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Saturday, July 17, 2010

I ate beets today! I'm not saying that it is such a remarkable feat that there should be a parade down Main St. for me, but it felt like a significant moment at the salad bar. I also had tomatoes, spinach, grapes and a few chickpeas. There was some interlopers like croutons, and a little pasta salad, but mostly I was happy to have enjoyed some beets --- especially without dropping any onto me while I was eating. ha ha.

I got my car worked on at Firestone and it passed inspection. Sweet! They did recommend that I have the battery replaced, so I did, but when I went to pick up the car, I realized they left the lights on and the (new) battery was dead. Did I blow a gasket? No. I was totally in check. I wasn't "happy" but they re-replaced the battery while I waited and gave me a free oil change on a future visit. They made a mistake, but they were nice about it, and handled it quickly.

Last week my husband took his car into Midas, and they overfilled his oil tank, and while they corrected the problem (after he had it towed back there after white smoke was pouring out of his car), they did not apologize let alone offer a free service. I am a customer service manager too and it is moments like these that help show the difference between the way a situation should be handled and how it shouldn't. Glad my episode worked out a-ok.

I am feeling good. Hubby has gone out for a motorcycle ride. Vroom. It's nice to be able to chill for a bit with nothing too pressing. I do have things to do, and I'll do them later.

For now, spark on, sparkies! Have a beautiful day!

  
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POOKAQUEEN 7/17/2010 10:04PM

    Car troubles stress me out like crazy! I hate going to the mechanic! That's great that they handled it so well!
The salad bar sure sounds tasty, great choices!

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1STARVINGARTIST 7/17/2010 8:38PM

    You're doing great!
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GERAPTIKO 7/17/2010 6:57PM

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CEASEFEAR 7/17/2010 5:51PM

    I liked your blog.

Do you see yourself as taking things in stride more now that you are following a program and accomplishing some goals? I was really becoming quite a touchy person until I started SP. Now I find myself taking things in stride...its almost uncanny.

Anyway, to read how you dealt with two very annoying problems...

Way to go.
And congrats on the beets.. I actually get that. LOL

take care of YOU

Carol aka ceasefear

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Beer and Tacos

Friday, July 16, 2010

It occurred me while driving home from work that my hubby would probably be a happy little camper if there was beer in the fridge. I abhor the parking lot of the place, but I went. I tucked my car into a far corner from the door and went in and carried it out. I was thinking of a quick and easy dinner for myself. I pass a little line-up of places including Taco Bell. I was thinking about what I would get and I was happily entrenched by those thoughts until suddenly I remembered my dimple (as referred to in today's earlier blog).

It was an about face. I even said it out loud in the car "I don't want to go to Taco Bell!" It's not that I could not find something to fit. I am pretty sure I could. I just thought about all the other choices I could make at home, and actually, right now, I am not even that hungry. I think it was the thought of the place.

As I said before, subtle changes. Taking better care of myself one step (and/or bite) at a time.

Woo hoo!

  
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HEALTHYASHLEY 7/19/2010 11:15AM

    Good for you! It can be hard to step away from the Taco Bell but it gets easier with each of your successes!

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/17/2010 7:20AM

    The dimple wins out! emoticon

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DJS-DEBBIE 7/16/2010 11:33PM

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1STARVINGARTIST 7/16/2010 9:38PM

    Subtle changes will add up to big changes! Great job!
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GROOVYCHICK9 7/16/2010 8:56PM

    I am so proud of you. I know that even though there are grilled chicken sandwiches on the menu at mcdonalds or wendys, if I go I will get the double cheeseburgers instead. It takes a lot of guts to turn around and walk away. Good for you. I love your page by the way and the blogs are great. Keep up the good work. I know you can do this.



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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/16/2010 7:23PM

    Victory!!
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Subtle changes

Friday, July 16, 2010

I'm smiling at myself in the mirror, enjoying the hint of a dimple returning. On Fridays, I like to stop at Panera Bread for a little end of the week chill time. This morning, I stopped but did not have a monstrous breakfast as I have had in the past. I ate a bagel with light cream cheese and coffee. It fits in perfectly well with my plan for the day. After I chowed down during a previous week, I could not believe how many calories I was taking in during that one sitting. I realized I was trying to quell panic and comfort myself. I have started unravelling myself one bite at a time. Asking myself many things? Why am I feeling angst? What could I do to make myself feel better? If I did feel better and have less angst, what would I eat?

Subtle changes are happening in me. I think of things in a positive way, and while I have always been an optimist, I am also using that same measurement stick on myself.

I was remembering the last time I lost a significant amount of weight and where I was in my life. I was very ease with myself then, after having a very honest and cathartic session with a guy who would become my personal trainer for a while. It was a big turning point for myself. I am back in the place of comfort with myself and it has naturally led me to more conscious efforts on behalf of myself. I am parking farther from the door. Those 300 extra steps add up.

My success is all laid out in front of me. I am fully confident of my success especially as I move forward one step at a time.

Wishing you all a very happy Friday!
Spark on, sparkies!!!

  
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1STARVINGARTIST 7/16/2010 9:36PM

    Great job! You will be successful!
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POOKAQUEEN 7/16/2010 7:26PM

    Great blog, fabulous insight!
That's fantastic that you are getting to the root of things like that. You will definitely be successful!

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/16/2010 4:14PM

    You Go Girl!!!!

I was with you when you were making those changes and I'll stick with you through this, your very last beginning. I am so excited for you.

Sending HUGE HUGS your way!!!!

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/16/2010 3:55PM

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NOMORE_MRFATGUY 7/16/2010 3:36PM

    You go girl!!!!

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RAINBOWFALLS 7/16/2010 3:24PM

    Keep it up, you are doing great!

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/16/2010 3:10PM

    emoticon Small changes, big impact!! You can do it!

Have a happy Friday yourself (sounds like you already are)!

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C is for Commitment

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

There! It happened! I did not get up this a.m. --- might be Real Housewives of NJ related where I stayed up past my bedtime. Ridiculous. BUT....I am committed to working out today even though I did not get up this a.m. to go to the gym. I will either do my new bootcamp exercises OR go to the gym tonight. Either way, it is getting done, no ifs, ands, or buts!

I am honoring myself with my commitment to myself. I want to move. I want to breathe and feel good. It is all working together. I feel fantastic!

Have an awesome day, sparkies!! WOO HOO!

  
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HICALGAL 7/16/2010 3:11AM

    love your enthusiasm and determination! make it happen! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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    Great job and great commitment! Good for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MOCACHOC 7/13/2010 1:35PM

    That right Girl,

Encourage yourself if nobody else will. You knew we would that's why you blogged today. Get it in by any means necessary. But just don't give up and do nothing and think well since I didn't get up I'm not gonna. You are well on your way to a healthier you because YOU want it. And when YOU want it, you will get in the trenches and do what needs to be done.

Peace and love

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GAYLE-G-63 7/13/2010 12:36PM

    YOU CAN DO IT!!! emoticon

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POOKAQUEEN 7/13/2010 12:29PM

    Awesome! Good job!

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KIYOSHI04 7/13/2010 12:02PM

    great commitment!! awesome.

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LIL-VIXEN 7/13/2010 11:15AM

    Awesome. You Rock!!

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GRANDMAAMIE 7/13/2010 10:58AM

    emoticonHAVE A GREAT DAY!!

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DONNAEDA 7/13/2010 10:37AM

    great committment. I too am going to the gym, to test out my back. Must get back to exercings.

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/13/2010 10:19AM

    You Go Girl!!!!!!

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MIZNATASHAE 7/13/2010 9:55AM

    Good for you! Enjoy workout either way! :)

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Done and Done

Monday, July 12, 2010

Besides sparking, I'm into facebook, and very recently, twitter.

Today I came across a post from Kurt Warner (football player). Here's what he said that spoke to my heart: "I DON'T WANT 2 WORKOUT! Ever been there? Not going to dwell on it, going to get it done & day will b better from there! U do same! later"

I love that here's a professional athlete saying the same thing that so many of us feel from time to time. Truthfully, though, as many times as I have been in THAT state, I did want to work out today. :) and now I have!

It is so great to have that feeling of setting a goal and doing it. I did make a plan to walk today and I was astounded to come back and learn that I was out for 45 mins. So, I got in what I needed and also got a friend's bday pkg dropped off to the post office (so what if her bday was 6/23) - it's still under a month since! I love being able to walk to errands or shops (when I am at work) and kill 2 birds with one stone. It's actually almost time to leave for the day, but I will hang out for a bit.

Tonight, I am looking forward to going to get my hair cut and then hang out to watch Real Housewives of NJ. OH YEAH!!!!

  
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GAYLE-G-63 7/12/2010 8:46PM

    I *hate* working out too! But, like has been said before, I'm always glad after the fact that I did it!

Keep up the good work!

Huggz,
~Gayle~ :-)

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ALIZA77 7/12/2010 8:32PM

    Have fun!

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CHRISTAN6 7/12/2010 6:58PM

    Congrats on getting it done. It does take time for it to become a part of your life and feel natural to do it. Although, I do have my days where I want to do nothing. Getting it done is important. Good for you !
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KIYOSHI04 7/12/2010 5:31PM

    great job and thats an awesome quote. it all comes down to the same things.. just do it. you may regret not working out but you will NEVER regret working out.
and look at you, walking all over! great job!!

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/12/2010 5:14PM

    It is amazing that people whom you think have it all, still don't want to do what we don't want to do. I'm so proud of all you did today. Keep up the awesome work!!!!

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