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Help! I'm being forced to blog against my will !!!! (j/k)

Saturday, January 14, 2012

Juuuust kidding....but seriously, while I don't blog EVERYday, I kinda have to for the next 7 days to get points on a 5% challenge - - so this might not be as ponderous as others I have done....

Good god, I forgot if I was supposed to talk about something in this blog or not! Ooops, so much for my post-reading skills! Something in my subconscious is telling me to talk about a healthy habit...

OK - healthy habit: I don't eat after 7pm if I can possibly help it.

Why?? I think Oprah said that was one of her rules and it made sense to me, so for years I have kinda stuck to that little rule of thumb.

Which means...I really don't like events that make me eat at 9 or 10 pm at night....really, so silly if you think about it - give me a nice cocktail hour at 6pm and I'm good to go...9pm is cake & coffee time. Not like I'm going to these events all the time...at all...but when they happen it kinda irks me. I'm that person who eats normally no matter what, especially on the day of a wedding because I don't want to be starving and grumpy....and yes, I have brought cereal bars to weddings and scarfed them down in the car when my stomach is on the verge of eating itself.

But I digress.....

As for healthy habits that are on the more "new" side (as in established in the last year) - umm...I like to make smoothies now because I get a few fruits in along with my yogurt...and the kids like them too, so i make a huge one and we are all healthy together!!!

Okey dokey.....see ya tomorrow!

  
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LILBITWANNABE 1/15/2012 12:22PM

    Thats a great healthy habit! One of my biggest challenges is not late night snacking.

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BEATLETOT 1/15/2012 10:00AM

    I'm writing my assigned blog when I get home. I like your healthy habits. I eat late a lot, and its something I should definitely work on because nighttimeeating is usually mindless eating!

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HELLODANAE 1/14/2012 9:33PM

    I think this is a good topic emoticon
thanks for sharing and I loooooooooooooooooooove your pic emoticon

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LINDABENEDICT 1/14/2012 9:20PM

    I share your blog issue ....and I want those points too, so I will get busy !

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DONNACFIT 1/14/2012 8:13PM

    Thanks for blogging and for dropping by my yesterday's blog and for your comments :)

When I'm back on track and I need to not snack in evenings I like to make a pot of tea and enjoy that instead..it's calorie free.

Smoothies are great..last summer I had my granddaughters here for camp grammy and we made smoothies every morning yum yum!!

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OAKBORN 1/14/2012 7:51PM

    I know you had a "forcible" blogging incident, but you write with clarity and insight as usual.

The evening snack bug is my biggest downfall. I can work out... but I will still snack whether I'm hungry or not.




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REBECCATKD 1/14/2012 5:16PM

    I'm still working on not eating after 8:30. It's so dumb, too, because I'm never really hungry. I just picked up the habit somewhow. Must break it!

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JUSTLYLE 1/14/2012 5:00PM

    Now Annie that wasn't so bad now was it. Made for great reading.
Congratulations on a wonderful "lifestyle" change.

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KIM--POSSIBLE 1/14/2012 4:13PM

    Events that revolve around food really bother me, regardless of what time they are, but particularly at non-meal times. It seems that everyone eats simply because it is expected, then complains that they have gained weight, comments to those who aren't overweight that they must be able to eat anything, etc. More than once, I have had people make me feel bad for not eating at these events.

I recently set a rule for myself not to eat and snacks after 7:30. Because I have kids and they play sports, there are nights that we don't get dinner until then. I figure, as long as I am eating a meal and not mindlessly snacking, it is ok! But if I have had dinner, I don't need to snack that late or I will overeat.

Good luck with the blogs this week!

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Smoldering

Friday, January 13, 2012

I've been tending to the fire a lot lately.....no, this is not a figurative thing....it is a literal thing! We are heating our house this winter with a new fireplace insert....and so far, I have stacked 5 cords of firewood, brought at least 2 cords into the house myself, and have re-lit the fire more times than I can count...and I'm good at it 95% of the time! The things we learn in life! LoL

Anyway, we've finally hit the less-seasoned wood and now we have a lot of hard to light and smoldering pieces of wood. You have NO idea how frustrating it is!!!

But then again.....maybe you do.....

In my various states of pondering while staring at the fire, I have seen many a log smolder and smoke until it just kinda burns internally, gets weaker and weaker, and ultimately turns to ash - sure it gives off heat, but it certainly isn't that pretty to look are or interact with when I open the fireplace door to try to stoke it into a flame....all it does is smoke and sizzle at me & stink up my house!

Logs like this need oxygen...some air to breath in order to get a pretty flame...a flame that will catch other pieces of wood and continue on to not only make heat, but to make a real great show for everyone to watch....even the coals glow and radiate heat & beauty when the flames die down.

It's amazing when I get the smoldering log to finally catch fire...WHOOOSH! it goes right up with just a crack in the door...but sometimes I have to really put effort into it and break out the hairdryer and really get a flow of air in there, and even then, a stubborn smoldering log can take time to catch fire.....very frustrating. emoticon

I'd say that most of the time, I can get the smoldering log to light with a bit of oxygen and some poking and prodding... all it takes is a little effort, of knowing what to do, and then just doing it.

It's a dirty business too..the stink, the flying dry ash...especially when I have to clean out the ash pile. It could be 2 days of resting and still.....I will dig into the fluffy ash with my shovel and find it warm and at the very bottom....there they are, the few tiny pieces of coal still burning red when the air hits them, ready and waiting to bring forth a new flame to a log.

Hmmm......am I being literal or figurative now....

You decide.

  
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MOMFAN 1/14/2012 2:11PM

    I know how hard! Great analogy, especially as I forget to breath, literally when I am focused.

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BECCIE0524 1/14/2012 7:45AM

    Loved it too!

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RAINBOWCHOC 1/13/2012 9:02PM

    is bringing in wood a new healthy habit? we don't have a fireplace so I'm snookered!

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BEATLETOT 1/13/2012 11:02AM

    Love your metaphor! =) Have a great weekend!

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My non-scale dress test

Friday, January 06, 2012

So it's been a few days of tracking once again...encouraging those I know on how to get back in the saddle of post-holiday eating better too...and it's tough, trust me, I know....I'm doing it myself!

All during the month of December, it was a rough one for me....basically, I signed up for a 5% winter challenge to work on exercise consistency and then...I got busy, then the kids got sick, then I got sick and then WHAM! the holidays were here and while I was better, I was still busy getting ready for the holiday week....and eating was a challenge in and of itself! forget about getting in my exercise!

One thing I know for a fact is that I am a cyclical exerciser and I also get back to it eventually,...and that I cannot force myself into it. I have tried and all that comes out of it is resentment...for what I do not know, but that is the feeling that goes with it. Not fun to feel like that....sooooo instead I watch my diet...and that works for me. (FYI - This is all because I have learned a lot about myself in the last 4 years of being on Spark consistently. Amazing what you learn when you document things!)

So back to the dress: In the basement were my jeans....my smallest pair...hanging there waiting. The last week of December, like I said was rough....Oh, and I forgot to tell you, it got my "little friend" too....so add that bloat onto whatever I was eating that made me feel "meh" and then I noticed that hubby put all of my larger jeans in the drier and they all shrunk, so add a mental blow to the "meh" and smaller larger pants that used to be semi-loose on you! LoL Yeah me = hot mental mess!

I took down my hanging jeans and they fit....thank heavens right? Today, I looked at the blue bridesmaid dress from last May, that one I was gauging my body against in October....which I then used as a goal to fit into again and did eventually in November...(oh, there are blogs about it somewhere! LoL) well, long story short, I tried the dress on today and it fit just fine! Another Whew! on my part. I love head-games....they are so relaxing right?

I guess the moral of the story: don't put your jeans in the dryer and don't let shrunken clothes play headgames with you! emoticon

Oh...June 2nd is another 5K. I'm signing up for it as soon as it gets posted. Tonight I'm having a few local girlfriends over for dessert (lowfat) and drinks (wine) and I am going to ask them to do it with me! It's been an idea to do this for a while...to get things moving locally as a little mini-cheerleader for healthy moms! I hope I get a few supporters and joiners!
Wish me luck!

  
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DWEXCEL 1/10/2012 8:03AM

    I just love your stories......they are so REAL! We can all relate.....and you have such a way of telling them to us!

Yay for you! That does make you feel good when your goal items still fit!

You Rock!

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SUZYWM 1/8/2012 12:03AM

    Oh Annie - I love that you're doing well jeans-wise, even if you've felt off! And as always, thank you thank you thank you - for sharing the real, true story of how this works in the real world!

Love your idea about sharing the 5k with your gal pals! Hope they hop on board, what fun to have that camraderie!

Happy New Year! xxoo

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YAMINOKODOMO 1/7/2012 10:31AM

    Hope you guys had a wonderful girls night! I hope they are doing the 5k with you! Its great having partners for something like that!

I hear ya on EVERYTHING. For me it was november AND december. During the holidays there is so much food being made its ridiculous! And of course you cant put that good food to waste... lol! So now I have to lose the holiday weight! I am glad the jeans and dress still fit you! Yea those head games are no fair.. lol!

This week is the first time that I have been trying to get back into eating healthier and measuring out my food and you right! Its hard lol but gotta do it! And I HAVE to force myself to workout because I have a cruise coming up in february and I wanna look nice! lol

We got this! Holiday weight be gone!

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OAKBORN 1/6/2012 8:55PM

    I had a crazy December too! I so understand... and I think you can file it under the old John Lennon quote, "Life is what happens to you while you are busy making other plans"!!

So yay for you!

I have a couple of pairs of jeans that I love but that are always tight and muffin-toppish right out of the dryer, but once they are stretched out, they are perfect!!

As you usual, you give me a grandly huge smile!

How's that Army water bottle working out for you?

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ASUPERCOOLCHICK 1/6/2012 2:10PM

    Good Luck on the 5K and you are spot on with the head games, dontcha just love the way our minds work?

Hope you had a great Christmas and New Years!

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TASOGAREBAN 1/6/2012 11:27AM

    I've been of the same mind. I think I gained like five pounds during the holidays and that's only because I've slowed down with my exercise, didn't stop. Had I stopped, it would have been a complete mess and I would have gained like 10 to 15 pounds. That's how bad my diet and my drinking were during the holidays. I always get like this. So now I'm currently in full workout mode (although I need to work my way up to a full 30 to 45 minutes because I've been copping out early) because there's a cruise coming up. And all my jeans are playing mental games with me, lol!

Good luck with the 5k!

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BEATLETOT 1/6/2012 10:03AM

    You are doing a GREAT JOB on the 5% Challenge! The holidays are always a mess! And you'll do great with the 5K!

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It's my annual "toss-your cookies" day!

Monday, December 26, 2011

Yes, this is my own made up holiday....and one that I think everyone should do! This is my 4th year in doing this and not only is it a healthy practice to do so...it is very practical as well!

Holiday cookies are great when they are fresh...but seriously, after a while, they get nasty and stale....and then you still feel guilt about all thie time, effort and money you (or someone else) put into them and THAT is when we get into trouble with finding ourselves eating one or two or 5 throughout the day with cups of coffee..."just because."

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Who said that you had to eat all of them that are sitting in the house?

Who said that your aunt's cookies are "to die for" and all must be consumed after she came, visited, ate some with you, and left?

Who said that you had to keep them for all posterity until after god-knows-when?

Who?????

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Well, I came to this realization years ago....that NOONE IS GOING TO KNOW if I chucked my aunt's cookies the day after Christmas....that noone is going to eat these getting-stale-by-the-minute cookies because everyone is cookie-d out by now and noone in the house needs to eat anymore of them...that the guilt I feel is really just feeling bad about time, effort, and money wasted...and that really is not a reason to eat these sillly cookies!!!

Here is a trick I also implemented years ago - so someone brings cookies to your house....a new recipe...whatever. Take a bite of each one...taste them...aaaaaand you're done!! Noone is insulted.....90% of the time, you've eaten them before....or the other 90% of the time well, they just stink and why would you eat anymore than a bite if it stinks? LoL

And now....why would you keep these things around any more????

You are done! See? Simple . as . that .

Been there.....done that! now say emoticon

And have fun while you are doing this....make it an event the whole family can get in to...each take a last favorite cookie even if you have to...but seriously, just start chucking!!!

Toss those cookies.....you will feel SO much better after you are done!!!
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And no feeling emoticon here....you will feel like emoticon emoticon when you are done.....trust me!!
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Now go....toss your cookies!

  
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MARYBETH_OHIO 1/2/2012 1:32PM

    Well I am not much of a sweet eater thank goodness and as far as tossing them out well I do not get a chance to do that my husband eats them before they get stale lol along with my daughter n law and my son..
But I will have to say you do have something there thank you.
Huggles,
Marybeth

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BEATLETOT 12/30/2011 8:25AM

    Aw, man, I thought I responded to this when I read it the first time. I think it's a great idea, though I didn't have any cookies this year. But I love the idea and will borrow it in the future.

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SUZYWM 12/27/2011 2:11PM

    Love this liberating idea - wish I had tossed the coffee cake! This is a great way to gear up for making more changes. Thanks Sweetie for another inspirational post! Happy New Year!

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KAREN_NY 12/26/2011 11:31PM

    Excellent. I gave away the ones that were still in wonderful shape, tossed lots, and set aside a few for my daughter (who has far better restraint than I do, lol!!)


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REBECCATKD 12/26/2011 8:46PM

    Love your post! I'm going to toss the "gross" cookies right now and let my hubby hide the rest where only he can snack on them. (He needs all the calories he can get!) emoticon

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HELLODANAE 12/26/2011 1:56PM

    I am saying good bye to all my left overs as well!!! They are at home for my husband and son but I am soooo done. Specially with the sodium!!!
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YAMINOKODOMO 12/26/2011 1:07PM

    Thats an awesome holiday!!!

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LOOKINFIT1 12/26/2011 8:47AM

    Love it!!! That's my plan for today too! Holiday eating is fun for a day or too but I am ready to get back to my regular routine.

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Be brave

Friday, December 09, 2011

Lately I have been thinking a lot about what it takes to do this whole weightloss thing and stick to it for the long haul.

Persistence and Patience are the first and foremost that come to mind. But there is another element that needs to be tapped into....to be brave.

It's an inner bravery that needs to come out of one's soul to say: "Absolutely not - I will not be this way any longer...I will change and not turn back...no matter what."

With weightloss...there are so many obstacles: people (the doubters), situations (the social scene), the emotional, the mental, the physical...I can go on and on and on. But I think the one that comes out the most is fear.

Fear of failure.
Fear of what people will think if we try and then fail...again.
Fear of trying something new.
Fear of deciding that no matter what, no matter how many times you screw up, you will eventually succeed....and then what do you do when you get there?
Fear of basically...the unknown.

It takes bravery to stand up to those food demons, the doubters and the situations that come up like road bumps along the way.

It takes bravery to say, "no thanks" to someone who thinks that just because you are heavy, you want to eat everything in sight.

It takes bravery to walk that extra quarter mile, even if it takes another 10 or 20 minutes and your knees are hurting.

It takes bravery to look in the mirror, look yourself in the eye and say, "I love you" to yourself because god knows, there are some days when noone utters the words except for yourself.

It takes bravery to keep going the very next moment after one falters.

It takes bravery to LEARN from those moments of weakness and try better the next time.

It takes bravery to look deep inside and figure out your demons....because everyone has them you know...everyone.

It takes bravery to track every single thing....and to be completely and utterly HONEST with yourself.

It takes bravery to donate every single piece of clothing that doesn't fit you right now - whether you are at goal weight & holding on to the big pants or if you are far from getting into those skinny jeans from 10 years ago!

It takes bravery to come out and say "I need help, I am faltering a bit now - please help me back up."

It takes bravery to be persistent and patient for the long haul.

My wish for all that read this is for you to be brave...for yourself, for those who love you, for the future healthier you....because that person is in there and deserves to have someone on their side.

PS...just so you know, I'm not implying that if one fails they are not brave...things take time...and that is where the patience & persistance part come into play. God knows how long it took me to figure this all out...20 years? LoL OK, probably not that long, but sometimes, it sure as heck feels like that. And if you think that I am always brave...think again! ALL of this takes practice...and just like the meaning of life, it is a constant journey to figure out.

So in the meantime....be brave!!!

How are you going to be brave today????

  
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REBECCATKD 12/10/2011 12:30PM

    Cheers to bravery!
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Thanks for the inspiration!

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OAKBORN 12/10/2011 8:38AM

    The Absolute Amazing Anne strikes again! Gently with truth and love!

Thank you my friend! You keep me smiling, grounded and strong!

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COLLINSCJ2009 12/9/2011 10:20PM

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BEATLETOT 12/9/2011 9:56PM

    This is a wonderful blog post!!! I'm checking "I Liked This"!

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THISISIT-PA 12/9/2011 8:12PM

    Very inspiring blog! I'll keep it in mind for the times I feel weak.

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JSPEED4 12/9/2011 2:47PM

    Well, I use old clothes to stuff furniture cushions, but otherwise, I agree. emoticon

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