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The Robe and Progress for 2015

Thursday, November 27, 2014


Well, I always wanted something from Victoria's Secret (although I truly believe her secret is anorexia with some of the sizing in there!)... I found a robe in size large and it was close to fitting but not quite, very motivating. If I would get off my duff and kick things up a notch, I could wear the pretty robe in a size I literally have not worn since I was 13.

I'll be posting progress pics of the robe in January, hopefully fitting the front more closely together.

  
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    You have been an inspiration to me since I started SP. I KNOW you CAN do this!!! emoticon

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LABGIRL8 11/28/2014 6:45PM

    I know the feeling! I had a goal of getting bras NOT from Lane Bryant or WomanWithin. Now I'm TOO SMALL for Lane Bryant bras!

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MTN_KITTEN 11/28/2014 6:22PM

    WooHoo ... I am doing the same "measuring" success with a pair of jeans. I now can get them on my body ... striving to get them buttoned.

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PENOWOK 11/28/2014 6:01PM

    And you'll be even more gorgeous than today!!

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PATRICIAANN46 11/28/2014 5:31PM

  I have NO DOUBT that you will be able to close that robe VERY soon. You look beautiful in it now.............. emoticon

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    How fun! I look forward to seeing your progress.

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SDEHNKE 11/28/2014 4:25PM

    That is a gorgeous robe and you look gorgeous in it.

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NONNAOF2 11/28/2014 4:22PM

  It would be nice to fit in something from Victoria Secret, but it's going to be a long way off for me!! You'll get into that robe, it looks good on you now!Congratulations!! :-)

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FANCYFREE15 11/28/2014 4:20PM

    Oh, you look pretty in that robe just as it is! But if you choose to push and work at losing so it will close, you'll still look just as pretty! Kudos to you! emoticon

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NHEMBERGER 11/28/2014 3:20PM

    Way to go Beth! Keep up the great work! You've come a long way!

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TRAVELGRRL 11/28/2014 2:43PM

    What a great motivator! The robe is beautiful, just like the wearer!

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    You are an inspiration!

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    Wow! You have come so far already. What a joy! emoticon

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LIVELYGIRL2 11/28/2014 1:26PM

  Oh Beth!, what a delightful idea and special, to buy something from this store, and that will mean something, and exciting to see it get a smaller amount or gap closer together. Fun! I'm rooting for ya! Yes, I am.

If you wish, you can send me a note, and I'll send you a small ticket for each 5 lost . My sister liked this.

I think she had a tough time with staying put with her stats. She went up several sizes, but still has lost a large chunk for her original amount.

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MRSCGE122 11/28/2014 1:13PM

  You look great! We should always feel good about ourselves, and a little sexy doesn't hurt! It's a very pretty robe.

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    emoticon Wow! I love it!

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AMARILYNH 11/28/2014 12:01PM

    I LOVE having a piece of clothing to 'measure' my size by - much more motivating than the scale. But whether it closes now are now, you are one BEAUTIFUL woman - any improvement is just a bonus!!

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PATTYKLAVER 11/28/2014 11:29AM

    I'm glad that you got out and pampered yourself. Double bonus that it's inspiring you.

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DAISYPETAL 11/28/2014 11:25AM

    I love this SEXY Idea. You will kick it in the butt. Yes, I got your message on the friendship request. So glad you did not open. I hate when people do this. They just want to advertise their products. Hope all continues to go well for you and this is what is spurring you on. Can't wait to see you tie the belt and look HOT. :)

It has been a very trying summer with many weeks of illness for my sweet hubby. He has returned to the nursing home for rehab and then maybe home. Has not been home since July so it has been a long unusual year. Hugs and thanks for keeping everyone going. Jude

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MARYHENNIG 11/28/2014 11:22AM

  Just love the small things that can motivate you!!!

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    YAY! Your Awesome!

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    Awesome goal! You can do it!

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MNNICE 11/28/2014 10:40AM

    Woo Hoo! You go, girl!

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SUEARNOLD1 11/28/2014 10:31AM

    You've come such a long way so far - You can do this too!

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  I know you can do it. The motivation is there. Have fun getting to your goal. You have a lot of cheerleaders cheering you on. emoticon

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    Great idea

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GIRLINMOTION 11/28/2014 10:16AM

    Did you get the matching sleepware too?

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FUNLOVEN 11/28/2014 10:07AM

    You are doing so well! I think that is a great picture of you and it doesn't look like you are pulling the robe very close to you. Looks like there is plenty of room in there for you! So I am sure you will have success by January is not sooner.

BTW, I agree with you about V.S.

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Don't Tell Me What I Can't Do!

Tuesday, November 25, 2014

My mother said to me that I shouldn't wear red because I would look like a fire truck... that I shouldn't have a wedding ceremony because I would look like the Pillsbury Doughboy going down the aisle, that nobody would ever want to listen to my advice about losing weight. The doctors thought I would need weight loss surgery and other surgeries or I wouldn't walk again. My husband had no belief that I could make this journey on my own after all my failings... neither did I to tell you the truth.

So, bottom line is, even you can't tell yourself what you can't do unless you try every option available. If you've tried every diet out there, STOP DIETING. Seriously. Work on adding things like fruits, vegetables and water into your plan first. Less room for junk and a good place to start. Add more movement. Can't use your legs, use your arms and get an arm bike. Cost restraints, walk or get bands. ADD healthy choices to your life and never take away and see what a difference it makes. The unhealthy stuff stuff just falls away.

  
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2BEEFIT 11/28/2014 6:25PM

    The unhealthy stuff just falls away! I love that.


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BAMAJAM2 11/28/2014 3:37PM

  You have turned negativity into something very positive---HOORAY FOR YOU!
I am so sorry that your mother said those words to you, Beth-- I know how that feels.
Keep on wearing the vibrant red-- because you are Vibrant and wonderful-----
HUGS!

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STORMIE62 11/28/2014 3:36PM

    You are an inspiration to me, may I have the courage to remember that to live you have to start living and the spirit of heart like you when I start feeling sorry for myself... Thank you

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JUNEAU2010 11/28/2014 1:03PM

    I LOVE the fact that your blog is prefaced with a picture of you in red. I'd love to see the whole dress! Totally fantastic blog, as usual!

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AMARILYNH 11/28/2014 12:04PM

    I'm so glad you didn't listen to ANYONE (including your own doubts.) Because you inspire others EVERY DAY here on SparkPeople - I think you are amazing!

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ARAZA30 11/28/2014 9:24AM

    Well said! Goodluck on your health & fitness journey!

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GRACED777 11/28/2014 8:27AM

    Very good advice. In the end, no one knows how much I can do, except my God who made me-and He isn't telling - He lets it unfold as I apply myself to life.

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LIYAHBELLA1 11/28/2014 8:13AM

  Wow that's tuff to deal with all the negativity and yet you still have a positive outlook that's awesome !

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JIMA64 11/28/2014 8:08AM

    I have never understood why people can't be supportive

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KYLIECAT1 11/27/2014 10:27PM

    Very nice blog !

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BECKYNBRIBRI 11/27/2014 8:33PM

    Your story is so inspiring! And you look great in red!

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WENDYANNE61 11/27/2014 8:03PM

    Thank goodness we are all learning how to love ourselves on this site! Letīs all sizzle in red!

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MNNICE 11/27/2014 7:31PM

    You are beautiful in red!! Keep doing what can't be done!

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    All those cants and you did it anyways. emoticon

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  Beth, you are my hero! Keep on inspiring! emoticon

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ARYTON 11/27/2014 3:01PM

    Don't let anyone stop your success! You can do it.

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CALGIRL80 11/27/2014 1:48PM

  Awesome message. About 3 years ago I was in an accident and 3 different doctors told me I had traumatic neuropathy and needed to adjust to a life in a wheelchair or at minimum using a walker or cane. I am planning to go to Disneyland in about two weeks and walking most of the time. I have walked 3 miles with DH without realizing it. All things are possible if we silence the negative nellies.

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AMAZINGAMY14 11/27/2014 1:10PM

    You look great in red! Keep pushing! You're doing awesome!

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MARGOH12 11/27/2014 1:10PM

    You look great. So glad you are ignoring all the unhbgelpful negative advice. You are a wonderful inspiration.

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JIMA64 11/27/2014 1:08PM

    Well said.

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DAKARISAH430 11/27/2014 12:20PM

  Awesome inspiration! Thanks for sharing!

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MOMMY445 11/27/2014 12:12PM

    so well said!

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THREEWHALES 11/27/2014 11:28AM

    I have just recently came to this same conclusion. Thank you for the inspiration!
Have a blessed Holiday season:)

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YANKEEBELLA 11/27/2014 10:54AM

    Thank you for this encouraging and information post. I am so stubborn that when someone says I can't do something, I get all the more determined to prove them wrong.

Have a blessed Thanksgiving.

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ZOEY1176 11/27/2014 10:30AM

  Thank you for those encouraging words

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JEANKNEE 11/27/2014 10:27AM

    Words of wisdom spoken here! So true!!!

That's what I did...ADDED movement and ADDED water, fruits, and vegetables. From there the journey evolved and seemed to take on a life of its own.

You rock that vibrant red, woman!

Wishing you a happy thanksgiving...

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HOLLYS_NEW_LIFE 11/27/2014 10:09AM

    You're an AMAZING woman! Don't let anyone tell you different.

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HOLLYM48 11/27/2014 9:50AM

    Red is an awesome color on you! We must believe in ourselves because only we have the ability to make the changes that will change our lives! Great job!

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HAWAII1107 11/27/2014 9:44AM

    You look gorgeous in red!!! Definitely your color. What an inspiration you are to me. Happy Thanksgiving!

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DWEXCEL 11/27/2014 7:43AM

    Wow.....You Rawk Girl!!!!!!

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DANERUBY 11/27/2014 1:45AM

    Those we love can be our best resources or our greatest obstacles. Congratulations on trying your best even though you had doubts about yourself. You continued to try and like the little engine that could, you thought you could and you did.

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PROVERBS31JULIA 11/27/2014 1:19AM

    Phssssh!! You are Rockin' in Red! (and my mom looks good in red. I'll have to tell you a hilarious story about my mom wearing red to my sister's wedding...Grandma's comment was priceless...)...

And I wore a big pouffy ivory gown for my wedding day - I'm sure some thought I looked more like the Michelin Man going drag in a Disney Princess gown, but oh well, too bad for them!

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So just keep Rockin' the Red while you punch the bad thoughts and memories out of the air... and have a wonderful Thanksgiving day, too!!

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ANDYLIN90 11/27/2014 1:19AM

    And you look fabulous in RED!

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I want a Cookie... Bargaining or Not- The Food Demon

Thursday, November 13, 2014

The Holidays have foods galore sparking around like ornaments on trees glowing to get our attention. What's worse is these are EMOTIONAL FOODS! They bring back memories of childhood or better times, nostalgia.

So we see, we want. Ask yourself a few questions about EMOTIONAL FOODS:

1) Ask yourself WHAT you are wanting to FEEL. Warm, safe and comforted is usually my answer. During the holidays, nostalgic comes to mind. So how can I come by those same feelings without food? Warm luxury soft blankets, funny favorite movies, scented candles, old photos...

2) IF doing something makes you sad or really uncomfortable, don't do it. Looking through old photos brings back good memories to me, but then I get sad missing people and want to kill the pain with food. It used to be that when I was younger, people would bring up how I needed to lose weight at family dinners. Now, I would shut them down by saying "If you really cared, you would bring this up in private and not at a family dinner." If that didn't work, I would start a new tradition and avoid the negative nellies all together. There is no reason to put yourself in painful situations that make you want to overeat or binge later. Love yourself and protect yourself like you would your child.

3) I want a cookie... Well, if I have one, and I going to eat the whole box? PROBABLY! So here is the trick! Do not under any circumstances allow the whole box into your house if they are cookies you like or unhealthy cookies. Get a single cookie or two from a bakery. Leave the bakery and enjoy. Same with ice cream- don't buy it at the store unless it's single serve. Get it out, where you can only have a little.

4) Don't bargain with yourself. It just ends up badly. Have a plan in mind. Make plans ahead of time when you find pitfalls. For example, I found that I get into the box of cookies if they are in the house. I can't bargain myself down to two cookies. SO I wound up making a RULE that I have to get cookies at the bakery and no more than two. NO bargaining.

The food demon is very tricky and seducing. He lies and tells you you are in control. Then he loads high fructose corn syrup and additives into the foods to make us crave like insane people. Don't be fooled. The more natural a product is, the less processed... the better your body will respond and not crave.

Beth Donovan


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DMS1946 11/25/2014 12:03PM

  I couldn't have said it better. I especially relate to not getting much encouragement from my spouse initially. He has come around though, after seeing my results.

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JIMA64 11/24/2014 10:51AM

    Funny that I too refer to my food impulses late at night as demons.

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CICELY360 11/23/2014 8:58PM

  Good blog.

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ANNABELLISABEL 11/23/2014 9:47AM

    So true! Well said. :)

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WRITERWANNAB 11/22/2014 7:56PM

    Christmas cookies are beginning to appear but I am not touching them. We must stay in control!

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HAWAII1107 11/21/2014 10:34AM

    Thank you for the great blog. I can relate, only my demon is chips. I do not buy them so cannot have them. But the other night at the Mexican restaurant, they set that basket right in front of me and, although I did hold back, I ate more than I had planned. Also, craving pumpkin bread because of the time of the year. I've looked at dozens of "healthy" recipes that still have extra calories. Trying to hold off and hope a piece of pumpkin pie on Thanksgiving will do it for me.

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SUPERSYLPH 11/20/2014 7:41PM

    Thank you! The biggest problem I have is with sugary foods!

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JOYFULME01 11/20/2014 5:31PM

  You have a great perspective on this subject. Thank you for sharing. I'll keep this in mind as I navigate the holidays.

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BLONDEDOG 11/20/2014 9:00AM

    Well said! I find I really have to avoid my Grandfather at all costs because he will inevitably make some sort of snide comment about how I look like I've gained some weight since last year. Nice. I love you too. Urgh. Why? I've got a plan and I'm ready to rock Thanksgiving. I am always so proud of myself when I can managed to plate a healthy meal out of all the unhealthy food available. It's an accomplishment! lol

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123ELAINE456 11/20/2014 3:20AM

  Great Advice and Tips. Well Said. Thank You. I'm Safe.

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MAYBER 11/18/2014 4:44PM

    What great advice have gone many times to the cupboard and wanted a cookie then said to myself have to write it down if I eat it that has been enough to stop me
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GARDENCHRIS 11/18/2014 7:21AM

    wise advice!

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DANERUBY 11/18/2014 7:02AM

    Thanks for sharing about your portion control practices. Good stuff! I also got something out of avoiding things that I think will bring me joy but ultimately only bring me sadness and discomfort at the end of their cycle. These things include phone calls and visits with my siblings, great expectations and multitasking.

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TENNISJIM 11/18/2014 6:32AM

    Well said

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LACOOK2014 11/17/2014 10:27PM

    Good tips on single servings thanks!

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TECHNICALLYDEB 11/17/2014 2:26AM

    "The food demon is very tricky and seducing. He lies and tells you you are in control." TRUTH! Thank you, great post.

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POCKETFULOFSUN 11/16/2014 6:59PM

    Thanks, these are really great tips!

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    emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon for these great tips!!! I am sure they will work for all of us.
ENJOY the holidays!!!

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BELLACUDDLES 11/16/2014 4:14PM

    Way to go!!! YOU ROCK!!!

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DAWNDMOORE40 11/16/2014 1:26PM

    emoticon blog! You are right about if you allow a whole box of cookies in the house or a whole pint of ice cream then you will be tempted to eat it!! That is why if I do eat ice-cream then it's one time through the drive thru at Dairy Queen and that is it! There are so many temptations out there, but I am trying to eat as healthy as I can! It sounds like you are doing a wonderful job! Keep it up! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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JHOPPER 11/16/2014 9:45AM

    Really good points there! Hope your holiday season is successful and you are able to enjoy sensibly. Sounds like you have it well in hand!

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DAKARISAH430 11/15/2014 6:39PM

  Words of wisdom.

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CALGIRL80 11/15/2014 6:11PM

  We said. I use the single serving rule for ice cream in our house. THankfully I am picky about what ice cream I will eat and make DH get flavors I don't like or we share a pint. (I take my serving and he can have the rest.

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M2HEALTH 11/15/2014 2:05PM

    The battle is won at the grocery store. Another idea: get the box, and immediately put the cookies into single serve baggies. It makes snacking and making brown bag lunches easy for all ages.

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JEANADOLL77 11/15/2014 12:41PM

    You got this.

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JAB2010 11/15/2014 12:12PM

    Thanks for sharing.......great advise!

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CARSU77 11/15/2014 10:52AM

    My husband has this whole house full of candy, chips and cookies. 98% of the time, I am not tempted, when I am, I make sure I can afford the calories on my tracking.

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TRIM180 11/15/2014 10:26AM

    " Love yourself and protect yourself like you would your child" nice !

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WENDYANNE61 11/15/2014 9:45AM

    You are so right, Beth! When people bring gifts of dangerous food to my house, I say "thank you" and then take them into work where about 25 colleagues can enjoy one each at most. Otherwise I will eventually have a weak moment, think I can have just one for the taste, and then end up eating far too many and feel pole-axed! No thank you!

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KLMEIRING 11/15/2014 9:33AM

    Really enjoyed this post and reading all of the wonderful feedback and comments. I am not quite there yet, but I hope to get there.

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JIMA64 11/15/2014 8:47AM

    I have the same problem you do and have to limit thevfoods I allow in the house.

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ARTSYDONNA 11/15/2014 8:33AM

    I would like to bring up in front of everyone what an amazing fighter you are! Thanks for bringing your positive energy to this party!

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PI-DROSHI 11/15/2014 8:22AM

    Love this post and encouragement. I try to reduce my sugar every day. When I have a craving, I now go to 'bites' a little cafe that sells coffee drinks and bite-sized portions of cupcakes, cookies and other desserts in a tiny shooter glass. It works!

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  Thank you for the great advice!

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  probably the holidays are the hardest. Many people bring specialty treats, that are often only around this time of year, and it's a tradition, right...?

Anyhow, it had been raining and getting more chilly. I had hot chocolate from 3 TBS. cocoa and stevia. I put it in the blender to get it to mix. I even made it less sweet, and I can taste the chocolate more. I think stevia is a herb and has no calories. When you put vanilla in it, it tastes rich.

Sometimes I have some dark sugarless Trader Joes Chocolate, just a square or two. But I know some have to even avoid that. But is healthier and quality.

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JSEATTLE 11/14/2014 11:27PM

  We all have our food demons, lurking around every corner. I have come to recognize mine in their various disguises!

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Night Time Eating- My Coping Skills

Tuesday, November 11, 2014

I'm a terrible night time eater. I wake up through the night and hit the kitchen like a ravenous zombie. I don't know how to stop myself because I'm half asleep. Evenings? Well, I graze. How did I lose so much weight and how am I losing weight with these issues? Let me tell you...

I planned my night attack snacks and set them in obvious reach, so when I hit the kitchen, there are low cal foods, like a can of fruit and a piece of cheese right in the front of the fridge waiting for me with a spoon.

I eat every few hours of the day, but lightly, so I stay full. I make sure to get protein, carbohydrates and healthy fats. ALL of them are needed to stay full. Fiber helps a great deal!
I try to stay around 300 calories to 400 calories for a meal and 100-150 for a snack.

I do graze, but I have tried to incorporate fruits, veggies, and lean protein into my grazing. Low cal drinks like tea and water with fruit in it keep me busy drinking instead of eating. Thirst and hunger are controlled by the same part of the brain. Try brothy soups or low cal drinks for snacks.

Avoid high fructose corn syrup- it causes cravings like mad! The stuff makes you want sugar like a crazy person. Choose pure cane sugar over it if you have to have sweet.

Cinnamon helps curb sweet cravings and lower your blood sugar, A GREAT snack at night is a bowl of oatmeal with cinnamon or warm milk with cinnamon and nutmeg- tastes like a fancy drink without the cost.



Hope that helps somebody.

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JERICHO1991 11/28/2014 4:17PM

    Thanks for the suggestion: cinnamon, oatmeal, warm milk at night.

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KMRJPR 11/23/2014 10:38PM

    Ugh--night time is the worst for me. My husband and I have alternate schedules, he's awake at night. Sometimes I find myself (often) eating snacks with him later at night. Recently I've started noting whether I'm actually hungry or not as I'm trying to end this terrible habit.

Thanks for sharing! wonderful blog!

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CHEBBA 11/19/2014 6:08PM

    I suffered TERRIBLY with night eating, cravings, grazing, secret eating - you name it. Then, by chance, I discovered that I had Leptin Resistance, It was compelling and utterly fascinating - it was like reading about me! The more 'legal' snacks I had, with eating even something tiny in between meals, nothing would satisfy me - I wouldn't want less, I would want more and more. And so it was that too many 'legal' snacks resulted in my not losing weight, even putting ON weight - and constantly having my mind concentrating on food and what was behind the fridge door, the pantry, at the garage when paying for petrol (gas, in the US!)etc. So, I decided to try the Leptin regime - and BOY! It was like hitting the jackpot! Within 3 or 4 days, my cravings stopped dead! It was astonishing. Now, I ONLY eat three meals a day, I have 5 hours between meals and at least 3 hours before bedtime. I don't follow Dr Byron Richards regime to the absolute letter, but OMG. has this sorted me out. I can now queue to pay at the garage by groaning racks of sweets (candy) and not even glance at them! The same at the supermarket - and who would EVER have believed it?!

I accept that no two people are the same. There will be people reading this who may not identify with this at all. All I can say is that this has been a true light-switch moment for me. On the rare occasions I wake at night and come downstairs, the most I have is a hot drink - which doesn't fit in with the regime, really, but it most definitely is NOT grazing or snacking. If you are reading this and haven't tried it, the science behind it makes such a lot of sense - it may not be for you, but it really has changed MY life. I recently wobbled a bit and fell into a lack of vigilance, thanks to what was going on in my life at the time. After a couple or three weeks I could feel myself reverting and I hated it. I knew what was happening, but it was starting to take hold again and I could feel myself losing the power to stop it. I woke up one day, determined to not spoil the 40lbs I've lost so far. I didn't want to go THERE again! I've managed to get back onto my leptin regime and WOOHOO, the cravings have gone again. Life is good!

Tonight, I bumped into someone I haven't seen for exactly a year, to the day. She didn't recognise me at first, was astonished at the transformation. For me, I put it down to the leptin regime, plus a year of gym work, logging in for the full 342 days since returning to SP and tracking faithfully. Fab! I am now embarking on losing the last 28lbs - and I KNOW I'm going to do it. Timescale is unimportant, I'm eating for my health and longevity - and I now know how to do it in a way which works for me.

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TRIANGLE-WOMAN 11/19/2014 1:18PM

    thanks! I've been struggling with evening eating. Will try some of these, esp. the cinnamon and oatmeal. XOO

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ESSENCE24 11/19/2014 9:44AM

    thanks for sharing

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MISSYGEEN 11/19/2014 12:35AM

    Good info.

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I am a night-binger myself. I have been in therapy again recently and am learning that I have to make some attempts to retrain my brain. I turned to food because it was easy and filled the hole. I am learning better ways today. I am committed now to feeding my body better with organic items and no high fructose corn syrup crap. I do not eat gluten as I suffer from celiac issues. I am learning to supplement my body, spirit, and mind with vitamins and minerals and proper nutrition, I meditate, I drink a lovely spot of tea, I take bubblebaths...slowly I am learning to feel my feelings however scary they appear to be and care for myself. The only way out is through...and after we face our fears it turns out they are not as frightening as once thought. Love and blessings to all.

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TECHNICALLYDEB 11/18/2014 3:44PM

    Seriously, this is very helpful. Thank you!

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RICKSJ 11/17/2014 10:51AM

  emoticon Thank you. This is well worth a try. I know it's boredom I'm fighting and I ask myself why before putting it in my mouth but I do it anyway.

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APRILRUSSELL3 11/16/2014 9:58PM

    I have to take a medicine nightly that causes me to sleep walk and look for anything sweet to eat. I have found Pop Majic Rice puff cake things that are super low calorie and satisfy the need to munch and I keep them where I will find them. It really helps me so I can continue to lose weight. If I really need something more I will occasionally grab a banana. But that is rare now. I didn't know anyone else had to face this! I am so glad you blogged about it. Thank you!

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SCOTMAMA 11/15/2014 3:13PM

    emoticon emoticon I'll give your idea a try!

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TRELLAPASCUAL 11/15/2014 2:37PM

    this is a great help for me I want to eat at night after 8 pm

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SHARONCAPPS 11/15/2014 8:30AM

  Thank you for sharing.

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BLUEJAY1969 11/15/2014 4:25AM

    Thank you! This came just in time for me! I am taking a medication right now at night that has me up with the munchies! I am slowly adjusting my calories to accommodate this little quirk but having something planned is a terrific idea! I have been reaching for lo cal snacks like fruit and popcorn but once in a while I slip and have something like graham crackers which are not nearly as filling as fruit!
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CHRISTINEBWD 11/14/2014 8:20PM

    Great tips, thanks a lot for sharing. emoticon

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GRLTAZ 11/14/2014 2:56PM

    Glad you have what works for you in place and thank you for sharing it.

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CAROLJ35 11/14/2014 11:56AM

    Thank goodness I've never had hunger through the night, but have a sister with a serious problem of eating about 3 AM. Sometimes she'll grab a banana, but too often it is a candy bar.
I rarely feel hungry, but often have a desire for sweets and that is why I joined the 100 Days Team and am now on my second round of 100 days with NO Sweets. It's great to have a buddy!

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FERNCREST 11/14/2014 8:00AM

  Thanks for the tips

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JENNIFER1616 11/13/2014 10:00PM

    I totally believe that sometimes when I'm craving it's because I'm thirsty, and yet it feels like I'm starving. Thanks for the reminder, today is the least I've drank (7cups) and I've been craving all night.

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BONNIE626 11/13/2014 9:53PM

    Thank you for the tip. I will definately put it to use.

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MRSRIGS1 11/13/2014 8:32PM

    You shared some very good ideas! Thank you!

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HIMELISSA2007 11/13/2014 7:26PM

    I do get nighttime cravings on occassion. I am not as mindful when I am tired. Hence, not as aware of what I need to be eating. Planning meals and snacks ahead of time helps. I have found that not only the corn syrup makes me hungry but any foods with white flour or white rice!!!

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NAN2000 11/13/2014 7:13PM

  Thanks!

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    nice

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PCASEY7 11/13/2014 6:35PM

    Some great ideas, thanks!

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FRABBIT 11/13/2014 6:04PM

  Thanks for the good tips!

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POETANDMORE 11/13/2014 5:57PM

    GREAT TIP! SINCE I AM ONE TOO, THIS HELPS!

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GOLDENRODFARM 11/13/2014 4:24PM

    I am not a night grazer at all, mostly because I am on the go until bed time, but I do wake up sometimes hungry. I have been doing the same as you, snacks are portion sized and easy to grab in the fridge, sometimes it is a light soup or a tasty veggie, or some nuts all in 1 oz snack bags. I also put blue corn chips in 1 oz packages and use a Jardine's salsa and it is low in calories. Sometimes popcorn is my snack of choice, air popped with only 2 tsp of butter, I think planning is the key to most of this, so when you need something to eat you get to choose a healthy snack.
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LEANIE64 11/13/2014 3:57PM

    Some really great ideas ...thanks so much. I am going to have oatmeal at night before bed..with cinnamon..per your suggestion.

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MM11113 11/13/2014 3:34PM

    Yes, it does help, my blog yesterday was about wanting something to eat, and being frustrated about it! Thanks.

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SUMMERDAYS2014 11/13/2014 1:46PM

  These are great suggestions!

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THEBLONDEGENIUS 11/13/2014 1:37PM

    Great suggestions! Having healthy choices easy to grab is crucial for me, too.

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-LISS- 11/13/2014 1:01PM

    Fantastic tips!! Much more practical than a lot of articles I read.

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MUNOZ2806 11/13/2014 12:19PM

    This is an awesome article. I know exactly what you are talking about. I know if I could get a handle on the "midnight madness" I would surely drop a few pounds and feel better. I've had two nights in a row that I haven't gotten up to eat and that is a huge success for me emoticon
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VIOLETCREATION 11/13/2014 12:16PM

    Im a salt/carb junkie, not really a big sweet tooth and I have no idea how to help my cravings!

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PLAINJANEDOE 11/13/2014 11:31AM

    nice suggestions! ;)

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CHARMIN944 11/13/2014 10:35AM

    You are right on time for me! I was just beating myself up for ruining my hard efforts by gorging on Fritos and cookies. I have a plan of attack now. Thanks for sharing.

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Miss My Mom and Some Diet Thoughts

Monday, November 10, 2014

Today I was looking through my antiques missing my parents. I lost my dad when I was 8 at Christmas and my mom when I was 30 just after Christmas. The holidays get lonely for me, as I'm an only child and my husband's parents and his brother are also passed. It's just the two of us, just like it was Mom and I when I was growing up.

Mom and my song was "You and me against the world" by Helen Reddy. It's an old 70's song that few of you probably know. Anyway, it feels like that torch was passed to my husband.

I do miss my mother a great deal. She was a bright and creative woman who taught high school and she was my best friend. We fought like cats and dogs, however. over food and dieting. We never seemed to agree on things, as she was trying to save me from her fate of being overweight, as she was.

The 70's, however, were a time of starving to lose weight. She never knew how to balance food or live with it. It was all will power and denial/ all or nothing mentality. 800-1000 calories or eat everything in sight. That I learned early on with a diabetic exchange menu... She really tried, I mean, that's what she knew.

I'm so glad I live in a time now where I have online friends to cheer me on and support me no matter what time of day or night. I'm glad I found SparkPeople to re-educate me in a positive way.

I do miss dieting with her though... and shopping for antiques... and hearing about her love of hot fudge sundaes. To my mom, may she always rest in peace with love and fond memories!

Beth

  
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LEANIE64 11/26/2014 2:44PM

    Holidays always are hard..especially when our loved ones are not able, (for what ever reason), to be with us.
I hope you find peace and joy this Thanksgiving..Sounds like you and your hubby are a strong union..What a blessing.
Just a side note..I haven't seen a picture of yourself in ages..You have lost so much and are so beautiful..You have done wonders..You are truly an inspiration to me.

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JEANADOLL77 11/24/2014 12:37PM

    I lost my dad about two years ago... Hardest thing ever. Still hard and will probably be hard for a long time to come. Especially around the holidays. Even harder when my 5 year old son asks where he is. :(

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I lost my mom when I was 30, and my dad at 33. I was busy with young children at the time, so I am not sure I really grieved "properly." Not that there is a "right" way to grieve. I go through times when I miss her, and dad too, but most of my memories are fond.

Thank you for sharing. Glad you had such a great relationship with your mom, and may your memories of her support and uplift you.
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AQUAGIRL08 11/11/2014 7:34PM

    My mother and I used to have that as our song too, only I didn't have as good a relationship with my mother as you had. My mother died 29 years ago and my father died at Thanksgiving 6 years ago. I have a wonderful daughter with whom I have a great relationship and a sweet hubby. I am blessed.

A friend of mine once told me that those who love you, never completely leave you when they pass away. I have always found that comforting, and I hope those thoughts will also bring you comfort. Hugs!

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MOINSDEMOI 11/11/2014 6:16PM

    Both my parents were killed in April when a 25 year old ran across the line and hit them head-on. Dad died instantly and my mom died 11 days later. She was in a coma from impact until she died. I am grateful she didn't feel the obvious pain she was in - fractured skull, lost a kidney and a collapsed lung, all because the guy was not paying attention.

This has been the year of firsts for me - first Easter without them, first Mother's Day and Father's Day, etc. Now we are entering the holidays that mean the most to me - Thanksgiving and Christmas - and I will never see their faces again or hear their voices on the phone. I miss them both. I feel your pain. emoticon

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RUNNINGME 11/11/2014 4:52PM

    I remember that song. Thanks for sharing your memories of your mother.

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DSHONEYC 11/11/2014 11:57AM

    emoticon Missing my Mom, too. Like yours, she hung around through Christmas and died just 4 days later after I had returned to my home. Christmas will always be a reminder of the pain of that season of my life in 1995 when my Mom was so sick.

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KELLIEBEAN 11/11/2014 9:35AM

    What a beautiful women. You look just like her. I do know that Helen Reddy song. It has special meaning to me.

I lost my mom this past February. We had a challenging relationship but I miss her every day. She didn't teach us to be fit, quite the opposite, but she was proud of me the last couple years and that meant the world to me.

You have been inspiring me along the way! I hope you have a big smile on your face remembering your mom!

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NANCY- 11/11/2014 7:37AM

    Pre internet days our moms did the best they could, with what info they had. You are doing a fine job honoring your mom by educating yourself and moving forward. She would be proud.

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JANIEWWJD 11/10/2014 11:58PM

    God bless you and know that your mom and dad are always there guiding you in all that you do. I will bet that your mom is really proud of you for your weight loss. Stay positive and continue on your road to a healthy life.
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123ELAINE456 11/10/2014 10:21PM

  Thank You for sharing your Sweet Memories with us. She was a Beautiful Lady. Hugs!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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UNICORN212 11/10/2014 10:05PM

    I remember that song! I lost both parents by the time I was 40, so I can relate. Enjoy those memories!

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CTURCOTTE 11/10/2014 9:47PM

    Very pretty woman. May you find strength in your memories. ( hugs)

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JAMER123 11/10/2014 9:36PM

    How nice of you to share your mom's picture and your memories of her with us. My mom is still living and here in the same resort we winter in. She has had a weight problem for many yrs. and doesn't like to drink anything. I have tried to share with her but haven't had success with her believing. She is also not willing to walk much nor work her arms and hands so her strength is pretty well gone. My MIL is living in a nursing home and is now bed bound, also giving up with all walking. They are both elderly, one having a clear mind and the other not. Keep those wonderful memories.
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WALNUTT1961 11/10/2014 8:46PM

    Thanks for sharing the lovely picture. Thinking of you. Always keep your good memories of your loved ones.
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  emoticon Beth I know your Mother would be so very proud of you!Don't
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EEJAA70 11/10/2014 7:30PM

  Thanks for sharing your sweet memories.

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ELSEEBEE 11/10/2014 7:05PM

    I would have loved to have met your mother, Beth. I know she was a lovely person with a beautiful soul because she left the world a miracle- you! Those of us who have lost our loved ones need to reach out and make new "families". You have certainly made a family of all of us at Spark who have been so inspired by your story. Remember, you and your hubby always have a place to stay with us if you ever come to the mountains of NC!
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MARYJEANSL 11/10/2014 6:51PM

  I remember the song very well. I remember it very fondly, as I could relate to it back then, though not in relation to my mother. My mother is still living, although we lose her a bit more every day to Alzheimer's. I do have other family, though. I am glad you and your husband have each other...and a large circle of spark friends!

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ALIHIKES 11/10/2014 6:51PM

    Your blog brought tears to my eyes. I guess I was missing my mom too! (she used Metrecal to try and lose weight!)

We are lucky to have happy memories of a loving parent.
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-BERN- 11/10/2014 6:21PM

    I remember that song! You are not alone with all these youngsters. Hugs Beth!

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SLIMLEAF 11/10/2014 6:14PM

    That's a beautiful photo.

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DAWNWATERWOMAN 11/10/2014 6:09PM

    Thanks for sharing your journey & memories with us.

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GIVEUP30 11/10/2014 6:03PM

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ICECUB 11/10/2014 5:54PM

    BETH I CAN RELATE. I LOSS MY MOM 4 YEARS AGO AND I MISS HER VERY MUCH. I COULD TALK TO HER. SHE WAS MY PRAYER PARTNER. BUT SHE TO WAS ALWAYS AFTER ME TO LOSE WEIGHT. MY FATHER WAS DIABETIC. I KNOW SHE WAS WORRIED AND THINKING OF ME. IT WAS STILL AGGRAVATING AT THE TIME. emoticon I HAVE VERY GOOD MEMORIES GROWING UP.

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TREYONE 11/10/2014 5:51PM

  emoticon I know the holidays can be tough when you are missing loved ones. I still have my parents but went through a holiday time "estrangement" because they always chose to spend the holidays with my sister and her family. My sister and I have never been close and I was never emoticon invited or included at the holidays. Fortunately, I have a group of supportive friends and a wonderful man in my life who helped me realize that I had a share of the blame in the whole situation. Last year I ventured to visit them for Thanksgiving and did not get upset (not too much anyways!) when they chose to spend Christmas with my sister (Christmas Day is my Dad's birthday). I have come to realize that whatever time I have is special and not to be wasted on trivial things. I so envy the relationship you had with your mother - cherish those memories!!! And it sounds like you have a great guy too!!!!! I will be thinking about you during the holidays!!!

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THOMS1 11/10/2014 5:46PM

    Good memories Beth.

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