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Clarifying To Myself Between a "Want" and a "Need"

Saturday, October 03, 2009

Like that Stones song, "you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometimes you get what you need." Well, I realized lately that I'm pretty clear as to what my basic needs are. But I grew up with a mindset that somehow placed desires/wants in the other category. When this came to food, I now realize that whatever I wanted suddenly became what I needed to have. Must have. On days when I feel things going sideways, I have to watch that I don't start mixing these two categories up. (Of course, we know that those great pair of shoes or purse are definitely NEEDS, right?)

  
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BIKERBABE2BE 10/4/2009 1:04PM

    Great thoughts...sometimes I do need that dark chocolate, though!

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PETALDEAR 10/3/2009 10:10PM

    Good blog.
SP has certainly helped me turn quite a few NEEDS into wants
ie daily fitness and healthy eating.
Ironic that my wants (when I was quite overweight) of fashionable clothes and material items do not seem that important any more. I am rationalising as I am on a restrictied budget for a while and can't afford more clothes (despite having thrown out heaps) but I am happily living without them for as long as necessary. emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/3/2009 8:21PM

    This is definetly hard work. Slowly but surely some of those I wants have gone away to be replaced by some of those I need items. Like fruits and raw veggies. Soda vs Water. I am proud to say the water has won out on that one.

Debbie

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PEDIPOD 10/3/2009 12:12PM

    I hope it is going to feel good to get what we need, because this sure is HARD work!!

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NOCALORIES 10/3/2009 10:25AM

    Thank you! You write a great blog. May you find your needs and not be disappointed with not having your wants. You are an appreciated sparkpeople.

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ARTHURTOM 10/3/2009 9:15AM

    I saw her today at the reception, a glass of wine in her hand. I knew she was gonna meet her connection, at her feet was a footloose man...

You can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you might find you get what you need.

I went down to the demonstration to get my fair share of abuse, singing word gonna vent our frustration, if we don't, we're gonna blow a fifty ampere fuse... sing it to me!

You can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need...

I went down to the Chelsea drug store, to get your prescription filled, I was standing in line with Mr. Jimmy, a man said he looked pretty ill, we decided that we would have a soda, my favorite flavor, cherry red. I sung my song to Mr. Jimmy, and he said one word to me and I was there, he said...

You can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find you get what you need...

I saw her today at the reception, in her glass was a bleeding man, she was practiced at the art of deception, well I could tell by her blood stained hands...

You can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, you can't always get what you want, but if you try sometime, you just might find, you just might find, you get what you need...

I was the footloose man. I was blowing that 50 ampere fuse. I was Mr. Jimmy. I was that bleeding man. What changed that was...I tried and I found, I got what I needed.

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RICH530 10/3/2009 7:18AM

    I like your train of thought!! Especially about the shoes and purses!!! Keep up the great work!!
emoticon Lee

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JULIETFOX 10/3/2009 5:09AM

    This makes sense to me! I have a major sweet tooth issue and it makes me think I need a treat but really I don't. Have been pretty good for the last few days so I'll remember your blog at my next temptation

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JF

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HICALGAL 10/3/2009 1:06AM

    well i never WANT a great pair of shoes or purse. i definitely NEED them....no ifs ands or buts about that!...lol

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When Does A REASON become An EXCUSE?

Friday, October 02, 2009

As I was doing my daily walk yesterday, I pondered many aspects over the last year since October 13 is the anniversary of this lifestyle change. Never been a lazy person, but I realized that while making changes in eating choices, I had good "reasons" when I slipped and fell off the program. Sure, it's been a very tough couple of years, but life happens and I've never been a person to hide from adversity. However, I remembered the month of August when my reasons suddenly became excuses. Crutches that helped me get a bit lazy in the way I thought and acted toward healthy eating. I think it's something I have to be aware of in the future - when a good reason becomes an excuse that leads to laziness. A reason - something valid that substantiates why or why not I do something. An excuse - a whine about why or why not I do something in order to escape from what will be in my best interest and quality of life. No more excuses!

  
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PEDIPOD 10/3/2009 12:16PM

    I agree that we all have to fight this divide between want and need and reason and excuses. Especially when we have to compensate for years of making the wrong choices. I know, every day a new day......

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HICALGAL 10/2/2009 7:38PM

    there's that thin line between the two. glad we're both wising up to that. emoticon

Comment edited on: 10/2/2009 7:41:03 PM

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ANMAIREE 10/2/2009 7:08PM

    Proud of you 4 recognizing the difference between the 2. y biggest reason that became and excuse was I was pregnant and since I gained so much it won't be easy to lose it. It's not my reason or my excuse anymore.


Stay mindful of your own advice and Keep Sparking emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/2/2009 2:26PM

    Thank you for sharing this with me. I have had this problem in the past. I will keep this in mind from now on.

Debbie

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BIKERBABE2BE 10/2/2009 2:15PM

    I was just having this discussion with someone else...we must be channeling each other. Thanks for putting it so succinctly. Have a wonderful weekend.

Kim

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DIAMOND102 10/2/2009 12:12PM

    Thank you for the insight, I have given myself "reasons" in the past that I now realize was "excuses" for not doing what I know I should do. Seemed pretty good at the time, but now I realize this is not how we do this. We have to stay the course and realize when we are making excuses for not doing what we know to do. Thanks again for opening my eyes and now I will stay focused and not use excuses for what I should be doing.

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ADRIEANNA2001 10/2/2009 11:40AM

    I've needed some clarity on this. Thank you!

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VIBAUSTIN 10/2/2009 11:34AM

    Thanks for the blog -- I will try an use this logic this weekend when I have to choose what I am eating at the restaurant.
Also, when my exercise buddy leaves town next week and I have to be at the gym (6:30 am) without her.
I CAN DO IT - NO EXCUSES!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/2/2009 11:10AM

    Interesting thought! I'll kept that in mind the next time I have a "reason" to eat sugar or not exercise!

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Does Anyone Out There Use Walking Poles? Need Advice.

Thursday, October 01, 2009

I've read that these are big in Europe, but I've not seen anyone use them here in my city. They supposedly burn 40% more calories than a regular walk! WOW! Would appreciate any advice on this. Thanks.

  
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ADDISADDICT 10/2/2009 9:14AM

    http://www.backpacking.net/walkstik
.html

I've been pondering poles as well.

This site has some good info about poles. There are pros/cons to each type of pole. I've seen the trekking pole used around here by walkers on the paved bike trails. We used to use tree branches growing up when we hiked through the Alleghenies. One guy on the backpacking site mentions using one-piece billiard cue sticks he found at a thrift store that performed quite well.

You can take the frugal route and make your own using wooden broom sticks, cane tips and nylon straps for the wrist. You can get cane tips at the pharmacy. Crutch tips might work depending on the diameter of your pole. I, myself, intend to go with a less expensive pole (broom sticks or branch) just to see if I like using them. If I do, I can always upgrade later on.

Please let us know what you find out! Hope your day is great. :D

Becky

PS: The kitty sitting on the left in your background photo looks like he/she is up to something! ;-) They're beautiful!

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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 10/2/2009 9:08AM

    I use telescoping hiking poles when I hike. I have used them OTR when I was walking with a backpack because they help balance you out.

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SURENDERISNOTME 10/2/2009 1:00AM

    I have never heard of walking poles. i have seen an have used walking staffs. They are long pieces of wood. I bought one a a medieval fair. It is nicely carved smoothed. I have used them when I have gone hiking in the woods and walking over rough terrain. It has been a long time since I have used mine.

Debbie

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Shocked By Day 2 and 3 with My New (and first) Pedometer

Thursday, October 01, 2009

I finally opened the pedometer I bought a couple of months ago. The first day I used it, I could not believe my eyes at the number of steps and the miles completed in my normal day's walk.
In fact, I had to research to make sure it wasn't broken already! (smiling) I learned from a few sources on the internet that one mile equals about 2,000 steps. Well, yesterday, I went my second most-travelled route and nearly fell over when I saw that it was 6708 steps! Who would've guessed! Today, I walked and came home with 13,687 steps completed. It is true what the articles say, that pedometers motivate you to walk more. My October goal is to lose 5 lbs. and I think I will if I walk my patoot off. Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

  
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HICALGAL 10/2/2009 12:05AM

    i'm all for walking your patooties off! emoticon emoticon

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DDHEART 10/1/2009 1:22PM

    emoticon It's fun to see that you are really making some progress and if you keep logging in the miles, you are sure to work your little patootie off....you go girl! Unfortunately, sometimes I have some days when for whatever reason, I don't get my steps in and that really motivates me too to get at it and make the next day more productive. Glad you finally put it to work!

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ARTHURTOM 10/1/2009 7:30AM

    I just recently started clipping my pedometer on at the gym. Cardio days I'm knocking down nearly 20k steps and on weight training days with the 4 mile jog I'm popping around 13k steps.

It will show you that yes indeed you are active and sooner or later that patoot will be getting smaller! emoticon

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RICH530 10/1/2009 6:57AM

    Aren't pedometers fun!!! They can really motivate you to take just a few more steps!!! I'm glad to hear you are enjoying yours. Hopefully your total will just keep growing!!

emoticon Lee

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GRAYGRANNY 10/1/2009 6:43AM

    So glad you love your new toy.......Ilove mine also.....that is after I found one that I did not have to "bob" my head up and down like a Jack-in-the-box.........lol.althoug
h I am laid up for awhile do to surgery, I look forward to using it again soon.......HAPPY WALKING!!!!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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The First Three Bites...(no, not about vampires)

Wednesday, September 30, 2009

I recently read a short blurb somewhere that the first three bites are said to be the ones that bring the most satisfaction when eating something yummy. That made me think about noticing how that can work in my favor. Then I realized that I rarely eat anything yummy anymore since I lost my craving for sweets. I'll have to experiment with something else I like. It would be nice to eat something small that only takes three bites and just savor each one instead of having something huge and just shoveling it down. Just random thoughts. (smiling) Have a fun day, sparkfriends.

  
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THECOZE 9/30/2009 4:50PM

    i have found that my family, expecially my children, are the greatest barrier to me eating sweets. Since they are the ones that eat the sweets, they won't let me filch off their plates anymore. i will have to try the 3 bite thing though.

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KIZIDOG 9/30/2009 4:01PM

    I have found that really works. I savor every bite of something that I shouldn't have and I usually end up stopping at 3-5. It works for me anyway. STar emoticon

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PAM19681 9/30/2009 8:43AM

    Thanks for sharing a great idea. I have tried to sample only one bite but that just makes me want more. I will be trying this for sure

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JULIETFOX 9/30/2009 4:40AM

    mmmmm I like your thinking. I am looking for the power to stop myself from that shovelling action!

Will try out your theory and see if I have the strength

Thanks
JF

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