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Busy Days

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

Hi everyone, the last few days have been very busy. My hubby is off work this week so we are taking advantage of it. Monday we went shopping and to a movie and dinner since our anniversary is Thursday and we will be at the meeting. Yesterday we cleaned the whole apartment, cleaned curtains, washed rugs, cleaned windows, yes the whole nine yards. And today it was physicals, blood tests, mammogram, and I got a shot. Just got home a little while ago to eat a very late lunch 4:30 pm. We had breakfast around noon. Now we are gonna relax and just enjoy eachothers company. Tomorrow is study and meeting day. Friday we have decided will be a play day lol.

I hope everyone is having a productive day. Much love to all. Joyce
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NEW-ME-IN2012 5/17/2012 6:33AM

    Isn't it nice to have a hubby to share things with? Happy Anniversary! How many does this make? emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/17/2012 12:48AM

    Way to go racking up the exercise.

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SUNRIZING 5/16/2012 10:19PM

    Sounds like a good week mom :)

Things are busy here too. Also .... we lost a brother at a our Hall... I'll tell you about it later. It wasn't anyone you knew though. Besides that it was going good. A little depressing right at the moment however. But we are all keeping our chin up remembering Jehovah's promises. I been work work working, lol. So going to lay down now. I been up since 4:45am! Had to open at the story today. Ready for my beauty sleep, hahaha.

Great blog ;)

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GOPINTOS 5/16/2012 9:36PM

    Sounds like a great week!

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BOOKWERME 5/16/2012 5:38PM

    Wow! I am so glad you are enjoying DH's vacation time by doing things together!

Happy Anniversary!

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Cake?

Friday, May 11, 2012

I just realized this am that I haven't been thinking much about cake. It's actually been a few weeks. Except I saw a pound cake in the store the other day and I picked it up and looked at it, read the calorie count, and said to myself "do I want to wear this?", and then put it back. I am very proud of myself since cake used to be my favorite food! LOL It is funny that I don't even really crave the thing I used to want the most. Oh, the calories I have consumed eating cake! If I could take all those calories back, but alas that is not possible. At last I am finding some comfort in veggies. My sweet treat these days is a serving of skinny cow icecream. Even two servings of that doesn't equal one piece of cake. I usually drink my herbal tea with the agave nectar after meals. The sweetness of the nectar usually minimizes the cravings for other, not so healthy, things.

Well, that was my thought for the day. Anyone else care to share their thoughts on the matter of cravings. Past or present? I'd love to hear about it.

Thanks for everyone who shared their fav tea flavors with me. I think I'd like to try some of them. Esp the peppermint. Love to all, have a great day everyone! Love Joyce
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SUNRIZING 5/13/2012 9:50PM

    My weakness has been chips always! Also things like french fries and cheese burgers. But generally I just find healthier things that I love too and that way I trick my taste buds into thinking that Im "cheating" hahahahha. Example: tonight I made a healthy BLT for diner. Compared to a cheese burger- way better for me but just as delish!!! And low fat popcorn instead of chips. For dessert, fat free no sugar added cream pop cycles! YUmmy!

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CELEST 5/13/2012 8:56AM

    I have a book that tells you what your cravings mean and sweets is feeling childlike. The rememdy they say is a pep talk from your adult inner self.
I struggled with giving up sweet treats, but found that if I started my day with a fruit salad and yogurt, often blended into a smoothie the cravings were much less. Its as if the brain knows its already had all the healthy sugar it needs.

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GOPINTOS 5/12/2012 7:02PM

    OH good job!


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GAMOMMY3 5/12/2012 1:19PM

    That is great!! I can often satisfy my cravings for chocolate with fudgecicles. They are low calorie and taste yummy.

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/11/2012 10:59PM

    Way to go on the cake. I do the same thing and remind myself I can make a much healthier one by taking a cake mix and a 15oz can of crushed pineapple, putting them together with no other ing. and bake it and the calories are much less plus you are getting fruit in it emoticon

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BOOKWERME 5/11/2012 6:45PM

    So happy to hear of your success! I struggle with the things my eyes see...sometimes I am fine..other times I really have a fight to get whatever it is out of my head. One thing I have learned, though, is that whatever it is that I think I want is rarely as satisfying as the craving led me to believe.

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NEW-ME-IN2012 5/11/2012 5:18PM

    I love Skinny Cow Ice Cream! emoticon One of my daughters says their candy bars are good also. Cake was our family's favorite dessert as our children were growing up. Give me a good, moist dark, chocolate one & I'm really tempted! emoticon

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Eat your veggies

Thursday, May 10, 2012

Yes, I am finding out that eating your veggies is a very good thing. I have been adding a healthy portion of cucumbers, peppers, tomatoes, carrots etc to my meals. I feel full longer and seem to be able to control my cravings better. And I am feeling better too.

I never cared for veggies too much, but since I have started including them in all my meals, I seem to want them there. Especially the cucumber, it is a refreshing treat to have a bite now and then while eating dinner. Even if I don't have salad or dressing, I like the cucumbers all by itself. This am I found that a touch of banana pepper juice tasted very good on them too if you want a little kick. LOL

I also enjoy a cup of herbal tea with agave nectar after meals and it helps with my digestion and I think the nectar has greatly improved my inflamation issues. My pain has been significantly decreased the last couple of weeks. I still have some issue with swelling but I think that comes with sitting too long. (At the hospital and in the car for the last few days) Today the swelling is noticably down.

I have been tryiing different flavors of tea. I like the blueberry, but I still think orange spice is my fav. I like the cherry pretty good too. Any suggestions on what flavors to try? What are your favorites? I would like to know what my friends like in the herbal tea arena. :)

Well, I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. I think I am gonna relax and play games for awhile on facebook ha ha ha. I have been neglecting my flower shop. LOL I have meeting tonight and my studies are all done. Time for play :)

Love to all.....Joyce


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SUNRIZING 5/13/2012 9:45PM

    I love green tea with honey the most. Also Im going crazy for watermellon right now!!! Sometimes I just eat that for a meal!!! Its so delishious and nutrishious!!! I always keep cut up veggies in th fridge, washed and ready to grab and go. Grapes are a great grab and go too, also bananas and baby carrots.

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JOYCEATH50 5/11/2012 12:33PM

    Thanks to everyone for sharing their thoughts on veggies and tea. I enjoy all your comments! Love to you all!
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GLMOM2 5/11/2012 8:45AM

    I've been on a broccoli kick lately. It seems a couple nights a week we have fresh steamed broccoli with our dinner. I thought the family was liking it & didn't mind until the other night my oldest said "oh yeah, broccoli again". Last night I opted for fresh fruit for them but still had my steamed broccoli!

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NEW-ME-IN2012 5/10/2012 10:16PM

    emoticon emoticon Vegetables are my lifesaver. I clean & cut to size as soon as get them, that way they're always ready when I need them. I like to take a variety of them with me in service to snack on. Won't be long till melons are in season. I absolutely love them ice cold so I'll take a cooler with ice to enjoy with the group on service days.

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GOPINTOS 5/10/2012 9:23PM

    Go Veggies! Love 'em too!

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SUGARSMOM2 5/10/2012 5:10PM

  yes i love veggies now . as a kid i didnt eat them . mom didnt cook them or serve them . so i never was introducted to them . only now in my old age have i discovered the joy of eating lots vegetables . ;love tes green tea spicy tea .

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/10/2012 3:32PM

    I really like Peppermint but the newest I stumbled across is Celestial Seasoning's Bengal Spice. Awesome smell and taste emoticon

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DOLLIE6 5/10/2012 1:47PM

    Hi Joyce.
I enjoyed your blog. Thank you for sharing. I agree with you I love my vegetables, now. I have been eating healthy for also three weeks and I am liking it better and better. I am trying things that I have never tried and am loving it. You are right, you really do get full and it makes you feel good also. I have been wanting some cucumbers also. I am trying to talk my husband into fixing us some garden boxes where we can grow some vegetables ourselves. We try to eat organic as much as we can and they are really high in cost. I don't mind paying for them I was spending way more on junk but it would really be nice to grow some for us. We'll see.
He is also building us a log cabin so I can't fuss to much.
Keep on Sparkin. We will beat this weight thing this time.
Pat

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Late start today

Wednesday, May 09, 2012

I got a very late start today. I was awake til 4 am so I didn't really get out of bed til 11 am. I read my e-mails, worked out, did the dishes, then made breakfast. All said and done, I didn't eat breakfast til after 1pm....Oh well...every day is different for me. I do like it better when I sleep at night though and get up early. It doesn't always happen for me though.

My mom looked a little better yesterday. We can't go down there today though. My hubby has to work the rest of the week. After my blog I am gonna try and call though. The tests results were not conclusive (complicated issue). The doctors are trying to get her oxygen levels up before they let her go home though. I don't know for sure when that is going to be yet. An occupational therapist was supposed to see her, but as of yesterday, that still had not happened.

I appreciate all the loving concern in the blogs from my friends. You are all a blessing to me. It is nice to remember that we are never alone in facing the challenges of this system of things. And that there are people who really do care about each other in the most wonderful way.

I went over my calories yesterday. Its hard to keep track when you are running around all day. But I didn't do too bad, and I have been working out more every day than I count in my logs. I usually try to count 10 minutes less than I am actually doing. That way I have a small amout of flexibility in the calorie count too. I know I wasn't supposed to look yet (I weigh in on the 1st of every month) but the scale was down over 3 pounds from my weigh in on the first of May. It was good to see it go down again, instead of up. I feel mellow today and just taking things slow. I don't feel bad at all though and that is good!

Sending much love to all the friends. Have a happy day! Love Joyce
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    Hoping you have more good days!


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SUNRIZING 5/9/2012 9:11PM

    Im glad that you are feeling well today :) I love you momma! Granny came home today and she is feeling different b/c of the medicines but better and at least she gets to come home. I will try to go over there tomorrow if she is up for company.

Love you

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MOMOSG 5/9/2012 9:01PM

    I don't know if you are like me, but exercise allows me to handle stress much better. It actually helps me to sleep better too. Perhaps you are noticing the same thing.

I was accustomed to exercising on an empty stomach but that is actually not the best thing to do for the metabolism. So rather than eat a whole meal, which isn't good before exercise either, I learned eat something small like a kiwi or 1/2 banana just to get my metabolism going without bogging down my body with a lot of food to process. I had to change up my routine a little to make it work. Get up, grab my small piece of fruit and eat that. Then get ready for my workout, brush teeth, fill my water bottle, set-up my DVD and equipment etc. By the time I actually get to the workout, 15 to 20 minutes have passed.

After my workout, I shower & change - then I have a proper breakfast. All in all, I found my weight loss was great and my energy level during an early morning workout was much better with this change. Just a thought that you may find useful.

Take care of yourself and I pray your mom gets better.

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JOYCEATH50 5/9/2012 4:03PM

    I told my mom of the sisters on sparkpeople that sent their loving greetings. I know it made her happy. Love to you all :)

I even got some dusting done today. Ha ha ha. I havent done that in awhile. It took over an hour to do my room, but I was listening to my favorite cd and just taking my time. No hurry, just little by little. I know I am feeling better though since I felt like doing it.

I hope you all have a productive day. Little by little, day by day, a drop of water will wear a rock away!

Love Joyce :) emoticon

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/9/2012 3:07PM

    That is great! I second Asta's question? If so, send us her info in a SP mail.

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BOOKWERME 5/9/2012 2:43PM

    I am glad that you are having a mellow day...you have had a lot of stress to cope with of late. Good for you on your sneak peek weight loss! YEA!

Is your mother a JW also? Would she enjoy a card? Your spiritual family IS thinking of you and is always near. We keep you in our hearts! emoticon

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BMW9295 5/9/2012 2:39PM

    The important thing is that you did what you wanted and needed to do... I too had a late start today.... must be something about today *LOL*

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CHERYLSBUTT 5/9/2012 2:12PM

    There is a great deal going on. Give yourself a break from doing it all perfectly. l Love how you are taking care of yourself too! I am so impressed. Peac and blessings emoticon

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Getting ready

Tuesday, May 08, 2012

Well, I am getting ready to do my workout, eat, shower, and then head back to Columbus to visit my mom. They are supposed to be getting some test results back today. I wish I trusted doctors more, but the one that visited my mom yesterday did not seem to have any compassion. She was a young, tiny little thing. Cute as a button, but immediately started harassing my mom for her weight. The doctors have her on all kinds of medicines that cause weight gain too, but she was just saying unkind things about her weight and what is she doing to change it. I did not say anything, but I was not happy. I just kept watching her and thinking how much I dislike doctors.

At least the occupational therapist that came in next was very kind and understanding. She is going to try and show my mom some things she can do, sitting in her chair. I have been talking about sparkpeople to my mom, maybe she will let me show her some stuff on here the next time I visit her at home. It is hard for her to even sit at the computer.

I have been talking to her about just setting small achieveable goals. Just 5 or 10 minutes a day. I have been encouraging her to stop drinking diet sodas and stuff. I try not to be demanding in any way or go overboard with my suggestions. Just little things that I believe she could do. A lot of small changes over time (one at a time) can lead up to a big change. I also mention that any progress would take time. That is why so many give up, but immediate results are not always possible. Its the small, permanent ones that will make the difference in the long run. What good is it to lose 50 pounds and gain back 60 because of setting unreasonable goals that could not be kept? Its better to lose 5 and keep it off, lose 5 more and keep it off, etc...

Well, I really have to get hopping so I am gonna bid you all farewelll for now. I will update when I know something. Much love to all.. I will try and check all your blogs in the near future. Thanks for the kind thoughts and words, I really appreciate the concern from my sparkfriends. Joyce

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BOOKWERME 5/8/2012 9:49PM

    Your suggestions to Mom are all good ones. Hope the test results are good for Mom. Sorry about the unpleasant Dr. Thinking about you..and your mom! emoticon

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MOMOSG 5/8/2012 4:55PM

    Good for you. Do what you can to encourage your mom without harassing her. In time, it just might make a difference. Spread the spark!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 5/8/2012 3:14PM

    Joyce, I hope you can get her to impliment things in that she can do. Like you said, they add up over time. I like the exercises SP has for those stuck in chairs or have painful disabilities. There is much we can do even if we have to sit.

I think I would have made a brief but polite comment to the Dr. about the side effects of her pills and then ask her if she has any that would do what her's have to do without the weight gain issue? That may have in a polite way, made her stop and consider her bedside manner and criticism.

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GLMOM2 5/8/2012 12:38PM

    Good for you on spreading the Spark to your mom.

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