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Healthy Snacks.

Friday, July 10, 2009


An apple and some cheese.

Cottage cheese and crackers.

I'm not diabetic but diabetes runs in my family so I keep up with food choices friendly to diabetics.

There is a book called "The Insulin Resistance Diet" which explains that eating protein with every carb keeps your blood sugar from spiking. When your sugar spikes, it then falls. You will want to eat again. So keeping blood sugar level is key to controlling hunger.

As a rule, if you eat every meal or snack with this goal - Protein should equal at least half of Carbohydrates - your blood sugar AND your hunger stays under control.

Karen

  


The Feel of Success

Thursday, July 09, 2009

Did you have some success this week? Last week? Ever?

Think about that successful feeling a LOT!
Talk about it. Write down how you feel about it.
Get so familiar with that feeling that you can recall it next time you are about to slip.

We should really celebrate any little success we have, blow it all out of proportion, have a parade! LOL

We certainly talk about our mistakes enough. We deserve a little bragging.

If we elaborate our successes enough, they'll become reality more often.

  
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GRANDMAHOWLEY 7/9/2009 8:30AM

    Karen - Thanks for the thought. I can always count on you to celebrate the positive.
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Emotions and Eating

Sunday, July 05, 2009

Doesn't it seem that when we have a lot on our plate -

We put a lot on our plate?

Sometimes I don't know what I'm thinking until I write it down. I was discussing "life" in an email to a friend when this popped up: "I've just got a lot on my plate right now."

And I thought - Wow. Everytime I feel like that, I can be sure there will BE a lot on my plate every time I sit down to eat.

Something to think about.

Karen

  
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--KREN 7/5/2009 10:02AM

    THANK YOU all for different perspectives! I love all the different viewpoints! - Karen

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BIRDLEGS29 7/5/2009 9:36AM

    I read on many blogs about "stress eating", which is another way of saying a lot on your plate, so it seems to be a common problem. I, on the other hand, FORGET to eat when I have a lot on my plate! There should be a happy medium somewhere.

Jean

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ALEXSGIRL1 7/5/2009 9:31AM

    a lot on your plate is very stressfull for the body mind and soul. so when you start to fill your dinner plate have a lot of fruit and vegetables and there will be less room for all the bad food. then go for a walk to clear your mind and your plate.i always try to par down mylife less is more for me. emoticon emoticon

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DASKITTY 7/5/2009 9:24AM

    Very insightful! I agree 100%!

Having a lot on the plate is usually a negative perspective. I think that once your body is strong enough to handle it, you can have a lot of the *right* things on your plate and be happy-healthy!

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Thanks for the share!

lee

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Finally - Five pounds lost!

Saturday, July 04, 2009

All that swimming paid off. AND no sweets this past week.

Five down, five to go.


Hmmmm, so how do I get the little icon for 5 pounds lost?

  
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SCOTMAMA 7/11/2009 6:20PM

    Just for you, Karen, I'll see if I can find that icon and you can right click it and it will automatically be put into your "pictures." Isn't that a sneaky little trick? I can't remember how I discovered it, but I've been happily right-clicking all over the place since I discovered it.

Eve

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MYSTILYNNE 7/7/2009 1:01AM

    Hey Karen... Cograts on the loss...Great Job!
I'm not sure but I think you get the pounds lost logo on the sparks goodies page...I have seen them there...but not sure how you get it on your actual profile...Stay focused ...and keep on keeping on!


Talk to you soon,
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BIRDLEGS29 7/4/2009 10:49AM

    emoticon on the five pound loss. I'm sure some of the more knowledgeable friends will be along to tell you how to get the icon, but I am clueless.

Jean

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THE GIRLFRIEND GROUP

Wednesday, July 01, 2009

Linda, aka BuncoLady62, posted this great tip to relieve stress:

Reach out. Develop a network of friends and family who you can rely on and confide in. Call or visit them when you need to talk or vent. By sharing and listening they will help you calm down.


Thanks, Linda!

This is such a great and very important tip! Especially as we get older and perhaps retire from work/public life.

I have a Girlfriend Group that I started about 3 years ago. We meet on the 3rd Tuesday of each month at a different local restaurant each time. We eat, yes, and most of us are very calorie conscious so we check the menu BEFORE we go.

The main course is LAUGHTER. It burns more calories, lol, and just makes us feel good. We catch up on each other's lives and offer support where needed, but we mostly just get to be ourselves and enjoy the company.

I started by inviting two women who had been my friends for over 20 years. Along the way they invited a friend of their own that I had never met. The group fluctuates in number,and we take turns picking the next eating place, but FUN is always first on the menu!

In fact, I enjoy this so much, I think I'm going to try to get a morning group going - of women who are retired - maybe meet for morning coffee at Starbucks once a week.

This is such a fun, easy thing to do. You only need one friend to begin. Then she invites a friend. Then her friend invites.... well, you get the idea. Try it!

KAREN in Texas

  


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