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Turning Common Wisdom on its Side

Saturday, October 27, 2012

You know the establishment is always saying never go shopping when you are hungry?

What they should really say, is eat until you are stuffed and then waddle your booty in the store.

We didn't order appetizers as we have sometimes done in the past, and though we split some dessert, I could not finish it. What the hey? I was still stuffed (on good food) but stuffed. We stopped at the supermarket even though we knew it was going to be packed due to storm warnings for Hurricane Sandy hitting the East Coast.

I had done the bulk of my shopping earlier. This was just for supplemental stuff. I was so stuffed, I could barely look at the shelves. I wanted no part of anything dairy, including frozen things that always come ride home in my cart. I got 3 Larabars, some watermelon and some soap.

Walking around the store also helped to clear that stuffed to the gills feeling which was good. I felt way better belly-wise. I know my c=food choices today were completely fine but I definitely overate. Still, it was a GOOD shopping trip as a result.

Hope everyone is doing great, sparkies!!! If Sandy is headed you way also, batten down the hatches!

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CARRAND 10/28/2012 8:17PM

    We're waiting for the storm in Virginia, too. I tried to buy things that I could fix on a gas stove if the power goes out. I didn't want to fill the refrigerator and then lose it through a power outage.

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/28/2012 4:28PM

    I am just no good at turning down food even when I'm full. I almost always will keep eating. For me to leave food on the plate, especially at a restaurant, is unusual. Hope Sandy will be kind- you're in my thoughts.

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BELDONDOG1 10/28/2012 4:15PM

    I don't know you, but I like your way of thinking!! But what happens if I waddle my booty into the store if I'm stuffed or not? lol Enjoyed you last couple blogs! Noel

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HEYITSLISA 10/28/2012 9:41AM

    Stay safe!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/28/2012 7:19AM

    Sandy is coming - I live in NY, but inland. I also had to run to the store yesterday and I hate shopping with so many people. Stay safe

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JANTWO 10/28/2012 12:50AM

    I love the " eat until you are stuffed and then waddle your booty in the store." That is such good advise!!!! Eat a bunch of healthy stuff and then go.

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_KATHY 10/28/2012 12:43AM

    Such a benign name for a trouble maker. Sandy... I'm glad you had a good day. I totally understand the overly full feeling even though it fit into the plan. I had that kind of evening. Still happy about the day in general. It's just one more day and tomorrow.. hopefully, there will be another one.

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BJPENNY70 10/27/2012 9:42PM

    Hope you don't have any damage from Sandy. I live in SC so I know how these storms are. God bless you. It is good to eat before shopping. You won't buy things on the fly like when we are hungry. Good job!

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FIT4MEIN2013 10/27/2012 9:34PM

    I see Sandy has been downgraded to a category 1. Big alarms over nothing. Glad you had a good day!

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TEDDYBEARGIRL 10/27/2012 9:33PM

    Amzing how many things we leave in the sotr whenwe are not hungry.....stay safe if you have to deal with Sandy!......i am in Oregon so i am no were near it but praying for those who may be

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Where Have I Been?

Wednesday, October 24, 2012

Truth be told, I am not sparking less, but I am sparking less here. I am sparking more in my own life, doing things day by day that I see are mattering to me more again. Whew! For a long time, I didn't see any change happening, and finally it is, and I am relieved.

For too long I was living with a case of the "what ifs" which is essentially made up crap in my head that keeps me from moving forward. Where I am focusing my efforts on now, is building a better fitness base, and restraining myself from going to the gym and working out like a maniac. Just because I am feeling motivated right now is exactly why I am not. How's that for counter-intuitive?

My go-to behavior has been gear myself up and crank it out. But now, I am trying a different tack. I am SLOWLY building up myself and adding to the past work by increasing or bettering what I am doing by slow increments. Baby steps, darn it. I can't even begin to know how long I have been immersed in that philosophy but now I am finally doing it. WOO HOO! It make take me a long time to finally "get something" but I get it...eventually. HA HA HA.

The result of this has been a more calm, relaxed me. I am performing at my best when I am like this. I stopped myself yesterday literally in mid frenzy and got myself to stop. I told the person, "I would think about it." It's a 1000 % better approach for me. There's no need to frenzy or fret. I even drove like a happy human to work today. No screaming, no Jersey Girl gestures, just calm driving and Gasp - letting people move in front of me without freaking out. I am hoping it is a sign on good things to come today.

I am doing what I can do and letting the rest go. It is a beautiful thing. Try it some time, you might like it too.

Have a happy day, sparkies!

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SARAWALKS 10/27/2012 11:03PM

    Glad you are back and baby-stepping along! Definitely the way to go. emoticon emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 10/26/2012 4:13PM

    I have been changing things with baby steps.
I am so glad you have found a way to make it work!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 10/26/2012 4:13PM

    This sounds lovely! Good for you!

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/25/2012 8:13AM

    Good luck and have fun doing it!

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DOODIE59 10/24/2012 7:02PM

    This new life philosophy is absolutely great news ... who knows the places you'll go, to paraphrase Dr. Seuss, with a mindset like that? You go, girl:)

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_KATHY 10/24/2012 6:15PM

    ***Happy Dance***

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MAVERICK59 10/24/2012 10:09AM

    Baby steps will get you through the journey quicker and more peacefully.
Hugs Mar,


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NOTABOUTHEFACE 10/24/2012 9:56AM

    Baby steps is the way to go baby. It's a lesson we all need to take to heart.

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NORWOODGIRL 10/24/2012 9:51AM

    I'm so happy that you found a path to personal success and serenity!
Keep it up and enjoy. emoticon emoticon

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CARAFAE37 10/24/2012 8:20AM

    I know exactly what you mean because for a while I was going crazy and over working myself. And that is no good! Good luck as you continue your journey! emoticon

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One-Word Answers

Monday, October 22, 2012

I've been a bit of a slacker lately on the blogging, so I am borrowing a fun little jumpstart from my friend, Pixie-Licious. (Thanks, Pix!) (Per Pix, the only rule is to keep your answers to one word) Come, you can do it, too!

Where is your cell phone?


Your hair?

Your mother?

Your father?

Your favourite thing?

Your dream last night?

Favourite drink?

What room are you in?

Your hobby?

Your fear?

Where do you want to be in 6 years?

Where were you last night?

Something that you aren't?


Wish list item?

Last thing you did?

What are you wearing?

Your pets?


Your life?

Your mood?

Missing someone?


Your car?

Something you're not wearing?

Your favourite store?

Your favourite colour?

When is the last time you cried?

Where do you go over and over?

Five people who email me regularly?

Favourite place to eat?

Favorite place I'd like to be right now?

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SARAWALKS 10/27/2012 11:07PM

    emoticon emoticon I think I'll steal it! emoticon

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/24/2012 12:08AM

    Fun...I might need to break down and try this! emoticon

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TX.PATRICIA 10/23/2012 2:10PM

    Thanks for sharing!

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MAVERICK59 10/23/2012 10:47AM

    This was fun to read :)

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MSHOPPER63 10/23/2012 5:33AM

    I like this Mixky, we have several things in common. My husbands name is Rick, hair color, Mother deceased. Hope your doing well.

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_KATHY 10/22/2012 11:01PM

    It really doesn't take many words to get to know a person and how they are feeling. :)

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NORWOODGIRL 10/22/2012 10:54PM

    This made me smile! emoticon

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Feeding the Correlation

Saturday, October 06, 2012

I felt like crap earlier this week. My ankle hurt, I was very tired, and a bit cranky. Man, what could it be? I couldn't help but think.....is it something I am eating?

Today I bought almond butter, almonds, walnuts, a few snacks, and lots of produce. LOTS: jicama, apples, mineolas, mandarins, broccoli, carrots, parsnips and kale.

Kale? what the...kale? I don't know what to do with it, but I am going to try to do something. I am pretty sure my body is craving something better. I am stopping my quest to lose weight, temporarily. I am going to eat to FEEL BETTER. I am going to take care of myself in a different way to feel better. That is all. I am done abusing my body in the name of coping. I am going to treat myself to a wellness break, just so I can feel better.

What do you do to make yourself feel better, sparkies?

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DIFROMWYOMING 10/9/2012 9:16AM

    Glad you are finding ways to care for YOU and not worry about the results right now. A happy healthy Mar is all we want!

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SKY2012 10/7/2012 12:40PM

    My sweet lil angel sis,

First, I am sooooooooo PROUD of you for doing something very special for your body to try to discover what it is craving.

Second, Kale is (to me) an expensive form of lettuce that a lot of people use, especially for juicing veggies and drinking it because it is a high quality lettuce with lots of vitamins and minerals in it.

I am PROUD of you also for doing what is right for YOU!

you are incredible my friend and I am happy for you emoticon

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BEFIT014 10/7/2012 7:58AM

    Eating to feel better-EXCELLENT!

I have never tried jicama before. May have to...

Have a GREAT day!

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_KATHY 10/7/2012 7:54AM

    I've used kale in chili before. Everyone liked it. SP recipe section has some good choices for just about anything. I hope you are feeling better soon Mar. Eating to feel better sounds like a win win situation to me..

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/7/2012 5:36AM

    Great way to react to your body! I use Kale in a soup recipe that I have. It can be crunchy. I have never cooked it like spinach.

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MUGGLE_MOM 10/7/2012 12:12AM

    I believe that you are absolutely on to something! You go girl!!!! Taking care of yourself should absolutely be your number 1 priority!!!!

Please keep us updated on your progress!!!

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TAMPATINK67 10/7/2012 12:09AM

    I like adding kale to soups! or search online for a kale chip recipe - a little oil and salt - yummy!

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MAVERICK59 10/7/2012 12:05AM

    Make garlic kale chips!

I like your idea of eating to feel better. You have to take care of yourself.
We all need our Mickeymax!


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LHLADY517 10/6/2012 10:07PM

    Have fun with all that great sounding food.

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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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