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All about people - a warped internal reverie

Thursday, July 01, 2010

It's about to be a holiday weekend, and that usually means seeing family. On Saturday I'll be sharing a meal prepared by my daughter in law, who has started to follow the Mediterranean diet.

She tells me that she needs to have some kind of program to follow, she doesn't do well left to her own devices. I get that. This is the third such program she's followed... on the previous two, I went along with her: South Beach, and more recently Jenny Craig. My own philosophy is that the program doesn't much matter, as long as it supports balanced nutrition and exercise. If a shiny new program helps you stay motivated and take care of your health, go for it.

Most important I really, really get that everybody has to learn and grow in their own way and at their own pace. Family connections sometimes make it harder to share what we've learned, as the relationship and individuality get in the way. Sometimes it's easier to learn from a book, or a friend, rather than a family member.

I'm kind of looking forward to it, and kind of dreading it at the same time. The perfectionist in me worries about both the relationship and my own healthy eating program.

Relationship: "will she be offended if I don't care for what she prepares?" Food: "But what if it's something I really don't like?" So... watch the portion size, try to be polite, but not stiff. But more important: "Will she think I'm judging her own efforts at weight loss if I don't like the food." I know, I know, I'm warped.

I'm still feeling my way around my relationship with my daughter in law, and particularly where healthy habits are concerned. She's a fellow traveler. And that can mean sensitive. You know how the most critical anti-smoking people are former smokers? Well, sometimes I think the most critical feelings we take on are from former "fatties". You know what I mean? The big problem? When I go on these programs with her, I generally end up getting to my goal faster and staying there longer. Right now, I'm at goal and maintaining.

Some of this is leftovers from my relationship with my own mother, who seemed threatened when I lost weight... afraid I would want to push my new habits and values on her. Being a people pleaser... that came back to me, internally as a "change back" message. Internally, it can get morphed into a "why try?", a "she won't love me anymore", etc. Mom's gone now, but this echo remains in how I respond to the comments of others when they notice my weight loss. And I don't want to do that to someone else. Yes, I am projecting, psych majors among you.

Deep breath... Serenity prayer time: Inside my own skin, mine. Someone else's internals... I can't control. So, do my best, be genuine, and focus on loving the people. Beyond that... it's in the hands of a power greater than me!

I'll let you know how it went. emoticon

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WALKINGANNIE 7/1/2010 3:54PM

    This is such a lovely thoughtful blog Barb - full of self-awareness coupled with consideration. Your DIL is a lucky woman.

I hope you manage to enjoy the experience.

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KASEYCOFF 7/1/2010 2:24PM

    I think you sound like a gem of a mother-in-law - and I know just what you mean about worrying when you reach a goal faster and so on. It may be that she is genuinely pleased when you reach a goal, and looks up to you as an example for what she can achieve. Truly, Barb, you sound as tho you really work to make your relationship with her (and the rest of your family) loving and kind. I'm sure that will show thru. You're a doll, hon, you really are.

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LJCANNON 7/1/2010 10:55AM

    I do not think you are warped at all. You are dealing with all the same emotions and questions that we all deal with when relating to Family members, especially In-Laws.
The wonderful thing about Spark (one of the wonderful things!) is that it can go along with almost ANY healthy eating plan. I hope you have a wonderful weekend, eat well, and ENJOY your Family Time.
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THIAGRAM 7/1/2010 10:30AM

  You are right on target! Doing a plan with a family member isn't easy for sure! We all have this experience and these feelings. Thanks for a great blog and things to think about! You always get me thinking. I'm still thinking about the pocket thing!

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ANDI571 7/1/2010 10:20AM

    It is so hard to go down our own path, while trying to please others. I think you will be able to do the Mediterranean Diet and still slip some of the things you might need to eat. I had a friend on it, and it was just a very clean diet. I couldn't do it on a life time basis, but for a short period maybe. I might would have to sneak some goodies in here and there.

I think the old us just wants to sneak in on us and try to get us to have that why try feeling. I have noticed since I started Weight Watchers again and doing well, I have had more anxiety. I have been fighting it, especially at night. But anxiety is one of my triggers and I know that. But right now I am giving it a one two punch to stay away.

Keep up the good work, you are awesome.

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BUGGYS 7/1/2010 8:21AM

    I enjoyed your blog and you are right that you have to follow your own path...however, the Mediterranian Diet is a good way of eating and I think you should give it a try...It is great that you and your DIL do things together and I am sure you are supportive of one another...tell her about SP or have her read the book...either way it's a win-win situation and you both can benefit from the diet and the accountability. Good luck! emoticon emoticon

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CONCHA77 7/1/2010 8:21AM

    Great Blog, Barb. Hope your weekend is a good one and I am sure that you will not offend your DIL. May you continue on your path of healthiness, it's working for you, friend. You do look great!
Happy 4th of July!
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PEGGYJEAN13 7/1/2010 8:12AM

    I think this would be a perfect opportunity for the 2 of you to have a "weight-loss" journey together. Would she be interested in SP? I know that sounds easy and it isn't. I have mentioned SP to my daughter in law too but this relationship is complex and we both have our own territories and places I stay clear of while still trying to maintain a good relationship. After 5 years, things are getting more relaxed, but the diet area is still not a comfortable subject. I think you know what I mean. We are all sensitive to different things in our lives and base it on what has happened to us previously.

You seem very sensitive to your daughter in law's feelings so I'm sure your will be fine.

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SLENDERELLA61 7/1/2010 8:11AM

    Focus on loving people -- how profound. As I leave tomorrow for trip to family, I'm taking your wise words with me. Thanks. You have a great deal of insight into your feelings and behavior. I hope you can relax and just enjoy. -Marsha

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PATRISNA 7/1/2010 8:08AM

    Barb I hope you have a safe and pleasant holiday and the dinner goes well. Great Blog!

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FIGHT2SURVIVE 7/1/2010 7:59AM

    I think those are very legitimate questions and I might even think about telling her you were thinking about them before you even eat. She will probably laugh with you over them. But honestly, I have never tasted anything Mediterranean that I didn't like and I am a picky eater. Good luck.

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KATIE33MAHALA 7/1/2010 7:57AM

    Very well said!

God grant me the serenity
to accept the things I cannot change;
courage to change the things I can;
and wisdom to know the difference.

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Hostile takeover?

Wednesday, June 30, 2010

I may have shared (because I share a lot) that my food group challenge is fruit. I love my veggies, but getting the recommended 5 servings of fruit to go with my 5 plus veggies every day (my maintenance plan)... a stretch.

Well, last Sunday, the fruit staged a takeover of my fridge.

You see, there is this guy in our area who works with the Texas growers. Every year he sells door-to-door in our neighborhood twice. Once around about now with grapefruits and oranges, and again in the autumn with apples. He's been coming around for several years. He rings your doorbell and hands you a slice of his wares, that he cuts right on your porch step.

Of course it's the best fruit ever! Fresh, hasn't made it through the grocery, straight from the trees to you. Except that he sells it in crates! And there's only ONE of me! So each year, while raving over the quality of the fruit, I explain that I couldn't possibly eat what he sells before it spoils. Even though he says it will last 8 weeks without refrigeration. And that's the end of it, until my sample on his next trip.

This year, he caught me as I was ready for my Sunday afternoon snack, and it was the juiciest citrus fruit. And he said he would sell a mixed half crate. And I succumbed to the temptation. As you can see, my fridge has been taken over. And there was a lot more that didn't fit, and I gave away to my sisters and to people at work. But I think, at least for a few weeks, I'm going to have no problem getting in those five fruits.


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DEBBIESTY 6/30/2010 11:18PM

    An awesome clean and fresh fridge! emoticon

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/30/2010 9:38PM

    I haven't seen one of those guys in years! (Maybe that's 'cause I have a strict don't answer the door unless I know who it is policy??) Enjoy the fruit -- but remember, it doesn't do you any good in the fridge -- has to go into the mouth to count!

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MARYMAC45 6/30/2010 7:34PM

    I am so jealous. I order navel oranges every year from Florida. They are delish. I buy 2 lg boxes and share them with family & friends. Enjoy!!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/30/2010 7:23PM

    Yummy. Love the picture in your blog. Makes it truly interesting. I've always been a photo-phob. Never liked taking pictures and can't seem to download them off the camera, either. Oh, well. Gotta get over it.

Anyway, fruit is one of my loves. Hope you learn to love it, too. It is so tasty and healthy. For me today was fresh pineapple, red seedless grapes, nectarine, and watermelon. I also had orange juice at the company breakfast. I usually avoid juice, but it was the healthiest choice available. I have strawberries and blackberries in my refrig. Guess they can wait until tomorrow.

Happy fruit eating!! -Marsha

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THIAGRAM 6/30/2010 12:21PM

  This is giving into temptation? Sounds great! What a blessing you can have some fruit and also enough for sharing! Yummy!!
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 6/30/2010 11:17AM

    I thought it was 5 servings of fruit and veggies -- meaning a total of five combined. It's supposed to be 5 of each? OMG -- I'll never get there, as I hate veggies and fruits aren't far behind.

Good job on all of the fruit -- especially if it's not a favorite of yours. You inspire me to try harder. Get juicin', girl!

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ELSEEBEE 6/30/2010 10:38AM

    That looks great! You know, if you get desperate, juice it. You can even freeze the juice if you just can't eat it all. (But citrus will last a long time in the refrigerator.)

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BUGGYS 6/30/2010 10:08AM

    Mmmm...looks delicious! I don't have any problem getting my fruit in my diet...I love trying new fruits, too. I think that after you eat what is n your frig, your appreciation of fruit will grow!

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LJCANNON 6/30/2010 9:46AM

    That Fridge looks DELICIOUS!! Maybe by the time you finish it, you will LOVE Fruit!

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MAMOOAUG 6/30/2010 9:02AM

    I wish we had someone like that here. My family loves fruit. The best I get is the FFA department at our high school sells fruit each fall as a fund raiser, but it's shipped in from somewhere else. Enjoy it.

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JHADZHIA 6/30/2010 8:59AM

    You are so lucky to get it fresh, delivered to your door!! Enjoy! I love my fruit. Every morning, I have a fruit shake of strawberries, banana and blueberries! Tastes so good!! I also love grapefruit. If you eat peppers and tomatoes, you are having fruit. I always knew about the tomatoes being fruit, but peppers was a new one to me.
Keep up the great work!

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KALIGIRL 6/30/2010 8:51AM

    Looks divine - hope you can eat it all!

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PEGGYJEAN13 6/30/2010 8:24AM

    I'm jealous. I have to make a special trip to the store if I run out of fruit because it is my go-to snack food. I love bananas, grapes, strawberries, watermelon ...... I can't think of a fruit I don't like. Maybe I should just raid your frig! Where do you live? Happy eating!

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    You are right!!!! It doesn't look like you are going to have any trouble getting in your five fruits. Looks like a very healthy stocked refrigerator!

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Tuesday, June 29, 2010

Walter Mitty's got nothing on me... this famed phrase/word/sound came popping into my musings yesterday morning as I got out of my car in the garage at work. I had my car keys in my hand and was about to shove them into my pocket when something came through my thick head.

Was it vanity? Maybe... emoticon.

See, I refuse to purchase pants without pockets. I love pockets. They are so convenient. You can stuff tissues in them (for us allergy sufferers), or keys for easy access, or change, a note to yourself, the cell phone or pda... whatever. I've always considered it the height of foolishness to not have them in your clothing just because you happen to be a female. What self-respecting man would buy trousers without pockets?

Without pockets, you're forced to carry bags! Bags have to be watched over and remembered. And I admit, like Walter Mitty, to being absent-minded... I'm too busy thinking about other things to think about what I need to carry along with me. Pockets are the perfect thing!

But... yesterday morning I stopped in my tracks when I saw... the bulge the keys were making in the line of my "look". Now, back when I weighed 224 pounds, or even when I was in the 190's... what was one more bulge? Now, with my shrunken frame, the bulge looked larger... and more awkward... and I kind of LIKED the way I looked in the mirror that morning.

So, the keys went into the purse. Vanity. Sigh. But also a "giggle point".

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BESTSUSIEYET 6/30/2010 9:36PM

    Even in the 'old' days, I never put stuff in pockets - why add the bulge?? In fact, I prefer slacks w/out pockets (esp. the slanted blue jeans type pocket -- I HATE the look of that being stretched out, telling me & everyone else that the tummy is too big!! Maybe I just needed deeper pockets, so stuff fell below the tummy where there is extra space?? Thanks for the giggle! Keep 'em coming!!

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SLENDERELLA61 6/30/2010 7:25PM

    Love the giggle point! Another deserved celebration of thin success!

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PEGGYJEAN13 6/30/2010 8:27AM

    It sounds like a great problem to have...a bulge caused by carkeys! Congratulations on getting to this point.

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LJCANNON 6/30/2010 12:30AM

    If the Pants have Belt Loops you could always clip the keys to one of them. Then the Jingle would go with you everywhere to announce that you are coming!!
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APRILLSCOTT 6/30/2010 12:20AM

I have to have pockets also, or I just do not buy a pair of pants! They come in too handy, not to get them with pockets!

I can imagine you looking in the mirror though with this one!Can't have those bulges now! I can't wait until I can join you! emoticon emoticon emoticon

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REJ7777 6/29/2010 8:12PM

    emoticon Sounds like good healthy self-esteem to me. Doesn't it feel great! emoticon

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NELLIEC 6/29/2010 4:44PM

    Since I have an ostomy, there is no such thing as a neat line in my pants. As it is I have to get pants with enough "give" so I don't feel uncomfortable in the ostomy area!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/29/2010 3:49PM


You're making me laught this week Barb!

I must admit I've got a similar issue with my pedometer (which is quite neat) spoiling my silhouette.

(Me - a silhouette?! Whatever next?)

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KALIGIRL 6/29/2010 1:28PM

Here's to vanity!

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 6/29/2010 12:52PM

    I love your sense of humor! And I can see, how after all your hard work, you don't want to ruin your new shape with a non-human bulge. And so you find yourself slave to the handbag. Hey, could you store your keys in your bra? I could store a lot of things in mine without having a bulge. And, I know a woman who was so large in the chest that she would sneak in a can of soda on each "side" to work each day. (We worked in a prison back then.) LOL!

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THIAGRAM 6/29/2010 10:54AM

  I always have and use pockets, but I never gave it much thought of how it looks on me. I am also always carrying a bag. So I'm a bag lady with pockets. Maybe I should think about it. Do I need the pockets and do I need the bag? Sometimes the yarn is in my pocket and I could do with out the bag. But then I love bags! But then I love my pockets too! Maybe I'll keep both.... Maybe I'm an indecisive bag lady!

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ANDI571 6/29/2010 10:49AM

    To funny. I love pockets too, and that's all I buy. But I would have the keys in the purse also. No extra bulges needed. emoticon

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LIBRATAH 6/29/2010 10:18AM

    I can relate to this so much and it put a smile on my face to read your blog today. Thank you. emoticon

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ANONALEE 6/29/2010 9:54AM

    I've always sacrificed the convenience of pockets for a clean line at the hip, but there is no denying that having pockets makes going without a purse all the time possible.

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ELSEEBEE 6/29/2010 9:29AM

    This is so true! I've stopped using my pockets, too! Hmmmm... wonder where to sign up for the Spark team- Pocket Bulgers Anon? emoticon

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BLUEANGELLK 6/29/2010 8:30AM

    I love it. I do the same thing without pockets. I go nuts!

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    Too funny - and too true too!!

I find myself feeling the same way emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PATRISNA 6/29/2010 8:12AM

    I say good for you Barb! You look great so be proud!

I bought a pair of Capri's recently and they don't have pockets. I was wearing them the other day when I was out on my errands. I kept trying to put my keys in a pocket.

No pockets!! I thought darn these pants! They are going to drive me crazy! I also realized my pedometer won't stay put because they don't have a waist band. I had to use a safety pin to keep it in place. It wasn't tracking my steps accurately either.


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Required: One sense of humor

Monday, June 28, 2010

You have to be able to laugh at yourself... or at least laugh at the process.

Yesterday was a gorgeous day here. It wasn't as beastly humid as it has been, and there was a light breeze. I opted to take my training outdoors, at a nearby lake (background photo shows it). I fully intended to take pictures, so I loaded up the fanny pack with the camera, the cell phone (I have old technology, people), and my driver's license and drove down and parked.

Being conscious of hydration issues, I also took my stainless steel water bottle. And I was geared up in my favorite fitness wear, from head to toe. I was psyched... this would be my first outdoor attempt at some good interval training, I mean geared up to do so. Yes, I had done some informal breaking into a jog while walking the dog, but that was different... I was going to jog, snap some photos, walk recovery phase... you know the drill.

Only... the last time I wore this fanny pack? It was the ice skating episode early in the year. I seem to fuzzily remember NOW that it was on the loose side then. I snugged it up to as skinny as the strap would allow then. And I was wearing it over top of jeans and sweatshirt then.

So... I start my walk to warm up. I snap a few shots to make the blog interesting.

See where the path goes? Yep, under water. We've had a bit of rain around here lately. Detour around the flooded spots on the path. I didn't break into a jog until I got up to the top of the dam. And then the fun with the fanny pack began... you saw it coming two paragraphs ago. It's no longer a fanny pack. It slipped, it slid, it was off balance, and I was afraid it was going to knock the pedometer off, or worse, pull down my knickers as it slid over my "missing in action" hips.

Oops. So, no more jogging. Rest of walk around the lake was an adventure in experimentation. Part of it was "fanny pack worn above the boobs"... I DO still have a chest. Not very comfy, but it did allow some short interval jogging time.

Next time, I'll be better prepared. Guess it's not just clothing you shrink out of.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/28/2010 8:32PM

    Great blog! Wow, have you lost weight!! Can't even keep up a fanny pack. Thanks for sharing this great story. -Marsha

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NELLIEC 6/28/2010 4:55PM

    In my case, I would have to wear it around my neck. Ack! Even better, over one shoulder!

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WALKINGANNIE 6/28/2010 4:47PM

    Thanks for the laugh! emoticon

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BUGGYS 6/28/2010 3:49PM

    Wouldn't have worked on my boobs...I don't have any! Love the lake and the funny blog! emoticon

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REJ7777 6/28/2010 2:26PM

    Live and learn! emoticon emoticon emoticon

Congratulations on your determination! emoticon

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KALIGIRL 6/28/2010 1:44PM

    Too funny (although I'm sure it wasn't @ the time).

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DEBRITA01 6/28/2010 1:28PM

    emoticon Thanks for the visual...too funny! Sometimes you've got to be able to laugh or you'll cry...good to chose the former. You are determined, I will say that for sagging fanny pack or flooded pathways stopped you from walking. Sometimes you just can't plan for these type of situations, you've got to just roll with it...and you did!

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ALOHAEV1 6/28/2010 12:21PM

    Pfffttt that is weigh funny, and you may have started a whole new fashion trend -

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BLUEANGELLK 6/28/2010 10:16AM

    You are creative with your solutions. Maybe you should market the "boob pack" You could make a few bucks!!!


tulations on your non-existent hips

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SUSIEMILO 6/28/2010 10:00AM

    How funny! But also very good news.
We've always said there is more than one way to measure our weight loss, and you've added another method to the list!
Great blog -- thanks for sharing.
PS -- beautiful location for outdoor activity.
Maybe Kayaking or Canoeing next time?

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ANDI571 6/28/2010 9:34AM

    I think we needed a picture of the boob pack. To funny. I think you are the first on the fanny pack being to big. emoticon

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CONCHA77 6/28/2010 8:54AM

    So proud of you, Barb. You have come a long way since I first "spotted" you. Love your spirit. emoticon

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THIAGRAM 6/28/2010 8:50AM

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This is so funny!
Thanks for sharing!
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PATRISNA 6/28/2010 8:48AM

    Where there's a will there's a way...Great idea! emoticon


BTW I loved your blog photo and the new background photo.

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LOVE_2_LAUGH 6/28/2010 8:20AM

    The visuals are priceless -- thanks for putting a smile on my face bright and early this morning. So now you've made a new invention. Instead of the fanny pack, women can now purchas e abooby pack -- LOL!

Good job on the walking/jogging. I'll be going back to my old friend, the elliptical in a few minutes. No doubt I'll get another few chuckles when I remember your fannypack story.

Have a great Monday!

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KASEYCOFF 6/28/2010 7:55AM

    Oh, Barb, that is great! You no longer have a fanny pack, but a boob pack, lol... I wondered if it would work better as some kind of shoulder bag, as I read along, but I don't guess that would work when you were jogging. Your solution is priceless! :-D

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Six Months without a Soda

Sunday, June 27, 2010

Call it "pop", "Coke", "soda", whatever, depending on your region of the world, but I finally gave up the bubbles on December 27, 2009, having my last diet soda with my Christmas dinner. (For those of you who don't remember, Christmas dinner was delayed by snowstorm until the 27th.)

I knew yesterday that I would blog about this today, because it's a relevant factor of my motivational cycle. What I have noticed, is that getting closer to this milestone, and with hot weather in full force, the temptation to have one has been high. And just having this date staring me in the face gave me a little stop-gap strategy: "If I can just hold off 'til the 4th of July... I'll give myself permission to have ONE soda that day."

That got me through some difficult days, and now, I'm at the half-year mark, and facing decisions:

Is this really a permanent change? Have I become a non-soda drinker? For ever? Or... should I allow myself the possibility of becoming a "once or twice a year on special occasions" soda imbiber? As with 12-step programs, this is a decision that can be made one choice at a time... "for today".

To branch off in another direction: yesterday after my shower I became aware that my towel had worn out... it was developing a bare patch. This is a really, really old towel. I acquired it in high school, when my mom let me choose colors for my room. It's orange, a bright, sunny, cheerful color that spoke to my teen-aged self of energy and a future. Now, it's old, and thread-bare. It is destined for the trash (or to be a car-wash towel, rather). I think I've got my mom's money's worth out of this one!

But noticing the old towel and recognizing how long I've held on to it (we're talking 40 years here)... took the mind in the direction of "what else do I hang on to"? And that led to habits and coping strategies... sometimes we hang on to them beyond the point of threadbare, too. Or maybe that's just me.

When they stop being useful, what do YOU do with them? Do they hang around and get taken out from time to time? Or are they really, really gone?

The old towel and the soda habit. Will the towel be in the trash six months from now? And will I still be soda-free? To be continued... call me on it next Christmas, OK?

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DEBBIESTY 6/28/2010 7:31AM

    Awesome blog! You are so where I want to be! emoticon

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THIAGRAM 6/27/2010 9:11PM

  One of the very most wonderful, marvelous things about this life is that we make our own decisions! The big trick is to know that we are making the decisions. So if you decide that 2 pops a year is what you want, then you would be able to carry that out and keep that commitment to yourself. It's all a matter of what you want to decide! You can decide to keep the towel as a reminder not to have pop or you could decide to have pop every day just because it's ok on the 4th of July or you could decide to make the towel into a teddy bear! Or you might decide not to decide and that is still a decision! Or you might to decide to never drink pop ever again. It's all a matter of what you decide! So have fun deciding!!
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LOVE_2_LAUGH 6/27/2010 12:59PM

    Good job on the soda goal. If you have the self-discipline to allow just one or two for special occasions, then I say go for it and enjoy it. But if one or two will put you back in the habit, then you're probably better of just staying away from it.

As for the towel -- after having it so long, if it were me, I'd have a hard time throwing it a way. There'd be way too much sentimental value attached to it.

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WALKINGANNIE 6/27/2010 12:09PM

    Wonderful blog Barb.

You have done SO well with the soda. You might even find that your tastes have changed if you do try some? I know that some of my old favourites have lost their appeal now, especially if they taste too sugary. (Not everything has though!)

I love the towel analogy and will think about any threadbare habits and attitudes that I might be hanging onto.

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SLENDERELLA61 6/27/2010 11:39AM

    Congratulations on a major milestone!! As someone who has gone from 6 diet sodas a day to about 2 a week, I can join in this celebration. However, my admiration for you as a teetotaler is huge!! Whether you decide to go for moderation or abstinence, your life will be better because of the choice you have made.

As far as holding on to things, I'm going to have to ponder that one. Perhaps at the gym today I'll make a point to think about things I'm holding on to too much as I burn calories on the elliptical. Thanks for a great blog! And, again, congrats on your achievement. Those stars on your calendar are well deserved! -Marsha

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ANDI571 6/27/2010 10:16AM

    Oh my gosh, I am so proud of you. I made it 7 days when I tried to quit the diet pop addiction. Then I was doing really good at just having 1 a day. Then it went up to 2 a day, and now I am back almost in full swing. I am probably 25% better. I did have water for breakfast.

I have so much respect for you. To me it's easier for me to eat healthy than it is to give up my pop. emoticon emoticon

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SOCKS117 6/27/2010 9:23AM

  Personally, I don't really like soda, so I only have it on the rare occasion that a share a sip of hubby's or my sister's - I have never even finished my own can, since probably, oh, middle school. The bubbles make my tummy feel really full and unpleasant...

Anyway, if you feel you are strong enough to not start drinking it every day if you only have one, I can't imagine that moderation of soda will hurt you.

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KASEYCOFF 6/27/2010 9:21AM

    If it's the 'ghost' of the soda habit that hangs on, rather than a genuine desire for soda, maybe it would help if you thought about WHY you want one (maybe you already have thought about this, lol). What makes it seem a treat that you think you will allow yourself one on the holiday? Is it the caffeine that appeals to you? The flavor? The fizziness? If it's diet soda instead of 'full sugar,' is it the artificial sweetener that calls to you? And as for the old towel - yes, it still has use, as a car-washing cloth, as a dustrag, as something. It's one thing to hang onto old, but still usable, things... something else to hang onto habits that were long since unnecessary and left behind. IMHO :-)

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PATRISNA 6/27/2010 8:55AM

    Congratulations on your six months without soda pop! If you decide to have one you should drink one of the regular ones and make it a flavor or brand you really love. Pour it in one of your best glasses and savor the color smell and taste. It will be a celebration to your good health.

Have you ever seen the old ads that say Coca-Cola is good for you? I have seen one saying Ginger ale helps your digestion.

Your blogs always give me something to think about. Hope you have a great week.

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MAMOOAUG 6/27/2010 8:29AM

    emoticon It's hard to give up something that you love. Give yourself a pat on the back. You deserve it.

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CONCHA77 6/27/2010 8:19AM

    I have a old kitchen towel that belonged to my mom and I can't throw it away. It sits in my kitchen drawer and I even get it out once in a while and use it. You can see through it even, LOL. Once of these days I just might have to throw it away (but I doubt it)
I use to drink at least 2-3 diet sodas a day. I am so happy that I decided to quit that habit though I might drink a can or bottle once or twice a year. It's usually a root beer or a real coke, not diet. I figure if I am going to have one I am going to go full force, sugar and all.
Congrat to you for quitting your pop habit, don't you feel better now that you are not drinking them now?

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