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What my mother said!

Friday, August 15, 2014

When I was about 6 someone gave me an autograph book. I don't know why. I didn't exactly hang out with 'famous people'. To be honest, I've never really seen the point of getting the scribble of some famous person anyway. Unless it's on a cheque! Like all children though, I enjoyed being given an unexpected gift. It was perhaps around A6 in size, had a red cover, and the pages were all different colours. I loved it. And I used it to get comments and 'words of wisdom' from the people around me - mostly the 'grown ups' obviously.

I still remember some of the inscriptions. Including my mother's which was 'If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again'. When I asked my father to write in my book, he chuckled at mum's words. I asked him why and he replied "darling, as far as I'm concerned, if at first you don't succeed, you should do it the way she told you to in the first place". I was too young to really understand the humour in that comment then, so he also added that of course I should pay attention to my mother's wise words.

Here I am now, more years later than I really want to acknowledge. And yet again, I have put back on the weight I lost. I'm remembering mum's words though - "If at first you don't succeed, try, try, and try again".

Sometimes circumstances combine to lead us in a certain direction. My musings about the autograph book, an invitation from a spark friend to join her spark group, and a surfeit of vegetables have brought me back to a place where I am ready to 'try again'.

Buckle up for another bumpy ride!

Bright blessings.

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POLSKARENIA 8/31/2014 1:30PM

    My mum also said to be happy and watch out for sharp bends!

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BOHEMIANCAT 8/16/2014 3:08PM

    My mom's advice was similar. Get up dust yourself off and get back on track.

I had an autograph book when I was about 11 and my friends wrote in it. I still have it all these years later.


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TRESSWANN 8/15/2014 8:56PM

    Ha. Autograph books were all the rage when I was in 6th grade (11 ish) and my gran wrote on first page - To thine ownself be true, tis like the night, cannot be changed"

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LYNMEINDERS 8/15/2014 6:32PM

    Go you....
The only time we don't succeed is when we gice up/.....go you

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GEMINICHIK 8/15/2014 6:21PM

    I always have found that quote truth.We certainly learn from our mistakes & failures...it's how we become successful. Another one I find a motivator is: "Our greatest glory is not in never falling, but in rising every time we fall" ~ Confucious

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Getting a grip

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Whether she intended to or not, Tresswann has reminded me that actually, I'm very lucky. So, I'm putting my grumpiness to one side and counting my blessings. Maybe I'll be able to wear one of my lovely dresses when we celebrate my daughters 21st - maybe I won't. But what the hell, either way, I'll still be able to celebrate her birthday. And I'll be able to celebrate having a beautiful, thoughtful, considerate, kind, intelligent, funny, daughter. Quite frankly, that matters far more than whether I can fit into a fancy dress or not.

Besides, I can wear one of the fancy dresses for my mother's 90th in August and/or my youngest son's 18th in November. emoticon

Thank you Tresswann - you did me a power of good yet again.


Bright blessings.

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TRESSWANN 3/23/2014 7:47PM

    I HATE being inspiring! but I have been a slave to the dress thing before. and y'know I could have worn the gown I wore at college to my 25th and then I thought what did it really mean in the scheme of things - I'd starved for a few months and had great support garments.
And again remember being 21? Not my best year and my mother was my best friend but I wasn't thinking of her on my 21ar nor my 25th. My 50th? whole other story and btw definitely remember what I wore for my 50th and could probably conjure my 21st :)

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Struggling on

Friday, March 21, 2014

I don't like February. Actually, that's an understatement [if not a downright lie]. I hate February. Each year, I try to avoid 'wishing it away' on the basis I shouldn't wish any part of my life away. Instead I negotiate it as best I can.

But hey, February is gone. We are well into March when I normally feel quite chirpy. Not this year though. The 'blues' seem to be lingering. I've been back on the healthy eating wagon for over two months now and basically, I've lost the sum total of bugger all.

In just under three weeks, it is both mine and my daughters birthday. More importantly - it will be her 21st. I had this vision that I would be able to wear one of the lovely dresses I have. No chance. I'd have to lose at least a stone. Tall order given I haven't managed to lose more than a lb in months.

I'm trying to tell myself that it doesn't matter. It's all about her anyway and who cares what I wear? I'm not doing very well at convincing myself though tonight. If I'm honest, I want to have a total 'sulk fest' and stamp my feet. Except the bloody arthritis is playing up so my knees and ankles aren't up to any stamping. Plus it's spreading to my wrists.

I won't let this beat me, but boy do I feel fed up right now!

Hope you're feeling more positive.

Bright blessings.


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TRESSWANN 3/22/2014 9:21AM

    Ugh spreading! I am familiar with that feeling and the dress thing as well. Just remember when you were 21. And a stone is only 3 pounds a week so exercise and do tummy toning.

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Lessons Have Been Learnt

Tuesday, February 11, 2014

Eek! I sound like a Politician. You know, when there has been a huge mess up that could have been avoided, and members of the current government [doesn't matter which 'flavour'], appear on the idiot box saying, "Lessons have been learnt - we can't allow this to ever happen again". Of course it doesn't happen again - until the next time. Bit like the current situation here with the flooding. I'm sure they told us last year when the Somerset plains flooded, that 'lessons had been learnt' and to be fair, it hasn't happened again until now. Now come on be reasonable, it's perfectly understandable that the 'lessons learnt' last winter, would be forgotten by this winter. Isn't it?

Anyway, I'm not talking about those sorts of lessons learnt. I'm talking about the lessons I learnt from my 24 hour detox. One of which is, don't imagine you can be sure of weight loss even if you have a detox day and eat healthily and well within your goal range the rest of the week. Weigh in on Monday and I hadn't lost a thing.

Still this journey isn't just about weight loss. It's about a healthier life style. So I'm going to address my over indulgence of tea and coffee. I'm going to reduce my coffee intake to a maximum of 3 cups per day. And instead of having coffee after a meal, I'm going to have peppermint tea. Probably a far greater aid to digestion anyway.

As to tea, well I'm going to buy some de caff and/or green tea and alternate that with ordinary tea. I've read and been told numerous times that a cup of hot water with lemon squeezed in is very beneficial first thing in the morning. A step too far in one go for me I think so I'm going to start with trying to have a cup of lemon tea before my first cup of 'ordinary'.

Finally cigarettes. Today I bought a lower tar pack and I'm going to stick with that. Plus use the e-cig regularly every day, thereby reducing the amount of actual cigarettes I smoke. That's enough lessons to be taking on board for this week I feel.

Bright blessings.

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PATTIEMCD 2/11/2014 9:54PM

    I feel ya on the coffee thing.... I use to drink 2 pots a day. Back in the day, I use to put a packet of hot cocoa in each cup. :-)
Over the years I have managed to avoid drinking more than a pot. But ! I don't drink a pot of coffee every day anymore. That usually only happens on either a Sunday or Monday ( my days off ). Over the past, hmmm, 6 months... I have worked on not having more than 4 or 5 cups/day but I've been averaging 3/day. None of my weight loss has been contributed to decreasing my coffee/creamer intake. None !! I have never lost weight using the "counting calories" method. What made me lose 25lbs a few years ago was counting WW points. Yep ! Weight Watchers !! It took me 3 months ( and I cheated a lot on that lifestyle...hahaha ). Now I'm sitting here wondering why I keep tracking the SP way knowing that it isn't working for me. DOH !
Tea... I've just recently become a " before I go to bed " tea drinker.
Currently, I'm drinking Yogi DeTox (supports liver & kidney function)
Organic Roasted Dandelion Root
Celestial Lemon Zinger ( with sugar it reminds me of a Lemon Drop )
and Sleepytime

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MOVEITMARY 2/11/2014 9:52PM

    I have managed to switch to decaf so far. Unfortunately, I take my coffee with cream, so I really have to give it up altogether if I want to cut the calories. Sad sad sad me!

Have you thought about trying those e-cigarette things? A friend of mine uses one and she really loves it. Apparently you can even get them in different flavors.

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TRESSWANN 2/11/2014 8:20PM

    I agree with you on the lemon and water, yeech. Can do green tea from time to time and since I work for an Asian bank, we have literally 5 different types available free at all times. Me, I go for the cocoa!

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VONBLACKBIRD 2/11/2014 6:54PM

    We all have lessons to learn. thanks for sharing.

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I made it

Saturday, February 08, 2014

Yes! I got through the 24 hour detox. As I'd figured - the hardest thing was going without tea. So it was useful in teaching me something about myself because previously, I would have thought going without cigarettes would be the hardest thing. On the other hand, that may be a testament to e-cigs because it totally worked for me.

I have to admit, the last hour or two of the detox was hard. The e-cig had run out but actually, the worst thing was really, really, really, climbing the walls for a cup of tea. So much so, that when the 24 hours was up, I made a cuppa and sat and drunk it before going to the shops for cigarettes. In fact, I have a sneaky feeling if the e- cig hadn't run out, I probably wouldn't have bothered with cigarettes for quite some hours.

Anyway, I learnt quite a lot from the experience. Watch this space for more.............

Bright blessings.

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TERRIJ7 2/11/2014 7:39PM

    Glad you got through it and hope you notice a difference in the way you feel.

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