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Abstainer or Moderator ?

Tuesday, June 04, 2013

I read an interesting article in Good Housekeeping about how you look at food and your way of reaching and maintaining your goal. Some people just can't seem to " eat just one" and for them it seems best to just completely stay away from certain foods( their trigger foods) They are the abstainers ( I don't eat dessert, fries or what ever). For some, like me, I don't want to think of a future that doesn't include German Chocolate Cake . These kinds of people are the "moderators". They are able to include unhealthy food into their life without it taking over.
The thing about that is,.... when I am using the nutrition tracker, I can eat pretty much anything and stay in my calorie range( which is fairly high since I don't want to lose weight and am active). BUT if I'm not "tracking" I figure my body isn't either and I'll go way overboard and eat way more than I should. How do I get myself to realize that even if I don't enter it into the tracker, it is still going into my BODY?

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WIANGEL 6/4/2013 5:29PM

    Oh, that is a difficult one! Right now I rely on the tracker because I'm trying to lose weight and because I'm a binge eater. I'd rather not even try something because my brain doesn't know to stop.

I would follow what Robin said... read everything and, if it doesn't have a label, don't put it in your mouth.


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ROBINJOY61 6/4/2013 4:22PM

    My nutrition coach says to look at every food before you put it in your mouth and ask if it will support your goals or derail them. An occasional treat won't derail them, but too much of a treat will. I have been pretty consistent with tracking, but I still overdo the calories. I hope you find an answer that works for you! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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Tracking Nutrition on Spark

Sunday, June 19, 2011

I finally tried the nutrition tracker and it is so easy to use. I have been trying to lose the few pounds from trips and cooking for my son( skinny as a rail and can eat anything). After fooling myself for a while I decided to start the tracking. It is a great tool and there is no excuse not to use it( if you want or need to keep track, I know some plans don't call for it). I lost the weight, but better than that, I found out that when I eat what I know I should, all the goals on my nutrition are met( except calcium and vit. D and I take supplements of those). The proportion of fat, protein and carbs are right where they should be, without me having to try. So I know my everyday diet is healthy and balanced.
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LADYLUCK72 5/10/2013 5:36PM

  I just wanted to drop by your spark page and sa HAPPY MOTHERS DAY, and God bless!! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

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PICTUREME40 7/18/2011 8:05PM

    I agree with you. It helped me loose 40 lbs. Time will tell if I loose the last 30lbs I would like to loss. Than again being and maintating where I am isn't to hard to take. Either way I'm healthier than what I once was and using the tracker is how I'll stay that way. emoticon

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KITKATSGRACE 6/22/2011 8:25PM

    That is great Pam, me too! I think that when I was gaining before, I didn't realize how much I was eating and I slowly started eating more and more. It is really helping me lose the weight this time.

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CYNTHIAMINUS40 6/19/2011 2:41PM

    I'll tell you, that tracker is what really helped me take off 40 pounds. It took all the guessing out of my food.

good for you!!

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4MRSDAND123 6/19/2011 1:45PM

    That nutrition tracker is wonderful...

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 6/19/2011 11:05AM

    I LOVE the nutritional tracker too! I think it's a great tool. I know, as you stated, that some look at it as a 'legalistic' tool, but I personally think it's a very useful and wonderful tool.

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LADNBA 6/19/2011 10:46AM

    I agree - Spark's Nutrition Tracker is simple and so totally customizable. I love it!

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GEWALKER 6/19/2011 10:46AM

    We (by which I mean people) are really good at fooling ourselves. The remedy for self-delusion is fact and the nutrition tracker provides exactly that. Congrats on making use of it.

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HEIDIB2935 6/19/2011 10:40AM

    The nutrition tracker has really helped me. Before I started tracking, I thought I was eating pretty good. It would not have been bad, if I were triplets! ha!

Spark on!

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Praise the Lord anyway!!

Thursday, December 09, 2010

It was just one of those days. Yesterday I got in my car to go to bible study and it was slow to start. No problem, it's done that before. After bible study I went about running my errands( we live 9 miles from town, so I need to combine trips). I didn't want to be gone too long because our newest little dog was in her crate( we just brought her home on Monday). Soooo turning out of the Walgreen's parking lot, my car died. Praise the Lord I was on a back street with plenty of room to coast off the road. Called hubby, no luck. Called AAA and about an hour later I was at the garage. Got a loaner car, drove home. Then, when I went to get little Pixie, instead of seeing a dog in the crate, I see a crate FULL of down. She wasn't supposed to be a chewer, so I gave her an old pillow. If you have ever had to clean up an exploded down pillow, you know how my day went. then I spilled 2 pounds of raw peanuts in the freezer getting dinner.
But I'm still praising God for the day. I got home safely, Pixie didn't have any ill effects from the down, I picked up most of the peanuts, and Pixie is the sweetest little dog.Here is her picture

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REMEMBER2BME 10/29/2012 6:01PM

    Good for you for looking at the bright side. Adorable pup too.

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KITKATSGRACE 3/9/2011 7:45PM

    That is so funny about Pixie! Today I locked my keys in my car at work and couldn't do what I needed and kept calling and no one could bring me my other keys for awhile. I am glad you were rescued from being stranded. PTL =) Pixie is adorable and I'll bet she is fun to have around too!

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BLESSEDMAZARS 12/10/2010 1:59PM

    Can you imagine what your day would have been like not praising HIM? He is so worthy, even during our spills and frustrations! Good for you!


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What a dear little thing Pixie is.

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SONGOFJOY27 12/9/2010 6:07PM

    You had a terrific day! You got home safely and Pixie is adorable! Thanks for sharing!

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ILLINITEACHER52 12/9/2010 5:01PM

  The pillow kept Pixie busy so she didn't miss you too much when you were gone. Pixie looks like she is ready for Christmas.

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CIVIAV 12/9/2010 2:55PM

    Pixie is a cutie pie for sure and so very glad you had God looking out for all of you!

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TRIGFROST 12/9/2010 2:44PM

    I think her ename is perfect for her...Pixie...

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NORTHWOODSMOM8 12/9/2010 2:16PM

    Oh, Pam, BLESS your sweet heart! And what a wonderful testimony of *still* praising the LORD through it all! Thank you! I needed to read about your attitude in the midst of challenge! Wish I had handled my 'challenges' so gracefully today! I was more like the exploding pillow! ha! Sometimes when so many things are going on at once, I wonder at God's choice in giving me children in my old age! emoticon But He perfectly orchestrates and I am glad He does not despise those who fall. {{{{hugs, dear sister and NEIGHBOR!}}}}

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PAMAPPLE 12/9/2010 2:07PM

    She looks so sweet! Besides the car problems, spilled peanuts and no ill effects from Pixie's chewing episode, seems like all is well and God is in control! PTL!! {{{hugs}}}

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busy days in the yard

Saturday, July 31, 2010

Sometimes I forget how blessed I am to live out in the woods.
Yesterday morning about 8:15 I looked out the window and saw this

Then this morning when we got up, we found this
The guys at work thought it was probably a badger.
Then about 10:00 this morning these beauties came to have a little snack.
the mom is Gimpy, the deer we have been feeding for a few years. She broke her foot so badly we thought she wouldn't make it, but this is her second set of twin fawns since then.
I am amazed at the wonders of God.

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SONGOFJOY27 8/25/2010 10:16PM

    What a wonderful view you have from your window! God's creations are truly special. Thanks so much for sharing with us!

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PAMAPPLE 8/19/2010 8:49PM

    These pics are emoticon It reminds me of going up north Michigan and seeing the wildlife in the country. You are truly blessed to be able to watch the wild animals out in your own backyard!

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2RICKIE 8/19/2010 7:19PM

    Wow! I'm thinking the animals are blessed that you are the ones living there!!

Great pictures!

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KITKATSGRACE 8/8/2010 10:37AM

    Wow!.How awesome is it to have them in your yard! I love these pictures!!!

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BEANTOWNGIRL 8/2/2010 5:14PM

    Wow, you are so lucky to see such amazing things right in your own backyard! Thanks for sharing the photos:)

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CAMELA_55 7/31/2010 11:37PM

    Wow! Yes, God's creation is awesome!

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YOGAGIRLNH 7/31/2010 5:24PM

    Great photos emoticon

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exercise as medicine

Monday, May 10, 2010

My hubby and I went to the doctor last week. Hubby has had by-pass surgery on one leg, and double by-pass surgery on the heart. His other leg has been cramping up and has some sores on the foot. So instead of just prescribing another pill, the doctor told him to walk on the treadmill EVERY day ( he has been doing it twice a week because we do the exercising together.) The doctor told me that my exercise program is doing more to keep me healthy than anything he could do.
So just another confirmation that staying active really helps.

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REMEMBER2BME 10/29/2012 6:02PM


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KITKATSGRACE 5/11/2010 7:15PM

    I am glad he motivated your husband to keep up with you, so you both can be healthy together!! =)

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ONCEMOREAGAIN 5/11/2010 12:29AM

    Keep it are doing great, and when DH starts a regular routine, he will do great too.

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KADULAC 5/10/2010 7:32PM

    That is why I started exercising and watching what I eat. I want to put off health problems as much as possible. It's great that your exercising is already keeping you healthy. Way to go!!!!!

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LILPAT3 5/10/2010 12:36PM

    Challenging your body at any age is a wonderful elixir! Keep up the good work! emoticon emoticon

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