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Food poisoning

Saturday, April 28, 2012

Guess I'm done with shrimp ceviche for a while.... Trying to stay hydrated.

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SCIFIMOM 4/30/2012 8:46PM

  YUCK, I DESPISE food poisoning. The worse cases I've had have been from shellfish that was allowed to get warm and from undercooked turkey. Nasty, nasty..

I hope that you're feeling better now that you have, err..."gotten it out of your system."


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BLUE42DOWN 4/29/2012 11:58PM

    Eep! Hope you're feeling more yourself by now.

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DUXGRL1 4/29/2012 11:45AM

    ARGH! Hope you feel better soon!

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HANAVAS 4/29/2012 10:59AM

    Oh no! Feel better soon!

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EGALITAIRE 4/29/2012 3:08AM

    So sorry Tink - I can empathize, but don't really want to think about it - get well.

Stay Strong

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BETHIEBOOPS 4/29/2012 1:44AM

    Oh dear! Food Poisoning is the worst! Get well soon!

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BATDOG1996 4/29/2012 1:12AM

    Ohhhh worst feeling ever. Feel better emoticon

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  Oh no! I feel your pain!! Hope you feel better tomorrow. Ugh...poor you.

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    Oh dear! That's miserable. Hope it passes quickly!


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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/28/2012 9:02PM

    awwwww I am so sorry to hear that! get well ok? emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Carpe Diem.....

Thursday, April 26, 2012

"Pick the day. Enjoy it - to the hilt. The day as it comes. People as they come... The past, I think, has helped me appreciate the present - and I don't want to spoil any of it by fretting about the future." ~ Audrey Hepburn

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SCIFIMOM 4/27/2012 12:23PM

  So true, so true. One of my favorite songs by Donovan (yes, I'm that old) is all about living in the "Evernow", the only moment we are guaranteed.



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EGALITAIRE 4/26/2012 11:21PM

    There are certainly times I would do well to be more "present"

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Perspective on Stress

Tuesday, April 24, 2012

From the Martha Borst website...

“A lecturer, when explaining stress management to an audience,
raised a glass of water and asked, ‘How heavy is this glass of water?’

Answers called out ranged from 20g to 500g.

The lecturer replied, ‘The absolute weight doesn’t matter.
It depends on how long you try to hold it.
If I hold it for a minute, it’s not a problem..
If I hold it for an hour, I’ll have an ache in my right arm.
If I hold it for a day, you’ll have to call an ambulance.
In each case, it’s the same weight, but the longer I hold it,the heavier it becomes.’

He continued,
‘And that’s the way it is with stress management.
If we carry our burdens all the time, sooner or later,
the burden will become increasingly heavy:
and we won’t be able to carry on.’

‘As with the glass of water,
you have to put it down for a while and rest before holding it again.
When we’re refreshed, we can carry on with the burden.
So, before you return home tonight, put the burden of work down: don’t carry it home.

‘You can pick it up tomorrow.
Whatever burdens you’re carrying now,
let them down for a moment if you can.”

Author Unknown

So, my friends, put down anything that may be a burden to you right now.  Don’t pick it up again until after you’ve rested a while.

... It is amazing how much clarity we can gain after a full nights sleep...

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    Wonderful advice! Hope you are SOON feeling better Tink!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/26/2012 4:01AM

    That is a beautifully told reminder!

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ERIN1957 4/25/2012 11:43AM

    perfect share....wise wise advice too!

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SUZBOISANNE 4/25/2012 7:07AM

    Thanks for this info.... Life was definitely not meant to be a struggle.... I think I will just drop it.... emoticon

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ILOVEMALI 4/24/2012 10:54PM

    thanks for the great advice! emoticon

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DUXGRL1 4/24/2012 9:59PM

    This is great advice!

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JCBURROW 4/24/2012 9:29PM

    emoticon for sharing this. It is so true. And with God our burdens can be lighter.

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HANAVAS 4/24/2012 8:49PM

    emoticon message! This is definitely something I need to work on!

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LIGHTONMYFEET7 4/24/2012 8:32PM

    Amazing! Thank you for sharing. STEPH

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Over 9 miles today...

Monday, April 23, 2012

Walking. Over 18k steps.

Airports are for walking - why sit at the gate waiting to board the plane? You'll be trapped in your seat on the plane away! Unless your traveling Southwest, you have an assigned seat anyway. I consider any baggage fees a workout charge. Because I don't have to Worry about space in the overhead for my luggage, I can walk the terminals and board at my leisure...

I settled into the hotel and decided to walk the mall next to the hotel to finish my 10k steps for the day. And did. Then took Four more business calls from the mall, while walking laps. Grabbed a healthy dinner, ran a few errands, came back to the hotel. Just finished a fitness test to track initial strength at the start of BLC19 and am truly weary....

Hope you've all had a great start to the week!

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SUEINTHEPARK 4/26/2012 11:40PM

    emoticon Way to make the most of it!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/24/2012 8:45PM

    good advice Tinker! thanks for sharing!
linda emoticon

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SKINNYPOWELL1 4/24/2012 8:53AM

    What a great use of time..to walk the airport instead of sitting at the gate. EXCELLENT !!

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/24/2012 7:30AM

    Way to make use of some "wasted" space! You are a very determined lady to get her exercise in by just utilizing your spare time! You are a super woman! I wouldn't have thought of that although I have done laps around a motel before! Keep it going GF!
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ERIN1957 4/24/2012 7:25AM

    Great, everything!
You are awesome. I will be there some day too.
You inspire me!

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SHANTODD420 4/24/2012 7:13AM

    Wahoo way to go on the nine miles keep up the hardwork and dedication. Way to go

Shannon fellow trooper

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BLUE42DOWN 4/24/2012 5:06AM

    Nice plan!

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SKIRNIR 4/23/2012 10:41PM

    Wow! Great job! You sure don't let travel get in the way of your health. I find it does for me, but then we don't travel much at all. We prefer it that way!

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LIZZYFROMCA 4/23/2012 10:40PM

  Those are some great ideas, especially for folks who travel a lot. Wish there was an indoor place to walk where I live and work. Pretty much country living here. A mall would be nice.

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Vanity is NOT a reason to stop losing weight

Sunday, April 22, 2012

Aren't we a funny species! Vanity, marketing, just silly really...

If you want to lose 15 lbs to look better in a bathing suit - and then you get depressed when losing weight that you don't look like the swimsuit model you were shooting for, then I guess I understand your feelings. Afterall, people have different shapes - losing weight will bring you to a smaller version of You; you may be looking at a photo of a fitness model who has much more muscle tone that you have; and there are people paid to airbrush the photos of models to make their bodies look "perfect", so what are we normal humans to do?!?!?!?! Is it any wonder our expectations are often unrealistic.

However, if you need to lose a significant amount of weight for health reasons, and get derailed by body image issues (looking at your naked body during the process of losing weight), then you need to give yourself a break and vanity needs to be put in check!

I had dinner last night with a friend who is also currently loosing weight (needs to loose 75-100 lbs for health reasons). As we spoke, suddently all these body image issue started coming out. There was awareness of the weight loss (scale feedback, clothes are getting smaller, etc.), yet due to all the media presentation of the "Perfect Body", this person is having a hard time getting in touch with the reality that while they ARE going to lose weight, they are NOT going to end up with a hot "teen body" at the end of the process without significant exercise and possible surgical intervention!!

Perhaps it's my previous experience with weight loss that leads me to think I may NEVER choose to wear a bikini in public, but with appropriate shapewear - I know I can look amazing in almost any formal or casual outfit.

There are a few common complaints people have as they lose weight pertaining to excess skin (bat wings under the arms or desire for a tummy tuck or breast lift) or losing weight in the "wrong areas" and not losing enough in other areas. And let's acknowledge that men are not immune from these body image issues either!

Vanity exists within our society (at the very least we all want to look our best); however, when "vanity issue", caused by not liking the look of your body during transition, become so overwhelming that a person actually gets derailed from their health efforts, I become sad because I've been there - I was derailed from losing weight for health reasons by body image issues during my weight loss efforts in my 30s.

I'm down 80 pounds from my highest weight. Do I look like I did last time I was at this weight? Probably not! I've got a little more padding on the hips/thighs and a little less padding and fullness in the breasts - but I'm also 20 years older. Am I stopping? No way! But if I could speak to my 30-something self who stopped a diet when I thought my inner thighs were starting to look like deflated balloons - I'd tell her to keep going! To get the weight in check, and see what the final results look like, then make decisions as to what if any steps need to be taken....

Have you been derailed by vanity before? If so, are you willing to share what derailed you and how you got yourself back on track? My hope is that our stories will help keep someone else stay on track - so they don't have to Waste an extra 10+ years with a large Waist!

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BLUE42DOWN 4/24/2012 2:35AM

    The few times I look at my "bat wings", I turn my thinking around a bit by wrapping my hand around my upper arm and flexing my bicep and tricep muscles. Then I find I don't really care as much about how that looks because I can FEEL the real me underneath coming along nicely.

The other spot that occasionally gets to me is my abdomen. Not the entire gut, though. That I know to be one of the hardest areas to flatten, so I don't expect more than whatever I get. What bothers me are these little pinchable rolls of fat and skin right about where the thigh/hip connects. Of course, who but me is going to see or feel them? Or care about them? And more importantly, will they stop me from getting fit? Nope.

Fit is more important than Fine.

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FIFIFRIZZLE 4/23/2012 3:59AM

    What a great blog. I just had a mole map and believe me there is no hiding from those images. And I realize I will never be the slim me of my 30s again, no matter how much I weigh. Here in NZ plastic surgery isn't yet so commonplace or accepted, though I suppose it is only a matter of time. But for me, well, hey, I can cope with looking my present weight, so that fact is, anything else is a bonus.

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SABLENESS 4/22/2012 7:46PM

    Great blog! It's been so long since I was a normal weight that I don't know what I'm going to look like when I get there, but it won't be like I did way back when! I want to look like a healthy woman in her 50s. I'll still have the family genes that give me my basic shape, and it's for sure not picture-perfect.

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TRULYVISIBLE 4/22/2012 5:21PM

  I know I will get more wrinkles in my face when I am at goal cause fat keeps those wrinkles away. I think about that but I would much rather be at goal weight. There is always medical intervention for wrinkles and loose skin but it's expensive and can have risks involved. I like though that the options are out there.

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LINDAMARIEZ1 4/22/2012 4:07PM

    You arfe beautiful now Tinker!!!! emoticon

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SUZICANDO 4/22/2012 3:16PM

    Very sensible my friend!! emoticon

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PSFITMOMMY413 4/22/2012 3:15PM

    I have to remind myself of this sometimes. Having lost over 100 pounds, I have a lot of excess skin and hate the "damage" I've done to my body. I do not regret any of the pounds I've lost because excess skin is well worth the health benefits and the self-esteem boost, but it's still hard when I think that I'll never have the "normal" body of someone who is my same weight.

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