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Direction Correction #5 - Water

Friday, January 14, 2011

In the wake of my imminent 2-year Sparkversary at the end of this month, I've become aware of several things that I've gotten a bit misdirected on. It doesn't feel like I've fallen off the proverbial wagon, but just that my healthy two-year track has begun to start making the beginning of what can easily be a U-turn. Yikes! Rather than let that happen, I thought I'd blog about each issue that I need a direction correction on. Each one will begin with this paragraph and lead into the topic of the day.

I've always been a water drinker. No problem. Lately, I've had to force myself to drink it. What's going on?

I can only surmise that since so many other things have gone downhill, the water challenge would be one of them as well.

This has got to stop. Water is my friend and always has been.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/16/2011 1:22PM

    I like water too, but sometimes I find myself at the end of the day without much in me. What is up with that?

At least we know better.
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NANCY- 1/15/2011 10:35AM

    Love the title.
Sometimes we have to make little adjustments over time. We change, our lives change... so little adjustments are necessary.
WTG on redirecting yourself.
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LIBBYFITZ 1/15/2011 7:18AM

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NATPLUMMER 1/14/2011 3:37PM

    Could just be a wintertime thing. If you track it, you'll be more likely to get your 8 glass in. Good luck!

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JLITT62 1/14/2011 12:13PM

    I use the SP app to track my water. Like you, I've always been a water drinker, but it's easy to let it get away from you, too, I've found. And for us here, it's kind of hard when the temps don't get out of the teens sometimes!

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KBEHUNE 1/14/2011 10:47AM

    There are days when I find myself having problems drinking all my water--then other days where I can't get enough! I think it goes in cycles.

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/14/2011 10:14AM

    I find I lose more weight when I drink water and everything else goes better too , my skin looks fresher etc! Have a fantastic day! hugs,Cheri

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Direction Correction #4 - Grocery Shopping

Tuesday, January 11, 2011

In the wake of my imminent 2-year Sparkversary at the end of this month, I've become aware of several things that I've gotten a bit misdirected on. It doesn't feel like I've fallen off the proverbial wagon, but just that my healthy two-year track has begun to start making the beginning of what can easily be a U-turn. Yikes! Rather than let that happen, I thought I'd blog about each issue that I need a direction correction on. Each one will begin with this paragraph and lead into the topic of the day.

Prior to these two years on SP, I hadn't realized that my grocery shopping habits were just that - habits. That I wasn't even thinking of the food items, but just picking stuff up out of routine throughout the years.

I remember when I started this new adventure of healthier living, I'd begun a two-month program prior to spark that gave me lists of foods to buy. It forced me to mindfully go from isle to isle and actually look for the healthy choices. OMG! I actually read the chart on the pkgs to check out calorie content and other important ingredients. Quite a novel experience for me.

Throughout these two years, I've often smiled at what's in my cart, thinking "Is that really mine with all the fruit and veggies?" However, during the last few months I've seen that I started not sticking to lists and picking up things on impulse that misdirected my path a bit more than I'd want to admit to myself.

Around the same time I started SP, a new grocery store opened nearby my house. It has been a godsend with low prices and quality food. (Fresh and Easy - only in CA, AZ, and NV) It has added to my quality of life by making it easier to continue to eat healthy at prices I still marvel at each time I shop.

My direction correction is to get back to total commitment that nothing extra goes into the cart. Nothing I'll regret by the time I reach the parking lot.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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NANCY- 1/12/2011 8:28AM

    That sounds like a great market.

Not bringing "IT" home in the first place is a wonderful thing to do. I have a plan...
a menu,
make a list, and
....stay out of the junkfood aisle.

It takes practice and you will do it.
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/12/2011 1:39AM

    I think we can all benefit from your wisdom today.I know I myself will always think of your "My direction correction is to get back to total commitment that nothing extra goes into the cart. Nothing I'll regret by the time I reach the parking lot. " Now I hope I can hold to that direction correction too! hugs,Cheri


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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/11/2011 10:26PM

    Great idea to refocus on the grocery cart. I'm trying to get better at that too. I think not only of the cost of the food, I think of the cost in pounds as well. A cartoon of ice cream is really $3.49 and 2 pounds on me. When I think that way, I'm much less likely to put it in the cart, even when it's on a really good sale.

There's no such thing a free ice cream for me...it always has a poundage attached!

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LIBBYFITZ 1/11/2011 7:06PM

    That is fantastic "direction correction!" There are certain isles I never visit. The candy and the soft drink/soda! emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 1/11/2011 11:42AM

    "My direction correction is to get back to total commitment that nothing extra goes into the cart. Nothing I'll regret by the time I reach the parking lot. "
I really like that. I'm going to keep it in mind when I go shopping. Thank you!!


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JLITT62 1/11/2011 11:28AM

    They opened up a new market here in the summer -- pricey, unfortunately, but the produce & fish is better, so I go there for some things sometimes.

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To AZ Sparkers - Deepest Sympathy

Sunday, January 09, 2011

I am sorry to hear of the shootings and deaths in Tucson. For a long time now, I have been on a personal rampage about how much crime we have to contend with on daily basis.

  
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/11/2011 9:59AM

    It was very very sad and a child died in this .Makes one wonder.This is not the future I was looking forward to.

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CHATTIEGIRL 1/10/2011 7:54PM

    Hi Jesse;

I am afraid that our world is just going to get worst as the years go by. With the older people we had high morals and down to the 50 year old people but after that I think morals and principals from homes, jobs, and world have been getting worst. We would not even hit another person but now they think nothing of blowing someone away. We have to get God back into peoples' lives and our country.

I hope you are doing well with your healthy eating and exercises. Stay strong and focused on maintain a healthy life style. Love Spark people and learn. God bless you always.

Joyce

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LIBBYFITZ 1/10/2011 6:55PM

    When someone can legally buy a semi automatic hand gun one has to wonder?

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NATPLUMMER 1/9/2011 6:31PM

    Very, very sad.

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LYNDALOVES2HIKE 1/9/2011 5:10PM

    Even worse, this 'crime' seems to possibly be politically motivated - when the 'darling' of the Tea Party set, Ms Palin herself, created a map of representatives, including the one who was shot yesterday, and marks them with a gun sight indicator, it seems as though violence is being advocated - that coupled with several other comments she's made lead me to worry that there are people who think it's 'cute' to incite violence and others who think it's 'smart' to follow through!

At any rate, it was certainly a horrible, horrible event and I hope the initial impression that it was 'conservative politics' taking aim at 'liberals' turns out to be incorrect!!

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Guaranteed Self-Control

Saturday, January 08, 2011

I realized something BIG today
When I finally saw there is a way
To be the model of self-control
And not indulge in the candy bowl.
It's so simple, I do espouse...
JUST HAVE NOTHING IN THE HOUSE!

  
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/9/2011 6:42PM

    No kidding!! (And hide the keys too. emoticon)

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LIBBYFITZ 1/9/2011 6:44AM

    emoticonSame here! If it isn't there you can't eat it! emoticon

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FUTUREHOPE49 1/8/2011 4:08PM

    Oh! Very good! And very true! My husband bought some licquorice and he was supposed to have just one piece. He had 3 today and his blood sugar shot up to 12.8 which is quite high! If it wasn't in the house there wouldn't be a problem! I think I will send him your blog!
Ellen

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CHERIRIDDELL 1/8/2011 11:38AM

    Yes ,truer words were never spoke!

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NATPLUMMER 1/8/2011 10:28AM

    I'm with JLITT62, "Except then I'll eat whatever IS there if a craving truly hits!" I'll just eat whatever is around.
If that works for you though, it's great!!

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NANCY- 1/8/2011 8:12AM

    Another is to put in what you do not like. Works for ice cream too. But not having it in the house does work best.
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JLITT62 1/8/2011 5:21AM

    Except then I'll eat whatever IS there if a craving truly hits!

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PETTIGREW3 1/8/2011 12:42AM

    OH, HOW TRULY THOU SPEAKETH!

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Direction Correction #3- Spark Friends

Friday, January 07, 2011

In the wake of my imminent 2-year Sparkversary at the end of this month, I've become aware of several things that I've gotten a bit misdirected on. It doesn't feel like I've fallen off the proverbial wagon, but just that my healthy two-year track has begun to start making the beginning of what can easily be a U-turn. Yikes! Rather than let that happen, I thought I'd blog about each issue that I need a direction correction on. Each one will begin with this paragraph and lead into the topic of the day.

Prior to these two years on SP, I hadn't blogged. Thus, I'd no idea as to the value that virtual friends would be.

At first, I thought it was nice to have so many nice people around to offer advice, support, and feedback on the journey. But it still seemed like a fairyland with not real people - just others in the ether.

However, it wasn't long before I'd come to understand how invaluable sparkfriends are. And they are very real in many ways. Not only do they provide all of the above-listed benefits, but there are other factors that have helped me.

As many of my friends know, these last few years have seen the loss of many loved ones. When I've read others' blogs, it has helped me to remember that I am not alone in my difficult times. We humans are all on this ship together and all have challenges of our own. NOT to say that misery loves company. That's not at all what I mean. But in my isolation due to loss, sadness and grief, reading others' blogs made me remember to clomp on - even if only baby steps.

I really like that spark site provides unconditional support. We have a common bond that is devoid of the typical societal stereotypes that sometimes barrier friendships. Doesn't matter our age, ethnicity, socioeconomic status, etc. It's very nice to not have to worry about anything but connect through our hearts in helping each other.

I've come to be thankful for particular angels that have emerged out of SP who literally came to my aid during my darkest hours. These are lifelong friendships made. Some friends have dropped off of SP throughout these two years, and I miss them. They also helped me along the way.

So, my direction correction has been one of thinking that virtual friends are not real life friends, to realizing that they are. And that they are sometimes more helpful than those in daily "real" life. I wish all of you lived nearby!

My appreciation to all of those in the past and present who have helped me. Wishing all of us a fabulous 2011.

  
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FUTUREHOPE49 1/8/2011 4:15PM

    What a lovely blog! I agree spark friends are invaluable! Last year after Christmas I felt really depressed when the family had gone home. But not this year! I just got onto Spark and felt fine!
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CHERIRIDDELL 1/8/2011 11:38AM

    I agree with you 100% besides who has the right to determine what "real" friends are! The friends I have made here are more real than many I have run into in the flesh! This was a wonderful blog and it reminds us "I can get by with a little help from my friends "

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JLITT62 1/7/2011 7:53PM

    I have been involved in online communities for many years, and have had more than one occasion to meet online friends (altho not sparkfriends -- at least not yet) -- and it really is always like meeting long lost friends.

But I have rarely come across a community as wonderful as SP. And I very definitely appreciate your friendship!

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HDHAWK 1/7/2011 7:15PM

    So true. This is the part of Spark I'm not sure other people understand when I tell them about it. They're missing out!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/7/2011 5:09PM

    Awesome blog. You are so right about Spark friendships and finding support here. Sometimes from the most unexpected places. I voted for your blog.

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DMATT35 1/7/2011 4:44PM

    I love Sparkpeople and the many friends I have met here!! emoticon

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CARPENSM 1/7/2011 4:10PM

    Great blog and oh so true! I remember the first time I realized that the people on here are real friends... I had reached a big goal in my weight loss (half way, 50 lbs) and a friend posted a comment on my wall that literally brought tears to my eyes. Her support (and so many others) had meant so much over the months.

This really is a great site full of amazing people, I'm so happy to have them in my life and hope I can be that support for others too!

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MELISSAISAFOX 1/7/2011 2:30PM

    It honestly is one of the best things I've ever done. This is also not my first time on SP and I feel like it will stick so much better (and I will stick with it so much better) because of blogging and spark friends!

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NATPLUMMER 1/7/2011 2:28PM

    I have also come to think of my SparkFriends as real friends. Not just virtual entities. I appreciate all of them, including you, very much!
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