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In Grandma Heaven and a change of mindset

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

Here I am in Seattle again. I left the middle of May when the twins were 7 weeks old. They are now 4 1/2 months old and, I must say, absolutely adorable! Loving the time with their older sisters as well, ages 3 and 4. It's crazy but it is a bit of heaven for this grandma!

I started my streak to check in with SP about 3 weeks before I left here last May. I typically struggle when I can't stay on a routine, and I would easily slide into a downward spiral. In taking care of my then 2 and 4 year old grand daughters while my daughter had to stay on modified bed rest, I had gotten to the point that my size 14 pants did not zip up. Big problem.... I was miserable! It was time to turn it around. So that started my streak to check in with SP. Today I made it today 134. I have donated all my size 14 pants and I now fit nicely into my size 10 capri pants.... blows me away to think about it.

What really blows me away is my mindset change. I feel great! I can't even remembering ever feeling this good. Not just the weight and fitness change, but not struggling with food. I was so tired of that "food fight" and the relief of not being in that battle is indescribable. Am I perfect? NO! Do I slip up? YES! But it's just not the same as before. I know what works for me, and I just keep putting one foot in front of the other, and I'm not going backwards anymore!

I have so very much to be grateful for. I have many reasons to take care of myself, and here in Grandma Heaven I have four reasons that I hug and love on each day that need a healthy grandma to set a good example for them.


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TRAVELGRRL 8/20/2014 8:47AM

    Darling little babies, and love that you are winning the food struggle. Fitting into your size 10s is just the outward manifestation of the good work you've done on the inside. Way to go!!! Enjoy your grandma time; when your family is spread out it becomes doubly precious!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/20/2014 1:48AM

    Judy, your joy is contagious! Those are two CUTE babies! Looks like they have red hair and blue eyes! So adorable, it just melts my heart. (And you're cute, too, by the way.) Keep having fun in Grandma Heaven, and good for you for maintaining all your healthy habits!

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Three words....

Thursday, August 14, 2014

Here I am at the airport with my cute husband. It will be a lot of sitting today, so we parked ourselves at the gate and Reese guarded our stuff while I walked the airport. Need to off set all the sitting!

As I walked as briskly as I could, darting in and out of the crowds, I saw a woman with a bright smile. "YOU GO GIRL" she called out as we passed, and I was just barely able to have time to thank her.

So I will thank her again here. Thank you for being a cheerleader for me today! You brightened my morning and helped me believe more strongly in myself. I decided to smile more and say good morning to those I could make eye contact with after that encounter. People resounded with smiles and good mornings.

So to all you sparksters out there I say "YOU GO GIRL.... or GUY!!!" We can do this, and it's easer and better when we help each other.


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LOVE_UTOPIA 8/15/2014 10:43AM

    THANK YOU! GO JUDY! Have fun wherever your going! emoticon

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/15/2014 3:04AM

    How good of you to spread goodwill wherever you go! I think we would all be surprised to know what a difference it makes. Sounds cliche but it's really true that just one person can make a difference. Just one person walking around smiling and looking energetic might lift the spirits of all the tired travelers in whatever concourse you're hiking! Have a great trip!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/14/2014 4:43PM

    I guess I didn't realize you were going on vacation!?!

We too take turns "walking" the airport. On our next trip we have a total of 13 hours of layovers! (yuck) And what about that airport food? I get so stressed and bored I WANT to eat all the junk but I can hardly bear to spend the super-inflated prices. But you have done great, YOU GO GIRL!

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My edited version....

Tuesday, August 12, 2014

I read this on SP a few days ago and it resonated with me. I made some minor changes, and printed it so I can review it each day. SP is such a resource! I am so grateful! GO JUDY!!!

I believe that I can do it.
I am responsible for—and in control of—my destiny, and I am fully committed to getting there. I have a clear vision of how I want to live my life: healthy, vibrant, strong, and active. I strongly believe in the possibility and the permanence of that vision, and I am confident that I am capable of achieving it. Exercise and eating healthy aren'’t things I do when it's convenient; they are what I have decided to do no matter what. I recognize my results are dependent on my own actions—not other people's or outside circumstances.
I am proactive rather than reactive.
I think in advance about how I will eat and exercise during for upcoming day. I always have a “Plan B” so I can stay on track in case something unexpected happens. 

I am disciplined.
Despite not always wanting to do what needs to be done, I do it anyway.  There are plenty of times I don't feel like working out, or taking the time to prepare my meals.  My mind is always focused on my vision. It'’s not about how I feel right now. It'’s about what I want for my future self.
I share my goals and plans.
My friends and family are aware that taking good care of myself and keeping the weight off is a core value of mine. I stand up for myself without apology. 
I am resilient.
When I stumble or fall down, I pick myself up and creatively figure out how to move on. Life throws curveballs all the time, but they aren'’t reasons to throw my healthy habits away. I deal with the reality of the situation and creatively work toward overcoming adversity.
I have self-compassion.
I’m only human and there are times when things don't go as well as I'’d like.  I just do the best I can. When I slip up, I look at it as one individual episode, not a pattern that will lead to disaster. A "lapse" does not mean collapse.

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/12/2014 7:00PM

    This was very helpful and motivating to me. I've been ignoring SparkPeople resources because I spend so much time reading and writing here, but you've made me want to look into some of their articles and maybe watch a video as well. It's better than heading for the refrigerator, isn't it? Have a good day, Judy!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/12/2014 3:37PM

    I read this article too! I have made it a goal to read at least ONE Spark article every day and summarize it in my diet notebook. Great article and every item is really, really true for permanent success! emoticon

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Saturday, August 09, 2014

This really doesn't have much to do with healthy eating. However, financial stress can put one over the edge; to the point that a bag of chips might be in danger of being devoured! If finances drive you nuts, you may be interested in this blog.

A few months ago my son introduced me to YNAB. It's wonderful! It's a budget.... but not like ANY budgeting program I have ever seen before.

YNAB is more like an educational company that happens to sell their software program. The cost is $60. That is the TOTAL cost.... no monthly costs. Get this, it's FREE if you are a college student. There are live webinars and blogs and podcasts that you learn AMAZING things about how to get in TOTAL control of your financial life. You can use it in ANY currency as well. The list of good stuff just goes on and on....

WOW! This is the best thing since sliced bread! And you can try it for 34 days for FREE. There are no upgrade costs either. Pretty amazing!

No, I don't work for YNAB, or any one else. I just love to pass on excellent information. My husband and I refer to each other now as YNABBERS, and we have YNAB "dates" where we sit in on the webinars. We have learned so much, and it has been fantastic for us.... especially since we just got married 2 years ago after we were both widowed. It gets tricky combining two established households!

Anyway, here is the link:

Happy YNABBING Sparksters!

GO JUDY!!! (P.S. I just took a couple of sacks of clothes for donation that were too big.... oh I am doing the happy dance tonight!)

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SAPHRAEL 8/11/2014 5:19PM

    I like using the YNAB concept for nutrition!

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TRAVELGRRL 8/10/2014 12:17PM

    I used to teach Personal Finance at the local community college (before I retired). This would have been a great resource I could have used! But honestly, I've found there's tons of information out there -- on the web, on TV, on the news, it's just a matter of having the WILL to use it.

Getting finances under control is a LOT like weight loss: you have to give up what you want at this moment in order to meet a bigger goal later on!

You go, girl!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/9/2014 11:04PM

    Well, congratulations on donating those clothes, Judy! (As somebody who wants to lose weight, that's what I noticed first!) And thank you for sharing the information about the useful financial tool. I had never heard of that kind of thing and will take a look. And finally, you and your husband sound so happy (and look so happy in that great photo)!

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Funny things that help me

Saturday, August 09, 2014

We all know what works on SP.... track, choose healthy foods (most of the time), track, exercise and least 10 minutes a day, track, check in on SP, track..... did I mention track???? Oh what a difference that accountability makes! It's almost as if it didn't happen if we didn't record it....

There are a few things I really like that help me in my journey to wellness that may not be well know by others. I'm trying to put together my "Letterman's 10 thing list" but I am not making it to 10! FYI: these are not in any particular order.

1) Mouthwash. I really like ACT mouthwash in the fresh mint flavor. You are supposed to not eat or drink anything for 30 minutes after using it. It helps me put the brakes on eating when I don't wanna stop!

2) Wall sitting. I use a sonic care toothbrush that takes 2 minutes to complete the job. While brushing my teeth I "sit on the wall". No chair under me, but you have your back on the wall and your legs form a 90% angle. I couldn't do it for the complete 2 minutes when I started a few months ago, but I can now! Feels good to just "sit around" and get stronger while you have to brush your teeth anyway.

3) Oil pulling. Okay, I'm picky about my teeth.... as this is now the 3rd thing about dental care! Here is information about this:

4) Crio Bru. I LOVE LOVE LOVE this stuff! I should go work for them! It is sky high in antioxidants, kills my appetite, lowers BP, and tastes oh so good. Here is the website:

5) Bountiful Baskets! This is a co-op run by volunteers so that you can get wonderful fruits and vegetables, and a few other things like bread at great prices. It's not all throughout the US, but you can check the website to see if there is a location in your area. You can opt for an organic box, which is my favorite. It's fun to volunteer (about every third pick-up).

That's all I can think of for now! Time to post this blog!

Keep Sparking everyone!



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TRAVELGRRL 8/9/2014 2:13PM

    Wow, great list! LOTS of stuff I never heard of or thought of (wall sitting while brushing!) Imagine all the "helpful hints" we'd have if we ALL worked on our top ten aids to share?? Thanks for the links.

Have you experienced the benefits from the oil pulling? Sorry, that just seems weird to me!

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EMMBEE4 8/9/2014 1:30AM

  I'm going to check all your websites out. Thanks.


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BUTTONPOPPER1 8/9/2014 1:28AM

    What a good, entertaining idea for a blog! I especially like your "wall-sitting" idea. It doesn't require any special equipment (I can use my low-tech toothbrush, right?), and it sounds like good exercise. I'll try it next time I brush or floss my teeth, or maybe while reading recipes. I also pay a lot of attention to dental care, and I agree with you that brushing my teeth or using mouthwash is a good ritual for notifying myself that eating time is over and that it's time to focus my attention away from food. Thanks for this useful blog!

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