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Why I'm Thanking My Responders

Monday, June 28, 2010

Honestly, I never dreamt that my trips to the SD Fair and non-participation in junk food would culminate in a blog that received oodles of responses. (smiling)

Thank you to all who responded. It gave me the opportunity to read about your own personal lives and healthy adventures, and I made some new friends in the process.

As a result of reading about your successes and, yes, failures (I've learned the most from mine), it has given me a new level of motivation and a strong sense of community. We are all in this together, and can really help each other - even when we least suspect we are doing so.

Have a wonderful day.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 7/2/2010 6:12AM

    I left a response on the other one but don't see it now. emoticon

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WATERMELLEN 6/29/2010 7:42PM

    Together each achieves more: TEAM!! And thanks for your kind encouragement on my re-runs blog!!

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NANCY- 6/29/2010 8:25AM

    It is nice to know that there are friendly supportive folks out there.
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PRAIRIECROCUS 6/29/2010 12:10AM

    I really liked your blog : short and sweet !
You reminded us so nicely about how nice the SP Community is !
Happy Sparking !
All the best on your SparkPeople journey !

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/29/2010 12:00AM

    I love reading your ideas and adventures ! You always bring a smile to my face! Hugs,Cheri

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MARTY19 6/28/2010 4:25PM

    I have always felt that working to lose weight as part of a group means that I have access to others opinions, successes and failures. I like not feeling alone on this journey.

Marty

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You Know You're Making Progress When....

Wednesday, June 23, 2010

...you go to the annual County Fair and are not even tempted by the aromas of all types of foods available and seeing people all around you eating amazing piles of luscious stuff. And, to boot, you don't even feel deprived!

I bought a pass for unlimited admissions to the San Diego Fair because I wanted to go to the concerts. It has been amazing as I go each time and do not feel the least bit tempted by all of the amazing food.

The first time I went, I thought it was just an act of willpower that I did not indulge. But after that time, I've been successful during each trip. And I honestly do not feel deprived in the least.

What is happening to me? (smiling)

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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MAKELE 7/4/2010 4:59AM

    I wanna be like you when I grow up! LOL! Great work!

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CHATTIEGIRL 7/3/2010 5:30AM

    Hi SLIMMERJESSEE;

You are good dear because all those delicious smells are almost sickening. I love the funnel cake and that is about all I ever bought but I don't go anymore to the small town ones since my husband died. No fun alone. You are growing and it will make a differences in your life now. You are free to choice what is good for you and enjoy it. Good luck on the rest of your journey and stay true to your healthy eating, routine exercise and reaching your goals. May God watch over you always.

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WALKINGDAVE 6/30/2010 1:08AM

    your will power is very strong, when our County Fair sets up in Sept. only a half block from our house, I also get the weekend pass to go see all the horse shows, tractor pulls, singers and watch the kids on the rides. I will get a cotton candy and share it with anyone that wants some, I just want a taste and then I`m happy till next year. You are doing so well to avoid the fry trucks, and hamburger stands, everything outside smells so much better and yummier but we can prevail after all it`s just a lot of fat and grease. Way to go, you should be very proud, enjoy the concerts emoticon emoticon

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JOESTHER 6/30/2010 12:14AM

  Oh wow, that's amazing. DH and I are planning on going to our local county fair within the next week or two, and the idea of cotton candy and hot dogs makes me feel weak in the knees. But when I'm there and see these temptations in front of you, I'm going to recall this post and resist.

Thank you. :)

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ROCKYCPA 6/29/2010 5:42PM

    That is so awesome - good for you!!

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THAMLEY 6/29/2010 4:54PM

    Isn't it a wonderful feeling. A Lady at my job has brought homemade(delicious) cakes- three of them in the last 2 weeks. And, there have been Krispy Kreme Doughnuts a few times. I haven't even given any of it a second thought. Yes, yes, SP gives us the motivation and accountability tools to get to where we want to be. Great Blog, thanks for sharing!
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JERSEYGIRL1950 6/29/2010 12:48PM

    Big Hugs to You!!!! emoticon

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SGTSUNNY 6/29/2010 10:26AM

    A great sign of progress! Congrats

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I hope you had fun! How were the concerts?

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DISIZIT 6/29/2010 9:30AM

    emoticon that sure is progress! good for you!

we should all congratulate ourselves for any bit of progress we make.

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NANCYRUBIO 6/29/2010 8:22AM

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IMREITE 6/28/2010 5:36PM

    I realized i was making progress when i my dad commented that we still had easter candy. i don't particularity like the pb eggs so i put them in a bowl and they have been sitting there ever since. i am not tempted to eat them.

Congrats on changing your lifestyle!
Enjoy the concerts!

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PATTYKLAVER 6/28/2010 9:35AM

    Isn't it a good feeling to know you're making progress? Congratulations.

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AJINMN 6/28/2010 9:25AM

    Good for you! Our county fair is in 2 weeks and I allow myself 1 shake in 4 days to support the Dairy Council. Some of that stuff doesn't even look good, does it?

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KIN59VARA 6/28/2010 9:18AM

    Good for you!

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NIKKIG3 6/28/2010 8:58AM

    Bravo.... Even though those foods look delicious deep down inside they are only plates of heartache.

Keep up the good work, when you know what it takes to burn those calories, suddenly its not worth the bite.

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ACLUBB5 6/28/2010 8:31AM

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IRISHLASS117 6/28/2010 6:46AM

    You have arrived at a healthy lifestyle and are embracing it!! Amazing when that realization hits you right upside the head isn't it!

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GOODBYEHORSES 6/28/2010 3:26AM

    Our county fair is coming up soon, and I hope I have the strength to at least limit myself during the week. Great job!

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AMY113 6/28/2010 2:26AM

    Bravo! Bravo! Bravo!

I completely understand! I had the same experience.

Watching people eat is a new hobby of mine. I noticed there are lots of fat people eating in public. Not many skinny people. MMMmmm, interesting!

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 6/28/2010 1:48AM

    Congratulations on your progress! You are doing great.
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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 6/28/2010 1:43AM

    Congrats on your award!!!

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MESEATURTLE 6/28/2010 1:36AM

    wow!!!!thats fantastic!!!

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ABOOKER2 6/27/2010 10:57PM

    Lambra, I gave up sugar and processed foods 90 days ago and I noticed all cravings disappeared at around the 45 or 60 day mark. Good luck.

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NANASHANON 6/27/2010 9:40PM

    emoticon That's great news and I know it made you feel really good that you could ignore all that temptation!!!

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POOHBER26 6/27/2010 9:27PM

    can you lend me some of your willpower please....

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EVEINCOLORS 6/27/2010 9:04PM

    doing great job! congrats!
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PJGABRIEL 6/27/2010 8:51PM

    emoticon you have made that life style change we hear about all the time, it is what you are doing every time you go to the county fair and feel just fine not buying into the smells and sites of all that food.
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GOING-STRONG 6/27/2010 7:38PM

    Amazing.... I hope that someday I don't give a hoot about the junk. I avoid it like the plague but sure do have urges. All the best to you on your continued journey to health and fitness. Spark on!

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FRUGALTERRY 6/27/2010 5:12PM

    Who hoo! Congratulations

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KSHAGGY 6/27/2010 2:27PM

    Congrats that is fantastic!

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TROPICAL_PUNCH 6/27/2010 11:18AM

  Congratulations!

Calories are one cost that is a deterrent and $$ is the other.

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LAMBRA 6/27/2010 11:01AM

    Is it take long? I pray for that day!!! You have done great job!!!! emoticon

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CASSIOEPIA 6/27/2010 10:19AM

    I've noticed too that my rewards no longer involve food, or thinking about food. I am making appts for pedicures, manicures, even spa trips! I love that pampering better than any food I've ever tasted.

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TERRI289 6/27/2010 9:57AM

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EVANIAN 6/27/2010 6:05AM

    I HOPE I FEEL THAT WAY WHEN OUR COUNTY FAIR ROLLS AROUND!!!
GOOD JOB!

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MIMAWELIZABETH 6/27/2010 1:18AM

    YES YES YES! That's me in the grocery store as I pass through the bakery section... whole wheat bread and bagels, and I'm on my way without being tempted! emoticon

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SUSIEMT 6/26/2010 11:56PM

    Yea You! emoticon

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ANABANANA135 6/26/2010 11:15PM

    How awesome is this! Good for you. Also inspiring and encouraging for the rest of us to hear!

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"You Ain't No Fun Since I Quit Drinking"

Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Not sure who sings that line in the country and western song, but it sure applied to me today. I heard that song in my head all day as I battled a HUGE jones to drink coffee after 56 days of none.

With my good angel on one shoulder, and my bad angel on the other, they have been engaged in a ferocious tug-of-war. What's funny is some of the rationale that pops up when a former habit/addiction rears its ugly head.

The voice of erroneous reason kept saying that life is too boring without caffeine. That it ain't no fun. Honestly, I miss that energy jolt like crazy and most people would suggest moderation. However, I am very caffeine sensitive and suffer after even a "little bit" of coffee. And decaf doesn't work; it only serves as a gateway to the big stuff.

So, my little angels are tired of fighting now, and the good angel has won. For now. The thing about habits/addictions - just when you think you've been victorious - whamo. You are craving the stuff and would give almost anything for it.

And what's really hilarious in a crazy way? I really don't love the stuff all that much. It's now a psychological thing.

  
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KARENE10 6/23/2010 10:25AM

    Great Job on NOT having the coffee!!!! I gave up smoking 10 years ago and the first few months are the hardest. Sure I want one every now and then but the feeling passes rather quickly~ emoticon

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MINORCANLDY 6/23/2010 8:29AM

    Addiction of any kind is hard to beat. Sort of like when I quit smoking .... Once you lay it down, you are a "non-smoker", the question remains will you stay a non-smoker. 32 years now.. Smoke Free! yeah.... :)

As to caffeine, I've never had the addiction or sensitivity but I do understand its an addiction like any other painful (lovely) addiction. Maybe forming some other ritual which fills that "trigger time" might help you there too. I found for myself it was some sort of Time triggers that made me want certain things. This whole effort is about making new habits and new sensations. Maybe that will help? I dunno... But I do know you are doing wonderfully to have gone that far
"caffeine free" :)

Best of Wishes
Gin


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GIGALENA 6/23/2010 8:12AM

    Way to go!

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NANCY- 6/23/2010 6:39AM

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I understand, I have had the same with cigs, it's been 465 days and every once in a while the desire comes and I do not even like cigs anymore.
Strange how that works.

Keep Sparking! You are doing great.

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VERNICEMAZ 6/23/2010 6:33AM

  I drink coffee every now and then. However, I know that coffee lovers have to have it every morning. So, being a coffee lover, I say kudos for your accomplishment. It's definitely challenging to fast or quit a caffeine fix.

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SUPREME5 6/22/2010 9:58PM

    WAY TO GO YOU ROCK
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DUTCHIEKIWI 6/22/2010 9:30PM

    As I'm reading this, I'm sipping my freshly brewed coffee, I had to read it again...56 days no coffee?!?!? SERIOUS???? WOW! I love my coffee, and YES I drink far far too much off the liquid gold....
I drink it black, no sugar, just the real thing. so... no calories at all.

It gives me that ' feel good' feeling, so i hang on to it as let's be honest, a lot of feel good feeling food has been scrapped of the menu.

KUDOS to you my friend! WELL DONE! I know it's healthier without it, maybe one day, when they invent calorie FREE red wine, I'll be able to quit my coffee ;0)

KEEP IT UP!!

Dutchie

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HHOUSE8 6/22/2010 9:06PM

    Love how you put this out there. You're a hoot and a half! emoticon on letting the good emoticon win the tug-o-war. I was jonesin' for some coffee last week. so glad I didn't succumb. I knew it would be the beginning of my undoing in so many areas. I'll remember this blog when the urge hits next time.
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REVJVH 6/22/2010 7:48PM

    I felt that way when I quit smoking. Yesterday was the 20th anniversary of the day I quit. Even now, once or twice a year, I get a momentary craving for a cigarette. It passes quickly now, but it does come.

Congrats to you for toughing out the cravings. Your body is no longer addicted to caffeine, but, as you say there's still a psychological addiction. So, who's smarter? You or caffeine? I'll say it's you!

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12SPOOKY 6/22/2010 7:22PM

    Good for you - you won! I wish I had your willpower when it comes to sweets (especially ice cream). Seems like what we can't have becomes the most important thought in our heads. emoticon

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/22/2010 7:17PM

    LOL I can take or leave coffee but I share your pain when it comes to diet coke!

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"80% of Success Is Just Showing Up"

Monday, June 21, 2010

This quote has gone through my head all day. As I headed out of the house, I heard the beginning of a radio interview with Bill Gates Sr. (father of Microsoft's Bill Gates Jr.). This was his quote.

It made me think about what I've shown up for lately - and what I haven't. For the past year and a half on this SP site, I've shown up. It has been the anchor in reinforcing the new healthier eating patterns in this adventure.

I've also thought of the things that I haven't shown up for, and why. It seems that I am not interested in the same things I've been in the past and really have to think about where I want to show up next. And what my idea of success is.

Wishing all a great Monday.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 6/22/2010 3:21AM

    I'm glad you're still here and still showing up!
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AYAMMAYA 6/22/2010 1:43AM

    Thank you Jesse ~ Wonderfully Simple ~ Marvelously Powerful

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MARTY19 6/21/2010 12:50PM

    That is so true. Many things I have done in the past have been half-hearted at best. Now with summer here, I get the change to see what I want and then show up.

Marty

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KARALIANNE 6/21/2010 12:02PM

    What a great way of looking at things! Thanks for this - I'm going to try to think about things in terms of showing up, too! :)

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EPIPHANYANGEL 6/21/2010 6:52AM

    Definitely something to think about.

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SOLOCONTINUITY 6/21/2010 1:48AM

  I think you have put your finger on my problem. I have stopped showing up for just about everything. I am supposed to volunteer at a fundraiser golf tournament at 8 am and here it is 1:47 am and I haven't gone to bed yet.

I'm going to be sure to show up today and try to get in my 10,000 steps.
LS

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PMAY0313 6/21/2010 1:08AM

    Nice quote. Very thought provoking.

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/21/2010 12:59AM

    This is a clever thought and one I too will give some serious thought too!

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Reassessing Rocking Shoes & Other Thoughts

Sunday, June 20, 2010

I recently critiqued the new rolling athletic shoes I got and said they stunk. And that they caused my back to hurt. I want to reassess them with new info.

Looks like I rushed to judgment and now feel that I like them! First of all, I did not know I was supposed to ease into wearing them. I just dove in, as I do with many things in life. (smiling) I now walk well in them and feel the positive effects in my legs and butt. Additionally, I tried on another brand today and they were a dream. Didn't buy them, but was just curious if they varied by brands. They do. So, that's that.

I have to say that I haven't been on the scale in about a month now. I just forgot about it since I've been on this forever plateau for, well, forever. (it seems) But two friends have separately told me that I look a bit more slimbo than ever. Hooray for me! Guess I'll have to do the scale routine soon just for curiosity.

Finally, a couple of thoughts about the SP website. I have done all of the poll questions and so what happens now? I know there is a way to reset the old articles, but how about poll questions? And it amazes me, no matter how many times I've taken the quiz with the same questions over and over, that I still have days when I get five incorrect. Seems someone isn't paying attention, is she?

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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SEWSWITHHOTGLUE 6/20/2010 2:43PM

    RE: Shoes: The brand 'Skechers Shape-Ups' is what I bought, and they worked for me right out of the box. Is that the brand you liked, too?

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DDHEART 6/20/2010 7:55AM

    LOL....we are so much alike sometimes!....At this time the polls can't be reset like the articles and they make new polls at a snails pace so that's one less way to get points... emoticon Now Trivia....I can get 100% and then again...like this morning...yikes...its like I don't know a thing LOL I'mblaming it on my DH not bringing me my coffee yet! emoticon I still have mixed feelings about my shoes...they do work the butt and thighs, I can feel it, can't wear them every day and when I tried that I had a spot on the bas of my feet that felt like I was standing on a rock at times...I decided they are not an every day shoe....will I buy anoher pair when these are worn? The jury is still out.

Now, it's probably been a freeing thing to ignore the scale...your friends I'm sure are the best guage...how do your clothes fit? Sounds like a non scale victory to me!!

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CHERIRIDDELL 6/20/2010 1:20AM

    I would love to know how to reset if you figure it out let me know.My responses have changed over time LOL! I don't know how to reset the old articles either I always feel review is worthwhile !

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