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Who Woulda Thunk!!!


Tuesday, July 15, 2008


I am constantly amazed at how I take all that I have learned on Spark and apply it wherever I go. I went to the market last night to pick up a few very needed items. I also intended to get myself a well earned 'goodie" treat for my recent 7.5 lb. weight loss. My first stop was the fruit and veggie section. With the cost of everything shooting through the roof I was very selective and price conscious; buying only those things on sale, but managing a nice healthy, colorful selection. I then picked up some beans, rice, green tea - checking and reading all labels! I then selected a great sweet, dark whole grain bread and finally, began my search for the perfect "reward" goodie. I walked up and down the aisles; first stop, the ice cream aisle (an old, familiar standby) , then I checked out the donuts and pastries (it has been sooooo long!), finding nothing that floated my boat I headed for the oh so yummy CANDY aisle! I spent 15 minutes searching for that ever so elusive delight. THEN, it hit me and I knew exactly what I wanted! The first thing I saw when started shopping were the HUGE, very EXPENSIVE white cling free peaches! The price had totally put me off, but I could spend a $1.60 on one large, yummy, delectable peach which would not get me off track and I would NEVER regret eating, or I could spend the same amount on totally empty calories, not enjoy them half as much and might feel guilty for eating later - the choice was not hard! I had my peach for breakfast this morning along with my oatmeal. As the juice was running down my chin I actually laughed at how utterly delightful this little treasure of mine was! Every choice we make is ours and ours alone. It gets easier every day to make the right choice; not just for my health, but in every aspect of my life. The tools we utilize here and the lessons we learn do not just apply to eating healthy and losing weight; they can and do apply to all aspects of our lives making life better and happier all around.

"Think big thoughts but relish small pleasures." ~H. Jackson Brown, Jr.~

I SO enjoyed my little pleasure!
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PALOMA71 7/28/2008 2:11PM

    Thank you for that perspective, I too have often denied myself the lovely fruit, because it was too expensive. One thing I have learned is not to bring any goodies into my home, but instead when I go out for lunch, to share an elegant dessert with 3 other friends. There is no denial, but I don't get into trouble that way.

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EMMASMART 7/21/2008 12:47AM

    What brilliance!

I'm in awe of your shopping accumen. If you want something junky but not so bad check out the carob chips. They are low in fat, high in protien and feel like candy to me.

Emma

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RMILLER 7/18/2008 4:26PM

    Good for you for making the choice for something healthy and even though we are trained not to think this way but something wonderful. You deserve it for doing such a great job. 7.5 lbs is awesome. I hope you keep up the reward system for yourself and that when you do the choice is always a good one for you, that is quite a step to make yourself listen to what your insides really want. Keep it up!

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FALLENEIRA 7/16/2008 10:32PM

    That is fantastic and is such an inspirational idea...that's an awesome way to think about it...thanks for the idea...the light bulb just clicked :P emoticon emoticon

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MAMALINA 7/16/2008 11:10AM

    Mine sweeeeeet treat is a nice, plump, juicy, white nectarine. I also do sometimes have a few chocolate covered pretzels. I'm weaning myself off of them. So far when I do HAVE to have some, I have no more than four or five. Thanks for the blog!

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SLY813 7/16/2008 9:00AM

  emoticon What a great example of the game I want to play for the rest of my life: the most delicious investments in my health I can find. The good news is we do have so many choices. The cling peaches sound like a major score. I may steal that idea myself.

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MINORCANLDY 7/16/2008 8:18AM

    I laughed at your blog! Amazing the changes which take place when we begin making better choices. The old choices don't have the allure they once did. We realize how nice feeling good about what we are doing actually feels and it has value to us so we're less likely to ditch it for a "twinkie"... :)

Loved the peach story! I'm addicted to peaches too... sweet, natural, good for you, and low in calories!

Goonie Best Wishes,
Mino

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BELGIUMBABE 7/16/2008 3:15AM

    Wonderful! Do you realize that you are are the living proof of our mantra: "This is not a diet, but a lifestyle change." Thank you for sharing your delightful adventure with us.
Babe

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AARONBRANDON 7/15/2008 10:43PM

  Elle,

I am so glad I have you as a friend to look up too. You are making great healthy choices and congrats on your weight loss, I hope I eventually get there soon.

You are doing so great!!! You must be so proud of yourself.

Your Berry Berry Fantastic!!!!!!!

Much Love and Hugs,
Audra and Hugs from my boys too!!!

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LORIWILLLOSE 7/15/2008 9:57PM

    Elle, you are a peach yourself! I am so glad that you chose the fruit and enjoyed it so much that you shared it with us! I bet the sun was shining on you while you ate it!!!!

Love and Hugs,

Lori

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S00KIE 7/15/2008 8:07PM

    That sounds just lovely. Way to go!

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LUVMYORKIES 7/15/2008 7:48PM

    You continue to amaze me, my wonderful friend!!! I am not so sure I could have passed up those chocolate covered peanuts!!! LMBO Good for you, for making such a healthy choice!!! Now, did you use a napkin to wipe your face, or your arm??? hehehe I absolutely love you sooooo much! Everything you say, makes me smile!

Love you more!
Cat

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HEALTHY4ME 7/15/2008 7:47PM

    I agree, my favorite is blueberries, I could eat them till I turn blue! But I do love a peach and the onl way to eat it is with soft fuzzy skin and eating it over the sink with the juice dripping down your chin. YUM great choice!!!
Cindy


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LILLIAN364 7/15/2008 4:52PM

    My favorite treat is berries. The problem is in the summer there is u-pick. I overpick them and then I don't want them again for month. It's no longer a treat when there are bags of them in your refrigerator.

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LIFES*2*SHORT 7/15/2008 3:40PM

  Elle... you just gave me such a hilarious mental picture and not to mention a few good laughs!! I could totally picture this little kid... sitting at this table with the juice running down their face and arms. LOL Thank you for sharing that cute little story... you made my day!! And way to go on picking fruit!! WHOOT WHOOT!!!

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