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The Water Cure

Monday, April 13, 2009

I found this interesting article I'd like to share...


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JIBBIE49 4/13/2009 11:47PM

    Just letting everyone know that Nathan's White Blood Cell count was up today, so he started his 2nd round of Chemo. It stormed really heavy here today, but it was a good day. emoticon

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Another Week Another Chance

Monday, April 13, 2009

I haven't made much progress since I "tried" to get back on track a few weeks ago. It's really simple. It takes action, not words. That's what I'm going to focus on this week. Another week. Another chance. K

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JIBBIE49 4/13/2009 11:48PM

    I reset my Sparkpage and started new goals, so that is good that you are doing it, too.

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SUZY1212 4/13/2009 2:42PM

    Some times it takes me more than one try to get going! Are you using the nutrition and fitness trackers? I find that if I use them faithfully, I have a better chance of sticking to it. Good luck!

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Reconfiguration & Transformation

Wednesday, April 01, 2009

I tried the Okinawa way of eating (mostly). I didn't lose a single pound the first week. To be honest, I really didn't care (which is a bit unusual for me because I like to see "measurable" growth).

The most amazing thing started happening to my body. I swear that I could feel it "reconfiguring" itself. Words fail me in trying to describe the feeling of transformation. My skin feels tighter all over. I can feel my muscle fibers. From my face down to my rib cage, I got thinner. No luck around the waist...yet. My feet and calves, which I hate to say are a bit "chunky" actually felt and even looked thinner.

I might have never noticed my greatest improvement if I had not visited my 9 year old nephew and 5 year old niece in Houston this past weekend. I'm 40 and weigh way more than I should. BUT...I was able to run around full speed barefooted chasing my nephew and niece.

First of all, walking around barefooted can be painful when you're overweight. Second of all, I normally get winded. Neither happened. I felt 16 years old again...playing tag barefooted and fancy free.

So, I wouldn't mind losing a pound or two this week as well as keeping up the energy. Just wanted to let all you know that the Okinawa Way feels goooood!

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"The Little Miracle" (for JIBBIE49)

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Before I tell this story, you have to understand that I believe that G-d is always sending us messages and signs. G-d is always trying to get our attention to tell us what we need to hear. But, we're blind and deaf most of the time. Last year, I had a "spiritual awakening" that opened my eyes and ears. I started seeing signs from G-d everywhere. Some signs were just for me. Other signs were there for anyone with open eyes to see. So, let me fast forward to this past weekend's little miracle.

Over the weekend, I had breakfast with two close friends I met at church a few years ago. Next, I headed over the Half Price Books to write in my morning journal. After all that coffee, I had to go to the restroom, which annoyed me because I was ready to write. So...off I go with my backpack, purse, and blackberry. When I walked out of the restroom, I was startled.

My first thought was...who put that bookshelf right in front of the bathroom door. I certainly didn't see it there on my way and I had never noticed it there before. It's tall and it's big. I'm sure it's been there all along. BUT...this time I felt like I was going to walk right into it.

And there "IT" was on the bookshelf just begging me to pick it up. I didn't. I looked at ALL the other books first. It was an eclectic collection of "clearance" books. Of course, my eyes were drawn back to "IT" again. I couldn't resist any longer! I picked "IT" up and took "IT" back to the table with me.

I wrote in my journal and occasionally stared at "IT" wondering if I was overdoing the whole "G-d is always sending us messages" belief. BUT...once I opened up the book and started reading, I knew there was no mistake. This was one of G-d's little miracles. I believe G-d put that book right in front of me for a reason.

Well, I bought "IT" and took "IT" home and couldn't put "IT" down. I read and read until 2:00am. I could feel my mind literally expanding.

"Expanding from what?" You might be asking about now.

The OKINAWA Diet Plan: Get Leaner, Live Longer, and Never Feel Hungry.

I certainly wasn't looking for a "diet" book. I can't even stand the word "diet" anymore. I've always hated "diet" books. This book doesn't read like a "diet" book. It was intellectually stimulating and the scientific data gathered from the 25-year study of the Okinawa people was fascinating on so many different levels.

My body, mind, and soul were sold. I went to the grocery store and bought the food staples of their diet. I don't mean "diet" as in "I'm on a diet" but rather "their diet" means simply what they eat on a daily basis. Shopping was actually fun. Cooking was actually fun.

The food is so pretty compared to what I was eating. I ate so much in "weight" not calories that I was stuffed on all the good stuff. I put all my meals into the food tracker and on the third day I was SHOCKED.

Without even "trying" like I was before (and BTW I was miserable), all my numbers were spectacular (except for sodium the first day). The numbers that baffled me were the vitamins I've been tracking. It looked like I was tracking a vitamin supplement. Absolutely amazing!

Anyway, I recommend the book to anyone who gets into the "science" of how our bodies work and how food impact our lives. I just got started and haven't even finished the book yet. I will certainly be sharing my recipes and snack ideas and other helpful and interesting facts about food.

That's all for now folks. Stay tuned for more news from the "Okinawa Wannabe" on a mission.

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JIBBIE49 3/26/2009 4:22PM

    Yes, I have heard a lot about that book before, as the people of Okinawa live to be some of the world's oldest. I'm glad you got it as I'll be interested in knowing more about it.

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Failure to Launch

Thursday, March 26, 2009

Hey everybody in Spark World,

It's been 12 days since I blogged. One of my goals was to blog everyday. Failure to launch. I haven't tracked my food either over those 12 days. Failure to launch. But finally, I backtracked to Monday and filled out my Nutrition Tracker for the last 3 days.

The good news is that one thing did launch...I started eating nutritious food on Monday. I don't mean dieting. I mean eating good, wholesome foods because it's fun and healthy. I realized that my first week back was soooo stressful (no matter how many funny blogs I tried to write). I'm not good at being on a diet. I get grouchy and feel trapped.

A little miracle happened over the weekend. I will blog about that later...it's a story in itself. Nevertheless, I'm having fun and feeling good (not grouchy) this week. I finally launched.

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JIBBIE49 3/26/2009 2:17AM

    Oh, what was the LITTLE MIRACLE???? Making me wait to find out!!

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