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Team Dinner/Meetings on Wednesdays

Thursday, May 07, 2009

We had our first team dinner/meeting last night. All I can say is WOW! What a wonderful group of people we have in our Polk County Team! I think most of us felt very comfortable with each other, we had a nice conversation going the whole time and we all ate healthy! We're going to try to meet on the first Wednesday of every month. We've already planned our next dinner/meeting for June 3rd. I can't wait. What a great way of supporting each other on a person-to-person basis locally.
I feel truly blessed by what the Spark People experience has brought to me.

  
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1AVERY 5/7/2009 2:24PM

    That sounds great. I have an area team maybe I should suggest something like that. We have talked about getting together to walk and it never happens that we have a common schedule.
I have met one of my sparkfriends she lives about 3-4 hours away but goes by my neck of the woods to see her grandchildren regularly.
I am planning on meeting on May 29th to meet anothe sparkfriend who is coming to Ontario for a wedding.


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CINNIEMAY 5/7/2009 10:35AM

    That is great!!!!

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L*I*T*A* 5/7/2009 10:15AM

    that is so wonderful,how you all were able to connect in such a special way with sparkpeople as the common link....................way to go................have a great day................blessings and hugs..............lita

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Polk County Team Meeting Tonight

Wednesday, May 06, 2009

I'm very excited! Our Polk County Team is meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. to have dinner together. I can't wait. After all of these months of emails and support, we will finally meet in person and be able to put faces to names. I'm hoping that we'll get back into walking again once everyone is healthy. I hope that we all eat healthy and enjoy each other's company!

  
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L*I*T*A* 5/6/2009 7:48PM

    have a wonderful time..would love to be able to meet some of you someday too....................enjoy.......
..blessings and hugs..................lita

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CINNIEMAY 5/6/2009 1:07PM

    sounds fun!!

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To Fat Or Not To Fat- That Is The Question!

Tuesday, May 05, 2009

I just finished reading Jen Mueller's blog, "Is Eating Red Meat Bad For Your Health? " What a great blog! It made me think about the kind of protein/meat I eat and I'm happy to say that for years I've gotten something right! I am what my husband refers to as a chicken addict. I could eat lean chicken every day of the week. I also love egg whites - the low fat answer to my protein needs. I usually eat 4 egg whites for breakfast every morning and have done so for at least the past 12 years. I fill my plate with veggies at meal time too. Yes, I enjoy an occasional meal with steak or pork, fish and seafood. It's nice to have a little variety at times. Then why am I seventy five pounds overweight? Portion control is the first thing that jumps into my mind, followed by snacking on sugar loaded low fat foods. Since joining Spark People last year, using the food tracker has made me very aware of what I'm putting into my body. Believe it or not, I've had trouble meeting the daily minimums for fats and carbohydrates. Why? I think I went through a phase in the 1990's where I bought a lot of fat free food because I thought it would be better for me. Of course I also felt that I could eat more because it was fat free! Bad idea! I became obsessed with eliminating fat from my diet. Then one day I attended a seminar with my daughter, at a local hospital. She would get extra credit for her college health class if she recruited someone to go with her (me of course!). What an eye opener! The topic was "Fat In Your Diet". It addressed the problem of cutting out too much of the good fats from our diets in our rush to lower the overall fat intake. I felt like I should go home and search for hidden video cameras in my house because the speaker must be talking directly to me! Along with eliminating the bad fats, it seems that I had eliminated almost all fat including the fat that my body needs. Oh no! I was in panic mode and my anti fat campaign was already a habit that I had been practicing for years! It was during this time that I gained weight too! I didn't know what to do so I contacted a dietitian to help me. The first thing she said was that I wasn't taking in enough of the right kinds of calories. Me? The chicken addict who eats veggies was doing it all wrong??? EEEK!! Help! Actually that part of my diet was fine except that I needed portion control. What a relief! What the dietitian encouraged me to do is throw out all of the sugar laden non fat snacks and eat fruit, dairy and whole grains instead. She also encouraged me to start eating nuts, olive oil and some butter or margarine. I increased the frequency of eating to 6 meals a day. I lost 20 pounds just by doing this. It wasn't much of a struggle either and I wasn't hungry!. Then I became disabled, we moved from a place I'd lived for 40 years and I lived with my husband's family while our new house was being built. Their eating habits were terrible! I was very unhappy and I ate my way through it - gaining back the 20 I had lost plus an additional 27 pounds. I stopped eating 6 times a day (it was very inconvenient for them and they frowned upon this - even though I was buying the food) and did very little exercise. I hated me and had given control of my eating to someone else. I needed to get back that control and get myself on track. Then we moved and when my husband went to the doctor, he was shocked at his blood test results! He actually asked me if we could go back to eating the way we used to - chicken and all! I was only too glad to oblige! Since that time, I've lost over 40 pounds. There are plenty of bumps in my road but with Spark People I've learned to navigate through them. I still have issues to this day with fats and carbohydrates. Old habits die hard! It was recently suggested to me that I should increase my starchy veggies and eat more nuts to help with that issue. Guess what? It helps! My lifestyle has become much healthier too. It's an eating plan that should last a lifetime if I want to remain healthy and..... I do!

  
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SPARKLESSENCE 5/5/2009 10:10PM

    You've learned so much over time! Isn't it amazing what we've picked up along the way? Sounds like you've developed a good, satisfying, and balanced way of eating! - Sara emoticon

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FLAGIRL32 5/5/2009 10:06PM

    What a great blog, I love the way you were so able to pinpoint your strengths. You are doing such an awesome job.

Dawn

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7REBACCA7 5/5/2009 3:30PM

   

very enlightening commits it is amazingly hard to try to learn all we need to,very hard and confusing to figure what is right and what is wrong but a few things do not seem to change ie fruit vegetables chicken nuts milk products (fat free) potatoes etc just watch fat like you do now seems very good for you emoticon

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L*I*T*A* 5/5/2009 2:07PM

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Be Kind to Yourself Buddy of the Week!

Monday, May 04, 2009

I logged onto Spark People this morning and noticed that I had my usual mail. I was in the process of replying to the Be Kind to Yourself mail when, at first glance, I thought that I had erroneously been listed as having a birthday. Surprise! I was the Buddy of the Week! Wow! This really made my day since I've been sick in bed for the past few days! It made me feel so great.

Thank you to everyone for your kind wishes and comments. I love you all!

Cyndi

  
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AMYISSUCCEEDING 5/5/2009 11:58PM

    Hope you are feeling better. Again, Congratulations on being Kind Buddy of the Week. Hope you did something special for yourself because you deserve it.
Amy

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L*I*T*A* 5/4/2009 7:27PM

    CONGRATULATIONS............... well deserved....way to go.................blessings and hugs..............lita

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SPARKLESSENCE 5/4/2009 12:48PM

    emoticon And a wonderful, well-chosen Buddy of the Week you are, too! You're on our pedestal for the rest of the week (and probably longer emoticon) - Sara emoticon

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Sunday

Sunday, May 03, 2009

Well, here I am up at 2:30 a.m. because my nose is too stuffy for me to be able to sleep. Instead of eating, I decided to log onto SP and do something constructive. It amazes me that I opened the pantry door, looked inside and chose to make hot tea and munch on a few saltine crackers instead of pigging out on sweets - oh that's right, we don't have any sweets! lol I still wouldn't have because I feel very conscious of what I'm putting into my mouth! emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon emoticon

I've been working very hard this week on conscious eating and it's making a big difference. By taking care of my body's nutritional needs, drinking water, eating 5+ fruits/veggies, sleeping (just not tonight) and not letting myself get too hungry, I am in control of food; it isn't controlling me. It's a non scale way of measuring my success and.....I'm being successful!!! emoticon

  
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SPARKLESSENCE 5/3/2009 5:22PM

    emoticon, Cyndi, for making a wise choice and not eating unhealthy stuff - not even having it in the house, for that matter! - when those allergies (I'm guessing it is...?) keep you up at night! Hot tea is soooo soothing, isn't it? And with a couple saltines - perfect! Your conscious eating is fantastic, too! I've got to work on that water... emoticon...Sara emoticon

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DECOLORES28 5/3/2009 2:45PM

    WOO HOO on making the right choice when opening the pantry door - especially at that time of the night. I have learned over the years that dieting is 99% mental. If you have the right mindset, you can do anything, including refusing to put things into your mouth that are not healthy for you, at least not at this time. Keep it up.

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JSP32605 5/3/2009 9:31AM

    Excellent choice of late night snack! And, way to go on the success of being in control. emoticon

Sorry you're not feeling well. I do know the feeling, though. Had that same problem last weekend. This weekend, just the chest congestion...not sure which part is worse, really... I've been drinking Crystal Light Immunity in my first bottle of water every day this week, and it really does seem to be helping. Hope you feel better soon!

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