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Never Let them Make You Eat!

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Wow! Earlier today in my 100 Days-Linda Spangle team I had posted a personal slogan of mine "Never Let the Make you Eat!" a reminder to myself that I control the fork and the stressors, food pushers and crazymakers in my life are NOT going to take my control away.

It is sort of a play on the "Never let them see you sweat" commercial for deodorant.

Thinking this would make a good meme, I went online to search for images of food pushers could not find one I really liked, so went with a plain background

Take that crazy makers!

and why do I spend $$$ on cat furniture, kitty condos and beds? All they really want is DH's chair :)

Houdini was there first and Rascal Too decided to join him

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MOM2ACAT 7/25/2014 11:38AM

    I have a refrigerator magnet that says "If you want the best seat in the house, move the cat" LOL!

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WHYNOTJ1 7/25/2014 8:43AM

    My mom was a food "pusher." It took me decades to figure out the phrase she absolutely could not argue with: "It looks/sounds so delicious, but right now I'm too full."

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SWEETNEEY 7/25/2014 8:29AM

    Like babies, we spend money on alot of gadgets and sometimes a pot with a spoon is all they want.

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WHITNEYLD 7/25/2014 7:28AM

    Cats also like to lay on books or a newspaper if it is being read.

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BMCC488 7/24/2014 11:41PM

    Your blog is perfect for me today. Thanks for sharing... and your cats look super comfortable on that chair lol.

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JUNEAU2010 7/24/2014 10:46PM

    My cats have never cared for the official cat toys. They like shoe strings, paper bags and I have so much fun with them!

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GRANJERRY1 7/24/2014 8:44PM

    Well Said.....Susan & your kitties look perfectly adorable...

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/24/2014 8:24PM

    I do tend (in some cases) to allow others to have control over what and when I eat. Mostly...I am in control...but if not...shame on me. No one to blame but me. emoticon

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/24/2014 8:16PM

    You are so right about cats and furniture. They have an entire King size bed and they want to sleep about your head on your pillow! I miss my cats.

Love the "never let them make you eat" as well. I know a few people in my life that were food pushers. I am not under their control anymore.

Thanks for sharing!

Love ya, Ally

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MARILYNROBERT 7/24/2014 7:38PM

    My cats will use me as furniture, more than they will use anything else, if they can get me to sit or lie down. emoticon

Great meme! emoticon

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ALEXTHEHUN 7/24/2014 6:18PM

    What great advice!
Love the cat pictures.

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MAGGIEVAN 7/24/2014 3:47PM

    Your cats look funny. What a good slogan. Keep up the good work.

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Updates on my One Note Journal

Wednesday, July 23, 2014

It's been about two months since I started tracking things in OneNote.

Here is what my daily page template looks like now:

Across the top there are tabs.

The BLOG tab is the page you are viewing which includes a place to track my daily WW points/food journal, a reminder of my reasons to return to a healthy weight, my daily success checklist and my 95% club icon.

These define my journey to health and serve as my daily reminders.

Across the top, the other tabs are appointments, where I keep my calendar, and Home Management where I have daily/weekly/monthly lists of items to get done.

Many of the weekly/monthly items are repetitive and it was easy to create check boxes for them, and then the next week/month remove the checks and start over.

I like this system as it is sort of an electronic Franklin planner and I can e-mail a page to myself if I need access to it in my phone IE: a shopping list, or medication lists for when we are at the doctor office.

I'm sure I'll continue to tweak and add things as time goes by.

This is what is working for me. Your mileage may vary emoticon

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WHYNOTJ1 7/24/2014 11:44AM


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TERI-RIFIC 7/24/2014 6:33AM

    Nice! I'd like to try it.

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/24/2014 6:02AM

    You are taking your health to the "fullest". I know all this planning will get you to your goals. You are such an encouragement. emoticon

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GRANJERRY1 7/23/2014 11:58PM

    Susan God Bless you my are simply so Organised & efficient...reminds me of my Natasha, my DGDIL who takes care of my diet & meds. She is on a vacation but has put all my meals, the foods DH & I should be eating & avoiding, all our meds & doctor's appointments with reminders for her co-sister-in-law Jenny, who is now taking care of both of us in her absence.
You children are definitely using technology to its fullest emoticon

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MARILYNROBERT 7/23/2014 9:19PM

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Good job moving up in intensity, on your bike! emoticon

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CHEBBA 7/23/2014 7:10PM

    Well done - more tips given. Thank you so much! xxx Jo

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AUNTALICE2 7/23/2014 6:49PM

  I think it is great that you found a way to track that filled your needs! emoticon

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DAISYBELLEKIA 7/23/2014 5:10PM

    that's very nice!

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MOM2ACAT 7/23/2014 4:47PM

    That looks very cool!

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SWEETNEEY 7/23/2014 3:37PM

    You are technologically savvy. I have Evernote on one of my tablets and it's like I just getting use to seeing it much less using it.

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ALEXTHEHUN 7/23/2014 1:55PM

    That looks really useful. Well done in coming up with this.

And thanks for sharing it!

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    Great job!

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GRANDMABABA 7/23/2014 12:43PM

    What a great planner! Continued success to you!

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/23/2014 12:38PM

    Great way to keep everything handy and organized.



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Self Reward and Random Thoughts

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

To celebrate completing the first 33 days of the 100 Days of Weight Loss challenge I bought myself a pair of emerald earrings. I had a gift card to use up, so technically they were free, my favorite price!

During this first 1/3 of the book I have found myself using a lot of the day one lesson:

I used to ____ but now ____

and am now focusing more on hunger, timing of meals, and satiety levels.

I look forward to the remaining 67 days!

I was absolutely thrilled to have Linda Spangle, the author of the book not only join our Spark Team but also agree to be a co-leader! We have e-mailed each other a couple of times, and she is currently learning more about the site and then will become an active poster in our threads.

She was invited to join by one of our members KindredSpirit/Barb. I NEVER would have thought to do it myself and this was a great surprise for me!

I tried to take some pictures of the earrings, and have determined that I really do stink at selfies LOL! I finally was able to get the earrings by facing the camera towards just my ear and seeing what the camera saw by looking in the mirror.

I will only post 3 of the 12 photos it took to get this far LOL!

Ummm, nice try, where's the ear???

This is a decent picture, but cannot see the earrings.


An update on my dot calendar:

THE STARS WERE FALLING OFF! OK they were old I had found them in a drawer and Ms. Thriftypants thought she could use them up. I ended up buying a box of 1/4 inch Avery permanent green dots for $4. The box will cover 450 days so a decent price. I kept the red and yellow stars. I don't PLAN on needing very many of them and if I have to I will tape them on!

For July I am at 21 out of 22 days green = 95.45% The day I was not green was the day after my biopsy and I chose not to exercise. Since I am changing up my exercise plan (WHAT!!!!!) technically I could have counted that as a rest day and would be 100% for the month.


For the next few months I want to start focusing on 3 days cardio, 3 days strength and 1 rest day per week . Focusing on an hour or more of fitness per day was a great way to get me started,I have 248 hours for the first 203 days of the year, it's just time to tweak things a bit.

For cardio it will either be walking or my recumbent bike.

For strength I am doing a combo of dumbbells, wall pushups and leg exercises. As my strength increases I will switch to regular pushups and I do have a 35 pound curl bar that I can graduate to, after graduating from 5 pound dumbbells to 10 pound ones.

I am also seriously considering getting into hooping next. I have found many online tutorials and it would mainly be something for fun,not competition.

I am just not sure if there is enough room in my mobile home to do hooping indoors in the bad weather months. More to come on this one!

That's all for now.

Onward & Downward emoticon day at a time!


The Banker may be retired but the Goddess is still going strong ! LOL!

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CALLIECURTIS5 7/24/2014 6:06AM

    They are beautiful. I am saving my "exercise money" (so far about $22) and am excited to go shopping . Earrings are a wonderful gift and you deserve them. emoticon

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MOM2ACAT 7/23/2014 4:51PM

    That is awesome that you got that author on board for your team, way to go!

Love your selfies too!

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BEWELL48 7/23/2014 10:42AM

    Good for you for indulging yourself in a 'non-food' reward!
Love your blog and certainly your determination!
Will be checking in!

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BETRHO48 7/23/2014 12:59AM

You are SUCH an inspiration!

emoticon Thank you for doing the awesome job you are doing while co-leading the team.

No one is good at selfies except possibly adolescents who get in lots of practice! emoticon

Changing your exercise plan is a terrific idea! It is good to keep your body guessing. And my physical therapist advocates one or two days a week of rest.

Hooray for Barb for enlisting Linda Spangle for our team! emoticon

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BA5454 7/22/2014 8:38PM

    Actually a pretty good selfie, lol. Love the earrings! You are doing absolutely fantastic!

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CHEBBA 7/22/2014 7:48PM

    Your blogs are always vibrant, I'm usually out of breath when I get to the end because your energy and humour, as you flit through your thoughts, are so engaging!

Your attitude is contagious. That's one disease I don't mind getting!

WooHoo to Yoo!

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GRANJERRY1 7/22/2014 7:31PM

    Love the the the determination & focus but most importantly love you my dear girl for the spunk you show
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MARILYNROBERT 7/22/2014 6:14PM

    Ha ha about missing your ear! emoticon

Your exercise plan sounds great! emoticon emoticon

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OSDOWNS 7/22/2014 6:01PM

    What pretty earrings! 33 days is quite an accomplishment. On to the next 33!

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ALEXTHEHUN 7/22/2014 4:18PM

    The earrings are lovely. What a delightful self-treat and so very well-deserved.

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MISSLORI5 7/22/2014 4:13PM

    You are doing just awesome!! Keep giving yourself those little rewards!! And changing up your exercise plan is a great way to jump your metabolism into gear!! You just keep it up and you'll be surprised at your great success!! As for hooping, wii has a hoop exercise on their wii plus dvd-I do it once in a while and it would be a great way to keep you in shape during winter!! Love you, and love your inspiration!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REGINAROLLINS 7/22/2014 3:42PM

  Great selfie-they are tough to do. Sound's like you are really on track-good job!!! Hang in there for more great sucess!!!!!

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Happy MemeDay

Monday, July 21, 2014

I had my first home grown tomato sandwich of the year today. I savored and enjoyed the juicy freshness of the tomato, the chewy goodness of the fat free marble rye bakery bread, the creamy goodness of the Miracle Whip Fat Free dressing.

I am also enjoying a home grown cantaloupe over the next several days. It was almost as large as a bowling ball!

Yes, this is definitely the beginning of my favorite time of year. The local farm is only a mile from our home. The owners bring a tractor load of fresh sweet corn in every morning, the tomatoes, corn, peppers, cucumbers and beans can be seen growing in fields surrounding the market.

**SIGH*** Heaven on Earth!

It sure makes it a lot easier and less expensive to eat healthy through late October!

Onward & Downward emoticon day at a time.

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ALEXTHEHUN 7/21/2014 7:53PM

    Sure sounds yummy and healthy - a great combination.

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AUNTALICE2 7/21/2014 7:47PM

  I love a tomato sandwich! Exactly the way you fix it! mmmmmm! emoticon

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ALLYCANDOIT 7/21/2014 7:45PM

    OH my goodness. I do love summer too! emoticon

And I could eat tomatos every day of the year in every way.

But my favorite is summer!

What? I think I hear a Capriese salad calling! emoticon


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GRANJERRY1 7/21/2014 7:16PM

    WoW Susan sounds so tempting.... fresh tomatoes and the of my all time favs....and guilt free snacking on a cantaloupe....have some on my behalf too....

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CHEBBA 7/21/2014 6:32PM

    Tomatoes??? TOMATOES??? Yeeeeuk! Food of the devil! They look stunning. They are an artist's dream. But they are evilness in disguise! Because restaurant and fast-food outfits don't take me seriously when I say 'No tomatoes, please.' and then sneak away and remove as much of the tomato from my sandwich or salad, then come back with it and think I can't see or, worse, taste the nasty juice and slippery seeds slithering around… well, I can and I DO! I now tell restaurant servers etc that I'm allergic to tomatoes - it's the only way they listen for real!

I may loathe tomatoes, but I do hope you enjoy yours! Grin!

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MCJULIEO 7/21/2014 6:18PM

    It's almost time for us to plant our fall tomatoes!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/21/2014 4:41PM

    My fave sandwich is tomato bacon and avocado and it has to be a fresh homegrown ( well, somebody's home) tomato. I'm a Hellmans person, though. Nothing says summer like fresh produce. emoticon emoticon emoticon yum yum.

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DAISYBELLEKIA 7/21/2014 4:36PM

    Produce fresh from our garden or the farmers' markets is my favorite!

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MOM2ACAT 7/21/2014 3:50PM

    Love those!

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WHYNOTJ1 7/21/2014 3:48PM

    Ooh, I can't wait for some "good" tomatoes!

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Joining the 95% Club

Saturday, July 19, 2014

When you replace perfection with persistence, magic happens. You CAN have one day out of twenty that is not perfect and still lose weight.

Should I take the wider path one day out of twenty? Well, not necessarily. It's there if I need it. Sometimes I don't. I just don't fret so much about life event days anymore.

Learning to TRUST the program I am following and being faithful to it MOST of the time is going to get me to my goal of a normal (for me) body weight and a healthier life.

Yesterday I had the opportunity to listen to the Jumpstart Your Weightloss audio program by Linda Spangle.

She said a lot of things I already had learned through her books but the one thing that stuck out was if I stayed "in the green" 19 out of 20 days (be eating well and exercising) that would be 95% of the time and I would lose weight.

I went to the records section of this site and printed out my SparkSummary Calendars for June and July and then to my OneNote journals on my laptop where I track my WW points/food journals.

For June I had two gold stars and 28 green ones. Gold (yellow) are for the days I was not 100% perfect. I went over my points those two days and remember a crazy mini-binge at that time involving a diet dessert with saltine crackers and cheesecake pudding.

For June I was 93.3% perfect, and yes, I lost weight.

For July, so far I have one gold star and the rest green and am well on track to hitting 95%.

I am taking the emphasis off the scale, and putting it on the two things I can control, eating on program and exercising, for the rest of this month my only focus will be on those two things.

I will weigh again in ten days to see how I am doing. I actually stayed OFF the scale Thursday and Friday this week, and this morning the scale is up 1/2 pound. BUT, it's all good. I am pretty sure that 1/2 pound is not fat, it's digestional from the bean soup I had with dinner last night. (Yup, you guessed it I'm full of beans LOL!)

If you are interested in listening to the audio program, here is the link

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SWEETNEEY 7/20/2014 1:20PM

    I agree that you don't have to be prefect to lose weight - but you have to keep the calorie intake under control more times than it's out of control.

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JUNEAU2010 7/19/2014 8:20PM

    I really like the common sense of what you said and the way you said it makes more sense to me than some other things I've read. Thanks for making the "simple" resonate for me!

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MARILYNROBERT 7/19/2014 7:52PM

    I always am working on my tendency to think in black and white. That type of thinking doesn't allow for mistakes and sabotages my happiness about all working out and eating right that I usually do. Learning to accept the "off" days is the key to really appreciating all your completely healthy days. emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing!

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MOM2ACAT 7/19/2014 4:13PM

    I agree; I think if we tell ourselves we will only accept perfection, we are setting ourselves up to fail. We have to allow ourselves to be human, and just do the best we can. We all have bumps in the road along the way.

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DAISYBELLEKIA 7/19/2014 2:48PM

    Excellent blog! It's true, we do need to trust our program and relax. emoticon

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KAREN608 7/19/2014 2:31PM

    I'm still trying to get there.
DH keeps buying cheese puffs, potato chips, ice cream sandwiches ... etc and I have to learn moderation or plain old eat something healthier like low cal yogurt. I so agree with the 95%.

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AUNTALICE2 7/19/2014 12:11PM

  emoticon emoticon I think 95% is a wonderful number!!

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MCJULIEO 7/19/2014 11:16AM

    This is just what I needed to hear! Thanks!

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TERI-RIFIC 7/19/2014 10:47AM

    I really like the phrase "replace perfection with persistence" I'm going to copy that down. The 100% challenges are the worst thing for me. I refuse to do them. They could be called fail and quit for me.

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FERRNIE 7/19/2014 10:11AM

    I really like this way of thinking too. emoticon

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ALEXTHEHUN 7/19/2014 9:43AM

    Well done. Having a baseline of solid data can really be useful in measuring what works. 95% is great. Sometimes "Good enough" is good enough.


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OSDOWNS 7/19/2014 9:33AM

    Great job!

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GRANJERRY1 7/19/2014 8:29AM

    Way to go are doing really really well.... So proud of you girl!!!

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