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Happy Easter and Keep Hopping Down that Bunny Trail

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Just wanted to give my sparkpeeps a shout-out wishing all a happy Easter.

And remember to keep moving... even if it's just hop, hop, hopping.

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MILLISMA 4/24/2011 8:39PM

    Happy Easter to you too! emoticon

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MARTY19 4/24/2011 8:07PM

    Happy Easter! I hope it was fantastic.


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IAM_HIS2 4/24/2011 5:11PM

    Happy Easter Jesse!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/24/2011 9:58AM

    Happy Easter!!

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JLITT62 4/24/2011 5:42AM

    A good reminder! Happy Easter to you, too - enjoy the day!

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Reminders from Animals of The Lightness of Being & Quote I Found

Monday, April 18, 2011

This weekend I exercised my hiney off. In the wonderful sunshine, in a field surrounded by nature. A couple of people had their dogs out and as I walked the long loop, I watched these beautiful creatures run and fetch. Reminded me of how I've always liked to move and be active, but how I've stalled out with all the recent losses. It's time to start my engine again.

One dog suddenly just flopped on the ground and rolled around with happiness. I laughed aloud at such a delightful display of joy and unabashed enjoyment of life. It really was fun to watch.

Of course, there are my own furry little brothers - Prince William and Harry - who are puppies in cat bodies. They are rascally dudes who are just in love with life - plain and simple. They remind me that I can (and WILL) reclaim the joy that was usually in my heart before all the deaths of loved ones (10 in the last 3.5 years).

And a quote I found that I would like to share...

A 16th Century monk named Fra Giovanni once said, 'The gloom of the world is but a shadow, behind it, yet within our grasp is joy. Take joy.'

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LIBBYFITZ 4/20/2011 11:19PM

    A big hello from Me! i really enjoyed reading your blog, it brought a smile to my face! emoticon

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RYDERB 4/19/2011 4:29PM

    We can learn a lot from our animals. I'm so sorry about all the loss you've had in your life. Today I met a woman in my Boot Camp class that had recently lost her husband. She said that at first she just couldn't even get out of bed, but that she realized by waisting a whole day feeling sorry for herself, she was not honoring her husband's life, or the life they had together. It sounds like, You're on your way to finding your joy again, and to honoring the lives of your lost loved ones. Good luck! emoticon

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JLITT62 4/19/2011 5:09AM

    Love the quote! Yes, the animals make me laugh every day - I say it's their job. When I'm not yelling or angry at them, of course.

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/18/2011 8:58PM

    I'm still looking forward to better weather here. Soon I'm sure. Enjoy

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SHOOTIN4STARS 4/18/2011 8:36PM

    I love that quote! I had a major meltdown this weekend. I felt so down Saturday, and I can even explain why. I think it was hormonal. Anyway, I could have used that quote then! Thanks for sharing-- Lisa

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/18/2011 8:13PM

    Great quote!!! I'm delighted you had such a fun day watching the dogs while you were walking.

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NATPLUMMER 4/18/2011 6:34PM

    I'm glad the animals were there to help you remember joy. It's a reminder we all need.

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JOYATLAST 4/18/2011 5:39PM

    Hi Jesse, I've been away quite a bit. Loved reading your blog. You painted a picture I enjoyed sharing. Grasping JOY with you!!!!

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How Do Caffeine-Free People Keep their Energy Up?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Since I've had no caffeine for 16 days, I also have less energy. How do caffeine-free folks do it? I miss the little jolt I got from a small amount of coffee each day.

Also, is it my imagination, or are fewer Sparkers blogging and huddling these days?

Wishing all a fun day.

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MOMMACASSEY 4/18/2011 3:23PM

    Oh, wow, I thought it was just me. Yeah, it seems like fewer people are blogging and huddling and posting messages on the boards...

So, a great big thank you for letting me know that's not just me!

And I don't know how you do it, giving up caffeine. I gave up mine right after I had a baby, so I was sleeping every couple of hours throughout the day. I'm back to drinking at least one cup of coffee a day, though--trying to keep my tolerance low again, but I don't know if I could make it through the day without some caffeine.

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TRACYZABELLE 4/18/2011 3:28AM

    Apples give you more energy than a cup of coffee~~ Exercise gives you energy too!

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RYDERB 4/17/2011 2:47PM

    You gave up all caffeine? Ouch. I couldn't do that. I don't have to have coffee, but I love green tea. I have at least 5 cups a day. I thought it was suppose to be good for you. I'm glad you're a lot stronger than I am.

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KANSASROSE67 4/14/2011 11:25AM

    I never was a coffee or tea drinker, but did drink quite a bit of Diet Pepsi. I haven't been drinking it for almost a year now. I drink 10-12 cups of water a day, try for 8 hours of sleep, exercise every morning and eat as healthy as possible. I find that when I'm doing those things, I have way more energy than ever before. You'll get to that point, I promise!

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/14/2011 10:12AM

    Good questions... no good answers from me.

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KTMAE2006 4/13/2011 9:17PM

    Check out this blog entry! Mama Pea ALWAYS has great posts!

I think with the warmer weather people just aren't on spark as much. I find that Spark is a little busier fall-spring. and slow during the summer.

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YOUDONTOWNME 4/13/2011 8:48PM

    I have found since giving up my Diet Coke I want to do more healthy things so I am exercising more and being more active which gives me extra energy.

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CATLADY52 4/13/2011 1:56PM

    Possibly you've made a connection between people not having any caffeine and not blogging. They are so ampped from living a healthy life they forget to keep their blogs up. Just a thought.

And emoticon on quitting caffeine.

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JLITT62 4/13/2011 1:21PM

    When you find the answer, let me know! I don't do much caffeine & my energy is certainly better, but it's still not quite where I want it to be.

I wasn't trolling for comments on my blog today, just concerned at the lack of blogs from people who used to be regulars.

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LHACKING13 4/13/2011 1:16PM

    For me it's about getting the right amount of sleep, water, eating right and being active during the day. If I'm active then I'm more tired at night and I sleep better resulting in feeling better the next day.

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ANGEL_GRAVER 4/13/2011 12:45PM

    I am mostly caffeine free. The only time I have caffeine is my once-a-week lunch date with Hubby. The restaurant doesn't have caffeine free Diet Coke, so I have a regular one. (I only have one soday per day, and it's at lunch.)

I felt the same as you at first. Now that it's been several months, though, I feel SO much better! I actually feel as if I have more energy all day long. The caffeine would give me a quick burst of energy, but when it dropped off, my energy would totally crash. Now that I don't have to deal with that crash several times a day, I am more energetic than before.

Hang in there!

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LIBBYFITZ 4/13/2011 11:22AM

    I never really saw coffee in that way and now don't drink it unless I am at a decent coffee shop and I get an espresso. A good night's sleep usually does the trick for me. Or a piece of fruit. emoticon

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/13/2011 10:55AM

    emoticonApples!!! Try eating an apple for breakfast. I read somewhere an apple naturally has caffeine like a cup of coffee.

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NATPLUMMER 4/13/2011 10:53AM

    I can't help you. I do drink at least one cup of coffee a day. I've been reading plenty of blogs...certainly enough to keep me really busy.
Have a good one!!

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KATYAROSE 4/13/2011 10:35AM

    I'm not purposely caffeine-free as I will drink a cup of coffee about once a month, but since joining SparkPeople I have been completely soda-free. I used to rely on soda to get me through the day. Ironically, now that I'm not guzzling caffeinated drinks throughout the day, I actually I have more energy. But I have made other changes too. I make sure I get eight hours of sleep a night, I drink 10+ cups water per day, and I exercise a lot, and I my eating habits are much healthier and more balanced throughout the day. If I feel my energy dive during the day (normally about mid-afternoon when it does happen), I drink more water and/or have a snack with a mix of carbs and protein. That always does the trick. I think the hard part in all this, is that it's not any one thing that keeps my energy levels so high. It's a combination of behaviors. But, I think if you implement them even incrementally, you'll still see improvements.

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Wouldn't You Know It... Guess What I Won Today?

Tuesday, April 12, 2011

Just when I'm getting into a nice, healthy groove, I was the 8th caller into a radio station while working on my computer.

Won a gift certificate to Black Angus restaurant. Gotta tell ya... Yummy stuff.

Will go on the weekend and not going to pig out, but not going to drive myself crazy with the calorie counting either.

Doing well with no sugar or caffeine, and feeling good about that. Honestly, it's just like when you wash the car and then it rains. I pull myself together and then win this.

But not complaining. Just sharing one of the many absurdities of life. You gotta just hang on for the ride. Mr. Toad's Wild Ride - my life. (smiling)

Wishing all a great day.

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IRON_RESOLVE 4/15/2011 7:25PM

    Tell us what you order!!! Please??? We want to know who you took with you, and how you were able (or not able) to stay on track!!

I have the same dileama as we are off on a little trip soon, and I want to do it all, and drop a pound!! emoticon

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 4/13/2011 3:23PM

    too funny....

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ALEXSGIRL1 4/12/2011 6:48PM

    congrats on your win. one special day of overeating wont break the bank especially cause you have all week to plan for it. If you are surfire bent on not going you could call a local church and donate to a family in need.if you go really enjoy and remind them of your no sugar rule emoticon

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RAYLINSTEPHENS 4/12/2011 10:55AM

    Congrats on your win!!

You don't have to eat it all there - you can take home half your dinner for another meal!

But WTG on winning!!

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NATPLUMMER 4/12/2011 10:28AM

    Sounds like some good stuff!! Nothing wrong with heading out for a free meal at Black Angus. Might as well enjoy it :-)

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RAINBOWFALLS 4/12/2011 9:31AM

    Good Point

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IAM_HIS2 4/12/2011 8:27AM

    Congratulations....I am certain you will make health choices.
You can do it!!

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ABB698 4/12/2011 1:21AM

    emoticon You can have a nice steak with veggies, and probably enough to bring home and have a nice lunch the next day as well! Way to go!

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MORELIE 4/12/2011 1:13AM

    Congratulations! I love Black Angus! Just stay away from the Cheesy Garlic Bread, don't even want to think about how many calories are in that little treat. My advice is enjoy, but watch out for your trigger foods. I know if I eat something sweet (especially ice cream), it makes me want it again and again. I then have to go about breaking the addiciton all over again.

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FRIENDOFBACH 4/12/2011 1:05AM

  Check the menu in advance and you can get a great healthy meal. Temembr, you can always tell them how to prepare food for you.

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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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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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