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Trying to kick the sugar addiction one day at a time

Update 11/12/14 - Have fallen into the sugar trap again. Was doing well for a few years. Not sure how I got back here but would desparately like to get back out of this situation. Hoping sparkfamily will be a big help. Seems like a few years is my limit. Trying to make it stick longer. Here we go!

Update 1/28/13 - did my first half-marathon in September but still haven't achieved my goal weight. Gained 12 pounds between 10/20/12 and now. Yikes. Sugar addiction strikes again. Am ...
Update 11/12/14 - Have fallen into the sugar trap again. Was doing well for a few years. Not sure how I got back here but would desparately like to get back out of this situation. Hoping sparkfamily will be a big help. Seems like a few years is my limit. Trying to make it stick longer. Here we go!

Update 1/28/13 - did my first half-marathon in September but still haven't achieved my goal weight. Gained 12 pounds between 10/20/12 and now. Yikes. Sugar addiction strikes again. Am finally getting it back under control. Am playing tennis at least 3x a week ususally between 6 and 12 hours a week. Love it. Am still running but not as many miles. am getting back to it slowly. Still average at least 9 (usually 11-14) miles a week. Have been terrible about tracking my food. Really must get back to doing that. New Year's goal (late) is to track at least 3 days per week. This is the year I reach my goal weight!

Update 6/14/12 - Started half-marathon training on May 27th. Signed up for the half on September 16th! I'm sure I'm crazy but lovin' it.
Update 4/4/12 - Still working on weight goal. Am playing tennis 3 days a week and running 3 days. I do the elliptical on my day off. I do strength training on running days, upper on Tuesday, lower on Thursday, abs on both andfull body on Sunday. I used to do more strength but think this is working well for now. I try to build speed by running a few fast minutes on Tuesdays, my long run is on the weekend. I do the Jeff Galloway run/walk method and it's been good to me. It's been a bit over a year and I haven't gotten burned out or injured. I love running and I love tennis more. I would play more but I think it's good to use other muscles on alternate days.
I am planning to run a race every month until Nov. or Dec. I may try a half-marathon in the fall. ( I've signed up for it on June 1st!) I really love having such wonderful sparkfriends. You keep me motivated. What a great site!

From 2010:
Hi, I'm from Illinois and working on getting fit. I just recently got back to playing tennis and have been exercising a lot. I'm trying to track my food as much as possible. I put this weight on in the last 2 years(mostly) and would like to get rid of it now that I can move around better and am no longer on drugs for my lupus. (especially prednisone - it's wicked) I want to lose weight before I get "bad" again. (Hopefully, I'll keep getting better!!) My first timed 5K in 8 years in the spring. I will start to get in "running shape". (walk/jog more like)
Update: I have done a 5k every month since March and a 4 miler in July. Working for a 10k in September and getting my race times a bit faster. Maybe a sprint tri next summer or fall! Did a 10k in September and a 5k in October. Love to run and play tennis.
5k - 3/26/11 - 41:38
5k - 4/9/11 - 39:36 PR
5k - 5/15/11 - 38:57 PR
5k - 6/4/11 - 42:06 (super hot)
4m - 7/4/11 - 51:25 PR
5k - 8/6/11 - 38:33 PR
10k - 9/17/11 - 1:13:59 PR
5k - 10/15/11 - 36:44.0 PR
5k - ll/6/11 - 39:05
4m - 11/24/11 49:31 PR
5k 4/29/12 34:54 PR
3.5+ 5/12/12 40:12 PR?
5k 6/2/12 34:58

New rewards: 168 - 1 tennis lesson
165 - 1 skirt from road runner sports
160 - 1 lesson (Bill) even if I have to go to Norris!
157 - 1 drill
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Member Since: 7/14/2010

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My Goals:
Exercise consistently.(am doing this) Run some 5K and 10ks in the spring 2015 goals do a 5k under 37 min. Run a 10k. Play tennis regularly(am playing at least three, usually 4x a week).Take more hikes and bike rides(have done a few and spinning class). Thank God and Enjoy having so much less pain(do this every day). Track food at least 4 days a week.

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185 - 2/15
182 - 2/28
180 - 3/15
178 - 3/30


My Program:
Eat 7-9 fruits and veggies a day. Track my food on Spark. Do Beck and Use South Beach plan. Exercise at least 5 days a week. Play tennis.
last 10 by June 25 (70) Weight goal - New bike



Personal Information:
I have a wonderful husband, 3 daughters and a spoiled dog.
I feel so good, I thank God every day!
My lupus has calmed down for now and right now I'm doing better than I have been for at least 10 years. Was on wicked drugs (especially high doses of prednisone) on and off for many years. Gained so much weight. Am finally getting back into some of those old clothes!! Woohoo!

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I love tennis (playing and watching).I love running more every day. I enjoy playing the piano and the guitar. I like to read books and travel.
Quotes - All the darkness in the world cannot extinguish the light of a single candle.
St. Francis of Assisi

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AAEMILYB1
1/24/2015 10:49:30 AM

Have a wonderful concert and a fantastic evening! (I may be sending this message twice...I was writing to you from my cell phone earlier and I don't know if the message sent... ).
You are inspirational to me with your dedication to exercise, and your support of so many sparkpeople.
I wish I had good food advice, but I have been struggling lately... You have been so successful before, and I KNOW you can do it!!

Enjoy tonight, and no worries!!
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SABLENESS
1/24/2015 7:09:51 AM

Hey friend, how's it going? Today is my time to get back on the food track. Been doing great with my walk in 100 parks goal - park #36 yesterday, and I've missed only two days of walking since I started in Dec.



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1/23/2015 1:01:44 PM

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IAM_HIS
1/20/2015 4:28:18 PM

Good afternoon on this wintry Tuesday....it is where I live. The typical Northern, winter weather--no sun, grey sky, everything covered with ice, and cold. Fortunately, it's not below zero and there isn't a blizzard.

I am thinking about getting a scale today. Noticed that my clothes are a little looser. So this is giving me an incentive to buy that scale. And to keep pushing me forward.

Today is the 10th day of 100 days to getting healthier. I have been continuously moving around a lot more. Because of the icy conditions here during the winter, I am doing the Leslie Sansome walking DVD's, as well as dancing. This is the kind of exercises I can stick with, as well as have fun doing them and sing. Plus I get to laugh at myself too.

Yesterday I was in a lot of pain! Oh, the three herniated discs in my back were sending shocks down my arms and legs. I could not sleep all night. Now I feel like a zombie. Oh, I would like to crawl back into bed. But I am making progress on deep cleaning my house, so I am going to keep cleaning/organizing just at a slower pace. If I walk away, it will not be touched.

I am working hard to eat more vegetables. I eat chicken and fish two-three days per week, and lots of vegetables everyday. My stomach is much better now that I have cut out the coffee. My morning beverage is green tea. Making home-made soups have helped me feel fuller. Plus, the soups have taken away much of my cravings for sweets.

Being busy around the house, deep cleaning and re-organizing has taken my mind off of food. It feels so good to not be nibbling on this and that, only to feel guilty of over eating, as well as seeing the scale go up another pound or two. Taking pictures of my house before and after have helped me feel very pleased with the house. And, it is so good not to hear from name being called because my husband or children cannot find something. Now they can--that sure makes me feel the rewards of organizing.

Wow, this is a long note....I will close now, "HAPPY TUESDAY".



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IAM_HIS
1/17/2015 11:12:25 AM

Today I am out of bed and deep cleaning my bathroom. I may be moving S L O W, but I am getting the job done. Only the linen closet now needs to be re-organized and my bathroom will be ORGANIZED PLUS CLEAN! emoticon

I may not be moving as fast as I like, but this time I am doing the job the right way. Besides, I am closer to having a clean, organized bathroom, than I was this time yesterday!!! emoticon



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