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Beware

Sunday, October 10, 2010

Last night I was attacked without warning by a bar of chocolate. It just came out of the blue and was there in my hand looking up at me calling out Eat Me. Before I had time to react I had been overcome by half of it .Then I gathered up my resources and strength and said NO you won't beat me this evening and I flung it from me. It maybe chocolate season so I am warning you all to beware of it and have quick reactions if one should leap onto your hand. Ree emoticon

  
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VICIOUS421 10/11/2010 4:24AM

    emoticon You have to watch out for those pesky chocolate bars they can leap amazing distances to land in your hands!!!!! LOL trust me I know from experience!!!!!
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SPARKLOVE 10/11/2010 2:11AM

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DETERMINEDJANET 10/10/2010 7:48PM

    You aren't kidding! Chocolate "enemies" are everywhere right now!

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GRANNYS5 10/10/2010 6:34PM

    It sure is cholate season, the other day I was in Meijer and I had to go sown the bilk food isle and when I got to the end of the isle a bag of chocolate covered peanuts (only about one cup) was sitting right there in my cart ! NO idea how it got there, so when I got home I didn't leave it lying around long !!! emoticon

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MARCHEM 10/10/2010 9:47AM

    I've had some chocolate attacks lately. Good job throwing it away. I've done well with the "fun-size" bars, they're tiny and one does it for me.

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NANCYRUBIO 10/10/2010 7:18AM

    Glad it pulled away before you ate it all. You have a great sense of humor.
We could use a lot more blogs like this.

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PEARL8264 10/10/2010 6:32AM

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SLIMTHICK2 10/10/2010 6:16AM

    Love your approach emoticon have a great weekend. emoticon

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JILL313 10/10/2010 4:38AM

    What a great sense of humor you have--you made me laugh--and Heaven knows that is so good for us. You handled your chocolate attack really well--I'll be on the look-out for it!
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There is more then one option

Sunday, October 03, 2010

Recently we met with family members at a restaurant of their choice. Not one I would have chosen as it is an eat all you like for a low price. I sat talking for a while, I couldn't help noticing the HUGE plates of food people were carrying back from the servery. On man had a veritable mountain on his plate. I thought No wonder you have a huge belly you deserve it.
I took a safe option pleading lack of mobility I couldn't stand at the cavery so can I order a salad please with turkey and ham? Yes of course. I enjoyed my small plate of food but I enjoyed chatting to the family better. I would have hated myself if I had over loaded my plate and my stomach. There's often more than one option It's a matter of looking for it. emoticon Ree

  
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LIVINGONMYTERMS 10/5/2010 1:58PM

    Good for you sticking to your healthy choices! I really don't like all you can eat buffets and that sort of thing. Just overeating and the waste gives me nightmares.

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JILL313 10/4/2010 3:50PM

    I hate restaurants that have all you can eat food as usually it's not that fresh or healthy--but sometimes you haven't a choice when others want to go there. You ate healthy - if I ever go to another all you can eat restaurant I'll follow your example. Thank you for the good ideas!


PS - My brother in law is from England. Do you live there?


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DETERMINEDJANET 10/3/2010 8:29PM

    Great job!!!

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JOANW1 10/3/2010 6:08PM

  I didn't realize that you could opt out and have a salad brought to you . That's wonderful. I think I'll try that too.

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GRANNYS5 10/3/2010 5:29PM

    Way to go girl !!! You got the best deal of the day:)

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LHLADY517 10/3/2010 4:29PM

    In the end, it always comes back to being responsible for the choices made.

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MARCHEM 10/3/2010 11:31AM

    Good point! I'm glad you are able to find healthy opportunities.

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BRANDIE74 10/3/2010 4:48AM

    Good choice! Putting your enjoyment with family over a mountain of food and I am sure the salad was yummy too!

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Finding the right Team

Wednesday, September 29, 2010

When I first joined Sparks I was bewildered by the many teams there. Which to chose? Which is right for me? There are the obvious ones, age groups, hobbies, home towns and so on. It takes time to find which ones you use the most. I didn't want ones that had a negative effect on me. Such as" I lead a dreadful life team" Where everyone in the same situation can all moan together! Sorry if there is such a team ,I made that up! I am sure some members want a team where they all feel alike. I find positive, challenging ones are the best for me. I am very happy with the my teams .
No one team can be right f or everyone. I would be interetsted to know how did you chose your team? Ree emoticon

  
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LQUEST4754 10/4/2010 7:38PM

 
I let a few teams go as well. I probably belong to more than I can REALLY keep up with, but a couple are sentimental.

I am with Flylady Peace is Mine because I need the cleaning encouragement and mail on how to maintain my home. Ditto for Organized life. I'm still with Buckeye Beauties due to my location and with Couch to 5k because I like to run.

Glad to see you again Ree. I hope all is well.

Lee

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SPARKLOVE 9/30/2010 1:31PM

    I have learned that less is best , but finding those few teams that you click with can be hard. It pays to check a team out before you join it. If no one has posted in a good while then it is a dead team and you will be on there talking with yourself.

I like small teams best because you get to know each other better. Don't hesitate to un-join a team that you don't feel is helpful to you. I think it is good to huddle with the team and take part in the daily chat, read member blogs and take part on the different threads as you can. Try to get to know the active members. If you find yourself doing all the giving and no receiving then you might want to try another team. I have ran into this very thing a number of times. Don't give up!

I think there are lots of great teams on Sparks . Joy

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JO-ANIMATION 9/29/2010 3:27PM

    Interesting answers! At first, I was completely lost the 2 times I joined Spark , the first time was when Spark first began, it was very different from now!! Hardly anyone communicated with each other on the community boards, so I didn't last long. This time I was really lost because there were soooo many teams, some too large that I didn't feel comfortable or they seemed too "clickish" and others that are just either inactive or I was just ignored!
Now I am comfortable with the 3 teams I use. One I use more than the other 2, for motivation and inspiration, its small, but dedicated, and age is not a concern. We can talk about anything as we grow to know each other, so it has become like a family, and that's what I like, feeling like a team should, welcoming all and making members feel "at home" so to speak. The other 2 teams, I use for exercise (I like to have a partner doing the same program) and nutrition (looking for new recipes) but I don't post there anymore, I am a "one team member" kind of girl! I would NEVER get anything done otherwise!


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JO-ANIMATION 9/29/2010 3:26PM

    Interesting answers! At first, I was completely lost the 2 times I joined Spark , the first time was when Spark first began, it was very different from now!! Hardly anyone communicated with each other on the community boards, so I didn't last long. This time I was really lost because there were soooo many teams, some too large that I didn't feel comfortable or they seemed too "clickish" and others that are just either inactive or I was just ignored!
Now I am comfortable with the 3 teams I use. One I use more than the other 2, for motivation and inspiration, its small, but dedicated, and age is not a concern. We can talk about anything as we grow to know each other, so it has become like a family, and that's what I like, feeling like a team should, welcoming all and making members feel "at home" so to speak. The other 2 teams, I use for exercise (I like to have a partner doing the same program) and nutrition (looking for new recipes) but I don't post there anymore, I am a "one team member" kind of girl! I would NEVER get anything done otherwise!


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VICIOUS421 9/29/2010 2:52PM

    I chose my teams by mostly seeing them on friends pages and checking them out, other teams I joined by invitation from a team leader. If I liked the team after I checked out the team page I joined it. When I first joined Sparkpeople I used the Team Wizard located on the Start page to recommend teams and some of them I stayed with other ones of them I dropped because I just didn't fit there or was not going on the team and using the threads. Not every team is right for everyone, each of us have to find the teams we are comfortable with.

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ROXIEGIRL59 9/29/2010 2:31PM

    Ree~~~~I also chose my teams by age group and health issues, although I've dropped the health issues one--it was too single minded--I enjoy a wider variety of personalities and ages. One team I'm on is for seniors and the other is mixed ages--works well for me----Roxie

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SPARKPIXIE 9/29/2010 11:25AM

    I choose teams that are active and fun. I think some people join too many teams. In my opinion its better to have just a few that you are active with.

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VAMANOS 9/29/2010 10:57AM

    I did the same as everyone else...joined by common interest, age, and a couple for health concerns (to get advice). I've left several that either weren't active or didn't fit me anymore..like the High Blood Pressure team! I've found a comfortable group of friends, some of whom share more than one team. I'm trying to keep the teams down because I tend to be TOO active in the message boards, which leaves too little time for the little things...like exercise and housekeeping. emoticon

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HVMBRU 9/29/2010 10:34AM

    I still haven't found a team I am completely comfortable in. However, I have found many members I truly like and some I am most comfortable with. There's a lot of give and take - can't be rigid - so you have to have an open mind. . . which isn't a bad thing!!

Helen

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JOANW1 9/29/2010 10:21AM

  The first team I chose was Over 50. I was 70 at the time. I didn't realize there was a team for over 70. Anyway, I enjoyed that team so much I stayed with it even If I am the oldest one there. Then I found the over 70 team and the Slimming Seniors team.

Even though I picked them all by age, I have found 4 teams that are really good for me. We share the good and the bad, but nothing too depressing.

Joan W

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MARCHEM 9/29/2010 8:55AM

    I chose teams based on my interests. I've left some teams that weren't very active or helpful to me. The teams I'm currently on support me and I look forward to participating in them. You're right finding the right teams makes all the difference.

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JDBD17 9/29/2010 5:54AM

    I joined The Slowest Loser because I liked the logo!!! (How's that for being trivial or superficial?) But this is the team where I come first every morning and last every evening.

I think finding a team that fits for you is mostly trial and error. I've joined some that I only visit on Sunday. OTOH, I belong to a few that I visit every day.

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GINADOWNUNDER 9/29/2010 5:53AM

    I chose teams that seemed to have things in common. Where I live. The profession that I work in etc. I guess in time I will find out if they suit me but for now I've joined a few to test the water.

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Life Is Full Of Choices

Saturday, September 18, 2010

At a Starbucks cafe. I went to order a drink.
One coffee please
What type coffee? A list of available coffees then recited to me.
Oh just a standard black coffee please.
What size?
Small.
Do you want a shot in it?
What's a shot?
Again a list of available shots offered to me.
No thanks just a plain simple black coffee
Have you a Starbucks cards?
No. Do I need one?
No. but you get a stanp every time and can have a free coffee when enough stamps are on. Me thinking I can't go through all this every time I want to buy a coffee, I declined the card offer.
Eventually I got my HUGE coffee. American small is large to my English eyes.
I enjoyed, it but I was thinking all I wanted was a plain hot coffee but had so many choices offered. I took the straight direct route to my coffee.
Maybe thats the best option with many of lifes choices on offer?
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SPARKLOVE 9/23/2010 8:35PM

    Yes, sometimes having too many choices can be as bad if not worse than not enough choices.

I am new to the "Making better choices team", That is the theme of my spark page so the team caught my eye. I need encouragement to make better choices. I have a Big sweet tooth that I need to tame. Have a good weekend...tomorrow is Friday and to me that is the start of the weekend. LOL Joy

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Is it being selfish?

Monday, September 13, 2010

Most of us lead full lives with jobs family and other commitments. I find it hard to have ME time. Family come first with most of us. But I have been reflecting on this in an extra busy time in my own life. It's easy to say I don't have time to do things for myself. We should MAKE time We don't have to eat the same meals that the family members want. It doesn't take that long to do extra vegetables or something more healthy for our own plates. Exercise time should be a priority too. It's not being selfish. I call it SELF PRESERVATION> Ree emoticon

  
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ROXIEGIRL59 9/13/2010 2:39PM

    Ree~~~~you hit the nail on the head with this--you go girl !!! I can't believe how long it has taken me to figure out---treat yourself right and the rest follows~~~

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VAMANOS 9/13/2010 10:47AM

    I'm taking ALL the time for myself, and I am not ashamed. After raising 4 kids, having all of them boomerang with THEIR kids at least once, and working outside my home besides, you bet it's me time!

I am woman, hear me roar! emoticon

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LADYRH 9/13/2010 10:22AM

    I agree, we spend so many years putting family first it is hard to change. You have to make a concerted effort. I get home from work change cloths and walk before I do anything else.

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MARCHEM 9/13/2010 9:49AM

    This is probably my biggest problem. I've been taking more time for myself, saying no more often, and I am less snippy.

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NANCYRUBIO 9/13/2010 9:45AM

    It is not necessary to book yourself so tighly or life will pass you by,

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PARKERB2 9/13/2010 9:34AM

    How true. One thing Spark teaches us is to take time for ourselves. Taking care of yourself with equip you to care for those you love.

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