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No "White Stuff" Day 2 - Success!

Thursday, October 29, 2009

Wow, I made it through the second day without any white stuff!

NO SUGAR is part of that and a really big thing for me. Also no pasta. No chips. No hot bread and butter.

Those are all things I resorted to once I became bored and fed up with not being able to "move" my body due to pain and restriction. Almost got myself swallowed up in a hole of frustration.

This challenge, which is a contest with only myself, has brought me out of it. Having all my Spark Friends to help me along is what made it work!

I may have eaten ten servings of veggies the first day, lol, trying not to be tempted off my plan. I'm picking them by color now, lol, trying to cover the entire prism of colors. It's like having a new paint box full of all the new paints I need to paint of picture of me, healthy and fit!

Today is the last day of my three day challenge. I can do it.

Karen

PS - Thanks to all my Spark Friends for the wonderful Birthday Wishes! You made my day!

  
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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 10/29/2009 9:54PM

    Awesome job! I resort to pigging out on veggies sometimes to just fill myself up. LOL! Whatever works!

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SERENITYSEL 10/29/2009 3:13PM

    Yes you can my friend. You inspired a lot of us to follow in your footsteps. However, I must tell you, I am setting my alarm for 12:01 a.m. so I can get up and have a big tall glass of Vitamin D milk. Only kidding.

Thanks for inspiring us and for doing a good job on yourself!!!!! Huggs, Sharon

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OHIOHEART600 10/29/2009 3:02PM

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FISHINGLADY66 10/29/2009 12:38PM

    Don't think that after the Three days it is over. Next Tuesday is coming. Good luck to you my friend. I know you can do it.

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MAYBELL75 10/29/2009 11:32AM

    Great, just one more day to go, gets easier with time
Ilene

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MAGNIFICENTMAGG 10/29/2009 10:08AM

    have a great day and good luck in taming the sugar beast.

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NANCY- 10/29/2009 7:26AM

    You have done it for two days... you can do one more!!!

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Belated Happy Birthday wishes.
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KAYYVAUGHN 10/29/2009 6:53AM

    I admire you. You can do it. I don't think I would even try. I can limit my portions, and give up some carbs. emoticon

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MICHELE51 10/29/2009 6:48AM

    I love the no white stuff theory! Good luck with it! The more you do it the easier it gets!!! emoticon

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No "White Stuff" Day 1 - Success!

Wednesday, October 28, 2009

Wow! I did it! Yesterday was Day 1.

Yesterday, I avoided all sweets, potatoes (chips), various types of tasty bread and rolls, and PASTA!

I wanted something sweet after lunch, but had a massage appointment and once I got on my way, I got that craving out of my mind.

I wanted something sweet last night about 2 hours before bed, but I took the advice of a Spark Friend and ate an apple instead.

Another Spark Friend suggested I think of the "white" carbs as bland and the good carbs as colorful. That worked for me, too. I made colorful side dishes with black beans, peppers, tomatoes, squash, etc., trying to add as much color as I could!

Thank you all for your support and encouragement. Part of the reason I was able to do something that, for me, was very difficult, is that there were so many people here thinking of me and trying to pull me through it.

I feel good about the next two days of my challenge after having aced Day 1, lol.

What this does for me, remembering times past, years ago, when I did this before, is that it "breaks" me out of the mold, the habit, the need for those foods that I know are not good for me. Foods that actually make my body feel worse. Foods that I always abuse by overeating them. We all have very unique bodies and usually, if we are really honest, we can tell what we should not eat.

Lots of others out there who have a carb addiction! Maybe we should all have a no carb day once a week. Many people fast one day a week. Avoidance for a short time merely strenghtens your resove to be moderate the rest of the time.

Please understand when I say "no carbs" I never mean the good carbs found in most vegetables and fruit. Just what is usually called "white" carbs that most people really abuse.

What's the best diet in the world? Spark Friends!!

Karen

  
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ONMYWAYTOTHIN60 10/28/2009 12:13PM

    Well done!!!!!! We are inspired by your resolve!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/28/2009 10:23AM

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I am glad you clarified which carbs you are avoiding. There are a lot of good carbs out there, as your colorful side dishes show.

Being a ww as well as sparker, I think I am pretty good at limiting the bad carbs. They have so many more points than the whole wheat ones, fruit , beans, etc.

I do not claim to avoid them comepletely though. I like the idea of a day a week giving them up....move into it slowyly, hey?

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PJSTIME 10/28/2009 10:22AM

    Well done. I too try and get my carbs from Good veggies. Somes days it is harder than others. But I do feel much better.

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AMBUDMAN 10/28/2009 10:21AM

    One down, two to go - YOU CAN DO IT.

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BELTONWALKER67 10/28/2009 8:41AM

    YAY! A Successful Day #1 for you! Today may test your strength but you can do it! Keep those fruits & veggies up front in the refrigerator. We're all here cheering you on. Heres to a great, successful day #2! emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 10/28/2009 8:35AM

    emoticon emoticon on Day One. I knew you could do it. You have inner strength. Now for Day TWO....It will be a piece of Cake...for you.
Smiles & Hugs
Irene

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NANCY- 10/28/2009 8:14AM

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RD03875 10/28/2009 7:18AM

    Keep up the great work! You CAN do it!

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Confessions of a Carbohydrate Addict!

Tuesday, October 27, 2009

I'm a carbohydrate addict. Really. I crave those simple carbs which I usually call the "bad" carbs or the "white stuff". That includes white pasta, potatoes, and anything made with white flour and sugar. I crave that stuff just like any alcoholic craves his drinks. It's that strong.

I love to eat all the "bad" carbs. However - I never feel good after I eat them. I'm always hungry for more, too. So they never really quench my hunger. Which means I just eat more and more of them.

It's really hard for me to stay away from them. The only way I can do it is to just remove them from the house.

I feel so much better inside and out when I stay away from pasta, potatoes, ice cream, sugar, etc. I can really tell the difference in the way I feel, physically and emotionally. It's like my body is really rewarding me, thanking me, when I don't t eat those things.

It's like the effect of a drug in my body. My body KNOWS when I put the wrong food in it and it lets ME know. I just feel better when I eat lean protein and an assortement of healthy vegetables. Yogurt instead of ice cream. Apples instead of cookies.

I'm trying to hang on to that thought and use it to keep me away from that white stuff for the next three days! I'm trying to dwell on the feeling I have when I eat what is good for me. I'm trying to use that feeling to guide me through this mini-challenge I've set for myself - NO WHITE STUFF for three days!

Surely I can do anything for just three days, don't you think? It's a pretty short time period. But it's long enough that if I make it I can feel a sense of accomplishment, yes?

I'm putting all of this out there so I'm really commited and MUST stay the course for these three days. I want to see the difference, FEEL the difference, that eating the better way for me will make in my body.

Here's a little secret. I'm really afraid I can't do it. Afraid I can't stay away from these foods I've identified that really need to vanish from my diet. So telling you this, telling everyone this, is my secret weapon to help me get it done.

That's what Spark People is all about, isn't it? I'm hoping it works for me.

Kren







Ok, I'm ready. No white stuff for me today. I have lean chicken and beef. I have fruit. I have veggies. All I need is willpower, lol.

  
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SERENITYSEL 10/28/2009 7:36PM

    I am fortunate I don't crave them, but I DO understand. My vices are the same.

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DHARRIS10 10/28/2009 9:15AM

    People who do not crave this "stuff" just don't understand, do they? Even as I read your blog all I could think was...hmmmm pasta! How crazy is that!? And, yes you are right your body does feel better when not consuming these poisons. That really is what they are to people like us! Keep up the good work...I know you can do it!

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JORETTA2 10/27/2009 11:06PM

    You can do this Kren. It will not be easy, but it is a doable goal. If doable is a word. LOL I too am a carb addict, so I know what you will be going through. You are so right when you say that you feel physically bad when you load up on simple carbs. Here is to you girlfriend. We are all here for you. emoticon

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GRAMMAP1 10/27/2009 10:40PM

    Look at all the people that care about you and say you can do it. I know you will do it because so many are cheering you on. So go for it! I understand because that is my weakness too. But I am developing a taste for the colored veggies and if I fill up on them, there is no room for the white stuff. Good luck!

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SERENITYSEL 10/27/2009 7:40PM

    You can do it!!!! I have faith in you. Once the 3 days is complete, you will find you don't crave them as much. Luckily I am not a carb person, much. I do like white sticky rice and baked potatoes, but I'm ot much on bread, and things, but my vise is dairy!!!!!!

If I can succeed, I know you can! Keep thinking how good you feel and how healthy you will be.

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DIHEALTHYHAPPY 10/27/2009 4:46PM

    I just love carbs. I love the healthy carbs so much I want to eat and eat them when I've got some kind of emotional charge going on. Ah, well! It's a journey.

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OHIOHEART600 10/27/2009 3:58PM

    i am with you. no white stuff for three days. keep in touch with me and we can do this together.

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FISHINGLADY66 10/27/2009 12:01PM

    I have always heard that carbs keep yelling "Feed me - Feed me". I know when I eat them my body feels terrible. I feel fatter and almost sick. So just take it emoticon One Day at a time and flush them out of your body. We can do this. Yes we can. YOU CAN DO IT!
Irene

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BIRDLEGS29 10/27/2009 11:47AM

    You CAN do this! With all us sparkers pulling for you, there is no way you can fail. (but don't take my chocolate)

Jean

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AMBUDMAN 10/27/2009 10:31AM

    Good luck on your quest. I too like the wite stuff. emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/27/2009 10:27AM

    I hope it works for you also. I am not so committed. I still know I have to have a certain amount of carbs, though I do opt for whole wheat .

I've been trying to avoid eating except when HUNGRY, following that quote I read someplace that if you are not hungry enough to eat an apple you are not really hungry.

That has helped me with evening eating, and I have eaten an apple at night for the past several days. I think that is a carb too.

But good luck in your quest. Be sure to let us know how it works for you.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/27/2009 10:27AM

    I hope it works for you also. I am not so committed. I still know I have to have a certain amount of carbs, though I do opt for whole wheat .

I've been trying to avoid eating except when HUNGRY, following that quote I read someplace that if you are not hungry enough to eat an apple you are not really hungry.

That has helped me with evening eating, and I have eaten an apple at night for the past several days. I think that is a carb too.

But good luck in your quest. Be sure to let us know how it works for you.

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BELTONWALKER67 10/27/2009 8:17AM

    Think White is Bland and Colorful is Happy! You can do this! With each Temptation just say No and get busy doing something else, before you know it the day is over and you can pat yourself on the back!

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NANCY- 10/27/2009 7:45AM

    Saying "just for today" can sometimes make it easier to take.

What helped me ease off the white stuff , what to find a healthy treat that I could savor. For me that is strawberries.I forget about the white stuff when I smell the fragrant berry, see the vibrant red and taste the juiciness. Okay this is starting to sound...
but you get my point.

You can do it!!!!

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KAYYVAUGHN 10/27/2009 6:43AM

    I really like carbs also. I prefer white rice instead of brown. I just try to control the portions. I love mashed potatoes with garlic. Sometimes, I'll eat a tablespoon when we go to a buffet. I can eat half a piece of bread. It 's hard to control something that I was brought up on all my life. emoticon

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HAPPINESS!

Sunday, October 25, 2009

Happiness is an inside job!

Happiness is always having something to look forward to!

Your turn. Please continue. . .

  
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FISHINGLADY66 10/25/2009 9:20PM

    Happiness is having lot's of Spark Friends like you.

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SERENITYSEL 10/25/2009 5:15PM

    Happiness is sitting in your recliner petting your cat, and thinking of warm memories.

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AMBUDMAN 10/25/2009 2:52PM

    Happiness is having great friends.

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/25/2009 1:33PM

    Happiness is feeling comfortable in your own skin.

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DAISES2 10/25/2009 12:42PM

    happiness is being content with what you have and noy worring about what you have'nt.

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BIRDLEGS29 10/25/2009 10:52AM

    Happiness is being content with what is and not worrying about what is not.

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KOOCH4 10/25/2009 10:11AM

    Happiness is playing with your grandchildren.

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NJDIETZ 10/25/2009 9:58AM

    waking up in the morning.

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BELTONWALKER67 10/25/2009 9:53AM

    Happiness is enjoying a good cup of coffee in the peace and quiet of your own home.

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BESSHAILE 10/25/2009 7:44AM

    Happiness is a butterscotch colored autumn.

Happiness is being glad to go to work on Monday morning.

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Homemade Halloween

Sunday, October 04, 2009

What year did the Halloween novelty song "Monster Mash" reach number one on the Billboard charts?

This great song written by Bobby "Boris" Pickett and Lenny Capizzi reached number one on the Billboard Charts for two weeks in 1962, and then returned to the charts in 1970 and 1973.

Do YOU remember doing the Monster Mash? Any other Halloween oriented music you remember?

Some girls performed a talent act at my school, using the Monster Mash record. They had great lighting, green, blue, red, to give a spooky dark basement lab effect, with a “mad scientist” complete with gray Einstein wig, pouring smoky liquid into the beaker and filling the stage with misty fog. I can still see it clearly, lol, and hear “I was working in my lab, late one night” and then the chorus “It was the Mash. The Monster Mash”, lol.

Why is MUSIC such a good tool for memory? I have record albums from the 60's and after not hearing them for 20 years, I played a couple of them. Not only do I remember the words to all the songs, I know WHICH song is coming next without looking at the label.

Schools should have a music director who puts lessons from every subject to music. All those dates, rules and formulas would be forever in our brains!

NEIGHBORHOOD FUN HOUSE - Did anyone in your neighborhood ever turn their garage into a Halloween fun house? The family across the street from me - TEN children - did that every year. What I remember most is being led blindfolded through the garage and having to “experience” various things. Someone stuck my hand into pot full of MONSTER BRAINS, lol. Which turned out to be cold macaroni soaked in corn oil. Slimy! Of course I screamed.

"Homemade" tricks and treats were so much better than the slick, purchsed high tech ones of today, don't you think? AND it was fun for us as kids to THINK of all the things we could create and do.

We also never bought costumes, but dreamed up and put together our own, or maybe grandma or someone sewed something.

What did you do when you were young to join in Halloween that no one went to the store and bought for you?

Karen

  
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JULIE_MAE 10/23/2009 1:48PM

    emoticon.........I agree music is a wonder learning tool. Music help keep children focused and they learn using their left and right side of the brain. I am semi-retired and teach only 2 days a week.

More parents should use the things they find around the house and help their child make halloween costume rather than buy one in the store. It builds memories.


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BECCIE2012 10/10/2009 1:50PM

    My mother made me a homemade witch costume and I'm still a witch each year.

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FISHINGLADY66 10/4/2009 9:56PM

    Memories...Aren't they wonderful. I have never been to a haunted house. We always made our own costume, we couldn't afford store bought. I really think we had more fun than the kids do now days.

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BIRDLEGS29 10/4/2009 11:59AM

    No store bought costumes for me or my kids. I made several for grands. No fancy pumpkins, either. Just cut out eyes, nose and mouth and stick a candle in it. Treat bags? Grab a paper sack and go! In my day we didn't have to worry about homemade treats being poisoned and the kids loved to come to my house where they got homemade fudge.

Jean

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KOOCH4 10/4/2009 10:33AM

    Lovely , blog , KAREN!

Thanks, brought back so many good memories.
We also always made our own costumes or went to the goodwill and picked out what we wanted, never had a store bought costume, I did the same for my kids and now they do the same for the grandkids and it,s so much more fun.
I always loved and still do , The Monster Mash.
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SERENITYSEL 10/4/2009 9:10AM

    Great blog. Speaking of music, I agree with you totally! I remember when my granddaughter was in 5th grade and struggling with her Spanish. She was learning the days of the week, so I sat her down and told her my trick for learning things that are hard for me. I told her when I was in high school, I found it very difficult to concentrate on history (my least favorite subject) so when I knew we had to study for a test, I made a song of it. While being tested, I would sing that song to myself and usually got a good grade. To this day, if I need to know which words are prepositions, I sing that old song. Well we sat down and made up a song about her Spanish words, and when she got home, she called me and told me she passed and only reversed two words.

So I agree, music calms the soul (except this rap the kids listen to).

I too remember the monster mash, that is the year I graduated high school! Store bought costumes, NEVER. We would always make up our costumes, grab our pillowcase and off we'd go.

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10285115CS 10/4/2009 9:03AM

  We also never bought costumes we had to make our own.

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