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Help Me Choose an Affirmation

Wednesday, February 10, 2010

Maybe I should take a break from listing all the bizarre things I've done to lose weight, or all my SparkFriends may decide I'm just too weird. But I kind of laugh and kind of cry when I think of all the misery I've endured due to misinformation, misunderstanding, and a certain amount of denial, too. I celebrate when I realize I've finally got it, and plan to work to keep it!

This morning as I jogged on my treadmill I heard something on the Today show that made me laugh, and inspired me as nothing else has in the past month at least. Lera Williams, 100 years old, attributed her long, healthy life to "not worrying like old people do." I just love that. I hereby commit to quit worrying like old people do.

Okay, I need to make this statement more positive to turn it into an affirmation. "I refrain from worry because it ages me unnecessarily." "I surrender my worry habit and choose to think optomistic thoughts." "I'm not going to worry like old people do because I am an ageless soul."

Which one do you like? Maybe you have a better one?

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SHEILA1505 2/11/2010 12:25AM

    I subscribe to the theory that the Universe hears the words "age" and "worry" and directs energy onto them, and ignores the negatives and instructions to forget them. So I focus on my positives and this is my first of many daily affirmations:

I am the awesome incredible fantabulous daughter in whom the Universe is well pleased
(with thanks to Maya Angelou who inspired the core of this)
and then I follow up with some of my Gratitudes

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/10/2010 9:36PM

    I am an optimistic ageless soul who focuses only on positive thoughts. How about that? I love turning negatives into positive affirmations. Take care and hugs from Janet in frigid central Illinois. I admire you for running on your treadmill! You are such an inspiration.

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PO_PAZZA 2/10/2010 9:03PM

    I'll drink to "no worries" in some format. My mother-in-law said years ago, "If it's not going to be important in a hundred years, it's not worth worrying about now." How right she was.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/10/2010 4:12PM

    This is a lovely thread that you've started.

It's not a mantra but a phrase that's stuck with me from somewhere else on SP is that, "worrying is like sitting in a rocking chair. It passes the time but it doesn't get you anywhere."

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MONTY68 2/10/2010 1:54PM


In looking at your blog again and ageless, I wrote a blog yesterday on my birthday and how old do I feel. When I was done I had determined that I was ageless.
I like the one you have chosen, lots of good suggestions.


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AQUAGIRL08 2/10/2010 11:51AM

    How about, "Look for the positive in every situation. It helps prevent wrinkles."

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LAPRATH 2/10/2010 11:17AM

  I like all the comments on your worrying.
They come to me at a good time for me to remember that. My daughter told me this morning that she lost her job late Friday, and how very terrible she had, and is feeling about that. Very depressed. So you can understand why your comments on not worrying hit home with me.
Thank you......I'll try to not worry.
I surrender my worry habit and choose to think optomistic thoughts.

BarbaraLa emoticon

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AMBUDMAN 2/10/2010 11:08AM

    I am an ageless soul is good for me.

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MONTY68 2/10/2010 10:48AM

Great topic as usual. I like the second one best and I like to keep my affirmations short so I might just say "I surrender my worry habit" or perhaps "I let go of worry" I am not sure we have to indicate any thing with the old age as the need to let go of worrying is a positive thing at any age.

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SLENDERELLA61 2/10/2010 10:47AM

    Thanks, everyone. Glad I asked for help. Love that one, Kaligirl. That just might be it! I am an ageless soul who lives worry free!!

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KALIGIRL 2/10/2010 10:37AM

    I like, "I am an ageless soul." and if you want, you might add "who lives worry-free."

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EVILKLOWN 2/10/2010 10:24AM

    Actually I think old people worry less than younger people because they've learned it doesn't do any good.

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/10/2010 10:12AM

    Good for you!! I like the first -- "I refrain from worry because it ages me unnecessarily." Keep us posted! emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/10/2010 10:11AM

    I like any affirmation that does not say "not" as I'd rather frame it in a completely positive way. Also, there's no such thing - as the saying goes - as being too rich, too thin, or too weird. (smiling) Have a wonderful day.

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So Very Grateful One Diet Strategy Didn't Work For Me

Tuesday, February 09, 2010

Thinking about all the crazy things I've done to lose weight, by far the most dangerous one was in my mid-twenties. I reasoned that if people who quit smoking gain weight, maybe smoking would help me lose weight.

Well, I tried smoking. I remember waking up with a terrible taste in my mouth, feeling like my sinuses were bar-b-qued. Thank heavens it just really didn't appeal to me much.

Yet, I kept it as an appetite control strategy for probably 3 years. I kept a pack of menthol cigarettes in my freezer. When I was really hungry, I'd light up and take one puff. Sometimes two. I was just sure it killed my appetite. Then I'd put it out and put the butt back in the freezer! A cigarette pack would last me 6 months.

I am so thankful that today I control my weight by tracking my food, drinking water, concentrating on meeting my nutritional needs, staying active, and sharing my struggles with all my dear SparkFriends and Weight Watcher buddies.

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/12/2010 1:11PM

    I am glad you never got hooked on smoking. I wish my daughter hadn't. I never liked the smell of them at all. I am very grateful you are here for all of us. Hugs from J.

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/10/2010 10:14AM

    Maybe it was just taking the break, choosing to focus on something other than your 'hunger' that kept your appetite down ... or maybe it was the awful taste in your mouth after the cigarette! Either way, celebrating with you that you didn't really start smoking!!!

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DONNABRIGHT 2/10/2010 8:01AM

    Oh, my! As a ex-smoker (10 years now!) you made a wise decision to put a stop while you had control. I smoked 2 packs a day for more years than I can to remember. Besides the health benefits of not smoking, the freedom from cigarettes is glorious.

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PO_PAZZA 2/9/2010 8:20PM

    Yikes, Marsha, that tops the old cabbage-only and grapefruit-only diets, and they were bad enough. I would be fascinated to find out how many people use their freezers as ash trays. Thanks for a good laugh that could have been very unfunny if the habit had hooked you.


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WALKINGANNIE 2/9/2010 5:14PM

    I've never heard of frozen cigarettes! Is this just another gaping hole in my knowledge or was it a Marsha-special?

Menthol cigarettes were marketed in the UK as being 'cool as a montain stream' but you certainly took the coolness to a whole new level!

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KALIGIRL 2/9/2010 5:08PM

    It is amazing what we do - I have to admit, this is one of the more creative...

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AMBUDMAN 2/9/2010 5:07PM

    The only time I ever lit a cigarette was when I was fishing and the mosquitos were so bad smoke was the only thing that saved me. All I did was puff smoke.

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MCJULIEO 2/9/2010 5:05PM

    What an amazing account! I'm SO glad it didn't appeal to you in the long run.

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TEACHERTRISH 2/9/2010 4:58PM

    it is crazy the kinds of things we do, isn't it? good for you for finding healthier ways!

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Better Laugh Than Cry

Monday, February 08, 2010

Sometimes I laugh when I think of my previous attempts to lose weight. When I was in my teens I had a bad habit of waking up in the middle of the night and raiding the refrigerator only about half awake. In order to try to change that behavior, I started tying a cloth belt around my waist -- probably a little too tight. It worked -- at least to some extent -- to make me stop and think before eating.

Have you ever done anything "strange" to control your eating behavior or lose weight?

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WALKINGANNIE 2/9/2010 6:49PM

    When I was in my teens I tied a narrow scarlet ribbon round my waist secured with a tight reef knot. It was very uncomfortable and it didn't take long until the colour ran and I ruined a white top! By the time I cut it off it was like twisted string instead of the flat ribbon that I'd imagined.

I'd forgotten all about it.

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PEGGYANNSCH 2/9/2010 1:31PM

    You don't have to worry about your weight you look good

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MONTY68 2/9/2010 1:10PM

You always have a fantastic message. I didn't need to get up to snack as I had so many snacks before bed it would have been considered dinner for a lot of people. In the past I tried all the fad diets including the original cookie diet of the late 80's 30 day-30 pounds and then no cookies gained back 40 pounds. My other diets consisted of starving it off. Back to snacking during the night as not been an issue now.
So thanks for your sharing and giving me a chuckle.


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AQUAGIRL08 2/9/2010 10:50AM

    I was never really fat until about 10 years ago - this was after my doctors experimented with giving me hormones for a few years due to premature menopause. Every time they tried something new, I gained another 25-30 pounds. They kept telling me to eat less and exercise! Being hypothyroid, I tried my best and got to the point where I stopped sleeping, worked too much and kept gaining. One thing I have learned to do is eat little meals all day long. I also don't keep any snacks that I can eat or like in the house.

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JOHAL52 2/9/2010 10:28AM

    I used to try those supposedly appetite suppressing candies they had back in the early 80s. Except that I'd end up eating the whole package and then go on to my normal snacking. Never thought of tying a belt around my waist but now I wear my tight jeans the day after I've overindulged to remind myself to get back on track :)

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DONNABRIGHT 2/9/2010 9:21AM

    Thanks. Will you try again to see if you can read one of my blogs? I changed my Spark Page again. Any suggestions would be helpful.

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BESTSUSIEYET 2/8/2010 9:12PM

    I'll have to think about that one ... nothing comes to mind. But thanks for a laugh!!

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MRSSHANNONC1970 2/8/2010 9:04PM

    Thats pretty funny but if it worked it worked. Cant say I did anything like that, I just get mad at my self!

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Careful, Be Very Careful Today

Sunday, February 07, 2010

Perhaps you read my update. I got up to watch the 4:39am launch of the shuttle Endeavor. Here at our central Florida home we can clearly see night launches when we look east toward Cape Kennedy from our front yard.

This morning was suppose to be the last night launch of the shuttle ever. I thought it would be worth giving up a little sleep to see it. Well, disappointment, it was scrubbed at 4:30am due to cloud cover. Bigger disappointment, I could not get back to sleep. Man, I am really tired. My eyes are drooping , everything looks a little fuzzy, and I swear I can feel the blood pulsing in my arms.

So far, this blog has seemed off topic, but it isn't. I'm just about to relate fatigue to weight maintenance and exercise.

When I'm tired, it's almost like I'm drunk. My inhibitions are way down. And I get hungry when I'm tired. Maybe that is because food provides energy. When I'm tired, I need energy. I crave carbs first.Then I crave meat. Then I want fruit and nuts. I want not one sandwich, but six.

And then there is the exercise part. When I'm tired I want to sit. Sit and eat that is, but even the sit part becomes an effort. It might be too much effort. I just might have to lay down. Okay. I got with it and used my little bit of morning energy for strength training and a 3 mile bicycle ride. I'm scheduled to burn 307 calories today, and so far I've got 100. And all I want to do is hold my head that feels so weird perfectly still. But I am not going to get off track. I can do my scheduled cardio! I can do it! Eyes drooping or not, I can!

Perhaps I will take a nap after cardio and before the SuperBowl. It might help. But one thing I know is today I am going to be very, very mindful of what I eat; very, very careful. I am going to drink plenty of water and plenty of steamed veggies and I'm not going to skimp on protein. I'm going to make sure I don't overdo the simple carbs. If I go over a little today on fruits, meats, or veggies, I'll be okay with that.

Tonight I'm going to get a great night's sleep, one way or another. However, I probably will get up for the 4:13 rescheduled launch of Endeavor. Just hard headed, I guess.

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JOHAL52 2/7/2010 5:30PM

    Very timely (time, sleep, yeah they're related) blog! The other thing I've found is that it's best to exercise early. Not only to get it done but also for the lift it gives me all day. And I feel like eating less too because I've done something good for my body.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/7/2010 1:36PM

    I love the honesty that you share when you're dealing with these things, Marsha. Your blogs help us all to recognise things in our own behaviour that we need to look out for and manage.

Some days are much easier than others but dangers lurk sometimes when we're ill-prepared. Perhaps one of the most important parts of maintenance is recognising our own trigger factors and facing them head-on as you're doing today.

Hope your plans work and that you enjoy seeing the launch this time with maximum pleasure and minimum disruption.

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JCORYCMA 2/7/2010 1:03PM

    I sure hope it's just lack of sleep that's making your head feel funny and not an inner ear issue, impending migraine, or anything else goofy like that. (Can you tell I'm a nurse?!?) The nap sounds like a great idea and if it is just tiredness, the nap will cure it! I slept good last night, but I might just take one too -- a sympathy nap just for you emoticon

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/7/2010 12:48PM

    YOU ARE A VERY LUCKY DUCK! (smiling) I have always wanted to see a launch - day or night. Heard on the radio yesterday that this is the last night launch ever. I would get chills each time, as I do when watching on TV. I imagine you feel the earth shaking at lift-off and gaze with wonderment at the amazing aspects of it all?

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LAPRATH 2/7/2010 11:56AM

  Sounds like some of my days. My mornings are fine, but by afternoons I drag and have to really watch what I eat....carbs give me only a little energy.

"Nothing's Easy"

BarbaraLa emoticon

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MONTY68 2/7/2010 11:49AM

    What you hardheaded? I think your blog is a good reminder of what can happen to our bodies, especially with needing rest. In knowing you, you certainly are one that would be aware and to do your best to avoid unhealthy foods. I would hope you are going to take a nap. That will help or you will be watching the super bowl and find out you fell asleep.
When I saw your earlier comment about the launch being canceled and my comment to you. Your blog doesn't surprise me, You really have such a wonderful awareness of you and life and sharing it with us is a blessing.
Take your nap, enjoy the game and see you at the launch.


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DONNABRIGHT 2/7/2010 11:46AM

    I'm not sure I could get myself up for the launch although they are beautiful to see from our yard, also.

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NWFL59 2/7/2010 11:42AM

    Congratulations on your achievement of goal and maintenance of that goal. I hope you were successful in completing your exercise routine and meeting your nutritional needs. Good luck with seeing the launch! Best wishes for continued success along your wellness journey!

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PO_PAZZA 2/7/2010 11:39AM

    Oh, how I'd love to see a launch. We see missiles go up from Vandenberg AFB (about 40 miles from us), but the shuttle launch facility constructed here has never been used. Once I saw the contrail and heard the sonic boom when the shuttle came in at Edwards. How thrilling for you to be so close.

You are not hard-headed, just living in the moment and not wanting to miss anything. Nothing wrong with that. I hope they make the next launch.

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What Do You Tell Yourself?

Saturday, February 06, 2010

Internal dialog or self talk is something I never really noticed for years. I mean, how could I not notice that every day, probably every waking hour, and probably many times in most waking hours, I was talking to myself? Most of the time the thoughts that came to me, the thoughts I picked up on and reinforced, were not positive ones. Yet I just ignored what I was doing to myself.

In the last decade I've become more aware of my self talk and have tried to be more accepting, more kind, and more helpful to myself. I try to be my own best friend. I doubt if I could have lost the weight and kept it off this long if I had not improved my self talk. Yet, the concept of "giving myself a pep talk" [page 128, The Spark, had just not occurred to me.

Well, from here on out I intend to be my own best cheerleader. I am setting my sites on first, convincing myself that I can maintain a healthy weight. Of course I can! I am doing it. Isn't that proof??? Every day we make hundreds of little choices that all add up. I intend to cheer -- loudly, internally -- with each good choice. An hour walk -- "Way to go, Marsha!" Another glass of water -- "You are almost there!" Delicious SparkRecipe -- "You really can cook healthy!" In the calorie range today -- "That's the way to maintain!" And when any of those negative thoughts dare to flash through my mind, I intend to just let them sail on by!

What are you telling yourself?

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MONGO2TEN 2/7/2010 5:54AM

    I think this has been one of the hardest things I've had to change, but it's so made the difference in many ways in my life. Thanks for sharing:)


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    Loved this blog!

Love you too, Marsha! Keep the thoughts positive and your inner glow becomes your outer beauty!

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WATERMELLEN 2/6/2010 4:56PM

    Love this reminder about positive "self talk" and I'm going to read that section of The Spark again!

(little glimpse in the mirror *looking pretty good, size 8s nice and loose Ellen!*)

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MONTY68 2/6/2010 4:21PM

    What am I telling myself? That I am glad that I found you as a friend. I agree 100% with what you say and probably in the last year I have complimented myself but not as often as I should.
Keep up the writing and we will have to make you write a book.


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PO_PAZZA 2/6/2010 4:14PM

    I'm thinking you could be writing a book for all of us to follow, Marsha. There are so many tidbits of wisdom and insight in your words.


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WALKINGANNIE 2/6/2010 4:13PM

    You can add to that list that you blog wisely and thoughtfully, Marsha.

Thanks as ever.

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/6/2010 3:50PM

    Add this one for you, Marsha, "You're getting wiser every day!" emoticon emoticon emoticon

Thanks for sharing that growing wisdom... that's a lesson I am working on, too!

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KSHAGGY 2/6/2010 3:27PM

    Good for you Marsha, I am working on that as well....but this journey is just beginning for me.

Keep up the great work! emoticon

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