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My Self-Prescribed Plan Out of this 2-year Long Abyss

Monday, August 24, 2009

It's been a very bumpy road this past couple of years with mega-losses, deaths, and non-stop other personal challenges. As a result, I found myself in what has felt like emotional quicksand and nothing I tried (degrees in psychology and lots of metaphysical tools) has been working. So, to say that I've been stuck is an understatement. It has affected every area of my life and things seem to have come to a total standstill. However, I've begun a new plan of action that I feel is starting to help immediately. With great success in the past, I've returned for acupuncture treatment on Friday and will go as regularly as I can. Additionally, I am taking myself on short trips to clear my head and plan my future changes. Today will spend the day in beautiful Laguna Beach and on Friday I'll be be leaving for a 3-day road trip to the Grand Canyon for my first-time visit. I'll be doing various new, healthy things to help myself out of this difficult time. Of course, the foundation for it all is to continue healthy eating. What a wonderful gift I've given myself since starting this new lifestyle change in October 08. Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

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JLITT62 8/24/2009 11:00AM

    Laguna Beach is definitely beautiful! I've only been to the Grand Canyon myself for a couple of hours. I definitely think it's important to take breaks -- hope yours are great.

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FLMOMX2 8/24/2009 9:49AM

    Good to see that you have a plan. Enjoy your trip!!

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HICALGAL 8/24/2009 4:28AM

    your new plan of action sounds like the best thing you could do for yourself at this time. emoticon emoticon

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DAIZYSTARLITE 8/24/2009 1:07AM

    Sorry for all the pain you have had to go through, but it sounds like you on the way to recovery. Good luck...

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NEWBONNY 8/24/2009 12:46AM

    The Grand Canyon is a wonderful place to refocus. It's so beautiful an dmakes you wonder how people can doubt there's a God. I hope you have a great trip and find what you are looking for.


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GOING-STRONG 8/24/2009 12:43AM

    Read your blog and like your action plan! I'm sorry you have had difficulties but sounds like you have your strategy to take back control! All the best to you. Hugs, Rhonda

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Miscellaneous Thoughts On My 7th Month Sparkanniversary

Sunday, August 23, 2009

One of the biggest lessons I learned this 7th month (total journey of 10 months - started October 08), occurred when I crashed and burned for the first time since last October. Wow, was that weekend ever a learning experience. What I learned was that even when I think I'm pigging out, it is not even CLOSE to what my normal day used to be. And that I can brush myself off and get right back on track and then lose a couple of pounds to boot!

A couple of days ago, I was going to get weighed on a medical scale, but that never happened during my appt. So I'm stuck with these two home scales and hoping for the best possible accuracy.

Today, by my calculations and anticipated best efforts, will be the first day with absolutely no coffee/caffeine. In previous blogs, I've mentioned my intent to wean myself instead of cold turkey (which I've done in the past and get a migraine-like headache for days). We'll see how this progresses. A lot of the battle, as with breaking old eating habits, is psychological. Making the decision and sticking to it with practice.

During this 7th month, I've had the ongoing sense of gratitude in having great sparkfriends that have been there through thick and thin. This has been unbelievably helpful. Some don't realize that even the most simple sentence can provide a thought that spurs an entirely new way of thinking about something. It's truly a wonderful gift to have such great people on here.

I've also gotten to the point that I realized that my unmanaged, ongoing stress level has been impeding my progress. I have dying people and this process is breaking my heart big time. So, I've begun a plan of action to do some grief work.

Last, but not least, I have made the step toward better health by going back to much-trusted and competent friends at my local acupuncture place. They have been amazing for me in the past, and after my first session yesterday, I can feel that this will go a long way in helping me through handling some of my major challenges.

Have a fun day, sparkfriends. Thanks for all your kind, caring, wise responses throughout these past 7 months.

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AMYMLE 8/24/2009 1:39PM

    Jesse, I'm proud of you for tackling the hard emotional work that you've realized you need to do to take care of yourself. I hope you find the comfort and peace you're looking for.

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DDHEART 8/23/2009 11:48AM

    "What I learned was that even when I think I'm pigging out, it is not even CLOSE to what my normal day used to be. And that I can brush myself off and get right back on track and then lose a couple of pounds to boot!"

I love this line.....both because it's a demonstration of how far you have come (and I think most of us could apply that to ourselves too) and also because it is so filled with the positive thought of what you can negative thinking there.

Dealing with grief and loss, that which has already happened and that which is anticipated, is a very hard thing to do. I wish you well in this.

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Almost Done with Coffee/Caffeine

Saturday, August 22, 2009

I've begun gradually eliminating coffee (it's the only caffeine I consume) from my day. Even though I don't drink that much (about half a small mug), it makes me feel yucky. The withdrawal headache is minimal and by the end of the weekend, I think I'll be totally off of it. Hooray, hooray!

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SKYEFYR 8/22/2009 10:34AM

  So many people think they can't give up coffee, but once you get it out of your system, you will be amazed how quickly your body will learn that it just needs itself to start your day, not caffeine.

So good for you doing something good for you!

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ARTHURTOM 8/22/2009 9:34AM

    As I sit here and drink my morning coffee, I just believe that there are some things you just don't have to live without. emoticon

I usually have 3-4 cups per day. I tried going without it for a while several years ago and I came to the realization that if I like it and it really isn't that bad for me, I'm going to eat/drink it!

I drink my coffee black. For the longest time I would drink it with 2 teaspoons of sugar and an ounce (more or less) of half and half. During the early stages of changing my nutrition last year, I stopped using sugar in the coffee in late February of 2008, only putting the ounce or so of half and half in it. About a month later, I opted not to put the half and half in it and I haven't looked back.

Funny story, about a month ago I was in the taxi between calls, so I rolled into the Dunkin Donuts all night drive thru and ordered an extra large coffee. I assumed that ordering coffee means that it defaults to black when served. I drove down the road about 2 miles toward my next fare and took a giant sip out of it and nearly gagged! emoticon

They must have put a half pound of sugar and cream in it and I didn't even drink anymore of it, I just dumped it and pulled in a gas station and poured it myself. Now, if I go to that dunkin store, I make sure that I add the disclaimer when I order it..."extra large BLACK coffee" please! emoticon

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JOHNAUGMARK 8/22/2009 2:40AM

  Good to note that you got rid of coffee. There is no harm in taking tea twice a day. You can still keep fit if you keep in mind the total sugar consumption for a day should not exceed 3 teaspoons.


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Today's the Day I Find Out Just How "Off" My Scales Have Really Been

Friday, August 21, 2009

Okay, I've had this ongoing saga with my wretched scales. (smiling) Both are good ones and supposed to be accurate. Yes, I've learned not to put all of my excitement on the measurement of pounds lost, but I really need to know how on-target (or off) they've been. This morning, I'll weigh myself at home and then am going to an appt. where they have a medical-type scale that will be the point of comparison. Hoping that it's not way off or, if it is, that I don't let it ruin my day. Wishing all of you a fun day with some good belly laughs thrown in.

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SKYEFYR 8/22/2009 10:36AM

  You didn't tell us how this went. Hope it went well!

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FLMOMX2 8/21/2009 1:20PM

    I've had an occurrence where even the doctor's scales didn't match each others on the same day. Go figure.

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    I have a set of scales I hate! I wish I new if they were accurate. I know it drives me crazy not knowing. ! am going to buy better ones. wish I owned a medical scale!

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HICALGAL 8/21/2009 2:03AM

    hope it's about the same....i usually weigh myself in the clothes i plan on wearing to the doc's and i always take off my shoes before i step on the scale...hey every ounce counts. thank goodness, mine is the same as the doc's...even my SIL trust my scale over hers. keep us posted... emoticon

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Need Advice On Good Place to Stay in Williams, AZ for Grand Canyon Trip

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Okay, so I've decided that a short trip will do me good in reducing my stress level and have never been to the Grand Canyon. Am researching a moderately- priced place in Williams, but not sure. Anyone have first-hand experience to offer? The place I have in mind has a pool as I want to keep my activity level going.

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DOINFINE 8/22/2009 10:50AM

    I'm sorry I don't have any advice for you except be sure to take lots of film because it truly is one of the seven wonders of the world. Go early in the morning or towards sunset as that's when the colors of the rock really stand out. Have a blast and enjoy that pool at the motel!

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RICH530 8/20/2009 7:34AM

    Sorry I have never been!!

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