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am I improving since last year?

Monday, April 21, 2014

This is a blog for 55+females team challenge. Am I stronger, healthier or have more energy etc. than last year?
I was doing really good until I had computer trouble and hubby went into the hospital, started dialysis and is now in a nursing home after having foot surgery.
Well I think I am stronger in a way. Without all the things I endured in the last 3 years and without my spark friends, I probably would have pulled my hair out.
I am better at handling stress. I think you get used to it. I do still on occasion eat emotionally because it is a hard habit to break...but I don't do it as often or eat as much....except for hunger and t.v.
I was doing zumba, strength training(minimal) exercise videos etc. when my computer died, I slowed down and am trying to get it back up to speed but I still don't have my computer back and can't access youtube, or sp videos...so I am trying to just do on my own,,,not as fun or effective.
Our one on one challenge keeps me going but with going to the nursing home and doctors appointments and such, I miss most of that too. This is one of the challenges that I anm getting done,
It won't be a long blog because I am tired and so my thoughts may be a littled spaced apart. My spelling will probably suffer too. The important thing is...I have improved since last year...and with help and support I will keep on improving. I thank all my sp friends because they are the best.

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L*I*T*A* 4/22/2014 10:39PM

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SAM60SUMTHINK 4/22/2014 7:14PM

    Pam, you've beat the odds due to a strength of determination that amazes me. And you just keep getting stronger and better. Like the commercial says, "You've come a long way, Baby!" INDEED!! :)

3 years? Um, how about... 5?

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PEG2584 4/22/2014 9:42AM

    emoticon I'm really sorry to hear about your husband. I hope things work out for him.

emoticon We all have faced obstacles that trip us up. With you, it was your computer dying. For me, I broke my ankle and am still recovering. There is no shame in tripping. The wonderful thing is that we can both get up and start over.

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 4/22/2014 9:37AM

    I can understand getting used to stress. With my hubby's health issues there's continued stress that just never goes away. But you deal with it the best way you can and continue on. emoticon emoticon

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GOANNA2 4/22/2014 8:09AM

    Sorry to hear about your hubby. I hope that you can
now slowly start to get yourself healthy again.
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STITCHINGNAN 4/22/2014 7:49AM

    Life has a habit of throwing a spanner in the works. We have it all planned then something happens and it goes to pot. I am sure you are stronger and will not give up , obstacles are there to be overcome , jump over or go round them . I agree our sp friends are so important and all want us to do well, irene

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TERI-RIFIC 4/22/2014 7:20AM

    What a lot to deal with. I'll pray for your husband to get better and for strength for you to get through it all. Good for you for hanging in there!! Stay strong- you can do it. emoticon emoticon

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Magic and miracles...learning together

Wednesday, April 16, 2014

I changed an old team into a new one. I have revamped the threads and looked into thingsd to put on it. I hope you will join us.

I have always felt that there was magic and miracles in the air. We are miracles ourselves and need to recognise what a beautiful creation we are. We are all so special and different and that makes the world less boring. But what about the inside? It is so important to help others and it is important to take care of ourselves too. We can't help others if we can not help ourselves.

We sometimes get down and think we can go anymore but then something happens and we pick ourselves up and do it again. I lost 4 pounds last week and so far one this week. Yippee. I know that it is an up and down process with me and it is not all stress...I am an emotional eater but I am also addicted to sugar. They say the more sugar you eat the more you want and I can testify to that. It is my trigger food with a capital T.

Sometimes when I feel really down, I just want to say the heck with it! I tried! But then I think of the times I didn't exercise and sat watching t.v. and of the little tastes here and there. They add up really fast. Standing and cooking and trying it to see if there is enought spice or hot enough. I need to learn and find new ways to save calories and to burn them,.
I still don't have my computer back so a lot of videos are not available to me.

Excuses are what I am good at. I can justify most anything I put in my mouth and I can justify the numbers on the scale....but who am I fooling? I am just not trying hard enough. I want to walk more ...yet I sit a lot. No more! I am tired of excuses and tired of being overweight. I don't like the word obese because to me that signals a whale and that I aqm not. I am a living, breathing, good hearted person. I am just me. I want to still be me but I want to pull that skinny person out.

Well I am still learning and listening and watching for the clue...now I must also dig deep within and find that strength to resist those little goodies.

Have a great day and come and join us. Take a look.

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SIOL55 4/17/2014 8:45AM

  Hope you have a GREAT day... stay motivated!

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Cadbury eggs, a lament to a dear friend.

Tuesday, April 08, 2014

Time again for that crazy rabbit to fill our baskets with all kinds of fattening goodies.
I say we make that rabbit eat them himself....well maybe just one Cadbury egg for me...Just kidding.
I know that I will eat something good but it is a holiday and they are made for fun. Of course Easter is more than that. It is a day of miracles. It is a day of joy! We need to remember that above all else. It is a day for families to get together and enjoy. Jesus died to save us from our sins and in such a horrible way. Then he arose and showed us what a true miracle he is. We should live the best we can and do the best we can and be the best we can be.

Where is that little rascally bunny? emoticon
where did he go? Is he eating the honey?
Is he hopping down the bunny trail?
Drop those Cadbury eggs you little robber.
I see that chocolate , in your pocket.
Is that chick your friend? emoticon
Your day will come, it is almost the end.
Your season is the reason those Cadbury eggs are here. emoticon
Oh Cadbury egg, why do you tease me so?
Oh the pain, of the gain, and the embarrasement
of your harrasment.
You follow me everywhere in the store,
begging me to take you home with me.
Well maybe just one to eat in the car.
who am I fooling. You get me every Easter.
So I will eat them on Easter and then say good-bye.

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GOANNA2 4/17/2014 9:10PM

    We Greeks dye our eggs red on Maundy Thursday
to represent the blood of Christ. At least boiled eggs
don't have the calories of a chocolate egg. After all,
how many boiled eggs can you have in one sitting?
Lol... Happy Easter everybody. emoticon

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CATLADY52 4/9/2014 1:48PM

    Eat one or two and be satisfied with that. emoticon At least that will be a good strategy. emoticon

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FIT4MEIN2013 4/9/2014 12:06PM

    LOL! Cadbury eggs have never been a favorite of mine, but those malted milk eggs. emoticon Oh, my!!!

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AKATHLEEN54 4/9/2014 8:27AM

    I remember panicking this time last year because I was still fairly new to Spark and this was the first major holiday that I had to deal with. The best advice I received was echoed in your own words and that is to remember that the holiday is not really about the food. Its about being with family and friends and being so grateful for all that has been done for us and all that we have been given. That doesn't mean that I won't eat one (or two) of those Cadbury eggs too, but it wouldn't be normal if I didn't!! emoticon Everything in moderation and we will be fine!! Happy Easter to you!! emoticon emoticon

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GONE2014 4/8/2014 11:09PM

    Just one eaten slowly savoring every bite ...

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SAM60SUMTHINK 4/8/2014 10:00PM

    One word, dear friend: SAVOR.

Yup. Love it. Love it slowly.
Let it linger, close your eyes,
and enjoy.
A little will go a long way
and be a Better Experience
than gobbled
(um, that's a Thanksgiving word,
but you get the jist...)
up too quickly.

Enjoy - savor! - your Cadbury egg
and move on
with no guilt about the joy!
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ELSCO55 4/8/2014 9:50PM

    Good strategy.

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Out of the hospital and off to see the wizard

Saturday, April 05, 2014

I was in the hospital day and night with hubby. His kidney function when down to 10 so now he is on dialysis and fighting 3 kinds of bacteria in his blood. He had dialysis twice and his kidneys have gone up again....20! I feel like the wizard waved his wand and hubby got better. He is eating again and his color is good and he has some energy for the first time in a long time.
I feel as if the wizard of Oz dropped back down in kansas and gave me the ruby slippers. Bad thing is I gained 2 pounds in the hospital. It was not like hospital food but restaurant quality. they had the best stir fry but it was either on rice or noodles...and the wicked witch of the west forced carrot cake down my throat. It was a small bundt pan cake but with too much frosting. I told myself it was all right because I was so worried. The cake was good but there was no pill from wonderland to make me smaller.
Well today I started walking more and going for more...up to 5000, not much for some but a white rabbit moment for me. I followed him everywhere except down the rabbit hole. I don't want to get stuck there and not lose more. I am going to follow the yellow brick road and find oz because I don't want to go to wonderland through the whole but to onederland through trying and doing and moving and eating healthy food. I got mostly gluten free today and going to start that tomorrow. I bought healthy meat, vanilla almond milk and salad stuff. Good start I think.
Now if only the Easter bunny would follow that white rabbit down the whole, it would be much safer to go to get groceries..... emoticon

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GOANNA2 4/17/2014 9:13PM

    Glad to hear your DH is doing better. You must be'
so worried about his health. It will make you do things
unintentionally - like eating carrot cake. Praying that he
will be alright. Look after yourself. emoticon

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AKATHLEEN54 4/8/2014 12:34PM

    Glad to hear your hubby is doing better.
It would be so much easier to go grocery shopping if those chocolate rabbits weren't hopping around everywhere, but stay strong. It sounds as though you are on the right track!! emoticon

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BEEJAY49 4/6/2014 5:55PM

    I'm so glad your hubby is doing better. :) You will get back on track too! HUGS!

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CATLADY52 4/6/2014 3:05PM

    I'm glad your DH is doing well. emoticon

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 4/6/2014 1:44PM

    So glad your hubby is doing better. Hope he continues to improve. emoticon

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WAY2GOCAT 4/6/2014 2:52AM

    My prayers are with you and your hubby!

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NANCYPAT1 4/6/2014 12:37AM

    Prayers going out for you and your hubby

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BKNOCK 4/5/2014 11:46PM

    emoticon Glad your husband is doing better! Stress always makes me eat too much!

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L*I*T*A* 4/5/2014 11:18PM

    great news your DH is improving!!!
blessings and hugs......lita

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PAULALALALA 4/5/2014 10:02PM

    So glad to hear your DH is doing so much better! I know what you mean about that so called "hospital food". My Mom and I eat at a hospital cafeteria every week for lunch when I take her to do errands. The food is great and after you go through the line and pay a very reasonable price, then there's a beautiful dining room to sit in with large windows looking out on a landscaped area with fish ponds.

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SLIMMERJESSE 4/5/2014 8:10PM

    Happy to hear he is doing better.

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today I am riding a high and kicked a habit to the curb!

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

I have been trying to break the habit of eating after 7 for such a long time.
At night I would sit, grab some munchies and watch t.v. Didn't get the good stuff like carrot and celery, not even popcorn but the bad stuff...high calorie foods, frozen pizza, sandwiches anything that I didn't eat during the day. I did good during the day, then crashed it by stuffing my mouth at night. I didn't really pay attention because I was in the throws of a good action movie or series. Oh I had good intentions this last week. I tried and held off that snack for many hours. In fact night before last I held it of until after midnight and then cracked and ate a peanut butter and jelly sandwich.
Well last night I had a talk with my stomach. Usually I start out with good intentions...but somewhere between my head and my stomach, it starts rumbling and my head gets food on the brain...especially now with hubby and Moms health.
Well it went like this:
Listen stomach I hear your call to that food. I am absolutely tired of ignoring my good intentions just to fuel your rumblings. Why can't you just wait until morning? I am not going to give in this time. I have my feet up and will not let them down without good reason and that is not to get food for your evening satisfaction. You know you are not hungry and just want to stuff those bad things in your mouth. I am not bringing trigger foods in the house so that helps but you seem to find food anyway. Well not this time Mister! I am sticking to my plan of breaking this habit once and for all so beat it. Stop the rumblings, stop the thoughts of a calorie laden snack because it ain't going to happen!
Oh my gosh...I made it through the night with no food after 7! I am so proud of myself, I could do a jig and you know what now that I know I can do it....I am going to make it my new evening habit.
So today I am riding a high and can't wait to break the next habit. So pick a habit you want to break and see how good it feels! It is better than a sugar rush....which is the next to tackle. I might not do it in a day but now I know I can do it...a little at a time.
emoticon coming out of that cocoon and starting to open up.

Come ride with me
and you will see
Just how good life can be.

Hugs and rainbows. Namaste, Pam

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BKNOCK 3/27/2014 10:56PM

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CRAFTSFAN1 3/27/2014 6:38PM

    Focus on this change for at least 2-3 weeks before adding a new formal change.

During the day you can add as many changes you want to, make whatever good or bad choices you want to, BUT THIS CHANGE HAS TO STAY FOREVER, because it is the change that you pick for your lifestyle. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I know you can do it PAM.

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AKATHLEEN54 3/27/2014 8:44AM

    That's great!! emoticon I am trying to break my habit of eating a big bowl of ice cream while I watch TV at night..... it's not easy, but we can do this.... so far day #3 for me!! Keep going!! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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CATLADY52 3/26/2014 6:51PM

    emoticon I'm proud that you did it! Now just keep going and it will be like it never happened. emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing your chat with you growling tummy... Nice to know you won!!

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VICKI-B-N-FLA 3/26/2014 12:35PM

    That's terrific!!! Maybe you should make it a streak and see how far you can go with it like I'm doing by staying off the scale. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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OLDEROWL 3/26/2014 12:23PM

    Remember this feeling the next time you get the urge to eat after 7. Also, consistency not perfection should be the goal so don't let any one or two slip up(s) get you down. Experts say it takes 21 days to form a new habit, but I say one or two days slipping up out of 21 days would qualify for being consistent.
Pretend that you are driving a police car. That old habit is standing on the curb waiting to try and cross in front of other drivers where it is against the law. But that is not as important as whether other cars are obeying the law, so keep your main focus on the road, since and 99 times out of 100, that old habit won't dare try to jaywalk in front of you, but other drivers need your attention.
Remember other important issues deserve your attention, ignore that old habit.
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CHERDOLL8 3/26/2014 11:50AM

    emoticon emoticon one day at a time

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FROGHEMOTH 3/26/2014 11:50AM

    Awesome job!

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