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What My Interview Suit Told Me the Other Day

Thursday, December 16, 2010

Ouch! Yikes! Holy guacamole! The other day I had a meeting, and it's been awhile (maybe 6 months) since I had to don my "interview suit." You know, that one that you go to for the ultimate professional look?

I was astonished (not in a good way) to feel the jacket too tight to button properly. In fact, at first I didn't get it and thought something was catching. Then realized all of the things that this tight fit was telling me about my recent behavior.

I've recently blogged that I'm making progress. Well, sure, in some ways I am. However, I realized that I have lapsed back into some "stinkin thinkin." For example, I've always been able to eat anything and not gain. Now that I have been on a plateau forever, I took that to mean that my body would revert to not gaining any more. (yes, I know - very dumb thinking!)

And I realized that I'd been rationalizing my "little extra" eating (read - lots more than I'd admitted to myself) with the fact that I've been do a lot of exercising.

So, what my interview suit told me (btw, it was too late to change and I had to wear it and keep the jacket unbuttoned) was to be very careful. That two years of a healthy lifestyle change can still be sabotaged by a lifetime of bad habits and erroneous rationalizing. And that I still have to be careful about denial.

Haven't been on the scale lately, but soon I'll have to face the music and name that tune. I guess I owe a lot to the reality-basing I received the other day. But I still had the nerve to say to myself that the suit fabric size was "cut small." Can you believe the nerve of me! (smiling)

Wishing all a happy day.

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CHERIRIDDELL 12/18/2010 1:55AM

    Darn clothes they tend to pull us up by the bootstraps on occasion! You are making progress though you noticed and are doing something about it! love and hugs,Cheri

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FLORIDASUN 12/16/2010 9:29PM

    Drat...I hate when our clothes shrink without informing us of their intent! emoticon You'll get back on track I know you will! I too...even in losing pretty regularly these last few months sometimes have an insanity day where I think I'm back in the 80's able to imbibe in anything my little heart wants...not eat for a day and lose 5 pounds in the process. Yep...those days are DONE! I do know that I enjoy feeling of being in control of my choices and I definitely LIKE the way my clothes fit when I do make those wise choices. Nothing beats the feeling of slender...NOTHING! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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DDHEART 12/16/2010 6:23PM

    Look at it this way, that suit is doing you a favor...a gentle wake up call before the damage is too great! Now you've got fresh resolve...and you'll make the most of it I'm sure!

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JLITT62 12/16/2010 4:19PM

    Sometimes it's a hard pill to swallow, but sometimes that reality check is -- in reality -- exactly what we need.

For me, it's weighing in each week. It took me 20 years to realize that I just need that accountability -- and probably need it from someone other than myself, as well.

Well, as Oprah likes to quote, when you know better, you do better, right?

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/16/2010 2:59PM

    I think it's hard to change the way we think when we could eat what we wanted to for years and not gain weight. I used to be able to do that to and I still like to think I can. All that tracking that I've been doing since Sept is slowly, slowly teaching me that it just ain't so!!! Yuck!

Good thing your interview suit was polite about it all. emoticon

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LIBBYFITZ 12/16/2010 12:39PM

    There is a joke out there about clothes in wardrobes shrinking! emoticon

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PEGGY-BEE 12/16/2010 11:39AM

    Ouch! Our clothes don't lie nearly as well as we do ourselves! But I know you'll now be even more determined. I am so impressed with how you lowered your sugar and caffeine intake so I don't doubt you'll be buttoned up in the near future.
How did the pumpkin seeds turn out? I love them but have never roasted my own.

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NANCY- 12/16/2010 11:03AM

    Yes sometimes reality takes and hits us upside the head.
The good news is that you have this awareness and are making changes. That takes practice. You have been making progress, you are making changes. Be kind to yourself and hang in there... You will build on your successes.

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Making Peace w/My Huge Pumpkin. Now I'll have to Watch a Video for Cooking Pumpkin Seeds

Monday, December 13, 2010

Since October, I've had the biggest, fattest, perfectly shaped pumpkin that I've grown attached to. (yes, I am strange.) But it's time to let go, and I know there will be a huge amount of internal matter and number of seeds that I want to cook. I've read some ways to cook it, and maybe some garlic salt on some of them? I'm also thinking of trying to make pumpkin soup.

Overall, it's silly to be sentimental over a pumpkin. But so it goes.

Wishing all a great tomorrow since it's already evening in paradise.

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JOYATLAST 12/17/2010 9:15PM

    I understand! We accidently grew a pumpkin by some seeds we tossed over the fence in a field. We were enjoying it and waiting for just the right moment when a neighbor "found" it. I was astonished to see him carrying the prize home!!!

I love pumpkin seeds and really all things pumpkin!!

YUM! Keep us posted.

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NEELIXNKES 12/15/2010 6:31PM

    Hope you are enjoying the fruits of your labor emoticon I didn't roast any pumpkin seeds this year and I am disappointed since I can't find any tasty ones in the stores.

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NANCY- 12/14/2010 5:46PM

    Pumpkin is so versatile, both decorative and nourishing.

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/14/2010 5:41PM

    I adore pumpkin seeds, but they are quite high in calories. Good with salads or sprinkled on soups. Hope you enjoy eating your friend! emoticon

Comment edited on: 12/14/2010 5:47:29 PM

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EMMABE1 12/14/2010 2:34PM

    Yum, yum!! I'm jealous - I love pumpkin - we have them often, there is so much you can do with them!!
Enjoy !!

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LIBBYFITZ 12/14/2010 2:28PM

    Poor Pumpkin! I roast my pumkin and then make soup with it! It is so yummy as the pumpkin has caramelised! Yum!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/14/2010 12:29PM

    I agree with DDHEART's comment. emoticon

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DDHEART 12/13/2010 10:07PM pumpkin soup....and roasted pumpkin seeds....think you'll be honoring this pumpkin by helping it to have it's next life as a tasty dish!

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Watched a Video to learn How to Eat my First Pomegranate

Sunday, December 12, 2010

I've eaten the seeds before, but never picked them out from the fruit before. Always bought them in a container with the work already done. So I had to go to the web and take a mini-lesson on how to do this; didn't have a clue as to how to begin. I have the bowl of water ready. Should be interesting, to say the least.

Just returned from a short hike. Couple of hours. By the time I left for home around 11, it was about 85 degrees. Sun was therapeutic.

Have a wonderful day.

(UPDATE: Worked like a charm and pomegranate was absolutely delish!)

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KTMAE2006 12/13/2010 6:37PM

    Good luck on the pomegranate! Its difficult, but so worth it, yummy!!!! I love them sprinkled on salads....or ice cream :)

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JLITT62 12/13/2010 7:53AM

    85 degrees. Oh, how I remember those days in the middle of winter. Far, far away now.

The internet can really be a wonderful tool, can't it?

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DJ4HEALTH 12/12/2010 8:51PM

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/12/2010 5:22PM

    Isn't the internet great? Youtube has lessons on pretty much everything.

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RORYLYONS 12/12/2010 3:42PM

    It is beautiful out....going out soon to mingle with the shoppers.Never had a pomegranate..must try one. emoticon

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Okay, Sometimes I Get Fascinated by the Gimmicks.

Saturday, December 11, 2010

Even though I ignore most of the gimmicky things that come along for beauty and weight loss, there are a couple of things that make me curious because I read about the one or two people who've had marvelous experience and success.

One is the HCG diet. Honestly, I know that 500 calories a day is terribly few for our daily needs. I've researched HCG since first hearing about it and wonder if this would reignite might very slow metabolism. But then I come back to the reality of the healthy way to do things and put my head back on straight. Still am curious when I read someone on SP write about how amazing this has worked for them.

Also, during a rare session of TV watching, and channel surfing, I happened upon one of the shopping networks that had their guest host and product on. It was Suzanne Somers doing her schtick about the Facemaster. Have to tell you, they sure do make these infomercials look to die for. What I did after watching and researching this product, was to order simple (and inexpensive) things that exercise face muscles. Nothing complex. I'll be reviewing them in my next couple of spark secrets. Meanwhile, I occasionally go to the reviews of Facemaster and marvel at all the rave results. What I wonder is this - if the face keeps getting electrical stimulation of those muscles, when you stop using it, wouldn't they just go back to where they were pretty fast? I am very okay with my face as is. However,it would be nice to lift a bit from all the sadsack emotions my face has processed.

And I smile to wonder why I even care about all this when I have so many bigger fish to fry in my life. (smiling) Well, simple distractions, I guess.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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IZZYBEBOP 12/12/2010 11:13AM

    I saw your review of the Homedics Mini-Massager, but I can't find what you're talking about? Do you have a link you could share with me? The only mini-massagers I found our those little hand held ones, but it doesn't match what you were describing.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/11/2010 5:38PM

    I get hooked in my gimmicks from time to time too. emoticon

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JLITT62 12/11/2010 1:00PM

    Sadly, I like gimmicks & gadgets -- well, within a modicum of reason, I suppose -- too.

I would love not to have a skin sagging underneath my chin. But would I even remember to do it on top of all the other things on my to-do list? Doubtful.

Waiting to hear what you've come up with, tho!

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Second Year Done, Second Sparkbook Ordered. Let's See What Happens Next.

Friday, December 10, 2010

In a few weeks, it'll be my two year anniversary on SP. Wow, what a wild ride this has been! In mostly good ways. (smiling)

Last year, I ordered the new SPbook, read it, and then gave it to someone who was unable to get it at the time.

I've reordered the new paperback version and it's due to arrive on Monday. I plan to use it as a workbook, write in it, and use it as a working copy. I thought it was fitting that my second year on SP would culminate with my second book and the beginning of a planned fabulous third year of healthy lifestyle changes.

Also have to get back to blogging. I notice a big difference in my health awareness when I don't document my thoughts.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/11/2010 4:04PM

    Good idea about writing in the paperback!

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NANCY- 12/11/2010 11:21AM

    I admire your recommittment to yourself. Using what works for you makes a big difference. For me coming to SP everyday helps me stay focused.
HAPPY emoticon

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DDHEART 12/10/2010 3:21PM

    I am so glad that during this second year, you managed to reignite the spark that was kind of trying to die out for a while. It seems as though you are really reinvigorated now and yes, it's contagious!

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LIBBYFITZ 12/10/2010 1:14PM

    Yes do keep blogging, love to hear from you! emoticonCongratualations on it being your second year here at Spark! Welcome year 3! emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 12/10/2010 10:02AM

    Congratulations on your sparkaversary. Wishing you a healthy and happy 3rd year with spark.

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