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Judge not, lest you be judged

Monday, October 31, 2011

This past week, I had a couple days alone. My hubby and daughter both left to visit relatives and friends. It was so nice being able to do my own thing without having to do something for anyone else.

I spent quite a bit of time doing yard work; I am still working on getting those leaves raked. I think I'd be done by now had it not been for the dropping of the trees. I had to clean up the debris from those. Fortunately, the guy who chopped them had a helper who cleared away most of the branches and left me the smaller sticks and twigs.

The yard always looks so pretty in the fall and spring after I rake. We have a combination of red and white oaks. The red drop the leaves in the fall and the white in the spring (Or it's the other way, I forget which is which).

I even took some time to get a couple of runs in. I was shy of reaching my goal of 15 miles but managed to do a 12. Not bad considering all the yard I am doing.

My enjoyment was sort of ruined when my husband comes home with a half dozen donuts and says, "I know you don't really care for sweets but I bought these two donuts just for you." So, am I supposed to say thank you for buying me something you know I want to eliminate from my diet. I cannot say it's the thought that counts because he just told me that he knows I would prefer not eating that type of food.

So, that got me thinking about how many times I offer my grandchildren a sweet treat. I know it is not good for them so why do I do that? I cannot be too judgmental because I, in turn, do the same thing and offer gifts that are better not being given at all.

You know the saying about how we often see our faults magnified in others. Now, I need to take what I have learned about myself and make some positive changes in what I do.

  
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WITCHYWOMAN45 11/13/2011 10:47AM

  Great insight!

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TEACHERWANDA 11/1/2011 4:27PM

    Well said.
I know I often use the excuse of having company over the weekend to go off my healthy diet. Last weekend my niece visited and I discovered she is eating clean. We exchanged recipes and ate extra healthy. I send her a copy of ETL and look forward to seeing her at Christmas to she how she is doing.

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FRAN0426 10/31/2011 8:39PM

    The best approach is to offer our children or grandchildren (in my case) some good tasting fruit or even veggies for a treat more often than sweets. I won't eliminate the sweets 100% as they say all things in moderation.

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LIV2RIDE 10/31/2011 2:10PM

    Awesome blog! Food for thought for sure.

Congrats on getting in your runs. emoticon

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MJK0430 10/31/2011 1:12PM

    When my Mom brings over sweets I say "Thank you, I'll have this later 'cause I just ate." As soon as she is gone into the trash they go. I've removed all sweets from the house so I can't even offer them to guests.

Sounds like you had a great weekend!

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RONNIEHUEY 10/31/2011 12:51PM

    emoticonYou sure had a bury weekend! Me I would of curled up with a book and favorite treat.

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TOASTIE 10/31/2011 11:30AM

    Course, we can't just stop offering treats. How about cut-up apple slices served on a special plate? And, let's treat ourselves while we're at it.

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LADYEYRE 10/31/2011 9:22AM

    My fiance does that kind of stuff all the time. Its so hard because I dont want to hurt his feelings by not eating the cupcake, cookie, or whatever he brought home but I also dont want to interrupt the plan. I choose the middle road and make him split it with me. He's getting the hint I think that I'd prefer a bottle of water.

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TRACEYROCK 10/31/2011 9:20AM

    I was just thinking this morning that I have to stop offering my children sweets- none of us should be eating them!

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I gave in last night...

Friday, October 28, 2011

and bought and ate a 3 Musketeers bar. However, other than the way too many sunflower seeds, I ate well.

  
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JUGE300000 11/3/2011 8:59AM

    It happens once in a while. Forgive yourself and go on with your life. emoticon

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MAVERICK59 10/28/2011 9:19PM

    No Problem. Even Dr Fuhrman has a 90% rule/goal.


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KELLEEH 10/28/2011 2:12PM

    Hey that doesn't sound too bad! I haven't purchased any Halloween candy yet. I'm wondering what the neighborhood kids would do if I gave out apples.

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RONNIEHUEY 10/28/2011 12:02PM

    The candy bar you chose had the least amount of bad stuff than say a snickers.Its Halloween,you have to have at least one candy bar. emoticon

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ANIMAL_L0VER 10/28/2011 10:39AM

    We all have to have a treat now and then... at least you didn't have 3 3Musketeers bars!
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What a workout!

Tuesday, October 25, 2011

I got a huge workout yesterday! We have a hillside that we had started clearing last fall, but sort of ignored it this spring and summer. I decided it would be perfect for a sledding hill this winter, but in order to prepare it we had to remove the fallen trees. So, my daughter and I spent all day, about 7 hours moving logs up the hill and onto a wood pile.

I am not sure how many calories I burned but pulling those logs uphill on a wagon left me huffing and puffing. I think about the sixth hour I started to feel the burn in my legs and arms. I mentioned that to my daughter and her response was "Well, then I must be in better shape than I thought if I am able to keep up with you."

How's that for a compliment - using me for the standard - ha!


  
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BUNNYTIME 10/26/2011 4:27PM

    That's wonderful! emoticon

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RONNIEHUEY 10/25/2011 5:39PM

    Awesome

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FRAN0426 10/25/2011 3:36PM

    Seven hours, you had to have burned lots of calories with the lifting and dragging those trees up hill----great workout

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LIV2RIDE 10/25/2011 9:59AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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MNCYCLIST 10/25/2011 9:28AM

    That's awesome!

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GIGALENA 10/25/2011 6:20AM

    WAY TO GO!

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Sometimes goals are so hard to maintain

Thursday, October 20, 2011

I set a goal to run 15 miles a week and today is Thursday and I have not yet run 1 mile. However, I am getting my yard work done - I spent a over 5 hours raking and mowing my yard and I am not done yet. I am getting a great arm workout.
Here is a photo of a small part of my yard before the leaves dropped:

  
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WINACHST 10/25/2011 4:52AM

    oh, and FYI - I reached my goal for the week - yeah me!

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KELLEEH 10/22/2011 8:56PM

    Ooooh.. .pretty!

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RONNIEHUEY 10/20/2011 1:14PM

    I love the trees!

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JITZUROE 10/20/2011 11:06AM

    such a beautiful area! Wow that was a lot of yard work. Sometimes obstacles slow you down from 'the goal list' but the week is NOT over yet! You just might make the running goal after all!
Bren

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LIV2RIDE 10/20/2011 10:39AM

    You may not hit your 15 mile goal but you are outside working hard and enjoying a peaceful day. I say that's a win. Your arms, shoulders and back will get a great workout. emoticon emoticon

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Addiction or Choice?

Monday, October 17, 2011

Lately, my DH has been on a sweet attack and he cannot seem to get enough treats. I am trying to be on my best behaviour. However, I am not being very successful and my running times are showing it. It is time to get THINNKING again. I need to start giving serious consideration to the foods I am eating and eat the foods that will fuel and nurture my body rather than assault it.

It is so easy to blame him for what I am eating, but it is no one's fault but my own. I choose what I put in my mouth. It seems like we are too quick to point the finger at someone or something else. I eat way too many sweets and read about how it's not my fault because sugary fatty foods are addicting and I have become addicted. So, it must be the food manufactures fault that I am eating all that junk. NOT. That is just an excuse for not to taking responsibility for what I am putting into my body.

As much as I'd like to think that I have an addiction and therefore, I really cannot help it, I cannot honestly think that way because I am aware that seconds before I pop that morsel into my mouth, I made a choice to do so. Even when I am mindlessly eating, it all starts with a choice to put that food into my mouth. It is not an addiction, it is a choice I make.

So, I need to make the proper choices of what I am going to eat so that I can be healthy and have the fuel, (good clean fuel), my body needs to function at its best.

  
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WILD4STARS 10/19/2011 6:02AM

    You are so right. But I also can't be tempted by what's not in the house. My hubby deserves treats, but I only buy him the kind of treats that don't tempt me. In my moments of weakness I don't want there to be any potato chips in this house. It would be way ugly!

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MNNICE 10/17/2011 11:42PM

    Definitely sweets, and for me especially chocolate, is very hard to resist. I try my best to limit it -- I don't think I could ever give it up entirely, and really I don't think I WANT to give it up entirely. I have been working hard at teaching myself to enjoy it in moderation, and sometimes it works and sometimes it doesn't. Whether it's a choice or an addiction, there's no doubt for those of us who have a sweet tooth, it is definitely a love/hate relationship!

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RONNIEHUEY 10/17/2011 12:03PM

    The sweet tooth is also attacking me-must be trying to fatten up for the cold winter.

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MARTHASPARKS 10/17/2011 11:59AM

    I think that we all do this to some extent. However, eating something sweet does increase the desire in your brain chemistry to do it again. Eating is supposed to be pleasurable or we'd all die. Make a list of "healthy" sweet options and put it on the fridge to reduce temptation and give your body instant information about that better choice that you want to make.

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LIV2RIDE 10/17/2011 11:05AM

    So true! I love how I too make these choices then berate myself afterward. Then I have this conversation with myself. "Seriously, you have no one to blame but yourself. You CHOSE to put that in your body. Now choose to do something about it." I find that I do much better during the week than I do on the weekends. Too much idle time for me. Just know you aren't in this struggle alone. I'm right beside you hopefully making healthy choices that fuel my body, mind and spirit. emoticon

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