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Sunday, February 21, 2010


Okay, this is embarrassing but I finally figured out, through Spark, that I must have chronic constipation which is a real diagnosis. I complained about this to my doc a year and a half ago at least and got told, take benefiber. Last year I had a full colonoscopy and endoscopy at the same time and everything was normal. But, I still don't go. Spark sent the article about IBS yesterday with questions to answer, etc. And by checking that out and going to the websites I found this one:
www.letstalkconstipation.com. Can you believe there is actually a website with that name? Is nothing sacred anymore? I'm only bringing this up because I'm sure I'm not the only person on Spark who has this problem. Maybe this will help someone else. There is even a chart to download where you keep track of your daily deeds and you have to match it up to a picture. Kind of like a crossword puzzle I guess. I go for a physcial in March and I'm going to hand it to him and then see what he says.
Yesterday, after our pancake breakfast and 3 mile walk, we went shopping and ran errands. Then it was lunch and we went to a Mexican restaurant. I was served 2 enchiladas and only ate one and the refried beans and a taco. (You would think that the beans would work.) The rest of the day was as usual and when it came time for dinner, I still wasn;t that hungry so I steamed some cauliflower served with a cheese sauce and a peach and that was it. So I came in under calories and walked to boot. Planning and tracking is the key for sure. Now, if I could just go.
I've got to get a walk in today, at least with the dog but we are having a tasting fare at church today (more food) and early in and late to home. 39 cooks are bringing their favorite foods. Hope I can find something to eat. There is a chocolate fountain and 9 desserts. Hubby is bringing his famous bread pudding. Hope it is all gone. I'm bringing bar-g-que meatballs.
Check in tomorrow for results.

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4DOGNIGHT 2/21/2010 3:26PM

    I know it is a yucky subject but I'm tired of not getting it fixed. I did eat some bread pudding today, only dessert and I'm counting it as breakfast but there is no possible way I could track the food from our tasting fare. Lost count but it was all good and if I didn't like it, I didn't eat it all. I was lucky to sit by the lady with the spinach dip and fresh vegetables.

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KASEYCOFF 2/21/2010 11:37AM

    Well, Carol, you are NOT alone! I have the same problem and have had for YEARS. I never touch cheese, white (super refined) bread, white rice, white sugar - in fact, if it's pure as driven snow, it probably decreases peristaltic action (so to speak). I have a big tossed salad with lunch and a big tossed salad with supper, EVERY day. I have to watch the carbs (even a banana can send my blood sugar over the moon) but I have at least one fresh fruit per day and two vegetables (broccoli or spinach or Brussels sprouts or whatever) per day. And my 'snack' in the evening is either a bowl (40g) of raisin bran or All-Bran. (Can't get Fiber-One here, nor can I find the All-Bran Extra Fiber, or I would be getting those too.) I drink eight or more cups of water per day - just plain water, so that's not counting any coffee, tea, juice, milk, etc. In the US I could get Metamucil, but they don't have it here, and I don't like to become reliant on Senokot or similar products. Gross discussion here, I know, but... I can SO identify with what you're going thru. p.s. I love bread pudding, but anything like that would be as if I was eating cement: I'd be blocked for weeks, lol... emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 2/21/2010 9:48AM

    I was sure there would be websites, there are websites for everything.

And I just read a blog titled chronic constipation LOL

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 2/21/2010 8:27AM

    Never would have THUNK(intentional bad language) that there would be a website. Wonders never cease BUT thank God there is. Hope it helps. Do you track your fiber intake on SP. I have and it is a challenge to get the recommended amt outside of eating beans daily. LOL and that can be pretty interesting

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Not losing but my pants fit! Day 56

Saturday, February 20, 2010


WEll, I wore a pair of pants yesterday that I bought in December and they were baggy so I must be losing inches, not pounds of course. Today, we had purchased tickets to a pancake breakfast so hubby and I walked to and from 3 miles to get our pancakes. Guess we walked off whatever we ate. I had 2 pancakes and a piece of sausage. There were 2 types of syrup, one regular and one that was sugar free. I read the labels and the regular Aunt Jemima had 32 g of sugar and 210 calories for a quarter cup. The other one had 0 g of sugar but 11 g of sugar alcohol whatever that is, and 30 calories. So I chose that. Then we shopped and ran errands and then went to a mexican restaurant for lunch. Hard to count that but I ate my refried beans which I love, 1 taco and only 1 enchilada. Could not eat all of it as I would have before. I tracked everything in my tracker and I have about 300 calories left for dinner. Guess it will be grilled fish and veggies and fruit.
My hubby has decided to give up sweets and desserts for Lent as well and last night, he gave up cheesecake. A biggie for him. We have 3 eating occassions scheduled this week. That is what is so hard for us. Tomorrow, our church is having a tasting fare and I'm bringing barbeque meatballs and he is bringing bread pudding and whiskey sauce. There will be lots of other goodies as well so I'll have to choose carefully.
On Wed night, there is a 3 chamber mixer at our conference center. IT will be huge and there will be all kinds of food and drink available. Then Friday night, hubby sings barbershop and we have a concert and then a party after the show. More food and drink. This is our lifestyle, constantly going out to eat. Hubby works for the chamber of commerce as membership director and I own a business so we are always at these events.
It seems all I ever do is talk about food. Sad thing is, hubby and I weighed the same when we started. He is apt to sail by me in weight loss because he always does and the weight stubbornly clings to me. Shouldn't I have lost 10 pounds by now, 56 days into it? No, I'm down for 5 but I'm not sure it is that much. Gets discouraging so I have just about given up expecting weight loss any time soon.
The good thing is that spring is here in Florida! It is a beautiful sunny day, about 60. Hubby is wearing shorts and a t-shirt so now that it is nice out, maybe it will stay nice out and I can get out more to walk.
I discussed with hubby on our walk how I feel overwhelmed with the house work and working from home and that I could use help to start cleaning out areas. WE agreed to start on the spare bedroom and stuff has to get thrown out before we can find room for other stuff. His mother moved into a retirement facility in June and we still have boxes of her stuff sitting around with no place to put it.
I feel like I have to get this mess under control first before I can delve into exercise or mind improvement. I'm doing well just tracking my food. So, until tomorrow.

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CHERYLE51 2/21/2010 12:23AM

    Hey, I understand about not losing weight, but clothes looser. I am in the same boat. I haven't lost anything. I did Leslie Sansone's 2 mile walk. I was a challenging one. I love carbs, pancakes, bread, etc. I had pancakes today too. Enjoy your Spring. We have quite a way to go before we can say it's Spring in Pittsburgh.

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 2/20/2010 10:02PM

    WTG on looser fitting pants!!

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/20/2010 7:49PM

    Remember success is not only measured by the scale but how we feel. By the looser fiting pants please now that you are making great strides. You are making choices for your body as far as what you eat. I think that 5 pounds is a great weight loss. Yup, men do tend to lose the weight faster, according to the things I have read it is because they usually have more lean muscle mass than women. Keep up your great work, you will triumph in the end.

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    One step at a time, body composition improvement (inches lost), and 5 lbs. down after 56 days . . . sounds like progress to me and that's what it's all about. I know what you mean about needing to de-clutter. I have a basement that is a continual project, but I know you don't have basements in FL, so yours is in view. I can find every excuse in the book not to exercise, so I've decided staying active in productive ways is my first improvement (e.g. house cleaning, yard work, cooking). I even hate to shop, so I don't get any exercise walking around in malls or stores. Ha! Oh well, as I've already said in other words, small changes and gradual changes bring progress, too. It's great that you are tracking your food. That one thing leads to eating less which in turn leads to better health. (Oh, and I blogged last night about my dog (and cat). Maybe you will have a chance to read it.

We went to our brother-in-law's funeral today (2 hour drive each way) and ate delicious food provided by friends. I chose carefully. The great thing about pot luck, covered-dish suppers, and food fares is that there are so many choices! You can still stay within your calorie range and enjoy single servings of things you'd probably rather not have lurking in your refrigerator as tempting leftovers!

Happy food fare tomorrow!
Sharon emoticon

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TRIGFROST 2/20/2010 3:00PM

    You have a busy life... emoticon emoticon

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READ ME, READ ME, I need to vent. Day 55

Friday, February 19, 2010


Yesterday I was so stressed out and it has dawned on me that I have 3 or more full time jobs. Not only am I a successful and very good interior decorator, but I am also the bookkeeper administrator and advertising executive as well. In addition I have a personal life which goes to pot. I finally got all my tax paperwork done and my corporate tax filed, thank God. I can move onto something else. I'm still battling those business cards and ads that I have to create. Seems like I am spending all my time doing bookwork instead of trying to get more clients. EEEEK! I'm just overwhelmed. In addition, my house is a wreck. Every room needs an overhaul of cleaning because I have fabric samples and stuff squirreled away in every room. In January, when I was battling my depression, none of this stuff got done so I am playing catch up. But I don't think I can catch up anytime soon. When am I supposed to fit exercise and weight loss into the time frame?

Yesterday at 11:00 when I was tearing my hair out about business cards, I grabbed a peanut butter and jelly sandwich. Then I ate an apple with peanut butter slathered on it. Why is peanut butter a stress reliever? I installed some draperies yesterday and they were beautiful!! And fit perfectly. That is an art and a gift. Then we had a business mixer at a local restaurant and I drank 2 beers. Would have had more if I wasn't driving. And they served food, none of which was diet friendly. Fried macaroni and cheese? It was good but think of what is in it. Grilled fish, marinated beef, fried pepperjack cheese, buffalo wings. Not a mushroom in sight. How am I supposed to lose weight when faced with these options. On the drive home, I so wanted to stop at McDonald's to get an ice cream but I passed it by seeing as how I gave up sweets for Lent. Then when I got home I thought of other things I could have and then I just went and brushed my teeth and watched TV and went to bed. I got on the scale this morning and of course, have gained back 2 pounds.

Now, the good part is that I really have given up on sweets. Not a candy has passed my lips. Maybe this will help. And my diet is better even though I had junk last night but what do you do when you are hungry and that is all there is? These are the things that make you want to chuck the diet and go back to eating whatever there is. But I'm not going to. And I haven't walked the dog in weeks. I think spring might be around the corner though. And I haven't started my exercise program because I can't fit it in. Phooey.

Today I have another installation and then off to a woman's house whose draperies aren't behaving to fix them. Lunch? Maybe I'll stop at McDonald's on the way home for a salad. I am really trying. Hubby goes to a banquet tonight so I am on my own to eat again.

I've got to get to work rather than sitting here and whining. Until tomorrow.

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4DOGNIGHT 2/20/2010 11:10AM

    Thanks All for the responses! Encouragement is necessary!

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TOTS_ROCKS 2/20/2010 9:00AM

    I understand the feeling of overwhelmed ... just find little times to get in that walk or a few situps or something and when you think about the "other" food, grab fruit... and drink some water... it truly is baby steps and rebuilding the thoughts in your head, but I believe with kind and supportive words from people who have been through it too and can truly be there when you need to reach out, we all can make the changes and create that life where it all fits into our schedule!! YOU CAN DO IT,... I know you can, because you have the WANT and WILL, it just has to fall into place,.. and again, it is just the baby steps :) emoticon

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 2/20/2010 8:03AM

    Start with 10 minutes... That is what Spark guy did. Take baby steps emoticon

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/19/2010 11:02PM

    Whew! Sound like a busy woman. I have a thought about the exercise, even 15 brisk minutes of it will help refresh your mind and may help pull balance to some of the rest of your world. It sure helps my world come together a little nicer.

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LSDALOIA 2/19/2010 10:28PM

    May I suggest some outplacement assistance?

First, you may want to get a housekeeper. Busy women like us don't have time to clean our homes. It's the best money I spend.

Second, try going to Office Depot and see if the nice people there can help you design a business card. It's a free service and they're pretty good at it.

Third, I find that when I exercise it really helps me focus on my nutrition and manage stress.

Keep blogging! It definitely helps keep ALL of us on track and focused. emoticon Have fun walking the dog!

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SCARLETTMH 2/19/2010 6:52PM

    Well,I read your blog and I feel for you.I just don't know what to say,other than earmark a time and place in your day JUST FOR YOU.
you've done well,now reward yourself for what you have achieved so far.Then start fresh and tackle the other bits,one at a time.
You will do it! emoticon

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CAPECODBABE 2/19/2010 2:42PM

    Your poor dog! Take a few minutes to walk him/her, get some fresh air and some exercise and a moment to yourself to think and I bet you will start with some healthier foods. There are always going to be temptations, what will change is how you look at them...good advice, wish I'd take my own advice more often. I do walk my dog everyday and find it's a great time to think and de-stress...

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MARSHASTAR 2/19/2010 10:41AM

    I admire your ability to keep focused on your goals.

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TAZZYM150 2/19/2010 10:11AM

    I feel your pain. It's been the same for me the last couple of weeks. I have started a new business which happens to be designing business cards along with doing some typing for an architect. Plus working a full time job. Getting tax stuff ready for my in laws plus doing my taxes and my daughters. Where am I suppose to put weight loss and a life in there. Lol well good luck on making a good decision on eating today.

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Stress and peanut butter! Day 54

Thursday, February 18, 2010


I was so stressed out this morning trying to order business cards online that my stress instinct sent me to the peanut butter and jelly sandwich that I gobbled down. Now I am eating an apple slathered in peanut butter. Why did I have to have that peanut butter to silence my stress? Guess this will be an off day as tonight there is a business mixer with food and alcohol. But I WILL stay away from the sweets.

I had such great response to my blog about what foods to eat to lose that belly fat, I have decided to pull out all of my diet books and reread. And I have quite a few of them. I threw out the Weigh Down Workshop which is a bible based one and I wish I had kept it but oh, well. There must be oodles of good tid bits on weight loss hidden in my closet. None of these weight loss programs show you how to lose and keep it off. I believe I will keep it off with Spark. It may take me a year to lose 30 lbs but I know it will be gone.

Last night I cooked pork salsa in a crockpot adapted from Spark recipes. I added garbanzo beans as the flat belly diet says to eat 1/2 cup a day. That's a lot of beans. My husband isn't that fond of them but I love that kind of food. I ended up having more calories than I was supposed to have yesterday so I need to find some balance. I need to look up some bean recipes for breakfast.

I have a busy day today so this will be short but I WILL be reading those diet books and sharing the info. So far so good on eliminating added sugar. Last night, before I even finished my dinner, I started craving some chocolate or something sweet. My husband had brought home some chocolate caramels and I started hunting one up. They were in his car and rather than go out in the cold and get them, I skipped it and had a couple of sweet strawberries instead. Fruit is beginning to be really sweet. My taste buds must be awakened now that I'm not eating sugar.

Today I have to write an article about decorating for 3 different ads so I better get busy. Until tomorrow.

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CHERYLE51 2/21/2010 12:30AM

    Love apples with peanutbutter. Love peanutbutter and jelly. Ipack a PB & J sandwich on whole wheat everyday for lunch. It is sweet enough to satisfy my sweet tooth. I just started eating yogurt again. I love dark chocolate, but am giving it up for Lent. Thanks for sharing all your tips. Appreciate it.

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MACMOM57 2/19/2010 7:50AM

    I know you will do well. Keep working hard.

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KATASTROPHES 2/18/2010 12:36PM

    I'm having that stress induced craving today too. Can't wait to see what kind of tidbits you can share with us from your cookbooks.

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Wednesday, February 17, 2010


I find myself planning a lot of eating and meals and recording all I eat in the nutrition tracker. I hated to track my food but Spark makes it so easy. And what really amazes me, is that when I think I really went overboard on the eating for the day, if I track the food, I am usually within my calorie range! My goal is to fill that tracker in everyday and to look at the report.

The March PARENTING Magazine has an article to help new mothers lose their bellies quickly. I guess this will work on any belly but the article says that extra weight around our middles is completely reversible! I wanted to read more! "The belly is one of the quickest places we lose weight, and it's easier than you think. In fact, experts agree that the best way to get rid of belly fat is to eat."

They then go on to list 8 delicious foods that you should eat to help lose that belly. And here is a synopsis.
1. Berries, cherries and Grapes. Anthocyanin, or the plant chemical in these berries will burn abdominal fat. Have 2 cups a day regularly. 2 cups is a lot of blueberries but I'm game.
2. Dairy; milk, yogurt and cheese are packed with whey, a protein that supports the formation of lean body mass. Aim for 3 servings a day and add to your calcium totals as well. Past diets have always limited these items. But I'll sure give it a go.
3. Potatssium; this is where I fall down. Foods rich in potassium are bananas, avocados, orange juice, baked potatoes with skin, sweet potatoes and spinach. Potassium helps bring sodium into the cells instead of as water weight. What diet ever allowed you to eat an avocado or a baked potato with skin?
4. Lean Protein, chicken breast, turkey cutlets, egg whites, fish and pork tenderloin help us to feel fuller longer. 6 oz per day.
5. Whole Grains: These contain magnesium and chromium which fight cortisol, the stress hormone that directs fat to your waistline. Eat 4 to 7 daily servings of whole grains.
6. Healthy Fat, like avocados again, nuts, olives, DARK CHOCOLATE, and flaxseed oil! Handy snacks are 1/4 avocado and tomato slices, handful of almonds or pistachios, a few olives, or a square of DARK CHOCOLATE!!!
What diet program ever allowed us to eat these things?
7. Green Tea increases the release of fat from fat cells, especially the belly and speeds up the fat burning after meals.
8. Beans contain resistant starch, an ab fighter. This starch does not turn to sugar. It passes through the body undigested which probably helps with fiber consumption which I desperately need to increase.

I like all of the above listed foods and most are denied on diets, especially the DARK CHOCOLATE. I think I'll start concentrating on eating more beans and whole grains for sure as I love them anyway. My belly has gone down just through the 53 days I've been here although the scale hasn't reflected much. I am comfortably sitting in a new pair of size 14 corduroys with a belt. Don't even have to open the button
Hope this has all been helpful to those of you who have read this far! I love the research I am conducting in this area. Until tomorrow.

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TX.PATRICIA 2/19/2010 2:03PM

    Thanks so much for sharing the belly fat info!

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ITSAWRAP_DIMI 2/17/2010 11:03PM

    Great info. I did the flat ab diet and those were the things they mentioned. I am going to incorporate more of those items!!!

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LSDALOIA 2/17/2010 9:18PM

    Yum! Put some of that dark chcolate in a whey protein smoothie with a banana.

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KIRSTY1306 2/17/2010 9:09PM

    Wow thanks for the information, its quite interesting to see what different people recommend, this is why Spark is so great - nothing is off limits !
Good luck with the rest of your flat belly diet
Kirb x

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L3DESIGNS 2/17/2010 8:10PM

    Great blog and wonderful suggestions. I used to love milk chocolate - but now prefer a dark chocolate! YUM!

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USARUNNERGIRL 2/17/2010 6:40PM

    What great information. My kids can down blueberries like there is not a tomorrow. LOL. I bet they hit that 2 cup mark. Thank you for sharing.

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4DOGNIGHT 2/17/2010 4:22PM

    I can't imagine being able to eat 2 cups of blueberries a day. That is a lot of blueberries unless you cook with them.

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KAYYVAUGHN 2/17/2010 4:06PM

    This was very useful information for me. I really like blueberries. I add blueberries and almonds to my morning cereal. I'm going to work on some of the other foods that you mentioned. I can handle the dark chocolate.

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KATASTROPHES 2/17/2010 1:31PM

    I read that about dark chcolate, the only thing though is that it has to have a 75% to 80% rating, more like unsweetened bakers chocolate, not the rich dark chcolate that we're used to, for it to be beneficial. A lot of diets don't tell you that, but I had my trainer and my dietician tell me that one. The taste of the chocolate is bitter and doesn't satisfy any sweet cravings, but it's better for you.
Hope that helps.

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SHUWN74 2/17/2010 1:09PM

    What a great blog! emoticonI will definitely try adding extras of the listed foods. You are so emoticon

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GOBUTTS 2/17/2010 12:44PM

    I just love what you said ... going to read the rest ...

I love grapes and DARK CHOCOLATE

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KALIOPPE 2/17/2010 11:40AM

    Wow, great article - and some delicious foods that I really like but have been holding back on. I have lots of belly fat to burn, so this is ideal for me. Thank you so much for posting. :)


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