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Turning Grief Into Gratitude

Wednesday, November 24, 2010

I've been trying to practice redirecting the sadness of loss into concentrating on how thankful I am that I have had all of those lovely people in my life. Lost 8 in the past two years. And I miss my dear cousin (who was like a sister) who departed in July.

Wishing all a wonderful Thanksgiving.

  
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DDHEART 11/24/2010 8:37PM

    Holidays can be hard when we're missing those we've lost but you are so right that turning the grief into a celebration of the ones you miss is a good thing. I hope you can have some laughter along with the tears...think of the things you did together that brought you joy. emoticon

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JLITT62 11/24/2010 2:32PM

    And a wonderful holiday back at you! Remember you angels, as I know that you do. And remember that they want you to be happy, just as you always wanted them happy.

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PEGGY-BEE 11/24/2010 1:06PM

    i do know how you feel. In recent years I lost Dad, Liz (my dear cousin, daughter's God-mother), Pat (my sister), Guy (father in law), Colleen (20 yr old niece) then Mom in June, plus so many friends. I don't know what happened but all different cancers except one. I feel beat down by it all, but lucky to have had them. They each added so much to my life. We will be toasting them all tomorrow and chatting w/ family across the US to remember them.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/24/2010 10:48AM

    emoticonI can't even begin to know how you feel, just sending lots of hugs!

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NANCY- 11/24/2010 10:47AM

    It isn't easy... but those fond cherished memories can bring smiles and reminds me that they are still a part of me.
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JOYATLAST 11/24/2010 10:26AM

    Turning grief into gratitude is noble. I salute you. You will make it. You really will.

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This Year, No Pumpkin Pie Fantasies!!! That's How I know I've truly Left Sugar!!

Tuesday, November 23, 2010

Here goes the same ole song...

Prior to 4-5 years ago, I had a lifelong curse of being able to eat anything without weight gain. A curse because it spoiled me into thinking that I'd be that way forever and ever.

Not so with the introduction of hormonal changes, job stress, life stress, and tons of other changes. Around this time of year, my very favorite pumpkin pie would take center stage. No, not just a piece, but I was used to eating the entire pie in a day, and sometimes one the next day.

Fortunately, with the past two years of this lifestyle change, I did not get as carried away, but still had a battle with "portion" control. (which meant NOT THE ENTIRE PIE!) Okay, well, see I think what's happened to me is that during this past 4.5 months since my dear cousin passed away, I started to return to sugar.

However, I remember a technique from my college days in Psych class - satiation. I think that I ate so much sugar that I got sick of and from it. Truly, I can hardly stand the thought of it now.

So, no pumpkin pie fantasies for me. I even bought a Carvel ice cream cake this morning for a friend. Didn't even want any!

Wishing everyone a great holiday. I'm thankful for my sparkfriends and all the help you've given me.

  
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NANCY- 11/24/2010 10:45AM

    WTG on making changes.
You are awesome!!!!


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LIBBYFITZ 11/24/2010 9:36AM

    emoticonWell done!

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JLITT62 11/23/2010 8:14PM

    Apparently, right now, there is no pie on the menu. Cheesecake and carrot cake; doesn't really sound like Thanksgiving, does it? What were my mom & sister thinking? I have been mostly out of the loop.

I don't think I'll ever banish sugar altogether, but I have gotten rid of more of it and mostly it makes me feel better. Altho in HI I ate more sugar than usual, and thankfully that doesn't make me want to continue with it now that I'm home.

Have a wonderful, sugar-free Thanksgiving.

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DDHEART 11/23/2010 6:49PM

    One summer when my brother was a teenager, he worked at a Carvel shop....they were encouraged to eat all of the mistakes they wanted during the first week of employment...it did a great job of killing that desire to eat the product!! LOL have a great holiday...me, I'm going to have some pie but I'm going to stick to some sliver tastes of the Caramel Pecan silk pie and the apple caramel pecan....the pumpkin isn't the one that calls to me!

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JOYATLAST 11/23/2010 5:42PM

    You are emoticon !!



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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/23/2010 5:15PM

    I hope you have a great Thanksgiving!

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WHOWANTSOLLIE 11/23/2010 4:45PM

    Wow, no cravings! Yeah for you!
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"Exercise Is Irrelevant to Weight Loss!" WHAT?????

Thursday, November 11, 2010

There was a radio caller who self-proclaimed that he is a trainer. Said that losing weight is solely about what you ingest, and that exercise means little more than keeping body in a somewhat tuneup mode.

He said that all exercise does is tire you out and/or make you hungry. Amazing what passes for health and fitness info, huh? Aren't you glad he's not your trainer?

On another topic, I'm contemplating getting a ticket to see the Rockettes as I saw them as a kid and it was thrilling. But a lot cheaper to just watch them on TV during the Macy's Thanksgiving Parade. (smiling)

I'm trying to reset my SP articles, but they do not reset. Wonder why.

Sending out a hug to sparkfriends. Heading to Universal Studios and City Walk early Friday, then dinner and a movie.

Take care, one and all.

  
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CAROLFAITHWALKR 11/15/2010 11:40PM

    I've heard that theory before; there is alot of truth in it, but, intervals DO burn it off though, and, building muscle increases metabolism resting rate 24/7 . . .

Resetting will only affect articles you've read more than 6 months ago . . .

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NANCY- 11/14/2010 7:31AM

    It's amazing what people will say. It becomes our job to figure out if it is a lie or the truth. So much for being trusting.Can you imagine the folks that believed him.
Sounds like you have some fun times planned.
Enjoy!!!!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/12/2010 9:49PM

    It's amazing how much it costs to see live shows these days. I bet it will fun!

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KTMAE2006 11/12/2010 1:50PM

    I'm going to Universal over Thanksgiving!! My little brother is a huge Barney fan, so we go to see the barney show on repeat....and I'm hoping to see Harry Potter :)

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DJ4HEALTH 11/11/2010 10:19PM

    I would say the he is irrelevant to have as an fitness trainer and now the people who have him as a trainer need to fire him.

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DDHEART 11/11/2010 7:52PM

    If that is what he really meant to say, he's not much of a trainer. And if it's not what he really meant, then he should really think before he speaks.

Sounds like you are having a wonderful day/evening. Enjoy!

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PEGGY-BEE 11/11/2010 7:33PM

    hmmm ... would like to ask him why my BP goes does with exercise if it's just tiring me out or making me hungry? Gotta laugh.

Jesse- have a nice little trip, the weather's looking good for Universal

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AIMIE32 11/11/2010 5:23PM

    Well, I get that it's all about cals in vs. cals out... but not exercising seems stupid and this trainer OBVIOUSLY doesn't understand that his LIVELYHOOD depends on people hiring him to workout with them. lol. MORON! did you see the report on cnn.com of the guy who ate a little debbie snack cake 3 a day as meals and lost weight. he also had 1 protein shake and a multivitamin. He said the report shows that weight loss is based on number of calories in only and it doesn't matter the quality of the calories it is all about quantity. He then said that he DOESN'T recommend this, but it was a good experiment. lol

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WEEZIETEE 11/11/2010 5:12PM

    This trainer didn't happen to mention whether or not he'd gotten his credentials from the bottom of a cereal box, by any chance, did he?
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A Couple of Cross Goals Achieved - Hooray for Me!

Wednesday, November 10, 2010

Done with recreational shopping. And zero credit card balance for good.

Feels very good. It's been coming slowly, but now DONE!

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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THEADMIRAL 11/20/2010 7:46PM

    emoticon That is a wonderful achievement! FREEDOM! emoticon Vikki

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RORYLYONS 11/11/2010 10:39AM

    emoticon paying cash is better way to go.. emoticon

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DDHEART 11/10/2010 6:17PM

    emoticon Enjoy the peace that comes with that accomplishment!

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LIBBYFITZ 11/10/2010 3:10PM

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/10/2010 12:15PM

    Bravo ,I hate paying interest !

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PEGGY-BEE 11/10/2010 12:03PM

    We have been w/out credit cards for 9 years and I love it!

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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/10/2010 9:56AM

    You are turning your life around on all different fronts! I'm really happy to see life getting better for you.
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SHOOTIN4STARS 11/10/2010 9:51AM

    Yeah! I know that feeling. It feels good to see that zero balance!

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ST91347 11/10/2010 12:37AM

  Congrats!! Getting out of debt is a big deal. emoticon emoticon

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VIUDANEGRA 11/10/2010 12:32AM

  good for you emoticon

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Waving Bye Bye To Myself in the Mirror

Tuesday, November 09, 2010

After a two year adventure into this healthier lifestyle change, I THINK I'VE GOT IT! (Finally!)

Usually loving absurdity, fun, and frolic, I'm a person who has been steeped in loss, sadness, and grief for the past few years.

As such, the only thing that has maintained what little sanity that remains is exercise, eating healthier, and sparkfriends.

Now, in the past three months, I did a TON of grief eating. To the point of satiation. And I gained back 8 lbs. I felt each and every one hanging on my bones. Something snapped and said, ENOUGH OF THIS HORSEPUCKY STUFF. (politely phrased)

I've now lost 4 of those regained. But yesterday, spontaneously, I looked at myself in the mirror and smiled. And waved goodbye to the remaining 20 lbs (they WILL be gone soon) that have made me a chubster for the first time in my life. Something in me finally got it - I will conquer the rest of this weight and that's that.

I have to say that I have kicked and screamed and rebelled my way throughout my two years. I'm not a joiner, and this SP adventure was not an easy one for me. But it really has been the main reinforcer for good stuff when everything else around me has crumbled.

As I write this, I am looking at my little desk mirror and giving another friendly goodbye wave. I will do this.

Wishing all a wonderful day.

  
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DDHEART 11/10/2010 6:20PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Love this and you may note I'm waving good bye with you!

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CHERIRIDDELL 11/10/2010 12:17PM

    That's the spirit!

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JLITT62 11/9/2010 9:22PM

    To hear that you smiled at yourself brought a smile to my face. Self love is definitely the first step.

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LIBBYFITZ 11/9/2010 8:50PM

    emoticonThat is half the battle! Waving goodbye to the safeness of the body you have been with and getting ready for the new you! emoticon

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AYAMMAYA 11/9/2010 2:56PM

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JOYATLAST 11/9/2010 11:18AM

    Go! Jesse, GO!

I'm right there with you. Something clicked for me too. My mirror smiles at me and I've never been more certain that it is just a matter of time!!!

You even inspired me to tackle my sugar addiction with much success!!!

I'm glad you're on this journey with me!

Love,
Joy



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SIMPLELIFE4REAL 11/9/2010 10:53AM

    What a cool thought! Waving goodbye to the old you. You could also say hello to the healthy you.
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Those 20 pounds will be gone!
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KTMAE2006 11/9/2010 10:31AM

    woohoo!!! way to go!!!

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WELLNESSME09 11/9/2010 10:20AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon wishing you the very best on your journey to a healthier and fit you emoticon

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