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Columbus Day is My Three-Year Anniversary

Monday, October 10, 2011

Three years ago today (10/08), I embarked on my own voyage. For the first time in my life, I'd gained weight due to hormonal changes, stress, workaholism, etc. So I started on a healthy lifestyle plan. Six months later (1/09), I came to SP. It has helped me stay on-track and make some wonderful friends in the process.

Happy Columbus Day!

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SKYEFYR 10/14/2011 1:52PM

  Happy Belated Sparkiversary!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/12/2011 8:03AM

    emoticonCongratulations for sticking with Sparks and living the healthy life!

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_LINDA 10/11/2011 9:14PM

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Well done on sticking with Sparks and your healthy lifestyle!

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ABB698 10/10/2011 10:43PM

    Happy emoticon!

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KO1215 10/10/2011 10:27PM

    Happy Anniversary!

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FANGFACEKITTY 10/10/2011 9:56PM

    Happy Sparkversary!

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NATPLUMMER 10/10/2011 12:15PM

    Happy Anniversary!!

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NANCY- 10/10/2011 11:06AM

What a wonderful gift you have given to yourself.
Here's to your healthy lifestyle plan. emoticon

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ALICIA214 10/10/2011 10:59AM


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Overview of Veggie Week #1 & Happy Birthday, John Lennon

Sunday, October 09, 2011

CORRECTION to former headline: I keep mislabeling this as a raw diet when it is vegetarian. Thanks to Natplummer's comment, I realized I had a mental block and calling it the wrong thing. Thanks, Nat.

Wow, do I miss him and all of the creative others who've passed. He would've been 71 today.

Okay, so my first week of vegetarian eating is done. When I started this book - Eat to Live - I didn't intend to follow the information. I was just reading for edification. But I figured, what the hay? I'd just tried, and hated, juicing. And was ready for something very different.

I was always one of those people in awe of others who ate a vegetarian diet and was convinced I could never ever do it. Nor would I want to. How interesting that Monday is Columbus Day, and exactly three years ago on that date I started on my own voyage to rediscover my lifelong thin body. Have made good progress, but did a lot of emotional/grief eating over the past year or so. Fortunately, with SP, I was reminded to keep my exercise level up so I didn't regain much.

Okay, Dr. Fuhrman (author of Eat to Live) just asks the reader to give it a try for six weeks. I thought, are you nuts, man? I doubt I could make it for a day. Seems that a week has gone by and now I have trouble eating enough to keep my calorie level up because I'm always full!!! Say what?

I can feel my body is lighter, but I'm not getting on the scale. I may at some point, but I just want to concentrate on good health and the weight loss will follow. My insides feel cleaner. I don't know how to describe it, but it's been a week w/o fat from the oil I was ingesting (cheese, etc.). There's a mental clarity that feels like it is correlated with this raw eating, but may be too soon and just my imagination.

As I've blogged before, I am giving myself permission to quit at any point. But I already know that, if I do, I'll still keep some of his advice incorporated into my daily life.

Wishing all a good day.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 12/6/2011 6:44PM

    It's interesting to reread your blogs about this after having read the book.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/9/2011 6:01PM

    Good for you!! Thanks for sharing about your experience.

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NATPLUMMER 10/9/2011 5:53PM

    I don't think I could go raw. I prefer my veggies cooked for the most part.
I miss John Lennon, too. It was a sad day when I heard the news.

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Day 8 of No Hunger, No Cravings & My Eat To Live Book! Who IS this stranger?

Saturday, October 08, 2011

I am still wrapping my mind around this book and telling myself that I can quit eating this ridiculous amount of veggies and fruit at any point and return to what I thought was healthy eating.

It's absurd that I'm trying my best to talk myself out of this as I think I'm nuts. (smiling) In a good way for trying something that I've wanted to for awhile now. Juicing wasn't for me, but I knew I wanted to try raw and I just so happened to find and read this book - Eat to Live.

Even if I quit at any moment, I know that I'll still make significant changes to my eating habits from this point on. This morning, I went grocery shopping and there was nothing to buy. I passed all the stuff I'd once bought and thought healthy. Even the occasional goodies I'd allow myself held no allure. No hunger and no cravings for 8 days now. How can this be? Who is this stranger inhabiting my body and psyche? (smiling)

Whatever happens next, I have to say I feel wonderful and totally not deprived at all even though it is a totally restrictive "diet." Honestly, I don't know how long before the eating demons of days gone by will re-emerge. Not that they were that bad at all. But compared to this? Wow!

Sorry for being vague, but I'm still wrapping my mind around making veggies the MAIN course rather than the add-ons. It goes against lifelong patterns of thinking.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

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JIBBIE49 10/14/2011 12:04AM

    I watched Joe Cross' film "Fat, Sick and Nearly Dead" about his juice fast for 60 days and he lost 100#. Great documentary on NetFlix.

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LUVYA04 10/9/2011 1:06PM

    I have that book on hold at the Library emoticon

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NATPLUMMER 10/9/2011 11:10AM

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NANCY- 10/9/2011 10:39AM

    Changing that lifetime of thinking is challenging. You are doing an awesome job. It's funny but since trying to make veggies the main feature, now I prefer the veggies to the meat.(how strange is that) I'm looking forward to hearing more about your discoveries.

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LIBBYFITZ 10/9/2011 6:50AM

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JLITT62 10/9/2011 5:07AM

    I actually really enjoy raw foods . . . but it's hard here in the cooler weather. Some people do it yr round even in our climate, but most of the raw food gurus live in warm climates, you'll notice.

I didn't find it really made a difference in my weight, because of course I gravitate to raw desserts, too.

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ABB698 10/8/2011 11:30PM

    Good for you! The book sounds emoticon

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KO1215 10/8/2011 9:55PM

    Good for you! Sounds interesting!

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Eat to Live Book - More Thoughts As I Read It

Friday, October 07, 2011

I thought I'd blow through this book as I tend to read fast. However, there is a lot of info to wrap my mind around.

It's day 7 of doing many of the things in this book. I feel fab. Of course, I have given myself an escape hatch that I don't have to do this and can quit at any time. Why? Because I'm not sure I can make a commitment to veggies the way this doc suggests, but no matter how this turns out, I know that I'll come away with some tips that I'll use and stick to for healthier living.

I guess I should get on the scale, but I want to go by how my sizes go down and good health rather than a number on the scale. So I hesitate to include that in my life.

Wishing all a fun weekend.

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NANCY- 10/8/2011 6:03PM

    There is a lot of info, new foods to try. Too much for me(and my family) to do all at once. To make slower (sustainable)changes I started doing things like Meatless Mondays and am building from there.
There might be more info at your local Whole Foods. they have a program called Health Starts Here. My local store has offered series of Cooking Demos from the Healthy Eating Specialist and I was quite surprised that I actually liked the Doc's vegan fair and was able to sample new to me veggies.
WTG on living healthier.

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NATPLUMMER 10/7/2011 6:11PM

    Just adding more veggies will help.
Don't let the scale rule you.

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 10/7/2011 4:48PM

  You know what???

I live off of all different kinds of raw veggies and mainly apples and eggs and chicken breast and some good organic beef about once every two weeks.

I do my best to buy all organic food all the time.

Living off of veggies is the best way for me to live and I also will not go near that scale yet and will measure my progress by my sizes of my clothes.

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SKYEFYR 10/7/2011 4:18PM

  You know, even if you don't go gung-ho into the veggies like the book suggests, you'll still probably come away eating more than you did before the book, so that's progress! (Or, I assume the book suggests, I haven't read it yet.) I'm thinking about getting it too, but waiting till you finish and give a final review. :-)

Personally, I'd like to get rid of the scale too, but I know from experience you can't depend on the number on your jeans either since no two pair fit quite the same!

You have a great weekend too!

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Rest in Peace, Steve Jobs

Thursday, October 06, 2011

Every time we lose a creative person - artist, musician, businessman, and the like - the world is never quite the same. (Not to mention, but very important, those in our lives we lose and have to piece our world together somehow.)

Steve Jobs' contributions to the world have touched so many. Rest in peace, Steve.

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JUDI_CUTIE 10/6/2011 10:21PM

    He was really something. We had the honor of being at the Stanford commencement when he spoke in 2005. Quite an amazing guy!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/6/2011 5:59PM

    I so agree!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/6/2011 10:14AM

    An amazing visionary!

RIP Steve.

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