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Almost One Year (in 12 Days) Sparkanniversary

Wednesday, January 13, 2010

In 12 days, it'll be one year at this terrific site. I marvel that it has helped me reinforce so many healthy habits, and will not whine about my forever plateau. I think this might be my goal weight! Yikes!

Not much to say today. Fighting a cold. Trying to wean myself (again!) off caffeine and it is not pretty. (smiling)

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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THEADMIRAL 1/13/2010 1:40PM

    Congratulations on your almost anniversary! You're taking good care of yourself, growing in strength, learned new healthy habits. Only time will tell if you're at your goal weight or not. Be gentle with yourself. emoticon

As for that caffeine thing, well, sweetie, I've been there. So I understand that it isn't easy.

emoticon emoticon Get your rest so you can beat that cold! emoticon Vikki

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AMBERZADE 1/13/2010 12:51PM

    Caffeine is hard stuff to get over but you know you can do it!

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/13/2010 12:47PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon for the emoticon You are makeing great strides. Nola helped me see that this must be national "GROUP HUG DAY" so here's yours! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon keep fighting the bad stuff from Laurie and Rascal.

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Interesting to Hear Valerie Bertinelli's Food Struggles

Tuesday, January 12, 2010

I was channel surfing and landed briefly on part of an interview that Joy Behar was doing with actress Valerie Bertinelli. She commented that, even after 3 years of being on a healthier eating path, she still has to be aware of everything that goes into her mouth. It's nice to know I'm not alone and gives me perspective because I expect so much from myself after just a year of learning what changes to make. Yes, I forget portions sometimes. Yes, I sometimes binge. (But, as she mentioned, those have become a lot less frequent. And when they are about to occur, there is awareness and use of tools to divert away from a potential binge.)

Made me smile when she said, "I'm Italian! So I eat when I'm happy. I eat when I'm sad. I eat for no reason!" Well, it's a very cultural thing for me as well and that ingrains eating patterns that make it even more challenging.

And, like her, I've got a lot of pride in the changes that I've made and continue to make.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

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DDHEART 1/12/2010 5:48PM

    Thank you for sharing this... yes, food is love culturally for so many of us and no diet that totally eliminated those favorite comfort foods could ever work for, like you, I have had expectations of perfection....I've done well, I'm proud of what I've done and when i have a less than stellar day, I struggle. I have learned to be forgiving towards my human frailties but I won't allow myself to give in to them. It is good to know we aren't alone in this. emoticon

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DARLENEK04 1/12/2010 2:46PM

  Absolutely true. For me it will be a battle all my life.
I come from a long line of short chubby women, and eat when
I am happy, sad, bored, whatever.


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JERSEYGIRL1950 1/12/2010 1:15PM

    Hi, Just goes to show we all battle the same demons no matter who we are and relearning new habits take time but after a while those habits root themselves in our minds and lead us to a healthier lifestyle. That was a long sentence no A's for be in english LOL...a wonderful day but at ya. Hugs

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Societal Attitudes Toward Overweight People

Monday, January 11, 2010

I recently talked to a woman who stated that it was difficult to find a management job in this city. Since she said she is experienced, competent, and a recent transplant from another city, she wondered if not getting a job after interviewing could possibly have anything to do with her being overweight.

Speaking from my own experience, I have found that to be a distinct possibility. Having been thin most of my life, in the past few years I was tidal waved with hormonal changes, stress, workaholic exercise stagnation, and yes - overeating.

When I put on extra weight, I suddenly became invisible. As I interviewed and/or did project presentations, I couldn't figure out what was different in the way people were relating to me. I'd continued with a positive, happy, communicative approach that had always worked in the past.

Now that I'm thin again (well, not at my goal, but thinner than I was), I can see the difference in how people pre-judged me with the extra weight. It's a form of prejudice you don't often see written about in articles. And, ironically, who seems to be the harshest of judges? Those who are overweight themselves!

Being invisible was NOT fun. But it was a good lesson in what some folks have to go through on a daily basis.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

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MYREALANA 1/12/2010 1:12PM

    Absolutely true.

Back when I used to be a more normal weight, the owner of the company I worked for world would have me pre-interview all the applicants for any job in the company. He would then schedule a full interview with anyone I passed through. He flat out told me "No smokers, no fat people. They don't have the kind of self discipline I want in my employees."

Now, at this point in my career, I look at women who are where I think I should be. I notice one thing - none of them are fat. Many of them are extremely athletic, in fact.

I know my weight is a big factor holding me back in my career. I worked my butt off for my degrees, and now, I need to *literally* work that butt off to take advantage of them.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 1/12/2010 7:23AM

    Yes I find this to be very true here in the south..especially seeing men make remarks about a co worker being over weight. We humans are always judging people by their appearance instead of what they have to offer or who they are inside. Nice blog emoticon

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JLITT62 1/12/2010 5:51AM

    Oh yeah, there's absolutely a fat prejudice. I make it a point to try to smile at very overweight people!

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DARLENA3 1/11/2010 10:23PM

    Great blog and I think we have all felt that way. Take care my friend. emoticon

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FOODDIVA1 1/11/2010 7:04PM

    It's true. My husband use to make comments when we were out and about regarding various people he would see (he's a skinny minny). I finally pointed out to him that a lot of the people he commented about were the same size as or even smaller than me and that I didn't like his comments. He is working on that now (he still sometimes slips up) but overall is a very supportive husband of the changes I am working on for myself.


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RASCALSMOMMA 1/11/2010 6:09PM

    The way you talk (or write) Jesse uyou could be a motivational speaker! Spark on! Laurie

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Keeping My Face in the Sunshine

Sunday, January 10, 2010

Another day of lots of warm sunshine walking is my therapy in handling loss, sorrow and grief. I think I'll attend a grief support group on Tuesday to help myself through this latest loss. And my cousin who's like a sister to me is not doing well either. So, I am bracing myself and trying to stay on the right path (eating and exerise) for optimal good health and nutrition.

Wishing all a good day.

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THEADMIRAL 1/13/2010 1:35PM

    Hey Jesse, I'm catching up on my Sparking. I just wanted to send big emoticon your way -- what a journey you've had with loss. Vikki

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JLITT62 1/11/2010 5:16AM

    Wishing you lots of warm sunshine to keep you strong.

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/10/2010 2:59PM

    Good thing about the grief counselling. It helps greatly, to be prepared for each phase of life. Hugs. Laurie

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JERSEYGIRL1950 1/10/2010 2:25PM

    Sending you some hugs..keep at it walking has always been my therapy...thoughts and prayers for strength and better days emoticon

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Another Hike in the Warm Sunshine

Saturday, January 09, 2010

Feeling good, and doing lots of hiking today. Sunshine is so cathartic and makes me feel healthy, strong, and ready to face whatever is in store for the rest of the day.

Wishing all a fun day.

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WOLFSPIRITS 1/10/2010 1:30PM

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LISANANCY 1/10/2010 11:11AM

    The warm sun on your face is like a great big smile. So go out and smile from ear to ear. emoticon

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RASCALSMOMMA 1/9/2010 3:02PM

    Hi Jesse. You know one thing I have noticed (other than typing mistakes!) is there is ALOT more son this winter. True, its deceptive cuz its not WARM but for a person with SAD the LIGHT is wonderful.. Thanks again for your gift Im enjoying it. Hugs to you Laurie

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JLITT62 1/9/2010 2:25PM

    Well, it's VERY cold sunshine here (actually, not too bad once you're all bundled up) and yeah, it sure makes me happy! We don't see the sun too often here. Dragged DH out for our walk, kicking & screaming as usual.

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JERSEYGIRL1950 1/9/2010 1:50PM

    Good for you enjoy your weekend. Hugs

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