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It's not based on science!

Saturday, January 07, 2012

3,500 calories = lb, so reduce intake by 500 cal a day -- blah-ah!
Exercise at least 60 minutes a day to lose lbs. -- #@!&%

Don't believe a word of it! Gain or loss, it's all accomplished by mischievous little elves! They liked me yesterday morning; I was down 2 lbs., looking forward to my weigh-in report today. After all, I'd earned my fabulous 2-lb loss report. All week I busted out close to 2 hours a day of exercise--and ate within my range. So last night after helping a friend with her 6-hr catering job, preparing food, serving each table in a large church dining hall, busing the tables afterward, I finally ate a piece of chicken, a roll, some punch and a brownie!

The elves said, "Ah-ha! We've got her!" And I'm up a lb. today for my weigh-in.

Not complaining ...I'm just saying... I wish those elves would just go on back up to the north pole where they're needed.

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JUICENUT 1/9/2012 7:38PM

    BOLO Alert:

Be On the Look Out for demonic elves wrecking havoc on scales around the world of those who are trying to live healthy. It is rumored they were being aided and abetted by the sock monsters.
(If you catch one, let us know... many victims willing to retaliate.)

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VETTRANGER 1/8/2012 3:25PM

    It's all those muscles you're building up from that exercise! LOL

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/7/2012 11:11PM

    Isn't that the truth!

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BRAVERUDE 1/7/2012 7:58PM

    Hahaha!!! I hate those elves...!!

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SONYALATRECE 1/7/2012 1:18PM

    I know what you mean.
Remember that our weight fluctuates even in a day.
Tell those little evil elves to back off and pop your collar!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 1/7/2012 10:37AM

    My weight was 2 lbs less on Wednesday and 1 lb less yesterday than it was today!
Yesterday evening...I ate Pizza Hut pizza and a dunker. Woke up at 2am, peed, drank water, got up at 4am checked weight and it was up!
The elves have been visiting here too ;p

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CALI_CO 1/7/2012 9:49AM

  LMAO! (Figuratively, not literally, of course!) Thanks for the giggle this morning! I needed it! emoticon

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Only .5 lb holiday gain!

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

It's a first for me. Visiting my family at anytime involves eating, eating and more eating, but during the holidays, it's also celebratory eating (even my birthday is added to the mix) that usually adds 7-10 lbs to my eager fat cells. This year I achieved my goal of not starting the new year on a "diet" to lose the additional lbs.

Thank you! Thank you SP Friends, SP Teams, SP Challenges--you kept me on track and exercising. My family's eyebrows stayed raised: "There she goes--exercising again. Go, Mom!" And it worked. I'm claiming victory!

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BBONET 1/5/2012 9:17PM

    Great job!!! Say loud and proud!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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YIWEN39 1/5/2012 6:12AM

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VETTRANGER 1/5/2012 5:46AM

    You brought ANOTHER big smile to my face. :-D See, I'm old fashioned, I use the keyboard emoticons instead of those new-fangled graphic ones. ;-)

Its sort of hard to believe that online messaging and my use of it has been around so long that there can be old-fashioned ways of doing things on it! LOL

1/2 pound over the holidays is nuttin'. You'll show your kids/family how to do this, and isn't that part of our jobs?

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BRAVERUDE 1/4/2012 10:00PM

    Yayyyyyyyyyy!!! Great work!

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SONYALATRECE 1/4/2012 9:31PM

    Say it loud!

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MARTHAWILL 1/4/2012 8:56PM

    congrats- well done!
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    Victory is ours! I am actually losing finally! :D emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Decluttering in 2012

Sunday, January 01, 2012

Joining the team "Fit & Organized" got me thinking: I had already begun decluttering my home of all the "too-sentimental-to-throw-out" and "you-never-know-I-may-use-it-one-day" stuff. But there are other areas in my life that I need to declutter, such as:

My thinking

I have a mind of my own. I do not have to go along with what others are doing, just to be sociable. Today after church my daughter-in-law suggested brunch at a restaurant. I said, "No, I'm not hungry; I had fruit this morning"-- but no one else had, so we went to a restaurant. Over everyone's protestations, I ordered only coffee, and I offered to feed the 2-year old so her parents and my daughter could enjoy their meals.

I just commented on another SP Friend's blog today, who was saying she felt overwhelmed by feeling she needed to respond to everyone who encouraged her on SP--I told her that I was sure no one was watching to be sure everyone responded to their comments. They had too many other priorities to feel slighted by something so trivial. But I have spent a lot of time responding to "thank people" as well-- probably unnecessarily, too. I'm going to declutter that thinking-- for me that time will be put to better use giving some comments that might actually help inspire Sparkers to stay with their plan or congratulate them on a goal reached. I know I have been much encouraged by many in those ways. In a few days I will be back to work; my time will be limited. I will use it wisely, with no guilt.

More decluttered thoughts involving "shoulds":

I do not HAVE TO "invite" someone who has invited me (to dinner, to a party, etc).
I do not HAVE TO join, let alone take the helm, of committees or organizations that I no longer want to participate in.
I do not HAVE TO do ANYTHING that I even suspect is not in my best interest.

I will ask myself. "Do I really want to do this?" or "Will I really benefit from this?"

This does not make me selfish; it frees me to take care of the things that are really important to me. One of the things I really do want to make time for is to volunteer in a soup kitchen this year.

I can do this!


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SM-ARTGIRL 1/3/2012 7:39PM

    Yes! I made a decision to not stress over getting back to everyone with a thank you. I do go & visit my friends blogs to contribute!
Thanks for the reminder.
My de- cluttering begins in about a week when we get back from holidays to pack up our home and move!

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SLIMMERANG 1/3/2012 3:04PM

    Great ideas! I am terrible at both. I hope to work on both this year. I have a reputation at work because I never say no. I really need to follow your advice!

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MAYTE1975 1/3/2012 2:44PM

    Great thinking , all this is so much more than lossing weight , is showing yourself that you can change things , you can make things happen .
Congrats my friend , sorry Im a little late but Im back on track after two mad weeks emoticon
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VETTRANGER 1/3/2012 11:38AM

    Great thinking, and I've felt that way for a long time too, although like everyone I occasionally get stuck in obligations I probably should have found a way to avoid.

Your refusing "social eating" at the restaurant after church is a phenomenally good example for everyone trying to stay in control.

Its never selfish to take care of yourself first. Anyone who wishes to help others must be physically and financially in good shape themselves, or their service to others will have a very short lifespan.

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HEALTHYBARB1 1/2/2012 6:58PM

    Great encouragement to me today...I have been simplifying my home and trying to be more organized. Your blog comes just on the day I am taking down Christmas decorations and thinking about how to simplify my life even more...great ideas!! Way to go!!! Smiles Barb

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BBONET 1/2/2012 1:49PM

    I told you that your ACTIONS speak louder than words!!! Great thing you are doing!!! emoticon

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CROOKEDLETTER 1/2/2012 10:44AM

    Kudos to you for knowing where and when to say no, so you can say yes to what you want to do. I hope you find time to volunteer in the soup kitchen. One of the most rewarding things I do (I'm underemployed so I have more time than most) is make 5 gallons of soup once a month. It is a lot of work but so satisfying.

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ROCHELLE62 1/2/2012 1:44AM

    I feel that I have had good success in my basement the last few weeks. I may be ready to attack a nasty room upstairs and just start shedding worthless possessions.

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BRAVERUDE 1/1/2012 10:24PM

    Its a wonderful process - I wish we could go out to lunch and talk it over!! Once you begin, you start seeing all the additional uncluttering you can do...its like a snowball rolling downhill. Re-claim your time and start visualizing what you DO want to spend time/energy on... Make sure you have fun with all of this! Oh, and please keep the 'Vette...!!!

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THETURTLEBEAR 1/1/2012 10:01PM

    You are learning that "no" is a powerful word. And I agree - you don't have to thank people for posting. I confess that I never do thank yous like that. I always figure people know I appreciate it by the (other, non-thank you) things I post on theirs. I have a Spark Friend who used to blog every day and every day when I'd comment she'd come to my page and leave a thank you. I wanted to tell her, "please don't bother doing that," but didn't want to hurt her feelings. She finally got comfortable enough that she doesn't do it any more.

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1TRESCHICAKA 1/1/2012 9:54PM

    Muy Bueno! De-Cluttering & Saying "No!"
You have your own:"Who Wants a Clean House..." & "Oprah" Episodes! :-)

Oprah was always saying we need to learn the "Power of NO" especially as "nice people pleasers" She said once she got "older & learned her time was just as valuable as other peoples, she put "herself 1st".

Oprah didn't like that people/friends didn't like her for declining/ "saying no" but after a while..meh...she got over it. LOL she knew her intentions were pure & she would only say "YES!" to the things she really had & made time for!

I am learning...when you know better, you do better!

Waaay to go JazzeJR-Momita! emoticon

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    I have decluttering as part of my goals for the year also.
You're right that you have to say No to certain things to reach your goals and to make time for things that are important. emoticon

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FILLANGES 1/1/2012 8:20PM

    AWESOME post. Thanks for sharing. I've committed to the DE-cluttering of my house and I love your additions to the other areas of life! Have a happy, healthy, and BLESSED New Year!
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MAMAKITTY10 1/1/2012 8:14PM

  Great ideas. I am too much of a people pleaser: very hard to say no. But it does give me something to think about. Thanks

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YIWEN39 1/1/2012 8:05PM

    I LOVE THIS :-) emoticon to you Jaz, this is GREAT!!!
Action! Go! emoticon emoticon
I see you're already off to a GREAT start! emoticon emoticon

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My "one word" for 2012

Saturday, December 31, 2011

In an earlier blog, my SP friend Mrs. Principal put forth the value of having one word to characterize your 2012. I've decided my word will be ACTION.

Thinking is good--necessary, but after thinking situations through, all the positive things that have happened in my life seem to have come after action. Usually it was my action, but sometimes action was taken on my behalf. I definitely want to be more than ever the instigator of positive things happening because of my positive actions.

Some quotes viewed just today on SP guided me to this choice:

Knowing is not enough. we must apply. Willing is not enough, we must do. ~Johann Wolfgang von Goethe

Action expresses priorities.
~Mohandas Gandhi

"We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence then, is not an act, but a habit." ~Aristotle

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SM-ARTGIRL 1/3/2012 7:32PM

    Absolutely love your blog Jazzejr!
Thank you I am pretty sure ACTION is my one word for 2012 also!

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BBONET 1/1/2012 8:14PM

    You use the word wisely because your ACTIONS are showing through!!! Happy New Year dear friend!!! emoticon

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    ACTION indeed! Love the word and need to use it lol
Taking action is the only way we can get to our goals!
Thanks for sharing. :) emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    May 2012 be full of action and actions that make you happy and healthy! Best wishes to you on this first day of the New Year.

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YIWEN39 1/1/2012 5:14AM

    And.... ACTION! This word is perfect for you :-) You go girl! You go and rock 2012 :-) emoticon Love it!

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SONYALATRECE 12/31/2011 8:21PM

    I LOVE it!
Amen! Amen! Amen!
Action is the only way to get MOVEMENT.

Stated with such class,too. emoticon

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1TRESCHICAKA 12/31/2011 4:22PM

    Great Word Momita! I agree...

My word for 2012 is from EAT, PRAY, LOVE: "Attraversiamo"

To cross over... & ALL that beautiful Italian word entails..I am crossing over from the bad/negative stuff in 2011 & leaving it behind (work, relationships, negativity, etc...*blech* BE-GONE!)

I am "crossing-over" on action, on faith, on positive results.
I am crossing over to Love, Happiness, Health, Prosperity, & Success in Work, Love, & Life!

I will take a LEAP OF FAITH..."LEAP AND THE NET WILL APPEAR" is one of my favorite quotes!

I will Delve N2 2012! "Attraversiamo... “let's cross over" ...together

SUCCESS to you all in 2012!

Belissima! emoticon

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BRAVERUDE 12/31/2011 1:26PM

    Action, it is! Here's to a FABULOUS 2012!!

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VETTRANGER 12/31/2011 12:40PM

    Pulling out a little Aristotle on me, huh? LOL Good quote. I like it. I like the same keyword for 2012. You talked me into it. :-)

Happy New Year, Jazze!

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/31/2011 12:18PM

    GREAT word!

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MAYTE1975 12/31/2011 4:47AM

    Thats so true , it seems to me that Im always planning something but I rarely got to do it , it reminds me of a little present I received years ago that said "Im studying how to begin to study" emoticon
For this new year I also want to get things done.
Thanks Sparkamiga

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A wonderful reward

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Today I took advantage of a fantastic Christmas gift I received. I had a one-hour massage. Oh my, oh my--was it ever wonderful. I feel so relaxed, stretched out and limber. My daughter and I had a "couples" massage--which only means we were in the same room. I really liked my massage therapist; he was skillful and didn't talk a lot. Just let me enjoy it.

I've decided to treat myself to one of these as a reward each time I hit a goal. emoticon

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MAYTE1975 12/31/2011 4:40AM

Im going to try one of those massages too. So glad you enjoyed it

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1TRESCHICAKA 12/30/2011 9:01PM

Happy New Year! emoticon
Hope as you "DELVE into 2012... You earn LOTS of Great Massages!"

I enjoyed my massage with you too :0)

Je t'aime!

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VETTRANGER 12/30/2011 2:50PM

    Sounds like a nicing outing for the two of you. :-) Enjoyable massage plus together time.

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NEWMAC2011 12/30/2011 12:39PM

    That's one of my very favorite things! That's a great treat to look forward to for your goals.

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BRAVERUDE 12/30/2011 10:40AM

    I have a 90 minute appointment every month, and sometimes add additional visits, as needed. It's good medicine! Glad you loved it and super glad someone gave you such a great gift! emoticon

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IMIN2GENES 12/30/2011 8:46AM

    That's a great reward! I usually treat myself to 1 a year with my BFF. We missed it this year. Bummer! I'm going to join you in making it a reward though. That's a great idea!

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CROOKEDLETTER 12/29/2011 10:11PM

    That's a nice gift and a great reward!

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GOLFGMA 12/29/2011 7:48PM

    Oh, I could so use one right now, even a pedicure would feel good since my feet took a beating today! If you read my blog you'll understand. Keep up the good work and get those massages every time! emoticon

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YIWEN39 12/29/2011 7:36PM

    emoticon Enjoy :-)

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MRS.PRINCIPAL 12/29/2011 7:20PM

    Sounds perfect! I love it when they don't feel the need to talk the entire way through it. I got a massage gift card from my hubby for Christmas too. Have my appointment on Saturday, and can't wait! That will be great motivation for you to continue to hit your goals! Glad you got to share it with your daughter.

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4EVER21B 12/29/2011 4:24PM

    Excellent idea! Great reward incentive! I am so glad that you took full advantage of your gift.

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THETURTLEBEAR 12/29/2011 4:09PM

    I got a gift certificate for a massage for my birthday in January, and realized it was never used. Mine is tomorrow and I can't wait!!

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THISTIMEMYWAY 12/29/2011 3:52PM

    Sounds great! I am going to join you and add a massage every time I reach my goals! :) emoticon emoticon

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