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Make water your new best friend...

Thursday, June 03, 2010

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Did someone fast forward the calendar to the dog days of August? It is way to early in the year for it to be this hot. It is not even technically Summer yet but it sure does feel like it. I don't know if I spent more time at the water cooler today or in the bathroom because of all the water I drank.


Why drink water?

#1. 75% of Americans are chronically dehydrated. (Likely applies to half the world population)


#2. In 37% of Americans, the thirst mechanism is so weak that it is mistaken for hunger.


#3. Even MILD dehydration will slow down one's metabolism as 3%.


#4. One glass of water will shut down midnight hunger pangs for almost 100% of the dieters studied in a University of Washington study.


#5. Lack of water, the #1 trigger of daytime fatigue.


#6. Preliminary research indicates that 8-10 glasses of water a day could significantly ease back and joint pain for up to 80% of sufferers.


#7. A mere 2% drop in body water can trigger fuzzy short-term memory, trouble with basic math, and difficulty focusing on the computer screen or on a printed page.


#8.. Drinking 5 glasses of water daily decreases the risk of colon cancer by 45%, plus it can slash the risk of breast cancer by 79%., and one is 50% less likely to develop
bladder cancer. Are you drinking the amount of water you should drink every day?


Drink your water, it does a body good!


  
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TEDYBEAR2838 6/6/2010 8:42PM

    Good Tips, I always drink plenty of water & other fluids, mostly water or home made tea.

Thanks for the reminder. With summer here we need to be sure that we ourselves and our families get enough water, with extended time in the pool and the sun.



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FUNNYGRANNY71 6/6/2010 3:11PM

    Great information, Yvonne. I do get in my 6 glasses of water every day. It seems like when you know you cannot have any more than that, you just get thirstier. All of your blogs give me some great information. Please keep them coming.
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SUNNYH99 6/5/2010 10:13AM

    Great info! Thanks, Yvonne! I weighed up almost 2 pounds this a.m. from yesterday, and high salt intake combined with low water intake is the primary cause because my calories were in line. I enjoy diet cola with lemon on a hot day, but I need to have water first, and then the soda if I still want it. Yesterday I started to fill my glass with chilled water from the fridge, and impulsively gave myself soda instead. I had a veggie burger with fries at lunch, and leftover Indian food (channa masala and rice, with a piece of roti) for dinner, and that's pretty salty. Today my body says I haven't taken good enough care of it!

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DYNAMICDEB53 6/4/2010 2:28PM

    Water is such a natural good thing. I love to have it more than anything else. I knew it was good for you for many reasons but liked to see it again and realize what a good thing it is for you.
Thanks and smiles
Deb

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KEL_BEL_FX3 6/4/2010 1:12PM

    Wow, thanks for sharing. So glad I keep my water by me at all times.

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SHEILA8383 6/4/2010 12:03PM

    I drink plenty of water especially after I gave up soda and "sweet" drinks.

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NWFL59 6/4/2010 11:44AM

    I drank lots of plain water prior to finding this website so consuming 8 cups has never been a problem for me, however I was unaware of the additional benefits you outlined.

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SKFEREBEE 6/4/2010 11:21AM

    You just inspired me to get up & fill my glass & I downed it while reading your blog! Thanks because I've been a little dehydrated the last couple of days & need to remember to drink more water earlier in the day. emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 6/4/2010 9:43AM

    great reminders to us all...............
thanks for sharing.........
blessings and hugs............lita

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 6/4/2010 7:41AM

    Water is my biggest problem. I am a short person and it's hard for me to get 8 glasses of water in. That may sound like the most way off the wall excuse you've heard but I do know I have to to try a little harder.

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MRDPOLING 6/4/2010 7:14AM

    Friend...thy name is water

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/3/2010 10:09PM

    I have had NO problem getting my water in lately with all this warm weather.

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MIKROS2 6/3/2010 9:56PM

    While I was in IN had a hard time getting my water in as they have a lot of sulphur in theirs and was difficult drinking. Back home now and am doing much better getting it down now. I certainly could tell a difference in not drinking the water.

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MEYLOSE 6/3/2010 9:50PM

    oh yes H2O is excellent in so many ways for your body, STAY HYDRATED in all you do!!!! emoticon

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FINDTHESTRENGTH 6/3/2010 8:53PM

  Thank you for sharing this information! Water and limes have become my best friends recently!

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FAYE000 6/3/2010 8:51PM

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Thank You for sharing.
I stay hydrated.
Where did you get this information?
I have not ever read this .


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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/3/2010 8:51PM

    Great blog.
Going for my water bottle!

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DEVORA4 6/3/2010 8:49PM

  I drink 10 glasses a day and don't particularily enjou doing so, BUT your facts will make me "enjoy" it more. Thanks Yvonne. You amaze me emoticon emoticondebbyPS As I am now drinking my H2O I aam toasting you wishing you good health & luck deb

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DEFIANTVEGAN 6/3/2010 8:46PM

    Interesting I drink a lot of water so I'm good there but I didn't know that lack of water can cause breast cancer that is so new to me. emoticon

Another emoticon drinking my last cup of water as I type this. emoticon

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DETERMINEDLOSER 6/3/2010 8:40PM

    I drink my water. Thanks for sharing your blog on water with us. Water is so important.
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Discipline is something you have to work at.

Wednesday, June 02, 2010




How can you not stay the course with those eyes and folded arms just daring you to stray?





D - Discipline weighs ounces Regrets weighs tons.

I - Is the foundation of which success is built.

S - Strike when the idea is strong, don’t put it off.

C - Conduct we must follow to fulfill our hopes, dreams, and desires.

I - Is not a dirty word.

P - Potential for creating new miracles.

L - Lack of it erodes our self-esteem.

I - Is not punishment, it leads us to rewards.

N - Needed to reach our goals.

E - Essential to reach our accomplishments in life.

  
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ALIBROM 6/4/2010 1:35AM

    Nice. I especially love the saying, "Discipline weighs ounces, regrets weight tons." So true, so true.

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SWIM_2_SLIM 6/3/2010 7:45PM

    Maybe we need to pay that little boy to come to our houses and keep us in line... lololololololololol Simple blog and to the point. Sweet!!!

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BARBARAROSE54 6/3/2010 12:08PM

    Another great blog Yvonne, thanks !

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SHEILA8383 6/3/2010 11:22AM

    Love your blog and the picture is priceless! I will be printing out your blog as a reminder that discipline is not negative.

Have a wonderful day! emoticon

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LOOZINITNOW 6/3/2010 9:05AM

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NWFL59 6/3/2010 8:02AM

    Love the picture! Reminds me of one of my nieces when they aren't getting their way.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 6/3/2010 7:49AM

    Love your blog! Have a nice day.
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DEVORA4 6/3/2010 7:42AM

  I know I commented already BUT I wanted you to know that I printed your blog and taped it to my collage right behind the computer. emoticon emoticon debby

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MRDPOLING 6/3/2010 7:24AM

    HAHAHA talk about the evil eye! hehe

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TRACYZABELLE 6/3/2010 2:00AM

    pneumatics is a good thing-- helps you remember emoticon

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CAROL3SAN 6/2/2010 11:11PM

    That's a nice way of putting it. I can use a double does.
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FUNNYGRANNY71 6/2/2010 10:41PM

    That was a really great one, Yvonne.
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DEVORA4 6/2/2010 9:56PM

  Hi Yvonne, Thanks it was terrefic.

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DJS-DEBBIE 6/2/2010 9:52PM

    I love both the words and the picture ~ what a cutie!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 6/2/2010 9:14PM

    emoticon emoticon how can you resist that face.

You are so right you have to want it bad. sometimes you will slip up but never give up.

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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/2/2010 9:11PM

    Terrific!

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KARVY09 6/2/2010 9:08PM

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BABYCAKES1984 6/2/2010 9:07PM

    emoticon I like this!!! Thanks for sharing!!!

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JAMIEK927 6/2/2010 8:57PM

    Simple but right on target!

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BRE2003SB 6/2/2010 8:41PM

    emoticonHow are you? I hope and pray you're well. Have a great night! emoticon

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I did it! One small step to getting my life back.

Tuesday, June 01, 2010

It may seem silly to you but I feel like I won a 5K and if you don't know me by now, Yvonne does not run. I hate it and have even as a child in school. Lately I have felt like I was in a race, a race for my life. I actually left work on time tonight. Since I started my new job I have been working anywheres between 1 to 3 hours overtime. My quitting time is 6 PM so that means I have been getting home rather late.

Leaving at 6 PM is a biggie for me. I told the Loan Officers good night and they could stay as long as they wanted but I am out the door. Boy that felt good! I know it is all a matter of baby steps to get my stress under control but I will do what it takes.

Ok Dawn, now sit down for this one but I joined a new team today but don't blame me. It is all Debbie's fault. emoticon I am the innocent party here. I emailed her back when I got her invite and told her that she was killing me. I really did, really, really, really. emoticon

It is called "The Official Stress Busting Challenge." As Debbie pointed out I needed this one. You don't need to stay in the Team forever, you have the option of dropping out after you complete the 4 week Challenge- successfully. (if I am understanding what I read in the thread explaining the Team's concept)

Four weeks will do me just fine because I go back to the doctor to see if she will take me off the steroids at the end of June. I have been on and off them since January and most recently I have been on them since the end of March not to get off till she says so. As most of you know I came down with the shingles, all due to STRESS. emoticon

So I will be making baby steps on my own and tomorrow I will print off the parameters of the 4 week challenge to see what the Team has in store for me. Let's hope this works so I can stop whining about how stressed out I am.

Pass the brie please.

  
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SUNNYH99 6/5/2010 10:08AM

    Just catching up with you here, Yvonne. I'm so glad the new job is working out and that you're setting healthier limits for yourself! People (especially bosses) will take as much as we will give and then some, so we have to decide how much is too much and say no. BTW, your stress busting challenge caught my interest. I've had more than my share lately. I'll check out that team.
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DEBBIEANNE1124 6/2/2010 8:21PM

    Well, Dawn, look how she blames me for everything and I'm innocent.
(JK)

You are doing grat. Keep dong what you have to do for you.

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L*I*T*A* 6/2/2010 12:55PM

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SKFEREBEE 6/2/2010 10:40AM

    Great job on leaving work on time! It is important to take care of yourself. emoticon emoticon

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JETSOX 6/2/2010 9:31AM

    Glad that you left work on time! that must have felt wonderful, compared to being there an extra few hours! Good for you...hopefully you can keep it up and feel your stress level coming down little by little. Good luck with the new team!

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NWFL59 6/2/2010 9:03AM

    Congratulations on taking steps to reduce your stress and normalize your life so there is plenty of YOU time. I'm so proud of you for taking this step, you're awesome!

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ROWDYRILEY 6/2/2010 6:46AM

    That is absolutely fantastic!!!! The start to any race is the first step and you've done it emoticon Wishing you much success on completing the 4 week stress busting challenge. emoticon

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DEFIANTVEGAN 6/2/2010 1:19AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon and yes emoticon!

This is progress and great news.

Hope when all this is done (4 weeks) the Dr. says you can stop taking those pills.

Thanks for telling us your life experience with your daily battles they truly helps us as well.

You have my support always.

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KARENTOO2 6/2/2010 12:55AM

    emoticon You're taking care of yourself! That much overtime day after day is NOT good for anybody. emoticon

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BUTTERFLYTOUCH 6/1/2010 11:33PM

    Your doing awesome!

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FOXXYROXXYD 6/1/2010 11:24PM

    Way to go on leaving work on time Yvonne! Good luck on the new challenge! You can do it!

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SWIM_2_SLIM 6/1/2010 11:19PM

    I'm so proud of you!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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ASHLEEWEBART 6/1/2010 10:46PM

    Good for you. I used to work overtime on several days of the week. It is good you are beginning to leave work when you feel you should. Here is hoping you will continue giving yourself time to rest and relax.



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DJS-DEBBIE 6/1/2010 10:02PM

    It really is my fault.

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DEVORA4 6/1/2010 9:15PM

  Good for you Yvonne. One thing none of us needs in our life is stress. emoticondebby

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 6/1/2010 8:59PM

    Yvonne, that is okay. I just joined a challenge on another one of my teams too. Good luck to you. Together, we will do this.
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DARKTHOR 6/1/2010 8:56PM

    Good for you on getting out of work on time and at a decent hour! Tomorrow start working on making it a habit! You can do it!

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MRDPOLING 6/1/2010 8:49PM

    Way to go!

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Television has a new cooking channel...

Monday, May 31, 2010

The Cooking Channel debuts today on Cable TV. I have Direct TV so the channel for me is right after the Food Network channel. They are promoting this channel as a new TV show for Foodies. It is a new channel they say is for food people, which means those who make the food or love the food.

I looked at the line up and was quite disappointed. We are a Nation where Obesity is growing at alarming rates everyday. I was really hoping for some new cooking shows that showed us how to cook healthy, less fat, less calories but still taste amazing. We should not have to have the mindset that we have to eat bland or horrible tasting food to be eating healthy.

Unfortunately I only found 2 in the lineup. They are Healthy Appetite with Ellie Krieger and Indian Food Made Easy, which is authentic but healthy Indian Cooking. If you have read my blogs in the past you know I love Indian Food and have shared many Indian recipes. I taped the show because it aired while I was at Water Aerobics this morning. It was pretty good and it did show how if you cooked it in healthy manner it still tasted just as good. The one I watched show some street food that is normally deep fried was baked and made with pyhllo dough. It had my mouth watering.

There is a show called Everyday Exotic that may pan out to be a healthy show. I am hoping it will showcase different foods that most people have not eaten. You all know how I am on getting everyone to try new foods they normally do not have in their diet or have even heard of.

Jamie at Home is also in the lineup. I am assuming that it is Jamie Oliver but I will have to wait and see. If it is I truly hope it is healthy cooking especially after his recent TV mini series here in the US.

I am just so disappointed that they did not do a breakout cooking channel for a healthy lifestyle. As mainstream as Vegetarianism is there is not one Vegetarian Cooking show in the lineup. This new channel seems to be more or the Food Network’s castoffs. They have the Melting Pot, which occasionally focused on eating healthy. The Cooking Channel has Two Fat Ladies, The Galloping Gourmet, Julia Child, Ask Aida, and Simply Delicioso all from the Food Network.

Why not breakout with something new, fresh, and healthy? I think they dropped the ball.

  
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HI-NRG 6/24/2010 10:36AM

    I am living in Canada right now, the Toronto area and we have Everyday Exotic with Roger Mooking on FoodNetwork.ca. He is from around here. I love his show.
I don't know if you can make requests to the cable company but an absolutely great show for healthy cooking is Eat, Shink and Be Merry with Janet & Greta Podleski. They have written 3 cookbooks (I own all 3!) and there is even a Spark Team for ESBM.
It would be great to get them in the lineup, especially since I am moving back to the US next year.
Great blogs, thanks
-donna

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SHEILA8383 6/2/2010 4:57PM

    I too would love to see a vegan/vegetarian cooking show. Earlier this year I went 30 days raw and loved it but I really could have used some shows or videos as I am such a visual person.

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DEFIANTVEGAN 6/2/2010 1:27AM

    I saw it today and it was good I'm yet to see more as yourself.

About that "Jamie at home" it is Jamie Oliver and that show had been on before I believe on the foodtv channel or I could be wrong but I've seen his show before I canceled part of my cable.

I am able to see the cooking channel because it is part of the channels that I do pay so I have it. emoticon

You're right about having a Vegan/vegetarian Chef or even a raw chef at that. It seems America is still not warming up to it I guess. I figure that Vegetarian is becoming more popular but they don't seem it's the right time to have a show like that. emoticon

I have to find Video cooking shows of Vegan/Veggie or even Raw on the net, would be nice to see one of those on any cooking channels.

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TEDYBEAR2838 6/1/2010 5:21PM

    Cable and dish TV are Great at dropping the ball. Look at the Movie industry??? Trashy~!

Thanks for caring about programming.



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FUNNYGRANNY71 6/1/2010 1:40PM

    I have been hearing that channel advertised and I am so glad to know where it is. Thanks for the information.
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WILLBOYWONDER 6/1/2010 11:56AM

    I will look for this channel. I’m always looking for new and interesting sources of new recipes. This sounds great.

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L*I*T*A* 5/31/2010 10:52PM

    not sure if we cann get this channel will look for it in my area......
thanks for sharing this..........
blessings and hugs.............lita

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DEVORA4 5/31/2010 9:30PM

  Thanks for your usual excellent blog. We get the cooking chanel but even if I had the time, I wouldn't watch it. The shows are geared for all the wrong foods. I was once a Marthawannabe {Martha Stewart} because although she promotes many healthy receipes she also is into all the wrong food for all of us to eat. She is not doing any of us {fat or thin} a service.

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MRDPOLING 5/31/2010 8:45PM

    My Cable company is slow to bring on new stations so it will be some time before we get it (if we get it at all).

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JENAW71 5/31/2010 6:05PM

  I agree with mudmouse..when I am dieting I can't stop watching food tv! LOL it makes me happy, and I don't get hungry which is very weird!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 5/31/2010 5:42PM

    I never watch tv until now, probably. We jsut got a new 55" HDTV Plasma and it's being set up now.

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MUDMOUSE 5/31/2010 4:09PM

    Sounds weird, but because I'm eating healthy, and not cooking the way that got me to the size I am, I find that I watch things like the Two Fat Ladies (who amaze me...) like a crazy fool. If I don't eat it, I get to watch it. It fills up my cravings...

The healthier I get, the less healthy I want to watch.

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MAMAFISH1 5/31/2010 3:04PM

    Oh, I miss all the cooking shows. I don't have cable anymore. We do get a few good shows on Create. Not all are healthy.


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Don’t give up on yourself, I almost did!

Sunday, May 30, 2010

Attitude Is Everything, it can make or break you. We all need to be willing to work hard and to pay the price that success and happiness demand. I definitely am willing to do that I just need to work out a balance between my Spark life and personal life.

“Attitude determines how much of the future we are allowed to see. It decides the size of our dreams and influences our determination when we are faced with new challenges. No other person on earth has dominion over our attitude. People can affect our attitude by teaching us poor thinking habits or unintentionally misinforming us or providing us with negative sources of influence, but no one can control our attitude unless we voluntarily surrender that control.
No one else “makes us angry.” We make ourselves angry when we surrender control of our attitude. What someone else may have done is irrelevant. We choose, not they. They merely put our attitude to a test. If we select a volatile attitude by becoming hostile, angry, jealous or suspicious, then we have failed the test. If we condemn ourselves by believing that we are unworthy, then again, we have failed the test.” Jim Rohn

We all need to accept full responsibility for our feelings and actions. I forgot that I don’t need to be all things to all the people in my life whether it is to my family, my boyfriend, or my job. It is time to retire the Superwoman mentality. Thanks to all of you that made that point clear in my blog from 5/28/10.

I almost gave up on myself due to trying to acclimate in a new job. I found myself Sparking less and less. I made sure that I still did and logged in my fitness minutes. I got up at 5 PM so I could go to the gym before work and then come home and get dressed to go to work. I made the decision not to shower and get dressed at the gym because I use the pool every day. They put so much chlorine in the pool I was afraid that even if I rinsed out my bathing suit at the gym it would “marinate” all day in my car, as it is I go through a minimum of 4 bathing suits a year because of the chlorine. I pre-planned and logged in my water and food in my Nutrition Tracker. Tried to do my minimum 100 points a day in the tasks Spark People plans out for all of us in our readings, polls, trivia, etc. for the day. I actually fell asleep some nights at the computer trying to complete this – not good. I know my success in the past has been due to the community of Spark People. Just logging in my “stuff” is not good enough. I need to do everything else. I need to Spark as much as I can and not as little as I can.
This holiday weekend is going to be a real test in attitude. Thank God I came to my senses and realized that Yvonne has to be a priority and her journey to a new me.

There will be so many temptations thrown in my face this weekend. The foods and the drinks alone will be calling my name. If I had given into my exhaustion form the new job I probably would have said, what the heck I am going to have that Margarita and I am sure I would not have stopped at one or two. I am quite sure I would have eaten a cheeseburger or two, ribs, etc. I am not following a vegetarian lifestyle because of how the animals are raised before they are slaughtered but am doing it for health purposes. I do not believe in animal cruelty but how they raise the chickens, cows, etc. is not the reason I am trying to eliminate meat from my diet. I am perfectly happy without it but I will be honest and say that when I smell the barbecue – I do want it.

I am going prepared with some healthy grain dishes and some Raw Food dishes as well. I am going armed with lemons and limes to make some big pictures of ice water to show the others there water can taste good. I happen to love water without the lemon or lime but I so tired of hearing I can not get the plain water down. Nothing beats an ice cold glass of water on a hot day. I need to do this pre-planning so I do not go down the wrong path for just an instant gratification. I need to remember I am a work in progress and need to be mindful of the end goal. It is my choice of whether I want to give into the temptations of the present or work towards my goals for the future. Having the right attitude is one of the basics that success requires. I am choosing success.

  
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SHEILA8383 6/2/2010 4:53PM

    As usual you are full of wisdom! Glad you are back!

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POSITIVELYREADY 5/31/2010 4:24PM

    Wise words of wisdom as always. happy you are back blogging.

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DIGBOI 5/31/2010 12:21PM

    Yvonne, you are the best. Do what is good for you, and then the rest will follow. Keep Sparking when you can, eat healthy food and be physically active. We all love you. emoticon emoticon

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TRICIA140 5/31/2010 9:45AM

 
Thanks for sharing, Yvonne! It was a real inspiration to me, to put myself before my crazy-busy job. This school year, I have gone from bad to worse with "living" my job, and definitely it has priority over me. That must change, starting today. You are a real inspiration.

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AMYISSUCCEEDING 5/31/2010 3:43AM

    Love your blog and love your positive attitude. Have a nice day and I know you will.
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KOKOEK9 5/30/2010 9:53PM

    THANK YOU FOR SHARING, my wife is a very negative person in every way and suck me into her bad attitudes. thanks for the reminder that it happens because I let it

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JUNEAU2010 5/30/2010 9:18PM

    I loved this blog. The last paragraph was totally inspirational! Thank you for sharing!

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SWIM_2_SLIM 5/30/2010 9:09PM

    Can I share something that has helped me a little bit? I always love doing all the points on Spark too. I love it because I learn so many good things. But I have also learned that it can be hard to be perfect at everything. You have just started a new job. You need to take time to figure out a good schedule in your head of YOU being the priority in health,(swimming and working out) sleep, cause without enough good sleep, you aren't good for yourself, your job, or friends and family. That includes us Spark friends. You would be too tired to blog for us and you would not be up to it either. And if you are that wiped out, we do not want you taking time to do it either. You need to take care of YOU!!!

I have started to let some of the points on Spark go unearned if I have a busy day. I get the highlights and try to do more when possible. But my priority is swimming my 72 laps a day cause for one it making me more mellow and happy. Two, it helps my body to get in better shape. And three, it is taking care of ME!!! I must keep my health as a priority or the rest of life will take all my time and not care if I am taken care of.

Don't let life suck you dry. Take the bull by the horns and decide what is best for you with still taking care of all the necessities of life like your paycheck, your rest, your health, and anything else that you see as important in your life.

I even cut back with my honey. He understands that now I am putting my health and rest as my priority and I will work him in as best as possible. He now comes to my house and waits for me to come home. He gets to spend time with my 4 girls. 2 dogs and 2 kitties. So he is not alone while waiting. He now asks more if I need help preparing a meal so that he doesn't starve to death waiting for me to prepare it! lol He was here from 5 - 7pm waiting for me to come home and was starving since 5pm but is learning that I'm taking care of me cause no one else will.

I sure hope that this helps you out some. Life is full of choices. But we must be the first choice in anything if we want to accomplish good health!!!

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KNITTABLES 5/30/2010 8:31PM

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NONIE_C 5/30/2010 8:09PM

    As always, you are an inspiration!!! I'm so proud of you for seeing not only that you need to make yourself a priority, but also that you are planning ways TO make yourself a priority.
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FITKAT2010 5/30/2010 7:32PM

    OMG! You are sooooo good!

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GALSAL59 5/30/2010 7:30PM

    I can't see you giving up with this type of attitude. emoticon

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MRDPOLING 5/30/2010 7:25PM

    Yeah, I am struggling with just the same thing for about 2 weeks now. Making bad choices, drinking less water, endulging in too much alchohol. I need to get my head back in the game!!!!

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DEBBIEANNE1124 5/30/2010 6:28PM

    And don't look back at past mistakes and beat yourself up over things. You can do it.
another great blog of yours.

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WEDDWT 5/30/2010 4:42PM

    I too am a W.I.P (work in progress); but sometimes I throw an M in there and become a plain ole w i m p.
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NWFL59 5/30/2010 4:23PM

    BRAVO!

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DYNAMICDEB53 5/30/2010 3:47PM

    Yvonne is so right she needs to be the priority. I am glad you have seen this and understand that you are not superwoman but just one fine woman.
Enjoy your weekend and have a nice time. I like planning too, it helps to stay on track.
Hugs and smiles
Deb

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LADY_JOSIELOT 5/30/2010 3:34PM

    Very true. Don't forget that Yvonne is the priority. :)

- Josie

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SECRETMUSIC 5/30/2010 2:24PM

    Good blog, Yvonne! I, too, struggle with the expectations of others, including folks on SP. Like you, I am working around that and trying to find the balance. Thanks!

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GRANDKATZ 5/30/2010 1:53PM

  Oh you are so right! Good for you for recognizing the signs of falling away and then coming back. Be strong! You can do it!

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JUSTWANTTOLOOSE 5/30/2010 1:52PM

    Yvonne, you have to do what is right for you ! Happy that you've caught yourself in the process...now if we can all think like this....we can move mountains!!!!

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DEFIANTVEGAN 5/30/2010 1:52PM

    Another emoticon blog happy to hear that you are taking care of YOU.

I think it's o.k. to put your Superwoman Cape down and be a relaxed citizen without all the armor.

I'm planning on making your Cabbage Slaw with a twist for Memorial Day, Lemon aid, and my darling BF would have to pick hot dogs so I made some Peruvian beans and I added some Soy Chorizo so that will be the topping for his hot dogs.

Some what healthy meal for him my best choice for hot dog itself would be the Hebrew National ones with a whole wheat dog buns. emoticon emoticon

I'm planning on doing the smoothies in the morning as well.

Have a wonderful time with the family and again really happy to see you taking back control of your life again and sparking.

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KARENTOO2 5/30/2010 1:51PM

    You wrote above, "Just logging in my 'stuff' is not good enough. I need to do everything else. I need to Spark as much as I can and not as little as I can."

This is profound! It is what I discovered for myself this past week. I Sparked as little as I could and it simply was *not* enough! I succeeded in tracking my food but dimmed my Spark, resulting in a binge and no exercise for 5 days...

Thanks for sharing your experience and inspiring me to rekindle!
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TXLIZWOLF 5/30/2010 1:51PM

    You go girl ... know that you are not alone in your struggle :)

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AHEALTHIERME9 5/30/2010 1:29PM

    AWESOME BLOG, YVONNE!!! And kudos to you for choosing your success and realizing that attitude is everything in this journey!

I know exactly what you mean about letting go of the Superwoman mentality. I did just that two weeks ago and it felt great. I think that's the perfectionist in us that emerges and keeps us feeling like we have to do it all and do it perfectly.

Thank you for the reminder that we are works in progress and that we must never allow life's stresses to derail us from our goals and succeeding at them.

Debbie

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 5/30/2010 1:00PM

    I'm so proud of you for standing up for YOU! YOU are the reason that you are successful. Remember that. YOU can do it! Love, Dawn

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DJS-DEBBIE 5/30/2010 12:58PM

    Great blog, Yvonne! Good for you for choosing yourself and success.

We can do this together!
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SUZIAND 5/30/2010 12:39PM

    You are such a strong person!! You know exactly where you are and where you need to be! That is a rare gift!

I have every faith in you that you will be just fine! Enjoy your weekend and savor that yummy lemon/lime ice cold water!

/hugs,
Suz

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    YOU CAN DO THIS! Miss you! emoticon

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DEVORA4 5/30/2010 11:50AM

  Good for you I choose it too

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