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Goodbye Daylight Savings, Hello Sunlight Lamps

Sunday, November 01, 2009

I decided to create my own indoor extended daylight this year. When darkness falls early, I feel like it's time for bed and have to push myself to make the evening hours meaningful. Really don't want to go through the winter like that. Started researching sunlamps and, to my surprise, they are actually very affordable. I found great deals on both Amazon and Ebay. For now, got two sunlight lamps and have started turning them on before the time change to see how I liked them. They are definitely a soothing influence on the indoor environment. I'll use the dark nights to get into my exercise dvd's so I don't become a hibernating bear. (smiling) Happy November to all!

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/3/2009 7:01PM


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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:45PM

  Thank you for the reminder! Last year I was lucky enough to work in front of a great big window and get morning sun. For the last three years I haven't had a problem with SAAD (or however you spell it). I need to think about a light right now, before it starts.

Do you really like yours? Would you recommend them?

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/1/2009 7:57PM

  Hooray Jesse! emoticonlamps sound awesome and talk about emoticon health benefits. For years Daylight Savings meant twice a year I get jet lag and have not gone anywhere. This year for the first time ever, I don't even feel it. Wow...another win thanks to SP's healthy lifestyle.
Ciao for now (((Hugs))) of Aloha ~ Maya

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MSLZZY 11/1/2009 4:06PM

    I'm checking them out today!

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Life is a Theater, ­ Invite Your Audience Carefully

Saturday, October 31, 2009

I found this on the website of a San Diego radio deejay - Delilah - and wanted to share it. Thanks, Delilah!

“Life is a Theater, ­ Invite Your Audience Carefully”

Not everyone is spiritually healthy and mature enough to have a front row seat in our lives. There are some people in your life who need to be loved from a distance.

It's amazing what you can accomplish when you let go, or at least minimize your time with draining, negative, incompatible, not-going-anywhere relationships, friendships, fellowships.

Observe the relationships around you.
Pay attention to:

Which ones lift and which ones lean?
Which ones encourage and which ones discourage?
Which ones are on a path of growth uphill and which ones are going downhill?
When you leave certain people, do you feel better or feel worse?
Which ones always have drama or don't really understand, know and appreciate you and the gift that lies within you?

When you seek growth, peace of mind, love and truth, the easier it will become for you to decide who gets to sit in the front row and who should be moved to the balcony of your life.

You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you are around.

Ask God for godly wisdom and discernment, and choose wisely the people who sit in the front row of your life.

- Author Unknown

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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:43PM

  Lots of really good information and advice in there.

Thanks for sharing!

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YATMAMA 11/1/2009 9:40PM

    That was awesome and SO true. The healthier I become, the less tolerance I have for those who sap the life out of me, leech my strength and faith, drain my mind. Healthy people attract healthy people. Users attract users. Thank you for sharing this.


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RICH530 11/1/2009 9:58AM

    Thanks! That was great!!
Hugs, Lee

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    The older I get, the more this becomes vital to my existence. I used to collect, I select them. Who we are is influenced by so many things...the experiences we choose to participate in, how we respond to the things we can't control, AND the people we choose to surround ourselves with. Thanks for posting this...its been proven in my life and I couldn't agree more.

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VALERIENEAL 11/1/2009 9:11AM

    This is so true, there are some people who will just literally suck you dry when you are trying to help them, and then there are those who will take advantage of you.

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JUSTFOXXY 11/1/2009 9:01AM

    Great reminder that we hold the power to our destinies. We can be proactive and not reactive.

Great blog.

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WALNUT5612 11/1/2009 8:56AM

    I like that!

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LASHARINK 10/31/2009 9:47PM

    This is definitely right on the money. Thank you for sharing.

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/31/2009 4:46PM

  Yes I have learned the hard way that it is important to not fill the first row with folks holding tomatoes and trash. They can view via television where they can glean positive energy from me and I am not aware of their trash talking.

What a wonderful analogy. Love the whole idea because for the first time ever, I understand where to seat folks when they come to visit my world. This is the most fantastic helpful information for me in many years!

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1NICUBABE 10/31/2009 12:45PM

    Thanks for the great blog. Very true and inspiring.

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BOO-SHAY 10/31/2009 12:33PM

    Loved reading the article, I've not read this before and it is so true. Thanks

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MSLZZY 10/31/2009 7:43AM

    I've read this before but it still gets me thinking! Thank you!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/31/2009 6:55AM

    Thanks for the great post! It's a good reminder for me.

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JLITT62 10/31/2009 5:12AM

    "You cannot change the people around you, but you can change the people you are around."

Thanks for sharing this -- what a great line!

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RENA1965 10/31/2009 12:44AM

    Super Blog, many people use alot of energy on these going nowhere people.. My family drained me in general, so love them from a distance- another country.. Each of us in our respective countries I ain't cursing them or keep bad feelings anymore. I can even wish my own mother good health and luck.
Sometimes we have to cut the cord to survive..

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Why Do I Feel Heavier Now At 30 lbs Less, Than A Year Ago?

Friday, October 30, 2009

Last year I weighed 30 lbs more than today. Yet, I feel bigger and heavier now than I did then... how can that be? Maybe I'm more sensitive to the extra meat on my bones and aware of how much I want to be rid of it. In fact, some days (like today), I feel twice as big as I actually am. Like a Macy's Day balloon float in the Thanksgiving parade. Honestly, I can't "weight" to get the rest of this yucky stuff off of me. Tired of feeling tied down when I want to fly. (in a manner of speaking- I don't really have wings.) p.s. Thanks to all for your encouragement during my caffeine detox. Going into day 5 and starting to feel like a new person. No kidding!

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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:38PM

  Could you be bloated? Have you backslid a little and your clothes are a little tight? I know when I have a lot of salt I feel like the goodyear blimp the next day. You'd think I'd avoid that, but there are times you just have to have the salty stuff!

I think sometimes we also get stressed when the scale doesn't move and we start seeing ourselves as big people even though we're not. I actually have a "skinny" picture of myself that I make sure I look at on days when I feel that way.

Remember to be kind to yourself!

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DDOORN 11/1/2009 8:57AM

    Takes a while for our body image to catch up with reality. In the meantime, I can SO relate to that "wanting to fly" feeling...I crave any activity that brings me a step closer to that feeling...whooshing along on my bike, swimming in the open waters of a lake, buzzing along on a trail in the great outdoors...LOVE the feeling of freedom when I'm doing these things and for a bit I can really revel in the weight loss I've accomplished!

Hope you can find similar types of activities for yourself! :-)


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MSLZZY 10/30/2009 5:59PM

    It is a mind game so try to get past the thoughts. Think positive! Thirty pounds is quite a bit and since you have quit the caffeine, your mind latched onto something else. Do not be deterred!
You CAN do this! You are unique! You are special! You are worth the effort!

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FAMILYTRADITION 10/30/2009 11:29AM

    I'm sorry you are having such a hard time. I do agree with are in withdrawals...just like smokers quitting cigarettes (like me)....your body and emotions are going through a lot of changes. Keep riding the wave, keep working toward your goal. Be aware of your feelings, work through the negative onces, the irrational ones, move to the next thing. I have a feeling you look fabulous and you will see that soon :)

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RICH530 10/30/2009 6:39AM

    Congratulations on 5 days caffeine free!!! A great accomplishment! I think we all have a preconcieved conception of what we see in the mirror and sometimes, even when the changes are big, we don't the change. Our mind sees and feels the same person we were. We need to convince ourselves that there is a change!! Just keeping telling yourself what a great job you are doing and it will come!!! A positive attitude helps in many ways!!! Keep up the good work!!!
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JLITT62 10/30/2009 5:01AM

    I, too, am almost 30 lbs lighter. Most days I really see it & feel it -- but some days I still feel really fat. I guess we will always have days like that.

Getting rid of 30 lbs is a huge accomplishment tho! We have to celebrate it, no matter how much more we have to go. Now, instead of lugging my cats around with me everywhere I go, it's just Chester. Gotta get rid of that puppy, so to speak.

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DESERTDREAMERS 10/30/2009 3:24AM

    Over a 3 year period, I have lost more than 100 pounds - and I still "see" myself as larger than I am. I bought some new pants on line using my taped measurements. When they came, they were large (not XL, XXL, or XXXL). I freaked a few minutes, took them out, and they fit. Can't believe it. I can feel my ribs (OK, I have to push a little, but still ...)

Congrats on your weight loss!

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/30/2009 1:31AM

  I know that you as a writer know the power of the pen and both the written/spoken word.
Let us substitute the terms bigger and heavier with fluffier. Because fluffy shows more volume like your beautiful cats' furs - although you have seen them when wet; not so fluffy.

I believe this awareness is because you are in tune with your body. Once I got off the caffeinated sodas with the false buzzes and mega crashes, boy did I notice all kinds of new feelings from my body. That was when I truly felt the need to get fit.

So here I am today moving the fluffy "A" in Fat to the svelte "I" in Fit.

Your body is just happy to be communicating with you once more.

Peace, hugs, and light ~ Maya

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Day 4-Finally Feeling Better-Starting Psychological Cravings Though

Thursday, October 29, 2009

My 4th day of no caffeine and I am finally feeling better. Yes, as one sparkfriend commented, this has been unreal considering the small amount of coffee I was drinking daily. However, since I made it very strong, and am sensitive to the stuff, I think it's a cumulative buildup in my body that I'm dealing with.

Of course, this morning the thoughts started about how everyone else can have it, but I can't. (feeling deprived) How cold it is and wouldn't it be nice, etc. All of those potentially-sabotaging thoughts. I have herbal tea on-hand to make, and will stick to my guns.

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SKYEFYR 11/3/2009 6:35PM

  Herbal teas are wonderful, and if you look around, you can find some of the most fabulous flavors! I probably have over 20 flavors, and not only do they warm you up, but they can be fabulous treats when you need something yummy. There are peach, ginger, blueberry, all kinds of deserty stuffs. And celestial seasonings has a fantastic gingerbread one (and candy cane too).

Have fun with them, and as always, good luck!

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THEADMIRAL 10/29/2009 8:54PM

    You're making progress! Instead of the physical effects, now you're going through the emotional ones. Keep those tea bags ready at all times emoticon

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JCORYCMA 10/29/2009 7:23PM

    Glad to hear you are feeling better!
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MSLZZY 10/29/2009 5:27PM

    Quite honestly, I prefer herbal tea to coffee! I always make sure I have several different flavors on hand so I can mix it up and not feel deprived or bored. It is such a cozy feeling to drink tea in the evenings when I want to relax and call it a day ( 11 PM).
Stick to your guns and keep feeling better!

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LOOSEINGIT 10/29/2009 4:27PM

    Way to go ..set your goals and and stick with them.. emoticon

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/29/2009 2:23PM

  emoticonMmmm herbal tea!!! Yum!!!
Congratulations on your coffee detox!!!
Good-bye cup - no mo joe!!!
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KIZIDOG 10/29/2009 1:54PM

    Drink that tea girl, you are doing great. Someday I will join you. Star emoticon

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Entering Day 3 of Caffeine Detox - Headache and Body Aches Subsiding

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

It's been a tough couple of days as I get caffeine out of my life and my body. Today I returned my unopened refill of coffee to the store and started to feel victorious. On the bright side, I no longer feel like I'm pouring mud into my body. I also feel less of the mood high and low. However, I DO feel hungrier since I've read that caffeine is an appetite suppressant. I won't have that to lean on anymore. Also on the bright side, the migraine-like headache is disappearing and there's the lessening of body aches. You'd never believe that I just drank 1/3 of a small mug each day with detox this bad. I guess it was strong stuff. In another day, I'll stop blogging about it daily and just check in on the progress sporadically to allow for other topcis. However, this is a huge feat for me, so I want to let myself revel in the moment for awhile. HOORAY, HOORAY!

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SKYEFYR 10/29/2009 10:48AM

  You go sweetie! You're doing fantastic.

Lots of water to help with the headache and the appetite. Allow yourself some extra rest in the next few days also. Your body is getting used to the new, cleaner you and you're going to win!

All I can suggest is that in the future you keep fresh juice around to have instead of coffee. Better for you and you won't have to deal with withdrawl again!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/29/2009 8:23AM are really sensitive to caffeine to get headaches from cutting back from a third of a cup!

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JCORYCMA 10/28/2009 11:07PM

    Goes to show you can conquer almost anything with determination. I feel a little guilty reading this with coffee next to me but trust me -- I'll pay penance tonight in bed as I lay there wall-eyed!! I'll think of you sleeping blissfully :)
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THEADMIRAL 10/28/2009 9:38PM

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HOKU-ALOHI 10/28/2009 8:21PM

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Aloha SlimmerJesse!!!
So proud of you conquering the coffee monster,
just in time for scary Halloween too.
You are no longer defined by the term coffee drinker.
No more zombie-fied trance to the percolator.
Although I have never been a coffee-drinker,
I totally LOVE that song Java Jive by Manhattan Transfer!
Aloha also means good-bye. Some people think that is confusing.
It's, "Aloha coffee, don't let the door hit you on the way out!"
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MSSUNBUG 10/28/2009 1:18PM

    Nice! Way to go! I too took myself off of caffeine (in January of 2008). I totally helped me too with mood regulation, with my digestive troubles, and with my headaches. Totally worth it! Good luck--you can do it!

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MYCUTEGIZMO 10/28/2009 12:48AM

  Wow..congrats that is sparkspeople!

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