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It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!

Sunday, October 04, 2009



The Charles Schultz classic, It's the Great Pumpkin Charlie Brown!, is my absolute favorite part of the season. When the kids were growing up we would carve pumpkins and watch this show. I admit I still do it, even though there are no kids carving with me anymore. And because this show is so beloved to me, I thought I would share with you what the show says to me.

It's not about trick or treats, candy, bobbing for apples, or even the
Great Pumpkin himself.......it says something else to me.

It's about two boys who are different than the rest. And from our vantage point, no one really knows why Charlie isn't accepted. Is it the fact that he is a bald little kid who is super sensitive to the fact that he's different? Is it that he seems older and wiser than his years and his friends know it? Is it that everything he does never seems to turn out the way he imagined? Or is it some mysterious back story that hasn't been revealed to us.

Then there is Linus, who follows the beat of his own drum. He doesn't care what others think of him. He will carry a blanket if he wants, he will suck his thumb if he wants and the most important of all.....he can justify it to you. Have you seen him use that blanket as a weapon???? And he has a magnetic charm that can pull people in.

So there are our heroes.....this story really lies with Linus, and his blind FAITH. The faith of a child as some would say. For some reason, he believes in the Great Pumpkin and what he does to reward good children....sitting in a sincere pumpkin patch mind you... Who told him that??? Don't you want to know?

His faith is contagious, and next thing you know, a little doe eyed girl has fallen under his spell and given up everything she believed in, because she got wrapped up in his faith.

Now fast forward a little......how bad did you feel for them when their faith failed them?

Compare this with every diet you have ever tried and failed........you get sucked in by someone elses faith and exuberance. Miracle cures, miracle pills, miracle operations, never feel hungry again, easiest exercise you will ever do and still lose all the weight. I think you know what I'm talking about.....we all have our stories. And we have the faith of a child that it is going to happen for us that same way. We wait like Linus....giddy with excitement....in anticipation. We are going to be perfect in the morning.....Perfect body,.....perfect habits.....perfect lifestyle!

How devastating when we discover that there is no quick fix. That it doesn't happen overnight, that it isn't easy, or that it just doesn't work at all. Maybe that is why Charlie is the eternal pessimist. He already learned that lesson. And I have too. Except I am more like Linus.....I have the faith of a child.... the faith that I am going to do this....

I know it won't be easy....so while I sit in this pumpkin patch....I'll drink my water...eat right....exercise and patiently await my reward from the GREAT PUMPKIN! Happy Halloween!

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MAINLADY 10/6/2009 12:09PM

    Great blog....thanks.



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ID_VANDAL 10/6/2009 7:04AM

    Hey there Keri - I thought I made a great post but I must have hit a bad key. Oh well - now you'll never know just how brilliant the post was emoticon

and neither will I frankly but I did love your blog. You really write well and I always enjoy what you have to say.

Take care!

Vandal

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LUCKYDUCK2 10/6/2009 2:15AM

    Wonderful! Thanks for sharing your thoughts with us here.

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BUDDY_LOVE 10/5/2009 10:08AM

    What a great blog! and there you are...sucking me into your faith that I can actually complete this journey in weight loss!!!

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DEEGIRL50 10/5/2009 5:46AM

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I'll keep you company in the pumpkin patch!

Great blog!!

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POSITIVELY_EB 10/5/2009 12:25AM

    You are amazing, my dear! Great blog! And I love Charlie Brown, too!!

Hugs! Beverly

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BLAZINGPHOENIX 10/4/2009 10:05PM

    I love that cartoon as well. We don't have kids yet but we still have jack-o-lanterns!
Lorraine

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Practice, Practice, Practice

Thursday, October 01, 2009



I really believe that losing weight is a behavior issue. If we can't change our behaviors there is no way we will be successful at weight loss. That being said....how many people believe that they can and should change all of their bad behaviors overnight?? No exceptions?????

No wonder there is large degree of failures with dieting. It's like asking a child to paint a perfect Mona Lisa....mostly it's just not going to happen. Don't get me wrong there are those rare individuals that can go GOLD on the first try! I just know that I and millions like me do not have that gene.

We do have the power to control things in our life. Sometimes we have to start with the small things....drinking water.....introducing fruit and veggies to the menu....taking walks. So we practice......then we add to our new skill....and practice again. A five minute walk ....becomes a ten minute walk.....becomes one mile......becomes five. Practice .........Practice........Practice.......
building skills...gathering new behaviors.....achieving success. Next thing you know, you start achieving goals.

It doesn't have to happen all at once.....one step at a time....one success at a time. But only if you practice.....practice....practice.

  
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POSITIVELY_EB 10/3/2009 2:19PM

    Awesome, awesome blog! One of the best I've read! I'm with you on the practicing! As long as we don't quit, we haven't failed!!!

Hugs! Beverly

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NANCY- 10/2/2009 10:27AM

    Those small changes do add up. Keep practicing!!!
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ID_VANDAL 10/1/2009 6:37PM

    Very well said KO! Everything - both good and bad are usually the result of practice. Going home and sitting down to watch TV every night reinforces that behavior or going to the gym after work - reinforces that behavior.

We need to make a conscious choice (hopefully a good one) of what we are going to practice and then do it over and over again and again.

You are spot on!!

Vandal

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TLSPEARS1 10/1/2009 6:00PM

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You are so right! Good luck with making small changes for the better.

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That's an episode take.....two......

Wednesday, September 30, 2009



If you haven't read episode one, you might want to back up so you get the entire picture.

So I told you about Friday night and my lack of dinner evening. Well, my Saturday made it even more comical.

On Friday afternoon, my boss told me that he and his wife had been part of a fundraiser where they donated a ride on our train along with a meal from Dells to Sioux Falls. He wanted to know if DH and I would like to ride the train back to Dells from Sioux Falls afterward. There would be leftovers and some other co-workers and their spouses. We would meet in Dells at 8 p.m. get in a limo, go to Sioux Falls and wait for the train. I said, "We are in!"

I have taken short trips on the locomotives before while they were doing switching but I've never had a trip on the train in the dining car. So we boarded the limo with 3 other couples and headed to Sioux Falls. We had two bottles of Champagne on the trip. Good stuff.

Now the part that makes this an episode is that I didn't know what to expect for food so DH and I didn't eat anything before. And all my boss said was leftovers.............

When the train pulled into Sioux Falls; all of the guests piled out. Then the 4 couples got on the caboose. We prepared for the trip back and even stopped on the falls. We got to get out on the bridge for awhile and admire the scenery. I had never been there in the dark before. It was amazing and beautiful.

Then we reloaded and headed towards Dells. Well .......let me tell you that leftovers consisted of some nuts, and tomato and cheese on a stick, and alcohol! Not exactly what we had hoped for. Needless to say, we went hungry!

But we stood of the back of the caboose on the way back. We couldn't see much in the dark but we went through our town along the way and enjoyed some of the scenery. It was a fun experience.

When I got home at 11:30, I had a bowl of cereal and went to bed! What a weekend of fine cuisine!!!!!!

  
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NANCY- 10/1/2009 11:38AM

    Oh my! Your episodes make a good case for eating at home. LOL

You do have a great attitude.
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ID_VANDAL 10/1/2009 7:56AM

    Too funny!! Remind me never to go out to dinner with you - oh wait maybe I SHOULD go out with you.

Love your sense of humor about the whole thing. You just made my day a little brighter!!

Take care!

Vandal

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MAMASUE12244 9/30/2009 10:58PM

    Hey...a ride on the train ...in the dark...under the stars..with DH??
Sounds like a mighty fine night to me..even if you didn't get to eat!! emoticon

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LUCKYDUCK2 9/30/2009 8:40PM

    Oh wow. Your boss and I sure have a different definition of "meal" or the previous guests were REALLY hungry and left none. Yep, that is another episode for sure. Two days in a row.

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That's an episode......

Saturday, September 26, 2009



The owners of the company I work for probably have seen too much Seinfeld. I work for a mining company and anytime something strange or funny happens they say, "That's an episode." And we laugh and talk about how we should write all this stuff down and make a TV show about it. Well, let me tell you....last night was an episode.

We decided to go out for dinner and my hubby wanted to go to our favorite mexican restaurant. We have been going there for 20 years. It was the place we went on one of first dates. We LOVE the food. I absolutely love the chimis.

I decided to be good and ordered the chicken fajitas. I figured I would eat the chicken and veggies and life would be good. So my hubby orders the chimi.

The first thing I noticed when our food was brought to the table was that the pan wasn't sizzling......who ever hears of fajitas that don't sizzle when brought to your table??? Let's just say I could hold the frying pan in my hand. The chicken was cold as were the veggies. Meanwhile DH was enjoying his chimi with sour cream, cheese.....well you get the picture. I probably would have been drooling had I not been a little upset by the fact that the waitress never returned to the table. I couldn't eat it.....no way!

We live in a small town and we went into the city for dinner. My hubby is an electrical contractor and right in the middle of his enjoying his meal he gets a call. It's homecoming in our small town and the lights just went out at the football game. Would he come and fix them?

So here we are......gotta go......he's just about done eating.....I haven't touched my frozen meal(okay...I'm getting just a little melodramatic!!) and our waitress is no where to be seen. So I told my hubby I would just get a to-go box and fix it at home. Well we flagged down the waitress and she insisted on taking it back to the kitchen, which she did and it didn't come back any better. According to her, the manager was on vacation and the cook couldn't be bothered to get off the phone!

So DH has to go...and no waitress again.....I finally flag her down and explain we just need our ticket. She doesn't charge us for my meal and I decided not to take it with us.

So that is the first time I have ever gone out to eat and then came home and made a sandwich!

Now....there must be a morale to the story right? I figured that if I would have been naughty...I would of had a great chimi and been on my way. Nah....even if I believed that...okay maybe I did for a minute....I know my body was much happier with the sandwich I got. At the end of day, I still proved to myself that I can go out and eat healthy.....hee hee.

Now that's an episode!

  
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LOOPYSUSIE 9/30/2009 8:32PM

    I am really proud of you. Good job! I hope that when my day comes I have the strength to eat a sandwich too.


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AMBERROGUE 9/28/2009 3:13PM

    emoticon That's a BIG accomplishment! GO YOU!!!

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POSITIVELY_EB 9/27/2009 12:45AM

    WOW! What an episode!! Can I have a re-run, please!!! LOL!

Hugs! Beverly

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BOBBI1968 9/26/2009 9:50PM

    Definitely an espisode - sorry you had such a sad restaurant experience!

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DEEGIRL50 9/26/2009 9:09PM

    "That's an episode!" That's a new one to me!! You've started a new trend. Watch for it to be appearing on the threads every where!!
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Love your attitude!!

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KING*GET*FIT 9/26/2009 7:52PM

    you have a great attitude. We live in a small town and our restraunt service suffers too. We have found a few that we will go to now but not many. The way we look at it is that it saves us money and we eat healthier at home anyway.

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ID_VANDAL 9/26/2009 7:38PM

    That is an episode. Well written and you probably should get an award from Sparkpeople for consuming the fewest calories while eating out.

As DRPOOH63 says it probably is worth mentioning to the manager. I'm sure the restaurant doesn't want to lose customers they've had for 20 years!! Both the cook and waitress need some "attention" paid to them.

Vandal

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PS - I'm going to steal that "that's an episode" It reminded me that my old college professor gave our class some great advice and I've used it many times over the years. When you are facing something that you can't get your hands around - write it up as a case problem and then solve the case as if you were a disinterested third party.

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BIRDRIPLEY 9/26/2009 5:57PM

    Everything happens 4 a reason.

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DRPOOH63 9/26/2009 5:43PM

    That is an episode..... Definately worth sending to the manager

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Forward only......reverse has been disengaged for good. And I like it!

Tuesday, September 22, 2009

I have been challenged to write about a habit I have changed for the better since starting Spark People. I don't know about any specific habits but I have made some changes.

I read a lot more about dieting, exercise, wellness than ever before. I have purchased some good books and yes.......I actually read them. I'm trying to find the best thing for me. I'm not looking for shortcuts or easy fixes (I admit.....I would take them, if available!) but I want something that will stay long term.

I avoid deep fat fried foods. Not only are they bad for weight; they don't help my IBS at all! I am also very mindful of what I put in my mouth and why. I leave a lot more food behind now. I use leftovers for lunches and we have never been a household to keep leftovers. I find that if I spend time think about why I'm eating......I eat less and I'm fulfilled sooner.

The part I struggle with is the exercise. Making that a habit has not been easy. I know I will find a method that will work for me, I just haven't yet. I'll keep reading and trying things. Though it will sound like an excuse.....my body puts limitations on me and I haven't found acceptable modifications yet. But I will......

I refuse to put this moving car in reverse; it's forward only, baby! I WILL reach my destination. Just watch.........

  
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POSITIVELY_EB 9/22/2009 11:58PM

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ID_VANDAL 9/22/2009 2:55PM

    I love that analogy - "... it's forward only, baby!" You've really got it goin on for you.

Give yourself credit for the many habits you have changed - especially the thought process. Lots of us have been told the secret is "eat right and exercise" but as you know there is a lot to "just eating right" like the no fried food, and spending the time to think about what you are eating and why. YOU HAVE COME A LONG WAY so congradulations.

I'm sure you'll conquer the exercise with the positive approach you have going for you.

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Keep on kickin @ss!

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