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Election Day 2014

Tuesday, November 04, 2014

It's an all topics day...

Have you wondered if I decided to eat/drink packets of sugar to kick my DP habit? I couldn't do it. I couldn't take the chance that I actually liked to eat packets of sugar... my daughter and son like to do it - why wouldn't I. YIKES! Nope, I can't take the chance.

So glad I decided to vote early today - roads were packed, traffic congestion near all the polling places. Even the parking garage was full today - I think that's b/c we are a designated voting place though. I'm so glad this is not a presidential race this year because I still have inner conflicts of how I should I vote. I'm Catholic and Democrat. I recently changed my views on abortion rights. I believe that a woman should have the right to choose, but do not think that abortion is ok - if that makes sense. I still firmly believe in providing for Americans no matter their chosen or destined life. I still believe that all children should be provided for (no matter if American or not). I believe, when it comes to the welfare of a child, it is not his/her fault. I am hard core against DWI and DUI (as if there was a difference). I don't care what you do to your own body, but don't hurt others in the process. I hear several people say they vote someone into office because of only one issue. I can't vote for my president based on one thing, I just can't. The world doesn't revolve on only one thing, let alone the USA. I'm thankful the Catholic Church has said that it can't tell me how to vote and it also says to vote on everything *I* see important.

I'm going to discuss my post from today because I really don't understand why I look and feel better, you can see a difference in my belly area but my clothes aren't feeling less restrictive and the scale hasn't budged in quite sometime. How is that possible? I was sharing this w/ a friend of mine b/c she shared that she is now at her goal weight and now she can focus just on exercise without restricting calories. (Ahh, I look forward to the day.) She told me what other's try to delude themselves with - muscle weighs more than fat and that's proly the reason the scale hasn't moved... I might have played into that if 1 my clothes were fitting bigger and 2 if I were working out w/weights. Unfortunately, I can say neither of those things about myself.

I'm not really about beating myself up, so... I will say that I *look* better in front of a mirror, I FEEL better about my health, my heart, and my body, and I can jog a little further now. I can also honestly say that I am drinking less Dr Peppers than I had been 6 months ago.

My plan is to continue to decrease my DP intake, log my food more diligently and exercise more.
If I've learned one thing from SP - it's that I have to have a plan of action of how I will do these 3 things. I've also learned that i have to find my motivation.

So - my motivation is that I'm tired of feeling like a failure. I want to feel like a winner.

To decrease my DP - Everyday I'm going to consciously decide when I most want my soda. To follow through with that decision - I will have to have other choices and stock up on those choices. I've learned that I really like chocolate milk on my commute home and I can easily buy a pint of that and have my water ready too. During the day, I don't have a problem sticking to my 1 soda and then water for the rest of the day. So now I just need to work on decreasing the amount of soda I drink in that one mug. A friend shared a Dr Oz idea of adding more club soda to that drink. I think that's a great idea. Right now I hate club soda. So if I add some extra to my soda, then I won't drink it... but it's getting me to add it b/c I know I won't drink it after I do so... that stuff is gross. but - really - what am I going for here - yes Belinda - that's right - I'm trying to break this awful habit - I'm trying to not drink this stuff - so you have to make it gross if you don't want to drink it. Ok... that's plan A. If I don't have access to adding more carbonation (isn't club soda just carbonated water?) then my Plan B is to add more and more ice to my mug first.

Goal #2 - log food more diligently - I'm getting in the habit of writing my food during the work week b/c I have my computer right here. That is already getting easier for me. But I have to also log my food on the weekends. I do have the phone apps - I just have to think about it on the weekends. Maybe I should only log my foods on my phone and not on the computer - that way I'm creating the habit of logging all my food even when a computer is not available. What do ya'll do - when do you most successfully log your food - computer each time, computer and phone/tablet, or do you choose to write it down in a journal w/the intention of logging it here when you have time to get on your computer, or some other method? ~thanks for your ideas on this one.

Goal #3 - exercise more - I've joined a running group and exercise 2 days a week but since I'm actually trying to train for a 1/2 marathon, I need to go out more. It's getting dark earlier and that means running in the evenings will be tough. Since I'm in the habit of bringing my work out clothes as it is - I'm going to start working out on breaks during the day. I'll have to get back with you on that.

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TWESTEN1 11/4/2014 11:19AM

    wow girl - I'm glad you're seeing the difference in your body. That's great. I see that more often than I see the scale move too & I think it does have to do with the body getting stronger.

As for food logging - I am horrible at it! I have spark on my phone so some days I actually start logging... and then forget or just don't bother ... but on the days I'm good, it's usually all on my phone.

Good job with the exercise too. And yes, adding more will only make you feel even better. Keep it up - you're doing great!

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Eating packets of sugar?

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

OK... I've been thinking of how I can quit drinking sodas. I've come up with an idea. I'm still pondering, but it's in my head now and I wanted to post it here on my spark page so I can come back to it...

I've heard that parents will try to deter their kids from smoking by buying them a pack of cigarettes and making the kid smoke them all in one sitting. I'm not sure if that ever works.

I've also heard that when a kid says a "potty" word, that the parent washes the kids mouth out w/soap. Now - I know this doesn't work completely, but I think it deters the kids from saying "bad" words more often... at least around grown ups. And let's face it - we know kids say these words when they are not around his parents or other influential grown ups.

My parents never did either of these to me or my sister and so far my kids nor my niece has ever had either done to them either so I have my doubts if either work.

Now a days if a parent tried to make their kid smoke an entire pack of cigarettes, there would be a lot of back lash due to what we know about what it does to the body - and seriously - what if does the opposite and the poor child becomes addicted and then it's that much harder to get him/her to break the habit.

As for washing the kid's mouth out w/soap - the parents I know that have done this, do it more than once or even twice.

On with my idea.

Lately I've seen the campaign to eat/drink less high sugary foods by asking why would you eat/drink a stack full of sugar packets, sometimes w/a glass of water and spoon next to water, sometimes just the stack of sugar.

Yes, that idea seems gross. Unfortunately, it doesn't really mean much to me because I would do it; I think, why not. I think I would eat packets of sugar. Heck, I know I would. So it didn't really work on me... at least not at the time.

Like I said, I've been thinking.... Yeah, I could eat maybe 3 or 4 packets of sugar w/o an issue... but could I eat more? I honestly think not. So - maybe the campaign will work on me if I let it. I need to find out how many packets are in my Dr Pepper and make myself eat them all - in one sitting. Would that work for me. Would I be so grossed out that I would never want to drink another soda again... I would hope so.

Here's my dilemma - what if it doesn't deter me. What if I think, that wasn't so bad really. I'm not grossed out at all. Then, I would have eaten all those calories and I would still drink my DP.

So - I'm thinking about it.

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_BABE_ 7/29/2014 5:37PM

    Apparently beyond the detriments of sugar...fizzy drinks have other evils as well! emoticon

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DAWN220 7/29/2014 1:33PM

    Good Blog!!
I know that would not work for me. I actually think I would not mind eating the sugar. Kind of SAD. Sugar is not that bad, but something like corn syrup...ugh. Now that is sweet.
I am not sure, but I beleive that is what is in soda.
I wish you luck on your venture to stop drinking soda.
The important thing is if you fall down get back up and get going again!

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MRSCAMACHO 7/29/2014 1:29PM

    This is quite fascinating! I never really thought about packets of sugar as a deterrent before. I don't want to say go for it and risk sounding like I'm forcing you into a dietary experiment, but, if you do go through with it, I hope you update on the effects, if any (and I have a feeling there will be some). Thanks for sharing!

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no caffeine in 2 days

Thursday, June 05, 2014

I'm so proud of myself. For the last 2 days, I haven't had any caffeine during the day or on my drive to work/home. This really big for me.

I started to feel sick from allergies, or a cold, hard to tell the difference sometimes, Monday afternoon. And since then, I've had no desire to want a Dr Pepper. Each time I had the chance for one, I realized it didn't sound good in least. And instead of giving into habit, I decided to go w/what my body said it didn't really want/need and what the heck, save 200+ calories!

Today has been harder. I think it's b/c I'm drinking water w/a bunch of ice... which doesn't help w/soothing my throat or stomach. I'm going to finish up this glass and then get some luke warm water next to see how that goes.

I keep thinking - how awesome would it for me to get through this illness/allergies and then be free from this habit too all the while not noticing the caffeine withdrawal b/c I already feel cruddy.

All in all, I'm actually glad to not feel well b/c I don't WANT a Dr Pepper.

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JUNESHOPE 7/12/2014 11:38PM

    Good for you! I'm trying to stop caffeine myself. I wish you the best of luck!

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DEB62BIE62 6/5/2014 6:48PM

    If you have to drink Dr. Pepper, I found that the diet with cherry is really good. It has no calories. I don't want you to go back to it, because water is better, but if you need the "fix" after the illness goes away. However, way to go.

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TWESTEN1 6/5/2014 4:37PM

    Yay girl! That is awesome (not that you're sick, but that your body is sick of the soda!). I hope you're able to stick with it.... your body will thank you in the long run :)

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Walk to train

Tuesday, May 13, 2014

The other day I was trying to figure out why I don't like to go for walks while at work. 1st I'd like to let you know that was really hard to admit, but it's SO true.

2nd, I want to go out with a purpose. I don't really like walking around the building. It's not inspiring to me at all. Instead, I want to go train to run or jog for a 5K.

That said, I've decided that is what I'm going to do. I'm going to bring my clothes and shoes with the intent to run/jog during my break.

It's about 1 mile if I go around the entire perimeter so its not like I'll get very sweaty while I'm out.

For the last 3 days though I have brought my clothes and shoes to do this. But have I gone out yet? No, I haven't. The 1st day I got some terrible news that a high school friend of mine died of a massive heart attack and I frankly was too much in shock to go out. (Let me also say this guy was healthy [looking], so it was really difficult to fathom since I'm not in the least bit health.) The next day, it was rainy. Today - it was too cold from last night's rain. I'm going to make myself go out for an afternoon break today though and get my first training session under my belt.

Anyway, I'm glad I finally figured it out - that I have to have a mission. Now - just to keep a mission on my list.

Have a great day. I hope you find your mission to do what you need and want to do.

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TWESTEN1 5/13/2014 5:00PM

    Hi sweetie! So glad you're back :)

Yes, it's good to have a goal & once you do that first walk/run at work - I think you'll feel great and be ready to get back on track. It's that first step that's always the hardest, but once you do it, you'll be glad you did!

Sorry to hear about your HS friend. It's scary when that happens to people & it should be an extra motivator for us to get healthy!!! We can do this ~ let's GO!!!

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I finally admit, I argue for no reason

Friday, April 11, 2014

I heard on NPR (National Public Radio for those that don't know the acronym) today that if you react one way to something then you are most likely going to react the same way when it happens again. For example - how you deal with people on the road w/you. Do you honk and show improper hand gestures, or do you breath deeply, back off and slowly get over it?

Well, I'm proud to say that I usually deal with idiocy drivers by backing off now. I used to not... but I got tired of being mad and stressed when on the road. I can say that I learned better habits and where it took effort at first, it's more of just my reactions now.

Now - the reason why this is really on my mind.

Yesterday my sis told me that I argue a lot with people and that she and I clash.

This is funny - no, I don't. (That's arguing, right - defying what the other person said... or at least it's one part of one's definition.)

Seriously though. I don't mean to argue. In fact I just share my opinion and if it's opposite yours, I tend to also give reasons why. I also play devils advocate - sharing the opposite side of the story, even when I agree w/the the 1st side.

I told Dad what my sis had recently told me because it really had upset me, and he said that he doesn't consider our conversations as arguments - we just discuss stuff. And that is exactly the way I think of all my talk fests.

So when I heard the story on the radio, I realized that in most instances I give the other side. I have trained myself to argue w/everything that comes my way!

Seriously, I don't know how to stop doing that. I don't want to be known this way. I want to have a solid relationship w/the people I love and care about and I'm absolutely tired of my sister telling me this. (She does this to me about every 3-4 months... yes, I think it's her way of creating drama for herself, but that's another blog. Nevertheless though, I do believe I do have a problem.)

Today and for the weekend, I'm going to try my hardest to breathe, count to 10 and ask myself am I arguing w/ soandso, or do I really feel what I have to say next to be true to what I believe.

I hope your day and weekend is wonderful and stress free!


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