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Snow!

Saturday, December 17, 2011

Today we are having "movie snow." It's just beautiful out. I am, of course, glad that I don't have to go out in it, but it's really pretty.

  
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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/19/2011 9:43AM

    I love watching the snow fall while in the warm house. Its wonderful!!

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CAMMIECAT 12/18/2011 11:10PM

    Around here we call it "Norman Rockwell" snow.

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HONBAD 12/18/2011 10:10AM

    I totally agree!! It is the really beautiful, coat-everything and make-the -dreary-trees-look-pretty kind!

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TAMIPCHICAGO 12/17/2011 9:04PM

    We had a teeny bit of snow this morning. Enough to coat the lawn and cars, but not deep enough to really make an impact. It's on its way though, I'm sure. Not looking forward to it.

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TRAVLNWOMAN 12/17/2011 8:56PM

    We had our first snow of the year too. It was really pretty. I wish we could have snow and warm weather at the same time emoticon

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CELLOPLAYER1 12/17/2011 7:15PM

    We got a few inches over night. It was pretty this morning!

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EUPHRATES 12/17/2011 6:36PM

    Yeah, I saw that when I checked my phone before I headed out to get my wog in (no really, I have Kent weather saved along with Cincinnati - my mate and I determined during the LDR phase of our relationship that the general weather difference between Kent/Cleveland and Cincy was about 10 degrees and about 10 inches of snow).

Enjoy it for me 'kay?
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CHEFSOPHIE 12/17/2011 5:18PM

    We are supposed to have flurries tonight.

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PLATINUM755 12/17/2011 1:56PM

    Same here. Just enough to know it's there, but no need to shovel...I like this too!

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Whiplash

Friday, December 16, 2011

Yesterday morning as I was dressing for work, I pulled on a sweater that, the last time I wore it, was too tight. But now it fits comfortably again. That made me feel good.

Then yesterday evening hubs and I broke out the new Dance Central 2 game for the X-Box, which is great exercise but also takes pictures of you and then shows them. And OMG I look like a blimp. I just wanted to cry. I didn't. I kept dancing. But I didn't feel very good about myself.

  
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BLUE42DOWN 12/16/2011 3:59PM

    Problem with that picture on the TV (even subtracting the 20 pounds it sneaks onto us =P)? You didn't have a "Before" to compare it to, so all you had was now. Even without seeing that picture, you knew you still had a ways to go or you wouldn't be there dancing in the first place.

Imagine you're wearing a shirt that say "Work in Progress" or "Under Development". You're not done yet. But you're DOING something about it and that matters a lot.

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SHOOPETTE 12/16/2011 2:15PM

    Ups and down, concentrate on the ups, these things don't take good pictures anyway

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AMANDASHRINKING 12/16/2011 10:44AM

    i love that game but I feel the same way when it shows me myself good job on the kept dancing though

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TRAVLNWOMAN 12/16/2011 7:52AM

    I am so glad you kept dancing but so sad you let it make you cry. The sweater is telling you the truth. The distorted picture from the TV is telling you lies. It's kind of like they were playing "good cop, bad cop".

Does the cop you listened to present a pattern in your life? Do the negatives sound more believable to you than the positives? If so, then it is time to start practicing believing all the good things. Hold them near your heart and celebrate. Take those negatives and karate kick them right out of your life!

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Kimberly

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ORGANIC811LFRV 12/16/2011 7:35AM

    It will get better. Just continue on. emoticon

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Grocery store on an empty stomach, and yet success!

Thursday, December 15, 2011

I got in my workout this morning, but was running late, so ran out of the house without more than a glass of milk. I had to run around downtown, visiting three different courthouses, then make three other stops. The final one was the grocery store, and by that time I was pretty hungry. And everything around suddenly looked delicious.

But I took a deep breath, focused on what I came for, and only succumbed to one chunk of gouda cheese, which I need for a cheese platter for an event anyway. Everything else was just what I'd gone in for.

Then I drove past the line of fast food temptation and came home to eat my healthy lunch.

  
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-POLEDANCEGIRL- 12/16/2011 11:12AM

    ROCK ON!!!!! That takes will power!!!

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MARIE405 12/15/2011 7:08PM

    Great Job. Now that is Will Power. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CHEFSOPHIE 12/15/2011 4:20PM

    Well done!

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TRULYVISIBLE 12/15/2011 3:05PM

  Great job, I admire you for that! For me shopping on an empty stomach is a disaster. The last time I did that and came home I looked at some things I bought and said WTF!

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SHOOPETTE 12/15/2011 2:46PM

    awesome job!

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BLUE42DOWN 12/15/2011 1:12PM

    Good job resisting temptation!

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Following Michael Pollan

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

If you haven't read any of Michael Pollan's books, you should. In particular, I recommend "In Defense of Food." Pollan's thesis is that much of our health problems stem from eating artificially created foods and highly processed foods, and that health can be achieved by eating real foods, in moderation, mostly from plants.

Working from that premise, I've lost 20 pounds in just under 3 months. And I haven't felt deprived, or suffered cravings. I have enjoyed things like sour cream and real cheese, and real salad dressing. And butter - yes, real butter.

I have a long way to go, but I believe that eating this way is far more beneficial in the long run. And now I'm the co-leader of a Spark Team that supports this kind of eating.

If you are interested, please join us on Food Rules. I'm working to get this group back to the lively discussion and support group that I think it should be. Hope to see you there!

  
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EUPHRATES 12/14/2011 7:13PM

    Ooo, very cool! (And a philosophy I can totally get behind)

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CHEFSOPHIE 12/14/2011 4:52PM

    I read the Carnivore's Delimma. It was interesting.

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HONBAD 12/14/2011 10:07AM

    I really want to read his books! I saw him on TV talking about his food rules and they all sounded absolutely spot on to me. The one I liked the most was that you can have "junk" food, you just have to make it from scratch. I mean how many times a year are you willing to make french fries yourself?! Or a cake without using a box mix or buying one from a store? Everytime I see a new convenience junk food, I think of that. It shouldn't be that easy to eat crap! I will check out that group and maybe I will make reading all of his books my resolution for 2012.

Cheers!
Liz

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AHNAZEE 12/14/2011 9:03AM

    On my way!

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Procrastination is a beast

Monday, December 12, 2011

I didn't manage to work out this weekend. I get it done all week, because I have to do it before I sit down and start working, but on the weekends I can "do it anytime today" and then suddenly the day is over and I haven't.

This is a challenge for which I must develop a strategy. Grr.

  
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COLEENCOLE 12/14/2011 10:00AM

    Hope you are back on schedule.

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AIMEESINGS 12/14/2011 4:50AM

    Ug I'm the same way! Also having my hubby home all weekend I get wrapped up in spending time doing this with him and forget. We need to set a time and just do it!

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EUPHRATES 12/12/2011 9:57PM

    Weekend strategies can be tough to figure out, but it's SO important!
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BLUE42DOWN 12/12/2011 2:49PM

    Maybe scheduling it for a specific time and writing that on the calendar would help, even if it could be any time, having a defined time would give it structure.

I know that's part of why some people like to have a workout buddy - someone who is also there, expecting us to be there.

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HONBAD 12/12/2011 8:12AM

    I did the same thing Saturday! It was 10:30 (basically bedtime) and I hadn't done any exercising yet. I ended up just doing ~30 minutes of yoga with some added light core exercises. That way I at least did a little something but it wasn't vigorous enough to keep me from getting to sleep. Those are the times I just tell myself every little bit helps! I probably need to make myself get up and get it out of the way even on the weekends.

Cheers!
Liz

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EMMANYC 12/12/2011 7:45AM

    I'm a morning person, and I also have a thyroid condition so I get super-tired at night. Therefore, working out is always the first thing I do after waking up and having coffee. (The only difference on the weekend is that I read the NY Times in bed first.)

Maybe you could create a special weekend-only incentive for yourself to work out first thing in the on weekends. For example, download some new music and only play it for weekend workouts? Buy some new workout clothes but only wear them for weekend workouts? Or have a healthy but special post-workout breakfast/brunch that you only have on days when you work out?

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