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You have the same amount of hours in a day as ...

Monday, December 22, 2014

(Beyonce's name was listed, but I prefer Ghandi, Mother Teresa)

Thankfully we do get to choose how we spend those hours. Sure there are parameters we need to work within, but we still have a lot of choice.

In regard to food and weight:
If we focus on resisting temptations then it is a battle, struggle.
If we focus on maintaining our health, then there is a calm acceptance. Peace. There is no battle or struggle.

Yes, thankfully we get to chose.

Thank you all for the Happy Birthday wishes.

  Member Comments About This Blog Post:

WATERMELLEN 12/22/2014 5:30PM

    I have the same amount of time . . . and indeed I need to take responsibility for how I spend the time and for my own happiness. Thank you for the reminder!

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TRAVELGRRL 12/22/2014 2:38PM

    I am going to focus on the positive today! Thanks for the reminder.

Happy belated birthday! While your husband didn't PLAN to retire just yet, I think you will both enjoy having more time to reconnect and do things together. People joke that TC and I are joined at the hip, but we enjoy the same things and each other's company!

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GABY1948 12/22/2014 10:54AM

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1CRAZYDOG 12/22/2014 10:53AM

    Wise words, Nancy!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/22/2014 10:42AM

    Have a great day.

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Sometimes Things can be a bit Overwhelming.

Saturday, December 20, 2014 being another year older.
That wasn't so bad. Yes I did indulge, but not overindulge. Two celebrations took place, one family which included a decadent boozy cupcake that I split in half. The other was going out my Wine and Whine Mother's From Hell group. I observed my one drink rule, ate until 80% full and was somewhat disappointed with both my drink and meal. No I wasn't impressed. I didn't eat like it was my last supper. What I did enjoy was the company of my wonderful friends. They like you here at SP enrich my life and help me get out of funks. You are all my beacons of light that help guide me through rough seas.

Well it's official. Hubby will probably be home for the duration. He was laid off last week. He was planning on retiring shortly anyway and we were going to firm up the plans after the holidays. Sometimes things are a blessing in disguise and I will take it as such.

Digestive issues and higher blood glucose readings still plague me. That will not keep me from participating in the Ton of Fun Challenge that begins January 5th. Besides with hubby being home it might be good to go to those workouts and weigh-ins. :)

Even with adversity there is still something to look forward to. Moving forward, stumbling and getting up again, to move forward some more.

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WATERMELLEN 12/22/2014 5:26PM

    Hey, happy belated birthday, and how did I miss this????

Another year is a great thing . . . we're just approaching our vintage years of wisdom and wit and patience and . . . . yeah!! Love your attitude about your husband's "early retirement" -- all the more time to share that wit and wisdom and patience with each other!!

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GABY1948 12/21/2014 8:39AM

    emoticon And I love your attitude. I also try to see the blessing in everything! I truly before that as Romans say, "all things work for good to those that Love God...."
Your birthday meal I believe you handled GREAT!

Have a wonderful Holiday week!

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MAGMATTIN 12/20/2014 9:46PM

  Happy Birthday! I like the name of your group Wine and Whine......I don't have children at home any more.......but I do like the idea of Wine and is so enabling to ones self to get it out there with friends and not have any repercussions! I was forced into "retirement" 4 yrs. took me a couple of years to put it together and not be angry.....but today I love being retired!!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/20/2014 9:22PM

    Uh boy. Being aid off is tough on man's ego. DH was laid off in Oct. 2013 (the whole dept. was) and he wasn't retirement age . . . just was 60 (3 mths. from turning 61). Thank goodness he found a job in July this year. He is the type that will have to find SOMETHING to do even in retirement.

Good job on following your 80% plan. Hope that your digestive issues are solved. Seems like that's been going on forever . . . so difficult!


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SLIMMERJESSE 12/20/2014 8:42PM

    Wishing you a happy birthday. Sounds like you have a good attitude in meeting challenges directly.

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When you're happy and you know it, eat a snack

Friday, December 12, 2014

For those of you who haven't seen the new Weight Watchers ad:

Usually I'm not a a fan of commercials and marketing hype, however this ad made me smile as it touched on a truth for me. Can we say Emotional Eater? Although I have been getting better, I think this commercial should air multiple times nightly to serve as a reminder not to eat with our emotions.

( I have never been to or affiliated with Weight Watchers)

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TRAVELGRRL 12/17/2014 5:27PM

    Love this! How true, too.

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SHOTOKIDO 12/12/2014 11:52PM

  It is a good ad.

Thanks for the reminder.

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WATERMELLEN 12/12/2014 10:04PM

    Will have to try this again -- but sure recognize the ol 'emotional eating pattern!!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/12/2014 12:21PM

    Thanks for sharing. Yes I've seen it too.

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GABY1948 12/12/2014 9:00AM

    I had NOT seen it! Thanks for sharing!

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/12/2014 8:20AM

    I'll have to try again later; can't get it open right now. Have a good day.

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SCHECK5 12/12/2014 8:05AM

    The commercial is so true we do eat when were emotional...we really do need to over think when we have emotional s like that.....guess I need to have more and more healthier foods around

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HMBROWN1 12/12/2014 7:59AM

    Great! Thanks for sharing!

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Declare and Believe....

Saturday, December 06, 2014

What Sparktacular inspiration is abounding here on SP.

First I saw WATERMELLEN's comment about temptation:
"Distraction, avoidance, substitution: all better for me than noble resistance. Resistance is futile!! "

That says it all in a nutshell. Have a plan to deal with that wretched temptation.

Then I read SWEDE_SU's comment on another Sparkpage.
"claim being vegan because then you can convince yourself and the world that you don't eat cheese. and it takes convincing"

I know this is so true. Convincing yourself worked for me when I quit smoking. What worked for me then was I told myself: "You were once a non-smoker, you can be one again."
It has been almost six years that I have been smoke free.

Choose your lifestyle and believe in it... others will accept your choice. Some will be supportive. Others may judge, but will accept that is you.

On a positive note, I have been feeling better for almost 24 hours.

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SUNSET09 12/9/2014 11:19PM

  Glad to hear you're feeling better. Now you can concentrate on doing better! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FEEDTHEHUNGER 12/6/2014 4:33PM

    Like so many on SP, I am a former smoker. I quit by telling myself I was a non-smoker and then playing a game of Scrabble online every time I had the urge. So, I agree -- avoid, distract and substitute. It really works.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/6/2014 1:16PM

    Great blog. Glad you are feeling better.

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GABY1948 12/6/2014 11:27AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon glad you are feeling better! It's hard to do anything when we feel bad.

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WATERMELLEN 12/6/2014 10:29AM

    So glad that you are feeling better -- every 24 hours counts!!

And as for the smoking, what a tough thing to beat. I'm 35 years without a single cigarette and STILL know I'm 1 ciggy away from a pack a day. At least I don't HAVE to smoke -- but I do have to eat!!

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DSHONEYC 12/6/2014 10:07AM

    Wonderful - glad you are feeling better! emoticon

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Found One More Thing to Be Thankful For

Wednesday, December 03, 2014

*If you are in a good mood you may not want to continue reading*

Now that Thanksgiving is over, all the leftovers are gone, my hosting duties are over until Christmas, my stress level has dropped.
And you know what comes after being on high alert or finishing a big project.... sometimes we get hit with an illness.
Now I am not looking for sympathy, just need to vent. Last night my digestive issues took a turn for the worse, I felt like I was doing a prep for a colonoscopy. Today is more of the same.
Some of the perks:
Not Hungry
Stomach is flatter

All I can say is the I am glad that this didn't happen while I had a house filled with family since my house is small and we only have one bathroom.

So I am thinking the brat diet. I'm not fond of bananas, rice is a bit high on the glycemic index, Applesauce is doable perhaps And dry toast is not the least bit enticing, or it being topped with any kind of jam or fat. The good news is that I still have plenty of fat reserves so for me not being hungry is not an emergency. (Bad spin on Beck)

Time for me to go find a blanket. Maybe my seven month old kitty will curl up on me like she did last night and purr.

Hopefully this current event will will ease and I can venture out in the world again.

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WATERMELLEN 12/3/2014 6:10PM

    Sometimes I buy myself Pedialyte for these situations -- it's just an electrolyte balanced solution (used for kids) to keep hydrated.

So sorry you're feeling lousy -- it's a terrible sensation, yuck.

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TRAVELGRRL 12/3/2014 5:29PM

    So sorry to hear you aren't feeling well! My neighbors had SEVENTY people over at their house and three days later TWENTY-THREE of them were puking and/or had diarrhea. At first they thought it might have been food poisoning, but the digestive issues were accompanied by fevers so the doc said it was a virus.

So now maybe you have another thing to be thankful for?!?

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DSHONEYC 12/3/2014 4:25PM

    emoticon as medicine to get well. Glad I checked in on you! Enjoyed the reminder of the Kitty makes me feel good song!

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GABY1948 12/3/2014 3:06PM

    emoticon that is a bummer!

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1CRAZYDOG 12/3/2014 2:30PM

    (((((HUGS)))) Sorry you're feeling poorly!

Sorry, but I laughed @ your spin on Beck! LOL

Brown rice, if you can tolerate it, is low on the glycemic index. And if the banana you eat is just the slightest bit green, it is starch resistant, meaning it doesn't raise the blood sugar.

Anyhow, hope you're feeling better.

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SLIMMERJESSE 12/3/2014 1:50PM

    How about cheese? That's pretty binding. Thanks for all the support. You're a sweetheart of a human being; I wish I had neighbors like you.

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ICEDEMETER 12/3/2014 1:23PM

    Sorry to hear that you're not feeling well, and am totally in agreement that it waiting for you to have some privacy again is something to be thankful for!

While the BRAT diet is pretty specific, it's basically just the idea of a low fibre diet, so anything that appeals to you with no fibre will accomplish the same thing. It's really not a big deal to not eat (it's not worth it if you have no appetite), but please do make sure that you stay well hydrated.

This is actually a time when soft drinks can be considered "healthy" - they have a good balance of salt and sugar which help your body retain necessary hydration and keep your electrolytes balanced. If you have some around, then a bit of ginger ale might be a good thing.

Hope you feel better soon!

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