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Cocoa Roasted Almonds Yum

Monday, April 23, 2012

Hi everyone, I found a new fav snack. I tried those Emerald Cocoa Roasted Almonds. Just enough cocoa to kill the need for chocolate. It is made with dark chocolate so it has the antioxidents and good potassium and protein. One ounce gives you 6 protein 3 dietary fiber and 1 sugar. Plus 210 potassium and only 25 sodium. Of coarse it has 13 g of fat but it is the healthy kind and only 150 calories. It is a lot better than eating candy bars ! I put my ounce in a little cup on my desk and just much one at a time. I am craving other things (more harmful) less and they taste really good.

I managed to do my 10 min this am and am gonna try for another 10 min before lunch. Today we are having Lean sirloin burger (homemade) and salad (heavy on the cucumber).

I am still having a lot of pain, but I don't want it to keep me in bed all day. I got up at 6 am and had breakfast by 7:30. I drank my tea with agave nectar and took my am vitamins. I am gonna listen to some magazines for service this afternoon and paint for awhile. I really need to get the vineyard done. It is supposed to be a belated wedding present. So I need to get cracking on it.

I almost cracked last night cause It was so late getting home from the meeting and I was so tired. We almost broke down and went to KFC (NOOOOOO!!!) Ha ha ha. I came to my senses half way there and said NO, we need to go to the store and buy some lean meat and stuff for salad and cook. So we dragged our tired selves to the store and ended up making home made burrito wraps. It was very good. Today we are having our salad and meat. So I am very proud of myself for sticking to my guns and not eating the bad stuff! I am slowly munching on an ounce of my almonds while I log and blog. In a while I will do another 10 min workout and fix the salad for our lunch.

I am trying to change my thinking (little by little) and am celebrating the little victories I make. I have been having a new thought in my head lately as I shop. It was something I read in an article about eating. It was "if you are not hungry enough to eat an apple, then you really aren't hungry". I have been keeping that thought in my head as I shop, and I find I am making better choices. I have been staying away from most processed foods and shopping for my fruits and veggies first. What ever is left goes for some lean meat and milk, etc. So I feel that I have been making some progress in important areas of my life.

Right now we have no cookies, cakes, chips or other junk in our house, and I am very proud of that. Little victories!

I hope everyone is having a wonderful day. Sending my love to all! Joyce

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SUNRIZING 4/24/2012 1:13AM

    This is so emoticon!!!!
I love this blog Mom!!!
Also that is a gat saying and I'm totally stealing it [about the apple] seriously I'm going to use that! Great choice with the shoppin instead of eatingout and I've had to do the same thing many times. Shopping, buying those healthy veggies, fruits, andlean meats and whole grains is always better than getting that old fast food that just ends up in your thighs! Im sooooooo proud of you! And Dad too!

Hey we was doing some research and that prickly pear cactus is also good for people trying to lose weight! So far it has helped me alot with the mindless snacking by curbin my appetite! It really works and I love it. I'm going to take it every day before each meal.

Its good that you got all the bad stuff outta the house too. Thoz are the things that is going to help you reach your goal. if you decide to have a special treat just get the small single serving b/c you're like me, if the whole thing is there I will eat it! LOL

Thanx for this blog, it brough many smiles to my face tonight!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/23/2012 7:26PM

    Way to go! You did a good job all the way around!

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Today gonna be better

Sunday, April 22, 2012

I was able to get up at 7:30 and do a 10 minute workout. I logged my food I am eating now. According to my Just Dance 3 I walked across Central Park. :)

I am gonna get ready for service (gonna make calls) and then lunch, study, meeting in that order.

I hope everyone has a wonderful day. I am glad to be up and moving. I am still having pain but I took some heavy duty pain med last night and it eased the pain a little. I was feeling quite sick to my stomach after the med so I had a snack and went to bed. Still woke up a lot but I do feel better overall today.

Love to All! Joyce

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/22/2012 5:30PM

    I'm so glad you are better today, hang in there.

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SUNRIZING 4/22/2012 1:14PM

    Knowing what you have to go thru every day to get your work out done and go out in the ministry is INSPIRING! I'm going to try to be hear checking in more too so that you feel that support from me! I work tonight but I've already logged my food in for the day. I'm trying to log in every day now. Together we can do this! And we are together! Even tho it seems like I'm far away, my heart is with you Momma.
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Rough start

Saturday, April 21, 2012

Well got up today for service but my back decided not to cooperate. I could not stand upright. I don't know if it is the rain, weather change, or the workout I did yesterday, but my left hip and back are so bad right now I can hardly stand up. I really hate these days. It could also be the fibromalygia acting up. I wish I knew what causes this. I will be most glad after armegeddon when all our pain is taken away! I would not care what job I had to do if I was not in such pain.

My hubby had to go meet for service without me, but he is coming back at noon to see if he can help me get ready to at least go out this afternoon and make some calls. I am gonna go lay back down and rest for a couple more hours and hope the pain subsides enough for me to do that. I was crying since I really wanted to go today. There are a few other things I wanted to do today too, but when this happens I can hardly make it to the bathroom.

I have learned to take each day for what it is. I cry with dissappointment on occassion but know that Jehovah and His Son are working hard to make things better for us. I always remember that we suffer for a reason and that the most important thing is for Jehovah's name to be sanctified and his soverignty to be vindicated. Our suffering is because of his enemy and I am so glad to understand the issues. I really hate to hear people blame Jehovah God for the suffering. I will be glad when the ones who oppose him are gone. I am grateful that he sustains me in time of need and helps me to maintain my integrity in the face of everything.

I hope all of you are having a good day. At least I started the day with prayer and a healthy breakfast. I found the Kashi Cinnamon Harvest cereal. I had it for the first time this am and it is pretty good. I like the ingredient list which I am able to read the few ingredients LOL! I have been watching lables alot more and trying as much as possible to avoid processed foods. I am learning and growing in that way. I can't wait to check out the farmers market that is starting in May to get some stuff straight from the farmers!

Love to you all, gonna go rest up and see if I can make it out this afternoon. If at first you don't succeed....try...try...again! At least I am not feeling too bad emotionally today! Love, love, love, you all! Joyce

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SUNRIZING 4/21/2012 10:42PM

    Sometimes 10 minutes is like a mountainous achievmen- don't belittle that success! You did beautifully today because you made that effort and you proved that 10 minutes is achievable and even if you can only do 10 minutes we know that it still counts and its still worth the effort! Logging your nutrition in is great too! I know for a fact tht it was the #1 reason why I wasable to lose all that weight!
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JOYCEATH50 4/21/2012 9:05PM

    Update, I was not able to do much today but I did do a 10 minute workout (in pain) and I logged my food for today. I am trying to keep better track.

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GOPINTOS 4/21/2012 6:51PM

    Hoping your day gets better!


Smile and Enjoy the Rest of Your Day!
Melinda (gopintos)
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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/21/2012 3:09PM

    I am having bad days too so I dug out the spray bottle of Magnesium Oil when my dh reminged me, and have been using it. It really helps and I have nbeen affected by all of the above too. We are so fortunate that Jehovah knows what is happening to us and takes it into account and never forgets we were once able to do.

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Feeling better today

Friday, April 20, 2012

Well, I didn't sleep last night at all. Sometimes that happens (alot actually) but I am used to it. I decided to try and stay up today and pass out after the meeting tonight. Ha Ha....

I managed to get an early workout in this am from 8:15 to 8:45. I was sweating alot but not stressing too much. I decided to do what I consider an easy workout with my EA Sports active game. I have a dance program I made up myself on there. I was also able to use my 2.5 pound wrist weights. First time I have used them in months. It felt good.

My daughter, son-in law, and myself did some research on the prickly pear and found out it is good for stablizing blood sugar. We also found that agave nectar is good for inflamation issues (so I am gonna go get some today). It works as a natural sweetner too. So I am gonna start trying some in my tea. I haven't been drinking anything except water and milk for over a month now and I am getting tired of having just that. I do want to keep away from sugar though so I had some tea today and added honey for my sweetner. I figured it is healthier than sugar.

We have our meeting tonight as a switch up. One of our sister congregations is having their overseer this week. I just hope I can pay attention after being up all night and day. I want to sleep tonight so I can get up early for service tomorrow.

I think I might paint for awhile. Working on a paint by number, vineyard. I had to break out my magnification visor because the numbers on this one are so small. :)

As I told everyone recently, my daughter was reinstated before the memorial. Some of you knew her before me. She lost alot of weight in the past year. I think some pictures are being submitted to Womens Day Magazine from the Sparkpeople editor. She is very excited. I found out just a few days ago, but no details really. Just reading her blog. I will let you all know more when I do.

Thanks for all the recent encouragement, I really need it. I am in a fragile place right now. I feel like it could all tumble down around me again in the blink of an eye. So I am gonna hang onto every good day that I can and not think about yesterday or tomorrow, just now.

I hope everyone is having a good day today. Love to all of you! Joyce

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BOOKWERME 4/21/2012 7:12PM

    P.S. There are also things that help with the ginger and turmeric...well worth a google search for more info.

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BOOKWERME 4/21/2012 7:10PM

    You may also want to look into Cinulin...a cinnamon that helps reduce bloodsugars...I was taking just regular cinnamon but my Dr. said if I was going to take it, take the one that the research was done I do. I also take Apple Cider Vinegar tablets or capsules (depending on what I can get)...they help also with blood sugars. You are supposed to take them 15 min. before your meal (I do well to remember to take them at all). I also take Opuntia...the prickly pear cactus. All of these are natural tools that help.

I am glad you were having a good day despite the lack of sleep. Hope you managed to make it through the meeting.


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JOYCEATH50 4/21/2012 9:28AM

    Thanks for the encouragement. I mainly want to use the agave for its ability to eliminate inflamation. The juice I used to drink made with it helped alot but it is too expensive. I am hoping by using the prickly pear and the agave together I can feel a little better. Dont know if it is gonna work yet. Gonna go slow with it. I also heard about some honey that can help with inflamation, but it cost too much for me right now. I will try it later on. Love Joyce

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SUNRIZING 4/20/2012 10:15PM

    You always write beautifully even when you are just writing everyday things, you could be a writer! I woul have calld you about evrythn but I've been bogged down with stuff lately. Working alot and then getting in our family studies, my excersize and trying to keep up with the house and stuff. Ugh!!!

Its wonderful to see that you are getting your workouts in and making healthy nutrition choices. We got that Prickly Pear yesterday in the mail and Agave Nectar Light [it tastes like honey!] Thats a great idea to use it in tea! I'm gonna buy me some green tea and try it in that. Its great in coffee and on cheerios though.

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LOVE2WALK1 4/20/2012 4:41PM

    Just sharing an FYI, milk does have lactose which is a milk sugar, and might be affecting you and agave, which was originally touted as a wonderful sweetener actually does affect blood sugar. Monitor your blood sugar when using it.

Wonderful, wonderful news about your daughter!

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/20/2012 1:57PM

    Joyce, you can do this. Just don't push so it sends you backwards again. With our health issues even a miss step nails us. I am so glad she is back with us. I didn't even recognize her picture she has done such an awesome job!

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A little down

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

I have been a bit down the last couple of days. After a good weekend visit with my parents (which I haven't been able to do for months) I came home and was sick for the next two days. I think I ate a bad piece of fish or something on Sunday night for dinner. Anyway I had to sleep for 17 hours. I just woke up occassionally, long enough to run to the bathroom, and then back to sleep. I am a little better today, but the tummy still a little off.

I hope to be able to work out tomorrow. I know I will have to force myself. The struggle is very hard sometimes. I feel overwhelmed. I cry in the middle of my workout thinking how in the world am I gonna do this! I need to lose over 140 pounds! I panic thinking how? how? how? And the only support I have is on here. I have no friends to work out with no family nearby to support me, except my husband who has to be at work all day. If I tell anyone I know in person they just want to become my food nazi and critic.

I want to thank you all for the encouragement and support. I know I can't do this alone. I have tried for too long to do this alone and I feel like I have gotten no where. I have to be careful of what I say to everyone and really cant even mention losing weight or working out to the ones that know me and should be helping me.

Thanks again. If I am not around sometimes, I usually check in on you all, even if I dont blog or comment. Sometimes I am just in a real low place and have to drag myself back out of it again to move forward. Love You all Joyce
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SUNRIZING 4/20/2012 10:05PM

    You can and will reach your goals. Remember what you said to me? About Jehovah's promises? One day we will be jumping and hopping and playing like little children together, Momma
And you can ALWAYS talk to me about your fitness, nutrishion and anything else!!! I'm always here, even when I'm busy, I'm still here, you will just have to be patient and remember I have alot on my plate right now, lol. So it might take me a minute to reply to emails or get a chance to read blogs, but I will try harder to check in with you, b/c you are right, this is a journey you CAN"T travel alone! I KNOW.... You know what I mean???? Being disfellowshipped while fighting alcoholism AND changing my whole way of living, spiritually and physically- I DID IT, but I had to lean on Jehovah and sparkpeople- so I KNOW for a fact what its like to do it "alone". But you're not alone. You always have Jehovah, and you have me too! Please remember I'm here. Remember me. I will remeber you.

Lets chose to be POSITIVE together too, like our watchtower lesson this week, our enthusiam about everything can make all the difference. Being positive can have an enormous diference! There is no sense stewing over negative things. We don't need to rehash or dwell on things that make us sad. Lets remind each other [like you did for me earlier] about our beautiful hope and our wonderful Heavenly Father. I love you Momma! Never forget!

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GAMOMMY3 4/19/2012 11:31AM

    Hope you're feeling better. Eating bad food is a terrible way to get sick! Makes you feel like you're dying! Hang in there! Hugs

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CINA-MINI 4/18/2012 11:50AM

    Joyce, I am so sorry that you are down. I hope your tummy is better by now. Many hugs to you! I am cheering you on! emoticon

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JOYCEATH50 4/18/2012 7:29AM

    Thanks for the encouragement dear ones. Some days I need it more than others. It's just been a real rough winter. I am looking forward to swimming season. Something I can do that doesn't hurt as much and I enjoy. Love Joyce

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ONLYTEMPORARY 4/18/2012 2:09AM

    Joyce, I know how hard it is for anyone to lose weight. It isn't easy and it took us years to get to where we are and it's almost like people, once they know we are trying to take it all off, expect us to be able to do it over night. Then there are those that will wave it under your nose and say 'are you sure you don't want any? Just have a bite' or 'just a little isn't going to hurt you' or 'I made it, you have to try it' or '...will be offended if you don't eat it' or as you say, be a critic.

Fortunatelly for those of us that don't have the outside support, we have our 'family' here to listen while we vent, cry, storm, rage and even celebrate when we reach even the tiniest goal ro make it through the day with a single accomplishment.

A few things that help are to put everything in small easily attainable goals. Like we do with improving ourselves in the Truth. Celebrate the reaching of those goals! It gives us something to look forward to. They don't have to be big rewards. A new book, new lipstick, a new pen, stationary..... Then when you hit the 10, 20, 30+ goals, make the reward a bit bigger. YOU are important and deserve to celebrate attaining those goals.

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BJUMPINGFORJOY 4/17/2012 11:10PM

    I am sorry you are feeling bad. Just tell your self I am getting fitter and I know i will be an inspiration to those around me as they see me getting healthier. I know you can do it. One day those around will come to you and say wow I want to feel better like you do.

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BOOKWERME 4/17/2012 10:36PM

    Don't think in terms of the total goal amt to lose. Pick a small goal and work towards that first. You can do this..but it little steps.

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NEW-ME-IN2012 4/17/2012 8:12PM

    We feel your pain, both physically & emotionally. emoticon

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SHELLSEA60 4/17/2012 7:30PM

    Feel better and give yourself some time !!!!

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