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It is NOT not about the Twinkie(fill in the blank-- junk food of your choice)in your grocery cart

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Monday, September 05, 2011

It is NOT not about the Twinkie(fill in the blank-- junk food of your choice)in your grocery cart

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Please, no Twinkie bashing. I don’t even like Twinkies. I think I subconsciously used the word Twinkie, because one of my co-workers uses the word to describe an incompetent co-worker(the company president’s daughter). She is a sweet girl, not very intelligent, not good for the company(it is a waste of money to pay her). She doesn’t want to work there, but she can’t land another job, despite her numerous attempts. So she is like a Twinkie.

Just for the record, there were no Twinkies in my cart. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

While in the grocery, waiting in line, looking in my cart, and other shopper’s carts, I had some random thoughts in my head. emoticon Thank you SparkPeople emoticon. It went something like this…

Imagine the body that you want to have. Not the airbrushed, super model, cover girl body. The body that you will feel comfortable inside. The ideal body weight for you. emoticon The fit and trim you. This is your vision for YOU. This is the starting point and the point we will re-visit. This starting point has nothing to do with the excess weight you have. If you focus on the weight, this will not work. emoticon Getting fit and trim is rarely about the weight. Well if it’s not about the weight, what is it about?

It is not about the food. BUT it is NOT not about the food either. This is where emotional eating comes in, (well duh—do people really say that?). Food is fuel for your body. To sustain and nourish it. Not something you do when you are bored, sad, grieving, pissed, or feeling out of control. If you can eat an entire box of Twinkies and get to that goal vision you have for yourself, then GREAT. Knock yourself out. But if the Twinkies are getting in the way of achieving that vision…WHY are they in your kitchen? Or WHY are they even in your grocery cart? Is the food in your cart going to help you reach your goals? Or is it going to get in the way of your vision?

Does your body even want the Twinkie? No, your mind wants the Twinkie. Eat what your BODY wants, and STOP when you’re full. Don’t clean your plate! emoticon I don’t care what Mother says. She knows how to push those buttons because SHE installed them!

Commit to making the changes you want. It is not going to take care of itself. It will take time and effort. emoticon And above all, celebrate your successes. emoticon Take time to reflect on your achievements.

Be realistic.
Be happy.
Be Sparked.

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Member Comments About This Blog Post:
ZIPCONTROL 11/28/2011 3:22AM

  What a great thought !!! Hello my no longer decide what I eat ! emoticon

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PHIREBALL 11/20/2011 8:20AM

    I know twinkies are not a healthy choice for me. BUT, for me they represent a powerful connection to my grandfather who used to work in a Sunbeam bakery in Clarksburg, WV. When I'd go visit my grandparents it was all about fishing, homemade pies, picnics, and a visit to the BAKERY. The bakery had this wonderful baking bread smell and we'd watch the conveyor belts with all the different kinds of bread being kneaded, moved, baked and packaged. It was facinating! And the visit always ended with a package of Hostess Cupcakes or Twinkies. See the problem? Spending time with my grandfather (that I'd give my right arm to see again) = Twinkies! This is a powerful emotional connection to the darn things. But I don't eat them anymore. Lord I miss 'em. But I had to let them go. Besides, somewhere along the way, they changed the ingredients. They're not as good as they used to be. Wish I could see my grandpa again.

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BRAVEHEART4ME 10/31/2011 12:29AM

  Nice blog!

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SUNSHINE20113 10/21/2011 12:49PM

    This really gave me the lift I needed today! Thank you!!

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    I agree and I always tell myself: "What will that food do for your body??" Good insight to have.

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TOASTIE 9/7/2011 2:15PM

    Totally agree -- my body wants good nutrition! But will settle for empty calories if I am not giving it what it really wants! And will settle for chocolate if I don't drink enough water.

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IMIN2GENES 9/6/2011 11:44AM

    Great blog! Thanks for sharing the insights.

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TGSM64 9/6/2011 11:37AM

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JENNIFER_67 9/6/2011 9:44AM

    So, so true!!

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MOOSEMUFFIN 9/6/2011 4:40AM

  That is AWESOME...thank you so much...I love your blog.

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MOOSEMUFFIN 9/6/2011 4:36AM

  Computer issues...sorry

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REGAN49 9/6/2011 3:45AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon Great blog!! Guess you can tell what my weakness is!! LOL

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MTULLY 9/6/2011 12:51AM

    Great post! You made several key points, but the one that spoke loudest to me was your line: "Commit to making the changes you want. It is not going to take care of itself. It will take time and effort." Such a simple truth, but so easy to forget when weight loss slows down. Thanks for the reminder!

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YUMYUMJENNY 9/6/2011 12:12AM

    I loved this, thank you! I am definitely going to think twice about those Twinkies (or emoticon in my case). :P

And I also enjoyed that comment, Lopeyp!

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BABYSTEPS84 9/5/2011 10:36PM

    I loved the twinkie talk! :D
We all seem to know someone like your 'twinkie' at work - interesting to call someoe like that by that name - it made me think a little.
Thanks for making me think! It's good to reflect BEFORE you buy your food!

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READYRACHEL 9/5/2011 9:48PM

    Great insight. Thanks for sharing!

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MOSTMOM1 9/5/2011 9:36PM

    Ah, SparkGuru, I bow to your wisdom.

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    Good insight!

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GLORYBLOGS 9/5/2011 7:52PM

    Great Post. emoticon

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SCRAPDAWG2 9/5/2011 7:46PM

  I really like this. I am going to use that as my new mantra. emoticon

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LOPEYP 9/5/2011 7:05PM

    You are right! It's your mind that wants the Twinkie! I once watched an interview with a morbidly obsese man at the Brookside Clinic (I think that's the name of the place). The interviewer asked if he ever considered having gastric bypass and he said no and then said that the surgery he needed was here (and he pointed at this head). How true!

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MINDA31807 9/5/2011 6:05PM

    Food is still one of my trouble areas, lots of not so healthy things end up in my cart.

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LOGCABINMAN 9/5/2011 6:05PM

  You are so funny...and right too!

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    Awesome advice emoticon

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TEXASFILLY 9/5/2011 4:53PM

    Excellent advice! Thanks! Loved the part about Momma knowin' how to push those buttons 'cuz SHE installed them! *LOL* So true! Thanks again, dear heart! *hugs* All the best, BonnieBlue~

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LNDASMS 9/5/2011 4:47PM

  I loved this. I am going to remember this next time at the store.

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-CHERYL 9/5/2011 3:59PM

    I love your explanation about how a Twinkie can be used to describe a person! I like looking in carts sometimes to, I mean what else can you do while waiting in line?

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MAGGIE805 9/5/2011 3:14PM

    Great blog and I will definetly think twice before I put the bag of M n M's in the cart. I just need to remind myself of just how happy my body gets when I eat nutritiously. emoticon

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CHALLENGER15 9/5/2011 2:41PM

    And what about those deep-fried Twinkies that they talk about at the state fairs? emoticon

I haven't even really thought about Twinkies in years...but I have had thoughts about a lot of other foods that are NOT good for my are absolutely right! It's a mindset...

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IILAAD65 9/5/2011 2:20PM

    I like this!

I need to sit down and write a Self-Road Map to ME at my goal weight.

Since I have heard/read this twice today I really need to do it!



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    One of my biggest challenges in the beginning was to not clean my plate. What we are taught as kids can stick with us.

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JENNYD97 9/5/2011 1:32PM

    I often think about what is in my cart or what other people have in their carts. I am not mean in my thoughts but sometimes I do wonder why certain things are in certain people's carts and I always try to think of a "good" reason LOL. My carts are always funny I think I will have weight watchers and lean quiseens (how ever you spell that) and fruit along side cookies or something for the hubby, who I am slowly trying to wean off the junk and at home I am succeeding but I am not sure about when he is at work :)
I totally agree whatever gets you to where you want to be is what you need to do :)

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KELLEEH 9/5/2011 11:12AM

    Love it! This is great! Thanks for the inspiration!

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AFRESHSTART2 9/5/2011 10:39AM

    emoticon blog! It all comes down to your mindset - not the food you eat! If you have the right mindset then you will automatically take the positive actions that lead to your goals!

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CERIUSLY 9/5/2011 10:32AM

    Great Blog!

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MELLIL 9/5/2011 10:19AM

    emoticon !!! I'm going to point our team to this post at the beginning of our FALL challenge -- it is perfect for that early motivation! Thank you! emoticon

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    Can I come Move in with You???
Loved this informative,TRUE, Inspiring Blog!

emoticon On making YOUR 5% Summer Challenge GOAL!!!

PROUD to be a emoticon Too!!!

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DOTTIEJANE1 9/5/2011 9:20AM

    GREAT blog , we all know your take on diet is emoticon thanks for sharing .

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MARCHEM 9/5/2011 9:07AM

    So true! Eating healthy (I just ate Cheerios with blueberries) makes me feel better than eating twinkies (or other junk)! For me, its not about the scale, its about how the clothes fit and how I feel.

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    This whole weight loss thing is definitely not about the food. Great blog :). emoticon emoticon

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YO~YOLANDA 9/5/2011 8:45AM

    Nice perspective!!!

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    great blog!

I don't think "mom" came up with clean your plate either - I think it might have come from "the great depression" when you were lucky to have food on your plate and didn't want to waste it.

like the ideas you have planted about the food helping you or just feeding an idea in your brain.


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ANGEL636 9/5/2011 8:30AM

    Very well said, Thanks Trish emoticon

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TERRIPAL1 9/5/2011 8:29AM

    Nice blog we all know you're right lol!!
Damn twinkies, I must say I like that expression for your underachiever coworker!
Thanks! emoticon

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GR8DAY2SPARK 9/5/2011 8:28AM

  Reading your blog was a great way to start off my week. Enjoyed your postive attitude and motivating comments. (I must say that the title DID catch my attention!)

As you so aptly stated:
"Be realistic. Be happy. Be Sparked."
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ANDYSGIRL73 9/5/2011 8:21AM

    I like it!

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CAPECODLIGHT 9/5/2011 8:20AM

    Eating what your body wants, not what your mind wants - really struck home for me. I'm going to use that next time I am craving some useless food. Thanks!

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