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Happy Halloween! And Sugar/Caffeine Detox Progress Update.

Sunday, October 31, 2010

Wishing all you guys and ghouls a fun Halloween.

I'm doing better with sugar than I have in my entire life. This past month, I've not even craved or wanted it. Feeling a lot better without that demon! (smiling)

Caffeine is a lot slower in making headway. I'm still at a half a small mug of coffee a day. I started to eliminate it completely and went into the painful withdrawal stage. Just can't manage that right now.

Have a great day.

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    Sounds like you're 3/4s of the way there! That's excellent. Congratulations!

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NANCY- 11/1/2010 9:20AM

    Wow you are doing ....

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/31/2010 8:01PM

    congratulations on the sugar elimination and the coffee cut-back! That is huge. You are doing great.

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PEGGY-BEE 10/31/2010 7:24PM

    You are doing a great job, down to half a small cup, dang good if you ask me.

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/31/2010 4:21PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonyou are doing awesome with the sugar and caffeine hugs

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JLITT62 10/31/2010 11:33AM

    I was pretty surprised to see that I could (mostly) give up sugar without truly missing it. I do get a craving now and again . . . and will most likely have more on my vacation . . . but I must say it was an eye opener.

I have discovered that I am, for the most part, calmer without sugar.

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AYAMMAYA 10/31/2010 10:05AM

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Congratulations on your accomplishments in health!!!
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Cookie's Dad Died This Morning On the Sidewalk before The Rains Came

Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Some people make you glad you knew them, no matter how little you actually did know them. They are people who have kind hearts, and a clear, happy energy field. That when they are gone, you can feel their absence immediately in making this world a better place. Our loss, heaven's gain.

For the past couple of years, while walking, I passed an elderly man walking his poodle every day. Cookie. You could just feel the love between them, it was very sweet. I'd stop and chat with him and Cookie and would call out "Hi, Cookie's dad" whenever I passed by in my car. He was a veteran, and an active volunteer in several things in the community.

This morning, I saw Cookie coming down the street - alone. My internal alarm button went off as she was headed for her house down the far end of my street. I drove over to where she lives and a neighbor rallied to help Cookie the rest of the way while I knocked on the door. Betty (his wife) answered and when she saw Cookie, she knew something was wrong.

The neighbor then said she'd heard ambulances. We delivered a safe Cookie, leaving Betty to get dressed out of her pj's, and we took off to comb the nearby streets. A police car passed that happened to be going to the scene, so we followed. We arrived and I left my neighbor there with the ambulances and police while I went back to get Betty.

Betty followed me in her car, and when I arrived, my neighbor I'd just left off was crying. I knew Cookie's dad was gone. I pulled over and sobbed. My recent losses are a fresh wound and the scab had been pulled off when seeing him lying there on the sidewalk, already covered up.

People are special in our lives. Some come in for just a fleeting bit of time, but make an impact nonetheless. I am thankful to have known Cookie's dad. Shortly afterwards, the skies opened up with a downpouring of angel tears - a rare rainfall that matched my own for all those I miss so much, especially my dear cousin who recently departed.

I felt the need to write about him here on this blog. Yes, our loss, heaven's gain- as I'd recently read somewhere in seeking solace. However, the human in me is greedy and wants them back from heaven. I want more of them here with me.

Too bad, how sad. Sometimes life is like that and I'd better just grow up and accept it. Goodbye, Cookie's dad. Thank you for sharing your sweet self with our neighborhood.

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NANCY- 10/28/2010 8:47AM

    There is nothing greedy about wanting to keep people around that enrich our life. About the only solace I found is that I was fortunate to have had them in my life.

I'm sure that you brought a smiles to his face with your kindness and warmth.

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FLORIDASUN 10/27/2010 8:08AM darling SAD...for you, Cookie, and Cookie's dad's wife! Everything you wrote is SO true..and touched my heart greatly.

YOU are the beautiful one...just as Cookie's dad are our gift and I'm so grateful for that!

From my sad heart to your sad heart..know that Cookie's dad and our loved ones are still VERY much with just in a different way...we'll meet up further down the river!

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    Our grief continues . . . for now. But one day our tears will be wiped away, and then we will cry no more, on the other side emoticon.

What a touching story, it made me teary eyed and I don't even know these people.

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JHADZHIA 10/26/2010 1:20PM

    So sorry about this loss :(( Brought tears to my eyes. I knew a woman exactly like this. We weren't close personal friends, but would, once in a long while when our busy schedules would allow, go for a lunch, and we just seem to connect, having the same ideas about healthy living and holistic healing. She passed away peacefully in her sleep at a very young age (50's), and I would hope she is in a better place, would have loved to known her more..

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DEFIANTVEGAN 10/23/2010 12:29PM

    What a touching and beautiful story. Losing our loved ones' or anyone that is a beautiful soul inside and out is difficult to lose. I too just lost my grandmother yesterday morning - she is not suffering no more and yes indeed heavens gain.

Thank for this story it made my day.

May you be filled with peace and love.

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CHRYS13 10/23/2010 12:19PM

    I'm sorry for your loss. What a wonderful neighbor you have been to Cookie and his dad!
Blessings to you as you remember those who have impacted your life.....
(May we all be neighbors as you have been!)

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/23/2010 8:57AM

    thank you for the blog and helping cookie and betty i bet cookie was going to get help. you are a kind and caring friend

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MONKEYSNUFFER 10/21/2010 11:09PM

    I am so sorry. That's very sad. It makes me cry thinking of my departed loved ones.

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JUSTDUCKY1405 10/21/2010 12:18PM

    Oh... what a touching story! And so sad! And, well... just so sad! Beautiful blog! I am glad you shared! And thanks so much for stopping by mine! Your Persian Siamese Kitties are beautiful! Got to love those faces!!! My Grandma had one! She was beautiful!

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LOVES_ANIMALS 10/21/2010 1:27AM

    How sad for Cookie and the man's wife. Thank you for caring about him, and taking action where you could!

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RODEOGEM 10/20/2010 8:40PM

    I'm so sorry for your loss, and for everyone that knew Cookie's Dad. Sounds like you were blessed to know him.

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MERRYMARY42 10/20/2010 6:28PM

    Thank You for sharing, it makes us all remember just how special people are, I know I walk, and speak to lots of walkers in my neighborhood, and when they are gone for a few days, I wonder why, but seldom find out.

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CODEMAULER 10/20/2010 3:41PM

    You are blessed with such kind neighbors, which is not a surprise when I read your touching story. I hope that you and your neighbors hold special thoughts of your dear friend close in your hearts. ~ Trish

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AYAMMAYA 10/20/2010 3:23PM

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I am so sad and sorry for your loss.

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LIBBYFITZ 10/20/2010 3:10PM

    emoticonThank you for sharing this blog with us. emoticon

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KAT7457 10/20/2010 2:16PM

    so sorry for the loss of your dear friend, and thank you for going out of your way to help Betty and Cookie.I am sure Cookie misses him very much. like some say people come and go in your life for a reason and go. i only wish i knew the reason why i get the wrong ones?? emoticon
you are a good neighbor, i check in on my 73 year old lady neighbor if i dont hear or see her in a few days i go knocking on her door to see if she is ok.we have a few of us in the building that look after one another.

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KIMROID 10/20/2010 1:40PM

    Heaven got a little brighter this morning when he arrived.


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IAMALIGHTHOUSE 10/20/2010 1:31PM

    God puts people in our path for a reason. Maybe you were in Cookie and his Dad's neighborhood path for this very reason- because you have a wonderful heart and cared enough to know that something was wrong and went to get help. Without this Betty might not have known for quite some time and she was able to have support when she did find out. Many blessings to you, Betty , Cookie and the neighborhood.

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REBECCAMA 10/20/2010 12:12PM

  I'm so sorry that you had to come face-to-face with death like that. What an awful beginning to your day. My condolences to Betty, and your whole neighborhood, and to Cookie too.

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ELEGANT_BABE 10/20/2010 11:03AM

    My condolences to you and Betty.

So sad and yet what a gift to have met--although brief--such a sweet soul.

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RAINBOWFALLS 10/20/2010 10:22AM

    Oh, how sad. Thank you for sharing this. I walk my dog and I have a Mrs. Fantastic in my life and I havn't seen her lately. Iwas just wondering the other day of she was ok. Funny how we don't know there names, but they still touch our lives.

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PATRISNA 10/20/2010 12:41AM

    I am so sorry to hear about Cookie's Dad. It is so sad for his wife, for Cookie and his dear friends like you. I am glad you took Cookie home and helped Cookie's Mom. I know he will be missed. You will always remember him and you wrote a wonderful tribute to him.


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CHERIRIDDELL 10/20/2010 12:14AM

    Jlitt62 wrote the little poem that I have been taught since I was very young by an elderly British lady who had survived both World War 1 and World War 2 she was like an adopted Nan to me as my own Nan died when I was 5 ,she was in her late 70's when Lil Jumpsen started teaching me "It is better to have loved and lost than never to have loved at all"She was in her 90's when she died and like you I still wanted more time with her !We all lose people we love if we live long enough even if we don't live long we leave those we love behind on earth and we can only think like the lyrics of an old WW2 song "Until we meet again " Whatever happens in our lives we will never run out of people to love ... our memories will bring those who are dear to us forever near to us.

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LINDA! 10/19/2010 11:36PM

    Oh, that is so sad. He sounded like a wonderful man. I am sad for Betty (and for Cookie). emoticon

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PEGGY-BEE 10/19/2010 10:00PM

    There are some people it's such a honor to get to know in even a slight way. I am so sorry for your loss.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/19/2010 8:55PM

    I'm so sorry to hear about Cookie's dad. Even though you didn't know him very well, he seemed like such a kind man and it had to be really hard to see him that way on the street. I know you will never forget him or today. You were so good to follow up on your instincts and take Cookie home and then find Cookie's dad.

I'm sorry you have had to deal with so much death around you recently. It just doesn't seem fair sometimes. The truth is, the more we are connected to our community and the people around us, the more we are touched by events like this.

My heart goes out to you.

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JLITT62 10/19/2010 8:39PM

    Oh, poor Betty. What a terrible way to lose your husband. I suppose it must've been quick for him.

People do come in & out of our lives. I have always felt that it is better to have loved and lost than to never have loved at all, trite as that sounds, but then I haven't suffered the losses you have either.

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Not All Calories Created Equal?

Sunday, October 17, 2010

I heard a nutrition segment on the radio last night. The host talked about a recent study where they gave two groups of people food containing the same number of calories, but some were sugary-type foods and some were protein-based. One group ate candy, but the other ate peanuts - same number of calories. The group eating the sugar gained more weight (with all other factors being the same- like exercise, etc).

Unfortunately, I came in at the tailend of the program, but am going to read more about this. I thought it was interesting.

Wishing all a great week.

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RODEOGEM 10/20/2010 8:43PM

    I can certainly tell the difference in my own body. I can stay within my calorie range, but eat junk and not lose, but healthier foods of the same calorie range and lose.

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1_AMAZING_WOMAN 10/20/2010 6:07PM

    The reason is because simple carbs and sugars create and "insulin reaction", and insulin is the "fat storage" hormone. It you eat the same amount of calories in protein foods and vegetables, or even protein foods along with (complex) carbs, you will not have a strong insulin release, and thus your body will be willing to release it's fat stores instead of holding onto fat or laying down more fat.


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ALEXSGIRL1 10/18/2010 9:11PM

    it is so true that sugar is not good for you

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NANCY- 10/18/2010 10:01AM

    Sometimes you can check out the station's website and find the program.
Yes the quality of our consumption makes a difference too.

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MARIE625 10/18/2010 7:25AM

    Although I don't have diabetes, I've been reading a book called Dr. Neal Barnard's Program for Reversing Diabetes. It contains some pretty interesting info on how your body processes, or doesn't process, various foods such as sugar, meats and fats and how your body reacts to those foods. The book goes on to recommend a vegan diet which I can't imagine following, although, my brother in law has read and is following the recommended diet and has had incredible results. For 20+ years, he's been so large he couldn't tie his own shoes, at one point, his BP was so high his doctor told him to go home and lay down and don't get out of bed until he'd lost weight, and then he got diabetes. He took meds for that for a couple of years and then read the book this past January. Since, he's lost over 100 pounds, gotten off all of his medications, is going to the gym, riding a bike daily, and has turned into a very happy and nice looking man. I can't get over the changes in him. If I keep thinking about the changes he's made, I just might get motivated to try the vegan diet. :)

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JLITT62 10/18/2010 5:28AM

    I think the problem with calories from processed food (and of course sugar is actually a processed food) is that your body doesn't really know what to do with it.

You could eat 1200 calories worth of twinkies vs 1200 calories worth of freggies . . . I think that would definitely make a difference in your body composition (not to mention your health!).

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LIBBYFITZ 10/18/2010 1:36AM

    emoticonIt is all about eating healthy calories. emoticon

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DJ4HEALTH 10/18/2010 12:39AM

    Just as you need different foods for your body, you will have foods that offer different nutrients for your body. You just have to make sure that you get the ones that your body needs and don't take the ones that have allot of calories or the ones that are not good for your body.

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/18/2010 12:33AM

    How fascinating.I think it would be interesting to further research this.

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Heading Into That Mega-Tough Caffeine Withdrawal Period ... YIKES!

Saturday, October 16, 2010

Well, weaning slowly has not worked well at all. I have to cut caffeine loose completely and I know from past experience that this is usually a three week (at least) period of migraine-like headaches, various body aches, and adrenals hurting. All this due to only half a small mug of coffee daily, can you believe it? Imagine if I drank more!

Oh how I've tried to get rid of this demon before. The longest I went without was for two years. Hooray for me. I started drinking coffee as an adult, and never really liked/loved it. I hate the way it makes me feel, yet I crave it when it's not there. And when I'm totally off it, I feel much better in some ways, but have absolutely no energy. So there's quite a bit of dependence (physical and psychological) going on, for sure.

This time, when I'm totally finished with this withdrawal period, I have to stick to my guns and not start again. Because each time it gets harder to kick the habit/addiction.

As far as the ensuing headaches, a sparkfriend recently told me that when she was in the hospital with a morphine drip for another matter, the headaches that were caused by the lack of caffeine were not even mitigated by the morphine! So, that gives you an idea of what is in-store for me. Yippeeee! (smiling)

Wishing all a fun weekend.

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 10/18/2010 9:35PM

    I know you can do this. You sound very determined!!! emoticon

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JOYATLAST 10/17/2010 7:50PM

    You are armed and dangerous! Carry on!

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ALEXSGIRL1 10/17/2010 6:47PM

    i am proud of your strength

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JLITT62 10/17/2010 5:42AM

    I think I'd just keep drinking it.

Thankfully, it's a habit I never started. Don't even like the smell of it.

Other than chocolate & tea, I just don't do caffeine (and most of my tea is herbal or decaf -- but I do drink 1-2 cups of green tea a day).

Good luck!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/17/2010 12:14AM

    You can do it ,you are a brave soul!!!!

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Lessons On the Human Spirit from the Chilean Rescued Miners

Wednesday, October 13, 2010

I'm watching the live feed on the internet andhave tears of joy as each miner is brought up with the cage opening to release them into daylight. Can't watch them all, but am totally blown away by their indomitable spirits.

One guy said he jogged 6 miles a day through the tunnels in order to keep his spirits up.

I shake my head in amazement as I try to grasp all that it took to survive 70 days buried miles underground.

What examples of the human spirit these men are! Here's to them and their loved ones!

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LIBBYFITZ 10/15/2010 11:05PM

    emoticonYes it was and still is an amazing story of fortitude and team work. They were on a 2200 cal diet so they would fit in the rescue capsule!

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CHERIRIDDELL 10/14/2010 12:09AM

    It is indeed miraculous but they still have some hurdles to cover ,hopefully the post traumatic stress disorder won't be too bad for them ,or the respiratory ailments .We will continue to keep them in our thoughts for some time yet!

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AYAMMAYA 10/13/2010 5:58PM

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Thank you Jesse for verbalizing the emotions being felt around the world for this great miracle.

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BOBBIENORTHERN 10/13/2010 2:04PM

    I am so thankful that they are out of that bad situation. It is so good that everyone did all that they did to get them saved. Praise God.

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PEGGY-BEE 10/13/2010 1:24PM

    This truely is amazing. I cannot imagine what they and their families are feeling. Just overwhelming!

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JOYATLAST 10/13/2010 12:51PM

    Thank you for writing this! I've been rejoicing and contemplating myself.

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