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Tuesday, September 04, 2012

At no time have I felt it is as important as it was right now ---

read the label before you eat it.

Here's what I missed:

Contains: Milk, Wheat, Tilapia

Who thinks to look in their yogurt for TILAPIA?

So I called the number on the label and here's what I was told.

"Tilapia is used to make the fruit mousse fluffy."

(Hate to burst Quaker's bubble, but I did not notice the fluffiness).

Then I asked a key question: "What part of the tilapia is used?"

I was put on a brief hold and then came to learn the horrifying thought that I cannot get out of my head.

The part that is used is the "FISH SKIN"

Aaaaah, like Lucy in Peanuts, I need Iodine! aaaaaah! I ate fish skin...in my yogurt! That is not what I had in mind.

Take my advice, learned from hindsight...READ THE LABEL BEFOREHAND and ask questions!

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BRIDEJEN 9/19/2012 10:19AM

    SO GROSS!!!! Every time I find out about things like this I want to buy a farm and raise all of my own food. Actually, I want to buy a farm and let my husband quit his job and raise our own food while I work to pay the bills. I'm not cut out to be a housewife (I would get lazy and put everything off until tomorrow).

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 9/16/2012 8:32PM

    Eeewww and yes, who would check the label for fish bits? eeeeewwww. Thanks for the post and I am more and more getting in the habit of checking labels for everything, especially on things I expect to be natural or closer to real food than other things. Never know what you are going to find in your fruit snack or nuts or smoothie.

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MUSTANG_SALLY2 9/11/2012 9:00AM

    Ick. That's scary. emoticon

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CHANGE_4_ME 9/7/2012 11:44AM

    emoticon If I had an emoticon for a green face hurling....I would have used that. I love tilapia but not in my yogurt. Thanks for the heads up reminder to read all labels.

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RAINBOWFALLS 9/6/2012 4:38PM

    emoticon oh my!!!

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    Omgosh, thank you for the heads up! I can't imagine why such a thing would be an acceptable addition to yogurt. Yuck

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HEYITSLISA 9/5/2012 2:52PM

    So Gross!! I don't recognize that particular product so it must not be available around here. Very important lesson learned!

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_KATHY 9/5/2012 1:19PM

    YIKES! ! ! ewwww.... That's all I can say :) Except... It's great to see you back on the thread :)

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DOODIE59 9/5/2012 9:37AM

    Ewie. Ew. I usually stick with plain organic yoghurt, and add my own fruit, granola, etc. I must say that I am impressed that they willingly gave out that information in a phone call:) Knowledge is power!

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TJCADDO 9/5/2012 7:32AM

    WoW! Think if you were allergic to fish! Finding ways into cheap manufacturing processes is causing problems. Who would have thought you could get samonella from eating a cantaloupe.

When I eat instant oatmeal I buy Better Oats. Quaker has about shoved them off the shelf. And at half the price the quality is three times higher than Quaker. Their instant oats actually taste good.


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GAYLE-G-63 9/4/2012 11:49PM

    I would have imagined fish, any part, would be used to make anything fluffy. Thanks for the heads up.

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MAVERICK59 9/4/2012 10:43PM

    This was a lesson I learned over and over when I became a vegetarian.
I ALWAYS read labels now.

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KIYOSHI04 9/4/2012 9:29PM

incredible. thanks for that heads up.

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BEFIT014 9/4/2012 8:56PM

    That's a new one! Good heavens--FISH IN YOGURT!

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NORWOODGIRL 9/4/2012 8:38PM

    Read the label! That is such an important lesson. With all the genetically modified foods now appearing in grocery stores, it is even more critical. Corn is modified with fish genes. I don't even know whether all components of GMO foods are required to be listed on labels.
emoticon Very valuable post!

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PURPLE180 9/4/2012 7:43PM

    Ewww... emoticon thanks for the info.

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PAPER_WINGS18 9/4/2012 6:25PM

    SICK! Ha

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LOOZINITNOW 9/4/2012 5:38PM

    Oh my! Who would have thought? emoticon

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 9/4/2012 5:16PM

    OMFG!! (Sorry, I've never put the 'f' in before, but it seemed appropriate...for fish, of course.)

That's really gross. I'm sorry you ate that. I usually check labels closely (food allergies), but sometimes not. Now I will be sure to check them ALL THE TIME!

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BARCLE 9/4/2012 4:47PM

    emoticon wow - I never knew that!

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DAARTNEY 9/4/2012 4:11PM

    If you have a fish allergy you don't think to look on yogurt for it.

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Re-Define Yourself

Friday, August 31, 2012

Whatever it is that makes the essence of who you are needn't always be the same. You are welcome to re-invent yourself any time you'd like. Yes, really.

When I was driving home from work tonight, I realized it was the second day this week where I felt the true sense of incredible satisfaction with who I am and who I am becoming.

I am finally, shall I say, settling down with myself. I am embracing myself as a warm, compassionate, kind, giving, funny, friendly woman. Yes, I am all of those things, and not only am I accepting myself as that person...I am appreciating it. I am also letting others appreciate it as I am and not getting wigged out by things that would have set me on edge before.

I attended a luncheon today that included a few high level people, as well as several people I did not know along with some folks I have known for years. In such a situation as this, I might have been jittery, feeling insecure and shy and wanting to do anything but stand out.

Not so, today. I introduced myself to several folks I had not met, and talked freely to the big shots. I laughed, I relaxed as well as I could during lunch. The food was great - supremely healthy (salmon, spinach salad, grilled peaches, etc) and I even blurted out "SALAD!" when I saw that awesome bowl. I would have been more relaxed at lunch if I could have trusted to chair to hold me without fear. It was a little flimsier than I would like, but I tried to hold most of my weight on my leg and I did a good job.

When I was leaving the luncheon (probably before most folks), I made a point of thanking the organizers, and visiting each table and wishing folks well. I am pretty sure I stood out but in a good way.

The point of this happy memory is that I have not always been this way. I am a former shy girl who feels comfortable to be out in public now. I have a welcoming and friendly attitude which was very much on display today. I am feeling really good about who I am and who I am becoming.

Every day, I am evolving more into the me that I want to be.

So I say to you, dear sparkies, who do you want to be?

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_KATHY 9/5/2012 1:53PM

    You sound great Mar... I'm proud of you !

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BUSYGRANNY5 9/2/2012 6:02PM

    You go girl!!

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TJCADDO 9/1/2012 8:20PM

    I want to be like you! Seriously! You have always been so sweet and funny.

Hope you are having a great Labor Day weekend.

Nan emoticon

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 8/31/2012 11:51PM

    Who do I want to be?????? I want to be a person who could do what you just did. I am very insecure in a group of people and wish I could just melt in with the floor and be invisable but still hear and see what was going on LOL.........I avoid as many social gaterings as i can as i hate being the biggestperson in the room LOL

I am so proud of you!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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SARAWALKS 8/31/2012 10:31PM

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RAINBOWFALLS 8/31/2012 9:02PM

    I wish I felt this. Omfortable with myself. I'm getting closer though. Great job. emoticon

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MAVERICK59 8/31/2012 8:57PM

    Who do I want to be? I want to be the friend of this this amazing woman-You!
So glad your back with the team!


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GAYLE-G-63 8/31/2012 8:30PM


What a great blog!!! I'm glad you're coming into yourself. I SO happy for you. Keep up the wonderful work.


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NORWOODGIRL 8/31/2012 8:21PM

    I want to be like you! emoticon Those words "warm, compassionate, kind, giving, funny, friendly" are awesome. Add "appreciative", "relaxed", "accepting" and you have an amazing person. emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 8/31/2012 8:12PM

    I was reading another blog tonight by Blueridgenative and she referenced someone talking about, basically, living as who you WANT to be. Not waiting, not re-imagining a new you based on who you think you can manage to be- just living who you want to be. In 12 step programs they call that 'acting as if'=== as if I am already that person. As if I am already confident, happy, secure, whatever. I find when I put this into practice I am SO much happier.

I remember walking into the job interview for the job I have now- and I felt old...and fat...and not very comfortable. But I walked in acting 'as if' I were the BEST person they would ever interview for that job. Later, my boss told me they had already decided on someone else, but when I came in I just blew them away with my passion and my enthusiasm...something I would have maybe had trouble showing before.

I am SO proud of you, Mar! What a great day today was. Let's remember this day when we have a not so great one. This, my friend, is true progress.

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Dropping the Cloak of Perfection

Saturday, July 21, 2012

I have a lot going on in my head right now, and I will write it all down once I sort it out - but in the meantime, I am learning something I have struggled with for a long time.

I can never do anything good enough that it is going to make someone love me.

That's not how it happens. I am loveable; I just can't DO something to get it. It is something that is freely given without consequence.

It has not stopped me from trying and BELIEVING that if I do certain things, than I will get out of it what I want, because in a way, the person would be "forced" to love me.

Well, just finally acknowledging that it does not work that way. Believe me, I have tried this repeatedly and often. Nope. doesn't work.

HOWEVER, WHAT DOES WORK AND WILL WORK FOR ME ---- is acknowledging, realizing, understanding, and yes, believing with all of my heart, that the things I do ------- need to be done for ME alone. For my satisfaction, for my health, for my own acceptance.

Everything else is off the table. I just have to be me and live up to my own expectations. I cannot control any of the rest of it, and that's all there is to it.

I just have to do it for me. Simplifies things a bit. It would help, perhaps, if I wasn't so stubborn. I would stop fighting this, and just freaking do it already.

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MAVERICK59 8/31/2012 9:06PM

I think you speak for so many of us that are too ashamed to put it out there like this.
Hugs and Love,


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BROADBRUSH 7/24/2012 7:44PM

    i absolutely know what you mean - but it is the way we are raised - to be people pleasers (hence this equals love and recognition). especially if you are a girl - you get it doubly your entire life.
it took me over the age of 50 to realize saying 'no ' to someone would not strike me dead. likewise - taking time for myself - oh my gosh - the B word might come across my forehead.
we are conditioned from very early in our lives - and it takes a lot of self dedication, self education, and self LOVING to at least steer some happiness and independence our way - so we can take joy in saying - yep i did that and i did it FOR ME!!
you will - BB

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/23/2012 11:45AM

    So true! Thanks for the reminder - it can be a hard lesson to learn.

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/23/2012 8:16AM

    So true. So true.
We have absolutely no control over anyone else's behaviors or emotions. We can only control ourselves. We can't make someone love us by behaving and being what they want. That only sets us up for disappointment. You are a beautiful, loving, caring, funny as all heck, successful woman in your own right. You don't need to do these things to make someone else love you. You just have to love yourself.

Wishing you a wonderful adventure.

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    So true for any of us to remember.


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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/23/2012 1:25AM

    Great post!

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DIFROMWYOMING 7/23/2012 12:15AM

    I can very much relate to all of this...and I'm not quite there...

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 7/22/2012 1:30PM

    Do it just for YOU!!!!!!!

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 7/22/2012 7:37AM

    I agree. You can only do tings to improve YOUR life and make YOU happy. emoticon

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ALWYS-LKN-UP 7/21/2012 11:56PM

    The road to loving yourself is a long one, I know because I'm on the same path. Just know that you are not alone, just be kind to yourself along the way!

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NORWOODGIRL 7/21/2012 11:48PM

    All right! The first step in success whether in health or love is knowing yourself. You are worth it. Let go of the past and "be me and live up to my own expectations".

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Positive Steps today!

Tuesday, July 10, 2012

Bought some REAL whole wheat bread.

Chopped up lots of watermelon, cantaloupe, strawberries, and threw in a half pint of raspberries to make a big fruit salad. Woo hoo!

Got my AC fixed!

Woo hoo!

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NANASAMM 7/11/2012 11:38AM

    Always a positive to have AC in the summer and fruit salad too? Sounds like a good day to me! emoticon

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/11/2012 11:08AM

    Love your positive post! Fruit salad sounds yummy! So glad there's lots of FRESH fruit available this time of year!!!

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/11/2012 1:20AM

    Oh, the biggest woo hoo goes to the AC being fixed!! Ours is dead, dead, dead and I know how precious AC is. The food choices today sound awesome!!

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/10/2012 11:12PM

    Love your positive steps!!!!!
This is exactly what you should be celebrating!!!!!!
I'm so happy for your that your AC is fixed :-)
Waiting patiently to hear about mine.....

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JEN_BACK2BASICS 7/10/2012 10:56PM

    Yay! Feels good, doesn't it?

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LOOZINITNOW 7/10/2012 9:01PM

    emoticonSounds yummy!!!

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COPEMA 7/10/2012 8:00PM

    Good job, Mary! You're doing great! 35 pounds and still going! Awesome! Keep up the good work!


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RAINBOWFALLS 7/10/2012 7:52PM

    Sounds yummy!

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Yesterday doesn't matter

Monday, July 09, 2012

There is only today - what are you going to do with today?

I have viewed myself for so long as fat, out of shape, a blob, if you will - I overlooked that I could change at any minute I wanted to - I could change what I was doing and how I viewed myself.

I once told my former trainer that I could not go for a walk because I ate chocolate.

He said, "what?"

I didn't get that they were 2 different ACTIONS. He pushed me out the door for my walk.

Being fat is not who I am UNLESS I choose the behaviors that keep me obese,

I choose to walk
I choose to eat healthy
I choose to go to therapy

I choose the person I am

and drumroll, please....

I choose to be the person I am becoming every day by the actions I take...

Do or not do. The choice is yours. There is no yesterday.

Only today.

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BUSYGRANNY5 7/10/2012 8:33AM


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    I had to laugh at the you couldn't walk because you ate chocolate. You're so cute. I can only imagine the look on their face. "Whatchu talkin' bout Willis?"

Every choice you make to do better, you become better! It may not be on your timeline but you learn a lot about yourself in the process! Keep it up girl!

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MUGGLE_MOM 7/10/2012 7:24AM

    Awesome Blog! And so true!
You go girl!!!!
Your road is right in front of you and you are on your way!!!!!

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SHALLID 7/10/2012 6:23AM

    I choose today too! Good luck on making wonderful life choices today! emoticon

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ITSHOWYOULIVE 7/10/2012 12:16AM

    Isn't it funny how we connect two totally different things and make them an item (chocolate bar prevents exercise)? Your mantras are AWESOME!!!

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CHRISBEM 7/10/2012 12:05AM

    My dad always says that today is the first day of the rest of your life.

One of the songs I like is basically a woman giving advice along what you said, that you get to choose how your life goes. A couple of lines that I like from the song go basically along the lines that your life is a book... the rest is unwritten.

I try to remember that one I have an oops moment... do I want my book to talk about the "I can't walk because I ate chocolate" or "I am going to walk to burn off the chocolate"?

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