusion to clarity. It can turn a meal into a feast, a house into a home, a stranger into a friend. Gratitude makes sense of our past, brings peace for today, and creates a vision for tomorrow." -- Melody Beattie

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ANGELBELIEVER 11/26/2011 10:40PM

    I really liked this. I'm a firm believer in gratitude lists. Every day is Thanksgiving.

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TXGRANDMA 11/21/2011 6:17PM

    I hadn't heard this quote before! What an appropriate one for the time of year! Thanks for sharing!

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INDIANOAKS 11/15/2011 10:53PM

    LOVE this!! Hadn't heard that quote before!! I had kept a gratitude journal a few years back -- then got out of the habit...maybe I need to start back up!! Always good to remind ourselves of how BLESSED we truly are!!

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MAYBER 11/15/2011 9:51PM

    Thank you so much for sharing this wonderful quote
Have lived my life with an attitude of gratitude
Every part of this quote tells me what a life I have led
Each day is a new beginning One day at a time
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ELISADENK 11/15/2011 8:18PM


I have "practice an attitude of gratefulness" in my Other Goals.

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FRAN0426 11/15/2011 8:07PM

    What an inspiring quote, and one we need to be reminded of sometimes. We all get so busy sometimes we forget to be grateful for what we have and treat others with respect and have gratitude for them being our friends.

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ANGELBELIEVER 11/15/2011 1:57PM

    I liked this a lot. Years ago I read here Co-dependant No More and it was good.
When I was working in addictions one of our encouragements to the clients was to teach them to have and attitude of gratitude. That is so important in life for everyone..not just addicts. I like to keep a Gratitude list and keep it going to see how many things i can become grateful for.

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PATTIE441 11/15/2011 9:37AM

    That is beautiful my friend!! Thank you for the awesome inspiration and encouragement!! We can do it!! And you are amazing!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 11/15/2011 5:30AM

    love it...............
blessings and hugs...............lita

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Day 6 of 6 to Weight Loss Success

Monday, October 31, 2011

Am I Full Yet?

The question may take longer to answer than you think. It takes 15 minutes or more for the message that we're full to get from our stomachs to our brains. So take a few minutes before digging into that next helping. Having trouble feeling full? Eight glasses (8 ounces each) or more of water or other non-caloric beverages daily fills you up and keeps you refreshed. Also, vegetables and fruits can help you feel fuller, especially when eaten raw.

(US Dept. of Health and Human Services)

This is one that I can easily do but after eating last evening at a Japanese restaurant and having the "chef" prepare the food in front of us in courses, I was amazed at how full I truly felt. My DH and family are extremely fast eater and leave me in the dust. He is up and clearing the table before I am even close to done. I do eat less around them just to keep close but am hungry very soon after a meal. (Not getting enough & feeling pushed to finish).

This is the final in the series. I hope that they were just a little beneficial to you and help to get you on track or keep you going the right direction. Best wishes to all.

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CINDYWAGNER1 11/5/2011 2:36PM

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JUNEBUG150 11/2/2011 10:09AM

    I've always been a slow eater so that is not my problem. I just tend to eat too much when we go out to eat. Sooo, I need to do what one person said in another blog and that is to put half of my food in a to go container before I even start eating and stay away from buffets! Thanks for these tips, they were helpful, I knew most of them but it's always good to be reminded.

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JOANNS4 11/1/2011 10:13PM

    thank you. I do eat much slower now and it is more satisfying. A great series. emoticon emoticon

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ELISADENK 11/1/2011 9:21PM


If you find any more of these, keep blogging!

I'm a fast eater. Especially when I am hungry. Those times, when I am by myself, I get up from the table and go 'do' something, then come back. I know it's weird, but it works for me.

Also, SP has been teaching me to fill up with veggies.

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RAINBOWFALLS 11/1/2011 7:46PM

    Good Point - I eat much to quickly

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INDIANOAKS 11/1/2011 10:30AM

    These have been GREAT to read!! Thanks so much for sharing them all with us! I hadn't seen these ever! And they were PERFECT for on here!!

I'm definitely guilty of eating too fast -- then eating MORE before the first helping has even hit my stomach!!! DUH!! Have worked on changing that by measuring out all my portions etc...

Sorry you get "left behind" by your family -- but YOU are the healthy eater there! It's supposed to be MUCH better to eat slower -- so YAY you!! Although that is too bad if you don't end up eating enough then and are hungry a short time after meals due to that....hard situation! Maybe you can get THEM to slow down a bit...???

These HAVE been VERY beneficial!! Thanks again for sharing them!

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PATTIE441 11/1/2011 10:07AM

    Great series! Thank you! Really enjoyed it!!! Yes, slowing down and realize what your body is telling you is really beneficial. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 11/1/2011 12:35AM

    Great series. Thanks a lot. I need to slow down on my eating as well. I'm always finished before my DH.

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