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Teetering on Trivia

Sunday, November 28, 2010

In June I earned my first A+ Trivia award. In July I visited my mother and did not answer enough questions to qualify. I earned the award in August and September. In October I did my best -- 100% correct for the entire month!

But this month perhaps I was too careless or maybe I just got harder questions. I started out the month rough. I have climbed back to 89% correct with 84 of 94 questions correct. I have two more days. So, if I get the last 6 questions right, I will have 90 out of 100, and will qualify for the award in November.

Will I do it? Will the pressure get to me? We'll see.

Should I give up being such a trophy-junkie?? Nah, it's absolutely in my nature to go for the trophy. So, please, keep your fingers crossed for me.

  
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HAWKEYERANT 11/30/2010 10:09AM

    Go for the gold! :)

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WALKINGANNIE 11/29/2010 4:08PM

    You're a true trophy champion Marsha and your performance outshines most people's.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/29/2010 1:41PM

    I hope you make your goal!

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SCREWIE 11/29/2010 8:53AM

    Yay for trophy junkies!

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JHADZHIA 11/28/2010 5:43PM

    I hope ypu have better luck than me. I blew four questions this morning, knocking me from 90% down to 87% with no chance to recover before the end of the month. I mean, you could stop answering them after you have reached 90% if you have answered enough, but I am too honest. I will answer them to the bitter end. I need Spark points anyway. Very low from giving out so many goodies (I love giving out goodies)..
Yo go Marsha, you can do it!!

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JOYINKY 11/28/2010 2:46PM

    I've been scoring in the range Monty shared; not where I'm used to scoring in things. Surprised that being in that range would bother me (sorry Monty). But, I have reconciled to it being a learning experience and taken heart that on my worse days of trivia I get blasted on the medical questions. That has helped me realize how blessed I've been to be healthy and have escaped the common obesity related ailments. I score pretty well on the nutrition questions. Could it be there's a cause and effect relationship there?? I think so. Anyway, trivia is fun and I play every day now. Thanks for getting me started Marsha!

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GAILRUU 11/28/2010 1:05PM

    This is the first month that I have managed to stay at 90%. I could kick myself when I make stupid mistakes once in a while!!

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MONTY68 11/28/2010 12:19PM

    Hi Marsha
I really had to smile at your blog. First, let me say, congratulations on the great months that you have had a 100% that is awesome. Should you give up the idea of being a trophy junkie? I don't think so. There are few things in life that we can get trophies for and Spark has created trophies to help motivate and inspire people to do more with their healthy journey. I certainly will support you and knowing you as long as I have I BELIEVE that you can answer the last 6 questions.
As a side note with the trivia, I gave my self a award for just being part of trivia. The reason was I had no clue what a lot of these answers were and I was in the 60-70% range every day, in fact lifetime I am at 71%. Why the award, I was so embarrassed that I wasn't perfect and that my scores were out there for millions to see. BUT, that embarrassment has ceased and now I answer to learn and have found a number of times I still didn't know the answers. So, I am impressed with how well you have done and you deserve a trophy including November.
Great blog , continue being a Trophy junkie and enjoy it.

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ETAGGEL 11/28/2010 11:26AM

    I am the same. I do great some months, trophy's, then this month I dont know what happened, but I am in the 80's. Never mind, it is all in good fun and we are learning at the same time.

Phyllis

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WILD4STARS 11/28/2010 11:15AM

    I could think of worse things than being a trophy junkie - GO FOR IT !

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/28/2010 11:14AM

    WTG! I've never even come close!

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SPLASH1105 11/28/2010 10:55AM

    Good luck.

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I Did It!

Saturday, November 27, 2010

I weighed in today at Weight Watchers and I was down .4 pounds over last Saturday. I actually had a small loss Thanksgiving week, even after indulging in what seemed like extremely decadent apple caramel pie. I am still 4 pounds over what I consider my ideal weight, but overall I'm feeling pretty good. I'll be happy with a no gain holiday. My goal is to hit my happy weight by January 31, 2011.

  
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AQUAGIRL08 11/29/2010 1:41PM

    Good for you Marsha! It feels good doesn't it!

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JOHAL52 11/29/2010 8:48AM

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That's terrific Marsha!

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YELLOWBRICKRD 11/28/2010 10:24AM

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/28/2010 9:35AM

    You should feel good, great job during the holiday week emoticon

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KALIGIRL 11/28/2010 9:18AM

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Well done making it through a holiday week!! You are awesome!!!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/27/2010 6:45PM

    WTG!
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SCREWIE 11/27/2010 6:16PM

    Woohoo! Well done :)))

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WALKINGANNIE 11/27/2010 4:20PM

    emoticon on your no-gain holiday Marsha.

That's emoticon - like you.

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EMBRACE_SUCCESS 11/27/2010 1:29PM

    Way to go Marsha!!! You are such a great role model:)

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EDUCGRAD 11/27/2010 1:20PM

    awesome!!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/27/2010 1:05PM

    You are doing an emoticon job, Marsha! You give me hope for my own future, in terms of maintenance. Never, never give up. Here's to that "no gain" holiday, for all of us!

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JOYINKY 11/27/2010 1:00PM

    Congratulations Marsha! I weigh and measure on the first of the month; whatever it is will be fine as lifestyle will rule even with a few bumps in the road. Not saying there were; just enjoying my holiday.

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BESTSUSIEYET 11/27/2010 12:50PM

    I'm waiting until Monday for my next Spark LifeStyle Check Up -- but celebrating your success with you! emoticon

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MONTY68 11/27/2010 12:32PM

    Hi Marsha
Congratulations, I really feel any release over Thanksgiving is a great release. It shows that you were in control of what you ate and also that one can enjoy a piece of a extremely decadent apple caramel pie. I also believe that you will not gain any weight over the holidays.
So far 200 people have made the same commitment to my blog.
You really are awesome and an inspiration to a great number of Sparkers.
Thank you for sharing this.

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Once a Year Eating for a No Gain Holiday

Thursday, November 25, 2010

Hope everyone had a great Thanksgiving.

If I counted right, I did not overdo it. My tracker says I stayed within my calorie range. However, I ate before 1pm and it's nearly 7pm and I'm not hungry. That never happens to me. It makes me suspect I ate more than I tracked. But it could be because I ate much more fat than usual. I often don't meet my minimum fat target, but today I was over. I did not measure, but tried to objectively judge. Oh, well, I had a lucious dinner and believe I have satisfied all my cravings for the foreseeable future. At least, I hope it works that way.

I had yummy turkey with just a touch of gravy and two bites of dressing. I had a plain baked sweet potato that just tasted heavenly. I had a very reasonable portion of the traditional green bean casserole, which I really enjoy once a year. I ate less than half of a homemade dinner role, and it seemed just right. I didn't worry about my caffeine today and enjoyed 4 cups of good strong coffee along with about 4 big glasses of water. I was thirsty, but I had spent 45 minutes on the treadmill. It was about 80 degrees and beautifully warm today. Then I indulged in a delicious piece of caramel apple pie. It was worth every calorie and I counted it as 527 calories. All in all, I feel good about what I ate this Thanksgiving, even if I was over in fat and sodium and under in calcium. Tomorrow I will hit the gym for a longer workout and meet more of my nutritional goals. Once a year it is good to celebrate our blessings and abundance!

  
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WALKINGANNIE 11/26/2010 3:25PM

    "Once a year it is good to celebrate our blessings and abundance! "

Wise words Marsha. Great work on the 'progress and not perfection'!

Glad you enjoyed Thanksgiving.

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AQUAGIRL08 11/26/2010 12:10PM

    It is good to let yourself indulge within limits because it keeps you from binging. You did a great job Marsha! Way to go!

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/26/2010 11:01AM

    It's always a good time to celebrate our abundance. Glad you had a good food day

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JHADZHIA 11/25/2010 11:29PM

    Sounds like you had a great meal in moderation! No worries going over, I know you will workout really hard.
Well done!!

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GATOR12 11/25/2010 10:52PM

    All in moderation. You did it. You were able to taste what you wanted and enjoy it. Great job!!!

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MONTY68 11/25/2010 10:23PM

    Hi Marsha
I feel you did quite well today, I also feel that even going over a slight amount in calories will not effect anything, but then I have read blogs that contradict that. The important thing is it isn't a everyday event. You were pleased and your experience is a pretty good judge of that.
I did weigh and measure, I was under my calories but blew the sodium. Fortunately, I have been under sodium all week, so it won't have a bad effect.
Congratulations and glad you had a great Thanksgiving.
The weather was beautiful and right now it is 76, windows open and it feels so good.
Thank you for sharing

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LUNADRAGON 11/25/2010 9:27PM

    Sounds good by me. There are some things I ate that I know I missed in my log as well, I tried to log everything. I did pretty well, but found my sodium levels were higher than I like. I actually am under on my calorie count for the day, so I am happy too. Happy Thanksgiving to you!

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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2010 9:08PM

    Great blog: sensible AND celebratory!!

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LITTLEFARMMOMMA 11/25/2010 9:00PM

    You did GREAT! emoticon

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JOYINKY 11/25/2010 8:39PM

    It's been a wonderful day; no regrets here! Sounds like you are pleased with yours too. Don't you love that feeling!?

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/25/2010 8:02PM

    The last 2 Thanksgivings I didn't indulge - today I did.

WTG on staying on track Marsha!

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No Gain Holiday

Monday, November 22, 2010

I found a jpeg graphic that sums up my current effort and decided to use it as my profile picture for the next five weeks: No Gain Holiday. I've done it before and can do it again. I do not have to gain weight in order to have a truly joyous holiday season. I'll just make sure than any special treats are really special, worth it, and in very reasonable amounts.

I am finishing my second good eating day in a row after a week of really struggling. I have not figured out why sometimes it isn't even difficult, and other times it just seems impossible. But anyway, I'm back, remotivated, and on track. I appreciate all the wise and kind words of my SparkFriends! We can do this. Yes, we can.

  
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HAWKEYERANT 11/24/2010 11:37AM

    Love your new picture. It is AWESOME. No gain holiday... we can do this we can do this we can do this. Good luck to you and have a wonderful thanksgiving!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/24/2010 11:27AM

    Yes we can! We're all in this together.

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/23/2010 6:30PM

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I have the same thing - I believe it is because regardless of age, we still go through our cycles.
So we deal with TOM munchies even when there is really no reason for it.

You can do it Marsha! Love your new pic!
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PARKERB2 11/23/2010 2:22PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work. Yes, we can do it with all our encouragement from our Spark Friends. Have a wonderful Thanksgiving.

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HAPPYSOUL91 11/23/2010 10:17AM

    glad you are back and good job on completing your 2nd day with success

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JOHAL52 11/23/2010 7:57AM

    I am with you Martha on the "no gain" holiday!! In fact, I hope that by getting back to my original goals, I may even lose :) Thanks for being such an inspiration.

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1ROCKYMAMA 11/23/2010 5:06AM

    Yeah I am so with you. I will do it this year. NO GAIN HOLIDAY!

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MONTY68 11/22/2010 9:37PM

    Hi Marsha
You are exactly right. there is no reason why we would have to gain weight just because it is a holiday. That is why I wrote my blog on the season and challenged Sparkers to make a written commitment. So far over 170 people have responded to it.
I have not gained any weight the last 3 years during the season and I like the way you say it for you.

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Great idea!!
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KALIGIRL 11/22/2010 8:38PM

    We can indeed - love your new 'image'!

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/22/2010 8:21PM

    Yes, we can! Love the concept of "no gain Holiday"... I'm with you!

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WILD4STARS 11/22/2010 8:04PM

    I am going to have to borrow your "No Gain" photo - THANKS !

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Giving It Up

Sunday, November 21, 2010

I have often written that my goal is progress, not perfection. Perhaps I am still trying to convince myself. I can say that my overeating episodes have become smaller, healthier, and far less often. Yet today as I wrote in response to someone's post, I found tears welling up as I admitted that I am far from perfect. Why such an emotional response?

I guess there is still part of me who truly wants to be perfect. I want to eat effortlessly. I want to eat a perfect diet. I want all food thoughts to be positive and helpful. I want to eat without tracking. I want to feel totally relaxed when I make food choices. I want to just automatically eat less if I am served higher calorie foods. I want to never worry about what I eat or the amount I eat.

Well, sometimes you can't have what you want. Perhaps it is time that I give some thought about how I can truly, at my very core, give up perfectionistic thinking.

  
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WATERMELLEN 11/25/2010 9:10PM

    I cannot eat without tracking: I can only delude myself that I can eat without tracking. And then: deal with the "creeping podge" results: which I am doing right now!!

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AQUAGIRL08 11/24/2010 11:26AM

    A professional once told me that the only way you can eat effortlessly for a meal is to eat the same thing or eat a preplanned meal that you already know what the calorie and food content is including minerals and vitamins etc. If you do that for 2 out of 3 meals per day and for 3 snacks, then you only have to worry about one meal a day. That is pretty much what I aim for on a daily basis. It works too!

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HAWKEYERANT 11/22/2010 4:06PM

    Who doesn't want to be perfect??? I wish I was and sometimes I act like I'm perfect... but god knows I'm far from it.

I think it's hard for us to admit it, that we can't conquer everything, that we can't be perfect people, but it's a good step in the journey to acknowledge and learn. Congrats on realizing what your obstacles are and to keep shrinking those eating episodes down. That's a big deal!

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PARKERB2 11/22/2010 3:05PM

    Have you heard the saying, The Lord is not through with me yet, and I'm a work in progress. That should give us an idea of how much we can still strive to do to make ourselves better. Have a good day.

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SCREWIE 11/22/2010 3:59AM

    If you were perfect you'd be boring, and possibly annoying too :)

Being a normal human being who manages to stick to her goals and making progress (fast or slow, it doesn't matter) by overcoming obstacles is what makes you inspirational and a role model.

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PO_PAZZA 11/21/2010 9:43PM

    Okay, kiddo, we need to talk.

I used to have a little sign on my refrigerator (mainly for my husband's edification), but it helped me not worry about never achieving perfection in myself. Here it is:

Perfectionists take infinite pains. . . . And give them to others.

Now, you don't want to do that, do you?

Mary

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KALIGIRL 11/21/2010 7:06PM

    I think we'd all love life to be effortless, but then where would the fun be in that?
Hope the 'shoulda, woulda, couldas' leave your mind and you find your authentic self.
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RAYLINSTEPHENS 11/21/2010 4:22PM

    Welcome to the real world, Marsha!

Life isn't perfect - and neither are we.

Today I had a piece of birthday cake and I ate it with no regrets. Why? Because I have reached my goal weight and life has to go on. This means enjoying life and taking steps to be able to stay at my goal weight. Just like life has ups & downs, so will I and so will my weight.

As the words in a song put it, "you're close enough to perfect, for me!"

Love you,
linda

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ONEKIDSMOM 11/21/2010 2:18PM

    Previous responders have pretty much said it all. But let me postulate one more angle, Marsha. Has it occurred to any of us that we might already BE perfect? We are each the perfect "us"... perfect is not a standard of 100% on every test every day. Perfect is being ourselves with our foibles and doing our best.

And sometimes that means cutting ourselves a break, already! I'm quite certain that tomorrow, you will have picked yourself up and dusted yourself off, and feel better about the Marsha that you are, and not lament that you aren't the one "Penny Pinkclouds" thinks you should be.

You are both a success and an inspiration. And you are worth every healthy choice you make, and for that matter, every "treat" you allow yourself. The future is yours!

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GATOR12 11/21/2010 2:16PM

    YOUR BLOG really opened my eyes. I guess I thought all of us were like me, perfectionists. The responses show me I am doing a great job without being perfect and it isn't something to achieve. I am or want to be a control freak but as Joy said perfection creates it own stress. I will ponder on all this today to see if I can see what it says to me!! Thanks for your thoughts and struggles and for sharing them honestly with all.

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MONTY68 11/21/2010 1:56PM

    Hi Marsha
I had some emotions when I read your blog. Perhaps remembering all the years I tried to be perfect. Where did the idea of perfect come from that actually creates failure in many people as they can't live up to someone's expectations. What I hear you saying is all the things that you want to be able to do, doesn't happen, you are not perfect. I now have several friends here that live life, who are not thinking about what they do but live, my walking partner does not understand the frustrations that people have with the need to be perfect. Her experience in living life is living life. She learned 50 years ago about eating healthy, understands about exercise and just does it. When we have gone to dinner, she chooses what she wants to eat and usually would be a healthy decision. She has maintained her weight for almost 50 years.
Some how, when we are trying to get to a happy weight and to exercise so many times a week, we get that frustration if we don't do all things perfect.
You have been so successful in reaching your happy weight and now you feel frustrated and less than perfect. So, with that in mind and your statement about being perfect, You now have to recreate a new belief about perfect and accept the idea, that it is not necessary to have to be perfect. To give you and example of what is or isn't perfect is a baseball player, Each time he bats, he is expected to get a hit, to really be perfect he would always get a hit, The greatest baseball players are consider a awesome player if he gets 3 out of every 10 times he bats, average of .300, makes MIllions of dollars for "failing 7 out of every 10 bats.
This is long winded , sorry about that, but I feel for your frustration and really want you to believe that you are doing well and know how to make adjustments when you need and not feel you were less then perfect.
To me you are an awesome example on how to succeed.

Monty

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WALKINGANNIE 11/21/2010 1:12PM

    I recoognise exactly what you mean Marsha. I have similar tendencies and I think that these are what have got me into trouble before. If I couldn't eat perfectly then why bother to try?

With SP's help, I believe that I'm getting a greater sense of perspective.

Progress and not perfection has to be the best way.

I often think of your idea of positive self-talk. Would we berate someone else in our position if they ate 'off programme' for one or two evenings in a month of healthy choices - or would we think that this was reasonable human behaviour?

I try now to think like a slim person and not like a would-be-perfectionist.

Overcoming the challenges that you face and find difficult makes you who you are - someone worthy of admiration, respect and affection.

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JOYINKY 11/21/2010 12:28PM

    Perfect creates stresses of it's own! I agree with JHADZHIA, 80% is better than perfect!

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JHADZHIA 11/21/2010 12:12PM

    Nobody is perfect Marsha. We are all flawed human beings. That is what makes us unique. Giving up that goal of being perfect in your healthy lifestyle is the best thing you can possibly do. It will take the stress of you, you can relax and just live your life the best you can. That is why the saying, time to stop dieting and start living.
No one has more warts on their healthy lifestyle then me. I continue to indulge in Baked Cheetos Crunchy, and I LOVE them, no excuses, no whining. I will eat anything I please, desserts included (on special occasions meals). But the main thing is I eat healthy every single day, so these indulgences fit in.
I have two big Christmas meals coming up at the club. I will enjoy my dessert :)
Relax and enjoy life, get it right 80% of the time and you are a SUCCESS!
You really are Marsha! Time to accept that!!


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JILLTBNAGART 11/21/2010 12:04PM

    We all want to be perfect. Sadly we all are perfect. We just need to see it and accept it.

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