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Is my body a temple or a prison?

Saturday, April 09, 2011

"A healthy body is a guest-chamber for the soul; a sick body is a prison."
- Francis Bacon

This was today's healthy reflection quote. I really like these quotes. Along with Irene's daily devotions the quotes really get me thinking about myself and how I look at my world.

When I am not physically feeling well it is hard to stay on a healthy diet. So I eat the wrong food and I feel worse.

2 years ago I started to take allergy shots. I was always sick with a head cold, congestion and sinus infections. I did not physically feel well. My body truly felt like a prison. When I was overweight I felt like a prisoner. I did not want to leave the house. I did not want to go to parties. I did not want anything. I was a prisoner.

I started to change by taking allergy shots. It took a few months for my body to feel better. Then I could focus on my eating and exercise. That is when I made a change. A change for the better.
I need to care for this body so it will not become a prison.
I need to care for God's Temple.

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HEALTHYME47 4/13/2011 11:52AM

    That is such a great analogy - body or prison. You know what, I'm feeling like I've been let out of prison too. Yours started with allergy shots, mine started with getting out of the house to walk.

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RAKYM1 4/11/2011 12:27PM

    AMEN AMEN AMEN!!!! I too believe that this body that was loaned to me is a TEMPLE and i refuse to be a prisoner.

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STRINGI719 4/11/2011 8:45AM

    AMEN! You are so right - God gave us this precious gift, this amazing, miraculous creation that even the sharpest human minds simply cannot figure out! We need to treat is with the reverence it deserves - it's just so hard to do that when a donut is calling my name!

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FERRETLOVER1 4/10/2011 7:32AM

    So true - when you feel sick, you tend to think you "deserve" to eat things you know aren't really good for you. But, when you are feeling great, you also eat great!!

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SUNNYWBL 4/10/2011 12:28AM

    What kind of allergy shots did you take? As a child, I was given several sets of allergy shots that were made just for me. One was from a collection of house dust, dander, etc. that my Mom had to gather from our house - attic to cellar.

The second set was collected by obtaining scrapings from my windpipe. As a result, I survived my childhood asthma. Although I still have asthma, it no longer threadens my life on a regular basis. I very rarely get colds, either. emoticon

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DIDMIS 4/9/2011 11:54PM

    That is so true Becky. emoticon

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April's Fool

Monday, April 04, 2011

Well I fell off the wagon.
I just read the article about food addiction. To many of us Science has finally confirmed what we already knew. Food is addictive. Food can give a person a high just like a drugs.
I am a food addict. Or more I am a sugar addict. I can not eat just one cookie, cake, m&m or anything. If I start I will eat until I am crazy. F
Finally Science has told me what I already knew I am an addict.

So do I give up and just resign myself to the fact that I can not help myself.


But just like anything addiction I have the power of God to help me.
I have the power of my friends to help me.
I have the power to help myself.
I will stumble along the way. I will get mad at myself and I will fall but I have the power to change myself.

My tools are my journal, my calorie book, my food scale, my measuring cups, my weight scale, my computer (sparkfriends), my treadmill, my TOPS friends and my Bible. These are the things that will help me stay strong.

I can do this.
I have fallen but I am getting up and dusting myself off and trying again.

I will not be an April Fool.

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KLABELL 4/9/2011 6:59AM

    Where did you find the article on food addiction?

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KLABELL 4/9/2011 6:58AM

    It's good that you are aware of it, and can take the necessary steps to deal with it. You will figure out along the way what works for you,
and we are here to help.

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HEALTHYME47 4/7/2011 8:34AM

    I thought that was a great article, too, and I totally believe that certain foods trigger an addiction for me (primarily sweets). Your tools will work for you. Great blog entry.


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CATIATM 4/6/2011 6:53AM

    I know what you mean. I think food addiction is way worse. We don't ever need to drink alcohol, smoke, or take drugs, but food addicts need to face food multiple times every day. I believe we can do this, though. emoticon

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PHIL_4-13 4/5/2011 2:50PM

    I love this entry and all the responses! Even when I am only maintaining, not tracking, I still come here to SP because I have friends here. Friends who are WINNING this battle, even if they are "stumbling" or "chasing after their horse." (Great images, ladies!)

Once we know food is the "drug of choice," what do we do? We cannot stop eating.

Johnny Cash, after giving up alcohol and drugs, said that dieting was even harder because you cannot abstain from food.

And I must really be hooked, because I do not want to give up my trigger foods, like chocolate. Please encourage and advise me, ladies!

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SUNNYWBL 4/5/2011 1:53PM

    Rather than thinking - 'fallen', think stumbled. We all trip ourselves on this journey, but we just keep on, keepin on..............

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RIVERWRITER 4/5/2011 1:52PM

    What ParkerCM said: ditto! You're no April Fool, and I too thank you for getting up and trying again. It inspires me to do the same.

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STRINGI719 4/5/2011 8:47AM

    You are so right - it cracks me up every time I see research confirming what I've KNOWN for a very long time!

I watched an episode of Oprah last year where she spent the hour talking with author Geneen Roth, who'd written a book called "Women, Food and God". She mentioned some things about how food is simply the drug of choice for some of us, but that we abuse it the same way other people abuse alcohol and drugs. We use it to numb ourselves and to not deal with our emotions. BINGO!

I love seeing your resolve and YES, you can do it!

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DIDMIS 4/4/2011 11:13PM

    emoticon emoticonYou did it before and you can do it again.
Get that pretty picture out when you became a KOPS and look at it.
We all fall off the wagon sometimes and if the horse isn't going too fast we can catch up and get back on.

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PARKERCM 4/4/2011 10:44PM

  I am a fellow sugar addict. I too, cannot eat just 1 cookie. I always thought it was just a lack of discipline--and to some degree, it is.

Thanks for getting up and trying again. I am following in your footsteps.

Happy April.
You are no fool.

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Back in the day.

Monday, March 28, 2011

A friend of mine has been writing blogs about how life was different back in the day. She is just a little older than me but back in my day exercise was fun tooo.

I grew up with TV. We had a TV but could only watch it at night. On Saturday Morning we could see cartoons. Sunday the Wonderful World of Disney.

A friend of mine asked me if I was athletic when I was younger. I quickly told her no. I loved to read a good book. On Saturdays and almost everyday in the summer I would ride my bike to the library it was about 1 mile from my house. I would get a book and read it. I was not exercising I was having fun.

I walking to school a mile every morning and home in the afternoon rain or snow I walked, I was not exercise it was just the way it was.
Riding your bike all afternoon up and down the street or to the swimming pool 5 miles away was not exercise it was fun.
Climbing trees was not exercise.
As I got older I was a swimming teacher. I would swim and tread water for at least 15 mins every hour. I would also swim laps as I swam beside my students. I was not exercise it was a job.

Now I think back. Yes, I was active. I did walk, bike and swim.
I would not call it exercise but I had fun.
Today kids can not walk to school. There are no sidewalks.
There is no place safe to ride a bike.

I was behind a bus. It came out of the school driveway and stopped across the street to drop the kids off. Yes across the street.
How sad the kids can not even walk across the street?

Me I have to drive 15 miles to a safe place to ride my bike. I drive to the park to walk. I can not walk around my area there are no sidewalks. My kids did not walk 1 mile to school there are no sidewalks. I When I first moved to my house 25 years ago I would ride my bike to town 3 miles away. But now there is just tooo much traffic.

I used to walk down my road where I live. Now there are tooo many cars. No shoulder on the road it is just too dangerous. So instead I park my car at the end of the parking lot and walk a little farther to the store. I try to get up and walk around during the day instead of just sitting at my desk.

Now I try not to just sit and watch TV. I try to only watch when I am on the treadmill. As for the computer well I will admit Sparkpeople has become addictive and I can not walk and Spark at the same time. Maybe one day I will have the computer I can talk to and it will type for me.

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    I have always thought that it is sad that my children cannot do the things I did. I rode my bike around my neighborhood when I lived in town and when we moved to the country, I would spend the whole day walking in the woods and riding up and down our 1/4 mile driveway. Now I am afraid to let my children take off, even down our dead-end road. There is too much traffic for them to walk to school or even to the convenience store that is a half mile away. We drive to the park to walk and they can only ride their bikes when one of us can be outside to watch them.

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SUNNYWBL 3/28/2011 2:47PM

    I'm so glad I live in a town where I can walk safely, even after dark, and my teenagers had to walk to school!

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DIDMIS 3/28/2011 11:35AM

    Am I the friend who is just a LITTLE older than you writing blogs abouthow things used to be? I know Ihave been.
Now Becky you want a computer that will type for you therefore not even exercising your fingers.

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STRINGI719 3/28/2011 10:55AM

    So much truth to all of this!!! I don't remember even liking to watch TV when I was a kid - now I'm addicted, and my kids are too! There are positives to all the educational shows available on PBS, Disney, Nick, and Noggin nowadays, but there are HUGE drawbacks to having special kids shows on ALL DAY LONG too!

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HEALTHYME47 3/28/2011 8:34AM

    It is harder now with all of the traffic!

I found out that they sell these "treadmill desks" which set on your treadmill so that you can put a laptop there...making it possible to walk and Spark at the same time.

You are so right. We need to try to think of all the activities we did when we were young and figure out how to fit them in again!

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MNNSAIDE 3/28/2011 6:44AM

    Good memories and true my friend.

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TECAVINESS 3/28/2011 12:32AM

    Little things we used to do everyday are now chores for kids today.

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Fear of writing part 2 Beware teacher talk

Thursday, February 17, 2011

As a teacher many of us have to overcome the things we feared as children.
Mine was writing. I have many good thoughts but I just could not express myself on paper. I am a great storyteller. I can talk your ear off with stories. I am the librarian in the school. I tell stories everyday.
During this time of year I help any class that need extra help with the students to pass the state exam. Last year I was teaching 8th grade Science, 6th grade math. This year it is 3rd grade reading and 4th grade writing. I have started the all day writing academies. I was very nervous. I thought I was not as good as the other 4th grade teachers. When came the time to grade the papers I gave the same grade to the papers as the writing teacher. YEA!! I was right on track. Today was my 2nd writing academy. I had the students tell me their stories orally before they wrote them. This is something I did with my 1st graders when I was a classroom teacher. This was very effective but very time consuming. Friday will be my 3rd academy. Again I am going to have the ones that were the lowest on the writing tell me the stories orally. The others students that have been doing well can work on their own.

For me I have found I am on track with the grading the thing I feared the most. Most 4th graders do not use grammar so I do not need to grade it. It is just the stress of watching the kids fail and not being able to help them. Then I see the writing teacher she is not worried. She does not stay at work until 8pm. Why am I stressing myself out. Why I am not sleeping? Why am I spending more time at school than with my family?

It is because I care about these students and the stress is driving me to chocolate. Next week I am going to eat healthy. Being nervous and eating sweets does not make me feel well. I know this but why can't I follow my own advice. Next week I will. Friday back on track.

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CATIATM 2/22/2011 1:53PM

    I admire your dedication, and the children definitely need more teachers like you. But you need to take care of yourself first before you can take care of anyone else, and the children watch and learn from you even when you aren't actively teaching, so incorporating those healthy habits is doing double the good!

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    You are facing and confronting fears and doing it afraid you are an over comer and you are a winner, do not over look all the marvelous qualities our dear sweet Lord loaded up within you when He created you. Do not sell yourself short. You are do so great. emoticon

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STRINGI719 2/18/2011 12:03PM

    Your dedication is so admirable! Keep on giving those kiddos 100% effort, but remember to do the same for yourself. Fill your tank with quality fuel so that you have even MORE to give to them each day!

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DIDMIS 2/18/2011 1:22AM

    emoticonBecky so you will be the best loser next week. Good for you.

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Who me? I just can't do it. Help where is the chocolate?

Wednesday, February 09, 2011

The last time I was this nervous I was in High School. I remember as a Jr. I was in a room full of students and everyone understood what the teacher wanted. I was the fat, ugly girl and I just could not get it. The teacher was handing back the writing papers and mine paper had in red ink, "see me after class. " I just could not get it. I had so many ideas to write about but the spelling, punctuation and everything just got in the way. I hated writing.
Now I am an adult. I went to college. I am a teacher/librarian. I have written many papers. Why do I want to eat chocolate? Why do I want some cookies? Where are the M&M's?
On Friday I am giving a workshop to 4th grade students on how to be a better writer. These wonderful kids are looking to me to help them improve their writing skills. Me? Me?
What do I know about writing? Why does the principal think I can do this? I do know anything about writing.
I feel like I am the last person in the world these young students should be going to for help. I need help!! I need someone to proof my papers!
I will not eat chocolate. I will eat a Special K snack bar. I will drink Hot Chocolate. I will control my emotions.
I am not that scared fat girl any more. She is grown up and she can do it.

Thanks for reading rant. I need to just get it off my chest.

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HEALTHYME47 2/15/2011 6:40PM

    My daughter had trouble in school and now she is studying to become a special ed teacher. She will have so much empathy for the things that kids find confusing and how to overcome them. I'm sure your workshop was great. You have proven that you can do ANYTHING.


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CATIATM 2/15/2011 9:53AM

    You are absolutely right: you are not that little girl anymore. Good for you! emoticon

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PHIL_4-13 2/11/2011 11:15AM

    I agree with String1719: the one who had trouble writing is the best teacher. I would add that you might consider sharing with them how hard it was for you. My Mom never told my sister that Mom had a terrible time in school. My sister always wished Mom HAD told her, so that she would have known she was not alone. Share some of your vulnerabilitiy with them. They are much more afraid than you are, and you could really reduce some trauma for them.

And to DIDMIS I say, "Way to be so frugal!" :) So funny!

My favorite T-shirts are:
FRONT of shirt: Man cannot live by Chocolate alone.
BACK: But woman can!

Also: Hand over the chocolate, and no one gets hurt!

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STRINGI719 2/10/2011 7:45PM

    Speaking from experience in the classroom, I think sometimes the people who struggled with a skill are actually the best ones to teach it. You can relate to the kids in a totally different way than those people who were just always naturally good at it. I have the hardest time teaching Math to my 6th graders, because to me it was just so simple. I couldn't understand what they "didn't get" about it. I know you will do an amazing job tomorrow. BEST WISHES!

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LKWQUILTER 2/10/2011 1:18PM

    You have accomplished a lot and you can do it!! Don't forget your successes!

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RAKYM1 2/10/2011 10:21AM

    You will do great! Have a good Day!

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JUST4ME927 2/10/2011 7:07AM

    You ARE an intelligent person! Expressing our struggles removes their power and hold on us. Way to go!

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DIDMIS 2/10/2011 1:43AM

    We all have ghosts of the past. Chocolate??????? My dad had an account at the grocery store which he paid once a month.
I saw other kids go in and get candy so I thought Why can't I?
So one day I tried it. I think it lasted about 3 days until the grocer told on me.
You see I was getting a good bargain also. One for a nickel (Mind you a nickel candy bar) and I could get 3 for a dime. So to save money :) I bought three and ate all three on the way home
I still love chocolate.

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JERESS26 2/9/2011 11:30PM

    Why is it that we hold on to those moments and forget the ones that should be remembered? I think you are the best person to teach them because you were there already. You can encourage them to write and let them know the punctuation will come along with it. You may have a great novelist in this class and they will remember you as the one that helped them with their love of writing. Share your experience with them and enjoy the class.
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SUNNYWBL 2/9/2011 11:04PM

    emoticonAnd don'cha feel better already? emoticon

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IMREITE 2/9/2011 10:57PM

    Sometimes those meomories of being the scared fat kid stay with us as adults. i find those fears sometimes stop me from getting where i want to go too. I am fighting htem a little at a time.

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