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Thursday, July 17, 2014

This was posted by my very dear friend who has stage 4 breast cancer. Spreading the word to find her help!



Zometa
by keeponspinning
Novartis Oncology. I would like to harness the power of the village, the globally connected internet world, because I am absolutely confident that someone I know knows someone who is related to a person who lives next door to a VERY IMPORTANT PERSON high up in the ranks of the US branch of Novartis Oncology. Maybe even the person at the very top in charge of a drug called Zometa. Here's the story. Zometa is used to treat bone metastases in some kinds of cancer. To make a long story short, there have also been studies that show that it can prevent NEW bone mets in more than 30% of women and even extend life in 27 % of women BUT ONLY in one little group of women. Most of the ladies in the big studies didn't have much advantage. But it turns out that I fall into the category of people for whom it DID make a difference. Because my little group of cancer patients is so.. little...Novartis totally gave up on getting FDA approval for prevention uses, so of course insurance doesn't participate. I am confident that I could do many levels of appeal without success... and my time and energy are very limited, so I won't waste them.

We could buy the drug, (out of pocket price per dose including administration expenses is $1813.00) and tons of folks have offered to help us pay for it...but we are not going to do that because what i want to do is change the system, to set a precedent. I want all women in my situation to be able to get this medicine, and have insurance pay. Giving the doctors office or the hospital cash each month won't change anything for anybody else... we can do better than that, don't you think?

If you want to learn more about the whole thing, you can read this: http://www.esmo.org/Guidelines-Practice/Cl
inical-Practice-Guidelines/Supportive-
Care/Bone-Health-in-Cancer-Patients but I'm not putting in a link because that makes it hard to share my quest!

So help me find the one perfect contact. Somebody must know someone who is connected to the right person. Novartis Oncology Zometa GO!
keeponspinning.com/

  
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SUGARBABY60 7/30/2014 3:59AM

    Trust God to find a way where there is no way! He created the universe by His spoken word, this request is just " chump change" to Him.

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SONFLOWERGAMMY 7/17/2014 6:12PM

    I have also signed petitions at change.org
I think that would be a great place to add to help your friends quest!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 7/17/2014 11:37AM

    I reposted on facebook


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WOUBBIE 7/17/2014 11:34AM

    I can't personally help, but I've signed a LOT of petitions regarding prescription coverage and compassionate use here at Change.org:

https://www.chan
ge.org/start-a-petition


It's worth a try. You'd be surprised how many people would be willing to help you reach your goal!

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MORTICIAADDAMS 7/17/2014 11:08AM

    sounds like a good cause.

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Slammin it! Rescued by God!

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

I'm starting a streak today! And I'm slammin it! Praise God!
It sure feels great when you can mentally and physically follow your plan/lifestyle.
I could not have done it without answered prayer. Without God's strength.

April is a hard month for me. Yesterday my oldest, first born would have turned 38. It was her birthday. Her name was Angel Ruth, I was 19 when I had her. I had been told at age 16 I'd never give birth to children. I asked God, "Why did You give her to me only to take her away."

10 years ago this July, she died. Now April is my melancholy month. Happy-sad-happy-sad. I became a mother for the very first time in April. And then I lost the child who opened my world to my new life as a mother. My life has never been the same. It didn't help that my last baby, my "surprise" baby (born when I was 47) was 6 months old when she died. She got to hold him, but he has no memory of her.

I also have 2 other precious daughters in Heaven. Both had medical conditions that let us know each day was a gift. But my daughter Angel's death was sudden, out of the blue, an un-expected a car accident. She was 5 months pregnant (with a daughter her fiance' named Angel Marie) getting married in 2 weeks, with her other 2 daughters (then 4 and 7) in the back seat. The girls survived. That was a blessing. But my baby died. She was supposed to take care of me in my old age. I was supposed to die first. It's not supposed to work like this.

Today when I woke up my heart was heavy. But I knew what I needed to do. I needed to take care of myself. I had fallen off plan the last 2 weeks- and eaten the worst ever, But today with every ounce of my strength, I chose to live. I chose to resume eating on plan. And it felt good. It felt like I slammed it. I can do this!

I had a set back. I'm human and life, well life, darn it ............is hard. But why make it harder. In the last 2 weeks my blood sugars soared, my Type 2 was not helped by my bad food choices. I felt like cr*p. Which at the time felt like what I deserved. But that was a lie. I couldn't think clearly off plan.

I prayed. I prayed and prayed and prayed. I prayed as the hopeless, helpless person I am with out God's strength. He answered. I don't deserve the grace He gives- but I take it. I willingly, desperately take it. He lifted me out of my pit. Thank You God! Thank You!

So my new motto!
I'm slammin it! And I'm not letting anything get in my way. God's Army Angels are always by my side! (from a favorite Chris Tomlin song)

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STEVENK87 7/18/2014 6:49PM

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SIRIUS2014 5/15/2014 11:06AM

  I'm so glad I got to read your story. I've fallen off the plan badly this spring Just the time I usually loose my winter gain. And with no pain like you have endured. Let's press on together keeping those blood sugars level - that means not sneaking choc chips for me : ( trusting God to make it all glorious in his time.

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SUEPERWOMAN 4/27/2014 3:46PM

 

Thank you so much for sharing about your life.

God bless you, honey,

xoxo Sue

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SONFLOWERGAMMY 4/26/2014 2:43PM

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VIADOLOROSA 4/22/2014 8:40PM

    I hurt with you as I read your blog. I've had 7 miscarriages, among them one child was born, when I was 30. I gave up on having more at 40, sold all my baby things at a garage sale and Ryan was born 11 months later, at age 41.

I don't know why God does the things He does. I just have to keep believing He is too wise to make a mistake, and too loving to be unkind.

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/22/2014 2:33PM

    You need God's strength to keep us with all the children who are living with you and depend on you now. I know it must be hard. December is my bad month for missing Mike so I stay as busy as possible and still feel sad and sorry for poor old me every day - and it doesn't get much easier-no matter what people tell me. Amazing Grace how sweet the sound...sing along with me!

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MJEFFERSON23 4/22/2014 12:40PM

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SEATTLE58 4/22/2014 11:07AM

    I too am so sorry for you losing a child. I can't imagine and don't want to, but it does my heart good to know that you've found needed strength and are moving on in spite of your loss and are a shining light to all around you. emoticon

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 4/22/2014 9:56AM

    Oh my sweet, sweet friend, I am so sorry for the losses you have suffered..... God sent your message my way this morning. Just as I was about to log out of my email, your blog message came through. I too have been floundering the last month and feeling lost, unhappy, sad, confused, stressed out, and brain fogged due to my awful choices in my eating habits, my diabetes, and LIFE!

You lifted my shoulders this morning and reminded me to have a little talk with God.....

We can do this my friend..... He will make sure of it!



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WOUBBIE 4/22/2014 9:55AM

    (((hugs))) I can't imagine the pain of losing a child. Praise God that you're able to find your strength again. (((hugs)))

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around and around and around

Saturday, April 19, 2014

I was getting dizzy!

When I started SP last May I had a "plan" The American Diabetes Diet- I figured it must be a good "low carb" diet. After all I had Type 2 now. But it wasn't for me.

I soon realized I'd have to do Atkins if I really wanted something low carb to help my blood sugars. But I did not want the sugar alcohols this time around. Previously on Atkins in the 90s I depended on Atkins products to help. This time I wanted fresh clean food. Organic, farm raised, fresh. I wanted to support a farmer.

On the Low Carb Living Team (best Team in the world- shameless plug!) I learned about good fats (coconut oil was new to me) and moderate protein and all of the other veggies, besides my old stand by cauliflower, that are delicious as well as low carb.

And the best thing I learned on the Team- it's not a diet. It's a life style!

Quickly I was introduced to Wheat Belly and Grain Brain, and Dr Terry Wahls MS diet for mitochondria. New Science for why those carbs really don't nourish or help us.

There was so much to learn and try. And so many good books to read-and read and read!
The trouble was I was reading- no dairy-yes! dairy. Carb cycling or calorie cycling. Re-starts. Elimination starts. No decaf coffee, yes decaf coffee. So much contradiction! And the info on supplements was also overwhelming! I started losing my way. I felt lost and confused.

I knew the basics, I changed from LC to LCHF moderate protein. I added a little from primal, paleo. But I couldn't find my "groove". I questioned all of the contradictions and then developed a what the heck attitude. Carbs creeped up to 150. I didn't lose for months.

Going through my piles of new books I decided to donate most of them. Less is more! I kept the bare basics. Atkins, Science of LC, Jonny Bowden, wheat belly, grain brain, Dr Wahls. The rest, even the brand spankin new stuff just published- OUT!! and donated. Lesson learned.

Something kept drawing me back to Jonny Bowden. He keeps it simple. And I'm a simple kinda gal. In my 9/6/13 blog entry here, I wrote that my new plan was to list his 150 best foods (from the book-same title) and eat from that list daily. But I had wandered miles away from that. Why?

Because I kept thinking there was always something better, easier, smarter. Just like in my younger days when I bought any magazine or book that said "weight loss" on it. As if I'd lose weight just buying it! And I didn't.

So I re- typed my 150 most nutritious foods list. And I am back where I started. I get it now. There is no magic book/diet/article/Dr. There is just me and clean LCHF eating.

I can do this.
Next time one of the Drs I enjoyed reading writes a "new" book. I will plug my ears and sing "la-la-la-la-la-la!!" Because this IS simple! We can do this without hundreds of dollars spent on cutting edge information.

Whew! Feels great to be off the merry go round and back on terra firma. emoticon

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SUEPERWOMAN 4/20/2014 9:13AM

 
I looked this up (thank you) and thought I would share the list here, for your friends.
Study Guide to The 150 Healthiest Foods on Earth, Jonny Bowden, Ph.D., C.N.S.

The Healthiest Foods List:

Vegetables
Artichok
es
Arugula
Asparagus
B
eets
Bok Choy
Broccoli
Broccoli Rabe
Brussles Sprouts
Cabbage
Carrots
Ca
uliflower
Celery
Collard Greens
Dandelion
Eggplant

Endive
Fennel
Green Beans
Horseradish
Jerusalem Artichoke
Jicama
Kale
Kohl
rabi
Leeks
Mushrooms
O
kra
Onions
Peppers – hot
Peppers – sweet
Pumpkin
Purslane
Spi
nach
Squash
Sweet potato
Swiss Chard
Tomatoes
Turnips
Wat
ercress
Parsnips
Rutabaga
s
Snow PeasGrains
Oatmeal
Quinoa

Brown Rice
Beans & Legumes
Beans
Garbanzo Beans
Green Peas
Lentils
Fruits
Apples

Apricots
Avocados
Ban
anas
Blueberries
Cantalou
pe
Cherries
Coconut
Cr
anberries
Dates
Figs
Goji Berries
Grapefruits
Grapes>Guava
Honeydew
Kiwi
L
emons/Limes
Mangoes
Orang
es
Papya
Peaches
Pinea
pple
Prunes
Raisins
Ra
spberries
Strawberries
Watermelon
Bitter Melon
Pears
Persimmons
Qui
nce
Star Fruit
Nuts, Seeds, & Nut Butters
Almonds/Almond Butter
Brazil Nuts
Cashews
Hazelnuts
Mac
adamia Nuts
Peanuts/Peanut Butter
Pecans
Pistachio Nuts
Pumpkin Seeds
Sesame Seeds/ Sesame Butter/Tahini
Sunflower Seeds
Walnuts

Soy Foods
Edamame
Tempeh
Miso<
BR>Natto
Dairy
Butter/Ghe
e
Cheese
Raw/Organic Milk
Yogurt


Meat/Poul
try & Eggs
Free Range Poultry
Grass Fed Beef
Lamb
Liver (Calf’s Liver)
Wild GameFish/Seafood
Crustacea (crayfish, prawns, shrimp, lobster)
Mackerel
Mollusks (clams, mussles, scallops, oysters)
Sardines
Tuna
Whi
te Fleshed Fish (cod, flounder, halibut, orange roughly, Pollack, rockfish)
Wild Alaskan Salmon
Specialty Foods
Bee Pollen, Propolis and Royal Jelly
Dark Chocolate
Licorice
Sauerkraut

Olives
Sea Vegetables
Green Foods and Drinks (cereal grasses, barley grass and wheat grass; and microalgae, spirulina, chlorella, and wild blue green algae)

Kimchi
Sprouts

Umeboshi Plums
Wheat Germ
Whey Protein Powder
Brewer’s YeastBeverages
Acai Berry Juice
Coffee
Cranberry Juice
Fresh Vegetable/Fruit Juice
Noni
Pomegranate Juice
Red Wine
Tea (green, black and white)
Water
Aloe Vera JuiceOils
Almond
Coconut
E
xtra Virgin Olive
Flaxseed Oil
Hempseed Oil
Macadamia Nut Oil
Red Palm Oil
Sesame OilHerbs, Spices & Condiments
Cardamom
Cinnamon<
BR>Cloves
Cumin
Garlic>Ginger
Mustard Seeds
Oregano
Parsley
Rose
mary
Sage
Thyme
Turmer
ic
Vinegar
Sweeteners
Black Strap Mollasses (from Unfiltered Honey (the harder the better)
Unsulfured, organic cane sugar

9 RULES for Lifelong Healthy Eating
Eat 3 servings of fruits and 6 servings of vegetables from the rainbow of colors per day. 3 snacks of fruit and 2 servings of vegetables per meal is an easy way to remember.
Eat Organic fruits, vegetables, and dairy. Eat organic, free range or wild meat/fish only.
Drink filtered or spring water only.
Absolutely no Hydrogenated Oils or Transfats in the diet.
Avoid refined sugar and grains (except oatmeal, quinoa and rice) as much as possible!
Use only Stevia or Xylitol as natural sugar substitutes (no Splenda, Equal or Nutrasweet).
Eat while sitting in a relaxed environment. Never eat when upset.
Base diet around the foods on the 150 Healthiest Foods list.
A whole foods diet high in organic fruits, vegetables, beans, legumes, spices, balanced fats and good quality protein provides the most nutrient dense meals.



Fruits and Vegetables You should NEVER buy unless they are organically grown!
Strawberries
Bell Peppers
Spinach
Cherries (grown in the U.S.)
Peaches
Cantaloupe (grown in Mexico)
Celery
Apples
Apri
cots
Green Beans
Grapes (grown in Chile)
Cucumbers
Pears
Win
ter Squash

~ Foods found to have the lowest levels were apple juice, bananas, broccoli, canned peaches, orange juice, and canned or frozen peas and corn.

When Buying:

Bread: should contain 3 grams fiber per slice, sprouted grains and no hydrogenated oils. Refrigerate bread to maintain freshness
Oil – Use only expeller-expressed, unrefined coconut oil or sesame oil for high temperature cooking. Extra virgin Olive and Flax seed oil in opaque containers are a healthy choice for salad dressings. Keep all oils refrigerated to prevent rancidity.
Eggs: buy cage free, organic eggs (preferably high in omega-3 fatty acids)
Butter: buy only organic butter.
Milk: always buy organic, choose almond or hemp milk as a healthy alternative to cow’s milk
Buy Sardines packed in their own oil or second choice is olive oil
Olives: buy “oil cured”, “brine cured”, “water cured” or “dry salted”

Easy Ways to make a quick healthy meal:
Smoothies:
Always a great snack or meal. A great way to get your servings of fruit and/or vegetables each day.
Liquid base: water, milk, nut milks, yogurt, diluted 100% fruit juice
Fruits: any
Vegetables: 1 leaf of kale or a few leaves of spinach or romaine, carrot, celery, or parsley
Nuts & seeds: any (almonds and sunflower seeds always work well)
Miscilaneous: 100% pure vanilla or almond extract, nutritional yeast (full of B vitamins), blackstrap mollases (high in calcium and iron), raw egg (wash shell before breaking, great source of protein), ice
Supplements: dehydrated greens powder, probiotics, flax oil

Salads:
Great meals for lunch and/or dinner.
Vegetables: combine all different greens, carrots, celery
Fruits: grapes, apple, pear, peach, avocado, tomato, dried fruits (e.g. cranberries or raisins)
Nuts & Seeds: any and all
Cheese: favorite kind (good ones are feta, blue cheese, gorgonzola, and chevre)
Meat: cut up leftovers from previous meals (organic chicken, turkey, ham etc.)
Misc.: hard boiled egg, corn
Salad Dressings: best to make fresh with olive oil, flax oil, balsamic vinegar, garlic, salt, pepper. Store bought should be without hydrogenated oils, preferably only olive oil.
Soups:
Great meals for any time of the day. Warm soups excellent on colder days and cool soups work great in the warmer times.
Base: water, organic chicken or vegetable broth, organic milk or cream, tomato juice/sauce
Vegetables: and all
Grains: rice, barley, amaranth and quinoa (have more calcium and protein than milk)
Slow cooking ingredients is a great way to “pre-digest” the food so it will be easier to digest. Food combining rules do not apply to meals that are slow cooked.

What counts as a serving?
Bread, Cereal, Rice, and Pasta Group (including whole and refined grains)
1 slice of bread
About 1 cup of ready-to-eat cereal
1/2 cup of cooked cereal, rice, or pasta

Vegetable Group
1 cup of raw leafy vegetables
1/2 cup of other vegetables, cooked or raw
3/4 cup of vegetable juice

Fruit Group
1 medium apple, banana, orange, or pear
1/2 cup of chopped, cooked, or canned fruit
3/4 cup of fruit juice

Milk, Yogurt, and Cheese Group
1 cup of milk or yogurt
1 1/2 ounces of natural cheese (such as cheddar)
2 ounces of processed cheese (such as American)

Meat, Poultry, Fish, Dry Beans, Eggs, and Nuts Group
2 to 3 ounces of cooked lean meat, poultry, or fish
1/2 cup of cooked dry beans or 1/2 cup of tofu counts as 1 ounce of lean meat
1 egg counts as 1 ounce of lean meat
1/3 cup of nuts counts as 1 ounce of meat


Helpful Websites:
www.EatWild.com – information on grass fed beef
http://www.westonaprice.org
/ - food, farming and the healing arts
www.oceansalive.org – find seafood/fish that are and aren’t low in contaminants







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KICK-SS 4/19/2014 1:43PM

    I have donated most all of my "diet books" to the thrift store. Like most of you, I've kept a few of the basics that I go back to from time to time. "TheArt & Science of Low Carb Living", "Protein Power LifePlan",and other books by the Dr.'s Eades couple.

One can have too many - and I tend to bounce around from plan to plan, so eliminated all of those that were too - whatever... ones that didn't interest me, etc. I probably had about 10 that went that I'd had for years and years (yeah, it's been an almost lifelong thing with me)...

Just trying to keep things K.I.S.S. - works best for me.

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WOUBBIE 4/19/2014 1:01PM

    Good for you! It's easy to get information overload, especially when the subject is, like low carb, still being researched and discovered.

My "go back to" author is Gary Taubes: the science without the "diet plan". Sure he finally bowed to pressure and put Dr. Westman's diet in the back of newer editions of "Why We Get Fat...", but his books are really still science books, not diet books.

I think the most interesting discussion out there right now is "what constitutes an "ancestral diet"? And the answer is, "a lot of things do'; but what they all have in common is that they're all whole, real foods.

You're on the right track, Eliz!



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MJEFFERSON23 4/19/2014 11:38AM

  emoticon emoticon Thanks for sharing, you are so inspirational!

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NEWTEXDEBBIE 4/19/2014 9:39AM

    I blogged on this same subject a long time ago.... LOL, I can see myself with my fingers in my ears, my eyes squeezed shut, humming to myself, and rocking back and forth!

I just got through boxing a huge amount of my books for the garage sale and you are 100% correct that it starts and stays with the basics!
YOU GO GIRL!

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VIADOLOROSA 4/19/2014 8:31AM

    Would you check the name of your team again? I searched for "Low Carb Living" and nothing came up.

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VIADOLOROSA 4/19/2014 8:13AM

    Thank you for posting this. I'm fairly new to this and you've helped me eliminate some of the same mistakes! I'm going to check out more of your writings, and join the team you're on.

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TWESTEN1 4/19/2014 6:43AM

    That is awesome and I agree with everything you wrote! A lot of people think the low carb lifestyle is too hard but once you start it really is easy. Im glad its working for you too... I will have to look up his list of foods!

Great job!

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IMLOCOLINDA 4/19/2014 3:44AM

    Sounds good to me!

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"Team"ed out! ;o)

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

This week I had to whittle down my Teams to something more manageable. I think I was on 10 teams. Two I co-lead. I didn't think that was too many until all the Spark mails started coming. Lots and lots of SP e-mails. And I didn't have time for them. :o( Each day I dreaded seeing them in my in-box.

So I had to quit Teams and quit co-leading one. I'm down to 4 Teams now and I think I can handle this. Already the SP e-mails are a lot fewer.

I was worried I'd burn out and leave SP if I didn't figure out what worked for me. I'm glad I did. I love spending time on SP, but it was becoming too much. I'm hoping that I will have more time for friends and blogs now. :o)

Sometimes there's just too much good stuff here!!
(((HUGS)))

  
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JAZZID 4/7/2014 7:25AM

    emoticon ... whatever works for you. I will have to do the same because I really don't follow most of the teams I am on.

Please don't stop coming to SP we would miss you! emoticon

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ERIN1957 3/23/2014 7:35AM

    I know I know. I love the personal closeness and blogs as well.
A Jack of all trades or a master of one. I too have backed away a bit, priorities. A friends said to me this when I recently decide to spend less time here and with more quality. Knowledge accomplishes nothing. Wisdom is gained in the DOING!

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A_NEW_JAN 3/21/2014 8:12AM

    Leading & co-leading a Spark team is very time consuming. I completely understand your need to cut back.
I don't think we share any teams anymore, but I'll try to keep in touch with you through your blog.

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MJEFFERSON23 3/21/2014 12:18AM

  I know what you mean. I feel like I'm juggling all the time! emoticon

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SHAKESALOT 3/20/2014 11:33PM

    I get it!! You are to take care of yourself before over extending yourself. Best of luck!! emoticon

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WOUBBIE 3/20/2014 6:32PM

    I join teams when they start up sometimes just to give them members, and then when they're either off and running or going down the tubes I drop back down to 4 or less. I'm technically on the FlyLady team but I almost never post there. I'm on SP for low carb support, not cleaning support (though heaven knows I quote her often enough, lol!!!)

You have to go for quality over quantity.

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GLC2009 3/20/2014 1:46AM

    as if you don't have enough to do in your personal life. you are one busy lady.
emoticon as long as you are a regular on the living low carb team you are good.....


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SKATER787 3/20/2014 1:27AM

    Excellent. There's nothing wrong with scaling back at times. emoticon

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IMLOCOLINDA 3/20/2014 12:53AM

    emoticon It does get so overwhelming so whittling back is the best way for me, too!! I want to be a good team member to the teams I AM on so that means being on fewer teams. It's also the same with cutting back on the spark friends to the ones that you genuinely appreciate and who appreciate you instead of just racking up the numbers. Quality over quantity wins out for me!!
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If you quit..................

Saturday, January 11, 2014

If you quit you'll never know what you could have done!

I have read so many things about how to develop a good habit in 30 days, 6 weeks, 8 weeks, even up to 12 weeks.

Are they kidding?

Would you like to know how long it took me?

SEVEN MONTHS

Yup, altho I doubt that is a record for those of us who tend to be rebellious! LOL!
It took 7 months to "get it".
It took 7 months to "use it".
It took 7 months to realize- I like this better.
It took 7 whole months.

Do I like that it took so long? Heck NO!
In fact I've often quit dieting/exercising so early; that I had no idea how long or even "if" I could really do it.

So my point is, PLEASE!!! Do not quit. You will "get it". Will it take you 7 months? Or 2 years? It doesn't really matter does it. It matters only that you/we don't quit! If we quit we'll never know what could have been.

I'm the kind of person who hates to wait for anything. When my oldest daughter was a teen, I'd drop her at the door of the grocery store to run in for milk. I'd park and wait. Problem was she liked to look around. I can't sit parked long- I get stir crazy! So I'd circle the parking lot. This made her mad! LOL! (Bless her heart, she's in Heaven now.) She couldn't find me.

This time I appreciated the wait I had, to learn what I needed. And I have a new appreciation for waiting.

The secret to how I lasted 7 months this time when I'd always quit early?

Spark People!

This is the best kept secret on the planet, for us all.
Believe me I thought of quiting after 12 weeks. But that's not a good habit, that's a bad habit!

My Spark Friends have pulled me through, held me up, and cheered me on.

Thank You! Your friendship is priceless. And I value each of you. I can never repay you.
I hope I can return the favor. That keeps me here too. I want you to succeed too!

All my love with emoticon and prayers for you!

  
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SHAKESALOT 4/15/2014 10:56AM

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CIROHIO 2/3/2014 11:48PM

    Hi Eliz! How are you doing? I am a tad behind on catching up with my sparks friends. emoticon my sparks friend , for your support and comments you always leave me. This is a great blog. emoticon and emoticon . Many many times I have wanted to give me but it was always my sparks friends like you that kept me encouraged and I kept on trucking. Glad that you are still here and doing well. I am always here for you. Have a good night sleep. Hugs Cathe

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TATTER3 2/1/2014 2:32PM

    Love this blog...just enjoy your writing! Keep Sparkin'!!!

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MAYA_ANGEL 1/12/2014 8:20PM

    Good blog! You write well!
I agree. I am also a bit rebellious and changes have taken me long too. But lately it's been like a snowball at the bottom of the hillÖ..all the changes are coming together into one nice big snowball that's getting bigger and bigger. Perhaps the earliest changes are the hardest.

And yes, SP is the true secret!

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HANNAHSGRAMMIE 1/12/2014 9:32AM

    Good blog and so true!

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-WISPY- 1/11/2014 4:49PM

    Hi Eliz, I am so happy for you. Not quitting no matter what is the answer for me as well. Spark People is part of my life now thank goodness and I love being here. So many helpful, loving, encouraging and positive people.

Let's keep on Sparking.

Love you Wispy

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ERIN1957 1/11/2014 4:08PM

    Excellent!
Love it!


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DAWNSJOURNEY 1/11/2014 1:02PM

    SO VERY TRUE.. for each of us it is different and your right by sticking with it.. posting , coming back .. at some point we get it.. SO Happy to call you spark friend and to trade support with you !!

KEEP SPARKIN Darlin !! your on the road to something great !!

hugs ,
Dawn

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TWESTEN1 1/11/2014 9:46AM

    Good for you - a very inspiring blog! I laugh too, some habits DO take much longer to make :)

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-ICANDOIT- 1/11/2014 9:30AM

    What a great blog! Thank you for sharing...and bless your little girl emoticon

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WEARINGTHIN 1/11/2014 5:30AM

    I think I've finally found a way of eating that I can be comfortable with for a very long time. Glad you found what works for you. (Sorry to hear about your daughter.) Glenn

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IMLOCOLINDA 1/11/2014 2:15AM

    I'm so blessed to be on this journey with you, Eliz. We're the little engines that could...I KNOW I CAN!!

We can go one step forward and two steps back and call it the cha-cha!! That's why we have the dance thread!!
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LORI4CHRIST 1/11/2014 12:19AM

    Yes, Yes, Yes! I was a member of Spark for one year before I decided to really surrender to being healthy. Then, it took a year to lose 65 lbs. In the past three years, I have gained 25 of that back, but well on my way again. I have lost 6# in 6 days and I am back in that mindset to do this!! Thank you for the inspiration!

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MADEIT3 1/11/2014 12:15AM

    Yes it takes a long time and yes it's worth it. I'm not sure I get it yet... and I've been doing this for 25 years!!

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