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How every thing can change in 48 hours!!

Friday, July 18, 2014

On Wednesday I was complaining about the heat and humidity, This morning I stepped out on the porch and I thought I was in late October!! The air was so crisp that I thought if I yawned the air would make a sound like I bit into a crisp crunchy apple!! I watched a robin pull a worm from the rich good earth seemed to me the morning dew moistened the earth so the worm was very easy to pull out! When the earth is so dry the little robins bob there heads so many times to get the worm out!!
When things are going just right in life my healthy eating and cooking is like the moist earth so easily to obtain, but when the grind of certain situations in life encounter I have a hard time maintaining that healthy life style I to have to pull and tug to be on track!

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FLORIDASUN 8/28/2014 8:43AM

    It is certainly a challenge...but we are determined enough to stay the course...our dear sweet bodies depend on it! emoticon Loved your blog...very appropro! emoticon

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ZANYGIRL1 7/20/2014 11:58AM

    I certainly know how you feel, it's like that for me too. Hang in there, WE CAN DO THIS!!!!! emoticon

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B-LYNN1ST 7/19/2014 1:34PM

    Yeah! It's like that some times. We have to tug and pull and work a little harder at our very own crust just to get to the root of who we are. Some days the work isn't as hard as it seems...it comes with ease, and then we have those days when we keep on chipping away...just to breakthrough. emoticon Keep chipping away.

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REGILIEH 7/18/2014 11:07PM

    That is so true!



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52BINCE 7/18/2014 4:39PM

    I like the crispness of the morning!!!! crispness is a good word. so true how life can be isn't it? I mean the worm analogy.. simple truth and so enlightening..... great blog....

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EILEEN828 7/18/2014 3:59PM

    This is a wonderful analogy and you should make a picture of it to put in your bathroom when you are starting your day to act as a reminder of how and why you came to that conclusion. It's a very personal discovery and worth remembering! emoticon

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AMARILYNH 7/18/2014 12:03PM

    What an absolutely beautiful blog! I found it because one of my SparkFriends commented on it. I saw that comment in my friend feed and was intrigued by your title. I am subscribing to your blogs because you write beautifully! I could so identify with your words - it is also unseasonably cool here in Georgia! One must savor unexpected blessings like this!!

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PROUD-GRANDMA 7/18/2014 11:10AM

    We got this! Nice analogy. I can identify!

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LIS193 7/18/2014 10:47AM

    Enjoy the cooler weather!
Great analogy about pulling out the worm..

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MEXGAL1 7/18/2014 10:35AM

    Nice that the heat wave got broken up and cooler weather came your way.
You can do this. You got this.
Have a great day and week end.

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2BDYNAMIC 7/18/2014 10:02AM

    I hear you .......... But I have to say ........... I love your flair for writing ........ your opening paragraph had me 'right there' with the early Fall (love) & biting into a crisp apple! ............. (It is awfully hot here but to make things worse--the humidity is very high) so woke up w/ a splitting headache this morning ................... Will have to hydrate more ............ I think we need extra when it is hot ................ You have a GREAT Friday, ya hear? .................. and emoticon for commenting on my blog!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/18/2014 9:50AM

    I'm glad you got to enjoy some cool weather!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/18/2014 9:06AM

    Great analogy! It's such a cycle, isn't it? When things are going well, it's much easier to stay on track, and when we stay on track things are much more likely to go well. And unfortunately the opposite is true, too. It's so important to try to create the right conditions for ourselves. Thanks for this insightful blog, and have a really good day.

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TUBLADY 7/18/2014 8:26AM

    You are not alone in this.
It doesn't take 48 hours for life to change , it can happen in a minute, instant.
When our lives are happy, life is good. NO stress. But that down feeling, stress, unhappy , it causes many of us to get off track. Thats when Spark and all I have learned, all my support friends come in to play . We need the support, to overcome the times of stress.
I take a deep breath, try to get to a calming place in my mind and turn the negative into a positive.. Somedays that's not easy.
I 'm sure you'll remember that morning and let it be a calming time for you.
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    It sure seems that way, doesn't it? But is it actually? I know it feels that way, but what really makes it that way?

I've found that when my attention is distracted or I feel a bit unsettled or I'm hanging on to something that is in opposition to my healthy lifestyle that THAT makes it more difficult. And then like the bird we have to work a little more to get that fat, juicy worm out.

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Heavy humidity hangs around like my midriff!!

Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Yesterday morning when I stepped out on my porch in the early morning hours, the humidity sucks in my breath,just like when I do certain exercises that take my breath away, from lack of working out. I duck back in the house to take a gulp of the air conditioned air. Wow that is bad out there I better stay in today so I do not get heat stroke!!
Okay what a lam excuse sounded good to me. I drag my body back to the bedroom yank the socks on tie the shoes & go out to be over come by the heat and humidity. I decide to go the route that has a tree covering like a huge umbrella. I have to walk in the sun at first to get there, oh gosh I made it . Along the way I hear the early morning birds singing cheerily to me, I hear a splash in the water from a fish jumping mid air to catch his morning meal. I hear the sounds of a motor boat going down to catch their evening supper. Mr. woody wood pecker is drilling in the tree for his morning meal. A grasshopper munching away. An airplane over head no doubt taking someone to an exotic island, gee wish I was up their with my luggage packed to catch the breeze from an island!! The smells from the forest have that sweet earthly smell!!
My mind wonders all over the place as I go about my walk, and before you know it I am back at home, standing under the shower with eyes closed pretending the water that is cascading down my body is a waterfall at an exotic island. For some reason I do not feel as plump as I did when I started out!
It is amazing how we can talk our selves into doing something we did not want to do, but feeling oh so good when we accomplish it!!!

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LIS193 7/16/2014 12:15PM

    emoticon getting out there and having a lovely walk. Love how your mind wanders :)

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MEXGAL1 7/16/2014 10:13AM

    So proud of you for just doing it. I know the humidity can be so debilitating. I remember it well. I remember growing up without air conditioning(only rich people had it back then). I remember not being able to sleep as it was so hot. That is one thing I am so very thankful for living where I live as we have not humidity.

But good for you to get it done. And yes, what a great feeling it is to do it even when you don't want to.
Have a terrific day

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/16/2014 8:35AM

    Great blog (I voted for it).

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REGILIEH 7/16/2014 7:20AM

    So true!!!

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BUTTONPOPPER1 7/16/2014 4:32AM

    I really liked this blog, which led me to some of your earlier ones. I liked them, too, especially "Why can we stick to the wrong habits so easily, but not the good ones HELP!!!!" where you were comparing yourself to your cousin and wishing you could be good all the time like her instead of doing well only for limited times. I have the same problem! Why do we avoid success? That's such a good question. Anyway, just wanted to say that your blogs are just really ALIVE and you have a lot of PERSONALITY. I look forward to reading more. Thank you!

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What 2 days can make you feel like compared to last week!!

Monday, July 14, 2014

Okay I know it is summer time the picnics , & family reunions. Saturday went to an awesome bistro with the most healthiest food made from all fresh food and herbs. felt so good after that meal not bloated just comfortable. THEN I went to the dessert counter and took home 1 large cookie & 6 small ones wrapped in some sort of nuts. I thought I would stretch them out for a week, I ate them all that night with a tall glass of ice cold milk!!
Then Sunday the family reunion, yes I over did it!!
Let me tell you how my insides felt, I became very tired, I felt bloated, my mind was wrestling with myself,compared to last week when my food I ate was so healthy and not having this awful feeling. An over abundance of carb's & sugar wrecked havoc out of me. You know what I would have done before, I would have been mad at my self and got up today and still would have ate unhealthy, because I would feel bad for what I did , and throw in the towel as they say.
This morning NO WAY took the negatives emoticon and I am giving it another shot to develope emoticon a more clearee picture of my eating habits!!

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MEXGAL1 7/14/2014 6:17PM

    Good for you not to give in and give up! That is the world we live in. for sure I would be slipping more if it weren't for my autoimmune and not being able to eat so many things. My big splurge now is eating a banana with toasted coconut (unsweetened). but normally my meals are so big that they hold me over and since I don't eat sugar and many things I don't crave them. we just don't keep anything in the house at all that might temp us. My DH is even getting so good about not buying any junk....woo hoo.

But wonderful to hear about your new attitude.
Have a great evening.
Thanks again for all you on going support.

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LIS193 7/14/2014 12:51PM

    great attitude!

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    This happens. Especially when an emotional gathering such as a reunion is coming up. Perhaps next time you'll turn down the temptation and face the emotion.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/14/2014 11:14AM

    It's smart how yo have figured out how eating sugar and refined carbs makes you feel so bad. emoticon

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SPATTEN2001 7/14/2014 10:12AM

    We learn as we go along this healthy weight loss journey ... not giving up is the key ingredient! There will be pitfalls along the route, but just climb right back on the right path and you will accomplish your goals!

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A camera, negatives & developing regarding your attitude about your weight

Sunday, July 06, 2014

Life is like a camera focus on what is important ,capture the good times Develop from the negatives and if things do not work out just take another shot emoticon
I had gone to another family picnic yesterday after work, and you already know what I devoured with out naming any one food item!! I felt like a total over sized blimp arriving home. I sat in my recliner having the gall to feel sorry for myself when no one at the party pried my mouth opened and shoveled the food in like a locomotive needing steam to keep on chugging along.
I woke up this morning , still feeling like an over stuffed Thanksgiving dinner from the abundance of food I ate on Saturday, I went on my sparks and read the message Barbiee52 posted on my page regarding the camera. I just had to post what she sent me , something clicked in my brain, ( thanks so much Barb ) I carry a camera with me where ever I go ,never relating it to my soulful self when feeling down about my weight and wanting to give up. Did someone ever give you that ahhh moment !!
I have to work today,and knowing I had to eat something to fuel my body it was a small healthy breakfast. I work 5 hours today with no lunch , I would have come home and ate big ,because I would be so hungry. I am taking some protein in today for a snack instead of eating nothing, I would have never had breakfast because of the way I feel, but I am giving it another shot! Thanks to Barb for making me see the negative and developing it into another shot emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/7/2014 1:37PM

    Well said!

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MEXGAL1 7/7/2014 10:34AM

    Totally agree.

You asked a bunch of questions on my blog...let me see if I can answer. Our village has places to buy clothes that are very Mexican. We also have a second hand shop as well that sometimes has something I like but I don't go there much. I have a ton of clothes in all sizes that I need to go through and get rid of...not sure why I hand on to them. we also have several really nice malls about an hour from home that if I wanted to could go shopping in them and they have all the designers and such but that's not my thing either. I buy most of my clothes when I am up north visiting the kids. I am a thrift shopper and like deals. I also order things on line.
So hope that answers your question.
Have a terrific day

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ZANYGIRL1 7/6/2014 9:31PM

    I've heard this one before (about the camera) and I totally agree!! Hope it gets you going on the right path, Judy!! emoticon

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BARBIEE52 7/6/2014 12:41PM

    Thank you, Judy..I am so glad that my message has helped you..that makes it so worthwhile for me. So many have helped me in the last 2 years, and being able to help someone else is my way of thanking all the ones who helped me. I am so glad I was able to help, and make a small difference in your life!!
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 7/6/2014 12:21PM

    I hope it works out for you. I hate that feeling of being stuffed from eating too much.

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LIS193 7/6/2014 11:36AM

    Great analogy!

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MRSJERRYBUSH 7/6/2014 10:14AM

    Love this advice! Looking for my camera!

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Why can we stick to the wrong habits so easily , but not the good ones HELP!!!!

Saturday, July 05, 2014

Every single time I am on a roll I feel within the very depth of my soul I am going to conquer, I am so on the game. I know I am not the only one, I have read the same thing over and over from others " I am starting over" I have said that myself a zillion times. What is with some of us. I once thought in a fleeting moment," gee if I do this what happens if I can not maintain it, so what is the use " I thought am I afraid of failure once I get there, of back sliding? I only thought that for a few seconds,but is that what is really holding me back?Then I have an awesome cousin Tammy that is out there every day eating clean, and working out, plus running races, she works full time has a family,but still does it.
I feel so super when I am working out, and eating so very very healthy then all of a sudden I stop like a bolt of lightning struck me, sure I let fleeting moments crop in my brain and say get back up, but bam a clap of thunder in my brain knocks me unsteady . Then after so much time passes I waddle up like duck and get going once again, until I am down again. I am sick of starting over, I want to be that person that can eat healthy and work out not just for a few weeks,but all the time. I know it is not realistic to have that 365 days a year , but if I do slip I want to be right back instead of lingering and struggling for days or weeks to get back!

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EILEEN828 7/6/2014 2:01PM

    I find myself doing the exact same thing. I think the answer is not that you are failing but that you are learning to ride the ebb and flows of changing your life style habits. Rejoice that you are able to still have the desire to keep moving forward. Review carefully for what you feel were triggers and trip ups that put you in this position. Is it something you've already identified? Figure out a way to break that "thing" into its components. There is some part that maybe you've not fully addressed yet. There is always going to be these "things" coming up to challenge you, find or focus on what will or did get you past this present time. Remember to phrase it in your mind as a reward for your self not as a chore. Trying, "starting over" IS doing it. It absolutely counts!

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 7/5/2014 8:44PM

    Don't beat yourself up over the things you can not change or redo. Just do the very best you can each day. That's all you can do!!! Keep pushing into the unknown...
Each of us have had days that weren't the best. Just get right back on track and keep moving forward. YOU CAN DO IT!!!
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LIS193 7/5/2014 11:56AM

    Great blog!
We all have days that are not so great and it is soooo easy to slip back into old (not so good) habits. The trick is to get back with routines and do what make you feel good and gets you to your goals.
There are mornings I am too lazy to do a yoga session but the mornings I do one I feel so good afterwards!

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MEXGAL1 7/5/2014 10:33AM

    Can you say "I only human". Human behavior loves to do what is easy. Developing routines that are good for us takes time and effort. It isn't easy. I still say that you have to remember how great you feel after a work out. It's hard when you are tired and don't feel like it. I sit here typing and since I didn't sleep well last night I am having fleeting thoughts of not doing my 4 miles today with the doggies, but then I told myself that I have nothing on my agenda today accept visiting FIL so I will just get out there and get it done and if I want to rest this afternoon I have earned it!

As far as clean eating goes I still believe that process food is additive and has no nutritional value so you crave more. The book I read Salt Sugar and Fat how the food giants hook us really put things in perspective for me. They definitely try and hook us. Once you totally get off those things you will crave the good stuff.

You got this and can do it. There will always be bumps in the road but they get fewer and fewer.
Have a great Saturday.

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FLORIDASUN 7/5/2014 8:41AM

    I really HEAR you on this one my sweet friend! We are all creatures of habit and we all like our comfort zone. It's just EASIER to not exercise and EASIER to grab convenience foods that are so processed they really aren't even entitled to call themselves food anymore.

Lots of the problem with backsliding on food choices is that the big foodies have actually put chemicals into the foods that make us crave MORE! Especially with aspartame and artificial sweeteners. You really have to do some super sleuthing for yourself to realize the poisons that you are ingesting.

And what does our poor body do with so called food it can't recognize...it says...WHAT IS THIS CRAP...I DUNNO so I'll just STORE it as FAT until I can deal with it later.

Of course we know later never comes and we just keep accumulating more and more FAT because our body has no other resource.

You can also just keep the CRAP out of the house. If you don't have it you can't eat it right? emoticon

Now about the exercise...I have STILL to crack that code! All I can suggest is do something you really enjoy that keeps your body moving and once you get hooked on the endorphins you'll stick with it...or at least that's MY plan.

Sometimes it works...sometimes it doesn't.

Mostly if I just DO it as Nike says...without allowing my mind to talk me out of it..it gets done bright and early and my Teddy Bear team keeps me accountable. emoticon emoticon

Know that I'm CHEERING you on dear friend...I KNOW you can do this...for YOU...because you SO deserve it! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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LIVIN4LISH 7/5/2014 8:38AM

    You're right, we all go through it, and if you had an answer, you'd be rich! I often think it's my internal monologue telling me I don't deserve it; don't deserve to take the time to workout, the attention I might get when I do lose, the way I feel when I am eating well and living the healthy life. I know that's a crock, and then when I sit back and really analyze, just an excuse.
My husband, like your cousin, is one of those people...In the 20+ years I've known him, he has never changed sizes. His approach is moderation. He works out daily, but not like a crazy person, he eats well, but still has snacks. Granted, he does have the metabolism of a nicely muscled man, but he is now 55, and, let's face it, his metabolism is slowing, too.
The important thing is, you're here, you're trying again for the zillionth time (like me), and perhaps this time will be the one. The time you will lose it AND maintain it! emoticon emoticon

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Judy, you answered your own (and many other's) question/dilemma. I got to the same point many times myself. There's no further answer. Fear of Love/success is THE answer. To put it in other words:

We are use to our old routine/self/reality. Our initial heart-felt push to a better us gets us so far because we are so focused. But when the sheit hits the fan we roll up in a fetal position. Your cousin is no different BTW. Her issue is in a different arena that's all.

So, what I've found that I need to do is be so firmly planted in my convictions that I can beat this horrible hold I have on the old-me, that I continue on. What helps me, even if it sounds childish, is to simply look at all that crap that comes up when I'm walking my path. Then....SMILE! emoticon and continue to walk on the path towards goal.

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    Great blog! Boy, do I understand what you are talking about.

I have no idea why some people are able to stick to something healthy for so long and others are not. For the most part, I've always had a lot of difficulty sticking to a healthy habit. Getting cancer has given me a lot of motivation to eat healthier and I've been able to stick to that for the last 9 months. It's been a lot harder to maintain a healthy exercise routine. One thing that has helped me a lot in that area over the years is having an exercise buddy. When I have one, I'm so much more consistent with my exercise.

Now that I write this, I see that some of my motivation in internal (fear of cancer recurring) and some of it is external (my exercise buddy). I believe it doesn't really matter what the motivation is as long as it gets us to have healhier habits.

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