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Could This Be True? They Changed Cookie Monster's Name?

Sunday, January 08, 2012

I heard the other day that Sesame Street changed Cookie Monster's name to Veggie Monster. Now, if that's true, it's too bad that we can't even enjoy him singing, "C is for cookie, it's good enough for me" anymore. He was lovable. C'mon, Sesame Street, bring our Cookie Monster back!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/17/2012 9:28PM

    Did they turn him from blue to green too?

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KRISTINE99 1/9/2012 12:34AM

    Changing cookie monster's name is even too PC/health conscious for me! I watched Sesame Street as a child and never thought cookies were a substitution for wholesome food...

Comment edited on: 1/9/2012 12:36:20 AM

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CATLADY52 1/8/2012 5:28PM

    Way too far. Couldn't he have a brother or sister be Veggie Monster? I don't want to tell my kids (all in their 40s) about this. emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/8/2012 5:15PM

    How do you change an icon like that.
Some things are a little too over the top.

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NANCY- 1/8/2012 3:01PM

    Seeing cookie monster consume his cookies made me more mindful on how I consumed my cookies.

For me, veggie monster would look more like that Weight Watchers Hungry Monster.

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NATPLUMMER 1/8/2012 10:16AM

    That's just wrong!! Didn't they already tell the kids that cookies are a sometimes food?

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LOSING_N_KONA 1/8/2012 1:57AM

    Wow I hope it's not true, he was always my favorite but I don't remember eating any extra cookies because of him....maybe made more crumbs lol. They could have given him a wife named veggie monster and taught balance maybe lol emoticon

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Listed Items Only When Grocery Shopping

Saturday, January 07, 2012

My Week 2 focus topic - one of three - is to grocery shop only the items I list before going to the store. In fact, I read a book of tips reently that suggested not to go into any type of store w/o a list. And to stick ONLY to what's on that list.

It's great advice. However, I went food shopping this morning and I had no list. I shop by memory, first checking what food is already at home, and then knowing the stuff I cannot buy (sugary treats, cheese, etc.) Going to try to start making a list, and checking it twice.

Hope the first week of 2012 has been good to you. And remember to be good to yourself.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/17/2012 9:09PM

    I'm a list maker, but my husband is not. I figure if we add a little extra to our cart it's fine as long as it's healthy. We are both getting better at looking at the ingredients on something before we put it in the cart.

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RAINEMARIE214 1/9/2012 10:13AM

    I started doing list grocery shopping when I moved out on my own - it seriously helps me save a lot of money! On the days I forget my list, it's like a free-for-all in my shopping cart, and my wallet!

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NATPLUMMER 1/7/2012 6:27PM

    I always have a list but occasionally get something "off list". Usually it's something healthy, though or something I forgot to put on the list.

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CATLADY52 1/7/2012 6:01PM

    I almost always have a list, but will add to it. It can be quite difficult when you are at least half an hour from town and forget something. emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/7/2012 4:01PM

    I usually have a list but ALWAYS end up buying something extra that looks neat to try!
I hope you can stick to your guns with this plan!

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JLITT62 1/7/2012 2:24PM

    I always have a list, but I'm always looking for new stuff to try so I do buy stuff that's not on the list.

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Focus of the Week-Weeks 1 & 2

Friday, January 06, 2012

I've decided that each week I will set a focus behavior to concentrate on. This past week was portion control and another smaller, personal one. I have done fairly well, but am going to focus on them again for Week #2.

Additionally, I am going to add one more. Grocery shopping. Listed items only. NO DEVIATIONS. During this month celebrating my 3rd sparkversary, I find that I need to reinforce all of the basics.

Might do this all year. Haven't decided.

Wishing all a happy day.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/17/2012 8:35PM

    Great idea!! I'll enjoy reading how it works for you.

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NATPLUMMER 1/6/2012 12:02PM

    Weekly focus is a good idea.

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Reflections Upon Three-Year SParkversary

Thursday, January 05, 2012

This month marks three years on SP and I have to say that I've given back as much as possible. Bought products, brought in new members, spread the word, etc. So, with that said, I feel a lot of gratitude.

As I read newbie blogs and smile at all of the familiar thoughts, feelings and expectations that are there in the beginning, there is a lot to be said.

One thing that sticks out right now, though, is that I used to think it was a cliche when more experienced members would remind me that this is a journey. I thought, sure, but I just wanna get these extra lbs off and then blow this town. (smiling)

However, it IS indeed a journey of much more than just lbs lost. Forming new, healthier behaviors is part of the adventure and one that is such an investment in the good health that I've continued to enjoy. How can I possibly expect all of the lifelong behaviors to change in a mere three years?

So, this is a journey that you can either relax and enjoy, or fight yourself every step of the way when the inevitable setbacks occur.

I vote for relax and enjoy. Sure, it takes work. But it's sooooo worth it.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 1/17/2012 9:24PM

    Great attitude! Congratulations on your emoticon

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NANCY- 1/6/2012 8:05AM

    Wise reflections!
I loved where you said: "investment in the good health" To me that is what coming to SP is all about. And let's face it we are SOOOOOOOOOOO worth it.

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STRIVER57 1/6/2012 7:36AM

    yes. thank you.

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NATPLUMMER 1/6/2012 6:55AM

    You nailed it!

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JLITT62 1/6/2012 5:02AM

    So very true!

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KRISTINE99 1/5/2012 9:07PM

    Great reflections! Congratulations on your three-year SParkversary :)

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A Few Pats On the Back for 2011

Wednesday, January 04, 2012

I wasn't going to look back, but on NY Day, I started to remember some things that I did in 2011 that I feel good about. In the midst of continued loss of loved ones, and feeling like it was another year in the grief clouds, I DID manage to get some things done.

- Gave up TV totally. Hooray for me. I feel so much better.
- Gave up sport shopping. Empty hours, buying things just for the sport of it.
- Sugar. I think I have a handle on it this time for good. I really do.
- Zero credit card balance maintained.
- Completely outfitted my home with serious emergency supplies.
- Kept up with SP and fairly good healthy behaviors.
- Learned to let go a bit better. I'll never be a pro, but letting go has always been one of my biggest challenges.
- Continued doing consultant projects in the midst of a terrible job market.
- Stayed active. Walking, plays, concerts, etc.
-Other stuff too silly and/or personal to mention. (smiling)

Wishing all a wonderful new year.

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    Congratulations on all your accomplishments last year.

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RR1_RR1 1/5/2012 8:22PM

    Ok I think I want to copy these and make them my goals too- those sound right up my alley as well and I admire that you accomplished them! I gave up TV too incidentally because my TV broke and too much of a hassle to buy another- its better to read anyways and theres so much junk on TV. Ive caught up on all the classics from doing it! Hope you have a wonderful NY as well! emoticon

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LIVINGFREE19 1/5/2012 9:16AM

    That's a lot of things and very important things!
Way to go, friend!

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NANCY- 1/5/2012 8:23AM

You are Amazing!!! What a wonderful list!

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CATLADY52 1/4/2012 4:17PM

    Way to go gal! Sounds as if you accoplished quite a bit. emoticon

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BARBBF 1/4/2012 2:44PM

    WOW!!! Fantastic...wish I could have done 1/2 as well.

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KRISTINE99 1/4/2012 2:26PM

    Excellent resolutions for 2011! Can't wait to see your progress for your resolutions for 2012. Keep up the good work :)

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JLITT62 1/4/2012 12:36PM

    A great list!

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NATPLUMMER 1/4/2012 10:13AM


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    That's an incredible list for 2011! emoticon emoticon and all the best as you strive for new goals in 2012!!

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