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New Rule, New Layer of Change in Eating

Monday, April 11, 2011

I've been doing very well with my no sugar, no caffeine changes. They are biggies for me and I really feel the difference in a good way. (of course, I miss the coffee jolt, but not the taste)

Yesterday, I implemented another big change - tackling night munching and snacking during the day. Fruit, veggies, or other healthy stuff. Sounds simple and I've done a lot of that already. But this will be a final reinforcement phase.

Wishing all a good day.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/13/2011 11:48AM

    very smart change!

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/12/2011 11:06AM


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WSPDAVE 4/12/2011 2:05AM

    Choices are tough, but you got to make them. I struggle with them every day. In the end the real answer has to always be what's best foe me? When I honestly answer that question I get the right answer. If I'm dishonest, I get the wrong answer. When I lie to myself, the lie detector gets me (the scale). We're In It For The Finish.

Big Dave

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MILLISMA 4/11/2011 8:19PM

    That's great. emoticon

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LILOATS 4/11/2011 7:56PM

    It sounds like you are doing all the right things. I wish that I could say the same for myself. My hubby likes his junk food but I do pretty good about staying out of it.

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IAM_HIS2 4/11/2011 5:42PM

    Hey Jesse: Please send your discipline my way. I am starting out small--no soda pop or cookie. I think you are doing excellent!! Awesome!!

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GINGER_LOSTALOT 4/11/2011 12:46PM

    Before I started my diet last year, I was eating 3,000 calories a day. I reduced it to 2,000 calories. To stave off hunger, I cut, clean veggies in a bin filled with water in the frige. I would munch on those until the hunger passed.

My energy is lacking. I have been debating taking a caffeine pill. Any thoughts? emoticon

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Theater Popcorn Calories Equal WHAT???? Are you Kidding Me?

Sunday, April 10, 2011

It's been on the radio news several times in the past couple of weeks...

Recent studies have revealed that popcorn sold in some theaters contained the equivalent calories of 3 BIG MACS!!!! Wow! Now there are rumors that there is a plan being considered of selling health food at the movies.

Do you think it would sell? I think folks would still sneak in their meals, as they do now (and crackle the paper throughout the movie). These are the ones I usually get stuck sitting nearby. Just FYI. (smiling) That's one of several reasons I prefer to wait until the new releases come out on DVD.

Doing well with my no sugar or caffeine regimen,and next blog will entail my new rule that is being implemented today. Hooray for me.

Wishing all a wonderful week.

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JLITT62 4/11/2011 8:49AM

    Hardly surprising considering those humongous buckets. Last time we had some - cause it was free - I had just a couple of tastes & then ate the roasted edamame I brought with me - worked well!

I was pleased with yesterday's race, don't worry - hoping thus speed work series my running club is putting on actually works, tho!

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/11/2011 8:42AM

    Great job making changes! I agree and wait for most movies to come out on DVD.

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LIBBYFITZ 4/11/2011 8:04AM

    Woe that is a LOT of calories! emoticon

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MARYELLEN301 4/10/2011 9:08PM

    And it smells so darn good! I've resisted the last 3 movies I've seen and once the lights dim it's not so bad! emoticon

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SOCKS117 4/10/2011 9:05PM

  It's so sad...because I LOVE popcorn :/

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Spring Has Sprung, And So Have I

Sunday, March 20, 2011

Feeling like I really have to amp-up getting back on track. Have been discombobulated for a long time due to so many losses and personal bumps in the road, and keep trying to make it all right again.

Wishing all a warm, lovely Springtime.

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AMYMLE 3/21/2011 1:23AM

    Keep springing!

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SHOOTIN4STARS 3/20/2011 9:18PM

    Spring is about rebirth and renewal. It's time my friend. Happy springtime. It's time for you!

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JIBBIE49 3/20/2011 8:20PM

    I'm THRILLED to have Spring here since I so hated this past cold winter.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/20/2011 7:33PM

    Spring is a good time to renew your healthy lifestyle. It's been a hard year for you so I'm delighted that you are able to take this time to think about putting more focus on healthy eating and exercise. I hope it works out for you. Keep us posted.

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OMG! St. Patrick was Scottish! Happy St. Paddy's Day!

Thursday, March 17, 2011

St. Patrick: Man, Myth & Holiday Learn interesting facts and tidbits about the beloved St. Patrick.


St. Patrick of Ireland is one of the world's most popular saints.

Apostle of Ireland, born at Kilpatrick, near Dumbarton, in Scotland, in the year 387; died at Saul, Downpatrick, Ireland, 17 March, 461.

Along with St. Nicholas and St. Valentine, the secular world shares our love of these saints. This is also a day when everyone's Irish.

There are many legends and stories of St. Patrick, but this is his story.

Patrick was born around 385 in Scotland, probably Kilpatrick. His parents were Calpurnius and Conchessa, who were Romans living in Britian in charge of the colonies.

As a boy of fourteen or so, he was captured during a raiding party and taken to Ireland as a slave to herd and tend sheep. Ireland at this time was a land of Druids and pagans. He learned the language and practices of the people who held him.

During his captivity, he turned to God in prayer. He wrote

"The love of God and his fear grew in me more and more, as did the faith, and my soul was rosed, so that, in a single day, I have said as many as a hundred prayers and in the night, nearly the same." "I prayed in the woods and on the mountain, even before dawn. I felt no hurt from the snow or ice or rain."

Patrick's captivity lasted until he was twenty, when he escaped after having a dream from God in which he was told to leave Ireland by going to the coast. There he found some sailors who took him back to Britian, where he reunited with his family.

He had another dream in which the people of Ireland were calling out to him "We beg you, holy youth, to come and walk among us once more."

He began his studies for the priesthood. He was ordained by St. Germanus, the Bishop of Auxerre, whom he had studied under for years.

Later, Patrick was ordained a bishop, and was sent to take the Gospel to Ireland. He arrived in Ireland March 25, 433, at Slane. One legend says that he met a chieftain of one of the tribes, who tried to kill Patrick. Patrick converted Dichu (the chieftain) after he was unable to move his arm until he became friendly to Patrick.

Patrick began preaching the Gospel throughout Ireland, converting many. He and his disciples preached and converted thousands and began building churches all over the country. Kings, their families, and entire kingdoms converted to Christianity when hearing Patrick's message.

Patrick by now had many disciples, among them Beningnus, Auxilius, Iserninus, and Fiaac, (all later canonized as well).

Patrick preached and converted all of Ireland for 40 years. He worked many miracles and wrote of his love for God in Confessions. After years of living in poverty, traveling and enduring much suffering he died March 17, 461.

He died at Saul, where he had built the first church.

Why a shamrock?
Patrick used the shamrock to explain the Trinity, and has been associated with him and the Irish since that time.

In His Footsteps:
Patrick was a humble, pious, gentle man, whose love and total devotion to and trust in God should be a shining example to each of us. He feared nothing, not even death, so complete was his trust in God, and of the importance of his mission.

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IRON_RESOLVE 4/10/2011 4:16PM

    This was a great blog, thank you for sharing.

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Thank you very much for the information as I am Irish with the name Flannigan. I have never been there and wish I could but I will never see that day. So people like you give me knowledge and I like that.

Continue with your healthy eating and routine exercises and have a healthy life. God bless you slways. Learn from Spark people every day.


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GRAMMACATHY 3/19/2011 12:51PM

    Thank you for sharing this information. Now wonder I am so fond of St. Patrick. My Scottish/German mother was born on St. Patrick's day, so her Irish friends made her an honorary Irishman. However, it sounds like the Brits and Italians have some claim to him too.

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NATPLUMMER 3/17/2011 7:29AM

    Thank you for the St. Patrick info. Have a great day!!

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Friday, March 11, 2011

Oh, how awful! My city sits on several major fault lines as well, so I understand this potential. My prayers go to the people of Japan in dealing with this tragedy.

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ASALYERS86 3/17/2011 12:24AM

    My older brother is over there, military. Just outside of Tokyo to the south so he didn't get hit with the brunt of it fortunately. Such a tragedy, though.

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ALEXSGIRL1 3/12/2011 10:15AM

    so super sad. thanks

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LIBBYFITZ 3/11/2011 6:38PM

    Yes, we were watching as well, so sad to see trucks trying to do "U" turns on a bridge! Some places only got 10 mins warning! Very sad!

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NATPLUMMER 3/11/2011 10:38AM

    I haven't been watching but I heard about it on the radio. Earthquakes and the resulting tsunamis can be so devastating. I've only experienced the earthquake part first hand.
Very sad.

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IAM_HIS2 3/11/2011 9:00AM

    Our exchange student is from Toyko. It was very difficult for me to watch it on the news. What a relief to speak with his family and know they are safe. My prayers are going out big time now.

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MARIE625 3/11/2011 8:42AM

    I've been watching & am just horrified. I keep thinking about a flood we experienced several years ago. We'd had super heavy rains and 2 days later, the rivers went crazy. We didn't live in a flood zone, but.... the water started coming across the road and towards our house. While the flow of water was no stronger than turning on your garden hose and letting it run until it floods your yard, there were white caps and the water came on pretty quickly. In a matter of 2 or 3 hours, we had 5+ feet of water in our yard. It was pretty crazy, but NOTHING like Japan. I keep thinking about the panic & damage our flood caused and can NOT fathom what Japan is going through. My thoughts & prayers go out to them and the folks in Hawaii & the West Coast.

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JLITT62 3/11/2011 8:03AM

    There's something to be said for not watching the news too much . . . hadn't even heard about this. What a terrible thing. SO glad DH is not there now, but of course my prayers go out to those that are.

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JANETLEE40 3/11/2011 2:53AM

    Those poor folks have been in my prayers since the first big quake hit yesterday CA time. I live on the south fork of the San Andreas Fault line...we are past due for a "BIG" one. Ready for it too...we are fully stocked and just hoping it will never happen. But shoot...they don't call the CA Desert the land of "shake N bake" for nothing. HUGS

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