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Discovery of tea

Thursday, April 21, 2011

I have been a coffeeholic for years now. I drink it with those great tasting and sweet International Delight creamers and start my day off with a couple of nicely sweetened coffees. I know ...lots of calories.

Recently I walked into a tea store. I was amazed at the wonderful smells. They had a couple of teas brewed for samples and I tried them. Low and behold they were great!!! I didn't add any sweeteners or cream...they were good just the way they were. Since then, I have made a weekly visit to this tea store to try various products that I can drink "natural" My favorites are Cream of Earl Grey ...talk about a delight to the senses.

What a great way to cut out excess daily calorie intake!!! I am so pleased with this find!

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KMS8755 4/21/2011 1:28PM

    I gave up coffee and switched to tea as well. High five to saving calories!!

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How to stay motivated despite challenges?

Wednesday, April 13, 2011

Today is the first time I have logged into Sparks in a VERY long time. I have buried my head and haven't come up for air in a while. I had quit smoking, lost weight, ate healthy and exercised regularly ...but then I was diagnosed with an illness and lost my mojo to keep going.

Now, months later, I am starting to think straight again and see that I have screwed up royally. I have learned a lot about myself in the process though, so I don't see that I am starting over. Instead, I am continuing my journey and using what I have learned. It isn't always the big things that count ...but the little things I do every day to make a difference.

I WILL...

-spend time talking with my family and enjoy the little things.
-LAUGH.
-reach out to my friends more often.
-pull out the treadmill again and make walking a daily priority.
-challenge myself to question my food choices when I am reaching for snacks
-use the tools given to me to make myself healthier, even though it may be hard.

Note to self: Thanks for listening to what is in your mind AND heart.
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I'm a non-smoker!

Thursday, September 16, 2010

Wow, I can say that now. I have not smoked in almost 3 months and I can honestly say that I don't think about it very often any more. Sure, I have my days and temptations, but it is getting through those with my goals sticking and a clear focus of what I really want.

I want to be a non-smoker. I like being a non-smoker.

I am so proud of this accomplishment! It took coordinating two other people in my life to also quite so that we weren't triggering each other. Boy, that has been fun dealing with all of us under the same roof quitting smoking at the same time.

Actually, it worked really well and we found that open communication was a big part of our success. We had our own little support group where we were able to talk freely about our thoughts and feelings ...and we did this often in the beginning. All three of us have quit and are doing great. LOL

We bought a lot of gum and have tried every flavor out there. Any time we got a craving we would throw a stick of gum in our mouth. I am not a gum chewer, but in the thick of a craving it really worked. I had all these plans to use the nicotine patch and gum, but found I got frustrated when the patch would fall off, but the gum was helpful for a little while ...I did find that I got the same results from any gum and stopped using the nicotine gum. In the end the tools I used and found helpful really surprised me.

I feel much better, I am not socially isolated anymore, and I don't have that hanging over me any more. At this stage I feel "freedom"

I DID IT ...I AM FREE

  
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ANGELAWILLIAMS3 9/28/2010 3:30PM

    KCONNOR3 I have tried to find you on Sparks but you have not created a Sparks page. To get support from the Sparks community (and me) you need to have a sparks page. Otherwise I can not send you messages. This is why I am responding here rather than contacting you personally.

Please contact me again when you have this set up and I would be glad to offer you support!

Cheers!
Angela,<
BR>Co-leader, No More Smoking

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KCONNOR3 9/28/2010 12:51PM

  I want to quit very badly. I hide from my family and my co-workers. (In the closet)I call myself a social smoker but I'm really not. Where do I begin to quit? casey1

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WINWIN1 9/17/2010 6:06AM

    Awesume! You are doing great, and quitting smoking is not for sissies! I quit on February 18, 2000 after 38 years of smoking and so I know how great you are!!

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EPIPHANYANGEL 9/17/2010 6:02AM

    emoticonit's a liberating feeling to call oneself a non smoker.

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ANNASBF 9/17/2010 1:38AM

    Outstanding! I am so happy for you. An amazing accomplishment. This means you can do ANYTHING you put your mind to!!!
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NAMSMOMMY 9/16/2010 11:55PM

    that is wonderful!! Go you!

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IRISH_EYES_66 9/16/2010 11:42PM

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Congratulations from one former smoker to another!! Welcome to the club!!

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HIKESHAPPY 9/16/2010 11:34PM

    Well done!

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DAYSDELIGHT 9/16/2010 11:33PM

  Congratulations! Having been there, fought that fight, I understand completely. I'm a couple months ahead of you and wish you well. Every time it comes up for me, I remind myself that I've already "done the work" and I don't want to do it again!

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FANORONHA_14 9/16/2010 11:31PM

    emoticon on your achievement.
Believe me Been there done that and just kicked the habit overnite by sheer will power.
I used to smoke about 60 to 80 cigs a day around 1/2 ctn a day. Literally chain smoking.
Be careful, I did put on a lot of weight, to get rid of it had a tough time. Went upto 211 pounds but today am just 155 pounds.
Just thought of sharing it with you.
By GOD's grace I am clear of any chest congestion and any illness associated with smoking and drinking!.
Praise the Lord.

I can do everything through him who gives me strength.
Philippians 4:13
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What am I doing?

Wednesday, September 01, 2010

So you probably haven't seen me around here much lately. I have barely logged in for the month of August. I turned 40!!!! and am loving it. Plus I have had a busy month. My husband took me to Whistler for a weekend and we did a lot of alpine hiking. Other than that I have not been getting any exercise in regularly. I have lost my routine and am having a hard time picking myself up. My weight is going up and down within a few pounds and I am super tired all the time now that I am back to work full-time. Still not smoking for 2 months now though

I see so many positive changes that I have made and we have made as a family, but the flip side is, right now I/we are very inconsistent. I feel like I am going in circles and just getting by. emoticon

  
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GPENSRAE 9/13/2010 8:50AM

    Great job not smoking! I've been there and it's hard...great job...keep it up! I promise it does get easier each day!

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ANNASBF 9/1/2010 2:08PM

    The smoking thing. OMG. That is so wonderful. I am so happy for you. I hope you get your mojo back.

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HIKESHAPPY 9/1/2010 11:50AM

    First of all, CONGRATULATIONS on not smoking for 2 months! You have been consistent with that, and I'm SO proud of you! That's not easy, chickee!

Next, welcome to the over-40 club:-) I'm glad you're enjoying it! I must say, I'd enjoy it more if I weighted less:-)

Now, I'm there with you as far as needing to get back my consistency. I started a couple days ago - baby steps:) They've worked before - they'll work again. We can do this! Fall down 7 times, get up 8. I must be on like falling down 7,000 times, get back up 7,001:-) But that's okay - I'm gonna keep getting back up - and you can, too! I know you can - I believe in you!!!!!!!!

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Weekend Retreat

Friday, August 20, 2010

My husband, the sweetheart that he is, planned a weekend get-away for us for my 40th birthday. He knows how important exercise is to me and how I have been having trouble fitting it in lately, so he planned a weekend in Whistler. We will be doing the peak to peak gondola ride (with a see-through bottom, eek!!!!) and a hike through the top of the mountains. Whistler and Blackholm are great for having many trails. We have a suite that we will be sharing with my sister and her guy. I am going to do this the smart way....I am bring my smoothie maker and the ingredients to continue having a healthy breakfast fulled with protein, good fats and tons of flavor. Still working on lunch ideas as whistler is way to expensive to eat out for every meal. One night in Whistler Village at a nice restaurant is ALL I am allowing. I have set this boundary with my husband so that we can stay on track and have fun at the same time. We have a kitchenette and a backpack...what more do we need? Groceries, mostly brought from home!

This weekend will be so much fun. Now I wonder how many calories are in liquor with a diet soda?

  
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ANGELAWILLIAMS3 8/23/2010 10:15AM

    Just got back from Whistler for the weekend and I tell you We had so much fun. I am so sore as we did two days of alpine hikin. For any people out there that live in BC or have had the opportunity to get to Whistler after the 2010 Olympics they have a Peak 2 Peak Gondola and we went on that. I am terrified of heights and I will NEVER do that again, but at least I did it, got through it, and can say I did. It was so high and of course it was planned that we take the glass bottomed gondola. I closed my eyes and held on to my stomach in fear of embarrassing myself by vomiting all over that glass. Yesterday, during our alpine hike we were able to look down on the gondolas and see the distance and span between the peaks and it is indescribable.

We also enjoyed many other things along the way ...but my legs are like walking on jello from the alpine hiking. We had a nice dinner at a Japanese steak house where they cooked steak and lobster on the grill in front of us. We shared a 1/2 liter of red wine, went out dancing and drank way too much. Hahahaha, going back to our hotel it started to rain so my husband gave me his long sleeved shirt to cover up with and we ran (me barefoot) back to the hotel giggling like kids again. There were so many fun things to mention but I can't do them justice in writing about it afterward. I do have many wonderful memories to store in the bank. Boy, after the last year we have had we needed this!

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ANNASBF 8/21/2010 10:06AM

    Have a great time!

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MOMSCRZR 8/20/2010 9:52PM

    Sounds like a wonderfully energizing and romantic weekend. Enjoy!

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MOMSCRZR 8/20/2010 9:52PM

    Sounds like a wonderfully energizing and romantic weekend. Enjoy!

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