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Winged Beans, the Bean of the Week.

Wednesday, March 10, 2010

I bet most of you never heard of this bean because I sure haven’t. I know I only just learned of its existence on Tuesday night when I wrote this blog while watching the Biggest Loser. I do know I have not seen them here in the stores where I live so the next time I travel to Whole Foods or Wegman’s I will be on the lookout. I definitely will be scoping them out in the Asian Food stores when I visit my Mom in Virginia.

The winged bean is one of the newest Asian vegetables coming to market these days, and its appearance is long overdue. Known for centuries in tropical Asia, this attractive climbing perennial is more or less your total meal: all parts of the plant are edible — the pods, the beans inside, the shoots, the flowers and even the tuber. They are also known as Goa Beans.

This bean has been called the "one species supermarket" because practically all of the plant is edible. The beans are used as a vegetable, but the other parts (leaves, flowers, and tuberous roots) are also edible. The tender pods, which are the most widely eaten part of the plant (and best eaten when under 1" in length), can be harvested within two to three months of planting. The flowers are often used to color rice and pastries. The flavor of the beans has a similarity to asparagus. The young leaves can be picked and prepared as a leaf vegetable, similar to spinach. The roots can be used as a root vegetable, similar to the potato, and have a nutty flavor; they are also much more rich in protein than potatoes. The dried seeds can be useful as a flour and also to make a coffee-like drink. Each of these parts of the winged bean provide a source of vitamin A, vitamin C, calcium, iron, and other vitamins [1]. The seeds contain 35% of protein and 18% of oil.

Health Benefits Of Consuming Winged Bean

Winged beans have the highest calcium content among all legumes and as such, are very beneficial for the human skeletal system. The calcium present in these beans helps in the production and maintenance of the bones and provides strength to overcome diseases and weaknesses.

Winged beans are also a good source of natural minerals, vitamins (especially A and C), iron and enzymes.

As a legume, wing bean scores high on protein content. In other words, it proves to be a good source of protein for humans as well as animals.

The seeds and tubers have been getting a lot of attention in the scientific press because of their high protein content, which can be up to 20 percent — way ahead of potatoes and yams. But it’s the pods we generally see in Asian markets these days: long, flat and covered with frilly “wings” along four edges. Best of all, winged beans are fairly easy to grow and make a flavorful addition to stir-fries and grills. The taste of the pods is something between a snow pea and asparagus; they are terrific when grilled and served with dipping sauce.

Winged beans are so versatile. These beans and/or parts can be boiled, steamed, baked, fried, roasted and even made into chips. The immature pod, the plant's most popular part, can be eaten raw, pickled or cooked in water, coconut milk or oil.

I have not tried any of these recipes as I have never even heard about the been before yesterday. I will probably try a few before I can even find the bean and just substitute something else, it may even be asparagus since it has an asparagus like taste. I see most of the recipes call for coconut milk so of course I will be using the light versions. I actually love curries so this bean and these recipes are right up my alley. Plus, I love experimenting with new recipes.

Grilled Winged Beans With Miso Dipping Sauce

This recipe has been adapted by Corinne Trang for Mother Earth News based on a recipe in her recent book, The Asian Grill (Chronicle Books, 2006).

Miso Dipping Sauce:
1/4 cup shiro-miso (white miso)
1/4 cup mirin (sweet sake)
1/4 cup rice vinegar
2 tsp dark sesame oil
2 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tbsp finely grated ginger
1 scallion, trimmed and minced

Winged Bean Preparation:
1 tbsp vegetable oil
1 tsp dark sesame oil
1 pound winged beans
Freshly ground black pepper

In a bowl, whisk together the shiro-miso (usually found in refrigerated cases at natural food stores), mirin and rice vinegar until smooth. Add the sesame and vegetable oils, ginger and scallion; stir until well combined. Set aside.
In a separate bowl, combine the vegetable and sesame oil. Lightly brush the winged beans with the mixed oils. Sprinkle to taste with salt and pepper. Prepare a medium-hot fire in a charcoal grill, or preheat a gas grill to 400 degrees (medium high). Place the vegetables crosswise directly on the grill grate. Grill, turning frequently until just crisp, about 3 minutes. Serve the grilled winged beans with the miso dipping sauce on the side. Serves 4.

Mixed curry (Pods)

winged bean pods, sliced
1 potato diced
1 tomato
1 tbsp. chopped onion
2 tsps chili powder
1 tsp. curry powder
¼ tsp. turmeric powder
½ tsp. mustard, ground
curry leaves, rumpe*
1" piece cinnamon stick
½ cup thin coconut milk
½ cup thick coconut milk

1. Mix all ingredients except thick coconut milk.
2. Cook in a covered pan till winged bean and potatoes are cooked.
3. Add thick milk, simmer for 5 minutes.

Winged Bean Leaf Curry

Ingredients :
1 handful of tender leaves
2 tablespoons thick coconut milk
2 green chilies sliced
6 red onions sliced
pinch of turmeric
salt to taste

Cut the leaves, mix with all the ingredients and cook for 5 minutes.


1 cup soaked & boiled seeds (dehulled)
1 potato
2 tbsp. onion
6 green chilies chopped
½ tsp. pepper
juice of 1 lime
curry leaves chopped
1" piece ginger chopped
2 tbsp. flour
1/3 cup cold water
2 tbsp. bread crumbs
oil for frying

1. Fry & crush the seeds
2. Mash the boiled potato and mix the two together
3. Add salt, pepper & lime juice
4. Heat 1 tbsp. oil & sauté curry leaves onion ginger & green chili
5. Add winged bean potato mixture & cook for 2 minutes form into any shape.
6. Make a batter with flour & water.
7. Dip cutlets in batter coat with bread crumbs.
8. Deep fry and serve.

Yam Thua Phu - Spicy Winged Bean Salad
courtesy of: YumYum.Com - The Recipe Website For Everyday Cooks!

1/2 lb Winged beans
1/2 c Steamed pork sliced into small pieces
1/4 c Coconut milk
2 tb Fried sliced shallot
2 tb Coarsely ground roasted peanuts
2 tb Fish sauce
1 1/2 tb Sugar
2 tb Lime juice
1 sm Pan-roasted dried chilli
2 sm Roasted shallots
1 sm Roasted garlic bulb

Preparation: Immerse the winged beans in boiling water for 3 minutes and then cut into small pieces.
Bring the coconut milk to a boil and then remove from heat.
Pound the chilli, the roasted shallots, and the garlic well in a mortar; then add the sugar, fish sauce, and lime juice, mix thoroughly and transfer to a bowl.
Add the winged beans, pork, boiled coconut milk, fried shallot, and peanut, toss to mix well, and then place on a serving- platter.

I think until I find these winged beans I will try the Winged Bean Leaf Curry and use either spinach or kale. I think it will probably be kale and it will be a new way for me to cook kale. I am definately going to make the Winged Bean Salad and substitute asparagus till I locate the bean. Asparagus is starting to come down in price as it always does this time of year. I love fresh asparagus, the canned stuffed, well all I can say is YUCK!

So go out there and try something new. It is fun and you might find you like it and that is the point of all of these type blogs I write.

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TOFUTONI 3/12/2010 7:24PM

    never heard of it, it is kind of cute and interesting, all feathery

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    Definitely something NEW. I'll have to try this one out. I hope that you're feeling better my dear friend. Love ya, Dawn

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    I have never heard of this bean either. Very Interesting article. Thank you for sharing.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/10/2010 7:53PM

    I never heard of them either, but I'll keep an eye out for them

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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/10/2010 6:28PM

    Really different and interesting! Never heard of them but as usual, another great blog!!!

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JENNY888 3/10/2010 5:53PM

    I have never heard of or seen these. Thanks for bringing them to my attention. I found a link
inged_bean.html where you can order the seeds. I plan to order some and plant them this summer.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/10/2010 5:34PM

    Thanks for sharing thsi information!

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/10/2010 4:38PM

    Thanks for the information and the great recipes. Great blog.

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SUDEAUX 3/10/2010 3:41PM

    What an intriguing veggie. And a very nice presentation, I might add.


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ANDREA963 3/10/2010 2:32PM

    Intriguing. Never heard of them. Had to read the blog just see what they look like. :)


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CAWESTY 3/10/2010 1:57PM

    Wow - another great, informative blog. Thanks so much. I'm wondering if I will be able to find them at Boise's Whoe Food Co-op. Can't wait to try them.

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MRDPOLING 3/10/2010 11:52AM

    How interesting...never heard of seen a winged bean before.

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L*I*T*A* 3/10/2010 10:49AM

    interesting i will be hunting these out for sure..................thanks for sharing such great veggies with us.....................blessings and hugs..............lita

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EGRAMMY 3/10/2010 10:48AM

    Lifetime learning from you. emoticon Happy Spring!

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DIETMEISTER 3/10/2010 10:04AM

    You certainly keep us on our toes. They look interesting.

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JBDIAS 3/10/2010 9:56AM

    Thanks for the info. I have never heard or seen them before, I think I would try it but not sure.

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MEOWMAMA3 3/10/2010 7:41AM

    Very interesting, I've never heard of them either. Kinda cool looking, and what a nutrition packed pod!!! Will look for them at the market. Thanks for the info!

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THENEWCINDY 3/10/2010 7:33AM

    I will def keep a look out for them....I want to try them

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Tuesday, March 09, 2010

Time to some is precious. The time you set aside is not to be wasted, not to be given away. The question is do you set some aside just for you? Why not, you are worth it? The time you set aside allows you to invest in you. Again aren’t you worth it? There are so many gadgets out there to organize your time such as calendars, date books, things to do lists, sticky notes, those erasable boards people have on their refrigerators, and even palm pilots. I know you use at least one of these to try to manage your busy schedules. Do you pencil in some personal time? Do you block out some “Me” space? We need to start making the most of today because tomorrow is never a guarantee. What if it is too late for you to make some “Me” time?

How valuable is your time? Time properly invested in You is priceless. Time wasted can be devastating on a journey to a new you. I often shake my head in disbelief how many of the ladies who come to the pool in the morning really just hang out in a corner of the pool having a coffee clutch. We have glass walls separating the main gym floor from the pool. I often see the same thing out on the floor. Yes, there may be one person on the treadmill but then she is surrounded by a friend or two just standing they’re gabbing away. The person on the treadmill is not paying attention to her workout. She is holding onto the rails instead of pumping her arms to get a better heart rate going. The ladies on the floor could just as easily jumped on the treadmill next to them and start their workout.

There are a couple of things you really need to think about. The first one being Determination. Are you determined? Are you on a mission to get healthy or fit? Or sadly, do you always put yourself on the back burner?

The second thing would be Direction. Do you have a goal plan? You need to develop one if you do not already have one in place. Your goals are your roadmap to getting healthy. If you already have a goal plan please tell me you are using it to your advantage?

The third thing is Ambition. It is different that Determination. Do you love yourself enough to put your game plan into action? Or do you continually say “I’ll start tomorrow, One more day won’t make a difference, or the ever famous I’ll start my diet on Monday (for me it was always Sunday).”

The fourth thing is Faith. Do you have Faith in yourself that you can do this? Do you believe in you? Don’t let your past efforts hold you back. Don’t let past failures set the tone for you. Today is a new day and you have to look at it that way. You know the saying, Today is the 1st day of the rest of your life. Believe it! Embrace it! Put your entire heart and soul into it! Your heart may just depend on it, which brings us to the last thing to think about.

The fifth thing is Desperation. I don’t want you to get to this level. I don’t want you to wait till you are forced to finally do something. Don’t wait till catastrophe hits. It can be in the form of a heart attack, high blood pressure off the charts, blood sugar off the charts, gall stones, fatty livers, Lymphedema, immobility, etc. I am sorry I don’t mean to paint such a dismal picture but don’t kid, yourself keep procrastinating and this can happen to you. Stop thinking “Oh it won’t happen to me.” I’ll do something before I get to that level. Sorry, our bodies work on a timetable of their own. Our bodies decide when enough is enough. Life is too short to make excuses. Set your goals and pursue them.

Is the picture above drastic? Yes! Is the picture above you? I hope not! Are you headed there? Again, I hope not but if so, let's do something about that now!

Time is the coin of your life. It is the only coin you have, and only you can determine how it will be spent. Be careful lest you let other people spend it for you.
Carl Sandburg (1878 - 1967)

Time is what we want most, but what we use worst.
William Penn

Don’t be fooled by the calendar. There are only as many days in the year as you make use of. One man gets only a week’s value out of a year while another man gets a full year’s value out of a week.
Charles Richards

Never let yesterday use up today.
Richard H. Nelson

I don’t think of the past. The only thing that matters is the everlasting present.
W. Somerset Maugham

It’s how we spend our time here and now, that really matters. If you are fed up with the way you have come to interact with time, change it.
Marcia Wieder

Realize that now, in this moment of time, you are creating. You are creating your next moment. That is what’s real.
Sara Paddison

The time for action is now. It’s never too late to do something.
Carl Sandburg

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TONISTRELEC 3/19/2010 10:19AM

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SUNNYDAYZ4ME 3/18/2010 12:23AM

    Great post, it gives us alot to think about and act upon...thank you! emoticon

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DEVENIRBELLE 3/15/2010 12:16PM

    Time for ourselves is priceless. I am taking the time to be healthy now! Thanks.

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FRIENDOFBACH 3/12/2010 11:26PM

  I find myself thinking about time all the time (no pun intended). When I started exercising, I was very worried about finding the time to do it. I feel like I have more now than whe I started. I do a lot of my thinking while I am exercising, and then when I get to work, I get loads more done in less time.

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TOFUTONI 3/12/2010 7:26PM

    I am here to learn how to invest more time in me and do the right thing by me. It is time to stop messing around. Great blog!

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KAITLYNSNAMMY 3/11/2010 2:32PM

    Reality......honesty.....the truth.

Thanks again for your wonderful blogs.

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AMAS92568 3/11/2010 9:31AM

    Thanks for the insight.

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-TAMI- 3/11/2010 4:14AM

    emoticon Great post, as usual.

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    Excellent blog. The picture COULD have been me. Glad that it no longer is. I would say that I am determined, ambitious, and that I DEFINITELY HAVE FAITH! Love ya, Dawn

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REBECKY44 3/10/2010 4:31PM

    Good blog! Thanks for sharing!

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    that was wonderful !!!!!!

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MARYHANNA 3/10/2010 11:06AM

    Very motivating!

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FRANRN76 3/10/2010 9:18AM

    another woderful blog. Thank you

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WHEREIS170 3/10/2010 8:07AM

    Wonderful Blog, you are right about how people get side-tracked at the gym, I have seen what you see many times.

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MEOWMAMA3 3/10/2010 7:42AM

    Glad I took time to read this! (I couldn't resist!)

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BECKYISHERE 3/10/2010 7:13AM

    Thanks for that!

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QUEENCAT25 3/9/2010 11:48PM

    This really put time in perspective. Thank you!

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ILUV130 3/9/2010 10:08PM

    I have this on my Spark page:

There is NO time like the present ... today is the only day that matters. Yesterday is history, you can't change it no matter how much you want to(now forgive yourself and move forward). Tomorrow, who knows what you will do. TODAY - What you choose to do today ... carries great consequences.


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AFTERMYKIDS 3/9/2010 10:03PM

    emoticon Thanks for sharing.

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TEDYBEAR2838 3/9/2010 8:56PM

    I try to make each day count, but I know I waste a lot of time, even with all the activities I am involved in. i will try to do better. Thanks for the wake up call, Yvonne

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MRDPOLING 3/9/2010 8:44PM

    Wow! That was a great Blog posting!

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    great post!

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SHIRLEY2010 3/9/2010 6:34PM

    Great blog! emoticon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/9/2010 4:35PM

    Another great blog, Yvonne. Definitely food for thought.

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BADMAMMAJAMMA1 3/9/2010 4:31PM

    Thanks again Yvonne

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    Another keeper Yvonne - thank you! I especially like 'never let yesterday use up today'.
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    Awesome. Time is precious. Great awareness. Thanks for sharing this.

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WILLOW49 3/9/2010 11:28AM

    Another great blog! Thank you!!!

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SAMTHEMAN60 3/9/2010 11:00AM

    Message received and quite timeless. Great blog as usual. Come on Spark People emoticon

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/9/2010 10:36AM

    very visual, time to take some "time" for me and getting off this newest plaateau.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/9/2010 10:09AM

    Yvonne thanks for sharing this.

Love this part of this quote: There are only as many days in the year as you make use of

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JBDIAS 3/9/2010 9:57AM

    Yvonne Thanks for sharing this great blog.

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GEORGANNE39 3/9/2010 9:55AM

    Thanks, Yvonne, for taking some of YOUR time each day for others!

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L*I*T*A* 3/9/2010 9:55AM

    another wondefrul true your words i see it all the time at the pool and gym i go to as well !!!
thanks for sharing...........
blessings and hugs...............lita

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CKENTFIELD 3/9/2010 9:38AM

    My sister shared this blog with me, she always steer me right.

When I first joined SP I felt like I was being REALLY selfish with my time. Working out had nothing to do with anyone but ME. ME, ME, ME, it was ALL about ME. Foolish thought. My husband is very proud of the efforts I take to get fit (not just starve myself thinner). My coworkers have been inspired and at least 2 of them have joined another 3 are teetering on the edge. My effort and TIME I have spent on myself have paid off, not just for me, but for those that surround me.

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DIETMEISTER 3/9/2010 9:04AM

    You really know how to get your point across. Love the pictures.

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EGRAMMY 3/9/2010 8:55AM

    emoticonOn target again.

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MTNHIKER1971 3/9/2010 8:54AM

    THanks Yvonne.... great stuff

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    I think you may have been writing this to me. I don't think I am as bad as that picture but if I don't stop fooling around that could be me. emoticon

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ANDREA963 3/9/2010 8:18AM

    I think this is one of the best you've written!! The subject alone brought me in. Alloting time for ourselves is one of the hardest things we do, but once we start it makes us feel so good in so many ways! Thanks!


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LOOZINITNOW 3/9/2010 8:04AM

    Love this blog! A real wake up call! emoticon

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    Another good blog. Love the quotes too!
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Today is International Women's Day

Monday, March 08, 2010

Can you set aside a bit of time just for you ? Women on the whole usually do not do this and it is really important that we learn to make ourselves a priority. It is important for our journey here on Spark People so that we can be successful. It is important for your families and loved ones because if you don’t take care of yourself who will take care of you? Yes, we women are caregivers but we need to start including our selves into that care giving.



enough money within her control to move out
and rent a place of her own,
even if she never wants to or needs to...
something perfect to wear if the employer,
or date of her dreams wants to see her in an hour....


a youth she's content to leave behind....
a past juicy enough that she's looking forward to
retelling it in her old age....
a set of screwdrivers, a cordless drill, and a black lace bra...
one friend who always makes her laugh... and one who lets her cry...


a good piece of furniture not previously owned by anyone else in her family....
eight matching plates, wine glasses with stems,
and a recipe for a meal,
that will make her guests feel honored...


a feeling of control over her destiny...
how to fall in love without losing herself...


how to quit a job,
break up with a lover,
and confront a friend without
ruining the friendship....


when to try harder... and WHEN TO WALK AWAY...


that she can't change the length of her calves,
the width of her hips, or the nature of her parents..
that her childhood may not have been perfect...but it's over....


what she would and wouldn't do for love or more....
how to live alone... even if she doesn't like it...


whom she can trust,
whom she can't,
and why she shouldn't take it personally...


where to go...
be it to her best friend's kitchen table...
or a charming Inn in the woods...
when her soul needs soothing...


What she can and can't accomplish in a day...
a month...and a year...

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/9/2010 10:06AM

    Thanks for posting this it's beautiful, all woman need to be acknowledged. emoticon

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MEOWMAMA3 3/8/2010 11:47PM

    Great! How about that Best Director Oscar last night!
Here's my favorite Maya Angelou poem: If you get a chance to hear her recite it it's quite powerful! Enjoy!

by Maya Angelou

Pretty women wonder where my secret lies
I'm not cute or built to suit a fashion model's size
But when I start to tell them
They think I'm telling lies.
I say,
It's in the reach of my arms
The span of my hips,
The stride of my step,
The curl of my lips.
I'm a woman
l woman,
That's me.

I walk into a room
Just as cool as you please,
And to a man,
The fellows stand or
Fall down on their knees.
Then they swarm around me,
A hive of honey bees.
I say,
It's the fire in my eyes
And the flash of my teeth,
The swing of my waist,
And the joy in my feet.
I'm a woman
l woman,
That's me.

Men themselves have wondered
What they see in me.
They try so much
But they can't touch
My inner mystery.
When I try to show them,
They say they still can't see.
I say
It's in the arch of my back,
The sun of my smile,
The ride of my breasts,
The grace of my style.
I'm a woman
l woman,
That's me.

Now you understand
Just why my head's not bowed.
I don't shout or jump about
Or have to talk real loud.
When you see me passing
It ought to make you proud.
I say,
It's in the click of my heels,
The bend of my hair,
The palm of my hand,
The need of my care,
'Cause I'm a woman
l woman,
That's me.

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PENNYAN45 3/8/2010 8:41PM

    Thanks for posting this. I read it a long time ago and then forgot it. Maya Angelou is one of my favorites. I have read both of her autobiographical books: "I know why the caged bird sings" and "The heart of a women."

I am printing this out and keeping it.

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EMSMOMME 3/8/2010 7:02PM

    Thanks for posting this poem! I needed to re-read it today! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 3/8/2010 6:11PM

    Beautiful! emoticon

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    If we all knew this and did this we would be better off. Thanks for sharing this poem.

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/8/2010 2:56PM

    I am a great admirer of Mya Angelou and I love most of her poems. This one, I think, says it all. Unfortunately I did not learn that until I was in my 40's.
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HEATHERL219 3/8/2010 1:23PM

    I love that, thank you!! emoticon

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BADMAMMAJAMMA1 3/8/2010 12:55PM

    Happy Woman's Day@@

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    Loved this!

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WILLOW49 3/8/2010 11:39AM

    emoticon Thanks!

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L*I*T*A* 3/8/2010 11:06AM

    great...........thanks for sharing,.........blessings and hugs.............lita

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MRDPOLING 3/8/2010 8:34AM

    emoticon Happy Women's Day!!!!! emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/8/2010 7:20AM

    Thank you Yvonne. I am definitely going to make a point of making time for me today!
Hope you are feeling better!

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JAPOPE1 3/8/2010 5:31AM

  I love this! thank you for sharing

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JENNDIGGY 3/8/2010 1:53AM

    And in Russia this is celebrated more than Mother's Day. Every woman is recognized, which I think is great because I always feel so left out on mother's day!

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DARKTHOR 3/8/2010 1:46AM

    Great poem.

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    Excellent! Thanks for sharing and reminding us to stand up and be proud of the women that we are! Feel better. Love, Dawn

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    This is really nice. Thank you for sharing.

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    Thank you! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/8/2010 12:21AM

    I loved that one. thanks for sharing.

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    Great sight! emoticon

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Making the Most of Today

Sunday, March 07, 2010

I still feel under the weather and am beginning to think this may be something more than a stomach virus. I always have articles/emails that I have saved for such occasions when I don't feel well enough to write or think for that matter. This email I received from Dennis Waitely was too good not to share. It most definitely impacts out journey here on Spark People.

I did go to Church last night as I always do so I can sleep in, rather than go to Church on Sunday morning. It was not the smartest thing to do. I did not sit near anyone to pass on my germs, I did not shake hands when we came to the part of the Mass where we offer each other signs of peace be with you, and I sat for most of the mass as I had no energy and felt like passing out, The Church kept going from hot to cold or should I say that is what I was doing. I broke out in a sweat one moment and then chilled the next. I should have just stayed home in bed.

Making the Most of Today by Denis Waitley
(Excerpted from The Psychology of Motivation)

What each of us is doing this minute is the most important event in history for us. We have decided to invest our resources in THIS opportunity rather than in any other.

"There are two days in every week about which we should not worry, two days which should be kept free from fear and apprehension.
"One of these days is YESTERDAY, with its mistakes and cares, its faults and blunders, its aches and pains. Yesterday has passed forever beyond our control. All the money in the world cannot bring back yesterday. We cannot undo a single act we performed or erase a single word we said. Yesterday is gone.
"The other day we should not worry about is TOMORROW, with its possible adversities, its burdens, its large promise, and its poor performance. Tomorrow is also beyond our immediate control.
"This leaves only one day, TODAY. Anyone can fight the battles of just one day. It is only when you and I add the burdens of those two awful eternities - Yesterday and Tomorrow - that we break down.

"It is not the experience of Today that drives us mad, it is remorse and bitterness for something which happened yesterday and the dread of what tomorrow may bring. Let us therefore… Live this one full TODAY."


Please apply what he is saying and how it applys to your journey here on Spark People. I would love to hear how you can apply it to You.

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TOFUTONI 3/12/2010 7:27PM

    Makes sense. I never looked at it that way.

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SAMTHEMAN60 3/9/2010 11:04AM

    Sorry you are still feeling poorly.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/9/2010 10:03AM

    eeps I missed this so sorry Ivonne. I hope it's not that serious and you get better soon.

Great article emoticon so much for posting this inspite of your sickness, shows how dedicated you are.

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CATHYGETSFIT 3/9/2010 3:18AM

    I hope you feel better soon. emoticon emoticon Great advice...sometimes we get caught up in our past or looking to far into the future and forget to focus on today. It's not bad to look forward to the future but not so much that you forget to appreciate today.

Take care!

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EMSMOMME 3/8/2010 7:03PM

    Hope you are feeling better today!!

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    This was excellent. I have to take this one day at a time. If I look to what I did in the past I will stay there. I need to yake each day as it comes and my sure I do my very best and not compare it to how I handled my food issues in the past.

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NO_SNOW_BODY 3/7/2010 5:48PM

    I totally agree and i hope you are feeling better soon

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FUNNYGRANNY71 3/7/2010 4:33PM

    Thank you for sharing this article. I hope you feel better soon.
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    Thank you for sharing this article. Hope you are soon feeling better.

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    I loved this!! As you know, I'm working on letting go of the past, because I'm tired of feeling like I'm shackled to it. I start each new day with a positive outlook and try to make the most of it. Thank you for posting this, it was great!

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L*I*T*A* 3/7/2010 1:41PM

    hoping and praying you will feel better soon.............blessings and hugs...............lita

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MOMMA_BEAR_69 3/7/2010 1:16PM

    You are in my thoughts and prayers that you are soon feeling better. A call and visit to the doctor might get you on the road to recovery sooner.
Great article..thank you for sharing.
Blessings and hugs,

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LOOZINITNOW 3/7/2010 1:04PM

    Hope you get to feeling better soon! This is a wonderful article! emoticon emoticon

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THE_SILVER_OWL 3/7/2010 12:49PM

    Hope you feel better soon.
I am trying to only focus on TODAY. Some times I do better than others..., but I do totally agree with that wisdom.

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    I love this passage. This is one of the readings that we see in a lot of 12-step meetings. It really hits home for me. I am sorry to read that you're still not feeling better. Maybe it's time to get back to the doctor. I'm keeping you in my prayers my sister/friend. Love, Dawn

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    I love the excerpt! I hope you do call the doctor tomorrow - ugh, don't go on feeling like this if you don't have to! emoticon (lol, I wanted to post chicken soup, but I can't tell if this is soup or cereal! ha ha)

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DYNAMICDEB53 3/7/2010 12:05PM

    Yvonne I agree with the others time for you to take control of your health, it might be time to see the DR.
I did love this reminder that we need to live in the moment and not fret over the past or the future, this is one thing I struggle with. I am a worrier. But reminders like these are very helpful.
Take care and please get to feeling better.
Hugs and love

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DARA52 3/7/2010 11:47AM

    I think it's time for the Dr. also. Pls call.

Definitely words to live by and I try to move forward everyday. One step at a time!

Hugs to you. Feel better soon. Dara

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GEORGANNE39 3/7/2010 11:42AM

    Good blog, Yvonne! Thanks! Get well soon!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/7/2010 11:20AM

    I am hoping and praying you feel better soon.

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MTNHIKER1971 3/7/2010 11:18AM

    Sorry to hear that you're under the weather.... how about getting out of the house, and do something that you enjoy doing.... maybe go to a bookstore and browse for something you're interested. This will give you something cool to read and relax to tonight before bedtime...

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GLORYB2014 3/7/2010 11:00AM

    I love it!!
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    This is exactly what I am for today! Especially when it comes to our journey!
Hope you feel better...sounds like you've had a pretty rough couple months already. Spring is on it's way! emoticon

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BARBARAROSE54 3/7/2010 10:35AM

    thanks for sharing this blog.

Hope you are soon on the mend, a trip to the doctor maybe?

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/7/2010 10:31AM

    Sounds like maybe you need to make a call the doctor! I'm sorry you are feeling so miserable emoticon Take care of you my friend and make that call!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 3/7/2010 10:07AM

    Definitely something to live by. You can't change yesterday but you can Change or make a difference for today and tomorrow.

Hoping today is a better day for you.
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DJS-DEBBIE 3/7/2010 10:06AM


I hope you are feeling better, too!

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LADYSUNBEAM 3/7/2010 10:02AM

    This is so, so true and right on the money with regard to our journey to a healthier lifestyle! Just love it Yvonne. I hope you are feeling better today my dear.

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Does your body have a magic number?

Saturday, March 06, 2010

I have been thinking of this lately only because I seem to be at mine. It never fails; every time I go on a diet and lose I generally stall out in the 70 pounds lost range. This is usually where I yo-yo. I get so frustrated that I just give up.

I have many conversations with myself and I go back and forth. I run numerous scenarios through my mind. I make sure that I am not sabotaging myself and screwing up some place. Nope. Calories are on track, eating no junk, exercise is being taken care of, drinking my water, getting enough sleep so what is the friggin problems? I keep asking myself if the scale is not moving then why are you torturing yourself? Is it worth it? If you are not losing why not just eat what you want and be done with it? I can go for months – not weeks having this conversation with myself. I usually break down and throw the towel in. I have lost and gained these same 70+/- pounds countless times.

Currently I have some medical issues and have been on steroids due to shingles that just will not go away. Oh they are much better and away from my eyes. Last night I took my last pill. Let’s hope it stays my last pill because it seems every 10 days or so my doctor puts me back on them. The face is a very delicate place to get them and you can’t fool around with it because of the proximity of the eyes.

So now my conversations of recent have been – am I stalled at the magic number of the 70’s or is it these steroids or both? I am at the same weight as I was New Year’s Day. How can that be? Yeah I know I have been under tremendous stress for those of you who know me and I do not want to regurgitate that story and details because it will only remind me. I try to block that out and no that problem is still not resolved. The shingles were probably a result of that stress.

Back to the point of the blog…. A lot of my Spark Buddies are facing plateaus right now or weight gains. I gained a few pounds due to the steroids and I refuse to get on the scale to find out just how much. I don’t need anything giving me more ammunition to throw the towel in and just say what is the use. Go ahead you might as well eat what ever you want. Nothing changes anyway. Boo hoo hoo…

Well things do change. I joined Spark People and my thinking has changed. Oh don’t get me wrong I still get those thoughts of just giving up instead of torturing myself. I think to myself, ”If I am going to be miserable because I am not losing them I might as well be miserable because I did eat.” But then I get to eat my old friends that I miss so dearly. I have always said I am a work in progress, yes I still think about those old friends like chocolate, double cheese burgers, ooey gooey cheese pizza, ice cream (and not my banana concoctions), etc. But my thinking is changed in the respect that I have not given up, I do not want to gain the weight I have lost, I love myself enough to stick it out.

I am going to try to look at it this way. My body is testing me. My body is drawing the line in the sand to see if I will stay true, to see if put my money where my mouth is. My body is saying to itself – how many times has she done this, you know she is going to cave in?

So have I really changed?

Listen up my Spark buddies, for all of you on those plateaus no matter how long they may be and I have heard horror stories of them lasting for almost a year. There are a couple of inspirational people here on Spark People that have dealt with these dang plateaus for months on end and not given up. They have not gained back their weight and neither will I.

So who is with me on this one? Who is going to have a showdown with me against their body and say I can do this? You, Mr. Plateau will break before I do.

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TOFUTONI 3/12/2010 7:28PM

    I'll join you! emoticon

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ANDREA963 3/7/2010 3:53PM

    We can stick to it and get through it. I've been trying to get to my next mini 5 pound goal since the middle of October! I'm hoping to bust through finally this month by increasing my exercise and getting off my butt more. Mine is more due to winter blahs and the job getting busy.

This too shall past....words I used to hate hearing from my mother-in-law, but words that have come true over and over for me. I hope you find comfort, patience and strength in them. You'll make it. You're stronger than that 70 pound mental wall. You'll climb over it and head towards the next hurdle very soon and climb it! I know you will. Hang in there!!

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    Yvonne, I know that you're going to kick Mr Plateau right in the butt, and HARD! I know how you feel about the 'magic number'. I'm 1 lb below it, but I was stalled for weeks before reaching it, and as of last Friday - stalled again! In the past I was stuck twice at that blasted number, once for 28 weeks and the other for 24 weeks, before I threw in the towel. What's different for BOTH of us this time - we're NOT giving up! I really think that the steroids are messing you up with your scale, and as soon as you're off of them, you'll see a drop. This was a great blog, and another reminder for both of us - just how far we've come and how much we've changed. Thank you for sharing your experience.
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JEANNIEMAG 3/7/2010 10:44AM


Just stick with it. I've been at the same place for a long time, but it's better than gaining. I was on steroids for an extended period of time and put on 23 pounds. At least half of that was me giving in. It took a long time to get it off and I just stayed focus one day at a time. Stay strong. You know you can do this!!!

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PAPPHEM 3/6/2010 11:57PM

    It's actually really impressive that you haven't gained more weight on the steroids! Just maintaining while you are on them is a great feat in itself! (And I hope the shingles goes away for good, especially on the face! Shingles in the eye in very bad!)

As you know, I've been stuck for a bit not too, but thanks to you, I've been focusing on the positives, all the things I can do now, how far I've come, etc. And last week, I finally dropped half a pound! I stayed the exact same again this week, but I'm remaining positive and realizing that any small wins are progress! So stay focused on how much better you're blood sugars are controlled, how more you can move, how much easier excise is now from when you started it, and keep all that in mind when you want to eat whatever because the scale isn't moving. If you throw in the towel, you don't just lose ground on all the weight you've lost but all the other accomplishments too.

Hang in there. Between stress and shingles and all else, you're probably not at the magic number fight. As soon as all this clears, you'll probably see big drops in your weight because you've kept up your good habits in spite of it all!

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SHIRLEY2010 3/6/2010 10:51PM

    What a pep talk!

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MRDPOLING 3/6/2010 8:02PM

    DRAW! LOL on the comic!

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WILLOW49 3/6/2010 7:14PM

    I am with you 100%! I've been stuck since last Nov. Finally lost 5 lbs. only to gain a couple back, then lose them again. I certainly could have written your blog! I've been frustrated to the max, but know that there is nothing, absolutely nothing that will make me stop this healthy lifestyle. I am going to perservere, I am going to win this race! Slowly and steadily I will win this race. Let's do it together! emoticon

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DEBBIEANNE1124 3/6/2010 6:54PM

    i loved reading this.

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MMARTHUR 3/6/2010 5:30PM

    Great blog! I think most everyone who has ever tried to lose weight has experienced a plateau. Sometimes I think our bodies need to time adjust to a new our new "number" especially if we've lost a alot of weight. For me my "all or nothing" approach to eating has always sabotaged me at this point. I would always think that if I wasn't losing I may as well be eating what I want, which would of course cause a gain! Maintaining is really a good thing for me because I think maintaining is just as hard if not harder than losing. In fact, I've lost a lot of weight in my lifetime, but maintaining the weight loss was always where I failed. I always think of that saying "you haven't failed til you quit trying" so I would think that if you stick with your plan and don't give up you will eventually start losing again. I also know that medications can interfere with my weight loss, so hopefully you'll see some changes once you've finished yours! Good luck and thanks for sharing! emoticon

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LADYSUNBEAM 3/6/2010 5:00PM

    I'm right there with you girlfriend, and so so so ready to get below 500! Love your gunslinger graphic, that is great!

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-TAMI- 3/6/2010 4:56PM

    I dont have a magic number as far as a plateau goes. I do have a magic number on the scale. In the past, every time I hit 175 pounds I sabotage myself and gain all the weight back.
This time it seems I'm afraid to hit 175 so I'm sabotaging myself before I hit 190. That way I'll never hit 175 and sabotage myself.
Its crazy but also makes some sort of odd sense to me...

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DARKTHOR 3/6/2010 4:36PM

    I'm in it to win it. Push yourself, do something hard and keep doing it for a month, two months. You'll smash through that barrier and keep flying past.

I was looking at your food tracker (not the past few days when you've been ill) and you seem to eat very small breakfasts. If it were me I might try taking in a bit more calories at breakfast, our bodies haven't had food for quite a few hours and you need to prime the engine. Maybe your body is still thinking that it needs to conserve resources, not sure that it's going to get enough fuel. Just my 2 cents, good luck to you and all the best.


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SWIM_2_SLIM 3/6/2010 4:13PM

    I agree, change things up. Make your body start guessing. Maybe even have your biggest meal in the morning and littlest one at night. Change up your exercise routine too. Anything to make your body start to wonder what is going on!!! I hope this helps you some since you help me so much. I'd love to return the favor!!!

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L*I*T*A* 3/6/2010 4:04PM

    i with on a plateau right now and am starting a bootcamp where i live on
Monday with hopes of making some real also started a a big 6 week challenge here on sparkpeople as we will see if i am able to bust this plateau once and for all................all the best .............have a great weekend...........blessings and hugs.........lita

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BARBARAROSE54 3/6/2010 3:46PM

    I'm right there with you Yvonne. I almost reached 70 lbs then faltered, yes I have gained back some weight however I am not giving up this battle.

Good luck on kicking that platteau !

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SAMTHEMAN60 3/6/2010 2:40PM

    This old gunslinger will saddle right up with ya! emoticon

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CHATERJOY 3/6/2010 2:25PM

    emoticon I've been reading your blogs for a while now. I think you have a great attitude and even though it is tough sometimes when we don't get that feedback from the scale that we are doing a great job...that is when the tough get going!!!! That is when we need to stick with it no matter what. emoticon

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DARA52 3/6/2010 2:08PM

    I think my brain has a magic number. I have definitely been sabotaging myself. I also weigh the same as I did at New Years. I can't even say I've done everything I am supposed to. But, what's different this time around? I haven't stopped exercising or Sparking. Im hoping my brain switches here soon and let's me get back to what I need to do to lose more weight. What else is different? No junk food. Binging on healthy food, who would have thought? Anyway, another day. Thank you for the blog. Sending hugs, Dara

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EKKING 3/6/2010 1:59PM

    I kicked Mr. Plateau's butt! He visited me in February. I managed to lose 3 pounds over that month, but basically was stuck going back and forth between 2 numbers. Now, I've already lost 3 pounds in March and it's only the 6th.

I didn't look at your food tracker and obviously, having lost 70 pounds, you certainly know what you are doing and your blogs do contain the most informative information. HOWEVER, you do need to change it up. I started a "cleansing" routine to break my plateau and it worked. And you know I suffered from a knee injury in February and haven't posted ANY cardio time in 3-4 weeks. The cleansing routine really helped snap my body out of it's routine and I believe, anyways, made the difference. Breakfast - a smoothie with non-fat milk and fresh or frozen fruit. Done. A snack if needed, but my smoothies with one cup of milk seem to turn out huge and I tend to nurse them at my desk for an hour before done. So snacks aren't really necessary - I just have lunch early. And then my lunches were RAW vegetables - either in a salad with rotisserie chicken, or with a side of hummus or something. I can't believe how full I was after eating only 600 calories between breakfast and lunch. And too boot - the main reason I did this (and boy am I rambling!) was to lower my sodium intake and help flush my system. And it worked.

So shake things up. Don't give in to the gooey pizza, although it does sound delicious! And don't give up on the exercise. And certainly don't give up on Spark People. Even if you don't lose, you CAN maintain and that, my dear, is HUGE. The loss will follow again in time.

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DJS-DEBBIE 3/6/2010 1:40PM

    You can do it! I have passed a couple of magic numbers and I am 26 pounds away from a really big one.

Hope you are feeling better. I am but now I have SO much Sparking to catch up on!

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MIKROS2 3/6/2010 1:15PM

    I am so with you! I have done the same thing over the years, my magic number usually around 70 and PLATEAU hits. I can hold out for maybe 2 weeks but then I start those same conversations with myself. You always have the best blogs and seem to speak directly to me. Sure you don't live next door. In a couple of weeks I plan to be back to exercising; I have been putting the P.T. on the exercise tracker as it is pretty hard, but getting easier each time. THANK YOU so much for your blogs, they always are just what I need to hear! Hope you are feeling Better real soon!!

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    Excellent blog! I am with you. I'm off to the pool right now. That must be where my 6-shooters are kept! Love ya, Dawn

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DIETMEISTER 3/6/2010 12:06PM

    Great blog! Does this mean you are feeling better or do you still have the stonach virus or is it the flu?

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FOXXYROXXYD 3/6/2010 11:54AM

    Count me in Sister! I had the first showdown almost 30 pounds ago. I had lost the same 20 pounds probably for the last 20 years! I stalled when I got there this time and almost gave up... Then I got stalled again when I lost 30 pounds this time... that is also about the time I got involved with SparkPeople! Yay!
Recently I thought I was destined to stay at 200 or 201 to be exact. But I hung in there... and finally made it into the Onederland. I am not going back and neither are you Yvonne - stick to your guns!
Great blog as usual - you are...

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SKINNYJENNYBY10 3/6/2010 11:46AM

    I loved your blog!!!

It's so true and I know I can totally understand the frustration of not losing...but just sitting at a standstill. I have tried to diet and lose weight for years and years. When it starts to get hard or nothing is being lost.


But stoping and giving up....WHAT DID IT HELP...WHAT DID IT DO!?!?!?!?
Just made me more unhappy and even more fatter!!!!!

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LOOZINITNOW 3/6/2010 11:46AM

    I am definitely with you Yvonne! My body has stalled the last couple of weeks and I have thought a lot about chinese and mexican food. YUM! How I would love to partake in it. But, I have come to far and do not want the weight back. I know if we be persistent things will soon turn for us. Let's do this! emoticon emoticon

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RUN2MYDREAMS 3/6/2010 11:42AM

    Yvonne, you show Mr. Plateau who is BOSS! You keep doing what has worked for you and you will get past this. I realize what you've said about meds & stress. But are you changing up your exercise routines and your meals? I've read that having/doing the same thing causes Mr. Plateau to come around as your body gets used to the routine. So if so, switch it up and confuse your body.

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LIZ-GS 3/6/2010 11:39AM

    Cool... Fun in the midst of challenges - gotta love it. I also love the Iris background my Mom's favorite flower.
Spark on! emoticon Waiting on the tulips to bloom...

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