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I can't do this anymore. I can't tell myself today is the day I change and then two days later I am done. No more!! I do love myself but my actions don't reflect that. I need to take control and I need to believe I can do it.
I can't do this anymore. I can't tell myself today is the day I change and then two days later I am done. No more!! I do love myself but my actions don't reflect that. I need to take control and I need to believe I can do it.



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Member Since: 4/2/2009

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Fitness Minutes: 195

My Goals:
Long term:
-160 pounds
-wear a ridiculously cute pair of jeans
-run a 5k

Short term:
-lose ten pounds by the of Feb. 1st (My birthday!!)
-lose 40 pounds by my friends wedding in April
-do sometime type of workout 5 days a week
-at least 8 glasses of water a day

My Program:
-30 minutes of cardio a day
-weigh lifting every other day
-eat a wheat free diet
-trying to cut way back on sugar
-increase water intake

Personal Information:
I am a teacher, youth minister and dance coach from the mid-west. I am very outgoing and love life. I spend my time trying to be a positive person. I work hard to treat each person I interact with as someone special, because they are!

Other Information:
I am reading the book Wheat Belly and it is extremely interesting.

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1/17/2012 5:47:43 PM

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I really appreciate it! emoticon I have a pretty physical job and workout at home 3-4 times a week. Lots of strength training, and just basic old school stuff (jumping jacks, jogging in place, leg lefts, etc...) When I file my taxes though I want to get a personal trainer for about a month.


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5/4/2011 11:18:45 AM

I'm glad I can motivate you. I wouldn't have made it this far without the people here and all they've done for me.

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5/3/2011 5:05:58 PM

Thanks for the comment on my blog! I know you're right...we CAN do this! Good luck to you!

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5/3/2011 3:04:10 PM

Thank you for joining the No Artificial Sweeteners Team, we are looking forward to getting to know you. I like your SparkName! Please join us on the Healthy Sweeteners May Chat & Emoticon Thread so we can get to know you, and introduce yourself in the New to Team Forum. We love birthdays, so please let us know yours on the birthday thread.

Some of our diabetic team members cannot have "healthy sugars", so we also share and research alternative sweeteners on this team, attempting to find the healthiest and least artificial amid the bewildering array of sweeteners and the maze of information. We go through them one by one and post threads and articles.

There are alot of threads discussing different sweeteners just waiting for you to peruse them. They are organized like a library, all you have to do is go to a thread, like the Splenda thread is one example, and click on the links.

We want to spread the word about the dangers of aspartame, aka AminoSweet, Equal, NutraSweet, Spoonful; and liquid stevia that is mixed with aspartame. There is the unlabeled use of aspartame in processed foods, children's vitamins like Flinstone, prescription & OTC medication, gum & mints, Tylenol, milk; Mars candy bars who's ingredients SAY "natural flavoring" but admit it's really aspartame when you call them; and I could go on and on since it's now in over 9,000 products. Hints aspartame is in a product, even if unlabeled, are PKU on the label, and 'natural flavors' in the ingredients list (natural flavors may or may not be aspartame and/or MSG - I no longer buy anything if it includes "natural flavors" on the label). You also need to ask your pharmacist about "inactive ingredients" and read the inert ingredients list in medications. If you don't ask you won't know that you're ingesting aspartame, neotame, sorbitol, sucralose, acesulfame-k, etc.

Neotame is even worse. It is estimated that the toxic sweetener neotame is between 7,000 to 13,000 times sweeter than sugar, which would allow food manufacturers to use less (much MUCH less, a tiny teeny amount) in their products. And since the FDA does not require labels to include ingredients that contribute less than one percent of the product, in some (many!) instances neotame can be used in foods without having to be listed on the label. Neotame is also hidden under the infamous "natural flavors" category on some packaged foods.

A new scary twist by food manufacturers is to combine several sweeteners together in one processed food, beverage, or medication (see the thread located in General Discussion about Orbit Gum); and the addition of UNLABELED aspartame and neotame into thousands of regular, non-diet food products. If you combine several, and each one of the several is less than one percent of the product, then you don't have to list any of them on the ingredients list . . .

Three of the aspartame symptoms on the FDA's list of 92 are Weight Gain, Increased Hunger, and DEATH. The FDA declined to release the list of 92 aspartame symptoms publicly, so it had to be obtained through filing a FOIFA request (freedom of information act). My sister was a heavy user of artificial sweeteners; she died in Dec 2010 from cancer. She was only 51. We can save lives by spreading the word about aspartame and Splenda on SP! SparkRecipes are full of Splenda! So many Sparkers simply do not know.

We're glad to have you join us, welcome! Carol

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