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D'oh! Unintentional Maintenance

Sunday, October 05, 2014

I did not mean to but it just happened. At least now I know what to do to maintain. I always thought it is painful to watch every bite but I came to realize that is not true. The way I have organised my life and eating habits is such that I am maintaining.

I would like to lose some more for the moment I am just glad that I am not gaining. Once I say "goodbye" to my medication, I will work on that part. In the mean time I am content.

Such a grand statement... to say I am "content". I really am. I did not work towards it, it just happened.


Maybe I have learned that happiness is nothing more or less than:
1. Really connecting with people
2. To give, even if it is just a Spark "pat on the back".
3. To take notice of the simple things I enjoy and to acknowledge it.
4. To always keep on learning. Of this I can't get enough.
5. To be active is to have an instant mood improver and appetite suppressant.

Circumstances are just fleeting moments to test endurance.

I am so blessed. I hope you are too.

  
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MILLYPHAT 10/7/2014 6:16PM

  love your blog and the beautiful pictures!

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PKCTTS 10/6/2014 6:40PM

    emoticon Contentment is under rated. LOL

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MEXGAL1 10/6/2014 10:43AM

    Awesome that you can say you are content! woo hoo.
I too feel blessed.
Have a great week
Sallie

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FITAT50 10/5/2014 11:17PM

    So great to hear you are "content" what a wonderful place to be!

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MEADSBAY 10/5/2014 9:44PM

    Wise words, my friend!
Even just focusing on what makes up happy makes us happy, methinks.
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JANTHEBLONDE 10/5/2014 9:25PM

    What a fantastic blog Maggie! You are absolutely right on! I loved everything you said!
I hope your day is full of lots of love and happiness!
Hugs and love,
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AJB121299 10/5/2014 9:07PM

    nice

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NOLAHORSERIDER 10/5/2014 9:07PM

    Love your Blog. Your points are spot on! Congratulations on a great blog!

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Rest of 2014

Sunday, September 14, 2014

My plan is simple:
Walk 5 out of 7 days
Do HIIT on Elliptical 3 x per week, 20 min sessions
Eat clean staying within the principals of clean eating
Kick chaos, clutter etc. do a bit every day, week etc.
Reading one book every 2 weeks
8 glasses of water a day
As much sleep as I can get to 8 hours a night

Be available for my friends and family.
Be aware of my blessings
Stay in the moment, be aware of every second, every minute etc.
Make the best of my God given talents.

  
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CREE123 10/6/2014 3:05PM

    that is a great plan. emoticon emoticon emoticon

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SUZMANNIE 9/26/2014 8:59PM

    Very concisely phrased, but everything is in there!

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DEE797 9/24/2014 2:32PM

    You have got this! Great plan! Wishing you all the best on your journey! emoticon emoticon

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MEXGAL1 9/16/2014 6:51PM

    Great goals. Good for you to get it all out there.
You got this!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/15/2014 3:13PM

    Maggie, I love all your goals you made for the rest of 2014! They are very realistic goals... You can do it! I know you can! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love,
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MEADSBAY 9/15/2014 10:29AM

    Totally do-able and emoticon

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FITAT50 9/15/2014 9:35AM

    Love the simplicity, a plan to carry through the year and beyond.

Blessings!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 9/15/2014 5:45AM

    A solid plan for today, tomorrow, the rest of this year and beyond! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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5:2

Sunday, September 07, 2014

Yes, it is all about me...five days normal eating and two fast days with limited calories, 500 cal per day, skipping lunch.

I have done the two intermittent fasts last Monday and Thursday. On Saturday mornings Mr Roelf is going for a long run in preparation for the half marathon. I use that time to go on a walk. We don't eat breakfast but we eat a brunch after he had his shower etc and then it is 11:30am. By that time I have a nice lunch ready.

Since the kitchen is closed after 7pm for me (my rule) I do a 16 hour fast from Friday evening to Saturday morning.

Sunday is my "confuse the body" day since it is a "free" day for me. I allow myself to eat anything I want. I find it very interesting that I keep on eating clean. Yesterday I had 6 squares of chocolate that is unusual and on a Sunday I do eat my darling husbands home baked bread.

I don't find any of this hard. When I do eat my portions are not much bigger as I am getting fuller faster. The food is just tasting so much nicer after the fast.

There is quite a bit on the Internet about Intermittent fasting. There are huge benefits for the body. I want those benefits, so I am "working" it.

articles.mercola.com/sites/articles/
archive/2014/06/14/intermittent-fastin
g-longevity.aspx

  
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DEE797 9/24/2014 2:26PM

    Glad this is working for you.

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IFDEEVARUNS2 9/12/2014 1:17PM

    Glad this is working so well for you, Maggie.

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SUSANNAH31 9/10/2014 1:11PM

    This was an interesting article. I was surprised to learn of the health benefits of fasting.
I especially like the idea of not eating past a certain time of night.
Since we prefer an early dinner - that time is usually is 7pm for me.
I won't eat past 7 if I can help it.
Breakfast usually happens around 8am.


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FITNHEALTHYKAL 9/9/2014 7:16AM

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MEADSBAY 9/8/2014 8:22PM

    Thank you for sharing this valuable information.
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FITAT50 9/8/2014 8:49AM

    I'm so glad this is working for you and you're feeling the benefits!

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JANTHEBLONDE 9/7/2014 10:43PM

    Oh my gosh Maggie! I just got through watching the link you posted! I am totally blown away right now! Thank you so much for sharing this valuable information! I first have to applaud you for doing the 5:2 food plan! The video was outstanding... I'm going to try the
5:2 food plan myself! All I can say is "AMAZING!" You rock girlfriend!
Hugs and love to you!
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PHOENIX1949 9/7/2014 10:40PM

    Sounds like your self-experimentation to find what works for you is going well. If I don't eat a little something every few hours my blood sugar dips too low (hypoglycemia). Protein and/or natural sugars steadies me but sadly I've gone for the quick fix too often -- processed sugar (knowing in my head that this is the wrong thing to do).


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KEEPITUP62 9/7/2014 9:32PM

    Isn't it great when we can devised plans ans make our weight go down and not feel hungry or deprived.

Way to go.

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AJB121299 9/7/2014 9:12PM

    Nice

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Dr Mosley and the second fast

Thursday, August 28, 2014

It went really well today. I am amazed that I don't get hungry. Sometimes I do feel a pang in my tum but it is not uncomfortable or painful. I had a light breakfast and dinner under 500 cal and at dinner I felt it was a lot of food.

With the nutrition tracker I could make sure of calorie values BEFORE I eat. That worked out well. In the end I had about 70 cal to fill and this is a fantastic website for finding low cal food for under 40 grams. It helped me a lot.

www.foxnews.com/health/2012/11/01/14
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It is feeling great to be the master of my appetite.

  
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MEADSBAY 8/31/2014 2:36PM

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 8/29/2014 8:41AM

    emoticon emoticon I feed all my emotions and I know this is NOT what I need. Few are every truly hungry. We are just conditiioned to eating huge portions. You are my SHEro!

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SUSANNAH31 8/29/2014 6:18AM

    I do agree that it does feel great when one's hunger is limited to only a pang or two, instead of a an overwhelming uncomfortable feeling.

Good for you on your successful following of this diet.

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MEXGAL1 8/28/2014 8:15PM

    Thanks so much for the link!

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/28/2014 12:38PM

    Maggie, I am so proud of you sticking to Dr Mosley second fast! You are what Sparks is all about! You put Sparks in Sparks! I think you are amazing! I hope you have a wonderful day!
Hugs and love!
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PHOENIX1949 8/28/2014 10:28AM

    emoticon emoticon for the link.

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FITAT50 8/28/2014 8:42AM

    Amazing you don't feel hungry, I'm glad it's working for you.

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OSDOWNS 8/28/2014 5:58AM

    Congratulations. Those little victories sure have a lot of power!

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Live longer says Dr Michael Mosley

Monday, August 25, 2014

I have finished reading Dr. Mosley's book "The Fast Diet" on Sunday and I have decided to follow his concept of eating "normal" for 5 days and then fast for two days. My "normal" is clean eating anyway and I will carry on with that. emoticon

On the fasting days he is recommending skipping lunch but the total calories for woman are 500 and for men 600. The idea is that one's tummy get really a chance to empty. Fasting promotes longevity. There are a myriad of other benefits as well, and I am eager to tap into those. emoticon

I had my first fast day yesterday. I did not really feel hungry at all! At times I felt a bit uncomfortable but nothing that a cup of Rooibos tea could not sort out. I did not wake up hungry today. I had a normal breakfast and lunch and I have really surprised myself. emoticon

"Yes, I can do it!" From now on my two fasting days will be Monday and Thursday.

Whoo Hoo for me! emoticon Maggie you are one cool Dudina (since I can't be a dude).

  
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FITAT50 8/28/2014 8:41AM

    I am glad to hear you have found a plan that is doable.

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1HAPPYSPIRIT 8/27/2014 9:49AM

    Wishing you the best! I'll be anxious to hear of your progress and success!!!

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MEADSBAY 8/26/2014 10:05PM

    I am a HUGE believer and have tried it several times but cannot stay committed to it, although I felt wonderful on it.
There is a great Fast Diet team, btw.
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LISA_CAROLINE 8/26/2014 5:42PM

    Good Luck Maggie! Just wondering though - won't your body store fat for the fasting days? Love to hear how you get on. emoticon

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SUSIEPH1 8/26/2014 2:08PM

    Hope it helps you ..
Let us know if it makes any difference
.. Hugs and Love Susie .. emoticon

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MEXGAL1 8/26/2014 1:45PM

    Hum, very interesting. Let us know how it goes!

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IFDEEVARUNS2 8/26/2014 9:06AM

    I can't wait to hear the continuing story. Way to go, Dudina!

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FITNHEALTHYKAL 8/26/2014 7:11AM

    Maggie, an old BLC Azure friend fasts two days a week using this same plan. Evelyn aka Stonecot is a huge promoter of this plan. I am anxious to hear how you like it! You CAN and you WILL rock this sweet Sheila! emoticon

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PHOENIX1949 8/26/2014 12:45AM

    emoticon or Dudetta!

Just noticed 'or' was typed as 'of'

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JCLJR4547 8/25/2014 10:19PM

  good luck

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JANTHEBLONDE 8/25/2014 10:17PM

    Maggie, I have never heard of Dr. Mosley's book "The Fast Diet!" I don't think I can do the Fast Diet! Last night I had to fast for 12 hours to give blood this morning and I went absolutely nuts! Woo hoo for you Maggie you are one cool Dudina!
Hugs and love!
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KELLIEBEAN 8/25/2014 10:09PM

    You go Maggie. I look forward to hearing your progress with this plan.

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