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Grateful!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

A friend posted this on Facebook and I just had to share....

  
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HEALTHYSLIM2 3/15/2012 8:21PM

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Yep, I choose this today!
Grateful for Spark People, especially!!
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HWNHMMBRD 3/15/2012 5:19PM

    We should be, and thank you for sharing that reminder!

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GERMANIRISHGIRL 3/15/2012 1:52PM

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REEBADABEEBOOS 3/14/2012 9:57PM

    How awesome is that!? Thanks for the reminder!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/14/2012 6:26PM

  Love it. I was thinking today how much I had to be thankful...good timing of this post.

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QUILTINGQUE 3/14/2012 3:25PM

    what a great day it would be!

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Facing Fear (20): "Just Tea for Me, Please"

Monday, March 12, 2012

So often, we let others plans/wishes/feelings tell us what to put into our body.....

I received a last minute invitation from my boss to go out to brunch with her and a visiting scholar yesterday. It was a good opportunity for me to meet an influential person in my field, but I had already made plans to cook a fun sunday dinner (carnitas with homemade corn tortillas!) with my husband.

Eating TWO celebration-type meals would have put me way out of my calorie range.

My solution? Facing another fear! The fear of not fitting in. I went to brunch, but I said that I had eaten a big breakfast and wasn't hungry. I just had hot tea while everyone else ate their Dim Sum. I turned out just fine. I honestly don't think that anyone even cared that I didn't eat with them.

Now, I'm sorry for all of the times I ate more than I wanted because I thought that I needed to fit in!

  
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RAE_LEIGH22 3/14/2012 1:38PM

    That's excellent! I understand your fears -- but you totally faced them and in return helped yourself become a healthier person!

You avoided two celebration-type meals ...how cool is that??

You're doing great with your goals. Look how far you've come already! Great job!

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MOEMOORE 3/14/2012 3:01AM

    Good for you! Keep it up!

I'm sure what people noticed was that you were there to spend time with them - and that's what's important.

In light of your previous blog entry about your friends cancer, we do need to take any and all opportunities to live life to the fullest, and not be afraid of how things may "look" to others.



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HEALTHYSLIM2 3/13/2012 2:44AM

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Isn't it funny how we sometimes have these ideas in our heads about how people will "think" things about our actions.... and often we finally find out it was all in OUR minds (thoughts)?
Good discovery. Way to stick to your plan. Terrific success! emoticon

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HWNHMMBRD 3/13/2012 12:52AM

    I applaud you! I don't think I could have held back to just drinking tea.


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WENWIN 3/12/2012 8:41PM

    Excellent choice on your part! emoticon

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/12/2012 8:25PM

  Good for you!!

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Facing Fear (19): The worst that can happen

Saturday, March 10, 2012

I can't believe that it's been nearly 20 days since my last post.

I've been doing well. I've been sticking to my revised plan set to lose 1/2 lb a week - and it's worked! This semester has been crazy busy for me. I've been working hard, but staying balanced.

My goal to face 30 fears still stands. It's just taking a little longer than planned. Isn't that typical of any weight-related goal? Everything seems to take a little longer than I want it to. But I'll still get there! emoticon

The fear that I'm writing about today happened to a friend of mine. Her husband, who is in his early fifties, was just diagnosed with stage 4 brain cancer. He went to the doctor because his fingers had been tingling. The doctor didn't think that it was anything serious, but ran an MRI just to make sure. They found a tumor the size of a golf ball in his parietal lobe. Now they are making decisions on whether to treat or not. Things are complicated by the fact that my friend and her husband live in Hawaii and both of their families are on the mainland (East Coast and West Coast). He won't be able to travel for a specified amount of time after any brain procedures (e.g., biopsies). Their lives completely changed within two weeks.

Fortunately, I've been only peripherally touched by this. I know that many people here on Spark are dealing with similar things and my heart goes out to you.

My first reaction to this event was compassion. I'm pitching in to make things as easy as possible for my friend and her husband over the next few months. My second reaction was extreme gratefulness. I am SO lucky to be healthy, to have a healthy husband, to have a good job, to have my family...... Sometimes tragedies can make us appreciate what we have. There is always something good to appreciate and savor.

  
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NAIMATANNER 3/10/2012 8:52PM

    Man, that situation is awful. My heart goes out to your friend and her husband. I recently watched a documentary about an alternative treatment for cancer (particularly brain cancer) using antineoplastons developed by Dr. Burzynski that is being suppressed by the government because it has a high success rate and will compete with the toxic but profitable cancer treatments offered by large pharmaceutical companies (who control the FDA). I don't know if your friend and her husband are looking in to alternative treatments, but you may want to recommend this video just for their general knowledge:

http://articles.m
ercola.com/sites/articles/archi
ve/2011/06/11/burzynski-the-mov
ie.aspx

Dr. Burzynski operates a clinic in Texas:

http://www.burzynskic
linic.com/

You're right that these situations should remind us how precious life is and how we should not take anything for granted. Thank you for sharing!

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MELLYBEANS0919 3/10/2012 8:33PM

  I am very sorry for your friend and her husband...cancer is a monster. I have dealt with that in my family. I am sure you will be there for your friends and I know they will appreciate everything you do for them. You have a big heart.

We do often take our health and other's health for granted. Things can really change in the blink of an eye. Thanks for reminding me to once again enjoy every moment.



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MAYASWORDS 3/10/2012 6:28PM

    so much to say. I am 61 and just had a biopsy for a minor skin cancer and my fear came back. I have an anxiety disorder I thought I healed while writing my memoir but it came back like a frieght train when even the word cancer was said to me. It was negative. I'm ok. but life is scary. good blog aloha from Hawaii

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RICKYDAF 3/10/2012 5:49PM

    I have gone through this very thing when my daughter was a baby. She was diagnosed with brain cancer at 2 months old and her tumor was the size of a grapefruit. She is now 10 and we have many challenges but I am glad I had my good friends to count on.
The best advice I can give is be there for them. When you feel you aren't doing enough believe me its the hardest thing to go through and for me it was clear right away who our true friends were. Don't be afraid to be an ear, take them a meal or anything which seems so little. It means the world...
Thinking of them in my heart and wish them luck in the difficult decisions they have to make.
Lisa

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REEBADABEEBOOS 3/10/2012 5:12PM

    This series on fear is so wonderful and, I'm sure, cathartic for you. Thanks for sharing.

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LESLIESENIOR 3/10/2012 5:04PM

    This blog made me cry.....REALLY. It touched a place that is very fresh for me. You are so right that gratitude for everything we have, physically, mentally, and emotionally is crucial. My husband only had a "brush" with cancer recently, not the devastation that your friend is experiencing, but it was frightening enough to give us one more jolt into the realm of gratitude and appreciation.
I'm glad to see you again. I hope your life slows down enough for you to have some fun. It sounds like you are doing well.
Hug,
Leslie

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Facing Fear (18): HOW MANY CALORIES??!!

Tuesday, February 21, 2012

I've been struggling with my weight loss lately. I'm still following a plan - it has simply become a looser plan. Yesterday, I decided to tighten up things a bit by calculating an exact calorie count for my "Skinny" peanut butter pie, which I've been eating almost every night for the past couple of nights. Because it's made from "diet" ingredients, I felt OK about eating it. I was using the calorie count from a similar - but not exact - recipe on Spark People.

Just for fun, here's the recipe.

1 cup nonfat milk
2 Tbsp reduced fat peanut butter (or Nutella)
2 Tbsp Cocoa
1 4 oz package sugar free fat free jello chocolate pudding
1 tub Cool Whip Lite
1 Oreo pie crust

Whip together milk & spread in mixer (the kitchen aid is perfect for this). Add cocoa & pudding mix. Add softened cool whip. Put mixture in pie crust & freeze for at least 4 hours.

Hubby and I usually eat 1/4 of this pie for dessert. It turns out that 1/4 of the pie has ~ 680 calories!! The culprit seems to be the Cool Whip, which has only 20 calories, but a serving size of 2 TB (25 servings per container).

That's INSANE! What's even more insane is that I created a fiction of it being a diet food and ate a huge serving every night.

LOL! I'm not too smart sometimes. Even though it was frightening to sit down, calculate those calories and admit my mistake, I'm glad I did!

We've discontinued that dessert from our repertoire and I'm hoping to see results soon.

  
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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/22/2012 1:03AM

    Okay, not to be an enabler or anything, but if you ever wanted to have that dessert again (although not 1/4 of the pie, probably) and can stand the cool whip FREE, the calories will be better!
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And can I preface by saying I am laughing WITH you when I say "hahahaha"?... I had to laugh when I read your blog because haven't we ALL done something like this at some point?
Anyway, you'll be smiling (not laughing) soon as you watch those pounds and inches start to once again melt away...
I've been "looser" too, and seeing the effcts on the scale, which never, ever budges!
So here's to wishing you continued success as you leave this dessert behind in pursuit of things that don't "cost" 680 calories!
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TRUEREINVENTED 2/21/2012 8:32PM

    I read an article once that was about this very thing--women who could not lose the last 10 pounds even though they 'ate nothing' and ' watched what they ate' etc etc etc.
The upshot from the article was that they ate WAY more than they thought. Just like you proved....interesting--and thanks for sharing that!

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NAIMATANNER 2/21/2012 5:54PM

    Good for you...but that peanut butter pie sounds DELISH! I think I was salivating after reading about the Cool Whip...it's been SO long since I've even had sugar :( I'm sure you will notice the scale going down soon, which will be more satisfying than that piece of pie : )

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SWEETZMIX 2/21/2012 12:45PM

    Hey we all have done that. Thinking something was healthy but it wasn't. Maybe you can health it up some. Change up the Cool Whip, but less and eat a smaller portion as a treat. Not all the time of course, but man it does sound good. Keep at it & results will come!

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CHRISTINA791 2/21/2012 12:12PM

    I've done that before! That's why I love the recipe calculator here - I'll get super accurate about measuring things down to the gram to plug in the ingredients and then weigh the final product and each portion I eat. The numbers don't lie.

Oddly enough, when I do splurge on something like that, I feel much better knowing. I used to fudge numbers all the time to make myself feel better, but accuracy has more of a calming effect on me than seeing a slightly better (but false) number on the food tracker. The other benefit is that once I know exactly how 'bad' a recipe is, I can start to tweak it. It almost becomes a game to see how close I can keep the taste to the original while reducing the damage and boosting up the good stuff. And I'm no cook - I'm strictly a novice at best, but breaking food down this way has taught me a lot more than just following a cookbook would have.

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CAR58OLE 2/21/2012 12:07PM

    WOW - Good thing you faced THAT fear! LOL

Knowledge is our best friend... ignorance is our worst enemy!

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Facing Fear (17): OK is OK

Saturday, February 18, 2012

My current calorie burning goal is set to 3,000 per week. It's Saturday and I'm at 2,745 calories. It will be easy for me to burn the 255 calories I need to make my weekly goal.

I caught myself in a very strange thought pattern this morning, though. I was thinking that I would be lazy if I only burned the 255 calories that I need. I was thinking that I needed to do an hour of Zumba (~450 calls), run on my medium route (~375 calls), or hike for a couple of hours (~600 calls).

I could do those things, but I'm still doing just fine if I make my goal and do something that "only" burns 255 calories. I don't need to berate myself for not constantly pushing boundaries. It's OK for me to be proud of myself for meeting my goals!

  
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NAIMATANNER 2/20/2012 4:35PM

    Right! What you are doing is fantastic! How could you be hard on yourself and think you are lazy if you do ANY exercise? Good for you for meeting your ambitious goals : )

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HEALTHYSLIM2 2/19/2012 11:56PM

    You are WAY more okay than just okay! Burning 3,000 cals last week is TERRIFIC!
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MELLYBEANS0919 2/18/2012 6:33PM

  You're right, okay is okay :-) Woo at almost being at your goal of calories burnt!

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