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PITY PARTIES COME AT A HIGH PRICE!

Wednesday, April 04, 2012

How do I know this? I had myself a nice little "pity party" yesterday. I was mad at something my dear husband had said and decided I "didn't care how fat I got" and to prove it, sat down with a container of ice cream -- yes, the carton! Of course I didn't eat it all, but that just shows you my mentality.

I also stuffed my face with peanut squares as I watched a TV show. And did I try to offset this absurd behavior by going to the gym and getting in a good work-out? Of course not! I did take my dog out for a walk because it was a perfect day for it.

I paid the price for this childish behavior when I stepped on the scale this morning! My weight was up 1.4 pounds. The ice cream and the peanut squares were definitely NOT worth that kind of gain! Now it's back to the grind. Easy on -- hard to come off!

  
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SHOES17 4/10/2012 8:44PM

    :) That goes to prove we are in this thing together. I keep trying to say the words... Nothing taste as good as thin feels! emoticon You had a bad day may the ones to come be better!

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JACK714 4/7/2012 7:32AM

    Definately a round with emotional eating. You're right it not only costs on the scale, which is probably temporary gain but shows how vurnerable us dieters are to outside influences.

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OLDERDANDRT 4/5/2012 7:38PM

    You said it!!! Why, oh why does it come on sooooo easy????!!!! No fair, but it is a fact. So, yes, you paid a high price! Back on the wagon, my friend! Take to beating up your pillows when you're miffed about something. No calories and you'll get a bit of an upper body workout!!!! emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 4/5/2012 8:12AM

    WE all have those days now brush it off and get back on track
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YOYONOMORE1 4/4/2012 8:09PM

    Oh, we've all had days like that, tomorrow is a new day with a clean slate, so there's your chance to make it a better day. Have a good evening.

Hugs,
Shirl

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STILLFLYIN 4/4/2012 3:37PM

    So what is your plan for next time you are massively stressed or mad or upset? I work much better when I have a plan and making it something that requires the use of my hands usually cuts out the ability to stuff my face. What are you going to substitute for food? And it needs to be something that you would actually want to do.

Tough to figure out. Make a Plan A and Plan B and Plan C... Worth the time to think ahead, maybe even write it down.
HUGS!

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MEEZERMOM2 4/4/2012 12:40PM

    Ahh yes, the old "emotional eating"...when I get that way, it is usually something chocolate! You learn from your mistakes & you nipped it in the bud, so good for you..

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PSMITH3841 4/4/2012 12:21PM

    I had the same type of day myself...I did walk the dog and have a good workout at the gym...but I was just to lazy to prepare my planned dinner, and picked all night long ( not healthy stuff either!) Yep, my transgressions showed up on the scale too! UGH!!!

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TERRIMMIX 4/4/2012 12:05PM

    You're lucky you caught it before it was 2 or 3 days into it. You're back on track. Congratulate yourself for that!

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LIS193 4/4/2012 11:52AM

    Oops, on the emotional binge... at least you still got a walk in. Never mind the gain, over the next week it will go again - don't beat yourself up!
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Giving Advice or Following It

Thursday, March 29, 2012

emoticon I was just now reading a blog about a woman who had handed out a lot of advice to a lot of people. Some of it was things she had read, some was tips she had gotten from other members, maybe some was just plain common sense.

emoticon When it comes to writing blogs I know I'm pretty good at writing motivational blogs -- or at least that's what I've been told. But looking back over some of my best blogs, I suddenly realized that I'm better at "giving" advice than I am at "following" it. If I followed all of my own advice I'd probably already be into the coveted 130's instead of yo-yoing in the low 140's. Hindsight is a great thing, but the scale is not impressed by it. Writing good blogs is a good thing -- but only if that blog is adhered to. Good intentions never lost you a pound. Good old hard work, action (like getting out there and DOING IT) and walk the walk and talk the talk is what really counts. It does no good to suggest a dozen healthy, delicious, low cal snacks and then reach into a bag of candy for yourself. Or describing how a person needs to try a new tactic with exercising, move it up a notch, change things around -- and then for yourself watch a TV show and eating chips as you veg out on the sofa.

It's hard work to get toned up! It's hard work to do it instead of procrastinating! It's hard to pass up the temptations! And it's hard work not to let yourself fall back into your old ways! But if you stop and think about some of the jobs you have held, do you also realize that the jobs where you were promoted and were the most successful with, were the very jobs where you gave 110%, consistently. No one is handed a Vice-Presidency on a platter and it works the same way when it comes to your personal achievements. The less you work, the less you have to show for it. The more you do, the better your success rate.

It's up to you. You can give advice but not follow it, or you can do what needs to be done!

  
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SHOES17 4/10/2012 8:40PM

    That is so funny. I have been thinking about my own blogs. I feel like I always am concentrating on the how to do it. I know things like the bites licks and taste cause problems. Maybe I think it is time to start reading instead of writing. Maybe I think if I write enough I will start living it. emoticon

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PANFRIEDTROUT 4/1/2012 6:30PM

    What a great blog! Great for me because sadly, I see myself reflected in your words. It's something I've done a lot of over the last year or so & finally just caught on to that fact a couple of months ago but had never really verbalized it.

Thanks for posting this ~ it's a very timely reminder as I continue to go forward.


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OLDERDANDRT 4/1/2012 1:59PM

    Now this is a GREAT blog!! I'm right there needing to kick myself into action. I always have a plan.......not so much a plan of ACTION, just a plan that I guess I figured would take care of itself! I should be at least around where you have the scale for as long as I have been here on SPark. Good intentions don't get us anywhere, do they?
Procrastination has , it seems always been my montra. You know........"Why do today, what you can put off til tomorrow"! So, I will do it and knowing that my stamina leaves a lot to be desired, it'll give it my all as long as I can and then start over the very next day ....as long as I can. Thank you for this blog. Yes, I alread knew of what you wrote, but seeing it in someone else's blog seems to help and make it more real and right.
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PSMITH3841 3/30/2012 3:05PM

    Oh Wow! So True...there are times I don't even realize I'm doing it....... emoticon

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JACK714 3/30/2012 9:33AM

    You hit the nail on the head. I wish our advise was more from experience than reading blogs. But I do like your blogs. I'm still a member of the team just not a participating one except for a huddle now and then.

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/30/2012 7:53AM

    so true we can give advice but we don't always follow it so now lets follow the advice and we will see our goal
Keep up the good work
V

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LYNETTEMOM 3/29/2012 11:14PM

    guilty as charged

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ARTJAC 3/29/2012 10:16PM

    good one lets do it

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CARRKM 3/29/2012 2:43PM

  That reminds me of a bumper sticker I saw once... it said "Take my advice - I'm not using it!" LOL!

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Another Painting is Finished ..... see the photo

Monday, March 26, 2012

I've finished my second acrylic painting. A completely different subject matter than my first one was -- and I'm giving it to my daughter. I like it, so I'm sure she will too as we think so much alike in many things.

I've put it in twice as the coloring seems a bit different:

and again --



What do you think? Shall I give all this up? Or is it a hobby worth continuing?

  
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SUGARSMOM2 3/29/2012 6:06PM

  why would you give up something you enjoy ? keep it up . only if you want to give it up .

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4_MY_LIFE 3/28/2012 11:30AM

    You did a great job, you should not give it up!

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TRISTAROSE 3/28/2012 6:56AM

    I love your painting and keep up the good work. I feel that being creative is good for our minds and also relieves stress. I'm sure this is something your daughter will treasure for a long time.

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STILLFLYIN 3/27/2012 5:07PM

    Stay with it! You are doing great.

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STARLIGHT615 3/27/2012 3:43PM

    Beautiful!!!

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PUDLECRAZY 3/27/2012 3:20PM

    Continue! Continue!

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OLDERDANDRT 3/27/2012 3:02PM

    Oh, my goodness this is really quite beautiful so NO!!!! Please never give this up!!! Obviously it is a pursuit you love and you should carry on!!! Way to go!! emoticon

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PSMITH3841 3/27/2012 11:06AM

    You enjoy painting and you're good at it!! Why would you give it up, silly girl! The painting is very cool... emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/27/2012 8:00AM

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Keep painting if you like to do that your doing great love the picture
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ARTJAC 3/26/2012 11:18PM

    very nice emoticon

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CATLADY52 3/26/2012 6:07PM

    I think you should keep painting until you either get totally bored with it or you decide to work in another medium. You aren't doing things because you are told to do them. I like this one. emoticon

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KINEPS 3/26/2012 4:42PM

    I love it!!! I think you did wonderfully on the eyes and nose. My daughter is a graphic design major and she is always drawing and painting . . . so I know what's involved. I think you should continue - as long as you love doing it. I'm sure your daughter WILL love it! What a wonderful gift.

Hugs,

MaryannR>

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Just One of Those Wonderful Days!

Saturday, March 24, 2012

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While most of those flowers aren't in bloom yet -- at least not up here in the mountains as we are at our summer home, there are other benefits. The cherry, plum and pear trees have started to bloom out with their beautiful pinks and whites framed against a very blue sky! I see daffodils and iris in bloom, and the hearty little flowering bushes we just planted have not been taken down by the freezing weather and snow, they don't look quite as perky, but the lavender blooms are still there. And the roses are beginning to show signs of life.

As I took my dog on our usual 1.2 mile loop around the neighborhood she loved it all. She acts like she has never been on this route before, and it's all filled with new and glorious smells and new things to be discovered. It's the highlight of her day, and seeing her so happy and excited makes it the highlight of my day too!

emoticon It's like seeing things through the eyes of a child -- sometimes we forget the wonder of the blue sky scattered with fluffy white clouds. Or to look up and see a jet leaving a trail of white across the sky as it breaks the sound barrier. Or watching the tiny blooms and leaves as they begin unfolding into the lush fullness that will be summer. It's exciting to walk with it being only 68F instead of a sweltering 102F, so I can actually enjoy my walk, and not come home with water dripping down my back. As cool as it gets at night we are not yet bothered by flies, so sitting outside with a beer or green iced tea is pleasant too. And if 68F seems cool, just try working in the yard raking or blowing leaves, or turning the dirt in the flower beds -- soon you will feel it is VERY WARM and you'll enjoy that iced tea!

It's so peaceful and quiet, and if you want to be lazy it's the perfect place. You can sit quietly and watch as a cardinal comes swooping down from nowhere, a squirrel may appear on the top of a rock, eyeing you critically as though you are invading his space, and if you are quiet enough and still enough, soon the birds will be busy at the feeders and not even notice you are there. SPRING IS THE SEASON, THIS IS THE REASON!
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PSMITH3841 3/26/2012 9:49AM

    Hmmm...I was with you every step of the way....Loved just relaxing with my feet up, Iced Tea in hand, enjoying the flora and fauna! I absolutely LOVE Spring, the season of renewal! Thanks for the journey. emoticon

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/25/2012 7:36AM

    emoticonI love spring and summer and fall and sitting on our back porch before the bugs come - enjoy the new smells
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ARTJAC 3/24/2012 10:50PM

    sounds great lovely and peaceful i like days like that lovely

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DISPATCH91 3/24/2012 10:41PM

    Sounds like aperfect day in the perfect place.

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CATLADY52 3/24/2012 7:08PM

    We just had two and a half days of rain and everything is so bright and clean. I know that in another month all the trees will have leafed out, but right now they are on the verge, waiting to pop. I think of all the Seasons, Spring is best. emoticon

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LYNETTEMOM 3/24/2012 3:28PM

    oh, it sounds so beautiful--I'm looking fwd to heading south

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SPARKPEOPLE ...... My Version

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

S = Starting out and staying on a healthy lifestyle
P = Persistence, it's what it's all about
A = Attitude, it's what makes us who we are
R = Repititions, do lots of them to help stay in shape
K = Kale, and other green stuff, fill your plate with it
P = People, there are lots of them on here who are supportive and friendly
E = Energy keeps building up the more you exercise
O = Old is not an excuse, exercise, eat right to feel young
P = Proof is in the pudding, but just don't eat too much of it
L = Love this site, it's the best
E = Enough for now, get out there and EXERCISE!

  
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ARTJAC 3/23/2012 2:01AM

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VITCHY-VICKI 3/22/2012 7:19AM

    emoticonblog I will have to do one on my page one day
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TRISTAROSE 3/21/2012 4:31PM

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Great Blog!

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PSMITH3841 3/21/2012 4:26PM

    I love your version of Sparkpeople....it's what it's all about! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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STARLIGHT615 3/21/2012 3:50PM

    LOVE IT!

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