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Working on a Vision Collage!

Thursday, October 21, 2010

Among the many different things that have been going on in my life this week includes working on a vision collage for my self and getting ready for a SparkPeople 'vision collage' meet up this coming monday.

I ran across the following link to a SP vision collage photos
Very cool stuff (for some inspiration):

Below are a few of them:

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JAY75REY 10/21/2010 12:56PM

    Great pics and examples of vision collages! We'll bring our ideas and creativity to the Meet-Up!

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Gained 10 pounds while on vacation ...

Monday, October 18, 2010

View from our cabin near Marlinton, WV

My West Virginia vacation was great -except I didn't watch what I consumed that well (I just didn't want to) or made time for exercising; especially on the rainy days. There were several b-day parties for hubby's nephew and great nephew & nieces; then there were 2 tail gate parties at the football games; +big Greek Festival; too many steak dinners w/college buds. I finally got my bootie on the scale last week and see that I've gained 10# -so am really feeling cheesy-whimpy-bummed out. (Then started thinking that maybe I'm just destined to be fat.)

Some WV humor near Spark WV. When we saw this we pulled over, but quickly realized it ws a scarecrow falling of the ladder not a person.

YIKES!! That little brain fart inspired me to get back on line and sparking!!! I know I need to dig deeper as to why I keep refusing to stay on program for my food consumption & exercise: even while on vacation. (To my credit I did go on several long walks at local park & rose garden and woodland trails.) Enough of that.

Old friends farmhouse we visited w/near Union WV

Soooo, today I'm going to start working on my "Vision Collage", something I've never done while here on SP. The local SacSparkles group has a "Vision Collage" meet up this coming Monday October 25th, so am looking forward to doing this and hope that it will help get me back on track.

Ciao for now.


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JAY75REY 10/21/2010 1:00PM

    Hey, don't feel bad, I'm there with you! I've gained around 10 lbs and didn't even GO on vacation! (though I need one badly!). Funny, my hubby was just talking this week to his cousin in Wheeling and getting the WV Fever! A very nice place to visit, I'm looking forward to going back again someday.

Love the photos!

We're not destined to be fat...We can lose weight and get healthy together!

p.s. send me your regular email and I'll send a very cool WV song and slide show that cousin Jimmy created and sent to us. He's a photographer and author as well as a Wheeling WV booster.

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UP2ME_CC 10/18/2010 6:06PM

    What a nice way to create your collage. Sounds like a good time.

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Cookout was delicious, but almost 2000 calories....

Tuesday, September 07, 2010

Hmmmm boy! Did I eat good at our Labor Day cookout yesterday, but I was dreading logging it all in this morning. I went to the cookout with these mental instructions:

- choose the smallest/thinnest/leanest rib eye;
- go for a medium (vs giant) sized baked potato
- and only 1 (vs 2+) tablespoon of sour cream & NO butter on that 'tater
- eat all the green salad I wanted w/Paul Newman's asian/ginger dressing
- limit wine to 2 servings max (I love cabernet w/steaks so this is tuff for me)
- only 1 desert ... (another tuff one, when there's so much to choose from)

OK. Now the reality check of logging the food in this morning: I consumed almost 2000 calories at the cookout.

YIKES! If this is me trying to be good at a cookout I can't imagine how many calories I've been consuming at my "bad" cookouts.

Oh boy! I feel good about keeping with my eating plan/instructions, BUT (there always is a but isn't there) but -now wishing I had done better.

How did ya'll do????


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NOWELLE76 9/22/2010 1:11AM

    wow, if you stuck to your list I would say you did really well :)

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MISS_VIV 9/7/2010 9:45AM

I doubt I would have done any better than 2000.
Instead, I ate mindfully, EXCEPT for those butter toffee mixed NUTS..
I don't even know how to post THEM, so I didn't................

Mims, you will do so much better today without the challenge of the cookout.
Take Care
Keep an eye on your PLAN.

BIG HUGS emoticon

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Eating, Praying & Loving, Frivolity or Essentials?

Saturday, August 28, 2010

Yesterday I went over to my cousin's house to HELP her with her computer, LOL! (I'm not that good w/computers, but she's even more clueless than I am.) After the computer session, she & I then set out to meet up w/a friend of mine to see the movie "Eat, Pray & Love.

OK. I'm not a big Julia Robert's fan, she never acts well enough to 'disappear' into a movie -for me. In fact I would have never gone to this movie of my own volition, but the girls wanted to and I wanted to do something frivolous and fun this week with friends.

The general plot: successful female writer gets unhappy w/her life – gets divorced & embarks on a yearlong trip to Italy, India, and Bali in search of enlightenment or balance or some other ointment to soothe her unease. Julia’s movie star-ness overwhelms the film almost immediately, but I tell myself ‘hey, let it go -they say she gained 10 pounds for the eating scenes in the Italy segment”. I try to let the Julia-ness go, but can’t help but chuckle when she and the other svelte actress decided to embrace their "muffin tops" in Italy and just buy a bigger pair of jeans to wear while they ate. From now on my big 'spare tire' is going to be referred to as a ‘jumbo-muffin-top’ in honor of this segment.

Ohhhhhhhhhhh, but the scenes from Italy were gorgeous! and the food/pasta looked so fresh and delicious. Low-carbers may need to avert their eyes at some of the Italian scenes, because pasta, pizza & wine were gloriously consumed! But world-traveler wanna-bees will be inspired to plan a trip to Italy immediately. I've been to Italy twice and now need to get another Italian fix -ASAP! But the Italian story gave me the strong reminder that preparing simple fresh food and sitting down with friends/family eating delicious meals is not frivolous. You know -who has the time to prepare meals and sit down and eat them with frends/family these days?? BUT! in fact doing this is essential to our very lives -our human spirit!!! Good reminder of how essential eating is to our lives.

The movie shifts to India and the scenes include glimpses of poverty, pollution, filth, but it really highlights the beauty of India: the land, the architecture, the art, even the simple every day clothes worn while working, praying & going about the day; and then of course gorgeous colorful silk fabrics and jewelry worn at a wedding celebration; and an elephant (elephants always make me smile). In India the focus is on prayer & meditative life and lessons learned at an ashram. Now I find the public, repetitive group prayer sessions distasteful, and worry that too many participate in this as a see and be seen activity. I am a more private worshipful individual, so the deep prayerful meditation scenes in beautiful garden surroundings were very meaningful and inspiring. The point being that prayer and meditation are so important to our lives, to help us clearly see the steps that we need to take to improve our lives and the lives of others. Prayer is very essential.

In Bali, the gorgeous views of creation in Indonesia, the plants, flowers, beaches, sea, and sun sets and sun rises were beautiful and inspiring (YES, I now hope to go to Bali before I die). The delicious pictures of land, sky & air, just made me think about the Creator God/Yahweh and his love. His love is all around us. He share’s it freely with us to encourage and inspire us –if/when we open our hearts and mind to it. Likewise, our lives and the environment we improve around us should be full of love and shared with as many as we can. The many expressions of God’s/Yahweh’s love is essential to our life. Likewise -the various expressions of our love to those around us are essential to us growing in love. Down deep we all know that love is essential, but I’m not sure we really realize how deep and all encompassing that love should be; and how essential it is for us to continually love.

How does that Beatle song go? “Love, Love, Love, all you need is love! I agree!

This frivolous and slightly predictable summer movie ended up being a great little reminder to me about how essential and important it is to eat, pray and love. I hope to do more eating, praying and loving from this point forward.


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NOWELLE76 9/2/2010 12:46AM

    That's a cute little blog... I don't really care for JUlia Roberts as an actress either but I love to travel so thought of going to see this movie. Prayer... I like what you have to say b/c often my prayer is 'Help me God' and nothing else. Prayer for just the beauty of it... like in a garden talkign to God/Yahweh/Jesus... hrm, not very often. Now, eating fresh made food is great and I DEFINATELY need to have some more friends over for it. I love cooking for others...

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AJDOVER1 8/30/2010 6:50PM

    Thanks so much for this blog! I thought I was the only one who felt that way about Julia Roberts.

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MIAJOEB 8/30/2010 1:26PM

    It is surprising where inspiration lurks. But I still have not been able to finish the book.
I'll be late but I will stop by.

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_RANDY_ 8/28/2010 4:31PM

    Always love visiting your blog/page to see your back ground.

Positive thought being sent your way. emoticon

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JAY75REY 8/28/2010 12:57PM

    Good insights; we need to tend to our inner lives and relationship to our Higher Power, as well as what we look like and our physical health. What we are inside is everything.

I'm with you re Julia. I cannot see her as "everywoman" and she is hard to relate to. Her acting is only so so. And Julia with a "muffin top?" It is to laugh! Insert perhaps Susan Sarandon, Diane Lane instead. Now, for a real transformation, imagine Roseann Barr in the movie!

See ya,


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how do you redirect an 'i don't want to' mind?

Thursday, August 26, 2010

Cathy T. sent me the above cartoon and I totally agree with the statement "There's only one person to lose weight for: me."

I want to get healthier, exercise more, eat less processed food, lose weight, etc. These are my thoughts, my words but some how my actions and track record often leads me to believe that "I don't seem to want to"....

So am open to comments on how to redirect my silly brain when it gets in the 'I don't want to' phase.

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JAY75REY 8/26/2010 7:41PM

    I'm having a little trouble with my motivation right now, too. So let's be motivation buddies! I today vow, that I will go for one day, from now through tomorrow, without any sweets like cookies, muffins, candy etc. This has been my temptation lately. If I can do this for one day...then another day?

What do you think? What is one thing you can do towards your weight goal and health for one day? Exercise? Eat more fruits and vegetables? Cut out some snacking? Think of something and let me know!

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JOFOR15 8/26/2010 4:27PM

  Great stuff EDRECOVERY!

How about change the begining of the sentence to " I do want to"and see what happens.


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DLDAY08 8/26/2010 11:52AM

    I agree with Onehappybunny, I have lost the weight told myself I wouldn't let myself regain it. I have let myself regain some of the weight and now I wonder how am I to get back on track. Will be praying the Father gives us all the strength we need to turn our bodies into the Temples they are meant to be. :-)

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EDRECOVERY 8/26/2010 11:36AM

    Does this help any?

Gaining the Willpower to Lose Weight

You can lose weight if you set your mind to it! Are you ready to take action to achieve the body of your dreams?

The biggest barrier you face is actually your self-discipline and willpower.

You may have fallen into a vicious cycle. The cycle starts with eating a poor diet full of fats, carbs, and processed foods. These are the kinds of foods that make you feel tired and lethargic all the time. Then, because your body lacks proper energy, you don't feel much like exercising.

What's the end result? You end up with a huge loss of willpower and you feel miserable and hopeless.

But there is hope! You can make the change! If you truly want to lose weight, you first have to build the willpower to make it happen.

Here's a list of things to consider when boosting your willpower:

1. Don't Wait For Something Bad To Happen. Your willpower is within you and you don't want something bad to happen in order to find it.

· We've all heard the stories about someone suffering a severe trauma, like a heart attack, and how that life event leads to a permanent change in their habits. You don't need this to happen to you in order to get motivated!

2. Watch Your Portion Size. This is one tip that can allow you to start small. It's hard to muster up the willpower if you're trying to go from one extreme to another. Decide that you're going to have the same meal tonight that you would normally eat - but give yourself a smaller portion size.

· The trick is to use smaller plates so the plate visually appears full.

3. Give Yourself A Cheat Day. It'll be an easier transition for you if you allow yourself some fun once in awhile. Tell yourself that next Saturday you can enjoy that pizza for dinner or that chocolate cake for dessert. You'll be less likely to give up knowing that you can eat some pizza next Saturday instead of "never."

· Your "cheat" day doesn't mean "over-eat" day.

· Savor the flavors of your food, even if it means having a smaller piece than you're used to. Once you've finished your piece, your willpower should kick in and say "no more!"

4. Take Photographs. You can motivate yourself to lose weight by taking some self-portraits. We usually don't have the best idea about how we truly look until we see ourselves in a photograph. Keep a picture with you and look at it when you feel like giving up.

· Update your photo often and compare them as you start to lose weight.

5. Make A Food List. Write down all the foods you enjoy eating, then evaluate whether or not these items are healthy. Chances are there are at least some healthy foods that you actually enjoy eating - such as fruits and vegetables. Make sure you start buying these foods for your home.

6. Exercise In Moderation. Adding exercise to your routine can also be a daunting task if you try to jump in too fast. Nobody is telling you that you need to join a gym and engage in rigorous workouts if that's not your style. You'll actually be surprised at how energized you can feel just by taking a 30 minute walk, three times a week.

Set Small Goals

No matter how you choose to approach your weight loss, it's important to take small steps and remain in good spirits. Doing too much, too fast will only set you up for failure. Instead, set small, manageable goals like one pound per week. By focusing on the smaller, more attainable goal, you'll actually see results far more quickly.

In the end, remember to reward yourself for a job well done. After all, you deserve it! Once you have mustered the willpower to succeed at weight loss, you can succeed at anything in your life!


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ONEHAPPYBUNNY 8/26/2010 8:40AM

    If you find out, will you please let me know?
I could have written this, I wish you luck and good health

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