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2/21/13 8:45 A

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LOL, thanks for the laugh, Terry! I especially love, "I hate winter, Bob!" I can just imagine the look you'd get for that response! LOL The trainers on Biggest Loser, particularly Jillian, really know how to push the right buttons in order to get through all of the layers of a person to figure out why they overeat and have put themselves in such a dangerous place with their health. I love watching the show and anytime you need me to yell at you like Jillian or Bob, I'm here for ya! emoticon

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Awwww! I'm glad you are liking this challenge, Sweet Maggie! That makes me feel good!!!

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Wow! Thanks for that inspirational letter, Tammy! I needed it! And also thanks for letting me know you are human too and know how it can be to struggle.

You know, this may sound odd, but I had never thought of asking the group for motivation on a day when I'm not feeling it! What's up with that? That's a great idea! I'll have to start doing that! Thanks!

I love how Bob Harper motivates people, too. If I were ever on that show, I would want him as my trainer. I have a couple of the Biggest Loser exercise videos--I may have to pop one in soon, now that you've jogged my memory about them!

Yeah, sometimes we just need that "get off your butt" motivation! Ha!

Have you ever noticed on Biggest Loser how the coaches push the contestants sometimes till they have a breakdown...and then the coaches get all tender with them and the "true" reason for why they aren't exercising enough comes out? I've always wondered what they would "dig up" out of me?!! Ha! Would I shout, "I just hate winter, Bob!!!" or would it be something really deep like, "My mom never hugged me, Bob!!!" LOL!!! (That's just a joke--my mom hugged me lots! Ha!) It just makes one wonder what might be in there that is holding me back! (Then again, I might just shout "I'm lazy Bob!!!" LOL!!!)

Thanks for the support, Tammy!!!



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I appreciate this thread. The past weekend was full of trials and my one box a day was completely forgotten until you reminded me, RunningVeganMom. Thank you!!! I just came back up from the basement where I caught up on sorting several boxes, completely emptied 2. It feels so good to know others will benefit from stuff just taking space here! And it will be so much easier next time we move. And thank you, Terry, for putting this challenge out there!

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Terry, never be embarrassed about being human and making mistakes! We all do it, and none of us are perfect! I understand perfectly how winter can give you a case of the blues and all you want to do is eat and hibernate! I've had a lot of those days this winter! It's just a matter of finding a form of exercise that doesn't feel like a chore and that you enjoy doing, and finding something that motivates you on days when you're rather curl up on the couch with a warm blanket instead of work out. Perhaps it could be a motivational saying that inspires you that you can print out and look at or you could just post something here on our SparkTeam page and say, "Team, I need some motivation!" and if I'm available, I'll tell you, "Terry, get off your butt and exercise!" emoticon I find Bob Harper (one of the trainers from the Biggest Loser) to be inspiring, and I work out with his DVDs and so during times when I don't feel like working out, I ask myself "What would Bob say right now?" and I know he'd tell me to get my butt working out! I can actually hear him yelling inside my head! emoticon

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Thanks for asking us to check in, Tammy, because I've been lazy about doing that and it really does need to be done now and then, to remind us to "stay the course".

I think tweaking a sacrifice is necessary sometimes, because sometimes we maybe make something "too" extreame. And part of the purpose of this is to come out of it with a new, good habit. So your new plan sounds like a winner!

My plan has had mixed results so far. I've been doing really well with having a daily "quiet time" to meditate/pray/read something inspirational, but my exercise routines have been less than stellar! I exercised twice last week and am struggling to do it this week (but plan to do one session today).

For me it's the same old enemy: winter. We've had a sudden "cold flash" in my area, with nightly temperatures in the teens. In this kind of weather I never feel warm, even when it's 75 degrees in the house. I just feel "chillled" all the time.

It's amazing how winter puts me into "survival mode"--I just want to stay warm and under some blankets and the idea of exercising just seems alien! But my sacrifice is supposed to be "Do it anyway! Get rid of that attitude of waiting till spring to exercise. Do it NOW!"

So I guess I have to confess to being human. It's a bit embarrassing, since I want to be an example to the group--but I can be so human sometimes. So full of faults. But the main thing for me or any of us is to not give up. To keep trying. Trying is a sacrifice (since I'd rather not try sometimes!) so as long as we keep trying to improve our lives, that's the main thing. I plan to give the exercise routine another try today and I feel like I'll do it today.

Anywho, glad to hear you are having success, Tammy, and have tweaked your routine to something more managable. Let's all keep trying and doing our best to make some changes. One week has gone by...we still have five more weeks to go! So we still have time to "tweak" and make our plans work for us! We can do it!

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2/20/13 10:11 A

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How is everyone doing on their challenges? I decided to revise mine. My challenge was to give up coffee because I was drinking 3-4 cups a day, and I felt like I needed to give it up to see if I would notice any benefits and instead drink more green tea. I went 5 days without having coffee, and with the exception of a dull headache and fatigue the first day, I did not suffer any withdrawal effects. However, I didn't notice any difference giving it up, either. Perhaps I needed to give it more time. I decided to tweek my challenge a bit, so now over the last several days, I start out my morning with a cup of green tea, and then when I get to work, I enjoy ONE cup of coffee. I sip it slowly, I savor it, and then that's it. No more for the day. I then drink a couple of cups of green tea throughout the day. I have found that this works really well, and I think it's a habit that I will stick with.

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I also need to declutter! I don't usually get in a mood to do it till spring really gets here, though. Don't know why that seems to motivate me so much.

I have a back bedroom that I use for two things: its my bid storage "closet" and my exercise room. (The room is small--about the size of a large walk in closet.) One side of the room has two of those tall plastic shelves where I store stuff, and the middle and rest of the room is for exercise. My dumbbell weights are on that side and I even have a large mirror on the wall. But over the winter the room has become cluttered. There are even a couple of garbage bags sitting on the floor filled with odds and ends that I don't know whether to keep or give away. I need to go through all that and get my exercise room back!

(May have to do that "before" spring, this year!)

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Thanks for the tea ideas! I have a huge pile of stuff that needs to be donated to charity. Clearing out stuff you really don't need and passing it on to someone who could use it is a great feeling.

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2/15/13 9:27 A

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I enjoy a variety of non-caffeinated herb teas. I like them as is, nothing added. My favorites are mint, lemon, and camomile.

Did box number 3 and 4. One box I only had one thing to "fling", but the other I donated almost the whole contents. Feels good to down-size and already the basement is looking less cluttered.

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I made my Valentines Cake in a Cup (thanks to Boni who saved the day at the last minute--cause I had lost my original recipe and she emailed me one!)

The cake was gooood! It didn't rise all the way to the top of the cup, but I think I used a cup that was too big. It made a nice valentines treat! (And it baked up just fine in the oven in a cup!)

So now we are back to the serious stuff: eating right and losing weight (for those who want to). Or as my cousin puts it: "We are jumping back on board the dreaded D&E Train!" (diet and exercise)! Ha! But no need to "dread" it...we can find some fun on board the train!

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Good ideas. Thanks. I don't like adding soy cream and I don't like sweet drinks, so that might work.

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Boni, the first time I drank green tea I said--"This taste like dirty dishwater!" (Not that I "know" what dirty dishwater taste like!)

I'm not knocking it, though, cause I found that if I added something to it, I liked the taste. I sometimes add vanilla flavoring to it, but the best taste experience I've had with it was to add a little "Tang" orange drink mix to it. Now Tang is probably not that healthy, so probably a little orange juice or lemon would work better and be healthier.

But to drink green tea alone--just can't take it.

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Thanks Rheyn!

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Boni, www.adagio.com/ has lots of great flavored greens and whites (high in the same antioxidants that make green tea good, but lower in caffeine and tannins), as well as a few varieties of hibiscus tea, which is the #1 antioxidant-containing drink.

Since we're on the topic of tea, coffee, and caffeine in general, I think it's worth mentioning that research suggests that the reason caffeine from tea doesn't seem to "love you and leave you" the way caffeine from coffee does is not only that there's generally less of it, but that it binds to the tannins (responsible for that bitter, licked-a-stick-of-deodorant feeling) for a slower ride up, a brief energy plateau, then a gradual descent.

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2/14/13 9:03 A

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Thanks, Boni! There are so many varieties now of green teas, I would bet you could find one you like! emoticon

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Happy Valentine's Day everyone! I really struggle to enjoy green tea. Inspired by you RUNNINGVEGANMOM I should have another go at it.

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Terry-
Yay! I'm glad you got a workout in! That's awesome! No, unfortunately we don't have a Whole Foods Market in our area, but we do have a couple of stores that have healthy, organic sections. I'm actually doing okay with the tea. Yesterday I drank green tea, and this morning I'm having a cup of English breakfast tea. I know it has caffeine, but yesterday I felt so run down that I thought I'd start out the day with just a bit of caffeine and then switch to green tea for the rest of the day. It will be interesting to see if I go back to coffee after the 40 days are over. Have a great day, and happy Valentine's day to you and the rest of the team! emoticon

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Emptied the second box and found some hardware DH had been looking for. Made my Valentine very happy!
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And my response to that would be "And what does an empty desk tell you?" You've probably guessed, my desk was always a mess. I am doing the closet cleanout though. Have done the bedrooms. Not looking forward to the pantry or the front hall closet. Probably all kinds of surprises packed in there...

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"It has been said a cluttered house is the sign of a cluttered mind."

Hmmm...that explains a lot! (In my case, that is! Ha!) I think that's probably true--I keep too much on my mind. Also, it's typical of me to have a clean kitchen, for instance, but the cabiniets are totally cluttered inside and I can't find what I need sometimes.

Glad you are enjoying the challenge and best of luck with your de-cluttering adventure!

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Journaling is good, so that would certainly be a good descipline, Edyie. (I used to journal all the time and it was sorta like having someone to talk to about my life.)

I've never known for sure if I'm an emotional eater, or if I just love food a little too much! But yeah, stress can really trigger eating. Glad to hear you've formed a plan and are seeing results!

I commend you for spring cleaning! My home sure could use it, but I'm just not there yet! Ha!



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Hi Tammy! (I have a sister named Tammy!) Sorry it took me so long to get back to your email (I was whisked away from home again today for family reasons and just now getting home.)

LOL!!! I got a kick out of your post! Yep, I got off my behind and actually did a workout today! A weight lifting workout, at that!!! I almost fainted from surprise after I finished it! LOL!!!

So my Lent is off to a good start! I've been trying to watch my calories and portion sizes today, too.

Hey, I don't mean to sabatogue your "no coffee" rule, but is there a Whole Foods Market near you? They sell several non-coffee alternative drinks that are made from grains and have no caffiene. Would that be an option for you? I've tried them all, and the only one I truly like is called "Roma". It's the only one where the grains are all roasted in it (which makes it taste more like coffee).

But green tea is a healthy option, too! I drink it sometimes for breakfast.

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Went through the first box. Found the glass bowls for a floor lamp and 2 glass decorative plates. The floor lamp is now in a good spot where it will brighten an area when we read. One plate is on the wall that already had a nail in just the right place and one on the kitchen counter where I've placed some fruit to ripen. Don't think I mentioned because of DH's work we move every few years. We've only been at the present address half a year, hence this 40 days of remnant unpacking. It has been said a cluttered house is the sign of a cluttered mind. I don't need either! Thanks for the challenge, Terry.

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It's so true that we have that tendency to resist those things that will do us good. I guess the trick is to recognize our resistance.

I'm excited to have the day off so I can come up with a plan. I've been resisting getting back to journaling so I want to start that too. I got a good jump on my Spring cleaning and can already feel my energy coming back.

Because of stress I've been indulging in emo eating so I've been doing a calorie controlled "diet" the last couple of days just so I can get back to sane eating and I'm having great success with it!

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Thank you, Terry, for the encouraging words! I'm both scared and excited about giving up coffee. Over the past couple of years, I have found myself enjoying it less and less, and yet I feel myself needing it. In fact, right now as I'm typing this, I'm thinking about the coffee I haven't today. I think that once Lent is over, I may indulge in a cup of coffee now and then, but I'll savor and enjoy it, rather than depend on it.
I bought some green tea yesterday and am drinking a cup right now and it's really good! I can do this!

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emoticon LENT BEGINS TODAY! emoticon

So what do I do, now that its started? What's my daily routine supposed to be like?

It's totally up to you! We can begin by dropping that bad habit or attitude we want to give up for 40 days. That's the first step. But Lent is also a time to feed your inner self, too. (Get rid of a bad thing--add a good thing!)

What is your inner self telling you that you need? Take a moment and "look inside" and see! What would be a good daily practice for you during this time? Can I offer some suggestions?

1. Go shopping today and buy you a candle and a candle stand, if you don't have one already. Place it somewhere where you feel like you can meditate. (On a nightstand in your bedroom, on a side table by your big comfy chair, or simply on the kitchen table--which is where I put mine.) Plan to light the candle each day and then use whatever kind of meditation or reflection you wish to use. You can just sit there in the candle light and relax everyday for 10 minutes and let your worries go--with no thoughts whatsoever. Or you can go out and buy you a daily motivational or inspirational book and read something each day. It's all your choice! (This part is optional, of course--you don't have to do it--it's just a little something extra to "feed the inner woman or man" if you feel so led.)

2. Subscribe to a "thought for the day" email. I subscribed to one today. These are thoughts that could apply to any of us, in our day to day lives:

homeinsteaders.org/ (Note: at least I "think" the subscribing process worked! I'll know if I start getting the daily messages in my email.)

3. Work hard to let go of that bad habit or emotion that you've wanted to give up for Lent. Make it a priority. It's only 40 days--you can do it! Tell us how it's going and get us excited, too!!!

4. Most of all--have fun with this! Get your guru on! Get your Gandi going! Break that habit and feed your heart! Get a feeling of SPRING inside you! Life is good! We are all growing and getting better--just like flowers in springtime!!!! emoticon emoticon emoticon



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Terry, I'm anxious to hear if you got some exercise in today! You can do it!! If I can start out my day with green tea, rather than my beloved coffee, you can get off your butt and exercise! Ha ha, I'm just kidding and I'm truly not feeling grumpy........yet. emoticon

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LOL!!! Actually, I "am" giving up caffiene for Lent! Ha! (But not by choice, just by circumstance.)

Yeah, I finally went to that local health store we have in our community now and bought a jar of "Pero" (its a non-coffee alternative), so I'll be caffiene free! (I actually don't like Pero as much as I do one called Roma--but I can add some sweetener and almond milk and it will do just fine.)

But am I giving up chocolate (carob) for Lent, you may ask--NO!!!! LOL!!! emoticon

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I can tell Terry is definitely NOT giving up caffeine for Lent...
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By the way, folks: I know the Lent season seems to "clash" with Valentines day and chocolate indulgence! But hey, Valentines day is a special day and only comes once a year--so I plan to have my chocolate on that day--you should too! We can set aside that one day as "love day"!

That is unless your plan was to give up chocolate for Lent? Anyone here planning to give up chocolate for Lent??? I didn't think so!!!! LOL!!! emoticon emoticon

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Opps! I also forgot to add that the word "Lent" means "Spring". Spring is a time of change. Time for us to grow and blossom, too! emoticon

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I love how some of you are giving up processed food, or coffee, and things like that....and how others are giving up bad habits or clutter...and how others are working on emotions, like negative thinking and forgiveness. Wow...you all really took a good look at yourselves and came up with some good things to work on!

Funny how this is both scary and exciting--all at the same time! Do others of you feel that way? I mean I'll have to begin tomorrow giving up my procrastinating attitude toward exercise---TOMORROW!!! Yikes!!! What have I gotten myself into??!!! emoticon

But on the other side of the coin--this is exciting! Change is good! A life without change grows stagnant and dies. Change is good! And 40 days is not a long time to ask for change--we can do it! emoticon

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Runningveganmom--I'm so sorry I forgot to say when Lent actually begins! It begins tomorrow (wednesday) and ends at Easter.

I know some in the group are probably feeling that 40 days sounds like an eternity!!! But guess what? It's less than 6 weeks! Not a lot of time to sacrifice something, really--so we can do it!

But if you give up caffiene cold turkey, I promise we will understand if you shout and scream at us for the next week! LOL!!!!! emoticon



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First off: my appologies for dropping a new topic, and then disappearing from sight! LOL! I'm very sorry--I was called away from home and was gone most of the day. My apologies, folks!

Wow! You all are really rising to the occasion! Giving up bad things...taking on good things! This is good! And remember: they say it takes 30 days to form a new habit...so we have 40 days! Surely we can form some good habits in that amount of time.

Plus, if it's something that you really don't wish to give up for a lifetime (like coffee), you can always go back to it after Easter. But if its something you really "do" want to get rid of, I've read story's of folks giving up things like cigarettes during Lent and never going back! So this could be the start of something good!

Thank you all for your enthusiasm and "sense of adventure"! Best of luck on your 40 day journey! Keep us posted!

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Eydie, I like the idea of replacing what you give up with something positive. What a great idea!

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Re: quitting coffee, I used to be a two POTS a day girl. I decided to stop after attending a lecture about the impact of caffeine on brain chemistry, and it scared the hell out of me. So I stopped cold turkey and begged for death for almost a week, but it's been about three years and I haven't gone back. I only drink coffee now when I have a bad headache, which the caffeine clears up right away -- I prefer it to popping pills.

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Terry, I was talking to my husband about this last night. I'm not particularly religious, but giving up something for Lent is appealing to me this year. I was reading a couple of articles last night and one said that as you're giving up something, think about what you want to take its place.

So I've been having a lot of family stress the last few months and it's been affecting my good health habits, so for Lent I'm letting go, forgiving others [and myself!] and getting back on track. Add to that some good old fashioned Spring cleaning; some decluttering and getting back on a regular cleaning schedule!

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My husband and I both did. I quit all caffeine cold turkey. My sleep habits were the most affected. The first week or two I was so sleepy I went to bed much earlier! The sleep was very good. My husband was a life long coffee drinker who also quit cold turkey the first part of this year surprisingly with no head aches or other side effects.

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When I finally quit for good I didn't go cold turkey. I switched to black tea and then green tea and now herbal tea or just hot water with lemon. My one experience with quitting cold turkey also involved quitting smoking at the same time. It was a recipe for disaster and I wasn't a pleasant person to be around.

A friend of mine here on Spark (GiantPanda) quit cold turkey and blogged about it. You can probably search her blog to find the posts. As I recall it wasn't great for the first week.

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I have before. I quit cold turkey. It was a struggle for 2 days, then fine. I have since added coffee back into my diet, as I know it is healthy and even beneficial in small quantities. I drink 1 cup in the morning now.

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Has anyone given up caffeine before and if so, any words of advice?

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Great idea Terry! You will all be a great support to one another.

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Ash Wednesday is tomorrow and the official begging of Lent that ends on Easter Sunday. Today is Mardi Gras or Fat Tuesday. The day of eating before Ash Wednesday. People eat pancakes, or the polish eat Paczkis doughnuts, others eat regular doughnuts today. It is also called Shrove Tuesday. (A day of reflection before Lent begins.)



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Okay, other than commercially prepared almond/soy milks, I will give up processed foods for Lent. It starts tomorrow right?

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I'm abstaining from processed snacks this Lent!

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I am going through boxes/ containers of stuff (closets, basement,etc) and each day for 40 days I will go through one and Declutter and organize. If it doesn't make me smile, if I don't love it or have a place for it someone else will be blessed with it.

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I'm not a big church-goer, so I don't even know when Lent starts....what will be the official start date for this challenge? I should probably prepare my family.....and friends....and coworkers....40 days without caffeine....oh my! emoticon

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Great idea, Terry. I will give up taking packaged snacks (except the single serving raw almonds from Trader Joe's) to work, and take the time to pack real food instead.

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Want to see some live cameras of what's going on today at Mardi Gras? I found some here. When you click on the link and go to the webpage, scroll down to about the middle of the page to all the camera links.

The only one I checked out was the "Burbon Street Beat". Kinda fun to see the folks live there walking around on the street. (Hopefully nobody will be naughty on the cameras! But ya never know down there! Watch with caution, I guess! I just enjoy the "live" aspect of folks enjoying the sights and to know it's actually happening live and I hope to catch a live parade at some time today.)

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I would like to try giving up caffeine. I drink 3-4 cups of coffee a day. It's the one vice that I still indulge in. Perhaps Lent would be a good time to abstain from it to see if it makes a difference.

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I'd like to give up processed foods.... but I don't know if I can.

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Want to learn more about Mardi Gras? I found a great little "picture story" of how it's celebrated around the world. It gives facts about the holiday that I never knew! For instance:

1. Where is the oldest Mardi Gras celebration in American? (Hint--it's NOT in New Orleans! Surprise, surprise!!)

2. Where is the largest Mardi Gras celebration in the world? (Hint--it's NOT in New Orleans! Wow! That was a surprise!)

I don't know why New Orleans gained all the attention--I think maybe they do Mardi Gras with a flaire and a style like non of the others! Hope you enjoy the link and the colorful photos! Here they are:

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I am going to try to give up negative thinking.

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Today is Mardi Gras Fat Tuesday (and man, am I feeling fat! LOL!) I would love to one day go to the celebration--just to enjoy the costumes, parades and, of course, King Cakes (ya'll know how I am about sweets!!! Ha!)

So what does this have to do with us? Well, many folks don't realize that the very reason a Mardi Gras even exist is to have a party time before a time of quiet reflection begins--the 40 days before Easter.

I know in large internet groups we have folks of various faiths and of no faith--and my job is to embrace them all. So why, then, am I talking about Easter? Well, there is a part of this time that everyone can embrace--no matter who you are or what you believe, and I've always thought it is a fun thing to do!

The 40 days before Easter is called "Lent", and during that time folks "give up something" for 40 days. It can be sugar, cigarettes, coffee, not exercising, being grouchy (ha!), you name it! And you try to replace that bad habit with a good one--such as doing more exercise, helping others, volunterring somewhere, forming a new diet plan, etc.

I ususally give up sweets, but this year I felt it needed to be something much more challenging for someone like me: to give up my "I'll do it later" attitude about exercise. I'm a terrible procrastinator, and I seem to want to wait for that "magical time" when I feel "up to it". But as we know, that time often never comes. So I'm giving up that attitude for the 40 days of Lent. Interesting to see what happens!

Anyone else care to join with me? No religious affiliation necessary...just a 40 day challenge. A habit can be changed in 40 days--want to try to change one with me?

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