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Two Month Sparkversary

Saturday, August 21, 2010

August 21st, two months & counting.

Weeks 6-9... emoticon

The last week of July was the half way mark through our families 11 week challenge. I’m right on track for the goals I set and just might win my share of the spoils. If not my daughter and her DH will for sure… she’s a “Sparkler” too and doing awesome!!!

emoticonAugusts’ weather was very mild here in Southern California so I didn’t suffer from much water retention. I did have an injured foot which hindered the exercise program I started for my second month but I slowly reduced my daily caloric intake so they balanced out and I was able to move the swimmer on my weight ticker right along emoticonGo Speedy =]

As I keep my Spark points up so I can be a “Generous Goodie Giver” I’ve learned so many new things about nutrition, health, and exercise not to mention becoming more self aware of food triggers and new ways to comfort myself. July and August are heavy with family celebrations so I was actively learning how to handle the new me with all the extra party foods & drinking. Actually, it was very good practice for the up coming holiday season which starts around here at Halloween emoticon and runs helter skelter through Valentines Day emoticon

I know now that it’s ok to be proud of myself for sticking with SP for two whole months! emoticon I’m excited and motivated and know that my ability to stay focused comes partly from encouraging others. Chris and his SparkTeam really do offer the complete package and I have to give kudos to all of them as well as my new SparkFamily… yes that’s YOU!!! emoticon

Little side note: My husband quit emoticonsmoking on July 1st and I’m so proud of him but you can imagine, since he doesn’t have any weight to loose, what a pair we’ve been this past month as he feeds his monster while I'm taming mine. XXXOOO to my DH emoticon

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JOANOFSPARK 8/22/2010 10:18AM

    Happy 2nd month Sparkaversary!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticonI just love SP, don't you? and I am sooo glad that I found it... emoticon

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SURFKITTY 8/22/2010 12:52AM

    Sounds like you're doing great, keep up the good work, and congrats on your 2 months with SP.

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/22/2010 12:18AM

    emoticonCongratulations to you and your family! It's wonderful that you're working together to change your lives for the better!
I hope you all feel very proud of yourselves - you definitely deserve to!
Stay positive!

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MRSSTUP 8/21/2010 11:34PM

    Congrats to both you and your husband! It's nice that you have such family support. I sure am glad we found SP and have been learning how to handle some of the rough situations that could arise over the holidays. (Lots of party food emoticon and drink emoticon) Continue the great job you are doing with the family challenge!

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SUSIEPH1 8/21/2010 11:14PM

    Way to go !! That is Awesome !
Please tell DH he has done the right thing ..My DH had part of his jaw removed due to Cancer from smoking ... He had stopped Smoking in 1979 ... and the cancer reared its ugly head in 1998 . so the sooner he gives it away the better ... Operation was successful ..DH is now 81 ... But I have my doubts he would have still been here if he hadn't stopped Smoking when he did ... I think you are both fantastic in your goals ...
Cheers Susie emoticon emoticon

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JAMER123 8/21/2010 9:48PM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Family orientated goals are fantastic!! Congrats

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MEYLOSE 8/21/2010 9:38PM

    HAPPY Sparversary to you

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Praise the Lord and pass the fruits and veggies!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

emoticonI’m eliminating the enemy (pounds) by increasing fiber with more fruits and veggies. They have become my ammunition in the war against fat.

We all know these dietary warriors can lower caloric intake and body fat which leads to less body weight. Fiber stabilizes insulin and blood glucose which leads to lower risks for diabetes and helps in the fight to lower high blood pressure too emoticon

Less weight = a healthier body which = a happier life!!! It’s a vicious circle SparkFriends and I’m happy to say I’ve got caught up in it emoticon

emoticon emoticonSummer fruits are still plentiful and reasonably priced when you compare them pound for pound against other non fat burning foods. Not only are they naturally sweet and satisfying but they make you FEEL good too.

I’m looking forward to all the yummy fall choices from our local farmer’s stand… there’s some root vegetables I’m excited to try roasting and soups galore, including our family’s traditional pumpkin soup in hollowed out acorn squash bowls for Thanksgiving emoticon

Mmmm, mmmmm, mmmmmmm… summer fruits and fall veggies….
Praise the Lord and pass those bowls of ammunition emoticon

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WINE4GIRL 8/19/2010 8:45PM

    emoticon Love the mental pictures! Nice blog and thanks for the Thanksgiving idea.

Bon Appetite!

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MRSSTUP 8/19/2010 8:44PM

    Thanks for writing such a good blog. It makes you think about what we have.

When I come home from the market with all the beautiful rich colors of the produce, I realize that I am so very blessed to be able to enjoy these luscious fruits and vegetables. It is not a hardship, I am not being punished, and it is definitely not a "diet".

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SUSIEPH1 8/19/2010 7:02PM

    Love it! I live on fruit and veg.. also fish ...gotta be good for you !! Cheers Susie emoticon emoticon

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GINGER1OF16 8/19/2010 6:13PM

    Ah, the old memories keep rising to the surface. We have a very musical family history so your blog title spoke to me. I love your variation on the theme...it will certainly make our tomorrows more fit and safer.
emoticonThanks for the memories. Ginger

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THEWINNER33 8/19/2010 5:28PM

    Very well said. I now find myself craving fruits and veges instead of old favorites. I agree. Praise the Lord and pass those fruits and veges

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1THING 8/19/2010 5:18PM

    emoticon we had a very excellent salad for dinner last night with at least 6 veggies. Nice!

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KATRIONAH 8/19/2010 5:17PM

    This is a great blog. Love the "Praise the Lord and pass those bowls of ammunition. LOL GOOD one.

I am loving the farmers market this year. AS well as the farm stands. It is a daily trip to the stands. Nothing like FRESH fruits and veggies.

I discovered I actually like eggplant. LOL Still struggling with Asparagus. But...working on it. And this year the sweet corn seems sweeter than ever. No need for butter or salt. Just yummy!

All this fiber has good and bad...LOL effects. GOOD that it keep me full and is making me healthier. BAD....cause my body is still adjusting to all the extra fiber. I drink lots of water and MAY take stock in beano. Tee hee hee

Have a great day...... emoticon

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Like Erma said…

Tuesday, August 17, 2010

“It’s always greener over the septic tank” By: Erma Louise Bombeck ~February 21, 1927 – April 22, 1996~

If you don’t know Erma let me introduce her to you…. she was the beloved American humorist whose newspaper column, “At Wit's End” grew to such fame that it became nationally syndicated in 1965. Some of you may not remember her but I adore many of her quotes and would like to honor her memory here. As woman and mothers, you'll probably find good humor in her quips about the life of a housewife.

Like Erma said… “I haven't trusted polls since I read that 62% of women had affairs during their lunch hour. I've never met a woman in my life who would give up lunch for sex.”

Would you give up a meal for sex? emoticon

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GINGER1OF16 8/18/2010 4:47PM

    My mom had a sense of humor much like Erma and she often dropped Erma's little wisdom bombs on us. It's 20 years in Dec since my mom died. Thanks for the memory reprisal. It makes me smile! Laughter IS great medicine.
Ginger emoticon

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MRSSTUP 8/17/2010 11:24PM

    emoticon Well, I am trying to watch my weight.....
What did you say was on the Lunch Menu? emoticon
Erma was a hoot! Thanks for the memories,

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LINOVER 8/17/2010 10:01PM

    I love Erma also! Every few months I'll try to reread one of her books. She was really funny and is certainly missed!

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SUSIEPH1 8/17/2010 7:02PM

    No of course not! I love Emma she is so tongue in cheek ... thank you for such a great blog .. cheers Susie emoticon

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CLARISSA1980 8/17/2010 6:29PM

    Thank you for the awesome blog that you wrote today...you made me smile..!! I had forgotten all about Erma Bombeck...she was always so funny..!! I am going to do a google search to see if I can find some of her funny sayings online because after all, "laughter is the best medicine"..!!!
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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/17/2010 6:07PM

    I used to love reading her column and her occasional TV appearances! Her words were wisdom disguised as humor - always a message when you thought about what she said.
Stay positive,

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SHORTCAKE48 8/17/2010 4:53PM

  I love Erma. Had forgotten how funny she always was and always right on target with her humor. No, I would not give up lunch for sex thank you very much.

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    I loved Erma Bombeck! She was syndicated and appeared next to the comics in our local newspaper, alternating with Ann Landers. She was just plain REAL. I don't know any other way to describe her.

As for your question...I'd give up a meal for sex in a heartbeat! Now where's the man who HEARD me say that? C'mon, y'all. Line forms right...here...

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TWOTIMESS 8/17/2010 3:13PM

She also said: "Life's too short to stuff mushrooms." That's my motto. Thanks for the trip down memory lane.

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Triggers… food vs. people, places and things

Friday, August 13, 2010

Socrates' guiding rule was, "Know Thyself." I’ve been self actualizing since a psych class I took in college way back in the 60’s. Since joining SP and reading Chris’s introduction to “The Spark” it’s as if my keen sense of self is transforming from a fuzzy focus to a much clearer vision of what really triggers my emotional eating.

For decades I’ve found myself standing in front of the pantry almost in a fog… searching, searching, searching for something to make me feel better and as my glazed stare sharpened I’d some times say out loud to myself, “What am I looking for?”

emoticon emoticon emoticonFood (comfort) of course… but why? Had I just seen, smelled, thought of food or realized I was hungry or missed a meal? No, I was standing there because I had had some kind of uncomfortable encounter with someone. emoticonNot always the same person, never for any particular reason but clearly because I’d been triggered by anxiety of some sort emoticon

I’ve known for a long time that paying bills always triggers a hot flash so I use a CD called “relaxpeacefully” by Solitudes and now, Voila no more hot flashes. Now that I realize its people that trigger me to over eat I’m using more appropriate responses to deal with the anxiety… like affirmations, which includes prayer, exercise emoticondeep breathing or a sweetened cup of calming tea emoticon to take that bitter taste out of my mouth. The ultimate reaction will be no reaction at all. I’m working on not taking things personally as well as “considering the source.” Maybe I’ll even grow a pair and speak up (I was raised not to talk back) but then I’ll have to remember to keep my words soft and tender, because I may have to eat them…. so for now I’ll just whisper sweet nothings into my own ear and breeeeeeeeeeeath while I wait for the teakettle’s whistle emoticon emoticon

What triggers your over eating?

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MZLADY77 8/16/2010 4:40PM

    Nice and thoughtful blog, thanks for sharing! emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/15/2010 11:41PM

    Thank you so much for sharing..very interesting emoticon

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UNSTOPPABLE_ 8/15/2010 10:20PM

    Great blog..makes me think more about my over eating!

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MRSSTUP 8/14/2010 2:34PM

    All the social gatherings, old habits, stress, boredom, and many more. I like the idea of tea. I just bought a lemon ginger tea that sounds pretty good about now. Thanks for your tip!
JoAnne emoticon

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CHERYL7777 8/14/2010 2:07PM

    It's not just one thing that triggers my overeating but many. I learned for sure last week at work that conflict really sets me off. I think that goes back to my childhood when my mother and father fought. I would seek solace and comfort in food and that practice has carried over into my adult life. So when ever I hear any one in the mist of an argument or disagreement, I head for the vending machine, the candy dish in the front office, or any where I can get something to eat to numb my stress and fear of the situation.

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TAYLORLIV31 8/14/2010 11:27AM

    When you take time out to sit quiet and realize what's really going on it all makes sense. emoticon

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PLAYBLUES22 8/14/2010 10:34AM

    Sweetie, it is nice that you have learn to know yourself emoticon

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WALNUT5612 8/14/2010 10:20AM

H -hunger
A -anger/anxious
L -lonely
T -tired!

Great blog!!

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KELZIEROSE 8/14/2010 7:11AM

    Boredom. I get bored and I over eat.

My weekends are Thurs/Fri, and my hubby's are Sat/Sun and so when I'm home alone all Thurs/Fri I snack like there's almost no food left on earth!

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KATRIONAH 8/14/2010 4:32AM

    Great blog. You really seem to have gotten a great understanding of "YOU". That has to help in your weight loss adventure. I am working to discover "MY" triggers so I can try to avoid some of the emotiuonal eating pitfalls I end up in. Thank you so much for sharing......Karen

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/14/2010 4:04AM

    You are definitely making great progress in understanding yourself! That is going to make your weight loss/healthy lifestyle even more successful! My triggers are family situations - usually involving interactions with one of my brothers. They still know what buttons to push and I still can't control my reactions - even at our ages!
I have been reading a book recommended by JEMPOWER and have learned a lot about calming breathing techniques and words to say to myself - I do see some improvement so I need to practice it more!

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Hidden Benefits of Middle Age

Monday, August 09, 2010

A snippet from WomansDay.com on Improved Brain Function......

Sure, you may forget your keys more often, but the latest research indicates that, as with a fine wine, age might actually be good for your brain. “In her book , Barbara Strauch cites research that shows that in our middle years—ages 40 to 65—we are better at solving problems because we can think more creatively and conceptualize issues in a more comprehensive manner,” says Elizabeth Lombardo, PhD, MS, PT, a psychologist in private practice in Wexford, Pennsylvania. “Our wisdom from years of experience helps us be more intuitive so we can quickly and more accurately size up people and situations."

Well of course I know being older has its perks... what I didn’t know is I’m still considered “middle aged” emoticonAccording to this article I have two more years before I’m official a senior citizen and that’s plenty of time to push that envelope and come up with another title I like better because that’s what us Baby Boomers do emoticon

My inner child still feels young… my outer self not so much. But the euphemisms used to describe women in their 60s and beyond don’t fit any more. I don’t care for these…. old woman, pensioner, geriatric patient, granny, silver brigade, the elderly, in my sunset or golden years, aged, old folk… Booooo emoticon

Lets find a more appropriate title to describe the new us as we grow older gracefully through a healthier life style.

Any suggestions fellow SP?

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BLESSEDGRANDMA 8/10/2010 11:20PM

    Yay!! Encouraging words for sure!! We are OVERCOMERS for sure!!

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CHRISTYD921 8/10/2010 8:07PM

    To play off the sparkers idea ..how about sparklers

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/10/2010 6:17PM

    Another hidden benefit - I just got a discount on my hotel price (my 100 pound reward) for being a "senior citizen!"

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IVYLIBRA 8/10/2010 10:50AM

    I'm simply AGELESS!

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JAKEANDNELLIE 8/10/2010 10:47AM

    I like the idea - let's be Sparkers!

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MRSSTUP 8/9/2010 11:16PM

    How funny... when I was reading your blog I thought the exact same thing. "Man, I'm still middle age!" I agree, let's be Sparkers. This was a fun read..Thanks,

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CHERYL7777 8/9/2010 5:18PM

    Well that made my day to find out I'm still considered middle age and will be for 5 more years. Wow that really makes me feel great. I think we should just be called EXPERIENCED. I know I am.

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KSHAGGY 8/9/2010 4:51PM

    How about Sparkers instead of Seniors?

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