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Dangerous Crossroads - Yikes!

Thursday, March 08, 2012

After 74 days of no sugar, and 35 days of no caffeine, I have no cravings for either. So, what's the problem?

I have to clarify that I haven't felt deprived of either one, so that doesn't seem to be the issue. It's at this point of 35 days (yes, I've tried this before several times), I start to think about coffee. I think about all of the reports that talk about the health benefits of caffeine, and how much more energy I'd have it I were on it. (although this isn't really true when you study what caffeine does)

In the past, I've given into decaf. But that has been my gateway drug of sorts. Right into the regular. Which leads me to the question of why, since I didn't drink that much (a very small mug of coffee in the morning), do I ride this roller coaster each time.

It really shows me how much of eating (and drinking) is a mental thing first and foremost. My body doesn't crave it, or even want it, but my mind is swinging from branch to branch like a wild monkey with crazy rationalizations of getting back on the coffee wagon.

I do have to mention that, besides the health benefits, I have saved a fortune as coffee prices have gone through the roof with everything else.

Will keep you posted as to what happens next. Wishing all a good day.

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LIVINGFREE19 3/9/2012 7:24PM

    Wow, to keep away from sugar so long, is awesome!
You are doing really well!

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JULESRULES78 3/9/2012 10:10AM

    You have done awesome! Keep up the great progress. You are worth it!

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SLIMMERJESSE 3/8/2012 3:16PM

    You guys are the best! Thanks for supporting me today as I was particularly vulnerable but feel that I've passed the danger zone and am okay now.

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    It really is a mental thing....I so hope you can stick with the no caffeine, no sugar streak.

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NATPLUMMER 3/8/2012 2:14PM


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FANGFACEKITTY 3/8/2012 12:20PM

    I understand, I can be the Queen of rationalization when I think I really want something. Even when I know for a fact what it will do to me. I have yet to meet a cheesecake slice I didn't like despite the consequences - dairy products and I do not get on well at all. Stay strong during this critical period and soon enough your mind will move on; you'll have outsmarted yourself!

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SHERYLDS 3/8/2012 11:53AM

    there is always another research study just around the corner that contradicts the last.

I don't have a problem with caffeine...
I have a problem with the stuff I want to eat with it.

congrats on your progress. stick to what works for you

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NANCY- 3/8/2012 11:26AM

    Ah our mind is sooo complicated. You are wise to know yourself so well.
Congrats on doing what you need to do for you.

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Suntan Lotion & Shooting Hoops

Monday, March 05, 2012

I love to put on the coconut smelling suntan oil and head out to walk. When I did so this morning, I went a different route. This one took me to a path where I could see people shooting hoops.

There was a father and small son there. The dad was good - he shot from all distances and angles and rarely missed. The little boy, about 10 or so, gave good efforts and the basketball hit the rim each time.

I thought about my immediate concept of thinking the dad was good because he reached his goal with each try. But the more I thought about it, I was thinking how successful his son was to keep trying and almost get the ball into the net.

And then I realized that I've been hitting lots of rims in a couple areas of my life, including some eating habits. But what's important is that I keep trying. That's success, and sometime that goal will be realized. As Thomas Edison said of his 1,000 failed tries, that he did not fail, but learned 1,000 ways how NOT to do the experiment. Then, of course, he hit the way to do it and we all have reaped the benefits. So, it's the good old "never give up" thing that I saw in motion today.

Wishing all a good week.

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YESCURLYCAN 3/8/2012 5:51AM

  I enjoyed this and it was timely for sure. Thanks for sharing :)

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SUEJENN 3/7/2012 7:53PM

    It's good activity for the brain to look at things from a different perspective. It helps us to get out of a brain rut where we think of and evaluate things the same way all the time.

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M77355 3/6/2012 6:39PM

    Love to read your perspectives!

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LIVINGFREE19 3/5/2012 2:24PM

    Definitely, keep trying!
We all have to do that, since we all do the stumbling!

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    The only true failure is not even trying. Good for you to keep persevering!

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NATPLUMMER 3/5/2012 8:51AM


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BUTEAFULL 3/5/2012 2:04AM

    great viewpoint

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LIBBYFITZ 3/5/2012 1:28AM

    I love that analogy! emoticon

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Teal Toenails, Doves, Daylight Savings. Food Shopping When Hungry

Sunday, March 04, 2012

I love colors and got a great deal on a set of different colored nail polish. Got home and painted my toenails teal. Silly, simple pleasures - everytime I look at my bare feet (it's been in the 80's and sandal time), I smile. Did my nails purple. Same effect - smiles. Not sure about the orange and green. Probably when I don't have to do anything professional for the day in public. (smiling)

This morning I saw two doves in a place they've never been before. An unexpected surprise and I always think of them as signs (in happy ways). I love birds and have always wanted a parrot. But have no clue if my boys would adapt.

Next Sunday is Daylight Savings again. Hooray, hooray, I want a longer day. And wish they'd just keep it that way, for Pete's sake. Or mine.

This morning, I took a big chance. For the past 3 years, since starting this healthier journey, I have eaten breakfast religiously. Prior to that, nope. I definitely saw the benefits when I started my day with a good meal. However, just didn't feel like it and headed out for food shopping. I cautioned myself that I was operating in the danger zone as we know what can happen when our hunger pangs choose food items instead of our brain. Happy to report that I was a very good girl. Hooray for me!

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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NANCY- 3/5/2012 8:48AM

    You could save the orange and green for Halloween. I had my toes done in Mardi Gras colors so I have something nice to look at while doing crunches in the pool. Sometimes those simple things bring the best pleasure.

WTG your awareness kept you focused on your goals. Do what you need to do for you.

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LIBBYFITZ 3/4/2012 10:50PM

    Yes I love to have bright colours on my toes! Fingernails are just buffed up to a shine. I need to keep them short and natural, wash my hands frequently during the day.

I love daylight savings. The population here voted against it so we have very early sunrise here in the summer, it is already really hot at 8am!

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KTMAE2006 3/4/2012 8:23PM

    I usually do "corporate colors" for my fingers, but I try to keep it bright and upbeat on my toes! I'm looking forward to a longer day, but I am not looking forward to the adjustment of having to "spring ahead". My body takes a long time to adjust!!

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    glad you are enjoying the polish!

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NATPLUMMER 3/4/2012 3:36PM

    I love colored polish on my fingers...not so much. I work with organic solvents and sometimes it gets inside my gloves..bad mess.
Thanks for reminding me about Daylight Savings time. That will be nice :-)
Good job being a good girl while grocery shopping. I always get into trouble if I go and I'm hungry.

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JLITT62 3/4/2012 12:38PM

    One day a week I usually skip breakfast & give my digestion a mini- break. But I really try never to shop hu gry - doesn't usually get me good results.

In the 80s . . . sigh . . . we migh see 50s by the end of the week. But we have had a very mild winter so I can't really complain.

Comment edited on: 3/4/2012 12:39:03 PM

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ONEKIDSMOM 3/4/2012 12:37PM

    And I hope after you were such a good girl at the grocery store you came home and fixed a GREAT, healthy breakfast!

Have a wonderful Sunday!

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NANCYRUBIO 3/4/2012 12:27PM

    What a joyous blog. It seems like a child bursting through to being an adult. emoticonon your shopping trip.

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BUTEAFULL 3/4/2012 12:14PM

    I wish DST was permanent too like Arizona does, it works for them

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RYDERB 3/4/2012 12:03PM

    Shopping when hungry can be tricky! Great job! You new polish sounds fun! Before we know it i'll be spring and time for some sandals to show off those toes!

Enjoy the rest of your Sunday!

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To All Affected By the Terrible Tornados

Saturday, March 03, 2012

It is heartbreaking to see all the lives lost and property damage. I hope my sparkfriends are okay and have taken refuge in safe places.

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Goodbye, Davy Jones

Wednesday, February 29, 2012

We lose yet another singer, and one whose "monkeying around" hasn't been forgotten through the decades.

RIP, Davy Jones.

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LIVINGFREE19 3/2/2012 11:24PM

    This was so sad. I watched the Monkees whenever I could!
You don't find decent shows like that now days.

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SUEJENN 3/2/2012 10:44PM

    And so young too!

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KARENE10 3/2/2012 9:10AM

    I loved the Monkees too:) RIP Davey Jones.

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IAM_HIS2 3/2/2012 8:58AM

    RIP Davey Jones and thank you for the music and memories you have given to many of us.

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NATPLUMMER 3/1/2012 8:50PM

    Very sad.

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RYDERB 3/1/2012 7:12PM

    Oh no. I hadn't heard this sad news. emoticon

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ALASKASKY 3/1/2012 6:30PM

    RIP DAVY JONES. I love their music and agree with OMAJANE. emoticon

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LESSOFPMCD 2/29/2012 9:10PM

    Davy was one of my teenage idols. Only 11 yrs older than myself and gone so suddenly. Which of my idols will be next?

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CATLADY52 2/29/2012 3:47PM

    Pretty soon we'll start losing stars from the eighties and that's when I will feel old. RIP Davy. emoticon

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KMICHA 2/29/2012 3:26PM

    I loved the Monkees!!! I also grew up listening to them and watching their crazy show on Saturday mornings! RIP Davy Jones

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LJCANNON 2/29/2012 2:53PM

    emoticonThank You, Davy for the Memories!!

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 2/29/2012 2:29PM

    I HAD the BIGGEST crush on him!!!! I loved watching "THe Monkeys".

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 2/29/2012 2:25PM

    I definitely grew up with the Monkees and Davy Jones was my very favorite...what a dreamboat to a young impressionable girl!!!
RIP, Davy Jones.

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1CRAZYDOG 2/29/2012 2:14PM

    OMG . . . I didn't know Davy Jones passed away. Time just keeps on marching on, doesn't it. Love hte Monkees.

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FLUTTERFLI 2/29/2012 1:55PM

    Ahhhhhhhhhhhhh............... I didn't know that !!! He will be missed !!!
Thanks for the info.

Love ya', Flutterfli emoticon

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OMAJANE 2/29/2012 1:53PM

  What! I grew up with listening to the Monkees. They were an underappreciated group.RIP Davyy.

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