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Swine Flu= Me A Fat Pig

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

It started in November, I got the 'official' flu for the first time in my life. For nearly two weeks it hurt to walk from my bedroom to the kitchen. Not exactly how I wanted to lose weight! And I stopped going to the gym, from there it kept snowballing and one thing after another was sabotaging my progress. I gained back all the weight I'd lost plus five pounds.

The gym I go to has a monthly pass that gives you access for 30 days so I rationalized by skipping a month I would have more money for Christmas. And besides, since my grandkids are 1300 miles away I'd be traveling for the holidays and probably wouldn't have time to go there anyway.

I returned home to the sobering news that my company was going through some rough economic times and several key customers canceled services because of the economy. My paychecks were headed for a hit and I couldn't justify the gym expense for one more month.

You see how the excuses keep compounding? I need a kick!

I know I hate being flabby and want to do something about it and more importantly, I know that I need to take control of my health. I just don't know why after two months I still feel so BLAH!

One more thing I know though- that my Sparkfriends will encourage me and support me and give me that kick (lovingly of course)!

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AJDOVER1 1/13/2010 12:53PM

    You don't need a kick! emoticon You just need to go ice skating! emoticon

Be well!

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THE_JULES1 1/13/2010 10:00AM

    I am sorry you got the flu, but you were right to stay home and get well. Not only did you need it, but you didn't need to spread the flu. That was responsible.
I am sorry your company is going thru tough times. My hubby has been laid off for a year now. It is tough. You can do spark videos at home for no cost. Biggest Loser Videos at Wal-Mart are only $9 and some libraries will have them available for check out like books.
All good ways to get back in the swing on a budget.

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PITAKELLY13 1/13/2010 9:46AM

    Thank you for all your comments! I knew I could count on you!

I know I've been making excuses and for the last month I've been in good health, just a lingering malaise about it all. NOT a reason to give up on my wellness program!

Your ideas about changing things up and taking baby steps are just what I needed to hear!

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REINVENTLAURA 1/13/2010 9:11AM

    Good for you for taking care of yourself when you were sick! I had the swine flu around thanksgiving, and that was when I also joined a gym...and went. Even though I was sick. Needless to say I was also sick (fever, when I never ever get one) for over 2 weeks (at 2 weeks I stopped taking my temperature so I have no idea).

Anyway, after you get well, you can totally exercise without a gym! If you have an OnDemand thing on your TV, they have some awesome videos! Or you can buy some...most of them are fairly cheap.

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SUGARPUNK52 1/13/2010 1:05AM

  First get well.You'll feel more like exercising and be able to do it better too.Start small.Baby steps! I started walking for 10 minutes a day.I have arthritis in my spaine really bad so a lot of exercises I can't do.But,I CAN walk.Slower than I'd like to but I'm walking,every day.If the weather is real bad I walk in circles around in my house.When you get used to one thing,then add another.You'll make it.YES WE CAN!

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MUSIC66 1/13/2010 12:38AM

    sorry you got sick.

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AUBREYJO 1/12/2010 11:20PM

    I had a teacher who told me "Excuses are the nails to building your house of Failure."
Harsh, yes, but true.
There are PLENTY of ways to exercise for free. Walking, situps, etc. SparkPeople has FREE exercise videos http://www.sparkpeople.com/resource
You can log them directly into your fitness tracker.

Start out with a 10 minute one a day, then go to 2, until you're doing 3.
Take a morning walk around your neighborhood for 30 minutes. (By far the easiest thing to do.. plus, you can meet your neighbors or get ideas for gardening your yard...)
Gardening counts as exercise...
If you have Netflix, you can borrow tons of different workouts.
My favorite workout gal is Jillian Michaels. You can get her 30 Day Shred for $8 @ Walmart.
Target is having big sales on workout vids. I saw some for $7.
The only equipment I have for exercising are some clearance exercise pants and top from Target, hand weights, and some workout shoes.
I am in the position of not really being able to splurge on things, and when I do, it is good, healthy food.
Study up on how to meet your caloric goals for the day, and stick to them.
I lost 98 pounds doing exactly that. I haven't stepped foot in a gym.
Stop building road blocks & you'll be dropping the weight, no problem.

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KALISWALKER 1/12/2010 11:16PM

    10 Ways To Get Out Of Your Winter Blues

Positive thinking
Breathing Exercises
Call a friend
Take a shower or a bath
Visit a pleasant memory
Be with nature

If you know you are getting enough sleep and eating well, you may need a bit of a shake up to get energized.



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STARKITTEN513 1/12/2010 11:14PM

    Try the videos here on sparkpeople! There are some great ones (I like the kickboxing one and the ab workout, personally). They're great for when you can't make it to the gym --or if you're like me and too lazy to go some days. Once you do one, you feel energized, and I end up doing two or three or more.

Go for walks, dance like crazy around the house, do old school calisthenics (jumping jacks! leg lifts! and bears! Oh my!).

The best thing, I think, that will make you feel better is the foods you're eating. Are you getting enough fruits and veggies? I always notice my mood dipping when I don't eat enough of them, or if I eat too many cookies or stuff with lots of salt.

I just got back into the gym this week, after like 2.5 months of not going. After a really nasty breakup, I lost my momentum and my will to keep going. I'm finally gaining ground on my self-esteem battle and realized just how much I missed exercising. Sure, it's exhausting, but even just getting it in the last four or five days has made a big difference in how I feel. I'm sleeping better and feel more energetic. If I can get up and keep going after the crud my ex put me through, you can find a way to make it through the challenge of no gym membership and still losing weight. I believe in you! Now get out there and DO IT! :)

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SLIMMERJESSE 1/12/2010 10:53PM

    There are so many ways to exercise without the gym. First, get well completely. Then, even in 10 minute increments, start the exercise program and ease into it. You'll do just fine.

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Took my own water bottle through airport security!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I got several strange looks as I boarded the plane, sipping on my pink stainless steel water bottle.

I guess it has not occurred to many people other than me that there is no ban on taking an empty reusable water bottle through security and refilling it at the water fountains scattered throughout the airport. (Security does appreciate if you leave the cap off in your bag so they do not have to pull it out to verify that it is empty.)

Given that I make a point when flying to drink a full 16 oz bottle before boarding (each segment) and refilling it just prior boarding for in flight drinking, I figured out that I saved at least $32 in bottled water (at the $4/bottle airport price) during my recent round trip!

Since I already had my water, when the beverage service came by, I enjoyed a 70 calorie complimentary bottle of V8 with my pretzles.

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SUEWOODARD1 10/29/2009 11:49PM

    This is good to know....

Thanks for the info......

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KALISWALKER 10/28/2009 4:44PM

    $32 in bottled water, that is amazing! I use refill the disposable bottles, but I should kick it up a notch. Thanks for the info!

I hope you are having a good week.

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FLORIDASUN 10/28/2009 9:28AM

    Great tip! Thanks smart girl! emoticon

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1TEXASLIZARD 10/28/2009 6:08AM

    Fantastic idea! Thanks for sharing emoticon

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BOOPSTER69 10/27/2009 10:46PM

    Excellent idea. I am going to remember that next week when my Mom and I fly to Washington for my Nephew's wedding - I hate paying the airport prices and I am always needing water when I fly. Thanks! emoticon

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VALI_T 10/27/2009 5:50PM

    I think I'm gonna try that the next time I have to fly. Bottled water in airports is really, really expensive emoticon

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LISALOVE4EVER 10/27/2009 4:47PM

    Wow that is so smart. I never thought of that. I will be doing that next time I fly.

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An email so true I had to share!

Wednesday, October 14, 2009

Dear Friends,

Lately, I've been thinking about the relationship women have with food. We have this love/hate relationship with food and so often, it is misguided and dysfunctional. Our relationships with food tend to be extreme we fret over it, think about it constantly, avoid it or abuse it. Sometimes our relationship with food is like having an affair we do it in secret, carefully covering our tracks and making flimsy excuses for the reason the kids' snacks are missing or that the ice cream is gone. Or we treat ourselves like the garbage disposal and eat the leftovers off of everyone's plate and don't even realize we're doing it!

Why do we do this to ourselves? I think there are several things going on. First, we aren't aware. Our minds are going in a thousand different directions and we're not cognizant of what's going into our mouths. Secondly, we're in a hurry. We can't eat right because we "don't have time". Everyone else comes first we're the last ones on the food chain. Third, we rationalize. We say, "it's just this once" when in reality, it was "just this once" last week and the week before, too. Fourth, we procrastinate and put off eating right. "Next week, I'll " or "starting Monday, I'm going to" And lastly, (you're not going to like this) we lie to ourselves. We say things that suggest we are eating healthy and not very much, but our actions (our true eating) and our body clutter tell a different story.

I want to see women EMPOWERED by food, not ENSLAVED by it! If food is truly the fuel for our lives and we want them to be QUALITY-FILLED lives, then our food MUST be fuel! That means we NEED nutrients, not negative nutrition! Our food must be more than mere mouth entertainment it must DO something for our bodies, not take something (like our health!) away from them!

How do we get to this place of actually wanting all of this for our lives? I don't know of one living soul who DOESN'T want a healthy life! We all do, but to do this we need to create it. And to create it, we need to define it.

I was watching Suze Orman one morning a while ago. She was giving a talk on the eight qualities of wealthy women. She was powerful and she was spot on. I thought about this in regard to food and a light bulb went off: there are certain qualities of healthy women, too!

Here then, are my Five Qualities of Healthy Women:

1)A healthy woman is AWARE. Her mouth is a treasure, not a trash can. When it is time to fuel up, she chooses food that will nourish her body so she can nourish herself first, THEN the people in her life. Her nutritional needs are NOT on the bottom of the list!

2)A healthy woman TAKES THE TIME. Contrary to what we think (that we don't have time), we all have the same 24 hours in the day. Taking 5 minutes to make a nutrient packed salad or waiting 5 minutes in the drive thru amounts to the same amount of time one of those choices has huge dividends, the other one just offers a huge backend!

3)A healthy woman is CONSISTENT. It's not about being on a diet to lose weight to get into your smallest pair of jeans. Consistently eating well means you are consistently doing something proactive to affect the quality of your health. Nutrients feed your body's cells, giving them life and giving you vitality and energy!

4)A healthy woman is APPRECIATIVE. Good, healthy food eaten with a happy, grateful heart makes all the difference! When you eat poorly, you feel guilty. We all do! We vow to better next time, but next time doesn't come. Appreciating what YOU DO FOR YOURSELF (via healthy eating) will change EVERYTHING! Your energy levels, the sparkle in your eyes, the constant smile on your face…people will wonder what you're up to!

5)A healthy woman MOVES her body! We need this--it is nature's best anti-depressant! Endorphins ladies, endorphins! You feel GREAT after an invigorating walk! You can give yourself hearty congratulations and high five yourself yes you can! Doing something and moving is like the frosting on the healthy woman's cake. Yes, you can do this. Yes, you DO have time!

Being a healthy woman starts with your attitude, regardless of where you are health-wise. It's possible to have a bright and shining attitude and have a lot of health issues. I've been with women with chronic health conditions that I never knew existed because their bright and cheerful attitudes outshone their health issues. Likewise, I've also been with women whose health problems were the focal points of their lives and conversation. Guess who I'd rather spend my time with?

I believe with my whole heart that our attitudes can affect our health and either make things better or worse. Our attitudes are like the emotional compasses for our bodies they determine our direction.

I want you ALL to be healthy women! Being a healthy woman starts with the food you eat. Look at those five qualities again and choose to be an empowered and healthy woman!

Your Dinner Diva at www.savingdinner.com

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SUEWOODARD1 10/16/2009 3:17PM

    You are so right....

We tend to forget also, that our bodies are the temple of the holy spirit.......

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MARATHON_MOM 10/15/2009 12:05PM

    Absolutely spot-on! Thank you so much for sharing this!


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SARA314 10/15/2009 3:31AM

    Very provacative and to the point. Thank you for sharing with us. We all need to hear the truth.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 10/14/2009 10:47PM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing!

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JAMALYNDIANNE 10/14/2009 5:27PM

    I agree! emoticon

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CODEMAULER 10/14/2009 3:46PM

    Wow - those are powerful words to live by!

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CJ_SKINNY_JEANS 10/14/2009 3:15PM

    Thank you for sharing. Very interesting way to view our journeys.

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Friday, October 02, 2009

I never understood why there are certain holidays in the Jewish faith that are not practiced in the Christian faith since they occur in the Old Testament of my Bible too... Like the Day of Atonement. Couldn't we all use a day to let the water pass under the bridge and begin again?

I know in Christ we are forgiven for all our sins, but that's not exactly the same as forgiveness of and from our fellow humans, who can be oh so guilty of just being human!

Today, in that spirit, I sent a card to someone I care about that shut me out several years ago because she did not agree with some life choices I made for the benefit of my family.

I opened a door.
Not sure if she'll walk through but I took the chance.

Although it is not part of my weight loss program, I can tell you I sure feel 10 pounds lighter.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 10/3/2009 12:48AM

    So true and great point about being lighter, We all need to emoticon.

by the way even thought this blog has nothing to do with weight loss it definitely is up lifting and positive. Letting go of baggage and trying to better ourselves I think does help with weight loss.

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    A very good blog! I liked what you said about feeling 10 lbs. lighter! There are so many destructive emotions we can feel towards other people, but they usually just hurt ourselves. Forgiving others, just as Christ has forgiven us, is so important--and so hard to do sometimes. emoticon

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OURELEE1 10/2/2009 8:10PM

  You are a very nice person.

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ARTSYGIRLV2 10/2/2009 6:59PM

    I did that recently. A friend and I had had a falling out a couple of years ago, and we both were hurt by things that were said. One day I just emailed her and said I was sorry that things had gone so wrong and that I would still like to be friends. She was relieved and said she felt the same way. We're enjoying one another's friendship again.

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STARKITTEN513 10/2/2009 6:52PM

    This is awesome, what a great idea. Imagine what a greater world this would be if everyone embraced this idea, even for a day. Wow.

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JEREZA 10/2/2009 6:21PM

    I agree. I know people who hold grudges forever. Sometimes they even forget why. Not forgiving often leads to bitterness and unhappiness. It is amazing what forgiveness can do.... both in the forgiver and the forgiven.

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MARLIN515 10/2/2009 6:19PM

    Thanks, that is good... reminds me that...The heaviest thing to carry is a grudge!

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VALI_T 10/2/2009 6:17PM

    I like this idea. Not sure whether or not I'll put it into practice, but that doesn't mean that I like it any less.

The reason why I might not put into practice is that it seems like something that would be pretty hard to do, at least at first. I'm a Christian and I believe in forgiveness, but actually practicing it in the way that you've described does kind of put you "out there." Yeah, I know, that shouldn't be a problem if what I'm trying to do is forgive and move on from painful episodes in my past, but I still have all of the same human frailties I've always had, and I've always had a hard time with making myself vulnerable.

It's kind of funny, in a way because I don't have as big a problem with making myself vulnerable in a different way. When I feel that I have wronged someone, I always try to apologize to that person for what I feel I've done. That kind of makes me just as vulnerable as offering forgiveness that hasn't been asked for, and yet I'm okay with doing it most of the time.

So obviously I've got my own issues that I probably need to deal with before I would feel comfortable with doing this, but then we've all got issues and sooner or later I might just get over these. One way or the other, thank you for posting this blog. It really made me think.

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Control that which you can.

Sunday, September 13, 2009

The Serenity Prayer
by Reinhold Niebuhr (1892-1971)

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

Although known most widely in its abbreviated form above,
the entire prayer reads as follows:

Living one day at a time;
Enjoying one moment at a time;
Accepting hardships as the pathway to peace;
Taking, as He did, this sinful world
as it is, not as I would have it;
Trusting that He will make all things right
if I surrender to His Will;
That I may be reasonably happy in this life
and supremely happy with Him
Forever in the next.

Eight years ago today we were all glued to the news, still shaking our heads, wondering what would happen next, praying, hanging our flags and making a point to speak to neighbors we never spoke to before.

We could not stop what happened, and as much as each person in some way wanted to do something in revenge, we didn’t know what to do, to whom or how we even could. So instead we felt sympathy for Middle-Eastern-Americans who were being harassed in grocery stores and extended them our friendship. We gave money to our fire departments to show appreciation for their bravery and sacrifice. We bought flag decals for our cars to benefit the widows and parentless children that 9/11 left behind.

What we did was make a small difference where we could.

Each of us our blessed with what’s called a “circle of influence” – an area where our contributions matter- at the core of that circle is ourselves. Our ability to control our behaviors, our actions and reactions, and to change ourselves is infinite.

We can fight disease and make ourselves stronger by being aware of our health risks, eating right, exercising routinely. Science has even proven we can fight dementia by continuing to educate ourselves daily.

We can expand our circle by using our new found strength and knowledge to help others:
by running in a Susan G. Komen Race and getting sponsors to help fund research for a breast cancer cure.
We can help a friend suffering from depression by talking about health research we have read and talking about our faith, or sometimes just be that shoulder to cry on.
We can teach our children, so they will teach their children, and we know they will teach and influence their friends along the way too.
We can realize in those times we are struggling financially that it’s not so hard to make do with less. And then when we ‘find money’ again it’s just that much easier to make more donations to the fire departments, the schools and the many non-profits that rely on the goodness of others to complete their worthy missions.

In the past few months I’ve met many people who have turned their unemployed time into volunteer time. And others using that new found time on their hands at the gym, working out their frustrations and realizing that the best health insurance, especially when you have no health insurance, is to work to be the healthiest you can be!

A lot has happened to each of us in the last eight years, the fear settled some, but unfortunately our patriotism settled too, and we all had job changes, moves, health scares, babies born, loved ones die, financial ups, and financial downs, moments our faith was weak, and moments we just trusted the Lord.

Two days ago I asked you where were you when the world stopped turning. But it didn’t stop did it? You are here and life has gone on.

Where are you now? What part of your life are you taking control of today to make your life better and what small differences are you still making within ‘your circle’ of the world a better place?

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HOLLY1949 9/13/2009 4:56PM

    You have given us some good questions to ponder. emoticon

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SHEWRITES1 9/13/2009 4:38PM

    I volunteer as an English tutor as I continue to search for work. I now have more time and spend more energy trying to improve my environment. Working out and eating healthy really is the only insurance I have against something bad happening, since I had a health scare & subsequent surgery 1 year ago, this is important as I don't want to leave my loved ones with enormous hospital bills.

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EVVYSBABY 9/13/2009 3:48PM

    Thank you for the reminder of what we should and should not use our energy for.

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