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Every Time I Want To Give Up I..............

Saturday, December 15, 2012

Remember our son John.

He graduates from college today with his bachelors degree in science. He is "a computer geek." He wears that title proudly. He's also 37 going on 38. Four years ago he lost his job. The company he worked for closed their doors. It's a familiar refrain.........

He'd worked there for close to ten years and decided it was time to finish his education. He's worked part time, got his ASA two years ago and kept plowing forward. I cant tell you how many times he slumped in a chair and told me he couldn't do it anymore. His rent was due, his girlfriends family wanted him to go on vacation with them......... Maybe he just go find a job. He never gave up and this afternoon, somewhere between two and four he'll get his degree.

Every time I want to hit the delete button on my account here at Spark I think of John and the millions of folks like him just strapping it on every morning and getting it done. If he can triumph over his circumstances surely I can triumph over mine.

Am I proud of him? You bet I am. It's nice when your kids can inspire you and what makes it better is yesterday was my third anniversary here at Spark. This is a great gift, don't you think?

  
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/21/2012 7:24AM

    Thank your son for being the reason that you do NOT hit the delete button!!!

Congratulations on his accomplishment!

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MARITIMER3 12/20/2012 10:46PM

    Congratulations to your son - it's been difficult for many people with the current economy, but he deserves a lot of credit for going back to school.

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HLPRATT 12/18/2012 10:28PM

    Yes just hang in there and keep your nose to the grindstone

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CARTOONB 12/16/2012 11:15PM

    Congratulations to your son!! It took me eight years of working full time and going to school part time (and raising two small children) to get my engineering degree. Thank goodness for the support I had to get it done. Same could be said for the folks and journey here! Congrats on your three-year!

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NASFKAB 12/16/2012 4:20AM

  congratulations to all HUGS

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LYNMEINDERS 12/15/2012 11:43PM

    Wooohoo....
Plaeas congratulate John for me...i am so proud that nhe hasnt given up or in and has completed what he started....
I have 11 graduations that i go to each year and I am as proud of every student that graduates as I am of your son...woohoo

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/15/2012 8:11PM

    My son has also had a lot of challenges to over come and is always making lemonade out of lemons. Maybe you and I actually did something right because we both raised great sons.

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MOBYCARP 12/15/2012 7:58PM

    When I was 32 years old, I whined at my boss that I could only take time for one class a semester, and at that rate I'd take 3 more years to get a degree. My boss, a very wise woman, looked me in the eye and said, "Kevin, how long will it take if you *don't* take one class a semester?"

I got that degree at age 35. It wasn't easy, but it sounds like I had it easier than your son did. Good for him! Perhaps he had someone (maybe you?) encourage him to keep on just when needed the encouragement.

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POPSY190 12/15/2012 2:47PM

    It all takes gumption and your family seem to have it! Well done all of you.

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REGILIEH 12/15/2012 12:49PM

    Oh John, how wonderful for both of you and for your wonderful girls. I'm sure everyone is so proud of you both! I do think at his age and this day and time it is unusual for someone to do what he has. Everyone should be doubly proud of him and for him. I think it is certainly a tribute to you and Joan raising him. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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HALFFAST 12/15/2012 12:17PM

    How wonderful! Congratulations to him, and to you!

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DEBRITA01 12/15/2012 12:01PM

    Congrats to your son for fighting for his goal...it's so easy to give up. I'm sure you are so proud of him...and he must have learned tenacity from his dad's example. emoticon

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GARDENQE2 12/15/2012 11:59AM

    Congratulations to you and Young John!
My sons were both in their 30's and had families by the time they accomplished their BS degrees. I am proud of their accomplishments, even though they progressed by fits and starts.

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SHERIO5 12/15/2012 11:52AM

    What a nice tribute to your son! Congratulations!

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VICKI-IS-LOSING 12/15/2012 11:27AM

    Congrats to your son. emoticon
My son went thru something similiar and he's taking collage courses now. He still has a little over a year to go but he'll make it. He was out of work for 18 months but he's found another job, is supervisor of a computer software business and has been there over a year now.
Don't ever give up John. Your blogs help to keep me going on here. emoticon

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WEEPINGANGEL74 12/15/2012 11:13AM

    Congratulations to John!! And to you & your wife for raising him. You have much to be proud of today.

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DOODIE59 12/15/2012 11:02AM

    Congratulations to your son! Yes, his perseverance is a valuable lesson for all of us.
Deirdre

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/15/2012 11:01AM

    emoticon to your son, John! And go ahead and bust your buttons, Dad!

And keep on Sparking, because the sweetest words I ever heard from *my* son were "I'm proud of you, too, Mom... I can't help it."

Mutual family pride is a powerful force. Go for it, and Spark on! emoticon Happy Sparkversary. emoticon

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YMWONG22 12/15/2012 10:11AM

  Congratulations! Both of you should be proud of each other.
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TRISTAROSE 12/15/2012 10:03AM

    Yes this is a great gift John! Congrats to your son and I wish him much success!

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ALLISON145 12/15/2012 10:01AM

    That's amazing news, John! Enjoy this special day with him.

-Allison

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HDHAWK 12/15/2012 9:55AM

    Congratulations to your son! He should be very proud (as I know you and Joan are) that he stuck with it to the end. Good for him. I need to do the same in the weight loss department. I seem to be able to do it in every other area but that one.
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Looking Ahead

Friday, December 14, 2012

Every year, between Thanksgiving and Christmas I take some time to reflect on what I accomplished this past year and what I am looking forward to in the next year. I shut down the computers, turn off the cell phone and let everyone near and dear know I'll be out of touch for a bit but I'm okay. Some of it is positive, some painful to review but always, always insightful and loaded with learning.

One year I went to Disneyland in Anaheim and sat on Tom Sawyer island at a picnic table for hours on end just soaking up the energy that flowed from that place. Later I found a small park right outside of Newport Beach. It looked out on to the ocean and I saw the most amazing rock formation reflect a late afternoon sun.

When I finish I have my mission statement for the next year. I share it with clients and friends and this year, after a good few days on my deck, I'll share it with you.



Namaste

  
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/15/2012 6:37AM

    Looking forward to it....



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NASFKAB 12/15/2012 5:27AM

  looking forward to it HUGS

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LYNMEINDERS 12/15/2012 4:16AM

    Looking forward to it John

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CARTOONB 12/14/2012 10:31PM

    Looking forward to seeing/reading what this year brings.

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GEEMAWEST 12/14/2012 9:50PM

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SLIMLEAF 12/14/2012 7:11PM

    Hello John. I can't find the right words, so will this do instead?

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/14/2012 5:15PM

    Enjoy your time alone!

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POPSY190 12/14/2012 2:58PM

    A good idea to help go into the year ahead. We are all a product of the past.

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HDHAWK 12/14/2012 2:46PM

    Good for you. I'm afraid I might not feel very accomplished if I reflect on this year. At least not in the weight department. I'm looking forward to seeing it.

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CRYSTALJEM 12/14/2012 2:07PM

    So true.

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DEBRITA01 12/14/2012 1:54PM

    Wishing you a peaceful and tranquil time of reflection... emoticon

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TRISTAROSE 12/14/2012 1:54PM

    I too am looking forward to your mission statement.

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REGILIEH 12/14/2012 12:34PM

    emoticon I'm looking forward to it! Enjoy!!!1 emoticon

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VICKI-IS-LOSING 12/14/2012 12:32PM

    I'll look forward to it. emoticon

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Can We Take The Time To Become Someones Hope?

Sunday, December 09, 2012

(If you are looking for warm and fuzzy, soft, uplifting and encouraging this day please stop reading. This blog is designed to make you (and me) very uncomfortable, introspective and finally moved to take some sort of action. I warned ya.)


It’s not about us.

It’s not about the Spark points, the fitness minutes or the consistency awards. It’s not how many times are angelic mugs are held up as examples of health. It doesn’t matter how many friends you have, blogs you write or weight you’ve lost. A family living in an abandoned vehicle will never know or much less care.

What matters is how much hope you find within yourself and how much of that hope you share with others.

We’re a selfish group aren’t we, so immersed in personal achievement, so justified in our journey and our many goals and we fail to look to either side and see those who haven’t quite put it together as of yet. Our role, our goal is to bring hope. The larger picture, the fiscal cliffs, the malaise and despair in our world dictates that you and I give and give and give. Instead we smugly take. We “deserve” laud, honor and praise for putting both feet on the ground each day and breathing. At least that’s what we say to ourselves.

Please, please don’t respond to this blog by telling me, chapter and verse, of all the great things you do for yourself and others. I’ll counter with a tome larger than War and Peace of my perceived greatness, love and giving. It is not now and never will be enough. We were placed on this plane of existence to give to each other, not doubt, be skeptical and withhold. If we gave enough hope to the person beside us then the world would look, taste and smell just like the greeting cards.

Yeah, you’ve worked long and hard. Go look in the mirror, smile, doff your cap, take a bow, do whatever. Yeah, you are special, acknowledge your gifts and talents and the light you bring to this world and please and very kindly get over it. Go find someone sweating quietly, overcoming insurmountable obstacles each and every day simply to exist and survive. Look for someone who was abandoned, lost and has given up. Go find them!!!

Bring them hope, and be that hope

Namaste

  
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EMTFF376 12/13/2012 7:13AM

    Thanks for the post and the text the other day! I've been hiding out lately. Missed reading all your wonderful and thoughtful blogs.

Big hugs,
Janette

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LYNMEINDERS 12/12/2012 3:22AM

    this is so right on the mark...it's a good kick

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TJCADDO 12/11/2012 12:16AM

    John, this is the first time I think I am going to have to disagree with you.

My track record of always trying to come up with solutions to problems that aren't my own has been disasterous and full of pot holes.

I am the ear that everyone wants to come to. I will give you my last 20 bucks if you ask for it. I have completely neglected myself because I cannot stand to see suffering.

Try to help a neighbor who is broken good luck with that. Woman across the street has 911 on speed dial. I tried to help her, did give her my last 40 dollars and what happens to me? Repeated calls to animal control if she sees that the water bowl has been knocked over or if one of my pets is out for more than fifteen minutes. False accusations that have always been unfounded.

What I have learned from giving, giving giving is that it is not all that it is cracked up to be.

Help her survive, yes. Be her friend, listen to her personal story? No way.

Sometimes we can be over-responsible for others. Even God flooded the earth. Guess you can tell I'm all hoped out.

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/10/2012 5:09PM

    I totally agree. There are many members here who are totally self-absorbed. Their entire focus is me, me, me. They don't read other people's blogs, visit their sparkpages, offer anyone support. And because of this they miss out on a lot and don't learn a whole lot. I tend to think their lives are like this in general. It's hard to achieve real happiness when you are entirely focused on yourself.

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RSTENNER 12/10/2012 5:09PM

    How about be an encouragement to someone today!!!! emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/10/2012 7:36AM

    Thanks for the kick in the pants...I needed it...

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NASFKAB 12/10/2012 4:45AM

  thank you for making me think

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CARTOONB 12/9/2012 8:00PM

    I heard your warning and ignored it. I will try...that's all I can promise.

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SLIMLEAF 12/9/2012 6:08PM

    I don't feel I have much to offer at the moment, but am reminded of Peter and John meeting the crippled man on their way in to the temple. He asked them for money and Peter said he didn't have any, but added: "But what I do have, I give to you: in the name of Jesus, stand up and walk!" and the previously crippled man did just that and went walking and leaping and praising God.

Which is a slightly long-winded way of telling myself that me being 'empty' is no excuse: I have Jesus and if I can find a way to 'offer him' into someone's situation, then that will indeed bring hope.

By God's grace (and I need Heaps of that) I will do that, but there's no way I can do it on my own.

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CRYSTALJEM 12/9/2012 2:26PM

    Fantastic blog, perfect for the season and every other day too. I too gave become more aware of this Conflict within myself. Thank you. Namaste

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DEBRITA01 12/9/2012 2:26PM

    Well said... emoticon

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VICKI-IS-LOSING 12/9/2012 12:24PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Great blog.


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CATHYHASSPARK 12/9/2012 10:20AM

    love it John and it puts things into perspedtive!! My husband and I have had a very hard four years with him out of work , but what is one thing that is helping me cope , is not having that mindset, "What about me??" There are people in this community , in my area suffering worse than I am , my mission is to give them hope in these tough times and I see it every day when I ride the train to work , people down and out ,my heart goes out to them , and if just listening to their story , or giving a smile , and an encouraging word even get them a cup of coffee , I am being fulfilled knowing they are getting fulfillment ,

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HDHAWK 12/9/2012 10:16AM

    It's easy to find them in my profession. Kids who don't know where their next meal will come from and who don't have winter coats. Luckily I work with wonderful people who keep giving to these families. It feels good to give.

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REGILIEH 12/9/2012 9:45AM

    AMEN!!! AMEN!!! AMEN!!! What a wonderful blog and exquisitely said. I also think just being kind to everyone no matter how they act is also giving back. When we are shopping this season there are so many opportunities to make someone else feel better by how we treat them. John, emoticon so much for the reminder that no matter how much we give there is always more to do. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MJZHERE 12/9/2012 9:22AM

    I am with you - go find them. It is amazing how giving to others really ends up giving to ourselves - so in the end perhaps we are still selfish.

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LOUISE6296 12/9/2012 9:07AM

  Love this blog.

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/9/2012 8:35AM

    Great reminder, John, and timely. Message received. Now off to put it into action, one day at a time! emoticon

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TEACHING1ST 12/9/2012 7:58AM

    As always, John, exceptional 'food for thought.' Especially at this special time of the year, thinking of others expands our world. Thanks once again.

Mary

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Pronoia: The Art of Making Life Better :)

Thursday, December 06, 2012

We all have our morning rituals. Mine involves a bit of prayer, a bit of meditation and then I read from the revised and expanded “Pronoia Is the Antidote for Paranoia” by Rob Brezsny. It’s one of those books you can sit on your lap, and page through in a leisurely fashion. There’s no chronological order, you skim through the chapters and glean something that’ll start your day in the right way. If you get an opportunity, pick up copy. Pronoia, by the way, is the positive practice of ridding our universe of paranoia. Be warned it involves smiling and laughing and actually reaching out to other people, some of whom you may not even know ----- Yet. That brings me to this morning’s story.

Elaine works at McDonald’s. She works from midnight until eight in the morning. Most of the time, she works the drive-through window. If you are a fortuitous student of my previous blogs you are aware that each morning I get Joan a cup of coffee and myself a glass of unsweetened tea to begin our day. We’ve gotten to know Elaine well. So well, in fact, that when I pull up to the drive-through all I need to say is “The usual.” Elaine has a rough job. She stands in a window all night with little to no human contact and sometimes I believe, that wears you out as much as hard labor. Elaine is a little older than I am, her kids have all left town and with her quirky sense of humor once told me that her husband left long before the kids did. This morning, as with every morning, Elaine and I exchanged our obligatory greeting and as I handed her the money I notice she was grinning wide. “Why are you in such a good mood?” I asked, “It’s really been a beautiful day.” She responded. “I got to spend yesterday with two of my favorite nieces and we went to the animal shelter and I came home with not only one, but two kittens. I let them sleep with me yesterday afternoon. It was a good day off.”

Her smile was so serene, so content and soul full of Pronoia. I drove away happy, humming a little tune knowing my day started in an amazing way. As we hustle and bustle through this time a year it’s good to know there are people in this world like Elaine who take some positive and simple joy from curling up with two kittens and then share that joy with the rest of us.

I warned you. Pronoia involves smiling and laughing and actually reaching out to other people, some of whom you may not even know ----- Yet.

Namaste

  
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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/15/2012 6:35AM

    Someone once said:

The little furry buggers are just deep, deep wells you throw all your emotions into.

Add some adjectives like "angry, vexed, sad, indignant, depressed" in front of the word "emotions"

That is what goes down the well and then all you will be left with is peace.

Namaste John




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LYNMEINDERS 12/7/2012 5:50AM

    Love it John...
Please say hi to Elaine for me tomorrow morning...
Thankyou

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GEEMAWEST 12/7/2012 12:43AM

    Sounds like a book I'm going to give a try!


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CARTOONB 12/6/2012 10:09PM

    Hang on...it is possible to read a book, and not start from the beginning and read to the end...in that order? I'm not sure I u defrost and that! emoticon

Howevere, I am willing to try it. Thanks for the (as always) excellent blog!

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REGILIEH 12/6/2012 9:58PM

    I tried to get the book on my Kindle but couldn't so will try Amazon next, I look forward to reading it! Elaine is great and I know she feels the same about you and you making her day brighter. emoticon emoticon

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ONEKIDSMOM 12/6/2012 7:31PM

    What a great concept! Thanks for introducing ME, among others, to Pronoia! emoticon

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JENNYBOYKIN 12/6/2012 5:21PM

    A positive attitude gives you power over your circumstances instead of your circumstances having power over you! :)

Thanks for sharing! You know I think your pretty muchh awesome!

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_MOBII_ 12/6/2012 2:30PM

    Thank you for the book suggestion! Have a great day! (I KNOW you will!)

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/6/2012 1:40PM

    It's nice to hear of someone who can revel in the simple things in life.

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CRYSTALJEM 12/6/2012 12:52PM

    That book is on my Christmas list. I read or listen to something from him everyday. Have you checked him out on Soundcloud? or you probably already have his album! Loved the blog. You are so so right. Have a great day.... keep smiling and laughing. I like contagious happy germs.

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ALIX_P 12/6/2012 12:39PM

    Thanks for the book suggestion. I've been practicing this art now for a while, but didn't have a name for it.

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KENDRACARROLL 12/6/2012 10:57AM

    What a great story. It really is the little things that make life worth living :)


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SHERIO5 12/6/2012 9:59AM

    emoticon Sounds like a book worth picking up! emoticon

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NASFKAB 12/6/2012 9:20AM

  great blog as usual must smile more

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PATRICIA441 12/6/2012 9:18AM

  What a great blog. Wth so much negative vibes in the world it is wonderful reading about a positive one . Isn't it great how a smile, an upbeat comment to someone can brighten their and our day!

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HDHAWK 12/6/2012 9:08AM

    What a great story! My dog does the same for me. She can brighten every bad mood that comes along! Have a wonderful day!

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MJRVIC2000 12/6/2012 8:54AM

    The Lord is with you, MY FRIEND , in every situation, through every valley, across every mountain in life. Rejoice and Praise Him! In His Grace! Vic.

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"Don't It Always Seem To Go, You Dont Know What You've Got Till It's Gone."

Monday, December 03, 2012

It all started when I made the decision switch from peanut butter to cream cheese on my whole grain, low fat waffle. I made the move because, after all, cream cheese has less calories and peanut butter. A day later, I noticed a weird rash developing around my elbows on the back of my knees. At first, I wrote it off to being heat rash from running in and out of the gym and not being very dry. However, the rash persisted, and it was driving me crazy.

My doctor told me she was 90% sure that I had some sort of reaction to what I was eating. She sent me, to an allergist. Let me say right off, that I really appreciated the allergist’s common sense approach to dealing with this issue. He told me that I had two options: I could go through a series of painful tests that would determine what foods I might have sensitivities or allergies to or I could begin a food elimination diet. He gave me some literature to read and suggested a hierarchy of food sensitivities in the order they most occur. They are as follows: dairy, red meat, sugar, and gluten. He suggested I begin by eliminating dairy from my diet and monitoring the reactions. I walked out of his office thinking “No problem!” That, I found out, was easier said than done. I was not aware of how many things that went in my mouth actually contained a dairy product and to add to my pain and suffering I never realized just how much I would miss cheese! I am originally from the state of Wisconsin, you know, “the Dairy State.” I had this image of the state fathers driving me to the state line in pointing towards Illinois banishing me and allowing me never to return. I would no longer be a Cheese Head.

I have been at this elimination diet for a week now, and the rashes have disappeared and a pleasant byproduct is that I feel significantly better. I will tell you, however, that it’s been a bit of an adventure finding things I can eat that won’t produce a negative reaction. Saturday evening I took a bite of a piece of peanut butter pie Katie had made and was itching all over in about 15 minutes. So a new and exciting journey begins and I really hope it’s dairy, LOL, because I don’t want to have to get rid of anything else.

Namaste

  
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GEEMAWEST 12/7/2012 12:39AM

    I could not live without cheese! OK, maybe I'm overreacting, but really? emoticon

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 12/4/2012 6:16AM

    Food is like a drug....it does have consequences!

Glad to hear you are finding what makes you feel better. Sad to hear it involves cheese!!



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NASFKAB 12/4/2012 4:15AM

  unable to have cheese that is sad hope you find what ever ele you cant eat all the best

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LYNMEINDERS 12/4/2012 3:20AM

    I am finding that as I am getting older different things are affecting me now that neveraffected me before....I gave up meat 2 years ago and don't miss it and I very seldom eat diary...the little I do eat doesn't affect me now....

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CARTOONB 12/3/2012 10:30PM

    Dairy is a hard food to eliminate. I hope, for your sake, that it is the only one!

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REGILIEH 12/3/2012 7:25PM

    Food allergies are terrible! My husband is allergic to chocolate, thank goodness I'm not!

Good luck! I hope it won't be too bad. So glad you are feeling better!

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TOTHEFUTURE1 12/3/2012 5:58PM

    I've done the elimination diet twice many years ago without results so hope you get a quick result. I love dairy including cream cheese but would happily give it up. I am allergic to mold both in food and in the enlivenment.

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_MOBII_ 12/3/2012 5:34PM

    Heyyy, I'm from Illinois and it ain't THAT bad, lol! I'm hoping it was just dairy that was bothering you! Good luck and take care!

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SHERIO5 12/3/2012 3:26PM

    I am so glad you are beginning to feel better! I have sensitivity issues..it sounds like your doctor does have a great approach...best wishes!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 12/3/2012 1:31PM

    Hey, one of my step dads was a dairy farmer. We don't want you in Illinois either. LOL. emoticon

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MOBYCARP 12/3/2012 1:29PM

    Wow. I don't know how I would cope with eliminating dairy from my diet. No skim milk with the steel cut oats, no low fat cottage cheese, no Greek yogurt? It would be a major adjustment.

I hope you navigate whatever eating adjustment you need without undue pain and suffering.

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TXMEMAW6 12/3/2012 12:42PM

    So glad you found out what was causing the rash, but I know how hard it is to give up some things you really love to eat. Good luck and good hunting!! Hope you have found all the culprits.

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MARILYNS66 12/3/2012 12:17PM

    Having to give up certain foods is not nice especially when it is something we really like. Eleven months ago I gave up all soda pop and chocolate bars - both have no nutritional value at all - but the withdrawals were something else. But well worth it - don't crave it any more, can watch others consuming them and what goes through my mind is 'How can they do that as it tastes so awful' I have thought of one or 2 more items to give up for the New Year but not sure if I will go that route or go the way route of what 2 things can I add to my food program that is healthy

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PAANDRUS 12/3/2012 11:01AM

    I would hate to give up Peanut Butter! Hope it goes well for you figuring this all out!!

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DOODIE59 12/3/2012 9:34AM

    One day when you're feeling strong -- take yourself off wheat for 3 days. You might be astounded at how good you feel:) Just sayin'.
Deirdre

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ADELE66 12/3/2012 9:34AM

    Ah, I feel for you! I try and follow a gluten free diet (minor intolerance) and it can be such a chore sometimes!

Adele

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MIAJOEB 12/3/2012 9:34AM

    Finding out what your body is trying to tell you is a magical mystery tour.
And aren't all Illinoians just Wisconsin want-a-bes.
I was born in Chicago..
Loved your sense of humor...
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VICKI-IS-LOSING 12/3/2012 9:29AM

    Sorry you have to give up dairy, especially cheese ( I love it too), but better to do that than to itch. emoticon

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BOOKAPHILE 12/3/2012 9:12AM

    It's a bother to diagnose, but once you find the culprit, you'll feel so much better. My Mother was gluten intolerant, which narrowed her choices significantly, but she never seriously wanted to go back to eating it because she felt SO much better when she avoided it.

You'll be feeling so much better that you may find your journey easier!

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ONESTRONGSIREN 12/3/2012 9:05AM

    "I had this image of the state fathers driving me to the state line in pointing towards Illinois banishing me and allowing me never to return. I would no longer be a Cheese Head."

LOL!! I'm originally from MN.. this made me laugh out loud!! I hope you can pinpoint it soon! =)

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MISSPEACHES3 12/3/2012 9:04AM

    Good Morning,
I am so sorry that you are having to deal with this.

I have had these type of problems most of my life. Of course, these problems have gotten worse just recently. I have also been going to an Allergist.

As for the cheese, I have been allergic for a lot of years. I have found a "Fake" cheese (Soy based). It is very good. It makes a good grilled cheese sandwich, and it tastes like cheese.

There is also a vegetable cheese. It is not as good as the Soy based cheese but it is good with crackers.

Anyway, just wanted to wish you luck, and to let you know that you are not alone.

Blessings,
Brenda

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HDHAWK 12/3/2012 9:02AM

    It's always something isn't it John? I had the same thing happen with avocados last year. I've never really liked them, but my trainer at the time had me putting 1/2 avocado on a sandwich at lunch. By day 4 I was itching so bad I couldn't stand it. I got some Benadryl and stopped the avocado. Problem solved. No wonder I never liked them! Glad you're feeling better.

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