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Tuesday, August 10, 2010

Head's up this has nothing to do with diet or exercise just strictly venting.

My printer stopped working yesterday which screwed up my entire day. I have something called IYOGI which is basically a service that I can click when something goes wrong with my printer or any of my computers. I have the service on all 4 computers. I was going to go out and get a new computer, but then it dawned on me that this started after I ran the PC Optimizer that they put on my computer. So, before spending more money on a new printer-not that this one is great since the wireless card no longer works, but it was a very expensive all in one- I decided to call IYOGI.

I've learned to do WIO while they are fixing things because it generally takes them 45 - 60 minutes so it keeps me moving. Lately, I have not been thrilled with IYOGI-not because they can't fix the stuff-they always do. They couldn't fix the wireless issue with the printer, but they have fixed all the other problems I have had. But, now they start with the hard sell of upgrading all of my computers now and that way I'll save $$ by not waiting because they will only give me a special deal today!

While the tech was working on my computer. Ironically, IYOGI support called to get my opinion of their service. I told the person who called that I was seriously sick to death of this if you upgrade now we'll give you this deal otherwise it will cost you so much more if you wait. I said you know what, I have 4 computers I have paid for. I have recommended you to a lot of people and if you want to keep playing this game with me, not only will I not renew any of my computers, but I will stop recommending you!

With that, he said thank you very much for your feedback and hung up. So, this guy who is working on my computer fixes the problem. The Printer is working again emoticon. I say thank you very much have a good one etc. He says wait let me tell you one thing. Then proceeds to give me the once in a lifetime offer I've gotten 4 times already. I clicked him off. He then tried to call. I didn't answer the phone. I tried to call them to tell them I would not deal with the hard sell. I couldn't get through. I don't usually call. When I need help, I just click a button on my computer. I know they will still give me the same deal when the next one to expire expires as they don't want to lose 4 payments.

They actually are a much better price than anything out there because they cover everything. Software, hardware, antivirus, printers, digital cameras, etc. I just wish they hadn't turned into used car salesmen.

Done Venting. Thanks for listening emoticon

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KNITTABLES 8/12/2010 2:03AM

    Glad you didn't have to buy a new printer. I hate car sellsman type people. I used to be one and I hated doing it. I hope you have no more problems with the computer sytems. Glad you've vented, do you feel better now. I hope so. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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4-1HEALTHYCYNDI 8/11/2010 2:01PM

    Glad you didn't have to buy a new printer. Everyone is feeling the pinch in the economy and the sales pitches are getting more frequent and aggressive as a result.

Hope you are having a great summer!

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DERTREFFER 8/11/2010 6:59AM

    I hate that kind of hard sell stuff too! The satellite radio company is CONSTANTLY calling me . . . even tough I have asked them to stop! It is unfortunately a part of modern life.

I'm glad that you were able to vent! I hope you feel better!


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IMJUSTDUCKIE 8/10/2010 5:47PM

I'm glad you got it all out of your system! emoticon

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GRACEOMALLEY 8/10/2010 5:34PM

    Good for you, Lady! Like you, I stop them short in the spiel and tell them that while I understand this is part of their job, if they want to continue having me as a customer they better stop the sales pitch right now or I am hanging up/walking out/whatever. I applaud you for not getting sucked into the vortex. emoticon

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KATHLEENS1964 8/10/2010 4:00PM

    I can't STAND that hard-sell crap! I feel your pain! Good for you on giving them a piece of your mind!

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TKAYSMILES 8/10/2010 3:51PM

    Well glad they got it fixed!!!

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GRAMPIAN 8/10/2010 3:41PM

  Hope you don't have any more problems. emoticon

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GESHANNON 8/10/2010 3:31PM

    It's good to vent to just get out what is bothering you!

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Did Something Good...

Monday, August 09, 2010

Without even knowing it. We bought our house 17 years ago before my son was born. We have an ok sized kitchen. It is big enough to put a small round table in. When my kids were small, the table was plenty big to put everything on it. Now, my son is 5'8 and is about 180 lbs and my daughter is 5'5 and 102 lbs. Obviously, Brian and I are not small either.

We have gotten to the point that we can't fit everything on the table. So, each night, Brian sets dinner up sort of buffet style. Each person grabs a plate and goes to the counter and the stove and gets what they want. The only extra thing we put on the table are condiments. If my daughter can sneak chips on there she will lol. Also, if my husband makes a sauce or warm bread we will put that on the table, but everything else, each person has to get up and serve themselves.

We talked about getting a bigger table until I read an article here on SP that said that people having to get up to get more food will actually leave them eating less. I started thinking about it and realized it was true. Very seldom do I see anyone go back for seconds. They will, however, finish whatever is on the table like the bread or, lately, I've been putting carrot puds on the table and those get finished because reaching and grabbing is easier and less work than getting up from the table to get more food.

I find it interesting that some times you can do something good and not even realize it. Now, if I could get the kids to take their plates off the table and put them into the dishwasher, I would be doing really good. emoticon

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SNOWFILLY 8/10/2010 7:43AM

    Great idea!! Thanks.

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DARINGR8LY 8/9/2010 8:59PM

    Blessings are all around us. I always find it so amusing when I find a new one that's been right under my nose.

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ELIZ181 8/9/2010 4:48PM

    I don't have a table just a bar area in my kitchen (I do have a dining room table) so when we eat there that is what we have to do also. As for the dishes I taught my girls when they were around three that they had to bus their dishes. That was the best advise anyone ever gave me.

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KNITTABLES 8/9/2010 1:45PM

    Thanks for sharing, I never thought of that but it is true. We do eat less.

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/9/2010 12:58PM

    good thought!

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BEACHGIRLKIM 8/9/2010 12:26PM

    Thanks for sharing. I too have a small table. I guess I'll tell everyone to go fill up there own plates and maybe they won't eat me out of the house anymore... LOL.

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WALKERSSS 8/9/2010 12:16PM

    So true. Time spent with the family eating dinner together is a blessing. Have a great day.

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COOLEYFAM 8/9/2010 12:04PM

    That is a great idea! Thank you.

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Saturday, August 07, 2010

The emoticonis out of my vocabulary for now. But, I do realize that I have accomplished many non emoticon victories.
1. 2 months of eating breakfast every day emoticon
2. Becoming involved in this community and sticking to it everyday
3. I haven't missed a day of some form of exercise in 4 weeks usually 60 + minutes
4. I drink my water every day emoticon
5. I am taking care of getting my horse ready, training him and bathing him myself instead of paying someone else to do it--heck of a savings!
6. I take my vitamins every day and never miss
7. I have gotten out of the old habit of laying in bed until 11 each morning. Now, I get up, get my breakfast and do my first workout
8. Most days I exercise throughout the day
9. I have stopped feeling sorry for myself and started educating myself on Colitis
10. I am proud of me emoticon

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TKAYSMILES 8/10/2010 12:30PM

    Great Job Nina!!!

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SARALEIGHM 8/10/2010 8:24AM

    emoticon These are all important things that help ensure your success!

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TRABOLD8567 8/8/2010 10:42AM

  Celebrate the NSV's!!

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SNOWFILLY 8/8/2010 8:55AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Keep up the great work!!

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ROOT4HOME 8/7/2010 10:38PM

    You're doing AWESOME!! emoticon

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LYNNANN43 8/7/2010 9:20PM

    emoticon NSV's!!!


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KNITTABLES 8/7/2010 9:04PM

    I am proud of you too. Congrats on your achievments, Keep up the great work. emoticon

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LIMASTAR 8/7/2010 8:48PM

  Congrats on your accomplishments.

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MOMMA48 8/7/2010 8:13PM

    emoticon That's fantastic progress to me and you're doing awesome! Super congrats, my friend!

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ELIZ181 8/7/2010 8:05PM

    Congrats that's the attitude to have. It is the small accomplishments that will get you moving foward, one step at a time.

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    Good for you. There's so much more than the number on the scale. Congrats. pam

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LOVELY_ENIGMA 8/7/2010 7:42PM

    Non-scale victories are just as important as the scale ones, in my book. The better you feel about how you're doing, the better you'll do.

Keep up the good work!! emoticon

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Emotional Eating the overeaters Smoking

Thursday, August 05, 2010

A few days ago, I wrote about how I used Allen's Carr's words to quit smoking. I quit January 1, 2010 . He kept reiterating the same words that rang in my head- "Will that cigarette make the problems go away?" Of course the smoking didn't make the problems go away. Then I used that same motto to get myself to keep exercising, "Will not exercising solve my problems?" The answer, of course, is no.

Then I got to thinking that this exact motto should be applied to emotional eating. In my mind, emotional eating is not much different from smoking. It is something we do because we are stressed about something which is the reason most people give for smoking. "I was upset and had to have a cigarette." Of course, the cigarette didn't make the stress go away; it just gave an excuse to smoke...

But, I digress, as I think about emotional eating, which I have never been a huge one to do, I grabbed the smokes instead, I have the same thought. People reach for the ice cream or the chocolate or whatever you flavor of choice may be because they are stressed. Then the question should enter your head, "Will eating the Peanut M&M's make the stress go away? Do you really feel better after you have eaten it?" Your answer is probably no. You probably feel worse because now you have the "guilt" of what you ate to lay on top of the original problem. Then follows the, "I blew it so I might as well just keep eating." It becomes a vicious circle.

So the next time you are upset and reach for the refrigerator door, ask yourself, "Is eating this really going to solve my problem or is the problem still going to be there when I am done?" I bet you can close that refrigerator.

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KATHLEENS1964 8/6/2010 11:20AM

    Great blog, and too true! I have been all too familiar with the "bad day, eat your troubles away" syndrome. Your blog gave me "food for thought" haha!

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TRABOLD8567 8/6/2010 11:02AM

  Great blog. Thank you

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SNOWFILLY 8/6/2010 8:02AM

    Congrats on the no smoking!!!! Great blog. Thank you.

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TKAYSMILES 8/5/2010 5:15PM

    I have used his words on my eating journey as well. I think it is all applicable as an addiction. Great job on your non smoking Nina!!

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KNITTABLES 8/5/2010 12:23PM

    GReat blog and great mantra. I will use it. I am an exsmoker. I quite over 8 years ago on my Brithday. Now I knit instead. Have a great day and thanks for sharing.

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    great thought. I've never smoked, but sure have reached for the sweets. And no, I didn't feel better after( jsut worse because of guilt or eating too much.) Pam

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/5/2010 11:54AM

    great observation!

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CARPENSM 8/5/2010 11:06AM

    Good blog and good observation. As an ex smoker I always found that going for a smoke helped me to cope with those "man I need a smoke" moments...but what helped me was the realization that the cigarette didn't help my stress...what helped was going outside and taking 10 min to breathe and get away. So now when I'm stressed about something (or wanting to Emotionally Eat my way out of a problem) I go outside or to the washroom or wherever to just get away for 5-10 min and find its just as effecive as having a smoke break used to be!

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LASARRE 8/5/2010 10:37AM

    He may have the easy way to lose weight, but I have never found an easy way to lose weight lol.

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BEACHGIRLKIM 8/5/2010 10:30AM

    I too read Allen Carr's book and I quit smoking on June 18, 2010! I love my smoke free life now and am applying what I learned to this journey as well! Sometimes I allow myself the emotional eating, just to keep my quit! It's ok for now, the scale is still in my favor.

emoticon on your quit! Did you know that he has a book on the Easyweigh to lose weight? I haven't read it yet!

Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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MOV4WARD 8/5/2010 10:28AM

    emoticonCongrats on quitting! Sparktacular!!!

Well said! I had the same thought when I was quitting... we essentially have to relearn how to live all activities/emotions of life without the sickerettes, and it takes awhile & practice but gets easier in time. Finally reached the point where I rarely think of them, and almost can't imagine going back. Never thought that would happen when I was still smoking & trying to quit.

Sometimes I feel the same about food/weight issues... but it's the same kind of relearning process (& addiction/emotional dependance) for the kinds of eating we do that hurt us. Somehow we have to leave those behind but we have to keep the good ways... Unraveling that can be tough b/c we are still eating, but necessary!

Food solves nothing but hunger! ;)

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Just Picking Away

Wednesday, August 04, 2010

I am finally starting to feel like myself again. The bloating seems to be subsiding and I don't feel tired.

I have been sticking to my goals and my motto. "How is not exercising going to solve my problems" and it has been working. I lost .5lb this week. It may not be coming off in lots of lbs, but my dr told me .5 lb a week is the way to go. I have been exercising everyday and drinking all my water.

I am amazed considering we have eaten out every day since last Friday. Got to cut that one out. Awfully hard on the wallet, but I have learned to make good choices when we eat out and I also have started walking when we get back.

Now, I am just aiming for another .5lb loss next week. I don't have to have any more than that. Just slow and steady. emoticon

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IMJUSTDUCKIE 8/5/2010 11:48AM

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KATHLEENS1964 8/4/2010 5:17PM

    Oh I am sooo bad when eating out. It's really hard sometimes to make good choices. But it sounds like you did well! And .5 lbs/week is WAY better than gaining or not going anywhere! That's 26 lbs. a year!

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LOPEYP 8/4/2010 4:42PM

    Glad that you are feeling better and seeing some results. I had a week like yours a few weeks back. Definitely hard to make progress in the weight area when eating out a lot.

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KNITTABLES 8/4/2010 3:56PM

    So glad to hear this. WTG on the .5lb loss that is great. Slow and steady is the best way. Good luck with the rest of it.

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BAILEYS7OF9 8/4/2010 12:01PM

    Glad to hear you are making progress!

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CLAREEASA 8/4/2010 11:36AM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!! Slow and Steady wins the race! You'll get there!

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LYNNANN43 8/4/2010 10:14AM


You cut out the eating out & I'll cut out all of the baked goods! emoticon

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LISAALLGIER 8/4/2010 10:07AM

  emoticon emoticon, and it is better to lose slow!! Have a great day emoticon

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TX.PATRICIA 8/4/2010 10:06AM

    Sounds like you are doing great!

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