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that's life in Ohio

Monday, June 10, 2013

My sister came to visit from Chicago. The first morning here I took her to our local family owned organic market where I shop 3 times a week. I introduced her to one of the clerks as my sister from Chicago. "I'm not comfortable with you telling people where I am from". Whoops, chatty me.

So my openness was a big adjustment for my sister whose sense of stranger danger is so heightened. By the third day she was much more relaxed. We gave our parking spot at the art fair to an elderly couple, from whom we accepted a ride to our car for any easy swap. (Yes she actually got into a stranger's car). She met the people that make up my life here, behind the checkouts and stocking the shelves, these people as much my lifeline as the air I breathe. We are connected to the same planet and God. Why would we shut each other out?

That's how we could roll in Cleveland. We don't have to just say hello to people, we could actually get to know them. Having lived in smaller towns, Cleveland does not strike me as friendly at first impression, but when you make the first move, most people show you their warmth and goodness. Yes there is crime, and you have to be careful, but that is also true for little towns as well. Tragedy does not need a map.

While some of my neighbors in Ohio are superficial and cold, I try to remember people have crises that are hidden to us, and the habits of the city can make people feel safer in isolation. I like Cleveland again after returning here from a town of 3,280. I needed to leave to see it with clear eyes.

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68ANNE 6/10/2013 9:11PM

    I am not a big open up sort of person but after being with a few people who are I am trying to be more friendly and try talking to people I don't know

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/10/2013 3:06PM

  As I get older,I'm finding it easier to strike up conversations with people. We all need to step outside ourselves. Maybe being a Sparker has opened me up.

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KNYAGENYA 6/10/2013 1:52PM

    I have been an Ohioan for the bulk of my years (24) and I love it. I think Ohioans are friendly and willing to help others and just all around nice people. My parents live in Chicago and when we go to visit them there is not that same feeling of friendliness. I love it here and wouldn't change it for the world.

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MICKEYH 6/10/2013 11:15AM

    Great way of enjoying life. Have funs with your sister. emoticon

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RUSSELL1960 6/10/2013 10:20AM

    Beautiful and thanks! from a new buckeye near Dayton!

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RONNIEHUEY 6/10/2013 10:15AM

    I just moved from a small town(7550) in the mountains.My sister is moving into my old place.She was worried about being lonely because she will be an empty nester. I introduced her to the ladies at the Post Office.and everywhere else we stopped.I told her Don't worry" In small towns everybody knows you and you know them".My sister is a teacher and an actor so she will get to be known fast by being an unusual person and a celebrity.I love small towns!

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a month of vegetables

Sunday, June 09, 2013

It was a month ago today I started a vegetarian diet. For a while I ate vegan, but here and there slipped. Funny thing, is I feel like I can do this diet. I dont have to cook, unless I want to, I shop every other day, so the goods are fresh, and I do not feel like I am on a "d i e t ". I have favorite standbys (kale and grapefruit for breakfast) about 5 days a week, and can often hit 1600 cals of veggies and fruits without a lot of difficulty and 40-60 grams of fiber.

1400 calories includes a bana and half avocado and I can see the difference in my nails and skin. I eat "off the menu" but the swings are smaller and I usually put the processed grains back on the store shelf. Without beef and salt, I dont crave soda, and the worst indiscretion may put me up to 1800 calories.

I keep a bar of dark chocolate in the house, and it lasts more than a week. Times have changed. I have changed. My weight loss is very slow, but steady judging by the change to the shape of my belly.

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/9/2013 7:07PM

  I love my vegetarian life.
Black bean chili for dinner tonight. We joined a CSA this year and get our first veggies on Tuesday. WooHoo!

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68ANNE 6/9/2013 3:06PM

    What are you doing for protein?

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KACAR51 6/9/2013 11:14AM

    Awesome! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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MICKEYH 6/9/2013 1:03AM

    I am so happy for you. Glad to hear you are doing so well on your vegetarian diet. I also find myself my body feels much better, when I ate lots of veggies and fruits. I am working on my vegetarian diet as well, but one day at a time.
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new personal best for sleep

Saturday, June 08, 2013

I have gone a few weeks without a new PB on the armband, but with my sister visiting I got 8.5 hours of sleep. Having visitors is stressful for me (maybe even more so with family, as my friends that visit are mostly low maintenance mellow folk )
It is nice to have a visitor. It is nice to see my sister begin to unwind and not freak out when I introduce her to a stranger at the organic market. And as a bonus, I am sleeping more with a visitor in the house.

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68ANNE 6/8/2013 7:10PM

    How enjoyable!

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shifting my priorities in the moment

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

"What we are really doing in those situations is using memory, anticipation, and an appeal to our most basic values to shift our in-the-moment priorities"

Great article by Dean Anderson on spark "Give Yourself a Reality Check-Up"

While I think it is a dangerous oversimplification, I like the behaviorist part of the approach, plus a sensory/emo awareness. I am still looking for the sensory trigger to help me shift out of crave eating. I ate four pieces of white bread yesterday. While it is okay, I could have benefitted from healthier, more nutrient laden carbs like a mango.

Work in progress!

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68ANNE 6/5/2013 6:58PM

    Interesting thought process though

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/4/2013 8:02PM

  Crave eating isn't necessarily bad, but four slices as opposed to one might be a little over the top. Most experts say you should give in to a craving, because you may eat more food trying to substitute for what you really want.

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RACEWELLWON 6/4/2013 10:15AM

    I eat white flour everyday! I have a condition - an allergy to oxalates that are found in Whole wheat , whole grains and many dark greens - so do not despair - We are not prefect - Your doing great ! emoticon

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KNYAGENYA 6/4/2013 9:43AM

    You can do it. I have faith in you. I knit so that I can keep my hands busy. It works wonders and I get something out of it.

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I slept 8 hours

Monday, June 03, 2013

I woke up rested today with my Body media armband reporting 86% efficiency for a total of 8 hours of sleep. I knew it when I opened my eyes - I knew it before I linked up.

I could do better most days, by actually getting in bed on time. Hmm...what is stopping me?

I read a blog about eating patterns related to sensory deprivation, but failed to remember the username of the author. Next time I need to stop and assess whether sensory patterns have an impact on giving into cravings. I managed to put the frozen mac and cheese back into the freezer at Aldi when food shopping yesterday, and that was after sensory overload (thrift store!).

I found a brown and white pin striped silk dress cut on the bias with original tag (popped tag=9 bucks). It is so flattering, made for my new minus 20 pound frame. Planning to catch the Janet Cardiff exhibit with my sister.

I think dressing up is one of the ways to stay on target, and I am adding a weekly goal of dressing nicely (I wear scrubs or khakis for work) even if it is to go to the library.

Happy sparking all!

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AUNTIEANNE22 6/3/2013 2:43PM

  Doesn't eight hours feel great?
I'm with you on dressing up. I wear scrubs every day for work and they are not flattering by design. I love it when I can wear clothes that fit and look good. We just had a four day heat wave and I wore shorts and nice tops to work. I felt great and was certainly more comfortable.

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