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"It Ain't over ... Till It's Over" by Marlo Thomas

Saturday, November 08, 2014

I love the word "mature" when I am talking about cheese, but not so much when I talk to experienced people. The above mentioned title is really a must read for all who are getting on in life and wonder if they should try a new venture or not. I enjoyed the book so much that I would like to make more women aware if it. Here is the blurb from Amazon...

We’ve heard it all before: “If at first you don’t succeed, try, try again.”
“Where there’s a will, there’s a way.”
“When life hands you lemons, make lemonade.”

But anyone who has ever tried to make a big life change knows it can be a bit more complicated— and frightening—than that. How do you get up the nerve and confidence to actually take the leap? No one knows better than the women profiled in this powerful book by actress, activist, and bestselling author Marlo Thomas.

It Ain’t Over . . . Till It’s Over introduces us to sixty amazing women who are proving that it’s never too late to live out a dream—to launch a business, travel the world, get a PhD, indulge a creative impulse, make a family recipe famous, escape danger, find love, or fill a void in life with a challenging new experience. Meet a graphic artist who fulfilled a childhood ambition by going to med school at age forty-two; a suburban mom whose innovative snack recipe for her daughter’s lunchbox turned into a multimillion-dollar business; a private-practice psychiatrist who convinced her husband that they should quit their jobs and take off on an exciting, open-ended, cross-country adventure—in a giant bus, no less!; and a middle-aged English teacher who, devastated to discover that her husband was cheating on her, refused to be a victim, filed for divorce, and began the challenging journey of rebuilding her life.

Brimming with anecdotes that will inspire smiles, tears, and—most of all—hope, It Ain’t Over speaks to women of all ages with an empowering message: The best is yet to come!

  
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FITNHEALTHYKAL 11/26/2014 7:49AM

    The best IS yet to come! Can't wait to hear about your new venture! You've got this!

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DOOBRIE 11/12/2014 6:45PM

    Thanks for sharing Maggie.

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MEXGAL1 11/11/2014 1:09PM

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Thank you so much for sharing. I will check it out.
Have a great day.
Sallie

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MEADSBAY 11/10/2014 5:55PM

    Thank you...I shall order it from the library.
It is so easy to just stay the course of one's life and then start to feel in a rut.
Right now I am enjoying the return to normalcy after my dear man's health crisis but soon..
VERY soon...I need to kick myself back in gear and refocus my energies on caring for myself.
I have not gained any wt but am def. out of shape and look it!
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KELLIEBEAN 11/8/2014 10:56PM

    Love Marlo!

What an inspirtational book. I'll have to get it.

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IRON_RESOLVE 11/8/2014 10:23PM

    I have always loved Marlo Thomas, and who doesn't want to root for people willing change their life to see the world or start over, regardless of certainty. Sounds like an inspirational read.

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STEVEN2GO2 11/8/2014 8:10PM

    Hey, can that be applied to gentlemen too?

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JANTHEBLONDE 11/8/2014 5:57PM

    What an inspiring and empowering blog! "IT AIN'T OVER....TILL IT'S OVER!"
Amen Maggie! I hope you have a fabulous day!
Hugs and love,
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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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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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