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It's TIME to FALL back!

Saturday, October 31, 2009

It's time to "fall back" again. At 2 a.m. Sunday, you'll have to turn your clock back one hour, because it's the end of daylight saving time.







Karen





  
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FISHINGLADY66 10/31/2009 11:25PM

    Thanks for the reminder. I will turn my clock back, but not to when I was twenty. Enjoy your weekend.

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SERENITYSEL 10/31/2009 1:47PM

    I reminded everyone at work yesterday to turn their clocks back!!! I love Maxine too, but 29 is where I would turn my clock back. That is when I met my wonderful husband. I miss him so much.

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AMBUDMAN 10/31/2009 11:08AM

    I love this time of year but do not like having to set my clock back the hour.

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PJSTIME 10/31/2009 10:41AM

    I wouldn't want to be in my 20's again. I actually think I like looking into the future better since I'm feeling better and better each. Thanks for the reminder. emoticon
PJ

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BELTONWALKER67 10/31/2009 10:11AM

    Just love Maxine! Thanks for the reminder & Yes, I agree 50 would be good!

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NJDIETZ 10/31/2009 10:02AM

    Karen
Same here. I hope everyone else remembers. Have a great Halloween.
Norb

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/31/2009 9:50AM

    Yes, even 50 would be good. But just think.......in a few years 60 would look nice, and the 70......The list goes on.

So lets be happy where we are planted. emoticon

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--KREN 10/31/2009 9:44AM

    I agree. I'd be happy with 50!! - Karen

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GOALIEGRANDMA3 10/31/2009 9:42AM

    I think 35 yrs. is a good time to turn back the clock. I don't think I want to go through my 20s again.

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ALPOPLUP 10/31/2009 9:39AM

    I love this time of year

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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
PJ

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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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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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