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Book Bub

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

I get a daily email from Bookbub.com that informs me of free or cheap e-books I can get from Amazon or Apple (I think--I always get mine from Amazon). ANYWAY, I recieved a free book today from them called The Diet Dropout's Guide to Natural Weight Loss. If you are interested in getting it, for a limited time, it is free to download from Amazon. You can read it on a Smart Phone, iPod, iPad, or Kindle device--even from a desktop computer! I really enjoy getting so many free or cheap books this way.

I subscribed to the daily email from BookBub. As part of this service, I used a survey to let them know the kinds of books I like. Now they send me a daily email with several books described that cost 0-4 dollars to buy. The deals don't last long, so I have to decide fairly quickly whether I want to have the books. I usually say no to books that cost money and consider the free ones. Just like in real life though, one can clutter one's devices with too many books. I try to be diserning!

Nevertheless, if it's a good book with a fresh take on a topic I'm passionate about, I usually get the book. If you get this book, maybe we should have a little book club and read it together!

  
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DIBANANA 5/15/2013 10:22AM

  Love finding out about new things!

thanks

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JINLYNN 5/15/2013 3:01AM

    Sounds like an interesting book - I hope you keep us posted on what insights you gather from it!
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KERRYG155 5/14/2013 10:19PM

    I don't think I saw that in my Book Bub email. I'll have to look again.

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MARIANNE9855 5/14/2013 9:40PM

    Thanks for the tip. I will have to check it out.;

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1EMMA2011 5/14/2013 4:40PM

    I love how your passion about books and learning!! Free is awesome!!

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LYANN53 5/14/2013 4:34PM

    Thank you..there is nothing better then getting books for free.

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Non-Scale Victory at the Store

Saturday, April 06, 2013

Since I have a new job, I indulged in a bit of shopping today. I decided to get some capri-length jeans and a top. I tried on the size I believed I needed, but they were too baggy. I had to take a smaller size! I haven't worn that size in oh-so-long! I haven't been doing well with any aspect of my Spark Plan, but it was truly a nice feeling to require a smaller size pants! These pants are pull-on with a stretchy waist and no fly. Who needs it when my tops are always covering my waist anyway. So comfy!

I've finished my first week of work. It was hard to get in the groove. I was pretty tired each day when I came home. It was hard to get rallied to cook a home-cooked meal, but I did it a few times. I cannot brag about great control when it has come to eating lately. I have dined at Taco Bell a few times and such, but I did make a pot of black beans from scratch that I've enjoyed eating with homemade salsa. I need to get back in the groove of drinking water.

Hope everyone is doing well with their eating programs and fitness routines. My SparkTeam has a challenge that just began in which we all attempt to lose a pound a week until July 4. Hope everyone will give it their all. If you are interested in joining this challenge, we'd love to have you over at the 50+ team page. Even if you are not quite 50 yet, you can still do the challenge with us--we are not that exclusive!

Spark the best you can, y'all!

  
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SYDLETZIII 5/7/2013 11:54PM

    Shopping for smaller cloths is always fun emoticon

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SUZIEQ552 4/13/2013 9:55PM

    Congrats to wearing a smaller size... emoticon

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TKLBRIDGET 4/8/2013 2:25PM

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Awesome! Needing a smaller size is a sure way to start your day well!

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ALASKABRED 4/8/2013 1:21AM

    It is hard to tackle everything all at once. A new job, although exciting, is stressful....thus tiring. Once you get the swing of things right eating habits will fall into place again. I am in the new challenge but do not have high hopes that my first week will be good because of my traveling...darn. Congrats on the new pants!

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CELEST 4/7/2013 8:10AM

    How fabulous. It is SUCH a great feeling when your clothes sizes start coming down. I've just had to invest in new underwear after losing 10kgs, so I know the feeling. Keep going.

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KAREN608 4/6/2013 10:10PM

    I've been back to water drinking and eating somewhat less. Not down to the 1200-1600 but more in control. Maybe it is a spring thing, hopeful!

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VALYNN26 4/6/2013 8:52PM

    GREAT NSV!! You are doing awesome!! Keep up the good work

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MNTWINSGAL 4/6/2013 8:06PM

    It's hard to get in the groove when starting a new job...hang in there, and I know your healthy eating habits will return.

In the meantime, congrats on the NSV!

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MARIANNE9855 4/6/2013 7:46PM

    Great NSV! My list of NSVs is getting longer every day-
I have one more week before I start working and have to juggle everything- I am most worried about time for exercise.
after 3 months I am so into increasing my exercise minutes.

So even though you don't think your eating is going so well- something must be working or you wouldn't be able to buy the smaller clothes!

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DIBANANA 4/6/2013 6:58PM

  Sometimes we can get overwhelmed. Just take one thing at a time. Once you are in the groove at work you can move on. For now the water is a good start. Good for you wearing a smaller size!

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Life in a higher gear

Saturday, March 30, 2013

I had gotten used to being a woman of leisure. Now I have a time-consuming job. I go from 8-ish to 4-ish to a family's home and provide tutoring and behavior therapy to a couple of children with a diagnosis of being on the Autism spectrum. It's my first time being solely responsible for the care and tending of an autistic child, and so far so good. I have a co-worker in the home with me. She is responsible for the younger child who exhibits a classic case of autistism (he's 8, but really small for his age). I have responsibility for the older, very skillful boy (he's 9, and also kind of small). So far, as I said, so good. Mom is in and out of the house. I could write an entire blog about my impressions of her as she is a piece of work herself, but I will just do my best to get along with her so I can keep this job. The kids are enrolled in an online school and it's interesting to gain experience with that. I am thinking that my daughter needs to enroll there this summer if she doesn't pass the end-of-course test in algebra/geometry. It's good to learn about it. It's also good to gain some experience working with special education children. This could be the beginning of a new career pathway!

I will be taking my lunch to work and I hope to get back on the good foot with my weightloss goals. I have backslid big time with eating. I need to regain control. It's spring and I wanted to be much thinner by now. Need to do everything to turn things around and start making progress again.

Hope everything has a happy Easter!

  
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CHARLOTTE2539 4/1/2013 9:55PM

  It takes a special kind of person to help special children. You will make meaningful impressions on those children. Keep up the good work both work wise and your weight loss gosls emoticon

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TKLBRIDGET 4/1/2013 9:49PM

    I hope you enjoy your new job!
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MAR2013 3/31/2013 7:01PM

  I just looked at all of your awards. You are doing awesome my friend!! You have inspired me!!


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MAR2013 3/31/2013 6:09PM

  You seem very determined. With that attitude I am sure you will reach your goal. If you get off track or make a detour, don't panic or start to doubt yourself, just get back on the road.

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1EMMA2011 3/31/2013 11:12AM

    So glad you are there to guide them! Sounds like a great experience!

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DIBANANA 3/31/2013 10:16AM

  It will take time to get into your groove but you will do it. I know you are glad to have this job! You can choose healthy food for your lunch. Remember you are in control of what you eat!

Hang in there.

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KAREN608 3/30/2013 11:15PM

    Sounds like a learning curve for you, but also, bringing your own lunch
means plenty of control for all day long calories, a good thing!

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NANCYPAT1 3/30/2013 8:27PM

    What a lovely position to be in. I know the challenges and blessings that come from working with kids who are on the spectrum. That is what I do for a living. I teach children who are in middle school and who have VERY challenging behaviors and most of the have autism. It is both interesting and rewarding but also challenging and frustrating at times. Most kids on the spectrum have parents who are somewhat pieces of work themselves. When the kids and we helpers (whether teachers or aides, or caregivers) are VERY lucky, the parents learn along with the kids how to maximize the potential and minimize the challenges. Have fun and enjoy your new job.

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NEEDTOLOOSE1 3/30/2013 8:11PM

    Sounds like a challenge. Sounds like you are doing a great job.

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MARIANNE9855 3/30/2013 7:56PM

    what a challenging job- especially when the parent is in and out- Is this a medicaid waiver program or part of the school district? Medicaid waiver programs are the big thing now in NY state.
I am very impressed that you are doing this. Can you take him out any? I would have a hard time being with emoticon one child all day.

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SYDLETZIII 3/30/2013 5:42PM

    Think positive thoughts and drink a glass of water every time you eat.
Have a HAPPY HAPPY EASTER

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ROSIEPD 3/30/2013 5:17PM

    Wow, what a challenge! But sounds like you are making the best of it. I much prefer to be working while watching my weight, because it seems easier to ration my food when I am not in my house. I hope it works the same for you. I really admire and appreciate your work to help children learn. Being a good teacher is one of the most admirable endeavors in the world. Good on you!



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MNABOY 3/30/2013 5:12PM

    Sounds very interesting!

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Babysteps

Friday, March 22, 2013

I have been babystepping back to the sweet sparking spot. Still not there yet though. Drinking water, eating freggies, need to move more and curb junk food.

My new job still hasn't begun. I hoped to be working this week. I will be getting some training late in the week NEXT week. Argh! I guess I just have to roll with it. I continue to draw unemployment and I really wish I could quit. Part of being on unemployment is having to report job search activities so I have to continue to DO job search activities even though I feel I already HAVE a job. But until I am actually working, I am going to keep doing all of this. I really don't enjoy making all these applications, but it is what it is. I have taken the attitude that I don't have to be a perfect fit for the jobs I'm applying for; if I believe I could do it, I apply. I only have a low expectation of hearing back from them but occasionally they do contact me! I have an interview with a school in China on Sunday night at 9:00 (they are in Beijing). Again, I don't really think this will materialize, but I am keeping my options open. My husband really wants to get work abroad so we keep making applications. It will be such a relief to be working again. Not just for my pocketbook but for my mind as well.

We are still planning to vacation this summer to Seattle. Not sure how extensive this vacation will be, but it's still planned. I hope to be able to bank a lot of money when my job starts and take the kids to Europe next year. My daughter will be 16 then, and the time of family vacations will be drawing to a close. My daughter really likes to go to foreign lands and meet people from other places. I think vacations ought to be good motivation for weightloss. What is wrong with me?

  
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SYDLETZIII 3/28/2013 11:00AM

    What is wrong with you- Your human as am I, and I can relate, I am currently under employed and can not wait to be hired teaching again. Keep smiling, good things eventually do come to good people.

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JESSIG5 3/24/2013 10:37PM

    The best jobs I ever had were ones for which no one thought I was qualified except the one who counted -- that was the one who was doing the hiring.

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LOSINIT52 3/24/2013 1:36PM

    Spark on! Keep taking steps in the right direction and eventually you will get there.

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NIELSENSLADY 3/23/2013 3:24AM

    Sounds like you have alot of adventures ahead!!

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DIBANANA 3/22/2013 11:13PM

  Sounds like you have a plan. I bet you will find when the job starts things will get into a routine!



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SCHOOLCOOK2 3/22/2013 11:11PM

    This vacation trip we are going on starting Wednesday is what has helped me to really push hard. I will weigh in on Monday and hope to see a drop before we head out on Wed. Will post before then. Keep the faith, you can and will do it.

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TKLBRIDGET 3/22/2013 9:29PM

    You have a lot going on right now, so keep on looking to the future. Family vacations are so much fun, enjoy every one. My grown children and I still go on family vacations, not so far as Europe, but camping trips. We still love it!
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MARIANNE9855 3/22/2013 7:37PM

    I think you are doing fine. It is so hard to look for a job and demoralizing too. I have to keep a log of applications but they never ask for them here unless you have been on over a year. I get to do everything online.

I think you will do great at the new job- the process even after you are hired can drag on. I am so lucky that today I got a job that starts on April 15th- I do have to get fingerprinted and drug tested next week but that's as minor inconvenience.

I think your travel plans are wonderful motivators- I am hoping I can go with my family to Salem in October- they celebrate all month with Halloween themes- we went once before but I could barely get around so this time will be different. emoticon emoticon

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1EMMA2011 3/22/2013 7:24PM

    It's tough having to wait for your job to start. Nothing is wrong with you. It's just the situation. Great job on working on getting back to the sweet spark spot!!

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FANCYSTITCH 3/22/2013 7:11PM

    There is nothing wrong with you. Sometimes in my case the question is: What is it you really want. Not what you think you want, but what do you really want and how do you really feel about it?

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GGCHET 3/22/2013 5:04PM

    Choices, choices, choices.
Each time you make a good one it is success!
Theres alot going on for you right now and unrest
Surely brings stress.
Get your Can Do attitude on...
Have a great weekend!

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DETERMINED_ME 3/22/2013 3:43PM

    Nothing's wrong with you. Vacations are as good of a motivator as clothing if not better. If you come to Seattle, I'd love to meet up with you for a visit.

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MINEA999 3/22/2013 2:56PM

    Nothing is wrong with you!!! Just tell yourself how awesome you are until you believe it!

Vacations can be a great motivation for weight loss - think of those times when you're touring a city and your feet are just KILLING you because you're carrying around all this extra weight on them and then think of how awesome it would be to NOT feel that.

A europe especially - it's not exactly the most wheelchair friendly place - meaning there are a TON of stairs. In grand gardens, old castles, hotels, church steeples. all throughout cities - roads made of stairs, hills to climb, fortresses to conquer! Now think of how awesome it would feel to be touring these sites and not think twice when you see a giant looming staircase? And not be winded when you made it to the top!

I love europe - try to get there at least every other year. Last year was Greece and Croatia. And I sure wish I had been more fit - lots of beaches to sit on in a bathing suit, stairs everywhere, steep hills and cliffs to climb. Well next time I get back to Europe - I'm going to conquer it!! And you can too!

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PARKERB2 3/22/2013 2:39PM

    Hey, what ever you need to do to be motivated. Nothing is wrong with you. Planning a vacation is a good motivator, I think. So hang in there. Good luck on the new job.

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No Mojo

Monday, March 18, 2013

Lately I have fallen by the health and fitness wayside. How does it happen? Gradually I started eating more and more inappropriate foods. Gradually I stopped paying attention to my water. I haven't done serious fitness in quite a few days. I need to get my mojo working for sure! I made a healthy salad for dinner with a load of leafy greens as well as tomatoes and strawberries. Have you ever had strawberries sliced in your salad? It's surprisingly good with any kind of salad dressing. I also had a turkey burger on whole wheat. Babysteps back to the track, I guess!

  
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IS1GAR 3/23/2013 11:14AM

    You are not alone.....I also have gone through the same in the last few weeks.
The more I try to motivate myself and get back on track the more I sabotage myself.
The good thing is, I have kept the healthy eating habits I have created in the past year or so, I also faithfully keep logging my meals and exercise, where I can see that I have failed in keeping my portions or relax in my fitness and I'm able to see what I'm doing wrong.
I have some days that I can put the world on fire and then I have others that the fire never gets started. But still working on one day at the time.
I love to add fruit to my salads I have also added pears, apples or blueberries.
You can add few walnuts or any other nuts for crunchiness (I normally do half of the 1/4 c portion) or add fat free feta cheese. Delicious!!!!
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LADYKATHLEEN5 3/21/2013 8:23PM

  I have faith that you'll be getting your MOJO back quickly. I think that you probably have a lot on your mind right now. Mental processing takes a lot of our energy stores. BTW, I have had strwberries in a green salad before - is really good !
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DETERMINED_ME 3/19/2013 11:03AM

    I hope you find something that helps get your Mojo back. We are also working on getting our Mojo back. I think for us it has something to do with the time change. As that is when everything began to go Wonky (my new favorite word). emoticon

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CELEST 3/19/2013 9:35AM

    I recommend one week of raw food eating. Its filling and hard to even eat all your 1200 calories because raw food is filling as SO MUCH food for your calories. After a week, you may not even want to switch back.

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SCHOOLCOOK2 3/19/2013 8:41AM

    I love my salads with fruit. I also slice bananas and put on them. It makes for a treat plus I love my bananas. This time of year is hard to stick to the right eating plan but as long as we get back to it, that is all that matters. Keep going my friend. emoticon

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GAYLLYNNE 3/19/2013 6:44AM

    We all fall a little from time to time. What matters is getting back on track which it seems you are doing. For me, when I start tracking everything I eat, it all falls into place. Yes, baby steps but keep moving forward!

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ALASKABRED 3/19/2013 12:41AM

    I know what you mean. It is hard to be focused all of the time. Old learned behaviors and habits are so much easier. I love fruit in my salad. I like to slice grapes and put them in with nuts. Wouldn't it be easier if Spark friends lived in the neighborhood? Times like these we need someone knocking on our door asking if we want to go for a walk.

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MARIANNE9855 3/19/2013 12:06AM

    I am pushing the exercise but the food thing is kind of stagnant- still pretty healthy but wanting more than I need or that I can lose weight at.

I love fruit in my salads and nuts too- sometimes I just throw a few raisins in for the change and the sweetness. I have seen salads with spinach and strawberries and some chicken. I think that would be good I bought some ground flax seed too- its supposed to be good for all kinds of things so I am just going to sprinkle some on lots of things.

I think the important thing is we keep coming back and trying to help ourselves and others which keeps pushing us in the right direction. emoticon

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JESSIG5 3/18/2013 10:59PM

    I almost always put fruit in my salads, whatever kind I have on hand. I have found that if I have something sweet like fruit and something sour like pickles or relish, then I do not use nearly as much dressing. I think it is because it adds so much flavor that there is no need for dressing.

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1EMMA2011 3/18/2013 8:33PM

    i am so right there with you. I forget that focussing on losing the pounds doesn't work. I have to just work my plan. Hopefully it will get better for both of us!!

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VALYNN26 3/18/2013 8:27PM

    Just take it 1 day at a time. Just don't give up. emoticon

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GGCHET 3/18/2013 8:25PM

    Yes, that sounds really good.
Love the strawberries, also mandarin oranges & craisins!
Keep up the good work!

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SPARROW714 3/18/2013 8:21PM

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Every day we get a chance to start over.

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MINEA999 3/18/2013 8:17PM

    I love strawberries in my salad - I also put grapes, apple chunks or blueberries in them. Not all at once of course because then it would be fruit salad, haha. But I like to add fruit to my salad if I have it.

A turkey burger and salad is an excellent start! Now get out your water bottle and all your measuring cups and scale again so you can measure and weigh your food and start eating less!

And get moving! Just walk around the block once (bet once you're out there, you don't stop at once!) emoticon

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CHERIONE 3/18/2013 7:44PM

    Baby steps are still steps in the right direction! Good for you! emoticon

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