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New Rule, No New Shorts for Summer

Thursday, February 18, 2010

Okay, it's been a warm bunch of days here in SoCal and during my walk this morning, I made a new rule for myself. Which I know better than to do as my rebellious self automatically decides to disobey. (smiling)

I'll need new shorts this summer. But I will not buy any until I'm a size smaller. That's the rule. No shrinkage, no new stuff.

Thinking - again - about doing a caffeine detox. I really have to kick this demon that makes me feel yucky even though I do not drink much coffee. Really affects me adversely. But when I eliminated it in October, I truly felt like a zombie for the five weeks I went without. A dillemma, for sure.

Have a good evening, sparkfriends.

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WATERMELLEN 2/21/2010 2:30PM

    No new shorts: I ge that. But: how about some really pretty lacy undies?? They stretch, they feel pretty -- and it's highly motivational! (my fave weight loss book, "Making the Case for Yourself", recommended this to me when I started with weight loss at 230 and: yes it helped!!

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SKYEFYR 2/20/2010 7:43PM

  Have you talked to the dr to see if anything can help you detox? Have you tried a colon cleanse or some kind of body cleanse to help get the stuff that's hanging around out faster? That might help. Extra vitamin B should help with the energy also.

Good Luck!

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/20/2010 7:05PM

    great rule easier for me to follow as we have no extra income for any thing emoticon emoticon

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FLMOMX2 2/19/2010 9:34AM

    Great motivational goal. emoticon

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FREELADY 2/18/2010 11:49PM

    I like your creative motivational tool!

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JCORYCMA 2/18/2010 11:41PM

    I just went to caffeine only before noon. I gave up soda so that leaves a cup of coffee in the morning. Afternoon or evening is water or decaf tea only! I like your rule. That ought to motivate you!

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JCORYCMA 2/18/2010 11:41PM

    I just went to caffeine only before noon. I gave up soda so that leaves a cup of coffee in the morning. Afternoon or evening is water or decaf tea only! I like your rule. That ought to motivate you!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/18/2010 9:59PM

    Excellent new rule I think I'll adopt that rule myself .Of course I have an advantage ...another three months before summer LOL!

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Sunshine walks, A/C, Calories by Brunch, and Day 1 -Again.

Wednesday, February 17, 2010

Just some random thoughts for the day. Just got in from a sunshine walk and am sweaty and thinking of all the things I should be doing, but haven't been because my internal engine is stalled out. Maybe forever. So, I'm thinking of what my options will be if I continue to flake for much longer - a beachbum in Mexico (I'm near the border, so that's convenient), a white collar crime so that prison will take care of me, etc. I know, I aim high.

Came into a house that's 80 degrees and my fur babies are wilting. As much as I hate to, I had to turn on the dratted A/C that will cost me a fortune on my next bill. It's either turn it on or not breathe and watch my cats die.

It was one of those days when I had all my calories by brunch. That is, I was sooo proud after reading JLITT's blog before I left, to be reminded of licks, bites and tastes. I was like the little train that could. Sure, I can do that I thought, as I picked up a huge organic milk chocolate bar at the grocery store. And how proud I was that en route home, I only had a "bite." Which is relative since the bite was about a third of the bar. As I got home and thought of all my recent accomlishments (like getting through the day), I rewarded myself with another "taste." Oh my... you know the rest of the story. And frankly, Scarlett, I don't give a (bleep).

And as for yesterday's blog and my life being like that movie Ground Hog Day in some ways, I did fine until around noon (no, the behavior isn't eating, although that would be a good guess), and then WHAMO. Day 1 - again. Ask me if I care. Yes, it's one of those attitude days. (smiling)

Wishing all a great evening.

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SKYEFYR 2/20/2010 7:45PM

  I am really curious what day 1 you keep repeating. My first thought is caffeine.... Somehow I don't think it's that innocent though.

Good luck sweetie. You can do it. You CAN make day 2!

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FLORIDASUN 2/18/2010 6:23PM

    Hey there you silly, silly girl. I love your tongue in cheek humor! Reminds me of my Josh man! He could crack me up seriously! I miss him so much so he must have sent you as his fill in for dead pan humor! Thank you! Big big hugs and a squeeze...I think you might like RAW/CLEAN eating...well....maybe??!! emoticon

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FREELADY 2/18/2010 12:04PM

    So sorry your days are feeling like the hamster wheel of discouragement.
Sometimes when a string of days seems so bleak, it is hard to feel that you're doing anything right. But I do see many hopeful elements:
You're still here on this site. That's critical.
You're still humorous. (I'm a great fan of gallows humor myself.)
You're making responsible choices as a caretaker.
You tracked your food and knew you'd had all your calories by brunch.
You did get through the day.
You did smile.
You thought of others and wished them well.

When we're feeling so low, we often feel that we're doing nothing that counts. But these are worthwhile, significant behaviors. You're still doing a lot right. I am not kidding.

February's calendar is already odd. We can fill it up with a few more Day 1's. You're gonna get through this. I really appreciate your keeping us posted.
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JLITT62 2/18/2010 5:39AM

    Well, I'll tell you what. I ate more than I wanted to yesterday. But I was very, very, VERY mindful of every single bite I took. It made me feel good. In control. We'll see how good I feel at my WI today -- shouldn't matter, but it always does.

Hey, and you could live somewhere like NY where it costs more to heat your home than to cool it (altho actually our house really heats up in the summer -- even tho it's not very hot -- and I have to run the AC more than I'd like).

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HICALGAL 2/18/2010 12:01AM

    you had me laughing from the white collar crime prison all the way to the end. we need that sense of humor on this journey or we'll hae to resort to prunes. i'll opt for laughter.
hang in there girlfriend, it only gets better. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JCORYCMA 2/17/2010 11:41PM

    I am sooo NOT sympathetic with you having to turn on your AC! I'm out here in the armpit of the world - as Des Moines has been referred to. We finally had sunshine today, though. Yeah! But out here you go from furnace to AC in one week. We ceased having spring and fall a long time ago...
I'm glad you made the sacrifice for the kitties though :)
Have a great rest of the week!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/17/2010 11:04PM

    I seem to have a line from a song for everything today so I'll say "There's got to be a morning after ..." LOL! Getting through the day can be huge .Any dip in confidence is only temporary,because deep down ,you know you have what it takes to succeed :ability,a positive attitude and high aspirations! Besides extreme heat like extreme cold can excuse almost anything!!!!I'll tie this up with another line from a song "Whatever gets you through the night..."

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/17/2010 9:09PM

    you are walking and trying to be good. life is hard. day two starts tomorrow emoticon

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How Many Day 1's Can I Seriously Create?

Tuesday, February 16, 2010

As I took out a new journal notebook to carefully outline my thoughts on Day 1, I had to smile at myself. Sometimes I'm too much even for myself to handle! (smiling)

In trying to break habits, one in particular, I have sincerely had so many Day 1's that I've lost count. Really now, c'mon, get started - I tell myself. And each time, I really really mean it. But then life gets in the way and, oh well, you know the rest.

So, I guess part of this process is being able to smile (sometimes laugh) at myself and be more patient. And the answer to that question of how many Day 1's can I seriously create is - as many as it takes to finally lead into Day 2! Holding onto my hat, here goes Day 1. And I will refrain from adding "again" as not to discourage my efforts.

Wishing all a great day.

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SKYEFYR 2/17/2010 10:04AM

  Positive thoughts coming your way that you make it to day 2, and 3, and 4, and... beyond.

We all have our more challenging habits. How is it that I can totally turn my life around, eat healthy, exercise, learn about nutrition and I can't stop biting my nails? I don't know what your challenge is, or how silly mine is in comparison, but I do know we all have challenges that are just harder than others, and I wish you the best of luck in defeating yours!

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ZUZUBEE 2/16/2010 8:33PM

    wow, this has got to be the truth for so many of us - starting, and starting, and starting again....But as long as you're in forward motion, you're a winner! Keep at it! You will do it this time!

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/16/2010 7:18PM

    i liked this blog, but know that each day does not have to be 100 percent perfect to get to day two. we all make mistakes it is part of being human and we go on from there. emoticon

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FLMOMX2 2/16/2010 7:03PM

    GREAT ATTITUDE!!! emoticon emoticon Here's to Day 2

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HICALGAL 2/16/2010 5:20PM

    i smiled reading your blog. simple yet true! go for it girlfriend and do whatever it takes to succeed. luv ya! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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FREELADY 2/16/2010 3:33PM

    I enjoyed reading about your smiling at yourself, and it gave me a bunch of smiles, too!

You are truly living out the spirit of Beck's healthy oh, well. I love being able to "eavesdrop" on your thoughts . . . hearing you talk to yourself is so helpful to me!

I myself definitely need an unending supply of "Day 1's." I am encouraged that the Old Testament says God's lovingkindnesses are NEW EVERY MORNING ! (from the Lamentations chapter 3, verses 21&22)

Even when you get the current pesky habit licked emoticon
its annoying little sequel will pop up and you'll jump into a new Day 1. Me, too!

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/16/2010 3:27PM

    Create as many day ones as you want here is one of my favourite quotes:Finish each day and be done with it. You have done what you could. Some blunders and absurdities no doubt crept in; forget them as soon as you can. Tomorrow is a new day; begin it well and serenely and with too high a spirit to be cumbered with your old nonsense. - Ralph Waldo Emerson
Doesn't that bode well for the next day???

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KALATHIA 2/16/2010 2:58PM

    Good luck, Jesse! You CAN do it!


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JLITT62 2/16/2010 2:47PM

    It's so funny you wrote this today, because this will sort of, kind of be my blog topic tomorrow! Great minds think a lot, eh? We've just gotta keep trying til it becomes a habit, no matter if that happens on our death beds!

And thanks so much for all the goodies -- so much appreciated.

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Harry weighs 10 Lbs. I've Lost 3.5 Harries!

Monday, February 15, 2010

Last week, when my little baby Harry went to the vet for his eye infection, he was weighed. He's a hefty 10 lbs. (William, his brother, is a feather by contrast. He must weigh 4, if that.)

When I hold Harry, I get tired. Then I remember that during the past year, I shed the equivalent of three and a half Harry's. No wonder I was tired all the time! If 10 lbs feels like a huge burden, imagine 35 lbs and what that made my organs, bones, brain and muscles feel like on a daily basis!

It's always good to have a reminder of what that weight equals and feels like because we tend to have a short memory and minimize our accomplishments.

Wishing everyone a wonderful day.

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SKYEFYR 2/16/2010 10:55AM

  Congrats! I'd love to lose as much as my furbaby girl weighs. (She's up over 16 lbs.) It was really depressing last year when she got sick and lost more than I did! Fortunately she's gained it all back.

Yea, being able to really "feel" what we've lost is a wonderful thing. I think it makes it more real and we're prouder of ourselves when we can look at it like that.

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LISANANCY 2/15/2010 10:41PM

    Oh, how so very wonderful for you. You are doing great. Just keep going emoticon emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/15/2010 9:17PM

    35lbs is awesome heres to the new healthy you emoticon

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JLITT62 2/15/2010 2:35PM

    I've shed just a bit more than both the boys put together, and they're big boys! Yeah, it can be a real eye opener.

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ANNANN63 2/15/2010 2:31PM

    Congratulations on your weight loss. It is very helpful to have something to see that reminds us how far we've come.

What you go girl.

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GRANDMAAMIE 2/15/2010 1:35PM

    emoticonon the weight loss


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    That is a great reminder of your accomplishments. Your cats are beautiful.


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    I love your Himalayans!!! One of my favorite cats.

Sometimes when I am discouraged with a small amount of weightloss, I will put that many apples or oranges in a bag in the scale at the grocery store. Once at a weightloss meeting I passed around a plastic grocery bag full of 8lbs of oranges. It makes a big difference. (Of course my example had to be food related whereas yours is healthy, LOL.) Good to remind ourselves of the truth . . .

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CHERIRIDDELL 2/15/2010 12:04PM

    Excellent visual ,I know Harry is a lovely boy but I somehow have a silly picture of three and a half Harries stacked in your arms and the fur flying making it even harder to imagine carrying that weight LOL! Do take time to revel in your success today!

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KALATHIA 2/15/2010 11:52AM

    I love having those concrete examples to remind us how far we've come! Congratulations and keep up the good work!


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TRACEE5 2/15/2010 11:40AM

    emoticon That is awesome!! Great job!! Reminders are wonderful motivators!!

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History of Valentine's Day

Sunday, February 14, 2010

There are varying opinions as to the origin of Valentine's Day. Some experts state that it originated from St. Valentine, a Roman who was martyred for refusing to give up Christianity. He died on February 14, 269 A.D., the same day that had been devoted to love lotteries. Legend also says that St. Valentine left a farewell note for the jailer's daughter, who had become his friend, and signed it "From Your Valentine". Other aspects of the story say that Saint Valentine served as a priest at the temple during the reign of Emperor Claudius. Claudius then had Valentine jailed for defying him. In 496 A.D. Pope Gelasius set aside February 14 to honour St. Valentine.

Gradually, February 14 became the date for exchanging love messages and St. Valentine became the patron saint of lovers. The date was marked by sending poems and simple gifts such as flowers. There was often a social gathering or a ball.

In the United States, Miss Esther Howland is given credit for sending the first valentine cards. Commercial valentines were introduced in the 1800's and now the date is very commercialised. The town of Loveland, Colorado, does a large post office business around February 14. The spirit of good continues as valentines are sent out with sentimental verses and children exchange valentine cards at school.

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FLMOMX2 2/15/2010 7:37AM

    Interesting! emoticon emoticon

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KRITTERKEEPERS 2/14/2010 11:33PM

    Thank you for the history of Valentines day.
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LISANANCY 2/14/2010 8:27PM

    Interesting. Thank you for taking time to show us the meaning of Valentine's Day. Hope it was a good one for you and your family emoticon

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ALEXSGIRL1 2/14/2010 8:13PM

    thanks for the info emoticon

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BASKETLADY6 2/14/2010 7:25AM

    I like learning about the history of different holidays. I've also found Valentine's Day has an interesting history. I also like the history of the Mardi Gras and others too.

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LESLIE_2B_LESS 2/14/2010 12:57AM

    Interesting blog...hard sometimes to figure out why we celebrate some holidays!


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    I remember exchanging valentine's with my classmates when I was in grade school. That has been a long time ago.


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