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Looking ahead to my new year

Friday, January 17, 2014

My New Year is fast approaching. I was thinking of making 2014: My Year of Sanity. Mind you, I’m not clinically insane, it’s just that I sometimes I step back and find I can’t make sense out of what I’m doing.

I consider myself at goal for my weight. I’m officially a Lightweight now (130-135 pounds) and it’s working for me. My weight, BMI, fitness level, blood pressure, blood sugar, cholesterol, triglycerides, hemoglobin and bra size are all within normal range.

Normal range is good, but none of that is going to stay normal unless I keep up the habits I designed to get me here. I like to mix things up a little to keep it interesting, but I’ve got to keep weighing, tracking, and measuring so I don’t go astray.

I read “The Anti-Cancer Diet” and one line really stuck in my mind, “Americans are addicted to cheap food.” That’s been true of me. I’ve been working to get myself out of that homeless, destitute, broke mindset. I’ve finally realized that my relationship with money has been insane. Money issues have spilled into all aspects of my life and especially what I eat. I’ve let $ decide whether, where and what I eat. These haven’t always been sensible decisions. I’ll drink soda when I think a place is charging “too much” for water. I’ll eat what “comes with” my entrée instead of spending $1 for a healthy substitution. I’ll eat every crumb in the bottom of a potato chip bag so nothing goes to waste. I need to pay more attention to VALUE instead of cost.
Maybe that’s it. 2014 is My Year of Value. Finding value in what I do and placing a high value upon myself. I’m going to have to think about that….
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    I'd love to hear how your 'year of value' is turning out...!
    1966 days ago
    What a great way to look at it. We sometimes learn to live a certain way because our circumstances dictate it and then when it changes we don't always realize we should change with it. I grew up very poor and it affects so many of the things I still do. When I get something to enhance my hair...my skin...etc. and I get to nearly being out I stop using it! Because in my mind I feel like once it is gone I have NO idea when I'll be able to afford it again. So it goes to waste, because it dries up in the bottle, leaving me without the benefits of even that small amount left.
    I need to work on this. I am getting better, but I realized the other night in the shower I was doing it again with the Ovation Cell Therapy. Terri, use it up!
    Thanks for thought provoking inspiraton!
    2187 days ago
  • _CYNDY55_
    Nicely Done "*Aurlie*" !!

    You have Great Thoughts for this Year!! No Doubt, that your 2014 will Go your way!!
    Loved Reading how You are placing A High Value on Your emoticon Self!!

    I will Keep on paying the High cost of Fruits and Veggies. A Small price in comparison to Keep myself Healthy.

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    2188 days ago
    What a great blog! You have given me some food for thought.
    2188 days ago
    And YOU are Valuable, girlfriend! I have some similar issues. Yesterday I made 3 small pans of cookie bar types today I ate too many and am not proud of myself at all! I want so much to start losing again and yet I do this to myself! Yes, this is perhaps one of the bigger dragons in my life!!! I want to know why it feels better to have a FULL stomach and why isn't just enough enough for me?! Today I thought a LOT about that and I think I know what it is, I just do not know how to tame it. AND I am not giving up!
    2189 days ago
  • KITT52
    2189 days ago
    AJ - one quick question - what is the Anti-Cancer Diet? Is it a book? I did a search on Amazon and came up with about five books with a similar name -- which one/what were you reading? Thanks :)
    2190 days ago
    Interesting how blogging or journaling can help us come to conclusions about ourselves? Congrats on your weight loss and for maintaining! That isn't always easy when one is under stress, but you are doing beautifully! I tend to look at cost to. Hubby and I are opposites, he likes to spend, I like to save. Over the years we've come closer together on that, he has tightened up a bit and I've loosened up some! Point being, I will make the healthier choice now, even if it cost a $1 more! I'm worth it . . . and so are you!!! emoticon
    2190 days ago
    Great post! Thank you for sharing emoticon 2014 is my year of Happiness! Actually feeling happy - getting enough sleep, spending time with friends and family, learning something new, and yes - enjoying my exercising. As for me and food - on the one had I don't pay too much attention to prices - on the other hand, I do. I don't like fast food so if I know I will be out during the lunch hour, I usually pack my lunch, or I will pack my 3pm snack with me (Gala apple and some mixed nuts). I also don't like spending extra money for individual portion sizes that my daughter likes - so I will buy her one set of individual portion sizes (Little oj bottles) - when she finishes them we clean them out and then refill them from one larger bottle of the same brand. My daughter gets her individual serving size that she likes and I don't spend all of that money and create all of that extra waste.
    2191 days ago
    Great, Great, Great Blog. I love the focus on being valuable and sane. I also am trying to be a "food snob". I only pick things I love, and try to make healthier choices even if the cost is higher. Pay now or pay later in health problems and doctors.

    You are so worth any effort you can afford, to make yourself the special Queen that you are. I adore your spirit and your thoughts so much! Thank you!!!
    2191 days ago
    I like that - think of the value rather than the cost. I have issues too, with spending money. I will have to change my thinking as well...thanks for the reminder.
    2191 days ago
    First of all, congrats on all you are doing to stay between 130-135. It's no small feat, so your exercise and diet must be pretty spot on.

    That being said, I understand what you mean, and I too am guilty of EVERYTHING you mentioned. Here's a couple more: I won't buy fruit unless it's $1 a pound or less. I buy all my meat when it's close to the expiration date so it's 30% off. I buy frozen berries and vegetables rather than fresh because they are cheaper.

    I love the idea of focusing on VALUE, but value to our health rather than just our pocketbook.

    Thanks for a great, thought-provoking blog.
    2191 days ago
    There is definitely something to be said about being careful with your $...and I never thought of VALUE, that is a much better way to think about it, so thank you for that awesome idea. To take it a bit further, value yourself too. You might have to pay for water (and from what I am hearing, water is actually kind of scarce in California), but it is still cheaper than Coke and has much more value to you and your body!

    I think that if I was going to name my year, I would call it STRENGTH. I want to be strong. That has kind of been my mantra the past few weeks. I can't give up my cardio but I am now a wimpy skinny chick (instead of a fat wimpy chick) and I need to push harder on the strength training!
    2191 days ago
    Congratulations on achieving & maintaining your goal, and continuing to be a source of inspiration to everyone!!! You really are doing fabulous!

    You make a great point about "saving money" when it comes to food. I too have spent years trying to get my "money's worth" and going for the "bargain." Now though, only after learning a lot about what I'm eating from Spark, I think more in terms of what things are going to cost me "nutritionally." Like for instance, at Christmas, a friend of mine was giving out chocolates filled with liqueurs. I had made the decision that I would still enjoy some of the old favorite holiday treats, but by conscious choice and within reason. Anyway, I was surprised to hear myself say, "No thank you" when I saw that the chocolates filled with liqueurs that I like were already gone! For a chocolate filled with Bailey's Irish Creme or Kahlua - I was willing to "spend the calories." For anything else - "NOPE! lol It was at that moment that I realized that I really had learned something and was very comfortable making a conscious decision. I didn't feel deprived or embarrassed or anything. I knew it was a "Spark moment" for me for sure!

    That being said I still catch myself occasionally saying, "I'm not paying that much for produce!" But then the voice of reason comes in and reminds me of all the money I have blown on fast food etc. As you say, I want to live differently now and that means treating myself differently.

    So off with the old ideas and on with the new. Happy "New Year," Aurlie! I'm right beside you! This is my year to treat myself as well as I treat the people around me. Eventually, I'm bound to fall in love with me! lol emoticon emoticon
    2191 days ago
    I know of several people who pick a word for each new year. I've never done that myself, but I am seeing more and more how terrific an idea it is. I can be a stickler for spending money (I don't buy lottery tickets because I feel the outflow of money never comes close to the inflow.) However, give me a good "bargain", and I can find myself buying something I don't even need, and at times, end up not even using. Go figure that one out!

    My spending (especially when I was drinking) got me in financial difficulty. I think that I will choose 'Responsible' as my word. It has even more meanings that I can apply it to, besides my spending. Self-care in all that I do!

    2191 days ago
    great idea ... I find myself struggling in the same way. thanks for posting.
    2191 days ago
    First, .•*´¨ ) ¸.•*¨) -:¦:-
    (¸.•´(¸ ;.•Congratulations!.•*¨)♥ on attaining and maintaining goal weight and still being such a active part of Spark. 135 lbs. I totally want to be you when I grow up...or shrink down as the case may be.


    I like your focusing on conquering on new horizons that are also related to health. You deserve to take exquisite care of yourself. I'm not sure how much fast food works into that equation, but it's nice to know you can balance eating it without over eating it at least!

    You deserve to take "exquisite care" of yourself! I love that word!!

    Cheers to Exquisite value and care in 2014

    2191 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/17/2014 6:27:47 PM
    I go to the food pantry, and due to the types of foods I'd get there, I would often end up on a binge. Now I am trying to take only half as much, but ask to have a choice in the types of foods I take. I know it upsets them for me to not just take 2 available boxes, and have me choose my own to fill one box, but I just cannot succeed if I am eating all those sweets and carbs.

    This month though - even though she was begrudging about me having a choice - she then went and offered me quite a bit from the meats selection. I am guessing that is because I took so little from the other supplies (not even a box full this month - before the bag of meats).

    I wait until frozen vegetables are on sale for at least half off normal price - and then buy maybe 60 or more bags. Cause that level of sale doesn't happen very often, so I gotta stock up or be without. Cause I just cannot afford to buy them at full price. Even at half price it gets pretty expensive for me at the amount of vege's I eat.
    2191 days ago
  • -WISPY-
    Hey Sweetie. I too have that thrifty gene. I hate to waste anything at all and can identify with what you say. Due to being born during the second world war in my case - although maybe I would have been like that anyway.

    I do however prefer it for myself to the current trend to use and dispose of everything. Actually now that I think about it, I am kind of proud of it. lol.
    I have always enjoyed being able to make meals out of next to nothing and do all sorts of thirfty things to save money. This is how we managed to put my DH through Bible College for 2 or 3 years back in the eighties.

    These days living alone though with the kids all grown the purse strings have been loosened somewhat and I am spending and enjoying much more than ever before in my life.

    Thank you for allowing me to share my journey with you as well.

    Hugs Wispy

    Ooops PS Just read the heading and if i was to choose my year, I am think A year of Balance would suit me best - my tendency is to go overboard on anything that interests me to the detrement of doing what is necessary and healthy.
    2191 days ago

    Comment edited on: 1/17/2014 6:04:37 PM
  • SCOOTER4263
    I'm still trying to figure out my word of the Year. I like the idea of Sanity, but it may be a bit too steep for me...
    2191 days ago
    Make Today the Greatest Day of Your Life
    Until Tomorrow!

    2191 days ago
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