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Are You a Loner or a Joiner?

Sunday, June 19, 2011

My son commented how his Dad and I work as a team. Yes this is is true, it's the only way a good relationship can survive.
My son knows this himself. His wife walked out leaving him with 3 children. He got the children together pointing out he had to go out to work ,but he wanted them to be a team. Work together look after them selves and each other. That team has worked so well.
It made me reflect on team work. How many teams are in my life? I do consider myself to be very self sufficient and strong. But I do need support. I had battled weight, health and many other issues alone for years Thinking it's up to me no one else can do it.
Then I read of Sparks and joined. I know now I do need teams . We share good and bad times, we support and encourage in very aspect of life.Theses teams are a big part of my life now.
There are other teams. Family. friends. social groups,.all important to us. I know I cant be a loner. Are you a loner or a joiner? Ree emoticon

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TXGRANDMOM 6/20/2011 10:38PM

    Ree - excellent reminders that we need each other. We were designed for fellowship. I have seen what division and torment can do to relationships. Team work has its rewards.
Bless you.

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BONNIESS47 6/20/2011 11:05AM

    I'm a loner. I had a problem with being very shy for most of my life. I'm better now as an adult but it still comes over me sometimes. My husband is kind of a loner himself so I don't know if that makes us a GOOD couple or not! But we've been married for 40 yrs. so that's something. We used to do a lot together but since we both retired 2 years ago, we don't do as much. I would like to but my hubby is becoming very much of a "homebody". So, I joined a horse riding club in the area that many of my horse riding buddies belonged to. Just to get out and socialize. I'm slowly getting into the Spark Teams and posting but I often feel like I'm "eavesdropping" on conversations. It makes me hesitant to jump in. I guess that is how everyone feels at first. We are all on a journey and we need to use whatever is available to us to see this to the finish! emoticon

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IDLETYME 6/20/2011 8:43AM

    I'm an only child but never felt lonely. I always had family around (tons of cousins) and we always had pets. I guess I'm lucky that I can be by myself and not feel lonely.
Now, I'm 73, a widow, two grown married daughters (no grands), still lots of pets, live by myself (with my dog) and don't feel lonely. But ---I sooo enjoy visiting with all of my Spark Friends. If you feel lonely, reach our to your friends!
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JILL313 6/19/2011 1:27PM

    I'm more of a joiner now at least here at SP. I need all the emotional support and encouragement I can get as get none from my family and friends. You must be so proud of your son as it is hard raising children by yourself--I know that personally. Take Care and enjoy your Day.



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EVELYN5877 6/19/2011 10:44AM

    I have always been a loner, even when I was married I felt that on one side there were my husband and children, on the other, me. As the children got older this evened itself out and became me and children, and him. Then they left and got married and it was us again. Now it's just me, and sometimes one child or another. So I found the value of joining. But people need the same overall aspirations and techniques to become a team. I would have left SP months ago if it hadn't been for the Paul McKenna thing, because I can't believe how people are not even willing to try it. I feel sometimes like I'm alone in a wilderness. I would love to be not a loner, but because I don't fit in anywhere, my opinions are never those of everyone else, I am forced to be one. I march to a different drummer. Thanks PMcK group, You keep me sane.

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MYAKAYAH 6/19/2011 6:12AM

    I'm more of a loner than a joiner. However, I see the benefits of both viewpoints.~

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CRYSTALGL77 6/19/2011 4:53AM

    I think I am a bit of both as you say you are. I like the support I get here and the support that I get from people at work but there are times where I want to do things on my own and by myself. I have those times where I don't want to be around anyone. So I think it is all in the situation to which one I am! Good Luck with your journey!!

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SUSANISBACK 6/19/2011 4:46AM

    After years of trying it alone I am now a joiner, and boy do I need it just

Enjoy your Father's Day meal with all your family today emoticon

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Uninvited guests

Friday, June 03, 2011

Several years ago several uninvited guests moved in with me So quiet and secretly, at first they went unnoticed. They went everywhere with me, even sleeping in my bed. After a while I thought these guests have to go. I didn't want them or invite them into my life. But they were so determined to hang around me.
I am sure you have worked out these guests are extra pounds in weight.
I joined a Fight the Flab club. But the Flab fought back! I joined Weight Watchers. Yes I watched the weight and in return it watched me. But very few guests felt it was time to leave their comfy home.
I tried all sorts of ways to get them to go. Maybe they wouldn't like doing without bread and potatoes? So I cut out them off the menu. Yes, again a few departed but others clung on. Maybe they wont like doing without protein? But some thrived on less protein and were so happy with me they stayed put.
Ah! I know they like fats! If I stop feeding them fats they will move out. Quite a lot didn't like the way I was feeding them and left home hastily. But the same stubborn long term guests hung on and on.
They are lazy, so maybe they won't like extra walking was my next smart plan. But some of them clung onto me causing me to have joint problems. So I had to slow down on exercise.
There's still a few persistent lodgers left but I am not interested in having them stay here for free making my life difficult. So its an all out effort now to persuade/push out the last 12 uninvited guests. If you have any suggestions for helping me push them out of my life please let me know. Ree emoticon

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MOUSALISA 6/7/2011 10:13AM

    Sounds like an eviction notice is in order !

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MMARLENE1 6/5/2011 5:56PM

    I too have had to deal with uninvited guests and like yours some left complaining I starved them but there are a few still hanging on. To be honest, some have returned over the weekend. BUT I SHALL throw them out within the next couple days. Good luck evicting your remaining clinger-ons. Marlene emoticon

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JILL313 6/4/2011 5:47PM

    You will lose those last 12#s for sure!! That is doable for you!! I sure wish I only had that much weight to lose. Good Luck!

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SLIMMER150 6/4/2011 3:13PM

    Oh My Gosh.... I'm a Walking Bed and Breakfast!!!!!!!!!!!

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RETIREDONE1 6/3/2011 5:24PM

    OH how true, how true. We sure know where you are coming from. Good job Ree!

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TXGRANDMOM 6/3/2011 2:24PM

    I imagine you will have to smother them -- with heat (sauna) and blast them with cold (drink very cold water)! The cold water is said to increase metabolism. Tell them you know many (lie a little) that could stay a few extra guests (pounds) hehe! Loved hearing your words! Keep a smile emoticon

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GMERE8 6/3/2011 1:42PM

    I have tried all your plans and the lodgers are still here causing me aches and pains.

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 6/3/2011 10:10AM

    12 LBS ? A piece of cake! You can kick them to the curb in NO time!

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Sunday, May 15, 2011

What an eye catching title. I thought so when I saw a book advertised with that title. Yes of course I bought it.
What is in is basic rules which we all know already
Only Eat only when you are hungry.
Eat what you want.
Eat slowly
Stop when you have had enough food
I felt a bit let down at first, where's the miracle diet?
There isn't one, neither is there a magic wand to wave.
Sorry if the title misled you
That book joined the rest of my collection of diet books. I could write a book myself.
It up to me, not any book, unless I use a couple of heavy diet books to help in exercising. Unless you know differently!! Ree

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LEANNA1017 7/23/2011 2:36PM

    I've never read the book but I do own Paul's "I Can Make You Thin" DVDs. They are wonderful and teach you physical tricks that refocus your mind to help you overcome emotional overeating and binge eating. They were worth every penny. No affiliation with him or his co, just a happy customer.

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MOUSALISA 6/7/2011 10:19AM

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BABYBEE 6/2/2011 1:52PM

    So simple yet sooooooo hard for we human creatures!!!! Thanks for posting this Ree!!!

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    I know what you mean - SO frustrating!
I make a game of looking for the disclaimers in the fine print in TV ads for diet supplements and gadgets. Some form of this phrase is ALWAYS present:

"with diet and exercise"
"follow enclosed diet and exercise plan"
"based on a daily diet of 1200 calories"
... etc, etc...

Of course, here's the usual postscript:

"Results not typical"!

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TXGRANDMOM 5/16/2011 7:03PM

    If I have both hands on the book (diet or Thomas the Train) and my face buried in the pages -- I'm not eating ! Oh, I've tried to read and ride the exercise bike at the same time -- but I end up getting hungry reading and looking at the pages of savory recipes!

Oh well, we keep pedaling the bike and walking the path!

Be Blessed!

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NANA-TOO 5/16/2011 9:47AM

  Ree - excellent post/blog. Yep, these authors know how to suck us in don't they? Most of those things I do already and I'm obese. As all of us know - and especially those of us who are older. is that there is no easy solution to weight loss and keeping the weight off.

As you know I don't normally read blogs, but your title sucked me in - just as that book title did you. We are all looking for a quick fix aren't we? - smile


PS - for all the responders with LOTS of diet books - you can add me to that list too. They say that most overweight people have lots of diet books.

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EVELYN5877 5/16/2011 9:40AM

    Yes but it works! If you do it! The trouble is, people say yes I know that, put the book on the shelf, and DON'T do it. I am doing it, with the hypnotherepy disc that came with the book. I'm halfway through his 90 day challenge, only eating when I am hungry, not when the clock says mealtimes, only eating what I like, not what is supposed to be good for me etc, and I have lost over a stone, without exercise, without starving and without feeling deprived. So go back, read it again and then try it.

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    I could open a library or book shop with all the diet, healthy eating and recipe books I have!!They haven't made any difference to me!! emoticon emoticon

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LOVEGERRY 5/15/2011 4:57PM

    AMEN, Ree! Good luck to us all.

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NEENSTER1 5/15/2011 12:08PM

    Your right it is up to You!! Be Encouraged. emoticon emoticon and YOU will!! emoticon

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ERIECANALGAL 5/15/2011 12:05PM

    Ree great insight! learned that long ago. I must have had 100 diet books and they never lost my weight for me. LOL

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LAURIE-RN 5/15/2011 7:10AM

    Agreed. emoticon


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SUSANISBACK 5/15/2011 6:58AM

    Well said Ree, we know what we have to do..the hard part is DOING IT emoticon emoticon


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JILL313 5/15/2011 5:24AM

    I also bought this book as a SP friend said it was great and had really helped her. I did read the book and you are right there isn't really anything in it that we already don't know. I have tried to be more mindful of my eating and slow it down but even that's hard as I've been a fast eater since I was a small child. Did yours come with a CD? I played it once and it too is collecting dust. I should have known better. . .

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LADYRH 5/15/2011 5:12AM

    Love it, how many of us have not bought books like this thinking we will get advice on how to reach goals without work.
That is why the diet workshop trade is growing.
Have a Special Sunday.

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Do ears lose weight?

Wednesday, April 20, 2011

I love ear rings but do struggle to find the holes in my ears, which are rather fleshy. I was wondering today if I lost more weight would my ears go slimmer?
A friend told me her toes went slimmer so why not ears? its an encouraging if sllly thought. Ree emoticon

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MOUSALISA 6/7/2011 10:14AM

    Dunno, but here's hoping .............. emoticon

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EVELYN5877 5/1/2011 5:36AM

    I don't know about ears but feet definitely do! All my shoes are loose! I always have trouble with earrings, I kind of have a 'dead end'. Try putting a little antiseptic cream on the bit that goes through your lobe so it slips through easily.

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    I know feet and fingers do, but not sure about ears. I hesitate to mention that ears and noses grow our whole lives long... emoticon emoticon emoticon

Maybe you can ask the doc for an ear lift! emoticon

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HANNAHV 4/21/2011 3:43AM

    emoticonI lost my round cheeks and my face is definitely thinner, sure my ears are smaller too....lost a whole shoe size too emoticon

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Every day matters

Monday, March 14, 2011

We have our house for sale now so each day I tell myself some would-be buyers may call in today so I keep the house tidy and clean. No buyers been yet but I have a tidy house.
I am taking this one step further.Telling myself each day is weigh in day. On a weekly weigh in. I am anxious to see what the scales show. Then I relax a little afterwards thinking I have a week to the next weigh in!
In my mind now EVERY day is weigh in day so Iam more careful what I eat or do. I will let you know if it works. Yes it WILL work. Lets be positive. Ree emoticon

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CT-FL-SNOWBIRD 3/15/2011 9:44PM

    REE, Sounds like a plan ! Good luck with the sale of your house. As far as losing weight?
There's no doubt in my mind that emoticon

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    You're right...every minute and decision matters.

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MARCHEM 3/14/2011 10:28AM

    Good luck with selling the house. You are right--every day matters, but don't beat yourself up if things aren't perfect. Just go ahead and get back on track the next day!

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EOWYN2424 3/14/2011 9:41AM

    you're so right, every decision, every minute of the day matters!

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