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Friday, February 12, 2010

Oh, these are the times that for years drove me to food! Things at work = nuts! Just can't seem to get the project I'm working on to come together. Feeling scattered; not enough time; don't have the core idea I need. Gonna meet with the boss here at my house at 2 pm in hopes..... my house!?? house!!! gotta be kidding. House is far from clean and orderly. Uck.

And then there's the personal life. Let's just say everything is not so smooth there, either. Oh, there's some very positive high points, but there are recurring stresses that just seem resistant to change. And I've got company coming next week for a week and no time to plan for meals and activities and all that.

But I'm not gonna turn to food this time. I just finished 45 minute cardio, then strength training, and stretching, and I think it helped my thinking calm down. I'll take it one step at a time. I'll just take it one step at a time. Tomorrow I will count my blessings because there are plenty of them. But for today, it's just breathe, Marsha, breathe.



  
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DONNABRIGHT 2/13/2010 8:31AM

    Getting your worries out is a good thing - once you verbalize/write them they don't seem so daunting!

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PEGGYANNSCH 2/13/2010 7:41AM

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WILD4STARS 2/12/2010 2:32PM

    10-9-8-7-6-5-4-3-2-1, Deep inhale, exhale AHHHHHHHH........
Now isn't that better ??

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PO_PAZZA 2/12/2010 2:15PM

    What is really great is that you are thinking your way through and around the jungle of pitfalls. Guess what? You are guiding us along, too, oh fearless leader.

Mary

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AQUAGIRL08 2/12/2010 1:33PM

    I think that a lot of us are in the same situation as you are Marsha. Which brings to mind the question, why do we as women think that we have to do it all - and be so perfect at it? I know that every time we have guests, I tear apart the house and clean/wash everything in sight. The sad part is that I've done this all of my life. I suspect that it's connected to the idea of perfectionism that you blogged about earlier.

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WALKINGANNIE 2/12/2010 12:54PM

    Hope that blogging the thoughts has helped to release some tension. Making time for the physical activity is a strong-minded thing to do - and you're a strong-minded, resourceful woman.

You're taking control of some things by doing the cardio and training and managing what you eat. Your sensible self-talk is giving you good advice on dealing with the rest.

Thinking of you,

Annie x


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MONTY68 2/12/2010 11:48AM

    Marsha,
You are one that is able to express your feelings, you are aware of the past and how you handled it. Look at you now. Congratulations on the change. You chose to do something healthy, it calmed you down so you were able to handle things better and more importantly you are focused on being in the now and taking one step at a time.
The way you handled it is a great lesson for the rest of us.

Thank you for sharing.

Monty
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 2/12/2010 11:45AM

    Yes, just keep breathing Marsha!

My mother was fond of saying, "if you come to see me, my door is always open. If you come to see my house, make a reservation."

Take it one day and one meal at a time. You can do this!

Love you,
Linda

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MXXOXXM 2/12/2010 11:26AM

    We are all addicted to something. My addiction is food. But I believe I have now replaced it with SparkPeople. My head seems to be in the right place. Yup - take a breath. You can succeed! emoticon

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GINA7249 2/12/2010 11:25AM

    way to go on all of that. you have made such progress from before. love it all and the whole story of it. thank you for shareing it all. great 4 you to relize what made you over eat before but remember you can eat special things but just do it consiously this time. make it your choice not just doing without u knowing it all. way to go.

gina

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My Favorite Greeting Card of All Time

Thursday, February 11, 2010

My sister gave me my favorite greeting card of all times. It was probably 1987. A glossy luscious golden brown chocolate chip cookie filled the front portion. In ornate font it said, "Sister, If there was only one chocolate chip cookie left in the entire world.......

First, let me tell you that my sister is a generous soul for whom giving is an art form. There was never a selfish bone in her body. I just knew there would be a magnanimous gesture in keeping with her deeply felt philosophy.

"If there was only one chocolate chip cookie left in the entire world ...... I would eat it to save you the calories." I laughed til I cried!

  
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STARTWME 2/15/2010 11:58AM

    Liked this.. laughed I'll pass it on.
C

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AQUAGIRL08 2/12/2010 1:14PM

    That makes me remember all of the cute cards my siblings and I have sent each other over the years. Thanks for the memories...

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JANNIEWANNIE 2/12/2010 1:09PM

    Thank you for the smile this brought to my face today. That is priceless. Thanks for sharing and hugs from J in sunny central Illinois.

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DONNABRIGHT 2/12/2010 8:54AM

    Thanks for sharing - that was a cute story. I got a birthday card this year from my brother and the front said "I'm laughing because you're my sister...." and the inside was "and you can't do anything about it". Made me laugh!

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AMANDAJCD 2/12/2010 8:47AM

    Hehehe... that's a great card!!

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DFOLKARD 2/12/2010 8:32AM

    Great card sentiment! I have 5 sisters and I know which one that would do it for me.

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SLIMMERJESSE 2/11/2010 10:19PM

    Very cute!

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MONTY68 2/11/2010 9:37PM

    Marsha,
You just somehow know what and when to send a blog. That was so funny and I am still laughing as I try to type this. Thanks for sharing.

Monty

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ONEKIDSMOM 2/11/2010 8:42PM

    Love it! Aren't sisters wonderful? emoticon

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TWEETYKC00 2/11/2010 8:29PM

    oh my gosh, how can you not enjoy that!! if that isn't a spark birthday card waiting to happen, i don't know what is.

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KALIGIRL 2/11/2010 8:24PM

    That is TOO great - I think my sis would do the same for me...

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SANDYSKY1 2/11/2010 8:18PM

    Great Sister!! You are very lucky!

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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

    Marsha

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.

Monty

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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.

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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

    Marsha,
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.

Mary

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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

    Marsha
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.

Monty

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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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