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Take Time to Hug Your Heart

Friday, December 24, 2010

Whatever your festivities during this holiday season, take a moment to just wrap your arms around yourself (either literally or figuratively) and give yourself congratulations for getting through 2010 - no matter the bumps in the road. Give yourself a hug of affirmation that you will continue the climb toward your goals.

Wishing my sparkfriends a healthy, happy Christmas eve. Love you guys and gals!

  
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NANCY- 12/25/2010 6:50AM

    What wonderful advice. This should be a daily practice.
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SAMMYSWEETPEA 12/24/2010 4:08PM

    Great advice!

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JLITT62 12/24/2010 12:45PM

    Thank you for the reminder -- and of course, you will be doing the same for yourself. And we're doing it for you virtually!

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JOYATLAST 12/24/2010 12:22PM

    Awwwww . . . message received. Hug given.

And here's one from me to YOU!

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MY_LIFE_NOW 12/24/2010 11:26AM

    and i hope you take your words of love and wrap them around yourself too..you've been the best support to me this whole year..and wishing you a healed heart for the new year..love you emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JAMARIGOLD 12/24/2010 11:08AM

    emoticon and happy holidays to you! emoticon

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SHOAPIE 12/24/2010 10:50AM

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1CRAZYDOG 12/24/2010 10:45AM

    Happy holidays to you, too! Great advice. WE all need to take time to appreciate and love ourselves.

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Bites, Licks, and Tastes? Not On My Radar. Maybe someday.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

I just read my sparkfriend's blog (JLITT) and she mentions blt's. Of course, I've read of this behavior before and even have a friend who does this routinely.

Have to admit that I am in awe of those who can do just a bite, lick, and taste. In total awe, as it's not on my radar nor part of my reality in any way. In fact, it never even occurs to me.

Maybe someday I will have evolved and will blog differently, but for now, hats off to those of you who know how to do, and routinely partake in, the BLT syndrome. I will aspire to that goal at some point.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/18/2010 7:53PM

    Those BLT's can add up calorie-wise. I try to log them (but occasionally miss emoticon)

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JLITT62 12/18/2010 12:50PM

    Generally when I do have BLTs they're not recorded anywhere but in my brain, which really doesn't count. It might be a handful of raisins . . . a mini clif bar . . . some chocolate covered savi seeds (something new I tried which is kind of like peanuts, but a seed).

It's a bad habit, and one I'm usually fairly on top of, but not lately.

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KTMAE2006 12/18/2010 12:13PM

    I am FAMOUS for asking for a bite of something. It has been a conversation in every relationship I've been in. I order a reasonable-ish meal, eat most of it, box some of it for the next day. But I ALWAYS ask for a bite of whatever my dining partner is eating. Boyfriends complain, girlfriends agree, and I have to hold my tongue when I first meet people. But once that boundary is down, good luck! I will ask for a bite! Its a great tool, even with Healthy food, its good to have variety in life! You never know what you may start liking!

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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!

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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.
Enjoy!

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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
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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

    MMMMMMMM.....love 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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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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