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Californians, please vote!

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

And since I've been working in ballot processing, here is my two cents' worth of advice: please follow the instructions and vote correctly. The write-in line is only for valid, registered candidates. Do not write in your friend's name or Mickey Mouse or "none of the above". If you don't want to vote for any of the candidates, leave it blank and save your wisecracks for Facebook.

ANYTHING on a write-in line causes the ballot to be spit out of the machine, and it must then be handled by a team of workers who manually review the ballot against the list of candidates and then resubmit it for tabulation - this extra time costs taxpayer dollars, so please don't waste it.

For a list of registered candidates, see your city/county's elections website.

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    emoticon , although I'm not a CA resident.

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KANOE10 6/4/2014 7:33AM

    emoticon If you are going to vote, do it right!

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    emoticon from a Floridian here.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 6/3/2014 2:23PM


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IDICEM 6/3/2014 12:59PM

  I'm not a Californian, but well said!

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Article on struggling with food issues

Tuesday, April 01, 2014

I wanted to share this excellent article about struggling with food issues.

How I Lost 60 Pounds Without Dieting Or Eliminating Food Groups
by Nowreen Nazmi

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LISAN0415 6/10/2014 2:17AM

    Do you have netflix, or access to somoen with Netflix? There is an awesome, awesome documentary on there called "Hungry for Change"

I learned a few great tips on there for my new lifestyle that really really help.

Number 1 was "never tell yourself, "I can't have that" when looking at a food you would normally eat, but doesn't work well in your plan. Instead tell yourself: "I am choosing something better".

Also I liked the tip about actively visualizing your body the way you want it, and visualizing the number on the scale you want to see. I try that at night.

Good luck to you!

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IMAVISION 5/8/2014 6:07PM

    emoticon She sure did share a lot of sound advice, didn't she?

God bless!


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LEANJEAN6 4/27/2014 6:44PM

    It is a great article--Thanks-----All is well here this morning-Funny how things are always worse in the night----- Lynda emoticon

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KANOE10 4/2/2014 9:20AM

    That was an absolutely excellent article. Her tools are correct. Find healthy foods that you love. Take things with you to a family gathering. I am saving the article for future reading and checking out her newsletter..and also her recipes.

Thanks Mary!

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HICKOK-HALEY 4/2/2014 7:25AM

    Great article, and I agree. emoticon

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POSITIVEHOPE 4/2/2014 1:42AM

    Great article. Yes, our journey has to be tailor made for us so that it will be something we can enjoy for life.

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    Super reading. Thanks for the wonderful articles.

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EVER-HOPEFUL 4/1/2014 5:06PM

    thanks for shareing i also signed up for thier newsletter emoticon

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Rule #11

Saturday, February 15, 2014

I had an epic fail yesterday.

I ate well all day, went for a long walk, drank my water, went and worked in my storage unit for a while... and then I went to the grocery store hungry.

The end result? A bucket of fried chicken, a pint of Ben & Jerry's Chocolate Therapy ice cream, and a very upset tummy.


That is all.

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LISAN0415 6/10/2014 2:14AM

    I know, I know! I have to remind myself everytime!!!

We went to the movies the other day right after I re-started my weight loss regime. I purposelly ate a lot of raw veggies before we went so that I would be so full it would be easy to resist the popcorn and candy that I would normally indulge in.

My 8 year old got a small popcorn and some candy, and I was able tp resist taking even 1 bite.

Yes, I know 1 bite is not going to ruin a day, BUT I know myself, I go down a slippery slope, 1 bite turns into me tumbling down a hill! That's true for some candy, pizza and tortila chips for me. I have trouble eating a small portion and ending up overindulging.

Well, hiopefully I can remind myself about the lesson you learned next time I go shopping.
Thanks for sharing!

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HICKOK-HALEY 3/30/2014 12:01AM

    I agree lol. Fortunately I go shopping when I am full. I never did this on purpose, just works out that way. How are you feeling?

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TONBEN 3/21/2014 9:32AM

    lol I have so many of those days, of course if we were closer it would be worse, cause your have to share that Ben and Jerry's. You've done amazing, just get back on track! emoticon

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KANOE10 2/16/2014 12:39PM

    Yes..I am also vulnerable when shopping when I am hungry. I keep 100 calorie packets of nuts in my purse for such times. I also stop in and drink a hot herbal tea while shopping.

Have a great new day today. You can do it.

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STEPH-KNEE 2/15/2014 10:35PM

    So true!! emoticon

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SABLENESS 2/15/2014 7:03PM

    Amen to that. Happened to me last week. BAD idea, going hungry. Takes a day like that to remind us how bad. My stomach doesn't like overindulgence any more.

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The Rules (which I have NOT been following)

Friday, February 07, 2014

Thanks to BEAUTIFUL_REINA for asking a question in her blog that made me think about the things that help me succeed in weight loss. I needed this reminder, as I've been in plateau, (which I euphemistically call "maintenance mode") for many months now, and have not yet reached my goal weight.

Having these clearly stated will help me to follow them better and have more SUCCESS!!!

1) Do not allow any "trigger foods" in the house. (For me this includes just about everything made with flour.)

2) Have healthy snack foods prepared in serving sizes and always with me, so that I don't have to go more than 2-3 hours without food.

3) Drink water. Drink water. DRINK WATER.

4) Always track food as I go, even if it means writing it on a piece of paper and carrying it in my pocket.

5) Eating after 8pm is a no-no. If it is necessary due to late classes etc., then just a protein drink.

6) Exercise helps curb my appetite, so brisk walks or short bike rides throughout the day in addition to the gym help a lot. If I just need 2 things from the store, I walk or ride.

7) Keep my hands busy - knit or crochet when watching TV or any other time I'm tempted to snack mindlessly.

8) Remind myself that it is OK to feel hungry sometimes, and 3 hours will NOT kill me! (See #2 and #3.) Those hunger pangs are the feeling of FAT CELLS SHRINKING.

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In addition to just posting this here, I'm going to print them in big font and put them on the fridge and pantry doors to remind me that I CAN DO THIS.

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    You sound so determined! I hope you are finding your reminders/rules are indeed helping you reach your goal. You look and sound amazing.

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SABLENESS 2/12/2014 7:16AM

    Good one! emoticon emoticon

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CHERKYLE 2/10/2014 10:35AM

    I love this - may i borrow it - print it out!!!

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    Great rules....especially number 7.

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SHERYLP461 2/9/2014 7:06AM

    I love your discription of hunger pains, thanks for the good habits and smile

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KANOE10 2/8/2014 8:53AM

    You can do it! I gain if I eat or drink too late also. Your tools are excellent for getting healthy! Posting reminders is a good idea. I keep trigger foods out of the house as well. Planning ahead and cooking ahead really helps!

You have a great plan. I know you can do it!


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MERRYMARY42 2/7/2014 5:46PM

    it is all so simple, but not so simple sticking to it, Thanks, I think I will post it also

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EVER-HOPEFUL 2/7/2014 2:35PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Now THIS is a bruise!

Monday, January 13, 2014

Update on my fall at the gym on the 7th of January. Here is how my leg looks today, the 13th:

Look, I'm a rainbow!

It looks pretty spectacular, but now that the swelling has gone and it's "just" a bruise, it doesn't really hurt (unless touched, obviously).

I was avoiding anything higher impact than walking, but yesterday I did a little jogging on the treadmill and it's totally fine.

Today is warmer, so I'm gearing up to go for a real, outdoor-type bike ride! Haven't done so in ages, I'll be happy to get out in the sun.

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INBRAZILFORNOW 1/20/2014 10:22AM


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KANOE10 1/14/2014 7:03AM

    Keep up with all of your exercise! I am glad that bruise is not painful now. Good for you staying active and positive. Enjoy your bike ride.

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SMILINGEYES2 1/14/2014 12:29AM

    Ouch. I am one of those who bruise if you look at me too hard. Glad you are on the mends.

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TIGER_LILY_613 1/14/2014 12:01AM

    Owie ! emoticon

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ANGELBELIEVER 1/13/2014 9:50PM

    Wow, That looks nasty. I'm glad after reading what happened you were not hurt more. emoticon

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PIXIE-LICIOUS 1/13/2014 6:53PM

    Wow, thats a huge bruise! emoticon

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    Now that is a huge bruise1 Hope you are doing ok. Whatever you did that had of hurt. Take good care and hope your leg heals quickly. emoticon emoticon

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SUEPERWOMAN 1/13/2014 4:17PM

YOU WIN! I've never seen a bruise that big ! Youchie!!
Glad you are doing okay, despite it!

Love, Ginger

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OBIESMOM2 1/13/2014 4:08PM

    OUCH! Yeah, that definitely left a mark.

I've done similar "I'm okay" embarrassing things, when I really wanted to cry from the pain. But when you have an audience, you just want to get swallowed up by a hole in the floor. Lacking that, you shrug it off.

glad you didn't break any bones or tear any ligaments!

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MOTHEPRO 1/13/2014 4:07PM

    Ow! I hope it goes away soon! Glad it's not sore.

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