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This or That - Tales from 100# Down

Wednesday, August 20, 2014

When life gets hectic, and mine is certainly that, we often have to make choices quickly. When it comes to the house we are building I have to give my selections careful consideration. Do I want a charcoal grey roof or burnished slate? Do I want porcelain tile or hardwood in the foyer? Those decisions are given due consideration but what about my "health" decisions? Most are made quickly and the difference between THIS and THAT can have HUGE consequences. Here are some of the choices I have made and some that YOU might be facing. Take a minute to think about how a simple "pick" can alter your journey.

Water or Soda Pop
Elevator or Stairs
Grilled Chicken or Fried Chicken
Late Show or Bedtime
Computer Game or Fitness DVD
Ketchup or Sliced tomato
Farmville or Sparkpeople Articles
Sitting on the porch or Walking up the lane
Potato Chips or Air Popped Popcorn
Weighing in or Pushing the scale under the bed
Drive-Thru or Drive HOME
Eating at the Table or Munching in front of the TV
Apple or Apple Pie
Vending Machine or Snacks from Home
Sitting or Standing
Can't or Try

I could think of many more but I hope you see the point. We often CHOOSE based on convenience or plain "want". Those choices made over and over can lead us into detours. I know... I've BEEN there.

Take a moment to think of the choices YOU will make today and try to make healthy ones!

PRESS ON!

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SAPHRAEL 8/28/2014 8:16AM

    I'm right there with you, PRESSING ON!!
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GRACED777 8/26/2014 1:37AM

    Very good points, friend. It's always a lie to think I have no choices.The choices may seem insignificant, but over time they add up!

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LUVTOBOWL 8/25/2014 9:30PM

    Choices, choices, choices......but we must have them.

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MARYJEANSL 8/23/2014 4:23PM

  That's a great list.

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PENOWOK 8/23/2014 7:55AM

    Great examples! Thanks for the thoughtful blog!

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MAYBER 8/23/2014 12:29AM

    The choice is truly ours right or wrong
One day at a time
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    Thank you! I needed this. You got right down to the nitty gritty. emoticon

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JERICHO1991 8/22/2014 6:13PM

    Thanks for the choices to ponder. Great reminders.

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 8/22/2014 1:55AM

    You're so right! We can do this! Sorry I dissapeared, I got unsubscribed.

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LIVELYGIRL2 8/21/2014 11:58PM

  I(f we thought of it more often, we'd make wise choices, hugh?

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JSEATTLE 8/21/2014 7:04PM

  This is a great list! Thank you so much, it's a real eye-opener! I'm going to print and post it for myself.

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NONNAOF2 8/21/2014 1:56PM

  I loved your blog today, it really is what our journey is all about isn't it? We will always need to make those choices and hopefully, most of the time they will be the right ones! :-)

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GGJUNEBUG 8/21/2014 1:21PM

    Nice blog!

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SUSIEMT 8/21/2014 10:52AM

    It is so hard at times for me to always make the right choice. Often I fail but I always fess up on my food tracker and many times I have to make adjustments. I think that may be the hardest choices I have to make...when I am out and about. Today I will do my darndest to make the "Healthy Choice" .
Thank you for another thought provoking blog!

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DRTOVAH 8/21/2014 10:11AM

  Great post, I enjoyed reading this!

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  Thanks for the post

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CHERYLHURT 8/21/2014 7:29AM

  Yeah, that darn tv! Every time I sit down to watch a favorite show my mind says,,,what's good out there to eat?"

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SEAWAVE 8/21/2014 7:07AM

    You know how you happen upon a blog at EXACTLY the right time. That was your blog for me this morning. I've been Sparking sporadically, and am trying to catch up on news from my SparkFriends. Your blog this morning is reminding me that no matter the challenges, I do have choices to make that will make a difference, I do have at least some power to affect the outcome of everything going on.

You Rock!

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TRYINGHARD54 8/21/2014 5:50AM

    good choices ! i need to make some, thank you for the blog.

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ALEXSGIRL1 8/21/2014 5:25AM

    I love this choices spot on

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JIBBIE49 8/21/2014 1:22AM

    Hugs

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LYNMEINDERS 8/20/2014 11:25PM

    Brillaint....love the way you wrote this....
Very thought provoking

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LUVSBULLDOGS 8/20/2014 5:18PM

    You are so right. My neighbor lady while I was growing up is a firm believer in the same thing. She's in her 90s, 92 I believe. When I am having problems, I call her. She has maintained her weight loss for 50 years. The main thing I hear from her is: weight loss and maintenance is about choices. Make good choices and you will be successful.

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COLOR-BLUE 8/20/2014 3:48PM

    Yes ma'am! We do have to make that choice and it's either the easy way, which usually leads to destruction, which I know about personally, or what others consider the hard way, which turns out to be the best for God's Temple.

My Christian walk isn't always an ease on down the road experience and neither is keeping God's Temple in Divine Order. I'll choose what others perceive to be the hard way, as I know what's waiting for me down the road!!!

Blessings!

- Nancy Jean -
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JEANNETTE59 8/20/2014 3:15PM

  emoticon A little common sense goes a long way.....

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4RASCALS 8/20/2014 3:14PM

    It's good to see your blog. Always have excellent ideas. Choices we make either push us forward or hold us back. Glad your doing well

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TRAVELGRRL 8/20/2014 12:40PM

    Great to hear from you!

Yes, you are so right -- the little choices lead to BIG changes. Hope your house building is going well! (Aren't you glad you are close enough to be on site whenever you need to?)

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NASFKAB 8/20/2014 10:37AM

  great points so very true for me too

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    You make some good points.

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Summer Stresses Can Turn Into Autumn Advances!

Monday, August 04, 2014

The local children return to the classroom Wednesday. How can summer pass so FAST?

My summer has been one of EXTREMES. We've begun construction on our new home on the farm, got our home back in Illinois on the market, got a contract on it and are making the 400+ mile trip every two weeks to get a vanload full of belongings so we have as little as possible for the moving truck come the first of Sept. In addition our elderly Aunt (she has no children) has been in the hospital for emergency surgery and is on home health care now.

Now I know my "personal news" is not interesting to anyone but me but I SHARE this with you as background for what might be helpful because I know that EVERYONE deals with stress!

STRESS can be a major deterrent to our journey to "Health & Fitness". Why? First is raises our cortisol levels which increases the glucose levels in our blood. Not good. Second, we often resort to comfort eating to squash stress. Third, it can reduce the quality of our sleep.

All three of these have been true of me this summer but I'm fighting back! HOW?

1. I am no longer buying those "quick to grab, highly processed" foods. Meals require some preparation which gives me time to stop and think about the quality of what I'm about to eat and sometimes to do something OTHER than eat.

2. I am doing more exercise. It relieves stress. I had pushed cardio to the back burner with all I had going on.

3. I am taking 5 minute breathers. The way I do this is when I'm stressed to the max I head out the door and just walk around in nature. It's VERY helpful.

4. I have sought the help of others. I have admitted my stress levels to a group of dear friends and asked for their support and ideas.

5. I am setting myself up for better sleep by taking a warm bath, listening to music and making sure to get to bed on the early side.

6. I'm taking action. Often we spend time stressing over things that aren't worth it and by just doing something to work towards relieving it we DO!

7. BREATHING - Sometimes we just need to stop and do some deep breathing. Do you know that people that practice deep breathing on a regular basis live longer?

So are you stressed? Has your summer been a blur? Do you need to get back to the journey? Try some of these techniques and see if you can' start making progress toward a successful autumn. Get started now and by Sept. 1st you will be well on your way!

PRESS ON!

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GRACED777 8/26/2014 1:43AM

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BEWELL48 8/5/2014 8:51AM

    Yes, stress is a killer. Truly a component to many diseases I believe. Finding ways to minimize stress is SO important. You have offered some good ones. Thank you!
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LYNMEINDERS 8/5/2014 4:40AM

    Woohoo...you are doing so so well...go you

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4RASCALS 8/4/2014 8:17PM

    Great reminders. Especially like the deep breathing. Not only do people live longer, they don't carry the stress with them. Glad that things are working out for you.
Summer has just flew by to fast.

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COLOR-BLUE 8/4/2014 6:08PM

    Thank you for reminding me how stress can affect my body. I had forgotten all of that. The only thing I remembered is STRESS KILLS!!! Thanks for the solutions to this deadly varmint!

Blessings,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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L*I*T*A* 8/4/2014 4:10PM

    great blog................
awesome reminders.........

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JENNY888 8/4/2014 3:55PM

    Like you, I can't believe how fast summer passed.

Great blog with some excellent ideas on how to deal with stress. My stress level is not too high right now but probably will start to become more active in the fall. I plan to implement your great activities to help with stress. Good luck on the new residence. Have a great day!

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BECCA315 8/4/2014 3:49PM

    Congrats on finding some way to combat stress. Like you said, we all have to deal with it...

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 8/4/2014 3:29PM

    Soon it'll be school time again and summer will be gone! I hope to stay on track fitness-wise as the end of the year closes in!

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THOMS1 8/4/2014 3:19PM

    I too like your blogs Suzanne and the tips you give. I think your blogs are interesting and I like to hear about your life's ups and downs and how you deal with them. emoticon

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JEANNETTE59 8/4/2014 1:38PM

  Good to hear from you and glad your property issues seem to be coming together.

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TRAVELGRRL 8/4/2014 1:25PM

    I am so happy to hear from you! Now I understand why your blogs have become few and far between. Congratulations on making your dreams come true!

But you are right about stress! Even "good stress" (like building your dream house on a dream piece of property) is STILL STRESS!

But you are not letting it get the best of you, so keep up the good work!!

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FRANNIEDID 8/4/2014 12:33PM

    Thanks for a great blog, we all need reminders about what stress can do in our lives. I also have learned that I cannot worry about the things over which I have no control, it is enough to worry about the things I do control

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NASFKAB 8/4/2014 11:33AM

  loved your blog little things count as well all the best

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    I loved the 5-minutes breathers and the taking action idea. emoticon

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LUVSBULLDOGS 8/4/2014 10:37AM

    It's good to read your blog again, Suze. I've missed your down-to-Earth, sensible thoughts. Thanks for sharing.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 8/4/2014 10:23AM

    Great blog, you are right on about simple activities helping us in stressful situations. I have a tendency to forget the healthy things that help me relax when I am stressed to the max. I know that going for a short walk outside listening to the birds and trees blowing in a light breeze is very good for me. I wonder why it seems that we always reach for food when we are under stress. It certainly is not healthy. Continue on your journey you will reach your goals. emoticon emoticon

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KANOE10 8/4/2014 10:03AM

    Those are great tools for stress. I use exercise a lot . I like your mini 5 minute breathers and the emphasis on breathing. You are doing a great job of handling your stressful summer.

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SUSIEMT 8/4/2014 10:01AM

    Hey Suzanne! I enjoy hearing about what is going on in your life all the ups and downs! You give great tips! Thank you!

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A look in the mirror - Tales from 100# Down

Tuesday, June 03, 2014

If you are on one of my teams you saw this post already today but I felt it was worth sharing with you:

A Look in the Mirror

I am going to share with you from "real experiences" (some mine, some previous team members). If you see yourself in any of these stories it wasn't because I am talking about YOU but only that you have fallen into the same detours as many before you. "I" have been in many of these detours myself so can speak with authenticity about them. The names are all made up.

Regina - Regina loves to exercise and will easily get 45 minutes of good cardio a day but her weight stays the same because she's eating more justified by her exercise. Here is the thing. Regina weighs 180 pounds and even that 45 minutes of elliptical only burned 338 calories. She justified that small chocolate shake at McDonald's because of her workout but it had 580 calories.

Marjorie - Marjorie is great at planning. She can come up with meal plans that are spot on in nutrition value and calories. She can have the perfect workout planned with strength training for every body part with stretching and cool down. She can make a vision board with motivational phrases and pictures. What's the problem? Marjorie is waiting for "tomorrow" to start and tomorrow never comes.

Tim - Tim is all in or all out. He can have a perfect Monday,Thursday and Sunday but he undoes all his good efforts on those days by his out of control eating the rest and his night at the club on Saturday tossing back shots and eating nachos.

Stacy - Stacy makes bargains with herself. I can have these three cookies because I'm not going to have bread at dinner but dinner comes and she has the bread anyway putting her calories over the top for the day.

Allison - Allison is a sneak eater. What nobody sees her eat she forgets about. This includes driving through McDonald's after dropping the kids at the pool and getting a small french fry and diet coke (which justifies the fries). She also will carry a candy bar she purchased into the bathroom to eat it as nobody thinks twice about the closed door and she can eat in privacy.

Tom - Tom never weighs or measures anything. He just opens the box and pours his cereal til the bowl is full. If he would measure he would see he just ate 2-1/2 servings of that granola at a whopping 575 calories without milk!

Alana - Alana can't understand why she's not losing because she's eating only 1200 calories a day. Here is the thing. She's only LOGGING 1200 calories a day but she's getting much more than that because she's not weighing and measuring her portions, counting the french fries she's nibbling off her children's plates or the licks and tastes cooking for her family.

Belinda - Belinda isn't losing and doesn't get it because she walks every day with her mother for 30 minutes. Of course her walk is more of a stroll as they talk the whole time and a good walking pace should leave one a little breathy when talking. Belinda is also relying on that walk to undo those extra calories she nibbles.

George - George is a grazer and has no clue how many calories he is eating but he is only eating healthy food so why is he gaining weight. You CAN gain weight on ANY food if your calories exceed your burn over a period of time. Just because those Snackwell cookies are low in fat does not mean they are calorie free or quality food.

Julia - Julia is in flat denial. She only looks at her face in the mirror fixing her makeup beautifully. She avoids all full-length mirrors and her clothes that are now too tight must surely have shrunk. She also avoids the scales because in all reality she doesn't want to know if she has gained. This only leads to her getting further into that detour.

Blake - Blake is on an accountability team but when she's eating out of control she avoids the team because she doesn't want to be reminded she IS "eating out of control". Her avoidance denies the very support and encouragement that would help her get back on track.

Mattie - Mattie just doesn't feel good. She's not got a serious illness or disease she just has a sniffly cold or a headache. That happens in life and when we aren't feeling our best we tend to want to just skip exercise and eat comfort food. This is when we need to PUSH THROUGH and continue to eat well, hydrate and at least "move" a little. Maybe we exchange our 5 mile run for a 2 mile walk or our Zumba class for a DVD at home but we won't have 365 days of feeling great and we can't afford to just blow off the days we don't if we want to make sustained progress.

George - George is the excuse man. He's got an excuse for everything. I had to eat pizza for lunch because my wife forgot to pack my salad. I had to skip the gym because that road had construction and I would have had to drive 3 miles out of the way. I didn't track my calories because I deleted my app on my phone. I couldn't log into the team because I had a morning meeting with my boss. It's always something and yet he find time to play pinball with his neighbor, he manages to download the latest game on his iphone and he drove 7 miles out of his way to get Cold Stone Creamery.

Geraldine - Geraldine blames everyone else. Her captain didn't send her a personal reminder to weigh in. Her husband didn't buy her the low-fat yogurt. Her next door neighbor didn't go for a walk with her. Her grocery store stopped carrying the 35 calorie bread. It's all someone else's fault.

Andrea - Andrea is a binge eater. She will go to the store and buy a bag of powdered doughnuts and they are gone by supper. She may only eat 500 calories the rest of the day but no matter - she went over her calories on those doughnuts alone. She thinks she is undoing the damage but she is STILL way over for the day.

Tamara - Tamara is a quitter. Anything that is too hard she quits. She joins dozens of spark teams, has joined many gym classes, bought countless diet books but the minute it's hard or not convenient or she has a bad weigh-in she quits.

IS ONE OF THESE YOU? What are you going to do TODAY to change the direction of your journey? Make a positive step forward and remember that the benefits are concrete. BETTER HEALTH.

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SHANTODD420 7/9/2014 6:40PM

    Wow thanks for sharing I can see myself in a few of these need to change things up.

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MAYBER 7/3/2014 2:47PM

    Thank you for sharing your thoughts Found myself in many of the scenarios Best wishes as you continue on your journey one day at a time love prayers peace God Bless
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MOMTO6CUTIES 6/26/2014 11:03AM

    This is a very good blog. thank you for sharing this blog.

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FURRYBABIESMAMA 6/20/2014 11:58PM

    Wow! Allow me to introduce myself: I am Tamara Stacy. In all seriousness though, this is a great post. I can see many traits of each of these in me.

It is nice to know I am not alone, or crazy or just a loser. Sometimes it is easy to have those thoughts about yourself when those traits come out and come out strong.

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AVRENIM1 6/15/2014 12:22AM

    Hello, call me Blake. Guilty as charged.

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COLOR-BLUE 6/14/2014 6:04PM

    Throughout my entire lifetime of DIEting and though my healthy lifestyle change, I've been all of these at one time or another. I'm not proud of that fact, but the truth is the truth. Right now I'm on a medical hold from my doctor, for a fast heart beat, and they want to find out what's going on. I wasn't tracking anything, as I was also running a 101.7 fever, so I just ate anything that I didn't have to cook or put too much effort into. Today is the first day, I've even started to feel better. My fever is still here, but not as high. Tomorrow, will be back to tracking, EVERYTHING. With no exercise and being on steroids now, I don't even want to get on that scale, but it's a must. Lord, pull this back into control and give me a healthy body again!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
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MRSRIGS1 6/6/2014 8:08PM

    Unfortunately, I am ALL of them! At one time or another, I can identify with each of their problems. I know I need to go back and visit my drawing board (goals etc.) Thanks for sharing this insightful blog! emoticon

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MARAGRAM 6/5/2014 4:27PM

    HAVE DONE MANY OF THOSE, BUT no more!

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PENOWOK 6/5/2014 12:56PM

    Takes away all the excuses!! Ouch!!!

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BEAUTY_WITHIN 6/5/2014 1:20AM

    Thanks for the blog. yes one of them is me. Not saying which!

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CICELY360 6/5/2014 12:13AM

  good blog

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TREYONE 6/4/2014 11:39PM

  Great blog!!! I have always said that supporting others helps because their is usually something in each person's story that you can relate back to your own situation.

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MARYJEANSL 6/4/2014 10:37PM

  I think there is a little bit of me in all of those scenarios.

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PCASEY7 6/4/2014 10:03PM

    Great blog!

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DIANNEMT 6/4/2014 8:46PM

    I am so glad that I am ME and doing GOOD THINGS for ME!

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SUSIEMT 6/4/2014 8:34PM

    I have been in each of those little scenarios at one time or another! I prefer to live in the here and now and being honest with my trackers. Good blog Suzanne!

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GRLTAZ 6/4/2014 6:36PM

    Sounds all too familiar. LOL. On track at present but appreciate the reminder that the road is not always smooth. Construction happens every where, my body, my exercise, my drive to work, my eating. Thanks !

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LOOKINFORHOME 6/4/2014 5:43PM

    Oh my! Not just one of these, but several! It is time to get serious! Thank you for this post!

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CFMOSS 6/4/2014 4:58PM

    Those seem to reflect a good portion of who most of us are....funny how we can explain anything we want to with a little spin.

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NONNAOF2 6/4/2014 3:43PM

  You sure did cover a lot of situations! I'm sure I've been in one of them! I have my handy measuring tools close at hand these days these days and following to the "T" what my Nutritionist set up for me! :-)

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HOPESINGH 6/4/2014 2:14PM

    Sometimes I behave like Mattie or Blake. But I'm getting better at it, finding the compromises that are better than not pushing through it!
So inspiring, as usual!

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JSEATTLE 6/4/2014 10:34AM

  Yes, depending on the day or week, I can see myself in many.

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LCRUMLEY81 6/4/2014 9:37AM

  Great Read

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GOOSIEMOON 6/4/2014 9:37AM

    This was great to see today. On any given day, I have parts of several of these folks lurking inside of me. Glad I'm not alone. emoticon

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    Thanks for sharing.

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TRYINGHARD54 6/4/2014 8:08AM

    they are all me, I wish I knew how to get my act together. i know how to do it, just can't seem to do it right this time. :-(

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SHERYLP461 6/4/2014 7:32AM

    I see myself in all of these people.

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BESSHAILE 6/4/2014 7:16AM

    And in truth - All of them are me or .. I have been each of them at some time or another.

Thank goodness there is the other me,who keeps coming back and trying again.

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SHARON7464 6/4/2014 6:40AM

    I have been most of those people at one time or another and although I'm losing slowly I know the exact reason yet I dont see a character for it. I eat well all week ( within my range) and exercise five days a week sometimes seven. The problem is I give myself the weekends to cheat and it's really hard to out run the fork and martini glass.

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CHERYLHURT 6/4/2014 5:44AM

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JIBBIE49 6/4/2014 12:39AM

    Have you watched the show "SECRET EATERS" from England? Oh, they follow these people and they catch them eating all the time, after the tell the people "Oh, I only have 1300 calories a day and I can't lose weight." They find that they eat about 3000.

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Taking a lesson from our grandmothers. Tales from 100# Down

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

As many of you know I have recently given up city life for country life. BIG change from the 'burbs of Chicago to the rural countryside of the mid-south but other than VERY slow internet it's all been good. I've been able to get my weight loss going again (I had been on a long plateau after a holiday uptick of about 6 pounds) and the surprising thing is that I don't have ONE piece of my gym equipment here nor the plethora of diet foods available in the Chicago market. So what's the difference?

The difference is my life has returned more to that of my grandmother's. I work harder, I walk more, I'm more active and there are not restaurants within a half hour drive and even then choices are few. This forces me to cook and when I cook I don't eat that quick open mouth stuff face kind of junk! I'm eating quality food and getting good old fashioned activity.

Everything is more work here. Our garage is across the "lane" from our house so when I need something from the garage I have to take a little walk and that's up and down the hill. Mowing has become a HUGE job and yes I push mow about 2 acres around the house. I do more sweeping (dusty in the country). I am gardening. I'm not sitting around at my computer desk watching tv or surfing the internet like I used to. Hmm. Sounds like my grandmother's life.

I'm enjoying new things. I'm going to make my first stab at making blackberry jelly this year. We have oodles of them which should ripen about July. I'm going to be canning and freezing.

So all of this activity and home cooking is seeing the scale go down. Ah - the benefits of country living.

You don't have to live in the country to benefit from this. Just start cooking more. Stop eating out so much. Start getting out of your chair and get busy! You too will see a change.

  
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HOLLYL7 6/16/2014 1:04PM

    Loved this blog Suzanne =) It is an interesting lesson that you are doing better with less of the diet/fitness "stuff." I am one that finds it easier to waste time researching and buying the next best thing when I'm falling down on my program, and I now know that is simply a more expensive way to procrastinate just doing what needs to be done! (close mouth; move feet!!)

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ANIHAKA 5/25/2014 6:54AM

    Sounds familiar. I can't wait to return to the country life and work on my garden like you. What you've said is spot on, country life means being on the go all the time in a healthy non stressful way.

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KIM22211 5/16/2014 4:19AM

    WE EAT OUT ABOUT ONCE OR TWICE A MONTH. FAR CRY FROM WHEN IT WAS SEVERAL TIMES A WEEK! Saving $$$$$$$$ is the biggest benefit for us, but healthier choices controlled at home too!

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LYNMEINDERS 5/14/2014 5:31PM

    Brilliant....it is great how things have changed for you....woohoo...

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PEGGYO 5/14/2014 11:04AM

    great ideas

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SUSIEMT 5/14/2014 9:36AM

    Ahhh! Shades of "Green Acres"!

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KALEWINE 5/14/2014 12:46AM

    Sounds lovely!

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L*I*T*A* 5/14/2014 12:07AM

    great advice.........
all the best with your new changes.........

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COLOR-BLUE 5/13/2014 10:16PM

    Pink,

emoticon and emoticon to you, for being able to move out in the country and more importantly, the scale is moving DOWNWARD!!!!

Oh how I miss that country living! I remember bailing the hay, planting and reaping the harvest from the vegetable garden. I didn't know, when was a kid, that corn and sunflowers got so tall and huge.

Again, congrats on your move and the joy that you'll reap!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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4RASCALS 5/13/2014 7:33PM

    emoticon Good for you. I'm sure that you sleep much better also.
It's a much slower place than city life. Let us know how the blackberry jelly turns out.

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LIZSPRINGSTEEN 5/13/2014 6:00PM

    Busy busy busy!!!

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LUVSBULLDOGS 5/13/2014 5:19PM

    Last year I made jam with a low sugar recipe. Everyone liked it better than the jam I'd made in years past. I used to love freezer jam, but now you have to add corn syrup to it. Hope you enjoy yourself gardening and everything that goes with your country life. I mow with a push mower, also. Love it and it's a good workout. If I mow the whole place with the push mower, I walk 8 miles. Unbelievable!!! Enjoy your lifestyle.

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BETHLOVESBIKING 5/13/2014 5:14PM

    What a beautiful picture of country life! I remember my grandma and how active she was. She lived to almost 100, grew a huge garden every year, cooked everything from scratch. She canned a lot, although in later years she said "I'm getting lazy---I'd rather freeze than can." I also remember her saying once that she didn't allow herself to sit down until after the mid-day meal was over (which was the biggest meal of the day.) She was on her feet making a big breakfast, and an even bigger noon meal. After lunch she sat and did ironing, or needlework. Evening meal was very light. No computer screens. No nearby restaurants. She did watch one afternoon soap opera, but folded laundry or did needlework at the same time. She was really fit and never gained weight!

Congratulations to you! Enjoy your new life!

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DEBSZOO74 5/13/2014 4:42PM

    Your new country life sounds great!

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JEANNETTE59 5/13/2014 3:05PM

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NEWBERRYBEAR71 5/13/2014 2:38PM

    I've always felt I should have been my grandparents parents. I'm 42 but would have loved to have been born in the early 1900's. I think we lost a lot with tvs, computers, cars etc. Back then family was close by and neighbors helped each other. Food came from the backyard, not the closest fast food joint. Enjoy that blackberry jam!

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PINKBEANBOO 5/13/2014 2:30PM

    I love reading about how different your life in the country is.

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LIVINGLOVINLIFE 5/13/2014 2:23PM

    Loved the story. I moved from big city life in Southern California to country life of a very small community in NE Texas. Life is much slower. I learned how to can and garden also. Did it for several years but now that I am in my sixty's living alone I don't do it anymore. No children to share it with all my step children live over 8 hrs. away and aren't inclined to call or visit. I do piddle in the yard some and love my walks and enjoy the quite life. Hugs Pat

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KJHOUSTON 5/13/2014 1:45PM

    Great advice as always!

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WALKINGGRANDMA 5/13/2014 1:35PM

    Love the picture you painted. I'm so happy you are in the country now. Hope the babies enjoy it as much.

Fresh produce, yard work, having to move to get things done are all good things to do. Good for you.

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Finding a silver lining. Tales From 100# Down

Tuesday, May 06, 2014

A week ago Sunday night I was sick... not the sniffly cold kind of sick. I'm talking SICK. I won't go into the nasty details here but suffice it to say I ended up at the hospital and it's taken nearly a week to get back on my feet.

Now the good thing that happened... I dropped a bunch of weight. Granted, not the best way BUT while I was so sick I thought about a lot of my food choices over the past weeks. That timely review showed me just how far from the plumb line of healthy eating I had drifted.

It's easy to do. We get bored with watercress sandwiches and tofu (an exaggeration, but you get my point). Now I have to find a way to propel myself forward from this point as I'm almost to my lowest weight since I first started gaining post-marriage ( 37 years ago!)

I admit it's given me a new "breath of life". I want to push into that new territory. I want to keep Onederland in my sights. I just have to keep my focus. I'm still not back to full exercise. My strength has been slow to return but I'm managing some short 10-15 minute sessions on the elliptical and I keep pushing to stay out of my chair.

I set a 3% goal for the next 6 weeks. Granted I may fall short but setting the goal will at least help me push toward it and that can't help but move me in the right direction. This journey is all about forward progress and I'm going to try to get on down the road a bit while I have some newfound enthusiasm and motivation.

This is the time of year you can either relax and reload for Fall OR you can continue to push through the summer knowing that your best opportunity for outdoor fitness and exercise is NOW.

Think I'm going to hit that elliptical for a quick 10!

PRESS ON!

  
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NASFKAB 5/13/2014 9:27PM

  you doing a great job

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BETHLOVESBIKING 5/13/2014 5:17PM

    Get better soon! Keeping onederland in sight---love it!!

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COLOR-BLUE 5/11/2014 9:08PM

    Pink,

I'm delighted to see that you're doing better! Just take it easy as when your body is re-cooperating, it's very sensitive, and any little thing can upset the apple cart.

Thank you so much for giving me some motivation, as I've been re-cooperating, myself, for the past couple of days.

I'M PRESSING ON!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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JUDYGREG 5/11/2014 1:27PM

    You are a rock! You have the most willpower of anyone I have even seen.
You can do it! You will win the race to Onderland I am sure. It is a wonderful place where all things are possible! Happy Mother's Day! emoticon

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TANYA602 5/9/2014 9:29AM

    I am so sorry to read that you have been so far under the weather. I hope you are on the mend -go slow and let your body tell you what you are ready for. On the other hand, congratulations on the weight loss and keeping pushing to meet that 3% goal.
Have a beautiful weekend!

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LYNMEINDERS 5/7/2014 5:32AM

    Go you...you can so do your goal.....

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COLOR-BLUE 5/6/2014 11:24PM

    I'm so emoticon that you've been sick and under the weather. However I'm happy that you had the foresight, to keep t0, pushing toward the mark!

Yes, we do get bored, sometimes, yet we don't recognize it, and we eat everything in sight, we complain that whatever DIEt that we happen to be on, isn't working and it gives us the permission to QUIT! You saw right through that, and you came out smelling like a rose! You just kept stepping out on faith, and God took care of the rest!!!

You go, GIRL!!!

Be blessed,

- Nancy Jean -
GA

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LUVSBULLDOGS 5/6/2014 9:10PM

    Sorry to hear you've been ill, but glad you're on the mend. Losing weight is the only benefit, but an eye opener is helpful, also. Take care and sleep tight.

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GRLTAZ 5/6/2014 9:09PM

    Wonderful ! You can do it. Sometimes the good Lord gives us a gentle kick in the hiney to refocus us. Way to plan and follow through. Keep pushing !

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    Looks like you were able to make lemonade out of lemons!

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ADAGIO_CON_BRIO 5/6/2014 5:18PM

    I am so sorry that you were ill but am glad to know that you are better and back with your determination and great attitude!

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SUSIEMT 5/6/2014 5:01PM

    Sorry to hear you were sick! Glad to hear it helped spur you on!
Fortunately my food doesn't lose it's appeal for me! Whew! Now woatch me eat those words!

Good luck and keep on working!

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FRANNIEDID 5/6/2014 4:48PM

    I hope you are feeling much better, it is awful to be so sick even if you did get to lose a few pounds. On the other hand at least something good came out of it. You can do this!

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ROBYN168 5/6/2014 3:13PM

    So well said Suzanne! Thanks for sharing your thoughts.


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