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Candy, Candy, Everywhere!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

Good Grief! The entire world is conspiring to put candy in my mouth after I went the entire week with no sugar! I guess Halloween week isn't exactly the best time to renounce the sweet stuff, lol.

I bought 3 bags of Tootsie Roll Pops to hand out, because I know that whatever is left won't go right down my throat in the first hour after the kids go home, lol. I can keep a bag of those all year and not worry about it.

HAPPY HALLOWEEN EVERYONE!

Have a Maxine Halloween!





Karen

  
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PJSTIME 10/31/2009 10:43AM

    I'm lucky we usually don't get any trick or treaters, but I won't be home tonight anyway. Good job with the no sugar this week. emoticon
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BELTONWALKER67 10/31/2009 9:37AM

    I stopped at Walmart last night and bought 3 bags of candy and left it in my car on purpose. Figured it was too cold and I'm too lazy to go back and get the stuff to munch on. So far so good! Good for you in buying stuff you don't like! Keep on Sparking!

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GEORGANNE39 10/31/2009 9:30AM

    Good job on a whole week without sugar! Keep up the good work!

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/31/2009 9:25AM

    Since we live "out in the country" where it is not productive for trick or treaters, I bought 1 small bag of fun size something or other. It has not yet been opened. I don't think I will have too much trouble. I am lused to having gobs of candy around,. My husband buys snicker bars by the box when they are on sale for 50 cents. And no, he is far from skinny, and should be a sparker even more than I.

But try to tell a man something........ emoticon

And Karen, YOU CAN DO IT... Look what you've done with the carbs this week.

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NANCY- 10/31/2009 8:34AM

    I did the same thing. Buying candy that I do not like was key to surviving Halloween.
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TCLARK319 10/31/2009 8:09AM

    Good for you! I bought candy I really don't care for so getting rid of the balance won't be an issue (I hope!) Keep it positive - Happy Sparking!

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No "White Stuff" end of 3 day challenge.

Friday, October 30, 2009

I made it through the 3 day challenge to cut out the white stuff in my diet.

Yes! I feel better!

Dearly as I love pasta and bread, etc. I never feel very good when I eat it. Mostly because I OVEReat it, I'm sure. So doing without it has sort of re-wired my body, in a good way.

I found that I could eat more food and stay very satisfied AND lose a few pounds if I stay away from the bad white stuff and fill up on the colorful veggies and fruit along with some lean protein.

I existed on chicken breast, 97% lean ground beef, eggs, some cheese (not a lot) beans, and a wide assortment of veggies - yellow squash, zucchini, tomatoes, peppers of all colors, onions, broccoli, etc.

I ate apples and plain yogurt with various frozen berries for snacks and desserts.

I had NO SUGAR and don't feel the desire for any. My hunger disappeared.

It was a good three days, but it was long, because that white stuff is such a HABIT!!

Karen - more able to be moderate now.


  
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BELTONWALKER67 10/30/2009 10:00PM

    Good Job! You have determination and will succeed at any goal you undertake. emoticon

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PAULINLIM 10/30/2009 3:00PM

    Wow, I'm really impressed and inspired by your achievement. I will try the same thing some day soon. It seems like a good amount of time, because it's long enough to reset your body but not so long you have to leave society to do it.

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HICKOK-HALEY 10/30/2009 2:32PM

    Great job. I love bakery french bread. So I seldom buy it for the same reason you mentioned!
Jeanne

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AMBUDMAN 10/30/2009 11:26AM

    I knew you could do it. I am going to have to do the South Beach Diet first two weeks again. It really worked for me to take my cravings away.

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OHIOHEART600 10/30/2009 9:29AM

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/30/2009 9:28AM

    Are you planning to make it 4 days now?

I am glad you made it and feel so well . emoticon

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/30/2009 9:28AM

    Are you planning to make it 4 days now?

I am glad you made it and feel so well . emoticon

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FISHINGLADY66 10/30/2009 9:04AM

    emoticon emoticon emoticon You did a fantastic job. Keep the momentum going.
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NANCY- 10/30/2009 8:31AM

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You did it!!!
Cutting out the white stuff does make a difference. I switched in 100% whole wheat bread for my grilled tuna sandwiches to start, now we never have white bread for sandwiches. Baby steps will get you there.

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SERENITYSEL 10/30/2009 6:27AM

    Congratulations! I knew you could do it. It is the start of knowing how to eat healthy and knowing what it makes you feel like. emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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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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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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