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What are my triggers and what can I do about it?

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

I have been asked by my over 55+ team to blog about what makes me overeat and what can I do to overcome this problem.
Let me start with looking at the most common reasons people overeat.
1. Boredom
2. Lazy
3. Low self-esteem
4. Self sabotage
5. Stress
6. Time constraints
7. Love of food
8. Other people's influence
9. Given up
10Social settings

Let me see which ones apply to me.
1. Boredom, yes, when my husband is at work and the boys are gone for the day, I get bored. What can I do? Spend time with my spark buddies.
4. Self sabotage. What can I do? Tell my self I am worth it.
7. Love of food, get it out of the house.
8. Other people's influence, my husband does not need to lose weight, find someone that does need to lose weight and work with them.

40% of the situations apply to me. That's less than half, so I feel I can beat the odds and be a winner.
I am worth it.

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KAJERO 8/15/2013 9:44PM

    Great Blog. I like the list. And wow, 40% only applies. You will definitely make it. emoticon

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HAWTGRANNY2014 8/15/2013 9:05PM

    Good blog and you are certainly worth it. You are going to do this and keep that yucky weight off. You are going to be so good, it will run for the nearest fast food place. emoticon

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GOANNA2 8/14/2013 3:49AM

    I'll add to that -for me to try and stop stressing so much
with my lot in life. You have a good perspective. emoticon

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PERUSER918 8/13/2013 8:03PM

    You have a really good perspective on triggers, Pat. Nicely done. Keep it up! Mamas are Red Hot. emoticon

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LETHA_ 8/13/2013 6:04PM

    Yes, you can beat the odds. We both can.

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KARENLEIGH32 8/13/2013 5:37PM

    Yes Pat, you are worth it! I think we all are, we need to be honest with ourselves and look at our own lists!

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Meeting up with a spark buddie.

Sunday, August 11, 2013

Today, my spark friend, Deb (Bubblestoo) was passing through Columbus on vacation and we had a chance to meet. This is the first person on sparks that I have met. I took her and her husband Jeff to the Hollywood Casino, where we enjoyed some free play. After that I had them follow me to the First Responder's Park in Hilliard, Oh. These were people that helped out on 9-11 and 2 pieces of the fallen Trade Centers are there. Here is me and Deb in front of one of the pieces.

After that we went to Ballantrae Splash Park where there are 25 foot dancing bunny sculptures. Deb has those pictures. After that we went to the corn field. There are many ears of corn, made out of concrete and about 6-7 feet tall. Here we are again.

So much fun in such a short time. Deb and Jeff, it was nice meeting you.


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BUBBLESTOO 9/30/2013 3:22PM

    Loved the chance to meet my sparkfriend. She was definitely a great host, taking us to all the attractions! Quite the workout! Had so much fun! emoticon

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PEG2584 8/13/2013 9:38PM

    Sounds like you had a funfilled day.

I'm from Dublin and I hate that field of concrete corn - have since they first put it up. I think it would be cooler if they painted them like Indian corn and put pats of butter in-between the ears for people to sit on.

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PAULAAUTUMN 8/13/2013 10:18AM

    That is wonderful and it sounds like you a lot of fun as well. I met a Sparkfriend a while back and we really enjoyed meeting one another. Love the corn field we have concrete cows where I live.

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KARENLEIGH32 8/12/2013 9:25PM

    How wonderful to get to meet someone in person that you've known on-line. Love the big a$$ corn!!

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REXTINE1 8/12/2013 6:02PM

    Those are very impressive ears of corn!

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GOANNA2 8/12/2013 7:32AM

    It's always nice to meet Spark friends. Judging by the
photos, you had a lot of fun. emoticon

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TRAVELGRRL 8/12/2013 6:03AM

    Very cool! I would like to meet some of my Sparkbuddies one of these days too!

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LOLAJO54 8/11/2013 11:11PM

    oh how so very exciting!!!

glad you had some great fun
and got to do some things together

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You two look fantastic!

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MATSCHI 8/11/2013 9:46PM

    How cool! Pat, you sound like the perfect hostess! So much fun! emoticon

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KATIZUMI20131 8/11/2013 9:06PM

    How cool to meet them! a great share! thanks. A happy day! Happy days are possible for us. I thought for a long time they were over for me! But they are not. You show me that. thanks. sarah

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CTOMEK1-123 8/11/2013 8:04PM

    Thanks for posting the pictures!! I am so jealous! Looks like a great day!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 8/11/2013 5:12PM

    Pat it sounds like an awesome day. Love the giant corn but it might break my teeth.

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HAPPYMENOW58 8/11/2013 5:11PM

    Fun! Thanks for sharing! You guys were lucky to get to meet!!

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Wednesday, July 31, 2013

With lifeguards like this, you may want to be rescued. LOL

My beautiful grandsons at the water park last Friday with grandma and grandpa an mommy.

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REXTINE1 8/2/2013 5:58PM

    They are cute. emoticon

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KARENLEIGH32 8/1/2013 11:41PM

    So cute, I have a thing for lifeguards!

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STAV44 8/1/2013 10:33AM

    Adorable! Grandkids are the best!!! I have three and I just love them to pieces.

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GOANNA2 8/1/2013 3:58AM

    They are gorgeous. Hugs to you all. emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 7/31/2013 7:37PM

    Awww! Makes me want to just hug 'em!

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LOLAJO54 7/31/2013 7:13PM

    awwww you know they are so cute -- got to love them!

congrats on having 2 handsome guys in your life grandma!

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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/31/2013 5:22PM

    How cute. They are so precious and I am going to be a great grandma next March. I can't wait. It has been awhile since I have held a baby.

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Never quit pledge.

Tuesday, July 30, 2013

Never Quit Pledge

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Today, I promise I will not quit.

I pledge that no matter, how many ups and downs I pass through, I will continue on my journey.

I pledge to make a NEW START today, and forgive myself for my past, and to stop being so critical of myself.

I pledge to take control of myself, to stop making excuses, and stop blaming other people or situations.

I pledge to treat myself as I would my best friend, because that is who I am.

I pledge to stay in the race and to be a WINNER!

signed: Leisa (Sunflowergal40)

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LOLAJO54 7/30/2013 8:54PM

    good stuff all around

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Be careful who your friends are.

Monday, July 29, 2013

I thought I had made a friend. She seemed interested in me and my family. We worked out together. Our grandkids played together and were in the same kindergarten class. Things changed though. She started putting people down. Trashing them to their faces and talking about them behind their backs. This was not a healthy relationship. Although she appeared to like me, she was lying to my face for over a year. The end to the friendship was necessary. I feel relief, but also a bit of fear. She is vengeful, vindictive and downright evil. I do not talk to her, she sent me a nasty text. I love her daughter in law and her granddaughter. She will be moving out of her DIL 's house within a month and I will regain my sanity. I say farewell and good riddance. Please note, I do not dislike many people, but toxic relationships are not good for your health and well being. I am better off and so is the neighborhood.

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SAM60SUMTHINK 8/18/2013 7:33PM

    Has the former friend moved? I do hope so, and when reading this (admittedly, late; sorry!!), that one question stands before all others!

Isn't it amazing how many people waste the little time we have on this earth trying to make other lives unpleasant? I just don't understand that way of thinking, but hope that you are free of the burden of false friendship and that your worries about reprecussions prove unfounded!

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KARENLEIGH32 7/30/2013 5:05PM

    So sorry you had to go through that! I do know how you feel, a co-worker who later became my supervisor was an evil person. I knew she wasn't very nice but not until I was trying to 'bounce' back from cancer did I know how completely evil she was. I lost my job (20 years) over her but I am so much happier now. It took 2 years for me to work through it, but I am SOOO HAPPY!

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TRAVELGRRL 7/30/2013 2:15PM

    Some people just seemed to be damaged and this is the only way they can relate to the world. I feel sorry for her, but you can't change her -- you just need to protect yourself. I would do the same thing you did.

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LETHA_ 7/30/2013 12:54PM

    Our media gives us lots of examples of how to end romantic relationships and marriages but few examples of how to end dysfunctional friendships. It's hard, especially for women. The stress of it will pass. Hang in there, you did the right thing.

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STAV44 7/30/2013 10:36AM

    You did the only thing you could do.

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GOANNA2 7/30/2013 9:13AM

    Good riddance. You don't need those kind of
people in your life. Happy for you that she is
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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/30/2013 12:03AM

    sounds like you will get a little relief anyway.

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HAWTGRANNY2014 7/30/2013 12:02AM

    Sounds like you will get a little relief anyway, when she moves.

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NOWORNEVER1982 7/29/2013 10:48PM

    I'm sorry to hear about your rough situation. Some people are just mean and not worth your energy. I'm glad you seem the toxicity it can cause you and you've made an effort to distance yourself!

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DANCINCAJUN1 7/29/2013 10:40PM

    Wow so glad you did .... I'm sure you will have better peace of mind when she is gone. It is a shame folks have to be that way ... every day is such a treasure -- not to waste on not being wonderful ! Roc

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ABUTTERFLYWISH 7/29/2013 10:35PM

    You did the very best thing that you could ever do in leaving her alone! Those kind of people love to sabotage everyone, cut them down and do them in and it is awesome of you to see that before it happened to you! I swear, those kind of people all need to be shipped to some island where it isnt possible for them to get off and just berate each other til they are tired! LOL

Good for you! Im sure her DIL will be glad for her to be gone as well!

Always take care of YOU! Great friends will come along in time. emoticon

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MEADSBAY 7/29/2013 10:23PM

    That is downright scary.
I'm sorry.

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