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When Friends Learn from My Healthier Lifestyle

Saturday, November 14, 2009

I have a good friend who's watched my progress over the past year and been very supportive. He recently bought a bike and we rode together for the first time this morning on a beautiful day in San Diego. He is starting to talk about eating better and doing more exercise! How wonderful! It was great to see that my year has had a positive impact on someone else.

  
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RASCALSMOMMA 11/14/2009 9:48PM

    Jesse That is great! I had a similar experience not with a friend but at a health fair today. It was really cool! Spread the SPARK by EXAMPLE! Hugs to you from Laurie

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THEADMIRAL 11/14/2009 9:18PM

    Neato torpedo! emoticon on your consistency and faithfulness that is now helping your friend!

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VICIOUS421 11/14/2009 5:20PM

    That is so great! Congrats on getting your friend to join you!

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MRSCAROLB2 11/14/2009 4:08PM

    That is wonderful!!!! It always makes us feel better about what we are doing by changing the way we were to a better healthier person. If we can give just one person the inspiration to start living a better life, then it is worth all the sweat we have put in to our weight loss. Now you have a exercise buddy!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/14/2009 3:55PM

  Ah and think of the great change this has wrought for his health for now and continuing to enjoy life.

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JLITT62 11/14/2009 3:42PM

    It really does feel wonderful to inspire other people. Nothing like getting healthy together!

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WATERMELLEN 11/14/2009 3:23PM

    It must make you feel realy good that you are inspiring your friend. For me and the people in my life it seems that this "Tom Sawyer" technique -- just matter-of-factly demonstrating how much better I feel because I'm getting healthier-- works a lot better than preaching at the other person or "encouraging" them to do what I am trying to do.

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MSLZZY 11/14/2009 3:17PM

    You've inspired your friend to join you-awesome! Very psoitive! Have a Sparktacular weekend!

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MNM_13 11/14/2009 2:15PM

    Thats awesome!!! Keep on inspiring people!!


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JOYSONG50 11/14/2009 2:14PM

    emoticon on inspiring your friend to change. Keep up the good work.
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I'm Winning a Lifelong Battle with Night Munchies

Friday, November 13, 2009

One of the biggest challenges in this past year of healthy eating, has been breaking my night munching habit. I've tried every trick in the book, and it really doesn't matter if I include it in my calorie intake for the day. All my life, I've been able to eat anything and not gain a lb. Then, a few years ago - bingo. Hormonal changes, mega-stress, and my lifelong eating habits put on the weight. However, I've had the night snacking under control for a couple of weeks now, and don't even miss it. This is a HUGE feat. Yes, if I'm ever famished, I'll allow myself a healthy snack. Otherwise, it's another habit that is best being escorted out of town. Wishing all a happy Friday the 13th.

  
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JCORYCMA 11/13/2009 10:13PM

    You are right on!! Saying good-bye to that habit will help you tremendously in your weight loss efforts! I find I sleep better when I'm not laying there digesting a heavy snack :)
Joanne

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MELLIEBU 11/13/2009 4:03PM

    Great job. I have a huge munchie issue as well. Its a hard habit to kick. But its just that, a habit. We can change. There is hope!
Congratulations on your successes so far.

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SKYEFYR 11/13/2009 1:31PM

  I am SO glad to hear you're getting the night munchies under control. You're a winner and you're going to see all you goals reached. Keep reaching for the stars, you'll get there! Congrats on such a great accomplishment!

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SURENDERISNOTME 11/13/2009 11:30AM

    Good for you winning the battle with the night time snacking. i still have problems with that. i keep carrots in the house for my snacks. It takes a while to get used to grabbing a carrot instead of something else. Keep up the good work.

Debbie

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NERVOUSWRECKIAM 11/13/2009 8:56AM

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JLITT62 11/13/2009 7:43AM

    I didn't even notice that it was Friday the 13th . . .

I suppose that it's "easier" to have struggled with your weight for a long time (like me) than to be blindsided. But who am I kidding?

We all have our battles. Glad to hear you're winning yours.

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MSLZZY 11/13/2009 6:52AM

    Kick that habit to the curb! Nighttime snacking needs to take a hike! Happy Friday the 13th!
No, I don't get too attached to the flock of chickens but my son's goats are such pets! Now those little ladies are too lovable to resist!

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JERSEYGIRL1950 11/13/2009 5:50AM

    Great job..I remeber Bob Greene on Oprah saying that grumbling at nite is a good thing,,imagine pac man eating up all the fat cells I always remember that..so when I hear that after dinner growl ..i go ok pac man it's your turn to eat LOL...you can do it!!! emoticon emoticon

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VICIOUS421 11/13/2009 4:10AM

    Happy Friday the 13th to you too! Congratulations on your conquering your night eating!!!!!

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Computer Problems

Thursday, November 12, 2009

My computer is slowly conking out. After doing everything possible to prolong it's life, it may last another day, week, or month. However, when it goes, that'll mean a temporary break with SP site. Sad, but true. Meanwhile, I'm working hard to step up my exercise program, limit my calories to my range, and be an overall good girl. Have a wonderful day.

  
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ARTHURTOM 11/13/2009 7:39AM

    Slowly conking out is better than quickly conking out! emoticon

I built the computer I'm on right now back in 2001. Since then, it has been a work in progress that the end of the road is just ahead. In 2002, I upgraded the 20 GB hard drive with a 120 GB Western Digital hard drive and put a nice fresh version of Windows 2000 Professional replacing the Windows ME that I originally built it with. At that time I also installed 1024 mb of DDR SDRAM replacing the 256 mb DDR that I built the system with.

In 2003 I added a dolby 5.1 sound card, surround sound stereo system, subwoofer and a DVD burner. I also added Windows XP Professional upgrade at that time (which I still use).

In 2004 my monitor took a dump...new monitor! My DSL modem also took a dump (got it for free from AT&T when I signed up for DSL service but they wanted $129 for a replacement) so I bought a Zoom DSL modem and also a new V.92 dialup modem for dialup backup. I also updraded my processor from 1gb to 2gb and a stronger fan to handle the increased heat from the higher processor.

2005 my motherboard couldn't handle all that heat and bit the dust. Got a new motherboard. I remember the day I was replacing it, Colleen walked in the office and saw all of the internal parts all over the desk and she said "Tim, face it...that computer is never going to work again!" I told her calmly, (looking over my glasses) not only will this computer work again, but I will be online before your Lifetime movie is over. She just chuckled and went back to the living room. Sure enough...I was back online in about 45 minutes.

2009 my 120 GB Western Digital hard drive gave up the ghost! Good thing I have all of my files backed up on burnable DVD's (do it weekly) so it wasn't that big of a deal. Went to the computer parts store and scored a used WD 120 gb HD for $50 and was back in business in no time flat.

I just did the compatibility check for Windows 7 and alas, some of my programs and hardware are NOT compatible. Rather than get a new motherboard (some stuff on it is compatible and some isn't) and a new sound card and stereo system (again, some components compatible, some not) I am going to break down and build a new system that is capable to handle Windows 7 64 bit.

All of the good things about being my own tech support person is that I don't have to call and get someone in Calcutta that speaks broken English trying to tell me what to do to fix my system emoticon

New computer systems aren't nearly as expensive as they were just a few years ago, so if you need one, just make sure you have your important files backed up and have at it! If you need a little assistance, just shoot me a spark mail! emoticon



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LOOSEINGIT 11/13/2009 12:27AM

   
BE SURE YOU BACK UP EVERYTHING BEFORE IT GOES FOR GOOD, MAYBE SANTA WILL BE GOOD TO YA..LOL

HAPPY JOURNEY
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MSLZZY 11/12/2009 5:35PM

    Write everything down, just in case the computer crashes. Then, when you are back up and running, you'll have all your tracking on paper, at least! emoticon

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KIZIDOG 11/12/2009 2:33PM

    Sorry to hear about the computer problems. I try to go to the library when I am off work and use theirs. Sometimes I can and sometimes i can't. I don't have one at home. It would take too much of my time. (lol) Like I don't have any to spare. We really don't want you to leave, we need you here to encourage us just as we encourage you. Star emoticon

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JLITT62 11/12/2009 1:47PM

    I am sorry to hear it. Hey, remember most public libraries have computers in them!

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/12/2009 11:46AM

    THIS IS HAPPENING TO ALOT OF SPERS OUT THERE! GEEZ. GO TO THE LIBRARY, EVEN IF IT IS A LONG GOOD WALK. WE ALL NEED YOU HERE, DON'T WANT YOU TO GO! I'M ON MY 3RD COMP IN THE PAST 6 YEARS I THINK. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ITSABOUTME2407 11/12/2009 11:35AM

    SORRY TO HEAR ITS BREAKING ..HOPEFULLY IT'LL MAKE IT THROUGH UNTIL SPRING ..YOU'LL BE ABLE TO GET OUT MORE WINTERS CAN BE TOUGH ..WISHING U LUCK..TRISH

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A Thank You to All Veterans on Veterans Day 11/11/09

Wednesday, November 11, 2009

Just a short and sweet thank you to all of our veterans and their families' countless sacrifices.
I have never forgotten and have always thanked when I met/meet up with someone who has served. Did this before it was the thing to do. You are appreciated, not just today, but each and every day.

  
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KIZIDOG 11/11/2009 6:08PM

    Totally agree. A Huge Thank you Star emoticon

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DAWNLUVSPUPS 11/11/2009 8:31AM

    emoticonDouble Ditto from me!!

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DARLENA3 11/11/2009 8:28AM

    Ditto

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MSLZZY 11/11/2009 7:45AM

    Well said! Thank you!

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VICIOUS421 11/11/2009 4:35AM

    I agree with you too. Thank you for the reminder we should be grateful each and every day!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/11/2009 2:45AM

  Totally agree with you Jesse!!!
emoticonto all service personnel along with their families each and every day.

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A Book Worth Rereading That Will Change the Way I Eat Permanently

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

I rarely reread a book, but will do so with Dr. Kessler's "The End to Overeating." Knowing how foods are engineered so that we actually become addicted to them and literally "can't eat just one" is eye-opening. Knowing that some of that went on, I didn't realize the extent. It's important for me because, when I understand something, I am more likely to be successful at avoidance due to the content of most food. It's also valuable to realize that it's not just a matter of self-control. That it's a matter that hyperovereating gets imprinted in the brain and becomes a habit/addiction since it activates pleasure center paths. There are a number of reasons we may not be able to stop overeating by sheer willpower. In fact, if unaware of the physical dynamics, he explains why trigger foods are so powerful and can claim you back even if you've stayed away from them for awhile. Which is what happened to me as described in a recent blog.

Not only are foods engineered to keep you coming back, but to melt away fast in your mouth with the least number of chews so that you have to eat more and more.

It's worth checking out at the library if you can't buy the book. This is one of three, so far, that I'll be using as a reference as I continue to change my eating habits.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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SKYEFYR 11/11/2009 9:58AM

  Thanks for the recommendation. I'm going to head over to Amazon and order it for myself now. I'm good about reading labels, but maybe there's something I'm missing. After all, knowledge is power!

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DAWNLUVSPUPS 11/11/2009 8:22AM

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BEAMISH7 11/11/2009 7:22AM

    Interesting. I think I will check it out. Thank you for the info.

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VICIOUS421 11/11/2009 4:32AM

    Great, Thank you!

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HOKU-ALOHI 11/10/2009 6:19PM

  emoticonAwesome - thank you!

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DARLENEK04 11/10/2009 3:11PM

  Thanks for the heads up on the book. I'll see if our library has it.

Darlene

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FAMILYTRADITION 11/10/2009 12:58PM

    I'll have to check that out!
Thanks for the info!

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BIKERBABE2BE 11/10/2009 12:04PM

    This explains emotional eating...the "I'll feel better if I eat this bag of chips". Thanks.

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WOLFSPIRITS 11/10/2009 11:48AM

    I SHOULD OF WENT WITH RON, HE IS AT THE LIBRARY RIGHT NOW. emoticon emoticon

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PRINCESSDIETER 11/10/2009 11:45AM

    Oh, I was looking at this at amazon and almost bought it. I might go ahead and get it now. THANKS for the review.

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