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Beating those Strong Food Associations

Saturday, July 18, 2009

This morning, I had to get something fast, and went back to the grocery store I'd shopped at before starting my new eating lifestyle. As I entered the store, I could feel the automatic pull to all of the items I used to buy out of habit, and also out of ignorance. However, it was just a mental pull, I didn't allow my body to follow my thoughts. I got the one item I'd come for, and then smiled at the register as I remembered what I used to pick up to end my shopping - a bear claw. Oh, those days are gone for good, and although my progress is now very slow, I feel sooooo much better than I did 9 months ago when I started eating healthier. Hooray, hooray for me and for all of us who are making those small but important changes.

  
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RICH530 7/19/2009 9:46AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great job making good decisions!!! You are doing a fantastic job!!! Keep it up!!
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CAROL_ 7/19/2009 2:43AM

    Glad you didn't gain!

The old grocery store, old clothes, old photos, sometimes even "old eating friends" from "the life before" really makes a difference; provides a boost to know how much we have changed since those days, from the inside out; our attitudes and thinking have been Spark-washed.

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HICALGAL 7/18/2009 10:53PM

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JMO070163 7/18/2009 3:03PM

    you have good will power I'm can't give up little debbie cakes. ever time I go get grocery 's I get those cakes. emoticon

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HOW DO SPARKFRIENDS AFFECT MY LIFE? LET ME COUNT THE WAYS...

Friday, July 17, 2009

I've blogged about this so many times, but never get tired of marveling and giving credit to those who've been with me at different times throughout my last 6 sparkmonths. Honestly, I'll cover a few of the ways, but will undoubtedly forget others. I've had a very sad past month, on top of losing 6 people over the past two years. (and other things that are daily bumps in the road) The number of friends who've been kind, gentle and consoling really is amazing and has helped boost me. Additionally, friends have shared their own stories of success and failures (not failure, just learning experiences) and I have learned a lot. And have been comforted that we are all in this human dilemma together. Friends have sometimes been stern and reminded me to do things that were slipping. (tough love - smiling) They have also shown me how they dealt with a particular problem. They've sometimes been sad, funny, insightful, wise, and just plain human - which is the most lovable of all. We are doing the best we can, and remind each other to just keep on keeping on, no matter what. Once again, thanks to all of you.

  
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KAYLSLYNN 7/17/2009 10:38PM

    VERY WELL SAID. GOD BLESS YOU AND YOURS KAY emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Eating Right is Making Me Feel Stronger & Healthier During Crisis

Thursday, July 16, 2009

As I wrote that I am feeling stronger and healhier, I wondered how that could be. I mean, nothing has changed in the sense that I am still very grief-stricken over the health crisis of my cousin/friend who is like a sister to me. But I realized that eating right and continuing to exercise has made all the difference in the world in my ability to cope. No sugar to bring me lower after the initial false high. And exercise is my best therapy. The better I take care of myself, the better equipped I am to handle life's bumps in the road.

  
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ARTHURTOM 7/16/2009 6:45AM

    As you are aware of my situation, some of the greatest therapy that I've had is the interaction with others while I have been at the gym. As we know, exercise releases beta endorphins which give us an overall good feeling. Maintaining the proper nutrition will only serve to keep us on an even keel and strong enough physically to hold up the mental during the really tough times.

All the best to you Jesse

Tim

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Nice Surprise After a Week of Awful Happenings

Wednesday, July 15, 2009

I got on the scale after a week of hellish happenings. Not that I got WAY off track, but I did deviate in my eating. Got on the scale and to my surprise, I haven't gained at all. I'm relieved. Reading more and more about how stress blocks progress in losing weight, I see that has been a major cause in getting rid of these last 20 lbs. I was on Nutrisystem for 2.5 months in '08 and it worked well. I'm thinking of doing it for a couple of months again to get moving downward. Can't seem to do it on my own.

  
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RICH530 7/15/2009 2:32PM

    What a nice surprise, not gaining anything!!! Getting back on track is difficult but you can do it!! Good luck!!
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NOCALORIES 7/15/2009 10:18AM

    What a great blog. I am so happy for you. Not gaining is a beautiful accomplishment. Keep writing and sharing. Your sparkfriends are very sorry for this challenge you are living through. You are loved.

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The Upside of Grief-Complete Loss of Appetite

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

I feel that eating right has really helped me deal with this tough time with end of life issues of my best friend. Even though I felt that I gave myself a day off the wagon last Saturday, it was nothing like the "old days." I had to force myself to eat today, and this may be the only good thing about grief. No appetite at all.

  
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CAROL_ 7/15/2009 5:03AM

    So sorry to hear about your situation . . . grief is one of those things that never gets easier.

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S_HANSEN 7/14/2009 1:09PM

    I am sorry you are going through this with your best friend. My thoughts and prayers are with you. I would like to suggest that you eat even if you don't want to. It keeps your energy up and you can handle things better. Continue to eat healthy. Hang in there... emoticonSondra

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ARTHURTOM 7/14/2009 2:19AM

    Loss of appetite can happen...although I've never thought of it as the upside. Our bodies do require a certain measure of nutrition as you know...try not to let it linger for any great length of time.

I know I had some personal issues this past Sunday that had me miss my dinner and I didn't even miss it. In retrospect, I thought that was odd because usually when it's dinner time, I'm rip roaring hungry. Just the heavy reality of the situation that presented to me when I returned from work on Sunday had me thinking of anything but food at the time.

As your activity feed says...you'll be back in the center ring before you know it...and my best thoughts are with you.

Tim

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MARTYLP 7/14/2009 1:03AM

    You should read this amazing story at http://www.healingcancernaturally.c
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I hope it helps.... God bless.

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MARTYLP 7/14/2009 12:49AM

    “Grief drives men into habits of serious reflection, sharpens the understanding, and softens the heart” - John Adams

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