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Tuesday, September 03, 2013



This morning I saw a TV commercial for those teeth whitening strips, and the tag line was something like "If you're not whitening, you're yellowing." The implication was that if you don't use these white strips, your teeth not only won't get white, they also won't stay the same...they'll get yellower. Okay, not a pretty picture, eh? But it got me thinking about how it is with our bodies.



I know for me, during the years I spent being overweight, I thought "Well, at least I'm not getting any fatter." I thought it was okay to just stay overweight, as long as I didn't gain more weight. I thought I'd be fine with my junk food diet and inactive lifestyle. But the thing is, our bodies DON'T stay the same. If we don't start taking care of our health and our weight, our bodies get more and more unhealthy as the years go by. So basically, if you don't do your best to live a healthy lifestyle, you're yellowing! Your health will slowly decline. You might not see it at first...it might take years before you do, especially if you're young...but it WILL happen.



Last year in March, I realized how tired I was of having high blood pressure, aching knees, racing heart, and being exhausted all the time. So I decided to stop "yellowing." I made the choice to get up off my lazy butt and start eating right and exercising. Making that decision was the easy part. Actually DOING what I needed to do was hard, but it was so worth it! I've had to work at it, and I've fallen off the wagon many times, but I never gave up. I"ve lost 70 lbs and gained better health.

I'm still overweight and have about 70 pounds more to lose, but I will keep working hard for it. I will not allow myself to yellow!



PS: Yesterday in my blog, I mentioned that I had ordered a pretty electric teakettle for myself. After posting the blog, I started thinking about my little teacup and teapot collection. I used to be so proud of that collection, but in 2007 after a bout of depression, I packed them away in a box and put them in the spare bedroom closet. Yesterday, I decided to bring them back out, along with my collection of vintage Florida seashell dolls. I cleaned them all up and put them out for display. It brought a big smile to my face. I took a picture this morning;



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CATNCAG 9/27/2014 12:28PM

    Lovely collection! Good for u Pixie! Have a great weekend & keep up the excellent work!!!
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INCH_BY_INCH 4/11/2014 7:10PM

  Great blog.....we all need encouragement on this healthy lifestyle. emoticon

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GRAMPIAN 10/21/2013 6:44AM

  Beautiful display. emoticon

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EFFRAYECHILDE 9/22/2013 8:06PM

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WHITEANGEL4 9/17/2013 9:54PM

    Great bog. You have come a long way and will make your goal. We need the positive reinforcement to make sure we all stay on track

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MRSRIGS1 9/13/2013 3:20PM

    Here, Here....to NOT yellowing! emoticon GREAT blog! P.S. Beautiful collection!

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LEANMEAN2 9/12/2013 6:44AM

    So pretty! Thanks for sharing.

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REEDWEEB 9/10/2013 11:03AM

    Love this blog! You are doing fantastic. Thanks for the analogy. I think of weird things like that too. It puts things in perspective. Just like if you don't brush your teeth, they'll go away. Same as with losing weight. You don't take care of yourself, you'll go away. Harsh, but true. Thanks again! It was a great blog!
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MOONGLOWSNANA 9/10/2013 9:44AM

  I have some collections hidden away as well. When I can find some new shelves as pretty as yours I'll get them out again and feel that same happy feeling that our cherished things bring to us when we see them again after a long absence. I know they are only "things" and that I may be materialistic about some of them, but they represent memories, hopes, and dreams from my past. People have always been my focus, and my favorite "collections" include our children and now our grandchildren. What a lovely bunch my husband and I created over the past 45 years. We have been blessed with love and showered with hugs and kisses. There's nothing better than that! emoticon

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ALIDOSHA 9/9/2013 4:53PM

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KATIBUG49 9/9/2013 9:58AM

    Love it!

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JAKENELL 9/8/2013 12:29PM

    I really enjoy reading your blogs. They always provide me with encouragement!
Sheila

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SPARKBJOK 9/8/2013 10:24AM

    Great!

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MIZJET 9/6/2013 10:45PM

  Thank you so much...added some perspective that I have lost...Sometimes this journey is so hard...then one little thing can happen and we see that tiny little light that makes us get back on track and headed back in the right direction. Love your collection and made me think that I have a huge collection of dreamsicle angels that have been packed up for over a year. I am going to get them out again ...I think I need to see those little faces that are always smiling, no matter how I look!! emoticon emoticon

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BECCA315 9/6/2013 8:10PM

    emoticon Keep up the good work!

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PACKERMANN 9/6/2013 5:45PM

    great perspective!

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SGFLAUTIST 9/6/2013 1:55PM

    Thank you for sharing! emoticon

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MOVEITMARY 9/6/2013 11:08AM

    Love the blog and your tea collection. Good for you for getting them out. It's important to have things we are proud of to inspire us.
As for yellowing I couldn't agree more. I am losing weight but it is part of a longer term goal to be healthier every decade for the rest of my life.

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BRENDA_G50 9/6/2013 10:07AM

    Loved your blog, the collection, and the display case. But most of all, I love that you are willing to share your trials and triumphs with us. emoticon

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FIFIFRIZZLE 9/6/2013 4:21AM

    What a pretty collection! I am so glad you brought it out to admire again. Put those bad times right behind you Pixie!

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MYAKAYAH 9/6/2013 2:47AM

    lovely collection of teapots and such! its true if we aren't actively keeping our health up we are in decline and letting ourselves go. great reminder~ emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SEATTLE58 9/6/2013 12:30AM

    Beautiful little teapots and your whole collection! I love it and the shelving is so fitting too! emoticon

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DRTOVAH 9/6/2013 12:17AM

  enjoyed your post. thanks for sharing.

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MSROZZIE 9/5/2013 9:46PM

    Awesome blog. Thanks for sharing! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon Excellent pics!

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E1SPAG 9/5/2013 9:21PM

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FIRECOM 9/5/2013 9:06PM

    And I will wager that little collection looks even better than before. When memories come alive it is a wonderful thing/\

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SONYALATRECE 9/5/2013 8:08PM

    So glad I'm not yellowing! emoticon

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JUNEAU2010 9/5/2013 8:04PM

    Great perspective!

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RENATA144 9/5/2013 7:55PM

  emoticon for you very Inspiring blog PIXIELICIOUS !! emoticon

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CHANGING-TURTLE 9/5/2013 6:16PM

    You are doing great
Your blog inspired me to get back on track

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SLRASSLL 9/5/2013 5:37PM

    I completely agree with your point of view! Today I hit 76 lbs and had a little retrospective on then and now. Then I read your post and it's like you read my heart!
Thank you for letting my share your journey. It means a great deal to me.

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SUZIPAM1 9/5/2013 5:07PM

    like you attitude

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NERDLETTE 9/5/2013 4:00PM

    Love it!! And I wholeheartedly agree with your statements about "yellowing", and how it applies to our bodies! emoticon

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SHKIRK 9/5/2013 2:44PM

  Beautiful collection..but I like the shelves just as much !! Keep sharing your inspiring thoughts ! emoticon

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KITTYCAT64 9/5/2013 2:33PM

    I love the collection. I collect salt and pepper shakers. Some belonged to my grandmother when I was a small child. Keep sparking. Hugs, Cathy emoticon

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TPETRIE 9/5/2013 1:37PM

  A beautiful collection!

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EILEEN828 9/5/2013 1:13PM

    Lovely, lovely, lovely. Doing what makes you happy is so good for the soul, what a treat to rediscover your collection. Your insight is the kind a person needs to rediscover over and over again, in as many ways as possible. Keep reminding yourself that making these kinds of connections ARE treats to yourself. Positivity brings positives, hope you keep on a roll. emoticon

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SAM60SUMTHINK 9/5/2013 12:19PM

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Isn't it amazing how seeing an ad, article or just hearing someone relate some incident can trigger momentum, resolve, and so much more! Awareness can strike at the most unexpected moments! Like when watching a commercial seemingly unrelated to what it inspires in and for us, huh!? WAY TO GO!!!

(what a kewl teapot collection!)

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MOMMACASSEY 9/5/2013 11:16AM

    This is a great reminder to us all not to let ourselves get yellow...er. (I'm an English major, and it's hard for me to even type that!)

Thank you! Love your tea collection!

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HAPPYGIRL743 9/5/2013 10:52AM

  I love the analogy and your entire blog, I am just starting so went in to read your past blogs, too, terrific! You can hit the nail on the head with your words. Like your collection, too. Look forward to reading more!

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SUPERSYLPH 9/5/2013 10:37AM

    What a pretty collection!

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KIN59VARA 9/5/2013 10:00AM

    Love your blog and your teacup collection! Get advice.

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CATHOLICCORGI 9/5/2013 9:34AM

    As always, something I needed to hear, at just the right time. I needed to change things around a bit. emoticon

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NHEMBERGER 9/5/2013 8:35AM

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I just tore carpet up & re-finished my living room hard wood floor & am going to get out all my nick nacks I've had packed away for a few years too to put on display! I'm excited to rediscover them!
So glad I made the decision to stop "yellowing" too!
Have a great day!
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VICLAF 9/5/2013 8:21AM

    You had an A-HA moment!!

Great blog and it is true!! Our health is very important!

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MARITIMER3 9/5/2013 8:20AM

    Thanks for putting it so clearly, Pixie. Very true.

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JACKIE15108 9/5/2013 6:49AM

    I see you as featured blog often....now I understand why. You are very interesting and write wonderful, insightful stories. emoticon

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