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Guilty Pleasures

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

I've been savoring silly moments lately and I've been thinking about some personal guilty pleasures. Here's some I don't mind sharing; :)

1. Reality TV - Bethenny Getting Married, Millionaire Matchmaker (sometimes), Top Chef, Survivor, Amazing Race,

2. As a car passenger, looking in people's windows at night -- love to see families, and like to get quick peek at decor. Thankfully, I've never seen anything I "shouldn't."

3. Magazines. I am a magazine junkie, plain and simple.

4. Giving people nicknames. It's a habit I have had for so long, and sometimes, my not so nice side shows. :)

5. Asking to speak to the store or restaurant manager, so I can compliment a cashier, or server. (I don't tell them why I want to see them in advance. I always enjoy the look of terror in their eyes. ha ha). If I have a complaint, I just write a letter. :)

6. Stealing blankets. I don't normally cop to this, but my DH calls me the Blankie Bandito.

7. Pens. same as magazines. See above.

8. Wing. on youtube. My students beg me not to play a "Wing" video - but truly I can't help it. Mama Mia makes me laugh out loud over and over again. It's a sickness.

9. Postcards. I can go to the beach and want to send 30 postcards. I've done this since I was a kid. A good friend of mine would send me the free cheap ones with advertisements on them and I always loved them.

10. Candy cigarettes. I am not a smoker, never "really" have been but those suckers are sugary and good. (and off the menu).

11. I'd say pizza, but I don't feel guilty about it. :)

I'm sure I will come up with more. I am thinking about all the things I love besides food!
Ok, I snuck a couple in there, but mostly it's about the experience --- and not the reward. :)

What are your guilty pleasures?

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PINK-PEONY 12/23/2010 12:22AM

    What a fun topic. My current guilty pleasure is too much time in the shower. We put in a tankless heater, and I do a lot of strength training.


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LARIJOY 12/22/2010 9:39PM

    TV marathons...NCIS, Clean House, Buffy the Vampire Slayer...I just get sucked in. This is a very fun topic buddy!

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/22/2010 4:43PM

    Love Top Chef....and SciFi (old name) shows like Eureka...and I love Tina Fey.
I like reading on my kindle. I love reading history and mystery novels but I will cop to also liking to read trashy romances when I want something light. Diana Gabaldon's Outlander series still can make me cry...it's the only book I've read twice.
I like dark chocolate peanut butter....I have it on whole wheat english muffins sometimes and I don't care. I also like Lindt dark chocolate with sea salt...a little bit goes a long way, and I do not deny myself either of those!

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COUNTRYNINJA 12/22/2010 4:23PM

    I give people nicknames too!!!

I have to say Taco Bell is my guilty pleasure- it's so bad...but so good! emoticon

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SUSANS111 12/22/2010 4:12PM

    Those are good ones.
I always feel guilty when I stay in my bathrobe all day, but I love those lazy days every now and then.

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STIPER23 12/22/2010 4:09PM

    Stickers...and I don't know why! I just can't resist a cute sheet of stickers and never really have anywhere to put them!

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Joy in My Heart

Monday, December 20, 2010

It's bliss.

I recognize right where I am and I am loving my life, and I am loving who I am.

Five-ish years ago, I moved from a job I loved, to a new city where I did not know how I would fit in, and how things would be. I left for 2 reasons - my mother seemed to be dying, and my husband HATED living where we were.

When I told my manager I was leaving, he offered me the moon to stay. It was very gratifying to hear. He was willing to let me work a 4 day work week and fly me home to visit my mother the other days. He made that up off the top of his head. He would have pretty much given me anything to stay. But I had already accepted a new job, and was ready to go. Nothing he could have given me would have helped my hubby.

While I was at that job, I dropped 70 lbs which was awesome, but I did it to lose weight. It was helping my health so very much, but that progress meant nothing to me. I had my health at that time, and I refused to see the writing on the wall - what could happen if I did not have my health.

I was thinner, but I was so very unhappy. I was tragically sad, I was depressed. I was desperate. I talked to a therapist who tried to help me re-engage in my life. I remember her saying something like she had never seen anyone disassociate so much with their body before. See that? I was a first. I was thinner, but I hated myself. I could not see my own gifts nor comprehend why I was even living. I was an empty shell.

Fast forward to today. I am in that same job where I landed 5-ish years ago. I went from a mom and pop run place to a place with over 5,000 employees. It still has a homey feeling and I have close relationships with many people who work there. I have found a way to fit in and actually I make friends quite easily. I've learned that I am an excellent manager.

I've been out of work for medical reasons for the last couple of weeks. I am off the next couple of weeks because we're closed for the holidays. I've had time to re-focus most of my energies on myself. In that time, I am loving myself and accepting myself for the person I have become.

I love life. I laugh - a LOT! I have worked on making my marriage a priority and it is good. I have a wonderful community church where I'm able to worship as I like. My mom is still with us and has helped me to re-energize my life as of late. I have creative talents that I use to make jewelry and try other crafty stuff. I am a good writer. I am losing weight again and heading to lower numbers but no longer for sheer numbers that I was in the past. I am doing it because my body appreciates it and it is good for me.

For so long, I sought purpose for my life, and when I could not find any, I thought I had none. I thought I was nothing. I don't see myself through those same eyes anymore. I see myself as the joyful, loving, positive, encouraging happy camper that I always longed to be. Now I am that person. It's joyful. I am joyful.

Wishing you the ability to see yourself with new loving and appreciative eyes. Take a moment and see yourself as others see you. It could open up a world of difference.

Happy Sparking! I love you guys!

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BAYBELIEVER 12/21/2010 9:32PM

    Great job! It is work getting there, but you are doing a great job at loving yourself and finding all the blessings in your life! Congratulations. What a Christmas present to yourself...and those around you!

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/20/2010 12:42PM

    I am glad you have found joy in who you are today, right now, and can appreciate all the wonderful qualities in you that we all appreciate, too!

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RIGBY31 12/20/2010 12:27PM

    Oh, I really really really needed to read your blog this morning. Thank you so very much!

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AFTERMYKIDS 12/20/2010 11:12AM

    I don't know why so many of us have a problem with accepting ourselves and really seeing what WE Need. Congrats to you for seeing How Great You are!! Thank you so much for sharing your wonderful Story emoticon

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DONNAEDA 12/20/2010 10:18AM

    thank you so much for sharing your story.

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MINDYJ1 12/20/2010 9:29AM

    You have what everyone wants! Content with who you are and where you are in life! You are truly blessed!

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SARAWALKS 12/20/2010 8:50AM

    Oh, this is beautiful to read and you are beautiful! I'm so glad you KNOW it now!
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Wishing you even more joy in this wonderful season!
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CLAUDECF 12/20/2010 8:42AM

    it's so wonderful that you see yourself for what you are, a great person! emoticon emoticon and happy holidays to you! emoticon

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    I am so glad you have found so much JOY! emoticon

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NOTABOUTHEFACE 12/20/2010 8:34AM

    So glad you are now your authentic happy self!

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FRAN_CVLRN 12/20/2010 8:34AM

    You're comfortable in your own skin and you've given me words to think about. What a terrific attitude you have!


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Jump Started

Friday, December 17, 2010

My crazy low carb kick start has helped me to lose about 15 lbs in the last 2 weeks. I am thrilled about it and while I wonder if the weight loss will last, I know I just need to forge ahead with the plan regardless.

I'm not doing it for the weight loss. I am doing it for my blood sugar. My sugar numbers are not going down as quickly as I had hoped, but the weight is falling off. It is actually weird (and I am NOT complaining) but I have this weird feeling about the pounds disappearing. Did you ever read that Stephen King "Thinner" story? That's kind of how I feel when I hop on the scale every morning. I am taking my readings on the glucose monitor and on the scale daily. I am tracking my food in a log I am keeping (off line.) Yesterday was a tough eating day, but I slogged through it. Yesterday I gained two pounds. Today those pounds are gone and thensome. It is a weird roller coaster ride as my body adjusts to the changes. Pounds dropped will help the overall scheme of things also.

It's weird for me in that for so long I focused on the weight and nothing good came of it. Now, I am focusing on my health, and the weight is coming off as a by product. It's about time!!! I have more to do. My biggest excitement comes from the men's 2x hoodie that I am wearing. I bought this size by mistake, but much to my surprise, even though it is snug, it fits! Woot!

So I am enjoying my low carb jumpstart. I know I say it like this won't always be my eating plan, when I guess in fact, it will. For now, though, I am taking it one day at a time. Here's to seeing all of us a little thinner down the road.

Happy sparking! emoticon

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GIBBLES5 12/19/2010 10:26PM

    You are awesome!!!

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1STARVINGARTIST 12/19/2010 12:20AM

    Good for you! You are doing a great job taking charge of your health--and making great choices. Keep up the good work! Congratulations on the hoodie! Woot!
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MSHOPPER63 12/18/2010 11:06AM

    Mick your health is improving overall with the eating changes. I know the numbers on the scale is a huge motivator, take it one day at a time emoticon

Gosh I wish I could handle the low carb diet but I have unsuccessfully tried it several times. I'm so happy it's working for you my friend.


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CLAUDECF 12/18/2010 4:47AM

    First, emoticon for asking me to be your SparkFriend! emoticon emoticon
I don't know about low carb stuff, only that it's something I couldn't do, but then we are all different, aren't we? emoticon
But we do share lots of things and one of them is keeping you eyes on the glucose monitor. I don't have diabetes, but had cholesterol and high blood pressure. And the only thing that got me exercising was doctor's orders.
I dropped pounds when I started huffing, puffing emoticon and exercising, keeping my eye on the health progress instead of the scales.
So let's go on fighting for our health! emoticon emoticon and Happy Christmas emoticon emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/17/2010 9:44PM

    I keep hearing about low carb everywhere I turn and it makes me wonder if I should be thinking about it....can you share in an email how low carb you're going? I put the tracker on this morning and found I'd gone over an entire days worth in just breakfast! (I have oatmeal)
So...I'd love to hear what you're doing.
And CONGRATS! You are doing great!

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RIGBY31 12/17/2010 5:16PM

    Your body is doing what is should right now... and weight loss is a Major benefit!! Good health to you.

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PARKERB2 12/17/2010 1:01PM

    View it as a lifestyle change you are doing for your health and well being over all. Hang in there. Good luck. emoticon

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BAYBELIEVER 12/17/2010 12:31PM

    Keep it up! The sugar numbers will come down too! You have your eye on an even bigger prize than less weight! You are shooting for health! That's an even bigger goal in my opinion! Keep up the great work!

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MKT-PLAN 12/17/2010 11:34AM

    Good job! Your fellow diabetic is cheering you on. I can totally relate. Hugs and Happy Friday!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 12/17/2010 11:17AM

    That's great about the hoodie! emoticonIt's good you're doing this for your health and not a diet! When I think of it as a diet, it kind of makes it miserable! emoticon emoticon

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I'm Buying Beads today

Wednesday, December 15, 2010

I hit my 25 lb weight loss milestone today! Woo hoo!

I know if I had not been diagnosed with diabetes a couple of weeks ago, I would still be spinning my wheels. I was re-gaining and losing the same 10 pounds over and over. Now, I have just been at a happy deficit. True, I have OVERHAULED my eating habits and I have cut out most junk. I'm not prepared to cut it out for life, I just don't have it as frequently (read every day) and when I do have it, I just fit it into my carb count.

Truth be told, I am rocking it! I keep imagining myself in the lower quadrant and the next thing, I know, poof! I am there. I am sitting in the mid 370's. It feels so good to be on my way to the 360's. I am doing the happy dance! The 200's are in my sights! It's been years since I was down to where I am now and I am enjoying myself right where I am.

I will be at my MIL's on Saturday, helping my hubby to put up her tree. I have already started planning how I will pack some food to take with me. I had been trying to keep my diabetic news on the down low so I would not freak out my mother, but now that I have told her (go me!), I do not have to fret about keeping this "secret." I can be open about actively taking care of myself. It makes things easier about doing what I have to do for myself. There's no hurt feelings in "I am a diabetic, and I have to do certain things to keep myself healthy." I am really proud of myself! Woo hoo!

Here's to a healthy day for all.

What have you done to celebrate one of your milestones, sparkies?

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PARKERB2 12/15/2010 1:59PM

    emoticonon all you've accomplished. The 200's will get here as your determined they will! Keep the bubbling attitude and I wish you all the best. 2011 is to be your year! Have a good day and keep Sparking. My nest reward will be a pedicure.

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/15/2010 1:54PM

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So proud of you! You're just doing wonderful and GOOD FOR YOU letting everyone know about your diabetes...it does help me from getting too many goodies offered to me during the holidays!
Which can be a great thing....

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BAYBELIEVER 12/15/2010 1:24PM

    Amazing! Amazing! Your spirit is infectious!

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RIGBY31 12/15/2010 12:58PM

    What a milestone... you've turned the corner and WOW!

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LOOKN_UP 12/15/2010 11:23AM

    Way to go! Great outlook! Keep it up and I bet you will beat the diabetes. emoticon

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SLIGHTLYBRAINY 12/15/2010 9:33AM

    I am happy that you are spreading the news of your diabetes. I know for me, for so many years it was my secret and it kept me non accountable to those around me and in the end, it was only my healthy that suffered.

Congratulations on the 25 pound milestone!!!

Terri =)

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LARIJOY 12/15/2010 9:22AM

    Keep up this enthusiasm, it is awesome to read about your success. I am really proud of you for telling your mother! it really can be easier if the people around you know, it may help them to no offer you temptations, especially if you are planning to keep your own food handy. Again... emoticon

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TRAINER_T 12/15/2010 9:15AM

    emoticonenjoy your reward!

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DONNAEDA 12/15/2010 8:53AM

    I now do not have diabetes. I lost 75 pounds and no longer take any medication and my blood counts are normal. You will reach that goal too, if you stay the course.

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MEL_UNRAU 12/15/2010 8:11AM

    You are doing so amazing my friend! I am blessed to know you!
(and I bought myself a fancy cocktail ring for 100lbs lost!)

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CRROCKERGIRL 12/15/2010 8:10AM

    Congrats! Go you!

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My Sapphire Sparkbuddy - Larijoy

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

My Sapphire sister and sparkbuddy - Larijoy - is well named -- she is JOYFUL!

This Wisconsin-born cutie pie is ready to let her inner athlete shine! This girl has a great can do spirit and impressed me with her ability to change her own oil! Whoa! She has a great spirit, can get her groove on, likes Usher, The Killers and the Foo Fighters. Like me, she has a soft spot for cartoons, and even though, I like more old school, like Scooby Doo, Larijoy digs Phineas and Ferb.

Larijoy and I are going to dance our way through this meltdown challenge. I'm happy to visit her most every day to help keep us both on track. We each have our own programs that we are working - and hoping to get the same good results!

I love my sparkbuddy, Larijoy! emoticon

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MSHOPPER63 12/15/2010 7:51AM

    This was so cute, great job Mick emoticon

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SUSANS111 12/14/2010 10:07PM

    There's nothing like good friends!!

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DEBBIE_J 12/14/2010 2:48PM

    emoticon That is so awesome! You are both very blessed.

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DIFROMWYOMING 12/14/2010 11:22AM

    Wonderful blog and you are a great buddy!

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BLANCHE1254 12/14/2010 10:36AM

    Beautiful write-up! Have a great time dancing during the Meltdown.

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DONNAEDA 12/14/2010 9:57AM

    how lucky for you and her.

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