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That's a reward? Sounds like a punishment.

Saturday, April 24, 2010

For the last few weeks, it has bothered me how much the American culture rewards "us" with food. No wonder we have a national obesity problem..

Here are a few examples from my life.

A few weeks ago, it was student worker appreication week.. we were rewarded by the staff bring in food. As a reward, we got cupcakes, cake, cookies.. I think you are getting the picture. What happened to food that will energize the college students rather than drag us down?

Today, I went to Wal-Mart.. and Knights of Columbus was standing outside. They looked VERY cold so I figured.. sure, I will donate. As a reward for my monetary gift, I get a toostie roll.

This happens all the time in our American culture.. and it is no wonder we are obese. We are rewarding ourselves with food.. rather than praise. But, national officals want us to be miraclously healthy. *sigh*

I am just frustrated because I feel like I have to eat it or it would be rude.. It IS for me but on the other hand, I don't want to ruin my calorie budget for the day. Anyone else feel this way?

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CHOPPIESMOM 4/25/2010 5:41PM

    Hey Becka, that's a great idea! You can say that you can't have that, and it is none of their business why not. (Of course you would not tell them it is none of their business LOL [even if you want to], just stop with I'm sorry, I cannot have that, but thank you!).

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SHERYLDS 4/25/2010 9:59AM

    Food is a drug of choice for a lot of people, and people see it as a easy cheap way to reward. You can't control what other people will do, or try to influence you to do,
but you can be aware and control how you choose to respond.
And YOU are doing GREAT !
Keep up the good work...Your world awaits you.

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DARCEYOH 4/24/2010 9:45PM

    Did you happen to catch that show "Food Revolution"? It was very interesting to watch the last episode in which he had said that the schools were willing abd able to change to a healthier food plans, but the government relies on sending them cheaper, highly processed foods. All while the government is asking, wanting, telling us we need to eat healthier and better.

Your blog reminded me of that. Unfortunately, it is easier to reward with food than with star stickers. More people appreciate food for job well done versus any other simple reward.

We get lots of food gifts in our office. One customer insists on giving each of us rolo's on her way out. Smile and say thank you, then give it to someone else.

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ARTGIRLJENN 4/24/2010 8:38PM

    I just say "thank you so much, but I'd love it if you'd have it for me". that way, I get out of it and the choice is THEIRS if they want to eat it, lol.

But I know exactly what you mean. xoxoxo

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/24/2010 8:29PM

    They usually do understand.. I just get frustrated that everyone complains that as a culture we are obese.. hello! look around.. haha!

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GOZEKIGRL 4/24/2010 7:56PM

    sometimes its hard to make that decision... because there are people and communities that will take offense when you don't eat something that they give you, especially as a gift or reward.

HOWEVER this is about YOU. they should respect your goals and dreams and understand the reasons why you are turning down their sugar-comma inducing treats. don't be embarrassed and don't feel bad about turning it down. they'll understand. and if they don't - their loss!

you rock! keep up the good work! emoticon

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BECKA525 4/24/2010 7:00PM

    You know I sometimes just say that I am trying to lose weight and that is not in my calories that are left for the day. If they are offended then they will get over it and I don't have to feel guilty for eating to much junk. If there is anything healthy then I eat that. Good Luck and I know how you feel.

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TLGREIG 4/24/2010 4:40PM

    I am diabetic so I have the excuse " sorry I can't have that, but thank you anyways!" emoticon

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Thinking Outside the Box (with measurements)!

Friday, April 23, 2010

For those that do not know, I put myself into a 100 Day Challenge where I cannot weigh myself.. but have measured me in other ways. I did not know there was so many.

1. I have so much energy that on the days I don't exercise.. I don't know what to do with myself and I can't sleep.

2. I measured myself yesterday and lost many inches.. 4 inches on my waist, in particular! (The last time I measured was in December so I was definitely due!)

3. Than, today I figured out the percentage of weight I have lost.. and I have lost 20% of my original weight. When I have lost 65#, I will have lost 25%! 25%!!!

Does anyone focus on body fat percentage or muscle percentage?

What ways do you measure yourself besides the evil, evil emoticon?

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/23/2010 6:35PM

    Hehe. I weigh myself every 10 days.. and I think it was the best thing I have done for my WL journey for quite awhile! emoticon

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GOZEKIGRL 4/23/2010 6:28PM

    I totally use BMI and measurements as well as the evil scale! lol

congrats on your progress! that 100 day challenge sounds awesome. maybe i will try it.. hm....
i like charts though. lol

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Wishing it was quiet...

Thursday, April 22, 2010

Today, I am having a "bhah" day.. I hope by blogging about it, it will make me feel better.

First, I am anxious and have tons of energy (and not in the good way). To deal with this, I usually walk it out. I did take a 2 mile walk on the way to work which seemed to work.. but now I am irritated again. Everyone here is talking.. mind you, we tutor, and they are talking about their personal life.. and it is really bugging me. *sigh* I just want them to be quiet! I can hear them clearly across the room!

I am trying to debate when to go for another walk today... because I definitely have to. If I don't, I will be even more anxious, irritated and stressed. Not good.

So, I could ...
1. go for a 3 mile walk near campus after work than cook supper
2. go for a walk off and away from campus and cook for supper afterwards.

The downside of the last one is I might not have time to cook supper after 4 mile walk and I would be stuck with what I ate for lunch.

Why the debate? I get off work at 2 and work at my other job at 5 which leaves 3 hours for a walk and making supper. The 4 mile walk takes about a hour and half.. *sigh*

Besides all this, we are having a tornado drill in which I will be stuck in the crowded basement with tons of people.. and these people will want to small talk. When I feel anxious and irritated, I don't want to do small talk, I want to be left alone. Grr..

Okay, enough complaining.

On the positive side, I did strength training today (the last time I did it was April 3rd)! I am going to try to do it 3x during this ten day period.

I hope everyone is having a better Thursday than me!

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/22/2010 2:22PM

    Thanks.. Monday and Tuesday was pretty epic so I guess this is okay.

I think when the fire drill happens I am going to walk home, change, check my mail on campus, than go for a walk off campus.. than make supper.

Right now the walk is more important than eating boring food, lol. The walk will hopefully clear my mind for a bit. I mind walk after work too. You see I hate being like this. Haha!

(Seriosuly, I can't sit still.. my leg is bouncing b/c I have too much energy!)

Comment edited on: 4/22/2010 2:24:32 PM

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GOZEKIGRL 4/22/2010 2:19PM

    ah! i dislike those kinds of days! that was me yesterday!
fortunately, everyone i would have contact with was gone or in meetings all day. hee hee.

hopefully your thursday improves and your friday is an epic one!

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1st Weigh in of the 100 Day Challenge

Tuesday, April 20, 2010

Today was the day. To weigh in. After TEN days of not weighing in. This was my first weigh in for my 100 Day Challenge. I was nervous but antsy. I was so antsy that this morning, I was thinking, "Oh, I get to weigh myself today." as I laid in bed. It is nice to know.

(Drum roll, please.)

I lost FOUR pounds.. Wa-hoo! I really wanted to weigh under 210 today.. and I did! Officially, I weight 209.6. YAY!

When I set up my 100 Day Challenge, I made a weight goal of 2-3# a week and I think those goals were set perfect for me. I would rather set it too low than too high.. than be let down. This first week, I reached my goal!!!

Anyhow, I am pretty excited.. I am also wearing my new $5.97 shirt that I got at Old Navy... and I feel beautiful, too!

Today, I think I am going to go for a emoticon today... after work. I don't have anything to do from 1 pm.. so I think I am going to go to the boardwalk. I am not sure with how far.. maybe do a 6 mile walk? I know I am going for a 3 or 4 mile walk at least!

Have a emoticon day!

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SHERYLDS 4/22/2010 1:55PM

    You should feel beautiful Savannah,
because you are beautiful !!!
Great news. It brings a smile to my heart.

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SNOWFILLY 4/21/2010 8:20AM

    You ROCK!!! Thank you for the inspiration!! I really needed that! I don't think that I will weigh myself till May 1st. I have been so busy with everything else and putting me LAST!!! I am going to kick my own butt and see what I can do for the rest of the month. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MSJULES01 4/20/2010 9:48PM

    Congrats on the loss.
You can do it.
Just think before you know it you will be at your goal.

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HEIDISO 4/20/2010 8:29PM


emoticon Woohoo!

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MYSHARONA6 4/20/2010 2:54PM

    emoticon Congratulations! That is great you set this goal for yourself! Keep up the great work! emoticon Sharon

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BAILEYS7OF9 4/20/2010 11:39AM


you are kickin butt!!!!

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THECRAZYMANGO 4/20/2010 10:44AM

    Thanks, girls! I am excited and motivated which helps for the next ten days.. emoticon

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LAURIE-RN 4/20/2010 10:35AM

    Congratulations! Your excitement and motivation clearly show. Enjoy the positive energy and congratulations again on your progress!

Laurie emoticon

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Nothing to do with weight loss.. just wanting some feedback.

Saturday, April 17, 2010

Okay.. here is the thing.. I would like some feedback on something that had little to do with my weight loss. And, you guys are always so supportive..

Here is the thing. I keep hearing A Little Dust on the Bottle by David Lee Murphy or Aaron Tippin. If you are not familar with it, links for the lyrics and the You Tube Video are below!


YouTube Video

I feel like God is giving me a message because I seriously did not hear it for YEARS.. and now I hear it probably at least weekly! But what is the message?!!

I think the message may be that the longer I wait for a romantic relationship, the better it will be. Another intrepretation I have played with is that I need to patient with this guy that I have been hanging out with and not rush it with him because the longer I wait, the better it will be.

What do you think it is about? What do you think the possible message is? Any other intrepretations?

I am open to any feedback because it is driving me CRAZY!

You see today after I got done hanging out with this guy and I was chilling out with myself. I was thinking along the lines of way down the future.. like past marriage.. where it does not really pertain. And, guess what? This song comes on! Seriously..

Your thoughts are greatly appreciated! Thanks!

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LYNNDAK 4/18/2010 1:24AM

    I have had the same things happen to me with a certain song called "The Living Years" by Mike & The Mechanics. First song I heard when my Grandma died and it helped me so much. I heard it every day for a year it seemed. So, yes I do believe if our hearts are open we are given signs or messages to help us sort things out.

As far as guys are concerned - I certainly could not give you an opinion on your guy - but in my experience if he is not on his knees thanking god you are in his life and his life is not complete without you by his side then I would keep looking. Do not settle for anything. When it comes to love and marriage take it all.

So, good luck. Interesting question!


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LOVE_2_LAUGH 4/17/2010 8:15PM

    I've heard the song and like it. I think it's referring to the fact that we get better with age. As we mature and grow we learn more about ourselves and what we want and what we have to give. Not sure what to tell you about the current guy you're with, but I do believe that God puts people in our lives for a reason. Whether, in this case, it's to realize that you need to be patient with him, or learn and move on -- only you can decide. Good luck!

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