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It Takes Me Back

Tuesday, October 29, 2013

I found the 20 minute eating challenge just that .....a challenge! It is an alien concept almost. But I tried....Not enough food to make it last so I had to change my menu. Then I needed to add more water to the meal. I ended up drinking 6 glasses of water. That still didn't work so I added baroque music at a very low level. That helped a lot. I started to relax.
Playing classical music at a meal is a memory from a high school retreat at a Franciscan Monastery outside of my home town. It was a very memorable experience. One of the best things about it was the meal times. No talking but beautiful music in the background. A real treat.
So, in the end that is what got me through a 20 minute meal........Whew! I can't say that it is something that I found easy but I learned a lot in the process...... It can be done but you have to work at it...............God bless the monks.

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JANEWATKINS 11/4/2013 8:59AM

    Wow. I think taking 20 minutes to eat would be a real challenge for me. The first thing I thought of was could I "drag out" my meal time to that length. The thought about "dragging out" tells you a lot, huh? Bob and I usually eat meals with others: breakfast with Charlie Rose, lunch with Steven Colbert, and dinner with whoever is there . . . Sheldon Cooper, etc. Yes, we eat with the TV. I would love to just have nice dinner conversation with Bob, but he is a bonafide TVaholic. So FAT chance of that changing. I say FAT chance since the literature is full of stories about how TV eating makes people fat since they are eating more mindlessly. Maybe I need to eat on the patio and set a new trend! Thanks for the blog. Love the imagery of the monastery.

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I've come a long way................

Friday, October 18, 2013

It is surprising to think that I did not recognize the changes that I have made in my life . It is only when I wrote to myself as another person that I realized how far I had come.
I really have changed how I live my life and have maintained it and continue to work at it on a daily basis for at past 10 months at least.
I see this as being a truly life changing experience that I can maintain on a permanent basis. I am very proud of myself. And I think I deserve a round of applause! Thank you.

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JANEWATKINS 10/20/2013 7:54AM

    You are definitely in a good place. That is exactly what I'm trying to do. It takes a great deal of retraining after a life of thinking of this as "Dieting," "Deprivation," etc. I'm just considering what I'm doing now as being kind to myself: eating the right foods for the right reasons. I still have days I need reprogramming.
If you could see me now, you would see a big old round of applause coming from my office!


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Bag Of Tricks

Thursday, September 05, 2013

I am a big believer in trying something new. You never know what the result might be.Therefore I am game to try the food challenge. I will do it this afternoon. If it works I will add it to my "bag of tricks" to take with me on this journey of discovery. If not. It was worth a shot!



Friday, August 23, 2013

I am thankful for my life.... My health .... My family.

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JACKIE542 8/23/2013 12:16PM

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Competitive Family Spirit

Monday, August 05, 2013

My daughter and I have fallen into system where one of us will call and challenge the other to an activity. This has led to each of us breaking with the norm and on to new discoveries about our abilities and attitudes . It has been a great motivator. It has Sparked an interest in things I never would have taken the time to try but it also made me work a whole lot harder because I hate to lose. She joined SP a while ago . I think we are both in for it now. She hates to lose even more than me!


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