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Day 256: Maggie is home from SPAIN.

Tuesday, June 24, 2008

My dd, Maggie, got home from her study-aboard trip to Spain. Saturday I just had a horrible day worrying about her coming home and I grazed my way through 5200 calories. How do I know? Because I logged every single one of them. The photo is of Adam's new Suzuki, which he got this past week and that has been another real stress for me. Yes, I can hear my mother saying "You won't know what it is to worry until you have children of your own!!" Yes, Mother, you were RIGHT.

Thankfully, I went to Paul McKenna's "I Can Make You Thin" web site and did some of his exercises. Then I read some of the wonderful threads on the SparkTeam for "Shrink Yourself" by Roger Gould, M.D. which helped me to get the stress level down and back on track. WOW, I'm so glad I'm a SPARKER.

Now my son, Nick and his gf, Orora leave for SPAIN (no joke) on the 25th for a two week vacation. Maggie had talked to him about the trip since last fall and so they decided to go there. They fly into Lisbon and then take the train as gas/car rental was too expensive (plus parking fees). The movie company he works for just had the new "HULK" movie come out and it was a huge success, so he's going to enjoy this vacation.
I hope I can use the relaxation tips!!
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  • SHARON10002
    For all that logging and honesty you deserve a emoticon ! Sure beats writing it all down and figuring it out!
    1588 days ago
    I can understand where you are coming from eating when you are stressed out. Give yourself some leeway, you have been under tremendous stress. Hang in there! We are here for you, Jibbie. emoticon brenda
    2959 days ago
    Wow! Very brave to log those calories. I don't bother when I'm on a binder b/c I don't want to know. LOL

    Thanks for stopping by my (Phoenix)September blog.

    I've spent a LOT of time in Spain. My husband is from there. Spain has an attraction to it that is hard to evade. My mother used to worry about me when I was over there and coming/going on the planes/trains/buses, etc. I lived there for a year studying doing undergrad work on my BA, then later studied there 3 summers working on my MA in Spanish. I will tell you that it is different being there as a student and being there as a resident not going to school. Once you get into the everyday hum drum of not being a tourist, I always say, "It's a nice place to visit, but I wouldn't want to live there." We don't know what we have here in America until we experience another culture/country. Believe me, I've been to a lot of countries!! When I was a student, I always dreamed of living there, but once I was married and totally immersed into the culture, I changed my mind.

    Just thought I give you some ammunition in the event your children fall in love with it and want to live there.

    2959 days ago
    We really are twins!!! I can totally relate to your 5200 calorie reaction to stress. It is a bit of a shock when we add them calories all up! There have most likely been days when it was even more for me and it just wasn't counted! lol
    BUT NOT Today!!!! YaH emoticon
    2968 days ago

    Comment edited on: 9/10/2008 12:33:35 PM
    Hi Jibbie,

    Thanks for visiting my page. I really have been unscrupulous about my dieting. I need to get back on track. I've gained 7 since I last logged on but I am down 4 pounds from where I ended up!

    You are an inspiration to me because you are so loyal. Keep it up, girl!

    2968 days ago
    Wow...they really do add up, don't they?

    That's one of the many reasons to always track your's so easy to get out of control.

    Trust me...i've done it over and over and over...otherwise I'd not be overweight now, right?? LOL

    Make it AWESOME!

    Les~ (Team Leader - Cardio Connoisseurs)

    3009 days ago
    Ok Jibbie... it's July 29th now. Checking your blog for more news.
    How is everything going? Sometimes I say out loud to myself "I'm NOT going to eat over this". I say it a few times until I convince myself.
    3010 days ago
    Thank you SO much for your comment on my blog entry. That's an excellent point, and I do have the soda because I enjoy it, not because it's there. Thank you thank you thank you for your insight. :)
    3013 days ago
    Good job logging all that! It inspires me to be more honest about my food logging, because sometimes I think I put too small a portion for what I actually ate. I'm trying to get better about measuring everything but sometimes I just don't have the patience.
    3018 days ago
    You know, I'm really impressed that you actually logged all those calories. That's truly impressive that you kept putting them out there. It's definitely understandable that you'd be worried about your daughter traveling like that.

    I, like you, am so grateful for SP! It really comes through when you need it.

    Hope you're doing well!

    3029 days ago
    That is really something that you logged 5,200 calories! That is a high level of awareness and you know what brought that level of grazing on.

    I'm going to go check out Paul McKenna's web site. This is the second site you have recommended to me in the five minutes I've been logged into SP!

    3035 days ago
    Thanks for stopping by my page. He has a nice bike... the sport bikes, hopefully he will not get into stunt riding, a real craze around here and lots of riders getting hurt... or worse.

    You can't worry yourself over your children (easier said than done I know), but even worrying will not change anything, so instead take joy in the fact they are adventureous and are enjoying what life has to offer. Those who fear too much never get to enjoy some of the most wonderful things in the world.

    Have your son promise to keep one leg on each side of that bike at all times, and both wheels on the pavement!

    Take Care,
    3042 days ago
    Hi, Jibbie - Thanks for the comments on my page. What a great family you have! So the cat rides this Suzuki? Pretty cool.

    I loved Spain and would go back there in a minute. It's great that your kids are getting to go. Maybe you should join them, huh?

    Love your Spark Page. I'm going to look in on one of your exercise guys.

    3042 days ago
    Jibbie: glad your daughter is home. When my two daughters (they are twins) were in college one went to Spain and one went to England for a year.. It was a great experience for both of them.. I was so proud that they were able to do that. I know when they live home and go to another country we do worry.. Mothers never stop worrying.. No matter how old our children are. Just say your prayers and remember too let them know that you love them..

    Now no more binging...OK... Keep within your calorie limit.. or at least close..

    Have a wonderful day.. Thanks for your blog.. Hugs, Carol
    3044 days ago
    emoticon emoticon
    Hang in there kiddo !!!
    Isn't just awful when our moms are right !!! LOL LOL
    Here we are in our 50's and our moms are worried about US !!!

    3045 days ago
    The worrying never stops. I know. Brittany (Bamathin ) is my oldest. I also have 2 teen sons. My mom still worries and I am 49 and her youngest. LOL
    I am so glad maggie got home safely. Adam is a fine looking young man but I hear ya on the cycle. They worry me too. I am sure he is responsible.
    Try to find different outlets for the stress. You will feel better after the stress eases.
    3045 days ago
    You are definitely going to have learn a new way to deal with stress!!!! Because I think you're going to have a bit for the next while. No food, missy, exercise only. ;)
    3045 days ago
    So glad that your baby girl is back-Jibbie! I know the Mom worry,...but sure sounds like you have great kids!
    3045 days ago
    Hugs, Jibbie... Stress, whether it's worry over our precious kids, or deadlines to meet, or whatever, tends to kick us into an agitated state that makes for intense food cravings, not to mention pumping all that fat hoarding cortisol into the bloodstream. You are doing all the right things, learning to soothe and calm yourself, log the behavior and calories, can do have been keeping on keeping on for some time now...I have faith in you! emoticon
    3045 days ago
    I would love to be on that beach! so beautiful! and yes your mom was right lol I have 3 grown and one almost 16 yr old and the worrying never stops! as for over eating just get back on track, it will work out. hugsss
    3046 days ago
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