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Tuesday, February 23, 2010


How do you choose a team to participate in, there are so many. I've tried several and then I disengage myself from them because they don't fit, etc. I just joined the IBS team and Cooking from Scratch team and the whole foods team. And my favorite site on the Spark Cafe is diet and nutrition. I talk about food a lot in my blogs and it looks like most of the teams I enjoy have to deal with food. I also love looking at the recipes. I usually check them every night when I'm fixing dinner to see if there is something I want to try. My most favorite thing to do is to track my food and nutrition daily. So I guess I am a foodie.

As I posted several days ago, I think I have chronic constipation(CC) so I joined the IBS team to find out more info. Some of the stuff they talk about on there, you can just bare all your private moments. They even sent me to Heather's website and I learned about the difference between soluble and insoluble fiber and that I should eat more soluble fiber. She included lists of both and it turns out that the soluble fiber foods are things that you are not allowed to eat on most diets, like fresh white bread, pasta and noodles, white potatoes, carrots, corn meal, avocados, bananas, flour tortillas, etc. etc. So after many years of eliminating this stuff from my diet, except bananas, Now I have CC. Now I will have to learn how to put these things back into my diet to cure the problem and mix them up with insoluble fiber foods. I definitely don't want to take any more medication.

Last night we had grilled fish, green beans and I added a sweet potato as the soluble fiber food. I tried the recipe, Sweet and Spicy potato oven fries and they were delicious. Try it! Usually when I go out to eat, if there is a choice between a chef salad of some sort and a meal of meat, veg and starch, I usually go for the salad. Now I will have to rethink that and maybe choose the other but get healthier versions, like grilled and scrape off the gravy.

Now that I'm getting my food down, I must get into exercise. I did take the dog for her 1 mile walk yesterday and I plan to walk at 3:00 this afternoon with my friend Pat. Hope the weather is good, it was beautiful yesterday. And business wise, I finally have caught up on my yearly requirements for taxes, etc. and it's only the end of February. Thank God, that was weighing on me heavily. My company (I would love to tell you all about it but I don't think I'm supposed to advertise although there is no way that someone in California would call me in Florida) is launching a new brand and website and we are getting into social networking big time. I am really excited about that. Had first of many training sessions on it. Internet shopping and social networking are the way to go now so have to get on the bandwagon.

I am feeling better without all the added sugar in my body, giving up desserts and sweets for Lent. And I'm going to get that other problem under control as well, somehow. Until tomorrow.

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MCSORLAM 2/24/2010 12:52AM

  Sweet potatoes are one of the foods that I've grown to really enjoy while traveling around and you can do so much with them!

I'm not in the military, I'm an English teacher in Korea. It's great for travel and learning about new cultures, but it's not so good for trying to diet and exercise apparently! :)

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    Glad you have found useful info about fiber. We started eating sweet potatoes last summer on the recommendation of our personal-trainer friend. We all love them baked whole or as spicy baked fries, too! Improving your fiber choices along with walking the dog will probably help a lot! Have a beautiful day!!! emoticon

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PATHUMPHRIES 2/23/2010 9:53AM

    When I'm constipated I cook greens. I usually choose collard greens but any kind will help and are good: collard, kale, mustard, spinach, etc. I add some smoked meat to season. I like smoked neck bones the best but if you're watching the fat grams close try smoked turkey.

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Monday, February 22, 2010


I keep hoping spring is here everyday the sun shines here in Florida. But then, about every third day is grey and rainy. This morning I was wakened by our border collie Panda because it was thundering and she is petrified. I have to get up and put her in the bathroom with the doors closed so she won't see out. Now, this morning she is pacing and panting so I knew something was up. Sure enough, it's raining again. Wonder how she would react with snow?

Here it is Day 58 and still no weightloss other than a few pounds initially. I HAVE to start exercising and stop procrastinating. Maybe with the rain today, I can accomplish a few things that have been pressing, like writing an article about decorating for the Daily News and cleaning a spot for me to actually stand while I exercise. I was dissappointed this morning because I didn't have an inbox full of Spark messages, not even the articles that Spark sends. Maybe the rain halts the signal that sends them. I look forward to learning something new about health from them. I did however have a message from fiber-one and offering me a coupon for their products. I already eat them for added fiber anyway so that was helpful. I get their yogurt and that is dessert and I have their cereal and their bars.

We had our tasting Fare at church yesterday and I steered clear of the desserts except hubby's bread pudding which is actually a vegetable? Or side dish? I served bar-b-que meatballs and sat right next to the only vegetable in the place. Spinach dip in hollowed out bread and a tray full of fresh veggies. I just reached over and had a few carrots and broccoli with dip of course. I tried a few other things and I didn't clean my plate if I didn't care for it. I also didn't track my food because there was no way to figure out what I ate. So I am on track again today.

I have learned so much about nutrition and reinforced what I already knew here on Spark. It is so rewarding. And I appreciate all the friends I have made. I've still got a goal to lose 30 lbs by the end of July. I can do that if it would just start. The eating out occassions we have with our chamber and community lifestyle really get in the way. I've got WEd and Friday nights to look forward to. Lots to eat and drink but don't have any idea what.

I know I've lost inches because my pants were loose yesterday and I mentioned trying to lose to someone and she questioned where it would come from. That was a complement and my belly is flatter so there is progress. until tomorrow.

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    Hi Carol!!! I am HOPING it will rain here today. It is in the forecast. We need to get rid of the last of the snow in the yard and the piles of snow along the streets and on the corners. It is filthy. So I'm looking at the rain as a cleansing. Yay!!! Our dog, Polo, has been afraid of storms and the sound of the wind since we boarded her while we were on vacation several years ago. She used to be allowed to stay in the boarder's house, but that year, my friend put her in the dog kennel (a very clean, well-equipped outbuilding). She sheds excessively, so I don't blame my friend. But they had a huge storm and Polo was very frightened and clawed at the chain link fence so frantically that she broke her toe. The rest of that summer and the following summer, we had to give her a tranquilizer to settle her down when it stormed. We cut that out when my hubby and I both accidentally gave her a pill, so she got a double dose and temporarily lost bladder control. With time, she has just learned to go to her crate in the basement where she feels safer. She still runs into the living room and hides under the end table at the sound of wind, though. Pets are so sweet!

I am right there with you on procrastinating with the exercise. I had hit the jackpot with burning calories while raking leaves, but we've had a lot of snow on the ground for almost a month. I think you and I would both do well to walk our dogs daily or twice daily. My dog tries to pull, so I have to keep stopping to get her to relax on the leash. (Thank you, Dog Whisperer, for teaching me this.)

Do you have a rain coat and a rain hat? I do. What do you say? Shall we challenge each other to walk our dogs?

Have a fantastic day!!!
Sharon emoticon emoticon

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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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