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Last Night I Dreamt I Drank Coffee

Thursday, March 22, 2012

Today is day 49 of no caffeine, and it's amazing how deep into the subconscious old habits go. Just a brief history.

I didn't start drinking coffee until adulthood. Never drank a lot. But always very caffeine sensitive, I knew that it wasn't doing me any good. At the time I gave it up this last time, I was drinking a small mug a day, sometimes half that amt.

Never really liked the taste, except when I started to meander into flavored coffees (more chemicals added), with added flavored creamers (more calories).

Yesterday, I read a blog response that one of my sparkfriends sent to another. She mentioned how much she loves her coffee and a certain brand that's delish. I remember being struck by the distinct taste of that brand when I was a coffee drinker, and even went to their website to see how much it was. I rationalized (as I have before after a streak of having eliminated it from my life before) that a little bit won't hurt. I also had to counter the childish feeling that everyone else in the world is enjoying it, why can't I?

Well, I didn't order any of it, but then dreamt that I drank a cup of coffee last night. As I drank it, I remember saying "A little bit won't hurt." But even in my dream state, another corner of my mind countered by reason - "You know that's always how trouble starts."

Oh my, it's amazing how old habits die hard. And how deep they go into our psyches. After seeing the price of that terrific brand, I know that I'm saving a ton by staying off the stuff.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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NANCY- 3/24/2012 10:49AM

    Wow you have trained your brain well. Now even you dreams keep you caffeine free.
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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/22/2012 7:24PM

    People that quit drinking alcohol have similar experiences and even have "drinking dreams" many many years later. It usually is a good thing to have such dreams. You are right on course!

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EJHEINRICH1 3/22/2012 4:28PM

    Good for you!


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NATPLUMMER 3/22/2012 12:37PM

    Crisis averted!! Awesome!

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Some Things I Don't Understand About Local Dog Owners

Wednesday, March 21, 2012

There are a few things that have recently come to mind in dealing with local dog owners, and I just wanted to vent. I just don't get it. I've noticed these behaviors for awhile now, but the first one is what has been most prevalent lately.

-Several cars have passed me by while I'm walking with drivers having their dogs on their laps. Any clue that this is potentially dangerous for the driver, the dog, and others?

-How about those tiny dogs that owners proudly walk, forgetting that the dog's legs are itsy bitsy. Not only can the dog not keep up w/o a lot of effort, but they also tire and pant sadly behind their human friend.

-Oh, those leashes! There are a lot of new puppy owners around and they pull their puppies to the point of practically choking them. I sometimes meanly fantacize about giving the humans a taste of their own medicine. Especially the other day, this lady pulled her little dog into the air like a marionette and it was downright cruel.

-How about when people leave their homes for work during the day and leave their dog in hot garages to cry and howl all day?

-What about letting dogs leave their landmines all over the sidewalk for others to slip and slide on?

-And last, but not least, the hot pavements. Doesn't it occur to these dog owners that the pavement is red hot on those tender little paws? Last summer, there was a long trail of bloody paw prints that someone was oblivious about while walking their furry friend.

Somehow, I have a feeling that several new puppies will be up for adoption at the Humane Society as soon as people realize they are not toys and require care and attention.

Not sure why I felt a need to blog these points, but I've observed them for some time and just had to release the thoughts somewhere.

Wishing all a good day.

  
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NANCY- 3/22/2012 9:40AM

    Mean people rot.
At Halloween we put up a fake gravestone that said:
" here lies your dog that pooped in our yard"
After that I saw the guy with a baggie, there was no more poop on our yard. Not that I would harm the dog... but it was an effective way to tell the owner that I didn't like cleaning up after his dog.

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KANOE10 3/22/2012 7:38AM

    Good points. I always hate to see dogs chained on my walks.

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NATPLUMMER 3/21/2012 7:23PM

    I agree!!

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CATLADY52 3/21/2012 7:05PM

    You needed to blog because you don't like to see people being stupid or non caring. I feel the same way you do. People who don't care what happens to their animals really are insensitive to what their pets feel. There is no hope for them. emoticon

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JLITT62 3/21/2012 5:47PM

    There are so many irresponsible dog owners. It's really sad.

Now, little dogs can definitely go for long walks - we do - but they have to be conditioned to it.

My dogs ride in the back, but they're not loose & they don't get to stick their heads out the window, either. I'm also very fastidious about picking up after them - but they do pee on other people's lawns (as well as on our own, of course) - they both love to mark.

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SCOOTERMAMA56 3/21/2012 5:19PM

    I have two dogs, and when I walk them, I don't let them pee in other people's yards. And it's one of my pet peeves with other dog owners... don't release your retractable leash 10 feet into my yard for your dog to pee! What's wrong with directing your dog to the margin between the sidewalk & street? If a person doesn't have that much control over their animal, they shouldn't be walking it out on public streets. As for pulling on leashes, sounds like some humans need training! Depending on the collar, sometimes you jerk the leash, but NOT like that. It's a quick 'bite' & release intended to mimic the feel of a pack leader's teeth... watch dogs with their young firmly but gently correcting them with teeth/pressure on the neck. It's firm but quick, and done correctly, entirely humane, as it totally 'speaks' to the dog in dog language. The sidewalks rarely get that hot where I live, but they get COLD. Boots are very common on dogs up here. I would think that boots would also work for protecting the feet from a hot sidewalk...

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TUMBLEANDTWIRL 3/21/2012 4:32PM

    That's awful!! I have a small dog myself and can't imagine doing any of those things. One caveat - sometimes it appears as though we're treating our dog as a marionette because she leaps into the air when she sees a cat, duck, etc. BUT she wears a special harness because of this that doesn't put stress on her neck, and we're trying to train her to be calmer. But she's like our baby - can't imagine anyone treating their dog as anything less :(

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/21/2012 3:47PM

    No kidding.....great points....particularly the one about driving with a dog in one's lap. If someone did that with a baby, they would be arrested.

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TRYINGTOLOSE64 3/21/2012 12:08PM

    What gets me is rich owners leaving their dogs outside while at work on chains or invisible fences. I've chased 1 dog twice in the last week and a half due to the dog breaking out of an invisible fence. ARGH!!

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Happy Springtime!

Tuesday, March 20, 2012

I can't believe that this is the first day of Spring already. This year is rolling along soooo fast. Wishing all a beautiful Spring season.

  
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May you have a wonderful Spring!

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BUTEAFULL 3/20/2012 12:10PM

    really cold here, frost on my tropical plants emoticon

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JLITT62 3/20/2012 11:12AM

    It's nice to have the first day of spring actually feel springlike for a change!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/20/2012 10:58AM

    Happy Spring to you too!!

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BOBBIENORTHERN1 3/20/2012 10:52AM

  we have been having hot temps for the last two weeks in chicago, we skipped spring completely

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SHERYLDS 3/20/2012 10:12AM

    More Fresh Air and Sunshine
and a lot less excuses....
enjoy enjoy enjoy

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5 Sansone Miles Are Very Different Than Mine

Monday, March 19, 2012

This morning it was a bit rainy in San Diego. I dragged out my five miles Leslie Sansone DVD and proceeded to walk with her.

Have to tell ya, she walks a lot differently than I do when I'm outside! She whipped my butt with her moves. When the rain stopped, I went for an outdoor walk as well. Honestly, I have to step it up out there to get the same type of workout. I realize that my body is comfortable with my current pace and mileage. That'll be one of the next goals to shoot for; meanwhile, I'll start tomorrow picking up the pace.

Wishing all a good week.

  
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ROOSTER72 3/21/2012 2:06AM

    I used to do a run for 20 paces, walk for 10 paces. If you are not up for running, you could try walking as fast as you can for 20, normal pace for 10.
It stopped my mind wandering, and the pace becoming too easy.

Something to strive for!

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KANOE10 3/20/2012 7:43AM

    Great job on walking 5 miles. I love San Diego and envy your sun.
I also have to kick up my exercise a notch!

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NANCY- 3/20/2012 7:34AM

    What??? Rain in sunny SO. Cali???

Leslie does keep you going. Sounds like you enjoyed it. It's good you had a backup plan.
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Okay I Think I Found A Way to Reach This Goal

Sunday, March 18, 2012

Night eating has been a lifelong behavior and it's my March/April goal to eliminate it.
However, it's like when I gave up coffee, I still needed to sometimes feel the hot steamy mug full of something. So I made myself herbal tea or lemon with honey in hot water to give my psyche the visceral things it needed.

Same with night eating. I've decided that, instead of telling myself that I am giving up night eating, I am permitting myself to eat a small veggie or fruit, if needed, to satisfy myself. I think that night eating was developed as a kind of comfort before bedtime. Comfort from life stresses, etc. Therefore, it's as though I'm still giving myself permission to go through the motions, but with healthier food and very tiny amount. I'm going to count this as "no night eating" because, compared to what I was ingesting, this is a HUGE victory. Hooray for me!

Wishing all a good day.

  
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TUMBLEANDTWIRL 3/19/2012 11:46AM

    Way to go!! That's a fantastic goal!

I'm not an expert, but I read an article on SP that said it's a myth that eating before sleep is bad for you - that it affects your body the same as eating at any other time of day. And my dietician actually recommends eating a small snack before bed (for me it's a cup of milk). Disclaimer - I'm on a diabetic diet, so my snack is to avoid a drop in blood sugar overnight, but my dietician says that the diet she recommends is healthy for anyone. So I say go for the small, healthy snack!

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JULESRULES78 3/19/2012 10:46AM

    Way to go!

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NANCY- 3/19/2012 10:33AM

    Finding what works for you is key.
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KANOE10 3/19/2012 7:43AM

    This is a very good step! Finding substitutes is the way to go. Drinking herbal tea instead of coffee and now a healthy night snack. You are right..that is not night eating..but a snack in your day.

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I am currently on trying to stop having a glass of wine before dinner..so I drink herbal tea.

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YESCURLYCAN 3/19/2012 2:57AM

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KPETSCHE 3/19/2012 1:08AM

    Very good points. Sounds like a good plan to reprogram yourself to make it a healthy snack.
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LILYBELLE8 3/18/2012 9:18PM

    YES!! Hooray for you - I think there are all kinds of ways that we can work with ourselves and still be kind to our inner-self. Good thinking!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 3/18/2012 9:14PM

    Excellent decision!!

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CATLADY52 3/18/2012 8:08PM

    emoticon Just don't let it get away from you.

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SHERYLDS 3/18/2012 2:31PM

    i think that's a great idea.
everything I've been reading suggests that small meals spread out keeps the metabolism going and prevents major binge cycles.


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NATPLUMMER 3/18/2012 10:42AM

    Excellent plan!!

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